INDIANA BOYS STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

1A LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (20-9) VS. NORTH DAVIESS (26-3)

GAME TIME: 10:30 AM ET, GAINBRIDGE.

2A CENTRAL NOBLE (28-2) VS. PROVIDENCE (20-6)

GAME TIME: 12:45 PM ET, GAINBRIDGE.

3A MISHAWAKA MARIAN (24-3) VS. BEECH GROVE (21-6)

GAME TIME: 6 PM ET, GAINBRIDGE.

4A CHESTERTON (29-0) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (25-6)

GAME TIME: 8:15 PM ET, GAINBRIDGE.

NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT

HOUSTON 68 ILLINOIS 53

VILLANOVA 71 OHIO STATE 61

DUKE 85 MICHIGAN STATE 76

IOWA STATE 54 WISCONSIN 49

TEXAS TECH 59 NOTRE DAME 53

MIAMI, FLORIDA 79 AUBURN 61

PURDUE 81 TEXAS 71

ARIZONA 85 TCU 80 OT

SUNDAY’S BOX SCORES: https://www.thescore.com/ncaab/events

SWEET 16 ODDS

THURSDAY, MARCH 24

WEST

NO. 1 GONZAGA (-8.5) VS. NO. 4 ARKANSAS (154.5)

NO. 3 TEXAS TECH (-1) VS. NO. 2 DUKE (136.5)

SOUTH

NO. 2 VILLANOVA (-5) VS. NO. 11 MICHIGAN (135)

NO. 1 ARIZONA (-2) VS. NO. NO. 5 HOUSTON (145.5)

FRIDAY, MARCH 18

MIDWEST

NO. 1 KANSAS (-7.5) VS. NO. 4 PROVIDENCE (141.5)

NO. 10 MIAMI (-1.5) VS. NO. 11 IOWA STATE (133)

EAST

NO. 4 UCLA (-2.5) VS. NO. 8 UNC (142.5)

NO. 3 PURDUE (-12.5) VS. NO. 15 ST. PETER’S (135.5)

WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT

CREIGHTON 64 IOWA 62

SOUTH CAROLINA 49 MIAMI, FLORIDA 33

MARYLAND 89 FLORIDA GULF COAST 65

TEXAS 78 UTAH 56

SOUTH DAKOTA 61 BAYLOR 47

LOUISVILLE 68 GONZAGA 59

IOWA STATE 67 GEORGIA 44

STANFORD 91 KANSAS 65

SUNDAY’S BOX SCORES: https://www.thescore.com/wcbk/events

NBA SCOREBOARD

MEMPHIS 122 HOUSTON 98

INDIANA 129 PORTLAND 98

NEW ORLEANS 117 ATLANTA 112

ORLANDO 90 OKLAHOMA CITY 85

PHOENIX 127 SACRAMENTO 124, OT

UTAH 108 NEW YORK 93

BOSTON 124 DENVER 104

SAN ANTONIO 110 GOLDEN STATE 108

TORONTO 93 PHILADELPHIA 88

SUNDAY’S BOX SCORES: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events

NHL SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 2 NY ISLANDERS 1

DALLAS 3 WASHINGTON 2

NY RANGERS 2 CAROLINA 0

WINNIPEG 6 CHICAGO 4

SAN JOSE 4 ARIZONA 2

BUFFALO 3 VANCOUVER 2

SUNDAY’S BOX SCORES: https://www.thescore.com/nhl/events

MLB SPRING TRAINING

KANSAS CITY 11 ARIZONA 10

CLEVELAND 9 OAKLAND 9

CINCINNATI 9 SAN FRANCISCO 4

CHICAGO CUBS 2 LA DODGERS 2

MILWAUKEE 6 SAN DIEGO 3

LA ANGELS 7 SEATTLE 3

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 COLORADO 2

BOSTON 3 BALTIMORE 2

MINNESOTA 3 TAMPA BAY 0

DETROIT 8 NY YANKEES 7

ATLANTA 5 PHILADELPHIA 1

WASHINGTON 3 HOUSTON 2

TORONTO 10 PITTSBURGH 4

ST. LOUIS 6 NY METS 4

PGA LEADERBOARD

RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Playoff Total Thru 
1tSam Burns – z646767697-17 (267)F
2tDavis Riley – y656862724-17 (267)F
3tMatthew NeSmith67616971 -16 (268)F
3tJustin Thomas66666670 -16 (268)F
5tMatthew Fitzpatrick67686768 -14 (270)F
5tBrian Harman67676868 -14 (270)F
7tStewart Cink67686968 -12 (272)F
7tAdam Hadwin64667072 -12 (272)F
7tRobert Streb68696570 -12 (272)F
7tKevin Streelman67696868 -12 (272)F
7tSahith Theegala67716767 -12 (272)F
12tBrooks Koepka67707165 -11 (273)F
12tShane Lowry69686868 -11 (273)F
12tAlex Noren68706570 -11 (273)F
12tXander Schauffele67676871 -11 (273)F
16tLuke Donald68716768 -10 (274)F
16tTommy Fleetwood67686871 -10 (274)F
16tMatt Kuchar67726669 -10 (274)F
16tScott Stallings65667469 -10 (274)F
16tBrian Stuard68696968 -10 (274)F
21tBrandon Hagy70677068 -9 (275)F
21tTyrrell Hatton68687069 -9 (275)F
21tRichy Werenski65707268 -9 (275)F
21tGary Woodland67687169 -9 (275)F
25tTyler Duncan69696573 -8 (276)F
25tAustin Smotherman68717067 -8 (276)F
27tBrice Garnett67716871 -7 (277)F
27tNate Lashley71686771 -7 (277)F
27tTroy Merritt68676775 -7 (277)F
27tMito Pereira69706870 -7 (277)F
27tJ.J. Spaun67716970 -7 (277)F
27tJhonattan Vegas64717270 -7 (277)F
33tKramer Hickok66717071 -6 (278)F
33tViktor Hovland69706871 -6 (278)F
33tKevin Kisner70667369 -6 (278)F
33tPatton Kizzire69677072 -6 (278)F
33tBernd Wiesberger69706673 -6 (278)F
33tBrandon Wu72656972 -6 (278)F
39tKiradech Aphibarnrat69687171 -5 (279)F
39tJoel Dahmen68697072 -5 (279)F
39tHarry Higgs70686873 -5 (279)F
39tDustin Johnson67717269 -5 (279)F
39tSeung-yul Noh70677369 -5 (279)F
39tChez Reavie67726971 -5 (279)F
39tDoc Redman66727170 -5 (279)F
39tAdam Svensson71686773 -5 (279)F
39tCurtis Thompson70697268 -5 (279)F
48tJoseph Bramlett69677173 -4 (280)F
48tBill Haas71667172 -4 (280)F
48tMartin Kaymer69667471 -4 (280)F
48tDanny Lee65746873 -4 (280)F
48tDenny McCarthy69707071 -4 (280)F
48tMax McGreevy70697071 -4 (280)F
48tC.T. Pan71666974 -4 (280)F
48tGreyson Sigg67726774 -4 (280)F
48tWebb Simpson67677670 -4 (280)F
57tPaul Barjon68717072 -3 (281)F
57tRussell Knox71686775 -3 (281)F
57tHenrik Stenson70697072 -3 (281)F
57tMichael Thompson72667469 -3 (281)F
57tHarold Varner III72677072 -3 (281)F
62tChristiaan Bezuidenhout70697370 -2 (282)F
62tWesley Bryan68717073 -2 (282)F
62tLouis Oosthuizen67687473 -2 (282)F
62tCameron Tringale68717073 -2 (282)F
66tRyan Brehm71687569 -1 (283)F
66tJohn Huh71677273 -1 (283)F
68tDavid Lipsky64717476 +1 (285)F
68tCollin Morikawa68707473 +1 (285)F
70tPat Perez67707574 +2 (286)F
70tNick Taylor69706879 +2 (286)F
72Blake Kennedy67727276 +3 (287)F

INDY CAR FINAL RESULTS

PosDriverCar #MakeStartedLapsLedPointsOut ?
1Josef Newgarden2Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
7248351
2Scott McLaughlin3Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
224818643
3Marcus Ericsson8Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
142481036
4Will Power12Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
42482033
5Scott Dixon9Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
5248030
6Jimmie Johnson48Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
18248028
7Alex Palou10Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
11248026
8Simon Pagenaud60Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
15248024
9Santino Ferrucci45Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
27248022
10Rinus VeeKay21Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
8248521
11David Malukas18Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
19248320
12Colton Herta26Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
9247018
13Ed Carpenter33Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
21247418
14J.R. Hildebrand11Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
25247117
15Pato O’Ward5Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
10247015
16Callum Ilott77Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
20247515
17Dalton Kellett4Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
22246013
18Conor Daly20Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
16245012
19Christian Lundgaard30Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
24233011contact
20Takuma Sato51Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
3140511contact
21Felix Rosenqvist7Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
1138010mechanical
22Graham Rahal15Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
2612808contact
23Helio Castroneves06Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
612818contact
24Devlin DeFrancesco29Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
1712806contact
25Kyle Kirkwood14Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
2311356contact
26Romain Grosjean28Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
1310305mechanical
27Alexander Rossi27Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone

NASCAR FINAL RESULTS

PosDriverCar #MakeStartedLapsLedPoints / BonusOut ?
1William Byron24Chevrolet1232511152 / 12running
2Ross Chastain1Chevrolet73254236 / 1running
3Kurt Busch45Toyota9325439 / 5running
4Daniel Suarez99Chevrolet133251346 / 13running
5Corey LaJoie7Chevrolet33325032 / 0running
6Chase Elliott9Chevrolet63252940 / 9running
7Chris Buescher17Ford14325030 / 0running
8Martin Truex Jr.19Toyota26325533 / 4running
9Joey Logano22Ford33251228 / 0running
10Alex Bowman48Chevrolet11325031 / 4running
11Justin Haley31Chevrolet22325126 / 0running
12Brad Keselowski6Ford24325031 / 6running
13Bubba Wallace23Toyota19325327 / 3running
14Erik Jones43Chevrolet23325029 / 6running
15Chase Briscoe14Ford1325530 / 8running
16Josh Bilicki77Chevrolet3632500 / 0running
17Ryan Blaney12Ford23251530 / 10running
18David Ragan15Ford35325019 / 0running
19B.J. McLeod78Ford34325218 / 0running
20Greg Biffle44Chevrolet37325017 / 0running
21Kevin Harvick4Ford83251116 / 0running
22Aric Almirola10Ford10325622 / 7running
23Christopher Bell20Toyota273251615 / 1running
24Michael McDowell34Ford29321013 / 0running
25Harrison Burton21Ford31321012 / 0running
26Cody Ware51Ford32300011 / 0accident
27Todd Gilliland38Ford25297010 / 0DVP
28Tyler Reddick8Chevrolet5245512 / 3accident
29Denny Hamlin11Toyota15212117 / 9accident
30Kyle Larson5Chevrolet2121219 / 2accident
31Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47Chevrolet282002213 / 7accident
32Austin Cindric2Ford1620005 / 0accident
33Kyle Busch18Toyota4171214 / 0accident
34Cole Custer41Ford2015003 / 0accident
35Austin Dillon3Chevrolet1710102 / 0accident
36Ty Dillon42Chevrolet1810101 / 0accident
37Noah Gragson16Chevrolet302300 / 0accident
2022 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Stats
Scheduled Laps: 325
Total Laps: 325
Distance: 500.000 miles
Average Speed: 126.584
Pole Speed: 
Cautions: 11 ( 65 Laps )
Margin of Victory: 0.145
Lead Changess: 46 among 20 Drivers
Time of Race: 3:57:14

****TOP NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES****

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Villanova back to Sweet 16 after 71-61 win over Ohio State

PITTSBURGH (AP) Collin Gillespie saw Eric Dixon out of the corner of his eye and sent a cross-court pass that doubled as permission to let it fly.

So Dixon did, knocking down the biggest shot of his team’s season, one that sent the second-seeded Wildcats back to familiar territory against a familiar opponent on a familiar stage.

Dixon’s 3-pointer from the wing with 1:38 to go gave Villanova the breathing room it needed in a 71-61 win over seventh-seeded Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, propelling the Wildcats (28-7) back to San Antonio to face 11th-seeded Michigan (19-14) in the South Regional semifinal on Thursday.

Four years ago, Gillespie was a freshman on the Villanova team that held off the Wolverines for the program’s second national title in three seasons. Now he’s a two-time Big East Player of the Year and the unquestioned leader of a group that seems to feed off Gillespie’s “follow me” vibe, one on full display in the final moments.

Moore scores 21, Houston hammers Illinois to make Sweet 16

PITTSBURGH (AP) Once back in their locker room, Houston’s players emptied their water bottles on coach Kelvin Sampson, who peeled off his shirt for the celebratory dousing.

A sweet soaking indeed.

Taze Moore scored 21 points and Jamal Shead added 18 as the Cougars, a Final Four team last season, advanced in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament with a 68-53 win Sunday over Illinois, ousted in the opening weekend for the second straight year.

The fifth-seeded Cougars (31-5) are making another serious run at a national title despite losing their two best players to season-ending injuries. Now, with a trio of transfers and a defense with some serious teeth, they’re headed home to Texas for the next round – in San Antonio, against either Arizona or TCU.

“It’s our heart,” Shead said when asked about this team’s toughness. “We don’t want to lose. We want to win for each other. We love each other so much, these guys are like my brothers, you know, it goes way beyond basketball.

“We want to keep it going as long as we possibly can.”

Coach K’s last ride continues as Duke closes out Spartans

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Duke survived a tense finish against Michigan State and extended Mike Krzyzewski’s final NCAA Tournament run, beating Tom Izzo’s Spartans 85-76 on Sunday in the Hall of Fame coaches’ bittersweet final tussle.

Star freshman Paolo Banchero scored 19 points and muscled in the go-ahead drive through contact with 2:05 left, putting the Blue Devils (30-6) ahead to stay in the record-extending 1,200th win of Krzyzewski’s career. Duke reached the Sweet 16 for the 26th time under Coach K, who announced last summer that his 42nd season with the Blue Devils would be his last.

Those coaching milestones came against his longtime friend and frequent rival. The 75-year-old Krzyzewski – who has five NCAA titles and a record-tying 12 Final Four appearances – improved to 13-3 against the 67-year-old Izzo, who won the 2000 national championship and has reached eight Final Fours.

Krzyzewski will continue his push for a career-capping championship when the second-seeded Blue Devils head to San Francisco to play Notre Dame or Texas Tech next week in the West Region semifinals.

The Blue Devils shot 61% after halftime and 57% for the game, and they needed every bit of that production to survive against the seventh-seeded Spartans (23-13) in a riveting fight to the final minute.

Miami dominates No. 2 seed Auburn 79-61 to reach Sweet 16

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Miami showed there’s still a place for old-school basketball played by experienced players – and for the Hurricanes, that’s in the Sweet 16.

The 10th-seeded Hurricanes (25-10) used a second-half surge and neutralized No. 2 seeded Auburn’s Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler in a 79-61 victory for their first trip to a regional semifinal in six years.

Auburn leaned heavily on the 6-foot-10 Smith, the Southeastern Conference freshman of the year, and 7-1 Kessler, the nation’s blocked shots leader, on the way to an SEC title and what figured to be a deep run in the Midwest Region.

Instead, it was Miami’s smaller, older, savvier lineup that dominated.

“Being small,” Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga said, “has its advantages.”

Especially when the group included sixth-year “super seniors” in Charlie Moore and Kameron McGusty, and fearless sophomore Isaiah Wong, who are all 6-5 or shorter.

Wong had a game-high 21 points, McGusty scored 20 and Moore had 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Mathurin, top-seeded Arizona survive TCU upset bid in OT

SAN DIEGO (AP) Bennedict Mathurin made a 3-pointer to force overtime and scored six more points in the extra session, and top-seeded Arizona outlasted ninth-seeded TCU 85-80 on Sunday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Mathurin finished with 30 points and Christian Koloko scored 28, including a putback dunk that slammed the door on the Horned Frogs with 9 seconds left in OT after Mathurin missed a 3.

Koloko was 12 of 13 from the field, including five dunks, but the rest of the Wildcats were 19 of 55, including 5 of 27 on 3-pointers.

Still, Arizona’s two stars did enough for the Wildcats (33-3) to avoid becoming the second No. 1 seed to fall during this tournament’s opening weekend. They advanced to Thursday’s South Region semifinals in San Antonio, Texas, where they will face fifth-seeded Houston.

Chuck O’Bannon Jr. had 23 points for TCU (21-13) while Mike Miles Jr. and Eddie Lampkin Jr. had 20 apiece. The Horned Frogs were looking to get to the Sweet 16 for the first time.

Mississippi State hires New Mexico State’s Jans as coach

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State named Chris Jans its men’s basketball coach on Sunday, a day after he led New Mexico State in the NCAA Tournament’s second round.

The school announced the hire on its athletic department’s website but did not provide details. Jans, who went 122-32 the past five seasons in Las Cruces, guided the 12th-seeded Aggies past No. 5 seed UConn 70-63 in the first round before they fell 53-48 to fourth-seeded Arkansas in Saturday night’s West Region game in Buffalo, New York.

He is 143-44 as a Division I head coach, including going 21-15 at Bowling Green during the 2014-15 season. Jans’ .765 winning percentage is fourth nationally among active head coaches behind Gonzaga’s Mark Few (.837), Kansas’ Bill Self (.768) and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (.766), who will retire after this season.

Kalscheur, Iowa State beat Wisconsin to reach Sweet 16

MILWAUKEE (AP) Gabe Kalscheur scored 22 points and 11th-seeded Iowa State surprised Wisconsin in the Badgers’ backyard, advancing to the Sweet 16 with a 54-49 victory Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Izaiah Brockington added 10 points as the gritty Cyclones used their tough defense to hold off Johnny Davis and company in front of a raucous pro-Wisconsin crowd about 80 miles away from the school’s Madison campus.

After winning just two games last season, Iowa State (22-12) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016 and the sixth time in school history. It will play the Miami-Auburn winner in the Midwest Region semifinals on Friday in Chicago.

Kalscheur, a 6-foot-4 transfer from Minnesota who knows all about tough games in Wisconsin, went 10 for 19 from the field. The rest of the Cyclones combined for 10 made field goals.

After Brockington and freshman Tyrese Hunter led Iowa State to a 59-54 win over LSU in the first round, it was Kalscheur’s day.

Davis, the Big Ten Player of the Year, led Wisconsin with 17 points, but the Badgers shot a season-low 29.8% from the field and turned it over a season-high 17 times. Wisconsin was leading the nation with an average of 8.4 turnovers per game coming into the day.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Jensen leads Creighton past Iowa in NCAA second round

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Lauren Jensen found a new place last spring when she transferred from Iowa to Creighton.

She came back into her former home on Sunday and knocked her ex-teammates out of the women’s NCAA tournament.

Jensen scored 19 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 12 seconds left that lifted No. 10 seed Creighton over Caitlin Clark and second-seeded Iowa 64-62 in a Greensboro Region second-round game.

Iowa (24-8), which shared the Big Ten regular-season title and won the conference tournament, had two chances to tie the game in the closing three seconds. Monika Czinano missed a layup with three seconds left, then Kate Martin missed a putback as time ran out.

Jensen scored nine of the Bluejays’ last 10 points.

“I’ve gotten the question a lot,” Creighton coach Jim Flanery said. ‘”How is Lauren going to feel today, what’s Lauren going to play like, da da da da?’ Those last few minutes had to be magical and special, and we’re super proud of her and we’re super proud that she’s part of our program.”

South Dakota women shock Baylor, win 61-47

WACO, Texas (AP) Hannah Sjerven scored 16 points and Chloe Lamb added 15 as 10th-seeded South Dakota beat Baylor 61-47 on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first-time ever.

The Coyotes (29-5) scored the game’s first 11 points and led throughout against 12-time Big 12 regular-season champion Bears, who had won 17 consecutive NCAA tourney games played on their home court since 2011.

