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Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins killed in auto accident

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Dwayne Haskins was working on a second chapter for his young NFL career. The 24-year-old quarterback was spending time with some teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers, getting ready to compete for a starting job.

That’s when his life was cut short.

Haskins was killed early Saturday morning when he was hit by a dump truck while he was walking on a South Florida highway. Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Indiana Miranda said Haskins was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 when there was oncoming traffic,” Miranda said in an emailed statement.

Miranda didn’t say why Haskins was on the highway at the time. The accident caused the highway to be shut down for several hours, and Miranda said it’s “an open traffic homicide investigation.”

A 2019 first-round draft pick by Washington, Haskins was released by the team after going 3-10 over two seasons. He was signed by Pittsburgh as a developmental QB, but he didn’t appear in a game last season.

Haskins appeared to be in South Florida this week with several teammates, including fellow quarterback Mitch Trubisky, running back Najee Harris and tight end Pat Freiermuth.

Haskins’ death sparked an outpouring of grief from multiple corners of the NFL, particularly from former teammates with the Steelers and Commanders.

“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “He quickly became part of our Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our hardest workers, both on the field and in our community. Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and his entire family during this difficult time.”

Washington coach Ron Rivera said he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of Haskins’ death.

“Dwayne was a talented young man who had a long life ahead of him,” Rivera said in a release. “This is a very sad time and I am honestly at a loss for words. I know I speak for the rest of our team in saying he will be sorely missed. Our entire team is sending our heartfelt condolences and thoughts and prayers to the Haskins family at this time.”

Ohio State posted a photo of Haskins on its Twitter feed, topped by the description “Leader. Legend. Forever a Buckeye.”

At Ohio State, Haskins set single-season records for touchdowns passing with 50 and yards passing with 4,831. He was the 2019 Rose Bowl MVP as the Buckeyes went 13-1.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day, who was the quarterbacks coach during Haskins’ final season at the school, called Haskins’ death “beyond tragic.”

“For those who knew him closely, he was much more than a great football player,” Day posted on Twitter. “He had a giant heart, old soul and an infectious smile. The Ohio State community and our entire football program are heartbroken.”

The Steelers gave Haskins a chance to resurrect his career in January 2021 when they signed him a month after being released by Washington. Humbled by the decision, Haskins stressed he was eager to work hard and absorb as much as he could from Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph.

Haskins made the roster as the third-stringer but only dressed once, serving as the backup in a tie with Detroit after Roethlisberger was placed into the COVID-19 protocol the night before the game.

“The world lost a great person today,” Steelers star T.J. Watt posted on Twitter. “When Dwayne first walked into the locker room I could tell he was an upbeat guy. He was always making people smile, never taking life for granted.”

Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert both praised Haskins for his improvement since joining the team, and the Steelers re-signed him to a one-year deal as a restricted free agent in March. He was expected to compete with Rudolph and Trubisky at training camp.

“Dwayne meant so much to so many people,” Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward posted on Twitter. “His smile was infectious and he was a guy you wanted to be around. We are all in shock about losing him. We are going to miss the heck out of him as well. We lost you way too early. Luckily I got a chance to get to know you. RIP DH.”

ESPN was the first to report Haskins had died.

“Devastated,” Rudolph said on social media.

Scheffler survives wild, windy cold day to lead Masters by 3

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The harsh cold and relentless wind. The lead late Saturday afternoon at the Masters. All the elements were there for Scottie Scheffler to start feeling the pressure of trying to win his first major at Augusta National.

Scheffler never looked worried until the final hole, and then only briefly.

His lead at four shots, his confidence level high, Scheffler’s wild drive to the left of the 18th fairway into the trees didn’t bother him nearly as much as the sight of the spotter poking around in the leaves in a desperate search for the golf ball.

“We saw the guy with the flag that always finds the balls kind of panicking,” Scheffler said. “I was like, `Oh, crap. Wonder what’s going on there?’ Fortunately, they found the ball. And then all I was trying to do was figure out how I was going to get it on the green.”

Like everything else this week, Scheffler figured it out.

He took a one-shot penalty, dropped it onto pine straw and then ripped a 3-iron from 240 yards that hit the green and rolled just over the back, leaving him two putts for a bogey that felt much better.

Scheffler had a 1-under 71 – one of only nine scores under par in the third round – that gave him a three-shot lead over Cameron Smith going into Sunday.

Scheffler spent all day fending off the cold wind by slipping on a vest over his layers of clothing after every shot on every hole. Maybe his next wardrobe change will be a green jacket.

Smith had the low round at 68, the only player to break 70, and gave himself another shot at winning the Masters in his first start since his victory in The Players Championship. He was a runner-up to Dustin Johnson at Augusta two years ago.

” Should be a great fight tomorrow,” Scheffler said. “Obviously Cam is a tremendous player, and he’s got a fantastic short game, and he’s coming off a huge win at The Players. Both of us are in good form, so I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge of playing with him tomorrow.”

Sungjae Im (71), also a Masters runner-up in 2020, was the only other player within five shots.

Tiger Woods wanted to find a way to get into red numbers and wound up with his worst score ever at the Masters, a 78 that will be remembered for his first four-putt at Augusta National. He also had four three-putts and was 16 shots behind.

“You’d think I’d have figured it out somewhere along the line, but it just didn’t happen,” he said.

On such a cold day – the wind chill was in the upper 40s most of the day – perhaps this was a warmup for what Scheffler can expect on Sunday at Augusta National, typically the greatest theater of the majors, especially for those seeking their first major.

The last player who failed to hold a lead of three shots or more going into the final round was 21-year-old Rory McIlroy in 2011.

Scheffler looked as thought he might turn this into a runaway when he made his fourth birdie of the round on the par-5 eighth and expanded his lead to six shots.

But then a shot from the front bunker on the par-3 12th went over the green. He bounced back with a birdie only to come up well short of the monstrous mound guarding the back right pin on the 14th for bogey, and three-putting the par-5 15th for another bogey.

Even after his best shot of the round, a wedge from 160 yards that rode the right-to-left wind and settled 4 feet away for birdie on the 17th, he ran into trouble off the tee and managed to limit the damage.

“You hate bogeying the last hole, but the way I bogeyed it, it for sure felt like a par,” he said.

Scheffler was at 9-under 207.

Sunday will be the first time since a final pairing at a major featured players from the top 10 in the world since the 2015 PGA Championship with Jason Day and Jordan Spieth.

Scheffler and Smith might be the two hottest players in golf, too.

Scheffler has won three of his last five tournaments, all against some of the strongest fields of the year, a run that has elevated the 25-year-old from Dallas to No. 1 in the world.

Smith began the year by taking down the former No. 1 player, Jon Rahm, with a record score to par at Kapalua. His latest feat was to win the next best thing to a major, The Players Championship, last month.

“It just means I can get it done, I guess, when I’m up against the best guys in the world. It’s a good feeling to have. It’s earned. It’s not given to you,” Smith said. “So I’m going to have to go out there tomorrow and play really good golf again, probably similar to today. Hopefully, everything just falls into place.”

Woods finished as Scheffler was still comfortably ahead, and the five-time Masters champion feels as though he has seen this before. Players hit peak form all the time, and it’s especially sweet when that run is in the spring with the Masters on the calendar.

Woods won back-to-back ahead of his Masters victory in 2001. Jordan Spieth won and had a pair of runner-up finishes when he won his green jacket in 2015. Fred Couples won twice and was runner-up twice ahead of his 1992 victory at Augusta.

“We all wish we had that two, three-month window when we get hot, and hopefully majors fall somewhere along in that window. We take care of it in those windows,” Woods said. “Scottie seems to be in that window right now.”

Charl Schwartzel, who won the Masters in 2011, was trying to keep stride with Smith until he three-putted from about 8 feet for bogey on the 16th and dropped another shot on the 17th, slipping to a 73. He was at 2-under 214 along with Shane Lowry (73).

Justin Thomas (72) and Corey Conners (73) were the only other players under par.

Myles Straw, Guardians reach $25 million, 5-year contract

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Outfielder Myles Straw and the Cleveland Guardians agreed Saturday to a $25 million, five-year contract that includes two option years that could take the deal to $39.5 million over seven seasons.

The agreement was the club’s third long-term commitment this week.

Straw was acquired in a July trade with Houston. He has made a quick impact for Cleveland at the top of the order and in center field. His deal includes club options for 2027 and 2028.

“Ever since the day I got (to Cleveland) last year these guys have been nothing but great to myself and my family, and they really do take care of my family and that means a lot to me,” Straw said. “I love the city. This team has been amazing, from the front office, the staff, the teammates, the fans; all of the above. It’s been great. If I didn’t enjoy those things I wouldn’t have done something like this.”

The 27-year-old Straw batted .285 with two homers and 13 steals in his two-month stint with Cleveland last season. But he showed more than enough to make the club believe he is worthy of a long-term investment.

Straw’s deal contains escalators that have the potential to make it worth $43.5 million over seven seasons. It replaces a one-year contract that called for a major league salary of $719,900.

Straw is another core piece for the Guardians, who agreed to a $124 million, five-year deal with All-Star third baseman Jose Ramirez on the eve of opening day and announced a $20 million, five-year contract with closer Emmanuel Clase on Thursday.

Overall, Straw batted .271 with four homers, 86 runs and 30 stolen bases in 2021. He ranked among the AL’s leaders in walks, hits, runs and doubles over the final two months.

White Sox ace Giolito to miss at least two starts

DETROIT (AP) Chicago White Sox ace Lucas Giolito will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a lower abdominal strain.

Giolito was injured during the fourth inning of the team’s opener on Friday.

“Optimistically, maybe a couple of starts,” manager Tony La Russa said Saturday of Giolito’s estimated time out. “We’re going to miss him.”

Giolito felt discomfort during three consecutive pitches and notified the coaching staff after the inning. He allowed one hit and struck out six before departing.

“From my understanding, it’s a random, freak, weird thing,” Giolito said. “It doesn’t happen to baseball players very often. … I’m very optimistic this won’t affect my season too much.”

Another White Sox starter, Lance Lynn, underwent knee surgery earlier this month and is expected to be out four-to-six weeks.

“We have quality people that can pitch,” La Russa said. “You want to see these guys rise to the occasion. Their attitude is great.”

Syndergaard bests Verlander in returns, Halos top Astros 2-0

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Noah Syndergaard and Justin Verlander spent most of the past two years working toward Saturday night, when their journeys back from Tommy John surgery coincidentally converged at Angel Stadium.

Although Syndergaard emerged slightly happier than Verlander, both veteran right-handers appear to be firmly on the right track.

Syndergaard pitched two-hit ball into the sixth inning in a strong Angels debut, narrowly outdueling Verlander in Los Angeles’ 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros.

Mike Trout and Jared Walsh homered in the Angels’ first victory of the season. The Halos held defending AL champion Houston to two hits, with Raisel Iglesias’ save capping 3 2/3 hitless innings from the bullpen.

Syndergaard (1-0) and Verlander (0-1) both performed impressively at the Big A, with Walsh’s solo shot on Verlander’s first pitch of the second inning eventually standing up as the difference.

Syndergaard yielded two weak singles and two walks over 5 1/3 innings. While the imposing right-hander known as Thor had just one strikeout, he induced 11 groundouts from the Astros’ powerful lineup.

Syndergaard is wearing No. 34 again for the Angels, as he did for the Mets, but it has a special meaning in Anaheim.

It’s also the number worn by Nick Adenhart, the promising Angels starter killed by a drunk driver a few hours after throwing six shutout innings at the Big A exactly 13 years ago Saturday. Syndergaard got the blessing of Adenhart’s family to wear the number, which hadn’t been worn by an Angels player since.

“The whole day I had goosebumps, because it was the 13th anniversary of Adenhart being tragically taken away from us,” Syndergaard said. “I felt like an angel was by my side tonight. That was really special to me.”

Verlander pitched five innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits and three walks while escaping several spots of trouble. He struck out seven, including AL MVP Shohei Ohtani thrice.

5 HBPs, benches clear as Cubs top Brewers 9-0; Suzuki 3 RBIs

CHICAGO (AP) Seiya Suzuki drove in three runs for his first big league RBIs and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-0 Saturday for a testy win during which five batters were hit by pitches and the benches cleared.

The teams exchanged words but no punches in the eighth after Andrew McCutchen was hit by a pitch from Cubs reliever Keegan Thompson, who was ejected for the first time in his career.

As McCutchen slowly headed to first base while jawing at Thompson, players from both bullpens ran onto the field.

“Everybody and their mom knew when I came up to bat, I was going to get hit,” McCutchen said. “(Catcher Willson) Contreras didn’t even move his glove behind the plate when I got hit.”

Thompson said the pitch got away from him.

“I don’t think there was any intent on anybody’s hit by pitches today except for one,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Three Cubs were hit by pitches. Ian Happ exited for a pinch-runner in the seventh after he was struck on the knee on a pitch by Trevor Gott. Brandon Woodruff hit Contreras in the fourth and Nick Madrigal in the first. Contreras also was hit by a pitch in Thursday’s season opener.

“I know they’re not trying to, but like I’ve said before, if you don’t have the command to go in, just don’t go because you’re going to get somebody hurt,” Contreras said.

Contreras has been hit 15 times by the Brewers in his career.

“Nobody likes to get hit over and over again and by the same group,” Cubs manager David Ross said.

Stanton HR 6th straight vs Boston, lifts Yankees to 4-2 win

NEW YORK (AP) Giancarlo Stanton became the first player to homer against Boston in six straight games, hitting a tiebreaking, two-run drive in the sixth inning that gave the New York Yankees a 4-2 win over the Red Sox on Saturday.

Anthony Rizzo homered for the second straight day to start New York’s comeback from an early deficit, a tying two-run drive in the fourth.

Luis Severino made his first start for the Yankees since the 2019 AL Championship Series as the Yankees improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2018.

Stanton broke a 2-2 tie when he drove an 0-1 slider from Nick Pivetta (0-1) into the first row of the left field bleachers, a 437-foot drive over Boston’s bullpen.

Stanton and Rizzo became the first players in Yankees history to homer together in both of a season’s first two games. They also became the ninth set of teammates since 1900 to each hit homers in both of a season’s first two games, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

“Good to see the big boys doing some damage,” manager Aaron Boone said.

Stanton’s streak of six straight games with home runs against the Red Sox includes a drive in last year’s AL wild card game, a 6-2 Yankees loss.

“We’re talking about just a great hitter, a great power hitter,” Boone said. “Dating back now, he was in a pretty locked in place and when G gets locked in, that’s what happens. “

“Just fortunate to get some balls over the plate and be on time and get the barrel to it,” Stanton said. “I can’t say it’s the rivalry or anything. I’m doing my homework and I’m getting the ball over the plate.”

Three players had homered in five games in a row against Boston: Mickey Mantle (1954), Ken Griffey Jr. (1996-97) and Jim Thome (1997).

Hush! Alonso’s 1st ‘granny’ helps Bassitt, Mets top Nats 5-0

WASHINGTON (AP) Pete Alonso twirled his bat like a baton to mark his first career grand slam.

After all, the 2019 NL Rookie of the Year explained, ‘”Grannies’ are sick.”

Then, after a chest bump and forearm bash that were part of the choreography with teammates at home plate to celebrate the big blow in the New York Mets’ 5-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night, Alonso put one index finger, then the other, to his lips.

Who was he telling to hush?

“That was directed at the Nats fans,” Alonso said, “and the opposing team.”

Chris Bassitt (1-0) cruised through six innings in his Mets debut, and New York won its third straight to open Buck Showalter’s tenure as manager. The Mets, 3-0 for the first time since 2012, have outscored Washington 17-4 and go for a series sweep Sunday.

“The payroll is one thing; you obviously expect a lot of talent,” said Bassitt, who was acquired from Oakland in a trade last month and greeted in the hallway outside the visitors’ clubhouse Saturday night by a group of about 10 friends and relatives. “But, I mean, we’ve got two guys with completely busted mouths already, two games in, and they’re in the lineup the next day. To be on a team that wants go grind as hard as this team – good luck.”

He was referring to Alonso – his lower lip was bloodied by a pitch on opening day – and star shortstop Francisco Lindor, who took a ball off his jaw Friday night, leading to a benches-clearing interruption. In all, Nationals pitchers have plunked five batters through three games, including Starling Marte, who was struck by a breaking ball in the second inning Saturday.

“It’s not intentional,” Showalter said. “But still doesn’t make you happy.”

The Nationals are 0-3 for the first time since 2009, a season they would wind up losing 103 games.

“We’re going to be fine,” designated hitter Nelson Cruz said.

Saturday’s game was scoreless in the fifth when New York loaded the bases with a single and a pair of walks against Joan Adon (0-1), whose first big league appearance came on the last day of the 2021 regular season. That brought up Alonso, who hit 53 homers in 2019, and a group of Mets fans near the visiting dugout sang a chorus of his full name, clearly audible on a night when the total attendance was announced at merely 21,369.

Adon threw a 91 mph fastball – “Just missed a little bit and it ran over the plate,” the right-hander said – and Alonso sent a towering shot beyond left field.

“One those (that) everybody hops out of the dugout to watch it,” Showalter said.

“Sometimes we lose sight of the guts it takes – whether you’ve been hit or not hit – to get into a major league batter’s box, with these guys throwing like this, and stay in there,” the skipper said. “That’s why people have so much emotional stir when things happen that puts them in harm’s way.”

Saint Peter’s standout Edert transferring to Bryant

Saint Peter’s star Doug Edert is transferring to Bryant, he told ON3’s Joe Tipton on Saturday.

Edert was a key piece in No. 15 Saint Peter’s magical run to the Elite Eight in this year’s NCAA Tournament. He rose to fame after scoring 20 points, including multiple clutch baskets, in the Peacocks’ overtime victory over No. 2 Kentucky in March Madness’ Round of 64.

His late-game shotmaking contributed toward Saint Peter’s becoming the first 15-seed to advance to the Elite Eight in tournament history.

The junior guard posted efficient shooting numbers over the 2021-22 season, ranking in the top-125 nationally in 3-point and free-throw percentages.

Edert will join a Bryant squad that won the NEC’s automatic bid to the Big Dance, falling in a First Four game to Wright State.

The Bulldogs are expected to give Edert a sizable role on the team after losing senior Peter Kiss, who led the country in scoring at 25.2 points per game.

Duke lands 5th 5-star recruit of 2023 class in Mgbako

Five-star prospect Mackenzie Mgbako verbally committed to Duke’s 2023 recruiting class, he announced  according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and Paul Biancardi.

Mgbako is the No. 3-ranked prospect on the 2023 ESPN 60.

He’s the fifth five-star recruit to commit to the Blue Devils’ class next year, joining Sean Stewart, Caleb Foster, Jared McCain, and Australian guard Tyrese Proctor, who committed to play for Jon Scheyer on Thursday.

Mgbako is a 6-foot-8 wing out of New Jersey with notable range. The high-school junior shows a lot of promise as a multi-faceted shooter who can also create issues for opponents with his size.

Mgbako reportedly picked Duke over finalists Kentucky, Ohio State, and Memphis.

Matthews scores 57th and 58th, Maple Leafs top Canadiens 3-2

TORONTO (AP) Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 57th and 58th goals 27 seconds apart in the first period to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Saturday night.

Toronto wrapped up a playoff spot for the sixth straight straight season and hit 100 points in the standings.

Matthews’ opener marked his 50th goal in his last 50 games, making him the first player to accomplish the feat since Mario Lemieux in 1995-96.

“I don’t really have too many words for that,” Matthews said. “It’s pretty surreal. He’s one of the best players to ever play. It’s extremely humbling.”

Matthews extended his points streak to 16 games (21 goals, 10 assists).

“He’s doing something special right now,” said defenseman Morgan Rielly, Toronto’s longest serving player. “To be a part of it is a lot of fun.”

Linemate Mitch Marner has a 13-game run (eight goals, 20 assists).

John Tavares also scored for Toronto, and Erik Kallgren made 24 saves.

Cole Caufield and Joel Edmundson scored for Montreal. Jake Allen stopped the first 14 shots he faced before leaving with an apparent leg injury as he stretched for Matthews’ first goal.

Sam Montembeault made 23 stops the rest of the way.

“It’s never easy to come in cold,” Montembault said. “I might have been better off getting the first one from someone other than Matthews.”

Matthews set Toronto’s single-season record for goals when he scored for the 55th and 56th time on Thursday night in a 4-3 overtime victory in Dallas.

MacKinnon’s SO goal beat Oilers for Avs’ 6th straight win

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Nathan MacKinnon scored the shootout winner after having Colorado’s lone goal in regulation, leading the Avalanche to their sixth straight victory with a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

Darcy Kuemper made 49 saves for the Avalanche, who are 11-1-1 in their last 13 games and tied a franchise record with their 52nd win of the season.

“It’s always nice to end it with a save and it’s a great feeling getting the win,” Kuemper said, “We know we have a special group in here and it’s been a really fun season getting that many wins, but our ultimate goal is still ahead of us here.”

Warren Foegele scored for the Oilers, whose six-game winning streak ended. Edmonton’s nine-game streak at home was also snapped.

“I saw everybody lay it on the line and compete at a very high level,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said. “We got an important point out of that game, though obviously we wanted two. We lost the skills competition in the shootout. We had chances to win that game and I am proud of the effort that our players put forth.

“It was a playoff-like feel to that game.”

Edmonton’s Connor McDavid had his 15-game point streak ended.

“It was a playoff-style game,” he said. “Not a ton of chances going either way and I liked how we stuck with it and hung in there against a good team and found a way to get a point.”

There was no scoring in the first period, although Colorado hit three posts behind Mikko Koskinen, including shots from Cale Makar and Bowen Byram. Meanwhile, Kuemper had to make a huge glove save on Jesse Puljujarvi.

Edmonton broke the deadlock 5:24 into the third period when Foegele deflected a long-range shot from Darnell Nurse past Kuemper. The Oilers entered with a 25-2-0 record when scoring first.

Colorado tied it with 5:07 remaining in the third when a shot caromed off Valeri Nichushkin in front to MacKinnon, who sent a backhand shot home for his 26th.

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INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL

(PACERS RELEASE)

Playing their penultimate game of the 2021-22 season, the shorthanded Pacers battled, but came up short for the second straight time against Joel Embiid and the 76ers.

Embiid tallied 41 points and 20 rebounds as the Sixers (50-31) beat Indiana for the second time this week, sweeping a home-and-home set with a 133-120 victory in Philadelphia.

The loss was the ninth straight for Indiana (25-56). The Blue & Gold will close out the season on Sunday in Brooklyn.

Oshae Brissett led seven Pacers in double figures on Saturday, tallying 20 points on 3-of-5 3-point shooting and seven rebounds. Tyrese Haliburton added 19 points and nine assists, while Isaiah Jackson tallied 17 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks.

Fresh off dropping 45 points on Indiana on Tuesday, Embiid picked up where he left off against the Pacers. The All-NBA center scored Philly’s first six points on Saturday. The Sixers added to their lead via a James Harden layup, Tobias Harris dunk, and Danny Green 3-pointer before Embiid scored again to cap a 15-3 Philadelphia run to start the game.

“They set the tone early and we were fighting from behind all game,” Haliburton said. “That kind of feels what it’s been like for a few games.”

The Pacers finally got a little offense thanks to rookie big man Jackson, who converted an and-one alley oop off a dish from T.J. McConnell and then knocked down a three on the very next possession.

But Philadelphia’s big three of Embiid, Harden, and Harris combined for 28 points (including 11 at the free throw line) in the first quarter as the hosts took a 37-23 lead into the second.

28-year-old rookie Gabe York, signed to a two-way contract by Indiana on Thursday after a stellar season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the G League, made his NBA debut late in the opening frame. York subbed in with 1:26 remaining in the first quarter, missed a three on his first possession, but drew a foul the next trip down the floor and made one of two free throws for his first NBA points.

York added three more points after converting a layup plus the foul with 8:24 remaining in the ensuing frame. But five straight points by Tyrese Maxey following York’s bucket pushed the Sixers’ lead to 20 for the first time, 53-33.

The Pacers trailed by 21 late in the half, but closed with an 11-2 run over the final three minutes of the second quarter. Duane Washington Jr. scored seven in that spurt, while Haliburton added the other four. The Blue & Gold headed into halftime trailing just 66-54.

The Sixers wasted no time building their lead back up after the intermission. Maxey scored six points as Philadelphia opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run.

But the Pacers mounted a charge from there, answering with a 17-7 spurt of their own. Haliburton’s floater cut the deficit to 83-73 with 6:12 remaining in the third quarter.

They continued their run after a timeout, with Jackson showing off his dexterity while converting a lob from Buddy Hield and then, after an Embiid turnover, Brissett knocking down a transition three to make it a five-point game.

Embiid halted the surge by drilling a three from the left wing. Harden’s layup on the next Philadelphia possession made it a double-digit lead once again. Indiana was back within seven following Washington’s jumper with 32 seconds left in the frame, but Maxey hit a late three to push the Sixers’ lead back to 100-90 entering the fourth quarter.

The Pacers twice cut the deficit to eight in the opening minutes of the final frame, but each time Embiid answered with a jumper on the other end. The latter time sparked a 9-0 Sixers run that stretched the hosts’ lead back to 117-100.

Indiana never got back within single digits, as the 76ers held on down the stretch to secure a 50-win season.

Embiid hit two free throws with a minute remaining to surpass the 40-point mark. The big man finished the night 14-for-17 from the field, 2-for-2 from 3-point range, and 11-for-15 from the free throw line.

“He’s making a strong push for MVP,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said of Embiid’s dominance “…We haven’t seen a guy quite like this, really in the history of the league, that has this kind of power and skill and ability to score on all three levels really effortlessly. He’s an amazing player.”

Washington scored 15 points off the bench for Indiana. McConnell, playing his second game after missing over four months due to wrist surgery, tallied 12 points and six assists.

Hield finished with 12 points and Terry Taylor added 10 off the bench for Indiana.

Harden collected 22 points and 14 assists for Philadelphia, while Harris and Maxey added 18 points apiece.

INDY ELEVEN HOCKEY

(ELEVEN RELEASE)

EDINBURG, Texas (Saturday, April 9, 2022) – Indy Eleven capped a gritty away performance with a late game brace by forward Stefano Pinho before holding on to capture its first win of the 2022 season – and the first victory for head coach Mark Lowry on the Eleven sideline – via a 2-1 triumph at Rio Grande Valley FC. The win at H-E-B Park allows Indy Eleven to carry a three-game undefeated streak back to the Circle City, where it will play five of its next six contests through the end of May.

The first half was an overly physical affair marked mostly by fouls and stingy play in the middle third. The best early chance for either side came in the 17th minute when Eleven goalkeeper Elliot Panicco came up with an impressive low save on Isidro Martinez’s 20-yard blast. Indy managed to get into the game via some dangerous crosses over the final 15 minutes of the half, but good looks by Alex McQueen and Jared Timmer were handled by RGV before they could find a teammate. Martinez and Eleven midfielder Justin Ingram both wound up from distance during the lone minute of stoppage time, but neither found frame and the match went to halftime as it started at 0-0.

While Rio Grande Valley again held the bulk of the possession out of the locker rooms, all it really had to show for it was Frank Lopez’s effort from the top of the arc in the 56th minute that Panicco did well to parry over his crossbar. Indiana’s Team continued to find more of the ball as the half progressed, and the chances were soon to come, starting with Pinho’s opener in the 69th minute. The Brazilian did well to place defender Mechack Jerome’s ball from near the midfield stripe into the top of the area with his first touch before calmly finishing from near the penalty spot with his second to give Indy the advantage heading into the final 20 minutes.

But Pinho wasn’t done, as he’d bag his third in as many games in the 78th minute on another play started by Jerome, this time with a timely tackle at midfield. Ingram collected and played quickly to substitute striker Aris Briggs, whose inch perfect through ball split two defenders and found Pinho at the top of the area, where he rounded onrushing RGV netminder Colin Miller and finished into the vacated goal to push the Eleven lead to 2-0.

The FC Toros pressure on the final third mounted in the following minutes, and Indy could only hold the fort for so long. Lopez adjusted well to first-time Robert Coronado’s cross to the top of the six, his finish cutting the deficit in half in the  83rd minute to set up a nervy finish. A last gasp attempt at an RGV equalizer came in the final of four minutes of stoppage time via a free kick just outside the Indy penalty area, but the leaping four-man wall did it just, allowing the Eleven to secure its first victory of the Mark Lowry Era.

Indiana’s Team returns home next Saturday, April 16, when it welcomes Atlanta United 2 for a 7:00 p.m. ET kick that can be followed on MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/943exitos.com, and ESPN+. Tickets for all Indy Eleven regular season contests at IUPUI Carroll Stadium are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets.

Match Notes:

Indy Eleven has now gone 21 consecutive league matches without a loss when scoring the game’s first goal, a stretch that dates back to July 2020.

Defender/midfielder Noah Powder made his 100th appearance in USL Championship action at the opening whistle. The New Jersey native and Trinidad & Tobago international has appeared in four of Indy Eleven’s first five league matches, which combined with his 47 matches with Real Monarchs SLC and 49 with NY Red Bulls II add him to the USLC’s “Century Club”.

Speaking of the Century Club, midfielder Ayoze made his 102nd appearance in an Eleven uniform – and first of 2022 – when he entered in the 86th minute. The Spaniard had been nursing a lower leg injury since the back half of preseason in February.

Another member of Indiana’s Team, 2021 leading scorer Manuel Arteaga, also made his first appearance in 2022, coming on as a late-game cameo in the final minute of stoppage time. The Venezuelan forward bagged 10 goals to pace the squad in his first season in Indy last year but had been sidelined after suffering a knee injury in a preseason game in February.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL

Balanced Offense Leads Indians Past Storm Chasers

Ji-Hwan Bae reached base safely a game-high four times, Travis Swaggerty and Rodolfo Castro notched two hits apiece, and Oneil Cruz rocketed a 116 mph two-run double to lift the Indians over .500 for the first time this season in a 7-1 win against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday night.

The Indians (3-2) scored all of their runs against southpaw Marcelo Martinez (L, 1-1) over the first four frames. Cruz worked a walk ahead of Castro and Hunter Owen singles, the latter dropping softly into shallow left field to put Indy in front, 1-0. Bligh Madris followed with a run-scoring double, and Cal Mitchell capped the three-run first with a sacrifice fly.

Indianapolis sent another seven batters to the plate in the second inning to extend its lead to 5-0. A Bae walk and Swaggerty single set up Cruz’s hard-hit double, a liner that sailed over center fielder Dairon Blanco’s head. The runs batted in were the first two of the season by Pittsburgh’s No. 1 prospect.

Omaha (2-3) got on the board with two outs in the third inning on Nick Pratto’s third home run of the series. Indians left-hander Nathan Kirby – starting in place of Roansy Contreras who was recalled by Pittsburgh – pitched 3.0 innings of one-run ball.

Indy tacked on its final runs in the fourth thanks to a Swaggerty RBI double and Castro run-scoring single.

The top six batters in Indy’s lineup – Swaggerty, Cruz, Castro, Owen, Madris and Mitchell – all drove in at least one run, and six of the nine starters recorded at least one hit.

Brad Case (W, 1-0) earned the win in relief of Kirby with 3.0 scoreless innings. He scattered five hits and registered three strikeouts. Martinez, who earned the win in relief for Omaha on Opening Night, suffered the loss after yielding seven earned runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched.

The Indians seek the series win tomorrow afternoon with a 1:35 PM first pitch at Victory Field. Right-hander Ronald Bolaños (0-0, 0.00) will toe the rubber for Omaha against Indianapolis right-hander Osvaldo Bido (0-1, 7.71).

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

INDY OFFENSE EXPLODES FOR 6-2 WIN OVER IOWA

CORALVILLE – After defeating the Iowa Heartlanders 6-2 at home six days before, the Indy Fuel traveled to Iowa Saturday night for the teams’ eighth and final matchup of the 2021-22 season. Including back-to-back power play goals from Darien Craighead, the Fuel went on to once again emerge with a 6-2 victory.

Fuel newcomer Quinn Ryan opened things up early with a goal 1.5 minutes in. He was assisted by Canon Pieper, who just like Ryan, signed with the Fuel just a few hours prior to the game. Midway through the first, Anthony Gagnon scored giving Indy the 2-0 lead.

Indy began the second period on a power play after Iowa’s Adrien Beraldo was called for cross-checking late in the first. While the Fuel didn’t capitalize on that opportunity, Darien Craighead took full advantage of their next one, scoring a power play goal 4.5 minutes into the second after a hooking minor on the Heartlanders’ Ryan Wheeler. Craighead scored his second power play goal of the game just under six minutes later, making it 4-0 Fuel. Iowa scored back-to-back goals (the first a power play goal, the second equal strength) less than two minutes apart, cutting their deficit in half. With three minutes remaining, Jared Thomas snuck the puck past Iowa goaltender Hunter Jones and the second period ended 5-2, Fuel.

The Heartlanders outshot the Fuel 19-8 in the final frame and were awarded the period’s only two power plays, but they couldn’t get anything past Fuel goaltender Mitch Gillam. Indy’s Chris Van Os-Shaw scored an empty-net goal with 2.5 minutes remaining in the game to seal the Fuel’s 6-2 victory over Iowa. 

COLTS DEALING WITH RODNEY MCLEOD

The Colts are about to add veteran safety Rodney McLoud to its defense. McLeod has been a full-time starter for the past nine years and started three seasons with the Rams before spending the past six with the Eagles.

McLeod has started five playoff games, including the 2018 Super Bowl.

He comes with 16 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries in his career.

INDIANA WBB GETS FORMER INDIANA MISS BASKETBALL

Former Indiana Miss Basketball Sydney Parrish is coming back home. Parrish spent the last two seasons at Oregon averaging 7.5 points on 36.7% shooting over 55 games played (34 starts). She was ranked No. 8 in her class coming out of high school, earning 2020 IndyStar Miss Basketball and was named McDonald’s All American.

Ali Ali becomes Thad Matta’s first Butler basketball addition

Ali Ali announced Saturday on Instagram he will transfer to Butler. Ali, 21, has two more seasons of eligibility.

Ali is a 6-8 wing from Akron who played at East Noble High School.

Ali led the Zips this year in points per game (13.9), assists (2.6) and 3-point percentage (.407).

Baseball Falls at Purdue in Series Opener

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An early deficit could not be overcome, as the Indiana baseball program dropped a 17-0 decision at Purdue in the series opener at Alexander Field on Saturday (April 9) afternoon.

Purdue (20-6, 2-3 B1G) opened the scoring with a four-run first inning and added a run in the fourth to stake to the early lead. The Boilermakers tacked on one run in the sixth, one in the seventh and 10 in the eighth to account for the scoring. Indiana (11-17, 1-3 B1G) was held off the scoreboard for just the third time on the season.

Freshman Josh Pyne moved his reached base streak to 18 games with a walk. Senior Phillip Glasser posted his 10th multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Graduate student Tyler Doanes collected the other IU hit in the game for Indiana. Freshman Carter Mathison reached base twice in the game with a pair of walks and stole one base.

After the rocky first inning, redshirt-junior Jack Perkins (2-2) gave IU six innings of work and allowed six runs on seven hits. He struck out three, walked four and hit two batters in the loss.

For Purdue, Jackson Smeltz (5-0) struck out 13 batters in eight innings of scoreless work on the mound to earn the victory. Ryan Howe entered as a pinch runner, scored twice and hit a three-run home run that capped the scoring.  Evan Albrecht and Jake Jarvis each collected three RBIs to tie for the game high. CJ Valdez plated two RBIs on a game-high three hits.

Scoring Recap

Bottom First

After the first two batters were retired, an infield single started a string of six straight batters to reach base. Evan Albrecht started the scoring with a two-RBI single up the middle. Jake Jarvis followed with the second two-RBI base hit in the inning.

Purdue 4, Indiana 0

Bottom Fourth

Mike Bolton Jr. walked to start the inning, stole second base and moved to third on an error. With one out, CJ Valdez doubled to plate one RBI.

Purdue 5, Indiana 0

Bottom Sixth

Pablo Lanzarote singled to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A ground out moved the runner to third before Valdez delivered the RBI base hit.

Purdue 6, Indiana 0

Bottom Seventh

Paul Toetz walked, and Albrecht was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with no outs. Jarvis singled up the middle to plate one run.

Purdue 7, Indiana 0

Bottom Eighth

The first nine batters reached base against three IU pitchers and seven runs were scored before the first out was recorded. The big hit of the 10-run inning came from Ryan Howe, a three-run home run with one out.

Purdue 17, Indiana 0

Up Next

The two teams will meet for the second game of the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 from Alexander Field. The series will conclude with Indiana and Purdue playing a 4 p.m. contest on Monday, April 11.

Late Takeaway Gives Defense Win in Spring Game

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue football team concluded its spring practice campaign with the annual spring game at Ross-Ade Stadium, the first since 2019. Using a modified scoring system, the defense came away with a 45-42 win in front of the Boilermaker faithful.

Purdue’s quarterbacks combined to go 20-of-44 passing for 279 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Aidan O’Connell saw limited action, while Austin Burton was 5-of-13 for 52 yards with a scoring toss.

Michael Alaimo connected on five of his 11 attempts for 60 yards and a score. The redshirt sophomore added the only touchdown run of the game. Seven different Boilermakers completed a pass on Saturday.

The defense built an early lead during the first half, as the offense opened each drive at the 30-yard line. Using the modified scoring system, the defense held the offense off the scoreboard on its first nine drives to take a 28-0 lead at the break.

As the two sides worked on redzone possessions to start the third quarter, the offense struck paydirt on back-to-back drives with a Burton seven-yard toss to Collin Sullivan, followed by a Preston Terrell 30-yard pass to Ben Buechel on a gadget play to cut the gap to 31-14.

Joe Anderson took advantage of a fumble on the next series to sprint 70 yards for the defensive score to make it 38-14.

2021 Indiana Mr. Football Brady Allen got the offense back in the endzone on a 22-yard strike to Zion Steptoe, before Alaimo found Tyrone Tracy a drive later for 30 yards and a score. The offense pulled within 10 at 38-28.

Heading into the fourth quarter with drives starting at the offense’s 35-yard line, Burton and Alaimo teamed up to march the offense down the field on a 15-play drive, capped by an Alaimo score. Running back Caleb Lahey then scored on the next possession on a 20-yard run to give the offense its first lead of the day at 42-40.

On the second-to-last drive, defensive back Ryan Brandt stripped quarterback Andrew Hobson on a quarterback keeper, and Antonio Stevens jumped on the loose ball for five points to give the defense the win.

Zion Steptoe tallied a team-high five receptions for 52 yards and a score. Tracy finished with a game-high 60 yards receiving. Eleven different Boilermakers recorded a reception.

On the ground, King Doerue ran for 10 yards on four carries, Sampson James carried the ball nine times for 36 yards and Tracy added 14 yards from five touches. Lahey led the way with 13 carries, 61 yards and a score.

Khordae Sydnor recorded a pair of sacks, while Anderson, Ben Furtney and Yanni Karlaftis each added one. Antonio Stevens came up with an interception and fumble recovery for the defense.

Board of Trustees Approves $6.7 Million in Renovations of Mackey Arena

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved a plan for improvements to historic Mackey Arena as the men’s and women’s basketball programs set their sights on furthering their success on the national stage.

As Purdue competes with the top tier of college basketball programs, facility enhancements are necessary to continue attracting the next generation of talent. The planned enhancements to the facility will be helpful in creating more efficient and functional space for current and future student-athletes who spend a significant amount of time between workouts, classes and in recovery inside Mackey Arena during the year.

Today’s approval authorizes renovations, scheduled to begin at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season, that include completely reconfigured men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms, player lounges and an expansion of the John Wooden Club. Renovations will focus on modernizing layouts and updating technology, resulting in a more efficient use of existing spaces as well as new student-athlete amenities. Additionally, the expansion of the Wooden Club is designed to enhance the donor experience. The estimated cost of this project is $6.7 million and will be entirely funded through donor gifts.

“The upcoming locker room project and Wooden Club renovations will continue to elevate our program for our current and future student-athletes and our fans,” said head men’s basketball coach Matt Painter. “Mackey Arena is already considered one of the premier environments in college basketball, and holds a special place for me as a former player. These improvements will continue to ensure that Purdue Basketball and Mackey Arena remain among the nation’s elite.”

Purdue Men’s Basketball reached its first-ever No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press national poll this past season. Painter’s Boilermaker squad is also one of only three men’s basketball programs to have reached four Sweet 16s in the last five NCAA Tournaments.

The momentum of Purdue Women’s Basketball has been on the rise, with head coach Katie Gearlds taking over the program just 47 days prior to the start of the 2021-22 season and leading the Boilermakers to 17 wins in her first campaign. The 10-win improvement was the most by a Purdue coach in her first year and tied for the third-best turnaround in program history.

“The locker room renovation project is a vital step as we bring the women’s basketball program back to the national stage,” said Gearlds. “The new locker room and player areas will provide additional resources to our student-athletes as we take the next step to compete at an elite level.”

“We are incredibly proud of the momentum behind our Purdue Basketball programs and the level of leadership displayed by our coaching staffs,” said Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Mike Bobinski. “The continued investment in our facilities is a critical component in our ability to build upon the current level of success, and we are grateful for the opportunity to move forward with the support of the university as well as our alumni and fans.”

Smeltz Dominates with 13 Ks in Shutout Win vs IU

10 PM UPDATE: Doubleheader on Sunday. The IU-Purdue series will conclude with a 1 p.m. ET doubleheader Sunday at Alexander Field. Sunday’s ticket is good for both games. Friday/Monday tickets can be exchanged for general admission seats to any future home date.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Jackson Smeltz dominated to the tune of a career-high 13 strikeouts over eight innings of one-hit ball, carrying Purdue baseball to a 17-0 victory vs. Indiana that matched the largest margin of victory in the storied rivalry series.

Smeltz (5-0) struck out five in a row at one point and 13 of the 27 batters he faced overall, posting his fourth double-figure total of the season. He matched the most strikeouts ever by a Purdue lefthander, tying David Gassner’s total in a March 1999 game vs. Wright State that ranks third most overall in team history.

Smeltz registered the most Ks by a Boilermaker since Matt Morgan struck out 14 in 2010, which was also the same season a Purdue pitcher last had four 10-plus strikeout performances. All-time strikeouts king Matt Bischoff did it en route to a single-season record 95 Ks. With 64 punchouts in 44 innings this season, Smeltz is on pace to break Bischoff’s record.

Highlighted by a three-run homer from Ryan Howe in his first at-bat since March 2, the Boilermakers (20-6, 2-3 B1G) scored 10 runs in the eighth inning to blow the game open. It was Purdue’s first 10-run inning since an April 2013 home win vs. UIC. The Boilermakers have scored seven-plus in an inning five times in 26 games this year.

Purdue improved to 4-1 vs. IU at Alexander Field. Dating back to 2007, the Boilermakers are 16-4 vs. Indiana in games played away from Bloomington.

Butler Softball Comes from Behind to Defeat St. John’s

QUEENS, N.Y. – The Butler softball team fell behind but rallied to beat St. John’s by a final score of 3-2 in game two of their BIG EAST series. The Red Storm (8-27, 3-11 BIG EAST) scored a pair in the first inning and held a 2-1 lead after three. In the fourth, a Monique Hoosen home run put the Bulldogs (21-13, 9-4 BIG EAST) on top, and Karli Ricketts retired twelve straight batters to secure the win.

How It Happened

St. John’s took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

In the second, Maddie Moore (2-3, RBI, 2B) connected on a run-scoring double, pushing Monique Hoosen (2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, HR) across. Butler cut the Red Storm lead in half, 2-1.

In the fourth, Hoosen sent a bomb over the center field wall, also bringing home Ella White, and giving the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead.

In the middle of the fourth, Karli Ricketts replaced Mackenzie Griman in the circle and retired all twelve batters she faced.

Butler Pitching

Mackenzie Griman (3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) started for Butler and threw the first three innings. Karli Ricketts (11-3) entered in the middle of the fourth and was credited with the win. She allowed no hits, runs, or walks, while striking out six.

Bulldog Bits

Monique Hoosen’s home run was her ninth of the season and the 12th of her career. She is now tied for fourth on Butler’s all-time list for home runs in one season and is tied for tenth for career home runs.

Ellie Boyer joined Monique Hoosen and Maddie Moore as each produced a pair of hits in the game.

Up Next

Butler remains in Queens, N.Y., to complete the BIG EAST series with St. John’s. Game three is scheduled for Sunday at 11am.

Butler Baseball Comeback Falls Short at Villanova

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – The Bulldogs scored a run in the top of the ninth inning and got back to the top of the order with two runners on, but the comeback charge would fall short on Saturday allowing the Villanova Wildcats to claim a 6-4 victory on their home diamond.

Tyler Arella would be credited with the win (2-2) and Cameron Mathes entered the game to record his second save of the year. On the other side, BU starter Aaron Barokas was hit with the loss. He moves to 0-4 on the season.

Arella gave up three runs over six innings of action but would pitch well overall to get the win. He struck out four and didn’t issue a single walk. The seventh inning went to Rivera and then Mathes would close the final two frames.

Butler went with Barokas at the start of the game and would lean on Jon Vore for two outs before letting Adrian Vega finish out the final three innings. Barokas struck out six over 4.1 innings of work and Vega would shine in relief allowing just one hit down the stretch.

The Butler offense featured Scott Jones, Ryan O’Halloran and Billy Wurch recording two hits each. O’Halloran led the team with two runs scored while also adding an RBI. Additional RBI’s on the day went to Kollyn All and Garret Gray.

Villanova struck first on Saturday with an RBI single to right, but the Bulldogs would take the lead in the fourth. Jones led off the frame with a single back up the middle of the field and he would advance to third after a single to right from Aaron Steinhart.

O’Halloran scored Jones on a single to right for the first BU run of the day. Both O’Halloran and Steinhart would move up on the base paths after a passed ball and Steinhart would score soon after on a ground out from All.

Wurch got on base with two out and would break for second with O’Halloran at third. He got called out on the play, but O’Halloran would get home to score the third run of the day for the ‘Dawgs.

The fifth inning told the story with Nova scoring five runs off six hits. Three RBI singles and a two-RBI double to left center would give the home team the lead near the midway point.

Butler made some noise in the ninth with Gray pushing a single through the left side of the infield to score O’Halloran but the game would end on a ground out to the pitcher allowing the ‘Cats to hang onto their 6-4 victory.

These two teams will finish their three-game weekend series tomorrow. First pitch is set for 12 PM.

#16/13 IRISH NEVER TRAIL IN ROAD WIN OVER #10/15 DUKE

The No. 16/13 Fighting Irish picked up a key road win against ACC rival No. 10/15 Duke on Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium, holding on for a 16-15 win. The Irish never trailed over the 60 minutes of play.

For the second straight week Pat Kavanagh turned in a monster performance for the Irish, leading the attack with seven points off three goals and four assists. Wheaton Jackoboice added a hat trick with three goals and Jake Taylor finished with two goals and two assists.

Freshman FOGO Will Lynch had one of his best games of his young career, winning 19-of-35 faceoffs while scoring his first collegiate goal and adding an assist.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish attack picked up right where it left off after last week’s blowout win over Syracuse, as Notre Dame struck for seven first quarter goals against the Blue Devils. Pat Kavanagh scored the first two goals in the opening three minutes and added two assists to help the Irish jump out to a 7-3 lead after the opening 15 minutes of action.

Duke managed to score four of the first five goals of the second quarter to trim the Notre Dame lead to one at 8-7 with just under six minutes left in the half. The Irish bounced back with goals from Jeffery Ricciardelli, Jackoboice and Pat Kavanagh to put Notre Dame on top 11-8 at the halftime break.

Taylor and Chris Kavanagh each scored goals in the first five minutes of the third quarter to put the Irish back up by four at 13-9. However, the Blue Devils scored three straight to trim the advantage to just one at 13-12. Notre Dame answered with an extra-man goal from Jackoboice, sealing his hat trick, to give the Irish a 14-12 lead heading into the final frame.

Notre Dame scored first in the fourth quarter, cashing in on the EMO for the third time on the afternoon, as Dobson fired a shot past the Duke goalie to put the Irish in front 15-12. The two sides each scored once over the next eight minutes to move the score to 16-13 with five minutes left.

The hosts managed to score two more goals before the final whistle but Lynch won a key faceoff with less than 10 seconds left in the game to deliver the Irish the road win. Lynch also added a career-high 11 ground balls in the winning effort.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Pat Kavanagh continued his excellent form on Saturday with his seven-point effort, his third highest point total of the season. Kavanagh now has 16 points over his last two games (6G, 10A) and a team-high 40 on the season. In his two career games playing at Koskinen Stadium he has 14 points (7G, 7A).

STAT OF THE GAME

The 16 goals are the most the Irish have ever scored against Duke over the 28-game series.

NOTRE DAME NOTES

Notre Dame has won three of its last four, all coming against teams ranked at the time of the matchup.

The Irish were a perfect 16-for-16 clearing the ball.

Notre Dame, already one of the best man-up teams in the country, finished a perfect 3-for-3 on Saturday and have scored on 15-of-22 EMOs on the season.

Jackoboice was ultra-efficient on Saturday, scoring three goals on just three shots.

Liam Entenmann turned in his sixth double-digit save performance of the season, finishing with 11 saves.

Pat Kavanagh now has seven games with seven or more points in this career, including three during the 2022 campaign.

UP NEXT

The Irish remain on the road with a quick turnaround against Marquette in Milwaukee at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 12. The game will be broadcast on YouTube.

IRISH FALL TO BOSTON COLLEGE

The #18 Fighting Irish met with the #2 Boston College Eagles on Saturday afternoon for an ACC matchup where the Irish fell to the Eagles 16-10.

Jackie Wolak led the Irish with four goals while Hannah Dorney led the Irish in groundball pickups with four.

Mary Kelly Doherty tallied a career-high nine draw controls for the Irish.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The first Irish goal came at the eight minute mark in the first quarter from Kasey Choma. Wolak followed up with a goal of her own with just over five minutes remaining in the quarter. Maddie Howe tallied a goal in the second quarter after over six minutes of scoreless action on both sides.

Notre Dame put up three goals in the third quarter when Wolak, Choma and Madison Ahern scored for the Irish. With an offensive burst, the Irish continued to add to their tally in the final stanza. A goal from Wolak got things started in the fourth quarter when a caused turnover by Diana Kelly gave the Irish possession to eventually score their seventh goal. Just a minute later, Choma was able to convert on her free position attempt. Notre Dame would score their final two goals of the game within thirty seconds of each other.

The Irish are back on their home turf at Arlotta Stadium on Saturday April 16 when they host the Pittsburgh Panthers. The contest will also celebrate the Irish senior class members. The game will be streamed live on the ACCNX and there will be live stats available.

IRISH EARN FIVE INNING VICTORY AT SYCACUSE

After delaying the start to Saturday’s game by four hours, the University of Notre Dame softball team came out hot and cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Syracuse Orange Saturday night. Alexis Holloway worked a complete game in the circle, added a solo home run and assisted three defensive putouts. The Fighting Irish improve to 30-7 on the season and 9-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference action.

Holloway threw all 5.0 innings, striking out six hitters and allowing four hits in the shutout.

At the plate, the Irish offense managed eight hits, led by a 2-for-3 effort from Jane Kronenberger. Leea Hanks, Miranda Johnson, Abby Sweet, Joley Mitchell, Holloway and Brooke Marquez all had a hit in the contest.

The Irish struck for four runs in the top of the first inning. A lead-off single, a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases for Sweet. She drove a single back up the middle and scored two and took second on the throw. Mitchell followed with an infield single and Sweet hustled all the way around from second to score on the hit as the Irish took a 4-0 lead after the top of the frame.

Notre Dame added four more runs with two outs in the second. A hit batter, a walk and a single drove in the first run of the inning and kept two on. Johnson hit her second homer of the season to drive in three and extend the lead to 8-0.

Holloway helped herself in the top of the third, hitting a solo homer, her first of the year.

After giving up a couple base runners to start the fourth, Holloway locked in, striking out the side in the sixth and another to end the game in the fifth.

Up Next

The Irish are back in action tomorrow at noon as they wrap up the three-game series with Syracuse.

#6 IRISH POWER PAST TIGERS TO CLINCH SERIES, 8-1

The sixth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (19-5, 7-4 ACC) clinched another ACC series with a 8-1 win over Clemson (19-11, 2-8 ACC) Saturday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. With the win, the Irish improved their winning streak to seven games and picked up their third ACC series win of the season.

Another strong pitching performance carried the Irish in the win. Austin Temple picked up his third win of the season after pitching 5.1 scoreless innings and allowed just four hits. He tied a career high with nine strikeouts, the second time this season he has had nine in a game.

At the plate, the long ball was key as the Irish hit four on the afternoon. Nick Juaire got it started with a solo home run in the second to put the Irish up 1-0. Then the Irish hit a home run in consecutive innings from the sixth to the eighth. Brooks Coetzee III and Danny Neri hit solo home runs while Carter Putz hit a three-run blast. Putz led the way for the Irish at the plate with three hits and tied a career high with five RBI.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish struck first for the second straight game in the series. Juaire got one up in the jet stream out in right field and it cleared the trees for his first career home run. The solo shot put the Irish up 1-0 after the first two innings.

The Irish added to their lead the very next inning after loading the bases. Putz stepped into the box with two outs and ripped a single past the shortstop into center field.Neri and Spencer Myers scored on the play and the Irish lead grew to 3-0.

The Tigers were threatening in the top of the sixth with the tying run at the plate and two runners on and one out. The Irish went to the pen and Ryan McLinskey struck out two-straight Tigers batters to end the inning and end the threat.

The Irish immediately responded in the next half inning by adding a run to their lead. Coetzee III led the inning off with a solo blast over the wall in left into the wind. His team-leading seventh home run of the season put the Irish up 4-0 after six innings.

Notre Dame put the exclamation point on the game in the bottom of the seventh. The first two batters reached to start the inning as Putz stepped into the box. He took the pitch the other way and it cleared the wall in right for a three-run blast. It was Putz’s fifth home run of the season and the Irish held a 7-0 lead.

Another long ball was up in the eighth inning for the Irish. Neri led the inning off with his first career home run and the fourth of the game for the Irish. It increased the lead to 8-0 and it was the fifth inning of the game that the Irish scored in.

With the series win secured, Notre Dame improves to 16-2-1 in regular season series under head coach Link Jarrett. The Irish are 14-2-1 in ACC series over the past three seasons under Jarrett.

UP NEXT

The Irish will go for the series sweep when the two teams close the series out Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ET from Frank Eck Stadium and it will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra. Admission is free for all fans this season at Frank Eck Stadium.

Cardinals Split Doubleheader at No. 13/21 Ducks

EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 25 ranked, by Collegiate Baseball, Ball State baseball team was back on the diamond for a doubleheader against the No. 13/21 ranked Oregon Ducks from PK Park on Saturday. The Cardinals won the first game, 3-2, but the Ducks won game two 10-4.

Ball State is now 18-11 overall and Oregon is now 20-11 as the series heads to game four on Sunday.

Zach Cole launched his third homer of the season and extended his hitting streak to seven games. Cole went 3-for-7 on the day and is now leading the team with a .338 batting average.

Game One – Ball State 3, Oregon 2

The Ducks got on the board on the first pitch of the game as Tanner Smith hit a home run to right field.

Cole led off the top of the seventh with a single to left field. Decker Scheffler singled through the right side to give Ball State runners on first and second with one out. Trenton Quartermaine recorded an RBI single to right center to tie the game at 1-1.

Oregon regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch and took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning.

Matthew Rivera got the top of the eighth started with a single to left field. Ryan Peltier reached on a fielding error by the third baseman and moved up to second as Rivera advanced to third. Rivera tied the game on a wild pitch. After a failed suicide squeeze attempt, Cole belted a solo shot to deep right center to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

Sam Klein picked up the win in 2 1/3 innings in relief and improved to 2-1 on the season. He struck out three batters and surrendered just one hit. Tyler Schweitzer recorded another quality start in 6 2/3 innings of work. He struck out three and surrendered two runs on five hits.

Quartermaine, Nick Powell, and Cole all had two hits each. Cole hit the game-winning home run in the top of the eighth.

Isaac Ayon started the game for the Ducks and did not pick up a decision. Ayon went 6 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and surrendered one earned run on seven hits. Kolby Somers picked up the loss with 1 2/3 innings of relief. Somers gave up two unearned runs on three hits with a strikeout. Stone Churby tossed a scoreless ninth with one strikeout.

Game Two – Oregon 10, Ball State 4

Amir Wright started game two with a single to left center. Quartermaine drew a seven-pitch walk. Powell singled through the right side that scored Wright from second. Rivera followed with a single to left center to drive in Quartermaine. Cole picked up an RBI with a sac fly to straight-away center to give the Cardinals an early 3-0 lead after the top half of the first inning.

Oregon answered in the bottom of the second with three runs on three hits to tie the game after two innings of play.

Powell collected a one-out double to right field in the top of the fifth. Rivera grounded out to first base but advanced Powell to third. Cole produced another RBI with a single through the right side. Ball State took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

The Ducks responded with two runs in the fifth, followed by two runs in the sixth. In the bottom of the seventh, Oregon added one run. The Ducks tallied two runs in the eighth to take a 10-4 lead.

Ty Johnson fell to 4-2 as he picked up the loss. Johnson went 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and surrendered five earned runs on six hits. Maxwell McKee tossed one inning in relief and gave up two earned runs on no hits. Ty Weatherly went 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout and one earned run on one hit. Luke Schafer closed it out for the Cardinals with one strikeout and gave up two runs, one earned, on one hit.

Jace Stoffal got the start for Oregon and went one inning with one strikeout and gave up three earned runs. Logan Mercado went four innings in relief and picked up the win. He improved to 4-0 on the year after he collected five strikeouts with one earned run on four hits.

The Cardinals return to PK Park for the final game against the Ducks on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“We played a solid game, but it took a great pitching performance from Tyler Schweitzer and Sam Klein to get the victory. Timely hits from Trenton Quartermaine and a home run from Zach Cole made the difference. We just made too many mistakes to win in game two. When you give a bunch of freebies to a good team like Oregon it is very difficult to win.”

Guard Trenton Gibson Signs with Sycamore Basketball

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball Head Coach Josh Schertz announced the signing of Trenton Gibson (6-4/200/Murfreesboro, Tenn./Tusculum) for the upcoming season on Saturday. Gibson will join the Sycamores as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility remaining.

“Trenton is someone I have grown to admire over the years of competing against his teams at Tusculum. He has a tremendous amount of experience, and his IQ, toughness, and poise jump off the page when you feel him inside of competition,” Schertz said. “He can manage and manipulate the game on both ends so he’s very much in the same vein of all the great players I have coached where they not only compete at the highest level, but they have a deep understanding of how to win.”

Gibson, who was the 2021 SAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, has written his name throughout the Pioneer record book. One of the most decorated players to wear a Tusculum jersey in the program’s 111-year history, Gibson scored the sixth-most points in TU history with 1,620 over 106 games. Standing 6-foot-4, Gibson is the only TU player to record 1,500 points, 600 rebounds 400 assists and 100 steals in a career.

According to ESPN Draft Analyst Jonathon Givony, Gibson is considered one of the top NBA draft prospects outside of Division I. The Murfreesboro, Tennessee native caught the eye of NBA scouts after leading TU with 17.2 points per game while also grabbing 5.9 rebounds and averaging 5.3 assists per game for the Pioneers last season. The guard shot 34.6 percent from behind the arc and 82.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Following the 2021-22 season, Gibson was named to the 2022 NCAA Division II Southeast Region All-District First Team as selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). It marked the second time in his career that Gibson earned NABC All-District accolades.

A three-time All-Conference standout at TU, Gibson scored 20 or more points in 10 games and dished out five or more assists in 16 games while helping the Pioneers to a 19-8 record and the SAC postseason.

Off the court, Gibson is a two-time First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American®. He graduated from Tusculum last May with his undergraduate degree in sport management in just three years. He garnered summa cum laud honors as he finished with a 3.95 GPA.

Gibson was a 2020 recipient of the SAC Elite 20 Award and was a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Tusculum President’s List, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List. He is a two-time Division II Athletic Directors Association Honor Roll selection and is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. In 2021, he was the recipient of the D2CCA Southeast Region Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

As a freshman at TU, Gibson earned South Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year and was named to the SAC All-Freshmen Team after playing in 29 games. During his rookie campaign, he led the Pioneers in assists and free throws and was second on the team with 13.1 points per contest.

He played his prep basketball at Blackman High School where he averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 assists and five rebounds per game his senior season. He earned All-District, All-Region, All-State and District Player of the Year honors as he helped the program to State Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2018.

Gibson is the fourth transfer signing with the ISU Basketball program for 2022-23 along with Jayson Kent of Bradley and Courvoisier McCauley of DePaul and Cade McKnight of Truman State.

Sycamores Swept in Doubleheader as Missouri State Takes Series

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Indiana State softball was swept in doubleheader action by Missouri State on Saturday afternoon at Killian Stadium.

The Bears (15-14, 8-3) claim the series victory with the sweep, winning game one 4-0 while game two saw a 9-5 Bears victory over Indiana State (18-16, 5-6).

Game One

Missouri State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a pair of RBI singles as well as a two-run home run by Alex Boze which was her MVC-leading ninth of the season. Sycamore starter Lexi Benko got her second strikeout of the frame to end the inning.

Benko worked 1-2-3 innings in the second and third, picking up two more strikeouts to keep the Bears lead at 4-0.

The Sycamores and Bears both recorded a pair of hits in the fourth but were unable to get any runs across. Indiana State would get two runners on in the seventh but nothing further as the Bears took game one of the day 4-0.

Benko tied a career-high with seven strikeouts across six innings of work, allowing four runs on seven hits in the loss. She drops to 9-8 on the season.

Olivia Patton and Lexie Siwek paced the Sycmamores at the plate, with Patton going 3-for-3 while Siwek went 2-for-3 with a double. Bella Peterson picked up her MVC-leading 12th double, finishing 1-for-3 at the plate. Amanda Guercio also had a single to give Indiana State seven hits for the game.

Game Two

The Bears got off to a similar start in the second game of the day, scoring three runs in the game’s first inning. The leadoff batter reached with a single and stole second, coming home to score on an RBI single. Following an infield single, Missouri State got a pair of runs with a double to go up 3-0.

Indiana State loaded the bases in the top of the second but were unable to convert as the Bears got a pop up to end the inning. Lexie Siwek singled to centerfield to leadoff the frame for her third hit of the doubleheader.

In the circle for the Sycamores, Cassi Newbanks settled in, getting three groundouts in the bottom half of the second to keep the score 3-0 in favor of the Bears.

Cassie Thomerson and Siwek got back-to-back singles in the third but again were not able to get a run across. Siwek’s single to left field made her 4-for-5 on the afternoon.

Hailey Griffin replaced Newbanks in the third inning, where Missouri State added three runs, getting two after back-to-back walks. The Bears got a third run after the Sycamores misplayed a ball in centerfield, allowing the run to score. The Missouri State batter ran in front of the runner on first base, giving Indiana State the first out of the inning. Griffin got a strikeout and a pop up to get out of the inning and leave a pair of runners on.

Griffin worked a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth to bring the Sycamores to the plate where they managed to get their first run of the day on an RBI single from Isabella Henning that scored Abi Chipps. Henning’s team-leading 27th RBI of the season made it a 6-1 game.

Missouri State added a run in bottom of the fifth with an RBI single from Alex Boze to go back up by six runs.

The Sycamores offense finally got going in the sixth inning as Amanda Guercio led the frame off with her fourth home run of the year, a solo shot to left center which made it 7-2. TeAnn Bringle then got aboard with a single and would score on a two-run shot from Annie Tokarek to right center, her third of the year, to bring the Sycamores within three runs.

After reaching on an error, Abi Chipps got around to third on a wild pitch and a groundout. She scored on a throwing error from the Missouri State catcher to shrink the Bears lead to 7-5.

In the bottom of the frame, Missouri State went up 9-5 on a solo shot to right center by Madison Hunsaker and an RBI double from McKayla Carney with two outs in the inning.

Indiana State finished with nine hits, getting multi-hit outputs from Isabella Henning and Lexie Siwek.

Cassi Newbanks gets the loss and falls to 4-7 on the season.

Up Next

The series finale will be tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET at Killian Stadium.

Timely hitting leads Sycamores past Valparaiso in series opener

VALPARAISO, Ind. – Tyler Nelson dropped down the safety squeeze bunt in the top of the ninth and Jordan Schaffer added a RBI single as Indiana State took the series opener at Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon, 2-0.

The Sycamores (17-8, 3-1 MVC) struggled with runners on base throughout the contest in a pitcher’s duel at Emory G. Bauer Field as Indiana State had left eight runners on the paths through the first eight innings of the contest. However, heads-up running by Randall Diaz with a theft of third base with one out in the ninth and Nelson’s run-scoring bunt were all that mattered as the Sycamores topped Valparaiso (11-12, 0-1 MVC) in the Saturday game.

Matt Jachec (7-1) picked up his Missouri Valley-leading seventh win of the 2022 season as the redshirt sophomore hurled his fifth consecutive quality start. Jachec went the first eight innings of the contest pitching around six hits and one hit by pitch on his way to keeping the Beacons off the scoreboard. Joey Hurth (S, 5) worked a perfect ninth inning on the way to his fifth save of the year as the redshirt sophomore struck out the side to close out the contest.

Schaffer paced the Sycamores with a 3-for-5 game at the plate, while Josue Urdaneta, Sean Ross, Isaiah Thompson, and Diego Gines all posted hits in the contest. Ross added his second triple of the season, while Urdaneta and Gines both doubled in the win.

Nolan Lebamoff (0-1) took the loss after allowing one run over 2.1 innings of relief work. Colin Fields went the first six innings in the no decision and pitched around Sycamores on base throughout the contest on his way to finishing with eight strikeouts.

Kyle Schmack and Nolan Tucker posted two-hit games for the Beacons.

How They Scored

Tyler Nelson dropped down the safety squeeze bunt in the top of the ninth inning scoring Randall Diaz and Jordan Schaffer brought home Grant Magill with a RBI single to give Indiana State the 2-0 lead in the final inning.

News & Notes

Sean Ross ran his hitting streak to eight consecutive games with his second triple of the 2022 season in the top of the first inning against Valparaiso.

Ross became the second Sycamore to post multiple triples in the 2022 season and gives the Sycamores three three-baggers this week after Seth Gergely and Tyler Nelson both tripled this past Wednesday against Purdue.

Jordan Schaffer picked up his ninth multi-hit game of the season and 34th of his Indiana State career after going 3-for-5 at the plate on Saturday.

Matt Jachec posted his fifth consecutive quality start and sixth of the 2022 season as the right-hander went 8.0 innings allowing six hits and one hit-by-pitch.

Jachec tied his season-high with his 8.0 inning appearance equaling the mark set against Kansas back on March 19.

Joey Hurth struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh game this season where he’s posted three strikeouts.

Indiana State ran its winning streak to 16 consecutive games against Valparaiso with the win.

The Sycamores improved to 3-1 in two-run games on the year.

Up Next

Indiana State and Valparaiso close out the weekend series tomorrow with a scheduled doubleheader against the Beacons at Emory G. Bauer Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ET with both games set to be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.

Purdue Fort Wayne Never Trails in 5-2 Victory Over IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed from there on the way to a 5-2 victory against the IUPUI Jaguars on Saturday (April 9).

Senior Shaina Eyre (2-10) started in the circle and picked up the win for Purdue Fort Wayne (5-26, 4-8). The right-hander went seven innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on six hits, allowing four walks and striking out six.

Emma McMillan led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 2-for-3 in the ballgame with a double and three RBIs. Thais Uyema chipped in a 1-for-1 effort for Purdue Fort Wayne with two walks.

The Mastodons got the scoring started early, putting one run on the board in the top of the first inning. Purdue Fort Wayne scored three runs in the frame, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of McMillan.

The Jaguars failed to push any runs across before the Mastodons built on their lead in the fourth inning. Uyema came across to score the lone run of the inning for Purdue Fort Wayne, which brought the score to 4-0 in favor of the Mastodons.

IUPUI narrowed Purdue Fort Wayne’s lead to 4-2 before the Mastodons stretched the advantage to 5-2 in the sixth inning. The Mastodons pushed across a run on McMillan’s two-out RBI double. The score remained 5-2 for the rest of the game, as Purdue Fort Wayne held on for the win.

GAME NOTES

» Eyre struck out six Jaguar batters.

» Purdue Fort Wayne took a 3-0 lead in the top half of the first and didn’t surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.

» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers limited IUPUI to just 1-for-11 (.091) with runners in scoring position.

» The Mastodons drew six walks from IUPUI pitching.

» McMillan led the Mastodons at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.

» IUPUI was led offensively by senior Hailey Pop, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

» Sophomore Madison Bryant led the Jaguars pitching staff, throwing seven innings of five-run ball.

UP NEXT

The Mastodons and Jaguars will meet again tomorrow (Sunday, April 10) for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

Strong Pitching Helps Baseball to Sweep at Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – Both starting pitchers for the Mastodons on Saturday (April 9) went into the eighth inning to help Purdue Fort Wayne sweep Milwaukee 5-4 and 7-0 in the Horizon League doubleheader.

GAME 1 | Purdue Fort Wayne 5, Milwaukee 4

Purdue Fort Wayne took a 2-1 lead in the second inning and never surrendered the advantage on the way to a 5-4 victory.

Mitchell Spencer (2-2) got the win for the ‘Dons. The right-hander went 7.2 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on nine hits, allowing no walks and striking out three. Justin Miller earned his second save in as many games. He threw the final 1.1 without allowing a hit, walking one and striking out three.

Jack Lang went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Isaiah Hart finished 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Brian Erbe also chipped in two hits in four trips to the plate while adding a triple.

The Mastodons were trailing 1-0 in the second inning when they scored a pair. The big hit was an RBI double from Lang.

The Mastodons built on their lead in the fourth inning. Purdue Fort Wayne scored once on an RBI single off the bat of junior Jarrett Bickel, which brought the Mastodons lead to 3-1.

Purdue Fort Wayne kept Milwaukee without a run before building their lead to 4-1 the following inning. The Mastodons added a run on Hart’s two-out RBI double.

The Panthers gained ground, closing the gap to 4-3 until Purdue Fort Wayne added some insurance in the eighth. Senior Alex Evenson crossed home plate with the lone run of the inning for the Mastodons on a groundout, bringing the score to 5-3 in favor of Purdue Fort Wayne.

Miller came in and put the game away.

GAME NOTES

» Four Mastodons had multiple hits.

» The Mastodons out-hit the Panthers 11-9.

» Milwaukee was led offensively by Luke Seidel, who went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

» Riley Frey threw six innings of four-run ball. But he took the loss and is 3-2.

GAME 2 | Purdue Fort Wayne 7, Milwaukee 0

Jacob Myer and JD Deany combined to toss a shutout. They teamed with catcher Dylan Stewart to earn the shutout.

Myer (2-4) started and picked up the win, going 7.1 shutout innings while giving up five hits, walking one, and striking out four. Deany was dealing out of the bullpen as well, going 1.2 shutout innings without allowing a hit, walking one and striking out one.

Fitzpatrick went 2-for-5 in the game with a double and four RBIs. He knocked in runs in the first and fifth innings. Brian Erbe knocked in two insurance runs on a single in the ninth. His hit scored Lang and Ben Higgins.

GAME NOTES

» Myer and Deany combined to throw the five-hit shutout, the Mastodons’ first of the season.

» Every Purdue Fort Wayne starter reached base safely in the win.

» The Mastodons out-hit the Panthers 10-5.

» Purdue Fort Wayne went 5-for-14 (.357) with runners in scoring position.

» Mastodon pitchers limited Milwaukee to just 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

» The ‘Dons turned three double plays in the game.

» The Mastodons drew six walks, with Lang and Evenson both recording two.

» Milwaukee was led offensively by Tommy Benson, who went 1-for-3 with a triple.

» Panther starter AJ Blubaugh took the loss and is now 3-2 after tossing 5.0 innings.

» The ‘Dons improve to 7-22 (4-7 Horizon). Milwaukee falls to 11-12 (2-4 Horizon).

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons will look to sweep the three-game series from Milwaukee on Sunday with a single game between the two teams.

Aces even series with exceptional defensive performance in 6-2 win

EVANSVILLE – Turning in a complete effort in all three phases of the game, the University of Evansville baseball team evened its weekend series with Southern Illinois with a 6-2 victory over the Salukis on Saturday afternoon at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

“Great bounce back win from last night,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “Nick Smith was outstanding giving us a quality start and our defense made some great plays. Offensively we attacked in the first inning and got out in front. We were picking each other up all day especially with two outs. Big Valley game tomorrow.”

On the mound, Smith earned his second-straight quality start, turning-in six innings of work, allowing just two earned runs and striking-out five in the win. Offensively, four Aces finished with two hits on the afternoon with Mark Shallenberger, Evan Berkey, Eric Roberts, and Brendan Hord all tallying multi-hit games.

Doing so for the 10th time this season, Evansville scored in the first inning, pushing across a pair of runs. Simon Scherry opened the scoring with an RBI groundout, which allowed Shallenberger to scored. The next batter, Brent Widder, doubled the Aces early advantage, slashing a single through the right side of the infield, allowing Tanner Craig to score.

An RBI double in the third allowed the Salukis to get back within a run after the Aces lost a pop fly in the sun, allowing a run to score. Evansville regained its advantage in the bottom half of the third as Hord delivered the first of his clutch hits of the afternoon, sending home Berkey to increase UE’s lead to 3-1.

As was true multiple times on the day, Evansville’s defense came up large helping to save runs. In the fifth, Widder tracked a ball in foul territory, making a diving over-the-shoulder grab to record the second out of the inning.

The Salukis would get back within a run just an inning after Widder’s show-stopping catch as J.D. Ortiz lifted a solo home run over the right field wall to cut Evansville’s lead to one at 3-2.

Quick responses were a hallmark of the Aces effort on Saturday as UE answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two RBI double from Shallenberger that gave Evansville its largest lead up to that point at 5-2.

Adding some insurance in the eighth, Hord capped-off his big day with a solo homer, his third bomb of the season, as the Aces lead reached 6-2.

After Michael Parks and Drew Domonik came in and pitched scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth, Evansville turned to Nate Hardman to close things out in the ninth. After a tough start on Friday night, Hardman returned to his usual form, sitting the Salukis down in order, securing the 6-2 win for the Aces.

Evansville and SIU close their series on Sunday with a 1 PM first pitch at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

Fields Tosses Another Gem as Valpo Drops Pitchers’ Duel

A masterful season on the mound for Valparaiso University right-hander Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) continued on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field, but the right-hander’s dazzling effort against a quality opponent was not enough in a 2-0 setback to Indiana State to open Missouri Valley Conference play. The Sycamores, a team that earned an at-large NCAA Regional berth last season, scored the only runs of the game in the top of the ninth.

How It Happened

Indiana State stranded a runner at third in the top of the first as a two-out triple went to waste. Catcher Angel DiFederico (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven) cut down a runner attempting to steal, helping keep the Sycamores off the board in the opening inning.

Fields worked around a leadoff double in the second, then cruised through a 1-2-3 third. The Beacon ace struck out a pair in the fourth, and faced the minimum yet again in the fifth.

The biggest threat to that point in the game by either team occurred in the top of the sixth, when Indiana State had runners at second and third with nobody out following a fly-ball double to center that got over the head of the Valpo center fielder. Fields struck out three of the next four hitters with a walk mixed in, and Indiana State stranded the bases loaded. The final out of the inning created an electric scene in the fired-up Valpo dugout.

That marked the end of Fields’ day as his pitch count had reached 102. Nolan Lebamoff (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll [Kankakee CC]) came out of the bullpen and sent down the side in order in the seventh before putting up another zero in the eighth. Lebamoff departed with a runner at second and one away in the top of the ninth, and that runner eventually scored the go-ahead tally on a safety squeeze bunt. The Sycamores got an insurance run on a two-out single, before DiFederico cut down another runner trying to swipe second to retire the side.

The Valpo bats bounced into three double plays, which occurred in the first, fourth and eighth innings. The Beacons had little answer for Indiana State ace Matt Jachec, who improved to 7-1 by scattering six hits – all singles – in eight shutout innings while walking none and striking out three. Joey Hurth struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth for his fifth save. 

Inside the Game

Fields’ glowing final line featured six shutout innings of five-hit ball while walking three and striking out eight. He has fanned a league-leading 73 hitters this season, including seven or more in each of his eight starts.

Fields, who received no decision, advanced two places on Valpo’s career strikeout list on Saturday. He surpassed Richard Beumer (1959-1962, 217) and Tom Starck (2001-2004, 222) to jump into eighth in program history with 223 career strikeouts. Fields’ next target is his former teammate Jon Tieman, who is seventh at 244.

This was Valpo’s ninth game this season decided by two runs or fewer as the Beacons slipped to 4-5 in such contests.

Indiana State entered the game leading the Missouri Valley Conference and ranking 16th nationally with a .309 team batting average. The Sycamores were picked second in the MVC preseason poll.

Valpo got two hits apiece from Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) and Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central). Schmack now leads the team with 11 multi-hit games. Meanwhile, Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end.

Up Next

Valpo and Indiana State will conclude the series with a noon doubleheader on Sunday at Emory G. Bauer Field. The games will be broadcast on ESPN3 with links to live video and stats available on ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @ValpoBaseball on Twitter.

Greyhounds Notch Another Sweep, Win Eighth Straight

BOLIVAR, Mo.—The No. 5-ranked UIndy softball team upped it win streak to eight with a doubleheader sweep at Southwest Baptist Saturday, downing the host Bearcats by scores of 11-3 and 8-1.

GAME 1 | UIndy 11, SBU 3 (5 innings)

Both teams delivered a flurry in the first. The score eventually settled at 3-3 after one inning, with Emily O’Connor and Tara Williams each notching early RBIs.

The game remained tied until a fourth-inning flex from the Hounds. Back-to-back RBI singles from Dominique Proctor and Megan Nichols got things rolling, while a three-run bomb from catcher Lexy Rees punctuated the rally.

UIndy tacked on three more in the fifth to run-rule the host Bearcats. Tara Williams provided the pop with a solo homer, while Hanna Burris and Proctor added a double and an RBI single, respectively.

Sophomore-ace Kenzee Smith earned the complete-game win to move to 16-3 for the season. She struck out nine batters and allowed three hits and just one walk.

All nine UIndy hitters finished with at least one run and one hit. Sydnee Perry went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs.

FUN FACT

Rees’ game-one homer gave her 10 for the season, making her just the fifth player in program history to record multiple double-digit home run seasons.

GAME 2 | UIndy 8, SBU 1

An RBI single from Emily O’Connor in the top of the first accounted for the first and only run of the game through five innings.

The UIndy lead stood at 1-0 until the top of the sixth when the Greyhounds lowered the hammer with a five-run rally. Grace Mosele opened the flood gates with a two-run triple, while Perry (RBI single) and Proctor (RBI double) piled on. Nichols made it all but official with a two-run bomb, good for her first collegiate home run.

Super-senior Gianni Iannantone tacked on a leadoff homer in the seventh.

Game-two starter Haylie Foster added a win to her already-impressive pitching record, upping her mark to 16-1 on the season. She allowed just three hits and three walks on the day while fanning nine.

UP NEXT

The Greyhound wrap up the weekend with a doubleheader at Rockhurst University Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

Billig, Foster Net Hat Tricks in Win over Rockhurst

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 8 UIndy men’s lacrosse team picked up a crucial win on Saturday, downing Rockhurst University 14-7 in Great Lakes Valley Conference action.  Drew Billig and Ben Foster each netted a hat trick while the Hounds won their 26th straight win at home.

The win moves UIndy into second place in the GLVC with a 3-1 record in conference play and only two conference games remaining.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Hounds struck first but neither team was able to pull away as the two teams traded the first six goals of the game to keep it knotted at three.  Three goals in three minute span from Jake Zickel, Patrick O’Hara and Wyatt Auyer put the Hounds ahead 6-3.  Rockhurst got one back but a pair of goals from Ben Foster in the final two minutes gave the Hounds an 8-4 lead at the break.

UIndy maintained their four-goal lead as both team netted two goals in the third.  The Hawks scored in the opening minute of the final frame to pull within three, but their momentum was short lived as UIndy erupted for three goals in 63 seconds to take a 13-7 lead.  Drew Billig scored the first two 45 seconds apart before Brendan Hackl scooped a ground ball off the face off and charged downfield to net his first goal of the season.

Billig netted UIndy’s 14th and final goal of the game.  He finished with a game-high five point off of three goals and two assists.  Foster recorded three points off a hat trick while Auyer, James Whiteford, Owain Braddock and Patrick O’Hara each tallied two points.

Austin Barnett picked up the win in net, making eight saves in the full 60 minutes.

PARKER MOVES INTO SECOND

After going a perfect 12-for-12 in the face off circle, Caleb Parker reached 215 career wins to move into second in the record books.  He passed Dominic Guarino (2017-18) at 207 and now trails only Robbie Berardi (2016-20) at 517.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– The Hounds won 22 of the 25 face offs while outshooting Rockhurst 50-24.

– UIndy went 21-for-22 on clears and 1-for-1 on extra man opportunities.

– UIndy corralled 52 groundballs on the day with Parker pacing the team with seven.

UP NEXT

The Hounds have a quick turnaround for a Sunday matinee against Quincy at Key Stadium.  The senior class will be honored with a pregame ceremony.

Late Game Success Helps Baseball Win Another Over Missouri S&T

INDIANAPOLIS- Twelve combined runs between the seventh and eighth innings helped lift the University of Indianapolis baseball team to a 14-8 win over Missouri S&T on Saturday afternoon at Greyhound Park. With the win, UIndy, who has now won six of its last seven games, now sits at 13-15 overall with a 7-3 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Hounds raced out to a one run lead in the opening inning on a Denton Shepler RBI groundout. However, with the help of various errors and a clutch piece of hitting, the Miners added lone runs in the second, third, and fifth innings to gain control.

An RBI groundout by Caleb Vaughn in the bottom half of the fifth kept the Hounds within arm’s reach. Despite this, S&T rolled out three runs through the sixth and seventh innings to stay out in front.

However, the UIndy offense came alive in the bottom half of the seventh and eighth innings and produced a combined total of 12 runs to completely shift the momentum of the game. S&T went on to score two in the final inning but this wasn’t nearly enough.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-The Hounds led the game with 13 hits while the Miners managed nine in return.

-Brandon DeWitt, Alex Vela, and Drew Donaldson all had a multi-hit game, led by DeWitt and Vela with three apiece.

-A combined total of seven errors occurred in the game with the Greyhounds having five.

-Logan Peterson earned the start on the mound and went 4-2/3 innings, allowing three hits and one earned run while matching his UIndy career-high with eight strikeouts.

-Six different UIndy pitchers saw action on the bump, with Justyn Eichbaum earning the win.

UP NEXT

The series between the Hounds and Miners will conclude tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at noon ET.

KNIGHTS TAKE GAME ONE SPLITTING SATURDAY TWIN BILL AGAINST GRACE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian baseball team split their doubleheader on Saturday against Grace College, snapping their four-game skid with a game one victory before falling in the second act. The Knights are now 7-13 in Crossroads League play, as the split moves them to 15-19 overall on the season.

Game 1 | Marian 7-5 Grace

Davis Enfield made his second start of the season in game one, and came out throwing his best stuff forcing a pair of pop ups in the opening frame, while notching a strikeout in the second inning as he stranded a walk in his hitless start. Enfield got into a jam in the third inning as he allowed a lead-off walk and double, with Jake Cox coming in to score on a sacrifice fly. The righty got out of the jam snaring a comebacker out of the air, sending Marian to the home half trailing 1-0.

The Knights answered the call for their pitcher in the bottom of the third, as Brodie Rinehold reached on an error. Dion Wintjes jammed a perfectly hit single into shallow right field to move Rinehold to third base, with the freshman scoring one batter later on a Hironori Kato ground ball. A single from Jackson Hogg kept the inning going, and with two outs Trey Heidlage and JJ Rivera slapped two-out singles to push the lead to 3-1 after three complete. The score held after the fourth inning, as Enfield picked up his fourth strikeout of the contest to stand a single.

Grace rattled off a pair of runs in the fifth inning to tie the game 3-3 as an error extended the Lancers frame. The Lancers rattled off three hits in the ensuing inning, with the third plating an run as the visitors jumped back in front 4-3. The Knights had a response in the home half of the sixth, getting a lead-off double from AJ Bordenet, with the freshman touching home two batters later on an RBI single from Rinehold. A pair of walks loaded the bases, and Marian took the lead with two outs as Matteo Porcellato was hit by a pitch, pushing Marian in front 5-4.

Craig Nixon came on out of the bullpen for the Knights in the seventh inning, and was effective getting a pair of strikeouts to strand his two walked batters. The offense tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the home half, with Bryce Davenport roping an RBI double to the fence in right field, with Rinehold trading places one pitch later on a double up the right field alley. With a 7-4 lead under his belt, Nixon was nearly perfect in recording the final six outs of the game, shaking off a solo shot in the ninth to lock down the 7-5 win with back to back strikeouts.

At the plate in game one Rinehold registerred two RBI blasting two base hits, while Rivera was 3-5 at the plate in the game. Heidlage and Hogg each had a pair of hits in the win. On the mound Enfield earned his first win of the season going six innings allowing three earned runs, notching seven punchouts. Nixon recorded a nine-out save for the first of his season, fanning six of the 12 batters he faced.

Game 2 | Grace 12-2 Marian

Game two was even after the first two innings, as the Knights and Lancers had identical starts. Both teams scored a run in the first inning as an error allowed each side to plate their first score, while in the second inning both sides struck out with the bases loaded.

After the even start, the Lancers decided game two in the third inning, as Marian’s Andrew Noelker lost his command of the ball after getting the first man out. Noelker gave up a single and error on the following play put runners on the corners, giving Grace momentum as Austin Carr and Lucas Slager delivered back to back two-strike hits. A walk ended Noelker’s day, and Jake Marin inherited a bases loaded situation as he came in out of the bullpen. Marin allowed a single that scored a run, but after a strikeout a wild pitch and triple cleared the bags. Marin would give up an RBI single before getting out of the frame, and in the home half Kameron Salazar recorded an RBI single, leaving Grace in front 8-2 after three.

The Lancers would add two runs in each of their next two innings, as the Knights bullpen was tested. Chris Adams allowed two runs in the fourth as walks hurt the rookie pitcher, exiting with two outs as Jace Stoops picked up a strikeout to get out of a bases loaded jam. An error aided Grace in the fifth inning as two singles plated a pair, but Stoops again got a strikeout to close the inning. Taylor Soper and Dylan Sprong each threw scoreless innings to close the game on the defensive end, with Sprong sprinkling three strikeouts around a pair of walks.

Marian’s offense failed to match Grace’s big inning over their final four trips to the plate, as Evan Etchison was nearly unhittable allowing just one hit in his final three innings of work. The Knights’ top opportunity to add to their total came in the home side of the sixth as Aaron Hunter drew a walk and Kato singled, but the Lancers bullpen got out of the bases-loaded jam. Marian sent the minimum to the dish in their final at-bat, dropping game two 12-2.

Kato was Marian’s bright spot at the plate in game two, recording two of Marian’s three hits while scoring a run. Rivera and Salazar each had an RBI, and Hogg drew a pair of walks. Marian ended game two leaving 11 runners on base. For the pitching staff, Noelker was issued the loss allowing six unearned runs giving up four hits in 2.1 innings. Soper had the best outing tossing a perfect inning, and Sprong had a hitless appearance striking out three batters.

WILDCATS DROP DOUBLEHEADER VERSUS HUNTINGTON

Marian will travel to Huntington on Monday afternoon finishing the season series against the Foresters. Game one is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, as Marian makes their first trip to Huntington since 2019.

MARION, Ind. – IWU baseball dropped both games in a double header versus Huntington on Saturday. Huntington’s offense overpowered the Wildcats in game one ending with the final score of 17-7. Both pitchers went the distance in game two, but it was Huntington taking the win 2-1. Both games were played at Wildcat Field due to rainy conditions, Huntington was the home team for both games.

Rogers Ties Single-Season Assists Record In NCAC Game At Oberlin

Artie Rogers tied the Wabash single-season record for assists in a season by handing out two helpers in the lacrosse team’s North Coast Athletic Conference road contest at Oberlin Saturday afternoon. The Little Giants got three goals from Ethan Stonis along with single goals from Rogers, Joseph Plencner, and Anthony Nguyen in the 23-6 loss to the Yeomen.

Rogers put Wabash (3-7, 0-3 NCAC) on the scoreboard with his fourth goal of the season with 8:33 left in the first period on a man-up situation to trim the Oberlin (9-1, 3-0 NCAC) lead to 3-1. Stonis picked up the assist on the goal for his sixth helper of the year. Rogers picked up two more assists to add to his season total, giving him a team-high 22 for the year to tie Steven Stark for the single-season school record. Rogers’ first assist came on a goal from Nguyen in the third period. The final Rogers assist came on a goal from Stonis in the fourth period. Plencner, Stonis, and Jeremiah Eaton each handed out one assist apiece.

Stonis scored his first goal in the third period, then added two more in the final period in another man-advantage opportunity. The Little Giants were 2-for-2 in man-up chances for the game. Nguyen scored his 15th goal of the year in the final period. Stonis picked up two more goals in the fourth period before Plencner closed out the scoring with a goal with five minutes remaining in the contest.

Evan Schiefelbein won four of his nine faceoff chances in the game. He also scooped up a team-best five ground balls. Stonis, Schiefelbein, and AJ Miller each finished with two caused turnovers. Matthew Hendrick recorded 19 saves in goal for the Little Giants.

Wabash returns home to face arch-rival DePauw University in a conference matchup at Fischer Field on Tuesday, April 12 at 4 p.m.

RECAP | Several Program Records Fall for Grizzlies in HCLC Opening Win at Earlham

RICHMOND, Ind. – Several program records fell for the Franklin College women’s lacrosse team on Saturday (Apr. 9) night when the team faced off with Earlham College in its Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference (HCLC) opener.

The Grizzlies (2-6, 1-0 HCLC) set a new single-game program record for goals and two of the team’s top attackers etched their names in the program record book as part of a 20-4 win over the Quakers (1-8, 0-1 HCLC).

Sophomore attacker Baleigh Riddle became the first player in program history to reach double-digit goals with 10 in the game, which also matched the program record for points in a single contest. Junior attacker Victoria Simmons potted a career-high nine points, handing out a program record seven assists on the afternoon.

How it Happened

The Grizzlies wasted little time getting on the board with Riddle and Lora Adkins finding the back of the net in the game’s first five minutes. Franklin controlled possession and headed into the second quarter leading 7-0. The Quakers potted two quick goals to start the second, but Franklin took control back by scoring seven of the next goals to take a 14-3 lead into the half and set their sights on breaking some records in the second half.

Riddle surpassed the former record for goals in a game with 8:52 to go in the third when she netted her eighth to break Lexi Ingram’s old mark of seven in a game. Riddle would also give Franklin their final goal of the day with 7:09 to go, giving FC the program’s first 20-goal contest.

Inside the Box Score

-Shots for the day were 37-19 in Franklin’s favor with Riddle attempting 15 shots on the day, one shy of a program record.

-Adkins buried three goals and handed out an assist while Simmons and Mia Turnbaugh both scored a pair for the Grizzlies.

-Anya Golodowski had a goal and three helpers to go along with a team-high six ground balls and four caused turnovers.

-Riley Rice saw 14 shots on target, stopping 10 that came her way.

Up Next

The Grizzlies are on the road next Saturday (Apr. 16) afternoon to take on the Hanover Panthers in another HCLC matchup. The opening draw is set for 1:00 p.m.

Panthers Edge Anderson

The Anderson University men’s lacrosse team fell just short to the Hanover College Panthers in a non-conference match-up by a final score of 7-6 on Saturday in Hanover.

Most of the first quarter went scoreless between the two teams before the Ravens (5-5) found the back of the net off a Johnathan Havener goal with 2 minutes, 38 seconds off an unassisted goal. Heading into the second quarter, the Ravens held a 1-0 lead over the Panthers (6-4).

Hanover then spent the second quarter tying the game and ultimately taking the lead of the Ravens. The Panthers put up back to back goals at 13:10 and 10:39 to tie the game and take the lead for the first time. Anderson then tied it up at 8:01 when Clayton Emery found the back of the net off a Rhodes assist in a man-up situation to make it a 2-2 game. Before halftime, the Panthers put in two more goals, one at 6:27 and the other right before heading into the locker rooms with 5 seconds remaining to have a 4-2 lead over the Ravens.

Anderson then came out of halftime hungry for goals. Rhodes beat the Hanover goalkeeper at 9:38 to put the Ravens down by one. The tying goal then came at 6:29 from Cole Whatley off a Rhodes assist. Anderson then took the lead with 1:47 remaining in the quarter after Emery scored off another Rhodes assist. Heading into the fourth quarter the Ravens led 5-4.

During the final quarter of play, the Panther tied the game 5-5 with 7:04 on the clock. They then took the lead at 4:09 before extending it at 1:29 to hold a 7-5 lead. Anderson fought to stay in the game, putting up one final goal with 21 seconds remaining when Emery recorded his third of the game and Rhodes tallied his fourth assist of the game. Anderson was unable to find the back of the net anymore as they fell to the Panthers 7-6.

The Ravens were led in goal scoring by Emery, who found the back of the net three times. Josh Rhodes recorded one goal while assisting four times. Havener and Whatley both ended with one goal apiece.

Eric Fisher saved eight (53.3 percent) of the 15 shots he faced. Kenny Bentley won 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) faceoffs and picked up six ground balls. Justin Bemis tallied three caused turnovers and four ground balls. Blake Seifert and Emery collected four ground balls apiece.

Anderson ended with 28 shots, 12 on goal, while Hanover had 29 shots, 15 on goal. Hanover recorded one more ground ball than Anderson.

The Ravens will be back in action on Wednesday when they head to Richmond to take on the Earlham College Quakers (2-8) in a non-conference battle.

Strong Fourth Quarter Leads Men’s Lacrosse to Victory

ANGOLA, Ind. – After taking a lead into halftime, the Trine University men’s lacrosse team pulled away with a strong final quarter, taking their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) opener over visiting Alma College by the score of 10-6.

The Thunder struck first in the contest when they scored with 12:33 remaining in the first period. The goal was set up by a penalty called against the Scots giving the home team a man-up opportunity. Freshman Charlie Anderson (Howell, Mich. / Hartland) scored the goal with junior Andrew Douglas (Liberty Twp., Ohio / Lakota East) adding an assist.

After Alma tied the contest at one with just over 11 minutes remaining, the final two goals of the period would go to Trine as they pulled ahead taking a 3-1 lead into the first break. Senior Matt Zanichelli (Rolling Meadows, Ill. / William Fremd) and junior Noah Markus (Woodbury, Minn. / East Ridge) tallied the goals.

The second quarter saw only two goals scored, one for each team, both coming in the final minutes of the half. The Thunder goal couldn’t have come any later in the period. After a turnover in the defensive end with just ten seconds remaining, sophomore goalie Nick DiPaolo (Flemington, N.J. / Immaculate) launched the ball the length of the field where Zanichelli received it and immediately fired the shot home giving the team a 4-2 lead going into the intermission.

The Scots would go on a run of their own in the third period, scoring the first four goals of the second half and taking their first lead of the game at 6-4. The run was aided by a few Trine penalties with two of the goals coming from a man-up situation.

The Thunder closed that gap in the final minute of the quarter, scoring the final two goals of the period to tie the game at 6-6 going into the final break. Sophomore Klein Burkholder (Chambersburg, Pa. / Chambersburg) scored the first goal for the team, a quick shot off from the middle off of a pass from Zanichelli. Anderson would do the same in the waning seconds with the pass coming from freshman Patrick Doyle (Fishers, Ind. / Cathedral).

The tie was the last of the game as Trine scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to pull away to the 10-6 victory. Zanichelli, Markus, Douglas and Anderson would each tally a goal during the stretch.

DiPaolo played the game in goal for the team and finished the contest with 14 saves, allowing just four goals, and adding two groundballs. Senior Dave Keptner (Midland, Mich. / H.H. Dow) led the team with nine groundballs in the game.

The Thunder improve to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in MIAA play following the victory. They will continue their season when they travel to face Calvin University on Tuesday, April 12. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

PILOTS HOLD OFF MADONNA FOR WIN

SOUTH BEND – Bethel Women’s Lacrosse jumped out to a 13-4 lead and held on late for a 15-10 win over Madonna on Saturday. Hope Tempelman led the Pilots with five goals while Jenna Crockett assisted on seven goals on the day.

MATCH VITALS

Score: Bethel def. Madonna 15-10

Records: Bethel (4-6, 2-4) | Madonna (5-5, 1-5)

NAIA Top 10 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Madonna – NR

Location: Leighton Stadium | South Bend, Ind.

STAT TRACKER

Hope Tempelman: 5 goals, 1 assist, 7 draw controls

Becca Broadwick: 4 goals, 3 assists, 6 ground balls

Jenna Crockett: 2 goals, 7 assists, 3 ground balls

Isabelle Gerbrand: 3 goals, 3 draw controls

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

After giving up the game’s first two goals in the first three minutes of action, the Pilots responded with a 13-2 run to take a 13-4 lead with just under 17 minutes left in the game. Madonna scored six of the final eight goals to close the margin to 15-10.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots host Cleary on Wednesday at 6:00 pm.

Strong Second Half Sends Kenyon to NCAC Win over Tigers

Greencastle, Ind. – Visiting Kenyon outscored DePauw, 7-1, in the second half and pulled away for a 15-5 North Coast Athletic Conference victory over the Tigers. DePauw dropped to 1-9 overall and 0-3 in the NCAC, while the Lords improved to 7-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

The Lords wasted little time in getting on the board as they scored twice in the opening 46 seconds of the game. The Tigers countered as Beckett Tasker scored just 1:12 into the contest. DePauw trailed 5-3 after the first period and were still within two goals at 6-4 before Kenyon scored twice in the final 2:20 of the opening half for an 8-4 halftime lead.

Kenyon put the game away by outscoring the Tigers, 3-1, in the third and 4-0 in the final stanza.

Tasker, Danny Karbowski, Jack Flynn, Chris Schaefer and Henry White each scored once for the Tigers. Matt Pollack led Kenyon with four goals, while Weston Powell and Mike Matteo scored two apiece. Rollins Heath led the Lords with three assists.

Patrick Lawton recorded 17 saves in goals for DePauw, while Mayo Amorello stopped eight DePauw shots.

Kenyon won 22 of the 24 faceoffs and held advantages of 55-19 in shots and 53-21 in ground balls. The Tigers capitalized on 3-of-6 extra-man opportunities and stopped Kenyon on their four chances. DePauw committed 24 turnovers to Kenyon’s 20.

DePauw returns to action on Tuesday, April 12, with a 4 p.m. NCAC game at Wabash.

Panthers fourth quarter rally lifts them to victory

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers welcomed Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Anderson to Alumni Stadium on a chilly Saturday afternoon, winning the contest 7-6.

The Blue and Red were paced by freshman Luke Haines (Lexington, Ky.) who provided the game winning strike with just 4:00 minutes remaining in regulation.

After falling behind 1-0, senior Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.) delivered as he took a pass from sophomore Cole Finley (Louisa, Va.) in front of net for the one hop goal.

They claimed the lead later in the second quarter as sophomore Nick Adams (Greenwood, Ind.) maneuvered the defense for his first strike, 2-1. But again the Ravens responded beating the Panther keeper for the equalizer.

However, Meinhart continued to show off his impressive stick skills as he connected for his second goal of the afternoon with just over six minutes to play before half, 3-2. The final first half strike came from the stick of freshman Alex Kleinhelter (Fishers, Ind.) as he lifted HC to the 4-2 halftime advantage.

The Ravens came soaring back in the second half using a three goal outburst to flip the script and claim the 5-4 lead.

However, Mr. Clutch Meinhart reigned through as he picked up a pass from sophomore Zach Stone (Elizabethtown, Ky.) to tie the game before Haines delt the game winning blow. Sophomore Nick Adams (Greenwood, Ind.) netted the Panthers final strike in rout to the win.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, April 16 when they welcome Earlham to Alumni Stadium. Game time is set for 4:00 PM.

Women’s Lacrosse shoots past Anderson in HCAC action

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers dominated the Ravens of Anderson on a chilly Saturday afternoon, taking down the Ravens 13-2. With the win, Hanover moves to 6-4 overall, 2-0 HCAC.

The Hanover Panthers saw four players record multiple goals. Senior Delaney Benner (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up the win in frame playing a complete 60 minutes with 10 saves.

Hanover struck first with senior Anne Breeding (Miamisburg, Ohio) providing the blow as she took a pass from senior Milah Young (Granger, Ind.) for the 1-0 advantage.

Breeding continued her assault on net as she collected her second goal of the afternoon with 13 minutes remaining in the second frame to push HC on top, 2-1. They extended their lead following goals by Young and senior Britney Hernandez (Louisville, Ky.) that saw HC claim the 4-1 advantage.

The Panthers final goal of the first half came from the stick of Young as she propelled Hanover into the intermission leading 6-1.

The goal surge continued into the second half as Hernandez pegged two more goals to extend the Panther lead to 9-1.

The Blue and Red finished the contest with four fourth quarter goals in rout to the HCAC victory.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, April 13 when they welcome Earlham to Alumni Stadium. Game time is set for 4:00 PM.

DAVIT’S WALK-OFF DINGER WRAPS UP SWEEP OVER IWU

MARION, Ind. – The Huntington baseball team wrapped up their four-game series with Indiana Wesleyan by sweeping the Wildcats, 17-7, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Field. Just like yesterday, despite that it was a home series for HU, the games were played at IWU because of the field conditions at Forest Glen.

With these two wins and yesterday’s split, HU claims the regular season series 3-1 and improves to 17-13 overall, 15-7 in league play. The Foresters are currently third in the Crossroads League standings.

Game one was packed full of offense with Huntington not only taking a 4-1 advantage by the second frame but eventually run-ruling the Wildcats (19-18, 14-10) in the eighth.

While five Foresters posted multiple hits, Matt Wolff and Owen Young stole the show. Wolff finished with five hits which included a pair of two-run singles and a homer for five RBI while Young racked up four hits and just as many RBI.

Daniel Lichty added three hits and an RBI, Langston Ginder pounded out two hits and knocked in two runs and Satchell Wilson collected two hits and an RBI. Jarett Gray had just one hit, but it was a big one, a three-run homer in the seventh.

When all the dust settled, HU posted 18 hits and scored in six of the eight frames.

Starting pitcher Noah Arbuckle earned the win on the bump. In 5.1 innings of work, he gave up seven hits, four runs and three walks while striking out two.

The nightcap ended in walk-off fashion at the bat of Nick Davit who sent a bomb over the right field fence in the bottom of the seventh for a second heroic HU finish in less than 24 hours. Ian McCutcheon’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth of yesterday’s doubleheader opener sent Huntington home with a  3-2 win. 

Davit also played a role in the Foresters’ first run in the fourth. After a single that advanced Young, who had reached first on an error, to third, he got into a run down that allowed Young to sneak home.

Young’s run knotted things up at 1-1 as Wesleyan struck first in their opening at-bat but it proved the only time they touched home in a game that had a completely different feel than game one.

Freshman Tyler Papenbrock never left the mound to pick up the complete-game win. He was sensational, giving up just seven hits, one run and three walks while striking out three.

The Foresters are back in action on Monday to make up a doubleheader with Marian at Forest Glen.

Grace splits series in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Grace and Marian began their baseball doubleheader with a split in Indianapolis on a chilly Saturday afternoon.

The Knights claimed the opener 7-5 before Grace won emphatically 12-2 to earn the critical split.

After Saturday’s results, the Lancers (14-21, 8-14 CL) leapfrogged the Knights in the Crossroads League standings for the eighth spot by one game. The top eight teams in the standings earn a spot in the postseason CL Tournament.

The first game was a back-and-forth affair with the Knights scoring in the later innings to pull away.

The Knights (15-19, 7-13 CL) took advantage of a fielding error by Grace in the third inning, scoring three unearned runs to grab a 3-1 lead.

Grace was undaunted, however, pushing across three runs to regain the lead. All three of the Lancers’ runs in the fifth and sixth innings came with two outs, including a two-out double by Alex Rich and a two-out single by Jake Cox.

Marian struck back with two runs in both the sixth and seventh frames to seize a 7-4 lead, which was enough for the Knights.

Chris Griffin tried to jumpstart a last-inning rally with a solo home run in the ninth inning, but Grace was unable to pull any closer.

Cox batted 2 for 3 with 2 runs, 1 walk and 1 RBI, and Jeff Pawlik had 1 hit, 1 run, 1 RBI and 1 walk.

The Lancers enjoyed a 10-run rout in the second game. Evan Etchison was sharp on the mound in his start, and the Lancers produced 12 runs on 11 hits.

The game was even at 1-1 with two innings completed, but Grace was about to take control of the game.

The third inning belonged to the Lancers. Austin Carr, Cox and Griffin each singled in a run. Additionally, Lucas Slager had an RBI double, and Patrick Danforth drove in two with a triple as Grace plated seven times in the frame.

The Lancers were not done scoring, however. Grace tacked on four more runs over the next two innings to grab a double-digit lead.

In the fourth inning, Sam Newkirk led off with a single and took advantage of a passed ball and a wild pitch to race home.

In the fifth inning, a two-out, two-run single by Josh Cosme put the Lancers ahead 12-2.

Marian was quiet down the stretch and was held to one hit over the final four innings.

Etchison earned the win, allowing one earned run with seven strikeouts over 5.1 innings of work. Caleb Farney pitched the final 1.2 innings in relief and did not allow a hit or walk in his stint.

Danforth batted 2 for 4 with 2 runs, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base, and Slager hit 2 for 4 with two runs and a steal.

Cosme reached base safely four times and drove in two runs, and Carr had two hits and two runs.

The Lancers are on the road next week, including a single game on Wednesday at Indiana Tech and a weekend series at St. Francis on Friday and Saturday.

USI swept by Illinois Springfield to open series

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball was swept in a GLVC doubleheader by #28(ABCA)/#18 (NCBWA) University of Illinois Springfield, 9-2 and 19-2, Saturday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. The Screaming Eagles are 13-15 overall and 2-4 in the GLVC, while Illinois Springfield is 22-6 overall, 3-3 in the league.  

Game 1:

A big six-run seventh inning doomed USI in the opening game, 9-2. The Eagles allowed two in the second, one in the third, and six in the seventh in the game one loss.

USI had the early lead, 1-0, when sophomore leftfielder Gavin McLarty (Buckner, Kentucky) hit his second home run of the season in the second inning. McLarty doubled hit his season total in the opening game by posting a team-best three hits in four plate appearances.

The Prairie Stars took the lead for good in the bottom of the second with a two-run blast and increased the lead to 3-1 with a solo shot in the third. The score would remain 3-1 run until the sixth when USI cut the deficit to 3-2 on a RBI-single by McLarty.

Since entering the line-up versus Maryville University, McLarty is .500 (6-12) at the plate with two home runs and nine RBIs (six games).

USI had a chance to overtake Illinois Springfield in the sixth and seventh, but left a pair of Eagles on base in the sixth and the bases jammed in the seventh.

Illinois Springfield put the game out of reach in the bottom of the seventh when it scored six times to extend the lead to 9-2. The Eagles did not challenge in the final two frames as the Stars closed the door on the victory.

USi sophomore right-hander/designate hitter Trent Robinson (Louisville, Kentucky) took the tough loss for the Eagles. Robinson (2-4), who pitched well until the Stars exploded in the seventh, allowed six runs on five hits and a walk, while striking six.

Game 2:

USI could not get on track and was grounded by Illinois Springfield, 19-2, as the Stars completed a doubleheader sweep of the Eagles.

The Stars built a 15-0 lead before the Eagles could get on the scoreboard in the nightcap. USI scored its only runs of the game in the sixth when junior second baseman Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) hit a two-run blast. The home run was McNew’s team-best fifth of the season.

On the mound, senior right-hander Brice Stuteville (Rockport, Indiana) took the loss after going on four innings. Stuteville (4-2) allowed 10 runs on 10 hits and three walks, while striking out five.

Up Next for the Eagles:

USI and Illinois Springfield continue the four-game slate Sunday with a noon doubleheader. The second game Sunday was originally scheduled for Friday, but was postponed due to the inclement weather.

Eagles shutdown Panthers, extend win streak

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—University of Southern Indiana Softball held host Drury University to just one run and a combined seven hits as the No. 20 Screaming Eagles picked up a Great Lakes Valley Conference sweep to extend their winning streak to 16, two shy of the program record.

USI (28-8, 14-0 GLVC) won the first game, 2-1, in 10 innings, before blanking the Panthers, 2-0, in game two.

The Eagles, who are 14-0 in league play for the first time in program history, rallied from a one-run deficit to win the opener. Sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) homered to lead-off the fourth inning and tie the score at 1-1.

Fair’s single in the top of the 10th sparked the Eagles, who broke an impressive streak of scoreless innings with an RBI-single by junior pitcher Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana).

Goodin (7-0) got the win after holding the Panthers to just one run off six hits in 10 innings of work. She had four strikeouts and three walks as she outdueled Drury star pitcher Kristina Bettis (16-2), who had won her last 11 starts and had been named GLVC Pitcher of the Week five times this year.

Drury (26-11, 12-4 GLVC), which had won 14 of the last 15 games, scored in the first inning of game one, but was held in check throughout the remainder of the day.

Freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) held the Panthers to just one hit in game two en route to her second straight complete-game comeback. Newman (9-3) navigated around seven walks by striking out nine batters as she picked up her sixth straight win.

The Eagles aided Newman’s efforts with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Senior third baseman Mary Bean (Schaumburg, Illinois) scored on a wild pitch after being hit by a pitch to open the inning. Goodin drove in the second run later in the frame with a two-out, RBI-double.

USI finishes its weekend road trip Sunday at noon when it visits Southwest Baptist University in a GLVC doubleheader. The Bearcats (6-26, 0-14 GLVC) dropped both ends of a GLVC doubleheader to No. 5 University of Indianapolis Saturday afternoon.

Notes:

• USI is now two games ahead of second-place UIndy in the GLVC standings. The two teams meet for a GLVC doubleheader in Indianapolis Friday.

• The Eagles’ team ERA in league play has sunk to 1.37, with Newman sporting a 0.92 ERA in 38 innings of work.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Richardson Nets Two in Road Defeat

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Nic Richardson scored two early goals for a quick 2-0 Taylor lead and later added a pair of assists on Saturday at Concordia, but it was not enough for the Trojans to avoid a 20-7 loss.

Richardson found the back of the CU (2-7, 2-3 WHAC) goal just 49 seconds into the day and repeated the feat at the 12:55 mark of the opening period for a two-goal Trojan lead. Richardson then dished the assist on an Alex Blum goal in the final minute to send TU to the second period in a 5-3 deficit, after stopping a string of five-straight goals from the hosts.

The Cardinal lead swelled to 9-3 with four more unanswered tallies in the second and they put the game away with a 5-0 scoring edge in the third.

Taylor was outshot in the contest by 15 and put only 18-percent of its 39 shots on target in the loss. The Trojans also struggled in faceoffs, winning just nine-of-29 and picking up 18 fewer ground balls than CU.

Richardson provided a boost with two goals, two assists and two ground balls, while Wyatt Marshall also scored twice. Blum, Reid Gerig and Holt Taylor secured the remaining three goals for Taylor, with Gerig putting four of his six shot on target and Blum adding one assist.

Taylor (2-9, 0-5 WHAC) is set to return to action on Wednesday, when it hosts No. 5 Aquinas (6-3, 4-1 WHAC) on Wednesday, April 13 at 4:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Draw Even in Day-One Doubleheader with Spring Arbor

KOKOMO, Ind. – Throughout an unusually quiet day for the Trojan offense, the No. 25 Taylor University baseball team split its Saturday doubleheader with Spring Arbor (16-17-1, 10-12 CL) at Championship Park in Kokomo, Indiana.

Taylor posted just 12 hits throughout the day’s 16 innings, a relatively scarce day in comparison to what has been a season of abundant offense up to this point. Furthermore, six of the 12 base knocks were recorded by Trojan duo, TJ Bass and Kaleb Kolpien, with Bass blasting two home runs and Kolpien reaching base in six of eight plate appearances throughout the day.

Though it was senior shortstop, Nick Rusche, who dotted an exclamation mark at the end of Taylor’s game-one victory, a contest in which a little late-game magic tipped the cards in TU’s favor.

Before Rusche’s big moment in the ninth, however, Trojan starting pitcher, Luke Shively, put forth yet another stellar outing on the mound. In what was his first no-decision performance of the year, the Taylor day-one starter went seven-and-a-third innings, scattering four hits and three walks while racking in seven strikeouts. Though, most impressively, Shively sat down 14-consecutive Cougar batters between the second and seventh innings.

All the while, Taylor’s offense managed just two hits as the game moved into the seventh-inning stretch. That soon changed, however, when Bass stepped into the box in the top-half of the eighth and planted a Spring Arbor pitch out beyond the left-field fence, making it a one-one game.

Unfortunately the tied-score morphed into a Cougar advantage in the bottom-half of the eighth, when Spring Arbor cultivated a 3-1 lead heading into the ninth.

Failing to feel the pressure, though, with one out in Taylor’s final at-bat, corner infielders, Camden Knepp and Kade Vander Molen, knocked back-to-back base hits, setting the table for left fielder, Jacob Morris, to tie the game with a two-run double to left. After Michael Pinarski reached base via a Cougar error and Drew Loy pinch ran for Morris at third base, Rusche then took center stage for his big moment: a two-out, two-run double to left to put the Trojans up 5-3.

Kolpien, then, made the move from DH to pitcher, sitting Spring Arbor down one-two-three and earning the fourth save of his freshman campaign.

Though Taylor would mount another comeback-bid late in game two, it was not enough to take two from the Cougars, as TU settled for a split in its series-opening doubleheader with Spring Arbor.

Along the way, Bass and Kolpien combined for four of Taylor’s five game-two hits, the two Trojans combining for all three of Taylor’s runs-batted-in.

The scoring started in the third inning, when Kolpien knocked a two-out RBI-single up the middle to give Taylor a one-run lead. Yet, the lead did not last, as Spring Arbor answered with three runs of its own in the bottom-half of the inning.

Taylor’s offense then went cold until the seventh and final inning, when Pinarski led the inning off with a single to right while facing a four-to-one deficit. After an untimely double play, Rusche then prolonged the game when we was hit by a pitch with two strikes, inviting Bass back to the box with one on and two out.

The league’s leader in RBI then added two more to his belt, after having blasted his second home run of the day and making it a 4-3 game. The comeback-bid fell short, though, as Spring Arbor soon after recorded the inning’s final out to secure a one-run win in game two.

As a silver lining to the day’s split, Bass now comfortably leads the league in RBI by a margin of 10, as his 60 runs-batted-in on the season sits third in the nation and only eight behind the TU single-season RBI-record set by Ryne Otis in 2010.

Bass and the No. 25 Trojans (27-11, 17-5 CL) are set to return to action on Monday, April 11th, when Taylor and Spring Arbor are scheduled to duke it out in their second doubleheader of the series. First pitch is slated for 1:00 pm ET in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Trailblazers fall at Frontier to begin home-and-home series with Bobcats

FAIRFIELD, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers are taking advantage of their Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) bye week with four straight games against NJCAA Division I opponents, beginning with a two-game set with Frontier Community College.

VU traveled to Fairfield, Ill. Saturday afternoon to take part in a single nine-inning game as part of a two-game home-and-home series with the Bobcats.

The host Bobcats got off to a hot start, scoring four runs in the first inning, including getting three runs in the first three pitches of the game.

VU would begin their comeback in the fourth when freshman Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.) led off the inning with a single and came around to score on an RBI single by sophomore Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.).

The Trailblazers would get another run in the fifth after freshman Will Egger (Terre Haute, Ind.) reached base on an error and would score on an RBI single by Burdette to cut the Frontier lead to 4-2.

The Bobcats would increase their lead with a run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh.

Vincennes would again cut the deficit in the eighth with a two-out, two-run home run by VanLannen.

The Trailblazers would try to complete the comeback in the ninth inning with a double by freshman Nick Kapostasy (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Kapostasy would score when the next batter, freshman Kaden Elliott (New Albany, Ind.) drove him in with an RBI single.

Vincennes would be unable to complete the comeback however as Frontier finished off the 7-5 win over VU.

“It was a rough start, the first three hitters got on base on three pitches, with the third guy hitting a home run to put them up 3-0,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “They got a base hit later in the inning to score again, so they got four runs in the first. But to our credit it finished as a 7-5 game and our guys battled back.”

“Later on in the game Kapostasy comes through with a big hit in the ninth and Elliott scores him with an RBI single,” Barney added. “We get the tying run to the plate with Colin Long (Evansville, Ind.) who has done it all year for us and it just, unfortunately, didn’t work out today.”

VanLannen got the start on the mound and settled in after a rough first inning to throw four innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out five.

VanLannen also came through at the plate, with a pair of hits, including a home run and three RBI’s on the day.

“Connor did a good job of separating the pitching and hitting parts of his game today,” Barney said. “And really he did a pretty nice job on the mound after the first three hitters. He threw four innings and we got him out at around 70-75 pitches, which we wanted to do to make sure he was ready for next weekend. But he settled in and did a good job.”

“He separated at the plate, Ethan Burdette had two big hits and an RBI. Elliott came off the bench in the ninth and got an RBI,” Barney added. “The middle part of our order has done it all year for us, just unfortunately today it didn’t happen for us.”

Sophomore Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) was the first out of the bullpen for Vincennes Saturday, as Nichols lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on three hits and punching out two batters.

Nick Kapostasy entered to close out the seventh and threw the final one and one-third innings without allowing a hit and striking out three.

“Nichols did a good job on the mound,” Barney said. “He left one pitch up that their guy hit for a two-run homer. Kapostasy did a great job coming in relief of Nichols. We used three guys on the mound and those two did a good job.”

Vincennes will return home to Jerry Blemker Field tomorrow, Sunday, April 10, when Vincennes hosts Frontier CC. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. eastern.

The Trailblazers will continue their stretch of games Monday, April 11 when VU makes the short trip to Olney, Ill. to face Olney Central at 3 p.m. eastern.

The four-game Division I stretch will close Tuesday, April 12 when Vincennes hosts Kaskaskia College at Jerry Blemker Field. First pitch Tuesday is set for 6 p.m. eastern.

“We played decent defense today, we’ve got to make all of the plays and keep them to 27 outs tomorrow,” Barney said. “Kestler Harbuck (Brooksville, Fla.) will start tomorrow. Kestler is going to need to give us a quality start on the mound and get us to the fifth or sixth so we can turn it over to some guys out of the bullpen.”

“Hopefully the middle part of our order will get back on track and do what they have done all year for us,” Barney said. “Those are the things we are looking for tomorrow; quality start, middle part of the order continuing to hit and play really good defense with giving them only 27 outs.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1913       In a game that features President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the first pitch, Washington’s Walter Johnson gives up an unearned run in the first inning of the home opener, but the ‘Big Train’ will not yield another tally for 56 innings. The Senators beat the team now known as the Yankees, 2-1, switching from the Highlanders, the nickname the team had used since the franchise moved from Baltimore to New York for the 1903 season.

1947       During the sixth inning of an exhibition game against their minor league team at Ebbets Field, the Montreal Royals, Dodgers’ president Branch Rickey issues a brief statement to the press. The two sentences will forever change the game when the team announces, “The Brooklyn Dodgers today purchased Jackie Roosevelt Robinson’s contract from the Montreal Royals. He will report immediately.”

1959       On Opening Day, Nellie Fox, who goes 5-for-7, hits an unlikely two-run homer off Don Mossi in the top of the 14th inning to beat Detroit at Briggs Stadium, 9-7. The White Sox second baseman, called ‘Mighty Mite’ by his teammates, did not homer in 623 at-bats the last season.

1961       In the last opener ever to be played at Griffith Stadium, rookie president JFK throws out the longest and hardest thrown ceremonial first pitch in history as the ball sails over the heads of the players lined up in front of the presidential box. The newly elected Commander in Chief, an avid Red Sox fan, stays for the entire game and sees the ‘new’ Washington Senators, the former team having moved to Minnesota, play their first game, losing to the White Sox, 4-3.

1962       Wally Post hits the first home run in Dodger Stadium history, a two-out, three-run shot in the seventh inning over the center-field fence off Johnny Podres that proves to be the difference in Cincinnati’s 6-3 victory. The left fielder’s homer is a fair ball, unlike some others hit in Chavez Ravine, with the discovery the foul poles are positioned in foul territory, requiring special permission from the National League for balls down the line to be recognized as fair

1962       In front of 52,564 fans, Reds infielder Eddie Kasko doubles off of Johnny Podres in the first-ever at-bat at Dodger Stadium, and Duke Snider’s single in the bottom of the second accounts for the home team’s first hit. After playing their first four seasons at the LA Memorial Coliseum, the team drops a 6-3 decision to the Reds in the debut of the new $22 million ballpark in Chavez Ravine, financed with a low two-percent interest loan from the Union Oil Company in exchange for exclusive rights to advertise within the stadium.

1962       At Colt Stadium in Houston, thanks to a pair of three-run home runs by Roman Mejias, the Colt .45’s, in their first-ever major league game, defeat the Cubs, 11-2. Former Yankee hurler Bobby Shantz gets the win for the new franchise on owner Judge Hofheinz’s 50th birthday.

1968       In the Red Sox’ 7-3 win at Tiger Stadium, Carl Yastrzemski homers twice on the first day of the season, with one being an inside-the-park round-tripper. Marlin third baseman Emilio Bonifacio will stroke the next Opening Day inside-the-park poke 41 years later when he circles the bases for a four-base hit against the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium.

1969       Tommie Agee hits a monster shot into the top tier of the stadium in left field, making the blast the longest home run to reach the seats in Shea Stadium history. The Mets place a disc in the Flushing ballpark’s upper deck to commemorate the Mets center fielder’s historic homer.

1971       The largest crowd to attend a baseball in Pennsylvania witness the Phillies’ first game at Veterans Stadium, despite temperatures in the low 40s. A chilled but enthusiastic 55,352 fans are on hand to see Jim Bunning throw the first pitch, and Larry Bowa single for the park’s first hit, in Philadelphia’s 4-1 defeat of the Expos.

1973       A crowd of 39,464 chilly fans watches the first game at Royals Stadium and sees the home team rout the Rangers, 12-1. The ballpark, which will be renamed Kauffman Stadium in 1993 to honor the team’s beloved owner, is recognized as one of the most beautiful ballparks in baseball.

1976       With the bases loaded and the Brewers trailing the Yankees by three runs, Don Money blasts Dave Pagan’s 1-0 pitch deep into the left-field bleachers, circling the bases for an apparent walk-off grand slam. Billy Martin vehemently insists first base ump Jim McLean called a timeout before the pitch, leading to the play’s nullification when the arbitrator admits he had, after denying the skipper’s claim at first, in Milwaukee’s eventual 9-7 heartbreaking loss.

1976       After being granted his free agency in a landmark case that will forever change baseball, Andy Messersmith becomes one of the first major leaguers to use his new status to sign with a team of his choice. The former Dodger right-hander comes to terms with the Braves, posting a 16-15 record during his two-year tenure for his new club.

1977       At Fenway Park, the Indians (13) and the Red Sox (6) established a major league record for the most runs scored by both teams in one inning. The eighth inning barrage proves to be too much for Boston as Cleveland beats the home team, 19-9.

1979       After yesterday’s 10-2 Opening Day rout by the Blue Jays, White Sox owner Bill Veeck offers free admission to fans for tomorrow’s Comiskey Park contest. The outcome will also be disappointing for the Southside fans when the Pale Hose allows six Toronto runs to score in the top of the eighth inning and lose the game, 9-7.

1979       At the Astrodome, J.R. Richard, striking out 13 batters in a complete-game effort, sets the record for most wild pitches in a game, uncorking six in the Astros’ 2-1 victory over a win over the Dodgers. Braves’ knuckleballer Phil Niekro will tie the Houston right-hander dubious mark later in the season, each surpassing Tiger rookie Charley Wheatley, who threw five in one frame in 1912.

1980       At Arlington Stadium’s season opener, Jon Matlack and Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry match zeroes for nine innings. In the 12th, with his 1978 Opening Day nemesis, Richie Zisk, at the plate, Goose Gossage allows Mickey Rivers to score the game’s only run from third base when his first and only pitch is wild, giving the Rangers a 1-0 victory.

1981       On Opening Day, White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, playing the first game of his career while not wearing a Red Sox uniform, makes a dramatic return to Fenway, hitting a three-run homer in the eighth to knot the score at 3-3. Chicago will tack on two more runs in the ninth and will beat Boston, 5-3.

1982       A crowd of 62,443 fans shows up with the game-time temperature 38 degrees with a wind chill of 17 to see the Indians drop the season opener to the Rangers, 8-3. The team removed five hundred tons of snow from the Municipal Stadium field before the game.

1984       Martha and the Vandellas’ iconic hit Dancing in the Streets, which was recorded a couple of miles north of the ballpark twenty years ago at the Motown Studios, is finally played over the public address system at Tiger Stadium. Jim Campbell, the Detroit’s GM who thought the lyrics might cause rowdiness in the stands, finally gives in to the wishes of his younger fans, resulting in a ballpark tradition of the crowd cheering when Martha Reeves belts out the immortal words, “Can’t Forget the Motor City.”

1985       Cal Ripken sprains his left ankle during a pick-off play in the third inning of a game (444 of the streak) against the Rangers. The ‘Iron man’ does not leave the game, and X-rays taken later in the day will reveal no fractures.

1989       Ken Griffey Jr., the youngest player in the majors, hits his first career homer on the first pitch he ever sees at his home ballpark, the Kingdome. The 19-year-old son of the Reds outfielder with the same name takes White Sox right-hander Eric King’s pitch deep on his father’s 39th birthday.

1989       Dave Stieb pitches his third one-hitter in his past four starts when the Blue Jays beat the Yankees in the Bronx, 8-0. The 30-year-old right-hander had also limited Baltimore and Cleveland to a lone hit during his last two starts the previous season.

1990       At the SkyDome in Toronto, George Bush becomes the first U.S. president to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day in Canada. After the international toss, the Blue Jays beat the visiting Rangers, 2-1.

1990       Detroit skipper Sparky Anderson decides to walk Wade Boggs intentionally three times, tying a major league mark for a nine-inning game. The Tigers’ strategy pays off in preventing additional runs from scoring, but the team still drops a 4-2 decision to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

1992       Dave Eiland hits his only big-league home run in his first major league at-bat and becomes the first hurler to accomplish the feat which also allows a homer to the first batter he faced in the major leagues. In 1988, as a rookie for the Yankees, the Padres right-hander gave up a round-tripper to Paul Molitor, who was the first batter he faced in his big league debut.

1997       Alex Fernandez, making his first appearance in Chicago since leaving the White Sox after signing with the Marlins as a free agent in the offseason, comes within two outs from pitching a no-hitter at Wrigley Field. Cubs’ pinch-hitter Dave Hansen’s infield hit off the pitcher’s glove breaks up the no-no, but the right-hander’s one-hitter hands the Northsiders a 1-0 loss, with the team falling to 0-8, the worst start in the club’s 122-year history.

1998       “Well I love that dirty water Oh, Boston, you’re my home (Oh, you’re the number one place)”

Following the lead of the NHL’s Bruins and the NFL’s Patriots, the Red Sox begin playing Ed Cobb’s Dirty Water, a song sung by the Standells known for its iconic lyrics, ‘Boston you’re my home,’ after the home team wins. The debut of the tune at Fenway Park is memorable when the team’s victory anthem plays with Mo Vaughn circling the bases following his walk-off grand slam, giving the BoSox, who had entered the frame trailing by five runs, an improbable 9-7 walk-off victory over Seattle.

1998       Trailing Arizona 4-2 at Qualcomm Stadium with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Steve Finley erases the two-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam. The Padres’ center fielder, who will accomplish the feat again in 2004, hits the game-ending round-tripper off Felix Rodriguez.

2000       Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the youngest player in major league history to hit 400 home runs when he goes deep into the left-field seats off Rolando Arrojo in the fourth inning of the Reds’ 7-5 loss to Colorado at Coors Field. Thirty-year-old ‘Junior’ reaches the milestone 107 days younger than Jimmie Foxx, who accomplished the feat in 1938 playing with the Red Sox.

2003       Astros’ outfielder Craig Biggio breaks Bobby Bonds’ National League record when he hits his 31st career leadoff homer, a shot off Cincinnati’s Danny Graves in Houston’s 4-2 victory at Minute Maid Park. Rickey Henderson holds the major league mark, homering 80 times as the first batter for his team.

2003       In a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals at Coors Field, the Rockies turned the first triple play in club history. With Scott Rolen on second base and Tino Martinez on first, Colorado’s first baseman Todd Helton catches Orlando Palmeiro’s soft liner for the first out and then throws the ball to shortstop Jose Hernandez, who steps on second for the second out and then tags Martinez to complete the triple killing.

2006       During the Devil Rays’ home opener, a snippet of More Cowbell, a skit from Saturday Night Live, originally aired in the spring of 2000, is shown at Tropicana Field. The use of the video clip, suggested by the team’s new principal owner Stuart Sternberg, will inspire the Tampa Bay fans to start the tradition of clanging bells at the ballpark during games.

2006       Rather than exploit the free-agent market next season, David Ortiz agrees to a $52 million, four-year contract extension with the Red Sox. The deal, which keeps the popular designated hitter in Boston until 2010, also contains a team option for 2011.

2007       After four days of weather-induced postponements, including blinding snow and sub-freezing temperatures, the Cleveland Indians play their home opener on the road, beating the Angels at Miller Park in Milwaukee, 7-6. The last time a series changed venues, the games were played in U.S. Cellular Field when the Marlins hosted the Expos in Chicago due to Hurricane Ivan hitting Miami in September of 2004.

2012       The Marlins suspends their manager Ozzie Guillen five games after he praises Fidel Castro in a magazine interview. The comments of the outspoken skipper deeply offend the large Cuban exile community living in Miami, many of whom were victimized by the dictator.

2012       The Indians announce Carlos Santana has signed a five-year extension, with a club option for a sixth year, reportedly worth $21 million. The 26-year-old catcher joins the team’s shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who signed a two-year extension last week with the Tribe, as a player with less than three years of service locked up through their arbitration-eligible years.

2012       Vin Scully misses the Dodgers’ home opener for the first time in 35 years when doctors order the 84-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster to rest as he recovers from a bad cold. The last time the team’s play-by-play announcer was absent from the season’s first home game, he was on assignment, calling the first round of the Masters in 1977.

2013       The Red Sox regular-season span of 794 sellouts ends when a less-than-capacity crowd attends the team’s 8-5 loss to the Orioles at Fenway Park, easily surpassing the previous baseball record of 455 full houses at Jacobs Field, established by the Indians from 1995 to 2001. With the addition of postseason games bringing the total to 820, the franchise also passed the Portland Trailblazers’ mark of 814 consecutive sold-out contests, making Boston’s stretch the longest in the history of major professional sports.

2014       Twenty-four-year-old sophomore hurler Danny Salazar strikes out ten White Sox batters in 3.2 innings during the Indians’ loss at U.S. Cellular Field, marking the first time since 1914 a starting pitcher whiffed ten batters without finishing the fourth frame. The right-hander gives up five earned runs and six hits and gets all his outs via the strikeout, except for Adam Eaton, who is thrown out at second base, trying to stretch a single into a double for the first out in the third inning.

2015       Cubs Travis Wood and Tyler Matzek of the Rockies each hit eighth in their team’s lineup, marking just the 12th time in major league history that mound opponents have not batted ninth in the same game. The last occurrence happened in 2008 when the Cardinals, led by Tony La Russa, who frequently employed his hurler in that slot, played the Pirates.

2015       Mark Buehrle becomes the 113th pitcher in major league history to win 200 games when he hurls six solid innings in Toronto’s 12-5 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards. The 36 year-old southpaw, who has also played for the White Sox and Marlins, is the second pitcher to reach the milestone while wearing a Blue Jays uniform, joining Roger Clemens, who accomplished the feat in 1997.

2015       At Great American Ball Park, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman throws a 101 mph fastball by Matt Holliday to get the last out in the team’s 5-4 victory over St. Louis, making the fireballer the leader in saves by a Cuban-born player with 115. The 27-year-old Holguin native surpasses Pinar del Rio’s Danys Baez, who, beginning in 2001, closed for six teams during his ten-year tenure in the major leagues.

2015       The Red Sox need six hours and 49 minutes to beat New York at Yankee Stadium, making the contest the longest game in franchise history. The 19-inning victory lasts 14 minutes longer to complete than a 2001 loss to the Rangers in Texas.

2017       Wil Myers completes the second cycle in Padres’ history when he triples in the top of the 8th inning of team’s 5-3 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. The 26-year-old first baseman joins Matt Kemp, who accomplished the feat two seasons ago after the franchise had gone 35 years without one.

TV SUNDAY

BOWLINGTIME ETTV
PBA PLAYOFFS12:00PMFS1
PBA PLAYOFFS2:00PMFS1
COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA12:00PMSECN
FLORIDA STATE AT GEORGIA TECH2:00PMACCN
MARYLAND AT MINNESOTA2:00PMBTN
ALABAMA AT OLE MISS3:00PMSECN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
VIRGINIA TECH AT FLORIDA STATE12:00PMACCN
MARYLAND AT PURDUE12:00PMBTN
TENNESSEE AT GEORGIA1:30PMESPN2
ALABAMA AT FLORIDA4:00PMESPN2
ARIZONA AT OREGON STATE4:00PMESPNU
FISHINGTIME ETTV
BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES8:00AMFS1
GOLFTIME ETTV
MASTERS3:00PMESPN
MLBTIME ETTV
OAKLAND AT PHILADELPHIA1:05PMNBCS-CA
NBCS-PHI
NY METS AT WASHINGTON1:05PMSNY
MASN/2
TEXAS AT TORONTO1:07PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
BALTIMORE AT TAMPA BAY1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MASN/2
CHI. WHITE SOX AT DETROIT1:10PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
CINCINNATI AT ATLANTA1:35PMESPN+
BALLY SPORTS
CLEVELAND AT KANSAS CITY2:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT MINNESOTA2:10PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
PITTSBURGH AT ST. LOUIS2:15PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
LA DODGERS AT COLORADO3:10PMATTSN-RM
SPORTSNET
MIAMI AT SAN FRANCISCO4:05PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-BAY
HOUSTON AT LA ANGELS4:07PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
SAN DIEGO AT ARIZONA4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
BOSTON AT NY YANKEES7:08PMESPN
NESN
YES
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
FORMULA ONE: AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX1:00AMESPN
FIM MOTOGP: GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS1:30PMNBC
INDYCAR: GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH3:00PMNBC
NBATIME ETTV
INDIANA AT BROOKLYN3:30PMYES
BALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT HOUSTON3:30PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT CLEVELAND3:30PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-BAY
WASHINGTON AT CHARLOTTE3:30PMNBCS-WSH
BALLY SPORTS
BOSTON AT MEMPHIS7:00PMNBCS-BOS
BALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT PHILADELPHIA7:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
MIAMI AT ORLANDO7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
TORONTO AT NEW YORK7:00PMSPORTSNET
MSG
CHICAGO AT MINNESOTA8:30PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
LA LAKERS AT DENVER9:30PMSPORTSNET
ALT
GOLDEN STATE AT NEW ORLEANS9:30PMNBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
OKLAHOMA CITY AT LA CLIPPERS9:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SACRAMENTO AT PHOENIX9:30PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
SAN ANTONIO AT DALLAS9:30PMBALLY SPORTS
UTAH AT PORTLAND9:30PMROOT SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
NHLTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT WASHINGTON1:30PMTNT
NASVHILLE AT PITTSBURGH4:00PMTNT
LOS ANGELES AT MINNESOTA5:00PMBALLY SPORTS
BUFFALO AT TAMPA BAY5:00PMMSG-BUF
BALLY SPORTS
ANAHEIM AT CAROLINA6:00PMBALLY SPORTS
DALLAS AT CHICAGO7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
WINNIPEG AT OTTAWA7:30PMSPORTSNET
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SERIE A: GENOA VS LAZIO6:30AMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: BORDEAUX VS METZ7:00AMBEIN SPORTS
SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP: ST. MIRREN VS RANGERS7:00AMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: OSASUNA VS DEPORTIVO ALAVÉS8:00AMESPN+
EREDIVISIE: VITESSE VS CAMBUUR8:30AMESPN+
EREDIVISIE: PSV VS RKC WAALWIJK8:30AMESPN+
ALLSVENSKAN: HELSINGBORG VS IFK GÖTEBORG9:00AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: BREST VS NANTES9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: ANGERS SCO VS LILLE9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: MONACO VS TROYES9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
SERIE A: SASSUOLO VS ATALANTA9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: VENEZIA VS UDINESE9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: NAPOLI VS FIORENTINA9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BRENTFORD VS WEST HAM UNITED9:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LEICESTER CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACE9:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: NORWICH CITY VS BURNLEY9:00AMUSA
BUNDESLIGA: BOCHUM VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN9:30AMESPN+
BRASILEIRÃO: CORITIBA VS GOIÁS10:00AMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: ESPANYOL VS CELTA DE VIGO10:15AMESPN+
EREDIVISIE: HERACLES VS FEYENOORD10:45AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: LENS VS NICE11:00AMBEIN SPORTS
BUNDESLIGA: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT VS FREIBURG11:30AMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: MANCHESTER CITY VS LIVERPOOL11:30AMUSA
SERIE A: ROMA VS SALERNITANA12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: ELCHE VS REAL SOCIEDAD12:30PMESPN+
LIGUE 1: STRASBOURG VS OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS1:00PMBEIN SPORTS
SUPER LIG: FENERBAHÇE VS GALATASARAY1:30PMBEIN SPORTS
BUNDESLIGA: RB LEIPZIG VS HOFFENHEIM1:30PMESPN+
MLS: CHARLOTTE VS ATLANTA UNITED1:30PMABC
SERIE A: TORINO VS MILAN2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: LEVANTE VS BARCELONA3:00PMESPN+
BRASILEIRÃO: BOTAFOGO VS CORINTHIANS3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: ATLÉTICO MINEIRO VS INTERNACIONAL3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE VS MONTPELLIER3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
USL CHAMPIONSHIP: LOUDOUN UNITED VS LOUISVILLE CITY4:00PMESPN+
BRASILEIRÃO: SÃO PAULO VS ATHLETICO-PR5:00PMPARAMOUNT+
USL CHAMPIONSHIP: BIRMINGHAM LEGION VS HARTFORD ATHLETIC5:00PMESPN+
BRASILEIRÃO: AVAÍ VS AMÉRICA MINEIRO6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: AUSTIN VS MINNESOTA UNITED7:30PMFS1
LIGA MX: QUERÉTARO VS TIGRES UANL8:00PMTUDN

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES201.0002 – 00 – 02 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 0W 2
TAMPA BAY201.0002 – 00 – 02 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 0W 2
TORONTO201.0002 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 02 – 0W 2
BALTIMORE02.00020 – 00 – 20 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 2L 2
BOSTON02.00020 – 00 – 20 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 2L 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
KANSAS CITY201.0002 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 00 – 02 – 0W 2
CHI WHITE SOX11.50010 – 01 – 10 – 01 – 10 – 01 – 1W 1
DETROIT11.50011 – 10 – 00 – 01 – 10 – 01 – 1L 1
CLEVELAND02.00020 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 2L 2
MINNESOTA02.00020 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 20 – 2L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
SEATTLE201.0000 – 02 – 00 – 02 – 00 – 02 – 0W 2
HOUSTON21.6670.50 – 02 – 10 – 00 – 02 – 12 – 1L 1
LA ANGELS12.3331.51 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 21 – 2W 1
OAKLAND02.00020 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 2L 2
TEXAS02.00020 – 00 – 20 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 2L 2
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS301.0000 – 03 – 03 – 00 – 00 – 03 – 0W 3
PHILADELPHIA201.0000.52 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 0W 2
ATLANTA21.66712 – 10 – 00 – 02 – 10 – 02 – 1W 2
MIAMI11.5001.50 – 01 – 10 – 00 – 01 – 11 – 1W 1
WASHINGTON03.00030 – 30 – 00 – 30 – 00 – 00 – 3L 3
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
CHI CUBS201.0002 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 00 – 02 – 0W 2
ST. LOUIS201.0002 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 00 – 02 – 0W 2
CINCINNATI12.3331.50 – 01 – 21 – 20 – 00 – 01 – 2L 2
MILWAUKEE02.00020 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 2L 2
PITTSBURGH02.00020 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 2L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
SAN DIEGO21.6670 – 02 – 10 – 00 – 02 – 12 – 1W 2
COLORADO11.5000.51 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 11 – 1W 1
LA DODGERS11.5000.50 – 01 – 10 – 00 – 01 – 11 – 1L 1
SAN FRANCISCO11.5000.51 – 10 – 01 – 10 – 00 – 01 – 1L 1
ARIZONA12.33311 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 21 – 2L 2

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XYZ-MIAMI5328.65429-1224-1613-235-166-46 W
2 XY-MILWAUKEE5130.6302.027-1424-1612-333-187-33 W
3 X-BOSTON5031.6173.028-1322-189-733-197-31 L
4 X-PHILADELPHIA5031.6173.023-1727-146-1031-206-41 W
5 X-TORONTO4833.5935.024-1724-1610-530-218-23 W
6 X-CHICAGO4536.5568.027-1418-2210-629-233-74 L
BROOKLYN4338.53110.019-2124-1710-630-216-43 W
CLEVELAND4338.53110.024-1619-229-626-252-83 L
ATLANTA4239.51911.027-1415-259-726-267-31 L
10 CHARLOTTE4239.51911.021-1921-207-826-256-42 W
11 NEW YORK3645.44417.016-2420-214-1121-306-41 W
12 WASHINGTON3546.43218.021-2014-267-824-275-52 L
13 INDIANA2556.30928.016-259-312-1411-401-99 L
14 DETROIT2358.28430.013-2810-306-1018-334-62 L
15 ORLANDO2160.25932.011-2910-312-1311-403-71 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XYZ-PHOENIX6417.79032-832-910-539-127-31 W
2 XY-MEMPHIS5625.6918.030-1026-1511-536-168-21 W
3 X-GOLDEN STATE5229.64212.031-1021-1912-432-195-54 W
4 X-DALLAS5130.63013.028-1223-1813-235-168-23 W
5 X-UTAH4833.59316.029-1219-2114-132-193-71 L
6 X-DENVER4833.59316.023-1725-166-1029-226-41 W
MINNESOTA4635.56818.026-1420-2112-432-205-51 W
LA CLIPPERS4140.50623.024-1617-249-725-265-54 W
NEW ORLEANS3645.44428.019-2117-246-1025-266-41 L
10 SAN ANTONIO3447.42030.016-2518-226-924-277-32 L
11 LA LAKERS3249.39532.021-2011-293-1317-342-81 W
12 SACRAMENTO2952.35835.016-2513-275-1019-324-63 L
13 PORTLAND2754.33337.017-2310-311-1411-400-1010 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2457.29640.012-2912-286-1017-344-62 L
15 HOUSTON2061.24744.011-299-323-1311-413-76 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-FLORIDA PANTHERS72511561084830221430-6-021-9-69-1-0
2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES72461881004523817326-7-420-11-45-3-2
3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS72471961004527722126-7-221-12-48-1-1
4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS73472061004322518724-7-423-13-27-2-1
BOSTON BRUINS7145215954322519122-11-223-10-38-2-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS73412210923824020319-12-522-10-53-6-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING7143208944123420421-7-622-13-24-4-2
WASHINGTON CAPITALS71392210883423620817-15-522-7-56-4-0
NEW YORK ISLANDERS7133299753219519618-13-415-16-56-4-0
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS7334336743023527318-15-416-18-22-5-3
11 DETROIT RED WINGS72283410662520927718-13-710-21-33-4-3
12 BUFFALO SABRES73263611632320325914-17-612-19-54-3-3
13 OTTAWA SENATORS7126396582519023213-20-313-19-34-5-1
14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS72233811572218825613-18-610-20-53-7-0
15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS7225416562222126916-17-49-24-23-6-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS72204111511719027510-20-410-21-73-5-2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-COLORADO AVALANCHE72521461104827519828-4-324-10-38-1-1
CALGARY FLAMES7244199974225317821-8-723-11-26-3-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES72422010944026420725-9-417-11-67-2-1
MINNESOTA WILD7043216923825721924-7-219-14-47-1-2
EDMONTON OILERS7342256903825523023-12-119-13-57-2-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS73382510863420920818-16-420-9-64-4-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS7141264863923420722-12-019-14-46-4-0
DALLAS STARS7140274843620821322-10-218-17-26-3-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7340294843623421621-14-319-15-17-3-0
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS73352810803221220615-14-620-14-45-2-3
11 WINNIPEG JETS72332811773122222719-15-314-13-85-4-1
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS73293212702520623716-17-513-15-72-7-1
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS7129339672718622816-16-513-17-43-6-1
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS71243611592018824911-18-613-18-52-6-2
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN7223436522118625012-21-311-22-35-5-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES7222455492117926510-24-112-21-42-7-1
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE