BASEBALL STATE FINALS
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 3 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 0
SILVER CREEK 4 ANDREAN 2
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP | 4:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM CT
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (24-11) VS. BARR-REEVE (29-3)
CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP | 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT
PENN (21-8) VS. CENTER GROVE (29-3)
STATE FINALS PREVIEW: https://www.ihsaa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2022-23%20Baseball%20Preview.pdf
COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES
ORAL ROBERTS 6 TCU 5
FLORIDA 6 VIRGINIA 5
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
GAME 3: NO. 8 STANFORD VS. NO. 1 WAKE FOREST; 2 P.M. ON ESPN
GAME 4: TENNESSEE VS. NO. 5 LSU; 7 P.M. ON ESPN
SUNDAY, JUNE 18
GAME 5: TCU VS. NO. 7 VIRGINIA; 2 P.M. ON ESPN
GAME 6: ORAL ROBERTS VS. NO. 2 FLORIDA; 7 P.M. ON ESPN2
MONDAY, JUNE 19
GAME 7: LOSER GAME 3 VS. LOSER GAME 4; 2 P.M. ON ESPN
GAME 8: WINNER GAME 3 VS. WINNER GAME 4; 7 P.M. ON ESPN
TUESDAY, JUNE 20
GAME 9: WINNER GAME 5 VS. LOSER GAME 6; 2 P.M. ON ESPN
GAME 10: WINNER GAME 7 VS. LOSER GAME 8: 7 P.M. ON ESPN
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
GAME 11: WINNER GAME 6 VS. WINNER GAME 9; 2 P.M. ON ESPN
GAME 12: WINNER GAME 8 VS. WINNER GAME 10; 7 P.M. ON ESPN
THURSDAY, JUNE 22
GAME 13 (IF NECESSARY): WINNER GAME 11 VS. LOSER GAME 11 (IF FIRST LOSS); 2 P.M. OR 7 P.M. ON ESPN OR ESPN2
GAME 14 (IF NECESSARY): WINNER GAMER 12 VS. LOSER GAME 12 (IF FIRST LOSS); 7 P.M. ON ESPN OR ESPN2
MCWS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
GAME 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 24; 7 P.M. ON ESPN
GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 25; 3 P.M. ON ESPN
GAME 3 (IF NECESSARY): MONDAY, JUNE 26; 7 P.M. ON ESPN
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD
CHICAGO CUBS 10 BALTIMORE 3
CINCINNATI 2 HOUSTON 1
PHILADELPHIA 6 OAKLAND 1
TAMPA BAY 6 SAN DIEGO 2
ARIZONA 5 CLEVELAND 1
BOSTON 15 NY YANKEES 5
TORONTO 2 TEXAS 1
LA ANGELS 3 KANSAS CITY 0
DETROIT 7 MINNESOTA 1
SEATTLE 3 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2
MIAMI 6 WASHINGTON 5
NY METS 6 ST. LOUIS 1
ATLANTA 8 COLORADO 1
MILWAUKEE 5 PITTSBURGH 4
SAN FRANCISCO 7 LA DODGERS 5 (11)
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
IOWA 2 INDIANAPOLIS 1
DECAR RAPIDS 3 SOUTH BEND 1
DAYTON 11 FT. WAYNE 8
MYSTICS 88 MERCURY 69
LYNX 77 SPARKS 72
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
RICKIE FOWLER’S WILD RIDE GIVES HIM A 1-SHOT LEAD IN THE US OPEN
LOS ANGELES (AP) Rickie Fowler finished off a round that was entertaining even by Hollywood standards, and then walked off the 18th green Friday in the U.S. Open with the lead, and with the calm of someone who has been in this position before.
Just not recently.
“It’s been a while since I’ve felt this good in a tournament, let alone a major,” said Fowler, winless since February 2019 in the Phoenix Open. “It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
And there was nothing calm about his day at Los Angeles Country Club. Fowler made only four pars in his round of 2-under 68. He has 18 birdies through 36 holes, an astounding rate for a U.S. Open, and he needed them all for his first 36-hole lead in a major.
Along the way, he tied the 36-hole scoring record at the U.S. Open.
Los Angeles Country Club tried to fight back after a record opening day of low scores, and help arrived in the form of a blazing sun and just enough wind to keep the toughest test in golf from turning into a festival of birdies.
Fowler still did his part.
He was at 10-under 130, tying the U.S. Open record set by Martin Kaymer in 2014 at Pinehurst No. 2. Fowler led by one shot over Wyndham Clark (67), with Rory McIlroy (67) and Xander Schauffele (70) two shots behind.
“Yes, I’m in the lead, but we’re only halfway there,” Fowler said. “Being in the lead is nice, but it really means nothing right now. I’m looking forward to continuing to challenge myself and go out there and try and execute the best I can.”
He started with three straight birdies, all of them from about 6 feet. The two bogeys he made on the front nine were followed by birdies. He started the back nine with two bogeys, only to answer with a 25-foot birdie putt. Back and forth it went, all round, until he finished with a beauty of an approach to 8 feet on the 17th, the hardest hole of the round.
Schauffele, who matched Fowler’s record-breaking 62 on Thursday, had a wild ride of his own.
He was tied for the lead at one point early on the back nine, approaching a few holes that could yield birdies. They produced bogeys instead, both times with a wedge in hand on the par-5 14th and the 115-yard 15th hole.
He birdied the final two holes to stay very much in the game.
“Just leaking some oil,” Schauffele said. “I bogeyed two holes I was supposed to have good birdie looks on. But I’m happy with how I finished.”
Clark, who last month broke through with his first PGA Tour title against an elite field at Quail Hollow, started strong with a bold flop shot that set up a birdie and a 40-foot birdie putt on the back nine, and then he held it together over his final nine holes.
Closing fast was McIlroy, without a major in nine years, overcoming a rugged start with four birdies on his last five holes. He was at 132, the sixth time he has been 8 under or lower going into the weekend at a major. He won three of those previous five times.
“I felt like coming into this week that was going to be a key for me if I could put the ball in play. You can play from there and create some scoring opportunities,” McIlroy said. “That’s really my game plan over the next couple days. Put the ball in play off the tee, and I think I’ll be just fine from there.”
Not to be overlooked was Dustin Johnson, the two-time major champion who made a quadruple-bogey 8 on his second hole with six bad shots, one penalty and a tap-in. The man with golf’s shortest memory rebounded quickly and still shot 70, leaving him four shots behind and very much in the mix going into a weekend.
The North course wasn’t tricky – USGA setup man John Bodenhamer said it would not be as “stupid hard” as it could be – and instead relied on maximum length. That included a pair of par 3s nearly reaching 300 yards.
“I think there was maybe five or six tees that were put back, and then not only that, a lot of times they had a back tee, they had a back pin,” Clark said. “So it was playing pretty long.”
Clark’s two big moments came on the par-5 14th that played 605 yards with a front right pin tucked behind a massive bunker complex. He was all the way to the left in the sticky, gnarly collar of another bunker and sent his shot skyward, over a corner of the sand to the tiny section of green, and then made a 12-footer for birdie.
The other was on the 16th from 40 feet, a putt he misread in the practice round and got right with a scorecard in hand.
McIlroy didn’t envision such low scoring, including his opening 65, which he attributed to cloud cover, condensation and receptive greens.
“The conditions now, it’s a little brighter, sunnier, a little bit of breeze. It’s got the potential to get a little firmer and faster over the next couple days, which will make the scores go up a little bit,” McIlroy said. “We’ll see what it’s like at the end of the week.
“Yes, the course has played maybe a little easier than everyone thought it would, but wouldn’t be surprised on Saturday, Sunday to see it bite back,” McIlroy said. “It should be tough. It should be just as much of a mental grind out there as a physical one.”
McIlroy had his share of mistakes on the back nine with errant shots off the tee, including the 297-yard 11th hole, the second-longest par 3 for a U.S. Open. But he had a 30 on the front nine for the second straight day by taking advantage of the scoring holes and ending his round with a tee shot on the par-3 ninth to 3 feet.
Harris English also shot 30 on the front nine to finish off his 66, leaving him at 7-under 133.
“They can get them as firm and fast as they want and put those pins in some tough spots. It’s going to be fun,” English said. “The rough is still going to be penal. I think everybody is going to get the U.S. Open they’ve been wanting to see.”
After an opening day that featured two 62s (Fowler and Schauffele), Friday’s low round belonged to Min Woo Lee, whose 65 left him tied with Johnson at 6-under 134.
Scottie Scheffler was among those five behind.
All of them are chasing Fowler, who is thrilled to be back in this position again. The real test starts Saturday, for Fowler and the rest of the field wondering when a typical U.S. Open will finally arrive.
JAPAN’S AYAKA FURUE HOLDS ONE-SHOT LEAD AT MEIJER LPGA CLASSIC
Japan’s Ayaka Furue avoided bogeys while carding a 5-under 67 on Friday to hold a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Belmont, Mich.
Furue sank five birdies at Blythefield Country Club and sits at 11-under 133 at the midway point.
Ireland’s Leona Maguire (65 on Friday), Spain’s Carlota Ciganda (66) and South Korea’s Amy Yang (67) and Hyo Joo Kim (65) are all one shot back.
Furue, 23, is making a run at her second career LGPA title. She made birdies at Nos. 11 and 18 during her first nine holes before sinking three more the rest of the way.
Furue hit 16 of 18 greens during a 30-putt round.
“I think my shots and putting was really good,” Furue said. “So, yeah, that worked for me today.”
Maguire’s 65 tied for her lowest round of the season. He 54 putts through 36 holes is lowest in the field.
Maguire finished her round in style by recording an eagle on No. 18, a par-5.
“Hitting the fairway on 18 is key,” Maguire said. “The way the wind is blowing out of the left is quite hard. I can’t carry that bunker, so it’s hard for me to hit the fairway.”
Prior to the eagle, Maguire made four straight birdies from Nos. 12 to 15. Overall, she had seven birdies and two bogeys.
Ciganda scored two eagles on par-5 holes — at No. 4 and 8. She also had three birdies and one bogey while recording her lowest 36-hole score of the season.
Ciganda said she feels comfortable on the course.
“It’s a fun week for me. It reminds me a lot of home, of Spain where I live,” Ciganda said. “Very peaceful, very green, lots of trees. We have great housing this week that I really enjoy. It’s just a fun week, and I always have a great time.”
Yang made five birdies in a bogey-free round. Four of them came during a six-round stretch on her back nine.
“I’ve been placing my balls right on the right path, like correct side of the fairway, and that gave me a good chance to go for the pins,” Yang said.
Kim had eight birdies and one bogey during her solid round.
“There is a lot of short par-5s, so I think a lot of them are trying to get on the green in two,” Kim said. “As a result there is a lot of low scores. I guess everyone’s putter is hot, as is mine, so I think that led to a good score this week.”
Six golfers are tied for sixth place, two shots off the lead.
Belgium’s Manon De Roey’s 65 was the best score of that group. Also part of that tie are Lindsey Weaver-Wright (69) and Jennifer Kupcho (69), Bangalore’s Aditi Ashok (67), Australia’s Minjee Lee (67) and Sweden’s Emily Kristine Pedersen (68).
Among the players to miss the cut of 2-under were Lexi Thompson (74, 1-under 143) and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (72, even-par 144).
WARRIORS PROMOTE MIKE DUNLEAVY JR. TO GENERAL MANAGER REPLACING BOB MYERS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Golden State Warriors are promoting within to replace general manager Bob Myers, naming Mike Dunleavy Jr. as their new GM on Friday ahead of next week’s draft.
Owner Joe Lacob said when Myers announced May 30 he would leave when his contract was done at the end of June that the organization would strongly consider internal candidates.
The 42-year-old Dunleavy has worked closely under Myers since his move to the front office, serving as vice president of basketball operations the two seasons after two years as assistant general manager. He will begin his sixth season in a front-office role. Dunleavy became a pro scout for the Warriors in 2018 once he wrapped up his 15-year playing career during which he spent 2002 through part of ’07 with Golden State.
The Warriors selected him with the third overall draft pick in 2002 out of Duke.
“We think Mike is the perfect fit to lead our basketball operations department,” Lacob said. “He has a wealth of basketball knowledge, stemming from his family upbringing, a 15-year NBA playing career and five seasons serving under Bob Myers in our front office. He’s young and energetic, has established numerous relationships around the league and communicates well with players and coaches-all important traits in this business. Mike’s ready for this challenge and responsibility.”
Dunleavy has big shoes to fill and decisions to make with Myers leaving after the Warriors lost in the Western Conference semifinals to LeBron James and the Lakers following Golden State’s championship run last year.
Draymond Green has a $27.6 million player option and has said he’d like to stay with the core of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to help the Warriors chase another championship.
MICHAEL JORDAN SELLING MAJORITY OWNERSHIP STAKE IN CHARLOTTE HORNETS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan is finalizing a deal to sell the majority share of the Charlotte Hornets, the franchise announced Friday, leaving the 30-team NBA without any Black majority ownership.
Jordan is selling to a group led by Gabe Plotkin and Rick Schnall, the Hornets said. Plotkin has been a minority stakeholder in the Hornets since 2019. Schnall has been a minority owner of the Atlanta Hawks since 2015 and is in the process of selling his investment in that team.
It’s not clear how long the process of selling will take to be finalized by the NBA’s Board of Governors. Jordan plans to keep a minority stake in the Hornets, the team he bought in 2010 for about $275 million.
Jordan’s decision to sell ends his unsuccessful 13-year run overseeing the organization.
“In the same way that it’s wonderful that one of our greatest, Michael Jordan, could become the principal governor of a team, he has the absolute right to sell at the same time,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said earlier this month at the NBA Finals. “Values have gone up a lot since he bought that team, so that is his decision.”
In that same news conference at the finals, Silver said the Board of Governors are focused on diversity in ownership groups.
“I would love to have better representation in terms of principal governors,” Silver said. “It’s a marketplace. It’s something that if we were expanding that the league would be in a position to focus directly on that, but in individual team transactions, the market takes us where we are.”
The sale price was not immediately announced; ESPN, citing sources, said the franchise was being valued at $3 billion. The most recent sale of an NBA team came when Mat Ishbia bought the Phoenix Suns, a deal that when struck in December valued that franchise at $4 billion.
Jordan declined comment on the sale through his spokesperson, Estee Portnoy.
For as great as Jordan was on the court – national champion at North Carolina, two-time Olympic gold medalist, six-time NBA champion and in the never-ending conversation for best player ever – the Hornets never reached a championship level during his time as the owner.
Charlotte went 423-600 in his 13 seasons in charge, the 26th-best record over that span. It never won a playoff series in that time and hasn’t even been to the postseason in the last seven seasons.
Other members of the new potential Hornets ownership group – pending the approval – are recording artist J. Cole, Dan Sundheim, Ian Loring, country music singer-songwriter Eric Church, Chris Shumway and several local Charlotte investors, including Amy Levine Dawson and Damian Mills.
Along with the Hornets, HSE ownership includes the NBA G League’s Greensboro Swarm and NBA 2K League’s Hornets Venom GT, as well as managing and operating the Spectrum Center, each of which is included as part of the sale.
When Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, purchased majority ownership in the team, it created a great amount of buzz.
But the Hornets’ struggles and inability to turn things around bothered Jordan. The first inclination that he was looking to get out of the NBA ownership business came in 2020, when he sold a minority stake to Plotkin and Sundheim.
The Hornets are coming off an injury-plagued 27-55 season and hold the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. Victor Wembanyana is expected to go first overall on Thursday night, leaving Charlotte with the choice of either G League star guard Scoot Henderson or Alabama’s Brandon Miller.
Charlotte’s biggest star is LaMelo Ball, and the team still has some decent foundational parts to build around including Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, P.J. Washington and Mark Williams, the team’s starting center who played well last year as a rookie.
Jordan was often criticized as an owner for not spending enough in free agency to make the Hornets competitive.
He took over a team in 2010 that had won 44 games the year before but had been swept by the Orlando Magic in the first round.
It went downhill from there.
Charlotte – still the Bobcats at the time – was 34-48 in its first year under Jordan and then an NBA-worst 7-59 the following year. But despite the abysmal record, Charlotte failed to land the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft lottery and Anthony Davis.
Charlotte got back to the playoffs in 2013-14 but was swept by the Miami Heat. Two years later, the Hornets won 48 games but lost again to the Heat in the first round, this time in seven games.
In the seven years since, Jordan’s Hornets have had only one winning season and have twice exited early in the play-in tournament as the 10 seed.
Charlotte has not won a playoff series since the 2001-02 season and has never won an NBA championship
PATRIOTS PLAYER JACK JONES ARRESTED AT BOSTON AIRPORT AFTER GUNS FOUND IN LUGGAGE, POLICE SAY
EAST BOSTON, Mass. (AP) A New England Patriots player was arrested Friday evening at a security checkpoint at Boston’s Logan Airport after two guns were found inside carry-on luggage, Massachusetts State Police said.
Police said 25-year-old Jackie K. Jones of Arizona was arrested Friday evening, WCVB-TV reported. He had been planning to travel from Boston to Arizona, according to police.
Police were called to the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint in Terminal B at about 5:30 p.m. after two firearms were found in a traveler’s carry-on luggage. Police said they identified the person as Jones and arrested him.
Jones is facing charges including unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of a large-capacity feeding device and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, police said. He was booked at the State Police Logan Airport Barracks and had bail set at $50,000, police said.
It wasn’t immediately known if Jones has a lawyer to comment on his behalf. He is scheduled to be arraigned in East Boston District Court next week, according to police.
The Patriots confirmed the arrest in a statement.
“We have been notified that Jack Jones was arrested at Logan Airport earlier today,” the statement said. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will not be commenting further at this time.”
Jones is entering his second year as a cornerback for the Patriots. Patriots minicamp practice was held this week at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
MLB ROUNDUP: RED SOX THRASH YANKEES 15-5
Justin Turner tied a career high with six RBIs and Masataka Yoshida posted his first career four-hit game as the host Boston Red Sox rolled past the New York Yankees 15-5 on Friday night.
Turner went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and a grand slam as Boston compiled a season-high 17 hits.
Red Sox starter Tanner Houck exited after taking a comebacker off his face in the fifth inning. He walked off under his own power, with blood on his right cheek, and went to a hospital for stitches and tests. Joe Jacques (1-0) earned his first major league win despite allowing three runs (one earned) in two innings.
Josh Donaldson went 2-for-4 and Anthony Rizzo had three RBIs for New York. Domingo German (4-4) was charged with seven hits and seven runs over two-plus innings.
Giants 7, Dodgers 5 (11 innings)
Brandon Crawford delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the 11th inning, Wilmer Flores hit a two-run home run and San Francisco rallied for a victory at Los Angeles despite not collecting a hit through the first six innings.
Austin Slater also drove in a run in the 11th as the Giants extended their winning streak to five games by rallying from a 4-0, seventh-inning deficit. Taylor Rogers (3-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win, and Jakob Junis notched his first career save.
Dodgers right-hander Emmet Sheehan went six hitless innings in his major league debut, walking two and striking out three. Alex Vesia (0-4) took the loss.
Reds 2, Astros 1
Rookie Andrew Abbott continued an unblemished start to his career while Tyler Stephenson homered in a two-run seventh inning as visiting Cincinnati edged host Houston.
Abbott (3-0) twirled six shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks as the Reds won their sixth straight game. The left-hander produced his third scoreless outing in as many starts and is the first major league pitcher in at least 130 years to do so — extending his scoreless streak to 17 2/3 innings.
Astros rookie right-hander J.P. France (2-2) matched Abbott for six innings but did not survive the seventh. He lost his scoreless start when Stephenson drilled his fifth homer of the season to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.
Cubs 10, Orioles 3
Miguel Amaya, Dansby Swanson and Christopher Morel each clubbed solo homers in the third inning and Chicago scored six times in the sixth, winning its fourth straight game by defeating visiting Baltimore.
Morel had three RBIs and posted his second straight three-hit game, while Nico Hoerner added two hits with two RBIs and ex-Oriole Trey Mancini recorded two hits and two runs for the Cubs. Kyle Hendricks (2-2) yielded two runs on five hits in five solid innings.
Austin Hays had two hits with two RBIs and Ryan O’Hearn totaled three hits for the Orioles, who had totaled 42 runs while winning six of the previous seven.
Rays 6, Padres 2
Shane McClanahan earned his major-league-leading 11th win and Randy Arozarena homered and drove in four runs as visiting Tampa Bay beat San Diego.
McClanahan (11-1) didn’t allow a run until the last hitter he faced, Nelson Cruz, hit a solo homer with two outs in seventh inning, cutting San Diego’s lead to 6-1. The left-hander gave up three hits and three walks while striking out five to lower his ERA to a majors-best 2.12.
Isaac Paredes and Randy Arozarena each went deep as the Rays scored six runs in five innings against Yu Darvish (5-5). The San Diego starter yielded eight hits and a walk while striking out five.
Blue Jays 2, Rangers 1
Danny Jansen kept his power stroke surging, Kevin Gausman surrendered just one run in six innings and Toronto went on to win in Arlington, Texas.
Jansen, who had two solo home runs in the Blue Jays’ loss at Baltimore on Thursday, belted the two-run shot to give Toronto the lead in the fifth inning. Gausman’s only blemish was a solo shot by Leody Taveras to start the third inning. Outside of that, Gausman (6-3) had a stretch of retiring nine straight batters.
Martin Perez (6-3) surrendered two runs on three hits over six innings and took his first home loss of the season. The Rangers have lost seven of their last nine games. The Blue Jays have won three of their last five.
Marlins 6, Nationals 5
Luis Arraez had five hits, including a two-run homer, and Miami defeated host Washington in the opener of a three-game series.
Arraez scored twice and raised his major-league-leading average to .390. Andrew Nardi (4-1) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win, and A.J. Puk worked the ninth for his eighth save.
Lane Thomas homered and doubled for the Nationals, and Jeimer Candelario had three doubles. Carl Edwards Jr. (1-3) gave up the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, after the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, Sandy Alcantara, allowed five runs on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Mets 6, Cardinals 1
Tylor Megill and two relievers combined on a five-hitter for host New York, which beat struggling St. Louis in the opener of a three-game series.
Brett Baty and Tommy Pham had two RBIs apiece for the Mets, who have won consecutive games for the first time since May 30-June 1. Daniel Vogelbach snapped a slump with a homer as New York improved to 4-9 this month.
Willson Contreras homered in the fifth for the reeling Cardinals, who are 2-11 in June. Miles Mikolas (4-4) allowed all six runs on eight hits over six innings.
Braves 8, Rockies 1
Travis d’Arnaud hit a pair of two-run homers to back the strong pitching of rookie Jared Shuster and help Atlanta beat visiting Colorado.
The Braves have won the first two games of the four-game series, extended their winning streak to four games and have won 11 of their past 13. The Rockies have dropped three straight games and nine of 12.
d’Arnaud hit a two-run shot in the first for the 100th home run of his career. He followed it with a two-run homer in the third for his seventh career multi-homer game. Eddie Rosario added a two-run homer in the fourth.
Brewers 5, Pirates 4
Joey Wiemer homered and Blake Perkins drove in two runs as host Milwaukee snapped a six-game losing streak, beating Pittsburgh in the opener of a three-game series.
Julio Teheran (2-2) allowed two runs on one hit over six innings for Milwaukee. The Pirates loaded the bases in the ninth before Devin Williams struck out Jason Delay for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.
Carlos Santana hit a solo homer and Ke’Bryan Hayes had two RBIs for Pittsburgh, which dropped its fourth straight and was held to four hits. Pirates starter Rich Hill (6-6) gave up four runs (three earned) in five innings.
Angels 3, Royals 0
Patrick Sandoval scattered four singles over seven shutout innings as Los Angeles beat Kansas City, extending the Royals’ losing streak to 10 games.
Sandoval (4-6) walked four and struck out six for the Angels, who have won 10 of their past 12 games.
Brandon Drury doubled and drove in two runs for Los Angeles. Shohei Ohtani doubled and walked twice while pushing his hitting streak to a season-best 13 games. Sam Bachman pitched two innings for his first career save.
Royals starter Brady Singer (4-6) lasted 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on eight hits.
Phillies 6, Athletics 1
Kyle Schwarber hit the first pitch of the game for a home run, Taijuan Walker allowed one run in a season-best eight innings and Philadelphia opened a three-game interleague series with a victory over host Oakland.
J.T. Realmuto and Alec Bohm also homered for the Phillies, who have won four in a row. The visitors wasted no time taking command in this one, with Schwarber connecting off JP Sears (1-4) for his 19th home run of the season.
Walker (7-3) pitched with a lead for his entire outing. He allowed Oakland’s lone run in the third and yielded seven hits while striking out eight without issuing a walk. Bryce Harper had two hits and two runs for the Phillies, who have won 11 of their past 13.
Tigers 7, Twins 1
Javier Baez hit a three-run home run to help Detroit cruise past Minnesota in the second game of a four-game series in Minneapolis.
Matt Vierling hit two solo homers and also singled for the Tigers, who won the series opener 8-4 on Thursday. Mason Englert (2-2) picked up the win after following opener Will Vest to the mound for Detroit.
Alex Kirilloff homered while Donovan Solano and Edouard Julien had two hits apiece for Minnesota. Twins starter Joe Ryan (7-4) allowed six runs and seven hits in seven innings.
Diamondbacks 5, Guardians 1
Zac Gallen gave up one run in seven innings and improved to 7-0 at home this season as Arizona beat Cleveland in Phoenix.
Gallen has a 1.00 ERA in 54 innings at home this year. He limited the Guardians to six hits while striking out seven with no walks. Ketel Marte, Corbin Carroll and Christian Walker each had two hits and an RBI for the Diamondbacks.
Jose Ramirez homered for the Guardians’ lone run. Scheduled starter Triston McKenzie was scratched due to a sore elbow, and his replacement, Touki Toussaint (0-1), allowed two runs on three hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Mariners 3, White Sox 2
Teoscar Hernandez hit a run-scoring double and a solo homer as Seattle rallied to defeat visiting Chicago in the opener of a three-game series.
Ty France added an RBI single for the Mariners, who won for the third time in their past four games. Reliever Matt Brash (4-3) earned the victory, and Paul Sewald pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 13th save.
Gavin Sheets and Andrew Benintendi homered for the White Sox, who have lost five of six. Reliever Tanner Banks (0-1) served up Hernandez’s tiebreaking homer in the seventh.
COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES
NO. 2 FLORIDA RALLIES PAST NO. 7 VIRGINIA WITH 3 IN 9TH IN CWS STUNNER
No. 2 Florida hit two homers in the bottom of the ninth to pull level with No. 7 Virginia, then got a walk-off sacrifice fly from Luke Heyman to win 6-5 in an opening-round game at the Men’s College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Ty Evans and Wyatt Langford hit solo shots one out apart off Cavaliers reliever Jake Berry as the Gators erased a 5-3 deficit. A single, a walk and a hit batter then loaded the bases. Jay Woolfolk took over on the mound, and Heyman’s fly to center knocked in the decisive run.
Florida (51-15) advances to oppose Oral Roberts in a winners-bracket game on Sunday. Virginia (50-14) will face TCU in an elimination game, also on Sunday.
BT Riopelle homered in the eighth inning for the Gators, and he and Evans each finished with two hits.
Florida reliever Brandon Neely got the win after throwing 2 1/3 innings of one-run, one-hit ball. Gators starter Brandon Sproat yielded three runs in 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven.
Griff O’Ferrall had a two-run double and a single for the Cavaliers. Berry took the loss after Virginia starter Nick Parker gave up one run and four hits in six innings.
BROTHERS HOMER LIFTS #ORUBASE PAST TCU, 6-5
OMAHA, Neb. – Blaze Brothers hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth as the Oral Roberts baseball team rallied to defeat TCU, 6-5, Friday afternoon in the opening game of the 2023 NCAA College World Series from Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska.
The victory marked the Golden Eagles’ second in program history at the College World Series and their 24th in the last 25 games. ORU also set a new program record (D1-era) for wins in a season with 52.
Trailing 5-2 heading into the top of the ninth, Mac McCroskey got things going with an infield leadoff single. The redshirt senior later came around to score on an RBI single from Drew Stahl, trimming the deficit to 5-3. With two on and one out, Brothers belted a three-run shot over the left field bullpen to put the Golden Eagles back in front for good, 6-5.
The long ball marked the 12th of the season for the senior.
In the bottom half of the ninth, TCU threatened as they put two on with only one out but closer Cade Denton responded with a strikeout and a flyout to seal the victory for ORU.
Denton earned the win to improve to 3-1 on the season after tossing 1.2 innings of one-run baseball and striking out two. Starter Jakob Hall dealt five strong innings, allowing only two runs and striking out three.
Justin Quinn led all players with a 4-for-5 performance at the dish to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. McCroskey joined Quinn with a multi-hit performance after going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer.
After three scoreless frames, the Horned Frogs jumped in front first with a solo homer to right-center.
The Golden Eagles responded in the sixth as McCroskey lifted a two-run opposite-field homer to right, putting ORU in front, 2-1. McCroskey’s long ball was his 14th of the season and first since May 2.
TCU answered in the bottom half of the frame with an RBI single to even the score at 2-2.
In the eighth, the Horned Frogs loaded the bases with only one out and pushed across three runs to take a 5-2 lead.
Inside the Box Score
– ORU totaled six runs on 11 hits.
– Quinn matched his career-high for hits with four in the win.
– The multi-hit performance marked his 22nd of the year.
– McCroskey logged his 25th multi-hit performance of the season after going 2-for-4 at the plate.
– Hall delivered five strong innings of two-run baseball and struck out three.
– Dalton Patten and Caleb Isaacs also made appearances in relief.
– Denton struck out two in 1.2 innings of work.
– ORU is making its second College World Series appearance (1978).
– The victory marked the second in program history for the Golden Eagles at the College World Series.
– With the win, ORU set a new program record (D1-era) for wins in a season.
– The Golden Eagles have won 24 of their last 25 contests and are 42-4 in the last 46 games.
– Friday’s contest marked the 46th meeting all-time between the two clubs.
– With the victory, the Golden Eagles are 27-19 all-time against the Horned Frogs.
– Jonah Cox’s 47-game hit streak, the third-longest in NCAA history, came to an end.
– Quinn extended his hit streak to 17 games.
– McCroskey has now reached base safely in 18 straight games.
– Brothers pushed his on-base streak to 12 games.
– Catcher Jacob Godman stretched his on-base streak to 12 games.
The Golden Eagles will face the winner between Florida and Virginia on Sunday at 6 p.m. from Charles Schwab Field.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
INDIANS FALL TO IOWA IN QUICK FASHION, 2-1
DES MOINES, Iowa – Cam Alldred recorded the first quality start of his career, but the Indianapolis Indians went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position to drop their third consecutive game to the Iowa Cubs at Principal Park on Friday night, 2-1.
The Indians (29-39) stranded runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings. In the ninth, Cal Mitchell led off the frame with a double and Jared Triolo set up runners at the corners with no outs. Manuel Rodríguez (S, 9) shut down Indy’s threat with a strikeout and double play to end the game.
The I-Cubs (37-28) got on the board first courtesy of a David Bote solo home run in the bottom of the second inning. Alldred (L, 2-1) then countered by leaving his next 10 batters faced without a hit, three of which reached base safely by a pair of walks and fielding error. A fifth-inning double by Levi Jordan marked Iowa’s next hit, and he came around to score on a Bryce Windham sacrifice fly.
After squaring the ball up all night with three consecutive triple-digit exit velocities resulting in outs, Endy Rodríguez punched a ball 104.7 MPH through the right side of the infield to plate Indianapolis’ only run in the eighth. Consecutive two-out walks set up Indy’s first breakthrough in eight chances with a runner in scoring position. In total, the Indians went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Triolo continued his hot streak against the I-Cubs this week with his second three-hit performance in four games. In the series, he is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with three extra-base hits. Nick Gonzales closely followed him with two hits, his third such performance in four games of the series.
Pirates No. 18 prospect RHP Kyle Nicolas is set to take the mound for Indianapolis tomorrow in his Triple-A debut after being officially promoted from Double-A Altoona today. He’ll face RHP Chris Clarke (0-2, 2.93).
INDY ELEVEN MEN’S SOCCER
Birmingham Legion FC vs Indy Eleven
Saturday, June 17, 2023 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Protective Stadium – Birmingham, Alabama
Streaming Video: ESPN+ (click to subscribe)
In-game updates: @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed
Stats: #BHMvIND MatchCenter at USLChampionship.com
2023 USL Championship Records:
Birmingham Legion FC: 5W-7L-1D (-6); 16pts; 6th in Eastern Conference
Indy Eleven: 4W-5L-4D (-1), 13 pts; 7th in Eastern Conference
Community Health Network Sports Medicine Indy Eleven Injury Report:
OUT: DF R. Dambrot (L Knee), DF M. King (R Quad)
SETTING THE SCENE
The Boys in Blue return to action Saturday when they travel to Birmingham Legion FC for a 7:30 p.m. ET kick. Indy is coming off a 1-1 draw with Hartford Athletic and sits seventh in the eastern division at 4-5-4 looking to match its longest unbeaten streak of the season in USLC matches at three games (3.11 at Tampa-4.1 vs. Las Vegas).
Birmingham sits one spot ahead of the Eleven in the USLC Eastern Conference at 5-7-1 and is currently on a five-match losing streak with its last win coming April 30 against Hartford Athletic.
SERIES VS BIRMINGHAM
Saturday marks the ninth meeting between the two teams, with Birmingham holding the 5-3 all time advantage. The teams met twice during the 2022 season, with each team winning at home.
Birmingham leads: 5-3
GF 11, GA 13
10.12.22 at BHM L, 3-1
9.10.22 home W, 4-3
10.10.21 at BHM L, 3-1
7.24.21 home L, 2-1
2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 34
Birmingham Legion FC 3 : 1 Indy Eleven
Wednesday, October 12, 2022,
Protective Stadium – Birmingham, Ala.
BHM – Enzo Martínez (Jonathan Dean) 25′
BHM – Prosper Kasim (Enzo Martínez) 28′
BHM – Marlon Santos (penalty kick) 61′
IND – Stéfano Pinho (unassisted) 83′
BLAKE EARNS BENCH SPOT ON USLC TEAM OF THE WEEK
JUNE 13, 2023
Jack Blake scored a late equalizer to help Indy Eleven earn a 1-1 draw against Hartford Athletic on Saturday and earn USL Championship Team of the Week bench honors.
Blake scored his second goal of the season in the 85th minute off a Sebastian Guenzatti assist and registered a game-high five successful chances created for Indy, and additionally had three crosses. Defensively, Blake won a team-high eight duels, had four tackles and a blocked shot for the Eleven.
This is the first honor of 2023 from the USL Championship for Blake. Five players have been named to the team of the week this season, with three additional bench spots earned.
LAST TIME OUT
JUNE 10, 2023
IND 1:1 HFD
A late equalizer from Jack Blake salvaged a tie for Indy Eleven in a 1-1 match with Hartford Athletic.
An early scuffle in the sixth minute off an Indy corner led to a caution for Hartford’s Antoine Hoppenot and a red card for Adrian Diz Pe to put the Eleven down a man for the remainder of the match. The Hartford goal came not long after in the 11th minute when Kyle Edwards took advantage of a giveaway on Indy’s back line to set himself up one-on-one with Yannik Oettl to slot it in the lower left corner of the net.
The playing field was leveled in the 49th minute when Hartford’s Triston Hodge was shown his second yellow of the match and ejected.
Indy found the equalizer in the 85th minute off a long throw into the box from Douglas Martinez that found Sebastian Guenzatti waiting just outside the center of the six-yard box. Guenzatti collected the cross and laid it off to Blake for his second tally of the season. It was also the second assist for Guenzatti of 2023.
HFD – Kyle Edwards 11’
IND – Jack Blake (Sebastian Guenzatti) 85’
IND – Adrian Diz Pe (ejection) 6’
HFD – Antoine Hoppenot (caution) 6’
HFD – Triston Hodge (caution) 45+1’
HFD – Triston Hodge (caution-ejection) 49’
IND – Cam Lindley (caution) 50’
HFD – Luke Merrill (caution) 58’
IND – Douglas Martinez (caution) 64’
HFD – Danny Barrera (caution) 77’
IND – Gustavo Rissi (ejection) 90+3’
(THE GRUELING TRUTH)
Everybody knows the name, Bob Gibson. He was maybe the most physically and mentally dominating pitcher in baseball history. But, did you know that he was also a great basketball player? Not many do, but as a high school basketball player, Gibson more than excelled. When Gibson was 14 or 15, his North Y Comets played against the Omaha University team in an open tournament. Gibson and his team destroyed Omaha University, with Gibson dominating players anywhere from 4-7 years older than him.
Bob Gibson was a baseball player and a perfect one at the time, but his ticket to college was basketball, and he ended up playing at Creighton. Although Creighton did not have great success on the court, Gibson played very well. In 63 games, he scored 1,272 points, averaging 20.2 points per game, and made 35.2% of his shots. While the shooting percentage looks low, note that the average field goal percentage in the NBA in 1958 was just 38.3%. He was the first African-American basketball player at Creighton, as well.
The story gets interesting when you realize that Gibson’s first choice was to be an Indiana Hoosier and play for Branch McCraken. In the summer of 1953, a high school coach in Omaha wrote a letter to Indiana Head Coach Branch McCracken on behalf of one of his players and received the following reply: “Your request for an athletic scholarship for Robert Gibson has been denied because we have already filled our quota of Negroes.” The reference was to Hallie Bryant, Mr. Indiana Basketball, who enrolled that Fall.
The Indiana Hoosiers had a quota system for African-American players, and the number was one. In Indiana’s defense, they had the first significant African-American players in the history of the Big Ten Conference.
Bill Garrett, an Indiana freshman in 1947-48, was the Big Ten’s first significant African-American basketball player. Garrett was Mr. Basketball as a senior in high school but was not recruited to Indiana. Finally, school officials were forced to let him play, despite a “gentleman’s agreement” among conference coaches at the time.
Although Garrett led the Hoosiers in scoring and rebounding all three years on the varsity, making All-American as a senior and leading Indiana to No. 7 ranking in the country, he never had a black teammate or competed against a black in the conference.
Next up came Wally Choice from New Jersey, a freshman in the fall of 1952. Five years after Bill Garrett had arrived, he was the leading scorer and rebounder as a sophomore three years after. The choice became the team’s leading scorer and made All-Big Ten as a senior.
Gibson tried to get a tryout with the Minneapolis Lakers, who showed some interest but was unsuccessful in his initial attempt to break into the NBA. The Cardinals offered him some money to sign with them, but it was not enough to get him to quit basketball. So Gibson chose to play basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters and, after a season, decided to take the Cardinals offer and the rest, as they say, is history.
The question here is, would Gibson have made a big difference in the last four years of McCraken’s career? Maybe, maybe not, but you got to admit it would have been cool if Bob Gibson had played basketball at Indiana University!
MAGALI FREZZOTTI NAMED PURDUE SOFTBALL HEAD COACH
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Magali (Magui) Frezzotti was named head coach of the Purdue softball team by vice president and director of athletics Mike Bobinski. With the announcement, Frezzotti becomes the fifth head coach in program history after serving as an assistant for the Boilermakers the last two years.
Under Frezzotti’s guidance, the Boilermakers have posted two of their strongest defensive efforts to date, including Purdue’s second-highest fielding % in program history at .971%.
“I am beyond excited and honored for this opportunity,” said Frezzotti. “I want to thank Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski, Deputy Athletics Director Tiffini Grimes and President Mung Chiang for their trust and support of my vision for Purdue softball. Purdue Athletics has a strong tradition of excellence, championships and success, and I have every intention to build upon that legacy. I am overjoyed at the opportunity to coach this group of women and connect with alums in West Lafayette over the coming years. I have high expectations for Boilermaker softball and I am very much looking forward to hitting the ground running. Boiler up, hammer down and Hail Purdue.”
The Purdue defense has accumulated 2,096 putouts, 910 assists and 27 double plays in her two seasons on the Boilermaker staff. The showing includes one of the best marks by a Big Ten defense last season, with the team racking up 479 assists, second-most in the league.
“Coach Frezzotti’s commitment to competitive excellence, knowledge of the game, and relationship with our student-athletes will position her to make an immediate and positive impact on our softball program,” said Mike Bobinski, Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “Her passion for Purdue and vision for the growth and development of our student-athletes was apparent from our first conversation and we’re excited to see the program thrive under her leadership.”
Frezzotti’s success in player development is seen in an NFCA All-American, two All-Region honorees and a Newcomer of the Year, all since 2019.
“Magui is a fantastic person and the ultimate coach,” said Carol Hutchins, the winningest coach in NCAA softball history. “She has years of relevant softball experience, but her biggest strength is her relationship building and her straightforward approach to teaching the game. She is a player’s coach and a tremendous human being. The sky is the limit with Magui.”
Frezzotti came to Purdue from Montana, where she was the assistant softball coach from September 2018 to August 2021. While with the Grizzlies, she was responsible for the development of hitters and catchers, while assisting with infielders. Defensively, Frezzotti oversaw the catcher’s defensive skills, leading to improvements in footwork, glove positioning, hop-reading and more.
While with Montana, Frezzotti helped the Grizzlies to a program-best 16-3 record at home, a third-place finish in the Big Sky Conference during her inaugural year in 2019 and helped the program to more than 55 wins under her tutelage.
Prior to her time at Montana, Frezzotti’s previous coaching stops include Eastern Michigan as an assistant coach, Concordia as a graduate assistant and Michigan. While in Ann Arbor from 2016-2017, Frezzotti was a catchers development consultant, organized camp logistics, official visits and more.
An accomplished player on the world stage, the Argentina native played for the Argentina National Team for 13 years, where she not only served as team captain, but competed in the World Cup in 2015, the Pan American Championships (2005, ’06, ’13, ’17), the Pan American Games (2007, ’10) and the World Championships (2010, ’12). Frezzotti’s success culminated in being named to the All-Tournament team as a catcher at the 2017 Women’s Softball Pan American Championship, held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Outside of coaching, the Boilermaker founded Lineup Latino, which aimed to help the softball community in Latin America. Frezzotti created a platform to connect the softball community in Latin America with resources in the U.S. and across the world. Its mission is to educate, empower and prepare softball players from Latin America and the Caribbean to become a better version of themselves, on and off the field, for the rest of their lives.
Frezzotti earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Instituto Numero 1 Dr. Enrique Romero Brest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2012, a master’s degree in student personnel administration in higher education from Concordia in 2017 and a master’s degree in public administration from Montana in 2020. Frezzotti is joined in West Lafayette by her wife, Haley Frezzotti-Hostetler, whose grandfather is a Purdue graduate.
Frezzotti’s first year at the helm will coincide with the 30th season of Purdue softball, which played its inaugural game in March of 1994.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL
COLVIN SELECTED TO USA BASKETBALL’S U19 WORLD CUP SQUAD
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Basketball has announced that incoming Purdue freshman Myles Colvin has been selected to the U19 World Cup Team that will compete in the 2023 FIBA U19 World Cup, held June 24 to July 2 in Debrecen, Hungary.
Colvin is one of 12 players, and the only Big Ten representative, selected to the 2023 squad. He is joined by rising college sophomores Villanova’s Mark Armstrong, Tennessee’s Tobe Awaka, Arizona’s Kylan Boswell and Vanderbilt’s Ven-Allen Lubin. Incoming freshmen include Iowa State’s Omaha Biliew, Oklahoma State’s Eric Dailey Jr. and Colorado’s Cody Williams. Rising high school seniors that made the team include Dylan Harper, Ian Jackson, Tre Johnson and Asa Newell.
Colvin is one of four players 17 or younger that made the squad (Colvin, Harper, Johnson, Newell).
Since 2015, Purdue has had a player on every U19 World Cup Team, started by Caleb Swanigan in 2015 (gold medal). In 2017, Carsen Edwards won bronze, while Trevion Williams won gold in 2019. In 2021, Jaden Ivey and Caleb Furst won gold, while Zach Edey reprented Canada en route to bronze.
Ivey and Edey were two of the five recipients of World Cup 5 honors after dominating performances for their respective countries.
The six players selected since 2015 are the most nationally (Oklahoma State – 4; Duke, Kentucky, Villanova – 3).
Colvin was ranked as the nation’s No. 58-ranked recruit via 247 Sports and No. 51 via Rivals after a standout career at Heritage Christian High School in Indianapolis. Colvin brings an electrifying style of basketball to West Lafayette next season. The 6-foot, 6-inch guard with a 6-foot, 10-inch wingspan averaged 19.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game as a senior, while shooting 45.0 percent from the field with 45, 3-pointers. He scored 35 points in a loss to 2A state champion Blackhawk Christian in February.
He recently finished as the runner-up at the Rocket Mortgage High School Slam Dunk Championship as part of Final Four festivities in Houston.
Colvin competed in the 2022 3×3 U18 World Championships with USA Basketball and turned eyes at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June 2022. Colvin will be just 17 years old when he arrives in campus next month.
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL
WIELONSKI NAMED ALTERNATE FOR USAV WOMEN’S COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – – Ball State junior setter Megan Wielonski was one of 32 student-athletes named to the 2023 Women’s Collegiate National Team as part of USA Volleyball’s National Team Development Program.
Wielonski, the reigning Mid-American Conference Setter of the Year and a two-time First Team All-MAC selection, was one of six setters selected by the program and is currently an alternate for the 20-woman roster.
The Collegiate Team will train June 18-24 in Anaheim, Calif., alongside the U.S. Women’s National Team as it prepares for the final preliminary round of the Volleyball Nations League.
In her first two seasons at Ball State, Wielonski has helped guide the Cardinals to back-to-back NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship appearances, including an at-large berth this past season. She has been a part of two MAC Regular Season championship squads and the 2021 MAC Volleyball Tournament championship program.
Wielonski finished the 2022 campaign ranked fourth nationally with 1,359 assists, while her 10.79 assists-per-set average was 19th among all NCAA Division I setters. She helped Ball State rank 43rd nationally with a .250 attack percentage, while also serving up 46 service aces to rank 55th in the nation.
The four-time 2022 MAC West Division Setter of the Week’s impact was not just felt on offense, as she ranked second on the squad with 391 total digs for a 3.10 digs-per-set average. Wielonski collected 21 assist/dig double-doubles on the year, including registering 28 assists and 10 digs in BSU’s NCAA First Round matchup at No. 16 Marquette.
Wielonski earned AVCA All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention accolades for her play over the course of the 2022 season.
2023 U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team Roster
Name (Position, Height, Birth year, Hometown, College, USAV Region)
Anita Anwusi (MB, 6-3, 2001, Houston, Texas, LSU, Lone Star)
Lauren Briseño (L, 5-7, 2003, San Antonio, Texas, Baylor, Lone Star)
Meg Brown (MB, 6-3, 2002, Santa Ana, Calif., Pepperdine, Southern California)
Mimi Colyer (OH, 6-3, 2004, Lincoln, Calif., Univ. of Oregon, Northern California)
Anna Dixon (Opp, 6-2, 2000, Louisburg, Kan., Univ. of Florida, Heart of America)
Anna Dodson (MB, 6-5, 2001, Fort Collins, Colo., UCLA, Rocky Mountain)
Skylar Fields (OH, 6-2, 2001, Missouri City, Texas, Univ. of Southern California, Lone Star)
Sophie Fischer (MB, 6-4, 2001, Fort Mill, S.C., Univ. of Georgia, Palmetto)
Morgan Geddes (OH, 6-2, 2002, Grove City, Ohio, Univ. of Indiana, Ohio Valley)
Kate Georgiades (L, 5-9, 2002, College Station, Texas, Houston, Lone Star)
Emma Grome (S, 5-9, 2002, Loveland, Ohio, Univ. of Kentucky, Ohio Valley)
Camryn Haworth (S, 5-9, 2003, Fishers, Ind., Univ. of Indiana, Hoosier)
Jordan Iliff (Opp, 6-2, 2002, Saint Louis, Mo., Univ. of Missouri, Gateway)
Lauren Jardine (OH, 6-2, 2002, Highland, Utah, Univ. of Utah, Intermountain)
Janice Leao (MB, 6-3, 2001, New Bedford, Mass., Univ. of Miami, New England)
Erin Livingston (OH, 6-2, 2000, Provo, Utah, BYU, Intermountain)
Caroline Meuth (OH, 6-0, 2001, San Antonio, Texas, Texas A&M, Lone Star)
Kate Prior (Opp, 6-4, 2004, Henderson, Nev., BYU, Southern California)
Lexi Rodriguez (L, 5-5, 2003, Sterling, Ill., Univ. of Nebraska, Great Lakes)
Alexis Stucky (S, 6-2, 2004, Laramie, Wyo., Univ. of Florida, Rocky Mountain)
Head Coach: Michelle Chatman Smith
Assistant Coach: Danielle Scott
Assistant Coach: Tayyiba Haneef-Park
Assistant Coach: Heather Olmstead
Performance Analyst: Shea Decker-Jacoby
ATC: Cherryl Bueno
Team Lead: Nicole Segura
Olivia Bennett (L, 5-4, 2004, Lexington, Ky., Univ. of San Diego, Pioneer)
Leyla Blackwell (MB, 6-4, 2002, La Jolla, Calif., Univ. of San Diego, Southern California)
Averi Carlson (S, 5-11, 2003, Allen, Texas, Baylor, North Texas)
Grace Chillingworth (OH, 6-2, 2003, Santa Ana, Calif., Pepperdine, Southern California)
Morgahn Fingall (Opp, 6-1, 2001 , Tyndall AFB, Fla., Univ. of Tennessee, Florida)
Sam Hastings (L, 5-8, 2002, Frisco, Texas, Loyola Marymount, North Texas)
Emily Hellmuth (OH, 6-3, 2003, Dallas, Texas, Pepperdine, North Texas)
Kennedy Martin (Opp, 6-6, 2005 , Fort Mill, S.C., Univ. of Florida, Palmetto)
Whitney McEwan (MB, 6-3, 2000, Orem, Utah, BYU, Intermountain)
Ashley Mullen (S, 5-11, 2004, Kansas City, Mo., UCLA, Heart of America)
Kaley Rammelsberg (MB, 6-3, 2000, Woosterville, Ohio, Univ. of Indiana, Ohio Valley)
Megan Wielonski (S, 5-10, 2003, Mason, Ohio, Ball State, Ohio Valley)
NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL
IRISH ANNOUNCE 2023 SCHEDULE
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2023 volleyball schedule has been set as the Irish prepare for a 26 game slate for the upcoming regular season. The Irish are led by head coach Salima Rockwell, who is in her second season at the helm of the program.
The schedule for the 2023 season features eight non-conference matches, 18 conference matches, and features five teams from last year’s tournament field of 64, three of which were ranked in the top-25 in the final 2022 AVCA national poll.
The Irish open up on the road in Lubbock, TX for the Under Armour Challenge, hosted by Texas Tech. Notre Dame faces Wichita State on Friday, August 25 before facing the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday, August 26.
The second tournament for the Irish is the Catholic Challenge, hosted by Villanova. Notre Dame takes on the Wildcats on Friday, September 1 and the Santa Clara Broncos on Saturday, September 2.
Notre Dame opens up play at home on Thursday, September 7, as the Irish host Big Ten opponent Illinois at 7 PM at Purcell Pavilion. The Irish will cap off their opening weekend at home against the Big 12 Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, September 9. Finishing off the non-conference schedule, the Irish will have a home-and-home series with Toledo (September 15-17).
The Irish open up conference play at home on Friday, September 22 against Boston College before taking on the Syracuse Orange that Sunday. Shortly after, the Irish host the Louisville Cardinals, the runner-up of the 2022 National Championship, in a Wednesday mid-week matchup on September 27.
Notre Dame hits the road to take on NC State, Duke, and North Carolina before another weekend at home against the Virginia Cavaliers and the 2022 Final Four Pitt Panthers (October 13-15).
The Irish travel to Virginia Tech and Wake Forest the weekend of October 20-22 this season, while Miami and Florida State will head to South Bend to close out the month on October 27-29.
To open up play in November, the Irish head to Clemson, South Carolina to take on the Tigers on Friday, November 3 and then travel to Atlanta, Georgia for a Sunday showdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Notre Dame will close out the final two weekends of the regular season with Friday matches at home and Sunday matches on the road. A week after playing at their place, the Irish host the Clemson Tigers at home on Friday, November 10, before heading to Charlottesville, VA to face the Cavaliers on Sunday for the second time in the 2023 season.
To cap off the regular season, the Irish host Wake Forest on Friday, November 17, and face the Seminoles in Tallahassee, FL on Saturday, November 25.
For the full 2023 volleyball schedule, click here. The full television schedule will be released at a later date by the ACC and ESPN.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL
FENLONG GARNERS THIRD ALL-AMERICAN SELECTION; NAMED ABCA/RAWLINGS THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
ABCA/RAWLINGS – Indiana State’s Connor Fenlong was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Division I All-American Third Team as announced by the organization on Friday morning.
The Sycamore right-hander picked up his third All-American nod of the 2023 postseason with the announcement. He was previously named to the Collegiate Baseball News All-American Second Team and the NCBWA All-American Third Team earlier this postseason.
The awards add to his growing collection of postseason accolades including earning Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year honors and ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region First Team recognition.
The Gouverneur, N.Y. native wrapped up one of the most dominant seasons in Indiana State history this past weekend finishing the year with an 11-3 overall record with a 3.45 ERA over 114.2 innings. Fenlong leads the NCAA with four complete game shutouts in 2023 and the redshirt senior went a span of 30.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run over the month of May.
In his first full season as a starting pitcher, Fenlong led the Missouri Valley in innings pitched (114.2) and wins (11), while sitting second in ERA (3.45), second in opponent batting average (.222), and sixth in strikeouts (76). He went at least six innings in 11 of his final 12 starts of the season including at least eight innings on five separate occasions.
He highlighted his year with complete game shutouts against Southern Illinois, Bradley, Murray State, and in the MVC Tournament against Belmont becoming the first pitcher in the MVC with at least four complete game shutouts since 1983.
First recognized in 1949, the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-America teams are selected by the ABCA All-America & Coach of the Year committee, which is chaired by Tommy Raffo of Arkansas State University. The committee also includes Dean Ehehalt (Monmouth University), Brian Green (formerly at Washington State University), Dan Heefner (Dallas Baptist University), Jeff Mercer (Indiana University), Brian O’Connor (University of Virginia), Jim Penders (University of Connecticut), and Butch Thompson (Auburn University).
The finalists for the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I Gold Glove team will be announced via Twitter by Rawlings Sporting Goods (@RawlingsSports) on Tuesday, June 20. The Gold Glove winners in all divisions will be announced on Wednesday, June 21.
In all divisions, the ABCA/Rawlings National Pitchers and Position Players of the Year will be announced on Monday, June 26.
The ABCA All-America teams now include nine divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Pacific Association Division, and high school. ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were first recognized in 2007.
Founded in 1945, the American Baseball Coaches Association is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 15,000 members represent all 50 states and 40 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include nine divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School, Youth and Travel.
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|Baltimore||43||26||.623||6||22 – 13||21 – 13||13 – 8||14 – 5||8 – 6||6 – 4||L 1|
|NY Yankees||39||31||.557||10.5||21 – 17||18 – 14||11 – 13||8 – 8||8 – 5||4 – 6||L 2|
|Toronto||39||32||.549||11||19 – 13||20 – 19||7 – 17||11 – 5||9 – 5||6 – 4||W 1|
|Boston||35||35||.500||14.5||19 – 18||16 – 17||11 – 11||8 – 4||5 – 5||5 – 5||W 2|
|Minnesota||35||35||.500||–||20 – 16||15 – 19||8 – 11||12 – 10||5 – 4||4 – 6||L 2|
|Cleveland||32||37||.464||2.5||16 – 17||16 – 20||7 – 8||8 – 11||10 – 6||5 – 5||L 1|
|Detroit||29||39||.426||5||15 – 18||14 – 21||2 – 14||11 – 7||4 – 5||3 – 7||W 2|
|Chi White Sox||30||41||.423||5.5||17 – 17||13 – 24||4 – 12||15 – 11||4 – 7||4 – 6||L 2|
|Kansas City||18||51||.261||16.5||9 – 27||9 – 24||2 – 8||5 – 12||3 – 10||0 – 10||L 10|
|Texas||42||27||.609||–||22 – 13||20 – 14||7 – 7||7 – 2||15 – 8||3 – 7||L 2|
|Houston||39||31||.557||3.5||20 – 16||19 – 15||5 – 5||8 – 11||13 – 6||3 – 7||L 2|
|LA Angels||40||32||.556||3.5||20 – 14||20 – 18||8 – 9||8 – 5||15 – 12||8 – 2||W 2|
|Seattle||34||34||.500||7.5||20 – 16||14 – 18||3 – 6||6 – 5||12 – 10||5 – 5||W 1|
|Oakland||19||53||.264||24.5||9 – 27||10 – 26||3 – 11||3 – 3||4 – 23||7 – 3||L 3|
|Atlanta||44||26||.629||–||22 – 15||22 – 11||17 – 6||6 – 0||8 – 7||8 – 2||W 4|
|Miami||39||31||.557||5||21 – 13||18 – 18||9 – 12||5 – 4||9 – 10||7 – 3||W 2|
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|Washington||27||41||.397||16||12 – 22||15 – 19||7 – 13||4 – 3||7 – 11||2 – 8||L 1|
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|San Diego||33||36||.478||8.5||17 – 20||16 – 16||9 – 7||6 – 8||11 – 10||6 – 4||L 2|
|Colorado||29||43||.403||14||16 – 19||13 – 24||11 – 12||8 – 7||4 – 15||3 – 7||L 3|
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1915 Cubs right-handed reliever George Washington Zabel, called into the game with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, throws 18 and 1/3 innings of the Cubs’ 4-3 victory over the Robins at Chicago’s West Side Park. ‘Zip,’ establishing the major league record for the longest relief stint in one game, beats Brooklyn starter Jeff Pfeffer, who tosses a 19-inning complete game.
1930 Phillies right fielder Chuck Klein, who collects 53 hits in 110 at-bats for a .482 batting average during the streak, sets a modern-day franchise record when he hits safely in 26 consecutive games. The 25-year-old Hoosier Hammer repeats the feat later in the season, matching the accomplishment with a hit in every contest from July 12th to the first game on August 3rd.
1941 In the Yankees’ 8-7 loss to Chicago, Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak is extended to 30 straight games when his seventh-inning grounder takes a bad hop off Luke Appling’s shoulder. The Yankee Clipper’s fortunate hit also breaks the team’s record for hits of 29 consecutive games, previously shared by Roger Peckinpaugh (1919) and Earle Combs (1931).
1942 During the second game of a twin bill in Boston, Paul Waner, standing on first base, gestures to the official scorer, Jerry Moore of the Boston Globe, not to credit him with a hit on the ground ball in the hole that was knocked down by Reds shortstop Eddie Joost. Big Poison doesn’t want a questionable roller to be his historic 3000th hit, which the Braves right-fielder will collect with a clean single after tomorrow’s off day.
1943 Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin hits a three-run pinch homer in both games of a doubleheader, becoming the first major leaguer to come off the bench to go deep in each end of a twin bill. Boston defeats Philadelphia in the opener 5-4 but drops the nightcap at Fenway Park, 8-7.
1944 Although he will continue to play in the minors until 1955, Ed Levy appears in the 40th and final game of his three-year tenure in the major leagues. The Irish Catholic first baseman, born Edward Clarence Whitner in 1911, is asked to start using his stepfather’s surname by Yankee team president Ed Barrow to help the club attract more Jewish fans to the Bronx ballpark.
1956 Joe Adcock’s ninth-inning home run off Brooklyn right-hander Ed Roebuck, his second round-tripper of the game, proves to be the game-winner in the Braves’ 5-4 victory over the Dodgers. The first baseman’s blast to left field clears an 83-foot wall at the 350-foot mark and becomes the only homer to land on the roof at Ebbets Field.
(Ed. Note: Joe Adcock hits his third round-tripper of the day when he goes deep off Don Newcombe in the team’s 3-1 victory in the nightcap. The Milwaukee slugger will finish with 13 career home runs at Ebbets Field, the most of any visiting player.)
1956 Fred Haney, named yesterday to replace Charlie Grimm, wins two games in his managerial debut with the Braves when the team sweeps a doubleheader against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 5-4 and 3-1, starting a streak of 11 consecutive victories. The club’s former coach will compile a 341-231 (.596) record, guiding Milwaukee to two pennants and a world championship during his four seasons at the helm.
1958 Tiger third baseman Ozzie Virgil, who became the first black to play for the team eleven days ago, collects four singles and a double in his first home game at Briggs Stadium. The 26-year-old Dominican’s 5-for-5 performance at the plate helps Detroit beat the Senators, 9-2.
1960 Ted Williams becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit 500 career home runs when he goes deep off the Tribe’s moundsman Wayne Hawkins. ‘Teddy Ballgame’s’ two-run blast proves to be the difference when the Red Sox beat the Indians at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, 3-1.
1962 In a play indicative of the struggling Mets, first baseman Marv Throneberry’s apparent first-inning triple becomes an out on an appeal play for missing second base in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs at the Polo Grounds. According to legend, when New York manager Casey Stengel questions the call, he is told by an umpire, “Don’t bother arguing, Casey, he missed first base, too.”
1962 Gene Woodling, purchased from the Senators for a reported $45,000, substantially more than the $20,000 waiver fee, becomes the first major leaguer to play for the Yankees and the Mets. In his National League debut, the 39-year-old outfielder goes 2-for-4, scoring two runs for the new expansion team in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs at the Polo Grounds.
1962 In the second inning of Game 1 of a twin bill against the Yankees, Jerry Kindall, Bubba Phillips, and Jim Mahoney, the bottom of the Indians’ lineup, hit consecutive home runs, helping Dick Donovan improve his record to 10-2. The Tribe also takes the nightcap to complete a four-game sweep of the World Champs, much to the delight of the largest home crowd in eight seasons.
1970 At Candlestick Park, Willie Mays (615) and Ernie Banks (504) both homer in the Cubs’ 6-1 victory over the Giants. The round-trippers mark the first time in baseball history that two players with 500 career home runs have gone deep in the same game.
1971 Don Kessinger goes 6-for-6, stroking five singles and a double. The Cubs’ leadoff hitter’s perfect performance at the plate contributes to the team’s 7-6 ten-inning victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
1974 After completing the first 1000 games in franchise history with a winning percentage of .332, the Mets compile a 517-482-1 record in their next thousand contests. During the span, including Tom Seaver winning 12% of the team’s victories, New York wins two National League pennants and a World championship.
1976 At Shea Stadium, 27-year-old Dave Kingman hits a walk-off homer to deep left field, giving the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers. Sky King’s game-ending blast comes off Charlie Hough with one out in the 14th inning.
1978 The crowd at Yankee Stadium initiates a new baseball tradition when they begin to rhythmically clap each time there are two strikes on the batter, inspired by Ron Guidry’s 18-strikeout performance, establishing a new American League mark for southpaws. The left-hander’s performance in the 4-0 victory over the Angels will lead the team’s television announcer, Phil Rizzuto, to coin a new nickname, referring to the Lafayette native as ‘Louisiana Lightning.’
1980 At Cleveland Stadium, the Indians temporarily closed 10,500 bleachers seats due to rowdy fans, who pelted Milwaukee’s outfielders Gorman Thomas and Sixto Lezcano with various objects during yesterday’s 5-3 loss to the Brew Crew. The Tribe will reopen the section at the end of the month, putting tighter security and limiting the sale of beer.
1987 Dick Howser, former manager of the Royals and Yankees, loses his courageous battle against cancer, succumbing to a brain tumor. After three surgeries to remove the disease, the 51-year-old frail-looking skipper had tried to make a comeback with Kansas City but had to resign after one day of spring training workouts, becoming physically too weak to perform his duties.
1992 Mike Piazza, believing he was low balled in his contract negations, takes exception to the team, giving a reported bonus of $500,00 to top draft pick Ryan Luzinski, a 220-pound catcher from Holy Cross High (Delran, NJ). Next season, the Dodger farmhand will be selected as the National League’s Rookie of the Year and will hit .331 in seven seasons for LA, and Luzinski will never play in a major league game.
1993 Baseball owners vote overwhelmingly, 26-2, in favor of expanding the playoffs for the first time since 1969. The new system, beginning in 1994, will double the number of teams that qualify for postseason play to eight by realigning each league to three divisions and adding two wild-card teams.
2001 Blake Stein ties an American League record when he records eight consecutive strikeouts in the Royals’ 5-2 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park. The right-hander’s streak started by striking out Richie Sexson for the last out of the first inning and ended after he fanned Mark Loretta to begin the fourth frame.
2003 Mets starter Jae Seo, and two relief pitchers, David Weathers and Armando Benitez, combine to one-hit Florida, 5-0. The contest is the third consecutive one-hitter the team has played; Steve Trachsel limited the Angels to one single two days ago, and last night, Dontrelle Willis beat New York, 1-0, yielding just one safety.
2003 The Phillies enter into a 25-year naming rights agreement to call their new home Citizens Bank Park, promoting one of the nation’s largest commercial holding companies. At Philadelphia’s latest ballpark, a gigantic Liberty Bell, towering 100 feet above street level, will come to life after every Phillies’ homer.
2004 At New Hampshire’s Holman Stadium, the Atlantic League’s Nashua Pride celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Watergate break-in by giving away Richard Nixon bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans in attendance. The independent minor league’s promotion, which included free entrance to anyone named Woodward or Bernstein and eighteen and a half minutes of silence to match the time of the gap in the infamous Watergate tape, had no reports of stolen signs during the game.
2007 Columbus Clippers outfielder Brandon Watson, with a base hit against the Ottawa Lynx, extends his International League hitting streak to 43 games, breaking a 95-year-old International League record. The Nationals farmhand surpasses the mark set by Jack Lelivelt in 1912 when he played for the Rochester Hustlers.
2007 At the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Blue Jay Frank Thomas strokes his record-setting 244th round-tripper as a designated hitter in a 4-2 loss to Washington. The third-inning solo shot off Micah Bowie moves the 39-year-old veteran past Edgar Martinez for the most home runs hit by a DH in major league history.
2008 In the Mariners’ 5-4 win over Florida at Safeco Field, Felix Hernandez strikes out the side on nine pitches to become the 13th pitcher in American League history to throw an immaculate inning. King Felix’s fourth frame victims include Jeremy Hermida (swinging), Jorge Cantu (swinging), and Mike Jacobs (looking).
2008 Cecil Cooper of the Astros and Ron Gardenhire of the Twins become the first two managers fined by Major League Baseball for failing to comply with the pace of game regulations. Last month, the MLB asked the teams to help enforce existing rules to decrease the time required to complete a big-league contest.
2008 After a 9-6 victory against the Angels in the first game of a West Coast road trip, the Mets fire manager Willie Randolph, pitching coach Rick Peterson, and first-base coach Tom Nieto shortly after 3 a.m. Eastern time. The team’s 18th manager, who compiled a 302-253 record in 3+ seasons with New York, will be replaced by bench coach Jerry Manuel on an interim basis until the end of the season.
2009 At the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Astros catcher Ivan Rodriguez passes Carlton Fisk for the most games caught in a career when he makes his 2,227th appearance behind the plate. The veteran backstop, also known as Pudge, establishes the mark against the Rangers, the team he broke in with as a 19-year-old in 1991.
2009 At Fenway Park, fans attending tonight’s game will have an opportunity to win food and prizes, along with one lucky patron sitting 500 feet from the plate, receiving a pair of tickets for a future contest. The Red Sox are treating their fans to celebrate the 500th straight sellout at home, marking a streak that began on May 15th, 2003, in which almost 18 million have seen the club compile a 326-173 record over the first 499 games of the record span.
2013 Max Scherzer becomes the second Tiger starter in the 104-year history of the franchise to begin the season at 10-0 when Detroit beats Baltimore at Comerica Park, 5-1. George Mullin, known as Wabash to his teammates, started the 1909 season with an 11-0 record, en route to a 29-8 record for the eventual American League champs.
2014 With their ninth straight victory, the Royals take over the lead in the American League Central, beating last year’s Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer, and the Tigers at Comerica Park, 11-4. The last time Kansas City had sole possession of first place after playing 70 games was on June 25, 1980, when they led Chicago by 8.5 in the AL West, en route to winning the American League pennant.
June 17, 1837 – Charles Goodyear is granted his 1st patent on rubber. Later on he would gain other patents for vulcanized rubber (1844) and for a rubber inflatable bladder for footballs (1855) which helped the football to take a consistent size and shape.
CASE DOMINATES AIRWAVES A MEDIA JOINS CHASE
That is talking about the infamous June 17, 1994 ride of Pro Football Hall of Fame member O.J. Simpson when he went on his famous “White Bronco” ride in which he does not turn himself in on murder charges put upon him. He eventually turned himself in hours later after a nationally broadcast long low speed chase through Southern California highways. The Bronco belonged to his friend Al Cowlings who was driving. Helicopter camera crews broadcast the slow speed chase for quite awhile on almost every station in America.
Here are the bios on some birthday boys that are either in the College Football Hall of Fame or the Pro Football Hall of Fame that were born on this day. There is plenty more about them to read by either clicking their high-lighted name or at the top of this page clicking the “On This Day in Football History” and going to June 17 Football History.
June 17, 1886 – Chicago, Illinois – The University of Chicago quarterback of the 1903 to 1906 era, Walter Eckersall was born. Walter played for legendary Maroon Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg at the University of Chicago. Walter Eckersall was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 for his outstanding play as a quarterback.
June 17, 1891 – Englewood, New Jersey – Henry Ketcham the great Yale two-way center/guard from 1911 to the 1913 season arrived into this life. Hank Ketcham played center and guard for Yale University and played in an era where everything around him, including on the football field were changing. In 1911, he helped the Elis to a 7-2-1 mark. The following couple of years, when rules revisions increased the value of a touchdown to six points, reduced the field from 110 to 100 yards and added a fourth down to make 10 yards, Yale was making headlines with a 7-1-1 record. He started every game for the Bulldogs in the 1911 through the 1913 seasons. In his final year Mr. Ketcham was the team’s captain, a position up till then that was basically a combination of being the head coach/player. Breaking tradition Ketcham hired Howard Jones as the school’s very first paid coach so that the lineman could focus on his own play. According to a quote on the NFF’s web bio, Ketcham summed up the changes during his playing career years later when he said, “I played every varsity game for three years and was taken out only once for a slight injury…I am generally credited with having developed the term ‘roving center’. Except for today’s platoon systems, football hasn’t changed materially. We had the on-side kick, the ball was a bit larger in circumference and the drop kick was more popular than the place kick.” Hank Ketcham received the great honor of being selected for inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968.
June 17, 1923 – Wausau, Wisconsin – Elroy Hirsch the famous Wisconsin and later Michigan halfback was born. Known as “Crazylegs”, Hirsch was given the name for his unique running style. The National Football Foundation says Hirsch was quoted once as saying, “I must have looked pretty funny,” remembering how a Chicago sportswriter had christened him “Crazy Legs” after his 62-yard touchdown run that helped Wisconsin knock off a tough Great Lakes Naval Training Center team in 1942. “I’ve always run kind of funny because my left foot points out to the side and I seem to wobble,” Hirsch explained. Hirsch played halfback one year at Wisconsin, 1942, and the team had an 8-1-1 record. During the World War II era, he was a Marine trainee at Michigan in 1943, and his team went 8-1. Hirsch lettered at Michigan in football, baseball, basketball and track and was the first four-sport letterman in the school’s history! Crazy Legs then was with the El Toro Marine team in 1945. He was named most valuable player in the 1946 All-Star Game, scoring two touchdowns in the Collegians’ 16-0 victory over the NFL Champion Los Angeles Rams. Out of college Elroy joined the Chicago Rockets of the new All-America Football Conference (AAFC) in 1946. Hirsch described his three seasons in Chicago as “frightful,” per the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s bio on him. Hirsch in 1949 felt the now-Chicago Hornets had breached a bonus obligation in his contract and so he demanded his release to pursue opportunity in the NFL. They soon obliged his wishes with a release per a story on the DowntonRams.com site. Happy that his AAFC contract expired, Hirsch joined the Rams. After a year spent mostly on the bench in 1949, Elroy was shifted to end. It being an unfamiliar position to him at the end slot, he initially struggled. The Rams had some talent so they were trying to couple Hirsch with But a year later things started to click. In a big game in the midst of the 1951 season the Rams found themselves down by two scores to the Chicago Bears. That’s when future HOF quarterback Bob Waterfield faked a handoff, stepped back a few paces and threw far downfield. Elroy Hirsch took off at the snap and was running an all-out full-speed sprint down the field. Waterfield’s pass was over his head but Elroy tracked down the ball securing it on his fingertips and kept on trucking for a 91-yard touchdown. The Rams went on to an important 42-17 victory. It was a patented “Elroy Hirsch special,” a sizzling shocker that was repeated 17 times that year. That season Crazy Legs Hirsch set an NFL record with 1495 receiving yards. For his career he had 387 receptions for 7029 yards and 60 scores. Elroy Hirsch was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968 and he also has claimed a spot of honor in the College Football Hall of Fame since 1974.
June 17, 1940 – Shelby, North Carolina – Bobby Bell was one of the starting tackles of the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1960 to 1962. Bell was a great athlete as proven by him playing quarterback in high school, end and tackle in college and linebacker and O-line in the pros. The FootballFoundation.org says at Minnesota Bell stood 6- 4, weighed 217, and could run as fast as any of the backs. The Gophers had a 22-6-1 record and were in two Rose Bowls in Bell’s time. He was two-time All-America and in 1962 won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman. Bobby was a big prize int he early 1960’s AFL versus NFL recruiting battle. The ProfootballHOF.com site says the Kansas City Chiefs of the then-young American Football League were so convinced that Bell would sign with the Minnesota Vikings of the rival National Football League that they didn’t even bother selecting him until the seventh round of the 1963 draft. The University of Minnesota star stunned the pro football world when he opted to sign with the Chiefs. Bell began his 12-year career with Kansas City as a defensive end. In coach Hank Stram’s “stack defense,” Bobby was asked to drop out of the 4-3 alignment and become a fourth linebacker. In 1965, after winning all-league honors as a defensive end the previous season, Bell was shifted to outside linebacker. His size and speed made him ideal for the position. As a linebacker, he was named All-AFL or All-NFL every year from 1965 through 1971. Bobby’s collegiate football records are celebrated in the College Football Hall of Fame after his induction in 1991. Bobby Bell was enshrined in 1983 to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
June 17, 1965 – Lexington, Kentucky – The University of Kentucky Wildcat’s stud lineman, Dermontti Dawson was born. Dawson ended up being a second round, 44th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1988 and was immediately set in the line up to replace long time center Mike Webster. Dawson filled the shoes of Webster very well carrying on the tradition of strong, versatile athletes in the middle of the Steelers line. He was so good that he even served as the team’s long snapper too through the 1993 season. In his 13 seasons in the NFL, Dawson was an All-Pro in six consecutive years, was the 1993 co-offensive lineman of the year and the 1996 winner of the Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year. That 1996 campaign saw Dawson and the Pittsburgh offensive line lead the way for Jerome Bettis who finished second in the AFC with a then-personal best 1,431 yards. One season later Dawson helped Bettis rush for a career-high 1,665 yards which was the second highest single-season total in team history per the Pro Football HOF’s bio. Dermontti was an iron man too playing 170 consecutive games and during his time Pittsburgh led the NFL in rushing twice as Steelers’ ball carriers amassed 2,180 yards in 1994 and 2,479 yards in 1997. Dermontti Dawson was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
Date of Birth: Jan 27, 1920
Place of Death: Palo Alto, CA
Date of Death: Sep 04, 2002
Jersey Number: 13
High School: Glendale, CA (Glendale HS)
While Frankie Albert possessed immense physical abilities, his success partly stems from being in the right place at the right time. In 1939, Albert had a mediocre sophomore season playing tailback in Stanford’s single-wing offense. His play was so poor that he considered quitting the Stanford squad. The following year, Stanford hired Clark Shaughnessy as the head coach. Known as the “Father of the T Formation,” Shaughnessy saw that Albert was an excellent ball handler and passer whose skills were well suited to playing quarterback in his revolutionary “T” formation. Stanford set an NCAA record for improvement in 1940 going from a 1-7-1 record in 1939 to a perfect 10-0 mark in 1940. The 1940 season included a 21-13 victory over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl and a number two national ranking. The 1940 team featured fellow Hall of Fame members Hugh Gallarneau and Chuck Taylor. Albert received All-America recognition in both his senior and junior seasons. Known for his ball handling abilities, Albert was often termed as a “magician” and is said to have perfected the bootleg play. Following graduation, Albert served in the Navy during World War II, then launched an All-Pro career with the San Francisco Forty-Niners. Albert stood 5-9 in height, weighed 166, and was a left-handed passer. Against Nebraska in the Rose Bowl he completed a 41-yard touchdown pass, kicked 3 extra points, and had an 85-yard punt. He played for the San Francisco 49ers in 1946-52 and was the 49ers head coach from 1956-58. He was born Jan. 27, 1920, in Chicago. He died Sept. 4, 2002, in Palo Alto, California.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
4 – 49
June 17, 1880 – The Providence Grays MLB pitcher John M. Ward threw a perfect game beating the Buffalo Bisons, 5-0. This was the second perfect game in National League in the same 6 day span. The next time that two perfect game in the same season would occur was years later in 2010 when Roy Halladay and Dallas Braden each pitched perfection in the month of May that season.!
June 17, 1915 – Chicago Cubs relief pitcher George “Zip” Zabel is brought out of the bullpen with 2 outs in the 1st inning. That is kind of odd in its own right but the duration of how much he played is the amazing part of this story. Zabel winds up with a 4-3 score in the 19-inning win over the Brooklyn Dodgers in longest relief job ever in MLB history!
June 17, 1943 – Player-manager Joe Cronin, wearing Number 4 for the Boston Red Sox hits 3 pinch hit home runs in just 4 at bats driving in nine runs as the Sox outlasted the A’s. Cronin was considered old at the time at 36 years old.
BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
“He had more stuff than any pitcher I ever saw,” legendary manager Connie Mack once said about Rube Waddell.
Mack knew that as well as anyone. As Waddell’s manager with the minor league Milwaukee Brewers in 1900 and later for six seasons with the Philadelphia A’s starting in 1902, Mack helped the young left-hander harness his electric fastball and devastating curveball. Waddell posted the first of four consecutive 20-win seasons that year and led the American League in strikeouts each year from 1902-07. On July 1, 1902, Waddell became the first pitcher in American League history to strike out the side on nine pitches.
In 1903, Waddell struck out 302 batters – 115 more than the AL runner-up. The following year, he fanned 349 to lead the league by 110. No other pitcher would post back-to-back 300-strikeout seasons until Sandy Koufax in 1965-66.
In 1905, Waddell won the AL’s pitching Triple Crown, leading the league with 27 wins, 287 strikeouts and a 1.48 ERA. Waddell was instrumental in the early growth of the game, as one of its first honest-to-goodness celebrities.
As dominant as Waddell was on the mound, he might have been just as notorious for his unpredictable behavior off the field. Born Oct. 13, 1876, in Bradford, Pa., Waddell earned the nickname “Rube” because he was a big, fresh kid. He broke into the big leagues with the National League’s Louisville Colonels in 1897, and he spent parts of two years with the Pittsburgh Pirates and another with the Chicago Orphans (soon to become the Cubs) and some additional time in the minor leagues before arriving in Philadelphia.
Waddell once performed as an alligator wrestler, and he also played semipro football. Newspapers of the time referred to Waddell as “eccentric.”
Waddell also battled alcoholism for much of his adult life. Waddell’s drinking led to constant battles with his managers and scuffles with teammates, and after the 1907 season the A’s sold his contract to the St. Louis Browns. He posted another strong season in 1908, and Browns owner Robert Hedges hired him as a hunter over the next two winters to try to keep him out of trouble.
But after winning a combined 14 games in 1909 and 1910, Waddell was released and never pitched another major league game. He finished his career with a record of 193-143 and a 2.16 ERA, with 2,316 strikeouts. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 37 on April 1, 1914.
“In my opinion,” pitching great Walter Johnson once said, “and I suppose if there is any subject that I am qualified to discuss it is pitching, Rube Waddell had more sheer pitching ability than any man I ever saw.”
Waddell was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946.
|SUPER WELTERWEIGHTS: TIM TSZYU VS. CARLOS OCAMPO||10:00PM||SHOWTIME|
|COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES||TIME ET||TV|
|STANFORD VS. WAKE FOREST||2:09PM||ESPN|
|TENNESSEE VS. LSU||7:09PM||ESPN|
|LPGA: MEIJER CLASSIC||3:00PM||GOLF|
|MLB REGULAR SEASON GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|DETROIT AT MINNESOTA||2:10PM||MLBN|
|BALTIMORE AT CHI. CUBS||2:20PM||MLBN|
|MIAMI AT WASHINGTON||4:05PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|TORONTO AT TEXAS||4:05PM||SPORTSNET|
|PHILADELPHIA AT OAKLAND||4:07PM||NBS-PHI|
|ST. LOUIS AT NY METS||4:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|COLORADO AT ATLANTA||4:10PM||ATTSN-RM|
|LA ANGELS AT KANSAS CITY||4:10PM||FS1|
|CINCINNATI AT HOUSTON||4:10PM||ATTSN-SW|
|PITTSBURGH AT MILWAUKEE||4:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NY YANKEES AT BOSTON||7:15PM||FOX|
|TAMPA BAY AT SAN DIEGO||7:15PM||FOX|
|SAN FRANCISCO AT LA DODGERS||9:10PM||NBCS-BAY|
|CLEVELAND AT ARIZONA||10:10PM||FS1|
|MIDDLEWEIGHTS: MARTIN VETTORI VS. JARED CANNONIER||10:00PM||ESPN|
|UEFA EURO QUALIFYING: LITHUANIA VS BULGARIA||9:00AM||FS1|
|UEFA EURO QUALIFYING: NORWAY VS SCOTLAND||12:00PM||FS1|
|UEFA EURO QUALIFYING: ICELAND VS SLOVAKIA||2:45PM||FS2|
|MLS: NEW YORK CITY VS COLUMBUS CREW||3:30PM||APPLE TV|
|NWSL: SAN DIEGO WAVE VS ANGEL CITY||4:00PM||CBS|
|CONCACAF GOLD CUP QUALIFICATION: FRENCH GUIANA VS SINT MAARTEN||4:30PM||FOX SOCCER PLUS|
|CONCACAF GOLD CUP QUALIFICATION: SURINAME VS PUERTO RICO||7:00PM||FOX SOCCER PLUS|
|NWSL: NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE VS ORLANDO PRIDE||7:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|MLS: DC UNITED VS REAL SALT LAKE||7:30PM||APPLE TV|
|MLS: NEW ENGLAND VS ORLANDO CITY SC||7:30PM||APPLE TV|
|NWSL: HOUSTON DASH VS OL REIGN||8:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|MLS: NASHVILLE SC VS ST. LOUIS CITY||8:30PM||APPLE TV|
|MLS: SPORTING KC VS LOS ANGELES FC||8:30PM||APPLE TV|
|CONCACAF GOLD CUP QUALIFICATION: GUYANA VS GRENADA||9:00PM||FS2|
|MLS: SJ EARTHQUAKES VS PORTLAND TIMBERS||10:30PM||APPLE TV|
|PITTSBURGH AT NEW JERSEY||1:00PM||USA|
|BIRMINGHAM AT MEMPHIS||4:00PM||FOX|
|SEATTLE VS DALLAS||2:00PM||CBS|