Summit League champ South Dakota was the second No. 10 seed to beat a No. 2 seed on Sunday, after Creighton won 64-62 at Iowa earlier in the day. They were the record eighth double-digit seed to win a game in the women’s tournament this year.

Queen Egbo had 13 points while two-time AP All-America forward NaLyssa Smith matched her season low with 10 points for the Bears (28-7), who saw the end of their streak of 12 consecutive Sweet 16 appearances. Smith and Jordan Lewis each had eight rebounds.

Liv Korngable had 11 points for the Coyotes. She is the third super-senior starter, along with Summit League player of the year Lamb and Sjerven, who returned for another NCAA chance. They are now headed to Wichita next weekend.

In a building where Baylor rarely loses, the Coyotes had a loud contingency of roughly 150 fans, cheerleaders and pep band members that got to celebrate with them. The fans in the seats behind their bench stood chanting “U-S-D!” in the closing seconds, and celebrated with their team long after Baylor had left the court.

The Bears had won 66 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents since UConn won in the Ferrell Center on Jan. 13, 2014.

The Bears won their 12th consecutive Big 12 title even after losing their first two conference games with Nicki Collen, the WNBA coach who took over when three-time national champion coach Kim Mulkey left for LSU. But they have their earliest NCAA tourney exit since 2008.

South Dakota, in its 10th year of Division I eligibility, is in its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament, and fifth overall. But the Coyotes had never won a tourney game before the last few days.

The Coyotes had an 11-0 lead less than three minutes into the game by hitting their first four shots. Sjerven made a 3-pointer on the first shot, just like she did in their 75-61 victory over Mississippi when leading throughout in the first-round Wichita Region game Friday.

Great defense, bad shooting as S. Carolina beats Miami 49-33

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley said as long as her defense can keep playing this good, her team’s bad shooting can fix itself, later in the NCAA Tournament.

The top-seeded Gamecocks (31-2) held a second opponent without a field goal in the second quarter to beat Miami 49-33 on Sunday in the second round of the tournament.

It was ugly shooting all around. South Carolina shot just 30% and the Hurricanes (21-13) shot just 24% for the game.

But Staley, making her eighth Sweet 16 appearance in a row, said that defense is a nice security blanket for a team that has shot 37% or worse four of its past five games. The 54 points allowed in the first two rounds of the women’s NCAAs is 17 fewer than any other team has allowed in its first two games.

“There’s a nastiness to us on that side of the basketball. It wins basketball games for us,” Staley said.

Aliyah Boston scored 10 points and 16 rebounds. Her 26th double-double in a row seemed in doubt until she was fouled with 1:19 left as Miami tried to extend the game. The All-American hit both free throws. Boston was just 4-of-15 from the field, missing both her 3-pointers and made just two of six free throws.

Miller scores 24, Terps roll past Florida Gulf Coast 89-65

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Diamond Miller and Maryland may be peaking at the right time.

At the very least, the Terrapins are showing why they were ranked in the top five at the beginning of the season – and what a threat they are if their key players are indeed healthy now.

Miller scored 24 points, and fourth-seeded Maryland used a 19-0 run spanning parts of both halves to pull away to an 89-65 win over 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday. Angel Reese added 21 points and Ashley Osusu scored 20 for the Terrapins, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 10th time under coach Brenda Frese.

Maryland (23-8) faces either Stanford or Kansas in the next round. The Terps were ranked fourth in the nation at the start of the season, but injuries and lack of depth kept them from reaching that potential. There’s still time.

“We’re thriving right in the right moments,” Miller said. “We’re all 100% healthy, and this is how we are expected to play. We’re not expected to play no other way. So this is what you all have been waiting for.”

Kendall Spray scored 17 points in the first half but none in the second for FGCU, and the Eagles (30-3) couldn’t follow their first-round win over Virginia Tech with another victory.

Moore powers Texas women over Utah 78-56 and into Sweet 16

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Aaliyah Moore scored 21 points, Texas shut down Utah’s prolific 3-point shooting and the Longhorns earned another trip to the Sweet 16 with a 78-56 victory Sunday.

The Longhorns shot 71% in a blistering first half to open up a 14-point lead, then stretched it as high as 26 in the third quarter. Defensively, Texas smothered Utah shooters. The Utes made 15 3-pointers in a first-round win over Arkansas, but were just 6 of 20 from long range against Texas.

The No. 2 seed in the Spokane, Washington, regional, Texas (28-6) moves on to face the winner of the matchup Monday night between No. 3 seed LSU and and No. 6 Ohio State. The Longhorns advanced to the regional final last season.

Kennady McQueen led No. 7 Utah ( 21-12) with 18 points.

Moore has emerged as one of breakout players of the tournament’s first two rounds. After 18 points and 10 rebounds against Fairfield, she came off the bench to score 14 in the second quarter against Utah as the game turned into a romp. Moore was 9-of-10 shooting for the game.

NBA NEWS

Bane has 24 points, Grizzlies rout Rockets without Morant

HOUSTON (AP) Desmond Bane had 24 points and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame the absence of star Ja Morant with balanced scoring in a 122-98 victory over the NBA-worst Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Bane was one of six Memphis players to score at least 13 points on a day Morant sat out with a sore knee.

“We’ve just got a great team,” coach Taylor Jenkins said. “They uplift each other. They they rise up when someone’s out and … they know we’ve got a job to do out there and that’s to compete to our level. Luckilym when guys have been out, especially Ja recently, they’ve stepped up.”

The Grizzlies led by double figures for most of the game and had a 13-point lead after three quarters. Kenyon Martin Jr. opened the fourth quarter with a dunk for Houston before Memphis used a 15-0 run to push its advantage to 99-73 with nine minutes to go.

Jaren Jackson Jr. had two 3-pointers and a block in that stretch and Brandon Clarke added four points as the Grizzlies forced two turnovers to help pad the lead.

“I thought we did a great job getting stops and converting that to easy shots on the other end,” Jenkins said of about the team’s success during that huge run.

Valanciunas, McCollum power Pelicans past Hawks, 117-112

ATLANTA (AP) Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 12 rebounds, CJ McCollum added 25 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Atlanta Hawks 117-112 on Sunday night.

The Pelicans, who moved into ninth place in the Western Conference, have won their last two and three of four and were without leading scorer Brandon Ingram and fourth-leading scorer Devonte’ Graham. Both missed the game with injuries.

Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points for Atlanta, which had its seven-game home winning streak snapped. The Hawks, who had won 15 of 17 at State Farm Arena, stayed alone in 10th place in the East despite the loss.

New Orleans, the only team to rank among the top five in offensive and defensive rebounds, topped Atlanta 54-40 on the boards. All three of the Pelicans’ big men – Valanciunas, Jaxson Hayes and Willie Hernangomez – finished with a double-double.

Hawks star guard Trae Young, listed as questionable before the game with a left quadriceps contusion, finished with 21 points and 10 assists. He has career 90 games with at least 20 points and 10 assists, most in the NBA over the last four seasons. Young has 35 double-doubles this season.

Carter, Magic hand Thunder 9th straight loss, 90-85

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Wendell Carter Jr. scored 10 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Orlando Magic handed the Oklahoma City Thunder their ninth straight loss with a 90-85 victory Sunday night.

Carter also had 16 rebounds to help the Magic end a three-game losing streak.

Darius Bazley led Oklahoma City with 18 points. The Thunder shot 32.6% and were 13 of 48 from 3-point range.

The Thunder, the NBA’s lowest-scoring team (103.1 points per game) and poorest shooting team at 42.6%, were playing without their top three scorers, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who injured his ankle Friday night at Miami.

After 10 quick points by Bazley and a couple of 3-pointers by Tre Mann, the Thunder had a 25-17 lead before going scoreless for the final 3:20 of the first quarter. Orlando scored the final 14 points of the quarter and led 45-43 at halftime.

Three-pointers by Theo Maledon and Vit Krejci helped Oklahoma City close the third quarter with a 9-1 spurt , and the Thunder moved ahead by seven points before going on another scoreless stretch of more than four minutes.

Two free throws by Isaiah Robey with 2:46 left gave the Thunder their last lead, but Franz Wagner and Carter scored on offensive rebounds to put Orlando back ahead.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Reports: Red Sox sign Rockies SS Trevor Story to play 2B

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The Red Sox have reportedly agreed to terms with Rockies All-Star shortstop Trevor Story on a six-year, $140 million contract that would bring him to Boston to play second base.

The deal, which was first reported by USA Today and confirmed by multiple outlets, gives the Red Sox a long-term answer at second, which has been in flux since former AL MVP Dustin Pedroia was first injured in 2017, and leaves Xander Bogaerts in place at shortstop. The team also has a backup plan on the left side of the infield if Bogaerts opts out of his contract at the end of this season.

Story, 29, batted .251 with 24 homers and 75 RBIs for the Rockies last season, an off-year that followed three straight years in which he received NL MVP votes. In five major league seasons, he has never played any defensive position other than shortstop.

Private investigator says drug kingpin targeted David Ortiz

BOSTON (AP) A Dominican drug trafficker who was jealous of David Ortiz and felt disrespected by him had him shot at a Dominican nightclub in 2019, according to private investigators the Red Sox slugger hired to look into the attack that nearly killed him.

The findings by former Boston police commissioner Edward Davis reported by the Boston Globe on Saturday contradict the theory of the crime developed by Dominican prosecutors.

Davis told the newspaper that he identified the drug-trafficker Cesar Peralta as having orchestrated the shooting by placing a bounty on Ortiz and sanctioning the hit squad that tried to kill him. Dominican authorities did not cooperate with the private investigation.

Peralta is being held in held without bail in Puerto Rico on unrelated charges of conspiracy to import cocaine and heroin. The U.S. Treasury designated Peralta a drug kingpin in 2019 and he was extradited to the U.S. territory in December.

Ortiz’s spokesperson, Joe Baerlein, told the Globe that Davis’ findings were withheld for Ortiz’s safety until Peralta was in U.S. custody.

Peralta has not been charged in relation to Ortiz’s shooting. Peralta’s lawyer, Joaquin Perez, said Peralta had nothing to do with the attempt on Ortiz’s life.

“As bad as Cesar Peralta is, it’s not even close to being in the ballpark to say he had something to do with this,” Perez said.

NFL NEWS

Deshaun Watson trade done, Browns defend decision to add QB

(AP) — Deshaun Watson’s complicated past didn’t dissuade the Cleveland Browns from betting on the quarterback’s future.

He is on Cleveland’s roster, and at this point that is the only certainty with the talented yet controversial QB.

Watson’s stunning trade to the Browns became official Sunday, capping a whirlwind few days during in which the three-time Pro Bowler – accused by 22 women of sexual harassment or assault – agreed to come to Cleveland after initially telling the team he wouldn’t.

The Browns are taking heat for bringing in Watson with his legal baggage, but the team feels comfortable with its decision.

“We spent a tremendous amount of time exploring and investigating the opportunity to trade for Deshaun Watson,” Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a team news release. “We are acutely aware and empathetic to the highly personal sentiments expressed about this decision. Our team’s comprehensive evaluation process was of utmost importance due to the sensitive nature of his situation and the complex factors involved.

“We also understand there are still some legal proceedings that are ongoing and we will respect due process.”

NHL NEWS

Kraken trade Giordano to Leafs; Panthers make another move

(AP) — Mark Giordano is heading home after the Seattle Kraken sent their captain to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who made their big move Sunday on the eve of the NHL trade deadline to shore up their defense.

Giordano joins his hometown team looking to help the franchise win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1967. The 38-year-defenseman brings additional leadership to a core that has not won a playoff series in several attempts together.

Toronto sent second-round picks in 2022 and 2023 and a third-rounder in 2024 to Seattle for Giordano and forward Colin Blackwell. The expansion Kraken retained half of Giordano’s salary to make the cap math work for the Leafs.

The Leafs also acquired a third-rounder in the draft this summer from Vancouver for defenseman Travis Dermott. The Canucks made room for Dermott by sending Travis Hamonic to Ottawa for a different 2022 third-round selection.

Bruins sign new defenseman Lindholm to 8-year extension

BOSTON (AP) Hampus Lindholm got to experience the playoffs in each of his first five NHL seasons. Then he watched from the outside for the past three years.

So when the longtime Anaheim Ducks defenseman saw an opportunity to sign on with a Bruins team that reached the postseason almost every year, he was willing to make a long-term commitment.

“They always have that winning mindset,” Lindholm said on Sunday, a day after he was traded to Boston and hours after agreeing to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension.

“They find ways to get in the mix and compete,” said Lindholm, a 2012 first-round draft pick who had played his entire career in Anaheim. “I’ve missed it the last three years. There’s nothing more fun. I can only imagine playing in Boston. I’m ready to go to battle.”

A 28-year-old Swede who figures to slot in on Boston’s No. 2 defensive pairing, Lindholm was acquired from the Ducks on Saturday night for a first-round draft pick this year and second-rounders in 2023 and ’04. Boston also sent defensemen John Moore and Urho Vaakanainen to Anaheim.

INDY CAR

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Roger Penske met Josef Newgarden in victory lane with six crisp hundred dollar bills to gift the race winner. He’s got another $300,000 in bonuses for the 300 employees back at Team Penske.

The Captain sure knows how to celebrate a monumental victory.

Newgarden used the nonexistent high line to pass Scott McLaughlin in the final turn Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway and steal the IndyCar race his teammate had dominated. It was the 600th overall victory for Roger Penske across all of his platforms.

He’d promised the bonuses following McLaughlin’s win – No. 599 for Penske – last month in the IndyCar season-opening race.

“Roger is true to his word. He gave me cold hard cash in victory lane!” Newgarden said. “What a guy! He didn’t even make me wait.”

The remaining cash will be doled out in $1,000 increments to each of the Team Penske employees as a reward from the 85-year-old team owner. Penske opened the year with Austin Cindric’s victory in the Daytona 500 and now has back-to-back wins from McLaughlin and Newgarden to open the IndyCar season.

Better yet, the duel decided Sunday in the top line at Texas closed out a surprisingly competitive race that just might have saved IndyCar’s future with its longtime track partner. Newgarden won IndyCar’s 35th race at Texas, which has hosted the series since the track opened in 1997.

The existing contract expired with this race and if Sunday had been another snoozer, it could have been the curtain call for IndyCar in Texas. A traction compound used in the turns of the 1.5-mile track is meant to enhance NASCAR’s visit, but the PJ1 is a horrible mismatch with IndyCar.

NASCAR

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) William Byron had a freight train in his rearview mirror. A sitting duck, it seemed. Fortunately for him, all those challengers started jostling against each other rather than working together to take down the leader.

While Byron cruised to the checkered flag for the third victory of his NASCAR Cup career, one last crash unfolded behind him Sunday in an appropriate finish to a chaotic, thrilling race at remodeled Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“Pretty wild,” the 24-year-old Byron said. “I’m out of breath. It was crazy.”

The track makeover – with new pavement and steeper banking – lived up to predictions of frenzied pack racing at blistering speeds approaching those seen at Talladega and Daytona.

It was like a short-track race at a superspeedway.

There were 46 lead changes among an Atlanta-record 20 drivers, a traffic jam of tightly bunched cars that never got too far away from each other in a more than four-hour race, nine wrecks that took out several top contenders, and a bunch of smashed-up race cars to lug home.

“It’s difficult, it’s stressful, it’s a different type of racing,” said Rudy Fugle, the winner’s crew chief.

Bryon was leading off the final restart with 13 laps to go. Bubba Wallace briefly grabbed the top spot, only to have the No. 24 Rick Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet pass him right back.

Going for his second career victory, Wallace still seemed to be in the most enviable position, especially if he could get a helpful push for a slingshot on the final lap. But everyone behind Byron started dueling for position, all of them wanting to put themselves in position to make the winning move.

That worked out perfectly for Byron, who pulled away to win by 0.145 seconds over Ross Chastain while the final wreck of the day sent four cars – including Wallace – spinning across the line.

“It’s tough to be the leader,” Fugle said. “We just had a lot of things go right for us.”

Wallace finished 13th. The remainder of the top five was Kurt Busch, Daniel Suarez, and Corey LaJoie in his best career showing.

MEN’S GOLF

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Sam Burns celebrated another victory Sunday at the Valspar Championship, and it was nothing like he experienced a year ago.

Not even close.

He lowered his arms and forcefully shook his fists as raw emotion poured out of him on the 16th green, a reaction worthy under the circumstances. Burns capped off his back-to-back wins at Innisbrook with a birdie putt from just outside 30 feet to beat PGA Tour rookie and longtime friend Davis Riley on the second playoff hole.

“It felt like it looked,” Burns said with a wide smile, the trophy at his side from his third PGA Tour victory in the last year, a run that began with his first win a year ago at the Valspar Championship when he won by three shots.

“All through today, just trying to make sure that I never got too high or too low and just tried to stay even-keeled,” he said. “And to see that go in, I mean, that’s just what I felt.”

There was plenty to cause stress during a four-man chase along the back nine on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook.

Burns, who closed with a 2-under 69, had control until he had to make a 9-foot putt for bogey just to keep the lead. Riley, who steadied himself after a triple bogey on the par-5 fifth hole, hit 5-iron to 6 feet for birdie on the 17th to catch him.

Riley, who started the final round with a two-shot lead and closed with a 72, had a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a win. Burns was watching from a distance, hopeful only of a chance to play golf. The putt missed to the right, and two holes later Burns was a winner again.

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INDIANA PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Oshae Brissett scored 24 points, Justin Anderson had 18 and the Indiana Pacers cruised past the Portland Trail Blazers 129-98 Sunday.

Brissett sank 8 of 10 shots and all six free throws, and he led Indiana with nine rebounds.

“I’m still learning and continuing to build,” Brissett said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity I’m getting right now and trying to capitalize on it. I’m trying not force anything and being my best self.”

Terry Taylor and Jalen Smith each scored 17 points for the Pacers, who never trailed. Lance Stephenson had 11 assists.

“Our guys jumped into the game,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “We did what we need to do, which was to execute and be unselfish. We did some good things defensively, held them under 100.”

The Trail Blazers have lost 10 of 11, including four in a row. Josh Hart led them with 26 points, hitting 11 of 13 shots. Trendon Watford scored 17 points, Drew Eubanks had 12, and Kris Dunn and Ben McLemore each had 11.

Hart scored 14 points in the third quarter as Portland held a 34-25 lead to close the deficit to 94-82. However, the Pacers were able to expand their lead in fourth with a 35-16 advantage.

The Pacers led by 25 in the first half before settling for a 69-48 halftime lead.

Indiana grabbed a 16-4 lead as the Trail Blazers hit only one of their first nine shots.

“We got off to a slow start with turnovers and missed shots,” Watford said. “We were pretty much playing catch up from there. We would start to make a little run and we’d look up and we’re still down 17.”

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –3-seed Indiana advances to the Round of 32 for the fourth time in school history as it meets 11-seed Princeton on Monday night inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

3-SEED INDIANA (23-8) VS. 11-SEED PRINCETON (25-4)

Monday, March 21, 2022 • 8 p.m. ET

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.

Broadcast: ESPNU (Kevin Fitzgerald, Helen Williams)

ABOUT THE TIGERS

The Ivy League champions got past 6-seed Kentucky, 69-62, on Saturday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. They are on an 18-game win streak heading into Monday’s game as they blew through the conference regular season and postseason tournaments without a loss. Senior guard Abby Meyer leads the way with 18.2 points per game as she scored a game-high 29 points against Kentucky. Junior guard Julia Cunningham adds 13.3 points and sophomore forward Ellie Mitchell leads on the glass with 10.2 boards per game.

SERIES HISTORY

Princeton leads 1-0

LAST MEETING

12/30/78 – L, 51-62 (Princeton, N.J.)

NOTES

Off the heels of its fourth-ever first round victory, Indiana defeated Charlotte, 85-51, on Saturday afternoon. Four players scored in double figures behind 19 points from junior forward Mackenzie Holmes and shot 54.7 percent from the floor. Indiana also set a program-record for assists in a NCAA game with 23.

The Hoosiers are making their eighth NCAA Tournament and third-consecutive appearance. IU holds a 7-7 record all-time and are most recently coming off an Elite Eight appearance in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Indiana is seeking back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances in the modern format (featuring 64 or 68 teams). The Hoosiers got past Belmont in the 2021 NCAA Tournament in San Antonio.

With the win on Saturday, Ali Patberg and Grace Berger became the program’s all-time winningest players with 89 victories. They surpass former teammate Keyanna Warthen who recorded 88 wins in her four seasons.

Indiana advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the first time in 20 years last week as the No. 5 seed. Along the way, it defeated Rutgers, Maryland and top-seed Ohio State. Graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary and senior guard Grace Berger each earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

Berger earned a pair of All-American honors this week from the Associated Press and USBWA. She earned spots on the honorable mention teams and has now earned four All-American honors in her IU career.

UP NEXT

Monday’s winner advances to the Sweet Sixteen at Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. on March 26 against the winner of No. 2 UConn and No. 7 UCF.

INDIANA BASEBALL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –  The Indiana baseball team jumped out to an early lead Sunday (March 20th) in the first game of the doubleheader against Xavier, and cruised to a 13-3 victory at Bart Kaufman Field.

The two teams traded single runs early in the game, before Indiana (8-11) scored four in the second, two in the third and four in the fourth inning to stake to an 11-1 lead. Xavier (7-13) got two back in the fifth inning, before IU would tack on one run in the sixth and seventh innings to cap the scoring in game one.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Purdue’s Jaden Ivey had to hear from Courtney Ramey all night as Texas’ tenacious, talkative guard followed the future lottery pick up and down the court.

With just over a minute left, Ivey delivered the last word.

Purdue was clinging to a 74-71 lead when Ivey made a move to get clear of Ramey before sinking a 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining. That started a 7-0 run to end the game as Purdue outlasted Texas 81-71 in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Sunday night.

“All game he was chirping, just trying to get me out of rhythm,” Ivey said. “I just stayed poised the whole game. That’s what it comes down to. People are going to try to get you out of rhythm and try to talk to you. You’ve just got to stay focused on the main goal, and I felt like I did that.”

Ramey sure made him work for it, though.

Ivey didn’t score in the first 16 minutes of the game and didn’t have a single basket in the first half. The Associated Press All-America second-team selection kept working and finished with 18 points to make sure Purdue finally got past Texas coach Chris Beard in March.

“Ramey’s one of the best defenders in the country,” Beard said. “Ivey’s obviously a special player. We held him to four made field goals tonight. … He got loose from us a few times. And give him all the credit. He’s one of the quickest, fastest players that I’ve ever seen on tape and he was just as fast in person.”

The third-seeded Boilermakers (29-7) gave away an early 14-point lead but recovered and advanced to an East Region semifinal on Friday in Philadelphia against this year’s out-of-nowhere tourney darling, the 15th-seeded Saint Peter’s.

“Just knowing what I’ve been through with those guys, it means a lot to be in this position,” said Trevion Williams, who led Purdue with 22 points. “This is what we work for.”

Purdue made the most of its size advantage and capitalized on a major disparity at the free-throw line. Purdue had 46 attempts, making 33, while the Longhorns went 7 of 12 on free throws.

Timmy Allen, Texas’ leading scorer at 12.3 points per game, scored two points in 18 minutes before fouling out with 6:25 left. Christian Bishop also fouled out for Texas after getting 10 points and seven rebounds.

“Really the differential in the game, you guys know this, the free throws,” Beard said. “(I’ve got to) be careful what I say. 46-12, there hasn’t been a lot of games in the NCAA Tournament like that.”

Beard had won each of his two previous NCAA Tournament matchups with coach Matt Painter’s Boilermakers, who had the better seeding each time. Beard’s Little Rock squad knocked off Purdue in the first round in 2016, and he led Texas Tech past the Boilermakers in a 2018 regional semifinal.

Marcus Carr led sixth-seeded Texas (22-12) with 23 points and Andrew Jones scored 17.

Big man Zach Edey had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue, which also got 11 points from Eric Hunter Jr.

Purdue took a 28-14 lead after going on a 20-0 run as Texas went scoreless for a stretch of 9:44. But the Longhorns rallied to take the lead with just under 16 minutes left, and the game went back and forth from there.

“It just showed how tough we are, how determined we were to stay in this game,” Jones said.

It was tied when Ivey drove and passed to Hunter, who sank a 3-pointer from in front of Purdue’s bench with 9:17 left. Purdue stayed in front the rest of the way, though Texas kept it interesting.

Texas shrunk a 10-point deficit to three points in the span of a minute. Carr’s 3-pointer made it 74-71 with 1:31 left.

Ivey then drained his long 3 and Texas never threatened again.

“To finish it the way we did is great,” Ivey said. “I’m super proud of all our guys.”

BIG PICTURE

Texas: The Longhorns showed in Beard’s first year that they’re ready to end their recent string of postseason misfortune. Their first-round victory over Virginia Tech was their first NCAA Tournament win since 2014. “This culture’s strong, the coaching staff is strong, and players just got to come along with it and trust it,” Jones said.

Purdue: The Boilermakers have won each of the last 31 games they’ve led at halftime, continuing a streak that began last season. They’ve outrebounded their first two NCAA Tournament foes 83-61 and have outscored them 60-13 from the foul line.

UP NEXT

Purdue is two wins away from its first Final Four berth since 1980.

(Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 29-7 overall with an 81-71 victory over No. 25-ranked and sixth-seeded Texas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue’s 29 wins are now the second most in school history (2018 – 30).

Purdue had been defeated by Texas head coach Chris Beard twice before in the NCAA Tournament (2016 vs. Little Rock; 2018 vs. Texas Tech). Purdue entered the game with Texas with a 1-4 record against the Longhorns, including two losses in the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue is now 6-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament in games played in Wisconsin (1969 Regionals; 2017 first and second rounds; 2022 first and second rounds). In each of the last two trips, Purdue defeated a Big 12 team to reach the Sweet 16 (2017 – Iowa State; 2022 – Texas).

Purdue won its sixth game this season against a ranked opponent – good for the fourth most nationally.

Matt Painter will be making his sixth Sweet 16 appearance, the 11th most for an active head coach.

The Boilermakers will be making their fourth Sweet 16 appearance in the last five tournaments. Only Michigan and Gonzaga have made all five Sweet 16s in that span (since 2017).

Among Big Ten teams since 2017, there have been 11 Sweet 16 appearances, with Michigan and Purdue accounting for nine of them (Michigan -5; Purdue – 4; Michigan State – 1; Wisconsin – 1).

Purdue won both its games in Milwaukee  by double-digits, being one of three teams to reach the Sweet 16 to do that (Houston, Villanova).

Purdue’s 46 free throw attempts were the 13th most in a game in school history and most since Jan. 9, 2002, vs. Illinois (46). The 33 made free throws were the 14th most in a game in school history and most since that same game (35).

Since the 2010-11 NCAA Tournament, only Baylor (48) vs. Nebraska (March 21, 2014) and UCLA (47) vs. Michigan State (March 17, 2011) had more free throw attempts in the NCAA Tournament.

During the two games in Milwaukee, Purdue went 60-of-79 (.759) from the free throw line. Opponents were 13-of-23 (.565).

Purdue is now 19-0 when scoring over 80 points (26-0 when scoring 70 points) and has now won 40 straight games (Dec. 15, 2018 vs. Notre Dame) when scoring over 80 points.

Purdue held Texas to 39.7 percent shooting from the field and during the two games in Milwaukee, opponents shot just 50-of-131 (.382) from the field.

Jaden Ivey scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and added three rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot.

Since the 1992-93 season, Ivey is one of eight underclassmen (freshman or sophomore) with 600 points, 150 rebounds, 100 assists, 30 steals and 20 blocks in a season. He is one of four Big Ten players to do so in the last 30 years (Frank Kaminsky, Draymond Green, Evan Turner), and the only Purdue player to do so in school history.

Ivey moved to 19th place on the school’s single-season scoring list (615 points).

Trevion Williams had 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists in the win. Williams now has 1,394 career points and 897 career rebounds. He needs six points and three rebounds to become the first player in school history with 1,400 points, 900 rebounds and 200 assists.

Zach Edey recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Williams and Edey combined for 33 points and 17 rebounds while going 12-of-19 from the field.

Ethan Morton scored a career-high eight points and added two rebounds and two blocked shots. He made multiple 3-pointers in a game for the first time in his career.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team heads out for the second round of the 2022 WNIT for a road battle at Marquette on Monday night at 8 p.m. (ET). The Big East Digital Network through FloHoops will steam the game from the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee.

Tim Newton and Jane Schott will be courtside for the Purdue Radio Network on 95.3 BOB FM.

GAME INFORMATION

Purdue (17-14) at Marquette (22-10)

Time: 8 PM (ET)

TV: Big East Digital Network

Radio: 95.3 BOB FM

Live Stats: GoMarquette.com

LAST TIME OUT

The Boilermakers opened the WNIT with an 82-60 win over Southern Illinois on Wednesday. Brooke Moore dropped a career high and a program record for the WNIT 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting. In the second start of her career, Rokia Doumbia added a career-high 13 points and eight rebounds. Purdue dished out 21 assists on 33 made field goals, led by Jeanae Terry’s eight helpers.

NOTES

• Purdue and Marquette will meet for the first time in program history.

• Brooke Moore is one of 16 players this season with at least three 20-point outings off the bench. She ranks 10th in the nation 10 points per game and fewer than three starts.

• The Boilermakers have already set the single-season 3-point record with 235 made 3-pointers this season.

• Jeanae Terry is one of three players in program history to lead the team in assists and rebounding in the same season (Stephanie White in 1998, Carol Emanuel in 1982 and 1983).

• Terry is one of five players with 15 games of five points, five assists and five rebounds in the nation this year.

• With its win on Wednesday night, the Boilermakers have 10 more wins than 2020-21, adding to the best mark by a first-year head coach at Purdue and tying for third in program history (1981 10-win improvement under Dr. Ruth Jones)

• A win on Monday night would give Purdue six road wins this season.

• Purdue leads the Big Ten with opponents making 27.2% of their 3-point shots and just 4.8 triples per game allowed.

• Abbey Ellis is shooting 46.3% from the floor and 86.5% at the line, with 20 games in double figures.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SWIMMING

ATLANTA – Purdue’s Maggie Merriman competed for a national title in 10-meter diving for the second year in a row, claiming All-America honors with her fifth-place finish in championship final.

Merriman finished top five at NCAAs for the second year in a row. She was also an All-American as a sophomore in 2020 when the CSCAA elected to recognize the nation’s top performers in the wake of the cancelation of the

Merriman accounted for 14 points with her All-American performance, helping the Purdue women finish in 30th place in the team scoring at the national championship meet.

The Purdue women have had an All-American diver in 17 of the last 18 years dating back to 2004. Excluding the unique circumstances of the 2020 campaign, Merriman is Purdue’s fourth female diver to be a full-fledged (top-8 finish) All-American in the same event in consecutive seasons. She joined Carrie McCambridge (1-meter and platform, 2005-06), Michelle Cabassol (3-meter, 2013-14) and Lexi Vincent (platform, 2017-18) as the Boilermakers to accomplish the feat.

Maycey Vieta, Sophie McAfee and Jenna Sonnenberg also competed for Purdue at the national championship meet. The Boilermakers had three of the top 25 finishers on the platform. On 3-meter Friday, Purdue had a pair of top-30 finishers. McAfee was one of 20 divers at the meet to compete in all three events, doing so as a freshman.

Merriman finished strong in the championship final, with her top scores (68.80, 62.40) coming into the final two rounds. She ripped her armstand in round 4 for a list-high score. That helped her climb the leaderboard into fifth place after a slow start. She finished with a list score of 286.20 in the final.

Merriman’s consistency was on display in the prelim when she posted a list score of 298.55 to finish fifth among a field of 46 divers. She did not miss a dive while posting five consecutive scores between 56 and 67.20.

Merriman finished fourth on 10-meter at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in December, earning the right to represent the U.S. in the event at the FINA World Championships in May. She also has three career top-three finishes on the tower at the Big Ten Championships.

McAfee, Sonnenberg and Vieta are all slated to return for the 2022-23 season. Merriman also has the option to return for a fifth year if she exercises an eligibility extension related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PURDUE WOMEN AT 2022 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Platform

• Maggie Merriman, 298.55 (Prelim Score) – Finished 8th in Championship Final; All-American

• Maycey Vieta, 258.20 – Finished 20th Prelims

• Sophie McAfee, 250.50 – Finished 25th in Prelims

3-Meter

• Sophie McAfee, 294.85 – Finished 26th in Prelims

• Jenna Sonnenberg, 290.15 – Finished 30th in Prelims

1-Meter

• Sophie McAfee, 260.50 – Finished 34th in Prelims

BUTLER SOFTBALL

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Butler softball team split a doubleheader with DePaul on Sunday, losing game two of the three-game series, 7-6, and winning the finale, 4-3, in eight innings. The Blue Demons (11-14, 1-2 BIG EAST) hit a walk-off home run to win the initial contest of the day and then scored three in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings in the final game. The Bulldogs (16-8, 4-1 BIG EAST) scored one in the eighth and Alyssa Graves retired three of the next four batters as Butler ultimately took two of three in the BIG EAST series.

Game two: Butler- 6, DePaul- 7 (7 innings)

In the top of the first, Teagan O’Rilley hit a sacrifice fly to center field, allowing Lauren Fey (3-4, R) to score from third and putting the Bulldogs on the board first. The Blue Demons sent one of their own across in the bottom half, tying the score, 1-1.

In the second, DePaul hit a home run to pull ahead, 2-1.

One inning later, Ellie Boyer (2-4, RBI, R, SB) hit a single, scoring Bri Avery (2-3, R, 2B). Two batters later, O’Rilley launched one over the fence, and her run along with Boyer’s put Butler up, 4-2.

The Blue Demons used a sacrifice fly to plate one in the bottom half of the third and pulled to within one, 4-3.

In the fifth, a Monique Hoosen (2-3, 2 RBI, R, HR, BB) dinger to left field also scored Ella White, and the Dawgs were pulling away, 6-3, but a DePaul three-run homer tied things up, 6-6, in the bottom half.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Blue Demons hit a walk-off home run, winning by a final score of 7-6.

Alyssa Graves (0.1 IP, R, ER, 3 BB) started in the circle for Butler. Karlie Ricketts (3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, BB, 2 K) relieved her in the first inning, and Mackenzie Griman (2-4) finished the game. Griman, who took the loss, pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing one hit, one run (earned) and two walks.

Game three: Butler- 4, DePaul- 3 (8 innings)

The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the first but came away empty.

In the second inning, Maddie Moore was hit by a pitch and then scored when Kaylee Gross tripled, making the score 1-0 Butler.

The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the fourth and again could not cross the plate, while DePaul stranded two runners in both the third and fourth innings.

In the sixth, Monique Hoosen hit her second home run of the day, and four batters later, Lauren Fey knocked in Bri Avery with a double. Butler now led, 3-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, DePaul tied the game with three runs, forcing extra innings.

In the top of the eighth, Ella White reached on a double and scored on an Avery sacrifice fly, and the Bulldogs held on for the 4-3 win.

Alyssa Graves (6-3) went the full eight innings for Butler and picked up the win. She allowed seven hits, three runs (two earned), and four walks while striking out eight.

Bulldog Bits

Mackenzie Griman’s home run in game one (Saturday) was her fourth of the season and the eighth of her career.

The game two home run by Teagan O’Rilley’s was her second of the season and the third of her career.

Monique Hoosen’s two home runs were her fifth and sixth of the season and the eighth and ninth of her career. This is the second time this season she hit home runs in consecutive games on the same day (Feb. 26, Chattanooga/SIU).

The RBI triple from Kaylee Gross in game three was the first triple of her career.

In the two games combined, Butler outhit DePaul, 22-13. Lauren Fey led the Bulldogs with five hits and Bri Avery added four.

Alyssa Graves has now pitched 481.0 innings in her career and has moved into the seventh position on Butler’s all-time list.

Up Next

Butler will return to Indianapolis to play its first home games of the season, hosting Seton Hall for a three-game series, Mar. 25-27. Game times are 3 pm Friday, 1 pm Saturday, and 1 pm Sunday.

BUTLER BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – It was an action packed day at Bulldog Park on Sunday with Butler hosting a doubleheader against the Eagles of Eastern Michigan. The Bulldogs came out in game one 4-3, but the Eagles would win the weekend series with a 7-0 victory in the nightcap.

Kollyn All drove a ball through the left side of the infield in the bottom of the eighth inning in game one to give Butler a 4-3 victory over Eastern Michigan. Jonathan Shoop entered the game for Garrett Gray as a pinch runner and scored the game winning run on the hit.

The Bulldogs would then send Derek Drees to the mound for the save. The 6-6 redshirt-senior shined in the role striking out two of the three batters he faced. Drees now has a team-high three saves on the season.

BU used three arms in game one with Aaron Barokas getting the start and Jon Vore getting the win. Barokas went five full innings and struck out four while only issuing one walk. Vore took over the next three innings and limited the Eagles to just two hits. Vore moves to 3-1 on the year while EMU’s Zach Gillig slides to 0-2.

Scoring in the game started in the third inning. Scott Jones hit a ball hard to the left side of the infield. The Eastern Michigan shortstop got the force at second, but the double play try would fail with the ball sailing high, over the EMU first baseman. Butler scored two on that play and would add a third run on an RBI single by Ryan O’Halloran through the right side of the infield.

The Eagles got two runs back in the fourth and tied the game in the sixth. Daniel Warkentin had a sac fly in the fourth and added an RBI single to right in the sixth. The Eagles however would not score another run the rest of the way allowing BU to record the 4-3 win.

The Butler offense never got going in game two on Sunday. EMU limited BU to just two hits in the contest and would cruise to a 7-0 victory. Thomas House picked up the win and the loss would go to Cole McDaniel.

The Bulldogs will now shift their focus to #7 Tennessee. The Vols will host the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

BALL STATE BASEBALL

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team returned the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex on Sunday for a doubleheader against Bowling Green. Matthew Rivera led the Cardinals with seven RBIs on a grand slam and a two-run homer as BSU won twice over BGSU.

Ball State has hit a grand slam in three-straight games, as the Cardinals have launched seven home runs as a team. Rivera, Adam Christianson, and Trenton Quartermaine have all hit two homers so far in the series against Bowling Green.

Amir Wright continued to be a terror for opposing pitchers as he has reached base safely in 19-consecutive games and is riding a six-game hitting streak.

BSU improved to 10-8 overall and 6-1 in MAC play, while BGSU dropped to 2-14 and 0-7 in league games.

Game One – Ball State 14, Bowling Green 9

The Falcons got on the board first in the top of the second inning on a two-run home run by Nathan Archer.

The Cardinals were unfazed by the Falcons’ early lead. Zach Lane, Wright, and Nick Powell drove in a combined five runs before Christianson belted a grand slam to right center. Ball State answered with a nine-run inning and took a 9-2 lead into the third inning.

Quartermaine was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the third inning. Powell followed with a perfectly placed bunt down the first base line for a single. Christianson drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Ryan Peltier lined a single to left field and drove in Quartermaine and Powell. BSU held an 11-2 lead after three complete innings.

Ryan Johnson led off the top of the fifth inning with a solo homer for the Falcons.

In the bottom of the fifth, Powell led off with a walk. Rivera followed with a single through the left side to give BSU two runners on with no outs. After back-to-back fly outs to right, Zach Cole blasted a three-run home run to straight away center and extended the Ball State lead to 14-3.

Bowling Green did not go down without a fight as the Falcons tallied six runs on five hits in the top of the sixth to make the score 14-9.

Sam Klein pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball and collected two strikeouts to keep BGSU from tying the game, as BSU won game one 14-9.

Ty Johnson improved to 3-1 on the season behind a five-inning performance on the mound. Johnson tallied six strikeouts and surrendered six earned runs on eight hits.

Christianson led Ball State with four RBIs on two hits. Powell, Cole, and Justin Conant all posted two hits in game one.

Andrew Abrahamowicz picked up the loss with 11 earned runs on 10 hits in just two innings of work. 

Game Two – Ball State 15, Bowling Green 5

Wright started game two with a single for the Cardinals and then stole second. After back-to-back fly outs, Rivera drew a walk after being behind in the count 0-2. Christianson was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Ball State. Peltier delivered a huge two-out single two deep center to clear the bases for the Cardinals. BSU held a 3-0 lead after the first inning of play.

In the top of the third, Jack Krause hit a two-run homer for the Falcons and cut the Cardinal lead to 3-2.

Peltier started the home half of the fourth with a double to left center. Peltier stole third and scored as the Falcon catcher threw the ball into left field.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Rivera hit an absolute rocket of a line drive down the left field line that cleared the wall for a two-run homer. Rivera’s home run gave Ball State a 6-2 lead after five innings.

Bowling Green cut the lead to just one, 6-5, after a three-run inning in the top of the sixth.

The Cardinals once again showed how resilient they are as they responded with a six-run inning, the fourth time in the series that BSU has scored at least six runs in an inning. Conant got things started with a sac fly to right field. Powell recorded an infield single with bases loaded to plate the second run of the frame. Rivera put one into orbit as he launched a grand slam to left field.

Decker Scheffler doubled down the right field line to start things for Ball State in the bottom of the seventh. Conant was hit by a pitch to give the Cardinals runners on first and second with one out. Wright notched an RBI single up the middle. Quartermaine recorded a 10-pitch walk after being behind in the count 0-2, to load the bases for BSU. Powell and Rivera drew back-to-back walks to record the walk-off win as the Cardinals enforced the run rule, 15-5.

Trennor O’Donnell picked up the victory and improved to 2-2 on the season. He went 5 1/3 innings in the start with four strikeouts. He gave up four earned runs on three hits. Ryan Brown tossed 1 2/3 innings in relief. Brown struck out four batters and gave up one unearned run on one hit.

Rivera led BSU in game two with seven RBIs and a 2-for-3 performance at the plate. He also walked with the bases loaded to end the game. Peltier produced a solid 3-for-4 game at bat and added three RBIs.

Connar Penrod got the loss behind four innings of work. He gave up five runs, four earned, on four hits and struck out three Cardinal batters.

The Cardinals and Falcons close out the four-game series on Monday, March 21. First pitch is scheduled for noon at First Merchants Ballpark Complex.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“We’ve gotten a lot of big hits this weekend. We’ve made some great plays. We’ve played pretty good defense all year. The bats came alive. The power has started to show what we thought we had. It just didn’t show early in the year.”

From the Student-Athletes – Senior Catcher #5 Adam Christianson

“Early in the season my timing was a little off. I started loading earlier and I’ve been able to start driving the ball. Early in the season we struggled to hit. Now our bats are starting to wake up. We’ve had the mentality to come in and score a bunch of runs.”

From the Student-Athletes – Junior Catcher #23 Matthew Rivera

“Getting here early and hitting off the tee to get locked in along with all the support from the coaches really helped me find my swing. We need to keep doing what we’ve been doing and stay focused. We really want to get this fourth one.”

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (24-11) saw its gutsy March Madness run come to an end with a 59-53 loss to Texas Tech (27-9) in the second round of the 2022 NCAA tournament at Viejas Arena on the campus of San Diego State University Sunday night.

It was a defensive battle, with neither team earning more than a seven point lead in the low scoring affair. The Red Raiders eventually earned the victory at the free throw line after finishing the game just one-for-11 from the field. Notre Dame saw its three point lead with just over two minutes to go erased behind untimely turnovers and missed defensive rebounds.

Senior Dane Goodwin led the Irish with 14 points and eight rebounds while freshman Blake Wesley added 11 points and eight rebounds of his own.

Texas Tech was paced by Kevin Obanor with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame edged out a 7-6 lead at the first media timeout as both teams searched for their offensive groove. Williams scored four of the first six for Texas Tech on the block while Hubb connected on his first three pointer of the game.

Texas Tech earned its first lead on a 7-0 run fueled by Notre Dame committing three turnovers and being unable to score for over five minutes. The Red Raiders scrambling defense was giving the Irish issues, but Notre Dame did miss a layup and a clean look from behind the arc during the run.

Goodwin ended the run with a three pointer off a nice find from Wesley to cut the lead to 13-10 with nine minutes left. Laszewski followed with a three pointer in the corner and Notre Dame had erased the lead and tied the game at 13-13 with 7:32 remaining.

The Irish edged ahead 18-17 with two free throws from Paul Atkinson Jr. but now it was time for Texas Tech to answer. Back-to-back buckets from Kevin Obanor put the Red Raiders up 22-18 at the 3:47 mark.

Two free throws from Wesley got the Irish within two but the Red Raiders posted two buckets to stretch their lead back to six points. Trey Wertz then drove and found Cormac Ryan open on the wing for his first three pointer of the game to cut the lead to three with a minute left.

The Irish had the ball with :31 left and ran a set play with Wertz’s three just rimming out. Wesley rebounded the ball with six second left, drove, missed but grabbed his own rebound and powered it in to put the Irish down just one 26-25 at the break.

Tech worked their lead back to six in the first four minutes of the second half as the Irish started the period 1-for7 from the field.

The Notre Dame defense earned two charges on Texas Tech to keep the Raiders from pulling too far away. Wesley knifed through the defense with a lay up to cut the lead to two at 13:30, but yet again Texas Tech put together two buckets to push their lead back to six.

Atkinson Jr. then found Goodwin wide open at the top of the key for a three pointer and Notre Dame was back to within three with 12:25 left.

After another defensive stop Wesley drove and found Ryan open in the corner for a three pointer to tie the game at 39-39 to cap an Irish 6-0 run.

Two key calls then went against the Irish in the next segment of the game. Prentiss Hubb tracked down his own miss and found Laszewski wide open for a lay up, but the referee whistled the play dead to check the shot clock which was executed perfectly.

The points came off the board, but Notre Dame had a great possession with everyone on the team touching the ball to find Wertz open in the corner for a three pointer. A defensive stop later Hubb gave Notre Dame their largest lead of the game at four points.

But Tech answered yet again. A turn around jumper followed by a steal and break away that Wertz was called for a flagrant foul for pulling the player’s jersey. The Red Raiders were given two shots and the ball. A free throw tied it, then a three pointer gave Tech a three point lead.

Goodwin earned two shots on Notre Dame’s next possession but only connected on one. The Irish earned a stop and Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach called a set play for Goodwin to get him an open three pointer. The senior sharp shooter delivered and the shot put the Irish up one point. Atkinson Jr. added a free throw a minute later to put the Irish up 49-47 with 3:49 left.

Texas Tech tied it with two free throws at the 3:30 mark and Wesley answered with a pull up jumper to put his team back up two. The Irish got a stop but on the next possession Wesley was fouled on a drive and converted one free throw to give the Irish a three point lead with 2:09 left.

Tech earned a second chance free throw opportunity off a missed shot and converted both to cut the lead to one. The Irish then committed a turnover, Tech missed yet another shot but got the rebound and two more foul shots to take the lead with 1:10 left.

The Irish worked the ball down low but Laszewski’s shot was blocked, Tech grabbed the rebound and Marcus Santos-Silva converted two more free throws to put his team up three.

Wesley then drove deep into the defense on the next possession but was swarmed by the Tech defenders, tried to throw it out to a shooter but the ball ended up out of bounds. The Red Raiders added two more free throws, then a dunk after a scramble on the next Irish miss to put the game away.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

NOTRE DAME, Ind.  – The University of Notre Dame hockey team will be the No. 3 seed at the Albany NCAA Regional and will face No. 2 seed North Dakota on Thursday, March 24 at 6 p.m. ET in the first round of the 2022 NCAA championship.

The NCAA Championship field of 16 was announced on the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Selection Show on ESPNU Sunday evening. The Regional’s other first round game will feature No. 1 seed Minnesota State and No. 4 seed Harvard. The Regional Finals are slated for Saturday, March 26.

The additional 2022 Regional sites include Allentown, Pennsylvania (March 25 & 27), Loveland, Colorado (March 24 & 26) and Worcester, Massachusetts (March 25 & 27). The four regional winners will advance to the 2022 Frozen Four on April 7 and 9 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

It marks the sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament field the Irish have earned an invite to, a program-best streak. It is the second-longest active streak, trailing only Minnesota Duluth (7).

Notre Dame, which made back-to-back Frozen Four appearances in 2017 and 2018 and advanced to the 2018 national title game, has made the NCAA tournament for the 13th time in program history and for the 12th time under head coach Jeff Jackson.

The Irish have also appeared in nine of the last 11 NCAA Tournament fields. In addition to 2017 and 2018, Jackson also guided the Irish to Frozen Four appearances in 2008 and 2011.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The No. 1-ranked Notre Dame baseball team overcame two deficits but it was not enough as they fell to Louisville, 7-5, Sunday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Notre Dame came back from 0-1 and 2-4 deficits to hold a 5-4 lead heading into the eighth. Louisville scored three runs in the eighth to regain the lead that they would not relinquish to take the final game of the series.

How It Happened

Louisville jumped out to the lead in the bottom of the first. They scored their first run on a wild pitch and took an early 1-0 lead after one.

The Irish battled back in the fourth and took the lead after scoring two in the inning. Carter Putz scored the tying run for the Irish after Brooks Coetzee III reached on an error on the fielder’s choice. Later in the inning Jack Brannigan scored on the sacrifice fly from David LaManna to give the Irish a 2-1 lead.

Louisville regained the lead in the sixth after plating three runs in the inning. With just three innings left, the Irish trailed 4-2.

The Irish battled back in the top of the seventh with three runs of their own to take back the lead. The first run of the inning came as LaManna scored on the bases-loaded walk from Ryan Cole. The tying run scored in Zack Prajzner on the sacrifice fly to right from Jared Miller. The Irish took the lead back with an infield single from Carter Putz that scored Spencer Myers. That gave the Irish a 5-4 lead after seven innings.

Louisville scored three runs in the eighth off a three-run home run from Isaac Humphrey to take back the lead. The Irish were unable to put any runners on in the ninth and fell 7-5.

Up Next

Notre Dame heads back home for a five-game homestand starting on Tuesday. The Irish will take on Northwestern at Frank Eck Stadium on March 22 with first pitch set for 4 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast nationally on ACC Network. Admission is free for all regular season games at Eck this season.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

CLEVELAND – The Mastodon softball squad suffered a 10-2 loss at Cleveland State on Sunday (March 20) in Horizon League play.

The ‘Dons scored both of their runs off a double by Sonia Solis in the third inning. It made the score 3-2 in favor of the Vikings. It was a 4-2 game when the Vikings scored six in the fifth to end the game.

While the Mastodons scored only two runs in the game, they threatened nearly every inning. They put multiple runners on in four of the five frames and the one inning they didn’t, the fourth, they still earned a walk. The ‘Dons ended the game with 10 runners left on base. 

Solis went 2-for-3 on the day with a double and two RBIs. Epiphany Hang added a double.

Senior Shaina Eyre (1-5) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne. She went 3.2 innings, with only one of the four runs she allowed being earned.

GAME NOTES

» Purdue Fort Wayne went 2-for-6 (.333) with runners in scoring position.

» The Mastodons drew six walks from Cleveland State pitching.

» Cleveland State was led offensively by Courtney Fernette, who went 2-for-2 with four RBIs.

» Melissa Holzopfel threw all five innings for the Vikings. She is 6-9.

» Cleveland State improves to 9-15 (5-1 Horizon). The ‘Dons are now 4-16 (3-2 Horizon).

UP NEXT

» The ‘Dons are at Green Bay starting Friday for a Horizon League series with the Phoenix.

PURDUE FORT WAYNE WOMEN’S GOLF

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team will take the course again on Monday (March 21) at the Nevel Meade Collegiate.

Event: Nevel Meade Collegiate

Host: Cleveland State

When: March 21-22

Where: Nevel Meade Golf Course | Prospect, Ky.

Par: 72

Yardage: 5953 yards

Format: Play five, take four

Live Results: Link

Competing Teams

Youngstown State, Oakland, Toledo, Central Michigan, Tennessee Tech, Bellarmine, Bowling Green, Purdue Fort Wayne, Northern Kentucky, Butler, Indiana State, Detroit Mercy, Dayton, Cleveland State.

Nevel Meade Golf Course

Patterned after the beautiful courses of Scotland, the rolling terrain, fresh water spring, century old trees along it’s borders, deep bunkering, and large heather grass areas make Nevel Meade a picturesque place to challenge your golfing skills. Multiple tee boxes offer fun and challenges for all skill levels.

Mastodon Lineup

Anna Olafsdottir, Kennedy Brooker, Arny Dagsdottir, Laura Caetano and Taylor Norman will compete for the team score. Sarah Brenneman will play as an individual.

One in a Brazilian

Laura Caetano a native of Brasilia, Brazil, has the second-best career average in Mastodon history. She has an average of 78.55, which only trails Holly Anderson’s 77.39. Anderson played for the Mastodons from 2018-21. Caetano’s season-best of 74 came in the last tournament of the fall season at the Dayton Flyer Invitational.

Icy Cold

Anna Olafsdottir ranks just behind Caetano in the program’s history career average. The sophomore from Iceland is averaging 79.47 strokes per round. She has two top-10 finishes in her career, the latest coming at the Benbow Invitational on March 8, 2022.

On a Roll! The Honor Roll!

Five Mastodon women’s golfers were selected to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll: Kennedy Brooker, Laura Caetano, Luiza Caetano, Arny Dagsdottir and Anna Olafsdottir. Members of the honor roll must complete at least three semesters at the member institution with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20.

Last Time Out

Arny Dagsdottir had the best round of her career in the Sacred Heart Invitational (March 11-12) shooting 75-80-155 to lead the Mastodons to seventh.

Next Time Up

The Mastodons will have one final tuneup before the Horizon League Championship at the Jan Weaver Invitational on April 8-9.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State split Sunday’s doubleheader to take the series from visiting Kansas as ISU fell in the opener, 7-5, before rebounding to take the 11-10 win in the Sunday finale at Bob Warn Field.

The Jayhawks (8-10) took the first game on Sunday thanks to a late Reyce Curnane two-run home run to set up the rubber match in the finale. Josue Urdaneta swung the game to the Sycamores (11-7) in the bottom of the eighth with his fourth home run of the week and Joey Hurth (S, 3) held the Jayhawks scoreless in the ninth to secure the doubleheader split and the series win.

Urdaneta paced the Sycamores batters on the day going 4-for-8 with a double and a home run, while driving in three RBI, while Seth Gergely added three RBI and a double to highlight ISU’s offense. Diego Gines and Jordan Schaffer also connected on extra-base hits as the Sycamores combined for 18 hits over the two games on Sunday.

Jack Parisi (2-2) picked up his second win of the 2022 season in a relief stint in Sunday’s finale. Luke Patzner added 4.2 innings in strong relief in game one to highlight the Sycamores on the mound.

Game One: Kansas 7, Indiana State 5

Kansas took control of the opening contest early and Reyce Curnane came through in the clutch with the go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to stymie the Sycamores in Sunday’s first game.

The Jayhawks built an early 4-0 lead on the strength of a Connor McMurray home run and a pair of Nolan Metcalf singles as Kansas limited the Sycamores early. ISU battled back with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game up on Seth Gergely’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh scoring Diego Gines and Tyler Nelson.

However, momentum swung back to the Jayhawks in the top of the eighth on Curnane’s two-out, two-run home run and Sergio Rivera added a RBI single in the ninth to put Kansas ahead 7-4.

ISU put its first four runners on base in the bottom of the ninth with Gergely bringing home Jackson Taylor on a fielder’s choice, but KU’s Jonah Ulane (S, 4) was able to limit the Sycamores the rest of the way in the Kansas win.

Josue Urdaneta (2-for-5) and Seth Gergely (2-for-5, 3 RBI) highlighted the Sycamores offense in the game. Gergely added his second double of the season in the loss.

Brennyn Cutts (1-1) took the loss after allowing the go-ahead run on base in the top of the eighth inning. Jake Ridgway went the first two innings in the no-decision, while Luke Patzner went a season-long 4.2 innings allowing three hits and one run while striking out four out of the bullpen.

Tavian Josenberger was the lone Jayhawk to post a multi-hit game in the opener, while Metcalf and Curnane each had multiple RBI in the win.

Ryan Vanderhei went the first 5.2 innings in the no-decision allowing five hits and two runs while striking out seven. Stone Hewlett (1-0) was the pitcher of record when Kansas took the lead in the top of the eighth to pick up his first win, while Daniel Hegarty and Ulane went the final 1.2 innings in closing out the win.

How They Scored

Kansas took advantage of an errant pickoff throw and a Nolan Metcalf RBI single to take the early lead in the top of the first inning as Maui Ahuna crossed the plate to put the Jayhawks up 1-0.

The Jayhawks plated two more runs in the third as Casey Burnham brought home Dylan Ditzenberger on a fielder’s choice, while Nolan Metcalf posted a RBI groundout scoring Tavian Josenberger to put the score at 3-0 Kansas.

Cooper McMurray made it a 4-0 Jayhawks lead in the top of the sixth inning with a two-out solo home run to left field.

The Sycamores halved the Kansas lead in the bottom of the sixth with Grant Magill drawing a bases-loaded walk scoring Parker Stinson, while Jordan Schaffer’s sacrifice fly to left field scored Joe Kido to put the score at 4-2.

Seth Gergely’s two-run infield single scored Diego Gines and Tyler Nelson in the bottom of the seventh to even the score at 4-4. Nelson slid around the play at the plate for the game-tying run to highlight the two-run inning.

Reyce Curnane put the Jayhawks back in the lead with a two-run home run just to the right of straightaway centerfield to give Kansas the 6-4 lead in the top of the eighth.

Kansas added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Sergio Rivera drew a bases-loaded walk scoring Josenberger to put the KU lead at 7-4.

Indiana State added a late run in the bottom of the ninth as Seth Gergely brought home Jackson Taylor with a fielder’s choice to set the final score at 7-5.

Game Two: Indiana State 11, Kansas 10

Indiana State outlasted the visiting Jayhawks in the series finale on Sunday afternoon as the Sycamores utilized a late Josue Urdaneta home run to power their way past Kansas in the 11-10 win.

The Sycamores batted around to put five runs across the plate in the bottom of the second inning to take control of the game early as Seth Gergely again came through with a timely two-run single. The ISU lead reached 10-5 in the bottom of the sixth as Jordan Schaffer added a RBI double and Tyler Nelson connected on a run-scoring sacrifice fly.

Kansas never gave up as the Jayhawks rallied their way back into the game with a three-run seventh inning highlighted by a pair of Indiana State errors. Kansas nearly brought the game all the way back on Jack Hammond’s second home run of the game in the top of the ninth, but Joey Hurth was able to shut down the Kansas offense stranding the tying runner at third in picking up the save.

Schaffer and Urdaneta both posted multi-hit games, while Randall Diaz scored three runs in the series finale against Kansas. Diego Gines added his fifth double of the year to highlight ISU’s offense.

Jack Parisi (2-2) picked up the win after going 3.0 innings in relief of starter Jared Spencer. Parisi allowed four hits and four runs (two earned), while striking out four. Jose Cabrera, Connor Fenlong, and Hurth (S, 3) all went one inning apiece in closing out the contest.

How They Scored

Seth Gergely put the first two Sycamore runs across with a RBI single to spark a five-run Indiana State rally in the bottom of the second. Randall Diaz, Jordan Schaffer, and Josue Urdaneta also posted RBI in the inning as the Sycamores sent 10 batters to the plate in taking the 5-0 lead.

Jack Hammond connected on a bases-clearing grand slam in the top of the third inning to put Kansas back in the mix as the Jayhawks took advantage of a pair of infield singles in narrowing the ISU lead down to 5-4.

The Sycamores added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth as Josue Urdaneta connected on a RBI double, while a second ISU run crossed the plate on a KU balk to put the Indiana State lead at 7-4.

Kansas utilized an Indiana State error to plate a run in the top of the fifth as Maui Ahuna came around to score on a ball bobbled in right field, narrowing the ISU lead down to 7-5.

Jordan Schaffer connected on a RBI double scoring Randall Diaz, while Schaffer and Josue Urdaneta both scored on passed balls in the inning to stretch the ISU lead to 10-5 in the bottom of the sixth.

Kansas took three back in the top of the seventh as the Jayhawks sent nine batters to the plate with Casey Burnham and Maui Ahuna driving in runs, while Burnham scored on an ISU error to cut the deficit down to 10-8.

Josue Urdaneta connected on his fourth home run of the week and second of the weekend as the redshirt sophomore drilled a ball to the left of the scoreboard in right centerfield in the bottom of the eighth to put ISU ahead 11-8.

Hammond connected on his second home run of the contest, this one a two-run shot to left centerfield, as Kansas cut the Sycamores lead down to 11-10 in the top of the ninth, before Joey Hurth shut the door for the save.

News & Notes

Josue Urdaneta’s hitting streak reached 17 games in the bottom of the third inning of the first game as the redshirt sophomore drilled a one-out single to centerfield. He added a RBI double in the bottom of the fourth in game two of the doubleheader to stretch the streak to 18 games.

Urdaneta connected on his fourth home run of the week as the redshirt sophomore drilled a one-out solo shot to right center in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was also his team-leading fourth home run of the 2022 season.

Seth Gergely posted his second multi-hit game of the season in Sunday’s opener with a 2-for-5 performance, while adding a season-high three RBI.

Josue Urdaneta connected on his team-leading 11th and 12th multi-hit games of the season as the redshirt sophomore posted multiple hits in all three games over the weekend series.

Jordan Schaffer recorded his sixth multi-hit game of the year in the second game on Sunday with a 2-for-5 performance at the plate.

Randall Diaz scored three runs in the second game to pace ISU.

Jack Parisi recorded his 300th career collegiate strikeout to end the Kansas fifth inning. He finished the day as the active NCAA Division I leader with 302 career strikeouts following his four-K game.

Joey Hurth picked up his third save of the season going the final inning in the series finale.

Indiana State improves to 5-3 in the all-time series against Kansas with the Sunday split.

Up Next

Indiana State hits the road for a midweek non-conference matchup on Tuesday, March 22, as the Sycamores take on Indiana University at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington. First pitch between the Sycamores and the Hoosiers is set for 5 p.m.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball split a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Price Field to take two out of three in the weekend series against Valparaiso to open MVC play.

The Sycamores were victorious in game one of the day with a 9-0 win in five innings. The Beacons bounced back with a 1-0 shutout of ISU in game two to avoid the sweep.

Indiana State is now 14-11 (2-1) while the Beacons are 9-11 (1-2) after the first weekend of conference play.

Game One

The Indiana State bats started where they left off from Saturday, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first.

Cassie Thomerson drove in a pair of runs after a groundball got away from a Beacons fielder, allowing Bella Peterson and Amanda Guercio to score. Lexie Siwek drove in two more runs to make it 4-0 with a single that brought home Isabella Henning and Amanda Guercio.

Following a 1-2-3 inning by Cassi Newbanks in the top of the second, the Sycamores put three more on the board, courtesy of a three-run blast to right center by Bella Peterson which scored Olivia Patton and Abi Chipps to extend the ISU lead to 7-0.

In the bottom of the third, Danielle Henning led off the inning with an infield single and would later score on an RBI groundout from Patton to take an 8-0 lead.

To lead off the bottom of the fourth, Bella Peterson recorded her second double and third hit of the afternoon. After getting to third on a wild pitch, Amanda Guercio got her home with an RBI groundout to give the Sycamores another insurance run and a 9-0 lead.

Newbanks made quick work of Valparaiso in the fifth with a 1-2-3 inning to finish out the victory. She finished with four strikeouts across five innings of work, allowing just two hits all afternoon. The win moves her record to 4-4 on the season.

The Sycamores recorded 10 hits, including multi-hit efforts from Peterson, Siwek and Isabella Henning. Patton, Guercio and Danielle Henning each had one hit in the contest.

The series-clinching victory was the seventh straight for the Sycamores over the Beacons.

Game Two

The second game of the afternoon and the series finale did not see as much offense as the others, as the two teams combined for nine hits.

The Beacons opened the third inning with back-to-back bunts, putting a running in scoring position which allowed to Beacons to score the lone run of the game on a RBI single to right field with two outs in the inning.

Indiana State ended a no-hit bid in the fourth inning on an Amanda Guercio infield single.

The Sycamores got two runners on in the sixth and loaded the bases in the seventh but were unable to cash in, giving Valpo their first conference win of the season.

Lexi Benko was solid on the mound again, throwing a complete game and striking out two while allowing just one run on five hits. She takes the loss and moves to 7-6 on the year.

The Sycamores four hits on the afternoon came from four different players, with Amanda Guercio, Olivia Patton, Lexie Siwek and TeAnn Bringle each recording base hits.

Around The Horn

-Bella Peterson currently ranks first in hits (31), runs scored (21) and doubles (9) while also ranking second among MVC players with a .378 batting average. She leads ISU in nearly every offensive category, ranking second in OBP.

-Lexi Benko’s 1.92 ERA ranks third among conference pitchers. Her 41 strikeouts are ninth most.

-Lexie Siwek has extended her hitting streak to seven games. She’s 12-for-19 at the plate during those seven games.

-Bella Peterson recorded her third three-hit game of the season in game one of the doubleheader. She also hit her team-best fourth home run of the year.

-The Sycamores now lead the all-time series 18-6 over Valparaiso.

-The Sycamores series win is the second straight over the Beacons, with ISU sweeping Valpo in 2021.

-Indiana State is now 5-1 against other Indiana schools this season, defeating IUPUI, Purdue Fort Wayne, Butler and now Valparaiso.

Up Next

Indiana State will travel to Indianapolis on Wednesday for a doubleheader against IUPUI then return home for a three-game series with Bradley beginning on Saturday at Price Field.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

EVANSTON, Ill. – Along the shore of Lake Michigan for the weekend, the University of Evansville baseball team dropped its doubleheader with Northwester, 10-4 and 8-1, on Sunday in Evanston, Ill.

“Tough day at the yard. We are in the middle of a long road trip and it showed,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “We didn’t do enough in any facet of the game to be competitive. We need to regroup for two midweek games on the road.”

Game One: Northwestern 10, Evansville 4

It was the Wildcats who jumped on the board first with a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning, but Evansville answered just a half inning later as Evan Berkey ripped a double to left, scoring Brendan Hord.

A critical moment in the contest occurred in the bottom of the second with the bases loaded with two outs. The Aces starter Shane Gray induced a groundout that came back to him, but Gray bobbled it and in a hurry to get the runner at first, missed the throw, allowing three runs to score.

The Aces tallied single runs in the third, fourth, and eighth innings, but Northwestern’s offense added three more in the third, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth as the Wildcats captured the 10-4 win.

Game Two: Northwestern 8, Evansville 1

The Aces offense looked got off on a much better foot to start the game as Mark Shallenberger drove the first pitch he saw over the right field wall, earning a 1-0 advantage for Evansville. After a pair of solid innings on the mound, sophomore Nick Smith ran into trouble in the third following a pair of leadoff walks. The Wildcats would end up scratching across five runs in the inning, grabbing a 5-1 lead.

Just an inning later, Northwestern added two more runs to boost its lead to 7-1. In the top of the fifth, Evansville generated an opportunity for itself with runners on first and second with one our. Looking to battle back into the contest, Shallenberger was picked-off at first and Scherry struck-out to end the threat for the Aces.

Northwestern would add one more run in the seventh and Evansville was unable to make a run at the Wildcats lead as the home side captured the 8-1 win.

Its a busy week ahead for the Aces, beginning with a Tuesday contest at Western Kentucky, before another midweek matchup on Wednesday against SIUE before heading to Bloomington, Ind. for a three-game set on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Indiana.

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – An exciting day of action at Cooper Stadium saw the University of Evansville softball team sweep Drake to clinch the first Missouri Valley Conference series of the season.

UE (17-8, 2-1 MVC) defeated the Bulldogs (6-15, 1-2 MVC) by finals of 5-3 and 12-3.  Over the course of the doubleheader, Haley Woolf had three hits, two runs and two RBI while Mackenzie McFeron registered four RBI in the two games.  Jenna Lis and Jessica Fehr picked up three hits and three RBI apiece.

Game One – UE 5, Drake 3

Just as they did in Saturdays series opener, Drake came out swinging, scoring twice in the first inning.  Jessica Fehr picked up the Aces first hit of the day to lead off the game and Evansville would have runners on second and third with one out before a pair of strikeouts ended the threat.

Two innings later, the Aces would cash in.  Fehr doubled to center field for her second hit of the day.  Following two quick outs, Jenna Lis came to the plate and delivered her first home run of the season to tie the game.  Alexa Davis made it back-to-back, picking up her second dinger of the year to put the Aces on top, 3-2.  Lis came up big in the top of the fourth, throwing baserunner out at second on a stolen base attempt.

Paige Bedsworth singled up the middle to score the tying run in the top of the fifth and it would remain that way until the sixth when the Aces retook control.  Haley Woolf led off with a pinch hit single before Hannah Hood returned to run.  After stealing second, Hood crossed the plate on a triple to deep center field from Mackenzie McFeron.  McFeron made it a 5-3 game when she scored on a sacrifice fly by Fehr.

Sydney Weatherford got the job done in the seventh to cement her fourth win of the season.  Her third consecutive complete game saw her allow three runs on five hits.  After the first inning, she gave up just one run.  Evansville finished with seven hits as Fehr and McFeron recorded two apiece.

Game Two – UE 12, Drake 3

Jessica Fehr followed up her 2-hit performance in game one with a quick strike in the finale.  With Haley Woolf and Zoe Frossard on second and third with two outs, Fehr belted a single to score both and give Evansville a 2-0 advantage.

Four more runs crossed the plate in the third.  Woolf hit a 2-RBI double to deep left field to plate Sydney Weatherford and Alexa Davis.  Woolf came home on a single to left by Hannah Hood for the fifth run before Hood scored on an error to extend the advantage to 6-0.  In the fourth, the Bulldogs got two of those runs back when Delaney Taylor homered to left.

Davis singled in the fourth to score Marah Wood, marking the third frame in a row that the Aces were on the board.  Never giving up, the Bulldogs did their best to claw back.  Haylee Lehman recorded the second long ball of the game to lead off the fifth, but the Aces were not going to be denied.  A 5-run sixth inning capped off the 12-3 win.  McFeron finished the day in walk-off style, hitting a 3-run double to clinch the win.  Evansville had 12 hits in the game with Woolf, Wood, Lis and Alyssa Barela picking up two apiece.  Izzy Vetter scattered six hits and three runs in six innings of work on the way to win #12 of the season.

On Tuesday, the Aces are set to face Tennessee Tech in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Cooper Stadium.

VALPO SOFTBALL

Freshman pitcher Cheyenne Nietz (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) tossed the best game of her young Valpo career on Sunday in softball’s series finale at Indiana State, throwing a four-hit shutout as the Beacons earned their first win in MVC play with a 1-0 triumph over the Sycamores. Valpo dropped Sunday’s opener to the Sycamores, 9-0.

How It Happened – Game One

Valpo had a scoring opportunity in the top of the first, as Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) led off the game by getting hit by a pitch and eventually moved up to third, but the senior was unable to complete the circuit around the bases.

Kate Beckemeyer (Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth [Parkland]) led off the second inning with a double, but advanced no further before being erased on the basepaths.

Indiana State scored four runs in the first inning and added three more in the second before tacking on one apiece in the third and the fourth frames.

How It Happened – Game Two

Valpo scored the only run it would need in the top of the third. Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) dropped down a bunt single to open the inning and moved 60 feet apiece on a sacrifice bunt and a groundout before Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) delivered an RBI single.

The Beacons advanced just one other runner past first base in the series finale, but it made no difference as Nietz was dealing in the circle.

Nietz did not allow a base hit until the fourth inning, and the Sycamores didn’t get a runner into scoring position until consecutive one-out walks in the sixth. But the rookie induced a flyout and a groundout to keep Indiana State off the board.

The bottom of the seventh turned into a nail biter, as Indiana State loaded the bases with two outs. With the potential tying run 60 feet away and the potential winning run on second, and facing perennial All-MVC honoree Bella Peterson at the plate, Nietz bore down and got a fly ball to left to escape the threat and close out the shutout.

Inside the Games

The win was Valpo’s first at Indiana State since joining the MVC. It also snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Sycamores.

Valpo posted a 1-2 record on the road in the opening weekend of conference play for the third straight season.

Valpo rebounded from being run-ruled in the day’s first game to win the second game for the first time since February 2018, when it fell 16-3 to Eastern Kentucky before beating Charleston Southern, 5-4. It is the first time it has happened in league play since April 2015, when Valpo rebounded for a win to earn a doubleheader split at Detroit.

Valpo earned its second 1-0 win of the season, as Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) tossed a shutout in a 1-0 win over Charleston earlier this year. Prior to this year, the program’s last 1-0 win had come in April 2018, and the team had last won multiple 1-0 games in the same season in 2013.

Moeder had a strong day at the plate, reaching in four of her five plate appearances — three hits and a hit by pitch. Even her one out was productive, as it came in the third inning of game two — the grounder which moved Westphal to third base and put her in position to score the game’s lone run.

Herschbach picked up a pair of hits as well in the second game of the day.

Westphal’s run was her 11th of the season, tying her for team-high honors.

Nietz tossed her second complete game of the season and earned her first collegiate win with the shutout in the series finale. She scattered four hits and worked around five walks while striking out five Sycamores.

Seib took the loss in the opener, despite being charged with just four earned runs.

Next Up

Valpo (9-11, 1-2 MVC) steps out of Valley play for a mid-week game on Wednesday at Western Michigan. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. CT.

VALPO BASEBALL

The Valparaiso University baseball team earned a four-game split against a Murray State team that entered the weekend with an unblemished home mark by notching a 6-1 victory in Sunday’s series finale at Reagan Field in Murray, Ky. The triumph came behind a stellar effort on the mound by left-hander Jake Miller (Chesterton, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep), who earned the win with seven strong innings.

How It Happened

A 6-4-3 double play helped Miller work a scoreless first, but a two-out solo shot to left in the second got the Racers on the board first.

The Beacons threatened in each of the first two innings as Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) and Angel DiFedierco (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven) ripped early-game doubles, but the guests stranded three in scoring position over the two frames.

Miller faced the minimum in both the third and fourth innings. DiFederico caught a runner trying to steal to erase a leadoff single in the third, then Miller sent down the side in order in the fourth including two strikeouts.

DiFederico led off the fifth inning with his second double of the game, then trotted home as Spencer Warfield (Fullerton, Calif. / Servite) pulled a game-tying base hit to end the day for the Murray State starting pitcher.

Miller struck out a pair in the bottom of the fifth to put another zero on the board. In the bottom of the inning, Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) unloaded a bases-clearing double to deep right center to put the Beacons ahead 4-1.

A smooth sixth from Miller saw the Racers go down in order, then Valpo tacked on a run in the top of the seventh thanks to a run-scoring Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) single.

Miller faced the minimum again in the seventh, then Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indian Hills CC]) took over for the eighth and worked a 1-2-3 frame. Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) lifted a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to make it 6-1.

Bobby Nowak (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) was summoned from the bullpen for the ninth, recording the final three outs to solidify the triumph.

Inside the Game

DiFederico’s doubles were his first of the season, while Hannahs ripped his fifth, moving into a tie for the team lead. DiFedierco is up to eight doubles in his collegiate career.

Tucker recorded his second double of the season and over doubled his season RBI total with one swing of the bat. He previously had driven in two runs this season (while seeing limited duty due to an injury) before knocking in three with the go-ahead two-bagger.

This marked the longest outing of Miller’s collegiate career as he had previously pitched no more than five innings in any one game. He fanned eight or more for the second straight start. He established a career watermark in strikeouts for the second straight week, racking up nine against no walks over seven innings of one-run, three-hit ball.

Schmack’s RBI was his team-leading 12th of the season. Renfro drove in a run, his 10th of the year.

Hannahs, Schmack and DiFederico each had multi-hit games. DiFederico’s helped him snap out of a four-game slump, while Schmack notched his sixth multi-hit output, the second-most on the club behind only Hannahs, who recorded his eighth such game.

Schmack led the way with three hits on Sunday, tying his season high.

Up Next

Weather permitting, Valpo (7-9) will open the home portion of the schedule on Wednesday at 3 p.m. vs. Milwaukee at Emory G. Bauer Field. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+, the first streamed home game in program history.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S TRACK

NEW ORLEANS—The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced recently its annual regional award list, with a pair of Greyhounds appearing among the Midwest’s best. National-champion Berenice Cleyet-Merle was voted the region’s Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year while her mentor Brad Robinson was tabbed the Midwest Region Women’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year.

FROM USTFCCCA.org

“Cleyet-Merle, who hails from Saint-Sulpice-Des-Rivoires, France, had a sensational record-breaking season capped with a 14-point effort at the NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships where she won the mile, placed seventh in the 3000 meters and helped UIndy to a runner-up finish in the distance medley relay. During the regular season, Cleyet-Merle shattered the NCAA DII record in the mile with her 4:31.99 effort at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational and became the second-fastest performer in division history in the 800 meters with her 2:03.89 clocking at the Indiana Relays back in January.”

“Robinson, in his sixth year as assistant coach at Indianapolis, coached the Greyhounds’ distance group to seven event titles and three meet records at the GLVC Indoor Championships. His top star was Berenice Cleyet-Merle, who won the mile at the NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships after earlier in the season setting the DII record of 4:31.99. Cleyet-Merle also anchored the Indy distance medley team to a runner-up finish. Robinson’s athletes rated top-5 in national #EventSquad Rankings in three events – mile (No. 5), 800 (No. 6) and 3000 (No. 7).”

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S TENNIS

IRVINE, Calif. – The University of Indianapolis men’s tennis team earned its 10th win of the season over Concorida – Irvine on Saturday night, downing the Eagles 4-0.

The Hounds started in on the Eagles early with two 6-3 doubles matches won by No. 2 duo’s Yoann Viel and Edgar Destouet and No. 3 doubles Nikolaj Talimaa and Jason Gerweck. While Tom Zeuch and Zac Faveri did not finish their match.

The Greyhounds swept singles, with Nikolaj Talimaa defeating CUI’s Jan Simon, 6-3, 6-1. Viel took two close 7-5 sets in the No. 4 spot. Edgar Destouet took the win in the No. 2 spot with a 7-5 set and a strong -1 finish.

Tom Zeuch, Yannick Zeitvogel, and Zac Faveri did not finish their match.

UP NEXT

The Greyhouns will face off against GLVC opponenet, Lewis, at home on April 2 at 11 a.m. ET.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S TENNIS

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The University of Indianapolis women’s tennis team concluded it’s spring break trip with a win over Long Beach State, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon in the Rhodes Tennis Center in Long Beach.

The Hounds jumped out early with a 6-3 doubles win by Maissane Aik and Maria Solnyskina who were the first to finish, while Isabella Dunlap and Sofia Sharonova secured the Hounds duo point with a 6-4 win. Anna Novikova and Arina Amaning did not finish their match.

In singles, Amaning was the first to take the point with a 6-3, 6-2 win. Followed by Novikova in the No. 2 spot who won 6-4, 6-3. Finally it was Maria Solnyshkina who would secure the Greyhounds win.

Kristina Lagoda also won a close singles match, 5-7,6-2, and 6-2. Isabella Dunlap and Maissane Aik both faced losses in the solo matches.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will return home and kick off conference play as they face off over Lewis on Saturday April 2 at 11 a.m. ET.

MARIAN WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Crestview Hills, Ky – The Marian women’s lacrosse team snapped their season-long six game losing streak Sunday afternoon with a dominating victory, routing Thomas More 16-8 for their third win of the season. Marian improves to 3-6 with the win, earning their first Mid-South Conference victory of the year to move to 1-1.

The Knights started out quick after winning the opening draw of the game, scoring back to back goals to kick off the afternoon. Grace Martin scored the game’s first goal taking a Madison Ash feed to give the Knights a 1-0 lead after 67 seconds, while Katelynn Gray scored just over a minute later to make it 2-0. Marian picked up a save from Katherine Hirsch as Thomas More made their first charge of the afternoon, but was unsuccessful on their second as the Saints put in their first goal with 8:29 to play.

Marian played strong throughout the quarter forcing multiple turnovers which led to open shot attempts, but were unsuccessful in driving in the third goal. Thomas More made one late charge before the quarter’s end, scoring with 18 seconds left to tie the game entering the second quarter.

The Saints run continued into the second quarter, as the home team piled on three shot attempts before getting a Madi Carle goal. Thomas More extended their run to four unanswered goals following Carle’s score, taking 11 seconds after the draw to take a 4-2 lead. Marian responded with Martin’s second goal of the game with 3:55 to go before the half, and in the final minute Ambrosia Johnson scored off an assist from Gray, leveling the game 4-4. The score stood going into the break, with Marian holding a 15-12 advantage in shot attempts at the half.

The halftime break benefited the Knights, as they came out dialed in putting away two goals in the first 57 seconds of the third quarter. Martin completed the hat trick 28 seconds after play resumed, while Johnson scored unassisted 29 seconds later. The run continued as Gray scored on a free position shot with 12:27 to play in the quarter, extending the scoring streak to five unanswered goals. Marian’s pace would slow after a timeout, but the team stayed aggressive scoring two goals in a 49 second window, getting goals from Ashlynn Gray and Ash. Ash’s goal was one of two for the sophomore in 19 seconds, and started a 4-0 sprint in 1:46, increasing the lead. Johnson would score before the end of the quarter, giving Marian a 13-5 lead.

Back to back goals from Johnson and Hayli Irvin kicked off the start of the fourth quarter, putting the running clock into play as Irvin gave the Knights a double-digit lead. Emily Blackburn would score the Knights final goal as the team grabbed their largest lead of the day at 11 goals, coasting to the finish pulling off the 16-8 Mid-South win.

Johnson and Martin both scored four goals in the win, as Martin led the team with nine shot attempts. Both of the Gray twins scored a pair of goals, and Ash had two goals to go with one assist. Ashlynn Gray led the Knights with three assists. Defensively Ash led Marian with three caused turnovers, and Hirsch got the win allowing four goals while making six saves.

Marian will travel to No. 2 University of the Cumberlands on Friday afternoon in their lone game of the week.

WABASH BASEBALL

A solid pitching performance from Dylan Scheid and a 14-run slugfest led the Wabash baseball team to a Sunday sweep of Hanover.

Scheid threw a complete-game shutout to lead Wabash (9-2) to a 3-0 victory in game one. Scheid struck out 13 batters over nine innings to tie for the second-most strikeouts in a game with 13. He scattered three hits over nine innings and allowed a total of seven base runners with two walks and two hit batsmen on 131 total pitches. Only three leadoff batters reached base for Hanover (3-9). The Panthers never got a baserunner past second base in the game.

Wabash scored the only runs it needed in the second inning. Camden Scheidt opened the inning with a double down the right-field line, then scored on a single by Felix Valero. Kamden Earley drove Valero home with the second run of the inning three batters later on a ground out to second.

The Little Giants added another run in the seventh on an RBI double by Evan Neukam.

Scheidt, Valero, and Austin Simmers led the offense with two hits apiece. Wabash finished the first game with nine total hits and five walks in the game.

The Little Giants scored in every inning except one in a 14-1 victory in game two against the Panthers. Shortstop AJ Reid drove on four runs on three hits. He also earned two walks in the game. Simmers and Liam Patton each added three RBI on two hits apiece. Earley, Julian Rutherford, Valero, and Reece Bauer each drove in a run for Wabash in the victory.

Jacob Bishop improved to 2-1 on the season by pitching five innings of three-hit shutout baseball. He struck out five batters and walked two. Derek Haslett struck out two batters in two innings of relief work. Grant Stratton gave up one run on two hits in the eighth inning. Sam Phillips struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning to close out the game.

Wabash will travel to Richmond, Indiana on Wednesday to play Earlham College at 5 p.m.

WABASH MEN’S TENNIS

Wabash completed a weekend tennis sweep with a 6-3 road victory at Trine University Sunday afternoon. The Little Giants scored a 7-2 win at Adrian College on Saturday as part of their doubleheader weekend.

Wabash (6-6) opened with a pair of doubles wins. Cole Borden and Liam Grennon combined for an 8-4 victory at number one doubles. Alvaro Alonso-Sanchez and Jett Brownlee picked up an 8-4 victory in the second doubles flight.

Borden won his number one singles match in straight sets with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory. Alonso-Sanchez added a 6-2, 6-3 win at number two singles. Grennon earned a win at number three singles by identical 6-2, 6-2 set scores. Christan Zimmerman rallied for a victory in three sets at number four singles by scores of 5-7, 6-4, 10-4.

Wabash travels to Hanover College on Sunday, March 27 for a noon match.

WABASH MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Wabash College volleyball team honored senior member Evan Nichols prior to the Little Giant’s final 2022 home game Sunday versus Trine University. Wabash lost the Midwest College Volleyball League contest 3-0.

Nichols is a computer science major and only the second senior to play on the two-year-old varsity volleyball program.

Wabash (3-14, 0-4 MCVL) took a 2-0 lead in the opening set before Trine tied the score with two consecutive points. The two teams traded leads five times with nine ties before Trine (9-11, 1-2 MCVL) claimed a 13-12 lead and never trailed again. The Thunder finished the set off with a 25-18 victory for the early 1-0 lead.

Wabash was never able to gain a lead in the second set despite tying the score three times. Trine eventually took a 25-15 victory in the second set ahead of 25-13 victory in the final set for the 3-0 overall win.

Luke Davis paced Wabash on offense with five kills. Will Biekes returned to the lineup from an injury and led the Little Giants with seven assists. Luis Rivera and Zachary Small each recorded four digs for Wabash.

The Little Giants continue MCVL play with a match on Friday, March 25 at Baldwin Wallace University.

WABASH MEN’S BASKETBALL

Wabash College senior guard Jack Davidson earned D3hoops.com Men’s Basketball All-America First Team honors. The team was announced Saturday before the championship game of the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Davidson helped Wabash to the semifinals of the DIII national tournament. He averaged 25.5 points over 32 games to rank third in the nation in scoring this season. He leads all of Division III in total points scored with 817 to break the Wabash single-season scoring record. He also leads the nation in total three-point field goals made with 123 to break another Wabash single-season mark, in free throws made with 210, and in total minutes played at 1,126:16. He ranks second in three-point field goal shooting (48.4 percent), third in three-point field goals per game (3.84), and fourth in total field goals made (242).

Davidson ends his Wabash career as the Little Giants’ all-time leading scorer with 2,464 points. He averaged 22.4 points for his career for the highest scoring average in school history. Davidson also owns the school record for free throws made (718), and games played and started (110). He ranks second all-time in assists with 377 and is third in Wabash history with 711 made field goal attempts. He was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year and the NCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Davidson and the Little Giants broke the school record for victories, ending the season with a 28-4 overall mark while advancing to the semifinals of the national tournament. Wabash won both the North Coast Athletic Conference regular-season title and the conference tournament for the first time since joining the league for the 1999-2000 season. Wabash rode a school-record 24-game winning streak into Friday evening’s semifinal loss to Elmhurst.

In addition to his accolades on the court, Davidson earned Academic All-America honors for the third time in his career. He received First Team honors this year after being named to the Academic All-America Second Team in 2019 before earning Third Team honors in 2020. Davidson was voted to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America Third Team earlier in the week.

FRANKLIN WOMEN’S LACROSSE

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s lacrosse team welcomed the Adrian Bulldogs to Faught Stadium on Sunday (Mar. 20) afternoon for a non-conference matchup.

Junior Anya Glodowski and sophomore Bayleigh Riddle both recorded five-point afternoons for the Grizzlies (1-4), but late surges in each half from the Bulldogs (3-3) proved to be the difference as Adrian claimed a 16-8 win.

How it Happened

The Grizzlies controlled the first two draws and turned them into goals with Glodowski and Riddle each scoring in the first 1:38 of play. Glodowski added her second goal of the day with 9:13 to go in the first quarter, but Adrian would lead 5-3 after one period. Riddle netted her second of the day at the 8:35 mark of the second quarter to cut the deficit to one, but Adrian netted four goals over the last 3:22 of the second quarter and lead 9-4 at the break.

Down by seven late in the third quarter, the Grizzlies rallied with two goals from Riddle and one from Devyn Kerr over the final 5:05 to make it 11-7 Bulldogs with one quarter to play. Victoria Simmons cut the lead to three with a goal to open the fourth, but the comeback would stall there and Adrian netted the final five goals of the day.

Inside the Box Score

-Riddle led the Grizzlies with four goals, nine shot attempts and six shots on goal.

-Shots were 27-16 in Adrian’s favor with the Grizzlies winning the ground ball battle by a 25-23 count.

-Delaney McCafferty scooped up a career-high six ground balls, tying for the team lead with Chyna Jackson. Both defenders forced a pair of turnovers on the day.

-Kerr’s third quarter goal was the first point in her career.

-Riley Rice finished the game with six saves in goal.

Up Next

Franklin hosts Illinois Tech on Wednesday (Mar. 23) with the opening draw set for 6:00 p.m.

ROSE HULMAN BASEBALL

BATAVIA, Ohio — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on a strong offense to score 29 runs in a 16-5 and 13-2 doubleheader sweep over Capital University on Sunday at Batavia High School.

In the opener, the Fightin’ Engineers pounded out 15 hits in a 16-5 victory.

Kade Kline led the offense with a 4-4 performance with three runs and two RBIs.  Harrison Finch added a 3-3 effort with a double, four RBIs and three runs scored.

Colter Couillard-Rodak and Nathan Burke also had two hits each.  Couillard-Rodak had a home run over the right-field fence, one run and one RBI.  Burke added a pair of doubles, scored twice and had two RBIs.

Brett Borcherding (1-0) started on the mound and picked up the win for Rose-Hulman. The right-hander went 4.1 innings with six strikeouts, before Paul Durell tossed the final 2.2 scoreless innings while allowing two hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Ian Kline struck out 11 Capital hitters in six innings of work as part of a 13-2 Fightin’ Engineer win..

Kline allowed just one run and hour hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts in the victory.

Manuel Lopez finished 2-3 with a triple, walk, three runs scored and two RBIs to lead the offense.  Drew Roberts was 2-2 with two walks and an RBI, and Nathan Burke added a triple, walk and two RBIs.

Kade Kline added a 2-3 performance with 3 runs scored. Kline added to his solid season hitting performance, increasing his batting average to .692 on the season (9-13). Brett Tuttle added two RBIs for the balanced offensive attack.

Rose-Hulman improved to 5-3 on the season and faces DePauw University in their home opener on Monday March 21 at 6:30 pm.

GAME 1 | Rose-Hulman 16, Capital 5

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers got on the scoreboard first, starting in the third inning. Adam Taylor drove in two runs for Rose-Hulman with a single, that scored Kline and Finch.

The Engineers lost the lead they built in the third, but got back on the board in the fourth trailing 3-2. The Rose-Hulman offense exploded for six runs, highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of Josh Mesenbrink and a two-run single from Finch, which brought the score to 8-3 in favor of the Engineers.

Rose-Hulman kept Capital scoreless before expanding their lead to 9-3 the following inning. The Engineers scored once on an RBI single off the bat of .

The Crusaders fought back, closing the gap to 9-5 until Rose-Hulman added some insurance in the seventh. The Engineers scored seven runs in the inning, highlighted by Couilldard-Rodak’s homer over the right-field fence, a two-run single off the bat of Shane Garner and a two-run double from Finch, bringing the score to 16-5 in favor of Rose-Hulman. The score remained 16-5 for the rest of the game, as the Engineers coasted to the win.

GAME NOTES

» Kade Kline compiled four hits on the day for Rose-Hulman.

» Borcherding struck out six Crusaders hitters.

» The Engineers power output was led by Nathan Burke, who had two extra base hits in the ballgame.

» Finch drove in four runs for Rose-Hulman.

» Every Rose-Hulman starter reached base safely in the win.

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the seventh, when it pushed seven runs across.

» Four Engineers had multiple hits in the ballgame.

» The Engineers had a total of 15 hits.

» The Engineers out-hit the Crusaders at a 15-8 clip.

» Rose-Hulman went 9-for-20 (.450) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers limited Capital to just 2-for-15 (.133) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 38 Capital hitters in the game, allowing six ground balls and six fly balls while striking out nine.

» The Engineers drew eight walks from Capital pitching.

» Finch led the Engineers at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs.

» Capital was led offensively by Ethan Neal, who went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs.

» Kyle Bowles led the Crusaders pitching staff, throwing 1.2 innings of one-run ball.

GAME 2 | Rose-Hulman 13, Capital 2

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers got on the board immediately, starting their scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Rose-Hulman’s offense started clicking and put up five runs, including a two-run triple off the bat of Lopez.

The Crusaders then gained ground, narrowing the lead to 5-1 until the Engineers expanded their advantage in the third. The Rose-Hulman offense exploded for four runs, highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of Burke, which brought the score to 9-1 in favor of the Engineers.

Rose-Hulman kept Capital scoreless before expanding their lead to 12-1 the following inning. The Engineers scored three runs in the frame, two of them coming across on a two-run single off the bat of Brett Tuttle.

Rose-Hulman held the Crusaders scoreless before building on their lead in the sixth inning. Roberts crossed home plate with the lone run of the inning for the Engineers, bringing the score to 13-1 in favor of Rose-Hulman. Capital put one run on the scoreboard before the game was over, but the Engineers still coasted to the 13-2 win.

GAME NOTES

» Kline struck out 11 Crusaders hitters.

» The Rose-Hulman pitching staff combined to strike out 12 Capital hitters.

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the first, when it pushed five runs across.

» Rose-Hulman took a 5-0 lead in the bottom half of the first and didn’t surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.

» Kline put together six innings of one-run ball for the Engineers.

» The Engineers out-hit the Crusaders at an 11-6 clip.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers limited Capital to just 1-for-10 (.100) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 32 Capital hitters in the game, allowing three ground balls and seven fly balls while striking out 12.

» The Engineers drew seven walks from Capital pitching.

» Lopez led the Engineers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs.

» Capital was led offensively by Logan White, who went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

» Garrett Montgomery led the Crusaders pitching staff, throwing one scoreless inning.

ROSE HULMAN SOFTBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology softball team earned a doubleheader split to open the 2022 home season at the Engineer Softball Field on Sunday.

Rose-Hulman won the opener 6-4 over Fontbonne University, before narrowly falling 6-5 in the nightcap.

In the opener, Angela Boulboulle racked up three hits and four RBIs to help propel the Rose-Hulman offense. 

Ariel Thomasson (5-1) picked up the win for Rose-Hulman, scattering eight hits with three strikeouts and just two earned runs allowed in the complete game victory.

Boulboulle went 3-for-4 with a double in addition to her four RBIs for the Engineers. Nicole Lang finished 2-2 with two walks. Thomasson also contributed for the offense with two hits, including a double.

Reagan Knabe also pitched in with a multi-hit game in the opener with two singles.

In the nightcap, Nicole Lang scored twice and reached base three times to lead the offense.  Boulboulle added two singles and scored one run.  Hailey Hofmann added a hit, run and RBI.

Rose-Hulman stands 9-3 on the season and returns home to face Greenville on Wednesday at 5:30 pm.

GAME 1 | Rose-Hulman 6, Fontbonne 5

HOW IT HAPPENED

Trailing 2-0, the Engineers first put runs on the board in the first inning. Rose-Hulman got an RBI single from Boulboulle, scoring Thomasson from second base.

The Engineers kept the deficit at 2-1 before taking the lead in the fifth. which brought the score to 4-2 in favor of the Engineers.

Rose-Hulman kept Fontbonne scoreless before expanding their lead to 6-2 the following inning. The Engineers pushed two runs across on a two-run double from Boulboulle that brought home Thomasson and Lang. Fontbonne put two runs on the scoreboard before the game was over, but Rose-Hulman still held on for the 6-4 win.

GAME NOTES

» Boulboulle picked up three hits in the game for Rose-Hulman.

» Boulboulle drove in four runs for Rose-Hulman.

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the fifth, when it pushed three runs across.

» Four Engineers had multiple hits in the ballgame.

» The Engineers out-hit the Griffins at an 11-8 clip.

» Rose-Hulman went 7-for-14 (.500) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 31 Fontbonne hitters in the game, allowing nine ground balls and nine fly balls while striking out three.

» The Engineers drew four walks from Fontbonne pitching.

» Boulboulle led the Engineers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

» Fontbonne was led offensively by Hannah Miener, who went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

GAME 2 | Fontbonne 6, Rose-Hulman 5

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers got on the scoreboard first, starting in the second inning. Rose-Hulman put together a three-run frame, culminating in a run-scoring single from Morgan.

After the Griffins rallied to tie the ballgame at three, the Engineers came back to retake the lead in the third inning. Rose-Hulman managed to push across two runs in the inning, which brought the score to 5-3 in favor of the Engineers. The Engineers were unable to hold the lead, as Fontbonne scored three times over the remaining four innings to grab the 6-5 win.

GAME NOTES

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the second, when it pushed three runs across.

» Rose-Hulman went 4-for-9 (.444) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 36 Fontbonne hitters in the game, allowing 11 ground balls and five fly balls while striking out four.

» The Engineers drew six walks from Fontbonne pitching.

» Morgan led the Engineers at the plate, going 1-for-3 with an RBI.

» Fontbonne was led offensively by Hannah Miener, who went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.

» Hailey Kutz led the Griffins pitching staff, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings.

TRINE MEN’S TENNIS

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University men’s tennis team dropped their match against visiting Wabash College by the score of 6-3.

The Thunder would pick up their first win of the game in the No. 3 doubles match, but fell behind 2-1 entering the singles portion of the dual. The win came from senior Jaxon Davis (Angola, Ind. / Angola) and freshman Caleb Morris (Terre Haute, Ind. / Terre Haute South Vigo) by the score of 8-3.

The team would try to comeback in the second part of the match but would only score two more wins to make the final score 6-3. Sophomore Ryan Smith (Peru, Ind. / Peru) would win in the No. 5 match with scores of 6-4, 6-2 and then Morris would finish the day undefeated with a 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 6 match.

Trine falls to 5-5 following the loss. They will travel to Alma College to begin Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play in their next contest. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29.

TRINE MEN’S LACROSSE

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Two scoring runs, one early and one late, would be enough for the Trine University men’s lacrosse team as they win a low-scoring contest with their hosts from DePauw University by the score of 7-5.

The team would score all three goals in the first period to take a 3-0 lead. The first came on a man-up opportunity scored by senior Matt Zanichelli (Rolling Meadows, Ill. / William Fremd) with an assist by junior Andrew Douglas (Liberty Twp., Ohio / Lakota East). The pair would team up again just a few minutes later to score the second goal of the period.

Junior Noah Markus (Woodbury, Minn. / East Ridge) would tally the third of the period giving the team the 3-0 lead. Freshman Samuel Achor (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) added the assist.

The Tigers would win the second quarter scoring a pair of goals to just one from Trine, but the Thunder would take a 4-2 lead into halftime. Markus would score the lone goal of the period for the team, coming on a man-up opportunity.

DePauw would tie the game in the third period with a pair of goals, the only goals of the quarter. They would then take their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter.

With just under four minutes remaining, freshman Patrick Doyle (Fishers, Ind. / Cathedral) tied the game again with an unassisted goal. A minute later classmate Charlie Anderson (Howell, Mich. / Hartland) would take back the lead with an assist going to sophomore Collin Custer (Spanaway, Wash. / Bethel). Zanichelli, with an assist by Markus, would ice the game with another minute later making the score 7-5.

The game was marked by a strong team defensive effort by the Thunder. The team would tally 16 caused turnovers in the contest with senior Dave Keptner (Midland, Mich. / H.H. Dow) once again leading the team this time with four. He would also lead the team with six groundballs in the contest.

In net, sophomore Nick DiPaolo (Flemington, N.J. / Immaculate) led the way to the win finishing with an impressive 15 saves in the game.

Trine improves to 4-1 following the win. They will return home for their next game hosting Illinois Tech on Saturday, March 26. The contest is set to start at 1 p.m. in Zollner Stadium.

TRINE SOFTBALL

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – The Trine University softball team picked up a pair of hard-fought victories to finish off the Pioneer Classic 2-2.

The team started the day with a morning contest against Illinois Wesleyan University. The Titans would strike first in the contest, scoring the lone run of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.

The Thunder would respond in the second with a pair of long balls. Freshman April Sellers (North Salem, Ind. / Tri-West) and sophomore Giselle Riley (Temecula, Calif. / Temecula Valley) would record back-to-back home runs to give the team a 2-1 lead.

The score would hold for the next few innings until Trine would go on another scoring run in the fifth inning. Senior Mercede Daugherty (Watervliet, Mich. / Watervliet) would start record a double to bring in the first run of the inning followed by sophomore Scarlett Elliott (Utica, Ohio / Utica) making the score 5-1 on another homer.

Illinois Wesleyan would score one run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit back to three, but the Thunder quickly responded when junior Ellie Trine (Kokomo, Ind. / Kokomo) brought in a run in the sixth inning.

A pair of Titan homers made the score 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth. The Trine pitching would settle in again after the runs and secure the victory. Sophomore Lauren Clausen (Elk Grove, Ill. / Elk Grove) got the start in the circle for the team and would finish the game with five innings pitched, four runs on six hits and five walks while recording eight strikeouts. Classmate Elizabeth Koch (Franklin, Wis. / Franklin) finished the game in relief recording a save.

The second game of the day saw Trine faceoff with Transylvania University, the hosts of the event. Junior Anna Koeppl (Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg) would start the game in the circle and started strong through the first two innings. She would run into trouble in the third allowing four runs and getting sent to the bench. Sophomore Adrienne Rosey (Schoolcraft, Mich. / Schoolcraft) would finish the game in relief and finished with four innings of near perfect work allowing just two hits and a walk while recording seven strikeouts.

The Thunder would quickly cut into the Pioneers’ 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third when senior Taylor Murdock (Lapel, Ind. / Lapel) singled to the shortstop bringing in a lone run.

Riley would record her second home run of the game in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to one at 4-3. Then Elliott would tie the game in the fifth with an RBI single. Then in the sixth inning the team would finally take the lead, this time on a hit by freshman Ainsley Phillips (Yorktown, Ind. / Yorktown) making the score 5-4, which would hold through the end of the game.

The team improves to 6-9 following the pair of wins. They will take the diamond again on Wednesday, March 23 when they travel to face Anderson University for a doubleheader. The opening game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

TRINE VOLLEYBALL

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The Trine University men’s volleyball team recorded their first Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL) win of the 2022 season with a three-set victory at Wabash College on Sunday afternoon.

The Thunder (9-11, 1-2 MCVL) used a team hitting percentage of .437 and 49 kills to top the Little Giants (3-14, 0-4 MCVL). Junior setter Ethan Howard [South Whitley, Ind. / Witko] and sophomore outside hitter Ted Hofmeister [Powell, Ohio / Saint Charles] each had school records in the match. Howard tallied 44 assists, a new mark for a single match, and Hofmeister hit .727 (17 kills, 22 attempts), the best hitting percentage in any match in program history.

Trine took a 4-1 lead to start the match, sparked by a kill by Kyle Dixon [Lockport, Ill. / Lockport Township] and continued to extend the advantage in the first. Hofmeister had three consecutive kills mid-set to go up 13-9 and the teams went back-and-forth from there until Wabash called for time trailing 18-13. Landon Barrow [Noblesville, Ind. / Noblesville] was a popular target late in the set in a 25-18 win with two kills in the last five Thunder points.

A six-point swing for Trine early in the second gave the Thunder a 10-4 edge. It all started with a kill by Matt Stillman [Mokena, Ill. / Lincoln Way Central] and Hofmeister added three more during the scoring spurt. The final seven points of the 25-14 set win would also belong to Trine, with Howard finding his favorite target Hofmeister four times.

Carter Steffgen [Lockport, Ill. / Lockport Township] and Sam Buckingham [Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central] got starts in set number three and each sent a ball to the ground to start the frame. Daniel Boren [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead] had back-to-back kills to force the Little Giants into a timeout at 6-2. A six-point run with five Wabash errors allowed Trine to widen the gap to 17-8 and they continued to pour it on late en route to a match-clinching 25-13 set three victory.

Hofmeister and his 17 kills was the only Thunder student-athlete in double figures. Defensively, Hunter Haas [Cincinnati, Ohio / Bishop Moeller] had a team-high eight digs.

Trine plays host to conference foe Mount St. Joseph University on Friday, March 25 at 7 pm.

DEPAUW WOMEN’S TENNIS

Cleveland, Ohio- The DePauw women’s tennis team bounce back after its Saturday loss to Oberlin to beat John Carroll 6-3, improving to 4-9 overall, while the Blue Streaks move to 5-5 for the season.

The Tigers swept doubles play to start the match. At number one doubles, Kiley Shaw and Kate Stanley beat John Carroll’s Caroline Chandler and Morgan Little 8-4, followed by Lindsay Parks and Alex Preston, defeating Anna Vitale and Peyton Crumpler 8-4 at number three. Ellen Gardner and Bella DeNardo completed the doubles sweep at number two after beating Emily Duckett and Jacyln Voss 8-7.

In singles, DePauw and John Carroll split the six matches. Ellen Gardner outlasted Mia Zivkovic at number one, defeating Zivkovic 7-5, 6-0. The Blue Streaks would get on the board after Morgan Little beat the Tigers’ Kiley Shaw 6-0, 6-1 at number two.

John Carroll would tack on another win at number three, after Caroline Chandler beat Kate Stanley 6-2, 6-3. At number four, Lindsay Parks beat Jaclyn Voss 6-4, 6-1, followed by Bella DeNardo’s 6-1, 1-6, 10-5 win over Peyton Crumpler at number five. The Blue Streaks’ last win of the afternoon was on court six when Anna Vitale beat DePauw’s Alex Preston 6-3, 6-1.

The Tigers’ next match is set for 3 pm on Tuesday, March 22 at Marian (Ind.).

DEPAUW MEN’S TENNIS

Cleveland, Ohio- The DePauw men’s tennis team pushed its win streak to five after beating John Carroll 8-1 on the road.

At number one, Wyatt Metzger and Thomas Partridge beat the Blue Streak’s Gustavo Garcia and Kevin Wacnik 8-2, followed by Hudson Mosher and Chase Hutchinson defeating Nathan Palinkas and Aeneas Hines 8-2 at number three. Completing the doubles sweep was Ryan McCook and Cole Metzger, who beat Logan Langovsky and Mark Beebe 8-5 at number two, putting the Tigers up 3-0.

In singles, the Tigers’ Ryan McCook beat Nathan Palinkas 6-0, 6-2 at number six to give the Tigers a commanding lead. Jake Watson at number five followed suit, beating Alvaro Rosabal 6-1, 6-2.

With the match clinched, the remaining courts played out as follows. At number two, Wyatt Metzger beat Logan Langovsky 6-4, 6-1, followed by Gordian Bruns, defeating John Carroll’s Grant Sarnowski 6-2, 6-3 at number four. Thomas Partridge edged out Gustavo Garcia, beating Garcia 7-5, 6-4 at number one. The Blue Streaks’ lone win came when Mark Beebe defeated Cole Metzger 2-6, 7-6 (3), 10-5 at number three.

The Tigers’ next match is set for 3 pm on Tuesday, March 22 at Marian (Ind.).

HANOVER BASEBALL

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers hit the road this afternoon for a doubleheader with the Little Giants of Wabash, who most recently received votes in the D3baseball.com poll, falling in the highly competitive contest.

GAME ONE

Junior Matthew Alter (Indianapolis, Ind.) got the call to the mound in game one pitching six complete innings with one strikeout.

The Panthers fell behind early as Wabash singled through the right side in the second inning claiming the 1-0 advantage. The Little Giants would add one more run later in the inning as a ground out to second base pushed another runner across home plate, 2-0.

The final blow would come in the bottom of the seventh inning as Wabash secured the 3-0 victory.

GAME TWO

Game two would see Wabash pick-up right where they left off jumping out to the commanding 13-0 lead through six complete innings.

The Blue and Red looked to rally in the top of the eighth inning as junior Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.) singled to the left side of the infield scoring sophomore Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) and advancing senior Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.) to scoring position.

However, the Little Giants remained poise retiring the side while tacking on one final run in the bottom half of the inning to secure the 14-1 victory.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, March 26 when they play host to Ohio Wesleyan. First pitch of the three game series is set for 2:00 PM.

HANOVER SOFTBALL

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – The Hanover Panthers wrapped up the weekend with a two-game slate as part of the Pioneer Classic taking on Case Western and Wittenberg.

GAME ONE

Fifth year Lilly (Compton) Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) got the call in game one pitching a complete game with seven strikeouts through 24 batters faced.

Case Western capitalized early on a series of Panther miscues claiming the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. They would tack on three more runs in the fifth inning pushing the difference to 4-0.

However, Hanover would look to rally in the sixth inning as junior Kendra Hutchison (Lafayette, Ind.) doubled off the center field wall scoring junior Lexi Garloch (Salem, Ind.) but CWR was able to retire the side and secure the victory.

GAME TWO

Freshman Lauren Beaman (Indianapolis, Ind.) got the call to the circle in game two pitching a complete game surrendering just five hits.

The error plague continued to hang around as the Panthers found themselves on the wrong side of a two run advantage following a mishap in the top of the first inning.

The Wittenberg Tigers would tack on another run in the second inning and one in the fourth inning in rout to the 4-0 win.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, March 26 when they play host to Denison.

IU KOKOMO MEN’S GOLF

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Indiana University Kokomo men’s golf team opened the spring portion of its schedule this weekend at the Blue Raider Invitational. The tournament was hosted by Lindsey Wilson at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson.

The 54-hole tournament featured 36 holes on Saturday and wrapped up with 18 on Sunday. The Cougars had two teams in the tournament, and they finished fifth and sixth, respectively. IU Kokomo’s first team shot 910 while the second team was just behind them at 916.

Host Lindsey Wilson claimed the top spot in the tournament, shooting 853 and winning by 12 strokes.

Trevor White fired a final round two-over 72 to go along with a 77 and 76 in the first two rounds. White climbed 10 spots up the leaderboard in the final round to finish tied for 17th, the Cougars’ best individual finish of the tournament.

Freshman Drew Wagner turned in three sub-80 rounds to finish tied for 17th with White. Wagner carded rounds of 73-75-77.

Jack Barnes sandwiched a one-over 71 in between rounds of 76 and 79 to finish in a tie for 22nd.

Nate Slack and Alec Weddell each carded tournament totals of 227 to finish in a three-way tie for 27th. Slack had rounds of 76-76-75 while Weddell went 74-76-77 for the tournament.

Harley Pugh picked up a tie for 35th with rounds of 79-78-76 while Mylan Swan improved four spots in the final round, shooting 79-80-75. Dan Kasten moved four spots up the board in the final day of action as the freshman shot 84-75-76.

Corbin Robison came in a tie for 38th while Ryder Jones finished in a tie for 45th. Jones improved his score each day, shooting 82-79-77.

The Cougars will return to the links on March 28 as they participate in the Garn Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Lexington, Kentucky.

IU KOKOMO WOMEN’S GOLF

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s golf team opened the spring portion of its schedule this weekend at the Blue Raider Invitational. The tournament was hosted by Lindsey Wilson at The Pines at Lindsey Wilson.

The 54-hole tournament featured 36 holes on Saturday and wrapped up with 18 on Sunday. IU Kokomo finished four out of seven teams, firing a 1,065 (+213) over the tournament. The host Lindsey Wilson finished at the top of the leaderboard, shooting 913 (+61) to win by three strokes over University of the Cumberlands.

Brandi Jones was the top finisher for the Cougars as the graduate student carded a three-round total of 235 (80-79-76) to finish in solo eighth place.

Sarah Williams finished in 25th place, shooting 273 (89-93-91) while Gracie Tucker finished 28th with a tournament total of 276 (86-100-90). Olivia Waymouth rounded out the scoring for the Cougars, finishing in 30th. Waymouth recorded a career-low round on Saturday, carding an 89. The sophomore closed out the tournament with a final-round 90 to finish with a total of 281.

The Cougars will return to the links on March 29 as they participate in the TPC Deere Run Invitational in Silvis, Illinois.

IU KOKOMO BASEBALL

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo baseball team won both of games of Sunday’s non-conference doubleheader with Miami (Hamilton) 11-6 and 6-4, respectively, to complete their third consecutive weekend series sweep of the season. The Cougars took the series opener over the Harriers Saturday afternoon 1-0.

The Cougars are now 16-8 on the year and 6-0 in River States Conference play.

Game One Recap (Saturday)

Senior Owen Callaghan threw eight shutout innings, giving up four hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

The Cougars struck for the only run of the game in the seventh inning by way of small ball and walks. Tucker Platt walked to begin the inning before advancing to second on a Luke Hanson groundout. The next two batters each reached via bunt-singles, loading the bases for lead-off batter Riley Garczynski with one out. Garczynski drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the winning run, before the following two batters flew out.

Ethan Leslie closed out Miami (Hamilton) in order in the top of the ninth to earn his second save of the season.

Game Two Key Moments (Sunday Game One)

Riley Garczynski walked to open the bottom of the first and would later come around to score on a Jared Heard groundout.

Pat Mills reached after being hit by a pitch and later scored on a Tucker Platt RBI single.

Mills went deep to right for his first of three home runs on the day to open the bottom of the third inning.

Jared Heard walked later in the third, eventually coming around to score on a Jack Leverenz double. Leverenz stole third and scored on a Dylan Janke infield single, extending the Cougs lead to 5-0 after three innings.

Heard came up with a 2 RBI double in the fourth to make it a 7-0 Cougar lead.

The Cougs scored four times in the fifth inning, with Leverenz scoring on a passed ball before Pat Mills smacked a 2 RBI triple. Mills scored on a Noah Hurlock single to left field, extending the Cougs lead to 11-0 through five innings of play.

The Harriers were able to score three runs on four hits in the sixth to cut the Cougar lead to 11-3 with one inning to play.

Miami (Hamilton) scored three more times in the top of the seventh on three walks and one base hit.

Game Two Pitching

JT Holton tossed six innings, giving up three runs on five hits. The freshman struck out seven with no walks.

Brandon Clarke pitched the final inning.

Game Three Key Moments (Sunday Game Two)

Matt Iacobucci and Luke Hanson had back-to-back singles in the bottom of the second. Iacobucci scored on a Bryce Lenz sac-fly before Hanson scored on a Riley Garczynski single down the right-field line.

Pat Mills went yard to right field for his second of the day, scoring Garczynski and giving the Cougars a 4-0 lead through two innings.

The Harriers scored once in the third to cut the Cougar lead to 4-1.

Mills hit a solo shot to right field in the fifth to extend the Cougar lead to 5-1.

Jack Leverenz tripled down the right-field line to open the bottom half of the sixth and would score on a Iacobucci single. The Cougs led 6-1 after six innings.    

Miami (Hamilton) gave the Cougars a bit of a scare in the seventh, scoring three runs on four hits. Ryan Beck came in for the final two outs, striking out the final two batters.

Game Three Pitching

Lucas Letsinger went five innings giving up one run on four hits to earn the win and improve to 2-0. Letsinger struck out six and walked one.

Junior Mark Goudy pitched a scoreless sixth.

Mason Whitely began the seventh before Ryan Beck came in to record the final two outs for the save.

The Cougs are set to host Indiana Tech for a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Kokomo Municipal Stadium before a weekend series in downtown Kokomo with River States Conference foe Oakland City. First pitch for game one Tuesday is set for 4:00 p.m.

IU KOKOMO WOMEN’S TENNIS

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University women’s tennis team continued its winning streak on Sunday as the Cougars defeated the Saint Mary’s Belles at Foster Park. IU Kokomo has now won five straight matches and improved its record to 10-7. The Cougars defeated the NCAA Division III opponent, 4-3.

IU Kokomo took the doubles point in thrilling fashion. The duo of Reese Johnson and Reiley Hiser defeated their opponent at No. 2 doubles while the Belles claimed the No. 3 doubles victory. At No. 1, Gabbie Orlando and Larissa O’Rourke battled back from a 5-2 deficit to force a tie-break. The duo completed the come-from-behind victory, defeating their opponent 7-2 in the tiebreak to clinch the point for the Cougars.

In singles action, Andrea Saylor gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead after winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 doubles. Orlando won at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-3 and Johnson claimed the 6-3, 6-3 victory at the No. 3 line.

Singles Results

Gabbie Orlando (IUK) def. Lucy Chamberlin (Saint Mary’s), 6-1, 6-3

Alayna Campbell (Saint Mary’s) def. Larissa O’Rourke (IUK) 7-5, 6-1

Reese Johnson (IUK) def. Meredith Heckert (Saint Mary’s), 6-3, 6-3

Kathleen McLeod (Saint Mary’s) def. Reiley Hiser (IUK), 6-4, 6-2

Andrea Saylor (IUK) def. Katie Hunter (Saint Mary’s), 6-0, 6-0

Nikki Rust (Saint Mary’s) def. Kelsey Rhoades (IUK), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Doubles Results

Orlando/O’Rourke (IUK) def. Chamberlin/Campbell (Saint Mary’s), 7-6 (7-2)

Hiser/Johnson (IUK) def. Kalyn Borger/Heckert (Saint Mary’s), 6-4

McLeod/Rust (Saint Mary’s) def. Veronica Fiscus/ Saylor (IUK), 6-3

The Cougars will pick up River States Conference play this week as they take on Oakland City and Brescia on Friday and Saturday at Foster Park.

IU SOUTH BEND BASEBALL

GRANGER, Ind. – Playing a pair of road games in their home stadium, IU South Bend split a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, dropping the first game to Trinity International 4-3 before bouncing back in game two, 9-1. The twinbill was scheduled to take place on the TIU campus on Saturday, but was moved to Rex Weade Stadium after the wet weather washed out any chance to play.

Zack Dobos earned the win for the Titans (8-12, 2-2 CCAC) in game two, throwing six innings without an earned run, while scattering three hits and striking out eight.

The Titans took a big early lead, scoring six runs in the top of the 2nd and remaining in front the rest of the way. Nolan Unger drove in two runs in the middle of a ten-batter rally, driving in Colin Mack and Tony Reyes as IUSB collected five hits in the frame.

IU South Bend added to their lead with an RBI single from Evan Allen in the 4th inning, and another RBI single from Unger in the 5th.

Jack Kienzle kept the lead through the 7th and 8th innings, striking out four batters and retiring six straight batters. Jackson Krueger pitched a scoreless 9th to secure the win.

Unger, Allen, and Reyes all had a pair of singles to lead the Titans at the plate, with Unger’s 3 RBI the most in either game on the day.

In the first game of the day, Donnie Necas finished 2-for-3 with a double, and Bryson Taylor pitched six innings with just three hits and one earned run allowed, but the Trojans (8-10, 1-3 CCAC) rallied with two runs in the bottom of the 9th to steal the 4-3 win.

The Titans return to The Rex on Monday, when they host Calumet for a CCAC doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

OZARK, Mo. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball salvaged the third game of the series with a 12-9 slugfest win over Drury University Sunday afternoon in Ozark, Missouri. The Screaming Eagles are 10-7 this spring, while Drury is 15-5 in 2022.  

The Eagles came out firing in the first inning, taking a 3-0 lead on a three-run blast off the bat of junior second baseman Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana). The home run over the left field wall was McNew’s team-best fourth of the season.

Drury rallied to close within a run, 3-2, in the bottom of the fourth before USI freshman catcher Cordell Coburn (Evansville, Indiana) sent the ball over the left center fence for a 4-2 Eagle advantage. The Eagles maintained the two run lead until the fifth when junior rightfielder Ren Tachioka (Japan) and senior shortstop Ethan Hunter (Terre Haute, Indiana) extended the margin to 6-2 with RBI-singles in the fourth.

USI’s lead grew to a game-best 8-2 in the sixth when Hunter drove in his second RBI of the game with a double and later scored on a fielding error when McNew reached base in his the third-straight at-bat.

After the Panthers cut the margin to 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth, USI got one of the runs back in the top of the seventh when junior leftfielder Evan Kahre (Evansville, Indiana) knocked in a run with his third hit of the day, a double to left. Drury, however, was not done, scoring three more in the bottom of the seventh to close the gap to 9-8.

USI regained the four-run lead, 12-8, with a three-run eighth, manufacturing the runs with the benefit of a wild pitch, a RBI-single by Coburn, and a RBI-fielder’s choice by junior third baseman Daniel Lopez (Dominican Republic). Drury rallied once more with a run in the bottom half of the inning to make the score, 12-9, and set the stage for the ninth.

The Panthers made one last run at the Eagles in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs, before freshman left-hander Tyler Hutson (Villa Hills, Kentucky) earned his first collegiate save by getting the final out.

At the plate, Hunter, Kahre, and Coburn had three hits each, while McNew finished with a game-high three RBIs.

The victory on the mound goes to senior right-hander Brice Stuteville (Rockport, Indiana). Stuteville (3-0) allowed five runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out five.

Up Next for the Eagles:

USI makes a quick return to the USI Baseball Field Wednesday when it hosts Maryville University for a 6 p.m. non-conference game. The Saints are 8-9 after being swept in a three-game set with the University of Illinois Springfield today and have lost four-straight. 

The Eagles have an 11-3 all-time series lead over the Saints after taking three-of-four on the road last spring. USI has won the last three match-ups and seven of the last nine since 2012.

Following the Maryville contest, the Eagles return to the road and travels to Cleveland, Mississippi, for a three-game series against Delta State University March 25-27. The Statesmen entered this afternoon’s doubleheader with the University of West Georgia with a 12-7 record.

Delta State won the only meeting with USI in the opening game of the 2018 campaign, 7-1, in Quincy, Illinois, when the Statesmen were ranked number one nationally.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF

GEORGETOWN, Ky.— University of Southern Indiana Women’s Golf settled with an eight-place finish out of 12 teams Sunday at the Saginaw Valley State Spring Invitational hosted by Saginaw Valley State University at the Cherry Blossom Golf Club.

The Screaming Eagles finished its first tournament of the spring season shooting a two-day score of 676 (+100). USI started off round one shooting a 343 (+55) to sit in eight place. Day two saw little improvement for the Eagles as it shot a 333 (+45) to maintain an eighth-place finish. USI did find success in par-three’s, averaging the third best in the invitational (3.53).

Sophomore Katelyn Sayyalinh (Rockford, Illinois) led all USI women golfers after shooting a 36-hole score of 164 (+20) to claim a tie for 27th out of 69 competitors. Sayyalinh shot an impressive 81 (+9) in round one to sit in the top-20 but dropped 10 spots after shooting an 83 (+11) in round two.

Another top performer for the Eagles was senior Hannah Herma (DeMotte, Indiana) after shooting a two-day score of 168 (+24) to capture 35th place. Herma started off slow carding an 86 (+14) in round one before surging in round two with an impressive 82 (+10) to bump up in the standings.

University of Findlay was crowned victorious at the Saginaw Valley State Spring Invitational with a two-day team score of 605 while holding six of the top 10 player spots in the leader board. Kristina Kniesly of Findlay won the invitational shooting a two-day score of 146 (+2).

COMING UP FOR THE EAGLES:

The Eagles pack their bags and head to Athens, Alabama for the Bulldog Bash hosted by Union University at Canebrake Golf Club Monday March 28.

VINCENNES BASEBALL

CANTON, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer baseball team began their Mid-West Athletic Conference play Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader at Spoon River College in Canton, Ill.

The Trailblazers fell behind early and battled back to take game one 8-6 over the host Snappers.

Game two of the doubleheader was suspended after the 5th inning due to darkness, with Vincennes holding a 14-9 lead. The game will be resumed tomorrow, March 21, before the scheduled doubleheader at 2 p.m. eastern.

Spoon River was the first to get on the board in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run.

Vincennes tied the game the next inning with a run driven in by freshman Nick Williams (Alexandria, Ind.) and a sacrifice fly by freshman Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.).

Spoon River broke the tie with a run in the bottom of the second and the Trailblazers responded back with four runs in the third.

Freshman Kaden Elliott (New Albany, Ind.) drove in a run on a fielder’s choice and Nick Williams came through with an RBI single. Ethan Burdette finished off the inning with a two-RBI double.

The Snappers tried to attempt a comeback with a run in the third and fourth to cut the VU lead to 6-5.

VU freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.) drove in another VU run in the sixth with an RBI double as sophomore Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio) came around to score.

Vincennes would score another run in the seventh as Ethan Burdette hit his second RBI double of the day and his fourth RBI of the game.

“What Ethan did today at the plate was phenomenal,” VU Assistant Baseball Coach Brian Campbell said. “He’s been in a little bit of a jam. He’s hitting the ball well, he’s just been hitting it at people and as a hitter that can get very discouraging because you know you are doing everything right, you are just hitting right at guys. But he continued to swing the bat and continued to have confidence in himself and he had four RBI’s today. He’s a big part of getting our whole lineup going. When he’s hitting well and getting on base, it helps us out a lot.”

The VU bullpen closed out the game to give the Trailblazers the 8-6 win and their first conference win of the season.

Sophomore Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) got the start on the mound for the Trailblazers Sunday afternoon, throwing 5.2 innings, giving up six runs on four hits and striking out eight Spoon River batters.

Sophomore Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) entered from the bullpen to throw 2.1 innings, allowing only one hit and striking out four.

Sophomore Luke Osborn (Perryville, Ind.) took the mound in the ninth and picked up the save, striking out one batter in the inning.

“We knew that this series wasn’t going to be easy,” Campbell said. “Spoon River has been playing pretty well lately. Our guys knew that this is a Conference series and everybody needs to be up and ready and our guys have matured a lot since the start of the season. They have found ways to compete and that’s exactly what happened today.”

“We went down early, but we knew that we’ve been swinging the bats well and we put pressure on them,” Campbell added. “We had situations where we could bunt and put the ball in play and that’s really what got us going today. Once we got the momentum we didn’t let it go.”

“VanLannen pitched well but didn’t have the greatest of days. Once we got through the lineup three times we made the move to Nichols and did a great job and did his part. Then Osborn came in and closed the door. Our guys just fought really well and flat out competed and that’s how we ended up on top.”

Game two of the doubleheader was suspended after the fifth inning due to darkness, with the Trailblazers holding a 14-9 lead.

VU fell behind early in game two of the day after giving up eight runs in the second inning.

The Trailblazers battled back with a two- RBI single by sophomore Dale Coy (Evansville, Ind.) and a three-run home run by Colton Evans.

Colin Long picked up a pair of singles in the fourth inning as the Trailblazers used a seven-run inning to take a 13-8 lead.

Vincennes added a run on a sacrifice fly by Kaden Elliott to give the Trailblazers a 14-9 advantage.

The game will resume tomorrow, Monday, March 21, before the scheduled final two games of the four-game set at 11 a.m. eastern, with Vincennes batting in the top of the sixth and Colin Long, Peyton Lane and Colton Evans due up.

 “Our guys know that tomorrow is going to be a long day,” Campbell said. “We are going to be at the field at nine in the morning taking batting practice and getting ready to go. We’ve just got to take care of business. We are in a really good spot, going into the sixth with a five run lead, our guys have been seeing the ball well and we’ve gotten into their bullpen and have been making them use some guys out of the pen.”

“At the end of the day we just have to make the routine plays,” Campbell added. “This team is going to hit and put the ball in play and as long as we can make the routine plays and not give them any extra outs, I can see us being pretty successful at finishing off game two.”

“We are going to take care of our guys after that, make sure that they are well rested and they are just going to have to dog it out. This is what JuCo baseball is sometimes. You have to be able to handle the X-factor and our guys are just going to have to be ready to play and ready to compete. Spoon River isn’t just going to hand us any games. Every Conference game is meaningful, so we have to just continue to carry on the energy that we had today and continue to compete.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1908       Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb signs for $4000, with an $800 bonus if he hits over .300. The 21-year-old ‘Georgia Peach’ will finish the season with a league-leading .324 batting average for the first-place Tigers.

1931       On a chilly night at Houston’s (TX) Buffs Stadium, the White Sox and Giants become the first major league clubs to play a night game, a ten-inning exhibition played under 245-kilowatt lamps, which according to reports, provided adequate lighting for the contest. The disappointing crowd of 2,500, due most likely to the cold weather, watch Chicago score five runs in the final frame to beat John McGraw’s New York squad, 11-6.

1936       The Reds trade first baseman Jim Bottomley for the Browns’ utility player Johnny Burnett, who will never appear in a game for his new team. The former Cincinnati infielder plays two seasons with St. Louis, finishing his 16-year Hall of Fame career with a lifetime .310 batting average.

1943       The A’s trade Bob Johnson to the Senators for Jimmy Pofahl and Bobby Estalella. The former Philadelphia’s fan-favorite outfielder will make the All-Star squad for Washington and receives consideration for the Most Valuable Player award.

1957       The owners will receive 9.3 million dollars in revenue for the 1957 TV-Radio rights. The breakdown includes $3.2 million for the World Series/All-Star rights, $1.26 million for two Saturday games of the week, and the remaining $4.84 million for local right fees.

1959       The Indians trade Larry Doby to the Tigers for Tito Francona. The deal turns out to be a great swap for the Tribe when their new outfielder hits .363, while Doby will play in just 16 games for Detroit.

1962       Before the spring training game against New York in Clearwater, the Phillies honor Robin Roberts, who was sold to the Yankees in the off-season, by retiring his uniform number 36, the familiar numerals he wore for 14 seasons with Philadelphia. The future Hall of Fame right-hander starts the exhibition game by giving up four runs in three innings but gets credit for the win in the Bronx Bombers’ 13-10 victory over his former team.

1965       In an exhibition game, Gary Kroll and Gordie Richardson combine to keep Pittsburgh hitless for nine innings in the Mets’ 6-0 win in St. Petersburg. The first no-hitter thrown during the regular season in franchise history won’t occur until 2012 when Johan Santana accomplishes the feat against St. Louis.

1966       In a spring training game in Houston’s Astrodome, the Dodgers and Astros become the first major league teams to play on artificial grass. The material, which will become known as AstroTurf, was developed by Monsanto to overcome the team’s inability to grow grass indoors.

1968       The new American League team in Kansas City announces its nickname. The expansion club, which will join the circuit in 1969, will now be known as the “Royals,” paying tribute to the Negro League Monarchs, a team playing in the City of Fountains from 1920 through 1965.

1973       In an exhibition game against the Mets, Fritz Peterson appears in his first game since going public about swapping families with Yankee teammate Mike Kekich. Many of the 4,320 fans at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg roundly boo the 31 year-old southpaw, but he goes the first five innings, picking up the win in the Bronx Bombers’ 6-2 victory over their crosstown rivals.

1975       Georgia Tech blanks Earlham (IN), 41-0, setting the NCAA mark for the largest margin of victory. In 1999, Nebraska will break the record, which had been equaled by West Chester (PA), with a 50-3 win over Chicago State at Buck Beltzer Stadium.

1978       In a surprise move, Padres manager Alvin Dark becomes the second manager ever fired during spring training after being told that he was having difficulties communicating with his players. San Diego names Roger Craig, the club’s pitching coach, as the interim skipper.

2002       The Phillies make public the one-day regular-season suspension of Larry Bowa handed down by Bob Watson, Major League Baseball’s vice president for on-field operations. The action comes from the Philadelphia manager’s “inappropriate conduct toward the umpire” when he became enraged with the home plate umpire over two close calls on checked swings during an exhibition game against the Indians on March 9.

2011       Citing a lack of velocity and command, Mets GM Sandy Alderson announces the release of 29-year-old southpaw Oliver Perez, who is still owed $12 million on his deal. The roster move marks the second time in four days that the team has cut a player having a considerable contract, with second baseman Luis Castillo asked to leave despite his $6 million price tag.

2013       David Wright is named the Mets captain, joining John Franco, Keith Hernandez, and Gary Carter as the fourth player to be honored by the franchise. Like Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, the two other current major leaguers to have the title with their club, the 30 year-old third baseman will not wear a “C” on his uniform.

2018       The Cleburne Railroaders’ first baseman Rafael Palmeiro becomes the oldest player in professional baseball history to homer in a game when he goes deep against Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks starter Trey McNutt in the American Association independent team’s 4-3 home loss at the Depot. The 53-year-old former major league All-Star batted sixth in the lineup, behind his 28-year-old son Patrick, who plays the corner infield spots for the second-year club.

2019       The Angels announce the signing of center fielder Mike Trout to a 12-year record, making the biggest financial commitment to a player in North American team sports history. The Halos reportedly will pay the two-time American League Most Valuable Player more than $430 million, far surpassing the mega-deal Bryce Harper (13 yrs, $330 M) and the Phillies agreed on earlier in the month.

2021       Before an exhibition game at Surprise Stadium, the Royals announce catcher Salvador Perez has agreed to a four-year extension reportedly worth $82 million, setting a franchise record. The 30-year-old backstop’s deal, with an average annual value of $20.5 million, easily surpasses the $72 million contract signed by outfielder Alex Gordon in 2014.

TV MONDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – WOMENTIME ETTV
KANSAS ST. AT N.C. STATE4:00PMESPN
NOTRE DAME AT OKLAHOMA6:00PMESPN2
VILLANOVA AT MICHIGAN6:00PMESPNU
BELMONT AT TENNESSEE7:00PMESPN
OHIO STATE AT LSU8:00PMESPN2
PRINCETON AT INDIANA8:00PMESPNU
UCF AT UCONN9:00PMESPN
NORTH CAROLINA AT ARIZONA10:00PMESPN2
NBATIME ETTV
NEW ORLEANS AT CHARLOTTE7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
LA LAKERS AT CLEVELAND7:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
MIAMI AT PHILADELPHIA7:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
PORTLAND AT DETROIT7:00PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
UTAH AT BROOKLYN7:30PMNBATV
ATTSN-RM
YES
BOSTON AT OKLAHOMA CITY8:00PMNBCS-BOS
BALLY SPORTS
TORONTO AT CHICAGO8:00PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-CHI
MINNESOTA AT DALLAS8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
NHLTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT MONTREAL7:00PMNHLN
NESN
SPORTSNET
VEGAS AT MINNESOTA8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
EDMONTON AT COLORADO9:30PMSPORTSNET
ALT
NASHVILLE AT ANAHEIM10:00PMBALLY SPORTS

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XY-MIAMI4724.66226-921-1511-230-137-32 W
MILWAUKEE4427.6203.024-1220-159-326-188-21 L
PHILADELPHIA4327.6143.520-1623-116-926-176-41 L
BOSTON4428.6113.524-1220-169-630-168-23 W
CHICAGO4129.5865.525-1016-199-426-172-83 L
CLEVELAND4130.5776.023-1218-189-524-195-52 W
TORONTO4031.5637.017-1623-158-524-196-41 W
BROOKLYN3734.52110.015-1922-159-626-185-51 W
CHARLOTTE3635.50711.018-1718-186-722-226-44 W
10 ATLANTA3536.49312.023-1412-228-621-236-41 L
11 WASHINGTON3040.42916.518-1812-226-722-223-71 W
12 NEW YORK3041.42317.015-2015-214-1015-265-51 L
13 INDIANA2547.34722.516-209-272-1311-344-62 W
14 DETROIT1952.26828.011-238-295-915-294-61 L
15 ORLANDO1953.26428.59-2610-272-1110-354-61 W
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 X-PHOENIX5814.80630-828-68-434-98-25 W
MEMPHIS4923.6819.024-1025-139-532-147-31 W
GOLDEN STATE4724.66210.529-918-1510-328-174-62 L
UTAH4526.63412.526-1119-1513-129-156-43 W
DALLAS4328.60614.523-1220-1612-230-157-32 L
MINNESOTA4230.58316.024-1218-1811-428-189-14 W
DENVER4230.58316.020-1422-165-925-196-42 L
LA CLIPPERS3637.49322.520-1516-227-721-254-63 L
NEW ORLEANS3041.42327.516-2014-216-820-235-52 W
10 LA LAKERS3041.42327.520-1710-243-1116-273-71 L
11 SAN ANTONIO2844.38930.014-2314-214-818-244-61 W
12 PORTLAND2644.37131.017-189-261-1211-301-94 L
13 SACRAMENTO2548.34233.516-239-255-817-292-83 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2051.28237.59-2611-254-814-311-99 L
15 HOUSTON1754.23940.510-257-293-119-362-85 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS6242146904025418026-6-016-8-67-2-1
CAROLINA HURRICANES6241156884020314823-5-318-10-34-4-2
NEW YORK RANGERS6340185853618916020-6-320-12-27-3-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS6338169853520516717-9-521-7-47-2-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING6139166843720517419-6-420-10-25-5-0
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS6239185833722918922-7-217-11-35-4-1
BOSTON BRUINS6238195813618816718-10-220-9-37-2-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS64351910803121418015-12-520-7-57-2-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS6332283672821023418-13-314-15-05-3-2
10 NEW YORK ISLANDERS6026259612516216615-12-411-13-56-3-1
11 DETROIT RED WINGS6225307572217823216-12-49-18-32-7-1
12 BUFFALO SABRES6322338522016722011-16-411-17-46-4-0
13 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS62203111512015621413-15-67-16-54-5-1
14 OTTAWA SENATORS6222355492116220412-19-210-16-33-7-0
15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS6222355492018822614-14-38-21-24-6-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS621736943151582359-18-38-18-65-3-2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE6244135934124117324-3-320-10-26-3-1
CALGARY FLAMES6238168843621514919-5-619-11-26-2-2
ST. LOUIS BLUES6134189773221717320-7-414-11-53-4-3
MINNESOTA WILD6036204763122519619-7-117-13-35-4-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS6434228763118218116-13-318-9-55-4-1
EDMONTON OILERS6235234743221219619-12-016-11-46-3-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS6236224763420417519-11-017-11-46-4-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS6434264723020519418-13-316-13-14-6-0
DALLAS STARS6134243713117918220-8-114-16-26-4-0
10 WINNIPEG JETS63292410682819719816-12-213-12-86-3-1
11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS6430268682718318614-13-516-13-34-4-2
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS64272611652318320416-12-411-14-72-6-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS6227278622516319515-14-412-13-44-4-2
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS6322329531916721911-16-511-16-43-6-1
15 ARIZONA COYOTES622038444191622249-21-111-17-36-4-0
16 SEATTLE KRAKEN6319386441716422611-18-38-20-33-5-2
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE