INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SECTIONAL FINALS

CLASS 4A
Lake Central
Munster59Lake Central44 
Portage
Chesterton59Portage31 
Plymouth
South Bend Adams78Michigan City71 
Elkhart
Penn68Concord44 
DeKalb
Fort Wayne Snider72Fort Wayne Northrop69 
Huntington North
Homestead51Fort Wayne South48 
Logansport
Kokomo49Lafayette Jeff42 
Noblesville
Westfield59Carmel54 
Greenfield-Central
Mount Vernon (Fortville)83New Palestine68 
North Central (Indianapolis)
Indianapolis Cathedral63Lawrence North49 
Ben Davis
Ben Davis65Southport44 
Terre Haute North
Terre Haute North49Avon43 
Greenwood
Franklin54Center Grove45 
Martinsville
Bloomington North32Bloomington South28OT
Seymour
Floyd Central77Jeffersonville38 
Evansville North
Evansville North63Evansville Harrison49 
CLASS 3A
Hanover Central
Lighthouse CPA74Calumet59 
Kankakee Valley
Culver Academy64New Prairie26 
Mishawaka Marian
Mishawaka Marian46John Glenn43 
Maconaquah
Peru47Benton Central43 
Wawasee
NorthWood40Wawasee23 
Garrett
Leo50Fort Wayne Concordia43 
Norwell
Norwell62Oak Hill61 
New Castle
Yorktown60Jay County41 
Frankfort
Danville67Tri-West63 
Edgewood
Brownstown Central58Northview39 
Lebanon
Brebeuf Jesuit37Guerin Catholic35 
Speedway
Beech Grove59Indianapolis Washington52 
Connersville
Lawrenceburg45Franklin County39 
Salem
North Harrison57Scottsburg47 
Princeton
Sullivan55Pike Central53OT
Boonville
Evansville Bosse66Evansville Memorial63 
CLASS 2A
Whiting
Hammond Noll66Lake Station63 
North Judson
North Judson57Westville54OT
Westview
Central Noble50Eastside36 
Bluffton
Fort Wayne Blackhawk60Adams Central46 
Winamac
Rensselaer Central47Lewis Cass43 
Western Boone
Carroll (Flora)62Rossville36 
Tipton
Tipton60Madison-Grant51 
Alexandria
Monroe Central54Lapel41 
Hagerstown
Eastern Hancock61Northeastern48 
Park Tudor
University67Heritage Christian57 
South Putnam
Southmont65Parke Heritage48 
South Ripley
Triton Central40South Ripley35 
Southwestern (Hanover)
Providence56Southwestern (Hanover)32 
Tell City
Paoli68Eastern (Pekin)61OT
North Knox
Linton-Stockton37South Knox33 
Southridge
Forest Park46North Posey41 
CLASS 1A
Kouts
Gary 21st Century67Marquette Catholic56 
Triton
Triton45Argos39 
Fremont
Fremont58Elkhart Christian47 
Tri-County
North White65Pioneer46 
Southern Wells
Southwood58Lakeland Christian57 
Attica
Lafayette Central Catholic63North Vermillion24 
Wes-Del
Liberty Christian85Daleville50 
Blue River
Blue River63Randolph Southern56 
White River Valley
Bloomfield47North Central (Farmersburg)39 
Bethesda Christian
Indianapolis Metropolitan56Bethesda Christian48 
Indianapolis Lutheran
Indianapolis Lutheran48Greenwood Christian41 
Southwestern (Shelbyville)
Jac-Cen-Del61Hauser46 
Borden
Borden53Christian Academy51 
Edinburgh
Edinburgh49West Washington38 
Loogootee
North Daviess35Barr-Reeve29 
Springs Valley
Springs Valley66Northeast Dubois54 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#2 Arizona 89 California 61

#3 Baylor 75 Iowa State 68

North Carolina 94 #4 Duke 81

#5 Auburn 82 South Carolina 71

#6 Kansas 70 #21 Texas 63, OT

#7 Kentucky 71 Florida 63

#8 Purdue 69 Indiana 67

#11 Villanova 78 Butler 59

Oklahoma State 52 #12 Texas Tech 51

#13 Tennessee 78 #14 Arkansas 74

#17 UCLA 75 #16 USC 68

#18 UConn 75 Depaul 68

#22 Murray State 71 Morehead State 67

LSU 80 #25 Alabama 77 OT

Notre Dame 78 Pittsburgh 53

Seton Hall 65 Creighton 60

Georgia Tech 82 Boston College 78

Virginia 71 Louisville 61

Dayton 82 Davidson 76

Miami, Florida 75 Syracuse 72

Clemson 63 Virginia Tech 59

Florida State 89 North Carolina State 76

West Virginia 70 TCU 64

St. Joseph’s 70 Rhode Island 60

Arizona state 65 Stanford 56

Wichita State 70 E. Carolina 62

Missouri 79 Georgia 69

Loyola Chicago 66 Northern Iowa 43

Oklahoma 78 Kansas State 71

Washington state 84 Oregon 74

St. Louis 69 VCU 65

Wyoming 68 Fresno State 64 OT

Vanderbilt 63 Ole Miss 61

Drake 79 Missouri State 78 OT

Xavier 97 Georgetown 75

Washington 78 Oregon State 67

Colorado State 71 Boise State 68

Texas A&M 67 Mississippi State 64

Marquette 85 St. John’s 77

Colorado 84 Utah 71

San Francisco 75 BYU 63

Hawaii 84 Cal State Northridge 62

San Diego State 79 Nevada 78

New Mexico 76 UNLV 67

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 South Carolina 61 Ole Miss 51

#3 North Carolina State 70 #21 Virginia tech 55

#7 UConn 84 Georgetown 38

#8 Iowa State 74 West Virginia 57

#9 Texas 65 Oklahoma State 50

#12 Iowa 83 Nebraska 66

#14 Indiana 70 #13 Ohio State 62

Kentucky 83 #18 Tennessee 74

Kansas 73 #19 Oklahoma 67

Miami, Florida 57 #20 Notre Dame 54

NBA

Dallas 114 Sacramento 100 team

Charlotte 123 San Antonio 117

Miami 99 Philadelphia 82

Minnesota 135 Portland 121

Memphis 124 Orlando 96

LA Lakers 124 Golden State 116

NHL

NY Islanders 2 St. Louis 1

Philadelphia 4 Chicago 3

Arizona 8 Ottawa 5

Florida 6 Detroit 2

Vancouver 6 Toronto 4

Washington 5 Seattle 2

Boston 5 Columbus 4

Montréal 5 Edmonton 2

Nashville 8 San Jose 0

Calgary 4 Colorado 3

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

MLB talks resume Sunday; Scherzer favors playoff ‘ghost win’

NEW YORK (AP) Max Scherzer favors a radical reworking of the playoffs, one that would have the higher seed in the first round of an expanded postseason start a best-of-five series with a 1-0 lead.

Major League Baseball and locked-out players, who resume talks Sunday, both would expand the postseason from 10 teams – that’s been the field since 2012, other than the 16 teams in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

The union prefers 12 and the parties appear headed toward that number, but Scherzer said players would consider 14 if clubs would agree to the “ghost win” format.

Under MLB’s 14-team plan, the division winner with the best regular-season record in each league would get a bye and advance directly to the Division Series. The two other division winners would choose their opponents and be at home for an entire best-of-three round.

The division winner with the second-best record would choose its opponent from among the three lowest-seeded wild-card teams. The division winner with the third-best record would then get to pick from among the remaining two wild cards. The top wild card would face whichever team is left over after the division winners make their choices and also play all games at home.

Selections would be made on a televised show.

“We felt like competition could be eroded in that scenario, and we had specific examples of different players who spoke up that highlighted that specifically,” Scherzer said after Tuesday’s breakdown in labor talks.

“Continuing on from those division winners down, we didn’t see the proper incentive for those other two division winners,” the New York Mets pitcher added. “We didn’t understand why they didn’t want to take us up on a more competitive format.”

The lockout was in it 94th day Saturday, four days after Commissioner Rob Manfred canceled the first two series of the regular season, which had been scheduled to start March 31. Players are expected to respond Sunday to MLB’s latest offer, the last before talks ended Tuesday.

Before talks broke down, players said they could agree to a 12-team postseason subject to an overall agreement. There remains a possibility 14 teams could return to discussions, depending on tradeoffs in the end stages of negotiations.

Under the postseason plan the union has discussed verbally but is undecided whether to formally propose, the higher seed would be home for all games and need two wins to advance, while the visiting team would have to win three times.

A team with the first-round bye would be off at least five days, possibly complicating starting pitcher plans, and the fans of the lower seed in the opening round would not have any home games.

Scherzer argued for the plan during a Monday meeting with Colorado CEO Dick Monfort, and MLB told the union it is not interested. MLB does not think the “ghost game” is the preference of broadcasters and thinks the concept would not be well-received by fans.

“The 14-team format MLB originally proposed offers significant advantages to division winners and provides incentives to win at every level of the bracket,” MLB spokesman Glen Caplin said Saturday. “In an effort to compromise, MLB accepted a 12-team format after the discussion of formats including a `ghost game.’ MLB made clear that the `ghost game’ raises serious issues and is not a viable path forward.”

The “ghost win” has been used in the Korea Baseball Organization since 2015, when its playoffs expanded from four teams to five in the 10-club league. The new best-of-three wild-card round has ended in one game in five of seven seasons, with the lower seed team forcing another game in 2016 and last year, then losing the finale both times.

“Working with the economists on the union staff, we felt like we had devised a format that you would incentivize competition throughout all the season, especially for division winners,” Scherzer said. “We didn’t see that that solely home-field advantage was going to be the necessary piece to try to go out there and win your division.”

Without the “ghost win” format, Scherzer said “a 12-team format made more sense to us.”

Pitcher Andrew Miller, like Scherzer a member of the union’s eight-man executive committee, said Scherzer’s thoughts on the postseason carry weight within the union.

“A core goal of this negotiation is to increase competition, and there’s no way we’re leaving the table without something that does that,” Miller said. “We’ve spent a lot of time debating the merits of various playoff formats and there’s probably not a better guy to ask in the room than Max. But we’re not going to do anything to sacrifice this competition of the season. Anything that points towards mediocrity, that’s the antithesis of our game and what we’re about as players”?

Rival UNC upsets No. 4 Duke in Coach K’s Cameron farewell

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) North Carolina spoiled the emotional home finale of retiring Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski, beating fourth-ranked rival Duke 94-81 on Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The day that was all about the coach who has 1,196 career victories and five NCAA championships abruptly turned into a season-defining performance for the Tar Heels, who played fearlessly in an extra rowdy arena and shot 59% after halftime.

By the final minutes, the Tar Heels (23-8, 15-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) were stretching the lead to double figures, hitting clinching free throws and leaving the “Cameron Crazies” in disbelief that Krzyzewski’s final home game after 42 years at the helm of Duke would end this way.

The school held an on-court ceremony for Krzyzewski after the game, though the coach first grabbed the microphone with the loss on his mind.

“I’m sorry about this afternoon,” he began, then waved off cheers from the fans. “Today was unacceptable, but the season has been very acceptable. And the season isn’t over.”

Krzyzewski could only watch from his seat at the end, with UNC in firm control. And when the horn sounded, the Tar Heels mobbed each other to celebrate on the court, while Caleb Love – who overcame an 0-for-8 shooting start to score 15 of his 22 points after halftime – jawed at the Crazies.

Armando Bacot scored 23 points to lead UNC. Freshman Paolo Banchero scored 23 points for the Blue Devils (26-5, 16-4), who shot just 42%.

Krzyzewski’s Cameron farewell was highly anticipated since he announced his plan last June: A final season that would become a farewell tour of sorts, a last championship run with another talented team featuring high-end NBA-caliber talent.

He has spent the better part of that time deflecting questions about his looming retirement – even eschewing the use of the word “last” – and trying to avoid being a distraction or creating additional pressure on his team. That began to change more in recent days as the moment drew near for a coach who has long taken a live-in-the-moment approach on everything.

Even then, he knew he would have to prepare for the emotional spectacle, saying he’d “have a meeting” to give himself the kind of chat he had given so many of his players before their final game.

More than 90 former players were in attendance, including some of the program’s biggest names like Grant Hill, Shane Battier, J.J. Redick, Jay Williams, Danny Ferry and Christian Laettner.

They gathered to create two lines on the court – several motioning to the student section for more noise or capturing video with their cellphones – to make an aisle for Krzyzewski to walk to midcourt to join them for a group photo captured from the rafters.

After returning for the final pregame minutes, Krzyzewski appeared to be fighting back tears during the national anthem and dabbing his eyes with a tissue during the final huddle before tipoff.

Associate head coach Jon Scheyer, who is designated as Krzyzewski’s successor next season, took a moment to pat his mentor on the right shin before the opening tip.

BIG PICTURE

UNC: First-year coach Hubert Davis said he wasn’t focused on the “pageantry” of Saturday’s farewell, but was instead worried about preparing his team to compete. He certainly did that, with the Tar Heels attacking the rim and showing a competitive fire that wasn’t apparent in the earlier 87-67 loss in Chapel Hill. By far, it is UNC’s best win this season, and represented a huge improvement for an NCAA Tournament resume that was light on high-quality wins.

Duke: The Blue Devils had already secured the program’s first outright ACC regular-season title since 2006 and had lost just once since mid-January, falling at home on a last-second 3-pointer to Virginia. But this time, they couldn’t corral UNC’s backcourt of Love and R.J. Davis – who struggled mightily against Duke’s pressure defense in the first meeting – and couldn’t manage a response as the Tar Heels made their move in the final 6 minutes.

THE GUEST LIST

The former Blue Devils players weren’t the only notable names in the cramped confines of the 82-year-old arena where Krzyzewski has won 88% of his games over 42 seasons.

According to the school, the guest list for Krzyzewski’s going-away party included comedian Jerry Seinfeld, actor/comedian Ken Jeong, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and quarterback Kyler Murray of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

There was also the sighting of retired NBA great Dirk Nowitzki, who took a walkthrough of the Duke practice facility earlier Saturday and ran into current player Wendell Moore Jr. – who quickly asked for a photo with the former world champion.

UP NEXT

UNC: The Tar Heels own the No. 3 seed for the ACC Tournament in New York and open play in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Duke: The Blue Devils hold the No. 1 seed for the ACC Tournament and also open play Thursday.

No. 3 Baylor beats Iowa St 75-68 for share of Big 12 title

WACO, Texas (AP) James Akinjo scored 20 points and third-ranked Baylor clinched a share of the Big 12 title with its fifth consecutive win, 75-68 over Iowa State on Saturday night.

Akinjo put the Bears ahead to stay with a 3-pointer with 3:37 left, followed seconds later by a driving reverse layup. They had fallen behind after building a 25-point lead in the game’s first 12 minutes.

Baylor (26-5, 14-4) had never won a Big 12 title before claiming it outright last season on the way to its first national championship. The Bears are conference co-champs this time with sixth-ranked Kansas (25-6, 14-4), which has won or shared it 20 times in the Big 12’s 26 seasons.

Kendall Brown had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Baylor. Adam Flagler scored 13 points and Jeremy Sochan 12.

Gabe Kalscheur had 18 points for Iowa State (20-11, 7-11), which went from trailing 29-4 at the under-eight timeout in the first half to a 60-58 lead just before that same timeout in the second half. The Cyclones got back-to-back 3s from Tyrese Hunter and Caleb Grill before turning Baylor’s turnover into a go-ahead layup by Aljaz Kunc.

That was a 56-29 spurt for the Cyclones, who were coming off a 53-36 loss to Oklahoma State in their home finale that snapped a four-game winning streak.

The game was stuck tied at 62-62 for nearly three minutes before Kalscheur made a tiebreaking jumper with 3:52 left to end a span when both teams missed four shots and each missed free throws in one-plus-one situations.

Baylor went ahead to stay on the long 3 by Akinjo 15 seconds later, and he added a driving reverse layup after big man Flo Thamba got fouled and missed the free throw.

The Bears were out to a 23-4 lead midway through the first half of their game, and had just scored the 16th of 22 consecutive points on a free throw by Sochan, when Kansas wrapped up its 70-63 overtime win at home over No. 21 Texas. Baylor and Kansas split their two meetings, including the Bears winning 80-70 at home a week ago.

Kansas will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, because the Jayhawks split their games with third-place Texas Tech. The Bears lost both of their games to the 12th-ranked Red Raiders.

Robert Jones had a season-high 12 points for Iowa State, three layups and a dunk in an 85-second to end his team’s long shooting drought. Izaiah Brockington had 11 points and Hunter had 13 rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa State: Despite consecutive losses to end the regular season, the Cyclones’ 20 wins are already a plus-18 turnaround from last season. That is a school record and the most ever for a Big 12 team with a first-year coach. (T.J. Tozelberger). … Iowa State shot 47.5% overall from the field, remarkable considering 14 missed shots in a row over a span of 8 1/2 minutes when falling behind in the first half.

Baylor: The Bears played their 308th game as a ranked team in Scott Drew’s 616th game as their coach. They played 122 for hi before for getting ranked. … They are 42-8 the past two seasons, the best among Power Five teams.

UP NEXT

The Big 12 tournament.

No. 5 Auburn tops South Carolina 82-71 to win SEC outright

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The Auburn Tigers got to celebrate a solo Southeastern Conference title with a flood of orange and blue confetti and no thoughts of tiebreakers.

A team led by newcomers is hoping for more March celebrations.

Freshman Jabari Smith scored 21 points, transfer K.D. Johnson had 18 and No. 5 Auburn won the championship outright with an 82-71 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

The Tigers (27-4, 15-3 SEC) secured the No. 1 seed for next week’s league tournament in Tampa, Florida, after entering the day one game up on No. 7 Kentucky, No. 13 Tennessee and No. 14 Arkansas.

No tiebreakers needed, though the Gamecocks (18-12, 9-9) did rally after trailing by 19 early in the second half

“To be 15-3 in this league says they came to play every night,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “They really did. Now that is virtually impossible to do when you’re dealing with 18-, 19-, 20-year-old kids. Our kids came in to play every single night. They took no team for granted.”

Auburn players and coaches celebrated on the court amid a flurry of confetti before taking turns cutting down the net in lengthy postgame festivities. The team held at least a share of the SEC lead all season.

Smith made 3 of 3 3-pointers and is 21 of 37 over the last six games. The highest rated recruit in program history and potential NBA lottery pick is averaging 25 points during that span.

“That’s why I came here, was to win,” Smith said. “I felt like this school was going to put me in the best position to win a national championship, win the SEC, win all these accolades that we’re trying to get.

“I’m not surprised at all that we won it. It feels good. I just want to keep it going.”

Kessler scored 11 and Wendell Green 10 for the Tigers. Kessler played his second straight game with a brace on his left shoulder from an injury sustained last weekend against Tennessee.

“I don’t think he’s bothered by the injury,” Pearl said. “I think he’s bothered by the fact that he can dominate and when he doesn’t, he’s hard on himself.”

All four top scorers are in their first season with the Tigers, along with starting point guard Zep Jasper.

Jermaine Couisnard led South Carolina with 22 points, including 16 in the second half. James Reese V scored 18 and Erik Stevenson added 13 points and eight rebounds.

It’s the Tigers’ fourth regular season SEC title, joining Pearl’s 2018 team and the 1960 and 1999 teams.

Auburn would have been the No. 2 seed in Tampa with a loss because of head-to-head records among the four teams still in contention entering Saturday.

The Tigers closed the first half on a 24-9 tear to take a 48-31 lead into halftime. Smith scored all 15 of his first-half points in the final 11 minutes after South Carolina pulled to within two.

Auburn pushed the lead to 19 coming out of the locker room, but South Carolina cut it to 78-71 with 1:16 left on Couisnard’s second straight layup.

The Tigers made 4 of 6 free throws from there.

The Gamecocks still enter the postseason having won five of their last seven.

“We’ve played really good basketball down the stretch,” Martin said. “We just came into the building that probably has the best home-court environment in the SEC right now, not from size but from energy. And we went nose to nose with them.”

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina came out sloppy with five turnovers in the first four minutes, including a couple of errant passes. The Gameocks took six minutes to make their first field goal and turned it over 16 times.

Auburn won its program-record 15th SEC game and finished undefeated at home (15-0) for the first time since 1998-99.

NEW NAME

Auburn Arena officially is now Neville Arena. The name change followed the single largest gift to Auburn’s athletics program from Bill and Connie Neville. The couple were recognized on court during the first time out.

UP NEXT

Both teams head to Tampa for the SEC Tournament, where Auburn opens on Friday.

No. 11 Villanova cruises by Butler in regular-season finale

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Justin Moore and No. 11 Villanova got defensive in their tune-up for the Big East Tournament.

Moore scored 16 points, Jermaine Samuels added 15 and the Wildcats broke away early to beat Butler 78-59 Saturday in their regular-season finale.

Villanova (23-7, 16-4 Big East) will be the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.

“We came in and wanted to take pride in defense, playing tough and being physical, rebounding and contesting shots in the paint,” Moore said. “We knew it would be tough coming in this environment and trying to get stops. We were stayed together and stayed focused and got it done.”

The Bulldogs (13-18, 6-14) take a five-game losing streak into the tourney.

Villanova scored 11 straight points during a 20-1 run that made it 23-4. The Wildcats were up by 28 midway through the second half.

“That was important to get off to a good start here,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “I don’t think we shot well here many times because usually because we are playing against a team that’s a great defensive team. The 3s we hit early were some tough ones. Justin hit a couple of step-back 3s, that’s what you need on the road, you need big-time players to make big-time shots.”

Caleb Daniels and Collin Gillespie each scored 11 points and Jordan Longino had 10 for Villanova. The Wildcats shot 49% while holding the Bulldogs to 36%, including a 1-for-11 start.

:We got a couple days of practice with everyone in there,” Wright said. “We got Justin and Collin healthy again. It helped we got Jordan and Chris (Arcidiacono) some minutes. I feel like we got our depth and our health together going into the tournament.”

Chuck Harris led Butler with 19 points. Bo Hodges had 12 points and six rebounds. Butler’s Bryce Nze had a team-high nine rebounds but was slowed by four fouls.

“We had some competitive minutes, but just not enough for a full 40 minutes,” Butler coach LaVall Jordan said. “Credit to Villanova, they came out with a lot of energy and made shots early. “

Villanova routed visiting Butler 82-42 on Jan. 16. That was the Bulldogs’ worst loss since No. 4 North Carolina beat them 104-64 in 1994.

WATCHING THE TALENT

With the NFL scouting combine in town, coaches Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs and Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks were at the game.

TOURNAMENT READY

Samuels said the Wildcats feel good about their play heading into the Big East tournament.

“But we know we have a lot of work to do,” Samuels said. ‘”‘We have to come to practice and get better. The Big East is one of toughest tournaments in the country and one of the best conferences in the country. We just want to be as prepared as possible and get better.”

BIG PICTURE

Villanova: The Wildcats, who had lost four of their past five games at Butler, were dominant this time in a strong tune-up game for the Big East tournament. Villanova has won seven of its last eight games with the only setback a 71-69 loss at then-No. 21 UConn on Feb. 22.

Butler: The Bulldogs had seven players go through senior day, including starters Aaron Thompson, Bryce Nze and Hodges. Bryce Golden, a senior starter, announced he will use the pandemic waiver to return next season.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

No. 11 Villanova will likely improve its ranking with the home victory over No. 9 Providence Tuesday and the lopsided win over Butler.

UP NEXT

Butler: Will be the No. 9 or 10 seed in the Big East tournament

Villanova: Will be the No. 2 seed in the Big East tournament, opening play Thursday.

Tshiebwe shines again, No. 7 Kentucky beats Florida 71-63

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) When Florida scored the first five points of the second half, Kentucky coach John Calipari immediately called timeout. He had one message for his seventh-ranked Wildcats: Throw Oscar Tshiebwe the ball.

They listened better than even Calipari could have imagined.

Tshiebwe finished with 27 points and 15 rebounds – his 13th consecutive double-double and 25th of the season – and Kentucky beat Florida 71-63 on Saturday to secure the No. 3 seed in next week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament.

“You be the star the next game,” Calipari told his guys.

This one belonged to Tshiebwe, who scored Kentucky’s next 11 points after Calipari called that timeout and took over. He helped the Wildcats (25-6, 14-4 SEC) end a two-game road skid in league play and win their fourth straight in Gainesville.

They never trailed thanks mostly to Tshiebwe. The 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward and national player of the year candidate scored 17 of Kentucky’s 19 points over a 7 1/2-minute stretch spanning halftime. He responded with a dunk in the first half after Florida cut a 16-point lead to six and was at his best after the break.

The junior scored the team’s first 11 points of the second half – all in the paint while almost single-handily building a double-digit lead for the Wildcats.

And when the Gators (19-12, 9-9) made another run late, Tshiebwe answered with a layup to make it a 10-point game with about 3 minutes to play.

Long before then, he already had locked up another double-double. His 25th leaves him one shy of the school record set by Dan Issel in the 1969-70 season.

“The things that he’s doing haven’t been been done in 50 years,” Calipari said, repeating the line for effect.

Tshiebwe made 11 of 16 shots and was perfect in five trips to the free-throw line. He added two blocks and three steals, including one that led to a three-point play.

“Sometimes I can’t believe what I’m doing,” Tshiebwe said. “How? This is impossible. I’m in college and everybody can play. … The confidence right now is at a different level.”

Sahvir Wheeler added 13 points for the visitors, and Kellan Grady chipped in 11.

Colin Castleton led the Gators with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Duriji added 10 points in his return from an ankle injury that sidelined him two games.

The Gators had hoped a sold-out home finale and senior day would provide extra motivation against one of the league’s top teams. But not even Keyontae Johnson’s somewhat return to the court helped.

Johnson, who collapsed during a game in December 2020 and hasn’t practiced or played since, got a ceremonial start. Johnson was on the floor for the first of two opening tips and left to a standing ovation after kissing the floor.

Calipari was among the thousands clapping and even hugged Johnson as he checked out of the game. Johnson changed back into street clothes and assumed his usual spot on the bench.

“Unique, weird, special day,” Florida coach Mike White said. “Obviously, Keyontae’s situation is a unique situation.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Kentucky could move back into the top five in next week’s Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, depending on what happens later Saturday.

BIG PICTURE

Kentucky: Don’t count the Wildcats out of getting a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. There’s no doubt they have the depth and talent to win the league tournament in Tampa, which could push them ahead of Auburn for one of the four top seeds.

Florida: The Gators will need to win two or three games in the SEC Tournament to make a fifth consecutive NCAA field. It’s a big ask for a team that has been so inconsistent all season.

UP NEXT

Kentucky gets an extended break before opening play in the SEC Tournament on Friday.

Florida will play Thursday in the tournament and likely needs a deep run to make the NCAA field.

Zeigler, No. 13 Tennessee hold off No. 14 Arkansas

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Freshman guard Zakai Zeigler, whose family was left homeless by a fire in New York City last weekend, made two key free throws in the final seconds to help No. 13 Tennessee hold off No. 14 Arkansas 78-74 Saturday.

The Volunteers (23-7, 14-4 Southeastern Conference), who led by 24 points in the first half, wrapped up the No. 2 seed for the SEC Tournament.

Zeigler finished with 13 points. His foul shot with 14 seconds left made it 77-74. After Arkansas’ JD Notae had an open 3-pointer rim out with 10 seconds to go, Zeigler made a free throw to clinch it.

Several members of Zeigler’s family lived in an apartment that was destroyed by the fire. The university did a GoFundMe project for the family and raised well over $350,000.

Kennedy Chandler and Santiago Vescovi each scored 15 and Josiah-Jordan James added 12 for Tennessee.

Notae scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half for the Razorbacks (24-7, 13-5). Stanley Ummude and Chris Lykes both had 15.

Trailing by 21 at halftime, Arkansas rallied and eventually got within double digits when Notae’s 3-pointer with about 4 minutes left made it 73-65.

Ummude followed with a 3-pointer and Notae’s pair of free throws with 2:05 to play cut it to 73-70.

With 56 seconds left, Notae made two more foul shots to get the Razorbacks within 74-72. Vescovi and Notae each made a pair of free throws to keep it close.

Tennessee scored more points in the first half (50) than it did a couple weeks ago in a 58-48 loss at Arkansas. The Volunteers’ biggest lead was 44-20.

BIG PICTURE

Arkansas: After starting 0-3 in the SEC, the Razorbacks were a longshot to be a contender. Now, with a double-bye in next week’s SEC Tournament already locked up, Arkansas has proven itself legitimate. … Officials had three video reviews in the final two minutes of the game.

Tennessee: Zeigler went into the game having made 55 of 61 free throws (.902) in SEC games to lead the league. He went 3 for 6 in this game. … Arkansas was the 10th team in the Top 25 the Vols have faced this season.

NEXT UP

Arkansas and Tennessee will both play next in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament in Tampa, Florida.

Eason keys OT rally for LSU in 80-77 win over No. 25 ‘Bama

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Tari Eason scored 20 points and had a key block that led to his go-ahead dunk with 38 seconds left in overtime, and LSU scored the final six points to beat No. 25 Alabama 80-77 on Saturday.

Darius Days had 24 points and Brandon Murray finished with 17 for LSU (21-10, 9-9 Southeastern Conference), which came in having lost three of four.

Keon Ellis scored 19 points for Alabama (19-12, 9-9) and Jahvon Quinerly added 16, including a 3-pointer in OT that gave the Crimson Tide a 75-74 lead. Ellis extended the advantage to three points on his layup with 1:31 remaining, but Alabama didn’t score again.

Eason made two free throws with 1:11 left. Then he blocked a field-goal attempt by Ellis. Murray retrieved the loose ball and fed Eason, who slammed it home.

The Crimson Tide’s next possession ended with a shot-clock violation. Eric Gaines made two free throws for the Tigers with 7 seconds left, and Quinerly missed a 3 at the buzzer.

LSU took its first lead of the second half at 66-64 on a basket by Days with 3:21 remaining. After falling behind by four points, Alabama came back to tie the score at 70 when Davison made a free throw with 1:17 to play.

Days’ layup with 51 seconds remaining gave Tigers a 72-70 lead. The Crimson Tide forced overtime when Ellis made two foul shots with 12 seconds left.

Ellis carried Alabama for a three-minute stretch earlier in the half. He scored 10 straight points, including two 3-pointers, as the Crimson Tide grabbed a 54-51 lead.

But Alabama never led by more than five points in the second half of a game that was tight all the way. Neither team had a double-digit lead at any point.

BIG PICTURE

Alabama: Quite appropriately, the Crimson Tide’s up-and-down season ended with a .500 conference record. Alabama lost its last two SEC games to Texas A&M and LSU.

LSU: The Tigers evened their SEC mark by finally winning a close game. LSU had dropped its last three conference games by a total of eight points.

UP NEXT

Both teams will play their SEC Tournament openers in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday.

Mavericks overcome 19-point deficit to beat Kings 114-113

DALLAS (AP) Dorian Finney-Smith hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.3 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks, playing without All-Star guard Luka Doncic, overcame a 19-point deficit for the second time this week to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-113 on Saturday.

Doncic was listed on the injury report as having a left toe sprain, and coach Jason Kidd wouldn’t elaborate on the injury. It was the first game Doncic has missed since Jan. 7 and the 16th game overall.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored a season-high 36 points to go with seven assists in his first start for Dallas since being acquired from Washington on Feb. 10. Jalen Brunson added 23 points and assisted on the winning basket, passing from behind the basket to Finney-Smith for a 114-111 lead.

“We want Luka playing, and it took us some time to get used to him not being on the floor,” Kidd said. “I thought the guys got their legs and got their rhythm without Luka out there. It helps us – makes us a better team – but hopefully Luka’s back Monday.”

The Kings had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds, but Harrison Barnes’ 30-footer went off the rim and Justin Holiday converted the miss for a layup for the final points.

Dallas trailed by 19 at Golden State last Sunday before rallying for a 107-101 victory. The Mavericks have won five straight and pulled within one game of fourth-place Utah in the Western Conference.

De’Aaron Fox matched a career high with 44 points on 18-for-31 shooting, and Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 10 rebounds – but only four points and three rebounds in the second half while often guarded by Finney-Smith – for the Kings.

“I think we’ve done an OK job so far,” Fox said about establishing chemistry with Sabonis, who was acquired Feb. 8 from Indiana. “I think we have a good ways to go, and we just want to bring our team wins.”

Kings interim coach Alvin Gentry was upset about some of Fox’s other numbers.

“As much as De’Aaron Fox drives the ball to the basket and as much as he is in the paint, I’m a little bit miffed as to how he shoots six free throws,” Gentry said.

Fox hit the second of two free throws to tie it at 111 with 12 seconds to play, and Dallas called a timeout. Finney-Smith asked Kidd if he could set up in the right corner. Brunson took the inbound pass and, guarded by Davion Mitchell, drove to the basket before whipping the ball to Finney-Smith.

Dinwiddie averaged 14.5 points in 27.3 minutes in his first six Mavericks games coming off the bench. He was 8 for 12 from the floor in the second half and overall has scored at least 20 in three of his last four games.

THE PARTY GOES ON

The Mavericks hosted Slovenia Night in honor of Doncic’s homeland and scheduled the game for a 4 p.m. local start in conjunction with European television. The first 3,000 fans received Slovenia scarfs, and a group of fans traveled from there to attend the game.

Doncic watched the game from the end of the bench and met afterward with the visiting Slovenians. He came to the scorer’s table once in the first half to chat with the officials during a timeout after the Dallas bench was particularly upset with multiple calls.

NOT-SO-SWEET SIXTEEN

With the loss, the Kings will finish with a losing record for the 16th consecutive season. Of their 37 seasons in Sacramento, they’ve had winning finishes only in the eight seasons under Rick Adelman (1998-99 through 2005-06).

TIP-INS:

Kings: Richaun Holmes returned after missing five games because of back soreness. Holmes had six points and six rebounds in 16 minutes. . Guard Jeremy Lamb sat with left hip soreness.

Mavericks: Finney-Smith had 17 points, hitting 5 of 11 from 3-point range. . Dallas came in second in the NBA allowing only 10.8 3-pointers per game and held Sacramento to nine, three in the second half. . Power forward Maxi Kleber missed his second straight game with an ankle injury.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host New York on Monday night.

Mavericks: Host the Jazz on Monday night.

WNBA’s Brittney Griner arrested in Russia on drug charges

(AP) — WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner was arrested last month at a Moscow airport after Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges.

The Russian Customs Service said Saturday that the cartridges were identified as containing oil derived from cannabis, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The customs service identified the person arrested as a player for the U.S. women’s team and did not specify the date of her arrest. Russian media reported the player was Griner, and her agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, did not dispute those reports.

“We are aware of the situation with Brittney Griner in Russia and are in close contact with her, her legal representation in Russia, her family, her teams, and the WNBA and NBA,” Kagawa Colas said Saturday. “As this is an ongoing legal matter, we are not able to comment further on the specifics of her case but can confirm that as we work to get her home, her mental and physical health remain our primary concern.”

On Saturday, the State Department issued a “do not travel” advisory for Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine and urged all U.S. citizens to depart immediately, citing factors including “the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens by Russian government security officials” and “the Embassy’s limited ability to assist” Americans in Russia.

Griner, who plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has played in Russia for the last seven years in the winter, earning over $1 million per season – more than quadruple her WNBA salary. She last played for her Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg on Jan. 29 before the league took a two-week break in early February for the FIBA World Cup qualifying tournaments.

More than a dozen WNBA players were playing in Russia and Ukraine this winter, including league MVP Jonquel Jones and Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley of the champion Chicago Sky. The WNBA confirmed Saturday that all players besides Griner had left both countries.

The 31-year-old Griner has won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S., a WNBA championship with the Mercury and a national championship at Baylor. She is a seven-time All-Star.

“Brittney Griner has the WNBA’s full support and our main priority is her swift and safe return to the United States,” the league said in a statement.

F1 team Haas terminates Russian driver Mazepin’s contract

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) Russian driver Nikita Mazepin was dropped by Haas F1 despite the FIA ruling he could compete in Formula One races under a neutral flag.

Haas also ended its sponsorship with Uralkali, the Russian fertilizer company owned by Mazepin’s father. Dmitry Mazepin is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his son’s contract to drive was linked to the team sponsorship.

“As with the rest of the Formula 1 community, the team is shocked and saddened by the invasion of Ukraine and wishes for a swift and peaceful end to the conflict,” Haas said in a statement Saturday.

Formula One earlier this week terminated its contract with the Russian GP. The race in Sochi was contracted through 2025.

That put the spotlight on Haas, an American team entering its seventh season of F1 competition. Haas last year overhauled its lineup and added rookies Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher.

Haas removed the Uralkali sponsorship markings from its cars last week following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but Mazepin’s status remained uncertain. The FIA ruled Friday all drivers must agree to its principles of peace and neutrality and “acknowledge the strong commitment made by the FIA to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”

Mazepin posted on Twitter he had agreed to the stipulations and was disappointed in Haas’ decision.

“While I understand the difficulties, the ruling from FIA plus my ongoing willingness to accept the conditions proposed in order to continue were completely ignored and no process was followed in this unilateral step,” Mazepin wrote.

“I have treasured my time in F1 and genuinely hope we can all be together again in better times.”

Haas did not announce a replacement for Mazepin, who turned 23 earlier this week. He did not score a point last season and was derisively referred to as “Mazespin” for his propensity to bring out the caution flag.

Pietro Fittipaldi, the grandson of two-time F1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi, is the reserve driver for Haas. He competed in two races for Haas in 2020 as the replacement for injured driver Romain Grosjean.

The 25-year-old was born in Miami and holds dual citizenship in Brazil and the United States. Fittipaldi, who lives in North Carolina not far from Haas’ primary headquarters, ran three IndyCar races last season. He was in Abu Dhabi for the F1 season finale when Mazepin tested positive for COVID-19, but Fittipaldi was not eligible to replace him in the car because he’d not been on track that weekend.

F1 testing continues in Bahrain next week. The season opens March 20 in Bahrain.

First-year Charlotte FC sets MLS crowd record in home debut

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte FC made a record-breaking home debut Saturday night, setting a Major League Soccer attendance mark of 74,479 in a 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy.

Fans dressed in the team’s light, blue colors and wearing FC Charlotte scarves celebrated the team’s first game at Bank of America Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers since 1996.

There were 69,522 there on Sept. 1, 1996, to watch Carolina’s first regular-season game – a 29-6 win over Atlanta. This long, anticipated MLS game shattered that mark.

Things didn’t go as well on the field for Charlotte FC, who fell as Galaxy substitute midfielder Efrain Alvarez struck a hard shot from outside the box into the upper right corner in the 77th minute.

Charlotte FC (0-2-0) had a chance to tie in the final minute of stoppage time, but Daniel Rios’ header close to the goal off a cross from Alan Franco was stopped by LA Galaxy’s Jonathan Bond.

The Galaxy have won both their games to start the season.

Still, the loss didn’t dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm as they stood and cheered at the end, much the way they did at the start.

“Welcome to the largest party Charlotte has known,” Charlotte FC and Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper said to the crowd moments before kickoff.

MLS Commissioner Dan Garber called it a historic night for the league. He said the crowd showed “there’s no limit to where our league can go.”

LA Galaxy coach Greg Vanney had long thought North Carolina was hotbed for soccer and that showed in this contest.

“It’s no surprise there was a fan base so ready and so eager to show support,” Vanney said. “Our job was to come here and be the spoilers of the whole thing so I’m happy for that.”

Charlotte FC goalie Kristijan Kahlina said in recent years he had played games in front of 500 people in Bulgaria last year and as many as 14,000 in his native Croatia during his career. To see, “five times that, the support from our fans is unbelievable.”

People lined up at the entrances about four hours before the match kicked off, eager to cheer for their hometown MLS club.

Even the signature Panthers statues outside the stadium had Charlotte FC scarves draped around their necks for the occasion.

“We’ve waited for this for a while,” said Lenny Romero, a Charlotte fan who wore a curly wig of Charlotte FC blue.

People in Charlotte gear packed parking lots around the stadium that usually only get filled for Panthers’ football.

Food carts and souvenir stands were everywhere with some fans even pulling out their Cornhole boards for football-style tailgates.

The final attendance topped the old MLS high of 73,019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when the Atlanta United played the Portland Timbers for the MLS Cup in December 2018.

Atlanta’s building also had the previous top attendance for a regular-season match, 72,548 when the United played the LA Galaxy in August 2019.

Tepper’s bid for an MLS franchise was approved in 2019 with plans to play in 2021. However, that was delayed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first-year club played its first-ever match last week in Washington, falling to D.C. United 3-0.

The team made improvements of about $50 million or so to enhance the stadium for soccer. A new tunnel was added at midfield, along with soccer locker rooms, training facilities and a player lounge.

For several games, the stadium’s upper level will be closed to fans. Still, it would give Charlotte FC a capacity of about 38,000.

Tepper was on the field about an hour before the start, waving and pumping his fist to cheering, grateful fans.

Charlotte FC defender Jaylin Lindsey grew up and played youth soccer in the city. He was excited to play as a professional in his hometown. “It’s going to be like a homecoming,” Lindsey said this week.

Fan Marshall Holin had followed the team’s development since it was announced three years ago and made the six-hour drive from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to downtown Charlotte.

“There’s a huge love of soccer in this region and just a culmination of all of that and a recognition it’s something fun and great,” he said.

Officials told WBTV about 20 rows of a section of the upper deck were cleared after halftime as a precaution when a cellular antenna slipped from its mount. No one was hurt and the spectators were relocated.

At least 22 injured in brawl at Mexican soccer match

MEXICO CITY (AP) At least 22 people were injured, including two critically, on Saturday when fans brawled during a soccer game in central Mexico.

The match between the host Queretaro and Atlas from Guadalajara – the reigning league champion – was suspended in the 62nd minute when multiple fights broke out in the stands. Security personnel opened the gates to the field so that fans, including women and children, could escape the stands.

Players from visiting Atlas quickly fled to the locker rooms as did some from the Queretaro side. Other Queretaro players, including Uruguayan goalie Washington Aguerre, stayed near the bench trying to calm the fans.

After several minutes some of the fights moved to the field where they continued punching and kicking. Some people were armed with chairs and metal bars.

One fan could be seen pulling a knife to cut the nets of one goal. Others destroyed one side’s bench and some fought in the tunnel to the field.

“So far there is no report of deaths; 22 people injured, nine of them taken to the General Hospital and of these, two are critical,” said the Queretaro state civil protection agency. “The rest are stable. It should be mentioned that all of those injured are male and at this moment it’s been confirmed that four were from the state of Jalisco.”

Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco.

The league condemned the violence in a message on its official Twitter account. League President Mikel Arriola said the game would not be resumed Saturday. He said those responsible for the lack of security in the stadium would be punished.

Atlas has also had issues recently with violence among its fans. Last year, the “classic” with crosstown rival Chivas saw a brawl in the stands.

“Unfortunately, what is happening in Queretaro …is happening in my country,” said Rafael Marquez,a former captain of the Mexican national team who started his career with Atlas and later became its coach.

Graphic videos and photos circulated on social networks showing apparent fans motionless on the ground, in some cases stripped naked and covered with blood.

Queretaro Gov. Mauricio Kuri condemned the violence and said the owners of the Queretaro club would have to answer for what happened.

“I have given instructions that the law be applied with all of its consequences,” he said.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

5-seed Hoosiers Headed To Big Ten Championship With Victory Over Top-Seed Ohio State

INDIANAPOLIS – Graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary recorded a double-double as 5-seed Indiana held off top-seeded Ohio State, 70-62, in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal on Saturday inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Indiana advances to its first Big Ten Tournament championship game in 20 years, last appearing and winning the 2002 tournament finale.

KEY MOMENTS

In a face paced first quarter, Indiana leads 15-12 at the media behind 8 points from graduate student guard Ali Patberg

Ohio State went without a field goal for 3:31 of the later part of the frame as IU got a Berger attack at the rim to keep the lead at four, 21-17, at the end of the first.

To begin the second quarter, the Hoosiers and Buckeyes exchanged buckets until Patberg collected the layup and then the steal which led to two made free throws for senior guard Grace Berger.

Out of the media timeout, Nicole Cardaño-Hillary hit a driving layup off an Ohio State turnover. The Hoosiers took an eight-point lead into the halftime break, 38-30.

Back-to-back buckets for Holmes and a Patberg layup pushed IU’s advantage to 12 as Ohio State called a timeout two minutes in to the third quarter. IU saw its lead cut down to as few as five, but a 6-0 run led it back to a double-digit lead with 1:36 on the clock. Going to the fourth with a 57-48 lead, Indiana got its largest lead of the night at 13 as Patberg found Cardaño-Hillary on a back door to take a 66-53 lead.

However, Ohio State would make a final run at the Hoosiers with just under a minute to play as it came within two possessions. Forced to foul, the Buckeyes would send IU to the line as Cardaño-Hillary finally put the game away with 18 seconds remaining. 

NOTABLE

After the win against Ohio State, Indiana heads to the Big Tournament championships game against the winner of Iowa and Nebraska. This is the first time since 2002 that the Hoosiers will play for the conference championship.

Cardaño-Hillary recorded her first double-double of the season with a team high 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Patberg added double figures with 15 points. She also collected three rebounds and three assists.

Holmes recorded her second straight game in double figures with 12. Holmes grabbed three rebounds and two blocks.

Sophomore guard Chloe Moore-McNeil got her second start of the season on Saturday afternoon. She scored 11 points with three rebounds and two assists

Berger was also in double figure scoring, scoring 10 points. Berger was Hoosiers’ assists leader with seven.

Never giving up the lead to the Buckeyes, Indiana’s biggest scoring margin came in the fourth quarter where they were up 13 with 4:55 on the clock.

Indiana won the rebound battle, tallying 37 boards compared to Ohio State’s 30. They improve to 18-0 when outrebounding an opponent this season.

Indiana had 20 assists on 24 made shots.

The Buckeyes were held to just 42.2 percent field goal shooting and 19.0 from 3-point land.

Indiana was able to force Ohio State to shoot 19.0 from the 3-point line.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, like I told these guys in the locker room, there was so many great things that happened today and, except for the first one, which we didn’t wake up, I don’t think any of us, anticipating that Lex was going to be sick and not able to go until later in the game. But I thought Chloe stepped up in a big kind of way. She was terrific in the first quarter of play. All of them were in terms of just how we got off to a fast start, a great start. Loved the rhythm. Loved just the tempo. And then I thought Ali Patberg defensively was tremendous on Mikesell. I know that Mikesell’s had a game like that, which was so difficult for her this afternoon. I thought Ali Patberg was terrific. We asked our guards to rebound the ball today, and look at the stat sheet, and Nikki has 11. She has a double-double. She has 11 of our rebounds, which was terrific, just her hustle and her play. Proud of the fact that we shared the sugar with 20 assists on 24 field goals and most importantly that we outrebounded them. Statistics show when we out-rebound teams we win. So it was a great collective effort by our, the Hoosiers today, and just really proud, really proud of how these guys showed up and executed.”

UP NEXT

The Big Ten Tournament championship game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. The Hoosiers will meet Iowa in the championship final.

Indiana Pushes No. 8/9 Purdue to Wire, Falls 69-67

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Once again, victory was there for the taking.

Once again, Indiana couldn’t take it.

With NCAA tourney opportunity at stake, amid the frenzy of a sold-out Mackey Arena, the Hoosiers did everything but win on Saturday afternoon.

They defended Purdue into sub-40-percent shooting. Forward Miller Kopp found a shooting stroke not seen since November’s 28-point effort at Syracuse. Guard Xavier Johnson had a double-double with 18 points and a career-high 12 assists, plus three steals. IU was 10-for-10 from the line, and consistently got open looks from the field.

It wasn’t enough.

“Our pick-and-roll offense was the best it’s been all season,” coach Woodson said. “We got a bunch of good looks.”

Good looks didn’t translate into enough makes (43.3 overall shooting), but the Hoosiers still had a chance until the clock hit zero.

“I am pleased with the way competed,” Woodson said. “It’s a tough building to win in.”

The Hoosiers (18-12 overall, 9-11 in the Big Ten) lost for the second straight game and seventh time in the last nine games. They reached the final minute with a chance to win in five of those losses.

“We have to figure it out,” Woodson told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during the post-game radio show. “We were right there.”

In a game that featured six ties and four lead changes, IU rallied from deficits as large as 13 in the first half and nine in the second to take a four-point lead deep into crunch time.

It wasn’t enough.

“We have to figure it out,” Woodson said again.

Purdue had a 15-2 edge in second-chance points thanks to a 14-8 advantage in offensive rebounds.

“I thought they got all the 50-50 balls,” Woodson said. “That was a big discussion before the game.

“When you’re on the road, you have to win the 50-50 balls. They out-toughed us in that area.”

Johnson continued his strong play. In his last five games, he’s averaged 19.0 points, 6.4 assists and 3.6 rebounds while going 9-for-20 from three-point range and 28-for-32 from the line.

“He was solid,” Woodson told Fischer.

With four minutes left, Indiana trailed by one, at 61-60. With 1:40 left, it trailed by two, at 67-65.

Parker Stewart missed an open three-pointer that could have given the Hoosiers the lead. They committed a turnover with a late chance to tie or take the lead.

“Parker had a wide-open three that could have been a dagger,” Woodson told Fischer. “He missed that one, but we were still there.”

Once again, shooting cost IU. Kopp was 4-for-6 from three-point range en route to 14 points. The rest of the Hoosiers were 1-for-14.

“It’s not like we haven’t gotten good looks,” Woodson told Fischer. “All of our shooters have had good looks. They have to relax and make them.

“I’m going to keep coaching and try to put them in the best position possible. Eventually, I think they will come through.”

Indiana and Purdue (25-6, 14-6) split the season series. The Hoosiers beat the Boilers at Simon Skdjodt Assembly Hall 68-65 in late January.

“That’s what you expect when you play Purdue,” Woodson told Fischer. “The same thing happened at our place, but we were able to figure it out down the stretch to win it. This could have gone either way.

“Our guys fought and played their butts off.”

Down the stretch, Purdue got just enough from the free throw line (14-for-21) to survive.

“We put them on the free throw line and we had to make shots,” Woodson told Fischer. “We had to execute our halfcourt game and they were going to the line shooting free throws. That was the difference.”

Forward Race Thompson’s nine early points helped IU to a 14-14 tie.

Then the Hoosiers missed six straight shots, guard Eric Hunter Jr. got hot and Purdue surged to a 29-16 lead.

Johnson took charge. He was the catalyst for IU’s 9-0, half-closing run to make it a 33-29 halftime score. He had eight points, three assists and a rebound. He scored or had an assist on the Hoosiers’ final 11 points.

Purdue made just one of its last eight shots of the half, in part because the Hoosiers took away the paint.

The second half opened with fierce intensity from both teams. Purdue hit the offensive boards to twice push ahead by nine. Indiana pushed back behind Kopp’s two three-pointers and Johnson’s offensive-and-defensive playmaking.

IU unleashed an 11-0 run for a 51-48 lead. Kopp hit his third three-pointer of the half for a 56-52 lead.

Purdue responded with a 7-0 run to retake the lead. It went ahead by three, then five. Trayce Jackson-Davis finished a three-point play. Kopp hit a tough jumper.

IU trailed 67-65. It had the ball as the clock ticked to 12 seconds. Purdue forced a turnover. The Boilers’ Trevion Williams hit two free throws for a 69-65 lead. Johnson hit two with six seconds. Williams missed two free throws. Johnson missed a 30-footer under a lot of contact. No foul was called.

The Hoosiers had lost another heartbreaker. They are the ninth seed in next week’s Big Ten tourney and will play Thursday morning at Indianapolis’ Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

“X could have taken a couple more dribbles and try to make a play,” Woodson told Fischer, “but that’s how it goes. We have to get ready for the tournament.”

IU’s NCAA tourney hopes come down to this week. The conference tourney winner earns an automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

How many games do the Hoosiers need to win to earn an at-large bid?

“Only time will tell,” Woodson said.

Baseball Evens Series at Missouri State

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Another big offensive output and a quality start by redshirt-junior Jack Perkins helped the Indiana baseball program even its series at Missouri State with a 12-3 victory.

Indiana (3-6) chased the Missouri State (5-5) starting pitcher with a five-run first inning and added two runs in the second inning to stake to a 7-0 lead. After the Bears scored once in the third, IU put up single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and added three more in the seventh. Missouri State scored twice in the eighth to account for the final margin.

Perkins (2-0) picked up his second victory of the season with a career-high six innings of work. The right-hander allowed just one run on two hits. He struck out seven and walked three. Freshman Grant Holderfield fired a scoreless seventh inning with two strikeouts, while redshirt-junior Ty Bothwell threw the final two innings and allowed two runs on two hits with four punchouts.

Offensively, all nine starters reached base and seven of nine collected hits. The 16 hits were a season high, and the 12 runs are the second most on the young season. The team walked four times and reached via hit-by-pitch once. Of the 16 hits, six went for extra bases.

Redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis drove in seven RBIs and scored three runs in a 3-for-5 day at the plate. All three of Ellis’ hits went for extra bases, including a pair of home runs, and his seven RBIs are the most since Matt Lloyd plated seven runs at Maryland on March 31, 2019.

Freshman Brock Tibbitts posted a game-high four hits with one RBI, while redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen collected three hits – including a pair of doubles – and drove in two RBIs.

For Missouri State, starting pitcher Jared Viertel (0-1) recorded one out and allowed five runs on five hits in the loss. Four different Bears collected one hit in the game.

Scoring Recap

Top First

The first eight batters of the inning reached base and Indiana sent 10 batters to the plate to race out to a 5-0 lead. After Tyler Doanes singled and Phillip Glasser singled, Bobby Whalen doubled to push across the first run of the game. Matthew Ellis plated two runs with a double, and Brock Tibbitts and Hunter Jessee each produced RBI singles.

Indiana 5, Missouri State 0

Top Second

Ellis hit a two-run home run to right-center field.

Indiana 7, Missouri State 0

Bottom Third

The Bears loaded the bases with no out against IU starting pitcher Jack Perkins and Drake Baldwin pushed a run across with a hit-by-pitch. Perkins then got a strikeout and a double play to get out of the inning with no further damage.

Indiana 7, Missouri State 1

Top Fifth

Doanes and Glasser each reached base with two outs and Whalen doubled to left field to score one.

Indiana 8, Missouri State 1

Top Sixth

Morgan Colopy doubled to start the inning and eventually scored on a Josh Pyne sacrifice fly.

Indiana 9, Missouri State 1

Top Seventh

With one out, Doanes and Glasser each walked, and Ellis delivered a two-out, three-run home run to straight-away center field.

Indiana 12, Missouri State 1

Bottom Eighth

Missouri State got two runs back against reliever Ty Bothwell, as MSU benefited from two walks with one out to get the offense started. Cam Cratic doubled to drive in the first run and Mason Hall grounded out to score the second run of the inning.

Indiana 12, Missouri State 3

Up Next

Indiana and Missouri State will play the series finale 1 p.m. ET at Hammons Field, a new time with some weather entering the Springfield area on Sunday evening.

Hoosiers Compete in Session I of Big Ten Championships

LINCOLN, NEB. ––– Indiana Wrestling competed in Session I of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships on Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

KEY MOMENTS

Five Hoosiers earned victories across the course of the first two rounds of wrestling including Brock Hudkins (133), Cayden Rooks (141), and Graham Rooks (149) each advancing out of the first round in the winner’s bracket.

C. Rooks’ round win over No. 4 Chad Red (NEB) is arguably the marquee upset of the Big Ten Championships thus far.

Jacob Moran (125) and Derek Gilcher (157) earned wins in the first consolation round.

There were three Indiana matches that went to Sudden Victory.

Donnell Washington (184) and Jacob Bullock (285) each received a bye in the first consolation round.

SESSION I RESULTS

125: Jacob Moran (No. 12 Seed):

Champ. Round 1: No. 5 Devin Schroder (PUR) defeats No. 12 Jacob Moran (IND). 2-0 Decision

Cons. Round 1: No. 12 Jacob Moran (IND) defeats No. 13 Jeremiah Reno (NEB). 13-11 Decision SV-1

133: Brock Hudkins (No. 6 Seed):

Champ. Round 1: No. 6 Brock Hudkins (IND) defeats No. 11 Kyle Burwick (WIS) 4-1 Decision

Quarterfinal: No. 3 Lucas Byrd (ILL) defeats No. 6 Brock Hudkins (IND) 10-2 Major Decision

141: Cayden Rooks (No. 13 Seed):

Champ. Round 1: No. 13 Cayden Rooks (IND) defeats No. 4 Chad Red (NEB) 9-8 Decision

Quarterfinal: No. 5 Jakob Bergeland (MINN) defeats No. 13 Cayden Rooks (IND) 8-3 Decision

149: Graham Rooks (No. 9 Seed):

Champ. Round 1: No. 9 Graham Rooks (IND) defeats No. 8 Christian Kanzler (ILL) 9-4 Decision

Quarterfinal: No. 1 Sammy Sasso (OSU) defeats No. 9 Graham Rooks (IND) 6-3 Decision

157: Derek Gilcher (No. 11 Seed):

Champ. Round 1: No. 6 Chase Saldate (MSU) defeats No. 11 Derek Gilcher 7-4 Decision

Cons. Round 1: No. 11 Derek Gilcher (IND) defeats No. 14 Sebas Swiggum (MINN). 8-3 Decision

165: Kasper McIntosh (No. 13 seed):

Champ. Round 1: No. 4 Cameron Amine (MICH) defeats No. 13 Kasper McIntosh 5-1 Decision

Cons. Round 1: No. 11 Andrew Clark (RUT) defeats No. 13 Kasper McIntosh 2-0 Decision

174: Nick South (No. 12 Seed):

Champ. No. 5 Ethan Smith (OSU) defeats No. 12 Nick South 6-4 Decision

Cons. Round 1: No. 13 Connor O’Neill (RUT) defeats No. 12 Nick South (IND) 3-1 Decision SV-1

184: DJ Washington (No. 9 Seed):

Champ. Round 1: No. 8 Kyle Cochran (MD) defeats No. 9 DJ Washington (IND) 9-7 Decision

Cons. Round 1: No. 9 DJ Washington (IND) received a bye.

197: Nick Willham (No. 13 Seed):

Champ. Round 1: No. 4 Jacob Warner (IOWA) defeats No. 13 Nick Willham 17-4 Major Decision

Cons. Round 1: No. 12 Michial Foy (MINN) defeats No. 13 Nick Willham (IND) 3-2 Decision SV-1

285: Jacob Bullock (No. 10 Seed):

Champ. Round 1: No. 7 Trent Hillger (WIS) defeats No. 10 Jacob Bullock 8-1 Decision

Cons. Round 1: No. 10 Jacob Bullock (IND) received a bye.

TEAM STANDINGS (Through Session I)

1. Michigan (68.5)

2. Penn State (67.5)

3. Iowa (55.0)

4. Nebraska (47.5)

5. Wisconsin (36.5)

6. Ohio State (33.0)

7. Northwestern (27.5)

8. Minnesota (21.5)

9. Rutgers (18.5)

10. Michigan State (17.0)

11. Purdue (13.5)

12. Illinois (12.0)

13. Maryland (5.0)

14. Indiana (4.0)

No. 8 Purdue Closes Out Regular Season With 69-67 Win Over Indiana

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue’s seniors celebrated one final time on their home court Saturday.

It was the next best thing to a Big Ten regular-season title — a victory over archrival Indiana.

Eric Hunter Jr. had 17 points, Trevion Williams made the tying basket with less than six minutes left and Sasha Stefanovic hit the go-ahead 3-pointer as the eighth-ranked Boilermakers rallied past Indiana 69-67.

“Against IU, there’s always a little different energy in here, but it was awesome,” Stefanovic said. “I can’t really think of a better way to go out of here in Mackey with that crowd and that result.”

Stefanovic finished with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Hunter added five points, five rebounds and made three 3s, and Williams had eight points and eight rebounds.

All three have announced they will not return next season, and they went out in style. The Boilermakers (25-6, 14-6) snapped a season-long two-game losing streak and gave coach Matt Painter a victory in his 600th career game as a head coach.

No, this one didn’t follow the script, and at times things got ugly, testy and perilous for Purdue. After trailing 56-52 with 5:42 to go, the upperclassmen delivered with a 7-0 run that kept the Boilermakers in front the rest of the game.

“All three made big plays,” Painter said. “Trevion, Eric and Sasha all really came through for us.”

Xavier Johnson led the Hoosiers with 18 points and a career-high 12 assists, but his half-court heave to win it with 0.3 seconds left was an air ball. Trayce Jackson-Davis had 15 points and six rebounds while Miller Kopp scored 14 points for Indiana (18-12, 9-11).

The Hoosiers have blown late leads in each of their last two games and have lost seven of nine overall.

Indiana got as close as one over the final stretch and had a couple of chances to tie it or take the lead.

But Kopp blew one by turning the ball over on an errant inbound pass with 11.5 seconds left. After Williams missed two free throws with 6.3 seconds remaining, Johnson’s desperation heave landed out of bounds with 0.3 seconds left.

“Miller made a bad pass,” coach Mike Woodson said. “We’ve completed that pass and there have been times on that play he has made a great play.”

BIG PICTURE

Indiana: All season, the Hoosiers have been on the cusp of big wins. But aside from home wins over Ohio State and Purdue, the Hoosiers have generally fallen short. Too many close losses, like Saturday’s, have left Indiana dancing on the edge of making or missing the NCAA Tournament, and a win or two at next week’s conference tournament would certainly help.

Purdue: The Boilermakers missed out on the league’s regular-season title, but Purdue still hit some major milestones Saturday. The program reached 25 wins for the 15th time and is 101-11 in its last 112 home games. Purdue also regained some momentum as its seeks bigger goals in March and April.

(Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 25-6 overall and finished 14-6 in the Big Ten with a 69-67 win over arch-rival Indiana in front of the 41st straight sellout at Mackey Arena.

The 25 wins mark the 15th time in school history with 25 wins, including nine in the last 15 years under head coach Matt Painter. The 25 wins are tied for the fifth most in a regular season in school history.

Purdue has won at least 14 Big Ten games in four of the last seven seasons (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2021-22). It won 13 league games last year, but had one game canceled by Covid-19.

The win came in Matt Painter’s 600th career game, now owning a 405-195 career record (380 wins at Purdue; 25 at Southern Illinois).

Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Purdue is 105-46 against Big Ten opposition (all games) and 65-10 at Mackey Arena against  Big Ten teams.

Purdue has owned the Big Ten’s best home record (by season) in 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022, going 9-1 this season. Purdue owns a 27-2 home record since the start of last season with both losses coming to the Big Ten Champions (Michigan – 2021; Wisconsin – 2022).

The 16 home wins are tied for the second most in school history (2015-16 – 17 wins).

Purdue has won 10 its last 11 games, and 13 of its last 15 games, against Indiana. Since the 2008-09 season, Purdue is 18-6 against Indiana. 

Purdue’s seven-game home winning streak against Indiana is the longest in school history.

Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue is 21-3 against in-state opposition.

Purdue has now held four of its last six opponents under 70 points, and all six of them to 72 points or fewer.

Purdue’s senior class combined for 40 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.

Trevion Williams passed JaJuan Johnson for seventh place on the career rebounds list (857).

Sasha Stefanovic passed Robbie Hummel for seventh place on the career 3-pointers made list (218).

Eric Hunter Jr., scored 17 points with five rebounds and five assists, going 3-of-6 from long range. Hunter finished Big Ten play 23-of-43 (.535) from long distance, leading the Big Ten in 3-point percentage.

Sasha Stefanovic had 15 points to push his career total to 948 career points.

Zach Edey recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 10 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high tying four blocked shots.

Baseball Improves to 11-0 with Comeback, Walk-Off Win

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – It took 13 innings, but the 2022 Purdue baseball team accomplished something no other team in program history has done. The Boilermakers (11-0) won their 11th consecutive game to start a season, as Jake Stadler’s walk-off hit in the bottom of the 13th completed a 6-5 comeback victory over Longwood. 

Purdue remained unbeaten, eclipsing the 10-0 start by the 1909 team for the best start by a Boilermaker ballclub ever. It did not come easy either, as the 13-inning contest was Purdue’s longest game since 2018.

Troy Viola went 4-for-5 with two RBI to lead Purdue, blasting his second home run of the season to start the comeback. Pablo Lanzarote went back-to-back with Viola, hitting his first homer as a Boilermaker. Coming off the bench, Stadler provided two hits at the dish, including the game-winner in the 13th.

The Lancers (3-8) outhit Purdue on the afternoon, compiling 14 hits compared to the Boilermakers’ dozen. However, they struggled at times to get runs across the plate, leaving 18 men on base throughout the contest.

In the situation the Boilermakers weren’t used to on this trip, they found themselves down early as Longwood scored runs in the first two innings. The Lancers added another run in the top of the fifth to hold a 3-0 advantage.

The three-run cushion did not last long, as Purdue broke out the bats in the bottom of the fifth. Jake Parr led off the inning with a double to the left-center gap before Viola brought him home on a two-run blast to left field, slicing the deficit to a single run. With one swing of the bat, Lanzarote belted a deep fly that cleared the center field wall, making it back-to-back homers for the Boilermakers and tying the contest at 3-3.

Purdue’s pitchers kept the game tied by getting out of jams and leaving Lancers on base, setting the stage for the eighth. CJ Valdez walked to begin the inning, and head coach Greg Goff went to his bench. Tanner Haston pinch ran for the designated hitter, immediately advancing into scoring position on a wild pitch. With two outs, Cam Thompson ripped a single to center, bringing Haston home to give the Boilermakers their first lead of the game.

Longwood stayed alive with a run in the ninth to force extra innings. In the 12th, the Lancers scored a run to take the lead. However, Purdue battled back to keep the game going. A double by Stadler gave the Boilermakers life, as a walk and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with two outs. Tyler Powers took one for the team as well, and with all bases occupied, Stadler walked across the dish to knot things at 5-5 and push the game to the 13th.

After Ricky Castro (1-0) retired the side, Jarvis smacked a 1-out single before stealing second to get into scoring position. Viola followed with a single of his own, his fourth hit of the game. With the Longwood outfield playing in, Stadler nearly left the yard in right field, but his deep fly to the warning track was enough to plate Jarvis and end the marathon in favor of the Old Gold and Black.

Closing out the trip to North Carolina, the Boilermakers will play their eighth game in 10 days. The series finale between Purdue and Longwood begins at noon on Sunday (March 6), with first pitch moved up one hour from its original start time.

Echazarreta Records 12 Strikeouts in Doubleheader

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Purdue softball team (8-12) suffered a 1-2 loss vs. SIUE followed by a 1-6 decision vs. Illinois St. Leading the Boilermaker effort was pitcher/first baseman Alex Echazarreta, who recorded 12 strikeouts over the two games (8.1 innings of work).

Purdue’s runs were scored by Rylee Platusic (run vs. SIUE) and Alex Echazarreta (vs. Illinois St.).

In Game One of the day vs. SIUE, Echazarreta tallied seven strikeouts in just 4.1 innings of work. The senior allowed just two walks and four hits before Alexa Pinarski (0-5) entered in relief.

Purdue was the first to score, earning its lone run of the game in the fourth inning on Echazarreta’s RBI double which scored Rylee Platusic from third. However, the lead was short-lived as SIUE responded in the fifth with one of its own to even the score before the game-winner came in the top of the seventh.

Overall, Purdue out-hit SIUE 8-6 and went errorless in both games.

In Game Two vs. Illinois St., the Red Birds came out swinging in the first inning, notching two runs, a lead the Boilermakers could not recover from. Purdue was able to score one in the top of the second, thanks to freshman Ryen Ross’s single for Echazarreta to score.

Ross’s RBI marked the third of the weekend, after hitting a 2 RBI homer in the opening game at FAU.

Starter Brenna Smith (1-4) was credited the loss following two runs on three hits. Meanwhile, Echazarreta, who came in relief during the second inning, struck out five batters in her 4.0 innings of work.

Purdue will be back tomorrow to close out the FAU Parents’ Weekend Tournament when the Boilermakers face SIUE for one final showdown beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Schroder Into Semifinals at B1G Championships

LINCOLN, Neb. – Senior Devin Schroder led the Purdue wrestling team’s Session I-efforts Saturday, advancing to the semifinals at 125 pounds and securing an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The Boilermakers earned 13.5 points in the session and sit in 11th place in the team standings.

The No. 5 seed at 125 pounds, Schroder opened his day with a 2-0 decision over Indiana’s Jacob Moran, using an escape and a riding time point to earn his 18th win of the season and 12th shutout of the season. Schroder followed up with a 3-1 decision over fourth-seeded Malik Heinselman of Ohio State in the quarterfinals, scoring the only takedown of the match and finishing on top to advance to the semifinals for the third straight season.

The Boilermakers got first-round wins from freshman Matt Ramos, senior Parker Filius and juniors Kendall Coleman and Thomas Penola. The No. 9 seed at 133 pounds, Ramos used a four-point move in the first period to earn a 7-5 decision over eighth-seeded Joe Olivieri of Rutgers before falling in the quarterfinals to top-seeded Roman Bravo-Young of Penn State.

Filius had the biggest upset of the opening session as the 11th-seeded Boilermaker topped No. 6 seed Stevan Micic of Michigan at 141 pounds. After surrendering two first-period takedowns, Filius rallied with a reversal in the second and a takedown of his own in the third, tacking on a stalling point and riding time in the 7-4 decision. He fell in the quarters to No. 3 seed Sebastian Rivera of Rutgers.

Coleman defended his No. 4 seed at 157 pounds in his opener, posting a 20-10 major decision over No. 13 seed Lucas Cordio of Maryland. The Boilermaker fell in his second match of the day, getting edged out by No. 5 seed Peyton Robb of Nebraska in sudden victory. Penola blanked 11th-seeded Jaron Smith of Maryland 5-0 at 197 pounds, moving on to the quarterfinals for a rematch with Michigan State’s No. 3 seed Cameron Caffey. Caffey scored an early takedown and rode it out for a 4-2 win over the sixth-seeded Purdue junior.

All four Boilermakers are still alive in the consolation bracket, and will wrestle tonight for spots on the podium, along with seventh-seeded Hayden Lohrey and Gerrit Nijenhuis at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. Lohrey fell to No. 10 seed Creighton Edsell of Penn State in sudden victory in his opener, and Nijenhuis surrendered a takedown at the buzzer to No. 9 seed Dominic Solis of Maryland.

Tonight’s second session will begin at 5:30 p.m. CT with multiple rounds of consolation matches before the championship semifinals begin at 7:30 p.m. All action will continue to be available via the Big Ten Network and B1G+.

2022 Big Ten Championships

Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln, Nebraska

Team Scores

1. Michigan – 68.5

2. Penn State – 67.5

3. Iowa – 55.0

4. Nebraska – 47.5

5. Wisconsin – 36.5

6. Ohio State – 33.0

7. Northwestern – 27.5

8. Minnesota – 21.5

9. Rutgers – 18.5

10. Michigan State – 17.0

11. Purdue – 13.5

12. Illinois – 12.0

13. Maryland – 5.0

14. Indiana – 4.0

125: #5 Devin Schroder (R-Senior)

First Round: #12 Jacob Moran (Indiana) – W, D 2-0

Quarterfinals: #4 Malik Heinselman (Ohio State) – W, D 3-1

Semifinals: #1 Nick Suriano (Michigan)

133: #9 Matt Ramos (R-Freshman)

First Round: #8 Joe Olivieri (Rutgers) – W, D 7-5

Quarterfinals: #1 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) – L, MD 11-3

Conso. Second Round: #10 Dominick Serrano (Nebraska)

141: #11 Parker Fililus (R-Senior)

First Round: #6 Stevan Micic (Michigan) – W, D 7-4

Quarterfinals: #3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers) – L, MD 15-5

Conso. Second Round: #4 Chad Red (Nebraska)

149: #14 Alec White (R-Junior)

First Round: #3 Ridge Lovett (Nebraska) – L, D 8-1

Conso. First Round: #11 Kanen Storr (Michigan) – L, D 5-1

157: #4 Kendall Coleman (R-Junior)

First Round: #13 Lucas Cordio (Maryland) – W, MD 20-10

Quarterfinals: #5 Peyton Robb (Nebraska) – L, SV 6-4

Conso. Second Round: #11 Derek Gilcher (Indiana)

165: #7 Hayden Lohrey (R-Sophomore)

First Round: #10 Creighton Edsell (Penn State) – L, SV 3-1

Conso. First Round: Bye

Conso. Second Round: #8 Clayton Wilson (Nebraska)

174: #8 Gerrit Nijenhuis (Sophomore)

First Round: #9 Dominic Solis (Maryland) – L, D 3-1

Conso. First Round: Bye

Conso. Second Round: #7 Troy Fisher (Northwestern)

184: #13 Max Lyon (R-Senior)

First Round: #4 Taylor Venz (Nebraska) – L, D 6-2

Conso. First Round: Zach Braunagel (Illinois) – L, Fall 1:40

197: #6 Thomas Penola (R-Junior)

First Round: #11 Jaron Smith (Maryland) – W, D 5-0

Quarterfinals: #3 Cameron Caffey (Michigan State) – L, D 4-2

Conso. Second Round: #12 Michial Foy (Minnesota)

285: #11 Michael Woulfe (R-Senior)

First Round: #6 Christian Lance (Nebraska) – L, D 7-2

Conso. First Round: #14 Zach Schrader (Maryland)

All numbers represent tournament seeding

* – matches were wrestled for NCAA qualification purposes and do not count toward team scores

No. 11 Villanova Tops Butler MBB in Regular Season Finale, 78-59

No. 11 Villanova used a sparkling performance from behind the arc to take a 78-59 win over Butler Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The game served as the regular season finale for both teams.

The visiting Wildcats went 11-for-24 from three-point range.

With the win, Villanova improves to 23-7 overall and 16-4 in BIG EAST play.

Butler came out cold, hitting only one of their first 11 attempts from the field as Villanova built a 23-4 lead just over nine minutes into the contest. The Wildcats led 38-24 at the half and by as many as 28 midway through the second half.

Justin Moore led five Villanova players in double figures with 16 points. Jermaine Samuels scored 15. Villanova shot 49 percent from the field.

Butler falls to 13-18 (6-14). Saturday served as Senior Day for the Bulldogs’ seven graduates – Aaron Thompson, Bryce Nze, Jair Bolden, Bo Hodges, Christian David, Ty Groce, and Mike Parker.

Chuck Harris led Butler with 19 points, while Hodges added 12.

Butler missed 19 of its first 21 attempts from three-point range before finishing 5-for-25. The Bulldogs shot 36 percent for the game.

The Bulldogs next head to New York City for the 2022 BIG EAST Tournament. Butler will play its first round game on Wednesday with the opponent still to be determined by additional BIG EAST results later this evening.

Butler Softball Recovers from Loss with Win Over Iowa

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Butler softball team opened day two at the Blues City Classic with a 7-1 loss to Indiana State but rebounded with a 4-2 win over Iowa. The Bulldogs (11-7) had already given up seven runs to the Sycamores (10-6) when they scored their only run in the fifth inning. In the second contest, Butler built a 4-0 lead through four innings and then held the Hawkeyes (11-5) to only two runs to finish out the game.

Game 1: Butler- 1, Indiana State- 7 (7 innings)

Indiana State took an early, 1-0, lead in the first and used a huge fourth inning to build a 7-0 lead. In the top of the fifth, Lauren Fey (2-4, RBI) singled and Zoe Herdman crossed the plate, giving the Bulldogs their only run. Teagan O’Rilley (2-3) added a pair of hits for Butler.

Mackenzie Griman (2-3) started in the circle for Butler, throwing 3.1 innings and taking the loss. She allowed eight hits and five runs (all earned) along with two walks while striking out five. Madison Seigworth (2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, K) provided relief from the bullpen.

Game 2: Iowa- 2, Butler- 4 (7 innings)

In the bottom of the third inning, Bri Avery (1-2, R) singled, and, after stealing third, scored on an error. In the same inning, Ella White and Lauren Fey (1-2, R) took advantage of a second Hawkeyes throwing error and put the Bulldogs up, 3-0. In the fourth, Monique Hoosen (1-2, RBI, R, HR) knocked a solo home run to extend the lead to 4-0. Iowa scored one in the fifth and one in the sixth to cut the Butler lead in half.

Karli Ricketts (7-1) started for Butler and held Iowa hitless through four innings. She pitched 6.0 innings and earned the win, allowing three hits, two runs (both earned), and two walks, while striking out five. Alyssa Graves (1.0 IP, 2 BB, 2 K) picked up the save.

Bulldog Bits

Monique Hoosen’s home run was her third of the season and the sixth of her career.

With a career total of 451.2 innings pitched, Alyssa Graves has now moved into the eighth spot on Butler’s all-time list, surpassing Breanna Fisher (2009-2012).

Karli Ricketts now has 370 career strikeouts from the pitcher’s circle and has moved into the sixth position on Butler’s all-time list.

Butler’s last win over a Big Ten opponent was a 4-0 victory over Iowa on February 16, 2018.

Up Next

Butler remains in Memphis, Tenn., for one final game in the Blues City Classic on Sunday, March 6. The Bulldogs have a rematch with IUPUI at 10am ET / 9am CT.

Offensive Outburst Propels BSU Over FAMU for Two Wins

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Ball State baseball team was back in action on Saturday for a doubleheader against Florida A&M. The Cardinals improved to 5-6 on the year, while the Rattlers fell to 5-7 on the season, after BSU picked up two victories on Saturday. 

Trenton Quartermaine made it four-consecutive games with a homer in game one, before the streak ended in game two. Amir Wright has reached base safely in 11-straight games after reaching safely in both games today.

Game One – Ball State 7, FAMU 4

The Rattlers got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the first on a two-run homer by L.J. Bryant.

Decker Scheffler started the top of the second inning with a single to left field. Zach Lane came up big for the Cardinals with a two-out double to left field that drove in Scheffler. Ball State cut the FAMU lead to one, 2-1.

After Trennor O’Donnell struck out the side in the bottom of the second, Quartermaine tied the game in the top of the third with a solo homer to right center. Quartermaine has now homered in four-consecutive games.

The Rattlers got something going in the bottom of the fourth, as the first two batters singled. O’Donnell was unfazed and was able to work himself out of a jam.

Quartermaine led off the top of the fifth with a solo home run to left field. After a pitching change, Andre Orselli homered to left field to make it back-to-back shots for the Cardinals. Ball State held a 5-2 lead after four and a half innings.

The Rattlers added two runs in the home half of the fifth to cut the Cardinal lead to 5-4 after five innings in the books.

Orselli started the top of the seventh inning with a walk and advanced on a passed ball. Ryan Peltier reach on a fielder’s choice as Orselli got thrown out in a rundown. Adam Christianson got aboard the home run train as he launched a two-shot to right. The Cardinals took a 7-4 lead to the bottom of the seventh.

Maxwell McKee pitched a perfect seventh inning, with two strikeouts to close out the 7-4 victory in game one.

Quartermaine, Scheffler, and Christianson all tallied two hits for the game. Christianson notched three RBIs in game one to lead BSU. O’Donnell picked up the win and moved to 1-1 on the year. O’Donnell went 4 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and surrendered four earned runs. McKee collected his first save of the season with 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief. McKee finished with four strikeouts and scattered two hits.

Hunter Viets got the loss for FAMU with four innings pitched with three earned runs.

Game 2 – Ball State 6, FAMU 1

Ty Johnson threw an absolute gem on the mound for the Cardinals in game two. He threw six innings of no-hit ball. He surrendered just one hit, which came in the bottom of the seventh. He surrendered just one run and improved to 1-1.

Game two of the day started out much slower than the first game. Neither team was able to get on the board for the first two innings.

In the top of the third, Wright walked to start the inning. After a fly out, Nick Powell recorded a two-run home run over the right field wall to put BSU on the board. The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the third.

Wright started the top of the fifth with a single to second base. He advanced to second on a passed ball. Lane dropped down a sac bunt to the catcher to move Wright to third. Powell drove a ball deep to center, which allowed Wright to tag up and score.

Scheffler started the top of the sixth off with a single to right. Peltier notched an RBI double to right center as Scheffler scored. Matthew Rivera followed with a pinch-hit single to center as Peltier scored on the play. Ball State took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth.

Tyler Hinrikus drew a pinch-hit walk to start the seventh. He advanced to second on a passed ball and to third on an error. After Peltier drew a walk, Christianson collected a sac fly to center to score Hinrikus from third.

The Rattlers busted the no-hit bid with a single. FAMU ended the shutout with one run in the bottom of the seventh.

Powell finished game two with a perfect 3-for-3 game with three RBIs. Wright added a two-hit performance. Steven Washilewski pitched an inning with one strikeout and gave up just one hit.

Dallas Tease picked up the loss behind five innings of work with two strikeouts and gave up three earned runs on four hits.

Ball State wraps up the series with Florida A&M on Sunday on Moore-Kittles Field. First pitch scheduled for 11 a.m.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“Our boys got the bats going with five home runs. It was an outstanding pitching performance in game two.”

WBB Gets Win Over EMU On Senior Day; Seals Its Fate At 2022 MAC Tourney

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team (18-11, 11-8 MAC) sealed its fate into the 2022 Mid-American Conference Tournament next week in Cleveland, Ohio, after earning a 92-58 victory over Eastern Michigan (7-20, 4-16 MAC) in the Cardinals last MAC regular season game of the year Saturday afternoon in Worthen Arena. 

It was a busy day on and off the court for Ball State, as the Cardinals said good-bye to their lone senior Blake Smith. Ball State also celebrated its most loved mascot Charlie Cardinal for his birthday today.

Junior Sydney Freeman got the Cardinals off on the right foot with a quick driving layup in the opening minute of today’s contest. Ball State’s movement of the ball was impeccable at the start of the first quarter with shots being made on a consistent basis not only in the paint but also from behind the arc. EMU made a slight comeback after the Cardinals were up 15-7 at the 3:32 mark but the Cardinals were able to end the first quarter of action with a slim 19-15 lead.

Ball State opened the second quarter with a 13-5 scoring spree which was capped off by a 3-pointer from senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir to push the Cardinals to a 12-point (32-20) advantage over the Eagles with 5:54 remaining in the first half of play. The Cardinals would end up outscoring the Eagles 26-16 to take a 45-31 cushion over the Eagles at intermission.

After the break, it was not much of a contest anymore, as the Cardinals continued to dominate the floor both offensively and defensively. Ball State extended their lead to 21-points (70-49) at the end of the third period by outscoring Eastern Michigan 25-18.

The fourth quarter mimicked the previous ones, and the Eagles could not catch up to the Cardinals no matter how hard they tried. The fourth period was highlighted by Smith draining her first collegiate 3-pointer for BSU with just 1:43 left in the game and for the Cardinals, that put the exclamation point on today’s victory for Ball State. 

For the game, the Cardinals outscored the Eagles 50-26 in the paint. Not only was that stat impressive, so were the nine 3-pointers, five of them came from Ball State’s leading scorer Agustsdottir who tallied a 24-point performance. Also reaching double digits were, Freeman with 16 and graduate student Chyna Latimer who chipped in 11. The Cardinals also handled the ball well with 25 assists and a season low five turnovers.

The Ball State women’s basketball team will now head to Cleveland, Ohio, for the 2022 Mid-American Conference Tournament which begins Wednesday, March 9, at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. 

Tickets in Ball State’s allocation can be purchased through Wednesday by calling 888.BSU.TICKET or 765.285.1474.

ND BASEBALL: #3 Irish Outlast Spartans, 2-1

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Hits were hard to come by for the third-ranked Notre Dame baseball team but it got them when it mattered to defeat Michigan State, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Irish improved to 2-0 this weekend at the Cambria College Classic with the final game set for Sunday night.

John Michael Bertrand and Ryan McLinskey were dominant on the mound for the Irish (7-1), as they allowed just one run and one walk, while striking out eight Spartan (4-5) batters. The Irish only mustered two hits but made them count as both led to the two runs on the afternoon. TJ Williams doubled, advanced to third on an error and scored in the fifth and Jack Brannigan hit the go-ahead solo home run in the seventh to give the Irish their seventh win on the season.

How It Happened

Runs were hard to come by early in the game as neither team could get on the scoreboard through the first four innings. The Irish did not get their first hit of the game until the fifth inning but Bertrand was dealing himself and kept the game level early on.

Williams recorded the first hit of the game with a double down the left field line. The Spartan left field misplayed the ball and Williams ended up at third base. Brooks Coetzee III was up next and his fly ball to right field was deep enough to score Williams and give the Irish a 1-0 lead.

Michigan State got on the board in the seventh as they strung a few hits together to score a run and tie the game at 1-1. Bertrand started a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning and keep the score level.

The tie game did not last long as the Irish reclaimed the lead with their first at-bat in the bottom of the seventh. Brannigan battled to a 3-2 count and turned on a pitch that cleared the wall in left. It was Brannigan’s first home run of the season and the Irish were up 2-1.

McLinskey came in to relieve Bertrand in the eighth. Bertrand’s final line was 7.0 innings, six hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts. It was the third-straight start this season that he pitched six or more innings.

McLinskey did not offer the Spartans any chance to tie the game as he retired all six batters he faced. He struck out four of the six batters en route to his second save this season with the Irish.

Up Next

The Irish will close out the Cambria College Classic with the hosts, Minnesota, Sunday night from U.S. Bank Stadium. The Irish and Gophers are set to face off at 6 p.m. ET in the final game of the weekend round-robin tournament.

#7 IRISH FORCE A DECIDING GAME THREE WITH 3-2 WIN OVER WISCONSIN

SOUTH BEND, Ind.  – Spencer Stastney setup behind the Wisconsin goal, found Trevor Janicke in front and the junior slammed home a dramatic game-winning goal with just 20 seconds remaining in regulation as seventh-ranked Notre Dame topped Wisconsin 3-2 on Saturday night at Compton Family Ice Arena (3,738) to force a deciding game three at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday night.

“A lot of guys stepped up and did some good things for us but Spencer, he’s the guy in game-winning situations you want on the ice,” head coach Jeff Jackson said about Statstney’s assist. “You hope that happens with seniors, they rise to the moment.”

Graham Slaggert, who had the second assist on the game winner, and Zach Plucinski also scored for the Irish, while Matthew Galajda made 34 saves for Notre Dame (26-10-0).

Jared Moe made 30 saves for Wisconsin (10-23-3).

In a game that featured 13 penalties, Notre Dame finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Badgers were 2-for-7.

How It Happened

Matthew Galajda was tested early, making a nice glove save on Brock Caufield at 1:05 of the first.

Graham Slaggert then gave the Irish an early 1-0 lead at 1:41 of the first when he scored his 11th goal of the season, which also came on the power play. Landon Slaggert took a Ryder Rolston pass below the goal line, moved to the other side of the net and found Graham Slaggert  in the faceoff circle, where he took a few strides towards the goal and sent a wrister to the far side to beat Moe.

Wisconsin got a power play right after the Irish goal and Galajda made two big stops before Notre Dame was whistled for another minor. The penalty kill held though, killing off 33 seconds of a 5-on-3 and the remainder of the second 5-on-4 chance.

The teams traded another set of power-play chances before a third set resulted in four-on-four play, where the Irish extended the lead to 2-0 at 16:07 of the first. Jake Pivonka gained the offensive blue line and put the brakes on and found Zach Plucinski in the high slot. The sophomore defenseman, who missed the previous five games after sustaining an injury against the Badgers in Madison, fired a wrister low past Moe for his second goal of the season.

Wisconsin broke through with a power-play goal at 9:53 of the second when Roman Ahcan scored his fifth of the season.

After a major call against the Irish late in the second, Notre Dame opened the third looking to kill off 3:36 left on the Wisconsin power play. With 14 seconds left on that chance, Carson Bantle forced a rebound over the goal line for the Badgers to make it a 2-2 game at 3:23 of the third.

Ryder Rolston and Nick Leivermann had good chances on the next shift, but Moe made a pair of saves.

Lansdell set Stastney up with 14 minutes to play in the third but his shot against the grain flashed just wide.

Notre Dame went to work on the power play with 10:19 left in the third, forcing Moe into five saves during the two minutes but could not find a go-ahead tally.

The Irish continued to pressure as the third period wore on, including Leivermann clanging one off the post with just under three minutes left in regulation.

With under 30 seconds left in the third Graham Slaggert won a faceoff at the offensive blue line back to Stastney, who used his speed to skate behind the Wisconsin net before finding Janicke in the low slot.

Stastney and Trevor Janicke each made one more shot block at the defensive end to seal the win and force Sunday night’s game three.

Notes

Nick Leivermann now has a four-game point streak thanks to an assist in each of Notre Dame’s last four contests (Feb. 25-pres.; 0-5-5).

With Graham Slaggert scoring a goal, it marked the fourth consecutive game with a tally from the Landon Slaggert/Graham Slaggert/Trevor Janicke line.

For Slaggert, it marked his 11th goal of the year, extending his career-high total, and his second power play goal in as many games.

Trevor Janicke scored the game winner, his second in the last three games and fourth of the season.

Next Up

Game three of the best-of-three series will take place at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 6 at Compton Family Ice Arena (tickets).

The game will also be available on BTN+.

IRISH SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON AND LIBERTY

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish softball team split a doubleheader with George Washington and Liberty Saturday evening at Kamphuis Field. The Irish handled George Washington, 8-0 before suffering a 6-1 loss to the Flames. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for Notre Dame. Notre Dame is now 14-4 on the season.

Alexis Holloway and Shannon Becker combined for the shutout win in the circle against George Washington. Holloway started, throwing the first 4.0 innings, recording four strikeouts and scattering two hits. Becker earned the save with three innings, four strikeouts allowing just three hits.

Emma Clark, Leea Hanks and Sarah Genz led the offense in game one, each finishing with three hits. Hanks and Genz added two RBI, with Genz connecting on two doubles. Hanks scored three times, as Clark, Karina Gaskins, Jane Kronenberger and Cassidy Grimm each added an RBI in the win.

Payton Tidd started the nightcap in the circle, but never quite found her footing. She allowed four earned runs in an inning plus before giving way to Holloway. Holloway worked the last 5.0 innings, scattering four hits, two runs, one earned and struck out six.

Grimm led the offense in the nightcap with a 3-for-3 game. Clark added two hits. Hanks finished with a hit and drove in all three runs. Sweet, Genz, Tidd and Quinn Biggio each added a hit in the contest.

The Irish scored in the top of the second inning against George Washington. Genz led off with a double to right and moved up on a ground out from Carlli Kloss. Grimm laid down the squeeze and Genz had a crafty slide around the tag for the first run of the day.

Notre Dame went on to score three more in the top of the third. Clark led the inning off with a single and scored from first when Hanks doubled down the left field line. Gaskins hammered a double to the wall in left to bring in Hanks and Genz followed with a single to bring in Emily Tran who pinch ran to go up 4-0.

Clark got a rally started again the next inning with a single up the middle. She stole second and scored when Hanks sent a single through the right side. Genz delivered again as a double to left center scored Hanks.

The last two innings saw single runs come home for the Irish. Kronenberger drove in a run with a single through the left side in the sixth, and Clark drove a single to the shortstop to score Sweet for the eighth run of the game.

The nightcap started all Liberty as the Flames scored two runs in the first and second innings. With two outs in the first, the Flames rallied with a couple walks and two singles to score a pair in the first. In the second inning, it was a walk and a two-run homer that extended the lead to 4-0, Flames.

Notre Dame got on the board in the top of the third. Sweet led off with a double up the middle and moved up on a pair of ground outs to cut the lead to 4-1.

Liberty got a run back in the bottom of the fifth as a walk, a single and two fielder’s choices brought in a run to extend it to 5-1 in favor of the Flames. A walk came around to score on a double in the sixth, extending the lead to 6-1.

Notre Dame batted in the top of the seventh. Grimm and Biggio had back-to-back singles to start the inning. A fielder’s choice kept two on as a ground out moved them into scoring position. Hanks drove a single to right center to score two and cut the lead to 6-3. Notre Dame couldn’t continue the comeback and came up short.

Up Next

The Irish will complete their competition at the Liberty Softball Invitational tomorrow morning as they are set to take on Lehigh at 9 a.m., followed by Rutgers at 11:30.

IRISH OFFENSIVE CLINIC FINISHES OFF PITT

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (22-9, 15-5) finished off the 2021-22 regular season with a 78-54 victory over Pittsburgh (11-20, 6-14) and secured the No. 2 seed in the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament that begins next week at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The 15 victories are the most in Notre Dame’s program history for a conference regular season and the No. 2 seed marks the highest the team has earned since it joined the ACC in 2013-14.

It was a true team effort on Senior Day for the Irish, as five players scored in double figures led by Nate Laszewski with 17 points and nine rebounds. Senior Cormac Ryan threw in 15 points and shot five-for-seven from behind the arc and graduate student Paul Atkinson had 10 points and five assists.

Mouhamadou Gueye and John Hugley led Pittsburgh with 13 points each.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish ball sharing was on point early in the contest as they built an 11-4 lead. Laszewski knocked in his first two three-point attempts of the game after Ryan opened up the contest with a corner three of his own.

A few rushed field goal attempts turned into a three-minutes scoreless streak for Notre Dame, but their defense limited Pittsburgh to hit just three of their first 15 shots. A Blake Wesley drive ended the scoreless streak and gave the Irish a 13-6 lead with 11:36 left in the half.

Notre Dame maintained its seven point lead through the midpoint of the first half, as Pittsburgh could not get much going offensively. With just under eight minutes left, the Panthers were 5-for-20 from the field (.250) while the Irish managed 7-for-12 (.583).

The lead grew to 22-10 after a Dane Goodwin baseline jumper, a defensive stop then Prentiss Hubb finding Ryan in the corner for another three pointer.

Another scoreless streak popped up for the Irish in the next stretch, but it wasn’t for lack of ball sharing and open shots. Several good looks refused to fall for Notre Dame as the lead fell back to 24-17 with 3:21 left.

Wesley pushed the Irish to a 10-point lead with seven straight points, four of them from the free throw line, as the teams went into the locker room with Notre Dame up 31-21. Notre Dame finished the first 20 minutes 5-for-11 from three point range while Pittsburgh could manage just 1-for-15.

Notre Dame flashed its high level passing to open the second half, connecting on the first seven shots of the second period. Ryan hit two more three pointers and would start the game five-for-five from behind the arc to establish himself a new Notre Dame single-game high for three pointers.

The lead built to as many as 24 in the second half Notre Dame continued to find open shooters against the Pittsburgh zone. The Irish carved up Pittsburgh with 21 team assists and eventually piled up 47 points in the second half and 14 three pointers in the contest.

UP NEXT

As the No. 2 seed in the 2022 ACC Tournament, the Irish will play Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m. ET. Clemson and NC State will play in the first round, then face No. 7 seed Virginia Tech in the second round. The winner of that game will face the Irish in the quarterfinals.

#3 IRISH OUTLAST SPARTANS, 2-1

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Hits were hard to come by for the third-ranked Notre Dame baseball team but it got them when it mattered to defeat Michigan State, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Irish improved to 2-0 this weekend at the Cambria College Classic with the final game set for Sunday night.

John Michael Bertrand and Ryan McLinskey were dominant on the mound for the Irish (7-1), as they allowed just one run and one walk, while striking out eight Spartan (4-5) batters. The Irish only mustered two hits but made them count as both led to the two runs on the afternoon. TJ Williams doubled, advanced to third on an error and scored in the fifth and Jack Brannigan hit the go-ahead solo home run in the seventh to give the Irish their seventh win on the season.

How It Happened

Runs were hard to come by early in the game as neither team could get on the scoreboard through the first four innings. The Irish did not get their first hit of the game until the fifth inning but Bertrand was dealing himself and kept the game level early on.

Williams recorded the first hit of the game with a double down the left field line. The Spartan left field misplayed the ball and Williams ended up at third base. Brooks Coetzee III was up next and his fly ball to right field was deep enough to score Williams and give the Irish a 1-0 lead.

Michigan State got on the board in the seventh as they strung a few hits together to score a run and tie the game at 1-1. Bertrand started a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning and keep the score level.

The tie game did not last long as the Irish reclaimed the lead with their first at-bat in the bottom of the seventh. Brannigan battled to a 3-2 count and turned on a pitch that cleared the wall in left. It was Brannigan’s first home run of the season and the Irish were up 2-1.

McLinskey came in to relieve Bertrand in the eighth. Bertrand’s final line was 7.0 innings, six hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts. It was the third-straight start this season that he pitched six or more innings.

McLinskey did not offer the Spartans any chance to tie the game as he retired all six batters he faced. He struck out four of the six batters en route to his second save this season with the Irish.

Up Next

The Irish will close out the Cambria College Classic with the hosts, Minnesota, Sunday night from U.S. Bank Stadium. The Irish and Gophers are set to face off at 6 p.m. ET in the final game of the weekend round-robin tournament.

Sycamores Split Doubleheader with Butler, UT Martin

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Indiana State softball split a pair of games for the second straight day, defeating Butler then falling to UT Martin on Saturday at the Blues City Classic in Memphis.

Game One

Indiana State (10-7) started off the day with a wire-to-wire victory over Butler, winning 7-1 Saturday morning.

With one out in the first inning, Bella Peterson ripped a stand-up triple to right. The Sycamores would strike first when Peterson caught the Bulldog defense sleeping and came home to score after a Cassie Thomerson walk.

Still holding onto 1-0 lead entering the fourth inning, the Sycamore offense broke open the game with a six-run explosion.

Kennedy Shade started the action with a leadoff home run over the wall in left center to put ISU up 2-0. Danielle Henning would draw a walk followed by an infield single from Olivia Patton to put two runners on with nobody out. With one away in the inning, Bella Peterson singled to right field to score Henning and extend the lead to 3-0.

Following a Butler pitching change, Cassie Thomerson kept the hit parade going with an RBI single to left which scored Patton. With the Sycamores leading 4-0, Annie Tokarek hit a line drive to center which would score Thomerson and Peterson to make a 6-0 Sycamore lead. Lexie Siwek put the finishing touches on the six-run inning with an RBI groundout to score Isabella Henning.

Butler would cut into the lead in the top of the fifth with a two-out RBI single, making it a 7-1 game.

The Bulldogs put runners on second and third in the top of seventh with just one out, but Lexi Benko got a strikeout and a fly out to end the threat and secure the win for the Sycamores.

Indiana State collected a season-high 13 hits in the game, including four multi-hit efforts. Olivia Patton finished 3-for-3, Annie Tokarek went 3-for-4 with Bella Peterson and Isabella Henning both having two hits apiece.

Benko went the distance on the mound, striking out two while giving up just one run in seven innings of work. She improves to 5-3 on the season with the win.

Game Two

The Sycamores dropped the night cap, falling 10-4 against UT Martin.

ISU had an early lead, going up 1-0 in the first inning on an Isabella Henning RBI single that scored Bella Peterson.

UT Martin loaded the bases in the top of the third following a Sycamore error, but Cassi Newbanks was able to get a pop out and a strikeout to keep the Skyhawks off the board.

Following a 1-2-3 inning from the Sycamore offense in the bottom of the third, Newbanks picked up her fourth strikeout during a 1-2-3 inning of her own in the fourth.

With one away in the bottom of the fourth, Cassie Thomerson drew a leadoff walk followed by a double down the left field line by Kennedy Shade. After a Siwek groundout, Danielle Henning delivered a two-out single to center that scored Thomerson and Shade to give Indiana State a 3-0 lead.

The Skyhawks responded in a big way, scoring five runs in the fifth on five hits. A pair of Sycamore errors in the inning proved costly as UT Martin took a 5-3 lead.

Abi Chipps drew a walk in the bottom half of the frame, but ISU couldn’t get anything going, hitting into an inning ending double play.

UT Martin would extend their lead in the sixth with three more runs to go up 8-3. A pair of one-out walks followed by a double down the left field line got two across with the third run later scoring on a wild pitch.

Indiana State would go 1-2-3 in the sixth to send the Skyhawks back to the plate where they added to their lead with a two-run home run in the seventh to make it a 10-3 ballgame.

Danielle Henning and Annie Tokarek hit back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the seventh for the Sycamores, with Henning coming home to score on a throwing error to cut into the Skyhawk lead.

That’s all the Sycamores would get in the final frame, with UT Martin closing it out to win 10-4.

Cassi Newbanks started for ISU and gave up one earned run across 4.2 innings while striking out four. Hailey Griffin allowed five earned runs in her 2.1 innings of work. Newbanks takes the tough-luck loss, moving her record to 3-4 on the season.

Danielle Henning was the only Sycamore with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

Around The Horn

-The Sycamores 13 hits against Butler is a season high, breaking the previous high of 12 which they did against Stetson on the opening weekend of the season.

-Kennedy Shade’s solo home run against Butler was the first of her collegiate career.

-Shade is the fifth different Sycamore to homer this season.

-Indiana State now leads the all-time series 33-19 over the Bulldogs.

-Indiana State is 3-0 against opponents from Indiana this season.

-The loss to UT Martin moves the all-time series to 7-3 in favor of ISU.

Up Next

Indiana State will finish the weekend with a 1:30 p.m. ET matchup against Memphis on Sunday at the Tiger Softball Complex.

Sycamores fall to Bulldogs in regular season finale

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Del’Janae Williams had 17 points Saturday afternoon, including a game-high 3 3-pointers, but visiting Drake shot over 60 percent from the floor in the second half to defeat Indiana State, 86-71, inside the Hulman Center.

Natalia Lalic and Arianna Smith scored 12 points apiece, while Marie Hunter had nine points and a team-high five assists in her final home game.

Indiana State got off to a hot start for a second straight game, leading by as many as 18 midway through the second quarter. Despite a strong start to the third quarter, the Sycamores couldn’t keep pace with Drake over the final 20 minutes, as the Bulldogs had 56 points in the second half to win their fifth straight.

First Half

Drake got out to an early four-point lead, but it was all Indiana State after that. Lalic found Tonysha Curry for a layup down low midway through the quarter to kickstart a 14-0 Sycamore run, putting Indiana State up 23-8. Six of the seven Sycamore baskets during the run were layups, including a pair by Anna McKendree on the fastbreak off two Drake turnovers. Indiana State led 23-10 after the opening period.

The Sycamores continued their strong start in the second, as Williams and McKendree hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead out to 18 points, 32-14, early in the quarter. Arianna Smith made a pair of baskets midway through the quarter to keep the lead in double-figures before a Drake run cut into the Sycamore advantage. The Bulldogs hit a pair of late baskets, but the Sycamores took a 38-30 lead into the intermission.

Second Half

Indiana State kept its foot on the gas pedal early in the third, with Williams hitting baskets on three straight Sycamore possessions to push the lead back into double-digits, 51-40. The Bulldogs countered with a 14-0 run midway through the quarter, though, and took a lead they would never relinquish. Indiana State kept things tight at the end of the quarter, as the teams headed to the fourth with Drake in front, 59-57.

Lalic hit a jumper on Indiana State’s first possession of the fourth quarter, but Drake hit a pair of 3-pointers as part of a 10-0 run to push their lead to double-digits for the first time. A Mya Glanton layup followed by a Williams 3-pointer cut the lead to 73-66 midway through the period, and Lalic hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to six, 75-69, just after the final media timeout. Drake continued to find points down low, though, as the Bulldogs used an 8-2 run consisting of layups and free throws to seal their fifth straight win.

Inside the Statistics

Saturday’s game was the third time in the last five games that Indiana State knocked down at least seven 3-pointers.

Arianna Smith closed the regular season with double-figure scoring in three straight games (15 at Missouri State, 10 vs. Northern Iowa, 12 vs. Drake).

Indiana State forced 20 Drake turnovers Saturday, marking the 11th time this season the Sycamores have forced at least 20 turnovers in a game.

News & Notes

Indiana State finishes the regular season at 10-19 overall and 5-13 in MVC play.

The Sycamores doubled their overall and conference win total from last season, winning as many total games and conference games as they did in the last two seasons combined.

Indiana State honored senior Essy Latu and graduate students Marie Hunter and Tonysha Curry for their contributions to the program prior to Saturday’s game.

Up Next

Indiana State will be seeded eighth at Hoops in the Heartland. The Sycamores will take on the No. 9 seed, which will be either Evansville or Bradley depending on the outcomes of Saturday’s games, in the opening round Thursday at 5 p.m.

Maryland powers past Indiana State on second day of LeClair Classic

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Maryland’s Troy Schreffler connected on the go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the fourth to power the No. 21 Terrapins past Indiana State on Saturday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium as the Sycamores fell on the second day of the LeClair Classic, 12-6.

The Sycamores (5-4) jumped ahead 4-1 early thanks to an early Luis Hernandez solo home run and RBI hits from Sean Ross and Josue Urdaneta. Maryland (8-1) utilized Chris Alleyne and Schreffler home runs sparking five unanswered runs to take the lead, while the Terrapins added six insurance runs late in securing the win.

Josue Urdaneta paced the Sycamores offense with his second three-hit game of the weekend as the redshirt sophomore recorded singles in the third, seventh, and ninth frames. Grant Magill added two runs scored, while Sean Ross added a double to highlight ISU’s at-bats.

Jack Parisi (1-2) took the loss after going the first 5.0 innings allowing eight hits and six runs while striking out five. Jose Cabrera, Lane Miller, Raine Richter, Connor Fenlong, and Matt Gauer all saw time on the mound in relief.

Alleyne finished 4-for-5 with a trio of RBI to go with his double and home run as Maryland wrapped out 15 hits in the game. Matt Shaw added a late home run and three RBI, while Luke Shliger finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the win.

Ryan Ramsey (3-0) took the win after going 6.1 innings allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out four. Ryan Van Buren went the final two innings striking out two in picking up his first save of the year.

How They Scored

Luis Hernandez opened the scoring with a solo home run to left field, while Sean Ross added a RBI double bringing home Aaron Beck to give the Sycamores the early 2-0 lead.

Chris Alleyne connected on a solo home run to right field in the top of the third to cut the Indiana State lead down to 2-1.

Josue Urdaneta singled home Jordan Schaffer, while Grant Magill scored on a double play ball to put Indiana State ahead 4-1 in the third.

Maryland tied the game up in the top of the fourth following Ryan Langerman, Luke Shliger, and Alleyne RBI in the frame to knot the score up at 4-4.

Troy Schreffler gave the Terrapins their first lead of the contest with a two-run home run in the top of the fifth scoring Maxwell Coates to put UM ahead 6-4.

Aaron Beck drew a bases-loaded walk for the Sycamores in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit down to 6-5 as Magill crossed the plate.

Shaw added two more to the Maryland lead in the eighth with a run-scoring single bringing home Shliger and Alleyne.

Maryland put the score at 12-5 in the top of the ninth with Shaw’s home run highlighting the four-run frame.

Jackson Taylor scored the final Indiana State run of the contest in the bottom of the ninth putting the final score at 12-6.

News & Notes

Josue Urdaneta continued his team-leading nine-game hitting streak on Saturday afternoon, while his three-hit game marked his sixth multi-hit contest and 20th multi-hit game of his Indiana State career.

Jordan Schaffer extended his on-base streak to 21 games following his hit-by-pitch in the second inning.

Diego Gines drew three walks in the contest to extend his on-base streak to 13 consecutive games.

Luis Hernandez ran Indiana State’s home run streak to seven consecutive games following his solo shot in the bottom of the second inning.

Hernandez also became the seventh different Sycamore to homer in the 2022 season.

Tyler Nelson picked up his team-leading third stolen base in the game.

Jack Parisi’s five strikeouts extended his NCAA Division I-leading total to 293 following the contest. Parisi has 24 strikeouts through 15.2 innings in the 2022 season.

The Sycamores fall to 0-1 all-time against Maryland with the loss in the inaugural matchup between the two programs.

ISU falls to 0-1 in the 2022 season against ranked opponents.

Up Next

The Sycamores are scheduled to take on Michigan in the first game of final day at the LeClair Classic on Sunday. First pitch between the teams at Clark-LeClair Stadium is set for 11 a.m. ET.

Mastodons Drop a Pair at Thundering Herd Round Robin

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team dropped two games on the final day of the Thundering Herd Round Robin on Saturday (March 5).

GAME 1 – Winthrop 6, Purdue Fort Wayne 1

Brooke Wintlend went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons in a 6-1 loss to the Winthrop Eagles.

Freshman Gracie Brinkerhoff (1-5) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne. Senior Lauren McConnell went for three shutout innings in relief, walking none and striking out three.

Alise Hale went 1-for-3 with a double.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Trailing 6-0, the Mastodons first put a run on the board in the seventh inning. Wintlend scored for Purdue Fort Wayne with a one-out solo home run off freshman Sydney Boulware. The Mastodons were unable to get any closer, as neither team scored again in the ballgame.

GAME NOTES

» Wintlend led the Mastodons at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI.

» Winthrop was led offensively by junior Paige Rivas, who went 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.

» Boulware led the Eagles pitching staff, throwing seven innings of one-run ball.

GAME 2 – Maryland Eastern Shore 9, Purdue Fort Wayne 0

Purdue Fort Wayne was not able to score against Maryland Eastern Shore pitcher Nasya Goodman and was shut out 9-0 by the Hawks.

Senior Shaina Eyre (0-3) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne (1-14).

In the batter’s box, the Mastodons were led by junior Sonia Solis, who went 2-for-2 on the day.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Purdue Fort Wayne managed to get five runners in scoring position, but they were all left on base. The Mastodons last got a runner on third in the fourth, when Hale made it 60 feet from scoring with two outs.

GAME NOTES

» Solis led the Mastodons at the plate, going 2-for-2.

» Maryland-Eastern Shore was led offensively by sophomore Julia Garcia, who went 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.

» Goodman led the Lady Hawks pitching staff, throwing six scoreless innings.

UP NEXT

Purdue Fort Wayne will open up Horizon League play on Friday (March 11) when UIC comes to town for the Flames’ final time as Horizon League members. The two squads will play one game on Friday at 3 p.m. and two on Saturday starting at noon.

Jack Lang Homers in 7-1 Loss to Golden Eagles

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech used a two-run first, a three-run fourth and a pair of single runs to defeat Purdue Fort Wayne 7-1 on Saturday (March 5) afternoon.

Jack Lang was responsible for the Mastodons’ lone run of the day thanks to a solo home run in the third inning. It made the score a 2-1 Golden Eagles’ lead. Lang also had a walk on the day. Lang has two home runs on the season, already matching his total last season. Dylan Stewart went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

The ‘Dons had chances, but finished the contest 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Purdue Fort Wayne earned a base runner in eight of the nine innings.

Mitchell Spencer (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season. He allowed six runs (five earned) in 5.1 innings. Bryce Martens allowed one run in 2.2 innings of work.

GAME NOTES

» The Mastodons drew four walks from Tennessee Tech pitching.

» Tennessee Tech’s Ed Johnson went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs.

» Carter Gannaway led the Golden Eagles pitching staff, throwing six innings of one-run ball to earn the win.

» The ‘Dons fall to 0-10. Tennessee Tech moves to 9-0.

UP NEXT

» ‘Dons and Golden Eagles will conclude the three-game set on Sunday (March 6) in a 2 p.m. ET start.

‘Dons Play Northern Kentucky in #HLMBB Semifinals on ESPN2

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodons head to Indianapolis for a 2022 Keeps Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinal against Northern Kentucky. The game wil air live on ESPN2. A Mastodon victory advances the ‘Dons to Tuesday’s championship contest.

Game Day Information

Who: No. 2 Purdue Fort Wayne (21-10) vs. No. 3 Northern Kentucky (19-11)

When: Monday, March 7 | 9:30 p.m. ET

Where: Indianapolis, Ind. | Indiana Farmers Coliseum

Listen: 1380 The Fan

Live Stats: Link

Television: ESPN2

Watch: Link

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne (PDF) | Northern Kentucky

TICKET INFO:

// Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster. Purdue Fort Wayne students can pick up free tickets with an ID at the pass list table at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

KNOW YOUR FOE:

// Leading scorer: Marques Warrick (16.3 per game)

// Head coach: Darrin Horn

// The Norse defeated Detroit Mercy 77-59 in the quarterfinals.

// The Norse have won 13 of their last 15 games.

A WIN WOULD…

// … send the ‘Dons to a league championship game for the first time since 2013-14 when the ‘Dons fell 60-57 to North Dakota State in the Summit League title game.

// … be the Mastodons’ 11th straight victory, tying the all-time program record.

// … be lots of fun.

ON THE UIC QUARTERFINAL WIN:

// The ‘Dons committed only seven turnovers.

// Jalon Pipkins made 10 field goals for the fourth time this season.

// Jarred Godfrey tied a season high with eight made free throws.

// The ‘Dons made six 3-pointers, tied for the third lowest in a game this season for the ‘Dons.

// The ‘Dons attempted only 13 3-pointers, second fewest on the season, only to the 12 taken at Green Bay.

ON THE 10-GAME WIN STREAK:

// The Mastodons’ 10-game win streak is the longest in Division I program history. The program record for consecutive wins is the 1988-89 team that opened the season 11-0.

// The first nine wins came in February, marking the most wins in a single month in program history. Per sports-reference.com, only nine times since 2010-11 has a Division I team won nine or more games in the month of February.

// The ‘Dons are giving up only 65.8 points per game in regulation in the streak, this excludes the 15 minutes of overtime against Cleveland State.

// The ‘Dons are shooting 43.0 percent (112-of-161) from three.

// Four ‘Dons are averaging in double-digits: Jalon Pipkins (16.2), Jarred Godfrey (14.5), Damian Chong Qui (11.5) and Deonte Billups (11.0). 

// The ‘Dons are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game and recording 9.3 steals a game.

// The ‘Dons are out-rebounding opponents 32.4 to 31.3.

// The Mastodons overcame double-digit deficits in three games: Milwaukee (Feb. 4) 10 points, UIC (Feb. 12) 11 points and Cleveland State (Feb. 14) 14 points.

// Deonte Billups has made two or more 3-pointers in nine of the 10 games.

// Five different players have led the team in scoring.

‘DONS AND ENDS:

// The ‘Dons and Norse were long time rivals in NCAA Division II as a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Monday’s game will be just the second all-time meeting between the two teams in the postseason. The ‘Dons fell 96-65 in the GLVC Tournament on March 1, 2000.

// The ‘Dons are ranked No. 25 in the latest Mid Major Top 25 Poll.

// Jon Coffman owns a 139-112 career record. He is already the Mastodons’ all-time leader in Division I coaching victories. However he is nearing the program record for career wins. That total is held by Andy Piazza who went 142-108 with the ‘Dons from 1987 to 1996.

// Horizon League awards saw Jon Coffman named the 2022 Coach of the Year. It is his second career league coach of the year honor after winning the same award in the Summit League in 2015-2016

// The ‘Dons finished the regular season 14-2 at home this season. The last time they won 14 home games in a season was 2016-17.

// Cameron Benford set a new program record for games played when he entered the game on Feb. 10 against IUPUI. Benford has now played in 139 games. The previous record holder was current Memphis Grizzlies member John Konchar at 133.

// When Cameron Benford started on Senior Night on Monday, it broke a streak of the same starting five for 25 straight games. The ‘Dons entered the contest as one of seven teams in the nation to make it that far in the season with the same starting five. 

// Johnathan DeJurnett, who scored 12 total points last season in his freshman season, has 74 this season. He played a season-high 19 minutes on Feb. 18 at Green Bay.

// The ‘Dons have held a lead for at least five minutes in every game this season except for losses at SIUE and at Wright State.

// Seven different players have led the team in scoring for a game this season. That ties a single-season high for a Mastodon team under head coach Jon Coffman. The 2019-20 team also had seven scoring leaders.

// When Jalon Pipkins shoots better than 50 percent from the floor, the ‘Dons are 9-0 this season.

// Freshman JoJo Peterson scored a career-high 11 points at Milwaukee (Feb. 20). Over the last seven games he is 9-of-15 from three. 

// Per KenPom, the ‘Dons are the 20th most experienced team in the nation.

// The Mastodons rank 13th in the nation in 3-pointers per game (9.8).

// The ‘Dons are the only team in the league with three players in the top 10 in made 3-pointers: Deonte Billups (3rd, 68), Jarred Godfrey (3rd, 68) and Bobby Planutis (7th, 60).

// Per KenPom, the Mastodons recorded the highest Effective field goal percentage in program history (77 percent) in the home win over Robert Morris (Jan. 21).

ON THE HOME CLEVELAND STATE WIN:

// KenPom’s excitement ranking is “a measure of how much the win probability changed over the course of a game.” The Cleveland State victory had a value of 4.01, the third highest of every game played in the nation this season.

// Jalon Pipkins played a career-high 51 minutes in the game, making him the 12th player in NCAA Division I this year to play 51 or more minutes in a game.

// The ‘Dons forced a season-high 24 turnovers against a Division I opponent.

// The ‘Dons recorded 15 steals. The last time the ‘Dons recorded 15 steals against a Division I program was Jan. 10, 2019 at home against Oral Roberts.

// The game was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter as Scott Van Pelt’s “Best Thing I Saw Today”

DO GET DEFENSIVE:

// In league play only, the ‘Dons own a 98.6 defensive efficiency according to KenPom, the best in the Horizon League.

// The ‘Dons have 14 games of double-digit steals this season, including 10 in league play.

// The ‘Dons have given up 70 points in only seven of the last 15 games.

// The Mastodons allowed 74.0 points per game through the first 11 contests of the season. Over the last 20 the ‘Dons are giving up 67.0 per game.

// The ‘Dons are giving up 69.5 points per game on the season. Only nine times in program history have the ‘Dons finished a season giving up less than 70.0 points per game. They’ve done it only five times as a Division I program.

// The 55 points the Mastodons allowed to Green Bay on Feb. 6 and Feb. 18 stand as their best defensive performance of the season against a Division I team.

// The ‘Dons are 21st in the nation in steals per game (8.8) and 10th in total steals (274).

FROM THE LINE:

// The ‘Dons are 50th in the nation in free throw shooting (75.4 percent).

// Free throw shooting in league play: Jarred Godfrey (47-of-57), Jalon Pipkins (52-of-60), Bobby Planutis (23-of-24), Damian Chong Qui (39-of-49) and Deonte Billups (22-of-32).

// The Mastodons shot 16-of-16 from the free throw line on Dec. 2 against Wright State. It stands as the most free throws the Mastodons have made in a Division I contest while connecting on 100 percent of their attempts.

TURN, TURN, TURN:

// The ‘Dons have eight single-digit turnover games this season.

// The Mastodons are forcing 15.84 turnovers per game, 22nd best in the nation and first in the league.

// The Mastodons’ 2.2 turnover margin ranks 49th in the nation

DUNKS FROM MASTODONS THIS SEASON:

// Ra Kpedi 28, Jalon Pipkins 17, Johnathan DeJurnett 15, Bobby Planutis 6, Deonte Billups 4, RJ Ogom 3, Jarred Godfrey 3, JoJo Peterson 3

WOMEN’S GOLF TO RETURN TO FLORIDA FOR BENBOW INVITATIONAL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The IUPUI women’s golf team will make a return trip to Florida this week as the Jaguars head south to compete in the Benbow Invitational, hosted by Butler at Jacksonville Beach Golf Club. The tournament is named after the late Don Benbow, who was inducted into the Butler Athletics Hall of Fame for his contributions as a standout football student-athlete, golf and football coach, and his time at Butler as an athletics administrator.

Head coach Jamie Broce’s team is seeking a second straight tournament title this spring after winning the Motor City Cup at Mission Inn Resort earlier this spring. The Jaguars went 3-0 in dual matches to advance through the bracket of the Motor City Cup, concluding with a 4.5-1.5 win over Green Bay in the finale. Sophomore Annaliese Fox was later named the #HLGolf Athlete of the Week after going 3-0 in her three matches in Florida. Both Amelie Svejda and Madeleine Pape captured 2.5 points apiece in the match play event.

Svejda leads the Jaguars with a 74.43 scoring average through 14 rounds while Kara Blair is second on the team at 75.86. Svejda also has a team-high three top-10 finishes already this year.

The Jaguars were picked atop the Horizon League Women’s Golf Preseason Polls, earning four of the eight first-place votes to edge Green Bay for the top spot.

QUOTABLE: “It was rough to start at with all three rounds but once we turned it around, it went in our favor. We also kept uplifting each other through each tournament and even in the evening,” Fox said after helping the Jags to the team title at Mission Inn Resort.

FORMAT: Scoring will be 5-count-4 with a single round played on both Monday (Mar. 7) and Tuesday (Mar. 8). Play will begin with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start each day.

THE COURSE: Jacksonville Beach will play to par 71 and 6,021 yards. The course is rated among the top 30 places to play in the state of Florida according to Golf Digest.

THE FIELD: The 14-team field will consist of Butler, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Evansville, Indiana State, IUPUI, Monmouth, Purdue Fort Wayne, Radford, Savannah State, Troy, Valparaiso, Western Illinois and Western Michigan.

RANKINGS: IUPUI enters the week ranked No. 172 by Golfstat and No. 194 by Golfweek.

WOMEN’S LINEUP:

    No. 1 – Amelie Svejda (74.43 average / 14 rounds / 2 tournament wins)

    No. 2 – Kara Blair (75.86 average / 14 rounds / 2 top-10s)

    No. 3 – Shelby Busker (77.00 average / 14 rounds / 1 top-10)

    No. 3 – Nerea Lancho (77.57 average / 14 rounds)

    No. 5 – Annaliese Fox (78.00 average / 11 rounds / 1 top-10)

    Ind. – Madeleine Pape (79.30 average / 10 rounds)

LAST TIME OUT: IUPUI won the Motor City Cup with a perfect 3-0 mark, capturing wins over UIC (4-2), Oakland (4-2) and Green Bay (4.5-1.5) in succession. 

UP NEXT: IUPUI will compete in the Bama Beach Bash in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Mar. 20-22.

Clark tallies 18 in regular-season finale, Aces secure 9-seed for Hoops in the Heartland

EVANSVILLE – In its final home game of the 2021-22 season, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team had three players finish in double-figures in an 83-56 loss to Northern Iowa on Saturday afternoon inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

The aforementioned three in double-figures were led by senior Myia Clark, who recorded a game-high 18 points, scoring in the second half. Clark was joined by juniors Abby Feit (12 points) and A’Niah Griffin (11) to lead Evansville. For the Panthers, Nicole Kroeger and Maya McDermott each tallied 14 points as UNI shot nearly 50% (33-67) from the field on the afternoon.

Evansville controlled UNI’s advantage for much of the opening quarter, but were haunted by missed shots at the charity stripe, where the Aces went just 2-of-6 from in the opening quarter. The Aces deficit was just nine as the game appeared headed for the second quarter, but McDermott got a steal and knocked-down a half-court shot at the buzzer to lift the lead to 12 at 20-8 for UNI

A 60% (9-15) shooting effort in the opening 10 minutes from the Panthers continued into the second quarter, where UNI scored 25 points. Evansville’s offense got kickstarted in the second, as the Aces scored 16 points, powered by 10 points from Griffin as UE trailed heading to the half.

Clark’s performance was a highlight of the second half as the senior continued her impressive first season in white and purple. In the final contest of the regular season, seniors Anna Newman and NaTaya Partee exited with minutes left in the contest to ceremonious applause, capping-off their home careers inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Evansville secures the No. 9 seed in Hoops in the Heartland, its highest seed since 2016-17, setting-up a matchup with eighth-seeded Indiana State on Thursday at 4 PM inside the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill.

Vetter tosses third no-hitter in win over Morehead State

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For the third time in her career and second instance this season, Izzy Vetter tossed a no-hitter to lead the University of Evansville softball team to an 11-0 victory over Morehead State on Saturday afternoon.

Vetter struck out 12 MSU batters in the win and allowed just one baserunner in five innings of work.  She picked up her 9th win of 2022.

Evansville improved to 12-5 with the win and scored 11 runs on 11 hits.  Alyssa Barela, Haley Woolf, Hannah Hood and Zoe Frossard recorded two hits apiece.  Hood paced the team with three RBI with Barela and Bella Coffey adding two apiece.  Marah Wood, Barela and Woolf scored two runs each.

Vetter set the early tone, recording the first six outs of the day via the strikeout.  Barela and Woolf got the offense going in the second inning, hitting back-to-back singles to bring up Hood.  Her single to center plated the first run of the game.  Woolf scored later in the inning on a double steal.  UE doubled its advantage in the third when Barela connected on a 2-RBI single.  Wood and Jessica Fehr scored on the play.

Eleven batters stepped to the plate in a 7-run fourth inning that cemented the win.  Zoe Frossard doubled to center to bring in Dori Brown before the final six runs came with two outs.  Hood and Coffey picked up 2-run knocks to highlight the inning.

Needing just three more outs to clinch the victory, Vetter retired the Eagles in order to finish off the fifth and pick up the 11-0 shutout.  On Sunday, the Aces are set to face Creighton (11:30 a.m.) and Bowling Green (4:30 p.m.).

Softball Beats Western Illinois For Second Straight Day

It was a tale of two games for the Valpo softball team as the Beacons concluded the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. on Saturday. Valpo woke up with bats on fire, tallying 11 hits in a 10-1 run-rule victory versus Western Illinois, but the Beacons were on the wrong end of a 9-0 game with host Indiana in their tournament finale.

How It Happened – Western Illinois

Putting up a crooked number in your first turn at-bat is never a bad thing, and that is what Valpo did in the bottom of the first against the Leathernecks. After scoring just two runs against WIU in a 2-1 win on Friday, the Beacons pushed five across the plate in the first inning Saturday.

Small ball was responsible for the first run. Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) and Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) led off the frame with consecutive infield singles. The duo then pulled off a double steal, with Moeder coming around to score on a throwing error by the WIU catcher.

After back-to-back walks, a sacrifice fly by Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) plated Herschbach to make it 2-0. Two batters later, Taylor Tonoian (Saugus, Calif./Saugus) drove a two-run double to center, and Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) followed with an RBI double of her own to push the lead to 5-0.

WIU scored a single run in the second, but did not get a runner past first base over the final three innings.

Valpo put the game into run-rule territory with four more runs in the fifth inning. Moeder and Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) picked up back-to-back RBI singles early in the frame. Later in the inning, Hecker connected on a two-run single to hit the magic eight-run lead, and Addi Weaver (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville) delivered some insurance with yet another RBI base knock.

How It Happened – Indiana

Valpo was limited to just three hits offensively by the Hoosiers on Saturday after putting four runs on the board against IU on Friday. The Beacons were unable to get a runner past first base until the fifth inning.

The Hoosiers opened the scoring with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the first. They put six runs on the board in the third inning and capped the scoring with a solo homer in the fourth.

Inside the Games

Valpo pounded out 11 hits in the run-rule win over WIU, including a 7-for-11 performance at the plate with runners in scoring position.

Moeder, Weaver and Westphal all had multi-hit games against the Leathernecks.

Kate Beckemeyer (Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth [Parkland]) and Herschbach both scored a pair of runs in the win, while Hecker drove in a team-best three runs.

Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) picked up a base hit in both games, capping a weekend which saw her go 5-for-9 at the plate and steal three bases.

Valpo stole four bases in the victory over Western Illinois and ended the weekend 9-for-10 in stolen base attempts.

Madison Wathen (Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central) earned her second complete-game win of the year in the circle and improved to 3-0, allowing just four hits and one run over her five innings of work.

Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) started and was charged with the loss against Indiana, falling to 4-2.

Next Up

Valpo (7-6) has one more weekend of action prior to the start of conference play, heading to Kentucky next weekend for the Bluegrass Classic, co-hosted by Louisville and Kentucky. The tournament opens for the Beacons on Friday afternoon with games against Central Michigan and Louisville.

Women’s Basketball Battles to Senior Day Win Over MVC Champion SIU

It would be hard to script Senior Day any better than it went for the Valpo women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon.

The program recognized Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) and Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) prior to Saturday’s game against MVC regular season champion Southern Illinois, and then when the ball was tossed in the air, the trio combined for 39 points in their final game at the ARC, leading the way as the Beacons handled the Salukis, 67-54, to secure a spot in the quarterfinals at Hoops in the Heartland.

How It Happened

SIU led for much of the first quarter, but Valpo did not allow the Salukis to pull out to more than a three-point advantage.

The Beacons held SIU scoreless for the final three minutes of the opening period and scored six straight over that stretch — four points from Maya Dunson (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne [Loyola]) and a last-second layup by Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) — to take a 14-11 lead 10 minutes into the game.

Valpo pushed its edge to five points early in the second quarter, but went without a field goal for a span of over four minutes.

The Salukis went on a 7-2 mini-run during that span to tie the game at 20-20 with 4:17 to play in the first half. That proved to be the game’s last tie, however, as on Valpo’s next possession, Morrison cashed in from deep to return the lead to the Beacons.

Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) scored five points over the course of two possessions late in the quarter to help Valpo lead 28-24 at intermission.

Valpo’s first two possessions of the second half featured a second-chance triple from Weinman and a fast-break layup by Frederick, forcing an early SIU timeout. The Beacons pushed their lead into double figures just three minutes into the second half as the Salukis went without a point for the first four minutes of the period.

Weinman and White combined for the final 14 points of the quarter for Valpo as the lead continued to extend. It reached as high as 14 points in the third quarter, 46-32 with 2:09 to play in the period on a White triple.

After SIU came back with five straight points, a perfectly-executed baseline out-of-bounds play had Ilysse Pitts (Aurora, Ill./Montini Catholic) hit Weinman for a wide-open layup. The Valpo lead eventually settled at 48-38 with 10 minutes to play.

Valpo erased any hope of a fourth-quarter rally from the Salukis in the first 2:20 of the final period, scoring on each of its first four possessions — capped by a banked-in 3-pointer from Morrison.

The lead reached as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter. Quite fittingly, White, Weinman and Morrison all scored in the game’s final two minutes before exiting to a standing ovation in the final seconds of the victory.

Inside the Game

The win was Valpo’s first over the conference regular season champion since delivering Green Bay its only loss of the 2007-08 Horizon League campaign.

With the win, this year’s squad matches the 2019-20 Valpo team with a 9-9 mark in MVC play – the program’s best since joining the conference. In fact, it matches the program’s best record in league action since the 2008-09 season.

The win was Valpo’s fourth over a top-100 NET team in Valley action this year, joining the Beacons’ pair of victories against Drake and the home win over UNI.

Valpo snapped SIU’s eight-game winning streak, while the 67 points the Beacons scored are the most the Salukis have surrendered in conference play this season. Prior to Saturday, SIU’s only MVC losses had come at Missouri State and at UNI.

All three of Valpo’s Senior Day honorees scored in double figures on Saturday. Leading the way was Weinman, who finished with 17 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

As usual, White filled up the stat sheet, hitting 3-of-4 from deep on her way to 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds, dishing out three assists as well.

Morrison finished 4-of-6 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, for an 11-point night of her own. Morrison extended her program records for games played (140) and games started (136) on Saturday.

Joining that trio in double figures in the scoring column was Frederick, who tallied 15 points, six rebounds and a game-high four assists in the winning effort.

Earnest had a strong game off the bench as well, going for nine points and seven rebounds.

Valpo enjoyed an efficient night shooting the basketball, going 10-for-21 (47.6%) from deep. It was the eighth time in MVC play the Beacons hit at least 10 triples, and the seventh time in those eight games they shot at least 40%.

Meanwhile, Southern Illinois was just 2-for-19 from the 3-point line, matching the fewest triples by a Valpo opponent this season. The Beacons limited the Salukis to 31.7% shooting overall, the second-lowest clip by a Valpo opponent on the year.

Next Up

Valpo (11-18, 9-9 MVC) finished the regular season in a tie for sixth place with Drake. The win over the Salukis secured the sixth seed for the Beacons, as they earned the tie-breaker over the Bulldogs by virtue of their season sweep of the series.

As the sixth seed, Valpo will have to wait until 8:30 p.m. on Friday evening to begin Hoops in the Heartland, as it will face third-seeded UNI in the last of four quarterfinals. The game can be seen live on ESPN+.

Hounds Sweep Lady Jackets in Non-Conference Twin Bill

INSTITUTE, W.V.— The No. 5-ranked UIndy softball team upped its win streak to 10 on Saturday, earning victories of 13-0 and 10-4 at West Virginia State. Starting pitchers Kenzee Smith and Haylie Foster combined to allow just four hits and one run in 11 innings, while the UIndy offense generated 29 total runs in the doubleheader sweep.

GAME 1 | UIndy 13, WVSU 0 (5 innings)

Smith flirted with perfection in the opener. Already with a no-hitter on her resume this young season, the Indy native sat down the first 16 Lady Jackets in order before a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth produced the first base runner of the day for the home team. Smith kept the shutout intact, however, amassing 10 Ks and zero walks to up her record to 6-1.

Meanwhile, the Greyhound bats continued to pummel opposing pitchers, racking up multiple runs in each of the first four innings. The top of the lineup was in the mix throughout the game, as leadoff-hitter Maddy Stout and two-hole occupant Megan Nichols combined for five hits, four runs and five RBIs. Stout’s two-run triple in the third proved to lone extra-base hit of the game.

The Hounds finished with 15 hits in all, with Tara Williams, Haylie Foster and Sydnie Foster each notching a pair of knocks to fuel the hit parade. Pinch-hitters Grace Mosele and Piper Belden tacked on base hits in the fifth inning.

Eight of the Hounds’ nine offensive starters scored at least one run.

FUN FACT

Haylie Foster surpassed 100 career runs scored in game one, joining teammates Gianni Iannontone and Hanna Burris as three of the just 19 players in program history to hit the century mark.

GAME 2 | UIndy 10, WVSU 4

The Hounds pounced first again, hanging a four-spot in the top of the first for the second time today. Stout started things with a hit by pitch and came around just two batters later on an RBI single by Emily O’Connor. Lexy Rees added a sac fly and Sydnee Perry an RBI double to help stake the Hounds to an early lead.

Meanwhile, game-two starter Haylie Foster afforded no such outbursts for the host Lady Jackets. She pitched a 1-2-3 first and went on to surrender just one run in six innings of work, keeping her pitching record pristine at 7-0.

Iannatone and Nichols each had a three-hit game. O’Connor drove in a game-high three runs, including an RBI double in the sixth. All three players scored twice.

UP NEXT

The 2022 home opener and the first conference games are on tap, as the Greyhounds will host in-state rival Southern Indiana in a twin bill on Friday, March 11.

Tennis Captures Close Win Over Wayne State

INDIANAPOLIS – It was hot and humid in the UIndy Tennis Center Saturday as the Wayne State Warriors traveled from Detroit to challenge the No. 8 UIndy men’s tennis squad. Despite the heat, the Greyhounds battled and eventually defeated the Warriors, 4-3, off the back of a match clinching third set victory by Jason Gerweck.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Doubles finished 1-2-3 in match order, with the Hounds pairing of Tom Zeuch and Zac Faveri setting the pace for the evening in a 6-4 win. The Warriors battled back however, taking down Yoann Viel and Edgar Destouet 6-2.

To capture the doubles point it was Nikolaj Talimaa and Gerweck, in an extremely close and back-and-forth match. With both teams cheering on their side, the Greyhound’s pair held on to win the match, 7-6, and the doubles point as the entire men’s team swarmed the court.

The action didn’t calm down from there as singles saw several close matches. The Warriors earned a point right back after doubles with a win over Zeuch 6-4, 6-3. Talimaa in the No. 2 singles slot took the lead right back to the Hounds however, with a dominant 6-3, 6-1 win.

Viel went on to battle in his match after losing the first set, 6-2. He rifled back and 6-2 set win of his own before losing set three 6-4 to make it 2-2 overall. Wayne State didn’t let the tie stand for long as they took down Faveri in No. 5 singles 7-5, 6-2.

The Hounds, needing to sweep the final two matches, looked to Destouet. After falling in a quick set one 6-1, he battled back and forced a tiebreak in set two which he won 7-6. That momentum swing stayed with the freshman as he won set three 6-3.

The final match and the overall victory was in the hands of Gerweck. He opened up with a 6-4 first-set loss to put him on his heels. But Gerweck did not falter in the slightest, taking a convincing 6-4 second-set win. With both teams cheering on just as they did in doubles, Gerweck iced the match with a final 6-3 set win.

UP NEXT

The Hounds go back-to-back days in the UIndy Tennis Center as they welcome fellow-GLVC-member Missouri St. Louis on Sunday March 6. The match kicks off at 1 p.m.

UIndy Tops Montevallo in South Region Action

MONTEVALLO, AL – The No. 3 University of Indianapolis men’s lacrosse team picked up a regional win on Saturday, downing Montevallo 10-6 on the road.  The Hounds are 5-0 to start the season, tying the best start to a season since a 5-0 start in 2019.

HOW IT HAPPENED

UIndy opened the game with a pair of goals in the first five minutes with Parker Johnson and Evan Soucy netting unassisted goals.  The Falcons got one back a minute later but the Hounds exploded for four straight goals.  Reigning GLVC Offensive Player of the Week Wyatt Auyer recorded three straight goals in a six-minute span with Johnson, Drew Billig and Jake Zickel each picking up an assist.  Patrick O’Hara capped off the run with his second goal of the season to give UIndy a 6-1 lead.

The two teams combined for three goals in the final two minutes of the first half, giving UIndy an 8-3 lead at the break.  Wyatt Auyer netted his fourth goal of the goal while Owain Braddock scored his fifth of the season.

Montevallo scored utilized a 3-0 run to make it a two-goal game with nine minutes remaining.  The Hounds were held scoreless for over 20 minutes of play, but Johnson ended the drought with his second goal of the game on the assist from Billig.  Zickel added an insurance goal less than a minute later to give UIndy the 10-6 win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Auyer led the Hounds with four points off of four goals.

– Johnson finished with three points off of two goals and one assists while Zickel and Billig each tabbed a pair of points.

– Austin Barnett earned his fifth win of the season in net, making 10 saves and allowing six goals.

– UIndy was nearly perfect on clears, going 16-of-17 on the day.

UP NEXT

The Hounds have two home games on tap next week.  They’ll host Walsh on Tuesday at 4 pm ET followed by CSU Pueblo on Saturday at 12 pm ET.

Torosian Shines on Offense as Hounds Loss to Wayne State

INDIANAPOLIS- Freshman Armen Torosian was the only University of Indianapolis baseball player to record a hit in a 13-2 loss to Wayne State on Saturday afternoon. He tallied a single, double, and solo home run in the contest.

GAME 1 | WSU 13, UIndy 2

Wayne State opened the scoring in the contest with an RBI single in the second inning. The Greyhounds produced the equalizer in the fourth when Torosian crushed a solo homerun over the left-field wall, his second of the season.

The Warriors dealt the counter in the fifth by crossing two runs in the inning to take back the lead. Torosian brought in another RBI to his total  in the sixth after a single went through the middle. However, WSU proceeded to opened the floodgates in the seventh by pouring in 10 runs to eventually lock up the 13-2 victory.

Logan Peterson earned the start on the bump, where he produced a solid five complete innings of work, tallying eight strikeouts with six hits and one walk given up on 66 pitches thrown.

GAME 2 | incomplete

Game two was suspended due to darkness after seven innings. The Greyhounds were trailing 22-8.

UP NEXT

The Hounds and Warriors will conclude the series tomorrow by finishing the second game tomorrow at 11 a.m., followed immediately by the series finale.

Wrestling up to #5 headed to 2022 NCAA DII National Championships

MANHEIM, PA.- Heading into next weekend’s 2022 NCAA Division II National Championships, UIndy wrestling is up to #5 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II Coaches Rankings, released Saturday.

The Greyhounds are coming off of a runner-up finish at the Super Region 4 Tournament a week ago, with seven UIndy wrestlers set to compete at next weekend’s Nationals. UIndy sits in the #5 spot as a team behind 45 total points from four seeded wrestlers heading into next weekend’s NCAA event.

Nebraska-Kearney is the #1 team in DII behind a nation’s best nine National Qualifiers, amassing 115 points. Central Oklahoma is second with 111 points behind eight National Qualifiers and seven in the top eight individually, while St. Cloud State, West Liberty and UIndy round out the Top 5.

The #5 ranking is the highest for the Hounds since March 4, 2014, when UIndy was the #4 team heading into the 2014 NCAA Division II Championships. The #5 ranking marks the second-highest ranking for the Greyhounds, since the poll was originated in 1992.

Andrew Sams and Derek Blubaugh highlight the individual seeds/rankings for the Greyhounds, with both heading into Nationals as the #3, with Sams at 174 and Blubaugh at 197. Jack Eiteljorge will head into his second NCAA tournament as the four-seed at 165, while two-time All-American Dawson Combest is #7 at 157 heading into his third Nationals. In addition to the three seeded Hounds, Breyden Bailey (133), Logan Bailey (149) and Cale Gray (285) will also be competing for UIndy at the NCAA meet.

Action from the 2022 NCAA Division II National Championships at St. Louis’ Chaifetz Arena begins Friday morning and continues through Saturday evening’s national finals. 

BRYCE CARMACK WINS NAIA POLE VAULT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Brookings, S.D. – The Marian track and field team earned their fifth NAIA National Champion in program history on Saturday afternoon, as senior Bryce Carmack won the NAIA National Championship in the pole vault. Carmack’s championship joins Taylor Killings’ three titles in the hurdles and Presley Martin’s 800m championship in the 2017 Indoor NAIA Championships.

Carmack entered into the pole vault competition at 4.70m, clearing the height with ease on his first try. After his first successful clearance Carmack was guaranteed an All-American placing, as one of eight vaulters to clear the 4.70m mark. Carmack then skipped 4.75m to advance to the next height, and in his second attempt at 4.80m cleared the bar to advance.

Carmack became one of four vaulters left in the field, and with his attempt at 4.85m, Carmack cleared on the first try to stand as one of three remaining. The senior cleared on attempt one at 4.90m, with the field down to him and Indiana Wesleyan’s Scott Rathburn. Rathburn was unsuccessful in his three attempts at the height,  while Carmack had no problem passing the bar at 5.00m on attempt one.

Clearing 5.00m gave Carmack the NAIA National Championship, setting a season best effort as he redeemed for his 2021 NAIA Runner-Up at the indoor championships. Carmack did attempt 5.25m as he looked to add to his resume, but was unsuccessful in his quest for bragging rights.

With the champoinship Carmack becomes Marian’s first individual champion in a field event, while marking Marian’s fourth overall indoor title.

Men’s lacrosse downed by Adrian

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Earlham College men’s lacrosse team continued its 2022 season with a 24-5 loss at Adrian College on Saturday.

The Quakers fell to 0-2 while the Bulldogs improved to 4-0.

Sam Sargent and Elijah Gambier led the Quakers with a pair of goals and an assist each.

Adrian powered out to an early lead with five goals at the end of the first quarter. The Bulldogs added four more early in the second before Sargent put Earlham on the board.

Emmitt Shaughnessy recorded 25 saves in goal in the loss.

The Quakers will be back in action on Wednesday as they welcome Heidelberg University to Darrell Beane Stadium for the men’s lacrosse home opener. Start time is slated for 7 pm.

Volleyball Falls Short In Match Versus MCVL Leading Fontbonne

Wabash faced one of the top teams in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League Saturday afternoon when the Little Giants traveled to St. Louis to play Fontbonne University. Wabash lost to the host Griffins 3-0.

Wabash (2-11, 0-2 MCVL) was never able to get a lead against Fontbonne (12-3, 3-0 MCVL), the league co-leader along with Mount Union. The Little Giants tied the first set twice before Fontbonned raced out to an 11-5 lead. The Griffins won the opening set 25-17.

Fontbonne scored the first five points of the second set on the way to another 25-17 win. Wabash rallied in the third set from a 24-15 deficit to score the next five points before the Griffins picked up the final point to win the third set.

Ricky Sessions led the Wabash offense with seven kills. Luke Davis added six kills. Zachary Small finished the match with 20 assists. Sessions and Luis Rivera each posted seven digs to lead the Little Giants in that category.

Wabash will compete at the Illinois Institute of Technology on Friday, March 11 before returning to Chadwick Court for a home match on March 13 versus Wisconsin Lutheran.

RECAP | Grizzlies Split High-Scoring Double Header with Hope

BEECH GROVE, Ind. – The Franklin College baseball team closed out their weekend series with Hope College on Saturday (Mar. 5) with a pair of contests at Beech Grove HS.

The Grizzlies (4-2) earned a split of the twin bill, taking the opener from Hope (4-1) 18-6 before the Flying Dutchmen secured a series win with a 27-7 win in game two.

Game One: Franklin 18 – Hope 6 (7 inn.)

Logan Demkovich opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the first to highlight a three-run opening frame. Noah Wood got in on the fun in the bottom of the second, roping a two-run double to make it a 5-2 game.

Wood was back at it two innings later, crushing a grand slam to blow things wide open. Wood led all players with six RBI in the contest while scoring three times. Colby Reed set a career-high with five runs scored and AJ Sanders crossed home four times in the contest.

Jackson Young (2-0) won his second start of the year, giving up four earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Chris Foote fanned three over a perfect 1.2 innings of relief.

Game Two: Hope 27 – Franklin 7 (7 inn.)

Demkovich continued his torrid weekend at the plate with a second inning grand slam and a fourth inning RBI double. But Hope pounced on Grizzly pitching from the jump, scoring three in the first and eight in the second to take a lead they’d never lose.

Demkovich went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the second game. Pinch hitter Adam Taylor ripped a two-run double late in the game for his first career RBI.

Up Next

The Grizzlies hit the road on Tuesday (Mar. 8) for a single game with Wilmington College in Ohio. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.

RECAP | Women’s Lacrosse Earns First Win of Season with Comeback Triumph Over Elmhurst

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s lacrosse team notched their first win of the 2022 campaign in thrilling fashion with a win over Elmhurst on Saturday (Mar. 5) morning at Faught Stadium.

The Grizzlies (1-2) shook off a slow start and put together a strong second half against the Blue Jays (0-3) to get in the win column. The home side capped the comeback win in dramatic fashion, stuffing a last-minute comeback from the Jays.

How it Happened

Early on, it was all Blue Jays as Elmhurst netted the game’s first four goals in the opening 5:05 of play. Baleigh Riddle and Victoria Simmons halted the run with two goals to close out the first quarter and cut the lead in half. The Blue Jays ran their lead back to four with back-to-back goals to open the second quarter. Sydney Briggs and Riddle netted goals closer to halftime, cutting the Elmhurst lead to 7-4 with 30 minutes in the books.

Franklin dominated play in the third quarter, out-scoring Elmhurst 4-1 with Riddle netting three in the period and Mia Turnbaugh getting on the board to tie things at 8-8 with one quarter to go. The Grizzlies opened the final quarter with a 4-1 run but had to hold off the Blue Jays in the final minutes to seal the win.

Inside the Box Score

-Riddle turned in a dominant performance on the attack, finishing with career-highs in goals (five), shots (11) and shots on goal (eight).

-Simmons netted three goals and added a pair of assists, scoring on all three of her shot attempts.

-Sophomore Riley Rice earned her first career win in goal, stopping eight shots on the night.

Up Next

Franklin’s homestand continues on Wednesday (Mar. 9) night, when they host the Bethel Pilots at 6:00 p.m.

RECAP | Grizzlies Split Pair with Greenville in Home Opener

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College softball team made their 2022 Behrens Field debut on Saturday (Mar. 5) afternoon with a couple of games against Greenville University on the docket.

The Grizzlies (1-3) found their way into the win column with an 11-6 victory in the opening contest. The Panthers (2-8) were able to salvage a split with a 15-3 win in the night cap.

Game One: Franklin 11 – Greenville 6

Emily Streib broke open the scoring in the bottom of the first, plating two with a double. A few batters later, Addie Csikos stretched the lead to 3-0 when she drew a bases loaded walk.

Franklin extended their lead in the fourth inning with a six-run frame. Sydney Bostic and Makiah Thomas recorded RBI doubles and Streib brought in two more runs with a single. The Grizzlies got insurance tallies in the sixth with RBIs from Syndey Rodeghier and Bostic and held off a Greenville rally in the seventh to close out the win.

Sydney Pitts (1-0) tossed six innings, giving up six runs on eight hits with a pair of strikeouts. Stephanni Kleber finished things off with a couple strikeouts in the final inning. Rodeghier and Thomas both had three hits to pace the Franklin offense.

Game Two: Greenville 15 – Franklin 3 (6 inn.)

The Panthers got the early jump with two runs in each of the first two frames. Molly Wallace knocked in a run in the third and two more in the fourth with a pair of doubles, but it was all the offense the Grizzlies would string together in the final game of the day.

Wallace, Csikos and Annie Kluemper all had two hits each. Delanie Gourley (0-2) gave up three earned runs over four innings of work as the game two starter.

Up Next

The Grizzlies are back at home for two more games on Sunday (Mar. 6), when they host Kalamazoo College. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.

RECAP | Grizzlies’ Cinderella Run Comes to an End in NCAA Tournament Opener

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Franklin College men’s basketball team played their first game in the month of March in 14 years on Friday (Mar. 4) night, taking on the Illinois Wesleyan Titans in the opening round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Championships.

Senior forward Matt Krause led the way with 18 points and nine boards for the Grizzlies (14-15), but the host Titans (22-5) pulled away with a late first half run that proved to be more than enough cushion in a 73-55 Illinois Wesleyan win.

How it Happened

An 8-0 Franklin run midway through the first half gave the Grizzlies a 12-11 lead with a put-back layup from Krause capping the run and giving Franklin their first lead of the night. A pair of Lynn King free throws followed by a Ryan Wiggins triple spotted the Grizzlies a 17-16 lead with 8:23 to go in the opening half.

The Titans would put some space between the teams with an 11-3 run before a three from Carter Crowe cut the deficit to 27-23 with 5:42 to go in the half. But the rest of the period was all Titans as they closed out the opening 20 with a 13-3 run to take a 40-26 advantage into the locker room.

The Grizzlies kept battling in an effort to slice into the deficit, but the nationally-ranked Titans would lead by at least 15 the rest of the night.

Inside the Box Score

-Playing in his final career game in the blue and gold, lead the Grizzlies in both scoring and rebounding while playing nearly 37 minutes.

-Crowe and Wiggins narrowly missed out on double digit outings, finishing with eight points each.

-The Grizzlies shot 37.3% (19-for-51) from the field, knocking down 12 threes and all five of their free throws.

Strong Start Fuels Thunder Win over John Carroll in NCAA Second Round

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University women’s basketball team had advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball Tournament with a 63-42 win over John Carroll University in the Second Round.

The Thunder (26-3) will play Springfield College in the next round at a location to be determined. The season for the Blue Streaks (23-5) comes to an end and the departure of two of the best players in school history, Olivia Nagy and Nicole Heffington.

Trine forced John Carroll to shoot just 1-of-13 (7.7%) from beyond the arc in the game and won the turnover battle, 17-13. The Thunder scored 18 points off of Blue Streak miscues.

“I’m really proud of the way our team played today, especially defensively,” head coach Andy Rang noted in his press conference. “We set the tone early and got into them to make them uncomfortable.”

The team has now gotten back to the place they were two years ago when the call came in that the event was being cancelled due to COVID-19. Senior forward Kelsy Taylor recalled, “When we got that call the morning of practice the day before, it broke our hearts. Last year we couldn’t be in it with no tournament. We worked our butts off all year to get here and we’re finally here! From here, it’s one game at a time and worry about the team in front of us.”

Opposed to their slow start in their First Round game, Trine dominated the opening minutes of this one and scored the first 15 points of the game to take a firm advantage and lead wire-to-wire. Katie Sloneker [Monroe, Ohio / Monroe] recorded a pair of makes inside and Tara Bieniewicz [Chesterfield, Mich. / Dakota] knocked down her 200th career three to highlight the run.

The first make for John Carroll came at the 3:08-mark and scores on their next four out of five offensive possessions kept the Blue Streaks in striking distance, but two field goals by Rachel Stewart [Pekin, Ind. / Eastern] made it 21-9 at the quarter break. Stewart commented postgame about the shift in headspace coming into today’s game after yesterday’s sluggish start. “We learned how to pick ourselves up energy wise and defensivley to get going. We needed to pick our teammates up and keep our heads high because shots will start falling.”

Taylor displayed grit inside and notched two makes early in the third, but those would be the only Trine points through the first six minutes of clock time in the second quarter. John Carroll methodically worked their way back into the game and cut the lead all the way down to 25-20. Makayla Ardis [Lake City, Mich. / Lake City] was the one to break the dry spell with a three-point field goal.

After the Blue Streaks worked so hard to get within two scores, the lead ballooned back up to 16 with a 10-0 run to wrap up the half. Sam Underhill [Grand Rapids, Mich. / Northview], Kaylee Argyle [Freeland, Mich. / Freeland] and Kayla Wildman [Rockford, Mich. / Rockford] were contributors at the end of the 38-22 first half.

The Thunder forced 11 first half turnovers and held the Blue Streaks to just over 30% from the field. Trine outscored their opponents 10-0 on the fast break, a statistic that John Carroll is usually on the other side of.

Ardis tallied six of the first eight points to give her 11 on the night, a number that would end up being tied for the team-high with Stewart. In a 16-10 quarter win for Trine, the bench unit had eight in the final three minutes and change.

The teams went even through the fourth quarter as the Thunder utilized the full length of the shot clock to secure the victory. The defense kept the Blue Streaks to five points over the first six and a half minutes of action in the period. A three-minute dry spell by the Trine offense was broken by a Stewart three with four minutes remaining to go up 61-37.

The Thunder bled the clock over the final two minutes of the game en route to the 63-42 victory. Stewart and Ardis were the only Trine scorers in double figures with 11 apiece and Bieniewicz was the team’s leading rebounder with eight. As a team, the Thunder won the rebounding battle 45-34 and made it nine consecutive games with double figures offensive rebounds after they pulled down 14 tonight.

Trine awaits to see where and when they will play Springfield College out of Massachusetts on Friday, March 11.

Softball Drops Two to Texas Contingent

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Trine University softball team dropped both of their games today against a pair of highly ranked teams from Texas. The team began the day matching off with fourth ranked East Texas Baptist University before following up with third ranked Texas Lutheran University.

The Tigers scored the first runs of the day in the bottom of the third and fourth inning, breaking up an early shutout bid by sophomore Elizabeth Koch (Franklin, Wis. / Franklin) who received the start for the Thunder.

The 2-0 lead would stand through until the top of the seventh. After senior Ashley Swartout (Westfield, Ind. / Westfield) opened the frame reaching base on a hit by pitch, sophomore Scarlett Elliott (Utica, Ohio / Utica) brought her all the way home with a triple cutting the lead to 2-1.

The next two batters would record outs, putting the team down to its final chance to at least force extra innings. Freshman Angelena Perry (Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston) would come up big with her second hit of the season and first RBI, tying the contest at two.

Neither team would bring in their free runner, placed at second as part of the international tiebreaker procedure, during the eighth inning. The Thunder ended the inning with a superb defensive play picking off the runner at third on throws from the catcher and second basewoman.

Trine failed to score again in the ninth, but this time a pair of singles brought in a run for ETBU and ended the game with a 3-2 score.

In the second game of the day the two teams would trade runs in the two halves of the first inning. After the Bulldogs scored in the top of the inning, Senior Mercede Daugherty (Watervliet, Watervliet, Mich.) notched her first double of the season bringing home the runner at second to tie the game at two.

The next two innings belonged to Texas Lutheran as the scored a pair of runs in each inning while holding the Thunder off the board, building the lead to 5-1.

The bottom of the third saw junior Amanda Prather (Indianapolis, Ind. / Roncalli) come up with the team’s first home run of the season, a solo shot that made the score 5-2.

The Bulldogs added their last run in the fourth inning with a RBI double. The rest of the game would be scoreless, with Koch finishing the game for Trine in the circle with three scoreless innings.

The Thunder fall to 0-4 following the loss. They will return to the diamond for the final day of the NFCA Leadoff Classic tomorrow, Sunday, March 5. They start the day facing off with sixth ranked Eastern Connecticut State University before finishing the day against Randolph-Macon College.

Tigers Hand Hendrix First Loss in Doubleheader Split

Conway, Ark. – DePauw topped Hendrix, 9-6, in the opening game of their doubleheader to send the Warriors to their first loss of the season and the hosts came back to split the twinbill with an 8-6 victory in the second game. DePauw is now 4-4 on the season, while Hendrix is 13-1.

In the opener, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second as Brennan Roach singled home Paul Jennewein. Hendrix evened the score in the bottom of the third as Juan Pablo Leon reached on an error that allowed Tyler Webb to score.

Cameron Macon delivered a two-run double in the fifth and Kyle Callahan reached on an error which scored Macon and gave DePauw a 4-1 advantage. Rally Miller scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to trim the DePauw lead to 4-2, but the Tigers scored three in the eighth as Roach’s single plated Brian May. Cameron Allen followed with a two-run single.

The Warriors added three in the eighth before Danny Glimco reached on a fielder’s choice in the ninth that allowed May to score and Ty Sucher singled in Nick Nelson. Hendrix added the game’s final tally in the bottom of the ninth.

Allen and Roach each had three of DePauw’s 15 hits with Macon, May and Nelson collecting two each. Rail Gilliam had three of Hendrix’s 10 hits with Drake Job chipping in a pair.

Michael Vallone improved to 3-0 after allowing just an unearned run in five innings. EJ White collected his first save. Andrei Stoyanow dropped to 1-1.

In the nightcap, the Tigers again got out to an early lead as Kyle Callahan slammed a first-inning, two-run homer. The Warriors, however, scored six in the bottom of the first including a three-run homer from Joseph Watts and a solo shot from Adam Bland.

Nelson’s eighth-inning double plated May and Nelson scored when Danny Sheehan singled. Roach wrapped up the scoring with a two-run double to cap the four-run inning.

Allen, Callahan and Roach each had two of DePauw’s nine hits, while Bland, Owen Shaw and Jacob Carpenter had two each of the Warriors 10 hits.

Dylan Perrott dropped to 0-1, while Jack Hodgins improved to 4-0 and Kyle Wellman saved his first of the season.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, March 12, with a Noon doubleheader at Hanover.

Tigers Extends Win Streak to Three with 14-11 Road Win

Lexington, Ky.- The DePauw University women’s lacrosse team extends its win streak to three after beating the Transylvania University Pioneers 14-11 on the road.

Bria Randolph led the Tigers with six goals, while Emma Kennedy added four goals, one assist, and a caused turnover. Emily Napier tallied two goals and led the team with two assists, with Caleigh Claar and Katie Field rounding out the scoring with one goal apiece.

Kennedy and Graesen Campbell led the Tigers with three ground balls each.

In goal, Lydia Hollis recorded eight saves for the day. Abi Waldron stopped 14 shots for the Pioneers.

DePauw outshot Transylvania, 45-23, and went 11-for-12 in successful clear attempts.

On Saturday, March 12, the Tigers travel to face Chicago at 1 pm CST.

Titans’ Three-Pointer Ends Tigers Season

Whitewater, Wis. – Kate Palmer’s 3-pointer from the left wing with 2.3 seconds left lifted Illinois Wesleyan to a 56-55 win over DePauw in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Basketball Championship. The Tigers’ season came to a close with a 23-4 record, while the 20-8 Titans advanced to tomorrow’s second round where they’ll face host Wisconsin-Whitewater after the Warhawks topped Ripon by a 58-34 score in the evening’s second game.

The fourth quarter was a period of streaks as DePauw held a 47-44 lead before Illinois Wesleyan scored eight straight which included a four-point play from Mallory Powers and Katelyn Hellers’ basket to take a 52-47 lead with 4:44 left. DePauw’s Campbell Montgomery scored at the 4:28 mark before both teams went on a scoring drought that ended with Maeve Summerville’s drive and subsequent free throw that evened the count at 52-52 with 1:47 left.

The Titans turned the ball over on their next possession before Summerville gave the Tigers a 54-52 advantage with 1:09 remaining. Illinois Wesleyan missed on a chance to tie the game, but a DePauw turnover with 21 seconds left gave the ball back to the Titans. A DePauw foul put Catie Eck on the line with 18.4 seconds remaining and she hit the second of two to cut the Tigers’ lead to 54-53.

After a DePauw timeout, Illinois Wesleyan fouled twice to put the Tigers into the bonus and send them to the line. Eva Hassel knocked in the first of two from the line and the Titans got the rebound, pushed the ball ahead and found Palmer on the left wing and she sank the game winner. Without any timeouts remaining, the Tigers could only get off a desperation heave from just beyond midcourt as the horn sounded.

DePauw opened the game with a 7-2 lead, but the Titans scored the next 15 as the Tigers missed four shots and turned the ball over four times trying to cut through the IWU press. Illinois Wesleyan’s biggest lead of the game came at 22-9 before they took a 24-12 lead into the second quarter. The Tigers chipped away in the second as they kept the Titans off the board for the first 5:32, but only managed to score four of their own points during the stretch. DePauw did trim the halftime deficit to 29-21.

The Tigers regained the lead late in the third on a three from Maeve Summerville before Hassel added a charity toss to give DePauw a 40-38 advantage as the teams headed to the fourth.

Summerville led DePauw with a career-high 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Grace Kinsey added 11 points.

Powers paced the Titans with 13 points with Lauren Huber adding 10. Kaia Bowen grabbed five rebounds and Brooke Lansford dished out six assists.

DePauw shot 40 percent from the field including 52.2 percent in the second half, while the Titans hit 33.3 from the floor and only 25 percent over the final three periods.

DePauw held a 40-34 rebounding edge, but the Titans turned 12 offensive rebounds into a 17-12 edge in second-chance points. The Tigers turned the ball over 19 times to Illinois Wesleyan’s 10.

Hanover concludes trip to Myrtle Beach with Victory

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Hanover Panthers scored early and often to defeat Neumann in rout to the convincing 11-3 victory.

Hanover was paced by sophomore Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) who charted his first career grand slam posting a team-high four RBI on two hits.

On the mound, junior Matthew Alter (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up the win, pitching six complete innings with six strikeouts and two runs scored.

Hanover scored early and often plating a run in the first inning followed by one in the second inning before blowing the game wide open tine fourth inning.

The Blue and Red plated seven runs then added insurance runs in the seventh inning and the eighth inning en route to the win.

Young leads the Panthers at Marietta

MARIETTA, Ohio – The Hanover Panthers wrapped up winter break with a trip to Marietta, falling in the contest 16-2.

Hanover was paced by senior Milah Young (Granger, Ind.) netting both goals for the Blue and Red.

The Panthers found themselves on the wrong side of an 8-0 goal outburst entering the second frame when Young found the back of the net with 3:39 before intermission.

The second half would see her net one more goal before the Pioneers added the final seven strikes en route to the 16-2 win.

HC returns to action on Wednesday, March 16 taking on the University of Dallas. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.

Cougars Split Huntington Foresters with Timely Hitting & Clutch Pitching from Cory Wolter

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (12-6; 2-2 Crossroads) played host to the Huntington University Foresters (4-8; 2-2 Crossroads) in the final two games of their four-game series at Cougar Field, and earned a split losing the opener 6-5 before winning the finale 6-1.

In the opening game, the Cougars started strong on offense, as they went to work after taking advantage of a couple hit batsmen. Saint Francis plated two runs in the opening frame on a single by third baseman Kaden Sullivan to give starter Casey Henry a two-run cushion.

The Cougars kept going to work with the bats in the second and third innings as freshman second baseman Sam Pesa slammed his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot in the third to give Saint Francis a 3-0 lead.

Saint Francis led 4-1 after the fourth inning, but the Foresters battled back. Huntington plated a run in the fifth and sixth innings off of Henry to close the deficit to within one run, but the sophomore hurler held them from there and preserved the lead.

Henry’s day was complete after six innings of work allowing just three runs on nine hits while fanning nine batters.

But come the eighth inning, the Cougars still led, but then a couple costly fielding errors put the first two runners on for Huntington, and they took advantage. The Foresters scored two two-out runs to take their first lead of the game at 5-4.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Cougars tied it back up with a bases-loaded walk, but a leadoff double for the Foresters set the table in the ninth. Huntington scored the eventual winning run on a sacrifice fly as the Cougars suffered the loss.

In the finale, Cory Wolter took the mound for Saint Francis and pitched well in the early going. He kept the Foresters off the scoreboard through the first two innings, and then in the bottom of the frame, shortstop Jose Valdes-Sandoval broke the deadlocked scoring with a two-out single to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, Sam Pesa continued his tear over the weekend with a two-out RBI-double to double the lead for Saint Francis.

Then in the bottom of the fifth, the Cougars put the game away as center fielder Collin Landrum smacked a three-run home run over the right-center field wall to put Saint Francis ahead 5-0, and they never looked back.

Wolter went the distance to earn the win, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out seven batters.

The Cougars resume play next Friday when they play host to the Goshen College Maple Leafs (4-8; 1-1 Crossroads) in a four-game series at Cougar Field with a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 pm.

NO. 7 IU SOUTHEAST SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER WITH UNOH

LIMA, Ohio — The No. 7-ranked Grenadiers split the double-header with University of Northwestern Ohio, defeating the Racers 26-12, before falling 3-2 on a walkoff hit.

The Grenadiers (7-7) started the game with seven-straight hits before recording the first out of the game. They scored 10 runs on 10 hits in the top of the first with doubles from Brody Tanksley, Marco Romero and Trevor Campbell. Tanksley also hit a three-run home run, his team-leading fifth of the year, in his second at-bat of the inning.

UNOH (11-7) would respond in the bottom half with seven runs of their own including 3 homeruns, but would never get closer than the three-run deficit after the first.

IU Southeast scored in each of the first four innings including home runs from Ray Aponte in the second and Derek Wagner in the third.

The Grenadiers would tack on another seven runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a grand slam from Trevor Campbell giving him six RBI for the game. Conner Fries shut the door in the bottom of the inning to give the grenadiers a 26-12 win in the first-ever contest against UNOH. Lane Oesterling (2-1) gets the win in game one.

Game two had a much different tone with only five total runs scored in the contest.

IU Southeast struck first with a solo home run by Marco Romero in the top of the second. The Grenadiers would score again in the fourth thanks to a double off the centerfield wall by Romero and then an errant pickoff attempt by Casey Thomas that allowed Romero to score from second base.

The scoring would stop there for the Grenadiers as the Racers score three unanswered runs over the last three frames to win on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh by Shakur Jackson with a final score of 3-2.

Hunter Kloke (1-3) gets the tough loss allowing six hits, three runs (two earned), three walks and six strikeouts in 6 and a third innings.

The Grenadiers are scheduled to play the Racers again tomorrow in a single nine-inning game starting at 1:00 PM to conclude the series.

Baseball Wins a Pair to Complete Series Sweep of Ohio Christian

KOKOMO, Ind. – Two shutouts led to a series sweep for the Indiana University Kokomo baseball team in its first River States Conference series of the year against Ohio Christian. After taking game one of the series, 5-0, the Cougars swept Saturday’s doubleheader with scores of 10-0 and 1-0. IU Kokomo moves to 7-6 on the season and 3-0 in RSC action.

Game One Key Moments

Pat Mills ripped a stand-up double off the left field wall and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Dylan Steele to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead after one inning.

Riley Garczynski led off the third frame with his first home run of the season, giving IUK a 2-0 advantage.

Mills and Steele reached and scored on a two-RBI double from Noah Hurlock. Dylan Janke singled to put runners at the corners. Thomas Obergfell loaded the bases after drawing a walk. Sean Becker picked up an RBI as he walked, scoring Hurlock. Bryce Lenz was hit by a pitch and Garczynski walked, both picking up an RBI. Mills plated Becker on a sacrifice fly to end the third, giving the Cougars an 8-0 lead.

IUK starter Ben Harris allowed his first hit of the game in the top of the fourth. The Trailblazers would load the bases, but Harris pitched out of the jam to keep the shutout intact.

Hurlock led off the home half of the fourth with a double to centerfield and would move up 90 feet on a passed ball with nobody out. Janke picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Hurlock, putting the Cougars ahead, 9-0.

Harris retired the Trailblazers in order in the top of the seventh.

Luke Barnes came on to pinch hit in the bottom of the seventh and drew a leadoff walk to get things started. After back-to-back singles from Tucker Platt and Becker loaded the bases, Bryce Lenz delivered the final blow, a shot into the right centerfield gap that scored Barnes to end the game via the 10-run rule.

Game One Pitching

Harris picked up his third win of the season to improve his record to 3-1. The righty tossed a complete game, allowing just one hit and striking out five. 

Game Two Key Moments

Jack Leverenz opened the second inning with a single to left center and would steal second to move into scoring position. Luke Hanson executed a sacrifice bunt to move Leverenz up 90 feet with one out. Platt lifted a deep fly ball to centerfield, allowing the Cougars to score their lone run of the game.

Freshman JT Holton got the start on the bump for the Cougars and retired the first 15 batters he faced.

Holton allowed his first baserunner via a walk in the sixth inning. A groundout put an OCU baserunner in scoring position, but the Cougars later erased the baserunner when Hanson threw behind the runner, eventually ending with Platt tagging the runner out at third. With the bases clear after the pickoff, Holton issued his second walk of the inning but was able to escape the inning with no damage done.

Holton left the game after six complete and gave way to Ryan Beck who closed the door on the Trailblazers. Ohio Christian recorded its first and only hit of the game in the top of the seventh.

Game Two Pitching

Holton picked up the win to move to 2-0 on the season. The lefty tossed six innings of no-hit baseball and struck out four.

Beck earned his first save of the season, allowing one hit while striking out one batter.

By the Numbers

Leverenz was a perfect 3-for-3 in the second game.

Tahj Borom recorded two hits in his two plate appearances.

Garczynski, Hurlock, and Lenz all drove in a pair of runs.

Cougar pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts.

Up Next

The Cougars will welcome Georgetown College to Kokomo Municipal Stadium on Monday for a single nine inning game. First pitch is schedule for 3:00 p.m.

Lancers’ offense explodes in sweep of Goshen

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s baseball team secured the series victory over Goshen by sweeping a doubleheader on Saturday.

The Lancers won three of the four-game series with Goshen to kick off the Crossroads League season.

Grace secured the series by winning 16-12 and 13-11 on Saturday in a pair of high-scoring affairs. The series also opened up the home season for the Lancers (9-8, 3-1 CL).

The game started tamely with the teams even at 1-1 after three innings.

But Goshen took advantage of a trio of Lancer errors during the middle innings, pouring in nine runs to take a commanding 10-1 lead.

Grace was undaunted. The Lancers responded with a six-inning rally in the bottom of the sixth to pull within three at 10-7.

Sam Newkirk and Cal Curiel started the rally with run-scoring hits, and Jake Cox also drove in a run.

The final three runs came with two outs. Jeff Pawlik produced a two-run double to keep Grace’s momentum going, and a wild pitch also allowed Patrick Danforth to race home.

In the seventh, Austin Carr launched a two-run home run to pull the Lancers within one at 10-9.

Later in the inning, Danforth singled to score another and tie the game. A few batters later, a sacrifice fly from Alex Rich put the Lancers on top for the first time at 11-10.

Chris Griffin followed that up with a two-run, two-out double to grow Grace’s lead to 13-10.

The Maple Leafs countered with two runs in the top of the eighth, but Carr homered for the second time in the bottom of the eighth to extend Grace’s cushion.

The Lancers also added a two-out rally in the eighth; two singles from Tyler Cwik and Danforth started the rally, and both runners scored after a double from Pawlik.

Hunter Schumacher took care of Goshen in the top of the ninth, retiring the Maple Leafs without a run to secure the Lancers’ win.

Carr had 2 homers, 3 runs and 3 RBIs, and Pawlik hit 3 for 5 with four RBIs and two doubles. Danforth had three runs and three hits, Cwik had 2 hits, 2 walks and 3 runs scored, and Griffin went 2 for 5 with a pair of runs driven in.

Kyle Aten handled the first five innings from the mound, giving up two earned runs with four strikeouts.

The second game was filled with back-and-forth rallies. Grace struck first with a three-run first, nearly batting through the lineup.

Goshen countered with eight runs across the next two innings to take the lead, but Grace’s bats had no trouble producing runs as well.

The Lancers scored in every inning that they batted, slowly eating away at Goshen’s margin.

Carr had a run-scoring double in the second and a two-run home run in the fourth to aid Grace’s attack. His homer in the fourth cut the deficit to 8-7.

After relief pitcher Bret Wilhelmi held Goshen scoreless in the top of the fifth, Grace took the lead in the bottom of the inning.

The Lancers erupted for four runs in the bottom of the fifth, taking the lead for good. Curiel, Jake Cox, Cwik and Danforth all plated in the inning.

Grace added two more runs in the sixth for insurance. The first came after a perfectly-placed squeeze bunt by Pawlik; the second was a sac fly by Carr.

Goshen generated three runs over the final two innings, but it was not enough as Grace won 13-11.

Carr had a double, a home run and five RBIs, and Curiel was 4 for 4 with two runs scored. Cox and Cwik plated two times apiece, and Danforth was 3 for 4 with a pair of runs.

Griffin had two hits and two RBIs, and Newkirk had two hits and two runs.

Wilhelmi was Grace’s most effective hurler, allowing three runs in 4.2 innings of work.

The Lancers will remain home next week at Miller Athletic Complex for a Thursday/Friday doubleheader against Spring Arbor. Games each day are scheduled to begin at noon.

Pomeroys Split Double Header at Hosea Bell Red Dirt Classic

OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. – The SMWC Softball team (2-2) wrapped up day one of the Red Dirt Classic, splitting the day against the University of Arts and Science – Oklahoma (USA) and Mid-America Christian University (MACU). The team faced some top-tier NAIA competition including a close game against the currently #3 ranked USA.

How It Happened

The Pomeroys went 1-1 on the day, dropping game one 1-0 to #3 USA. The Pomeroys battle behind good pitching from FR Gracie Ables (6 innings 1 run 5 hits 3BB). Unfortunately, SMWC could not come up with a clutch hit to plate a run. The Poms had runners in scoring position every other inning. Coach Walker said, “The girls battled hard, and I think they realized we can compete with anyone in the entire country.”

Game 2 saw the Pomeroy bats come alive to post a 4 run win over MACU, with performances by Josie Lord (3-4 1 RBI), Ashley Shanks (2-2, 1 run, 1 RBI) and Jaselyn Conn (2-3, 1 run). The Pomeroys also got another solid pitching effort with Summer Rocha and Graycee Ansari combining to pitch a 4 hitter. Summer Rocha, “My team makes being a pitcher significantly easier. Today we found rhythm in the box and on defense that’s going to make us really hard to beat.”

Next Up

The Pomeroys are back in action today with game times of 11:30 vs Ottawa University and 7:00 vs McPherson. 

Fisher takes 8th in the NAIA in mile

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Annika Fisher ended her experience at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships as an All-American in two events.

Fisher competed in the women’s mile final on Saturday afternoon at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, South Dakota. She came in eighth place overall, with a time of 5:05.43. She picked up a point for the Goshen women’s team, bringing their total to five. The Maple Leafs were tied for 20th place with Southern Oregon through seven events.

Three participants ran under the five-minute mark, and Becca Richtman from Montana Tech finished first in a time of 4:55.76. Two other women from the Crossroads League were in the ten-person final. Abby Brennan from Taylor came in fourth, and Heather Plastow from Grace was tenth.

Yesterday, Fisher qualified for the mile final by hitting a school-record time – 5:01.92. She took down the 15-year-old record by Petrana Petkova – who had the time to beat at 5:03.19 in 2007. Petkova was also the indoor champion in the 5,000-meters and the outdoor champion in the 10,000-meters that year. Fisher came into the semifinals with the 19th best time among the 22 participants. However, she placed third in her heat and sixth among those that made it to the final.

“I was so, so proud of Annika,” head coach Rustin Nyce said yesterday after her semifinal performance. “This was a long time coming for her.”

Fisher earns All-American recognition for her eighth-place finish in the mile in addition to her All-American status as a part of the 4×800-meter relay team. That team of Fisher, Naomi Ross Richer, Mia Wellington, and Summer Cooper finished fifth in the final on Friday.

With the indoor track & field season now in the books for the Maple Leafs, the team prepares for the outdoor season now. They will start the season on Saturday, March 26, at the Polar Bear Invite held at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Men’s volleyball sets season win total record on day two at William Penn Invite

OSKALOOSA, Iowa – Goshen won two of their three games on the final day of the William Penn Invite, setting a program record for wins in a season in the process. Goshen defeated Morningside and Kansas Wesleyan in four sets each before losing to #2 William Penn in three sets.

The Maple Leafs won the first five points of the match against Morningside and won the first set 25-20. Goshen led 24-22 in the second set after a kill by Alexander Rabadzhiev, but the Mustangs scored three in a row and forced a GC timeout. The Leafs got a kill by Ian Fox, but Morningside scored the next two and won 27-25.

While the third set was close, Goshen never let the Mustangs lead and took the set 25-19. The fourth set was tight, but Goshen held the lead for the rest of the set after the teams were tied at 13. The Maple Leafs won the fourth set 25-22 and took the match 3-1.

Rabadzhiev posted a double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs, adding six blocks. Lucas Sauder led the team with 15 digs – a season-high for him. He also recorded two aces, four blocks, and ten kills. Michael Wahl had 46 assists, and Christian Rodriguez laid down 11 kills.

In the second match of the day, Goshen took on Kansas Wesleyan. The Maple Leafs got off to a quick 7-2 lead until the Coyotes won five straight points. KWU even had a three-point lead at one point, but Goshen came back to win the set 25-19.

Goshen led for nearly the entire second set, winning 25-20. The Coyotes controlled the third set, though, scoring the first four and building a 20-8 advantage. They won the set 25-17.

However, Goshen dominated in the fourth, leading 6-1 after a kill by Insee Akarapan and five more points while he served.  The Leafs won the fourth set 25-11 and the match 3-1.

Akarapan had four aces, seven kills, and seven digs. Pablo Sanchez led with 16 digs. Andrew Salinas had 24 assists. Juan Llama had eight kills, two aces, and a block. Lucas Sauder added ten kills.

“Lucas and Alex were huge for us, but we also saw Pablo get into the mix,” said head coach Lauren Ford. “He’s a great defender. Insee was also great energy for us.”

The third match of the day was the most formidable opponent of the tournament. William Penn was the host and the second-best team in the NAIA. They came into the match with a 17-2 record. The Statesmen were 3-0 in the tournament, and Goshen was 4-0. Someone had to lose.

Tied at five in the first set, William Penn scored four in a row, leading to a Goshen timeout. The Leafs cut at the lead until they were down by two, 18-16. However, the Statesmen added five more points to lead 23-16 and eventually took the set 25-19.

Goshen never had a lead in the second or third sets, as William Penn only became more dominant o their home court. They won the second set 25-16 and the third set 25-10. They made it through their four games in the tournament without losing a single set.

Rabadzhiev had six kills and six digs. Wahl had 18 assists. Andy Bennett contributed three kills and was a part of three blocks.

Ford again emphasized her pride in the middle blockers. “Their hard work is really paying off on the court,” she said.

“Michael is running a smooth offense. It really allowed us to see who we really are and what adjustments we need to make going into the last leg of the season.”

With a 16-7 record now, Goshen has set the new season school record with 16 wins in the season. The previous record was 15 from both the 2021 season and the abbreviated 2020 season. Goshen’s first season with men’s volleyball was in 2019.

Goshen plays at Adrian College on Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 pm. Then the rest of the regular season is five WHAC matches.

Smith homers twice but Goshen drops two at Grace

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – In stark contrast from Friday’s games, the Goshen baseball team found much more offensive firepower on Saturday at Grace. However, the Lancers did too, and they won 16-12 and 13-11.

Game one was a tale of two halves. And while the temperature outside got warmer, the bats did too.

Tied at one after three innings, the Goshen bats started to erupt. In the fourth, Jenner Rodammer scored off a wild throw, and the Leafs took a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Joseph Cerda hit a double to deep right field that scored Trent Sillett and Morgan Baker. In the fifth, Peyton Smith hit a two-run home run to deep left on a 1-1 count that brought in Rodammer as well. Goshen was up 6-1.

The Maple Leafs tacked four more in the sixth to take a 10-1 advantage. Nate Lange was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Cerda scored. Rodammer hit a dribbler down the first baseline with the bases loaded and wasn’t tagged, and the throw home was wild, and Joshua Rubio and Char Reeves scored. Smith singled later in the inning that brought Lange home.

Goshen appeared to be in a stable position, but the Lancers weren’t done yet. Dalton Soergel had only allowed one run through his first five innings, but Grace scored six in the bottom of the sixth. Most notable was a double down the right-field line from Jeff Pawlik that scored two. Soergel ended his day after 5.2 innings, allowing six earned runs and six hits.

Grace continued the onslaught in the seventh with six more runs. Austin Carr hit a two-run shot to left, and Chris Griffin brought in two with his double to center. Smith had a two-RBI single in the top of the eighth to pull Goshen within one, but the Lancers added a few more in the bottom half and won 16-12.

Smith finished the game hitting 4-5 with a home run and five RBIs. Cerda was 2-4 with a double, a run, and two RBIs.

The offense continued for both teams in game two. Grace scored in each of the first six innings. Goshen had big innings in the second and third.

In the first inning, the Lancers had three separate singles that brought in three runs. But Goshen took a 5-3 lead after they were up to bat in the second. The first Maple Leafs run came from a double by Lange to deep left-center that scored Cerda and Reeves. Then, Smith had his second home run of the day with a three-run blast to deep left on the first pitch he saw in the at-bat. Lange and Rodammer scored.

After Grace added a run in the bottom half, Lange had a single to right that brought in Evan Creager and Cerda. Smith singled later in the inning, and Reeves came home, making it 7-4 in Goshen’s favor.

The difference came when the Lancers scored seven runs in their next three innings while Goshen couldn’t capitalize in the fourth and fifth. The home team led 11-8 when Creager cut the deficit with a two-run home run to center in the sixth, scoring Baker. In the sixth, Grace added two more runs, and Smith had another RBI from a sacrifice fly in the seventh. But the Lancers held on to win 13-11.

In game two, Smith had five RBIs for Goshen, going 2-4 with a home run. He finished the day with six hits in nine attempts between the games, two home runs, and ten RBIs. This season, Smith has three home runs, and GC has eight as a team.

Lange was 3-4 with a double and four RBIs. Rodammer went 3-4 as well.

Eric Pettipiece had the start for Goshen, throwing four innings and allowing seven earned runs with three strikeouts. For Grace, Bret Wilhelmi earned the win by allowing three earned runs over the final 4.2 innings.

The teams combined for nine runs on Friday but a whopping 52 on Saturday. There were 21 hits on Friday and 54 between Saturday’s games.

Grace improves to a .500 record, now sitting at 8-8. Goshen falls to 4-10 overall and 1-3 in the Crossroads League. Goshen plays at Saint Francis on Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, with doubleheaders starting at 1:00 pm on both days.

Eagles fall twice to #7 Trojans

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball lost both ends of a doubleheader to seventh-ranked Trevecca Nazarene University, 9-4 and 15-3, Saturday at the USI Baseball Field. The Screaming Eagles are 6-3 to start the year, while Trevecca is 12-2 in 2022.  

Game One:

The opening game of the doubleheader was all Trevecca as the Trojans scored five in the second and cruised to a 9-4 victory in the opener.

After falling behind 7-0 after 6.5 innings, the Eagle bats came to life and cut the deficit to 7-3 in the bottom of the seventh. USI got RBI-singles from sophomore pinch hitter Michael Conner (Moline, Illinois) and sophomore catcher Tyler Kapust (Sellersburg, Indiana), while junior rightfielder Ren Tachioka (Japan) provided a RBI-double for the third run.

The Trojans reclaimed two of the runs with a pair of tallies in the top of the eighth, while USI got one more in the ninth before running out of outs in the 9-4 loss.

USI sophomore right-hander Trent Robinson (Louisville, Kentucky) took the loss for the Eagles, allowing five runs, one earned in 2.2 innings of work. Robinson (1-1) allowed five hits and three walks in the loss.

Game Two:

USI allowed a combined 11 runs in the second and third innings before falling in seven innings to Trevecca, 15-3, in seven innings.

The Eagles scored twice in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead before the Trojans scored five in the second, six in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the sixth to close out the 15-3 win. USI tried to get some momentum in the third with a tally but that was all the Eagles would get in the nightcap.

USI sophomore left-hander Blake Ciuffetelli (Newburgh, Indiana) took the loss for the Eagles. Ciuffeteli (1-1) allowed seven runs, four earned, in two innings of work.

Up Next for the Eagles:

USI hits the road this week when it travels to the University of West Florida for a pair games before returning to the friendly surrounding of the USI Baseball Field to host a three-game set with Davenport University.

The Eagles visit to West Florida is set for Tuesday at 5 p.m. (CST) and Wednesday at 1 p.m. (CST) first in Pensacola, Florida. The Argonauts are 7-5 a month into the season and going into their three-game series at Christian Brothers University this weekend.

USI trails West Florida, 4-0, in the all-time series that started in 2018.

The USI-Davenport three-game set will run March 11-13 at the USI Baseball Field. Davenport is 6-10 overall after going 4-5 on a trip to Florida last week.

USI is 1-2 versus Davenport all-time after the first series meeting between the two programs in 2020 at a neutral site in Alabama.

Eagles fall to hot-shooting Flyers in GLVC semifinals

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.—University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball’s quest for a GLVC Tournament title came to an end Saturday as the top-seeded Screaming Eagles suffered an 88-72 loss to No. 5-seeded Lewis University in the semifinals at First Community Arena.

The Screaming Eagles (23-5) struggled to slow down the Flyers’ offense throughout the contest as Lewis shot 57.1 percent (32-56) from the field and 57.1 percent (12-21) from three-point range.

USI got a dominate performance from its bench, which outscored the Flyers’ reserves, 32-7, but the Eagles shot just 39.7 percent (25-63) from the field and 21.1 percent (4-19) from three-point range.

Turnovers early in the contest hurt the Eagles. USI committed an uncharacteristic 13 offensive miscues in the opening half as it went into the break trailing, 41-36.

Lewis (16-14) held USI to just 21.4 (3-14) percent from the field in the third quarter as it outscored the Eagles, 22-12, to extend its lead to 15 points heading into the final 10 minutes of the game.

USI’s shooting woes continued into the fourth quarter where it went 7-of-18 (.389) from the field. The Flyers, meanwhile, went 9-of-12 (.750) from the field and 4-of-5 (.800) from three-point range in the final 10 minutes after going 9-of-17 (.529) from the field and 3-of-6 (.500) from behind the arc in the third period.

Senior forward Ashlynn Brown (Perrysburg, Ohio) paced the Eagles with 15 points and seven rebounds, while freshman guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) added nine points. USI got scoring contributions from all 10 players that saw the court Saturday, with eight players finishing with at least five points.

Sophomore guard Taylor Gugliuzza led the Flyers with a game-high 27 points, while junior guard Grace Hilber added 25 points, five assists and four steals. Sophomore forward Kathryn Schmidt added 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

USI awaits a likely at-large bid to the NCAA II Midwest Region Tournament when the selections are announced Sunday at 9 p.m. (CST) on NCAA.com. The eight-team NCAA II Midwest Region Tournament is March 11-14 at a site to be announced.

USI Softball drops two in Florida

WINTER HAVEN, Fla.—University of Southern Indiana Softball suffered a pair of setbacks Saturday at The Spring Games. The Screaming Eagles fell, 4-3, in eight innings to Winona State University in their opener before losing to No. 17 Minnesota State University-Mankato, 2-0, in their second game.

USI (12-8) jumped out to a 1-0 lead against Winona State when junior second baseman Rachel Martinez (Chicago, Illinois) hit a two-out, solo home run in the top of the first inning.

Winona State (11-3) quickly responded with a 2-1 shot in the bottom of the first and the two teams remained scoreless throughout the next five innings; until freshman pitcher Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana) hit a two-run shot in the top of the seventh inning to give the Eagles a brief 3-2 lead.

The Warriors, however, rallied to tie the game at 3-3 and force extra innings with a tally in the bottom of the seventh. Winona State took advantage of the international tie-breaker rule to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

Senior pitcher Maddie Duncan (Lynnville, Indiana) was charged with the loss after giving up the game-winning run. Duncan (2-4), who also was charged with the loss against Minnesota State, took over in the circle for Gotshall, who allowed three runs off seven hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.

Minnesota State (7-4) hit a solo home run in the top of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead over the Eagles. The Mavericks tacked on another tally in the fourth inning to build a 2-0 advantage.

USI, meanwhile, had runners and first and second base three times, but could not push a runner past second base in all three cases as it suffered its first shutout of the season.

Despite getting the loss, Duncan was strong in the circle for the Eagles, giving up the two runs, just one earned, off three hits in 3 2/3 innings of work. Freshman Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) also was strong in the circle as she held the Mavericks to just three hits while record six strikeouts in 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

USI returns to action Monday at 2:45 p.m. (CST) when it takes on Lynn University. The Eagles also play Ferris State University Monday at 5 p.m. before finishing The Spring Games Tuesday with games against No. 7 Grand Valley State University (9 a.m.) and Ashland University (11:15 a.m.).

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Van Prooyen Earns All-American Honors in 5,000-meters

Brookings, S.D. – The Taylor men’s track and field team concluded the final day of competition at the 2022 NAIA Indoor National Championships. The day did not go as planned and many performances were not what the Trojans were hoping for. However, the last event on the track brought some light to the Purple and Gold, as Derek Van Prooyen collected All-American honors in the 5,000-meters.

In an extremely talented 5,000-meter field, Derek Van Prooyen and Alex Helmuth competed with grit as both men finished in the top-10. Helmuth raced in the top pack from the beginning, even throughout lead shuffles and changes. He ran strong, however Helmuth narrowly missed earning All-American honors, ending in ninth place overall with a time of 14:45.75. Van Prooyen cruised a smart race from the beginning, before making a move and shifting into the top-eight. Van Prooyen ended with a strong finish and grabbed seventh-place, claiming his first track and field All-American award, while clocking a time of 14:42.78.

In the 60-meter hurdle finals, Matthew Sakeuh got tripped up on the second-to-last hurdle and unfortunately fell. The senior ended up disqualified in the event.

Sammy Sommers logged a distance of 14.03-meters in the triple jump. The junior finished in 17th place overall.

Liam Hesting fouled his three attempts in the shot put prelims and did not record a mark.

In the pole vault, Damon Knowles did not attempt a height.

The Taylor men garnered two points for the weekend, and ended the meet in 53rd place.

The Trojans will have a few weeks off before turning their attention to the outdoor track and field season. TU will kick off the outdoor action at the Emory Invitational on March 25 and 26 in Atlanta, Georgia.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Finish 10th at Nationals; Claim Three All-American Awards on Final Day

Brookings, S.D. – The Taylor women’s track and field team competed in the third and final day of the 2022 NAIA National Championships. The three Trojans who performed on Saturday capped off the meet with success, as all three women earned All-American honors. TU finished in an impressive 10th place as a team, tallying a total of 20 points for the weekend.

Abbey Brennan kicked off the action as she competed in the mile finals. The senior raced against a final field of 10 runners and needed to finish top-eight to earn All-American honors. Brennan ran a smart and gutsy race from the start, sticking in the front pack. Brennan cruised to a time of 5:00.46 and crossed the line in fourth place. The senior earned her second All-American award of the weekend, after leading off in the women’s 4×800-meter relay that finished second on Friday.

TU’s second event on the track was the 60-meter hurdle finals. Patience Sakeuh clocked a time of 8.68, tying her career-best time. The sophomore finished in fifth place overall, improving greatly upon her initial seed of No. 20. This is Sakeuh’s second All-American award in her Taylor career. Sakeuh finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdle finals one year ago, at the 2021 Indoor National Championships.

Giovanna Domene wrapped up the day for the Trojans with a new school record and an All-American performance in the 1,000-meter finals. Domene clocked a lifetime-best time of 2:57.00 and finished in sixth place overall. The senior earned her second All-American award of the weekend, after racing the women’s 4×800-meter relay finals on Friday and ending as the runner-up.

The Trojans will have a few weeks off before turning their attention to the outdoor track and field season. TU will kick off the outdoor action at the Emory Invitational on March 25 and 26 in Atlanta, Georgia.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Finds Second-Straight 12-9 Triumph

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – The Taylor men’s lacrosse team scored its first road win of the young season on Saturday, topping Mount Vernon Nazarene by a 12-9 margin for TU’s second-straight victory by that score.

Alex Blum and Carter Prieditis each posted three goals to lead the scoring for the Trojans, while Teegan Heiniger and Nic Richardson found the net twice. Aidan Craig fed the scorers all day, posting a game-high five assists.

Taylor played clean throughout, committing only five turnovers in the contest and out-shooting the previously unbeaten Cougars (4-1) by 14.

It took another strong second-half to pull out the victory, as Taylor trailed by one goal at the end of the first and second periods before winning the second half by a 7-3 count.

A 3-0 scoring edge in the third turned the game in TU’s favor, as Blum, Nathaniel Phinney and Reid Gerig each beat the MVNU keeper to send the Purple and Gold to the final stanza with an 8-6 advantage.

Another string of three-straight tallies helped Taylor put the game away in the fourth, as Craig set up Prieditis twice in that run and Blum collected his third score to push the gap to 11-7.

Taylor (2-2) will return home to host Trine on Thursday, March 10 in a new start time of 3:00 pm at Wheeler Field.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Mount Monumental Comeback in Game Two to Win Series

INDIANAPOLIS – The Taylor University baseball team won its first Crossroads League series of the season, splitting a day-two doubleheader against Marian (9-9, 1-3) en route to taking the weekend series three games to one.

Taylor mounted a monumental comeback in game two to claim the series, morphing a 9-1 deficit into a 12-10 win, after having lost to Marian earlier in the day by a striking score of 20-10.

In what was a wild second game of the day, senior shortstop, Nick Rusche, led things off with sharp two-bagger to right, and then came around to score thanks to some Taylor small-ball and a Marian error. The Knights answered in the bottom of the first with nine runs, however, while sending 15 guys to the plate, 10 of whom recorded hits.

Taylor hung its head high, though, posting five runs of its own in the top-half of the third inning to make it a 9-6 game.

TJ Bass got the ball rolling by drawing a walk, which was followed by Kaleb Kolpien reaching base on a Marian error. First baseman, Kade Vander Molen, then, knocked a single through the left side, bringing Bass home. Kolpien soon scored on a wild pitch, after which Jacob Morris drew a walk to put two Trojans on base for senior, Conner Crawford, who capped the third-inning rally with a three-run homer to left.

Crawford finished the day with seven runs-batted-in, ballooning his season-total to 22, which is now good enough for a share of third place in the league.

Marian added a run in the fourth to make it a 10-6 game, though Taylor would eventually score six-unanswered runs to steal the game and claim the series.

Pivotal for Taylor along the way in its comeback was senior, Drake Gongwer (1-2), who came on in relief with two outs in the first inning, subsequently completing the game with six-and-one-third innings of one-run work. Gongwer allowed just five hits throughout his outing, meanwhile retiring a career-high 11 Knights via the strikeout.

In support of Gongwer’s remarkable relief outing, Taylor took the lead in the sixth inning, when the Trojans put a five-spot on the board.

Vander Molen got the train moving this time by knocking a single to left, after which Morris reached on an error to set up another big at-bat for Crawford. Taylor’s right fielder settled for a double this time around, bringing both Vander Molen and Morris around to score.

Then, with two outs, a trio of Trojans smacked three hits-in-a-row, first Michael Pinarski with a single, followed by a Rusche double and culminating with a triple by Camden Knepp, all with the effect of working a 12-10 Trojan lead.

From that point on, Gongwer took care of the rest, posting two final zeroes on the board as Taylor flipped a 9-1 deficit into a 12-10 win.

In game one, Taylor was the team to work an early lead, up 6-0 heading into the bottom of the third, when Marian posted an eight-spot on the board. That was the start of a stretch of play throughout which Marian outscored Taylor 20-4, en route to Taylor’s only loss of the series.

In what was an altogether forgettable game for the Trojan pitching staff, sophomore, Jack Ross, was the lone man to prevent the Knights from scoring, as he posted a zero in the run column throughout one-and-a-third innings of work.

On the offensive end, catcher, Ben Kalbaugh, and freshman third baseman, Mason David, each recorded two hits, while together driving in three of Taylor’s 10 runs. Kalbaugh’s two runs-batted-in came on a seventh-inning home run to left, his first of the season.

Junior, TJ Bass, also blasted a home run in game one, a solo shot to left-center in the fourth, which increased his season-total to six and bumped his league-leading RBI-total to 32.

Meanwhile, Conner Crawford, contributed an additional two RBI toward the Trojan offense output, a primer for his five-RBI effort in game two.

Nonetheless, the offense could not quite keep pace with Marian in game one, as the Knights ended the game early with a 20-10 victory.

By the end of the day, Kaleb Kolpien had increased his league-leading hit total to 33, while Rusche set his league-leading runs-scored total to 24.

Taylor (12-7, 3-1) and its explosive offense is set to host its first game of the 2022 season on Tuesday, March 8th, when the Trojans welcome Defiance College (1-0) to Winterholter Field for a 3:00 pm first-pitch.

Men’s Lacrosse: Ravens Outlast Bison

The Anderson University men’s lacrosse team traveled to West Virginia to take on the Bethany College Bison in a non-conference match-up. During the road contest the Ravens (2-2) secured an 8-7 victory over the Bison (2-2).

The Bison got off to a quick start, scoring their first goal of the game with 14 minutes, 11 seconds on the clock. Just three minutes later they followed with their second goal to take a 2-0 lead over the Ravens. Anderson got their first goal of the match with 8:36 left in the first quarter. Josh Rhodes recorded the Ravens goal off a Clayton Emery. In the final seconds of the quarter, Bethany added on one more goal to take a 3-1.

Second quarter action once again saw the Bison get on the board first. This time it would take a few minutes before the goal came. At 10:38, Bethany held a 4-1 lead over Anderson. The rest of the quarter went in favor of the Ravens as they went on an offensive attack to tie up the game. Johnathan Havener got the action going with a goal at 7:59. A few minutes later at 5:33, Emery made it a one score game off an unassisted goal. Then, with 18 seconds left in the quarter, Logan Lawrence recorded an unassisted goal to make it a 4-4 game heading into halftime.

Coming out of halftime it was a back-and-forth battle for the rest of the game. A Zach Thompson goal off an Emery assist to give the Ravens a 5-4 lead, their first lead of the game, with 9:22 remaining in the third quarter. With 5:50 on the clock, the Bison tied it up in a man-up situation to make it a 5-5 game. Bethany then took a 6-5 lead that went until the end of the quarter.

Quickly in the fourth quarter, the Ravens’ Havener scored to tie the game up 6-6 with 14:40 left in the contest. Two minutes later, Havener followed with another goal in a man-up situation. Then, at 10:55, the Ravens took a two-goal lead from a Rhodes goal to lead the Bison 8-6. Bethany quickly answered to make it once again a one goal game with 9:33 remaining. Neither team could capitalize on any more offensive opportunities, ultimately allowing the Ravens to secure an 8-7 road victory.

Havener ended the day with a hat-trick, leading the Ravens in goals as he took 12 shots, 11 of which were on goal. Eric Fisher recorded 20 saves on 27 shots faced during the contest in goal. Kenny Bentley won 11-out-of-18 faceoffs for Anderson, while recording seven ground balls. Michael Ertel notched seven ground balls and two caused turnovers. Havener totaled four caused turnovers and six ground balls. Blake Seifert contributed six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Mason Bratcher added two caused turnovers. In total, the Ravens outshot the Bison 48-36.

Head Coach Jacob Ashton had the following to say about the contest: “We found a way to win today, Kenny [Bentley] battled all day at the X and helped us control the possession game.” He continued to say, “Mason [Bratcher] did a great job defensively and helped us create transition opportunities off our clears. Eric [Fisher] had another great day in goal. It’s great to have Logan [Lawrence] back in limited action as he was able to put up a crucial goal for us.”

Anderson will be back at Macholtz Stadium on Wednesday as they host Wilmington College (Ohio) (2-2) at 5PM.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1884       High winds tear off the grandstand roof of Manhattan’s Southeast Diamond, but the one-year-old ballpark will be ready for the Gothams’ National League home opener on May 1st. The team, renamed the Giants next season, will win their first dozen games at the repaired facility, located at 5th Avenue and 110th street, commonly referred to as the Polo Grounds, because the sport of kings took place in the 1870s at the site.

1907       The courts formally acquit Phillies’ owner A.J. Reach and John Rogers from damages resulting from the 1903 Baker Bowl disaster. A balcony had collapsed at the Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue ballpark, killing 12 and leaving 232 fans injured.

1923       The Cardinals announce players will wear numbers on their uniforms’ sleeves, with the digits corresponding to the player’s place in the batting order. The Redbirds strongly disapprove of the concept implemented by St. Louis manager Branch Rickey, who acted on a suggestion put forth by sportswriter John Sheridan.

1938       The Phillies trade first baseman Dolph Camilli to the Dodgers for utility player Eddie Morgan and $45,000. The heavy-hitting infielder will spend six seasons in Brooklyn, having his best year in 1941 when he wins the National League MVP after leading the circuit in home runs and RBIs.

1945       In some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, Harry O’Neill is killed in the battle for Iwo Jima. In 1939, the fallen Marine played one game in the major leagues, appearing with the A’s as a catcher.

1948       The Braves acquire All-Star second baseman Eddie Stanky from the Dodgers for Bama Rowell and $60,000. The 32 year-old hard-nosed infielder, known as the Brat, will play a pivotal role in Boston’s National League championship this season.

1951       Perennial loser Charlie Brown, who made his debut in Charles Schultz’s Peanut comic strip last October, appears in his first baseball game. The team’s pitcher and the manager usually fielded the following lineup first baseman – Shermy, second baseman – Linus, third baseman – Pig-pen, shortstop – Snoopy, right fielder – Lucy, center fielder -Patty, left fielder -Violet, and catcher – Schroeder.

1971       Joe Cronin, the AL president, defers to A’s owner Charlie Finley’s request to allow three balls, rather than four, to constitute a base on balls during an exhibition game against the Brewers. The experiment, designed to add offense and speed up the game, proves tedious for both teams when 19 walks are issued, and six homers clear the fence during the 13-9 spring training victory for Oakland.

1973       In a spring training game against the Pirates, Larry Hisle becomes the first designated hitter in major league history. The contention that the new American League rule will add more offense to the game appears correct when the Twins’ DH hits two homers and drives in seven runs.

1976       Before the return of natural grass is in place for Opening Day, approximately a thousand people show up at Comiskey Park to get a piece of the 18,000 square feet of artificial turf covering the infield that Bill Veeck made available to the fans. The new White Sox owner, sensing a lack of public interest during the work stoppage, decided to stage the promotion to spark interest in the upcoming season, reminding fans, “when you go to the ballpark, you are entitled to the smell of freshly cut grass.”

1987       Free agent Andre Dawson signs a blank contract to join the Cubs. The former player for the Expos will win the National League MVP, making him a bargain at $500,000, the amount Chicago decided to pay the All-Star outfielder.

2001       The dedication of two sculptures, located 60 feet-six inches apart, depicting Johnny Podres pitching to Roy Campanella during the seventh game of the 1955 World Series, takes place on the south lawn of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The life-sized bronze statues, designed by figurative sculptor Stanley Bleifeld, were donated by an ardent Dodger fan Sheldon Fireman.

2001       Bill Mazeroski, the 1960 World Series hero who compiled a .260 batting average during his 17 seasons with the Pirates, is elected into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. The group, who met in closed sessions and cast multiple classified ballots, also selects six-time All-Star right-hander Hilton Smith, a pitching standout with the Kansas City Monarchs, who was often overshadowed by his teammate Satchel Paige.

2005       Suzyn Waldman, making her debut with John Sterling on WCBS-AM (880), the Yankees radio flagship, becomes the first woman in big-league history to be a full-time color commentator. The former radio-talk host on WFAN, the first all-sports radio station in the country, was also the first female to broadcast on a nationally telecast baseball game and the first local TV (Yankees) major league play-by-play announcer.

2020       Twenty-eight-year-old outfielder Chris Yelich signs the most extended and richest deal in Brewers’ history, agreeing to a seven-year, $187.25 million contract extension. The agreement most likely keeps the 2018 National League Most Valuable Player, who won the National League’s batting title last two seasons in Milwaukee for the remainder of his career.

TV SUNDAY

BOWLINGTIME ETTV
PBA: Roth/Holman Doubles Championship12:00pmFS1
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MENTIME ETTV
Houston at Memphis12:00pmCBS
Big South Championship12:00pmESPN2
Penn State at Rutgers12:00pmBTN
Michigan at Ohio State12:30pmFOX
MVC Championship2:00pmCBS
UCF at Tulsa2:00pmESPNU
Patriot League Semifinal2:00pmCBSSN
Nebraska at Wisconsin2:00pmBTN
USF at Temple2:00pmESPN+
Tulane at SMU3:00pmESPN+
Patriot League Semifinal4:00pmCBSSN
SoCon Semifinal4:00pmESPNU
Maryland at Michigan State4:30pmCBS
Sun Belt Semifinal6:00pmESPN+
SoCon Semifinal6:30pmESPNU
Summit League Quarterfinal: Kansas City vs. South Dakota7:00pmESPN+
Iowa at Illinois7:30pmFS1
Minnesota at Northwestern7:30pmBTN
Sun Belt Semifinal8:30pmESPN+
Summit League Quarterfinal: Oral Roberts vs. Western Illinois9:30pmESPN+
FISHINGTIME ETTV
Bassmaster Series8:00amFS1
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA: Arnold Palmer Invitational12:30pmGOLF
PGA: Puerto Rico Open2:30pmGOLF
PGA: Arnold Palmer Invitational2:30pmNBC
Champions: Hoag Classic4:30pmGOLF
MotorsportsTIME ETTV
NASCAR Cup: Pennzoil 4003:30pmFOX
NBATIME ETTV
Brooklyn at Boston1:00pmABC
Phoenix at Milwaukee3:30pmABC
Indiana at Washington6:00pmNBCS-WSH
Bally Sports
Memphis at Houston7:00pmATTSN-SW
Bally Sports
Utah at Oklahoma City7:00pmBally Sports
ATTSN-RM
Toronto at Cleveland7:30pmESPN
Sportsnet
Bally Sports
New Orleans at Denver8:00pmBally Sports
ALT
New York at LA Clippers10:00pmESPN
MSG
Bally Sports
NHLTIME ETTV
Los Angeles at Buffalo1:00pmBally Sports
MSG-BUF
St. Louis at New Jersey1:00pmBally Sports
MSG+
Dallas at Minnesota4:00pmTNT
Tampa Bay at Chicago7:00pmNHLN
Bally Sports
NBCS-CHI
NY Rangers at Winnipeg7:00pmMSG
Sportsnet
Seattle at Carolina7:00pmRoot Sports
Bally Sports
Ottawa at Vegas8:00pmATTSN-RM
Sportsnet
San Jose at Anaheim8:00pmNBCS-CA
Bally Sports

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami4322.66222-721-1511-228-138-22 W
Philadelphia3924.6193.018-1321-116-723-157-31 L
Milwaukee3925.6093.522-1217-139-325-186-43 W
Chicago3925.6093.524-1015-157-424-166-44 L
Boston3827.5855.022-1116-168-627-168-22 W
Cleveland3627.5716.019-1117-167-421-164-63 L
Toronto3429.5408.017-1517-147-523-184-62 L
Brooklyn3232.50010.513-1819-147-522-173-73 L
Charlotte3233.49211.016-1516-185-721-204-62 W
10 Atlanta3132.49211.019-1312-198-520-206-42 W
11 Washington2834.45213.516-1712-176-721-214-61 L
12 New York2538.39717.013-1912-194-914-251-97 L
13 Indiana2243.33821.015-187-252-1211-313-71 L
14 Detroit1747.26625.510-217-265-713-255-52 W
15 Orlando1649.24627.07-229-272-1110-324-61 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix5112.81028-723-56-430-98-22 W
Memphis4421.6778.022-1022-117-429-137-31 W
Golden State4321.6728.526-717-149-326-152-84 L
Utah3923.62911.522-1017-1311-125-138-21 L
Dallas3925.60912.522-1117-1411-228-158-24 W
Denver3726.58714.018-1119-155-922-188-21 W
Minnesota3629.55416.020-1216-179-424-187-34 W
LA Clippers3431.52318.019-1315-187-621-237-35 W
LA Lakers2835.44423.019-169-193-1016-233-71 W
10 New Orleans2736.42924.015-1712-194-718-206-44 W
11 Portland2538.39726.016-189-201-1011-284-64 L
12 San Antonio2440.37527.511-1913-214-714-224-64 L
13 Sacramento2442.36428.515-189-245-717-264-61 L
14 Oklahoma City2043.31731.09-2211-214-614-273-71 L
15 Houston1548.23836.08-217-272-87-320-1012 L
 

Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs. 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Conference

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Carolina Hurricanes5538125813718813220-4-218-8-36-2-2
Florida Panthers5537135793522716325-6-012-7-56-4-0
Tampa Bay Lightning5436126783418615219-5-417-7-27-2-1
Pittsburgh Penguins5734149773218515215-8-519-6-46-3-1
New York Rangers5535155753116513819-5-316-10-27-2-1
Toronto Maple Leafs5535164743320216319-7-116-9-35-4-1
Boston Bruins5634184723217115216-10-118-8-37-2-1
Washington Capitals5730189692818515814-11-516-7-45-5-0
Columbus Blue Jackets5628253592518620515-11-313-14-05-3-2
10 Detroit Red Wings5624266542116320316-11-38-15-34-6-0
11 New York Islanders5221238502013314711-11-410-12-44-4-2
12 Philadelphia Flyers55172810441713919210-15-57-13-52-6-2
13 Buffalo Sabres561830844161532009-14-49-16-44-6-0
14 Ottawa Senators5419305431814217710-16-29-14-33-6-1
15 New Jersey Devils5519315431816820011-13-38-18-24-6-0
16 Montreal Canadiens561534737131372128-17-17-17-67-3-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche5640115853722215923-3-317-8-26-3-1
Calgary Flames5433147733119013315-4-518-10-28-1-1
St. Louis Blues5432166703019214819-6-213-10-46-3-1
Minnesota Wild5332183672820017116-5-116-13-23-7-0
Los Angeles Kings5630197672816616014-12-216-7-57-3-0
Vegas Golden Knights5631214662718216615-13-316-8-14-5-1
Nashville Predators5531204662917415515-10-016-10-44-6-0
Dallas Stars5431203652815915720-7-111-13-27-2-1
Edmonton Oilers5630224642718418014-12-016-10-45-4-1
10 Vancouver Canucks5728236622516416512-10-316-13-37-3-0
11 Anaheim Ducks5726229612216917715-11-411-11-53-6-1
12 Winnipeg Jets55242110582316617014-10-210-11-84-4-2
13 San Jose Sharks5524256542214317613-13-311-12-32-5-3
14 Chicago Blackhawks5620288481714119210-14-410-14-44-5-1
15 Seattle Kraken5717355391614620410-17-37-18-22-7-1
16 Arizona Coyotes551635436151322019-20-17-15-35-5-0
 

Last updated Mar. 6, 1:27 ET

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