INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

SOUTH-CENTRAL 11 KOUTS 6

MITCHELL 6 PERRY CENTRAL 1

BOONE GROVE 4 HEBRON 0

FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 2 FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 0

FREMONT 13 EDON 1

YORKTOWN 14 DALEVILLE 2

JAC CEN DEL 11 SOUTH RIPLEY 1

WAPAHANI 13 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 3

COLDWATER 7 S. ADAMS 2

CASTLE 13 OWENSBORO 2

COVINGTON 8 WEST LAFAYETTE 7

WES DEL 12 LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 2

JAY COUNTY 10 SHENANDOAH 6

HENRYVILLE 11 TRINITY LUTHERAN 0

WYOMING 6 CTHS 5

LASALLE 10 LAWRENCEBURG 0

UNION CITY 3 BLUE RIVER VALLEY 1

EVANSVILLE NORTH 12 N. POSEY 0

OWEN VALLEY 11 EASTERN GREENE 5

RIVERTON PARKE 13 S. VERMILLION 7

LAPEL 13 FRANKTON 2

HAUSER 8 WALDRON 6

LOOGOOTEE 14 SHOALS 0

WARSAW 3 PLYMOUTH 1

MOORESVILLE 7 CASCADE 0

RISING SUN 14 SHAW MEMORIAL 1

SCOTTSBURG 20 PAOLI 0

EAST NOBLE 9 WESTVIEW 3

WHITKO 10 LAKELAND 1

BREBEUF 8 CATHEDRAL 4

HERITAGE 19 FORT WAYNE NORTH 1

NORWELL 10 ANGOLA 2

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 8 GREENCASTLE 6

NORTHEASTERN 10 KNIGHTSTOWN 0

BLOOMFIELD 13 ORLEANS 1

NORTH MIAMI 3 CLINTON CENTRAL 5

LAWRENCE NORTH 9 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 1

BENTON CENTRAL 13 TRI-COUNTY 1

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 14 FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 0

FRANKLIN COUNTY 7 HAGERSTOWN 5

MUNCIE BURRIS 6 BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 5

MARTINSVILLE 3 EDGEWOOD 2

SOUTHERN WELLS 21 ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY 5

FREMONT 22 SOUTH BEND CAREER ACADEMY 1

LOGANSPORT 13 PERU 5

BROWNSBURG 5 ZIONSVILLE 2

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 7 SULLIVAN 4

WESTERN 6 KOKOMO 2

CARMEL 10 WHITELAND 0

NORTHWESTERN 12 TWIN LAKES 2

UNIVERSITY 19 SETON CATHOLIC 0

SOUTHPORT 4 GREENFIELD CENTRAL 1

WABASH 6 MADISON GRANT 4

JASPER 9 NORTHEAST DUBOIS 0

JENNINGS COUNTY 10 SEYMOUR 3

FISHERS 6 WESTFIELD 0

SILVER CREEK 7 SOUTHWESTERN 0

BORDEN 12 LANESVILLE 3

SOUTH RIDGE 5 NORTH KNOX 2

NOBLESVILLE 2 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 0

EASTERN 9 LEWIS CASS 2

RYLE 6 BATESVILLE 1

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 6 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 3

OREGON DAVIS 10 SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 0

HARRISON 10 PIKE 1

GUERIN CATHOLIC 6 SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 5

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

CARMEL 6 AVON 5

BOONE GROVE 4 HEBRON 0

WINAMAC 4 KNOX 0

SOUTH-CENTRAL 12 KOUTS 0

TRI 5 MONROE CENTRAL 3

HARRISON 17 TWIN LAKES 1

CLINTON CENTRAL 22 TRI-CENTRAL 4

WAWASEE 11 NORTHWOOD 10

CASTON 6 MACONAQUAH 5

FAIRFIELD 3 BREMEN 2

SOUTH VERMILLION 14 RIVERTON PARKE 2

LINTON STOCKTON 2 EDGEWOOD 0

PROVIDENCE 11 PAOLI 1

SOUTH RIPLEY 8 JAC CEN DEL 3

HOMESTEAD 8 NORWELL 7

LINCOLN 4 WES DEL 0

WINCHESTER 11 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 0

CHARLESTOWN 9 BORDEN 0

ADAMS CENTRAL 9 PARKWAY 1

EASTERN 30 SOUTHWOOD 1

ELWOOD 6 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 0

LEWIS CASS 8 ROCHESTER 6

EVANSVILLE BOSSE 10 WASHINGTON 6

GIBSON SOUTHERN 15 EVANSVILLE HARRISON 1

WHITKO 9 CENTRAL NOBLE 8

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 12 ORLEANS 4

KANKAKEE VALLEY 7 HOBART 4

BLOOMFIELD 14 SHOALS 1

NORTH POSEY 7 EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 0

CLAY CITY 19 SHAKAMAK 2

BREBEUF 11 LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 0

MORRISTOWN 21 RIVERSIDE 0

SHELBYVILLE 11 COLUMBUS EAST 2

SILVER CREEK 10 SEYMOUR 0

FRANKLIN COUNTY 17 NORTHEASTERN 1

MCCUTCHEON 15 WESTERN BOONE 6

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 13 VINCENNES LINCOLN 0

NORTH CENTRAL 13 HERRON 3

FORT WAYNE SOUTH 13 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 3

WOODLAN 13 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 0

JEFFERSONVILLE 4 CORYDON CENTRAL 3

NEW PALENTINE 10 ZIONSVILLE 0

SOUTH NEWTON 6 NORTH WHITE 2

WESTERN 1 ROSSVILLE 0

MARTINSVILLE 7 SPEEDWAY 3

BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 23 INDIANA DEAF 22

HAUSER 8 TRITON CENTRAL 1

COVINGTON 9 NORTH MONTGOMERY 2

LEBANON 12 CRAWFORDSVILLE 1

LAFAYETTE JEFF 7 FRONTIER 6

NORTH MIAMI 10 TAYLOR 3

LAWRENCE NORTH 15 FISHERS 3

EASTSIDE 10 EAST NOBLE 0

WARSAW 9 PLYMOUTH 3

FRANKTON 2 SHENANDOAH 1

GREENFIELD CENTRAL 16 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 5

CARROLL 6 PERU 5

BEN DAVIS 11 PIKE 1

FREMONT 5 DEKALB 2

RONCALLI 6 PENN 0

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 7 PLAINFIELD 2

NOBLESVILLE 7 LAKE CENTRAL 2

OWEN VALLEY 11 BROWN COUNTY 4

MADISON 23 SOUTHWESTERN 8

MOORESVILLE 13 TERRE HAUTE NORTH 0

CASTLE 8 BROWNSBURG 7

NORTH WHITE 16 SOUTH NEWTON 2

CARMEL 17 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 7

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 15 JASPER 0

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 8 CATHEDRAL 2

NBA PLAYOFFS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. ATLANTA HAWKS (8)

• GAME 1: MIAMI 115, ATLANTA 91

• GAME 2: MIAMI 115, ATLANTA 105

• GAME 3: ATLANTA 111, MIAMI 110

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

• GAME 5: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 7 ET | NBA TV

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

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

HEAT LEAD SERIES 2-1

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

• GAME 1: BOSTON 115, BROOKLYN 114

• GAME 2: BOSTON 114, BROOKLYN 107

• GAME 3: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 7:30 ET | ESPN

• GAME 4: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 7 ET | TNT

• 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

CELTICS LEAD SERIES 2-0

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

• GAME 1: MILWAUKEE 93, CHICAGO 86

• GAME 2: CHICAGO 114, MILWAUKEE 110

• GAME 3: MILWAUKEE 111, CHICAGO 81

• 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

BUCKS LEAD SERIES 2-1

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

• GAME 1: PHILADELPHIA 131, TORONTO 111

• GAME 2: PHILADELPHIA 112, TORONTO 97

• GAME 3: PHILADELPHIA 104, TORONTO 101 (OT)

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

• GAME 5*: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 8 ET | NBA TV

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

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

SIXERS LEAD SERIES 3-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE

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

• GAME 1: PHOENIX 110, NEW ORLEANS 99

• GAME 2: NEW ORLEANS 125, PHOENIX 114

• GAME 3: PHOENIX 114, NEW ORLEANS 111

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

• GAME 5: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 10 ET | TNT

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

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

SUNS LEAD SERIES 2-1

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

• GAME 1: MINNESOTA 130, MEMPHIS 117

• GAME 2: MEMPHIS 124, MINNESOTA 96

• GAME 3: MEMPHIS 104, MINNESOTA 95

• GAME 4: MEMPHIS VS. MINNESOTA | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 10 ET | ESPN

• GAME 5: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 7:30 ET | TNT

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

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

GRIZZLIES LEAD SERIES 2-1

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

• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 123, DENVER 107

• GAME 2: GOLDEN STATE 126, DENVER 106

• GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE 118, DENVER 113

• 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

WARRIORS LEAD SERIES 3-0

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

• GAME 1: UTAH 99, DALLAS 93

• GAME 2: DALLAS 110, UTAH 104

• GAME 3: DALLAS 126, UTAH 118

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

• GAME 5: UTAH VS. DALLAS | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 9:30 ET | TNT

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

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

MAVERICKS LEAD SERIES 2-1

* = IF NECESSARY

NHL SCOREBOARD

OTTAWA 2 COLUMBUS 1

MINNESOTA 6 SEATTLE 3

EDMONTON 6 COLORADO 3

WASHINGTON 2 ARIZONA 0

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

COLORADO AT DETROIT POSTPONED

NY YANKEES 4 CLEVELAND 1

BOSTON 4 TAMPA BAY 3

MINNESOTA 2 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 1

TORONTO 4 HOUSTON 3

BALTIMORE 5 LA ANGELS 3

TEXAS 8 OAKLAND 1

SEATTLE 4 KANSAS CITY 1

ST. LOUIS 4 CINCINNATI 2

SAN FRANCISCO 7 WASHINGTON 1

PHILADELPHIA 4 MILWAUKEE 2

ATLANTA 3 MIAMI 0

PITTSBURGH 4 CHICAGO CUBS 2

LA DODGERS 6 SAN DIEGO 1

NY METS 6 ARIZONA 5 (10)

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

COLUMBUS 4 INDIANAPOLIS 3

BELOIT 9 SOUTH BEND 4

FORT WAYNE AT LANSING POSTPONED

COLLEGE BASEBALL

NOTRE DAME 8 WAKE FOREST 3

ST. JOHN’S 8 BUTLER 6

BELMONT 3 PURDUE 2

INDIANA 8 NEBRASKA 7

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 4 NORTHERN KENTUCKY 2

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 4 NORTHERN KENTUCKY 3

INDIANA STATE 7 EVANSVILLE 6 (10)

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

BUTLER 2 CREIGHTON 1

NORTHWESTERN 8 INDIANA 1

NOTRE DAME 4 NORTH CAROLINA 1

MICHIGAN STATE 8 PURDUE 0

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 10 IUPUI 1

ROBERT MORRIS 11 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 6

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/HEADLINES

HOCKEY HALL OF FAMER GUY LAFLEUR DIES AT AGE 70

MONTREAL (AP) Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, who helped the Montreal Canadiens win five Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s, has died at age 70.

The No. 1 pick in the 1971 NHL draft, Lafleur registered 518 goals and 728 assists in 14 seasons with Montreal. With the flashy forward leading the way, the Canadiens won it all in 1973, and then four more times from 1976 to 1979.

Canadiens President Geoff Molson said the organization was devastated.

“Guy Lafleur had an exceptional career and always remained simple, accessible, and close to the Habs and hockey fans in Quebec, Canada and around the world,” Molson said in a statement. “Throughout his career, he allowed us to experience great moments of collective pride. He was one of the greatest players in our organization while becoming an extraordinary ambassador for our sport.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a noted Canadiens fan, said Lafleur was “unlike anyone else on the ice.”

“His speed, skill, and scoring were hard to believe,” Trudeau posted on Twitter. “A record-setter and a five-time Stanley Cup champion, he inspired countless Quebecers, Canadians, and hockey fans around the world.

“We’ll miss you, Number 10.”

Nicknamed “The Flower,” LaFleur was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019 when tumors were discovered by doctors performing emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery.

Two months later, he went under the knife again to remove both the upper lobe of his lung and lymph nodes.

Lafleur, however, received bad news in October 2020 that the cancer was back, forcing him to resume his treatment.

“I get the immunotherapy the first three weeks, and then the fourth week I have the big chemo,” Lafleur said in an interview with The Canadian Press in November.

“It’s the chemotherapy that really hurts you badly.”

Lafleur’s family released a statement earlier this month thanking fans for their empathy and “the outpouring of love” shown the Canadiens’ great, adding he was being monitored closely by doctors and had occasional hospital checkups, but was at home.

Lafleur, who retired from the NHL in 1985 after Montreal denied his request for a trade, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988. But he made a comeback later that year with the New York Rangers and then played two more seasons with the Quebec Nordiques before hanging up his skates for good in 1991.

“You didn’t need to see Guy Lafleur’s name and number on his sweater when `The Flower’ had the puck on his stick,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “As distinctively stylish as he was remarkably talented, Lafleur cut a dashing and unmistakable figure whenever he blazed down the ice of the Montreal Forum, his long blond locks flowing in his wake as he prepared to rifle another puck past a helpless goaltender – or set up a linemate for a goal.”

Named one of the NHL’s 100 greatest players of all-time in 2017, Lafleur finished with 560 goals and 793 assists in 1,126 games in his 17 seasons.

He holds the Canadiens’ all-time record for assists and points. He scored at least 50 times in six straight campaigns from 1974-75 to 1979-80.

Lafleur won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer three straight years from 1976 to 1978, the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1977 and 1978, and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1977.

“As a boy in Montreal, Guy was larger than life to me,” fellow Hall of Fame forward Mario Lemieux said in a statement. “I idolized him as a player, I respected him as a person, and always cherished him as a friend. He will be missed.”

Lafleur underwent his quadruple bypass surgery in September 2019 after it was discovered four of his coronary arteries were fully blocked, and a fifth was clogged close to 90 percent, during a routine medical exam to have his helicopter pilot’s license renewed.

Once the cancer was discovered, he had one-third of his right lung removed by doctors two months later.

A chain smoker up until those health scares, Lafleur had been partnering with Merck Canada as part of its “Be The MVP” campaign to raise awareness about early lung cancer detection.

“There’s not too many people that have a chance to grab it from the beginning,” Lafleur said in his November interview with CP. “Most people when they find out, it’s Stage 4.

“It’s not too late, because there’s miracles out there, and there’s people that are surviving.”

Lafleur, who had his No. 10 sweater retired by the Canadiens in 1985, hadn’t been out in public much in recent years following his cancer diagnosis and the COVID-19 pandemic, but did get a thunderous ovation at the Bell Centre during Montreal’s improbable run to last season’s Cup final.

He also had his number retired by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in October.

“I’ve been mostly stuck in the house since 2019,” Lafleur said in November. “Mentally, it’s tough. Hopefully I get through this and get out of it with a victory.

“It’s the hope for everybody that has cancer.”

YOUNG HITS FLOATER WITH 4.4 LEFT, HAWKS BEAT HEAT 111-110

ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young struggled in the first two games of the playoffs.

Didn’t really matter.

With Game 3 on the line and the season hanging in the balance, the Atlanta Hawks wanted the ball in his hands.

Young delivered, hitting a floater in the lane with 4.4 seconds left that gave the Hawks a 111-110 victory over top-seeded Miami on Friday night after Atlanta overcame a 16-point deficit in the second half.

The Hawks cut the Heat’s series lead to 2-1.

“I didn’t have any doubts,” Young said. “I was able to get to the basket and get my floater.”

Jimmy Butler missed a jumper with 12.6 second left that could’ve given the Heat a three-point cushion. The Hawks grabbed the rebound and got the ball in Young’s hands, passing up the chance to call a timeout.

“No way I was calling a timeout there,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “We got the rebound down by one with the ball in Trae’s hands. That’s a great chance to get in transition.”

Miami had one more chance to win it, but Butler missed again on an off-balance 3 at the buzzer with De’Andre Hunter in his face to give the Hawks a burst of hope in the best-of-seven series.

“The plan was get free, shoot it and make it,” Butler said. “I didn’t do it. I’ll make the next one.”

Game 4 is Sunday night in Atlanta.

P.J. Tucker led a 21-0 run in the third quarter that pushed the Heat to an 84-68 lead and seemingly on cruise control to a 3-0 lead. But Young and the Hawks would not let them get away.

The Heat also were dealing with an injury to point guard Kyle Lowry, who went out in the third quarter with a hamstring problem and did not return. He’ll undergo tests Saturday to determine the severity of the injury.

“I love that guy as our point guard,” Butler said. “If he’s with us, yippee ki-yay. If he’s not, someone will step in and do his job. We’ve got enough guys in that room to make up for him.”

After being held to eight points in Miami’s Game 1 blowout and committing a career-worst 10 turnovers in Game 2, Young looked more like himself on his home court.

He had 24 points despite another stout defensive effort by the Heat, and turned it over just three times. And, of course, Young hit the shot that really mattered at the end.

“He’s the head of the snake,” teammate Delon Wright said.

Bogdan Bogdanovic added 18 points, Hunter 17 and three others scored in double figures to take some of the pressure off the star guard.

Coming off a 45-point effort in Game 3, the best playoff game of his career, Butler was held to 20 in this one and missed a prime opportunity to put Miami on the cusp of a sweep.

Tyler Herro led the Heat with 24 points, and Max Strus also had 20.

The Hawks led by 11 in the first half and were still up 68-63 when Hunter hit a 3-pointer with just under eight minutes remaining in the third.

That’s when Miami suddenly took control of a game that was delayed about 45 minutes after a suspicious package was found outside State Farm Arena before the game.

The Heat turned up their stifling defense, knocked down shots and silenced a sellout crowd that was used to seeing the Hawks win at home.

Tucker scored eight points in the six-minutes spree, but his best work came at the other end on Young.

Leaning on him so much that Young shoved him away in frustration on an inbounds play, the 36-year-old Tucker used every trick in the book to stifle just the second player in NBA history to lead the league in total points and assists.

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE

Tipoff was delayed after the suspicious package was found outside Gate 2 of the arena, near a stairwell that provides access to a MARTA subway station.

Three gates were closed, preventing fans from entering while police, K-9 units and arena security cleared the area and investigated the package.

A bomb squad safely removed the package after it was found not to be explosive, clearing the way for the entrances to be opened.

Even with the delay, many fans were still bogged down in long lines outside the arena when the game began. But the place was hopping at the end of the night.

BENCH HELP

The Hawks went with just three players off the bench, but all made huge contributions.

Bogdanovic made four 3-pointers, Wright had 13 points and Onyeka Okongwu had nine points and six rebounds.

Most tellingly, all three played the entire fourth quarter, forming an effective group with Young.

“When you’ve got multiple guys who can dribble and make plays, for sure it makes it a lot easier for me,” Young said.

TIP-INS

Heat: Tucker had 11 points. … Butler nearly had a triple-double with 10 rebounds and eight assists. … Bam Adebayo had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Hawks: John Collins started again at center in place of injured Clint Capela, who has yet to play in the the series, but wasn’t much of a factor. Struggling again with an injured finger, Collins managed just six points and five rebounds. .

UP NEXT

The Hawks have built quite a home-court advantage since mid-January, winning 21 of their last 24 games in the A-T-L. They’ll go for their seventh straight home win in Game 4.

PAUL, AYTON HELP BOOKER-LESS SUNS BEAT PELICANS 114-111

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Chris Paul scored 19 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns overcame Devin Booker’s absence to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 114-111 on Friday night in Game 3 of the first-round series.

Deandre Ayton added 28 points and 17 rebounds to help the top-seeded Suns take a 2-1 series lead. Paul scored 15 of Phoenix’s first 23 points of the final quarter. He also had 14 assists.

Booker strained his right hamstring Tuesday night after scoring 31 first-half points in a 125-114 home loss. He sat on the bench during Game 3.

Mikal Bridges had 17 points for the Suns. Backup center center JaVale McGee scored 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting as the Suns hurt the Pelicans inside.

Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 34 points. CJ McCollum had 30.

Game 4 is Sunday night in New Orleans.

Jose Alvarado kept the Pelicans in it in the fourth with seven consecutive points, but Paul answered with five straight points and an assist to tie it at 90 with 6:32 left. Paul then had eight consecutive points for a 98-93 lead.

The Suns took their biggest lead, 66-53, early in the third quarter, but New Orleans used a 12-0 run over the next 2:43 to pull to 66-63. McCollum was the catalyst with a 3-pointer and a layup, and New Orleans pulled to 81-79 entering the fourth quarter on the strength of a 31-22 third-period run.

McCollum’s 16-foot jumper with 5:13 left in the first half tied it at 43, but while the ball was in the air, Pelicans forward Jaxson Hayes barreled into Jae Crowder, who was standing on the baseline near the basket. Hayes’ shoulder-to-chest foul was reviewed and earned him a Flagrant 2 foul and an ejection.

That dustup sparked a 16-5 Phoenix run to close the half, and the Suns led 59-48 at intermission.

Ayton, who was held to just 10 points in a Game 2 loss to New Orleans, had 21 points in the half on 10-of-14 shooting, with four of his baskets coming on feeds from Paul.

TIP INS

Suns: SG Landry Shamet has the confidence of coach Monty Williams. “He the ability to score the ball and play-make, get downhill,” Williams said. “But defensively, he fights, and that’s something that we’ve noticed with him. He’ll make plays blocking shots at the rim. He’ll stick his nose in there to rebound on the backside. So he’s been a guy that we’ve been able to rely on in situations like this.” He had five points, missing all five of his 3-point attempts.

Pelicans: Reserve PG Devonte Graham, who has struggled offensively, had 11 first-points, including three 3-pointers. . Coach Willie Green said he could sense a growing momentum among Pelicans fans in what is normally considered a football city. “We’re thankful and grateful for our fans and the support that we’ve been getting,” he said. “We’re trying to put a team forward that represents the city well, and I think we’re moving in the right direction, and I think people can feel that.”

BUCKS ROUT BULLS 111-81, TAKE 2-1 LEAD WITHOUT MIDDLETON

CHICAGO (AP) Reeling coming off a loss and with one of their best players sidelined, the Milwaukee Bucks delivered just the sort of performance they needed.

The defending NBA champions raced out to a big lead, making quick work of the Chicago Bulls.

Grayson Allen made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points and Milwaukee dominated Chicago 111-81 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series without the injured Khris Middleton.

Giannis Antetokounmpo added 18 points. Bobby Portis started with Middleton out and finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds despite pain in his right eye from a hit in Game 2. And the Bucks made it look easy, handing the Bulls the most lopsided home playoff loss in franchise history.

Coming off two shaky performances in Milwaukee, the Bucks quieted a raucous crowd watching Chicago’s first playoff game at the United Center in five years. They led by 24 in the second quarter and remained in control the rest of the way.

Middleton is expected to miss the rest of the series after spraining his left knee in Wednesday night in a loss. Game 4 is Sunday in Chicago. Without him, Allen said his own mindset didn’t necessarily change, though the rhythm was different.

“Maybe was a little bit quicker to shoot some of those catch-and-shoot shots I got,” said Allen, who hit three straight three 3-pointers soon after entering the game in the first quarter. “But I think it was just being in different spots. Some of those spots that Khris is usually in on offense – top of the key, playing off of post-ups, isolations. I was there and got the ball swung, and they collapsed hard on Giannis and Jrue (Holiday) all game long. I was able to take advantage of that.”

Antetokounmpo scored all but two of his points after the first quarter. The two-time MVP finished with nine assists and seven rebounds.

Holiday added 16 points to help the Bucks beat the Bulls for the 18th time in 20 games.

BULLS STRUGGLE

Nikola Vucevic led Chicago with 19 points. Zach LaVine had 15 and DeMar DeRozan finished with just 11 with the Bucks crowding him after setting a career playoff high with 41 in Game 2.

“We didn’t have that same competitiveness that we had the first two games we had in Milwaukee,” LaVine said. “We took a punch the first game. When we went down 0-9, we responded right away. We didn’t didn’t respond the right way (on Friday). We need to look at the film and figure out how we can do a better job of matching force with force.”

EARLY SURGE

Milwaukee had it going right from the start, racing out to a 60-41 halftime lead even with Middleton sidelined.

Allen helped squash the “Let’s go Bulls!” chants, nailing four 3s and scoring 14 in the half. That had to make it even tougher for fans still upset about his hard foul that resulted in a broken wrist for Alex Caruso during a game in Milwaukee in January. They showered him with boos but couldn’t throw him off his game.

Antetokounmpo started a 13-0 run early in the second quarter with a 19-footer and dunk. And Allen finished it with a driving layup that bumped the lead to 46-22.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Milwaukee’s biggest playoff win was by 50 at home against San Francisco in 1971. And the Bucks’ widest margin on the road was by 36 at Philadelphia in 1970. … Portis wore goggles after missing most of Game 2 with a right eye abrasion. He took a hit to the face from Chicago’s Tristan Thompson late in the first quarter Wednesday as both players were going after a rebound. … G George Hill (abdominal strain) missed his fourth game in a row. And coach Mike Budenholzer said he doesn’t appear close to returning. … Milwaukee has won 12 of 13 at the United Center dating to the 2016-17 season

Bulls: Chicago’s most lopsided playoff loss was 115-78 at Miami in Game 2 of the 2013 conference semis. … The Bulls have not won a home playoff game since beating Cleveland in Game 3 of the 2015 Eastern Conference semifinals. Chicago lost that series in six games. … Assistant coaches Chris Fleming and Damian Cotter were back with the team after missing the first two games because of COVID-19. Assistant Maurice Cheeks, however, was out because of a non-COVID illness, coach Billy Donovan said.

CHARLOTTE HORNETS FIRE COACH JAMES BORREGO AFTER 4 SEASONS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have fired coach James Borrego after blowout losses in back-to-back seasons in the play-in tournament.

Hornets president of basketball operations and general manager Mitch Kupchak made the announcement on Friday.

“I want to thank JB for his hard work and commitment during these past four seasons,” Kupchak said in a release by the team. “Beyond his work as a coach, he is a tremendous person. I wish him and his family the best in the future. These decisions are always difficult.”

Kupchak said the team will begin its search for a new head coach immediately.

The 44-year-old Borrego was 138-163 in four seasons with the Hornets and had received a multi-year contract extension last August. Charlotte finished 43-39 this season, but was embarrassed in the play-in game for the second straight year.

The Hornets have not make the playoffs since the 2015-16 season and have not won a playoff series since the 2001-02 season.

Charlotte has improved its win total by 10 in each of the past two seasons under Borrego and the coach expressed his optimism about the team moving forward after exit interviews.

In previous seasons, Charlotte’s 43 wins might have gotten the team into the playoffs as an eight seed or higher, but because the East was so competitive the Hornets finished 10th. The Hornets lost 132-103 at Atlanta in the play-in game, one year after losing to Indiana by 27 points as the 10 seed.

Whoever gets the job can build around a roster that includes All-Star LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges, as well as Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward.

“We have a talented, young core of players which has me very excited about the future of the Hornets,” Kuphcak said.

Charlotte posted its highest offensive rating in franchise history and finished eighth overall in the NBA, but the defense continued to lag behind. Charlotte ranked 22nd in defense among the league’s 30 teams. and the Hornets struggled to defend Trae Young and the Hawks in the play-in game.

Several Hornets players had said prior to the season if the team didn’t make the playoffs it would be considered a disappointment.

SIMMONS HOPEFUL OF NETS DEBUT, PERHAPS IN GAME 4 VS BOSTON

NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons hopes to play for the Brooklyn Nets during their first-round series against Boston, though he probably won’t be ready for Game 3 on Saturday.

Simmons said Game 4 on Monday is more likely.

“I think it’s reasonable to think that, but it’s day to day,” Simmons said after practice Friday. “I can’t tell you definitely Game 4, Game 3. If I could play right now, I’d be on the court.”

Simmons didn’t play for the Philadelphia 76ers this season, then injured his back after being traded to the Nets in February. He has only recently begun doing more than just individual work while dealing with a herniated disk.

The Nets are down 2-0 in the series. Simmons expects to get another workout Saturday and then a determination will be made if he’s ready to jump in Monday – when they could be facing elimination.

“I don’t want to put too much on Ben. He hasn’t played basketball in this environment for a long time, so it’d be amazing to have him back and to incorporate him into our group on the floor,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “Obviously we know he gives us size and speed and playmaking and defense and rebounding and all those things that are helpful, but we’ll just have to see how he progresses and not put too much pressure on him coming back.”

Simmons hasn’t played in a game since last June 20, when the 76ers lost Game 7 at home to Atlanta in the second round. He requested a trade afterward and then didn’t play for the 76ers this season, citing mental health concerns.

He won’t make any predictions about how well he can play after the layoff, but he insists he wants to try, even with so much rust at such an important time.

“Body-wise, once my body is ready, I want to be able to help this team win. That’s what I’m here for, so I mean, it is what it is,” Simmons said. “I’ve got to get on the floor and help this team win. I’ve been traded to the Brooklyn Nets and that’s what they need me to do.”

Even with a limited offensive game, Simmons would be a help to the Nets because of what he does on the other side. He was voted to the All-Defensive first team each of the last two seasons and could take some turns guarding Celtics stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Simmons said his basketball IQ can help him fit in with a team he hasn’t even fully practiced with, and the Nets hope his body will allow that. Teammate Patty Mills, a fellow Australian, said it was hard to compare the circumstances of Simmons’ debut with anything else he could recall.

“But I mean, we’ve been through some pretty crazy stuff this year,” Mills said. “I don’t think this is any different to that and it’s one of those things where we’re here and this is what we have, so let’s make the most of it.”

HO, HO, HUT: NFL WILL PLAY 3 GAMES ON CHRISTMAS FOR 1ST TIME

(AP) — The NFL will capitalize on Christmas Day falling on a Sunday.

The league will have three games on Dec. 25 for the first time: two in the afternoon on CBS and Fox, followed by a prime-time contest on NBC. NFL vice president of broadcasting Mike North revealed the tripleheader on a podcast hosted by WGR radio host and Buffalo Bills sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.

“Christmas, when it falls on an NFL game day, we’ve had a lot of success there, all due respect to our friends at the NBA. It is something that our friends are interested in,” North said. “If Christmas falls on a Sunday, it makes perfect sense.”

It will be the third straight year the league has played on Christmas. Last year, Green Bay’s 24-22 victory over Cleveland averaged 28.6 million viewers on Fox, making it the third-most-watched game of the 2021 regular season. Indianapolis’ 22-16 win at Arizona averaged 12.6 million on NFL Network, the second-highest-viewed game in network history.

For Week 16, the league will have its regular Thursday night game on Dec. 22. Eleven games will be on Dec, 24, including a night game on NFL Network. After the Christmas tripleheader, the week will close with a Monday night contest on Dec. 26.

There have been 24 NFL games played on Christmas Day, including two postseason contests in 1971. The most famous Dec. 25 game remains Miami’s 27-24 victory over Kansas City in double overtime in the AFC divisional round.

The NFL’s trio of games will put it in direct competition with the NBA, which has long had the day to itself. The NBA has played five games on each Dec. 25 for the last 14 seasons.

North added that the NFL will play at least two Christmas games on Dec. 25 when the holiday falls on a Monday.

This year’s Christmas games will be revealed the week of May 9. The league announced on Thursday that the complete schedule will be released on May 12. However, the first “Thursday Night Football” game on Prime Video will be unveiled during the first round of the NFL draft on April 28, and the international games on May 4.

GREENE SLOWED, REDS’ SKID HITS 10 WITH 4-2 LOSS TO CARDINALS

CINCINNATI (AP) Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals slowed down rookie fireballer Hunter Greene, and the Cincinnati Reds stretched their skid to 10 games – the franchise’s worst string of losses in six years.

Greene couldn’t find the zip on his fastball that generated so much buzz over his first two big league starts, Steven Matz (2-1) pitched one-run ball over five innings and the Cardinals beat the Reds 4-2.

The right-hander threw 39 fastballs at least 100 mph in his previous start against the Dodgers, the most in a game since pitch tracking began in 2008. The 22-year-old topped out at 97.2 mph Friday.

“You could tell early,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said of the rookie’s off night. “That’s a good arm there. He’s going to do really well in this league.”

Goldschmidt and the Cardinals took advantage. The veteran slugger had three hits and two RBIs. Both runs were charged to Greene (1-2), who walked four and allowed three runs over 3 1/3 innings.

Greene said it was just “one of those days.” Manager David Bell said he wasn’t greatly concerned.

Matz (2-1) and the bullpen made the lead stick, with the right-hander striking out six and allowing seven hits before leaving with no outs and a man on in the sixth.

Decimated by free agent departures, trades and injuries, the Reds have their worst skid since losing 11 straight in 2016. Brandon Drury’s RBI single in the fifth snapped a scoring drought of 16 innings.

Cincinnati scored another in the ninth on a fielder’s choice groundout by Kyle Farmer, but Drury flied out to center as Giovanny Gallegos closed out his fourth save.

The Reds have been outscored 63-20 during the current slide.

Greene had been one of the few bright spots during Cincinnati’s 2-12 start, but the zip was missing from his fastball in his home debut. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first after the Cardinals pushed a run across on back-to-back hits by Dylan Carlson and Goldschmidt and an error by left fielder Tommy Pham.

St. Louis loaded the bases again with one out in the fourth. Greene was pulled in favor of Jeff Hoffman, who gave up a two-run single to Goldschmidt.

The Cardinals took the opener of the weekend series after winning 2 of 3 against the Miami Marlins this week.

CHANGING UP

Matz said the key was his changeup, which he threw to Farmer to get a double-play ball when the Reds got two runners to start the fifth.

“That’s really my best pitch,” he said. “I got a few groundballs today with it and double play balls. I’m committed to it now. I felt really comfortable with it.”

WHAT CAN YOU SAY?

The Reds’ rash of injuries and illnesses has included second baseman Jonathan India, third baseman Mike Moustakas, catcher Tyler Stephenson and outfielder Tyler Naquin. Most of the other hitters are slumping.

“I think it’s a combination of a lot of different factors,” Bell said. “You know, we certainly win as a team and we lose as a team.

“From my standpoint, there are things that I get to see every day that are encouraging. I know results matter. I’m also very proud of the fact that our players continue to work, they continue to play hard, they continue to go out and there’s there’s no excuses.”

MOVES

Cardinals: Made their first roster move since opening day, placing RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip impingement) on the 10-day injured list and recalling LHP Packy Naughton from Triple-A Memphis.

Reds: Activated RHP Lucas Sims from the injured list. RHP Ryan Hendrix was sent to Triple-A.

UP NEXT

The Cards send RHP Dakota Hudson (0-1, 7.71) against Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (1-1, 7.82) on Saturday.

PEREZ’S 3 RBIS, HOME RUN PUSH PIRATES OVER CUBS 4-2

CHICAGO (AP) Roberto Perez drove in three runs, Michael Chavis broke a tie with a home run in the fourth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Friday night.

The Cubs were held scoreless over the final seven innings by Pirates left-hander Jose Quintana and four relievers in a game that started nearly six hours late because of forecasted inclement weather.

The Pirates have won two consecutive games, while the Cubs dropped their fourth consecutive game.

Perez hit a two-run single in the second to snap a streak of 10 2/3 scoreless innings by Cubs left-hander Drew Smyly (1-1) to start the season. Perez led off the fifth with his first homer of the season to extend the Pirates’ lead.

“Roberto not only caught well, he did a nice job swinging the bat,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of Perez, who after going hitless in his previous 10 at-bats has three hits in his last six plate appearances.

Michael Hermosillo snapped an 0-for-12 slump to start the season by hitting a two-run double in the second to account for the Cubs’ scoring.

Two batters earlier, Quintana was struck on the left leg by a line drive by Jonathan Villar but stayed in the game. Quintana, who pitched for the Cubs from 2017-20, pitched 4 2/3 innings, striking out three, walking three and giving up three hits.

Pirates relievers have held the Cubs scoreless over 10 1/3 innings in the first two games of this four-game series. Chicago’s Nick Madrigal grounded to second with the tying run at first to give Chris Stratton his second save in as many nights. Chase De Jong (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Smyly pitched five innings, had four strikeouts, and gave up six hits, four runs and one walk.

Seiya Suzuki snapped an 0-for-10 rut with a single to start the eighth, but reliever David Bednar struck out the next three batters.

A first-inning rally ended when Willson Contreras grounded into the Cubs’ major league-leading 17th double play.

Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a single in the first and is now 7-for-13 in four games against the Cubs and is batting .362 (17-for-47) lifetime against them.

Cubs reliever Keegan Thompson pitched four innings and extended his scoreless streak to 13 2/3 innings to start the season.

“I’m not trying to shy from anybody,” Thompson said. “I try to let them put it in play, let the defense work and try to work ahead quick.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

PIRATES: OF Anthony Alford (right wrist sprain) was reinstated from the 10-day IL. INF/OF Hoy Park was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

CUBS: OF Clint Frazier was placed on the 10-day injured list due to an appendicitis. OF Alfonso Rivas was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. . RHP Alec Mills (lower back strain) will make a rehab start Saturday at Iowa. . LHP Wade Miley (elbow soreness) threw a bullpen session Friday.

UP NEXT

Pirates RHP Zach Thompson (0-1, 9.00) will face the Cubs on Saturday. Thompson allowed six runs in four innings Monday night in a 6-1 loss to the Brewers.

Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 6.08) will take the mound against the Pirates. Hendricks allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings Monday in a 4-2 win over the Rays.

JUDGE HRS TWICE, THROWS OUT RUNNER, YANKS BEAT GUARDIANS 4-1

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Boone liked what he saw from Aaron Judge on Friday night, even before the first pitch.

“Judgy kind of had that look in his eye tonight,” the New York Yankees manager said. “Sometimes he tells me he’s got us, but he kind of gave me that look right before the game, like: `I got this.'”

Judge hit a pair of opposite-field home runs and threw out a runner from center field, leading New York over Cleveland 4-1 in the first trip to the Bronx by the renamed Guardians. Reliever Michael King helped keep New York ahead by striking out eight in three innings, fanning his last seven batters.

Judge put the Yankees in front against Eli Morgan (1-1) when he followed a two-out walk to DJ LeMahieu in the third with a drive into the right-field seats, over the new video board that replaced a hand-operated scoreboard. Judge added a solo shot into the short porch in the fifth off Tanner Tully, a 27-year-old left-hander who made his major league debut.

Judge entered with just one home run this season after cutting off talks on opening day for a long-term contract. It was the 17th two-homer game for Judge, who can become a free agent after the World Series.

New York led 3-1 when Andres Gimenez reached on a slow bouncer starting the fifth. He tried for third on Steven Kwan’s single to center but hesitated after rounding second. Judge threw a 90.6 mph strike to third baseman Josh Donaldson, who applied the tag.

“JD put a good tag. I left it a little high for him,” Judge said. “The ball kind of checked up on me a little bit. I know they were just playing soccer here, so aybe that had something to do with it.”

Isiah Kiner-Falefa added an RBI single in the fourth.

Jameson Taillon (1-1) allowed one run and seven hits in five innings, giving up Franmil Reyes’ home run in the fourth. Taillon kept Cleveland off-balance with 22 curves, 21 fastballs, 14 sliders, 13 changeups, eight sinkers and six cutters.

King allowed one hit and also recorded Kwan’s fourth strikeout in 51 plate appearances this season.

FIRSTS

Bryan Lavastida singled to right through the shif t in the third for his first big league hit after an 0-for-8 start.

BEHIND THE PLATE

Boone considers Kyle Higashioka and Jose Trevino as a catching tandem and neither the first-choice starter.

BIRTHDAY BOY

Francona turned 63.

“I’ve felt old since 1980,” he said.

SCUFFLING

Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and was repeatedly booed by the crowd of 41,062 before he was removed in the eighth. He is hitting .122 after going 1 for his last 23, and he turned the wrong way on Amed Rosario’s fourth-inning drive to left, a ball that fell behind him for a double.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: INFs Yu Chang and Owen Miller and RHP Anthony Castro also remained on the COVID-19 IL. Chang might be eligible to come off the IL on Sunday or Monday.

UP NEXT

Quantrill (0-1) would be activated to start Saturday if he passes COVID-19 protocols, and Tully will be optioned to Triple-A Columbus. LHP Nestor Cortes (0-0) is to start for the Yankees.

ANOTHER ANDERSON ERROR COSTS WHITE SOX VS TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and first baseman Jose Abreu each made throwing errors on the same sloppy play, allowing the Minnesota Twins to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of a 2-1 victory over Chicago on Friday night.

Anderson made his sixth error in three games when he skipped a throw to first on Carlos Correa’s two-out infield single that scored Ryan Jeffers from third. Correa may have stepped on Abreu’s glove while he tried to scoop the ball, ripping it off Abreu’s hand.

“I can’t really explain,” Anderson said of Friday’s error. “For the most part, I was just trying to make a play.”

Abreu chased down the misfire and whipped the ball home, even though baserunner Luis Arraez had stopped at third. Abreu’s throw was also wild, and Arraez scampered home for a 2-1 lead.

“We put the ball in play, we ran hard, and at some point in the year, the plays are going to end up turning for you at one point or another,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “We needed it at that moment.”

Anderson was suspended shortly before first pitch Friday after giving a fan in Cleveland the middle finger Wednesday, when he had three errors in two innings as Chicago fell into a 10-0 hole. He’s appealing the ban and will play until the matter is settled.

“I have to apologize for my actions,” Anderson said. “There are a lot of people who really look up to me. I take full accountability of what I did. But it’s something that I have to learn from and grow from.”

The 28-year-old had two more errors in a loss Thursday and has six through 10 games this year. He committed 10 errors all of last season.

The White Sox loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Emilio Pagan escaped for his second save. He got Reese McGuire to pop out for the second out and struck out Jake Burger looking to end the game.

Twins starter Bailey Ober’s only blunder was a solo homer by Andrew Vaughn in the fifth inning. Ober struck out six and didn’t issue a walk in five innings.

Minnesota’s starting pitchers have posted a 2.73 ERA through 14 games this season.

“I think we’re kind of pushing each other week in, week out,” Ober said. “Each outing, we’re trying to one-up the other guys that just went out there.”

The loss for Chicago negated another strong start for Michael Kopech. Chicago’s 25-year-old right-hander tossed five scoreless innings and struck out seven. Kopech has allowed just one earned run in three starts this year.

“I had better command of my pitches today,” Kopech said. “I was able to feel myself and my body a little bit better than I had in the first two.”

Gary Sanchez was scratched from the Twins lineup shortly before Friday’s game. He was originally slated to catch and bat seventh. Baldelli said after the game that Sanchez was experiencing abdominal tightness during pregame warmups and was sent to have an MRI.

Kendall Graveman (0-1) was charged with the loss. Tyler Duffey (1-2) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.

GREEN GLOVE

The Twins were awarded the 2021 Green Glove Award, given by Major League Baseball to the team with the highest waste diversion rate. Nearly 99% of waste at Target Field last season was saved from landfills, which was tops in the majors. It’s the first time since the award’s inception in 2008 that it went to a team other than the San Francisco Giants (12 times) or Seattle Mariners (twice).

ROSTER MOVE

Before Friday’s game, Chicago placed RHP Matt Foster on the family medical leave list and reinstated OF A.J. Pollock from the 10-day injured list. Pollock was placed on the IL on April 12 with a strained right hamstring after appearing in just two games this season.

UP NEXT

RHP Vince Velasquez (0-1, 4.15 ERA) is making his third start of the season Saturday for Chicago and will look to make it through five innings for the first time this year. Minnesota will counter with Dylan Bundy (2-0, 0.87), who has allowed just one run in his first two starts in a Twins uniform.

NATS ANGERED BY KAPLER’S LATE AGGRESSION IN GIANTS’ 7-1 WIN

WASHINGTON (AP) A six-run lead in the ninth inning wasn’t enough for Giants manager Gabe Kapler, and the Nationals took exception.

With two outs in the top of the ninth on Friday night and San Francisco ahead 7-1, the Giants’ Thairo Estrada took off on an 0-1 pitch and Brandon Crawford blooped a single over Washington shortstop Alcides Escobar, who grabbed the ball and threw out Estrada at the plate.

Heading off the field, Escobar walked over to the third-base line and began yelling into the Giants’ dugout. He was soon joined by Victor Robles. Manager Dave Martinez and group of Nationals came onto the field and Martinez guided Escobar off. The Giants remained in their dugout, and the incident didn’t escalate further as San Francisco beat Washington 7-1.

“They did some things that we felt like (were) uncalled for,” Martinez said. “But you guys can ask Gabe Kapler about that.”

Kapler has made it known he doesn’t believe in the unwritten rules of baseball, such as no bunting or running with a big lead. He said his team was playing aggressively out of respect for Washington’s lineup.

“We scored seven runs in an inning tonight. With Josh Bell and Juan Soto and Nelson Cruz in the middle of their lineup, we know they’re capable of scoring seven runs in an inning as well,” Kapler said. “It’s definitely not about running up the score. We felt like we’re respecting our opponents and we’re gonna respect our opponents at every turn. This is about using every tool at our disposal to compete.”

Escobar declined to comment.

The confrontation was the only tense moment late in a contest that was decided early against struggling Nationals starter Patrick Corbin.

Austin Slater smacked a three-run homer as part of a seven-run second inning. Slater, who struck out looking in the first and was hitting .105 (2-for-19) coming into the game, lined Corbin’s 2-1 sinker to right center with one out to make it 4-0.

“After the first at-bat, Gabe pulled me aside and just reminded me I was a good hitter and said `Swag it out and be you and remember you’re a good hitter,'” Slater said. “I guess the pep talk worked.”

Brandon Crawford doubled leading off the second and then capped the scoring with a three-run double just beyond the reach of a diving Lane Thomas in left-center. That chased Corbin (0-3), who allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks while recording just five outs.

“Just putting too many guys on base, not making pitches, not getting ahead of guys and staying on the attack,” Corbin said. “It’s obviously been frustrating. I’m just trying to do everything I can to talk to whoever, try to figure out how to get better.”

The left-hander who helped the Nationals win the 2019 World Series has been one of the worst starting pitchers in the majors since. Corbin went 9-16 with a 5.82 ERA last season and Friday’s outing sent his ERA to 11.20 in three starts this year. He still has three years left on a six-year, $140 million contract.

Jakob Junis (1-0), called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Sacramento, tossed five scoreless innings of relief in his Giants debut. He allowed three hits and struck out four. Opener Sam Long pitched two scoreless innings.

Maikel Franco hit his second homer of the season for Washington. Soto singled in the first and his third-inning double was his 500th career hit, but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.

CALL HIM MR. 1,000

Outfielder Luis Gonzalez was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and became the 1,000th person to play for the San Francisco Giants (1958-present).

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (right ankle inflammation) was placed on the 10-day injured list. … OF Steven Duggar (left oblique strain) was placed on the 60-day IL. … OF LaMonte Wade Jr. (left knee inflammation) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last year) and RHP Joe Ross (right elbow bone spur removal) each threw a 30-pitch bullpen session.

UP NEXT

Giants LH Alex Wood (1-0, 1.93 ERA) is 5-4 with a 2.77 ERA in 13 career starts against Washington, the last coming with the Reds in 2019 when he allowed three runs on six hits over five innings in a loss. The Nationals haven’t announced a starting pitcher for Saturday.

KANE SCORES 3 AS OILERS BEAT AVS 6-3, CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Evander Kane had three goals and an assist, Connor McDavid had three assists and the Edmonton Oilers clinched a playoff berth with a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

Evan Bouchard, Kailer Yamamoto and Kris Russell also scored for the Oilers, who have won four in a row and improved to 12-0-1 in their last 13 games on home ice. Mike Smith had 34 saves.

“It was a game where we wanted to make a statement and keep the mojo going at home here, and clinch a playoff spot,” Smith said Smith. “When you’re playing against the best teams in the league, you want to bring your game to the level that we are capable of.”

Kane now has 20 goals in 39 games since joining the Oilers mid-season.

“Any time you join a team halfway through the season, it’s going to take you more than a couple of games to really get your game to where it was maybe the previous year,” he said. “I’m continuing to develop some chemistry with my linemates. That takes a little bit of time, but I really like where things are at right now and I’ll just try to keep building on that.”

Valeri Nichushkin had two goals and Nathan MacKinnon also scored for the Western Conference-leading Avalanche. Darcy Kuemper finished with 21 saves. Colorado has dropped three in a row and lost for just the second time this season when leading after the first period.

“I think we had a handful of guys playing hard and playing the right way and a bunch of guys that weren’t,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “If it continues, it’ll be a concern. It takes a long time to build the right habit and the right mentality and the basis of your play in order to win hockey games on a regular basis and it can disappear in a flash. We certainly don’t want to be letting this linger.”

Colorado started the scoring about eight minutes into the opening period on a 3-on-1 break, as a trailing Nichushkin took a pass from Bowen Byram and beat Smith.

Edmonton’s penalty kill delivered by stopping a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage to start the second period. Momentum shifted the Oilers’ way as a result, with McDavid dropping a pass to Kane, who swung behind the net and caught Kuemper out of position on a wraparound.

The Oilers took the lead just 1:22 later as Bouchard’s shot went high off the boards and off the top of the net before he followed up his own shot and batted it in.

However, just 15 seconds later, Nichushkin scored his second of the game and 24th of the season on a wrist shot that beat Smith on the stick side.

Edmonton made it 3-2 eight minutes into the second as Duncan Keith found Kane at the side of the net.

Kane recorded his fourth career hat trick with 5:46 left in the second period as he made a nice deke before his shot trickled over the line for his 20th goal in 39 games this season.

Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse left the game with an apparent leg injury late in the second and did not return.

Edmonton padded its lead with nine minutes remaining as Yamamoto scored on a backhand spin-o-rama. McDavid’s assist on the play gave him a league-leading 116 points on the season, matching a career high.

MacKinnon got a late goal for the Avs with their goalie on the bench. Russell iced it with an empty-net goal 27 seconds later.

“In a perfect world we would have liked for our season to have been a little more even-keeled, probably,” Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl said. “But sometimes that is the way it goes. At the end of the day we are in. That is all that matters. That was goal No. 1. We are happy about that and proud of ourselves, but we are long from done.”

NOTES: Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi missed the game with an illness. … Colorado was without Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Ryan Murray (upper body), Devon Toews (undisclosed), Mikko Rantanen (illness) and Erik Johnson (undisclosed). Andrew Cogliano returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. … Avs backup goalie Pavel Francouz got hit by a puck on the bench early in the first period and left the game. University of Alberta goalie Matt Berlin was called upon to take his place on an emergency basis.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: At Winnipeg on Sunday.

Oilers: At Columbus on Sunday to open a two-game trip.

RUSSIAN SWIMMER RYLOV BANNED FOR APPEARING AT PUTIN RALLY

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Russian Olympic gold medalist swimmer Evgeny Rylov has been banned from the sport for nine months for appearing at a rally in support of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Rylov stood on stage with with medalists from other Olympic sports at the event last month and wore a jacket with a “Z” on the chest. The letter isn’t part of the Russian alphabet but has become a symbol of support for Russian troops after it was used as a marker on Russian armored vehicles operating in Ukraine.

A brief statement from swimming’s world governing body, FINA, on Thursday said it “acknowledged” an earlier, as-yet unpublished ruling from a disciplinary panel to ban Rylov “following Mr. Rylov’s attendance and conduct at an event held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.”

Rylov was the star of Russia’s swim team at the Olympics in Tokyo last year with two gold medals.

His ban began Wednesday and covers any international competition. The effect on Rylov is likely to be mostly symbolic since FINA also extended its decision to exclude competitors from Russia and its ally Belarus from all international events for the remainder of 2022.

FINA previously banned Russia and Belarus from the world championships in Hungary and June and July but left it possible for them to enter other events. At the time, FINA said Russia planned to boycott all international events anyway, something Russia denied. That position has now been clarified.

“The Bureau also confirmed its position that Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials will not be invited to any FINA event through the end of 2022,” FINA said Thursday. FINA’s remit covers a range of aquatic sports including swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimming.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

INDIANS COMEBACK EFFORT CLIPPED IN NINTH

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians threatened with a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning but couldn’t break through a one-run deficit to lose Friday night’s contest against the Columbus Clippers, 4-3.

The Indians (7-8) took a first-inning lead for the second consecutive night when Oneil Cruz led off the game with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly off by Mason Martin. The lead didn’t last long, however, and Columbus plated two runs in the top of the second on a pair of homers against rehabber Max Kranick (L, 0-1).

The Clippers (12-4) extended their lead when both leadoff batters came around to score in the fourth and fifth innings. Cruz countered with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, and Michael Perez tacked on another in the the seventh to cut the Columbus lead to one.

Jared Oliva led off the ninth inning with his second hit of the evening, but back-to-back strikeouts by Ian Gibaut (S, 2) ended the threat.

Kranick surrendered two earned runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of work. It was the second start of his rehab assignment and his first with Indianapolis.

Nick Mikolajchak (W, 1-0) was the only Columbus pitcher to not surrender a hit, tossing 1.2 perfect innings with one strikeout.

The Indians will look to avoid the series loss vs. Columbus tomorrow at 6:35 PM ET. RHP Beau Sulser (1-2, 2.13) will take the mound for the Indians against RHP Peyton Battenfield (1-1, 2.45).

SERIES OPENER SECURED

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – An early lead turned tense late for the Indiana baseball program in its 8-7 series-opening victory over Nebraska on Friday (April 22) evening at Bart Kaufman Stadium.

Indiana (14-22, 2-7 B1G) grabbed the early lead with a single run in the first inning and added three more in each of the third and fourth innings to build a 7-0 lead. Nebraska (14-21, 4-5 B1G) scored four runs in the seventh inning and IU added an insurance run in the bottom of the frame that loomed large. The Cornhuskers didn’t go quietly, however, scoring three times in the top of the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate before senior Braydon Tucker closed the door for the Hoosiers.

Redshirt-junior Jack Perkins (2-2) earned the win with four runs allowed on six hits over 6 1/3 innings of work. He struck out eight for the second straight start and issued four walks on 118 pitches. Freshman Grant Holderfield allowed two runs on two hits in two innings of work, before Tucker (4) earned his fourth save with two-thirds of an inning of work with one strikeout.

The freshmen led the way offensively for Indian, as the trio of Carter Mathison, Josh Pyne and Brock Tibbitts each posted multi-hit games. Redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen and junior Hunter Jessee each chipped in two-hit games to make it five multi-hit games for the Cream and Crimson.

Pyne and Tibbitts added multi-RBI games, as did graduate student Tyler Doanes with a pair of runs batted in. Pyne tied for game-high with three RBIs, all coming on his fifth home run of the season. He added a double and game-high three runs scored, and in the process moved his reached base streak to 27 games. Tibbitts plated a pair of RBIs, doubled and scored once.

Six of the seven Nebraska runs came in two at-bats, as Max Anderson and Brice Matthews each hit three-run home runs in the game. Griffin Everitt added the other RBI for the Cornhuskers. Garrett Anglim and Anderson each posted three hits and scored two runs. Shay Schanaman (2-6) took the loss with seven runs allowed – six earned – on eight hits.

Scoring Recap

Bottom First

Josh Pyne doubled with two outs and Matthew Ellis walked in front of the RBI double from Brock Tibbitts.

at Indiana 1, Nebraska 0

Bottom Third

An error started the inning, before a hit-by-pitch put two runners on base. Tibbitts again delivered an RBI single, and Carter Mathison roped a two-RBI double in teh next at-bat. Tyler Doanes’ sacrifice fly scored the third run of the frame.

at Indiana 4, Nebraska 0

Bottom Fourth

Bobby Whalen and Hunter Jessee singled in front of a Pyne three-run home run.

at Indiana 7, Nebraska 0

Top Seventh

A strikeout started the inning, but the next four batters reached base. A hit-by-pitch put the first runner aboard and an infield single put runners on first and second. A single up the middle got the scoring started for Nebraska. Max Anderson then delivered the three-run home run.

at Indiana 7, Nebraska 4

Bottom Seventh

Mathison reached base via two-out bunt single, and Doanes’ triple scored him from first.

at Indiana 8, Nebraska 4

Top Ninth

A pair of singles put two runners on base with one out and Braydon Tucker entered in relief. He coaxed a foul out from Josh Caron, but Brice Matthews hit a three-run home run to pull Nebraska within one. Tucker got a strikeout to earn his fourth save.

at Indiana 8, Nebraska 7

Up Next

The series between Indiana and Nebraska continues to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.

HOOSIERS COMPLETE FIRST ROUND OF BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP

PITTSBURGH – The Indiana women’s golf team is 14th at the 2022 Big Ten Women’s Championship after 18 holes at the Fox Chapel Golf Course. The Hoosiers shot a 29-over 313 in the first round on Friday.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Big Ten Championships • Pittsburgh

Fox Chapel Golf Course

Par 71 • 6045 yards

Live scoring via Golfstat

Team Standings: 14th/14 – 313 (+29)

Top Indiana Player: Áine Donegan – 77 (+6)

CHIP-INS

• Freshman Áine Donegan led the Hoosiers with a 77 (+6) during the opening round of play. She converted a birdie attempt on No. 7.

• Freshman Margaret Fernandez made a team-best two birdie attempts on the day. She turned in her scorecard at 7-over 78.

• Fifth-year senior Mary Parsons converted one birdie attempt (No. 2) on her way to a first-round score of 79 (+8).

• Freshman Beatriz Junqueira knocked down a birdie putt on No. 4 to finish the day at an 8-over 79.

• Junior Valerie Clancy wrapped up day one at 9-over 80.

• Senior Alexis Miestowski secured her lone birdie of the round on No. 5 and finished the first 18 holes at 10-over 81.

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-54. Áine Donegan – 77 (+6)

t-65. Margaret Fernandez – 78 (+7)

t-68. Mary Parsons – 79 (+8)

t-68. Beatriz Junqueira – 79 (+8)

t-75. Valerie Clancy – 80 (+9)

t-78. Alexis Miestowski – 81 (+10)

UP NEXT

The second round of the tournament will tee off at 8:57 a.m. ET for the Hoosiers. Indiana will be paired with Penn State and Iowa for the second round. 

DAY ONE OF THE INDIANA INVITATIONAL IN THE BOOKS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Indiana Track & Field concluded the first day of the Indiana Invitational under the lights on Friday night.

KEY MOMENTS

• Kenny Benton and Antonio Laidler placed third and fourth in the 200m to kick off the meet for IU. Benton saw a personal best of 20.93 while Laidler crossed in a time of 20.99.

• In the women’s 400m hurdle race, Maria Anderson captured a personal record as she won the event in a time of 1:01.53. On the men’s side, Shaton Vaughn picked up fourth while Micah Camble saw fourth.

• Bailey Hertenstein captured silver in the 1500m in a season best time of 4:14.19. Hannah Stoffel also saw a season best with a time of 4:17.23 as she came in fifth.

• On the men’s side, Camden Marshall led the Hoosiers with a fourth place finish and a personal best time of 3:42.50.

• Kyle Mau bounced back this week, capturing third in the 5000m and going a time of 13:54.34.

• To round out the night, Ben Miller and Skylar Stidam competed in the 100000m.

NOTABLES

• Four other Hoosiers clocked personal bests in the 1500m, Dustin Horter (3:43.14), Jake Gebhardt 3:44.83, Austin Haskett (3:47.08), Gabriel Sanchez (3:47.09).

• In the women’s 1500m Sarah Schmitt, Jenna Barker, and Mikaela Ramirez saw personal records. Schmitt saw a time of 4:19.03 while Barker crossed in a time of 4:21.52. Ramirez rounded it out with a time of 4:25.46.

• Hannah Stoffel’s time of 4:17.23 saw a personal record and is good No. 5 all-time in IU history. 

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will be back in action on Saturday, April 23 where they will conclude the Indiana Invitational. The meet is slated for an 11 a.m. start at the Haugh Track & Field Complex.

RESULTS

200m

Men

3. Kenny Benton – 20.93

4. Antonio Laidler – 20.99

13. Rikkoi Brathwaite – 21.50

Women

6. Morgan Snow – 24.02

20. Olivia Gee – 25.11

400m Hurdles

Men

4. Shaton Vaughn – 52.39

5. Micah Camble – 53.17

Women

4. Maria Anderson – 1:01.53

1500m

Men

4. Camden Marshall – 3:42.20

6. Dustin Horter – 3:43.14

7. Jake Gebhardt – 3:44.83

14. Austin Haskett – 3:47.08

15. Gabriel Sanchez – 3:47.09

17. Ben Veatch – 3:47.60

28. Tristan Forsythe – 3:54.88

40. Paul Rushton – 4:03.22

Women

2. Bailey Hertenstein – 4:14.19

5. Hannah Stoffel – 4:17.23

8. Sarah Schmitt – 4:19.03

10. Jenna Barker – 4:21.52

15. Mikaela Ramirez – 4:25.46

24. Mariah Wehrle – 4:29.77

5000m

Men

3. Kyle Mau – 13:54.43

10. Arjun Jha – 14:13.69

Women

X. Phoebe Bates –

10000m

Men

6. Skylar Stidam – 30:46.12

SMELTZ STRIKES OUT 8 BUT PURDUE DROPS PITCHER’S DUEL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Jackson Smeltz struck out eight without issuing a walk over seven innings but Belmont scored all three of its runs on plays in which the batter made it all around the bases on the same sequence, defeating Purdue baseball 3-2 in the series opener Friday at Alexander Field.

Three of the game’s five runs were scored on homers – all solo shots. The Bruins’ Tommy Crider hit a tying-breaking blast to left field, his second of the night, with two outs in the sixth inning.

Mike Bolton Jr. connected for an opposite-field shot to left to lead off the bottom of the fifth, going deep for the second time this year and first time in his career at Alexander Field. Bolton was hit by a pitch to open the seventh and made it to third base. But he was thrown out at the plate trying to score the tying run on a fly ball to right center. John Behrends delivered the big throw to cut down one of the Big Ten’s leading base stealers.

Smeltz retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced while putting together his fifth quality start of the season. It was his first outing of the year without a walk. The lefty has 79 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings this season, moving closer to eclipsing the program’s single-season record (95).

Along with Crider’s two homers, Belmont (24-14) also scored on an unusual sequence in the third inning. Guy Lipscomb hit a fly ball to left field that Bolton misplayed, with the ball rolling to the wall to allow Lipscomb to make third. He was able to score uncontested after Evan Albrecht’s relay throw to third base skipped into the Purdue dugout.

Albrecht knocked in the Boilermakers’ other run with a base hit to center field in the third inning, the third of three singles in the frame. Pablo Lanzarote made a nice read on the humpback line drive and was able to score from second base with one out.

Albrecht was one of four Boilermakers to extend their long on-base streaks…

• Cam Thompson – 33 games

• Evan Albrecht – 25 games

• Curtis Washington Jr. – 21 games

• Troy Viola – 14 games

Viola was called out on a controversial ruling after scoring what appeared to be the tying run in the bottom of the fourth. He had tagged up and scored when Belmont shortstop Grayson Taylor made a running catch on a pop up in short left field. The visitors appealed the timing of the departure at third and the home plate umpire ruled Viola left early. The third base umpire had followed the play into short left.

Not only did Viola initially score on the play, but Ryan Howe had also moved into scoring position when the ball got away from the catcher. Instead the inning was over with the Bruins still leading 2-1.

Smeltz (6-1) struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 top of the fifth to get Purdue (22-11) quickly back to the plate. Bolton’s game-tying home run continued to push the momentum into the home dugout. But BU starter Andy Bean (7-1) regrouped, pitching over his only walk while stranding Washington at third base. Crider then went deep again with two outs in the top of the sixth as the only batter to reach against Smeltz after the third inning.

Viola turned a nifty 5-3 inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to keep it a one-run game. But the Boilermakers went hitless after Bolton’s home run in the fifth.

Game 2 of the series is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

THREE TOP-10 TIMES OPEN INDIANA INVITE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Three top-10 times in school history were set as the Purdue track & field team opened competition at the Indiana Invitational on Friday night in Bloomington, Indiana.

Junior Tyler Bowling and junior Bailey McIntire stamped their name in the Boilermaker record books in the 5,000 meters, while sophomore Jabari Bryant moved up in the 400m hurdles. Additionally, fifth-year senior Curt Eckstein and junior Camille Christopher won the 5,000m and 200m, respectively, at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.

Eckstein posted the night’s top time in the 5,000m, with a 13:51.33. The fifth-fastest time in the Big Ten this season, it is just shy of his personal-best mark that is No. 2 in school history. Bowling was fifth in 14:00.57, a time that is fourth in program history and the 10th-fastest in the Big Ten this season. With a PR of nearly 12 seconds, Bowling moved up from No. 10 in the record books. McIntire entered the charts at No. 9 with a time of 14:07.93. He PR’d by more than eight seconds and was seventh overall in Friday night’s race.

Additionally, sophomore Blake Selm was eighth in 14:09.75. That would be No. 8 in school history entering the day, but is now just outside the top-10 thanks to Bowling and McIntire’s finishes.

With a personal-best time, Bryant moved up one spot in the record books in the 400m hurdles. He finished third overall in the event in 51.63 to climb to No. 6 in team history.

The day began with the 200m, where Christopher picked up the win in 23.61. Sophomore teammate Saran Kouyeth was just behind her in second place in 23.75 to set a new PR in all conditions.

Junior Justin Becker was the runner-up in the men’s edition of the 200m in 20.89, a personal-best time in all conditions and the eighth-fastest time in the Big Ten in 2022.

Personal-best marks also were set by sophomore Naomi Campbell (24.03, 200m) and freshmen Kaylah Lumsden (24.96, 200m) Ellie Tate (4:28.23, 1,500m) and Caleb Williams (9:14.72, 3,000m steeplechase). Sophomores K’Ja Talley (58.32, 400m hurdles) and Payne Turney (4:30.34, 1,500m) set a season-best marks.

On Saturday, action gets underway with field events at 11 a.m. ET and running events at 1:30 p.m. Competition at the Indiana Invitational will conclude at approximately 8 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.

SOFTBALL UNABLE TO OVERCOME 8-RUN DEFICIT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –  The Purdue softball team (19-25, 2-10 Big Ten) was shut out by Michigan State (21-24, 3-13 Big Ten) 0-8 in the opening day of the three-game series.

The winning run came in the third inning, while the Spartans added insurance runs in the fourth and seventh.

Rachel Becker led the Boilermaker offense with two of the team’s three hits, finishing the day 2-for-3 at the plate.

Pitcher Brenna Smith recorded four strikeouts over the first 3.2 innings of work, marking a Big Ten career-best for the senior and one strikeout shy of meeting her season-high. Smith allowed one run during her time in the circle and moved to 2-9 on the season with the result.

Purdue’s best scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the sixth, when two runners were left stranded in scoring position. Becker, who singled up the middle for her second hit of the day was followed by a hit by Jade Moy, who sent a shot to left field. Becker and Moy were able to advance the third and second, respectively thanks to a fielder’s choice on Olivia McFadden’s at-bat, but the final out was notched before the Boilermakers could cross the plate.

Purdue will be back for Game 2 of the three-game series vs. Michigan State tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET inside Bittinger Stadium.

EDEY TO RETURN TO PURDUE FOR 2022-23 SEASON

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue rising junior Zach Edey has announced that he will not enter the NBA Draft and return to Purdue for the 2022-23 season, he announced on social media Friday.

There had been speculation of Edey entering the NBA Draft, but he has opted to return to Purdue for his junior season.

The 7-foot, 4-inch center from Toronto was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree and honorable mention All-American (AP) after averaging 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks per game in just 19.0 minutes per game, while leading the Big Ten and ranking third nationally in field goal percentage at 64.8 percent – the fifth-best single-season percentage in school history.

Edey is the only player in the last 30 years to average 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in under 20 minutes per game. In fact, he is one of five players to accomplish that in under 25.0 minutes per game.

Edey recorded 11 double-doubles on the season and was named to the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 15.0 points in wins over North Carolina and Villanova in November. He tallied a career-high 25 points against Michigan State in February and scored 20 or more points in nine games. He will carry a streak of 17 straight games in double-figures into next season.

Edey was at his best against ranked teams. In nine games against ranked squads, Edey averaged 16.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in just 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

Purdue is ranked in the top 25 in almost every “Way-Too-Early” Top 25 polls, entering next season.

BUTLER WTENNIS FALLS TO DEPAUL IN BIG EAST QUARTERFINALS

Cayce, S.C. – The Butler women’s tennis team fell 4-2 to DePaul on Friday in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center.

The Bulldogs were down 2-0 early after DePaul took the doubles point and a singles match.

Natalie Boesing got on the board first for Butler with a 6-1, 6-2 straight sets win over Yuliya Kizebasheva at No. 1 singles. Katie Beavin also cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Eleanor Nobbs at No. 4 singles.

Hristina Djokic clinched the match for the Blue Demons with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Veronika Bruetting in the sixth spot of the lineup. Butler’s Delaney Schurhamer was leading 7-6(5), 3-2 at No. 2 singles when the team result was decided.

The Bulldogs end the season with an 8-14 record (1-3 against BIG EAST opponents).

BUTLER UGOLF’S ROSS AMONG THE TOP GROUP AT THE 2022 BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP

 PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – Butler’s Ally Ross remains in the hunt following the second round of the BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP.

Ross is in sixth place at 145 (+1) after carding a one-over 73 Friday in the second round. That followed an even-par 72 Thursday. Ross had six birdies Friday on the 6,073-yard Mountain View course at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Ross is five shots off the lead held by Creighton’s Katherine Lemke, who shot a one-under 71 to finish at 140 (-4) after 36 holes. Lemke holds a one-shot lead over Georgetown’s Megan Gormley.

The Musketeers, who are two-time BIG EAST defending champions, have three golfers among the top seven on the leaderboard. The Musketeers posted a team score of six-over 293 after shooting 289 in the first round for a two-round total of 582 (+6). Xavier holds a nine-stroke lead over second-place Georgetown going into the final round on Saturday.

Georgetown moved up one position in the team standings after a team score of 591 (+15). Creighton is in third place, 10 strokes behind Georgetown at 601 (+25). Seton Hall moved into fourth place after being tied for fifth in the first round. Butler is in fifth place with a two-day score of 612 (+36) four strokes behind Seton Hall.

Claire Edwards shot 77 for the second consecutive round and is 17th at 154 (+10). Katie Steinman is tied for 19th on the leaderboard after a second-round 79. She is at 156 (+12). Alaina Bowie is one shot behind Steinman at 157 (+13). Madalin Small is 29th at 164.

The second round begins at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday. Live scoring is available on GolfStat.com.

Team Standings – Two Rounds

Xavier – 289-293—582  (+6)

Georgetown – 302-293—591  (+15)

Creighton – 300-301—601  (+25)

Seton Hall – 306-302—608  (+32)

Butler – 304-308—612  (+36)

St. John’s – 306-310—616  (+40)

Individual Leaders – Two Rounds

1. Katherine Lemke, Creighton – 69-71—140 (-4)

2. Megan Gormley, Georgetown – 72-69—141 (-3)

T3. Abby Kiefer, Xavier – 69-73—142 (-2)

T3.  Emma McMyler, Xavier – 69-73—142 (-2)

5. Jessie Kweon, St. John’s – 72-72—144 (E)

6. Ally Ross, Butler – 72-73—145 (+1)

7. Kara Carter, Xavier – 75-71—146 (+2)

8. Kaitlyn Lees, Georgetown – 76-73—149 (+5)

T9. Sarah Fouratt, Seton Hall – 74-76—150 (+6)

T9. Esther Park, Georgetown – 77-73—150 (+6)

BUTLER SOFTBALL HOLDS OFF CREIGHTON FOR 2-1 WIN

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler softball team saw a two-run lead dwindle to one in the sixth inning but held on to defeat Creighton, 2-1, in the opening game of a BIG EAST series. The Bulldogs (24-14, 10-5 BIG EAST) scored one run in both the first and fifth, while the Bluejays (14-22, 4-13 BIG EAST) scored one in the sixth but then stranded the tying runner on first in the seventh.

How It Happened

In the first inning, and Ella White double to left-center field pushed Ellie Boyer across to give Butler a 1-0 lead.

In the fifth, Lauren Fey singled and advance to second. A Mackenzie Griman (2-3, RBI) single drove Fey home and put the Bulldogs up, 2-0.

In the top of the sixth, Creighton used a pair of hits and a passed ball to close the gap to 2-1. Alyssa Graves replaced Karli Ricketts in the circle.

In the seventh, Graves walked the first Bluejays batter, but a fielder’s choice, a strike out, and a ground out ended the game.

Butler Pitching

Karli Ricketts (12-4) started in the circle for Butler and earned the win. In 5.0 innings, she allowed four hits and one (earned) run, while striking out four. Alyssa Graves (2.0 IP, BB, 3 K) came in from the bullpen in the middle of the sixth and picked up a save.

Bulldog Bits

The win for Karli Ricketts the 31st of her career and moves her into the 7th spot on Butler’s all-time list for career wins.

Ricketts has now pitched 384.1 innings in her career as a Bulldog, and she has landed in the tenth position on Butler’s all-time list.

The save for Alyssa Graves was her second of the season and the fourth of her career.

Up Next

The BIG EAST series with Creighton continues in Indianapolis with game two on Saturday, April 23, at 1 pm. The third and final game is scheduled for Sunday at 12 pm.

ST. JOHN’S TAKES GAME ONE AGAINST BUTLER 8-6

QUEENS – The Red Storm scored three runs in the fourth and three more in the eighth to help secure an 8-6 win over Butler on Friday afternoon. Joe Joe Rodriguez earned his second win on the mound for STJ while Derek Drees tasted defeat for the first time this season (3-1).

Drees threw 59 total pitches over three full innings of work. He allowed four hits, resulting in two runs scored. Adrian Vega tossed the next two innings and Benji Downs would record seven outs for the ‘Dawgs. The final two outs went to Cole Graverson.

St. John’s used four arms after Rodriguez left the mound. The right-hander threw 5.2 innings, struck out four and walked three. Further down the line, Chuck Zanzio would eliminate a late Butler comeback charge to record his sixth save of the 2022 season.

The Bulldogs scored on a passes ball in the second inning and a St. John’s error in the seventh helped Dominic Milano cross home plate. BU made the game 5-3 in the eighth with Travis Holt scoring off a wild pitch.

The contest took a turn in the bottom of the eighth with STJ scoring three runs. The first came on a BU throwing error and after an RBI single, the Johnnies would also plate a run off a wild pitch.

Holt kept Butler’s chances alive in the ninth with a two-out RBI single to right field that scored Milano. After an Aaron Steinhart walk, Ryan O’Halloran would make the game very interesting with a single to left that scored two ‘Dawgs and made the game 8-6.

The pressure was building for Sanzio with Steinhart on third and O’Halloran stealing second, but the Red Storm would get a strikeout to end the game and clinch their 14th win of the season on their home diamond.

Holt was responsible for three of Butler’s seven hits on the day. His stat line of going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored led the way for the visitors. James Gargano also had a multi-hit game from the lead-off spot.

These two teams will meet again tomorrow with first pitch slated for 1 PM.

BUTLER MTENNIS EDGES GEORGETOWN IN BIG EAST QUARTERFINALS

Cayce, S.C. – The Butler men’s tennis team took down Georgetown 4-3 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center.

The Bulldogs started off strong, taking an important doubles point with wins in the top two spots. Thomas Brennan and Alvaro Huete Vadillo beat their opponents 6-4 at No. 1 doubles, then the duo of Michael Dickson and Patrick Joss clinched the point for Butler with a 7-6(6) decision at No. 2.

In singles play, Brennan and Dickson took care of their opponents in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Brennan won 6-2, 6-2 against Georgetown’s Kieran Foster, while Dickson beat Andrew Rozanov 6-1, 6-3. The two points gave Butler a 3-1 edge in the team score.

The three remaining matches took more than two hours each to complete. Patrick Joss and Michael Karr took the first sets from their opponents at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively, but were unable to finish them off.

That left Huete against Jake Fellows at No. 3 singles. The marathon match lasted 2 hours 35 minutes with Huete being victorious 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. The win is Huete’s 13th in a row in singles play.

The Bulldogs will face No. 1 seed St. John’s, who defeated Villanova 5-0, on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the semifinals.

No. 4 Butler 4, No. 5 Georgetown 3

Doubles

Thomas Brennan/Alvaro Huete Vadillo (BU) def. Jake Fellows/Kieran Foster (GU), 6-4

Michael Dickson/Patrick Joss (BU) def. Akira Morgenstern/Andrew Rozanov (GU), 7-6 (6)

Scott Bickel/Derek Raskpof (GU) def. Borja Miralles/Michael Karr (BU), 6-2

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

Singles

Thomas Brennan (BU) def. Kieran Foster (GU), 6-2, 6-2

Michael Dickson (BU) def. Andrew Rozanov (GU), 6-1, 6-3

Alvaro Huete Vadillo (BU) def. Jake Fellows (GU), 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

Scott Bickel (GU) def. Patrick Joss (BU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

Adhvyte Sharma (GU) def. Drew Michael (BU), 6-3, 6-0

Akira Morgenstern (GU) def. Michaek Karr (BU), 1-6, 6-2, 7-5

KIM LEADS BALL STATE ON DAY ONE OF MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

HOLLAND, Ohio – The Ball State women’s golf team took to the course for round one of the 2022 Mid-American Conference Championship on the Stone Oak Country Club on Friday. Liz Kim led the Cardinals in round one and is tied for 10th on the individual leaderboard as BSU is tied for sixth.

Kim produced an opening round of 77 (+5) with three birdies for the day. She is currently tied for 10th.

Kiah Parrott is tied for 14th with a first-round mark of 79 (+7). She tallied three birdies for round one.

Dylann Armstrong opened the championships with an 81 (+9). She is tied for 22nd and has two birdies for the tournament.

Tiegan Taylor is tied for 29th after an opening round of 82 (+10). She notched one birdie for the day. Hadley Moritz is tied for 43rd and produced three birdies on the day.

The Stone Oak Country Club is a 6,158-yard, par-72 course. All teams will begin from the first hole beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Ball State will be paired with Eastern Michigan and will take to the course beginning at 9:50 a.m. Live stats can be found on Golfstat.com or by clicking here. The final round on Sunday will be streamed on ESPN3.

Team Standings

1. Kent State – 296 (+8)

2. Northern Illinois – 305 (+17)

3. Toledo – 315 (+27)

4. Akron – 316 (+28)

5. Central Michigan – 317 (+29)

T6. Bowling Green – 319 (+31)

T6. Ball State – 319 (+31)

8. Eastern Michigan – 330 (+42)

9. Western Michigan – 332 (+44)

10. Ohio – 339 (+51)

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL HOSTS RIVAL PURDUE FORT WAYNE IN MIVA TOURNEY TITLE MATCH SATURDAY

Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Championship

No. 1 seed Ball State (22-3) vs. No. 6 seed PFW (17-12) | Saturday, April 23 (7 p.m. ET) | Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena

Live Streaming: ESPN3 | Live Stats | Tickets | Game Notes: Ball State (PDF) | Purdue Fort Wayne

Last Meeting: April 9, 2022 | BSU won 3-1

THE ROAD TO THE MIVA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP: Purdue Fort Wayne enters Saturday night’s title match of the MIVA Tournament as the No. 6 seed with an overall record of 17-12. The Mastodons took down McKendree in the quarterfinal round by a score of 3-1 before moving past Loyola Chicago in the semifinals in a 3-0 decision on Wednesday in Chicago. The Cardinals are the No. 1 seed and have beaten Quincy (3-0) and Lewis (3-0) to advance to the championship match Saturday night. Ball State won both matches in regular season action against PFW, winning at home on Feb. 17 (3-2) and then on the road in Fort Wayne by a score of 3-1 on April 9, also claiming the MIVA regular season title outright for the first time since 1997.

IT’S BEEN 20 YEARS: The last time the Cardinals won a MIVA Tournament Championship was in 2002. That year, Ball State faced off against Loyola Chicago on April 27 in Worthen Arena. Ball State won that match 3-0 over the Ramblers.

THE LAST TIME PFW AND BSU MET IN THE MIVA TOURNEY: The Cardinals have not played against the Mastodons in the MIVA Tournament since 2010 when Ball State defeated Purdue Fort Wayne 3-0 in the quarterfinals. The last time these two teams met in the championship match was in 1994 with Ball State winning that match, 3-0. The Cardinals hold a 5-3 overall mark in tournament action versus the Mastodons and have faced PFW three times in the championship match with the Cardinals leading that series, 2-1.

14 TIMES: Ball State has won the MIVA Tournament title a total of 14 times (1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2002).

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 21-3 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.

 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 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. 

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 11.43 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 (1.372) and Kaleb Jenness is fifth in attacks per set (9.10) and second in kills per set (4.72).

DO IT FOR DR. DON: Dr. Shondell, an iconic figure in the sport of volleyball, founded the men’s program at Ball State which earned varsity status in 1964. He spent 34 seasons at the helm and accumulated a career record of 769-280-6 (.732), affording him the second-most wins by a head coach in NCAA men’s volleyball history. From 1964-98, Dr. Shondell led the Cardinals to 19 regular season Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) titles, 12 MIVA Tournament championships and 13 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship tournament berths. Dr. Don passed away this past November.

SOFTBALL OPENS THREE-GAME SET AT BUFFALO SATURDAY

MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State softball team returns to the road this weekend for a three-game Mid-American Conference series at Buffalo which begins Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

The Cardinals (18-23; 11-6 MAC) and Bulls (15-19; 6-10 MAC) will also play a single game Sunday at Noon at Nan Harvey Field.

After sweeping a midweek MAC series versus Western Michigan, Ball State enters the weekend tied with Central Michigan for third in the conference with its 11-6 league record. The Cardinals are one game behind second-place Ohio (13-6 MAC) and four-and-a-half games behind league-leading Miami (17-3 MAC).

Ball State has 12 league games remaining, including a crucial midweek series at Miami which will be played May 3-4. The RedHawks have their league bye this weekend, which could allow the Cardinals to pull within a game-and-a-half.

Buffalo is currently seventh in the league at 6-10, which is four-and-a-half games behind Ball State.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:

The Cardinals enter the Buffalo series with an 18-23 overall record, including an 11-6 mark in Mid-American Conference play.

Ball State enters Saturday’s twinbill versus the Bulls on a five-game winning streak, out-scoring its opponents 33-10 during the run.

Last time out, freshman pitcher Angelina Russo threw the first recorded perfect game in program history in a 5-0 victory over Western Michigan (April 20) … She struck out eight of the first nine batters she faced in the game, finishing the contest with a career-high 10 strikeouts.

Ball State enters the Buffalo series ranked second in the MAC and 102nd nationally with a .282 team batting average … Senior Faith Hensley leads the way, ranking second in the conference and 31st among all NCAA Division I players with a .427 average.

Led by Faith Hensley’s 16 home runs, the 11th-most in the country so far this season, Ball State ranks 41st nationally with a 1.10 home runs-per-game average.

On the defensive front, the Cardinals enter the week tied for fifth nationally with 22 double plays turned this season. BSU’s 0.54 double plays-per-game average is seventh among the 293 ranked NCAA Division I programs.

SCOUTING BUFFALO

The Bulls enter Saturday’s doubleheader with a 15-19 overall record, including a 6-10 mark in MAC play … UB has lost its last seven games, with four of the seven coming via shutout … In its midweek series versus Akron, the Bulls dropped the Tuesday opener by a score of 6-5 … On Wednesday, they dropped both ends of a doubleheader by scores of 4-0 and 13-9, respectively.

Alexis Lucyshyn leads the team with a .297 batting average, including four doubles and four home runs … Olivia Kincanon leads the squad in home runs (9) and RBIs (24), while Rachel Steffan has scored a team-high 23 runs … The Bulls are batting .210 as a team this season, with just four starters above the average.

Lucyshyn also leads the squad in the circle with an 8-7 record and a 3.21 ERA over 111.1 innings of work … She has also struck out 85 batters, while holding teams to a .253 average … Julia Tarantion is next on the team with 104.1 innings of work, boasting a 4.36 ERA and a 7-11 record to go along with 65 strikeouts … As a team, the UB pitching staff has a 4.05 ERA and is holding opponents to a .290 average.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES VERSUS BUFFALO:

The Cardinals hold a 23-6 lead in the all-time series versus Buffalo, including sweeping a four-game set last season in Buffalo … Prior to that, the teams had not met since the 2017 season.

The last seven games have been played at UB’s Nan Harvey Field, with the Cardinals winning six of the seven.

Among BSU’s returning players from a year ago, senior catcher Delanie Johnson led the squad with a .429 average in last season’s series at UB … She also tied for team-high honors with five RBI and a .667 on base percentage, while tying for second with three runs scored in the series.

Junior pitcher Deborah Jones led the team with a 1.31 ERA and 10.2 innings of work at UB last season, appearing in three games and posting a 2-0 record, including a 9-0 (5) complete game shutout in the second game of the May 15 doubleheader … She held the Bulls to a .189 batting average and struck out 11 total batters.

BALL STATE NOTES:

Freshman pitcher Angelina Russo threw Ball State’s first recorded perfect game in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader versus Western Michigan … In retiring all 21 batters she faced, Russo struck out 10 total batters, including eight of WMU’s first nine … She also helped herself out on defense by registering a pair of assists, including fielding a soft grounder for out 20 of 21.

Ball State’s pitchers have flirted with perfection before Angelina Russo’s gem on Wednesday, falling a walk shy of perfection on four occasions, most recently in a combined no-hitter by Aeshia Miles (3.0 innings) and Alyssa Rothwell (2.0 innings) in a 15-0 (5) victory over St. Bonaventure on March 17, 2018 … BSU has also been both an error shy and a hit batter shy of perfection as well.

In addition to being the first recorded perfect game in program history, Angelina Russo’s effort marked just the 17th time BSU’s pitchers have surrendered no hits in a game dating back through the 1980 season:

Perfect Games (1):

April 20, 2022 – 5-0 vs. Western Michigan – Angelina Russo

No Hitters (16):

May 5, 2019 – 10-0 (5) vs. Oakland – Aeshia Miles (3.0) / Darcie Huber (2.0)

May 11, 2018 – 2-0 vs. Toledo – Carolyn Wilmes (5.0) / Aeshia Miles (2.0)

March 17, 2018* – 15-0 (5) vs. St. Bonaventure – Aeshia Miles (3.0) / Alyssa Rothwell (2.0)

March 2, 2018* – 8-0 (6) vs. Robert Morris – Aeshia Miles

April 21, 2017 – 2-1 vs. Toledo – Carolyn Wilmes

May 12, 2010^ – 7-0 vs. Buffalo – Elizabeth Milian

Feb. 26, 2010 – 10-0 (5) vs. Wright State – Elizabeth Milian

March 22, 2000 – 4-0 vs. Butler – Samantha Bushy

April 20, 1999 – 1-0 vs. Toledo – Marcy Mobley

April 29, 1997 – 8-0 (5) vs. Miami – Brandy Brennan

March 6, 1996% – 10-0 (6) vs. Western Illinois – Cheri Ball

March 20, 1992 – 3-0 vs. Notre Dame – Karin Oliver

March 6, 1991 – 5-0 vs. Stetson – Karen Oliver

March 7, 1989 – 1-0 vs. Texas-Arlington – Bernie Coffman

March 2, 1987* – 10-0 (5) vs. St. Leo – Bernie Coffman

March 2, 1987* – 24-0 (5) vs. St. Leo – Kathy Lewis

   * = walk / ^ = error / % = hit batter shy of perfect game

Ball State also received a solid pitching performance from junior Deborah Jones in the opening game of Wednesday’s doubleheader sweep of Western Michigan, as Jones logged her sixth career complete game shutout victory … Jones currently ranks 14th in program history with her six career shutouts and is 18th all-time with 24 career victories.

With her fourth of six strikeouts in the game, Deborah Jones also became just the 15th pitcher in program history to register 200 career strikeouts … Jones enters the Buffalo series ranked 15th on BSU’s all-time list with 202 strikeouts, while her 5.69 strikeouts-per-seven innings ranks seventh.

Behind the plate for both performances for Ball State on Wednesday was senior Delanie Johnson who becomes the first player in program history to catch a perfect game … Johnson tallied 16 total putouts over the two games and had an assist … On offense, Johnson added an RBI in the opener.

Senior outfielder Faith Hensley has picked up right where she left off last season, leading the Ball State offense with a .427 batting average this season … She has reached base safely in 38 of the 40 games she has played, including via a hit in 31 contests … She also leads the team and ranks second in the MAC in both RBIs (36) and runs scored (43).

A 2021 NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection last season, Faith Hensley enters the Buffalo series ranked second in program history (minimum 150 at bats) with a .396 career batting average … She is also currently second in career slugging percentage (.744), based on the strength of her 24 career home runs, 22 career doubles, and four career triples.

Faith Hensley’s 24 career home runs currently tie for ninth on BSU’s career charts with her 16 in 2022 tying as the fourth-most in a season in program history … The only player with more home runs in a single season in a Ball State uniform is three-time All-American and 2021 Olympic medalist Jennifer Gilbert (23 in 2013, 19 in 2014 and 18 in 2012).

Ball State’s sluggers have blasted 45 total home runs so far this season, with 10 different players getting into the action … The newest addition to the Ball State Softball #BombSquad came April 16 at Toledo when sophomore Kaitlyn Mathews smashed her first career home run in the seven-run third inning of BSU’s 9-5 win in the nightcap.

Faith Hensley leads the team with 16 home runs, which is second in the MAC and 11th nationally … Junior infielder Haley Wynn and sophomore infielder Samantha-Jo Mata are second on the team with six home runs each … Overall, 11 different players on the active roster have at least one career home run for the Cardinals.

Junior third baseman Haley Wynn has also had a solid season to date, entering the Buffalo series with a .311 batting average … She has reached base safely in 33 of BSU’s 41 games this season, including 15 straight contests earlier in the year … Wynn has had at least one hit in 28 games, including a perfect 4-for-4 effort versus Albany (Feb. 19) for her first career four-hit game … She also leads the squad with nine doubles and is second with 31 runs scored.

Sophomore outfielder Remington Ross enters the Buffalo series ranked third in the league with 18 stolen bases … She started the season a perfect 13-for-13 before being narrowly thrown out when attempting to steal third versus Kent State (April 1) … Since then, she has went 5-for-5, pushing her to 18-for-19 on the year … She’s also shown off her speed at the plate with eight bunt singles so far this year.

Overall, Ball State has stolen 55 total bases this season in 70 attempts … Last season, the Cardinals registered 62 stolen bases which was the 13th-highest single-season total in program history.

Sophomore infielder Samantha-Jo Mata stepped up in a big way last week, including starting at first base in each of the last six games … Adding the midweek contest at IUPUI (April 12), Mata leads the team with a .400 average over the last seven games … She is also tied for the team lead with seven RBIs and has a pair of home runs.

Aside from her perfect game, Angelina Russo has been BSU’s go-to pitcher so far this season, entering the Buffalo series with a team-high 106.0 innings of work … She has started 18 of BSU’s 41 games, while making 27 appearances … Russo also owns a 9-8 record and a 4.42 ERA against some tough competition … In fact, she earned the win at No. 18 Missouri (March 20), holding the Tigers to just seven hits and three runs (two earned) over 5.1 innings of work in the 4-3 victory.

Angelina Russo, who threw a complete game one-hitter to earn the second-game win against Kent State on April 1, also earned the complete game victory at Grand Canyon (March 12), while turning in solid pitching performances at No. 23 Arizona State (March 13), vs. Stanford (March 19), and vs. No. 14 Northwestern (March 20).

Ball State’s offense is really starting to find its grove, scoring a season-high 13 runs in a 13-0 (5) victory at Northern Illinois (April 5) … BSU’s previous season-best was 11 runs one game earlier in the 11-3 (5) victory over Kent State (April 2) … The Cardinals added an 11-0 (5) win over NIU in the opening game of an April 6 doubleheader at NIU, giving them three consecutive games in double figures … It was the first time since the 2019 season Ball State has scored double-digit runs in three consecutive games … That year they started the streak with an 11-3 (6) win versus Fordham (March 17) and followed with back-to-back wins over Akron by scores 14-6 (6) (March 22) and 13-1 (5) (March 23)

While the Cardinals did not get the win in the series finale at Northern Illinois, they scored eight runs in the second inning of the contest which is the most runs BSU has scored in a single inning this season … It was also the most runs Ball State has scored in a single inning since producing 10 in the fifth inning of the opening game of the May 12, 2021, doubleheader at NIU.

#13 IRISH ROLL BY DEMON DEACONS, 8-3

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 13th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (24-8, 9-7) continued its winning ways at home with a 8-3 win over Wake Forest (28-10, 10-9) Friday night at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish won their ninth-straight game at home and it was the third-consecutive game they have held their opponents to three runs or less.

John Michael Bertrand had another stellar outing for the Irish in the series opener. He kept the Demon Deacons off the scoreboard over the first six innings as the Irish built their lead. He exited after 6.0 plus innings and allowed one earned run on five hits.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish jumped out in front in the second inning as they loaded the bases with no outs after three straight hits. Jack Zyska scored the game’s opening run on the sacrifice fly from Jack Brannigan. Later in the inning, David LaManna scored on a ground out from Zack Prajzner. After two innings, the Irish led 2-0.

Notre Dame added two more runs in the fourth inning. With runners on first and second, Jared Miller dropped down a sacrifice bunt and the throw got away from the first baseman allowing Miller to advance to second. Zyska scored on the play and LaManna advanced to third. LaManna would score later in the inning on a ground out from Brannigan. After four innings, Notre Dame led 4-0.

Wake loaded the bases and scored a run before the game was halted due to a weather delay. After a 1:10 minute break, Wake scored one more run in the inning and trimmed the Irish lead to 4-2.

The Irish got both runs back and then some as they scored three runs in the bottom of the inning. Nick Juaire tripled in the gap in left center to score Ryan Cole for the first run of the inning. Then Juaire scored on a sacrifice fly from Brooks Coetzee III. The inning looked to be over as Zyska struck out but catcher’s interference was called and the at-bat continued. Zyska singled up the middle and scored Carter Putz from second.

The Irish got their final run of the night in the eighth as Jared Miller scored on Carter Putz’s bases-loaded walk.

Alex Rao came on after the delay and got the Irish into the final inning. He tossed 2.1 innings of relief with four strikeouts. Jackson Dennies came on to get the final two outs to seal the win.

UP NEXT

The Irish and Demon Deacons will meet on Saturday afternoon for the second game of the weekend series. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed on ACC Network Extra. Admission is free for all fans this season at Frank Eck Stadium.

#20 IRISH OPEN SERIES WITH WIN OVER NORTH CAROLINA

SOUTH BEND, Ind. –  The University of Notre Dame softball team earned a 4-1 win in the first game of the three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series Friday night at Melissa Cook Stadium. The Fighting Irish got another quality start from Payton Tidd in the circle, and consistent offense helped put the game away late. Notre Dame improves to 33-9 on the season, and 11-5 in the ACC.

Tidd worked the full 7.0 innings in the circle, her eighth complete game of the season. She allowed just four hits, an unearned run and tied a season-best with eight strikeouts in the win.

The offense knocked out 10 hits in the game from eight starters. Emma Clark and Leea Hanks each tallied two hits, Clark drove in a run and scored once. Karina Gaskins added a two RBI double, and Miranda Johnson drove in a run with a fielder’s choice.

The Irish struck first in the bottom of the second inning. Joley Mitchell drove a double to the gap in right center and moved up on a ground ball. She scored when Johnson tapped a grounder back to second and slid in in front of the tag for the run.

Notre Dame added two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to Gaskins. Abby Sweet, Clark and Hanks had three-straight singles to load the bases with no outs for the Irish first baseman who drove a double down the right field line to score two and extend the lead to 3-0.

North Carolina got on the board in the sixth. A lead-off double brought the rain as the game entered a rain delay of over an hour after the lead-off hitter. When play resumed, a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third before an error brought in the run from third to cut into the lead.

The Irish got their three-run cushion back in the bottom of the frame. Quinn Biggio pinch hit and drew a walk to turn the lineup over. Clark drove a triple to right center to bring in Biggio and extend the lead to 4-1.

Tidd shut the door in the seventh, retiring North Carolina in order to close out the victory.

Up Next

The Irish and Tar Heels will continue the series Saturday afternoon with first pitch set for 1 p.m. at Melissa Cook Stadium.

WATSON WALKS OFF IN SYCAMORES’ SERIES-OPENING WIN OVER EVANSVILLE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – It took Keegan Watson two pitches to send the Sycamores spilling out of the dugout and onto the field as Indiana State topped visiting Evansville in extra innings on Friday night at Bob Warn Field, 7-6.

Watson looked at a first-pitch strike to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning from Evansville (19-17, 4-3 MVC) reliever Nate Hardman (1-3) before crushing the 0-1 offering deep over the left field wall for the walk-off home run to give Indiana State (21-9, 6-1 MVC) the 1-0 advantage in the weekend series. Watson added the game-tying RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to highlight his 3-for-4 day from the plate with a pair of runs scored.

Randall Diaz also homered for the Sycamores as the freshman continued his torrid streak over the last four games. Diaz’s solo home run in the bottom of the seventh marked his eighth extra-base hit over the last four contests and his team-leading fifth home run of the year.

Aaron Beck added a 3-for-4 day from the plate with a team-high three runs scored, while Seth Gergely added three hits and a pair of RBI as the Sycamores offense came to life with 14 hits in the game in an unexpected high-scoring affair at Bob Warn Field.

Joey Hurth (5-2) picked up his fifth win of the season out of the bullpen after going two scoreless innings including striking out a pair. Matt Jachec went 7.0 innings allowing eight hits and six runs (five earned), while striking out four in his first no-decision of the season. Connor Fenlong added a shutout inning with a strike out in the eighth.

Tanner Craig put Evansville in prime position to take the first game of the series with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to highlight the Purple Aces offense on the day. Ty Rumsey added two hits, including a double, while Mark Shallenberger was 2-for-4 on the day for the Aces in the contest.

Shane Gray went 9.0 innings in a near-complete game effort on the evening. The Evansville right-hander surrendered 13 hits and six runs while striking out three in taking the no-decision in the contest.

How They Scored

Evansville took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning as Brent Widder scored on Evan Berkey’s RBI groundout.

The Sycamores evened it up at 1-1 in the bottom of the third as Josue Urdaneta singled home Seth Gergely.

Seth Gergely’s RBI double and Grant Magill’s RBI single gave the Sycamores the 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth as Aaron Beck and Keegan Watson came around to score in the inning.

Mark Shallenberger singled home Brendan Hord and Ty Rumsey scored on a wild pitch to even the game back up at 3-3 in the top of the fifth inning.

Gergely dropped a RBI bunt down the first base line scoring Beck in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Sycamores the 4-3 lead.

Tanner Craig connected on a three-run home run over the left field wall in the top of the seventh inning scoring Rumsey and Shallenberger to give Evansville the 6-4 lead.

Randall Diaz drilled a solo home run and Watson doubled home Beck to tie the game back up in the bottom of the seventh inning at 6-6.

Watson connected on the no-doubter walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the 10th and give the Sycamores the 7-6 victory.

News & Notes

Indiana State improved to 2-0 in extra-inning games on the season as the Sycamores topped the Aces on Friday night. ISU previously won 10-6 in the 10th inning earlier this season at Purdue on April 6.

The Sycamores improved to 10-3 overall at home at Bob Warn Field with the win.

Indiana State has won 10 of its last 12 games dating back to March 20.

The Sycamores’ 14 hits marked ISU’s 19th double-digit hit game of the season and seventh in the last eight games.

ISU boosted it’s Missouri Valley-leading team batting average to .317 following the contest.

The Sycamores continued their doubles streak marking 18th consecutive games with at least one player connecting on a double and ninth consecutive game with multiple doubles after Seth Gergely, Aaron Beck, and Keegan Watson all reached second base on a hit.

Randall Diaz has homered in three consecutive games and has posted eight extra-base hits over his last four contests dating back to April 10 against Valparaiso.

Diaz’s solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning was his team-leading fifth home run of the season breaking the tie with both Sean Ross (4) and Josue Urdaneta (4)

Sean Ross ran his hitting streak to 13 consecutive games following his one-out single in the ninth inning.

Josue Urdaneta ran his hitting streak to eight consecutive games following his single in the bottom of the third inning.

Aaron Beck had reached base in eight consecutive plate appearances this week prior to his groundout in the bottom of the ninth. Beck was 5-for-5 during the stretch with a trio of walks while adding five runs scored and a RBI in the games against Indiana and Evansville.

Keegan Watson’s solo home run marked his second homer of the 2022 season after previously leaving the ballpark on April 10 against Valparaiso.

Grant Magill threw out his eighth baserunner of the 2022 season with a caught stealing in the top of the eighth inning.

Aaron Beck posted his fifth multi-hit game and first three-hit game of the 2022 campaign.

Keegan Watson recorded the first three-hit game of his ISU career and third multi-hit game of the season.

Seth Gergely added his second three-hit game of the year and eighth multi-hit game of 2022.

Matt Jachec went at least 7.0 innings in his sixth consecutive start and seventh time in the 2022 season. Jachec failed to record a decision for the first time this year.

Up Next

Indiana State and Evansville are back on the field tomorrow afternoon with first pitch in Saturday’s game set for 2 p.m. ET. The contest will be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.

WEEKEND SERIES AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UP NEXT FOR SYCAMORES

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball will be on the road this weekend, heading to Carbondale, Ill. for a three-game series against Southern Illinois at Charlotte West Stadium beginning on Saturday.

The series will start with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. ET while game three will be on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available for each game.

The Sycamores enter the weekend at 20-21 (7-10 MVC) on the season while Southern Illinois sits at 20-16-1 (9-8 MVC). Indiana State last played Evansville where they split a doubleheader. The Salukis are coming off a weekend series with Bradley where they were swept by the Braves. They also finished in a tie with future MVC foe Murray State on Wednesday.

Last Time Out

Indiana State split an MVC doubleheader with Evansville on Wednesday, taking game one 16-3 while falling 3-2 to the Aces in the second game of the twin bill. The 16-run output is the most runs in a game for ISU since the 2020 season when the Sycamores beat UMBC 21-0.

Indiana State finished with a season-high 14 hits and four home runs in their game one victory. Amanda Guercio hit two home runs to give her 22 in her career which puts her in second place all-time at ISU. Isabella Henning drove in five of her six runs in game one including a three-run blast over the scoreboard. Cassi Newbanks picked up her fifth win of the season, allowing three runs in 4.2 innings of work.

Scouting the Salukis

Southern Illinois enters the weekend in third place in the MVC with a 9-8 conference record. The Salukis are coached by interim head coach Jen Sewell who took over for longtime coach Kerri Blaylock who stepped down earlier in the season. Sewell has been at SIU for 14 seasons. In Blaylock’s time as head coach, she guided the Salukis to five MVC titles and eight trips to the NCAA tournament.

Offensively, SIU is led by Jenny Jansen who is batting .375 with 45 hits including six home runs and three doubles. She’s driven in a team-high 33 runs while drawing 28 walks. Right behind Jansen is Rylie Hamilton who leads the Salukis with 47 hits. Hamilton owns a .370 average and has four home runs, two doubles and two triples this season. On the base paths, Aubree DePron has stolen 11 bases to lead the team.

In the circle for Southern Illinois, Sarah Harness has been the Salukis ace with a 13-9 record to go along with a 3.44 ERA. Harness has struck out 130 batters over 150.2 innings of work, throwing 14 complete games. No. 2 starter Madi Eberle has compiled a 5-7 record over 21 appearances. She has a team-best 3.14 ERA and has 69 strikeouts over 93.2 innings.

The Salukis lead the all-time series over ISU 72-25, most recently winning two out of three games in Terre Haute last season. Indiana State’s last series win over SIU came in 2018.

Around the Horn

-Bella Peterson’s 51 hits on the season are most in the conference. Her total includes 17 doubles which is tied for third-most in the country. Peterson was named the MVC Player of the Week for the week of April 11.

-Isabella Henning extended her hitting-streak to eight games after a pair of multi-hit efforts against Evansville. Her 35 RBIs this season are the most among MVC hitters.

-Peterson (.389) and Henning (.385) now rank 1-2 in the MVC in batting average.

WALDEN BREAKS MEN’S HAMMER THROW RECORD FOR SECOND TIME THIS SEASON

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – For the second time this outdoor season, Purdue Fort Wayne’s Asher Walden broke the program record in the men’s hammer throw at the Gibson Invitational on Friday, April 22.

Walden’s throw of 52.71 meters topped his previous record of 50.02 meters he set back on March 12. He finished fifth overall in the event.

The Mastodons are in second place out of eight teams with 29 points. DePaul leads with 38 points.

Other top finishers included Kai Auernheimer (50.86 meters) and Logan Alexander (36.81 meters) They were first and fourth in the javelin throw. Zyler Johnson took seventh in the hammer throw (48.58 meters).

Draven Thompson (15:25.10), JT Hodges (15:51.00), Husam Saleh (16:01.53), Noah Wright (16:08.72) and Andrew Whitinger (16:41.73) finished third, 10th, 12th, 15th, and 21st in the men’s 5,000 meter run.

Day two of the Gibson Invitational begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. with the 100-meter prelims.

KING PLACES FIRST IN WOMEN’S 5,000-METER RUN AT GIBSON INVITATIONAL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s track & field athlete Madison King finished first in the women’s 5,000-meter run during day one of the Gibson Invitational on Friday, April 22.

King finished the event with a time of 17:43.75. Brooke Neal took fourth in the same event at 18:54.96.

The Mastodons sit first out of eight teams with 43 points after the first day.

Other performers from Friday included Megan Sinnott, who finished third in the javelin throw (38.36 meters) and fifth in the hammer throw (45.46 meters). Nakia Harris-Campbell (45.52 meters) and Abbigail Garwood (43.60 meters) finished fourth and sixth in the hammer throw.

Sophia Buck (32.73 meters), Ramey Wilder (29.26 meters), Dylan Kirkwood (28.04 meters) and Garwood (25.98 meters) finished seventh through 10th place in the javelin throw.

Day two of the Gibson Invitational begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. with the 100-meter prelims.

‘DONS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER WITH WALK-OFF WIN IN GAME TWO

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne took a pair from Northern Kentucky on Friday (April 22) in a Horizon League baseball doubleheader. The Mastodons won game one 4-2 and then earned a 4-3 walk-off victory in game two on a two-out RBI single by Dylan Stewart. The ‘Dons have won eight of their last 10 games.

GAME 1 | Purdue Fort Wayne 4, Northern Kentucky 2

JD Deany set the tone for the ‘Dons in game one. He fanned a career-high nine Northern Kentucky hitters over 6.2 innings of work to help propel the ‘Dons to the win. Justin Miller came in for the final out of the seven-inning contest. He entered with the bases loaded and the tying runs in scoring position. He got ahead of the only hitter he would face, 0-2, and then earned a fielder’s choice ground out to end the game. Miller received his third save of the year for the outing. Deany got the win and is now 3-1.

All of the runs in the game came in the first inning. Northern Kentucky scored a pair only to see the ‘Dons respond with four in the first. The big hit was a three-run home run by Garett Lake.

GAME NOTES

» Alex Evenson went 2-for-3 with a run batted in.

» The Mastodons out-hit the Norse 6-4.

» Mastodon pitchers limited Northern Kentucky to 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

» Northern Kentucky was led offensively by Liam McFadden-Ackman, who went 2-for-3.

» Kyle Klingenbeck started for the Norse and threw all six innings. He is 2-2 with the loss.

GAME 2 | Purdue Fort Wayne 4, Northern Kentucky 3

Stewart was the hero on the nightcap. Cade Fitzpatrick opened the ninth with a single with the game tied at three. Garrett Maish came in to pinch run and moved to second on a wild pitch. An Evenson ground out put the winning run at third. Two intentional walks and a stirkeout brought Stewart to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. He took a 2-1 pitch into left center field for the game winning hit.

Brian Skelton (3-0) got the win out of the bullpen for Purdue Fort Wayne. The right-hander went 3.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit, allowing no walks and striking out three. He worked 1-2-3 innings in the eighth and ninth. Mitchell Spencer started the ballgame and went five innings, surrendering two runs, both earned, on three hits, walking four and striking out two. He picked up a no-decision.

The Mastodons got on the board with a single run in the second and another in the third. Both were clutch two-out hits. The run in the second came on an RBI single from Brian Erbe, scoring Fitzpatrick from second base. The third was a double by Ben Higgins to make the score 2-0.

Northern Kentucky fired back to tie the ballgame at two before Purdue Fort Wayne reclaimed a 3-2 advantage in the sixth inning. Jack Lang had a triple and scored on a Higgins sacrifice fly.

Northern Kentucky  rallied to tie the ballgame at 3-3 before Purdue Fort Wayne walked it off in the bottom of the ninth thanks to Stewart.

GAME NOTES

» The Mastodons out-hit the Norse 10-5.

» Lang led the Mastodons at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a triple.

» Northern Kentucky was led offensively by Manny Vorhees, who went 1-for-2 with a home run and an RBI.

» The Norse fall to 13-23 (7-9 Horizon). The ‘Dons move above .500 in league play at 12-24 (9-8 Horizon).

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons and Oakland will play a doubleheader on Sunday in a noon start.

JAGUARS SET TWO NEW SCHOOL RECORDS AT ILLINI INVITATIONAL ON FRIDAY

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The IUPUI men’s track and field program set a pair of new school record on Friday (Apr. 22) as the Jaguars competed at the Illini Invitational at Demirjian Park. Freshman James Kuisel broke the program record in the 200m event while graduate transfer Will Berning set a new school record in winning the javelin throw as well.

Berning, a graduate transfer from Concordia-Moorhead, competed for IUPUI for the first time on Friday and made an immediate impact, throwing a personal best mark of 61.83m (202′ 10”) on his initial throw of the night. He easily punched a ticket into the finals and rode his first throw to a victory, easily outdistancing the second-place finisher by more than five meters. He broke IUPUI’s program record by a lofty 15 meters.

In the 200m event, Kuisel clocked a time of 22.57 to break the school record by a half second.

In the 1,500m, Eric Hoffman just missed a personal best time as he clocked a 3:53.37 effort in the quickest heat of the night, placing sixth of 12 runners. His time was the fastest by an IUPUI runner this season, outdistancing an earlier 3:55 performance from Nate Kaiser. In the second heat, Will Clark paced IUPUI’s entries with a personal best time of 4:01.28 and Solomon Barket had a major personal best with a time of 4:03.02. Jacob Williams (4:10.85) and Justin Amburgy (4:12.35) also spun new personal bests in the event, as did Jack Acton (4:15.79) and Alex Alba (4:20.06), coming off an injury.

Eric Petersen, who missed the recent California trip due to illness, was the Jaguars’ top performer in the 5K on Friday, placing third overall in a time of 14:38.93. Mitchell Rans came through in a time of 14:59.95.

The Jaguars will now return to traning to prepare for the Horizon League Outdoor Championships to be held in Rochester, Mich., on May 6-8.

SOFTBALL DROPS OPENING GAME OF SERIES WITH NKU

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI softball team opened their three-game series with Northern Kentucky on Friday afternoon with a 10-1 loss. The Jags took an early 1-0 lead, but the Norse rallied for 10 runs to seal the win.

IUPUI (9-30, 6-10 HL) took the lead in the bottom of the third inning with one run on one hit. Kasie Keyes led the inning off with a double to left center. Jaida Speth moved Keyes to third with a sacrifice bunt. Keyes scored after Rachael Gregory hit a groundball to first base to take the lead.

In the top of the fifth inning Northern Kentucky (19-24, 8-11 HL) scored three runs on three hits to take the lead over the Jags. They added insurance runs in the top of the sixth and seventh frames. The Norse scored one run in the sixth on one hit and six runs in the top of the seventh to seal the 10-1 win.

Jaida Speth, Hailey Pop, Maicey Bedrick, Morgan Gilbert and Keyes recorded the five hits for IUPUI. Madison Bryant (L, 4-18) took the loss on the mound for the Jags giving up three runs on six hits with five strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.

The Jags continue the three-game series with NKU tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at 1:00 PM.

ACES DROP SERIES OPENER TO INDIANA STATE IN EXTRAS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In a battle fitting of the top two teams in the Missouri Valley Conference standings, the University of Evansville baseball team was edged by Indiana State, 7-6, in 10 innings at Bob Warn Field on Friday night in Terre Haute, Ind.

“Competitive Friday night Valley game that didn’t go our way in extra innings,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “Shane Gray was outstanding, but credit their offense for putting the ball in play. Tanner delivered a big blow, but we squandered a couple opportunities to get that game tonight. We knew this weekend was going to be a dogfight because both teams are playing well.”

The aforementioned Gray turned-in a career-best nine innings of work on the night, allowing six runs and striking-out three and getting the Aces out of a couple of difficult situations. At the plate, Mark Shallenberger, Tanner Craig, and Ty Rumsey, the one, two, and nine hitters in the lineup all recorded a pair of hits with Craig launching his 42nd career home run.

Evansville jumped on the board first with third baseman Brent Widder capitalizing on a Sycamore mistake and ultimately scoring on an RBI groundout from Evan Berkey in the second inning. Indiana State answered, scoring a combined three runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 3-1 lead.

What would prove to be a back-and-forth affair saw the Aces battle back to tie the contest at three on a Shallenberger RBI base hit and a wild pitch that scored Rumsey. After a bunt scored a run for Indiana State in the sixth, the Aces responded in a big way in the top of the seventh. With two runners on and one out, Craig demolished a ball to left field, pushing UE back in front, 6-4, and earning the fifth-year senior his 12th blast of the season.

As was true all night, an answer was manufactured by the Sycamores with a pair of runs the next half inning, tying the game at six. That score would hold until the bottom of the 10th inning when Keegan Watson hit a walk-off home run to left to secure a 7-6 win for Indiana State.

The two sides will meet again on Saturday at 1 PM (CT) for the second game of their three-game series at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute, Ind.

RAY CRACKS PROGRAM RECORD BOOK IN 200

The Valparaiso University track & field team opened up the two-day Illini Invitational on Friday in Champaign, Ill. as the team made its second trip to the University of Illinois this season. Freshman Nehemiah Ray (Chicago, Ill. / Brother Rice) cracked the program record book in the 200-meter dash to provide a highlight for the Beacons.

How It Happened

Ray cracked the top five in program history with a time of 21.73 seconds in the men’s 200. He outdid his previous outdoor personal best of 22.38 and his previous overall PR of 22.27. His time on Friday, which earned him a 12th-place finish in a field of 37, is the fifth-fastest outdoor 200-meter dash in program history and fastest since 2012. He bumped Nick Kowaleski (21.76, 2012) from the program’s all-time top five.

In the men’s hammer throw, Valpo placed two in the top 15 and one in the top 10 in a field of over 25 competitors. The Beacons were led by an Alek Trafton (Lockport, Ill. / Lockport) toss that covered 53.30m, which led to a ninth-place finish. He was joined in the top 15 by Eddie Juszczak (Lowell, Ind. / Lowell), who delivered a heave of 49.26m.

In the men’s pole vault, Tristan Malatlian (Pfafftown, N.C. / Reagan) tied for third by clearing 4.58 meters. In the men’s javelin, Ethan Litavecz (Highland, Ind. / Highland) turned in a team-best heave of 47.02m to place sixth. That was the squad’s best mark of the season in that event.

Marion Isaac (Evergreen Park, Ill. / Evergreen Park) led Valpo in the women’s 200 at 28.62 seconds.

A pair of Beacons earned places in the top 20 in a competitive women’s hammer throw field. Lena Luebbering (Heyworth, Ill. / Heyworth) finished 16th with a heave of 43.72 meters, while Michelle Pierce (Indianapolis, Ind. / Heritage Christian) achieved a 20th-place finish by checking in at 42.11m. Luebbering’s heave not only established a new personal record in the event, surpassing her mark from the last time Valpo went to the University of Illinois, but it also represented the team’s top hammer throw of the season.

Two Beacons finished back-to-back in the women’s 1,500, with Grace Aurand (Highland, Ind. / Highland) clocking in at 4:51.28 to edge Maranda Donahue’s (Delton, Mich. / Delton-Kellogg) time of 4:52.20 for 26th. Aurand now owns the team’s top time of the season in that event. In the women’s 5,000, Ellie Roeglin (Delafield, Wis. / Lake County Lutheran) had the top time at 19:07.38.

In the men’s distance, Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (San Juan, P.R. / American Military Academy) led the way with a 1,500 time of 3:59.48. That put him in 15th in a field that featured 35 runners. That marked the team’s top 1,500 time of the season. Simeon Ehm (Castle Rock, Colo. / Heritage) led Valpo in the men’s 5,000 at 15:07.97, placing 18th of 38.

Up Next

Valpo will continue the Illini Invitational on Saturday in Champaign. A link to live results via ShaZam Racing is available on ValpoAthletics.com.

MEN’S GOLF HOPES TO BUILD ON SUCCESSFUL SEASON AT MVC CHAMPIONSHIP

An enjoyable and successful season-long journey for the Valparaiso University men’s golf team will soon reach its most thrilling moments yet.

The Beacons will participate in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, a three-day event with 18 holes each day beginning on Sunday at the par-72, 7014-yard Country Club of Paducah in Paducah, Ky.

The team, picked second in the MVC preseason poll, has hopes of continuing a year filled with successes that has featured 10 top-five team finishes in 12 tournaments including six top-2 finishes (five runners-up and one team title). Entering this week, the team owns a season scoring average of 292.35, a mark that is in position to set the program record for single-season scoring average.

Season highlights include winning the team title at the Butler Spring Invitational in addition to shattering the program’s 36-hole tournament scoring record by 20 strokes with a team score of 560 at the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate. Valpo posted a 54-hole team score of 855 at the Valpo Fall Invitational that ranks second in the program record book. Furthermore, the Beacons posted the second-best 18-hole round in program history, a 278 (-6) at the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate on March 22.

The team, which has boasted eight Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week awards this year, has continued the program’s tradition of excellence in the classroom as well. The Beacons own a 3.52 cumulative grade point average and had a 3.55 team GPA during the fall semester, the best among men’s sports at Valpo.

The defending MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Elite 17 Award Winner, Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) has won six MVC weekly awards this season to lift his career total to 11, becoming just the fifth golfer in conference history to accumulate 11 or more weekly honors. He carded par or better in 19 of 31 rounds this season en route to a scoring average of 71.19 that is in position to break his own program record. At season’s end, VanArragon will own the top three spots in the program’s modern record book in terms of single-season scoring average. VanArragon was the individual medalist at the Spirit Hollow Fall Shootout and Dove Mountain Intercollegiate.

Freshman Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) has burst onto the scene this season with the team’s second-best scoring average at 73.19. He tied atop the player leaderboard in a 98-player field at the Butler Spring Invitational, helping lift the Beacons to a team victory. After that event, he was named the MVC Golfer of the Week. Delisanti is in position to rank fourth in program history in single-season scoring average, behind only VanArragon’s three seasons. Entering the conference championship, he owns the best scoring average among MVC newcomers. The rookie has posted six top-10 finishes in 12 tournaments including four of his last five events.

A local Northwest Indiana product, Yianni Kostouros (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point [Ball State]) possesses the team’s third-best scoring average at 74.26 after transferring into the program prior to this season. The highlight of his strong year to this point came at the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate, when he finished as the individual runner-up in an 89-player field and tied the modern program record for 36-hole tournament score at 137 (-5). He had a career-low 67 (-4) in Round 1 at Twin Oaks, tying for the sixth-best 18-hole round in modern program history. Kostouros earned MVC Golfer of the Week honors for his performance at Twin Oaks.

In his fourth season with the program, Garrett Willis (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) ranks in the top 10 in program history in career scoring average at 74.49. He has turned in three top-10 finishes this year and owns a season scoring average of 75.11, fourth on the team. Willis was named to the 2019-20 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and received 2020-21 MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention.

Sophomore Mason Bonn (Sherwood, Ore. / Sherwood) and freshman Sam Booth (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) have also been key contributors this season. Bonn holds a 76.28 scoring average, followed by Booth at 76.48. Booth has stroked par or better in seven of his 31 rounds as a rookie. Senior Charlie Toman (Chardon, Ohio / Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) has golfed in three events, while freshman Grant Norman (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Blackhawk) has appeared in five events this season.

Play is slated to begin at 9 a.m. on each of the three days. A link to live scoring via BirdieFire is available on ValpoAthletics.com.

TENNIS EARNS FIRST LEAGUE TOURNAMENT WIN SINCE 2006, ADVANCES TO MVC SEMIFINAL

The Valparaiso University tennis team will play for a spot in the Missouri Valley Conference title match on Saturday.

The Beacons checked off another goal during a season filled with achievements that exemplify the program’s progress, besting Stony Brook 4-1 in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Friday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. This marks the program’s first league tournament victory since 2006.

How It Happened

The match got off to a strong start for the Beacons, who captured the doubles point by garnering wins at No. 1 and No. 3. The top tandem of Claire and Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) topped Mathilde Sreeves and Loretto Del Carmen Villalba Rubio 6-3, while Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) and Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) prevailed 6-2 over Carmen Victoria Villalba Rubio and Sara Annamaria Medved at No. 3 doubles. The No. 2 doubles match went unfinished.

A day after winning the MVC Player of the Year Award, Olivia rolled to a straight-set victory over Mathilde Sreeves, 6-2, 6-2.

Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) continued her strong season at third singles, making quick work of Loretto Del Carmen Villalba Rubio in a 6-2, 6-0 sweep.

Jhaveri won the clinching match, besting Chandrika Joshia 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 singles to send Valpo to the semifinal round of the league tournament. The Seawolves won at No. 2 singles, while No. 5 and No. 6 singles went unfinished in the clinch-clinch format.

Inside the Match

The Czerwonka sisters picked up their 20th win of the season, moving into a tie for the program record for single-season doubles wins. They became the first Valpo players to finish with 20 doubles wins in a season since 2005 and join three others tied atop the program record book in that category – Kate Kollarova (2000-2001), Mara Sonkin (2000-2001) and Whitney Chada (2004-2005). The sisters need one more to win to set the outright program record for single-season doubles victories.

Speaking of program records, Claire’s doubles win was the 72nd of her career, already a program watermark. Olivia now owns 45 career doubles victories, eighth in program history and one away from a tie for seventh.

Olivia garnered her 22nd singles victory of the season, the third most in single-season program history. Kate Kollarova owns the top two spots in the program record book with 29 singles wins in 2000-2001 and 23 in 2001-2002.

This marked Olivia’s 46th career singles win, elevating her into sole possession of ninth in the program record book. She snapped a tie with Monika Danko (2001-2005, 45).

Tabanera registered her 41st career singles win and 18th of the season. Tabanera ranks 11th in the program record book, needing four more wins to join the top 10. In the single-season record book, Tabanera has advanced to a tie for ninth in program history with Christina Scala (2001-2002, 18), moving ahead of Mara Sonkin (2001-2002, 17) and Kate Evangelist (2005-2006, 17) with Friday’s win.

Bertino played her first doubles match of the season and notched her first career doubles victory. Jhaveri picked up her ninth doubles win of the campaign. 

This marks the program’s first conference-tournament victory since 2006.

Valpo played Stony Brook for the first time since a first-round MVC Tournament match on April 27, 2018, a 4-1 win for the Seawolves.

With the team’s 11th victory of the season, Valpo has now tied the 2007 squad for the team’s most wins in a single season since 2006.

Up Next

The Beacons (11-11) advance to face top-seeded, host Drake on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a spot in Sunday’s Missouri Valley Conference title match. A link to live scoring is available on ValpoAthletics.com.

GABE HALL SELECTED AS UINDY MEN’S SOCCER HEAD COACH

INDIANAPOLIS – After serving the 2021 season as an assistant coach for the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer program, Gabe Hall steps into the head role for the Greyhounds as the ninth head coach in program history, the school announced Friday.

Hall takes the reins from former head coach John Higgins, who left UIndy last month to take over as the head man of the Xavier University men’s soccer program. Last fall, the pair helped guide the Hounds to the most successful season in program history, going 18-1-3 while claiming both the GLVC Tournament and Super Region 3 championships on the way to their second national semifinal appearance in as many seasons.

“Gabe quickly separated himself in our search for the next head coach of UIndy men’s soccer,” said Jackie Paquette, Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator. “His knowledge of our program, the landscape of the game and of UIndy Athletics as a whole make him a fantastic fit for continuing the success of UIndy men’s soccer. He has known and lived the ‘United As One’ philosophy and will continue the strong culture of our program.”

With the help of Hall’s mentorship, the Greyhounds grabbed a total of eight All-GLVC honors last fall, as well as the conference’s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards. UIndy also fielded five all-region performers and two All-Americans, while Hall and the rest of the UIndy staff was tabbed as the 2021 NCAA DII Midwest Region Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches.

Hall came to UIndy after serving two seasons (2019-20) with crosstown Marian University as the women’s soccer assistant, helping the Knights to an NAIA national runner-up finish in 2019. Prior to Marian, Hall spent five seasons (2013-18) as the head coach at GLVC-rival Missouri S&T, where he led the Miners to a 44-34-15 record with a GLVC tournament appearance in each of the five seasons.

He also has experience assisting at Dayton (2011 & 2012) and New Mexico (2008 & 2009). In his playing days, he was a two-year captain and starting goalkeeper at San Francisco State University after spending his first two seasons as a starting keeper here at UIndy.

#3 HOUNDS CRUSH #7 LINDENWOOD IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME GAME

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team was out for vengeance against the Lindenwood Lions, and they got it. Marking it’s largest win over the Lions in UIndy history, the Hounds took the Top-10 win 16-9 in downing the No. 7 ranked team.

Peyton Romig would show why she will go down in Division II Lacrosse history with a five goal, two assist, and 14 draw controls in leading the Hounds. The five goal game ties her career high which she set against Findlay in March of 21′.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The matchup started close, with the Hounds scoring two off the bat and being chased with two Lindenwood goals. The Greyhounds began extending their lead little by little until a five-goal run to end the third quarter and kick off the fourth would put them out of reach.

Chants from the stands called for each team, but it was the Greyhounds that prevailed.

Abigail Lagos would be the one to cap the match off for UIndy with an unassisted rocket just over the three-minute mark.

Sarah Klein would also carry the Hounds offense with four goals of her own, while Lagos earned three goals and a pair of assists.

Defensively, Kara Antonucci forced two turnovers, picked up six draw controls, and added a ground ball.

While Cassidy King wrapped up the Greyhounds win in net with five saves in the second half, adding to Audrey Moran’s four first half saves.

INSIDE THE BOX

-The Greyhounds took 37 shots to Lindenwood’s 21.

-UIndy held the Lions to only completing 16 of 20 clear attempts, while the Hounds completed 100 percent of their own.

-Both teams took five free position shots and picked up 11 ground balls.

-The Hounds controlled the circle by taking 22 draw controls, while LU had five.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will travel to McKendree for their last regular season match of the 2022 campaign. The clock will start at 1 p.m. ET.

MEN’S GOLF SET TO HOST NCAA REGIONAL AT PURGATORY

INDIANAPOLIS—The UIndy men’s golf team will make its 17th consecutive postseason appearance after earning a berth in 2022 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship, announced by the NCAA Friday. The host Greyhounds earned the No. 4 seed in the Midwest and will be one of 20 teams competing in the Central/Midwest Regional at Purgatory Golf Club in nearby Noblesville, Ind., May 5-7.

The Hounds are one of four GLVC teams to make the cut, joining GLVC-champion and third-seeded Missouri-St. Louis, No. 5-seed Southern Indiana and seventh-seeded McKendree. Conference champs Tiffin (G-MAC) and Davenport (GLIAC) will also make the trip, as well as perennial-contenders Findlay and Grand Valley State.

At a minimum, the top three teams and the top two student-athletes not with a team from each regional will advance to the finals May 16-20 at TPC Michigan in Detroit. The remaining eight team berths will be allocated based on the regions represented in the prior year’s head-to-head medal play portion of the championships, with the maximum number of teams from a given region capped at seven.

MIDWEST TEAMS

1. Findlay

2. Grand Valley State

3. Missouri-St. Louis

4. UIndy

5. Southern Indiana

6. Wayne State

7. McKendree

8. Tiffin

9. Trevecca Nazarene

10. Davenport

MIDWEST INDIVIDUALS

1. Robert Holden, Ohio Dominican

2. Connor Curry, Malone

3. Alex Bishop, Purdue Northwest

4. Oscar Darlington, Hillsdale

CENTRAL TEAMS

1. Arkansas Tech

2. Rogers State

3. Central Missouri

4. Henderson State

5. Harding

6. Central Oklahoma

7. Northeastern State

8. Southwestern Oklahoma State

9. Southern Arkansas

10. Concordia-St. Paul

CENTRAL INDIVIDUALS

1. Dawson Wills, Washburn

2. Brady Holland, Winona State

3. Ben Laffen, Minnesota State Mankato

4. Cade Uhlenhake, Washburn

MARIAN’S 4X800M RELAY AND JACOB NETRAL QUALIFY FOR NAIA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT LITTLE STATE

Marion, Ind. – The Marian men’s track and field team kicked off their weekend at the Little State meet hosted by Indiana Wesleyan with a bang, as the 4x800m relay team hit the NAIA ‘A’ standard on day one. Marian also had some strong performances in their other four events of the day, with Jacob Netral breaking the school record in the shot put.

The Marian’s 4x800m relay team highlighted the efforts on the track, as the group finished with a season-best time of 7:43.66. The Knights’ relay team finished third, hitting the NAIA ‘A’ standard earning NAIA quailification marks. Marian’s time is sixth in the NAIA after Friday.

In Marian’s field events, Jacob Netral stole the show in the shot put as he broke his teammate Devin Humes’ record, winning the event with a new top mark of 16.33m. Netral’s throw moves him to No. 9 in the NAIA, as he is an official NAIA qualifier with his ‘A’ standard. Humes was just as good, finishing second as he set a new personal best with a distance of 16.08m. Christian Rios finished fourth in the eventh with a 15.66m effort as he hit the NAIA ‘B’ standard.

Carter Bach finished ninth with a 14.83m distance, and Isaiah Tipping threw 14.61m in the shot put finishing 12th. AJ Wrenn finished the javelin with a 28.55m distance. In the triple jump, Chase Maxey finished third with a 13.19m distance. Ben Hochgesang finished 10th in the 10000m, running a 36:58 time.

The Knights will wrap up day two of the Little State meet on Saturday.

NORWOOD AND WALTERS TRIPLE JUMP HEADLINE OPENING DAY OF LITTLE STATE

Marion, Ind. – The Marian women’s track and field team opened up the Indiana Wesleyan Litttle State meet on Friday with a strong start, getting a pair of wins and new NAIA ‘A’ standard. Jai-Lyn Norwood and Arriana Benjamin earned the wins for the Knights, while Naomi Walters’ finish in the triple jump gave her the NAIA ‘A’ mark.

In the triple jump the Knights got a win from Jai-Lyn Norwood, as the fourth-year member of the program won the event with an 11.97m jump, getting the mark on her final try. Naomi Walters took the runner-up spot with her 11.89m distance, as she set a season best jump and hit the NAIA ‘A’ standard as she is now guaranteed to defend her 2021 NAIA Championship in late May.

In the javelin Marian got a fifth place finish from Paige Hoog as she hit 32.84m on her top throw of the day. Hogg later finished 14th in the shot put hitting 11.20m, with teammate Arriana Benjamin earning the win in the event with a 14.19m effort. Sarah Spangler finished 10th in the shot put with an 11.48m distance, and Landry Munoz finished 25th with a 9.90m effort.

Marian’s 4x800m relay team finished fourth in the field of 11 teams with a 9:31.54 time. In the 10000m Marian’s Catherine Newhart finished fourth with a 42:54 time in the race.

The Knights will wrap up day two of the Little State meet on Saturday.

STRONG PITCHING AND TIMELY HITTING FUEL BASEBALL SWEEP OVER ST. FRANCIS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian baseball team kept their hot streak rolling into Friday night, as the Knights won their series opening doubleheader against St. Francis at Marian Ballpark. The Knights improve to 23-21 overall on the year with the sweep, while jumping to 15-15 in league play.

Game 1 | Marian 6-5 St. Francis

The Knights rolled out Jace Stoops for his second career start in game one of the twin bill, and the sophomore got out to a strong start picking up a strikeout as he stranded a double in the first inning. Stoops looked to get out of the second inning clean and strand a pair of singles, but an error kept the Cougars alive and allowed a run to score. A strikeout ended the inning, and the offense immediately got the run back for their pitcher as Bryce Davenport delivered with a two-out RBI single in the home half.

The game remained deadlocked 1-1 after Stoops was perfect in the third and scattered a walk in the fourth. The offense picked up in the bottom of the fourth, as Marian took their first lead of the game on a powerful opposite field solo shot from Davenport, giving the home team a 2-1 lead. St. Francis would match the run with a pair of singles, tying the game with one out in the fifth. Stoops exited after 4.1 innings of work, and Chris Adams came in getting a strikeout and fly out to keep the game tied 2-2.

Matteo Porcellato broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth giving Marian the lead on a home run to dead center, and in the bottom of the sixth Jackson Hogg and JJ Rivera each picked up an RBI to add two more runs to the Knights’ lead. Nursing a 5-2 lead, Adams faced adversity early in the seventh as he gave up a double and a walk to the first two batters. Marian went to the bullpen again with Michael Mates coming on, who got an immediate lift as Dion Wintjes caught a runner stealing. St. Francis would keep knocking and picked up two runs on three hits off Mates, drawing within a run.

Mates had a clean eighth inning, and the Knights got a run back as Porcellato picked up a one-out double, eventually scoring on a wild pitch. The righty stayed on to close the win holding a 6-4 lead, but the Cougars didn’t go down easy as an error and base hit put a pair of runners on. Taylor Soper was tasked with getting the final out, but threw a walk as St. Francis prolonged the game. Another error allowed St. Francis to make it a one-run game, but Soper got a flyout to left as Hogg made a sliding catch to seal the 6-5 win.

Marian had 12 hits in game one with Porcellato leading the way with three, homering and scoring two runs. Hironori Kato, Trey Heidlage, and Davenport each had two hits in the win. Chris Adams was given the win, earning his first career victory throwing 1.2 innings of relief. Mates earned the hold throwing 2.2 innings, and Soper got the save making the final out. Stoops led the team with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings, getting a no-decision.

Game 2 | Marian 5-1 St. Francis

The first inning of game one went by long for both teams, as St. Francis began the game loading the bases against Craig Nixon. Nixon benefited from his defense as AJ Bordenet created a 4-3 double play to end the inning, and in the home half Kameron Salazar got the offense started with a walk. Hogg and Porcellato followed with walks of their own, and two batters later Rivera picked up an RBI on a groundout. Bordenet later drew a walk as the inning continued, with Hogg crossing the plate on a wild pitch to give Marian a 2-0 lead.

Nixon again got out of a jam in the second inning as he stranded a two-out triple, and got additional support in the home half as Jonathan LaGuire drew a lead-off walk. Salazar and Hogg walked to load the bases, and Porcellato was the benefactor one batter later as his dribbler back to the mound was bobbled and then thrown around the field, letting Marian score two runs. The double error on the St. Francis pitcher gave Marian a 4-0 lead.

After finding more support, Nixon turned up his intensity a noth in the third, striking out the side on 14 pitches. The junior was equally as good in the fourth, needing eight pitches to pick up two more strikeouts as the game continued to move along. A Hogg single in the bottom of the inning kept the offense running, with Wintjes scoring his fellow Canadian on a sacrifice fly to make it a 5-0 lead. Nixon got a double play in the fifth to keep his shutout in tact, seeing his scoreless run come up empty in the sixth as St. Francis managed to turn a double into a run on a sacrifice fly of their own.

The 5-1 lead carried through the bottom of the sixth and into the seventh, as Nixon stayed on to complete the game. The righty looked sharp early using the breaking ball to get back to back looking strikeouts to start the seventh, and after hitting a batter with an inside pitch, rebounded with his third strikeout of the inning to lock in the victory. For Nixon, the win was his fourth of the year as he added his second complete game of the season this week to his totals. The righty allowed just one run and three hits, striking out nine.

Offensively Marian had five hits in game two, with Bordenet recording two of the five. Salazar and Hogg each drew two walks and scored twice, with LaGuire scoring the other run in the 5-1 win.

The Knights will finish their 2022 home campaign on Saturday afternoon, starting game three of the series with St. Francis at 2 p.m.

KNIGHTS SWEEP FORESTERS TO COMPLETE HOME STAND

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian softball team cruised through a pair of victories on Friday afternoon, sweeping Huntington University 5-0 and 10-3. Marian improves to 32-7 overall on the year with the wins, while jumping to 22-6 in Crossroads League play as they completed their eight-game home stand.

Game 1 | Marian 5-0 Huntington

The Marian softball team got another dominant performance from their freshman pitcher Olivia Stunkel Friday afternoon, as the rookie got off to a perfect start through three innings, striking out two batters in the third. The offense came to life for their pitcher in the bottom of the third, as Savannah Harweger led off with a single. An error put a second runner on, and after moving into scoring position Harweger scored on a sacrifice fly from Shelbie Stotts.

The Knights kept it rolling in the bottom of the third as Sierra Norman roped a double to right field to drive in a run, and Hayley Greene followed with a single. Grace Meyer and Caroline Roop picked up an RBI in each of the next two plate appearances, capping the four-run inning. Stunkel’s perfect start was ruined in the fourth as she tossed a walk and her defense committed an error, but the rookie picked up a strikeout to keep the 4-0 lead in tact.

Grace Meyer added to the Knights lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, launching a solo home run near the scoreboard in left field for an insurance run. Stunkel kept her shutout going as she retired the side in order in the sixth, and in the seventh completed her shutout with a two-strikeout inning.

The 5-0 win featured 11 Marian hits, with Harweger, Greene, Meyer, and Abbi Wirey each recording two. Stunkel allowed two hits and walked one in her complete game win, adding eight strikeouts to her team-leading total.

Game 2 | Marian 10-3 Huntington

In game two the offense got rolling early, as Harweger delivered a lead-off single, scoring two batters later as Shelbie Stotts hammered her 15th home run of the season. The two-run shot gave the Knights a quick 2-0 lead, which was enough for Sydney Wilson early as she stranded a runner in each of the first two innings. The southpaw escaped a jam in the third after allowing a double and single to reach by recording back to back strikeouts, and in the home half Caroline Roop made it a 3-0 lead on a sacrifice fly.

Wilson got added run support in the bottom of the fourth inning, as a lead-off walk put Caitlyn Phillips on base, who later came in to score on a throwing error two batters later. Stotts doubled to drive in a run in the frame, and Hayley Greene added to her RBI totals with a single, scoring the senior outfielder. The three-runs made the lead safe, as Huntington answered with three hits of their own in the fifth inning that led to three Forester runs. Wilson minimized the damage leaving the bases loaded, picking up a three-pitch strikeout as Marian lead 6-3 after 4.5 innings.

The Knights pitcher responded with a quick sixth inning, and got the runs back in a big way in the home side as a Stotts double came in to score after back to back fly outs. With two outs the bats continued to roll as Meyer roped a one-out single, and Raegan Hiatt drew a walk. An Abbi Wirey single scored Lauren Landes who came on as a pinch runner, and Mackenzie Dalton cleaned up the bases with a two-RBI single, giving Marian a 10-3 edge.

Marian ended the game with a scoreless seventh inning, as Wilson got a strike out and groundout to cap her game two win. The senior gave up three runs on seven hits in the complete game victory, strikingout out seven hitters in the win. Stotts went a perfect 4-4 in the game homering for the 15th time this season, as she scored four runs and drove in three. Harweger and Meyer each had two hits out in the 14-hit win.

Marian will go on the road tomorrow afternoon taking on Taylor at 1 p.m.

SOFTBALL SETS SCHOOL RECORD IN STOLEN BASES, SPLITS WITH COUGARS

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan softball split with RV Mount Vernon Nazarene University on the road. After dropping game one 2-3, Wildcats responded shutting out Cougars 6-0 in game two. Wildcats set a new program record in stolen bases in a season with 154 currently. MVNU is currently in third in conference posting a 19-9 Crossroads League record.

Wildcats posted nine hits to Cougars six. Miranda Wehrle and Elisa Koshy led with two apiece.

Jennah Yost and Makenna Pace each collected an RBI both in the fifth inning.

Alyssa Wagner controlled the mound for the Wildcats striking out seven Cougars in six innings of play.

Wildcats bounced back scoring two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, and three in the seventh to take game two 6-0.

Hot at bats, Wildcats posted 10 hits led by Chloe Tragesser, Yost, and Pace each posting two.

Five different Wildcats scored while Kamryn Buck ran in for two runs.

Julianne Bell’s stolen base in the top of the seventh inning pushed the Wildcats to a new school record with 154 stolen bases currently on the season.

Alayna Thomas pitched a complete game for the Wildcats.

Wildcats host Huntington University on Senior Day tomorrow, April 23 at 1pm. Seniors will be honored following the conclusion of the double header.

SERIES OF CAREER-BEST EFFORTS LEAD WABASH TO VICTORY AT TWILIGHT INVITE

A collection of career-best times and top-five finishes led Wabash to the team title at Friday’s Rose-Hulman Twilight Track and Field Invitational. The Little Giants scored six first-place finishes overall and turned in eight career-best efforts.

Leo Warbington ran a career-best time of 56.16 to win the 400-meter hurdles to post back-to-back victories in consecutive meets. He also won the 110-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 15.33. Stuart Anker scored a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles by completing the race in a career-best time of 1:00.48. Takeshi Greiner added a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.23.

Ethan Pine posted an individual victory for the Little Giants in the 1500-meter run by finishing in a career-best time of 3:52.29, which is also the 25th-quickest time in the nation this season. Thomas Gaines won the 3,000-meter steeplechase by completing the race in 9:55.38.

Wabash swept all of the top-five places in the 5,000-meter run. Clarke Criddell won the race with a time of 16:04.34. Drake Hayes placed second overall with a time of 16:06.91. Gabe Cowley finished in 16:19.15 to place third. Jacob Sitzman added a fourth-place finish with a time of 16:27.90. Logan Shaffer captured the fifth-place spot by finishing in 16:28.15.

The Little Giant quartet of Cristian Aleman, Jose Franco, Howie Steele, and Nathan France won the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:21.74.

Franco placed second overall in the 400-meter dash by finishing with a career-best time of 49.14. Will Neubauer finished in second place in his first 3,000-meter run with a time of 1:56.93.

The Wabash foursome of Julius Hearns, Josh Warmick, Seth Acero, and Tim Herring combined to finish second in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 43.78.

Kenny Coleman earned a second-place finish in th hammer throw with a top distance of 45.55 meters (149 feet, 5 inches) for his career-best mark in that event. Connor Wakefield placed third in the hammer with his career-best throw of 45.44 meters (149 feet, 1 inch).

Luke Bender cleared 4.35 meters (14 feet, 3.25 inches) to place second overall in the pole vault. Brandon English scored a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 13.44 meters (44 feet, 1.25 inches). Jake Oostman placed fifth in the discus throw with a top effort of 37.60 meters (123 feet, 4 inches).

Wabash finished with a total of 186.5 points to finish well ahead of second-place Rose-Hulman (142 points). Greenville placed third (139 points) followed by DePauw (75 points). Franklin College rounded out the top five with 74.5 points in the eight-team competition.

ROSE-HULMAN BASEBALL TRAVELS TO EARLHAM AND WILMINGTON THIS WEEKEND

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball team (18-7, 9-3 HCAC) travels to Earlham College (18-8, 7-3 HCAC) for a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon.  The Fightin’ Engineers then travel to Wilmington College (13-16) for a single 9-inning non-conference game on Sunday at 1 pm.

ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman has an 18-7 record and a 9-3 HCAC mark with an 8-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s doubleheader.

* Josh Mesenbrink has tied Rose-Hulman’s single-season home run record with 11 so far in 2022.

* Mesenbrink was named HCAC Hitter of the Week and to the D3baseball.com National Team of the Week after hitting 4 home runs on the week of April 11-17, including 3 in the Transylvania doubleheader.

* Mesenbrink leads the team in home runs (11), RBIs (35), runs scored (33), slugging average (.862) and on-base percentage (.496) along with a .372 batting average.

* Manuel Lopez has provided offensive depth with a .375 average, 9 doubles and a team-high 4 triples.

* Kade Kline has a .356 batting average with 1 triple and 16 RBIs.

* Colter Couillard-Rodak leads the team with 10 doubles and has a .330 batting average for the season.

* Shane Garner ranks second on the team with 5 home runs this season.

* Harrison Finch (.310, 5 2B); Brett Tuttle (.302, 3 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR) and Adam Taylor (.294, 4 2B, 2 3B) have also helped lead the offensive attack.

* Ian Kline leads the pitching staff with a 5-1 record and a 2.68 ERA.  Kline has 40 strikeouts in 40.1 innings of work.

* Brett Borcherding has added a 2-0 record with 24 strikeouts in 27 innings of work.

* Matthew Rouse has added a 2.30 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 27.1 innings pitched.

* Josh Erpenbeck provides depth to the starting rotation with 22 strikeouts and a 2-1 record in 28.1 innings of work.

* Adam Taylor (0.00, 3 saves), Schuyler Wilcox (2-2, 3 saves), Korey Marlow (2-0, 1.47), Paul Durell (1-0, 2.93) have added pitching depth.

* After Saturday’s game, Rose-Hulman travels hosts DePauw University on Tuesday April 26 in a non-conference matchup.

EARLHAM SERIES HISTORY SINCE 1990:

* Overall Series: Rose-Hulman leads 23-14

* Current Streak: Rose-Hulman won 2

* Last Meeting: RHIT 6, EC 5 on 4/25/2021

WILMINGTON SERIES HISTORY SINCE 1990:

* Overall Series: Rose-Hulman leads 2-1

* Current Streak: Wilmington won 1

* Last Meeting: WILM 6, RHIT 5 on 4/7/2004

SOFTBALL HOSTS TRANSYLVANIA AND SPALDING THIS WEEKEND AT RHIT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology softball team hosts Transylvania on Saturday (1 pm) and Spalding on Sunday (1 pm) in a pair of doubleheaders.

ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman stands 13-11 on the season entering this weekend’s action.

* Nicole Lang leads the team with a 10 doubles, 3 home runs and a .704 slugging average.  Lang ranks No. 2 on the team with a .408 batting average.

* Angela Boulboulle has contributed a team-high .435 batting average with 7 doubles and a team-high 26 RBIs to the offense.

* Ashley Pinkham is batting .392 with 6 doubles and 18 runs scored to provide an offensive boost.

* Other starters over the .300 mark include Ariel Thomasson (.366, 8 2B); Hailey Hofmann (.350, 1 2B); and Phoebe Worstell (.304, 1 2B, 1 HR)

* Thomasson leads the pitching staff with a 7-3 record, a 1.63 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 60 innings of work.

* Phoebe Worstell threw the 4th no-hitter in Rose-Hulman softball history as part of the spring trip in a 12-1 win over Finlandia.  Worstell is 4-4 with a 4.52 ERA and 41 strikeouts entering the week.

SERIES HISTORY VS. TRANSYLVANIA:

* Overall Series: Transylvania leads 30-7

* Current Streak: Transylvania won 10

* Last Meeting: TU 13, RHIT 3 on 5/7/2021

SERIES HISTORY VS. SPALDING:

* Overall Series: Spalding leads 10-8

* Current Streak: Rose-Hulman won 1

* Last Meeting: RHIT 4, SU 0 on 4/7/2021

NAVARRETE DRIVES IN FOUR IN GAME TWO VICTORY

MISHAWAKA – Bethel Softball split a doubleheader with Taylor on Friday—their third straight splitting a doubleheader—dropping game one 5-2 before rallying in game two for a 4-2 victory. Marissa Navarrete produced a pair of two-run hits—a game-tying double in the fourth and the go-ahead single in the sixth—to give the Pilots all the offense they needed for the win.

GAME VITALS

Game 1 Score: Taylor def. Bethel 5-2

Game 2 Score: Bethel def. Taylor 4-2

Records: Bethel (8-28, 7-21) | Taylor (21-81, 18-10)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Taylor – NR

Location: Gardner Field | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.

GAME 1 STAT TRACKER

Chloe DeJonge: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Emmie Pugh: 1-3

Quinn Slattman: 1-3

GAME 2 STAT TRACKER

Marissa Navarrete: 2-3, 2B, 4 RBI

Quinn Slattman: 2-3, 2 R

Emmie Pugh: 2-2, 2 R

Ryann Norris: 7.0 IP, CG, W, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 K

INSIDE THE BOXSCORES

The Pilots took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning of game one but gave up five unanswered in the last two at bats in the loss.

All of the Pilots runs on the day came with two outs in the respective inning.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots welcome Saint Francis to Gardner Field on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

TIGERS TAKE SECOND AT ROSE-HULMAN TWILIGHT MEET

Terre Haute, Ind. – Totaling 143 points at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet, the DePauw women’s track and field team finished second out of eight teams.

The Tigers had a top-ten finisher in 15 events, with 13 individuals finishing in the top three. Charlotte Borland earned DePauw’s first top-three finish after running the 200-meter dash in 27.28 for third. In the distance events, the Tigers dominated. Annalise Grammel finished first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.28, followed by Rachel DeLancey, who took third after running the 800-meter run in 2:27.84.

DePauw swept the top-four spots in the 1,500-meter run. Emma Jacobs finished first in 5:01.43, DeLancey took second with a time of 5:04.47, followed by Lily Monnett (5:06.59) for third, and Lannea Allen at 5:07.46 for fourth. In the 3,000-meter run, Sophie Porter (10:49.18) finished second, while teammate Meredith Sierpina (10:54.90) took third. Kendall Mann (11:58.92) and Jenny Noll (12:08.25) earned first and second, respectively, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

In the 4×100 meter relay, Jaida Smith, Lillian Boston, Alexis Cagan, and Borland ran a 50.73 for third place. Borland, Grammel, Cagan, and Jacobs would win first in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 4:09.13.

The Tigers continued to find success in field events, with Abby Hartman earning second in high jump, with a height of 1.50m. In pole vault, Emma Stemen took second with a height of 3.20m, and rounding out DePauw’s second-place finishes was Erin Pasch, who jumped 5.20m for second in long jump.

The next meet for the Tigers is the Gina Relays on Thursday, April 28, at Hillsdale College.

TIGERS FINISH FOURTH AT ROSE-HULMAN TWILIGHT MEET

Terre Haute, Ind.- The DePauw men’s track and field team finished fourth at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet with 75 points after placing in the top ten in nine events.

DePauw completed the meet with six top-three finishes, two of which were first-place finishes. Michael Ocasek ran the 800-meter run in 1:52.93, beating the next closest finisher by four seconds to take first. Bennett DeCoursey would earn the Tigers’ second first-place finish in discus after recording a 46.54m throw.

Three team members earned second-place finishes in today’s twilight meet. Garrett Elkins tied for second place in high jump with a jump of 1.90m. Thomas Brelage’s 10:00.41 3000-meter steeplechase time earned him a second-place finish, while Hudson Alden earned second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:03.62. Alex Hlade earned DePauw’s lone third-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:00.52.

The Tigers travel to Hillsdale College on Thursday, April 28, to compete in the Gina Relays.

HU COMES FROM BEHIND IN OPENER, GOSHEN RETURNS THE FAVOR IN NIGHTCAP

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Despite playing at Forest Glen, Friday’s games were considered a home doubleheader for Goshen. The Huntington baseball team won game one’s slugfest 15-12 while the Maple Leafs outlasted Frame’s crew 6-4 in the nightcap.

The Foresters had to come from behind to win the opener. The lead swapped back and forth multiple times before HU finally had the last say by erupting for five runs in the top of the ninth to turn their 12-10 deficit into a three-run victory.

Frame’s big inning saw Goshen commit an error amidst four hits with the most notable base pokes a Langston Ginder RBI-triple and Satchell Wilson RBI-double.

Huntington posted 13 hits with multiple Foresters coming up big at the plate. Ginder led the pack with three hits and two RBI while scoring four times and drawing two walks. Matt Wolff also worked a pair of walks in addition to hammering out two hits and driving in three runs. Owen Young and Nick Davit each finished with two hits and an RBI. Four other Foresters logged at least one RBI.

Graham Kollen was the fourth and final Forester to take to the mound. He tossed the final two frames to pick up the win by striking out three and giving up just one hit.

The nightcap saw Goshen return the favor. Not only did the Maple Leafs have to come from behind, they also did so by rounding the bases five times in an inning. Their five-run frame came in the fourth and proved the last offense of the day.

Jaden Deel drove in half of HU’s runs with a sac fly in the second and an RBI-single in the fourth. In between, Wolff found a perfect spot in center field for a run-scoring two-bagger in the third and then Young drilled a shot down the left field line for his second homerun of the year several batters prior to Deel’s RBI-base poke in the fourth.

It made for a 4-1 HU lead after their at-bat in the fourth but it didn’t last the inning thanks to Goshen’s big sticks in the bottom of the frame.

Tyler Papenbrock took the loss for Frame’s crew by giving up five hits, six runs and five walks while striking out five in 3.2 innings on the bump. 

Huntington (20-18, 18-12) travels to Goshen tomorrow to finish their regular season series with the Maple Leafs. 

#17 MARIAN TOPS HUNTINGTON TWICE

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The HU softball team came up short twice, 5-0, 10-3, against #17 Marian Friday afternoon at MU Softball Field. After the two squads split the first time around, the Knights wrap up the regular season series against Huntington 3-1 with today’s two wins.

The Knights controlled game one starting in the third frame when they plated four runs. They would tack on one more before all was said and done. Kiera Stacy accounted for HU’s only two hits as offense did not come easy for Ehler and crew.

MacKyndsea Burke took the loss for HU in the circle by giving up 11 hits, five runs, only two of which were earned, and three walks.

The Foresters chased Marian in the nightcap as the hosts kicked things off with a two-run homer in the first on the way to opening up a 6-0 lead by the fourth. HU cut the lead in half in the next frame by scoring all three of their runs.

Huntington got creative in how they touched home. A Breanna Hines RBI-grounder and Abigail Reed RBI-walk sandwiched HU’s only run-producing hit, an RBI-single by Courtney Mason. It made for a 6-3 contest but the hosts weren’t ready to call it quits. MU piled up four more runs in the sixth to pull away for the win and complete the sweep.

Ehler’s crew finished with seven hits by seven Foresters.  Adelyn Harsh was charged with the loss. She tossed the first two innings and gave up five hits, three runs and two walks.

With these losses, HU drops to 13-24 overall which includes an 11-15 Crossroads League record. The Foresters are back at it tomorrow to play at #8 IWU.

COUGARS DROP A COUPLE TOUGH ONES TO MARIAN KNIGHTS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Friday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (24-22; 13-17 Crossroads) traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to begin a four-game series with the Marian University Knights (23-21; 15-15 Crossroads) but lost a couple tough games by scores of 6-5 and 5-1.

In the opening game, sophomore pitcher Hunter Frost started on the mound for the Cougars and retired the side in order in the first. Then in the top of the second the Cougars took the early lead when center fielder Collin Landrum singled up the middle to score third baseman Kaden Sullivan with two outs to take the 1-0 lead.

However the Knights answered back in their half of the inning with a two-out RBI-single to right to tie the game.

A solo home run in the bottom of the fourth then put the Knights ahead 2-1, but right fielder Xavier Nolan tied it right back up in the fifth. But another solo home run continued the seesaw battle in the bottom of the fifth, and then the Knights added a couple more in the sixth to extend their lead to 5-2 driving Frost from the game after allowing five runs on 10 hits in five and a third innings pitched.

But the Cougars kept battling and went back to work in the top of the seventh. Four hits and a sacrifice fly plated a couple runs to pull Saint Francis back to within a run at 5-4, but a wild pitch plated an insurance run for Marian in the bottom of the eighth, and the Cougars went to the ninth down 6-4.

Then with two outs and a runner on, a single and walk loaded the bases, and a fielding error by the Knights plated a run for the Cougars and put the go-ahead run in scoring position, but Sullivan flew out to left as the Cougars fell just short losing the opener 6-5.

In the second game, it was freshman Deron Swanson who started for the Cougars but ran into immediate trouble in the first. He walked the bases loaded to open the game, and then an RBI-groundout and bases-loaded walk gave the Knights a 2-0 lead.

A couple more runs scored for Marian in the bottom of the second when a throwing error hindered the Cougars even more now trailing 4-0. Swanson was finished in the fourth inning after surrendering consecutive hits with one out and then a sacrifice fly made it 5-0 Marian.

Offensively, the Cougars were not able to manufacutre anything but a sacrifice fly in the sixth as they dropped the first two to open against Marian.

The Cougars and Knights will wrap up their four-game series Saturday afternoon with another doubleheader in Indianapolis beginning at 1:00 pm.

COUGARS SPLIT GOSHEN MAPLE LEAFS WITH OFFENSIVE OUTBURST IN FINALE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Friday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (20-17; 12-13 Crossroads) traveled to Goshen, Indiana for a doubleheader against the Goshen College Maple Leafs (20-24; 10-20) and split the two games dropping the opener 3-2 before winning the finale 11-0 in five innings.

The opening game was a nailbiter for the Cougars as junior pitcher Mackenzie Rust took the mound, who allowed a solo home run in the top of the first but settled in after that.

In the top of the third the Cougars went to work on offense. First baseman Taylor Horseley led off the frame with a double, and then with two outs and runners at second and third, third baseman Dani Karr came through with a two-run single up the middle to give Saint Francis a 2-1 lead.

Rust meanwhile pitched brilliantly through the next several innings and held the one-run lead until the bottom of the sixth. But a leadoff walk would prove costly after a two-out double tied the game at two.

After the Cougars failed to score in the top of the seventh, Rust went back out for the bottom of the frame and the Maple Leafs finished off Saint Francis with consecutive singles to open the frame as the Cougars suffered a tough 3-2 loss to open the day.

Rust pitched well despite the loss allowing just two earned runs in six-plus innings pitched while walking only one and striking out seven.

In the finale, the Cougars showed right from the start that this was going to be their game. Center fielder Grace Renbarger led off the game with a single, stole third, and scored the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly by catcher Tori Miller.

On the mound was sophomore Erika Turpin who worked out of a first-inning threat, and that was the closest Goshen would come for in the top of the second four hits led to four runs including a two-run home run by catcher Carly Turner to jump ahead 5-0.

More damage came in the third when four more hits, an error, and walk plated five more runs for the Cougars giving Turpin more than enough run support to finish off the Maple Leafs.

In the top of the fifth, the Cougars add an 11th run, and Turpin went out for the last half of the inning and shut the door on Goshen as the Cougars earned the split via mercy rule after five innings.

Turpin earned the win to bring her season record to 7-5 on the season after allowing no runs on just five hits.

The Cougars resume their road trip Saturday afternoon when they travel to Mishawaka, Indiana for a doubleheader against the Bethel University Pilots (8-28; 7-21 Crossroads) beginning at 1:00 pm.

NO. 18 IU SOUTHEAST DEFEATS IU KOKOMO IN SERIES OPENER FRIDAY

KOKOMO, In. – The No. 18-ranked IU Southeast baseball team rolled past RSC foe IU Kokomo 10-3 on Friday.

The scoring kicked off in the top of the third inning. Clay Woeste led off with a double, and Trevor Campbell followed with a double of his own to give the Grenadiers a 1-0 advantage. After Campbell advanced to third on a wild pitch, Marco Romero drove him in with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 IU Southeast.

IU Kokomo made it a 2-1 game in the bottom of the third with a two out RBI single. The game remained 2-1 until the sixth inning.

A one-out solo home run by John Ullom in the top of the sixth inning made it 3-1 IU Southeast. IU Kokomo looked to limit the damage with only one run allowed, but the Grenadiers were not finished. With two outs, IU Southeast scored three runs on four straight singles to make it a 6-1 game.

After seven innings, the Grenadiers led 6-2. IU Southeast scored a run on an IU Kokomo error in the top of the eighth inning to make it 7-2, but the Cougars responded with a run in the bottom half of the eighth to make it 7-3.

The Grenadiers used the ninth to break the game open. IU Southeast loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the inning. IU Kokomo managed to get two straight outs without allowing a run, but the Grenadiers scored three runs on a Clay Woeste double and a Cougar error to make it 10-3 IU Southeast.

IU Southeast went on to win game one of the series 10-3. Starter Hunter Kloke threw eight strong innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out six. Gavin Knust pitched a perfect ninth to secure the win for the Grenadiers. The first four hitters in the Grenadier lineup did most of the damage in the contest, driving in seven of the team’s ten runs.

The Grenadiers moved to 30-12 overall and 16-3 in RSC play with the win on Friday. IU Kokomo fell to 24-16 overall and 14-4 in conference play.

The Grenadiers finish the series against IU Kokomo with a doubleheader on Saturday.

GRENADIERS SWEEP CARLOW FRIDAY

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast softball team defeated Oakland City 6-4 and 6-5 on Friday to extend its winning streak to eight games.

The Celtics struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Amanda Hu singled to right to drive in Megan Pollinger and Alayna Mintz from second and third.

IU Southeast got a run back in the bottom of the frame when Ellie Jackman singled to right to drive in Katie Templeman.

The Grenadiers took the lead in the bottom of the third with a four-run rally. Lindsey Nelson to put runners at the corners and then stole second. Erin Templeman doubled to left-center to score Katie Cook and Nelson.

After Katie Templeman singled and stole second, Hannah Nunemaker singled to center to score both Templemans and extend the lead to 5-2.

The Grenadiers tacked on another run in the fourth when Macie Zink led off with a triple and scored on a groundout by Cook.

The Celtics got a pair of runs in the fifth when Maddie Bowes doubled to drive in Jillian Durst and Adrianna Gotheld.

Brooklyn Gibbs worked the first four innings and allowed two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three for her seventh win.

Gabby Mahoney came on in relief and worked the final three innings and allowed two runs on six hits for her first save.

Hannah Nunemaker had two hits and drove in two and Ellie Jackman, Macie Zink and Erin Templeman all had two hits in the win.

In game two, Hannah Gallagher scored on a wild pitch to give Carlow a 1-0 lead.

The Grenadiers answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Ellie Jackman sparked the rally with a leadoff triple and scored on Cook’s double. Lindsey Nelson followed with a RBI single to drive in Cook and Brooklyn Gibbs, who had walked and stolen second.

Carlow scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. The lead was short-lived as IU Southeast took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Brooklyn Gibbs reached base on an error and moved to second on Zink’s single. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch.

After Gibbs was forced out at home on a fielder’s choice, Zink scored on a groundout.

With runners at second and third, Erin Templeman singled through the right side to drive in Nelson and Cook.

In the top of the seventh, Carlow had runners at first and third with no outs. Hannah Gallagher was caught stealing and Gotheld scored from third on the play. Then Meghan Waggoner recorded a strikeout and a line out to end the game.

Hannah Nunemaker worked five innings and allowed four runs, two earned, on eight hits, she walked two.

Meghan Waggoner earned the save with two innings of relief and allowed one run on three hits while striking out a batter.

Ellie Jackman and Erin Templeman each had two hits in the win and Lindsey Nelson and Erin Templeman each drove in two.

IU Southeast hosts Point Park Saturday at 1 p.m.

BASEBALL FALLS IN SERIES OPENER AGAINST GRENADIERS

KOKOMO, Ind. – Errors proved to be costly for the Indiana University Kokomo baseball team on Friday night as the Cougars fell to the 18th ranked IU Southeast Grenadiers. The Cougars committed seven errors on the night.

IU Kokomo moves to 24-16 overall on the season and 14-4 in River States Conference action.

Key Moments

Both teams had runners in scoring position in each of their first two at-bats but neither team could plate a run, keeping the game scoreless through two innings.

The Grenadiers led off the third frame with back-to-back doubles to score the game’s first run. A sacrifice fly later in the inning made it a 2-0 contest.

Thomas Obergfell doubled in the bottom half of the third and came around to score on a Jared Heard single to cut the Cougars deficit in half, 2-1.

A four-run inning by IU Southeast in the sixth made it 6-1 in favor of the Grenadiers.

Hurlock singled to lead off the Cougars half of the sixth and moved up 90 feet after Heard was hit by a pitch. With runners at second and third with one out, Jack Leverenz picked up an RBI, making it a 6-2 game.

The Cougars committed four errors in the eighth that resulted in one IU Southeast run.

IU Southeast added three more runs in the ninth to put the game out of reach, making it 10-3.

Pitching

Owen Callaghan threw 5.2 innings and allowed four runs on 10 hits, taking the loss in the series opener.

Connor Hurt tossed two innings in relief, allowing one run on not hits and striking out three batters.

Brandon Bultemeier gave up a hit in one inning of work.

Up Next

The Cougars and Grenadiers will wrap up the three game series tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m.

ROOSEVELT GETS BY TITANS WITH WALK-OFF BASE HIT

CRESTWOOD, Ill. – Evan Allen hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season, giving IU South Bend the lead, but four runs over the final two innings was enough for the host Roosevelt Lakers to earn a come-from-behind walkoff win on Friday night, 6-5 over the Titans at Ozinga Field.

Allen, along with Nolan Unger each finished with three base hits apiece for the Titans (12-25-1, 6-15-1 CCAC). Starting pitcher Zack Dobos went into the 8th inning, working around seven hits and four runs in a no-decision.

IU South Bend would strike first, as Unger’s leadoff walk led to an RBI single from Brenden Bell for the early 1-0 lead. Roosevelt (18-21, 12-11 CCAC) responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 1st to move in front, before the Titans would tie the game in the 3rd. A walk followed by singles from Brett Sikorski and Evan Allen set the table for a game-tying sac fly from Jake Vanderwoude.

Allen’s solo home run in the 5th inning would give the Titans a 3-2 lead. After the Lakers’ rally in the 1st inning, Dobos would allow just one batter to reach scoring position until the bottom of the 8th, where a combined five walks were allowed by IUSB pitchers. The Lakers would take a 4-3 lead going into the 9th inning, where IU South Bend would rally again.

Kole Miller’s RBI double scored Vanderwoude to tie the game again at 4-4, and a two-out RBI single from Unger scored pinch-runner Nick Banks to give the Titans the lead. In the bottom of the 9th, Roosevelt would have their first four batters reach base, evening the score again at 5-5, and two batters later, would close out the game with a walk-off base hit.

The Titans will look to even the series with the Lakers on Saturday afternoon, as they host Roosevelt for a doubleheader at Rex Weade Stadium. First pitch from The Rex is set for 3:00 p.m.

ALEX BISHOP EARNS BID TO NCAA DII MIDWEST REGIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue Northwest’s Alex Bishop (Litchfield, Ill./Litchfield) will continue his historic season after earning a spot in the regional competition of the 2022 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships. Bishop is among 32 student-athletes competing as individuals and he’s one of four selected in the Midwest Regional, which will be held May 5-7 at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana.

“It’s an honor to be selected for the NCAA regional,” Bishop said. “It’s satisfying to see all of my hard work and dedication pay off. I definitely wasn’t happy with how conference went last week but I’ve learned in this game you have to have the memory of a goldfish, and move on from the bad days. I’m looking forward to getting back out there and competing with other great players. It’s going to be a great weekend.”

Bishop, a senior from Litchfield, Illinois, set a school single-season record with a 73.85 scoring average through 20 rounds in 2021-22. He also set school records for most rounds of par or less in a season (8) and career (9), along with carding the lowest 36-hole score in school history when he shot a 139 (-5) at the Music City Invitational. In addition, Bishop has the second-most birdies (62) in a season by a Pride men’s golfer and needs five to break that mark. He only needs three to move into second place on the career chart for most birdies.

Earlier this season, Bishop became the first PNW men’s golfer to win Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week following a third-place finish at the Panther Invitational. He recently finished tied for 15th at the GLIAC Championship at 7-over par 149.

Head coach Allen Curtiss says that Bishop is ‘one of those players that a coach loves’.

“He has the intangible thing inside himself that drives him to work on his craft every chance he gets. Not all players have that but the really good ones do.”

Curtiss believes the success this season and the postseason appearance for Bishop will fuel positive momentum for PNW golf’s future.

“This is huge for our program,” Curtiss stated. “We have had a great recruiting class already this year; but success always breeds success and for it to happen to a young program it is a big deal. Great players always want to go where great players are and be a part of the success. We are taking a big step and we are bringing our entire athletic department with us on this journey.”

“Alex would not be going to the regionals if it had not been for his teammates. They challenge him every time they play or practice together. The team feeds off each other’s successes and they expect that Alex will take care of his game. That expectation has made them grow also.”

At a minimum, the top three teams and the top two student-athletes not with a team from each regional will advance to the NCAA Finals May 16-20 at TPC Michigan in Detroit, Michigan. The remaining eight team berths will be allocated based on the regions represented in the prior year’s head-to-head medal play portion of the championships, with the maximum number of teams from a given region capped at seven. The finals will be hosted by Wayne State (Michigan) and the Detroit Sports Commission.

Tournaments will be conducted at four regional sites with regional pairings as follows:

Atlantic and East

Central and Midwest

South and Southeast

South Central and West

Teams and individuals are listed in rank order. Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in brackets next to the institution’s name.

Midwest Region:

Findlay

Grand Valley State

Missouri-St. Louis

UIndy

Southern Indiana

Wayne State

McKendree

Tiffin [Great Midwest Athletic Conference]

Trevecca Nazarene

Davenport [Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference]

Individuals:

Robert Holden, Ohio Dominican

Connor Curry, Malone

Alex Bishop (Litchfield, Ill./Litchfield), Purdue Northwest

Oscar Darlington, Hillsdale

WARRIORS FALL TO BLUE DEVILS IN WHAC SEMIFINALS

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Indiana Tech women’s lacrosse team fell to No. 1-ranked and undefeated Lawrence Tech, 18-5, in the semifinals of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Tournament Thursday afternoon at Blue Devils Stadium.

Brooke Buhr, Halli Reinhard, Noelle Ricci, Abbey Wilson and Jordan Donally all scored for the Warriors with Reinhard and Donally notching assists. Reinhard added four ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover while Wilson had three ground balls, two caused turnovers and won a draw. Burh caused three turnovers, won three draws and picked up two ground balls while Sydney Oberdorfer made eight saves in the cage.

Reinhard put the Warriors ahead first with a goal at the 13:45 mark, but the Blue Devils tied it up 18 seconds later to start a 6-0 run over the next six minutes, with f our of the goals coming from the 13:27 to the 11:13 marks. Donally stopped the run at the 4:45 mark, but LTU got right back at it with an answer from Sydney Robinson with 3:51 to play in the first that started an 8-0 run over the next 19 minutes go give the hosts a 14-2 lead at the half.

Ricci converted a power play opportunity with 11:07 to play in the third, but the Warriors would not score again the rest of the quarter while the Blue Devils tacked on three more goals to extend the lead to 17-3 and never gave the visitors a chance for the comeback.

Tech finishes the season with an 8-6 record and 6-3 mark in conference play. The Warriors have finished with a .500 or better record every year since the program started in 2010 with the exception of the 2020 season that was cut short due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

 

LANCERS PRODUCE BIG RESULTS AT LITTLE STATE

MARION, Ind. — The Indiana Little State Championships is one of the oldest continuously running track meets in the country, with various forms of the event dating back more than a century. The Lancers put their own mark on the opening day of the 2022 version of the meet at Indiana Wesleyan University, producing three school records and three NAIA “A” qualifiers.

The meet started with a bang as the women’s 4 x 800 relay shattered a year-old school record by nearly 14 seconds, running 9:13.66 and hitting the NAIA “A” qualifying standard for the national championships. The foursome of Tara Friesen, Heather Plastow, Anna Hulstedt and Kylie Sauder hit a time that currently ranks second in the NAIA, trailing only the relay squad from conference foe, Taylor, which won the race on Friday.

Minutes later, the men’s 4 x 800 relay took to the track and captured the top spot in a time of 7:34.40, just off the school record set last year and the top time in the NAIA so far this season. Dimitri Margaritidis, Logan Rufenacht, Tanner Sallee and Kyle Smith cruised home for the victory, defeating the second place team by five seconds. The top three teams all made the NAIA national qualifying standard.

Another school record happened in the women’s shot put, where Mackenzie DeLong hit a huge personal best of 12.43 meters (40-9 1/2). DeLong topped her previous best throw by over two feet and broke the long-standing school record of 11.85 meters (38-10 1/2) set by Bridget Byers in 1998. DeLong also placed eighth in the javelin with a toss of 31.31 meters (102-8).

The final school mark and NAIA qualifier was produced by Isaac Brown in the javelin. He had hit the NAIA “B” standard earlier in the year, but extended his personal best to 58.93 meters (193-4) to hit the “A” standard. The result passed the previous school record of 57.48 meters (188-7) held by Michael Chavez since 2002. Brown, who is also a NAIA “A” qualifier and All-American in the high jump, is believed to be the only athlete qualified for nationals in both a jumping event and a throwing event.

In other results, Josiah Thompson produced a personal best in the javelin of 51.94 meters (170-5) to finish fourth, while Noah Zimmerman jumped 13.15 meters (43-1 3/4) in the triple jump to finish fourth.

LADY LANCERS PICK UP WIN ON SENIOR DAY

WINONA LAKE, Ind.  – Grace’s softball team produced a split in its doubleheader against Spring Arbor on Senior Day.

The Lady Lancers (12-27, 9-19 Crossroads League) and Cougars played a pair of low-scoring outings with Grace winning the opener 2-1 and losing the second 3-1.

The first game quickly settled into a defensive battle. Jeri Ellis pitched her way around SAU’s bats, blanking the Cougars for the first five innings.

Grace wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Bethany Gardner led off the first inning with a walk, and she eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Cassandra Hayes.

The Lady Lancers had chances to score again, but the score remained 1-0 through five innings.

SAU generated the game-tying run in the top of the sixth. The Cougars (14-25, 8-20 CL) used a double, bunt and a single to push a run across and even the game at 1-1.

But the Lady Lancers had an immediate response in the bottom of the sixth. Hayes drove a double to right-center field, and Emily Revercomb entered to pinch run.

A wild pitch moved Revercomb to third base, and a ground ball by Kendra Arnold allowed Revercomb to cross home plate for the go-ahead run.

Ellis took care of SAU in the top of the seventh to secure the victory. Ellis earned the complete-game victory, allowing just five hits and one run. She walked one and struck out four in an impressive performance.

Tia O’Connor had Grace’s best bat, hitting 2 for 2 with a hit by pitch as well.

The Cougars took their first lead of the day in the first inning of game two. SAU used a bunt and two singles to generate the first run of the contest.

SAU doubled its lead with another run in the third, and Grace responded with a run in the fourth.

Tia O’Connor singled and moved to second with a bunt. Bree Gardinier then produced a two-out single to bring in O’Connor and make the score 2-1.

The Cougars added an insurance run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly to go ahead by two runs.

Grace was unable to produce a baserunner across the final two innings and had to settle for the 3-1 defeat.

Kierstin Fickas threw the complete game and yielded seven hits and three runs; she struck out six batters over her seven innings.

O’Connor hit 1 for 3 with a run scored, and Gardinier was 1 for 3 with an RBI.

The Lady Lancers will head to Ohio tomorrow for a doubleheader at Mt. Vernon Nazarene at 1 p.m.

FIVE RUN INNING LEADS TO HOME WIN AT HUNTINGTON

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – After a 15-12 loss in a three-hour and twenty-seven-minute game one, the Maple Leafs baseball team came back to win game two, 6-4. The games were initially going to be played at Goshen, so the Leafs were still designated as the home team.

Both teams scored in six of their nine innings in the first game, but the Foresters scored at least two runs in five innings.

Goshen has RBI singles from Camm Nickell and Morgan Baker to take a 3-2 lead in the third. Huntington built up an 8-4 lead, but a triple from Jenner Rodammer with the bases loaded made it a one-score game.

Goshen retook the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. The three-run inning gave the Leafs a 12-10 advantage, but Huntington made waves in the top of the ninth. They scored five runs to go up 15-12, and Goshen left a goose egg in the bottom of the ninth. 15-12 was the final.

The teams combined for 27 runs, 27 hits and five errors. A significant difference proved to be walks – as Goshen allowed ten but Huntington allowed just one.

Eric Pettipiece took the loss on the mound. Jenner Rodammer had three RBIs from his bases-clearing triple and scored three times himself. Camm Nickell was 3-5 with three RBIs. Nate Lange scored twice and Joseph Cerda had a couple of RBIs.

Peyton Smith homered to left in the first inning of game two, but Huntington went on to take a 4-1 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, the Leafs responded with five runs. Lange hit an RBI single and Rodammer walked with the bases loaded. Then, with the bases still loaded, Smith emptied them very quickly with a double to left-center that gave GC a 6-4 lead.

Smith was also the starter for Goshen in game two. He and Dalton Soergel combined to not allow any runs in the final three innings and the Leafs got the win – ending a five-game losing streak against Huntington.

“For our guys to answer back and not be defeated after giving up five runs in the ninth in game one speaks to their resiliency,” shared head coach Alex Childers. “Joseph Cerda had some great at-bats and Dalton Soergel coming in and shutting the door was a huge moment.”

Smith was 2-3 at the plate with a run and four RBIs. His record on the mound is now 2-2.

Goshen will play at home on Saturday, April 23 (for real this time) at 1:00 pm against Huntington. Before the first game, there will be a moment of silence to remember Jay Harold “Sarge” Yoder, longtime professor emeritus of physical education and head coach at Goshen College. He died Thursday, April 14, 2022, surrounded by family. He was 94 years old. The baseball field was named after him in 2015. The four Maple Leaf seniors will be recognized between games – Gage Andrews, Evan Creager, Camm Nickell, and Kyle Staelgraeve. We hope to see you there!

WILSON’S SINGLE IS WALK-OFF WINNER, COUGARS WIN GAME TWO

GOSHEN, Ind. – Kyra Wilson hit the walk-off single that scored Grace Schmitt to give the Maple Leafs a 3-2 win in game one on Friday afternoon. Saint Francis roared back to win the second game in five innings.

Ri Koteles quickly put Goshen on the board with a home run to left-center in the first. This was her fourth consecutive game with a home run and extended her season total to 13.

Dani Karr hit a two-RBI single in the third that gave the Cougars the lead for a while. Then in the sixth, Alisyn Catenacci hit an RBI double to right-center that brought Ellie Van Heerde around to score and tied the game. Catenacci was also shutting down Saint Francis on the mound. She would go seven innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits. She had seven strikeouts and didn’t walk a single batter.

She gave her team a chance as they headed to the bottom of the seventh. Claire Ouellette singled, and Schmitt pinch ran – representing the go-ahead run. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and then scored once Wilson hit one to right-center.

Catenacci earned the win, improving to 2-1. She was 2-3 at the plate, along with Ouellette. Koteles had the homer, Alyssa McDonald hit a double, and Wilson had the crucial single.

The Cougars had an answer in game two. After scoring once in the first, USF tacked on four runs in the second, led by a two-run home run by Carly Turner. They left a more considerable dent in the third with a five-run inning. Their eleventh run came in the fifth inning, and Goshen couldn’t get any runs in the bottom half. The Cougars won by run-rule 11-0 in five innings.

Mia Pawelski took the loss, allowing four earned runs in an inning and a third. Goshen had five hits and three errors as a team. The Leafs only struck out twice but couldn’t garner enough hits. Edith Vega led the Leafs – going 2-2 with two singles.

Goshen (20-24, 10-20 CL) is at home again tomorrow, April 23. Goshen hosts Spring Arbor with game one starting at 1:00 pm and an expected temperature of 75 degrees at first pitch.

EAGLES SOAR TO NCAA II REGIONAL AFTER HISTORIC SEASON

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Golf is heading back to the NCAA II Championships for the first time as a team since 2000, where the Screaming Eagles placed 17th at the NCAA Division II North Regional. USI has also sent four individual qualifiers to the tournament since 2000, the most recent being Logan Osborne in 2013. The Eagles will play in the NCAA II Midwest/Central Regional at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana on May 5-7.

USI earned an at-large bid after finishing fifth in the final Midwest Regional rankings after making it to the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships for the first time in school history. The Eagles finished third in tournament play after shooting an 880 (+16), but they would fall in match play in the semifinals to the University of Indianapolis, 3-0-2.

The top three teams along with the top two individuals not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships, which is May 16-20 at TPC Michigan in Dearborn, Michigan. USI can also earn an at-large bid into the final if they finish outside of the top three.

Freshman Jason Bannister (Laguna Niguel, California) leads the Eagles this spring, posting a 73.78 shots per round average (spra). Bannister led the way for USI in the GLVC Championships, finishing tied for fourth after carding a 215 (-1) and was named to the All-Conference First Team.

Bannister is joined by a diverse group of Eagles, featuring fellow freshman Nathan Hoss (Evansville, Indiana), sophomore Jace Day (Bloomington, Indiana), junior Zach Williams (Mt. Vernon, Illinois), and senior Matthew Kingston (Springfield, Nebraska). Williams and Hoss were both key members to USI’s most recent team championship at the Bill Blazer Memorial Tournament. Williams finished in fourth with a 143 (-1), shooting 72-71, while Hoss finished in fifth with a 144 (E), shooting 73-71.

This was a historic year for the Men’s Golf program at USI. They earned multiple team championships in a spring season for the first time in program history, with victories coming at the Saginaw Valley State Spring Invitational and the Bill Blazer Memorial. The Eagles are also on pace to set a new team record in team average score this season, with a 295.64, which would break the previous record set in 2005-06 of 300.7. Along with the team accomplishments, Jason Bannister is on pace to set a new school record with his 73.78 spra, breaking the previous record set by his current teammate Zach Williams in 2018-19 with a 74.7.

The remaining nine slots in the field went to the University of Findlay, Grand Valley State University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the University of Indianapolis, Wayne State University, McKendree University, Tiffin University, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Davenport University.

USI begins the NCAA Division II Midwest/Central Region on May 5-7 at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU’S 4X8 RACES TO RECORD-SETTING VICTORY

MARION, Ind. – The Taylor women’s track and field team kicked off the action at the first day of the Little State Championships hosted by Indiana Wesleyan. The Trojans competed in four events on Friday evening, highlighted by the TU 4×800-meter relay team who cruised to a new school record.

The standout group of Brooke Studnicki, Giovanna Domene, Corinne O’Leary and Abbey Brennan put their skills together for yet another impressive race this season. The ladies finished first overall and cranked out a new school record with a blazing time of 9:03.64. TU’s 4×8 now owns the fastest-time in NAIA after its record-setting performance. 

The Trojans put together solid performances in the field events. In the triple jump, Brooke Russell soared 10.61-meters and claimed sixth place. Greta Moore posted a new career-best mark of 30.73-meters as she finished 10th in the javelin throw. Stephanie Wadsworth added a top-20 finish in the shot put, ending 19th overall with a toss of 10.50-meters.

After five scored events, the Trojans sit in fourth place in the team standings with a total of 13 points. The Taylor women will return to the track tomorrow, as they conclude the Little State Championships. Field and running events are set to begin at 11:00 am.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | DE JONG DOMINATES AT THE LITTLE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

MARION, Ind. – The Trojans had a solid start to the Little State Championships as they opened up the first day of competition at Indiana Wesleyan. The Taylor men competed in four events on Friday evening, and were led by senior javelin thrower Mitch De Jong who collected TU’s sole victory of the night.  

De Jong launched the javelin 60.10-meters to claim first place out of 37 throwers. Fellow thrower Liam Hesting added a sixth-place finish in the shot put. Hesting recorded a mark of 15.51-meters.

On the track, TU’s 4×800-meter relay team of Nate Conkel, Nathan Brainer, James Bates and Colton White cruised to a time of 7:57.46. The squad ended sixth overall. Josh Harden capped off the running events with a 10,000-meter outing. The junior logged a time of 33:16.27 and finished in fifth place. 

After five scored events, the Trojans sit in fifth place in the team standings with a total of 20 points. The Taylor men will return to the track tomorrow, as they wrap up the action at the Little State Championships. Field and running events are set to begin at 11:00 am.

VANLANNEN’S BIG DAY ON THE MOUND EARN BLAZERS DOUBLEHEADER SPLIT WITH ILLINOIS CENTRAL

VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University game one starter sophomore Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) pitched a gem of a game Friday afternoon, pitching four and two-thirds innings of no-hit baseball to help Vincennes earn a Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) doubleheader split, taking game one 11-3 and dropping game two 5-4.

Vincennes got the scoring started early in game one of the day, with leadoff hitter freshman Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.) reaching on a bunt single and advancing to second on a throwing error.

Burdette would later score the first run of the game on a double steal attempt.

VU would grow their lead in the second with Burdette driving in freshman Kaden Elliott (New Albany, Ind.) on a fielder’s choice and Dale Coy came through with an RBI double in the third as VU held a 3-0 lead.

The scoring picked up for Vincennes with the Trailblazers scoring two runs per inning throughout the middle innings with freshman Will Egger (Terre Haute, Ind.) hitting an RBI triple in the fourth and Elliott scoring two on a two-RBI double in the sixth as Vincennes built a commanding 9-0 lead.

The Cougars would get on the scoreboard in the seventh, scoring three and cutting the deficit to six, before Vincennes answered back with an RBI double by Connor VanLannen and a walk-off RBI single by Elliott to give the Blazers the run-rule win 11-3 in seven innings.

Connor VanLannen took the mound in game one and looked to get himself back on track in a big way, throwing six and one-third innings, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out seven.

VanLannen made it two times around the Illinois Central batting order before the Cougars could record their first hit of the game with two outs in the fifth inning.

Freshman Caleb Moore (Wentzville, Mo.) entered the game from the bullpen to record the final two outs of the seventh inning, allowing one hit and striking out one in the process.

Vincennes had six batters record multiple hits in game one, with freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.), Connor VanLannen and Kaden Elliott each recording three hits, with Evans and VanLannen hitting a pair of doubles.

Kaden Elliott picked up a three for five day at the dish, with three RBI’s and two runs scored in game one.

“Connor VanLannen did a great job for us, along with the lower half of the order in the first game,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “We had multiple hits from the guys five through nine in the order. Overall game one was just a good day.”

Vincennes looked to carry this momentum into the second game of the day and the Trailblazers were again the first team to score, this time with a big two-run home run by freshman Mahkai Pelzer (Douglasville, Ga.) in the second inning.

The two teams traded runs in the third, with Colton Evans scoring for the Trailblazers on a balk, as Vincennes held a 3-1 lead.

Illinois Central would even the game with a run in the fourth and a run in the fifth and battled all the way back to take the lead with a two-run home run of their own in the seventh to take a 5-3 lead.

Vincennes came to bat in the bottom of the inning, looking for their third-straight walk-off win and began the inning strong with back-to-back doubles by sophomore Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio) and Colton Evans, followed by an RBI single by Connor VanLannen.

Illinois Central intentionally walked freshman Jordan Roth (Delphi, Ind.) to load the bases with one out for the Blazers.

Vincennes was unable to get the tying run across however as the Cougars struck out the final two batters of the game to take game two 5-4 and even the four-game conference series at 1-1.

Sophomore Kestler Harbuck (Brooksville, Fla.) got the start in game two and threw four and two-thirds, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out seven.

Sophomore Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) was the first out of the bullpen in game two and threw an inning and two-thirds allowing two runs on two hits and punching out two.

Sophomore Luke Osborn (Perrysville, Ind.) recorded the final two outs of the seventh inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

VU got a four-hit game out of Colton Evans in game two, giving him an impressive seven hits on the day, including three doubles.

Connor VanLannen also added three more hits to his total in game two and an RBI.

“Game two we gave them a ton of free bases and made a few errors,” Barney said. “Our pitchers have to do a better job on the mound and obviously our hitters as well. We had multiple opportunities from the second inning on to score more runs and just didn’t do it, including striking out three times in the seventh inning. That just can’t happen. We’ve got to be able to put the ball in play at this level and that was the difference in the game.”

“Mahkai did a great job in game two,” Barney added. “We had a guy get on ahead of him and Mahkai stepped up with the big two-out two-run home run to put us up. We had our opportunities to score and put up some crooked numbers on the scoreboard and just didn’t come up with some timely hitting and that’s the difference in game two, because they did.”

The Trailblazers will look to pick up the series win when VU takes on Illinois Central tomorrow, Saturday, April 23 at Jerry Blemker Field for the final two games of the four-game series. First pitch tomorrow is set for 1 p.m. eastern.

“We’ll look to be better tomorrow,” Barney said. “We’ve got two games. The good news is that we’ve got the tiebreaker on Illinois Central. So we feel good about where we’re at, it’s just a matter of coming out and playing tomorrow and getting ourselves ready to play.”

“We’ve got to get some quality pitching tomorrow and timely hitting,” Barney said. “Plus we have to play really good defense. It’s the same stuff we talk about all year. We got back to that in our mid-week game this week with Lincoln Trail, obviously did that in game one today and have to do that in games three and four tomorrow.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1902       In his major league debut, Luis Castro plays second base for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia’s A’s in an 8-1 victory over the Orioles at Oriole Park. The 25-year-old Medellin native is the first and last player from Colombia to appear in the big leagues until Orlando Ramrez breaks in with the Angels in 1974.

1903       The Highlanders, previously called the Orioles before their recent move from Baltimore, win their first game representing New York. Spitballer Harry Howell goes the distance, throwing a two-hitter to get the win when the team that will become known as the Yankees beats Washington at American League Park, 7-2.

1919       Senator right-hander Walter Johnson records his fifth Opening Day shutout, beating the A’s at Griffith Stadium, 1-0. The Philadelphia starter Scott Perry matches zeros with the ‘Big Train’ for a dozen frames until pinch-runner Mike Menosky scores the decisive run for Washington with one out in the

1921       Warren Spahn is born in Buffalo, New York, the son of a wallpaper salesman who had once played semi-pro baseball. The future Hall of Fame southpaw, a mainstay with the Braves in the 1950s, is named after Warren Harding, a right-hander recently sworn in as the president of the United States.

1924       On WMAQ, Hal Totten, a Chicago Daily News play-by-play reporter, does a play-by-play radio report of the 12-1 Cubs’ victory over the Cardinals. The broadcast of every Cub and White Sox home game of the season marks the first time a team’s games are aired regularly on the airwaves.

1939       At Griffith Stadium, Senators’ right-hander Alejandro Carrasquel faces the Yankees in his major league debut. The 26-year-old from Caracas becomes the first player from Venezuela to appear in a major league game.

1944       Hack Miller homers in his first major league at-bat, hitting a three-run shot off Indian southpaw starter Al Smith in the eighth inning of the Tigers’ 4-3 victory over the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium. The 31-year-old rookie backstop, with only ten plate appearances, will hit .444 during a brief two-year stint with Detroit.

1952       Both starters at Sportsman’s Park toss a one-hitter, but Browns’ southpaw Bob Cain gets the victory when he beats Bob Feller and the Indians, 1-0. The lone run of the contest scores in the bottom of the first frame when third baseman Al Rosen’s error allows Bobby Young, who tripled to lead off the inning, to cross the plate.

1952       At the Polo Grounds, Hoyt Wilhelm hits a home run in his first major league at-bat, a fourth-inning blast off Dick Hoover in the Giants’ 9-5 victory over the Braves. During the next 21 years, covering 1070 games and 432 official at-bats, the knuckle-balling future Hall of Fame hurler will never homer again.

1954       At Busch Stadium, Hank Aaron hits the first of his 755 career home runs in his seventh major league game. The Milwaukee outfielder’s sixth-inning solo round-tripper comes on a pitch thrown by Cardinal right-hander Vic Raschi in the Braves’ 7-6 extra-inning victory in St. Louis.

1955       At Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium, the White Sox tie a modern major league mark for most runs scored by a single team in a game when the team drubs the A’s, 29-6. The Red Sox also scored 29 runs against the Browns in 1950.

1958       In a 7-6 loss to Chicago at the LA Coliseum, two Dodger mainstays from Brooklyn reach career milestones. First baseman Gil Hodges, who will finish his 18-year major league tenure with 370 home runs, hits his 300th career round-tripper, and Captain Pee Wee Reese, a future Hall of Fame shortstop, plays in his 2000th game.

1961       Art Mahaffey sets a franchise record when he strikes out 17 batters in the Phillies’ 6-0 victory over Chicago. The 23-year-old right-hander whiffs at least one hitter in each inning during the Connie Mack Stadium contest.

1962       In the team’s tenth attempt, the Mets win their first game in franchise history, defeating the Pirates at Forbes Field, 9-1. Jay Hook’s five-hit complete-game victory snaps Pittsburgh’s record-tying winning streak of 10 games from the start of the season without a loss.

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1964       At Colt Stadium, Ken Johnson becomes the first pitcher to lose a nine-inning no-hitter when the Reds beat the Colt .45’s, 1-0. Pete Rose, attempting to bunt, reaches second on a throwing error by the pitcher, scores the game’s lone run in the top of the ninth inning when Nellie Fox boots Vada Pinson’s two-out ground ball to second base.

1969       At Memorial Stadium, the Orioles walk off the Tigers, 3-2, in an extra-inning pitching duel that features Detroit’s Denny McLain retiring 21 straight batters and Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar getting 20 consecutive hitters. Mark Belanger’s tenth-inning single plates Ellie Hendricks, who had doubled to start the final frame to snap the Detroit right-hander’s streak, with the winning run for the Birds.

1969       The Boston fans at Fenway Park warmly welcome back team legend Ted Williams when he emerges from the visitor’s dugout to exchange lineups with the umpires. At home plate, the new Washington manager shakes hands with Red Sox coach and dear friend Bobby Doerr, much to the crowd’s delight.

1972       Trailing by four runs at Candlestick Park, the Astros score ten times in the ninth inning to beat the Giants, 13-7. Seven hits, two walks, a passed ball, and an error fuel the fireworks in the final frame.

1978       Joe Morgan’s major league record streak of 91 consecutive errorless games for a second baseman comes to an end. The Reds infielder’s errant toss during a second-inning rundown is the first error he has committed since July 6, 1977.

1985       Don Baylor collects his 999th and 1000th RBIs when he hits a two-run home run off Oil Can Boyd in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the Bronx Bombers on the board in New York’s 5-4 extra-inning loss to Boston at Yankees Stadium. The 36 year-old outfielder/DH will end his 19-year career driving in 1276 runs.

1990       White Sox utility player Steve Lyons plays all nine positions during an exhibition game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. ‘Psycho,’ however, will not join the small list of players, including Bert Campaneris (1965 A’s) and Cesar Tovar (1968 Twins), who have accomplished the feat in a major league game.

1995       In the Dodgers’ 8-4 victory over the Mets at Holman Stadium, Henry Rodriguez becomes the first to hit four homers in a spring training game. The LA right fielder sends a 3-0 fastball from Josias Manzanillo over the fence, capping a perfect 4-for-4 performance at the plate, much to the delight of the Vero Beach (FL) crowd.

1999       Fernando Tatis becomes the only player in baseball history to hit two grand slams in one inning when he collects eight RBIs in one frame to breaks the old record of six. The Cardinal third baseman hits both off Dodger starter Chan Ho Park in an 11-run third of the team’s 12-5 victory at Chavez Ravine.

2000       At Toronto’s SkyDome, Yankees Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada, in a 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays, become the first teammates to each homer from both sides of the plate in the same game. Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark will become the second pair of teammates to accomplish the feat, also homering from each side of the plate for the Diamondbacks on Opening Day in 2009.

2000       The Dodgers complete a sweep of the Reds to notch their 1,000th win over baseball’s oldest professional franchise. Since 1970, Los Angeles is the only National League franchise to play over .500 ball (120-115) in Cincinnati (Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field).

2006       Keith Hernandez is reprimanded by Sportsnet New York, the Mets’ television network, for comments made last night about the female in full uniform sitting in the Padres dugout. Spotting Kelly Calabrese, the Padres’ full-time massage therapist, the Mets broadcaster remarked women “don’t belong in the dugout” and apologized for his insensitive comments during the telecast.

2007       Riding as a passenger in a car near San Francisco, 73-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam dies in an auto accident. The prolific writer’s books covered various topics in American history, including pennant races (The Summer of ’49), World Series (October 1964), and ballplayers who were lifelong friends (Teammates).

2008       Joining the Giants, the Cubs become the second franchise in major league history to win 10,000 games, beating the Rockies in a ten-inning contest at Coors Field, 7-6. Chicago, which has won six in a row and is off to a 15-6 start for only the fourth time in the last century, has a 10,000-9,465 all-time won-loss record during their 122 years of existence in the Windy City.

2010       All-Star Ben Zobrist agrees to a three-year contract extension with the Rays that guarantees him $18 million for 2010-13. The team’s MVP last season, obtained in 2006 from Houston in the Aubrey Huff trade, had agreed to a one-year deal in March worth $438,100.

2010       The Rays’ 10-2 victory over Chicago concludes a 9-1 road trip, making it the team’s winningest road trip in the 13-year history of the franchise. Tampa’s success on the road translates into a 12-4 record overall, their best start ever.

2013       Atlanta teammates Justin and B.J. Upton both hit home runs in the Braves’ 10-2 rout of Colorado at Coors Field. The round-trippers mark the 27th time in major league history that brothers have homered in the same game but only the second time in consecutive at-bats since 1938 when Lloyd and Paul Waner went back-to-back for the Pirates.

2014       Conrado Marrero, the oldest living former major leaguer, dies two days before his 103rd birthday. The 5-foot, 5-inch Cuban right-hander, named the American League All-Star team in 1951, compiled a 39-40 record with an ERA of 3.96 during his five seasons with the Senators.

2014       Due to his effort to get a better grip on the baseball on a chilly spring night at Fenway Park, Michael Pineda, will be ejected in the second inning for using pine tar after trying to conceal the foreign substance on his neck. The Yankees right-hander will get a ten-day suspension for using the sticky material, which is usually overlooked by opponents when discreetly used since it does not affect the ball’s flight.

2018       Jenny Cavna, the Rockies’ pre-and post-game host, becomes the first woman in 22 years to do televised play-by-play for a major league game when she details the action in the team’s 13-5 loss against the Padres at Coors Field. At the Metrodome in 1996, Yankee commentator Suzyn Waldman, after being an analyst for the first two games of the series, described the action in the Bronx Bombers’ 9-5 defeat of the Twins on a WPIX telecast.

2021       Jacob deGrom, fanning 15, becomes the first pitcher to strike out 50 batters through his first four games to start a season, breaking the mark of 48 established earlier this week by Indians’ starter Shane Bieber. With his 6-0 complete-game victory over the Nationals, the 32-year-old Mets right-hander joins Pedro Martinez (Red Sox, 1999) and Gerrit Cole (Astros, 2019) as the only pitchers to strike out 14 or more batters in three consecutive starts.

TV SATURDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
VANDERBILT AT KENTUCKY12:00PMSECN
MISSISSIPPI ST. AT MISSISSIPPI4:30PMESPN2
VIRGINIA TECH AT BOSTON COLLEGE6:00PMACCN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
CLEMSON AT FLORIDA STATE2:00PMACCN
LSU AT GEORGIA2:00PMESPNU
ARKANSAS AT FLORIDA2:30PMESPN2
NORTHWESTERN AT INDIANA7:00PMBTN
ALABAMA AT TEXAS A&M7:00PMSECN
TEXAS AT OKLAHOMA ST.7:30PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: ISPS HANDA CHAMPIONSHIP8:00AMGOLF
PGA: ZURICH CLASSIC1:00PMGOLF
PGA: ZURICH CLASSIC3:00PMCBS
LPGA: LA OPEN7:00PMGOLF
LACROSSETIME ETTV
NLL: GEORGIA AT PANTHER CITY8:30PMESPNU
MLBTIME ETTV
CLEVELAND AT NY YANKEES1:05PMBALLY SPORTS
YES
SAN FRANCISCO AT WASHINGTON1:05PMNBCS-BAY
MASN/2
COLORADO AT DETROIT1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
PITTSBURGH AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMMARQ
ATTSN-PIT
CHI. WHITE SOX AT MINNESOTA4:05PMFS1
SPORTSNET
ATTSN-SW
MILWAUKEE AT PHILADELPHIA7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
TEXAS AT OAKLAND4:07PMBALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT CINCINNATI4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
TORONTO AT HOUSTON4:10PMSPORTSNET
ATTSN-SW
BOSTON AT TAMPA BAY6:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NESN
MIAMI AT ATLANTA7:20PMBALLY SPORTS
NY METS AT ARIZONA8:10PMSNY2
BALLY SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT SAN DIEGO8:40PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
BALTIMORE AT LA ANGELS9:07PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
KANSAS CITY AT SEATTLE9:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
ARCA MENARDS SERIES: GENERAL TIRE 2001:00PMFS1
AMA SUPERCROSS3:00PMNBC
XFINITY: AG-PRO 3004:00PMFOX
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: PHILADELPHIA AT TORONTO2:00PMTNT
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: DALLAS AT UTAH4:30PMTNT
FIRST ROUND GAME 3: BOSTON AT BROOKLYN7:30PMESPN
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: MEMPHIS AT MINNESOTA10:00PMESPN
NHLTIME ETTV
CAROLINA AT NEW JERSEY12:30PMMSG
BALLY SPORTS
NY ISLANDERS AT BUFFALO12:30PMMSG+
MSG-BUF
PITTSBURGH AT DETROIT12:30PMNHLN
ATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
NY RANGERS AT BOSTON3:00PMABC
ESPN+
NASHVILLE AT TAMPA BAY7:00PMNHLN
BALLY SPORTS
MONTREAL AT OTTAWA7:00PMSPORTSNET
TORONTO AT FLORIDA7:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
CHICAGO AT SAN JOSE8:00PMNBCS-CHI
NBCS-CA
SEATTLE AT DALLAS8:00PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT ARIZONA10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
VANCOUVER AT CALGARY10:00PMSPORTSNET
ANAHEIM AT LOS ANGELES10:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: ARSENAL VS MANCHESTER UNITED7:30AMUSA
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: LUTON TOWN VS BLACKPOOL7:30AMESPN+
SERIE A: VENEZIA VS ATALANTA9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: TORINO VS SPEZIA9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
BUNDESLIGA: GREUTHER FÜRTH VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: FREIBURG VS BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT VS HOFFENHEIM9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: RB LEIPZIG VS UNION BERLIN9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: KÖLN VS ARMINIA BIELEFELD9:30AMESPN+
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS FULHAM10:00AMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: MANCHESTER CITY VS WATFORD10:00AMUSA
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: NORWICH CITY VS NEWCASTLE UNITED10:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LEICESTER CITY VS ASTON VILLA10:00AMCNBC
LIGUE 1: OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS VS MONTPELLIER11:00AMBEIN SPORTS
SERIE A: INTERNAZIONALE VS ROMA12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BUNDESLIGA: BAYERN MÜNCHEN VS BORUSSIA DORTMUND12:30PMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BRENTFORD VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR12:30PMNBC
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: SAN LORENZO VS PATRONATO1:00PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: GIMNASIA LA PLATA VS UNIÓN SANTA FE1:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: SAINT-ÉTIENNE VS MONACO1:00PMBEIN SPORTS
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE VS WASHINGTON SPIRIT1:00PMCBS
SERIE A: HELLAS VERONA VS SAMPDORIA2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: PSG VS LENS3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
MLS: DALLAS VS HOUSTON DYNAMO3:00PMUNIVISION
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ROSARIO CENTRAL VS INDEPENDIENTE3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: RB BRAGANTINO VS SÃO PAULO3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: ATHLETICO-PR VS FLAMENGO3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
COPA DEL REY: REAL BETIS VS VALENCIA4:00PMESPN+
MLS: PHILADELPHIA UNION VS CF MONTRÉAL5:00PMESPN+
MLS: MINNESOTA UNITED VS CHICAGO FIRE5:00PMESPN
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: CENTRAL CÓRDOBA SDE VS BOCA JUNIORS6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGA MX: PACHUCA VS MONTERREY6:00PMUNIVISION
BRASILEIRÃO: FLUMINENSE VS INTERNACIONAL6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: PALMEIRAS VS CORINTHIANS6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: NJ/NY GOTHAM FC VS ORLANDO PRIDE7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: DC UNITED VS NEW ENGLAND7:30PMESPN+
LIGA MX: TIGRES UANL VS AMÉRICA8:00PMUNIVISION
BRASILEIRÃO: ATLÉTICO MINEIRO VS CORITIBA8:00PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BARRACAS CENTRAL VS VÉLEZ SARSFIELD8:30PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BANFIELD VS TALLERES CÓRDOBA8:30PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: AUSTIN VS VANCOUVER WHITECAPS8:30PMESPN+
MLS: SPORTING KC VS COLUMBUS CREW8:30PMESPN+
MLS: COLORADO RAPIDS VS CHARLOTTE9:00PMESPN+
LIGA MX: GUADALAJARA VS PUMAS UNAM10:00PMTELEMUNDO
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: SAN DIEGO WAVE VS OL REIGN10:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: PORTLAND TIMBERS VS REAL SALT LAKE10:00PMESPN+
MLS: SJ EARTHQUAKES VS SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC10:00PMESPN+
MLS: LA GALAXY VS NASHVILLE SC10:30PMESPN+
USFLTIME ETTV
PITTSBURGH VS. PHILADELPHIA12:00PMFOX
BIRMINGHAM VS. HOUSTON7:00PMFS1

TV SUNDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
NEBRASKA AT INDIANA11:00AMBTN
DUKE AT GEORGIA TECH2:00PMACCN
GEORGIA AT ALABAMA2:00PMESPN2
NORTH CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA2:00PMESPNU
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
LOUISVILLE AT VIRGINIA TECH12:00PMACCN
LSU AT GEORGIA12:00PMESPNU
LSU AT GEORGIA12:00PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: ISPS HANDA CHAMPIONSHIP8:00AMGOLF
PGA: ZURICH CLASSIC1:00PMGOLF
PGA: ZURICH CLASSIC3:00PMCBS
LPGA: LA OPEN7:00PMGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT TAMPA BAY1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NESN
COLORADO AT DETROIT1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
CLEVELAND AT NY YANKEES1:35PMBALLY SPORTS
YES
MIAMI AT ATLANTA1:35PMBALLY SPORTS
SAN FRANCISCO AT WASHINGTON1:35PMNBCS-BAY
MASN/2
ST. LOUIS AT CINCINNATI1:40PMBALLY SPORTS
CHI. WHITE SOX AT MINNESOTA2:10PMFS1
SPORTSNET
ATTSN-SW
TORONTO AT HOUSTON2:10PMSPORTSNET
ATTSN-SW
PITTSBURGH AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMMARQ
ATTSN-PIT
BALTIMORE AT LA ANGELS4:07PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
TEXAS AT OAKLAND4:07PMBALLY SPORTS
KANSAS CITY AT SEATTLE4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT SAN DIEGO4:10PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
NY METS AT ARIZONA4:10PMSNY2
BALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT PHILADELPHIA7:00PMESPN
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
FORMULA ONE: EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX9:00AMESPN
NASCAR CUP: GEICO 5003:00PMFOX
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: MILWAUKEE AT CHICAGO1:00PMABC
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: GOLDEN STATE AT DENVER3:30PMABC
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: MIAMI AT ATLANTA7:00PM/TD>TNT
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: PHOENIX AT NEW ORLEANS9:30PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
CAROLINA AT NY ISLANDERS1:00PMMSG+
BALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT NEW JERSEY1:00PMMSG+2
BALLY SPORTS
EDMONTON AT COLUMBUS1:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
PITTSBURGH AT PHILADELPHIA4:00PMTNT
TAMPA BAY AT FLORIDA7:00PMESPN+
HULU
TORONTO AT WASHINGTON7:00PMESPN+
HULU
BOSTON AT MONTREAL7:00PMNESN
SPORTSNET
COLORADO AT WINNIPEG7:00PMALT
SPORTSNET
MINNESOTA AT NASHVILLE8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT ANAHEIM8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SAN JOSE AT VEGAS10:00PMNBCS-CA
ATTSN-RM
RUGBYTIME ETTV
MLR: NEW ENGLAND AT NEW YORK2:30PMFS1
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SERIE A: SALERNITANA VS FIORENTINA6:30AMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: RENNES VS LORIENT7:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: METZ VS BREST9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: NICE VS TROYES9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: NANTES VS BORDEAUX9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: CLERMONT VS ANGERS SCO9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
SERIE A: EMPOLI VS NAPOLI9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: BOLOGNA VS UDINESE9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: CHELSEA VS WEST HAM UNITED9:00AMUSA
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BURNLEY VS WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS9:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION VS SOUTHAMPTON9:00AMPEACOCK
BUNDESLIGA: BOCHUM VS AUGSBURG9:30AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: LILLE VS STRASBOURG11:05AMBEIN SPORTS
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL VS EVERTON11:30AMUSA
BUNDESLIGA: HERTHA BSC VS STUTTGART11:30AMESPN+
SERIE A: GENOA VS CAGLIARI12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: INTER MIAMI VS ATLANTA UNITED1:00PMESPN
LIGA MX: TOLUCA VS ATLAS1:00PMUNIVISION
SERIE A: LAZIO VS MILAN2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: REIMS VS OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE2:45PMBEIN SPORTS
LA LIGA: BARCELONA VS RAYO VALLECANO3:00PMESPN+
MLS: ORLANDO CITY SC VS NEW YORK RB3:30PMESPN
MLS: CINCINNATI VS LOS ANGELES FC5:00PMFS1
MLS: NEW YORK CITY VS TORONTO FC5:00PMESPN+
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: KANSAS CITY CURRENT VS CHICAGO RED STARS5:00PMPARAMOUNT+
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: HOUSTON DASH VS RACING LOUISVILLE FC6:00PMCBSSN
LIGA MX: CRUZ AZUL VS ATLÉTICO SAN LUIS6:00PMUNIVISION
LIGA MX: SANTOS LAGUNA VS LEÓN8:00PMFS2
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: ANGEL CITY VS PORTLAND THORNS9:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGA MX: TIJUANA VS QUERÉTARO10:06PMFS2
USFLTIME ETTV
NEW ORLEANS VS. TAMPA BAY3:00PMNBC

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
TORONTO95.6434 – 25 – 34 – 30 – 05 – 26 – 4W 3
NY YANKEES86.57115 – 33 – 35 – 53 – 10 – 06 – 4W 1
BOSTON77.50023 – 44 – 33 – 44 – 30 – 06 – 4W 1
TAMPA BAY77.50024 – 43 – 33 – 11 – 21 – 34 – 6L 1
BALTIMORE59.35743 – 32 – 62 – 40 – 02 – 34 – 6W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
CLEVELAND76.5383 – 34 – 30 – 15 – 20 – 06 – 4L 1
CHI WHITE SOX67.46214 – 22 – 52 – 12 – 52 – 14 – 6L 5
MINNESOTA68.4291.53 – 43 – 42 – 22 – 22 – 24 – 6W 2
DETROIT57.4171.53 – 62 – 12 – 43 – 30 – 04 – 6W 1
KANSAS CITY57.4171.55 – 50 – 20 – 05 – 50 – 13 – 7L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA ANGELS86.5713 – 45 – 20 – 10 – 06 – 57 – 3L 1
SEATTLE86.5715 – 23 – 40 – 04 – 44 – 26 – 4W 1
OAKLAND87.5330.53 – 25 – 57 – 40 – 00 – 16 – 4L 1
HOUSTON67.4621.51 – 35 – 40 – 10 – 05 – 54 – 6L 3
TEXAS49.3083.51 – 53 – 41 – 20 – 03 – 53 – 7W 2
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS114.7335 – 26 – 25 – 20 – 06 – 28 – 2W 2
ATLANTA78.46744 – 43 – 42 – 22 – 23 – 45 – 5W 1
PHILADELPHIA68.4294.54 – 32 – 52 – 51 – 01 – 23 – 7W 2
MIAMI58.38554 – 31 – 53 – 21 – 21 – 24 – 6L 1
WASHINGTON610.3755.53 – 63 – 43 – 41 – 32 – 34 – 6L 3
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
ST. LOUIS84.6673 – 15 – 32 – 15 – 30 – 06 – 4W 1
MILWAUKEE86.57115 – 23 – 40 – 16 – 40 – 07 – 3L 1
PITTSBURGH77.50024 – 23 – 53 – 14 – 60 – 06 – 4W 2
CHI CUBS68.42933 – 53 – 30 – 03 – 42 – 23 – 7L 4
CINCINNATI212.14370 – 32 – 92 – 20 – 10 – 70 – 10L 10
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS103.7696 – 14 – 22 – 14 – 02 – 29 – 1W 2
COLORADO84.6671.56 – 42 – 02 – 12 – 22 – 17 – 3L 1
SAN FRANCISCO95.6431.54 – 25 – 34 – 40 – 02 – 17 – 3W 1
SAN DIEGO96.60025 – 34 – 32 – 23 – 04 – 45 – 5L 1
ARIZONA59.3575.52 – 53 – 43 – 50 – 01 – 34 – 6L 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-FLORIDA PANTHERS77561561185332522233-6-023-9-610-0-0
2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES78502081084926019228-8-422-12-45-5-0
3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS78512161084930124529-8-222-13-47-2-1
4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS78512161084724419426-8-425-13-27-2-1
5 X-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING77472281024526121725-8-622-14-24-4-2
6 X-PITTSBURGH PENGUINS78442311994125821522-12-522-11-64-5-1
7 X-BOSTON BRUINS7747255994523620923-13-224-12-35-5-0
8 X-WASHINGTON CAPITALS78442311993926822919-15-525-8-67-2-1
NEW YORK ISLANDERS77353210803321321919-14-516-18-54-5-1
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS7835367773124828719-15-516-21-23-5-2
11 BUFFALO SABRES79303811712722428015-18-615-20-55-5-0
12 DETROIT RED WINGS78303810702722029918-15-712-23-34-5-1
13 OTTAWA SENATORS7830417672721225213-21-417-20-35-4-1
14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS7727437612423628516-18-411-25-33-5-2
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS78244311592320428613-20-611-23-53-7-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS78204711511720030310-25-410-22-72-8-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-COLORADO AVALANCHE78551761165130121831-5-324-12-37-3-0
2 XY-CALGARY FLAMES784820101064627919524-9-724-11-38-1-1
3 X-MINNESOTA WILD78502171074529524129-7-221-14-57-1-2
4 X-ST. LOUIS BLUES784720111054529322326-9-521-11-69-0-1
5 X-EDMONTON OILERS7846266984227524026-12-120-14-58-1-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS79422710943822822820-16-422-11-66-4-0
NASHVILLE PREDATORS7744285934124722725-14-019-14-55-4-1
DALLAS STARS7843305913922523624-10-319-20-24-4-2
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7842315893825023222-15-320-16-26-3-1
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS78382911873523622318-14-720-15-46-2-2
11 WINNIPEG JETS78353211813323725219-15-316-17-82-7-1
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS78303414742622025517-18-513-16-93-4-3
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS77303512722819924617-17-513-18-71-5-4
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS78264111632120928012-21-614-20-52-7-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN7726456582320326815-21-311-24-35-5-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES7822506502118929810-27-212-23-41-8-1
 

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