BOONE GROVE 2 KOUTS 1

SOUTH-CENTRAL 9 WASHINGTON TWP. 6

SOUTH BEND RILEY 5 OREGON DAVIS 0

MUNSTER 5 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 3

TECUMSEH 11 PIKE CENTRAL 1

BOONVILLE 13 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 5

NORTHRIDGE 9 PLYMOUTH 5

TAYLOR 6 CLINTON CENTRAL 5

CHRUBUSCO 22 HAMILTON 1

FRANKTON 12 SHENANDOAH 2

JEFFERSONVILLE 5 PROVIDENCE 1

SEEGER 3 TWIN LAKES 1

WESTFIELD 8 AVON 3

MOORESVILLE 13 WHITELAND 3

JASPER 10 S. SPENCER 0

CARROLL 10 EASTERN 6

CARROLL FW 9 BELLMONT 7

LEO 11 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 1

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INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

EVANSVILLE NORTH 13 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 3

SOUTH-CENTRAL 18 MICHIGAN CITY 3

CHARLESTOWN 8 HENRYVILLE 6

MUNSTER 2 BOONE GROVE 0

TECUMSEH 3 HERITAGE HILLS 0

DELTA 11 SHENANDOAH 4

RIVER FOREST 6 WHITING 3

NORTHRIDGE 10 PLYMOUTH 0

UNION CITY 25 TRI 11

GLENN 28 CULVER ACADEMY 10

MOORESVILLE 1 WHITELAND 0

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 9 FRANKFORT 2

BREMEN 10 KNOX 5

YORKTOWN 9 MADISON GRANT 1

NEW PALESTINE 16 LIVING WATER HOMESCHOOL 0

CENTER GROVE 3 TRI WEST HENDRICKS 0

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 11 SOLOMON 1

CHRUBUSCO 7 FORT WAYNE LUERS 2

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INDIANA GIRLS TENNIS SECTIONALS

TERRE HAUTE NORTH 4 N. CENTRAL FARMERSBURG 1

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 3 AUSTIN 2

CASTLE 5 S. SPENCER 0

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 5 NORTH POSEY 0

SOUTHRIDGE 5 PIKE CENTRAL 0

JASPER 5 FOREST PARK 0

ROCHESTER 4 KNOX 1

CULVER ACADEMY 4 N. JUDSON 1

WARSAW 5 WAWASEE 0

PORTAGE 3 BOONE GROVE 2

*MOST MATCHES WEDENSDAY WERE RAINED OUT

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NBA PLAYOFFS.

GOLDEN STATE 112 DALLAS 87

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#1 Heat vs. #2

CELTICS EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (SERIES 1-0)

GAME   TEAM    DATE     TIME (ET)             TV           VENUE

1              CELTICS 107-118 HEAT  

2              CELTICS @ HEAT               THU, MAY 19     8:30 PM               ESPN     FTX ARENA

3              HEAT @ CELTICS               SAT, MAY 21      8:30 PM               ABC        TD GARDEN

4              HEAT @ CELTICS               MON, MAY 23   8:30 PM               ABC        TD GARDEN

5              CELTICS @ HEAT               WED, MAY 25    8:30 PM               ESPN     FTX ARENA

6              HEAT @ CELTICS               FRI, MAY 27        8:30 PM               ESPN     TD GARDEN

7              CELTICS @ HEAT               SUN, MAY 29     8:30 PM               ESPN     FTX ARENA

#1 WARRIORS VS. #4 MAVERICKS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (GS 1-0)

GAME   TEAM    DATE     TIME (ET)             TV           VENUE

1              GOLDEN STATE 112 DALLAS 87

2              MAVERICKS @ WARRIORS           FRI, MAY 20        9:00 PM               TNT        FOOTPRINT CENTER

3              WARRIORS @ MAVERICKS          SUN, MAY 22     9:00 PM               TNT        AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER

4              WARRIORS @ MAVERICKS          TUE, MAY 24      9:00 PM               TNT        AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER

5              MAVERICKS @ WARRIORS           THU, MAY 26     9:00 PM               TNT        FOOTPRINT CENTER

6              WARRIORS @ MAVERICKS          SAT, MAY 28      9:00 PM               TNT        AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER

7              MAVERICKS @ WARRIORS           MON, MAY 30   8:00 PM               TNT        FOOTPRINT CENTER

NHL PLAYOFFS.

CAROLINA 2 NY RANGERS 1

CALGARY 9 EDMONTON 6

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

CINCINNATI AT CLEVELAND POSTPONED

TAMPA BAY 6 DETROIT 1

MINNESOTA 14 OAKLAND 4

BOSTON 5 HOUSTON 1

NY YANKEES 3 BALTIMORE 2

SEATTLE 5 TORONTO 1

TEXAS 6 LA ANGELS 5 (10)

KANSAS CITY 6 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2

MILWAUKEE 7 ATLANTA 6 (11)

COLORADO 5 SAN FRANCISCO 3

LA DODGERS 5 ARIZONA 3

WASHINGTON 5 MIAMI 4 (10)

PHILADELPHIA 3 SAN DIEGO 0

NY METS 11 ST. LOUIS 4

PITTSBURGH 3 CHICAGO CUBS 2

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

TOLEDO AT INDIANAPOLIS POSTPONED.. MAKEUP DATE TODAY

SOUTH BEND 8 WISCONSIN 2

WEST MICHIGAN 9 FORT WAYNE 0

WNBA

SEATTLE 74 CHICAGO 71

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USFL

PITTSBURGH 21 HOUSTON 20

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Curry’s 21 points, 12 boards lead Warriors in Game 1, 112-87

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Once Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson slowed down, caught their breath and stopped rushing shots, the Splash Brothers got on a roll that proved too much for Dallas to stop.

Especially because Andrew Wiggins worked end to end to make sure Luka Doncic couldn’t get going.

Curry had 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Golden State held Doncic in check and the Warriors beat the Mavericks 112-87 on Wednesday night for a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

“Just make him work, that was the main thing,” Wiggins said.

Doncic scored 20 points but shot just 6 for 18 and 3 of 10 from deep. He made back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first half to get his team within 54-45 at the break, but Curry and Thompson heated up and helped the Warriors pull away in the second half.

“A great job. That’s it,” Doncic said. “They did a great job.”

Jalen Brunson scored 14 points but missed all five of his 3s for the surprising Mavs, who stunned the top-seeded Suns in a 123-90 thumping in Game 7 on Sunday in Phoenix.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Friday night at Chase Center, where the raucous, yellow-clad sellout crowd brought back memories of that 2007 “We Believe” Warriors playoff team led by Baron Davis that shocked the No. 1-seeded Mavericks in a six-game first-round upset at Oracle Arena.

That helped propel Golden State back to prominence. The Warriors reached five straight NBA Finals from 2015-19 but missed the playoffs the past two years before this run.

Wiggins added 19 points, getting Golden State going by making six of his first eight shots on the way to shooting 8 for 17. Jordan Poole also scored 19 off the bench.

Doncic received a scratch across his face early from a first-quarter swipe by Wiggins. The mark – “makes me look tough,” he quipped – went from the bridge of the star guard’s nose across his right cheek under the eye. Doncic also tugged at his troublesome right shoulder that has been taped previously during these playoffs.

“They did a really good job. Wiggins picking him up full court,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “They went box-and-one, they went zone. We understood coming into the series that we were going to see that. We’ll go back and look at the video and see what we can do better.”

Stopping Doncic, who was averaging 31.5 points in the playoffs, is the tall task this time after the Warriors already handled two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver in the first round, then Ja Morant early last series before his knee injury.

“I thought Wiggs was fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Doncic is as difficult a cover as there is in this league. … It’s important to make him work. He’s so good. Any great player in the league you’re trying to limit the damage that they do.”

Curry, last season’s scoring champ, missed his initial five 3-point tries before connecting with 50 seconds left in the first half. But he got involved other ways by dishing out four assists and grabbing seven rebounds.

Then he hit two quick 3s in sparking a 10-2 burst to begin the third for a Golden State squad that eliminated Memphis in a six-game semifinal series.

“It is how we play,” Curry said. “When you have that ability to create separation like we did in the third quarter, it’s a fun way to play.”

Thompson scored all of his 15 points after halftime.

“I didn’t have a field goal in the first half but that will never discourage me,” Thompson said. “I will always hunt my shot.”

Kevon Looney remained in the starting lineup for Kerr as the coach made his return to the bench after sitting out the final three games against Memphis with COVID-19.

“It was great to be back. I missed being out there with the guys,” Kerr said. “Amazing atmosphere here at Chase and we’re excited to keep going.”

Looney finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists after coming in to start the Game 6 clincher against the Grizzlies.

Kidd’s Mavericks couldn’t keep up in a drastic contrast of styles featuring the slow-paced Dallas attack and up-tempo Warriors.

“We would like to play our pace but the Warriors have a unique pace, they’re going to get out and put a lot of pressure on your defense in transition,” Kidd said. “We have to be cautious of that. We don’t want a track meet.”

MAVS FINED

Dallas received a $50,000 fine by the NBA – the team’s second penalty this postseason – for “team bench decorum” during the Suns series after players and a member of the coaching staff remained standing for extended time far enough from the bench area that they were “encroaching upon the playing court during game action” during Game 7 against the Suns.

“Just trying to figure out what we did wrong to get the fine,” Kidd said. “… Who complained? It was a blowout so I don’t think the fans were complaining. I thought the guys did what they were supposed to do. They were cheering on their guys.”

The previous fine against the Mavs was for $25,000 on May 6.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Reggie Bullock shot just 4 for 12 – 3 of 10 from long range – for 12 points. Dallas was 11 of 48 behind the arc. … The Mavericks were outrebounded 28-18 in the first half as Curry led all players with seven.

Warriors: F Otto Porter Jr. returned after missing Game 6 with soreness in his right foot and contributed 10 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes, one of seven Warriors to score in double figures. … Golden State, which averaged 19.2 turnovers per game last series, had six in the first half leading to 11 Dallas points and 15 overall. … Golden State improved to 7-0 at home this postseason. … The Warriors are 21-2 in Game 1s since their 2015 title run that ended with the franchise’s first championship in 40 years.

Barnes, Mobley, Cunningham unanimous NBA All-Rookie picks

NEW YORK (AP) Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes, Cleveland forward Evan Mobley and Detroit guard Cade Cunningham were unanimously voted Wednesday to the NBA All-Rookie first team.

Orlando’s Franz Wagner and Houston’s Jalen Green were the other players chosen for the first team by a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Barnes, the No. 4 pick by the Toronto Raptors, edged Mobley for the Rookie of the Year in the smallest margin under the current format that began in 2002-03. They both received 200 points in the All-Rookie balloting, along with Cunningham, the 2021 No. 1 pick.

The second team was New Orleans’ Herbert Jones, Oklahoma City’s Josh Giddey, Denver’s Bones Hyland, Chicago’s Ayo Dosunmu and Indiana’s Chris Duarte.

Tkachuk scores 3, Flames beat Oilers 9-6 in Game 1

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Matthew Tkachuk had his first career playoff hat trick and the Calgary Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers 9-6 Wednesday night in Game 1 of their second-round series.

Blake Coleman scored twice for the Flames. Rasmus Andersson and Andrew Mangiapane each had a goal and two assists, and Elias Lindholm and Brett Ritchie also scored. Jacob Markstrom stopped 22 shots for the win.

Zach Hyman scored twice for Edmonton, and Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists for his fourth straight multi-point game in the playoffs. McDavid leads the league’s postseason points race with five goals and 13 assists. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists and Kailer Yamamoto and Evan Bouchard also scored for the Oilers.

Edmonton starter Mike Smith was pulled in the first period after allowing three goals on 10 shots. Mikko Koskinen made 32 saves in relief.

The winner of the best-of-seven series advances to the Western Conference final. Game 2 is Friday at the Saddledome before the series heads to Edmonton for Sunday’s Game 3 and Tuesday’s Game 4.

In a matchup of potent offenses, the question ahead of the series was which team could keep the puck on its sticks and spend more time in the offensive zone. Calgary dominated that department early. The Flames scored twice in a 25-second span in the first minute and led 3-0 by 6:05 when Smith was replaced by Koskinen.

Calgary’s two goals in the opening 51 seconds was the fastest two goals to start an NHL playoff game, and electrified a sea of red dotted with Oilers orange and blue at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Oilers would not go quietly, however.

The Flames had survived a goaltender-dominated, grinding series with the Dallas Stars in the first round.

Game 1 of this series was, by contrast, an open-ice track meet of mediocre goaltending. The Flames held a 40-18 edge in shots after two periods, but led 6-5 heading to the third.

Yamamoto briefly tied the game at 1:28 of the final period, putting McDavid’s rebound over Markstrom’s outstretched pad.

Andersson regained the lead for Calgary at 2:57. Mangiapane from behind the net fed the all-alone defenseman whose wrist shot beat Koskinen’s glove.

Tkachuk gave the Flames a two-goal lead at 8:55 with his second of the night. He snared Draisaitl’s turnover at the blue line and beat Koskinen five-hole on a breakaway.

Tkachuk scored into an empty net to complete his hat trick. Hats rained down onto the Saddledome ice and chants of “we want 10” goals soon followed.

Coleman struck 45 seconds into the second period and again at 6:10 to push the Flames’ lead to 5-1. He put a rebound over a prone Koskinen during a scramble around the crease for his first, and redirected Noah Hanifin’s shot for his second.

Bouchard converted McDavid’s pass at 7:10, and Tkachuk batted in a rebound for a power-play goal at 8:24 after Edmonton’s Zack Kassian was sent off for roughing.

Hyman scored at 9:38 and 14:06 to pull the Oilers within two. He fired a shot between defenseman Michael Stone’s legs that deflected off Markstrom and into the top corner for his first and circled out from behind the net and whipped the puck by Markstrom’s glove for his second.

Draisaitl made it 6-5 with 39 seconds left in the second when he beat Markstrom far side on an odd-man rush with McDavid.

Lindholm converted Calgary’s first shot of the game into a goal 26 seconds in as he settled a bouncing puck off a cross-ice pass from Rasmus Andersson and swept it far side over Smith’s glove.

From behind the net, Backlund fed an undefended Mangiapane in the slot to beat Smith from close range at 51 seconds.

Ritchie scored his first career playoff goal at 6:05 to make it 3-0. He knocked Edmonton’s Evander Kane off the puck at the Oilers’ blue line, reached to collect the loose puck and got a shot away under Smith’s arm.

McDavid glided in front of the net and patiently waited for Markstrom to commit before tucking the puck between the goalie’s pads at 7:41 of the first to get Edmonton on the scoreboard.

INJURY

The Flames were missing top shutdown defenseman Chris Tanev a second straight playoff game. He was injured in Game 6 of Calgary’s first-round series against Dallas. Tanev skated in both Tuesday’s practice and in Wednesday’s morning skate, but did not dress for Game 1.

NOTES: With his 94th career playoff win as a coach, Darryl Sutter joined Pat Quinn ranked No. 6 all-time. … With three assists in Game 1, Johnny Gaudreau joined Jarome Iginla and Martin Gelinas (2004) among Flames players to have a six-game point streak in the playoffs. … McDavid was the first Oilers player to score a goal in four straight postseason games since Michael Peca and Shawn Horcoff in 2006. … Game 1 was the highest scoring playoff game involving Calgary and Edmonton, surpassing the previous high of 12 goals scored in Game 3 of the 1983 Smythe Division final.

Cole’s OT goal lift Hurricanes past Rangers for Game 1 win

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Sebastian Aho extended the game. Ian Cole ended it. And that allowed the Carolina Hurricanes to escape their first home loss of the playoffs despite being completely outplayed most of the night.

Cole beat Igor Shesterkin at 3:12 of overtime to help the Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 2-1 Wednesday night, making a late rally to win Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.

Aho had forced the extra period when he pushed one past Shesterkin late in the third period in a dramatic finish. Yet it overshadowed the fact that the Metropolitan Division winners were fortunate to win after the Rangers controlled the first 40 minutes.

“Kudos to our guys, they got it going in, it certainly was a good third period,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We’re not going to get away with that, not playing two periods and expect to win a game – especially at this time of year against that team.”

The Hurricanes won home-ice by securing the division title with a win against the Rangers in Madison Square Garden in the final week of the regular season. They nearly handed it over but instead will seek a sixth straight win here when they host Game 2 on Friday night.

Cole’s rebound winner clipped the stick of Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren, with the puck changing direction before slipping past Shesterkin.

“I was looking to pass it to someone,” Cole said. “And no one was really kind of anywhere dangerous. So I was like, `Well, I guess I’ll throw it on net and see what happens.'”

“Hockey’s a game of weird bounces and it happened to go in. Not the prettiest, but we’ll take it.”

The score capped Carolina’s late comeback, which began with the Hurricanes showing more urgency and aggression coming out of the second intermission.

Carolina also got a key effort from Antti Raanta, who had 27 saves and helped the Hurricanes hang around until their attack finally took its familiar form.

“They put a big push on in the third period in the first 10 minutes, and we weathered that storm,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “But the first two periods was perfect hockey for us. … I thought it was our best game of the year, I really did.”

Filip Chytil scored the first-period goal for the Rangers, while Shesterkin finished with 24 saves.

Both teams advanced through grueling seven-game first-round series, first with Carolina finally getting past Boston on Saturday followed by New York rallying past Pittsburgh in overtime a day later.

The Hurricanes never trailed in that series nor in their four home wins. The Rangers had to rally from a 3-1 series deficit, which included Shesterkin – finalist for the Vezina Trophy for league’s top goalie and Hart Trophy for league MVP – bouncing back from surrendering 10 goals in Games 3 and 4.

Yet when this one started, it was the Hurricanes who looked a step slow while the Rangers gave up few quality chances. New York was also opportunistic at the perfect moment early.

As defenseman Tony DeAngelo tried to send the puck back to teammate Jaccob Slavin for a reset, Rangers forward Alexis Lafreniere stole the pass to lead a 3-on-2 rush. Lafreniere passed to Chytil, who one-timed the puck from the right side past the extended stick of Slavin and Raanta at 7:07 of the first.

That lone-goal lead held up for more than 50 minutes. It helped too that the Hurricanes twice pinged the crossbar in the third, first on a breakaway by Nino Niederreiter and later from Aho in what appeared to be confirmation that it wasn’t their night.

Instead, Aho followed by taking a feed from rookie Seth Jarvis and then going to his backhand side. Shesterkin made the initial stop, but Aho knocked the rebound across for the tying score with 2:23 left and set up Cole’s winner.

“We wanted to win but we get a chance again on Friday to try to get the split and go home,” center Mika Zibanejad said.

STOPPED SKID

Carolina stopped a three-game home losing streak in the second round of the playoffs. They lost all three games despite having home-ice advantage in a five-game series loss to eventual two-time champion Tampa Bay last year.

POSTSEASON WORK

Both of Chytil’s postseason goals have come in the last four games as the Rangers erased their first-round series deficit and advanced. Lafreniere has three assists in his first postseason.

Carolina’s Teuvo Teravainen assisted on Aho’s tying goal for his sixth helper of the playoffs, while Jarvis also posted his third assist.

SIREN SOUNDERS

Retired Hurricanes defenseman Sean Hill, part of the team’s run to the Cup final in 2002, sounded the pregame “storm warning” siren for the team to take the ice.

Duke women’s basketball coach Kara Lawson and Raleigh-born PGA Tour golfer Chesson Hadley sounded the siren for the first and second intermissions, respectively.

Saban calls out Texas A&M for using NIL deals to buy players

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban called out Texas A&M on Wednesday night for “buying” players in its top-ranked recruiting class with name, image and likeness deals, saying Crimson Tide football players earned more than $3 million last year “the right way.”

“I know the consequence is going to be difficult for the people who are spending tons of money to get players,” Saban said while speaking at an event in Birmingham, Alabama, to promote the World Games being held there in July.

“You read about it, you know who they are. We were second in recruiting last year. A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness. We didn’t buy one player. But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future, because more and more people are doing it. It’s tough.”

Saban’s comments were first reported by AL.com and echoed some of the points he made in March during an interview with The Associated Press.

The NCAA lifted most of its rules barring athletes from earning money from sponsorship and endorsement deals last July, but there are concerns among many in college sports that NIL deals are being used to as recruiting inducements and de facto pay-for-play.

Last week, the NCAA issued guidance to Division I members to clarify its rules against boosters being involved in recruiting.

On Wednesday night, the 70-year-old Saban, who has won six national championships, was more targeted in his critique of the current state of college football.

“We have a rule right now that said you cannot use name, image and likeness to entice a player to come to your school. Hell, read about it in the paper,” Saban said. “Jackson State paid a guy a million dollars last year that was a really good Division I player to come to school. It was in the paper and they bragged about it. Nobody did anything about it.”

Jackson State and coach Deion Sanders landed one of the most highly rated recruits in the country in cornerback Travis Hunter, who had been committed to Florida State until a signing day flip in December.

Sanders has denied Jackson State made any impermissible offers to Hunter to get him to sign with the historically black college that competes in the second tier of Division I football.

“You best believe I will address that LIE Coach SABAN told tomorrow,” Sanders tweeted. “We as a PEOPLE don’t have to pay our PEOPLE to play with our PEOPLE,” Sanders tweeted.

Saban also referenced Miami donor John Ruiz, a billionaire who has funded NIL deals for numerous Hurricanes athletes.

“Those guys from Miami that are going to play basketball there for $400,000, that’s in the newspaper,” Saban said. “The guy tells you how he’s doing it.”

But the Texas A&M comments were closest to home. The Aggies are a Southeastern Conference rival in the West Division and coached by former Saban assistant Jimbo Fisher.

The Aggies beat Alabama last season, but finished 8-4 while the Tide went on to win the SEC and play Georgia for the national championship.

In February, Fisher went off on competitors who were pushing rumors that Texas A&M had spent $30 million on NIL deals to land its star-studded recruiting class.

“Clown acts,” Fisher said. “Multiple coaches in our league.”

Saban said he supports players being able to cash in on their fame and cited Alabama’s success.

“I told our players when this whole thing started to get agents, get representation, so you create opportunities for yourself,” he said. “Our players last year created $3 million worth of opportunities for themselves in doing it the right way. I have no problem with that and nobody had a problem on our team with that because the guys that got the money earned it. There were only 25 guys on our team that had opportunity to earn money.”

Raise makes Ohio State’s Day one of highest-paid coaches

(AP) — Ohio State is hiking Ryan Day’s annual salary to $9.5 million as part of a two-year contract extension that will put him among the nation’s highest-paid college football coaches.

Day’s raise makes him the latest coach to crack $9 million per year, making him one of the highest-paid coaches along with Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and putting his contract in line with recent deals given to Michigan State’s Mel Tucker and LSU’s Brian Kelly.

The extension, which was to get formal approval by university trustees on Wednesday, bumps up the 43-year-old Day’s total salary package about $2 million annually and would keep him in Columbus at least through the 2028 season.

Day was appointed as the successor to Urban Meyer when Meyer retired after the 2018 season. In three seasons, Day has led the Buckeyes to a 34-4 record, including 23-1 in the Big Ten. His teams have won two Big Ten championships and made two appearances in the College Football Playoff.

In the classroom, Day’s program has had four consecutive semesters with a team cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00, the university said.

The university also increased the salaries of four other coaches, including men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann, who will get a three-year extension and an annual salary bump of $500,000 that pushes his annual package to about $3.5 million.

Under the three-time Naismith Coach of the Year finalist, the Buckeyes have compiled a record of 107-56, including a 59-40 Big Ten mark. They have won at least 20 games in all five seasons and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in every year it was held during Holtmann’s tenure. Ohio State is one of just three Power 5 teams to win 20 games in each of the last five years, along with Kansas and Oregon.

Women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff will get a new four-year contract with total annual compensation of $1.05 million. The contract starts July 1 and extends through the 2025-26 season.

Eagles, cornerback James Bradberry agree on 1-year deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles strengthened their secondary, agreeing on a one-year contract with veteran cornerback James Bradberry on Wednesday.

Bradberry, who made the Pro Bowl in 2020, was released by the New York Giants on May 9 for salary reasons. He would have been a $21.9 million cap hit.

Bradberry’s deal with Philadelphia reportedly is worth $7.5 million, including $7.25 guaranteed. He’ll start opposite four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay in defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon’s zone-heavy scheme.

A second-round pick by Carolina in 2016, Bradberry spent four seasons with the Panthers and two with the Giants. He has 15 interceptions in 92 career starts.

Bradberry is the latest significant addition for the Eagles, who went 9-8 last season and lost to Tampa Bay in the wild-card round. Philadelphia signed linebackers Haason Reddick and Kyzir White in free agency and drafted defensive tackle Jordan Davis 13th overall and linebacker Nakobe Dean in the third round.

Chicago-born rookie Suwinski homers, lifts Pirates over Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Rookie Jack Suwinski, who attended high school 20 minutes from Wrigley Field, hit a tiebreaking home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cubs 3-2 Wednesday night, ending Chicago’s four-game winning streak.

Suwinski made his major league debut this season and began the day hitting .183 with two homers.

“I’m just so glad I had so many friends and family here that have been supporting me and encouraging me my whole life,” said Suwinski, who estimated he had between 20 to 30 people in the bleachers rooting for him. “I’m just happy I could do that in front of them and share that moment.”

With the score 2-all, the 23-year-old outfielder from Taft High School opened the fifth inning with a drive off Drew Smyly (1-5) that barely cleared the center field wall.

“It’s definitely something you think about for a long time,” Suwinski said. “You still don’t believe it when it happens. You go over it so many times in your head. It happened, and you still get chills.”

Michael Chavis’ single in the third snapped the Pirates’ scoreless streak of 20 innings. They scored in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 1-0 win over the Reds despite being no-hit by Hunter Greene and Art Warren, then lost 9-0 and 7-0 earlier this week at Wrigley Field.

Pirates relievers Mitch Keller, Duane Underwood Jr. and David Bednar allowed four hits over the final seven innings. Wil Crowe went two innings in his first start of the season after 13 relief appearances.

Underwood and Bednar combined to retire 13 of the final 15 batters they faced. Bednar pitched the final two innings to earn his eighth save in as many chances to preserve the win for Keller (1-5).

“That’s the best split-finger we’ve seen in a while (from Bednar),” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “He hadn’t used it in a while.”

Smyly struck out a season-high five in the first two innings, but the Pirates solved him quickly the second time through the order.

Ke’Bryan Hayes snapped an 0-for-12 slump with a double that hit the top of the net in center field before caroming into play. Chavis hit an RBI single past a diving Jonathan Villar at second, and Daniel Vogelbach beat the shift with a single through a large hole between second and third to cap a two-run third.

Ian Happ’s homer in the first off Crowe staked the Cubs to an early lead. Happ is batting .345 (29 for 84) with six doubles and four homers in his last 25 games against the Pirates.

Frank Schwindel hit a tying single in the Cubs fourth but was caught wandering off second base too far after Villar’s subsequent single to left.

TRANSACTIONS

Cubs: RHP David Robertson (COVID-19) was activated. “I’m glad I’m vaccinated and boosted,” said Robertson, who pitched a scoreless ninth. “I think it helped.” . RHP Mark Leiter Jr. optioned to Triple-A Iowa. OF Michael Hermosillo (left quad strain) transferred to IL (no designation).

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: C Roberto Perez (left hamstring) will undergo season-ending surgery. Perez hasn’t played since injuring his leg May 7. “We were all hoping surgery would not be where it was going and trying to hold off as much hope as possible,” Shelton said.

Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (COVID) is expected to be activated Thursday. . RHP Alec Mills (lower back strain) will throw batting practice before Thursday’s game. . OF Clint Frazier (appendicitis) went 1 for 3 with an RBI for Iowa in an 8-1 win over Columbus.

NEXT UP

Pirates: RHP Zach Thompson (2-3, 5.47) will oppose the Cardinals on Friday at PNC Park. Thompson pitched six scoreless innings in a 3-1 win Saturday over the Reds.

Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (1-3, 5.13) will face the Diamondbacks on Thursday at Wrigley Field. Stroman threw seven scoreless innings May 1 in a 2-0 win at Milwaukee

Scherzer exits with injury to side, Mets deck Cards 11-4

NEW YORK (AP) Max Scherzer had a four-run lead in the sixth inning and everything was rolling right along for the New York Mets – same as all season.

Until the three-time Cy Young Award winner signaled to the dugout he was done.

Scherzer pulled himself from a start Wednesday night with discomfort in his left side before New York finished off an 11-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He plans to get an MRI on Thursday.

“I don’t think this is a major strain,” Scherzer said. “I was kind of tight and then all of a sudden it went. But I don’t feel like I really ripped it. It just kind of got worse. So hopefully I got out of there quick enough to prevent a major injury here because I know oblique, intercostal, those things can be nasty. Hopefully I avoided a serious injury.”

Pete Alonso homered and drove in four runs for the Mets (25-14), already missing ace starter Jacob deGrom and his effective replacement in the rotation, Tylor Megill, because of injuries.

Still, they improved to 13-1 following a loss. The only time they dropped consecutive games this season was April 10-11.

Jeff McNeil had an early two-run single and Alonso snapped a 2-all tie with an RBI single off rookie reliever Jake Walsh (0-1) in a four-run fifth. Dominic Smith singled home a run and Luis Guillorme drove in another with a nicely executed safety squeeze.

Mets batters were hit by pitches three times, increasing their major league-leading total to 28. That includes eight by Cardinals pitchers in six games – the teams got into a bench-clearing melee in St. Louis last month.

Both clubs were warned Wednesday night after Mark Canha was hit near the ribs by a 98 mph fastball from Cardinals starter Jordan Hicks in the third, but there was no trouble between the teams.

Canha scored three times and followed Brandon Nimmo’s run-scoring triple with an RBI single as the Mets broke open a 6-4 game with a five-run eighth capped by Alonso’s three-run homer off struggling lefty T.J. McFarland.

“Left a changeup up and he was ready for it,” McFarland said. “It’s very frustrating, especially with our offense. We need a zero. We had momentum, and it’s disappointing that I come in and give up runs like that.”

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer for the Cardinals in the eighth. Albert Pujols got two hits to pass Eddie Collins for 10th place on the career list with 3,314, including an early two-run single off Scherzer (5-1).

The 37-year-old right-hander left with two outs in the sixth and a 1-1 count on Pujols.

“It’s in spasm right now. It doesn’t feel real good,” he said after the game, chuckling. “But once you get the spasm subside, what’s the actual extent of this injury? We don’t know. So we’ll know tomorrow.”

With two runners on, Scherzer threw a slider in the dirt and immediately motioned to the New York bench that he was finished.

“Just felt a zing on my left side and just knew I was done,” he said. “When I felt it, I just knew there’s no way you can throw another pitch, so just get out of there.”

Pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, manager Buck Showalter and a trainer came out to the mound. After a quick discussion, Scherzer walked off the field.

“I don’t rush out there, because usually it’s not really good news,” Showalter said. “He’s been a great self-evaluator. He knows when he’s at a point where if he pushes more, it’s going to turn into something serious.

“He’s not going to put himself in harm’s way. A lot of guys might have tried to continue to pitch. I’m hoping we caught whatever’s in there at an earlier stage of it.”

Scherzer threw 61 of his 87 pitches for strikes and left with a 6-2 lead against his hometown team. Adam Ottavino was given all the time he needed to warm up, and he struck out Pujols to end the inning.

The 42-year-old Pujols, who stole second off Scherzer, also grounded out with the score 6-4 and a runner on against Seth Lugo to end the eighth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: Gold Glove 2B Tommy Edman (left calf tightness) was not in the starting lineup after getting hit by a pitch Tuesday night. But he entered in the fifth when SS Edmundo Sosa hobbled off with a mild ankle strain. Sosa was shaken up sliding into second base as he was caught stealing in the previous inning. He is day-to-day. Brendan Donovan shifted from second base to shortstop.

Mets: Nimmo was back in the lineup. The leadoff man fouled a ball off his right knee in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader and left with a bruised right quadriceps. … RF Starling Marte is expected to rejoin the team Thursday, but it’s unclear if he’ll be activated in time for the afternoon series finale. Marte is on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother.

FILLING IN

Player development instructor Jose Oquendo coached third base for the Cardinals in place of Ron “Pop” Warner, who is away from the team to attend his son’s high school graduation in the St. Louis area. Oquendo previously spent 18 seasons on the Cardinals’ coaching staff, including 16 as third base coach.

UP NEXT

Cardinals RHP Dakota Hudson (3-2, 3.06 ERA) faces RHP Chris Bassitt (4-2, 2.34) in the series finale Thursday afternoon. Bassitt pitched six innings of two-hit ball for a 3-0 win April 26 in St. Louis.

Paredes homers twice, Rodriguez leaves early, Rays win 6-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Isaac Paredes homered twice against his former teammates to double his career big league total, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Wednesday on an afternon Eduardo Rodriguez left in the first inning and headed to the injured list.

Rodriguez (1-3) lasted just one out and averaged 91.9 mph for his fastball, 2.4 mph below his season average. He left the mound with Tigers head athletic trainer Doug Teter.

“His left side is bothersome,” manager AJ Hinch said. “It got worse during his warmup. He tried to go out there, and you could tell he was off. He’ll be out for a bit. Likely IL.”

Rodriguez allowed three runs, four hits and two walks, throwing just 11 of 23 pitches for strikes. After signing a $77 million, five-year contract, he has a 4.38 ERA.

Among the Tigers rotation at the start of the season, Casey Mize, Matt Manning and Tyler Alexander already have spent time on the IL.

“Nobody’s going to feel sorry or us,” Hinch said. “We’ve got to play better. We’ve got to hit better. We’ve got to play more up-tempo. We’ve got to get in the strike zone. I could keep going for a while. We’ve got a lot more to do than piecing together the rotation.”

Drew Rasmussen (4-1) allowed four hits in five shutout innings with seven strikeouts and no walks, improving to 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA in his last five starts. Matt Wisler, Colin Poche and J.P. Feyereisen finished, with Feyereisen striking out two in the ninth during his 15th straight scoreless appearance.

Paredes, traded by the Tigers for Austin Meadows on April 5, hit solo home runs in the third off Rony Garcia and in the eighth against Wily Peralta.

“After the first one, I heard guys in the bullpen saying some things,” Paredes said through a translator. “But after the second one, I don’t think they wanted to say anything.”

Paredes hit one home run each in 2020 and 2021 for the Tigers.

“Like I’ve said before, I want to beat them. I want to play against them,” he said. “But I’m just giving 100% of the skill that I have, and I’m just very fortunate to be here and have the opportunity to be able to play against them.”

Yandy Diaz had three of the 11 hits by the Rays, who won for the fifth time in seven games.

Spencer Torkelson homered in the seventh off Wisler and has a team-high four home runs for the Tigers, who have hit a major league-low 20 homers in 38 games.

Tampa Bay’s first five batters reached. Diaz, Wander Franco and Harold Ramirez loaded the bases with singles, Randy Arozarena walked on four pitches and Francisco Mejia hit a two-run single for a 3-0 lead.. After another walk, Rodriguez was replaced by Garcia.

The three-run inning made it easy for Rasmussen.

“It really let me settle down and just work in the strike zone,” he said. “My goal today was to get back into my pitch count after the first (inning). Because we scored so much so early, it was easier to do that.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Jose Cisnero, on the 60-day IL all season with a right shoulder strain, is scheduled for a bullpen session this week.

Rays: RHP Phoenix Sanders (low back spasms) was reinstated from the 15-day IL and optioned to Triple-A Durham.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Tarik Skubal (3-2, 2.50) will try to win his third straight start in Friday’s opener of a three-game series at Cleveland.

Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough (0-0, 4.91) will make his fourth start of the season Friday night at Baltimore.

Yankees ride Cole’s arm, quick start to 3-2 win over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) On a night when their bats were held in check, the New York Yankees found another way to win.

Gerrit Cole pitched seven efficient innings, the defense backed him up with several strong plays and New York beat the skidding Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Wednesday night.

Cole (4-0) allowed two runs and six hits with five strikeouts. Behind him, right fielder Marwin Gonzalez made two clutch grabs and Josh Donaldson flagged down several sharp grounders. Then, in the eighth, first baseman Anthony Rizzo grabbed a scorching liner to start an unassisted double play.

New York managed only six hits, but a three-run first inning that featured a sprint from second to home on a wild pitch proved enough to squeeze out a victory.

And that, to a large degree, explains why New York is off to an amazing 28-9 start.

“Tonight we won on baserunning and defense,” Cole noted, “and we’re the Bronx Bombers.”

No home runs required. The Yankees could muster only a pair of doubles, but they still secured their 21st win in 24 games.

“It’s been a great start, no question,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Just really pleased with how they’re doing it – in a lot of different ways. Tonight we leaned on the pitching and great baserunning.”

New York broke on top in the first when Gleyber Torres followed two-out singles by Rizzo and Donaldson with an RBI double. Then, on a wild pitch by Jordan Lyles, Donaldson scored and Torres came home on catcher Anthony Bemboom’s errant throw to the plate.

That was enough to propel the Yankees to their ninth win in the last 10 games. New York’s 28-9 start is tied for second-best in the majors since 1948, trailing only the 1984 Detroit Tigers at 32-5.

The Yankees will attempt to complete a four-game sweep of last-place Baltimore on Thursday afternoon. The Orioles, who have lost six straight, are the only team to take a series from the Yankees this season, winning two of three in mid-April.

After Cole’s impressive outing was done, Clay Holmes worked the final two innings for the third save of his career, all this season and all against the Orioles.

Making his 190th career start and 297th appearance, Lyles (2-4) gave up three runs – two earned – and five hits over seven innings. He struck out eight, including Joey Gallo three times – Gallo’s eighth game this year with three or four strikeouts.

Baltimore closed to 3-2 sixth when Austin Hays hit an RBI double and scored on an infield grounder.

“We’re just a hit or two from breaking out a little bit,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “I thought we took really good at-bats off (Cole) the first time in the order, and like an ace does, he settled in and got better as the game went on.”

Boone filled out a starting lineup without stars Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu, who were healthy but rested for a team in the midst of playing 23 games in 22 days.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: LHP John Means spoke to the media for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery late last month. Wearing a large brace on his left arm, the 2019 AL All-Star said, “Honestly, it’s going better than it’s supposed to be and my (arm) range is way ahead of schedule.” Means, who threw a no-hitter in Seattle last year, hopes to pitch again in 2023. … SS Jorge Mateo was back in the lineup for the first time since Sunday, when he bruised his shoulder and chest in a collision with Detroit’s Spencer Torkelson.

GREAT WALL

Annoyed that he lost a potential home run because the left-field wall at Camden Yards was moved back 26 1/2 feet since last year, New York’s Aaron Judge called the new dimensions “a travesty.” But Hyde, noting that routine fly balls used to be homers, countered Wednesday by saying, “It’s more fair than before.”

TRADE WINDS

Baltimore acquired RHP Luis Osorio from the Arizona Diamondbacks for LHP Paul Fry, who was designated for assignment on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (0-1, 3.06 ERA) will start the series finale. He’s allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last six starts.

Orioles: LHP Bruce Zimmermann (2-2, 2.72) makes his eighth start of the season and second against the Yankees. In two career starts against New York, he’s got a 2.89 ERA over 9 1/3 innings.

Justin Turner 3-run HR, Dodgers top D-backs for 4-game sweep

LOS ANGELES (AP) Walker Buehler tossed his first career shutout against the Arizona Diamondbacks last month. He wasn’t nearly as sharp facing them again.

Still, Buehler and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 5-3 victory on Wednesday to complete a four-game sweep.

“Not a great outing,” Buehler said after allowing two runs and six hits in five innings. “It’s my eighth start, I probably should be in game shape by now, but I’ve struggled. It’s tough to not go and perform the way you think you ought to.”

Justin Turner picked up the Dodgers with a three-run homer in the fourth inning, helping them win their fifth straight overall. Los Angeles finished off a 5-3 homestand that included eight games in seven days and four within 42 hours.

“It’s tough, but no one complained,” manager Dave Roberts said.

Like Buehler, Turner is still finding his way. He’s batting just .203, but is hitting .361 with runners in scoring position and leads the team with 28 RBIs.

“It certainly helps to have all these guys in front of you,” Turner said, referring to Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman and Trea Turner, among others. “It’s a lot more fun to go up and hit.”

David Price came off the COVID-19 list and made a key contribution in relief as Los Angeles sent Arizona to its fifth loss in a row.

Turner sent a 3-2 pitch from Zach Davies (2-2) into the lower left-field pavilion in his 1,300th major league game, putting the Dodgers back in front 4-2 in the fourth inning. Turner was a non-roster invitee to spring training in 2014 and three years later was MVP of the NL Championship Series.

“It’s kind of in and out,” Turner said of his hitting. “I feel pretty consistent since the last road trip.”

Gavin Lux added a two-out RBI single in the fourth that made it 5-2.

Buehler (5-1) got into immediate trouble in the fifth when Arizona loaded the bases on consecutive singles by Alek Thomas, Jake Hager and Daulton Varsho. But Buehler got swinging strikeouts of Jordan Luplow and Pavin Smith before Christian Smith hit a grounder to Turner, who stepped on third base to end the threat.

“Kind of the first time all year I tried to reach back to grab something and it’s been there,” Buehler said. “I haven’t done as much this year to get out of things.”

Roberts added, “He just didn’t have his full arsenal. Fortunately, when he needed it, the fastball was huge.”

Buehler struck out four and walked two. Daniel Hudson pitched the ninth to earn the save.

Arizona had the potential tying runs on base in the seventh after closing to 5-3 on Smith’s RBI single. Price came in and struck out Josh Rojas on three pitches to end the inning. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth that included two strikeouts.

