INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Beech Grove 28, Cardinal Ritter 19

Brebeuf Jesuit 33, Terre Haute South 7

Brownstown Central 54, Indian Creek 20

Cathedral 35, Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio) 7

Center Grove 49, Pike 6

Bishop Chatard 42, Columbus East 0

Brownsburg 19, Zionsville 6

Christel House Manual 47, Oldenburg Academy 8 

Covenant Christian 42, Clarksville 6

Crispus Attucks 26, Shortridge 24

Danville 41, Frankfort 16

Decatur Central 35, Greenwood 3

Fishers 37, Franklin Central 8

Franklin 33, Plainfield 20

Greenfield-Central 43, Yorktown 7

Hamilton Southeastern 38, Noblesville 8

Heritage Christian 48, Lapel 21

Lawrence Central 35, North Central 14

Lawrence North 24, Warren Central 21

Lebanon 48, Crawfordsville 6

Lutheran 36, Monrovia 12

Martinsville 49, Perry Meridian 32

Monroe Central 27, Eastern Hancock 21

Mt. Vernon 46, New Castle 0

New Palestine 52, Shelbyville 0

New Prairie 46, Tech 8

Northview 26, Guerin Catholic 20

Pendleton Heights 38, Delta 0

Roncalli 56, Bloomington North 13

Park Tudor 55 Phalen Academy 6

Scecina 27, Triton Central 0

Sheridan 21, Seeger 0

Speedway 48, Cascade 22

Terre Haute North 28, Southport 21

Tindley 42,, Wes-Del 12

Tipton 21, Hamilton Heights 0

Traders Point Christian 37, Edinburgh 35

Tri-West 38, North Montgomery 0

Western Boone 49, Southmont 0

Westfield 45, Avon 24

Whiteland 24, Mooresville 14

Washington 48 Purdue Poly 18

Adams Central 67, Southern Wells 0

Andrean 42, Munster 13

Batesville 35, Greensburg 28

Bluffton 29, Heritage 0

Boone Grove at Griffith 

Boonville 35, Princeton 13

Breman 37 Prairie Heights 14

Calumet 69, South Bend Clay 0

Carroll (Flora) 28, Clinton Central 0

Carroll (Fort Wayne) 17, Homestead 10

Centerville 62, Union County 0

Charlestown 47, Corydon Central 0

Churubusco 21, Central Noble 12

Clinton Prairie 62, Taylor 13

Columbus North 34, Bloomington South 10

Concord 51, Plymouth 3

Cooper (Ky.) 51, Madison 19

Covington 46, Attica 

Crown Point 40, LaPorte 0

Culver 22, Caston 14

Culver Academy 47, Woodlan 13

East Central 73, Connersville 6

East Noble 19, Columbia City 16

Eastern (Greentown) 41, Tri-Central 6 

Eastside 49, Fremont 0

Evansville Central 17, Evansville Harrison 13

Evansville Mater Dei 42, Evansville Bosse 10

Evansville Memorial 49, Evansville Reitz 

Evansville North 42, Vincennes Lincoln 17

Fairfield 16, Garrett 7

Floyd Central 24, Bedford North Lawrence 13

Fort Wayne Luers 41, Fort Wayne Dwenger 38

Fort Wayne North 29, Fort Wayne South 26

Fort Wayne Snider 42, Fort Wayne Northrop 12

Fort Wayne Wayne 28, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran 26

Frontier 36, Tri-County 32

Gary West 54, East Chicago Central 8

Gibson Southern 54, Mt. Vernon (Posey) 6

Greencastle 42, Cloverdale 0

Griffith 45 Boone Grove 7

Hanover Central 69 Whiting 6

Harrison 41 Hammond Central 14

Heritage Hills 65, Washington 0

Hobart 56, Kankakee Valley 24

Jasper 30, Castle 12

Jimtown 62, South Bend Washington 16

Kokomo 28, Logansport 14

Lafayette Central Catholic 63, Twin Lakes 7

Lafayette Jeff 70, Richmond 0

Lowell 35 Highland 14

Chesterton 21, Lake Central 0

Lake Station 54, Bowman Academy 12

Lakeland 14, West Noble 11

LaVille 14, John Glenn 7

Lawrenceburg 91, Rushville 12

Leo 37, Huntington North 6

Linton-Stockton 38, North Knox 24

Madison-Grant 34, Elwood 20

Manchester 42, Whitko 7

Marion 38, Muncie Central 30

Merrillville 42, Valparaiso  7

Mishawaka Marian 42, Angola 0

Mississinewa 63, Alexandria 12

Mishawaka 40, NorthWood 20

New Albany 41, Jeffersonville 19

New Haven 42, Bellmont 14

North Judson 35, Triton 16

North Newton 14, Delphi 7

North Posey 34, Forest Park 7

North White 35, South Newton 28

North Central (Farmersburg) 30, Riverton Parke 6

Northfield 28, Rochester 21

Northridge 35, Goshen 10

Norwell 42, DeKalb 0

Oak Hill 35, Frankton 21

Owen Valley 67, Eastern Greene 0

Paoli 55, Crawford County 0

Parke Heritage 58, North Vermillion 26

Penn 34, South Bend St. Joseph 3 

Perry Central 37, West Washington 22

Peru 33, Southwood 14

Pioneer 34, Knox 14

Providence 35, Milan 21

Rensselaer Central 48, Benton Central 18

Salem 43, Eastern (Pekin) 0

Scottsburg 28, Mitchell 18

Seymour 50, Jennings County 29

Shenandoah 35, Northeastern 28

Silver Creek 27, North Harrison 24

South Adams 42, Jay County 13

South Central (Union Mills) 13, River Forest 0

South Putnam 53, Brown County 6

Southridge 49, South Spencer 7

Southside HomeSchool 44, Rock Creek Academy 8

South Vermillion 53 Fountain Central 21

South Dearborn 24 Franklin County 14

Springs Valley 24, Tecumseh 20

Sullivan 45, Edgewood 0

Switzerland County 14, South Decatur 8

Tell City 56, Pike Central 8

Tippecanoe Valley 57, Maconaquah 6

Tri 72, Knightstown 0

Wabash 48, North Miami 7

Warsaw 49, Wawasee 7

West Lafayette 42, Lewis Cass 0

West Vigo 18, North Putnam 12

Winamac 35, West Central 0

Winchester 40 Hagerstown 24

Wheeler 72 Hammond Noll 19

INDIANA GIRLS STATE GOLF-FIRST ROUND

Pos.TeamTotal
To Par
Gross
ThruTo Par
Gross
R1
1Evansville North+14302
2Homestead+29317
3Castle+32320
4Culver Academies+34322
5Westfield+36324
6Hamilton SE+38326
7Carmel+41329
8Center Grove+48336
9Noblesville+51339
10Floyd Central+65353
11NorthWood+85373
12Western+93381
13Penn+94382
14Crown Point+96384
15Batesville+104392

INDIVIDUAL SCORES

Pos.PlayerTotal
To Par
Gross
ThruTo Par
Gross
R1R2Total
Gross
T1Macy Beeson, Lapel-28:39 AM7070
T12 Chloe Johnson, Evansville North-210:54 AM7070
32 Lydia Bauersfeld, Castle+110:54 AM7373
T4Ava Ray, Franklin Community+28:39 AM7474
T41 Yanah Rolston, Hamilton SE+210:18 AM7474
T41 Hailey Kirkland, Castle+211:03 AM7474
T41 Madison Dabagia, Homestead+211:03 AM7474
T83 Yiling Zhang, Culver Academies+310:00 AM7575
T8Harley Gant, Columbus East+38:39 AM7575
T10Lucy Quigley, Tipton+48:48 AM7676
T102 Sophie McGinnis, Westfield+410:09 AM7676
T101 Delaney Wade, Penn+49:15 AM*7676
T131 Cybil Stillson, NorthWood+510:00 AM*7777
T133 Ashley Kirkland, Castle+510:45 AM7777
T133 Destynie Sheridan, Evansville North+510:45 AM7777
T132 Simone Senk, Homestead+510:54 AM7777
T131 Faith Johnson, Evansville North+511:03 AM7777
T18Christina Pfefferkorn, Guerin Catholic+68:48 AM7878
T181 Eleanor Teglia, Culver Academies+610:18 AM7878
T184 Reagan Sohn, Evansville North+610:36 AM7878
T211 Samantha Brown, Westfield+710:18 AM7979
T212 Ava Hedrick, Carmel+79:24 AM7979
T232 Camille Short, Center Grove+89:24 AM8080
T232 Karilyn Teglia, Culver Academies+810:09 AM8080
T231 Caroline Whallon, Noblesville+89:33 AM8080
T231 Paige Giovenco, Floyd Central+810:00 AM*8080
T23Marissa GeRue, FW Carroll+88:30 AM*8080
T23Becky Williams, University+88:48 AM8080
T231 Michaela Headlee, Carmel+89:33 AM8080
30Alli Seitz, Lawrence Central+98:30 AM*8181
31Gwendolyn Anderson, Columbus North+1010:27 AM*8282
T323 Addyson Weiler, Batesville+118:57 AM*8383
T322 Marissa Spreitzer, Hamilton SE+1110:09 AM8383
T321 Sage Parsetich, Center Grove+119:33 AM8383
T321 Elizabeth Mercer, Western+1110:00 AM*8383
T324 Scarlett Senk, Homestead+1110:36 AM8383
T323 Cassidy Ayres, Homestead+1110:45 AM8383
T384 Ella Bui, Hamilton SE+129:51 AM8484
T383 Lanie DeHaven, Center Grove+129:15 AM8484
T383 Brette Hanavan, Westfield+1210:00 AM8484
T38Addison Echeverria, Zionsville+1210:09 AM*8484
T38Alaina Nugent, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)+1210:45 AM*8484
T435 Addi Kooi, Westfield+139:42 AM8585
T434 Allie Hildebrand, Westfield+139:51 AM8585
T433 Lauren Stewart, Hamilton SE+1310:00 AM8585
T432 Breanna Goss, NorthWood+139:51 AM*8585
T432 Jordan Adam, Noblesville+139:24 AM8585
T435 Sophie Mock, Carmel+138:57 AM8585
T434 Ava Nguyen, Carmel+139:06 AM8585
T43Taylor Skibinski, Michigan City+1310:09 AM*8585
T51Selah Unwin, Mishawaka+1410:18 AM*8686
T513 Sophia Stutz, Noblesville+149:15 AM8686
T515 Eliza Saal, Homestead+1410:27 AM8686
T51Audrey Koetter, Northwestern+1410:18 AM*8686
T55Trinity Dubbs, South Knox+1510:18 AM*8787
T55Lillie Cone, Dekalb+158:30 AM*8787
T551 Emma Weiler, Batesville+159:15 AM*8787
T551 Valentina Gozo, Crown Point+159:15 AM*8787
T554 Chloe Cook, Floyd Central+159:33 AM*8787
T553 Claire Swathwood, Carmel+159:15 AM8787
615 Erin Burt, Noblesville+168888
T625 Rowen Pfeifle, Center Grove+178989
T624 Lexi Stuart, Center Grove+179:06 AM8989
T624 Yeseul Kim, Culver Academies+179:51 AM8989
T655 Cora Zink, Hamilton SE+199:42 AM9191
T653 Gillian Lippert, Penn+198:57 AM*9191
T65Jaiden Winters, New Prairie+1910:27 AM*9191
683 Trinity Bramer, Floyd Central+209:42 AM*9292
69Karisa Dyer, Northridge+2110:27 AM*9393
T70Ella Wilks, Columbus North+2210:36 AM*9494
T705 Audrey Giovenco, Floyd Central+229:24 AM*9494
T723 Riley Kitson, NorthWood+239:42 AM*9595
T722 Sophie Cook, Floyd Central+239:51 AM*9595
T72Annastasia Hutchings, Plymouth+2310:36 AM*9595
T754 Samantha Lawrence, Castle+2410:36 AM9696
T753 Jenna Noort, Crown Point+248:57 AM*9696
T752 Jasmine Harper, Crown Point+249:06 AM*9696
T78Esther Etherington, Richmond+2510:36 AM*9797
T784 Olivia Anderson, Noblesville+259:06 AM9797
T78Addison Meadows, Southmont+2510:09 AM*9797
812 Kylee Duncan, Western+269:51 AM*9898
T823 Natalie Nutt, Western+279:42 AM*9999
T82Brynlee DeBoard, Kankakee Valley+2710:45 AM*9999
T82Emily Gagnon, Evansville Mater Dei+2710:54 AM*9999
T852 Josie Meyer, Batesville+289:06 AM*100100
T855 Sophia Markle, Culver Academies+289:42 AM100100
T85Meredith Johnson, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)+2810:54 AM*100100
884 Ava Williamson, Western+299:33 AM*101101
892 Meghan Mounts, Penn+309:06 AM*102102
T903 Sarah Weiss, Crown Point+33105105
T905 Chloe Barker, Western+339:24 AM*105105
T904 Carli Manes, Crown Point+338:48 AM*105105
935 Abbey Johnson, Castle+35107107
945 Emma Seits, Evansville North+3710:27 AM109109
955 Ella Peterson, Penn+41113113
964 Kira Schrock, NorthWood+449:33 AM*116116
975 Bella Sechrist, NorthWood+469:24 AM*118118
984 Victoria Harpring, Batesville+508:48 AM*122122
995 Madelyn Pohlman, Batesville+60132132

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Seton Catholic 1 Central Christian 1

Illiana Christian 3 Victory Christian 0

Morgan Twp. 4 Michigan City 0

Muncie Burris 5 Wapahani 0

Trinity 1 Lakeland Christian 0

South Ripley 2 Jac-Cen-Del 0

Herron 4 Crispus Attucks 0

Southwestern 4 Rising Sun 1

Oregon Davis 10. South Bend Washington 0

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Wapahani 7 Muncie Burris 0

Washington Catholic 5 Vincennes Rivet 0

North Central 1 Roncalli 0

Brebeuf 5 Lawrence North 0

INDIANA BOYS TENNIS SECTIONALS

Brebeuf 5 Pike 0

Zionsville 5 Western Boone 0

Center Grove 5 Whiteland 0

Triton Central 5 Waldron 0

Covington 5 Seeger 0

Knightstown 5 Shenandoah 0

Richmond 4 Centerville 1

Loogootee 3 Barr Reeve 2

South Knox 4 Washington 1

Evansville North 3 Evansville Day 2

Castle 4 Heritage Hills 1

Bloomington North 3 Bloomington South 2

Columbus North 5 Columbus East 0

New Albany 5 Lanesville 0

Fort Wayne Carroll 5 Leo 0

Huntington North 3 Norwell 2

Lapel 5 Alexandria Monroe 0

New Palestine 4 Mount Vernon 1

Northwestern 4 Western 1

Logansport 3 Twin Lakes 2

West Lafayette 4 Harrison 1

River Forest 4 Hammond Morton 1

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

South Ripley 3 Jac-Cen-Del 0

Shawe Memorial 3 Crothersville 0

Chicago Christian 3 Illiana Christian 0

South Knox 3 Shoals 0

Shakamak 3 White River Valley 0

Hauser 3 Morristown 0

Elkhart Christian 3 Lakeland Christian 0

Bethesda Christian 3 Liberty Christian 0

South-Central 3 Washington Township 0

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

#5 Iowa 51 Maryland 14

#13 BYU 34 Utah State 20

Houston 45 Tulsa 10

SATURDAY

No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 8 Arkansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Wisconsin vs. No. 14 Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX
North Carolina vs. Duke | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Texas at TCU | 12 p.m. | ABC
Charlotte at Illinois | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Western Michigan at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Minnesota at Purdue | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Memphis at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Pitt at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Toledo at UMass | 12 p.m. | FloSports/NESN
Tennessee at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisville at No. 24 Wake Forest | 12:30 p.m.
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 12 Ole Miss | 1:30 p.m. | CBS
Appalachian State at Georgia State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
USC at Colorado | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
No. 16 Coastal Carolina vs. UL Monroe | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 9 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC
No. 6 Oklahoma at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX
No. 11 Ohio State at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Troy at South Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Ohio at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
FIU at FAU | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
Tulane at East Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Kent State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Central Michigan at Miami (Ohio) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
UCF at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Texas Tech at West Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 3 Oregon at Stanford | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Nevada at Boise State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Syracuse at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network
South Florida at SMU | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Arkansas State at Georgia Southern | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Army at Ball State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Washington State at Cal | 5:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
No. 10 Florida at Kentucky | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Louisiana Tech at No. 23 NC State | 6 p.m. | ACC Network
UNLV at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Air Force at New Mexico | 6:30 p.m. | FS2
Southern Miss at Rice | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 15 Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN/SEC Network
Iowa State vs. Kansas | 7 p.m. | FS1
No. 21 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Marshall at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | Stadium
Liberty at UAB | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 4 Penn State vs. Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 25 Clemson vs. Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
UConn at Vanderbilt | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Western Kentucky at No. 17 Michigan State | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northwestern at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
No. 22 Auburn at LSU | 8 p.m. | ESPN
Louisiana at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Washington at Oregon State | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Old Dominion at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+
Arizona State at No. 20 UCLA | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
New Mexico State at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m.
No. 18 Fresno State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | CBSSN

HEARTLAND COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE INDIANA SRN GAME OF THE WEEK
Saturday, October 1
Mount St. Joseph vs. Bluffton
Pregame 1:15pm
Kickoff 1:30pm
ALSO:
Manchester @ Franklin
Anderson @ Hanover
Defiance @ Rose Hulman

NFL WEEK 4 SCHEDULE
Sunday, October 03, 2021
Washington Football Team at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 04, 2021
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Boston 4 Washington 2

Tampa Bay 4 New York Yankees 3

Toronto 6 Baltimore 4

Cleveland 9 Texas 6

Chicago White Sox 8 Detroit 1

Kansas City 11 Minnesota 6

Oakland 8 Houston 6

Los Angeles Angels 2 Seattle 1

Pittsburgh 9 Cincinnati 2

Philadelphia 5 Miami 0

New York Mets 4 Atlanta 3

St. Louis 4 Chicago Cubs 3

Colorado 9 Arizona 7

San Francisco 3 San Diego 0

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 Milwaukee 6

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Tucker makes great grab, hits grand slam, Pirates beat Reds

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh second baseman Cole Tucker made a spectacular diving catch, then hit his first career grand slam to cap an eight-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 on Friday night.

Tucker’s slam off Dauri Moreta came a night after the Pirates lost their 100th game of the season. Tucker also tripled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and scored the game’s first run.

The grand slam might have been just Tucker’s second-best highlight of the night after his fielding gem in the seventh.

Tucker raced into short right field and snagged Tucker Barnhart’s popup with his back to home plate. Tucker quickly rose to his feet and made a strong throw to first base to double up Eugenio Suarez and end the inning to preserve the Pirates’ 1-0 lead.

“You’re not going to see a better play than that. It was unbelievable,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “I didn’t think Tuck had any chance at that. When he made it, it was like `holy cow, that’s a helluva play.'”

So, what did Tucker enjoy more, the grand slam or the web gem?

“I think in the moment the double play because I didn’t think I had any chance of making the play,” Tucker said. “But grand slams are cool, too. I’ve never had one of those (in the major leagues). That’s a tough question. I haven’t seen the highlights yet. I’ll have a different opinion once I talk to my family.”

The Reds, who have lost three games in a row, tied it at 1 in the top of the eighth inning when Max Schrock hit an RBI single with two outs.

The Pirates scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when Michael Lorenzen threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded and one out. Kevin Newman followed with a two-run single, Hoy Park delivered an RBI single and Tucker homered into the right-field stands.

Newman and Anthony Alford had three hits apiece for Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh rookie Wil Crowe allowed only one hit, a third-inning single by pitching counterpart Luis Castillo, in six scoreless innings but wound up with a no-decision. The right-hander set down his final 12 batters while finishing with a career high-tying nine strikeouts and two walks.

“That’s the best we’ve seen him,” Shelton said. “He was unbelievable all night long.”

Castillo gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings. He went 2-5 in his last eight starts of the season despite posting a 2.80 ERA in that span.

“I felt really good and I’m happy with the results,” said Castillo, who has an 8-16 record. “I’ve always said it’s not how you start but how you finish. I had a lot of things I had to change early in the season, but I kept a good mindset and it turned out to be a good season.

Amir Garrett (0-4) began the eighth inning and took the loss as he retired only one of the three batters he faced. Chris Stratton (7-1) added to his team lead in wins despite allowing Schrock’s tying hit.

Cincinnati scored a run with two outs in the ninth inning on Jose Barrero’s triple.

Giants clinch at least tie in NL West, match team wins mark

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants couldn’t celebrate a division title yet – not with the rival Dodgers still going win for win in the NL West race.

San Francisco clinched at least a tie pursuing its first West title since 2012 by matching the franchise record with its 106th win, beating the San Diego Padres 3-0 Friday night before turning attention to Los Angeles’ home game against Milwaukee.

“They’re probably more frustrated with us because we’re ahead and we keep winning,” Giants winning pitcher Anthony DeSclafani said.

Darin Ruf hit a first-inning home run and Mike Yastrzemski added an RBI single to send San Francisco on its way to a seventh straight win, and then the Giants waited on the Dodgers’ victorious 8-6 result against the NL Central champion Brewers. A Dodgers loss would have ensured San Francisco the division crown outright over the eight-time defending West winners and reigning World Series champions. If the teams finish with the same record, they’ll play a tiebreaker game.

“Honestly, it was all about not trying to fend them off,” Yastrzemski said.

Now, San Francisco can settle this on its own.

“We’re just expecting to play a meaningful game tomorrow,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “It’s pretty simple, straightforward for us. That was our expectation all along and we’ll be prepared for that.”

San Francisco went through a quick congratulatory handshake line on the diamond. Then, the big screen scoreboard started airing the Brewers-Dodgers game and fans were invited to stay put. Many did so for a short time – while some who stayed cheered the Brewers and chanted, “Beat LA! Beat LA!”

LaMonte Wade Jr. added a sacrifice fly as these surprising Giants (106-54) continue to leave their mark in the franchise’s storied history – for a special regular season, anyway. One that San Francisco hardly got picked to win in the talented West with the Dodgers and Padres considered the favorites.

After going 29-31 during the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season in Gabe Kapler’s first year as manager to becoming contenders again at last, the group delivered a stunning turnaround. The Giants navigated through injuries to many key players for long stretches. Brandon Belt, sidelined now by a fractured left thumb, hit 29 home runs and shined alongside fellow World Series veterans Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey.

Now, they believe they’re poised for another deep October run like those champion Giants teams of 2010, `12 and ’14.

“We’re a pretty workmanlike group, we’ve demonstrated that consistently,” Kapler said. “We don’t get too high or too low, focus on the step right in front of us.”

Posey played in his fourth straight game behind the plate, to which Kapler said, “Buster wants to be in there every day at this point.”

The bullpen delivered again, and newcomers like Wade consistently came through.

“It’s pretty simple just doing what we’ve done all year, getting quality at-bats from everyone in the lineup, getting really quality outings out of our starters and our bullpen’s been amazing and playing good defense outside of that first inning yesterday,” Ruf said. “It’s just the recipe we’ve used all year.”

DeSclafani (13-7) struck out three and didn’t walk a batter, allowing four hits over five scoreless innings. The right-hander won for just the second time in eight starts since Aug. 13. Camilo Doval, the fourth Giants reliever, finished for his third save.

“We’ve been winning all year,” DeSclafani said. “We can win and control the outcome ourselves.”

Fernando Tatis Jr. was thrown out at home to end the sixth and San Diego couldn’t capitalize on nine hits for Pedro Avila (0-1) in his second major league appearance and first since 2019.

“First inning obviously his pitch count got up to 35, extended inning a little bit,” manager Jayce Tingler said. “But after that I thought he settled in and really made some big pitches with guys in scoring position.”

Yanks’ rally fizzles, AL wild-card race tightens as Rays win

NEW YORK (AP) Gary Sanchez and Rougned Odor both struck out with two runners on to blunt a ninth-inning rally and the New York Yankees’ lead atop the AL wild-card race got even tighter with a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

The Yankees’ edge fell to one game over Boston and is two games over Toronto and Seattle.

“Just couldn’t break through enough and love the fight there at the end and the quality of the at-bats there at the end — just couldn’t break through,” New York manager Aaron Boone said.

New York needed a win plus a loss by either Boston or Seattle to clinch its fifth straight playoff appearance. Instead, the Yankees fell short against the AL East champion Rays in the opener of a season-ending three-game series.

“We want to clinch, that’d be nice, but we got two more games to do that,” New York left fielder Joey Gallo said. “We control our own destiny but that’s up to us.”

The Yankees lost for only the second time in 10 games.

Rookie Wander Franco gave the Rays a 4-1 lead by chopping a grounder up the middle for a two-run single in the ninth. His hit came a few pitches after he missed a three-run homer by lining a ball a few feet foul in left.

“We got the playoff juices flowing and this is great for guys of all ages,” Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said.

Franco’s hit also came a night after he went 0 for 4 to snap a 43-game on-base streak, which tied Frank Robinson in 1956 for the longest such string in MLB history among players 20 or younger.

After Franco gave the Rays a three-run lead, the Yankees nearly pulled off a comeback.

Rays reliever Andrew Kittredge allowed Giancarlo Stanton’s one-out double and a bunt RBI single by Gallo. Brett Gardner followed by singling home a run before Kittredge fanned Sanchez and Odor to end the game and get his eighth save.

Gallo’s bunt hit occurred after Stanton took third on defensive indifference when the Rays shifted third baseman Yandy Diaz to left field.

“We needed all of it as the score ended but just a really well-played game both clubs,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “The pitching was outstanding on both sides.”

Kiermaier put the Rays ahead with an RBI single in the second, hitting a soft fly just beyond the reach of shortstop Gio Urshela. Kiermaier reached base in each of his four plate appearances.

“This was a big win and this is the atmosphere to prepare us for what’s to come next week and hopefully many more weeks after that,” Kiermaier said.

Nelson Cruz hit his 32nd homer, connecting in the first against Nestor Cortes Jr. (2-3). The Rays improved to 10-7 in the season series and 6-2 at Yankee Stadium this year. The Rays are 11-3 in the Bronx in the last two seasons and picked up their latest win after arriving only 90 minutes before first pitch following a late flight from Houston.

Rookie Shane McClanhan tuned up for the postseason by allowing one run on three hits in three innings. Pete Fairbanks tossed a scoreless fourth and Louis Head (2-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings.

Josh Fleming pitched two perfect innings before Kittredge nearly stumbled.

Cortes allowed two runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Red Sox beat Nats, move into 2nd spot in AL wild-card chase

WASHINGTON (AP) Staggered down the stretch in their push for a postseason spot, the Boston Red Sox used two mighty punches to gain ground in the AL playoff chase.

Hunter Renfroe and Bobby Dalbec hit back-to-back homers during a four-run sixth inning and the Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Friday night to move into the second slot in the wild-card scramble.

Boston won for the second time in seven games and pulled within a game of the New York Yankees for the top wild card after New York lost to Tampa Bay. Toronto and Seattle are one game behind the Red Sox with two days left in the regular season.

“You really want it in a different way, right? That you can breathe and get ready for next week like some of the teams that have clinched already,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “But this is where we’re at and we’ve got to take advantage of every day. Not too many teams can say they’re still in the hunt.”

Eduardo Rodriguez (12-8) pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, allowing five fits. Hansel Robles walked Juan Soto and Josh Bell with two outs in the ninth before retiring Keibert Ruiz for his 13th save.

Struggling to score runs and playing without the designated hitter, Cora loaded his lineup, starting former Nat Kyle Schwarber, Renfroe and J.D. Martinez together in the outfield for the first time, with Dalbec at first base against Nationals lefty Josh Rogers.

The move paid off in the sixth. Martinez singled with one out, putting runners on first and second. Renfroe homered to left-center on a 2-2 fastball.

“Just try to deliver for the team,” Renfroe said. “Not necessarily hit a homer but try to hit a line drive to the opposite field or right center, and he left a fastball over the middle of the plate and I was able to get a good barrel on it.”

Dalbec followed with a solo shot into the Red Sox bullpen to make it 4-0.

Alcides Escobar and Jordy Mercer homered for Washington, which has lost three straight.

Soto walked four times, the 26th game this season he has reached base four times.

“They’ve been pitching around him a lot these last couple of weeks. True to form, he’s going to take his walks, he’s going to get on base,” manager Dave Martinez said. “They’ll make a mistake one of these times this weekend and he’ll hit one hard.”

Rogers (2-2) allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings.

Angels deliver blow to Mariners’ playoff hopes with 2-1 win

SEATTLE (AP) Jose Suarez threw five strong innings, Brandon Marsh accounted for all the offense with a two-run double, and the Los Angeles Angels landed a major blow to Seattle’s postseason hopes by beating the Mariners 2-1 on Friday night.

Seattle dropped into a tie with Toronto, both of them one game behind Boston in the race for the second wild card in the American League. The Mariners had won 10 of their last 11 and started the day knowing a sweep of the Angels would at the very least force a tiebreaker game next Monday.

They ended the night again needing help from others to end their 20-year postseason drought.

Kyle Seager led off the Seattle ninth with a double, but Raisel Igelsias recovered to get Luis Torrens, Abraham Toro and Jarred Kelenic for his 34th save.

Suarez (8-8) was terrific for five innings, the only damage coming on a single by Toro and RBI double from Kelenic. Otherwise, the Mariners were shut down by the lefty, who closed the season by winning three of his final four decisions after joining the Angels rotation in July.

The combo of Mike Mayers, Jose Quijada, Steve Cishek and Iglesias held off Seattle for the final four innings and sent Seattle’s first full-stadium sellout crowd of since 2019 – more than 44,000 – home deflated.

Seattle knew shortly after first pitch that it needed a win to keep pace with Boston and stay ahead of Toronto. And for most of the night, those fans were filled with nervous energy, waiting for an offensive burst that never came.

The seventh inning is what will linger with the Mariners.

Torrens tripled to open the seventh, his second of the season and third of his career. Toro walked, but Seattle failed in three attempts to get the runner in from third base.

Quijada entered and struck out Kelenic swinging at what would’ve been ball four with the infield playing back and conceding the tying run. Tom Murphy struck out on four pitches and Dylan Moore was called out looking on a borderline 3-2 pitch.

Seattle starter Marco Gonzales struggled in only one inning but it was enough for the lefty to take the loss. Gonzales (10-6) gave up a single to Luis Rengifo and walked David Fletcher to open the third. Marsh drove a 2-2 fastball out to deep left-center and Moore was unable to run down the deep flyball, allowing both Rengifo and Fletcher to score.

Gonzales escaped the inning thanks to a key double play off the bat of Kurt Suzuki and finished six innings, allowing just three hits and struck out five.

Dodgers’ Kershaw leaves vs Brewers with forearm discomfort

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw exited his start with left forearm discomfort in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Kershaw gave up three runs and two hits on 42 pitches over 1 2/3 innings in his final regular-season start. The left-hander struck out one and walked none.

He didn’t pitch from July 4 to Sept. 12 while on the injured list with left forearm inflammation. Kershaw is 10-8 with a 3.38 ERA, his highest mark since a 4.26 ERA as a rookie in 2008.

Manager Dave Roberts and a trainer went to the mound to check on the three-time Cy Young Award winner. After a few moments, Kershaw walked off with the trainer and took a seat in the dugout. Rather than give up the ball, as pitchers typically do when they’re being replaced, Kershaw kept it in his glove.

Kershaw can become a free agent after this season. Depending on whether the playoff-bound Dodgers advance in the postseason and his health, it could have been his last appearance with the team.

Los Angeles entered the day two games behind San Francisco for the NL West title but assured of hosting the NL wild-card game if they don’t catch the Giants. The regular season ends Sunday.

Kershaw lost his last start at Arizona last weekend, allowing four runs (three earned) and six hits in 4 1/3 innings of a 7-2 defeat.

Goldschmidt walk-off hit, O’Neill 2 HRs as Cards beat Cubs

ST. LOUIS (AP) Paul Goldschmidt hit a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning, and the playoff-bound St. Louis Cardinals won for the 19th time in their last 20 games, 4-3 over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.

Tyler O’Neill homered twice and threw out the potential go-ahead run in the ninth inning for the Cardinals, who will play either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants in the NL wild-card game.

Dakota Hudson made his first start for the Cardinals in more than a year, allowing three hits in five scoreless innings. Hudson is returning from Tommy John surgery and worked in relief in his season debut on Sept. 24.

Andrew Knizner singled with one out in the ninth off Tommy Nance (1-1), and pinch-hitter Edmundo Sosa also singled. Tommy Edman grounded out before Goldschmidt greeted Rowan Wick with a sharp single to left field that easily scored Knizner.

In his previous at-bat in the eighth, Goldschmidt was robbed of a home run by center fielder Rafael Ortega, but the disappointment didn’t linger.

“Goldie’s as present as they’re going to come,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “He’s got a present physical skillset but he’s also got an elite mindset. High, high, high baseball IQ. Sees the game very, very well and he’s just going to continue to be ready for that next moment.”

With the score tied 3-3, pinch-hitter Willson Contreras led off the ninth for the Cubs with a double off Giovanny Gallegos (6-5). Ortega singled to left with one out, but O’Neill’s throw home was on target and catcher Knizner tagged out Contreras.

Cory Abbott made his first career start for the Cubs, allowing two runs – both on homers by O’Neill – and one other hit in five innings.

“He pitches well. A lot of soft contact, a lot of missed barrels,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Loved the tempo with which he works. A really nice job.”

O’Neill has 34 homers this season, including five in his last five games against the Cubs. It was his fourth career multi-homer game.

“That’s exciting stuff. It’s fun to see,” Hudson said. “I mean geez, put that on the highlight reel. That’s great baseball.”

Trayce Thompson hit a three-run homer with two outs in the sixth against T.J. McFarland to put the Cubs ahead 3-2. Genesis Cabrera began the inning on the mound but was pulled for precautionary reasons with left middle finger discomfort after walking consecutive batters.

Lars Nootbaar tied it in the bottom of the sixth with a single that scored O’Neill.

“The boys got it done today. We’re just having some fun playing some good ball out there,” O’Neill said. “That was a good one.”

No. 5 Iowa forces 7 turnovers in 51-14 rout of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Spencer Petras barely had time to exhale in the second quarter. The Iowa quarterback would come off the field following a scoring drive – then immediately return after the defense forced yet another turnover.

“You sit on the bench for two seconds, you’re right back out,” Petras said.

Petras threw for three touchdowns and ran for two and No. 5 Iowa took advantage of seven Maryland turnovers in a 51-14 victory Friday night.

The Hawkeyes (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) intercepted five of Taulia Tagovailoa’s passes, and they outscored the Terrapins 31-0 in the second quarter as Maryland completely unraveled. The Terps (4-1, 1-1) never recovered after losing standout receiver Dontay Demus to an apparent leg injury on a kickoff return early in the second.

Iowa beat Iowa State earlier this season thanks to a plus-four turnover margin on a day the Hawkeyes were badly outgained. The matchup with Maryland was an even more extreme version of that. The Terrapins turned the ball over five times in the first half, four in the second quarter.

Tagovailoa had thrown only one interception all season – while leading the Big Ten in yards passing – but he was picked off on the Terrapins’ second possession Friday in a sign of things to come. That turnover led to a field goal that opened the scoring, but Maryland responded sharply, driving 69 yards in eight plays and taking the lead on a 9-yard scoring pass from Tagovailoa to Chigoziem Okonkwo.

Iowa went ahead 10-7 on a 1-yard run by Petras on the first play of the second quarter, and then Maryland’s big night – the Terps had a chance to start 5-0 for the first time since 2001 – went sour for good.

Demus, the Big Ten’s leader in yards receiving, had four catches for 61 yards in the first quarter. On the kickoff after Petras’ touchdown, however, he fumbled and remained on the ground injured. He eventually left on a cart, and that turnover gave Iowa the ball at the Maryland 10.

“We took an X-ray of it,” Maryland coach Michael Locksley said. “Until we get the MRI, we’re not really sure, but it’s some type of lower-body injury.”

Petras threw an 8-yard TD pass to Arland Bruce IV. Then, on the first play of the Terps’ next possession, Tagovailoa’s deflected pass was intercepted, and the Hawkeyes took over at the Maryland 26.

“Just undisciplined football,” Okonkwo said. “The turnovers, beating ourselves. … That doesn’t help the defense at all. That’s really what it comes down to – turnovers, penalties, beating yourself.”

Petras made it 24-7 with a 1-yard scoring run. Then Tagovailoa’s next pass was picked off at the Maryland 45. Iowa scored again on Monte Pottebaum’s 2-yard run.

The final turnover of the half came on a Hail Mary by Tagovailoa on the last play. After two more interceptions in the second half – one thrown by Tagovailoa and one by his backup – Iowa now has 12 on the season. No other Big Ten team has more than five.

In the second half, Petras threw touchdown passes of 67 yards to Tyler Goodson and 7 yards to Tyrone Tracy.

Tyler Allgeier, No. 13 BYU run past Utah State 34-20

LOGAN, Utah (AP) Tyler Allgeier ran for a career-high 208 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 13 BYU beat Utah State 34-20 on Friday night.

BYU (5-0) beat Utah State (3-2) for the second straight time in the Battle for the Old Wagon Wheel rivalry series.

Baylor Romney threw for 187 yards and a touchdown on 15-of-19 passing in the first half, but was injured just before halftime and sat out the second half. He made his second consecutive start with Jaren Hall sidelined because of a rib injury.

Third-string quarterback Jacob Conover led the offense after halftime. The freshman threw for 45 yards on 5-of-9 passing in his college debut.

Logan Bonner threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies. Bonner left with eight minutes to go because of a knee injury.

The Cougars scored on their first four drives and averaged 9.1 yards per play before halftime. Romney completed his first eight passes, and Allgeier nearly eclipsed 100 rushing yards before halftime.

The Cougars took a 7-0 lead after Allgeier took a hit and burst down the sideline for a 22-yard run. Malik Moore intercepted Bonner’s pass at the BYU 26 to set up the scoring drive. Allgeier broke free and raced 59 yards for his second scoring run in the second quarter, pushing the lead to 24-10.

Allgeier’s second touchdown helped BYU regain a little momentum after Justin McGriff hauled in a 21-yard reception to cap an 18-play, 75-yard drive for Utah State that took 7 1/2 minutes off the clock and cut the Cougars’ lead in half.

Romney suffered an injury on BYU’s final first-half drive. Conover replaced him at quarterback to start the third quarter.

Bonner connected with Tompkins on a 28-yard strike to cut it to 27-20. The Cougars struck back when Allgeier raced 67 yards to set up his own 1-yard plunge two plays later, giving BYU a 34-20 lead with 8:40 left.

Julio Jones, A.J. Brown, among 6 Titans out vs NY Jets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Wide receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Brown are among six Titans who won’t play Sunday against the New York Jets.

The Titans declared both of the Pro Bowl receivers out along with outside linebacker Bud Dupree, who didn’t play despite being dressed last week against the Colts. Also out is three-time Pro Bowl punter Brett Kern and rookie cornerback Caleb Farley.

Defensive lineman Larrell Murchison was among those ruled out before the Titans placed him on injured reserve later Friday. The Titans also signed outside linebacker Sharif Finch and defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton from the practice squad.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said earlier this week the Titans would have a lengthy injury list, and running back Jeremy McNichols became the 14th on the injury report Friday when he was limited at practice by a hamstring issue.

A hamstring injury limited Brown to eight snaps last week against Indianapolis, while Jones played half of the offensive snaps. He has been on the injury report with a hamstring, and Jones was limited to nine games last season playing with a nagging hamstring injury in Atlanta.

The Titans signed punter Johnny Townsend on Thursday with Kern hurting a right groin muscle that limited him Wednesday. Kern didn’t practice Thursday or Friday.

Tight end Anthony Firkser could be back after missing the last two games, and wide receiver Marcus Johnson may be activated from the injured reserve list in time to play Sunday.

Bears waiting until game time to announce QB against Lions

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears will wait until game time to announce their starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against Detroit, choosing between Andy Dalton and rookie Justin Fields.

Both quarterbacks are dealing with injuries, but Fields has been able to go through full practices the entire week while Dalton has been limited every day. Dalton is suffering from a bone bruise to his left knee while Fields wore a brace on his injured right hand all week in practice.

Coach Matt Nagy said Friday he couldn’t rule out Dalton for Sunday at Soldier Field.

“I feel like, again, the good part about both of those guys is that they’re both progressing in the right way,” Nagy said. “And then what we’ve got to do is be able to see where Andy’s at and really, up until Sunday. That’s why it’s the game-time decision.”

Fields injured his right thumb during last weekend’s 26-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Dalton got hurt right before halftime in Week 2 against Cincinnati.

Dalton’s mobility could be affected if called upon to start.

“For him, when you go through an injury and when you go through a knee injury and you have drop backs, you have handoffs, you have, whatever it is that you have, you want to have ultimate trust in knowing that you’re not thinking about that injury while you’re playing,” Nagy said. “I can specifically say that because I know I went through that with an ACL injury.

“You think about that. And once you get by that then you can start playing football.”

The Bears (1-2) are last in the NFL in offense and passing. Their offense has scored three touchdowns, and they haven’t had one since Dalton left the second game.

“I think the biggest thing is that it’s felt better every day and it’s just kind of where I’m at with this thing is keep improving, keep getting better and that’s all my focus is right now,” Dalton said.

Fields was 6 of 20 for 68 yards and was sacked nine times in the loss to the Browns.

On the season, Fields is 14 of 35 for 138 yards with an interception. He has run for 46 yards on 14 attempts with a touchdown.

Fields feels he and the rest of the offense are prepared to bounce back.

“When you have a performance like that, times like that, adversity like that, you need those things in life just to slap you in the face and tell you to refocus,” Fields said. “I’m not saying that we were complacent, but really just, when you go out there and perform like that that’s not what we want to do.

“So that happening, of course, I think that was a little extra motivation this week on being clean on everything.”

The Bears will have nose tackle Eddie Goldman available for the first time in a game since 2019 after he was removed from the injury report. Goldman suffered a knee injury just before the regular season and missed the first three games.

Linebacker Khalil Mack (foot sprain) is questionable for the matchup with the Lions, and safety Tashaun Gipson (hamstring) has been ruled out. Also out for the Bears is linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring). Wide receiver Darnell Mooney (groin) and cornerback Xavier Crawford (back) are questionable.

49ers could be down 2 more CBs, but hopeful for Kittle

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers could be down two more starting cornerbacks for Sunday’s game against Seattle but are holding out hope star tight end George Kittle can play.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that slot cornerback K’Waun Williams will miss the game against the Seahawks with a calf injury and outside cornerback Josh Norman is doubtful with a chest injury. San Francisco already lost its top cornerback, Jason Verrett, to a season-ending knee injury in the opener.

Norman was hospitalized Sunday with bleeding in his lung and will need to pass tests Saturday to determine whether he can play this week.

Kittle was able to get on the field a bit to run at the start of practice in a sign of progress since injuring his calf in last week’s loss to Green Bay. Kittle is listed as questionable for the game.

“I’m going to do everything I can to be able to be on the field on Sunday,” Kittle said. “If the body says I can go, I’ll be out there.”

Kittle said he’s been dealing with swelling and pain in his calf and Shanahan said he expects to know by Saturday whether Kittle can play.

“The fact that he wasn’t ready to go on Thursday just worried us a little bit more than we were expecting,” Shanahan said. “The fact he could do a little bit today was much more encouraging than what it was yesterday. Hopefully, we have that same result tomorrow.”

Kittle had seven catches for 92 yards last week and ranks second on the team with 15 catches for 187 yards this season.

Kittle has missed time the past two seasons with injuries and San Francisco’s running game typically struggles without him.

The Niners are already thin at running back with starter Raheem Mostert out for the season and backups Jeff Wilson Jr. and Jamycal Hasty sidelined. Rookie Trey Sermon was the only halfback who got the ball last week but fellow rookie Elijah Mitchell could return from a shoulder injury this week to provide some help.

Mitchell is listed as questionable but has been able to do more in practice this week.

Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw is also questionable with a knee injury.

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INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: IUVB Ready To Host Big Ten Foe No. 14 Penn State

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (7-8, 1-2 Big Ten) returns to Wilkinson Hall on Saturday, October 2 when they host No. 14 Penn State (10-3, 3-0 Big Ten). The match is slated for a 6 p.m. start and will stream live on Big Ten Network Plus.

Indiana vs. No. 14 Penn State

Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall

Saturday, October 2 | 7:00 p.m.

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The Opening Serve

• The Hoosiers are coming off a road trip to Columbus, Ohio that saw a midweek matchup against No. 8 Ohio State. Despite strong play by Indiana in the final two sets, they fell to the Buckeyes in straight sets, 3-0 (25-10, 27-25, 25-20).

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg continues to lead the Hoosiers attack with 110 kills and a hitting percentage of .406. Her hitting percentage ranks No. 6 in the Big Ten Conference.

• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth is No. 8 in the conference in aces so far this season with 20.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame continues to rank No. 5 in digs among the Big Ten after tallying a team-leading 239 so far this season.

Promotions

• Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to Saturday’s match to help benefit the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

• Fans who attend Hoosier Hysteria prior to the match vs. Penn State can save their ticket from the event in order to a purchase a ticket for five dollars.

All-Time Series

•  Penn State holds the series record at 72-34 with the last Hoosiers win coming in 2010. The last time the two teams met was last season where the first match went four sets followed by a three-set sweep from the Nittany Lions.

Checking Out the Competition

• PENN STATE: The Nittany Lions are coached by Russ Rose who is in his 42nd year at the helm. Penn State has an overall record of 10-3, remain undefeated in the Big Ten with a 3-0 record and rank No. 14 in country. Senior right side hitter Jonni Parker leads the Nittany Lions attack with 163 kills and a hitting percentage of .314. Senior outside hitter Adanna Rollins has also breached the 100 mark with 101 kills. Senior Gabby Blossom has recorded 15 aces and is also their main setter with 455 assists. On defense, senior middle blocker Kaitlyn Hord has tallied 76 blocks of which 15 were solo.  As a team Penn State is allowing their opponent to hit just .179 while they are hitting .294 as a unit.

Last Time Out

• Indiana squared off against No. 8 Ohio State in a midweek showdown on Big Ten Network. Although the Hoosiers made it close the last two sets, the Buckeyes snuck away with the match, 3-0 (25-10, 27-25, 25-20). Senior outside hitter Kari Zumach led the Indiana attack with seven kills and a hitting percentage of .429. Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards also tallied a team-high 13 kills. Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg put up a squad-leading four blocks against the Buckeyes on Wednesday night.

News & Notes

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards recorded the 1000th kill of her career in the match at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10. Edwards has a team-leading 170 kills so far in 2021

• Graduate Student setter Brooke Westbeld has done majority of the setting for the Hoosiers this season as she has put up 361 assists which leads the squad.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg leads the Hoosiers in hitting percentage,.406. Shes also has recorded 110 kills.

• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede is the squad leader in block with 51 and has recorded 90 kills on offense.

• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth has made her presence known and leads the team in aces with 20 so far this season.

• Senior outside hitter Kari Zumach returned to the court at the beginning of Big Ten play after missing six games due to injury. The Buffalo, Minnesota native tallied five kills and two blocks in the matches against Michigan State and Purdue.

• As a team, the Hoosiers are hitting .204 compared to their opponents .184.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Indiana Suffers Setback in 2-1 Loss to Michigan

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer led into the 81st minute before a Michigan header ruined the party on Jerry Yeagely Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium Friday (Oct. 1) night. The goal forced overtime, where the Wolverines stole the match just three minutes into the extra period.

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana’s first notable chance came in the sixth minute off the foot of Herbert Endeley, who had a good look on goal from a Ryan Wittenbrink pass, but his low shot was denied by the UM goalkeeper.

• The two teams went into halftime with nothing to separate them. Indiana had the better collection of chances, recording three shots on goal while allowing just two Michigan attempts, neither of which forced a save.

• Endeley looked bound to break the tie in the 68th minute as he strode through, only to be brought down by UM’s Brennan Callow, who was called for the penalty. The Michigan keeper guessed correctly on Victor Bezerra’s resulting attempt from the spot, but the junior hammered the shot past him to give Indiana the lead.

• Thirteen minutes later, Michigan rescued the match via Evan Rasmussen’s diving header that tied the contest late at 1-1.

• Three minutes into overtime, a Michigan throw-in resulted in Derick Broche’s game-winning header.

NOTABLES

• Victor Bezerra recorded his first goal of the season on a 68th minute penalty kick. Bezerra is the eighth different Hoosier to open his account this season.

• Indiana fell to 2-2 in conference play, and has dropped multiple conference matches for the first time since the 2015 team that finished 4-3-1 in Big Ten play.

• The loss marks the 16th regular season setback for the Hoosiers since the start of the 2014 campaign. During the span, the Hoosiers have never lost back-to-back matches and hold an 11-0-4 record in contests immediately following a defeat.

• Indiana fell to 23-4-3 in the series history against Michigan.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: Victor Bezerra

ASSISTS: None.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers host a pair of non-conference matches next week, starting with a Wednesday, October 6, bout with Omaha. The match is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff from Jerry Yeagley FIeld at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: No. 4 Purdue Falls to Illinois in Five

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Despite a season-high 15 blocks, the No. 4 Purdue volleyball team (10-2, 2-1 B1G) suffered its first Big Ten loss of the season to Illinois (11-3, 3-0 B1G) in five sets (28-30, 25-15, 24-26, 2518, 10-15).

Five Boilermakers recorded double-digit digs in the match, led by libero Jena Otec with 23. Meanwhile, three registered double-doubles.

Caitlyn Newton, Hayley Bush and Grace Cleveland each recorded double-doubles in the five setter. Newton closed the night with a season-best 19 kills to pair with a season-high-tying 14 digs for the Terre Haute, Indiana native’s second double-double in the last three matches. Meanwhile, Bush dished out 47 assists (tying her season-high) and 15 digs, marking the fourth consecutive and fifth double-double of the season.

Moreover, Bush reached 4,000 career assists in the match, becoming just the eighth Boilermaker in program history to accomplish the feat. Currently, the Union, Kentucky native ranks No. 8 all-time with 4,040.

Grace Cleveland put on a clinic late in the match, ending the night with her first double-double of the season. In the fourth set, Cleveland posted five kills alone (5-0-10) to give Purdue the momentum to come from behind and push the match to the fifth. In total, the senior produced 14 kills, seven digs and tied a career-high 10 total blocks (one solo, nine block assists – also tying a career-best).

Sophomore Taylor Trammell led the team in efficiency with a .467 attack % (9-2-15) and came within sight of her first double-double, ending the night with 11 total blocks – one shy of matching her career-best.

No. 4 Purdue will be back in Holloway tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers will take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to close out Homecoming day at Purdue. Fans can stream the match live on B1G+.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Sweeps Ohio; Improves to 3-1 in #MACtion

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MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team hit the court running Friday night in Worthen Arena, earning a dominating 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-15) victory over Ohio in Mid-American Conference action.

In fact, the Cardinals (13-3; 3-1 MAC) did not trail the entire night and were only tied with the Bobcats (1-14, 1-3 MAC) once in the match; at the 1-1 mark of the third set.

“We had a much different game plan coming in tonight after seeing how they defended us yesterday, and I thought we executed that really well,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “I was proud of our girls from the get-go, executing a different offensive plan.”

The main driver for Friday’s sweep, another dominating performance on offense by Ball State which connected for a .388 (45-7-98) attack percentage. Leading the charge for the second consecutive night was sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland with 11 kills and a .647 (11-0-17) hitting mark.

Combined with her team-high 13 kills and match-best .583 (13-0-22) rate of success in Thursday’s five-set thriller, Gilliland hit an astonishing .615 (24-0-39) for the series and averaged a team-leading 3.0 kills per set.

Gilliland was not the only Cardinals player to find offensive success, however, and another very balanced attack kept Ohio guessing on nearly every swing. That led to eight kills apiece from junior middle Marie Plitt, junior opposite Natalie Mitchem and graduate transfer outside Emily Hollowell. Graduate transfer Jaclyn Bulmahn was not far behind with seven kills.

Freshman setter Megan Wielonski once again ran the Ball State offense to near perfection, and its second-best hitting mark of the season, handing out 34 assists to go along with three kills and seven digs.

“It all starts with our ball control, which allows us to move the ball around and get a lot of different people involved in the offense,” Phillips added. “Our hitters are doing a great job of demanding the ball and being in the right place. That is certainly our strategy, and we want to continue to be able to do that.”

Speaking of the passing game, which saw BSU’s defenders finish the night without being aced, junior libero Natalie Risi led the team with a 14 digs and successfully passed all nine serves she faced. Sophomore defensive specialist Kate Vinson finished the match one dig shy of double figures with nine, while facing a team-high 14 serves.

In addition to her strong attacking numbers, Gilliland dominated at the net, registering six total blocks. As a team, the Cardinals out-blocked the Bobcats 6.0-to-2.0.

Caitlin O’Farrell led the Ohio attack with 10 kills, while libero Sam Steele paced all players with 15 digs. One night after hitting .308 (73-24-159) in a losing effort, the Ball State defense limited the Bobcats to a .162 (34-17-105) attack percentage Friday.

“So far, I’ve enjoyed being able to make adjustments after the first night and see how our team is able to respond on the fly without a practice,” Phillips said. “I think that’s a credit to the girls and their toughness to be able to make adjustments. We’re not going to be able to do that next weekend as we’re playing two different opponents. That will be a different challenge for us. We’ll have to be ready right away and not wait until the next night to figure it out”

The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to action next Friday, with a 7 p.m. first serve at Akron. The Cardinals will then travel to Buffalo Saturday for a 4 p.m. first serve.

BUTLER FOOTBALL: Butler Football to Host Drake in PFL Home Opener

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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s Family Weekend at Butler University and that means the Bulldogs will be playing football at the Sellick Bowl this Saturday. The annual “Battle of the Bulldogs” will put Butler up against Drake. Kick-off is set for 12 PM.

Bulldog Bits

– Butler leads the PFL in time of possession (35.09), passing yards allowed (157.8), and defensive touchdowns (2).

– Nick Orlando leads the PFL with five rushing touchdowns.

– Yogi Flager ranks second among PFL teams in yards per reception (19.8) and third in receiving touchdowns (3).

– Flager has caught at least four passes in three-straight games for Butler.

– Thomas Rousseau collected the first interception of his collegiate career in St. Paul.

– Tommy Carlsen led the BU defense against the Tommies with a season-high nine tackles.

– Bradley Magee and Jack Belskis each recorded seven stops at St. Thomas; a new season-high total for each linebacker.

– Butler has not allowed a 100-yard receiver since Nov. 23, 2019 (10 games).

– Butler has scored 133 points this season and has allowed 133 points (33.25 ppg).

– BU is averaging 4.9 yards per rush. Orlando leads the team, averaging 6.5 per carry.

SCOUTING DRAKE: The Bulldogs ended the month of September with a 1-3 overall record. They won their season opener 45-3 against West Virginia Wesleyan, but ran into two nationally ranked opponents the next two weekends. #11 Montana State took down Drake in week 2 (45-7) and #11 North Dakota would shutout the Bulldogs 38-0. The PFL opener would be played in Des Moines, but it would not end well for the home team. Valparaiso went on the road to claim a 24-21 victory at Drake Stadium. The Beacons shocked everyone in attendance on Saturday when they converted a 4th-and-10 play with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter. Jordan Bingham pulled down a 30-yard touchdown grab that proved to be the game-winner.

Drake allowed 155 rushing yards to Valparaiso in the setback. Preseason All-PFL pick Danny Morales was inactive for the second-straight game.

LAST GAME VS. DRAKE: Drake came to the Sellick Bowl last year to record a 33-7 victory. 23 of their 33 points came in the second quarter. Ian Corwin passed for three touchdowns and rushed for 67 yards. Cross Robinson was also an impact player with 74 rushing yards to go along with a score.

Bret Bushka completed six of his nine passes for 95 yards and a TD vs. Drake last year. Butler was held in check with only 28 rushing yards.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Drake owns a 21-8-1 record against Butler in the all-time series. The first-ever meeting resulted in a 0-0 tie during the 1932 season.

Butler’s last win over Drake came at home in 2015. They outscored Drake 17-3 in the second half to win 20-13.

THIRD DOWN SUCCESS: Butler has been good on third down this season. They have converted on 49% of their third down tries (26-53) and have only allowed 15 first downs on third down.

The Bulldogs only moved the chains four times on third down at St. Thomas. Their longest drive of the day came in the third quarter. They covered 40 yards on 12 plays before turning the ball over on downs.

WIDESPREAD WEAPONS: Butler has 13 student-athletes with at least one reception this season and eight different players with at least six rush attempts. Yogi Flager and Johnny O’Shea are responsible for 28 of Butler’s 61 receptions this season (46%) while Kavon Samuels leads all Bulldogs out of the backfield with 59 carries (31%).

Samuels was held without a catch at St. Thomas. The last time he didn’t come up with at least one reception was back on Nov. 12, 2019 against Drake.

BULLDOG BACKFIELD: Kavon Samuels leads Butler in rushing attempts (59), rushing yards (238), and all-purpose yards (300). He currently ranks fourth in the PFL in rushing yards.

Backup running backs AJ Deinhart, Michael Benefield, and Joey Suchy are all averaging 5.3 yards per carry this season.

BELIEVE IN BUSHKA: Bret Bushka has completed 57 of his 86 pass attempts this season for 693 yards and six touchdowns.

Bushka leads the PFL in completion percentage (66%), yards per pass attempt (8.4), and is second in passing yards per completion (12.4). He set new season-high totals last week in attempts (27) and completions (16).

TURNOVER BATTLE: Drake leads the PFL in fumble recoveries (6), and passes intercepted (5) which gives them the best turnover margin in the league (1.75).

Butler’s defense has an interception in three-straight games, giving them four this season. They have recovered four fumbles.

TOUGH STRETCH: Butler played three of their first four games on the road to start the 2021 campaign, but the schedule doesn’t get any easier in October. BU will host Drake, San Diego and Davidson at the Sellick Bowl over the next four weeks. Those three teams were picked by head coaches as the top three teams in the PFL Preseason Coaches Poll.

The lone road trip in the mix during that stretch will send Butler to Morehead State on Oct. 16.

UP NEXT: Butler will host San Diego on Saturday, Oct. 9. The 12 PM kick-off will mark the 26th meeting between the two programs.

San Diego leads the all-time series against Butler 20-5. USD won the last meeting 27-13.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Butler VB Wins Tight Match Over Georgetown

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Washington – The Butler volleyball team won a tight four-set match with Georgetown (19-25, 25-23, 25-23, 30-28) Friday night in Washington, D.C. A long fourth set clinched on a kill by Amina Shackelford highlighted the match for the Bulldogs (8-8, 2-1 BIG EAST), who won their second straight conference contest.

Set 1: Georgetown 25-19

After the Hoyas got out to an early 8-4 lead, Butler responded with a 5-0 run, which included kills from Melody Davidson and Mariah Grunze, to take a one-point lead. A later 4-0 Georgetown run put the Hoyas up 19-14, but a Davidson kill followed by back-to-back scores from Marissa McKelvey got the Bulldogs within two at 20-18. Georgetown immediately answered with a 4-0 run to help put the set away. Davidson led the Butler offense with five kills in the opening frame.

Set 2: Butler 25-23

The Bulldogs took 6 of 7 points midway through the set to build a 12-9 advantage. The run included kills from four different student-athletes and an ace by Caroline Cleveland. Georgetown would get to within one a total of seven times the remainder of the set, but the Bulldogs would never surrender the lead, and they clinched it on an Elana Brueggemann kill. Brueggemann, Davidson, Grunze and Brittany Robinson all put down three kills as part of a balanced Butler offense in the second frame.

Set 3: Butler 25-23

Georgetown led 6-4 early before a 5-0 run on Cleveland’s serve put the Bulldogs out in front. Cleveland served up two aces as part of the run. The Hoyas would quickly respond to regain the lead at 11-10, but a later Butler 4-0 run, including two Davidson kills, put the Bulldogs back up 18-16. Georgetown evened it up at 23-all, but kills by Robinson then Davidson clinched the set for Butler. Davidson (six kills) and Megan Sheridan (four) put up solid offensive numbers in the third frame to help get the Bulldogs an advantage.

Set 4: Butler 30-28

After an early 3-1 Butler advantage, the Hoyas took the lead with a 5-0 run. The Bulldogs would tie it at 8-8 on an ace by Jillian Ziemba, and later back-to-back aces from Robinson gave them a 19-17 lead. Georgetown responded to tie it up at 24-all, and the two teams went back-and-forth until a Davidson kill followed by one from Shackelford clinched the longest set of the season so far (total points) for the Bulldogs. Davidson, Robinson, Shackelford and Sheridan each contributed four kills for Butler in the fourth frame to help win the match.

Stat of the Match

Butler (.204) and Georgetown (.202) had almost even hitting percentages.

Inside the Box Score

– Davidson put up 19 points on 18 kills and two block assists.

– Robinson stuffed the stat sheet with 10 kills, five blocks, three aces and a dig.

– Grunze finished with 10 kills and 11 digs for a double-double while adding three blocks and an assists.

– Sheridan had a breakout performance with eight kills (.316 hitting percentage) and two blocks.

– McKelvey contributed 47 assists, 13 digs, four kills and four blocks.

Up Next

The Bulldogs head north to Philadelphia for their final game of the road trip Saturday at 7 p.m. against Villanvoa.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: BIG EAST Releases Butler WBB Conference Schedule

NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Conference office released the 2021-22 women’s basketball schedule today. The Bulldogs will open league play with three-straight games on the road, but will then end the regular season with three-straight contests at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The first BIG EAST matchup will send Butler to DePaul on Dec. 3. The BIG EAST home opener will land on Friday Dec. 31 against Creighton.

10 home games highlight the conference schedule for Butler. Creighton comes to Indianapolis on New Year’s Eve and Providence will bring in 2022 with a Sunday showdown on Jan 2. Fans can watch that game at 12 PM on FS1

College women’s basketball fans will love the next set of home games as Butler will play host to UConn on Jan. 12, DePaul on Jan. 21 and Marquette on Jan. 23. Each Butler contest against UConn can be seen on SNY.

February will feature home games against Seton Hall (Feb. 6) and St. John’s (Feb. 9). BU will end the regular season by playing five of their final seven at home. Before the conference tournament, the ‘Dawgs will host Xavier on Feb. 20, Villanova on Feb. 25, and Georgetown on Senior Day (Feb. 27).

The BIG EAST Conference Tournament will once again be played in Uncasville, Conn. at Mohegan Sun Arena. Quarterfinal matchups are set or March 5 on FS2. The semifinals on March 6 will air on FS1 along with the championship game on March 7.

2021-22 Women’s Basketball Schedule
DateTimeAtOpponentLocationTVRadioTournamentResultLinks
November 4, 2021 (Thursday)HomeTrineIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
November 10, 2021 (Wednesday)HomeIndianaIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
November 13, 2021 (Saturday)HomeWestern IllinoisIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
November 16, 2021 (Tuesday)HomeBall StateIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
November 20, 2021 (Saturday)HomeAustin PeayIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
November 23, 2021 (Tuesday)HomeSIUEIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
November 28, 2021 (Sunday)AwayIUPUIIndianapolis, Ind.History
December 3, 2021 (Friday)AwayDePaulChicago, Ill.History
December 5, 2021 (Sunday)AwayMarquetteMilwaukee, Wis.History
December 10, 2021 (Friday)HomeDenverIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
December 12, 2021 (Sunday)AwayIllinoisUrbana-Champaign, Ill.History
December 22, 2021 (Wednesday)HomeEvansvilleIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
December 29, 2021 (Wednesday)AwayXavierCincinnati, OhioHistory
December 31, 2021 (Friday)HomeCreightonIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
January 2, 2022 (Sunday)HomeProvidenceIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
January 7, 2022 (Friday)AwaySeton HallSouth Orange, NJHistory
January 9, 2022 (Sunday)AwaySt. John’sQueens, NYHistory
January 12, 2022 (Wednesday)HomeUConnIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
January 21, 2022 (Friday)HomeDePaulIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
January 23, 2022 (Sunday)HomeMarquetteIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
January 28, 2022 (Friday)AwayVillanovaVillanova, Pa.History
January 30, 2022 (Sunday)AwayGeorgetownWashington, DCHistory
February 4, 2022 (Friday)AwayUConnStorrs, Conn.History
February 6, 2022 (Sunday)HomeSeton HallIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
February 9, 2022 (Wednesday)HomeSt. John’sIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
February 11, 2022 (Friday)AwayProvidenceProvidence, RIHistory
February 13, 2022 (Sunday)AwayCreightonOmaha, Neb.History
February 20, 2022 (Sunday)HomeXavierIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
February 25, 2022 (Friday)HomeVillanovaIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
February 27, 2022 (Sunday)HomeGeorgetownIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
March 5, 2022 (Saturday)NeutralBIG EAST QuarterfinalsUncasville, Conn. – Mohegan Sun ArenaBig East TournamentHistory
March 6, 2022 (Sunday)NeutralBIG EAST SemifinalsUncasville, Conn. – Mohegan Sun ArenaBig East TournamentHistory
March 7, 2022 (Monday)NeutralBIG EAST FinalUncasville, Conn. – Mohegan Sun ArenaBig East TournamentHistory

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: ButlerM Soccer Returns to BIG EAST Play Against Seton Hall

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Matchday Information – Seton Hall at Butler

DATE:                         Saturday, October 2 / 7 pm

LOCATION:                Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl

LIVE STATS:              butlersports.com

LIVE VIDEO:               BEDN/FloSports

SERIES RECORD: Butler leads, 5-1-1

LAST MEETING: October 19, 2019 – South Orange, N.J. – Butler 4, Seton Hall 0

The Butler men’s soccer team will host Seton Hall as it returns to BIG EAST play on Saturday, October 2, at 7 pm. The Bulldogs are coming off an 0-2 loss to No. 5 Marshall, while the Pirates most recently suffered a 2-3 overtime loss to Fordham.

Team and Individual Statistics

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. ranks 31st nationally and 3rd in the BIG EAST with two game-winning goals.

Gabreil Gjergji ranks 55th nationally and 5th in the BIG EAST in Goals Against Average (.976).

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. (3g, 6p) and Jack Streberger (1g, 3a, 5p) lead the Bulldogs in offensive points.

Keeper Gabriel Gjergji (3-5-1) has made 23 saves (.719) and allowed 9 goals (.98 GAA) in nine matches. He has been credited with two shutouts.

Butler has scored six goals in nine matches while the defense has allowed nine.

Four different Bulldogs have scored at least one goal in the nine matches played, while four have also recorded at least one assist.

Butler has earned 54 corner kicks compared to 41 for its opponents.

The Bulldogs have recorded 112 shots (33 on goal) while holding their opponents to 93 (32 on goal).

The Matchup

Butler and Seton Hall have met seven times, with Butler holding a 5-1-1 edge.

Seton Hall’s most recent win (2-1) was in Indianapolis on October 24, 2018.

Butler won four of the first five contests, with the other being a 0-0 draw.

Scouting Seton Hall

Last match: Fordham L, 2-3 (OT)

Seton Hall tied No. 10 Virginia Tech (3-3, (2OT)) on September 6.

The Pirates have scored 22 goals and allowed 20 goals.

Individual Statistics

Point leaders for Seton Hall are #2 Johannes Pex (5g, 5a), #10 JP Marin (2g, 4a), #11 (2g, 3a), #6 Jordan Jowers (1g, 3a) and #14 Mans Saebbo (2g, 1a). Thirteen different players have scored at least one goal, and eleven have at least one assist.

Andreas Nota (4-2-2) has seen about 90% of the available minutes in goal, making 27 saves (.614) and giving up 17 goals (1.98 GAA). He has recorded one shutout.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH RALLY TO WIN THRILLER AT #18 GEORGIA TECH

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ATLANTA  —  Aubrey Hamilton matched her career-high with 20 kills as Notre Dame rallied from 0-2 down to win a thriller at #18 Georgia Tech (17-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 16-14) on Friday night at O’Keefe Gymnasium.

Hamilton’s 20 kills came with a .375 mark while Caroline Meuth amassed 14 kills and Charley Niego earned 12 kills. Zoe Nunez collected 45 assists in the five sets. Niego and Nunez also tied with a game-high three aces each.

Defensively, Nunez racked up a team-high 15 digs to go with six blocks and Lindsey Miller led all players with eight total blocks. Meuth added five blocks and Hattie Monson totaled 14 digs.

As a team, the Irish finished the night with 14 total blocks to Georgia Tech’s five and eight service aces to the Yellow Jackets’ two. Notre Dame also hit .291 in the match with 62 total kills.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

An Irish 4-1 run, capped by a kill from Hamilton, put Notre Dame up 7-4 to open play before the Yellow Jackets answered with the next three points to make it 7-all. Georgia Tech then used a 4-0 run to earn a 15-12 advantage at the media timeout and extended the run to 8-0 after the break to go up 19-12. The hosts stayed in control from there to take the first set, 25-17.

Second Set

The sides traded 3-0 runs en route to an 11-11 tie to open the second stanza. After Georgia Tech went up 13-11, a pair of Nunez aces sparked an Irish 4-0 run that put the visitors ahead 15-13.

The Yellow Jackets retook the lead with a 4-1 run that gave them a 19-17 advantage and forced an Irish timeout. Back-to-back kills by Hamilton got the Irish back within one at 20-19, but the hosts held on to take the second set, 25-22.

Third Set

The two sides were tied on nine occasions in the first half of the set before Hamilton delivered a kill to put Notre Dame up 15-14 at the media timeout. The teams traded points to 17-17 before a Georgia Tech service error and kill by Meuth gave the Irish a 19-17 lead and forced the hosts to take a timeout.

The Yellow Jackets tied it again at 19-19 after the break before a block and kill by Meuth helped Notre Dame regain a two-point advantage at 22-20. A kill and block by Miller clinched the third frame for Notre Dame, 25-22, and forced a fourth set.

Fourth Set

The Irish broke a 6-6 tie with a 5-1 run that included a kill by three different players (Hamilton, Nunez, Niego) and an ace by Phyona Schrader to go up 11-7. A kill by Meuth extended Notre Dame’s lead to 13-8, but the hosts earned the next three points to make it 13-11 and force an Irish timeout.

Notre Dame stormed out of the break with a 6-0 run to earn a 19-11 lead and stayed on top to take the fourth set, 25-17. As a team, the Irish racked up 12 kills and hit .360 in the frame.

Fifth Set

The Irish broke a 3-3 tie with a 6-1 run that included a trio of kills by Hamilton to go up 9-4 in the decisive fifth set. Niego delivered a kill to put Notre Dame up 12-8, but the Yellow Jackets answered with the next four points to even the set at 12-12 and force an Irish timeout.

The sides worked to a 14-14 tie before the Irish completed the comeback with a block by Meuth/Miller and Hamilton’s 20th kill sealed a 16-14 triumph in the fifth.

UP NEXT

The Irish closes the weekend with a road contest at Clemson this Sunday (Oct. 3) at 1 p.m. ET

That matchup will be streamed via ACC Network Extra.

NOTRE DAME WSOCCER: FRESHMEN DUO LIFT IRISH TO 2-1 WIN OVER WOLFPACK

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Make it six wins in a row for the Notre Dame women’s soccer team after defeating NC State, 2-1, Friday night at the Dail Soccer Field.

The victory marks the fastest the Fighting Irish (10-1-1, 4-0-0) have achieved 10 wins since the 2010 national championship season, in which they accomplished the feat in just 11 games. The win also marks the squad’s best ever start in ACC play, improving to 4-0-0.

It was two freshmen who shone the brightest under the Friday night lights in Raleigh, as both Korbin Albert and Katie Coyle scored goals. It marked Albert’s fifth goal of the season and Coyle’s second. It was also Coyle’s first game-winner.

How It Happened

Albert got the Irish on the board in a hurry, scoring in the first minute. After a Sammi Fisher corner, a Wolfpack defender’s header failed to clear the ball, thus finding Albert around the top of the box, who then buried it to the far post.

The Irish outshot the Wolfpack 7-0 in the first half and three of said shots came off the foot of Olivia Wingate. The senior sped by the Wolfpack defense on a few occasions, including one breakaway in which she had a shot on net and forced NC State’s Maria Echezaretta to make a tough save.

Albert almost had a brace in the 56th minute, as the freshman had another rocket from the top of the box. However, Echezaretta made the diving save and Bri Martinez collided with a defender on the attempted rebound shot.

Martinez got subbed out after the collision and Katie Coyle came in and made an impact within a minute.

Wingate took the ball down the left side and crossed it in and it was deflected just outside the top of the box to a sprinting Katie Coyle. The freshman then used her left foot to blast it home for the 2-0 lead.

Though NC State got a goal with 36 seconds left in the match, it was the Irish defense that was solid throughout, limiting the Wolfpack offense to just four shots.

Up Next

The Irish return home to Alumni Stadium for another Thursday/Sunday ACC slate. Up first, Notre Dame will clash with Louisville on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m, then host Clemson on Oct. 10 at 3 p.m.

NOTRE DAME SOCCER: IRISH DROP CAVALIERS, 2-1

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Mohamed Omar and Jack Lynn each netted goals as the Irish earned a 2-1 win over Virginia on Friday night at Alumni Stadium.

With the victory, Notre Dame improves to 5-4-1 overall and 2-1-1 in ACC play while Virginia drops to 3-6-1 and 0-4-0 in the ACC.

Michael Pellegrino and Dawson McCartney each collected assists for the Irish, while Bryan Dowd earned the victory in goal for the Irish.

As a team, the Irish outshot the Cavaliers, 16-4, including a 7-1 mark in shots on goal. Notre Dame also earned a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish opened the contest on the front foot, and were rewarded with the game’s opening goal off the foot of Omar in the 22nd minute. Omar headed the ball just inside the far post off a corner kick by Pellegrino for his second goal of the season.

Notre Dame outshot Virginia 7-3 in the opening half, including a 3-0 mark in shots on frame. The Irish also racked up seven corners to Virginia’s one in the first 45 minutes.

Lynn doubled the Irish lead in the 64th minute when he buried a feed from McCartney. The play started with McCartney regaining possession for the Irish just over midfield and passing the ball to Lynn, who converted from 12 yards out from the left side of the box.

Virginia found the back of the net in the final minute to erase the clean sheet, but the Irish held on for the 2-1 victory. 

McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the performance…

“Obviously really proud of our guys’ performance. Virginia is a really good team and it was going to take our best performance to get a result and I really think to this point that was our most complete performance over the course of a game so far this season.”

On the set-piece goal early…

“Those are huge. In tight games it is something we have been tweaking and working on and it was a great service from Michael Pellegrino and a great header by Mohamed Omar and it opened up the match and we were very good in transition.”

On the performance from the midfield…

“I thought we did great. We have a good group that keeps our energy up and we can rotate guys in. They did an awesome job and everyone that came in just played a huge part in the victory.”

ND STAT OF THE MATCH

The Irish outshot the Cavaliers 16-4, including an 8-1 advantage for shots on target.

NOTES

  • Lynn’s goal is his fifth of the season and 26th of his career.
  • The senior has now scored four goals in his last four games.
  • Omar’s goal is his second of the year and third of his career.

UP NEXT

The Irish play their third straight match in Alumni Stadium, taking on Purdue Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 5. The match will air on ACCN.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Ball State ready to roll vs. Army

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MUNCIE, Ind. – When Ball State takes the field Saturday evening at Scheumann Stadium, it is set to face a stern challenge. Sure, the Cardinals have played in front of 100,000 fans as well as at the highest-elevated stadium in college football already this year, but when toe meets leather at 5 p.m. ET, it’ll be an attack that the home team is not used to seeing on a regular basis.

However, Ball State (1-3) has been preparing for the opportunity, not only in the week leading up to the game, but even months ago.

“It’s a unique challenge and something you don’t see week to week,” Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. “Our staff has done a good job preparing, even in the summer when there were some windows or taking a day here or there in the spring dedicated to the looks that we would see from Army. Our guys are embracing the challenge. It’s a great opportunity to compete against a program like Army.”

With its unique offense that can be labeled as the option, flexbone or Wing-T, Army (4-0) is known for its ability to run the ball through the use of misdirection and disguise. Despite attempting just 18 passes on the season – good for six percent of their plays – the Black Knights have made a living on the ground, owning the nation’s best average time of possession at 40:29 and second-best rushing offense in the country at 344.5 yards per game.

With all of the visual trickeration, how to stop the attack comes back to the basics, according to Coach Neu.

“It’s about being disciplined. You’ve still got to tackle. You’ve still got to run to the ball. Those are the things, no matter who the opponent is, you preach. They just happen to have more than one ball carrier available on certain plays and you’ve got to have enough discipline to know who’s got who. It’s still football.”

The game will be carried on 104.1 WLBC, online at BallStateSports.com and on the Varsity Network app with the Ball State Radio Network trio of Joel Godett, Rich Spisak and Jack McMullen breaking down the action. The game will also be available on ESPN+ with Jim Barbar and Tyoka Jackson on the call.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Ball State will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Scheumann Family Indoor Practice Facility Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. The ceremony will be open to the public and located adjacent to the Venderly Football Team Center and Fisher Football Training Complex near Scheumann Stadium.

Named in honor of late Ball State graduate and former Cardinals football player John Scheumann and his wife, June, the 84,000 square-foot Scheumann Family Indoor Practice Facility is utilized by the baseball, football, soccer, and softball teams during inclement weather. It also provides opportunities for the entire campus and broader community, including the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band.

In keeping with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all Ball State employees, students, and campus visitors — irrespective of their vaccination status — must wear a mask while inside any University building.

The facility will be open to the public from 3-5 p.m.

Inside the Series: Army

Ball State and Army are slated to face off for the seventh time in series history Saturday in Muncie.

The Cardinals have won three of the last four duels with the Black Knights, including twice inside Scheumann Stadium.

The magic number between the two sides has been 24. Each winner has scored at least 24 points in all six of the previous meetings with the series tied at 3-3.

Coach Neu on Army…

“They’re a good football team. The first thing that jumps out is the effort – how hard they play and how physical they are. They’re really good at their system and what they do. It’s a great challenge.”

Familiar Faces

Army has a pair of former Ball State assistants on its staff in Daryl Dixon and Keith Gaither. Dixon, who coaches Army’s cornerbacks, spent seven seasons in Muncie from 2009-15 while working with outside linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties throughout his stint with the Cardinals. Gaither, who serves as the wide receivers coach for the Black Knights, served in a similar role for Ball State for four seasons between 2011-15.

Against the Service Academies

Ball State is 6-3 against the likes of Air Force, Army and Navy in its history. The Cardinals have played the Black Knights the most of the three service academies with the series tied at 3-3. Ball State and Navy have squared off three times with the Cardinals taking all three results. Ball State and Air Force have yet to meet on the gridiron.

More on the Game

In addition to the game, there will be approximately 50 people officially enlisting in the Army. They are slated to be taking an oath at halftime. Blackhawk helicopters are also scheduled to fly over Scheumann Stadium prior to the start of the game. Members of the military will be presenting the flag, which includes members of National Guard, ROTC and active military.

Notre Dame Hockey Names Team Captains

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Graduate student Adam Karashik and seniors Jake Pivonka and Graham Slaggert who will serve as the Notre Dame hockey team captains for the upcoming season Fighting Irish Head Coach Jeff Jackson announced. Additionally, seniors Nick Leivermann and Spencer Stastney will be alternate captains.

“We’ve been very pleased with our entire leadership group, dating back to last spring,” Jackson said. “The five young men we’ve selected as captains exemplify the leadership qualities that will solidify our culture. They do things the right way on and off the ice. They are determined to uphold our team standards and to hold each other accountable to those values.”

Leivermann, Pivonka, who is out due to a lower body injury, Slaggert and Stastney will wear letters for the first time in their Notre Dame careers. Karashik served as UConn’s captain last season before joining the Irish.

About Karashik

A defenseman, Karashik played the past four seasons in Hockey East at the University of Connecticut, skating in 119 career games, scoring five goals and notching 19 assists for 24 points. He served as a team captain for the 2020-21 season after serving in the alternate captain role as a junior. A Ridgefield, Connecticut, native, Karashik played in all 23 of UConn’s games last season while scoring a goal and adding eight assists for nine points. His nine points were tied for eighth on the team and second among defensmen. He also tied for the team lead with 27 penalty minutes on eight penalties. As a junior, he played in 33 games and ended the season with three points on three assists while ranking second in Hockey East with 51 blocked shots.

About Pivonka

Pivonka, who is currently out due to injury, played all 29 games last season while scoring a pair of goals and adding seven assists for nine points. The Napperville, Illinois native had a goal and an assist in Notre Dame’s 5-4 win over Arizona State (Dec. 4). He also ended the season on a three-game point streak (1-3-4), including a goal and an assist in the regular-season finale, a 7-1 win over Penn State (March 5). Last season he posted the best faceoff winning percentage in the Big Ten (.612) and ranked eighth in the country. He has now skated in 104 career games, scoring eight goals and adding 22 assists for 30 points. He was an All-Big Ten Academic Team selection each of the past two seasons.

About Slaggert

Slaggert, a South Bend, Indiana native, was recently named a preseason All-Big Ten Second Team selection. He played 27 games last season and was the team’s second-leading scorer with 25 points on seven goals and a team-best 18 assists. He had a goal and an assist in Notre Dame’s 3-0 win over Ohio State (Dec. 12) for his first multipoint game of the season. He then scored a goal and added two assists for three points to lead the Irish to a 3-2 win at then top-ranked Minnesota, scoring the game winner at 15:17 of the third period (Jan. 15) en route to being named the Big Ten’s First Star of the Week. He also had five points (1-4-5) in the sweep at Ohio State (Feb. 5-6). Slaggert’s 25 points as a junior marked a season-best total and he enters his senior season with 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 career points in 104 games played. He has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors each of the past two seasons.

About Leivermann

Leivermann Played all 29 games last season while scoring five goals and adding 12 assists for 17 points. His 12 assists and 17 points were career-high totals, while his five goals tied for his season-high mark from the 2019-20 season (32 games played). His five goals also tied with Stastney for the top mark among Irish defenseman last season, while his 17 points led all Irish blue liners. He scored a career-best two goals in Notre Dame’s 8-1 win at Ohio State (Feb. 6). The Eden Prairie, Minnesota native finished the year with three multi-point games, which also included a pair of assists against Arizona State (Dec. 3) and a goal and an assist in the 6-1 win at Ohio State (Feb. 5). Leivermann led the Irish with a +10 rating and scored the game-winning goal in Notre Dame’s 5-4 victory over Arizona State (Dec. 4).

About Stastney

Stastney skated in all 29 games for the Irish last season, scoring a career-high five goals and adding seven assists for 12 points. A fifth round selection (131st overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Stastney’s five goals were tied with Leivermann and Michigan’s Nick Blankenburg for the most by a Big Ten defenseman. A Mequon, Wisconsin native, Stastney has now played in 104 career games while scoring nine goals and adding 27 assists for 36 points. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection each of the past two seasons and earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors last season and was named a preseason All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection this season.

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: Sycamores Nine Match Streak Ends at Valpo

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VALPARAISO, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball saw its nine-match winning streak come to an end Friday night against Valparaiso. The Beacons took the match in straight sets (19-25, 21-25, 21-25) in their home opener inside the Athletic-Recreation Center.

The Sycamores (9-3, 1-1 MVC) struggled on the attack throughout the match with a .113 hitting percentage after entering play atop the Missouri Valley Conference in the category. Valpo was able to limit the Trees’ offensive weapons as Madeline Williams was the lone Sycamore to notch double-digit kills with 10 in the match. Mallory Keller and Kaitlyn Hamilton added seven kills apiece.

Freshman Emma Kaelin and Chloe Mason split duties in the passing game, with Kaelin tallying 13 assists and six digs. Mason contributed 14 assists, one service ace and eight digs.

Haley Hart paced Valpo (11-3, 2-1 MVC) on the attack with a match high 15 kills on a .520 attacking percentage. Elise Swistek added 10 kills and 10 digs. Brittany Anderson controlled the passing game for the Beacons with 20 assists while Victoria Bulmahn aided on 18 kills. Rylee Cookerly added was one of three Valpo players with double-digit digs with 16 on the night.

Set One: 25-19, Valpo

– ISU recorded eight attack errors in the set.

– Hamilton led ISU with four kills.

– ISU trailed by six points late, before closing the gap to 19-19 before Valpo went on to win the set.

– Indiana State hit just .119 to Valpo’s .300.

Set Two: 25-21, Valpo

– The Sycamores led 7-5 before Valpo went on a 7-2 run to take the lead.

– ISU rallied back to within one point at 21-20but Valpo reeled off four-straight to close the set.

– ISU ramped up the defense with three blocks in the set led by Jamie Brown.

– Keller and Hamilton led ISU with three kills each but Swistek tallied six for Valpo.

Set Three: 25-21, Valpo

– Valpo put together its best defensive set holding ISU to a .057 attacking percentage.

– ISU tallied eight errors to go along with its 10 kills.

– Hart led Valpo with six kills on 10 attacks.

The Sycamores return to action Saturday afternoon when the team wraps up its road trip with a match against Loyola. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET from Gentile Arena.

Mastodons Travel To Wisconsin For Horizon League Match Against Milwaukee

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team is set to travel to Milwaukee, Wis. for a Horizon League Match against Milwaukee on Saturday, Oct. 2 (8 p.m.).

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (3-4-4, 2-2-0 Horizon League) vs. Milwaukee (9-1-0, 4-0-0 Horizon League) 
When: Saturday, October 2 | 8:00 p.m. ET 
Where: Engelmann Stadium | Milwaukee, Wis.
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Radio: Link
Weather: 40 percent chance of rain, high of 77 degrees
Horizon League Standings: The Mastodons are tied for fourth place with six points. Top six teams make the Horizon League tournament.

Scouting the ‘Dons
The Mastodons enter Saturday’s game with an overall record of 3-4-4 and a 2-2 record in the Horizon League. They are coming off a 1-0 loss against Oakland on Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Hefner Soccer Complex. As a team, the Mastodons are third in the Horizon League in shots on goal (63), third in shots per game (5.73), tied for third in shots (142) and have allowed the fourth fewest goals (16). Morgan Reitano leads the ‘Dons in goals (three), which is more goals than she scored in her first two seasons (two). Her sister, Bella Reitano, along with Mackenzie Evans and Megan Sinnott are tied for second on the team in goals with two. Kelsey Gallagher leads the team in assists with five. Her assist total is also tied for third in the Horizon League. Goalkeeper Samantha Castaneda is first in the conference in minutes played (1064:35), second in saves (63), and tied for second in shutouts (three).

Scouting Milwaukee
Milwaukee enter Saturday’s game with an overall record of 9-1 and a 4-0 record in the Horizon League. The Panthers are tied for first in the Horizon League with Northern Kentucky with 12 points. They defeated Youngstown State on Sunday, Sept. 26 by a score of 7-0. In Sunday’s game, Jelena Server scored the game’s first goal three seconds into the first half off the opening kickoff. It’s the fastest goal scored to open a game in NCAA history. In addition, Milwaukee has out-scored Horizon League opponents 18-1 in four league matches and have out-scored its opponents 42-3 through 10 matches this season. Its lone loss came against Wisconsin in double overtime by a score of 2-1. 
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As a team, the Panthers lead the conference in goals scored (42), shots (210), shots on goal (123), and shots on goal per game (12.30), assists (54), and have allowed the least amount of goals (three). Individually, Milwaukee has the top three goal scorers in the conference with Lesley Kiesling (eight), Server (seven) and Mackenzie Schill (seven). Gaby Schwartz leads the Panthers, and the Horizon League in assists (15). She is the only player in the conference with 10 or more assists. Elainia LaMacchina is tied for second in the conference in shutouts (three) and has 23 saves on the season.

Series History
The ‘Dons and Panthers have met two times prior to Saturday’s match. The Panthers own a 2-0 series advantage. The first time these teams met was back in 2001, the Panthers defeated the ‘Dons 2-0 in Milwaukee. The most recent game between these teams was back on Feb. 10 2021 when the Panthers defeated the ‘Dons 1-0 in Milwaukee.
 
Up Next
The Mastodons will be back in action on Thursday, Oct. 7 (7 p.m.) for a Horizon League match against Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: Vazquez records double-double in setback at Loyola

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CHICAGO – Alondra Vazquez recorded her 7th double-double of the season, but an efficient offensive performance by Loyola saw them hit .312 on the way to a 3-0 victory over the University of Evansville volleyball team inside Gentile Arena on Friday evening.

Vazquez led UE (10-3, 0-2 MVC) with 15 kills and 10 digs.  Melanie Feliciano added eight kills in the contest.  Taya Haffner recorded 20 assists and six kills while Vazquez and Kate Tsironis finished with one block apiece.  Three Ramblers (10-5, 3-0 MVC) led the way with nine kills with Karlie McNabb, Addie Barnes and Emily Banitt reaching the mark.  Grace Hinchman posted a match-high 13 digs while Jenna Appel led all players with 21 helpers.

Set 1 – Loyola 25, UE 20

A 5-1 spurt to open the match set the tone for Loyola before Melanie Feliciano got her squad back on track with three kills to make it a 7-4 game.  The Ramblers kept the pressure on, extending their lead to 19-11 thanks to an Anna Feldkamp kill.  Following a time out, Evansville regrouped and cut into the deficit.  Cecilia Thon recorded a pair of service aces in a 4-0 stretch that cut the LUC lead to four.  Just as fast as UE made its run, the Ramblers countered with two quick points before finishing with a 25-20 win.

Set 2 – Loyola 25, UE 19

Another early run by Loyola saw them take a 4-1 edge before extending the advantage to as many as seven tallies when an Evansville error made it a 15-8 game.  A tenacious Aces team clawed its way back with Alondra Vazquez taking over the match.  She followed two kills with a pair of service aces to cut the gap to 15-12.  Following a Loyola point, Evansville continued its rally.  Chloe Bontrager picked up her first kill of the evening to commence a 4-0 rally with Vazquez adding a pair of kills before Rachel Basinski capped it off with an ace to get UE within just one at 18-17.  The Ramblers took their second time out at that point and the stoppage paid off as they reeled off the next three points before pulling away to win by a 25-19 final.  Karlie McNabb recorded three consecutive kills to complete the set.

Set 3 – Loyola 25, UE 15

Evansville found itself in another early hole in the third frame, trailing by a 9-2 tally.  Looking for another rally, UE followed a time out with two quick scores to get within five, but the Ramblers answered with a 4-1 stretch to go up 13-5.  An Addie Barnes kill made it a 20-10 contest and Loyola would hold strong to clinch the match on the strength of a 25-15 victory in the final set.

INDIANAPOLIS MSOCCER: Steinwascher Nets Game-Winner to Vault #1 Men’s Soccer Past Quincy

(U OF I RELEASE)

QUINCY, Ill. – Alejandro Steinwascher blasted a game-winning goal in the 89th minute of action on Friday night to help give the No. 1-ranked University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team a 2-1 road victory over Quincy in a Great Lakes Valley Conference matchup. The win soars UIndy to 6-0-1 on the season with a 4-0-1 mark in GLVC play.

HOW IT HAPPENED

For the second straight match, the Hounds found themselves behind to begin as Quincy netted a goal in the 18th minute to get things rolling on the scoreboard.

However, this lead was short lived for the Hawks as Bryan Moreira added the equalizer after he collected a pass from Steinwascher and put the ball into the back of the net in the 23rd minute. Makel Rasheed also earned an assist on the goal.

Neither team gave an inch after the Moreira goal, carrying a tie into halftime and eventually into the late part of the match before Steinwascher sent UIndy packing from Quincy with a win on a solo shot that fired past the goalkeeper. With this, Steinwascher now holds a team-high five goals to his name this season.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy dominated once again on offense by out-shooting Quincy by nine total shots.

-Both teams collected four corner kicks and had one yellow card.

-A total of 20 fouls were called with UIndy notching a game-high 12.

HOUND BYTES

Head coach John Higgins’ final thoughts on the match…

“Great win for us tonight. Really tough place to go on a Friday night and get results, so i’m absolutely delighted with that. I thought we had a good first half performance and then it got really really scrappy in the second half and I was really proud of our boys and how they battled and matched Quincy … when you get a kid like Alex [Steinwascher] up top, you just need one chance and thankfully he was able to put it away for us.”

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will remain on the road Sunday, traveling to Illinois Springfield for a matchup beginning at 3:30 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS WSOCCER: Hounds Rise Above Hawks in Double Overtime

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QUINCY, Ill. – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team defeated Quincy in double overtime on Friday afternoon by a final of 1-0. The win brings the Greyhounds to 6-1 overall, including a 4-1 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Kiki Sauceda scored the winning goal of the match to make for her seventh of the season, the penalty kick would rise the Hounds above the Hawks to make for their fourth win of the season. The Hounds took 24 shots on the night where Quincy took nine.

“Quincy are a very tough side, they play hard and are extremely organized,” Head Coach Holly Cox said, “We did a great job limiting Quincy’s opportunities to trouble our goal, but we need to be better possessing the ball throughout the 90 minutes,”

Sophia Saucerman manned the goal for over 101 minutes, with one save.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy posted 13 shots to Quincy’s one.

-The Hounds had 10 corners to the Hawk’s seven

– Quiciy”s goal keeper posted 12 saves.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds remain on the road on Sunday, Oct. 3, where they will face Illinois Springfield at 1 p.m. E

INDIANAPOLIS VOLLEYBALL: Hounds Edge Lions in Five Set Thriller

(U OF I RELEASE)

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team picked up a GLVC win on Friday night, taking down visiting Lindenwood University in five sets.  The Hounds won the first two sets before edging the Lions in a nail-biting fifth set.  Four Hounds finished in double figure kills.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Each of the first three sets were decided by a score off 25-22 with the Hounds winning the first two.  UIndy posted a blistering .436 hitting percentage in the first set with 20 kills.

The decisive fifth set lived up to the hype as neither team was able to lead by more than one point until the Lions took a 9-7 lead.  Their lead was short-lived as the Hounds fired off four points to take an 11-9 lead.  Grace Hegwood, Hannah Sabotin and Elizabeth Eads all recorded kills in the run.

Lindenwood evened the score at 11 until Eads froze their momentum with a kill of her own.  Lauren Cullison tabbed a kill to force match point where Alex Equihua came up clutch with a game-winning block.

In her first start of the season, Sabotin played with confidence and was an impact player for the Hounds.  The sophomore hit .308 with 11 kills and 6 blocks on the night.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Hegwood and Cullison led the Hounds with 16 kills each while Eads recorded 12.

– Equihua dished out 55 assists while recording the only service aces for UIndy with two.

– Madi Rosenberger paced the defense with 23 digs.

HOUND BYTES

Outside hitter Cullison…

“We can put anyone out there and we know that we can win.  We trust everybody.  Hannah went in for an injury and she played with the most confidence.  She balled out and I’m so proud of her.  Tonight’s win gave us a lot of positive energy going into tomorrow.  We’re prepared to play like we know we can.”

Middle blocker Sabotin…

“Going into tonight, we knew we all needed to do our jobs.  We’re all strong volleyball players.  We knew we needed to support each other and work together to get a victory.  Now we just need to reset.  We need to reset our mindset.  We’ll remember the win and make sure it motivates us for our next match.”

UP NEXT

UIndy remains home on Saturday as they host Quincy in GLVC action.  First serve is set for 3 ET in the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Sweeps Home Opener Over Indiana State; Cookerly Breaks MVC Digs Record

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It was a spectacular way to kick off Homecoming weekend Friday evening at the ARC, as Valpo volleyball took to the court for its home opener in front of a raucous crowd and made quick work of visiting Indiana State, sweeping the Sycamores 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-21). Along the way, fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) reached yet another milestone, becoming the Missouri Valley Conference career digs record holder.

How It Happened

Trailing 6-4 early in the opening set, the Beacons reeled off 10 of the next 11 points to zoom out to a 14-7 advantage. Senior Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and junior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) each had a kill and a block during the run, while junior Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) had a pair of kills as well.

Valpo pushed its lead to as many as eight points in the set, but a five-point spurt from Indiana State late in the frame cut the lead to 21-19. Hart sided out with a kill to return the serve to Valpo, and fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) served the final three points of the set, with it coming to an end on a block from Hart and junior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian).

A 5-0 run early in set two — a stretch which featured two blocks and a kill by freshman Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) — gave the Beacons a 9-4 lead. While they would never trail again, Indiana State battled back and eventually tied the set at 19-all.

Kills from fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) and Cooper kept the Sycamores from gaining the lead and started a set-closing stretch in which Valpo claimed six of the final eight points. On the second set point opportunity, Hart notched a kill to give the Beacons a 2-0 lead in the match.

Valpo never trailed in the third set, but much like the first two frames, had to hold off a push from Indiana State. This time, the Beacons gained control with a 6-1 run which gave them a 13-8 lead just past the midway point of the set.

The Sycamores got back to within one point late in the frame at 21-20 before a service error gave the serve back to Valpo, and Ravotto followed up with an ace to make it 23-20. An error cut the advantage to two points once again, but Indiana State reciprocated with an attack error to give Valpo match point at 24-21. The Beacons needed just one chance to end the sweep, with the rookie Swistek providing the final termination.

Inside the Match

Cookerly surpassed former Illinois State standout Courtney Pence for the MVC career digs record with a dig at 19-12 of the first set, her fifth of the match and the 2,779th of her career.

Cookerly’s match-best 16 digs also included one which moved her into third place in NCAA history in the category. Now on 2,790 career digs, she is just one away from tying and two from moving past former Minnesota great Paula Gentil for second place in NCAA history.

Another milestone was recognized before Friday’s match, as Anderson was honored for hitting 4,000 career assists earlier this season. She is one of just three players in program history to surpass that mark.

Hart continued her stellar recent play with match highs in both kills and blocks on Friday. She hit an even .500 with 15 kills, tying her season high in the category, and matched McCarthy with a team-best four blocks.

Swistek set a season best on the attack with 10 kills while hitting at a .269 clip and recorded her first career double-double as she tallied 10 digs as well.

Anderson handed out 20 assists on Friday, while sophomore Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) dished out 18 assists.

Ravotto matched a season high with three service aces and reached double figures in digs with 10.

Valpo hit at a .282 clip for the match, hitting above .300 in two of the three sets. Meanwhile, the Beacons’ defense — which entered the night leading the conference in opponents’ hitting percentage — limited ISU — which entered the match with a 9-2 record this year and hitting an MVC-best .255 as a team — to just a .113 hitting percentage.

Valpo swept the Sycamores for the sixth time in the last seven meetings between the two programs.

Next Up

Valpo (11-3, 2-1) continues its stretch of three matches at home over four days with a Homecoming Saturday showdown with Evansville. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN3.

Anderson Announces 2021-22 Men’s Basketball Schedule

Anderson University announced its 2021-22 men’s basketball schedule on Friday.

The Ravens are scheduled for 25 regular-season contests and 12 home games. To kick off the season, Anderson will be hosting the Meet the Ravens intrasquad scrimmage event on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. Anderson faces off with IUPUI in an exhibition on Nov. 3. The Ravens kick off the regular season by battling Adrian College on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Adrian, Mich. On Nov. 17, Anderson hosts Illinois College in its home opener at 7:30 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

The Ravens clash with Hanover College to begin the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Hanover. Anderson takes on Earlham College in its HCAC home opener on Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. The Ravens face off with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in their home finale for Senior Night on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. Anderson wraps up the season by clashing with Manchester University on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in North Manchester.

The Ravens host Olivet College (Nov. 20) and Trine University (Dec. 18) in non-conference play. Anderson is also scheduled for HCAC home contests against Manchester (Jan. 5), Franklin College (Jan. 8), Defiance College (Jan. 12), Transylvania University (Jan. 15), Mount St. Joseph University (Jan. 22), Bluffton University (Jan. 26) and Hanover (Feb. 2).

Each of the top six teams in the conference standings qualify for the HCAC Tournament. The conference tournament is scheduled for Feb. 20, Feb. 25 and Feb. 26.

Anderson put together an 8-6 record during the 2020-21 season and reached the HCAC quarterfinals.

DateOpponentTimeLocation
Thursday, Oct. 28Meet the Ravens (Intrasquad Scrimmage)7:30 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Nov. 3at IUPUI (Exhibition)TBAIndianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
Friday, Nov. 12at Adrian7:30 PMAdrian, Mich.
Saturday, Nov. 13at Kalamazoo5:30 PMKalamazoo, Mich.
Wednesday, Nov. 17vs. Illinois College7:30 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Nov. 20vs. Olivet3 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Tuesday, Nov. 23at Calvin7:30 PMGrand Rapids, Mich.
Wednesday, Dec. 1at Hanover*7:30 PMHanover, Ind.
Saturday, Dec. 4at Mount St. Joseph*4 PMCincinnati, Ohio
Saturday, Dec. 11vs. Earlham*1 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Dec. 18vs. Trine4 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Tuesday, Dec. 21at Wabash7 PMCrawfordsville, Ind.
Saturday, Jan. 1at Bluffton*3 PMBluffton, Ohio
Wednesday, Jan. 5vs. Manchester*7:30 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Jan. 8vs. Franklin*3 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Jan. 12vs. Defiance*7:30 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Jan. 15vs. Transylvania*3 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Jan. 19at Rose-Hulman*7:30 PMTerre Haute, Ind.
Saturday, Jan. 22vs. Mount St. Joseph*3 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Jan. 26vs. Bluffton*7:30 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Jan. 29at Earlham*3 PMRichmond, Ind.
Wednesday, Feb. 2vs. Hanover*7:30 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Feb. 5at Franklin*3 PMFranklin, Ind.
Wednesday, Feb. 9at Defiance*7:30 PMDefiance, Ohio
Saturday, Feb. 12at Transylvania*5 PMLexington, Ky.
Tuesday, Feb. 15vs. Rose-Hulman* (Senior Night)7:30 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Friday, Feb. 18at Manchester*7:30 PMNorth Manchester, Ind.

*indicates HCAC contest

Anderson Releases 2021-22 Women’s Basketball Schedule

Anderson University released its 2021-22 women’s basketball schedule on Friday.

The Ravens are set for 25 games, 12 home contests and one classic this season. Anderson kicks off the season by taking on Webster University on Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

The Ravens take part in the Wittenberg Tip-Off in Springfield, Ohio. Anderson first faces off with Wittenberg University on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The Ravens then clashes with Augustana College on Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

Anderson begins the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season by battling Mount St. Joseph University on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Ravens host Earlham College for their HCAC home opener on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium. Anderson squares off with Manchester University for Senior Night on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

The Ravens have two additional home non-conference games against Spalding University (Dec. 6) and Kalamazoo College (Dec. 8). Anderson is also set for HCAC home contests against Hanover College (Dec. 18), Bluffton University (Jan. 2), Franklin College (Jan. 8), Transylvania University (Jan. 15), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Jan. 19), Mount St. Joseph (Jan. 22) and Defiance College (Feb. 9).

Each of the top six teams in the conference standings qualify for the HCAC Tournament. The conference tournament is scheduled for Feb. 20, Feb. 25 and Feb. 26.

Anderson turned in a 7-7 record during the 2020-21 season. The Ravens advanced to the HCAC semifinals before falling to eventual conference champion Transylvania by a score of 62-59.

DateOpponentTimeLocation
Friday, Nov. 5vs. Webster5 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Nov. 13at Ohio Northern3 PMAda, Ohio
Friday, Nov. 19at Wittenberg (Wittenberg Tip-Off)7 PMSpringfield, Ohio
Saturday, Nov. 20vs. Augustana College (Wittenberg Tip-Off)2 PMSpringfield, Ohio
Tuesday, Nov. 23at St. Mary’s (Ind.)7 PMNotre Dame, Ind.
Saturday, Dec. 4at Mount St. Joseph*2 PMCincinnati, Ohio
Monday, Dec. 6vs. Spalding7:30 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Dec. 8vs. Kalamazoo7 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Dec. 11vs. Earlham*3 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Dec. 18vs. Hanover2 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Sunday, Jan. 2vs. Bluffton*2 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Jan. 5at Manchester*7:30 PMNorth Manchester, Ind.
Saturday, Jan. 8vs. Franklin*1 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Jan. 12at Defiance*7:30 PMDefiance, Ohio
Saturday, Jan. 15vs. Transylvania*1 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Jan. 19vs. Rose-Hulman*7:30 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Jan. 22vs. Mount St. Joseph*1 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Jan. 26at Bluffton*7:30 PMBluffton, Ohio
Saturday, Jan. 29at Earlham*1 PMRichmond, Ind.
Wednesday, Feb. 2at Hanover*7:30 PMHanover, Ind.
Saturday, Feb. 5at Franklin*1 PMFranklin, Ind.
Wednesday, Feb. 9vs. Defiance*7:30 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)
Saturday, Feb. 12at Transylvania*3 PMLexington, Ky.
Tuesday, Feb. 15at Rose-Hulman*7:30 PMTerre Haute, Ind.
Friday, Feb. 18vs. Manchester* (Senior Night)7:30 PMAnderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)

*indicates HCAC contest

Wabash Faces Key Conference Matchup At Denison

The Wabash College football team travels to Granville, Ohio, Saturday as it continues its North Coast Athletic Conference schedule. The Little Giants (3-0, 2-0 NCAC) face Denison University (3-1, 3-0 NCAC) in a battle of undefeated conference teams.

Wabash and Denison, along with Wittenberg, tied for the conference title in 2018 and 2019. Denison won the tiebreaker and advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2018. Wabash claimed the tiebreaker and the automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA DIII playoffs.

A Little Giants’ win Saturday would provide more than a one-game lead over both Denison and Wittenberg. The Tigers lost to Denison 21-6 last week in Granville. Wabash can join the University of Notre Dame as the only college’s in Indiana with 700 or more victories in football program history. The Fighting Irish picked up their 922 program win last week over Wisconsin. Wabash has won 699 games over 134 seasons. Purdue is third on the all-time victories list with 623 wins.

Wabash enters Saturday’s game as one of the top offensive teams in Division III. The Little Giants average 502.7 yards on offense per game, 12th-best in the nation. A 37 points-per-game average has Wabash ranked 39th overall among DIII programs.

Donovan Snyder leads the Little Giants’ run game. The sophomore averages 128.67 yards per game to lead the NCAC. Quarterback Liam Thompson leads the conference and is 11th in the nation in passing yards per completion. Wabash average 16.44 yards per catch through three games. Thompson also ranks seventh in the nation in points responsible for with an average of 24 points per game. He has thrown for 10 TDs along with two rushing touchdowns this season. Thompson is currently 14th on the Wabash all-time passing touchdowns list with 25 in 14 games played.

The Wabash defense has limited opponents to 65 rushing yards through the first three games of the season. Seth Buresh leads the defense with 18 tackles. His 4-1/2 tackles for losses totaling 13 yards and four sacks for 12 yards are also the most among Wabash players.

Wabash will face a Denison defense that has held opposing teams to 182.8 passing yards and 90.5 rushing yards in four games this season. The Big Red trailed Wittenberg 16-0 after one quarter before holding the Tigers scoreless over the final 45 minutes of the game to claim the 21-16 victory. Senior quarterback Drew Dawkins threw for 101 yards and two TDs in the victory. Trey Fabrocini ran for 116 yards to lead the Big Red. Denison’s defense, led by sophomore linebacker Jeff Moore, has held opponents to 15.5 points per game, 47th among DIII schools and the second-best total in the conference. Moore ranks fourth among NCAC players in tackles with an average of five per game.

Kickoff at Deeds Field – Piper Stadium is set for 3 p.m. A live stream of the game will be available at www.northcoastnetwork.com/denison and on the Denison network app on various online devices.

IU EAST VB: IU EAST 3, MIDWAY 0

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RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East volleyball team defeated Midway University on Oct. 1 in a matchup of River States Conference division leaders.

Final score from Lingle Court: 25-20, 26-24, 25-21.

IU East (12-6, 7-0), the RSC East Division leader, maintained its status as the only team in the conference without a league loss. Midway (9-2, 4-2) had entered the match tied for the lead in the RSC West.

Jessica Swimm tallied 12 kills, and reigning RSC Attacker of the Week Teah Barrett Matthews added 11 kills on a .588 hitting average and had a hand in six blocks as IU East won its 18th regular season RSC game in a row.

“We came in thinking we had a target on us as the only RSC team left unbeaten for volleyball, and we wanted to keep it that way,” Barrett Matthews said. “We still have some room to work, but we did very well. We worked on hitting and being outside of our comfort zone all week during practice, and it worked out during the game.”

IU East saved a set point in the second set and eventually won the set on an out-of-system kill from Swimm to stay on course for a three-set win.

IU East hosts another team in the top half of the RSC West Division standings on Oct. 2. The Red Wolves host IU Southeast. Match time is 1 p.m.

IUE WOMEN’S TENNIS: IU EAST AT ITA MIDWEST REGIONAL – DAY 3 RECAP

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MARION, Ind. – Eva Caballero reached the women’s singles consolation final, and Camila Caballero and Linda Marino reached the women’s doubles consolation final for the Indiana University East tennis program at the ITA Midwest Regional on Oct. 1.

Eva Caballero won four matches in a row to reach the final of the 32-player consolation bracket in an event that brings in the top NAIA programs in the Midwest.

Camila Caballero and Marino won three matches in a row to reach the final of the 16-team doubles consolation bracket. The Red Wolf duo played a competitive 8-6 final against a duo from Marian.

“Overall, an amazing week of tennis,” said IU East coach Jacob Rankin. “Most of our losses came against players who went on to reach the semifinals and finals of the main draw.”

The last event on the IU East fall schedule is a dual match at Shawnee State on Oct. 14.

IU EAST MSOCCER: IU EAST AT OAKLAND CITY PREVIEW

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The Indiana University East men’s soccer team visits Oakland City University for a River States Conference contest on Oct. 2.

The match is the second part of a doubleheader for the Red Wolves against the Mighty Oaks. The men’s affair is at 3:30 p.m. (IU East time). The women’s match is at 1 p.m.

IU East is 0-10-1 overall and 0-3 in the conference after Red Wolves dropped a 4-0 decision to now-No. 19 University of Rio Grande on Sept. 25.

Oakland City is 5-3-1 with a 3-1 mark in the RSC. The Mighty Oaks are coming off a 6-1 win over St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Sept. 30.

FOLLOW THE MATCH

Aigner Field is located off Williams Street on the Oakland City campus at 138 North Lucretia Street, Oakland City, IN 47660.

Oakland City is on Central time.

Live video and live stats for the match are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the postmatch recap and box score.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* Tristan Thomas tops IU East in scoring with three goals and one assist this season.

* The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 1-1 with both teams winning on the road. Oakland City won 3-2 last season, while the Red Wolves posted a 3-2 victory in 2019.

* Josue Dubon leads the Mighty Oaks in scoring with six goals and one assist for 13 points. He scored once against St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

#18 Irish To Host USNTDP In Home Exhibition

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The #18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will open the 2021-22 season with a home exhibition game at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3 inside Compton Family Ice Arena. Admission is free of charge (no mobile ticket required for general admission). 

Sunday’s game will mark Notre Dame’s lone exhibition contest as the Irish are set to officially open the season against Long Island University on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

HISTORY VS. THE USNTDP

  • Sunday’s game will mark Notre Dame’s 10th contest against the USNTDP with the Irish holding a 5-2-2 mark all-time in the series.
  • The teams met from five consecutive seasons from 2015-2019, including three games at Compton Family Ice Arena and one matchup at USA Hockey Arena.
  • The Irish last met the USNTDP ahead of the 2019-20 season and earned a 4-2 comeback victory in Plymouth, Michigan, on October 6, 2019.
  • That contest opened with Graham Slaggert winning the opening faceoff against his brother, Landon, who is now a sophomore forward for the Irish.
  • Ryan Bischel made 17 saves to earn the win in that 2019 matchup.

USNTDP CONNECTIONS

  • Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson was one of the masterminds behind the U.S. National Team Development Program as he laid out the plan for what would become the USNTDP while interviewing with USA Hockey.
  • Jackson then served as the first head coach of the USNTDP from 1996-2000.
  • In addition to the Jackson connection, 44 Notre Dame hockey players have come through the U.S. National Development Program, including eight current players in Justin Janicke, Trevor Janicke, Jake Pivonka, Graham Slaggert, Landon Slaggert, Hunter Strand, Ryder Rolston and Spencer Stastney.

CAPTAINS NAMED

  • Graduate student Adam Karashik and seniors Jake Pivonka and Graham Slaggert who will serve as the Notre Dame hockey team captains for the upcoming season Fighting Irish Head Coach Jeff Jackson announced. Additionally, seniors Nick Leivermann and Spencer Stastney will be alternate captains. 

Leivermann, Pivonka, who is out due to a lower body injury, Slaggert and Stastney will wear letters for the first time in their Notre Dame careers. Karashik served as UConn’s captain last season before joining the Irish.

B1G PRESEASON HONORS

  • Graham Slaggert was named Second Team All-Big Ten and Spencer Stastney was tabbed a Honorable Mention honoree (Sept. 24).
  • The Fighting Irish were picked to finish fourth in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches Poll.

Tennis Picks Up Pair of Team Victories at Rocket Invite

The Valparaiso University tennis team enjoyed a successful opening day of the Rocket Invite on Friday, earning a pair of victories in a hidden duals format. The Beacons bested Bucknell 5-2 and outdid Youngstown State 4-2 with the two teams scheduled to face off in doubles on Saturday.

How It Happened – Bucknell

  • Valpo prevailed in a pair of straight-set singles matches over Bucknell. Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) garnered a 6-1, 6-4 victory at the No. 1 singles spot, topping a two-time All-Patriot League selection Daniela Bellini.
  • At the No. 3 position, Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) earned a lopsided victory over Bucknell’s Tyne Miller 6-0, 6-2.  
  • At No. 4 singles, Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) registered a 6-2, 7-6(4) triumph over Bucknell’s Laurel Utterback.
  • In addition, Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) dispatched Kate Novak in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5, while Allison McConnell (Westland, Mich. / Churchill) earned a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Caroline Marcus at sixth singles.
  • The No. 2 singles match between Bucknell and Valpo was a tightly-contested battle, with Whitney King edging Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) in a pair of tight sets – 7-6, 6-4.
  • On Friday morning, the Valpo No. 3 doubles tandem of Jhaveri and McConnell started their weekend on a high note, besting Bucknell’s Sebulsky/Novak in a tight 7-5 match.
  • All three doubles matches between the Beacons and Bison were tightly contested, with Bucknell prevailing by that same score of 7-5 at both No. 1 and No. 2.

How It Happened – Youngstown State

  • Olivia moved to 2-0 on the day by coming from a set down to nip Cecilia Rosas 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-8 at No. 1 singles.
  • In the No. 4 singles match, Jhaveri capped a 2-0 day by topping Youngstown State’s Elisa Rigazio 6-3, 6-2.
  • Valpo prevailed at No. 5 singles on a compelling third-set tiebreak. Schoolcraft got the best of Maria Oliveria 6-3, 2-6, 13-11.
  • McConnell won by default at No. 6 singles against the Penguins, but took on Toledo’s Laura Morera in an additional match and rallied to win 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.

Inside the Matches

  • Olivia continued her run of success by upping her season record to 8-1 in singles play with another pair of victories against high-caliber foes. She owns 32 career singles wins and 60 victories combined between singles and doubles.
  • Olivia’s win over Youngstown State came against an Akron transfer who was the team MVP at Akron in 2019-20, while her Bucknell victory came against a two-time all-league performer.
  • Tabanera’s win was the 24th of her collegiate tenure and her fourth this fall.
  • Jhaveri and McConnell garnered their fourth doubles triumph of the season. McConnell upped her career doubles win total to eight, while Jhaveri is up to 19 doubles wins in a Valpo uniform.
  • McConnell’s singles wins lifted her season total to four and her career total to seven.
  • Schoolcraft went 2-0 on the day to bolster her season win total to three and her career singles win total to 20.  
  • Jhaveri was also unblemished over her two singles matches, upping her season win total to four and her career total to 20.

Up Next 

The Rocket Invite will continue on Saturday at 9 a.m. CT in Toledo, Ohio. 

Carothers, Aurand Lead Cross Country at Joe Piane Invite

Several Valparaiso University men’s cross country runners faced off with elite competition on Friday by participating in the men’s gold five-mile race at the Joe Piane Invitational, hosted at Burke Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. In addition, the Valpo women’s squad saw collective improvement from its previous 5K race.

How It Happened

  • In the women’s open 5,000m, Valpo was led by Grace Aurand (Highland, Ind. / Highland), who turned in a time of 19:19.4. She improved her 5K time of 19:41.6 from her most recent 5K, the season-opening Winrow Open.
  • Sophomore Joely Overstreet (Genoa, Ill. / Genoa-Kingston) was also a key contributor as she was the second Beacon to cross the finish line at 19:36.4. She too improved her time from the 5K at the Winrow Open last month.
  • The third Valpo runner to complete the race was Maranda Donahue (Delton, Mich. / Delton-Kellog) at 19:46.9, while Brianna Splaine (Sussex, Wis. / Arrowhead) finished in 19:59.1 to round out the team’s top four. Both continued the trend of achieving season-best times in the 5K.
  • In the men’s gold five-mile race, Eric Carothers (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) placed 64th in a 152-runner field while battling elite competition. He clocked a time of 26:06.6 to pace the Beacons, while Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (San Juan, P.R. / American Military Academy) was not far behind at 26:17.1 to place 72nd.
  • Valpo also had several individuals run in the men’s open five mile, led by Sean Curran (Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield North) at 28:58.7.

Up Next

Valpo will return to the course for the Bradley Pink Classic on Friday, Oct. 15 in Peoria, Ill.

Mastodon Women’s Volleyball Defeats Robert Morris for Horizon League Win

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team picked up its first Horizon League win of the season on Friday (Oct. 1) with a 3-1 (23-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-20) win over Robert Morris.

The Mastodons started the match with a 4-0 run thanks to a block from Leigha Baldwin and Maggie Castleman followed by an ace from Katie Crowe. This lead held until RMU took a 12-11 lead. The ‘Dons responded back with a 3-0 run with a Ramei Jackson kill that was sandwiched by two Madelyn Wurster kills. RMU went up 22-21, the ‘Dons tied it up at 23, but then RMU took the last two points of the set.

Purdue Fort Wayne used a 5-1 run early in the second set that was featured four kills, then an ace from Alexandra Traciak. RMU re-took the lead later on, going up 20-18 to force a Mastodon timeout. The ‘Dons rattled off four in a row with two kills from Jackson, one from Nicole Jones, and an ace from Wurster. RMU had a set point opportunity at 24-23, but Purdue Fort Wayne iced the server, then got a kill from Castleman to even the score at one set apiece. The Mastodons hit .417 in the second set, outhitting the Colonials’ .379.

Castleman served to start the third set, picking up two aces in the opening 5-0 run. RMU quickly evened the score at eight, forcing a Mastodon timeout. From this point, the ‘Dons started to run away with the set, spurred in part with a 4-0 run that had two aces from Castleman. Shortly after that, a 5-1 run put the ‘Dons up 22-14 to force a second Robert Morris timeout. After a kill from Castleman, the ‘Dons had five set point opportunities before taking the 2-1 edge.

A 6-0 run early in the fourth set saw Castleman pick up her 10th and 11th kills of the match to give Purdue Fort Wayne a 9-5 lead. RMU fought back to lead 18-15 later on in the set, but Purdue Fort Wayne went on a 7-0 run that Traciakpunctuated with an ace to go up 22-18. The Colonials got two, but the ‘Dons took the next three with kills from Baldwin, Wurster and Crowe. Castleman had six of her match-high 15 kills in the final set.

In her second start, Baldwin had a career-high eight blocks of the ‘Dons’ nine. Crowe had a double-double with 12 digs to go with her 14 kills.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to3-15, 1-4 in Horizon League play while Robert Morris falls to 7-8, 0-3. The Mastodons are back in action on Saturday, October 2 at Youngstown State at 4 p.m.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Eight-Match Win Streak Snapped at Thomas More for No. 17 Volleyball

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – Taylor stepped outside of Crossroads League play for the first time since September 4 and suffered just its second non-league setback of the season with a four-set loss at Thomas More.

The Trojans hit .314 in the opening set and scored a 25-21 victory, but had just 12 more kills than hitting errors over the next three sets. Thomas More (17-3) took full advantage, winning those games 25-20, 25-17, 25-21 to hand TU just its third loss of the season.

Ryan Czerniak and Amanda Adams paced the attack with a combined 26 kills and Adams added 11 digs for a double-double. Grace Isaacs and Jaylynn Dunsmore each chipped in eight terminations, with Kacy Bragg posting 46 assists, seven digs and two aces. Stephaney Fifield added 19 digs and Nikki Parrett ended with 12.

No. 17 Taylor (20-3) will look to bounce back on Saturday, with a 2:00 pm start at Georgetown (6-11).

Trailblazer volleyball picks up road Region 24 win in five-set thriller

MT. CARMEL, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team were nearly handed their first loss in Region 24 play this season, before battling back to win in five sets over Wabash Valley 21-25, 25-14, 23-25, 25-17, 15-12.

VU got off to a slow start on the road against the Warriors, with WVC scoring five of the game’s first six points.

The Blazers immediately answered with a small 3-0 scoring run to cut the deficit to a single point.

Wabash Valley would continue to build leads of four and five points throughout the set, only to have the Blazers respond with a scoring run to cut the lead back down to one or two.

Vincennes was never able to fully complete the comeback, as Wabash Valley finished out set one, 25-21.

VUVB began the second set on a mission, jumping out to a 6-2 advantage, before the Warriors would respond to even the score at six-all.

After a pair of side outs, VU opened the set up by scoring 10 of the next 11 points, to take a commanding 17-8 lead.

Wabash Valley tried to respond, but the lead was too much as Vincennes evened the match by winning set two 25-14.

Set three was back-and-forth battle early on, with the two teams even at 6-6 before Wabash Valley launched a scoring run to open an 18-11 advantage.

The resilient Blazers managed to claw their way back into the set, evening the score at 22, as this set looked to be headed to overtime.

The Warriors defended their home floor accordingly, with the hometown crowd behind them, the Warriors closed out the third set, going the distance. Winning 25-23.

With their backs against the wall, the Blazers needed to force a fifth set and jumped out to a 15-9 lead midway through the set four.

Wabash Valley would cut the lead down to four points, before Vincennes closed out the set on a 5-1 scoring run to take set four 25-17 and force a winner-take-all fifth set.

VU rode the momentum from the end of set four in to set five, scoring the first four points behind some well-placed serves from sophomore Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.).

The two evenly matched teams traded scoring runs, followed by a lengthy back-and-forth of side outs, giving the Blazers a 14-10 lead.

Wabash Valley scored the next two points, prompting VUVB head coach Gary Sien to call a timeout to slow the momentum.

The Blazers came out of the timeout able to run their offense on the next serve, with freshman Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) serving up sophomore Breanna Metzger (Dale, Ind.) for the kill, giving VU the set and the match 15-12.

“What a gritty performance this was,” Sien exclaimed after the match. “We battled back from being down 1-2 in an extremely hostile environment and less than ideal circumstances.”

“The team made a huge statement tonight, that when things around us are going south, we can rally around each other, not give up and find a way to win,” Sien added.

Vincennes was led offensively by the hitting tandem of freshmen Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) and Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland), who combined to finish with 41 kills on the night.

Ainscough led the Blazers with 21 kills, while also completing a double-double with 15 digs and a pair of aces and block assists.

Szybinska ended her night with 20 kills, while also contributing five digs and a block assist defensively and adding a pair of aces from the service line.

Breanna Metzger finished the match with eight kills and a team-high five blocks on the night.

Sophomore Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.) also came through offensively for VU, ending with seven kills and three set assists, while also adding seven digs and four blocks defensively.

Setters Hannah Graber and Josephine Mulligan guided the Vincennes offense well, yet again, with the duo both finishing with double-doubles.

Graber led the Blazers with 30 set assists with 13 digs defensively, while Mulligan added 24 set assists and 14 digs.

The VUVB defensive stars were sophomores Grace Earp and Amee Beedle (Wheaton, Ill.).

Earp led VU with 34 digs on the night, with Beedle following close behind with 24. Beedle also finished with a pair of kills, one block and a set assist as well.

Sophomore Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) and freshman Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) were shuffled in and out of the lineup to help with the VU front row.

Cornelson ended the match with four kills, three blocks and two digs and Banasiak finished with a pair of kills and one block on the night.

“Our defense was exceptional, as Grace, Amee and Addison seemingly covered every inch of the floor,” Sien said. “Our service receive was more on point as the match went on and Jagoda and Addison put down over half our total kills. But it was because the team put them in the best position to do that,” Sien said.

VU will need to rest and recover quickly from this match as they hit the road tomorrow afternoon to face Lake Land College Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. in Mattoon, Ill.

This is the second meeting between these two teams in just four days, with the Blazers sweeping the Lakers Wednesday night in Vincennes.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1908       Future Hall of Fame right-hander Addie Joss hurls second-ever perfect game, beating Ed Walsh and the White Sox on an unearned run, 1-0. The 79-pitch performance kept the Naps’ pennant hopes alive, but in four days, the Tigers will cop the American League flag, edging Cleveland by a half-game because the existing rules do not require a team re-play a rained-out game from earlier in the season.

1920       The Indians clinch their first American League pennant when they rout the Tigers at Navin Field, 10-1. Jim Bagby, who will have a 1-1 record in the Fall Classic for the eventual World Champs, notches his 31st victory of the season.

1920       In the only tripleheader ever played in the 20th century, the Reds win the first two games, 13-4 and 7-3, with the Pirates avoiding the sweep in the finale, 6-0. Peter Harrison is the home plate umpire for all three games.

1932       The Yankees win their 12th consecutive World Series game and sweep the Fall Classic for the third time. The Bronx Bombers bang-out 19 hits, clubbing the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 13-6.

1936       In Game 2, the Yankees even the World Series at a game apiece by routing the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 18-4. The lopsided win is the largest margin of victory in the history of the Fall Classic.

1938       Tommy Thevenow, playing in his final game of a 12-year career, establishes the longest homerless streak in major league history. The 35 year-old Pirates infielder, who hit two round-trippers during his rookie season in 1924 with the Cardinals, makes another 3,605 plate appearances without homering again.

1938       During the 3-2 loss to New York in the season finale at the Polo Grounds, Bees (Braves) outfielder Vince DiMaggio strikes out four times, extending his major league record to a season total of 129. Last month, Dom and Joe’s older brother had surpassed Gus Williams’ major league mark of 120 whiffs established by the Browns’ outfielder in 1914.

1938       At the Polo Grounds, Mel Ott singles home a run in the Giants’ 3-2 victory over Boston in the season finale at the Polo Grounds. The 29 year-old Giants’ right fielder, who will celebrate a birthday in the offseason, establishes the record for the most games played before a 30th birthday with 1,739, more than Robin Yount’s 1,671 (Brewers, 1974-85) and Andruw Jones’s 1,625 (Braves, 1996-2007)

1938       Indians’ fireballer Bob Feller fans eighteen Tigers, surpassing Dizzy Dean’s 1933 mark to establish a modern major league record for strikeouts in a game. ‘Rapid Robert,’ who gives up seven hits and walks seven, loses the Cleveland Stadium contest, 4-1.

1940       The Sullivans become the first father and son to have played in a World Series when Billy Jr. is the Tigers backstop in Game 1 of the Fall Classic at Crosley Field. The Detroit catcher’s dad, Bill Sr., appeared in the postseason in 1906, playing the same position for the White Sox when he went 0-for-21 in the Hitless Wonders’ six-game triumph over the Cubs.

1947       After scoring six runs in the bottom of the second inning in Game 3, the Dodgers hold on to beat the Yankees, 9-8, for their first victory in the Fall Classic. The Ebbets Field contest takes three hours and five minutes to complete, making it the longest game ever played in World Series history.

1947       In Game 3 of the Fall Classic, Yogi Berra hits the first pinch-hit home run in World Series history. In the seventh inning of a 9-8 loss to the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, the historic homer comes off Ralph Branca.

1949       With a combination of infielders consisting mostly of shortstop Eddie Joost, second sacker Pete Suder, and first baseman Ferris Fain, the A’s establish a major league record for turning 217 double plays. The trio was the subject of a poem written by Dick Armstrong, the Athletics’ publicity director, titled “Joost to Suder to Fain,” which remains popular in the franchise’s folklore. Fain was a member of the 1949 Philadelphia Athletics team that set a major league team record by turning 217 double plays, a record which still stood as of 2016; Fain himself took part in 194 double plays as a first baseman.[6][7][8]

1952       Carl Erskine strikes out 14 Yankees in Game 3 to establish a new World Series mark. The Dodger hurler’s performance bests the record of A’s Howard Ehmke, who struck out 13 Cubs in Game 1 of the 1929 Fall Classic.

1954       The Giants complete the World Series sweep of the Indians when Don Liddle beats Bob Lemon, 7-4. The Tribe, who had lost four consecutive games only once during the regular season, completed the campaign with a 111-43 record, establishing an American League mark for victories.

1960       On the final day of the season, Norman Cash singles as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the Tigers’ 2-1 loss to Kansas City at Municipal Stadium. ‘Stormin’ Norman,’ a big man not known for his speed, will finish the year without having hit into a double play during his 428 plate appearances for Detroit.

1961       Two days before starting the World Series between the Reds and Yankees, the expansion Mets introduced Casey Stengel as the franchise’s first manager. The introduction takes place at the Savoy Hilton in the same room where the Bronx Bombers held a press conference at the end of last season to announce the 70 year-old Old Professor’s ‘mandatory retirement.’

1961       Coming out of retirement, former Yankee skipper Casey Stengel agrees to manage the Mets, New York’s National League expansion team. ‘The Old Perfessor,’ during his three-plus years in the Amazins’ dugout, will compile a poor 175-404 (.302) record but will serve as the face of the new franchise, making the team lovable losers with a loyal fan base.

1963       In the Fall Classic opener, Sandy Koufax fans his 15th batter of the game when he strikes out pinch-hitter Harry Bright for the final out of LA’s 5-2 victory over the Yankees. The Dodger lefty, who struck out the first five Bronx Bombers he faced in the game, surpasses Brooklyn’s Carl Erskine’s 1953 World Series mark of 14, also accomplished against New York.

1964       New York southpaw Al Jackson, who goes the distance, beats the Cardinals and Bob Gibson, 1-0, preventing St. Louis from pulling ahead in a four-team pennant race with two days remaining in the season. After the last-place Mets beat the Redbirds again tomorrow, the team loses the season finale with their opponents clinching the NL flag one game ahead of the Reds and Phillies and three in front of the Giants.

1965       Los Angeles clinches the National League pennant on the next to last day of the season at Dodger Stadium when Sandy Koufax gets his 26th victory, defeating the Braves in the clincher, 3-1. The Dodgers, winning 14 of their last 15 games, finishes the campaign with a 97-65 record, two games ahead of the second-place Giants.

1965       In the nightcap of a twin bill on the next-to-last day of the season, Mets rookie Rob Gardner, making his fifth career start, and Phillies veteran Chris Short match zeros, both going 15 frames in a game that ends in a scoreless tie after 18 innings at Shea Stadium. The 20-year-old southpaw, who eventually develops arm problems, compiles a 4-10 record along with an ERA of 4.79 during his two years with New York and wins just 14 games with six major league teams over eight seasons.

1966       The Yankees end the season with a 2-0 victory over Chicago, but the team will still finish in last place, a half-game behind the Red Sox. The tenth-place Bronx Bombers, who compiled a 70-89 record, 26.5 games behind Baltimore, become the first club in franchise history to finish in the American League cellar since 1912.

1966       Cardinals rookie Jim Cosman, making his major league debut on the last day of the season, hurls a two-hit complete-game shutout, blanking Chicago at Busch Stadium, 2-0. The 23 year-old right-hander, who didn’t know of his assignment until twenty minutes before game time, makes his only start of the season, having pitched only in relief in 54 minor league appearances before today’s contest.

1966       On the last day of the season, Sonny Jackson establishes a major league rookie record with his 49th steal of the season, a mark that will last until Gene Richard (Padres) and Omar Moreno (Pirates) both surpass the accomplishment in 1977. The Astros shortstop will finish second in the Rookie of the Year balloting behind Tommy Helms of Cincinnati.

1968       “Someone should have warned us that he changed his clothes in a phone booth before he got to the park and took off the suit with the big S on it.” – NORM CASH, Tiger first baseman commenting on Bob Gibson’s commanding performance in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series. Bob Gibson establishes a new World Series record by striking out 17 batters as the Cardinals defeat the Tigers in Game 1 of the Fall Classic, 4-0. The Redbird right-hander surpasses Sandy Koufax’s mark of 15, which the southpaw established on this date five years ago against New York.

1969       The Pilots play their final game in Seattle, a 3-1 loss to the A’s in front of a meager crowd of 5,473 patrons who witness the team’s loss. The American League’s newest AL franchise attracts only 677,944 fans to Sick’s Stadium for their one and only season, prompting the last-place club move to Milwaukee, the nation’s 12th largest city, when Bud Selig purchases the bankrupt franchise, moving them to his hometown and renames the team the Brewers.

1969       Pete Rose, in the eighth inning of the Reds’ 8-3 win at Atlanta Stadium, clinches the National League batting title when he beats out a bunt to third base for a hit in his last at-bat of the season. The day starts with the Cincinnati right fielder tied with Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente, who goes 3-for-4 against Montreal but finishes .005 of a point behind (.3447 to .3452) the eventual all-time hits leader.

1972       Bill Stoneman throws the second of his two no-hitters when he holds the Mets hitless in the Expos’ 7-0 victory at Jarry Park. The Montreal All-Star right-hander, who also accomplished the feat in 1969 against the Phillies in Philadelphia in his fifth major league start, becomes the first major league pitcher to toss a no-hitter in Canada.

1974       On the last day of the season in front of a crowd of a few hundred fans, Billy Martin elects not to use a designated hitter, allowing starting pitcher Ferguson Jenkins to bat for himself. Although Fergie, en route to his 25th win of the season, gets a hit in the Texas 2-1 victory over the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, the Rangers manager’s refusal to use a DH prevents the employment of the position for the entire game, according to the rules.

1974       Hank Aaron, in his final at-bat for the Braves after spending 21 seasons with the team, homers off right-hander Rawly Eastwick in the 13-0 rout of Cincinnati at Atlanta Stadium. The Hammer’s last National League plate appearance yields his 3600th career hit, which is the Brewer-bound outfielder’s career 736th round-tripper.

1976       In his final start of the season, rookie right-hander Mark Fidrych earns his 19th victory, beating Milwaukee at County Stadium, 5-1. The five-hit complete game takes only one hour and 46 minutes to play.

1976       Four years before the stroke that ends his career, 26 year-old J.R. Richard becomes a twenty-game winner on the last day of the season when he tosses a complete game in the Astros’ 10-1 victory over San Francisco. James Rodney also enjoys a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4, including a two-run home run.

1977       When Dusty Baker hits his 30th homer of the season against the Astros’ J.R. Richard, the Dodgers become the first team in major league history to have four players hit 30 or more home runs. He joins with Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32), and Ron Cey (30) to complete the foursome.

1978       In an American League East one-game playoff, Goose Gossage gets the save when Carl Yastrzemski pops out in foul territory for the final out in the Yankees’ 5-4 comeback victory over the Red Sox. Light-hitting infielder Bucky Dent is the unlikely hero of the contest, hitting a three-run home run over the Fenway Park Green Monster off Mike Torrez.

1981       New York’s once-legendary center fielders, Giant Willie Mays, Dodger Duke Snider, and Yankee Mickey Mantle, are guests on the Warner Wolfe show. The appearance marks the first time all three Hall of Fame outfielders have been together on a television show.

1982       Red Sox starter Brian Denman goes the distance, defeating Dave Righetti at Yankee Stadium, 5-0. The 26 year-old rookie right-hander’s six-hit shutout will be his ninth and last appearance in a major league uniform.

1982       At San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium, recording artist Vicki Carr and 43,077 fans sing an enthusiastic rendition of Happy Birthday before the Padres game with Atlanta, celebrating Ray Kroc’s 80th birthday. As part of the fun, the San Diego Chicken and Ronald McDonald pop out of a giant cake, surprising the team owner.

1983       Carl Yastrzemski plays in his 3,308th and final game, hitting a single as the team’s left fielder. After the Red Sox’s 3-1 victory over Cleveland, ‘Yaz’ takes one more “final lap” around Fenway Park and will stay to sign autographs on Yawkey Way for over an hour.

1985       Commissioner Peter Ueberroth makes it clear that Seattle is in self-imposed jeopardy of losing the Mariners, citing there is no requirement for the team to stay in their present location if they are not wanted for the long term. The Commissioner refers to the King County Council’s attempt to modify an agreement based on attendance made with owner George Argyros concerning the team’s ability to exercise an ‘escape clause’ after the 1987 season.

1985       Darrell Evans becomes the first player in history to hit 40 home runs in both leagues in a season. The Tigers first baseman, who had hit 41 with the Braves in 1973, goes deep off Blue Jays’ hurler Dave Stieb to reach 40 on the last day of the season.

1985       The Galbreath family and Warner Communications sell the Pirates to the Pittsburgh Associates, a consortium of Pittsburgh officials and local businesses committed to keeping the team in the City of Bridges. At the time, New Orleans and Portland were making attractive offers to bring the franchise, which was doing poorly on-and-off the field, to their respective cities.

1985       Mets sophomore Dwight Gooden pitches a 5-2 complete-game victory over the Cardinals and will become the seventh pitcher in baseball history to finish the season leading both leagues in wins (24), ERA (1.53), and strikeouts (268). Doc joins Walter Johnson (Senators – 1913), Grover Cleveland Alexander (Phillies – 1915, 1917), Dazzy Vance (Dodgers – 1924), Lefty Grove (A’s -1930, 1931), Hal Newhouser (Tigers – 1945), and Sandy Koufax (Dodgers – 1963, 1965, 1966) in winning the major league pitching triple crown, but he will not follow the six legends into the Hall of Fame.

1986       Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly establishes a new team record, collecting his 232nd hit of the season to break the 1927 mark set by Earl Combs. ‘Donnie Baseball’ will finish the season with a league-leading 238 hits.

1986       Dwight Gooden, facing his last batter of the season, registers his 200th strikeout of the season when Luis Rivera looks at a third strike for the final out in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 8-2 victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium. The Mets’ phenom becomes the first pitcher in baseball history to reach the coveted plateau in each of his first three seasons.

1988       During the season finale, Mets manager Davey Johnson receives an enthusiastic standing ovation from the Flushing Faithful when he comes to the mound to make a pitching change at Shea Stadium. With today’s 7-5 win over the Cardinals, his NL Eastern Division champs secure their 100th victory of the season.

1991       The Blue Jays, in front of 50,324 enthusiastic fans, clinch the American League East title with a 6-5 walk-off victory over California in the SkyDome’s season finale. Toronto becomes the first sports franchise in history to draw four million fans in one season.

1995       In a one-game playoff for the American League West title, Mariners’ southpaw Randy Johnson throws a three-hitter and beats the Angels, 9-1. The ‘Big Unit’ finishes the shortened season of 145 games with an 18-2 record to establish a new AL mark for a winning percentage of .900, surpassing the record set of .893 by Ron Guidry in 1978.

1999       Rick Reed strikes out 12 batters without issuing a walk, hurling a complete-game three-hitter in the Mets’ 7-0 victory over Pittsburgh at Shea Stadium. The win puts New York into a tie for the NL Wild Card with the Reds with one game left in the season.

1999       Mariano Rivera, although he gives up two hits, pitches a scoreless ninth inning, earning his 45th save of the season when the Yankees beat Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field, 3-2. The New York closer records more saves (45) than hits allowed (43) during his sixty-six appearances on the mound this season.

1999       Vladimir Guerrero, in Montreal’s 13-3 rout of Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium, hits two home runs, and his brother Wilton hits one round-tripper, making it the second time in their careers the siblings have gone deep in the same game. The Expos teammates also accomplished the feat last season in Cincinnati.

2001       Slugging Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in baseball history to slug 60 home runs in three seasons. The Cubs’ outfielder connects off Lance Davis in the first inning of the team’s 5-4 loss to Cincinnati at Wrigley Field to reach the milestone.

2002       Former Diamondback Alex Cabrera slams his 55th home run to tie the Japanese single-season home run mark. The 31 year-old Seibu Lion joins Sadaharu Oh (1964) and Tuffy Rhodes (2001) in the record book.

2004       Much to the chagrin of manager Ron Gardenhire and his players, the Twins’ game against Cleveland, tied at 5-5 after 11 innings, is halted because the ground crew needs time to prepare the field for a University of Minnesota football game. The suspended Metrodome contest resumes before tomorrow’s scheduled game with the home team scoring a run in the bottom of the 12th frame, giving the team a 6-5 walk-off victory over the Tribe.

2004       Steve Finley, for the second time in his career, hits a walk-off grand slam. The center fielder’s ninth-inning bases-loaded home run in the 7-3 win over the Giants at Chavez Ravine clinches the NL West title for the Dodgers.

2004       Jeff Kent hits two round-trippers to become the all-time home run leader of second basemen. The Astros infielder records his 278th dinger and 302nd overall to break Ryne Sandberg’s major league record established in 1997.

2004       The Expos, an expansion team in 1969, win their last game representing the city of Montreal, beating the Mets at Shea Stadium, 6-3. The franchise, which is moving to Washington, DC to become the Nationals next season, compiled a 2755-2943 (.484) record, appearing in one postseason during their 35-year tenure in the Canadian city.

2005       During the seventh inning of the final game of the season, the Mets halt play for eight minutes as the Shea Stadium crowd pays tribute to Mike Piazza, their 37 year-old All-Star catcher, who will not be with the team next season. The centerfield scoreboard features a video montage highlighting many of the backstop’s magic moments in a New York uniform.

2005       In the top of the sixth inning at Busch Stadium, Ozzie Smith emerges from the gate located in the right-field wall in an open convertible. After touring the warning track, the former Cardinal shortstop removes the digit “1”, his old uniform number, which is affixed to the outfield wall, revealing a “0” to indicate the number of regular-season games scheduled at Busch Stadium.

2005       In a recorded message shown at the start of the last regular-season game at Busch Stadium, Joe Buck, unable to be in attendance due to calling an NFL game on national television, asks the crowd to honor his late father by singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” a cappella. A stirring rendition fills the ballpark when 50,000 voices join in unison to sing the national anthem, a fitting tribute to the late and beloved Cardinal broadcaster.

2005       Before taking the field, the Marlins are told by an emotional Jack McKeon that he is managing the team for the last time. After applause and hugs for their 73 year-old skipper, the Florida players respond by rallying to tie the score with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and then defeat the NL East champion Braves in the next frame when Juan Pierre singles home to winning run in the Fish’s 7-6 walk-off victory.

2005       The Brewers compile their first non-losing season since 1992 when the team finishes the season with an 81-81 record. Milwaukee had a chance to finish with a winning record but dropped their last two games to the Pirates at PNC Park.

2006       Major League Baseball announces a record number of fans attended big-league games this year. The sale of tickets for the season is 76,043,902, shattering the overall record for the third consecutive year.

2006       Chicago’s veep and GM Jim Hendry announces that the Cubs have declined to renew Dusty Baker’s contract to return as the team’s manager. During his four-year reign in the northside dugout, the 57 year-old skipper compiled a 322-326 record, including a 66-96 campaign last season.

2008       In the Rays’ first-ever playoff appearance, the ten-year-old franchise defeats the visiting White Sox at Tropicana Field, 6-4. Tampa Bay’s rookie third baseman Evan Longoria joins Gary Gaetti (1987) in becoming only the second player to homer in his first two postseason at-bats.

2009       In the Rays’ 13-4 rout of the visiting Yankees, B.J. Upton becomes the first player in the 12-year history of the franchise to hit for the cycle. The fleet center fielder’s offensive output, which includes five hits and six RBIs, helps Tampa Bay to deny CC Sabathia of his 20th win this season, a feat not accomplished by a Bronx pitcher since Andy Pettitte posted a 21-8 record in 2003.

2010       The Royals exercise next year’s $6 million option on David DeJesus, who had season-ending surgery on his right thumb. The 30 year-old outfielder batted .318 in 91 games for Kansas City before running into the Yankee Stadium wall on a play in July that became an inside-the-park home run for Derek Jeter.

2010       The Red Sox honored infielder Mike Lowell during a 20-minute pregame ceremony at Fenway Park. The 2007 World Series MVP, a 13-year big league veteran who has been recently slowed down due to a hip ailment, announced last month that he would retire at the end of the season.

2010       With seventy former players and coaches sitting on the infield, clad in white Braves jerseys in attendance in front of a sellout crowd, Atlanta honors Bobby Cox with a pregame ceremony. The Braves’ longtime manager, who will remain with the team as a consultant, is given a 2010 Lexus LS460 from the club and an 11-night cruise from his current players during the moving tribute at Turner Field.

2012       For the first time in fifty years, teams with 100+ losses face one another when the 54-106 Astros beat the 60-100 Cubs at Wrigley Field, 3-0. The last time clubs with triple-digit defeats met occurred during the final weekend of the 1962 season with the Mets playing Chicago at the same Windy City ballpark.

2012       “I will never be a Hall of Famer and will never lead the league in strikeouts,”- R.A. Dickey, the opening lines of his autobiography.  In his last appearance of the season, Mets’ 20-game winner R.A. Dickey whiffs eight Miami batters to end the campaign with 230 strikeouts, the most in the National League. The 37 year-old knuckleballer did not foresee the possibility of this occurrence when he wrote the opening lines of Wherever I Wind Up, his autobiography released in March, unaware that he would accomplish the feat in the near future.

2012       For the first time in fifty years, teams with 100+ losses face one another when the 54-106 Astros beat the 60-100 Cubs at Wrigley Field, 3-0. During the final weekend of the 1962 season, the woeful 58-101 Chicago club played host to the expansion Mets, sporting a 39-118 record en route to setting the all-time modern-era record for futility.

2014       Tigers Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez go back-to-back off Orioles’ right-hander Chris Tillman in the second inning of Game 1 of the ALDS, marking the second time in playoff history that players with the same surname have hit consecutive home runs. Frank and Brooks Robinson also accomplished the feat for Baltimore when they both went deep off Don Drysdale in Game 1 of the 1966 World Series.

2015       White Sox starter Chris Sale whiffs James McCann on a called strike for his 270th strikeout of the season, breaking the franchise single-season mark established in 1908 by Ed Walsh. The Chicago right-hander finishes his seven innings of work in the team’s 2-1 victory over Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field with seven strikeouts to extend the record to 274.

2016       Unbeknownst at the time, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton becomes the last player to be issued a four-pitch intentional walk when he gets a free pass in the top of the eighth inning off Nationals relief pitcher Reynaldo Lopez in Miami’s 10-7 loss in Washington. To speed up the game, the implementation of the strategic base-on-balls will become automatic next season, making it unnecessary to throw four balls out of the strike zone to walk a batter.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Tampa Bay9961.61952 – 2947 – 3250 – 2419 – 1315 – 197 – 3W 1
NY Yankees9169.569845 – 3446 – 3535 – 3922 – 1022 – 128 – 2L 1
Boston9070.563949 – 3241 – 3841 – 3520 – 1315 – 185 – 5W 1
Toronto8971.5561045 – 3344 – 3840 – 3419 – 1516 – 165 – 5W 1
Baltimore52108.3254727 – 5425 – 5420 – 5410 – 2415 – 174 – 6L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Chi White Sox9268.57552 – 2740 – 4119 – 1443 – 3116 – 177 – 3W 5
Cleveland7981.4941340 – 4139 – 4013 – 2143 – 3314 – 165 – 5W 2
Detroit7684.4751642 – 3934 – 4518 – 1429 – 4518 – 164 – 6L 1
Kansas City7486.4631839 – 4035 – 4612 – 2136 – 3814 – 196 – 4W 1
Minnesota7189.4442138 – 4333 – 4613 – 2035 – 3913 – 206 – 4L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Houston9367.58149 – 3044 – 3718 – 1319 – 1647 – 274 – 6L 1
Seattle8971.556445 – 3444 – 3719 – 1515 – 1746 – 288 – 2L 1
Oakland8674.538743 – 3843 – 3615 – 1823 – 1037 – 374 – 6W 1
LA Angels7684.4751740 – 4236 – 4216 – 1721 – 1228 – 464 – 6W 1
Texas59101.3693435 – 4424 – 5714 – 2010 – 2028 – 484 – 6L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Atlanta8673.54140 – 3846 – 3543 – 3122 – 1215 – 168 – 2L 1
Philadelphia8278.5134.547 – 3435 – 4441 – 3320 – 1413 – 196 – 4W 1
NY Mets7783.4819.547 – 3430 – 4939 – 3513 – 2016 – 174 – 6W 2
Miami6595.40621.540 – 3925 – 5633 – 4112 – 2017 – 171 – 9L 2
Washington6595.40621.535 – 4430 – 5130 – 4614 – 1811 – 234 – 6L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Milwaukee9565.59445 – 3650 – 2917 – 1447 – 2923 – 104 – 6L 2
Y-St. Louis9070.563545 – 3445 – 3617 – 1642 – 3220 – 139 – 1W 2
Cincinnati8278.5131344 – 3738 – 4120 – 1342 – 3211 – 225 – 5L 3
Chi Cubs6991.4312639 – 4230 – 4913 – 2133 – 4117 – 152 – 8L 1
Pittsburgh60100.3753536 – 4324 – 5717 – 1722 – 5211 – 214 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-San Francisco10654.66353 – 2653 – 2821 – 1120 – 1452 – 229 – 1W 7
Y-LA Dodgers10456.650256 – 2348 – 3324 – 918 – 1350 – 268 – 2W 5
San Diego7882.4882845 – 3633 – 4615 – 1816 – 1733 – 411 – 9L 7
Colorado7485.46531.548 – 3326 – 5219 – 1314 – 1931 – 434 – 6W 3
Arizona50110.3135630 – 4920 – 6113 – 2113 – 1920 – 542 – 8L 5

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills210.6670.094441-1-01-0-01-1-01-0-02 W
Miami Dolphins120.3331.045820-1-01-1-01-2-01-1-02 L
New England Patriots120.3331.054510-2-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 L
New York Jets030.0002.020700-1-00-2-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders3001.0000.090722-0-01-0-03-0-00-0-03 W
Denver Broncos3001.0000.076261-0-02-0-02-0-00-0-03 W
Los Angeles Chargers210.6671.067600-1-02-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs120.3332.092951-1-00-1-01-2-00-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals310.7500.092752-0-01-1-02-0-01-0-02 W
Baltimore Ravens210.6670.582851-0-01-1-01-1-00-0-02 W
Cleveland Browns210.6670.586602-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers120.3331.550660-2-01-0-01-2-00-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans210.6670.071841-1-01-0-01-0-01-0-02 W
Houston Texans120.3331.067761-1-00-1-01-1-01-0-02 L
Indianapolis Colts030.0002.056800-2-00-1-00-1-00-1-03 L
Jacksonville Jaguars040.0002.5741150-2-00-2-00-3-00-1-04 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys210.6670.090691-0-01-1-01-1-01-0-02 W
Washington Football Team120.3331.067921-1-00-1-01-0-01-0-01 L
Philadelphia Eagles120.3331.064640-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-02 L
New York Giants030.0002.056740-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Rams3001.0000.095622-0-01-0-02-0-00-0-03 W
Arizona Cardinals3001.0000.0103651-0-02-0-01-0-00-0-03 W
San Francisco 49ers210.6671.086740-1-02-0-02-1-00-0-01 L
Seattle Seahawks120.3332.075790-1-01-1-00-1-00-0-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers210.6670.068831-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears120.3331.040771-0-00-2-00-1-00-0-01 L
Minnesota Vikings120.3331.087781-0-00-2-01-1-00-0-01 W
Detroit Lions030.0002.067950-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Carolina Panthers3001.0000.069302-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-03 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers210.6671.0103882-0-00-1-02-1-01-0-01 L
New Orleans Saints210.6671.073421-0-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
Atlanta Falcons120.3332.048940-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England29205457342311-2-19-3-365
Nashville SC27111334626208-7-03-6-346
D.C.27124114839910-0-32-4-840
New York City FC27116104432128-2-33-4-739
Philadelphia261097332678-3-32-6-439
Atlanta271098363158-3-32-6-539
Orlando City SC2710983940-17-4-23-5-639
CF Montreal2710710383627-3-33-4-737
Columbus2797113236-47-3-32-4-834
Inter Miami CF2695122541-165-2-74-3-532
New York268711323025-5-33-2-831
Chicago2876152843-156-5-51-1-1027
Toronto FC2757153153-223-5-42-2-1122
FC Cincinnati2648142851-231-5-53-3-920
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2615654122196-4-39-2-251
Sporting KC2714764729187-5-27-2-449
Colorado2613943824147-6-16-3-348
Portland2713410444408-2-35-2-743
Real Salt Lake2711610444228-4-23-2-839
Los Angeles27115113844-67-2-44-3-738
Minnesota2610793032-28-2-32-5-637
Vancouver2681083134-37-2-41-8-434
Los Angeles FC2796123940-16-5-33-1-933
San Jose2789103541-64-3-74-6-333
FC Dallas2869133947-84-6-32-3-1027
Houston28512113141-105-6-30-6-827
Austin2764172743-164-2-72-2-1022

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference