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RIVERTON PARKE 12 N. VERMILLION 1

HOBART 3 VALPARAISO 2

LACROSSE 7 ARGOS 1

FOREST PARK 5 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 4

EDGEWOOD 8 INDIAN CREEK 7

SOUTH-CENTRAL 25 SOUTH BEND CAREER 1

ADAMS CENTRAL 8 S. ADAMS 7

SOUTH BEND ADAMS 4 MICHIGAN CITY 3

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 12 E. CENTRAL 2

CROWN POINT 5 PORTAGE 0

EVANSVILLE NORTH 4 EVANSVILLE REITZ 3

WEST VIGO 6 OWEN VALLEY 2

COLUMBUS EAST 2 BLOOMINGTON NORTH 1

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INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL SCORES:

CONCORD 18 WARSAW 2

LAKE CENTRAL 12 HAMMOND MORTON 2

UNION COUNTY 10 NORTHEASTERN 0

NORTH MIAMI 5 CASTON 3

CORYDON CENTRAL 4 SILVER CREEK 3

MORGAN TWP. 18 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 3

NEW WASHINGTON 11 TRINITY LUTHERAN 1

WHITKO 3 LEWIS CASS 2

NEW ALBANY 5 JENNINGS COUNTY 2

HERITAGE HILLS 3 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 2

SHELBYVILLE 12 COLUMBUS EAST 2

FRANKTON 8 ELWOOD 0

NORTHRIDGE 10 ELKHART 0

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PENN 10 SOUTH BEND RILEY 0

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CITY MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: KELSEY WAGGONER, CARDINAL RITTER

CITY MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: BROCK BUCKLEY, COVENANT CHRISTIAN

MARION COUNTY MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: JAVON TRACY, DECATUR CENTRAL

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NBA PLAYOFFS

MIAMI 111 BOSTON 103 (SERIES TIED 3 – 3)

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WNBA SCORES

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SEATTLE 79 NEW YORK 71

NHL PLAYOFFS

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BALTIMORE 12 BOSTON 8

NY YANKEES 2 TAMPA BAY 0

MINNESOTA 10 KANSAS CITY 7

TORONTO 4 LA ANGELS 3

TEXAS 8 OAKLAND 5

SEATTLE 6 HOUSTON 1

COLORADO AT WASHINGTON POSTPONED

CINCINNATI 5 SAN FRANCISCO 1

NY METS 8 PHILADELPHIA 6

ATLANTA 6 MIAMI 4

ST. LOUIS 4 MILWAUKEE 2

SAN DIEGO 4 PITTSBURGH 3

LA DODGERS 6 ARIZONA 4

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

ST. PAUL 9 INDIANAPOLIS 8

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SOUTH BEND 11 GREAT LAKES 4

QUAD CITIES AT FORT WAYNE POSTPONED

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BINGHAMTON 8 UMASS LOWELL 5

NEW JERSEY TECH 9 MAINE 7

UMASS LOWELL 13 NEW JERSEY TECH 8

AMERICAN ATHLETIC TOURNAMENT

TULANE 13 CINCINNATI 5

CENTRAL FLORIDA 15 MEMPHIS 2

ATLANTIC 10 TOURNAMENT

RICHMOND 16 ST. LOUIS 4

VCU 14 DAVIDSON 6

RICHMOND 12 DAVIDSON 9

ACC TOURNAMENT

NOTRE DAME 3 VIRGINIA 0

WAKE FOREST 16 MIAMI 3

NORTH CAROLINA 10 VIRGINIA TECH 0

ATLANTIC SUN TOURNAMENT

LIBERTY 18 EASTERN KENTUCKY 9

KENNESAW STATE 6 LIPSCOMB 0

BIG 12 TOURNAMENT

OKLAHOMA STATE 8 TCU 4

KANSAS STATE 6 TEXAS TECH 5 (11)

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT

CREIGHTON 6 XAVIER 5

BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT

CAMPBELL 4 GARDNER WEBB 3

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 11 USC UPSTATE 4

CAMPBELL, 11 USC UPSTATE 8

BIG 10 TOURNAMENT

IOWA 4 PURDUE 2

RUTGERS 5 PENN STATE 4 (11)

INDIANA 8 ILLINOIS 1

MICHIGAN 15 MARYLAND 8

BIG WEST TOURNAMENT

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LONG BEACH STATE 13 UC DAVIS 1

UC SANTA BARBARA 9 CSU BAKERSFIELD 2

UC IRVINE 7 CAL STATE FULLERTON 3

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST 9 UC RIVERSIDE 5

CAL POLY 7 HAWAII 2

COLONIAL TOURNAMENT

ELON 13 UNC WILMINGTON 3

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 6 ELON 1

CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT

TEXAS SAN ANTONIO 7 SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 6

OLD DOMINION 13 CHARLOTTE 4

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 5 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 0

HORIZON TOURNAMENT

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 11 NORTHERN KENTUCKY 7

WRIGHT STATE 14 OAKLAND 3

OAKLAND 4 YOUNGSTOWN STATE 2

METRO ATLANTIC TOURNAMENT

CANISIUS 11 RIDER 9

NIAGARA 19 FAIRFIELD 14

MID AMERICAN TOURNAMENT

TOLEDO 13 OHIO 5

BALL STATE 9 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 7

MISSOURI VALLEY TOURNAMENT

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MISSOURI STATE 19 BRADLEY 3

EVANSVILLE 21 DALLAS BAPTIST 2

MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT

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AIR FORCE 7 SAN JOSE STATE 3

NORTHEAST TOURNAMENT

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT 10 FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 6

OHIO VALLEY TOURNAMENT

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE 14 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE 6

BELMONT 8 TENNESSEE TECH 3

TENNESSEE TECH 5 SE. MISSOURI STATE 2

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ARIZONA 8 ARIZONA STATE 6

UCLA 9 CALIFORNIA 7 (10)

SEC TOURNAMENT

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KENTUCKY 10 VANDERBILT 2

TEXAS A&M 12 ALABAMA 8

TENNESSEE 5 LSU 2

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WOFFORD 6 UNC GREENSBORO 3

SAMFORD 13 MERCER 10

WESTERN CAROLINA 7

MERCER 2 THE CITADEL 1

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SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA 3 MCNEESE 2

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC TOURNAMENT

PRAIRIE VIEW 6 JACKSON STATE 3

SOUTHERN 8 FLORIDA A&M 7

GRAMBLING 14 TEXAS SOUTHERN 5

ALABAMA STATE 87 BETHUNE COOKMAN 7

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BETHUNE COOKMAN 19 GRAMBLING 0

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ORAL ROBERTS 12 OMAHA 8

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Oklahoma 8 Central Florida 0

Texas 3 Arkansas 1

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Oklahoma State 5 Clemson 1

Oregon State 3 Stanford 1

UCLA 3 Duke 2

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Butler scores 47 points, Heat beat Celtics to force Game 7

BOSTON (AP) Kyle Lowry listened politely while Jimmy Butler shared the credit for Miami’s Game 6 victory until his fellow All-Star took the humility too far and called his 47-point, elimination-avoiding performance “decent.”

“It’s (expletive) incredible,” Lowry corrected him, apologizing for his language to the TV cameras in the back of the room and begging not to be fined by the league. “It’s incredible to have a guy like him next to me. I’ve played with some great players, and he’s one of the best.”

Butler scored 47 points – a career playoff high and one of the best performances by a player facing elimination in NBA history – and the Heat forced the Eastern Conference finals to a decisive seventh game by beating the Boston Celtics 111-103 on Friday night.

Ten years after LeBron James scored 45 points in a Game 6 in Boston en route to the first of the Heat’s back-to-back NBA titles, Butler scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to top him and send the series back to Miami.

With a victory at home, the Heat would advance to the NBA Finals for the second time in three years.

“This is the way it should be, with these two teams. It should have gone seven games,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I’m just really thrilled that our group gets an opportunity to compete in a Game 7 in front of our home crowd.”

The winner of Game 7 on Sunday will advance to the NBA Finals against Golden State, which eliminated the Dallas Mavericks in five games Thursday night. Warriors forward Draymond Green said afterward that he expected to play the Celtics.

In the most back-and-forth game of the series, Boston took a 97-94 lead on Derrick White’s 3-pointer with under five minutes to play – the first time all series the lead has changed hands in the fourth quarter. Lowry answered with a 3 and then added two free throws as Miami scored 11 of the next 13 points.

Lowry finished with 18 points and 10 assists before fouling out with 2:18 left. Butler made 16 of 29 shots – including 4 of 8 from 3-point range – and all 11 free throws.

“He came out from the jump and kind of put his imprint on the game,” White said. “That’s just who he’s been his whole career, constantly attacking and doing what he does to help his team win. We knew it was coming, and we’ve got to do a better job in Game 7.”

Jayson Tatum had 30 points and nine rebounds for Boston, and White came off the bench to score 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. The Celtics are trying to reach the finals for the first time since 2010, two years after the New Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen won the franchise’s 17th NBA title – a record since tied by the Lakers.

“It’s no secret: It’s Game 7, trip to the NBA Finals, a lot on the line,” Tatum said. “We know what’s at stake. We know how much this means to everybody.”

Jaylen Brown scored 20 points for Boston, missing a pair of free throws with the game tied at 99 after Lowry fouled out. Brown fouled out himself on a charge offensive that was assessed after a challenge on a missed dunk with 13 seconds left and the Celtics down by four.

AVOIDING ELIMINATION

Butler’s 47 points were the seventh-most in NBA history for a player facing elimination.

Elgin Baylor had 61 against Boston in Game 5 of the 1962 finals. Wilt Chamberlain topped 50 three times, Sleepy Floyd had 50 against the Lakers in 1987 and Jamal Murray scored 50 against Utah in 2020.

It was also the third-most to stave off elimination against the Celtics. In addition to Baylor, Chamberlain had 50 in Game 5 of the East finals in 1960.

James’ 45 against Boston in Game 6 of the 2012 conference finals set the stage for a Game 7 win in Miami.

The Heat are hoping Butler’s performance can do the same.

“I get it, people can easily draw the comparisons between the two,” Spoelstra said. “That’s a different era. That’s a different team. I want our guys to embrace this moment.”

IN AND OUT

Miami guard Tyler Herro missed his third straight game with a strained groin, costing the team its No. 2 scorer. Kyle Lowry (hamstring), Max Strus (hamstring) and P.J. Tucker (knee) had been listed as questionable but were in the starting lineup.

Boston’s Marcus Smart (sprained right ankle) and Robert Williams III (sore knee) tested their injuries pregame and were also in the lineup.

TIP-INS

Heat: Butler had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists in the first. He scored or assisted on 24 of Miami’s 29 points in the quarter.

Celtics: Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who was inducted into the ballclub’s Hall of Fame on Thursday night, was courtside. Ortiz threw out a ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park earlier in the evening. Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez was also at the game, wearing his World Series ring.

AP source: Lakers choose Darvin Ham as next head coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) A person with knowledge of the decision says Darvin Ham has accepted an offer to be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The person spoke with The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been publicly announced.

The 48-year-old Ham is getting his first head coaching job as the 28th coach in Lakers history. He has been an assistant to Mike Budenholzer with the Milwaukee Bucks since 2018, and he played a significant role in their run to the 2021 NBA title.

Ham will be the successor to Frank Vogel, who was fired one day after the Lakers wrapped up one of the most disappointing seasons in NBA history by going 33-49 and missing the playoffs.

The Lakers flopped despite another impressive season from LeBron James, who welcomed his new head coach on social media even before the move was publicly announced.

“So damn EXCITED!!!!!!!!” James tweeted. “Congrats and welcome Coach DHam!!”

Ham will be the 15th Black coach currently in the NBA, the most ever at one time.

Ham was a player development assistant coach with Kobe Bryant’s Lakers from 2011-13 on the staffs of head coaches Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni. Ham then had a five-year stint on the Atlanta Hawks’ staff under Budenholzer, developing a reputation as an effective communicator with versatile tactical knowledge.

Budenholzer’s staffs with the Hawks also included Taylor Jenkins, Quin Snyder and Kenny Atkinson, who all became NBA head coaches.

Vogel led the Lakers to the franchise’s 17th title exactly 18 months before his firing. He failed to coax a winning season out of a veteran-laden roster led by James, oft-injured Anthony Davis and newcomer Russell Westbrook, who had a dismal first season with his hometown team. Westbrook is under contract for another season with the Lakers.

Ham played eight seasons in the NBA and won a championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 before moving into coaching in 2008. The Michigan native played collegiately at Texas Tech.

Helm scores late, Avalanche beat Blues 3-2 to win series

ST. LOUIS (AP) Colorado coach Jared Bednar had been looking for a little extra aggressiveness from veteran center Darren Helm.

Bednar got his wish on Friday night.

Helm scored with 5.6 seconds left and Darcy Kuemper stopped 18 shots as the Avalanche finished off their second-round series with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 on Friday night.

“We wanted him to be assertive and not so safe,” Bednar said.

J.T. Compher scored twice for Colorado, which advanced to the Western Conference finals for first time since 2002. The Avalanche had been eliminated in the second round each of the past three years.

Colorado opens the series against Edmonton on Tuesday night in Denver.

Jordan Kyrou and Justin Faulk scored for St. Louis. and Ville Husso made 36 saves.

On the winning goal, the 35-year-old Helm blasted a shot from the faceoff circle that went over the glove of Husso.

“We had three guys going hard to the net,” Helm said. “I was just kind of trailing. The pass bounced off the side wall. I just wanted to get the puck on the net and it found its way.”

It was the second series-clinching goal for Helm. As a member of the Detroit Red Wings, he nailed down the Western Conference championship with an overtime goal in Game 5 against Chicago, exactly 13 years ago.

“There’s no other guy that deserves it as much as he does,” Colorado forward Gabriel Landeskog said. “You talk about his work ethic, but he’s the guy that comes to the rink with a smile on his face, gets along with everybody.”

Kuemper, who missed part of the first round series against Nashville with an eye injury, improved to 6-2. He also enjoyed watching Helm record the biggest tally of the series.

“A super-clutch goal,” Kuemper said. “It’s always fun to see someone like Darren, who plays the game so hard, (but) always doesn’t get rewarded with the points, to come up with a big goal like that is really special.”

Compher, who had been held scoreless over the Avalanche’s first nine games of the playoffs, broke free at the perfect time. He pounced on the rebound of a shot from Josh Manson to tie the score 1-1 early in the second period. Compher then tied it 2-2 on a wrist shot from the faceoff dot with 9:41 left in the third.

Husso, who have up 13 goals on 93 shots over the previous three games, rebounded with a much stronger effort.

Colorado dominated play for long stretches, but could not solve Husso, who regained his job after Jordan Binnington went down with a lower body injury in Game 3. Husso robbed Nazem Kadri from close range early in the third period.

Husso had a 37-save shutout in a Game 1 win over Minnesota in the first round.

Faulk scored late in the first period on a wrist shot from between the circles. He sailed into the slot before taking a pass from Robert Thomas. The drive grazed off the arm of Kuemper. It was Faulk’s first goal of the postseason after handing out seven assists.

Kyrou also missed the net on a breakaway in the second period and had shot from close range stopped by Manson in the defensive play of the game after Kuemper was out of position.

Kyrou then converted on a 2-on-1 off a pass from Brayden Schenn to put the Blues up 2-1 at 9:34 of the second period.

“We feel like we’re a good team and we let that series slip,” Schenn said.

St. Louis coach Craig Berube added: “It’s tough, a tough way to end it. That’s the way it goes. Our guys battle hard.”

The Blues forced a Game 5 by beating Colorado 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday on a goal by Tyler Bozak.

The Avalanche bounced back from that setback with an impressive effort.

“From the drop of the puck, we were ready to go,” Bednar said. “You could tell the belief was there.”

THE GREAT ONE

Wayne Gretzky attended the contest. Gretzky, who played 18 games for the Blues in the 1995-96 season, has a house in St. Louis. He drew a huge ovation from the crowd.

Ashcraft lifts Reds over Giants amid Kapler anthem protest

CINCINNATI (AP) Rookie right-hander Graham Ashcraft earned his first victory with six strong innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat San Francisco 5-1 Friday night following a political protest by Giants manager Gabe Kapler and a scuffle over fantasy football between Tommy Pham and Joc Pederson.

It was an eventful day for the Giants.

Kapler refused to take the field for the national anthem, a demonstration of his frustration with the country’s political direction following this week’s school shooting in Texas.

Meanwhile, the Reds’ Pham slapped Pederson on the field before the game, alleging the Giants outfielder cheated in their fantasy football league. Major League Baseball is investigating, and Pham was scratched after a pregame rain delay of 2 hours, 8 minutes pending the results of that inquiry.

“This is a turn the page situation, first game of a long road trip, this isn’t something that gets us down for a minute,” Kapler said. “We understand we didn’t play our best baseball. We’ll shower it off and be ready to compete.”

Kapler endured an embarassing moment in the eighth, when he brought in left-hander Jake McGee from the bullpen, then had to replace him because McGee wasn’t on San Francisco’s lineup card. McGee was reinstated from the IL before the game but had to exit after beginning his warmup tosses on the mound. Left-hander Jose Alvarez then entered the game for San Francisco.

“Our entire staff is incredibly detailed and pays very close attention,” Kapler said. “There was a lot going on today and we (messed) it up.”

Ashcraft (1-0) pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his second big league start. He threw first-pitch strikes to his first 12 batters, limiting San Francisco to four hits and two walks while striking out two.

“Graham is tough to hit,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Getting ahead with movement. It makes for a tough at-bat. He had one or two strikeouts, but mostly ground balls. That shows the kind of stuff he has.”

Matt Reynolds had an RBI double in the third and later scored on a check-swing single by Tyler Stephenson. Brandon Drury added a solo homer in the fifth, his eighth of the season.

Carlos Rodon (4-4) allowed three runs on seven hits. The Giants scored two combined runs over his last two starts, both defeats. He said the timing of the rain didn’t help.

“I don’t think I found out (about the delay) until about 6:12 and the game was at 6:40, I was ready to go,” Rondon said. “It’s just part of the gig. I just had to stay focused. It didn’t show on the mound, obviously.”

Art Warren got five outs for his third save.

Albert Almora Jr. added an RBI double in the ninth for Cincinnati. Later in the inning, a bases-loaded catcher’s interference call on Joey Bart allowed Nick Senzel to reach, forcing in the Reds’ fifth run.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto was given a day off after seven straight starts since an 18-day layoff with COVID-19. Mike Moustakas started at first base.

“It is awesome to get that first W,” Ashcraft said. “It is something I’ve been working on for a long time. I’m extremely pleased. Strikeouts are great and every thing but a lot of ground balls can keep you in the game longer.”

TRAINERS ROOM

Giants: C Curt Casali is expected to come off the 7-day concussion list Saturday. … 1B Brandon Belt (right knee inflammation) is eligible to come off the 10-day IL on Sunday but will need a few more days.

Reds: LHP Mike Minor threw six innings in a minor league rehab start and remains on track to rejoin the rotation next week. He’s been on the IL all season with a left shoulder strain.

UP NEXT:

LHP Alex Wood (3-3, 4.82) will start the second game of the series for the Giants. The Reds had not yet named a starter for Saturday and might use an opener.

Goldschmidt homers, Woodruff hurt, Cards beat Brewers 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Paul Goldschmidt homered to extend his hitting streak to 18 games and lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Friday night.

Dakota Hudson was pulled after 4 2/3 innings with the bases loaded in the fifth, after allowing five hits and four walks. Drew VerHagen (2-0) got Andrew McCutchen to ground into a forceout that ended the fifth.

“I’m never happy when I leave the game,” Hudson said. “I looked up and I had no idea I was near 97 pitches. VerHagen came in and made some great pitches and got out of it. We won the game. That’s what we need.”

Milwaukee had loaded the bases in the third before McCutchen grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Genesis Cabrera allowed one hit over two innings, Kodi Whitley gave up Keston Hiura’s two-run homer in the ninth and Ryan Helsley struck out Mike Brosseau and retired Kolten Wong on a groundout for his third save, ending Milwaukee’s three-game winning streak.

Helsley has not allowed an earned run in 14 appearances this season.

Brandon Woodruff (5-3) allowed two runs and two hits, then was removed while warming up for the fifth inning because of right ankle inflammation.

“He had some pain in his ankle on each pitch,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “I’m not ruling him out for his next start. He obviously was throwing the ball really well, but there was significant pain in each pitch.”

Goldschmidt put the Cardinals ahead in the third with his ninth homer, a two-run drive. He has reached base in 32 straight games, the longest streak by a major league hitter this season.

“It’s impressive,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “He’s hyper-focused on just executing his plan. That’s been the fun part to watch.”

Harrison Bader scored on the home run after stealing second base. He stole two bases, leads the National League with 13 and has been successful on 16 in a row since last Sept. 8 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pinch-hitter Edmundo Sosa had an RBI triple in the seventh and scored when Lars Nootbaar grounded into a forceout.

“That’s awesome,” Marmol said. “You come off the bench ready to hit like that. He got a good pitch where he wanted it, drove it to the right-center gap. That was a big part of that game.”

TRAINER’S ROOM:

Brewers: OF Hunter Renfroe (right hamstring strain) jogged on the field pregame for the first time since Monday. Manager Craig Counsell said it was too soon to put a timetable on Renfroe’s return.

Cardinals: OF Tyler O’Neill (right shoulder impingement) lifted weights and threw prior to the game. He could go out on a minor league rehab assignment early next week.

UP NEXT

RHP Adrian Houser (3-4, 2.98) starts for Milwaukee on Saturday. He is 4-3 with a 2.25 ERA in nine starts and three relief appearances against the Cardinals. LHP Matthew Liberatore (0-0, 7.71) makes his second career start for St. Louis after allowing four runs in 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut May 21 in Pittsburgh.

Taillon leads Yankees over Rays 2-0 for 4th straight win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Jameson Tallion pitched two-hit ball over eight innings, following Nestor Cortes to give the Yankees their longest consecutive starts in nine years and leading New York over the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 Friday night.

Gleyber Torres put the Yankees ahead with a homer in the fourth off Jeffrey Springs (2-2) and Matt Carpenter, in his second game with New York, homered later in the inning.

New York opened a 6 1/2-game lead over the Rays by winning the first two games of the four-game series. The Yankees won their fourth straight following a season-worst three-game losing streak and improved to 33-13, the best start in the major leagues since the 2001 Seattle Mariners opened 34-12.

Taillon (5-1) improved to 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA in his last seven starts, striking out five and walking none while throwing 62 of 93 pitches for strikes. The 30-year-old right-hander had not gotten an out in the eighth inning since Aug. 7, 2018, for Pittsburgh at Colorado, when he pitched his second big league complete game.

Cortes threw eight-plus innings of one-run ball as New York won Thursday’s series opener 7-2. Yankees starters had not pitched eight innings in consecutive games since CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova against Kansas City on July 9 and 10, 2013.

“A couple of the starters last night were like, hey, let’s just all go seven or eight this series,” Taillon said. ‘”‘So I woke up feeling a little nervous, a little pressue there,

Taillon retired his first 12 batters before Randy Arozarena’s leadoff single in the fifth. Manuel Margot stretched his hitting streak to 13 games with a sixth-inning double.

“Just another great performance from one of our starters,” manager Aaron Boone said. “I think they’ve been the best group, to this point, in the league, I caution that it’s early and we’ve got to keep doing it, but I’m not surprised that they pitching as well as they are.”

Clay Holmes struck out two in a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances, extending his scoreless streak to 24 innings and finishing the game in 2 hours, 23 minutes.

New York has pitched six shutouts, one shy of the big league high.

“I guess we’ve been proving some people wrong and we might be proving the Yankees right for believing in us,” Taillon said. “I loved coming off the field tonight and having the whole group come out to greet me. It’s really fun to be a part of.”

Torres led off the fourth with his eighth homer, one shy of his total for all of last season. One out later Carpenter hit first major league home run since April 30 last year.

“That was the thing that in the last couple seasons, towards the end of my career in St. Louis, was kind of the missing factor – I just wasn’t hitting the ball hard,” Carpenter said.

Carpenter signed with the Yankees on Thursday and got his second straight start due to Aaron Hicks remaining sidelined by right hamstring tightness. It was a blast deep into the right-field seats.

“Any time you go from your living room to the best team in baseball and to being in this clubhouse with this group of guys – it didn’t take long for me to walk in here and realize that this is a really special group of guys,” Carptener said. “They got a good thing going. It’s not just talent.”

Springs gave up two runs and five hits in six innings in his second major league start.

Tampa Bay has scored in only one of 18 innings against the Yankees.

“I didn’t want to start the series off with two games like this,” said Kevin Kiermaier, who went 0 for 4 and struck out twice, “but sometimes you face a buzz saw, and Cortes and Taillon were lights out.”

VAST IMPROVEMENT

The Yankees have a 2.91 ERA, third-best in the major leagues and down from 4.13 ERA at the end of last season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: 3B Josh Donaldson (right shoulder inflammation) was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to Tuesday. The 36-year-old third baseman had been on the COVID-19 IL and has not played since Sunday. Because the COVID-19 list does not count against the 40-man roster, the Yankees opened a roster spot by tranferring Chad Green (Tommy John surgery) to the 60-day IL. … DH Giancarlo Stanton (right calf strain) has resumed hitting, and manager Aaron Boone said Stanton might spend the minimum 10 days on the IL. … DJ LeMahieu was out of the starting lineup for the fifth consecutive game because of his left wrist, which had a cortisone shot.

UP NEXT

RHP Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.31) is to start Saturday for New York against RHP Corey Kluber (1-2, 4.42), who was 5-3 in 16 starts for the Yankees last season that included a no-hitter at Texas on May 19.

Rios, Betts hit back-to-back HRs, Dodgers top D-backs 6-4

PHOENIX (AP) Mookie Betts was almost apologetic about a lack of offense for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

Then the slugger was reminded that the team’s lineup still smacked three homers and had nine hits in a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The way the Dodgers are hitting the ball these days, a bad day is relative.

“It seemed a little slow,” Betts said. “But if you take a look from your point of view, yeah, it makes sense, we scored six. That should win a game.”

And it did. Again.

The Dodgers continued their recent roll, winning for the 11th time in 13 games. Edwin Rios and Betts hit back-to-back homers in the second inning and Trea Turner added a solo shot in the sixth.

It was the second win of the series for the Dodgers, who had a season-high 24 hits in a 14-1 victory on Thursday. This game wasn’t as lopsided, but Los Angeles was still in control for most of the night.

Batting ninth in the stacked Dodgers lineup, Rios pulled a fastball from Madison Bumgarner over the right-field wall for a three-run homer and a 3-0 lead. It was his sixth homer this season.

The 28-year-old has struggled to find consistent playing time over the past four seasons because the Dodgers are so deep, but has usually produced when his number is called. He has 19 homers in 242 career at-bats and is starting to force his way into the lineup on a more regular basis.

“I’m always ready,” Rios said. “It feels good knowing when you’re coming to the field that you’re going to play. Definitely soaking it in and trying to take advantage of it.”

Betts followed with a no-doubter to left that pushed the advantage to 4-0.

It was obvious Bumgarner (2-3) didn’t have his best stuff. The lefty struggled with command for much of the night – even throwing a pitch behind Justin Turner – and gave up five runs over six innings.

The Dodgers have won 11 of 13 and lead the National League with a 31-14 record.

Los Angeles rookie Ryan Pepiot gave up one run over 4 1/3 innings in his third big league start. The right-hander threw four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with one out, but reliever Brusdar Graterol (1-2) got out of the jam, allowing just one run to score on a sacrifice fly.

The D-backs rallied in the ninth off closer Craig Kimbrel, but couldn’t finish the job. Josh Rojas had an RBI double and Christian Walker knocked in another with a run-scoring groundout to pull within 6-4, but Kimbrel got David Peralta on a game-ending groundout.

“We just dug ourselves too big of a hole,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “We fought back, made some noise in the ninth, had the right guys in the right spot with runners out there, but just couldn’t get the big hit.”

BIG BETTS

Betts’ homer was his 13th this season and kept up a sensational stretch. He’s hit safely in 28 of 33 games since April 19 and entered Friday batting .341 with 27 RBIs and 41 runs scored over the same stretch.

ODDS AND ENDS

Dodgers: Manager Dave Roberts was not at the game. He returned to Southern California for his daughter’s graduation and is expected back Saturday. Bench coach Bob Geren managed the team Friday. … RHP Phil Bickford was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Pepiot on the roster.

Diamondbacks: Called up LHP Tyler Holton from Triple-A Reno and optioned RHP Luis Frias to Triple-A. … JaVale McGee, the backup center for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, took batting practice and shagged fly balls in the outfield. He also threw out the first pitch. McGee was promoting his 6th Annual Juglife Foundation Water For Life Charity Softball game on June 22 … Leadoff hitter Daulton Varsho (right shoulder soreness) left in the fifth inning. He was hit on the shoulder by a pitch in the first inning. Lovullo said Varsho is “day-to-day” and that X-rays are negative.

UP NEXT

The teams meet again Saturday night The D-backs will start RHP Merrill Kelly (3-2, 3.49 ERA). The Dodgers will counter with RHP Tony Gonsolin (4-0, 1.62).

Carlos Martínez suspended 80 games for positive drug test

NEW YORK (AP) Former All-Star pitcher Carlos Martinez was suspended for 80 games Friday under baseball’s minor league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Ibutamoren, which increases Human Growth Hormone.

The 30-year-old right-hander signed a minor league contract with San Francisco on March 19. He was released and signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox on May 7.

Martinez made a pair of starts for Triple-A Worcester, at Toledo on May 8 and against Rochester on May 14, going 0-2 with a 20.77 ERA in 4 1/3 innings. He was released on May 17.

Martinez pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2013-21, going 62-52 with a 3.74 ERA in 139 starts and 135 relief appearances. He was an All-Star in 2015 and 2017, and Martinez made five relief appearances in the 2013 World Series loss to the Red Sox.

He was 4-9 with a 6.23 ERA in 16 starts for the Cardinals last season.

Martinez is the 23rd player suspended this year under the minor league drug program. His suspension will start when he signs with a major league organization.

Six players have been suspended this year under the major league drug program: Milwaukee pitcher J.C. Mejia and Brewers catcher Pedro Severino for 80 games each; Baltimore pitcher Matt Harvey for 60 games; and free agent outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodriguez and infielder Jose Rondon for 80 games apiece.

AP source: Browns, Njoku agree on 4-year contract extension

CLEVELAND (AP) David Njoku committed to Cleveland, and the Browns followed suit.

Two years after asking to be traded, Njoku got the long-term commitment he wanted from the Browns, agreeing Friday to a four-year contract extension, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Njoku, who figures to have a more prominent role in Cleveland’s offense this season, will be among the NFL’s highest-paid tight ends, said the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the sides were still finalizing the package,

Financial terms were not immediately known.

A first-round pick in 2017, Njoku has had an eventful stay in Cleveland. In 2020, he wanted out after the Browns signed free agent Austin Hooper and drafted Harrison Bryant. He has since become a dependable player and now a core piece for a team with Super Bowl ambitions.

“Staying home,” Njoku posted on his Twitter account. “Cleveland thank you I’ll give u everything I got in me!!”

Njoku and the Browns couldn’t come to terms on a long-term deal before free agency in March, so the team used its $10.9 million franchise tag to retain the 25-year-old.

After catching 36 passes for 475 yards and a team-high four touchdowns last season, Njoku said he hoped to play the rest of his career with the Browns.

He’ll likely be a major target this season after the Browns released Hooper during the offseason. Njoku has always been intriguing because of his size and speed and last season he finally became more consistent.

Njoku, who played at Miami, has 148 career receptions for 1,754 yards and 15 TDs in five seasons with Cleveland . He had his best season in 2018, catching 56 passes for 639 yards and four TDs.

Going green: IndyCar to use renewable fuel beginning in 2023

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar will become the first North American racing series to use 100% renewable fuel in its race cars.

Shell, which recently signed a five-year extension to be the fuel sponsor for the open-wheel series, announced plans Friday to switch to a low-carbon fuel in 2023.

The new fuel will be a blend of second-generation ethanol derived from sugarcane waste and other biofuel, and it will create a fuel that is 100% comprised of feedstocks categorized as renewable under the applicable regulatory frameworks, according to Shell executives at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 60% compared to fossil-based gasoline, according to the company.

Shell has set a goal of having a net zero carbon footprint within IndyCar by 2050.

“This race fuel development for IndyCar is a great example of how fuels technology is pivotal in helping decarbonize the sport,” Dr. Selda Gunsel, President of Shell Global Solutions, said in a statement.

Colonial lead cut from 8 to 3: Scheffler, Stallings, Hossler

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) This has been a good week in North Texas for Scott Stallings, first qualifying for the U.S. Open that will be played less than an hour from where he was born and now sharing the lead at Colonial with top-ranked Scottie Scheffler and Beau Hossler.

Stallings shot a 6-under 64 without a bogey on a relatively calm Friday at Hogan’s Alley. That put the Massachusetts-born and 206th-ranked player in the world at 9-under 131 with Dallas-area resident Scheffler and Hossler, both former University of Texas golfers who had bogey-free 65s.

Scheffler, in one of the last groups of the day after Stallings and Hossler played in the morning wave, tied them with a 14-foot birdie putt at the par-4 17th and saved par at No. 18 after his final drive went left into the rough.

“I think I needed to put up a good score with the wind being real low and the greens being not crazy firm,” said Scheffler, without a bogey so far this week. “Yeah, I love that stat. It’s a lot of fun. … I kept the stress off myself for the most part.”

It was calm pretty much throughout the day Friday. But hot and breezy conditions are expected for the weekend rounds at the Charles Schwab Classic, with gusts around 30 mph and temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s in the forecast.

Scheffler and Hossler were among the Colonial-record eight players to share the 18-hole lead at 66. Stallings began the second round as one of the seven others within a stroke of that.

Patrick Reed matched his opening 66 with another and was alone in fourth place at 8-under 132. Pat Perez (66) and Chris Kirk (67), the 2015 Colonial champion who hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since, were at 133.

After missing the cut at last week’s PGA Championship like Scheffler did, the 37-year-old Stallings went to Dallas to play in a 36-hole qualifier Monday for the U.S. Open next month in Brookline, Massachusetts. He shot 8 under and placed 11th to get into his third U.S. Open and 12th major overall.

“That was a huge goal, probably the biggest goal I had of the year, is to play the Open up there,” Stallings said Friday. “Probably the only time in my career I’ll have an opportunity to play a major championship in New England where at least half my family lives, my sister lives just down the road.”

Stallings had eight birdies and five bogeys in his first round at Colonial. There were no bogeys on Friday, and no birdies until four in the middle of the round – at Nos. 8, 9, 11 and 12. The three-time PGA Tour winner added another at No. 14, then finished by rolling in a 28-foot birdie putt.

Having the momentum of qualifying for the U.S. Open “carry over into the week was nice to see, and take advantage of a day that we definitely haven’t seen very often here,” said Stallings, who was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, but now lives in Tennessee, where he went to school at Tennessee Tech.

Jordan Spieth, another local favorite and No. 9 in the world, shot 66. He birdied his first two holes and had a 35-foot birdie putt when finishing on the ninth hole. Spieth was tied for 12th at 5 under.

The 2016 Colonial winner, Spieth was the runner-up at Hogan’s Alley for the third time last year, when he led after each of the first three rounds before a final-group showdown with Jason Kokrak the last day. Defending champ Kokrak is even par through two rounds this year.

Fifth-ranked Justin Thomas missed the cut at 3 over a week after winning the PGA Championship for the second time. His 72 on Friday included going 6 over in a four-hole stretch midway through the round – bogeys at No. 7, 8 and 10, and triple-bogey 7 at No. 9 without going in the water.

It is the second year in a row the PGA winner played the following week at Colonial and missed the cut. Last year it was Phil Mickelson.

Hossler, in his 136th PGA Tour event and still looking for his first victory, had a more steady second round after his exciting finish Thursday, when he had two eagle 2s his last four holes, though both hole-outs came immediately after bogeys.

“Certainly, yesterday was more of an up-and-down round. Today felt frankly, never really stress-free, but as stress-free as it’s going to get,” Hossler said. “It felt like I was in play. I never was that out of position.”

Nick Taylor, ranked 244th in the world, took the solo lead for the second day in a row. The Canadian dropped into a share of the first-round lead with a bogey on his final hole, and Friday shot 6-over 41 on his final nine holes after five birdies in his first nine holes to make his turn at 9 under.

Caroline Masson sweeps round-robin group in LPGA Match-Play

LAS VEGAS (AP) Caroline Masson beat top-seeded Minjee Lee 2 and 1 on Friday in 100-degree heat in the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play to finish 3-0 in the group stage and advance to single-elimination play.

Masson will face Andrea Lee on Saturday in the round of 16 at Shadow Creek. Andrea Lee beat Stephanie Meadow 2 and 1 to take her group at 2-0-1.

After Minjee Lee, coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Founders Cup, won the 14th and 15th to pull within one, Masson ended the match with a par on the 17th.

“I knew it was going to be tough,” Masson said. “Minjee is a great player. She’s been playing great the last – well, years really, but the last few weeks as well. Also it’s match play, and I feel like pretty much anybody can beat anybody out here. I just trusted in my game. Feel like I been hitting it good. I was in control.”

Masson also had 2-and-1 victories over Brittany Altomare on Wednesday and Youngin Chun on Thursday. The four-time Solheim Cup player from Germany won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2016.

“It’s been a cool three days,” Masson said. “I think this golf course is really hard, so I feel like I didn’t really play my best, but also I think many players probably feel that same way. I really made the most of it and just really happy to close it out today.”

Minjee Lee, ranked fourth in the world, was 1-2.

Seven of the 16 weekend qualifiers swept their groups, with Madelene Sagstrom, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Paula Reto, Tiffany Chan, Lilia Vu and Hye-Jin Choi matching Masson at 3-0.

Sagstrom beat Ryann O’Toole 2 and 1 to set up a match against Emma Talley.

“I feel all right, so far,” Masson said. “It’s hot. You’re trying to drink and just rest as much as possible and kind of what I’ve been doing. My caddie was a bit angry with me. He’s like, `Come on, Madelene, I don’t want walk 18 holes.'”

Shadoff topped Jasmine Suwannapura 3 and 2. She’ll will face Chan

“Really happy with where my game is at,” Shadoff said. “I think being a good ball-striker is really an advantage around here. The greens are really firm. Just taking advantage of the shots that I’m hitting. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

Las Vegas resident Jenny Shin rallied for a draw with Haeji Kang to advance with a 2-0-1 record. She will face Annie Park.

“I made golf really difficult today, so I’m very happy to have tied to advance to the 16,” Shin said.

She normally avoids playing in the afternoon heat.

“I just don’t come out at this time,” Shin said. “My practice starts at 6 and ends way before it gets really hot. I wouldn’t torture myself and put myself out here.”

Two groups were decided in playoffs, with Gemma Dryburgh beating Gaby Lopez, and Moriya Jutanugarn edging Ashleigh Buhai. Both won with pars on the first hole. They will face each other Saturday

In the other matches in the round of 16, Choi will face Eun-Hee Ji, Allisen Corpuz will play Lilia Vu, and Reto will meet Ayaka Furue.

Rafa vs. Uncle Toni: Nadal to meet Auger-Aliassime in Paris

PARIS (AP) Rafael Nadal knew this was bound to happen. So, too, did his uncle, Toni Nadal, who coached Rafael to most of the nephew’s men’s-record 21 Grand Slam titles.

Also well aware this moment would come, of course, was Felix Auger-Aliassime, the promising player who brought aboard the man known to many simply as Uncle Toni for some extra assistance last year.

Once Toni and Rafael ended their professional partnership, and once Auger-Aliassime hired Toni to work in tandem with full-time coach Frederic Fontang, they all figured that somewhere, sometime, their paths would cross. Now it’ll happen in the French Open’s fourth round: Nadal vs. Auger-Aliassime. Which in some ways is also a matchup of Nadal vs. Nadal.

So, the 13-time champion at Roland Garros was asked, might there be some awkwardness there? Probably no way you’ll be chatting with your uncle ahead of Sunday’s meeting against the ninth-seeded Auger-Aliassime, a 21-year-old from Canada, right?

Nadal shook his head and said he already had spoken to Toni straight after beating 26th-seeded Botic Van De Zandschulp 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on Friday.

“For me, it’s very simple. He’s my uncle. I don’t think he will be able to want me to lose, without a doubt, but he’s a professional and he’s with another player,” said the fifth-seeded Nadal, who has dealt with chronic foot pain and a rib injury this season but also won the Australian Open in January.

“It’s not a story at all for me. I know what the feelings are that we have between each other. I know he wants the best for me. Now he’s helping another player,” he said. “But honestly, for me, it’s zero problem.”

Auger-Aliassime, meanwhile, resolved one little bit of intrigue, saying that he expected Uncle Toni to sit in a neutral spot in the stands, rather than being forced to choose between one player’s guest box or the other.

As for what sort of insights Toni might reveal about his former player to his current one, Auger-Aliassime smiled. Not too many unknowns about Rafael at this point, not at age 35, not after so many years on tour.

“I know him. I’ve seen him play. I know what he does well. We all know,” said Auger-Aliassime, a 2021 U.S. Open semifinalist who advanced Friday by defeating Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2), 7-5.

“But nobody – Toni, Fred or me – has the answers,” he said.

On the horizon is the prospect that if Nadal wins, he could find yet another familiar face in the stadium for the quarterfinals: defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Both the top-seeded Djokovic, who beat Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 on Friday and now takes on 15th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, and Nadal have won all nine sets they’ve played on the red clay of Paris so far. And both have ceded just 23 games total.

They have played each other 58 times already, more than any two other men in the Open era, and No. 59 might come next week. Asked earlier in the tournament about that “pretty good lefty in your quarter of the draw,” Djokovic played dumb and joked: “I don’t know who you are talking about.”

Also on their half of the bracket: No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz, a 19-year-old who leads the tour with four titles in 2022 and became, at the Madrid Open this month, the only player in history to beat both Djokovic and Nadal at the same clay-court event.

Alcaraz is now the youngest man in French Open’s fourth round since Djokovic in 2006, getting there with a display of deft drop shots and other slick strokes in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory over 21-year-old American Sebastian Korda under the lights at Court Philippe Chatrier. Alcaraz now goes up against No. 21 Karen Khachanov, whose 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 win made No. 10 Cameron Norrie the first of the top 12 men’s seeds to be sent home. Another Sunday match will be No. 3 Alexander Zverev vs. Bernabe Zapata Miralles, a qualifier who edged No. 23 John Isner of the U.S. in five sets.

Three American women reached the fourth round: 18-year-old Coco Gauff, 20-year-old Amanda Anisimova and 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.

Gauff, the youngest player left in the field, was a 6-3, 6-4 winner against the oldest, Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, who at 36 is twice her age. Kanepi won the French Open junior title in 2001 – three years before Gauff was born.

No. 18 seed Gauff plays No. 31 Elise Mertens next; other fourth-round matches are No. 27 Amanda Anisimova against 2021 U.S. Open finalist Leylah Fernandez, Stephens against No. 23 Jil Teichmann, and Martina Trevisan against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Stephens arrived in Paris on a five-match losing streak. But she’s 3-0 on this trip.

“I don’t think you ever know when it’s going to happen or when it’s going to click. But I’m just trying to make the most of it, honestly,” said Stephens, the 2018 runner-up at Roland Garros. “Happy to put the wins together now. Didn’t at any other tournament, so God bless.”

Chastain wins in wild NASCAR Trucks finish at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ross Chastain, who led for just four laps, got an assist from Grant Enfinger on the final lap to win the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 in double overtime on Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his fourth career NASCAR Trucks Series victory.

Chastain, Christian Eckes and John Hunter Nemechek were running about even up high, in the middle and down low, respectively, before Eckes fell back as Enfinger came up on the outside and gave Chastain – whose truck appeared somewhat unstable down the stretch – a push into the lead, which he held down the stretch to take the checkered flag.

“I hate it so much for Carson,” said Chastain, Hocevar’s teammate with Niece Motorsport. “I didn’t give him the push he needed to win (on the first attempt at overtime). Man, I’m so proud of Carson Hocevar.

“I’ll say that over and over. That guy’s a future star. He’s such a goofy kid, but I love him. He learns so quick.”

Enfinger finished second, Nemechek third, Eckes came in fourth and Zane Smith, who won Stage 1, was fifth.

Ben Rhodes won Stage 2.

Carson Hocevar won 57 of the 143 laps but wrecked after touching trucks with Ryan Preece while racing for the lead in the first overtime and finished 16th. Preece came in 16th after pitting with a flat tire.

“A dumbass move by myself,” acknowledged the 19-year-old Hocevar.

Chastain was the leader on the last restart but lost the lead to Eckes and then Nemechek before Enfinger’s assist.

“I’m glad to push my buddy Ross to a win,” Enfinger said. “In my book, he owes me one.”

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INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Saints Stun Indians in Walk-Off Victory

ST. PAUL, Minn. – St. Paul battled back from a six-run deficit to defeat Indianapolis in extra-inning, walk-off fashion on Friday night, 9-8. It was the Indians’ third consecutive loss as they now trail the Saints in the seven-game series, 3-2.

Mark Contreras hit a game-tying solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the ballgame to extras and officially finish off the comeback effort. The Indians (23-22) stranded the bases loaded with one out in the top of the 10th, and Jermaine Palacios roped an RBI single up the middle on the first pitch of the bottom half of the frame to hand Indy it’s first walk-off loss of the season.

The Indians got out to an early lead with six runs on two walks and five hits in the third inning. Aftrer a leadoff walk by Hoy Park, Jared Oliva began the scoring with a two-run homer over the bullpen in left field. Oneil Cruz and Travis Swaggerty hit back-to-back line drive singles, and Ji-Hwan Bae followed with a ground-rule double to score Cruz. Mason Martin hit a sacrifice fly to score Swaggerty, and Bligh Madris rounded out the scoring with the second two-run homer of the inning to take a 6-0 lead.

St. Paul (19-26) got on the board with two runs in the bottom half of the third after a fielding error by Cruz in left field. The Indians took one of those runs back when Cruz launched a solo home run in the top of the fourth for his second long ball of the series.

Indianapolis stretched the lead back to six runs in the top of the sixth when Oliva roped an RBI triple to score Park. The Saints bounced back immediately, scoring two runs in the bottom half of the sixth and three in the eighth on a home run by Caleb Hamilton to cut the deficit to one.

Cristofer Melendez (L, 2-3) surrendered Contreras’ game-tying home run in the ninth inning and the game-winning single in the 10th.

After Canaan Smith-Njigba reached via error and Hoy Park was intentionally walked, Jharel Cotton (W, 2- 1) forced a popout from Oliva and struck out Cruz to escape a bases-loaded jam unscathed in the top of the 10th.

Bae went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk to extend his on-base streak to 24 games. Smith-Njigba had his career-high on-base streak snapped after reaching base safely in the past 28 games.

The Indians and Saints will face off again on Saturday night at 8:07 PM ET at CHS Field. RHP Bryse Wilson (0-0, -.–) will take the mound against RHP Ronny Henriquez (0-1, 7.23).

INDIANA FEVER: Game Recap: Fever Win in Interim Head Coach Carlos Knox’s First Game at the Helm

INDIANAPOLIS – In his first game as interim head coach and in the arena where his retired No. 34 IUPUI jersey hangs from above, Carlos Knox earned the first win of his WNBA head coaching career in a 101-96 Indiana Fever win against the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday night at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Indiana snapped its five-game losing streak and improved to 3-7 this season. The Sparks fell to 1-6 in its last seven games and 3-6 overall.

Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell got off to a hot start in the first quarter, hitting three of her first five shots, and passed Briann January for third all-time in franchise history for most made field goals. Mitchell capped the night with 726 made field goals for her career, trailing only Tamika Catchings (2,385) and Katie Douglas (899) with the most ever made in a Fever jersey. Mitchell was one of five Fever players to end the night in double figures with a team-high 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Friday was Mitchell’s 99th career game finishing in double figures and the 40th game of her career scoring at least 20 points.

Fever forward Emily Engstler was also clicking early on offense, scoring nine points on 4-of-4 shooting to help the Fever gain a 26-22 lead after the first quarter. Engstler led all reserves with a career-high 13 points to go along with nine rebounds and also tied a career-best with seven offensive rebounds. Rookie forward NaLyssa Smith, who missed the previous four games with an ankle injury, picked up where she left off with 17 points in 24 minutes for Indiana.

The Fever opened the second quarter on a 13-4 run to increase the lead to 13 at the 6:02 mark. Los Angeles would respond with an 11-5 run of its own and would head to the locker room trailing the Fever, 55-47. Indiana knocked down seven of the team’s 11 3-point field goals, which tied a season-high, and shot 63 percent from beyond the arc in the first half alone.

Fever guard Danielle Robinson also dished out six assists in the first half, finishing with 11 total and earning her first double-double of the season with 10 points.

The Fever continued the streaky trend right out of the half with a 15-5 run to open the third quarter, which included two more Kelsey Mitchell three-pointers to help push the Fever lead to 18 at the 6:07 mark — its largest lead of the night.

Los Angeles opened the fourth quarter on a 13-6 run to cut into an 88-84 Fever lead with 5:12 remaining. The Sparks then made four of its next five shots to cut the deficit to just two at the 2:41 mark. After getting fouled, Robinson hit two clutch free throws with one minute left to put the Fever up 97-93. Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike hit a three-pointer with 11.1 seconds to go, but a blocked shot on Sparks forward Katie Lou Samuelson from Fever forward Victoria Vivians sealed the game. Vivians would finish with 17 points, surpassing the 15-point threshold for the sixth time in her last seven games.

For the Sparks, Nneka Ogwumike led all scorers with a season-high 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting and finished with 10 points for a double-double. Katie Lou Samuelson also pitched in a season-high with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Despite shooting 2-of-11 and not making her first field until the fourth quarter, Liz Cambage tallied 13 points and nine rebounds.

Indiana also outgained Los Angeles 19-3 on second chance points.

The two teams will meet for the final time during the regular season on July 19 in Los Angeles.

UP NEXT

The Fever return to Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Washington Mystics.

INDIANA BASEBALL: B1G Night For Brehmer

OMAHA, Neb. – Postseason baseball is about winning with your back against the wall and on Friday (May 27) the Indiana baseball program came through with an 8-1 victory over Illinois in an elimination game at the Big Ten Tournament on Charles Schwab Field.

Indiana (26-31) opened the scoring with a single run in the third, before Illinois (31-22) tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth. The Hoosiers grabbed the lead right back with a single run in the bottom of the sixth and added six more in the eighth inning.

Only one pitcher was needed, as senior Bradley Brehmer tossed a complete to earn his fifth victory of the season. He tossed 112 pitches and allowed just one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out six in his second career complete game.

It was the first Big Ten Tournament complete game for a Hoosier pitcher since the 2013 championship game when Will Coursen-Carr went the distance against Nebraska in Minneapolis. The last complete game for a Hoosier came in the 2021 regular season via Gabe Bierman versus Nebraska on May 9 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Freshman Carter Mathison drove in a pair of RBIs in a 1-for-3 night at the plate. His two-RBI double moved his reached base streak to 24 games. The two RBIs give him 56 on the season and move him into No. fourth on the freshman RBI charts in Indiana history.

Junior Hunter Jessee singled, walked and scored one run to move his reached base streak to 18 games. Senior Phillip Glasser drove in a pair of runs and singled twice to produce the lone multi-hit game of the season.

Four different Illinois hitters collected one hit apiece, with Braden Comia drove in the lone RBI and Brody Harding scored the lone run. Riley Gowens (5-4) suffered the loss with two runs – one earned – on four hits in five innings of work.

Scoring Recap

Bottom Third

Three straight hits with one out gave Indiana the first run of the game. Tyler Doanes and Peter Serruto put runners on first and second with base hits and Phillip Glasser plated a run with a base hit into right field.

Indiana 1, Illinois 0

Top Sixth

The first two batters reached base via a base hit and hit-by-pitch. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position and Braden Comia grounded out to knot the score.

Indiana 1, Illinois 1

Bottom Sixth

Bobby Whalen reached on an error to start the inning and Hunter Jessee walked in front of a Josh Pyne sacrifice bunt. Carter Mathison then hit a sacrifice fly to score the run.

Indiana 2, Illinois 1

Bottom Eighth

The first five batters reached base in the inning as Pyne opened the scoring with an RBI single and Mathison followed with a two-RBI double. A walk to Matthew Ellis followed to load the bases and one run scored on a fielder’s choice by Doanes. Peter Serruto walked to push a run across and Glasser singled to score two more – one on an error – to cap the scoring.

Indiana 8, Illinois 1

Up Next

Indiana stays alive at the Big Ten Tournament with the victory and will face Michigan. That game will be played at approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 and air on the Big Ten Network.

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INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Aleksa Gulbe Signs Pro Contract With Perfumerías Avendia Salamanca

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s basketball alum Aleksa Gulbe has signed a professional contract with Perfumerías Avendia in Salamanca, Spain for the upcoming season.

The Riga, Latvia native wrapped up her four-year career ranked 28th in all-time scoring with 1,071 career points, 618 career rebounds, and ninth all-time in career 112 blocks. She played in 123 games and made 89 career starts and is one of the program’s three all-time winningest players with 90 wins. Gulbe averaged 8.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in her career and graduated from IU with a degree in public financial management in May 2022. She also spent the 2022 WNBA training camp season with the Connecticut Sun.

Gulbe helped the Hoosiers to three NCAA Tournament appearances including an Elite Eight appearance and back-to-back Sweet Sixteens. As a senior, she earned All-Big Ten second team honors and averaged 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, shot 42.2 percent from the floor, 34.3 percent at the 3-point line and one of the team’s best at the free throw line by shooting 80.4 percent. She scored in double figures 18 times and tied a team-high three double-doubles.

Perfumerías Avendia were the Spanish LF Endesa champions in 2021-22 and finished third in EuroLeague.

PURDUE BASEBALL: Purdue Drops Back & Forth Affair at B1G Tournament

OMAHA, Neb. – Troy Viola made a highlight-reel catch on the tarp down the left field line and hit a long home run in what proved to be his final collegiate game as Iowa broke a tie with a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning to defeat Purdue baseball 5-4 in an elimination game Friday at the Big Ten Tournament.

CJ Backer, Troy Wansing and Landon Weins teamed up for 11 strikeouts, giving the Boilermakers a program record 479 for the season. Friday was Purdue’s 25th double-figure strikeout total of the year in 50 games. The 9.566 strikeouts per nine innings mark is also a team record.

The Boilermakers finished their season with a 29-21 record, returning to the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2018.

Izaya Fullard delivered the go-ahead RBI in the ninth inning, beating the shift with a ground ball through the left side after Purdue had shortstop Evan Albrecht positioned up the middle.

Moments earlier, Viola retired first-team All-Big Ten slugger Peyton Williams when he made a sprawling catch on top of the tarp. The Boilermakers were also shifted for the left-handed hitting Williams’ at-bat, with Viola positioned in the spot traditionally occupied by the shortstop. As Viola got caught up in the tarp, Michael Seegers alertly tagged up and took second. With first base open, Purdue chose to intentionally walk Big Ten Freshman of the Year Keaton Anthony. But Fullard delivered the seeing-eye single to break the 4-4 stalemate.

The Hawkeyes (34-18) scored three times in the fifth inning while hitting the ball out of the infield just one time. Runs scored on a passed ball, squeeze bunt and wild pitch.

There were three plays subjected to video review and none of the final rulings benefited Purdue. Ryan Howe’s one-out double hit the fan-control fencing above the yellow line in right center field in the fifth inning, going for a ground-rule double instead of a potential RBI triple. The correct ruling was upheld by replay. Cade Moss connected for an RBI double down the third base line in the following frame, with the replay proving inconclusive. Viola maintained after the game the ball had been foul by a few inches.

With the game tied 4-4, Purdue had two aboard with no outs and the top of the order up in the seventh inning when Iowa ran a well-executed pickoff play at second base as the Boilermakers were showing bunt. On a close play, Steve Ramirez was initially ruled safe but the call was overturned via review when the replay showed the second baseman had tagged Ramirez on the shoulder before his hand hit the bag. CJ Valdez later hit a rocket off the wall with two outs, but the ball was so hard hit that Tyler Powers was unable to score from first base.

Purdue tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the sixth via three singles and a two-out error. Cam Thompson’s two-out hit plated Valdez and kept the inning alive.

Backer retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced but the bottom of the order was able to generate a rally against the righthander in the fifth inning. Weins handled a bunt attempt cleanly for a force out at third base in the eighth inning and followed that up with a pair of punchouts to end the threat, stranding a pair of inherited runners. He also opened the top of the ninth with a K, Purdue’s record-setting 478th.

Viola homered into the left field bullpen to open the second inning, joining Thompson as Boilermakers to go deep at the Big Ten Tournament this season. It was his eighth homer of the season and seventh extra-base hit over the final seven games.

Thompson finished the season with 56 RBI, good for sole possession of ninth place on Purdue’s single-season list. He compiled a 1.031 OPS this year, the highest by a Boilermaker in the BBCOR bat era (2011-present).

The Boilermakers’ 13-win improvement on their 16-26 record from 2021 represents the program’s best since a 17-win improvement from 2016 to 2017.

Purdue will bid adieu to 11 seniors but is slated to return a large majority of its starters for the 2023 campaign.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Ball State Earns Spot in MAC Championship with Win Over Central Michigan

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team battled Central Michigan in the winner’s bracket of the Mid-American Conference Championship on Friday from Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex. Tyler Schweitzer was lights out and showed why he was named MAC Pitcher of the Year by allowing just two runs over eight innings as the Cardinals defeated the Chippewas 9-7.

Schweitzer threw a career-high 143 pitches during his time on the mound, while striking out nine batters and limiting CMU to just six hits. He improved to 11-2 on the season with the win.

Amir Wright, who was 2-for-3 with one run scored, has reached safely in 55 of the 57 games this season. Nick Powell and Ryan Peltier both extended their streak of reaching safely to 20 and 17 games, respectively. Peltier has produced a hit in 12-straight games.

Hunter Dobbins led the Cardinals with a 3-for-3 day at the plate with a game-high three runs scored. Adam Tellier, Peltier, and Wright all produced two hits each.

The Chippewas jumped out to an early 1-0 in the top of the first on a Jakob Marsee home run to right field.

Dobbins led off the bottom of the second with a single to right field. Tellier notched a one-out double to right center and gave Ball State runners on second and third with one out. Peltier tied the game with an RBI single to left field that scored Dobbins. The game was tied as it went to the top of the third.

Central Michigan regained a 2-1 lead in the top of the third on a Danny Wuestenfeld picked up a sac fly to right field.

Powell started a Ball State rally with a two-out walk in the bottom of the third. Dobbins and Zach Cole both drew walks to load the bases for Tellier. Tellier came up big for the Cardinals with a single to left center that scored Powell and Dobbins. BSU took a 3-2 lead into the fourth inning.

Powell led off the bottom of the fifth with a single up the middle. Dobbins moved Powell to third with a single to right field. Cole delivered a double to left center that plated Powell and Dobbins. Tellier dropped down a sac bunt to move Cole to third with one out. Peltier gave the Cardinals two more runs with a homer to straight-away center. The Cardinals took a 7-2 lead into the sixth inning.

Justin Conant led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to center. Wright followed with a walk to give BSU runners on first and second. Trenton Quartermaine lined a clutch double down the right field line that extended the Cardinals lead to 9-2.

The Chippewas did not go down without a fight, as they clawed back with five runs on three hits in the top of the ninth. The Cardinals used Sam Klein to close out the game 9-7.

Klein gave Ball State an inning of relief with three strikeouts. He surrendered one earned run.

Jordan Patty got the start for CMU and went four innings in the loss. He fell to 6-5 on the season. He struck out six and gave up six earned runs. Ryan Insco went 1 2/3 innings in relief with two strikeouts and surrendered gave up one earned run. Jake Jones added 1 1/3 without giving up a hit. Aaron Husson went 1/3 of an inning and game up two earned runs. Michael Conte added 2/3 of an inning with one strikeout.

The Cardinals secured a spot in the MAC Championship on Saturday. Ball State will play the winner of the Central Michigan and Toledo who open the day in the elimination game at 10:30 a.m.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: NO. 4 IRISH SHUT OUT NO. 5 VIRGINIA, 3-0

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The No. 4 seed Notre Dame baseball team (35-13) continued its strong pitching performance in pool play with a 3-0 win over No. 5 seed Virginia (38-17). The Irish concluded pool play with a 2-0 record and only allowed two earned runs over the two games.

Liam Simon got the Irish started on the mound and he set a career-high with 5.0 innings pitched. He allowed just two hits and two walks and tied a career high with eight strikeouts. Matt Bedford added 2.2 innings of relief and Aidan Tyrell earned the save after closing the door in the ninth.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish got the scoring started in the bottom of the second. David LaManna doubled down the left field line to get the inning started. Then Zack Prajzner drove him in from second with an RBI single. After the first two innings, the Irish led 2-0.

Notre Dame added to its lead in the fourth with another run. Jack Brannigan beat out an infield single and came around to score on a double off the wall in left from Jack Penney. Brannigan’s run doubled the Irish lead to 2-0 after four.

The Cavaliers were threatening in the top of the sixth with two runners on and nobody out. Bedford induced a double play to get two outs in the frame and one more ground out ended the inning without any damage.

In the bottom half of the sixth, the Irish continued to add to their lead. Two singles got runners on the corners for Prajzner and he drove in his second run of the game. He hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored LaManna from third. After six full frames, the Irish led 3-0.

Virginia loaded the bases in the top of the eighth and brought the go-ahead ahead run to the plate with two outs. Sammy Cooper came on from the bullpen and induced a ground ball to Penney to end the inning and end the threat.

UP NEXT

The Irish are on to the semifinals on Saturday from Truist Field.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores season comes to an end on Friday afternoon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Indiana State’s season came to an end on Friday afternoon at Hammons Field as the Sycamores fell to No. 1 Southern Illinois in an elimination game, 8-2.

The Sycamores wrap up the season with a 26-22-1 overall record on the year following the loss, while Southern Illinois improves to 41-15 following the tournament win.

The Salukis jumped ahead early with a three-run top of the third, while Nick Hagedorn and J.T. Weber both homered to pace the SIU offense in the win. The Sycamores attempted to mount several rallies down the stretch, but ISU was unable to crack the SIU defense leaving the bases loaded in the sixth, while hitting into a double play in the seventh to limit the comeback attempt.

Seth Gergely connected on a pair of doubles and drove in both ISU RBI, while Aaron Beck added a two-hit game in his final game in the Sycamore Blue & White. Randall Diaz added a two-hit game and Jordan Schaffer doubled, while Keegan Watson, Parker Stinson, and Joe Kido all hit safely in the loss.

Luke Patzner (3-4) took the loss after going the first four innings. The redshirt sophomore surrendered nine hits and five runs while striking out three. Connor Fenlong added 4.0 innings in relief, while Jake Ridgway worked a perfect ninth inning in his final game with the Sycamores.

Four Salukis posted multi-hit games, while Weber and Hagedorn homered to pace a 15-hit Southern Illinois offense. Weber, Pier-Oliver Boucher, and Evan Martin all doubled in the SIU win.

Noah Farmer (7-1) went the first 5.2 innings in taking the win as the senior right-hander allowed eight hits and two runs while striking out three. Trey McDaniel went the final 3.1 innings allowing two hits in taking the save.

How They Scored

SIU took the early 3-0 lead in the top of third inning as J.T. Weber and Pier-Oliver Boucher both connected on RBI doubles, while Kaeber Rog added an RBI groundout to put the Salukis up 3-0.

Seth Gergely nearly tied the game up with a bases-loaded two-out, two-run double to left field in the bottom of the third with Jordan Schaffer and Joe Kido both scoring on the hit, but Keegan Watson was thrown out at the plate to keep it a 3-2 ballgame.

Nick Hagedorn connected on a two-run home run in the top of the fourth with the ball carrying over the wall in right center and scoring Grey Epps to put SIU ahead 5-2.

Epps hustled to beat out a double play ball in the top of the fifth allowing Rog to score and give the Salukis the 6-2 lead.

J.T Weber added to the Saluki lead with a two-out solo home run to right field to put SIU ahead 7-2 in the top of the sixth.

Weber added another Saluki run in the top of the eighth with an RBI single scoring Hagedorn to give SIU the 8-2 lead.

News & Notes

Indiana State closed out the year with the 46th 20-plus win season in program history.

The Sycamores have won at least 20 games in 12 of the last 13 games. The lone exception came in the COVID-shortened 2020 season.

ISU has also finished with a winning record in 13 consecutive seasons dating back to 2008.

ISU has won at least one Missouri Valley Conference tournament game since 2014.

The Sycamores move to 3-8 all-time when the tournament is held in Springfield, Mo.

Friday’s contest marked the final time Jordan Schaffer, Jake Ridgway, Aaron Beck, Jack Parisi, Raine Richter, and Sean Ross put on the Sycamore colors in their collegiate career.

EVANSVILLE  BASEBALL: Offense erupts for 21 runs in seven-inning victory over DBU

SPRINGFIELD – In the Aces highest-scoring night since 2016, the University of Evansville baseball team started producing runs in bunches early on and never let up in a 21-2 run-rule victory over Dallas Batpist in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Friday night in Springfield, Mo.

“Remarkable performance from our club tonight,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “So proud of Nick Smith battling through this past week to get prepared for this game. Our offense was relentless throughout and Tanner Craig had a memorable performance. Can’t wait to get back on the field tomorrow with this special group.”

The aforementioned Nick Smith got the start on the mound, just one week removed from throwing just 14 pitches and exiting with an injury against Valparaiso last Friday. Smith pitched admirably, allowing just one run on five hits with four punchouts in four innings of work. On in relief, Shane Harris struck-out three in one inning of action with two hits allowed and Michael Parks pitched the final two innings with one run allowed and three Ks recorded.

A record-setting day saw an explosive offensive effort from the Aces, scoring 21 runs and setting the record for most runs scored at Hammons Field, which was set in the previous game when Missouri State racked-up 19 runs. Four Aces finished with three-or-more RBI on the evening with Eric Roberts leading the way with six RBI, while Tanner Craig finished with five RBI. Craig did much of his damage with the long ball, smashing two homers in the game, his second multi-home run game of the season.

Despite the strong performance, Smith saw himself in some trouble early, allowing three of the first four batters to reach and giving up a run with just one out. With runners at the corners, Smith got back-to-back outs to limit the damage. Evansville would immediately respond in a big way in the bottom half of the first as the Aces dropped seven runs on the Patriots with the first eight batters reaching in the opening stanza.

In the fourth, Evansville added six more runs, getting a three-run shot to right from Roberts to boost the Aces lead to 13-1. The next inning, UE pushed eight more across with eight of the first nine reaching safely and Craig driving his second homer of the day to left field, giving the Aces a 21-1 lead.

DBU would get one run back on a solo homer in the sixth, but Evansville ended any further threat in the sixth and seventh to capture a 21-2 win over the Patriots.

Evansville and Missouri State will meet at 3 PM on Friday afternoon at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. with the winner going to the Championship Game.

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL: TIDD TO RETURN FOR 2023 SEASON

After a senior season that saw Payton Tidd earn All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the third time of her career and National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region honors for the second time, Tidd announced she will be returning for her fifth season as a graduate student for the 2022-23 school year.

“It’s been an honor to play for Notre Dame for the last four seasons.” Tidd said, “Wearing this jersey and playing for this university has given me so much pride. My commitment to the Irish has, and will continue to be, the best decision I have ever made.”

“To Our Lady, I will be forever grateful for the failures, lessons, and friendships I have experienced these last four years.” Tidd continued, “With that, I am excited to announce that I will be returning to complete a master’s degree and play for the Fighting Irish for one more year. I’m exactly where I want to be and wouldn’t want to play for any other program, coaches, or with any other teammates.”

“I’m so excited for Payton to be back with this team and ready to do some damage next season.” Head coach Deanna Gumpf said, “She is a great leader on and off the field and I can’t wait to see what she does with her additional year of eligibility.”

This season, Tidd earned Second Team All-ACC and NFCA All-Region honors. She finished the season leading the Fighting Irish with 130.2 innings pitched and 15 wins. She earned a 2.79 ERA, making a team-high 32 appearances and starting 19 games. She struck out 97 hitters and held opponents to a .219 average against. The California-native got the starting nod and earned wins over nationally ranked LSU, Duke and Northwestern. In ACC play, Tidd went 7-2 with a 2.49 ERA in 56.1 innings.

At the plate, Tidd logged 68 at bats, hitting for a .279 average. She hit four doubles and her four home runs were tied for fifth-most on the team. She drove in 14 runs and scored nine of her own. She hit a game-tying home run against LSU at the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invite, while throwing a complete game with four strikeouts to earn the win.

In her career, Tidd has started 83 games and appeared in 116, earning a 59-22 overall record and a 2.47 ERA. She’s worked 492.1 innings with 379 strikeouts and a career batting average against of .227. At the plate, Tidd has a .230 career average with eight career homers, 29 RBI, and 21 runs scored.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Women’s Basketball adds talented pair of transfers

EVANSVILLE – Coming off its best season in five years, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team and head coach Robyn Scherr-Wells have announced the signing of two talented transfers.

The Aces added another post presence in 6’3″ center Barbora Tomancova from Minnesota and FIU and a point guard in 5’8″ Lexie Sinclair from St. Bonaventure.

A skilled post from Brno, Czech Republic, Tomancova brings collegiate and international playing experience to the white and purple. Across two seasons at Minnesota and a season and a half at FIU, Tomancova has seen action in 40 games in her college career. In international play, Tomancova averaged nearly five points and four boards for the Czech Republic’s U18 team at the 2017 Euro Championships, leading her national team to a fourth-place finish. Tomancova was also a member of youth national teams for the Czech Republic at the 2015 U16 Euros and 2016 U17 Euros.

“I am so excited for another opportunity to coach Barbora. I had the privilege of being her post coach for a semester at FIU before I came to UE,” said Scherr-Wells. “She is easily one of the most talented post players I have had the opportunity to coach. She is tough and finishes well inside. She can stretch defenses with her shooting ability. Her basketball IQ is off the charts. It is like having another point guard on the floor. She is a tremendous facilitator in the post. Our biggest challenge will be to get her to be a bit more score first, pass second in her mindset! She is a very unselfish player. I cannot wait to see her thrive here at UE over the next two years!”

“Evansville felt like home the moment I landed, the place is beautiful but it’s the people that made me confident in committing to the University of Evansville,” said Tomancova on signing with UE. “I am very grateful for Coach Robyn and her giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to finish what we started when she was my position coach, and I’m excited for this new journey! Go Aces!”

A four-year all-conference member at Bartlett High School, Lexie Sinclair joins the Aces following a season at St. Bonaventure. The Carol Steam, Ill. native made 18 appearances s a freshman for the Bonnies in 2021-22, totaling 28 points. At Bartlett High School, Sinclair did it all, averaging just shy of a double-double with nearly 17 points and nine assists per contest to go along with five boards and five steals per game.

“I am thrilled that Lexie has chosen to be an Ace! I had the opportunity to recruit Lexie when she was in high school and have always loved her game and her competitive edge,” said Scherr-Wells on Lexie Sinclair. “She will be a great fit in our uptempo style. She has the ability to push the ball in transition and find our scorers, and she is very strong in attacking the rim. She is a nice three point shooter and has continued to work really hard in growing in her consistency from the 3. I am excited about what she brings on the defensive end as well. She will fit seamlessly into our full court presses.”

“I chose Evansville because it felt like family. For me that was top priority,” said Sinclair on coming to Evansville. “On my visit the coaches and players treated me like I was already a part of the program.”

Evansville returns 96% of its scoring and 91% of its rebounding from a season ago that saw the Aces take significant strides forward in Coach Scherr-Wells first season at the helm.

MARIAN WOMEN’S TRACK: JAI-LYN NORWOOD WINS NAIA TRIPLE JUMP NATIONAL CHAMPION

Gulf Shores, Ala. – Less than four hours after Arriana Benjamin was crowned the NAIA Shot Put National Champion, the Marian women’s track and field team was honored with their second national championship of the day, as Jai-Lyn Norwood won the NAIA Triple Jump National Championship. Norwood’s national championship is the second of the day for the Knights, and second ever in the triple jump event.

Competing in her first event of the week, Jai-Lyn Norwood got off to the best start in her career by setting a PR and new school record with a 12.88m jump. Norwood’s jump broke the previous school record by 0.33m, and put her in first place overall. Norwood followed with a 12.81m jump, and went into the finals with a 12.54m jump on attempt three.

On her fourth and fifth attempts the junior hit 12.03m and 12.16m, as she was able to maintain her first place spot. On the final try only one competitor came close to Norwood’s first place mark, but leading by 0.15m, Norwood passed on the final attempt securing the NAIA National Championship.

Norwood’s championship is the second straight for Marian in the triple jump, as she joins 2021 NAIA National Champion Naomi Walters as a national champion. Norwood is the second champion of 2022 for the Knights, and is the fourth individual to win an NAIA National Champion joining Walters, Benjamin, and Erin Oleksak. The junior is also Marian’s third-ever outdoor national champion.

MARIAN WOMEN’S TRACK: ARRIANA BENJAMIN WINS NAIA SHOT PUT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Gulf Shores, Ala. – For the first time in program history, the Marian women’s track and field team has their first ever NAIA National Champion thrower, as junior Arriana Benjamin won the NAIA Shot Put National Championship on Thursday afternoon. Benjamin is Marian’s fourth all-time women’s national champion, and second ever at the NAIA Outdoor Championships.

Arriana Benjamin got a solid start in the event, throwing 13.67m on her first attempt of the afternoon. Benjamin would scratch on her next two throws, but was able to qualify for the finals as her first attempt was good for fourth best.

In the finals, Benjamin committed a pair of scratches on her first two throws, sitting at sixth overall. With her final attempt, the Marian junior made a 14.22m throw, vaulting into first place by 0.03m. Benjamin’s throw held as the top mark, allowing the Knight to hold the NAIA National Champion title in the women’s shot put.

Benjamin is Marian’s second ever NAIA National Outdoor Champion, joining Naomi Walters who was the 2021 triple jump champion. Benjamin is also the third individual to win an NAIA Championship, joining Erin Oleksak who is a two-time NAIA Champion in the indoor pentathlon.

MARIAN SOFTBALL: CLAIMS FOUR NFCA/NAIA REGION VI HONORS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the 147 student-athletes from 62 schools who comprise the 2022 NFCA NAIA All-Region teams.

Six schools — Coastal Georgia (Region I), Southeastern (Region II), Oklahoma City and Southern Oregon (both Region III), Central Methodist (Region V) and Indiana Wesleyan (Region VI) — had five honorees each. Five schools — Houston-Victoria and Georgia Gwinnett (both Region I), William Jessup (Region IV), and Campbellsville and Marian Indianapolis (both Region VI) — had four on the list in their region.

The awards honor student-athletes from the Association’s six regions with selection to one of two teams. NFCA member head coaches nominate and then vote for the winners in their respective region.

If they were not already voted to an All-Region squad, conference Players and Pitchers of the Year from member institutions are added to the second team in their region, so long as they are nominated by their member head coach and receive votes.

All honorees move forward to be considered for selection for the two NFCA NAIA All-America squads, which will be announced on June 7.

Olivia Stunkel had a dominant freshman season, as she was named to the Region VI First Team, days after being named a finalist for the NFCA/NAIA Freshman of the Year. Stunkel was the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Year in her first collegiate season, and dominated the circle going 17-4 with a 1.82 ERA. Stunkel threw 138.1 innings on the year and had 12 complete games, leading the Knights in strikeouts with 172. Stunkel held opponents to a .200 batting average, and allowed 36 runs on the year.

Sierra Norman continues to gain accolades, as the All-Crossroads League First Team honoree was named the Region VI First Team first baseman. Norman made huge improvements at the plate as a sophomore, batting .347 while slugging .713. Norman had 58 hits on the year, and was second on the team in home runs with 16. In addition to her home runs, Norman had 13 doubles and totaled 52 RBI, and in the field held a fielding percentage of .990.

Ending her career with a bang is outfielder Shelbie Stotts, who was named to the Region VI First Team for the second straight season. Stotts was the Crossroads League Player of the Year, and led Marian on the season with a .469 batting average. Stotts broke three records on the year, setting the single season home runs and RBI record, while breaking the career RBI record in the process. Stotts finished with 83 hits, 15 of which were doubles and another 19 home runs, finishing the season slugging .910. The outfielder had 77 RBI, and in the field posted a fielding percentage of .988.

Marian’s final honor went to shortstop Savannah Harweger, who was named the Region VI Second Team shortstop. Harweger finished second on the team in batting average with a .443 percentage, pounding out 82 hits. Harweger hit five home runs and tallied 26 RBI, tying a single season record for stolen bases with 26 on 29 tries, while taking over the career record for stolen bases with 58 in three seasons.

Marian finished the year with a 40-13 record, and reached the NAIA Opening Round after finishing the year as the runner-up in the Crossroads League.

INDIANA WESLEYAN SOFTBALL: WILDCATS ADVANCE IN WORLD SERIES WINNER’S BRACKET FOR FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY

COLUMBUS, GA. – Sixth-seeded Indiana Wesleyan softball upset three-seeded Freed-Hardeman Lions 3-1 this afternoon in the first round of the NAIA World Series. Fourth inning was the only inning that either team put runs up on the scoreboard. This historic win marks the first win in the winner’s bracket in the team’s four appearances at the NAIA World Series. They move their record in the World Series to 3-6.

After a scoreless first three innings, the Wildcats loaded the bases in the fourth. Chloe Tragesser and Miranda Wehrle both singled to get on base. Abby Harvey walked to load the bases with Kamryn Buck up. A Buck walk sent home Tragesser giving the Wildcats their first run of the game.

Next up to bat, Elisa Koshy singled to left field running in both Harvey and Wehrle.

In response during the fourth inning, the Lions loaded the bases and hit a sac fly to run in their solo run of the game.

The rest of the game remained scoreless. Alyssa Wagner threw the first four innings before Emma Etter-Cox closed the game with the last three innings. Etter-Cox allowed just one hit in 28 pitches.

Wildcats advance in the winner’s bracket to play the winner of No. 7 Southeastern/No. 2 Oklahoma City at 1:15pm on Saturday, May 28.

INDIANA WESLEYAN MEN’S TRACK: MEN’S 4X800 WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON FINAL DAY

GULF SHORES, Ala. – It was an exciting final day for Indiana Wesleyan track & field, as the Wildcats took home a National Championship in the men’s 4×800 and added four All-American’s to the list.

The squad of Weston Kundo, Josh Felo, Charlie Young, David Bignell and Steven Ott repeated as 4×800 National Champions, having taken the Indoor Championship in the Indoor Nationals a few months back. Their time of 7:29.44 set a new school record and bested second place by just one second.

The excitement didn’t stop in the morning as Merideth DeVries and Scott Rathbun kicked off the afternoon earning All-American status in the discus and pole vault. The freshman Devries took Runner-up respectively in discus.

The fun didn’t stop there as Jezelle Shaw capped off her senior season with an All-American finish in the women’s 400m.

Due to weather, both Steven Ott and Charlie Young would have to pull the improvable double, racing in the 800m just four hours later. Seeded third and fifth respectively, Ott and Young would finish third and sixth bringing IWU’s All-American total to seven for the 2022 NAIA Outdoor Championships.

2022 NAIA ALL-AMERICANS

Dan Heinig – Discus

Merideth DeVries – Discus

Scott Rathbun – Pole Vault

Men’s 4×800

Steven Ott – 800m

Charlie Young – 800m

On the team side of things, the women would finish in 26th with ten points, while the men took home ninth place overall with 25 points. The men were the only Crossroads League school in the Top-10.

This concludes the Track and Field season.

ROSE HULMAN MEN’S TRACK: Kyle Brownell Earns All-American Honors at NCAA D-III T&F Championships

GENEVA, Ohio — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore Kyle Brownell brought home All-American honors from the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a 7th place finish in the men’s high jump on Friday at SPIRE Institute.

Brownell cleared 6′ 8 3/4″ on his second attempt to claim 7th place honors and become Rose-Hulman’s first track and field All-American since 2018.

Brownell became the first Rose-Hulman men’s track and field student-athlete in school history to earn All-American honors in the high jump.  Five-time national champion and eight-time All-American Liz Evans and 2018 graduate Jaclyn Setina previously earned women’s high jump All-American honors for the Fightin’ Engineers.

The computer science major completes a historic 2022 season with the All-American award.  He won the HCAC indoor high jump championship and placed 2nd at the HCAC Outdoor Championships.  He also established school records in both the indoor (6′ 8 1/4″) and outdoor (6′ 9″) high jump this season to earn USTFCCCA All-Region honors in both events.

Rose-Hulman’s track and field tradition of success continues with Brownell’s All-American award.  The Fightin’ Engineers have now earned 106 All-American awards as an athletic department, with 56 earned by the men’s and women’s track and field programs. 

TRINE MEN’S TRACK: Jake Gladieux Qualifies for the 110-Meter Hurdle Finals

GENEVA, Ohio – On day two of the 2022 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, the Trine University track and field team saw junior Jake Gladieux [Oregon, Ohio / Whitmer] compete in the preliminary 110-meter hurdle event.

Gladieux was a fourth-place finisher with a time of 14.35 seconds. That mark places him in Saturday’s 110-meter hurdle finals scheduled for 1 pm. His time is less than one-tenth of a second off his career best and school record time of 14.26 seconds.

The final day of the 2022 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field National Championships begins Saturday morning at 11 am. Valerie Obear [Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] will compete in the first field event, the women’s hammer throw, followed by Evie Miller [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead] shortly thereafter at 11:30 am in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase.

TRINE SOFTBALL: SATURDAY SCHEDULE FOR NCAA DIVISION III SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

SALEM, Va. — The NCAA has announced the schedule for Saturday, May 28 after rain necessitated postponement of today’s contests. The Trine University softball team is scheduled to play their winners’ bracket game against Salisbury University at 3:30 p.m.

If the team wins their contest it will be their lone game of the day. If they should lose they will be set up to face a quick turnaround playing again at 5:30 p.m. against the winner of the matchup between Texas Lutheran and WPI in an elimination contest on the other side of the final’s bracket.

The Thunder earned their spot in the winners’ bracket early this afternoon when play was resumed from last night in their game against Eastern Connecticut State University. The team scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning on the bat of senior Taylor Murdock (Lapel, Ind. / Lapel) to secure the 4-2 win.

BETHEL MEN’S TRACK: JACKSON WINS NAIA LONG JUMP TITLE, FLEMING & GLASCO FINISH AS ALL-AMERICANS

GULF SHORES, Ala. – Bethel Men’s Track & Field finished Day 2 of the NAIA National Championship with three All-American performances, including Thomas Jackson winning his third NAIA title of his career–making him the most decorated athlete in program history–with a Long Jump title-winning mark of 7.65m, while Elisha Fleming and Shane Glasco earned All-American finishes in the Decathlon and High Jump, respectively. With their 15 points scored on the day, the Pilots jumped up to third in the nation.

NATIONAL CHAMPION

Thomas Jackson | Long Jump | 7.65m | 1st

ALL-AMERICANS

Thomas Jackson | Long Jump | 7.65m | 1st

Shane Glasco | High Jump | 2.05m | 6th

Elisha Fleming | Decathlon | 6,309 pts | 7th

OTHER FINISHES

4x100m Relay | Corey Jones, Brennen Bargesser, Richard Corbitt, Thomas Jackson | 43.37 | 38th

DEPAUW WOMEN’S TRACK: Pasch Finishes Fourth in Heptathlon at NCAA Championships; Earns All-America Honors

Geneva, Ohio- DePauw’s Erin Pasch finished fourth in the heptathlon with 5,014 points at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, earning her all-America honors.

Besting last year’s point total by 218, Pasch started day two with 573 points after jumping 5.05m in long jump and followed that with a javelin throw of 37.63m for 622 points. In the final event, the 800-meter run, Pasch ran a personal best, 2:20.04, and picked up 823 points to propel her to fourth place.

HANOVER WOMEN’S TRACK: Stenger displays success in shot put as part of the NCAA Division III Championships

GENEVA, Ohio – Freshman Jessie Stenger (Brookville, Ind.) wrapped up competition on Friday afternoon as part of the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships competing in the shot put.

The first year competed as part of the first flight landing eighth overall in the 11-member flight. Her best distance came on her second attempt where she tossed a 12.40 meter shot put.

Stenger concludes the week as just the second Hanover women’s track and field athlete to claim All-American status after taking eighth in the discus on Thursday afternoon.

MANCHESTER WOMEN’S TRACK: Camp Concludes Stellar Season with 22nd Place Finish at 2022 NCAA Division III Championships

GENEVA, Ohio – Manchester University first-year thrower Carley Camp concluded her stellar track & field season with a 22nd place finish in the women’s shot put at the 2022 NCAA Division III National Championships on Friday May 27.

Competing on NCAA Division III’s biggest stage at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, Camp (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) posted a final mark of 11.89m (39′ 0 1/4″).

MANCHESTER MEN’S TRACK: Salazar Concludes Stellar Season with 13th Place Finish at 2022 NCAA Division III Championships

GENEVA, Ohio – Manchester University junior distance runner Enrique Salazar concluded his stellar track & field season with an 13th place finish in the 10,000m at the 2022 NCAA Division III National Championships on Thursday May 26.

Competing at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, Salazar (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) crossed the finish line with a final time of 31:22.61. He placed 13th out of 20 runners on NCAA Division III’s biggest stage.

ST. FRANCIS MEN’S TRACK: Jordan Konstanty Shines at NAIA Championships, Setting Program Record & Earning All American Honors

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Wednesday, the University of Saint Francis Cougars began the NAIA Championships down in Gulf Shores, Alabama with seven Cougars representing the university, and saw several achivements earned.

Perhaps the biggest honor over the first couple of days was the performance by senior Jordan Konstanty in the hammer throw. Throughout his collegiate tenure at USF, Konstanty continuously showed significant improvement at the hammer throw.

Each season, Konstanty improved his hammer throw by at least six meters. With his record setting hammer throw at the NAIA Championships, Konstanty also earned All American honors, becoming the fifth USF runner during the 2021-22 season to earn such high accolades.

“This is my ninth year of coaching collegiate track & field and I have had the privilege of coaching Jordan (Konstanty) for five of those nine years,” Head Coach Kyle Allison said of his senior. “To end his career as the conference champion in the weight throw and all conference in the hammer as well as the school record holder in both shows what you can accomplish with hard work.”

His freshman year in 2018 Konstanty threw for 37.6 meters only to jump to 45.41 meters in 2019 as a sophomore, and after the COVID season struck, he picked right back where he left off in 2021 throwing a distance of 52.43 meters.

Then as a senior, he topped off at 58.97 meters, a new program record.

“Jordan’s strength has gone through the roof as well which has led him to compete at the highest level possible,” Coach Allison said. “Countless hours at 6 am in the Hutzell weight room and making sacrifices on weekends is what it took to get to this point. He told me in 2018 that he wanted to be the best to ever do it in a USF uniform, and in 2022, that challenge was accomplished.”

In addition to Konstanty, freshman Spencer Carpenter, another All American, ran the 1500 meter and placed fifth out of 24 runners with a time of 3:55.00. Carpenter will now run as a finalist at 4:10 pm on Friday in the 1500 meter run.

In the men’s pole vault, sophomore Joe Painter will be competing in the finals on Friday beginning at 2:00 pm.

Cougar fans, stay updated with all news and recaps with USF athletics by visiting Saintfranciscougars.com or by downloading the Saint Francis Cougars app.

IU KOKOMO WOMEN’S GOLF: Brandi Jones Wraps up Season at the NAIA National Championship

OKLAHOMA CITY – Brandi Jones wrapped up an historic season at the 2022 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women’s Golf National Championship this week. Jones finished the Championship with rounds of 74-77 (151), missing the 36-hole cut by just a stroke.

Heavy rain reduced the tournament from 72 holes to 54. Jones, who was originally scheduled to tee off on Tuesday morning, did not hit her first shot until Wednesday evening. Jones was able to get nine holes in on Wednesday due to darkness but came back Thursday morning to finish the opening round. A first round 74 put her in a tie for 29th. The second round for Jones included 11 pars and one birdie, finishing with a five-over 77.

The Peru, Indiana native finished the Championship with 27 pars which was good for second through 36 holes.

Jones, the 2022 River States Conference Player of the Year, won the RSC title, making her the first IU Kokomo golfer to qualify for the National Championship.

GOSHEN MEN’S TRACK: Brown Wins Historic National Title in High Jump

GULF SHORES, Ala. – Isaac Brown completed the final chapter in his storied career by winning the NAIA national championship in the high jump. He claimed the first title in school history by jumping a school record 2.14 meters, which put him over the magical seven-foot barrier (7-feet-0.25).

The accomplishment by Brown highlighted a great day for the Lancers at the NAIA National Championships held at Micky Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Two relays and two individuals qualified for Friday’s finals.

Brown made his final performance in a Lancer uniform a special one by clearing the initial five heights on his first attempt. Included was a clearance at 2.11 meters (6-11) to tie his personal best, and then a make at 2.14. One other competitor cleared the 2.14 height, but did so on his second attempt, allowing Brown to win with fewer misses. Brown nearly added to his record, just nudging the bar on his third attempt at 2.17 (7-1 1/2).

“It has just been a blessing to compete at Grace for the past four years,” said Brown. “I really could not have done this without the support of my team, family, coaches and most importantly, God. It was a special way to end my career with the best performance of my life. Thankful to be a Lancer.”

ST. MARY’S SOFTBALL: Scott garners First-Team NAIA All-Region honors

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods senior second baseman Camryn Scott was named First-Team NAIA All-Region Five for the 2022 season by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Friday.

Scott, the River States Conference Player of the Year, led the Pomeroys with a .433 batting average. The lead-off hitter, who played at Terre Haute North High School, also led SMWC with 44 runs scored and a school-record 41 stolen bases. She added three home runs, nine doubles and posted a .470 on-base percentage.

Scott’s .433 batting average ranked 44th in the NAIA and her stolen base was 19th in the nation. Scott helped lead the Pomeroys to a 29-14 record, a RSC Tournament championship and the program’s first trip to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round in their first season of NAIA competition.

Scott led the RSC with a .455 batting average during the regular-season.

“This award is well deserved for Cam, she was the leader of our offense all year and picked everyone up when we struggled,” SMWC coach Jim Walker said. “I have been so lucky to coach Cam these last 2 years and I can’t wait to see what she does for us as a program next year.”

The awards honor student-athletes from the Association’s six regions with selection to one of two teams. NFCA member head coaches nominate and then vote for the winners in their respective region.

NAIA All-Region V First-Team

P Keighlan Cronin Central Methodist University

P Mykala Johnico Central Methodist University

P Hannah Pals Grand View University

C Brittany Schultz Saint Xavier University

1B Alexus Reese Saint Xavier University

2B Camryn Scott Saint Mary of the Woods College

3B Isabelle Dawson Aquinas College

SS Madison White Central Methodist University

OF Lyda Robinson Saint Xavier University

OF Melanie Alexander Bethel University (TN)

OF Sarah Bowen Saint Xavier University

UT/P Lexie Duncan Park University

ST. MARY’S VOLLEYBALL: Schedule set for first men’s volleyball season at SMWC

The date is set.

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods first ever men’s volleyball game will take place at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods’ Knoerle Center on Jan. 27, 2023.

The Pomeroys, with a nationwide roster assembled by Ian Harris, will take on Cornerstone in a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference matchup.

Men’s volleyball will be the eighth men’s athletic program, joining golf, basketball, cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and sprint football, which is set to debut in September. Men can also compete in co-ed equestrian competition at SMWC.

“We are very excited to have our schedule made and dates on the calendar,” Harris said. “Things are getting real now, and we can’t wait to start practicing this fall, and playing in January. We have a very tough schedule with multiple top 25 teams, and that’s fun because we will be able to see what some of the best programs in the country look like and how we stack up.”

The WHAC officially announced SMWC as an associate member earlier this week. The Pomeroys, Goshen and Mount Vernon Nazarene are joining full-time members Aquinas, Cornerstone, Indiana Tech, Lawrence Tech, Lourdes and Siena Heights.

“Men’s volleyball continues to grow in the area and we are thrilled to have Saint Mary-of-the-Woods join us for the upcoming season,” said WHAC Commissioner Rob Miller. “The WHAC started with five teams for the 2019 season and it’s exciting to see the conference grow in the sport.”

Men’s volleyball is one of the fastest growing – if not fastest growing – sports in the United States. According to NCAA Research, boys volleyball participation has grown by 29 percent in high schools national, just ahead of lacrosse for the No. 1 growth, in the last 10 years. Boys volleyball was officially named an emerging sport by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

Vollleyball has grown at 79 percent in NCAA volleyball, according to numbers derived from the NCCAA Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report.

Harris, also the assistant for his wife Ashley’s women’s team, has been working hard since last June to build a roster and looks forward to finally competing.

“This inaugural season will be special, and we are going to have a great group of men that are going to put on a show for our fans, play hard, and play together,” Harris said. “We are going to put out a quality product in year one that will make everyone here at SMWC proud and excited for the future.”

SMWC Men’s Volleyball Schedule

Jan. 27  – Cornerstone, 7 p.m.*

Jan. 28 – Cornerstone, noon*

Jan. 31 – at Adrian University, 7 p.m.

Feb. 3 – at Goshen College, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 4 – at Goshen College, noon*

Feb. 7 – at Wabash College, 7 p.m.

Feb. 10 – at Siena Heights, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 11 – at Siena Heights, 7 p.m. *

Feb. 14 – Roosevelt, 7 p.m.

Feb. 17 – Indiana Tech, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 18 – Indiana Tech, noon*

Feb. 21 – Midway University, 7 p.m.

Feb. 24 – Mount Vernon Nazarene, 7 p.m.*

Feb. 28 – Wabash College, 7 p.m.

March 3 – at Lourdes, 7 p.m.*

March 4 – at Lourdes, noon*

March 10 – Lawrence Tech, 7 p.m.*

March 11 – Lawrence Tech, noon*

March 15 – Rio Grande, 7 p.m.

March 17 – Bethel University*

March 18 – Bethel University, noon*

March 21 – at Rockford, 7 p.m.

March 24 – at Aquinas, 7 p.m.*

March 25 – at Aquinas, noon*

*WHAC Game

GOSHEN WOMEN’S TRACK: Fisher breaks school record, just short of All-American recognition

GULF SHORES, Ala. – After qualifying for the women’s 1500-meter finals on Wednesday, Annika Fisher finished ninth in the nation in the event at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In the morning, first-year Teresa Ross Richer competed in the women’s half marathon but was unable to finish.

Fisher beat her previous school record of 4:39.88 set earlier this season with a 4:38.80 time in Gulf Shores. Her ninth-place finish was just shy of earning All-American status  – it is awarded to the top eight. She was seven tenths of a second away from that honor.

Fisher was in seventh place near the halfway point but dropped a couple spots later in the race. Sydney Little Light of Rocky Mountain became the national champion in the event with her time of 4:25.90.

“It is a great way to end the season with a personal and program best,” shared head coach Rustin Nyce. “It doesn’t help resolve the feeling of just missing All-American honors, but I am proud of what she did.”

Ross Richer competed early in the morning in the half marathon. “Teresa has had a rough last week building up to the race,” said Nyce. “However, she is a very disciplined person and will do great things over the next few years.” Taylor Ward of Life University won the event, crossing the line in 1:23:42.

Fisher’s race was the final athletic competition for the Maple Leafs in this 2021-22 season. Stay tuned to goleafs.net for information on the upcoming fall season, schedules, and rosters.

GOSHEN MEN’S TRACK: Record-breaking career ends for Graber Miller

GULF SHORES, Ala. – A stunning collegiate career ended for Simon Graber Miller on Thursday evening as the senior represented the Maple Leafs men’s outdoor track and field team at the NAIA Championships in the high jump.

Graber Miller was unable to clear the opening height of 2.00 meters (6 feet, 6 ¾ inches) on his three attempts. Conference foe Isaac Brown from Grace became the national champion in the event by clearing 2.14 meters (7 feet, ¼ inch) on his first attempt.

“Simon didn’t have the day he wanted,” said head coach Rustin Nyce after the event. “We talk about legacy, and he left one of excellence. He left the program in a better place than he found it and we are grateful for him.”

Graber Miller has the school record in the high jump. He cleared 2.10 meters (6 feet and 10 ¾ inches) last year at the NAIA Indoor National Championships. He finished fifth at outdoor nationals last season.

Two competitions remain for Goshen at nationals, both on the women’s side. Teresa Ross Richer competes in the half marathon on Friday at 7:00 am ET. Annika Fisher qualified for the 1500-meter finals and will race in that event at 4:00 pm ET on Friday.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL: USI Softball coaches named Midwest Region Coaching Staff of Year by NFCA

DENVER, Colo.—University of Southern Indiana Softball Head Coach Sue Kunkle and her staff have been named the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) Friday afternoon.

Kunkle has guided the No. 10 Screaming Eagles to a program-record 49 wins, their third NCAA II Midwest Region title and third appearance in the NCAA II Softball Championship. Additionally, USI won the GLVC regular-season and GLVC Tournament titles during the 2022 season.

The award marks the third time USI Softball has garnered Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors. Assistant Coach MacKenzi Dorsam also helped USI’s coaching staff earn the honor in 2017 and 2018 and was part of USI’s National Coaching Staff of the Year award in 2018.

USI’s coaching staff also consists of Graduate Assistant Coach Kelcey Carrasco and Volunteer Assistant Coach Emily Goodin.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: USI officially announces 2022-23 signees

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball officially announced the signees for the upcoming 2022-23 season. The eight new Screaming Eagles include a six transfers, and two freshmen.

“First of all I am excited about our class because I think we signed eight quality STUDENT ATHLETES who are interested in graduating as well as eight student athletes that I think will help us compete for OVC championships in the years to come,” said USI Head Coach Stan Gouard.  “Each of these young men exemplifies the model of a student athlete.

“My staff and I have worked diligently to ensure we bring in guys that will represent our program in a first-class manner while competing on a high level,” concluded Gouard.

Signing with Eagles, who start their transition to NCAA Division I and the Ohio Valley Conference this fall are:

Trevor Lakes | Grad Transfer | F | 6’8″ | Lebanon, Indiana

Lakes comes to USI after two seasons at the University of Nebraska and two seasons at the University of Indianapolis. He after 2.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in 22 games at Nebraska, posting a two-year high of 12 points and six rebounds versus Doane University. Lakes averaged 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game during three seasons with UIndy and Gouard between 2017 and 2020. The two-time second-team All-GLVC performer posted a college-high 27 points versus Elmhurst University and 16 rebounds versus Quincy University during 2018-19.

Prior to his collegiate career, Lakes averaged 22.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as a senior at Lebanon High School, earning IBCA Honorable Mention All-State honors as a senior.

Gouard on Lakes: “Trevor knows my system very well after playing for me at my previous institution.  His ability to stretch the court is something that we wanted to address this off season. Prior to his injury last season, Trevor was one of the top shooters in the country and we are hoping that he picks up where he left off.”

Gary Solomon | Jr. | G | 6’6″ | Detroit, Michigan

Solomon averaged 14.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game as a sophomore at Henry Ford Community College. The 6-foot-6 guard also led NJCAA Division II with 223 total assists. Solomon is an alumnus of Detroit Edison Public School Academy.

Gouard on Solomon: “Gary is bigger guard (six-foot-five) who does a great job of creating.  After a great year at Henry Ford College, he finished the season as a national leader with 223 assists.  We are super excited to land a guy that can distribute the ball the way that Gary does. He brings toughness, energy and grit to the court and we are expect great things.  Gary’s ability to score and set up his teammates is uncanny.”

Ryan Hall | So. |G | 6’5″ | Kettering, OH

Hall transfers to USI after two seasons at Iowa Lakes Community College where he was the first-team All-Conference in 2021-22 after posting 12.9 points, 1.7 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game. He recorded a two-year high 13.2 points, 2.3 assists, and 2.4 rebounds to earn honorable mention All-Conference honors in 2020-21.

Prior to his tenure at Iowa Lakes, he lettered in basketball and football at Kettering Fairmont High School and was the Athlete of the Year and Greater Western Ohio Conference All-Conference in 2018-19.

Gouard on Hall: “Ryan will allow us to space the court with his shooting ability. He is a smart and heady player who will help us on both sides of the ball.”

Jeremiah Hernandez | So. | G | 6’4″ | Chicago, Illinois

Hernandez makes the move to USI from Kent State University, where he averaged 3.2 points and 1.1 rebounds over two seasons and 49 games. He posted a season-high 10 points versus Southern University and three rebounds twice in 2021-22.

A four-time letter winner at Saint Viator High School, Hernandez was a three-time East Suburban Catholic All-Conference and the Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019. He also was IBCA and NBC first-team All-State in 2019 after posting 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game.

Gouard on Hernandez: “Prior to Kent State, Jeremiah prepped at St. Viator High School in Chicago where was ranked as a top-15 player in the state of Illinois. His ability to shoot the ball gives Jeremiah an opportunity to impact our program immediately. We are excited about Jeremiah because he gives us the ability to space the floor with his shooting and scoring capabilities.”

Nick Hittle | So. | F | 6’10” | Indianapolis, Indiana

Hittle travels south to USI after two seasons at Indiana State University, redshirting in 2020-21 and playing 16 games in 2021-22. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.1 rebounds per contest for the Sycamores last year.

A Culver Academy graduate, Hittle was a member of 2019 Class 3A state championships and the 2018 state runner-up team for the Eagles.

Gouard on Hittle: “Nick brings size and experience from the Hoosier State and is more than ready to step in and impact our team. At six-foot-10, he has great hands, versatility, and can score around and away from the basket.”

Peter Nwoke | Fr. | F/C | 6’7″ | Lagos, Nigeria

Nwoke transfers to USI from Michigan State University where he redshirted in 2021-22. He averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game as a senior Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory. The Defensive Player of the Year in 2020-21 was a key part of OLSM teams that won 47-straight games between 2019 and 2021 and helped team reach the state quarterfinals as a senior.

Gouard on Nwoke: “Peter is a gifted athlete with the ability to rebound and run the court. With four years of eligibility, he comes with a great work ethic and we are looking forward to developing Peter into a great player. His best basketball is in front of him.”

AJ Smith | Fr. | G/F | 6’7″ | Edwardsville, Illinois

Smith begins his collegiate career after averaged 22.1 points and 9.2 rebounds his senior year at Metro East Lutheran High School. He became the 11th member of the program’s 1,000-point club, finishing with 1,131 points. He was named to the Associated Press Class 1A second-team All-State for a second-straight year this spring.

Gouard on Smith: “A very athletic and versatile player that can play positions one through four.  AJ will bring athleticism and I believe his size and skill will put him in a position to become an immediate impact. He comes from family of athletes with his brother, Mark, playing at the University of Missouri, while his parents, Anthony and Yvonne Smith, both played at SIUE.”  

Jack Campion | Fr. | G | 5’11” | Milton, Wisconsin

Campion is two-time first-team All-State performer from Milton High School after averaging 19.7 points, 6.9 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game. He posted 17.0 points per game as a senior, while dropping in a prep career-best 22.1 points per contest as a junior. Campion also helped MHS to a basketball regional title during his tenure.

Gouard on Campion: “A three-sport athlete at Milton High School, Jack was the floor general, point guard on his basketball team, the running back on his football team, and the pitcher for his baseball team. He brings the toughness and has a great basketball IQ.” 

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S TRACK: Hough, Nolan race to All-America status

ALLENDALE, Mich.—University of Southern Indiana women’s sophomore Cameron Hough (Olney, Illinois) and men’s senior Austin Nolan (Evansville, Indiana) each ran to All-America honors with their respective efforts Thursday night at the NCAA II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Hough finished seventh in the women’s 10,000 meters with a time of 34 minutes, 29.51 seconds to solidify herself on the first-team when the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association makes its official announcement next week. The award marks Hough’s second All-America honor of the year after she earned All-America accolades on the cross country course last fall.

Nolan is collecting his first-career athletic All-America honor after an 11th-place finish in the men’s 10,000 meters. He completed the race in 29:45.36.

Senior Jennifer Comastri (Indianapolis, Indiana) also closed out her career with a 21st-place finish in the women’s 10,000 meters. Earlier this year, Comastri won the GLVC and Midwest Region titles on the cross country course and was named GLVC and NCAA Midwest Region Runner of the Year honors.

The Screaming Eagles final run in Division II takes place Saturday at 4 p.m. (CDT) when two-time national champion Titus Winders (Mansfield, Indiana) competes in the men’s 5,000 meters in Allendale, Michigan.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | White Closes Collegiate Career as Steeplechase All-American

GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Taylor men’s track and field team had two athletes compete on the third and final day of action at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama for the 2022 NAIA National Championships. Senior Connor White capped off his running career with arguably one of his best collegiate races, ending as an All-American in the steeplechase.

White took the track with grit and excitement as he entered his final race as a TU athlete. The Upland, Indiana native fought with the lead pack from start, battling with the top-four as he entered his final lap. From a soggy downpour yesterday in prelims, to a hot and sunny day for finals, White overcame the elements and clocked a lifetime-best finish of 9:09.50. The senior claimed fourth place overall and earned his first-ever All-American honors.

Damon Knowles competed in the pole vault for the Trojans. Knowles was unable to clear a height and did not place.

Over the three-day meet, the Trojans finished with four All-Americans and tallied a total of 19 points to finish 15th in the team standings. 

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor’s 4×8 Finishes as Runner-Up, VanderWall Earns All-American Honors

GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Taylor women’s track and field team wrapped up the 2022 NAIA Outdoor National Championships with excitement. TU’s 4×800-meter relay team finished as the national runner-up and sophomore Ahna VanderWall claimed All-American honors in the steeplechase.

In one of the most exhilarating races in TU 4×8 history, the Taylor dream team of Brooke Studnicki, Giovanna Domene, Corinne O’Leary and Abbey Brennan toed the line one last time as a foursome. This historic group of three seniors and one junior has accomplished more than any other 4×8 squad in the TU program record books. They claimed the 2021 Indoor 4×8 National Title, finished as the 2022 NAIA Indoor Runners-Up and wrapped up their successful story as national runners-up this afternoon. The group clocked a blazing time of 8:59.35, breaking the 9:00-barrier for the first time ever and setting the TU school record, again. The group broke the school record once before this season already, and owns the indoor 4×8 program record as well. Studicki, Domene, O’Leary and Brennan closed their 2022 campaign with excellence.

TU had three women compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals. Ahna VanderWall repeated as an All-American, finishing seventh in the race today and seventh one year ago. The sophomore battled with the top-eight throughout the course of the race, before crossing the line and clocking a time of 10:47.47. Giovanna Domene returned to the track for her second race of the day, not long after claiming runner-up status in the 4×800-meter relay. Domene finished in 11th place overall, logging a time of 11:15.16. Mollie Gamble had an unexpected turn of events as she arrived at the track expecting her sophomore season to be done. However, the barrier height in yesterday’s prelims was appealed, therefore permitting all runners from that heat to run in finals. Gamble quickly shifted into a racing mindset and competed hard as she cruised to a 15th-place finish with a time of 11:27.30.

The Taylor women finished with five All-Americans in two events and tallied a total of 10 points, finishing 26th place in the team standings.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Bellinger Steps Down as Head Coach of Taylor Softball

UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Kyle Gould, announced on Friday that Erin Bellinger had resigned her post as head coach of the softball program after four seasons at the helm for the Trojans.

“Erin was our coach during the most successful time in program history,” stated Gould. “In her three seasons that were not cut short by Covid-19, Erin led the team to two NAIA National Tournaments and set a program record for the most wins in a season during the other. Aside from her success on the diamond, she was a great contributor to our athletic department and will be missed by us all.”

Bellinger led the Trojans to three winning seasons and a pair of NAIA National Tournament appearances during her four campaigns in the dugout, concluding her tenure with 116 wins and 67 losses. Bellinger steps away with the second-most wins in program history and the best overall winning percentage in team history at .634.

“It has been a privilege serving the past four seasons as head coach for Taylor softball,” said Bellinger. “I would like to thank Kyle Gould and the Taylor administration for the opportunity they gave me to lead this fine program.”

Highlights for TU during the Bellinger era include NAIA National Tournament bids in 2019 and 2022, four-straight top-four finishes in the Crossroads League standings and recognition in the receiving votes portion of the NAIA Top-25 Poll in all four seasons.

While leading Taylor to winning seasons in each of her first three years, Bellinger’s finest work came in the 2021 season when she led the Trojans to a program-record of 43 victories that included six wins over nationally-ranked foes.

Additionally, Bellinger saw her student-athletes pile up 14 All-Crossroads League awards while ranking near the top of the NAIA with 15 CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. In that time, the Trojans also notched 28 NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards with that number set to climb when the 2021-2022 awards are announced later this summer.

A national search for the next head coach of Taylor softball will begin immediately.

Gould added, “We look forward to finding the right leader for this program moving forward and believe the best days of Taylor softball are ahead of us.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1918       Bullet Joe Bush hurls a one-hitter against the White Sox and drives in the lone run in the Red Sox’ victory at Fenway Park. Happy Felsch, throwing his bat at the ball on a hit-and-run play, accounts for the only Chicago hit off the Boston right-hander.

1930       Phillies right-hander Grover Cleveland Alexander ends his 20-year career with a relief appearance in the team’s 5-1 loss in Boston. ‘Old Pete’ finishes his two decades in the major leagues with a 373-208 (.642) record, which includes winning 30 or more games in three consecutive seasons beginning in 1915, along with a 2.56 lifetime ERA.

1939       Over two consecutive games, George Selkirk hits four homers in four at-bats against the same pitcher. Yesterday, the Yankee outfielder victimized A’s starter Robert Joyce with two homers and continued the assault against him today with two more round-trippers when the right-hander comes into the game in relief.

1941       Before the first major league game played at night in Washington, D.C., Senator legend Walter Johnson throws a strike through a beam of light, triggering a switch that illuminates Griffith Stadium. On the field, things are not as bright for the home team when it suffers its tenth consecutive setback, a 6-5 loss to the Yankees.

1946       General Electric president Charles E. Wilson throws out the ceremonial first pitch in the first night game played at Yankee Stadium. In front of 49,917 fans, Washington beats the Bronx Bombers, 2-1, when Dutch Leonard goes the distance, throwing a six-hitter to improve his spotless record to 5-0.

1951       After starting his career 0-for-12, Giants rookie Willie Mays gets his first hit, a 450-foot homer off Braves left-hander Warren Spahn. Ironically, the home run is the first of the 18 the ‘Say Hey Kid’ will hit off the future Hall of Fame hurler, the most he will hit off any pitcher.

1956       Going deep in the fourth inning off Carl Erskine in the team’s 3-2 victory over the Dodgers at Forbes Field, Pirates first baseman Dale Long establishes a major league record by hitting his eighth home run in eight games. Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly (1987) and Mariner outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993) will also match the accomplishment.

1957       The National League gives Walter O’Malley and Horace Stoneham permission to negotiate deals with cities on the West Coast, with the proviso that the future location of their respective clubs, the Dodgers and the Giants, be known by October 1st. The Brooklyn and New York owners deny there is any significance to the unanimous vote other than an opportunity to explore all the available options for the possible relocation of their clubs.

1960       The Pirates trade minor leaguer Julian Javier, along with right-hander Ed Bauta, to the Cardinals for infielder Dick Gray and Vinegar Bend Mizell, a southpaw who will post a 13-5 record in the Bucs’ eventual world championship season. The Redbirds’ rookie acquisition will immediately become the club’s starting second baseman, which the 23-year-old Dominican will play for a dozen campaigns.

1968       The American League approves playing 156 games, dividing itself into two divisions. The Junior Circuit will reconsider, playing a full complement of 162 contests and keeping divisional play for next season.

1969       The day after becoming a father, Randy Hundley hits a grand slam and a double, driving in five runs in the Cubs’ 9-8 victory over the Giants at Candlestick Park. The Chicago backstop’s eight-pound, four-ounce baby boy named Todd will follow in his footsteps, becoming a major league catcher, receiving for the Mets, Dodgers, and the Cubs.

1969       In a game that Jerry Koosman sets a franchise mark by striking out 15 batters, Bud Harrelson’s 11th-inning single plates Cleon Jones, giving Tug McGraw and the Mets a 1-0 triumph over Padres at Shea Stadium. The contest marks the first victory of the team’s record 11-game winning streak, including three walk-off wins.

1971       The Braves sever ties with infielder Clete Boyer, who asked the team to release him after a dispute with owner Paul Richards and manager Lum Harris over alleged team rules and mismanagement. Ken and Cloyd’s brother ends his career by hitting safely in his last nine games, a streak that includes five home runs and nine RBIs.

1973       Wilbur Wood, completing a suspended game from two nights ago, allows only two hits in five innings to earn the win in the 21-inning contest when Chicago beats the Indians at White Sox Park, 4-1. The 31-year-old knuckleballer, who will lose both ends of a doubleheader later in the season, then pitches a four-hit complete-game shutout in the regularly scheduled game to earn two victories tonight.

1976       Ron LeFlore’s 31-game hitting streak ends when Ed Figueroa and Tippy Martinez hold him hitless in four at-bats in Detroit’s 9-5 loss to the Yankees. The Tiger outfielder’s span of consecutive games with at least one hit, the longest American League hitting streak in 27 years, began on the final day of last season.

1979       George Brett hits for the cycle in the Royals’ 5-4 victory over the Orioles, collecting a third-inning triple, homering in the eighth, singling in the tenth, and completing the feat with a double in the 14th frame. The third baseman’s second home run gives Kansas City the walk-off victory in the bottom of the 16th inning.

1980       Lotte Orions’ outfielder Isao Harimoto, who began his career in 1959 with the Toei Flyers, is the first player to collect three thousand hits in Japan when he homers to right field in a game against the Hankyu Braves at Tokyo’s Kawasaki Stadium. Using power and speed, the former Pacific League Rookie of the Year will compile 3,085 hits during his 23-year career to establish a Nippon Professional Baseball record.

1982       During an argument with the umpires, Durham Bulls skipper Bobby Dews throws second base into the stands and then takes off his jersey and powders under his arms with the rosin bag before kicking it into the air.

1986       Joe Cowley sets a major league record when he strikes out the first seven Rangers he faces in the White Sox’s 6-3 loss to Texas. The 27-year-old Chicago right-hander lasts only 4 2-3 innings in the Arlington Stadium contest.

1987       Mike Young becomes only the fifth major leaguer to hit two extra-inning home runs in the same game when he goes deep in the 10th and 12th frames. The Orioles DH’s second overtime round-tripper gives the Birds an 8-7 walk-off victory over the Halos at Memorial Stadium.

1989       With runners on second and third, no outs, and the Mets and Dodgers tied at 3-3 in the 12th inning, home plate umpire Bob Davidson calls a balk against Roger McDowell. Dave Anderson scores the winning run in the Chavez Ravine contest when the New York reliever fails to pause and make a discernible stop.

1995       The White Sox and Tigers combine to establish a major league record, blasting 12 home runs in Chicago’s 14-12 victory in Detroit. The two teams also set an American League record by blasting 21 extra-base hits during the Motor City slugfest.

1996       In the Orioles’ 12-8 win over Seattle at the Kingdome, Cal Ripken blasts a grand slam and two two-run round-trippers, giving him a career-high eight RBIs. The Baltimore shortstop’s younger brother, Billy, goes deep for the Birds, marking the second time the siblings have both homered in the same game.

1998       In the bottom of the ninth, with the bases loaded and his team ahead by two runs, Diamondbacks’ manager Buck Showalter orders that Barry Bonds be intentionally walked with the bases loaded by reliever Gregg Olson. The free pass works when the next batter, Brett Mayne, lines outs to deep center field, giving Arizona an 8-7 victory at Candlestick Park.

2000       Milwaukee stops the Diamondbacks’ team-record 11-game home winning streak when Marquis Grissom’s 11th-inning single proves to be the difference in the team’s 4-3 loss at Bank One Ballpark. Arizona winning ways started on May 5th with the team sweeping consecutive three-game series from their division rivals, the Padres and Dodgers, and continues, after the team returns to Arizona after 3-6 road trip, with three victories against the Pirates and two from Brewers.

2000       The Astros set a team record by homering in their 15th straight game. Ken Caminiti and Lance Berkman both go deep off Rudy Seanez in the bottom of the eighth inning, providing the difference in the team’s 4-3 victory over Atlanta at Enron Field.

2000       The Angels, for the first time in franchise history, hit four homers in one inning. In the fifth frame of the Halos’ 11-4 victory, Darin Erstad, Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon, and Garret Anderson all go yard.

2001       The Marlins fire skipper John Boles (22-26, 8.5 GB) a day after reliever Dan Miceli blasts the skipper and his coaching staff for their lack of major league playing experience. Hall of Famer Tony Perez takes over the team on an interim basis.

2001       In an 11-inning slugfest with Colorado, LA catcher Paul Lo Duca goes 6-for-6 in the 11-10 victory at Dodger Stadium. The backstop’s five singles and a three-run homer tie a National League record for hits in an extra-inning game.

2003       When Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa, and Gary Sheffield all go deep off Reds’ starter Jeff Austin in the bottom of the first inning, the Braves become only the second team in big-league history to begin a game with three consecutive home runs. In San Diego’s home opener in 1987, the Padres wasted no time making up a two-run first inning deficit when Marvell Wynn, Tony Gwynn, and John Kruk all went yard leading off in the bottom of the first inning off Giant starter Roger Mason.

2004       Saving the Yankees’ 7-5 win over the Devil Rays in Tampa Bay, Mariano Rivera notches his 300th career save. The Panama City native becomes the first Yankee and 17th reliever in major league history to reach the milestone.

2004       Matt Clement becomes the twenty-first big league pitcher and the first Cubs’ hurler to hit three batters in one inning in over a century. The right-hander ties a major league record when he plunks Bobby Hill, Jason Kendall, and Craig Wilson in the fifth inning of a 5-4 loss in the first game of a doubleheader against Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

2005       In the eighth inning of the Red Sox’ 17-1 rout over the Yankees in New York, the largest margin of victory the team has ever enjoyed against their rivals, the stadium scoreboard goes blank for a few moments when the operator cannot keep up with the Boston barrage. The team’s 27 hits, which is one shy of a Bronx Bomber record for safeties allowed, are the most collected by the club since tying the franchise record of 28 in June of 2003, ironically in a game also started by Carl Pavano as the opposing pitcher, but in a Marlin uniform.

2005       At Great American Ball Park, the number 10 joins 5 (Bench), 8 (Morgan), 24 (Perez), 20 (F. Robinson), 1 (Hutchinson), and 18 (Kluszewski) on the facade of the press box, when the Reds retire Sparky Anderson’s uniform number. As the skipper of the ‘Big Red Machine,’ George Lee Anderson became the franchise’s winningest manager (863-586) and captured four NL pennants (1970, 1972, 1975-76) and two World Championships (1975-76).

2005       With three remaining games in May, the Padres surpass the previous club record for the most wins for any one month. The 5-3 win over the Giants marked the team’s 19th victory since May 1.

2006       In an 11-inning slugfest at Wrigley Field, the Braves establish a new club record by hitting eight homers in a 13-12 win over the Cubs. Marcus Giles, Andruw Jones, Ryan Langerhans, Adam LaRoche (2), Brayan Pena, and Edgar Renteria (2) all go deep for Atlanta.

2006       At AT&T Park, Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list, taking sole possession of second place when he hits the 715th homer of his 21-year big league career. The historic homer, which comes off a 90-mph fastball thrown by Byung-Hyun Kim of the Rockies, makes the Giants outfielder the most prolific left-handed slugger in baseball history.

2007       Adrian Beltre strokes four extra-base hits to tie a franchise record in the Mariners’ 12-5 rout of Anaheim. The Seattle third baseman collects 12 total bases with a pair of doubles and two home runs.

2010       Matt Cain throws his second career one-hitter, giving up only a two-out double to Mark Reynolds in the second inning of the Giants’ 5-0 victory over Arizona. In a 2006 contest, the 25-year-old right-hander also limited Oakland to one hit, a seventh-inning two-bagger to Jay Payton.

2011       During a game against Florida, fans evacuate a section of upper deck seats at Dodger Stadium due to a small fire in a nearby storage area. With plumes of smoke visible coming from the top level of the ballpark on the first base side, the public address announcer informs the crowd that it will not be necessary to evacuate the entire stadium.

TV SATURDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT12:00PMESPNU
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP WORLD TOUR: DUTCH OPEN7:30AMGOLF
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP1:00PMGOLF
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP2:00PMNBC
PGA: CHARLES SCHWAB CHALLENGE2:00PMGOLF
PGA: CHARLES SCHWAB CHALLENGE5:30PMCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
BALTIMORE AT BOSTON12:10PMMLBN
NESN
MASN/2
KANSAS CITY AT MINNESOTA2:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT ST. LOUIS2:15PMBALLY SPORTS
COLORADO AT WASHINGTON4:05PMMASN/2
ATTSN-RM
TEXAS AT OAKLAND4:07PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
CLEVELAND AT DETROIT4:10PMFS1
BALLY SPORTS
MIAMI AT ATLANTA4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NY YANKEES AT TAMPA BAY4:10PMYES
BALLY SPORTS
SAN FRANCISCO AT CINCINNATI4:10PMNBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
BALTIMORE AT BOSTON6:10PMNESN
MASN/2
CHI. CUBS AT CHI. WHITE SOX7:15PMFOX
MARQ
NBCS-CHI
LA DODGERS AT ARIZONA7:15PMFOX
SPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
PHILADELPHIA AT NY METS7:15PMFOX
NBCS-PHI
SNY
TORONTO AT LA ANGELS10:07PMMLBN
SPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT SEATTLE10:10PMMLBN
ATTSN-SW
ROOT SPORTS
PITTSBURGH AT SAN DIEGO10:10PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
XFINITY: ALSCO UNIFORMS 300 AT CHARLOTTE1:00PMFS1
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 6: CAROLINA AT NY RANGERS8:00PMESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL VS REAL MADRID3:00PMCBS
PARAMOUNT+
MLS: LOS ANGELES FC VS SJ EARTHQUAKES6:00PMUNIMAS
MLS: NEW YORK RB VS DC UNITED7:00PMESPN+
MLS: TORONTO FC VS CHICAGO FIRE7:00PMESPN+
MLS: ATLANTA UNITED VS COLUMBUS CREW7:00PMESPN+
MLS: ORLANDO CITY SC VS DALLAS7:30PMESPN+
MLS: NEW ENGLAND VS PHILADELPHIA UNION7:30PMESPN+
MLS: CF MONTRÉAL VS CINCINNATI7:30PMESPN+
MLS: MINNESOTA UNITED VS NEW YORK CITY8:00PMESPN+
MLS: INTER MIAMI VS PORTLAND TIMBERS8:00PMESPN+
NWSL: CHICAGO RED STARS VS PORTLAND THORNS8:00PMPARAMOUNT+
FRIENDLY: MEXICO VS NIGERIA8:08PMUNIMAS
MLS: SPORTING KC VS VANCOUVER WHITECAPS9:00PMESPN+
MLS: COLORADO RAPIDS VS NASHVILLE SC9:00PMESPN+
MLS: REAL SALT LAKE VS HOUSTON DYNAMO9:30PMESPN+
TENNISTIME ETTV
FRENCH OPEN11:00AMNBC
WNBATIME ETTV
LAS VEGAS AT CHICAGO3:00PMABC

TV SUNDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
ATLANTIC COAST TOURNAMENT12:00PMESPN2
SOUTHEASTERN TOURNAMENT3:00PMESPN2
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT6:00PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP WORLD TOUR: DUTCH OPEN7:30AMGOLF
PGA: CHARLES SCHWAB CHALLENGE1:00PMGOLF
PGA: CHARLES SCHWAB CHALLENGE2:00PMCBS
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP3:00PMGOLF
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP5:00PMNBC
MLBTIME ETTV
SAN FRANCISCO AT CINCINNATI11:35AMNBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
BALTIMORE AT BOSTON1:35PMNESN
MASN/2
COLORADO AT WASHINGTON1:35PMMASN/2
ATTSN-RM
MIAMI AT ATLANTA1:35PMBALLY SPORTS
CLEVELAND AT DETROIT1:40PMBALLY SPORTS
NY YANKEES AT TAMPA BAY1:40PMYES
BALLY SPORTS
CHI. CUBS AT CHI. WHITE SOX2:10PMMARQ
NBCS-CHI
KANSAS CITY AT MINNESOTA2:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT ST. LOUIS2:15PMBALLY SPORTS
TEXAS AT OAKLAND4:07PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
TORONTO AT LA ANGELS4:07PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT ARIZONA4:10PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT SEATTLE4:10PMATTSN-SW
ROOT SPORTS
PITTSBURGH AT SAN DIEGO4:10PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
PHILADELPHIA AT NY METS7:00PMESPN2
NBCS-PHI
SNY
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
FORMULA ONE: MONACO GRAND PRIX9:00AMESPN
INDYCAR: INDY 50011:00AMNBC
CALIFORNIA TRIALS INVITATIONAL5:30PMFS1
NASCAR CUP: COCA-COLA 6006:00PMFOX
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST FINALS GAME 7: BOSTON AT MIAMI8:30PMESPN
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 7: ST. LOUIS AT COLORADO8:00PMTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN VS NOTTINGHAM FOREST11:30AMESPN+
NWSL: OL REIGN VS SAN DIEGO WAVE3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
SEGUNDA DIVISION: REAL VALLADOLID VS HUESCA3:00PMESPN+
SEGUNDA DIVISION: ALCORCÓN VS EIBAR3:00PMESPN+
SEGUNDA DIVISION: BURGOS VS GIRONA3:00PMESPN+
SEGUNDA DIVISION: LEGANÉS VS ALMERÍA3:00PMESPN+
SEGUNDA DIVISION: SPORTING GIJÓN VS LAS PALMAS3:00PMESPN+
SEGUNDA DIVISION: TENERIFE VS CARTAGENA3:00PMESPN+
MLS: LA GALAXY VS AUSTIN4:00PMUNIMAS
NWSL: HOUSTON DASH VS NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
NWSL: ANGEL CITY VS NJ/NY GOTHAM FC8:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGA MX: PACHUCA VS ATLAS9:10PMUNIVISION
MLS: SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC VS CHARLOTTE9:30PMFS1
WNBATIME ETTV
PHOENIX AT ATLANTA3:00PMCBS

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES3313.71717 – 716 – 619 – 812 – 42 – 16 – 4W 4
TAMPA BAY2619.5786.515 – 1111 – 88 – 64 – 510 – 75 – 5L 2
TORONTO2520.5567.514 – 811 – 129 – 101 – 312 – 57 – 3W 3
BOSTON2124.46711.510 – 1111 – 135 – 126 – 79 – 47 – 3L 1
BALTIMORE1927.4131412 – 117 – 169 – 144 – 63 – 45 – 5W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA2818.60916 – 1012 – 86 – 515 – 57 – 67 – 3W 1
CHI WHITE SOX2222.500510 – 1212 – 109 – 77 – 124 – 35 – 5L 1
CLEVELAND1823.4397.58 – 810 – 153 – 48 – 74 – 63 – 7L 3
DETROIT1628.3641110 – 136 – 156 – 66 – 91 – 85 – 5W 2
KANSAS CITY1529.341128 – 157 – 141 – 510 – 131 – 53 – 7L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON2917.63014 – 615 – 113 – 69 – 114 – 86 – 4L 1
LA ANGELS2720.5742.515 – 1112 – 95 – 66 – 212 – 113 – 7L 3
TEXAS2123.477710 – 1211 – 113 – 62 – 112 – 136 – 4W 3
SEATTLE1927.4131011 – 98 – 183 – 116 – 46 – 73 – 7W 1
OAKLAND1929.396116 – 1613 – 137 – 75 – 95 – 104 – 6L 2
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS3017.63814 – 816 – 914 – 75 – 210 – 66 – 4W 1
ATLANTA2224.4787.513 – 139 – 119 – 97 – 64 – 66 – 4W 1
PHILADELPHIA2125.4578.511 – 1310 – 126 – 121 – 210 – 74 – 6L 1
MIAMI1825.4191010 – 128 – 1311 – 62 – 43 – 103 – 7L 3
WASHINGTON1630.34813.57 – 179 – 135 – 112 – 57 – 104 – 6W 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE2917.63014 – 615 – 119 – 616 – 82 – 26 – 4L 1
ST. LOUIS2520.5563.512 – 1013 – 104 – 610 – 56 – 56 – 4W 1
CHI CUBS1826.409107 – 1511 – 111 – 29 – 107 – 104 – 6L 2
PITTSBURGH1826.4091011 – 147 – 123 – 19 – 195 – 53 – 7L 1
CINCINNATI1530.33313.58 – 117 – 192 – 29 – 111 – 136 – 4W 3
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS3114.68915 – 516 – 97 – 68 – 212 – 58 – 2W 2
SAN DIEGO2916.644212 – 917 – 79 – 511 – 58 – 57 – 3W 1
SAN FRANCISCO2420.5456.513 – 1111 – 99 – 74 – 57 – 74 – 6L 1
ARIZONA2324.489912 – 1311 – 119 – 76 – 55 – 115 – 5L 2
COLORADO2024.45510.514 – 116 – 135 – 96 – 44 – 83 – 7L 2

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT