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Tatum’s huge effort helps Celtics win 108-95 to force Game 7

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jayson Tatum wouldn’t let it happen again.

With the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks attempting to complete a fourth-quarter comeback for the second straight game and close out their Eastern Conference semifinal, Tatum made sure the Boston Celtics instead kept their season alive and forced a decisive seventh game.

Tatum scored 46 points and the Celtics withstood a brilliant performance from Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo to win 108-95 on Friday night, the third straight victory for a road team in this thrilling series.

“I wasn’t going to leave anything out there and have any regrets,” Tatum said. “Just trying to do what it took.”

After the Bucks reduced a 14-point deficit to four with just under 9 minutes left, Tatum took over the game. He scored 16 of Boston’s 26 fourth-quarter points.

“He was unbelievable,” said Antetokounmpo, who was pretty extraordinary in his own right with 44 points, 20 rebounds and six assists.

Tatum’s effort set up a winner-take-all matchup Sunday in Boston. The victor heads to Miami to begin an East finals matchup with the top-seeded Heat on Tuesday.

“I don’t think anybody’s won two games in a row in this series,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Now, it’s the finality. You’ve got to go and find a way to get that fourth win and win the series. I think everybody in sport looks for that game. That college feel. That NCAA feel, where if you lose your season’s done, if you win, you keep going. It’s exciting.”

The Bucks had won all eight of their potential series clinchers in Budenholzer’s four-year tenure before Friday. This marked the first time the Bucks had lost a possible clincher since a Game 7 defeat at Boston in a 2018 first-round series.

Boston showed its grit by bouncing back two nights after blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 110-107 Game 5 home loss. The Bucks tried to rally again after trailing by 14 in the final period, but this time the Celtics stayed in front.

“Tonight will be the first night since that game that I’ll get some sleep,” said Marcus Smart, who had 21 points, seven assists and no turnovers.

Jaylen Brown added 22 points for the Celtics, who capitalized on their superiority from 3-point range. The Celtics were 17 of 43 and the Bucks 7 of 27 from beyond the arc.

Antetokounmpo tried to lead the Bucks to a second straight improbable comeback.

Boston led 84-70 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter and was up 84-73 when officials ruled Grant Williams had drawn a charge for Antetokounmpo’s fifth foul. But the Bucks challenged the call and it was overturned on replay, instead sending Antetokounmpo to the line with four fouls.

Antetokounmpo made both free throws to start an 8-0 run that got the Bucks back into the game. The Bucks trimmed the margin to 85-81 on Antetokounmpo’s 3-pointer with 8:42 left.

Tatum said he was thinking about that Game 5 collapse as the Bucks started to rally. He wanted to make sure the Bucks didn’t win the 50-50 balls and dominate the glass the way they did down the stretch on Wednesday.

“They were tougher than us in that fourth quarter of Game 5,” Tatum said. “That was in the back of my mind. That was in the back of everybody’s mind, that we couldn’t get beat on those kind of plays. Our season was on the line.”

Tatum wouldn’t let the Bucks get any closer.

After that 8-0 Bucks spurt, Tatum scored the Celtics’ next 11 points. That included a fadeaway jumper as the shot clock expired to get the lead back to six plus a couple of 3-pointers.

“He went into another mode right there,” Smart said. “We’d seen it in his eyes.”

Tatum and Brown each hit a 3-pointer during an 8-0 spurt that closed with Smart’s jumper that made it 100-87 with 4:20 remaining.

Boston maintained a double-digit edge the rest of the way.

“We had the right resolve,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “We talked about it after that game. We let an opportunity slip away (Wednesday) but we still had a chance to make it a better story, I guess.”

MISSING PLAYERS

The Celtics played without forward/center Robert Williams for a third straight game. Udoka said Williams suffered a bone bruise in his left knee while colliding with Antetokounmpo in Game 3.

Milwaukee was missing three-time All-Star forward Khris Middleton for a ninth consecutive game. Middleton sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Game 2 of the Bucks’ first-round series with the Chicago Bulls.

GAME 7 HISTORY

The Celtics own a 24-9 Game 7 record, while the Bucks are just 3-8.

But the Bucks can lean on some recent successful history in winner-take-all games. Their title run last year included a Game 7 overtime victory at Brooklyn in the East semifinals.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Tatum has scored at least 30 points in three straight games. … After going a combined 5 of 27 on 3-point attempts in Games 3-5, Tatum was 7 of 15 on Friday. … The Celtics were 10 of 17 from 3-point range in the game’s first 14 1/2 minutes.

Bucks: Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday (17) and Pat Connaughton (14) combined for 75 of the Bucks’ 95 points. The other Bucks shot a combined 9 of 33 overall and 0 of 13 from 3-point range. … Antetokounmpo was 14 of 15 on free-throw attempts. … A moment of silence was held before the game to honor Hall of Famer Bob Lanier, who died Tuesday at the age of 73. Lanier played for the Bucks from 1980-84, and his No. 16 jersey hangs from the Fiserv Forum rafters.

CREW CHIEF CHANGE

Scott Foster, the scheduled crew chief for Game 6, couldn’t officiate because of an illness unrelated to COVID-19. Eric Lewis took over as crew chief with Ben Taylor working as the referee and Tre Maddox as the umpire.

Curry, Thompson send Warriors into Western Conference finals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Klay Thompson knocked down eight 3-pointers on the way to 30 points, Stephen Curry scored 29 with six 3s, and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the Western Conference finals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96 in Game 6 on Friday night.

Curry found his shooting touch late and made two straight baskets late in the third for a 78-77 lead entering the final 12 minutes. Draymond Green contributed 14 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. Kevon Looney grabbed 22 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth with a pair of timely 3s.

Golden State – eliminated by Memphis in the play-in tournament last year – withstood a testy series to advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2019, when the franchise reached its fifth straight NBA Finals before losing to Toronto in the deciding Game 6.

The third-seeded Warriors will face the Phoenix-Dallas winner in the conference finals. Game 7 of that series is Sunday in Phoenix.

“Whoop that trick!” the delighted, raucous home crowd chanted in the waning moments, the fans’ steal away from Memphis.

Dillon Brooks scored 30 points with a career-best seven 3-pointers but picked up his second flagrant foul of the series. Desmond Bane added 25.

Curry checked back in for the final 8:21 and delivered a 3 with 5:45 remaining off a beautiful bounce pass by Green. Looney found Green for an easy dunk the next time down, capping a decisive 10-0 run.

After Wednesday’s 134-95 debacle on the Grizzlies’ home floor in which they trailed by as many as 55 , the Warriors were determined to do everything better, especially cutting down on the 22 turnovers leading to 29 points.

The Warriors outrebounded the Grizzlies 70-44, becoming the first team to grab 70 rebounds in a playoff game since San Antonio had 75 against Denver on May 4, 1983.

Bane scored the first two baskets of the game before the Warriors ran off 10 consecutive points, with a pair of layups by Green and a 3 by both Curry and Thompson.

Looney started after Jonathan Kuminga had the previous three games following the injury to guard Gary Payton II. He broke his left elbow in an awkward fall after being hit over the head by Brooks in Game 2 that earned Brooks a Flagrant 2 foul and one-game suspension.

He was booed loudly again at every chance by the sellout crowd at Chase Center. When Payton was shown on the big screen during a first-quarter timeout he received a rousing ovation and touched his hand to his heart before encouraging them to get louder.

Memphis again played without All-Star guard Ja Morant, who missed his third straight game with a bone bruise in his troublesome right knee that the Grizzlies blamed on Jordan Poole pulling on the knee while going for a loose ball in Game 3.

Center Steven Adams limped off gingerly on his right ankle and headed to the locker room 3:23 before halftime but returned. At the same time, Brooks received a Flagrant foul 1 for taking down Curry and the Grizzlies forward and Thompson were hit with double technicals.

THOMPSON’S TOUCH

Thompson, back shining in the playoffs after his 2 1/2-year absence with a pair of serious injuries, notched his fourth career postseason game with eight 3s – tying Ray Allen, Curry, and Damian Lillard for most in NBA history.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Brooks had three flagrant points and finished one from an automatic one-game suspension. … Memphis missed its final 10 shots of the second quarter. … The Grizzlies held a 55-37 rebounding advantage in Game 5.

Warriors: Curry was 6 for 17 from deep. … Looney’s 11 first-quarter rebounds are a career high for any quarter and they match a Warriors playoff record in the team’s West Coast era also accomplished by Larry Smith on May 12, 1987, on the road vs. the Lakers. … F Otto Porter Jr. was out with soreness in his right foot. … Veteran Andre Iguodala, still sidelined with a left cervical disc injury, is scheduled to be re-evaluated again later next week.

FRIDAY THE 13TH

The Warriors had a playoff game on Friday the 13th for just the second time in franchise history, previously when they beat the Bucks 100-86 on April 13, 1973, in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals to clinch the series 4-2, according to Elias. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored a game-high 27 points and led the Bucks with 14 rebounds. Jim Barnett scored 26 for the Warriors.

76ers need better Harden, healthy Embiid to contend in East

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The first piece of the 76ers’ offseason is set: Doc Rivers will return to coach next season, early exits and all. Another question mark seems somewhat settled, James Harden wants to stay in Philly and the Sixers want him back. All signs point to yes, but no deal – one that could be worth nearly $50 million next season – is guaranteed.

Outside of NBA scoring champion Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, the rest of the roster is fair game headed into another offseason following a second-round exit, this one in six games to the Miami Heat.

The Sixers lost in the Eastern Conference second round four times since 2018 – once as a No. 1 seed – and were swept in the first round in 2020. They haven’t advanced past the second round since 2001 and only twice (1985 the other) since winning their last NBA championship in 1983.

Ten years ago, the Sixers were the plucky underdog that knocked off the top-seeded Bulls to reach the second round. Tired of the early exits, the 76ers soon launched the tirelessly debated Process that yielded Embiid but not much else. The Sixers aren’t about to start again, not with Embiid still in his prime, the Wells Fargo Center packed nightly, and a core that theoretically has pieces that could shape a contender.

Under owners Josh Harris and Dave Blitzer, team president Daryl Morey and Rivers, can this franchise ever win a championship, at least while Embiid is under contract through the 2026-27 season?

“We’re right there,” Rivers said Friday. “We’ve put ourselves in the argument.”

Oh, there’s plenty of arguing in Philly.

Like, why is Rivers coming back? Is Harden worth a max deal? Whose fault is it that Embiid can’t stay healthy?

And there’s this debate, brought back to life after the Heat smoked the Sixers in Games 5 and 6: How could the Sixers have ever let Jimmy Butler go after the 2019 season?

“Tobias Harris over me?!” Butler, the former 76ers guard, said as he walked into Miami’s locker room.

The Sixers have settled into a comfortable routine of 50 wins, a top-half seed in the Eastern Conference, and letting them go as far as Embiid can take them.

“We have one of the best, if not the best, players on the planet,” Morey said. “We have to do more. All of us.”

HARDEN HURTS

No player will have to do more next season than Harden. The crazed excitement and all those fake beards fans wore when the Sixers acquired Harden from Brooklyn for Ben Simmons faded in a hurry. The Sixers realized in a heartbeat — and fans watched in horror in the playoffs – that Harden was no longer the three-time scoring champion, former MVP Harden. Rather, the Sixers acquired a 32-year-old diminished Harden who came up empty against the Heat. Harden had four turnovers, four baskets and did not score in the second half in the Game 6 loss.

“We all know he’s a very skilled player,” Morey said. “We’ll figure out how to use him.”

Morey and Rivers used the usual caveats that a full offseason program and training camp will help the Sixers better figure out how to use Harden. Morey said the Sixers could thrive with Harden “if we can unlock what he brings us.”

So here’s the hiccup. Harden has a $47.4 million player option for 2022-23 and, should he pick it up before July 1, would be eligible to sign a max contract extension for nearly $223 million through the 2026-2027 season. Harden said after Game 6 he would do “whatever it takes to help this team continue to grow,” meaning he could opt out of his deal and agree to return for less money. OK.

Morey said Harden is in next season’s plans.

“That’s been the plan since the trade,” Morey said.

RIVERS DEEP

Rivers has drawn the ire of Sixers fans in just two seasons on the bench. Rivers has been blamed for everything from hastening Simmons’ messy departure to odd lineup decisions to keeping Embiid in late in a Game 6 win over Toronto. The All-Star center suffered a mild concussion and right orbital fracture that kept him out of the first two games against the Heat.

Morey didn’t hesitate in endorsing Rivers.

“I just think he’s a great coach. I love working with him,” Morey said. “I feel like I’m learning from him. I think Elton (Brand) and I and him make a great team and we’re going to see where this journey takes us. But we feel very good about where it’s going to take us. It’s going to be where we have a very good chance to win a title.”

But Harris, Embiid and Georges Niang were among the players critical of the 76ers’ mental fortitude when times got tough against the Heat. Rivers said he was aware “the toughness word has come out a lot over the last 24 hours” and said there are “weaknesses, clearly, that we have to improve.” That could mean trades but a potential chip in Danny Green likely came off the block when he suffered tears of the ACL and LCL in his left knee early in Game 6.

MV-BIID

Embiid was the league scoring champion and gutted out the playoffs with torn ligaments in his right thumb, playing with a mask to protect his broken face and the lingering effects of a concussion. He also suffered a meniscus tear in his right knee in last year’s playoffs.

“Right when the thumb happened, I’m a realist, you knew that was going to be a struggle,” Rivers said. “For your best player two years in a row to have to go and play in the playoffs not being right is difficult. It really is. And that’s where obviously we need to just make sure we support them and keep giving them more help. So when those things happen we can still steady the fort.”

Kreider scores late, Rangers edge Pens 5-3 to force Game 7

PITTSBURGH (AP) Chris Kreider doesn’t believe in dwelling on the past. There is only the next play for the New York Rangers’ star forward.

It’s why Kreider threw linemate Mika Zibanejad’s iPad to the ground out of frustration after Zibanejad stewed over a breakaway during the second period against Pittsburgh’s Louie Domingue on Friday night that ended up with Zibanejad hitting the post.

Kreider told Zibanejad to stop second-guessing himself. It was a good move. It didn’t go in. It happens. Just keep playing.

So Zibanejad did. Kreider, too. And thanks to their relentlessness the resilient Rangers are heading back home for a Game 7.

The two longtime teammates scored two goals apiece – including Kreider’s blast from the point that hit Domingue high then sailed over the goaltender’s head and rolled into the net with 1:28 remaining to lift the Rangers to a 5-3 win over the Sidney Crosby-less Penguins to push their thrilling first-round playoff series to the limit.

“Regardless of the situation, I’m proud of the way this team competes,” Kreider said. “Whether we’re down, whether we’re up, we’re trying to get to our game, trying to play the same way.”

As they have done repeatedly throughout this topsy-turvy series the Rangers rallied from a multiple-goal deficit and will host Game 7 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden with some serious momentum.

“We battled back after (falling behind) and that showed some character in our group,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said.

A group looking to advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2017. New York will get a chance thanks to the play of Kreider and Zibanejad, four assists from Adam Fox and 31 saves by Igor Shesterkin, who rebounded from two shaky performances at PPG Paints Arena earlier in the series to silence the chants of “IIIIGOOORRRR” that rained down on him frequently.

“He battles, it’s what he does,” Kreider said of Shesterkin, a finalist for both the Vezina and Hart trophies. “He’s been our best player all year and he continues to be our best player.”

Pittsburgh’s best player, by contrast, was forced to watch his team let a chance to advance slip away from afar. The Penguins played without Crosby, who is dealing with an upper-body injury that forced the captain to miss his first playoff game in five years.

For long stretches, it looked as if Pittsburgh would find a way to move on even with Crosby’s familiar No. 87 out of the lineup. Bryan Rust and Jeff Carter scored during the first period to stake the Penguins to a 2-0 lead and Evgeni Malkin’s breakaway late in the second knotted the game at 3 after the Rangers had surged in front.

In the end, it didn’t matter. Shesterkin held firm in the third period and Domingue – who’s played solidly if not spectacularly while filling in for injured starters Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith – let in his first truly soft goal of the playoffs when Kreider’s relatively innocuous shot from the point hit the goaltender’s glove then fluttered behind him.

“Nobody said it was going to be easy,” Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang said. “They’re a really good team. They have a lot of skilled players that can score goals. It’s a race to four and we have to regroup, stay positive and get the job done.”

SPECIAL TEAMS ISSUES

The Penguins were in control early in the second period when forward Evan Rodrigues was issued a penalty for roughing after taking exception to a hit along the boards by New York’s Ryan Lindgren.

It took Zibanejad all of 5 seconds to score with the man advantage to provide the Rangers with a needed jolt and give him his first goal of the postseason. Zibanejad’s second came just 1:16 later on another laser, this one from the right circle.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan chastised Rodrigues for failing to keep his emotions in check.

“That’s a necessary part of winning at this time of the year,” Sullivan said.

So is scoring when you’re on a 5-on-3. The Penguins failed to do so early in Game 5 in New York. They failed to do it again on Friday, generating little despite having 1:07 with the two-man advantage. Pittsburgh went 0 for 3 on the power play on the night while the Rangers went 2 for 3.

“I think I’m probably stating the obvious, but the special teams was the difference,” Sullivan said. “We have to be better.”

GAME 7 UNCERTAINTY

Crosby skated early Friday morning with Pittsburgh skating and skills development coach Ty Hennes but was not part of the Penguins’ optional skate. His status for Sunday is unknown.

Jarry, who’s been out since mid-April with a broken foot, took shots during the skate but was held out once again. Penguins forward Rickard Rakell missed his fifth straight game after taking a high hit in the series opener. Pittsburgh lost veteran forward Brian Boyle in the first period. Sullivan said Boyle was being evaluated for a lower-body injury.

PREDICTING THE FUTURE?

Gallant said before the playoffs began that the only time home ice matters in the postseason is in Game 7.

“I hope I’m right,” Gallant said. “We’ve played well in our building. And like I said, it’s a Game 7. Winner goes on. Loser goes home. So I think it’s going to be a great game.”

The Penguins, by the way, are unbeaten all-time (6-0) when playing Game 7 on the road.

Panthers beat Caps in OT, win series for 1st time since ’96

WASHINGTON (AP) Jonathan Huberdeau couldn’t remember what it was like to be on the smiling side of a handshake line.

The feelings were so strong after he and the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime Friday night to win Game 6 and move on to the second round that Huberdeau wants to replicate it over and over.

“We didn’t know how it felt,” he said. “Now we might as well go all the way.”

That’s a long way off, but getting out of the first round was a strong first step for the Presidents’ Trophy winners who won the franchise’s first playoff series since 1996. Ending that drought at 26 years took bouncing back from the Capitals tying the score with 1:03 left in regulation and getting another big goal from leading scorer Carter Verhaeghe 2:46 into overtime to move on.

Florida will face either the cross-state rival – and back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning – or the Toronto Maple Leafs in the next round. They face off in Game 7 of that series Saturday.

“They’re going to be big-time challenges,” interim coach Andrew Brunette said. “It will be a different kind of series.”

This series included the Panthers rallying from a deficit to win the final three games. After Ryan Lomberg tied it in the second period in his return to the lineup, trade-deadline acquisition Claude Giroux evened things up in the third and captain Aleksander Barkov put them ahead before T.J. Oshie’s power-play goal sent the game to OT.

After a league-high 29 comeback victories in the regular season and a dose of adversity in a tougher series than many anticipated, the Panthers were not shaken by the sudden turn of events.

“We were just confident,” Huberdeau said. “We know we can score some goals. Obviously they tied it up, but that’s hockey. That’s how it happened the way we won here the last time, so that was the same thing. Obviously we stuck with it, and that’s the kind of team we are and we showed it.”

Verheaghe’s OT goal was his team-leading sixth of the series and came after he missed the morning skate and was considered a game-time decision. Brunette said Verhaeghe “dug in deep and found a way to get it done.”

That’s true about the entire team. Dogged by the reputation of losing in the playoffs, Florida’s core of Huberdeau, Barkov and top defenseman Aaron Ekblad that had fallen short three previous times finally got to soak in what it’s like to win a series.

“It means a lot,” Barkov said. “There’s been a lot of talk about this and not winning any rounds, getting knocked out in the first round and stuff like that. Of course you don’t think about that, but it’s there. It’s not there anymore, so we’re happy about that and happy to be a part of it. But there’s still a long way to go to the point where we actually want to be.”

The Capitals got there in 2018, winning the organization’s first Stanley Cup title. They have not won a playoff series since and got knocked out in the first round at home for the third time in that span.

“I think you see how we played against the best team in the regular season,” Washington captain Alex Ovechkin said. “We have it, but we just blow it away. It is on us. “

The Panthers’ most recent series win came June 1, 1996, when they beat Pittsburgh in Game 7 to advance to the final. They got swept by Colorado, starting what would begin a 26-year wait between series victories.

Other than the expansion Seattle Kraken, every other NHL franchise had won at least two series during that span. Detroit won 27, Pittsburgh 24, Tampa Bay 22 and Colorado won 20. Florida kept waiting and waiting for just one, until Friday.

“These things, you’ve got to go through them a few times to really get the feel of it,” Brunette said. “You have to have heartbreaks. You have to have things that don’t go your way and you can find how hard it is and understand it and be resilient and when you see the reward like they saw tonight, it was all worth it.”

NOTES: Lomberg played for the first time since Game 1, replacing Anthony Duclair in Florida’s lineup. Duclair was a healthy scratch after putting just one shot on net in the first five games. … Washington was without right wing Tom Wilson for a fifth consecutive game because of a lower-body injury.

Wild-card Stars force Game 7 against Calgary with 4-2 win

DALLAS (AP) Joe Pavelski and the Dallas Stars were skating with urgency in the third period. If not, it could easily have been their last one of the season.

Miro Heiskanen scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and the Stars recovered after blowing an early two-goal lead, beating the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Friday night to force a deciding Game 7 in their first-round Western Conference series.

“The message was we’ve got to have a good third. We haven’t always had good thirds at times with the lead, and we wanted to kind of try to turn that,” Pavelski said. “The other night, they came out hard in the third and we didn’t handle it well enough. And tonight was one of those situations where I think everyone bought in. We took a step in the right direction of doing it.”

Calgary was in position to close out the wild-card Stars after a 3-1 home win in Game 5 on Wednesday night, when the Pacific Division champions scored all of their goals in the third period.

This series instead is going back to the Saddledome for a deciding Game 7 on Sunday night.

“A hell of a game. We couldn’t get the equalizer,” a rather-terse Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said.

The first goal in these playoffs for Heiskanen came on a 40-foot shot with a bunch of traffic in front of Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom. That came with 2:28 left in the second period, in which both teams scored twice.

With their season on the line, the Stars didn’t give in during the third period.

“We went after them instead of sitting back. … That was one of our better third periods of the year, and it was a timely one,” Michael Raffl said.

“That was NHL playoff hockey at its best. That was a great hockey game,” coach Rick Bowness said. “Both teams, both goalies, were great.”

Calgary will host a Game 7 for the first time since 2006, when it lost its first-round series to Anaheim. This is the third consecutive playoffs that the Stars will play a Game 7 – they beat Colorado in the second round in the NHL bubble in Canada two seasons ago, and lost at St. Louis in a second-round series that went the full distance in 2019.

“We have a confident group,” Pavelski said. “Every game’s been tight, been competitive and fun to play in.”

Roope Hintz and Raffl also scored for Dallas, and Tyler Seguin added an empty-netter in the final minute. Jake Oettinger, their 23-year-old goalie who had never started a playoff game before this series, stopped 36 shots.

Markstrom also had 36 saves.

Calgary tied the game at 2 with 8:01 left in the second period on a goal by Mikael Backlund, which came 1 second after the end of what officially went down as another unsuccessful power play in this series when both teams have struggled with a man advantage.

That made the Flames 0 for 2 on the power play in the game, to match Dallas at 2 for 21 in the series.

The Stars made it 2 for 22 midway through the third period when Joe Pavelski had an almost point-blank shot that ricocheted off Markstrom’s skate that was on the line.

Backlund’s third goal of the series came on a slap shot that Oettinger had deflected before it bounced off Heiskanen and into the net. That was about four minutes after Johnny Gaudreau’s nifty crossing pass to Michael Stone for the easy tip-in.

“They get two, and we climb back. It’s a tight game but I’d say that 3-2 goal late in the second was tough,” Flames center Elias Lindholm said. “Obviously, we’d like to win this game, but it’s a new day tomorrow and a game on Sunday, and that’s why we fought so hard all year to have home ice on Game 7.”

The Stars had a 2-0 lead about six minutes into the second period when Raffl finished off a wild play in front of the net.

Joel Kiviranta was trying to follow up his own shot, even reaching back after skating past the net, while two Calgary skaters and Markstrom all went down on the ice. Defenseman Christopher Tanev was one of the ones down, and tried to push the puck away with his hand before Raffl was able to stuff it just inside the post

Hintz got his second goal of the series with 5:08 left in the first period, right after Oettinger withstood a flurry of shots at the other end.

Matthew Tkachuk and Gaudreau, both 100-point and 40-goal scorers in the regular season, got off quick shots in succession that had Oettinger scrambling and diving across the crease.

Once the Stars had the puck going the other way, Pavelski had a drop-back pass for the charging Hintz, who sent a quick wrister under the legs of Markstrom.

Tkachuk took a backhander off his knee early in the first period that ricocheted off the post.

GAME 7 HISTORY

Calgary is 5-7 in Game 7s, but has lost six of the last seven it has played. The only Game 7 victory for the Flames since 1990 was in the first round against Vancouver in 2004, before they then advanced to the Stanley Cup Final and lost to Tampa Bay in the seventh game.

Dallas is 6-8, including a Game 7 win over Colorado in the second round of the 2020 playoffs, when the Stars went on to make the Stanley Cup Final in the postseason played in a bubble in Canada because of the pandemic.

Moustakas, Drury power Reds to 8-2 victory over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Moustakas homered twice and Brandon Drury drove in four runs to break out of a slump and lead the resurgent Cincinnati Reds to an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Moustakas hit a solo shot into the right field stands in the fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie. In the seventh, he had another solo homer to make it 8-2, two batters after Drury had a two-run drive.

It was the 15th multihomer game for Moustakas, who has 199 career home runs. He helped the Reds win for the sixth time in eight games following a 3-22 start.

“We’re playing good baseball. We played a real good game tonight,” Moustakas said. “The pitching has been phenomenal, and the offense has been great. It’s great to rattle off some wins in a row.”

Tyler Mahle (2-4) won for the first time since opening day, snapping a six-start winless streak. He gave up two runs on five hits in six innings while striking out eight and walking one.

Reds starters have pitched six innings in back-to-back games after not making it that far in the first 31 games of the season.

Drury’s two-run double in the fifth gave the Reds a 5-2 lead. He had gone 14 at-bats without a hit.

Mitch Keller (0-5) remained winless as he was tagged for five runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He has gone 13 starts since his last win at PNC Park on May 21, 2020, against Colorado.

Of the 16 balls put in play against Keller, 11 had an exit velocity of at least 95 mph.

“Obviously, when you don’t produce it’s frustrating,” Keller said. “Just not executing good pitches and getting beat by it. They’re a good hitting team. They’re hot right now. I can’t leave stuff over the middle of the plate. When you’re missing your spot, put it in their hot zones, they’re going to take advantage of it.”

The Pirates have dropped the first two games of the four-game series after taking two of three from the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers to begin the week.

Cincinnati’s Tyler Naquin had two doubles among his three hits.

Ben Gamel, who opened the scoring with his first career leadoff home run, and Daniel Vogelbach each had two hits for the Pirates.

The Reds moved in front 2-1 in the top of the third when Naquin and Kyle Farmer hit back-to-back doubles and TJ Friedl had a sacrifice fly.

Ke’Bryan Hayes countered with a tying RBI double in the bottom of the inning.

Moustakas broke the tie in the fourth with his first homer and the Reds rolled from there.

“I had two strikes on me on that first home run and I’m up there battling and battling,” Moustakas said. “I got a fastball down and in, got the barrel to it and it went out of the park.”

RISPY BUSINESS

Pittsburgh center fielder Bryan Reynolds is 1 for 25 with runners in scoring position this year after going hitless twice in those situations. He is batting .214 overall after starting in the All-Star Game last season.

GUTIERREZ TO BULLPEN

The Reds are moving struggling right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez to the bullpen. He is 0-5 with an 8.65 ERA in six starts after winning nine games as a rookie last year.

With the Reds going from six starting pitchers to five, right-hander Connor Overton will remain in the rotation. The 28-year-old rookie is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts.

“I’m anxious to see him pitch out of the bullpen, but that does not mean this is a long-term decision,” Bell said. “He could easily go back into the rotation. He’s going to remain built up enough to where it’d be an easy transition to go back to starting.”

ROSTER MOVES

The Pirates added RHP Tyler Beede to the active roster a day after claiming him off waivers from San Francisco. He will be used as a reliever.

“The stuff is there,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of the first-round draft pick in 2014. “We feel our staff can help him.”

LHP Cam Alldred was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis after pitching a scoreless inning Thursday against the Reds in his major league debut.

The Pirates also lost lefty reliever Sam Howard to Detroit on a waiver claim.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: 1B Joey Votto (COVID-19) has started hitting off a tee and is expected to begin playing rehab games in the next few days. The 2010 NL MVP has been sidelined since May 2.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (0-0, 5.79 ERA) will make his second start of the season Saturday night. He did not pitch in spring training and missed the first 28 games with a shoulder strain.

Pirates: RHP Zach Thompson (1-3, 7.08) pitched five scoreless innings against the Reds last Sunday but did not factor in the decision.

Marte has 3 hits to lift Diamondbacks over Cubs 4-3

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks played a ton of one-run games last season and lost most.

This year’s team is built to not only survive, but thrive in tight games. They did it again Friday night.

Ketel Marte had three hits and drove in a run, Zach Davies pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 for their seventh win in one-run games after finishing 10-31 last season.

“We’re prepared mentally, physically and fundamentally to win this type of game,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We were able to execute at a high level to win this game.”

Marte struggled to start the season after signing a long-term contract in spring training, but has started to round back into All-Star form the past couple of weeks. He had a pair of doubles off Drew Smyly (1-4) and finished 3 for 4, raising his average to .222.

Davies (2-1) allowed three runs and four hits with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Ian Kennedy worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth after shortstop Geraldo Perdromo’s two-out error and Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.

Arizona has won eight of 10 to move three games over .500 after struggling at the start of the season.

Chicago had two hits after taking a 3-0 lead in the third inning and five overall to lose for the seventh time in nine games.

“This team has a great heartbeat,” Lovullo said. “They don’t panic. They stay with the process, stay with their prep and get very focused. We answered back.”

Davies, who went 6-12 for the Cubs last season, had not allowed a earned run in 14 1/3 innings before facing his old team.

The Cubs ended the right-hander’s streak in the third inning on Ildemaro Vargas’ two-run triple and Rafael Ortega’s sacrifice fly. Davies was solid in every other inning, leaving with a 4-3 lead with two outs in the sixth inning.

“I was kind off today,” Davies said. “I felt like there were at-bats where I got ahead and wasn’t able to put guys away or get behind and have to battle those. But overall, I was happy to get over that inning and be able to pitch into the sixth inning.”

Smyly had been good on the road this season, his ERA (1.26) more than four runs lower than at Wrigley Field.

The left-hander wasn’t quite as sharp at Chase Field.

Marte and Pavin Smith hit RBI doubles off Smyly in the third inning and Christian Walker added a run-scoring single. Jose Rojas reached third after walking to lead off the next inning and scored when Smyly let loose a wild pitch to make it 4-0.

Smyly allowed four runs and 10 hits and struck out four in six innings. He has lost lost four straight starts since beating Pittsburgh on April 12.

DAMAGE AVERTED

Things got a little dicey for Kennedy in the eighth after Pedromo mishandled Willson Contreras’ sharp grounder.

Kennedy just missed on a couple of pitches to walk Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom to load the bases. The right-hander escaped the jam when he jammed Alfonso Rivas to induce a weak pop out to short center field.

“You can’t make mistakes in the middle of the zone and Ian is smart enough to know that,” Lovullo said. “He was making quality pitches, they just weren’t giving in. The inning got a little extended, but when he had to make pitches, he did.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: LHP Justin Steele threw a bullpen without any trouble after leaving the fifth inning of Sunday’s start against the Dodgers with left thumb soreness. … RHP Alec Mills (strained lower back) is scheduled for a bullpen session on Saturday.

Diamondbacks: SS Nick Ahmed was out of the lineup to rest his his right shoulder, an injury that kept him out the first two weeks of the season. He struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks RHP Zac Gallen (2-0, 0.95) has the lowest ERA by a starting pitcher his first five starts in club history heading into Saturday’s game against Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks.

Lewis slam in 9-run inning, Twins beat virus-hit Guardians

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Royce Lewis hit a grand slam for his first big league homer, capping a nine-run fifth inning that sent the Minnesota Twins past the coronavirus-struck Cleveland Guardians 12-8 Friday night.

Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco and Gary Sanchez also homered for Minnesota. The barrage came after Minnesota was shut out in two of its three games against Houston.

“It came down to the good at-bats that we crave. We had one after another,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It was kind of a breakthrough where we actually created that really great separation that we’re always after.”

The Guardians returned after having a game Wednesday at the Chicago White Sox called off – that was the first COVID-19-related postponement in the majors this season.

Cleveland pitching coach Carl Willis ran the team in place of manager Terry Francona, who entered MLB’s health and safety protocols this week. First base coach Sandy Alomar, third base coach Mike Sarbaugh, bench coach DeMarlo Hale, assistant pitching coach Joe Torres and hitting analyst Justin Toole also are out.

Earlier Friday, Cleveland outfielder Josh Naylor was put on the COVID-19-related injured list.

“We just want to be accountable to each other and go out and pick each other up and play the game the right way,” Willis said. “I think they’re in a good frame of mind.”

Lewis, the Twins’ top prospect who debuted earlier this season, batted twice in the fifth. After doubling in his first trip to the plate in the inning, Lewis cleared the bases with a grand slam off reliever Bryan Shaw.

The 22-year-old shortstop received a curtain call from Twins fans, stepping out of the dugout to tip his cap after his memorable homer.

“I think it was pretty much everything I could’ve imagined and more,” Lewis said. “I really appreciate it. This fan base has been always really, really special to me and have always been great to me. Minnesota nice.”

Lewis didn’t play at all in 2020 or 2021, missing all of last year due to a torn ACL in his right knee. He made his debut with the Twins on May 6th after Carlos Correa went on the Injured List.

Lewis now has hits in six of his first seven major league games.

“I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be here and have fun playing the game I love,” Lewis said.

Minnesota had gone four games without a home run, but got its first of the night in the first at-bat. Buxton connected off Aaron Civale (1-3) for a drive deep into the second deck in left field.

Polanco also hit a first-inning solo shot off Civale, who eventually settled down to retire 11 straight batters before Minnesota’s offense erupted.

Sanchez tagged Shaw for a three-run drive in the fifth to make it 7-2.

Twins starter Sonny Gray had mixed results in his outing. He struck out a season-high eight but also walked four in 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He surrendered a solo homer to No. 9 batter Austin Hedges in the fifth.

“Not overly thrilled with how I threw the ball,” Gray said. “I think as a unit and as a whole staff in general, we do have to clean up the walks and giving teams free passes.”

Griffin Jax (3-0) relieved Gray and got the win despite giving up four runs on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings.

COVID IN THE CLUBHOUSE

Willis once pitched for the Twins.

“I told the players, we just want them to play it the right way,” Willis said before the game. “We’re not going to get in their way, but we’ll make decisions as we have to and we’ll go ahead and go forward.”

UP NEXT

RHP Shane Bieber (1-2, 4.13 ERA) gets the start Saturday for Cleveland in the second game of the series as he looks to rebound from his worst outing of the year. Devin Smelter will be recalled from Triple-A St. Paul for his 2022 debut to start Saturday’s game for the Twins, Baldelli said after Friday’s game.

Cabrera leads Tigers to 4-2 win over Orioles

DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera doubled and homered to help the slumping Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Friday night.

Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2) pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and walking four as the Tigers won for just the second time in 11 games.

“I haven’t had a happy drive home in a long time,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.

The Orioles left the bases loaded in each of the last three innings and went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

“They’ve got some good arms in the bullpen and we were just never able to get that big hit,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We gave ourselves plenty of chances. We just needed one or two timely hits.”

Cabrera gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the third. It was his 602nd career double, moving him ahead of Barry Bonds for sole possession of 17th place in major league history and drawing a standing ovation from the Comerica Park crowd.

His 504th career homer in the sixth inning made it 2-0. The homer moved him into a tie with Eddie Murray for 27th on the career list and gave him 1,123 extra-base hits, breaking a tie with Manny Ramirez for 17th place.

“I keep meaning to give Miggy a day off, but he’s just such a huge presence in our lineup,” Hinch said. “I was thinking about Sunday, but after he swings the bat like this, I might have to rethink that.”

Two batters later, Jonathan Schoop singled and scored on Willi Castro’s double before Spencer Torkelson made it 4-0 with an RBI single.

“I wanted to get deep into the game, because we had to use the bullpen a lot yesterday, and things were going smoothly until that sixth inning,” Orioles starter Jordan Lyles said. “I felt good to get a couple more innings, but I started falling behind guys and they made me pay for it.”

Lyles (2-3) took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.

“I think he might have gotten a little fatigued there in the sixth,” Hyde said. “He kept us in the game, though.”

Baltimore had runners at second and third with one out in the first, but Anthony Santander popped out and Tyler Nevin grounded back to the mound.

Rodriguez left after walking Robinson Chirinos and Chris Ownings with two outs in the seventh. Andrew Chafin allowed an infield single to Cedric Mullins, loading the bases, but struck out Jorge Mateo.

Trey Mancini and Santander homered on Jacob Barnes’ first two pitches of the eighth, making it 4-2. Nevin walked, bringing Alex Lange out of the bullpen.

An error by third baseman Jeimer Candelario extended the inning, and Ownings walked to load the bases with two outs. Mullins, though, popped out to keep the Tigers ahead.

Tigers closer Gregory Soto hit Mateo and Mancini to start the ninth. After Santander struck out, Nevin walked to load the bases. Will Vest replaced Soto and struck out pinch-hitter Ramon Urias and Rylan Bannon for his first career save.

“All I was thinking about was throwing strikes,” he said. “It was good to get ahead, and even if we had to scratch and claw at the end, we got the win.”

Vest, who started his career as a Rule 5 pick last season with the Seattle Mariners, had never pitched in the ninth inning of a game that was closer than four runs.

“We’re just trying to get to 27 outs there,” Hinch said. “Gregory was struggling with the strike zone, and while I didn’t love putting Will in a situation he’s never been in, he did a great job.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: Baltimore put INF Ryan Mountcastle (left wrist forearm strain) on the 10-day injured list.

Tigers RHP Casey Mize (elbow) made a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, allowing four runs and three hits while retiring only two batters. … INF Victor Reyes (quad) went 2 for 3 with a walk for the Mud Hens and is 5 for 9 with a homer, three walks and four runs in three games.

NEWLY HATCHED

Orioles RHP Denyi Reyes made his major league debut in the seventh inning, and was involved in an unusual play. With two outs, Javy Baez hit a long fly ball down the left-field line that plate umpire Quinn Wolcott called a home run. Baez, believing the ball to be foul, didn’t run until asking Wolcott what to do.

After a conference, the umpires changed the call to a foul ball and a replay review quickly confirmed the decision. Reyes struck out Baez on the next pitch and finished with two perfect innings.

“We had a bullpen game yesterday, so we were a little shorthanded out there,” Hyde said. “It was huge to have Reyes come in and give us those two innings in his debut when we really needed them.”

UP NEXT

The teams play the second of a three-game series Saturday with Baltimore’s Bruce Zimmermann (2-1, 2.67) facing Michael Pineda (1-3, 3.43).

Stanton, Judge homer again as Yankees beat White Sox 10-4

CHICAGO (AP) Aaron Judge remembers watching Giancarlo Stanton from a distance during his 2017 NL MVP season.

“It was special,” he said.

The tear Stanton is on now has a familiar feel.

Stanton homered in his third consecutive game, Judge went deep for the second time in two nights and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 10-4 on Friday.

“I think about the second half of ’17 for him and how I’d turn on MLB Network,” Judge said. “Every other day it felt like he was getting a homer, two-run homer, three-run homer, 2 for 3, two walks. You couldn’t throw him anything.”

It’s been that way lately, too.

Stanton set the Yankees on course for their 19th win in 22 games when he smacked a two-run drive in the first inning against Vince Velasquez (2-3). He did that after hitting two homers and driving in a career-high six runs in Thursday’s 15-7 win.

Judge made it 6-0 with a solo shot in the fourth – his major league-leading 12th home run.

Josh Donaldson also homered in his second straight game and drove in three runs, and Joey Gallo went deep, too.

Gerrit Cole (3-0) lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits. The right-hander struck out nine and walked one, helping New York improve to a major league-best 24-8.

The White Sox lost for the third time in four games. The reigning AL Central champions have been outscored 41-21 in that span by Cleveland and New York.

“We got torched,” manager Tony La Russa said. “It was almost always we missed our location. You would see the catcher setting up the pitcher in a different place, and missing. That’s what a hitter is supposed to do. They punished it.”

Gavin Sheets homered for Chicago, and Luis Robert had two hits and scored twice. Velasquez got tagged for seven runs and eight hits in five innings.

GOING DEEP

After setting season highs with 15 runs and 15 hits, the relentless Yankees grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first on a drive by Stanton that just cleared the center-field wall. The home run was his fourth in three games and 10th this season.

WORDS EXCHANGED

Things got heated in the bottom half when, with the bases loaded, catcher Jose Trevino tried to pick Tim Anderson off third after Sheets struck out.

Donaldson appeared to knee and push the diving runner while applying the tag. Anderson responded with a push, and the two had words, leading to both teams’ benches and bullpens emptying. The umpires quickly restored order, and Cole struck out AJ Pollock to end that threat.

Donaldson called it a “baseball play” while acknowledging he “leaned on him a little bit.”

“Not intentionally,” he added. “I just want to go make the tag. Obviously, he didn’t like that. Two guys competing, trying to make a play happen right there.”

Donaldson also got into a spat with the White Sox last season when he was with the Twins. The slugger appeared to yell “Not sticky anymore” after hitting a homer against White Sox ace Lucas Giolito during a game in Chicago.

Donaldson had been outspoken when it came to pitchers using sticky substances, something MLB starting cracking down on in 2021.

New York scored three more in the second, capped by Donaldson’s RBI double.

ROSTER MOVE

The Yankees recalled right-hander Clarke Schmidt from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before the game.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: C Ben Rortvedt (right oblique) will likely have an MRI after a knee problem put his rehab on pause, manager Aaron Boone said. Acquired from Minnesota along with Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa in March as part of the deal that sent Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela to the Twins, Rortvedt has played in just two minor-league games this season.

White Sox: Chicago placed Giolito on the COVID-19 injured list. Giolito began experiencing mild symptoms Wednesday, and the White Sox hope to have him pitch during their series at Kansas City next week. … OF Andrew Vaughn was activated following a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte after being sidelined because of a bruised right hand.

UP NEXT

LHP Jordan Montgomery (0-1, 2.90 ERA) looks to keep his string of solid outings going for New York, while LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-3, 6.86) eyes his second straight win.

Padres: No cancer found during Bob Melvin’s prostate surgery

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres say no cancer was found when manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery on Wednesday.

Melvin, 60, was recovering at home Friday after being released from the hospital, the team said.

Melvin said Tuesday that he didn’t think he had cancer, but the doctors wouldn’t know until the surgery. He said he hoped to miss only the first six games of the team’s forthcoming nine-game trip, which started Friday night in Atlanta and continues through Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Bench coach Ryan Christenson is serving as interim manager during Melvin’s absence. He was Melvin’s bench coach the last four seasons in Oakland. Melvin was hired away from the Athletics on Nov. 1 and is in his 19th season as a big league manager.

Melvin said he had been feeling various symptoms since the team returned from a road trip that ended May 4. He missed a game the next night with what the team said was a gastrointestinal issue.

The Padres also said Friday that third base coach Matt Williams remained in COVID-19 protocol and hoped to rejoin the team in Philadelphia for a series that starts Tuesday night. First base coach David Macias moved to third base and Morgan Burkhart coached first base just as they did Wednesday in a home loss to the Cubs.

Padres sign Robinson Canó, plan to use him off the bench

ATLANTA (AP) The San Diego Padres have signed veteran second baseman Robinson Cano to a major league contract and plan to use him as a left-handed bat off the bench.

Cano was not in Friday’s lineup against the Atlanta Braves. Acting manager Ryan Christenson said he could get some occasional starts at second and designated hitter.

“I’ve got a lot left in the tank,” Cano said. “I know I can still play this game and just go out on top.”

The New York Mets, who released Cano on Sunday, owe him nearly $45 million remaining on his original contract signed with Seattle. He will earn a prorated share of the $700,000 minimum.

Cano, 39, was designated for assignment on May 2 after hitting .195 with one home run and three RBIs in 43 plate appearances for the NL East-leading Mets. He sat out last season serving a second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

“I missed the game,” he said. “I would say every bad situation you’ve got to take the good things out of it. I had a chance to spend time with my kids, being a dad. My daughter’s only 5. My son is 11. You’ve just got to move on and turn the page.”

Cano spent the last week at his home in the Dominican Republic, working on baseball activities.

“I went down to see live pitching, take ground balls, running and do all kinds of stuff because in New York I wouldn’t do it,” he said. “Me and my dad have our own field in the Dominican.”

Cano indicated that his time with the Mets ended because he wasn’t able to play every day. He won’t get that opportunity with the Padres barring something unforeseen.

“It’s kind of like I don’t want to blame that – not playing every day – but it’s something that I’m not used to,” he said. “It’s something that’s going to take time. It is what it is. There’s no hard feelings. I’m just thankful here for the opportunity. I just move on and turn the page. Now I’m here and I want to help this team to win games.”

Christenson, who’s taken over while manager Bob Melvin recovers from prostate surgery, plans to get Cano in the lineup in the next few days.

“As we get into this road trip and if we’re looking to get someone a day off, then maybe we’ll discuss a DH or maybe some second base,” Christenson said. “He’s going to be used as a pinch-hitter off the bench.”

Cano has a .302 career batting average with 335 home runs, 1,305 RBIs and an .842 OPS in 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits, including 571 doubles. Cano is owed nearly $45 million by the Mets from the remainder of the $240 million, 10-year contract he signed with Seattle. He has lost over $35 million because of the two drug suspensions.

San Diego is responsible for just $561,538, a prorated share of the $700,000 minimum, with the Mets responsible for the remainder of his $24 million salary this year plus $24 million for 2023.

Seattle remains responsible for a final $3.75 million payment to the Mets this Dec. 1, part of $20 million the Mariners agreed to pay New York at the time they sent Cano to the Mets in a polarizing trade made by former New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen in December 2018.

With the fourth-highest career batting average among all active major leaguers, Cano trails Miguel Cabrera (.310), Jose Altuve (.307) and Mike Trout (.305). He ranks third among active players in hits, RBIs, total bases, extra-base hits and runs scored. Cano has 316 homers as a second baseman, second all-time to Jeff Kent’s 351.

The Padres optioned pitcher Dinelson Lamet to Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding move.

Free agent wide receiver Jarvis Landry joining Saints

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Free agent wide receiver Jarvis Landry, a five-time Pro Bowler, is joining the New Orleans Saints.

The eight-year veteran confirmed the move on Twitter on Friday.

Landry spent his first four pro seasons with Miami before joining the Browns. He led the league in receptions in 2017 with 112, his final season with the Dolphins.

In all, the 2014 second-round draft pick from LSU has 688 receptions for 7,598 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Landry, 29, is coming off his worst season as a pro. He was instrumental in improving Cleveland’s culture and helping the Browns break their long playoff drought in 2020. But he missed time in 2021 with a knee injury and finished with career lows in receptions (52), yards (570) and touchdown catches (2).

The Browns considered restructuring his contract, but the sides couldn’t strike a deal and Cleveland released Landry in March. Landry finished with 288 catches for 3,560 yards and 15 TDs with the Browns.

He had hoped to win a Super Bowl title in Cleveland with close friend and college teammate Odell Beckham Jr. They did get one playoff win together before Beckham forced his way off the Browns’ roster last season and wound up with the Rams.

And now Landry heads to the Saints, who hope to get star receiver Michael Thomas back. Thomas missed last season with an ankle injury.

New Orleans used a first-round draft pick on Ohio State receiver Chris Olave, and also expects quarterback Jameis Winston to be healthy after he had knee surgery and played in only six games, going 4-2.

Mickelson decides not to defend title at PGA Championship

(AP) — Phil Mickelson withdrew Friday from the PGA Championship, electing to extend his hiatus from golf following his incendiary comments he made about a Saudi-funded rival league he supports and the PGA Tour he accused of greed.

Mickelson authored one of the most stunning victories last year when he won the PGA at Kiawah Island, at age 50 becoming the oldest champion in 161 years of the majors.

Now, the popular phrase from a decade ago – “What will Phil do next?” – carries more intrigue than sheer excitement.

The PGA of America announced his decision on social media. The PGA Championship starts Thursday at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mickelson has not played since Feb. 6 at the Saudi International, where he accused the PGA Tour of “obnoxious greed” in an interview with Golf Digest.

Two weeks later, in an excerpt from Alan Shipnuck’s unauthorized biography to be released next week, Mickelson revealed how he had been working behind the scenes to promote the rival league funded by the Public Investment Fund and run by Greg Norman.

Mickelson dismissed Saudi Arabia’s human rights atrocities, including the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, by saying it was worth it if it meant gaining leverage to get the changes he wanted on the PGA Tour.

Mickelson met the deadline to sign up for the PGA Championship on April 25, though his manager said it was more about keeping his options opened. He also entered the U.S. Open, and said he would ask for a conflicting event release to play the LIV Golf Invitational in London, the first of Norman’s $20 million tournaments.

The tour said earlier this week it would not grant any releases.

Mickelson is the first major champion not to defend his title since Rory McIlroy at St. Andrews in 2015 because of a knee injury from playing soccer.

He is only the third PGA champion not to defend his title in the last 75 years. Tiger Woods missed in 2008 while recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, and Ben Hogan couldn’t play in 1949 while recovering from his car getting struck by a bus.

Mickelson’s issues were self-inflicted.

“I personally think it’s an unbelievable mental challenge to come back and play after what he’s put himself through,” six-time major champion and CBS analyst Nick Faldo said on Wednesday. “I don’t think it’s as easy as just getting back on the bike and arriving at a golf tournament and playing. The attention is going to be monumental.”

Now the attention shifts to whether Mickelson will defy the tour by playing in London in three weeks, or if he would go to the U.S. Open, the only major he has never won.

His last time playing in America was at Torrey Pines on Jan. 28. He missed the cut.

Shipnuck’s book is scheduled to be released on Tuesday. Among the excerpt he already has published on his “Firepit Collective” site included Mickelson saying he recruited players to pay attorneys to write the operating agreement of a new league.

“We know they killed Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates,” Mickelson said.

He referred to the PGA Tour and Commissioner Jay Monahan as a “dictatorship.”

“I’m not sure I event want it to succeed,” he said of the Saudi league. “But just the idea of it is allowing us to get things done with the tour.”

Mickelson swiftly lost corporate sponsors such as KPMG and Amstel Light, while Workday said it would not be renewing its deal with him. Mickelson released a statement in which he described his comment as “reckless” and apologized for his choice of words.

Mickelson said in his statement he has felt pressure and stress affecting him at a deeper level over the last 10 years and he needs time away.

But he did not say if he would be taking a break from golf. He has not played since the Saudi International on Feb. 6. He is not playing this week. His statement concluded, “I know I have not been my best and desperately need some time away to prioritize the ones I love most and work on being the man I want to be.”

“I know I have not been my best and desperately need some time away to prioritize the ones I love most and work on being the man I want to be,” he said in February.

Mickelson was replaced in the field by former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

Palmer shoots 62, joins lead at low-scoring Byron Nelson

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) Jordan Spieth thought the course for his hometown Byron Nelson would play more difficult after yielding more birdies in its debut than any other tournament on the PGA Tour last season.

The three-time major winner says he couldn’t have been more wrong, and is frankly surprised over how little he thinks was done the first two days to make TPC Craig Ranch a stiffer test.

Ryan Palmer, one of the Dallas-area players in the shadow of Spieth and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, shot a 10-under 62 on Friday and was tied at 15 under with Sebastian Munoz and 40-year-old tour rookie David Skinns.

Munoz, a Colombian who lives in the Dallas area and went to college at North Texas, was even through 13 holes coming off his second 60 of the season – a first on the PGA Tour – before birdies on three of four holes for a 69. Skinns shot 63.

Justin Lower, another older tour rookie at 33, was alone in fourth, a shot behind the leaders after a 66.

“I mean, a 60 yesterday and a lot of 8s (under) and 7s all over the board,” said Spieth, who shot 65 and was three shots off the lead in a group that includes defending champion K.H. Lee.

“It’s just, a lot of tees are up, it was very surprising,” Spieth said. “I think they were looking at the weekend as a lot less wind and so they used more of the easier pins the first two days because I can only name one or two pins on this golf course that were not the easiest two locations that are on the greens. I’m a little surprised at how, on a not-so-difficult golf course they have also set it up a little easier for us, too.”

The Nelson was the only 2020-21 tournament with more than 2,000 birdies (2,007). There were 38 eagles in the first round Thursday, the most for a single round this season.

Charl Schwartzel had one of the Friday eagles in a round of 65 that put him at 13 under. The 2011 Masters winner drove into a greenside bunker on the 316-yard, par-4 14th and holed out from there.

The top-ranked Scheffler, who came in with four wins in six individual events capped by the Masters victory, shot a 68 and was 9 under after two rounds alongside his fellow former Texas Longhorns in Spieth and Lee.

Palmer, who finished his opening round with an eagle on the par-5 18th, started on the back nine and birdied six of the last seven holes on that side, then added four more on the front in a bogey-free round.

The 45-year-old hasn’t won an individual event since 2010 in Hawaii. Palmer lives in nearby Colleyville and is a member at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, where the tour returns in two weeks after the PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

Palmer had a two-shot lead halfway through his last Texas stop in San Antonio in early April before shooting 7 over on the weekend. He is a four-time winner, including the 2019 Zurich team event in New Orleans with Jon Rahm.

“I spent 19 years doing this, unbelievable that I’ve been here that long, and these young guys … you got to play such great golf to beat ’em,” Palmer said. “We’re in position again and we’ll learn from what we learned in San Antonio and try and do it here.”

Lee won the rain-plagued Craig Ranch debut at 25 under while Spieth tied for ninth, his personal best in a tournament he badly wants to win because of his remarkable pro debut at the Nelson as a 16-year-old Sunday contender in 2010.

There’s no hint of rain this time in McKinney, about 30 miles north of downtown Dallas, and the wind was brisk the first two days. Combine that with the expectation of the rough being more of a factor a year after a February deep freeze wiped it out, and Spieth figured scores would be higher.

Instead, he found himself calling out the moved-up tee box on the par-5 ninth, which played just 474 yards and an average nearly three-quarters of a stroke below par Friday. It was the easiest hole on the course.

The Tom Weiskopf-designed course also has wide fairways and large greens.

“Some familiarity to me with some of the courses I played back in South Africa,” said Schwartzel, who tied for third at 21 under last year. “I don’t feel claustrophobic off the tee. It gives me a bit of space, and once I can get it in play, iron play is not much of a problem. So just really comfortable.”

Skinns, an Englishman with no top-25 finishes in 20 PGA Tour appearances spread out over nearly a decade, had five consecutive birdies starting on the par-3 seventh in his career-best round.

Lower hasn’t finished higher than tied for 15th in an individual event. He paired with Dylan Wu to tie for 10th in the team event in New Orleans.

The ninth-ranked Spieth and No. 17 Joaquin Niemann, also at 12 under, lead the list of 10 among the world’s top 30 in the field.

No. 13 Hideki Matsuyama was 11 under, a shot better than eighth-ranked Justin Thomas, who spent the first two days in the group ahead of Spieth, his good friend and house guest for this week.

No. 11 Dustin Johnson was 7 under, and 12th-ranked Xander Schauffele rallied from 3 over for the tournament early in the second round with eight birdies over 10 holes to make the cut on the number at 5 under.

The rest of the top 30 players missed the cut: 10th-ranked Sam Burns, the runner-up to Lee at the Nelson last year; Will Zalatoris (28th), another player in his hometown event; and Kevin Kisner (30th).

Minjee Lee takes 3-shot lead in LPGA Tour’s Founders Cup

CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) The only only thing missing from Minjee Lee’s resume this year is a victory and the best scorer on the LPGA Tour took a big step toward that in the second round of the Cognizant Founders Cup.

Lee flirted with the best round on tour this season before settling for a 9-under 63 and a three-shot lead Friday at the halfway point of the event on that honors the 13 founding members of the women’s tour. The Australian had a 14-under 130 total at Upper Montclair Country Club.

“Hitting it close really helps you, just like I said before, really just frees you up,” said Lee, who has two top-five finishes in six events. “Even with the short putts, it’s just like a little more confidence boost.”

First-round leader Madelene Sagstrom, Lexi Thompson and Ally Ewing shared second after the round played under a cloudy sky with sporadic light rain less than 10 miles from New York City. Sagstrom had a 70, while Thompson and Ewing had 66s in finishing at 11 under .

Lee got to 10 under with three holes to play but bogeyed the 16th and failed to tie the tour’s low round of 62 by Yuka Saso of Japan in the Honda event in Thailand.

Lee, who entered the week with a scoring averaging of 69.167, tied for second in the HSBC Women’s World Championship in March and shared third in the Los Angeles Open last month.

“Maybe this will be the first one and it’ll kick start the rest of the year,” she said.

Sagstrom, who had a 63 on Thursday, got off to a slow start trying to go low again.

“A lot of things can happen,” Sagstrom said. “A lot of the things can happen to the golf course, the way they set it up and all that. So just giving myself a chance is all I can about myself, and my best today was 2 under, so I was really pleased.”

The 27-year-old Thompson has won 11 LPGA titles, including a major, but she has not won on tour since the ShopRite Classic in New Jersey three years ago.

She was not happy being asked about the drought.

“The talent out here is truly amazing. I mean, it’s tough to win,” she said. “All I can do is control my emotions and how much hard work I put in, and I know the amount of work that I put into it, so if it doesn’t happen, doesn’t happen. It’s not the end of my life.”

Ewing, who has missed the cut in three of seven events, said she tends to start the season slow. She had bogey and seven birdies, with four coming on her first five holes.

“It’s exciting to see that my game has been trending, and just overall I’m just looking forward to the weekend and hopefully I can keep producing the same results,” said Ewing, who has won twice on tour.

Sanna Nuutinen, a 31-year-old Finn playing her first season on the LPGA Tour, had a 68 and was alone in fifth at 135.

Carlota Ciganda, Paula Reto and Megan Khang, who was a shot behind Sagstrom after the opening round, were tied at 136.

Nasa Hataoka, who had an opening round 65, had a 73 and was in a big group at 6-under, a shot ahead of two-time defending champion and No. 1 ranked Jin Young Ko of South Korea, who had in another large group at 5-under after a second-round 70.

Anna Davis, the 16-year-old who won the recent Augusta National Women’s Amateur, made her second straight cut playing on a sponsor’s exemption. She was at 140 after two straight 70s.

Eighty players in the field of 144 made the cut at 1-under. Among those missing it were Marina Alex, the New Jersey native who won at Palos Verdes last month, Solheim Cup captain Stacy Lewis and Leona Maguire of Ireland, who won this year at the LPGA Drive On Championship.

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Boilermakers Pound the NU Bullpen in 14-8 Win

EVANSTON, Ill. – Even while hitting the ball out of the infield just one time, Purdue baseball scored five times in the fourth inning and the extended rally ignited an offensive onslaught in a 14-8 series-opening victory Friday at Northwestern.

The Boilermakers (28-16, 8-9 B1G) outscored NU (21-24, 7-12 B1G) 13-6 beginning with their big inning. They blew the game open with seven runs across the seventh and eighth innings. The Wildcats did not quietly with a three-run ninth.

Cam Thompson connected for his team-leading 11th home run of the season to lead off the fifth inning, recording his 50th RBI in the process. He’s the first Boilermaker to reach the 50-RBI mark since Jacson McGowan in 2018.

Troy Viola doubled twice as one of three Boilermakers with three hits. He posted his second five RBI game of the season, joining CJ Valdez as Purdue players to accomplish the feat this season. Only six Boilermakers have multiple five-RBI games in a season in the last 20 years.

Mike Bolton Jr. reached base safely four times, drawing three walks, including a bases-loaded walk to force home Purdue’s first run of the day. Evan Albrecht drew four walks, joining Bolton as Boilermakers to accomplish the feat this season.

Steve Ramirez’s bloop double down the right field line was the only ball to leave the infield in the five-run top of the fourth as Purdue took the lead for the first time. Ryan Howe ignited the rally when he was hit by a pitch and he scored the first run on a wild pitch. Curtis Washington Jr., Troy Viola and Paul Toetz came through with an RBI by putting the ball in play with a runner at third. CJ Valdez scored on a walk-off play as Toetz baited NU into throwing to second with runners on the corners with two outs.

The Boilermakers scored five-plus in a frame for the 14th time this season. Purdue posted a double-figure hit total for the seventh time in the last 10 games and scored 10-plus for the fifth time in the last eight games.

Ramirez 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored in the 9-hole. He joined Bolton, Washington and Albrecht as Boilermakers to reach base safely four times.

Khal Stephen allowed a pair of inherited runners to score on a two-out, two-run double but went on to strike out four of the 11 batters he faced over 2 2/3 innings of three-hit relief. Starter CJ Backer limited the damage in the first inning after NU scored first and then had runners on second and third with no outs. He posted a pair of zeros and departed with Purdue leading 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth.

Landon Weins worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning and Kyle Wade closed out the victory. Stephen, Weins and Wade teamed up to hold NU to one run from the fifth through eighth innings.

Albrecht and Washington accounted for stolen bases to give Purdue 105 for the season, moving within one of the program record (106) that has stood since 2000.

Game 2 of the series is set for Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.

Creighton Outlasts @ButlerUBaseball in Game One of Weekend Series

OMAHA – Creighton starter Dylan Tebrake threw a complete game on Friday afternoon to lead the Bluejays to a 3-1 victory over visiting Butler. The 2022 BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year threw 117 pitches over nine innings, limiting BU to just one run off three hits.

7,126 fans were in attendance today to see the pitcher’s duel between Tebrake and Butler’s Adrian Vega. Tebrake struck out 15 batters and only allowed one walk. Vega went six full innings against the second-best team in the BIG EAST standings and struck out seven Bluejays.

Vega gave up two extra base hits to Creighton in the first inning, which would result in one run. The BU freshman settled down from that point and would retire the Bluejays in order over the next four innings.

Hogan Helligos finally cracked the code for CU in the sixth with a lead-off double down the line. A second double down the leftfield line with two outs would allow two runs to score, giving the home team a 3-1 lead.

Butler and Creighton were tied at 1-1 for a majority of the game. Scott Jones led off the second inning with a double to leftfield. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and would quickly tie the game by crossing home plate after a sacrifice fly from Kollyn All.

Billy Wurch was the only other BU starter to record a hit off Tebrake. The Bulldogs went with Robbie McCargar late in the game in a pinch-hit role. McCargar would get on, but Tebrake was simply too good for the Bulldogs to comeback.

Butler and Creighton will meet again tomorrow at Charles Schwab Field. The game will be available on the Nebraska Public Media Network. First pitch is set for 7:30 PM.

Zumbro repeats as heptathlon champion at MAC Championships

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Ball State track and field’s Karlie Zumbro was crowned the heptathlon champion for the second consecutive season Friday at the 2022 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships. Zumbro set a program record by scoring 5,403 points in the competition.

Zumbro held the lead after the first day and never relinquished it after winning the long jump (5.74m) and placing second in the javelin throw (36.61m) and the 800-meter run (2:12.61). The 800-meter mark was an all-time personal best.

Jenelle Rogers had a strong showing in the heptathlon as well, taking fifth with a career-best 4,981 points. Rogers placed second in the long jump (5.62m) and used an all-time personal best 2:24.37 in the 800 to secure her place in the standings.

All three Cardinals in the 400-meter dash advanced from the prelims to the finals. Alexis Thigpen crossed the line in a time of 55.41, just .03 away a heat win. Payton Barlow (55.24) and Emma Potter (55.92) also secured their spots in Saturday’s final.

Jenna Oriani advanced to her second finals race, this time in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.03. Moriah Johnson also competed in the event and ran a collegiate-best 12.11.

In the 800-meter run, Kayla Jones won her heat and qualified for the finals with a time of 2:09.82. Karleigh Conner ran a lifetime-best 2:10.39 to join Jones in the finals.

As a team, Ball State sits in ninth in the team standings at 14 points with 13 of 21 events remaining to be scored.

The conference meet wraps up Saturday with the 4×100-meter relay kicking this off at 11:30 a.m. ET and concluding with the 4×400-meter relay at 3:20 p.m. ET.

Cardinals Erupt for 18 Hits in 11-5 Victory

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team returned to the friendly confines of the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex on Friday for a Mid-American Conference contest with Ohio. The Cardinal offense saw every batter produce at least one hit and were led by Justin Conant and Amir Wright, who both had four-hit games.

Wright has reached base safely in 47 of the 48 games this season and has extended his streak to 21 games for reaching safely. Trenton Quartermaine has reached safely in 24-straight contests, while Zach Cole and Nick Powell have reached in 11 straight. Hunter Dobbins has reached safely in 10-consecutive games and extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Dobbins and Powell provided the power today as they each launched a home run. Conant led the team with a 4-for-4 day at the plate with two RBIs, while Wright recorded a 4-for-5 game with two RBIs. Quartermaine and Adam Christianson both produced two RBIs each. Dobbins, Ryan Peltier, and Christianson all finished with two hits apiece.

In the top of the second, Peltier made an outstanding play on a hard-hit ball down the third base line and was able to turn two to end the top of the first.

Cole led off the top of the second with a walk after he fell behind in the count 0-2. Peltier singled to left field and gave Ball State runners on first and second with one out. Christianson grounded out to the first baseman but moved Cole and Peltier up a base. Conant notched his first hit of the day as he drove in Cole and Peltier on a single to right field. The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead into the third inning.

The Bobcats pulled within one, on an RBI single to right by Isaiah Peterson.

In the home half of the third, Dobbins launched a solo home run to deep left field. BSU took a 3-1 lead into the fourth.

Christianson produced a one-out single to center field to give the Cardinals some momentum in the bottom of the fourth. Conant singled to left field and gave Ball State runners on first and second. Quartermaine cleared the bases with a double to left center and extended the BSU lead to 5-1.

In the home half of the fifth, Dobbins led off the inning with a single to center field. Cole was hit by a pitch. Adam Tellier grounded into a double play but moved Dobbins to third with two outs. Peltier delivered a clutch two-out single to right to plate Dobbins from third. The Cardinals held a 6-1 lead as the game headed to the sixth.

Conant tripled down the right field line to lead off the bottom of the sixth for BSU. Wright followed with a high-chopping single that bounced over the second baseman’s head to score Conant from third. After Wright was thrown out trying to steal second, Powell belted a solo shot to dead center and put the Cardinals on top 8-1.

In the top of the seventh, Ohio rattled off four runs on four hits and stranded two runners on base. The Bobcats cut the Cardinal lead to 8-5.

Ball State was resilient and answered in the home half of the seventh. Cole led off the inning for BSU with a walk. Tellier singled through the left side. Peltier recorded the sac bunt to the pitcher and moved the runners up a base. Christianson followed with a single to the outfield and advanced to second on the throw home as Cole and Tellier both scored. Conant singled to the shortstop up the middle and moved Christianson to third. Wright provided the Cardinals with an RBI single to right field and gave Ball State an 11-5 lead after seven innings.

The 11-5 lead was all the Cardinals needed as the combination of Ryan Brown and Steven Washilewski gave BSU 2 2/3 innings of hitless baseball.

Tyler Schweitzer got the start and recorded his ninth win of the season as he improved to 9-2 on the season. He went 6 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts. He surrendered five runs, four earned, on seven hits. Brown added two innings of hitless ball with three strikeouts and a walk. Washilewski closed out the game with 2/3 innings and struck out one batter.

Michael Richardson led the Bobcats at the plate with a 2-for-4 game and scored two runs. Spencer Harbert recorded the lone homer for Ohio. Edward Kutt IV got the start on the mound for the Bobcats and picked up the loss. Kutt went six innings with eight earned runs on 13 hits and struck out four batters. Luke Borer went two innings in relief and gave up three runs on five hits with no strikeouts.

The Cardinals and Bobcats return to the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex on Saturday for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“So many guys made contributions with Justin Conant and Amir Wright pacing the way with four hits each. It was another great team effort.”

COETZEE III, BERTRAND CARRY #8 IRISH PAST PITT, 8-3

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The eighth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (30-10, 14-8) got the final home series of the regular season off on the right foot with a 8-3 win over Pitt (26-21, 12-12) Friday night at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish scored five runs in the first inning and did not look back as they picked up their 30th win of the season.

Brooks Coetzee III had a monster night at the plate. He started the game with hits in his first three at-bats, including a two-run home run in the fourth. It was his second-straight game with a home run and it was his 10th of the year to lead the team. He finished the game 3-of-4 from the plate with two runs and two RBI.

John Michael Bertrand picked up his seventh win of the season in the win. He struck out nine batters and limited the Panther to two runs and no walks in 7.0 innings of work. It was the third start this season for Bertrand in which he did not allow a walk.

How It Happened

Bertrand got off to a fast start as he struck out the side in the top of the first on 13 pitches.

The Irish offense wasted no time at the plate, scoring five runs on five hits in the bottom of the first. Ryan Cole scored the first run of the game after the right fielder misplayed the ball. Then Coetzee scored on a similar play after a single to right from Carter Putz. Putz came home on a double down the left field line from Jack Zyska. Zyska scored later in the inning after Jack Brannigan singled to left field. The final run of the inning was scored by Brannigan after the first baseman tossed the ball down thinking the inning was over and Brannigan scored from third after the ball got away. Once the first inning came to an end, the Irish led 5-0.

The Irish added on to their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Cole got on base after his 17th hit by pitch of the season to bring up Coetzee. He launched a two-run blast over the trees in left for his team-leading 10th home run of the season. It was Coetzee’s second-straight game with a home run and the Irish led 7-0.

Pitt got two runs back in the sixth but Bertrand limited the damage and did not allow them to cut into the lead anymore. After six full innings, the Irish led 7-2.

Bertrand exited after seven strong innings of work against the Panthers. He struck out nine on the night and did not walk a batter. It was the fifth time this season he has pitched 7.0 innings or more and the third time against an ACC opponent.

The Panthers scored in the top of the eighth but the Irish got the run right back in the bottom half of the inning. After reaching on a single, David LaManna scored later in the frame on a wild pitch. Heading into the ninth, the Irish led 8-3.

Up Next

The Irish will be back in action Saturday afternoon in hopes of clinching the series against the Panthers. The middle game of the series is set for 4 p.m. ET start and will be aired nationally on the ACC Network. Saturday is Degree Day for the Irish as the senior and graduate class will be honored prior to the game and will also receive their degrees in the ceremony. Admission is free for all fans this season at Frank Eck Stadium.

Sycamores fall late in series opener at Southern Illinois

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take the first game of the weekend series as Indiana State fell to the host Salukis at Itchy Jones Stadium, 5-3.

The Sycamores (23-18, 8-8 MVC) mounted a ninth inning rally as Randall Diaz singled and Keegan Watson was hit by a pitch, but SIU right-hander Matthew Steidl (5-2) was able to retire the final out to secure the Saluki (36-13, 12-4 MVC) win.

Seth Gergely, Luis Hernandez, and Randall Diaz posted multi-hit games for Indiana State as the Sycamores connected on 10 hits in the loss. Josue Urdaneta added an RBI walk while connecting on a single, while Aaron Beck, Grant Magill, and Tyler Nelson also hit safely in the ballgame.

Matt Jachec (7-2) went 6.0+ innings in taking the loss on Friday afternoon. The redshirt sophomore allowed 12 hits and five runs (four earned), while striking out two. Jack Parisi entered in the seventh inning and got the double play and strikeout to end the Southern Illinois rally on his way to closing out the Sycamores on the mound on Friday.

Pier Olivier-Boucher and Cody Cleveland both doubled, while Nick Hagedorn went 3-for-3 from the plate as SIU connected on 12 hits. Kaeber Rog also added a multi-hit game in the win.

Steidl went the final 5.2 innings in scoreless relief in picking up his fifth win of the season for the Salukis. The right-hander allowed four hits while striking out five. Tanner Lewis went the first 3.0 innings in the no-decision on the mound allowing two runs and five hits and four walks before coming out of the contest.

How They Scored

Pier-Olivier Boucher put the Salukis with an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning as the junior connected on the run-scoring hit to center field bringing home J.T. Weber to give SIU the early 1-0 lead.

The Sycamores strung together three hits in the top of the second inning with Seth Gergely singling home Luis Hernandez to tie the game up at 1-1.

SIU added two more runs in the bottom of the second to stretch the lead out to 3-1 as Cody Cleveland connected on an RBI double, while Kaeber Rog’s infield single scored Cleveland later in the frame to add to the lead.

Indiana State tied the game up in the top of the fourth as Josue Urdaneta drew a bases-loaded walk, while Randall Diaz connected on a sacrifice fly scoring Tyler Nelson to even it up 3-3.

Southern Illinois pushed two runs across in the bottom of the seventh inning as Nick Hagedorn scored on a passed ball, while Jack Rigoni scored on a double play ball to give the Salukis the 5-3 lead.

News & Notes

Josue Urdaneta ran his team-leading hitting streak to six games with a base hit in the top of the sixth.

Luis Hernandez picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-5 game from the plate.

Seth Gergely added his ninth multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-4 game from the plate.

Randall Diaz added his 13th multi-hit game of the season with his 2-for-4 game from the plate.

The Sycamores had double-digit hits for the 24th time in 2022 and 10th in the last 16 games.

Matt Jachec went into the seventh inning for the ninth consecutive game and 11th time in the 2022 season after going 6.0+ innings against Southern Illinois on Friday afternoon.

Grant Magill recorded his third stolen base of the 2022 season in the top of the fifth inning. It marked his second stolen base of the week after previously taking one against Vanderbilt this past Tuesday.

Joe Kido was involved in six consecutive outs starting from the bottom of the third inning and continuing through the first out of the bottom of the fifth as the redshirt sophomore was pressed into an early defensive appearance due to injury.

Indiana State turned three double plays in a game for the third time in the 2022 season with the Sycamores equaling their mark set on April 9 at Valparaiso and April 29 against Missouri State.

Up Next

Indiana State and Southern Illinois continue the weekend series in Carbondale tomorrow afternoon at Itchy Jones Stadium with first pitch set for 3 p.m. ET. The contest will be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.

Mastodons Sweep Season Series From Milwaukee

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne took a pair from Milwaukee on Friday (May 13) in league play. The Mastodons won all five games from the Panthers this season. The ‘Dons did the little things in game one for a 2-1 win and then blew things open in game two for a 14-4 victory. The two wins were crucial as the ‘Dons jockey for Horizon League Championship positioning.

GAME 1 | Purdue Fort Wayne 2, Milwaukee 1 (scheduled seven-inning game)

Freshman Rex Stills struck out five Milwaukee hitters over five innings of work to help lift the ‘Dons to the win in game one over Milwaukee 2-1.

Stills got a key double play in the fifth inning with the game scoreless. Milwaukee had the first two runners on base and then put the runners in motion. A line out to left field resulted in a 7-4 double play to all but end the threat.

Stills was lifted in the sixth after Milwaukee put runners at the corners with two outs. Brian Skelton came in and earned a double play. Milwaukee tied the game on the play, but halted the possible big inning.

Jack Lang opened the bottom of the sixth with a four-pitch walked. He was at third when Garett Lake stepped to the plate with two outs and lined a pitch to center to put the ‘Dons up 2-1. Skelton threw 1-2-3 seventh to close out the game. Skelton received the win and is now 4-0.

GAME NOTES

» Skelton lowered his Horizon League ERA to 2.08 over 21.2 innings this year.

» The ‘Dons limited Milwaukee to just 1-for-7 (.143) with runners in scoring position.

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

» Alex Evenson walked, had a hit and a run scored for the ‘Dons.

» Milwaukee was led offensively by Ty Olejnik, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles.

» Riley Frey took the loss, going all six innings for the Panthers. He is 4-5.

GAME 2 | Purdue Fort Wayne 14, Milwaukee 4

The ‘Dons took a 4-1 lead in the first inning and never surrendered the advantage on the way to the double-digit win.

While the offense put up a season-high 14 runs, it was senior Justin Miller on the mound making it look just as easy. The southpaw went six shutout innings, giving up three hits, one walk and striking out six.

In the batter’s box, the Mastodons were paced by Jarrett Bickel, who went 2-for-5 on the day with a home run and three RBIs. Ben Higgins was 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. Cade Nelis put together two hits in three trips to the plate while adding a walk and knocking in a run.

Trailing 1-0, the Mastodons first put four runs on the board in the first inning. The frame included a two-run single off the bat of Higgins.

The Panthers then gained ground, narrowing the lead to 4-3 until the Mastodons expanded their advantage in the third with three runs. Dylan Stewart had an RBI and then a pair came home on a Milwaukee error.

It was a 7-4 game until the eighth when the ‘Dons scored seven times, highlighted by Bickel’s three-run home run. It was his sixth home run of the year.

GAME NOTES

» It is the first time the ‘Dons have defeated the same opponent in a season five times since going 6-0 against Western Illinois in 2016.

» Justin Miller now has 178 career strikeouts. He is two short of taking over second all-time in program history.

» Four Mastodons had multiple hits in the contest.

» The Mastodons out-hit the Panthers 11-10.

» Mitchell Spencer, Justin Miller and Kevin Fee combined for 10 strikeouts.

» The Mastodons drew six walks at the plate.

» The Panthers’ Ty Olejnik was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.

» The ‘Dons improve to 15-32 (12-14 Horizon). Milwaukee falls to 18-27 (7-15 Horizon).

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons are at Wright State on Saturday (May 14) for a pair of games.

Maka Delivers Three-Homer Game vs. Bradley

The Valparaiso University baseball team’s attempt to rally fell shy on Friday afternoon as visiting Bradley edged the Beacons 7-6 in a tightly-contested series opener at Emory G. Bauer Field. Freshman Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) turned in a three-homer game, ripping solo shots to right in the third, seventh and ninth.

How It Happened

Bradley raced out to a 5-0 lead by scoring on a solo homer in the first, a two-run single in the second and a two-run homer in the third. On the flip side, Valpo stranded the bases loaded in the first and runners at second and third in the second.

Valpo battled back in the bottom of the third when Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) yanked a run-scoring double and eventually dashed home on a wild pitch before Maka connected on his first home run of the day.

Bradley extended its trend of scoring in each inning by pushing across single runs in the fourth and fifth frames.

Maka’s second long ball came in the seventh and cut the lead to 7-4, then Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) singled to drive in Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran), who had doubled, cutting the lead to two.

Valpo stranded a runner at second in the eighth, then Maka led off the ninth by completing his three-homer game. A two-out double by Thurston put the potential tying run in scoring position, but he was stranded there as Bradley escaped with the win.

Inside the Game

Maka became the 50th player nationally and second player in the Missouri Valley Conference with a three-homer game this season, joining Illinois State’s Ryan Cermak (April 6 vs. Western Illinois). He became the first Valley player with a three-homer contest in league play this year.

Maka became the first Valpo player with a three-homer game since Blake Billinger on May 8, 2018 at Western Michigan. Prior to that, the last Valpo three-homer game was Andrew Quinnette in 2008.

Maka had one collegiate home run prior to Friday.

Maka became the fourth Valpo player to notch four or more hits in a game this season. He joined Nolan Tucker (twice), Kaleb Hannahs and Alex Thurston. His four hits marked a career high, as did his three RBIs.

Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) lashed out three hits, his third three-hit game of the year and ninth multi-hit output. Thurston and Adam Brauch (Waukee, Iowa / Dowling Catholic) added two hits apiece, while Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) worked three walks.

The Valpo bullpen continued its recent stretch of success as Connor Lockwood (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) and Bobby Nowak (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central [Kankakee]) combined for four shutout innings of three-hit ball while walking one and striking out six.

This marked the third straight weekend series opener where Valpo fell despite outhitting the opposition. The Beacons registered 14 hits to Bradley’s 11.

Valpo starting pitcher Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) struck out nine, the 12th time in 13 starts this season that he’s struck out seven or more. With his first strikeout of the day, Fields became the first Valpo player since 2010 to reach a three-digit strikeout total in a season while also hitting the 250-career-strikeout milestone.

Fields surpassed Richard Scheub (1949) for fifth in single-season program history. He finished the day with 108 strikeouts this season, fifth in program history and 19 away from tying the single-season program record.

Fields advanced two places on the career strikeout list on Friday, boosting his career total to 258, which ranks fifth in program history. He passed Shawn Barker (1987-1990, 253) and Bryce Shafer (2008-2010, 250) in Friday’s game against the Braves. 

The Beacons dropped to 3-3 in one-run games and 6-7 in games decided by two runs or fewer.

Up Next

Valpo (14-29, 3-13 MVC) and Bradley will continue the series on Saturday at 1 p.m. A link to live stats is available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Fourth Quarter Shutout Propels Hounds to Regional Final

INDIANAPOLIS – In the Greyhounds women’s lacrosse program’s inaugural game in February of 2016 was against the Lindenwood Lions – in Lindenwood’s last game as a Division II member they would fall to the Hounds, 13-8, in the opening round of the Midwest Regional Tournament.

Head Coach James Delaney and his pack of Hounds would chalk their names in Greyhound history on Key Stadium’s turf on Friday morning, becoming the most winningest team and to go the furthest in the NCAA Championship Tournament in program history.

TAMING THE LIONS

Now having gone 3-0 against Lindenwood in the 2022 campaign, the Greyhounds would take an early lead over the Lions to kick off the opening game. Holding down the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, the Hounds took an early lead over the Lions with a five goal first quarter.

It was Christina Sato who would draw blood first, with not even a minute of regulation competed, would net an unassisted goal to put the Hounds up early, followed by a rocket from the stick of Abigail Lagos to put the Hounds up 2-0.

UIndy continued to push but the Lions also pushed back. The No. 4 seeded Lions would tie the game early in the third quarter, but after the break between the third and fourth quarter – it was all Hounds. The Greyhounds defense would shut down the Lions to zero goals in the fourth, notably by All-American, All-Region, and GLVC Defender of the Year Kara Antonucci whose presence on the field would lock down the Lions best offensive players.

Abigail Lagos and Peyton Romig would continue to prove their dominance with three goals each. Christina Sato would score two of her own. Romig would post 11 draw controls, and five would be earned by Mekayla Montgomery.

Cassidy King would take the win for the Hounds, taking the final 30 minutes in the net and posting four saves.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy would outshoot Lindenwood 28-23.

-Both teams would commit nine turnovers.

–UIndy would earn 18 draw controls to the Lions’ six.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will face off in the Midwest Regional Championship and NCAA Quarterfinals against the winner of Regis and Grand Valley on Sunday at Noon ET.

Softball Ends Season in Regional Semifinal

INDIANAPOLIS—The UIndy softball team wrapped up its 2022 campaign Friday at the NCAA DII Midwest Regional 2, falling 5-3 to Findlay in the day’s final elimination game. The visiting Oilers scored all their runs in the third inning to move ahead and ultimately hung on for the victory. Findlay advances to Saturday’s regional final versus Grand Valley State, while UIndy ends its season with a 48-10 record.

The lose brings a close to the career of a number of talented young women, with Hanna Burris, Haylie Foster, Kamrie Foster, Sydnie Foster, Gianni Iannantone, Amy Kaniewski and Audrey Sizemore all dressing in the Crimson & Grey for the final time. With a combination of four- and five-year seniors, the group helped the Hounds to a stellar overall record 196-60 (.766) since 2018, a span that included four NCAA Tournament appearances, two GLVC regular season crowns and one GLVC Tournament championship.

Facing a team they defeated just 24 hours earlier, the Greyhounds jumped in front with a three-run second inning. Tara Williams led off the frame with her first career postseason homer, sending 2-0 offering into the leftfield netting.

A Hanna Burris walk and a Sydnie Foster single followed, chasing UF starter Lexie Hilling. Senior Megan Demler – who just threw a perfect game earlier in the day – came on in relief, only to surrender a two-run single to Emily O’Connor and mix in three walks.

But the Oilers answered with a rally of their own in the top of the third, complete with a matching leadoff home run. The big blow came later in the inning when Brooke Radermacher just cleared the leftfield fence with a three-run homer to give the visitors the lead.

UF tacked on one more in the third, and then Demler settled in to finish her day with five scoreless innings and get the win.

Lexy Rees went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, while both Burris and Iannantone earned a pair of walks.  Piper Belden added a pinch-hit single in the fifth.

Hounds Fall Just Short Against Quincy in GLVC Tournament

ST. LOUIS  – With a new start time and game location, the University of Indianapolis baseball team had to adjust to a new plan for its second round game at the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Championship Tournament against Quincy on Friday afternoon. Despite a hard fought battle, the Hounds fell 4-3 at the hands of the Hawks on the campus of Maryville University and are now just one loss away from bowing out of the tournament.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Greyhounds corralled an early lead in the opening frame after scoring a run on an error by Quincy. Another would cross home a few batters later on a Denton Shepler RBI single to right field.

Despite the early deficit, the Hawks would successfully tie the game with lone runs in the second and fourth innings and eventually crossed the go-ahead in the sixth.

Now trailing by a run, UIndy would tie the contest back up in the bottom half of the sixth when Drew Donaldson landed an RBI single into right field to score the runner from third. However, Quincy grabbed the lead back in the next half inning with a lone run crossing and it proved to be the difference maker in the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy managed nine hits as a team at the dish while Drury had seven.

-Shepler led the team with his two hits.

-Brandon DeWitt earned the start on the bump and tossed seven complete innings of work. He tallied his season-high of nine strikeouts on seven hits given up and one walk.

-Each team had a pair of errors in the field.

UP NEXT

With the loss, Uindy now faces elimination and will play Drury tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET.

MARIAN SOFTBALL GAMEDAY GUIDE: KNIGHTS SET FOR HATTIESBURG BRACKET

INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday afternoon, the NAIA released the 40-team field for the 2022 NAIA Softball National Tournament. The Marian softball team earned an at-large bid to the 40-team field, and has been slotted as the No. 2 seed in the Hattiesburg Bracket. Below is a gameday guide on how to follow the Knights in Mississippi.

William Carey is the No. 1 seed and host in the bracket, earning an automatic bid to the field as a host. The Lady Crusaders enter the NAIA Tournament with a 45-9 overall record, finishing as the runner-up in both the Southern States Conference Regular Season and Tournament. William Carey is making their eighth overall appearance.

The Knights of Marian are the No. 2 seed in the bracket, making an at-large appearance with a 40-11 overall record. Like William Carey, Marian was the runner-up in both the Crossroads League Regular Season and Tournament. This is the Knights eighth overall appearnace.

Webber International is the No. 3 seed and the opponent in Marian’s first game, making their first appearance in the NAIA Tournament since 2016. Webber has a record 39-21, and earned an automatic bid into the field as the winner of the Sun Conference Tournament.

Bryan is the No. 4 seed in the field, and will play the No. 1 team William Carey in their first game. Bryan College earned an automatic bid with a record of 30-16, winning the Appalachian Regular Season Championship. Bryan has not appeared in the tournament since 2014.

THE SCHEDULE

Marian and Webber International will play the first game in the bracket, with first pitch set for 2:30 p.m. CT on Monday May 16.. William Carey and Bryan will follow at 6 p.m. If the Knights win, they will advance to the 11 a.m. game on Tuesday, while a loss would drop them to the elimination game at 2:30 p.m. Follow the progressing schedule on Twitter, @MUKnights.

TICKETS

Tickets for the bracket cost $10 daily, and can be purchased here.

WATCH AND FOLLOW

All games will be streamed on the Carey Sports Network, and can be followed here. Each game will have a $9.99 live stream fee. Live stats will be available on the NAIA Presto Stats website, with stats available here. Live updates will be posted on Twitter @MUKnights.

The winner of the NAIA Opening Round will advance to the NAIA World Series, which will begin on May 26 in Columbus, Georgia.

Marian takes on Webber International at 2:30 p.m. CT on Monday in their first game of the NAIA Tournament.

MEN’S SOCCER ADDS FOUR TO 2022 CLASS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s soccer team officially added four new members to their 2022 class, as announced by head coach Mark Castro. Below is a summary on each of the new Knights.

Romaric Berneron | 5’10 | M | Limoges, France | Arizona Western CC

Notable: NJCAA All-National Tournament Team … United Soccer Coaches NJCAA All-American … First Team All-Region

Personal: Major – Sport Performance and Managment … Son of Christophe and Nathalie … One brother, Quentin

Coach Castro remarks: “Romaric is the complete player/person for our program. He only knows how to win and how to lead others on and off the pitch. He is a free kick specialist who has exceptional technical and tactical awareness. The best part about Romaric is his servant-hood mentality.  Being a two-time Junior College All American will allow him to make an immediate impact on our program.”

Hakon Hjaltested | 6’3 | D | Hella, Iceland | Fjolbrautaskoli Sudurlands

Notable: Captain for U-15 Club Team Selfoss … Silver Medalist on Barcelona Summer Cup – 2018 … Semifinalist U-15 Team in USA Cup – 2019

Personal: Major – Language and International Studies … Son of Marteinn and Lea … Has one brother Isak and one sister Sunneva

Coach Castro remarks: “Hakon brings a commanding presence to our back line. Standing at 6’3″ he is dominant in the air and excellent at 1-v-1 defending. He will fit into our style of play as one of his offensive strengths is his consistency to break lines with his penetrating passes. He also works his way into the front half and can serve a quality ball from the flank. We are very excited to add him to our Marian men’s soccer family!”

Alvaro Rueda | 6’0 | GK | Madrid, Spain | Hannibal-Lagrange University

Notable: All-Conference Academic Team

Personal: Major – Business Analytics … Son of Alberto and Rosaua … Has one sister, Irene

Coach Castro remarks: “Alvaro is an experienced goalkeeper who commands his penalty box with effective communication and leadership.  Technically he has solid hands and explosive footwork. He is confident with playing out of the back which bodes well with our game model. I’m excited to begin working with him in the fall!”

Kyle Alb | 6’1 | D | Crown Point, Ind. | Crown Point HS

Notable: Two-time DAC All-Conference … 2021 Team MVP … 2021 Offensive MVP … 2020 Defensive MVP … 2021 First Team All-State … National Honor Society … Academic All-State … Spanish Club

Personal: Major – Biology … Son of Daniel and Christine … Has two brothers, Zach and Jake

Coach Castro remarks: “Kyle is a big time player in the state and region who brings loads of experience and leadership to our program. As a center back, he directs, organizes and defends exceptionally well. He is an arial threat on set pieces as he has proven he can score goals. The best part about Kyle is his character and integrity. He is the perfect fit for our Marian men’s soccer family!”

BASEBALL EARNS SEVEN CROSSROADS LEAGUE HONORS

JACKSON, Mich. – Indiana Wesleyan baseball picked up seven Crossroads League honors after the 2022 season. Wildcats finished third in the Crossroads League and completed the season with a 31-23 record. First team honors went to Evan Salmon, Hunter Hoffman, Denver Blinn, Lucas Goodin, and Bryce Ginder. Both Evan Salmon and Colby Jenkins were named the Gold Glove team.

Baseball takes down Franklin in day two of HCAC Tournament

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Earlham College baseball team continued its quest for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship with a 9-8 win over Franklin College in the winner’s bracket on Friday.

The Quakers move on to win the winner’s bracket, and they will face the winner of the loser’s bracket on Saturday at 2:30 pm. Franklin will be playing Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at 11:30 to decide the bracket winner.

Aidan Talarek earned his eighth win of the season on the mound with five innings pitched and four strikeouts with five runs surrendered. Kokomo native Nate Hemmerich pitched 2.2 innings in relief and tallied two strikeouts with Jacob Renner earning his second save of the tournament with 1.1 innings.

Christian Lancianese had a productive day on the basepath with two runs scored on three hits. Cameron McCabe tallied two hits for a .667 batting average on the afternoon. Easton Embry led the lineup with two RBI from a double in the fifth inning.

Maxwell Fries put a ball in play in the bottom of the first inning that was unsuccessfully fielded by the Grizzlies, which brought Christian Lancianese home for the score from second base.

Franklin scored two runs in the top of the second inning, and the Quakers responded in the bottom of the third with a single from Nathan Lancianese, and a sac fly from Fries.

Zach Swearingen stole third base in the bottom of the fourth inning, and took advantage of an error on the throw to get up and sprint home for the score.

Franklin scored on a solo homer and an RBI-double in the top of the fifth inning.

With runners on second and third, Embry hit a double to right-center field to score both and put the Quakers back on top in the contest. Embry reached home from a sac fly from Swearingen later in the inning.

After a Franklin run in the top of the sixth, Fries put another ball in play that gave an unearned run to the Quakers with an error. The final run of the game came from a sac fly by Devin Basley in the sixth inning.

Renner weathered a 2-RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to keep the Quakers ahead, and retired the first three batters of the ninth inning.

RHIT Baseball Sweeps Hanover and Anderson at HCAC Tournament on Friday

KOKOMO, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology eliminated both Hanover College and Anderson University on Friday at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.

In the opener, Rose-Hulman defeated Hanover 14-6.  In the nightcap, the Fightin’ Engineers defeated Anderson 8-5.

With the two wins, Rose-Hulman remains alive in the HCAC Baseball Tournament.  The Fightin’ Engineers will face Franklin at 11:30 am on Saturday, with the winner advancing to face Earlham College in the HCAC Tournament Championship Round 45 minutes after the completion of game one.

In the opener, Rose-Hulman pounded out 14 hits in a 14-6 victory over Hanover.

Andy Krajecki led the offensive effort with two hits, including a home run.  Manuel Lopez added two hits with three RBIs and his 17th double of the season.

Other multi-hit performers in game one included Brett Tuttle with two singles and three runs scored; Adam Taylor with two singles, two runs scored and one RBI; and Shane Garner with two hits, including a double, and one run scored and two RBIs.

Korey Marlow improved to 4-0 with a strong pitching performance out of the bullpen.  Marlow tossed 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts to pick up the victory.

In the nightcap, Josh Mesenbrink and Colter Couillard-Rodak had three hits each to lead another 14-hit attack in an 8-5 win over Anderson.

Couillard-Rodak blasted a home run and had three RBIs, and Mesenbrink had three singles with two runs scored to power the offense.

Tuttle added two hits and two runs scored; Krajecki had a single and a double with one RBI; and Harrison Finch added two doubles with one run scored and one RBI.  Taylor added his first home run of the season to balance the offense.

Schuyler Wilcox picked up the win with a 5-inning stint out of the bullpen, allowing just two runs with three strikeouts.

Rose-Hulman improved to 27-12 on the season.  The HCAC Championship Round includes one game Saturday featuring Earlham and the winner of Rose-Hulman vs. Franklin.  Sunday would feature a winner-take-all championship game if Earlham loses the Saturday contest.

RECAP | Grizzlies Drop Nail-Biter to Earlham, Drop into Saturday’s Elimination Round

KOKOMO, Ind. – A spot in the championship round at the 2022 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament was up for grabs on Friday (May 13) with top-seeded Franklin meeting second-seeded Earlham in the winner’s bracket.

The Grizzlies (29-13) looked to rally late, but couldn’t get the tying run across in the final innings as Earlham (25-11) held on for a 9-8 win. The loss drops Franklin into the elimination round, where they will need to win three straight games to claim their fifth conference tournament title.

How it Happened

The Grizzlies jumped out to their first lead of the day in the second, with Case Starkey driving in a pair with a triple and Colby Reed following with an RBI single to put FC up 3-1. Earlham countered with three straight runs, but Franklin re-took the lead in the fifth with AJ Sanders belting a solo shot and Logan Demkovich adding an RBI double later in the inning to put the top seed up 5-4.

However, the Quakers would tack on three more runs in the fifth to grab the lead for good. Sanders cut the Earlham lead to 7-6 in the sixth with an RBI triple, but the Quakers had another answer with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Sean Sullivan brought the Griz within a run with a two-out, two run single in the eighth, but Franklin couldn’t get the game tying hit as the final four batters were retired in order.

Sean Thomas went 3-for-4 at the plate with Sanders and Sullivan both tacking on two hits each for the Grizzlies.

Damian Tillie got the start and went three innings before giving way to Tyler Wick (1-1), Jackson Young, Chris Foote and Alex Reinoehl. Reinoehl’s ninth inning appearance was the 63rd of his career, matching Cody Nees for the most appearances in program history.

Up Next

The Grizzlies will face elimination on Saturday (May 14) afternoon, when they meet the winner of Friday’s Rose-Hulman/Anderson game for a spot in the championship round. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m.

Rose-Hulman Baseball Tops Hanover 14-6

KOKOMO, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology advanced to a Friday night game in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament with a 14-6 win over Hanover College on Friday afternoon at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.

Andy Krajecki led the offensive effort with two hits, including a home run.  Manuel Lopez added two hits with three RBIs and his 17th double of the season.

Other multi-hit performers included Brett Tuttle with two singles and three runs scord; Adam Taylor with two singles, two runs scored and one RBI; and Shane Garner with two hits, including a double, and one run scored and two RBIs.

Korey Marlow improved to 4-0 with a strong pitching performance out of the bullpen.  Marlow tossed 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts to pick up the victory.

Rose-Hulman improved to 26-12 on the season.  The winner of tonight’s game between Rose-Hulman and Anderson will advance on to Saturday play at the 2022 HCAC Baseball Tournament.

HCAC TOURNAMENT: ROSE-HULMAN 14, HANOVER 6

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers scored in six different innings on the way to the win. Rose-Hulman broke a 6-6 tie and took the lead for good at 8-6 in the fourth inning on a two-run single off the bat of Lopez.

GAME NOTES

» Marlow struck out five Panthers hitters.

» Every Rose-Hulman starter reached base safely in the win.

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

» Rose-Hulman took the lead at 6-6 in the top half of the third and never lost that advantage.

» Five Engineers had multiple hits in the ballgame.

» The Engineers out-hit the Panthers at a 14-7 clip.

» Rose-Hulman went 5-for-12 (.417) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 45 Hanover hitters in the game, allowing four ground balls and 14 fly balls while striking out nine.

» The Engineers drew seven walks from Hanover pitching.

» Krajecki led the Engineers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI.

» Hanover was led offensively by Connor Farnsley, who went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and two RBI.

» Wyatt Prather led the Panthers pitching staff, throwing one scoreless inning.

Men’s Tennis Season Comes to End in NCAA Tournament Round One

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s tennis season came to an end with a 5-0 loss to Luther College in round one of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday at Washington University in St. Louis.

The No. 2 doubles team of Mark Slaninka and Grant Paradowski gave Luther its tightest battle with a tight 8-5 match.

Rose-Hulman completes the season with an 11-10 record and its 7th consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament after winning a 7th straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship.  The Fightin’ Engineers also captured their 6th straight HCAC regular season title and have won 57 of their last 58 matches against league opposition entering the 2022-23.

The senior class of Joshua Giambattista, Arudrra Krishnan and Mark Slaninka finished their careers with three trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament and three HCAC regular season championships.  Rose-Hulman finished the season with a record 11-10 against a schedule that featured four NCAA Division II opponents, one NCAA Division I opponent and one NAIA opponent.

PILOTS RAISE THIRD STRAIGHT BANNER AT NCCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

GREENVILLE, Ill. – Bethel Women’s Track & Field finished the final day of the NCCAA National Championship at the top of the standings for the program’s eighth national title and third outdoor banner in three completed seasons—2020 championships were cancelled due to COVID-19. All three individual national championship performances on the day—Madison Kauffman in Hammer Throw, Jada Parzygnot in Pole Vault, and MarKalah Barnes in Shot Put—hit NAIA standards, as did the podium finish for the 4x100m Relay.

MEET VITALS

NCCAA National Championship: Hosted by Greenville University

Final Standings: Results | 1st of 22 | 150 points

Location: John Strahl Athletic Complex | Greenville University | Greenville, Ill.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Madison Kauffman | Hammer Throw | 49.48m | 1st

Jada Parzygnot | Pole Vault | 3.65m | 1st

MarKalah Barnes | Shot Put | 13.51m | 1st

ALL-AMERICANS

Madison Kauffman | Hammer Throw | 49.48m | 1st

Jada Parzygnot | Pole Vault | 3.65m | 1st

Grace Conway | Pole Vault | 3.50m | 3rd

MarKalah Barnes | Shot Put | 13.51m | 1st

4x100m Relay | 48.12 | 3rd

Kayla Kunkel | 400m | 57.92 | 2nd

Megan Cooper | 5000m | 19:42.14 | 2nd

4x400m Relay | 4:00.52 | 2nd

POINT-SCORING FINISHES

Madison Kauffman | Hammer Throw | 49.48m | 1st

Jada Parzygnot | Pole Vault | 3.65m | 1st

Grace Conway | Pole Vault | 3.50m | 3rd

Jael Wood | Pole Vault | 3.20m | 4th

Allison Schrock | Pole Vault | 3.05m | 5th

MarKalah Barnes | Shot Put | 13.51m | 1st

Madison Kauffman | Shot Put | 12.43m | 6th

Lisa Ruffin | Long Jump | 5.29m | 6th

4x100m Relay | 48.12 | 3rd

Rylin Bagarus | 100m Hurdles | 15.72 | 7th

Kayla Kunkel | 400m | 57.92 | 2nd

Michelle Moraitis | 400m | 58.48 | 4th

Vladlena Klymova | 400m Hurdles | 1:09.36 | 5th

Michelle Moraitis | 200m | 25.75 | 6th

Brianna Hooton | 200m | 25.79 | 7th

Megan Cooper | 5000m | 19:42.14 | 2nd

4x400m Relay | 4:00.52 | 2nd

NAIA STANDARDS

Madison Kauffman | Hammer Throw | 49.48m (B)

Jada Parzygnot | Pole Vault | 3.65m (A)

MarKalah Barnes | Shot Put | 13.51m (B)

4x100m Relay | 48.12 (B)

PILOTS FINISH AS NCCAA NATIONAL RUNNERS-UP

GREENVILLE, Ill. – Bethel Men’s Track & Field saw four more athletes crowned individual national champions on the final day of the NCCAA National Championship on Friday. The Pilots finished as national runners-up, less than 15 points away from a banner finish. Thomas Jackson, Richard Parker earned titles in the Long Jump and Shot Put with NAIA Marks, while the 4x100m Relay squad finished second with an NAIA mark and their fastest time this season.

MEET VITALS

NCCAA National Championship: Hosted by Greenville University

Final Standings: Results | 2nd of 21 | 132.33 points

Location: John Strahl Athletic Complex | Greenville University | Greenville, Ill.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Thomas Jackson | Long Jump | 7.19m | 1st

Richard Parker | Shot Put | 15.91m | 1st

Ryan Trick | Pole Vault | 4.45m | 1st

Brennen Bargesser | 400m | 48.60 | 1st

ALL-AMERICAN

Thomas Jackson | Long Jump | 7.19m | 1st

Richard Parker | Shot Put | 15.91m | 1st

Ryan Trick | Pole Vault | 4.45m | 1st

4x100m Relay | 41.36 | 2nd

Brennen Bargesser | 400m | 48.60 | 1st

Elisha Fleming | 400m Hurdles | 56.70 | 2nd

4x400m Relay | 3:21.96 | 2nd

POINT-SCORING FINISHES

Thomas Jackson | Long Jump | 7.19m | 1st

Elisha Fleming | Long Jump | 6.62m | 8th

Richard Parker | Shot Put | 15.91m | 1st

Richard Parker | Hammer Throw | 43.57m | 7th

Ryan Trick | Pole Vault | 4.45m | 1st

Ezra Troyer | 3000m Steeple | 10:28.68 | 7th

4x100m Relay | 41.36 | 2nd

Collin Mott | 110m Hurdles | 16.19 | 5th

Carter Ginn | 110m Hurdles | 17.69 | 8th

Brennen Bargesser | 400m | 48.60 | 1st

Elisha Fleming | 400m Hurdles | 56.70 | 2nd

Brennen Bargesser | 200m | 21.72 | 4th

4x400m Relay | 3:21.96 | 2nd

NAIA STANDARDS

Thomas Jackson | Long Jump | 7.19m (B)

Richard Parker | Shot Put | 15.91m (A)

4x100m Relay | 41.36 (A)

FOUR PILOTS EARN ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE RECOGNITION

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2021-22 Baseball All-League honors on Thursday, following Taylor’s Crossroads League Tournament Championship. Frank Plesac, Dominic Deisler, Jeremy Wiersema, and Ty Mickiewicz all earned All-Crossroads League honors.

Frank Plesac was named to the First Team All-Crossroads League honors as a Starting Pitcher, while Dominic Deisler and Jeremy Wiersema were named to the Second Team All-Crossroads League as a Catcher and Second Baseman, respectively. Ty Mickiewicz earned the Crossroads League Gold Glove award at Pitcher. It is the first time since 2008 the Pilots have had at least three players represented on one of the first two All-Crossroads League teams.

Plesac was the only pitcher in the Crossroads League during the regular season to rank in the top five in the league in wins, complete games, innings pitched, strikeouts, and ERA. He finished the regular season with a 6-4 record, leading the league with 81.0 innings pitched and three complete games, while striking out 79 and recording a 2.89 ERA—the second-best mark in the league.

Deisler finished the regular season slashing .307/.418/.482. He led the Pilots with 12 doubles, 4 home runs, and 34 RBI’s, while drawing 21 bases on balls and scoring 17 times. Behind the plate, the sophomore backstop threw out 9 of 26 runners—ranking third in the Crossroads League in caught stealing percentage with a minimum of 20 attempts at .257.

Wiersema led the Crossroads League with 27 stolen bases in the regular season and ranked sixth with a .375 batting average. He raked in 75 total hits in the regular season—third in the league—recording 12 doubles and two home runs, while driving in 33 and scoring 48 times.

Mickiewicz is the second consecutive Gold Glove award winner by a Bethel pitcher, following Sullivan Swingley’s honor last season. Mickiewicz was perfect in 14 total chances in the field with three putouts and 11 assists. Runners only stole six bases on him this season in 76.2 innings pitched.

Tigers Fall in Opening Game of NCAA Regional

Greencastle, Ind. – Fourth-seed and 10th-ranked Berry scored two in the first and three each in the second and third innings and top-seed and eighth-ranked DePauw couldn’t recover as the Vikings advanced in the winner’s bracket of the NCAA Division III Regional with an 11-2 win over the Tigers. Complete information is available on the regional site.

DePauw dropped to 34-10 on the season and faces second-seed and 14th-ranked Piedmont in a 12:30 p.m. elimination game. Berry improved to 30-11 and takes on Hiram in a 10 a.m. winner’s bracket matchup. Hiram topped Piedmont, 4-1, in the day’s first game.

Berry’s Katie White and Riley Jackson led off the game with walks before Anna Jackson grounded into a double play that retired White at third. An intentional walk to Morgran Frye followed before Shelby Daniel walked to load the bases. Blair Hall followed with a single up the middle that plated Riley Jackson and Frye.

Sydney Moroney walked to lead off the second and Aleeya Thornton had a 1-0 count before DePauw pitcher Cami Henry left the game with an injury and was replaced by Kersten Brayton. Thornton singled and White followed with a single that scored Moroney. Riley Jackson lifted a sacrifice fly to center that brought home Thornton and Anna Jackson followed with a single that plated White and pushed the Berry lead to 5-0.

DePauw got a run back in the second as Katie Mathies singled with one out and pinch-runner Kate Geary moved to second when Alyssa Anderson walked. Grace Smith walked to load the bases before Goose Moore walked scoring Geary.

Abbey Gamble singled with one out in the Berry third and Moroney walked before Thornton reached on a sacrifice bunt. White then ripped a bases-clearing double to make it 8-1. Riley Jackson followed with a single, but Jade Mejia Wick threw a strike to catcher Kelsey Bernhard to get White.

Emily Timberman singled with one out in the third and pinch-runner Katerina Kilgore moved to second on Drew Bratcher’s base hit. After Geary walked, Anderson reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Kilgore to score.

Piedmont added three in the sixth as Frye and Daniel each singled and Blair followed with a three-run homer.

Five different Tigers collected one hit apiece. White had three of Berry’s 14 hits, while Frye, Hall and Gamble each had three. Hall drove in five and White plated four.

Henry dropped to 26-7 on the season, while Hannah Gore improved to 14-1 after pitching 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Panthers bow out of HCAC Tournament after falling to Rose-Hulman

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers bowed out of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon after falling to Rose-Hulman in an elimination game, 14-6.

Leading the Panthers in the contest was designated hitter, sophomore Connor Farnsley (Jeffersonville, Ind.). Farnsley connected for two RBI on three hits with a run scored.

Facing elimination, the Panthers came roaring out the gate using a two run first inning in rout to the advantage. The lead-off batter, senior Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) reached first on a hit by pitch before a sophomore Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) walk set the stage for senior Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.). The senior dealt a sacrifice bunt that pushed both runners to scoring position.

Farnsley handled the rest as he connected for a triple to the left field fence plating both Littlefield and Chrisite, 2-0.

However, the FIghtin’ Engineers refused to roll over, using a two run homer in the top of the second inning followed by a four run third inning to claim the 6-2 lead.

Hanover tried to play party spoilers in the bottom half of the third inning knotting the contest at 6-6. Burton started the inning with an RBI single to left field scoring Christie. Farnsley deemed clutch once more as he doubled to left center followed by a freshman Jake Danneman (Edgewood, Ky.) game tying RBI.

Rose-Hulman refused to go away plating three runs in the fourth inning before adding a pair of insurance runs in the top of the fifth inning, 11-6.

They would go on to plate three more runs over the course of four innings claiming the 14-6 victory.

Hanover concluded the season at 16-22 overall and 10-8 in HCAC action. They advanced to the HCAC Tournament for the first time in 17 years after securing the no. 5 seed.

Tom Norris Named Next IU Kokomo Director of Athletics

KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo has announced the hiring of Tom Norris as the Director of Athletics and the Cole Fitness Center. Norris has worked in collegiate athletics for nearly ten years, including the past year as the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications at IU Kokomo.

IU Kokomo fields 14 men’s and women’s sports and is a member of the NAIA and River States Conference.

Tom Norris is not new to the IU Kokomo community having spent the last year working under previous AD Greg Cooper. As the Assistant AD for Communications at IUK this past year he oversaw all social media and creative content efforts, external operations including communications, marketing, and game management, as well as broadcasts on the IU Kokomo Sports Network.

Norris got his start working in collegiate athletics as the Sports Information Director at Illinois-Springfield in 2012. He spent the next six years at IU South Bend in various capacities, including Sports Information Director and Associate Athletic Director.

After being named the next athletic director of the Cougars, Norris said “I am extremely honored to lead IU Kokomo Athletics and very grateful for the confidence Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Tess Barker and the entire search committee has placed in me. I look forward to working in partnership with our campus and Kokomo communities to provide our student-athletes, fans, and supporters a first-class experience.”

Norris, an Indianapolis native, earned an Associate’s Degree in Kinesiology in 2008 at Parkland College where he played baseball before finishing his college career at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselear, Indiana. He attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education in his time at Saint Joseph’s and later acquired his Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration in 2017 from Wayne State University.

Warriors Wrap Up Regular Season at Oakland

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Indiana Tech women’s track & field program wrapped up their regular season slate Thursday afternoon at the Oakland Last Chance Meet at the Oakland Track & Field Complex.

Derica Gibson ran a season-best in the 100 meters with an automatic qualifying standard of 11.65 in the preliminaries while Taylor Kyle also ran a season-best 11.97 in the prelims to hit the provisional standard and took fourth in the finals.

Sha’Londa Terry finished second in the 200m with a season-best 24.37 and improving her “A” standard Jo’Deci Irby also ran a season-best in the 400m, clocking in a 57.48 and taking home the win.

Kiya Pogue was second in the prelims of the 100m hurdles with an “A” standard time of 14.01 and setting a new season best.

Kiara Herring cleared a season-best 1.62m/5-3.75 in the high jump to take second while Mariam Davis was third in the long jump with a season-best mark of 5.72m/18-9.25 and hitting the “B” standard.

Tech now turns its attention to the NAIA Outdoor National Championships, which run May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The final list of national qualifiers will be posted to www.naia.org by May 20.

Warriors Wrap Up Regular Season at Oakland

ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Indiana Tech men’s track & field program wrapped up their regular season slate Thursday afternoon at the Oakland Last Chance Meet at the Oakland Track & Field Complex.

Coby Bailey ran a season-best 10.54 in the preliminaries of the 100 meters and finished second to hit the automatic qualifying standard. Miles Gray also set a season-best in the 400m with a “A” time of 47.62 and finished in third place.

Javon Sanders and Diego Sekiyama-Nava went 1-2 in the finals of the 110m hurdles with “B” marks of 14.71 and 14.73, both of which are season-bests.

Dylan Bikim cleared a season-best 2.06m/6-8 in the high jump to take second and improve his provisional mark. Joshua Ballard won the long jump with a career-best mark of 7.08m/23-2.75.

Tech now turns its attention to the NAIA Outdoor National Championships, which run May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The final list of national qualifiers will be posted to www.naia.org by May 20.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | 2022 Upland Bracket Opening Round Preview

UPLAND, Ind. – The No. 22 Taylor baseball team (40-16) is set to host the Upland Bracket of the 2022 National Tournament Opening Round, slated to begin on Monday, May 16th, at 12:00 pm. Winterholter Field will serve as the host site for five total teams, as the Trojans make their eighth appearance on the national stage in program-history.

Taylor first received a bid to the Opening Rounds when chosen as a host for the second time in program-history, but that bid was confirmed when the Trojans took home the 2022 Crossroads League Tournament crown on Wednesday, May 11th, entering the National Tournament as one of 16 teams in the nation with 40-or-more wins.

Taylor holds a 5-12 record in its previous six Opening Round appearances, with a win in its first National Tournament game back in 2018 before losing the following two.

The Trojans did not play any of the four teams joining Taylor in the Upland Bracket during the 2022 campaign, but they did match up with six teams that made the 46-member National Tournament Opening Rounds field of competition, including wins over Kansas Wesleyan, RV Reinhardt, RV Olivet Nazarene, and RV Mount Vernon Nazarene according to the current poll.

En route to its 40-win season, the Trojan offense has relentlessly wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers, sitting top-five in the nation with 305 total walks, top-10 with 129 doubles, and top-20 with 431 RBI.

Crossroads League Player of the Year, TJ Bass, has had a lot to do with those numbers, leading all college baseball players with 93 RBI and sitting sixth in the NAIA with 23 home runs. Meanwhile, Taylor was also the recipient of the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Year in senior ace, Luke Shively, who set a new single-season program-record with 11 wins. Shively also led the league in ERA and finished second in strikeouts behind teammate, Noah Huseman, who picked up a First-Team All-Crossroads League nod.

Senior shortstop, Nick Rusche, has served as a spark plug for the Trojan offense all season long, landing seventh in the nation with 73 runs scored by the end of the league tournament. The lefty leadoff man also struck the nation’s second-most doubles with 26.

Taylor will have its work cut out for them, however, as a wave of fierce competition will soon roll into Upland, including the No. 1 team in the nation, Southeastern (51-3), who will, unsurprisingly, serve as the one-seed in the Upland Bracket.

The Fire lead all teams in the NAIA with a .371 team batting average, which has fueled them along the way to scoring the nation’s most runs with 566. It’s not just about hitting for the Fire, though, as the Southeastern pitching staff also boasts the nation’s second-best ERA of 2.91 while maintaining an 11.85 strikeout-per-nine mark.

The 2022 Sun Tournament champions are making their seventh Opening Round appearance, holding a cumulative record of 10-6 in their previous-six. The Fire also own three previous National Tournament Opening Round titles.

The two-seed in the 2022 Upland Bracket will be No. 19 University of Northwestern Ohio (37-12), who won the WHAC regular-season and tournament championships. The Racers are making their fifth Opening Round appearance, with an 8-4 record in their previous four while holding one Opening Round title in their pocket.

Hitting their fair-share of extra-base hits, the Racers boasts a .534 team slugging percentage, which sits 17th in the nation.

Third-seeded, No. 22 Taylor, will match up with Northwestern Ohio at 3:30 pm on Monday, while the one-seed, Southeastern, will wait to play the winner of the play-in game scheduled for 12:00 pm.

That matchup will be between the fourth-seeded, Columbia (38-12), and the five seed, Bryan (27-26). The Cougars of Columbia are making their third Opening Round appearance, having earned an at-large bid for the 2022 National Tournament. The three-seed has a .307 team batting average this year, while smacking the nation’s third-most triples with an absurd 27. Meanwhile, the Columbia pitching staff is fairly solid across the board, holding the 17th-lowest ERA in the nation at 4.13.

Bryan is making its seventh appearance in the Opening Round, owning a record of 8-12 in its previous six trips. The Lions will make the trip to Upland thanks to their championship run in the 2022 AAC tournament, though they travel with the bracket’s lowest team batting average and ERA, .289 and 6.04 respectively. Bryan has stolen an impressive 91 bases throughout the 2022 season, though, which ranks second among teams participating in the Upland Bracket.

Competition begins Monday, May 16th, at 12:00 pm, when Columbia and Bryan square off, after which Northwestern Ohio and Taylor play at 3:30 pm. Monday’s play will then conclude at 7:00 pm, when Southeastern takes on the winner of the Bryan-and-Columbia matchup.

Tuesday will follow a similar schedule to Monday, with games set for 12:00 pm, 3:30 pm, and 7:00 pm. Wednesday, then, ushers in the Opening Round semifinal game at 3:00 pm, with a possible championship game slated for 6:00 pm. Thursday will bring an end to the bracket, if needed, with a win-or-go-home championship game at 12:00 pm.

The winner of the Upland Bracket will earn an invite to the 65th-annual Avista NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, set to unfold between May 27th and June 3rd.

Tickets are available on TaylorTrojans.com/tickets, where you can buy single-day and tournament passes. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students ages 18-and-under for a single-day pass and $25 for all tournament passes. Children ages six-and-under will be free, and all Taylor students with a student-ID will get into all TU games at no cost.

Tickets will also be sold on-site for cash-only purchases.

Trailblazers earn a spot in the MWAC Conference tournament with day one sweep of John Wood

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer baseball team opened their final Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) series of the regular season Friday afternoon at Jerry Blemker Field against John Wood Community College.

Vincennes earned a spot in the MWAC Conference postseason tournament next week with a game one 7-2 win and continued to better their chances of getting a higher seed with a 5-1 game two win.

John Wood got on the board first in game one in the third inning, taking an early 1-0 lead over the host Trailblazers.

VU responded back in the fourth when freshman Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.) hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field that allowed two runs to score and Vincennes to grab a 2-1 lead.

The Trailblazers added to their lead in the fifth with an RBI single by freshman Jordan Roth (Delphi, Ind.), a sacrifice fly by sophomore Dale Coy (Evansville, Ind.) and a two RBI single by freshman Mahkai Pelzer (Douglasville, Ind.) as VU held a 6-1 advantage.

John Wood would et a run back in the sixth before VU would score on a pinch-hit RBI single by freshman Nick Williams (Alexandria, Ind.).

The Trailblazers would hold on to this lead as VU picked up the game one win and clinched a spot in the MWAC Conference baseball tournament with a 7-2 win.

Sophomore Kestler Harbuck (Brooksville, Fla.) got the start in game one and had a really impressive day on the hill throwing six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out six.

Sophomore Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) entered out of the pen to close out the final three innings, only allowing two hits and striking out a pair in the process.

Vincennes continued to stay hot into game two, with the first two batters for VU reaching base and later scoring on RBI singles by Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) and Dale Coy.

John Wood would score a run in the second to cut the lead in half but would not get any closer as the pitching held serve throughout the middle innings of game two.

Vincennes would add some insurance runs in the sixth on an RBI single by freshman Kaden Elliott (New Albany, Ind.) and a two RBI single by Ethan Burdette to give VU a 5-1 lead and needing only three outs to sweep the day.

Sophomore Luke Osborn (Perrysville, Ind.) took the mound and closed out the game with a commanding 10 pitch inning to give the Trailblazers the game two win.

Connor VanLannen got the start in game two, throwing four and one-third innings before having to exit with cramps, allowing one run on five hits and striking out four.

Luke Osborn entered to throw the final two and two-thirds innings, allowing no runs on one hit and three strikeouts.

“Today started for us right on the bump,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “Kestler Harbuck gave us a great outing. Probably his best performance of the year so far and hopefully that keeps his momentum rolling into the tournament. Braedon Nichols threw three innings and threw really well. Then game two, Connor VanLannen threw really well until he cramped up and Luke Osborn came in and got the last two and two-thirds innings. We got some timely hitting today and played pretty good defense for the most part. We only had two errors in both game combined today.”

“Our hitters did a good job at the plate today,” Barney added. “They battled all day and put together some great at bats. The bottom of our order came through with some big hits and Ethan Burdette, who has been doing it all year for us, continued to stay hot. We’ll look to keep him on track and hopefully get the rest of the guys going behind him. I thought Peyton Lane had a couple of big hits and swung it well today. Dale Coy had a big sac fly that helped open it up in game two, so there were a lot of guys that contributed and hopefully we can keep it rolling tomorrow.”

The Trailblazers clinched a spot in the Mid-West Athletic Conference tournament which will begin next week on Wednesday, May 18 and run through Sunday, May 22 at the Corn Crib Stadium in Normal, Ill.

Vincennes has the chance to improve their seeding when VU hits the field again tomorrow, May 14 to close out regular season, with one win tomorrow earning the Trailblazers the No. 6 seed in the tournament.

Vincennes will host John Wood for the final two games of the regular season tomorrow, May 14 at Jerry Blemker Field with first pitch set for 12 p.m. eastern.

“Right now we are playing to control our own destiny,” Barney said. “One win tomorrow gets us the six seed in the tournament because we have the tiebreaker on Illinois Central. We’ve still got things to play for tomorrow. We want to play well and feel good about ourselves moving forward into the tournament. Those are all the things that we are shooting for tomorrow, but we still have something to play for.”

TODAY IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

1883       The Phillies, known as the Quakers at the time, win their first game in franchise history when they rout the White Stockings, later to be known as the Cubs, at Chicago’s Lake Front Park. Philadelphia had lost its first eight games of the season before today’s 12-0 victory and will finish the season in last place in the eight-team National League with a dismal 17-81 (.173) record.

1904       The Senators establish a major league record by starting the season 0-13 when the team drops a 6-3 decision to New York at Hilltop Park. Washington will be 11 games out of first place before the club wins its first contest this year.

1913       Walter Johnson’s streak of 55.2 scoreless innings ends when he gives up a run in the bottom of fourth in the Senators’ 10-5 victory against the Browns at Sportsman’s Park. The right-hander’s record will last until 1968, when Don Drysdale surpasses the mark, tossing 58.2 blank frames for the Dodgers.

1914       Jim Scott pitches nine innings of no-hit ball against the Senators but loses when he gives up two hits in the 10th inning. Howie Shanks’ bad-hop triple off the White Sox right-hander scores Chick Gandil, who singled leading off the final frame, giving Washington the walk-off 1-0 victory at Griffith Stadium.

1918       With the anticipation of crime rates decreasing in the city, officials in Washington D.C. lift the prohibition on playing baseball on Sunday in the nation’s capital. In five days, 17,000 enthusiastic fans, the largest crowd in the history of Griffith Stadium, will be treated to a dramatic, 1-0 extra-inning victory against Cleveland in the first contest played on a Sunday in the District.

1920       The Giants inform the Yankees, tenants since 1913, they are not renewing the Bronx team’s lease to play at the Polo Grounds at the end of the season. There is speculation the National League team, which later will decide to continue sharing their home until the completion of the American League club’s new stadium in 1923, may have been reacting to the team’s recent acquisition of Babe Ruth.

1920       Beating the Tigers in relief at Griffith Stadium 9-8, Senator right-hander Walter Johnson registers his 300th victory. Although the ‘Big Train’ hurled for mostly losing teams during his 21-year career, he will compile 417 victories, including winning 20-games or more for ten consecutive seasons (1910-1919).

1927       In the top of the seventh in the Phillies’ game against St. Louis, a section of the right-field stands of the Baker Bowl collapses, causing hundreds of fans to fall on the patrons below. Although there are many injuries, the only fatality is a victim of the stampeding crowd.

1939       During the Indians’ 9-4 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park, a woman, sitting in the stands near the visitor’s dugout, is injured when Marvin Owen’s foul ball strikes her just above the right eye. The Indians’ starting pitcher, her 20-year-old son Bob, threw the pitch that resulted in Mrs. Feller needing seven stitches on Mother’s Day.

1950       Johnny Hopp helps the Pirates crush the Cubs, 16-9, when he goes 6-for-6, including a pair of homers, in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep at Wrigley Field. The 33-year-old All-Star first baseman is called ‘Hippity’ by his teammates.

1956       The Orioles, taking a gamble, purchase sore-armed Billy Loes from the Dodgers for a reported $25,000. The 26-year-old right-hander will be selected for American League All-Star team next season and posts a 21-30 (.412) record during his four years with Baltimore.

1965       At Fenway Park, Carl Yastrzemski drives in five runs, hitting for the cycle with an additional home run. However, Yaz’s effort still falls short when the seventh-place Red Sox lose to Detroit, 12-8.

1967       Keeping a promise to his wife Merlyn, Mickey Mantle hit his 500th career home run on Mother’s Day, a shot into the lower deck into the right-field corner of the lower deck at Yankee Stadium. The ‘Commerce Comet’, now the sixth big leaguer to reach the milestone, hits the historic homer off Stu Miller, helping New York defeat the Orioles, 6-5.

1972       After twenty-one seasons with the Giants, 41-year-old Willie Mays, playing first base and batting leadoff, makes a dramatic return to New York in his debut with the Mets. In the fifth inning, the Say Hey Kid hits a home run off Don Carrithers, his 647th career round-tripper, breaking a 4-4 deadlock helping to defeat his former team, 5-4, at Shea Stadium.

1976       In an unusual promotion, visiting player Mike Schmidt makes many of the fans attending the game in Houston very happy. The promise of free beer for the Astrodome crowd if the Phillies’ third baseman strikes out happens when the slugger whiffs in the top of the fifth inning of the 5-1 team’s victory.

1977       Jim Colborn becomes the first Kansas City hurler to throw first no-hitter at Royals Stadium and second overall in that park, following California’s fireballer Nolan Ryan recorded the first hitless game in the ballpark during its inaugural season in 1973. The 31-year-old right-hander faces only 28 batters, issuing one free pass in the 6-0 victory.

1977       In an 18-2 rout of the Indians, White Sox first baseman Jim Spencer collects a two-run single, a two-run homer, and his first major-league grand slam, driving in eight runs before being lifted in the fifth inning of the Comiskey Park contest. The 29-year-old infielder’s eight RBIs ties a franchise single-game record established by Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1920.

1978       In a contest best remembered for Tommy Lasorda’s postgame rant, Dave Kingman hits three home runs, accounting for eight RBIs against the Dodgers in the Cubs’ 10-7 victory at Chavez Ravine. The third-year manager takes exception to radio reporter Paul Olden asking his opinion about the Chicago slugger’s performance, responding with an obscenity-laced tirade that has become legendary.

1981       With a 3-2 win over Montreal in front of the largest Dodger Stadium crowd in seven years, rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela improves his record to 8-0. The 20-year-old southpaw, who has started the season with five shutouts and a minuscule ERA of 0.50, gets the victory when right fielder Pedro Guerrero hits a leadoff game-ending home run off Steve Ratzer in the bottom of the ninth inning at Chavez Ravine.

1986       Angels’’ DH/outfielder Reggie Jackson homers off Red Sox hurler Roger Clemens to surpass Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list with 537. The future Hall of Famer will retire next season, finishing his 21-year career sixth on the all-time list with 563 round-trippers.

1988       Jose Oquendo becomes the first non-pitcher to get a major league decision, losing to the Braves in nineteen innings, 7-5. After pitching three scoreless innings in an extra-inning marathon against Atlanta, the Cardinals’ utility man gives up a two-run double to Ken Griffey in the nineteenth to suffer the loss at Busch Stadium.

1989       In his first at-bat as a Cub, Lloyd McClendon hits a three-run homer in a 4-0 victory over Atlanta at Wrigley Field. The 30-year-old utility player, obtained in an off-season trade from Cincinnati for Rolando Roomes, plays a vital role for the division champs, hitting .286 and 12 home runs in 259 at-bats.

1994       The Royals retire jersey #5 in tribute to George Brett, a .305 lifetime hitter who played his entire 21-year career with the franchise. The 13-time All-Star third baseman won the MVP award in 1980, batting .390 for the American League champs, and led the team to its first world championship in 1985.

1996       Dwight Gooden becomes the eighth Yankee to hurl a no-hitter when he throws 135 pitches, beating the Mariners at the ballpark in the Bronx, 2-0. The 31-year-old right-handed ‘Doc,’ who hadn’t won a game in nearly two years, was almost released last month after starting the season poorly.

2000       Although Sammy Sosa gets five hits, Henry Rodriguez drives in seven runs, and Eric Young steals five bases, the Cubs still manage to lose to the Expos, 16-15. Young’s accomplishment on the bases is the most by a Cubs player since 1881 when George Gore stole seven bases.

2002       At Latino-American Stadium, 77-year-old Jimmy Carter throws the ceremonial first pitch of the Cuban League All-Star game. One-time big-league pitching prospect Fidel Castro, the dictator of the island nation, coaches the former U.S. President before the toss.

2003       Kendall and Jake Burnham become the first husband-and-wife team to appear in a professional baseball game when the newly-weds play for the San Angelo Colts of the independent Central League. With her husband Jake starting at third base, the former fastpitch softball star, with two out in the bottom of the ninth, strikes out looking at three pitches in the 8-1 loss to Amarillo.

2004       Chone Figgins, going 5-for-6, collects a triple, a grand slam, and six RBIs in the Angels’ 10-9 victory over Baltimore at Camden Yards. The Anaheim third baseman/outfielder, who drives in the game’s winning run in the 10th inning with a single, joins Buck Rogers as one of the two players in franchise history to hit their first career round-tripper with the bases loaded.

2005       In upstate New York, 11-year-old Katie Brownell, the only girl enrolled in the local Little League, throws a perfect game in front of an astonished crowd of about 100 parents and friends. The shy sixth-grader strikes out every batter she faces, allowing only three foul balls in the six-inning contest at Oakfield Town Park.

2006       On Mother’s Day, with his mom in the stands, Bill Hall hits a walk-off home run to beat the Mets at Miller Park, 6-5. The Milwaukee center fielder, joining many other major league players, uses a pink bat in MLB’s effort to raise public awareness of breast cancer.

2008       After making an outstanding catch of Kevin Millar’s line drive near the Camden Yards warning track, Boston’s left fielder Manny Ramirez high-fives a fan before throwing the ball back to the infield to complete a 7-4-3 double play. Red Sox fan Randy Dunning, attending the Orioles game with his mom and dad before leaving for Officer Candidate School at Fort Meade, becomes the glad-hand recipient of ‘Manny being Manny.’

2008       Trailing 6-0 to the Reds at Great American Ball Park, the Marlins score six times in the top of the ninth to tie the game. Florida, however, loses the game in the tenth as Paul Janish, in his second major league at-bat in his first major league game, gets his first big league hit, a game-winning RBI single.

2009       The Mets collect a franchise-record seven stolen bases in their 7-4 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park. Ironically, the team sets the club mark without the help of a sidelined Jose Reyes, New York’s all-time career leader in thefts.

2010       Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones both collect five hits, including a home run for each, in the Pirates’ 10-6 victory over Chicago. The last time two Bucs enjoyed a five-hit game on the same day happened when Willie Stargell and Bob Robertson accomplished the feat against Atlanta in 1970.

2011       For the first time since 1914, the Dodgers are defeated after allowing just one hit, losing to the visiting Diamondbacks,1-0. Chad Billingsley, the hard-luck loser, gives up a leadoff double in the second to Stephen Drew, who scores the game’s only run when shortstop Jamey Carroll fails to cover the bag in an attempted pick-off play.

2011       Jorge Posada, claiming a stiff back and then the need for time to clear his head, asks not to play after learning he’s batting ninth in manager Joe Girardi’s lineup. The DH’s decision to sit out the game causes controversy when Yankee GM Brian Cashman refutes his player’s injury to the media during the nationally televised game against Boston.

2012       At the age of 19 years and 211 days, Nationals’ rookie Bryce Harper becomes the youngest player in franchise history to hit a home run, breaking the mark established by 20 years and 173 days old named Gary Carter as an Expo before the team left Montreal to play in Washington. Harmon Killebrew remains the youngest to homer for a Washington team, accomplishing the feat with the Senators in 1955 at 19 years and 88 days old.

2020       Art Howe, best known as the skipper of Billy Beane’s ‘Moneyball’ A’s, confirms he has been dealing with the COVID-19 since first feeling symptoms at the beginning of the month, according to an interview given to KPRC-TV2. The former major league manager and infielder, who found out he was positive for the coronavirus two days after being tested, was transported to a Houston hospital by ambulance after trying to recover at home, where he remains in an intensive care unit.

TV SATURDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
Kentucky at South Carolina12:00pmSECN
Louisville at Virginia Tech1:00pmACCN
Ole Miss at LSU3:00pmSECN
Minnesota at Indiana4:00pmBTN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
AAC Tournament11:00amESPN2
ACC Tournament1:00pmESPN2
Big 12 Tournament3:00pmESPN2
SEC Tournament5:00pmESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
European: Soudal Open7:30amGOLF
PGA: Byron Nelson1:00pmGOLF
Champions: Tradition3:00pmGOLF
PGA: Byron Nelson3:00pmCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
San Francisco at St. Louis2:15pmNBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
San Diego at Atlanta4:05pmFS1
Bally Sports
LA Angels at Oakland4:07pmBally Sports
NBCS-CA
Baltimore at Detroit4:10pmBally Sports
Milwaukee at Miami6:10pmBally Sports
Toronto at Tampa Bay6:10pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh6:35pmATTSN-PIT
Bally Sports
Houston at Washington7:05pmATTSN-SW
MASN/2
Boston at Texas7:05pmMLBN
NESN
Bally Sports
Seattle at NY Mets7:10pmRoot Sports
SNY
Cleveland at Minnesota7:10pmBally Sports
NY Yankees at Chi. White Sox7:10pmMLBN
YES
NBCS-CHI
Kansas City at Colorado8:10pmBally Sports
ATTSN-RM
Chi. Cubs at Arizona8:10pmBally Sports
MARQ
LA Angels at Oakland9:40pmBally Sports
NBCS-CA
Philadelphia at LA Dodgers10:10pmMLBN
Sportsnet
NBCS-PHI
MMATIME ETTV
Light heavyweights: Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic10:00pmESPN2
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
IndyCar: GMR Grand Prix3:00pmNBC
NASCAR Truck: Kansas8:00pmFS1
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
East Quarterfinals Game 7: Boston at Carolina
East Quarterfinals Game 7: Tampa Bay at Toronto
West Quarterfinals Game 7: St. Louis at Minnesota
West Quarterfinals Game 7: Los Angeles at Edmonton
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Scottish Premiership: Celtic vs Motherwell7:15amCBSSN
Serie A: Empoli vs Salernitana9:30amParamount+
Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen vs Freiburg9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Bayern München9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha BSC9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Union Berlin vs Bochum9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Augsburg vs Greuther Fürth9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Stuttgart vs Köln9:30amESPN+
England FA Cup: Chelsea vs Liverpool11:45amESPN+
Serie A: Hellas Verona vs Torino12:00pmParamount+
Serie A: Udinese vs Spezia12:00pmParamount+
Serie A: Roma vs Venezia2:45pmParamount+
MLS: Toronto FC vs Orlando City SC3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Montpellier vs PSG3:00pmbeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Olympique Lyonnais vs Nantes3:00pmbeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Nice vs Lille3:00pmbeIN Sports
MLS: Colorado Rapids vs Los Angeles FC3:30pmUnivision
Brasileirão: Palmeiras vs RB Bragantino3:30pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Ceará vs Flamengo3:30pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Atlético Mineiro vs Atlético Goianiense6:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Internacional vs Corinthians6:00pmParamount+
NWSL: Orlando Pride vs Kansas City Current6:30pmParamount+
MLS: New York City vs Columbus Crew7:00pmESPN+
MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps vs SJ Earthquakes7:00pmESPN+
MLS: Charlotte vs CF Montréal7:00pmESPN+
NWSL: NJ/NY Gotham FC vs North Carolina Courage7:00pmParamount+
MLS: Philadelphia Union vs New York RB7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Inter Miami vs DC United8:00pmESPN+
MLS: Chicago Fire vs Cincinnati8:00pmESPN+
Brasileirão: Fluminense vs Athletico-PR8:00pmParamount+
NWSL: Racing Louisville FC vs Houston Dash8:00pmParamount+
MLS: Houston Dynamo vs Nashville SC8:30pmESPN+
MLS: Real Salt Lake vs Austin9:30pmESPN+
MLS: Portland Timbers vs Sporting KC10:00pmESPN+
MLS: LA Galaxy vs Dallas10:30pmESPN+
USFLTIME ETTV
New Orleans at New Jersey3:00pmFOX
WNBATIME ETTV
Phoenix at Seattle3:00pmABC
Chicago at Minnesota8:00pmNBATV

TV SUNDAY

BOWLINGTIME ETTV
PBA playoffs2:00pmFOX
COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
Pittsburgh at Notre Dame12:00pmACCN
Miami at Florida St.12:00pmESPN2
Mississippi State at Texas A&M1:00pmSECN
Nebraska at Illinois3:00pmESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
European: Soudal Open7:30amGOLF
PGA: Byron Nelson1:00pmGOLF
Champions: Tradition3:00pmGOLF
PGA: Byron Nelson3:00pmCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
San Diego at Atlanta11:35amPeacock
Bally Sports
Houston at Washington1:35pmATTSN-SW
MASN/2
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh1:35pmATTSN-PIT
Bally Sports
Baltimore at Detroit1:40pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
Toronto at Tampa Bay1:40pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Sportsnet
Seattle at NY Mets1:40pmMLBN
Root Sports
SNY
Milwaukee at Miami1:40pmBally Sports
Cleveland at Minnesota2:10pmBally Sports
NY Yankees at Chi. White Sox2:10pmYES
NBCS-CHI
Boston at Texas2:35pmNESN
Bally Sports
Kansas City at Colorado3:10pmBally Sports
ATTSN-RM
LA Angels at Oakland4:07pmBally Sports
NBCS-CA
Chi. Cubs at Arizona4:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
MARQ
Philadelphia at LA Dodgers4:10pmMLBN
Sportsnet
NBCS-PHI
San Francisco at St. Louis7:00pmESPN
NBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
NASCAR Cup: AdventHealth 4003:00pmFS1
NHRA: Virginia Nationals6:30pmFS1
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
East Semifinals Game 7: Milwaukee at Boston3:30pmABC
West Semifinals Game 7: Dallas at Phoenix
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
East Quarterfinals Game 7: Boston at Carolina4:30pmESPN
East Quarterfinals Game 7: Tampa Bay at Toronto7:00pmTNT
West Quarterfinals Game 7: Los Angeles at Edmonton10:00pmESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Serie A: Bologna vs Sassuolo6:30amCBSSN
English Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley7:00amUSA
Serie A: Napoli vs Genoa9:00amCBSSN
English Premier League: West Ham United vs Manchester City9:00amUSA
English Premier League: Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace9:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Watford vs Leicester City9:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Leeds United vs Brighton & Hove Albion9:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Norwich City9:00amPeacock
English Premier League: Everton vs Brentford11:30amUSA
Serie A: Milan vs Atalanta12:00pmCBSSN
La Liga: Getafe vs Barcelona12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Cádiz vs Real Madrid12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Villarreal vs Real Sociedad12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Espanyol vs Valencia12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Atlético Madrid vs Sevilla12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Celta de Vigo vs Elche12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Levante vs Deportivo Alavés12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Mallorca vs Rayo Vallecano12:30pmESPN+
MLS: Atlanta United vs New England1:30pmESPN
Serie A: Cagliari vs Internazionale2:45pmParamount+
MLS: Seattle Sounders FC vs Minnesota United4:00pmESPN
Liga MX: Atlas vs Guadalajara7:00pmUnivision
USL Championship: Phoenix Rising vs Tampa Bay Rowdies9:00pmESPN2
Liga MX: Tigres UANL vs Cruz Azul9:05pmUnivision
SWIMMINGTIME ETTV
US Championships3:00pmNBC
USFLTIME ETTV
Birmingham vs. Philadelphia12:00pmNBC

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees248.75014 – 410 – 412 – 610 – 12 – 18 – 2W 5
Tampa Bay2013.6064.510 – 710 – 66 – 12 – 410 – 77 – 3W 2
Toronto1716.5157.510 – 67 – 108 – 91 – 38 – 42 – 8L 5
Baltimore1419.42410.59 – 75 – 124 – 84 – 43 – 46 – 4L 1
Boston1220.375124 – 98 – 115 – 114 – 62 – 23 – 7W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota1914.57612 – 77 – 76 – 58 – 25 – 55 – 5W 1
Chi White Sox1516.48438 – 97 – 75 – 34 – 104 – 37 – 3L 2
Cleveland1516.48437 – 58 – 113 – 46 – 43 – 46 – 4L 2
Kansas City1119.3676.56 – 95 – 101 – 57 – 61 – 54 – 6W 1
Detroit1023.30397 – 133 – 103 – 43 – 61 – 82 – 8W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston2211.6679 – 413 – 72 – 47 – 011 – 610 – 0W 11
LA Angels2212.6470.512 – 710 – 55 – 46 – 27 – 57 – 3W 1
Seattle1518.45579 – 76 – 112 – 56 – 44 – 53 – 7W 1
Texas1318.41986 – 117 – 72 – 52 – 15 – 96 – 4L 1
Oakland1420.4128.54 – 1010 – 107 – 74 – 71 – 34 – 6L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets2212.6479 – 613 – 613 – 72 – 17 – 36 – 4L 1
Philadelphia1617.4855.59 – 97 – 84 – 91 – 27 – 25 – 5W 3
Atlanta1518.4556.59 – 106 – 84 – 66 – 43 – 55 – 5L 1
Miami1418.43876 – 88 – 108 – 21 – 33 – 102 – 8L 1
Washington1123.324114 – 147 – 94 – 91 – 35 – 83 – 7L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee2112.63610 – 411 – 84 – 315 – 70 – 16 – 4W 1
St. Louis1715.5313.58 – 89 – 73 – 36 – 44 – 54 – 6L 2
Pittsburgh1319.4067.57 – 106 – 93 – 16 – 143 – 34 – 6L 2
Chi Cubs1120.35594 – 117 – 91 – 25 – 74 – 73 – 7L 1
Cincinnati924.273125 – 94 – 152 – 27 – 70 – 136 – 4W 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers2011.64510 – 410 – 72 – 38 – 26 – 56 – 4L 3
San Diego2112.63610 – 711 – 56 – 39 – 35 – 56 – 4W 1
San Francisco2012.6250.511 – 79 – 57 – 64 – 25 – 36 – 4W 6
Arizona1815.545310 – 98 – 69 – 73 – 25 – 58 – 2W 1
Colorado1616.5004.511 – 65 – 104 – 65 – 23 – 63 – 7L 5

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot