INDIANA BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

CARROLL 6 LEO 4

SOUTHWESTERN 8 WALDRON 4

EVANSVILLE NORTH 7 EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 7

HEBRON 9 WESTVILLE 0

NEW PRAIRIE 6 VALPARAISO 1

HOBART 7 HANOVER CENTRAL 5

FAIRFIELD 10 NORTHWOOD 3

NORTHRIDGE 14 WESTVIEW 8

BETHANY CHRISTIAN 13 ARGOS 3

ROSSVILLE 10 BENTON CENTRAL 3

HAUSER 7 NORTH DECATUR 0

DEKALB 9 GARRETT 1

SPRINGS VALLEY 8 ORLEANS 2

EASTBROOK 10 NORTHFIELD 9

SHENANDOAH 6 HAGERSTOWN 4

OWEN VALLEY 2 LINTON STOCKTON 0

BLACKFORD 13 SOUTHERN WELLS 5

PORTAGE 5 WHEELER 4

NORTH KNOX 10 BLOOMFIELD 0

KANKAKEE VALLEY 9 MERRILLVILLE 6

SOUTH BEND RILEY 4 LAVILLE 2

LAWRENCEBURG 4 JAC CEN DEL 1

MISSISSINEWA 24 SOUTHWOOD 8

SOUTH DECATUR 18 EDINBURGH 6

ELKHART 11 GOSHEN 1

JENNINGS COUNTY 13 GREENSBURG 0

PLYMOUTH 17 LACROSSE 0

ROCHESTER 5 CULVER ACADEMIES 4

MITCHELL 6 PAOLI 2

CTHS 15 INDIAN HILL 10

SOUTHMONT 16 FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 11

CHARLESTOWN 19 NEW WASHINGTON 6

CLINTON PRAIRIE 11 TRI COUNTY 10

LOOGOOTEE 9 WHITE RIVER VALLEY 6

MISHAWAKA 4 EAST NOBLE 0

EAST CENTRAL 17 S. RIPLEY 0

LOGANSPORT 13 WEST LAFAYETTE 3

JEFFERSONVILLE 5 COLUMBUS EAST 2

FRANKLIN COUNTY 7 CONNERSVILLE 6

WABASH 16 MARION 4

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 14 TRITON CENTRAL 5

NORTH CENTRAL 10 WARREN CENTRAL 9

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 9 EDGEWOOD 0

MADISON GRANT 10 FRANKTON 8

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 14 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 0

MOUNT VERNON 12 SHELBYVILLE 6

LAFAYETTE JEFF 7 PERU 3

MCCUTCHEON 3 TWIN LAKES 0

JASPER 11 NEW ALBANY 1

ZIONSVILLE 3 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 2

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 20 MACONAQUAH 8

EASTERN 11 MANCHESTER 4

WOOD MEMORIAL 11 DUGGER UNION 3

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 5 NORTHVIEW 1

LAWRENCE NORTH 14 BATESVILLE 6

NORTH MONTGOMERY 15 COVINGTON 5

WESTFIELD 16 BROWNSBURG 7

NORTH DAVIESS 6 NORTH EAST DUBOIS 5

KOKOMO 12 FRANKFORT 2

MOORESVILLE 8 CARMEL 6

PERRY MERIDIAN 10 SOUTHPORT 6

NOBLESVILLE 10 FISHERS 4

BREMAN 9 TIPPECANOE VALLEY 2

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 6 NORTHVIEW 4

TINLEY PARK 10 MICHIGAN CITY 2

INDIANA SOFTBALL SCOREBOARD

LAKE CENTRAL 19 CROWN POINT 11

HERITAGE 11 FORT WAYNE NORTH 0

HERITAGE HILLS 11 WASHINGTON 1

NEW PRAIRIE 10 SOUTH CENTRAL 0

BOONE GROVE 7 KOUTS 2

HEBRON 14 WESTVILLE 0

ROCHESTER 13 CULVER COMMUNITY 2

EVANSVILLE NORTH 12 EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 4

EASTBROOK 19 NORTHFIELD 3

BREMAN 4 NORTHWOOD 0

JIMTOWN 7 FAIRFIELD 2

SOUTH BEND RILEY 16 SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 0

WAPAHANI 21 TRI 7

EASTERN 8 OAK HILL 0

FAITH CHRISTIAN 7 FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 4

HIGHLAND 6 KANKAKEE VALLEY 5

EVANSVILLE HARRISON 10 SOUTH SPENCER 9

RIVER FOREST 14 HAST 0

SHENANDOAH 7 NEW CASTLE 4

VINCENNES LINCOLN 16 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 1

NORWELL 12 JAY COUNTY 2

MOORESVILLE 16 MONROVIA 0

SOUTH RIPLEY 6 LAWRENCEBURG 3

MANCHESTER 7 WAWASEE 4

SULLIVAN 1 TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 0

NORTH POSEY 13 MOUNT VERNON 0

PENN 6 CROWN POINT 4

COLUMBIA CITY 5 WHITKO 2

YORKTOWN 15 MONROE CENTRAL 0

EASTERN 14 PAOLI 6

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 23 PLYMOUTH 7

EDINBURGH 20 SOUTH DECATUR 12

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 3 BROWNSBURG 0

PERRY MERIDIAN 21 SOUTHPORT 9

PIKE 14 HERRON 4

BELLMONT 15 MISSISSINEWA 1

ZIONSVILLE 17 GREENFIELD CENTRAL 5

BARR REEVE 14 BLOOMFIELD 2

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 2 WEST WASHINGTON 0

BORDEN 12 SHOALS 1

OWEN VALLEY 10 SOUTH PUTNAM 0

WABASH 18 MARION 4

LEO 10 FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 0

NORTHEASTERN 8 KNIGHTSTOWN 5

LEWIS CASS 4 WINAMAC 3

MARTINSVILLE 9 BLOOMINGTON NORTH 5

HAUSER 4 NORTH DECATUR 1

MADISON 6 BATESVILLE 5

NORTH MONTGOMERY 17 INDIANA DEAF 7

SCOTTSBURG 2 NEW ALBANY 0

DEKALB 8 CENTRAL NOBLE 1

WESTFIELD 11 LAWRENCE CENTRAL 0

SOUTHMONT 13 EMINENCE 7

NEW PALESTINE 12 CARMEL 2

BENTON CENTRAL 11 RENSSELAER CENTRAL 3

NORTHWESTERN 16 CARROLL 4

WHITELAND 14 NOBLESVILLE 4

SHELBYVILLE 23 DELTA 4

NORTH DAVIESS 6 NORTHEAST DUBOIS 1

JASPER 9 EVANSVILLE REITZ 1

MUNSTER 14 KOKOMO 4

NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

EASTERN CONFERENCE

MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. ATLANTA (8)

• GAME 1: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | SUNDAY, APRIL 17 | 1 ET | TNT

• GAME 2: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, APRIL 19 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 3: MIAMI VS. ATLANTA | FRIDAY, APRIL 22 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 4: MIAMI VS. ATLANTA | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 7 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: MIAMI VS. ATLANTA | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

BOSTON CELTICS (2) VS. BROOKLYN NETS (7)

• GAME 1: BROOKLYN VS. BOSTON | SUNDAY, APRIL 17 | 3:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 2: BROOKLYN VS. BOSTON | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 | 7 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 4: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 5*: BROOKLYN VS. BOSTON | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: BROOKLYN VS. BOSTON | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

MILWAUKEE BUCKS (3) VS. CHICAGO BULLS (6)

• GAME 1: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | SUNDAY, APRIL 17 | 6:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 2: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 | 9:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: MILWAUKEE VS. CHICAGO | FRIDAY, APRIL 22 | 8:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 4: MILWAUKEE VS. CHICAGO | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 1 ET | ABC

• GAME 5*: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: MILWAUKEE VS. CHICAGO | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (4) VS. TORONTO RAPTORS (5)

• GAME 1: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | SATURDAY, APRIL 16 | 6 ET | ESPN

• GAME 2: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | MONDAY, APRIL 18 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 | 8 ET | NBA TV

• GAME 4: PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 2 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PHOENIX SUNS (1) VS. NEW ORLEANS (8)

• GAME 1: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | SUNDAY, APRIL 17 | 9 ET | TNT

• GAME 2: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, APRIL 19 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: PHOENIX VS.NEW ORLEANS | FRIDAY, APRIL 22 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 4: PHOENIX VS. NEW ORLEANS | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 9:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: PHOENIX VS. NEW ORLEANS | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2) VS. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (7)

• GAME 1: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | SATURDAY, APRIL 16 | 3:30 ET | ESPN

• GAME 2: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | TUESDAY, APRIL 19 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 3: MEMPHIS VS. MINNESOTA | THURSDAY, APRIL 21 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 4: MEMPHIS VS. MINNESOTA | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 5*: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: MEMPHIS VS. MINNESOTA | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3) VS. DENVER NUGGETS (6)

• GAME 1: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | SATURDAY, APRIL 16 | 8:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 2: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | MONDAY, APRIL 18 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE VS. DENVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 21 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 4: GOLDEN STATE VS. DENVER | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 3:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 5*: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: GOLDEN STATE VS. DENVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

DALLAS MAVERICKS (4) VS. UTAH JAZZ (5)

• GAME 1: UTAH VS. DALLAS | SATURDAY, APRIL 16 | 1 ET | ESPN

• GAME 2: UTAH VS. DALLAS | MONDAY, APRIL 18 | 8:30 ET | NBA TV

• GAME 3: DALLAS VS. UTAH | THURSDAY, APRIL 21 | 9 ET | NBA TV

• GAME 4: DALLAS VS. UTAH | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 4:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: UTAH VS. DALLAS | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: DALLAS VS. UTAH | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: UTAH VS. DALLAS | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

* = IF NECESSARY

USFL TV GUIDE

USFL WEEK 1 SCHEDULE

NEW JERSEY GENERALS AT BIRMINGHAM STALLIONS: SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 7:30 P.M. ET (FOX, NBC, PEACOCK)

HOUSTON GAMBLERS AT MICHIGAN PANTHERS: SUNDAY, APRIL 17, NOON ET (NBC, PEACOCK)

PHILADELPHIA STARS VS. NEW ORLEANS BREAKERS: SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 4 P.M. ET (USA)

TAMPA BAY BANDITS AT PITTSBURGH MAULERS, SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 8 P.M. ET (FS1)

MLB SCOREBOARD

SAN FRANCISCO 4 CLEVELAND 1

MINNESOTA 8 BOSTON 4

BALTIMORE 2 NY YANKEES 1 (11)

TORONTO 4 OAKLAND 1

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 TAMPA BAY 2

LA ANGELS 9 TEXAS 6

DETROIT 2 KANSAS CITY 1

SEATTLE 11 HOUSTON 1

NY METS 10 ARIZONA 3

WASHINGTON 7 PITTSBURGH 2

MIAMI 7 PHILADELPHIA 1

ST. LOUIS 10 MILWAUKEE 1

COLORADO 6 CHICAGO CUBS 5

ATLANTA 5 SAN DIEGO 2

LA DODGERS 3 CINCINNATI 1

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCORES

ST. PAUL 6. INDIANAPOLIS 4

SOUTH BEND 4 FORT WAYNE 2

NBA SCOREBOARD

ATLANTA 107 CLEVELAND 101

NEW ORLEANS 105 LA CLIPPERS 101

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY ISLANDERS 3 MONTRÉAL 0

FLORIDA 6 WINNIPEG 1

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

DUKE 4 NOTRE DAME 3 (10)

BUTLER 8 GEORGETOWN 7

RUTGERS 5 INDIANA 3

PURDUE 11 PENN STATE 5

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 5 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 4

BALL STATE 8 AKRON 3

EVANSVILLE 6 MISSOURI STATE 4

ILLINOIS STATE 7 VALPARAISO 0

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCOREBOARD

NOTRE DAME 4 CLEMSON 0

PENN STATE 6 INDIANA 0

NORTHWESTERN 14 PURDUE 2

TOLEDO 11 BALL STATE 0

NORTHERN IOWA 9 VALPARAISO 1

DRAKE 12 INDIANA STATE 6

INDIANA STATE 4 DRAKE 3

MISSOURI STATE 4 EVANSVILLE 1

MISSOURI STATE 8 EVANSVILLE 2

ROBERT MORRIS 3 IUPUI 1

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

Pelicans earn 105-101 win over Clippers, claim No. 8 seed

LOS ANGELES (AP) A franchise player out for the season. A first-year head coach. A 1-12 start. The New Orleans Pelicans overcame it all and stormed back to make the playoffs.

Brandon Ingram scored 30 points and the Pelicans rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the depleted Los Angeles Clippers 105-101 in a play-in Friday night and earn the West’s No. 8 seed.

“That win was big-time,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said.

New Orleans blew a 16-point lead in the first half and didn’t grab the lead for good until the game’s final 4 1/2 minutes.

“It was an emotional game, a ton of highs and lows,” Green said. “But for us, our mentality is we’re going to continue to fight. We’re not going to fade out.”

The Pelicans made the playoffs for the first time since 2017-18, guided by Green, a former Clipper. They’ve been without Zion Williamson all season because of a foot injury.

“Starting off 1-12 and 3-16, you’re thinking when is it going to pick up?” rookie Trey Murphy said. “Being my first year, I don’t know what winning is like. Look at us now.”

CJ McCollum added 19 points and Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 16 rebounds for New Orleans, which will play No. 1 seed Phoenix in the first round. Game 1 is Sunday in the desert.

“This team is resilient,” said Nance, who was traded, along with McCollum, from Portland in February. “They started 1-12. That’s so hard to pick yourself up from. I’ve been in seasons like that, it’s hard to keep going and keep striving for it.”

The Clippers were dealt a huge blow earlier in the day when Paul George entered the league’s health and safety protocols. They’d already been without Kawhi Leonard all season while he rehabbed an ACL injury. He watched from the bench early in the game.

Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson each had 27 points for the Clippers.

Young’s 38 lift Hawks past Cavs for No. 8 playoff seed

CLEVELAND (AP) When the final horn sounded and Trae Young’s work was done, he slammed the ball off the floor, sending it spinning skyward. He then turned and waved goodbye to the Cleveland fans retreating to the the exits.

So cold.

Ice Trae stings again.

Young scored 32 of his 38 points in the second half and the Atlanta Hawks overcame losing center Clint Capela to a knee injury to beat the Cavaliers 107-101 in the play-in on Friday night and earn the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 playoff seed.

Young started slowly for the second straight game, but the All-Star with the chilly nickname for his ability to take over games with one of the NBA’s deadliest shooting strokes heated up when it mattered most.

“He made shots from the jump circle,” marveled Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff.

Young scored 16 points in third quarter to rally the Hawks from a 10-point halftime deficit, and added another 16 in the fourth to finish off the Cavs, whose inexperience showed throughout the second half.

Bogdan Bogdanovic added 19 points for Atlanta, which will play No. 1 seed Miami in the first round. Game 1 is Sunday in South Florida.

“We took care of business,” Young said. “It’s a testament to our team that we kept fighting and finished the job.”

The Hawks, who made it to the conference finals a year ago, may have to go forward without Capela. The 6-foot-10 center hyperextended his right knee late in the first half, had to be helped from the floor and couldn’t return. He will have an MRI exam in Miami.

Capela’s loss forced all of the Hawks to step up, especially on the boards. But it was Young, making 10 of his last 14 shots, who kept their season alive.

“Trae has a great deal of confidence in his game, his ability and he continued to believe,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “I didn’t see any panic in his play. He came out in the second half, remained aggressive. Those shots started to fall, the same shots that he was taking the first half, they started to fall in the second half.”

Lauri Markkanen scored 26 and Darius Garland 21 for the young Cavaliers, whose unexpected season fell just shy of a playoff berth.

Cleveland hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2018, and the Cavs haven’t been to the postseason without LeBron James on their roster since 1998.

As if to add insult to injury, James tweeted an emoji of an ice cube in the closing seconds – a nod to Young – as the Hawks were ending Cleveland’s turnaround season.

Mike Bossy, Islanders great, 4-time Cup champion, dies at 65

(AP) — Mike Bossy flopped to the ice as the puck went in, then scrambled to his feet and leaped into the air to celebrate scoring another goal. It was a familiar sight as the New York Islanders were on their way to their third of four consecutive Stanley Cup titles.

Bossy danced on his skates the same way after his 50th goal in 50 games, but so many other times, his reaction was more muted simply because he scored so much and so often, more than almost anyone in the long history of the NHL.

The Hockey Hall of Famer died Thursday night of lung cancer. Bossy was 65.

“Though containing him was the obsession of opposing coaches and checking him the focus of opposing players, Bossy’s brilliance was unstoppable and his production relentless throughout his entire career,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday. “He thrilled fans like few others.”

An Islanders spokesman said Bossy was in his native Montreal, where the team will play Friday night against the Canadiens. Before taking the ice on an emotional night at Bell Centre, Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier shared what Bossy meant to his family and career.

“Mike Bossy was a name often mentioned in my household growing up as my father idolized him,” Beauvillier wrote on Instagram. “He would tell stories about how good of a goal scorer he is and how he would make it so easy. When I first put the (Islanders) jersey on. it’s the first thing my dad told me `Same team as Mike.’ It’s always been an honor for me wearing the same jersey as Mike.”

Bossy helped the Islanders win the Stanley Cup four straight years from 1980-83, earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1982. He scored the Cup-winning goal in 1982 and ’83 – one of just two players to do so in back-to-back seasons.

“That’s certainly something I’m proud of,” Bossy said in 1983 after scoring the second Cup-winning goal.

Bossy was a first-round pick in 1977 and played his entire 10-year NHL career with New York. He won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year, got the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly conduct three times and led the league in goals twice.

Bossy scored 50 or more goals in each of his first nine seasons – the league’s longest streak. He and Wayne Gretzky are the only players in hockey history with nine 50-goal seasons.

“The New York Islanders organization mourns the loss of Mike Bossy, an icon not only on Long Island but the entire hockey world,” Islanders president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said. “His drive to be the best every time he stepped on the ice was second to none. Along with his teammates, he helped win four straight Stanley Cup championships, shaping the history of this franchise forever.”

Bossy was just the second player to score 50 goals in 50 games – a feat that has only been matched three times since. He remains the all-time leader in goals per game in the regular season at 0.762, and only two players have recorded more hat tricks than Bossy’s 39.

He ranks third in points a game and seventh on the all-time scoring list. Those are all in the regular season when Bossy put up some of the best numbers in the history of the game. In the playoffs, Bossy was even more clutch. He is the only player with four game-winners in the same playoff series and he scored three playoff overtime goals.

Led by Bossy, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier and defenseman Denis Potvin, the Islanders succeeded Scotty Bowman’s 1970s Montreal Canadiens as the NHL’s next dynasty before Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers took over the sport.

Bossy was an eight-time All-Star and finished with 573 goals and 553 assists for 1,126 points in 752 regular-season games. He was the fastest player to reach the 100-goal mark and currently ranks 22nd on the career goals list. In the playoffs, Bossy had 160 points in 129 games.

Back and knee injuries ultimately ended his career in 1987. He was limited to 38 goals in 63 games and unable to return for an 11th season.

Bossy revealed his cancer diagnosis in October in a letter to TVA Sports. He wrote in French: “It is with a lot of sadness that I need to step away from your screens, for a necessary pause. I intend to fight with all the determination and fire you’ve seen me show on the ice.”

It’s the third loss from that Islanders era this year. Fellow Hall of Famer Gillies died in January and Jean Potvin died in March.

Daughter Tanya Bossy said her father was “no longer in pain.”

“My dad loved hockey, sure, but first and foremost he loved life,” she said in a statement in French on behalf of the Bossy family. “Until the end of his journey, he hung on. He wanted to live more than anything.”

Bossy was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991 and in 2017 was named one of the NHL’s 100 greatest players.

Before reaching the NHL, Bossy played five seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Laval National. He had 602 points in 298 QMJHL games. Bossy also represented Canada at the Canada Cup in 1981 and 1984, long before NHL players began competing at the Winter Olympics.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

East-leading Panthers beat Jets 6-1, win streak at 9 games

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves, Jonathan Huberdeau and Gustav Forsling each scored twice and the Florida Panthers won their ninth straight game, beating the Winnipeg Jets 6-1 on Friday night.

Bobrovsky picked up win number 36 for the season, a franchise record.

“It’s a team record. It’s not about me. It’s all about the team,” Bobrovsky said. “By myself I’m nothing, but as a team we’re strong.”

Huberdeau, who also picked up an assist, had two goals in the first five minutes. He has 30 goals this season, and extended his career-best points streak to 13 games, joining Mike Hoffman (17 in 2018-19) and Pavel Bure (13 in 1999-2000) as the only Panthers to have point streaks of 13 or more games.

“We have a special team. We’re excited for what’s coming up,” Huberdeau said.

Mason Marchment and Maxim Mamin also scored, and Claude Giroux had three assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Panthers, who have the longest active win streak in the NHL. Florida has 112 points, two behind Colorado in the race for the most in the NHL. Both teams have eight games remaining.

“I thought he (Bobrovsky) was rock solid tonight,” interim coach Andrew Brunette said. “He was dialed in and played exceptionally well. He’s had a great season.”

Nikolaj Ehlers scored for the Jets. Connor Hellebuyck allowed four goals on 26 shots before being replaced by Eric Comrie at the start of the third period. Comrie had 15 stops.

Ehlers goal 1:07 into the third period cut Florida’s lead to 4-1, but the Panthers answered less than a minute later with a goal by Marchment to make it 5-1. Mamin’s goal with 13 minutes left made it 6-1.

“We look at the result here tonight and it’s extremely disappointing,” interim coach Dave Lowry said. “It’s not pretty hockey. Everybody wants to score a pretty goal and make highlight-reel goals. We have to play direct and play in a straight line. The way we played isn’t winning hockey.”

