INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

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JAY COUNTY 9 CENTERVILLE 1

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BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 18 SETON CATHOLIC 7

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WAPAHANI 14 NORTHEASTERN 2

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TAYLOR 13 NORTHFIELD 9

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AVON 6 LOGANSPORT 4

LOGANSPORT 9 AVON 8

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GLENN 11 KANKAKEE VALLEY 6

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UNION CITY 7 WINCHESTER 6

DELPHI 15 TRI CENTRAL 5

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LAPORTE 14 GOSHEN 5

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TAYLOR 18 NORTHFIELD 8

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BROWNSBURG 15 PIKE 1

LAWRENCEBURG 11 HAUSER 1

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INDIANA DEAF 18 CROTHERSVILLE 7

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FRANKLIN 6 GRIFFITH 4

UNIVERSITY 15 SPEEDWAY 0

ANDERSON 11 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 10

UNIVERSITY 13 LEBANON 1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

SOUTH ADAMS 9 NORWELL 8

SEYMOUR 4 NORTH HARRISON 1

LAKE CENTRAL 12 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 5

NEW PRAIRIE 10 LAPORTE 0

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LEO 12 MUNSTER 3

WARSAW 13 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 3

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NEW CASTLE 7 SOUTHPORT 5

SHENANDOAH 8 LINCOLN 4

MITCHELL 13 SHOALS 3

CARMEL 10 DECATUR CENTRAL 9

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CASCADE 7 DANVILLE 6

GREENWOOD 8 INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA 6

SOUTH BEND CLAY 12 HAMMOND NOLL 2

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GREENCASTLE 15 NORTH PUTNAM 4

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TWIN LAKES 20 RENSSELAER CENTRAL 3

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EAST NOBLE 6 HOMESTEAD 5

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HAUSER 17 NORTH DECATUR 2

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YORKTOWN 2 SHELBYVILLE 1

FRANKLIN 21 HERRON 4

CLINTON CENTRAL 15 SHERIDAN 4

EDINBURGH 11 BROWN COUNTY 5

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HANOVER CENTRAL 5 HOBART 4

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ELKHART 7 NORTHWOOD 5

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MOUNT VERNON 11 COLUMBUS EAST 1

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MOORESVILLE 13 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 4

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 4 PLAINFIELD 0

WEST WASHINGTON 11 SALEM 2

WOODLAN 11 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 0

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NORWELL 19 SOUTH ADAMS 13

MILAN 20 CALVARY CHRISTIAN 9

PERRY CENTRAL 5 BORDEN 3

RONCALLI 13 FLOYD CENTRAL 2

HAMMOND MORTON 12 THORTON FRACTIONAL SOUTH 11

JAC CEN DEL 8 NEW WASHINGTON 7

GARRETT 6 WEST NOBLE 3

LAFAYETTE JEFF 21 FORT WAYNE NORTH 6

BARR REEVE 9 NORTH DAVIES 7

MADISON 16 CORYDON CENTRAL 5

KNIGHTSTOWN 13 BLUE RIVER VALLEY 0

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WABASH 23 SOUTHERN WELLS 7

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HEBRON 16 WEST LAFAYETTE 2

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CENTER GROVE 1 PENN 0

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PLYMOUTH 13 KNOX 2

JEFFERSONVILLE 2 DUPONT MANUAL 0

KOKOMO 6 FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 4

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ROSSVILLE 9 CARROLL 1

LAPORTE 13 NEW PRAIRIE 10

GLENN 14 TIPPECANOE VALLEY 13

UNION CITY 14 WINCHESTER 4

JAY COUNTY 14 CENTERVILLE 2

RISING SUN 8 NORTHEASTERN 3

WINAMAC 11 NORTHFIELD 1

WARSAW 11 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 5

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 15 MONROE CENTRAL 4

MOORESVILLE 17 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 5

PERU 6 CASTON 3

CASTLE 6 TECUMSEH 4

NEW CASTLE 11 SOUTHPORT 1

LOGANSPORT 16 SOUTH BEND CLAY 8

INDIANAPOLIS RITTER 14 HERRON 9

TWIN LAKES 20 RENSSELAER CENTRAL 4

CHARLESTOWN 7 MITCHELL 0

WOODLAN 21 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 2

EAST CENTRAL 4 NORTH HARRISON 2

UNION COUNTY 12 FRANKLIN COUNTY 1

WEST CENTRAL 18 NORTH WHITE 3

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 15 ELWOOD 2

COLUMBUS EAST 8 MOUNT VERNON 6

MADISON GRANT 14 ANDERSON 3

PIONEER 4 MORGAN TWP. 0

DELPHI 20 TRI CENTRAL 0

SEEGER 6 RIVERTON PARKE 5

FRANKLIN CENTRAL 9 KANKAKEE VALLEY 5

NORTH VERMILLION 17 FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 2

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EMINENCE 23 PURDUE POLY 0

HOMESTEAD 10 NORTHRIDGE 0

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 15 GLENN 14

FREMONT 22 MANCHESTER 3

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 20 CULVER COMMUNITY 8

LEBANON 11 EVANSVILLE HARRISON 2

CENTER GROVE 11 PENN 9

HEBRON 19 WEST LAFAYETTE 0

SOUTHERN WELLS 19 WABASH 5

UNION CITY 12 WINCHESTER 5

ROSSVILLE 12 CARROLL 2

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 10 CROWN POINT 8

LEWIS CASS 12 FRONTIER 6

MUNSTER 2 FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 1

PLAINFIELD 1 DANVILLE 0

RISING SUN 8 TRITON CENTRAL 2

MOUNT CARMEL 7 MOUNT VERNON 4

BORDEN 7 PERRY CENTRAL 4

CASTLE 9 BOONVILLE 7

CENTRAL NOBLE 10 BLUFFTON 6

COLUMBUS NORTH 10 SEYMOUR 0

LOGANSPORT 14 HAMMOND NOLL 1

FRANKLIN COUNTY 5 UNION COUNTY 2

LEO 10 KOKOMO 1

HARRISON 13 CROWN POINT 7

MORGAN TWP. 12 NORTH MIAMI 2

LEBANON 12 LAFAYETTE JEFF 8

NBA PLAYOFFS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. ATLANTA HAWKS (8)

• GAME 1: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | SUNDAY, APRIL 17 | 1 ET | TNT

• GAME 2: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, APRIL 19 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: MIAMI VS. ATLANTA | FRIDAY, APRIL 22 | 7 ET | ESPN

• GAME 4: MIAMI VS. ATLANTA | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 7 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: MIAMI VS. ATLANTA | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

BOSTON CELTICS (2) VS. BROOKLYN NETS (7)

• GAME 1: BROOKLYN VS. BOSTON | SUNDAY, APRIL 17 | 3:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 2: BROOKLYN VS. BOSTON | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 | 7 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 7:30 ET | ESPN

• GAME 4: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 5*: BROOKLYN VS. BOSTON | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: BROOKLYN VS. BOSTON | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

MILWAUKEE BUCKS (3) VS. CHICAGO BULLS (6)

• GAME 1: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | SUNDAY, APRIL 17 | 6:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 2: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 | 9:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: MILWAUKEE VS. CHICAGO | FRIDAY, APRIL 22 | 8:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 4: MILWAUKEE VS. CHICAGO | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 1 ET | ABC

• GAME 5*: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: MILWAUKEE VS. CHICAGO | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (4) VS. TORONTO RAPTORS (5)

• GAME 1: PHILADELPHIA 131 TORONTO 111

• GAME 2: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | MONDAY, APRIL 18 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20 | 8 ET | NBA TV

• GAME 4: PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 2 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PHOENIX SUNS (1) VS. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (8)

• GAME 1: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | SUNDAY, APRIL 17 | 9 ET | TNT

• GAME 2: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, APRIL 19 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: PHOENIX VS. NEW ORLEANS | FRIDAY, APRIL 22 | 9:30 ET | ESPN

• GAME 4: PHOENIX VS. NEW ORLEANS | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 9:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: PHOENIX VS. NEW ORLEANS | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2) VS. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (7)

• GAME 1: MINNESOTA 130, MEMPHIS 117

• GAME 2: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | TUESDAY, APRIL 19 | 8:30 ET | NBA TV

• GAME 3: MEMPHIS VS. MINNESOTA | THURSDAY, APRIL 21 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 4: MEMPHIS VS. MINNESOTA | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 10 ET | ESPN

• GAME 5*: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: MEMPHIS VS. MINNESOTA | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

WOLVES LEAD SERIES 1-0

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3) VS. DENVER NUGGETS (6)

• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 123 DENVER 107

• GAME 2: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | MONDAY, APRIL 18 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE VS. DENVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 21 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 4: GOLDEN STATE VS. DENVER | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 3:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 5*: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: GOLDEN STATE VS. DENVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

DALLAS MAVERICKS (4) VS. UTAH JAZZ (5)

• GAME 1: UTAH 99, DALLAS 93

• GAME 2: UTAH VS. DALLAS | MONDAY, APRIL 18 | 8:30 ET | NBA TV

• GAME 3: DALLAS VS. UTAH | THURSDAY, APRIL 21 | 9 ET | NBA TV

• GAME 4: DALLAS VS. UTAH | SATURDAY, APRIL 23 | 4:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: UTAH VS. DALLAS | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: DALLAS VS. UTAH | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: UTAH VS. DALLAS | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

JAZZ LEAD SERIES 1-0

* = IF NECESSARY

MLB SCOREBOARD

SAN FRANCISCO 4 CLEVELAND 2

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 TAMPA BAY 2

OAKLAND 7 TORONTO 5

BOSTON 4 MINNESOTA 0

KANSAS CITY 3 DETROIT 1

NY YANKEES 5 BALTIMORE 2

LA ANGELS 7 TEXAS 2

HOUSTON 4 SEATTLE 0

ARIZONA 3 NY METS 2

ATLANTA 5 SAN DIEGO 2

PHILADELPHIA 10 MIAMI 3

PITTSBURGH 6 WASHINGTON 4

ST. LOUIS 2 MILWAUKEE 1

COLORADO 9 CHICAGO CUBS 6

LA DODGERS 5 CINCINNATI 2

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

ST. PAUL 16 INDIANAPOLIS 13

FORT WAYNE 6 SOUTH BEND 0

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 2 PITTSBURGH 1

NY RANGERS 4 DETROIT 0

NASHVILLE 4 CHICAGO 3

ST. LOUIS 6 MINNESOTA 5

EDMONTON 4 VEGAS 0

BUFFALO 4 PHILADELPHIA 3

WASHINGTON 8 MONTRÉAL 4

TORONTO 5 OTTAWA 4

TAMPA BAY 7 WINNIPEG 4

DALLAS 2 SAN JOSE 1

COLORADO 7 CAROLINA 4

CALGARY 9 ARIZONA 1

SEATTLE 4 NEW JERSEY 3

LOS ANGELES 2 COLUMBUS 1

USFL SCOREBOARD

BIRMINGHAM 28 NEW JERSEY 24

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

DUKE 6 NOTRE DAME 2

GEORGETOWN 8 BUTLER 4

PENN STATE 7 PURDUE 5

RUTGERS 4 INDIANA 2

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 10 NORTHERN KENTUCKY 5

BALL STATE 5 AKRON 1

BALL STATE 16 AKRON 0

VALPARAISO 10 ILLINOIS STATE 2

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCOREBOARD

CLEMSON 2 NOTRE DAME 1

NORTHWESTERN 10 PURDUE 1

INDIANA 11 PENN STATE 5

BALL STATE 9 TOLEDO 5

BALL STATE 10 TOLEDO 2 (8)

NORTHERN IOWA 3, VALPARAISO 1

MISSOURI STATE 7 EVANSVILLE 1

DRAKE 5 INDIANA STATE 3

DETROIT MERCY 11 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 10

ROBERT MORRIS 4 IUPUI 3

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

NBA PLAYOFFS

Mitchell, Jazz win opener 99-93 as Mavs play without Doncic

DALLAS (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic put Utah ahead to stay just before halftime, Donovan Michell got aggressive in the second half and the only made shot by Royce O’Neale was a huge one late for the Jazz.

All that injured guard Luka Doncic could do for the Dallas Mavericks was watch from the bench, where at one point he was munching popcorn.

Mitchell scored 30 of his 32 points after the break, Bogdanovic finished with 26 and the Jazz opened the playoffs with a 99-93 victory Saturday over the Mavericks, who had cut an 11-point deficit to one before O’Neale’s 3-pointer.

“The fact he didn’t hesitate and shot that ball, that’s a mindset, and I think it’s a mindset that our team has right now,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

The fourth-seeded Mavs, starting the playoffs at home for the first time since their NBA title season 11 years ago, sorely missed their 23-year-old superstar even though Jalen Brunson had 24 points and Spencer Dinwiddie 22. Doncic strained his left calf six days earlier in the regular-season finale. Coach Jason Kidd has said only that he is day to day.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Monday night in Dallas.

Bogdanovic had Utah’s only two 3-pointers before halftime, in a 13-2 run over the final 3 1/2 minutes that put the Jazz ahead to stay. Mitchell, who always seems to step up in the postseason, came alive after the break.

“I came out a little too passive (early), and in the same respect, Bojan was rolling,” Mitchell said. “I didn’t feel like I was out of control, Bojan had it going … The second half, I came out in attack mode.”

With Doncic in a black hoodie on the bench, the Mavericks got within 92-91 on a 3-pointer by Maxi Kleber with 2:12 left. After Mitchell missed, the Mavs had the chance to take their first lead in the second half, but Kleber missed badly on another long-range shot.

“Think about it: We lost by six, I missed six free throws. We’re right there. If anything, this should be encouraging for our fan base in my opinion,” Dinwiddie said. “Give them credit. They went out there and won the game. … With them having their two best scorers both go for 30 basically and still hold them under 100, overall I think there’s a lot of room for optimism.”

O’Neale made the 3-pointer on the same possession he missed inside before later getting a pass from Mitchell and beating the shot clock from the right corner. Utah finished with a 20-7 edge in second-chance points.

“I had in my head I was going to shoot anyway,” said O’Neale, when asked about the shot clock running down.

Brunson, the starting point guard with Doncic out, was 9 of 24 with seven rebounds and five assists.

“We missed a lot of easy looks, a lot of great looks. We just missed them,” Brunson said. “We’re just playing basketball. There’s no telling who’s shooting what and where. Just kind of put ourselves in position to make plays for one another. Coach Kidd gives us that ability and that confidence.”

NOT A LOT OF 3s

The Jazz, second in the NBA with 14.5 made 3-pointers a game, were 7 of 22 and missed their first nine shots from beyond the arc until Bogdanovic hit with 3:10 left in the second quarter. He also had their only other 3 before halftime, taking a pass from Mitchell with 2.2 seconds left for a 45-43 lead.

“I think the halftime conversation (with Mitchell) was really the play that he made at the end of the second quarter,” Snyder said. “Playing to our strengths. Bojan came up and peeled out, and Donovan found him. I thought how we finished the second quarter was a big part of the game. “

DONCIC ON THE SIDELINE

Doncic was eating popcorn out of a cup hand near the end of the first quarter. Later, he was standing by owner Mark Cuban as both – along with much of the Mavs bench – responded in dismay with 31 seconds left in the first half after Kleber was called for a foul against Bogdanovic, who then made both free throws. After Brunson hit a tough shot at the other end, Bogdanovic made his half-ending 3.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Rudy Gobert missed his only shot from the field, but made five free throws and grabbed 17 rebounds. … Utah was called for a technical foul early in the fourth quarter for having six men on the court. Brunson missed the free throw for Dallas. It appeared that Mitchell was coming back in the game for Jordan Clarkson, who was running toward the sideline but was apparently still on the court when the ball was inbounded.

Mavericks: Dinwiddie was 6 of 15 from the field and 10 of 16 from the free throw line. … Reggie Bullock added 15 points and Dorian Finney-Smith 14. … Guard Frank Ntilikina rejoined the team after undergoing a tonsillectomy, and will make a gradual return to basketball activities.

Timberwolves stun Grizzlies, grab Game 1 with 130-117 win

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Anthony Edwards was glad to get a victory in the first playoff game of his career.

Now, he and the rest of the Minnesota Timberwolves, want much more.

Edwards scored 36 points in his postseason debut, and the seventh-seeded Timberwolves stunned the No. 2 seed Memphis Grizzlies 130-117 on Saturday to grab home-court advantage in the opener of their first-round Western Conference series.

“Putting on another show,” said Edwards, the top overall pick in the 2020 draft. “That’s it. Putting on another show and impact winning.”

All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns added 29 points and 13 rebounds. Malik Beasley had 23 points, and Jaden McDaniels 15. Patrick Beverley and D’Angelo Russell had 10 apiece.

The Timberwolves, fresh off beating the Los Angeles Clippers in the play-in game, won their first playoff opener since 2004. That’s when they beat Denver in the first round on their way to the Western Conference finals.

Towns said it was a good feeling walking off with a confidence-building win.

“We did a lot of little things that are needed to win,” Towns said. “We should be very proud of our performance.”

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Memphis.

Ja Morant led Memphis with 32 points and eight assists, and Dillon Brooks added 24 points. Brandon Clarke had 13 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Desmond Bane scored 17 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 12.

“I feel like most of the stuff was on us,” Morant said. “That’s why we lost.”

Memphis tied the franchise record by winning 56 games in the regular season and earning its highest seed ever. The Grizzlies had a packed FedExForum for only their third Game 1 in Memphis. But they struggled early after a week off and led only twice by two, the last midway through the second quarter.

“We tried our best to stay ready, but it’s been a minute since we played,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “But we have to come out ready to go. We didn’t in the first quarter, and we paid for it.”

In this matchup of the NBA’s top-scoring offenses and two of the league’s youngest teams this season, the Timberwolves set franchise records for points in both the first quarter and the game. They also stymied Memphis with their 3-point shooting, rebounding and defense.

The Timberwolves looked like a team that played Tuesday night needing a win to clinch its seeding. They opened with a 9-2 run and led by as much as 13 before a 41-33 lead for the franchise’s highest-scoring first quarter in the playoffs.

Minnesota led 65-62 at halftime, then outscored Memphis 32-30 in the third for a 97-92 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Maxey breaks out for 38 points, 76ers beat Raptors in Game 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Tyrese Maxey had Sixers fans roaring “Maxey! Maxey! Maxey!” after each electrifying play — and he crammed a season’s worth into the breakout game of his young career. He wowed on whirlwind layups, connected on 3-pointers from Curry-range and did whatever he desired at all times as he dismantled the Raptors.

He even chucked the ball he autographed as the 76ers star of the game into the stands – where a fan made a two-handed grab.

Everything worked out for Maxey.

Maxey scored 21 of his playoff career-high 38 points in the third quarter and he hit five 3-pointers to lead Philadelphia to a 131-111 victory over Toronto in Game 1 on Saturday night.

“I think the only thing I’m going to remember is us winning,” Maxey said.

Philly will remember so much more.

James Harden had 22 points and 14 assists in his first Eastern Conference playoff game as a Sixer. Joel Embiid, the NBA scoring champion, had 19 points and 15 rebounds. They combined to only make 11 of 32 shots from the floor.

Tobias Harris scored 26 points for the Sixers, trying to get past the second round for the first time since 2001.

They host Game 2 on Monday.

The opener belonged to Maxey. The 21-year-old Maxey is the youngest Sixer ever to score at least 30 points in a playoff game.

“I saw growth, man,” Harden said. “I saw him from being up-and-down and not really having consistent minutes last year in the postseason to starting and having a huge role on a championship-contending team.”

Maxey was cool and confident in the third as he swished a 32-footer late in the period for a 20-point lead that sent his teammates on the bench into a frenzy. The Raptors were stunned and had no answer for him: Maxey made 7 of 8 shots overall, both 3s and all five free throws in 12 minutes.

Whew!

“He just doesn’t play with anxiety,” coach Doc Rivers said. “There’s not a lot that ruffles him.”

Pascal Siakam scored 24 points for the Raptors, who lost rookie Scottie Barnes to an ankle injury to worsen what was already a miserable night. OG Anunoby scored 20 and Fred VanVleet added 18.

“Collectively as a team, we just didn’t match the intensity,” Siakam said.

The Sixers took control in the first 24 minutes and Maxey stepped on the gas in the third against a team that won the season series 3-1 (with Embiid and Harden in the lineup for the last two).

Maxey, the 6-foot-2 bundle of energy in his second season out of Kentucky, led the fast start early with a pair of 3s and 10 quick points that had the Sixers rolling with a double-digit lead.

The Sixers are Embiid and Harden’s team, and as they go, so go the Sixers. But Maxey gives the 76ers a Big 2 3/4 and was more than just an able replacement for the traded Ben Simmons.

Maxey emerged as a reliable scoring option — 18.7 points and 48% on 3s after the All-Star break — and was on target from tipoff against Toronto. He made 6 of 10 shots and his 15 points in the first half were one shy of matching his playoff high set last season in Game 6 against Atlanta.

Ah, yes. Atlanta. The Hawks series still had Philly on edge this week, as the stench of three home losses and a second-round exit as the No. 1 seed wafted into this season.

The Raptors inched within 11 in the third but Harden — the bold trade deadline acquisition made for these moments — buried a 3 and a layup.

Harden then heaved a two-handed bounce pass from midcourt that Maxey caught in stride for a high-flying, reverse layup. The Sixers led by 18, Toronto called a timeout and the Philly crowd went wild.

The Sixers outscored the Raptors 29-10 on fast-break points.

“He’s running. You’ve got to reward him,” Harden said of his top-spin pass. “He was running so fast and we had an opportunity to capitalize on transition.”

The Raptors only seriously challenged late in the first half. Embiid was hit with a flagrant after he clobbered Barnes on a drive. Barnes made 1 of 2 free throws and the Raptors scored off his miss to pull to 48-42.

Embiid, though, made the Raptors pay moments later. He sneered on a bucket and forced VanVleet (who fouled out in the fourth) to his third foul. Embiid converted the three-point play for a 57-42 lead.

Maxey took it from there.

“He’s been doing that all season,” Embiid said. “It’s only one game. We need to do it three more times.”

Poole shines in playoff debut, Curry back as Warriors win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Coach Steve Kerr suddenly faces a playoff conundrum: start Stephen Curry again for Game 2 of the playoffs for Golden State and move Jordan Poole back to the bench or stick with what worked so well in the opener and be extra cautious with Curry.

‘Yeah, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” Kerr said, smiling.

Poole shined in his playoff debut with 30 points, staying in the starting lineup as Curry returned from a foot injury, and the Warriors smothered Nikola Jokic to beat the Denver Nuggets 123-107 on Saturday night in Game 1 of the first-round series.

For now, Curry sure had a blast watching Poole and Splash Brother Klay Thompson do their thing from the opening tip.

“I have no expectations on what’s next because we’re always trying to figure this out because this is kind of a tough situation to deal with in terms of the quick ramp up that I’ve had and this is a playoff-type intensity and atmosphere,” Curry said.

Healthy at last, Thompson returned to the playoff stage for the first time in nearly three years following two serious injuries and scored 19 points with five 3-pointers.

“Jordan Poole, wow, what a playoff debut,” Thompson said. “… He’s just incredible. What a star in the making.”

The perimeter combination of Curry, Poole and Thompson proved too much for the Nuggets – with Poole acknowledging “it’s pretty lethal.”

Jokic had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, facing stifling defense in the paint from Draymond Green and Kevon Looney while shooting 12 for 25.

Jokic credited both of them for making his shots tough.

“They have the tools. I think I missed a couple of easy ones, but I think that they were defending me really well,” Jokic said. “So I need to be better. I just need to at least make the layups and easy shots.”

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Monday night at Chase Center – which hosted its first playoff game since opening in fall 2019. Fans received black T-shirts reading “Gold Blooded.”

Curry came off the bench to contribute 16 points in 21 minutes after missing exactly a month with a sprained ligament in his left foot. The two-time MVP tested it in a scrimmage Thursday, came off the bench and had a minutes restriction. He checked in at the 5:58 mark of the first quarter to a rousing ovation.

Curry missed his first five shots before a layup that went in on a goaltending call against Aaron Gordon 1:14 before halftime, then knocked down a 3 from the top of the arc as the Warriors took a 58-47 lead at the break.

Golden State won its final five games to end the regular season and kept rolling.

“Give them credit. This is a very talented team with tremendous playoff experience. I think the key stretch was the end of the second quarter,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “You don’t want to play from behind in this building against this team.”

Jokic averaged 28 points, 15.8 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the four matchups with the Warriors, three won by the Nuggets but only one by double digits. But Green hadn’t faced Denver this season, so his addition was huge.

“You feel it. He stepped it up a notch,” Poole said of Green. “Being our leader, we feed off his energy.”

Green hit a 3 from the top over Jokic with 1:47 left in the third, then the Nuggets star committed a turnover moments later as Gary Payton II capitalized with a basket that put Golden State up 89-68.

Green wound up with 12 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three blocked shots for a Warriors team that lost last year in the play-in round to Memphis and is back in the playoffs for the first time since losing the 2019 NBA Finals in six games to Toronto.

That was Thompson’s last playoff game, when he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee that required surgery before he tore his right Achilles tendon in November 2020 and had that repaired – costing him more than 2 1/2 years until he came back in January.

Gordon and Thompson were hit with double technicals at the 6:25 mark of the second.

“We can’t beat ourselves and the Warriors in the same game,” Malone said, “and we did that tonight.”

Report: Collins will attempt to play in Game 1 vs. Heat

Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins will attempt to play in Game 1 against the Miami Heat on Sunday, sources tell The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Chris Kirschner.

The 24-year-old has been out since March 11 with a foot strain and finger sprain. He’s officially listed as questionable on the Hawks’ injury report.

Collins averaged 16.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1 block in 54 regular-season appearances before being sidelined. His return will provide a major boost to Atlanta’s frontline, especially with starting center Clint Capela unavailable to begin the series with a knee injury.

Atlanta enters the postseason as the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed after eliminating the Cleveland Cavaliers from the play-in tournament on Friday.

MLB NEWS

Abreu homers, Hendriks escapes in 9th as White Sox beat Rays

CHICAGO (AP) Jose Abreu homered for the first time this season, closer Liam Hendriks left the bases loaded in the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Saturday.

Michael Kopech threw five solid innings, and Yasmani Grandal singled away from the shift to put Chicago ahead in the sixth. Eloy Jimenez and Tim Anderson added two hits apiece for the White Sox, who have won six of seven and are off to a 6-2 start for the first time since 2016 despite several key injuries.

Wander Franco doubled for the reigning AL East champion Rays, who have lost four straight after beginning the season 3-0.

Hendriks struck out Taylor Walls in the ninth for his fourth save after intentionally walking pinch-hitter Ji-Man Choi to load the bases. Hendriks also got the save in a 3-2 win Friday night.

Kopech allowed an unearned run and a hit, struck out five and walked two in his first career appearance against the Rays. The right-hander has moved to the rotation after making 40 bullpen appearances and four starts last year, his first full major league season.

Reynaldo Lopez (2-0) allowed a run in an inning.

Corey Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, gave up two runs and four hits in five innings. He signed an $8 million, one-year contract as a free agent with Tampa Bay.

Grandal’s single off Ryan Thompson (1-1) gave the White Sox the lead for good in the sixth. Luis Robert scored after reaching on an error.

Manuel Margot singled off Lopez to tie it 2-2 in the top of the inning. Yandy Diaz was unable to score on an errant throw to third.

Abreu homered off Kluber for a 2-1 White Sox lead in the fourth. Anderson scored after a leadoff infield single – the first hit given up by Kluber – and advanced on Kluber’s pickoff error.

The White Sox lead the AL Central despite having pitchers Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn, third baseman Yoan Moncada and outfielder AJ Pollock on the injured list.

Harold Ramirez’s sacrifice fly gave the Rays the lead in the first.

GONE

Randy Arozarena was ejected for the first time in his career after he tossed his bat in response to a called strikeout in the sixth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: LHP Shane McClanahan might start Monday against the Cubs in place of LHP Ryan Yarbrough (left groin tightness), manager Kevin Cash said.

White Sox: Pollock (hamstring) is about 80% and will “soon” go to Triple-A Charlotte for at-bats, manager Tony La Russa said. … Moncada (right oblique strain) is improving but feels discomfort during certain moves, La Russa said. … 3B Josh Harrison (sore back) returned to the lineup.

UP NEXT

RHP Vince Velasquez (0-0, 2.25 ERA) is scheduled to start for the White Sox in Sunday’s series finale. The Rays had yet to announce a starter.

Cron homers twice to back Senzatela as Rockies beat Cubs 9-6

DENVER (AP) C.J. Cron homered twice and Antonio Senzatela pitched five solid innings in his 100th career start for Colorado as the Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Saturday night.

Cron hit a two-run shot in a four-run third inning and connected again leading off the seventh, driving the first pitch he saw from reliever Ethan Roberts into the left-field bleachers for his third homer in two games and fifth this season. That tied Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for most in the majors.

“I’m just trying to put a good swing on the baseball,” Cron said. “The first one was up, a little bit up for me. I usually don’t want to hit that pitch, but I got to it on time and it just went. It was just really nice to have a nice team effort tonight, scoring nine runs, and everyone 1 through 9 has been contributing. It’s been awesome to watch.”

So have Cron’s homers. His first traveled 466 feet, the third-longest in the majors this season, and the second went 423 feet.

“There’s a little awe factor there,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “That’s raw power for you. He hits them a long ways when he gets them, and those two tonight were examples of that.”

Alan Trejo had two hits and two RBIs, Connor Joe added an RBI triple and former Cubs star Kris Bryant drove in a run with a fielder’s choice before being lifted in the fifth because of tightness in a quadriceps muscle. Black said the move was precautionary and Bryant could be back in the lineup as soon as Sunday at DH.

Patrick Wisdom had three hits, including a two-run double in Chicago’s four-run seventh. Jonathan Villar had four hits and three RBIs for the Cubs.

Seiya Suzuki doubled in the second and has hit safely in each of his first seven games in which he had an at-bat to begin his major league career.

“I loved the fact that we fought here, being down that many and the guys continued to have good at-bats and gave ourselves a chance to win all the way up to the last out,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “That happened last night as we were down and it happened tonight when we were down big, still giving ourselves a chance. In this offensive park, yes, but the at-bats are consistent and they’re not chasing out of the zone.”

Colorado added to its lead with three runs in the fourth, capped by a run-scoring single from Charlie Blackmon that put the Rockies in front 7-1.

Senzatela (1-0), who became the 13th pitcher in Rockies history to start 100 games, allowed one run and seven hits. He walked none and struck out two.

Daniel Bard got three outs for his fourth save in five chances.

Mark Leiter Jr. (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Iowa, made his Cubs debut and struck out the side in the first inning before running into trouble in the third. The son of former major league pitcher Mark Leiter went 3 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits in his first major league appearance since Sept. 25, 2018, with Toronto against Houston. He missed the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and was in the minors working his way back the past two years.

“Guys scored a lot of runs tonight and we should win that game,” Leiter said. “That’s on me 100%, to put us in that kind of hole. Wish it would have went a little bit better, to be honest with you. But there was a lot of emotion for the last couple years, a lot of adrenaline. I’m proud to be back and get in a game like that, but I want to be better than that.”

Greene brings record heat for Reds, but Dodgers win 5-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) On a cool Southern California evening, Cincinnati Reds rookie Hunter Greene brought some record-setting heat.

After five overpowering innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally caught up.

Trea Turner launched a two-run homer to snap a scoreless tie in the sixth and the Dodgers beat the skidding Reds 5-2 on Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory.

In his highly anticipated homecoming, Greene threw an astounding 39 pitches 100 mph or faster – most in a single game since pitch tracking began in 2008. The previous mark was 33 by New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom last June.

Making his second major league start, the 22-year-old right-hander, who went to high school in nearby Sherman Oaks, also fired 13 pitches at least 101 mph – another record for a starter.

The moment finally hit Greene in the third inning, but only emotionally. He said he became teary-eyed on the bench amid the enormity of the occasion, and was choked up after walking off the mound in the sixth.

“I wish we would have come out with a win, but it was a really, really fun time,” Greene said. “It was an unbelievable feeling and experience to go against that lineup. Freddie (Freeman) gave me some love, kind of a tip of the cap, so that was cool. I was happy to be able to do that here and have family here.”

But with Greene’s velocity dipping slightly later in his outing, it was a 99 mph fastball to Turner that ended up in the left-field seats.

“We still had to be ready for 99 with a pretty good slider and decent changeup,” Turner said. “He’s tough no matter how hard he’s throwing, whether it’s 99 or 101, but I think we did a good job battling.”

Turner finished with three hits, including an infield single in the first. The speedy shortstop has a hit in all eight games this season, and in 27 straight going back to last year. It is the third-longest hitting streak in the team’s Los Angeles history.

Dodgers starter Julio Urias, his velocity down during the spring and through his first outing of the season, managed to outpitch Greene by giving up one hit over five shutout innings.

The Reds didn’t get their first hit until Tyler Stephenson ripped a single past second baseman Max Muncy in the fifth. An inning later, the Dodgers finally broke through.

Austin Barnes led off the sixth against Greene with a single. Turner followed by hitting a 1-1 fastball halfway up the bleachers in left field for his first home run of the season.

Freeman followed with a strikeout but reached first base on Stephenson’s passed ball. Justin Turner popped out and Reds manager David Bell replaced Greene with right-hander Buck Farmer.

The Dodgers added two more runs, one charged to Greene, when Chris Taylor hit a two-run single with two outs.

“He wasn’t really going to give us anything, so we had to earn it,” Turner said. “He kept us down the first 5 1/2 innings and we finally got to him. But he’s really good and I’m glad we came out with the win.”

Greene (1-1) gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in 5 1/3 innings, with no walks and six strikeouts. He threw 80 pitches.

The Reds lost their fifth consecutive game – their last victory came last Sunday when Greene made his major league debut in Atlanta.

At first, Greene said he cried on the bench in the third inning.

“I didn’t cry, that was just a poor choice of words,” he said with a laugh. “I just teared up a little bit.

“I was sitting on the bench and it just randomly hit me. I think I looked up and I could hear the roar and the feeling of it. . Up here, it’s a totally different atmosphere. And to be here at Dodger Stadium as a kid, I think all of those factors played into that moment.”

The big stage didn’t shake him on the field. Even the home run from Turner came on a pitch at the edge of the plate.

“Usually it takes a little longer to find that (composure) for a young player,” Bell said. “He’ll have his moments, but to have the experience he’s had is speeding up that development.”

Freeman added a sacrifice fly in the seventh to make it 5-0.

Urias walked one and struck out five. He was in the 92 mph range with his fastball after sitting at 91 in his season debut. He still is down from his 94 mph average velocity during his 20-win season of 2021.

The Reds got on the scoreboard in the ninth with an RBI groundout by Taylor Naquin and an RBI single from Tommy Pham off reliever Mitch White.

Daniel Hudson got two outs for his first save this season.

Evan Phillips (1-1) earned the win with a scoreless sixth inning.

Matz bounces back to help Cardinals edge Brewers 2-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) Steven Matz bounced back from a dreadful debut with his new team and showed just why the St. Louis Cardinals signed him.

He pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings and combined with three relievers on a five-hitter as the Cardinals edged the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Saturday night.

“He’s just a high-character dude, very professional and unmatched work ethic,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “When you combine those things, you have a guy that’s going to be itching to get back out there and prove what he’s capable of doing.”

The Cardinals signed Matz to a four-year, $44 million contract after he went 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA for Toronto last season. He lasted only three innings and allowed seven earned runs Sunday in a 9-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“When you come in to a new organization, you want to come in and contribute right away,” Matz said. “It was frustrating after that outing, but I’m just glad I could contribute today to get the win.”

He was much, much better Saturday.

Matz retired 11 straight batters at one point. The 30-year-old left-hander struck out six, allowed three hits and walked nobody as St. Louis limited the Brewers to one run for a second straight night. The Cardinals won 10-1 on Friday.

“I don’t see pressing going on,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “I think we have to create a little more offense, for sure. When we get pitches to hit, we have to do something with them.”

The Brewers tried to rally in the final two innings.

After Mike Brosseau hit an eighth-inning drive to right that Dylan Carlson caught in front of the wall, Victor Caratini ripped a two-out solo shot to left off Genesis Cabrera that cut the Cardinals’ lead to 2-1.

Giovanny Gallegos struck out Andrew McCutchen to end the eighth and worked around Willy Adames’ leadoff single in the ninth to earn his second save in as many opportunities.

The game ended when Rowdy Tellez hit into an unusual 4-5-3 double play in which third baseman Nolan Arenado covered second base with the Cardinals in a shift.

“It was awesome,” Marmol said. “The guys actually practice that in the shift, work on it quite a bit. To see it come into play there, (it’s) a good way to end the game.”

The Cardinals needed Matz to pitch well Saturday because they didn’t figure to produce much offense against Brewers starter Adrian Houser.

Houser went 3-0 with an 0.36 ERA in four starts against the Cardinals last season. He allowed just one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings Saturday with four strikeouts and three walks.

But his occasional control issues – he threw 54 strikes and 43 balls – proved costly in the fourth inning.

After Houser issued consecutive one-out walks to Tyler O’Neill and Nolan Arenado, Paul DeJong hit a two-out double to left that brought home O’Neill.

“I just got out of sync a little bit with my mechanics,” Houser said. “I was rushing a little bit. I wasn’t keeping my hands close to my body or staying inside myself. Things went a little haywire there, and the walks obviously killed me.”

The Cardinals extended the lead to 2-0 in the eighth when Corey Dickerson’s two-out single off Jake Cousins brought home Arenado.

Those two runs were all the Cardinals needed on a night when Matz proved his worth.

“The guy’s a competitor,” Marmol said. “He wasn’t happy at all with how the last outing went, so he went out there and he wanted to make a point and establish in and show he was in control.”

Twins: MRI shows no structural damage to Buxton’s right knee

BOSTON (AP) Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said an MRI on star Byron Buxton’s right knee didn’t reveal any structural issues.

Speaking before Saturday’s game with the Boston Red Sox, Baldelli said that a team doctor would examine Buxton but that for now they anticipate he’ll be traveling with the team for the next series at Kansas City which begins Tuesday.

Baldelli said the Twins aren’t anticipating making a roster move, a sign Buxton may be able to return in short order.

Buxton left in the first inning of Minnesota’s series-opening 8-4 win over Boston on Friday night after sliding roughly into second base. His left leg appeared to get caught underneath him while his right foot slammed into the bag.

The 28-year-old has been among the game’s best players in recent years when healthy. Unfortunately for the Twins, that’s rarely been the case. He batted .306 with 19 home runs in 61 games in 2021 but was limited by a broken hand and a right hip strain.

Buxton signed a $100 million, seven-year deal over the winter to remain with the Twins long term . He was off to another powerful start this season with three homers in seven games.

NHL NEWS

Bruins clinch playoff spot with 2-1 win over Penguins

BOSTON (AP) Jeremy Swayman rebounded from a rough stretch with 23 saves and the Boston Bruins clinched a playoff spot by holding off the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Saturday to halt a season-high three-game losing streak.

Trent Frederic and Erik Haula each scored a first-period goal for Boston, which went on the skid after winning 17 of 21.

“It’s really an important win for us, especially as of late,” Swayman said. “Just the fashion that we did it, making the small plays, simple plays, everything was crisp and on point for us. Just super excited, clinching the playoffs, and to do it at home is a cherry on top.”

Former Bruin Danton Heinen scored for the Penguins, who fell to 2-5-1 in their past eight. Casey DeSmith stopped 27 shots.

The Bruins went 0 for 2 on the power play, extending their scoreless stretch to 25 straight.

The 23-year-old Swayman, who seemed to be a lock to be the No. 1 goalie for the playoffs about a month ago, lost his previous three decisions when he allowed a few soft goals. He made a handful of solid stops when the Penguins had two power plays in the second period was steady with nine stops in the third.

“I thought he looked composed, he was confident playing the puck,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “I think he needed this as much as we did to be honest with you. He’s a young guy … sometimes older guys can play through things not going their way. Young guys, you’re never too sure, especially in that position.”

Swayman looked relaxed and was smiling talking about his own play afterward.

“I felt good, he said. “It was one of those games that I wanted to make sure I was square to the puck, seeing it well and get a feel for it. Definitely took a lot of positives from today, excited to move forward with it.”

Looking eager to erase their recent sporadic play, the Bruins grabbed a 2-0 edge just over two minutes into the game.

“I thought the final 58 (minutes) we were competitive and played a solid game,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “The first two we weren’t ready to play.”

Frederic backhanded in a rebound from the edge of the crease in the opening minute. Haula then fired a shot from the right circle that ricocheted into the net off Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson at 2:01.

Heinen fired a rising wrister over Swayman’s left shoulder 5:38 into the second.

Having clinched a playoff spot in their previous game on Thursday night with a victory over the Islanders, the Penguins had a slow start. They steadied their play after being outshot 11-6 in the first.

“That’s a tough spot to put ourselves in,” Penguins center Teddy Blueger said. “They’re a good defensive team, very structured. It’s tough to score on them and when you’re chasing the game they’re more diligent and it makes it tough.”

The Penguins clinched a postseason berth for the 16th straight season, the longest active streak of North American pro sports teams.

CHASING A MILESTONE

Sidney Crosby’s next goal will give him 30 for the 10th time, matching Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr as the only ones in franchise history to post 30 or more in 10 seasons.

PRODUCTIVE DAY SHIFTS

The Bruins improved to 10-2 in afternoon games.

WINTER CLASSIC FOES

The NHL announced earlier this week that the teams would meet in the Winter Classic on January 2, 2023, at Fenway Park, which is the home of the Boston Red Sox and owned by John Henry, who also owns the Penguins.

NOTES: Bruins leading goal scorer David Pastrnak missed his sixth consecutive game with an undisclosed injury and defenseman Hampus Lindholm was out for his fifth straight because of an upper-body injury, but defenseman Brandon Carlo returned after being sidelined one game with an unspecified injury. … With Boston goalie Linus Ullmark out with an undisclosed injury, Troy Grosenick dressed as the backup. … Pittsburgh won the first meeting between the teams, 4-2 in Boston on Feb. 8 when Heinen scored twice. … Bruins defenseman Derek Forbort played his 400th game. … Crosby has 65 goals against Boston, the most of any active player. … Boston forward Taylor Hall hasn’t scored a goal in the eight April games.

UP NEXT

Penguins: Off until Thursday when they host the Bruins.

Bruins: At St. Louis on Tuesday.

Lafreniere scores twice as Rangers blank Red Wings 4-0

NEW YORK (AP) Alexis Lafreniere scored twice and the New York Rangers beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-0 on Saturday.

Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist and Frank Vatrano also scored for New York. Barclay Goodrow had two assists. Igor Shesterkin made 20 saves for his fifth shutout of the season.

Thomas Greiss had 33 saves for the Red Wings, who were shut out for the seventh time this season.

The Rangers earned their 49th win of the season, their most since finishing with 53 in 2014-15.

Zibanejad opened the scoring for the Rangers 13:44 into the first period on a 5-on-3 advantage. Greiss and Sam Gagner had each earned a delay of game penalty for the Red Wings just 31 seconds apart for sending the puck over the glass. Zibanejad’s goal gave the 28-year-old a career-high 76 points, topping his total from 2019-20.

“We came out strong,” Zibanejad said. “We did that from the start. Most of the game was really good. We did a lot of good things.”

New York enjoyed the majority of quality chances in the first period, outshooting Detroit 17-3. With Danny DeKeyser in the penalty box for high-sticking in the final seconds of the period, Ryan Strome nearly doubled the Rangers’ lead, but was denied by Greiss from point-blank range.

“They just kept coming at us,” Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin said.

Vatrano scored to give New York a 2-0 lead 3:46 into the second period, firing a wrist shot from the slot past Greiss for his 100th career goal.

“We were outstanding,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “We just went out there and played our game.”

Two of the Red Wings’ best chances in the second period came while short-handed. With Moritz Seider in the box for holding, Gagner and Filip Hronek each forced Shesterkin to make quality saves.

With 1:02 remaining in the second period, Detroit earned its first power play of the game after a tripping call assessed to Filip Chytil. The Rangers enjoyed the best chance before the break however, as K’Andre Miller forced a save by Greiss on a short-handed breakaway.

“We didn’t seem to have enough jump all game,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.

Lafreniere gave New York a 3-0 advantage 4:37 into the third period, beating Greiss on his near side despite the goalie managing to deflect the shot. The goal snapped an eight-game point drought for Lafreniere.

“I felt pretty good,” Lafreniere said. “That’s what I have to do more often and improve every night.”

Lafreniere added his second goal with 5:43 remaining in the game, giving him the first multi-goal game of his career. The 20-year-old slipped the puck between his legs to dodge Larkin before beating Greiss with a backhand shot for a highlight-reel goal.

“I just have to play my game,” Lafreniere added. “That’s what I want to do. Feel the puck and make plays.”

Kaapo Kakko left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return. Gallant said after the game that he didn’t believe the injury was “too serious.”

PANARIN HITS 90 POINTS

With an assist on Zibanejad’s opening goal, Artemi Panarin reached 90 points this season for the second time in his career, following a 95-point output with the Rangers in 2019-20. Before Panarin joined New York, the previous Ranger to hit the 90-point mark was Jaromir Jagr in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

NEW YORK ADJUSTS LINEUP

Lafreniere and Patrik Nemeth returned to the Rangers’ lineup Saturday, taking the places of Ryan Reaves and Justin Braun, respectively. Nemeth had been a healthy scratch the previous three games; Lafreniere the previous one.

DETROIT’S PEARSON IN LINEUP

Red Wings rookie forward Chase Pearson played his second career game after being called up from the AHL under emergency conditions Saturday morning, taking the place of Oskar Sundqvist. The 24-year-old was a fifth-round draft pick in 2015.

HELLBERG JOINS NEW TEAMMATES

Newly acquired Red Wings goalie Magnus Hellberg practiced with Detroit for the first time on Friday in New York. The 31-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings on Thursday after spending the past five seasons playing in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

UP NEXT

Red Wings: Host Florida on Sunday.

Rangers: Host Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Brayden Schenn scores in OT to lift Blues past Wild, 6-5

ST. LOUIS (AP) Brayden Schenn scored 56 seconds into overtime and the St. Louis Blues wrapped up a playoff spot, beating the Minnesota Wild 6-5 on Saturday for their season-high eighth straight victory.

Vladimir Tarasenko, Ivan Barbashev, David Perron, Brandon Saad and Pavel Buchnevich scored in regulation and Ville Husso made 31 saves.

“This league’s not easy,” Schenn said. “There’s a lot of teams that are very capable of making the playoffs and all you have to do is get in and you’ve got a chance.”

Schenn ended it after Minnesota rallied with a four-goal third period. The Blues swept the season series against Minnesota, their likely first-round opponent, and reached the 100-point mark for the ninth time

Ryan Hartman scored twice for Minnesota and Frederick Gaudreau, Marcus Foligno and Kirill Kaprizov added goal. Cam Talbot made 24 saves, pushing his career-high points streak to 12 games.

“I don’t think it’s one specific situation that we can say our D zone was poor, our rush chances were bad.” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “They’ve got as good an offensive team as there is so, you have to obviously defend a little bit better against that group. But you have to continue to push like we did in the third period offensively because they’re going to get theirs, so we’ve got to get ours too.”

Hartman banked a shot off Blues defenseman Marco Scandella’s stick for his second of the game early in the third period, and Gaudreau scored at 4:41 to cut the deficit to one.

“They’re able to play fast because they get pucks out of their zone and they’re able to just go without worrying about it, and I think we were able to do that there in the third,” Hartman said. “They came back on us last time to tie it up and go to overtime and we did the same. So it was nice to be able to tie that game.”

Buchnevich scored at 9:15 to extend his points streak to a career-high nine games, with six goals and 10 assists.

“He was excellent tonight,” Blues coach Craig Berube said about Buchnevich. “I thought he was probably our best forward tonight. From just skating, making plays, being hard on pucks, penalty killing, all of that kind of stuff. He had a real good game.”

Minnesota tied it with two goals 58 seconds apart. Foligno had a power-play goal and Kaprizov scored on a one-timer with 5:02 left. Kaprizov has 43 goals, the most in a season in franchise history.

“It feels good to get the 43rd goal,” Kaprizov said through an interpreter. “It really sucks to be able to come back all the way, push it to overtime, and end up losing. Those are always the toughest games.”

“We probably were in a real good spot, but again, we just let them come at us too much,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “I’ll give them credit, that Kaprizov is a dangerous player. He’s hard to handle and I just think we gave up our blue line too much, too easily to that line.”

St. Louis has scored four or more goals in a franchise-high 11 straight games.

MR. NICE GUY

Minnesota fans, after the league fined Hartman $4,250 following an altercation Wednesday night with Edmonton’s Evander Kane, flooded Hartman’s Venmo account with over $20,000 to pay for the fine. Hartman announced Friday that he’s paying the fine himself and that he’ll also add the amount of the fine to the amount collected, a total of just under $25,000, and donate it to Children’s Minnesota hospital.

UP NEXT

Wild: Host San Jose on Sunday night.

Blues: At Nashville on Sunday night.

NFL NEWS

Arrests in shooting from SUV in which Cowboy was riding

DALLAS (AP) Two men have been arrested in a fatal shooting from a vehicle in which a Dallas Cowboys player was riding, police in Dallas said Saturday.

Dallas cornerback Kelvin Joseph is not mentioned in a news release that said Aries Jones, 28, and Tivione English, 21, were identified as the shooters and arrested.

Police did not immediately return a phone call Saturday seeking comment.

A Dallas police spokesman on Friday declined to confirm Joseph’s involvement in the case, but The Dallas Morning News reported police detectives have interviewed the 22-year-old player.

Joseph’s attorney, Barry Sorrels, said Friday that Joseph was a passenger in the SUV from which the shots were fired on March 18, but was unarmed and did not shoot the victim, Cameron Ray.

Joseph “found himself in a situation that escalated without his knowledge or consent,” Sorrels said, and that he apologizes “for being anywhere near this type of incident.”

Jones and English were jailed Saturday in Dallas. Jail records do not list attorneys who could speak on their behalf.

The Cowboys selected Joseph, the former LSU and Kentucky star, in the second round of last year’s NFL draft.

In a statement, Cowboys officials said they were aware “of the tragic incident” and in contact with Dallas police and the NFL office.

In a statement, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “The matter is under review of the league’s personal conduct policy.”

Report: Panthers have ‘inside track’ to land Mayfield

The Carolina Panthers have the inside track over other potential suitors to acquire Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, league sources told Mark Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

Mayfield has been the subject of trade rumors after the Browns landed Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans. The Seattle Seahawks are also reportedly exploring adding Mayfield.

The Panthers have looked to bolster their quarterback room since last season’s conclusion. General manager Scott Fitterer previously said that Sam Darnold is in the lead for the starting job. He’s also acknowledged potentially taking a quarterback early in the 2022 NFL Draft.

“But we do need a quarterback, and at some point you have to take a shot, especially in the top 10,” Fitterer said last month. “You hate to force it, because when you force it, you could make a mistake.”

The Browns have enjoyed highs and lows since drafting Mayfield first overall in 2018. Mayfield ended the franchise’s playoff drought in 2020 before enduring a pedestrian, injury-riddled campaign last season.

The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He’s thrown for 92 touchdowns to 56 interceptions and carries a 29-30 career record.

USFL NEWS

Birmingham Outlasts New Jersey In Thrilling USFL Debut

The Birmingham Stallions defeated the New Jersey Generals, 28-24, in the inaugural game of the USFL season at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday night.

The matchup came down to the final minutes as both teams traded scores back-and-forth throughout. But QB J’Mar Smith, who entered the game in the second half to replace the injured Alex McGough, rushed for a game-winning two-yard touchdown with 29 seconds left to secure the victory for the hometown Stallions.

The Generals dominated the first half of the game as QB Luis Perez threw two touchdown passes, including one to standout WR Randy Satterfield, to give New Jersey a seven-point lead heading into the locker room.

After relying predominantly on their passing game in the first half, both teams found the ground game in the second. Fellow Generals QB De’Andre Johnson helped set up a 47-yard field goal with two minutes left in the game to give New Jersey a three-point lead. But there was too much time left on the clock and the Stallions took advantage, driving 10 plays all the way down the field for the game-winning touchdown score.

The Generals were led by head coach Mike Riley, who was a former defensive back for the University of Alabama from 1971-74 and has over 40 seasons of head coaching experience at the pro and collegiate levels.  Skip Holtz led the opposite sideline for the Stallions. Holtz is the son of former head coach Lou Holtz, who spent 11 seasons at the helm at Notre Dame and won a national championship in 1988. Skip most recently spent the last nine seasons at Louisiana Tech where he finished with an overall record of 64-50. He made his coaching debut at the professional level against the Generals and is now 1-0 as a pro football coach.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Emoni Bates transferring from Memphis

Memphis Tigers forward Emoni Bates is transferring schools after one season, he told Joe Tipton of On3.

“I’d like to thank coach Penny, my teammates, and the entire coaching staff at the University of Memphis for giving me the opportunity to be a Tiger,” Bates said. “Thank you Tiger Nation for embracing me and all of you who supported our team throughout this season. With that being said, I have decided to enter the transfer portal.”

Bates averaged 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in his freshman season with the Tigers. The third-ranked prospect in the Class of 2021 dealt with a back injury that kept him sidelined for more than six weeks from late January to mid-March.

It’s unclear where Bates is heading next. The 18-year-old could transfer to another college program or opt to go professional by joining the NBA G League Ignite.

Bates isn’t eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft because he won’t be 19 years old when the selections are made in June. He should remain among the top prospects heading into the 2023 draft.

MENS’ TENNIS NEWS

Tsitsipas beats Zverev to return to Monte Carlo final

MONACO (AP) Defending champion Stefanos Tsitispas breezed into the Monte Carlo Masters final after dispatching second-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday.

Tsitsipas lined up the first big final of the clay-court season against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, the Spaniard who knocked out Novak Djokovic in the second round.

Davidovich Fokina reached his first ATP final by beating Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3.

Tsitsipas dominated Zverev on clay like the Greek never had previously. Zverev recovered from a break down twice in the first set that Tsitsipas took with a third break in the 10th game.

No. 5-ranked Tsitsipas then broke twice more in the second set and improved his record against No. 3 Zverev to 7-3, on clay to 3-0. The German won both of their hard-court contests last year.

Tsitsipas was on court just 12 hours after winning a long quarterfinal.

“I had to put my soul out,” Tsitsipas said.

“I wanted to stay on the court as much as I had to, trying to start rallies and make it physical. It worked in my favor.”

Zverev said he felt spent against Tsitsipas following his own lengthy quarterfinal on Friday against Jannik Sinner, during which he struggled with a leg injury.

“It took a lot out of me (and) the issue with my leg didn’t help,” Zverev said.

He was grateful for a positive start to the clay-court season after a challenging few weeks.

The Tokyo Olympics gold medalist was put on probation for one year last month for yelling and cursing and hitting the chair umpire’s stand repeatedly with his racket following a loss in doubles at the Mexico Open. He was fined and kicked out of the tournament, unable to defend his singles title.

Since then, he’s won two Davis Cup singles to help Germany beat Brazil, lost to Casper Ruud in the Miami quarterfinals and fallen ill, and overcome Sinner in Monte Carlo but got slightly injured.

“I feel like things keep happening that are a little bit out of my control, which is a little bit upsetting for me,” Zverev said.

The unseeded Davidovich Fokina took the first set from Dimitrov with ease, but squandered the chance at 5-4 in the second to take the semifinal in straight sets. The third set was tense. Davidovich Fokina overcame a break and 2-0 down.

“I pushed myself to the limit,” Davidovich Fokina said. “I’m glad that I pushed myself to that.”

The Spaniard will try to prevent Tsitsipas from becoming the first repeat Monte Carlo champion since Rafael Nadal in 2018. Tsitsipas has a 2-0 record against him, including in February in the Netherlands.

PGA NEWS

Harold Varner III shoots 63 to take RBC Heritage lead

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Harold Varner III shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-shot lead in the RBC Heritage on Saturday in pursuit of his first PGA Tour victory.

Varner had eight birdies in a bogey-free round to match Cameron Young’s opening score as the lowest at Harbour Town Golf Links this week. Varner had an 11-under 202.

Varner will need to be just as crisp Sunday. FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay, 2019 British Open winner Shane Lowry of Ireland and Erik van Rooyen of South Africa were a shot back.

Cantlay, the second-round leader, had a 70. Lowry shot 65, and van Rooyen had a 67.

Former RBC Heritage champ Matt Kuchar, Hudson Swafford, Sepp Straka and Aaron Wise were 9 under. Swafford shot 66, Kuchar and Straka 67 and Wise 68.

Varner has two international victories, winning the Australian PGA Championship in 2016 and the Saudi International in February.

He appeared to shoot himself out of contention with his Friday finish, going 4 over his final four holes for a 72. But it was a ruling on the sixth that angered Varner – and fueled him for Saturday.

Varner’s tee shot on the par-4 sixth was called out-of-bounds. Varner told officials that he saw a spectator pick up the ball that was eventually identified as Varner’s and he may have put it back beyond the out-of-bounds marker.

The decision stood, Varner made a double bogey and fumed about it. “I would say I’m really good at putting things aside, but I did not put that aside,” he said.

Instead, he used the frustrating finish to fuel his run to the top. Varner birdied four of his first six holes – including that troublesome sixth – and took the lead with a 10-footer on the 16th.

Harbour Town is far from Varner’s preferred layout – “It’s my favorite because we can drive here,” said Varner, who lives in Gastonia, North Carolina – even though he tied for second here last year and has shot in the 60s in six of his past seven rounds.

Varner said every shot here is “super uncomfortable.”

“I feel like I’m always kind of guiding it out there,” he said. “But if you can guide it out there for 72 holes, you can do some damage.”

Lowry, too, bounced back from a 72 on Friday to get within a shot of the lead. He was choppy at first, following birdies on the second and fifth holes with bogeys on the next one. But he steadied himself after that for a 65, matching his career low at Harbour Town.

Lowry said conditions, particularly the gusts of 20 mph or more Friday, had eased and made the usually tricky course defenseless.

“Yesterday was just kind of one of those days where you have to batten down the hatches,” Lowry said.

“Whereas today, I felt like any time you got a good number,” Lowry said, “you could really go at the flags. And I did and I hit some good shots.”

He’ll need more of that Sunday if he hopes for his third career tour win and first since the British Open in 2019.

Cantlay ended Friday with a flourish – four straight birdies from Nos. 15-18, the toughest stretch of the course – for a two-shot lead.

But he couldn’t find that form much of this round. He caught Varner with birdies on the sixth, seventh and ninth holes, then dropped back with bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes. He drew within a shot of Varner on the 18th hole, his approach landing inside 5 feet for a closing birdie.

“It had some good, it had some not so good,” Cantlay said. “But I’m in a really good spot for tomorrow. Especially with that closing birdie on 18, get a little momentum, and I’m obviously right there.”

Tommy Fleetwood, teeing off more than 3 1/2 hours before Cantlay’s final pairing, posted a 64 to give first hint of the very gettable course.

Maverick McNealy and Peter Malnati, like Lowry, had 65s. Swafford, Wyndham Clark and Graeme McDowell posted 66s. In all, 45 of the 71 competitors came in under 70.

On Friday, no one shot lower than 67 and there were just 19 players out of 130 who had scores in the 60s.

LPGA NEWS

Hyo Joo Kim wins LPGA Tour’s LOTTE Championship

EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) Hyo Joo Kim staved off a late charge from Hinako Shibuno to win the LPGA Tour’s LOTTE Championship on Saturday.

Kim closed with a 1-under 71 – following a bogey on the par-4 17th with a tap-in birdie on the par-5 18th – to finish at 11-under 277, two shots clear of Shibuno at breezy Hoakalei Country Club.

Kim earned $300,000 for her fifth LPGA Tour title.

“There were a lot of expectations but also a lot of support coming from friends and family as well,” said Kim, who won a major at age 19 in the 2014 Evian Championship. “There have been ups and downs and I think I am at the up part right now and I feel very proud, a little confident about the future and the outlook looks bright for me and I feel like I can do better moving forward.”

The 26-year old South Korean star had a three-stroke lead after both the second and third rounds and held off a final-round push from Shibuno, the Japanese player who a bogey-free 70.

Kim played the front nine in 1 under. She put her approach on the par-5 fifth hole, which played at 540 yards, inside of 3 feet to to set up a birdie. She birdied No. 8, but bogeyed the par-3 ninth hole that went from a third-round yardage of 146 yards to 184 for the last round.

Kim birdied No. 18 after a bit of drama. She missed the fairway with her tee shot and found the right rough. Her second shot crossed the fairway and nestled into the first cut of the left rough. With her third, however, Kim recovered with a pitch shot that left her with a tap-in,

Kim is one of 10 players who have played in all 10 LOTTE Championships since the tournament debuted in 2012.

“I have been playing in the LOTTE Championship since the inaugural championship and then because LOTTE is my personal sponsor I always wanted to win and do well,” she said.

Shibuno left herself with just over 200 yards to the front of the green with her second shot on 18, but her ball hit the lip of a greenside bunker and fell back in. She went on to par the hole.

“I was having very fun playing with her. My putting was a little, you know, couldn’t go in, so that was the (difference) with her,” Shibuno said.

Hye-Jin Choi was third at 7 under after a 69.

Brianna Do, who played in the final group alongside Kim and Shibuno, started the round three strokes back of the lead, but struggled with a 77 and tied for 12th. Do was seeking to become just the third local qualifier to win an LPGA Tour event and the first since Brooke Henderson in the 2015 Portland Classic.

NASCAR NEWS

Custer wins pole at dirt-covered Bristol through heat races

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Cole Custer won the first pole of his career Saturday through a formula designed for qualifying via heat races at dirt-covered Bristol Motor Speedway.

Custer put his No. 41 Ford at the front for NASCAR’s rare Easter Sunday race that was specifically scheduled for Fox Sports to try to capitalize on a primetime holiday audience the way the NFL and NBA do on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The starting lineup was set over four 15-lap heats that were determined by a random draw. Drivers accumulated points for both finishing and passing and Custer started ninth in his heat and then won it – good enough for his first pole in 84 career Cup starts.

“I was nervous about starting ninth, but it worked out,” Custer said. “They did a great job with the track. It was really racy.”

A slew of dirt aces followed Custer in qualifying: Christopher Bell was second in a Toyota, followed by Tyler Reddick in a Chevrolet and Chase Briscoe, Custer’s teammate at Stewart-Haas Racing.

Reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Larson, one of the best drivers on dirt in the nation, qualified fifth and was followed by Justin Haley, Ty Dillon, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott and defending race winner Joey Logano.

“I wouldn’t call myself a dirt racing expert whatsoever,” Custer said. “I did it when I was younger. I raced some Ford Focus midgets when I was in my early teens and I always loved dirt, but I wouldn’t say that I’m an expert. I’m nowhere near Kyle Larson, so getting my first pole at a dirt race is pretty crazy.”

Visibility was much better Saturday as dust was less of an issue on the watered-down 2,300 truckloads of red Tennessee clay. Fox a year ago asked NASCAR to add a dirt race to the 38-race Cup schedule and Speedway Motorsports volunteered its .0533-mile Bristol bullring.

“I think the first truck heat race you saw some mud got flung up on their windshields and on their grilles and stuff, but after that nobody seemed to have a problem,” Custer said. “It’s the perfect amount (of moisture) what they’re chasing, it seems like. If it gets too dusty, then there’s too much dust in the air and if it’s too wet, then there’s too much mud flying up, so it’s just trying to find that sweet spot I think.”

It cost Speedway Motorsports CEO Marcus Smith over $2 million to convert the track a year ago and even though it was a dusty mess of a race, he announced before the checkered flag that the 2022 spring race would again be on dirt. The track was reverted back to its concrete “Last Great Colosseum.”

Fox asked for the Easter Sunday slot and Smith and his staff have scheduled a pre-race religious service for those at the track. He also said ticket sales have proven there’s a demand for dirt racing and the 2023 race at Bristol will again be on dirt.

A spokesman for Speedway Motorsports told The Associated Press that ticket sales for the Bristol spring race – which had waned over the last decade because of poor weather and exorbitant local lodging rates – were above pre-pandemic levels. The crowd expected Sunday was on track to be the largest for Bristol’s spring race in years.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES

INDY ELEVEN SOCCER

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, April 16, 2022) – Indy Eleven extended its winning streak to two games and unbeaten streak to four tonight with a 2-1 win over Atlanta United 2 at IUPUI Carroll Stadium. Indiana’s Team was hot early and late, going ahead on a Nicky Law goal in the 12th minute before finishing the job in dramatic fashion in stoppage time on Aris Briggs’ 92nd minute game-winner.

The first home win of 2022 kicked off a five-of-six game home stint for the Boys in Blue that will run through the end of May. That run continues next Sunday, April 24, against defending USL Championship title-winner Orange County SC on Faith & Family Night, presented by He Gets Us.

The Boys in Blue started the match firing on all cylinders, their first prime scoring chance coming in the 10th minute. Forward Stefano Pinho, who netted three of the team’s four goals leading up to the match, was fouled towards the top of the area by Atlanta’s Nelson Orji, who was awarded a yellow card for the act. It would be midfielder Law who took the free kick from roughly 20 yards away, knocking it into the right side of goal to put Indy up in the 12th minute.

Atlanta generated its first scoring chance soon after, with midfielder Erik Centeno’s shot sailing wide left of the net. Indy kept its foot on the gas, with a slew of chances around the 20-minute mark that got the Brickyard Battalion on their feet, including a beautiful delivery from Bryam Rebellon to Pinho that sailed just right of the goal. Late chances by Pinho and Raul Aguilera would narrowly go over the crossbar, and the score remained 1-0 in favor of Indy heading into the halftime break.

The Boys in Blue picked up right where they left off to start the second half, with Law delivering a pass to Pinho to create a chance and an ensuing corner kick. Atlanta responded with a chance of its own, as Centeno nearly caught Indy goaltender Elliot Panicco off-guard on a tough-angled shot that caught the wind and forced the netminder to spike the ball over the bar to keep it out of goal. Indy’s next chance came on a 50-yard dash down the field from Fjeldberg in the 60th minute, but his impressive run and central cut ended with a wide effort.

Atlanta’s attack came to life in the middle of the second half, and the persistence soon paid off. Forward Jackson Conway scored the equalizing goal in the 68th minute on a feed from substitute Grant Howard, evening the score at 1-1. Indy responded strongly by generating several chances, including a pretty shot from Fjeldberg that Atlanta goaltender Justin Garces just got his fingertips on to make the save. Following a questionable penalty no-call when Rebellon went to ground under heavy contact in the area, head coach Mark Lowry made a slew of changes, inserting Ayoze, Manuel Arteaga, and Alex McQueen into the lineup in hopes of generating a late offensive push.

Lowry’s substitutions did exactly that, as 11 of Indy’s 21 shots came after those 78th minute line change. In his first action at “The Mike” this season, Ayoze got things started by booting a corner kick towards the net in the 81st minute, with several shots resulting from his kick. It was Arteaga’s home debut as well, and he got the fans on their feet with two shots on goal in the 86th minute. The flurry of activity continued into the final minutes of regulation, with Pinho and Law both seeing shots ricochet off the post and out, while Arteaga’s fourth shot in just 12 minutes went awry.

Five minutes of stoppage time would be added, and Indy quickly continued its offensive barrage. A give-and-go from Law and Arteaga in the 92nd minute gave Briggs an open lane, and he converted on Law’s pass from 10 yards out to give the Eleven a hard-earned lead. Briggs nearly put the nail in the coffin with a second two minutes later, only to see his 1-v-1 chance saved, but no insurance was necessary to allow the Boys in Blue a win in their second consecutive game.

The first home win for Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry marked the first game of a three-game homestand, which continues with next Sunday’s 5:30 p.m. ET kickoff against Orange County SC. 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. Fans who cannot make it to The Mike can follow the action on ESPN Deportes, MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/943exitos.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Indianapolis Indians posted seven runs in the second inning to take an 8-0 lead early but were ultimately outlasted by the St. Paul Saints in a high-scoring affair on Saturday afternoon, 16-13.

Mason Martin led the Indians offense with a career-high tying four hits, including a two-run home run and his fifth double of the season. Cal Mitchell notched four RBI in the first two frames with his third home run of the season and a bases-clearing double.

After Mitchell’s solo homer began the scoring in the first inning, the Indians (6-4) sent 10 batters to the plate en route to their biggest offensive inning since scoring seven runs in the top of the fifth inning on Aug. 6, 2021 at Iowa. Josh Bissonette began the frame with an RBI single, Mitchell cleared the bases, Hunter Owen followed with a two-bagger of his own and Martin capped the inning with a long ball, all with two outs.

St. Paul (7-3) scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning and three in the fifth to tie the game, highlighted by a two-run home run by Derek Fisher to begin the comeback. The tied game didn’t last long, however, and an RBI single by Bligh Madris in the top of the fifth inning quickly gave Indianapolis the lead back, 9-8.

With the score extended to 11-8 in Indy’s favor in the top of the sixth on an RBI double by Brendt Citta, a back-and-forth battle began. The Saints tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth on a three-run homer by Curtis Terry. St. Paul then took its first lead of the night off RHP Cam Alldred (L, 0-1) 14-12, in the seventh.

Jermaine Palacios, who led the Saints offense with four hits and four runs scored, launched a two-run home run in the eighth inning to cap the scoring for both teams.

RHP Jake Petricka (S, 1) was the only pitcher for either team not to allow a run. Former Indians hurler RHP Tyler Bashlor (W, 1-0) earned the win.

With the series knotted at 2-2, the Indians and Saints will battle for the series win tomorrow at 3:07 PM ET. RHP Beau Sulser (1-1, 3.12) will face off against RHP Jake Faria (0-0, 10.80).

INDIANA BASEBALL

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – A gem on the mound was spoiled by a late comeback, as the Indiana baseball program dropped a 4-2 decision at Rutgers on Saturday (April 16) at Bainton Field.

Only three innings saw runs scored, as Rutgers (29-6, 10-1 B1G) scored first with a single run in the third inning. Indiana (13-20, 2-6 B1G) jumped in front with two runs in the fifth inning, before the Scarlet Knights plated three runs in the eighth to jump in front for good.

The right arm of redshirt-junior starting pitcher Jack Perkins gave Indiana a chance to win with a career-high seven innings of work (120 pitches) and just one run allowed. He struck out a career-high-tying eight batters, allowed three hits and walked three in the no decision.

The top five in the order reached base 11 times in the game, led by redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen’s 2-for-4 day at the plate. The centerfielder doubled and added one walk and one stolen base. Junior Hunter Jessee walked three times and senior Phillip Glasser singled, walked, stole one base and scored one run.

Relief pitcher Braydon Tucker (1-3) took the loss with three runs allowed on two hits in one inning of work. He struck out two and walked two in the outing.

Designated hitter Jordan Sweeney delivered the go-ahead three-run triple in the eighth inning to lead the Rutgers offense. Josh Kuroda-Grauer posted a two-hit game and scored one run for the Scarlet Knights. Sam Portnoy (2-0) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of work out of the bullpen and Ben Gorski (1) closed the game with a scoreless ninth inning.

Scoring Recap

Bottom Third

A leadoff single by Mike Nyisztor was followed by a strikeout, hit-by-pitch and walk to load the bases. Tony Santa Maria grounded into a fielder’s choice to push the first run across.

at Rutgers 1, Indiana 0

Top Fifth

The first three hitters of the inning singled, the third from Matthew Ellis to score Bobby Whalen from second base and tie the game. After a pop out, Hunter Jessee walked to load the bases and Carter Mathison followed with a sacrifice fly to give IU the lead.

Indiana 2, at Rutgers 1

Top Fifth

After the first two batters struck out, Danny DiGeorgio singled up the middle and back-to-back walks loaded the bases. Jordan Sweeney then laced an 0-1 pitch into the left-center field gap to clear the bases and give Rutgers the lead.

at Rutgers 4, Indiana 2

Up Next

Indiana and Rutgers will close out the series at Noon on Sunday, April 17.

PURDUE BASEBALL

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Down four after Penn State had scored six unanswered runs since the first inning, Purdue baseball put together an extended rally and had the tying run in scoring position in the top of the seventh but was unable to complete the comeback in a 7-5 rubber game loss Saturday.

Cam Thompson delivered a two-out RBI double in the seventh inning as part of two-hit, two-RBI day. He extended his on-base streak to 31 consecutive games and continues to lead the Big Ten with 47 RBI.

CJ Valdez scored from first base on Thompson’s double after delivering an RBI single moments later, extending his on-base streak to 28 consecutive games.

The Boilermakers (22-9, 4-6 B1G) scored twice without the luxury of a hit in the first inning but were otherwise quiet offensively until Penn State (14-19, 5-7 B1G) went to the bullpen to begin the seventh inning. Starter Travis Luensemann (2-2) and veteran reliever Mason Mellott teamed up for 8 1/3 innings of four-hit ball, accounting for 10 of the 11 strikeouts. Mellott retired the final seven batters of the game after issuing a walk to load the bases in the seventh.

Josh Spiegel went 4-for-5 with four RBI in the 3-hole for the Nittany Lions. He delivered a two-run double to quickly tie the score in the bottom of the first after Purdue had scored multiple runs in the first inning for the sixth time in the last seven games. Spiegel’s two-run single in the bottom of the fifth broke the 2-2 tie.

Troy Wansing (2-2) regrouped after surrendering the double to Spiegel, retiring 12 of the next 14 batters he faced. The freshman struck out six. But consecutive singles to open the fifth, including a leadoff hit from the 9-hole batter, brought Wansing’s day to an end.

Mike Bolton Jr. ignited the seventh-inning rally with a hustle double to right field. Curtis Washington Jr. followed with an infield single to extend his on-base streak to 19 consecutive games. Bolton scored on a balk and Washington came home on Valdez’s RBI single. A base hit from Evan Albrecht, the 100th of his Purdue career, kept the rally alive before Mellott delivered a key strikeout to end the threat.

Consecutive singles by Albrecht and Troy Viola in the top of the sixth also put the tying run on base for the Boilermakers. Right fielder Billy Gerlott made a sliding catch on the foul line to end the inning. Albrecht extended his on-base streak to 23 consecutive games and has hit safely in each of the first 10 Big Ten games of the season. Viola is now riding a team-best 10-game hit streak to go along with a 12-game on-base streak.

Viola and Albrecht also impressived defensively on the left side of the infield throughout the day. At third base, Viola speared a line drive in the third inning and made a barehand pick to squash a bunt attempt to open the bottom of the sixth. Albrecht made a nice play up the middle to prevent a two-out RBI single in in the first inning. He made two more nifty plays at shortstop in the seventh.

Khal Stephen retired all six batters he faced over two hitless innings of relief. The freshman worked 4 2/3 innings of two-hit relief over two appearances in the series.

Washington stole his Big Ten-leading 21st base of the season, remaining perfect at 21 of 21. Purdue was 12 of 12 on stolen base attempts in the series.

The Boilermakers are back in action Tuesday for a midweek rematch with UIC. First pitch in Chicago is slated for 7 p.m. ET.

PURDUE SOFTBALL

EVANSTON, Ill. – The Purdue softball team (19-23, 2-8 Big Ten) came up short in Game 2 at No. 6 Northwestern, falling 1-10 in five innings.

Purdue’s lone run was notched by freshman Tyrina Jones, her fourth career run and first of Big Ten play. The run came in the top of the fourth, thanks to a single by senior Rachel Becker when Purdue returned to the top of the order.

The Boilermakers committed no errors for the 16th time this season and were out-hit 4-11 on the day, allowing three home runs, a opponent season-high.

Mo Wimpee received the loss, moving to 2-2 on the season in her first Big Ten start.

Purdue will close out the series tomorrow at No. 6 Northwestern with a 1 p.m. ET showdown on Easter Sunday.

BUTLER BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Georgetown Hoyas came up with an 8-4 win at Butler on Saturday afternoon to win the weekend series two games to one. Matthew Sapienza earned the win and Angelo Tonas came in for his fifth save of the season. Georgetown moves to 22-14 on the year while Butler slides to 16-20.

The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning and would score single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth to stay in the game, but the Hoyas would come out victorious with two runs in the fourth, and fifth, a solo score in the eighth and a decisive three-run ninth inning.

Owen Carapellotti and Christian Ficca were great against Butler on Saturday. Carapellotti went 3-for-5 with a double and Ficca went 2-for-4 with a game-high three RBI. GU only used two arms over the nine inning contest with Sapienza getting the start, and Tonas the save. Sapienze threw 6.2 innings and struck out four. He limited BU to four hits and two runs. Tonas tossed the final 2.1 innings and struck out four Bulldogs.

For Butler, Nick Eaton had a nice four-inning outing that featured five strikeouts and just one walk. A costly BU error would extend his time on the mound and the two runs to come around to score against him were both unearned.

Adrian Vega would give Butler three good innings of relief before passing the ball off to Cole Graverson. The ninth inning would then belong to Lukas Galdoni.

Butler had 10 hits on the day, compared to 12 for the Hoyas. Leading the way in the hit column for BU was Dominic Milano and Kyle Van Liere with two each. Milano, Van Liere, Billy Wurch and Ryan O’Halloran all had RBI’s for Butler.

Wurch posted the first RBI of the day for Butler in the second to score O’Halloran, but the Bulldogs would trail the Hoyas 4-1 after five innings. Van Liere didn’t start but that didn’t stop him from making an impact on Saturday. He entered centerfield and came up with a single through the right side of the infield in the seventh to score Milano.

Milano singled to left to score Aaron Steinhart in the eighth and O’Halloran hit a ball sharply down the line to score Gargano in the ninth.

BU will have two midweek games at Bulldog Park before continuing BIG EAST play. They will host Northern Kentucky and Dayton before traveling to New York for a three-game series against the Red Storm.

BALL STATE MEN’S VB

MUNCIE, Ind. – The top-seeded Ball State men’s volleyball team (21-3) prevailed once again Saturday night in Worthen Arena as they earned a 3-0 sweep over the eight-seeded Quincy Hawks (4-19) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament quarterfinals. 

It marks the second-straight season that Ball State will advance to the semifinal round which will be played Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. ET in Worthen Arena against fourth-seeded Lewis.

BALL STATE BASEBALL

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team claimed two victories over Akron on Saturday at the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex. Tyler Schweitzer recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts in game one and Ty Johnson followed with eight strikeouts in game two.

Schweitzer and Johnson both earned the win in their respective starts, and both improved to 5-2 on the season. Schweitzer, Johnson, and Tyler Ruetschle combined to strikeout 21 batters and held the Zips to a total of just seven hits across the two games.

Trenton Quartermaine produced back-to-back games with a home run as he hit two, one in each game. Zach Cole, Hunter Dobbins, Adam Christianson, and Zach Lane all hit homers on the day. The Cardinal offense rattled off 21 runs on 19 hits for the two games.

Wright has reached base safely in 32 of the 33 games this season and is currently on a six-game hitting streak. Cole has reached safely in 11 straight, while Quartermaine has reached safely in nine consecutive.

With the wins, Ball State improved to 21-12 overall and 15-2 in MAC play, while Akron fell to 10-24 overall and 8-15 in league contests.

Game One – Ball State 5, Akron 1

The Zips got on the board first in the top of the third inning on a Jackson Haas double down the left field line.

In the bottom of the third, Lane led off with an infield single to second base and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Quartermaine put the Cardinals on top with a two-run shot over the right field wall. Ball State led 2-1 after three innings of play.

Cole launched a solo shot down the right field line with one out in the bottom of the fourth. CJ Horn singled down the left field line with two outs. Seth Wilson came in to pinch run for Horn and then stole second. Lane singled to right field and drove in Wilson. Aiden Hinds pinch ran for Lane and Wright tripled to right center to score Hinds from first. The Cardinals took a 5-1 lead into the top of the fifth.

The four-run cushion was all that Schweitzer needed as he kept Akron from adding a run to the score board. Schweitzer was dominant in a complete-game effort with a career-high 12 strikeouts. He improved to 5-2 as he allowed on a single run on just four hits.

Anthony Fett fell to 0-6 behind a complete-game performance with three strikeouts. He surrendered five earned runs on seven hits.

Game Two – Ball State 16, Akron 0

Wright singled through the left side to start things in the bottom of the first. Quartermaine followed with a line drive that left the yard for a two-run homer down the right field line. Nick Powell was hit by a pitch and Cole kept things rolling with a single to center field. Ryan Peltier reached on a fielder’s choice as Cole was out at second. Peltier stole second and a throwing error by the catcher allowed Peltier to advance to third and Powell to score. Christianson reached on an error by the second baseman and Peltier was able to score on the play. Ball State led 4-0 after one inning of play.

Cole led off the home half of the third and was hit by a pitch. He then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Peltier drove a ball to left field and Cole was able to tag up for the sac fly. The Cardinals took a 5-0 lead into the fourth.

Justin Conant led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to left field. Lane belted a two-run home run over the wall in left center. After Quartermaine drew a walk, Powell reached safely on a fielder’s choice. Cole tripled off the wall in right center to score Powell. Dobbins lined one off the top of the wall in left center for an inside the park home run and Cole scored to give the Cardinals a 10-0 lead. After Peltier reached on an error by the right fielder, Christianson blasted a two-run shot over the right field wall to give Ball State a 12-0 lead after four innings in the books.

Wilson reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and advanced to second to start the bottom of the sixth for BSU. Dobbins drew a four-pitch walk. Horn belted a double to left center that drove in Wilson and Dobbins. Conant singled up the middle to give Ball State runners on the corners with one out. Hinds singled through the left side to score Horn from third. Wright singled to center to load the bases for the Cardinals. Quartermaine grounded out to first, but Conant was able to score and extended the BSU lead to 16-0.

Johnson picked up the win with eight strikeouts, one shy of tying a career high. He went six innings and surrendered just two hits as he improved to 5-2. Ruetschle tossed a scoreless inning in relief and picked up one strikeout.

Jackson Hickert picked up the loss for the Zips and fell to 1-4 on the year. He struck out one batter and gave up seven runs, four earned, on five hits in three innings of work. Matthew Radtka threw one inning in relief and surrendered five runs, three earned, on three hits and struck out two. Grayson Phillips went the final two innings for Akron and gave up four runs, two earned, on four hits.

Ball State and Akron close out the four-game series on Easter Sunday. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“We got two outstanding pitching performances from Tyler Schweitzer and Ty Johnson as well as combinations from a number of our offensive players. Go Cardinals!”

BALL STATE SOFTBALL

TOLEDO, Ohio – – The Ball State softball offense found its groove Saturday at Scott Park, scoring a combined 19 runs to sweep a doubleheader at Toledo by scores of 10-2 and 9-5.

With the pair of win, the Cardinals (15-23; 8-6 Mid-American Conference) picked up their third MAC series victory of the season.

Leading the Ball State offense in the doubleheader sweep of the Rockets (9-28; 2-13 MAC) was sophomore right fielder Kaitlyn Mathews who went 4-for-7 on the day and blasted her first collegiate home run. She also added an RBI single in the same inning as her home run in the second game, while finishing the day with two runs scored and a stolen base.

Junior second baseman Haley Wynn also had a pair of impressive performances, leading the squad with five RBI. Her biggest hit was a three-run home run, her fifth of the season, to cap the scoring in the opening game.

The Cardinals also received a pair of solid performances in the circle, with freshman Angelina Russo and junior Deborah Jones each earning complete game victories. Russo won the opener, allowing just three hits and a pair of runs while striking out six. Jones took the nightcap giving up just five hits and a pair of earned runs while striking out six.

Sophomore first baseman Samantha-Jo Mata also tallied a pair of RBI hits and a sac fly over the two games, while redshirt freshman Emma Richards registered a pair of RBI doubles in the nightcap to go along with an RBI fielder’s choice in the opener.

The Ball State softball team returns to action Tuesday, when it welcomes Western Michigan to the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex for the first of three games. First pitch is currently scheduled for 3 p.m.

GAME 1 RECAP: Ball State 10 – Toledo 2

After being held scoreless in Friday’s series opener, the Ball State offense came out strong in the top of the first Saturday, tallying three runs. Senior left fielder Faith Hensley started the game with a single to left and an error on a sac bunt from Wynn gave BSU a pair of base runners.

A walk to senior shortstop Amaia Daniel then loaded the bases, while senior catcher Delanie Johnson was hit by a pitch to bring in the first run. Ball State’s second run came courtesy of a fielders’ choice from Richards.

With runners on the corners, Richards stole second, while a walk to sophomore center fielder Remington Ross loaded the bases once again. Mata made it a 3-0 game moments later with a sac fly to right field.

While the Rockets were able to cut Ball State’s lead to one run by plating a pair in the bottom of the second, the Cardinals answered with single runs in the fourth and fifth to pull ahead 5-2.

Those second-inning runs were the only ones Russo would surrender, as she limited Toledo three hits to pick up the complete game victory. She also struck out five batters over her 7.0 innings of work.

BSU’s run in the fourth came on a sac fly from Wynn, driving home Mathews who singled to open the inning, moved to second on a passed ball, and advanced third on a wild pitch.

Redshirt junior designated player Jazmyne Armendariz got into the action in the top of the fifth, following a two-out single from Mata with an RBI double to left.

Hensley made it a 6-2 game in the top of the sixth, starting with a leadoff single. After moving to second on a groundout, she stole third and then scored on a passed ball.

The Cardinals added four more runs in the top of the seventh to give the game it’s finals score of 10-2. Ross reached on an error to open the inning, and after stealing second, scored on an RBI single up the middle from Mata. Armendariz followed with a single to center, giving BSU a pair of base runners and setting up a two-out, three-run blast from Wynn, her fifth of the season.

GAME 2 RECAP: Ball State 9 – Toledo 5

The Cardinals jumped out to another early lead in the second game, capitalizing on a leadoff walk to Hensley who stole second before scoring on a two-out double from Mata.

While the Rockets answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, the Cardinals followed a scoreless second with a seven-run barrage in the third to pull ahead 8-2.

Mathews started the inning with a statement, joining the Ball State bomb squad with her first career home run to even the score. Hensley then reached on an error, advancing all the way to third to set up an RBI single from Wynn to give BSU the 3-2 lead.

After Daniel reached on UT’s second error of the inning, a sac bunt from Mata pushed both runners into scoring position. The sacrifice worked to perfection, as Johnson drove both home with a single to give BSU a 5-2 edge. Johnson would also advance to second on the throw in, before being replaced by pinch runner Kaitlyn Gibson.

Following a pitching change, the speedy Gibson moved to third on single by Ross before catching the Toledo defense off guard and scoring. Ross would move herself into scoring position moments later by stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. Richards then drove her home with a double to center field, before advancing to third on a groundout and scoring on Mathews’ second RBI hit of the frame, a single to left.

While the Rockets were able to chip away at the lead, scoring two in the bottom of the third and another in the bottom of the fifth, the Cardinals added one more in the seventh on another RBI double from Richards to win the game 9-5.

Jones would earn her fourth win of the season in the circle, limiting Toledo to five hits and a pair of earned runs in a complete game effort. She also struck out three batters to raise her career total to 195.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL

CLEMSON, S.C. – Alexis Holloway threw her second no-hitter of the season, third solo no-hitter of her career as the 21st-ranked University of Notre Dame softball team evened the series with 14th-ranked Clemson Friday night with a 4-0 win. This was Holloway’s second seven-inning no-hitter of her career and her second in Atlantic Coast Conference action. The Fighting Irish improve to 31-8 on the season and move to 10-4 in ACC play.

Holloway threw all seven innings without allowing a hit. She surrendered six base runners in the contest, with three walks, a hit batter and two fielder’s choices. She added six strikeouts in the victory. It marks the first time that the Clemson softball program has been no hit in its brief history. Holloway’s first ACC no hitter came her freshman year against NC State on March 10th.

The Irish offense managed eight hits in the contest. Abby Sweet led the charge with a 2-for-3 effort, driving in two and scoring a run of her own. Joley Mitchell added a 2-for-3 performance from the eight-spot of the lineup. Leea Hanks, Emma Clark, Karina Gaskins and Miranda Johnson all added a hit in the win.

After three scoreless innings, the Irish got the scoring started in the top of the fourth. Clark, Sweet and Gaskins hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to put Notre Dame up 2-0.

The Irish doubled up their lead the following inning. Marquez started the frame as she reached on an error on a pop up in the infield. A Hanks single moved her up and a ground ball to the right side put two in scoring position. Sweet hit a slow roller back to the shortstop. She beat the throw to first that was wild, allowing Hanks to score on the play to put the Irish up 4-0.

Holloway shut Clemson down in the bottom of the fifth with two strikeouts and a ground out. The Tigers put the lead-off hitter on in the sixth, but a strikeout a fielder’s choice and a fly out ended the threat.

In the seventh, Holloway quickly got a ground ball back up the middle that she handled herself before striking out the clean-up hitter looking. After an error allowed a runner to reach, she got a ground ball to Johnson at second base who recorded the final out for the no-hitter.

Up Next

The Irish and Clemson close out the series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch set for 1 p.m.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

DURHAM, N.C.— The fourth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (21-8) dropped its series finale at Duke, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field.

Designated hitter Jack Zyska drove in both runs for the Irish, while shortstop Zack Prajzner led the Notre Dame offense with two singles on the afternoon.

Starting pitcher, Austin Temple, took the loss for the Irish. Temple gave up three runs on four hits in his three innings on the mound.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Duke jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Blue Devils shortstop Alex Mooney crossed the plate on an RBI from third baseman Graham Pauley.

The two teams were scoreless in the second and third innings, before Duke scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Catcher Andrew Yu singled up the middle to drive in left fielder RJ Schreck. Right fielder Damon Lux then homered, bringing in Yu to push the Blue Devils to a 4-0 lead heading into the fifth inning.

Duke recorded a run in the bottom of the fifth when first baseman Luke Storm scored an unearned run on a Notre Dame throwing error. The Blue Devils added another tally in the sixth when Storm brought home center fielder Devin Obee on a sacrifice fly.

Notre Dame came back to score two runs in the top of the ninth, before the Irish rally was halted. First baseman Ryan Cole tripled to open the inning and right fielder Brooks Coetzee III was hit by a pitch to give the Irish runners at first and third. Zyska singled, driving in the two runs.

UP NEXT

The Irish return home to start another homestand on Tuesday. The Irish have two midweek matchups on deck from Frank Eck Stadium starting with Valpo on Tuesday. The Irish and Beacons will meet for the second time this season as Tuesday’s game is set for a 5 p.m. ET first pitch. Admission is free for all fans at Frank Eck Stadium this year.

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL

CLEMSON, S.C. – The University of Notre Dame softball team suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the 14th-ranked Clemson Tigers Saturday afternoon. The Fighting Irish outhit the Tigers 12-7, but couldn’t find the big hit it needed to go ahead in the contest. The 21st ranked Irish drop to 31-9 on the season and 10-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference action. Clemson improves to 33-11 and 11-7 in conference play.

Shannon Becker started in the circle, throwing 6.2 innings. She struck out three hitters without allowing a walk, throwing 83 strikes in 121 pitches. Payton Tidd came on to face the top of the order in the seventh, allowing a hit.

The Irish offense was led by a 3-for-4 performance from freshman Jane Kronenberger. Karina Gaskins and Emma Clark added two-hit efforts in the loss. Leea Hanks, Abby Sweet, Miranda Johnson, Joley Mitchell and Carlli Kloss each had a hit in the contest.

The Irish struck first in the top of the first inning. Clark got the rally going with a single just in front of home plate and stole second. After a groundout moved her up, a pitch that sailed over the catcher gave her the opportunity to take home and the Irish took the early 1-0 lead.

Clemson tied it up in their half of the second inning. Back-to-back singles led off the inning before back-to-back fly balls allowed the runner to move up and eventually score to knot the game.

Both teams threatened in the fourth. The Irish loaded the bases with one, but a ground ball to shortstop threw the runner out at home before a diving grab on the infield retired Notre Dame without a run. Clemson put its first two runners on before Mitchell made a leaping catch at the netting in foul territory and Becker picked up a strikeout to retire the threat.

Notre Dame put two on with one out in the top of the seventh inning, but a pop up on the infield led to the second out. Mitchell barreled up the first pitch of her at bat, but it went directly to the left fielder for the third out to retire the side.

In the bottom of the seventh, Aby Vieira led off with a sharp single to the left side. After a foul out and a ground out to the pitcher moved the runner into scoring position, the top of the Tiger order came up. With a 2-2 count, Cammy Pereira dropped a single down the left field line for the score and the win.

Up Next

The Irish will be back in action on Tuesday evening as they head to Bloomington for a matchup with the Indiana Hoosiers at 5 p.m.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball dropped the series finale to Drake on Saturday afternoon at Price Field, giving the Bulldogs the series win.

The Sycamore offense got off to a hot start, scoring two runs in the first thanks to Bella Peterson’s 15th double of the season followed by a two-run home run to left center by Isabella Henning for her fifth of the season.

Drake responded with a run of their own in the second, trimming the Indiana State lead to 2-1 on a Makayla Rice RBI double down the left field line.

Indiana State loaded the bases in the third but the Bulldogs were able to escape the jam without allowing a run to score.

In the top of the fourth, Drake tied the game at two runs apiece with a RBI single to center field.

Macy Johnson gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead in the fifth with a solo shot off the top of the scoreboard in right field for her second home run of the 2022 campaign.

In the bottom half of the frame, Bella Peterson reached base for the third time on the afternoon and would come around to score after Drake misplayed a Cassie Thomerson fly ball to right field, tying the game at three.

The Bulldogs retook the lead in the top of the sixth, getting a sacrifice fly after back-to-back singles to go up 4-3. The next batter was the starting pitcher for Drake in Paige Bedsworth who doubled down the left field line to grow the lead to 5-3.

Hailey Griffin sat the Bulldogs down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh, bringing ISU to the plate for a chance to rally. Bella Peterson reached base for the fourth time of the game with her second double of the game followed by an Isabella Henning single up the middle. Cassie Thomerson then worked a walk to load the bases with two outs but ISU was unable to score, giving Drake the victory.

Lexi Benko started for ISU and went 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, taking the loss which brings her record to 10-10 on the season. Hailey Griffin worked 1.2 innings in relief, picking up one strikeout.

Up Next

Indiana State will host Evansville next Wednesday for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VB

LEBANON, Ill. – The No. 6 seed Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team defeated No. 3 seed McKendree in four sets (26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22) in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday, April 16.

With the win, the ‘Dons will travel to Chicago to take on No. 2 Loyola Chicago on Wednesday, April 20 in the MIVA Semifinals. This is the first time the ‘Dons have advanced to the MIVA Semifinals since 2019.

The ‘Dons improve to 16-12. McKendree, who entered the match No. 15 in the AVCA poll, concludes their season at 14-11.

Mastodon senior Kade Bontrager was all over the court on Saturday. He finished with a career-high 19 digs to go with eight kills and three blocks. The Plano, Texas native has notched 29 digs over the last eight sets (3.63 digs per set).

Vicente Ibarra hit .517 with 18 kills, his second most in a match this season. Jon Diedrich also had 18 kills. He hit .293. Freshman setter Zach Solomon led an offense which hit .317 on the night and out-hit McKendree in all four sets. Solomon totaled 45 assists, 11 digs, two kills and two aces.

Both Ibarra and Solomon were at the best in crunch time in the fourth set. While the Bearcats got out to an early 12-9 lead in the frame, the ‘Dons fought back and eventually tied the set at 18-18 thanks to a 9-6 run. Neither team could earn a lead larger than one point, as the set was tied at 19, 20, 21 and 22. However, the ‘Dons finished the match scoring four straight points. Solomon notched a kill, McKendree had two attacking errors, and Ibarra earned the match clinching kill.

The Mastodons won the match after taking the first two sets. The ‘Dons led by as much as 15-7 in the first, only to see McKendree knot it at 20. With the set tied at 24-24, the ‘Dons scored the final two points off a Bearcats service error and a Cody Johnson kill. After the Bearcats took an early 6-4 lead in the second set, the ‘Dons rallied off an 11-1 run to take a 15-7 lead. In the run, Diedrich had two kills, Solomon had two service aces, and Rico Wardlow added a service ace.

McKendree hit .231 as a team. Ryan Serrano had 45 assists.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Mastodon pitching recorded 12 strikeouts and no walks to help Purdue Fort Wayne to a 10-5 victory at Northern Kentucky on Saturday (April 16) afternoon. The win gave the ‘Dons a road series win for a second weekend in a row.

It is the first time the ‘Dons have recorded 12 punchouts with no walks in game since April 18, 2008 against North Dakota State.

Purdue Fort Wayne pitching totaled 35 strikeouts in the three-game series at Northern Kentucky.

Jacob Myer was mowing them down to start the game, striking out eight Northern Kentucky hitters over 4.2 innings of work.

Brian Skelton (2-0) threw 2.2 innings out of the pen, giving up one run on one hit, with no walks and three strikeouts. He earned the win.

Jarrett Bickel led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 2-for-6 in the game with a double, a home run and three RBI. Ben Higgins put the ‘Dons up for good with a two-run home run in the first inning. He also had two walks. Isaiah Hart also helped out, going 2-for-4 for Purdue Fort Wayne with a triple, a walk and two RBI.

Purdue Fort Wayne took a 5-0 lead in the third with a pair of runs. Garett Lake’s run-scoring single highlighted the inning.

The Norse gained ground, closing the gap to 5-1 until the ‘Dons added some insurance in the fourth. The three-run frame for the Mastodons was punctuated by a two-run triple from Hart that just missed going over the wall. It brought the score to 8-1 in favor of Purdue Fort Wayne.

Northern Kentucky got within 8-4 until the Mastodons scored again in the seventh inning to stretch its lead to 10-4. This time it was a Bickel two-run home run.

GAME NOTES

» Alex Evenson picked up three base hits in the game for Purdue Fort Wayne.

» Myer’s eight strikeouts was one short of his career high.

» Every Purdue Fort Wayne starter had a hit in the game.

» The ‘Dons never trailed in the game.

» Six Mastodons had multiple hits in the contest.

» The Mastodons out-hit the Norse 16-10 while recording six walks.

» Noah Fisher had a home run for the Norse.

» The Norse used eight pitchers with Kaden Echeman taking the loss.

» The ‘Dons move to 10-23 (7-8 Horizon). Northern Kentucky falls to 13-20 (7-7 Horizon).

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons travel to Notre Dame on Wednesday to play the No. 10 Fighting Irish.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Turning-in a complete effort in all three phases of the game, the University of Evansville baseball team secured a three-game series sweep of Missouri State with 9-2 and 14-2 wins in Saturday’s doubleheader in Springfield, Mo.

“Great week for Aces Baseball. We got 4 straight quality starts from our pitchers,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “Today we competed in all facets of the game. Everybody helped contribute which was great to see. We know what we are capable of.”

Game One: Evansville 9, Missouri State 2

Key to its recent success, the Aces got another excellent start from their starter with sophomore Nick Smith pitching a gem. Smith pitched six scoreless innings to start his outing, but the Bears were sharp on the mound as well, keeping Evansville off the scoreboard until the sixth.

In the sixth, Widder was hit by a pitch to open the inning and advanced to second after a groundout. With two outs, Eric Roberts came in as a pinch hitter and delivered immediately, driving a double to right bringing WIdder home and opening the scoring,

An inning later, it was Evan Berkey who added to the lead, contributing a two-run double to left that scored Widder and Simon Scherry, giving the Aces a 3-0 lead.

For the first and what would be the only time on the day, Evansville ran into some trouble in the seventh with the bases loaded. After a run was walked in, Drew Dominik came in and quickly fired a strikeout after falling behind 3-0 in the count to end the inning.

The Aces responded to Dominik’s strikeout by blowing the game wide open in the eighth. Evansville scored six runs in the inning with Rumsey and Widder each recording RBI on base hits before Berkey launched a three-run homer to left as the Aces went ahead 9-1.

In the ninth, Missouri State pushed across one, but Dominik locked-down the Evansville win, 9-2.

Game Two: Evansville 14, Missouri State 2

The second game of the doubleheader began much like the first with both sides getting strong outings out of their starters. Evansville was able to get to the Bears first with a pair of runs coming across on a double by Mark Shallenberger. Two innings later, the Aces chased the Bears starter when Widder smashed a three-run shot into the Missouri State bullpen, handing the Aces a 5-0 lead.

A single run for the Bears was all Missouri State could muster as an answer in the bottom of the sixth as UE starter Caleb Reinhardt continued to cruise. Key to pulling away for the series sweep, Evansville tacked on a total of nine runs over the course of the final three innings. Highlighting the burst of late runs was Chase Hug’s two-run homer in the seventh that re-sparked the Aces offense.

Reinhardt lasted into the eighth inning finishing with eight innings of work, allowing just one earned run and striking-out six Bears, while walking just one. On in relief, Shane Harris helped close down the win for the Aces despite a run coming across as Evansville secured a series sweep with the 14-2 win.

Evansville was strong in all facets over the week, amassing 40 runs in four games and allowing just nine. The Aces smashed eight home runs in their 4-0 week and defensively they turned five double plays. All four of the Aces starting pitchers lasted 29.1 innings and combined to record a 1.53 ERA.

The Aces return to action on Wednesday with a midweek trip to take on Purdue in a non-conference contest at 5 PM (CT) in West Lafayette, Ind.

VALPO BASEBALL

The Valparaiso University baseball team pounded out eight extra-base hits including three home runs on Saturday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill., coasting to a 10-2 victory over host Illinois State to even this weekend’s three-game series at one victory apiece. Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) enjoyed a two-homer game to back the effort of starting pitcher Jake Miller (Chester, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep), who was perfect through four and delivered 5 2/3 quality innings. Valpo picked up its most lopsided win in league play since joining the Missouri Valley Conference.

How It Happened

Miller cruised throughout the first trip through the Illinois State lineup, sending down the first nine Redbirds he faced.

Valpo struck first in the top of the fourth, when Schmack belted a 380-foot home run to left to start the scoring.

Miller again retired the side in order in the fourth, before his perfect game bid came to an end in the bottom of the fifth on a leadoff single. That runner was quickly erased as Angel DiFederico (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven) picked him off with a back pick.

Valpo scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth with help from some wobbly Redbird defense as the hosts committed a pair of errors. One of the runs crossed the dish on a run-scoring double by Adam Brauch (Waukee, Iowa / Dowling Catholic).

Miller ran into trouble for the first time in the game in the bottom of the sixth, when he struck out a pair but also gave up two hits and two walks. The second of those walks forced in a run and spelled the end of the day for Miller.

After missing last weekend’s games due to an injury, Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indian-Hills CC]) made his return to the mound in a high-pressure spot, with the bases loaded for Illinois State and Valpo clinging to a 3-1 lead. Chasey notched a looking strikeout that fired up the visiting dugout and kept the Beacons in front 3-1 with the Redbirds stranding the maximum.

Valpo got the run back and more in the top of the seventh, which featured a two-out uprising that started when Hannahs smoked a double off the wall in left to drive chase in a run. The Valpo middle of the order continued to deliver a moment later, when Schmack belted his second homer of the day, this one traveling 407 feet to center. The two-run shot extended the advantage to 6-1.

Chasey posted a zero in the seventh, when one of Illinois State’s two hits was erased on a double play.

Valpo added two more in the eighth as Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) and Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) both belted run-scoring doubles. The lead continued to grow in the ninth as Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) jacked a two-run bomb to right that traveled 416 feet and made it a 10-1 game.

Nolan Lebamoff (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll [Kankakee]) pitched the final two innings to solidify the victory. He did permit a solo shot that was narrowly fair down the right-field line with two outs in the ninth to account for the 10-2 final.

Inside the Game

Schmack’s home runs were his fourth and fifth of the season and the sixth and seventh of his collegiate career. He lifted his RBI total to a team-high 21, while Hannahs RBI upped his total to 20.

Schmack became the first Valpo player with a two-homer game since Hannahs on Feb. 20 of this season at Memphis.

Miller struck out five and walked two while allowing just three hits over 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball to earn his fourth win.

After seeing his 16-game on-base streak end on Friday, Hannahs doubled twice in Saturday’s game. He is up to a team-leading 11 doubles on the season.

Brauch joined Schmack and Hannahs with multi-hit games. Tucker finished with three hits, his third game this season with three or more.

Valpo drilled five doubles and three homers to total eight extra-base knocks. Eight of the team’s 13 hits went for extra bases.

The Beacons racked up five or more doubles in a game for the first time since May 1, 2021, also against Illinois State. In that game, Valpo achieved seven two-baggers.

The eight-run margin of victory was Valpo’s largest since joining the Missouri Valley Conference. The team’s previous largest most lopsided wins in conference play were seven-run margins, a 10-3 win at Bradley last season and a 9-2 home triumph over Dallas Baptist in April 2018.

Up Next

Valpo (12-18, 1-4 MVC) and Illinois State will round out the three-game series with an Easter Sunday matinee that begins at 1 p.m. at Duffy Bass Field in Normal. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3. Links to live video, audio and stats can be found on ValpoAthletics.com.

VALPO SOFTBALL

The Valpo softball team battled gamely against first-place UNI on Saturday afternoon in the MVC series finale at the Valpo Softball Complex and threatened to put runs on the board in numerous innings, but at the end of the day, a pair of solo home runs by the Panthers proved to be the difference as the Beacons fell by a 3-1 final.

How It Happened

UNI took the lead on its first batter of the game, as Mya Dodge led off the top of the first with a solo homer.

That was the only run Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) surrendered through the first four innings, however. Seib kept the Panthers off the board after they had a runner on second and no outs in the third inning, and then tossed a perfect changeup for a strikeout looking with two runners on base in the fourth.

Meanwhile, Valpo had plenty of early chances to crack its side of the scoreboard, but was unable to come up with the final blow through the first three frames.

The Beacons had runners on first and third with one out in the first and a runner on second with two outs in the second, but were unable to score either time. Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) then led off the bottom of the third with a double and moved up to third on a groundout, but couldn’t complete the journey as back-to-back grounders kept Valpo from pushing its first run across.

A leadoff double and an infield single against a drawn-in infield gave the Panthers their second run in the top of the fifth.

Valpo responded immediately in its half of the fifth. Addi Weaver (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville) lined a first-pitch double to the right-center gap to lead off the frame, and pinch-runner Lauren Sena (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt. Moeder brought her home immediately, dropping a single just inside the left-field line to make it a 2-1 ballgame.

The Beacons again had an opportunity to tie the game or more, as Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) followed Moeder’s base knock with a single of her own to put runners on the corners with one away. But a strikeout and a groundout limited them to just the single tally.

UNI capped the scoring in the top of the sixth with a solo homer from Daryn Lamprecht.

Valpo got the potential tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh following an infield single from Moeder before a fly ball to center ended the game.

Inside the Game

Moeder reached base all four times she stepped to the plate on Saturday, going 3-for-3 with a double and a hit by pitch as well as her RBI. It was Moeder’s second three-hit game of the season and her second multi-hit game of the series against the conference leaders.

Moeder is now hitting .372 and reaching base at a .449 clip in MVC play.

Four other Beacons had a hit apiece as Valpo matched UNI’s team total with seven hits.

Facing a UNI offense which entered Saturday’s game averaging better than seven and a half runs per game in MVC play, Seib enjoyed one of her best outings of the year. The junior twirled a complete-game seven hitter, allowing just three runs as she limited the Panthers to 1-of-8 hitting with runners in scoring position.

Next Up

Valpo (10-24, 1-14 MVC) closes out its lengthy homestand on Wednesday afternoon with a conference doubleheader versus Loyola. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m., with the games being broadcast on ESPN+.

U OF I MEN’S GOLF

INDIANAPOLIS—Led by individual runner-up Oliver Mast (-5), the UIndy men’s golf team punched its ticket to the conference semifinals at the 2022 GLVC Championships. The Greyhounds wrapped up stroke play with a three-under 285 to secure the No. 2 seed heading into Sunday’s semifinal.

The three-day tournament is being held at Broadmoor Country Club in Indianapolis.

The Hounds’ team score on Saturday matched the lowest total by any team during the 54 holes of stroke play. UIndy is the only school to qualify for medal/match play in every season since the conference adopted the format in 2012.

UIndy is set to face third-seeded Southern Indiana in one of two morning semifinals Sunday. The Hoosier State rivals will tee off from hole No. 10, while top-seeded Missouri-St. Louis and four-seed McKendree will start at hole No. 1. Tee times are currently TBD as frost is likely to come into play in the morning hours.

Individually, Mast went on a tear Saturday, nearly forcing a playoff for the league’s individual medal. Last year’s GLVC Player of the Year carded a 68 in the final round of stroke play, including birdies on 17 and 18 to settle just one stroke back of UMSL’s Joel Sylven.

With his top-five finish good for All-GLVC honors, Mast has now paced the UIndy lineup in each of the last three conference tournaments, including three top-three showings.

Senior Jacob Nickell (+1) came just short of All-GLVC status. Putting together one of his most-consistent tournaments in his GLVC Championships debut, the Wheeling, W.V., native was one of five individuals to finish at one over – two strokes back of the top five.

The final three Greyhounds finished within one stroke of each other. Senior Keegan Bronnenberg had a strong stroke-play finish, carding a two-under 70 on Saturday to vault 16 spots into a tie for 20th. Cam Carroll matched KB’s +8 score, while CJ Jones shared 24th place at +9.

FRIDAY

The Hounds found themselves in an enviable position after day 1 of the 2022 GLVC Championships. Tied for third place through 36 holes, the Greyhounds (+11) look to remain in top-four spot after Saturday’s final round of stroke play to advance the medal/match play semifinals on Sunday.

Fifth-year senior Oliver Mast leads to way for UIndy. The reigning GLVC Player of the Year carded rounds of 71 and 72 Friday to sit at -1, good for a share of fourth place. He currently sits six back of leader Joel Sylven of UMSL and just two back of second.

Senior Jacob Nickell (72-73), playing in his first GLVC Championships, is in ninth place at +1. Cam Carroll (+5) is tied for 17th, CJ Jones (+6) is tied for 22nd, and Keegan Bronnenberg (+10) in is 36th.

Missouri-St. Louis authored a great opening day, topping the team leaderboard at -5. McKendree sits in second at +6, while Missouri S&T is tied for third with UIndy at +11. Southern Indiana sits at +17 and is looking to climb out of the fifth-place spot.

U OF I SOFTBALL

INDIANAPOLIS—The fifth-ranked UIndy softball team authored a doubleheader sweep of visiting Missouri-St. Louis Saturday, topping the Tritons 3-2 and 4-0. The day was highlighted by a no-hit performance by game-two starter Haylie Foster. “Hay” struck out three and faced just two over the minimum, as a walk and an error accounted for the Tritons’ only base runners.

GAME 1 | UIndy 3, UMSL 2

Emily O’Connor got things going with a two-out double in the first, bringing in Lexy Rees all the way from first base to give the Hounds the early lead.

The Tritons, who entered the day riding seven-game winning streak, scratched out a single run in both the third (earned) and fourth (unearned) to move ahead. But in the bottom of the fifth, sophomore slugger Dominique Proctor retook the lead with one swing, clearing the fences with a two-run blast for what provided to be the game-winning hit.

Sophomore ace Kenzee Smith went the distance in the circle, allowing just four hits, one walks and one earned run to move to 19-3 on the season.

GAME 2 | UIndy 4, UMSL 0

Haylie Foster (18-2) was unhittable in the capper. Though the Tritons made contact 18 times, Foster and her defense converted that contact into 12 groundouts and six flyouts. UMSL was retired in order in five of the seven frames.

Meanwhile, UIndy once again produced some early offense. With two down in the bottom of the first, Gianni Iannatone singled up the middle to score Megan Nichols and O’Connor and put the Hounds up, 2-0.

A pair of sacrifices flies accounted for the balance of the runs, as Rees and Sydnee Perry both brought in runners with fly balls to center field.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds are hoping to make-up a previously postponed doubleheader versus Lake Erie this week. The date is still TBA. Stay tuned to UIndyAthletics.com for updates.

U OF I MEN’S LAX

ST. LOUIS, MO – The No. 8 University of Indianapolis men’s lacrosse team picked up their fifth straight win on Saturday, edging Maryville 14-10 in their final Great Lakes Valley Conference game of the regular season.

The Hounds finish the season at 5-1 in GLVC play, marking the second-best conference record in program history only behind a perfect record of 6-0 in 2019.  With one week remaining in conference play, UIndy has locked in at least the No. 2 seed in the GLVC Championship tournament.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Saints found the net first but Ben Foster evened the game less than 30 seconds later, sparking a 5-0 run for the Hounds.  Wyatt Auyer, Patrick O’Hara and Owain Braddock each scored in a three minute span to give UIndy a 4-1 lead after one.  Drew Billig capped off the run with a man up goal on the assist from Parker Johnson.

Both teams scored three goals in the second frame, allowing the Hounds to take a 7-4 lead to the break.

The first two goals of the second half belonged to Maryville, making it a one-goal game with just under 20 minutes remaining.  Billig connected with Auyer to halt the Saint’s momentum and make it 8-6.  Less than 90 seconds later, Parker Johnson found the net to extend the lead to three.

The Hounds maintained their lead throughout the fourth quarter as the two teams traded goals.  Auyer netted the eventual game winner with 10:47 remaining while Billig and Patrick O’Hara netted insurance goals in the final minute.

Auyer finished with five points off of four goals and one assist.  Billig netted three goals and added one assist while Johnson tallied one goal and a pair of assists.  Braddock and O’Hara each scored a pair of goals.

Kyle Basch paced the defense with three caused turnovers and seven groundballs.  The Hounds defense caused nine turnovers on the day while holding Maryville to 1-for-4 on extra man opportunities.

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

UP NEXT

The Hounds return home next weekend to host No. 6 Merychurst on Saturday in their final home game of the season.

U OF I WOMEN’S LAX

QUINCY, Ill. – The University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team continued to show why it’s among the best in the nation with a 22-1 conference win over Quincy. The Hounds extend it’s record to 14-1 and 5-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Sarah Klein scored early, just past the 11-minute mark. The Hounds would quickly stack up goals upon goals as they put themselves up 10-0 to end the first quarter. Klein and Quinn Malcolm would start off by leading the Hounds in the first quarter with Malcolm posting two and Klein earning a hat trick.

Klein would go on to lead the Hounds offensively with six goals and two assists. While Mackenzie Winn took the Hounds a step further with four goals of her town and an assist. Abigail Lagos made plays as the captain with three assists and three goals.

Defensively, Peyton Romig continued to show why she is recognized as one of the best of the best with 12 draw controls and and two caused turnovers, along with two goals of her own.

Cassidy King and Audrey Moran split time in the net, with Moran earning two saves and King earning one.

INSIDE THE BOX

-The Hounds outshot Quincy 38 to five.

-UIndy earned eight free position attempts.

-Indianapolis completed all its clears and forced 18 Quincy turnovers.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will return home against No. 8 ranked Lindenwood on April 22, at 4 p.m. ET.

U OF I BASEBALL

QUINCY, Ill. – Despite losing in run-rule fashion in the first game of the series on Thursday afternoon, the University of Indianapolis baseball team battled back and won again over Quincy on Saturday, which means the Greyhounds have successfully taken three of four games from the Hawks in the series. With the win, UIndy now sits with an even .500 record on the year (18-18) alongside a 10-6 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Greyhounds clawed ahead first in the contest with two runs in the opening inning. Alex Vela sent a double down the left field line that scored Brandon DeWitt all the way from first base. Then, Vela was eventually brought home on an Aaron Blake sacrifice fly.

The runs continued in the fourth with two more crossing for UIndy. Blake stepped up once again and produced an RBI, this time in the form of a double. Later, Blake was brought home on an Armen Torosian RBI groundout.

Quincy refused to go out easy, as the Hawks added a run in the sixth on an RBI single and another in the seventh on a solo home run. Despite UIndy corralling an insurance run in the eighth on a Caleb Vaughn sacrifice fly to left field, the Hawks would score one more in the bottom half of that inning on an RBI double to make it a 5-3 ballgame heading into the final frame.

In the bottom of the ninth, trailing by two runs, Quincy had the bases loaded with two outs. Freshman Austin Bestul stepped up big on the bump and delivered a game-ending strikeout to help the Hounds steal their third straight game on the road over the Hawks.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-The Greyhounds managed seven hits while the Hawks had a game-high 10.

-Six different UIndy batters recorded a hit, led by DeWitt with two.

-Four Greyhounds had an RBI, led by Blake with two.

-Jakob Hughes earned the start on the mound and was tabbed as the winning pitcher. He went five complete innings of work where he tallied six strikeouts on 104 pitches thrown.

-Bestul tallied the save, his second of the season.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will hit the road on Tuesday, April 19 to battle Lake Erie in a non-conference showdown.

MARIAN BASEBALL

Spring Arbor, Mich. – Coming off their Friday split, the Marian baseball team left no doubt in Michigan as the Knights completed their series win over Spring Arbor with two Saturday wins. The Knights took game one 7-5, while torching the Cougars with an 11-3 game two win. Marian improves to 20-20 on the year with the wins, while improving to 12-14 in league play.

Game 1 | Marian 7-5 Spring Arbor

The Knights kept their hot bats rolling from Friday’s second act into the first game Saturday, driving in five runs in the first inning. Hironori Kato led off the game with a single, and after a Jackson Hogg walk, Matteo Porcellato filled the bases with a hit. Trey Heidlage and JJ Rivera each collected back to back RBI walks, forcing a Cougar pitching change. Porcellato scored on a wild pitch, and Bryce Davenport roped a double to left driving home Rivera, giving Marian a 5-0 lead on three first inning hits.

Spring Arbor would claw back with three runs in the bottom of the opening inning, as a pair of walks and wild pitch moved two men into scoring position. Justin Johnson saw his command slip as he walked a second batter, while an error to Johnson’s fifth batter of the game scored two. A ground out allowed Spring Arbor to draw another run closer, but the southpaw held the damage at three. Marian then picked up their pitcher in the second, getting an RBI double from Porcellato, who later scored himself on an errant throw to give Marian a 7-3 edge.

Johnson gained control and worked around a hit in the second inning, while in the third inning the southpaw stranded two runners to keep the lead in tact. The freshman recorded the first two outs in the fourth inning, and was lifted for Dylan Sprong who inherited a double allowed by Johnson. Two errors prolonged the inning as the Cougars plated their fourth run of the game, but a fly out stopped the bleeding with Marian on top 7-4.

The score remained in tact over the next four innings, as Sprong brough his best stuff to Michigan getting three groundouts in the fifth while retiring the side in order in the sixth. Sprong’s fatigue caught up with him in the sevneth as he loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk, but Michael Mates left the bases loaded as he struck out his first batter while Porcellato made a diving grab in center to get out of the frame.

The Cougars kept knocking and after coming up empty in the eighth, the home team was able to manage a run in the ninth as an error extended the game, with Mates surrendering an unearned run. The junior kept his composure and secured the save, getting a lineout to short stop to close the 7-5 win.

Marian’s pitching staff combined to allow seven hits and five unearned runs, while each of the three pitchers recorded two strikeouts. Kato led the team at the plate with three of the seven hits, while Porcellato had two base hits and a walk drawn.

Game 2 | Marian 11-3 Spring Arbor

The Knights wasted little time in game two getting on the board, driving in the opening run on an AJ Bordenet single after Hironori Kato led off the inning with a walk. Marian left three men on in the first as a strikeout spoiled the opportunity to break the scoreboard early, but Davis Enfield picked the team up as the starting pitcher got a three-up, three-down start in the opening frame.

Enfield cruised on the mound marking his second start in the last week, following his first inning with a four-batter second, and in the third he scattered a single getting a groundout to protect the 1-0 lead. Enfield was sharp again in the fourth holding the shutout, and in the fifth the bats emerged again as Trey Heidlage kicked off the inning with a double. Matteo Porcellato traded places with a shot in the right-field alley. An intentional walk and error loaded the bases, which Bryce Davenport made hurt as he drove in three runs with a double of his own. Donavan Shepherd picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly, giving Marian a 6-0 lead as they finshed the fifth.

After Enfield tossed his fifth scoreless inning, the bats went to the plate again, tacking on five more runs in the top of the sixth inning. The Knights got back to back one-out hits from Heidlage and Porcellato, with another error two batters later plating a run. Davenport again doubled to score three runs, and later in the frame Shepherd again picked up an RBI with his groundout to the right side, pushing the lead to 11-0.

The large cushion gave Enfield room to work with as the Cougars mounted a pair of hits and a run off the righty, scoring their first run of the contest in the home half of the sixth. Up against his pitch count Enfield handed the ball to Taylor Soper, who immediately picked up the final out of the sixth inning. Spring Arbor would add two more runs in the seventh, but were unable to maintain their offense as Soper wiped out the final batter of the game on a swinging strikeout, closing the 11-3 win.

Porcellato led Marian with three hits in the win, while Davenport had a pair of doubles posting a team-leading six RBI in the winning effort. Heidlage also had two hits in the win scoring twice, and Caden Mason had two hits as well. Enfield notched his second win of the season going 5.2 innings, allowing one run and four hits. Soper struck out two hitters tossing 1.1 innings in relief.

In the game two win, a stolen base from both Mason and Porcellato in game two set a new team stolen base record, as the 2022 Knights have 77 steals breaking the previous mark of 76 set in 2007.

Marian will be back at home on Monday as they host Grace College, closing the season series with the Lancers. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. as the Knights look to keep gaining ground in the league standings.

MARIAN SOFTBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian softball team suffered their sixth and seventh losses of the season on Saturday, as No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan snapped the Knights’ 9-game win streak with a doubleheader sweep. Marian falls to 26-7 on the year and 16-6 in Crossroads League play.

Game 1 | Indiana Wesleyan 4-3 Marian

Pitching dominated the opening game of the day, as Olivia Stunkel and Alyssa Wagner battled each other in the head to head fight. Wagner was perfect in the first while Stunkel stranded a one-out single, and in the second the Marian pitcher worked out of a jam getting a flyout to strand two runners. Marian’s offense went to the plate without a hit in the second, and in the third both hurlers retired the side in order.

After a fourth shutout inning of softball, Marian finall broke the draw in the bottom of the fifth as as Grace Meyer snapped Wagner’s no-hit bid with a single to right field. Caroline Roop was hit by a pitch to give Marian a second base runner, and two pitches later the shutout was snapped as Abbi Wirey blasted a 1-0 pitch to dead center, giving the Knights the momentum with a 3-0 lead.

Marian’s lead was short-lived, as the Wildcats delivered for Wagner in the top of the sixth inning belting Stunkel for six hits. The first hit of the inning came on a double followed by an RBI single, as two more base hits loaded the bases. Stunkel managed to retire the next two batters on looking strikeouts, but a bang-bang play at first in the next at bat drove in the second run on an infield single. A Makenna Pace single gave Indiana Wesleyan the lead, as the two-RBI hit put the visitors on top 4-3.

Wagner settled in and finished the game strong as Indiana Wesleyan closed the 4-3 win, as the Wildcats allowed just one base runner in the final two innings. Offensively for the Knights, Marian managed just four hits with Wirey’s home run providing all three runs. In total the Knights managed five base runners in the loss. Stunkel took the loss in the circle, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out five batters.

Game 2 | Indiana Wesleyan 17-8 Marian

Coming off the loss the Knights came out inspired in the first inning of game two, getting a perfect start from Sydney Wilson in the cirlce while Savannah Harweger and Jenna Minnix each led off with back to back singles. A walk loaded the bases, and in the five-hole Hayley Greene plated the first two runs of the game with a two-RBI double. Three pitches later, Marian got fireworks from Grace Meyer, as the freshman collected her fourth career home run, as the three-run blast gave Marian a 5-0 lead after one.

Like the first game, Marian’s big inning was answered by a big one from the Wildcats, as IWU picked up three consecutive one-out singles to load the bases. Wilson drilled the next batter scoring a run, and another single scored a second for the Wildcats. The Marian southpaw was able to get the second out via a pop fly, but could not close the inning as she allowed a walk and back to back hits, pushing the visitors on top 6-5.

Marian would answer in the bottom of the second inning as Harweger led the inning off with a single, and Sierra Norman punched her yard card with a towering two-run home run to right field, going the opposite way to give the Knights a 7-6 advantage. Wilson scattered two singles in the third to preserve the lead, and in the bottom of the frame Harweger’s third hit of the game pushed Marian ahead 8-6 as she drove in Wirey.

The wheels fell off for Marian as the game moved to the top of the fourth, as Jennah Yost slapped a triple over Wirey’s head into deep right field. A single two batters later scored a run, while a bases-loaded walk with two outs tied the game. Julianne Bell cleared the bases after the second Wilson walk in the inning, doubling to center to put Indiana Wesleyan in front 11-8.

Indiana Wesleyan held their lead for the remainder of the game, adding six runs over the final three innings off Emma Maple to secure the 17-8 victory and the season series win. Marian had 12 hits in the game, but managed just two of them after falling behind in the top of the fourth.

At the plate Harweger and Greene each had three base hits, with Norman and Meyer’s lone hit of the game clearing the fences.

Marian will be back at home three times in the next week, first hosting St. Francis on Monday afternoon at 3 p.m.

WABASH TRACK

Wabash posted 25 top-seven finishes with three winning efforts at Saturday’s Indiana Division III Track and Field Championships held at DePauw University. The Little Giants scored a total of 139.5 points to finish second out of nine men’s teams competing at the meet.

Trine University won the championship with a total score of 187.5. DePauw finished in third place with a score of 111 points. Rose-Hulman (103 points) and Hanover (82 points) rounded out the top-five places in the team standings.

Leo Warbington scored one of the Little Giants’ first-place finishes. He won the 400-meter hurdles as part of a 1-2-3 finish for Wabash. Warbington finished with a winning time of 58.07, finishing ahead of teammates Giovonni Zappala in second place (58.39) and Max Bigler in third place (59.04). Takeshi Greiner added a fifth-place finish with a time of 1:00.29. Stuart Anker placed sixth in the event by finishing in 1:00.77.

Luke Bender scored a victory in the pole vault by clearing 4.47 meters (14 feet, 8 inches). Maddox Lee topped out at a height of 3.80 meters (12 feet, 5.5 inches) to finish in sixth place.

The Wabash foursome of Nathan France, Jose Franco, Tyler Walls, and Cristian Aleman raced to a victory in the 4×400-meter relay. The quartet turned in a time of 3:24.42. Franco added a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash by turning in a time of 23.00.

Warbington added a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles by crossing the line in 15.56. Greiner placed fifth with a time of 15.88. Zappala finished in 16.02 to capture sixth place overall. Ethan Pine turned in a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:54.16. Brandon English placed second in the shot put with a top mark of 14.66 meters (48 feet, 1.25 inches).

Will Neubauer completed the 400-meter dash in 50.61 to finish in third place in that event. Walls circled the oval in 50.68 to take third place in the 400-meter dash. France finished in fifth place at 51.95. Aleman placed sixth overall with a time of 52.34. Reis Thomas scored a third-place finish in the discus with a top throw of 47.05 meters (154 feet, 4 inches).

Bigler scored a third-place finish in the high jump with a top height of 1.84 meters (6 feet, 5 inches). Anker earned a fifth-place finish by clearing 1.79 meters (5 feet, 10.5 inches).

Julius Hearns, Josh Warmick, Josh Manfred, and Seth Acero combined to finish the 4×100-meter relay in 44.36 to earn a fourth-place finish in that event.

Gianni Minor placed fifth overall in the long jump with a leap of 6.32 meters (20 feet, 9 inches). Wyatt Dorsey turned in a top jump of 6.15 meters (20 feet, 2.25 inches) to finish in sixth place overall. Clarke Criddell scored a seventh-place finish in the 1500-meter by completing the race in 4:10.24.

WABASH BASEBALL

Wabash rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning of the first game of its doubleheader against The College of Wooster Saturday afternoon but could not push the tying run across the plate in a 4-3 loss. The Little Giants lost 12-7 in game two of the North Coast Athletic Conference twin bill.

Wabash (14-11, 0-8 NCAC) trailed 1-0 after Wooster (16-8, 5-3) scored a run in the top half of the fourth inning. Liam Patton delivered a game-tying single to score Austin Simmers from second base. The Fighting Scots took a 2-1 lead by scoring a run in the sixth inning and added two more runs in the seventh to move in front 4-1.

Noah Luebbehusen led off the ninth inning with a pinch-hit single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Adam Oxley followed with a pinch-hit single to third. Michael Galanos pinch-ran for Oxley and both Galanos and Luebbehusen moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch. Reece Bauer brought home the first run of the inning for the Little Giants with a single to left field to score Luebbehusen.

Camden Scheidt followed with a fielder’s choice on a ground ball to second to bring Galanos home to cut the deficit to 4-3. A walk by Simmers put the game-tying run at second base, but Wabash ended the game with a popup on the infield, one of nine total in the game, and a flyout to right field. The Little Giants were retired on 17 flyouts in the game to go with four strikeouts while hitting into only five groundball outs.

Wabash collected nine hits overall equally split between Scheidt, Simmers, Patton, Luebbehusen, Oxley, Bauer, AJ Reid, Evan Neukam, and Kamden Earley.

Dylan Scheid suffered his third loss of the season after pitching 6-2/3 innings. He gave up three earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five batters. Sam Phillips pitched the final 2-1/3 innings, allowing only two hits while striking out three.

Wabash took a 2-0 lead in game two on an RBi single by Earley and a sacrifice fly from Felix Velaro in the second inning. The Scots scored two runs in the third inning to tie the game before moving in front for good with a three-run third inning.

Neukam drove in a run in the fifth inning to cut the Wooster lead to 5-3 but Wooster responded with another three runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh to extend the advantage to 12-3. Tommy Hansen and Luebbehusen each drove in a run in the bottom of the seventh for Wabash. The Little Giants scored two more runs in the ninth inning on an error on an infield popup and a sacrifice fly by Bauer.

Simmers, Reid, and Neukam each had two of the Little Giants’ 10 hits in the game.

Grant Stratton lost for the first time this season after pitching four innings. He gave up nine hits and two walks for five runs and struck out three. Gavin Patrick, Braeden Bryant, Robbie Manuzzi, and Jacob Cox all pitched in relief for the Little Giants. Patrick gave up three hits and two walks for three unearned runs. Bryant surrendered three runs on three hits and one walk. Manuzzi allowed one earned run on two hits with two strikeouts. Cox pitched a perfect eighth and ninth inning, striking out three batters.

The Little Giants jump back into action Tuesday afternoon with a home doubleheader against Ohio Wesleyan University. Game one begins at noon at Goodrich Ballpark.

FRANKLIN BASEBALL

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Senior catcher Logan Demkovich clubbed three home runs to move into a tie for the most long balls in a single season, and the Franklin College baseball team moved into sole possession of first place in the conference with a sweep of Manchester on Saturday (Apr. 16).

Demkovich belted three home runs and the Grizzlies (22-6, 7-1 HCAC) came back to beat the Spartans (5-18, 2-6 HCAC) in both games. Tysen Lipscomb walked it off in extras in game one to give the Grizzlies a 9-8 win and Lipscomb clubbed the go-ahead home run in a 6-4 win in game two.

Game One: Franklin 9 – Manchester 8 (10 inn.)

Both team’s starters were locked in with Franklin’s Nick McClanahan and Manchester’s Carter Hooks dominating through three scoreless frames. The Spartans scraped a run across in the fourth but Demkovich got it back with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to tie things up.

Manchester plated two in the sixth and four in the eighth while the Grizzlies struggled to solve Hooks. Down 7-1, the Grizzlies finally got to Hooks in the eighth with AJ Sanders clubbing a two-run shot and Matt Early launching a three-run blast to cut the Manchester lead to 7-6 and chase Hooks from the game.

With one out in the ninth, Demkovich stepped in with the bases empty and drilled a no-doubter over the wall in left field, tying the game and sending it to extra innings.

Two Franklin errors allowed the Spartans to plate a run in the 10th, but a walk and two hit by pitches loaded the bases for Lipscomb with two outs in the bottom of the inning. The junior swatted the first pitch he saw into right field, scoring Sean Thomas and Cam Miller to cap the comeback.

BB | #TeamGriz walks it off in extras! Tysen Lipscomb drives in 2 with a bases loaded single to cap a 9-8 comeback win for @FCGrizBaseball in 10 innings.

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— Franklin Grizzlies (@FCGrizAthletics) April 16, 2022

McClanahan allowed three runs on five hits and struck out eight over seven innings of work. Alex Reinoehl (2-1) claimed the win with two hitless innings in relief.

Game Two: Franklin 6 – Manchester 4

Manchester jumped on Franklin starter Jackson Young early, scoring three runs in the top of the first. But the junior would settle into a groove after a tough first, not allowing a run the rest of the night.

Help came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Demkovich led off the inning with his third solo shot of the day, moving him into a tie with former teammate Frank Podkul for the most home runs in a season with 16. Adam Taylor knocked in a run later in the inning to cut the Spartan lead to 3-2.

A throwing error allowed the Grizzlies to plate the tying run in the sixth and Lipscomb put the Grizzlies in front for good with a two-run blast in the seventh. Earley crushed his second homer of the day later in the inning to make it 6-3 Franklin with two innings to go.

Manchester would threaten in the ninth inning, but Reinoehl was able to retire the final hitter of the game to pick up his fifth save of the year. Young (5-1) allowed three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts over seven innings of work.

Up Next

Franklin hits the road on Tuesday (Apr. 19) night to take on Rose-Hulman in a pair of games between two teams at the top of the HCAC standings. First pitch from Terre Haute is set for 4:00 p.m.

FRANKLIN SOFTBALL

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College softball team capped a busy week of competition with two more Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) wins after sweeping the Bluffton Beavers on Saturday (Apr. 16).

The Grizzlies (15-12, 7-3 HCAC)used a six-run fourth inning and held off a late rally from the Beavers (10-19, 2-6 HCAC) to take game one, 7-4. Game two saw the Grizzlies set a program record for runs in an inning with 15 in the first on their way to a 21-5 victory.

Game One: Franklin 7 – Bluffton 4

Shelby Crockett continued her recent hot stretch and put the Grizzlies in front with a solo blast in the bottom of the first inning. Bluffton got the run back in the top of the fourth to tie the game, but Franklin would put things out of reach in their half of the inning.

Molly Wallace brought in a run with a fielder’s choice and Makayla Plymale followed with a two-run single to make it a 4-1 game. Franklin loaded the bases with two out in the inning for Crockett and the sophomore shortstop cleared the bags with a double off the wall to make it a 7-1 game.

The Beavers got two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh, bringing the go ahead run to the plate with two out. But the game ended as starter Sydney Pitts induced a ground out to end the game.

Pitts (7-3) didn’t allow an earned run in a complete game effort. Crockett and Plymale had two hits each to top the FC offense.

Game Two: Franklin 21 – Bluffton 5 (5 inn.)

The Grizzlies put game two away early, racking up 11 hits in the first that led to 15 runs. Six different Grizzlies knocked home runs in the first alone, with a three-run home run from Genesis Munoz highlighting the offensive outburst.

Just for good measure, the Grizzlies plated six more in the third inning with RBIs coming from six different players knocking in runs.

Crockett went 3-for-4 with four runs driven in and Delanie Gourley had three hits in three plate appearances. Munoz tied for the team lead with four RBI.

Up Next

The Grizzlies will have some time off before competing their homestand this coming Thursday (Apr. 21) with two games against Spalding. First pitch from Behrens Field is set for 3:30 p.m.

ROSE HULMAN BASEBALL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on a strong offensive day to sweep Transylvania University 10-4 and 12-8 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday at the University of Louisville.

Josh Mesenbrink led the offense onslaught with three home runs, two triples and a double in a 6-of-9 performance.  Mesenbrink also tied the Rose-Hulman single-season home run record with his 11th round tripper of the season during the second game.

In the opener, Mesenbrink provided two of his home runs to lead the Rose-Hulman offense in a 10-4 victory.  He finished with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs in the opener.

Andy Krajecki also had three hits, scored twice and had two RBIs in the opener.  Krajecki provided a double and a triple in the contest.

Manuel Lopez added a triple among two hits with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Other multiple-hit Engineers include Kade Kline with two singles and two runs scored; and Harrison Finch with a single and a double.

The offense was enough for Ian Kline to pick up the win in a strong 8-inning performance.  Kline struck out three and allowed just three runs to improve to 5-1 on the season.

In the nightcap, Mesenbrink finished 3-for-3 with a home run, two triples, three runs scored and two RBIs to lead a balanced offensive attack in a 12-8 win.

Krajecki added a 2-for-3 day with three runs scored, and Brett Tuttle also had two hits with one run scored.

Drew Roberts provided offensive depth with two RBIs.

On the mound, Schuyler Wilcox allowed one earned run over three innings with three strikeouts to pick up the win.  Five Engineer pitchers combined for seven strikeouts in the performance.

Rose-Hulman improved to 16-7 and 7-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action, while Transylvania dropped to 10-17 and 4-6 in league play.  Rose-Hulman also has a six-game winning streak with all six wins coming on the road.  The Fightin’ Engineers return home on Tuesday to face Franklin College in a 4 pm doubleheader.

GAME 1 | Rose-Hulman 10, Transylvania 4

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers got on the board immediately, starting their scoring with one run in the top of the first inning. Rose-Hulman plated two runs off of Transylvania pitching, one of which was driven in on a run-scoring double off the bat of Colter Couillard-Rodak.

The Engineers then held the Pioneers scoreless before expanding their lead in the third inning. which brought the score to 5-0 in favor of the Engineers.

Transylvania narrowed Rose-Hulman’s lead to 5-2 before the Engineers stretched the advantage to 6-2 in the seventh inning.

Rose-Hulman kept the Pioneers without a run before their offense got things rolling the next inning. The Engineers scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Adam Taylor, bringing the Rose-Hulman advantage to 7-2.

Transylvania got within 7-3 until the Engineers scored again in the ninth inning to stretch its lead to 10-3. Transylvania put one run on the scoreboard before the game was over, but the Engineers still coasted to the 10-4 win.

GAME NOTES

» The Engineers got two home runs off the bat of Josh Mesenbrink.

» Rose-Hulman got three-hit games from both Krajecki and Josh Mesenbrink.

» The Engineers had both Josh Mesenbrink and Krajecki smack multiple extra-base hits in the ballgame.

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

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

» Rose-Hulman took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first and didn’t surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.

» Five Engineers had multiple hits in the ballgame.

» The Engineers had a total of 15 hits.

» The Engineers out-hit the Pioneers at a 15-8 clip.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers limited Transylvania to just 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 39 Transylvania hitters in the game, allowing nine ground balls and 14 fly balls while striking out three.

» The Engineers drew six walks from Transylvania pitching.

» Josh Mesenbrink led the Engineers at the plate, going 3-for-6 with a double, two home runs and two RBI.

» Transylvania was led offensively by Trent Youngblood, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI.

GAME 2 | Rose-Hulman 12, Transylvania 8

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers got on the board immediately, starting their scoring with one run in the top of the first inning. Rose-Hulman’s offense started clicking and put up six runs, including a two-run single off the bat of Drew Roberts.

The Pioneers then gained ground, narrowing the lead to 6-2 until the Engineers expanded their advantage in the second. Rose-Hulman picked up a run on Mesenbrink’s two-out solo home run off of Matt Armstrong, which brought the Engineers lead to 7-2.

Transylvania narrowed Rose-Hulman’s lead to 7-6 before the Engineers stretched the advantage to 8-6 in the fifth inning.

Rose-Hulman held the Pioneers scoreless before their offense got back to their scoring ways the next inning. The Engineers scored three times, picking up one on an RBI base knock off the bat of C. Couillard-Rodak, bringing the Rose-Hulman advantage to 11-6.

Transylvania got within 11-8 until the Engineers scored again in the ninth inning to stretch its lead to 12-8. Rose-Hulman scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Shane Garner. The score remained 12-8 for the rest of the game, as the Engineers coasted to the win.

GAME NOTES

» Mesenbrink had three hits in the game for Rose-Hulman.

» Rose-Hulman got a great power hitting day from Mesenbrink, who reached safely with three extra base hits.

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

» Rose-Hulman took a 6-2 lead in the top half of the first and didn’t surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.

» Rose-Hulman went 5-for-11 (.455) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers limited Transylvania to just 3-for-19 (.158) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 52 Transylvania hitters in the game, allowing 12 ground balls and eight fly balls while striking out seven.

» The Engineers drew four walks from Transylvania pitching.

» Mesenbrink led the Engineers at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two triples, a home run and two RBI.

» Transylvania was led offensively by Trent Youngblood, who went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI.

» Kaden Hill led the Pioneers pitching staff, throwing 3.2 innings of one-run ball.

TRINE BASEBALL

ALMA, Mich. – The Trine University baseball team was swept by Alma College and dropped all three games of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) series against the Scots with losses 9-6 and 10-6 on Saturday.

The Thunder (10-16, 5-6 MIAA) have now lost three in a row after entering the weekend just a half-game out of the lead in the conference. The wins by the Scots (9-19, 6-5 MIAA) propel them up two spots in the standings.

GAME ONE RECAP:

Just like yesterday, Alma took an early lead with three runs in the first inning of play. Unlike game one of the series, Trine was able to respond in the second with three of their own to tie the game. Aided by two errors, the Thunder plated three runs on four hits, including a two-RBI single by Tyler Robinson [Schaumburg, Ill. / Schaumburg] and a run-scoring single from Adam Stefanelli [Westerville, Ohio / Westerville North].

The second inning saw starting pitcher Bryce Bloode [New Carlisle, Ind. / New Prairie] settle in for a 1-2-3 frame, but another Scot run came across to score on two hits in the third to go up 4-3.

The game remained without a score until Trine put together a run scoring opportunity in the sixth. Matthew Martin [Eureka, Ill. / Eureka] singled with one out and Robinson behind him reached on a fielder’s choice. The junior swiped second base and scored on a double to right by Stefanelli to tie it up once again.

A crooked number would be the team’s downfall for the second straight day as Alma scored four times in the bottom of the seventh to claim an 8-4 lead. All four runs were kept off the ledger of reliever Robert Kortas [New Baltimore, Mich. / Anchor Bay].

Brenden Warner [Richland, Mich. / Hackett Catholic Prep] and Dalton Nikirk [Bedford, Ind. / Bedford North Lawrence] were each responsible for runs scored in the eighth, but the deficit was too much to overcome. Alma got one back in the bottom half and retired the first three hitters of the ninth to win 9-6.

Stefanelli was the only hitter to reach base three times with two hits and a base on balls, while he and Robinson drove in two runs apiece. Martin and Matt Weis [Trenton, Ill. / Triad] had multiple hits turning the lineup over.

On the mound, Bloode received the loss (1-6) and completed 4.1 innings of work with two strikeouts. Kortas went 3.2 innings out of the bullpen with two K’s as well.

GAME TWO RECAP:

The Scots put up one run in the bottom of the first, but the Thunder took the lead in the next half inning with two runs. Cory Erbskorn [Archbold, Ohio / Archbold] brought Jackson O’Keefe [Saline, Mich. / Saline / Owens CC] home with a double into right center field and later scored on a wild pitch.

The lead would change hands twice as Alma connected for a two-run homerun and Martin and Stefanelli would each drive in runs with two-out singles into center to make it 5-4 Trine.

Things would become unraveled for the Thunder starting in the fifth. The Scots got one across in that inning and followed it up with three in the sixth, one in the seventh and two in the eighth to take a 10-5 lead.

Easton Rhodes [Auburn, Ind. / DeKalb] hit a lead-off double in the ninth and was driven in by a groundout from Stefanelli. Unfortunately, that is all the offense had left in the tank in a 10-5 defeat.

Stefanelli had three hits in this one along with three runs batted in. O’Keefe was the only man to score twice in the ballgame.

Kade Keele [Fort Wayne, Ind. / New Haven] threw 5.1 innings with five strikeouts and only two earned runs against him in the loss (1-3). Jeff Ballard [Munster, Ind. / Munster], Noah Brettin [Rolling Prairie, Ind. / New Prairie] and Jake Schumacher [Carol Stream, Ill. / Glenbard North] all entered from the bullpen in the game.

The series finale between Trine and Adrian will take place on Tuesday, April 19. First pitch at Jannen Field is scheduled for 4 pm.

DEPAUW BASEBALL

Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw dropped to 10-14 overall and 3-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference after dropping both ends of a doubleheader with first-place Kenyon by scores of 12-1 (5 inn.) and 4-3. The Lords improved to 19-6 overall and 8-0 in the conference.

In the opener, the teams battled through four scoreless innings before Kenyon’s Malcolm Gaynor reached on a fielder’s choice that forced Alex Hoskins who had singled. Gaynor stole second and then scored when Nate Rosen homered to right. The game was then delayed 30 minutes as DePauw right fielder was injured on the play and left the field in an ambulance.

The Lords then blew the game open with a 10-run sixth which included a three-run double by Gaynor and a two-run single by Alex Gow.

DePauw’s lone run came in the bottom of the sixth as Brian May tripled with one out and scored on Danny Sheehan’s grounder.

Cameron Macon, Kyle Callahan and May each had two of DePauw’s eight hits, while Gaynor and Gow each had three of Kenyon’s 11 hits. Drew Robinson and Hoskins added two hits each.

Michael Vallone took the loss and dropped to 6-1, while Gow moved to 6-0 after striking out nine in the seven-inning, complete game.

In game two, Kenyon scored a pair of unearned runs in the second before DePauw knotted the score in the fourth. Callahan led off with a double and scored on May’s double. Wilson Graves then singled home May.

Hoskins led off the Kenyon fifth with a homer to right to give Kenyon a 3-2 advantage and the Lords stretched it to 4-2 in the eighth as Luke Meister led off with a triple and scored when Will Sturgeon hit a grounder to second against a drawn-in infield and Meister beat the throw to the plate.

Callahan, Danny Glimco and May each walked to start the DePauw eighth before Danny Sheehan was hit by a pitch with two outs to score Callahan. A strikeout ended the threat.

The Tigers had runners on second and third in the bottom of the ninth, but a strikeout ended the game.

May had two of the Tigers’ five hits with Meister totaling three of Kenyon’s six hits.

Joe Runnells dropped to 0-3 after allowing one earned run and striking out six in 6 2/3 innings, while Frank Lynch improved to 4-0. Joel Biery recorded his fifth save after striking out five in two innings.

DePauw travels to Wittenberg on Tuesday, April 19 for a Noon NCAC doubleheader.

HANOVER BASEBALL

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Hanover baseball team swept Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Anderson on Saturday afternoon taking game one 10-4 before securing the twinbill 10-8.

GAME ONE

Junior Charlie Joyce (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up the victory for the Blue and Red in game one as he pitched two and two thirds inning surrendering just one hit with three K’s.

Hanover surged ahead to the 4-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning behind sophomore Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.). Christie recorded a two RBI triple in the inning to propel HC on top.

The final run of the inning came off the bat of sophomore Connor Farnsley (Jeffersonville, Ind.) who singled to center field scoring senior Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.), 4-0.

The Ravens came soaring back adding four runs in the seventh inning to knot the contest.

However, junior Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.) dealt clutch in the next half inning connecting for an RBI before a freshman Jake Danneman (Edgewood, Ky.) double blew the game wide open, 7-4.

Hanover never looked back using a three run ninth inning to claim the convincing 10-4 victory.

GAME TWO

The nightcap would see sophomore Marcus Goodpaster (Indianapolis, Ind.) get the call throwing six complete innings in rout to his first victory of the season.

After falling behind 1-0, freshman Sam Perkins (Louisville, Ky.) delivered hitting a triple to right field in the third inning to tie the contest 1-1.

The Hanover offense continued to roar as senior Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) plated Perkins later in the inning for the 2-1 lead.

However, Anderson refused to go away plating five in the bottom half of the inning to reclaim the 6-2 advantage.

The Panther bright spot would come in the sixth inning as Danneman deemed clutch helping propel HC out front 7-6.

The Blue and Red never looked back using a one run eighth inning and a one run ninth inning to secure the 10-8 win.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, April 23 when they travel to Bluffton. First pitch is set for 12:00 PM.

HANOVER MEN’S LAX

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s lacrosse team welcomed Earlham to Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon, dominating the Quakers, 17-1.

The Panthers were led in the contest by senior Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.) with three goals and three assists for six total points. The Blue and Red saw eight different student-athletes record goals in the contest including three strikes by freshman Owen Parker (O’Fallon, Mo.). Freshman Alex Kleinhelter (Fishers, Ind.) added a game-high 10 shots.

The first frame saw six different Panther’s chart goals as they surged ahead 6-0.

The assault on net continued in the second quarter as Hanover added four more goals from four different athletes to claim the 10-0 advantage at the break. 

The second half continued to be dominated by the Panthers as Meinhart and Parker completed their respective hat tricks en route to the 17-1 victory.

Senior Sean O’Meara (Lexington, Ky.) collected the win in frame collecting eight saves through one complete period of work.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, April 23 when they welcome Mt. St. Joseph for Senior Day. Game time is set for 4:00 PM.

MANCHESTER SOFTBALL

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University softball team earned a sweep of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Bluffton University on Friday, while following with a walk-off win in 8 innings in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader against Hope College on Saturday as part of a strong weekend.

The Spartans improved to 3-5 in HCAC play following 3-2 and 11-9 victories over the Beavers. Saturday’s thrilling 7-6 win in 8 innings over Hope College helped the Spartans earn a doubleheader split with the visiting Flying Dutch. A young Spartan squad has shown considerable improvement this spring – with Saturday’s win, the Black & Gold have doubled its win total from a year ago.

Spartan Stats

Delayne Sanchez (Osceola, Ind./Penn) had an outstanding two days at the plate for Manchester. Sanchez went a combined 7-13 with two doubles, a home run, and six RBI. Sanchez belted her first collegiate home run in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader against Bluffton.

Lizzie Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) also had a strong weekend at the plate for Manchester. Smith went 6-11 while driving home five runs.

The final game of the weekend saw the Spartans overcome a 5-1 deficit against Hope College. Manchester would rally and take a 6-5 lead after scoring five runs in the home half of the 6th inning. After the Flying Dutch tied the game in the top of the 7th, Manchester would fight to push across the go-ahead run just an inning later in the bottom of the 8th. A single to left by Kodi Douglass (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) got the inning started for the Black & Gold. A passed ball would allow Douglass to get into scoring position and then a sac bunt by Lizze Smith would push Douglass to third base with only one out. Izzy Dittmar (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw Community) battled at the plate, fouling off several two-strike pitches before singling up the middle to drive home the game-winning run.

In addition to the strong offense this weekend, both Tori Blough (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll), and Kaitlyn Carr (Valparaiso, Ind./Chesterton) highlighted some strong pitching performances by Manchester. Blough earned the complete game win in the Spartans’ 3-2 victory over Bluffton on Friday. Blough scattered five hits and was only charged with one earned run. Carr improved to 6-2 in the pitcher’s circle after throwing 4 2/3 innings of relief in Manchester’s 7-6 win over Hope. Carr allowed just one run on four hits against the Flying Dutch.

Up Next

Manchester (12-18, 3-5 HCAC) will return to action on Wednesday April 20 with a doubleheader at Defiance College.

First pitch from Ohio is scheduled for 3:30 pm.

HUNTINGTON BASEBALL

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU baseball team ended their weekend series with Bethel (19-25, 13-15) by splitting with their visitors Saturday afternoon at Forest Glen.

Game one belonged to the Pilots 3-1. HU, uncharacteristically, managed just two hits with the first coming at the bat of Daniel Lichty who eventually scored the hosts’ lone run on Satchell Wilson’s RBI-groundout in the first.

Bethel’s Eli MacDonald launched a two-run shot over the left field fence in the top of the sixth for the go ahead. The Pilots would go on to add an insurance in the seventh as the game came and went without much commotion from the Foresters who could never muster much offense.

The loss was charged to Noah Arbuckle who tossed the first 6.1 innings and gave up five hits, three runs and a walk.

Huntington got things figured out in the nightcap to the tune of a convincing 9-2 win. Langston Ginder’s RBI-single in the first gave his team a 1-0 lead. The hosts never trailed after that as they added two runs in the second, two more in the third and then capped things off with two big homers in the fifth.

Matt Wolff posted his seventh dinger of the season, a two-run blast, in the fifth after which Nick Davit followed suit three batters later with his own two-run homer to effectively put the game out of reach.

Ginder finished with three hits to pace Frame’s crew while Wilson, Wolff and Owen Young added two base pokes apiece.

Tyler Papenbrock tossed a dandy by striking out seven while giving up just five hits, two runs and three walks for the complete-game win.

With this split, HU moves to 19-17 overall, 17-11 in league play. The Foresters, currently sitting fourth in the league standings, are at Goshen next weekend for a four-game series with the Maple Leafs.

ST. FRANCIS BASEBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (24-19; 13-15 Crossroads) played host to the Grace College Lancers (15-22; 9-15 Crossroads) in the final doubleheader of their four-game series at Cougar Field and split the doubleheader dropping the opener 10-8 before winning the finale 14-4.

In addition, the Cougars celebrated Senior Day by recognizing eight individuals for their efforts and dedication to the program throughout their collegiate tenures: Alec Brunson, David Miller, Tyler Prince, Kaden Sullivan, Josh Plumier, Josh Ferguson, Collin Landrum, and Tyler Rickert.

In the opening game, freshman Gavin Noble started on the mound for the Cougars but struggled in the early going. In the opening frame, the Lancers went to work as they capitalized on a fielding error by the Cougars to plate three unearned runs off Noble.

Matters didn’t get any better in the second as the leadoff batter hit a single, stole second, came around to score another run, and then a three-run home run put Grace ahead 7-0 in the second, and the Cougars had to play catch up.

Then in the bottom of the third, Saint Francis began to chip away. With one out, a two-run single by Jayden Lepper followed by another two-run hit by Tyler Prince plated four runs in the frame as the Cougars were back in it.

Meanwhile, freshman Andrew Kent came in to relieve in the fourth and pitched brilliantly through the next several innings, keeping the Lancers in check while his teammates went back to work with the bats. A run in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the eighth brought Saint Francis to within one run, now down 8-7 after eight.

But the Lancers added a couple insurance runs in the top of the ninth, and the Cougars could not complete the comeback despite threatening in the bottom of the ninth.

In the finale, the Cougars flipped the script. As senior Kaden Sullivan took the mound to start the game, both teams exchanged a run in the first, and then come the bottom of the second the Cougars broke it open.

It started with a single to center by Jayden Lepper who came around to score the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Jose Valdes-Sandoval. Then the Cougars followed up with five hits, two walks, and two hit batsmen to plate eight runs in the inning and go ahead 9-1.

After a couple runs by the Lancers narrowed the deficit in the top of the third, the Cougars then loaded the bases with nobody out in their half of the inning and enjoyed five more runs on four more hits to extend their lead over Grace to 11 runs.

Sullivan then continued his gem on the mound allowing just four runs through five innings pitched. Then the Cougars bullpen came in to close out the Lancers for the victory and the split.

The Cougars resume play on Tuesday evening when they face the Indiana Tech University Warriors (21-17) in a single game at Parkview Field beginning at 3:00 pm.

ST. FRANCIS SOFTBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (17-14; 9-10 Crossroads) played host to the Spring Arbor University Cougars (12-21; 6-16 Crossroads) in a doubleheader at Westendorf Field and swept both games by scores of 11-1 and 7-3.

In addition to Saturday’s doubleheader, the Cougars also celebrated Senior Day by recognizing six individuals whose efforts and contributions have been a positive asset to the Cougars during their tenures: Grace Renbarger, Ronnie Hudson, Elandra Shafer, Ashley Kent, Regan Peppler, and Dory Thompson.

In the opening game, freshman Mia Werner took the mound to start for the Cougars, and after retiring the side in the first, her teammates went to work for her in the bottom of the opening frame.

With two runners on and one out, catcher Tori Miller sparked the Cougars with a three-run home run over the left field wall to give Werner a 3-0 lead to work with.

Come the bottom of the second the Cougars went back to work. This time with two outs third baseman Dani Karr drove home the fourth run for Saint Francis with an RBI-double, and then second baseman Abby Erwin slammed a two-run home run to make the score 6-0.

Two more runs in the bottom of the third, and then a two-run home run by designated hitter Regan Peppler was more than enough for Werner to finish off Spring Arbor.

The freshman hurler went back out for the fifth, and despite surrendering a solo home run, retired the side to complete the win as the Cougars won the first game 11-1 after five innings via mercy rule. She allowed just one run on seven hits through five innings pitched while allowing just one walk.

In the finale, senior pitcher Ronnie Hudson started on the mound for Saint Francis, and did run into some trouble in the top of the second as Spring Arbor plated three runs capped by a two-run triple, but the senior hurler settled in after that.

Meanwhile, her teammates went to work with the bats in the bottom of the second when with one out, Anna Smith and Dory Thompson had consecutive RBI-hits to bring Saint Francis to within a run.

Then in the bottom of the third, they took the lead for good as they took advantage of a couple fielding error by Spring Arbor to score three runs and take a 5-3 lead.

On the mound, Hudson continued to work, and was relieved by sophomore Erika Turpin in the fourth, who pitched brilliantly to keep the Cougars in the lead. Then two more runs in the bottom of the fifth sealed the deal for the Cougars as they prevailed 7-3 and earn the sweep.

The Cougars resume play on Monday afternoon when they travel to Indianapolis, Indiana for a tough doubleheader against the Marian University Knights (26-6; 16-5 Crossroads) beginning at 3:00 pm.

IU SOUTHEAST BASEBALL

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The No. 19 ranked IU Southeast baseball team won both games of the doubleheader against WVU Tech on Saturday, completing the series sweep on Senior Day.

In game one, IU Southeast jumped on the board first in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Trevor Campbell singled and proceeded to steal second and third. Fellow senior Brody Tanksley drove Campbell in with an RBI double to put the Grenadiers on top 1-0.

The Grenadiers played add on in the bottom of the second inning. Seniors Brandon Boxer and John Ullom were both hit by a pitch, and both stole a base to give the Grenadiers runners on second and third with one out. Daunte DeCello, another senior, drove the two runners home with an RBI single to make it a 3-0 game.

The third inning saw the Grenadiers add another run. Senior Derek Wagner reached on an error and then stole second. Brandon Boxer delivered an RBI double to make it 4-0 IU Southeast. WVU Tech scored in the top of the fifth on a wild pitch to make it a 4-1 game.

The Grenadiers loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, and senior Marco Romero delivered a three-run double to make it 7-1 Grenadiers. Ben Berenda made it an 8-1 game with an RBI single, and Brandon Boxer drove in another run with an RBI double to make it 9-1. Senior Tyler Mills made it 10-1 with an RBI single of his own.

Brody Tanksley ended the game in the seventh with an RBI single to give the Grenadiers an 11-1 victory in seven innings. Senior pitcher Hunter Kloke threw five innings of one-run baseball, allowing one hit while striking out 10.

In game two, it was WVU Tech’s turn to score first as an RBI single made it a 1-0 game. Not to be outdone, the Grenadiers answered in the bottom of the first. Brody Tanksley delivered an RBI single to make it 1-1. Marco Romero added an RBI single of his own to make it 2-1 IU Southeast, and Brandon Boxer added to his monster day with a two-RBI single to make it 4-1 Grenadiers.

WVU Tech added two runs in the third to make it a 4-3 game, but the Grenadiers once again responded. John Ullom was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Daunte DeCello drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to make it 6-3 IU Southeast.

The Grenadiers extended their lead in the sixth. Trevor Campbell made it a 7-3 game with an RBI double. Campbell then made it an 8-3 game when he stole third and scored on a throwing error by WVU Tech. The Grenadiers then took a 9-3 lead, scoring on another WVU Tech error.

The Golden Bears scored three runs in the seventh to make it interesting, but the Grenadiers held on for a 9-6 victory in seven innings to complete a three-game sweep of WVU Tech. IU Southeast moves to 28-11 overall and 15-3 in RSC play.

The Grenadiers stay home to play Lindsey Wilson on Tuesday.

IU SOUTHEAST SOFTBALL

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast softball team defeated Oakland City 3-2 and 3-0 Saturday on Senior Day behind the stellar pitching of starter Brooklyn Gibbs.

Gibbs worked all 14 innings and allowed just two runs and nine combined hits in the two contests.

In game one, Oakland City threatened with runners at second and third with no outs, but a groundout followed by a lineout and doubling off Emily Fitwater at first base ended the inning after a heads up play by Lindsey Nelson.

In the second, Katie Cook drew a walk, stole second and moved to third on a groundout but another groundout ended the inning.

Oakland City opened the scoring the top of the sixth inning when Abi Jacquess doubled to right-center to drive in Samantha Johnson and Jessi Goforth.

The Grenadiers were retired in order in the bottom of the inning and went to the bottom of the seventh still trailing 2-0.

Brooklyn Gibbs led off with a walk and Cook scalded a ball to center for a single which put runners at first and third. Then Cook stole second.

A sacrifice fly by Haley Smith drove in Gibbs to get the Grenadiers on the board and Cook moved to third.

Katie Templeman followed with a single to score Cook and then she stole second.

After Miranda Miller struck out, Erin Templeman singled through the left side and Katie Templeman slid in ahead of the throw to win it for the Grenadiers.

Katie Cook was 1-for-2 with a run scored and a walk. Brooklyn Gibbs worked all seven innings allowing two runs on five hits, she walked two and struck out two.

In game two, the Grenadiers struck first when Macie Zink doubled to drive in Lindsey Nelson who had singled and stolen second. The Grenadiers would load the bases with one out but Zink would be forced out at home and Erin Templeman popped out to end the inning.

IU Southeast added another run in the bottom of the second when Ellie Jackman walked and stole second. Then she scored on a RBI single to right by Lindsey Nelson.

That was more than enough run support for Gibbs who scattered four hits and three walks in seven shutout innings of work. She struck out three.

The Grenadiers added another run in the sixth. Katie Templeman singled and stole second. Ellie Jackman singled to right field to bring in Templeman.

The Mighty Oaks loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh after a single, hit batsman and a walk, but Gibbs struck out McKendree Ward to end the game.

Ellie Jackman and Lindsey Nelson each had two hits, an RBI and a run scored in the game.

IU Southeast travels to Brescia on Tuesday at 4 pm ET.

IU KOKOMO BASEBALL

OWENSBORO, Ky. – The Indiana University Kokomo baseball team won both games of a doubleheader today to complete series sweep of River States Conference foe, Brescia University. The Cougars took the first game 7-3 before winning via the 10-run rule, 13-2 in the finale.

The win improves the Cougars’ record to 24-14 overall and 14-3 in conference play.

Game One Key Moments

Thomas Obergfell reached from the leadoff spot on a Brescia error and was plated by a Pat Mills homerun to give the Cougars an early 2-0 lead. Jared Heard singled and moved to third on a Dylan Steele single. Heard scored on a sacrifice fly by Seth Denoyer to give IUK a 3-0 advantage.

Heard drew a leadoff walk in the third and advanced to second after a single by Steele. A Riley Garczynski sacrifice bunt put Heard and Steele at second and third with one out. Denoyer picked up another RBI and Dylan Janke drove in a run with an RBI-double to make it a 5-0 contest.

The Bearcats scored a run each in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to make it 5-3. 

Obergfell launched a ball over the fence for a solo shot, putting IUK ahead 6-3.

Mills hit his second homerun of the game in the ninth to add an insurance run for the Cougars.

Game One Pitching

Ben Harris got the start for the Cougars and went just three innings before exiting the game. The righty allowed one run on four hits and struck out five.

Brandon Bultemeier threw two innings in relief, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out three batters. His efforts earned him his first win of the season

Ethan Leslie was effective for three innings, earning him the save, his third of the season.

Game Two Key Moments

After the game being scoreless for three innings, the Cougars plated two runs in the fourth inning as Jarod Gillespie and Luke Hanson each drove in runs during the inning.

The Cougars delivered a big blow in the sixth inning, plating eight runs. Sean Becker doubled to score Gillespie to make it 3-0. Mills recorded a two-RBI single and two batters later, Jack Leverenz blasted a two-run home run to make it 8-0. Garrison Brege put IUK ahead by 10 runs after a two-RBI single.

A two-run home run by Brescia made it 10-2 after six complete innings.

Matt Iacobucci drove in a pair of runs in the Cougars’ half of the seventh, making it 12-2 and Leverenz drove in the final run of the game, an RBI-double that scored Iacobucci.

Game Two Pitching

Lucas Letsinger earned the win, tossing six innings, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out nine batters.

Ryan Beck closed things out, tossing one inning, allowing just one hit.

Up Next

The Cougars will welcome River States Conference foe, IU Southeast next weekend to Kokomo Municipal Stadium. The Cougars and Grenadiers will begin a three-game series on Friday night starting at 6 p.m.

GRACE BASEBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Grace College ended its series with St. Francis with a split on Saturday.

The Lancers claimed the opener 10-8 and fell 14-4 in the series finale.

Grace began game one well. The Lancers jumped ahead with a 7-0 lead after two innings.

In the first inning, Grace took advantage of a few USF errors to plate three runs.

Patrick Danforth drove in Grace’s fourth run with a single in the second inning. Three batters later, Lucas Slager launched a three-run home run to give Grace a seven-run lead.

The Cougars (24-19, 13-15 Crossroads League) did their best to climb back into contention. USF plated four runs in the third, a single run in the sixth and two more in the eighth.

Slager added an RBI single in the fourth. The Lancers held a slight 8-7 lead as the game entered the final frame.

In the top of the ninth, Slager led off with a single. Sam Newkirk drove him home with a double.  With two outs in the inning, Cal Curiel drove in Newkirk to give Grace a three-run lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Cougars threatened. USF scored a run and had two runners on base with one out.

But the Lancers ended the game with a strikeout and groundout to secure the 10-8 victory.

Mason Meyer earned the win, throwing three innings of relief and allowing one run with four strikeouts.

Hunter Schumacher tossed 1.2 scoreless innings, and Caleb Farney registered the save by tossing the final two innings. Farney allowed one unearned run and struck out two.

Slager hit 3 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs, and Danforth had 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 steal and 1 RBI.

Chris Griffin finished 2 for 3 with two runs and two walks, and Curiel had 2 hits, 1 steal, 1 run and 1 RBI.

In game two, it was USF’s turn to take an early lead. The Cougars erupted for eight runs in the second inning and five more in the third.

Grace did score one in the first inning, two in the third and another in the fifth.

The top of the first saw Danforth single and eventually score on a ground ball by Slager.

In the third inning, Josh Cosme had a two-out, two-run single to plate Austin Carr and Newkirk. Carr drove in Grace’s fourth run during the fifth inning.

The damage had already been done, however, as USF earned the 14-4 victory to split the doubleheader.

Kyle Reinartz was Grace’s most effective pitcher, throwing three scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts. Jake Cox also pitched a clean inning from the mound.

Danforth hit 2 for 4 with a double. Griffin, Alex Rich and Carr also doubled.

The Lancers begin next week by concluding their series with Marian in Indianapolis; the two sides split a doubleheader on April 9. Monday’s doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m.

Grace will return home to conclude the week against Mt. Vernon Nazarene. Friday’s doubleheader will start at 2 p.m., and Saturday’s games will begin at 1 p.m.

GRACE SOFTBALL

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s softball team came up empty against Goshen on Saturday at Coach Phil Dick Field.

Both games were closely fought contests with Goshen winning 11-9 and 4-3.

The first game was packed with action. The teams combined for 20 runs and 24 hits. Grace outhit Goshen 13-11 and had five extra-base hits, but Goshen pulled out the 11-9 victory regardless.

Grace began the game strongly with seven runs in the opening two innings. Bethany Gardner began the first inning with a triple, and Cassandra Hayes brought her home thanks to her team-leading seventh home run of the season.

In the second inning, Grace scored five runs. Hayes had another big play, producing a bases-clearing double to score three runs. Hayes later scored after some opportune baserunning. Montana Brincks also drove in a run during the inning as Grace took a 7-4 lead.

The Maple Leafs countered with seven runs over the next two innings to regain the lead.

Grace was muted over the next three frames and went into the final inning with a three-run deficit. The Lady Lancers were able to score once and threatened for more.

Grace quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, and Kendra Arnold drove in one run with a ground out. But the Lady Lancers were retired with a ground out to end the contest.

Hayes finished the game hitting 2 for 3 with five RBIs and two runs scored. Brincks, Bela Duran, Arnold and Gardner each had two hits.

Madison Bremer threw the final four innings in relief, allowing two runs with three strikeouts.

Both teams scored a run in the first inning of game two. Jessica Kaurich produced a two-out single to score Jeri Ellis and tie the ballgame.

But the Maple Leafs poured in three runs in the second inning to seize control of the game at 4-1.

Grace battled back in the fourth. Ellis produced a two-out, two-run single to pull the hosts within one.

The game entered the bottom of the seventh with Goshen clinging to a 4-3 lead. Grace threatened immediately in the frame.

Ellis singled which was followed by a double from Hayes, putting the tying run on third and the winning run on second with nobody out. But Grace’s next three batters were retired with a pop out and two strikeouts, enabling Goshen to secure the sweep.

Kierstin Fickas threw a gutsy complete game, throwing 143 pitches to go the distance. She allowed 10 hits and four runs with three strikeouts.

Ellis batted 2 for 3 with a run and two RBIs, Kaurich was 2 for 4, and Brincks hit 1 for 2 with a run.

Next up, the Lady Lancers will travel to Bethel on Monday at 1 p.m. Next week, Grace will have home games on Tuesday at 3 p.m. against St. Francis and Friday at 3 p.m. against Spring Arbor.

GOSHEN SOFTBALL

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Maple Leafs softball team completed a doubleheader sweep at Grace on Saturday and won three of the four games this season against the Lancers. Goshen won game one 11-9 and game two 4-3.

Goshen was down 2-0 after the first inning in game one and 7-4 after the second inning. However, a five run inning in the third put the Leafs on top for the first time. Another two runs came in the fourth to extend the lead to 11-8. Grace tacked on one run in the bottom of the seventh, but Goshen secured an 11-9 win.

Ri Koteles hit a two-RBI single in the second and Kyra Wilson brought two runs home with her single to shallow left in the fourth. Koteles finished 2-4 with a double, a walk, and two RBIs. Wilson went 3-4 with one RBI and two runs. Mia Pawelski also had a 3-4 game – with two runs and one RBI. Grace Schmitt was 2-4 and scored twice.

Ailsyn Catenacci picked up her first win on the mound this season. In four innings of relief, she allowed two earned runs and six hits. Pawelski earned the save, not allowing any runs or hits in her inning of work.

Both teams scored a run in the first to start game two, but the Maple Leafs had a three-run inning in the second. Jessica Bachtell hit an RBI single up the middle and Koteles had a two-RBI double to deep center field.

With the Maple Leafs leading 4-1, the Lancers put up two runs in the bottom of the fourth. But the teams were scoreless in the last three innings and the Leafs won 4-3.

Goshen starter Ellie Van Heerde allowed three runs but only one earned run in 5.2 innings. She struck out two and allowed six hits on the way to the win. This was her longest outing of the season and she now sports a 3-0 record. Pawelski had the save – not allowing any runs and striking out three over the last inning and a third.

Bachtell was 3-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Shea VanScoter, Koteles, and Wilson also had multi-hit games.

The Maple Leafs are 7-2-1 against Grace in the coach Plezbert era. This is Plezbert’s best record against a conference opponent, but she is also 7-4 against Huntington and 6-4 against Bethel. This is the first opponent Goshen has beat three times in a season since doing it to Bethel last year.

After the Easter holiday, the Maple Leafs (18-20, 8-16 CL) play at Taylor on Monday at 4:00 pm but host the Trojans on Tuesday at 3:00 pm.

GOSHEN BASEBALL

MARION, Ind. – The Goshen baseball team dropped their final two games of the series at Indiana Wesleyan by scores of 12-2 and 15-6.

Goshen was only down 5-2 after the sixth inning in the first game, but the Wildcats scored seven in the bottom of the seventh to hit the run rule.

Jack Bennett allowed five earned runs in 5.2 innings for Goshen. He struck out five and walked two. The Maple Leafs’ offense came in the sixth. A single to right field from Joseph Cerda scored Jenner Rodammer and Evan Creager’s double to center brought in Camm Nickell.

The other Goshen hits came from Nate Lange, Morgan Baker, and Nickell.

IWU continued the seventh-inning rally through the first three innings of game two.

Jenner Rodammer homered for the Leafs in the first, but Indiana Wesleyan quickly answered with four runs in the first, another four in the second, and three more in the third to go up 11-1.

A second Goshen run came in the fourth when Creager scored on a wild pitch. In the fifth, Nickell singled to left and scored Rodammer. Cerda had an RBI when he singled and advanced to second on an error, and Trent Sillett’s groundout brought in Nickell to make the score 11-5.

Nickell had another RBI single in the sixth, which made the score 13-6. When it was all said and done, IWU left with a 15-6 win and a four-game sweep.

Gabe Kermode took the loss, allowing three earned runs in one inning pitched. Nickell was 2-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. Rodammer was 3-4 and scored half of Goshen’s runs. The home run was his third of the season.

The Wildcats improve to 25-18 this season and 18-10 in the Crossroads League. Goshen next plays at Siena Heights on Wednesday, April 20, at 4:00 pm.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball tied a single-game program record with four home run in the series finale and earned a series split with Truman State University Saturday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI lost the continued game from Friday, 11-10, but bounced back to win the series finale, 16-4.

The Screaming Eagles are 15-20 overall and 4-8 in the GLVC, while Truman State is 15-22, 5-7 GLVC.  

Continued Game 2 from Friday:

The Eagles rallied with nine runs in the sixth and loaded the bases in the seventh before falling short, 11-10, in the seven inning contest.

The Bulldogs were in total control in the Friday portion of the game. Truman built an 11-1 lead through 5.2 innings before the game was halted due to rain. USI’s lone run during Friday’s portion of the game came in the bottom of the third when junior leftfielder Evan Kahre (Evanville, Indiana) scored on a sacrifice fly by junior catcher Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana).

In the sunlight of Saturday, the offense came to life in the bottom of the sixth and gave the Eagles a chance. USI freshman designated hitter Cordell Coburn (Evansville, Indiana) lead off the frame with a blast to center as 12 Eagles came to the plate to cut the deficit to 11-10. The home run was Coburn’s fourth of the season.

In addition to Coburn’s shot, the nine-run frame was highlight by a pair of two-run rockets by junior first baseman/leftfielder Gavin McLarty (Buckner, Kentucky) and sophomore rightfielder Trent Robinson (Louisville, Kentucky). McLarty hit his third blast of the season to right center, while Robinson’s third of the year went to dead center field.

USI tried to complete the comeback in the bottom of the final frame, loading the bases with two outs before McNew struck out to end the game.

Series Finale:

USI tied a single-game program record with four home runs and blasted its way to a series split with Truman, 16-4. The Eagles hit four home runs in a game for the sixth time in program history (USI did this twice last season).

The USI offensive explosion started with a five-run first inning that was highlighted by back-to-back home runs. Sophomore rightfielder Trent Robinson hit USI’s first home run of the game, a three-run blast, and was followed immediately by a solo shot off the bat of junior third baseman Daniel Lopez (Dominican Republic). The blast was Robinson’s fourth of the year and Lopez’s first.

Increased the lead to 7-0 with a pair of runs in the second and to 12-2 with another five-run frame in the third.

USI freshman designated hitter Cordell Coburn blasted the Eagles’ third home run to put USI up 13-4, while junior catcher Lucas McNew crushed the record-tying fourth home run of game, a three-run shot, to close out the 16-4 win. Coburn finished the day with five home runs this season, while McNew has a team-best seven in 2022.

USI junior right-hander Garrett Welch (New Castle, Indiana) picked up the win, going 5.1 innings of work. Welch (2-3) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out a career-best eight strikeouts.

Up Next for the Eagles:

USI hits the road for five games next week, beginning with a visit to Kentucky Wesleyan College Tuesday at 2 p.m. The road swing finishes with a stopover at Lewis University April 22-24 for a four-game GLVC series.

The Eagles lead the all-time series with Kentucky Wesleyan College, 100-66, since the start of the series in 1971. USI has won 13 of the last 16 meetings and took both games in the series last spring (11-6 at the USI Baseball Field; 6-5 in Owensboro, Kentucky).

Kentucky Wesleyan is 15-21 overall in 2022 and is coming off a four-game series with Malone University.

USI has a 71-59 command of the series with Lewis since entering the GLVC in1980. The Eagles took three of four from the Flyers in 2021 and have won 10 of the last 11 match-ups. USI also has won 15 of the last 18 in Romeoville, starting in 2007.

The Flyers are 10-21-1 in 2022, 6-11 in the GLVC, after being swept by the University of Illinois Springfield. Lewis has lost seven-straight after today’s action.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give No. 17 University of Southern Indiana Softball a 2-1, game-two victory and salvage a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader split with visiting McKendree University Saturday afternoon at the USI Softball Field.

McKendree (17-21, 9-13 GLVC) won the opener, 3-1, handing the Screaming Eagles their first home loss of the season, but USI’s win in the nightcap clinched a spot for the Eagles in the GLVC Tournament with two weeks to go in the regular season.

USI (32-10, 18-2 GLVC) had missed opportunities early in the opener as back-to-back strikeouts in the bottom of the first inning stranded runners at second and third.

The Bearcats, meanwhile, used GLVC batting average and home run leader Olivia Stansbury, a junior outfielder, to get its offense going. Shansbury had an RBI-single in the fifth and a two-run home run in the seventh to give McKendree a 3-0 lead.

USI struggled to get anything going offensively as the Eagles had 13 straight batters retired between the first and fifth innings and 17 of 18 before a lead-off single by senior designated player Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana) in the home half of the seventh gave the Eagles a glimmer of hope. A one-out single by junior pitcher/designated player Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana) two batters later gave USI runners at the corners.

Sophomore catcher Sammie Kihega (Greenfield, Indiana) hit a sacrifice fly to push across the first run and a two-out single by junior second baseman Rachel Martinez (Chicago, Illinois) in the next at bat had the game-tying run on base for Friday’s hero, senior third baseman Mary Bean (Schaumburg, Illinois)–Bean had a two-run home run in the seventh inning of USI’s 4-3 win over No. 5 University of Indianapolis Friday. After a lengthy at-bat, however, Bean grounded out on a 3-2 count to end the game and hand the Eagles their first loss at the USI Softball Field this season.

Goodin (7-2) was charged with the loss after giving up three runs off eight hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. She had seven strikeouts and two walks.

In game two, USI found itself playing catchup, once again, as Stansbury hit her 18th home run of the season over the left field fence in the top of the third inning.

The Eagles capitalized on an error in the bottom of the fourth inning as junior shortstop Jordan Rager (Fishers, Indiana) scored on an errand throw to tie the game at 1-1.

McKendree’s defensive miscue would prove costly as freshman pitcher Josie Newman settled in for a dominate effort in the pitcher’s circle.

Newman (11-3), who got the win, allowed just three hits and struck out 15 batters in eight innings. The home run in the third inning was the last hit she allowed as she retired 17 of the next 20 batters she faced, eight of which were via the strikeout.

The chances of USI winning the game in the eighth looked bleak as the Eagles were down to their last strike when Fair connected on her seventh home run of the season. Fair crushed the ball over the right field fence on an 0-2 count, giving USI its 10th walk-off win of the year and its fourth in extra innings.

USI returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Maryville University in a GLVC doubleheader at the USI Softball Field. The Eagles host Missouri University of Science & Technology for Senior Day the following day to wrap up their regular-season home schedule.

Notes:

• USI is now 6-1 in extra-inning games this season, including 4-0 in GLVC play.

• Newman’s effort Saturday marked the second time this season she has struck out at least 15 batters in a game. She also had 17 strikeouts in USI’s game-two win over Quincy last month.

• Fair’s home run was her team-leading 23rd extra-base hit of the year and her 38th RBI of the year.

VINCENNES BASEBALL

NORMAL, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers fell Saturday afternoon in the final two games of their Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) road doubleheader at No. 17 Heartland CC.

Vincennes began the day strong at the Corn Crib with lead-off hitter freshman Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.) reaching base on an error to begin game one.

Burdette would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio) to give Vincennes a 1-0 early lead.

The Trailblazers added to their lead in the second on back-to-back doubles by freshman Will Egger (Terre Haute, Ind.) and Ethan Burdette as VU held a 2-0 lead.

Heartland got on the scoreboard in the second inning and took the lead with three runs in the third.

The Hawks built on this lead with four runs in the fourth, before Vincennes answered back with a two-RBI triple by freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.) and an RBI single by sophomore Connor VanLannen cut the deficit to 8-5.

Heartland put the game away in the sixth after scoring six runs in the inning to come away with the 14-5 win over the Trailblazers.

Connor VanLannen got the start on the mound in game one throwing three and two-thirds innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits and striking out seven.

Freshman Caleb Moore (Wentzville, Mo.) entered out of the bullpen to throw two innings, allowing six runs, all unearned, on five hits.

Sophomore Colin Long (Evansville, Ind.) and Colton Evans were the only VU batters with a multi-hit game, with the pair each ending with a single, a triple and a run scored. Evans also ended his game with a pair of RBI’s.

“Our guys did a great job of battling in game one,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “We cut it to an 8-5 game after being down 8-2 and got ourselves back into the game. A couple of guys really stepped up and did a nice job in the middle part of the order, with big RBI hits from Colin Long and Colton Evans.”

VU looked to bounce back and end the weekend on a high-note in game two of the day and Vincennes again got out to a hot start, scoring in the first inning for the fourth-straight game.

Colin Long and Peyton Lane reached on errors and Lane would score on an RBI single by Colton Evans to give Vincennes the 2-0 lead.

The Hawks immediately responded on their home field, evening the score in the bottom of the first at 2-2.

Heartland took control of the game in the second, with three runs and six runs in the third.

The Hawks added another insurance run in the fourth as Vincennes was unable to get any baserunners in the fifth as Heartland came away with the 12-2 win over the Trailblazers.

Sophomore Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) closed out the weekend with the start in game two, throwing two innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and struck out one.

Sophomore Luke Osborn (Perrysville, Ind.) was the first out of the pen in game two, throwing one inning, allowing six runs on four hits and striking out one.

Freshmen Jake Stuteville (Rockport, Ind.) and Eli Steimel (Sullivan, Ind.) combined to pitch in the fourth, with Stuteville allowing one run on one hit. Steimel retired the only batter he faced.

“It was one of those things today,” Barney said. “Heartland is a good club and the swung the bats well and they play really well at home. Especially on their artificial turf in their comfortable surroundings of their stadium.”

“We’ve got to do a better job on the mound,” Barney added. “Especially after innings that we score, coming out and shutting the door and we didn’t do that today. I thought Caleb Moore threw really well for us in game one. He should have had two shutout innings.”

“We put some guys in some positions that they haven’t been in recently in game two. We started Nichols and brought Luke in first out of the pen instead of his normal time of coming in at the end of the game and closing the door. We just put them into some different roles that they are not used to and Heartland took advantage of it.”

The Trailblazers will hope to get back on track when Vincennes returns home Tuesday, April 19 to host Lincoln Trail College at Jerry Blemker Field. First pitch Tuesday is set for 6 p.m. eastern.

Vincennes will then get back to the MWAC Conference schedule when VU hosts Illinois Central College next weekend for a four-game series.

The first two games will be played on Saturday, April 23, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. eastern and the final two games set for Sunday, April 24 at 12 p.m. eastern.

“We talked about, yesterday, that playing on Heartland’s field this weekend will hopefully at least get our guys used to playing there before the conference tournament, so that can hopefully work in our favor,” Barney said. “We have to build off of this weekend. We played the best team in the league, by far and while we still don’t know what it takes to beat them, we’ve experienced it.”

“We have to figure out some things with our pitching staff, just to get them right,” Barney added. “That’s what we are going to work on this week and hopefully get better, so we can come home and hopefully get some wins against Illinois Central.”

TAYLOR LAX

DEARBORN, Mich. – A 9-0 first period deficit was too much for Taylor to dig out of on Saturday at Michigan Dearborn, as the margin moved to 13-1 by the break before a strong second-half allowed the Purple and Gold to close the final score to 18-6.

Taylor outshot its hosts by a 43-37 count over the 60 minutes of action and won 17-of-27 faceoffs but converted on just six of those 43 shot attempts for a low shooting percentage of .140. Michigan Dearborn (5-9, 3-4 WHAC) countered by turning 18 of its 37 shots into points for a blistering percentage of .486.

The Trojans compiled a 32-10 shot advantage in the third and fourth periods to help TU battle to a 5-5 draw over the second half but could never seriously threaten a comeback.

Aidan Craig posted two goals and two assists in his return to the field, with Wyatt Marshall adding two goals and a pair of ground balls. Teegan Heiniger and Cory Goetz performed well in faceoffs, as Heiniger won nine-of-13 and added six ground balls while Goetz won nine-of-14 and dished out one assist.

Taylor (2-11, 0-7 WHAC) will close its road portion of the schedule on Wednesday, April 20, with a 4:00 pm start at Cleary (0-12, 0-7 WHAC). TU will then wrap its season on Saturday, April 23 at 1:00 pm against Madonna (3-6, 3-4 WHAC) on Wheeler Field. The Trojans will honor their two-man senior class of Heiniger and Nathanael Love prior to the start of that contest.

TAYLOR BASEBALL

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio. – After No. 25 Taylor established a two-game lead over Mount Vernon Nazarene in the Crossroads League standings on Friday, the Cougars (27-14, 20-8 CL) turned the tables on Taylor by taking two on Saturday.

The Trojan offense produced just five runs throughout the day, after having posted 26 total runs in Friday’s doubleheader. Meanwhile, the Cougar offense unleashed an offensive attack of its own on Saturday, scoring 20 total runs, 14 of which came in game two.

The Cougars took game one by a final score of 6-4 while withstanding a late-game comeback bid offered by the Trojans.

Mount Vernon Nazarene scored the first four runs of the game, which bolstered a 5-1 lead heading into the seventh inning. At that point, however, Taylor plated the game’s next three runs and cut the Cougar-lead to one.

One of those three runs was produced by a bases-loaded TJ Bass walk, granting the junior his league-leading 67th RBI of the season, a mark that now sits second in the entire nation.

The late-game offense proved too-little-too-late, however, as Mount Vernon Nazarene posted another run in the bottom half of the eighth en route to a 6-4 win.

The Cougars, then, took game two by an unsettling score of 14-1, securing the day-two sweep of the Trojans and placing themselves back alongside Taylor at the top of the league’s standings.

No. 25 Taylor (30-14, 20-8 CL) is set to return to action for another significant series on Friday, April 22nd, at 3:00pm, when the Trojans play host to cross-county rival Indiana Wesleyan (25-18, 18-10 CL), who sits just two games back of Taylor in the league-standings.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1821       Alexander Cartwright, considered by many the ‘father’ of the national pastime, celebrates his first birthday in New York City. The banker, who is given credit for establishing three strikes for an out and three outs for each half inning, will be elected into the Hall of Fame in 1938 after reviewing his journals reveals the many contributions he made in developing and promoting the sport of baseball.

1869       In baseball’s first professional game, Cincinnati Red Stockings defeat Amateurs, 24-15. Team captain Harry Wright had put all of his players under contract, making the club, which will become known as the Reds, the first pro team in sports history.

1904       By not charging admission but requiring fans to buy a scorecard, the Superbas find a way to play their first Sunday game at home, beating the Beaneaters, 9-1, at Brooklyn’s Washington Park. The strategy attempts to circumvent the existing blue laws, legislation designed to enforce religious edicts, including the observance of Sunday as a day of worship.

1912       In front of a larger than usual crowd at the Polo Grounds of over 14,000 patrons that includes Broadway legend George M. Cohan, the Giants beat the new-look Yankees, now sporting pinstripes, in an unscheduled exhibition game, 11-2, to raise money for the survivors of the HMS Titanic. The charity contest, the first Sunday game ever played between major league teams at the Coogan’s Bluff ballpark, raises over $9,000 when each fan donates the price of an admission ticket to purchase a special program for the event.

1925       Babe Ruth undergoes an operation for an intestinal abscess at St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he will remain for six weeks. The 30-year-old Yankee outfielder will miss the first forty games of the season due to his “bellyache heard ’round the world,” a popular misconception that blamed the consumption of an abundance of hot dogs and soda for his illness.

1929       In a five a.m. ceremony on Opening Day to avoid crowds, Claire Hodgson, a divorced actress and model from Athens (GA), becomes the second Mrs. Babe Ruth. The Yankees’ outfielder’s first wife, Julia Woodford, died in a house fire in Watertown (MA) three months ago.

1929       On a cold and dreary day at Griffith Stadium, President Herbert Hoover throws out the first ball and then stays for the entire game, watching the A’s beat the hometown Senators, 13-4. The loss spoils the managerial debut of Washington legend Walter Johnson.

1932       Giants’ first baseman Bill Terry records 21 putouts, tying a National League mark. The future Hall of Famer’s defense helps New York beat the Braves, 6-0, at the Polo Grounds behind Hal Schumacher’s two-hit gem.

1934       On Opening Day at the newly-named Crosley Field, Reds’ announcer Red Barber calls his first play-by-play for a major league team. The 26-year-old future Hall of Fame broadcaster had never attended a major league game before today’s 6-0 loss to the Cubs.

1939       On the morning of Opening Day in Washington, D.C., President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Yankees visit Abner Doubleday’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery. A rainout this afternoon cancels FDR’s ceremonial first pitch at Griffith Stadium, with Vice President John Nance Garner doing the honors in the season opener against the same opponents four days later after the Bombers return from New York, having played Boston to start their campaign.

1945       Browns outfielder Pete Gray, playing with one arm, makes his major league debut with one hit in four at-bats in a 7-1 victory over Detroit at Sportsman’s Park. The 30-year-old St. Louis outfielder, who lost his right arm in a childhood accident, batted .333 last season as a minor leaguer.

1951       Before the Cubs’ home opener, Sam Snead tees off from home plate, sending a golf ball soaring over the 89-foot Wrigley Field scoreboard in center field. ‘Slammin’ Sammy’ won three Masters, three PGA Championships, and one British Open during his nearly 40 years as a professional golfer.

1951       Mickey Mantle, batting third, grounds out to second base in his first major league at-bat. The 19-year-old right fielder will hit a sixth-inning run-scoring single, going 1-for-4 in the Yankees’ Opening Day 5-0 victory over Boston in the Bronx.

1951       For the first time, in a career that will span more than half of a century, public address announcer Bob Sheppard announces the Yankees’ lineup. The ‘Voice of God’s introduction of the team includes the memorable names of Mickey Mantle, playing his first game, Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra, but the first player’s name announced will be DiMaggio – Dom DiMaggio, the leading off for the visiting Red Sox.

1953       Mickey Mantle blasts a ‘reported’ 565-foot homer off southpaw Chuck Stobb in the Yankees’ 7-3 victory over Washington at a windy Griffith Stadium. The distance of the historic round-tripper hit by the 21-year-old Yankee outfielder will become the subject of much debate, with later research debunking its original tape-measure status.

1954       Leading off the seventh inning at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Puerto Rican native Nino Escaper pinch-hits a single, becoming the first black player to appear in a Reds’ game. Pinch-hitter Chuck Harmon, the next batter, pops out to first base in the team’s 5-1 loss to the Braves to become the second black player in franchise history.

1955       In his first major league at-bat, Roberto Clemente singles off Dodger pitcher Johnny Podres. The Pirates’ rookie, who will die in a plane crash attempting to bring relief aid to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua in 1972, will collect precisely 3,000 hits during his 18-year major league career, all with Pittsburgh.

1956       Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale, and Frank Robinson play in their first major league games, respectively, for the White Sox, Dodgers, and Reds. The trio’s debut marks the first time that three future Hall of Famers have made their initial appearance on the same day.

1960       In a trade of fan favorites, the Tigers swap Harvey Kuenn, last season’s batting champ, for Indians slugger Rocky Colavito. Detroit gets the better of the deal when their new outfielder puts together four consecutive outstanding seasons, with their former fly chaser hitting .308 in his only season in Cleveland before being traded by the Tribe to the Giants for Johnny Antonelli and Willie Kirkland.

1964       After spending the first two years of their existence at the Polo Grounds, the Mets play their first game at Shea Stadium in front of 50,312 fans in Queens. The Amazins’ drop the stadium opener to Pittsburgh, 4-3, with Willie Stargell hitting the first homer in the Flushing facility.

1968       In their first game at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, the newly arrived A’s lose to the Orioles, 4-1. The team, which played in Kansas City last season, is shut down by Baltimore southpaw Dave McNally on two hits.

1969       In only the ninth game of the franchise’s history, Expos hurler Bill Stoneman, who had never thrown a complete game in the major leagues, tosses a no-hitter, defeating the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium, 7-0. The 25-year-old right-hander, the future GM of the Angels, will throw another no-hit game in 1972 against the Mets.

1976       At Wrigley Field, Mike Schmidt hits four home runs in one game, including the game-winner, when the Phillies come back from an 11-run deficit to beat the Cubs in ten innings, 18-16. The Phillies’ slugging third baseman is the first National Leaguer, third overall, to hit the homers consecutively.

1976       At Yankee owner George Steinbrenner’s insistence, Thurman Munson is named the team captain. The reluctant backstop is the first player to assume the role since the Bronx Bombers honored Lou Gehrig with the position in 1935.

1977       At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the umpires walk off the field in the fourth inning to protest the Braves showing a controversial play on the ballpark’s massive instant replay screen that involves Houston’s Bob Watson scoring on a close play at the plate. Team executive Bill Lucas persuades the crew, including Terry Tata, Ed Sudol, Dick Stello, and Bruce Froemming, to return to the field after he assures the arbitrators the incident would not occur again.

1977       Mike Pazik posts his first and last major league win when he hurls eight innings in the Twins’ 10-2 victory over Oakland at Metropolitan Stadium. The 27-year-old former Yankees farmhand’s career will suddenly end on April 25 when his van is hit head-on by a car driving the wrong way on a freeway entrance, resulting in the southpaw fracturing both legs.

1988       The Braves beat the Dodgers, 3-1, after breaking the National League record with ten losses to start the season. The team will drop 27 of its first 39 decisions, costing Chuck Tanner his job as the Atlanta manager.

1995       The Devil Rays and the City of St. Petersburg come to terms on a 30-year lease for the new American League expansion team to play their home games at the ThunderDome. The covered stadium, now known as Tropicana Field, was built originally as the Florida Suncoast Dome to coax the White Sox to leave their aging ballpark in Chicago and relocate to the Tampa Bay/St. Pete area.

2001       Barry Bonds becomes the 17th major leaguer and the fourth Giant to join the 500 home run club when he hits a Terry Adams’ 2-0 heater into McCovey Cove at Pac Bell Park. The San Francisco left-fielder is joined at home plate by two other members of the elite fraternity, Willie Mays (660) and Willie McCovey (521), for a brief ceremony.

2006       In front of 36,867 Shea Stadium patrons, Pedro Martinez becomes the 103rd pitcher in major league history to win 200 games when the Mets beat the Braves, 4-3. The Dominican ace has lost only 84 contests at the time of reaching the milestone, putting him behind only Bob Caruthers (74), Whitey Ford (79), and Lefty Grove (83).

2006       In the bottom ninth inning, Mark Loretta hits a two-out, two-run home run over the left-field wall, giving the Red Sox a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Mariners at Fenway Park on Patriots’ Day. The only other player to end a game with a homer on Boston’s special day of celebration is Frank Malzone, who gave the team a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Yankees in 1959, the year the New England baseball tradition began.

2007       After the second inning of an eventual 6-4 loss to the Braves at RFK Stadium, the Nationals take the field wearing Virginia Tech baseball caps as a tribute to the 32 victims of the shooting rampage which took place on the Blacksburg campus yesterday morning. Nearly a dozen of the burgundy caps signed by the players who wore them will be sent to the nearby college while the hat worn by the Nationals’ last batter of the game, Chris Snelling, will reside in the Hall of Fame.

2008       In the longest game in franchise history, the Rockies beat the Padres, 2-1, in a 22-inning marathon played at Petco Park. The game, which ends at 1:31 am, takes 6 hours, 16 minutes to complete, falling one minute shy of San Diego’s record for the length of a game, but goes into the team record books for the most innings played to complete a contest.

2009       At Citi Field, Gary Sheffield becomes the 25th player to hit 500 career home runs. Joining Ty Cobb and Rusty Staub as the only major leaguers to homer as a teenager and as a forty year-old, the recently released Tiger DH becomes the first to reach the milestone as a pinch-hitter and the first to accomplish the feat in a Mets uniform.

2009       Washington’s right fielder Adam Dunn and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman start the game against Florida with the word “Nationals” misspelled on the front of their uniforms. Majestic Athletic, the jersey manufacturer, takes full responsibility for the missing “O” and apologizes for the mistake to the organization, the players, and their fans.

2009       Jason Kubel blasts a grand slam to become the ninth Twins player to hit for the cycle, the first to do it at the Metrodome since 1986 when Kirby Puckett accomplished the feat in front of the home crowd. The left fielder’s bases-full homer caps a seven-run eighth inning in Minnesota’s 11-9 comeback victory over the Angels.

2010       In a nationally televised afternoon game at Busch Stadium, it takes the Mets 20 innings to beat the Cardinals, 2-1. The 6-hour-53 minute contest ends when Jose Reyes plates the eventual winning run with a sac fly off outfielder-turned-hurler Joe Mather, and Mike Pelfrey, usually a starting pitcher, getting the final three outs to record his first career save.

2010       The 26-year-old Rockies’ right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, striking out seven and walking six, hurls the first no-hitter in the 18-year history of the franchise. The 4-0 historic victory over Atlanta at Turner Field is saved in the seventh inning with a spectacular catch by center fielder Dexter Fowler.

2012       Throwing seven strong innings in the Rockies’ 5-3 victory over San Diego, Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher to win a major league contest. The 49-year, 150-day old southpaw surpasses Brooklyn’s Jack Quinn, who was almost three months younger when he got the victory pitching five frames in relief against St. Louis in 1932.

2012       After agreeing on a $1.25 million deal last week, Johnny Damon signs a minor league contract en route to joining the Indians to become their regular left fielder possibly. The 38 year-old career .286 hitter, who needs 277 knocks to reach the 3,000-hit plateau, will bring intangibles to the club by providing veteran leadership for the struggling Tribe in addition to serving as a mentor to the team’s younger stars.

2012       Mark Melancon allows six earned runs without recording an out in the eighth inning, a frame which features three home runs to the six Rangers he faces in the 18-3 rout of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Boston reliever yields a double to Ian Kinsler, walks Elvis Andrus, gives up a three-run blast to Josh Hamilton, followed by round-tripper by Adrian Beltre, before David Murphy walks and Nelson Cruz homers, before ending his historic outing.

2013       Clayton Kershaw becomes the second-fastest Dodger to strike out 1,000 batters when he throws a second-inning 93-mph fastball past San Diego first baseman Yonder Alonso. The 25-year-old southpaw reaches the milestone in 970 career innings, 15.2 more than needed by Hideo Nomo, who established the team mark in 2003.

2015       Mike Trout, at the age of 23 years and 253 days, becomes the youngest major league player to compile 100 career home runs and 100 career stolen bases when he homers in the sixth inning off Roberto Hernandez in the Angels’ 6-3 victory over the Astros at the Minute Maid Park. The Melville Millville Meteor surpasses the mark previously set by Alex Rodriguez, who was 56 days older when he reached the 100/100 mark.

2015       Kris Bryant makes his much-anticipated major league debut for the Cubs, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the team’s 5-4 loss to the Padres at Wrigley Field. Chicago had delayed the start of his season to extend the club’s control on the highly-touted freshman, who will go on to be named the National League’s Rookie of the Year.

TV SUNDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
SYRACUSE AT LOUISVILLE12:00PMACCN
FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT1:00PMESPNU
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
PRINCETON AT YALE11:00AMESPNU
VIRGINIA AT PITTSBURGH2:00PMACCN
TEXAS A&M AT TENNESSEE2:00PMSECN
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA: RBC HERITAGE1:00PMGOLF
PGA: RBC HERITAGE3:00PMCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
NY YANKEES AT BALTIMORE1:05PMYES
MASN/2
MINNESOTA AT BOSTON1:35PMBALLY SPORTS
NESN
WASHINGTON AT PITTSBURGH1:35PMMASN/2
ATTSN-PIT
OAKLAND AT TORONTO1:37PMNBCS-CA
SPORTSNET
ARIZONA AT NY METS1:40PMBALLY SPORTS
NESN
PHILADELPHIA AT MIAMI1:40PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
SAN FRANCISCO AT CLEVELAND1:40PMNBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT KANSAS CITY2:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT MILWAUKEE2:10PMESPN+
BALLY SPORTS
TAMPA BAY AT CHI. WHITE SOX2:10PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
LA ANGELS AT TEXAS2:35PMBALLY SPORTS
CHI. CUBS AT COLORADO3:10PMMARQ
ATTSN-RM
HOUSTON AT SEATTLE4:10PMATTSN-SW
ROOT SPORTS
CINCINNATI AT LA DODGERS4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
ATLANTA AT SAN DIEGO7:00PMESPN
BALLY SPORTS
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
NASCAR CUP: FOOD CITY DIRT RACE7:00PMFOX
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 1: ATLANTA AT MIAMI1:00PMTNT
FIRST ROUND GAME 1: BROOKLYN AT BOSTON3:30PMABC
FIRST ROUND GAME 1: CHICAGO AT MILWAUKEE6:30PMTNT
FIRST ROUND GAME 1: NEW ORLEANS AT PHOENIX9:00PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
FLORIDA AT DETROIT1:00PMESPN
BUFFALO AT PHILADELPHIA5:00PMMSG-BUF
NBCS-PHI
ST. LOUIS AT NASHVILLE6:00PMNHLN
BALLY SPORTS
SAN JOSE AT MINNESOTA6:00PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
NY ISLANDERS AT TORONTO7:30PMMSG+
SPORTSNET
COLUMBUS AT ANAHEIM8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
LIGUE 1: NICE VS LORIENT7:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LA LIGA: GRANADA VS LEVANTE8:00AMESPN+
SCOTTISH FA CUP: CELTIC VS RANGERS9:00AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: NANTES VS ANGERS SCO9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: METZ VS CLERMONT9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: MONTPELLIER VS REIMS9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: TROYES VS STRASBOURG9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: NEWCASTLE UNITED VS LEICESTER CITY9:15AMUSA
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: WEST HAM UNITED VS BURNLEY9:15AMPEACOCK
BUNDESLIGA: ARMINIA BIELEFELD VS BAYERN MÜNCHEN9:30AMESPN+
LA LIGA: ATLÉTICO MADRID VS ESPANYOL10:15AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS VS BORDEAUX11:05AMBEIN SPORTS
ENGLAND FA CUP: CHELSEA VS CRYSTAL PALACE11:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: UNION BERLIN VS EINTRACHT FRANKFURT11:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: HOFFENHEIM VS GREUTHER FÜRTH11:30AMESPN+
LA LIGA: ATHLETIC CLUB VS CELTA DE VIGO12:30PMESPN+
LIGA MX: PUMAS UNAM VS MONTERREY1:00PMUNIVISION
MLS: NEW YORK CITY VS REAL SALT LAKE1:00PMESPN+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: DEFENSA Y JUSTICIA VS ATLÉTICO TUCUMÁN1:00PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: GODOY CRUZ VS VÉLEZ SARSFIELD1:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BUNDESLIGA: BAYER LEVERKUSEN VS RB LEIPZIG1:30PMESPN+
LIGUE 1: PSG VS OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE2:45PMBEIN SPORTS
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: NJ/NY GOTHAM FC VS WASHINGTON SPIRIT3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: SEVILLA VS REAL MADRID3:00PMESPN+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ARGENTINOS JUNIORS VS TALLERES CÓRDOBA3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: LOS ANGELES FC VS SPORTING KC4:00PMESPN
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BOCA JUNIORS VS LANÚS6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: OL REIGN VS ANGEL CITY6:00PMCBSSN
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: PORTLAND THORNS VS SAN DIEGO WAVE7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BANFIELD VS RIVER PLATE8:30PMPARAMOUNT+
USFLTIME ETTV
HOUSTON VS. MICHIGAN12:00PMNBC
PHILADELPHIA VS. NEW ORLEANS4:00PMUSA

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES54.5564 – 31 – 15 – 40 – 00 – 05 – 4W 1
TORONTO54.5563 – 22 – 22 – 20 – 03 – 25 – 4L 1
BOSTON44.5000.51 – 13 – 31 – 23 – 20 – 04 – 4W 1
TAMPA BAY45.44414 – 30 – 23 – 00 – 21 – 34 – 5L 4
BALTIMORE26.2502.52 – 30 – 31 – 40 – 00 – 02 – 6L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
CHI WHITE SOX62.7504 – 12 – 12 – 02 – 12 – 16 – 2W 2
CLEVELAND44.50020 – 24 – 20 – 02 – 20 – 04 – 4L 2
DETROIT45.4442.52 – 42 – 11 – 23 – 30 – 04 – 5L 1
KANSAS CITY35.37533 – 40 – 10 – 03 – 40 – 03 – 5W 1
MINNESOTA35.37532 – 41 – 11 – 10 – 02 – 23 – 5L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON53.6250 – 05 – 30 – 00 – 04 – 25 – 3W 1
LA ANGELS54.5560.53 – 32 – 10 – 00 – 03 – 45 – 4W 2
OAKLAND54.5560.50 – 05 – 44 – 20 – 00 – 05 – 4W 1
SEATTLE45.4441.51 – 13 – 40 – 03 – 41 – 14 – 5L 1
TEXAS26.25031 – 41 – 21 – 20 – 01 – 22 – 6L 2
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS63.6671 – 15 – 25 – 20 – 01 – 16 – 3L 1
ATLANTA55.5001.53 – 42 – 11 – 22 – 22 – 15 – 5W 2
PHILADELPHIA45.44423 – 31 – 22 – 40 – 00 – 04 – 5W 1
WASHINGTON46.4002.51 – 33 – 33 – 41 – 20 – 04 – 6L 1
MIAMI35.3752.52 – 11 – 42 – 10 – 01 – 23 – 5L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
ST. LOUIS52.7143 – 12 – 10 – 04 – 20 – 05 – 2W 2
CHI CUBS44.5001.52 – 12 – 30 – 03 – 21 – 24 – 4L 2
PITTSBURGH44.5001.53 – 21 – 22 – 12 – 30 – 04 – 4W 1
MILWAUKEE45.44421 – 23 – 30 – 02 – 40 – 04 – 5L 2
CINCINNATI27.22240 – 22 – 52 – 20 – 00 – 32 – 7L 5
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
COLORADO62.7504 – 22 – 00 – 02 – 12 – 16 – 2W 2
LA DODGERS62.7503 – 03 – 20 – 03 – 01 – 26 – 2W 5
SAN FRANCISCO62.7504 – 22 – 02 – 10 – 02 – 16 – 2W 4
SAN DIEGO55.50021 – 24 – 31 – 20 – 04 – 35 – 5L 2
ARIZONA35.37532 – 41 – 11 – 10 – 01 – 33 – 5W 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-FLORIDA PANTHERS74531561125031121732-6-021-9-69-1-0
2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES76482081044725118727-8-421-12-44-5-1
3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS75492061044729123327-8-222-12-48-1-1
4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS76492161044523519125-8-424-13-27-2-1
5 X-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING75462181004425021224-7-622-14-25-3-2
6 X-PITTSBURGH PENGUINS77432311974025421521-12-522-11-63-6-1
7 X-BOSTON BRUINS7546245974423320323-13-223-11-35-5-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS75422310943726022319-15-523-8-57-3-0
NEW YORK ISLANDERS7435309793320620619-13-416-17-57-3-0
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS7535346763124127619-15-416-19-23-5-2
11 DETROIT RED WINGS75293610682621328518-14-711-22-33-5-2
12 BUFFALO SABRES77283811672521427515-18-613-20-54-5-1
13 OTTAWA SENATORS7528407632720424413-21-415-19-35-4-1
14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS7526427592323127816-17-410-25-33-5-2
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS75234111572219327313-19-610-22-52-8-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS76204511511719729510-23-410-22-72-8-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-COLORADO AVALANCHE75551461165129420631-4-324-10-39-0-1
2 X-CALGARY FLAMES75462091014426818823-9-723-11-26-3-1
3 X-ST. LOUIS BLUES754520101004328021626-9-419-11-69-0-1
MINNESOTA WILD7446217994127623126-7-220-14-56-1-3
EDMONTON OILERS7644266944026423524-12-120-14-58-1-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS77402710903622222619-16-421-11-64-5-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS7543275914124121724-13-019-14-56-3-1
DALLAS STARS7543275913921922124-10-319-17-26-2-2
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7641305873724422621-14-320-16-27-2-1
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS75372810843422421117-14-620-14-46-2-2
11 WINNIPEG JETS76353011813323524519-15-316-15-84-5-1
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS76293314722521324916-17-513-16-92-5-3
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS74293411692719123616-16-513-18-61-6-3
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS75253911612020226812-20-613-19-51-7-2
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN7424446542119325813-21-311-23-34-6-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES7522485492118328710-25-112-23-42-8-0
 

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