INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
1A LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (20-9) VS. NORTH DAVIESS (26-3)
GAME TIME: 10:30 AM ET, GAINBRIDGE.
2A CENTRAL NOBLE (28-2) VS. PROVIDENCE (20-6)
GAME TIME: 12:45 PM ET, GAINBRIDGE.
3A MISHAWAKA MARIAN (24-3) VS. BEECH GROVE (21-6)
GAME TIME: 6 PM ET, GAINBRIDGE.
4A CHESTERTON (29-0) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (25-6)
GAME TIME: 8:15 PM ET, GAINBRIDGE.
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KANSAS 66 PROVIDENCE 61
NORTH CAROLINA 73 UCLA 66
MIAMI, FLORIDA 70 IOWA STATE 56
No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 5 Houston (South Region final)
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- Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 4 Arkansas (West Region final)
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- Location: Chase Center, San Francisco
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SOUTH CAROLINA 69 NORTH CAROLINA 61
TEXAS 66 OHIO STATE 63
STANFORD 72 MARYLAND 66
CREIGHTON 76 IOWA STATE 68
WASHINGTON 100 DETROIT 97
CHARLOTTE 107 UTAH 101
ATLANTA 121 GOLDEN STATE 110
NEW YORK 111 MIAMI 103
MINNESOTA 116 DALLAS 95
HOUSTON 125 PORTLAND 106
PHILADELPHIA 122 LA CLIPPERS 97
WASHINGTON 4 BUFFALO 3
NY RANGERS 5 PITTSBURGH 1
WINNIPEG 4 COLUMBUS 3
COLORADO 6 PHILADELPHIA 3
CALGARY 4 ARIZONA 2
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MINNESOTA 4 UMASS 3 OT
QUINNIPIAC 5 ST. CLOUD STATE 4
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SAN DIEGO 5 LA DODGERS 5
SEATTLE 3 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 0
ATLANTA 6 BOSTON 3
PHILADELPHIA 6 NY YANKEES 5
PITTSBURGH 2 MINNESOTA 1
ST. LOUIS 5 WASHINGTON 4
TAMPA BAY 9 BALTIMORE 4
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Elite Pete! Saint Peter’s tops Purdue, makes 15 seed history
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Doug Edert hopped on the press table and punched his fist in the air toward a delirious section of Saint Peter’s fans – aren’t they all? — as his teammates thumped their chests and flashed eight fingers as the mayhem became a perfect Peacock party.
Edert’s giant leap toward the roaring crowd might have been his only mistake of the night.
“You jumped on a table?” coach Shaheen Holloway asked later, then paused for some serious side-eye for comedic effect.
C’mon, Coach. Let the Peacocks strut their stuff.
The upsets aren’t over yet and the tiny commuter college in Jersey City, New Jersey, is still outperforming all March expectations. Next stop: the Elite Eight, a first-time destination for a No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
“We’re making history,” Edert said. “We’re looking forward to making more history.”
Daryl Banks III scored the tying and go-ahead baskets that pushed Saint Peter’s to the brink of the Final Four, the suddenly popular Peacocks thriving off a home-court edge to beat third-seeded Purdue 67-64 on Friday night.
The Peacocks (22-11) added the Boilermakers to their string of upsets and will face North Carolina in the East Region final on Sunday.
Martin scores 23, top-seeded Kansas beats Providence 66-61
CHICAGO (AP) Kansas’ Jalen Wilson noticed the excitement on the other side.
The top-seeded Jayhawks went from leading by 13 in the second half to trailing Providence by a point with their season in danger of slipping away.
But the only No. 1 seed left in the NCAA Tournament responded to that brief challenge, stood firm and closed out a 66-61 victory on Friday night to reach the Elite Eight.
“I saw how excited they were getting, they started talking a little bit,” Wilson said. “I’m still confident in my team. We would never get rattled. We’ve seen every type of game, every type of situation. I’m just always confident in whatever comes our way.”
Remy Martin scored a season-high 23 points, and Kansas held Providence to 17 points in the first half.
The Jayhawks (31-6) made it farther than fellow No. 1 seeds Gonzaga and Arizona, both ousted in the Sweet 16, and Baylor, whose title defense ended in the second round. They will face Miami – a 70-56 winner over Iowa State – in the Midwest Region final on Sunday.
Wilson added 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Jayhawks advanced to a regional final for the first time since 2018, when they reached their 15th Final Four. Coach Bill Self is seeking his fourth trip there since he arrived in 2003.
Kansas also moved ahead of Kentucky for most wins in Division I history with 2,354.
If the shoe fits: Love leads Carolina over UCLA into Elite 8
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Turns out, the best explanation for the shooting spree Caleb Love put on for North Carolina was also the simplest.
It’s gotta be the shoes.
Reinvigorated by a change of sneakers at halftime, Love went crazy for the Tar Heels on Friday night. He made the game-tying and go-ahead 3-pointers 37 seconds apart to lift Carolina to a 73-66 victory over UCLA in a March Madness matchup of power programs.
Love scored 27 of his career-high 30 points in the second half, part of a barrage that included NBA-range 3s and no-look layups. His go-ahead 3 came with 1:03 left. He also hit a pair of free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining that put away the fourth-seeded Bruins for good.
The idea to change shoes came from the team’s director of operations, Eric Hoots, after Love shot 1 for 8 in the first half. He shot 10 for 16 in the second.
“I’m going to give him a raise,” coach Hubert Davis said of his right-hand man.
North Carolina is one win away from its 21st Final Four, which would improve on the record it already holds. Its next game is Sunday against Saint Peter’s in a first-of-its-kind 8-vs.-15 matchup in the Elite Eight. The 15th-seeded Peacocks topped Purdue 67-64 earlier in the evening.
McGusty, Miami beat Iowa State 70-56 in Sweet 16
CHICAGO (AP) Kameron McGusty and Miami jumped into passing lanes, challenged Iowa State’s shots and generally made life quite difficult for the Cyclones.
Turns out the Hurricanes play defense, too – at an Elite level.
McGusty scored 27 points and Miami advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time, pulling away for a 70-56 win over Iowa State 70-56 in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.
Jordan Miller added 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting as No. 10 seed Miami more than held its own in a matchup of two of the tourney’s most stingy teams. The 11th-seeded Cyclones shot 32% from the field in the second half and finished with 18 turnovers.
“I can’t stop smiling. It’s just crazy,” a grinning Miller said. “I love these guys.”
With Charlie Moore directing the attack in his hometown, the Hurricanes (26-10) got their first win in the school’s fourth appearance in the Sweet 16. Next up is No. 1 seed Kansas – a 66-61 winner over Providence – on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.
“The guys did a great job from start to finish. I’m very, very excited for them,” said Miami coach Jim Larranaga, who led George Mason to the Final Four in 2006. “They’re an amazing group. They earned that today because they beat a very fine opponent.”
Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell declares for NBA draft
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell announced Friday he has declared for the NBA draft.
The decision by the All-American to skip his senior season was no surprise.
Liddell had the best season of his three-year Buckeyes career, averaging 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists per game.
Liddell scored in double figures in every game and had 13 games of 20 or more points.
“He has developed and grown significantly as a player every single year as a Buckeye, and that will continue to be the case as an NBA player,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. “E.J. has represented our program at the highest level with his excellent play, leadership and of course, his trademark smile. E.J. will always be a Buckeye.”
Ohio State finished 20-12, beating Loyola Chicago in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Villanova 71-61 in the second round.
UMass hires Frank Martin as new basketball coach
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) UMass has found a new leader for its basketball program, hiring Frank Martin as its coach Friday.
Martin, 56, takes over the Minutemen program from Matt McCall, who was fired this month after going 58-81 over five seasons in Amherst.
“It is evident that there is tremendous alignment in place to win and do it the right way,” Martin said in a statement. “Let’s all get on this ride together, let’s dream big and let’s be relentless at making our dreams a reality.”
Martin arrives following his own dismissal from South Carolina last week after 10 seasons and just one NCAA appearance with the Gamecocks. But that appearance to cap the 2016-17 season culminated in South Carolina’s first Final Four berth. Martin was 171-147 during his tenure at the school.
He had more NCAA tournament bids in his first head coaching job at Kansas State from 2007 to 2012, leading the Wildcats to March Madness four times including an Elite Eight berth in 2010. He finished 117-54 overall.
The move to Massachusetts will be a homecoming for Martin’s wife, Anya (Forrest), a 1998 UMass alum who ran track for the school.
Martin’s hiring by UMass was announced a day after former Chattanooga coach Lamont Paris was tapped as Martin’s successor at South Carolina.
Murray State brings Prohm back as Racers men’s hoops coach
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) Steve Prohm has returned to Murray State for a second stint as men’s basketball coach, taking over the program as the Racers prepare to join the Missouri Valley Conference in July.
The coach said in a release Friday he was “excited and grateful” for the chance to return to Murray State and noted its continued success after he left.
“Now is the time to shift our focus forward as we begin a new chapter of Murray State basketball entering the Missouri Valley Conference,” he added. “I’m excited to take this journey with you!”
Prohm will be formally introduced on Monday.
He replaces Matt McMahon, his former assistant who guided MSU (31-3) to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as the No. 7 seed before leaving earlier this week for LSU.
Prohm had a 104-29 record during his first tenure with the Racers from 2011-15 and won two Ohio Valley Conference regular season championships along with a first-round NCAA game in 2012. He spent six years as a Murrary State assistant before taking over for Billy Kennedy.
Prohm left in 2015 for Iowa State, going 97-95 in six seasons with Big 12 Conference Tournament titles in 2017 and 2019 and three NCAA appearances.
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Boston, South Carolina top North Carolina 69-61 in Sweet 16
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Aliyah Boston’s dominance in the NCAA Tournament has reached levels not seen in a half-century.
Boston had 28 points, including all 13 for top-seeded South Carolina in the fourth quarter, and 22 rebounds to send the Gamecocks to the Elite Eight with a 69-61 victory over North Carolina on Friday night.
Along with her first-ever 20-20 game in three college seasons, Boston was the first player – male or female – to have 25 or more points, 20 or more boards and shoot better than 90% at the foul line since UCLA’s Bill Walton did it in 1972 Final Four against Louisville, according to Stats Perform.
It’s a relentless attitude to succeed that Boston has maintained all year.
“Just keeping dominance on my mind,” said Boston, who was 12 of 13 from the foul line and had her 27th straight game with a double-double.
And in the final quarter as No. 5 seed North Carolina cut a 13-point lead to four, Boston continually bailed the tournament favorites out of trouble.
Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley said it was simply the best player in the game playing her best at the most important time.
“She’s been that for us all season long, but she showed up on the biggest stage at the biggest game,” Staley said. “
The Gamecocks (32-2) will take on 10th-seeded Creighton in the Greensboro Region for a spot in the Final Four on Sunday. It’s South Carolina’s fifth Elite Eight in the past eight NCAA Tournaments.
Allen-Taylor leads Texas over Ohio State and into Elite 8
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Texas freshman guard Rori Harmon had four fouls, but coach Vic Schaefer knew he had to put her back in for the closing minutes of the Longhorns’ Sweet 16 contest against Ohio State.
She sank a jumper in the paint and two free throws that proved to be the margin of victory in Texas’ 66-63 victory on Friday night, sending the Longhorns to the Elite Eight for the second year in a row.
“The shot she made to put us up three was as big as there is,” Schaefer said of Harmon, who finished with six points. “Then she goes and makes two free throws. She’s just different, in a real special way.”
Joanne Allen-Taylor scored 17 points and Aliyah Matharu added 10 points for Texas (29-6). The No. 2 seed in the Spokane Region has won 14 straight games since last losing on Feb. 6 – the second-longest active streak behind Stanford.
“I had to get some buckets for our team when we needed them,” Allen-Taylor said.
“She carried us tonight,” Schaefer said of the senior.
Taylor Mikesell scored 19 points and Jacy Sheldon had 17 for sixth-seeded Ohio State (25-7), which has not advanced beyond the Sweet 16 since 1993.
Stanford marches into Elite 8 with 72-66 victory vs Maryland
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) The waves from Stanford kept coming. Haley Jones first. Then Cameron Brink. Then Lexie Hull.
The defending national champs showcased their depth, and rolled right into the Elite Eight.
“I got hot, Cam got hot, Lexie got hot, and whoever it is, I think we did a really good job at feeding that hot hand,” Jones said. “We do that in every game.”
Hull scored 19 points in her hometown, Jones added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and top-seeded Stanford moved into the women’s NCAA Tournament regional final with a 72-66 win over No. 4 seed Maryland on Friday night.
Meeting in the NCAAs for the first time since the schools played in the same building in the 2008 Elite Eight, the defending national champion Cardinal (31-3) dominated the Terrapins for the first three quarters. Maryland trimmed the deficit to 68-59 with 1:41 left, but couldn’t get much closer.
Stanford will face No. 2 seed Texas in the regional final on Sunday night. It’s Stanford’s 21st Elite Eight under coach Tara VanDerveer.
She was disappointed with the fourth quarter when the Cardinal were outscored 30-13 and made for a nervy final few minutes.
“I didn’t think at halftime that was our best, and definitely after the fourth quarter I’m glad we are able to play and have another game to show how much we’ve improved,” VanDerveer said. “Obviously there’s just a lot of things that we could do better, but … I think depth is the reason we’re sitting here having a game on Sunday.”
Upstart Creighton women top Iowa State, reach Elite Eight
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Creighton’s players gathered for a group hug near midcourt as the final seconds ticked down to the horn, then Tatum Rembao flung the ball skyward in jubilation.
Moments later, the Bluejays migrated to share the celebration with fans and family near courtside.
“The past two weeks hasn’t felt real,” Morgan Maly said.
Believe it, Morgan. The 10th-seeded Bluejays are within a game of the Final Four.
She scored a career-high 21 points in Creighton’s 76-68 win over Iowa State on Friday night as the Bluejays became only the fourth double-digit seed to reach a women’s NCAA Tournament regional final.
Rembao added 19 for the Bluejays, who entered the Greensboro Region semifinals savoring the program’s first run to the Sweet 16. Now, Creighton has joined Lamar in 1991 and Oregon in 2017 as 10-seeds that pushed to the Elite Eight. Gonzaga in 2011 was the lowest-seeded ever at No. 11 to reach the Elite Eight.
“This team just continues to amaze me,” longtime Creighton coach Jim Flanery said.
The challenge ahead is even bigger for the upstart team: a matchup with No. 1 overall tournament seed South Carolina for a trip to the Final Four.
Porzingis has 30 points and 10 rebounds, Wizards top Pistons
DETROIT (AP) Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and 10 rebounds and the Washington Wizards held on to beat the Detroit Pistons 100-97 on Friday night.
The Wizards had lost eight of nine, falling 114-102 at Milwaukee on Thursday night.
“I didn’t think we played the way we needed to play last night against Milwaukee – that’s not the way we want to finish this season,” Porzingis said. “We focused on playing tonight’s game with a lot more energy and doing the things we need to do.”
Deni Avdija added 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the Wizards sweep the four-game season series.
“I really liked the way we started the game, but there was also a lot of good things about the way we finished,” Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “They amped up their pressure and got back into the game, but that’s the nature of the NBA. We were able to overcome them and make some plays down the stretch to win the game.”
Marvin Bagley III led Detroit with 25 points, and Cade Cunningham added 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Forward Jeremi Grant left in the first quarter with a strained calf and did not return.
“I thought we did a great job on defense in the second half, but we can’t start games like we did tonight,” Isaiah Stewart said. “We know how tough it is to beat that team, and we needed to play that way from the start.”
After trailing by 17, the Pistons took a 91-90 lead on Saddiq Bey’s 3-pointer with 5:01 to play, then added a lob from Cunningham to Bagley.
Bridges, Hornets bounce back with 107-101 win over Jazz
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Miles Bridges had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Terry Rozier added 25 points and the Charlotte Hornets bounced back from an ugly loss to beat the Utah Jazz 107-101 on Friday night in front a sellout crowd.
LaMelo Ball added 21 points for the Hornets, who had their five-game win streak snapped Wednesday with a disappointing 15-point defeat to the New York Knicks.
Charlotte (38-36) wrapped up a five-game homestand with a 4-1 record and pulled within a half-game of the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
“That’s a high-caliber, championship-level team, so for us to execute in a close game (against them) speaks volumes about our team and how far we’ve come,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “The growth, the resiliency and the togetherness. … I’m really proud of our guys.”
Donovan Mitchell had 26 points to lead Utah, but missed two key shots in the final minute. Jordan Clarkson had 19 points and Rudy Gobert added 11 points and 19 rebounds for the Jazz (45-27), who have lost three straight.
The Jazz entered the game tied for fourth place in the Western Conference with the Dallas Mavericks and in need of a win as they look to host a first-round playoff series. The Mavericks played later Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Utah led 78-77 entering the fourth quarter after Clarkson beat the buzzer by scoring off an offensive rebound.
Young, Gallinari power Hawks past Warriors, 121-110
ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young had 33 points and 15 assists, Danilo Gallinari added 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks held on to beat the Golden State Warriors 121-110 on Friday night.
Klay Thompson finished with 37 points, hitting a season-high nine 3-pointers, and Jordan Poole scored 24 for the Warriors, who have dropped four of five. Poole and Thompson each had 22 points in the first half.
Golden State, third in the Western Conference, was coming off a rousing win at Miami on Wednesday before faltering against the Hawks. Atlanta, the No. 10 team in the East, had dropped two of three.
A left corner 3 by Kevin Huerter padded the lead, and Young followed with a straightaway 3 to make it 119-100 and put the game out of reach with 53.7 seconds remaining.
Young’s finger-roll gave Atlanta its first double-digit lead at 84-73 midway through the third, and Young followed with a straightaway 3 to make it 98-83 in the closing seconds of the period. Delon Wright’s 3-pointer put Atlanta up by 18 entering the fourth.
“The last two minutes (of the second quarter) were kind of a disaster,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “We turned the ball over, took some tough shots. They got out in transition, hit some 3s and I thought that carried to the second half.
“They felt more confident and they dominated that third quarter. That was the key stretch. From the two-minute mark of the second and into the third, they took over the game.”
Atlanta took charge of the game at the end of the second and throughout the third as they outscored Golden State 43-16, but the Warriors weren’t done. They trimmed the lead to five on Gary Payton II’s tip-in with 5:37 remaining and to three on Payton’s putback with 3:45 left.
That was as close as Golden State would get.
Knicks close on 38-13 run, stun reeling Heat 111-103
MIAMI (AP) Just when it looked as if the Miami Heat were going to open a little bit of breathing room atop the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks had other ideas.
And a stunning rally might set the stage for some down-the-stretch chaos.
Immanuel Quickley scored 20 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, leading a huge comeback that carried the Knicks past the reeling Heat, 111-103 on Friday night.
RJ Barrett scored 18 points for the Knicks, who trailed by 17 points with 11 minutes left before closing on a 38-13 run and handing Miami a third consecutive loss – all of them against teams who were missing top players.
“These guys have been great,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They’ve been practicing well, they’re playing winning basketball and we just want to keep getting better.”
Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 30 points. Kyle Lowry and Bam Adebayo each added 17 for Miami, which was again without Tyler Herro and saw its East lead trimmed to a half-game over idle Milwaukee.
New York turned 18 offensive rebounds into 28 second-chance points.
Wolves stop skid, avenge recent loss with romp over Mavs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and nine rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves made up for a narrow loss at Dallas four days earlier by tightening up their defense and blowing out the Mavericks 116-95 on Friday night.
The seeds for this bounce-back were sewn in the group text chat during the week.
“This team holds grudges. I like that,” Towns said. “The importance was understood.”
Jordan McLaughlin had a season-high 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting for the Timberwolves. They moved a half-game behind idle Denver for the sixth spot that they badly want in the Western Conference to avoid the play-in tournament. The Timberwolves, who stopped a two-game losing streak, play the Nuggets next week.
Luka Doncic had 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Mavericks, who missed an opportunity to pass Utah for sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference. The Mavericks are tied with the Jazz, who lost at Charlotte on Friday, in the fight for home-court advantage for their likely first-round matchup. Dallas and Utah face each other Sunday.
“Every game is significant. We don’t have very many left,” said Dwight Powell, who pitched in 13 points for the Mavericks.
They also fumbled their chance to move a season-high 18 games above the .500 mark.
“We have to be better,” coach Jason Kidd said. “We didn’t play well tonight.”
Green has 22, Rockets cruise to 125-106 win over Blazers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Jalen Green had 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and the Houston Rockets built a big early lead before coasting to a 125-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
Jae’Sean Tate added 17 points as Houston snapped its 11-game losing streak on the road. The Rockets finished with 19 3-pointers.
It was the first of two games at the Moda Center against the Rockets on consecutive nights. Neither team is in the playoff picture.
“We came in with our mindset to get off this streak and we put a good game together from the start,” Tate said. “We’ve just got to get ready, we’ve got to see them again tomorrow and we know they’re gonna come out and compete. So we can celebrate this one, but we’ve got to get back to work.”
Trendon Watford had 19 points for the Blazers, who have won just two of their last 14 games. They were coming off a blowout 133-96 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday.
The Blazers trailed by as many as 24 points, but closed within 93-82 late in the third quarter. The lead still prompted Houston coach Stephen Silas to sit most of his starters for the final quarter. Josh Christopher’s 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter pushed Houston back up 102-82.
“Overall was a really good effort. We moved the ball, and we wanted to get a bunch of assists and we had 27, which is good,” Silas said. “We have to limit the turnovers, but for our young group, we have been in this position in – I don’t remember the last time – where we can just kind of start and get a really good lead and then hold on to the lead. “
Portland won the first two meetings of the season between the teams.
Harden, Embiid have double-doubles, 76ers rout Clippers
LOS ANGELES (AP) James Harden had 29 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, Joel Embiid added 27 points and 10 boards and the Philadelphia 76ers rolled to a 122-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
It is the first time since Harden was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster trade on Feb. 10 that the two All-Stars have had a double-double in the same game for the Sixers.
Harden had a monster first and second quarter, posting 25 points and 11 rebounds. It is the first time in his 12-year career he has done that in a half.
Harden and the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James are the only players in the league to have a double-double in a half in which they scored at least 25 points.
It is Embiid’s 38th double-double, which is tied for seventh in the league.
Philadelphia (46-27) has won three straight and four of its last five to pull within a half game of the Miami Heat for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Amir Coffey scored 21 points and Isaiah Hartenstein had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who have dropped five straight, with the last three coming by at least 12 points.
Browns’ QB Deshaun Watson: “I’ve never assaulted any woman”
BEREA, Ohio (AP) Deshaun Watson sat stoically behind the microphone, and for nearly 40 minutes barely talked about football.
This wasn’t the time. It’s unclear when that will be.
Facing pointed questions about sexual misconduct allegations brought against him by 22 women, Watson, one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks, defended his character and denied any wrongdoing Friday while being introduced by the Cleveland Browns.
Wearing a dark pinstriped suit and orange tie, Watson showed little emotion at the dais while saying he has never mistreated women and vowing to earn the trust of his new team and a fan base conflicted over his arrival.
“I’ve never assaulted or disrespected or harassed any woman in my life,” Watson said. “I’ve never done these things people are alleging.”
It was the first time Watson has answered direct questions about the allegations, which first surfaced in March 2021. Watson didn’t play last season for Houston as the criminal and civil complaints by massage therapists mounted and before being heard by two grand juries in Texas.
Flanked on the dais by Browns general manager Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski, Watson was asked why he should be believed and not the nearly two dozen women who have come forward.
He has been accused of exposing himself, touching the women with his penis and forcing himself on them. Watson has maintained any sex was consensual.
“What I can continue to do is tell the truth, and that is I have never assaulted, disrespected or harassed any woman in my life,” he said. “I was raised differently. That is not my DNA. That is not my culture. That is not me as a person.”
On Thursday, a grand jury in Brazoria County, Texas, declined to indict Watson on one of the original criminal complaints. Two weeks ago, a jury in Harris County also chose not to pursue charges on nine cases.
Watson, acquired last week in a controversial trade that has brought the Browns widespread criticism and scrutiny, understands there are people who will never believe him.
“I know that there’s going to be a stain that probably is going to stick with me for awhile, but all I can do is keep moving forward and to continue to show the person that I am, the true character, the true person, the true human being I am,” the 26-year-old said.
Watson still faces 22 civil lawsuits. The three-time Pro Bowler said he has no intention of settling, and that his only goal “is to clear my name as much as possible.”
The Browns, who have spent two decades looking for a franchise QB, are taking heat for their decision to bring on a tainted player. The team expected a serious backlash, and only felt comfortable in pursuing Watson after a thorough investigation Berry described as a “five-month odyssey.”
Berry said the team’s lawyers told the Browns not to talk to the 22 women because it could compromise any investigation.
“We as organization know that this transaction has been very difficult for many people, particularly women in our community,” Berry said. “We realize that it has triggered a range of emotions. And that, as well as the nature of the allegations, weighed heavily on all of us.
“It was because of the weight of the anticipated reaction and the nature of the allegations that really pushed us to do as much work as possible internally and externally in terms of understanding the cases and who Deshaun was as a person.
“We do have faith and confidence in Deshaun as a person.”
Owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam were sensitive that Watson joining the Browns might have a negative impact on anyone who has suffered sexual abuse. Both said they have close friends in that category.
“We put more time, more thought, more effort, talked to more people, did more research on this decision – by far – than any other decision we’ve made with the Cleveland Browns,” Jimmy Haslam said on a Zoom call with his wife from outside the country. “It’s not something we took lightly.”
Dee Haslam said she had multiple conversations with the couple’s daughters during the vetting process, and that ultimately she became agreeable with acquiring Watson after learning more about him.
“This has been a really hard and difficult journey for us and our family,” she said. “We had to work really hard to get comfortable with the decision. It took some time.”
Jimmy Haslam said a family member and counselor gave him advice before moving forward with the trade.
“Both of them said exactly the same thing,” Haslam said. “They said, `Your daughters and Dee ought to have veto over this trade, and if they’re not for it, if anyone of them is not for it, you shouldn’t do it.’
“And at first, I thought, `That’s interesting.’ Then I thought, `That makes a lot of sense.’ And everybody was on board with doing this, some later than earlier.”
Watson dismissed needing counseling because he feels he’s been falsely accused.
“I don’t have a problem,” he said. “I don’t have an issue.”
The Browns enticed Watson to waive his no-trade clause and agree to come to Cleveland with a record-setting $230 million, fully guaranteed contract, which includes a $1 million base salary in the first season in the event he’s suspended by the NFL.
Watson initially rebuffed the Browns before changing his mind. He said the contract wasn’t a factor.
“It was not necessarily a turn down,” he said. “The media was kind of rushing me to make a decision, and I was not comfortable making that right decision.”
The league has an ongoing investigation into Watson’s behavior and whether he violated its personal conduct policy.
AP source: Bills get initial OK for NFL $200M stadium loan
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills moved closer to landing $200 million in NFL funding to help finance their bid to build a new stadium in which a majority of the projected $1.354 billion price tag is anticipated to be covered by taxpayer dollars.
A person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Friday that the NFL’s stadium and finance committee backed the Bills’ request for what’s called a G4 loan, by recommending the team’s application be presented at the league’s owner meetings for final approval. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision was made privately.
The committee’s approval was anticipated, and it will require 24 of the NFL’s 32 owners to formally OK the loan during a vote scheduled to take place on Monday.
Under the G4 program rules, Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula would be required to put up matching dollars which would increase the private funding to at least $400 million for the new stadium.
The committee’s backing opens a critical week for the proposed project with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul facing a deadline to have an agreement in place in time to include the state’s share of funding in her budget, which by law must be approved on April 1.
Hochul previously expressed confidence in reaching a deal with the Bills before the deadline. Even though she submitted a $216 billion budget in January, Hochul said there are numerous options at her disposal to draw upon the necessary money to fund the project.
While the parties, which include Erie County, have been closing in on an agreement over the past month, what’s unclear is how much public money will be required to secure the long-term future for the small-market Bills, who are the NFL’s lone team based in New York.
It’s anticipated taxpayers will be on the hook for more than 60% of the cost, with Hochul and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz pushing back on suggestions the public price tag will be $1 billion.
The NFL’s $200 million contribution was already factored in to be part of the funding package for the proposed 60,000-plus seat facility to be built across the street from the Bills current stadium in Orchard Park.
The NFL’s G4 funding is actually considered a loan, and repaid primarily from visiting team’s share of certain seating.
As for the Pegulas’ share, the owners could recoup part of their money by having Bills season-ticket holders, for the first time, be required to pay personal seat-licensing fees, which would have the potential of doubling the price of their ticket packages.
The Bills are seeking to replace their existing facility which opened in 1973 and was deemed too expensive to renovate. A state study in November pegged renovation costs at $862 million.
If approved, the Bills project the new facility could be built in time for the start of the 2026 season.
The Bills’ existing lease with the state and county runs through July 2023.
2022 NFL DRAFT: TOP 5 OFFENSIVE TACKLES
EVAN NEAL ALABAMA: GRADE 6.76
Three-year starter with rare combination of measurables, talent and pedigree. Neal has experience against the best competition the college game has to offer. He has started at both left and right tackle and should project on the left side if he can continue to manage his weight. While he has flashes of greatness on tape, he doesn’t always maintain that level throughout a game. Intensity and consistency are two areas that will be key in matching performance with profile. Technique has been drilled into him and Neal plays with good fundamentals across the board. He’s well-versed and capable in a variety of run schemes and has correctable areas of improvement in pass protection. Neal will come into the league as a good NFL starter, but greatness will require additional attitude and action.
- Has played against top-level competition over his three seasons.
- Much quicker after dropping 15 pounds in the offseason.
- Well-schooled in technical aspects of the position.
- Knows how it is supposed to look and can replicate it on consistent basis.
- Moves with fluidity and body control.
- Patient and accurate fitting up into initial contact.
- Strikes with proper leverage and explosive lift at point of attack.
- Hand placement and leg churn carves out space with down block.
- Variety of pass-set angles and techniques are at his disposal.
- Twitchy out of his stance and into his slides.
- Keeps the majority of weight on inside leg in pass sets.
- Well-timed hands put his length in play early in the rep.
- Times up punches to maximize his length.
- Nimble and capable to redirect and slide to inside move.
- Quick to reset a discarded punch attempt.
- Good release/mirror/catch technique versus spin moves.
- Weight has been and could be a future concern.
- Play lacks consistent intensity and attitude.
- Average snap quickness.
- Feet need to come with hands to prevent excessive lean laterally.
- Average response success to moving fronts.
- Effort to sustain and finish was hot and cold in 2021.
- Average hand command to cinch up the rush.
- Tendency to absorb too much force from power rushers.
- Base starts to break down at the top of the rush.
- Lacks firmness of anchor for a man his size.
ICKEY EKWONU N.C. STATE: GRADE 6.73
A gentleman in class and killer on the grass, Ekwonu goes from amiable to angry once he steps foot on the field. He’s a long-limbed athlete and scheme-diverse run blocker with the potential to win with positioning or force. He has a highlight reel full of violent strikes and finishes but needs to cut his aggression with a little more control. The pass protection has seen rough patches over the last two years and that might continue until his hands and feet start working in unison. Punch timing and independent hands should bring immediate improvement, but getting him to play with better focus and control in his pass sets will take time. The football character and urgent field demeanor make it easier to grade the traits and anticipate him landing closer to his ceiling than his floor as either a guard or tackle.
- Excellent locker-room guy with culture-building personality.
- Traits to fit into any blocking scheme.
- Wrestling and weight-room success show up on the field.
- Fits up run blocks with leverage through engagement.
- Transfers force from hips to hands to jolt and dislodge edge defenders.
- Flexible with adequate quickness as zone blocker.
- Acceleration to cross-face back-side defensive tackle.
- Body control to mirror linebackers on the climb up.
- Plays with an extremely violent field demeanor.
- Adequate slide quickness and range in pass protection.
- Hands were noticeably better in 2021.
- Length is a weapon when timing and hand resets are working.
- Open-field talent can breathe life into a screen game.
- Fierce but a little out of control.
- Still plenty of work needed in pass protection.
- Hasn’t been able to pair his hands and feet.
- Punch timing and approach is a work in progress.
- Carries weight too far outside in pass slides.
- Stalls feet through the punch, creating outside access.
- Needs better knee bend on the move and through contact.
- Inconsistent hand placement in both run and pass.
- Lacks consistent fluidity working his combo blocks.
TYLER LINDERBAUM IOWA 6.70
Linderbaum has Pro Bowl potential but needs to be matched with a move-based rushing attack. He has the foot quickness and GPS to consistently find top positioning in the first phase of the block. He plays with leverage and body control to sustain and keep the running lane open. However, his size will make block finishing somewhat hit or miss and he will need help against some of the bigger defenders lining up across from him. Teams with certain size standards might pass on him but his tenacity and talent make him a can’t-miss prospect if matched in the right scheme.
- Loves to compete and brings it to opponents.
- Wrestling background evident in core strength and leverage.
- Gets snap hand where it needs to go quickly.
- Hands, hips and feet are harmonious.
- Elite snap quickness creates A+ win rate in positioning phase.
- Explosive in his dip and lift against the nose tackle.
- Fluid and fast for climbs to middle linebacker and long pulls in space.
- Very accurate with roadmaps up to second-level angles.
- Breaks down in space to mirror and tag moving targets.
- Footwork and body control make him a magnet during sustain phase.
- Pass protects with inside hands.
- Finds additional work when uncovered.
- Tremendous reactive athletic agility for recoveries.
- Listed at less than 300 pounds and likely scheme-dependent as move blocker.
- True two-gappers will discard his base block.
- Gets there but might need more power to finish pro defenders.
- Drive base can get hurried and narrow.
- Bull rushers can be a problem.
- Not very long to re-calibrate if he’s not there first with his hands.
- Needs to limit oversets and calm his initial movements.
- Shotgun snaps are a little too tall.
KENYON GREEN TEXAS A&M GRADE 6.45
Guard prospect with NFL-ready frame who plays with an impressive level of consistency as a run blocker. Green moves defenders from Point A to Boint B against their will, using hand technique and road-grading leg drive. He possesses adequate foot quickness to operate in a variety of run schemes, but needs to eliminate his tendency to grab when his opponent is slipping away from the block. He has pop and anchor in pass protection, but lacks recognition and mirror technique needed to be at his best against athletic interior rushers. While green has some areas to improve, his run blocking can be dominant, which gives him a chance to become a good starter very quickly.
- Broad frame with good thickness from waist to ankles.
- Well-schooled on leverage and hand placement in run game.
- Bulldozing drive blocker with horsepower to consistently clear paths.
- Impressive hand resets help to re-establish and finish the block.
- Base and power make wall-off blocks impenetrable.
- Adequate patience and body control to connect on second level.
- Pass punch is direct and forceful.
- Improved anchor over the years.
- Adequate recovery potential when needed.
- Booming upper-body strength to cave in A-gap blitzers.
- Feasts on slabs of ribs when helping in protection.
- Has a history of opting-in on holding penalties.
- Enters lateral block fit before finding positioning.
- Struggled with block sustain in loss to Mississippi State.
- Requires better feel for best angles as inside-zone blocker.
- Below-average instincts in pass protection.
- Slow to activate lateral slide when mirroring.
- New Mexico twist game gave him trouble.
CHARLES CROSS MISSISSIPPI STATE GRADE: 6.44
Two-year starter who plays with a high level of consistency from game to game, no matter the opponent. Cross is an average athlete but he’s strong, plays to his length and has sticky, strong hands. Despite limited starting experience, he’s well-schooled and knows how to play. He has average slide range, so edge rockets are going to beat him to the top of the rush at times, but he does a nice job of utilizing length and footwork to recover when beaten. He plays with strong, inside hands and a broad, powerful core. He’s an ace at neutralizing power rushers and is above average in sustain and finish modes as a drive blocker. Cross’ play strength, hand placement and body control should allow for a relatively smooth transition into the league, where he can become a good, long-time starter at either tackle position.
- Frame is proportional and filled with good, lean mass.
- Repeatable pass protection process.
- Has been well-schooled in hand placement.
- Maximizes arm length in pass sets.
- Times up hands and clamps into face-up rushers.
- Inside hands/elbows promote wider power zone.
- Body control and core strength for extended mirrors.
- Saddles up and successfully rides rush around the pocket.
- Adequate tools for recovery against speed.
- Flexion in ankles to set a strong and sudden anchor.
- Explodes into run fit with powerful hand strike.
- Hands stick to his target in sustain phase.
- Able to stay connected to block in the box and in space.
- Runs feet to finish what he starts.
- Lacks desired athleticism for full-time move blocking.
- Inconsistent finding positioning on reach blocks.
- Average feet in arc up to seal play-side linebackers.
- Struggles with inside recovery against slants.
- Default to holding needs to be eliminated.
- Needs greater variance of sets and punches.
- Narrows base and gallops out to speed rushers.
- Edge burners create some lunge at the top of the rush.
- Gets gamed out of position by twists.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
USC assistant football coach Dave Nichol dies at 45
LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California assistant football coach Dave Nichol died Friday in McKinney, Texas. He was 45.
A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Nichol had cancer. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the cause of death wasn’t being publicly disclosed.
USC head coach Lincoln Riley hired Nichol in December as his inside wide receivers coach and associate head coach for offense. Riley announced four days ago that Nichol was leaving the team to focus on an unspecified personal medical matter.
“We are heartbroken and devastated,” Riley said. “Dave was such a tremendous human being and a fantastic football coach. He absolutely loved the game and constantly poured his heart and soul into his teams. He will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. We, as a program, look forward to playing and coaching for him as we move forward.”
Nichol was the inside receivers coach at Mississippi State for the past two seasons under Mike Leach. Before that, he spent four years at Washington State as a receivers coach under Leach.
“We are stunned by this, and Dave meant a lot to all of us,” Leach said in a statement. “While we are all suffering the pain of this loss, our thoughts and prayers are with Dave’s family, friends, players and coaches during this tough time. Dave was family to us, and he was loved by all who knew him. Always a smile on his face, Dave had such a positive personality, attitude and energy. He made everyone around him a better person and impacted everyone he met with kindness, loyalty and friendship.”
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Two-way star Ohtani chosen as Angels’ opening day pitcher
PHOENIX (AP) The full Shohei Ohtani experience will be on display when the Los Angeles Angels take the field on opening day.
The two-way star was picked to be the team’s starting pitcher for the April 7 opener at Angel Stadium against the Houston Astros. He’s also expected to be in the lineup as the designated hitter.
The reigning AL Most Valuable Player is coming off one of the most unique and productive seasons in the sport’s history.
“I spoke to him, and he’s very excited about it,” Angels manager Joe Maddon told reporters on Friday. “Typically, he handles things with very limited emotion. Of course, he’s happy about it. He’s earned the right to do that. We’re ready to rock and roll. It’s exciting for everybody. It’s the right thing to do, and I’m looking forward to a good result.”
Ohtani was 9-2 on the mound last season with a 3.18 ERA, striking out 156 batters over 130 1/3 innings. He also hit 46 homers, 26 doubles, an AL-best eight triples and stole 26 bases.
Ohtani is also expected to be the beneficiary of an MLB rule change. With the DH adopted in both leagues, pitchers who start games in the batting order can remain in the game as a DH after leaving the mound. A DH can also enter the game to pitch.
There aren’t many potentially high-impact players remaining in free agency. One expception is outfielder Michael Conforto.
The 2017 NL All-Star played seven seasons for the Mets before hitting the market this winter. The 29-year-old turned down New York’s one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer which means any team who signs him has to give up at least one draft pick.
That’s one big reason the market appears fairly cool for the outfielder, even though opening day is in less than two weeks. Another reason is Conforto struggled some last year, hitting just .232 with 14 homers.
Still, he walks a lot, is younger than 30 years old, has 132 career homers and helped lead the Mets to the 2015 World Series. Now that there’s a universal DH, his so-so defense is less of a concern for National League teams.
MOLINA BACK ON THE FIELD
St. Louis Cardinals veteran Yadier Molina threw out a would-be basestealer on Friday in a game against the team’s minor leaguers.
The nine-time Gold Glove catcher missed the first week of what will likely be his final spring training to deal with a personal matter.
“It’s always fun to hear that ball whiz by your head and then watch a guy get thrown out,” said Miles Mikolas, who was pitching at the time.
The 39-year-old Molina – a 10-time All-Star – went 0 for 4 in the game played on a back field, with two flyouts and two groundouts.
Molina is targeting Sunday’s game at the New York Mets for his Grapefruit League debut, manager Oliver Marmol said.
*****TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS*****
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL
Indiana Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Woodson Reorganizes Coaching Staff
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson announced that assistant coaches Kenya Hunter and Yasir Rosemond will assume new roles as associate head coaches and Brian Walsh, the program’s team and recruiting coordinator, will be elevated to the position of assistant coach.
“I think it’s extremely important for our program that we continue to build on what we were able to accomplish this season and my first priority was to heighten the roles of Kenya and Yasir and allow Brian to broaden his responsibilities with an on-floor coaching role,” said Woodson. “I like the direction we are headed and appreciate their efforts and collaboration in helping the Indiana University basketball program reach its full potential.”
In Woodson’s first season, the Hoosiers made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2016, reached the Big Ten Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2013 and finished as the top-rated defense in the Big Ten according to KenPom at 22nd in the country.
IU also led the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense at 39.6% and finished second in blocked shots at 4.83 a game. In Big Ten games, the Hoosiers also led the league in field goal percentage defense at 41.3%. In addition, three players earned post-season honors, including Jr./So. Trayce Jackson-Davis, Sr./Jr. Race Thompson and Sr./Jr. Xavier Johnson.
IU also landed the 15th-best recruiting class in the country according to 247Sports, welcoming 6-8 forward Kaleb Banks (Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County), 6-5 guard C.J. Gunn (Indianapolis/Lawrence North) and 6-5 guard Jalen Hood-Schifino (Charlotte, N.C./Monteverde Academy (FL)) to IU this fall.
Walsh will begin his sixth year with the program. He was Team and Recruiting Coordinator this past season after serving four years as the team’s Director of Basketball Operations.
Prior to IU, Walsh spent three years at the University of Dayton where he served as the Assistant Director of Basketball Operations for one year and a graduate assistant for two seasons. During his time at Dayton, the Flyers went 76-25, the most wins in a three-year span in program history. While at Dayton, the Flyers advanced to three-straight NCAA tournaments and claimed back-to-back regular-season Atlantic 10 championships in 2015-16 and 2016-17. In the summer of 2015, Walsh earned a master’s degree in educational leadership.
At Dayton, Walsh assisted with every aspect of the program, including underclassman recruiting, on campus recruiting, day-to-day administrative duties, academic services, housing, player services, community relations, and team meals. He served as the director of the program’s Team Camp and had responsibilities related to video, and summer camp operations.
Walsh graduated from the University of Akron in 2012, earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration and thena master’s in sports administration in 2013. While at Akron, he led the Zips and the MAC in three-point field goal percentage as a junior, hitting 44.2% from long distance in league play. Overall, he finished second in the conference shooting 43.4% from beyond the arc.
A two-time academic All-MAC honoree, Walsh shot 40.9% from three-point range during his collegiate career. He averaged 8.3 ppg as a junior and 7.2 ppg as a senior captain, helping the Zips to 48 wins in two seasons and securing a regular-season and conference tournament championship in 2013 and a trip to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Before transferring to Akron, Walsh was a member of Xavier University’s basketball team from 2008-2010 where they advanced to back-to-back Sweet Sixteens.
A native of Moon Township, Pa., Walsh averaged 19.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists as a senior at Moon High School and was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Pennsylvania in 2008.
Mike Woodson on Brian Walsh
“Brian is someone who made a tremendous impact very early on in my tenure and I believe he is someone who can help continue the positive progress that is being established at IU. In our collaborations as a staff, I continue to be impressed by his contributions and I think he will flourish in his new role.”
Quoting Brian Walsh
“I’m honored that Coach Woodson has given me this opportunity. My career goal has always been to become a coach, but the experiences I have learned since getting into to the profession have been invaluable. I’m looking forward to this next chapter and continuing the path that he has set for our program and will work tirelessly Coach Woodson.”
Associate Head Coach
A 20-year veteran of Division I coaching, Kenya Hunter will begin his third year with the Hoosiers.
The native of Arlington, Va., came to IU after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at UConn. He worked primarily with the Huskies’ big men and had a significant impact, helping center Josh Carlton earn the American Athletic Conference Most Improved Player Award for 2018-19 and developing freshman Akok Akok into one of the nation’s leading shot blockers. He also helped UConn land two consecutive Top 20 recruiting classes.
Hunter came to UConn after spending five years on the coaching staff at the University of Nebraska, which followed extensive coaching experiences at Georgetown, Xavier and Duquesne, as well as basketball administrative experience at North Carolina State. He has been a coach for 12 teams that reached the NCAA Tournament.
Hunter coached big men and wings during his tenure at Nebraska as he helped the Huskers post 22 victories in 2017-18, earning an NIT berth. During his tenure, he also helped Nebraska reach the NCAA Tournament and he was instrumental in the development of All-Big Ten selections Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields. Petteway was a two-time All-Big Ten performer who led the conference in scoring in 2013-14, while Shields finished his career as one of five players in school history with 1,500 points and 600 rebounds.
He spent six years (2007-13) on the coaching staff at Georgetown, where he helped the Hoyas earn two Big East Conference titles, five 20-win seasons, and five NCAA Tournament berths. He also had a significant role in the development of future NBA stars Roy Hibbert, Greg Monroe, and Otto Porter, the Big East Player of the Year in 2012-13 and the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft. His recruiting efforts helped the Hoyas land three classes that were rated among the top 25 in the country.
Prior to his stint at Georgetown, Hunter spent three years at Xavier, where he helped the team produce back-to-back 20-win seasons and earn a spot in the 2007 NCAA tourney.
Hunter began his Division I coaching career at Duquesne, his alma mater, where he became a fulltime assistant for two seasons (1998-2000), helping the Dukes bring in the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 in 1999. He then accepted the job of Director of Basketball Operations at North Carolina State, where he remained until 2004, when he left to coach at Xavier.
Hunter, who played both football and basketball at Wakefield High School in Arlington, was a four-year point guard at Duquesne, serving as captain for three seasons and twice receiving the award as the team’s top upperclassman. He graduated in 1996 with a degree in liberal arts, then earned his master’s degree in education from North Carolina State in 1998, while serving as a student manager for the Wolf Pack.
Mike Woodson on Kenya Hunter
“Kenya did an outstanding job for us this season and is well deserving of this promotion. He has a tremendous impact on every part of our organization and will have the opportunity to lead his own program in the future.”
Quoting Kenya Hunter
“I really like the direction we are going in under the leadership of Mike Woodson. I think our players have really responded to what he brings every day. I’m thankful that Coach has the confidence in me to help us reach new heights.”
Associate Head Coach
Yasir Rosemond will begin his second season at IU. He arrived at IU with more than 15 years of experience as a collegiate coach and was named an assistant coach with the Hoosiers in April 2021.
Previously, he spent two seasons at Alabama as a member of Avery Johnson’s staff. There, hecoached first round draft picks Collin Sexton, who currently plays with the Cleveland Cavaliers after being selected with the eighth pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and Kira Lewis Jr., who was the 13th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. He also coached SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Herbert Jones in each of his first two seasons at Alabama and John Petty Jr. and Alex Reese in their first two seasons at Alabama.
Rosemond joined the Crimson Tide after spending three seasons at Georgia (2014-17). The Atlanta, Ga., native also held coaching positions at Oregon, helping the Ducks reach the 2007 Elite 8, Samford and Seattle University during his coaching career.
While at Oregon, Rosemond coached three future NBA draft picks, including All-American Aaron Brooks (26th overall pick in 2007 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets), Maarty Leunen (54th overall pick in 2008 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets) and Malik Hairston (48th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns).
Furthermore, Rosemond also coached former standout Tajuan Porter, who holds the University of Oregon and PAC-12 record for three-pointers made in a single-season (110) and career (345). Porter, the 2007 PAC-10 Tournament MVP, currently ranks eighth in school history for career field goals made (584) and ninth in career steals (103).
Prior to his three years at Georgia, Rosemond worked at Samford from 2012-14 under former IU assistant coach Bennie Seltzer, after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Seattle University under head coach Cameron Dollar.
Rosemond, a graduate of the University of Oregon, made his mark on the collegiate basketball landscape during his five seasons (2005-10) at his alma mater under head coach Ernie Kent. The first two of those years he was Director of Basketball Operations, the latter three serving as an assistant coach.
Before joining the staff at Oregon, Rosemond coached as an assistant for two seasons at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla., in 2003-04 and 2004-05. He helped the Cougars advance to the NJCAA championship game during 2004. In his two seasons at Redlands, Rosemond coached three junior college All-America performers – Taj Gray, Brandon Polk and Sylvester Mayes.
As a player, Rosemond was a standout guard at Douglass High School in Atlanta. Highlights of his prep career include earning All-State honors each of final three seasons. He helped lead the Astros to the semifinals of the 1993 Class 4A state tournament.
Rosemond then played at No. 1-ranked Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in Florida for one season during 1995-96 and also attended Butler (Kan.) Community College, where he redshirted during the 1996-97 campaign. While there, he was teammates with future NBA standout Stephen Jackson.
Rosemond moved on to Oregon for two seasons, where he played in 58 career games for the Ducks. He was honored as the recipient of the team’s John Warren Award in 1999, which is given to the most inspirational player on the Oregon basketball team.
Rosemond then enjoyed a four-season professional career in Brazil, playing for teams in Sao Paulo, Mogi das Cruzes and Hebraica.
Mike Woodson on Yasir Rosemond
“Yasir has been an invaluable addition to our staff. His energy and his relationship-building skills have been a big asset to us since the day he came aboard. He’s a well-rounded coach who is going to have the ability to lead his own program one day and brings so much to the table.”
Quoting Yasir Rosemond
“I’m excited for this opportunity and appreciate the level of belief that Coach Woodson and the University is showing in me. I love the fact that I can come to work every day and learn and am anxious to get started on our preparations for next season.”
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Hoosiers Set For Regional Semifinal Against UConn on Saturday
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –3-seed Indiana makes its second-straight Sweet Sixteen appearance as it travels to the Bridgeport regional to face 2-seed UConn on Saturday in the semifinal. Tip is set for 2 p.m. ET on ESPN.
3-SEED INDIANA (24-8) VS. 2-SEED CONNETICUT (25-7)
Saturday, March 26, 2022 • 2 p.m. ET
Total Mortgage Arena • Bridgeport, Conn.
Broadcast: ESPN (Ryan Ruocco, Rebecaa Lobo, Andraya Carter, Holly Rowe)
ABOUT THE HUSKIES
Connecticut advances after wins over Mercer and UCF at its first and second rounds in Storrs. Senior guard Chrystin Williams averages 14.5 points per game while sophomore guard Paige Bueckers adds 13.7 points in 13 appearances. The Huskies have won 12-straight headed into Saturday’s matchup which included Big East regular season and tournament titles. The two teams will meet for the first time in program history.
Indiana advances to its second-consecutive Sweet Sixteen with a win over Princeton, 56-55, on Monday in Bloomington. Senior guard Grace Berger’s layup with 29 seconds to go was the go ahead while a steal from graduate student guard Ali Patberg gave the Hoosiers the ball back with 1.6 to go as senior forward Aleksa Gulbe hit a pair at the line for insurance.
The win on Monday helped match IU’s most wins in a single season with 24. The Hoosiers went 24-8 in the 2019-20 season as well.
IU holds an all-time record of 8-7 in eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Junior forward Mackenzie Holmes and senior guard Grace Berger were named WBCA All-Regional finalist on Thursday by the organization. The duo are 52 players nationwide to earn all-region honors and are now up for All-American honors later this month.
Berger has paced Indiana through the first two games of the NCAA Tournament with 16.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while Holmes averages 14.5 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game.
Eight Hoosiers were named Academic All-Big Ten honorees for their performances in the classroom. To qualify, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Those who made the list included Kiandra Browne, Grace Berger, Nicole Cardaño-Hillary, Mackenzie Holmes, Chloe Moore-McNeil, Ali Patberg, Grace Waggoner and Arielle Wisne.
Saturday’s winner advances to the Elite Eight and regional final game against the winner of top seed NC State and 5-ssed Notre Dame on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. ET in Bridgeport.
Hoosiers Fall in Opener versus Evansville
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It was a back-and-forth game, but in the end the Indiana baseball program dropped a 17-14 decision to Evansville on Friday (March 25) evening at Bart Kaufman Stadium.
Evansville (8-12) opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning and that led to four lead changes in the game. Indiana (8-12) scored two in the bottom of the frame, before UE scored six in the second to retake the lead. Three runs for the Hoosiers in the third was followed by two runs in the fourth to make it all square at 9-9.
After a three-run fifth by Indiana, Evansville scored four in the sixth and four in the eighth, before single runs in the eighth and ninth for IU accounted for the final margin, 17-14.
All nine starters collected at least one hit and five produced multi-hit games, led by freshman Brock Tibbitts’ career-high-tying four-hit game. The rookie hit his sixth home run of the season, drove in four RBIs and scored twice in the game. Graduate student Tyler Doanes hits his second home run of the season as part of a two-hit, two-RBI night.
Redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis doubled, walked twice and drove in three RBIs in the game, while senior Phillip Glasser was on base four times with three walks and one double. Freshman Josh Pyne and junior Hunter Jessee each chipped in two-hit games, as Jessee added three runs scored.
Redshirt-junior Jack Perkins (2-2) took the loss with nine runs – four earned – allowed in 3 1/3 innings of work.
Evansville was powered by four home runs and a six-RBI night from Evan Berkey. Mark Shallenberger led off the game with a solo home run, while Berkey, Tanner Craig and Eric Roberts also hit home runs. All nine Purple Ace starters scored at least one run in the game. Drew Dominik (2-1) picked up the win in relief with 3 1/3 innings of one-run work.
Mark Shallenberger hit a solo home run on the second pitch of the night.
Indiana 0, Evansville 1
Tyler Doanes started out the inning with a single, Phillip Glasser doubled and. Matthew Ellis was then intentionally walked to load up the bases with one out. Brock Tibbitts lined a single up the middle to drive in two runs.
Indiana 2, Evansville 1
Eric Roberts hit a solo home run to straightaway center to lead off the inning. Brendan Hord walked and Ty Rumsey followed with a single before an error scored two runs. Evan Berkey doubled later in the inning to plate three runs.
Evansville 7, Indiana 2
With two outs and a man on first, Glasser walked, and Bobby Whalen reached on an error to bring in the first run of the frame. Ellis the doubled to drive in two runs and Josh Pyne followed with an RBI single.
Evansville 7, Indiana 6
Tibbitts smacked a solo home run to left field on the first pitch of the inning. Jessee lined a single into the right-field gap before Tyler Doanes hit a two-run home run to straightaway center.
Indiana 9, Evansville 7
Tanner Craig was walked, and Brent Widder then reached on an error. Chase Hug followed with a two-RBI double. Grant Holderfield came into the game with a runner on second and one out and struck out the final two batters to end the threat.
Indiana 9, Evansville 9
Tibbitts led off the inning with a single and a bunt from Carter Mathison followed. After a sacrifice bunt, a walk loaded the bases. Glasser walked to plate the first run of the inning, before Whalen singled to drive in an RBI. The third walk of the frame to Ellis scored Jessee.
Indiana 12, Evansville 9
Craig hit a solo home run to left field to open the frame. After Widder singled and Hug walked, Berkey hit a three-run home run.
Evansville 13, Indiana 12
A pair of walks and a bunt single from Berkey opened the inning. Shallenberger was hit by a pitch, bringing in a run and keeping the bases loaded. With two outs, Simon Scherry hit a three-RBI double into left field.
Evansville 17, Indiana 12
Following a Pyne single, Tibbitts hit an RBI triple to right field with two outs.
Evansville 17, Indiana 13
Sam Murrison led off the inning with a single and eventually scored from third on a wild pitch.
Evansville 17, Indiana 14
The two teams will not play on Saturday, due to projected freezing temperatures in the Bloomington area. The series is scheduled to continue at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 27.
INDIANA MEN’S SWIMMING
Dramatic Day Three Sees Hoosiers into Top Five
ATLANTA – All seven of Indiana’s finalists finished top 10 and pushed the Hoosiers into the top five of the team standings on day three of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Friday (March 25) inside McAuley Aquatic Center.
Indiana won three silver medals on Friday night, earning one apiece in individual swimming, diving and relay. It all added up to 105 points on the day to propel the Hoosiers into fifth place on the team leaderboard with a 183 three-day total.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder of a group of men than what I watched today,” IU head swimming coach Ray Looze said. “There was so much fight and perseverance, coming back from stuff that is really rough to have happen to you. This group is fighting with every bit of energy and effort. I know tomorrow is going to be a good day. We’re performing well, we just need to put it all together.”
Junior Brendan Burns set the tone for the night by winning the B final of the 100 Butterfly with a career-best 44.54 while earning maximum points from the race. Sophomore Tomer Frankel followed with a 44.56 in the championships to place fifth.
Next, freshman Rafael Miroslaw was out-touched by just three-tenths of a second in the 200 Freestyle consolation final, but Miroslaw stayed true to his seed to finish 10th in the event at 1:32.27.
Burns returned for the 100 Backstroke championship final, where he came in as the top-seeded qualifier in the heat. The junior pushed to a career-best and program record 44.54, almost three tenths better than his prelim swim, but NC State’s Kacper Stokowski just reached in a tenth faster to steal the title.
In the 100 back B heat, senior Gabriel Fantoni also dropped time, going 44.70 for a seed-matching 10th-place swim. Fantoni touched the wall in 44.92 during the prelim, missing his personal best by one hundredth of a second, but knocked down the wall in his second effort.
After scoring a 34.20 in the fourth round of the 3-meter dive, reigning two-time champion Andrew Capobianco recovered with an 88.40 in dive five and a 98.80 for his final attempt to put himself back into contention for the win. The final diver of the night, Texas A&M’s Kurtis Mathews, hurdled Capobianco with a 91.20, and Capobianco settled for his second silver medal of the meet by a gap just under five points.
“The Hoosier divers experienced a lot of highs and a lot of lows today,” IU head diving coach Drew Johansen said. “In the end I would say it was a good day. Andrew did five of the best dives in the contest and one dive that kept him just off the top spot.”
Earlier in the day, freshmen Caron Tyler and Quinn Henninger just missed making a final, placing 18th and 20th, respectively. After being marked for an incomplete dive on his first attempt of the event, Henninger nearly willed his way into the consolation round with just five scoring dives and posted dives better than 80 points on his final two attempts.
“Quinn and Carson had flashes of brilliance today and are gaining the experience they will hopefully rely on tomorrow and need in the years to come,” Johansen said.
In the final event of the evening, Indiana’s 400 Medley Relay won the top-seeded heat with a program record 3:00.76. The team of Burns, freshman Josh Matheny, Frankel and Miroslaw took second to the only other relay swimming under 3:01, California, who, in the previous heat, swam 3:00.36.
5. Tomer Frankel – 44.56 (All-America)
9. Brendan Burns – 44.54 (All-America Honorable Mention, Career Best)
10. Rafael Miroslaw – 1:32.27 (All-America Honorable Mention)
2. Brendan Burns – 44.15 (All-America, Program Record, Career Best)
10. Gabriel Fantoni – 44.70 (All-America Honorable Mention, Career Best)
2. Andrew Capobianco – 462.10 (All-America)
400 MEDLEY RELAY
2. Brendan Burns, Josh Matheny, Tomer Frankel, Rafael Miroslaw – 3:00.76 (All-America, Program Record)
Bruno Blaskovic (200 Medley Relay*, 50 Freestyle*, 200 Freestyle Relay)
Brendan Burns (800 Freestyle Relay*, 100 Butterfly*, 100 Butterfly*, 100 Backstroke, 400 Medley Relay)
Andrew Capobianco (1-Meter)
Gabriel Fantoni (200 Medley Relay*)
Tomer Frankel (200 Medley Relay*, 800 Freestyle Relay*, 100 Butterfly, 400 Medley Relay)
Jack Franzman (200 Freestyle Relay)
Quinn Henninger (1-Meter)
Josh Matheny (200 Medley Relay*, 400 Medley Relay)
Van Mathias (800 Freestyle Relay*, 200 Freestyle Relay)
Rafael Miroslaw (800 Freestyle Relay*, 200 Freestyle Relay, 200 Freestyle*, 400 Medley Relay)
* – Denotes All-America Honorable Mention
The 2022 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships conclude Saturday (March 26) with the fourth and final day of competition. The top swimming and diving athletes in the country will contest the 1,650 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, Platform dive and 400 Freestyle Relay. Prelims are set to begin at 10 a.m. ET, with finals starting at 6 p.m.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL
Purdue’s Season Ends in Sweet 16
Purdue’s season ended with a 29-8 overall record after falling in the Sweet 16 to Saint Peter’s 67-64. Purdue was denied of its second Elite Eight appearance in the last three tournaments.
The loss to Saint Peter’s was Purdue’s first against a team from outside the Big Ten.
Purdue finished the year 26-0 when it scored 70 points. When held under 70 points, Purdue went 3-8.
The Boilermakers were hampered by 15 turnovers, resulting in 11 Saint Peter’s points. Purdue finished the year 4-3 when it had 15 or more turnovers, 25-5 when it had fewer than 15 turnovers.
Trevion Williams scored 16 points with eight rebounds and two assists. Williams finished his career with 1,410 points (26th in school history), 905 rebounds (4th in school history) and 238 assists. Williams is the only player in school history with at least 1,400 points, 900 rebounds and 200 assists.
Sasha Stefanovic had 11 points with 4 rebounds, making 3-of-7 from long distance. Stefanovic ends his career with 980 points, 270 rebounds and 242 assists. Stefanovic made 226 career 3-pointers (7th all-time) and 87 on the season (9th in school history).
Eric Hunter Jr., finished his career with 842 career points, 283 rebounds and 261 assists.
Jaden Ivey scored nine points with eight rebounds and two assists. Ivey ends his season with 624 points, 176 rebounds and 110 assists, making him one of three players in school history with 600 points, 175 rebounds and 100 assists (E’Twaun Moore, Caleb Swanigan).
Opens Big Ten Play with 5-3 Win at Bittinger Stadium
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.—In the Big Ten season opener, the Purdue softball team (18-15, 1-0) took down Illinois (13-12, 0-1) 5-3 inside Bittinger Stadium. The victory was backed by pitcher Alex Echazarreta’s five strikeouts, including the game-clinching third strikeout in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded.
Two Boilermaker seniors scored home runs in the first inning with shortstop Rachel Becker notching hers on the first pitch and Echazarreta following three batters later.
The game-winner for Purdue came in the third inning with two outs, thanks to a double by Rylee Platusic to score Becker from third. Becker led the team with two runs, while Platusic totaled three RBI, one shy of her season-best.
On the day, Purdue and Illinois were even in hits, 7-7 and errors, 1-1.
In the circle, Echazarreta tossed a complete game, with no runs allowed until the top of the seventh, when Illinois’ last-ditch effort led to three hits and three runs in its final at-bat. In total, the righty got the Boilermakers out of jams twice with the bases loaded. In the second, the Fighting Illini loaded the bases with just one out, however Echazarreta tossed back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning before tossing the game-clinching strikeout in the top of the seventh.
Two games remain in the series vs. Illinois. The Boilermakers and Fighting Illini are slated to play tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET before closing out the series Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Both games are available to stream on B1G+.
PURDUE MEN’S SWIMMING
Downs, Duncan Earn All-America Honors on 3-Meter
ATLANTA – Purdue’s Tyler Downs and Greg Duncan earned All-America honors while competing for the national title in 3-meter diving Friday at the NCAA Championships.
Downs finished fifth overall in his first career championship final at NCAAs. It was the second top-10 showing of the week for the freshman. Duncan placed seventh while competing in his second career championship final at NCAAs. He closed out his college career as a multi-year All-American on both springboards.
Downs and Duncan finished 2-3 in the afternoon prelim to clinch their All-America accolades. They gave Purdue a pair of full-fledged All-Americans (top 8) in a springboard event at NCAAs for the first time since Steele Johnson and Joe Cifelli did on 1-meter in 2017. They also teamed up to account for 26 team points with their top-seven showings, helping the Boilermakers move up to 17th place in the team scoring with 42 points.
Purdue also raced in a relay for the third straight night at NCAAs, posting a time of 3:08.06 in the 400 medley relay. Nikola Aćin (47.29, back), Nick Sherman (52.62, breast), Brady Samuels (45.06, fly) and Keelan Hart (43.09, free) all posted 100-yard splits that would rank among the Purdue all-time top 10 in their respective strokes. Since leadoff leg splits do count among the all-time leaderboards, Aćin moved into seventh place on the 100 back list with his career best. Samuels went faster than his program record (45.64) in the 100 fly.
Downs and Duncan posted near identical scores of 413.95 and 413.30 to finish top three among a field of 47 in the prelim. They both finished strong with big scores – 81.60 for Downs, 78.75 for Duncan – in the final round to clinch their berths in the championship final. Freshman Sam Bennett also had a strong showing, placing 17th (of 47) in his debut at the NCAA Championships. It marked the second day in a row Purdue had a 17th-place showing, just one spot shy of a scoring finish.
Downs closed his list with another 80-point dive in the championship final. He also had the top-scoring dives in the second and fourth rounds. But three scores in the 60s took him out of medal contention. For Duncan, it was a missed dive in round 4 that kept him from being able to improve upon his prelim showing. Duncan did rip an 80-point dive that was the top-scoring effort in all of round 3.
The NCAA Championships conclude Saturday with Aćin in the 100 free, Ben Bramley and Jordan Rzepka joining Downs in platform diving, and the same relay quartet teaming up for the 400 freestyle relay.
FRIDAY AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tyler Downs, 438.00 – Finished 5th in Championship Final (14 Points); All-American
Greg Duncan, 413.30 (Prelim Score) – Finished 7th in Championship Final (12 Points); All-American
Sam Bennett, 366.20 – Finished 17th in Prelims
Jordan Rzepka, 330.00 – Finished 31st in Prelims
400 Medley Relay
Aćin, Sherman, Samuels & Hart, 3:08.06 – Finished 28th Overall
Aćin 47.29 split on leadoff leg is 7th in team history in 100 back
PURDUE’S REMAINING SCHEDULE AT NCAAs
Saturday, March 26 – 10 a.m. Swimming Prelims, 12 p.m. Diving Prelims // 6 p.m. Finals
• 100 Free – Nikola Aćin
• Platform Diving – Ben Bramley, Tyler Downs, Jordan Rzepka
• 400 Free Relay (Last Event of Finals) – Nikola Aćin, Keelan Hart, Brady Samuels, Nick Sherman
Homers Power Purdue to Comeback Win in B1G Opener
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Curtis Washington Jr. and Cam Thompson hit two-run homers to left field only eight pitches apart in the third inning, flipping the momentum and igniting a comeback as No. 17 Purdue baseball overcame an early four-run deficit to defeat Ohio State 7-5 in the Big Ten opener for both teams Friday at Alexander Field.
Landon Weins worked 5 1/3 innings of scoreless two-hit relief, retiring 13 of the 15 batters he faced in his finest outing as a Boilermaker. The senior closed out the game by setting down 11 in a row.
Purdue (18-1, 1-0 B1G) won its Big Ten opener for the fifth straight season dating back to 2017. The Boilermakers are 6-0 at home for the first time since 2008.
Thompson finished a double shy of the cycle as part of three-hit game, scoring three times. He homered for the third consecutive games, becoming the first Boilermaker to accomplish the feat since Jacson McGowan in February 2018. It was his team-leading sixth homer this season.
Thompson’s leadoff triple to center field in the bottom of the fifth, which he hit just as far as the homer to left in his previous at-bat, led to the go-ahead run. Troy Viola followed with an RBI ground out after the Buckeyes (8-12, 0-1 B1G) opted to play the infield back.
• The 4-0 deficit entering the bottom of the third matched Purdue’s biggest of the season, also trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the eighth March 6 vs. Longwood. The Boilermakers rallied to win both games.
• Cam Thompson’s two-run homer extended his RBI streak to 12 consecutive games and gave him 30 RBI for the season. Purdue’s team leader in RBI during the 42-game campaign a year ago finished the season with 29.
• Evan Albrecht doubled twice as part of his team-leading fifth three-hit game of the season. He’s been on base in 11 consecutive games and continues to lead the team with a .387 batting average while hitting exclusively in the 9-hole.
• CJ Valdez and Thompson both reached base safely three times and have been on base in every game they’ve played this season.
• Landon Weins has now worked 15 consecutive innings without issuing a walk. He lowered his team-leading ERA to 0.79 in 22 2/3 innings.
• Leadoff man Mike Bolton Jr. drew two free passes to extend his reached base safely streak to 20 consecutive games dating back to the 2021 finale. He stole second base both times he was aboard, taking sole possession of the Big Ten lead with 14 steals.
• Purdue snapped a nine-game losing streak to Ohio State in West Lafayette that dated back to April 2014.
Albrecht’s leadoff double in the bottom of the third was the first of four extra-base hits in the four-run frame. Kade Kern’s two home runs had powered OSU to a 4-0 lead while Purdue had gone hitless against OSU lefty Isaiah Coupet over its first eight plate appearances. But the two longballs to left field brought the Boilermakers even in a flash.
Albrecht doubled again in the fourth inning and then stole third base on the first pitch to the left-handed hitting Bolton. Albrecht was able to trot home when the OSU catcher rushed a throw to second base with Bolton in motion, missing wide of the bag on a throw that bounded into center field.
Weins (2-0) surrendered leadoff singles in the fifth and sixth innings, but erased the runners with a 4-6-3 double play and pickoff at first base. Second baseman Paul Toetz was able to handle a bad hop while starting the twin killing.
Ohio State ran into an out at the plate on a failed walk-off play with two outs and runners on the corners after Weins entered the game in the top of the fourth. Thompson pursued the trail runner between first and second base before throwing home in time to cut down the runner trying to slide in at the plate.
The series is scheduled to continue Saturday at 1 p.m. but with the forecasted temperatures dropping, a doubleheader Sunday is a possibility. Big Ten rules dictate the real feel temperature must by at least 28 degrees to start a game.
BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL
GOLDEN LEAVING BUTLER
6-9 senior Bryce Golden has decided to leave Butler. Golden posted Friday on Instagram he would take his final season of college basketball eligibility to another program.
Butler finished the season by losing in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament to top-seeded Providence. Golden finished with 13.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 14-19 season for their most losses in 32 years.
“When I stepped on Butler’s campus for the my (sic) first time, I knew I had found a home. Coming to this University and play for Coach Vall the last 4 years was the best decision I’ve ever made. The bonds I’ve formed have been something I couldn’t have imagined when I got here at 18 years old.
“The connections I have with my coaches, teammates, friends, and the entire Butler community will be something I hold dear to my heart for the rest of my life.”
Splits First Two with Seton Hall
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler softball team split the first two games of a BIG EAST series with Seton Hall on Friday. The visiting Pirates (12-12, 4-4) never trailed in game one, winning 8-5, and the Bulldogs (17-9, 5-2) tied game two in the sixth with a home run and then won in the final inning, 4-3, on a dramatic walk-off suicide squeeze play.
Game one: Seton Hall- 8, Butler- 5 (7 innings)
Seton Hall scored two in the first and two in the third to take a 4-0 lead going into the fourth.
In the fourth, Monique Hoosen drew a walk and, later in the inning, scored on a passed ball.
In the top of the fifth, the Pirates scored three more and extended their lead to six runs.
In the bottom half, Hoosen used a sacrifice fly to allow Mackenzie Griman (2-3, 2 RBI, R) to score. One batter later, Maddie Moore (2-4, RBI) singled, pushing Ella White (2-4, R) across. After five, Seton Hall led, 7-3.
In the sixth, the Bulldogs crept to within three when a two-run single from Griman knocked in Ellie Boyer and Lauren Fey.
In the final inning, the Pirates added one to end the scoring.
Karli Ricketts (8-2) started for the Bulldogs and took the loss. She allowed five hits and five runs (four earned) along with two walks while striking out seven. Alyssa Graves (3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 3 K) provided relief from the bullpen.
Game two: Seton Hall- 3, Butler- 4 (7 innings)
Seton Hall scored one in the first, but Butler doubled that in the bottom half when Ella White (1-2, 2 RBI, R, HR) launched a home run that also scored Lauren Fey (1-3, R, SB). The Dawgs were up, 2-1, going into the second.
In the fourth, the Pirates took a 3-2 lead on a two-run single.
In the sixth, Gracie Voulgaris hit a solo home run to tie the score, 3-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, Bri Avery (1-3, R, SB) singled on a bunt and stole second. She advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Fey. With a dramatic call, Avery came charging from third, after Ellie Boyer laid down a bunt, and slid in just under the tag for the winning run.
Mackenzie Griman (6 H, 3 runs (all earned), 2 BB, K) started in the circle for the Bulldogs, pitching four complete innings. She was relieved by Alyssa Graves (7-3) who picked up the win. Graves faced nine batters, allowing only one walk while striking out five.
Lauren Fey’s two stolen bases were the 42nd and 43rd of her career, moving her into the fifth position on Butler’s all-time list.
With three stolen bases on the day, Bri Avery now has 12 for the season and 32 for her career. She is now eighth on Butler’s all-time list.
Gracie Voulgaris’ home run in game two was her first in a Butler Bulldogs uniform.
Ella White’s home run was her second of the season.
The win in game two today brings Coach Scott Hall (in his 12th season) to an overall record of 263-286-1, tying him with Barb Greenburg for the most wins all-time at Butler. Greenburg, who coached from 1981 through 1994, was the program’s first coach and attained a career record of 263-226-4.
The three-game series with Seton Hall concludes in Indianapolis on Sunday, Mar. 27, with game three at 12 pm.
BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Opens Tough MIVA Road Stretch With Win At Quincy
QUINCY, Ill. – The No. 8 Ball State men’s volleyball team (16-2, 8-1 MIVA) opened its two-match Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) road stretch with a dominating 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 27-25) sweep at Quincy (4-13, 0-9 MIVA) Friday night in Pepsi Arena.
The Cardinals used a strong offense which was accompanied by an all-around team effort to complete this year’s two-match MIVA sweep over the Hawk’s.
Ball State’s defensive pressure gave Quincy fits all night at the net as the Hawks hit only .147 from the floor while the Cardinals turned in a .362 hitting percentage which was led by Kaleb Jenness and Angelo Mandilaris as the outside hitting duo had 10 kills apiece.
The Cardinals were in the driver’s seat pretty much the entire contest from start to finish. Ball State opened the first stanza with a 3-1 advantage and never looked back, winning the frame 25-13. Ball State had built a 10-point edge at 18-8 on a kill from Mandilaris.
The second set mimicked the first set for Ball State as the Cardinals again jumped out to a 3-1 advantage over the Hawks. BSU remained in control winning the second stanza by a score of 25-19.
Quincy did have a slight edge over Ball State in the final set, but Ball State was able to hang on to come out on top 27-25 after a Mandilaris kill and a service ace from Xander Pink.
The Ball State men’s volleyball team will wrap up its long road weekend on Saturday at Lindenwood. First serve is at 7 pm ET in Robert F. Hyland Arena.
BALL STATE SOFTBALL
Suffers Pair of Tough Losses at Central Michigan
MOUNT PLEASANT, MICH. – – It was a tough afternoon for the Ball State softball team which rallied to tie both ends of a Mid-American Conference doubleheader at Central Michigan with two outs in the seventh inning, only to suffer a pair of losses.
In the opener, senior left fielder Faith Hensley blasted a two-out, three-run home run to help the Cardinals (7-18; 0-2 MAC) tie the score at 3-3 in the seventh. Unfortunately, the Chippewas (13-12; 4-1 MAC) answered with a sac fly in the bottom of the inning to win the game 4-3.
The nightcap saw CMU pull head 6-0 before Hensley’s second home run of the day spoiled a potential perfect game in the top of the fourth and sparked a five-run rally over two innings. BSU would go on to tie the game at 7-7 with two outs in the top of the seventh, before taking the lead in the top of the ninth after Hensley’s leadoff walk turned into a run scored.
It was a short-lived lead, however, as CMU countered with a leadoff home run and a pair of two-out hits before winning 9-8 (9) on a walk off wild pitch.
Ball State and Central Michigan are scheduled to close their three-game series Saturday with another 1 p.m. first pitch at Margo Jonker Stadium.
GAME 1: Ball State 3 – Central Michigan 4
The opening game saw the Chippewas strike first with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.
The score remained that way until two outs in the top of the seventh, with Hensley blasted a three-run shot to even the score at 3-3. Senior second baseman Amaia Daniel and redshirt senior designated player Delanie Johnson scored on the play after a single and walk, respectively.
Unfortunately, CMU took advantage of a pair of Ball State errors in the bottom of the seventh which gave the hosts runners on first and third with no outs. Two batters later, a sac fly allowed the Chippewas to escape with the 4-3 win.
The loss came despite a solid relief appearance from freshman Emma Eubank in the circle, as she limited CMU to four hits and one unearned run over the final 5.2 innings. She also struck out three batters.
CMU’s Grace Lehto earned the win after limiting the Cardinals to five hits and striking out nine in a complete game effort.
GAME 2: Ball State 8 – Central Michigan 9 (9)
Friday’s second game did not start any better, as the Chippewas struck for two in the first and four in the second to pull ahead 6-0.
However, Hensley would spark the BSU offense once again as she blasted her ninth home run of the season to open the top of the fourth. The effort spoiled CMU’s perfect game bid and sparked a three-hit, three-run barrage in the inning.
Junior third baseman Haley Wynn followed with a single, and after she stole second, redshirt freshman McKayla Timmons drew a walk. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, Johnson smashed a two-run double into right field to cut the CMU lead in half.
The Ball State offense stayed hot in the top of the fifth, adding three more hits and two more runs. Daniel drove in both runs with a two-out, bases-loaded single up the middle. Sophomore center fielder Remington Ross and Wynn scored on the play after singling and reaching on a fielder’s choice, respectively.
CMU extended the lead back to two runs in the bottom of the frame, however, using a two-out RBI double to push the score to 7-5.
After a scoreless sixth, the Cardinals rallied to tie the score with two outs in the seventh for a second consecutive game. It started with a bases loaded RBI fly out by Timmons. Unfortunately, the Cardinals were doubled up on the play, leading to a pair of outs and eliminating the sac fly for Timmons.
That did not deter Daniel, however, as she followed with her second RBI single of the contest to even the score at 7-7.
The game remained tied until the top of the ninth when Hensley opened the frame with a walk. She would then reach second on a sac bunt from Wynn, move to third on a passed ball, and score on a sac fly from Timmons.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals could not capitalize as CMU opened the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run. Then, following a pair of two-out hits which put runners on the corners, a wild pitch ended the game.
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY
#9 IRISH FACE #1 MINNESOTA STATE IN NCA ALBANY REGIONAL FINAL
WHO: No. 3 seed Notre Dame (28-11-0) vs. No. 1 seed Minnesota State (36-5-0)
WHEN: Saturday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: MVP Arena in Albany, New York
LISTEN: 94.3 FM | UND.com
SETTING THE STAGE
The University of Notre Dame hockey team has advanced to the NCAA Albany Regional Final and will play Minnesota State at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 26 at the MVP Arena with a Frozen Four berth on the line (ESPNU).
On Thursday, the third-seeded Irish downed second-seeded North Dakota 2-1 in overtime to advance, while the top-seeded Mavericks posted a 4-3 win over Harvard.
It will mark the first NCAA meeting between Notre Dame and Minnesota State.
Notre Dame will be making its seventh appearance in a NCAA regional final, having previously advanced to the Frozen Four in 2008, 2011, 2017 and 2018.
The four regional winners will advance to the 2022 Frozen Four on April 7 and 9 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Notre Dame has now won its last four NCAA Tournament games that have gone to overtime and improved to 7-2-0 in OT NCAA Tournament games.
Notre Dame 2, North Dakota 1 (OT)
Notre Dame posted a dramatic 2-1 overtime win against North Dakota to advance to the NCAA Regional Final.
Graham Slaggert scored the power play game winner at 1:38 of overtime, with assists from Nick Leivermann and Landon Slaggert.
Notre Dame appeared to win the game with under one second left in regulation, but after a lengthy review, the call on the ice was overturned.
Landon Slaggert scored the first goal on the night for the Irish to tie it at 1-1 in the second period.
Graduate student goaltender Matthew Galajda made 23 saves in the winning effort for the Irish.
ND IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Notre Dame is making the 13th NCAA tournament appearance in program history, including the 12th under head coach Jeff Jackson.
Notre Dame has a program-best streak of six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances intact.
It is the second-longest active NCAA appearance streak, trailing only Minnesota Duluth (7).
Last season, the Irish were unable to compete due to COVID-19 protocols after making the tournament field and heading to the Albany Regional (Notre Dame had been the No. 4 seed and would have played No. 1 seed Boston College).
Prior to the 2019-20 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fighting Irish advanced to a regional final for the third consecutive season in 2018-19, having won regional final games in 2017 and 2018 to advance to back-to-back Frozen Fours.
The Fighting Irish have now made nine of the last 11 NCAA tournaments, which is tied with North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth for the second-most (Denver leads with 10).
In addition to 2017 and 2018, the Irish also made Frozen Four appearances in 2008 and 2011.
Notre Dame was a No. 3 seed three previous times and is now 4-3-0 as a No. 3 seed, including 2011 (advanced to the Frozen four), 2016 and 2019.
Seniors Nick Leivermann, Cam Burke, Graham Slaggert and Jake Pivonka each played two NCAA games in 2019, while Spencer Stastney played one (none of those five players recorded a point in the NCAA Tournament).
Matthew Galajda was injured during the 2019 ECAC championship game and was unable to play in the 2019 NCAA Tournament for the Big Red but he did play in the first round against Boston University in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament (Cornell lost 4-1).
Jeff Jackson is making his 18th-career appearance as a head coach in the NCAA Tournament.
The 18 career appearances are the top total among head coaches in the field this season.
In addition to the 12 appearances now with Notre Dame, Jackson took Lake Superior State to the NCAA tournament six times including NCAA Championships in 1992 and 1994.
Formerly the Times Union Center, the regional is taking place where Irish head coach Jeff Jackson won his first NCAA Championship as head coach of Lake Superior State in 1992
The Lakers downed Wisconsin 5-3 in the championship game and current Notre Dame sophomore forward Ryder Rolston’s father, Brian, had the game-winning goal in that contest.
NOTRE DAME – MINNESOTA STATE SERIES HISTORY
Notre Dame and Minnesota State have only played 10 times, with the Irish leading the all-time series 6-4-0.
The Irish and Mavericks have never met in NCAA Tournament play.
The teams last met on Jan. 1, 2011 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois as part of Notre Dame’s Shillelagh Tournament.
The Mavericks earned a 4-3 win on that day, despite three second period Irish goals from Ben Ryan, Jeff Costello and Calle Ridderwall.
Matthew Galajda has started each of the past 10 games for the Irish, posting an 8-2-0 record to go along with a .944 save percentage and a 1.71 goals-against average while only yielding 11 even strength goals in the 10 games.
The Fighting Irish are 19-1-0 when scoring first this season and 23-1-0 when scoring at least three goals.
Notre Dame is also 13-3-0 in one-goal games this season.
The Fighting Irish are 7-2-0 in overtime this season, with the OT game-winning goals coming from Cam Burke (at Michigan Tech), Ryder Rolston (at Michigan), Max Ellis (at Michigan and at Penn State), Spencer Stastney (at Ohio State), Landon Slaggert (vs. Minnesota) and Graham Slaggert (vs. North Dakota).
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL
#9 IRISH FALL TO HOKIES, 10-5
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The ninth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team dropped the series opener, 10-5, to Virginia Tech Friday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish (12-5, 2-4 ACC) held the lead going into the ninth inning but the Hokies (14-6, 3-4 ACC) scored six in the inning to clinch the win.
How It Happened
Virginia Tech jumped out to an early lead after a solo home run in the second put the Hokies up 1-0. They added another run in the fourth after a triple and a ground out and the Hokies led 2-0 after four innings.
The lead did not last long as the Irish tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs and a runner on second, Jack Brannigan hit a towering fly ball to left center field. The ball kept carrying until it bounced off the batter’s eye over the wall for a two-run homer. It was Brannigan’s third home run of the season and tied the game at 2-2.
Small ball got the lead back for the Hokies in the top of the fifth. With runners on the corners and one out, Nick Biddison dropped down a bunt in front of the plate that scored Conor Hartigan from third. The run gave the Hokies a 3-2 lead halfway through the game.
The see-saw of a game continued as the Irish took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Danny Neri led the inning off with a single and came home on the very next batter. Brooks Coetzee III ripped his team-leading sixth home run over the wall in left center to give the Irish the lead. After five full innings, Notre Dame held a 4-3 advantage.
Virginia Tech looked to tie the game in the top of the sixth with two runners in scoring position and no outs. John Michael Bertrand picked off the runner at second and induced a pop up that was caught by Carter Putz for the second out. Ryan McLinskey came on in relief and got a strikeout to end the inning and keep the Irish ahead.
The Irish added an insurance run in sixth as Zack Prajzner singled to left and scored Ryan Cole to put the Irish up 5-3.
The Hokies got within one as Jack Hurley hit his second home run of the game in the top of the eighth. They were threatening for more with the bases loaded and two outs but Aidan Tyrell came on in relief and forced a ground out to end the inning and keep the Irish ahead.
Virginia Tech tied the game in the ninth with a one-out double to the wall in right from Tanner Schobel. They added five more runs in the inning to take the lead and take control of the game.
The Irish and Hokies will look to get back in action on Saturday for the second game of the series. Saturday’s game is set for a 2 p.m. ET first pitch and will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra. Admission is free for all fans this season at Frank Eck Stadium.
BEDRICK HOMERS IN IUPUI’S WIN OVER DETROIT MERCY, 9-1
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI softball team earned their first conference win on the season as the Jags runruled Detroit Mercy in five innings, 9-1. Junior Maicey Bedrick went 3-for-4 with a home run, triple, double and four RBI. Sophomore Madison Bryant earned the win on the mound for the Jags.
IUPUI (3-22) took the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kendal Calvert led the inning off with a bunt single to third base and stole second. Rachael Gregory doubled to left center to score Calvert. Bedrick followed Gregory with a double of her own to right center to collect her first RBI of the day and score Gregory. Jordan Barnes later reached on a fielding error by the Titans’ third baseman which allowed Bedrick to score and give the Jags a 3-0 lead.
Detroit Mercy (0-17) chipped away at the lead with a run of their own in the top of the second inning. Taryn Peru singled to lead off the inning. After a walk to Jordyn Chapman and a wild pitch, Liz Paver hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Peru and put the Titans on the board, 3-1.
The Jags added two more runs in the bottom of the second frame. Kendal Calvert doubled to right center then with two outs Bedrick homered to left center to extend the lead to 5-1.
After a scoreless third inning, the Jags scored two in the bottom of the fourth inning. Gregory doubled to lead off the inning followed by a triple from Bedrick. Bedrick scored on the play due to a throwing error by the Titans to give the Jags a 7-1 lead.
IUPUI’s defense shut the Titans down in the top of the fifth with a strikeout and back-to-back groundouts. The Jaguars scored two in the bottom half of the inning to complete the runrule. Kasie Keyes started the inning off drawing a walk followed by singles from Gilbert and Kendal Calvert to load the bases. Gregory singled to score Keyes and Hailey Pop walked it off with a single up the middle to score Gilbert, 9-1.
The Jags’ offense totaled a season-high 14 hits. Kendal Calvert, Gregory, and Bedrick each recorded three hits while Pop, Ashley Shelton, Barnes, Keyes and Gilbert each recorded a hit. Gregory collected two RBI with two doubles.
Madison Bryant earned the complete game win on the mound allowing only one run on two hits with six strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched.
The Jaguars are scheduled to face the Titans in a doubleheader tomorrow with the first game starting at 1:00 PM ET.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL
Sycamore offense explodes in series opener against Memphis
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Randall Diaz broke the game wide open with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth and Matt Jachec went seven strong innings as Indiana State topped Memphis in the series opener at Bob Warn Field, 12-0.
Jachec (5-1) recorded his third consecutive quality start on the mound as the right-hander went seven innings allowing four hits while striking out six in the win. The redshirt sophomore did not allow a hit after the second inning and pitched around a season-high three walks to keep the Tigers off the board before turning the ball over to the bullpen late.
Diaz homered in the bottom of the fifth as the Sycamores (12-7) utilized a four-run frame to break the game open against Memphis starter Dalton Kendrick (2-1). Indiana State added two more runs in the sixth inning, before a six-run eighth frame put the game away.
Jordan Schaffer (3-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI) and Seth Gergely (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) both paced the Indiana State offense on the afternoon, while Diaz added four RBI to go with his second home run of the 2022 season. Sean Ross added two hits in the contest as the Sycamores posted their 12th double-digit hits game of the season.
Luke Patzner and Matt Gauer closed out the final two innings out of the bullpen for Indiana State. Patzner posted a perfect frame with a pair of strikeouts, while Gauer pitched around a walk, striking out one in the ninth.
The Sycamores pitching staff limited Memphis (12-7) to just four singles in the game at the plate.
Kendrick took the loss on the mound after going the first five innings, allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out six. Daniel Casto, Chase Kessinger, Hudson Ross, and Jackson Lyons all saw time on the mound for the Tigers on Friday.
How They Scored
Jordan Schaffer connected on a two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth and Randall Diaz followed with a two-run home run as the Sycamores broke a scoreless tie to go up 4-0 after the midway point of the contest.
ISU added two more runs in the sixth as Grant Magill’s sacrifice fly brought home Luis Hernandez, while Seth Gergely doubled home Sean Ross to run the score to 6-0.
The Sycamores took advantage of a pair of Memphis errors to score six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning with Diaz’s double to the left centerfield wall scoring two to give ISU the 12-0 lead.
News & Notes
Matt Jachec posted his third quality start in a row and fourth of the 2022 season in the Sycamores win on Friday afternoon. It marked his third consecutive game going at least seven innings and sixth time this season he’s thrown at least five.
Jachec leads the Missouri Valley in innings pitched on the year with 41.0, while he dropped his ERA down to 1.98 following his scoreless outing on Friday.
Randall Diaz became the sixth Sycamore to post multiple home runs in the 2022 season as the freshman third baseman connected on the two-run shot in the fifth inning.
Jordan Schaffer became the fifth Sycamore to connect on a triple this season as the redshirt senior connected on the three-bagger in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Seth Gergely ran his team-leading hitting streak to eight games on Friday as the center fielder went 3-for-4 and reached on all four plate appearances.
Jordan Schaffer recorded his seventh multi-hit game of the season with his 3-for-4 game.
Gergely posted his third multi-hit game of the year.
Randall Diaz added his sixth multi-hit game of the season.
Josue Urdaneta’s hitting streak and on-base streak ended at 18 games as the redshirt sophomore was held off the base paths in a 0-for-4 outing on Friday afternoon.
Luis Hernandez became the second Indiana State player to get hit multiple times in the same game joining Jordan Schaffer who was plunked three times against Ohio State earlier this year.
Indiana State improves to 5-6 all-time in the series against Memphis with the win.
Indiana State continues the weekend series tomorrow afternoon for game two between the Sycamores and the Tigers. First pitch at Bob Warn Field is set for 2 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL
Hale Strings Together Three Hits in Purdue Fort Wayne’s Loss at Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Despite three hits from Alise Hale, the Purdue Fort Wayne softball team dropped their final game at Green Bay 10-5 on Friday (March 25).
Shaina Eyre (1-7) got the ball to start for Purdue Fort Wayne (4-19, 3-5) and took the loss. Alyson Quinlan came out of the bullpen and threw five innings with a career-high seven strikeouts.
Hale’s three hits included a triple and an RBI to lead the Mastodons. Taryn Jenkins went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Brooke Wintlend also registered one of the team’s two doubles.
Green Bay jumped out to an 8-0 lead before the Mastodons first put runs on the board in the fourth inning. Purdue Fort Wayne managed to push across two runs in the inning, the first on a fielding error, the second on a sacrifice fly.
The Mastodons kept the Phoenix off the board before narrowing the gap further in the fifth. Wintlend came across to score the lone run of the inning for Purdue Fort Wayne, which tightened the Phoenix lead to 8-3.
Green Bay expanded their lead to 10-3 before the Purdue Fort Wayne offense got going again, reducing that lead to 10-5 in the seventh. The Mastodons notched two runs in the frame, punctuated with an RBI triple off the bat of Hale.
» Hale led the Mastodons, amassing three hits in the ballgame.
» Purdue Fort Wayne’s highest scoring inning was the seventh, when it pushed two runs across.
» Purdue Fort Wayne left 10 runners stranded on base in the loss.
» The Mastodons drew six walks from Green Bay pitching.
» Hale led the Mastodons at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.
» Green Bay was led offensively by Samantha Saloun, who went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs.
» Abigail Gawlinski led the Phoenix pitching staff, throwing two shutout innings to get the win.
Purdue Fort Wayne will play Kent State on Tuesday, March 29 in Fort Wayne.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL
Splits at Oakland in League Play
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Oakland and Purdue Fort Wayne split Friday’s (March 25) doubleheader with identical 10-2 scores. The Mastodons won the opener before Oakland won the nightcap.
GAME 1 | Purdue Fort Wayne 10, Oakland 2
Purdue Fort Wayne received contributions from every part of their lineup, as all nine starters reached base safely, helping the Mastodons put 10 runs on the board and knock off the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in the opener.
Freshman Rex Stills (1-2) started on the mound and picked up the win for Purdue Fort Wayne. The right-hander went his three scheduled innings, giving up no runs, three hits, two walks and striking out three. Jacob Myer threw the final innings, also not allowing a run. He finished with a line of three hits, one walk and one strikeout.
Brian Erbe led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 3-for-5 in the ballgame with a home run and three RBIs. Junior Ben Higgins was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, two walks and an RBI.
The Mastodons got on the board immediately, scoring a pair in the top of the first inning. Cade Fitzpatrick and Garett Lake each had an RBI in the frame.
The Golden Grizzlies failed to push any runs across before the Mastodons’ offense got back to their scoring ways the next inning. Purdue Fort Wayne scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Jack Lang, which brought the Mastodons’ lead to 3-0.
The ‘Dons made it 7-0 with four runs in the fifth. Higgins started the scoring with a solo shot. Erbe later followed with a three-run home run.
The Golden Grizzlies closed the gap to 7-2 until Purdue Fort Wayne added some insurance in the eighth. Alex Evenson crossed home plate with the lone run of the eighth for the Mastodons, bringing the score to 8-2 in favor of Purdue Fort Wayne. Dylan Stewart added an RBI single in the ninth to put the game away at 10-2.
» Purdue Fort Wayne’s highest-scoring inning was the fifth, when it pushed four runs across.
» Purdue Fort Wayne never trailed in the contest.
» The two runs the ‘Dons allowed stand as the second-fewest they have given up in a game this year.
» The Mastodons out-hit the Golden Grizzlies 11-8.
» Purdue Fort Wayne went 4-for-11 (.364) with runners in scoring position.
» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers limited Oakland to just 1-for-8 (.125) with runners in scoring position.
» 12 of the Golden Grizzlies’ 27 outs came by fly out.
» The Mastodons drew six walks, second most by the ‘Dons in a game this year.
» Oakland was led offensively by senior Brad Goulet, who went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
» Chris Sagedahl (1-4) took the loss for Oakland. The ‘Dons hung three earned runs on Oakland starter in 1.2 innings.
GAME 2 | Oakland 10, Purdue Fort Wayne 2
Garrett Maish had a pinch-hit home run for the ‘Dons in a 10-2 loss. Maish’s home run, his first career long ball, came in the ninth inning. The Mastodons’ other run came in the seventh when Ryan Robison drove in Dalton Madsen.
Jarrett Bickel finished 2-for-4 with a double. Madsen had a double and a walk in addition to his run scored.
Six pitchers threw for the ‘Dons. Bryce Martens suffered the loss. He is now 0-4 after starting and going an inning.
Oakland scored runs in each of the first five innings. Of their 11 hits in the game, only three were for extra bases. Oakland starting pitcher Brett Hagen (2-1) went all nine for the Golden Grizzlies.
» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers recorded seven strikeouts.
» Oakland’s Brad Goulet had two runs batted in and a triple.
» Oakland is now 8-12 (3-2 Horizon League). The ‘Dons are now 3-18 (2-3 Horizon)
» The two teams will close out the series on Saturday (March 26) with a single game at 2 p.m.
Offense continues to roll, racking-up 17 runs as Aces top Hoosiers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In a back-and-forth contest, the University of Evansville baseball team’s offense and timely pitching prevailed in a 17-14 win over Indiana on Friday night in Bloomington, Ind.
“Great win to start the weekend. Our offense really kept putting together big innings when needed,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Caroll. “Berkey had a big day for us at the plate with six RBI. We did enough out of the bullpen and Rumsey made the big defensive play in center field for us to win.”
It was an offensive exhibition from the start with Mark Shallenberger opening the game with a leadoff home run for his second-straight contest, sending a shot to left field on the second pitch he saw. Indiana responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. The big numbers started hanging in the second inning as the Aces cashed-in for six runs in the top half of the inning, opened with another home run, this one coming off the bat of Eric Roberts. Evansville capped-off its half of the inning with a three-run double from Evan Berkey, part of a huge day at the plate for the third baseman.
In the bottom half of the second, Indiana got back within a run, pushing across four runs to narrow Evansville’s advantage to 7-6. The Hoosiers would retake the lead in the bottom of the third, scratching three runs on a pair of homers, to go in front, 9-7. Continuing an impressive stretch over the last few weeks, Chase Hug tied the game for Evansville in the fourth, doubling to bring in a pair of runners in Brent Widder and Tanner Craig.
As was true all night, see-saw tipped again, moving back in Indiana’s favor in the fifth as the Aces ran into trouble, loading the bases with a pair of outs. Evansville was able to work through on the shoulders of Drew Dominik, but not before IU scored three times to open up a 12-9 lead.
Beginning with the top of the sixth inning, momentum swung back in Evansville’s favor and would stay there. Continuing the trend of leadoff dingers, Tanner Craig smashed a towering home run up and over the scoreboard in left field. The home run was Craig’s 38th of his career, putting him alone in second in career homers at Evansville, just two back of tying the all-time record. Later in the sixth, Berkey added to the home run fest, going to left field with a three-run blast that recaptured the lead for Evansville, 13-12, a lead UE would hold onto for good.
An impressive effort on the mound from the Aces relievers helped keep a hot Hoosier offense off the board in the sixth and seventh as Dominik turned-in 3.1 innings of work, allowing just one run and striking-out three. To aid the effort, UE added four more runs in the top of the eighth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Shallenberger drew a hit-by-pitch that scored one and then Simon Scherry ripped a double down the left field line, clearing the bases and boosting the Aces advantage to 17-12.
Indiana threatened in the bottom half of the eighth, scoring one run and looking poised for more. With two outs and a runner on third, Carter Mathison looked as if he had scored another with a laser to right center field, but Ty Rumsey made a long run and dove, extending fully to make a diving grab to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Evansville brought in Nate Hardman, who allowed a run, but settled in and induced a groundout to end the contest as the Aces captured the 17-14 win.
The Aces and Hoosiers are set to continue their series on Saturday with a single game at 1 PM (CT) in Bloomington, Ind.
Rivas Sits Down Double-Digit Batters Again, Baseball Splits Twin Bill with Lewis
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. –Star lefty pitcher Xavier Rivas continued his early season dominance from the bump by sitting down 11 batters against the Lewis Flyers in game one of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon to headline play for the University of Indianapolis baseball team. The Hounds were victorious 8-1 in game one while dropping game two by a close decision of 6-5.
Rivas, who threw 117 pitches and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning of the seven inning contest, has now recorded double-digit strikeouts in all five starts he has made so far while also jumping his season strikeout total to 61 through just 36 complete innings pitched.
GAME 1 | UIndy 8, LU 1 (7 innings)
Rivas wasn’t the only Greyhound to tally a strong performance on the diamond in game one, as freshman Armen Torosian continued the hot start to his first year with the Hounds after going 3-for-4 from the plate which included four RBIs, two runs scores, a two-run home run, and a final slugging percentage of 2.000.
In his first game back into the lineup, Alex Vela delivered the first runs of the game in the top half of the opening inning on a two-run home run to left center field. Torosian brought around another run for the Hounds on an RBI double, making the score 3-0 in favor of UIndy after the opening frame.
In the third, Torosian picked up right where he left off with another RBI double while Will Spear shortly after joined in with an RBI single of his own to center field to make it a 6-0 ballgame. Finally, Torosian capped off game one with his two-run homer in the seventh to help UIndy secure the easy victory.
GAME 2 | LU 6, UIndy 5 (7 innings)
The Hounds wasted no time in game two as leadoff batter Caleb Vaughn crushed a solo homer to center field to get the scoring started. However, the Flyers battled back and brought in a pair of runs in the bottom half to take the lead.
UIndy tied the game in the fourth when Nathan Fish hit into a successful sacrifice fly. Despite Lewis regaining the lead in the bottom half, the Hounds battled tough into the fifth when Vaughn tallied another RBI off a single through the left side. Despite this, the Flyers once again produced a run in the bottom half to take the lead back. However, it was Fish in the sixth who belted a solo homer to tie the game at five apiece. Lewis eventually won the game in the bottom of the seventh off a walk-off base hit.
Vaughn tallied a team-high two hits and three RBIs from the plate. Logan Peterson earned the start from the bump and went three complete where he managed four strikeouts on three walks and two hits given up. Johnny Irish was tabbed as the losing pitcher.
The Hounds are set to battle the Flyers again tomorrow with a single game beginning at 1 p.m. ET in Romeoville.
Sweeps Doubleheader from St. Bonaventure to Open Home Slate
On a day that exemplified March weather in the Midwest, the Valparaiso University baseball team battled through the elements to sweep visiting St. Bonaventure in a doubleheader that opened up the home portion of the season.
The Beacons prevailed 8-5 in Game 1 before recording a 10-0 whitewash in the nightcap to close out the sweep. Valpo pitching combined for 34 strikeouts against just three walks on a day where the weather featured everything from a downpour that caused a rain delay to sunshine alongside a rainbow. Game 1 of the doubleheader marked the first-ever ESPN3 broadcast from Emory G. Bauer Field as the facility was recently upgraded to include web-streaming capabilities.
How It Happened – Game 1
The hosts played from behind early as St. Bonaventure got two – including one unearned tally – in the opening inning.
Valpo tied the game in the third thanks to a run-scoring double by Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) and a sacrifice fly by Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo).
The Beacons took their first lead of the game in the fourth, when Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) stroked a single that drove in a pair.
The Bonnies sliced the deficit in half with a home run in the top of the fifth, but Valpo responded as Angel DiFederico (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven) drove in a run with a single in the bottom of the inning.
The Bonnies again got within a run in the sixth, this time with help from a wild pitch. However, Adam Brauch (Waukee, Iowa / Dowling Catholic) provided some separation with a three-run homer over the left-field fence in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-4 Valpo.
St. Bonaventure got a run on a long ball of their own in the top of the seventh, but that was the lone blemish against the Valpo bullpen, which closed out the triumph.
Inside the Game – Game 1
Starting pitcher Trent Turzenski (Burlington, Wis. / Burlington) earned the victory with six strong innings of four-run (three earned), six-hit ball in which he struck out 12 and walked just one. He became the first Valpo hurler to rack up a dozen strikeouts in a game since Jon Tieman on April 19, 2019 at SIUE. Prior to that, no Valpo pitcher had struck out 12 since Jon Gulbransen in 2011.
Setup man Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indiana Hills CC]) came on for two innings of relief and the solo homer in the seventh was the lone blemish against him as he surrendered no other hits and no walks while striking out four.
Closer Bobby Nowak (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central [Kankakee]) obtained his fifth save in the ninth by retiring the side in order and striking out one.
Valpo’s Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) racked up a career-high four hits in Friday’s opener, becoming the first Beacon to boast a four-hit game this season.
Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) enjoyed a three-hit output, while Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central), Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) and Angel DiFederico (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven) had two hits apiece. Maka reached base four times, also drawing a pair of walks. Thurston’s three-hit game was his third of the season and his fifth multi-hit output.
Brauch’s home run was the first of his collegiate career.
Valpo racked up a season-high 16 hits, the team’s highest hit total since May 1 of last season vs. Illinois State (18).
Beacon batters had a season-low four strikeouts.
How It Happened – Game 2
Valpo struck first in the second game, manufacturing an unearned run on a Spencer Warfield (Fullerton, Calif. / Servite) RBI ground ball.
The Beacons expanded the lead to 4-0 in the third thanks to a Renfro single through the right side, a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice bouncer off the bat of Tucker.
Valpo exploded for four more in the fourth with Schmack ripping an RBI single that saw a second run score on an error, Brauch lifting a sac fly and Tucker lashing a run-scoring single.
Brauch drove in another run in the fifth and made it 9-0, then Kade Reinertson (Huxley, Iowa / Ballard Community) crossed the dish on a wild pitch in the sixth to up the lead to 10.
Starting pitcher Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) carved to the tune of five shutout innings of two-hit ball while walking two and striking out 10. He struck out the side in each of the first two innings and the first eight outs were recorded via the strikeout.
Fields handed the ball off to lefty Jake Miller (Chesterton, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep), who went the rest of the way to nail down his first save by virtue of the three-inning save rule. He yielded two hits and no walks while striking out seven over four scoreless frames.
Inside the Game – Game 2
Fields improved to 3-0 with the victory while reaching a significant milestone in the process. He garnered his 200th career strikeout, becoming just the 12th player in program history to reach that milestone. Fields now has 52 strikeouts this season, the most in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Miller’s save was the first of his collegiate career.
This marked the second time Valpo swept a doubleheader this season, joining Feb. 25 at Alabama A&M.
The 10-run margin of victory was Valpo’s largest since beating Western Michigan 11-1 on April 16, 2019.
Valpo notched its first shutout since March 13, 2021 at Middle Tennessee.
Prior to this season, Valpo pitching had not recorded 17 or more strikeouts in a game since 2011. This year, the Beacons have now finished with exactly 17 strikeouts on three different occasions – March 5 at Omaha and both games of Friday’s twinbill.
Valpo batters worked a season-high 14 walks, the team’s most since Feb. 24, 2018 vs. Holy Cross (18).
Hannahs reached base four times, scored three times and had a pair of doubles. Maka also turned in a multi-hit effort in a game where Valpo produced 10 runs on just eight hits but benefited from four St. Bonaventure errors on top of the 14 walks.
The two teams are scheduled to close out the series on Saturday afternoon, but fans are advised to check ValpoAthletics.com on Saturday morning for potential weather-related schedule updates.
Baseball takes down No. 22 Adrian
RICHMOND – A pair of back-to-back homeruns in the eighth inning gave the Earlham College baseball team the edge against No. 22 Adrian College in a damp Sadler Stadium on Friday afternoon.
The Quakers improved to 11-3 while the Bulldogs fell to 8-5 coming off of a run to the College World Series in 2021.
Nathan Lancianese tallied a pair of hits, a triple and a home run, and caused two RBI on the afternoon. Andrew Bradley also homered for the Quakers with two hits and one RBI.
Justin Dillhoff started the game on the mound and pitched five innings, allowing four runs and eight hits. Aidan Talarek took over in the sixth inning and pitched his way to the winning decision with only two hits and no runs allowed.
The Bulldogs got rolling early with a two-run home run to left field in the top of the first inning. After allowing a double on the next play, Dillhoff escaped the inning by inducing two flyouts from Adrian.
The Quakers first score came in the bottom of the third inning when Nathan Lancianese hit a lead-off home run over the Maroon Monster in left field. A ground ball put in play by Maxwell Fries allowed third baseman Devin Basely to reach home plate for the score.
Adrian scored two more runs in the top of the fourth inning, kicked off by a wild pitch score from Dillhoff. The second run scored from a single to left field that was almost thrown down by outfielder Jeordon Kuderer in time.
Kuderer got redemption in the bottom of the inning when shortstop Zach Swearingen hit a sacrifice fly to right field that brought Kuderer home for the run to put the Quakers down 4-3.
Bradley scored in the bottom of the sixth inning from a wild pitch after a walk and a sacrifice bunt helped him around the basepath.
The Quakers took the lead in the bottom of the eighth after a pitching change from the Bulldogs. Christian Lancianese hit a lead-off home run to left-center field before Bradley managed to crush a ball over the parking lot outside of left field. After Kuderer was moved around the bases by ground balls put in play, Nathan Lancianese hit a triple to right field to bring home the final score of the afternoon for the home squad.
Earlham will be back in action on Tuesday as the Quakers have their first road trip of the season at Wittenberg University. First pitch is slated for 7 pm.
Grizzlies Punish Comets, Sweep Chilly Friday Twin Bill
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College softball team fought through the cold and rain to pick up a double-header sweep of Olivet College on Friday (Mar. 25) afternoon.
The opening contest saw the Grizzlies (6-6) score seven times over the final two innings to earn a 9-1 win in five innings. In the second game, Franklin scored at least one time in all four trips to the plate to run away from the Comets (0-5) and earn a 13-3 five-inning win.
Game One: Franklin 9 – Olivet 1 (5 inn.)
Sydney Bostic got the scoring started in the bottom of the first with an RBI single and Addie Csikos added to the lead in the second with an RBI ground out. The Comets cut the lead in half with a run in the third before Franklin blew things open with a four-run fourth with Bostic, Annie Kluemper and Genesis Munoz knocking in runs with singles to stretch the lead to 6-1.
One inning later, Kluemper drove in two more runs with a single and Munoz closed out the game with an RBI single, capping a monster opening game for the 2-4 hitters in the FC lineup. Kluemper, Bostic and Munoz combined to go 9-for-12 with seven RBI to drive the Grizzly offense in the opener.
Stephanni Kleber (2-3) made her first game one start of the season, tossing her fourth complete game with a career-high six strikeouts on 72 pitches.
Game Two: Franklin 13 – Olivet 3 (5 inn.)
Makiah Thomas kicked off the scoring in game two with a two-run double in the first inning. One frame later, Franklin added to their lead with three runs to make it a 5-1 game.
The Comets plated two runs in the third to get back within striking distance but Franklin put a stop to a comeback bid in the bottom of the inning. Molly Wallace led off the frame with her first career home run, kicking off a seven-run frame. Rodeghier capped the scoring in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double.
Savannah Shadday (1-0) made her first career start in the circle, giving up three runs on four hits with two strikeouts over three innings of work. Kluemper, Bostic and Kennedy Bond all had multiple hits in the game as Franklin pounded out 12 hits in the final game of the day.
Franklin is on the road for their next six games, starting with two games at Aurora University on Mar. 30. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m. EST.
ROSE HULMAN BASEBALL
Strong Pitching Leads Baseball to Friday Win; Invite Continues Saturday
SATURDAY MARCH 26
11 am – Carthage vs. Illinois Tech (LIVE VIDEO / LIVE STATS)
2 pm – Rose-Hulman vs. Carthage (LIVE VIDEO / LIVE STATS)
5 pm – Rose-Hulman vs. Illinois Tech (LIVE VIDEO / LIVE STATS)
SUNDAY MARCH 27
12 pm – Illinois Tech vs. Carthage (LIVE VIDEO / LIVE STATS)
3 pm – Rose-Hulman vs. Illinois Tech (LIVE VIDEO / LIVE STATS)
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on a strong pitching performance from Matthew Rouse to highlight a 6-2 win over Carthage College on Friday night.
Rouse allowed just 3 hits and 1 unearned run in 7 innings of work to improve to 1-1 on the season.
Shane Garner led the way offensively for the Engineers, going 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk and two RBIs. Josh Mesenbrink added a 2-for-4 effort with a triple, a walk and an RBI. Dalton Busboom added two walks and an RBI.
Rose-Hulman improved to 6-4 on the season and returns to action with two more games on Saturday. The Fightin’ Engineers face Carthage at 2 pm and Illinois Institute of Technology at 5 pm.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Engineers were trailing 1-0 in the fourth inning when they first put runs on the board. Rose-Hulman’s offense had a good inning, putting three runs on the scoreboard.
The Red Men failed to push any runs across before the Engineers built on their lead in the sixth inning. Rose-Hulman put up two runs in the frame, punctuated with an RBI triple off the bat of Mesenbrink, which brought the Engineers lead to 5-1.
Rose-Hulman held Carthage without a run before building their lead to 6-1 in the eighth inning. Carthage put one run on the scoreboard before the game was over, but Rose-Hulman still coasted to the 6-2 win.
» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the fourth, when it pushed three runs across.
» Rouse put together seven innings of one-run ball for the Engineers.
» The Engineers out-hit the Red Men at a 6-5 clip.
» Rose-Hulman pitchers limited Carthage to just 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 36 Carthage hitters in the game, allowing 11 ground balls and 11 fly balls while striking out two.
» The Engineers drew nine walks from Carthage pitching.
» Shane Garner led the Engineers at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs.
» Carthage was led offensively by Cody Tostrud, who went 2-for-4 with a double.
» Senior Dante Guarascio led the Red Men pitching staff, throwing four innings of three-run ball.
Spartan Softball Posts 6-4 Mark Over Spring Break
CLERMONT, Fla. – The Manchester University softball team concluded a strong week of play down in the Sunshine State on Friday March 25.
Returning to Florida for the Spring Games for the first time in three years, the Black & Gold collected six victories in 10 games – including winning three games on the final day of competition on Friday. Manchester ended its trip with four straight wins.
A young Spartan squad opened its trip with a pair of narrow defeats on Sunday March 20. The Spartans fell to Union College (New York) and Washington & Jefferson (Pennsylvania) by final scores of 4-1 and 5-2.
Manchester bounced back on Monday March 21 with a pair of victories over Lawrence University (Wisconsin) 9-2 and SUNY Cobleskill 10-4. The Spartans would then face their two toughest opponents on Tuesday March 22 in Gustavus Adolphus (Minnesota) and Benedictine (Illinois). The Gusties and Eagles would top Manchester by final scores of 14-0 and 10-1, respectively.
The Black & Gold got hot towards the end of their trip, earning four straight victories to conclude play in the Sunshine State. Manchester started its winning streak with an 8-0 victory over Keuka College (New York) on Wednesday March 23. Following a rainout on Thursday, the Spartans rolled to three wins on Friday March 25. Manchester opened the day with a 10-2 win over Bates (Maine). MU would then follow with a 7-4 triumph over Centre (Kentucky) before rounding out the trip with an exciting 9-8 come-from-behind, extra inning win over Middlebury (Vermont).
The Spartans (6-10) will return to Indiana this weekend and are scheduled to play at Calvin University in Michigan on Wednesday March 30 beginning at 3 p.m.
FORESTERS SPLIT WITH SPRING ARBOR IN OPENING TWIN BILL OF SERIES
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington baseball team squared off with Spring Arbor on Friday at Forest Glen with the Cougars besting their hosts 10-6 in game one before HU avenged the loss by way of a 4-3 win in the nightcap.
The Foresters scored in four of the first seven frames of the opener to be sitting on a 6-3 lead. Sam Kimmorley, Satchell Wilson and Jarett Gray pounded out RBI-singles while Langston Ginder and Kallen Kelsheimer each drove in a run with hard hit grounders to account for HU’s runs.
It looked like Frame and crew were on pace to ride out the win but a Forester error to kick off the eighth was a telltale sign of what was to come. The wheels came off after that as HU watched their lead painfully slip away.
Three straight singles followed by a grand slam tipped the scales in favor of Spring Arbor 8-6, but the guests weren’t quite finished. Three hits later including an RBI-double put SAU up 10-6 for a lead they would hold onto as a stunned Forester crew had no answer in their final two at bats.
Isaac Horton came in on relief in the dreadful eighth to be tagged with the loss after giving up six hits and five runs.
Huntington posted ten hits to SAU’s 12. Ian McCutcheon finished with three hits while Gray finished with a pair of base pokes including his run-scoring single in the fifth.
The Foresters returned the favor in the nightcap in come-from-behind fashion by plating a pair of runs in the sixth to turn their one-run deficit into a one-run advantage.
After the two teams traded two-run homers, HU’s by way of Gray’s bomb in the second and SAU’s at the bat of Landon Raczkowski in the fourth, the Cougars manufactured a third run in the fifth to climb on top at 3-2.
Just like game one, an error proved deadly but this time around it was the hosts who reaped the benefit of it. After Wilson singled his way on base and Gray made his way on board by drawing a walk, a missed catch at first allowed Wilson to dash home. A few batters later, Max Moser collected an RBI on a ground out for what proved the game-winner.
Wilson finished with three of Huntington’s eight hits. Freshman Jonathan Baker claimed the win on the hump, the first of his HU career, by tossing three innings of scoreless relief. He gave up just one hit and a walk while striking out two.
With this split, the Foresters move to 11-11 overall, 9-5 in league play, while the Cougars’ record now stands at 13-10-1 which includes a 7-7 CL record. The two squads were slated to play another doubleheader tomorrow, but those two games have been pushed to Monday at 3:00 p.m. because of inclement weather.
HU SUFFERS PAIR OF 6-0 LOSSES TO #20 MADONNA
LIVONIA, Mich. – Up against one of the nation’s top teams in #20 Madonna (10-1), the Huntington softball team wasn’t able to muster enough offense to suffer a pair of 6-0 losses.
Ehler’s crew managed just six hits on the day – three each game. Game one saw the HU pitching staff give up just six hits but the Crusaders made the most of their base pokes in addition to taking advantage of a few botched plays to mount an early 2-0 lead and then added four more midgame to cruise to the win.
Mackenzie Walker accounted for two of HU’s hits while Breanna Hines collected the other one. Karlee Franklin took the loss for HU. In four innings in the circle, the rookie hurler surrendered five hits, six runs and three walks while striking out two.
Game two had a similar feel as the hosts managed just one more hit than the opener, scored early and then padded their advantage as the contest wore on. Walker picked up her third hit of the day while Kiera Stacy and Jenessa Hasty were the Foresters to post a hit in the nightcap.
Adelyn Harsh was charged with the loss after going the distance to give up seven hits, six runs and three walks while striking out one.
The Foresters (3-13) return home on Tuesday to host IWU at 3:00 p.m.
IU SOUTHEAST BASEBALL
NO. 17 GRENADIERS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER WITH RIO GRANDE
RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The No.17-ranked IU Southeast baseball team dropped the series opener 11-7 to Rio Grande before bouncing back with a 2-1 win on Friday.
In game one, the RedStorm used a seven-run second inning to take a commanding lead after Trevor Campbell had given the Grenadiers a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the top of the first.
Six-straight singles for Rio Grande pushed across three runs and a grand slam by Will Mann extended the lead to 7-1.
Brody Tanksley cut into the deficit in the third with a solo home run, his eighth of the year.
The RedStorm added a pair of runs in the third and one in fifth but IU Southeast got back in the game with a five-run sixth inning.
Trevor Campbell hit a three-run home run to spark the rally. After Tanksley singled, Marco Romero hit a home run to right-center, his second of the year, to cut the lead to 10-7.
The Grenadiers had runners at second and third with two outs in the seventh, but a groundout ended the inning.
In the ninth, Clay Woeste and Tyler Mills stole second and third after a pair of walks put them on base. But a strikeout ended the game.
Marco Romero and Brody Tanksley each had three hits. Trevor Campbell had two hits and drove in four and John Ullom and Clay Woeste each had two hits in the win.
In game two, IU Southeast had runners in scoring position in the first and fourth but could not score. In the fifth, Ben Berenda hit a solo home run to right, his second of the season, to get the Grenadiers on the board first.
The RedStorm tied the game in the bottom of the sixth as they finally got to starter Hunter Kloke, who allowed the first RedStorm batter to reach with a double and did not allow another hit until the sixth.
A walk and a throwing error put runners at the corners with two out and Jakob Johnson followed with a single down the left-field line to tie the game.
In the seventh, Ben Berenda drew a one-out walk. He was replaced by pinch-runner Trevor MacDonald. After John Ullom flew out, Ray Aponte doubled to right-center and MacDonald scored.
That was enough run support for Kloke who retired the side in order with a flyout and a pair of strikeouts.
He worked all seven innings allowing one unearned run on two hits, walked one and struck out a career-high 14.
Brody Tanksley was 2-for-3 in the win.
IU Southeast concludes the series tomorrow at 2 p.m.
PURDUE NORTHWEST BASEBALL
PNW Baseball unable to hold off SVSU in league opener
HAMMOND, Ind. — Jake Soules (Troy, Mich./Troy High School) doubled to plate the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, but Purdue Northwest could not fend off Saginaw Valley State as the visiting Cardinals scored twice in their final at-bat to clip the Pride, 6-5, in Friday’s league opener at Laborers’ Local 41 Field.
The second game of the doubleheader was halted in the bottom of the third due to inclement weather with the Cardinals leading 5-3. It will be resumed at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
PNW (10-4, 0-1 GLIAC) scored twice in the opening frame for a 2-0 lead on Alex Gasbarro’s (New Lenox, Ill./St. Laurence High School) RBI double to left center. The Pride would add a run in the third on Ray Hilbrich’s (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) RBI knock, before the Cards (9-8, 1-0 GLIAC) responded with a pair in the fourth.
Both teams scored a run in the fifth before Soules’ clutch extra-base hit in the sixth. A leadoff walk in the seventh followed by a double from SVSU’s Martin Money allowed the Cards to even the score at 5-5. Another base hit moved Money to third and he would eventually score the game-winning run on a double-play ground out.
Anthony Fumagalli (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North High School) went 3 for 3 with a double to record his second three-hit outing of the season. Hilbrich and Luke Montgomery (Orland Park, Ill./St. Laurence High School) each registered a pair of hits as the Pride outslugged the Cardinals 11-7 with four doubles. Tyler Schultz (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) and Bret Matthys (Cedar Lake, Ind./Hanover Central) each produced a two-base knock.
PNW starter Sam Shively (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka (Taylor)) logged four innings in the no-decision. He struck out three while allowing three earned runs on three hits and four walks. Relievers Joe Buikema (Chicago, Ill./Notre Dame College Prep) (2.0 IP, 2 K) and Joe Tor (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport (South Surburban CC)) (1.0 IP, 1 K) closed out the contest on the mound.
SVSU reliever Hunter Merillat picked up his first win in two-and-a-third innings of work. Southpaw Reed Raymond earned his second save.
The Pride are seeking to end a three-game slide as the two teams will pick up the halted game with a 1 p.m. start time on Saturday. A decision on whether to play Saturday’s originally scheduled contest following the completion of the suspended game will be made at some point on Saturday.
SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL
Eagles lose game one at Delta State
CLEVELAND, Miss. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball could not stop Delta State University in losing, 17-6, Friday evening in Cleveland, Mississippi. The Screaming Eagles are 10-9 this spring, while Delta State is 15-7 in 2022.
The Eagles, who spotted the Statesmen a 1-0 lead in the first, exploded for four runs in the top of the second. Sophomore third baseman Tyler Wheeler (Sellersburg, Indiana) drove in the first runs for the Eagles with a single to right field to give USI a 2-1 lead.
USI junior rightfielder Ren Tachioka (Japan) gave the Eagles a 4-1 lead with a RBI-double and later would steal for the three run advantage.
Delta State rallied back with four runs of its own in the bottom of the second for a 5-4 lead and extended the margin to seven with a six-run third, 11-4. The Statesmen continue to build the lead six more runs between the fifth and seventh and led by as many as 11, 15-4.
USI added two more runs to its total in the seventh. Sophomore centerfielder Steven Molinet (Elberfeld, Indiana) knocked in a run with a fielder’s choice, while freshman catcher Cordell Coburn (Evansville, Indiana) pushed a run across with bases-loaded walk before Delta State closed out the 17-6 final.
Up Next for the Eagles:
USI continue to the three-game series Saturday with a 2 p.m. single game at Harvey Stadium at Ferriss Field. The series concludes Sunday at noon.
The first pitch for the USI-Maryville University game schedule for March 29 in St. Louis has been changed to 3 p.m. The game was originally slated for a 6 p.m. start.
INDY FUEL HOCKEY
FUEL TRAVEL TO WHEELING FOR SATURDAY NIGHT CONTEST
After dropping the first game of the weekend to the Fort Wayne Komets, the Fuel turn their sights to the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday night. Indy comes into Saturday having won three out of their last five games while Wheeling is looking for their first win since March 19.
TIME: 7:10 p.m. ET
LAST TIME OUT
In the first of four games this week, the Indy Fuel hosted Central Division rival Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday night. After heading into the first period tied, the Fuel would see four unanswered goals from Tanner Butler, Seamus Malone, Spencer Watson and Bryan Lemos eventually earning a 4-1 win.
Tallying an assist on the Fuel’s first goal of the game on Friday, Jan Mandat has four assists in his last three games. The Czech native enters Saturday night’s contest with one goal and five assists in his last six games. “Obviously he’s a massive part of our team and he’s a fantastic player. The more comfortable he’s gotten, the more he’s grown into a leader. He’s well-liked by his teammates, well-liked by the fans and the organization so i can’t say enough good things about him,” said Interim Head Coach Duncan Dalmao.
Scoring one of Indy’s pair of goals on Friday, Bryan Lemos has three goals and one assist in his last four games. Joining the Fuel on February 18th, Lemos has registered six goals, seven assists and a plus-11 rating. Skating in a total of 58 games this season, Lemos has tallied 14 goals and 25 assists.
Entering Saturday’s contest against the Nailers, Spencer Watson has tallied four goals and one assist in his last five games. Entering his 156th game in a Fuel uniform, Watson is nine goals away from breaking the Fuel franchise record for all-time goals. Scoring at a rapid pace, Watson is also on pace to break his own record franchise record for goals in a season (31).
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1936 Two future Hall of Famers ink modest contracts with their respective teams. The Tigers sign 25-year-old first baseman Hank Greenberg, who will miss most of the season with an injured wrist, for $20,000, and 31 year-old right-hander Red Ruffing, who will post a 20-12 record, comes to terms with the Yankees for $12,000.
1951 During a spring exhibition game against the University of Southern California at Bovard Field, Mickey Mantle, batting left-handed, hits a home run off Tom Lovrich, which is estimated to travel 650 feet. The 19-year-old rookie’s performance, which includes a single, triple, and another homer, is one of the highlights of the Yankees’ first-ever West Coast trip.
1957 The police arrest Yankee manager Casey Stengel then released him on $50 bail after allegedly kicking newspaper photographer Branan Sanders of the St. Petersburg Independent. The alleged altercation occurred in the first inning when the former World War II Associated Press photojournalist came into the Yankee dugout after being told he was obstructing the team’s view of their opponents.
1960 Due to Cuba’s political unrest, Miami becomes the new venue for the Orioles-Reds series, initially scheduled for Havana. Cincinnati, which has a farm team on the island, wanted to play the exhibition games as planned, but Baltimore’s team president Lee MacPhail feared for his players’ safety.
1974 “I said that there’d come a time when somebody would take my job away and the time came. That’s the way the ball bounces. I was the same way when I broke in with the White Sox. If I came, someone had to go. Baseball is like life; it goes on no matter what.” – LUIS APARICIO, commenting on his unconditional release by the Red Sox. The Red Sox release future Hall of Famers designated hitter Orlando Cepeda (1999) and infielder Luis Aparicio (1984) after both contributed to the team last season. Cepeda was considered one of the best DH in the American League with 86 RBIs, 20 home runs, and a .289 average, and Aparicio batted a respectable .271 in 132 games, the best mark among shortstops in the league.
1976 The American League votes to expand to Toronto, awarding a franchise to a group consisting of Labatt’s Breweries (45%), the Imperial Trust, Ltd (45%), and CIBC (10%), the organization which will eventually purchase the team for $7 million. At first, the decision will appear in peril when President Gerald Ford attempts to pressure MLB to give the expansion franchise to Washington, D.C., which has been without a major league team since the Senators moved to Arlington (TX) to become the Rangers following the 1972 season.
1977 The Red Sox releases fan-favorite Rico Petrocelli, a future inductee to the club’s Hall of Fame in 1997 who batted .251 and hit 210 home runs during his 13 seasons with Boston. The two-time All-Star infielder calls it quits, ending his career, all with Boston, having played a vital role in the team’s 1967 and 1975 American League pennants.
1984 In a spring training deal, the Phillies trade outfielders Gary Matthews and Bob Dernier along with right-handed reliever Porfi Altamirano to the Cubs for right-hander Bill Campbell and Mike Diaz, a utility player. The former Philadelphia fly chasers, who will each receive consideration for the MVP award, both play a pivotal role in Chicago’s first-place finish this season in the National League Eastern Division.
1984 Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color line, playing for the Dodgers in 1947, is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by President Ronald Reagan. Rachel Robinson, on behalf of her late husband, accepts the award, the highest civilian honor given in the United States.
2000 The demolition Kingdome happens in less than 20 seconds, thanks to 5,800 holes filled with gelatin dynamite ignited by 21.6 miles of detonation cord. The former home of the Mariners, the venue of no-hitters by Randy Johnson (1990 vs. Tigers) and Chris Bosio (1993 vs. Red Sox), is now a 65-foot mound of rubble.
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|(2)VILLANOVA VS (5)HOUSTON||6:09PM||TBS|
|(2)DUKE VS (4)ARKANSAS||8:49PM||TBS|
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|EUROPEAN: QATAR MASTERS||7:00AM||GOLF|
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|PGA: WGC DELL TECHNOLOGIES, MATCH PLAY||2:00PM||NBC|
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|TAMPA BAY VS BOSTON||1:05PM||MLBN|
|LA DODGERS AT KANSAS CITY||9:00PM||MLBN|
|UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BLAYDES VS. DAUKAUS||7:00PM||ESPN|
|NASCAR TRUCK: XPEL 225||1:00PM||FS1|
|XFINITY: PIT BOSS 250||4:30PM||FS1|
|AMA SUPERCROSS: ROUND 12 (SEATTLE)||10:00PM||USA|
|SAN ANTONIO AT NEW ORLEANS||5:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SACRAMENTO AT ORLANDO||7:00PM||NBCS-CA|
|INDIANA AT TORONTO||7:30PM||SPORTSNET|
|BROOKLYN AT MIAMI||8:00PM||NBATV|
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|COLUMBUS AT MINNESOTA||8:00PM||ESPN+|
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|EDMONTON AT CALGARY||10:00PM||SPORTSNET|
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|1 XY-MIAMI||47||27||.635||—||26-11||21-16||11-2||30-15||5-5||3 L|
|2 PHILADELPHIA||46||27||.630||0.5||21-16||25-11||6-9||27-17||7-3||3 W|
|3 MILWAUKEE||46||27||.630||0.5||26-12||20-15||10-3||28-18||8-2||2 W|
|4 BOSTON||46||28||.622||1.0||25-12||21-16||9-6||30-16||9-1||5 W|
|5 CHICAGO||42||31||.575||4.5||26-10||16-21||9-5||27-18||3-7||2 L|
|6 CLEVELAND||41||32||.562||5.5||23-13||18-19||9-5||24-20||5-5||2 L|
|7 TORONTO||41||32||.562||5.5||18-16||23-16||8-5||25-20||7-3||1 W|
|8 BROOKLYN||38||35||.521||8.5||16-19||22-16||9-6||26-18||6-4||1 L|
|9 CHARLOTTE||38||36||.514||9.0||20-18||18-18||6-7||22-23||7-3||1 W|
|10 ATLANTA||37||37||.500||10.0||24-14||13-23||8-6||22-24||6-4||1 W|
|11 NEW YORK||32||42||.432||15.0||15-21||17-21||4-10||17-27||6-4||2 W|
|12 WASHINGTON||31||42||.425||15.5||18-18||13-24||6-7||23-23||2-8||1 W|
|13 INDIANA||25||49||.338||22.0||16-21||9-28||2-13||11-34||3-7||2 L|
|14 DETROIT||20||54||.270||27.0||12-25||8-29||5-9||16-30||3-7||1 L|
|15 ORLANDO||20||54||.270||27.0||10-26||10-28||2-11||10-35||4-6||1 L|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 XYZ-PHOENIX||60||14||.811||—||30-8||30-6||8-4||36-9||9-1||7 W|
|2 X-MEMPHIS||51||23||.689||9.0||26-10||25-13||9-5||32-14||8-2||3 W|
|3 GOLDEN STATE||48||26||.649||12.0||29-9||19-17||10-3||28-17||5-5||1 L|
|4 UTAH||45||29||.608||15.0||26-11||19-18||13-1||29-15||5-5||3 L|
|5 DALLAS||45||29||.608||15.0||25-12||20-17||13-2||32-16||6-4||1 L|
|6 DENVER||43||31||.581||17.0||21-15||22-16||5-9||26-20||5-5||1 L|
|7 MINNESOTA||43||32||.573||17.5||25-13||18-19||11-4||29-20||7-3||1 W|
|8 LA CLIPPERS||36||39||.480||24.5||20-16||16-23||7-7||21-26||2-8||5 L|
|9 NEW ORLEANS||31||42||.425||28.5||17-20||14-22||6-8||20-23||4-6||1 W|
|10 LA LAKERS||31||42||.425||28.5||20-18||11-24||3-11||16-27||3-7||1 L|
|11 SAN ANTONIO||29||44||.397||30.5||14-23||15-21||4-8||19-24||5-5||2 W|
|12 PORTLAND||27||46||.370||32.5||17-20||10-26||1-12||11-32||2-8||2 L|
|13 SACRAMENTO||26||48||.351||34.0||16-23||10-25||5-8||17-29||3-7||1 W|
|14 OKLAHOMA CITY||21||52||.288||38.5||10-27||11-25||4-8||14-31||1-9||1 W|
|15 HOUSTON||19||55||.257||41.0||11-25||8-30||3-12||10-37||3-7||1 W|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE
|1 FLORIDA PANTHERS||63||43||14||6||92||41||258||183||26-6-0||17-8-6||8-1-1|
|2 CAROLINA HURRICANES||64||42||15||7||91||41||209||154||24-5-4||18-10-3||5-3-2|
|3 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||66||39||17||10||88||36||214||177||18-9-5||21-8-5||5-3-2|
|4 NEW YORK RANGERS||65||41||19||5||87||37||198||168||21-6-3||20-13-2||6-4-0|
|5 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||63||40||18||5||85||38||232||191||23-7-2||17-11-3||5-4-1|
|6 BOSTON BRUINS||64||40||19||5||85||38||194||171||19-10-2||21-9-3||8-1-1|
|7 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||63||39||18||6||84||37||209||180||19-6-4||20-12-2||4-6-0|
|8 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||66||36||20||10||82||31||220||188||15-13-5||21-7-5||7-2-1|
|9 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||65||32||29||4||68||28||214||243||18-13-3||14-16-1||4-4-2|
|10 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||62||28||25||9||65||27||170||168||17-12-4||11-13-5||7-2-1|
|11 DETROIT RED WINGS||64||26||31||7||59||23||186||240||17-12-4||9-19-3||2-7-1|
|12 BUFFALO SABRES||65||23||33||9||55||20||174||227||12-16-5||11-17-4||6-3-1|
|13 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||65||21||33||11||53||21||167||228||13-15-6||8-18-5||4-5-1|
|14 OTTAWA SENATORS||64||23||36||5||51||22||167||209||12-19-2||11-17-3||4-6-0|
|15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||64||23||36||5||51||21||197||233||15-14-3||8-22-2||4-6-0|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||64||17||37||10||44||15||163||242||9-19-4||8-18-6||4-3-3|
|1 COLORADO AVALANCHE||65||46||14||5||97||43||251||181||26-4-3||20-10-2||6-3-1|
|2 CALGARY FLAMES||64||39||17||8||86||37||222||155||20-6-6||19-11-2||6-3-1|
|3 MINNESOTA WILD||62||38||20||4||80||33||231||198||21-7-1||17-13-3||6-3-1|
|4 ST. LOUIS BLUES||63||35||19||9||79||33||224||180||20-8-4||15-11-5||3-4-3|
|5 LOS ANGELES KINGS||66||35||22||9||79||32||191||186||17-13-4||18-9-5||5-3-2|
|6 EDMONTON OILERS||65||36||24||5||77||33||222||206||20-12-0||16-12-5||6-3-1|
|7 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||65||37||24||4||78||35||212||190||19-11-0||18-13-4||6-4-0|
|8 DALLAS STARS||63||36||24||3||75||32||188||188||21-8-1||15-16-2||6-4-0|
|9 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||67||35||28||4||74||31||211||202||19-13-3||16-15-1||3-7-0|
|10 WINNIPEG JETS||66||31||25||10||72||30||207||206||18-13-2||13-12-8||7-3-0|
|11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||66||31||26||9||71||28||188||190||14-13-5||17-13-4||4-3-3|
|12 ANAHEIM DUCKS||66||27||28||11||65||23||188||214||16-14-4||11-14-7||1-7-2|
|13 SAN JOSE SHARKS||64||28||28||8||64||26||169||203||15-14-4||13-14-4||4-4-2|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||65||24||32||9||57||20||175||224||11-16-5||13-16-4||4-5-1|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||64||20||38||6||46||18||168||228||11-18-3||9-20-3||4-5-1|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||64||20||40||4||44||19||166||232||9-22-1||11-18-3||5-5-0|
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