Forsling stretched the Panthers’ lead to 3-0 on his first goal 2:56 of the second. Forsling had just exited the penalty box when he grabbed the puck, skated in and backhanded the puck past Hellebuyck.

“It’s not every day I come out of the box like that. I think that might have been my first backhand goal ever, so that felt good for sure,” Forsling said.

Forsling’s second tally, from the high slot on a pass from Huberdeau, extended the lead to 4-0 with 3:39 left in the second.

Huberdeau’s first goal gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead 2:03 in. Giroux’s shot from the high slot ricocheted off the board and in front to Huberdeau, who flipped the puck into the net.

The Panthers took a 2-0 lead when Huberdeau took a pass from Giroux on the right side and slid the puck under Hellebuyck’s pad at 4:47 of the first.

“We didn’t come out ready to play,” Ehlers said. “Our line gets scored on the first two shifts. Straight up, that’s not good enough. They’re a great team and we’re not good enough.”

Bases-loaded intentional walk part of Angels’ win over Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Angels manager Joe Maddon ordered the second bases-loaded intentional walk of his career and only the third in the majors since at least 1950, and Shohei Ohtani homered twice to lead Los Angeles past the Texas Rangers 9-6 on Friday night.

Corey Seager joins Barry Bonds in 1998 and Josh Hamilton in 2008 in being given first base with the bases full. Hamilton’s free pass was also called by Maddon, who was then managing the Tampa Bay Rays against the Rangers.

Maddon visited with Austin Warren, who had walked his only previous batter to load the bases in the fourth inning with one out, then signaled that Los Angeles wanted to walk Seager, the two-time All-Star who joined Texas this season on a 10-year, $325 million contract. Charlie Culberson scored to put Texas ahead 4-2.

Maddon called his visit to the mound “a Hallmark kind of moment.”

“I thought by walking Seager there, of course, just trying to stay out of a big blow,” Maddon said. “And also just to stir the group up, quite frankly.

“I walked out there and looked at (Warren). I said, `How `bout …’ and then he kind of said, `Putting him on.’ I said, `Yeah, how `bout putting him on?’ And he kind of smiled. And then the infielders kind of dug it, too.”

Warren admitted he was surprised. “But, I mean, I’m not going to tell Joe Maddon no,” he said.

“Maybe he hits a grand slam. Maybe he hits into a double play,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said.

Mitch Garver followed with a sacrifice fly to the warning track, and Warren later balked in Marcus Semien to make it 6-2. The Angels answered with a five-run fifth that included Ohtani’s second homer to lead 7-6.

“The balk’s what really hurt,” Maddon said. “The balk made it a two-run moment as opposed to a one-run moment, which I was perfectly happy with.”

Turner, Dodgers top Reds 3-1 on Jackie Robinson Day

LOS ANGELES (AP) Trea Turner extended his hitting streak to 26 games with an RBI triple and Gavin Lux scored two runs while reaching base three times in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Chris Taylor had an early run-scoring triple as the Dodgers punctuated Jackie Robinson Day with their fourth consecutive win in front of a sellout crowd, including thousands wearing giveaway replicas of Robinson’s first Brooklyn jersey.

Kyle Farmer had an RBI single in the Reds’ fourth consecutive loss.

Tony Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson (1-0) pitched four solid innings apiece for the Dodgers while teaming up for long appearances in the same game for the second time this season. Anderson came in on relief and yielded two hits while earning his first victory for the club that signed him four weeks ago.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his second save with his new team, the first at Dodger Stadium.

Vladimir Gutierrez (0-2) yielded three runs on five hits and three walks while pitching into the fifth inning for Cincinnati.

The Dodgers scored in the second when Taylor singled home Max Muncy, but Aristides Aquino made an excellent throw from left to get Justin Turner at the plate for the third out.

Lux then singled in the third and scored on a triple by Trea Turner, the 2021 major league batting champion. He hasn’t cooled off to begin his first full season in LA, extending the hitting streak that began last Sept. 12.

Incredibly, Trea Turner has a hit in 53 of his 59 games with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with nobody out and chased Gutierrez after Lux’s leadoff triple in the fifth, but reliever Jeff Hoffman limited the damage to one run on a two-out walk to Turner.

Anderson knocked off Joey Votto’s helmet with an errant 2-2 changeup leading off the sixth. Votto took enough offense that players from both teams stepped out of their dugout before calm prevailed. Farmer singled home Aquino with Cincinnati’s only run later in the inning.

Gonsolin kept the Reds scoreless despite not throwing a 1-2-3 inning. He yielded three hits and three walks with 11 swing-and-misses.

Trejo’s 3-run homer leads Rockies over Cubs 6-5

DENVER (AP) Alan Trejo hit a three-run homer in his second at-bat this season, and the Colorado Rockies overcame a tough start by German Marquez to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Friday night.

C.J. Cron also went deep and Kris Bryant had two hits against his former team.

Trejo didn’t play in Colorado’s first six games but came through in his 2022 debut. His home run off Marcus Stroman (0-1) in the fourth turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead.

“It feels great to contribute finally, getting in the lineup and helping the team,” Trejo said.

Trejo said a coach told him about four hours before the game he was starting, and manager Bud Black’s hunch worked out.

“The ex-coach of the Nuggets George Karl said, `You can’t hesitate to use your bench players because when they come through, it’s a big lift for the whole team,`” Black said.

Marquez allowed four runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Ty Blach (1-0) followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Daniel Bard, the Rockies’ sixth pitcher, got three outs for his second save.

Chicago went ahead with two runs in the second and another in the third.

The Rockies got to Stroman in the fourth. Sam Hilliard had a two-run double down the right-field line, Garrett Hampson walked and Trejo homered into the left-field seats.

“It started with a soft single from (Kris Bryant),” manager David Ross said of Stroman’s fourth inning. “I thought the real turning point was when he fell off the mound. I feel like he’s a rhythm pitcher that’s where he didn’t regroup after that.”

Jonathan Villar hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth, but Cron hit a solo shot in the bottom of the inning.

Patrick Wisdom hit a two-out RBI double in the ninth before Alfonso Rivas popped out.

Rookie Torkelson’s 2-run bomb sends Tigers past Royals 2-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Rookie Spencer Torkelson hit a long two-run homer and had two of Detroit’s three hits, and the Tigers handed the Kansas City Royals their fifth straight loss, 2-1 on Friday night.

Miguel Cabrera doubled with one out in the seventh, leaving him five hits shy of 3,000. Torkelson followed one out later with a 432-foot bomb to left off Brad Keller, the second of his career. The rookie also had a two-out single in the fifth.

“It’s a big emotional hit,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “A big swing like that put a jolt in the dugout. It’s a great way to stamp his arrival.”

“It’s a really special moment,” Torkelson said. “That inning doesn’t happen without (Cabrera’s) double.”

Tarik Skubal fanned six of the first eight Royals batters and retired the first 11 before Salvador Perez squeezed a grounder through the left side for the game’s first hit with two out in the fourth.

“I felt pretty synced up to kind of incorporate the things I was working on,” Skubal said. “I felt good from the start.”

Jacob Barnes (1-0) worked 1 1/3 hitless innings, Joe Jimenez handled the eighth and Michael Fulmer pitched a perfect ninth for his first save as the Tigers combined on a five-hitter.

Keller (0-1) didn’t allow a baserunner until a fourth-inning walk to Austin Meadows. He worked seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Skubal finished with seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings, and the only run he gave up was unearned. Andrew Benintendi reached with two out in the fourth on an error by shortstop Harold Castro, and Carlos Santana then singled to drive in Perez.

“He came in and established himself in the strike zone, which got them in swing mode, and then he’s got the nasty slider,” Hinch said of his starter. “There’s just a lot to like with the way he attacked the hitters. He made some really big pitches.”

Burger homers, Cease deals for White Sox in 3-2 vs Rays

CHICAGO (AP) Rookie slugger Jake Burger had a solo homer and an RBI single, Dylan Cease dominated into the sixth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Friday night.

Cease (2-0) struck out eight and allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings. Gavin Sheets and Leury Garcia each doubled and scored, and Chicago improved to 5-2 for its best start since 2016.

“I felt great about this one,” Cease said. “I felt my command and feel was a lot better.”

Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Diaz doubled in runs off reliever Aaron Bummer in Tampa Bay’s third straight loss. The Rays have dropped four of five after starting the season 3-0.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash credited Cease with keeping his team off balance.

“He’s got good stuff,” Cash said. “You understand from the side why he strikes so many people out.”

Cease gave up three hits and two walks but was otherwise overwhelming coming off a strong season debut in Detroit on Sunday. The right-hander threw 91 pitches before Bummer entered with two outs in the sixth and Brandon Lowe on first. Choi and Diaz hit consecutive doubles to get Tampa Bay on the board.

The 26-year-old Burger was a first-round pick in 2017 but didn’t play at all between 2018-20 due to injuries – including tearing his left Achilles tendon twice – and the pandemic. He reached the majors last year for 15 games and now has a pair of two-hit games in five appearances this season.

“Every day I’m blessed to be playing this sport,” Burger said. “I was sitting on my couch and rehabbing two years and I’m just super thankful to get the opportunity I get every day.”

Burger was at third with Yoan Moncada sidelined with an oblique strain.

“The scouting report, they’re going to have a hard time trying to figure out how to pitch to him,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “He does a lot of good things at the plate and one of them is he can handle tough pitches.”

Kendall Graveman fanned two in a perfect eighth. Liam Hendriks tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

“We’re just not locked in right now,” Cash said. “It’s fair to say we’ve got one or two guys, namely Wander (Franco) and Ji-Man, and outside of that we’ve got guys who are still trying to get their comfort zone.”

Drew Rasmussen (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings.

The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second when Sheets scored from third on Rasmussen’s wild pitch.

Burger hit Rasmussen’s first pitch in the third deep to left center for his first homer this season and a 2-0 lead. Burger singled in Garcia during the fifth to make it 3-0.

Rays right fielder Brett Phillips made a diving catch to rob Yasmani Grandal of a hit in the sixth inning.

Cardinals capitalize on fast start to trounce Brewers 10-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) Miles Mikolas made the most of the early lead the fast-starting St. Louis Cardinals lineup provided him.

Mikolas carried a one-hitter into the seventh inning and Tommy Edman and Nolan Arenado each homered as the Cardinals rolled to a 10-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

“Our goal was if we could control the strike zone, we could control the counts,” Mikolas said. “And if we could do that, then we could do our best to control the game and keep things in our favor.”

St. Louis’ hitters made Mikolas’ job easier by scoring four runs in a first-inning rally that began with two outs and nobody on base.

The Cardinals have outscored opponents 12-2 in the first inning through six games. They’ve been held scoreless in the first inning just once.

“To go out there and know you’ve got some cushion, it’s good and I think it helps a starter really attack the zone,” Mikolas said.

Mikolas (1-0) struck out seven and allowed one run, three hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings. The only hit he allowed through the first six innings came on a Rowdy Tellez single in the second.

Milwaukee managed just six hits against the combination of Mikolas, Nick Wittgren and Andre Pallante. Christian Yelich struck out in each of his four plate appearances.

“He had everything working,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Mikolas. “That was kind of the story tonight. The curveball was good. The slider was good. His fastball was located. It didn’t feel like we got many balls to hit.”

Brewers starter Freddy Peralta (0-1) wasn’t nearly as effective.

After retiring his first two batters, Peralta allowed nine of the next 11 to reach on six hits, two walks and a hit batter. That allowed the Cardinals to build a 6-0 lead in the first two innings.

“When our leadoff guy’s getting his third at bat before their nine hitter gets their first, I’m in on that,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol quipped.

The Cardinals’ first-inning outburst started with Tyler O’Neill’s two-out double. After Peralta loaded the bases with walks to Arenado and Lars Nootbaar, Harrison Bader and Andrew Knizner delivered two-run singles.

“O’Neill hit a really good pitch,” Counsell said. “(Peralta) was a little cautious with Arenado, then couldn’t put away a hitter after that and they put together a real good inning.”

Peralta has allowed seven first-inning runs in two starts this season. This time, his struggles lasted well beyond the opening frame.

The 2021 All-Star right-hander hit Dylan Carlson with a pitch to start the second inning. Paul Goldschmidt doubled home Carlson and scored on an Arenado single to make it 6-0.

Peralta struck out four in three innings but allowed six earned runs, seven hits and two walks.

Edman hit a two-run shot off Jose Urena in the fifth to make it 8-0. Edman also homered Thursday in the Cardinals’ 5-1 loss at Milwaukee.

“It was funny, I was telling Paul (DeJong) this is the only (NL) Central park I don’t have a home run in yet, and then I hit two in the last two days,” Edman said.

The Brewers scored their lone run in the seventh when Omar Narvaez greeted Wittgren with a two-out RBI single.

Arenado closed the scoring with a two-run shot off Brent Suter in the ninth.

3 known Chelsea bids left after Cubs owners drop buyout plan

(AP) — The owners of the Chicago Cubs dropped their interest in buying Chelsea, leaving three remaining bids for the enforced sale of the Premier League club by sanctioned Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

The bid was being led by Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts but faced opposition from Chelsea fans over Islamophobic comments by his father, Joe, that featured in leaked emails three years ago.

The consortium, which also featured American investors Ken Griffin and Dan Gilbert, did not directly address the “issues” that prevented them pursuing the bid ahead of Thursday’s deadline for final submissions.

“The Ricketts-Griffin-Gilbert Group has decided, after careful consideration, not to submit a final bid for Chelsea FC,” the group said in a statement. “In the process of finalizing their proposal, it became increasingly clear that certain issues could not be addressed given the unusual dynamics around the sales process. We have great admiration for Chelsea and its fans, and we wish the new owners well.”

The remaining three known bids also involve North American sports team investors.

Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca has partnered with Larry Tanenbaum, who has ownership stakes in Toronto with the NBA’s Raptors, the NHL’s Maple Leafs and the city’s MLS team. Peter Guber, a part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is also backing in the group.

Another part-owner of the Dodgers, Todd Boehly, is leading another consortium.

The third remaining known group is fronted by former Liverpool and British Airways chairman Martin Broughton with planned investment by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who own the Philadelphia 76ers and have stakes in Premier League club Crystal Palace.

A New York-based merchant bank, the Raine Group, has been overseeing the sale process that was announced last month by Abramovich following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The oligarch has been sanctioned by Britain and the European Union over his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin with assets frozen, including Chelsea.

Abramovich has been disqualified from running the reigning European champions by the Premier League and he cannot profit from the proceeds of the sale, which the British government must sign off under terms of a license that allows the team to continue operating.

Chelsea’s Champions League title defense was ended by Real Madrid on Tuesday but Thomas Tuchel’s team is on course to qualify for the lucrative UEFA competition next season as it is third in the Premier League. Chelsea remains in contention for the FA Cup with a semifinal match against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Nimmo, Canha on IL after Mets coach tests positive

NEW YORK (AP) Mets outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Mark Canha were placed on the injured list Friday after a New York coach tested positive for COVID-19.

Neither player was with the team for its home opener at Citi Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Mets manager Buck Showalter, without identifying the coach, confirmed that a member of his staff tested positive for the coronavirus and was absent Friday.

The team did not say whether Nimmo and Canha tested positive. Showalter would not say whether either player is vaccinated against COVID-19, but did acknowledge the rules for returning to the roster under baseball’s new labor agreement are different for players who are vaccinated versus those who aren’t.

“I tested negative,” Showalter said. “But we don’t need me.”

Versatile second baseman Jeff McNeil moved to left field in Canha’s place, and Travis Jankowski started for Nimmo in center. Robinson Cano played second base.

Canha missed out on his first home opener with the Mets after signing a $26.5 million, two-year contract as a free agent in November. He batted .381 (8 for 21) with four walks on New York’s 5-2 road trip to begin the season.

Nimmo, who had homered in consecutive games, may have missed his final home opener with the Mets – he can become a free agent next offseason. The sharp-eyed leadoff hitter was 8 for 24 (.333) with six runs and four walks on the road trip to Washington and Philadelphia.

“It’s part of life in the 2020s, let alone baseball,” Showalter said. “We all kind of depend on each other to do the right thing.”

To replace them on the active roster, the Mets recalled outfielder Nick Plummer from Triple-A Syracuse and selected infielder Matt Reynolds from Syracuse.

“That’s why you prepare for these things,” Showalter said. “Got a couple other people standing by in case we need it.”

Tar Heels’ Black opts to return for 5th year after NCAA run

(AP) — North Carolina wing Leaky Black is returning for a fifth year available due to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing another boost to the Tar Heels after their improbable run to the NCAA championship game.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound Black announced his decision to return Friday in a social-media video. The NCAA in October 2020 granted basketball and other winter-sports athletes in Division I an additional year of eligibility if they competed during the 2020-21 season.

Black is the team’s top defensive player, capable of defending multiple positions. He averaged 4.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a full-time starter.

“He’s the best defensive player in the country,” UNC coach Hubert Davis said in a statement. “His commitment, leadership and personality are what keeps this team so close.”

Black’s decision comes two days after big man Armando Bacot said he’s coming back for his senior season instead of leaving to pursue a professional career. While floor-stretching big man Brady Manek will depart, Black and Bacot are set to join guard R.J. Davis as returning starters from a No. 8 regional seed that reached the NCAA final before falling to Kansas.

That core could grow stronger depending on the future plans of sophomore Caleb Love.

A potential second-round NBA draft prospect, the 6-4 guard averaged 15.9 points with fearless and game-changing scoring potential – most notably with his 27 second-half points against UCLA in the Sweet 16 and 28 points against Duke in the Final Four.

ESPN’s Vitale rings bell in celebration of being cancer free

(AP) — Dick Vitale smiled. “Hey, ring that bell baby,” he said. “Ring that bell.”

This time, Vitale wasn’t calling a big dunk or a clutch play by another college basketball star. It was his own victory, his own Big Dance in April.

The famed college basketball figure, a former coach and longtime broadcaster for ESPN, is celebrating after finishing chemotherapy at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida. He tweeted Thursday that he was cancer-free, and posted a video of himself ringing the bell in excitement.

Vitale, 82, said in the fall he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, months after multiple surgeries to remove melanoma. He has chronicled his treatments and recovery on social media, posting photos of doctor visits and hospital stays while issuing motivational tips recorded before he was put on voice rest.

Vitale has been with ESPN since 1979, the year the network launched. He called ESPN’s first college basketball broadcast.

For nearly as long as Vitale has been a part of college basketball, he has been fighting against cancer. He helped friend Jim Valvano to the stage at the ESPYs, where Valvano delivered his iconic “Don’t give up” speech.

A prominent fundraiser for children’s cancer research, Vitale is planning his 17th annual Dick Vitale Gala in early May in Sarasota. The event has raised more than $50 million for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

FedEx Cup champ Cantlay takes RBC Heritage lead into weekend

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay birdied the final four holes Friday for a 4-under 67 and take a two-stroke lead over Robert Streb halfway through the RBC Heritage.

After dropping back with bogeys on the 11th and 14th holes, Cantlay turned it around on the most difficult stretch at Harbour Town Golf Links with the late birdie run in strong wind swirling off Calibogue Sound.

Cantlay had a 9-under 133 total.

Streb also had a 67. He appeared to be in position to take the lead into the weekend when he birdied No. 8 – his 17th hole of the day – to reach 7 under.

But Cantlay’s accurate irons and hot putter moved him back on top. The run started with a 13-foot birdie putt on 15. He caught Streb a hole later with a 10-footer. Cantlay stuck his tee shot on the par-3 17th within 8 feet for his go-ahead birdie, then rolled in a 21-footer on the par-4 18th.

“Obviously, that’s a dream finish,” Cantlay said. “I finally rolled in some putts and that was really nice to see going into the weekend.”

Tour rookie Cameron Young went from his eye-popping debut of 63 on Thursday to a 73 in his second time around Harbour Town. Still, it was good enough to tie for third with Joel Dahmen, Cameron Tringale, Erik van Rooyen and Aaron Wise – three shots behind Cantlay.

Dahmen, Tringale and van Rooyen had 67s to match Cantley and Streb for low round of the day. round. Wise shot a 68.

Among the six another stroke behind at 5 under were three-time major champion Jordan Spieth and past RBC winner Matt Kuchar. Spieth had a 68, and Kuchar shot 69. In all, it looks like a weekend shootout with 33 players within six shots of Cantlay.

Cantlay’s steady and mindful approach to golf seems ready-made for Harbour Town. He’s had two thirds and a seventh in four appearances here and made $878,178.50 – and that’s with missing the cut a year ago.

Cantlay expects more wind and doesn’t expect play much differently than he’s done so far. “Just staying with my game plan and continue to leave the golf ball in the right spots, which is paramount around this place, I think is the key,” he said.

Streb, who last won The RSM Classic in November 2020, has had a terrible experience at Harbour Town, missing the cut in four of his six career appearances. His best showing was a tie for 44th in 2015.

“Haven’t played fantastic around this place, so getting it around in the wind was really good for me,” he said.

Young shot a bogey-free 63 on Thursday in his course debut, the 24-year-old making Pete Dye’s treacherous layout look like a roadside pitch-and-putt. Young kept up his stellar play with a birdie on his first hole, the 10th, to reach 9 under. Then he, like so many others before, felt Harbour Town’s full fury.

Young had bogeys on the 14th, 15th and 18th holes, then a double bogey on the par-3 fourth. Still, the rookie is just another strong round from contention for his first tour victory.

“I feel like I’m hitting it really nicely and every chance I have to put myself in the fairway, even if it’s 20 yards farther back, I think I’m going to take a lot of those chances,” Young said.

The wind, with gusts of more than 20 mph much of the round, had a significant impact. After only seven holes played over par Thursday, 11 holes did Friday.

A couple of top draws won’t be around for the weekend.

South Carolina native and world No. 9 Dustin Johnson went 71-72 to shoot 1 over and fall to 0-10 in PGA Tour events he’s played in his home state.

Cameron Smith, tied for third last week at Augusta National, also finished at 1 over to miss his first cut since the Sony Open in January. He shot 73-70.

Morgan Hoffmann, in his first PGA Tour event since October 2019 due to his muscular dystrophy, came up a shot short of the cut, too, also finishing at 1 over with rounds of 71 and 72.

Hyo Joo Kim maintain 3-shot lead in windy LOTTE Championship

EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) Hyo Joo Kim rallied with two late birdies for an even-par 72 to maintain a three-stroke lead Friday in the LPGA Tour’s LOTTE Championship.

After dropping strokes on the par-4 seventh and par-3 12th with her only bogeys of the week at breezy Hoakalei Country Club, Kim birdied the par-4 14th and par-5 18th to get back to 10 under with one round left.

“It was very windy today,” said Kim, the 26-year-old South Korean player who won the last of her four LPGA Tour titles in 2019. “There was a lot of wind going back and forth. I think it was difficult because it was not specifically (from one) direction. The pin position was also difficult compared to the first and second rounds. I had a hard time in that regard.”

Kim nearly holed out from a greenside bunker for eagle on 18.

“It was very important because it was a matter of over par or not. I had a chance at the 16th hole, but I missed so I was a little angry,” said Kim, the winner of the major Evian Championship in 2014. “Now I feel much better since I made a birdie on the last hole.”

American Brianna Do (67) and Japan’s Hinako Shibuno (68) were tied for second. Sunday qualifier Do birdied the first three holes.

“It’s kind of nice starting off with a par 5,” Do said. “You go driver, 3-wood and then you have a wedge in hand. Yeah, starting with a birdie always helps. It calms the nerves and kind of gets you settled into the round.”

Do ran into trouble on the difficult 16th hole, which features a split fairway and multiple water features. Her tee shot found a bunker on an adjacent hole, her second hit a nearby tree and left her a shot out of the rough. With her third shot, however, Do found the green from over 200 yards and she went on to two-putt for bogey.

“I thought I hit a good drive,” Do said. “It’s just the wind pushed it a little more and I didn’t see it because there were just some trees over there, but I’m guessing it got an unfortunate kick into that bunker on 12, I think,” Do said.

Shibuno had a bogey-free round.

“Putting was more stronger, and so, yeah that makes me birdie,” Shibuno said.

Somi Lee and Stephanie Meadow were 6 under. They each shot 69.

Too dusty: NASCAR working on visibility at dirty Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Kyle Busch took a long pause to carefully choose how to describe visibility Friday in the first practice on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“So far better, I guess?” Busch said. “But second half of that practice, you couldn’t see. You put one car in front of you and you can’t see. Two cars? You definitely can’t see. That’s going to be the toughest part, the dust.”

NASCAR brought the Cup Series back to the Tennessee dirt for a second consecutive year as Speedway Motorsports transformed its Bristol bullring for a Sunday night race. It will be the first time NASCAR races on Easter Sunday in more than 30 years in a scheduling choice by Fox Sports to attract more eyeballs.

The race will run at night after the first dirt Cup race since 1970 last year had mixed results. The 30,000 tons of red Tennessee clay used to cover the concrete made Bristol a dustbowl that had dangerously poor visibility when combined with the glare of the sun.

“We have to race at night,” said Joey Logano, who won the Bristol dirt race last year. “That was important. Because you just couldn’t even see the cars, and it was unsafe inside the car.”

Speedway Motorsports made changes to the track, as well, knocking 3 degrees of banking off to make it 16 degrees at the apron; the track gets progressively steeper closer to the wall. It was done to create multiple racing lines and prevent too much rubber grinding into one slick lane.

Reigning Cup champion Kyle Larson believes more could have been done, specifically the removal of windshields. He feels NASCAR is wasting its time running a pseudo-dirt race and not adopting all of the elements that make the formula a fan favorite.

“If we’re not going to take the windshields out, then why are we racing on dirt?” Larson said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “We just shouldn’t race on dirt if we’re not going to take the windshields out and actually have a dirt race with moisture in the track and being able to produce a real dirt race. I feel like we’re just wasting everybody’s time a little bit and not giving the fans and competitors what we all deserve.”

Larson and Austin Dillon last year were the two main drivers advising Bristol and NASCAR on track prep and both have argued the dirt can’t be watered down and made moist enough with the windshields because they’d become caked with mud. The dirt is instead watered just enough – and that creates the blinding dust the drivers complained about.

Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition, told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio this week that racing without a windshield – which NASCAR tried during a test of the Next Gen car on dirt with driver Stewart Friesen – is too risky.

“The windshield is a critical safety component of our cars,” Miller said. “Highly developed laminate. Really resistant to intrusion of foreign objects. Until we can further vet the possibility of not using a windshield, (we’re going to) stick with the safety element of what we’ve been doing.”

Larson said NASCAR replaced the windshield at the test with chicken wire and the mud that slipped through allegedly stung Friesen’s hands as he drove.

“I would not have felt safe with what they had for testing,” Larson said. “With them putting chicken wire in it, it probably didn’t look like they worked on it very long, like maybe last-minute. I feel like if they would’ve worked on it months ago, then they probably would’ve come up with something safer to put in to keep big things from coming in the cockpit.”

PRACTICE TIME

So many drivers have very little experience racing on dirt so they’ve entered the Truck Series race on Saturday to get extra seat time.

Among those racing Saturday is defending race winner Logano. He and Harrison Burton will both drive for David Gilliland Racing. Austin Dillon will drive for Young’s Motorsports and Chase Elliott will drive for Spire Motorsports, which won last week at Martinsville with William Byron.

RACE FORMAT

The field will be set by heat races and the lineups will be done in a random draw. Drivers will get points to be used to set their starting position Sunday based on where they finish in the heats on a 10-to-1 scale. There is an additional point available for every position improved from where they started the heat to where they finished. Ties in overall points will be broken by owner points.

NASCAR will use double-file restarts but have the option to go single-file for safety purposes. There will be no live pit stops and teams can only change tires and add fuel during the stage breaks, which will be six minutes.

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COLTS NEWS: AP source: Colts solidify secondary by signing Gilmore

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts waited patiently to make a splash in free agency.

Now they’re creating some major ripples.

On Friday, they solidified their secondary by signing 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore to a two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract with the five-time Pro Bowl cornerback had not been announced.

Indy’s secondary needed help after general manager Chris Ballard opted not to re-sign 31-year-old cornerback Xavier Rhodes, a three-time Pro Bowler who struggled in 2021, and traded Rock Ya-Sin to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for 2017 Pro Bowl defensive end Yannick Ngakoue last month.

They still have Pro Bowl cornerback Kenny Moore II, who primarily covers slot receivers, and starting safeties Khari Willis and Julian Blackmon.

They also added free agent safety Rodney McLeod on Thursday. McLeod’s interception against Washington last December helped Philadelphia make the playoffs.

“These guys have made the playoffs, they know what it takes. It’s now how can we get to that next step, and that next step is playing for a world title,” McLeod told local reporters Thursday. “That’s what we all play this sport for and so that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

Earlier this week, Indy signed linebacker Brandon King, a longtime special teams contributor in New England, and safety Armani Watts, a backup with Kansas City. The Colts also announced Friday they had signed former Tennessee offensive tackle Brandon Kemp.

Ballard has typically avoided spending big bucks or handing out long-term contracts to free agents, preferring instead to build through the draft, prioritize players Indy developed and find help through trades.

So signing Gilmore was a major step.

The Colts clearly believe the 31-year-old still can play at a high level despite appearing in nine games during an injury-plagued 2021 season that included being traded from New England to Carolina.

Gilmore’s best season came in 2019, when he had six interceptions and 20 passes defensed, both career highs. He has 427 tackles and 27 interceptions in his 10-year career.

Now he’s joining a defense led by new coordinator Gus Bradley that already included three-time All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard, two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, Moore, Ngakoue and linebacker Bobby Okereke, who finished 14th in the league with 132 tackles last season. Plus, the Colts like what they saw from rookie defensive linemen Kwity Paye and Dayo Odeybingo last season.

Ballard is betting it’s a combination that could make waves in a suddenly star-studded AFC.

Indy also had a hand in this offseason’s wild quarterback carousel. Ballard dealt Carson Wentz to Washington in March. Two weeks later, he acquired 36-year-old Matt Ryan, the league’s 2016 MVP, in a trade with Atlanta.

And now, the Colts think they have the components to return to the playoffs – and compete for a championship.

“I was very impressed and honestly wanted to be a part of it,” McLeod said referring to Indy’s defense. “I think with a few added pieces, a championship is destined.”

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A three-run seventh inning, capped by a two-run single off the bat of catcher Jason Delay, wasn’t enough as the Indianapolis Indians lost their first game of the six-game series to the St. Paul Saints on Friday night, 6-4.

The loss was Indianapolis’ first since last Thursday, April 7, and snapped its winning streak at five games. The streak tied the Indians’ longest of the 2021 season (June 12-18 and Aug. 5-10).

After two scoreless innings to open the game, St. Paul (6-3) put up four runs in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded and one out, Royce Lewis drove in one run with a sacrifice fly and Mark Contreras followed with the first home run of the contest ­ – a three-run shot to right-center field. In the bottom of the sixth inning, a two-run homer off the bat of Curtis Terry extended the lead, putting the Saints beyond striking distance.

The Indianapolis (6-3) offense tallied three runs in the top of the seventh inning to cut the deficit in half. With two outs, Jared Oliva knocked his second double of the game to put the first run on the board, and Delay followed with a single to score two. The Indians tacked on another after a leadoff triple by Mason Martin in the top of the ninth, but the threat ended there.

RHP Cody Bolton (L, 0-1) got the start for Indianapolis and was charged with three earned runs. Five of St. Paul’s six runs came via two longballs in the contest, marking the first time this season the Indians’ pitching staff allowed multiple home runs in one game.

LHP Devin Smeltzer (W, 1-0) tossed 5.0 shutout innings en route to the win, and RHP Juan Minaya (S, 2) retired the final three Indians batters in order after surrendering the leadoff triple to Martin.

The Indians will look to get back on track in tomorrow’s 3:07 PM ET contest at St. Paul. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (1-0, 2.45) will toe the rubber for the Indians to face St. Paul’s LHP Lewis Thorpe (0-0, -.–).

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

INDIANAPOLIS – In the final road trip of the season, the Indy Fuel visited the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday night. Coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period, the Fuel would go on to defeat the Cyclones in their first shootout win of the season.

Taking advantage of a foot race :15 games into the game, Justin Vaive beat a Fuel defenseman and chipped the puck over the shoulder of Mitch Gillam to take an early 1-0 lead. Responding six minutes into the period, Seamus Malone tallied his 21st goal of the season when he fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Sean Bonar.

After earning an early power play, Josh Passolt would give the Cyclones a 2-1 lead when he tapped home a rebound past Gillam. Referee Logan Gruhl would review the goal for goaltender interference and would eventually rule that there was no interference and award the goal. Indy would have two chances on the power play during the second period but would be unable to get anything going. Justin Vaive would give the Cyclones a 3-1 lead with a minute left in the period when he pounced on a rebound and jammed it under a sprawling Gillam.

Earning a power play early in the third period, the Fuel’s Darien Craighead would feed Jared Thomas a pass and he would one-time it into the net for his 19th goal of the season. Tying the game with 7:12 remaining in the period, Bryan Lemos got behind the Cincinnati defense and wristed a puck through the fivehole of Bonar.

Giving the Fuel a 4-3 lead, Chris Van Os-Shaw picked up a loose puck in front of Bonar and chipped it into the net. Taking advantage of a 5-on-3 power play, Patrick Polino jammed home a rebound off of Mitch Gillam, tying the game at four goals each.

Neither team would score in the remaining minutes sending the game to a seven-minute overtime period. After both teams traded chances in overtime, nobody would score, sending the game to a shootout. Both Cincinnati players would fail to beat Mitch Gillam and Darien Craighead and Jared Thomas would both score, giving the Fuel a 5-4 win on Friday night.

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INDIANA BASEBALL

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – It was a back-and-forth game on Friday (April 15) at Bainton Field, as the Indiana baseball program dropped a 5-3 decision to Big Ten-leading Rutgers. The Hoosiers grabbed the early lead, but the Scarlet Knights late rally proved the difference.

Indiana (13-19, 2-5 B1G) got an unearned run in the third inning before a solo home run from Rutgers (28-6, 9-1 B1G) tied the game. Both teams scored in the seventh and eighth innings, with IU pushing one run across in each frame. The Scarlet Knights tallied one in the seventh and three in the eighth – all unearned – to claim the win.

Senior Phillip Glasser was on base four times and posted his team-leading 13th multi-hit game with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate. He doubled twice, walked and scored one run in the contest. Redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen had a pair of hits, walked and scored a run, while junior Hunter Jessee delivered his fifth multi-hit game of the season, one RBI and one run scored.

In his second start of the week, junior John Biagio-Modugno worked four scoreless innings with four strikeouts. He allowed two hits and walked two in a no decision. Junior Ty Bothwell allowed two runs over three innings of work in relief. Freshman Grant Holderfield (2-2) took the loss with three unearned runs allowed on two hits.

Nick Cimillo and Ryan Lasko each hit solo home run, while Evan Sleight drove in two RBIs in the game. Cimillo and Josh Kuroda-Grauer each produced two hits and one RBI in the contest.

Scoring Recap

Top Third

Bobby Whalen walked with two outs and moved first-to-third on a Phillip Glasser single to right field. On the play, the Scarlet Knights shortstop attempted to throw behind the runner at first, but the throw ricocheted off Glasser’s foot and allowed Whalen to scamper home.

Indiana 1, at Rutgers 0

Bottom Fifth

Nick Cimillo hit a solo home run with two outs.

Indiana 1, Rutgers 1

Top Seventh

The first two batters reached on a single and a walk, before back-to-back fly outs manufactured a run. With runners on first and third and one out, Tyler Doanes’ sacrifice fly plated the run.

Indiana 2, Rutgers 1

Bottom Seventh

Ryan Lasko hit a solo home run with one out.

Indiana 2, Rutgers 2

Top Eighth

Whalen singled and moved to third on Glasser’s double down the right field line. After Matthew Ellis was intentionally walked to load the bases, Rutgers cut a run down at the plate. Hunter Jessee then laced a single up the middle to push one across.

Indiana 3, Rutgers 2

Bottom Eighth

A hit-by-pitch and a fielding error put two runners on base with no outs. After a bunt single loaded the bases, a sacrifice fly tied the game. A walk reloaded the bases and a strikeout produced the second out of the frame. Evan Sleight dropped a two-out single down the left field line that scored two and gave Rutgers its first lead of the game.

Rutgers 5, Indiana 3

Up Next

The series will continue at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 with a 1 p.m. from Bainton Field. The games will air live on B1G+ and the Indiana Hoosier Radio Network.

INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– Three Hoosiers picked up singles victories, but Indiana Men’s Tennis dropped the match to No. 61 Wisconsin, 4-3, on Friday.

Wisconsin started strong, winning the doubles point and then No. 1 singles, but after that the Hoosiers found their stride.

Patrick Fletchall and Ilya Tiraspolsky won two of the next three matches to bring Indiana closer and only down 3-2 at that point.

Then, Michael Andre went three sets to pick up a win at No. 5 singles to tie the overall match at 3-3.

The Badgers closed it out with a win at No. 3 singles to clinch a team victory.

Indiana will play in their final home match of the season on Sunday against No. 75 Nebraska.

Wisconsin 4, Indiana 3

Singles Competition

1. Jared Pratt (WIS) def. Carson Haskins (IND) 6-1, 6-0

2. Patrick Fletchall (IND) def. Lenard Soha (WIS) 6-2, 6-4

3. Gabriel Huber (WIS) def. Luka Vukovic (IND) 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

4. Sebastian Vile (WIS) def. Vikash Singh (IND) 6-2, 6-1

5. Michael Andre (IND) def. Robin Parts (WIS) 6-2, 6-2, 6-1

6. Ilya Tiraspolsky (IND) def. Tim Dzhurinsky (WIS) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. Robin Parts/Sebastian Vile (WIS) vs. Carson Haskins/Vikash Singh (IND) 5-1, unfinished

2. Jared Pratt/Tim Dzhurinsky (WIS) def. Ilya Tiraspolsky/Patrick Fletchall (IND) 6-3

3. Lenard Soha/Mihailo Popovic (WIS) def. Michael Andre/Nishanth Basavareddy (IND) 6-1

Order of Finish:

Singles: 1, 2, 4, 6, 5, 3

Doubles: 3, 2

PURDUE TRACK

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Purdue track & field team travels to Louisville, Kentucky, for the Louisville Invitational on Saturday, April 16.

Action at Cardinal Track Stadium begins with field events at noon ET. The Boilermakers’ first running event commences at 1:45 p.m., while the last event of the day is at 5 p.m.

Fans can follow along with live results and the meet schedule (PDF). Updates also can be found by following and connecting with the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Additional information, including direct links to follow along, are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

Sixteen men and 11 women will compete on Saturday. Along host Louisville, the competition will feature Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame.

IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS

Six Boilermakers appear in the third national TFRI top-25 rankings, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Sophomore Safin Wills is No. 8 in the long jump and No. 11 in the triple jump, junior Isaiah Martin is No. 10 in the decathlon, senior Kelly Cook Jr. is No. 20 in the hammer throw, sophomore K’Ja Talley is No. 21 in the 400m hurdles and the women’s 4×100 relay is No. 21.

In the #EventSquad rankings, the Boilermaker men are No. 5 in the long jump, while the women are No. 9 in the 100m and No. 18 in the 200m.

LAST TIME OUT: STRONG SHOWING IN TEXAS AND ILLINOIS

Four top-10 marks in school history were set and Purdue won eight events at a pair of meets last weekend, at the Texas A&M Team Invitational and the Illini Classic. Wills was victorious in the long jump with a top-10 mark, sophomore Kerris Roberts entered the record books in the 200m, the women’s 4×100 relay posted the sixth-fastest time in school history, and sophomore Amaya King improved her shot put mark at No. 7.

A complete recap from day one and day two, including full results, can be found at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

NEXT UP: STAYING IN-STATE

In the penultimate meet of the regular season, the Boilermakers head south next weekend to the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana. The IU-hosted meet is set for April 22-23.

PURDUE WOMEN’S TENNIS

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Purdue women’s tennis team started its final road trip of the regular season with a comeback victory over Rutgers on Friday afternoon, beating the Scarlet Knights 4-1. After dropping doubles, Purdue rolled to the match win with four straight set victories in singles.

Rutgers took an early 1-0 lead after doubles. Csilla Fodor and Seira Shimizu rolled at No. 2 against Jackie Lopez and Kristiana Zahare in a 6-1 win, but the Scarlet Knights won 6-4 and 6-2 at No. 1 and 3, respectively.

Fodor picked up her 27th win of the year with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Tess Fisher at No. 1. The junior moved up to a tie for 10th on the Purdue single-season wins list with Dani Vidal (2012-13), Jennifer Embry (1998-99), Jennifer Rabot (2008-09) and Mary-Beth Maggart (1996-97).

Tara Milic quickly made it 2-1 for Purdue. The freshman rolled over Minchae Kim at No. 3, 6-4, 6-3. Carmen Gallardo Guevara put Purdue within one point of clinching with a 7-6(3), 6-4 win over Lopez at No. 2.

Juana Larranaga sealed the match for the Boilermakers by topping Daira Cardenas at No. 5, 7-6(4), 6-2 in straight sets.

Seira Shimizu and Rut Galindo were both one game away from winning their matches in third sets when play was halted.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers wil head to Maryland for a noon start Sunday in the final road match of the regular season.

PURDUE (11-9, 3-5) – 4, RUTGERS (5-14, 0-8) – 1

Singles

1. Csilla Fodor (PUR) def. Tess Fisher (RU) – 6-2, 6-4

2. Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR) def. Jackie Lopez (RU) – 7-6 (3), 6-4

3. Tara Milic (PUR) def. Minchae Kim (RU) – 6-4, 6-3

4. Rut Galindo (PUR) vs. Sydney Kaplan (RU) – 6-3, 4-6, 5-2 unfinished

5. Juana Larranaga (PUR) def. Daira Cardenas (RU) – 7-6(4), 6-2

6. Seira Shimizu (PUR) vs. Alisa Prinyarus (RU) – 4-6, 6-3, 5-2 unfinished

Doubles

1. Tess Fisher/Alisa Prinyarux (RU) def. Nathalia Wolf Gasparin/Rut Galindo (PUR) – 6-4

2. Csilla Fodor/Seira Shimizu (PUR) def. Jackie Lopez/Kristiana Zahare (RU) – 6-1

3. Minchae Kim/Sydney Kaplan (RU) def. Carmen Gallardo Guevara/Tara Milic (PUR) – 602

Order of Finish

Singles: 1,3,2,5

Doubles: 2,3,1

PURDUE BASEBALL

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Troy Viola and Pablo Lanzarote each connected for an RBI double in a five-run first inning and Eric Hildebrand struck out five of the game’s final eight batters to lead Purdue baseball to an 11-5 victory at Penn State on Friday, evening the three-game series.

Jackson Smeltz fanned seven while surrendering three earned over 6 1/3 innings, improving to 6-0 on the season. He put together his fourth quality start of the season and punched out at least seven for the sixth time in his nine outings.

The Boilermakers (22-8, 4-5 B1G) scored multiple runs in the first inning for the fifth time in the last six games. They also scored five-plus in a frame for the 10th this season.

FRIDAY NOTABLES

• Curtis Washington Jr. and Mike Bolton Jr. both stole their Big Ten-leading 20th bases of the season in the fifth inning. Purdue has two players with at least 20 steals for the first time since 1991.

• Cam Thompson singled and scored in the eighth inning, extending his on-base streak to 30 consecutive games. He’s just the fourth Boilermaker in the last 20 years to post an on-base streak of at least 30 games. It remains the second-longest season-opening streak during that span.

• All nine Boilermakers in the game-opening batting order reached base safely, meaning six other players extended their on-base streaks of at least eight games. That group includes: CJ Valdez (27), Evan Albrecht (22), Washington (18), Troy Viola (11), Paul Toetz (9) and Pablo Lanzarote (8).

• Viola also extended his hit streak to nine consecutive games, matching Albrecht and Valdez for the longest on the team this season.

• Jackson Smeltz is the first Boilermaker to be 6-0 since Ross Learnard did it as an All-American reliever in 2017. Joe Haase and Robert Ramer were the last starters to feature 6-0 marks, doing so during the 2012 Big Ten Championship season. Both Haase and Ramer finished that season with only one loss.

• Eric Hildebrand’s five strikeouts represented a career high. He’s the seventh active Boilermaker to record at least five punchouts while fanning at least half the batters he faced.

Hildebrand issued a walk and hit a batter to load the bases in the seventh inning, allowing the tying run to come to the plate. But he responded by retiring PSU’s No. 3 and 4 hitters to end the threat. The senior went on to work consecutive 1-2-3 innings, striking out the final two batters of both frames.

Purdue capitalized on consecutive errors by the Penn State second baseman in the first inning. After PSU (13-19, 4-6 B1G) failed to get an out on a potential 4-6-3 double play ball, Viola followed with an opposite-field, two-run double. Sam Franco’s deep fly to right field went for a sacrifice fly and Lanzarote also doubled to right field.

The Boilermakers got into the Nittany Lions’ bullpen by the third inning and extended their lead to 9-2 by the middle of the fifth. Purdue drew 10 free passes (7 walks, 3 HBP), with five of those runners either coming around to score or forcing in a run. Three more Boilermakers that reached on defensive miscues came around to score.

Smeltz dominated the three through six portion of the Penn State lineup to the tune of an 0-for-12 showing. He and Lanzarote teamed up for a strike ’em out throw ’em out double play to erase a leadoff single in the third inning. Smeltz struck out at least one batter in all seven innings he started.

With Purdue leading 5-2 and two runners aboard in the third inning, PSU starter Kellan Tulio (2-2) induced what seemed to be a tailor-made double play to shortstop. The Nittany Lions were only able to get an out at second. Consecutive walks followed to force in a run. Paul Toetz hit a slow roller up the first base line but was able to elude the tag of the first baseman while remaining in the box along the line. The umpires discussed the call but declined to change it, leading to the ejection of Penn State head coach Rob Cooper after he continued to argue the decision.

The rubber game of the series is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

PURDUE SOFTBALL

EVANSTON, Ill. – Unable to overcome a three-run first inning, the Purdue softball team (19-22, 2-7 Big Ten) fell at No. 6 Northwestern, 2-14 in five innings.

The Boilermakers totaled five hits in the game, including three in the top of the fifth. Facing one of the top pitchers in the Big Ten and No. 26 in the nation, Purdue was held to one walk. Freshman left fielder Kyndall Bailey and pinch runner Emilee Cox recorded runs.

Purdue put up a fight in the top of the fifth, adding two runs on sac flies and loading the bases when the third out was earned.

Righty Alex Echazarreta received the loss, moving to 9-6 on the season after allowing eight runs on five hits in 1.1 innings of work. Meanwhile, relief pitcher Mo Wimpee tossed 2.1 inninings, holding the Wildcats to one run per inning and recording a pair of strikeouts.

Purdue will be back at Drysdale Field tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET for Game 2 of 3. Fans can watch live on B1G+.

BUTLER BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler recorded an 8-7 victory over Georgetown on Friday afternoon to even the weekend series at 1-1. Game three will now be played at 11:30 AM on Saturday, April 16.

Georgetown led 5-0 after two innings today, but the Bulldogs charged back with a six-run third inning to take the lead. They added solo scores in the fourth and sixth to collect their 16th win of the 2022 campaign.

Scott Jones and Dominic Milano were great at the plate for Butler combining for five RBI and two home runs. Joining them in the RBI column were fellow ‘Dawgs James Gargano, Kollyn All and Nick Ortega.

On the mound, the win went to Derek Drees (3-0) and the save was credited to Lukas Galdoni (2). Drees tossed five innings of relief ball and led all players with eight strikeouts. Galdoni would record the final six outs against the Hoyas without allowing a hit.

The game opened with Georgetown scoring four runs off four hits in the first inning. That lead would swell to 5-0 in the second after a Jake Hyde home run to right field.

The Bulldogs never flinched and would get going offensively in the bottom of the third with a double from Dominic Milano. Ortega and Gargano would follow in the order to collect their RBI’s and Scott Jones would hit a three-run homer to left to tie the game at 5-5. Butler took the lead moments later on an All RBI single to left center that scored Ryan O’Halloran.

The Hoyas tied the score in the top of the fourth, but Butler responded with a Milano solo home run to right to regain the 7-6 lead. Milano’s name was called again in the sixth with an RBI double to right center that scored Billy Wurch. On the day Milano went 3-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. The three hits were all impactful with the homer being surrounded by two doubles.

Georgetown made it a one-run game in the seventh after an Evan Blum solo home run, but Galdoni would close down the shop and allow BU to come out on top 8-7.

As a reminder, game three of the three game series has been pushed up to 11:30 AM. Nick Eaton is slated to start against Matthew Sapienza.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL

Butler coach Thad Matta has finalized his coaching staff for the 2022-23 season with the additions of Mike Pegues and Kevin Kuwik, while retaining David Ragland. All three will serve as assistant coaches.

“When I set out to build a staff, I had a lot of boxes that I wanted to check,” said Matta, who returned to Butler as head coach earlier this month. “I was looking for strong all-around coaches with a focus on player development, recruiting ties and the ability to build relationships with our team. All three have familiarity with Butler or the BIG EAST, and each value winning the right way. I’m excited to have Mike, Kevin and David, along with their families, as part of our program.”

Mike Pegues (View Pegues’s Full Bio)

Pegues most recently served as the interim head coach at Louisville. In all, Pegues (pronounced puh-GEESE) spent four seasons at Louisville, following Chris Mack from Xavier.

“Mike has recruited and developed players at an extremely high level,” said Matta. “This past season under difficult circumstances, Mike embraced his leadership role at Louisville and that experience will be beneficial for both he and Butler. He has played a key role in winning programs at multiple stops and will have an immediate impact here at Butler.”

The Cardinals posted a record of 70-47 in his four seasons at Louisville. Pegues helped the Cardinals build a 2021 recruiting class that ranked 17th in the nation by 247Sports.com, 19th by Rivals.com and 20th by Sports Illustrated. His efforts aided Louisville in assembling an impressive six-man 2019 signing class that ranked ninth in the nation by ESPN.com, 10th by Rivals.com and 11th by 247sports.com.

During Pegues’s six seasons at Xavier (2012-18), the Musketeers produced a 142-67 record (.679) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament on five occasions, reaching an Elite Eight and Sweet 16. Xavier’s 2017-18 squad achieved a 29-6 record, won Xavier’s first BIG EAST Conference regular season championship, earned the school’s first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finished third in the final Associated Press poll. Pegues contributed significantly to Xavier gathering multiple nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including three straight top 20 ranked classes in his final three years there.

Kevin Kuwik (View Kuwik’s Full Bio)

Kuwik returns to Indianapolis after serving on the Davidson staff for the past five seasons. His impressive résumé includes both stints working alongside Matta for two seasons at Ohio State and serving under Brad Stevens at Butler for a single season. Kuwik brings more than 20 seasons of coaching experience with him.

“Kevin was the first call I made when I started to build my staff,” said Matta. “Kevin knows the game and is exceptional at building relationships, two of the most important qualities in a great coach. He is extremely organized and brings a work ethic that is second to none. I’m excited to work with him again, and I know Kevin and his family are excited to be at Butler.”

Kuwik helped Davidson to a record of 101-52 in his five seasons on the Wildcats’ staff, earning NCAA Tournament berths in 2018 and 2022, while making NIT appearances in 2019 and 2021. Davidson posted an impressive mark of 59-24 in Atlantic 10 play during his time at Davidson. 

Before joining Bob McKillop’s Davidson staff, Kuwik spent six seasons at Dayton. While in Dayton, Kuwik helped the Flyers to a 139-65 overall record, 68-31 conference mark and five postseason appearances (four NCAA Tournaments and one NIT), including a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2014.

David Ragland (View Ragland’s Full Bio)

Ragland will remain in the assistant coach position that he held at Butler during the 2021-22 season, which was his first season on the sidelines for the Bulldogs.

Ragland initially joined LaVall Jordan’s Butler staff as an assistant coach in April of 2021.

“David has been successful at a number of programs throughout his career,” said Matta. “He has great relationships with our current roster and has a working knowledge of the teams in the BIG EAST. David brings tremendous energy each and every day, and that will continue to be a huge benefit to Butler and our program.”

Ragland, who helped Utah State to a record of 74-24 over the three seasons prior to joining the Butler staff, arrived in Indianapolis with nearly two decades of experience, including previous assistant coaching stops at Valparaiso, Northern Kentucky, Bowling Green, Indiana State, and Frank Phillips College, as well as his time at Utah State. Ragland also spent two seasons as the head coach at Vincennes University.

Utah State posted at least 20 wins in each of Ragland’s three seasons with the program. The Aggies made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and had earned a spot in the 2020 field as well before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the remainder of the season. Utah State made three consecutive appearances in the Mountain West Tournament championship game, winning the title in both 2019 and 2020. The Aggies posted a 42-13 record in Mountain West games during his time in Logan.

BUTLER WOMEN’S LAX

The Butler women’s lacrosse team will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday. First draw is set for 1 p.m.

Bulldog Bits:

– Campbell Connors has 31 goals and seven assists on the season

– Leah Rubino has nine goals, five assists, 24 caused turnovers, and 44 draw controls

– Greer Bireley has eight goals and 27 assists this season

– Lindsey Schreiber has 22 goals, 12 assists, and 34 draw controls this season

– Aleigh Monroe has played 455 minutes between the pipes this season, recording 57 saves

– Katie McGrath has played 241 minutes in goal and made 31 saves

– Ella Squibb has 33 draw controls this season

– Lindsey Schreiber had three goals and three draw controls vs. Georgetown

– Gabryelle Bodine had two goals against GU

– Greer Bireley had two assists

Last Time Out

In a conference matchup, the Bulldogs fell to the Hoyas 17-7 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs went into the half down 11-2 and were unable to overcome the deficit. Lindsey Schreiber scored three goals for Butler, while Gabryelle Bodine added two. Campbell Connors and Greer Bireley both had two assists. Bodine led Butler with nine shots. Georgetown held a slim edge in shots, 34-30. The Hoyas’ Emily Gaven made ten saves.

Ella Squibb and Schreiber combined for seven of the Bulldogs nine draw controls on the day. Schreiber has 34 draw controls, and Squibb has 33 so far this season. Leah Rubino leads the Bulldogs with 44.

Katie McGrath had six saves for the Bulldogs before giving way to Aleigh Monroe midway through the second period. Monroe added three saves during her 35 minutes of action.

Scouting the Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles were victorious in their last outing when they took down Villanova 19-14 on Saturday. Kyra Lamotte and Meg Bireley each had four goals against Villanova. Shea Garcia and Emma Soccodato each had three against Villanova. Garcia, Soccodato, Lamotte, and Bireley combined for 14 of the Golden Eagles 19 goals.

Graduate Student and former Butler goalie Amanda Rumsey was between the pipes for all 60 minutes against Villanova. Rumsey has played 618 minutes in net this season and has tallied 95 saves.

Up Next

The Bulldogs will travel to Connecticut to take on UConn on Saturday, April 23. First draw is set for 11 a.m.

BUTLER TRACK

Azusa, Calif. – The Butler track and field teams set two new program records and climbed up the school leaderboards in multiple events during a west coast trip this week for the Bryan Clay Invitational.

Thursday

Rebecca Coan and Karmen Koch finished competing in the heptathlon, which had started Wednesday afternoon. Coan broke the school record in the long jump with a 5.88m leap (19′ 3 ½”) as part of her 5107 overall points. Koch finished right behind with 4992 points. The new mark bested Nicole Hudec’s old record of 5.81m set in 2015.

A quartet of Bulldogs finished with some of the top times in the 800m in program history, highlighted by Matthew Wigelsworth’s time of 1:48.92 which ranks second in school history. The time was good for third in his heat 17th overall in a field of 196. Chandler McGaha (1:49.70, fourth), Trey Harris (1:51.67, ninth) and Liam Dennis (1:52.03, twelfth) also finished high on the 800m Butler leaderboard.

In 5000m races, Mia Beckham finished second in her section of 20 with a time of 16:10.00, which now ranks fourth in school history. Kami Hankins (16:10.31) and Laure Bertrand (16:12.01) finished right behind Beckham’s time to stand at 5-6 on the Butler leaderboard in the event. Maddie McLain also set a personal best time of 16:46.86.

Pierre-Louis Detourbe (14:03.78) and Will Minnette (14:15.70) also finished high in their sections of the men’s 5k to set new personal records.

Friday

The Bulldogs picked up where they left off Thursday when it comes to rearranging the program leaderboards.

Zac Stanley posted the third best mark in school history in the long jump with a 7.41m (24′ 3 ¾”) leap. It was good enough for eighth in the field of 68.

Isaac Kane (47.64) and Jacob Uhl (47.86) finished seventh and thirteenth, respectively in 400m dash out of a field of 85. Kane’s time is the second fastest in school history, just three one-hundredths of a second behind Tom Pitkin’s 47.61 set last year.

Kane kept it going in the 200m dash with a time of 21.36 seconds, which was No. 11 in the field of 114. In the women’s 200m race, Rebecca Collester finished with the 32nd best time (24.89) out of the field of 130.

Friday night, Jesse Hamlin bettered his own school record in the 1500m, clocking in at 3:38.85 to place 16th in a field of 145. Liam Dennis also had a personal best in the event with a 3:53.17 time.

In the women’s 1500m race, Corinna Pena set a new personal best with a time of 4:23.72.

Up Next

The Bulldogs stay in state for the Indiana Invitational on Friday and Saturday next week in Bloomington.

BALL STATE BASEBALL

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team returned to the friendly confines of the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex on Friday for a Mid-American Conference matchup with Akron. The Cardinals relied on solid defense, eight runs, and 11 hits on the way to an 8-3 victory over the Zips.

Ryan Peltier led the Cardinals with a 3-for-4 game at the plate, including a solo home run. Amir Wright produced a 3-for-5 game and tied for a game-high two RBIs with two runs scored. Trenton Quartermaine and Nick Powell each went 2-for-5 on the day. Powell tied for a game-high two RBIs. Quartermaine tied for the game-high two runs scored.

Cole has reached base safely in nine-straight games, while Quartermaine has reached safely in seven consecutive. Wright has reached safely in 30 of the 31 games this season.

Trennor O’Donnell had an outstanding day as he tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and picked up the win in six innings of work. He improved to 4-2 on the season.

Akron got on the board first in the top of the third on a Jerry Reinhart solo home run to left field.

Peltier answered in the home half of the third with a solo blast off the scoreboard in left center.

Adam Christianson started things off in the bottom of the fifth as he was hit by a pitch. Peltier followed with a single to give the Cardinals runners on first and second with no outs. Justin Conant flew out to center field and advanced the runners to second and third. The Akron center fielder lost the ball as he was trying to throw the ball in from the outfield and allowed Christianson to score. Peltier had third stolen but slid past the bag and was tagged out. Zach Lane drew a seven-pitch walk and then stole second to gain some momentum for BSU. Wright doubled to left center and drove in Lane. Quartermaine reached on an error by the pitcher has he bobbled a ball at first. Powell singled to the outfield and advanced to second on the throw as Wright scored from third. Matthew Rivera drew a seven-pitch walk to load the bases for the Cardinals. Cole reached base safely as the second baseman made an error and allowed Quartermaine to score. Ball State took a 5-1 lead into the top of the sixth.

The Zips closed the gap with two runs on one hit in the top of the seventh. Akron cut the deficit to 5-3.

Peltier collected his third hit of the day as he started the bottom of the eighth off with a single to third base. Conant reached on a fielder’s choice as Peltier was out at second, but Conant was able to advance to second on a throwing error by the shortstop. Lane grounded out to third base and allowed Conant to move up to third. Wright tallied his second RBI with a single to center and advanced to second on an error by the center fielder. Quartermaine traded places with Wright as he doubled down the right field line. Powell singled to left field to drive in Quartermaine but was thrown out at second as the third baseman cut off the throw going home. The Cardinals took an 8-3 lead into the top of the ninth.

Mac Ayers came into pitch the ninth for BSU. After the Zips got two runners on, Ayers settled down and struck out the final two batters of the game to secure the 8-3 win for the Cardinals.

Maxwell McKee went 2/3 of an inning in relief and surrendered two earned runs on one hit. Ryan Brown tossed a scoreless 1 1/3 innings with a strikeout. Ayers finished with an inning pitched and two strikeouts.

Reinhart led the Zips with a 2-for-3 game with two RBIs and a home run. Taed Heydinger picked up the loss and fell to 1-6 on the year. Heydinger went 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and gave up five runs, two earned, on five hits. Sammy Tortorella went 2 1/3 innings in relief with two strikeouts and scattered just two hits. Joey Herrick added an inning in relief and surrendered three unearned runs on four hits.

With the win, the Cardinals improved to 18-12 overall and 13-2 in MAC play, while the Zips fell to 10-22 overall and 8-13 in the conference. Ball State and Akron return to the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex on Saturday with a twin bill. First pitch of game one is scheduled for noon.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“Today we got an outstanding pitching performance from Trennor O’Donnell. Several hitters contributed but were led by Amir Wright and Ryan Peltier. It was a solid team victory.”

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MIVA Quarterfinals

No. 1 seed Ball State (20-3 ) | No. 8 seed Quincy (4-18)

Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena

Date: April 16 at 7 p.m. ET  | Watch: ESPN3 | Live Stats | Tickets

Last meeting: Ball State 3, Quincy 0 (3/25/22)

NEW ERA: First-year head coach Donan Cruz has started his inaugural season off strong leading the Cardinals to one of their best showings in program history with an overall record of 19-2 and a No. 7 national ranking … The season began with two wins over then ranked No. 1 Hawai’i while also defeating nationally ranked BYU… Prior to taking over the helm of the Cardinals, Cruz was a four-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Coach of the Year at Grand View University … Just the fourth head coach in the storied history of Ball State men’s volleyball, Cruz led the inaugural Grand View men’s team to a 13-13 mark in 2012 season, on his way to compiling a 211-55 overall record with the Vikings … He concluded his Grand View career with the best winning percentage in NAIA men’s volleyball history at .793.

ALSO NEW ON THE STAFF:  Joining Cruz on the Ball State staff are Midwestern Volleyball Association (MIVA) standout and former Lewis University star Mike Iandolo and BYU men’s volleyball alumnus Christian Rupert … Iandolo was a two-time All-MIVA First Team selection and spent the last three season as the head coach at the University of Charleston … Rupert helped lead the Cougars to a pair of appearances NCAA Division I/II Men’s Volleyball Championship Match, and following a brief professional career, spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Princeton.

IN THE NATION: The Cardinals remained at the No. 7 spot in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll. The highest Ball State has ever been ranked was No. 5 and that was in the final poll in 1995. Graduate senior setter Quinn Isaacson still ranks first in the nation among his setting peers with 11.48 assists per set while Ball State as a team also holds the top spot for that same category (12.87). Senior middle blocker Felix Egharevba is first in the nation in blocks per set (1.347) and Kaleb Jenness is third in attacks per set (9.15) and second in kills per set (4.69).

SCOUTING QUINCY: Ball State earned 3-0 sweeps over Quincy in both MIVA regular season matches this year. The Hawks come to Ball State on a six-match losing streak. Quincy went winless in MIVA action this year. The Hawk’s are led by Nathan Lawton who had tallied 238 kills so far this season.

MIVA CHAMPIONS: Ball State men’s volleyball (20-3, 12-2 MIVA) defeated Purdue Fort Wayne (15-2, 6-8 MIVA) 3-1 (33-31, 19-25, 25-22, 29-27) last Saturday night in the Gates Sports Center, earning its first Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season crown outright since the 1997 season. The win also marked Ball State’s first 20-win season since 2016 under the direction of first-year head coach Donan Cruz.  With the win, the Cardinals were able to lock up the No. 1 slot in this weekend’s MIVA Tournament.

IF THE CARDINALS ADVANCE: A Ball State win will advance the Cardinals to the MIVA semifinals on Wednesday in Worthen Arena. Ball State could possibly face-off against the winner of the No. 4 Lewis versus No. 5 Ohio State quarterfinal round.

POSTSEASON ALL-MIVA: Senior outside hitter Kaleb Jenness was voted as the MIVA Player of the Year while also earning All-MIVA First Team honors for the third-straight season. Graduate senior setter Quinn Isaacson along with classmate opposite attacker Angelo Mandilaris were both tabbed to the All-MIVA First Team as well, marking it the second-straight season for Isaacson and the first for Mandilaris. Senior middle attacker Felix Egharevba was selected to the All-MIVA Second Team for back-to-back seasons and Donan Cruz was voted MIVA Coach of the Year. 

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL

CLEMSON, S.C. – Alexis Holloway threw her second no-hitter of the season, third solo no-hitter of her career as the 21st-ranked University of Notre Dame softball team evened the series with 14th-ranked Clemson Friday night with a 4-0 win. This was Holloway’s second seven-inning no-hitter of her career and her second in Atlantic Coast Conference action. The Fighting Irish improve to 31-8 on the season and move to 10-4 in ACC play.

Holloway threw all seven innings without allowing a hit. She surrendered six base runners in the contest, with three walks, a hit batter and two fielder’s choices. She added six strikeouts in the victory. It marks the first time that the Clemson softball program has been no hit in its brief history. Holloway’s first ACC no hitter came her freshman year against NC State on March 10th.

The Irish offense managed eight hits in the contest. Abby Sweet led the charge with a 2-for-3 effort, driving in two and scoring a run of her own. Joley Mitchell added a 2-for-3 performance from the eight-spot of the lineup. Leea Hanks, Emma Clark, Karina Gaskins and Miranda Johnson all added a hit in the win.

After three scoreless innings, the Irish got the scoring started in the top of the fourth. Clark, Sweet and Gaskins hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to put Notre Dame up 2-0.

The Irish doubled up their lead the following inning. Marquez started the frame as she reached on an error on a pop up in the infield. A Hanks single moved her up and a ground ball to the right side put two in scoring position. Sweet hit a slow roller back to the shortstop. She beat the throw to first that was wild, allowing Hanks to score on the play to put the Irish up 4-0.

Holloway shut Clemson down in the bottom of the fifth with two strikeouts and a ground out. The Tigers put the lead-off hitter on in the sixth, but a strikeout a fielder’s choice and a fly out ended the threat.

In the seventh, Holloway quickly got a ground ball back up the middle that she handled herself before striking out the clean-up hitter looking. After an error allowed a runner to reach, she got a ground ball to Johnson at second base who recorded the final out for the no-hitter.

Up Next

The Irish and Clemson close out the series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch set for 1 p.m.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

DURHAM, N.C. — The No. 4 Notre Dame baseball team (21-7) suffered an extra-inning defeat at Duke, as the Blue Devils won the game by a score of 4-3 off a walk-off single in the 11th inning.

Brooks Coetzee III paced the Irish offense, as the right fielder drove in three runs. The senior hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the second inning. Carter Putz also had a productive day at the dish, recording two hits and scoring two runs.

Starting pitcher John Michael Bertrand battled on the mound, tossing six innings while allowing just two runs and striking out four. Bertrand managed to navigate baserunners in multiple innings, stranding 10 Duke runners on the evening.

In relief Alex Rao threw 4.1 innings in relief, punching out eight and giving up two runs on one hit and two walks.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish offense was the first to strike, as Notre Dame put up two runs in the top of the second. Carter Putz legged out a leadoff infield single and two batters later Coetzee III launched a two-run home run to over the centerfield wall, his eighth of the season, to give the Irish the early 2-0 lead.

In the bottom half of the second the Blue Devils loaded the bases but Bertrand came up with a big strikeout to escape unscathed and keep the two-run lead intact.

The Irish again faced a bases loaded scenario in the bottom of the fourth but this time the Blue Devils plated two runs to tie the game at 2-2. However, it could have been worse, as Notre Dame turned a key 4-6-3 double play to end the frame and minimize the damage.

Notre Dame reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth. Putz hit a one-out triple to the right-center alley and then came around to score on a groundout from Coetzee III to give the Irish a 3-2 lead.

Duke once again answered, as the hosts hit a towering solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to knot the game up at 3-3 heading to the ninth.

The Irish tried to start a two-out rally in the top of the ninth, as Spencer Myers and Ryan Cole recorded back-to-back singles but Notre Dame couldn’t capitalize.

After a scoreless tenth inning the Blue Devils came up with the walk-off winner in the bottom of the eleventh. With two on and one out, RJ Schreck singled down the right field line to drive in the winning run at 4-3.

UP NEXT

The third and final game of the series is scheduled for noon ET on Saturday, April 16. The game will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind – Indiana State softball split a doubleheader with Drake on Friday afternoon at Price Field to begin their three-game MVC series.

The Sycamores (19-19, 6-8) took game one 4-3 while Drake (13-21, 7-6) battled back to win game two 12-6 and even the series.

Game One

Indiana State broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third, stringing together three-straight hits which was capped by a no-doubt home run from Bella Peterson over the wall in right center which plated Abi Chipps and Olivia Patton who had reached on singles. Peterson’s seventh home run of the season put the Sycamores up 3-0.

The Sycamores tacked on another run in the fourth when Abi Chipps drove in Grace Hunger with a single through the left side to increase the ISU lead to four.

After another 1-2-3 inning from Benko in the top of the fifth, the Sycamores picked up a pair of singles but Drake was able to keep Indiana State off the board in the bottom half of the frame to keep the game at 4-0.

Both teams went 1-2-3 in the sixth, bringing Drake to the plate in the seventh where Lexi Benko was sitting on six innings of no-hit ball against the Bulldogs. After getting a groundout to begin the inning, Benko gave up her first hit of the afternoon with a solo shot by Addie Lightner to left center. After making it a 4-1 game, the Bulldogs would pull within one after an RBI double and a RBI single plated two runs to make it 4-3 Sycamores.

Benko got a groundout to first base to retire the side and claim her 10th victory of the season as Indiana State held on for the 4-3 win. She finished with seven strikeouts which ties a career-high.

Bella Peterson finished 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs while Abi Chipps went 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Game Two

In the opening frame of game two, Drake jumped out to a 2-0 lead after a bases-loaded walk and a Sycamore throwing error allowed a pair of runs to score.

Bella Peterson put a dent in the Bulldog lead with a solo shot to right center in the bottom of the first for her eighth home run of the year.

Indiana State would tie the game in the second, making it 2-2 on a sacrifice fly from Annie Tokarek which scored Lexie Siwek.

In the top of the third inning, the Bulldogs put up four runs in the frame. Indiana State walked the bases-loaded, followed by a 2-RBI single to go up 4-2. The very next batter delivered another 2-RBI single to increase the Drake lead to 6-2.

A leadoff walk came around to score for Drake on a RBI single to put the Bulldogs up 7-2. A two-run home run extended the Drake lead to 9-2 in the top of the fifth inning.

Indiana State responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame, getting a RBI from Abi Chipps and a RBI double from Bella Peterson to make it a 9-4 game after five innings of play.

Lexie Siwek made it a 9-5 game in the sixth inning with a RBI groundout that scored Cassie Thomerson.

Drake grew their lead to 12-5 in the top of the seventh, scoring a pair on a Sycamore throwing error and a third coming home to score on a sacrifice fly.

Following a leadoff triple from Abi Chipps, Olivia Patton drove her home with a single to left field, making it a 12-6 game which would hold for a Drake victory to even the series.

Cassi Newbanks gets the loss for the Sycamores, dropping her record to 4-9 on the season. Lyndsi Adamson threw 3.2 innings in relief, striking out three.

Bella Peterson notched her second-straight multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.

Up Next

The series will conclude Saturday with a single game beginning at noon ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Mastodons were one out away from winning their sixth straight game, but a walk-off single by Northern Kentucky’s Manny Vorhees gave the Norse a 5-4 victory over the ‘Dons on Friday (April 15).

Trailing 3-0, the Mastodons broke through in the seventh. Purdue Fort Wayne scored four runs in the frame with just one hit as the inning featured four hit by pitches and a walk. Ben Higgins singled with two outs to score Jarrett Bickel and Brian Erbe to put the ‘Dons up 4-3.

It stayed that way until the ninth when Vorhees’ bases loaded single on an 0-1 pitch allowed the Norse to win.

Ryan Robison took the loss out of the pen. He is 0-1.

Mitchell Spencer earned a no-decision. He went five innings, with the only runs he gave up coming on a three-run home run by Zack Minton in the second inning. All three runs were unearned. Spencer recorded eight strikeouts.

Braxton Wilson continued his solid freshman season with 3.1 innings of work, allowing just one run and no hits.

In the batter’s box, the Mastodons were paced by Ben Higgins, who went 3-for-4 on the day with a walk and two RBIs. Garett Lake went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

GAME NOTES

» Purdue Fort Wayne had chances, but left 12 runners on base in the loss.

» The Mastodons out-hit the Norse 6-5.

» The ‘Dons have out-hit their opponent in seven of their last eight games.

» The Mastodons drew six walks.

» Bryson Lonsbury got the win, throwing the final 2.1 innings for the Norse.

» The ‘Dons fall to 9-23 (6-8 Horizon). Northern Kentucky improves to 13-19 (7-6 Horizon).

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons and Norse will play a rubber game on Saturday (April 16) at noon. The game can be seen on ESPN+.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – With the winning run on second base in the bottom of the seventh, the Purdue Fort Wayne softball team could not capitalize on the opportunity and fell to the Detroit Mercy Titans 3-2 on Friday (April 15) at the Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Field.

Senior Shaina Eyre (3-11) got the ball to start for Purdue Fort Wayne (6-29, 5-10) and took the loss. Lauren McConnell came out of the bullpen to throw five innings. She gave up just one run in her 67 pitches.

Taryn Jenkins led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 2-for-3 in the ballgame with an RBI. Thais Uyema provided some help at the dish as well, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Sonia Solis went 1-for-2 for Purdue Fort Wayne with a hit and two walks.

Trailing 2-0, the Mastodons first put a run on the board in the second inning. Purdue Fort Wayne got an RBI single from Uyema, scoring Solis from third base.

The Titans expanded their lead to 3-1 before the Mastodons offense got back to work, cutting into that lead in the seventh. Purdue Fort Wayne scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Jenkins, which brought the score to 3-2 in favor of the Titans. The ‘Dons had the bases juiced with Alise Moneypenny, Solis and Jenkins with two outs, but a fly out ended the contest.

GAME NOTES

» Purdue Fort Wayne left 10 runners stranded on base in the loss.

» The Mastodons had eight hits, their fifth-most this season.

» Purdue Fort Wayne went 3-for-9 (.333) with runners in scoring position.

» Jenkins led the Mastodons at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

» Detroit Mercy was led offensively by senior Taryn Peru, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

» Senior Liz Murphy led the Titans pitching staff, throwing seven innings of two-run ball.

UP NEXT

Detroit Mercy and Purdue Fort Wayne will play two on Saturday (April 16) with the first pitch of the doubleheader scheduled for noon.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The six seed Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team is set to travel to Lebanon, Ill. to play against three seed McKendree in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Quarterfinals on Saturday, April 16 (8 p.m.).

Saturday vs McKendree

WHEN: Saturday, April 16 | 8 p.m. ET

WHERE: Lebanon, Ill. | Melvin Price Convocation Center

LIVE STATS: Link

GLVCSN: Link

SERIES HISTORY: Series tied 8-8

Know Your Foe

The Bearcats are ranked No. 15 in the latest AVCA Top 15 Poll.

Saturday’s quarterfinals match will be the 17th all time match between the Mastodons and Bearcats. The series is tied at 8-8. The ‘Dons went 1-1 against the Bearcats this season, defeating McKendree in Fort Wayne back on Feb. 26 and losing in Lebanon, Ill. back on March 26. The home team is 13-3 in the series.

The Bearcats enter Saturday’s match with a 14-10 overall record and 9-5 in the MIVA. The Bearcats finished the regular season with wins against Quincy and Lindenwood on April 7 and 9.

Offensively, McKendree is led by Patrick Ross and Ethan Carroll. Both Ross and Carroll have 307 total kills on the season. Ross averages 3.45 kills per set and hits .316. Carroll averages 3.37 kills per set and hits .192. Ryan Serrano averages 10.1 assists per set. Francisco Comas leads in total digs (181) and digs per set (1.99).

We Meet Again

The Mastodons and Bearcats met in the MIVA Quarterfinals last season back on April 10, 2021 in Lebanon, Ill. The Bearcats won the match in five sets.

Fast Starts

The ‘Dons have won the first set 16 times in matches this year. In those 16 matches, they boast a 14-2 record.

All-MIVA Honorees

Jon Diedirch, Troy Gooch, Bryce Walker, and Rico Wardlow made the All-MIVA teams, the league announced on Thursday, April 14. Diedrich and Gooch received First Team All-MIVA honors. Walker and Wardlow received Second Team All-MIVA honors.

Up Next

If the Mastodons defeat the Bearcats, they will play the winner of Loyola Chicago vs Lindenwood on Wednesday, April 20.

IUPUI SOFTBALL

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Jaguars fell in both games of the doubleheader today at Robert Morris. The Colonials beat the Jags in game one, 3-1, and followed that up with a 4-3 comeback win to sweep the Jags. Abbey Haas collected her third home run of the season.

In game one the Jaguars lost 3-1. The Colonials took the early lead with two runs on two hits in the bottom of the second inning. After a scoreless third inning, the Jaguars cut the lead in half to 2-1 in the top of the fourth frame. Maicey Bedrick reached on an error by the Robert Morris right fielder and came around to score the lone run for the Jags. Robert Morris collected one more insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning, 3-1.

Madison Bryant (L, 4-16) took the loss on the mound for the Jags giving up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work. Morgan Gilbert, Hailey Pop, Kasie Keyes and Jaylin Calvert all recorded hits in the game one loss.

In game two IUPUI was bested by Robert Morris, 4-3. The Jaguars had the lead early but couldn’t hold off the Colonials.

The Jags took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Rachael Gregory singled to left field and Gilbert came around to score on an error by the left fielder. Pop then singles to right center to score Gregory and give the Jags the 2-0 lead. With Haas’s third homer of the season, IUPUI extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning.

IUPUI couldn’t hold off Robert Morris as the Colonials scored one run in the bottom of the sixth inning and three in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk it off, 4-3.

Isabelle Waggner took the loss in game two giving up four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in six innings. Gregory went 2-for-4 with a run while Kendal Calvert went 2-for-3. Mackenzie Myars recorded a double while Gilbert, Pop, Keyes and Haas each recorded a hit.

IUPUI and Robert Morris finish out the three-game series with a single game tomorrow, April 16 at 1:00 PM.

IUPUI TRACK

AZUSA, Calif. – The IUPUI men’s track team had an incredibly successful trip to California this week, resulting in four personal bests and a new school record in the 5,000m event at the Bryan Clay Invitational.

Senior Eric Hoffman spun a school record in the 5,000m event late Thursday night (Apr. 14), clocking a time of 14:19.86 in his race to shave less than a second off the four-year old mark.

“Overall it was a great trip. We all came in with some high expectations and we all were able to perform at a high level. Getting opportunities like this don’t come too often, so being able to collectively capitalize in our efforts and get a school record, along with a few personal bests, made the trip that much better for the team,” Hoffman said. “Last night’s race definitely was tough. I was able to start out pretty conservative and moved my way up the field, little by little.

“Having my coaches and teammates cheering me along each lap gave me the confidence to keep pressing and eventually get our school record. As much as I am happy with this performance, I know there is a lot more left in me.”

Earlier in the meet, Nate Kaiser clocked a personal best time of 14:24.83 to finish fourth in his heat and take 22 seconds off his previous best.

Mitchell Rans began the Jaguars’ trip with an impressive 10,000m run on Wednesday night (Apr. 13), spinning a time of 30:31.52. The following morning, Nick Perkins posted a time of 30:24.86 to finish second in his race. Both nudged inside the top-six in program history in the event with their performances.

Earlier on Friday, Will Clark clocked a time of 15:29.19 in the 5K while Wilson Whicker spun a time of 15:35.66.

IUPUI will have one final tune-up before the Horizon League Championships as the Jaguars will compete at the Illinois Invitational on Apr. 23 in Champaign, Ill.

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Sophomore Marah Wood blasted two home runs for the University of Evansville softball team in Friday’s doubleheader against Missouri State at Cooper Stadium.  After taking an 8-2 win in the opener, the Bears held on for a 4-1 victory in game two.

Game One – Missouri State 8, UE 2

Marah Wood hit a pair of solo home runs, but three long balls from Missouri State gave them an 8-2 victory.  The Bears opened the scoring in the top half of the second when Annie Mueller hit a 2-run shot to left.  Wood got one of the runs right back in the bottom of the frame, hitting a solo shot to left.

Missouri State used the long ball once again to make it a 3-1 game when Olivia Krehbiel hit a shot to left.  Mueller struck again with a 2-run double in the sixth before the Bears tacked on three more in the seventh.  Wood hit her 7th home run of the season in the bottom of the 7th to make it a final of 8-2.  Steffany Dickerson picked up the win for MSU, allowing one run on three hits in six innings.  Izzy Vetter suffered the loss and fell to 14-8 on the season.

Game Two – Missouri State 4, UE 1

An unearned run opened the scoring for the Bears in the top of the first to open game two.  Another run crossed the plate in the third when a double by Madison Hunsaker scored Daphne Plummer, who tripled to lead off the inning.

Picking up right where she left off from game one, Marah Wood had the big RBI knock to get UE on the scoreboard.  Her 2-out single in the third brought in Zoe Frossard to make it a 2-1 game.  Frossard reached on a leadoff double.  The Bears countered in the top of the sixth when a McKenzie Vaughan single plated the third run of the contest before an unearned run in the seventh capped off the scoring.

Hannah Hood gave the Aces some life with a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh before MSU pitcher Steffany Dickerson recorded the final three outs on the way to her second win of the day.  She tossed the final four innings and gave up two hits.  Sydney Weatherford had a solid start in the circle.  In seven innings, she gave up four runs, two of which were earned.

UE looks to pick up a win in the final game of the series on Saturday at 12 p.m.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A vintage performance from starting pitcher Shane Gray powered the University of Evansville baseball team to a 6-4 series-opening victory over Missouri State on Friday evening in Springfield, Mo.

Gray tied his career-high, putting in eight innings of work, allowing just three earned runs and striking-out nine in the win. At one point spanning the fourth and fifth innings, Gray recorded strikeouts on four-straight outs.

“Shane flipped a switch there. He dug deep and was able to find multiple pitches in the zone and we got a lead,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “We had a big four spot there and he dug deep and threw some really good pitches. I feel like he was really dialed in. Man, he gave us a great effort and everything he had and I couldn’t be more proud of his performance.”

At the plate, a trio of Aces finished with multi-hit games with Mark Shallenberger, Simon Scherry, and Evan Berkey all recording two hits each.

“Our offense, I feel like, we got a lot of great, quality trips,” said Carroll. “Just what we’re getting out of the leadoff spot position with Mark Shallenberger. Him getting us out in front in the lead with a big two-run home run, he’s really in a special place right now. Offensively, I like where we’re at, I think we’re clicking in some areas.”

What would turn into an impressive outing for Gray started a bit rocky as the Bears put the first two batters on base to start the game, pushing across a run in the bottom half of the first. In the third, Evansville answered in a big way with Shallenberger launching his eighth homer of the season, this one a two-run blast, over the wall in right field to give UE the 2-1 lead.

A fielding error by the Aces allowed the tying run for the Bears to score in the fourth, knotting the contest at two apiece. Gray settled in and showcased his ability during the mid-portion of the game, facing just two above the minimum from the third through fifth innings and allowing just one hit.

The Aces broke through in the sixth with Chase Hug providing the big at-bat. With the bases loaded and one out, Hug battled at the plate, fouling back-to-back two-strike pitches off before lacing a double down the line, clearing the bases and earning a 5-2 lead for UE. Later in the inning, Shallenberger drove in his third run today with an RBI sac fly.

In the ninth and down to their final opportunity, Missouri State pushed for a comeback, loading the bases with just one out. Nate Hardman helped close-out the game, inducing a flyout and groundout around a single Bear run as the Aces captured the 6-4 win.

Evansville and Missouri State close their series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning with game one at 1 PM in Springfield, Mo.

VALPO BASEBALL

The Valparaiso University baseball team fell to Illinois State 7-0 on Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill. Illinois State starter Jared Hart threw six shutout innings of one-hit ball, while the Redbirds jumped ahead early and never looked back.

How It Happened

The Redbirds leaped out to an early lead thanks to three straight extra-base hits including a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, leading to a three-run inning.

Illinois State got two more in the second, but Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) cut down a potential additional run at the plate on a 7-6-2 outfield assist.

The Beacons turned a double play to end the third, then Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) fired a 1-2-3 fourth.

The hosts put up another crooked number in the fifth, a two-run frame that started with a solo homer. That lifted the lead to 7-0.

Valpo notched its first hit of the day in the top of the sixth on a double by Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran). In the seventh, Adam Brauch (Waukee, Iowa / Dowling Catholic) notched a two-out double, but in both cases the runners were left stranded.

Ryan Mintz (Lombard, Ill. / Willowbrook) came in from the Valpo bullpen and flipped a scoreless sixth with help from a 3-6-3 double play. Mintz struck out three in the seventh as Illinois State’s two-out triple went to waste with the Valpo righty putting up his second straight goose egg. Mintz again sent down the side in order in the bottom of the eighth.

Inside the Game

Brauch’s double was his fourth of the season, while Ryan’s was his fifth.

Ryan notched his fourth multi-hit output of the year, accounting for two of the team’s three hits.

Mintz’s work out of the bullpen was a bright spot as he logged three shutout innings of two-hit ball while walking none and striking out three.

Fields took his first loss of the season and had fewer than seven strikeouts in a game for the first time this season.

Up Next

Valpo (11-18, 0-4 MVC) and Illinois State will continue the series on Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will air on ESPN3 with links to live video and stats available on ValpoAthletics.com.

VALPO SOFTBALL

The Valpo softball team continued its current homestand on Friday afternoon as conference-leading UNI came to town to kick off the three-game series. The visiting Panthers took both ends of the doubleheader, winning the opener, 9-1, and the nightcap, 5-0.

How It Happened – Game One

The speed of Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) helped give Valpo the lead in the opener in the bottom of the second. Westphal beat out a high chopper to short for a leadoff infield single, moved all the way over to third on a groundout and then beat the throw home on a grounder from Kate Beckemeyer (Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth [Parkland]) for the game’s first run.

Valpo had a fantastic chance to add to its lead in the bottom of the third, as Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) and Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Herschbach moved up to second on a wild pitch to give the Beacons two runners in scoring position with nobody out. But Moeder was tagged out just before reaching the plate on Valpo’s subsequent squeeze attempt, and then a double play ended the threat with no runs scoring.

UNI took the lead for good in the top of the fourth, as three straight hits to lead off the inning — capped by a Kylee Sanders home run — resulted in three runs and put the Panthers ahead, 3-1.

Valpo had two on with two outs in the bottom of the fourth on singles from Westphal and Addi Weaver (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville), but was unable to turn the baserunners into runs. Then, the fifth inning saw Moeder and Herschbach again tally back-to-back base hits to open the frame, but again a double play ball squashed the scoring opportunity.

UNI scored three in the top of the sixth and then got a three-run homer from Mya Dodge in the seventh to cap the scoring.

How It Happened – Game Two

UNI jumped in front with a two-run homer from Taylor Hogan in the top of the second, and added a single run in the fourth.

After Valpo’s first 14 batters were retired in a row, Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) broke up Samantha Heyer’s perfect game bid with a single the opposite way with two outs in the fifth.

An infield single added a run to the ledger for the Panthers in the top of the sixth.

Trailing 4-0, Valpo brought the potential tying run to the plate in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with one out on singles from Beckemeyer and Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) and a walk by Moeder. But a fly ball to center turned into a double play, as UNI cut down the runner trying to tag at the plate.

The Panthers added one final run on a two-out RBI double in the seventh.

Inside the Games

Three Valpo players had multi-hit games in the opener, as Herschbach, Moeder and Westphal all picked up a pair of base knocks.

Herschbach also drew a walk as well as she reached base three times in the series opener.

Beckemeyer’s RBI in the opener was her 10th of the season.

Caitlyn Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) went the distance in the circle in the nightcap, her first complete game for the Beacons since May 1 of last season.

Next Up

Valpo (10-23, 1-13 MVC) will close out the three-game set against the conference leaders on Saturday afternoon from the Valpo Softball Complex. First pitch is set for noon, and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

VALPO WOMEN’S TENNIS

Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) earned a significant victory on Friday afternoon outdoors at Gregory Street Tennis Courts in Normal, Ill., upstaging the defending Missouri Valley Conference Singles Player of the Year and reigning MVC Flight 1 Singles Champion at the top singles spot. Her victory came in Valpo’s 6-1 setback to host Illinois State.

How It Happened

Olivia topped Tijana Zlatanovic 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, handing Zlatanovic the first Missouri Valley Conference singles loss of her collegiate career. Zlatanovic previously owned a career 9-0 MVC record at the top singles spot.

Illinois State got out to an early lead in the match by winning on all three doubles courts. The No. 1 doubles match was a rematch of the Flight 1 Doubles title match from the fall.

The hosts prevailed in straight sets at No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) engaged in a tight showdown with Alexandra Abyasova at No. 2 singles, dropping the first set 6-4 before taking the second 7-5 to force a third-set tiebreak. Abyasova came up with a 10-6 win in the tiebreak, snapping Claire’s five-match winning streak.

Inside the Match

Olivia’s win came over the two-time MVC Flight 1 Singles Champion who had not lost a Missouri Valley Conference match in her career. The top singles matchup on Friday pitted the Flight 1 Singles Champion vs. the Flight 2 Singles Champion from this year’s MVC Individual Championships.

Zlatanovic, who had won five straight matches, was the Missouri Valley Conference Singles Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year last season while also earning All-MVC honors at No. 1 singles.

The win marked Olivia’s 20th of the season as she secured just the fourth 20-win season in program history. Olivia joins Kate Kollarova (twice, 2000-01 and 2001-02) and Kate Evangelist (2004-05) as the only players in program history to win 20 singles matches in a single season. Olivia’s win total is tied with Evangelist for third on the program’s single-season singles wins list.

Olivia upped her record to 3-1 in MVC play and 20-11 overall.

Up Next

The Beacons (10-10, 2-2 MVC) will close out the regular season on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bradley. The match will be played indoors at Pekin Parkside Athletics.

U OF I BASEBALL

QUINCY, Ill. – The University of Indianapolis baseball team picked up a pair of huge conference victories on Friday afternoon, defeating Quincy 3-2 in game one and 3-0 in game two. Entering today, the Hawks were riding a five game winning streak and sat above the field in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Blue Division. With both wins, UIndy jumps up to 17-19 overall and 9-7 in the GLVC.

DEWITT DOES IT ALL

Brandon DeWitt was terrific this afternoon for the Greyhounds, whether from the plate or on the mound. First, DeWitt tied for a team-high in hits (two) in both games while also adding a combined total of three runs scored. Then, he went on to pitch in game two where he was tabbed as the winning pitcher after tossing four complete innings of work with four strikeouts and only one hit given up.

RIVAS DOUBLE-DIGIT STRIKEOUT STREAK

Star left-handed pitcher Xavier Rivas earned the start on the mound in game one and recorded his eighth straight game this season of double-digit strikeouts. He went the full seven innings while recording 10 Ks, moving his pitching record to 5-0 on the year. With this, he has now notched a staggering 94 strikeouts this season through just 58-1/3 innings of work. His 94 Ks so far is now seventh on the all-time UIndy baseball single-season strikeout leaderboard.

GAME 1 | UIndy 3, Quincy 2

The Greyhounds found the scoreboard first in the contest by crossing a run in the opening inning on a wild pitch. However, the Hawks added the equalizer in the bottom half on a solo home run.

In the fifth, a Caleb Vaughn double to center field brought DeWitt around to score and helped hand UIndy the lead back. However, a solo homer in the bottom half by Quincy knotted action back up.

Finally, the Hounds brought in the lead for good in the final inning after Vaughn hit a clutch RBI fielder’s choice. Rivas came out and shut Quincy down in the bottom half to help the Greyhounds secure the win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy had a game-high six hits while Quincy had just four.

-The duo of Vaughn and DeWitt led the Greyhounds from the dish with two hits each.

-Quincy left eight batters on base while the Hounds left seven stranded.

GAME 2 | UIndy 3, Quincy 0

A Drew Donaldson RBI single to center field scored two runs in the opening inning and helped UIndy race out ahead in the second game of the afternoon. An inning later, the Hounds crossed another on an error by Quincy.

Neither team found the scoreboard the remainder of the way. A strong pitching effort from the quartet of DeWitt, Blake Sarjent, Brady Mundell, and Johnny Irish helped keep the Hawks scoreless. DeWitt went four complete on the bump and collected the win while the remaining three out of the bullpen all tossed one complete inning of work, with Irish collecting the save.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy tallied six hits while Quincy had just four.

-DeWitt and Donaldson each led the Hounds with two hits apiece.

-The Hawks left five runners stranded while the Greyhounds had three left on.

UP NEXT

The series is set to conclude tomorrow with one game beginning at noon ET.

U OF I WOMEN’S TENNIS

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis womens tennis team downed the Lindenwood Lions in earning it’s thirteen season win in downing the Lions 4-0 on Friday afternoon.

The Greyhounds earned all three doubles points with Anna Novikova and Maria Solnyshkina taking a 6-1 win; Ariana Amaning and Maissane Aik earning a 6-2 win, and Isabella Dunlap and Sofia Sharonova taking the 6-3 win.

Anna Novikova continued to show why she holds the No. 1 spot in the Hounds lineup with a 6-1, 6-0 win, while Solnyshkina took the 6-2, 6-0 win. Kristina Lagoda secured the win for the Hounds with a 6-0, 6-3 win.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds continue its conference homestand in hosting Maryville on the Center Grove Courts at 11 a.m.

U OF I SOFTBALL

INDIANAPOLIS—In a matchup of the top two teams in the GLVC, the No. 5-ranked UIndy softball team split a home doubleheader versus 17th-ranked Southern Indiana Friday afternoon. The Greyhounds, who returned to Baumgartner Field after spending the last six games away from home, traded 4-3 wins with the nationally-ranked Screaming Eagles.

UIndy’s game-one victory snapped USI’s 16-game winning streak, while the Eagles’ triumph in the capper broke the Hounds’ 11-game hot streak.

GAME 1 | UIndy 4, USI 3

The Greyhounds handed the Eagles their very-first conference loss behind a gritty pitching performance from Kenzee Smith. Though she struck out 10 in the contest, Smith (18-3) had to pitch around five walks and two hit batsmen to record the hard-earned win.

USI did all their damage in the sixth, scoring three times to pull within a single run. But with the bases loaded and just one out, Smith stifled the rally by getting the final two outs of the frame and went on to sit the Eagles down in order in the seventh.

Super-senior Gianni Iannantone drove in three runs to fuel the offense, plating two with a first-inning single and bringing in another with a sac fly in the fifth. Emily O’Conner added an RBI single in the fifth inning.

Dominique Proctor and Megan Nichols each added two hits and two runs, with the latter pulling off a spectacular diving catch in the bottom of the seventh to help seal the win.

GAME 2 | USI 4, UIndy 3

The Screaming Eagles turned the tables in game two, winning by an identical 4-3 final. USI trailed 3-0 through five innings but delivered two-run homers in both the sixth and seventh frames to earn the comeback win.

Starter Haylie Foster (17-2) was tagged with just her second loss of the season. She kept the Eagles hitless through the four innings until a leadoff single in the fifth.

Iannantone notched another ribbie with a solo shot to center in the second inning. Proctor tacked on a two-run double off the right-center fence in the fourth, while Sydnee Perry chipped in two walks and a run.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds remain on campus Saturday to host a doubleheader versus Missouri-St. Louis. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET.

U OF I MEN’S TENNIS

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s tennis team edged GLVC opponent Lindenwood, 4-0,  on Friday afternoon on the Center Grove High School courts. The Hounds extend their record to 14-3.

By taking an early 1-0 lead after earning three straight 6-2 doubles matches, the Greyhounds gave no room for the Lions in singles. Zac Faveri and Nikolaj Talimaa headed the duos by taking the win in the No. 1 spot.

Yoann Viel was the first to finish with a 6-1, 6-0 set. It was then Jason Gerweck and Edgar Destouet to complete the win for the Greyhounds, with Gerweck taking a 6-1, 6-2 win and Destouet taking the No. 1 spot win with 6-0, 6-1.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds continue its conference homestead in hosting Maryville on the Center Grove Courts at 11 a.m.

U OF I MEN’S GOLF

INDIANAPOLIS—The UIndy men’s golf team finds itself in an enviable position after day 1 of the 2022 GLVC Championships, being held this weekend at Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis. Tied for third place through 36 holes, the Greyhounds (+11) look to remain in top-four spot after Saturday’s final round of stroke play to advance the medal/match play semifinals on Sunday.

Fifth-year senior Oliver Mast leads to way for UIndy. The reigning GLVC Player of the Year carded rounds of 71 and 72 Friday to sit at -1, good for a share of fourth place. He currently sits six back of leader Joel Sylven of UMSL and just two back of second.

Senior Jacob Nickell (72-73), playing in his first GLVC Championships, is in ninth place at +1. Cam Carroll (+5) is tied for 17th, CJ Jones (+6) is tied for 22nd, and Keegan Bronnenberg (+10) in is 36th.

Missouri-St. Louis authored a great opening day, topping the team leaderboard at -5. McKendree sits in second at +6, while Missouri S&T is tied for third with UIndy at +11. Southern Indiana sits at +17 and is looking to climb out of the fifth-place spot.

Tee times tomorrow begin at 8 a.m. ET, with the first Hound scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. UIndy has qualified for match play each year since the conference adopted the current format in 2012. Tap here for complete information on how to follow the event.

MARIAN SOFTBALL

Spring Arbor, Mich. – After waiting through a brief delay to get the field set, the Marian softball team earned two quick wins Friday afternoon sweeping the Spring Arbor Cougars. Marian took game one 8-0 and game two 6-0, run-ruling their opposition in game one to help complete the season sweep. The Knights are now 26-5 on the season and 16-4 in league play.

Game 1 | Marian 8-0 Spring Arbor | 5 Innings

The Knights earned the biggest chunk of their game one runs in the second inning, as Hayley Greene led off the frame with a double after a scoreless first. Two hits later Caroline Roop ripped an RBI single, and a double from Abbi Wirey brought in two more. Jenna Minnix cleaned up the four-run inning with an RBI single that scored Caitlyn Phillips, helping the Knights jump out to their 4-0 lead.

Olivia Stunkel kept the shutout going as the freshman continued her dominant start to her rookie year, striking out two batters in the first while fanning the side in the second. Stunkel notched her sixth strikeout of the game in the third inning, and in the fourth her offense added to the lead as Roop led off with a double. Savannah Harweger drove in the fifth run on the day with a two-out single, and in the home half Stunkel managed her seventh strikeout as the lead stood at 5-0.

Shelbie Stotts helped put away the game in the fifth as the posted a one-out hit, and four pitches later Sierra Norman cranked a two-run home run to dead center, giving Marian a 7-0 lead. Greene followed with a triple, and a Grace Meyer groundout scored the eighth run of the game one batter later. Stunkel closed out her complete game shutout with a perfect fifth inning, forcing three straight popups to lock down the 8-0 win.

Stunkel was nearly perfect in her complete game victory, allowing a walk and a hit while striking out seven batters in her shutout. For the Knights offense, Grene led Marian with a pair of extra base hits, while Stotts and Roop each had two hits. Norman’s home run gave her the team-lead with 11 on the year.

Game 2 | Marian 6-0 Spring Arbor

In game two the offense came to play right away as Harweger led off the game with a single. A single from Stotts put a second runner on, and Norman follwed with an RBI double. Greene’s RBI sacrifice fly made it a 2-0 game, and a two-out single from Meyer gave Marian a 3-0 lead. Sydney Wilson took the lead and ran with it, stranding a two-out double in the first while getting a double play in the second.

The senior kept the shutout going after getting a groundout to wrap up the third, holding two Cougars at bay. Meyer helped add to the lead in the top of the fourth inning with a lead-off double, and scored after a pair of sacrifices to make the lead 4-0. Wilson kept the shutout going, and in the top of the fifth Stotts racked up a two-out triple, scoring four pitches later on Norman’s RBI double.

Marian’s southpaw pitcher finished her outing strong with a three-up, three-down fifth inning getting a double play, while she left a runner on base in the bottom of the sixth. Stotts extended the lead to 6-0 in the top of the seventh as she blasted a two-out solo shot, and Emma Maple finished off the game in the bottom of the frame as the senior pitcher got a double play and ground out to complete the shutout.

Stotts’ bat stole the show in game two as she went 3-4 sitting a double shy of hitting for the cycle, while Meyer went 3-3 and Harweger had a pair of base hits. Norman also had three hits in the win, racking two RBI. The pitching staff combined for another shutout win, as Wilson struckout four batters scattering nine hits over her six-inning victory, while Maple faced the minimum in her lone inning of work.

Marian will return home on Saturday to take on No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan, looking to gain ground on the Crossroads League standings as they enter play trailing the Wildcats by 1.5 games. First pitch on the ISC Sports Network is scheduled for 1 p.m.

MARIAN BASEBALL

Spring Arbor, Mich. – JJ Rivera tied the Marian baseball single season doubles record and the Knights drilled 16 runs in a game two win as Marian split their Friday twin bill at Spring Arbor. Marian’s overall season record moves to 18-20 with the decisions, while they move into a tie for seventh place in the league standings with St. Francis as both have identical 10-14 records.

Game 1 | Marian 5-8 Spring Arbor

Spring Arbor plated the first three runs of Friday’s opening game, driving in a run in the bottom of the first off Jace Stoops after Marian’s small ball approach in the top of first came up dry. JJ Rivera picked up a double in the top of the second but was unable to get further than third base, and in the home half the Cougars tacked on two more runs as Brant Mast recorded a two-RBI double.

The Knights matched the pair of Cougar runs with two of their own in the top of the third inning, as Matteo Porcellato kept his hot bat going with a two-run bomb to right-center field. The two stirke home run brought the Knights within a run, but Spring Arbor pushed back ahed in the home half as an error aided the home team. Dion Wintjes would answer the run with an RBI hit in the ensuing inning, bringing Marian within a run after 3.5 innings.

Jayson Cottrell was the first arm out of the bullpen in the bottom of the fourth, and had a strong start to his day getting a strikeout and groundout as he faced the miniumum. The Knights had chance to tie in the top of the next frame getting a pair of hits, but came up empty, while Spring Arbor was able to turn a double into a run after executing a steal of the plate, moving ahead 5-3. Cottrell and Mitchell Porter combined to close a scoreless sixth inning, keeping the score static going to the seventh.

Jackson Hogg started a rally cry in the seventh, roping a one-out single down the line. Trey Heidlage followed two batters later with an RBI double, and Rivera singled to left driving home the third baseman to tie the game. With the score knotted 5-5 going to the stretch, Spring Arbor found new life as they recorded a single and a walk off Porter. A balk moved both runners into scoring position, and a Peyton Harding double off the freshman put the home team back on top. Another base hit ended Porter’s day with Spring Arbor leading 8-5, as Taylor Soper came on getting a pick off before recording two strikeouts.

Marian was unable to get a runner into scoring position in their final two at bats, as they went down in game one 8-5. Porter took the loss allowing three runs while Stoops was credited with a no-decision in his first career start. Soper was perfect in his relief appearance, striking out three batters over his 19-pitch two innings. At the plate Marian had 11 hits, with Porcellato, Hogg, and Rivera each delivering two.

Game 2 | Marian 16-3 Spring Arbor

Daniel Brenneman got Marian off to a strong start in game two tossing a scoreless first inning, and his offense came knocking in the second as Bryce Davenport drew a two-out walk. Donavan Shepherd followed with a single, with a wild pitch moving the two runners into scoring position. Caden Mason picked up an RBI single in the next at bat, driving in both runs to give Marian the first runs of the game. Spring Arbor didn’t waste time scoring their first run as Brenneman gave up a lead-off home run, but the righty retired the side in order to minimize the damge.

The Knights expanded on their 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning, as Porcellato and Heidlage reached to get two men on. JJ Rivera followed the Heidlage hit with a double, as his two-RBI hit allowed the first year Knight to tie a Marian single-season record with 22 doubles, tying Wes Hayden and Mike Mitchell. Davenport completed the three-spot with an RBI single, jumping Marian on top 5-1. Spring Arbor would answer as Brenneman yielded three hits that scored a run, but Jake Marin halted the scoring coming on out of the pen to get a pop up and strikeout.

Marin pitched a scoreless fourth as the game held at 5-2, but in the top of the fifth the Knights put the game away, as Porcellato kicked off a big inning with a walk. Rivera delivered an RBI single two batters later, and AJ Bordenet kept the hit parade going with a two RBI single. An error brought another man on, and back to back walks loaded the bases, allowing Porcellato to drive in a run on a fielder’s choice. Heidlage cleaned up the seven-run inning with a two RBI hit, giving Marian a 12-2 lead.

A Davenport double with one out in the top of the sixth started another big inning as the bases filled on the next two at bats, and Hironori Kato drew a bases loaded walk to score a run. A sacrifice fly from Hogg drove in another Marian score, and an error and wild pitch allowed the Knights to pick up two more. With a 16-2 lead at hand Marin closed the game strong, working around two hits in the bottom of the sixth that scored a run before striking out the side to complete the win.

The 16-3 win was paced by 12 Marian base hits, with three belonging to Davenport. Rivera and Heidlage each had two hits, with Rivera driving in a team-best three runs. Marin was given the win after going 4.2 innings on the mound in relief, allowing one run and two hits in his work. The Marian southpaw struckout six batters in his appearance.

Marian will wrap up the series with the Cougars on Saturday, sitting two wins out of fifth place in the league standings. Saturday’s game one is set for 1 p.m.

MARIAN SOFTBALL

Spring Arbor, Mich. – After waiting through a brief delay to get the field set, the Marian softball team earned two quick wins Friday afternoon sweeping the Spring Arbor Cougars. Marian took game one 8-0 and game two 6-0, run-ruling their opposition in game one to help complete the season sweep. The Knights are now 26-5 on the season and 16-4 in league play.

Game 1 | Marian 8-0 Spring Arbor | 5 Innings

The Knights earned the biggest chunk of their game one runs in the second inning, as Hayley Greene led off the frame with a double after a scoreless first. Two hits later Caroline Roop ripped an RBI single, and a double from Abbi Wirey brought in two more. Jenna Minnix cleaned up the four-run inning with an RBI single that scored Caitlyn Phillips, helping the Knights jump out to their 4-0 lead.

Olivia Stunkel kept the shutout going as the freshman continued her dominant start to her rookie year, striking out two batters in the first while fanning the side in the second. Stunkel notched her sixth strikeout of the game in the third inning, and in the fourth her offense added to the lead as Roop led off with a double. Savannah Harweger drove in the fifth run on the day with a two-out single, and in the home half Stunkel managed her seventh strikeout as the lead stood at 5-0.

Shelbie Stotts helped put away the game in the fifth as the posted a one-out hit, and four pitches later Sierra Norman cranked a two-run home run to dead center, giving Marian a 7-0 lead. Greene followed with a triple, and a Grace Meyer groundout scored the eighth run of the game one batter later. Stunkel closed out her complete game shutout with a perfect fifth inning, forcing three straight popups to lock down the 8-0 win.

Stunkel was nearly perfect in her complete game victory, allowing a walk and a hit while striking out seven batters in her shutout. For the Knights offense, Grene led Marian with a pair of extra base hits, while Stotts and Roop each had two hits. Norman’s home run gave her the team-lead with 11 on the year.

Game 2 | Marian 6-0 Spring Arbor

In game two the offense came to play right away as Harweger led off the game with a single. A single from Stotts put a second runner on, and Norman follwed with an RBI double. Greene’s RBI sacrifice fly made it a 2-0 game, and a two-out single from Meyer gave Marian a 3-0 lead. Sydney Wilson took the lead and ran with it, stranding a two-out double in the first while getting a double play in the second.

The senior kept the shutout going after getting a groundout to wrap up the third, holding two Cougars at bay. Meyer helped add to the lead in the top of the fourth inning with a lead-off double, and scored after a pair of sacrifices to make the lead 4-0. Wilson kept the shutout going, and in the top of the fifth Stotts racked up a two-out triple, scoring four pitches later on Norman’s RBI double.

Marian’s southpaw pitcher finished her outing strong with a three-up, three-down fifth inning getting a double play, while she left a runner on base in the bottom of the sixth. Stotts extended the lead to 6-0 in the top of the seventh as she blasted a two-out solo shot, and Emma Maple finished off the game in the bottom of the frame as the senior pitcher got a double play and ground out to complete the shutout.

Stotts’ bat stole the show in game two as she went 3-4 sitting a double shy of hitting for the cycle, while Meyer went 3-3 and Harweger had a pair of base hits. Norman also had three hits in the win, racking two RBI. The pitching staff combined for another shutout win, as Wilson struckout four batters scattering nine hits over her six-inning victory, while Maple faced the minimum in her lone inning of work.

Marian will return home on Saturday to take on No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan, looking to gain ground on the Crossroads League standings as they enter play trailing the Wildcats by 1.5 games. First pitch on the ISC Sports Network is scheduled for 1 p.m.

EARLHAM BASEBALL

RICHMOND – The red hot Earlham College baseball team was stopped in its tracks by Bluffton University in a doubleheader at Sadler Stadium on Friday afternoon.

The Quakers fell to 18-8 (7-3 HCAC) while the Beavers improved to 11-14 (4-4 HCAC).

GAME ONE: EARLHAM 6   BLUFFTON 11

Christian Lancianese knocked a lead-off home run for the Quakers in the opening game of the series. Cameron McCabe hit another deep shot in the bottom of the second inning. Nathan Lancianese led the home squad in hits with three and recorded an RBI.

Justin Dillhoff started the game on the mound and tossed four innings with seven recorded strikeouts. The Quakers used four relief pitchers in the final five innings, who recorded two strikeouts and allowed six hits.

After the first inning, the score was tied at one. McCabe’s homer put the Quakers on top in the bottom of the second and a sac fly from Jeordon Kuderer made the score 3-1.

Bluffton scored two runs in the top of the third, followed by a run each in the fourth and fifth.

An RBI single from Maxwell Fries brought the score to 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Beavers added a run in the top of the sixth inning, and pulled away with three runs in the top of the ninth. A ball put in play by Nathan Lancianese in the bottom of the ninth resulted in two runs scored for the Quakers after an error, but the rally ended there.

GAME TWO: EARLHAM 3   BLUFFTON 9

Aidan Talarek started out on the mound and pitched seven complete innings with 10 recorded strikeouts for his second loss of the season. The senior allowed just seven hits on the afternoon, but three home runs in the opening three innings gave the Beavers the advantage. Jacob Renner pitched two innings in relief with one strikeout and three hits.

Christian Lancianese scored two hits and one RBI to lead Earlham in the second game of the series. Phoenix Guzzi also recorded multiple hits and scored the opening run for the Quakers in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Earlham will be back in action next Saturday for a doubleheader with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Sadler Stadium. The Engineers are currently in fourth place in the HCAC standings, one spot behind Earlham, with a record of 5-3 in the conference.

FRANKLIN SOFTBALL

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College softball team stepped out of conference play on Friday (Apr. 15) afternoon for a pair of games against the Flying Dutch of Hope College at Behrens Field.

The Grizzlies (13-12) used a power surge to take the opener 8-6, clubbing three home runs on their way to victory. The Flying Dutch (17-7) were able to take home a split after taking the second game 8-0 in five innings.

Game One: Franklin 8 – Hope 6

Facing a two-run deficit in the first, the Grizzly bats got right to work to take their first lead of the day. Sydney Bostic singled in Annie Kluemper for their first run and one batter later, Genesis Munoz swatted her first career home run over the left field wall to make it a 3-2 game.

Another Grizzly notched their first career round-tripper an inning later when Kluemper crushed a two-out, two-run home run to make it a 5-2 game. But the Dutch would answer with three runs in the third and another in the fourth to re-take the lead.

Hope loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but couldn’t bring in any insurance runs and the Grizzlies made them pay in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and Munoz and Molly Wallace on base with back-to-back singles, Makayla Plymale clubbed the first pitch she saw over the left field wall for her first home run of the year and an 8-6 Franklin lead.

Sydney Pitts (6-3) made the lead stand, retiring the final six batters she faced to win her third straight appearance. Savannah Shadday started her second game of the year, allowing three earned runs over four innings. Wallace went 3-for-3 at the plate with Munoz and Kluemper both recording two hits each.

Game Two: Hope 8 – Franklin 0 (5 inn.)

The Flying Dutch clubbed four home runs to put game two away, allowing just a pair of hits to Munoz and Eriana Wagner. Delanie Gourley (2-3) got the start in the circle, tossing two innings before Stephanni Kleber closed out the final three frames.

Up Next

Franklin is back at it in conference play on Saturday (Apr. 16) afternoon, when they host the Bluffton Beavers for two games starting at 1:00 p.m.

IWU BASEBALL

MARION, Ind. – Evan Salmon hit a home run in each game and now holds the record for the most home runs hit by a Wildcat in a single season. He passes Brandon Shaffer who hit 18 in 2016. The Wildcats dominated game one, winning 14-2. After trailing early in game two, Salmon’s record-breaking home run tied things up and propelled the Wildcats to a 13-6 victory.

Evan Salmon kicked things off in the first with his record-tying 18th home run of the season. He finished the first game with three hits and five RBIs.

The Wildcats jumped ahead early and never looked back, they scored the first eight runs of the game and scored in every inning except the second.

Hunter Hoffman had another dazzling performance on the mound, going five innings and striking out 11.

Denver Blinn had a home run, he also scored three runs and had three RBIs.

Jeff Morton added a home run while MJ Stavola contributed a triple.

The Wildcats hit five home runs in game two and none were bigger than Evan Salmon’s record-breaking blast in the fourth. Salmon sits tied for third in the NAIA for home runs this season. He breaks Brandon Shaffer’s record from 2016, Shaffer also led the Wildcats to their first ever NAIA National Tournament Birth in 2016. 

Jeff Morton had two home runs which gives him his first career multi-home run game, he finished with five RBIs and totaled three homers on the day.

MJ Stavola and Denver Blinn were the other two Wildcats with homers in the game. Blinn added to his good day with three more hits, three RBIs, and three runs scored.

Brennan Morehead earned the win by going four innings and striking out four. Jake Engelkes added two scoreless innings and three strikeouts.

Colby Jenkins, Bryce Ginder, and Luke Roman all contributed two hits, IWU had five hitters with multiple hits in the contest.

The series wraps up tomorrow as the Wildcats look to earn the series sweep. Game one is set for 1 p.m.

BETHEL WOMEN’S LAX

HOWELL, Mich. – Bethel Women’s Lacrosse earned a big win on Thursday with a 19-3 finish over Cleary on the road. Jenna Crockett broke the single game scoring record with eight goals on the day, breaking the previous record of seven last done by Becca Broadwick against Madonna last season.

MATCH VITALS

Score: Bethel def. Cleary 19-3

Records: Bethel (5-6, 3-4) | Cleary (2-9, 1-7)

NAIA Top 10 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Cleary – NR

Location: Lake Trust Stadium | Cleary University | Howell, Mich.

STAT TRACKER

Jenna Crockett: 8 goals, 2 assists, 14 shots

Becca Broadwick: 5 goals, 3 assists, 9 draw controls

Hope Tempelman: 3 goals, 4 draw controls

Samantha Swope: 11 saves

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Pilots went on scoring runs of five straight to open the game and nine straight to open the second half.

The Pilots outshot the Cougars 44-17, including 17-0 in the third quarter alone. Cleary totaled 17 shots on the day.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots host Concordia. (Mich.) at Leighton Stadium in South Bend on Friday at 4:00 pm.

ST. FRANCIS BASEBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Friday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (23-18; 13-13 Crossroads) would take on the Grace University Lancers (14-21; 8-14 Crossroads) today in a hot and sunny afternoon doubleheader, and swept both games winning by scores of 5-3 and 2-1.

As the first game got underway, the game would open in the top of the first with the Lancers coming out hot, hitting a line drive to center field allowing a runner to score. But the cougars would respond to this run in the bottom of the first. As David Miller would hit a line drive past the second baseman allowing Xavier Nolan to score. This would tie the game at 1-1 for the next few innings.

However, the Cougars would finally break out into a hit parade in the bottom of the third. It would start with Sam Pesa hitting a double that would allow three-run RBI making it 4-1. Then Jayden Lepper would hit a double to center field allowing Pesa to finish what he started, extending the lead to 5-1 ending the third inning.

The Lancers would respond with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth to let a runner score making it 5-2, it would be the only response they could muster for a while. Another sacrifice fly would come in the top of the fifth for the Lancers to make it 5-3.

Cougar pitcher Casey Henry would go to work not allowing another run through 8 straight innings. As Collin Wood would relieve him in the top of the ninth, the Cougars would secure their 5-3 victory on a triple play to end the game. The Cougars would run away taking the victory in the first game of the series.

As the Cougars and Lancers started the second game of the series, the narrative would sound similar to the start of the first game. The Lancers would hit another line drive to center field allowing a runner to score making it 1-0 in the top of the second. But the Cougars are a team that loves to respond to the offensive challenge. Jayden Lepper would hit a double, steal to third on an error, and run to home on a single by Brendan Lytle to make it a 1-1 tie game ending the second.

The game would be a long defensive battle between both teams, as the game would be scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth pinch hitter, Mike Jovanovic would hit a line drive to centerfield allowing Jose Valdez-Sandoval to score making it a 2-1 Cougar lead.

Cougars pitcher Corey Wolter would seal the game by not allowing a single run the rest of his time on the mound. The Cougars would overcome the Lancers winning the game 2-1 and winning the Friday series. It would be a Good Friday all around for the Cougars.

The Cougars will return to doubleheader action Saturday when they wrap up their four-game series against Grace at Cougar Field beginning at 1:00 pm.

GOSHEN SOFTBALL

GOSHEN, Ind. – The MVNU softball team has won six straight games after winning twice in Goshen on Good Friday. The Cougars, who are receiving votes in the NAIA coaches poll, won their games 6-5 and 8-3.

The Cougars got one run across early in the first inning, but Goshen’s Mia Pawelski was shutting down the Cougars through the next four.

At the plate, Ri Koteles put Goshen’s first runs on the board with a two-run homer in the third that scored Shea VanScoter and gave the Maple Leafs the lead. Edith Vega added on in the fourth with a sacrifice fly to right-center that scored Grace Schmitt.

Pawelski was still on the mound in the sixth when a dropped ball resulted in a Goshen error, and five unearned runs scored before the inning came to an end. All of a sudden, the Cougars led 6-3.

VanScoter connected on a pitch in the bottom of the sixth – a single that scored two runs and brought Goshen to within one. The Leafs held MVNU in the top of the seventh, but the home team couldn’t score either, and Mount Vernon left game one with a win.

Mia Pawelski allowed six runs in 5.2 innings, but only one of them was earned. Alyssa Hartman pitched the remaining 1.1 innings – not allowing any hits, runs, or walks while striking out two.

VanScoter had three of Goshen’s eight hits. She knocked in two runs and scored one herself.

MVNU began game two with two runs in the first and another in the second with Alyssa Hartman on the mound. But Kyra Wilson hit an RBI single to right in the bottom of the second, making the score 3-1. After Mount Vernon hit an RBI triple, the Maple Leafs had another RBI single to right in the fourth – this time from Kaylee Kates to cut the Cougars’ lead back to two.

Feeling the pressure, MVNU put up four runs in the fifth, capped off with Nevaeh Clark’s two-RBI single. Down 8-2, Grace Schmitt hit a home run to right-center in the sixth. Neither team scored in the seventh, and 8-3 was the final score.

The Cougars had 13 hits, with three each from Kylee Matern and Kaycee Ollis. Claire Ouellette and Schmitt combined for half of Goshen’s eight hits.

Mount Vernon Nazarene is 25-7 and 15-5 in the Crossroads League, and Goshen is now 16-20 and 6-16 in conference. The Leafs play at Grace on Saturday, April 16, at 1:00 pm. The next home game is Tuesday, April 19, against Taylor at 3:00 pm.

GOSHEN BASEBALL

MARION, Ind. – Jeff Morton hit three home runs on the day as the Wildcats used their eight homers to push past the Maple Leafs in Marion on Good Friday. IWU won game one 14-2 and game two 13-6 – each in seven innings.

Evan Salmon hit the first of three Wildcats home runs in game one – a two-run shot in the first with two outs. He brought in another run in the third on a single to center, making the score 3-0. Indiana Wesleyan had a walk with the bases loaded and a sac fly to score twice more in the inning and go up 5-0.

Two more home runs came in the fourth inning off the bats of Denver Blinn and Jeff Morton. Down 8-0, Goshen’s Joshua Rubio put matters into his own hands by smacking a two-run shot that scored Evan Creager and cut the deficit to six.

However, Salmon and Blinn still weren’t done yet. Blinn hit a two-RBI single to center in the bottom of the fifth, and two more runners scored when Salmon doubled to left later in the inning. IWU scored four times in the fifth and added two more in the sixth to win game one by run rule, 14-2.

Salmon was 3-4 with five RBIs. Blinn went 2-3 with three runs and three RBIs. The Maple Leafs went through six pitchers in the game, but the loss went to starter Evan Creager. He allowed two runs in his one inning pitched. Kaleb Bodfish had the best outing of Goshen’s pitchers – striking out two, walking none, and not allowing any hits in his one inning on the mound.

Goshen managed just three hits offensively. Besides Rubio’s homer, Peyton Smith and Evan Creager each hit singles. Indiana Wesleyan’s Hunter Hoffman struck out 11 in five innings pitched.

The Leafs offense struck early in game two, but IWU found their swing again in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. The Wildcats connected on five homers – putting their total for the day at eight.

Camm Nickell and Morgan Baker each hit RBI doubles in the first, followed by Creager’s single that scored Baker and Joseph Cerda. Goshen kept that 4-0 lead until the bottom of the third. At that point, Morton and Salmon hit their second homers of the day, and the teams were tied at the end of four.

In the fourth, Jenner Rodammer advanced a base on an error before being picked off between second and third. Giacomo Padilla scored on the play, and GC retook the lead. It wouldn’t stay for long, though, as the Wildcats hit two more home runs in the bottom half of the inning. In the fifth, Morton hit his third home run of the day – a three-run shot that pushed the lead to 13-5.

Nickell hit a single to right that brought Nate Lange home in the seventh, but that was the end for the Leafs in a 13-6 defeat.

Nickell was 3-4 in the game with two doubles, two RBIs, and a run. Rodammer was 2-4 and Creager had two RBIs. For IWU, Morton was 2-4 with two home runs, two runs, and five RBIs. Blinn matched his game one totals with three more runs and three more RBIs.

Peyton Smith got the loss on the mound. He allowed seven earned runs in three innings despite not walking any batters.

Indiana Wesleyan improves to 23-18 and 16-10 in the Crossroads League. They have scored at least eight runs in each of their last four games. Goshen drops to 9-29 and 4-22 in conference play. The teams wrap up the series in Marion tomorrow, Saturday, April 16, at 1:00 pm.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball lost the opening game of a doubleheader to Truman State University, 6-5, Friday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. The second game of the doubleheader was halted due to rain in the sixth inning with Truman State leading, 11-1. The halted game will restart Saturday with two outs in the top of the sixth.

The Screaming Eagles, currently, are 14-19 overall and 3-7 in the GLVC, while Truman State is 14-21, 4-6 GLVC.  

Game 1:

USI scored in each of the first four inning but could not hang on in dropping the opener, 6-5. 

The Eagles posted a tally in the first, second, and third to take an early 3-0 lead. Junior centerfielder Ren Tachioka (Japan) gave USI a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly, while junior rightfielder Trent Robinson (Louisville, Kentucky) and Tachioka scored in the second and third, respectively, on wild pitches.

The Bulldogs rallied to cut the Eagles’ advantage to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. USI got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore first baseman Michael Conner (Moline, Illinois) crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by junior leftfielder Evan Kahre (Evansville, Indiana) for a 4-2 lead.

The new two-run lead would not last long as the Bulldogs knotted the game at 4-4 with a pair of tallies in the fifth. Truman took its first lead of the game in the sixth, 6-4,    with two runs for the third-straight inning.

Senior right-hander Brice Stuteville (Rockport, Indiana) took the loss, allowing six runs in 5.1 innings of work. Stuteville gave up six hits and four walks, while striking out six.

Up Next for the Eagles:

Following the completion of Friday’s game two, the Eagles and the Bulldogs conclude the series Saturday with a nine-inning game.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) and senior third baseman Mary Bean (Schaumburg, Illinois) hit two-run home runs in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, as University of Southern Indiana Softball rallied for a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader split with No. 5 University of Indianapolis Friday afternoon.

The No. 17 Screaming Eagles (31-9, 17-1 GLVC) saw their 18-game win streak come to an end with a 4-3 setback in the opener before earning a 4-3 win in the nightcap.

Indianapolis (35-5, 15-3 GLVC) scored twice in the bottom of the first inning of game one to take a 2-0 lead. The Greyhounds added two more in the fifth to extend their lead to 4-0.

USI, however, got three straight runners on base to lead off the top of the sixth before an RBI-single by senior designated player Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana) broke up the shutout bid. Sophomore catcher Sammie Kihega (Greenfield, Indiana) followed with a bases-loaded walk as the Eagles cut UIndy’s lead in half without an out on the board.

Bean was hit by a pitch two batters later to push across another run as USI had the tying run at third base with just one out.

UIndy, however, got two straight outs to end USI’s threat. Junior pitcher Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana) kept the Greyhounds off the board in the bottom of the sixth, but USI was unable to score in the top of the seventh as UIndy held on for its 11th straight win.

Goodin (7-1) was charged with her first loss of the season after giving up four runs off nine hits in six innings of work.

In game two, the Greyhounds once again struck first with a solo home run in the home half of the second to take a 1-0 advantage. UIndy got a 2-run double in the fourth and the Greyhounds led 3-0 before the Eagles were able to get a hit on the board.

USI, however, broke up the no-hit bid with a Kihega single in the fifth, then got a two-run home run by Fair in the sixth to break up the shutout bid.

The Eagles got a lead-off walk by Kihega in the seventh to put the tying run on base. After a pop-up by freshman pitcher Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana) in the next at-bat put UIndy within two outs of a sweep, Bean stepped up and hit her second home run in the last six days to give USI its first lead of the afternoon.

Gotshall gave up a single to lead off the bottom of the seventh, but a groundball double play in the next at-bat put USI within an out of the split. After a walk, USI went back to freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana), who got a strikeout for the game-clinching third out.

Newman picked up her first career save despite starting the game in the circle, while Gotshall (7-0) earned the win in relief after blanking the Greyhounds through 2 1/3 innings of work. Newman gave up three runs off two hits and seven walks before being pulled from the circle in the fifth.

USI, which maintains a two-game lead in the GLVC standings following the split, returns to action Saturday at noon when it hosts McKendree University in a GLVC doubleheader at the USI Softball Field.

The Bearcats (16-20, 8-12 GLVC) have lost three straight games and four of the last five.

Notes:

• Bean has racked up 10 RBI in the last four games, pushing her total to a career-high 20 on the season. USI has seven players with 20 or more RBI on the year and nine players with at least 11 or more RBI.

• Fair hit her team-leading sixth home run of the season Friday. She also leads USI with 13 doubles and 37 RBI.

• While USI was unable to extend its win streak, the Eagles did put themselves in position to clinch a spot in the GLVC Tournament Saturday. USI needs just one win to secure a berth in the league’s post-season tournament after missing the event a year ago.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1895       The name Detroit Creams, inspired by owner George Vanderbeck who boasted the Western League team would be the “cream of the league,” lasts only a season. The club becomes known as the Tigers after Detroit Cost-free Press editor Philip Reid headlines a story, Strouthers’ Tigers Showed Up Very Nicely.

1928       Braves’ pitcher Charlie Robertson has his glove removed from the game by umpire Charley Moran after the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) complain the ball is acting strangely. The Boston hurler still manages to win, 3-2.

1929       In a 5-4 Opening Day victory over Detroit at League Park, Indians’ rookie center fielder Earl Averill homers on a 0-2 pitch off Detroit’s hurler Earl Whitehill, becoming the first American Leaguer to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The ‘Earl of Snohomish’ will also be the first future Hall of Famer to accomplish the feat.

1929       On Opening Day, the Indians become the first team to permanently wear numbers on their jerseys when they edge Detroit at League Park, 5-4. The Tribe beat the Yankees in becoming the first team to regularly don digits when rain postpones the earlier-scheduled Bronx Bombers’ contest against Boston in New York.

1935       With the band playing Jingle Bells at Boston’s Braves Field on a snowy day with near-freezing temperatures, Babe Ruth makes his National league debut, hitting a homer and a single off Giants’ legend Carl Hubbell. The Braves beat New York, 4-2, but the team will win only 37 more games this season.

1938       The Cardinals deal a declining Dizzy Dean to Chicago for RHP Curt Davis, LHP Clyde Shoun, outfielder Tuck Stainback, and $185,000. During his four years in the Windy City, the future Hall of Fame right-hander will compile a 16-8 record for the Cubs.

1940       On a chilly day, the White Sox team batting average does not change when Indian fireballer Bob Feller hurls an Opening Day no-hitter, beating Chicago at Comiskey Park, 1-0. Each Pale Hose batter starts and ends the game with a .000 BA.

1940       On Opening Day at Griffith Stadium, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s errant ceremonial first pitch smashes a Washington Post camera. After the Chief Executive tosses his wild throw, Red Sox hurler Lefty Grove shows more control, blanking the Senators, 1-0.

1946       Before the Senators’ 6-3 loss to the Red Sox at Griffith Stadium, Harry Truman becomes the first President to throw the ceremonial first pitch left-handed. On Opening Day in 1950, the southpaw Commander-in-Chief will make two tosses, one left-handed and one right-handed.

1946       On Opening Day, Mel Ott hits his 511th and final home run of his career in the Giants’ 8-4 victory over Philadelphia at the Polo Grounds, a ballpark in which he has hit 63% of his round-trippers. The 37 year-old player-manager, who has two hundred more homers than any other National Leaguer, will retire third on the all-time list, trailing only Babe Ruth (714) and Jimmie Foxx (534).

1946       “An Apology to Braves Fans – The management will reimburse any of its patrons for any expense to which they might have been put for necessary cleansing of clothing as a result of paint damage.” –

As a result of the newly painted grandstand seats not yet wholly dried, about 5,000 fans attending Boston’s home opener against the Dodgers left Braves Field with green paint covering much of their clothing. The team takes out newspaper ads to apologize to the affected patrons, agreeing to reimburse any expense caused by the mishap, an offer costing the team $6,000, after generating nearly 13,000 claims, including some from as far away as California and Nebraska.

1948       The future superstation WGN-TV televises a baseball game for the first time. With Jack Brickhouse doing the play-by-play, the White Sox beat the Cubs 4-1 in the first game of the Windy City Classic played at Wrigley Field.

1953       In a Forbes Field contest in which Pittsburgh will prevail, 14-12, the Phillies score nine times, and the Pirates tally six runs in the fifth inning, tying the National League record when 15 batters cross home plate during the frame. Philadelphia’s second baseman Connie Ryan establishes a new team record with six hits, four singles, and two doubles in six at-bats.

1954       The Tigers refuse to play a game against Detroit scheduled for Good Friday, a somber Holy Day observed by many Christian fans. The contest will be made up on August 19, setting up a rare Thursday afternoon doubleheader, one of ten twin bills the Tribe will play at Cleveland Stadium this season.

1957       Andre Rodgers becomes the first Bahamian to play in the major leagues, grounding into a 6-4 force play in the top of the second inning of the Giants’ 9-2 loss at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. The 22-year-old shortstop’s roommate and fellow Caribbean, Valmy Thomas, entering the game in the sixth to replace catcher Wes Westrum, also becomes the first native of the Virgin Islands to play in a big-league game.

1957       Before the Phillies’ home opener, the team dedicates a statue of Connie Mack as part of the Opening Day ceremonies. The eight-foot statue of the ‘Tall Tactician,’ which depicts the A’s long-time owner and manager with one foot in the dugout and one foot on the top step of it, waving his trademark scorecard to position his players, was created by well-known sculptor Harry Rosin.

1959       Dave Philley, who established a big-league mark by getting his eighth straight pinch-hit on the final day of the campaign last year, extends the remarkable streak when he doubles off Lew Burdette in his first pinch-hitting appearance this season. Although Rusty Staub of the Mets will tie his single-season mark in 1983, the Phillies’ premier pinch-hitter will remain the leader for consecutive hits coming off the bench with nine, albeit over two years.

1962       Philadelphia’s Cal McLish and Bob Gibson of the Cardinals both fail to finish an inning when each starter allows six runs to score in the first frame. Ernie Broglio gets the win, tossing 8.1 innings of shutout ball in the Redbirds’ 12-6 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium.

1963       In the County Stadium home opener, Eddie Mathews hits his 400th career home run off Phillies’ right-hander Jack Hamilton, propelling the Braves to their fifth consecutive win after starting the season with two losses. The Milwaukee third baseman’s two-run shot puts him seventh on the all-time home run list, behind only Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Mel Ott, Lou Gehrig, and Stan Musial.

1964       Water from the Gowanus Canal, which flows near Dodgers’ old home Ebbets Field, and water from the Harlem River, located near the Polo Grounds, once the Giants and the Mets home ballpark, is blessed and used to christened Shea Stadium. The ballpark’s namesake, Bill Shea, credited with bringing the National League back to New York, pours the water from two bottles, blessing the Flushing Meadow structure on the eve of its debut.

1966       On the second day of the season, Jack Fischer gives up just five hits in his complete-game effort, beating Atlanta at Shea Stadium, 3-1. The win represents the Mets’ earliest victory in franchise history.

1972       On the second day of the season, 22-year-old Burt Hooton, making his fourth career start, no-hits the Phillies at Wrigley Field, 4-0. The Cubs right-hander, who pitched 21.1 innings for the team last season, becomes the 12th rookie to throw a no-hitter.

1972       At the Astrodome on the second day of the season, Dave Kingman completes a cycle with a seventh-inning three-run homer in the Giants’ 10–6 victory over Houston. The 23-year-old sophomore made his debut at third base yesterday, a position will play at times for San Francisco, but will be remembered mainly as an outfielder/first baseman during his 16-year career with seven teams.

1975       After making the second of two poor starts for the Dodgers, Juan Marichal, who signed with the team as a free agent, appears in his final major league game. The 37-year-old ‘Dominican Dandy’ finishes his 16-year Hall of Fame career with more complete games (244) than the total of his victories (243).

1978       Cardinal Bob Forsch no-hits the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0. Less than a year later, Bob’s brother Ken of the Houston Astros will pitch a no-hitter against Atlanta, making the siblings the first brothers to throw no-hitters in the big leagues.

1983       Padres’ first baseman Steve Garvey appears in his 1,118th straight game, breaking the National League record established by Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams playing for the Cubs in 1970. In his return to Dodger Stadium, the former LA infielder for 13 seasons sees his consecutive game streak end at 1,207, the third-longest span in major league history when he suffers a dislocated thumb as a result of a collision at home plate in July.

1984       In his first three at-bats, A’s Dave Kingman hits three home runs, including a grand slam, driving in eight runs against the Mariners in a 9-6 victory. ‘Sky King’ will compile five three-round-tripper games during his 16-year career, second only to Johnny Mize, who accomplished the feat six times from 1938 to 1950 while with the Cardinals and Yankees.

1988       The Braves establish a National League record for losses at the start of a season by losing their tenth consecutive game. With a 7-4 defeat to the Dodgers, Atlanta surpasses the mark, previously owned by four teams, including the infamous 1919 Braves and the 1962 Mets.

1988       Although better known for his contributions as a Dodger, the Padres retire the uniform #6 worn by Steve Garvey, who signed a $6.6 million, five-year deal as a free agent in December 1982. The All-Star first baseman, the first to be so honored by the franchise, enjoyed five solid seasons, batting .275, and hit the most dramatic home run in Friar’s history, an elimination-staving walk-off homer in Game 4 of the NLCS for the eventual National League champs.

1989       Blue Jay third baseman Kelly Gruber becomes the first player to hit for the cycle in franchise history when he singles in the eighth inning of the team’s 15-8 win against Kansas City. The 27-year-old All-Star infielder’s Toronto teammates buy him a tricycle to recognize the Exhibition Stadium accomplishment.

1994       A Colorado National Guard contingent escorts the ‘dinosaur egg,’ ‘uncovered’ during the excavation for Coors Field into Mile High Stadium, where it hatches to reveal a purple triceratops named Dinger, the Rockies’ new mascot. The inspiration for using a three-horned dinosaur as the team’s good luck charm results from the actual discovery of some dinosaur fossils throughout the new ballpark’s construction site, including a 7-foot-long triceratops skull that weighed half a ton.

1997       The Cubs set the record for the worst start in National League history when they extend their losing streak to 12 games with a 4-0 loss to Colorado at Wrigley Field. Chicago surpasses the previous Senior Circuit mark of 0-11, established in 1884 by the Detroit Wolverines.

1999       Jim Leyland becomes the 45th manager to win 1,000 games when his Rockies beat San Diego, 6-4. The Colorado skipper won 851 games during his 11-year tenure with the Pirates, 146 victories, and a World Championship for the Marlins during his two seasons with Florida.

2000       Indian starter Chuck Finley, who was already the only pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning twice, does it for the third time. The southpaw whiffs Tom Evans, Royce Clayton, Chad Curtis (who takes first on a passed ball), and Rafael Palmeiro in the third inning, goes the distance in the complete-game victory when Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome hit back-to-back homers in the Tribe’s 2-1 walk-off win over the Rangers.

2006       Thanks to the outstanding pitching of Brett Myers, and the Phillies bullpen, Philadelphia beats the Rockies, 1-0. The Colorado defeat marks the first time the team has lost a 1-0 decision during their decade of playing at Coors Field.

2008       Kyle Kendrick, who posted a 10-4 record and an ERA under 4.00 last season as a rookie, is stunned when he hears about his trade to Japan for Takeru Kobayashi, a champion hot dog eater. The bogus deal, an elaborate hoax that includes skipper Charlie Manuel, assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr., fellow hurler Brett Myers, and members of the media, totally fools the Phillies sophomore pitcher.

2009       Grady Sizemore’s grand slam spoils the debut of the new Yankee Stadium, an eventual Cleveland 10-2 rout over the Bronx Bombers. The Indians outfielder’s decisive blast off Damaso Marte is the keynote hit of the Tribe’s nine-run seventh inning, a frame that started with the score tied at 1-1.

2011       Johnny Damon walk-off single accounts for winning run in the Rays’ 4-3 victory over Minnesota at Tropicana Field. The 37 year-old designated hitter’s accomplishment marks the first time in nine years a batter collects five consecutive game-winning RBIs.

2011       Owasso High School senior Dylan Bundy, who will finish the academic season with an 11-0 record, a 0.20 ERA, and 158 strikeouts/5 walks in 71 innings pitched, throws a fastball that clocked at 100 mph. The Orioles will select the 18-year-old Oklahoman as their first-round pick (4th overall) in the June MLB Amateur Draft.

2013       In tribute to the victims of yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombings, the fans at Yankee Stadium sing Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, the anthem of their American League East rivals. Before the contest against Arizona, the Bronx Bombers display their logo next to the Red Sox emblem with the words “United We Stand” on an outside video board.

2015       Giancarlo Stanton becomes the Marlins’ all-time home run leader when he goes deep off Dillon Gee in the first inning of the team’s 7-5 loss to New York at Citi Field. The 25-year-old right fielder’s two-run blast, his 155th round-tripper for Miami, surpasses the franchise mark established in 2010 by Dan Uggla.

TV SATURDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
KENTUCKY AT MISSOURI2:00PMSECN
FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT7:00PMSECN
COLLEGE GYMNASTICSTIME ETTV
WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS1:00PMABC
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
TEXAS A&M AT TENNESSEE2:00PMESPNU
ST. JOHN’S AT DEPAUL2:30PMCBSSN
GEORGIA AT MISSOURI6:00PMESPN2
KENTUCKY AT ARKANSAS8:00PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA: RBC HERITAGE1:00PMGOLF
PGA: RBC HERITAGE3:00PMCBS
LPGA: LOTTE CHAMPIONSHIP7:00PMGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
ARIZONA AT NY METS1:10PMESPN+
BALLY SPORTS
NESN
TAMPA BAY AT CHI. WHITE SOX2:10PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
OAKLAND AT TORONTO3:07PMNBCS-CA
SPORTSNET
ATLANTA AT SAN DIEGO4:05PMFS1
BALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT KANSAS CITY8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MINNESOTA AT BOSTON4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NESN
PHILADELPHIA AT MIAMI6:10PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
SAN FRANCISCO AT CLEVELAND6:10PMNBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
WASHINGTON AT PITTSBURGH6:35PMMASN/2
ATTSN-PIT
NY YANKEES AT BALTIMORE7:05PMYES
MASN/2
LA ANGELS AT TEXAS7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT MILWAUKEE7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
CHI. CUBS AT COLORADO8:10PMMARQ
ATTSN-RM
HOUSTON AT SEATTLE9:10PMATTSN-SW
ROOT SPORTS
CINCINNATI AT LA DODGERS10:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
MMATIME ETTV
WELTERWEIGHTS: VICENTE LUQUE VS. BELAL MUHAMMAD8:30PMESPN
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
AMA SUPERCROSS3:00PMNBC
NASCAR TRUCK: PINTY’S TRUCK RACE ON DIRT8:00PMFS1
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 1: UTAH AT DALLAS1:00PMESPN
FIRST ROUND GAME 1: TBA AT MEMPHIS3:30PMESPN
FIRST ROUND GAME 1: TORONTO AT PHILADELPHIA6:00PMESPN
FIRST ROUND GAME 1: DENVER AT GOLDEN STATE8:30PMABC
NHLTIME ETTV
PITTSBURGH AT BOSTON12:30PMNHLN
NBCS-PIT
NESN
CHICAGO AT NASHVILLE12:30PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
DETROIT AT NY RANGERS12:30PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG
MINNESOTA AT ST. LOUIS3:00PMABC
ESPN+
VEGAS AT EDMONTON4:00PMATTSN-RM
SPORTSNET
TORONTO AT OTTAWA7:00PMNHLN
SPORTSNET
PHILADELPHIA AT BUFFALO7:00PMNBCS-PHI
MSG-BUF
WASHINGTON AT MONTREAL7:00PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-WSH
WINNIPEG AT TAMPA BAY7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
SAN JOSE AT DALLAS8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
CAROLINA AT COLORADO9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ALT
NEW JERSEY AT SEATTLE10:00PMMSG+
ROOT SPORTS
ARIZONA AT CALGARY10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
COLUMBUS AT LOS ANGELES10:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SERIE A: CAGLIARI VS SASSUOLO6:30AMPARAMOUNT+
SCOTTISH FA CUP: HEARTS VS HIBERNIAN7:15AMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION7:30AMUSA
LA LIGA: ELCHE VS MALLORCA8:00AMESPN+
SERIE A: UDINESE VS EMPOLI8:30AMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: SAMPDORIA VS SALERNITANA8:30AMPARAMOUNT+
BUNDESLIGA: BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS WOLFSBURG9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: MAINZ 05 VS STUTTGART9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: FREIBURG VS BOCHUM9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: AUGSBURG VS HERTHA BSC9:30AMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: SOUTHAMPTON VS ARSENAL10:00AMCNBC
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: MANCHESTER UNITED VS NORWICH CITY10:00AMUSA
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: WATFORD VS BRENTFORD10:00AMPEACOCK
LA LIGA: DEPORTIVO ALAVÉS VS RAYO VALLECANO10:15AMESPN+
SERIE A: FIORENTINA VS VENEZIA10:30AMPARAMOUNT+
ENGLAND FA CUP: MANCHESTER CITY VS LIVERPOOL10:30AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: SAINT-ÉTIENNE VS BREST11:00AMBEIN SPORTS
BUNDESLIGA: BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH VS KÖLN12:30PMESPN+
LA LIGA: VALENCIA VS OSASUNA12:30PMESPN+
SERIE A: JUVENTUS VS BOLOGNA12:30PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: SAN LORENZO VS PLATENSE1:00PMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: LAZIO VS TORINO2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: LILLE VS LENS3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
LA LIGA: GETAFE VS VILLARREAL3:00PMESPN+
MLS: CF MONTRÉAL VS VANCOUVER WHITECAPS3:00PMESPN+
BRASILEIRÃO: GOIÁS VS PALMEIRAS3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: SJ EARTHQUAKES VS NASHVILLE SC3:30PMESPN+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: COLÓN VS INDEPENDIENTE3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: CORINTHIANS VS AVAÍ6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: AMÉRICA MINEIRO VS JUVENTUDE6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: HOUSTON DYNAMO VS PORTLAND TIMBERS6:00PMESPN+
MLS: ATLANTA UNITED VS CINCINNATI6:00PMESPN+
LIGA MX: LEÓN VS PUEBLA6:00PMTUDN
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BARRACAS CENTRAL VS ESTUDIANTES6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: NEW YORK RB VS DALLAS7:00PMESPN+
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: ORLANDO PRIDE VS NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: RACING LOUISVILLE FC VS CHICAGO RED STARS7:30PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: TORONTO FC VS PHILADELPHIA UNION7:30PMESPN+
MLS: NEW ENGLAND VS CHARLOTTE7:30PMESPN+
MLS: DC UNITED VS AUSTIN7:30PMESPN+
MLS: COLUMBUS CREW VS ORLANDO CITY SC7:30PMESPN+
BRASILEIRÃO: CUIABÁ VS FLUMINENSE8:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGA MX: TIGRES UANL VS TOLUCA8:00PMUNIVISION
MLS: MINNESOTA UNITED VS COLORADO RAPIDS8:00PMESPN+
MLS: CHICAGO FIRE VS LA GALAXY8:00PMESPN+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: RACING CLUB VS UNIÓN SANTA FE8:30PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGA MX: CRUZ AZUL VS GUADALAJARA10:00PMUNIVISION
MLS: SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC VS INTER MIAMI10:00PMFS1
USFLTIME ETTV
NEW JERSEY AT BIRMINGHAM7:30PMFOX
NBC

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
TORONTO53.6253 – 12 – 22 – 20 – 03 – 15 – 3W 1
NY YANKEES44.50014 – 30 – 14 – 40 – 00 – 04 – 4L 1
TAMPA BAY44.50014 – 30 – 13 – 00 – 11 – 34 – 4L 3
BOSTON34.4291.50 – 13 – 31 – 22 – 20 – 03 – 4L 1
BALTIMORE25.2862.52 – 20 – 31 – 30 – 00 – 02 – 5W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
CHI WHITE SOX52.7143 – 12 – 11 – 02 – 12 – 15 – 2W 1
CLEVELAND43.57110 – 14 – 20 – 02 – 20 – 04 – 3L 1
DETROIT44.5001.52 – 42 – 01 – 23 – 20 – 04 – 4W 2
MINNESOTA34.42922 – 41 – 01 – 00 – 02 – 23 – 4W 1
KANSAS CITY25.28632 – 40 – 10 – 02 – 40 – 02 – 5L 5
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON43.5710 – 04 – 30 – 00 – 03 – 24 – 3L 2
LA ANGELS44.5000.53 – 31 – 10 – 00 – 02 – 44 – 4W 1
OAKLAND44.5000.50 – 04 – 43 – 20 – 00 – 04 – 4L 1
SEATTLE44.5000.51 – 03 – 40 – 03 – 41 – 04 – 4W 2
TEXAS25.28621 – 31 – 21 – 20 – 01 – 12 – 5L 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS62.7501 – 05 – 25 – 20 – 01 – 06 – 2W 3
ATLANTA45.4442.53 – 41 – 11 – 22 – 21 – 14 – 5W 1
WASHINGTON45.4442.51 – 33 – 23 – 41 – 10 – 04 – 5W 1
MIAMI34.4292.52 – 01 – 42 – 00 – 01 – 23 – 4W 2
PHILADELPHIA35.37533 – 30 – 21 – 40 – 00 – 03 – 5L 4
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
ST. LOUIS42.6673 – 11 – 10 – 03 – 20 – 04 – 2W 1
CHI CUBS43.5710.52 – 12 – 20 – 03 – 21 – 14 – 3L 1
MILWAUKEE44.50011 – 13 – 30 – 02 – 30 – 04 – 4L 1
PITTSBURGH34.4291.52 – 21 – 21 – 12 – 30 – 03 – 4L 1
CINCINNATI26.25030 – 22 – 42 – 20 – 00 – 22 – 6L 4
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
COLORADO52.7143 – 22 – 00 – 01 – 12 – 15 – 2W 1
LA DODGERS52.7142 – 03 – 20 – 02 – 01 – 25 – 2W 4
SAN FRANCISCO52.7144 – 21 – 02 – 10 – 02 – 15 – 2W 3
SAN DIEGO54.55611 – 14 – 31 – 10 – 04 – 35 – 4L 1
ARIZONA25.28632 – 40 – 10 – 10 – 01 – 32 – 5L 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-FLORIDA PANTHERS74531561125031121732-6-021-9-69-1-0
2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES75481981044724718027-8-421-11-45-4-1
3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS74482061024628622927-8-221-12-48-1-1
4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS75482161024423119124-8-424-13-27-2-1
5 X-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING7445218984324320823-7-622-14-25-3-2
6 X-PITTSBURGH PENGUINS76432211974025321321-12-522-10-64-5-1
BOSTON BRUINS7445245954323120222-13-223-11-35-5-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS74412310923625221919-15-522-8-56-4-0
NEW YORK ISLANDERS7435309793320620619-13-416-17-57-3-0
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS7435336763124027419-15-416-18-23-4-3
11 DETROIT RED WINGS74293510682621328118-14-711-21-33-4-3
12 BUFFALO SABRES76273811652421027214-18-613-20-54-5-1
13 OTTAWA SENATORS7428406622720023913-21-315-19-35-4-1
14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS7426426582322827416-17-410-25-23-6-1
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS74234011572219026913-19-610-21-52-8-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS75204411511719328710-22-410-22-72-7-1
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-COLORADO AVALANCHE74541461145028720230-4-324-10-39-0-1
CALGARY FLAMES7445209994325918722-9-723-11-26-3-1
MINNESOTA WILD7346216984127122526-7-220-14-47-1-2
ST. LOUIS BLUES74442010984227421125-9-419-11-69-0-1
EDMONTON OILERS7543266923926023523-12-120-14-57-2-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS76392710883522022518-16-421-11-64-5-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS7442275894023721423-13-019-14-55-4-1
DALLAS STARS7442275893821722023-10-319-17-26-2-2
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7541295873724422221-14-320-15-27-2-1
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS75372810843422421117-14-620-14-46-2-2
11 WINNIPEG JETS75352911813323123819-15-316-14-85-4-1
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS76293314722521324916-17-513-16-92-5-3
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS73293311692719023416-16-513-17-61-6-3
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS74253811612019926412-20-613-18-52-6-2
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN7323446522118925512-21-311-23-34-6-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES7422475492118227810-25-112-22-42-7-1
 

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