Price said he spent 10 days in a hotel room in Los Angeles and drove around in his car just to get outside.

“COVID still affects me a little bit,” he said, mentioning his throat and low energy level. “The more I throw the better I feel.”

Arizona’s Christian Walker was hitless in four at-bats, ending his streak of homering in four straight games at Dodger Stadium. He failed to hit a ball out of the infield.

Arizona scored its first two runs on RBI groundouts by Geraldo Perdomo in the second and Smith in the third when Buehler walked No. 9 hitter Hager to open the inning.

Freeman notched his 19th RBI of the season in the Dodgers first, singling in Betts, who hit a leadoff double.

Davies gave up five runs and seven hits – both season highs – in four innings. The right-hander struck out two and didn’t walk anyone.

TRAINER’S ROOM

D-backs: Placed LHP Kyle Nelson and OF Cooper Hummel on the IL.

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (pelvis) didn’t throw a bullpen Wednesday as scheduled and won’t travel with the team to Philadelphia and Washington. Instead, he’ll stay in LA to receive treatment and rest. … Also missing the trip are the team’s broadcasters after a few of them tested positive for COVID-19. They’ll call the games from LA.

D-BACKS MOVES

Arizona acquired LHP Paul Fry from Baltimore for RHP Luis Osorio and optioned Fry to Triple-A Reno.

UP NEXT

D-backs: RHP Zac Gallen (2-0, 1.05 ERA) starts Friday at the Chicago Cubs. His ERA is the second-lowest by a starter in his first six starts of a season in franchise history, trailing only Randy Johnson’s 0.91 in 2000.

Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (2-3, 3.00) starts Friday at Philadelphia in the opener of a 10-game trip.

US Soccer equalizes pay in milestone with women, men

(AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation reached milestone agreements to pay its men’s and women’s teams equally, making the American national governing body the first in the sport to promise both sexes matching money.

The federation on Wednesday announced separate collective bargaining agreements through December 2028 with the unions for both national teams, ending years of often acrimonious negotiations.

The deals grew partly out of a push by players on the more successful women’s team, including stars like Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, who were at the forefront of the gender equity fight while leading the team to a Women’s World Cup championship in 2019. The struggle became so much a part of the team’s story that chants of “Equal pay! Equal pay!” rose from the crowd as U.S. players celebrated winning the title in France.

Morgan and Rapinoe could still be beneficiaries of the deal, though the next Women’s World Cup is in 2023 and the makeup of the team will have changed by then.

“I feel a lot of pride for the girls who are going to see this growing up, and recognize their value rather than having to fight for it. However, my dad always told me that you don’t get rewarded for doing what you’re supposed to do – and paying men and women equally is what you’re supposed to do,” U.S. forward Margaret Purce said. “So I’m not giving out any gold stars, but I’m grateful for this accomplishment and for all the people who came together to make it so.”

The men have been playing under the terms of a CBA that expired in December 2018. The women’s CBA expired at the end of March, but talks continued after the federation and the players agreed to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit brought by some of the players in 2019. The settlement was contingent on the federation reaching labor contracts that equalized pay and bonuses between the two teams.

Perhaps the biggest sticking point was World Cup prize money, which is based on how far a team advances in the tournament. While the U.S. women have been successful on the international stage with back-to-back World Cup titles, differences in FIFA prize money meant they took home far less than the men’s winners. American women received a $110,000 bonus for winning the 2019 World Cup; the U.S. men would have received $407,000 had they won in 2018.

The unions agreed to pool FIFA’s payments for the men’s World Cup later this year and next year’s Women’s World Cup, as well as for the 2026 and 2027 tournaments.

Each player will get matching game appearance fees in what the USSF said makes it the first federation to pool FIFA prize money in this manner.

“We saw it as an opportunity, an opportunity to be leaders in this front and join in with the women’s side and U.S. Soccer. So we’re just excited that this is how we were able to get the deal done,” said Walker Zimmerman, a defender who is part of the U.S. National Team Players Association leadership group.

Women’s union projections have compensation for a player who has been under contract to increase 34% from 2018 to this year, from $245,000 to $327,000. The 2023-28 average annual pay would be $450,000 for a player making all rosters, with the possibility of doubling the figure in World Cup years depending on results.

“I’m proud of you for never giving up and I commend U.S. Soccer for agreeing to do the right thing,” President Joe Biden tweeted. “Let’s keep up the fight until we close the gender pay gap in every industry.”

The federation previously based bonuses on payments from FIFA, which earmarked $400 million for the 2018 men’s tournament, including $38 million to champion France, and $30 million for the 2019 women’s tournament, including $4 million to the champion United States.

FIFA has increased the total to $440 million for the 2022 men’s World Cup, and its president, Gianni Infantino, has proposed that FIFA double the women’s prize money to $60 million for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, in which FIFA has increased the number of teams to 32.

For the current World Cup cycles, the USSF will pool the FIFA funds, taking 10% off the top and then splitting the rest equally among 46 players – 23 players on the roster of each team. For the 2026-27 cycle, the USSF’s cut increases to 20% before the split.

After missing the 2018 World Cup, the men qualified for this year’s World Cup in Qatar starting in November. The women’s team will seek to qualify this year for the 2023 World Cup, cohosted by Australia and New Zealand.

“There were moments when I thought it was all going to fall apart and then it came back together and it’s a real credit to all the different groups coming together, negotiating at one table,” said federation President Cindy Parlow Cone, a former national team player who became head of the governing body in 2020. “I think that’s where the turning point really happened. Before, trying to negotiate a CBA with the women and then turn around and negotiate CBA terms with the men and vice versa was really challenging. I think the real turning point was when we finally were all in the same room sitting at the same table, working together and collaborating to reach this goal.”

The women ended six years of litigation over equal pay in February in a deal calling for the USSF to pay $24 million, a deal contingent on reaching new collective bargaining agreements.

As part of the settlement, players will split $22 million, about one-third of what they had sought in damages. The USSF also agreed to establish a fund with $2 million to benefit the players in their post-soccer careers and charitable efforts aimed at growing the sport for women.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGIONALS (NCAA.COM)

Norman Regional — May 20-22 at Norman, Oklahoma

The teams: No. 1 Oklahoma, Prairie View A&M, Texas A&M, Minnesota

  • Game 1: Minnesota (26-24-1) vs. Texas A&M (29-26) vs. —  5 p.m. Friday on ESPN2
  • Game 2: No. 1 seed Oklahoma* (49-2) vs. Prairie View A&M (20-28) — 7:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 4:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 7 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 2 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 4:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for: If you’re watching this regional, obviously you want to watch the No. 1 team in the nation in action. Sometimes their dominance is hard to believe. The question for the reigning champions in any sport is usually “can they repeat?” but for this team I think the question is, “Is anyone going to be able to beat them twice?” The Sooners lead the NCAA with a 0.81 team ERA, led by Jordy Bahl, who hopefully will have a healthy return in the tournament, and Hope Trautwein in the circle. Then there is an offense of your worst nightmares, with Jocelyn Alo, the home run queen, and you can’t forget Tiare Jennings, Grace Lyons, Rylie Boone, Jayda Coleman, etc. Go up and down that lineup and they are all THAT good. They will likely, given there are no unforeseen circumstances or miraculous upsets, advance to the super regionals. But that’s not to discredit the talent of the other teams. Watch out for Texas A&M, led by Haley Lee. The Aggies pulled off some big upsets of their own this season with a series win over Alabama. Minnesota is led by Natalie DenHartog — they have already played OU this year, so should have a good idea of what to expect. They too pulled off a series win upset over Northwestern at the end of the season. 

Orlando Regional — May 20-22 at Orlando, Florida

The teams: No. 16 UCF, Michigan, Villanova, South Dakota State

  • Game 1: South Dakota St. (40-11) vs. Michigan (36-16) — 3:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 2: Villanova (32-22) vs. No. 16 seed UCF* (46-12)  — 6 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 11 a.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 1:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 4 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 2 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner

What to watch for: UCF is hosting a regional for the first time in program history. Out of the top 16 national seeds, UCF is the only team that was seeded outside of the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12. They had a great regular season, played a tough schedule and deserve this seeding. They have the wins over tough opponents to show for it. They won two out of three against Wichita State, took one game from Virginia Tech, the No. 3 seed, beat Nebraska, Texas and Georgia this season. Jada Cody leads the offense with a .369 average and 12 homers, and Gianna Mancha throws a lot of innings for the Knights with a 1.73 ERA. 

What I’d really want to watch out for here in this regional, though, is Michigan. The Wolverines entered the season with high expectations in the Big Ten with two incredible pitchers in Alex Storako and Meghan Beaubien. Storako ranks in the top 10 in the NCAA in strikeouts with 284 Ks on the year. She also boasts a 1.69 ERA, so this team’s strongest asset is in the circle. But even more interestingly, Michigan and UCF already played this season, and the Wolverines walked away with a 6-0 victory. Storako got the win in the circle, shutting out the Knights at the St. Pete’s Clearwater Classic. She struck out seven batters and allowed just three hits and two walks. Granted, this matchup was pretty early in the season in February. But we could see this rematch in the regionals, and this time it will be on UCF’s home field and with UCF as the seeded team. The Knights got the No. 16 seed, but will now have to prove themselves over a team they lost to earlier this year.

Evanston Regional — May 20-22 at Evanston, Illinois

Teams: No. 9 Northwestern, Oakland, Notre Dame, McNeese

  • Game 1: Notre Dame (39-10) vs. McNeese (38-19) — 2 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 2: No. 9 seed Northwestern* (40-10) vs. Oakland (26-15) — 4:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 1 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 3:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 6 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 4 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 6:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for: Northwestern will host this regional as the No. 9 seed after finishing on top of the Big Ten. Two big players to watch out for on the Wildcats are Danielle Williams, the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, and Rachel Lewis, the Big Ten Player of the Year. Williams has a 1.53 ERA with 287 strikeouts which ranks in the top 10 in the NCAA, so she will be a lot for anyone to handle in this regional. Lewis smashed 20 homers this season and slugged over .800 with 52 RBI and an average above .350 at the plate. 

Notre Dame, though, could be the team to watch out for. They have some big wins this season with victories over Duke, LSU and Texas. And get this…they have a win over Northwestern. So yet again, we could have a rematch on our hands where the previous losing team from the regular season matchup now has the home-field advantage in the regionals and a national seed. Northwestern was Notre Dame’s highest-ranked win on the season. Payton Tidd threw a complete game for the Irish in the win and lead-off hitter Leea Hanks finished 2 for 4 with the game-winning RBI and a double. Karina Gaskins typically leads the Irish with a .434 average with 13 homers to go along with it and an .822 slugging percentage. 

Tempe Regional — May 20-22 at Tempe, Arizona

The teams: No. 8 Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, LSU, San Diego State

  • Game 1: LSU (34-21) vs. San Diego State (37-14) — 8 p.m. Friday on ESPNU
  • Game 2: Cal State Fullerton (36-20) vs. No. 8 seed Arizona State* (39-9) — 10:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 5 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 7:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 10 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 6 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 8:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for:  If I had to pick one regional to watch out of them all, this would be my choice. This Regional is SO tough. Arizona State did everything they could this year, they even won the Pac-12 title and ended the season with series wins over Washington AND UCLA. But they received the No. 8 seed in the tournament and will host some really tough teams here. If there is a player to watch on ASU, it is Cydney Sanders. Sanders has been phenomenal all season long for the Sun Devils, leading them at the plate with a .417 average. ASU went on a 20-game winning streak this season, and during that time Sanders smashed nine home runs. She hit two bombs off of Washington’s Gabbie Plain and won Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. So obviously, just a freshman, so I am excited to see how she performs on the big stage. 

LSU is not a team I would want to play in the regionals. No matter how many losses they have this season, they still have players like Taylor Pleasants and Georgia Clark, and they can be dangerous at any time. Especially if they get hot. This team has some serious upset potential. Then, there is San Diego State. Home of Mac Barbara, another freshman that burst onto the scene this season. She was already named the Mountain West Player of the Year, and is batting .395 on the season with 15 home runs, 56 RBI, 29 runs, 14 doubles, 33 walks and six stolen bases for a .783 slugging percentage. And then… don’t forget about Cal State Fullerton, because guess what? The Titans played San Diego State earlier this season at the Mary Nutter Classic where they defeated them 7-3. 

Not one of these teams is an easy out, and it is going to make for one intriguing regional in Tempe. 

Los Angeles Regional — May 20-22 at Los Angeles, California

The teams: No. 5 UCLA, Grand Canyon, Ole Miss, Loyola Marymount

  • Game 1: Ole Miss (39-17) vs. Loyola Marymount University (36-15) — 7:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 2: Grand Canyon (38-14) vs. No. 5 seed UCLA* (43-8)  — 10 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 5 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 7:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 10 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 7 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 8:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for: The Bruins are a very large favorite of course in this regional. UCLA is led in the circle by Megan Faraimo, who missed out on the WCWS last season due to injury. She has 252 strikeouts with a 1.75 ERA. Briana Perez, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, is a seasoned vet and leader on this team who sports a .397 average with 10 homers. Top to bottom this lineup is consistent and experienced, but not bullet proof. Almost all of their eight losses are to ranked, tough opponents. There were only a few uncharacteristic losses where they failed to put up runs. If they can play their best, they should be smooth sailing. 

Grand Canyon is headed to the NCAA postseason for the first time in history, so it will be exciting to watch their debut, and LMU is making its third-ever appearance. And don’t ever count out Ole Miss. The Rebels pulled off a series sweep over Missouri this season, and won two out of three against Tennessee and Georgia. Those are some big wins over really good softball teams. 

Durham Regional — May 20-22 at Durham, North Carolina

The teams: No. 12 Duke, Georgia, Liberty, UMBC

  • Game 1: Liberty (43-16) vs. Georgia (40-16) — Noon on Friday on ESPNU
  • Game 2: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (31-10) vs. No. 12 seed Duke* (41-8) — 2:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 1 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 3:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 6 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 2 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 4:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for: The biggest storyline here is the rematch between Duke and Georgia. Last season, Duke was awarded a national seeding, but they still had to travel to Athens where UGA hosted the regional. The Dawgs ended up upsetting Duke to head to the super regionals to face Florida, and then advancing to the Women’s College World Series. This year, they are paired in the same regional yet again. Duke is still the national seed, but this time they will host in Durham. Will the outcome switch this year? The Blue Devils have had a fantastic season in the ACC with a 41-8 overall record. Peyton St. George is an important name to know in the circle. She anchors their pitching staff with a 2.02 ERA and 171 strikeouts. But, she will likely go up against a powerful Georgia offense. The Dawgs are led offensively by Sara Mosley, who has a .430 average and 17 home runs this season. This Georgia team has a lot of power at the plate to watch out for … SIX players have double-digit homers heading into the postseason. 

Liberty and UMBC will be interesting teams to watch as well. For one, UMBC has Courtney Coppersmith and Kya Matter. Coppersmith ranks second in the NCAA with a 0.26 ERA. Matter is in the top 10 as well with a 0.98 ERA. The two pitchers split time and have 107 innings pitched a piece this season. I am excited to see them against tough competition in Duke to open the regional. 

Then to make matters even MORE interesting, the Blue Devils were Liberty’s best win of the season. The Flames beat the Blue Devils 8-3 on April 20, and Mary Claire Wilson went 3 for 3 in the win. They did it once and can do it again. Anything can happen here. 

Seattle Regional — May 20-22 at Seattle, Washington

The teams: No. 13 Washington, Weber State, Texas, Lehigh

  • Game 1: Weber State (38-10) vs. Texas (38-17-1) — 5:30 p.m. Friday on Longhorn Network
  • Game 2: Lehigh (30-18-1) vs. No. 13 seed Washington* — 8 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 5 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 7:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 10 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 6 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 8:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for: Pac-12 Player of the Year Baylee Klingler leads the Huskies. She has had a monster season for the Huskies, hitting .433 with 22 home runs, 65 RBI and a .955 slugging percentage. Those numbers are pretty crazy, and she is the kind of player that can make headlines and take over a game. On top of that, Gabbie Plain is in the circle and has been one of the best pitchers in the NCAA for the past few years. Plain sports a 2.02 ERA but has been on fire late in the season.

They will have Texas to deal with. The Longhorns might have 17 losses this season, but they are no stranger to tough competition. They were right on the verge of a seeding to host a regional, and the first thing to know about the Longhorns is that they were the first (and just one of two teams) to beat Oklahoma this season. The Sooners were undefeated and in the midst of a historical start when the Longhorns defeated them on April 16. This shows just what they are capable of when it all comes together. Hailey Dolcini is the name to know in the circle. She has been so clutch this season and in the win over OU, she limited the Sooners to just two hits, marking the fewest hits for the nation’s No. 1-ranked offense this season. 

Fayetteville Regional — May 20-22 at Fayetteville, Arkansas

The teams: No. 4 Arkansas, Princeton, Oregon, Wichita State

  • Game 1: Princeton (27-15-2) vs. No. 4 seed Arkansas* (44-9) — 6 p.m. Friday on SEC Network
  • Game 2: Oregon (31-17) vs. Wichita State (33-16) — 8:30 p.m. on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 4:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 7 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 2 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 4:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for: I am so excited to watch this Arkansas team in the regionals. The Razorbacks backed up their regular season SEV crown with the program’s first-ever SEC tournament title. There are a lot of players to know when watching the Razorbacks, too. Chenise Delce is their ace, who also won SEC Pitcher of the Year. KB Sides took home SEC Player of the Year after hitting .453 with 10 bombs. Danielle Gibson and Linnie Malkin are two more names to know — 10 homers apiece — and then you can’t forget they have the SEC Coach of the Year Courtney Deifel, too. Every year the Razorbacks seem to add another piece as they get better and better and further cement themselves as a national power. 

They will have some fun teams to face with Princeton, Oregon and Wichita State coming to town. The Shockers have some impressive stats. Sydney McKinney leads the entire NCAA in batting average, while Addison Barnard leads the nation in home runs. Their offense has put up ridiculous numbers all season long, so I am excited to see them against this tough competition. Oregon is another one of those teams that racked up a large number of losses but can absolutely be a threat for an upset. 

Blacksburg Regional — May 20-22 at Blacksburg, Virginia

The teams: No. 3 Virginia Tech, Miami (OH), Saint Francis, Kentucky

  • Game 1: Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) (37-16)  vs. No. 3 seed Virginia Tech* (41-7) — 2 p.m. Friday on ACC Network
  • Game 2: Miami (OH) (39-15-1) vs. Kentucky (35-17) —4:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 3 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 5:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 8 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: Noon Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 2:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch out for: The No. 3 Hokies will be hosting a regional for the first time in program history. This team gave UCLA a run for it in the Los Angeles Regional last season, and they were just missing a few key pieces — another arm to help out Keely Rochard and some more offense. This year, they have both. Emma Lemley provided that help in the circle and has been phenomenal all season and the offense has been great, led by Emma Ritter hitting over .400. Rochard is the player to watch though, and she is in her last season at Virginia Tech. She has 293 strikeouts, which ranks in the top five in the NCAA, and a 1.73 ERA. 

Miami (Ohio), Kentucky and Saint Francis will play in this regional, which brings up some interesting storylines. Miami has already played two teams in the regional — Virginia Tech and Kentucky. They fell to the Hokies, but pulled off a big-time upset over the Wildcats, 7-5, on March 16. Another thing to know about Miami is Karli Spaid. She is second in the nation with 27 home runs.

The Wildcats are a strong team out of the SEC and there are at least two big names you should know: Kayla Kowalik and Erin Coffel. Both are having monster seasons at the plate, hitting above .400. Coffel has smashed 17 homers, too. 

Gainesville Regional — May 20-22 at Gainesville, Florida

The teams: No. 14 Florida, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech and Canisius

  • Game 1: Wisconsin (28-19) vs. Georgia Tech (37-16) — 2 p.m. Friday on ESPNU
  • Game 2:  Canisius (32-16)  vs. No. 14 seed Florida* (43-16)  — 4:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 3 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 5:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 8 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: Noon Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 2:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for: The Florida Gators have hosted a regional for 17 consecutive tournaments, but this is the first time history that they will do it as the No. 14 seed. Kendra Falby has stood out for the Gators as just a freshman, so she will be a big name to watch. Hannah Adams, one of the leaders on the team, was out for a little while due to injury, but is back in the lineup ahead of the tournament. 

The Badgers could present a challenge for the Gators, given that they have secured some big wins this season, with a series win over Nebraska and an eight-inning win over Clemson. They took down Minnesota before they lost to Northwestern in the Big Ten conference tournament. A name to know on the Badgers is Kayla Konwent. She won 2019 Big Ten Player of the Year leads the offense with a .377 average and 10 home runs.  

Knoxville Regional — May 20-22 at Knoxville, Tennessee

The teams: No. 11 Tennessee, Oregon State, Campbell, Ohio State

  • Game 1: Oregon State (33-19) vs. Ohio State (35-15) — 4 p.m. Friday on ESPNU
  • Game 2: Campbell (37-17) vs. No. 11 seed Tennessee* (39-16) — 6:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: Noon Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 2:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 5 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 2 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 4:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for: The Vols have the No. 12 RPI from what was a really tough schedule this season. They played FSU, Washington, Clemson, UCLA, UCF and UCLA outside of the SEC, so they should be prepared for some tough competition in the tournament. This team has some power at the plate with five players already in double-digits in the home run column. Watch out for Kiki Milloy, who leads with a .355 average and 14 bombs. 

But Oregon State actually took down Tennessee, the host of this regional, at the Mary Nutter Classic earlier in the season. Mariah Mazon led the way in the 5-2 win. She threw the complete game and surrendered just five hits and struck out 11 against the ranked Vols as Oregon State had an undefeated weekend at the Mary Nutter Classic. At one point during the season, they were on a 17-game win streak, but the Beavers struggled late in the season against UCLA, Washington and Oregon. 

Tuscaloosa Regional — May 20-22 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The teams: No. 6 Alabama, Chattanooga, Murray State, Stanford

  • Game 1: vs. Chattanooga (29-25)  vs. No. 6 seed Alabama* (41-11)— 4 p.m. Friday on SEC Network
  • Game 2: Murray State (40-16-1) vs. Stanford (36-19)  — 6:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 3 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 5:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 8 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 2 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 4:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for:  The Crimson Tide are led by Montana Fouts — a name that college softball fans have come to know all across the country. She is THE player to watch and can completely control this regional if she is on her game. Fouts threw a perfect game at the WCWS last season, and leads Bama this year with a 1.93 ERA and 259 Ks. The Tide have gotten great production out of the freshmen in their lineup, especially from Dallis Goodnight and Megan Bloodworth, so it will be fun to watch out they play on the big tournament stage. 

Stanford is headed to Tuscaloosa and the Cardinal should not be ignored. They finished fourth in the Pac-12, which is its highest finish within the conference since 2013. But what I am really paying attention to is the fact that they have won six games against national seeds this season, including five against teams in the top eight. An upset should never be ruled out. 

Also, watch out for Murray State in its NCAA tournament debut!

Stillwater Regional — May 20-22 at Stillwater, Oklahoma

The teams: No. 7 Oklahoma State, North Texas, Nebraska, Fordham

  • Game 1: North Texas (35-14) vs. Nebraska (40-14) — 6 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 2: Fordham (30-20) vs. No. 7 seed Oklahoma State* (41-12) — 8:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 4:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 7 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 4 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 6:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

The teams: No. 7 Oklahoma State, North Texas, Nebraska, Fordham

What to watch for: The Oklahoma State Cowgirls have something that only one other team in the tournament has … a win over Oklahoma. After getting swept by the Sooners in the Bedlam series, they took down OU for the Big 12 title. It was the Cowgirls’ first Big 12 title in program history. That shows what they are capable of, and they are used to the best of the best competition. On top of that, they have Kelly Maxwell and Miranda Elish in the circle. Maxwell sports a 1.32 ERA and has struck out over 200 this season. Secondly, this team hits for power. Sydney Pennington, Julia Cottrill and Cheyenne Factor have 10 homers apiece. This is a well-rounded team with premiere level talent and they should be the clear favorite to make it out of this regional. 

Nebraska will likely be the toughest test in the regional for the Cowgirls. The Huskers won the 2022 Big Ten conference championship with a win over Michigan in eight innings. The win marked the Huskers’ first Big Ten tournament title since joining the conference. Billie Andrews has hit 19 balls over the fence this season for the Huskers. 

Clemson Regional — May 20-22 at Clemson, South Carolina

The teams: No. 10 Clemson, UNCW, Louisiana, Auburn

  • Game 1: UNCW (32-13) vs. No. 10 seed Clemson* (39-15) — Noon on Friday on ACC Network
  • Game 2: University of Louisiana at Lafayette (45-11) vs. Auburn (39-15) — 2:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 1 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 3:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 6 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: Noon Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 2:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for: This should be a fun regional to watch. Clemson earned the No. 10 seed and will host its first regional in just its third season in existence. That is insane, if you ask me, for a team to excel so quickly to this level. Hats off to Clemson. Watch out for Valerie Cagle. She is a two-way player for the Tigers — and a good one at that. 

Louisiana could be a team capable of an upset. I asked D1Softball’s Tara Henry to pick one surprise team to make it to the WCWS after seeing the bracket and she picked Louisiana. This offense has the second best batting average in the nation as a team. On top of that, they are heading into the tournament on a hot streak. They are in the midst of a 13-game winning streak and they have won 22 of the past 23 games since April 8. 

Auburn is not a team to count out either, nor is any SEC team. They are used to high-caliber competition day in and day out. Plus, they have the SEC Freshman of the Year. Bri Ellis took home the award after blasting 18 home runs in the regular season, slugging .757, and knocking in 45 runs all while hitting .300. 

UNCW will be making its NCAA tournament debut. The Seahawks are known for their small ball — relying heavily all season long on the short game and stolen bases. They were 9 for 9 in stolen bases in the conference tournament. 

Columbia Regional — May 20-22 at Columbia, Missouri

The teams: No. 15 Missouri, Missouri State, Arizona, Illinois

  • Game 1: Missouri State (27-18) vs. No. 15 seed Missouri* (32-14) — 2 p.m. Friday on SEC Network
  • Game 2: Arizona (33-20) vs. Illinois (34-20) — 4:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 2:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 5 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 7:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 4 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 6:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for: There were high expectations for the Tigers this season, but they had somewhat of a rocky start before going on a hot streak to close out the season. The Tigers took down Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee in the SEC tournament before falling to Arkansas in the championship. I will be very interested in seeing if this Tiger hot streak continues into the tournament. This Missouri team also brings a lot of experience, with almost all the same players as last year’s tournament team. You might remember, Jordan Weber threw a no-no in last year’s tournament. Watch out for performances like that again. 

Arizona comes in as a possible challenger. This postseason appearance marks Arizona’s 35th straight selection. They picked up an at-large bid from the NCAA committee with a 33-20 regular-season record this year under first-year head coach Caitlin Lowe. It was an off season compared to their usual in the past, but could come up big in the postseason. Sophomore Allie Skaggs is the Pac-12’s co-leader in home runs with 22 homers this season. This offense ranks in the top 10 in batting average as a team, as well, so watch out for the Wildcats. 

Tallahassee Regional — May 20-22 at Tallahassee, Florida

The teams: No. 2 Florida State, Howard, South Florida, Mississippi State

  • Game 1: South Florida (44-14) vs. Mississippi State (33-24) — 6 p.m. Friday on ESPNU
  • Game 2: Howard (31-22) vs. No. 2 seed Florida St.* (52-5) — 8:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+
  • Game 3: 1 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 winners
  • Game 4: 3:30 p.m. Saturday between Game 1 and Game 2 losers
  • Game 5: 6 p.m. Saturday between Game 4 winner and Game 3 loser
  • Game 6: 4 p.m. Sunday between Game 3 winner and Game 5 Winner
  • Game 7: 6:30 p.m. Sunday if necessary

What to watch for: Last but not least, a great Regional to watch. First of all, the FSU Seminoles are incredibly fun to watch. They will be on a mission to make it back to the WCWS title series this year, and they have shown all season long that they can do it. This is a team that knows how to win, and claws out wins against tough, ranked competition left and right in clutch moments. A bunch of clutch hitters combined and then Kathryn Sandercock leading them in the circle. They pull some power from Kalei Harding and Michaela Edenfield, as well. Edenfield is a big player to watch behind the dish, she has been a special addition to this team this year. They have been consistent all season long and are a heavy favorite for the WCWS this year. 

But there is one other HUGE storyline to watch in this Regional — USF’s Georgina Corrick. That name will go down in not only USF but NCAA softball history books as one of the most dominant pitchers. She leads the NCAA with 407 strikeouts. That is 50 MORE than the next pitcher to put it into perspective, Keely Rochard is fourth in strikeouts with 293, and we thought that was high. The four-time AAC Pitcher of the Year tossed two perfect games and no-hitter this season. This will be her last NCAA tournament, so you wont want to miss her performances in the circle for South Florida. 

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Baseball Gameday: at Iowa

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The final regular season weekend has arrived, and the Indiana baseball program will look to secure its spot in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament against Iowa. The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes will meet for a Thursday-Sunday series at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City.

Indiana (25-27, 10-11 B1G) is among six Big Ten teams entering the weekend with a chance to secure one four slots at the Big Ten Tournament, which begins next weekend in Omaha, Nebraska. Iowa (30-17, 14-7 B1G) has already secured its spot in the conference postseason and is looking to lock up a top three seed in its final home series of the season.

Gameday Info

Thursday, May 19, 2022

IU: Braydon Tucker, RHP, Sr.

UI: Adam Mazur, RHP, R-So.

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Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio

Live Stats: bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast

Friday, May 20, 2022

IU: Jack Perkins, RHP, R-Jr.

UI: Dylan Nedved, RHP, R-Sr.

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Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio

Live Stats: bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast

Saturday, May 21, 2022

IU: TBA

UI: Ty Langenberg, RHP, So.

Live Video: es.pn/3a3q76R

Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio

Live Stats: bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast

Quick Hitters

Just two wins separate Indiana and Iowa in the all-time series and the Hoosiers look to continue a string of success against the Hawkeyes in Iowa City. .

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Freshman Carter Mathison became IU’s freshman home run leader with his 15th longballl of the season at Michigan. The mark is the second highest total in B1G history for a freshman.

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Mathison and fellow freshman Josh Pyne are the top two Big Ten freshmen in RBIs and teammate Brock Tibbitts joined them in the 40 RBI club against Minnesota to form the top freshman trio in program history.

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Redshirt-junior Matt Ellis is tied at No. 3 on the Big Ten home run charts with 17 longballs. Of his 17 home runs, 11 have traveled 400 feet or more.

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Indiana’s pitching staff is on pace to become one of the most productive strikeout units in program history. The 2022 staff currently ranks No. 2 on the single season charts.

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Freshman Grant Holderfield is tied for No. 9 nationally among rookies in pitching appearances and has not allowed an inherited runner to score on the year.

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Indiana had three alums on MLB rosters to start 2022 and saw a school-standard four student-athletes selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2021.

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Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 97 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.

FULL BIO ON PAGE 4

Scouting the Opponents

Iowa enters with a 30-17 overall record and are tied for third in the Big Ten at 14-7 entering the weekend.

The Hawkeyes are led by a pitching staff that owns the best ERA (3.46), lowest batting average against (.203) and has the most strikeouts (534) in the conference.

Offensively, Peyton Williams and Keaton Anthony lead the way. The two are the only two everyday hitters to carry a .300 batting average.

Williams leads the way with a .367 average, 49 runs scored and 12 home runs.

Anthony is hitting .360 and leads the team with 20 doubles and 48 RBIs, while his 11 home runs are second on the squad.

The starting rotation of Adam Mazur, Dylan Nedved and Ty Langenberg are a combined 17-6 on the mound in 27 starts.

The backend of the bullpen has featured a multitude of arms, as seven different Hawkeye pitchers have earned at least one save this season.

Series Notes

Friday’s meeting will mark the 161st in the all-time series and just two games separate the two teams, as Iowa owns an 81-79 edge.

The first meeting between the two programs came in 1913, a 4-2 win for the Hoosiers, and Indiana won the first three meetings between the two programs.

Since 1967, Indiana is 26-34 at Iowa, but have won four of the last six series in Iowa City.

Indiana’s longest winning streaks against the Hawkeyes is eight straight games. It occurred twice once from 2009-11 and against from 2012-14.

Since 2009, Indiana has won 26 of the 45 meetings.

IU is 3-0-1 in the last four series versus Iowa.

IU Finishes 12th at Palm Beach Gardens Regional

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Indiana men’s golf team finished 12th after 54 holes of play at the 2022 NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional on Wednesday.

The Hoosiers shot a 10-over 298 at the PGA National Resort – Champion Course on Wednesday to finish the tournament at 910 (308-304-298; +46).

Vanderbilt, the third-ranked team in the country, dominated the final two rounds to earn the team victory at 844 (-20). No. 22 Florida State (856; -8) and No. 10 Florida (862; -2) each shot under par to finish second and third, respectively. No. 40 South Florida (876; +12) and College of Charleston (878; +14) claimed the final two advancing spots.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional • Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

PGA National Resort – Champion Course

Par 72 • 7048 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 12th/14 – 910 (308-304-298; +46)

Top Indiana Player: Ethan Shepherd – 226 (80-73-73; +10)

CHIP-INS

• Fifth-year senior Ethan Shepherd had an eventful day on the course after shooting a 1-over 73 for the second-straight round. He knocked down a total of four birdies, including three in his first nine holes of the day. He finished t-39th in the individual ranks.

• Senior Mitch Davis matched the best single-round Hoosier scorecard of the week after shooting a 1-over 73 in the final round. He carded a team-best five birdies, including back-to-back efforts on No. 2 and No. 3 and No. 17 and No. 18. He finished the tournament tied for 45th place.

•  The birdie from Davis on No. 17 was the only birdie on that hole for IU all tournament as the hole played as the most difficult hole of the week. During the final round, Indiana played even par on No. 17.

• Fifth-year senior Evan Yakubov sank a pair of birdies (No. 3 and No. 10) during his final collegiate round of 6-over 78. He finished the tournament third on the Hoosier lineup and tied for 54th overall.

• Senior Harry Reynolds shot a 2-over 74 in the final round of play. He converted three birdie chances with two coming on his first four holes (No. 10 and No. 13). 

• Sophomore Drew Salyers closed his second season in Bloomington with a 6-over 78. His up-and-down day consisted of birdies on No. 3, No. 7 and No. 12. He finished 62nd overall.

• The top five teams (30 teams total) and the low individual not on an advancing team from each regional site (six individuals total) will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 27-June 1 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-39th. Ethan Shepherd – 226 (80-73-73; +10)

t-45th. Mitch Davis – 228 (77-78-73; +12)

t-54th. Evan Yakubov – 231 (77-76-78; +15)

62nd. Drew Salyers – 237 (81-78-78; +21)

— Clay Merchent* – 74 (+2)

— Harry Reynolds** – 151 (77-74; +7)

*Subbed out in the second round

**Subbed in for second and third rounds

TOP FIVE TEAMS (ADVANCED TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP)

1. Vanderbilt – 844 (285-282-277; -20)

2. Florida State – 856 (297-279-280; -8)

3. Florida – 862 (294-284-284; -4)

4. South Florida – 876 (290-292-294; +12)

5. College of Charleston – 878 (294-292-292; +14)

TOP INDIVIDUAL ON NON-ADVANCING TEAMS (ADVANCED TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP)

t-4. Zack Byers (Gardner Webb) – 213 (72-70-71; -3)

UP NEXT

Indiana will be back in action for the fall portion of the 2022-23 season.

Boilermakers Host No. 14 Maryland for Showcase Series

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

No. 14 Maryland (42-10, 16-5 B1G) at Purdue (29-17, 9-10 B1G)

Thursday to Saturday, May 19 to 21

Series Opener: Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m. ET on B1G+

Middle Game: Friday, May 20 at 5 p.m. ET on BTN

Series Finale: Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. ET on BTN

Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Thursday: CJ Backer (So, RHP) vs. UMD’s Jason Savacool (So, RHP)

Friday: Wyatt Wendell (R-Jr, RHP) vs. UMD’s Ryan Ramsey (Jr, LHP)

Saturday: Troy Wansing (Fr, LHP) vs. UMD’s Nick Dean (Jr, RHP)

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: Maryland leads 10-4

All-Time in West Lafayette: Maryland leads 3-0

2021: Maryland swept a 3-game set (May 14-16 in College Park)

Purdue’s Last Series Win vs. UMD: Purdue swept a 3-game set (April 2018 in College Park)

Only Series in West Lafayette: Maryland swept a 3-game set (April 2015)

First Meeting: Maryland 11, Purdue 1 (February 2012 in Greenville, N.C.)

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS

Thursday: $3 deals on tickets, food, beer; trading cards set #6 giveaway

Friday: Scout Night – scout troops can purchase $1 tickets

Saturday: Alumni Day & Senior Day; trading cards set #7 giveaway

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With a lot on the line for the final weekend of the regular season, Purdue baseball hosts No. 14 Maryland for a Big Ten Conference spotlight series at Alexander Field.

First pitch is set for Thursday at 6 p.m., Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. The games on Friday and Saturday are slated to be televised live by the Big Ten Network.

The Boilermakers’ Senior Day ceremony and Alumni Day festivities are on the schedule for Saturday before the regular-season finale. The annual alumni batting practice session and tailgate are set for Saturday morning. The Senior Day ceremony will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET. Eleven seniors plus team manager and December 2021 graduate Grant Brunt will be recognized Saturday for their contributions to the program.

The Boilermakers’ large senior class features five players that have been with the program for at least four years – Tanner Haston, Ryan Howe, Tyler Powers, Jackson Smeltz and Kyle Wade. Ricky Castro and Eric Hildebrand joined the bullpen in the fall of 2019, transferring in as sophomores. Nolan Daniel, Steve Ramirez, Landon Weins and Troy Viola later fortified the class as transfers as well.

Shortstop Evan Albrecht has elected to return for the 2023 season, exercising an eligibility extension related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Powers opted for a similar path to remain with the program as a fifth-year student-athlete this season. Due to an injury this season, 2022 graduate Calvin Schapira also plans to return next season.

Purdue remains in eighth place in the Big Ten standings, maintaining its hold on the final bid to the eight-team Big Ten Tournament with its rubber game win Sunday at Northwestern. A series win vs. UMD would clinch a tournament berth and one victory would also be enough if Northwestern and Nebraska are unable to sweep their series.

HOW PURUDE CAN CLINCH A BIG TEN TOURNAMENT BERTH

• 2 Wins

• 1 Win PLUS 1 Loss by Nebraska AND Northwestern

• 1 Win PLUS an 0-3 Weekend by Michigan OR Indiana

• Nebraska AND Northwestern both lose at least 2 of 3 (Nebraska has to win 1 vs. Michigan State)

Maryland has won a program-record 42 games and is tied atop the Big Ten standings with Rutgers. The Terrapins were projected a top-eight national seed in the NCAA Tournament by D1Baseball.com this week. The last time the Boilermakers hosted a 40-win team was in May 2012 when a 39-10 Purdue team squared off against a 40-12 Indiana State squad in the final game played at Lambert Field. Coincidentally, the Boilermakers’ 2012 Big Ten championship team will be recognized before the game Saturday on the 10-year anniversary of that magical season.

The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights both play on the road this weekend, with Rutgers visiting Michigan. The BTN will be televising all three games of the Rutgers-Michigan series. The BTN is set to televise multiple games at Alexander Field during the final weekend of the regular season for the third time in the last five years dating back to 2018.

The Boilermakers are set to host Maryland for just the second time since UMD joined the league for the 2014-15 school year. The Terrapins three games at Alexander are the fewest of any Big Ten team since 2015. Maryland was scheduled to play at Alexander in May 2020. Purdue has played 335 games, including 10 vs. UMD, since it last hosted the Terps in April 2015.

Boilermakers’ Rally in Palm Beach Falls Short

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Purdue men’s golf team posted the day’s fourth-best round and moved up four spots in the standings, but its rally toward a possible National Championships berth fell short at the PGA National Resort’s Champion Course.

Purdue shot a 3-under par 285 to finish the event at 26-over par 890 (305-299-285) to place seventh, 12 shots behind the final qualifier, the College of Charleston. Vanderbilt won the Regional at 20-under par 844 and was followed by Florida State (-8), Florida (-2), South Florida (+12) and College of Charleston (+14). Little Rock was sixth at 25-over par 889.

“We had a lot of fight today and it shows who these guys are. These guys are fighters and we fought hard today,” said head coach Rob Bradley. “This was a really tough draw for us with three Florida teams and we needed to play better than we did this week. I thought we did a good job preparing, but it’s just a tough place to play for Northern teams. We just got off to a rough start on Monday and dug too deep of a hole. But we showed a lot of heart today and I am proud of them for that. We just need to keep getting better.”

The story of the day was senior Joe Weiler, playing in his final event before turning pro. Playing the difficult back nine first, Weiler went out in 32 and finished with a 4-under par 68, his eighth round in the 60s this season. He finished tied for 15th at 2-over par 218 (75-75-68).

Weiler ends his career with a 73.04 stroke average, good for fourth on the career chart.

“Joe’s a great player and is turning pro after this event. I think he has a lot of potential as a pro and he’s improved significantly every year here at Purdue. He will continue to get better. He’s a great kid with an engineering degree at Purdue. He does everything well and I’m proud of the person and the golfer he has become,” Bradley said.

Senior Cole Bradley also ended his career on Wednesday, finishing with a 1-over par 73 and a three-day total of 11-over par 227 (79-75-73). Bradley played in 149 career rounds, the second most in school history.

“It was a dream come true to coach my son. It was awesome. Obviously, when coaching your son your relationship is a little different. I get on him and he gets on me, but I couldn’t ask for any more and a better experience. Getting to do that for five years is something I will cherish for a long time,” Bradley said.

Sophomore Herman Sekne put the finishing touches on a sensational season, placing tied for 28th at 7-over par 223 (76-74-73). Sekne finished the season with a 71.17 stroke average, good for second in school history. He had nine rounds in the 60s and 17 rounds of even-par or better, winning twice during the fall season.

Andrew Farraye finished 38th at 9-over par 225 (78-75-72), while Peyton Snoeberger played in Wednesday’s final round, shooting a 79.

ButlerUBaseball Coach Dave Schrage Announces His Retirement

Dave Schrage, who has led the Butler baseball program for the last six seasons, has announced his retirement following a successful 38-year coaching career.

Schrage will lead the Bulldogs in the team’s final series of the 2022 season as Butler hosts BIG EAST rival Seton Hall Thursday through Saturday at Bulldog Park.

As the head coach at seven different universities over 34 seasons, Schrage has registered 863 career wins. Following a standout collegiate playing career at Creighton, Schrage also served as an assistant coach for four seasons before his first head coaching position.

“For 38 years, I have been blessed to wake up every day and do what I love; it never felt like a job,” said Schrage. “I want to thank all the players, assistant coaches and administrators for their efforts throughout my career. Those relationships are what it’s all about. I will always be grateful to Jim Hendry and Paul Mainieri, who gave me my start in this profession nearly four decades ago. My family has supported me and sacrificed for me, and I love them for that. I look forward to the time we will be able to spend together in retirement.”

“For the past six seasons, our baseball program and university have benefited greatly from Dave’s leadership,” said Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier. “Throughout his career, Dave has mentored young men in a first-class manner while building successful programs. He will certainly be missed in the dugout and at Butler. We wish Dave and his family all the best in retirement.”

Schrage’s 131 wins at Butler are fourth-most in program history. His 2018 Butler team won 34 games, which tied the Bulldogs’ single-season mark. Ryan Pepiot, who was a freshman on Schrage’s first Butler team in 2017 and played three seasons for the Bulldogs, made his MLB debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this month.

In addition to leading the Butler program, Schrage has also served as the head coach at South Dakota State (2012-16), Notre Dame (2007-10), Evansville (2003-06), Northern Illinois (2000-02), Northern Iowa (1991-99), and Waldorf (1988-90).

Butler will conduct a national search for the next leader of the baseball program.

ButlerUBaseball Set to Host Seton Hall

INDIANAPOLIS – The final three games of the 2022 season will be played at Bulldog Park this week. Game one of the series between Butler and Seton Hall will begin at 4 PM on Thursday. All three games between the Bulldogs and the Pirates will stream on FloSports/Butler+.

Series Schedule

Thursday, May 19 – 4 PM

Friday, May 20 – 4 PM

Saturday, May 21 – 1 PM

Probable Starters

RHP Adrian Vega vs. RHP Brennan O’Neill

LHP Cole McDaniel vs. RHP Nick Payero

LHP Cory Bosecker vs. LHP Joe Cinnella

BIG EAST Standings

*UConn 16-2, 43-10

*Creighton 13-5, 28-16

Xavier 10-8, 28-25

Georgetown 8-10, 29-21

Villanova 8-10, 18-27-1

St. John’s 7-9-1, 22-29-1

Seton Hall 6-11, 17-33

Butler 2-15-1, 18-34-1

*UConn will play as the No. 1 Seed and Creighton will be the No. 2 Seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Championship Tournament.

Around the BIG EAST

– Villanova will host Creighton

– Xavier will host St. John’s

– Georgetown will host UConn

Scouting Seton Hall

The Pirates are 17-33 overall with a 6-11 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. Just five of their 17 wins have been recorded on the road. Seton Hall recently won a weekend series on their home diamond against Villanova. The Wildcats won the opener 3-2, but SHU battled back to win 5-4 on Saturday and 3-2 on Sunday to win their first conference series since April 10 (2-1 over Xavier).

Relief pitcher Zane Probst was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. Probst struck out four of the eight batters he faced in two innings of relief to record the save and the series victory for SHU in the 3-2 win over Nova on Sunday. It was his second save of the year.

Devin Hack is the only student-athlete on the roster to start in all 50 games. The junior outfielder has 51 hits, including 10 doubles, three triples and one home run for 23 RBI. He also leads the team in runs scored (24) and base on balls (26).

Will Gale and Jonathan Luders are two other Pirates to keep an eye on. Gale has a team-best 19 steals in 20 attempts. Luders leads all Pirates with a .345 batting average.

Butler vs. Seton Hall History

Since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2014, Butler has won three weekend series against Seton Hall (2014, 2015, 2017). These two teams also met in the 2018 BIG EAST Tournament. Butler defeated Seton Hall in the first game 2-1 (13-innings), but would be eliminated in postseason play two days later after a 4-3 loss to SHU.

May 19th

The last time BU played on May 19 they defeated Creighton 7-1 to end the 2017 season. Butler and Seton Hall played at Bulldog Park on May 19 one other time in 2016. SHU won 8-2.

Adrian Has Been Awesome in May

Adrian Vega has 14 strikeouts and just two walks over his last two starts. The freshman threw 98 pitches over 5.1 innings vs. Xavier and recently threw a season-high six frames in his last start at Creighton on May 13. This season, Vega has 42 strikeouts in 40 innings.

Weekend Arms

Cole McDaniel and Cory Bosecker will each start on the mound for Butler this weekend. McDaniel has 27 strikeouts over 42.1 innings this year. He has two wins and a 7.02 ERA. Bosecker will be making his 14th start of the year on Sunday. He leads the team with 62 innings pitched and 63 strikeouts.

Holt Continues to Hit

Travis Holt leads the team with 66 hits this season. He went 2-for-4 at Purdue Fort Wayne to record his team-best 22nd multi-hit game of the year. Holt’s longest hitting streak this season covered eight games. He is currently on a three-game hit streak.

He’s Going

Butler leads the BIG EAST and ranks 70th in the NCAA in stolen bases. Travis Holt is the team leader with 20.

Quite a Career James

Butler outfielder James Gargano has started in 179 games over his five-year Bulldog career. Heading into his final series, Gargano has 179 hits including 31 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs. He has scored 139 runs and has batted in 103.

Thank You Dave

Butler Baseball Head Coach Dave Schrage has announced his retirement following a successful 38-year coaching career. As the head coach at seven different universities over 34 seasons, Schrage has registered 863 career wins. Schrage’s 131 wins at Butler are fourth-most in program history. His 2018 Butler team won 34 games, which tied the Bulldogs’ single-season mark. Ryan Pepiot, who was a freshman on Schrage’s first Butler team in 2017 and played three seasons for the Bulldogs, made his MLB debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this month.

ButlerUWBB Adds Kelsy Taylor to 2022-23 Roster

INDIANAPOLIS — Trine graduate transfer Kelsy Taylor is the newest member of the Butler women’s basketball program. A 6-2 forward from Louisville, Taylor will use her final season of eligibility playing for the Bulldogs.

“We are excited to have Kelsy join us as a grad transfer for the upcoming season,” Head Coach Austin Parkinson said. “Kelsy is an excellent communicator who provides veteran experience at the post position and is a very good defensive player. Her ability to run the floor and seal as well as rebound the basketball will be valuable for our basketball team.”

A starter in all 32 games for Trine, Taylor averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest during a historic season for the Thunder. Trine posted a 28-4 overall record and reached the Final Four of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Three of their four losses during the 2021-22 campaign came to eventual National Champion Hope.

Taylor will provide Butler with quality depth in the frontcourt. She was a force inside for the Thunder over her four-year career. While at Trine, Taylor appeared in 106 games, making 77 starts. She shot 49.6 percent from the field and grabbed 499 rebounds.

Ball State Lands Micah Bell

MUNCIE, Ind. – Head Coach Michael Lewis and the Ball State men’s basketball program added Micah Bell as part of the 2022 recruiting class on Wednesday. Bell is a high school graduate and will be eligible immediately.

Bell is a native of Austell, Georgia. He will provide depth for the Cardinals at the guard position. During the 2019 season, Bell was a Georgia First Team All-State selection and led the 4A Region in points. He averaged 19.2 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, and added 2.4 steals per contest. He helped lead Chapel Hill High School to a 19-9 record.

Bell spent the last season at Link Year Prep and was a key guard for the Lions. For the season, he averaged 19.3 points per game and averaged 5.1 rebounds per contest. He shot 46.3 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from 3-point range. He was also an 83.5 percent free-throw shooter. He averaged 1.3 assists per game and finished with 0.9 steals per contest.

From Ball State Head Coach Michael Lewis

“What has us excited about Micah, is his length and athleticism he provides on the perimeter. He has outstanding vision as a guard. As he physically develops, I feel he can become an impact player in this league.”

Cardinals Travel to RedHawks to Conclude Regular Season

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team takes to the road for the last time in the regular season for a Mid-American Conference matchup with Miami. The Cardinals and RedHawks are scheduled to start the series on Thursday, May 19, followed by a doubleheader on Friday, May 20, and a final game on Saturday, May 21.

Ball State is coming off its first series split of the season against Ohio. The Cardinals enter with a 34-17 overall record and a 28-7 mark in league play, while the RedHawks have a 23-29 overall record and are 18-18 in conference games.

Triple “Cole”mination

Zach Cole is tied for first in the NCAA with eight triples on the season and that is more that 78 NCAA DI teams. He is tied for the single season record for triples in Ball State history. He currently leads the team with a .678 slugging percentage. He is second on the team with a .336 batting average and is second with 10 home runs. He has scored 40 runs, driven in 34, stole seven bases, and has hit six doubles.

The Wright Stuff

Last week, Amir Wright earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. Wright has reached base safely in 50 of the 51 games this season. He leads the team with 48 runs scored and leads the team with a .364 batting average. He is tied for fifth in the NCAA with six triples. He has 30 walks, 30 RBIs, nine stolen bases, nine doubles, and two home runs. Wright is currently 13th in the nation as the toughest to strikeout and leads the MAC with a strikeout average of 15.0. He has struck out just 13 times in 195 at bats.

Maloney Magic        

Rich Maloney won his 900th game as a head coach at NIU earlier this season. He moved his win total to 911 after a 2-2 series against Ohio. He is currently ranked 16th among active NCAA DI coaches. He is currently ranked 120th in all-time wins across all divisions. He is 83rd among NCAA DI coaches all-time.

Power Bats

The Cardinal offense features 12 guys that have combined for 62 home runs. BSU is tied for 65th in the NCAA in home runs and is third in the MAC. The team has produced 335 RBIs and has produced 363 runs.

Above Average Hitters

Nick Powell has bolstered a .308 batting average. He is second on the team with 39 RBIs. Powell has scored 44 runs. He is second on the team in doubles with 14 and has hit four home runs. He has added two triples and has drawn 15 walks. Trenton Quartermaine is fourth on the team with a .304 batting average. He leads the team with 14 home runs and is fourth in the MAC. He paces the team in RBIs with 57, which is tied for 39th in the nation and is second in the MAC. He has the second-best slugging percentage of the Ball State attack with a .586 mark. He is third on the team with 12 doubles. Quartermaine has been walked 31 times.

Kloser Klein   

Sam Klein solidified his role as a closer as he has nine saves, which is tied for 26th in the NCAA and leads the MAC. He has struck out 37 batters in 26 1/3 innings on the mound. Opponents are hitting just .156 against him.

Solid Staff

The Cardinal pitching staff is eighth in the NCAA with 7.55 hits allowed per nine innings, which leads the MAC. The Ball State pitching staff is tied for 20th in the NCAA and leads the MAC in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.4.

Meet the Pitching Staff

Tyler Schweitzer leads the team with nine wins and bolsters a 9-2 record. He has tallied a team-high 94 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .194 against him. He bolsters an ERA of 2.48 and a WHIP of 1.05. Schweitzer is expected to get the start in game one against Miami. Ty Johnson is the scheduled starter in game two and enters with a 7-3 record. Johnson has tallied 65 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings of work with an ERA of 5.29 and a WHIP of 1.13. He has held opponents to a .220 batting average. Trennor O’Donnell is projected to get the start in game three against Miami and enters the weekend with a 5-2 record. He has produced 60 strikeouts and a 5.93 ERA in 54 2/3 innings. He has a WHIP of 1.46. Ryan Brown, Nate Dohm, Ty Weatherly, and Casey Bargo have 20 or more strikeouts with 52, 42, 32, and 24, respectively.

Possible Starting Matchups (subject to change)

Thursday: Tyler Schweitzer (LHP) vs. Jonathan Brand (RHP)

Friday: Ty Johnson (RHP) vs. Zach Maxey (RHP)

Friday: Trennor O’Donnell (RHP) vs. Luke Leverton (RHP)

Saturday: TBA vs. Brady McLean (LHP)

Weekend Schedule

Thursday: 3 p.m.

Friday: 1 p.m.

Friday: 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: 1 p.m.

*Times and locations are subject to change

Cardinals vs. RedHawks: The Series

Ball State enters the weekend with a 71-78 record against Miami. The Cardinals swept the four-game series last season in Muncie. Ball State is 28-45 in games played at Miami. Under Head Coach Rich Maloney, the Cardinals are 29-17 against the RedHawks.

Scouting Miami

Jonathan Brand is expected to start game one for the RedHawks and enters with an 8-1 record. He is currently second in the NCAA with an ERA of 1.12, which leads the MAC. He has struck out 81 batters in 72 1/3 innings of work. He has held opponents to a .191 batting average and has produced a WHIP of 1.05. Zach Maxey is slated to get the ball in game two and enters with a 4-2 mark. He has 55 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings on the mound and has an ERA of 2.38. He has a WHIP of 1.24 and opponents are hitting .234 against him. Luke Leverton is projected to get the start in game three and has a 1-5 record on the season. He has 32 strikeouts, an ERA of 4.61, and a WHIP of 1.37 in 41 innings. Opponents are hitting .250 against him. Brady McLean is the probable game four starter. He has a 2-1 mark with 35 2/3 innings of work. He has 31 strikeouts, a WHIP of 1.79, and an ERA of 6.56. Opponents are batting .320 off him. The Miami attack is led by Benji Brokemond with a .355 batting average. He has produced 35 runs scored, 25 RBIs, nine doubles, four triples, and one home run with 14 walks. Zach MacDonald is second on the squad with a .308 batting average. He leads the RedHawks with 10 home runs and in runs scored with 39. He has notched 30 RBIs, eight doubles, and one triple. Cole Andrews leads the team with 52 RBIs and is hitting .296.

SERIES PREVIEW: #9 MIAMI

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The eighth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is primed for their final ACC matchup of the regular season as they travel to Coral Gables to take on the ninth-ranked Hurricanes. The series pits the two-division leaders against each other as the league title and seeding in the upcoming 2022 ACC Championship in Charlotte is on the line. The Irish officially clinched their bid to Charlotte last weekend and are looking to capture their second consecutive Atlantic Division title. The series kicks off Friday night at 7 p.m. ET from Alex Rodriguez Park and it will be aired nationally on the ACC Network.

BY THE NUMBERS

.717        The Irish own a 33-13 record (.717) on the road under head coach Link Jarrett.

.747        The Irish are 77-26 (.748) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks third in the NCAA over the past three seasons, trailing Tennessee and Arkansas.

.981        Notre Dame is 12th in the NCAA and first in the ACC in fielding percentage with a .981 mark this season. The Irish have committed 31 errors in 1,157 putout opportunities this season.

1              The Irish swept #5 Florida State on the road from April 1-3 (2-0 (12), 5-4, 9-7). It was the first time the Irish have swept a Top-5 team on the road in program history.

1.26        Notre Dame is 12th in the NCAA and second in the ACC with a 1.26 WHIP this season. They have surrendered 319 hits and 166 walks in 385.2 innings pitched.

3.78        The Irish rank 13th nationally and are second in the ACC in team ERA with 3.78. They have given up 158 earned runs in 385.2 innings this season.

7.44        The Irish are sixth in the NCAA and first in the ACC with 7.44 hits allowed per nine innings. They have given up 319 hits in 385.2 innings pitched this season.

10.9        The Irish rank sixth in the NCAA and second in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.9. The Irish pitching staff has struck out 468 batters in 385.2 innings this season.

11           The Irish scored 11 runs in the sixth inning against Boston College, the most in a single inning this season. It was the most runs in an inning since April 24, 2021, when the Irish scored 12 runs in the eighth inning against Boston College.

12.0        John Michael Bertrand (7.2 IP), Ryan McLinskey (1.2 IP), Aidan Tyrell (1.0) and Alex Rao (1.2 IP) combined to shutout #5 Florida State in 12.0 innings in the 2-0 Irish win on April 1. It was the first time in program history that the Seminoles had been shutout in an extra inning game.

12           John Michael Bertrand set a career high with 12 strikeouts against #5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for an Irish pitcher since Cameron Brown struck out 12 against Florida State on March 23, 2019.

18           The Irish struck out 18 batters in the 2-0 win over #5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for the Irish pitching staff since May 16, 2008, when they struck out 18 against South Florida.

19           Notre Dame is 19-3-1 all-time in regular-season series under Jarrett. The Irish are 10-2 in ACC series on the road and are 17-3-1 in ACC series over the past two-plus seasons.

22           The Irish allowed three runs or less for the 22nd time this season in the 8-1 win over Pitt on May 14. They are 22-0 this season and 48-2 overall under Jarrett in games they allow three runs or less.

42           The Irish scored 42 runs in their series sweep of Wake Forest on April 22-24. It set the program record for most runs in an ACC series since joining the conference in 2014. It was the most runs in a three-game conference series since 1993 when the Irish scored 48 runs in a sweep of Dayton when they were members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.

62           Outfielder Spencer Myers has 62 steals in his Irish career and ranks seventh all-time in program history for career steals. He trails Dan Bautch by six for sixth place in program history.

Irish Set to Battle Hurricanes with Title Aspirations on the Line

Heading into the final ACC weekend of the regular season, the Irish have a number of opportunities ahead of them as they take on Miami in Coral Gables.

The matchup pits the division leaders against each other as they play out the final three games of the regular season.

The Irish (.625) hold a slim percentage lead over Louisville (.611) in the Atlantic Division and still have an opportunity to win the league outright. The Irish trail the Hurricanes (.667) and Hokies (.640) in the overall league standings.

Miami holds the all-time series with a 21-7 mark and this will be the first time the two teams have played each other since the 2018 season.

This is Notre Dame’s third trip to the state of Florida this season. They opened the season at the Hatter Classic in DeLand and went 2-1 on the weekend. In April, the Irish traveled to Tallahassee and swept the fifth-ranked Seminoles in a weekend series.

Miami enters the matchup after a 1-3 week in which they dropped two out of three on the road against Florida State and lost their midweek matchup with Florida Gulf Coast.

The Irish enter the matchup after a 3-1 week in which they took two out of three at home against Pitt and won their road midweek game against Northwestern.

Both teams are two of the best pitching teams in the ACC as they both rank in the top-five in ERA (ND – 2nd, UM – 5th), opposing batting average (ND – 1st, UM – 5th), strikeouts per game (ND – 2nd, UM – 4th) and walks allowed (UM 2nd, ND – 4th).

The two teams also have the best records in the ACC since the start of the 2020 season. The Irish have a league-best 43-19 (.694) record in ACC games in that span and the Hurricanes are second with a 41-24 (.631) record in conference games.

IRISH FINISH NINTH IN PALM BEACH GARDENS NCAA REGIONAL

The University of Notre Dame men’s golf team 2021-22 season ended Wednesday afternoon with a ninth-place finish in the Palm Beach Gardens NCAA Regional held at the PGA National Champion Course. The Irish finished with an 896 (+32) over the three rounds of the event.

Graduate student Davis Chatfield led the Irish individually, finishing in a tie for 16th place with a 218 (+2) (72-69-77). Senior Taichi Kho ended up tied for 19th with a 219 (+3) (68-74-77), followed by junior Palmer Jackson 229 (+13), sophomore Angelo Marcon 230 (+14) and senior Andrew O’Leary 246 (+30).

The ninth-place finish caps a memorable 2021-22 season for the Irish, who claimed team titles at the 2021 Stephens Cup, a program-best fifth-place finish at the ACC Championship and nine consecutive top-four team finishes before entering post season competition.

DEFENSEMAN DREW BAVARO JOINS THE IRISH

The University of Notre Dame hockey team has added transfer Drew Bavaro ahead of the 2022-23 season. Bavaro, a defenseman, recently completed his sophomore season at Bentley University (AHA).

A Bradenton, Florida native, Bavaro skated in 36 games for the Falcons in 2021-22, totaling nine goals and adding 18 assists for 27 points and he was a First Team All-Atlantic Hockey selection. His 18 assists and 27 points were the top marks on the team, while his nine goals ranked third.

As a freshman during the abbreviated 2020-21 season, Bavaro earned Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team honors after registering 12 points on two goals and 10 assists while playing in each of Bentley’s 16 games. He tied for sixth in the AHA in points among freshmen and tied for ninth in points among defensemen. He scored his first career goal in Bentley’s 4-2 win over Army West Point (Dec. 4). He was also named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week on Feb. 2. He added two assists in a 7-3 win over Air Force in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey playoffs.

Bavaro played the 2019-20 season with the Wenatchee Wild of the BCHL, skating in 51 games while scoring nine goals and adding 24 assists for 33 points. Prior to Wenatchee, he skated for Lawrence Academy and the Neponset Valley River Rats (18U and 16U).

Sycamores host DBU to close out 2022 regular season

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State wraps up the 2022 regular season this upcoming weekend as the Sycamores welcome Dallas Baptist to Bob Warn Field for both Senior Weekend and Alumni Weekend. The three-game series is set to run from May 19-21.

Thursday and Friday’s contests will be set for 6:30 p.m. first pitches, while Saturday’s Senior Day will feature a noon start time. All three contests will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Senior Recognition

Indiana State will recognize 2022 seniors Aaron Beck, Lane Miller, Jack Parisi, Raine Richter, Jake Ridgway, Sean Ross, Jordan Schaffer, and Keegan Watson over the weekend with the Senior Day festivities scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 21. All eight of the Sycamores will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony at Bob Warn Field prior to the noon first pitch.

Southern Illinois Recap

Indiana State struggled on the road this past weekend as the Sycamores fell in all three contests to the host Salukis at Itchy Jones Stadium in Carbondale. The Sycamores dropped 5-3, 14-3, and 7-3 decisions to extend their six-game losing streak over the weekend.

The Sycamores battled through the first game of the weekend series against the Salukis with ISU keeping the game tied at 3-3 through the first six innings, before a late two-run rally by SIU gave the home team the win. Seth Gergely, Luis Hernandez, and Randall Diaz posted multi-hit games in support of Matt Jachec’s 12th 6.0+ inning outing of the season, but ISU was unable to get the clutch hit against the SIU bullpen in the first loss.

Indiana State was unable to contain the Southern Illinois offense on Saturday afternoon as the Salukis took advantage of eight ISU walks in scoring 14 runs in the seven-inning win. Seth Gergely and Isaiah Thompson reached in all six of their plate appearances in the contest, while Joe Kido continued his strong hitting on the weekend with a two-hit day in the Sycamore loss.

The Sycamores mounted a ninth inning rally in the series finale against the Salukis on Sunday afternoon, but ISU’s rally fell just short with the tying run at the plate in the 7-3 loss. Joe Kido recorded his first collegiate three-hit game in the loss, while Keegan Watson and Randall Diaz both doubled to highlight the Sycamores at the plate.

For the weekend, Gergely posted a trio of multi-hit games, while Kido reached base safely in all three contests to pace the Sycamores offense. ISU recorded double-digit hits in two of the three games.

Scouting Dallas Baptist

Missouri Valley preseason favorite Dallas Baptist comes to Bob Warn Field for the final weekend of the 2022 regular season. The Patriots received all eight first-place votes and picked up 64 points on their way to taking the preseason recognition. DBU welcomed back six position players and seven pitchers from last season after finishing with a 41-18 overall record and advancing to the Columbia Super Regional.

Dallas Baptist (33-18, 11-7 MVC) enters the weekend series sitting third overall in the conference standings with three games to play. The Patriots could potentially reach the two-seed in next weekend’s tournament with a good weekend in Terre Haute, in an up-and-down season for DBU.

The Patriots have been stronger at home (20-9) than on the road (12-9) this season and have struggled in Missouri Valley play dropping series at Bradley and Illinois State, while also falling in two of the three games against Southern Illinois. DBU appears to be hitting its stride late in the season with the Patriots entering the weekend winning eight of their last nine games, including midweek contests against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Cole Moore (.349) and Luke Heefner (.316) have been the Patriots top hitters by average from the plate, while Ryan Wrobleski (.381) is back in action after an early season injury left him unable to play until late March. Blayne Jones (12) and Nate Rombach (10) have both hit double-digit home runs on the season, while Wrobleski (8) has come on strong with home runs in each of DBU’s last four series. Moore leads the team with 19 doubles, while Jace Grady is the speedster on the base paths with 53 runs scored while going 23-of-25 in stolen base attempts.

Pitching-wise, Jacob Meador, Chandler Arnold, and Luke Eldred are all expected to see time on the mound this weekend. Meador has posted a team-high 65.0 innings with a 7-2 record and 4.02 ERA, while Eldred is close behind at 62.2 innings and a 4.60 ERA. Arnold made the transition from bullpen star to weekend starter and boasts a 2.63 ERA with a 2-2 record on the mound.  

Patriots Top Players

Jace Grady is the standout for the DBU lineup as the freshman All-American has continued his success this season. The sophomore outfielder is one of three Patriot players to start all 51 games and he leads the team with 53 runs scored, while adding 12 doubles, two triples, and eight home runs. His 33 RBI are also among the team leaders, but his speed on the base paths makes him truly stand out. His 23 stolen bases are nine more than the closest player in the MVC and he has reached base in eight of the last nine games to provide him plenty of opportunities.

Opponent History

Indiana State and Dallas Baptist first met back in 2011 and the two teams have played annually since DBU joined the MVC in 2014. Dallas Baptist won the first four contests in the series before ISU picked up its first win at home back on April 21, 2012, 6-3. Indiana State is 10-26 all-time against DBU with the Sycamores falling to the Patriots in five of the six contests played between the two teams last season. ISU’s lone series win against DBU came back in the 2014 season with the Sycamores winning the first and last games in the weekend series at Bob Warn Field.

Last Time against Dallas Baptist

Indiana State fell in five of the six meetings between the two teams last season with the Sycamores picking up their lone win in the series finale in Dallas, Texas on April 25 behind a five-run ninth inning in taking the 7-5 victory. DBU picked up both wins between the two teams in the MVC Tournament with the Patriots eliminating the Sycamores in the championship game.

Non-Conference Round-Up

Indiana State finished non-conference play with a 15-10 overall record following their loss at Vanderbilt. The Sycamores posted a 6-3 record in neutral site contests and a 7-2 home mark at Bob Warn Field against non-MVC opponents this season, while sitting 2-5 in true road non-conference games. Highlighting Indiana State’s non-conference schedule includes wins over BYU, Marshall, Merrimack, Minnesota (twice), Michigan, Wright State, SEMO (twice), Kansas (twice), Memphis (twice), Purdue, and Illinois.

Sycamores in the MVC

Indiana State enters the week sitting in sole possession of fifth place in the Missouri Valley regular season standings with an 8-10 mark on the year. The Sycamores sit one game back of Bradley (9-9) for the final bye in the MVC Tournament, and one game ahead of Missouri State (7-11). Southern Illinois (14-4) leads the conference heading into the final weekend, while Evansville (13-5) and Dallas Baptist (11-7) sit second and third in the standings. Illinois State (6-12) and Valparaiso (4-14) round out the conference standings.

There are still several tiebreaker scenarios in play heading into the final weekend with Indiana State holding the ability to move all the up to third or finish in seventh.

MVC Weekend Schedule (May 19-21)

Southern Illinois at Illinois State

Missouri State at Bradley

Valparaiso at Evansville

Dallas Baptist at Indiana State

Returning Home

Indiana State has posted an 11-7 overall record at home in 2022 and a 4-5 mark in Missouri Valley play heading into the final regular season weekend. The Sycamores have posted series wins over Kansas, Memphis, and Illinois State, while falling in series against Evansville and Missouri State. ISU has also posted midweek home weeks against SEMO (twice) and Illinois.

The Sycamores lineup boasts multiple players that have posted success at home led by Aaron Beck’s team-leading .433 batting average with four doubles and three home runs at Bob Warn. Grant Magill (.368) has also been among the team batting leaders with five doubles and 14 RBI, while Randall Diaz (.303) leads the team with five home runs and 16 RBI at home this season. Seth Gergely (.323) has also posted a strong resume at home with eight doubles and 13 RBI over the 18 games played.

Matt Jachec (3-0, 2.95 ERA) leads the Sycamores on the mound over his five starts at home in the 2022 season. The redshirt sophomore has posted 36.2 innings with a 31:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio at home. Jake Ridgway (1-1, 3.52 ERA) and Luke Patzner (2-1, 3.77 ERA) have also recorded strong numbers at home, while Joey Hurth has made a team-high 11 appearances out of the bullpen.

Senior Day, battle for MVC seeding highlight final home weekend series against Valparaiso

EVANSVILLE – Closing out the regular season, the University of Evansville baseball team hosts Valparaiso for a three-game MVC set, beginning Thursday night at 6 PM at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

Previewing the Matchup: Valparaiso

The Aces and Beacons are meeting for the 55th time in series history in Thursday night’s series opener with Valparaiso owning a 28-24-2 advantage in the all-time series.

Despite Valpo’s lead in the series, since 1973, the Aces lead the series, 20-12, including a 3-1 win of last season’s series on the road in Valparaiso, Ind.

Valpo comes into this weekend’s series sitting in eighth in the MVC standings with a 4-14 mark in conference action, but can still reach as high as the six seed.

Evansville’s seed range could fall anywhere from one to three with an outright or shared MVC regular season championship still in play for the Aces.

The Aces are in search of their best seeding in the MVC Tournament since earning the No. 1 seed in 2014.

Using Free Passes

Evansville has proven its ability for power this season, launching 68 home runs, the 46th-most in the nation, but has also been patient at the plate.

The Aces sit just outside the top 100 in the nation in walks this season, garnering 223 base on balls in 2022, ranking 105th in the nation in the category and third in The Valley.

Also, Evansville has been hit by 67 pitches, second-most in the MVC.

Patience at the plate has been key to Mark Shallenberger’s big season, recording 28 walks to 32 strikeouts this year.

Stepping Up in MVC Play

In conference action this season, the Aces have seen a couple key pieces step up.

Right fielder Eric Roberts and catcher Brendan Hord both sit in the top three on the team in average in MVC contests.

Roberts is the best of the bunch, hitting .380 in MVC play, while Hord is third on the team with a .321 average in conference games.

Shortstop Simon Scherry is second for the Aces in conference batting average, hitting .359 in 18 Valley games.

Delisanti Finishes in Top 15 at NCAA Regional

Valparaiso University men’s golf standout Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) finished off a freshman season that won’t soon be forgotten with one final highlight on Wednesday in the final round of the NCAA Columbus Regional, hosted by The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

The 2022 Missouri Valley Conference individual medalist vaulted into the top 15 on the player leaderboard in an ultra-competitive, 75-player NCAA Regional field. Delisanti shot under par for the second consecutive day, posting a 70 on the par-71, 7422-yard Scarlet Course to finish the tournament with a 54-hole score of 214 (+1).

“I couldn’t be prouder of Anthony and all of his efforts and preparation for the NCAA Columbus Regional over these past two weeks,” head coach Dave Gring said. “It was a joy and a blessing to walk with him the entire 54 holes, talking through the various shots and watching him execute at a high level on a championship golf course. He was very calm and comfortable and showed a lot of poise in all three of the rounds, going through his pre-shot routine and staying disciplined to the game plan for each round. He still had an opportunity to advance to the NCAA Finals with only five holes to play. He kept playing hard and staying focused, finishing those last five holes at one under. While he finished only four shots short, it was a marvelous experience for both him and me.”

Delisanti moved up five places on the leaderboard on Wednesday, jumping into a tie for 15th. He thrived on par-4 holes throughout the tournament, posting a 3.91 average that ranked third on those holes out of the 75 competitors. Delisanti had 39 pars to go along with eight birdies during the event. No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 11 Georgia Tech tied for the team title, while Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra of Oklahoma State won individual medalist honors.

“Anthony averaged hitting just over 12 greens per round, which is impressive since he averaged hitting just over seven fairways per round. It’s very challenging to even hit the greens in regulation from the long rough, not to mention getting the ball anywhere close to the hole. I found it quite impressive that he finished the 54-hole tournament at one over par, despite not hitting enough fairways. Conversely, his putting was exceptional. The green complexes are very well designed, and Anthony averaged just over 30 putts per round and +0.11 strokes gained putting. He only missed two putts inside of eight feet; he only had one short-side chip/pitch and he didn’t 3-putt once the entire tournament.”

The MVC Newcomer of the Year’s NCAA appearance tied a bow on a successful season that saw the Beacons shatter the modern program record for team scoring average and finish as the runner-up at the MVC Championship. Gring’s group has continued to take steps forward with each passing season and the future of Valpo men’s golf is as bright as ever.

“For a team or an individual to participate in the NCAA Regional is an immense honor and a tremendous achievement,” Gring said. “To have one of our freshmen qualify for the NCAA Regional is a treasure. Anthony’s performance was a terrific exclamation point for his season and our team’s season when you consider all that he achieved and our team achieved this year.  We will take some time to savor this past season and look forward to our 2022-23 season with great excitement!”

Baseball to Close Regular Season at UE

Valparaiso (15-30, 4-14 MVC)

at Evansville (29-21, 13-5 MVC)

Charles H. Braun Stadium | Evansville, Ind.

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m. CT – RHP Colin Fields

Friday, May 20, 6 p.m. CT– LHP Jake Miller

Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m. CT – RHP Griffin McCluskey

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The final weekend of the regular season is here for the Valparaiso University baseball team. The Beacons will look to play the role of spoiler as host Evansville enters the series just one game back of Southern Illinois for the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title, which is up for grabs over the season’s final weekend. Furthermore, Valpo has its sights set on building up momentum going into next week’s MVC Tournament and still has an opportunity to improve its tournament seeding by overtaking Illinois State in the league standings with a successful weekend.

Recently in Valpo Baseball: Valpo dropped a one-run affair in last weekend’s series opener vs. Bradley as a late rally fell short in a 7-6 defeat on Friday. However, the Beacons bounced back in a big way with an 8-2 victory on Saturday before Bradley took Sunday’s rubber match by winning a 2-0 pitchers’ duel. Ryan Maka hit four home runs over the weekend including three on Friday, while Jake Miller and Griffin McCluskey turned in solid starts on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Valpo bullpen did its job over the course of the weekend as well.

Following the Beacons: All three games this weekend will air on ESPN3 with links to live video and stats available on ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @ValpoBaseball on Twitter.

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (167-265), the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his ninth season in charge of the program. This year, he moves into sole possession of third in program history for number of seasons coached with nine, surpassing Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Entering the season, Schmack’s win total ranks fourth in program history after he surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987, 147) during the 2021 campaign. Also in 2021, Schmack joined Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches to reach the 150-win threshold. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Series Notes: Valpo holds a 39-24 record in an all-time series with Evansville that dates back to 1948. The Beacons dropped three of four between the two teams last season and two of three in 2019. Their last series win over the Aces was also their last trip to Evansville, a 2018 series that marked the first MVC contests between the two squads. 

Maka Earns National Player of the Week: Valpo freshman Ryan Maka was named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Monday, May 16 after a breakout series against Bradley that featured four home runs. He enjoyed the first three-homer game by a Missouri Valley Conference player in league play in the May 13 series opener against the Braves. In addition, Maka became the first Valpo player since 2018 (Blake Billinger) and just the second since 2008 to achieve that feat. That came as a part of a four-hit game to begin a three-game set that saw him record five extra-base knocks. Maka went 7-for-13 (.538) over the three games with six RBIs, six runs scored, 20 total bases and a 1.538 slugging percentage. The rookie outfielder followed his career-high four hits in the series opener with three hits in Valpo’s 8-2 victory on May 14. Maka was second on D1Baseball.com’s list of the top 30 hitting performances in the nation on Friday, May 13. He became just the 50th player nationally with a three-homer game this season. Maka became the first Valpo player to earn national Player of the Week honors since Colin Fields did so on March 15, 2021 following his no-hitter against Middle Tennessee State.

Miller Tabbed MVC Pitcher of the Week: Valpo starting pitcher Jake Miller earned the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week nod on May 16 after his strong start on May 14 vs. Bradley. The left-hander earned his team-leading fifth victory of 2022 by turning in seven shutout innings of dazzling three-hit, one-walk ball while recording nine strikeouts in an 8-2 triumph over the Braves. He racked up nine or more strikeouts in a game for the fourth time this season. Over his last two starts, the Valpo southpaw has combined for 16 strikeouts and just one walk. Miller became the second Valpo player to earn an MVC weekly award this season, joining Nolan Tucker, and the first Beacon to receive MVC Pitcher of the Week laurels this year. He joins Colin Fields (twice) and Easton Rhodehouse as the only Valpo players to earn MVC Pitcher of the Week honors since the program joined the Missouri Valley Conference.

A Look at the Leaderboards: Valpo ranks second in the Missouri Valley Conference in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.7 and leads the league in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 2.55. Bobby Nowak ranks 42nd nationally and tied for first in The Valley with eight saves. Colin Fields leads the MVC and ranks ninth in the nation with 108 strikeouts. He leads the MVC and ranks third nationally with 14.16 strikeouts per nine innings. Jake Miller ranks fourth in the MVC in strikeouts with 74 and fourth in strikeouts per nine innings at 11.42. Nolan Tucker ranks seventh in the league in hitting at .357 and 11th in on-base percentage at .424. Alex Ryan is tied for second in the league with four triples. Kyle Schmack is tied for seventh in The Valley with eight stolen bases.

Fields on the Single-Season Strikeout List: Colin Fields struck out nine on May 13 vs. Bradley, his 12th time in 13 starts with seven strikeouts or more this season. That lifted his season strikeout total to 108. He became the first Valpo hurler to rack up 100 strikeouts in a single season since Bryce Shafer in 2010. In addition, he climbed into the top 5 in program history in single-season strikeouts by surpassing Richard Scheub’s 103 in 1949. Fields is just the second player since 1972 to crack the program record book in single-season strikeouts. He is 19 strikeouts away from tying the program’s single-season strikeout record.

Women’s Tennis Shuts Down No. 6 Columbus State in NCAA Round of 8

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Isabella Dunlap turned to the line of Hounds spectating on the court next to hers, “Is that clinch?” She asked. The Hounds answered by hoisting her over their shoulder and into the air in celebration. She had clinched the win for the Greyhounds.

The University of Indianapolis women’s tennis team took down the No. 6 ranked nationally, Columbus State, in the NCAA Division II Round of eight on Wednesday night, 4-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Head Coach, Malik Tabet, knew from the beginning of doubles it would be one of the best matchup’s the Hounds had come across thus far this season. With points going back-and-forth between the three sets of pairs, every point was crucial.

It was Arina Amaning and Maissane Aik who would take the first set of doubles, with a 7-5 win. The No. 1 position Anna Novikova and Maria Solnyshkina would secure the doubles point with a 6-4 win of their own.

After a brief break in play due to a weather delay after the first sets of singles – the Hounds were back and hungry to take their win.

With Senior Kristina Lagoda only allowing two points across both sets, in taking a pair of 6-1 wins, she would be the next to take a point for the Hounds. Lea Cakarevic would follow that up on her own with a third set shutout victory (3-6, 6-2, 6-0), and finally it fell to Dunalp who would win in three with a 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 win.

NOTES

-Five of six singles matches went into a third set – Maissane Aik and Arina Amaning’s matched went unfinished.

-The match clocked a four-and-a-half-hour play time, after delays.

-The Hounds have now earned 14 straight wins.

UP NEXT

UIndy will face the University of Central Oklahoma after a day’s rest on Friday, May 20 at 8 a.m.

Hounds Locked In for First-Ever NCAA Semifinal Appearance

INDIANAPOLIS – In their seventh year of existence, the UIndy women’s lacrosse team will make their first-ever NCAA Semifinal appearance this weekend.  The third-seed Hounds will face the two-seed Adelphi at 8 pm ET in St. Charles, MO.

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GREYHOUNDS at NCAAs
UIndy earned its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth this spring, with its victories last weekend against Lindenwood and Grand Valley State good for the first NCAA postseason wins in program history. The Hounds are making a national semifinal appearance in just their seventh year as a program. The Greyhounds have exactly two games of history combined versus the other three semifinalists, having faced Adelphi earlier this season (more details below) and Queens in 2021 (a UIndy 15-5 road win).

HOUNDS vs. PANTHERS
Adelphi can claim the only win against UIndy so far this season. The Greyhounds traveled to Garden City, N.Y., in mid-March and endured a 7-5 road loss in the teams’ first-ever meeting. The Hounds’ goal total that day marked a season low while matching their lowest since scoring five times at LeMoyne on March 2, 2019.

Saturday’s second semifinal will feature two of the nation’s top defenses. UIndy leads Division II in scoring defense (5.3 goals against per game) while the Panthers rank third (6.2 gpg). However, the Greyhounds also sport a top-tier offense at 17.1 gpg (6th in DII), while Adelphi scores 13.9 goals per, good for 40th in DII.

Adelphi leads all Division II programs with nine national championships, with its last coming in 2019.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
In addition to the aforementioned statistical rankings, the Greyhounds have put up a number of other lofty numbers. They lead all of Division II in fewest turnovers per game (10.9), while ranking second in draw controls per game (18.6), second in scoring margin (11.8), third in shots on goal per (28.5) and third in save percentage (.519).

ALL-AMERICANS
The USA Lacrosse Magazine announced their All-Americans last week with four Greyhounds making the list.  Captains Abigail Lagos and Peyton Romig repeated as First Team selections while defensive powerhouse Kara Antonucci earned Second Team honors.  Senior goalkeeper Cassidy King received an Honorable Mention nod.

ALL-CONFERENCE DOMINATION
The Greyhounds were very well represented on the All-GLVC teams this season.  UIndy did a clean sweep of the five major Player of the Year awards in Abigail Lagos (attacker), Peyton Romig (midfielder), Kara Antonucci (defensive), Cassidy King (goalkeeper) and Bella Schorr (freshman).  Seven Hounds earned First Team honors in Kara AntonucciCassidy KingSarah KleinAbigail LagosMekayla MontgomeryBella Schorr and Peyton Romig.  Quinn Malcolm and Kylee Manser were named to the Second Team while Christina SatoAudrey Moran and Amy Vegh picked up Honorable Mention honors.

BETWEEN THE PIPES
Head Coach James Delaney has employed an uncommon strategy in goal this season, starting redshirt-sophomore Audrey Moran and subbing in All-America senior Cassidy King at half.  Moran has been credited with 17 wins in net with a 5.97 goals against average.  King repeated as the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Goalkeeper of the Year this season after boasting a .553 save percentage.

BEST OF THE BEST
Draw control specialist Peyton Romig has posted a career-high 236 draw controls this season, reaching 912 in her career.  It is unofficially an NCAA career record as the NCAA does not track career draw controls.  She also ranks third in DII this season as 11.2 draw controls per game.  She recorded a season-high of 18 in a win over Tampa while tallying double digits in 15 games this season.  Her career-high of 22 came against Missouri Western last season.

DOUBLE TROUBLE
One of the most dangerous scoring threats in the nation, Abigail Lagos currently leads the Hounds in both goals (89) and assists (25).  Both marks are career-highs for the senior as she posted her first 100+ point season of her career.  She has scored at least one point in 63 of her 66 games for the Crimson and Grey.  Entering the final weekend of play, she ranks third in the nation in goals (89) and eighth in goals per game (4.19).

HOMELAND SECURITY
Capped off with a Midwest regional title last weekend, the Hounds recently completed their fourth consecutive undefeated season at their home of Key Stadium.  They’ve won a staggering 45 straight home games dating back to February 2018.  The streak is the longest active home win streak in all three NCAA Divisions.

Hounds Finish Ninth at Nationals, Bronnenberg Runner-Up

DEARBORN, Mich.–The UIndy men’s golf team wrapped up a great season Wednesday at the NCAA DII Championships at TPC of Michigan in Dearborn, placing ninth among the nation’s best programs. Last year’s individual national champion Keegan Bronnenberg (-2) very nearly captured his second individual national title before falling in a sudden-death playoff to earn runner-up honors.

Battling rainy and chilly conditions on the third and final day of stroke play, Bronnenberg held off a pair of contenders in his own group in Arkansas Tech’s Holden Hamilton and Nick Westrich of Central Missouri. At the turn, all three players in that final group were within a stroke of each other.

KB kept the pressure on with a birdie on the par-four 10th, while Hamilton doubled 11 to fall back. Bronnenberg finished at -2 to ultimately outlast Westrich by one stroke. However, waiting in the clubhouse at two-under was a familiar face in UMSL’s Joel Sylven.

The two GLVC rivals headed to the first tee box for a sudden-death playoff. Sylven went on to birdie the hole while Bronnenberg parred, clinching the individual medal for the UMSL senior.

Elsewhere, fifth-year senior Oliver Mast was among the leaders all week. The three-time GLVC Player of the Year eventually earned a top-10 finish in his final collegiate tournament, tying for ninth at +4.

Cam Carroll highlighted his week with an even-par 72 in the opening round before settling at +14 overall to share 51st. CJ Jones finished at +22 and Jacob Nickell at +30.

UIndy was one of just 20 DII teams to qualify for the year’s biggest tournament. Its also season included a runner-up performance at the GLVC Championships and a fourth-place showing at the NCAA DII Midwest/Central Regional before earning its second straight NCAA DII Championships appearance.

TUESDAY

The Hounds continued their strong performance, building a one-stroke lead through two rounds. With two Greyhounds tied atop the individual leaderboard, UIndy is looking to stay in the top eight after tomorrow’s final round of stroke play to advance to the medal/match play quarterfinals on Thursday.

Competing at TPC of Michigan in Dearborn, Mich., UIndy is currently one stroke up on second-place Arkansas Tech and six ahead of the current eighth-place team. Play continues tomorrow, with tee times posted here when available.

Oliver Mast and Keegan Bronnenberg continue to pace the Hounds individually. Bronnenberg in particular caught fire on the back nine Tuesday, racking up five birdies in one seven-hole stretch. The reigning NCAA individual champion turned in a three-under 69 to finish the day at -2 overall, vaulting 11 spots to move into a tie for first.

Meanwhile, Mast carded a 73 on Tuesday to also sit at -2 for the tournament. Both Greyhounds are tied with Arkansas Tech’s Holden Hamilton for first place. The individual medal will be awarded following Wednesday’s third and final round of stroke play.

Other Greyhound scores include Cam Carroll at +8, followed closely by CJ Jones at +9 and Jacob Nickell at +23.

MONDAY

Led by All-America candidate Oliver Mast (-3), the UIndy carded an even-par 288 to top the nation’s best teams in the season’s biggest tournament. Mast fired a three-under 69 with three other Greyhounds finishing at +2 or better.

UIndy is currently two strokes up on second-place Barry and seven up on third-place Colorado State-Pueblo.

Mast compiled five birdies on day one to finish at -3 and top the entire 108-man field, including a trio of golfers at -2. Meanwhile, Cam Carroll (E), Keegan Bronnenberg (+1) and CJ Jones (+2) finished within two strokes of one another, settling at T-9, T-13 and T-24, respectively. Jacob Nickell rounded out the team scoring with at +10.

Hounds Strike Back! Major Comeback Sends Hounds to Round of 8

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Nikolaj Talimaa was in a familiar position, in fact, he had been here only one match ago – only this time, the Greyhound season was on the line. With a swift close net hit back onto Ouachita Baptist No. 36 ranked Santiago Kearney’s court, he had clinched the match for the Hounds. Within moments his teammates flooded the court, they would move on to the Round of Eight in the NCAA DII Championship Tournament.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Talimaa and duo’s partner, Zac Faveri, would secure their match quick, with a 6-3 win. However, Ouachita Baptist wouldn’t go down quietly, taking the next two matches in a 6-4 win and then a 7-6 win over the Hounds.

The Greyhounds were down after a seat gripping tri of doubles, 1-0, starting the singles a point down wouldn’t phase them.

After, the Tigers notched another point it would be Yoann Viel would be the first to strike, taking a redemption win after falling in doubles with a 6-2, 6-3 win. Then it would be Edgar Destouet to exert his dominance in a 7-6, 6-2 win over No. 18 ranked Oliviera Fransico.

Jason Gerweck’s match would tie the match at three for the Hounds – win a 6-3, 7-5 win.

Finally, the teams crowded the No. 2 position players, it would come down to this. Talimaa would succeed.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will face Barry in the round of 8 tomorrow at noon ET.

Rivas Named D2CCA Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – Xavier Rivas of the University of Indianapolis baseball team has been named as the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year, officials announced on Wednesday. He was also tabbed as a First Team honoree on the release for his stellar season this spring.

Rivas, who was also named as the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Pitcher of the Year and a First Team all-conference selection, produced one of the best statistical seasons for a UIndy pitcher in school history. Most notably, he tallied 128 strikeouts in 80-1/3 innings pitched with an earned run average (ERA) of just 2.24. His strikeout total this season landed him second all-time on the UIndy baseball single season strikeout leaderboard, trailing only behind Greyhound legend Bill Bright.

The star left-handed pitcher dealt at a high level all season, finishing the year with a 14.34 strikeouts per nine innings average which ranked towards the top in the NCAA Division II. Rivas managed double-digit Ks in 10 of his 12 appearances this year which at one point included an eight game streak of sitting down 10 or more batters in a game. His final WHIP sat at 0.98, which was the lowest by a Greyhound hurler that has tossed 10 or more innings in a season since 2016 (does not include shortened 2020 season). 

WILLIAMS MAKES INDIVIDUAL CUT AT NAIA CHAMPIONSHIP

Silvis, Ill. – Jay Williams had a strong second round in the NAIA Tournament, and extended his final collegiate tournament by making the cut after firing a 70 in the second round of the NAIA Championship. The Marian men’s golf senior is one of 10 individuals to make the cut, and will advance into the tournament on Thursday.

Williams got off to a good start making par on each of his first two holes, but shot a bogey on No. 3. A par and birdie on No. 5 brought Williams back to even par for the day, which led to three straight par holes. A bogey on No. 9 pushed the senior to plus one as he hit the turn, but Williams rebounded with a birdie on No. 10 to get to par.

Williams made par on each of the next six holes, and scored a birdie on No. 17, draining the birdie putt on two of the three par-fives on the course. Williams finished the back nine with a 34 after making par on No. 18, ending his round with a 70 for the day. Williams’ two-day score of 142 allowed the senior to end the day with a position of 26th on the leaderboard, good to make the cut.

The Marian senior is one of just six athletes who made the tournament as an individual to continue their round. Williams will tee off in round three on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. ET.

WILDCATS PUNCH TICKET TO NAIA WORLD SERIES

MARION, Ind. – No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan softball defeated RV Midland University 8-0 in five innings in the NAIA Opening Round Championship. This was the second matchup between the two programs, with Wildcats prevailing in both. Wildcats earn their way to the NAIA World Series for the first time since 2018.

The NAIA leader in home runs, Miranda Wehrle knocked a bomb with Chloe Tragesser on base to send in the first two runs in the first inning.

In the second inning, Elisa Koshy blasted a homer in the second inning in her first at bat. Tragesser followed with a single through left side to score Julianne Bell.

Fifth inning was highlighted by another set of home runs from Wehrle and Koshy and Trinity Medina scoring via error.

Wehrle holds sole possession of first place in home runs this season in the NAIA, currently sitting at 21.

This is the second game this season that Koshy has hit two home runs in the same game.

Wildcats outhit the Warriors 10-1.

Koshy and Wehrle led the team with three RBIs a piece.

Emma Etter-Cox and Reagen Radke split time on the mound striking out four in 15 at bats.

The journey continues for the Wildcats as they will head to the World Series in Columbus, Georgia on May 26-June 1. Ten teams will punch their ticket to the World Series by the end of the day today. Stay tuned to IWUWildcats.com to see who/when the Wildcats will face in the first round of the World Series.

MEN’S TENNIS MAKES HISTORY, ADVANCES TO NAIA QUARTERFINALS

MOBILE, Ala. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s tennis made program history Wednesday, advancing to the NAIA National Championship Quarterfinals for the first time! They also won the program’s 40th match, the most wins by any school at any level in tennis.

No. 4 IWU will face No. 5 Xavier (La.) tomorrow at 10 a.m. EST.

DOUBLES

1.Martin Carrizo/ Leo Sprovieri (IWU) vs.Roy Stepanov/Federico Barbon(SEU)55,unfinished

2.Jeremias Rocco/Josh Turnquest (IWU) def.VictorOlivera/Diego Menendez(SEU) 6-2

3.Isaac Steiner/Karl Wurth (IWU) def.TheoPrieswerk/Enrique Martinez(SEU) 6-2

SINGLES

1. Jeremias Rocco (IWU) def.Roy Stepanov(SEU) 6-1,6-0

2.Martin Carrizo (IWU) def.Victor Olivera(SEU) 6-1,2-6,6-2

3.Leo Sprovieri (IWU) vs.Federico Barbon(SEU) 7-6(7-4),5-6,unfinished

4.Diego Menendez (SEU) def.Karl Wurth(IWU) 6-4,6-1

5.Isaac Steiner (IWU) def.Enrique Martinez(SEU) 3-6,6-1,6-0

6.Josh Turnquest (IWU) vs.Theo Prieswerk(SEU) 6-2,2-6,3-0,unfinished

WOMEN’S TENNIS PUSHES PAST ST. THOMAS INTO NAIA QUARTERFINALS

MOBILE, Ala. – For the second straight season Indiana Wesleyan women’s tennis is headed to the NAIA National Tennis Championship Quarterfinals, after a 4-0 victory over St. Thomas (Fla.).

IWU will face Montreat (N.C.) on Thursday at 2 p.m. EST for what will be a remtch from earlier this season. IWU bested the Cavilers in January 4-2, in a neutral site match in Lexington, Ky.

SINGLES

1. Maddie Bemisderfer (IWU) def. Lauren Seeman (STU) 6-1, 7-5

2. Lena Golz (IWU) vs. Lia Pena (STU) 7-5, 3-5, unfinished

3. Ashlee Fisk (IWU) def. Annie Carrera (STU) 7-5, 6-1

4. France Antezana (IWU) vs. Maria Camila Puente (STU) 3-6, 5-4, unfinished

5. Thais Mendez (IWU) def. Carme Ibanez Navarro (STU) 7-5, 6-1

6. Melanie Dveksler (IWU) vs. Maruschka Berghaus (STU) 6-3, 3-3, unfinished

DOUBLES

1. Annie Carrera/Maria Camila Puente (STU) def. Maddie Bemisderfer/Lena Golz (IWU) 6-3

2. Thais Mendez/Melanie Dveksler (IWU) def. Lia Pena/Carme Ibanez Navarro (STU) 6-3

3. France Antezana/Aynara Ferraz (IWU) def. Maruschka Berghaus/Sofia Colvee (STU) 6-4

Baseball set to compete in NCAA regional

RICHMOND – The Earlham College baseball team has earned a berth into the 2022 NCAA Baseball Tournament and will begin competition on Friday in the regional tournament.

The Quakers won the double-elimination Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend to earn an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. They will be joined in the region by Birmingham-Southern, Lynchburg, and Salve Regina. Lynchburg has been designated as the host school. This is the second time in the last five years that the Quakers have made the big show, the 2017 squad won the HCAC Tournament to play in the Washington, Pa. Regional

Earlham heads into the tournament with a 26-11 record. Justin Dillhoff leads the starting rotation with 10 starts and a 4-2 record. He has struck out 55 batters in 62.1 innings of work with two complete games. Dillhoff was called in to finish the job in the final game of the HCAC Tournament, earning a save along with the tournament title. Aidan Talarek holds a 3.80 ERA in 71 innings pitched as the second member of the rotation and has amassed a record of 8-3 with 10 starts.

Andrew Bradley leads the Quakers offensively with a program-record 16 home runs and a .901 slugging percentage. Bradley has knocked in 48 runs on the season and registered 14 doubles. Christian Lancianese leads off the Quaker lineup and has an on-base percentage of .438 with 10 extra-base hits and seven homers.

The Quakers will take on Birmingham-Southern in their first round matchup. The Panthers hold the top spot in the regional seedings and were ranked No. 3 by d3baseball.com in the most recent national poll. The Panthers finished their season with a record of 38-8 and a Southern Athletic Association Championship.

The region is hosted by the second seed Lynchburg. The Hornets earned the No. 11 ranking in the most recent top-25 poll and concluded their season with a 35-10 record after falling in the final of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Seahawks from Salve Regina posted a 28-11-2 record in the season and went 14-0-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference regular season. The Seahawks fell in the tournament to Endicott College, and earned an at-large bid into the tournament.

Goearlham.com will have up to date information on scheduling and results during the tournament. Follow the Quakers on twitter @earlhamathletics for in-game updates and statistics information.

SCHEDULE

Day 1: Friday, May 20

Game 1 | 11 a.m. | No. 3 Birmingham-Southern vs Earlham

Game 2 | 2:30 p.m. | No. 11 Lynchburg vs Salve Regina

 Day 2: Saturday May 21, 2022

Game 3 | 11 a.m. | Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Game 4 | 2:30 p.m. | Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

Game 5 | 6 p.m. | Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4

Day 3: Sunday, May 22, 2022

Game 6 | 11 a.m. | Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – 11 a.m.

Game 7 | 30 minutes after Game 6 | Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary)

Trine Women Remain Top 10 Nationally in Week Eight

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Trine University women’s track and field team found themselves ranked in the top-10 for the second consecutive week in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Rating Index for week eight of the 2022 outdoor season.

The Thunder competed in a variety of different last chance meets last week in order to keep student-athletes in position to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships on May 26-28.

At the Harrison Dillard Twilight, Evie Miller [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead] ran a 10:20.94 in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while Haley Livingston [Fort Worth, Texas / Everman] went 15.09 seconds in the 100-meter hurdle prelims and completed the long jump with a distance of 5.49 meters (18′ 0.25″). Miller still owns the best NCAA DIII time in the steeplechase and Livingston sits on the cusp of qualifying for Nationals in the long jump.

Distance runner Lydia Randolph [Jefferson, Ohio / Edgewood Senior] was in action at the Saint Francis Fighting Chance event, where she finished the 10000-meter run in 38:52.91.

Valerie Obear [Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] was entered in the discus and hammer throw at the 10 Event Last Chance Meet at Grand Valley State University last week. She had a throw of 59.03 meters (193′ 8.00″), which was the longest throw of the day and keeps her second in the nation. In the discus open, she was eighth overall at 32.24 meters (105′ 9.00″). Obear is 12th in the country in that event.

There is one more opportunity to secure a better time before the choices are made for the Outdoor Championships, the Augustana Midwest Twilight at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois on Thursday, May 19.

NO. 17 GRENADIERS FALL TO ANTELOPE VALLEY IN NAIA OPENING ROUND

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The No. 17-ranked IU Southeast baseball team dropped a 3-2 decision to the University of Antelope Valley (Calif.) in the 2022 NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round on Wednesday, ending the 2022 season for the Grenadiers.

IU Southeast (40-15) jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the second when Marco Romero hit his fourth home run of the opening round, and eighth of the season, to right for a 1-0 lead.

In the third, IU Southeast threatened again when John Ullom led off with a single and stole second but the next three batters were retired to strand him there.

Starter Brenden Bube shut down the Pioneer attack through the first five innings of the contest. He got some help defensively in the top of the second when Judah Wilbur hit a two-out double and tried to score after an error but he was tagged out at home by Ben Berenda.

Bube retired eight in a row until he hit a batter in the fifth but ended the inning with a fielder’s choice in the next at-bat.

The Grenadiers added to their lead in the bottom of the inning when Brandon Boxer was hit by a pitch, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a balk.

The Pioneers (39-12) took the lead in the top of the sixth with a two-out rally. With runners at the corners, Dominic Enbody scored on an error and Rickie Garcia walked to load the bases.

Judah Wilbur followed with a two-run single to give the Pioneers the lead.

Brenden Bube worked six innings and allowed three unearned runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out three.

IU Southeast was retired in order in each of the next three innings.

In the ninth, Trevor Campbell walked, Marco Romero was hit and Ben Berenda was intentionally walked to loaded the bases with one out.

Ryan Isler struck out the next two batters to end the game.

John Ullom had two hits and Marco Romero was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI in his final collegiate game.

IU Southeast combined to win 90 games over the last two seasons, the most in a two-year stretch in program history.

Women’s Tennis Historic Season Ends at Nationals

MOBILE, Ala. – The No. 15-ranked Indiana Tech women’s tennis team’s historic season came to and end on Tuesday, as they were defeated by St. Thomas, 2-4 at NAIA Nationals in Mobile, Alabama.

MATCH INFO

Score: Indiana Tech 2, St. Thomas 4

Records: Indiana Tech 17-1, St. Thomas 13-11

Rankings: Indiana Tech #15, St. Thomas #19

Seed: Indiana Tech #13, St. Thomas #20

Location: Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.

MATCH RESULTS

Doubles Competition

Carrera/Puente (ST) def. Abigail Simms/Criss Echavarria (IT): 6-2

Pena/Navarro (ST) def. Vero Jimenez/Semmie Moore (IT): 6-3

Marianna Murcia/Arianna Calcatelli (IT) vs. Berghaus/Colvee (ST): 5-4, UF

Singles Competition

Vero Jimenez (IT) def. Seeman (ST): 6-4, 6-0

Pena (ST) def. Abigail Simms (IT): 7-6 (8-6), 6-2

Criss Echavarria (IT) def. Carrera (ST): 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)

Marianna Murcia (IT) vs. Puente (ST): 4-6, 6-6, UF

Navarro (ST) def. Roshne Arunkumar (IT): 7-6 (7-5), 7-5

Berghaus (ST) def. Thaina Carvalho (IT); 7-5, 6-4

This year’s team tied the program record with 17 wins in a season, including the program’s first victory over tennis powerhouse Indiana Wesleyan, winning back to back WHAC regular season and tournament titles. Senior Vero Jimenez also won conference player of the year for the second straight season.

USI’s Newman named National Freshman of the Year finalist

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) has been named a finalist for Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Freshman of the Year honors in an announcement by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Wednesday.

Newman is one of eight freshman—one from each of the eight NCAA Division II regions—to make the list after compiling a 16-3 record with three saves, a 1.83 ERA and 182 strikeouts inside the pitcher’s circle this season.

A second-team All-GLVC and D2CCA All-Midwest Region honoree, Newman has won her previous 14 decisions since starting the year with a 2-3 record. Newman has held opponents to a .177 opponent batting average during her rookie campaign.

Newman is the second player in program history to be a finalist for NFCA Division II Freshman of the Year honors. Jennifer Leonhardt ’20 landed on the same list as a freshman in 2017.

The No. 10 Screaming Eagles open the NCAA II Midwest Super Regional Thursday at 1 p.m. when they host No. 21 Grand Valley State University in game one of the best-of-three series at the USI Softball Field. Game two is Friday at noon, while game three, if necessary, is Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the USI Softball Field.

National Freshman of the Year honors will be awarded next Thursday, May 26.

2022 Schutt Sports/NFCA DII National Freshman of the Year Finalists

Atlantic – Caleigh Rister, California University of Pennsylvania

Central – Leigha Harris, Harding University

East – Jessica Klein, Caldwell University

Midwest – Josie Newman, University of Southern Indiana

South – Ashley Connor, Nova Southeastern University

South Central – Kaiden Boren, Cameron University

Southeast – Lydia Taylor, Emory & Henry College

West – Paige Donnelly, California State University San Marcos

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Women Slip to No. 17 in Track and Field Ratings

NEW ORLEANS – In this week’s US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computer rankings, the Taylor women’s outdoor track and field team has slipped five positions from the previous poll and is ranked No. 17 in the NAIA. 

The national team computer rankings are determined by the USTFCCCA computers using event rankings for the top marks of the 2022 outdoor campaign.

The Taylor women accumulated a total of 126.09 points in the index. The Trojans recently competed at the University of St. Francis Fighting Chance Invite where the TU women raced in a final tune-up before they head to the NAIA National Championships. 

The Trojans continue to hold 12 different top-30 ratings over six events. TU’s 4×800-meter relay remains the top-ranked team in the nation. Abbey Brennan boasts the No. 4 seed in the 800-meters. Two steeplechasers hold top-10 ratings, as Ahna VanderWall is ranked at No. 7 and Giovanna Domene is No. 9. Other top-ranked Trojans include Audrey Altum at No. 15 in the 100-meter hurdles and Brooke Studnicki at No. 18 in the 800-meters.

The Trojans will return to the track on May 25-27 for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Trailblazers fall in opening game of MWAC Conference Tournament

NORMAL, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers face an uphill battle the rest of the weekend after falling in the first game of the Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) Tournament Wednesday morning in Normal.

The fifth-seeded Blazers fell to No. 4-seed Danville Area 6-3 in a back-and-forth battle.

The Jaguars got on the board early to begin the conference tournament, striking big in the first with a two-out three-run home run to take the lead.

Vincennes would battle back in the fourth after VU led off the inning with three straight singles by sophomores Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio), Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) and an RBI single by Dale Coy (Evansville, Ind.).

Coy would score later in the inning on a fielding error and freshman Will Egger (Terre Haute, Ind.) would drive in the tying run on a sacrifice fly as Vincennes evened the game at 3-3.

Danville Area answered back immediately with a three-run inning of their own in the bottom of the fourth to grab the lead back at 6-3.

VU struggled to get base runners for the remainder of the game, as the Blazers only got four men on base in the final five innings, including two hits, a walk and a fielder’s choice.

The Vincennes bullpen held the Danville batters equally in check, but VU was unable to close the gap as Danville Area held on to grab the 6-3 opening round win.

The Trailblazers had a pair of multi-hit games on the day, starting with leadoff hitter, freshman Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.) and Dale Coy who each ended with a pair of singles.

Freshman outfielder Kaden Elliott (New Albany, Ind.) reached base in three of his four plate appearances on the day, drawing a walk, being hit by a pitch and reaching on a fielder’s choice in the game. Elliott also scored a run in the fourth inning.

“The middle and lower part of our order did a good job at the plate today,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “Ethan got on twice. Our two, three and four hole batters have to step up in key situations. We got three hits in the fourth that really got us going, but overall those guys have to continue to do what they’ve done for us all year. They have usually carried us and today it just wasn’t there for us.”

Connor VanLannen got the start in game one of the MWAC Conference tournament and allowed six runs on six hits in three and two-thirds innings. VanLannen also struck out three Jaguar batters.

Sophomore Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) got the call as the first man out of the bullpen, throwing three and a third innings of shutout baseball, allowing only one hit and striking out three.

Freshman Caleb Moore (Wentzville, Mo.) entered the game to pitch the bottom of the eighth inning and threw a clean inning with one strikeout.

“We got some quality pitching today out of the bullpen from Nichols and Moore,” Barney said. “Connor struggled in the first inning and gave up three runs with two outs after getting the first two batters of the game out.”

“We jumped back into it and tied the game and then he gives up another three runs,” Barney added. “Our hats are off to the guys that have battled. Obviously, Danville’s pitcher did a nice job, but we had Dale Coy with an RBI, a sac fly RBI by Will Egger and we scored on a misplay by Danville. We battled today and now we have to find a way to dig ourselves out of it and we’ll see what happens Thursday night.”

The Trailblazers will fall into the Elimination Bracket in the double-elimination tournament and will take the field next tomorrow, May 19 with first pitch set for 8 p.m. eastern. VU’s opponent has still yet to be determined.

“We’ve got Harbuck starting on the mound tomorrow and then we get to face somebody else’s third starter because the team we are going to play will have to play two games before they get to us,” Barney said. “It’s a little bonus that comes with being the fourth or fifth seed. I feel good about whoever it is that we are going to play tomorrow and with that situation on the mound, I feel good about where we are going to be going into that game with where our bullpen is at and Harbuck on the mound. Our hitters just have to step up and do a good job at the plate for us.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1915       Pirates player-manager Fred Clarke files for the patent for flip-down sunglasses designed for use in the outfield. In addition to the sunglasses, which he believes are “good for motorists, too,” the future Hall of Famer also creates and will be issued patents for a sliding pad and a mechanical method of positioning the tarpaulin.

1918       The Senators play the District’s first Sunday game, beating Cleveland in a dramatic, 1-0 twelve-inning contest in front of the largest crowd in the history of American League Park. The 17,000 spectators packed into the Washington D.C. ballpark include 2,000 soldiers, who are guests of the team, several U.S. Senators, and a Supreme Court Justice.

1929       At Yankee Stadium in a section known as Ruthville, two fans die, a 17-year-old college sophomore and a sixty-year-old truck driver, and another seventy-five fans reported hurt when an unusually violent storm causes the crowd to stampede trying to seek cover. The incident in the right-field bleachers occurs when the sudden cloudburst makes it obvious the contest will end with New York ahead of the Red Sox, 3-0, at the end of four and a half innings, making it an official game.

1933       For the first time in major league history, brothers on opposite teams homer in the same game. Red Sox catcher Rick Ferrell takes his brother Wes deep, but the Indians’ righty returns the favor as he homers in the third on a pitch called by his sibling.

1941       Lefty Grove wins his twentieth consecutive game at Fenway Park, the longest home-park streak in the big leagues. The southpaw starter establishes the new record when the Red Sox beat Detroit, 4-2.

1954       Bob Carpenter apologizes to second baseman Granny Hamner for having him followed by a detective. Although his team is one game behind from first place, the Phillies’ owner suspected his players were not ready to play mentally or physically.

1956       Dale Long’s eighth-inning Forbes Field’s two-run round-tripper against Chicago is the first in a string of eight consecutive games in which the Pirates’ first baseman will homer. Don Mattingly (Yankees, 1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (Mariners, 1993) will match the Adam, MA native’s major league mark.

1962       Cardinal Stan Musial singles for his 3,431st career hit, establishing a National League record. ‘Stan the Man’ delivers the historic hit as a pinch-hitter, something he will accomplish coming off the bench 14 times in 19 at-bats (.735) this season.

1968       At Tiger Stadium, Earl Wilson stops Senator Frank Howard’s home run streak. The ‘Capital Punisher’ established the major league mark by hitting ten home runs in the previous six games.

1972       In an exchange of outfielders, Cincinnati trades Bernie Carbo, their number-one pick in the 1965 draft, to the Cardinals for Joe Hague. Unknown at the time, the move resulted from an ugly incident when the spring training hold-out becomes physical with Reds’ GM Bob Howsam during a contentious negotiation session.

1976       The day after Carl Yastrzemski passes Boston legend Ted Williams for the most games played in a Red Sox uniform, he enjoys a memorable day a the plate, going 4-for-4, including three home runs and four RBIs. Yaz’s offensive output contributes to the team’s 9-2 victory over the Tigers in the Motor City.

1979       After a bitter strike, the major league umpires return to work when the MLUA and MLB agree on a contract allowing umps to have in-season vacations, the institution of a 401(k) plan, increases in salaries, pensions, and per diems, and a return to merit-based assignments for post-season games. During the six-week work stoppage, amateur arbiters replaced the men in blue.

1981       After giving up a single to leadoff hitter Terry Harper, Pirates’ hurler Jim Bibby retires the next 27 Braves en route to a 5-0 one-hitter. The right-hander threw a no-hitter as a rookie with the Rangers.

1984       Joining the club in St. Louis, Reds’ rookie Eric Davis makes his major league debut, grounding out to short as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of the Reds’ 9-1 loss to the Cardinals. When Cincinnati forgets to pack an extra road uniform, the 22-year-old rookie needs to wear a numberless jersey.

1993       With the team record mired at 13-25, Jeff Torborg is replaced by Dallas Green as the Mets skipper. The 1990 American League Manager of the Year with the White Sox posted an 85-115 record (.425) during his brief stint with New York.

1994       The first ‘Jay Buhner Buzz Cut Night,’ which will become a popular recurring promotion, is held at the Kingdome. Mariners fans, willing to have their heads shaved to emulate the team’s right fielder, who plays an active role by encouraging fans to participate and giving a few haircuts himself, receive free admission to seats in right field to cheer on ‘Bone.’

1998       For the second time this season and fourth time in his career, Mark McGwire hits three homers in a game. ‘Big Mac’ becomes the 12th player to have two three-homer games in a season when he smacks three two-run round-trippers against the Phillies.

1998       After giving up an eighth-inning three-run homer to Bernie Williams, Armando Benitez nails Tino Martinez between the shoulder blades, igniting a bench-clearing brawl. Graeme Lloyd races in from the Yankee bullpen to punch the O’s closer, and Alan Mills bloodies Darryl Strawberry’s face after the New York outfielder ends up in the Baltimore dugout also trying to get a shot at Benitez.

2000       In the park’s final year, Jason Kendall became the first Pirate to hit for the cycle in Three Rivers Stadium. The Pittsburgh backstop has a two-run homer in the first inning, a single in the second, a double in the third, and a two-run triple in the eighth to join Giant Jeff Kent (1999) as the only other player to accomplish the feat in the stadium’s 31-year history.

2001       Reversing their original decision, the Elias Sports Bureau, major league baseball’s official statistician, will now list Randy Johnson’s 20 strikeouts as tying a record. Although the game went extra innings, the Big Unit’s nine-inning performance now ranks with Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood’s 20K outings in the record book.

2002       Cubs’ first baseman Fred McGriff’s two-run homer at Miller Park ties Ellis Burks’ record of homering in 40 different major league parks. The Crime Dog’s eighth-inning blast knots the score 3-3 in an eventual 4-3, 11-inning victory over the Brewers, snapping Chicago’s nine-game losing streak.

2004       Brad Thompson breaks a 97-year-old minor league record set in 1907 by Irvin Wilhelm by hurling 57 consecutive scoreless innings. The 22-year-old Cardinals farmhand, playing in the Southern League for the Tennessee Smokies, falls just two innings short of Orel Hershiser’s professional mark of 59 established in 1988.

2004       Yankee spokesman Jason Zillo announces Cracker Jack, baseball’s most famous snack for over 100 years, will not be sold at Yankee Stadium, being replaced by a product known as Crunch ‘n Munch. According to Yankees’ officials, the short-lived change, due to the fans’ adverse reaction, is being made because Crunch ‘n Munch tastes better but may have happened due to Frito-Lay’s decision to package the game’s well-known treat in only bags and not boxes.

2004       Breaking a record he set two weeks ago, Julio Franco becomes the oldest player to hit a pinch-hit home run. The Braves’ first baseman is 45 years, 269 days old when he accomplishes the feat.

2008       Jon Lester, diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma two seasons ago, no-hits the Royals, 7-0, becoming only the third lefty in franchise history to throw a no-no at Fenway Park. The 24-year-old’s batterymate, Jason Varitek, also makes the record books by being the first backstop to catch four no-hitters in the majors.

2009       Dontrelle Willis wins his first game in nearly 20 months, limiting the opposition to one hit in 6+ innings in the Tigers’ 4-0 victory over Texas. The former 2003 National League Rookie of the Year, who signed a three-year deal worth $29 million with Detroit last season, was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder during spring training.

2010       After being benched for criticizing Fredi Gonzalez, who pulled him from the previous game for loafing, Hanley Ramirez, at the prompting of Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, apologizes to his manager and individually to his teammates before today’s contest in St. Louis. The visiting All-Star shortstop and reigning National League batting champ, amidst of being booed by the Busch Stadium fans, collects three hits and drives in a run in the Marlins’ 5-1 victory over the Cardinals.

2010       Mets center fielder Angel Pagan initiates the tenth triple play in franchise history when he snags Nationals’ Cristian Guzman’s sinking liner with first and second base occupied. Backstop Henry Blanco fields the outfielder’s overthrown ball over the infield, throwing it to shortstop Jose Reyes, to double up the runner at second, with the infielder relaying the ball to Ike Davis, tripling up the runner at first, to complete the first major league 9-2-6-3 triple killing.

2011       In the Rockies’ 7-1 victory over Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park, 40-year-old Jason Giambi becomes the second-oldest player to hit three homers in a game. In 1962, Stan Musial became the oldest major leaguer to accomplish the feat when he hit a trio of round-trippers at the age of 41, facing the Mets in the Polo Grounds.

2013       After pinch-runner Cliff Lee becomes a pickoff victim at first base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Phillies catcher Erik Kratz, who did not start the contest, ties the game with a solo home run to left field off Cincinnati flame thrower Aroldis Chapman. The next batter, Freddie Galvis, blasts a home run to complete the improbable Citizens Bank Park comeback, giving Philadelphia a dramatic 3-2 walk-off victory.

2016       At U.S. Cellular Field, Chris Sale, with a four-hit complete-game 2-1 victory over the Astros, improves his record to 9-0 to become the first White Sox pitcher in nearly a century to win his first nine starts of the season. Ed Cicotte also accomplished the feat during the infamous 1919 Black Sox season.

2018       The Rays employ an opener for the first time when the team uses veteran closer Sergio Romo to throw one inning against the Angels to start the game in Anaheim. This season, the strategy will account for a combined 93 innings, resulting in a 3.97 ERA, slightly better than the league average ERA of 4.15.

TV THURSDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
DUKE AT VIRGINIA TECH7:00PMACCN
TENNESSEE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE7:00PMSECN
LSU AT VANDERBILT7:00PMESPN
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP2:00PMESPN
MLBTIME ETTV
NY YANKEES AT BALTIMORE12:35PMYES
MASN/2
SAN DIEGO AT PHILADELPHIA1:05PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
ST. LOUIS AT NY METS1:10PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
SNY
CHI. WHITE SOX AT KANSAS CITY2:10PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT BOSTON7:10PMMLBN
NESN
ROOT SPORTS
ARIZONA AT CHI. CUBS7:40PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
TEXAS AT HOUSTON8:10PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST FINALS GAME 2: BOSTON AT MIAMI8:30PMESPN
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 2: TAMPA BAY AT FLORIDA7:00PMTNT
WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 2: ST. LOUIS AT COLORADO9:30PMTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: EVERTON VS CRYSTAL PALACE2:45PMUSA
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: CHELSEA VS LEICESTER CITY3:00PMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: ASTON VILLA VS BURNLEY3:00PMPEACOCK
COPA LIBERTADORES: ATLÉTICO MINEIRO VS INDEPENDIENTE DEL VALLE6:00PMFUBOTV
COPA LIBERTADORES: RIVER PLATE VS COLO-COLO8:00PMFUBOTV
COPA LIBERTADORES: DEPORTIVO CALI VS ALWAYS READY10:00PMFUBOTV

WHAT TO WATCH: THURSDAY, 5-19-22

MLBTIME ETTV
SAN DIEGO AT PHILADELPHIA1:05PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS

SAN DIEGO PADRES IS SECOND PLACE IN THE NL WEST DIVISION AND PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES IS THIRD PLACE IN THE NL EAST DIVISION. THE PADRES ARE 13-6 ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON AND THE PHILLIES ARE 9-10 AT HOME.

NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST FINALS GAME 2: BOSTON AT MIAMI8:30PMESPN

THE MIAMI HEAT LEAD SERIES 1-0 VERSUS THE BOSTON CELTICS. THE CELTICS ARE 3-1 IN MIAMI IN THE REGULAR SEASON SINCE 2020.

NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 2: TAMPA BAY AT TORONTO7:00PMTNT

THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING LEAD SERIES 1-0 VERSUS THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS. THE LIGHTNING AND MAPLE LEAFS NHL 2021-22 REGULAR SEASON SERIES WAS TIED 2-2.

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES289.75714 – 414 – 515 – 611 – 22 – 19 – 1W 4
TAMPA BAY2315.6055.513 – 910 – 67 – 24 – 510 – 75 – 5W 2
TORONTO2018.5268.512 – 78 – 119 – 101 – 310 – 53 – 7L 1
BOSTON1522.405136 – 109 – 125 – 114 – 65 – 45 – 5W 1
BALTIMORE1424.36814.59 – 105 – 144 – 114 – 63 – 43 – 7L 6
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA2216.57913 – 89 – 86 – 59 – 37 – 65 – 5W 1
CHI WHITE SOX1819.4863.59 – 109 – 96 – 46 – 124 – 34 – 6L 2
CLEVELAND1618.47147 – 69 – 123 – 47 – 53 – 45 – 5L 2
KANSAS CITY1422.38978 – 116 – 111 – 59 – 81 – 55 – 5W 2
DETROIT1325.34299 – 134 – 126 – 63 – 61 – 85 – 5L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON2414.6329 – 415 – 103 – 67 – 011 – 67 – 3L 1
LA ANGELS2416.600112 – 712 – 95 – 46 – 29 – 95 – 5L 3
TEXAS1719.472610 – 127 – 73 – 62 – 18 – 96 – 4W 4
SEATTLE1721.44779 – 78 – 143 – 76 – 44 – 55 – 5W 1
OAKLAND1624.40096 – 1410 – 107 – 75 – 92 – 55 – 5L 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS2514.64112 – 813 – 613 – 74 – 27 – 36 – 4W 1
PHILADELPHIA1819.486610 – 108 – 94 – 91 – 29 – 46 – 4W 1
MIAMI1720.45979 – 108 – 1010 – 32 – 43 – 104 – 6L 1
ATLANTA1721.4477.510 – 117 – 104 – 67 – 64 – 65 – 5L 1
WASHINGTON1326.333125 – 158 – 115 – 111 – 35 – 83 – 7W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE2414.63212 – 512 – 97 – 515 – 70 – 15 – 5W 1
ST. LOUIS2017.5413.510 – 810 – 94 – 56 – 46 – 54 – 6L 1
PITTSBURGH1621.4327.59 – 107 – 113 – 19 – 163 – 35 – 5W 1
CHI CUBS1521.41786 – 129 – 91 – 27 – 86 – 76 – 4L 1
CINCINNATI1026.278135 – 95 – 172 – 27 – 90 – 136 – 4W 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS2512.67615 – 510 – 73 – 48 – 210 – 56 – 4W 5
SAN DIEGO2314.622210 – 713 – 78 – 59 – 35 – 55 – 5L 1
SAN FRANCISCO2215.595311 – 711 – 87 – 64 – 47 – 47 – 3L 1
COLORADO1819.486713 – 95 – 104 – 65 – 24 – 82 – 8W 1
ARIZONA1821.462810 – 118 – 109 – 73 – 45 – 93 – 7L 6

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT