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NFL NEWS

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) Through a season of turmoil, Derek Carr performed at his best. So the Las Vegas Raiders have given the veteran quarterback a three-year contract extension.

The extension is worth $121.5 million, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press, speaking Wednesday on condition of anonymity.

Despite all of the issues with the Raiders last season, including the resignation of coach Jon Gruden, Carr helped them to the playoffs as a wild card in the tough AFC West. He threw for a career-high 4,804 yards and 23 touchdowns as Las Vegas went 10-7 before losing at Cincinnati in the postseason.

“I’ve only wanted to be a Raider again and I told my agent (Tim Younger), I said, `I’m either gonna be a Raider or I’m gonna be playing golf.’ I don’t want to play anywhere else,” Carr said during Wednesday’s news conference. “That’s how much this place means to me.”

Carr said it also meant a lot for him to structure the contract so the team could keep key components around him for a long time while building “a championship team.”

“We made sure guys like Chandler (Jones), guys like Davante (Adams), guys like hopefully Hunter (Renfrow), and Foster (Moreau) and those guys can stay here,” said Carr, the longest-tenured quarterback in the AFC. “I went through a heartbreak already the last time I signed my contract, my best friend (Khalil Mack) left. And I didn’t want that to ever happen again.

“This was an opportunity for me to prove to the team, to the organization, to our fans, that the way we’re gonna structure this is so we can keep everyone together and really have real continuity, really have something to build on.”

An eight-year veteran, Carr, 31, was entering the final year of his deal, worth nearly $19.8 million in base salary. That contract was for five years at $125 million, the richest in the NFL at the time he signed it in 2017.

He said he told his agent he was willing to play out his contract if it wasn’t extended.

“At the end of the day I want to be a Raider and I am crazy enough to go out there on one year, especially with the guys that’ll be around me. I said I’ll take that chance,” he said. “Thankfully, it’ll be four more. Hopefully, we can build on that and I can finish and just do what I set out to do nine years ago, and that is to win a championship.”

NFL NEWS

CLEVELAND (AP) Baker Mayfield feels the Cleveland Browns deceived him about their offseason plans, which resulted in them trading for Deshaun Watson.

Speaking on a podcast, Mayfield, whose tumultuous four-year run as Cleveland’s quarterback essentially ended when the team acquired Watson in a stunning deal last month with the Houston Texans, said the team was not upfront with him.

“I feel disrespected 100% because I was told one thing and they completely did another,” Mayfield said in an appearance on the “Ya Never Know” podcast, which was taped last week.

Mayfield struggled while playing most of last season with a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder, which he injured in Week 2. Cleveland fell way short of expectations, finished 8-9 and missed the playoffs after ending a long postseason drought the previous season.

He underwent surgery right after the season and Browns general manager Andrew Berry publicly indicated the team was planning to bring Mayfield back as the starter while privately investigating whether to add Watson, accused by two dozen massage therapists in Texas of sexual assault and harassment.

When Mayfield learned of the Browns’ interest, he demanded a trade. Watson, who initially turned down Cleveland, then changed his mind, waived his no-trade clause and signed a record-setting $230 million fully guaranteed contract.

While still upset over the way it was handled, Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in 2018, said he’s at peace with his time with the Browns.

“I really, truly honesty have no regrets of my time in Cleveland of what I tried to give that place,” he said. “True Clevelanders and true Browns fans know that, and that’s why I can walk away from the whole situation feeling like I did it.”

Mayfield remains on Cleveland’s roster as the team tries to work out a trade. The tricky part for the Browns is that he’s due to make $18.8 million, and there aren’t many teams willing to take on that salary.

NFL NEWS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson signed his franchise tender Wednesday, guaranteeing him $16.7 million this season.

Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke and new coach Doug Pederson have said repeatedly they hope to sign Robinson to a long-term deal.

The former Alabama standout has started 61 games over five seasons since Jacksonville drafted him with the 34th overall pick in 2017. But he’s been far from one of the league’s best blind-side protectors.

Using the franchise tag on him for a second straight year was a surprise move considering the Jaguars drafted Stanford left tackle Walker Little with the 45th overall pick last year in hopes of pairing him up with quarterback Trevor Lawrence for the foreseeable future. Little started the final two games of the 2021 season and played well, leading some to believe Baalke would move on from Robinson.

But with Robinson back for a sixth season, Little will compete with Jawaan Taylor at right tackle. With Robinson, Little and Taylor in the mix, it’s unlikely the Jags would draft Alabama’s Evan Neal or North Carolina State’s Iken Ekwonu with the No. 1 pick in two weeks.

Instead, they’re seemingly poised to go with a pass rusher – probably Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson – or try to trade out of the top spot in hopes of picking up more draft capital.

Either way, the team’s offensive line will be revamped.

Longtime center Brandon Linder retired after eight injury-filled seasons, and Jacksonville let starting guards Andrew Walker and A.J. Cann leave in free agency.

The Jags signed five-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff to a three-year, $49.5 million contract that included $30 million guaranteed. They also brought back versatile backup guard/tackle Will Richardson and longtime backup center Tyler Shatley.

But holes remain. The team is expected to use at least two of its 12 draft picks to bolster a line that allowed Lawrence to get sacked 32 times in 2021.

MLB NEWS

CINCINNATI (AP) Jose Ramirez homered, doubled and drove in three runs, Owen Miller hit two home runs and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 Wednesday for their fourth straight win.

Rookie Steven Kwan went 0 for 4, but drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning that put Cleveland ahead to stay as it completed a two-game sweep.

“That’s why he’s hitting second,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “We think he’s a pretty good hitter.”

Kwan is 10 for 19 and has reached base in 19 of 29 plate appearances since making his major league debut on opening day. The 24-year-old outfielder had seen 128 pitches this season and taken 42 swings without miss before he couldn’t check his swing on a 2-1 offering in the fourth inning from Nick Lodolo, who made his major league debut.

A day after hitting a grand slam with six RBIs, Ramirez again broke loose. Miller produced his first multihomer game, Oscar Mercado also homered and Myles Straw matched a career high with four hits.

“I think it’s just being comfortable and understanding what the pitchers are trying to me,” Miller said. “It’s that next guy up approach. This is a good environment. It’s fun to see.”

The Guardians have scored 44 runs during their winning streak after producing just one in a combined 19 innings while losing the season’s first two games.

Ramirez went the other way with a two-run line drive to right-center field.

“You get rewarded here when you go the other way,” Francona said. “I like to see guys get rewarded.”

The left-handed Kwan took four straight balls with the bases loaded to give Cleveland a 1-0 lead in the second. That was the third of three straight walks by the left-handed Lodolo, who also hit two batters in the inning.

Lodolo (0-1), the seventh overall selection in the 2019 draft, allowed seven hits and five runs with three walks and four strikeouts in four innings.

Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie pitched three-hit ball for four shutout innings. He struck out six and walked none.

Eli Morgan (1-0) relieved and gave up one run and one hit in three innings.

MLB NEWS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Clayton Kershaw was in prime form – call it perfect – in his season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, leaving no concern about his health after facing no resistance from the Minnesota Twins.

When the time came for manager Dave Roberts to relieve him, Kershaw didn’t put up a fight, either.

Kershaw took a perfect game through seven innings for the Dodgers until he was pulled after 80 pitches, dominating the Twins with 13 strikeouts in 21 batters during a 7-0 victory on Wednesday.

“Those are selfish goals. We’re trying to win. That’s really all we’re here for,” Kershaw said.

Roberts consulted with Kershaw after the sixth, and the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner told him his preference: one more inning with an 85-pitch limit.

“I would have loved to have stayed, but bigger things, man, bigger things,” Kershaw said.

So on a the gray, windy, 38-degree afternoon at Target Field, Alex Vesia entered for the eighth to boos from the blue-clad Dodgers fans in the crowd of 17,101. Vesia gave up Minnesota’s first and only hit, a one-out single by Gary Sanchez.

Cody Bellinger, Gavin Lux and Austin Barnes hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the eighth against reliever Dereck Rodriguez, who made his Twins debut.

Chris Paddack had a rough first start with the Twins, too, less than a week after he was acquired in a trade with the Padres. He lasted four innings, with six hits and three runs allowed.

Justin Turner hit a two-run single in the first, Trea Turner had a sacrifice fly in the second and Max Muncy went deep in the ninth for the Dodgers, who won a 7-2 game the night before that was paused for 1 1/2 hours due to rain and ended after midnight.

Kershaw was plenty refreshed.

Re-signed with the Dodgers for $17 million this year after missing more than two months in 2021 with inflammation in his left forearm, Kershaw was slotted fifth in the rotation out of the gate. That unusual assignment was to give his arm more time to build up strength in light of the limited spring training schedule.

“Blame it on the lockout. Blame it on me not picking up a baseball until January,” said Kershaw, who threw a no-hitter against Colorado on June 18, 2014. “My slider was horrible the last two innings. It didn’t have the bite. It was time.”

The breaking ball was awfully good before that, though. Kershaw threw 41 sliders, with 17 swinging strikes, with a fastball that never topped 91 mph. He struck out the side in the sixth and fanned every Twins batter at least once except Gio Urshela, who grounded out to third and flied out to right in his first two at-bats.

“He’s been pitching like that for years. He’s been having a lot of success. So he knows how to do it,” said Urshela, who hit a sharp grounder up the middle with two outs in the seventh that skidded under Kershaw’s glove as he tried to backhand the ball.

Lux, shifted to the shortstop side of second base, made a slick pickup and throw for the inning-ending out.

“Every decision I make is for the best interest of the player, their health and the ballclub, because there’s a lot of people that are cheering for the Dodgers, not only just for today and Clayton to throw a no-hitter, but for the Dodgers to win the World Series,” Roberts said. “For us to do that, we need him healthy.”

MLB NEWS

DETROIT (AP) Eduardo Rodriguez left pitches over the plate and his former teammates took advantage.

Jackie Bradley, Kike Hernandez and Rafael Devers hit consecutive RBI doubles in the fourth inning to chase Rodriguez, and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-7 Wednesday and win the three-game series.

“He was middling a lot and when we got him in the zone, we did damage,” manager Alex Cora said.

Boston went into the fifth inning ahead 7-1 and led by 9-2 after batting in the seventh, and its comfortable cushion became a precarious two-run lead going into the final inning.

Hansel Robles got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by getting Jonathan Schoop to pop up on the infield and retired the side in order in the ninth, earning the save.

“He did an amazing job,” Cora said.

Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) allowed up Schoop’s solo home run in the first inning and not much else until Akil Baddoo hit a solo homer in the fifth. Eovaldi allowed two runs, four hits and a walk over five innings.

Rodriguez (0-1) gave up a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to Alex Verdugo for the second out in the fourth before third baseman Jeimer Candelario made a throwing error on Christian Vazquez’s grounder on a rain-soaked field.

Boston made the most of the opportunity, hitting three straight run-scoring doubles to left to end Rodriguez’s outing.

“If you make a mistake, you’re going to pay for it,” Rodriguez said. “That’s what happened in that inning.

“Too much of the plate and too much of the strike zone.”

Trevor Story followed with a RBI single off Rony Garcia to give the Red Sox a 7-1 lead.

Rodriguez allowed up seven runs – two earned – five hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in his second start with the Tigers. He signed a $77 million, five-year contract in Detroit after playing in Boston for six seasons.

Tigers rookie Spencer Torkelson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 amateur draft, cleared the fences for the first time in the majors with a two-run homer in the seventh to cut the deficit to 9-4.

“It’s something to build on,” Torkelson said.

Detroit scored five runs over the seventh and eighth innings.

Jake Dieskman entered with no outs in the eighth and struck out pinch hitter Miguel Cabrera and Baddoo before giving up Victor Reyes’ single and hitting Austin Meadows to let the Tigers pull within two runs and to end his appearance.

MLB NEWS

ATLANTA (AP) Josiah Gray allowed one hit in five scoreless innings, and the Washington Nationals beat Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Wednesday.

The Nationals won two of three in the series, dropping the World Series champions to 3-4 on their opening homestand.

The series win was a confidence boost for Gray, making his third career start against Atlanta, and the Nationals.

“When you see guys time and time again and you continue to get them out, it gives you that extra confidence my stuff is still playing,” Gray said. “They’re still having a difficult time in picking up my stuff. It definitely gives you confidence.”

Austin Riley homered off Kyle Finnegan in the sixth.

Gray (1-1) struck out five, walked three and also hit a batter. His only trouble came in the fifth, when he hit Adam Duvall amd walked Alex Dickerson with two outs before striking out Manny Pina.

Fried (0-2) allowed three runs – two earned – and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Gray tried to convince manager Dave Martinez to leave him in the game for the sixth.

“Josiah gave us five strong innings,” Martinez said. “He wanted to go a little longer. I told him he had 82 pitches. That was good enough for five innings.”

Gray, 24, is expected to play an important role in Washington’s rebuilding effort. Beating the Braves provided more evidence the right-hander can lead the rotation.

“It’s really exciting to see him grow and I’m pumped to see what happens next for him,” said first baseman Josh Bell, who had two hits.

Riley reached on an infield single off Tanner Rainey with one out in the ninth for Atlanta’s third hit. Rainey earned his second save when Marcell Ozuna grounded into a double play.

Washington’s first two hitters, Cesar Hernandez and Juan Soto, reached with singles. Hernandez scored on Bell’s groundout and Soto scored on Maikel Franco’s single, the third hit of the inning, for a 2-0 lead.

Ozzie Albies led off the game with a single off Gray but was caught stealing by catcher Riley Adams’ strong throw to second. Gray didn’t give up another hit and didn’t allow another baserunner until walking Albies to lead off the fourth. Matt Olson then hit into a double play.

MLB NEWS

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Gamel hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Ke’Bryan Hayes went 4 for 4 a day after getting a big contract and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Wednesday for a two-game series split.

Kevin Newman hit a two-run triple in the third for the Pirates, who went 3 for 7 with runners in scoring position, a day after going 0 for 10.

Pittsburgh got to Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks (0-1) for six runs on seven hits and four walks hits in 3 2/3 innings – three of the players who walked went on to score.

“He throws the ball on the edges,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “The thing that stood out today was that we didn’t chase balls to the edges. . I thought our approach was outstanding and that’s what let us be able to do that.”

A day after getting a $70 million, eight-year contract, Hayes singled with two outs in the bottom of the first. Yoshi Tsutsugo walked on four pitches and Gamel reached down for a low changeup and lifted it for his first home run this season.

Hayes doubled with one out in the third, Gamel walked with two outs and Newman tripled off the Clemente Wall in right field. Hayes added an RBI single in the fourth that scored Hoy Park.

Seiya Suzuki was 1 for 3 with an RBI single in the fourth for the Cubs. In his first season in the major leagues, the two-time Japan Central League batting champion is 6 for 20 (.400) with three homers and nine RBIs in six games.

Willson Contreras put the Cubs ahead when he homered in the first off Zach Thompson, a 453-foot drive.

Thompson gave up two runs and five hits in four-plus innings. He was stuck on the back of the right shoulder by a Nico Hoerner line drive in the fifth, and left the game with a bruise. Thompson said after the game he doesn’t anticipate missing any time.

Dillon Peters (1-0) relieved Thompson and escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth when Hayes started a 5-4-3 double play.

“Offensively, we had a couple of chances,” Cubs bench coach Andy Green said. “We had them on the ropes, but couldn’t claw our way back.”

Wil Crowe gave up just one hit over the final three innings, throwing 50 pitches for his first professional save.

MLB NEWS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Max Scherzer finally could pitch with all his strength now that his right hamstring wasn’t bothering him anymore.

It took a bit for him to figure that out, but when he did, he looked back to his Cy Young self.

Scherzer settled in after working out of an early jam, Pete Alonso drove in five runs with a homer and two doubles and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 Wednesday. It took loading the bases in the first for Scherzer (2-0) to recalibrate how to pitch on his right leg again, then he struck out the next batter, induced a groundout and allowed one run and five hits with seven strikeouts in five innings.

“I just wasn’t completely executing every pitch where it needed to be,” Scherzer said. “Fortunately enough to be able to walk three in an inning to not have that spiral out of control and give up a bunch of runs in that situation. That really set a tone and allowed our offense to get going.”

Alonso and the rest of New York’s offense provided more than enough run support for the 37-year-old three-time Cy Young Award winner. Brandon Nimmo hit a solo home run off Aaron Nola in the third inning – the first Mets hit of the afternoon – before the middle of the order teed off in the fourth and fifth.

“We did an excellent job of pouring it on all day,” said Alonso, who was again the designated hitter instead of his preference to play first base. “We had excellent at-bats one through nine, and that’s what it takes to win these tough, divisional games.”

Alonso’s first RBI double helped knock Nola out of the game. The right-hander also lost command in the fourth, walking a batter and hitting two more to load the bases and get the hook from manager Joe Girardi. Nola (1-1) allowed three earned runs on three hits in 3 1/3 innings.

The Mets also knocked around the Phillies bullpen, which went five relievers deep after Nola’s short start and with an off day coming up. Alonso drilled a three-run homer run to right-center in the sixth to make it 8-1 and close Scherzer’s day after throwing 96 pitches.

“That was a big moment in the game that kind of put us ahead by a bunch, and thankfully that was enough,” Alonso said. “Philly has a great offense. They’re a great team. They started to come back there. But I feel like coming through like that for the team was huge.”

All nine batters who started the game for New York reached base at least once. Philadelphia got to the Mets bullpen in the later innings, with Nick Castellanos hitting an RBI double and reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper launching his first home run of the season to make it interesting before Edwin Diaz closed it out.

MLB NEWS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Logan Webb pitched four-hit ball over eight innings and Luke Williams doubled home the only runs he needed as the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Wednesday.

Webb (1-0), who emerged as the Giants’ ace last season, allowed one run. He retired 22 of the final 24 hitters he faced, striking out seven and walking none.

Through his first two starts, Webb has surrendered just two runs over 14 innings.

Padres lefty Sean Manaea (1-1) was also stingy, holding San Francisco to two runs over six innings of four-hit ball. But Williams’ two-run double in the second erased a 1-0 San Diego lead and wound up being the deciding hit.

The Padres threatened in the ninth against Giants reliever Camilo Doval. Jake Cronenworth reached on a one-out infield single, Eric Hosmer walked with two outs and Doval hit Jurickson Profar to load the bases.

But Doval struck out pinch hitter Matt Beaty on an off-speed pitch to close out his first save.

The Giants captured a series that featured plenty of tension. San Diego manager Bob Melvin was not pleased Tuesday night when the Giants stole a base and bunted for a single while leading by a wide margin. That contributed to a yelling match between Padres third base coach Mike Shildt and Giants first base coach Antoan Richardson, with Richardson saying Shildt made comments that had “undertones of racism.”

Richardson and Shildt patched things up in a Wednesday morning conversation and hugged on the field.

“I don’t believe he’s a racist,” said Richardson, who is Black. “I think, though, to the important point, he’s recognizing that some of his words, our words, are powerful and they’re impactful. And we just want to bring awareness to a situation that I think is important for our community.”

Shildt, who is white, acknowledged he used inappropriate language and said he appreciated Richardson saying he was not a racist.

San Diego got to Webb for a run in the first. Manny Machado doubled with one out and Cronenworth drove him in with a triple over the head of right fielder Heliot Ramos.

But that was it, as Webb allowed just one base runner between the first and seventh innings. He pumped his arms triumphantly as he walked off the mound in the eighth following a strikeout of Padres leadoff man Trent Grisham, his final hitter.

MLB NEWS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Logan Webb pitched four-hit ball over eight innings and Luke Williams doubled home the only runs he needed as the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Wednesday.

Webb (1-0), who emerged as the Giants’ ace last season, allowed one run. He retired 22 of the final 24 hitters he faced, striking out seven and walking none in a game that wrapped in 2 hours, 11 minutes.

The eight innings pitched were a career high. Through his first two starts, Webb has surrendered two runs over 14 innings.

“He was fantastic,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s a No. 1 starter for a reason on a really good team. He’s got a really good sinker, really good changeup off that and a good breaking ball. Once he got past the first inning he really got into a rhythm.”

San Diego lefty Sean Manaea (1-1) was also stingy, holding San Francisco to two runs over six innings of four-hit ball. But Williams’ two-run double in the second erased a 1-0 San Diego lead and wound up being the deciding hit.

Williams said the game plan against Manaea was to target pitches low in the zone.

“The first pitch was a ball, but I was kind of able to see that spot where I wanted to hit it,” Williams said. “The second pitch, he threw it right there, just a little more middle, and I put it in play.”

Aware that he was on a pitch count of 90-95, Webb lobbied Giants pitching coach Andrew Bailey for a chance to go deep in the game. His previous career high was 7 1/3 innings.

“I told Bails before, `If I’m kinda cruisin’, let me pitch the eighth’ because I know I haven’t finished the eighth, so I was wanting to do that,” Webb said.

The Padres threatened in the ninth against Giants reliever Camilo Doval. Jake Cronenworth reached on a one-out infield single, Eric Hosmer walked with two outs and Doval hit Jurickson Profar to load the bases.

But Doval struck out pinch hitter Matt Beaty on an off-speed pitch to close out his first save.

The Giants captured a series that featured plenty of tension. Melvin was not pleased Tuesday night when the Giants stole a base and bunted for a single while leading by a wide margin. That contributed to a yelling match between Padres third base coach Mike Shildt and Giants first base coach Antoan Richardson, with Richardson saying Shildt made comments that had “undertones of racism.”

Richardson and Shildt patched things up in a Wednesday morning conversation and hugged on the field.

“I don’t believe he’s a racist,” said Richardson, who is Black. “I think, though, to the important point, he’s recognizing that some of his words, our words, are powerful and they’re impactful. And we just want to bring awareness to a situation that I think is important for our community.”

Shildt, who is white, acknowledged he used inappropriate language and said he appreciated Richardson saying he was not a racist.

San Diego got to Webb for a run in the first. Manny Machado doubled with one out and Cronenworth drove him in with a triple over the head of right fielder Heliot Ramos.

But that was it, as Webb allowed just one base runner between the first and seventh innings. He pumped his arms triumphantly as he walked off the mound in the eighth following a strikeout of Padres leadoff man Trent Grisham, his final hitter.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Former Georgia quarterback JT Daniels announced Wednesday he is transferring to West Virginia.

Daniels made the announcement on Instagram following a weekend visit to West Virginia’s campus. Daniels also had visited Missouri and Oregon State in recent weeks. He is wrapping up undergraduate classes at Georgia and would be a graduate transfer for the Mountaineers.

Shortly after Daniels’ announcement, West Virginia offensive coordinator Graham Harrell posted a short video Wednesday on Twitter from a recent practice in which he yells, “Let’s go!” Harrell held the same position at Southern California when Daniels played there before transferring to Georgia for the 2020 season.

In two seasons at Georgia, Daniels completed 69% of his passes for 1,953 yards and 17 touchdowns with five interceptions. He went 7-0 as a starter.

ESPN first reported Daniels’ decision.

West Virginia’s quarterback position opened up after two-year starter Jarret Doege announced in December that he was entering the transfer portal. The Mountaineers have three quarterbacks competing in spring practice: Garrett Greene, who threw for 147 yards and was the team’s third-leading rusher with 297 yards last season; freshman Nicco Marchiol, who enrolled at WVU in January, and redshirt freshman Will Crowder.

West Virginia will have all five starters back on the offensive line but lost leading rusher Leddie Brown to the NFL draft and saw several wide receivers enter the transfer portal in the offseason. West Virginia’s offense ranked near the bottom of the Big 12 last season.

Daniels played at Southern California in 2018 and missed nearly the entire 2019 season with a knee injury. Harrell was the Trojans’ offense coordinator from 2019-21 and was hired at West Virginia in January.

Daniels transferred to Georgia in 2020 but his injury kept him off the field until late in the season, when he started the final four games. He opened the 2021 season as the Bulldogs’ starter but was hampered by various injuries. Daniels played in only five games last year and was replaced by Stetson Bennett, who led the Bulldogs to the national championship.

West Virginia opens the 2022 season Sept. 1 at Pittsburgh, which also has another former Southern Cal quarterback on its roster, three-year starter Kedon Slovis.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

(AP) — North Carolina big man Armando Bacot is returning for his senior season after the Tar Heels fell a game short of winning an improbable national championship.

He announced his decision in a social-media video Wednesday, nine days after the Tar Heels lost to Kansas in the NCAA title game in New Orleans.

“This year’s experience showed me that I do not want to miss the chance to do it again next season,” Bacot said.

Considered a potential second-round NBA draft prospect, the 6-foot-10 junior’s post presence was critical to the eighth-seeded Tar Heels reaching a record 21st Final Four in coach Hubert Davis’ debut season.

He averaged a team-high 16.3 points and ranked third nationally in rebounding (13.1). His national-best 31 double-doubles tied Navy star and eventual No. 1 overall NBA draft pick David Robinson (1986) for the NCAA single-season record. And he became the first player with six double-doubles in a single NCAA Tournament.

Bacot is on pace to become UNC’s career rebounding leader, needing 219 – a total he has passed in each of his three seasons and more than doubled as a junior – to overtake Tyler Hansbrough (1,219).

“Getting to the final game and getting so close lit a fire inside of him to achieve that goal more than ever,” Davis said in a statement. “He feels he can still get better and improve on parts of his game to put himself in a position to have a long and successful NBA career. And he feels this is the best place for him to do that.”

Bacot will also have the opportunity to continue cashing in on his fame after the NCAA allowed college athletes to profit on their name, image and likeness (NIL). That included endorsements with Maryland-based Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, availability for Cameo personalized video messages and T-shirts.

Bacot suffered an ankle injury late against rival Duke in the national semifinals and was hobbled throughout the Kansas loss, finishing with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

“On the court we got so close this year. I know there are no guarantees,” Bacot said, adding: “My Carolina story isn’t finished just yet. Next season starts right now.”

NBA NEWS

ATLANTA (AP) For one night, at least, the Atlanta Hawks looked like the team that made a stunning run to the Eastern Conference final last summer.

Trae Young bounced back from a sluggish start to score 24 points and De’Andre Hunter led a third-quarter surge Wednesday that carried the Hawks to a 132-103 rout of the Charlotte Hornets in a play-in game.

“We’re definitely confident right now,” Hunter said. “But we’ve got a lot more work to do. We’re not satisfied yet.”

The Hawks were a bit of a disappointment during the regular season, finishing ninth in the East after their surprising playoff success in 2021.

They’ve still got to win one more play-in game just to make the playoffs, heading to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Friday night. The winner claims the No. 8 seed in the East and will face the top-seeded Miami Heat in the opening round of the playoffs.

The season is over for the Hornets, who were overwhelmed in the 9-10 play-in game for the second year in a row and haven’t made the playoffs since 2016.

Still, coach James Borrego called it another step forward for a rebuilding team.

“A lot of good things have happened for this franchise based on where we’re at today compared to where we were two or three years ago,” he said.

Miles Bridges was ejected in the fourth quarter and could be facing additional punishment from the league office after he appeared to strike a young fan with his mouthpiece.

All five Atlanta starters scored in double figures, as did Bogdan Bogdanovic off the bench. It was Hunter who came up big in the decisive third period, bursting out with 16 points after being held to 3 in the first half.

“I think I’m a big part of this team,” Hunter said. “Me being aggressive, scoring and defending, helps this team a lot.”

Hunter finished with 22 points, while Danilo Gallinari added 18 and Clint Capela 15. Kevin Huerter and Bogdanovic chipped in with 13 apiece.

The Hornets closed the regular season strong and felt like they had a good chance to win a couple of play-in games on the road. But those hopes came crashing down against their I-85 rival.

LaMelo Ball led Charlotte with 26 points on 7-of-25 shooting.

The Hawks led by 13 in the first half before settling for a 60-52 advantage at the break. Charlotte had a bit of momentum in the closing minutes of the half, but it sure didn’t carry over to the third.

The Hawks outscored the Hornets 42-24 during that 12-minute barrage, hitting 16 of 24 shots, and led 102-76 heading to the final period.

With the Hornets doubling at every opportunity, Young made only 1 of 9 shots in the opening quarter and 3 of 13 in the first half.

But his teammates found plenty of open looks and made the Hornets pay dearly.

“It’s great for my team,'” said Young, who had 11 assists. “If you can make two guys guard you, it only opens up the floor for everybody else. I have to embrace it.”

Charlotte should’ve known what kind of night it would be on their way to State Farm Arena.

The Hornets’ chartered bus was blocked by a freight train that stopped on a crossing near the downtown sports complex. The bus had to turn around and take a different route to the arena, delaying Charlotte’s arrival for pregame warmups.

It didn’t get much better once the game tipped off.

NBA NEWS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) CJ McCollum got New Orleans going early and Brandon Ingram took over late to send the Pelicans to Los Angeles for a chance at the final playoff spot.

McCollum scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half to carry the young Pelicans to a 113-103 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. New Orleans will face the LA Clippers on Friday night for the eighth playoff seed.

“He was great,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said of McCollum. “He set the tone early. He understood the moment, and it sort of calmed the rest of the guys down. We just got the ball to him and he made play after play, score after score, and then the rest of the guys that just started to feed off CJ.”

Playing in his 57th playoff game, McCollum displayed a calming presence to his younger teammates. Rookies Herb Jones, Jose Alvarado and Trey Murphy played large chunks of the fourth quarter.

“I was just trying to be locked in and aggressive early,” McCollum said. “The playoffs is a lot of antics, a lot of momentum plays, a lot of back and forth. You’ve got to be stable and mentally locked in to withstand a certain level of (chaos). . There’s going to be a lot of winning in our future.”

McCollum wasn’t alone. Ingram shook foul trouble to add 27 points and center Jonas Valanciunas added 22 points and 14 rebounds as the Pelicans’ stars delivered under pressure of New Orleans’ first postseason game since 2018.

“The three best players for New Orleans all played great, and if that happens, you’re going to lose,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of his team’s inability to contain McCollum, Ingram and Valanciunas. “We stayed in it and got back in it, but then we made the same mistakes as we did in the first three quarters – non physical defense.”

“We’re just playing for each other,” Valanciunas said of combining for 81 points with McCollum and Ingram. “When things struggle, we need somebody to slow the game down, which (CJ) does. Next step is on Friday.”

Popovich said his young team, which averages 25 years in age, learned a lesson the hard way.

“It’s the playoffs, and you’ve got to be into people,” Popovich said. “The grunt is important. Ingram scored two in a row right in the middle of the lane with no one even touching him. It’s a great lesson for our guys.”

The Pelicans, who finished ninth in the West after starting the season 3-16, will play at the Clippers with the winner facing the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in the first round. New Orleans beat Los Angeles in three of four meetings this season.

The Pelicans seemed headed to a rout, leading 96-75, with 10:39 left, but the 10th-seeded Spurs used a 16-1 run over the next 5:25 to cut it to 97-91. The Pelicans missed seven consecutive shots during the run.

Ingram hit a pair of soft jumpers in the lane and Valanciunas added a short jumper to put New Orleans back on top, 103-91.

Devin Vassell led San Antonio with 23 points. Dejounte Murray had 16 points, but he went just 5 of 19 from the floor while being shadowed by Pelicans rookie defensive stopper Herb Jones.

“You have to take the good and bad and learn from it,” Murray said. “We had guys not shoot well, starting with myself. They were physical. I ain’t making no excuses.”

After Ingram went to the bench with three fouls 5:17 before halftime, McCollum carried the Pelicans offensively. In a 14-4 run over the final 3:36 of the half, McCollum made two 3-pointers and pierced the San Antonio defense for two finger-roll layups on strong drives into the lane as New Orleans built a 61-50 lead.

McCollum made 10 of his first 12 shots, including 2 of 3 from long range, despite drawing consistent double teams.

NHL NEWS

DENVER (AP) Nathan MacKinnon had three goals and two assists, Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored twice in a dominant first period and the Colorado Avalanche set a franchise record with their 53rd win by routing the Los Angeles Kings 9-3 on Wednesday night.

Valeri Nichushkin added two goals, Cale Makar had a goal and three assists, Andre Burakovsky also scored and Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves for the Avalanche, who led 4-0 before the game was 11 minutes old.

Colorado won its seventh straight and improved to 53-14-6, besting the 2013-14 and 2000-01 teams for most victories. The Avalanche also moved two points ahead of Florida for the best record in the NHL and are a franchise-best 29-4-3 at home.

“The crowd was chanting before the anthem even started,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “You can feel that when you go on the bench as a coach, as a player, that they’re into it and they were going to be energized. And we wanted to make sure we came out and played a really good game after having a couple of off games in Winnipeg and Edmonton.

“I think our guys feel that and that’s why our record is so good at home.”

Adrian Kempe, Alex Iafallo and Phillip Danault scored for the Kings, who have dropped four of five. Jonathan Quick allowed three goals on 10 shots before he was pulled while starting on consecutive nights for the first time in over four years. Cal Petersen allowed six more goals on 25 shots.

LA remained in a playoff spot in third place in the Pacific Division, but sits only three points ahead of Vegas, which has two games in hand.

“Definitely not the performance you want tonight, especially at this time of year,” Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. “But we’ve got to look at this one and correct stuff and make sure this is not going to repeat, because it is crunch time for our team.”

The schedule did the Kings no favors. They won in Chicago 5-2 on Tuesday night and got into Denver early Wednesday to play at altitude while the Avalanche had been off since Saturday.

And Colorado opened with relentless pressure and crisp passing that overwhelmed weary LA. Aube-Kubel scored 2:54 in and Nichushkin tallied 39 seconds later. MacKinnon scored on the power play and Aube-Kubel scored 41 seconds after that to make it 4-0 with 9:04 left in the first period.

“We can put earrings on a pig if we want, but it’s not going to make it any better,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said in a 55-second postgame media session. “That was awful and we move on. We get an opportunity to play more games, so good for us and we have to be better.”

Kempe scored his 33rd goal early in the second and and Iafallo made it 4-2 with a slap shot just inside the blue line at 10:40 of the second. But the Avs steadied things when MacKinnon fed Burakovsky in the high slot at 13:05.

MacKinnon scored on a breakaway on a stretch pass from Makar early in the third period and picked up his third career hat trick with 10:08 left to make it 9-2.

Fans chanted “We want 10!” over the final minutes, but had to settle for a Colorado season-high nine goals.

“I didn’t want to score,” Aube-Kubel said with a smile. “There were no hats left.”

Added MacKinnon: “Nine’s enough, I think.”

NOTES: Avs rookie Bowen Byram assisted on the first two goals in his fourth game back after being on personal leave for nearly three months with concussion issues. … Makar’s goal was the 60th for Colorado defensemen, the most in the NHL since Washington (62) in 1993-94. … Avs coach Jared Bednar hopes captain Gabriel Landeskog (knee surgery) will return for a game or two before the playoffs. … Quick started back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 18-19, 2018. He last played on consecutive nights Feb. 9-10 that same season. … Nichushkin became the seventh Colorado player with 20 goals. … The Avs signed undrafted college free agents Ben Meyers (Minnesota) and Wyatt Aamodt (Minnesota State).

NHL NEWS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kaapo Kakko scored a pair of goals and Alexandar Georgiev made 28 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Artemi Panarin and Andrew Copp also scored for New York, which has won four of five. Barclay Goodrow and Jacob Trouba each had two assists.

The Rangers remained in second place in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind idle Carolina. The Hurricanes skated to a 4-2 win over the Rangers in New York on Tuesday night.

“(Georgiev) was excellent, real strong game,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “He was the difference for us.”

Georgiev was strong early to prevent Philadelphia from taking a lead – until the Rangers got their legs going. His best save might have been a stop on Travis Konecny’s backhanded breakaway attempt with 2:48 left in the second. Georgiev recorded his eighth career shutout.

“It feels great,” Georgiev said. “You need a little bit of luck and the team to play great in front of you. That was all there today.”

The Flyers have been outscored 18-5 while losing three in a row. Philadelphia entered 15th of 16 teams in the Eastern Conference and was playing without several key regulars.

Kakko scored his first with 9:40 left in the first when his wrist shot from the slot beat Felix Sandstrom on the glove side. It was Kakko’s sixth goal of the season and first since Dec. 15.

“It feels good,” he said. “Our line played well and our whole team played well.”

He made it 2-0 with 11:38 left in the second when Filip Chytil won a battle along the boards and then passed to the front of the net to Kakko, who one-timed it past Sandstrom.

“That was a great pass,” Kakko said. “Easy for me.”

Kakko was playing in his third game back after a 2 1/2-month absence due to an upper body injury.

“He drove the net,” Gallant said. “The line played the way they’re supposed to play, our most consistent line.”

The Rangers went in front 3-0 with 8:57 remaining in the second when Panarin notched his 22nd of the season on a one-timer from the side of the net after a superb pass from the blue line from Trouba.

The Rangers improved to 24-15 on the road. They have seven games left to try to catch Carolina, including an April 26 matchup against the Hurricanes in New York.

Philadelphia is playing out a forgettable season. The Flyers’ lineup is littered with AHL call-ups and recent draft picks.

“There were a few lapses in there, but I don’t think the issue was effort,” Flyers interim coach Mike Yeo said.

With both teams playing the second night of a back-to-back, that youthful energy helped the Flyers get off to a strong start with seven of the first eight shots. But the Rangers took control on Kakko’s first tally and never let up, much to the delight of the many Rangers fans in attendance who seemed to be more vocal than the Flyers fans.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

COLTS FOOTBALL

Indianapolis – The Indianapolis Colts today signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Brandon King.

King, 6-2, 220 pounds, played in 73 career games in seven seasons (2015-21) with the New England Patriots and compiled one solo tackle, one forced fumble and 51 special teams stops. He saw action in 12 postseason contests, including Super Bowls LIII, LII and LI, and registered eight special teams tackles. King was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 8, 2015.

In 2021, King appeared in 16 games and finished with 10 special teams tackles. He also saw action in one postseason contest and tallied one special teams stop.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On a chilly night at CHS Field, three Indians pitchers – Chase De Jong, Austin Brice and Yerry De Los Santos – iced the Saints offense from start to finish en route to a 5-0 shutout for Indianapolis’ fifth consecutive win and the club’s 15th no-hitter in franchise history.

De Jong (W, 1-0) retired the first seven batters he faced before issuing a one-out walk to Jermaine Palacios in the third inning. De Jong and his battery mate Jason Delay quickly ended the frame with a strikeout of Jose Godoy while Palacios was caught stealing.

In the fourth, Rodolfo Castro gave Indianapolis (6-2) the lead with a towering solo home run to right field for his first long ball of the season.

De Jong’s only blemish over his final four innings pitched was another walk – a two-out free pass to Jake Cave in the home half of the fourth. He finished his 7.0 no-hit innings with nine strikeouts, six coming against the last 10 men he faced.

After Indy widened its lead with a four-run eighth thanks to RBI doubles by Mason Martin and Cal Mitchell, Brice and De Los Santos picked up where De Jong left off to complete the combined no-hit effort, but the organization’s first no-hitter since 2012 didn’t come without drama.

Facing the lower half of the St. Paul (5-3) lineup, Brice induced a groundout and caught Daniel Robertson looking at strike three for the second out of the inning. In the next at-bat with former Houston Astro Derek Fisher at the plate, the count went 3-and-0 before the lefty laced a ball to right field. Moving full speed to his left, Mitchell speared the sinking liner on a dive to keep the no-hitter intact.

De Los Santos was summoned for the ninth, and the Indians once again survived a sharp liner to open the frame. Palacios drilled a ball into the left-center alley, but Canaan Smith-Njigba made a running catch to bring Indy without two outs of history. The fireballing De Los Santos took it from there, retiring both Godoy and Jose Miranda on strikes.

Saints starting pitcher Cole Sands (L, 0-1) took the loss after yielding the Castro home run in the fourth. He tossed 5.0 innings and scattered three hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

Indy’s last no-hitter came on Aug. 9, 2012 against Charlotte at Victory Field. Justin Wilson threw 8.0 innings and issued just one walk in the rain-shortened, 3-0 triumph. The last combined no-hitter for Indianapolis occurred at Durham on April 29, 2012 when Wilson, Jose Diaz and Doug Slaten silenced the Bulls. Five of the 15 no-hitters in franchise history are combined efforts.

The Indians and Saints continue their six-game series at CHS Field with a 7:37 PM ET tilt on Thursday. RHP Dereck Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) gets the nod for St. Paul while Indianapolis has yet to name a starter.

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

INDIANAPOLIS – In the first of three games in the final week of the season, the Indy Fuel hosted the Toledo Walleye on Wednesday night. Both teams would combine for nine goals throughout the night but Keoni Texeira would score the game winner :32 seconds into the overtime period, giving the Fuel a 5-4 win. 

Fighting off a handful of chances from the Walleye early in the first period, the Fuel would hold the Walleye scoreless. Indy would take the 1-0 late in the first period when Darien Craighead walked through the Toledo defense and fired a wrist shot past Toledo goaltender Billy Christopoulos. 

Getting outshot 6-3 through the first 10 minutes, Mitch Gillam and the Indy Fuel weathered the storm that was the Toledo Walleye offense. Taking advantage of a Toledo turnover, Craighead sprung himself on a breakaway and although he was stopped by Christopoulos on the initial shot, Riley McKay put home the rebound to put the Fuel up 2-0. Scoring late in the period, Toledo would cut the Fuel lead to one goal when Patrick Curry tapped home a rebound off Gillam. 

Scoring the tying goal early in the third period, Toledo’s Sam Craggs sped down the side of the ice and wristed a shot over the shoulder of Gillam, knotting the game 2-2. Giving Indy a one-goal advantage three minutes later, Jan Mandat jumped on a loose puck in the Toledo zone and one-timed it past Christopoulos. 

Toledo would tie the game again less than a minute later when Cole Fraser put a shot on net from the blueline and it beat a screened Gillam through the fivehole. Taking advantage of a late power play, Indy would take the 4-3 lead when Chad Yetman fired a wrist shot from the point that beat Christopoulos. Tying the game with 45.6 seconds remaining, Mitchell Heard jumped on a rebound off of Gillam and chipped it over the goaltender, making the score 4-4. 

Going into overtime, the Fuel would be the only team to shoot and the only team to score when Keoni Texeira wristed the puck over the shoulder of Christopoulos, winning the game 5-4. 

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 8th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2021-22 season. 

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

Former Indiana guard Rob Phinisee says his college choices are down to Butler and Cincinnati. The former Hoosier has one year of eligibility remaining.

Phinisee averaged 6.5 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game in four seasons.

He is  former Indiana All-Star from McCutcheon High School.

PURDUE BASEBALL

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Purdue (21-7, 3-4 B1G) at Penn State (12-18, 3-6 B1G)

Thursday to Saturday, April 14 to 16 / Watch B1G+

Series Opener: Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m. ET

Middle Game: Friday, April 15 at 6 p.m. ET

Series Finale: Sunday, April 16 at 1 p.m. ET

Medlar Field / University Park, Pennsylvania

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Thursday: TBA for Purdue vs. PSU’s Jaden Henline (So, RHP)

Friday: Jackson Smeltz (R-Jr, LHP) vs. TBA for Penn State

Saturday: TBA for Both Teams

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: Purdue leads 52-33

All-Time in University Park: Purdue leads 20-18

2021: Purdue won 2 of 3 – Split 2 in East Lansing (April 10-11), Purdue Won 7-4 in West Lafayette (May 29)

Last Series in University Park: Purdue swept a 3-game set (March 2018)

First Meeting: Purdue 4, Penn State 2 (March 1983 in Lakeland, Florda)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball’s longest road trip of the Big Ten Conference season brings the Boilermakers to Central Pennsylvania for the first time since March 2018, setting the stage for a Thursday-Friday-Saturday Easter Weekend series with Penn State.

First pitch at Medlar Field is set for 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday before a 1 p.m. matinee Saturday.

The coaching staffs mutually agreed to play Thursday-Friday-Saturday this weekend in order to be off on Easter. Nebraska’s non-conference four-game set with BYU, which never plays on Sunday regardless, is the only other Big Ten series beginning on Thursday this weekend. The final weekend of the regular season (May 19-21) also traditionally features a Thursday-Friday-Saturday format.

With both teams moving from Saturday-Sunday series that featured doubleheaders to series that open on Thursdays, pitching probable are in flux. After he threw 121 pitches in his eight innings of one-hit ball Saturday, Purdue has opted to start Jackson Smeltz on Friday to give the lefty an extra day of rest. Troy Wansing would not start until Saturday at the earliest. Penn State is sticking with the TBA approach after Jaden Henline that it has utilized each of the first three weekends of Big Ten play. Lefty Kellan Tulio has started game 2 each of the last three weekends.

The Nittany Lions dropped their first three Big Ten series but managed to win a game each weekend while playing three of the top four teams in the current standings – Rutgers, Maryland and Northwestern – including the last two on the road.

Coincidentally, the Boilermakers are playing at Penn State as part of Easter Weekend for third time in the last 10 seasons. Purdue swept the series in Central Pennsylvania in both those visits (2013, 2018). Including four neutral-site games against Minnesota, the Nittany Lions have played seven games at Alexander Field since the last series at Medlar Field.

The Boilermakers have won seven of the last eight meetings in the series since 2018 and are 27-10 vs. Penn State since 2008. Excluding last year’s split-site season series that featured two neutral-site matchups in East Lansing and a weather-suspended game that started Thursday and was finished Saturday in West Lafayette, five of the last six Purdue-PSU series dating back to 2013 – including all three at Medlar Field – have ended in sweeps.

Meanwhile, this weekend represents Purdue’s only road series of the conference season that will be played on natural grass and dirt. Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Purdue are the only four teams in the Big Ten that don’t have artificial turf fields.

WEEKEND NUMBER 4 OF BIG TEN PLAY

Conference records in parentheses

• Purdue (3-4) at Penn State (3-6) – Thursday-Saturday

• Michigan (3-3) at Michigan State (2-4)

• Ohio State (2-5) at Maryland (4-2)

• Northwestern (4-2) at Illinois (7-2)

• Minnesota (1-5) at Iowa (3-3)

• Indiana (2-4) at Rutgers (8-1)

• BYU at Nebraska (4-5) – Thursday-Saturday Non-Conference

OFFENSIVE LEADERS LAST WEEK (5-Game Totals)

• Troy Viola: 7-for-17, 2 2B, HR, 3 BB, 4 HBP, 3 RBI, 6 R, .583 OBP – Hit safely in all 5 games; No Ks

• CJ Valdez: 9-for-23, 2 2B, 3 BB, 9 RBI, 6 R, .462 OBP, SB – Hit safely, scored a run all 5 games

• Evan Albrecht: 8-for-21, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 5 RBI, 7 R, .480 OBP, 4 SB – On base in all 5 games

• Paul Toetz: 6-for-16, 2B, 3B, 5 BB, 4 RBI, 3 R, .524 OBP, SB – On base multiple times in all 5 games

• Cam Thompson: 6-for-16, 3 2B, 2 HR, 3 BB, 4 HBP, 10 RBI, 6 R, .500 OBP – On base multiple times in all 5 games

• Jake Jarvis: 5-for-16, 2B, 5 BB, 5 RBI, 2 R, 5 BB, .476 OBP – On base in all five games

• Curtis Washington Jr. – 7-for-23, 2 BB, 6 RBI, 7 R, .346 OBP, 3 SB; On base & scored a run in all 5 games; No Ks

• Pablo Lanzarote – 6-for-21, 2B, HR, 2 BB, HBP, 5 RBI, 8 R, .375 – On base & scored a run in all 5 games; led team in runs

• Mike Bolton Jr. – 2-for-17, 9 BB, RBI, 7 R, .423 OBP, 3 SB

ACTIVE STREAKS

• Cam Thompson – 28-game on-base

• CJ Valdez – 25-game on-base, 5-game hit

• Evan Albrecht – 20-game on-base

• Curtis Washington Jr. – 16-game on-base

• Troy Viola – 9-game on-base, 7-game hit

• Jake Jarvis – 8-game on-base

TOP 10 IN THE BIG TEN ENTERING THE WEEKEND (As of April 12)

• Cam Thompson – 1st in RBI (44), 1st in OPS (1.246), 1st in SLUG (.765), 1st in HBP (16), T-1st in Sac Flies (4), 3rd in HR (10), 7th in OBP (.481), T-9th in Runs (30)

• Mike Bolton Jr. – 1st in Triples (4), 1st in Stolen Bases (17), T-2nd in Walks (27), T-5th in Sac Bunts (3), 10th in HBP (8)

• Evan Albrecht – T-1st in Batting Avg (.417), 2nd in OBP (.509), 4th in Stolen Bases (13)

• Jackson Smeltz – 2nd in Strikeouts (64), T-3rd in Wins (5), 4th in B/Avg (.184), 6th in ERA (2.66), 8th in Innings (44)

• Troy Viola – 2nd in HBP (12), T-5th in Doubles (11)

• CJ Valdez – 7tn in Batting Avg (.367), 9th in OBP (.478)

• Curtis Washington Jr. – 2nd in Stolen Bases (16), 5th in Runs (35)

• Landon Weins – 4th in ERA (2.48)

ALBRECHT IN THE EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS

• 2020: 13 GP, .364 (16-for-44), 3 2B, 14 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 3 HBP, .442 OBP, 3-4 SB

• 2022: 28 GP, .417 (40-for-96), 9 2B, HR, 20 RBI, 27 R, 10 BB, 8 HBP, .509 OBP, 13-14 SB

• Combined: 38 GP, .400 (56-for-140), 12 2B, HR, 34 RBI, 34 R, 14 BB, 11 HBP, .488 OBP 14-16 SB

BOILERMAKERS SNAP HOME SKID IN BIG TEN RUBBER GAMES

• Overlooked in all the runs scored last week in the five games at Alexander Field – 59 by Purdue and 108 combined, with both totals being among the most ever in the BBCOR bat era or this century – was the fact that Purdue finally won a traditional rubber game in Big Ten play at Alexander Field. The Boilermakers held on to defeat Indiana 16-15 in the nightcap of a Sunday doubleheader that also served as the rubber game of the series.

• Excluding last season’s unique circumstances with the split-site series vs. Penn State and the three-team pod at Alexander, Purdue had not won the rubber game of a three-game Big Ten series at home since the final day of the 2009 regular season vs. Illinois. The program had lost 13 consecutive rubber games at home since the start of 2010.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter has announced that Will Berg has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Boilermakers for the Class of 2022.

“We’re excited to add Will to our 2022 signing class,” Painter said. “Will has really developed the last couple years and can play facing the basket and with his back to the basket. He has put a lot of work into his game and his best basketball is ahead of him. He has a bright future at Purdue.”

Purdue’s current class is ranked No. 26 nationally by 247Sports, but hasn’t taken into account the signing of Berg. Berg joins Indiana’s Mr. Basketball Braden Smith (Westfield, Indiana), Indiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year Fletcher Loyer (Fort Wayne, Indiana) and top-100 wing Cam Heide (Wayzata, Minnesota) as current signees in the Class of 2022.

WILL BERG / CENTER / 7-1 / 250 pounds / STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN / RIKSBASKETGYMNASIET LULEA

An under-the-radar recruit, Berg committed to the Boilermakers on Dec. 10, a week after visiting officially for Purdue’s win over Iowa.

Turned down offers from Illinois and Utah State. He only visited Utah State, in addition to his visit to Purdue.

Represented Sweden on the U16 and U18 National Teams, and competed in the U18 Nordic Championships.

Scored 28 points with 14 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 steals in his last outing. 

Berg brings legitimate size as a mobile center who can make plays out of the post and stretch the floor out to the 3-point line.

BUTLER BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – The first BIG EAST opponent to visit Bulldog Park this season will be the Georgetown Hoyas. With Easter falling on Sunday, April 17, this three-game series will be moved up to Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. All three games will stream on FloSports with the finale going live on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Mark Minner and Nick Gardner will call the action in the press box with Kelly Halllinan joining them from the sideline.

Weekend Series Schedule

Thursday – 4 PM

Friday – 4 PM

Saturday – 1 PM

All Games Played at Bulldog Park

Projected Starters

LHP Cory Bosecker vs. RHP Nolan McCarthy

RHP Aaron Barokas vs. RHP Carter Bosch

LHP Nick Eaton vs. RHP Matthew Sapienza

Scouting Georgetown

The Hoyas are 20-13 overall after defeating UMBC on Tuesday afternoon by the final score of 10-2. They opened BIG EAST action on April 1 at home against Villanova, winning two of three against the Wildcats. The following weekend, Georgetown traveled to Charles Schwab Field and were swept by the Creighton Bluejays 8-5, 12-1, and 14-2.

Big bats in the Georgetown lineup belong to Ubaldo Lopez, Andrew Ciufo, and Jake Hyde. Lopez hit two home runs on Tuesday to move his season total to 14. He is now just one home run away from tying Georgetown’s program record for most in a season (Glen Bruckner – 15 in 1987). Ciufo moved his batting average to .324 on the year after going 3-for-5 at the dish against the Retrievers. The best numbers of any Hoya belong to Hyde. The 6-4 sophomore is batting .368 with 50 hits over 33 games. He has 12 doubles and 13 home runs for a team-high 36 RBI. He also leads the team in runs scored (40).

Georgetown leads the BIG EAST Conference with 66 home runs. They average two homers per contest and have 12 different student-athletes with at least one round tripper on the year. The Hoyas also rank second in the league in runs (246), and slugging percentage (.497).

Nolan McCarthy, Carter Bosch and Matthew Sapienza are scheduled to make starts over the weekend. McCarthy will make his ninth start of the season on Thursday afternoon. He is 3-2 on the year with a 5.31 ERA. McCarthy is the team leader in both innings pitched (42.1) and strikeouts (47). Another right-handed will touch the rubber on Friday. Carter Bosch will make his sixth start of the campaign. A 6-2 senior from McLean, Va., Bosch has a 3-2 record on the mound with a 4.81 ERA. He has 31 strikeouts in ’22 to go along with just 12 walks.

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 3-0, 25-7

Creighton 3-0, 18-8

Seton Hall 2-1, 8-23

Villanova 3-3, 11-16-1

Georgetown 2-4, 20-13

Xavier 1-2, 17-17

Butler 1-2, 15-18

St. John’s 0-3, 12-21

Streak

Ryan O’Halloran led off the seventh inning with a hit on Tuesday against Evansville to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He is now tied for the longest streak of the season (James Gargano and Travis Holt). O’Halloran has also reached base safely in 12-straight games.

On the Move

Butler has been much more aggressive on the base paths in 2022. The ‘Dawgs have stolen 52 bases on 70 attempts. In 2021, BU only stole 27 bases on 35 tries.

.300 Club

Travis Holt and Aaron Steinhart are batting over .300 for the Bulldogs this season. Holt leads the team with 40 hits, including five doubles and three home runs. Steinhart is close behind with 38 hits. The BU designated hitter has a team-best seven home runs helping him lead the club with 27 RBI.

Back of the Pen

Each team this weekend has a closer with four saves. Derek Drees has been great for Butler in critical situations. The senior is 2-0 on the hill with a 0.47 ERA. He has a team-best four saves in 10 appearances and has struck out 30 batters over 19.1 innings of action. Georgetown’s closer is left-hander Angelo Tonas. He has four saves on 18 total appearances. Tonas holds onto a 4.64 ERA and has 26 strikeouts in 21.1 innings.

Bosecker and Barokas

Cory Bosecker and Aaron Barokas will each make their ninth start of the season this weekend. Bosecker leads the team in strikeouts (44) and innings pitched (40.1). Barokas is second in each category with 33 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.

BIG EAST Home Openers

The Bulldogs took two of three against Villanova last year to open up BIG EAST action at Bulldog Park. The only other time BU has won a three-game BIG EAST series at the start of conference play on their home field came in 2016 against Georgetown (2-1).

Alright against Right

Georgetown is slated to start three right-handed pitchers this weekend. The best BU student-athletes to play against right-handed pitching include Garrett Gray (.348), Aaron Steinhart (.326) Ryan O’Halloran (.315), and Travis Holt (.313).

Up Next

Butler will host Northern Kentucky and Dayton next week before traveling to New York for a three-game series against St. John’s. The Norse will play at Bulldog Park on Tuesday at 4 PM. The following day the Flyers will make the trip to Indy to play at 4 PM.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The fourth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is back in action as they head out on the road for another ACC series. The Irish are heading back to North Carolina as they are set to take on Duke this week for a three-game series that starts on Thursday. The series opener has been moved up at a 4 p.m. ET start from Jack Coombs Field on campus. The Irish are fresh off of their 14-5 midweek win over Michigan and have a nine-game winning streak heading into the series.

                BY THE NUMBERS

.762        The Irish own a 32-10 record (.762) on the road under head coach Link Jarrett.

.767        The Irish are 66-20 (.767) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks third in the NCAA over the past three seasons, trailing only Tennessee and Arkansas.

.808        The Irish are 21-5 (.808) to start the 2022 season. It is the best start to a season since 2004, when the Irish began the year 23-3 (.885).

.988        Notre Dame is second in the NCAA in fielding percentage with a .988 mark this season. The Irish have committed 12 errors in 709 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.

1.16        Notre Dame is sixth in the NCAA and leads the ACC with a 1.16 WHIP this season. They have surrendered 172 hits and 103 walks in 236.1 innings pitched.

3.08        The Irish rank sixth nationally and lead the ACC in team ERA with 3.08. They have given up 81 earned runs in 236.1 innings this season.

6.55        The Irish are third in the NCAA and lead the ACC with 6.55 hits allowed per nine innings. They have given up 172 hits in 236.1 innings pitched this season.

8              The Irish scored eight unanswered runs in the 8-4 comeback win over #17 NC State on March 11. It was the most unanswered runs in a game since Game 2 of the Super Regional when the Irish scored nine unanswered runs to beat #7 Mississippi State.

11.1        The Irish rank eighth in the NCAA and third in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.1. The Irish pitching staff has struck out 292 batters in 236.1 innings this season.

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.

16           Notre Dame is 16-2-1 all-time in regular-season series under Jarrett. The Irish are 9-1 in ACC series on the road and are 14-2-1 in ACC series over the past two-plus seasons.

16           The Irish allowed three runs or less for the 16th time this season in the 9-3 win over Clemson to sweep the series on April 10. They are 16-0 this season and 42-2 overall under Jarrett in games they allow three runs or less.

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.

58           Outfielder Spencer Myers has 58 steals in his Irish career and ranks eighth all-time in program history for most career steals. He trails AJ Pollock by two for seventh place in program history.

Irish Head South to Battle Duke

Notre Dame hits the road for its second to last ACC road series of the regular season as they take on Duke this weekend in Durham.

Duke leads the all-time series between the two teams 14-8 and have a 9-4 advantage in games played in Durham.

Last season, the Irish took two-of-three games from Duke at Frank Eck Stadium in the first home series of the season.

The home opener went into the 13th inning with the score tied at 4-4 before Ryan Cole hit his first career home run to give the Irish a 6-4 victory.

In the second game of the series, Cole hit an inside-the-park home run to help the Irish clinch the series with a 6-2 win.

John Michael Bertrand tossed his first complete game with the Irish in the series-clinching win. He struck out six and only allowed two runs.

Niko Kavadas had a strong series at the plate against the Blue Devils, as he hit two home runs and had a team-high 6 RBI in the series.

Duke heads into the series with a 13-20 overall record and are 3-12 in ACC play. They are coming off an 0-4 week after getting swept in a road series against Wake Forest and lost the midweek matchup against Campbell at home.

The Irish are in the middle of their second long winning streak of the season. They have won their last nine games heading into the series and are coming off a home series sweep of Clemson and a midweek win over Michigan.

Notre Dame continues to hold strong in a number of national categories this season. They currently rank in the Top-10 in fielding percentage (2nd – .988), hits allowed per nine innings (3rd – 6.55), WHIP (6th – 1.16), ERA (6th – 3.08) and strikeouts per nine innings (7th – 11.1).

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame softball team is back on the road this weekend as it heads to upstate South Carolina for a top 25 showdown with the Clemson Tigers. The 14th-ranked Tigers will host the 21st-ranked Fighting Irish for the first time in history. In Clemson’s three-year history, this will be the first meeting between the two programs.

Notre Dame enters the weekend winners of 14 of their last 15. In that stretch, the Irish have knocked off a pair of top 10 opponents at Melissa Cook Stadium, earning an 8-1 win over No. 7 Duke and a 3-2 win over No. 6 Northwestern.

The Irish offense ranks second in the ACC with a .331 team average, led by sophomore Karina Gaskins. Gaskins is hitting at a .429 clip with a team-best 10 home runs and 46 RBI. Two others are hitting over the .400 mark. Abby Sweet adds a .402 average with 21 RBI, six homers, nine doubles and leads the team with 15 stolen bases. Jane Kronenberger his hitting right at .400. Kronenberger worked her way into the starting lineup over the past several weeks and is now third on the team with 22 RBI in 55 at bats.

In the circle, Notre Dame is led by reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week, Payton Tidd. Tidd has a 2.82 ERA in 15 starts and appearing in 22 games. She’s worked a team-best 96.2 innings, limiting opponents to a .202 average against. She earned two wins in two starts last week, throwing a complete game in the victory over Northwestern. She worked 6.0 innings and hit a home run in the win over Syracuse. Shannon Becker owns the team’s top ERA at 1.59. The freshman has made eight starts and 19 appearances, owning an 8-2 record with three saves. Alexis Holloway rounds out the pitching corps. The graduate student sports a 3.05 ERA in 85.0 innings to go with 75 strikeouts. Earlier this season, Holloway earned her second solo no-hitter against Loyola Chicago. She’s been a part of four no-hitters in her Irish career.

The Tigers are hot off a 3-1 victory at South Carolina Tuesday night, and are winners of their last 10 games. In that run, Clemson defeated South Carolina twice, swept ACC series against North Carolina and Pitt and took a doubleheader from Furman.

The Clemson offense hits at a .282 clip, ranking eighth in the league. McKenzie Clark leads the Tigers with a .312 average, starting all 41 games. She’s earned a .576 slugging percentage with a team-high eight doubles, to go with two triples, seven home runs and driven in 21. Aby Vieira worked her way into the starting lineup and has now started the last 12-straight games. She’s currently hitting at a .311 average with three homers and 10 RBI. Marissa Guimbarda leads the Tigers with 10 home runs on the season. Alia Logoleo leads the offense with 37 RBI, also hitting 10 homers and hitting for a .300 average having started all 41 games. Sam Russ leads the ACC and is 31st nationally with 20 stolen bases and has not been caught stealing yet this year.

Clemson’s pitching staff has utilized six pitchers this season as the staff has earned a 1.86 ERA, fourth in the ACC. Valerie Cagle has been the ace of the staff, starting a team-high 18 games and appearing in 23. She’s earned a 2.09 ERA and a 12-7 record in 110.1 innings. She’s recorded 139 strikeouts and holds opponents to a .218 average against. Millie Thompson has been the other primary starter, appearing in 17 games with 12 starts. Thompson owns a 9-1 record and a 1.56 ERA in 72.0 innings. Regan Spencer has 15 appearances with six starts, owning a 1.12 ERA in 43.2 innings of work.

Clemson Clash

The Fighting Irish and the Tigers have never met on the softball diamond. The two teams were scheduled to compete in South Bend in 2021, but the series was not played. In the brief three-year history of the Clemson program, the Tigers have amassed a record of 93-26 and have been ranked through much of this season.

Power Game

After hitting 42 home runs in all of 2021, Notre Dame softball has connected on 39 through 37 games. this season. The 1.05 homers per game ranks 46th nationally. The Irish power is led by its top hitter, Karina Gaskins. Gaskins is hitting for a .429 clip and matched her 2021 total of 10 home runs. Abby Sweet surpassed last year’s total with 6 in 2022 (5 in 2021). Notre Dame had 11 players hit home runs last year and have seen 12 go deep this year.

Thou Shalt Not Steal

The catching combination of Shelby Grimm and Carlli Kloss have limited the opponents running game better than any tandem in the ACC. Kloss has thrown out four of nine attempted base stealers, and Grimm has tossed out eight of 21 attempts. Combined, the Irish have thrown out 12 of 30 attempted base stealers and the .600 stolen base allowed percentage is the lowest in the conference. Grimm also picked off a runner this season.

Getting Out of the Blocks

Notre Dame has scored 51 runs in the first inning of games this season, and 139 runs in the first three innings this season. When scoring in the first inning, the Irish are 17-2 this season and when scoring the first run of the game Notre Dame is 24-2 on the year. The Irish have hit seven of their 35 home runs in the first inning this season. The only other inning with as many home runs is the fourth inning.

Scoring in ACC Series

Notre Dame scored 36 runs in the three-game series with Georgia Tech. Its the most runs scored in a three-game ACC series in program history, outscoring the 35 that Notre Dame scored in a three-game series in Charlottesville in 2014.

The Irish scored 36 runs in a three-game series against Seton Hall as a member of the BIG EAST in 2010.  The 12 runs per game in the series is the highest average runs per game in a conference series in since 2000 when Notre Dame average 12.5 in a doubleheader with Providence in South Bend.

Pitcher of the Week Payton

Senior pitcher Payton Tidd was named ACC Pitcher of the Week, along with Boston College’s Susannah Anderson. In two starts last Week, Tidd earned two wins, and threw a complete game in the 3-2 win over the sixth-ranked Northwestern Wildcats. In the series opener with Syracuse, Tidd threw 6.0 innings, striking out five and holding the Orange to two runs to earn her second win of the week. Tidd also hit a solo homer to lead off the fifth in the win.

National and ACC Player of the Week

Karina Gaskins had one of the most productive weeks in all of NCAA softball three weeks ago, leading the Irish to a 5-0 record and a three-game ACC sweep at Pitt. She finished the week 12-for-16 with a double, two home runs, eight runs scored and 11 RBI. She had at least one hit and one RBI in all five games, four of which were multi-hit and multi-RBI games.

Over the last 10 games, she’s hitting at a .560 average with four home runs, 15 RBI and scored 11 runs.

Any Means Necessary

Offensive stand out Abby Sweet picked up right where she left off after a record-setting on-base percentage in 2021 (.537). She’s second on the team with a .519 OBP this season. (Gaskins – .565 OBP) Sweet owns a .402 batting average, drawn 11 walks and has been hit by 13 pitches. The 13 hit by pitches in 37 games ranks 16th nationally in HBP per game. Her .679 slugging percentage is second-highest among the Notre Dame regulars. (Gaskins – .806)

Bench Bombs

The Notre Dame bench has shined when given the opportunity. The Irish are hitting .294 in pinch-hit appearances, going 20-for-68. Conversely, the Irish are holding opponents to a .143 average going 6-for-42. Rachel Allen, Mac Vasquez, Jane Kronenberger and Joley Mitchell each have three hits in pinch-hit appearances this season. Quinn Biggio leads the team with 11 pinch-hit at bats this season, earning a pair of hits. Bryn Boznanski, Allen,  Mitchell and Kronenberger have homered in pinch hit appearances this season.

Hammerin’ Hanks

After starting the season 14-4, Notre Dame made a move in the lineup switching Leea Hanks and Abby Sweet. Hanks took over in the lead off role and Sweet assumed Hanks’s role in the 3-spot. Since that move, the Irish are 16-3 and Hanks is hitting at a .368 clip. She’s hit five doubles, four triples, four home runs to go with 12 RBI. She’s stolen five bases and has been a standout defensively in left field.

Working in TRANsistion

Emily Tran has appeared in 27 games this season, primarily as the pinch runner. In that role, she’s scored 12 times, and is 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts. She’s the primary speedster off the bench for the Irish. She entered as a pinch runner in the finale with Georgia Tech, forcing pressure as she scored with a passed ball and two wild pitches in the fourth inning.

An Extra Run

After averaging five runs per game in 2021, the Irish offense has upped that number to 6.86 per game this season, ranking 11th nationally and second in the ACC. Abby Sweet and Leea Hanks have each scored 39 runs, tied for 18th nationally in runs per game.

Top 25 wins

After falling in the first three games of the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, the Irish went on to take down a pair of Top 25 teams in LSU and Texas.

Against LSU, the Irish rallied late, using a fifth inning home run from Payton Tidd to tie it, and Miranda Johnson drove in the game-winning runs in the seventh. Tidd shut the door as the Irish earned the 8-6 win.

Notre Dame followed that with a 9-2 win over then No. 9-Texas. A 7-run fifth inning paved the way for the first win over a top 10-nationally ranked opponent since beating No. 3 Florida State in Tallahassee in 2019.

The Irish added a top 10 win after knocking off No. 7 Duke at home. Notre Dame used a 3-for-3, 4 RBI performance from Karina Gaskins and got a dominant start from Payton Tidd. Tidd worked 7.0 innings and allowed just one hit in the 8-1 victory.

In a midweek matchup with #6 Northwestern, Tidd again shined in the circle. throwing a complete game, allowing just five hits and two earned runs. The Irish offense got a run early with a Kronenberger double and rallied for two in the sixth. Hanks drove in the game-winning run with a double.

Record Setting Night

In the home opener against Detroit Mercy, the Fighting Irish scored 18 runs, tying a school record for runs scored and the largest margin of victory. The original record was set March 11, 1994 in an 18-0 victory over Robert Morris. Eight of nine starters had a hit and five players who didn’t start the contest registered one of the 18 hits. 15 different players scored a run in the victory.

Sister Sister

Notre Dame softball has a pair of sisters on its roster this season. Shelby and Cassidy Grimm are playing their second collegiate season together in 2022. Alexis and Anna Holloway are playing their first year of softball together this season. The extra year of eligibility for Alexis allowed for her to stay at Notre Dame long enough to play with her younger sister.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball has signed Rob Martin (5-10/160/St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers) to a national letter of intent for the upcoming season head coach Josh Schertz announced Wednesday.

“Rob is one of those players that the more you see him, the more you appreciate his game. He is a fierce competitor, incredibly savvy, and is as great a winner as I’ve recruited on the high school level,” Schertz said. “He has a championship DNA that he has brought to every team he’s been a part of, and that has been the driver of the incredible success his teams have enjoyed. He loves to work, loves to compete, and cares deeply about winning, so in a nutshell, he’s wired exactly like we want our players to be and is a perfect fit for our program.”

The St. Louis native led Christian Brothers to a Missouri 6A State Championship and a No. 2 ranking in the state. The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 20.1 points, 4.9 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game as he led the Cadets to a 26-6 record.

A four-year player at CBC, he has helped the Cadets to an 88-30 record over his career, culminating with a state championship his senior season. He was named the Missouri 6A Player of the Year, the St. Louis Post Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year, 6A All-State Team. He earned 6A District II Player of the Year and All-District honors. Martin also earned Metro Catholic Conference Player of the Year and First Team accolades.

He is the second Sycamore to come from St. Louis and Christian Brothers in the last decade as ISU alum Jordan Barnes (2016-20) also played for the Cadets before a four-year career at Indiana State. Barnes finished his ISU career with 122 games played, including 90 starts at point guard while scoring 1,558 points — the ninth-most in program history.

Martin joins true freshman Robbie Avila (Oak Forest High School) who signed last fall. Four transfers have also signed with the ISU Basketball program for 2022-23 including Jayson Kent of Bradley, Courvoisier McCauley of DePaul, Cade McKnight of Truman State and Trenton Gibson of Tusculum.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team will welcome the Detroit Mercy Titans this weekend for three Horizon League games.

Game Day Information

Who: Detroit Mercy Titans (1-29, 1-14 Horizon League) at Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (6-28, 5-9 Horizon League)

When: April 15-16

Where: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Live Stats: Link

Schedule of Games

Friday, April 15: single game at 3 PM

Saturday, April 16: doubleheader at noon

Know Your Foe

Detroit Mercy is 1-29, 1-14 Horizon League with the Titans’ one win coming on April 2 against Green Bay. That was a 4-0 win while allowing Green Bay just four hits. Taylor Gauthier is leading the team with a .289 batting average, but she does not have an RBI this season. The team’s leader in RBIs is Taryn Peru with 10, five of which came on home runs. The team has a 6.69 ERA, led by Olivia Warrington with a 6.50 ERA. Liz Murphy has the one win this season.

Series History

The Mastodons lead the all-time series 12-11 and have not met as league foes yet because Detroit Mercy ended the season early in 2021 due to COVID-19. The Mastodons’ longest win streak is eight games and the Titans’ longest is seven. Detroit Mercy won the last game 5-3, which came in 2019.

Wintlend in the Books

Brooke Wintlend has a slugging percentage of .607, which is in the top-10 in program history for a single season.

1. .812 – Kristina Karpun (2010)

2. .713 – Ashleigh Bousquet (2013)

3. .667 – Dawn Freeman (1993)

4. .613 – Cassie Wolfe (2011)

5. .607 – Brooke Wintlend (2022)

6. .596 – Alex Bousquet (2012)

    .596 – Ashleigh Bousquet (2014)

8. .592 – Ashleigh Bousquet (2011)

9. .586- Betsy Andrews (2000)

10. .585 – Cassie Wolfe (2010)

Breath of Fresh Eyre

Shaina Eyre is seventh in program history with 21 career wins. Eyre is also third in program history in career pitching appearances with 114, behind just Courtney Cronin (122).

1. 63 – Courtney Cronin (2009-12)

2. 59 – Miranda Kramer (2012-14)

3. 40 – Megan Flenniken (2011-14)

4. 24 – Angie Quickery (1992-94)

5. 23 – Rachel Staschuk (2008-11)

6. 22 – Mindy Pomeroy (2001-04)

7. 21 – Shaina Eyre (2018-present)

In League Play…

>> Brooke Wintlend is batting .387 for seventh in the league, and is slugging .742, which is fifth-best in the league.

>> Brooke Wintlend has a 1.229 OPS, which is fifth in the league.

>> Alise Hale has scored 12 runs, which leads the league. Emma McMillan is sixth in the league with eight runs.

>> Sonia Solis has 13 RBIs, which is a league-best. Brooke Wintlend’s 11 is fourth in the league.

>> Brooke Wintlend has three home runs, which is fourth in the league.

>> Emma McMillan has five stolen bases, the fifth-most in the league.

>> Lauren McConnell and Shaina Eyre have two of the seven players with saves in league play.

Streaky ‘Dons

The following Mastodons have a streak of games this season where they get on base

>> 11 – Brayden Lickey

>> 9 – Sonia Solis

>> 8 – Brooke Wintlend

>> 7 – Thais Uyema

>> 6 – Taryn Jenkins, Emma McMillan

>> 5 – Alise Hale

>> 4 – Taylor Warne, Epiphany Hang

All Hail Alise Hale!

Alise Hale has started all 34 games at second base this season. She is the only player on the team to start every game at the same position.

Smarty Pants

Five current Mastodons were named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes in 2021: Shaina Eyre, Ashley Haas, Alise Hale, Jadelyn Johnson and Emma McMillan. Hale is a two-time honoree. All five student-athletes were required to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better over the year to earn the award.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons dropped a 5-4 game at Valparaiso. The Beacons scored three runs in the sixth for the come-from-behind win.

Next Time Up

The ‘Dons will play a single midweek game at Butler on Tuesday, April 19.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodon baseball team travels to Northern Kentucky this week for a three-game series against the Norse.

Game Day Information

What: Purdue Fort Wayne (8-22, 5-7 Horizon) at Northern Kentucky (12-18, 6-5 Horizon)

Where: Highland Heights, Ky. | Bill Aker Baseball Complex

When:

Thursday, April 14 | 2 p.m.  

Friday, April 15 | 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 16 | noon

Live Stats: Live Stats

ESPN+: Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Weather: Thursday: High of 62, partly cloudy | Friday: High of 69, partly cloudy | Saturday: HIgh of 61, partly cloudy

Series History: Northern Kentucky leads 16-10. The ‘Dons and Norse split the four-game series in Fort Wayne last season. The series goes back to 1989.

Scouting the Norse: The Nose are 6-5 in conference play with three wins over Youngstown State, two wins over Milwaukee and a win over UIC. They have three losses to Wright State, a loss to Milwaukee and one to UIC. Manny Vorhees leads the Vikings offensively with 25 runs. He also has 36 hits on the season, second most.

Probable Starters:

Mastodons: RHP JD Deany (6.91 ERA, 1-1), RHP Mitchell Spencer (5.70 ERA, 2-2), LHP Jacob Myer (6.11 ERA, 2-4)

Norse: TBD

Over the Last 10 Games:

– The ‘Dons have been hot at the plate with 106 hits and 64 runs

– Jacob Myer has two wins and a 0.84 ERA in 10.2 innings pitched over this span. He has just one walk and seven strikeouts.

– Five Mastodons are hitting .325 or better. (Jack Lang: .325, Alex Evenson: .333, Jarrett Bickel: .354, Luke Miles: .357, Cade Fitzpatrick: .457).

– 14 different Mastodons have scored a run.

– Jack Lang has scored 14 runs.

Jack Lang and Jacob Myer vs Michigan and Milwaukee Last Week:

– Myer threw 8.2 innings with five strikeouts and no runs allowed on his way to a Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honor.

– Lang compiled six hits, seven runs and four RBIs while hitting .400.

– Lang had a home run in the win over Michigan and in game three vs. Milwaukee.

– Lang had two walks in each of the final two games of the Milwaukee series.

‘Dons Dig The Long Ball:

– The Mastodons are second in the league in home runs with 30.

– The Mastodons need one home run to reach 31, and tie for 10th all-time for home runs in a single season.

– Nine different Mastodons have a home run this season.

– In the last 10 games, the Mastodons have 11 home runs.

– Cade Fitzpatrick and Jack Lang are tied for third in the Horizon League with six home runs.

Record Time:

The Mastodons recorded three triples in game one at Milwaukee on April 9, a new school record.

In League Games:

Cade Fitzpatrick leads the league in conference play in slugging (.929) and OPS (1.429) and is second in batting average (.452).

Career Day For Lang vs. Valpo: Jack Lang had four hits at Valparaiso on March 29th, matching his career high. Two of the hits were home runs, giving him his first career multi-home run game. His five RBIs against Valparaiso were not only a career high for him, it was the first time a Mastodon knocked in five runs since Jackson Boyce on April 4, 2017 against Cleary.

3 In 2 In 1!: Twice this season a Mastodon has hit three home runs in a doubleheader. Braedon Blackford hit three home runs in a doubleheader against California Baptist (Feb. 26). Cade Fitzpatrick hit three home runs in a twin bill against Youngstown State (March 20). Fitzpatrick was named one of the best hitters of March 20th by D1Baseball.com.

Miller Time: Justin Miller owns 163 strikeouts, fifth in program history. He needs three more to reach 166 for his career and take over third place in program history. Evan Miller is in third place with 165.

New Faces: The 2022 Mastodon roster features 15 returners from last season and 18 newcomers.

Up Next: The Mastodons travel to Notre Dame on Wednesday (April 20).

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Three freshmen have signed National Letters of Intent to join the University of Evansville men’s basketball program in the fall.  Purple Aces head coach Todd Lickliter announced the addition of Zaveion Chism-Okoh, Logan McIntire and Christopher Moncrief on Wednesday.

“We are extremely excited to add Christopher and Zavion along with fellow signee Logan in creating a very promising freshman class,” Lickliter exclaimed. “All three are talented backcourt performers that are skilled, versatile and possess a high level of competitiveness.”

“These attributes allow them to play off and on the ball, which will not only serve them individually but will guarantee they have a positive impact on Aces basketball throughout the course of their careers.  We enthusiastically welcome Christopher, Logan and Zavion to UE and look forward to their approaching arrival on campus.”

Zaveion Chism-Okoh – Freshman – 6-3 – Guard – Mount Pleasant, Texas

A native of Mount Pleasant, Texas, Zaveion Chism-Okoh joins the Purple Aces program after spending the 2021-22 season playing at Link Year Prep in Branson, Missouri.  In his final year at Mount Pleasant High School (2020-21), he led the team to a 27-1 record and a state ranking as high as third. The Tigers were undefeated in district play on their way to the championship before advancing all the way to the regional semifinals.

He led the Tigers with 13.6 points and 2.6 steals per game as a senior on his way to a spot on the 5A Region 2 All-Region Team.  Chism-Okoh saw that average rise to 16 points in the playoffs.  Following the season, he was one of 20 players across Texas to earn a spot on the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A All-State Team.

Logan McIntire – Freshman – 6-4 – Guard – Ramsey, Ind.

Freshman guard Logan McIntire makes the move to Evansville following his career at North Harrison High School in Ramsey, Ind.  In his final high school campaign, McIntire averaged 21.9 point, 6.7 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game.  North Harrison went 19-4 this season on its way to the sectional title.

McIntire was a 58% shooter while finishing at 39% from outside.  Last month, he was named an Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA)/Franciscan Health All-State Honorable Mention.

Christopher Moncrief – Freshman – 6-6 – Guard – Pittsburgh, Pa.

Pittsburgh, Pa. product Christopher Moncrief will join the UE program following a successful stint at The Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pa.  As a senior in 2021-22, Moncrief led the team in scoring (19 PPG), rebounds (7.2 RPG), assists (84) and steals (51).  Moncrief was a two-time team MVP.

In December, he led Kiski to a second-place finish at the Peddie School Invitational Tournament on his way to a spot on the All-Tournament Team.  It is an annual early-season tournament that has showcased area prep schools annually since 1972.

VALPO SOFTBALL

Valparaiso (10-21, 1-11 MVC)

April 15 – UNI (18-11, 9-1 MVC) – noon DH

April 16 – UNI – noon

Next Up in Valpo Softball: Coming off a win in non-conference action over Purdue Fort Wayne on Tuesday, the Valpo softball team returns to MVC play to open Easter weekend, welcoming UNI to the Valpo Softball Complex for a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday.

Previously: Valpo dropped a three-game MVC series to Southern Illinois at home last weekend, but rebounded on Tuesday with a victory in non-conference play over Purdue Fort Wayne. The Beacons overcame a two-run deficit entering the bottom of the sixth to earn a 5-4 win over the Mastodons.

Looking Ahead: Valpo’s lengthy homestand comes to a conclusion next Wednesday with a mid-week conference twinbill against Loyola, before the Beacons return to the road for the first time in four weekends to travel to Drake.

Following Valpo Softball: All three games of this weekend’s series will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Brian Jennings and Jamie Stangel will be on the call Friday, while Todd Ickow and Kathy Levandoski will bring you Saturday’s action. Live stats for all three games this weekend will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Amanda Eberhart: Amanda Eberhart was hired as head coach of the Valpo softball program in July of 2021. She brings seven years of head coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently spending the last three years as the head coach at Omaha and previously leading the IUPUI program for four seasons. Eberhart, who owns 141 career victories as a head coach, also has eight seasons of experience on staffs at Big Ten programs.

Series History: Valpo is just 1-14 all-time against UNI and is 1-8 versus the Panthers since joining the Valley. That win came in the series opener in UNI’s lone previous visit to the Valpo Softball Complex in 2018, a 2-0 win for Valpo before the Panthers claimed 5-0 and 7-3 wins. Last season, UNI swept the series in Cedar Falls by scores of 9-0, 9-3 and 10-5. Jaina Westphal went 5-for-7 over the course of the series and hit a homer, as did Lauren Kehlenbrink and Ryan Milkowski.

Scouting the Opposition: The Panthers enter the Valpo Softball Complex with an 18-11 overall record on the year and are atop the MVC standings with a 9-1 mark in conference. UNI most recently swept a three-game series from Loyola in Cedar Falls last weekend. Junior Kailyn Packard, the reigning MVC Pitcher of the Year, boasts a 12-4 record and a 1.67 ERA with 112 strikeouts in 104.2 innings of work, while at the plate, freshman Mya Dodge is hitting a team-best .374 with nine home runs and 14 steals, while sophomore Emmy Wells has connected on an MVC-high 11 homers.

What’s Back: Valpo returns 14 of 19 letterwinners from last season’s squad for the 2022 campaign. In all, 77.6% of Valpo’s plate appearances are back for this season and 89.8% of last season’s inning pitched return as well.

Homestand Continues: After 24 games over a span of 47 days in eight different locations, Valpo finally opened its home slate at the Valpo Softball Complex when the calendar turned to April. The April 2 home opener matched last year for the latest home opener since the 2003 campaign. The Beacons are in the midst of a stretch in which they were slated to play 13 consecutive home games over nine dates in a 19-day stretch. While they lost one game versus NIU due to weather, a 12-game homestand would still be the longest homestand by number of games since the 2014 team played 14 straight at home.

The Late Rally: Valpo found itself down 4-2 entering the bottom of the sixth against Purdue Fort Wayne on Tuesday, but a Jaina Westphal homer and a Regi Hecker two-run single put the Beacons on top 5-4, an advantage they would maintain through the final out. It was Valpo’s third win of the season when trailing through four innings, but the first time the team won after trailing through five since scoring a run apiece in the sixth and seventh to overcome a 4-3 deficit for a 5-4 win against Marshall on March 7, 2021.

Double the Boom: Senior Jaina Westphal had a key home run to start the sixth-inning rally versus Purdue Fort Wayne, her second round-tripper of the game, as she had previously gone deep in the second inning. It was the first two-homer game of her career and tied a Valpo program record, accomplished on many occasions previously – most recently by Jaymee Lawton at Bradley on March 16, 2019. Westphal also added a single in a 3-for-3 performance, with her nine total bases tied for third in a single game in program history. She now owns 10 home runs for her career, the most of any active Beacon.

Regi Racks Up the Hits: Sophomore Regi Hecker capped a 3-for-4 afternoon in the win over Purdue Fort Wayne with the most impressive of at-bats, getting down in the count 0-2 and fouling off two more pitches before delivering a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead. It was her second three-hit game of the season. Over her last three games, Hecker is 5-for-8 at the plate.

Going Yard: Junior Lauren Kehlenbrink entered the weekend series against Bradley April 2-3 with three home runs in the first 65 games of her career, and had not homered since April 11, 2021. She then proceeded to go deep in each of the three games against the Braves, doubling her career home run total. Kehlenbrink became the first Valpo player since 2012 to homer in three consecutive games – Jessie Marinec was the last Valpo player to accomplish the feat, going deep in back-to-back games against New Mexico State and then at Arizona State in March of that season. Kehlenbrink is just the fourth player in program history to hit a homer in three straight games.

Strong Relief Efforts: Freshman Cheyenne Nietz was called upon out of the bullpen on back-to-back days Monday and Tuesday, and delivered a pair of strong performances. In the series finale against Southern Illinois on Monday, Nietz dished out three innings of shutout relief – her second-longest scoreless outing of the season. Then on Tuesday versus Purdue Fort Wayne, Nietz entered to start off the fourth inning and surrendered a home run to the first batter she faced, but that would be the sole run she allowed as she kept the Mastodons at bay to give Valpo an opportunity to rally for the win. Nietz finished with five strikeouts in four innings of work against Purdue Fort Wayne to earn her second win of the season.

Thieves in the Night: It’s a race between Westphal and senior Peyton Moeder to see who will end up with more career stolen bases at the end of the season. This season, Moeder has a team-best nine steals, while Westphal has swiped six bags, leaving them at 30 stolen bases apiece for their respective careers with a month to go in the season. The pair are both tied with Jamie Weinburger for seventh-most in a career in program history.

VALPO BASEBALL

Valparaiso (11-17, 0-3 MVC)

at Illinois State (12-15, 1-2 MVC)

Duffy Bass Field (1,000) | Normal, Ill.

Friday, April 15, 5 p.m. – RHP Colin Fields

Saturday, April 16, 3 p.m. – LHP Jake Miller

Sunday, April 17, 1 p.m. – RHP Griffin McCluskey

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team will make its way to Normal, Ill. for an Easter Weekend series with Illinois State. Both teams will seek their first Missouri Valley Conference series win of the season as both clubs fell to Indiana State in their only league series to this point. The Beacons will hope to continue the success they enjoyed against the Redbirds last season.

Last Time Out: After dropping all three games in a home series against Indiana State including a pair of contests decided by three runs or fewer, the Beacons were on the wrong side of another close score with Tuesday’s 7-5 loss at Eastern Illinois in Rantoul, Ill. Valpo rallied for four in the ninth, but stranded the potential tying run at second against the Panthers. The Beacons had a tall task over the opening weekend of conference play, hosting an Indiana State team that earned an at-large NCAA Regional berth last season. Indiana State won a 2-0 pitchers’ duel in the series opener and eventually rallied from a large deficit to secure the sweep in the series finale.

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

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (163-252), 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 13-24-1 record in an all-time series that dates back to 1969. The Beacons won four of the five matchups a year ago including three one-run victories. That included a 6-5 win on May 27, 2021 at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in Carbondale that brought Illinois State’s season to an end. Valpo trailed 4-1 in the sixth and 5-4 through seven, but Matt Olive delivered a solo homer in the top of the ninth that snapped a 5-5 tie. Valpo also had 3-2, 17-13 and 7-6 wins as part of a memorable four-game series with the Redbirds at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo possesses a 6-5 record against Illinois State since joining The Valley.

Notes Wrapping Up Eastern Illinois (April 12, L 7-5)

Nolan Tucker drilled a line-drive home run, his second career round-tripper and first this season.

Alex Ryan (second), Jeremy Drudge (second) and Alex Thurston (10th) all had multi-hit games.

Drudge had his first double of the season, a bases-clearing job in the ninth that over doubled his season RBI total.

This marked Valpo’s 10th game of the season decided by two runs or fewer. The Beacons fell to 4-6 in such contests.

Kaleb Hannahs extended his on-base streak to 16, while Thurston extended his to 15.

Notes Wrapping Up Indiana State (April 9-10, L 2-0, L 15-8, L 11-8)

Kaleb Hannahs saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end in the series opener, but bounced back with four hits in the middle game of the series, becoming the second Valpo player with a four-hit game this season (Nolan Tucker vs. St. Bonaventure). The four hits tied a career high set on May 1 of last season vs. Illinois State.

Valpo produced 15 hits in the middle game of the series, the team’s second-highest total of the season. However, the Beacons allowed 19 hits, the most the team has permitted since March 27 of last season vs. Butler.

Adam Brauch homered in both games of the April 10 doubleheader, launching his second and third home runs of the season. Brauch drove in four in the nightcap, becoming just the second Valpo player with a four-RBI game this season, joining Alex Thurston.

Although Indiana State, one of the Valley’s premier baseball programs, swept the series, two of the three games were decided by three runs or fewer. Prior to this season, only one of the 10 matchups between the two teams had been decided by three runs or fewer and each of the last nine meetings featured Indiana State victories by four runs or more.

Inside the Redbirds 

Picked to finish third in the MVC preseason poll.

Swept at Kansas last weekend after starting conference play the previous weekend by dropping two of three at Indiana State.

Coming off an 11-9 loss at Illinois on Tuesday.

Jake McCaw and Ryan Cermak were named to the Preseason All-MVC Team.

Went 23-34 overall and 12-15 in MVC play last season.

Fields Continues to Climb: After becoming the 12th player in program history to reach 200 career strikeouts on March 25 at St. Bonaventure, Valpo starting pitcher Colin Fields unlocked another achievement on April 1 at UIC, cracking the program’s career top 10. He did so in resounding fashion, fanning a career-high 13 to usurp Chuck Donley (212, 1991-1995) for 10th in program history. Furthermore, the 13 strikeouts marked the most by a Valpo pitcher in a single game since April 12, 2011, when Jon Gulbransen reached that same number in a game against Chicago State. Fields turned in another gem to start MVC play on April 9 vs. Indiana State, logging six scoreless innings of five-hit ball while striking out eight. He has fanned seven or more in all eight starts this season. That outing helped him jump two more places, moving into eighth on the program’s career strikeout list with 223, a number that ranks 20th nationally among active players.

EARLHAM BASEBALL

On Wednesday, Earlham College baseball junior Andrew Bradley was named for two more weekly honors following his six-home run week to begin conference play.

First, Bradley was selected as part of the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week as a designated hitter. The award recognizes individuals at each position of the field for their achievements on the week.

Bradley was also honored as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as NCAA Division III Hitter of the Week. This is the first time a Quaker has earned the weekly award since Ryan Hayes was recognized in May of 2013.

Bradley recorded the 19th four-home run game in NCAA Division III history in a 40-7 win over Defiance College last week. He added a fifth homer in the second game of the doubleheader and scored a sixth over the weekend at Hanover. On the week, Bradley went 10-for-16 with 15 RBI and a 1.875 slugging percentage.

“Drew had the greatest stretch of offensive at bats that I have ever seen and helped propel our team to a very successful week.” From Head Coach Steve Sakosits. “His work ethic and drive is so incredible and I am so happy for him for earning this honor.”

In a Tuesday night sweep of Transylvania, Bradley broke the Earlham baseball single-season home run record with his 11th dinger of the season.

The Quakers currently sit atop the HCAC standings after the sweep of Transylvania on Tuesday. They will continue their season on Friday against Bluffton University in Sadler Stadium for a doubleheader starting at 5 pm.

ROSE HULMAN SOFTBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology softball team hosts Franklin in a rescheduled Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader on THURSDAY APRIL 14 at 3:30 pm (originally schedule for the previous day).

ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman stands 13-7 on the season after winning nine games a season ago.

* Nicole Lang leads the team with a .453 batting average, 10 doubles, 3 home runs and an .781 slugging average.

* Angela Boulboulle has contributed a .435 batting average with 7 doubles and a team-high 26 RBIs to the offense.

* Ashley Pinkham is also over the .400 mark with a .424 average and 6 doubles,

* Other starters over the .300 mark include Ariel Thomasson (.381, 7 2B); Hailey Hofmann (.378, 1 2B); MaKenzie Morgan (.324, 8 2B, 1 3B); and Kennedy Michnewicz (.324, 1 2B).

* Thomasson leads the pitching staff with a 7-3 record, a 1.63 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 60 innings of work.

* Phoebe Worstell threw the 4th no-hitter in Rose-Hulman softball history as part of the spring trip in a 12-1 win over Finlandia.  Worstell is 4-2 with a 3.26 ERA and 38 strikeouts entering the week.

SERIES HISTORY VS. FRANKLIN:

* Overall Series: Rose-Hulman leads 22-16

* Current Streak: Rose-Hulman won 1

* Last Meeting: RHIT 10, FC 5 on 4/18/2021

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Softball moved up three spots to No. 17 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Division II Top 25 poll.

The Screaming Eagles (30-8, 16-0 GLVC), who have won a program-record tying 18 straight games, return to action Friday at 11 a.m. (CDT) when they visit No. 5 University of Indianapolis in a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader.

UIndy (34-4, 14-2 GLVC), which has won 10 straight games, is currently second in the GLVC standings behind USI. The Greyhounds are the only other GLVC team in this week’s rankings, while No. 24 Grand Valley State University was the only other NCAA II Midwest Region Team in the rankings.

Following Friday’s games in Indianapolis, USI returns to the USI Softball Field to begin a six-game homestand Saturday at noon when it hosts McKendree University.

All four games this weekend will be aired on the GLVC Sports Network as well as 95.7 The Spin, while live stats, audio and video links can be accessed at GoUSIEagles.com.

USI Softball Notes

• Eagles back to 30-win plateau. USI Softball cracked the 30-win plateau for the first time since 2019 and the seventh time in the last 10 years. The Eagles were on pace to crack the 30-win plateau in 2020, winning 15 of their first 19 games before COVID-19 canceled the remainder of their season. The Eagles have reached the 30-win plateau 12 times under Head Coach Sue Kunkle and 19 times in program history.

• USI off to best GLVC start in program history. The Eagles 16-0 start to GLVC play is the best open to league play in program history. Dating back to 2021, the Eagles have won 17 straight GLVC games, which is the longest such streak in program history.

• Walk-off wins. The Eagles have had nine walk-off victories in the last at-bat this season, including five that have been in the seventh-inning or later and three that have been in extra innings. Four of the walk-off wins have given the Eagles victory via the eight-run rule.

• Win streak. USI’s 18-game winning streak matches the program record, which was set during the 2005 season. USI followed an 0-8 start to the 2005 season with 18 straight wins.

• Eagles in extra innings. USI is 5-1 in extra-inning games this season, including 3-0 in GLVC play.

 • Newman named Pitcher of the Week. Freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) was named the GLVC Pitcher of the Week for her efforts in USI’s wins over Drury University and Southwest Baptist University last weekend. She allowed just one hit in two appearances and 12.0 innings of work as she went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and .026 opponent batting average.

• Newman putting together impressive run. Newman has racked up three consecutive complete-game shutouts and has allowed just three hits during that span. She has not given up a run in the last 19 1/3 innings of work.

• Hitting Streaks. Sophomore outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana) has hit safely in eight straight games after having a team-high tying 11-game hitting streak earlier in the year. Junior pitcher/designated player Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana) has hit safely in six straight games.

• Bean drives in seven. Senior third baseman Mary Bean (Schaumburg, Illinois) drove in seven runs in USI’s doubleheader sweep of Southwest Baptist Sunday, including a career-high six RBI in USI’s game-two victory. Bean is the second Eagle this season to drive in six runs in a single game as junior shortstop Jordan Rager (Fishers, Indiana) had six RBI, all in one inning, in USI’s 16-2 win over Truman State University last month.

• OUCH! USI batters were hit by pitches nine times last weekend, with Bean and sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) taking most of the punishment. Bean and Fair were each pelted three times, while Fair has been hit a league-high 13 times on the season.

Fair ranks No. 3 on USI’s all-time single-season list for being hit by a pitch. Marleah Fossett and Mena Fulton were smacked by pitches a respective 21 and 17 times in 2017, while Caitlyn Bradley was hit 12 times in 2016. Fair, who was hit 10 times as a freshman in 2021, ranks No. 3 on USI’s all-time list behind Fulton (37) and Fossett (30).

• Season Leaders. Fair leads USI with a .407 batting average, 13 doubles, five home runs and 35 RBI on the year. She also has three triples on the year.

In the circle, Newman is 10-3 with a 2.19 ERA to go along with a team-best 106 strikeouts and .188 opponent batting average. Senior pitcher Maddie Duncan (Lynnville, Indiana) continues to sport a team-best 1.42 ERA, while Goodin, freshman pitcher Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana) and senior pitcher/designated player Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana) have combined for a 18-1 record.

• Kunkle claims 600th win. USI Head Coach Sue Kunkle earned her 600th career with USI’s 8-0, game-one win over Quincy. She is the first coach in school history to win 600 games at USI.

• Rager gets half a cycle in one inning. Rager had a two-run triple and a grand slam in one inning during USI’s 11-2, game-two win over Truman State University last month.

• USI breaks triples record. Rager’s triple against Truman State was the Eagles’ 20th on the year, which set a new single-season school record. The former record (19) was set in 1994 and 1995. The Eagles currently have a GLVC-best 23 triples on the year.

• Grand slam club. Rager’s grand slam also was USI’s third of the month, which tied the single-season school record of three (2017). She joins junior second baseman Rachel Martinez (Chicago, Illinois), who hit a grand slam in USI’s 6-2 win over Central Missouri on March 4, and freshman outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana), who had a grand slam in USI’s 8-0 win over Lynn on March 7.

• Newman strikes out 17. Newman racked up 17 strikeouts in USI’s game-two win over Quincy after striking out seven of the 10 batters she faced in USI’s game-two win over Truman State the previous day. She struck out 12 of the final 13 batters she faced in the Eagles’ win over Quincy.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1908       Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss offers Honus Wagner a contract with a proposed salary of $6,000. The third baseman, who won his second consecutive NL batting crown last season, will eventually sign for $10,000, double his previous pay, to become the first major leaguer to make a five-figure salary.

1910       At American League Park in Washington, D.C., William Taft becomes the first president to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Chief Executive stays to see a great game when Senator legend Walter Johnson one-hits the A’s in the season opener, 3-0.

1911       Shortly after midnight, a tremendous fire breaks out, destroying much of the Polo Grounds, leaving the Giants without a place to play. The Highlanders invite the McGraw men to share Hilltop Park, an offer the displaced National League team accepts for six weeks until the completion of the temporary stands at their damaged ballpark.

1915       Herb Pennock’s bid to throw a no-hitter on Opening Day is spoiled when he gives up a scratch hit to Harry Hooper with two outs in the ninth inning. The A’s southpaw retires the next batter, preserving his 2-0 shutout of Boston at Shibe Park.

1917       White Sox hurler Eddie Cicotte, who will become better known as one of the eight players made permanently ineligible for professional baseball due to his alleged participation in the Black Sox scandal in the 1919 World Series, no-hits the Browns, 11-0. The 33-year-old Michigan native, called Knuckles by his teammates, will finish the season with a 28-12 record with a 1.53 ERA, leading the league in victories and earned run average.

1925       The Indians start the season beating the Browns, 21-4, to establish the major league mark for the most runs scored by one club on Opening Day. Cleveland tallies 12 times in the eighth inning with the help of five St. Louis errors.

1925       WGN broadcasts the first fully-live regular season baseball game, detailing Grover Alexander and the Cubs’ defeat of the Pirates on a chilly Opening Day, 8-2. Quin Ryan is behind the microphone doing play-by-play from a perch on the Wrigley Field roof.

1930       President Herbert Hoover, continuing the tradition started by William Taft in 1910, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox edge the hometown Senators, 4-3. Historically thought to be a southpaw, the Chief Executive does the honors right-handed six times during his one term in the White House, all four Opening Days at Griffith Stadium, and two games World Series games at Shibe Park in the 1929 and 1930.

1931       At Braves Field, Jack Quinn becomes the oldest pitcher to start an Opening Day game. The 47-year-old Robin right-hander gives up six runs on nine hits in six innings, taking the loss when Brooklyn bows to Boston, 7-4.

1936       At Sportsman’s Park, Eddie Morgan, appearing as a pinch-hitter in the Cardinals’ 12-7 loss to the Cubs, hits a home run in his first major league first at-bat. During his brief stint with St. Louis and Brooklyn, the 21-year-old rookie’s round-tripper will be his lone career homer.

1949       Bobo Newsom signs as a free agent with the Senators. The 41-year-old right-hander, who will not appear with the club until the 1952 season, becomes the first major leaguer to join the same team on five different occasions (1935-37, ’42, ’43, ’46-47, ’52).

1953       In their first game ever played in Milwaukee, the transplanted Braves beat the Cardinals at County Stadium, 3-2, thanks to Billy Bruton’s walk-off home run off Gerry Staley in the tenth inning. The 27-year-old rookie center fielder will not hit another home run this season.

1953       Bob Lemon nearly throws an Opening Day no-hitter against the White Sox, except for Minnie Minoso’s first-inning single spoiling the bid. The Indians’ hurler almost loses his shutout when fleet-footed outfielder Jim Rivera walks, steals second, and goes to third on a grounder, but he becomes the second out in the second frame attempting to swipe home.

1955       Elston Howard, named the American League’s MVP in 1963, becomes the first black to play for the Yankees. The former Monarchs’ catcher will appear in nine All-Star Games and 54 World Series games, compiling a .274 batting average during his 14-year playing career.

1960       Bill Mazeroski hits the first home run of the season at Forbes Field, going deep in the bottom of the second of the Pirates’ 13-0 rout of the Reds in the team’s home opener. The Bucs’ second baseman will also hit the last round-tripper of the season at the historic Pittsburgh ballpark, ending the season with a dramatic ninth-inning walk-off homer that beats in Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series.

1961       Frank Lary tosses a one-hitter on Opening Day, beating the White Sox at Tiger Stadium, 7-0. Chicago’s lone hit comes in the fifth inning when Jim Landis singles off the glove of shortstop Chico Fernandez.

1965       Willie Mays hits his 455th career home run, a third-inning two-run shot to left field off future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning, in the Giants’ 5-2 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. The round-tripper surpasses Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle’s current total, a lead the Say Hey Kid will not again relinquish to his rival center fielder.

1967       In the Yankees’ home opener, Red Sox southpaw Billy Rohr, making his major league debut, is one out from a no-hitter when Elston Howard singles hard to right field on a 3-2 curveball, ruining the 21-year-old rookie’s shot at immortality. A heartbroken six-year-old fan sitting near the Boston dugout named John has to be consoled by his mother, Jackie Kennedy, although his beloved team beats the Bronx Bombers, 3-0.

1968       Jim Bunning becomes the first pitcher since Cy Young to collect a thousand strikeouts in both leagues when he whiffs eight Dodgers during his first win for the Pirates, a 3-0 complete-game victory in Chavez Ravine. The 37 year-old right-hander, acquired from the Phillies in December, sent 1,406 American League batters back to the bench with a bat in their hands for nine seasons while pitching for the Tigers at the start of his Hall of Fame career.

1969       In the first regular-season contest not played in the United States, the Expos host their first home game, treating 29,184 fans on a cold day at Jarry Park to an 8-7 win over the defending National League champion Cardinals. Montreal moundsman Larry Jaster throws baseball’s first international pitch to left fielder Lou Brock, and Mack Jones provides the offense for the home team, driving in five runs and hitting the first home game homer in franchise history.

1976       At Wrigley Field, Dave Kingman launches a homer down the left-field line that hits a house 530 feet from home plate. The Cubs and the Northside home survive the right fielder’s blast, with Chicago defeating the Mets in the Wrigley Field contest, 6-5.

1978       The biggest Opening Day crowd ever, 45,777, attends the Wrigley Field opener against Pittsburgh. Although the team gives up an early 3-0 lead, the hometown fans will not go home disappointed when Larry Biittner, leading off in the bottom of the ninth inning, homers to give the Cubs a 4-3 walk-off victory.

1982       At Watt Powell Park, the home of the International League’s Charleston Charlies, Toledo’ Mud Hens’ pinch-hitter Randy Bush hits an eighth-inning home run in the team’s 4-3 victory over Charleston that travels over 200 miles. The Twins’ farmhand, not known for his power, hits a ball over the right-field wall that lands on a moving coal train.

1983       The Metrodome’s roof deflates due to the weight of heavy snow dumped during a late-season storm, canceling the game between the Twins and Angels. The postponement marks only the second time the putting off a contest occurs in a domed stadium due to weather, the first being a 1976 Astros match not played when massive flooding in the Houston metropolitan area prevented many fans and the umpiring crew from reaching the Astrodome.

1990       Cal Ripken begins a streak that leads to the major league record for the most errorless games [95] and total chances [431] by a shortstop. At the end of June, the O’s infielder will appear to have made an error, but official scorer Bill Steka changed his mind the next day, giving Birds’ center fielder Mike Devereaux the error.

1990       Kansas City beats the Blue Jays, 3-1, marking the first time two reigning Cy Young Award recipients contribute to the same victory. Brett Saberhagen picks up his first win of the season when the reigning NL Cy Young’s recipient, Mark Davis, a closer with 44 saves for the Padres last year, pitches a perfect ninth inning to pick up the save in the Royals Stadium contest.

1993       After establishing the all-time career major league record last night with his 358th save, Cardinal reliever Lee Smith breaks the National League mark, recording his 301st in the Senior Circuit when he tosses a perfect 15th frame in the Cardinals’ 2-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. The right-handed reliever will extend the big league mark to 478, pitching for the Cubs (1980-1987), Red Sox (1988-1990), Cardinals (1990-1993), Yankees (1993), Orioles (1994), Angels (1995-1996), Reds (1996), and Expos (1997).

1998       Diamondback third baseman Matt Williams knots the score at 4-4 when he hits the first-ever grand slam in franchise history. The fourth-inning blast off southpaw Kent Mercker has little consequence in the expansion team’s 15-5 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Our thanks to M. Blake for suggesting this entry.)

1999       Tampa Bays’ designated hitter Jose Canseco becomes the 28th player in major league history to hit 400 home runs when he takes Kelvim Escobar deep down the left-field line in the top of the third inning in the Devil Rays’ 7-6 loss to Toronto at the SkyDome. The controversial slugger will finish his 17-year career in 2001 with 462 round-trippers.

2001       The Reds beat Al Leiter and the Mets, 1-0, to establish the new National League mark for not being shut out by an opponent, scoring in their 175th consecutive game. Ironically, the record-breaking contest comes against the last team and pitcher to blank the franchise, a 5-0 defeat at Cinergy Field in a playoff game to determine the NL Wild Card.

2001       A total of eleven one-run games (six in AL and five in NL) breaks a 1967 record set on May 30th when there were ten combined one-run contests in the major leagues.

2002       Mascots from all the major league teams and Sandy the Seagull of the nearby farm team Brooklyn Cyclones attend a birthday party for Mr. Met at Shea Stadium. The Amazins’ 38-year-old bobble-headed good luck charm, believed to be the first live mascot in big-league history, appeared in the flesh, so to speak, in 1964 after being an illustration on the cover of scorecards the season before.

2002       In his major league debut, Mariner DH Ron Wright strikes out in the second inning, grounds into a triple play (1-6*-2-5-1*-4*) in the fourth frame, and completes his one-game career hitting into a twin killing (6-4-3) in the sixth in the team’s 9-6 loss to the Rangers. The 26-year-old’s three at-bats against Kenny Rogers account for six outs and ties the mark for the fewest number of plate appearances for any player hitting into a triple play, a feat accomplished in 1901 by Giants hurler Larry Hesterfer in his only big-league game.

2004       Aaron Miles becomes the fifth player in history to hit his first two career home runs from different sides of the plate in the same game, joining Johnny Lucadello (1940 Browns), U.L. Washington (1979 Royals), Bret Barberie (1991 Expos), and Brian Simmons (1998 White Sox). In a 14-4 defeat of the Diamondbacks at Coors Field, the Rockies’ switch-hitting second baseman hits a solo homer in the first inning, batting lefty off Elmer Dessens before going deep in the fifth with two on as a right-handed batter off southpaw Stephen Randolph.

2004       In the game played after teammate Mike Mussina earns his 200th career victory, Kevin Brown, obtained from the Dodgers for Jeff Weaver and two minor-leaguers in an off-season trade, reaches the same plateau, beating the Devil Rays, 5-1. The wins mark the first time in baseball history that members of the same pitching staff have won their 200th career victory in consecutive starts.

2006       At the Mets Team Store beginning today through the April 17 tax deadline, fans can have their taxes done for free by Gilman Ciocia. The Shea TAX-TEAM will also prepare an automatic extension for those not ready to file.

2017       Hank Aaron, who also did the traditional toss for the Braves in the first and last contests at Turner Field, throws the ceremonial first pitch, with former long-time manager Bobby Cox serving as the catcher, before SunTrust Park’s inaugural game. Atlanta outfielder Ender Inciarte records the first out, first hit, first run, and the first home run in the team’s 5-2 victory over the Padres at the new ballpark.

2017       The White Sox make history starting three fly-chasers with the same surname in the same game when left fielder Willy Garcia, center fielder Leury Garcia, and right fielder Avisail Garcia appear in the Target Field lineup. In the 1960s, the three Alou brothers, Felipe, Jesus, and Matty, patrolled the same outfield on three occasions, but the trio of siblings never started the contest simultaneously.

(Ed. Note: The outfielders combine to collect four in ten at-bats, contributing to the team’s 2-1 victory against the Twins.)

2021       When he crouches behind the plate in the Cardinals’ 6-0 loss to the Nationals at Busch Stadium, Yadier Molina becomes the first backstop to catch 2000 games with one team and the sixth overall to reach the milestone. The 39-year-old catcher, currently in his 18th major-league season, joins Ivan Rodriguez (2,427), Carlton Fisk (2,226), Bob Boone (2,225), Gary Carter (2,056), and Jason Kendall (2,025) in accomplishing the feat.

TV THURSDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
KENTUCKY AT MISSOURI8:00PMESPNU
COLLEGE GYMNASTICSTIME ETTV
WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP1:00PMESPN2
WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP6:00PMESPN2
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
OREGON AT ARIZONA8:00PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA: RBC HERITAGE3:00PMGOLF
LPGA: LOTTE CHAMPIONSHIP7:00PMGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
OAKLAND AT TAMPA BAY1:10PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT CHI. WHITE SOX2:10PMROOT SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
ST. LOUIS AT MILWAUKEE5:10PMBALLY SPORTS
WASHINGTON AT PITTSBURGH6:35PMMASN/2
ATTSN-PIT
PHILADELPHIA AT MIAMI6:40PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
TORONTO AT NY YANKEES7:05PMSPORTSNET
YES
LA ANGELS AT TEXAS8:05PMBALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT SAN DIEGO8:10PMESPN+
BALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT KANSAS CITY8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
CHI. CUBS AT COLORADO8:40PMMARQ
ATTSN-RM
CINCINNATI AT LA DODGERS10:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
NHLTIME ETTV
ANAHEIM AT TAMPA BAY7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT CAROLINA7:00PMESPN+
HULU
OTTAWA AT BOSTON7:00PMSPORTSNET
NESN
ST. LOUIS AT BUFFALO7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG-BUF
NY ISLANDERS AT PITTSBURGH7:00PMMSG+
NBCS-PIT
WASHINGTON AT TORONTO7:00PMNBCS-WSH
SPORTSNET
MINNESOTA AT DALLAS8:00PMESPN
SAN JOSE AT CHICAGO8:30PMNBCS-CA
NBCS-CHI
NEW JERSEY AT COLORADO9:00PMALT
MSG
VEGAS AT CALGARY9:00PMSPORTSNET
ATTSN-RM
ARIZONA AT VANCOUVER10:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: ATALANTA VS RB LEIPZIG12:45PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE: PSV VS LEICESTER CITY12:45PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE: PAOK VS OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE: ROMA VS BODØ / GLIMT3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE: SLAVIA PRAHA VS FEYENOORD3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: BARCELONA VS EINTRACHT FRANKFURT3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: RANGERS VS SPORTING BRAGA3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS VS WEST HAM UNITED3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
COPA LIBERTADORES: ATHLETICO-PR VS THE STRONGEST6:00PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA LIBERTADORES: VÉLEZ SARSFIELD VS RB BRAGANTINO8:00PMBEIN SPORTS
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: GIMNASIA LA PLATA VS SARMIENTO8:30PMPARAMOUNT+
COPA LIBERTADORES: EMELEC VS DEPORTIVO TÁCHIRA10:00PMBEIN SPORTS
LIGA MX: ATLAS VS MAZATLÁN10:00PMTUDN
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: OL REIGN VS SAN DIEGO WAVE10:00PMPARAMOUNT+

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN ST.5:00PMESPNU
FLORIDA AT VANDERBILT7:00PMESPN2
CLEMSON AT WAKE FOREST7:00PMACCN
LSU AT ARKANSAS7:00PMSECN
STANFORD AT UCLA10:00PMESPN2
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
GEORGIA AT MISSOURI1:00PMSECN
SYRACUSE AT LOUISVILLE5:00PMACCN
MINNESOTA AT NEBRASKA6:00PMBTN
PROVIDENCE AT UCONN7:30PMFS1
OREGON AT ARIZONA8:00PMESPNU
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA: RBC HERITAGE3:00PMGOLF
LPGA: LOTTE CHAMPIONSHIP7:00PMGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
ARIZONA AT NY METS1:10PMESPN+
BALLY SPORTS
NESN
MINNESOTA AT BOSTON2:10PMESPN+
BALLY SPORTS
NESN
WASHINGTON AT PITTSBURGH6:35PMMASN/2
ATTSN-PIT
PHILADELPHIA AT MIAMI6:40PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
NY YANKEES AT BALTIMORE7:05PMYES
MASN/2
OAKLAND AT TORONTO7:07PMNBCS-CA
SPORTSNET
SAN FRANCISCO AT CLEVLEAND7:10PMNBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
TAMPA BAY AT CHI. WHITE SOX7:10PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
LA ANGELS AT TEXAS8:05PMBALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT KANSAS CITY8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT MILWAUKEE8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
CHI. CUBS AT COLORADO8:40PMMARQ
ATTSN-RM
ATLANTA AT SAN DIEGO9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT SEATTLE9:42PMATTSN-SW
ROOT SPORTS
CINCINNATI AT LA DODGERS10:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
NBA PLAY-IN TOURNAMENTTIME ETTV
ESPN
TNT
NHLTIME ETTV
WINNIPEG AT FLORIDA7:00PMNHLN
SPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
NY ISLANDERS AT MONTREAL7:00PMSPORTSNET
MSG+
SOCCERTIME ETTV
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: LUTON TOWN VS NOTTINGHAM FOREST7:30AMESPN+
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: BIRMINGHAM CITY VS COVENTRY CITY10:00AMESPN+
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS MIDDLESBROUGH10:00AMESPN+
SERIE A: SPEZIA VS INTERNAZIONALE1:00PMPARAMOUNT+
SUPER LIG: TRABZONSPOR VS FATIH KARAGÜMRÜK1:30PMBEIN SPORTS
SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP: INVERNESS CT VS KILMARNOCK2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: MILAN VS GENOA3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: REAL SOCIEDAD VS REAL BETIS3:00PMESPN+
LIGUE 1: RENNES VS MONACO3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: TIGRE VS HURACÁN3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ALDOSIVI VS ROSARIO CENTRAL6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: CENTRAL CÓRDOBA SDE VS ARSENAL6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
USL CHAMPIONSHIP: NEW YORK RB II VS RIO GRANDE VALLEY7:00PMESPN+
LIGA MX: NECAXA VS ATLÉTICO SAN LUIS8:00PMTUDN
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: KANSAS CITY CURRENT VS HOUSTON DASH8:00PMCBSSN
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: NEWELL’S OLD BOYS VS PATRONATO8:30PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGA MX: JUÁREZ VS PACHUCA10:00PMTUDN
LIGA MX: TIJUANA VS AMÉRICA10:06PMESPN+

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay42.6674 – 20 – 03 – 00 – 01 – 24 – 2L 1
Toronto42.6672 – 12 – 12 – 10 – 02 – 14 – 2W 1
Boston33.50010 – 03 – 31 – 22 – 10 – 03 – 3W 2
NY Yankees33.50013 – 30 – 03 – 30 – 00 – 03 – 3L 1
Baltimore15.16731 – 20 – 30 – 30 – 00 – 01 – 5L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox41.8002 – 02 – 10 – 02 – 12 – 04 – 1W 4
Cleveland42.6670.50 – 04 – 20 – 02 – 20 – 04 – 2W 4
Kansas City23.40022 – 20 – 10 – 02 – 20 – 02 – 3L 3
Detroit24.3332.52 – 40 – 01 – 21 – 20 – 02 – 4L 2
Minnesota24.3332.52 – 40 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 22 – 4L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston42.6670 – 04 – 20 – 00 – 03 – 14 – 2L 1
LA Angels33.50013 – 30 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 33 – 3W 2
Oakland33.50010 – 03 – 32 – 10 – 00 – 03 – 3W 1
Seattle24.33320 – 02 – 40 – 02 – 40 – 02 – 4L 4
Texas14.2002.50 – 21 – 21 – 20 – 00 – 01 – 4L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets52.7140 – 05 – 25 – 20 – 00 – 05 – 2W 2
Philadelphia33.5001.53 – 30 – 01 – 20 – 00 – 03 – 3L 2
Atlanta34.42923 – 40 – 01 – 22 – 20 – 03 – 4L 1
Washington34.42921 – 32 – 13 – 40 – 00 – 03 – 4W 1
Miami14.20030 – 01 – 40 – 00 – 01 – 21 – 4L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis31.7503 – 10 – 00 – 02 – 10 – 03 – 1W 1
Chi Cubs32.6000.52 – 11 – 10 – 03 – 20 – 03 – 2L 1
Milwaukee33.50010 – 03 – 30 – 01 – 20 – 03 – 3W 2
Pittsburgh23.4001.51 – 11 – 20 – 02 – 30 – 02 – 3W 1
Cincinnati24.33320 – 22 – 22 – 20 – 00 – 02 – 4L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Colorado41.8002 – 12 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 14 – 1W 4
San Francisco42.6670.54 – 20 – 02 – 10 – 02 – 14 – 2W 2
LA Dodgers32.60010 – 03 – 20 – 00 – 01 – 23 – 2W 2
San Diego43.57110 – 04 – 30 – 00 – 04 – 34 – 3L 2
Arizona24.3332.52 – 40 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 32 – 4W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
1 x-Florida Panthers73521561104930521631-6-021-9-69-1-0
2 x-Carolina Hurricanes74481881044724717727-7-421-11-46-3-1
3 x-New York Rangers75482161024423119124-8-424-13-27-2-1
4 x-Toronto Maple Leafs73472061004527922626-8-221-12-47-2-1
Tampa Bay Lightning7344218964223920522-7-622-14-25-3-2
Pittsburgh Penguins75422211953924721020-12-522-10-63-6-1
Boston Bruins7345235954322919922-12-223-11-36-4-0
Washington Capitals73412210923624921219-15-522-7-56-4-0
New York Islanders7234299773220020019-13-415-16-56-4-0
10 Columbus Blue Jackets7435336763124027419-15-416-18-23-4-3
11 Detroit Red Wings73283510662521028118-14-710-21-32-5-3
12 Buffalo Sabres75273711652420826614-17-613-20-54-4-2
13 Ottawa Senators7327406602619723713-21-314-19-35-4-1
14 New Jersey Devils7326416582322727116-17-410-24-23-6-1
15 Philadelphia Flyers74234011572219026913-19-610-21-52-8-0
16 Montreal Canadiens74204311511719328410-21-410-22-73-6-1
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
1 x-Colorado Avalanche73531461124928420129-4-324-10-38-1-1
Calgary Flames7345199994325818122-8-723-11-27-2-1
Minnesota Wild7245216964026822326-7-219-14-47-1-2
St. Louis Blues73432010964126820925-9-418-11-68-1-1
Edmonton Oilers7442266903825623523-12-119-14-57-2-1
Los Angeles Kings76392710883522022518-16-421-11-64-5-1
Nashville Predators7342265894023721023-12-019-14-55-4-1
Dallas Stars7342274883821521723-10-219-17-26-3-1
Vegas Golden Knights7440295853623822121-14-319-15-26-3-1
10 Vancouver Canucks74362810823321721016-14-620-14-46-2-2
11 Winnipeg Jets74352811813323023219-15-316-13-85-4-1
12 Anaheim Ducks75293313712521024516-17-513-16-82-6-2
13 San Jose Sharks72293310682718622916-16-513-17-52-6-2
14 Chicago Blackhawks73243811592019426011-20-613-18-52-6-2
15 Seattle Kraken7323446522118925512-21-311-23-34-6-0
16 Arizona Coyotes7322465492118127110-25-112-21-42-7-1
 

Eight teams in each conference qualify for the divisional playoff format.  The top three teams from each division make up the first six spots.   The two remaining teams with the highest points, regardless of division, qualify for the final two wild card spots.  X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Conference