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Kansas races past Miami in 2nd half, reaches 16th Final Four

CHICAGO (AP) Ochai Agbaji, David McCormack and Christian Braun powered a dazzling second half for Kansas, and the top-seeded Jayhawks pounded Miami 76-50 on Sunday to advance to the program’s 16th Final Four.

Agbaji scored 18 points, McCormack had 15 and Braun finished with 12, helping Kansas rally after a lackluster start. The Jayhawks trailed by six points at halftime but outscored Miami 47-15 in the final 20 minutes.

Kansas (32-6), the only No. 1 seed left in the NCAA Tournament, won the Midwest for the 13th time with its ninth consecutive victory overall. Next up is the national semifinals and a matchup with Villanova on Saturday in New Orleans.

It’s the fourth Final Four for coach Bill Self in his 19 seasons at Kansas. The last time the Jayhawks made it to the semis, they lost 95-79 to coach Jay Wright and the Wildcats in 2018.

Remy Martin, the most outstanding player in the Midwest Region, finished with nine points and six rebounds for Kansas.

Kameron McGusty scored 18 points and Isaiah Wong had 15 for No. 10 seed Miami in the program’s first appearance in the Elite Eight. The Hurricanes (26-11) were bidding to get coach Jim Larranaga back to the Final Four for the first time since he led 11th-seeded George Mason there in 2006.

McGusty spent two seasons at Oklahoma before transferring to Miami, averaging 13.5 points in four games against Kansas. And he looked comfortable playing against the Jayhawks again.

The redshirt senior guard scored 14 points to help the Hurricanes to a 35-29 halftime lead. But everything changed after the break.

With McCormack asserting himself inside and Braun and Ogbai picking up their play on the perimeter, Kansas outscored Miami 25-7 over the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Jalen Wilson made two foul shots and Agbaji connected from 3 to lift the Jayhawks to a 54-42 lead with 10:14 left. And the Big 12 champions just kept rolling.

A dunk by Agbaji capped a 10-0 run and made it 67-46 with 4:35 left, delighting the pro-Kansas crowd at the United Center. A 3 by Agbaji extended the lead to 23 points with 1:58 remaining.

The second-half numbers told the story of Kansas’ dominance. Miami shot 21.4% (6 for 28) after the break, compared to 59.3% (16 for 27) for Kansas. The Jayhawks also outrebounded the Hurricanes 25-11 in the second half. Wilson finished with 11 rebounds to make up for a tough shooting day.


Kansas improved to 6-0 in NCAA Tournament games played in the Windy City.


Miami: One of the Hurricanes’ biggest strengths in the tourney was their ability to generate turnovers, but they were unable to rattle the experienced Jayhawks. Miami finished with 14 turnovers, compared to 11 for Kansas.

Kansas: The Jayhawks improved to 44-16 in the NCAA Tournament under Self, but they are focused on winning the national title for the first time since 2008.

Carolina crushes Saint Peter’s, will meet Duke in Final Four

PHILADELPHIA (AP) North Carolina crushed all hope of a March Madness miracle in the early going Sunday, getting 20 points and 22 rebounds from Armando Bacot in a wire-to-wire 69-49 runaway over 15th-seeded Saint Peter’s.

The eighth-seeded Tar Heels (28-9) made their record 21st Final Four, and next on their list is none other than archrival Duke and its soon-to-be-retiring coach, Mike Krzyzewski.

Next Saturday in New Orleans will mark the first Final Four meeting – first NCAA Tournament meeting, in fact – between the Tobacco Road archrivals whose campuses are separated by 11 miles.

While Coach K’s winding road to retirement has been a beauty to watch this March, nothing has captured more imaginations than the run put on by underdog Saint Peter’s. The entire basketball budget for this scrappy group from Jersey City, New Jersey, is $1.6 million – or around $400,000 less than what Tar Heels first-year coach Hubert Davis, who was sobbing as his players enveloped him after the buzzer, makes in a year.

Two nights earlier, the Peacocks (21-12) beat Purdue to become the first 15 seed to advance to an Elite Eight. They are hardly the first team to see grand plans undone by one of the country’s top-line power programs.

It got ugly early.

After Carolina’s Leaky Black missed a free throw 2 1/2 minutes in, Bacot edged in for the offensive rebound and an easy putback. It gave Carolina a 7-0 lead. In its three tournament wins over Kentucky, Murray State and Purdue, Saint Peter’s had never trailed by more than six.

The Peacocks, whose 10-game win streak ended, moved the ball well and got plenty of good looks over the first 10 minutes. Some shots went halfway down and rimmed out. Others bounced twice on the iron but wouldn’t fall. They trailed 21-7 after missing their first six shots, and 16 of their first 19.

Late in the first half, Daryl Banks III swooped in for what looked like a windmill jam. It got rejected – by the front of the rim. It made the Peacocks 5 for 27 on the night, and when Bacot dunked on the next possession, North Carolina led 36-15.

Fousseyni Drame led Saint Peter’s with 12 points and KC Ndefo had 10.

The weekend before, North Carolina had taken a 25-point lead against Baylor only to see it all melt away before pulling the game out in overtime. The turning point there came when Brady Manek got ejected for throwing an inadvertent elbow. Manek finished this game on the sideline, too – watching garbage time from the bench after scoring 19 points.

It was an emotional evening for Davis, who replaced Roy Williams, the coach who took the Tar Heels to five Final Fours over 18 years. Now the 51-year-old Davis joins the likes of Ray Meyer, Steve Fisher and Denny Crum as rookies to reach the sport’s biggest stage.

Were it not for Saint Peter’s, maybe North Carolina would be the underdog story of this tournament. Way back when, in 1985, another 8 seed shocked the world. It was Rollie Massimino’s 1985 Villanova team.

Then again, these are the Tar Heels. They’ve been playing as well as anyone for more than a month.

When they put a 94-81 beatdown on Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 5, it cast a cloud over what was supposed to be a celebration of Coach K’s final home game. On Sunday, they wrecked another of those so-called “perfect” story lines.

But this is more than a consolation prize for college hoops: Next, UNC and Duke meet for the 258th time – and never with the stakes so high.

Villanova’s Justin Moore has torn Achilles tendon

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Villanova guard and second-leading scorer Justin Moore will undergo surgery this week for a torn Achilles tendon, a brutal blow for the Wildcats ahead of their Final Four game with Kansas.

Moore was a second-team All-Big East selection this season. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 34.4 minutes, 14.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per outing in 36 games.

Moore was injured in the final minute of Villanova’s regional final victory win over Houston on Saturday night and was on crutches during the Wildcats’ postgame celebration. He was dribbling against a defender and appeared to slip and fall. Moore then went back down after trying to get up.

The Wildcats are playing for their third national championship since 2016.

“This is a tough blow for all of us, not just because of the great player Justin is, but because of what he means to us as teammates and coaches,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said in a statement Sunday. “As one of our captains, Justin has been an integral part of our success. He helps our team in so many ways. Every game, he guards the opponent’s best scorer and is one of the toughest rebounding guards we have had in our time at Villanova.”

Lanier named SMU’s coach after NCAA tourney with Georgia St

DALLAS (AP) SMU named Rob Lanier as its coach on Sunday after he took Georgia State to the NCAA Tournament this season.

Lanier was 53-30 in his three seasons at Georgia State. He previously took Siena to the NCAA tourney in 2002, in the first of his four seasons as coach there. In between those head coaching stints, Lanier was an assistant at Tennessee, Texas, Florida and Virginia.

Tim Jankovich announced his retirement Tuesday after six seasons as SMU’s coach and a coaching career of nearly four decades that included stints as an assistant for Larry Brown and Bill Self.

Before going to Georgia State, the 53-year-old Lanier spent eight seasons as associate head coach to Rick Barnes, four at Tennessee after four at Texas. That came after four seasons as an assistant to Billy Donovan at Florida.

“Rob is an excellent coach and has been mentored by some of the game’s best in Rick Barnes and Billy Donovan. He and his staff will build upon the success our program has experienced under coach Brown and coach Jankovich,” SMU athletic director Rick Hart said.

SMU was 24-9 this season, which ended in the second round of the NIT with a 75-63 loss to Washington State that was its only home defeat this season.

The Mustangs were left out of the 68-team NCAA field despite finishing second in the American Athletic Conference regular-season standings, behind Elite Eight team Houston and ahead of NCAA tourney team Memphis. SMU beat Houston once and swept its two regular-season games against Memphis before losing to the Tigers in the AAC Tournament semifinals.

Reports: Memphis, Hardaway facing serious NCAA violations

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The University of Memphis and men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway have been accused of serious violations of NCAA rules, including failing to cooperate with an investigation, two newspapers reported.

The Daily Memphian and The Commercial Appeal reported that they obtained copies of a notice of allegations from an investigation by the NCAA’s Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

The newspapers also obtained a response from the university denying the allegations. The university said the notice “contains no specific facts, and it is the specific facts that are imperative for the resolution of this matter.”

The allegations come after Memphis lost to Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last week.

Alleged infractions include four Level I and two Level II violations, according to an amended notice of allegations the university received in July 2021. Level I and Level II violations are considered the most serious NCAA infractions.

The school received seven total accusations, including alleged violations of NCAA clauses related to lack of institutional control, head coach responsibility and failure to monitor. Hardaway was involved in at least one Level I infraction and two Level II violations stemming from the NCAA’s investigation that ran from May 2019 to February 2021, the notice said.

Many details and allegations included in the documents have been redacted.

The alleged violations appear to coincide with the time former Tigers player and prized recruit James Wiseman spent at Memphis. Wiseman had received $11,500 from Hardaway in 2017, when Hardaway was the coach at East High School in Memphis.

Although Hardaway wasn’t Memphis’ coach at the time of the payment, the NCAA ruled it wasn’t allowed because he was a booster for the program. The former NBA All-Star gave $1 million in 2008 to his alma mater for the university’s sports hall of fame.

Hardaway became the Memphis coach in March 2018, and Wiseman committed to the Tigers in November 2018.

Wiseman played the first game of the 2019-20 season before the NCAA ruled Wiseman ineligible. He played two more games after filing a restraining order against the NCAA.

On Nov. 20, the NCAA suspended Wiseman for 12 games and ordered him to repay $11,500 in the form of a donation to the charity of choice. Wiseman now plays for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

Also, data from a computer hard drive belonging to a former assistant coach was not preserved, the notice said. The university’s response indicated the computer belonged to Mike Miller, a former NBA player.

The IARP’s Complex Case Unit alleges Memphis failed to cooperate with the investigation, including failing to report acts of noncompliance in a timely manner. Hardaway “failed to demonstrate that he promoted an atmosphere of compliance within the men’s basketball program,” the notice said.

“The Institution failed to timely produce requested and relevant documents,” the amended notice of allegations said. “Specifically, on August 26, 2020, the CCU submitted document requests to the Institution seeking various categories of documents including but not limited to communications and text messages.”

In its response, the university said “the facts do not demonstrate a lack of institutional control, a failure to monitor, a failure to cooperate or a lack of (redacted) responsibility.”

“UM has presented facts that show institutional control, ongoing and appropriate monitoring, cooperation, a culture of compliance, and head coach responsibility,” the school’s response letter stated.

The university declined comment in a statement obtained by the newspapers Saturday, saying the school “is not permitted to comment due to the ongoing IARP process.”

The Complex Case Unit also identified aggravating factors, including a history of Level I and Level II violations that could be considered when handing out penalties. The unit cited violations in 2009, 2005, 1989 and 1986.

Also, Memphis’ established history of self-reporting Level III violations will be considered. The school has reported 32 violations in the past three years.

No. 1 South Carolina women beat Creighton, reach Final Four

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) South Carolina and Aliyah Boston gained what they’d pointed toward all season – a shot at redemption at the Final Four.

Boston scored 19 points to lead the top-seeded Gamecocks to their second straight Final Four with an 80-50 win over Creighton, ending the Bluejays surprise run through the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night.

The Gamecocks (33-2) took control early and rarely gave Creighton a chance to get back into the game, which ended with South Carolina getting its fourth Final Four appearance in the past seven tournaments.

Boston lost her streak of 27 double-doubles in a row, as she had seven rebounds in the blowout. She’s happy, though, to have another chance to compete for a national crown and wipe away the disappointment from last season.

That’s when Boston missed a short putback in the closing moments of the Gamecocks’ 66-65 loss to eventual NCAA champion Stanford in the national semifinals. She collapsed in tears on the court and has been almost single-minded in wanting to finish what the team missed out on then.

“It’s exciting,” Boston said of the Final Four return. “We said in the locker room, we’ve got unfinished business.”

The Gamecocks will face either Louisville or Michigan on Friday in the Final Four. The top-seeded Cardinals play the No. 3 seed Wolverines for the Wichita Region title on Monday night.

South Carolina danced and celebrated the win on Sunday as Boston held up two fingers for its back-to-back Final Fours. Boston was named the Greensboro Region MVP for her dominance through four games with 67 points and 57 boards combined.

Defending champion Stanford tops Texas 59-50 in Elite 8

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Lexie Hull scored 20 points in front of her hometown crowd, Haley Jones added 18 points, including four key free throws in the closing moments, and defending national champion Stanford toppled No. 2 seed Texas on Sunday night for a return trip to the women’s Final Four.

The Cardinal (32-3) will play in the national semifinal for the 15th time in program history, facing either North Carolina State or Connecticut in Minneapolis.

The Spokane Regional final was tightly contested throughout and reinforced the resolve that Stanford was missing earlier in the season when it lost to Texas at home on the night it received its rings from the 2021 championship.

Stanford (32-3) was the tougher team this time around, especially in the second half.

Hull made a key 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter and had a three-point play that gave Stanford a 53-48 lead with 2:29 remaining. Texas never got closer than two in the final moments and Stanford spent the final seconds celebrating around Hull and her twin sister Lacie.

Hull made 7-of-14 shots on a night scoring was at a premium. Jones was just 4-of-11 shooting but made 10-of-11 free throws and Stanford was 18 of 22 at the foul line. Jones also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Cameron Brink added 10 points for Stanford, all in the third quarter, and the Cardinal extended the longest win streak in the country to 24 games.

Texas (29-7) lost in the Elite Eight for the second straight season; last year’s unexpected run as a No. 6 seed stopped with South Carolina.

Celtics beat T’Wolves 134-112, take over top spot in East

BOSTON (AP) Celtics coach Ime Udoka has his priorities set for the final push to the playoffs, and trying to figure out Boston’s best matchup isn’t among them.

“Teams manipulate where they want to play. We’re not concerned about that,” the rookie head coach said on Sunday after the Celtics cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves 134-112 and climbed to the top of the Eastern Conference.

“There’s too much closeness to try to manipulate things and pick an opponent,” Udoka said. “Home court advantage is the main thing, and let the chops fall where they’re going to fall.”

Jayson Tatum scored 34 and Jaylen Brown had 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead Boston to its sixth straight win. The Celtics won for the 24th time in their last 28 games and, combined with the 76ers loss to Phoenix, took over the No. 1 spot in the East.

Boston and Miami have the same record at 47-28. The Celtics have beaten the Heattwice this season, and the teams meet again Wednesday.

“It’s been a journey,” Tatum said. “We had to find our identity. Lost some teammates; got some new guys. We’ve had to battle, but it’s been fun. We had some tougher times, but we’ve benefited from it, and made us better.”

This win came at the expense of the team that until recently had been the one of the hottest in the NBA: Minnesota is 12-5 since the All-Star break, winning 10 of 11 before back-to-back losses to Phoenix and Dallas this week.

Anthony Edwards scored 24 and Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 as the Timberwolves opened a four-game road trip with a loss – their third in four games.

The Celtics scored 13 of the first 15 points in the second quarter to open a double-digit lead they never relinquished. It was 72-49 at halftime.

Ingram scores 26 in return, Pelicans top Lakers 116-108

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Brandon Ingram’s strained hamstring healed in time for him to return from a 10-game absence against the team that drafted him – and in a matchup holding postseason implications for both clubs.

The New Orleans Pelicans’ leading scorer not only played well, but helped spearhead a dramatic comeback against the Los Angeles Lakers, who can’t seem to catch a break lately.

Ingram scored 26 in his return from a 10-game absence, and the Pelicans rallied from 23 points down late in the second quarter to defeat the Lakers 116-108 on Sunday night.

“I’ve been out for three weeks, and to be back and win in this fashion with all my brothers, it’s special,” Ingram said. “It shows we believe in each other. … When winning is the mentality good things come to you and great things came to us tonight.”

LeBron James hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 39 points, but hit just two of eight shots in the fourth quarter for four points, missing three times from deep after hitting seven of his first 10 from 3-point distance.

He scored most of his points after twisting his left ankle early in the second quarter when he landed on Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes’ foot. Still, James was playing in pain.

“I have no idea how I finished the game,” James said. “It’s pretty sore right now.

“I didn’t want to come out,” James added. “I understood how big of a game it was for us. … I just lost all explosiveness, so a lot of my game tonight was played on the perimeter after that. … I couldn’t really get into the lane like I would have loved to.”

The victory lifted the Pelicans (32-43) a half-game ahead of the Lakers (31-43) for the ninth seed – and the first of two play-in spots – in the Western Conference.

New Orleans got an enormous boost from rookies Trey Murphy III and Herb Jones. Murphy, drafted 17th overall, scored all of his 21 points in the second half. Jones, a second-round draft choice, had 16 points and a career-high six steals.

Booker has 35 points, Suns beat 76ers for 8th win in a row

PHOENIX (AP) Jae Crowder’s wide-open 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter Sunday sealed yet another win for the Phoenix Suns, who continue to pile up victories even though they’ve accomplished just about everything possible in an NBA regular season.

Motivation isn’t a problem for these Suns, who hope they’re just getting started.

Devin Booker scored 35 points, Chris Paul had 19 points and 14 assists and the NBA-leading Suns won their eighth straight game, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 114-104 on Sunday.

“The motivation comes from last year,” said Crowder, who was part of the Suns last season when they lost to Milwaukee in the NBA Finals. “Making it all the way to the Finals and not achieving the main goal – that’s the ultimate motivation. That’s all you need. You want to get back there, you want a different story.

“You can’t skip any steps.”

The game Sunday was an intriguing matchup between two teams with an eye on the Finals. The Suns have wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and best record in the league, while the 76ers are fighting Milwaukee, Boston and Miami for the top spot in the East. The loss left the 76ers tied with the Bucks, a half-game behind the Celtics and Heat.

Phoenix is 61-14, a victory shy of trying the franchise season victory record. The 76ers had their three-game winning streak snapped despite another big game from Joel Embiid, who had 37 points and 15 rebounds.

“That is the best team in the league for a reason,” Embiid said. “They’ve got a bunch of great players who play well together. They are connected offensively and defensively, they don’t get rattled.”

Philadelphia’s other star, James Harden, had a tough game, shooting 2 of 11 from the field. He had 14 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

The Suns took a 91-86 lead into the final quarter. They pushed that advantage to 101-90 by midway through the quarter, but the 76ers scored 10 straight points – highlighted by two 3-pointers from Tyrese Maxey – to get back it.

Ball scores 33 points, Hornets spoil Irving’s home debut

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving waited all season for a chance to play in front of his home fans, and this sure wasn’t the way he envisioned it going.

“Not the result we wanted, I didn’t shoot as well as I wanted,” Irving said. “Basically none of the things I had hoped for going well tonight just didn’t happen, and that’s just the flow of basketball.”

It went much better for the other point guard.

LaMelo Ball had 33 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and the Charlotte Hornets spoiled Irving’s first home game of the season by beating the Brooklyn Nets 119-110 on Sunday night.

Irving misfired for 3 1/2 quarters, finally warmed up to give the Nets the lead, and then the Hornets regained control with clutch 3-point shooting to give them a victory that tied them with Brooklyn for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Irving finished with 16 points and tied his season high with 11 assists but shot 6 for 22 from the field. He hadn’t been able to play at home this season until Mayor Eric Adams last week exempted athletes and performers from the New York City’s coronavirus vaccine mandate.

“It was great to see him out there, good to see the fans excited for him,” Kevin Durant said. “Unfortunately we took the `L’ though, but we move forward knowing that we have him here and build on what we have and try to get a win next game.”

Miles Bridges scored 24 points and PJ Washington had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who won for the seventh time in eight games. They beat the Nets for the second time in three meetings this season, clinching a potential head-to-head tiebreaker.

Durant had 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, playing the entire second half on the second night of a back-to-back. He shot just 9 for 24. Andre Drummond had 20 points and 16 rebounds.

Irving missed 15 of his first 17 shots, but then made two layups and a short jumper to tie it at 104-104 with 4:05 remaining. His two free throws gave the Nets a one-point lead with 3:37 to go, but then the Hornets blew by them with four 3-pointers.

Cody Martin made two of them, with Terry Rozier adding one before Bridges closed it out for the final margin.

“Those last 3s in the end were really clutch I feel like,” Ball said, “so it was a great game.”

Timberwolves’ Prince fined $15K for obscene gesture

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince $15,000 for making an obscene gesture on the court.

The league announced the fine Sunday.

It stemmed from an incident that occurred at the end of the third quarter during the Timberwolves’ 116-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. Prince and Dallas’ Luka Doncic both got technical fouls for barking at each other.

Prince scored 14 points off the bench as the Wolves stopped a two-game losing streak.



Defensive end prospect with a can’t-miss combination of football character, skill and physical traits who is more likely to contend for occasional Pro Bowls than become an All-Pro playmaker. Hutchinson’s strength and flexion allows him to drop a deep anchor and set a very firm edge, and that is unlikely to change as a pro whether he’s used in 4-3 or 3-4 fronts. He can be too mechanical, engaging in cursory contact rather than using his hands to whip the man in front of him quickly. Hutchinson is an instinctive rusher, assailing the pocket with a non-stop barrage of activity. His hands are skilled and efficient to grease the edge while fluid counter steps open inside paths to the pocket. He needs to add a few more items to his rush menu in order to maintain his rush production against NFL tackles. Hutchinson is scheme versatile and should be a very good starter with a very high floor, but his ceiling might not be as elevated as some of the talent he’s been compared to.


  • Legendary weight room grinder who is strong, flexible and explosive.
  • Traits and toughness to play end in odd or even fronts.
  • Quick lateral response versus initial movement from blocker.
  • Charged up attack into first contact.
  • Early press into single-arm separation to set a firm edge.
  • Plays with consistent knee bend and base width at point of attack.
  • Has harmonious hands and feet to slip blocks when he wants to.
  • Strong core helps to unhinge or shed a block abruptly.
  • Pass rush features rapid-fire hand work.
  • Maintains up-tempo pace through the top of the rush.
  • High winning percentage with two-hand swipe at half-man positioning.
  • Rarely clamped up and stuck dead in his tracks.
  • Instinctive counters bolster rush consistency.
  • Inside move is sudden and fluid in his rush.
  • Possesses drive-through power in his hips to charge through edge.


  • Pure muscle mass might be maxed out.
  • Below-average arm length along the edge.
  • Run-game instincts are just average.
  • Plays the game in pieces rather than a continuous flow.
  • Grapples rather than rids defender as quickly as possible.
  • Segmented in mirroring change of direction within the play.
  • Upfield burst in his rush won’t bother athletic tackles.
  • Needs to find a counter more quickly when stalemated.


Enticing edge defender whose game is fueled by traits and power over skill and instincts at this juncture of his career. Thibodeaux is hardly a finished product, but has pro-ready attributes that should help him acclimate quickly. He’s a plus run defender who punches above his weight at the point of attack with heavy hands and a sturdy base. He has some suddenness in tight quarters and above-average pursuit speed, which should keep the tackles for loss rolling in throughout his career. Thibodeaux rushes with effort, upfield burst and play-through power that should bring reasonable sack/pressure production. However, he needs to add some go-to moves and more skilled hands to his bag if he is to affect the quarterback more frequently and reach his lofty potential as a standout, two-way edge defender.


  • Scouts say he’s fueled by solid internal drive.
  • Long, strong, explosive and plays hard.
  • Initial movements off the snap are fast and furious.
  • Speed to consistently stress high side of the rush.
  • Effective shoulder dip and lean into the turn.
  • Firm base makes it hard to redirect or wash him down once he’s to an edge.
  • Wicked closing kick to the quarterback.
  • Heavy hands into entry point in speed-to-power.
  • Generates decent bull-rush despite lack of desired bend.
  • Plays with effective use of length and upper-body power.
  • Twitchy hands get on top of blockers first.
  • Creates space through forceful punch and extend.
  • Treats tight ends to shock-and-awe power at point of attack.
  • Back-side burst to wipe out running backs and ruin the play call.
  • Pursues ball-carrier with extended motor and plus speed.


  • Not a natural or instinctive pass rusher.
  • Not as bendy or fluid as teams would like.
  • Needs to be schooled up in hand usage.
  • Underdeveloped counters to keep rush alive versus quality tackles.
  • Lacks awareness and play recognition.
  • Needs to play with better control and shed timing at the point of attack.
  • Still has technique work in front of him as edge-setter.
  • Can be a little disjointed and tall as a tackler.


Ascending edge prospect. Johnson has NFL traits and the potential to keep getting bigger and better as a pro. He is a one-year full-time starter with an underdeveloped pass rush and occasional lapses in awareness, but both areas should be correctable with more coaching and game experience. He’s more instinctive and consistent as a run defender, but his length and relentlessness are excellent building blocks for challenging protection. Johnson’s blend of strength and athleticism should make him a firm edge-setter and playmaker near the line of scrimmage for odd or even fronts. He has the traits, athleticism and talent to project as a top-40 pick with a bright future.


  • Broad through shoulders with impressive wingspan.
  • Looked thicker and stronger in his lower half in 2021.
  • Explodes from his hips into initial contact.
  • Lifts blocker’s pads with leveraged hands to set edge.
  • Length to separate and stay alive in plays.
  • Times up block shed to tackle.
  • Plays hard and fast; rarely stays blocked.
  • Agile with quick change of direction.
  • Always around the ball and is a very capable tackler.
  • Keeps feet moving, generating secondary-effort sacks.
  • Seek-and-destroy finisher once he’s in the pocket.


  • Inconsistent approach in attacking run design.
  • Gets his outside shoulder covered, giving up contain.
  • Needs more consistent depth to set effective edges.
  • Inconsistent mesh-point diagnosis.
  • Rushes with force and effort but could benefit from finesse.
  • Face-up rusher with some hip tightness when bending the edge.
  • Rarely gets to a fluid rush counter.
  • Hands are violent but not very skilled yet.


Walker is a big, rugged run-stopper with the playing style and body type to play 3-4 end. He consistently outreaches blockers and takes control at the point of attack, and sets firm edges despite playing with limited knee-bend. He plays with violent hands, sluggish feet and all-day aggressiveness. He has quick-shed ability to make plays near his gaps but lacks lateral quickness to play with desired range. He won’t be considered a skilled or threatening rusher from any alignment but can plow his way forward to find occasional success. He’s effective against the run but is likely to be a one-way player who comes off the field on passing downs.


  • Big, long and powerful at the point of attack.
  • Excellent understanding of how to create leverage.
  • Transfers power from hips to hands to lift opponent’s pads.
  • Violent hands create a jarring pop.
  • Consistent to outreach and post-up the blocker as edge-setter.
  • Able to stack and release for tackles near his gaps.
  • Use of length makes him difficult to latch onto.
  • Adequate closing burst down the line.
  • Pure power occasionally opens rush paths to the pocket.
  • Stays on his feet throughout the game.


  • Below-average get-off playing inside or outside.
  • Very limited bend in his lower half.
  • Works with elevated pad level and a lack of fluidity.
  • Dull pursuit burst in space.
  • Not threatening as an edge-to-edge rusher.
  • Struggled to displace Alabama OT Evan Neal’s outside hand with force.
  • Lethargic getting from move to move.
  • Will need scheme help as NFL rusher.


Karlaftis began playing football when he was in eighth grade, when his family moved to West Lafayette, Indiana, from Athens, Greece. He was a four-star recruit at West Lafayette High School and was named American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year (a national award) as a senior in 2018 after racking up 17.5 sacks. He enrolled a semester early at Purdue and it paid off, as he was named a second-team All-Big Ten pick in 2019 (54 tackles, a team-high 17.0 for loss with 7.5 sacks, one interception and two pass breakups in 12 starts). Karlaftis missed time in 2020 due to injury and COVID-19 but was still voted second-team all-conference due to the impact he made (two sacks in three starts). Returning healthy in 2021, he garnered Associated Press third-team All-American and first-team all-conference accolades while also being named a Ted Hendrick Award finalist as one of the nation’s top defensive ends. He started 12 games and tied for the team lead with five sacks, led Purdue with 11.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Karlaftis opted out of the team’s bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft.

Edge defender with good power and a relentless motor to keep the heat on offensive counterparts throughout the game. Karlaftis’ best production came in 2019, as he missed half of Purdue’s 2020 season and saw teams focus more energy toward stopping him in 2021. He’s a lift-and-leverage run defender at the point of attack but fits into a “team defender” column more than “premium run-stopper” category. He’s a force-based rusher with anchor-busting power and the ability to get to his counters when the rush begins to stall. With just two full seasons under his belt, there will be more development headed Karlaftis’ way. He’s a future starter as a strong-side defender in an even or odd front.


  • Well-built with broad hips and good musculation.
  • Plays the game through a physical filter.
  • Already possesses the disposition of a pro lineman.
  • Hands and hips are explosive into the target.
  • Creates lift and extension through contact.
  • Uses punch/release technique to open the B-gap.
  • Likes to test a tackle’s anchor with a long-arm bull charge.
  • Works from one counter move to the next seamlessly.
  • Leg drive bounces tackle into the pocket.
  • Surprising ankle flexion for quick bend and redirect of the rush edge.
  • Works back inside when his rush hits quarterback depth.
  • Plays with persistence and energy throughout the game.


  • Not a great playmaker against the run.
  • Movements tend to be a bit segmented.
  • Struggled to prevent being widened by Ohio State tackles.
  • Running backs are able to dart through his gaps.
  • Sticky feet when pursuit changes direction.
  • Average lateral twitch to slide and tackle.
  • Longer tackles will slow his rush.
  • Hulk-smash rush approach could use some variance.

NFL owners not likely to make as much news as free agency

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) There’s virtually no chance NFL owners will be competing during their meetings this week with the stream of big news made by trades and in free agency thus far this year.

Nor are they likely to try.

The headlines generated by the movement of star players show Russell Wilson in Denver now, Matt Ryan in Indianapolis, Khalil Mack in Los Angeles with the Chargers, Davante Adams in Las Vegas and Tyreek Hill in Miami. And so many more major moves.

The 32 team owners will deal with some significant issues, as they always do. Two proposals to change overtime rules are particularly intriguing.

Tennessee has recommended that both teams possess the ball in overtime unless the team receiving the kickoff scores a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. That would end the game.

Indianapolis and Philadelphia have proposed that both teams must have an opportunity to possess the ball in overtime. The powerful competition committee, chaired by Falcons President Rich McKay, has brought both of those suggestions to ownership for consideration and a vote this week.

“One thing we’ve tried to do is make sure overtime is designed to be traditional football,” McKay says, “and that means we’re going to have special teams, we’re going to have field position, we’re going to have the ability to play defense. All those things are elements. We’ve never tried as a committee to get ourselves in any type of gimmick in the football game. We try to play traditional football.

“But the progression of offense and how efficient offenses are, specifically in the postseason where in 12 overtime games, the coin-toss winning teams won 10 times and seven of those on the first drive, offenses progress a lot. So that’s why there’s a discussion of a rules modification.”

Fans who believe the current setup is unfair – teams winning the coin toss can score a touchdown and end the game before the opponent gets an opportunity on offense – should be encouraged that the NFL is looking into this. Except for this:

“I think with my history on this rule, it tells me that 24 votes are not easy to get,” McKay says of the required three-quarters of positive votes from the owners to cause a change. “But I do think that statistics absolutely warrant an examination of whether our overtime rules need to be further modified.”

A new stadium for the Buffalo Bills, to be constructed in the parking lot of the current venue in suburban Orchard Park, New York, will be examined. New York state is committing millions of dollars toward the project, and the owners are expected to OK a $200 million loan to the Bills.

While no alterations to punting rules have been proposed, a deep examination of them is being conducted. Data show that punt plays have become a heavier source of injuries, though the league is not eager to rush into any changes just yet.

“Spent a lot of time on that, both on rules, potential changes to the rule, as well as who the athletes are that are getting injured and what training we’re doing with special teams players, and see if there are tweaks (needed),” says Jeff Miller, the league executive vice president. “It’s not just a rules issue, it’s certainly a conditioning issue and one that we spend a great deal of time with the competition committee on with regard to looking for solutions and taking research back. That’s where we stand at this stage on that, a lot more work to be done and probably an ongoing conversation over the next year.”

Commissioner Roger Goodell is certain to face questions about a potential suspension for quarterback Deshaun Watson, now with the Browns. Watson faced criminal charges of sexual misconduct in Texas, but two grand juries declined to indict him. Watson still faces 22 civil lawsuits from massage therapists who have accused Watson of harassing or assaulting them during sessions.

The lawsuit filed by former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, now an assistant with the Steelers, also is likely to be a topic of conversation among the owners. Flores filed his lawsuit against the NFL, Dolphins, New York Giants and Denver Broncos following his dismissal by Miami in January, citing racist hiring practices.


Verstappen overtakes Leclerc to win Saudi Arabian GP

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the late stages to win the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz finished third, while pole sitter Sergio Perez took fourth place.

For the second straight week, Verstappen and Leclerc went wheel-to-wheel. Verstappen used DRS to pass before Leclerc moved back in front.

Ultimately, the defending world champion found a way to overtake Leclerc with four laps remaining and held on for his 21st career victory and first in Jeddah.

After both Red Bull cars failed to finish in Bahrain due to fuel pressure troubles, Verstappen was thrilled with how they performed.

“We were battling hard at the front. It was tough. I’m really happy we’ve finally kick-started the season,” he said.

Despite coming up short, Leclerc appreciated the competition with Verstappen down the stretch.

“It wasn’t enough today, but oh my God, I really enjoyed that race. It’s hard racing but it’s fair, every race should be like this,” Leclerc said. “It was fun, obviously I’m disappointed, I wanted to win today.”

After being knocked out in Q1 for the first time since the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton worked his way into the points, finishing in 10th.

It was an eventful day for a number of drivers as Williams’ Nicholas Latifi, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas, and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso all failed to complete the race.

Hook em! Scottie Scheffler wins Match Play and goes to No. 1

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Scottie Scheffler is the hottest player in golf and now has the ranking to prove it.

Six weeks after his first PGA Tour victory, Scheffler won the Dell Technologies Match Play for his third title in his last five starts, this one enough to move him to No. 1 in the world.

“I never got that far in my dreams,” Scheffler said in the trophy ceremony before choking up and wiping away tears, a rare show of emotion for the 25-year-old Texan. “I just play golf. I love competing. I’m happy to be out here, you know?”

One year after losing in the championship match, Scheffler never trailed against Kevin Kisner, building a 3-up lead through six holes and giving him no chance to catch up. Scheffler closed him out with a par on the 15th for a 4-and-3 victory.

Scheffler never trailed in the semifinal win over Dustin Johnson or against Kisner – he went the final 57 holes at Austin Country Club without trailing – and he was so solid in the championship match that Kisner didn’t win a hole.

“He’s playing incredible golf,” Kisner said. “I couldn’t get the putter to cooperate.”

So much was going Scheffler’s way that on the par-5 12th, with Kisner looking at a 6-foot birdie, Scheffler didn’t hit his eagle chip hard enough and it rolled down a slope into a bunker. And then he holed the bunker shot for a birdie.

Right when Kisner looked as though he would win his first hole and cut the deficit to 2 down with seven to play, he had to made the 6-footer to keep from losing more ground. But a bogey on the 14th spelled the end for Kisner.

Scheffler, so even-keel on the course, was caught up in the moment when it was over. He won at Austin Country Club, where the Texas Longhorns occasionally practiced. Scheffler earned a business degree in four years without summer school.

Winning should now be familiar. Getting to No. 1? That might explain the tears as he hugged every family member around him.

And then he had nothing to say, laughing as he searched for words.

“I’m pretty worn out right now,” he said.

Chad Ramey wins windswept Corales Puntacana Championship

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic (AP) Chad Ramey won the windswept Corales Puntacana Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, beating Ben Martin and Alex Smalley by a stroke.

Ramey closed with a 5-under 67, completing a two-putt par on the par-4 18th after Martin missed a 6-foot birdie try that would have forced a playoff.

“It was honestly like I always thought it would be,” Ramey said. “It was very stressful, very nerve-wracking coming down the stretch, but I just grinded it out, kind of stuck to my process, stayed within myself and pulled it out.”

Two strokes behind Martin entering the round, Ramey made four straight birdies on Nos. 13-16 to take the lead and parred the par-3 17th at Corales Golf Course.

“I’ve been rolling the putter good all day, they just hadn’t been going in,” Ramey said. “I was kind of all around the hole on the front side. I didn’t change a thing, I didn’t do anything different. They just started going in.”

With the tournament played opposite the Match Play event in Austin, Texas, Ramey earned an exemption into the PGA Championship but not the Masters. The 29-year-old from Mississippi finished at 17-under 271.

“I think it will take maybe a day or two to sink in,” Ramey said. “Everything’s pretty surreal, happening pretty fast, but I’m definitely excited.”

Martin, the leader after each of the first three rounds, closed with a 70. The 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open winner for his lone PGA Tour title, Martin was making only his second PGA Tour start of the year.

“That was obviously difficult,” Martin said. “I’ve won out here before, won on the Korn Ferry, runner-up in the U.S. Am, but I guess maybe I wanted this one a lot more. I don’t think I’ve ever been this emotional about golf, so this is a first. I guess, to me, that’s a good thing. Means I competed hard and it obviously stung. Hit two such good shots into 18 to have such a good opportunity and then not capitalize I guess is the most difficult part.”

Smalley finished with a 67. The tour rookie from Duke had his best PGA Tour finish.

Ferreira, Arriola among 4 changes to US lineup vs Panama

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Forward Jesus Ferreira, winger Paul Arriola, midfielder Luca de la Torre and right back Shaq Moore entered the United States’ starting lineup for Sunday night’s World Cup qualifier against Panama as coach Gregg Berhalter made four changes.

Moore, summoned from Spain on short notice, replaced DeAndre Yedlin and Arriola took over from Tim Weah. Yedlin and Arriola served one-game suspensions after getting their second yellow cards of qualifying during Thursday night’s 0-0 draw at Mexico.

De la Torre replaced Kellyn Acosta and Ferreira entered in place of Ricardo Pepi, with Berhalter looking for goals from crosses.

Holdovers included goalkeeper Zack Steffen, central defenders Walker Zimmerman and Miles Robinson, left back Antonee Robinson, midfielders Tyler Adams and Yunus Musah, and winger Christian Pulisic.

Pulisic captained the U.S. for the eighth time.

The U.S. could not clinch a berth on Sunday because Costa Rica won 2-1 at El Salvador. The U.S. plays its last qualifier on Wednesday night at the Ticos.

Adams, Miles Robinson, Steffen and Jordan Pefok entered with yellow cards and with another yellow would be suspended for Wednesday’s finale at Costa Rica.

No. 3 goalkeeper Sean Johnson did not dress and defender Reggie Cannon was unavailable after testing positive for COVID-19.

Panama coach Thomas Christiansen changed three starters from Thursday’s 1-1 home draw against Honduras, putting in central defender Andres Andrade, left back Eric Davis and winger Freddy Gondola for Andres Cedeno, Jorge Gutierrez and Jose Luis Rodriguez.

Holdovers included goakeeper Luis Mejia, right back Amir Murillo, defender Fidel Escobar, midfielders Adalberto Carrasquilla, Anibal Godoy, Alberto Quintero, Edgar Barcenas and Freddy Gondola, and forward Rolando Blackburn.



ATLANTA – Purdue’s Tyler Downs ripped an 84-point dive in the final round to overcome a 30-point deficit, winning the national title in platform diving to help the Boilermakers finish in 15th place in the team scoring at the NCAA Championships.

Jordan Rzepka (7th) and Ben Bramley (10th) also finished top 10 on the tower to garner All-America honors. Platform diving produced 39 of Purdue’s 85 points at the national championship meet.

Downs became the fifth Purdue diver to win a national title at the NCAA Championships, joining David Boudia (6 from 2009-11), Steele Johnson (5 from 2015-18), Casey Matthews (2013) and Brandon Loschiavo (2021). That quintet has teamed up for 14 total NCAA titles under head diving coach Adam Soldati.

In the last 10 months, Downs has now been victorious on 3-meter at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials (June), both springboards at the USA Diving Winter Nationals (December) and platform at the NCAA Championships.

The Boilermakers closed out the meet with a pair of team records in the 400 freestyle relay, earning honorable mention All-America accolades in a relay for a third straight NCAA Championships. That’s a feat the program had never accomplished before. Brady Samuels, Nikola Aćin, Nick Sherman and Keelan Hart teamed up for a time of 2:49.74, eclipsing the benchmark (2:50.09) they set at the Big Ten Championships last month. All four Boilermakers posted 100-yard splits of in the 42-second range.

As the leadoff, Samuels eclipsed the Purdue freshman record in the 100 free for the fifth time this season. His time of 42.19 also continues to rank second in team history overall.

Aćin, who earned his sixth career All-America accolade, led the way with a relay split of 42.02 on the second leg. Individually, he raced in the 100 free prelims Saturday morning and finished 29th among a field of 54 swimmers with a time of 42.47.

The Boilermakers scored a meet-high 81 points in the dive well while producing seven top-10 finishes. They had at least two top-10 finishers in all three diving events. Downs was also fifth on 3-meter and ninth on 1-meter. He became the first Boilermaker since Steele Johnson in 2017 to produce three top-10 showings, sharing top individual scoring honors with fellow Olympian Andrew Capobianco (Indiana).

Downs earned a score of 84.8 on his back 2 ½ 1 ½-twister in the sixth round of the championship final. Miami’s Zach Cooper carried a 30-point lead into the final round and had the advantage of diving last, but Cooper missed his final dive for a score of 50.4. The 34-point swing was enough to make Downs the national champion.

The final five divers – including Rzepka, Downs and Cooper – had to wait approximately 20 minutes before they had an opportunity to perform their final dives of the championship final. Florida’s Leo Garcia was awarded a redo on his final dive after a fan whistled loudly amidst the hush in the aquatic center on Garcia’s takeoff. The appeal process with the judges led to the delay. When action resumed after the lull, Downs was the only competitor to rip his final dive for a big score.

Though he was unable to duplicate his performance in his first career championship final at NCAAs, Rzepka earned his All-America accolade via a memorable finish in the prelim. He was in 29th place entering round 5 but rocketed up the leaderboard with consecutive 90-point dives – a 98.05 on a forward 4 ½ and a 93.10 on a forward 2 ½ 3-twister. Both scores were the best among the 45-diver field in those rounds and the 98.05 stood up as the top-scoring dive of the day overall.

As the runner-up in the consolation final, Bramley finished top 10 on the tower at NCAAs for the third time in his career. He’s also a four-year All-American.

Downs followed in the footsteps of fellow Olympian Loschiavo in giving the Boilermakers the last two NCAA champions on platform. Auburn (2004-06) was the last team to win consecutive national titles in a diving event with a different individual event winner. Coincidentally, Auburn’s 2005 team had also come up at this time last year. The 1-2 finish by Loschiavo and Bramley on 10-meter at NCAAs last season was the first time any team had accomplished that feat since the Tigers (on 10-meter) in 2005.

With two championship finalists on both 3-meter and platform this week, Purdue had multiple full-fledged (top 8) All-Americans on both a springboard and the tower for the first time since 2017. Joe Cifelli (1-meter), Johnson (all 3 events) and Loschiavo (platform) teamed up to do it five years ago.

The Boilermakers finished among the top 25 in the team scoring at the NCAA Championships for the 14th time since 2005. The 15th-place showing was the best since placing 13th in 2017. Purdue has also been top 20 at NCAAs five of the last seven times the meet has been held (since 2015).


Platform Diving

Tyler Downs, 447.20 – NCAA CHAMPION (20 Points); All-American

Jordan Rzepka, 379.80 (Prelim Score) – Finished 7th in Championship Final (12 Points); All-American

Ben Bramley, 396.85 – Finished 2nd in Consolation Final, 10th Overall (7 Points); H.M. All-American

400 Free Relay

Samuels, Aćin, Sherman, & Hart, 2:49.74 – Finished 15th Overall (4 Points); Program Record & H.M. All-Americans

Samuels leadoff leg split of 42.19 is a Purdue Freshman Record & No. 2 in team history

100 Free

Nikola Aćin, 42.47 – Finished 29th in Prelims


Beats Seton Hall, Wins Third BIG EAST Series

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler softball team never trailed in the rubber match of a three-game series with Seton Hall, winning on Sunday, 4-1. The Bulldogs (18-9, 6-2 BIG EAST) scored in the first, fourth, and fifth innings before conceding a single run to the Pirates (12-13, 4-5) in the seventh. The victory was number 264 for Coach Scott Hall, making him the winningest coach in the history of Butler Softball.

How It Happened

In the bottom of the first, Butler took a one-run lead when Ella White (1-2, RBI, 2B) hit a sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Ellie Boyer (1-3, RBI, R, BB, SB) to cross the plate.

In the fourth, Boyer drew a bases-loaded walk and pushed Maddie Moore in for the second run.

One inning later, after Kaylee Gross (1-1, R, SB) had singled and advanced to third, Monique Hoosen hit a two-run homer that put the Bulldogs up, 4-0.

Seton Hall scored its only run of the day with a home run in the top of the seventh.

Butler Pitching

Alyssa Graves (7-3) started in the circle for Butler and picked up the win. She lasted 5.1 innings, allowing only two hits and three walks while striking out nine. Karli Ricketts (1.2 IP, H, R, ER, 5 K) earned a save in relief.

Bulldog Bits

Monique Hoosen’s home run was her seventh of the season and the tenth of her career.

The win today brings Coach Scott Hall (in his 12th season) to an overall record of 264-286-1, making him the all-time winningest coach in the history of the Butler softball program. Hall surpasses Barb Greenburg, who coached from 1981 through 1994. She was the program’s first coach and attained a career record of 263-226-4.

Butler has started conference play in 2022 by winning each of its first three series (Villanova, 2-0, DePaul, 2-1, Seton Hall, 2-1). Since joining the BIG EAST in 2016, the Bulldogs’ previous best start was 2016 when the team won its first two series and split the third.

Up Next

Butler heads to Dayton for a mid-week contest on Wednesday, Mar. 30, at 4 pm. The next BIG EAST series will be April 1-3 as the Bulldogs host UConn.


Finishes MAC Home Weekend With Win Over Buffalo

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s tennis team finished its Mid-American Conference home weekend play with a 5-2 victory over Buffalo Sunday afternoon in the Northwest YMCA Tennis Center.

With the win, the Cardinals improved to 8-7 overall and 3-2 MAC play while the Bulls fall to 2-11 for the year and 1-4 in league action.

In doubles, the Cardinals won at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions to take the team point. Thibault de Negri and Eli Herran teamed up at the number two spot for the 6-4 defeat against Buffalo’s Danilo Snaiders and Finn Macnamara. The team point was clinched by the number three duo of Vince Orlando and Parrish Simmons with another 6-4 win over Vasisht Cheruku and Simon Wibler.

In singles, the Cardinals made quick work to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Herran won 6-0, 6-2 at number six and Orlando beat his respective opponent on court number five, 7-5, 6-3.

de Negri clinched the match point for Ball State after putting up a good fight at the No. 2 singles position defeating Wibler, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3).

The Ball State men’s tennis team continues Mid-American Conference action at home on Saturday, April 2 against Toledo. First serve is at 2 pm ET at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center, weather permitting.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame Fencing captured a second consecutive 2022 NCAA Fencing National Championship on their home strips on Sunday afternoon at the Joyce Center. With the win, the program has earned its 12th national title, surpassing football for more team championships than any other program on campus.

“It never gets old. Coming back from a year where a lot of schools did not get to participate we had a lot to prove. There was a lot of speculations, it was a challenge for us to come back and prove to everyone that we are one of the top programs in the country. We are capable to compete with anyone at anytime,” head coach Gia Kvaratskhelia said.

Notre Dame finished twenty one points ahead of second-place Harvard (168) and and twenty one points ahead of third-place Columbia (168).

With the win, Kvaratskhelia earns his fourth national title with Notre Dame, having previously led the Irish to the team crown in 2017, 2018, and 2021.

The Irish competed with the maximum allotted 12 fencers and brought home one individual national championship.

Sunday afternoon, in addition to the team championship being awarded, the men’s individual competition concluded.

Men’s Èpée

Hunter Candreva, in his first NCAA appearance, finished in seventh place earning second-team All-American honors. He won 12 bouts out of 19, out touching his opponent 78-64 (+14).

Stephen Ewart, national runner-up last year, won eight bouts. Ewart won five straight bouts to lead him to his eight wins.

Men’s Foil

Nick Itkin finished in sixth place with a total of 15 bouts won, earning second-team All-American honors. Itkin out touched his opponents 93 to 68 (+25). Itkin won six straight bouts during competition and then finished out nationals winning four straight.

Andrew Machovec, the national runner-up last year, finished in fifth place winning 16 bouts. Machovec went 12-1 through a portion of his bouts. He out touched his opponents 99 to 73 (+26). Machovec earned second-team All-American honors with his performance.

Men’s Sabre

Luke Linder, the defending national champion, finished in seventh place. Linder won 15 bouts out of 23. Linder had five straight wins during his second and third round combined. He then saw a later stretch of wins towards the end of the final round. Linder also collected second-team All-American honors during competition.

Jared Smith, the national runner-up last year, finished in sixth place. Smith also won 15 bouts out of 23. Smith saw the majority of his wins come in the later parts of the competition in the later rounds. With Smith’s performance he earned second-team All-American honors.

Friday afternoon, Kaylin Hsieh won the women’s épée crown, becoming the sixth female épéeist in program history to win a national championship in the weapon class. The victory earned her a first-team All-America honor from the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association. Amanda Pirkowski, who finished in eighth place, was awarded second-team All-America honors.

In women’s foil, Amita Berthier, who was the national runner-up, received first-team All-America honors, while Nicole Pustilnik, who finished her first NCAA Championship appearance in sixth place, claimed second-team honors.

Atara Greenbaum completed the women’s sabre competition as the national runner-up, earning first-team All-America honors. Kara Linder finished in fifth place of the weapon class to secure second-team honors.


Sycamores complete weekend sweep with 3-1 win over Memphis

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Sean Ross doubled twice and Joey Hurth struck out five Memphis hitters over the final three innings as Indiana State topped the visiting Tigers, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon.

Indiana State (13-7) played small ball throughout the contest as the Sycamores completed the shortened weekend sweep over Memphis (12-8). The Sycamores utilized nine hits, including the pair of Ross doubles, as well as a trio of stolen bases to spark the offense in the game.

Defensively, Jake Ridgway carried a perfect game through four innings and a no-hitter through five before turning the contest over to the ISU bullpen. The trio of Jack Parisi, Connor Fenlong, and Hurth (3-1) limited Memphis to just one run on one hit while striking out six to complete the win.

Ross drove in the first Indiana State run of the game with a RBI double in the top of the sixth inning, while adding a double in the second frame to highlight the ISU offense. Jordan Schaffer added a sacrifice fly in the seventh, while Grant Magill provided the insurance run with a RBI single in the eighth as the Sycamores improved to 6-1 at home in the 2022 season.

Diego Gines, Ross, Magill, and Seth Gergely all posted multi-hit games for ISU in the win. Ross, Magill, and Gergely also added stolen bases.

Ridgway went the first 5.1 innings in the no-decision on the mound. The redshirt senior allowed one run on one hit, while walking two and striking out three. Parisi and Fenlong combined to go an inning on the mound before turning the ball over to Hurth with two outs in the seventh.

From there, the sophomore right-hander struck out the first four batters he faced and added a game-clinching strikeout in the ninth to pick up his third win of the season.

Chris Swanberg and Austin Baskin connected on both Memphis singles in the game, while Ben Brooks drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth scoring Swanberg for the lone Tiger run.

Dalton Fowler went the first 5.1 innings allowing four hits and one run while striking out two in the no-decision. Blake Wimberley (1-2) took the loss in relief allowing five hits and two runs over 2.1 innings, while Logan Rushing closed out the game on the mound for the Tigers.

How They Scored

Memphis took the 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth as the Tigers took advantage of a single, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases before Ben Brooks drew the RBI walk scoring Swanberg.

The Sycamores answered in the bottom of the sixth inning as Aaron Beck scored on the two-out hit-and-run double off the bat of Sean Ross to tie the game up at 1-1.

ISU took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as Grant Magill singled and stole second base, before coming around to score two batters later on Jordan Schaffer’s sacrifice fly to centerfield putting the Sycamores ahead 2-1.

Magill drove in the insurance run in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out single up the middle scoring Diego Gines to provide the final 3-1 margin.

News & Notes

Joey Hurth tied his season-long outing with 2.2 innings in relief on Sunday afternoon. The sophomore, making his team-high 11th appearance on the mound, also tied his season-high with five strikeouts – equaling the mark he set back on February 27 against Minnesota.

Sean Ross’ two doubles in the contest marked his first multi-double game of the season and gave him a team-high eight on the year.

Seth Gergely ran his hitting streak to nine consecutive games following his 2-for-2 outing at the plate on Sunday.

Gergely posted his fourth multi-hit game of the season.

Diego Gines added his fourth multi-hit game of the year.

Sean Ross posted his eighth multi-hit game of the season.

Grant Magill added his fifth multi-hit game of the season.

ISU’s three stolen bases tied the season-high for the Sycamores with their three swipes on March 4 at East Carolina.

Both Gergely and Magill recorded their first steals of the 2022 season on Sunday.

Indiana State tied the all-time series against Memphis up at 6-6 following the pair of weekend wins.

Up Next

Indiana State remains home on Wednesday, March 30, as the Sycamores welcome Purdue to Bob Warn Field for the midweek single game. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.


Mastodons Rally But Fall in Extras

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – The Mastodon baseball team put together a spirited comeback, scoring three runs in the ninth inning, but the late-game rally came up short and they fell 10-9 in 10 innings on Saturday (March 26) at Oakland.

The Mastodons were trailing 5-0 in the third inning when they first put runs on the board. Purdue Fort Wayne scored twice, with one run coming across on Cade Fitzpatrick’s single.

Freshman Karter Hann’s two-out RBI double in the sixth brought the score to 5-3.

The seventh saw the ‘Dons take their first lead of the game. Fitzpatrick blasted a two-out home run that scored Jarrett Bickel and Jack Lang. It put the ‘Dons up 6-5.

Oakland responded with three of their own in the seventh to go up 8-6. The ‘Dons weren’t done yet. The Mastodons scored three in the ninth, punctuated by a two-run single off the bat of freshman Luke Miles bringing the Purdue Fort Wayne advantage to 9-8.

However, Oakland tied it in the ninth and then won it in the 10th. Brandon Nigh hit a walk-off home run in the 10th for the Golden Grizzlies.

Fitzpatrick went 3-for-4 on the day with a home run, a walk and four RBIs. Ben Higgins was 2-for-5 with a home run in the ninth inning. Bickel also helped out the Purdue Fort Wayne offense, putting together three hits in six trips to the plate.

The ‘Dons used only two pitchers in the game. Mitchell Spencer settled down after a five-run first to go six innings. He fanned eight. Justin Miller threw in relief and took the loss. He is 0-6.


» Four Purdue Fort Wayne hitters had multiple hits in the ballgame.

» Purdue Fort Wayne had a season-high 15 hits in the game.

» Purdue Fort Wayne went 5-for-14 (.357) with runners in scoring position.

» Oakland was led offensively by Nigh, who went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.

» Ben Paugh earned the win for Oakland. He is 1-1.

» The Golden Grizzlies improve to 9-12 (4-2 Horizon League). The ‘Dons fall to 3-19 (2-4 Horizon).


» The ‘Dons head to Valparaiso on Tuesday for a non-league game at the Missouri Valley Conference member Beacons.



INDIANAPOLIS – With back-to-back runrule wins in today’s doubleheader, the Jags swept the three-game weekend over the Titans. In game one IUPUI runruled Detroit Mercy in five innings, 8-0 and the Jags took the second game in six innings, 11-3. Jaylin Calvert and Mackenzie Myars each recorded a home run on the day while Isabelle Waggner picked up her first win of the season in game one and Madison Bryant earned her third win of the year in game two.

In game one, IUPUI (5-22, 3-3 HL) defeated Detroit Mercy (0-19, 0-9 HL) in five innings, 8-0. IUPUI jumped on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning.  Ashley Shelton led the inning off with a double to right center. With two outs, Jaylin Calvert homered to right field to give the Jags the 2-0 lead.

IUPUI scored five runs in the bottom of the third frame. Maicey Bedrick doubled down the left field line, then Hailey Pop reached on a fielder’s choice and Shelton singled to load the bases for Jordan Barnes. Barnes then doubled to center field to score Bedrick and Pop. Kasie Keyes walked to reload the bases. With two outs Morgan Gilbert hit a bases-clearing double to left center to extend the Jaguar’s led to 7-0.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Jags scored one to walk-it off in run rule fashion. Shelton singled to right field followed by a bunt by Barnes. The Titans committed two errors on the bunt to allow Barnes to reach base and Shelton to score to seal the game one victory for the Jags, 8-0.

Isabelle Waggner (W, 1-3) earned her first career win with the Jaguars throwing a complete game shutout giving up only two hits. She struck out two batters in the win. Shelton went 3-for-3 with a double. Gilbert drove in three runs while Jaylin Calvert and Barnes each collected two RBI.

IUPUI continued the hot streak in game two, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kendal Calvert and Rachael Gregory earned back-to-back walks to lead off the inning. They each moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Bedrick then hit a sacrifice fly to score Calvert followed by a groundout by Pop to score Gregory to give the Jags the early 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second inning the Jags scored three more runs to extend their lead to 5-0. Barnes was hit by pitch. Lauren Youngblood entered the game to run for Barnes and stole second then scored after Gilbert reached via a throwing error by the Titan’s second baseman. Kendal Calvert walked then Gregory doubled to left center scoring Gilbert and Calvert.

After a scoreless third inning the Jaguars scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth frame extending their lead to 7-0. Keyes led the inning off with a single to second base. Gilbert reached base on a throwing error by the third baseman to put runners in scoring position. Kendal Calvert reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Keyes. After a walk to Gregory and one out Bedrick hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Gilbert.

The Titians fought back in the top of the fifth inning with three runs on three hits cutting the Jaguar’s lead to 7-3.

IUPUI got back two of those runs in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run homer by Myars, 9-3.

In the bottom of the sixth inning the Jags once again walked it off with a runrule scoring two runs on two hits and one error. Kendal Calvert singled with a bunt and Gregory reached on a throwing error by Detroit Mercy’s third baseman allowing Calvert to score. With one out, Bedrick doubled to left center to score Gregory and seal the 11-3 win over the Titians.

Madison Bryant earned the win on the mound for the Jags throwing a complete game with three runs on four hits and seven strikeouts. Gregory and Bedrick each collected three RBI while Myars added in two RBI.

After the weekend sweep, IUPUI will travel to Miami (OH) for a single game on Tuesday (March 29) starting at 5:00 PM ET.


Barela’s walk-off home run clinches 6-3 win

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – With one out in a 3-3 game in the bottom of the ninth, Alyssa Barela launched a 3-run walk-off home run to give the University of Evansville softball team a 6-3 victory over UNI on Sunday at Cooper Stadium.

UE (18-10, 3-3 MVC) scored three runs in the first before Northern Iowa (13-11, 5-1 MVC) tied it with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.  Pitchers Izzy Vetter and Kailyn Packard took over at that point, keeping the opposition scoreless until Barela’s homer in the ninth.  Alexa Davis recorded two of the six UE hits and scored twice.

It was a quick start for the Purple Aces, who scored three times in the first.  Jessica Fehr led off with a walk before advancing to third on a double by Marah Wood.  Fehr scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch before Wood stole home on a double steal with Alexa Davis, who reached on a walk.  Davis made it 3-0 when she scored on a passed ball.  Originally called out, the call was overturned.

Northern Iowa chipped away at the lead, scoring two runs in the fourth on a Taylor Hogan double.  They tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth when Kamryn Shaffer hit a solo home run to left.  Both pitchers came up big for their respective squads over the next three innings.  Evansville put its first two runners on in the sixth before coming up empty while the Panthers stranded a pair in the top half of the seventh.

UNI led the 9th off with a single and had two runners in scoring position before Vetter recorded her sixth strikeout of the afternoon to send it to the bottom of the ninth.  Alexa Davis led the inning off with a double before a sacrifice bunt by Hannah Hood advanced her to third.  Sydney Weatherford reached on a fielder’s choice and proceeded to steal second to bring up Barela with one out.  Barela took the second pitch that she saw and sent it over the right field wall to clinch the victory.  It was her second home run of 2022.

Both pitchers threw the entire game.  Vetter earned her 13th win of the year, allowing three runs on seven hits in nine frames.  Packard threw 8 1/3 innings and fanned 12 batters.

Evansville takes to the road next weekend for a 3-game set at Loyola.


Drops Series Finale at Missouri State

The Valpo softball team brought the second weekend of MVC play to a close Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Mo., falling to host Missouri State by an 8-0 final.

How It Happened

The Bears scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, but Caitlin Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) stranded the bases loaded with a timely strikeout.

Madison Wathen (Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central) entered the circle in relief to start the second inning and proceeded to keep MSU off the board over the next three innings.

After Valpo had its first 14 batters of the game retired in order, Addi Weaver (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville) knocked a two-out single into left in the top of the fifth for the Beacons’ first baserunner.

MSU broke the game open in the bottom half with five unearned runs, and then closed out the game in the sixth with an RBI single.

Inside the Game

After striking out eight times on Saturday against MSU starting pitcher Steffany Dickerson, Valpo batters struck out just twice in five innings against her on Sunday.

Kowalski was charged with the loss in the circle, falling to 0-2 on the year.

Kaiah Fenters (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) made the first pitching appearance of her collegiate career.

Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) saw her five-game hitting streak in MVC play come to an end.

Next Up

Valpo (9-14, 1-5 MVC) will step away from conference play briefly and conclude a 24-game road trip to start the 2022 campaign on Tuesday afternoon with a single game at Western Michigan. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. CT.


Looks to Stay Hot on Tuesday

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team will look to extend its three-game winning streak on Tuesday as Purdue Fort Wayne comes to town for a midweek matchup. This will be the first of six straight games against Horizon League teams as Valpo has upcoming dates with UIC and Milwaukee. A victory on Tuesday would extend the winning streak to four, which would match the team’s longest of the season and represent the program’s second four-game winning streak this year. Furthermore, Valpo is hoping to get above the .500 threshold on Tuesday.

Last Time Out: Valpo experienced all four seasons during Friday’s doubleheader as the weather ranged from rain to sunshine to sleet to rainbows, but at the end of the day the Beacons defeated both Mother Nature and St. Bonaventure by sweeping the twinbill 8-5 and 10-0. The three-game series was shortened when Saturday’s series finale was canceled due to snow and cold temperatures. Valpo pitchers racked up 34 strikeouts over the course of the doubleheader with starters Trent Turzenski and Colin Fields fanning 12 and 10, respectively. 

Following the Beacons: Tuesday’s game will air on ESPN+, the first ever ESPN+ game originating from Emory G. Bauer Field after the first ever ESPN3 broadcasts from the facility took place this past weekend vs. St. Bonaventure. Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Sam Michel (analyst) handle on-air responsibilities for Tuesday’s showdown. Links to live video and stats are available on

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (161-244), the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his ninth season in charge of the program. This year, he moves into sole possession of third in program history for number of seasons coached with nine, surpassing Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Entering the season, Schmack’s win total ranks fourth in program history after he surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987, 147) during the 2021 campaign. Also in 2021, Schmack joined Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches to reach the 150-win threshold. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Series Notes: Valpo and Purdue Fort Wayne (previously known as IPFW, among other names) have faced off 37 times, but this will be the first matchup between the two instate foes since 2012. Valpo earned an 11-8 victory in April 2012 in Fort Wayne. The Beacons hold a three-game head-to-head winning streak against the Mastodons. This will be the program’s first visit to Valpo since April 20, 2010.  

Fields Fans No. 200: Colin Fields achieved a significant milestone when he recorded his 200th career strikeout on March 25 vs. St. Bonaventure. Fields became just the 12th player in program history to reach that milestone. He needs 10 more strikeouts to crack the program’s all-time top 10. For the season, Fields leads the Missouri Valley Conference with 52 strikeouts.

Projected Starter: #11 RHP Connor Lockwood, Fr. (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville)

  • Named conference co-player of the year as a high school senior in 2021 and received all-state accolades.
  • Interested in a career in elementary education.
  • Favorite food is deep dish pizza.
  • Allowed two runs on six hits and no walks in 3 2/3 innings on March 15 at No. 6 Notre Dame.
  • Made his first career weekend start in Game 2 of a doubleheader on March 19 at Murray State.

Other Notes Wrapping Up St. Bonaventure (March 25 – W 8-5, W 10-0)

  • Valpo swept a doubleheader for the second time this season, joining Feb. 25 at Alabama A&M.
  • The 10-run margin of victory was Valpo’s largest since beating Western Michigan 11-1 on April 16, 2019.
  • In Game 2, Valpo notched its first shutout since March 13, 2021 at Middle Tennessee. The 10-0 victory over St. Bonaventure was the program’s most lopsided shutout win since April 16, 2016, an 11-0 triumph at Oakland.
  • Valpo batters worked a season-high 14 walks in Game 2, the team’s most since Feb. 24, 2018 vs. Holy Cross (18).
  • In Game 1, Beacon batters had a season-low four strikeouts and a season-high 16 hits. The hit total was the club’s most since May 1 of last season vs. Illinois State (18).
  • Nolan Tucker had a career-high four hits in Game 1, becoming the first Valpo player with a four-hit game this season.
  • Bobby Nowak nailed down his league-leading fifth save of the season in Game 1. He already has the most saves by a Valpo pitcher in a single season since Jon Tieman’s seven in 2017.

In the Other Dugout: Purdue Fort Wayne

  • Picked seventh in the seven-team Horizon League’s preseason poll.
  • Finished last season at 11-35 overall and 8-28 in conference play.
  • Led offensively by Cade Fitzpatrick, who is hitting .321.
  • Under the direction of head coach Doug Schreiber, who is tied to Northwest Indiana as his father Ken was a legendary coach at LaPorte High School. Doug Schreiber coached against Valpo numerous times during his lengthy run as the head coach at Purdue, which spanned from 1999-2016.


Greyhounds Salvage Split at UIS Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS—The No. 5-ranked UIndy softball team split a doubleheader at Illinois Springfield Sunday afternoon. The Greyhounds dropped game one, 2-1, before running away with a 9-1 win in the capper. Junior catcher Lexy Rees homered in both contests.

GAME 1 | UIS 2, UIndy 1

The Prairie Strars managed two unearned runs in the fifth inning that proved to be the difference. With two outs and the bases empty, an error and a walk set the table for second baseman Danielle Dennis, who drove a double to left field to plate a pair and put the home team up for good.

All-American pitcher Kenzee Smith (11-2) was tagged with just her second loss of the year. She went the distance, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out four.

The Hounds’ lone run came in the top of the fourth on a solo shot from catcher Lexy Rees. Dominique Proctor, Hanna Burris and Sydnie Foster each added a single to account for the balance of UIndy’s four total hits.

GAME 2 | UIndy 9, UIS 1

Dennis struck again early in game two, as her first-inning sac fly gave the Stars an early lead. But UIndy fired back for a four-spot in the top of the second to surge ahead. Bases-loaded at bats from Maddy Stout (single) and Emily O’Connor (walk) resulted in RBIs, while Sydnee Perry and Stout scored on an error and a wild pitch, respectively.

UIndy didn’t look back from that point, tacking on two more runs in both the third and fifth innings. Rees punctuated the action with a two-run bomb, while Stout finished the game with four base hits and three runs scored. Jocelyn Calvin went 3-for-3 with a walk in her first collegiate start, and Kamrie Foster notched two hits and two runs.

Starting pitcher Haylie Foster moved to 12-1 with the complete-game win, surrendering just one run on four hits.


The Greyhounds move on to Quincy, Ill., for a Monday twin bill versus Quincy University Hawks. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m. Eastern.


Big Second Inning by Lewis Leads Baseball Into Sunday Afternoon Defeat

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The Lewis Flyers scored five runs in the bottom half of the second inning to help sink the University of Indianapolis baseball team at Brennan Field in Romeoville on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Hounds fall to 7-11 overall and 2-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.


Lewis flew out in front with a two run lead after the opening inning of play. The Hounds answered an inning later on an RBI groundout by Hunter Hughes, but the Flyers came out with force in the huge bottom half and tallied five across the plate to extend its lead.

Despite Brandon DeWitt corralling an RBI groundout of his own in the third and Will Spear bringing home Armen Torosian on a single up the middle in the sixth, it simply wasn’t enough to make a comeback in the game as Lewis added on an insurance run in the eighth.

On offense, Alex Vela led the Greyhounds with two hits. Kase Lawson earned the start on the mound and was eventually replaced by the quartet of Wyatt Phillips, Austin Bestul, Chaney Morgan, and Brady Mundell. Phillips tossed a team-high two strikeouts.


UIndy will return to the field this upcoming Tuesday to battle Kentucky Wesleyan in a non-conference showdown in Owensboro, Kentucky beginning at 2 p.m. ET.


Sweeps IWU To Improve To 12-2

Wabash swept a Sunday doubleheader against Illinois Wesleyan to improve to 12-2 for the season and remain unbeaten at home in 2022. The Little Giants won game one 7-1 before rallying from a 4-3 deficit to take game two by a score of 12-4.

Dylan Scheid earned his third win of the season on the mound in game one for the Little Giants. The North Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week limited Illinois Wesleyan (8-8) to one run on two hits. Scheid walked four and struck out three batters in the winning effort. Sam Phillips worked the final inning in relief and retired all three batters he faced while recording one strikeout.

The Little Giants scored three runs in the first inning on an RBI double by Liam Patton and a two-run single off the bat of Nick Logan. Wabash plated three more runs in the third when AJ Reid drove in a pair with a double, then scored one batter later on a wild pitch. Reid helped Wabash score its final run in the fourth inning. He smashed a ball to short with Austin Simmers on third and the infield drawn in to try and cut the run down at the plate. The Titans’ shortstop made the initial stop but was unable to corral the baseball to try and throw Simmers out at home or retire Reid at first, allowing Wabash to score its seventh run of the game.

The Little Giants pounded out 11 hits in the seven-inning contest led by Kamden Earley with three hits. Reid picked up a pair of hits with two RBI. Simmers, Patton, Logan, Brayden Lentz, Camden Scheidt, and Reece Bauer each collected one hit.

Wabash took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of game two off an RBI single by Lentz. Reid scored the second run of the inning when Lentz started to steal second. An errant throw allowed Reid to score from third to put the Little Giants in front. Illinois Wesleyan scored a run in the third inning to cut the lead in half. Wabash answered with a run in the fourth on an RBI double by Scheidt. The Titans picked up three runs in the top of the fifth to move in front for the first time 4-3. Wabash answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning when Patton singled home Reid to tie the game at 4-4.

The Little Giants broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth inning. Michael Galanos started the five-run inning with a bunt single with runners on the corners to bring home Alex Washlock with the go-ahead run. Simmers drew a bases-loaded walk to score the second run of the inning. Earley added another RBI with a single, followed by a sacrifice fly from Patton to put the Little Giants in front 9-4. Earley added another run with an RBI single in the seventh before Reid was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give Wabash an 11-4 lead. Wabash scored its final run on a double-play ground out to secure the 12-4 victory.

Jacob Bishop pitched 4-2/3 innings of relief to earn his third victory of the season. The lefthander held IWU hitless while walking four batters and striking out seven. Derek Haslett started the game for Wabash. He scattered eight hits and three walks and gave up four runs while striking out four batters.

Wabash continues its non-conference schedule with a single nine-inning game at Rose-Hulman Tuesday at 6 p.m.


Sanders Knocks In Six, Grizzlies Corral Purple Cows in Spring Break Opener

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Franklin College baseball team opened their four-game spring break trip on Sunday (Mar. 27) afternoon with a matchup against the Purple Cows of Williams College.

After a slow start at the plate, Franklin’s (13-4) offense came to life in the third and didn’t let up en route to a 15-5 win over the Ephs (3-6). Freshman shortstop AJ Sanders had a career afternoon at the plate, going 4-for-6 with a grand slam and six driven in.

How it Happened

The Purple Cows opened up an early lead with a run in both the second and third innings, but the Grizzlies answered with a pair of runs in the third with Logan Demkovich and Noah Wood bringing in runs. One inning later, the Grizzlies took the lead for good with an RBI double from Colby Reed and they put the game out of reach with a seven-run fifth.

With two outs in the inning, Adam Taylor knocked in a pair of runs with a double and Andrew Wallace followed him with an RBI single. Two batters later, Sanders officially put the game out of reach, clearing the bases with a grand slam and his first career round tripper.

Sanders would drive home two more with RBI hits in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Sean Sullivan belted a two-run home run in the eighth and Taylor would finish the day 3-for-4 with four runs scored.

On the mound, Nick McClanahan (2-0) allowed four hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts over five innings of work. Tyler Wick and Sam Peck logged the final three innings in relief, striking out a combined five batters.

Up Next

Franklin’s trip continues with a Monday (Mar. 28) afternoon matchup against St. Olaf College. First pitch from the Sunshine State is set for noon.


Tops Illinois Tech 11-3 to Close RHIT Invite

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology picked up its fifth win in the last six games with an 11-3 victory over Illinois Tech on Sunday at Art Nehf Field. 

Josh Mesenbrink and Adam Taylor led the Fightin’ Engineer offense with three hits each. Mesenbrink had a home run, double and a walk with four RBIs and two runs scored.  Taylor had three hits and scored three times.

Colter Couillard-Rodak added two hits, two walks, three runs scored and one RBI.  Manuel Lopez and Brett Tuttle added two hits each for the Fightin’ Engineer offense.

Brett Borcherding pitched six shutout innings to pick up the win.  Borcherding struck out seven and allowed just five hits and one walk.

Josh Erpenbeck and Schuyler Wilcox tossed scoreless innings as part of the effort.

Rose-Hulman improved to 8-4 on the season and hosts Wabash on Tuesday at 6 pm.


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

The Hawks failed to push any runs across before the Engineers built on their lead in the fifth inning. Taylor came across to score the lone run of the inning for Rose-Hulman, which brought the score to 3-0 in favor of the Engineers.

Rose-Hulman held Illinois Tech scoreless before expanding their lead to 4-0 the following inning.

The Hawks gained ground, closing the gap to 4-3 until Rose-Hulman added some insurance in the seventh. The Engineers drove home two runs when a single from Kade Kline scored Couillard-Rodak and Mesenbrink, bringing the Rose-Hulman advantage to 6-3.

The Engineers kept Illinois Tech without a run before building on their lead to 11-3 the following inning. The Rose-Hulman offense piled up five runs, highlighted by a two-run home run off the bat of Mesenbrink. The score remained 11-3 for the rest of the game, as the Engineers coasted to the win.


» Rose-Hulman got three-hit games from both Taylor and Mesenbrink.

» Borcherding struck out seven Hawks hitters.

» The Engineers power output was led by Mesenbrink, who picked up two extra base hits in the ballgame.

» Mesenbrink drove in four runs for Rose-Hulman.

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

» Rose-Hulman grabbed the lead at 2-0 in the bottom half of the third and never lost that advantage.

» Borcherding put together six innings of shutout ball for the Engineers.

» Five Engineers had multiple hits in the ballgame.

» The Engineers out-hit the Hawks at a 14-9 clip.

» Couillard-Rodak stole two bases in Sunday’s game.

» Rose-Hulman went 7-for-21 (.333) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 39 Illinois Tech hitters in the game, allowing seven ground balls and eight fly balls while striking out 11.

» The Engineers drew four walks from Illinois Tech pitching.

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

» Illinois Tech was led offensively by Samuel Sproule, who went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

» Ethan Jennsen led the Hawks pitching staff, throwing one inning of one-run ball.


Stung by Kalamazoo in First MIAA Match of Spring

ANGOLA, Ind. — The Trine University women’s tennis team was forced indoors to contest their first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) dual of the season against Kalamazoo College, with the opposition coming out on top by the score of 7-2.

Senior Ashley Spirrison (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) would help account for both of the team’s points in the contest, the lone member of the team to go undefeated on the day. She began the day with classmate Ellie Cole (Albion, Ind. / Central Noble) picking up an 8-3 win in the No. 1 doubles match. She would then win the No. 1 singles match with scores of 6-0, 6-3.

The Thunder fall to 7-4 overall and 0-1 in MIAA play following the loss. They will travel to face Alma College in their next match which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30 at 4 p.m.


Sky High Shooting Percentage Results in 18-4 Win at Wartburg

WAVERLY, Iowa – The Trine University women’s lacrosse team traveled to the Hawkeye state on Sunday to take on the Wartburg College Knights in the team’s final non-conference contest of the 2022 season. The Thunder (6-2) rolled 18-4 over the Knights (2-7) and have matched their best win total in a season over their brief history in Trine athletics.

The Thunder utilized precision in their shooting percentage, hitting the back of the net on 72% of their attempts. 19 of 25 shots throughout the game were on-goal.

Calista Richmond [Portage, Mich. / Portage] found Ella Dougherty [Lowell, Mich. / Lowell] in the first minute of play to go up 1-0, then Richmond scored on her own less than one minute later to extend the gap. Courtney Rhodes [Monee, Ill. / Providence Catholic] and Liv Ghent [Byron Center, Mich. / Caledonia] each scored twice in the first quarter, with Ghent’s second coming with a teammate in the penalty area. Chloe Vruno [Geneva, Ill. / St. Francis] notched a goal as well in the first to give Trine a 7-1 lead.

The Thunder did the same in the second quarter by scoring seven and surrendering just one to make it 14-2 at intermission. Danielle Gargiulo [Downers Grove, Ill. / Downers Grove], Nikki Hibler [West Lafayette, Ind. / Harrison] and Alyssa Keptner [Midland, Mich. / H.H. Dow] were new scorers for the visitors in the period.

With a running clock in the third and fourth quarters, the Thunder outscored their opposition 2-1 in both to complete the 18-4 victory. Gargiulo and Ghent added to their goal totals in the third, while Vruno found Ghent to start the fourth and scored herself a few minutes later.

Vruno and Ghent tied for the team lead with six points apiece. Vruno had two goals and a team-high four assists while Ghent led Trine with five goals scored and distributed one assist. Brooke Hoag [Portage, Mich. / Portage] had five of the team’s 19 groundballs and goalie Jillian Rejczyk [Wauconda, Ill. / Wauconda] and Maddy Kasten [Battle Creek, Mich. / Harper Creek] combined to make nine saves on the defensive end.

The Thunder will begin Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play in their next game on Saturday, April 9 at 12 pm versus Calvin University at home. It will also serve as Senior Day for the Trine women’s lacrosse program.


Late Maryville Rallies Send DePauw to Defeat

Maryville, Tenn. – DePauw held a 9-3 lead in the seventh, but host Maryville scored six in the seventh and two in the ninth for an 11-10 walk-off win over the Tigers. DePauw dropped to 6-8, while the Scots improved to 14-7.

Maryville scored one in the second, but DePauw responded with a four-run fourth. Tyler Sucher singled home Nick Nelson before Brian May scored on a wild pitch and Sucher came home when Tim Rommeney reached on an error. Rommeney later scored on a passed ball to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead. The Scots countered with one in the bottom of the fourth on Max Bowers’ sacrifice fly.

Kyle Callahan reached on a fielder’s choice in the sixth that allowed Sucher to score and Nelson followed with a two-run single to extend the Tigers’ lead to 7-2.

Bowers’ RBI ground out in the bottom of the frame closed the DePauw lead to 7-3, but the Tigers came right back in the seventh as Evan Barnes scored on a wild pitch.

A pair of Maryville hitters drew one-out walks in the seventh before Nelson Smith drove both in with a double. After a pair of hit by pitches loaded the bases, Jimmy Meredith drew a walk to cut the DePauw lead to 9-6. Bowers’ grounder scored one before Christian Carlton came home on a wild pitch and Meredith scored after Ian Campbell reached on a bases loaded walk to tie the game at 9-9.

Callahan’s solo homer in the eighth put DePauw back out in front, 10-9. Meredith led off the ninth by reaching on an error before Bowers singled and Peyton Milam walked. Gabe Lopez delivered a two-out, two-run single that ended the game.

Sucher had two of DePauw’s seven hits, while Meredith had two of Maryville’s eight.

Drew Harding dropped to 0-1 with loss in relief, while Damian Lusby improved to 5-1.

DePauw travels to Carson Neuman on Tuesday for a 1 p.m. contest.


Panthers conclude the weekend splitting a doubleheader with OWU

HANOVER, Ind. – The Panthers wrapped up their non-conference series with the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon, winning game one 14-2 before falling in the nightcap 19-5.


Hanover took the front end of a doubleheader in dominate fashion, defeating the Battling Bishops 14-2. Freshman Chris Hautman (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) picked up the win for the Panthers as he charted two strikeouts on seven batters faced.

The Blue and Red jumped ahead to the 1-0 lead as senior Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.) provided the RBI to left field, 1-0.

The second inning would see a Panther scoring frenzy as sophomore Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) drew a walk scoring sophomore Brady Pennington (Speedway, Ind.) before Burton picked up his second RBI. The final run of the inning came off the bat of sophomore Connor Farnsley (Jeffersonville, Ind.) who pushed HC to the 4-0 lead.

They added some insurance runs in the bottom of the third inning with senior Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) providing the big stick cranking a double that helped push three runs across the plate.

Christie deemed clutch for the Panthers in the fourth inning as he singled to left field extending the HC lead to double digits, 10-0.

The final Panther run came in the bottom of the sixth inning as junior Cole Sherman (Indianapolis, Ind.) doubled to center field securing the 14-2 victory.


The Panther found themselves trailing 1-0 when freshman Andrew Oesterling (Batesville, Ind.) homered in the bottom of the second inning tying the game. They tacked on two more runs as freshman Jake Danneman (Edgewood, Ky.) provided a two run homer giving HC the 3-1 lead.

However, the Battling Bishops responded using a seven run third inning, two run fourth inning, and two run fifth inning to capture the 12-3 advantage.

Hanover added one run in the bottom of the sixth inning and one in the seventh inning before ultimately dropping the non-conference match-up.

Hanover returns to action on Tuesday, March 29 when they open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action with Mt. St. Joseph. First pitch is slated for noon.


Defensive struggles doom costly for Panthers

HANOVER, Ind. – On a chilly Sunday afternoon, the Panthers welcomed Denison to Kops-Bedel Stadium dropping the doubleheader 12-2, 15-6.


Fifth year Lily (Compton) Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) got the start in game one pitching three complete innings allowing seven runs on eight hits.

The Big Red surged ahead using a three run first inning and a three run second inning to capture the 6-0 advantage.

The Panthers would steal one run back in the bottom of the third inning as Compton charted the RBI scoring junior Kensie Bradley (Greenfield, Ind.), 6-1.

But the excitement was short lived as Denison tacked on two more runs in the next half inning to blow the game wide open.

Hanover added its final run in the bottom of the fourth inning as junior Lexi Garloch (Salem, Ind.) reached on a Big Red error that plated sophomore Ava Hilgenhold (Tell City, Ind.). Denison would go on to claim the victory in six innings.


After falling behind 1-0, the Panther offense erupted. Freshman Dani Steward (Shelbyville, Ind.) paced the charge in the bottom of the second inning as she doubled down the left field line scoring both Compton and freshman Lauren Beaman (Indianapolis, Ind.), 2-1. Junior Katherine Dickinson (Francisco, Ind.) scored the final run of the inning as she reached home on a Denison wild pitch.

Hanover plated two more runs in the third inning as Hutchison reached home off a Big Red error followed by a Steward RBI, 5-1.

But Denison came storming back scoring four unearned runs to reclaim the 6-5 advantage.

Beaman deemed clutch once more as she hit a beautiful ball down the right field line to knot the game at 6-6.

However, Denison got the final say plating five runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh inning in rout to the win.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, April 2 when they open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action with Defiance. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.


Nine Records Fall for Men’s Track and Field at Bill Smith Invitational

VINCENNES, Ind. – The IU Kokomo men’s track and field team traveled to Vincennes University to compete in the Bill Smith Track and Field Challenge on Saturday.  The  Cougars finished third out of six teams and set nine new school record in the process.

Leading the way were Mason McKinney with a fifth place finish in the 100 meters (school record) and a fourth place finish in the 200 meters (school record).

Nolan Talley finished third in the 400 meter hurdles (school record), fourth in the long jump (school record), and third in the triple jump.

Jake Cooper finished second in the triple jump (school record) and fifth in the long jump.  Drew Caldwell finished second in the pole vault (school record).

The 4×100 meter relay team of Nolan Talley, Mason McKinney, Braydon Lake, and Clay Brubaker finished second (school record).

The 4×400 meter relay team of Talley, Brubaker, Isaiah Belcher, and Julian Wallace finished third (school record).

Cyrus Felger finished third in the 5,000 meters.  Caleb Vogl finished second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.  Caleb Johnson finished third in the shot put. 

Luis Saldana competed in the Victory 1/2 Marathon in Hillsdale, IN.  He set the school record for the 1/2 marathon in his effort.

The Cougars will travel to the Knight Open at Marian University on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd.


Kunkle picks up win No. 600 as Eagles sweep Hawks

QUINCY, Ill.—Sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) went a combined 4-of-6 at the plate with a pair of doubles, a home run and five RBI as University of Southern Indiana Softball swept a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader from host Quincy University Sunday afternoon.

The Screaming Eagles (22-8, 8-0 GLVC), who have won 10 straight games, rolled to an 8-0, five-inning win in the opener before rallying from a 3-2 deficit in the seventh inning to defeat the Hawks, 5-3, in the nightcap.

USI Head Coach Sue Kunkle earned her 600th career win with USI’s opening-game victory. Fair had an RBI-double in the top of the first before scoring on an RBI-single by senior designated player Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana) as USI jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead.

Junior pitcher Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana) hit a three-run bomb over the leftfield fence in the fourth inning to put the Eagles up, 5-0, while a two-run home run off the bat of freshman outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana) later in the frame put the Eagles up, 7-0.

Sophomore catcher Sammie Kihega (Greenfield, Indiana) gave the Eagles an 8-0 advantage with a solo shot over the opposite field fence in the fifth.

Goodin (5-0) earned the win after giving up just two hits and four base runners. She took a no-hitter into the bottom of the fifth before it was broken up with back-to-back singles. Goodin finished the game with four strikeouts to pick up the victory.

USI took advantage of a Quincy error to open the scoring in the second inning of game two. Fair’s RBI-single in the third put the Eagles up, 2-0, but Quincy responded in the bottom of the third with a two-run home run and a solo home run to take its first lead of the day at 3-2.

The Eagles faced that same deficit heading into the seventh, where Back led the frame off with a pinch-hit single. Two batters later, USI had runners at the corners with one out following a single by Nalley. That set up Fair, who hit a three-run home run over the right centerfield fence to give USI the 5-3 lead.

Outside of the two home runs given up in the third, freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) was on fire in the circle as she struck out 17 batters en route to the win. Newman (6-3) allowed just two hits and two walks and struck out 12 of the last 13 batters she faced.

USI returns to action Saturday at noon when it hosts Rockhurst University in a GLVC doubleheader at the USI Softball Field.


• In addition to her 17 strikeouts Sunday, Newman struck out seven of the 10 batters she faced in USI’s 11-2 win over Truman State Saturday.

• USI finished a red-hot week at the plate, hitting .416 as a team with 14 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 49 RBI in six games…the Eagles had three players hit .500 or better and eight players with a .400 batting average or better.

• USI’s win in game two was the first time in five games the Eagles did not run-rule their opponent.


Eagles salvage win with big 9th

CLEVELAND, Miss. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball scored three times in the ninth to get back on track and salvage a 5-2 victory over Delta State University Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, Mississippi. The Screaming Eagles are 11-10 this spring, while Delta State is 16-8 in 2022.  

The Eagles started the ninth by loading the bases before junior catcher Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) singled in the go-ahead run and freshman designated hitter Cordell Coburn (Evansville, Indiana) sealed the victory with a two-run double down the left field line.

The Statesmen tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth, but junior right-hander Matthew Moore (Newburgh, Indiana) shut the door on the victory by earning his first save as an Eagle. Moore allowed two hits, but got the final three outs to preserve the win.

USI junior left-hander Sammy Barnett (Sellersburg, Indiana) picked up the win in relief. Barnett (2-0) relieved sophomore starting right-hander Parker Maddox (Columbus, Indiana) in the seventh, getting USI out of a jam, and finished by pitching a scoreless 1.1 innings, striking out three.

Maddox got a no-decision despite pitching masterfully in his second start of the year. The sophomore allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five over 6.2 innings of work.

A pitchers’ duel through the first four innings, the Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the fifth. USI senior shortstop Ethan Hunter (Terre Haute, Indiana) started the scoring with an RBI-single up the middle and would later score after stealing second on an RBI single by junior catcher Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana).

USI held onto the 2-0 lead until the seventh when the Statesmen knotted the game up at 2-2 and set the stage for the ninth inning. 

Up Next for the Eagles:

USI remains on the road and visits Maryville University for a rematch Tuesday in St. Louis. The game time has been changed to 3 p.m. for the non-conference match-up.

The Eagles will be looking to return the favor to the Saints, who defeated USI, 14-9, last Wednesday at the USI Baseball Field. The all-time series favors the Eagles, 11-4.

Maryville is 12-10 overall and opened GLVC action this weekend by taking three of four from Rockhurst University. 


Trailblazers split series with No. 14 Lincoln Land after one-hit outing by Harbuck

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer baseball team finished their four-game Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) weekend series with NJCAA Division II No. 14-ranked Lincoln Land College Sunday afternoon.

The Loggers picked up the first win of the day, taking game three of the series 13-2 before VU rallied back to finish the weekend by taking game four 4-2 with Vincennes starter sophomore Kestler Harbuck (Brooksville, Fla.) threw seven innings allowing only one hit.

Lincoln Land began the day with a bang Sunday afternoon, jumping out to an early lead after scoring three runs in the first inning and two in the second.

Vincennes would get on the board in the second as sophomore Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) scored on a groundout by freshman Kaden Elliott (New Albany, Ind.) to cut the deficit to 5-1.

The Loggers completely took control of the game in the third, scoring seven runs in the inning to grow their lead to 11.

VU would get a run back in the bottom of the inning when an RBI single by sophomore Colin Long (Evansville, Ind.) drove home freshman Will Egger (Terre Haute, Ind.).

Lincoln Land would score a run in the fourth and hold on to pick up the 13-2 win over the Trailblazers in five innings.

Freshman Kobe Bartlett (Rockport, Ind.) got the start on the mound for VU in game three. Lasting two innings and allowing seven runs on three hits with one strikeout.

Vincennes got a solid outing out of the bullpen from sophomore Camden Greer (Boonville, Ind.) who threw the final one and one-third innings, only allowing one hit and striking out one.

The Trailblazers look to split the series with the highly-rated Logger baseball team in game four, sending sophomore Kestler Harbuck to the mound.

VU was the first team to get on the scoreboard in game four after sophomore Josiah Sizemore (Cambridge City, Ind.) and Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.) walked to begin the third inning.

The next four VU batters, sophomores Colin Long, Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio), Connor VanLannen and freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.) all came through with RBI singles, giving the Blazers a 4-0 lead.

Harbuck lasted three innings without giving up a hit, giving up a single to lead-off the fourth before retiring 12 of the next 14 batters he faced.

Harbuck pitched into the eighth inning, allowing one run on one hit and striking out seven.

Sophomore Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) came in to finish out the eighth inning, throwing an inning and a third, allowing one run on three hits and striking out the final batter he faced to lead-off the ninth inning.

Sophomore Luke Osborn (Perryville, Ind.) entered the game to get the final two outs to pick up his fourth save of the season, as Vincennes came away with the day two split and split the four-game series with Lincoln Land, winning game four 4-2.

“Obviously it starts on the mound and it started like that on the mound in game three,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “That was the difference in the game when we give up 13 runs on seven hits. But in game four our guys responded well. Kestler Harbuck did a great job on the mound and then the bullpen came in.”

“I couldn’t have scripted it any better in the second game,” Barney added. “We got a quality start out of our pitching and then had a big third inning where we come up with some back-to-back hits to take advantage of two walks to come up with four consecutive RBIs. Three were on well hit balls and one squeaked through the infield, but we will take them anyway we can get them and that’s why those guys are hitting two through five in the order.”

“Kestler did really well today. He’s got to establish himself in the zone a little better earlier in the game, giving up a walk in each of the first four innings before settling down and giving up a walk in the sixth and one in the eighth. He did a great job. He pitched himself out of some jams early and that’s the difference in the game.”

The Trailblazers will be on the road to begin their slate of games next week, beginning Wednesday March 30 when VU travels to Olney, Ill. to face-off against Olney Central for a single, nine inning game. First pitch Wednesday is set for 3 p.m. eastern.

Vincennes will then begin their four-game Conference series at Danville Area Community College Saturday, April 2. First pitch Saturday is set for 2 p.m. eastern.

The series will then shift back to Jerry Blemker Field Sunday, April 3 for the final two games. First pitch Sunday is set for 1 p.m. eastern.

“This is a big week coming up for us,” Barney said. “We’ll see what the weather does on Wednesday, it’s obviously been raining a lot during the middle of the week, but that beats it raining over the weekend. So, if we can play we will, but if not we will be ready to play against Danville. We have to go there Saturday and play a doubleheader and then they come here for two on Sunday.”

“We feel good about the way we are playing,” Barney added. “We have to feel good about taking a split with Lincoln Land and getting three out of four on the road against Spoon River last weekend. We are fine where we are at, we just have to continue the momentum and hopefully grab at least three games next weekend.”


1913       The Browns trade Buzzy Wares to the Montgomery Rebels in exchange for the rent-free use of the minor league’s team stadium during spring training. The Southern Association Class-A team will return the 26-year-old infielder to St. Louis later in the season.

1970       Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the return of the All-Star selection to the fans. The over-exposure of the Midsummer Classic, two games each season between 1959-1962, and the lack of fan input prompted the MLB Promotion Corporation to modernize the game’s marketing by restoring fan balloting for the starting eight position players.

1977       Upset about losing his second base job to Bump Wills, Ranger Lenny Randle attacks and fractures his manager Frank Lucchesi’s cheekbone. The Ranger skipper may have triggered the episode just before the team’s exhibition game against Minnesota by once again calling the usually even-tempered infielder a punk.

1978       Dick Allen’s fifteen-year career ends when the A’s release the aging superstar. The Wampum, Pennsylvania native finishes his stormy relationship with major league baseball with 351 HRs, 1,192 RBIs, and a .292 batting average.

1981       The White Sox trade southpaw Ken Kravec to the Cubs for Dennis Lamp, who will post a 25-21 (.543) record during his three seasons with the South Side club. With the departure of Kravec, the recently acquired Carlton Fisk has an opportunity to return to his iconic uniform #27 but chooses to stay with his new reverse digits of 72, which will be retired by Chicago in 1997.

1985       Sports Illustrated’s April 1st edition tricks the nation when author George Plimpton weaves a fictitious tale of The Curious Case Of Sidd Finch, a Mets rookie phenom who throws a 168 mph fastball. Staged photographs and quotes from current players help give the story a realistic edge.

1986       The Red Sox trade designated hitter Mike Easler to the Yankees for DH Don Baylor, who will provide valuable veteran leadership for the eventual AL champs while hitting only .238. Easler, known as the ‘Hit Man,’ will live up to his nickname, batting .302 in his only full season with the second-place Bronx Bombers.

1988       Four days shy of his 47th birthday, Phil Niekro’s 24-year Hall of Fame career comes to an end when the Yankees put him on waivers at the end of spring training. The right-handed knuckleballer, best known for his tenure with the Braves, compiled a 318-274 record and a 3.35 ERA while hurling for four teams, including the Yankees, Indians, and Blue Jays.

1999       At Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano, the Orioles edge the Cuban National team, 3-2, thanks to Harold Baines’ eventual game-winning hit in the 11th inning. The contest marks the first time a U.S. team had played in Cuba since 1959, when the Dodgers played the Reds in two exhibition games on the island.

2003       The commissioner’s office announces teams will pay tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces during the seventh-inning stretch of all home openers by having ‘God Bless America’ performed. Although the song has been part of all games since the September 11th terrorist attacks, it will be heard only in major league ballparks at the home openers, Sunday, and holidays games.

2003       Three days before Opening Day, the YES Network claims Cablevision has nixed a proposed deal signed 17 days ago that would have provided televised Yankee games to nearly three million cable subscribers in the NYC metropolitan area. According to a YES Network press release, the giant cable company failed to sign a finalized version of the hand-written document that both parties exchanged on March 12 when Cablevision president James L. Dolan took exception to unacceptable alterations in the typewritten draft.

2006       The insurance claim filed by the Astros in January to get back approximately $15.6 million of Jeff Bagwell’s $17 million guaranteed contract is denied by the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company. The insurers cite no adverse change in the 37 year-old first baseman’s condition between the end of last season and the Jan. 31, 2006 policy.

2008       The decision to have manager Manny Acta catch the ceremonial first pitch from President Bush at the Nationals’ home opener is reported not to have been made by the White House. Traditionally, the honor goes to the game’s starting catcher, today being Paul Lo Duca, cited in the Mitchell Report on drug use in baseball, who watches his manager catch the toss from the Commander-in-Chief.

2008       The 24,663 fans at Chase Field give opposing Rockies left-hander Doug Davis an ovation as he walks off the mound after appearing in an exhibition game against the Diamondbacks. Before the game, Colorado announces the very popular 32 year-old hurler will have his thyroid removed after a biopsy revealed a lump in his throat to be cancerous.

2013       Mets GM Sandy Alderson announces an MRI has revealed 34 year-old Johan Santana has re-torn his surgically repaired left shoulder capsule and indicates additional surgery is a “strong possibility” for the left-hander. The Venezuelan southpaw, who missed the entire 2011 season due to the injury, will probably never pitch again for the team, finishing his six-year, $137.5 million contract with the team, a deal he signed upon his trade to the team in early 2008, on the disabled list.

2014       Mike Trout and the Angels come to terms on a $144.5 million, six-year deal, keeping the 22-year-old outfielder on the team through 2020. The five-tool phenom from Millville, N.J., the American League’s MVP runner-up in his first two seasons in the majors, was the unanimous choice for the AL Rookie of the Year award in 2012.

2017       In the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump has declined the Nationals’ invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Nationals Park, citing a scheduling conflict according to club officials. Since William Taft’s toss in 1910, every President has participated in the tradition at some point in their term in office, except for Jimmy Carter, who tossed the CFP before Game 7 of the 1979 Fall Classic.

 2019       At Dodger Stadium, en route to a 12-5 victory over the Diamondbacks, Los Angeles slams eight home runs, surpassing the Opening Day record of six, previously shared by the 1998 Mets (vs. Expos) and 2018 White Sox (vs. Royals). The long ball barrage, which includes multiple dingers in three different innings, features round-trippers by Joc Peterson (2), Kike Hernandez (2), Austin Barnes, Corey Seaver, Max Muncy, and Cody Berlinger.






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