INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

SOUTH CENTRAL 7 LACROSSE 2

PORTAGE 5 MICHIGAN CITY 2

ANDREAN 20 KANKAKEE VALLEY 0

MERRILLVILLE 2 CHESTERTON 1

NEW PRAIRIE 23 SOUTH BEND CLAY 4

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 6 TECUMSEH 5

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 8 SOUTHRIDGE 1

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 5 KNOX 0

LAKE CENTRAL 11 VALPARAISO 6

ADAMS CENTRAL 11 WINCHESTER 10

CENTERVILLE 9 WAPAHANI 6

SALEM 5 SPRINGS VALLEY 1

ROSSVILLE 13 CLINTON PRAIRIE 1

LINCOLN 2 SETON CATHOLIC 1

RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 6 MUNCIE BURRIS 0

NORTH DAVIESS 12 BLOOMFIELD 2

SOUTHWESTERN 5 MILAN 0

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 26 SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 0

NORTH DECATUR 2 EDINBURG 0

GLENN 14 BREMAN 4

SHOALS 8 VINCENNES RIVET 6

RISING SUN 10 S. RIPLEY 0

PERRY CENTRAL 6 ORLEANS 2

BARR REEVE 3 N. KNOX 0

EASTBROOK 18 TRI-CENTRAL 0

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 11 TIPTON 1

ALEXANDRIA MONROE 12 KNIGHTSTOWN 6

NORTH POSEY 3 EVANSVILLE HARRISON 2

SEEGER 12  FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 6

WABASH 4 TIPPECANOE VALLEY 3

FORT WAYNE SNIDER 9 DEKALB 2

MISHAWAKA MARIAN 8 JIMTOWN 7

NORTHRIDGE 14 NORTHWOOD 2

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 15 WEST LAFAYETTE 5

HAMMOND CENTRAL 17 THORNTON FRACTIONAL NORTH 0

BEN DAVIS 3 LAWRENCE CENTRAL 1

INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA 14 INDIANAPOLIS RITTER 3

CASCADE 12 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 1

PLYMOUTH 14 CONCORD 2

CENTRAL NOBLE 3 E. NOBLE 2

RICHMOND 13 ANDERSON 6

FRANKLIN 5 WHITELAND 3

LAWRENCE NORTH 5 NORTH CENTRAL 0

SHAWE MEMORIAL 6 SOUTH DECATUR 3

DELPHI 13 SHERIDAN 5

WARREN CENTRAL 17 PIKE 2

GARRETT 5 FAIRFIELD 0

INDIAN CREEK 18 BROWN COUNTY 0

MUNCIE CENTRAL 18 INDIANAPOLIS TECH 3

KOKOMO 10 LOGANSPORT 8

HERITAGE 6 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 2

ROBINSON 14 DUGGER UNION 2

SOUTH DEARBORN 8 GREENSBURG 0

WEST VIGO 9 OWEN VALLEY 3

ARGOS 22 SOUTH BEND CAREER 1

FREMONT 6 LEO 5

CRISPUS ATTUCKS 14 PURDUE POLY NORTH 4

NEW CASTLE 9 DELTA 5

GUERIN CATHOLIC 17 BREBEUF 10

SPEEDWAY 7 MONROVIA 5

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 10 GALLATIN COUNTY 6

COLUMBIA CITY 4 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 3

AVON 4 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 3

NEW PALESTINE 8 MOUNT VERNON 2

MOORESVILLE 6 PERRY MERIDIAN 3

CRAWFORDSVILLE 7 TRI WEST HENDRICKS 6

FRANKFORT 10 SOUTHMONT 0

NORTH MONTGOMERY 10 DANVILLE 3

WESTERN 10 NORTHWESTERN 1

MARTINSVILLE 3 PLAINFIELD 2

WESTFIELD 19 CARMEL 1

YORKTOWN 3 GREENFIELD CENTRAL 2

EDGEWOOD 9 SULLIVAN 2

NORTH MIAMI 12 PERU 7

CARROLL 8 CLINTON CENTRAL 5

MACONAQUAH 9 NORTHFIELD 8

EASTSIDE 14 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 0

TRINITY 8 FLOYD CENTRAL 3

CENTER GROVE 17 CATHEDRAL 1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

HERITAGE HILLS 16 TELL CITY 2

KNOX 7 TRITON 2

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 3 HIGHLAND 0

LAKE CENTRAL 11 LAPORTE 1

LAVILLE 10 N. JUDSON 3

LOWELL 5 HANOVER CENTRAL 3

JIMTOWN 19 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 6

BREMAN 12 GLENN 2

SHENANDOAH 6 BLACKFORD 3

YORKTOWN 13 DELTA 2

KANKAKEE VALLEY 11 GRIFFITH 2

ROSSVILLE 13 FRONTIER 2

WESTVIEW 3 FREMONT 2

HAGERSTOWN 11 WES DEL 8

RIVER FOREST 15 MICHIGAN CITY 2

HEBRON 3 HOBART 0

HERRON 8 GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 7

EVANSVILLE REITZ 8 SOUTH SPENCER 7

RISING SUN 2 SOUTH RIPLEY 1

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3 WEST LAFAYETTE 2

SEEGER 23 FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 9

NORTH DECATUR 11 EDINBURG 1

RICHMOND 11 WINCHESTER 7

HERITAGE 5 BELLMONT 1

INDIANAPOLIS TECH 20 CRISPUS ATTUCKS 12

WEST WASHINGTON 9 ORLEANS 0

MITCHELL 15 CRAWFORD COUNTY 1

NEW PRAIRIE 12 SOUTH BEND CLAY 0

NORWELL 13 MARION 3

EVANSVILLE NORTH 15 EVANSVILLE HARRISON 0

TIPTON 6 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 5

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 11 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 1

NORTH CENTRAL 4 NORTH KNOX 2

BORDEN 17 ROCK CREEK ACADEMY 1

CHATARD 3 GUERIN CATHOLIC 1

NORTH HARRISON 16 SOUTH CENTRAL 1

DECATUR CENTRAL 15 GREENWOOD 0

MOORESVILLE 14 PERRY CENTRAL 11

LEBANON 15 WESTERN BOONE 3

MCCUTCHEON 9 KOKOMO 7

CATHEDRAL 4 CENTER GROVE 3

NORTH PUTNAM 5 SOUTH PUTNAM 2

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 16 CRAWFORDSVILLE 2

WHITELAND 22 FRANKLIN 6

CONCORD 19 PLYMOUTH 1

CASCADE 10 SCECINA 0

DANVILLE 12 NORTH MONTGOMERY 2

BREBEUF 14 PIKE 9

TRI 13 CHRISTEL HOUSE 0

FLOYD CENTRAL 13 MADISON 1

DELPHI 10 SHERIDAN 0

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 19  SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 0

CARROLL 7 HUNTINGTON NORTH 6

PENN 18 ELKHART 1

MOUNT VERNON 6 NEW CASTLE 2

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 7 WARREN CENTRAL 3

CORYDON CENTRAL 11 PROVIDENCE 0

NORTH MIAMI 4 PERU 0

FORT WAYNE NORTHROP 18 FORT WAYNE SOUTH 0

CENTERVILLE 15 DALEVILLE 1

FRANKLIN COUNTY 8 SOUTH DEARBORN 1

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 13 WABASH 3

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 24 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 1

SOUTH BEND ADAMS 16 SOUTH BEND RILEY 5

SOUTHWESTERN 11 MILAN 1

BEECH GROVE 10 TRITON CENTRAL 0

SOUTHERN WELLS 20 FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 6

NORTHRIDGE 9 NORTHWOOD 0

NORTH DAVIESS 13 EASTERN GREENE 1

FORT WAYNE NORTH 9 FORT WAYNE LUERS 4

SULLIVAN 10 EDGEWOOD 0

WESTERN 14 NORTHWESTERN 4

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 14 CARMEL 2

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 4 JEFFERSONVILLE 0

MACONAQUAH 8 NORTHFIELD 1

PLAINFIELD 2 MARTINSVILLE 1

SOUTHMONT 16 FRANKFORT 7

LAWRENCE NORTH 13 EASTERN HANCOCK 2

EASTSIDE 10 DEKALB 2

NBA PLAYOFFS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

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

• GAME 1: MIAMI 115, ATLANTA 91

• GAME 2: MIAMI 115, ATLANTA 105

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

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

• GAME 5*: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 7 ET | NBA TV

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

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

HEAT LEAD SERIES 2-0

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

• GAME 1: BOSTON 115, BROOKLYN 114

• GAME 2: BOSTON 114, BROOKLYN 107

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

• GAME 4: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 7 ET | TNT

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

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

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

CELTICS LEAD SERIES 2-0

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

• GAME 1: MILWAUKEE 93, CHICAGO 86

• GAME 2: CHICAGO 114, MILWAUKEE 110

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

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

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

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

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

SERIES TIED 1-1

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

• GAME 1: PHILADELPHIA 131, TORONTO 111

• GAME 2: PHILADELPHIA 112, TORONTO 97

• GAME 3: PHILADELPHIA 104, TORONTO 101 (OT)

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

• GAME 5*: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 8 ET | NBA TV

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

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

SIXERS LEAD SERIES 3-0

WESTERN CONFERENCE

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

• GAME 1: PHOENIX 110, NEW ORLEANS 99

• GAME 2: NEW ORLEANS 125, PHOENIX 114

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

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

• GAME 5: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 10 ET | TNT

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

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

SERIES TIED 1-1

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

• GAME 1: MINNESOTA 130, MEMPHIS 117

• GAME 2: MEMPHIS 124, MINNESOTA 96

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

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

• GAME 5: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 7:30 ET | TNT

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

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

SERIES TIED 1-1

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

• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 123, DENVER 107

• GAME 2: GOLDEN STATE 126, DENVER 106

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

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

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

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

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

WARRIORS LEAD SERIES 2-0

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

• GAME 1: UTAH 99, DALLAS 93

• GAME 2: DALLAS 110, UTAH 104

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

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

• GAME 5: UTAH VS. DALLAS | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 9:30 ET | TNT

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

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

SERIES TIED 1-1

* = IF NECESSARY

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

TAMPA BAY 8 CHICAGO CUBS 2

CLEVELAND 11 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 1

CLEVELAND 2 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 1

BALTIMORE 1 OAKLAND 0

NY YANKEES 5 DETROIT 3

LA ANGELS 6 HOUSTON 0

TORONTO 6 BOSTON 1

KANSAS CITY 2 MINNESOTA 0

SEATTLE 4 TEXAS 2

MILWAUKEE 4 PITTSBURGH 2

LA DODGERS 5 ATLANTA 1

PHILADELPHIA 9 COLORADO 6

SAN DIEGO 6 CINCINNATI 0

ST. LOUIS 2 MIAMI 0

ARIZONA 11 WASHINGTON 2

SAN FRANCISCO 5 NY METS 2

NHL SCOREBOARD

EDMONTON 5 DALLAS 2

PHILADELPHIA 104 TORONTO 101 OT

CHICAGO 114 MILWAUKEE 110

COLLEGE BASEBALL

NOTRE DAME 12 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 2

INDIANA 11 CINCINNATI 4

BUTLER 7 DAYTON 2

EVANSVILLE AT PURDUE CANCELED

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

LOUISIANA 11 INDIANA 2

VALPARAISO 9 LOYOLA CHICAGO 7

LOYOLA CHICAGO 7 VALPARAISO 1

BALL STATE 5 WESTERN MICHIGAN 0

EVANSVILLE 3 INDIANA STATE 2

INDIANA STATE 16 EVANSVILLE 3

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS

Celtics rally in 2nd half, beat Nets 114-107 for 2-0 lead

BOSTON (AP) Celtics fans got under Kyrie Irving’s skin in the opening game of their first-round matchup with the Nets.

It was Boston’s defense that kept him – and Kevin Durant – off balance in Game 2.

Jaylen Brown scored 22 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and the Celtics rallied from 17 points down to beat Brooklyn 114-107 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Jayson Tatum added 19 points for Boston, which held Durant without a basket in the second half. Al Horford had 16 points, Daniel Theis scored 15 and Payton Pritchard had eight of his 10 in the final period.

“This was like an old-fashioned. old-school playoff game,” Tatum said. “You just have to grind it out. That’s what we did… we just just stuck with it. Proud of the guys and how we kept responding all game.”

Durant finished with 27 points but struggled from the field for the second straight game, shooting 4 of 17. Irving had just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting a day after being fined $50,000 for directing obscene gestures and profane language at Celtics fans during Game 1.

The series shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3 on Saturday night.

“They’re doing a good job trying to cut off my scoring, limit my shot making,” Durant said. “It’s on me to figure it out.”

Durant and Irving were limited to a combined 1 for 17 in the second half. Bruce Brown finished with 23 points and Seth Curry added 16.

“They took the lead and they never looked back in that fourth quarter,” Irving said. “We don’t really have time to be disappointed, to hold our heads. This is part of playoff basketball.”

Coach Ime Udoka said the approach to Durant has been to get into his air space as much as possible.

“I think we did that,” Udoka said. “We want to make him work defensively and offensively have bodies on him the whole time and try to wear him down.”

The TD Garden faithful peppered Irving with boos throughout, beginning with the pregame introductions. The volume ratcheted up after tipoff with the addition of “Kyrie sucks! Kyrie sucks!” chants on each of Brooklyn’s first two possessions. The boos returned whenever he got his hands on the ball.

Boston trailed the entire first half but finally caught up to tie it at 79 on a short jumper by Theis. The Nets were able to settle in and took a 90-85 edge to the final period.

The Celtics tied it up again at 92 early in the fourth on a leaner by Jaylen Brown and took their first lead of the game with 7:48 left on a jumper by Pritchard.

It was part of 23-4 run that grew the Celtics’ lead to 108-96. The Nets went almost three minutes without a basket during the stretch.

“I think our intensity dropped a little bit in the second half. We also didn’t convert,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “We had opportunities, we didn’t convert.”

Bruce Brown said the Celtics overwhelmed them defensively.

“We just weren’t scoring at the other end,” he said. “I just think our physicality took a step down in the second half.”

The barrage of boos fans aimed at Irving did little to rattle Brooklyn early. The Nets jumped out to a 9-0 lead, which led to a quick Boston timeout. Bruce Brown had all nine points, part of a 12-point quarter that helped put Brooklyn in front 33-24.

The lead increased to 45-31 in the second, prompting another Celtics timeout. During the break, Marcus Smart, who injured his left thumb minutes earlier while diving on the floor after a loose ball, could be seen grimacing as trainers attended to him on the bench.

He got the thumb taped and remained in the game, scoring six straight points.

Brooklyn settled in and got its lead as high as 15 before a late flurry by Boston helped it trim the deficit to 65-55 at half.

TIP-INS

Nets: Irving, who is observing Ramadan, came out of the game with 3:23 left in the first quarter. He went to locker room and returned with food, the sun having just set in Boston. . Curry was called for a flagrant foul in the first after he grabbed Tatum’s arm and knocked him to the ground while breaking up a sure fast-break basket.

Celtics: Had nine turnovers in the first half.

SPECIAL GUEST

Former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sat courtside to watch a matchup that featured several of his former players. Irving, Tatum and Seth Curry are all former Blue Devils. He also coached Durant and Irving in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

“That’s the first game he’s seen my play in person since he left Duke,” Tatum said. “Obviously, he’s got a lot of time on his hands.”

MAKING PROGRESS

Nets: Ben Simmons went through some contact work with teammates on Wednesday, which Nash called “another step” in the point guard’s rehab efforts on his injured back. But Nash said an ESPN report that Simmons could return to action as early as Game 4 was news to him.

Celtics center Robert Williams III has started participating in 3-on-3 play, Udoka said.

Though Udoka cautioned the team still isn’t anticipating him recovering from his recent knee surgery to return in time for this series.

Embiid hits winning 3 in OT, 76ers beat Raptors for 3-0 lead

TORONTO (AP) After pushing the Toronto Raptors to the brink of elimination, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid pledged to finish the job as quickly as possible.

Embiid made a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left in overtime to give the 76ers a 104-101 victory on Wednesday night and a 3-0 lead in their first-round series.

“I’m coming for the sweep, too,” Embiid told rapper Drake as he passed the Raptors’ celebrity fan on his way off the floor.

“I’ll be there,” Drake replied about Game 4, which is set for Saturday afternoon in Toronto.

After 76ers coach Doc Rivers called timeout to save the possession as the shot clock was running down, Embiid took an inbounds pass from Danny Green and hit a turnaround shot from near the sideline before running back to his bench in celebration.

“Great play call,” Embiid said. “Tobias set an amazing screen, Danny threw a great pass. All I had to do was finish, and I’m glad I did.

“It felt great but the job’s not done,” Embiid added. “We’ve got to get one more.”

Embiid’s shot came from near the spot where he missed a 3 at the end of regulation that could have won the game for the 76ers.

“For him, that’s a high-percentage shot, especially on that wing,” Harris said of Embiid’s decisive basket. “We got the ball to our best player, somebody who makes plays, makes shots.”

Toronto’s OG Anunoby couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer.

Embiid wouldn’t admit it, but all series he has seemed intent on avenging Philadelphia’s second-round defeat to Toronto in the 2019 playoffs, when Kawhi Leonard hit the game-winning shot in Game 7.

“Me and Joel have talked about that,” Harris said. “We understand coming to this arena, what happened to us last time we were here.”

While the subject may have come up before the playoffs, Embiid insisted it’s not on his mind right now.

“During this whole series I haven’t really thought about coming in here and trying to get my revenge,” he said. “I think I’m more focused on trying to win the whole thing.”

Embiid had 33 points and 13 rebounds, helping the 76ers rally from a 17-point deficit. James Harden had 19 points and 10 assists before fouling out in the closing seconds of regulation.

Embiid heard boos from the sellout crowd of 19,800 every time he touched the ball, and was targeted by profane chants at times, but stepped up when it mattered most.

“We’ve been watching his skill set all year long and how great he’s been,” Harden said. “Tonight was no different. He did all the right things, and when it was time for him to finish the game off, he did that.”

Tyrese Maxey scored 19 points and Tobias Harris had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who can complete the sweep Saturday.

“We’re playing for our pride,” Toronto guard Fred VanVleet said. “Pride is on the line.”

Anunoby scored 26 points, Gary Trent Jr. had a playoff-high 24, and Precious Achiuwa had 20 for the Raptors.

Pascal Siakam and VanVleet each had 12 points. VanVleet shot 3 for 13, going 2 for 10 from 3-point range.

“There’s no room to look around and feel sorry for ourselves,” VanVleet said. “We did a lot of good things tonight, we played a lot of minutes of great basketball and we’re going to have to do it again.”

Philadelphia never held a lead in regulation, finally grabbing a 99-97 edge on Maxey’s shot with 3:27 left in overtime.

“It took us all game to take the lead,” Maxey said. “When we got it, we didn’t keep it, but we won so it’s all good.”

Anunoby’s 3 briefly put Toronto back on top, but Embiid’s basket with 2:36 left made it 101-100 for the Sixers.

Embiid fouled Anunoby with 26 seconds left, and the Toronto forward made the first but missed the second, knotting it at 101-all.

Embiid shot 2 for 5 and scored five points in the first half but broke through with 18 points in the third.

Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes sat for the second straight game because of the sprained left ankle that knocked him out of Game 1. Toronto coach Nick Nurse said Barnes is making progress and could return Saturday.

The 76ers, who shot at least 30 free throws in each of the first two games of the series, went 15 for 20 from the line in Game 3, with Embiid making six of nine attempts.

Trent was limited to 10 minutes of action in Game 2 because of illness, and didn’t play in the second half Monday. After battling a fever and losing almost eight pounds, Trent played 45 minutes Wednesday, shooting 9 for 19.

“Just trying to push through,” Trent said.

Ahead 75-74 through three quarters, Toronto held a 95-90 lead on Achiuwa’s basket with 2:03 left.

Maxey scored to make it a three-point game, and Anunoby was called for goaltending on Harden’s shot with 1:14 left, cutting it to 95-94. After missing at one end, VanVleet fouled Harden with 49 seconds to play, but the Sixers guard missed his first shot before tying it 95-all with his second.

Harden fouled out with 27 seconds left, sending Achiuwa to the line, but the Toronto forward missed both shots.

Philadelphia had two chances to win it in regulation, but Embiid missed a 3 and Harris couldn’t convert after grabbing the rebound.

MISSING MATISSE

The 76ers played without guard Matisse Thybulle. Philadelphia’s defensive specialist is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, making him ineligible to cross the Canadian border. Thybulle also missed an April 7 regular-season loss to the Raptors.

“It was difficult without Matisse,” Rivers acknowledged.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE

The Raptors hosted a postseason game north of the border for the first time since Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals against Golden State. The Warriors won that game, but Kevin Durant injured his Achilles tendon and the Raptors won the series in Game 6.

TIP-INS

76ers: Green had to be restrained by teammates after he was called for a technical foul late in the second quarter. . Outscored 13-4 on fast break points. . Made 24 turnovers, leading to 27 points.

Raptors: C Khem Birch made his first start of the series, replacing Achiuwa. . VanVleet got a technical foul for arguing after he was called for pushing Embiid out of bounds in the second. . Trent’s previous playoff high was 16, set Aug. 29, 2020 with Portland against the Los Angeles Lakers.

DeRozan scores 41 as Bulls beat Bucks 114-110 to tie series

MILWAUKEE (AP) DeMar DeRozan made sure the Chicago Bulls altered their painful recent history against the Milwaukee Bucks and gave this first-round series a fresh new start.

Now it’s the defending champion Bucks who are suddenly hurting as the teams head to Chicago all tied up.

DeRozan scored a career playoff-high 41 points and the Bulls outlasted the Bucks 114-110 on Wednesday night in Game 2. Nikola Vucevic added 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Zach LaVine had 20 points as the sixth-seeded Bulls beat the third-seeded Bucks for just the second time in their last 19 meetings.

“No matter what you did in the regular season, this is a brand new start and new mindset,” DeRozan said. “You could see it in all the guys. It doesn’t matter if we’d lost 20 times to those guys. This is an opportunity for us to compete. We’ve got to take advantage of it.”

The big question now is what shape the Bucks will be in when this series resumes Friday.

Bobby Portis left the game with a right eye abrasion after the first quarter and Khris Middleton exited with 6:49 left after his left leg gave out while he tried to plant on a spin move.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game that Middleton has a sprained medial collateral ligament and will undergo an MRI on Thursday.

“He’s always been positive and he knows the type of team that we are and how resilient we are,” Bucks guard Jrue Holiday said. “We just want him to get back as quickly as possible and be healthy so he can come out here and help us win games.”

Budenholzer said that Portis “should be fine with some time.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 33 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists, putting him one assist from his second career playoff triple-double. Antetokounmpo increased his career postseason point total to 1,715 to overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,692) for the most in Bucks history.

Brook Lopez had 25 points for the Bucks. Middleton scored 18 and Holiday 15.

DeRozan scored eight points during a 13-0 run that began late in the third quarter and gave the Bulls a 96-80 lead with 9:47 remaining. The Bulls still led by 15 before Milwaukee rallied in the final 7 1/2 minutes.

Lopez converted a three-point play to cut Chicago’s lead to 112-109 with 56 seconds left.

“We expected those guys to make a run,” Vucevic said. “They’re a championship team for a reason. They’ve been there before, so we expected them to make a run.”

But after Alex Caruso and Vucevic got offensive rebounds on the Bulls’ ensuing possession, DeRozan’s driving layup made it 114-109 with 18.2 seconds remaining.

Chicago bounced back from a 93-86 Game 1 loss and continued to show the grit that had been missing late in the regular season, particularly when the Bulls were facing top teams.

The Bulls lost 15 of their final 22 regular-season games. During the regular season, the Bulls went just 2-21 against the top four seeds in each conference.

“I do think that playing some of these higher-level teams at the end of the year has maybe kind of hardened us, helped us grow,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “It’s helped us get better. It’s helped us be able to have that kind of mentality that we’ve got to move on to the next play. I think at times this year when we played against good teams, when it started to go a little bit the other direction, we didn’t have enough in us to get it back going in our direction.”

Chicago closed the second quarter on a 15-4 run to grab a 65-4 halftime advantage.

The Bulls extended the lead to 18 early in the third quarter, before the Bucks rallied with a small lineup featuring Antetokounmpo, Middleton and reserve guards Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton and Jevon Carter.

Milwaukee went on a 15-2 spurt to cut the Bulls’ lead to three late in the third period. But the Bulls responded with 13 straight points and stayed in front the reset of the way.

“We made a good run, but the last minute of the third quarter I thought we could have been better, and then coming out of the fourth quarter, another big swing,” Budenholzer said. “We dug ourselves some big holes.”

TIP-INS

Bulls: After shooting a season-low 32.3% and going 7 of 37 from 3-point range in a 93-86 Game 1 loss, the Bulls shot 49.4% and went 12 of 25 from beyond the arc Wednesday. DeRozan, LaVine and Vucevic shot a combined 21 of 71 overall and 4 of 22 from 3-point range in Game 1. They were a combined 33 of 62 overall and 7 of 14 on 3-point attempts in Game 2. … Caruso had 10 assists to go along with nine points. … Patrick Williams had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Bucks: George Hill missed a third straight game with an abdominal strain. Budenholzer said before Game 2 that Hill isn’t expected back I the short term and that the team will monitor how the 35-year-old Hill guard progresses over the next “handful of days or more,” … The Bucks had 15 turnovers to increase their series total to 36.

Report: Booker unlikely to play in Games 3 and 4

Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker is likely to miss Games 3 and 4 of the team’s first-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Booker went down in Tuesday night’s 125-114 home loss to New Orleans after landing awkwardly while trying to block Pelicans forward Jaxson Hayes’ shot.

The guard underwent an MRI on Wednesday and was diagnosed with a mild right hamstring strain, the Suns announced, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.

Booker isn’t being ruled out of the series, Wojnarowski reports.

Booker had 31 points in just over one half of basketball before leaving Game 2. The Suns were outscored 48-40 after his departure.

Jerry West seeks apology, retraction from HBO over ‘Winning Time’ character

Hall of Famer Jerry West is formally demanding that HBO issue an apology and a retraction regarding his controversial portrayal on the network’s series “Winning Time,” according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

Attorneys for West called actor Jason Clarke’s portrayal “a baseless and malicious assault” on West’s character in a letter sent Tuesday to the show’s producer Adam McKay, which was obtained by Shelburne. They say the series “falsely and cruelly portrays Mr. West as an out-of-control, intoxicated rage-aholic.”

West is also seeking damages from HBO and the producers of “Winning Time.” His lawyers argue that “the show goes out of its way to denigrate Jerry West despite his accomplishments as an executive.”

HBO did not immediately provide a comment, according to Shelburne.

“Winning Time” is based on the book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s” by Jeff Pearlman, which recounts behind-the-scenes experiences of one of the franchise’s most successful eras through a wide range of interviews. West – whose entire playing career was spent with the Lakers from 1960-74 – was the team’s general manager at the time.

West’s attorneys, however, say that the rage-filled depictions of him in the show are not found in the book, constituting what they describe as “legal malice.”

Lakers icon and fellow Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played with the club from 1975-89 and is portrayed by actor Solomon Hughes on the show, criticized “Winning Time” as “deliberately dishonest” in a newsletter published Tuesday on his Substack.

“It’s a shame the way they treat Jerry West, who has openly discussed his struggle with mental health, especially depression,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “Instead of exploring his issues with compassion as a way to better understand the man, they turn him into a Wile E. Coyote cartoon to be laughed at.

“He never broke golf clubs, he didn’t throw his trophy through the window. Sure those actions make dramatic moments, but they reek of facile exploitation of the man rather than exploration of character.”

Wright resigns as Villanova coach, Neptune takes over

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jay Wright shocked college basketball Wednesday night with his immediate resignation at Villanova, the Big East program he led to two national championships and four Final Fours in a Hall of Fame career.

The 60-year-old Wright guided Villanova to titles in 2016 and 2018 and just led the Wildcats to the Final Four, where they lost to national champion Kansas. He went 520-197 in 21 seasons at the school and 642-282 overall, also coaching Hofstra from 1994-2001.

“It’s time for us to enter a new era of Villanova basketball,” Wright said in a statement. “After 35 years in coaching, I am proud and excited to hand over the reins to Villanova’s next coach. I am excited to remain a part of Villanova and look forward to working with (Villanova) and the rest of the leadership team.”

Kyle Neptune, who served on the Villanova coaching staff before accepting the head coaching position at Fordham in 2021, returned to replace Wright.

“When looking for a successor, we wanted a candidate who could navigate the changing landscape of collegiate athletics and keep Villanova in a position of strength – now and in the future,” Villanova athletic director Mark Jackson said. “After meeting with several exceptional candidates, we found all those attributes and more in Kyle Neptune. Kyle quickly stood out for his basketball knowledge, recruiting savvy and natural ability to connect with student-athletes and coaches.”

Wright’s decision was unexpected and there was no immediate word the move was health related or that he was leaving for the NBA. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021.

Wright will remain at Villanova and stay involved in fundraising, advising, education and more.

He joined North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski as the third coach with multiple championship to step down over the last two years.

Before he arrived, Villanova was known for upsetting Georgetown in the 1985 national championship game and the occasional trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Wright needed three years to build a foundation before Villanova broke through with a trip to the 2005 Sweet 16. An Elite Eight appearance followed the next year and the Wildcats reached the Final Four in 2009.

Villanova won its first national title under Wright in 2016 on Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beater and decimated the NCAA Tournament field in 2018, winning every game by double digits on its way to the national title.

He was selected AP coach of the decade in 2020.

The 37-year-old Neptune was on Wright’s staff for the 2009 Final Four team, then later spent three seasons as an assistant at Niagara before he returned to the Wildcats in 2013. He went 16-16 in his lone season at Fordham.

“I think he’s more ready to be a head coach than most young guys X’s and O’s-wise and I think he’s got great character, great leadership skills, I think he’s going to be an outstanding head coach,” Wright said when Neptune was hired at Fordham.

Wright’s decision comes after another successful season:

– He reached 25 or more victories for the 10th time in his 22 seasons.

– The Wildcats have won a regular-season or postseason conference championship in each of the nine seasons since the Big East reconfigured in 2013.

– The Wildcats earned a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time under Wright.

During Wright’s tenure, he coached several future NBA stars, including Kyle Lowry, Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, and Saddiq Bey.

“Ohhhhhhh thats tough !!! (at)kyleneptune WELL DESERVED,” Bridges, now a star with the Phoenix Suns, tweeted.

Wright was hired as head coach at Hofstra and went 207-122 with two NCAA Tournament appearances in seven seasons. Hired in 2001 to replace Steve Lappas, the Wildcats went to the NIT in Wright’s first three seasons.

“Simply a remarkable career,” said former Villanova AD Vince Nicastro, who hired Wright. “Will be regarded as one of the best coaches in college basketball history – and even better person. Has won with integrity, class and grace. And has served as a great role model for his players and colleagues.”

The Wildcats finished 30-8 this season and Wright’s final game was an 81-65 loss to Kansas in the Final Four.

Wright, a Churchville, Pennsylvania native, played college basketball at Bucknell and started as an assistant at Rochester and Drexel. He spent five seasons at Villanova as Rollie Massimino’s assistant, then followed him to UNLV for another two years before taking the head coaching job at Hofstra in 1994.

He rejected numerous NBA and other college overtures through the years and remained steadfast in his dedication to the Wildcats. Wright had stints coaching teams in the Pan American Games and World University Games; and served as an assistant coach under San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich for Team USA.

Wright was scheduled to discuss his decision at a press conference on Friday.

Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe to return for senior season

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky forward Oscar Tshiebwe says he will return for his senior season with the Wildcats after a breakout season in which he swept national player of the year awards.

The 6-foot-9 Tshiebwe announced his decision Wednesday on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

The junior’s decision was the most anticipated from a Wildcats squad that rode his dominant performance, especially on the boards. Tshiebwe led the nation with 15.1 rebounds per game and averaged 17.4 points. He also had 60 steals and 55 blocks. He finished the season with 16 consecutive double-doubles on the way to a school-record 28 that surpassed Kentucky great Dan Issel (26).

The West Virginia transfer helped Kentucky return to the NCAA Tournament before collecting numerous individual honors from The Associated Press and others, including the Naismith and Wooden awards as the nation’s top player.

Tshiebwe, who is from the Congo, said on the broadcast that he prayed and consulted with his mother before deciding last week to return to school. Tshiebwe said it was his dream to be an NBA lottery pick, but draft projections had him going in the second round.

Tshiebwe’s affable personality on the court and accessibility off has made him extremely popular among Kentucky’s fan base as he fulfilled autograph and selfie requests. He spoke often about his faith in interviews, which put him in demand to speak at churches in Lexington and around the state.

UCLA’s Johnny Juzang enters NBA draft after 2 seasons

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA’s Johnny Juzang, one of the stars of the 2021 NCAA Tournament during the Bruins’ run to the Final Four, is entering the NBA draft.

The junior guard announced his plans Wednesday on his Instagram account.

Juzang averaged 15.6 points and 4.7 rebounds last season, when the Bruins lost to North Carolina in the Sweet 16.

In 2020-21, he helped the Bruins to a 22-10 record and their first Final Four appearance since 2008. He averaged 22.8 points in six tournament games and was named to the All-Tournament team. His 137 total points were the second-most by a UCLA player in tournament history.

“What a ride it’s been,” Juzang wrote on Instagram. “Last year’s run to the Final Four, and this year’s electric season and atmosphere at Pauley Pavilion, were so much fun to be a part of. Growing up in Los Angeles to then doing Los Angeles proud is more than a kid could ask for.”

Juzang declared for the draft last year, but ultimately decided to return to Westwood in the hopes of adding to the school’s record 11 national championships.

He struggled with injuries, however, missing one game with a sore hip after a scooter accident and two more with a sprained ankle. He also tested positive for COVID-19 late in the season.

“Johnny has been tremendous for us during his two seasons in Westwood,” coach Mick Cronin said. “We will miss him.”

Juzang began his college career at Kentucky before deciding to transfer to be closer to his Tarzana home, not far from the UCLA campus.

Juzang’s departure puts the spotlight on Jaime Jaquez Jr., who said he will return for his senior year.

Juzang joins senior Jules Bernard and freshman Peyton Watson in declaring for the draft.

Watson hired an agent. Bernard hasn’t hired an agent, however, leaving open the possibility of returning for an extra season as allowed by the NCAA as a result of COVID-19.

The Bruins also lost reserve guard Jake Kyman, who said he is transferring.

Big Ten basketball tournaments to make stop in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Big Ten basketball tournaments are coming to Minneapolis.

The conference announced Wednesday that the women’s tournament will be held at Target Center in 2023 and 2024 and the men’s tournament will be played there in 2024. All 14 teams are automatic entrants in both events. Chicago will host the men’s basketball tournament in 2023 as a makeup for 2021 when the event was shifted to Indianapolis due to COVID-19 restrictions.

As part of the Big Ten’s effort to rotate host sites around its 11-state footprint, Minneapolis will become the fifth city to host the men’s tournament. Washington (2017) and New York (2018) were recent hosts, with Chicago and Indianapolis the most frequent host sites.

On the women’s side, Minneapolis will be the first non-Indianapolis host since 2015, when the tournament was held in in suburban Chicago. Target Center was the host of the NCAA Women’s Final Four earlier this month.

The Big Ten also finalized an agreement to keep the football championship game in Indianapolis through 2024. Lucas Oil Field has been the sole host of the game since it began in 2011.

Profar’s throw, HR lead Padres to 6-0 win vs staggering Reds

SAN DIEGO (AP) With a throw and a swing, Jurickson Profar gave rookie MacKenzie Gore and the San Diego Padres all they needed to beat the staggering Cincinnati Reds.

Profar threw out Joey Votto at home and then hit a two-run homer for the Padres, who won 6-0 Wednesday to hand the Reds their ninth straight loss and their longest skid in five years.

Asked which play was bigger, Profar smiled and said: “Both. Anything that I can do to help the team.”

Profar’s homer in the fourth inning gave Gore (1-0) all the backing he needed for his first big league win, in his second start. The left-hander, who was the third pick overall in the 2017 draft, held the Reds to four hits in five innings, struck out seven and walked two to complete the three-game sweep.

Profar, the Padres’ left fielder, threw out Votto on the fly on Colin Moran’s single to end the fourth and keep the game scoreless. Profar homered to right off Vladimir Gutierrez with two outs in the bottom of the inning to bring in Manny Machado. It was Profar’s fourth.

Profar has made 12 starts in left field, which was was a question mark coming into the season after Tommy Pham left as a free agent. Profar started at five positions last year, including all three outfield spots as well as first base and second base.

“I was anticipating that hit to me,” Profar said. “I always thought that I was a pretty good left fielder. It’s showing right now. I’m very happy with it. I did a lot of work in the offseason. I came in ready to play, ready to show that I can play.”

Gore was impressed. “That was huge. That was a great play. Jurickson played great today with the homer and he made that play,” Gore said.

“He looks like a natural outfielder now,” said skipper Bob Melvin, who also managed Profar with Oakland in 2019, when he played mostly second base. “We’re trying to keep him in one spot so he gets real comfortable there on the reads. Left can be a little bit different than right. It’s taken a lot off his plate just staying in one position and not having to come in the infield. Just swing the bat and do his thing. He’s gotten real comfortable out there.”

Machado was hit by a pitch on the left shoulder by Gutierrez (0-3) leading off the fourth. On Tuesday night, Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson was knocked out of the game on a hard slide by Luke Voit. Some Reds players felt it was a dirty play by Voit and Tommy Pham, who played for the Padres the last two seasons, said he wanted to fight the Padres’ DH. The Reds asked for a review of the play but umpires ruled it was clean. Voit did not play Wednesday and Machado was the DH.

Gutierrez hit Padres catcher Jorge Alfaro with a pitch leading off the fifth. Alfaro stole second and scored on Trent Grisham’s double.

Melvin noted that Machado and Alfaro led off innings. “I don’t think there were any issues there,” Melvin said.

Gore said he wasn’t as efficient as he was in his MLB debut in a loss to Atlanta on Friday night, “but we made pitches when we needed to and guys played great. Relievers came in and did a great job. Just a really good day from us all around.”

Cincinnati, shut out for the first time this year, had not lost nine straight since June 9-18, 2017. The Reds went winless on a seven-game West Coast trip that started at Dodger Stadium.

Kim Ha-seong homered for the Padres in the seventh, his first. Alfaro had a sacrifice fly and rookie CJ Abrams an RBI double in the eighth.

Gutierrez allowed three runs and two hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out two.

San Diego extended its major league record with 14 consecutive errorless games to open a season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: Placed Stephenson on the seven-day concussion injured list. Recalled Mark Kolozsvary from the taxi squad.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Hunter Greene (1-1, 4.35) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game home series against St. Louis, which will counter with LHP Steven Matz (1-1, 7.27).

Padres: RHP Nick Martinez (0-1, 4.50) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. The Dodgers will start Julio Urias (0-1, 3.86).

Mejia homers, doubles: Rays rip Cubs 8-2 in shortened game

CHICAGO (AP) Francisco Mejia homered and drove in three runs to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 on Wednesday night in a game that was called after 5 1/2 innings due to rain.

First pitch was moved up 70 minutes because rain was forecast for later on a chilly evening. The game was then delayed in the middle of the sixth inning when the rain intensified. It was called just over an hour later.

The window provided enough time for the Rays (7-6), who struck early and climbed back over .500 with their third win in four games.

“Get runs and then get through the fifth inning, it kind of felt like,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said.

Added Mejia through a translator: “Our job was to attack early because we didn’t know if we were going to be able to finish the game at all.”

Josh Lowe had a triple, double and RBI. Randy Arozarena, Wander Franco and Kevin Kiermaier each doubled in runs to help the Rays finish 3-3 in Chicago in back-to-back series against the White Sox and Cubs.

“We’re a really good hitting group” Lowe said. “We’re just kind of feeding off each other’s energy. You go up to the plate and hitting’s contagious, and we’re ready to keep this thing going.”

Despite unseasonably cool weather in Chicago, the Rays’ offense is starting to roll after a slow start and a four-game losing streak last week.

“We think the way we’re built, we should be able to put runs up on the board,” Cash said. “We’ve got a versatile lineup, a very deep lineup. We feel like we can put a lot of pressure on pitchers and today was a good example of that.”

Cubs rookie Seiya Suzuki walked in the fifth to reach base for the 12th straight game at the start of his career, breaking a team record held by two players – Art Williams in 1902 and Tony Taylor in 1958.

Suzuki started the season with a nine-game hitting streak that matched the longest from the from the start of a career by a Japanese-born player, set by Akinori Iwamura with Tampa Bay in 2007. Suzuki was hitless in this one before being replaced in right by Michael Hermosillo in the top of the sixth.

Frank Schwindel drove in a run with a double and Nick Madrigal had Chicago’s other RBI as the Cubs dropped their second straight to Tampa Bay.

Marcus Stroman (0-2) allowed eight runs, seven earned, in his second straight rocky start and loss. The right-hander was tagged for eight hits, including five for extra bases, while striking out seven and walking two.

“Just off right now,” Stroman said “Just a mess a bit mechanically. Can’t find any rhythm. Every pitch essentially feels like I’m doing something different mechanically. I feel great for an inning or a few batters and then kind of just lose it. It’s frustrating. It’s beyond frustrating.”

Rays starter Drew Rasmussen allowed two runs on four hits in three innings. Jalen Beeks (1-0) followed, allowing no hits, walking one and fanning two in two innings.

The Rays jumped ahead 4-0 in the first inning.

Arozarena doubled in the first run, then scored on Yan Gomes’ throwing error after he stole third. Mejia’s two-run shot to the left-center bleachers made it 4-0. Franco’s RBI double in the second made it 5-0.

The Cubs cut it to 5-2 in the third on Schwindel’s double and Madrigal’s groundout.

The Rays pulled away with three runs on the fifth on consecutive extra-base hits by Lowe, Mejia and Kiermaier.

BULLPEN DEAL

After the game, the Cubs announced they acquired LHP Sean Newcomb from Atlanta for RHP Jesse Chavez and a cash consideration.

The 6-foot-5 Newcomb made 32 appearances out of the bullpen for Atlanta last year. This season, the 28-year-old is 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA over five innings in three games.

Chavez was 0-0 with 6.35 ERA in three games with the Cubs this season.

WANDER-ING

Franco, the Rays 21-year-old shortstop, had 19 hits entering the game to lead the majors. He added a double in four at-bats on Wednesday. The switch-hitting Dominican has four three-hit games so far, including Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

“He’s just really talented, bat-to-ball skill is pretty impressive,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said before the game. “He’s spraying 100 mph line drives all over the ballpark.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough (left groin) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Durham on Saturday. Yarbrough (9-7 in 21 starts last season) has been on the 10-day injured list since April 11. . RHP Nick Anderson (right elbow surgery) threw off the mound on Wednesday. He’s been out since September.

UP NEXT:

Rays: Return home to host Boston for a three-game series starting Friday. RHP Corey Kluber (1-0, 1.86) will start in the opener.

Cubs: RHP Mark Leiter Jr. (0-1, 18.90) takes the mound against Pirates RHP Bryse Wilson (0-0, 5.40) when the NL Central rivals open a four-game set.

Ramírez slam, 5 RBIs as Guardians sweep White Sox 11-1, 2-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Jose Ramirez hit his second grand slam of the season in an 11-1 win, then had an RBI double in a 2-1 victory as the Cleveland Guardians swept a doubleheader from the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Ramirez, who signed a $141 million, seven-year contract last week, leads the majors with 20 RBIs. Manny Ramirez is the only player in baseball history with more RBIs in a team’s first 11 games, driving in 22 in 1999 with Cleveland.

“It’s crazy how good that guy is at baseball,” Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor said. “Watching Jose play is stellar, man. He’s an All-Star. The guy’s a Hall of Famer, he’s incredible. I’m very thankful that he’s on our side.”

Former Tigers and Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose (1-0) retired all five batters he faced in the nightcap, striking out four, for his first big league victory. Triston McKenzie allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings before giving way to Gose.

“It’s completely different and harder to do it on this side, rather than as a hitter,” said Gose, who spent four years in the minors becoming a pitcher. “I didn’t even know I got the win until Triston told me. It means a lot.”

Ramirez and Oscar Mercado both had RBI doubles off White Sox starter Jimmy Lambert (0-2). Emmanuel Clase worked a 1-2-3 ninth for Cleveland’s first save this season.

The Guardians earned their initial home wins under their new name. They had lost their first three games at Progressive Field to San Francisco.

“That was fun to watch because everybody did their job,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “It was a long day, but it ends up being a good day.”

In the first game, Ramirez’s slam highlighted a nine-run second inning against Dallas Keuchel, who was roughed up for a career-high 10 runs. The former Cy Young Award winner allowed eight straight hits opening the inning before being pulled with no outs.

“I watched it back on film, it didn’t look any better,” Keuchel said.

Chicago didn’t help its left-hander, either, making four errors in the first two innings — three by All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson — that contributed to a pair of unearned runs.

Anderson doubled home Adam Engel for the White Sox’s run in the first game and Danny Mendick had an RBI double that scored Reese McGuire in the second. Chicago had eight total hits and five errors.

“Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you really haven’t,” Keuchel said.

Guardians right-hander Shane Bieber (1-0) won for the first time since June 8, 2021, allowing one run and four hits in six innings. The 2020 Cy Young Award winner struck out seven without issuing a walk.

“That was great,” Bieber said. “The longer the inning our hitters have, the better. And the second was a long one.”

Mercado had three hits, Myles Straw scored three runs, and Ramirez and Naylor each had two hits for Cleveland. Second baseman Gabriel Arias made his major league debut in the first game and singled in the second.

The Monday and Tuesday games between the teams were postponed by rain and cold, prompting a traditional doubleheader to be added to the schedule.

“The manager didn’t get them ready to play,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “I take the heat for that. They’re men, not machines, and that’s my responsibility.”

QUICK TRIP

White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito, on the 10-day injured list with an abdominal strain, rejoined the team in Cleveland after pitching a simulated game Tuesday in Glendale, Arizona. Giolito, who tossed four scoreless innings and struck out six before being hurt April 8 at Detroit, said he expects to be activated and start Sunday at Minnesota.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Josh Harrison (right shoulder soreness) exited the second game after making an acrobatic catch in the fifth. . OF Eloy Jimenez (left ankle soreness) was held out of the lineup after working out on the field, but was available to pinch-hit.

Guardians: 1B Owen Miller, RHP Cal Quantrill and RHP Anthony Castro joined 1B Yu Chang on the COVID-19 injured list. Miller leads the majors with a .500 batting average and a 1.509 OPS. Quantrill was scheduled to make his next start Friday.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Dylan Cease (2-0, 1.69 ERA) has struck out 16 over 10 2/3 innings in his first two outings.

Guardians: RHP Zach Plesac (0-1, 1.64 ERA) owns a six-start winless streak, going 0-3 with a 4.19 ERA.

Arenado’s 2-run HR in 9th gives Cards 2-0 win over Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Nolan Arenado hit a two-run home run in the top of ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 2-0 Wednesday night.

Arenado, who had struck out in his first three at-bats, launched a fastball from Miami reliever Anthony Bender (0-2) over the wall in left-center for his fifth home run. Tyler O’Neill reached on a one-out walk before Arenado’s blast.

“I just put a good swing on that ball, had a tough time today,” Arenado said. “I felt I was locked in and ready to go.”

In addition to overcoming the three strikeouts, Arenado had other reasons to celebrate the shot. Arenado admits he fares poorly when he plays in Miami. And he saluted family and friends in the stands once he touched home plate and headed toward the dugout.

“Every time I come here I never play well, so I was just happy because I finally gave them something to enjoy,” Arenado said.

Genesis Cabrera (1-0) pitched the bottom of the eighth and Giovanny Gallegos worked around a single and walk in the ninth for his third save.

St. Louis has beaten Miami in nine straight games. The Cardinals will try for their third consecutive three-game sweep against the Marlins on Thursday.

“We’re seeing an amazing player right now,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said of Arenado. “Defensively, offensively what he’s doing is impressive. You strike out your first at-bat, your second at-bat, your third at-bat and you’re still mentally locked in to help the team.”

Starters Sandy Alcantara of Miami and Miles Mikolas of St. Louis combined to throw 13 scoreless innings in their outings.

Alcantara pitched eight innings and allowed four hits, with six strikeouts and one walk.

“He was on the attack,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who celebrated his 61st birthday Wednesday. “He was really good tonight. It was a shame. You hate to waste one like that.”

Mikolas matched Alcantara through the first five innings before he was lifted after allowing Garrett Cooper’s leadoff single in the sixth. Mikolas scattered four hits, struck out five and hit a batter.

“Overall, I felt good, I had strikeouts when I really needed them,” Mikolas said. “I thought we played great defense. I tried to keep the ball in the ground.”

The Marlins had just one runner reach scoring position until the ninth inning.

“We didn’t have a lot of chances,” Mattingly said. “They kept us off balance.”

Alcantara allowed Tommy Edman’s leadoff single and walked Paul Goldschmidt in the first before retiring Tyler O’Neill, Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson to escape the 28-pitch jam.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Paul Campbell (right elbow strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list. LHP Daniel Castano was recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville.

CARLSON SITS

Mired in a 1-for-24 slump, Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson didn’t play, and Edman moved into the leadoff spot. Marmol considered it a mental blow for Carlson and he will return to the lineup Thursday.

OUTSIDE VIEW

The retractable roof at loanDepot Park has remained shut through the Marlins’ first six home games this season, but there was a view of the downtown Miami skyline on Wednesday. The windows behind left and center field stayed open throughout the game.

UP NEXT

RHP Jordan Hicks (1-0, 0.00) will make his first career start for the Cardinals in the series finale Thursday. After 114 relief appearances during his first three seasons in St. Louis, Hicks initially will have limited innings and pitches as he adapts to his new role. The Marlins will go with RHP Pablo Lopez (1-0, 0.87).

Ohtani overpowers in 2-way performance, Angels blank Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Shohei Ohtani was winless with a 5.92 ERA in six starts against the Houston Astros entering Wednesday’s start.

Watching the superstar’s performance from his perch in the dugout, Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon could feel Ohtani was determined to change his fortunes against the Astros on Wednesday night.

“I think he just had enough of Houston giving him a hard time and he wanted to go out there tonight and do something about it, both on the mound and at the plate,” Maddon said.

He certainly did that.

The two-way star pitched perfect ball into the sixth inning, tied a career-best with 12 strikeouts and also had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Angels to a 6-0 shutout.

“He was possessed tonight,” Maddon said. “That was a virtuoso performance from the beginning. He had a different look about him – and the stuff equaled the look.”

Ohtani (1-2) didn’t allow a baserunner until Jason Castro lined a single to center field with one out in the sixth – it was his first hit of the season, and the only one Houston got in the game. Rookie Jeremy Pena walked with two outs to elicit a visit to the mound before Ohtani retired Michael Brantley on a groundout with his final pitch.

Ohtani’s big night gave him his first win of the season after entering the game 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA in his first two starts. He struck out six in a row at one point.

Maddon said it was the best he’d ever seen the 27-year-old pitch.

Ohtani was asked if he thought it was his top performance in the majors.

“It could be,” he said with a smile in Japanese through a translator.

The reigning AL MVP made history Wednesday before he even took the mound. He batted twice in a six-run first inning as the Angels sent 10 to the plate – that made him the first starting pitcher since at least 1900 to bat twice in the first before throwing a pitch, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Ohtani threw 81 pitches on a night Maddon said he would be limited to 85. But, Maddon said after the game that he would not have pulled him with a perfect game intact regardless of pitch count.

“There’s no number,” Maddon said. “He was going to pitch a perfect game. I’m not going to get in the way of a player’s greatness – ever.”

Ohtani was asked if he was thinking about the perfect game.

“I was aware of it, but I knew the pitch count was getting up there, so I was thinking I probably wouldn’t be able to finish it off,” he said.

Houston manager Dusty Baker thinks the huge early lead helped Ohtani.

“What it did more than anything is it relaxed Ohtani,” Baker said. “Hank Aaron used to tell us the most dangerous pitcher to face is a very relaxed pitcher and he seemed very relaxed. He didn’t make any mistakes.”

The Angels immediately jumped on Jake Odorizzi (0-2). Ohtani drew a leadoff walk and the first five batters reached, putting Los Angeles up 2-0 before Odorizzi recorded an out.

There were two outs in the inning when Odorizzi’s fourth walk, to Tyler Wade with the bases loaded, ended his night.

Blake Taylor took over and Andrew Velazquez reached on an error by first baseman Yuli Gurriel that allowed another run to score. Ohtani then hit a two-run double to left field to make it 6-0.

Angels reliever Ryan Tepera struck out two in two perfect innings and Raisel Iglesias had a strikeout in the ninth to complete the one-hitter.

Los Angeles took the series after beating Houston 7-2 Tuesday night following an 8-3 loss in the opener.

Ohtani struck out the first two batters before retiring Alex Bregman on a flyball to end the first. He struck out Yordan Alvarez in the second before Kyle Tucker and Gurriel flied out.

The Japanese star then struck out six in a row before Alvarez flied out to start Houston’s fifth. Tucker and Gurriel fanned to end the inning.

Ohtani matched his career high for strikeouts set on April 8, 2018, getting his 12th when Niko Goodrum struck out on a foul tip to start the sixth before Castro’s hit. The veteran catcher had been 0 for 9 to begin the season.

Brandon Marsh added two hits and drove in a run as the Angels played a third straight game minus star Mike Trout, who was out with a bruised left hand after being plunked Sunday.

Houston struck out a season-high 15 times as the team was blanked by the Angels for the second time in this young season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: Trout said after the game that he would return to the lineup Friday with no restrictions.

Astros: 2B Jose Altuve was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, retroactive to Tuesday, with a strained left hamstring. Baker said he didn’t think the injury was too serious, but that Altuve would probably need more than a week to recover. … Houston selected the contract of infielder J.J. Matijevic from Sugar Land of the Pacific Coast League and transferred infielder Taylor Jones to the 60-day injured list to make room for Matijevic on the 40-man roster.

UP NEXT

Both teams have a day off Thursday before Houston opens a series with Toronto at home Friday and the Angels return home to host the Orioles.

Cabrera gets to 2,999 hits in Tigers’ 5-3 loss to Yankees

DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera had three hits to move one shy of 3,000 in the Detroit Tigers’ 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night at chilly Comerica Park.

Cabrera beat out an infield hit in the second inning and singled up the middle in the fourth against Luis Severino, then grounded a broken-bat single through the shortstop hole in the sixth off Chad Green (1-1).

“I got really lucky on a couple of those hits and we lost the game, so I’m not too excited right now,” he said. “This game is hard.”

The crowd, announced at 17,268, rose to its feet as soon as the Yankees made the third out of the eighth. With the fans falling eerily silent every time Clay Holmes went into his windup, Cabrera struck out on a 1-2 sinker.

“It was kind of like almost eerie,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I’m glad he didn’t get it in that spot.”

Cabrera said he wasn’t imagining the scene if he had gotten No. 3,000.

“I was thinking about having to face a guy who throws 97-98 mph sinkers,” he said. “I was leading off the inning, we were losing the game, and I needed to get on base. I didn’t do that.”

Cabrera, now 39, is an 11-time All-Star. four-time batting champion, two-time MVP and Triple Crown winner.

“Everyone knows what kind of career Miggy has had and everything he has accomplished, but he’s just the same guy every day,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “Going back to last year, when he got close to 500 (home runs), he has handled this with class, dignity and every other word you can think to use.”

His next chance for 3,000 will be Thursday against Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery.

“I love Miggy and I had the great fortune to play with him,” Boone said. “He means a lot to me, and he’s going to get it soon, but if it is against us, I hope it doesn’t hurt us too much.”

Green (1-1) allowed Harold Castro’s two-run double in the sixth that tied the score 3-3, but Josh Donaldson walked against Drew Hutchison (0-1) leading off the seventh, and pinch-runner Tim Locastro reached third when Gleyber Torres sacrificed and Hutchison threw the ball wildly past second for an error. Isiah Kiner-Falefa lined the next pitch to center for a 4-3 lead.

“We’ve taken pride in playing clean baseball over the last year, but that’s gotten away from us a few times this season,” Hinch said.

DJ LeMahieu hit into a run-scoring forceout in the eighth as Anthony Rizzo beat first baseman Spencer Torkelson’s throw home, and Aroldis Chapman pitched around pinch-hitter Willi Castro’s leadff single in the ninth for his third save.

Rizzo hit his fourth homer, doubled, drove in two runs and stole a base on a night that felt colder than the game time temperature of 50 degrees would have appeared to be.

“I was just trying to relax,” Rizzo said. “When it is this cold and you are doing everything you can to keep warm, you need to stay relaxed and not think about the weather.”

Severino allowed one run and seven hits in five innings, escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth when Castro lined out to shortstop and Tucker Barnhart struck out.

Tigers starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up three runs and four hits in six innings.

“I wanted to get deeper into the game, because we used (eight) pitchers yesterday, but the third inning got away from me a little,” he said. “I’m glad I got through six, because we needed it, but I would have liked to pitch a better game.”

Victor Reyes had a run-scoring single in the second inning, when Cabrera was thrown out going for third on the hit. Reyes was then caught stealing.

Aaron Judge hit an RBI double in the third and Rizzo followed with an RBI groundout. Rizzo’s sixth-inning homer boosted the lead to 3-1.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: OF Joey Gallo was out of the lineup for the second time in three games. “I’m not playing well enough to be in the starting lineup every day,” said Gallo, who is hitting .121 with no homers and no RBIs. He entered the game as a defensive replacement but did not bat.

Tigers: RHP Matt Manning (shoulder discomfort) was placed on the 10-day injured list due to the Tigers needing reinforcements after using eight pitchers on Tuesday. RHP Angel De Jesus was recalled from Triple-A Toledo for his first major league stint.

ROSTER MOVE

The Tigers optioned OF Daz Cameron to Toledo to open a roster spot for RHP Michael Pineda, who will be Thursday’s starting pitcher.

UP NEXT

The teams finish their three-game series on Thursday afternoon. LHP Jordan Montgomery (0-0, 3.24) starts for the Yankees and Pineda makes his Tigers debut against one of his former teams.

Browns unwilling to make Mayfield’s messy situation worse

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Already at odds with Baker Mayfield, the Cleveland Browns are choosing not to get into a public fight with him.

No longer part of Cleveland’s future, Mayfield is not participating in the team’s voluntary offseason program as the team tries to work out a trade to get rid of the 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick.

On Wednesday, coach Kevin Stefanski was reluctant to address the polarizing QB at all.

“I’d tell you that’s a unique situation,” Stefanski said of Mayfield, who was pushed aside by the team’s acquisition of three-time Pro Bowler Deshaun Watson. “It’s fluid and we’ll just continue to work through it as we go each day.”

The fact that the Browns are barely acknowledging Mayfield underscores his stunning fall with the team.

Cleveland selected him with the first pick in 2018. And while he set passing records as a rookie and led the Browns to the playoffs in 2020 to end a long drought, his stay was marked by inconsistent play and unnecessary drama.

Mayfield played most of last season with a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery. While he was recovering, the Browns said their expectation was to bring him back as their starter before they decided to pursue Watson, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by two dozen female massage therapists in Texas.

Cleveland sent six draft picks, including three first-rounders, to Houston for Watson and then signed him to a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract.

Mayfield felt betrayed by the Browns and said on a podcast last week that the team wasn’t honest with him about their plans and he felt “disrespected, 100%.”

Asked for his reaction, Stefanski again chose to steer clear of mentioning Mayfield.

“I’m not going to get into the specifics of those type of things,” he said. “It really is a unique situation and we’ll just work through it.”

Trading Mayfield is complicated for Cleveland general manager Andrew Berry. The 27-year-old QB is due to make $18.8 million this season after the Browns exercised his fifth-year option.

That’s a lot for any team to take on for a former starter who may have to revive his career as a backup.

Deebo Samuel requests trade from 49ers

Star wide receiver Deebo Samuel requested a trade from the San Francisco 49ers, he told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.

Samuel didn’t specify the reasons for his trade request, Darlington adds.

The All-Pro receiver’s request comes amid stalled contract talks. The 49ers have been trying to offer him a long-term extension, but Samuel hasn’t engaged in talks, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Samuel, who’s stripped his Instagram account of all references to the 49ers, recently hinted on social media that he was looking for an extension worth at least $25 million annually.

It’s unclear whether San Francisco is willing to move on from its top offensive weapon.

Samuel, who’s entering the final season of his rookie contract, racked up 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns last season en route to earning his first Pro Bowl nod.

The 2019 second-round pick established himself as one of football’s most dynamic playmakers in 2021, piling up game-changing plays both as a receiver and runner. He caught 77 passes for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns last year, good for a league-high 18.2 yards per catch. He also put up 365 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns on the ground.

Samuel’s the only player in NFL history to top 1,400 receiving yards and 300 rushing yards in the same season.

The wide receiver market has exploded this offseason, largely thanks to Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill.

The Las Vegas Raiders acquired Adams from the Green Bay Packers in March and gave him a five-year, $140-million deal, which set an all-time record at the position. Hill topped that a week later after the Miami Dolphins traded for him and signed him to a four-year, $120-million contract.

Samuel, 26, is one of a handful of young star receivers looking for an extension this year along with Terry McLaurin of the Washington Commanders, DK Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks, and A.J. Brown of the Tennessee Titans.

Theodore scores in OT, Golden Knights beat Capitals 4-3

LAS VEGAS (AP) Shea Theodore scored 2:09 into overtime to lift the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Theodore dangled his way through two defenders and deked his way to a backhand winner past Washington goaltender Ilya Samsonov, keeping the Golden Knights’ slim playoff hopes alive.

Vegas has 89 points and is two back of Dallas for the second wild card in the Western Conference, and trails Los Angeles by three in the Pacific Division.

Alec Martinez, Evgenii Dadonov and Chandler Stephenson scored for the Golden Knights in regulation. Robin Lehner made 12 stops in the first period and didn’t return. Logan Thompson stopped 13 shots in the final two periods and didn’t face any in overtime.

Alex Ovechkin had two goals and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for the Capitals, while Samsonov made 26 saves.

The victory ended a two-game slide that saw Vegas score just two goals.

Washington came out with much more fire than Vegas to start the game. Ovechkin sent a blast from the blue line that trickled through Lehner’s pads and would have crossed the goal line without Kuznetsov’s help. But sitting to the left of Lehner, Kuznetsov tapped in his 24th goal of the season to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 6:18.

Martinez tied the game with 6:09 left in the period when he threw the puck from the blue line and it sailed through Justin Schultz’s legs and between Samsonov’s pads.

With a risky move entering the second, Vegas coach Peter DeBoer pulled Lehner and turned to Thompson.

Ovechkin wasted no time in introducing himself to Vegas’ rookie netminder when he one-timed Kuznetsov’s cross-ice pass and beat Thompson to put Washington back in front at 2:57.

Thompson regrouped to compose himself the rest of the period and stopped the next six shots that came his way in the second.

In desperation mode, and playing with much more vigor than the first two periods, the Golden Knights came out flying for the third period.

Exactly one month removed from Vegas attempting to trade him at the deadline, Dadonov sparked the Golden Knights with a much-needed goal just 2:05 into the third when he skated down the right side and fired a shot that slipped under Samsonov’s arm.

Less than a minute later, with Washington center Nic Dowd in the box for tripping, Stephenson – who won a Stanley Cup with the Capitals against Vegas in 2018 – put the Golden Knights ahead when he was positioned perfectly in the slot for the redirect.

Later in the period, Thompson showed tremendous resolve when he stopped Ovechkin on a breakaway attempt that might rattle most rookies facing a guy chasing the all-time goal-scoring record and sitting on 779 career goals.

Nevertheless, Ovechkin got his 50th of the season and career No. 780 when he skated down the right side and blasted a shot Thompson had no chance to keep up with, tying the game at 3 with 6:24 left. It marked the ninth time in his career that Ovechkin scored 50 goals, tying Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky for most in NHL history. Ovechkin is also the oldest player in NHL history to score 50 in a season.

UP NEXT

Capitals: At Arizona on Friday.

Golden Knights: Host San Jose on Sunday.

TOP INDIANA NEWS/RELEASES

Phinisee heads to Cincinnati

Rob Phinisee is transferring to Cincinnati. Phinisee has another year of eligibility.

He picked the Bearcats over Butler, announcing his decision via social media Wednesday night.

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

Smith-Njigba’s Single Lifts Indians to Victory

INDIANAPOLIS – Anthony Alford launched the first home run of his rehab assignment, Canaan Smith-Njigba roped a go-ahead two-run single and Cal Mitchell went 3-for-4 to lead the Indianapolis Indians to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Clippers on Wednesday afternoon.

After Alford gave the Indians (7-6) their first lead of the series in the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run deep out to left field, Jose Fermin countered with a solo shot of his own in the third to tie the game. The Clippers then took the lead when a throwing error by shortstop Oneil Cruz scored former Indian Mitchell Tolman from second base.

The Columbus (10-4) lead didn’t last long, however, and the first five Indians batters reached base safely in the bottom of the fourth to shift the game back in Indy’s favor. With a pair of runners in scoring position, Smith-Njigba smacked a single up the middle to score Mason Martin and Rodolfo Castro. He was then driven in on a double play three batters later.

Indianapolis added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a bases-loaded walk to offset Fermin’s second solo homer of the day in the top of the ninth inning.

In relief of starter Osvaldo Bido, who surrendered one earned run in 4.0 innings, right-hander Eric Hanhold (W, 1-0) tossed 1.0 hitless inning as the Indians took the lead. The Indians bullpen, capped by Hunter Stratton (S, 1), surrendered one earned run on three hits in the final 5.0 innings.

Southpaw Brett Daniels (L, 1-1) surrendered the go-ahead single to Smith-Njigba for the Indians win. Columbus had won nine consecutive games prior to today’s contest.

Mitchell’s three hits tied his high for the season, set on April 16 at St. Paul. He is now hitting .372 (16-for-43) in 12 games this season.

The Indians will look to build on today’s win at 12:05 PM ET tomorrow at Victory Field. Evansville, Ind. native Jerad Eickhoff (1-0, 8.53) will take the bump for the Indians against LHP Jamie Arias (0-0, -.–) in his Triple-A debut.

Postseason Play Begins with Big Ten Championships

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Hoosier women’s golf team is set to play in the 2022 Big Ten Championships at the Fox Chapel Golf Course in Pittsburgh. The 54-hole tournament will begin on April 22.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Big Ten Championships • Pittsburgh

Fox Chapel Golf Course

Par 71 • 6045 yards

Live scoring via Golfstat

TEAMS COMPETING (14)

Illinois, INDIANA, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin

INDIANA LINEUP

1. Áine Donegan

2. Alexis Miestowski

3. Mary Parsons

4. Valerie Clancy

5. Margaret Fernandez

6. Beatriz Junqueira

TOURNAMENT NOTES

• The field consists of four teams ranked inside the top-50 of the most recent GolfStat rankings, headlined by Michigan (No. 18). Illinois (No. 23), Michigan State (No. 34) and Purdue (No. 46) round out the highest ranked teams in the field.

• The tournament will consist of 54 holes, with single rounds played daily will be played as a six-count-four tournament with the four best scores counting for the team.

• Coverage of this year’s tournament will be provided by Big Ten Network and the FOX Sports app (exact dates/times TBD).

INDIANA IN THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

• Indiana has won four Big Ten Championships four times, most recently coming in the 1997-98 season. IU has also earned runner-up honors on 13 occasions, including the 2018-19 season.

• The Indiana program has produced 10 Big Ten individual champions with Danah Ford (2004) being the most recent winner. She turned in a four-round scorecard of 287 to take the individual crown.

• Indiana posted six individual champions during the 1990s, including three titles from Erika Wicoff from 1994-96.

• Valerie Clancy led the way for the Hoosiers with a 4-over 220 to finish tied for 20th in the 2021 Big Ten Championships. Overall, IU finished 13th in the event with a three-round tally of 918.

Longball Leads Baseball Past Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – In its 10th straight road contest, the Indiana baseball program turned an early deficit into an 11-4 victory at Cincinnati on Wednesday (April 20) at UC Baseball Stadium. Three home runs and three freshmen pitchers led the way for IU in the win.

After Cincinnati (16-19) struck first with a solo home run in the first inning, Indiana (14-22) scored the next four runs, all coming via the home run. A two-run shot in the second inning gave IU the lead and two solo home runs in the fourth expanded it. The Bearcats got one run back in the eighth, before IU tacked on three runs in the ninth. A two-run UC home run in the bottom of the ninth accounted for the final margin.

The home run powered the offense for Indiana, as the Hoosiers hit three home runs on the afternoon. Freshmen Carter Mathison and Brock Tibbitts left the yard and graduate student Tyler Doanes added the other long ball. It was the third home run of the season for Doanes. For Mathison and Tibbitts, they hit their ninth and eighth home runs, respectively, to rank No. 1 and 2 among all Big Ten freshmen in that category.

Redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen drove in a game-high three runs, while Doanes, Mathison and Tibbitts each plated a pair of RBIs in the game. Doanes, Tibbitts and junior Hunter Jessee each produced two-hits game for IU and freshman Max Johnson walked three times and scored one run in his collegiate debut, as he started at shortstop in his first college appearance.

Freshman Josh Pyne continued to reach base with a single and a walk to move his reached base streak to 26 games. The streak started on March 8 and is the longest by a freshman in program history. It ranks No. 5 overall by a Hoosier hitter since 2005.

In his first collegiate start on the mound, freshman Grant Holderfield tossed two innings and allowed one run on three hits. Freshman Luke Hayden (3-0) picked up the win in relief with four scoreless innings of work. The right-hander allowed one hit, walked three and struck out two. Freshman Ryan Kraft allowed one run over 1 2/3 innings of work. Redshirt-sophomore Reese Sharp stranded the bases loaded in the eighth and finished with two runs allowed on one hit in 1 1/3 innings of work to close out the game.

For Cincinnati, Ryan Nicholson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored and Jake Hansen added a two-hit game. Nicholson and Griffin Merritt each homered for UC. Carter Earls (0-1) took the loss with two runs allowed on two hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.

Scoring Recap

Bottom First

Griffin Merritt hit a solo home run to right field with two outs.

at Cincinnati 1, Indiana 0

Top Second

After Matthew Ellis walked to lead off the inning, Brock Tibbitts hit a home run to right field.

Indiana 2, at Cincinnati 1

Top Fourth

Carter Mathison hit a solo home run to lead off the frame and Tyler Doanes’ solo shot with one out capped the scoring for the inning.

Indiana 4, at Cincinnati 1

Top Fifth

After Hunter Jessee and Josh Pyne started the inning with singles, Indiana didn’t produce another hit, however scored four times. After an Ellis flyout, Tibbitts walked to load the bases. Mathison and Samuel Murrison were each hit-by-pitch to push runs across and Doanes walked to collect an RBI. A throwing error on a failed pickoff allowed the fourth run to score.

Indiana 8, at Cincinnati 1

Bottom Eighth

Cole Harting tripled to left field and came in to score on a Wyatt Stapp single.

Indiana 8, at Cincinnati 2

Top Ninth

Tibbitts doubled, Murrison reached on an error and Max Johnson walked to load the bases with two outs. Bobby Whalen doubled to left-center field to clear the bases.

Indiana 11, at Cincinnati 2

Bottom Ninth

Ryan Nicholson hit a two-run home run to straight-away center field.

Indiana 11, at Cincinnati 4

Up Next

Indiana will return to Bart Kaufman Field for the first time in 19 days to host a Big Ten series with Nebraska. The Hoosiers and Cornhuskers will throw the first pitch in the series at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22, continue the series at 2 p.m. on Saturday and conclude the three-game set at Noon Sunday on the Big Ten Network.

Karl Maslowski Joins Purdue Football as Special Teams Coordinator

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Karl Maslowski has joined the Purdue Football staff as the new special teams coordinator/assistant linebackers coach, head coach Jeff Brohm announced Wednesday (April 20). Maslowski makes the move to West Lafayette after spending the past three seasons at Louisville.

“Karl has coached special teams for nearly a decade, and he is a great addition to our staff,” said Brohm. “It is important to have a consistent special teams unit that makes an impact on the game. Karl knows how to get the most out of players and can maximize our potential on special teams.”

Maslowski owns nine years of experience as a special teams coordinator at the FBS and Division II levels. Under his direction, his punt units ranked top 30 nationally in six out of nine seasons, while his kickoff return units finished in the top 30 eight times.

Prior to joining Louisville as the program’s senior quality control specialist (2019-21), Maslowski spent six seasons coaching special teams at Northern Michigan (2013-18). While in the Upper Peninsula, he coached linebackers, running backs and tight ends. Maslowski began his stint at NMU mentoring the linebackers (2013-16) before going to the other side of the ball to coach the running backs and tight ends (2017-18).

Throughout his time up north, he guided two All-GLIAC linebackers, two All-GLIAC punters and one All-GLIAC kicker. As Northern Michigan’s running backs coach, Maslowski played an integral role in his rushers setting three school rushing records and developing the school’s first Harlon Hill nominee.

Prior to making the move to Northern Michigan, Maslowski coached at his alma mater Western Kentucky for three seasons. He served as linebackers coach from 2010-11, which included mentoring a trio of All-Sun Belt linebackers, before focusing specifically on special teams in 2012. His 2011 special teams unit finished in the top 25 nationally in four different statistical categories. During his tenure, two returners earned All-America accolades. On the recruiting road, Maslowski helped secure the No. 1 recruiting classes in the Sun Belt for back-to-back seasons.

Maslowski was an All-American linebacker at Western Kentucky from 1999-2003 and earned a bachelor’s degree public in health education in 2004. He helped lead the Hilltoppers to a 1-AA national title in 2002, while earning team MVP and academic all-conference honors during the 2003 campaign.

Butler Baseball Drops Dayton 7-2

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler baseball team recorded a 7-2 victory over Dayton on Wednesday afternoon to improve their overall record to 18-20. The top of the BU batting order was the difference in the midweek tilt. James Gargano went 4-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Kyle Van Liere followed him in the two-hole with a 3-for-3 performance that included a walk, two RBI’s and three runs scored.

It was a bullpen day for each side with Butler using a new arm every inning and Dayton sending six student-athletes to the rubber. In the end, Aaron Barokas (2-3) would be credited with the win and Austin Brush was hit with the loss (0-1).

The first inning was entertaining for each side. Dayton scored two runs on two hits to jump out in front, but the ‘Dawgs pulled even with a three-hit bottom half of the inning that featured a two-RBI double down the line by Travis Holt.

Gargano broke up the 2-2 tie with an RBI single to center in the fifth to score Cade Vota. The Bulldogs piled on two more runs in the sixth with a Milano single to right and Van Liere would push a ball over the wall in left to take us to our final score of 7-2.

Van Liere’s first home run of the season was a two-run shot with two outs in the inning. The BU newcomer has also been great in the field, seeing time in center.

Butler will hit the road this weekend and play a three-game series in Queens vs. St. John’s.

Caroline Strande Set to Join @Butler WBB for 2022-23 Season

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler women’s basketball head coach Austin Parkinson is excited to announce that Minnesota transfer Caroline Strande will continue her collegiate career as a Bulldog. A 5-11 guard from Racine, Wisconsin, Strande was a three-star recruit coming out of Racine Lutheran High School. She averaged 35.3 points per game during her senior season as a Crusader and also averaged 10.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 5.4 steals and 1.6 blocks per contest.

“Caroline is an athletic wing who brings the experience of playing in the Big Ten along with her natural ability to score the basketball,” Parkinson stated. “Bulldog fans will love seeing her versatility as she can guard multiple positions defensively and score in a number of ways on offense. She is the type of player who just loves playing ball which is exactly what we are looking for.”

Strande played one full season at Minnesota in 2020-21 and will have three years of eligibility remaining at Butler. As a Golden Gopher, Strande played in 21 games. She scored 56 total points, shooting 43 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range.

Before attending Minnesota, Strande was touted as the No. 29 guard in the country coming out of high school. A First Team All-State selection and McDonald’s All-American nominee, Strande left Racine Lutheran as the school’s all-time leader in points (over 2,500), field goals made, free throws made, steals and assists. She finished her career ranked fifth in state history in scoring. Strande averaged 29.4 ppg as a junior, 23.1 as a sophomore and 16.8 as a freshman. She was a three-time all-conference and all-county selection that also excelled in the classroom as a Racine County Sports Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete honoree that placed her name on the school’s High Honor Roll three times.

Butler Golf Women Tee Off Thursday at 2022 BIG EAST Championship

Pine Mountain, Ga. – Butler will travel to Pine Mountain, Ga., for the 2022 BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP played at the Mountain View Course at Callaway Gardens. The Championship, which begins Thursday, is scheduled for 54 holes over three days.

The BIG EAST competition is scheduled to begin each day at 8 a.m. ET.

The BIG EAST will crown a team champion, which earns an automatic berth to the 2022 NCAA Championship.  The individual champion also receives an NCAA Championship invitation. Immediately following the women’s championship, the BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP also will be held at Callaway Gardens April 25-27.

At the women’s tournament, Thursday’s first-round threesomes will be determined by team and player seedings, while Friday’s and Saturday’s groupings are assembled from the previous day’s leaderboard. Six BIG EAST schools participate in women’s golf: Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Xavier.    

Butler has been led by Ally Ross, who has finished in the top three of her last four tournaments, including a win at the Benbow Invitational. Her stroke average is 74.60, which ranks third individually among the BIG EAST field. Senior Claire Edwards, who tied for sixth at last year’s Championship, owns a 77.27 average. Butler placed fifth at the 2021 Championship.

Ross and Edwards will be joined in the line-up by sophomore Alaina Bowie and freshmen Madalin Small and Katie Steinman. All three will be competing in their first BIG EAST Championship. Veteran Nicole Jordan is also among the six players that coach Christie Cates will choose five from each day.

Xavier, who won last year’s title, has two players ranked among the top six in the GolfStat rankings and is the championship’s top seed according to GolfStat. Sophomore Emma McMyler ranks first with an average score of 73.38. In last year’s Championship, McMyler finished tied for eighth. Freshman Kara Carter ranks second in the overall rankings with an average score of 73.69.

Live scoring will be available via GolfStat.

GASKINS NAMED TOP 25 FINALIST FOR 2022 USA SOFTBALL COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

USA Softball announced the Top 25 Finalists for the 2022 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year this afternoon. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award recognizes outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female collegiate softball players from across the country.

Gaskins is one of 15 position players to be named to a Top 25 Finalist. She’s one of five from the Atlantic Coast Conference, joining Valerie Cagle of Clemson, Jameson Kavel of Duke, Kathryn Sandercock of Florida State and Keely Rochard of Virginia Tech.

This season, Gaskins is hitting for a .450 average (50-for-111) to lead the ACC. She’s recorded an on-base percentage of .575, having drawn 33 walks on the season. She’s hit 10 home runs and leads the ACC with 49 RBI on the season. She’s earned a season-long 13-game hit streak, and is currently on an eight-game hit streak.

Player – School

Jocelyn Alo – Oklahoma

Yannira Acuna – Arizona State

Holly Azevedo – UCLA

Jordy Bahl – Oklahoma

Valerie Cagle – Clemson

Erin Coffel – Kentucky

Jayda Coleman – Oklahoma

Georgina Corrick – USF

Mia Davidson – Mississippi State

Megan Faraimo – UCLA

Montana Fouts – Alabama

Karina Gaskins – Notre Dame

Danielle Gibson – Arkansas

Jameson Kavel – Duke

Baylee Klingler – Washington

Kayla Konwent – Wisconsin

Haley Lee – Texas A&M

Grace Lyons – Oklahoma

Kelly Maxwell – Oklahoma State

Sydney McKinney – Wichita State

Keely Rochard – Virginia Tech

Kathryn Sandercock – Florida State

Cydney Sanders – Arizona State

Skylar Wallace – Florida

Danielle Williams – Northwestern

Up Next

The Irish are back in action this weekend as they host the North Carolina Tar Heels in a three-game ACC series at Melissa Cook Stadium.

BLASTS LIFT #13 IRISH PAST MASTODONS, 12-2

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 13th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (23-8) remained undefeated in midweek games this season with the 12-2 win over Purdue Fort Wayne (10-24) Wednesday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish scored in each of the last four innings at the plate and put up double-digit runs for the 10th time this season.

The Irish had another strong performance on the mound in the win. As a staff, they allowed just two runs and four hits. Liam Simon picked up his first win of the season and tied a career high with eight strikeouts. Jack Findlay set a career high with four strikeouts and tied a career-high with 3.0 innings of scoreless relief. It was the second-straight game and 18th time this season the Irish have allowed three runs or fewer in a game.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Purdue Fort Wayne took the lead in the top of the first with a solo home run.

The lead did not last long as the Irish tied the game in the bottom of the first. Spencer Myers worked a leadoff walk and stole second base. The steal was the 61st of his career, surpassing AJ Pollock for seventh all-time in program history for career steals. Myers scored later in the inning on the sacrifice fly from Jack Zyska to tie the game at 1-1.

After giving up the run in the first, Simon settled in over the next few innings. He struck out two in the second and the side in the third to keep the game tied.

In the bottom of the third, the Irish took the lead off the bat from Zyska. He smoked a solo shot off the top of the wind screen in left to give the Irish their first lead of the game. His fifth home run of the season gave the Irish a 2-1 lead after three.

Simon tied a career high with his eighth strikeout of the game in his final inning in the fourth. He finished the outing with 4.0 innings pitched with just two hits, eight strikeouts and no walks.

The Irish added to the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Brooks Coetzee III singled through the right side and scored Ryan Cole. They added another run in the inning as David LaManna singled up the middle to score Coetzee III from second. After five innings, the Irish led 4-1.

Another run came home in the sixth as Cole scored on a double play to put the Irish up 5-1.

Then the Irish broke the game open in the seventh with their biggest inning of the game. The Irish scored five runs in the inning and it started when LaManna ripped his second double of the game, this time down the right field line, to score Zyska. Jack Penney came home on a wild pitch in the inning and LaManna scored on an RBI single from Jared Miller. The big hit of the inning came from Cole with his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot, that put the Irish up 10-1 after the inning ended.

Nick Juaire added the final two runs in the eighth with an RBI double from left to put the cap on the game for the Irish.

UP NEXT

The Irish continue the homestand with an ACC series as Wake Forest comes to town. The Demon Deacons and Irish will square off starting Friday at 5 p.m. ET. It will be Wake’s first trip to South Bend since the 2018 season. The entire series will be streamed on ACC Network Extra. Admission is free for all fans at Frank Eck Stadium this year.

Men’s Volleyball Downs Lewis; Hosts Purdue Fort Wayne In MIVA Championship Match Saturday

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s volleyball team was on a mission tonight as the top-seeded Cardinals defeated No. 4 seed Lewis 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-15) in the semifinals of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament Wednesday night inside Worthen Arena.

The Cardinals (22-3) had swept the Flyers (16-12) in both regular season matchups. Ball State and Lewis endured a tight first set where the Flyers held onto a slim lead throughout set one. Ball State finally took a 14-12 edge after kills from Nick Martinski and Angelo Mandilaris. The Cardinals took advantage of their momentum and quickly built an 18-14 cushion over the Flyers. Lewis still played close, but Ball State remained atop of Lewis and was able to take the first set, 25-23.

However, it didn’t take long for Ball State to turn up its offense and defense against Lewis in the final two frames, which nearly mimicked one another. The Flyers offense was halted in set two as the Cardinals held Lewis to a -.067 hitting percentage at the net and a .130 from the floor in the third frame. The Cardinals, on the other hand, were firing on all cylinders, especially in the final set tallying 12 kills off 20 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. 

For the second-straight game, the MIVA Player of the Year Kaleb Jenness led the Cardinals with 10 kills, hitting a whopping .556 from the floor off 18 attacks and was also the team leader in defensive digs with nine. The nation’s leader in assists, Quinn Isaacson, dished out 28 assists to his teammates for a .459 accuracy. 

The Ball State men’s volleyball team will advance to the championship match for the first time since 2009 on Saturday, April 22 when it hosts the sixth-seeded Purdue Fort Wayne in Worthen Arena at 7 p.m. ET.

Russo Delivers Perfection as Softball Sweeps WMU

MUNCIE, Ind. – – Ball State softball freshman pitcher Angelina Russo was on fire Wednesday afternoon at the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex.

She struck out eight of the first nine Western Michigan batters she faced, including three looking, in what turned out to be a historic afternoon in Muncie.

Historic because Russo would retire all 21 batters she faced to complete the first perfect game in program history and give the Cardinals (18-23; 11-6 MAC) a 5-0 victory the series finale. That effort followed a 5-0 Ball State win in the day’s opener to give BSU the series sweep of the Broncos (16-27; 6-11 MAC).

Mallory Russell named to MVC All-Tournament Team

KIRKWOOD, Mo. – Following her tie for 4th place at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, University of Evansville sophomore Mallory Russell was named to the All-Tournament Team.

The team consists of the top five finishers in the tournament, including tie scores.  Russell had an exceptional championship at Greenbriar Hills Country Club.  In three rounds, she finished with a score of 228.  Her final tally was just three strokes off of the medalist.

Russell was at or near the top of the standings for the duration of the tournament.  The Evansville native opened the tournament on Sunday with a 2-over 73 before carding a 79 in Monday’s second round.  Her 76 on Tuesday clinched the top five finish.

Her efforts, combined with strong performances from the entire team, helped the Purple Aces jump to fifth in the final standings.  It was the second-best team finish in program history behind only the 2021 championship squad.

Beacons to Host Bears in Weekend Series

Missouri State (14-18, 0-6 MVC)

at Valparaiso (13-19, 2-4 MVC)

Emory G. Bauer Field | Valparaiso, Ind.

Saturday, April 23, Noon CT (Game 1) – RHP Colin Fields

Saturday, April 23, To Follow (Game 2) – LHP Jake Miller

Sunday, April 24, 1 p.m. CT – RHP Griffin McCluskey

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team will attempt to notch a second straight series win after going on the road to take two of three from Illinois State last weekend. The Beacons will face off with a Missouri State team that has dropped its first six Missouri Valley Conference games, but there’s little doubt that the Bears are a better club than their early-season league record would indicate. Due to rain forecasted on Friday, the series will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday.

Last Time Out: After falling 7-0 in last weekend’s series opener at Illinois State, Valpo rallied to take two of three in an Easter Weekend series at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill. After Valpo prevailed 10-2 in Saturday’s middle game – the team’s most lopsided win in league play since joining the Missouri Valley Conference – the Beacons held on for a 2-1 win behind hometown hero Griffin McCluskey, who pitched six strong innings to earn his first collegiate victory in his native Normal. The series victory came against the team picked third in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll. Valpo followed that series with a 5-1 midweek setback to No. 18 Notre Dame despite a solid pitching performance from Connor Lockwood and solo homer by Brady Renfro.

Following the Beacons: All three games this weekend will air on ESPN3 with Todd Ickow calling the action. Thomas Kithier will join Todd for the first two games in the series, while Sam Michel will handle color commentary for the series finale. 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 (165-254), 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: For the second straight weekend, Valpo will match up with a team whose season it ended a year ago as the Beacons brought the Bears’ 2021 journey to a halt with a 6-4, 10-inning win in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in Carbondale. Parker Johnson had a two-run, go-ahead double in the top of the 10th to put Valpo back in front after Missouri State had scored an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and send it to extras. That memorable win was the first triumph over Missouri State in program history, as Valpo entered that matchup with an 0-13 mark against the Bears in a series that dates back to 1985. That included a four-game Missouri State sweep in Springfield to close out the 2021 regular season with three of those four losses coming by one run.

Approaching the Century Mark: Two members of the middle of Valpo’s batting order enter this weekend’s series against Missouri State closing in on the 100-hit milestone for their collegiate careers. Kaleb Hannahs has 96 career hits, while Kyle Schmack owns 95.

Staying on Schedule: In shocking news, there were no weather-related schedule changes to Valpo’s series at Illinois State from April 15-17 (although it was still cold). That marked the first time since the first weekend of the season (Feb. 18-20 at Memphis) that Valpo played a weekend without a doubleheader.  So far this season, three weekends have stayed on schedule, while seven weekend series (including this weekend series vs. Missouri State) have included at least one schedule change due to weather. After this weekend, Valpo will have played a doubleheader in eight of 10 weekends.

Working Quickly: Three of Valpo’s last four games have been 2:07 or shorter, the three shortest nine-inning games of the season. That included a contest that lasted just 1:56 on April 19 at No. 18 Notre Dame, the team’s fastest nine-inning game since needing only 1:54 on April 30 of last season vs. Illinois State. Valpo’s last five games, all nine innings in length, have all been 2:31 or shorter.

A Look at the Leaderboards: Valpo leads the Missouri Valley Conference in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.7 and strikeout-to-walk ratio at 2.69. Bobby Nowak ranks 18th nationally and second in The Valley with seven saves. Fields leads the MVC and ranks 15th in the nation with 75 strikeouts. He leads the MVC and ranks fifth nationally with 14.46 strikeouts per nine innings. Jake Miller ranks second in the MVC in walks per nine innings at 1.72.

In the Other Dugout: Missouri State 

Coming off a 6-5 midweek loss at Missouri.

Have dropped eight straight games but half of those have been one-run affairs.

Swept at DBU and at home against Evansville over the first two MVC weekends.

Went 21-23 overall and 11-13 in MVC play last season.

Picked sixth of eight in the MVC preseason poll.

Led offensively by Spencer Nivens, who is hitting .354 to go along with a .455 on-base percentage, 28 RBIs and four home runs. Six Bears are hitting over .300.

Sycamores Split Doubleheader With Evansville

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball split a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Price Field against Evansville.

The Sycamores had their bats going early and often in game one as ISU put up 16 runs including an eight-run first innings en route to a 16-3 win while Evansville bounced back in game to and took home a 3-2 victory to split the doubleheader. ISU finished the day with 22 hits between the two games.

Indiana State (20-21, 7-10) and the Purple Aces (21-19, 6-11) will finish their season series next Wednesday in Evansville.

Game One

Indiana State wasted no time in game one, putting up eight runs in the opening frame which began with an Olivia Patton leadoff walk and a Bella Peterson single. They would both come around to score on an Isabella Henning double off the top of the wall in left center to put the Sycamores up 2-0. Lexie Siwek then reached on a bunt single which was followed up by a three-run home run by Amanda Guercio to center to extend the ISU lead to five. Annie Tokarek made it back-to-back home runs with a solo shot down the left field line which put the Sycamores up 6-0. Following a Danielle Henning single and another Olivia Patton walk, Bella Peterson drove them both in with a double to left center to make it 8-0 Indiana State.

Cassi Newbanks got an Aces batter looking to leave the bases loaded in the top of the second. Indiana State would grow their lead in the bottom half of the frame as Amanda Guercio picked up her fourth RBI of the day with a single up the middle to make it 9-0. She would come around to score on an Evansville throwing error which made it 10-0 ISU.

The Sycamores kept their bats going in the third, putting four more runs on the board in the frame. Isabella Henning launched a three-run home run over the scoreboard in right to make it 13-0. Amanda Guercio then hit her second home run of the game with a solo shot to left field to grow the Indiana State lead to 14-0 after three innings of play.

Lexie Siwek drove in a pair of runs in the fourth inning with a bases-loaded single to center which scored Cassie Thomerson and Grace Hunger to put the Sycamores up 16-0.

Evansville got on the board in the fifth inning with back-to-back RBI hits to score three runs but it would not be enough as the Sycamores got the 16-3 run-rule victory.

Cassi Newbanks went 4.2 innings and picked up her fifth win of the season while Hailey Griffin got the final out of the game, leaving the bases loaded.

Indiana State finished game one with 14 hits, getting multi-hit efforts from five different players including a five RBI game from both Amanda Guercio and Isabella Henning.

Olivia Patton finished the game with three walks and three runs scored.

Game Two

The Purple Aces of Evansville were able to limit the Sycamores in game two, winning 3-2 to split the doubleheader.

Indiana State got off to another early lead in the first as Isabella Henning drove in Olivia Patton with an infield single for Henning’s sixth RBI of the doubleheader.

Evansville tied the game in the third, getting an RBI groundout from Marah Wood to make it a 1-1 game.

The Sycamores would get the run back in the bottom of the frame to go up 2-1 as a pair of Evansville errors allowed Olivia Patton to score after reaching with a single.

After allowing just one run through the first four innings, Lexi Benko surrendered a two-run shot to center field which gave Evansville a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth.

TeAnn Bringle got a pinch-hit single in the seventh to start a Sycamore rally but the Aces were able to escape and pick up the win to even the series.

Benko finished with five strikeouts over seven innings of work, dropping to 10-11 on the season with the loss.

Indiana State finished with eight hits as Amanda Guercio went 2-for-3, Isabella Henning went 2-for-4 and Olivia Patton went 2-for-3 with two runs scored to highlight the Sycamores at the plate.

Around the Horn

-Bella Peterson’s three hits in game one push her total to 51 on the season, including 17 doubles which is second most in the country.

-Isabella Henning extended her hitting-streak to eight games after a pair of multi-hit efforts against Evansville. Her 35 RBIs this season are the most among MVC hitters.

-Peterson (.389) and Henning (.385) now rank 1-2 in the MVC in batting average.

-Olivia Patton reached base five times today and came around to score every time.

-Amanda Guercio now ranks second all-time in program history with 22 career home runs. Peterson is third with 20 and Tokarek is right behind her with 19.

Up Next

The Sycamores will travel to Carbondale, Ill. for a three-game series at Southern Illinois beginning on Saturday.

‘Dons Sweep Loyola to Advance to MIVA Championship

CHICAGO – For the first time since 2007 the Mastodons will play for the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association title. The sixth-seeded ‘Dons earned the trip to Saturday’s MIVA championship match after sweeping second-seeded Loyola 32-30, 25-23, 27-25 on Wednesday (April 20) evening at Gentile Arena.

Purdue Fort Wayne will travel to Muncie, Ind. to take on No. 1 seed Ball State in the MIVA Finals.

Freshman Zach Solomon had 50 assists, the most assists by a setter in the NCAA this season in a three-set match. It is only seven shy of the NCAA record for assists in a three-set match.

He guided a Mastodon offense which hit .388. Jon Diedrich (16), Rico Wardlow (15) and Vicente Ibarra (12) each finished with double digit kills. Wardlow had the Mastodons’ best hitting percentage of the night at .625. Diedrich hit .387 with Ibarra at 321.

Kade Bontrager led the ‘Dons in digs with 13. He’s notched double-digit digs in each of the last three matches and is averaging 3.82 digs per set in this stretch. He also added nine kills and hit .500 on Wednesday.

Despite the Ramblers’ 3-0 lead to start the first set, the ‘Dons bounced back early and eventually took a 6-5 edge. Bontrager had two kills, Cody Johnson and Wardlow added kills during the run. From then on, neither team held a lead larger than two points for the next 48 serves. With the Ramblers up 30-29, the ‘Dons rallied off three points to secure the set win. Wardlow had two kills in the three-point stretch.

The Ramblers once again had an early lead in the second set at 4-0. The ‘Dons fought their way back and eventually tied the set at 22-22. With the score tied, the ‘Dons scored three of the next four points to win the set. The set was won off a Diedrich and Wardlow block.

Heading into the media timeout, the Ramblers led the third set 15-12. The ‘Dons responded with a 4-1 run to tie the set at 16-16. Wardlow and Diedrich each had two kills. With the set tied at 25-25, the ‘Dons scored the final two points off kills from Bontrager and Ibarra to win the match.

With the win, the No. 15 Mastodons improve to 17-12. No. 11 Loyola Chicago finishes their season with an 18-9 overall record.

Mastodons Fall to No. 18 Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Jack Lang had a solo home run for Purdue Fort Wayne on Wednesday (April 20) evening in the Mastodons’ 12-2 loss to No. 18 Notre Dame.

The ‘Dons wasted little time getting on the board. Lang hit a solo shot in the first inning, his seventh home run of the year, to put the ‘Dons up 1-0.

Notre Dame, ranked No. 18 in the DIBaseball.com poll, knotted it with one in the first and took the lead with another run in the third. The two runs were the only runs that starter Michael Madura gave up in his three-inning outing. He also had two strikeouts. He took the loss and is now 0-1.

The Mastodons’ second run of the game came in the eighth when Jarrett Bickel used a single up the middle to knock in Cade Nelis. Isaiah Hart also had a single for the ‘Dons.

The Fighting Irish pulled away with a five-spot in the seventh.

Ryan Cole and Jack Zyska had home runs for the Fighting Irish.

GAME NOTES

» The Mastodons drew four walks from Notre Dame pitching.

» Lang led the Mastodons, going 2-for-4 with a single in addition to his home run.

» Notre Dame was led offensively by Cole, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

» Notre Dame improves to 23-8. Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 10-24.

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons return to action on Friday (April 22) against Northern Kentucky in a doubleheader at noon at Mastodon Field.

Alexa Davis hits game-winning home run at Indiana State

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Sophomore Alexa Davis came through with a 2-run game-winning home run to help the University of Evansville softball team earn a doubleheader split at Indiana State.  The Sycamores opened the day with a 16-3 win before Evansville rallied for a 3-2 triumph in game two on Wednesday at Price Field.

Game One – Indiana State 16, UE 3

An 8-run first inning by Indiana State set the tone before they finished with a 16-3 win in five innings.  Home runs by Amanda Guercio and Annie Tokarek contributed to the big start.  The Sycamores chased Purple Aces starter Izzy Vetter from the game after just 2/3 of an inning.  She allowed eight earned runs on seven hits.

ISU continued to add to the lead, plating two in the second, four in the third and two more to cap off the fourth.  Despite the large deficit, the Aces finished strong, scoring three runs in the top half of the fifth.  Jenna Nink got things going, hitting a leadoff double and with two outs, Haley Woolf picked up a 2-RBI single to put Evansville on the board.  Alexa Davis followed with an RBI double to plate the third run.  A pair of walks loaded the bases before ISU was able to record the final out to seal the win.

Game Two – UE 3, Indiana State 2

After Indiana State scored the opening run in the first, Evansville plated the tying run in the top of the third with some small ball.  Mackenzie McFeron singled to lead off before stealing second.  After advancing to third on a flyout to center field, she scored on an RBI groundout from Marah Wood.  The game did not remain tied for long as ISU retook the lead at 2-1 in the bottom of the inning.

With two outs and her team trailing by a 2-1 score in the fifth, Alexa Davis came through with one of the biggest plays of the season.  A 2-run blast to center field put Evansville in front for the first time at 3-2.  Sydney Weatherford kept the Sycamores off the board from there as the Aces fended off a late challenge to win by a 3-2 final.

Weatherford allowed two runs, one earned, on eight hits.  She recorded her 6th win of the season.  UE completed the game with seven hits with Davis and Hannah Hood picking up two apiece.  McFeron scored two of UE’s three runs.  Evansville will be back on the road this weekend with a 3-game series at Bradley.  A noon doubleheader on Saturday opens the weekend.

Softball Debuts at #1 in Initial Regional Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy softball team earned the No. 1 spot in the season’s first set of NCAA Division II Midwest Regional rankings, released Wednesday. GLIAC-leader Grand Valley State came in at No. 2, while GLVC-rvial Southern Indiana came in third.

When the full NCAA field is announced May 9, the region’s top eight teams will be paired off into two double-elimination tournaments, held on campus sites May 12-14. The winners of two sub-brackets will advance to face off in a best-of-three Super Regional May 19-20 to determine the Midwest’s representative at the 2022 NCAA Softball Championships, held in Denver on May 26-30.

Having qualified for each of the last 13 NCAA regionals, the Greyhounds boast the longest postseason streak in the Midwest. They captured two regional crowns in that span, winning the Midwest title in both 2009 and 2015, while adding Super Regional appearances in 2013 and 2019 as well as a regional final appearance in last spring’s unique bracket.

Women’s Lacrosse Holds #1 Spot in First Edition of DII Regional Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team has collected a No. 1 ranking in the first edition of the NCAA Division II Regional Rankings, officials at the NCAA announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The Greyhounds (14-1, 5-0 GLVC) rise above the competition in the Midwest Region. Grand Valley State sits in the runner-up position while Regis (CO), Lindenwood, Davenport, and Colorado Mesa hold third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. 

UIndy is set to return to action in a highly competitive GLVC clash on Thursday afternoon at Key Stadium against in-region foe and No. 7-ranked Lindenwood. The game is currently scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET.

MARIAN FOOTBALL RELEASES 2022 SCHEDULE

INDIANAPOLIS – After going 9-3 in the 2021 season and reaching the NAIA FCS Playoffs for a program record fourth consecutive season, the Marian football team has announced their 2022 schedule. Marian is scheduled to play nine regular season games in 2022, hosting five games at the friendly confines of St. Vincent Field.

Game 1 | HOME vs Madonna | 9.3 | 1:05 p.m.

Marian will begin their 2022 season at home for the fifth consecutive season, hosting MSFA foe Madonna University in the opener. The Labor Day kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. In their first head to head meeting on the field, Marian romped the Crusaders in 2021 by a score of 80-3, with Jalen Jennings highlighting the single game scoring record by running two kickoffs back for touchdowns, setting a program record himself.

Game 2 | HOME vs St. Francis (Illinois) | 9.17 | 6:05 p.m.

After a week two bye, the Knights will be at home for their second game matching up with the St. Francis (Ill.) Fighting Saints. This will mark the second consecutive season the two foes have matched up, with Marian holding an all-time record of 7-1 after winning last season 40-17. 2022 marks the Fighting Saints’ first trip to Indianapolis since 2015.

Game 3 | at Missouri Baptist | 9.24 | 2:05 p.m.

After a two-year gap in the series, Marian will take on Missouri Baptist for a second consecutive season as they make their first road trip for game three. Marian is 5-0 all-time against the Spartans, coming off a 49-0 home shutout last season which featured a three touchdown performance from Johnny William. The Knights have pitched a shutout in four of their five meetings against the Spartans.

Game 4 | HOME vs Taylor | 10.1 | 1:05 p.m. | FAMILY WEEKEND/HOMECOMING

The Knights will return home for game four, hosting a speical dual weekend against Taylor University as Marian will celebrate Family Weekend and Homecoming on October 1. A full schedule of details regarding the annual homecoming game will be released later this summer. Marian is 14-1 all-time against Taylor and is riding a 12-game win streak against the Trojans, winning on the road in 2021 51-7.

Game 5 | HOME vs Indiana Wesleyan | 10.8 | 6:05 p.m. | 2012 National Championship/15-Years of Marian Football Celebration

In game five the Knights will host Indiana Wesleyan, welcoming the Wildcats to St. Vincent Field for the second time in series history. Marian won their first ever meeting at home against the Wildcats in March of 2021, and lead the series 2-1. Indiana Wesleyan delivered Marian their lone loss in MSFA play last season. During the game Marian will celebrate their 15-year history of football, and will honor the 10-year anniversary of the 2012 NAIA National Championship team.

Game 6 | at St. Francis (Indiana) | 10.15 | 1 p.m. | Franciscan Bowl

The game with all the bragging rights is scheduled for October 15, as Marian will travel north to Fort Wayne to play St. Francis (Ind.) in the Franciscan Bowl. Marian has won the annual clash four consecutive times, and holds an all-time lead in the series 10-7. The Knights won the 2021 matchup by their largest margin of victory, racking up 335 yards on the ground and six combined touchdowns from Baron Huebler and Daylen Taylor.

Game 7 | at Concordia | 10.22 | 1 p.m.

Marian will complete the second leg of their back to back road stint at Concordia for their seventh game of the year, making their second trip to Ann Arbor in as many years. The Knights won their 2021 season matchup 25-7, avenging the March 2021 loss in Michigan. The Knights are 3-2 all-time against the Cardinals when playing on the road.

Game 8 | HOME vs Siena Heights | 11.5 | 1:05 p.m. | Senior Day

Marian will take a bye week over Halloween, and will return home on November 5 for Senior Day as the Knights take on Siena Heights. 2022 will mark the first time the Saints have traveled to Indianapolis in five seasons, with Marian winning each of the last three meetings in Michigan. The Knights are 9-0 all-time against Siena Heights, and in their last home meeting in 2017 touchdowns from Tristen Tonte and Mykelti Armstrong in the third quarter drove Marian to a 27-21 win.

Game 9 | at Lawrence Tech | 11.12 | 1 p.m.

Marian takes on Lawrence Tech in the 2022 regular season finale, making their first trip to Southfield, Michigan in series history. Marian is 2-0 all-time against the Blue Devils, winning the 2021 game 41-7 as Ben Stevens hauled in four passes from Zach Bundalo, scoring two touchdowns while racking up 166 yards.

MLAX downed by Ravens

RICHMOND – The Earlham College men’s lacrosse team fell to Anderson College 21-1 in Darrell Beane Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Quakers fell to 2-9 while the Ravens improved to 6-5.

Elijah Gamber scored the lone Earlham goal unassisted in the first quarter.

Donovan Shea led the defense with six caused turnovers and nine ground balls on the afternoon.

Emmitt Shaughnessy recorded 17 saves in the loss.

Anderson scored the first goal in the opening minute of play. Gamber leveled the score less than four minutes later, but the Quakers were held scoreless in the remainder of the contest.

The Quakers were outshot 73-13 and trailed in ground balls 49-24.

The Quakers will have a rematch with the Ravens in Anderson on Saturday to begin HCLC competition. The game is set for a 1 pm start time.

Rogers Breaks Single-Season Assists Record In Road Loss At Wittenberg

Artie Rogers picked up an assist on the Wabash lacrosse team’s first goal of the evening in the team’s North Coast Athletic Conference game at Wittenberg. The assist was his 23rd of the season to break the Little Giants’ single-season record despite the 19-3 road loss to the Tigers.

Rogers’ 23rd goal broke the former record of 22 set by Steven Stark in 2016. Rogers recorded the record-setting assist on a goal by Ethan Stonis in the final two minutes of the first quarter. Joseph Plencner added the second Wabash (3-10, 0-6 NCAC) goal with 1:24 left in the first half. Caulin Fitzgerald tallied the final goal in the fourth period off a pass from Anthony Nguyen.

Wittenberg (3-9, 3-3 NCAC) held a 4-1 lead in the first period before scoring five goals in each of the three remaining periods.

Stonis led Wabash with five shots in the contest. Nguyen, Fitzgerald, and Jeremiah Eaton each tallied three shots apiece. Evan Schiefelbein led the Little Giants with nine ground balls. He and John Frey each caused two turnovers in the game.

Matthew Hendrick recorded 18 saves overall in the game.

Wabash completes its two-game road trip with a 1 p.m. contest at Kenyon on Saturday.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Climb into Top-10 in Latest USTFCCCA Ratings

NEW ORLEANS – In the most recent US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computer rankings, the Taylor men’s track and field team has climbed from No. 17 to No. 10, as announced Wednesday afternoon.  

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

This week, the Taylor men earned a total of 159.51 points, tallying 22.96 more than the previous index. The Trojans competed at the Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Huntington Invitational last weekend, where they set personal-records in several events.

The Trojans produced 10 different top-30 ratings over eight events. Alex Helmuth and Derek Van Prooyen boast the third and fourth-fastest 10,000-meter times in the nation after their record-setting races in California. Both men broke 30:00.00 in the 10k for the first time in Taylor program history. Connor White improved his ranking in the steeplechase to No. 3 after running a lifetime-best at the Mt. SAC Relays. Other top-10 ratings include Mitch De Jong at No. 6 in the javelin throw, Damon Knowles at No. 8 in the pole vault and Zach Hoekstra at No. 10 in the steeplechase.

The Trojans will return to the track this weekend, as they are set to compete at the Little State Championships in Marion, Indiana on April 22 and 23.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Women Ranked 14th in NAIA

NEW ORLEANS – In the latest US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computer rankings, the Taylor women’s outdoor track and field team has improved two positions and is ranked No. 14 in the NAIA. 

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

The Taylor women accumulated a total of 161.30 points in this weeks’ index, tallying 21.79 more points than the previous poll. The Trojans competed at the Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Huntington Invitational last weekend, where they set personal-records in several events.

In the most recent index, the Purple and Gold earned 14 different top-30 ratings over seven events. Taylor’s steeplechase crew held onto their Event Squad Leader status for the third-consecutive week, including two Trojans who hold top-10 ratings. Giovanna Domene set a lifetime PR (10:52.96) at the Mt. SAC Relays and is ranked No. 7, while Ahna VanderWall is ranked No. 9. Abbey Brennan posted a TU record-breaking 800-meter time (2:11.34) at the Bryan Clay Invitational and currently holds the No. 2 seed in the nation. Other top-10 rankings include the 4×800-meter relay at No. 4, Audrey Altum at No. 9 in the 100-meter hurdles and Brooke Studnicki at No. 9 in the 1,500-meters.

The Trojans will return to the track this weekend, as they are set to compete at the Little State Championships in Marion, Indiana on April 22 and 23.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Moves into the Nation’s 24th Spot in Latest Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second poll in-a-row, the Taylor University baseball team (30-14, 20-8 CL) finds itself recognized among the NAIA’s top-25 teams, this time coming in with the 24th spot in the nation.

A potent Trojan offense has continued to fuel Taylor’s surge into the nation’s top-tier of teams, now boasting 357 total runs-scored in its 44 games, a mark that leads the Crossroads League and sits 24th in the nation. En route to its abundance of run-production, Taylor has smacked the league’s second-most extra-base hits with 144, bolstering a team slugging percentage of .460.

Junior, TJ Bass, has 26 of those extra-base hits, including 16 home runs, which grants him a share of TU’s single-season program-record. Speaking of records, with eight games yet to play in the regular-season, Bass’s league-leading 67 RBI sits just one behind Ryne Otis’s program-record mark of 68 set back in 2010.

On the flip side of the game, senior pitcher, Luke Shively, leads the league with nine wins, hopeful of becoming just the third pitcher in program-history to record 10 wins in a season. Shively has not merely won, though, he has relentlessly exercised a tendency to sit batters down via the strikeout, recently surpassing Josh DeGraaf for the program’s highest individual-career strikeout total with 272.

As a final program-historical nugget, senior shortstop Nick Rusche’s league-leading 54 runs has bumped him into TU’s top-five for individual-career run totals, now with 180 and only trailing Jared Atkins’ second-highest mark by nine.

While individual Trojans continue to make history, No. 24 Taylor will look to do so as a team while in pursuit of its sixth regular-season Crossroads League championship in program-history. The Trojans currently share the league’s top spot and have two series remaining before the postseason, with cross-county rival Indiana Wesleyan (25-18, 18-10 CL) up first on Friday, April 22nd, in Upland at 3:00 pm.

RHIT Baseball Announces Schedule Updates

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball team has completed the rescheduling process for games postponed earlier this spring, including adding two new road dates to the schedule.

Rose-Hulman will now travel to Greenville on April 27 at 6 pm Central Time for a single 9-inning game; the Fightin’ Engineers will also travel to Eureka College on May 1 for a noon Central Time doubleheader.

Game times have been finalized as noon for each of the next two Saturday doubleheaders on April 23 at Earlham and April 30 at Bluffton.

Rose-Hulman stands 18-7 on the season and leads the HCAC standings at 9-3 in league play.  The Fightin’ Engineers are currently on a season-best 8-game winning streak.

Below is the updated remaining Rose-Hulman baseball regular season schedule for 2022.

ROSE-HULMAN BASEBALL
2022 REMAINING SCHEDULE:

Sat. April 23 – at Earlham (DH) – Noon
Sun. April 24 – at Wilmington – 1 pm
Tues. April 26 – DEPAUW – 6:30 pm
Wed. April 27 – at Greenville – 6 pm CT
Sat. April 30 – BLUFFTON (DH) – 12 pm
Sun. May 1 – at Eureka (DH) – 12 pm CT
Thurs. May 5 – at DePauw – 5 pm
Sat. May 7 – DEFIANCE (DH) – 2 pm
Sun. May 8 – at Wabash (DH) – 1 pm
May 12-15 – HCAC Tournament at Kokomo, Ind. (winner receives NCAA Tournament bid)

Simmons Powers Offense, Grizzlies Take Physical Matchup with MSJ on Wednesday Night

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s lacrosse team grabbed their second Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference (HCLC) win of the year on Wednesday (Apr. 20) night, taking an 11-9 win from Mount St. Joseph.

Junior Victoria Simmons powered the offense with eight points and the Grizzlies (3-7, 2-1 HCLC) held off the Lions (5-6, 2-2 HCLC) to win a physical matchup between the two league rivals.

How it Happened

Franklin reversed an early 3-1 deficit with goals from Simmons and Lora Adkins 20 second apart to tie the game at three with 5:55 to go in the first quarter. Bella Fry netted her second goal of the quarter with nine seconds left, tying the game at 4-4 with 15 minutes in the books.

The two defenses took over in the second quarter with just three combined goals scored. Simmons and Baleigh Riddle scored the first two of the quarter, giving the home side a 6-5 edge at halftime.

The physicality picked up in the second half but the Grizzly defense continued to keep the Lions off the scoreboard. Adkins and Ma Turnbaugh scored 29 seconds apart to account for the only goals of the third quarter, stretching Franklin’s lead to 8-5 going to the fourth.

Riddle netted her second of the game just 2:49 into the fourth but back-to-back MSJ goals cut the deficit to 9-7 and forced a Franklin timeout. The Grizzlies answered emphatically out of the timeout, with Adkins and Simmons netting their third goals each to get the lead back to four and put the contest out of reach.

Inside the Box Score

-Simmons finished with three goals and five assists on the night, putting four shots on target and tying for the team lead with three turnovers caused.

-Adkins found the net with all three of her shot attempts. Riddle handed out a pair of assists to go with her two goals.

-Turnbaugh matched a career-high with five ground balls collected to go with a two-point night.

-Shot attempts were 24-22 in The Mount’s favor. Riley Rice turned aside 10 shots in goal for her third win of the year.

Up Next

The Grizzlies hit the road for the final time this year on Saturday (Apr. 23) for an HCLC matchup with the Transylvania Pioneers. The opening draw is set for 1:00 p.m.

Britons Outlast Men’s Lacrosse

ALBION, Mich. – The Trine University men’s lacrosse team hung close but were unable to take go over the top and would fall to their hosts from Albion College by the score of 13-10.

The Britons struck first in the contest scoring just 28 seconds into the game to take the 1-0 lead. The Thunder responded quickly however, scoring their first goal just under a minute later. Junior Noah Markus (Woodbury, Minn. / East Ridge) would score the goal for the team with freshman Patrick Doyle (Fishers, Ind. / Cathedral) adding an assist.

The middle part of the opening quarter would go to Albion, with the home team scoring three straight goals to build a 4-1 lead. Markus would break the streak with his second of the day to pull Trine back within striking distance at 4-2. The team’s would trade goals during the final two minutes of the period, with senior Austin Lindell (Geneva, Ill. / Geneva) scoring the Thunder’s to make the score 5-3 at the first break.

The Britons would start the second on another run outscoring Trine 5-1 over the first seven minutes. The lone Trine goal over the stretch came with 10:36 remaining from Lindell. Senior Matt Zanichelli (Rolling Meadows, Ill. / William Fremd) would give the Thunder a jolt in the final minutes of the quarter scoring a pair before halftime to make the score 10-6 at the intermission.

Albion would once again strike first in the third quarter, but for the first time Trine would win the frame. Freshman Charlie Anderson (Howell, Mich. / Hartland) would score the team’s first goal of the half, followed by a goal from junior Andrew Douglas (Liberty Twp., Ohio / Lakota East) and then from sophomore Collin Custer (Spanaway, Wash. / Bethel). The Thunder would outscore the opposition 3-2 in the period cutting the lead to three at 12-9 going into the final quarter.

The two teams would each score just one goal in the fourth to put the final at 13-10 in favor of Albion. Douglas would score the goal for Trine.

Zanichelli led the way offensively for the Thunder scoring two goals and adding three assists to finish with five points, all were team highs. Joining him with two goals each were Lindell, Douglas and Markus. Doyle would finish second on the team with two assists.

Sophomore Nick DiPaolo (Flemington, N.J. / Immaculate) played the game in net for the team and played well finishing the game with 11 saves while allowing the 13 goals.

Leading the team defensively was senior Dave Keptner (Midland, Mich. / H.H. Dow) who led the team with five caused turnovers and six groundballs. Markus would finish second with three caused turnovers, while junior Jack Konicek would come in second with four groundballs.

Trine falls to 8-3 overall and 2-2 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play following the loss. They will look to bounce back when they host Adrian College for their final home game of the season on Tuesday, April 26. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

PILOTS TRADE SLAMS IN SPLIT WITH GRACE

MISHAWAKA – Bethel Softball slugged their way to a run-rule shortened game one victory 17-6 before being upended in the nightcap 5-1 against Grace on Wednesday. Lita Sills’ game-ending grand slam walked off the offensive output in game one, in which the Pilots exploded for seven doubles and three round-trippers.

GAME VITALS

Game 1 Score: Bethel def. Grace 17-6 F/5

Game 2 Score: Grace def. Bethel 5-3

Records: Bethel (6-26, 5-19) | Grace (11-26, 8-18)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Grace – NR

Location: Gardner Field | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.

GAME 1 STAT TRACKER

Lita Sills: 2-4, GS, 2B, 5 RBI, R

Haley Ragonesi: 2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, SB

Quinn Slattman: 3-4, HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R, SB

Emmie Pugh: 3-4, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R

Ryan Norris: 2-3, 2B, 2 R

GAME 2 STAT TRACKER

Haley Ragonesi: 1-3, HR, RBI, R

Emmie Pugh: 1-2, HR, RBI, R

Quinn Slattman: 1-3, 2B, SB, RBI

Chloe DeJonge: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R

INSIDE THE BOXSCORES

The Pilots’ 17 runs is a season-high and their run-rule shortened victory is the first such win since April 23 last season against Grace.

The Pilots slugged 1.067 as a team in game one.

Haley Ragonesi and Emmie Pugh hit back-to-back home runs to open the seventh inning in game two but the late rally fell short.

The difference in game two was a fifth-inning grand slam by the visitors to break a 1-1 tie.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots welcome Huntington to Gardner Field on Thursday for a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 pm.

NCAC-Leading Denison Tops Tigers

Granville, Ohio – Host Denison remained unbeaten in North Coast Athletic Conference play after defeating DePauw, 26-2. The Tigers dropped to 2-11 overall and 1-5 in the NCAC, while the Big Red improved to 10-4 overall and 6-0 in conference play.

Denison took a 13-0 lead into the halftime and extended the advantage to 18-0 before Danny Karbowski put the Tigers on the board with 5:01 left in the third on an assist from Beckett Tasker. Jack Flynn scored DePauw’s other goal with 12:16 remaining in the fourth.

Camden Bowdy paced Denison with seven goals, while Lawton Corrigan and Ethan Tyack each added three. Tyack assisted on five goals and Bowdy finished with four assists.

Patrick Lawton recorded nine saves in goal for DePauw with Jack Gruchacz finished with four stops. Archer Darrach totaled eight saves for Denison with Charlie Driscoll finishing with three and Luke Liggett one.

Denison held a 52-23 edge in total shots and 37-15 in ground balls, while winning 20 of 31 faceoffs.

DePauw hosts Hiram at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.

Baseball Drops Non-Conference Contest at Indiana Tech

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Manchester University baseball team was in action on Wednesday night, playing a single nine-inning non-conference game at NAIA Indiana Tech.

The Warriors managed to knock off the Spartans by a final score of 14-4 at Warrior Baseball Field.

Spartan Stats

Manchester was unable to rally from an early 5-1 deficit.

Colin Turner (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) led Manchester with a 2-3 performance at the plate. Turner also had one RBI on the evening.

Paul Borrow (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington North) also drove in a run, hitting a run-scoring triple in the top of the 1st inning.

Ivan Winkle (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) was also credited with an RBI.

Indiana Tech collected 11 hits. Three Warriors had multi-hit days.

Up Next:

Manchester will return to HCAC play this weekend when the Spartans host Transylvania University at Gratz Field on Saturday April 23.

First pitch this weekend is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Softball Suffers Setbacks at Defiance

DEFIANCE, Ohio – The Manchester University softball team dropped a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Defiance College on Wednesday afternoon.

The host Yellow Jacket swept the doubleheader after topping the Spartans by final scores of 2-0 and 12-4.

Spartan Stats

Defiance College plated the only two runs of Wednesday’s opener in the 1st inning. DC starting pitcher Taylor Biggs scattered seven hits while striking out six batters in the winning effort.

For Manchester, both Morgan Michael (Quincy, Mich./Quincy) and Brianna Morrow (Atlanta, Ill./Olympia) collected two hits.

In the second game of the day, Defiance raced out to a 10-0 lead.

Manchester was able to four runs, scoring once in the top of the 4th and three times in the top of 5th.

Current HCAC Hitter of the Week Delayne Sanchez (Osceola, Ind./Penn) and Lizzie Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) both drove in a run in Game 2.

Up Next:

The Spartans will host Senior Day on Saturday April 23 against the Franklin College Grizzlies.

Game time from the MU Softball Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.

PLATT INDUCTED INTO SMALL COLLEGE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Small College Basketball (SCB) and the National Hall of Fame Committee have announced the National Hall of Fame Class of 2022. Among the list of 12 honorees is the late Steve Platt.

This year’s National Hall of Fame Class marks the sixth class inducted into the Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame.

Founded by John McCarthy, Small College Basketball exists to unite all people with a passion for small college basketball and to serve as ambassadors for the game. SCB serves a niche within college basketball to bring together the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA levels which makes up nearly 1,200 college and university throughout the United States.

Members of the 2022 incoming class includes:

Players

Jim Bond (Pasadena College)

Bo Clark (Central Florida)

Darryl Jones (Benedictine)

Todd Linder (Tampa)

Derrick “Rick” Mahorn (Hampton)

Steve Platt (Huntington)

Glynn Saulters (Northeast Louisiana)

Jerry Shipp (Southeastern Oklahoma State)

Frank “Porky” Viera (Quinnipiac)

Coaches

Jim Phelan (Mount St. Mary’s)

Harry Statham (McKendree)

Contributor/Player

Earl Lloyd (West Virginia State)

“Congratulations to the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022,” founder John McCarthy. “What an outstanding, highly-qualified, highly-impressive Hall of Fame Class!

“I am so happy for each of them and their families, and I am grateful to our Hall of Fame Committee for a tremendous amount of time, research and insight.”

Small College Basketball – Steve Platt bio

The all-time leading scorer in Indiana college basketball, Platt’s career 3,700 points also placed him seventh on the all-time list of collegiate scorers at any level (as of 2016). He twice led the nation in scoring, averaging 36 ppg in 1972-73 and 38 ppg in 1973-74. A four-time NAIA All-American and All-District honoree, Platt is Huntington’s all-time leader in 17 categories, including single-game highs for points (57), field goals (22) and rebounds (33). He also is the single-season leader in points (1,026), scoring average (38.0) rebounds (1,917), rebound average (16.3), field goals (1,463) and free throws (774). He also holds the single-half scoring mark with 30 points.

The Foresters posted an overall record of 78-38 during his four years. Platt was inducted into the Huntington Hall of Fame in 1974 and the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1987. He also was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996 and the IBHOF’s Silver Anniversary High School Team in 1990. At the conclusion of his collegiate playing career, Platt was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the eighth round of the 1974 NBA Draft.

Platt’s involvement with small college basketball continued in the coaching ranks. As the head coach of his alma mater, he compiled an overall record of 329-143 (.697) in 14 years and led the Foresters to the NAIA Division II National Tournament seven times. Huntington finished second in 2006. His teams won five regular-season Mid-Central Conference titles, five conference tournament championships and posted an overall conference mark of 141-63. The 1999-2000 squad posted an overall record of 34-5, while the 2006-07 Foresters went 14-2 in conference play.

NO. 18 GRENADIERS DEFEAT CUMBERLAND 18-8

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The No. 18-ranked IU Southeast baseball team defeated the Cumberland Phoenix 18-8 in seven innings on Wednesday as the Grenadiers recorded 20 hits in the contest.

The Grenadiers (29-12) scored four runs in each of the first two innings. In the bottom of the first, Derek Wagner came through with the bases loaded and delivered a double that cleared the bases. Brandon Boxer drove him in with a RBI single.

In the second inning, Trevor Campbell tripled to left to score Clay Woeste who had doubled. Brody Tanksley drove in Campbell with a single. Later in the inning, Marco Romero scored on a wild pitch and a RBI single by Boxer scored Wagner.

In the fourth, Derek Wagner singled down the left-field line to drive in Romero and Tyler Mills. Then John Ullom connected on a two-run home run to extend the lead to 12-1 in the fourth inning.

The Phoenix cut into the deficit with a six-run sixth inning. Santrel Farmer hit a three-run home run start the rally. Back-to-back singles scored three more runs and cut the lead to 12-8.

The Grenadiers put the game away with a five-run seventh inning. Brayden Hazelwood singled to short to drive in Woeste, Blake Cook drove in two runs with a single to left and Tyler Mills capped off the rally when he reached on an error and Cook and Hazelwood scored.

Trevor Campbell went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and a RBI. Derek Wager finished the day 2-for-2 with two runs scored, five RBI and a walk. Brandon Boxer had three hits and drove in two. Blake Cook and John Ullom each knocked in two in the win.

IU Southeast travels to IU Kokomo Friday at 6 p.m.

GRENADIERS SWEEP ST. MARY-THE-WOODS WEDNESDAY

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast softball team extended its winning streak to six games with a 2-0 and 6-2 sweep of St. Mary-of-the-Woods on Wednesday.

In game one, the Grenadiers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Macie Zink tripled off the wall in center to drive in Brooklyn Gibbs, who had reached on a walk.

Katie Cook followed with a RBI single to make it 2-0 Grenadiers.

The Pomeroys stranded a runner at second after an error and stolen base in the top of the second inning and would not have a runner in scoring position for the remainder of the game.

She allowed two hits in a complete-game shutout win and struck out six while not allowing a walk.

IU Southeast tried to add on in the bottom of the second with the bases loaded, but flyout ended the inning.

Macie Zink was 1-for-2 with a run scored and a RBI in the win.

In game two, the Grenadiers struck first once again in the bottom of the first inning. Brooklyn Gibbs singled to left and scored on an error by the leftfielder Rylee Pender.

The Pomeroys took their first lead of the day in the fourth inning. A single and a walk put runners on first and second and Lyric Krause singled to score Victoria Lee.

Gabby Mahoney came on in relief of Gibbs, who had worked into the fourth inning. A sacrifice fly by Riley Bennett tied the game.

Mahoney was able to get two groundouts to limit the damage and end the inning.

The Grenadiers answered back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Erin Templeman started the rally with a one-out triple. A single to third by Miranda Miller tied the game.

Then Ellie Jackman and Gibbs drew walks to load the bases. Macie Zink came through once again, the time with a two-run single to give the Grenadiers the lead.

Katie Cook drove in another run on a error.

In the sixth, Jackman doubled to left to drive in Miranda Miller who had reached on a fielder’s choice.

Gabby Mahoney worked four innings and allowed one hit and a walk in the win. Gibbs, Zink and Erin Templeman each had two hits in the win.

IU Southeast hosts Carlow University Friday at 2 p.m.

Baseball Comes Up Short Against Georgetown

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – The Indiana University Kokomo baseball team lost a close one on Wednesday night as the Cougars fell to Georgetown College, 4-3. IU Kokomo led 3-2 after three complete innings but two runs from the Tigers in the fifth was the difference. The Cougars fall to 24-15 on the season.

Key Moments

An IU Kokomo error in the bottom of the first allowed Georgetown to score a run to take the early 1-0 lead.

Seth DeNoyer and Luke Hanson led off the third with back-to-back singles. A Tahj Borom single loaded the bases for Thomas Obergfell who recorded a sacrifice fly to even the score at one. Pat Mills drove in two runs to put the Cougars ahead 3-1.

Georgetown got a run back in the bottom of the third to make it a 3-2 game.

The Tigers plated two runs in the fifth inning to regain the lead at 4-3.

Pitching 

Ryan Beck got the start for the Cougars and threw three innings. Beck allowed two runs on two hits.

Mark Goudy suffered the loss as he tossed 1.1 innings, allowing two runs.

Connor Hurt was effective, throwing 2.2 in relief. Hurt allowed just one baserunner.

Garrison Brege tossed an inning and allowed two hits.

Up Next

The Cougars return to Kokomo Municipal Stadium on Friday as they host River States Conference foe, IU Southeast for a three-games series. Friday night’s game will begin at 6 p.m.

Softball takes first game in Wednesday’s split at Lewis

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The Purdue Northwest softball team wrapped up a 12-game road trip by splitting Wednesday’s non-conference doubleheader at Lewis. PNW (21-11) won the first game 7-2 and Lewis (21-21) took the nightcap by a final score of 7-1.

GAME 1: PURDUE NORTHWEST 7, LEWIS 2

PNW scored three in the third, highlighted by Jocey Gault’s (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) RBI double for an early 3-0 lead, and never looked back.

Aubrey Shroyer (Napoleon, Ohio/Napoleon) went 3 for 4 with three RBIs on a pair of run-producing doubles in back-to-back at-bats late in the game. Her two-bagger in the sixth came with the bases loaded and put the Pride ahead 7-1.

Ashley Bravo (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) (1 for 4) added an RBI groundout, while Selena Michko (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) (2 for 4) and Myah Stuckey (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) (2 for 2) each had multi-hit efforts.

Emma Hill (Holmes Beach, Fla./Cary-Grove (IL)) picked up her second win in the circle by allowing a pair of runs on eight hits, five walks and a strikeout. It was her third complete-game outing of the season. The right-hander delivered in a few high-leverage moments, including working her way out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth.

The Flyers never led but were able to plate one run across in the third and sixth innings.

Lewis starter Delaney Garden (9-9) took the loss in the circle.

GAME 2: LEWIS 7, PURDUE NORTHWEST 1

Gault led off the fifth inning with a home run in the second game, but that was all the offense the Pride could muster against Lewis’ Payton Wuske (1 ER, 4 K, 2 BB). For Gault, it was her fifth home run and team-leading 34th RBI of the season.

The Pride managed just five hits and left six runners aboard. Bravo, Kiara Negron (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), Allison Arnold (Tucson, Ariz./Naperville North) and Kara Aloisio (North Aurora, Ill./Yorkville) each recorded a base knock.

Aloisio notched PNW’s first hit of the game in the third inning, taking an 0-1 pitch to right field for her first double of the season.

Michko was charged with the loss in the circle after the Flyers scored three in the first inning and four more in the fourth. She was an out away from escaping the early threat, but back-to-back doubles allowed the three runs to score. The right-hander went three-and-two-thirds and surrendered seven hits with one walk and one strikeout. Reliever Maddison Roop (Hudson, Ill./University) allowed just one hit over the final two-plus innings.

UP NEXT

PNW returns to RUSH Physical Therapy Field this weekend for a pair of GLIAC doubleheaders against Ferris State (Sat.) and Northwood (Sun.). The Pride will host 10 of the final 12 games of the regular season.

Warriors Split with WHAC Leading Wolverines

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech softball team earned a split with the (former) best team in the WHAC, the Michigan-Dearborn Wolverines. The Warriors crushed the Wolverines in game two, defeating them by a 11-2 score in just five innings.

Game 1 | Indiana Tech 1, Michigan-Dearborn 5

The Wolverines struck first in the very first inning, while the Warriors would respond later on in the third. Emma Kelley flew out to right field, scoring Maire Trouba on a sacrifice. But that would be the only run for the Orange and Black, as the Wolverines would erupt for a four-run fifth inning, and taking the contest 5-1. Jaden Romero pitched a complete game, striking out three Wolverine batters.

Game 2 | Indiana Tech 11, Michigan-Dearborn 2

Once again, it was the Wolverines who struck first in the first inning. But the Warriors weren’t going to back down, Kelley would again bring home Trouba, reaching on a Wolverine error. Kenedi Sullivan would then bring home Kendall Hornung on a sacrifice fly to the right fielder to give Tech a 2-1 lead. Later on in the first, it was Micaela Iacovetti who singled home Kelley, giving Tech a 3-1 lead heading into inning number two. The Warrior offense wasn’t done, Hornung hit a sacrifice fly to center field to send Alyssa Fox home, and then Trouba would score on a passed ball. Olyvia Notter then would single through the right side, allowing Sullivan to score, making it 6-1 in favor of the Warriors. The Maize and Blue would score a run in the third inning, but the Warrior offense again had an answer, and then some. Emma Kelley hit a bases clearing triple, doubling down the left field line, making it 9-2 in favor of Tech. Olyvia Notter singled to left field, allowing pinch-runner Carly Basham to score, and the Warriors would take a 10-2 lead into the fourth inning. In the fourth, Trouba grounded out to second, but Fox would score on the play, making it 11-2 heading into the fifth. The Tech defense took care of business, catching the Wolverines trying to take extra bases twice, and then getting a fly out to end the game. Hannah Middlebrooks had a fantastic outing, pitching a complete game on just 86 pitches to improve to 7-7 on the year.

Indiana Tech (16-19, 9-5 WHAC) will look ahead to Friday where they will take on the Cornerstone Golden Eagles (11-13-1, 6-6 WHAC) at Warrior Park for a double-header, with first pitch being scheduled at 1 PM.

Grace bounces back, beats Bethel

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Grace’s softball team recovered from a first-game defeat to earn a split at Bethel on Wednesday.

The Lady Lancers dropped the opener 17-6 but rebounded to win 5-3 in the second game.

The first game did not go Grace’s way. The Pilots scored early and often in a run-rule shortened contest.

Bethel scored multiple runs in the first, second, third and fifth innings to claim the victory. The Pilots used seven doubles and three home runs to generate their runs.

Grace scored plenty of runs as well, using nine hits to plate six times. But it was not enough to keep pace with Bethel.

Bethany Gardner was Grace’s most consistent hitter, batting 3 for 4 with 1 double, 1 run and 1 RBI.

Kendra Arnold and Montana Brincks were both 1 for 2 with two runs scored, and Izabela Duran was 1 for 3 with a run and two RBIs.

The second game was drastically different. The score was knotted at 1-1 after four innings.

Bethel scored in the bottom of the first, and Grace responded in the third. Gardner doubled and stole third, then she raced home thanks to a two-out single by Cassandra Hayes.

Grace broke the game open in the fifth inning. Brincks, Duran and Gardner all reached safely on consecutive at-bats to load the bases. Hayes then took a 3-2 pitch over the right field fence to give Grace a 5-1 lead.

The Lady Lancers kept the Pilots off the scoreboard as the game headed to the final inning.

Bethel began the bottom of the seventh with home runs on the first two at-bats, slicing Grace’s lead down to two.

But Grace recorded three defensive plays to end the game and pick up the final three outs.

Kierstin Fickas earned the complete-game victory. She gave up seven hits with three runs, striking out five.

Hayes finished 2 for 3 with five runs driven in, and Gardner was 2 for 4 with two runs.

The Lady Lancers are back home this week with a series against Spring Arbor on Friday at 3 p.m. in the regular season finale.

Softball Swept by IU-Southeast Behind Tough Pitching

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Softball team (20-10, 13-5) split their doubleheader against RSC foe IU-Southeast (15-22, 9-9) today falling in the first game 0-2 and 2-6 in game two. SMWC couldn’t get the bats going against some stellar pitching by the Grenadiers going just 7-47 at the plate.

Game One | L 0-2:

The Pomeroys gave up two quick runs in the bottom of the first inning after getting a flyout and then walking the second batter. SMWC would give up a triple and single to give IU-Southeast a 2-0 lead. Starter Gracie Ables would get out of the inning on a fielder’s choice, walk, and groundout. The Pomeroys would be held to just one hit through four innings as they couldn’t manage to get the ball out of the infield. The Pomeroys would attempt to get runners in scoring position twice in the game but were caught stealing both times to kill the rally. The Grenadiers early 2-0 lead would hold and they take game one.

Game Two | L 2-6:

SMWC started slow again in game two, going down 1-2-3 in the first inning before an inside-the-park homerun off an error by IU-Southeast gave them a 1-0 lead. Starter Summer Rocha would get the next two batters to limit the damage there. The Pomeroys would get things going in the 4th on a single by Victoria Lee and a Jaselyn Conn walk. Lyric Krause’s blooper to shallow right field would score Lee and put runners on the corners as the Pomeroys tie it 1-1. Conn would then score on a sac fly to give SMWC a 2-1 lead. The Poms would hold that lead until the bottom of the 5th when a triple to deep right field and a single to left tied it for the Grenadiers 2-2. A one out single up the middle would score two and give IU-Southeast the lead back 4-2. The Grenadiers would add another off an error by Conn before two quick outs would stop the bleeding there. A disastrous 5th inning would give IU-Southeast a 6-2 lead which they would maintain for the win.

Next Up

The Pomeroys will take a couple days off before heading to Circleville, Ohio to face Ohio Christian University this Friday, April 22nd.  Stay up-to-date with all the action as @SMWCAthletics live tweets the action.

Koteles sets season home run record as Taylor wins both at Goshen

GOSHEN, Ind. – Ri Koteles continues to break records as she set the school record for home runs in a season on Wednesday when Goshen took on Taylor. But the Trojans prevailed twice – winning 11-10 and 9-6.

By the middle of the third inning of game one, Taylor led 10-2, with Goshen’s two runs coming from a two-run home run by Alisyn Catenacci. However, the Maple Leafs fought back in the next three innings.

Shea Van Scoter scored on a wild pitch in the third, and Claire Ouellette hit a sac fly to center that scored Alyssa McDonald. In the fourth, Ri Koteles tied the single-season record with her 12th home run – a three-run shot that cut the deficit to three.

The Trojans scored once in the fifth, and Goshen scored twice – from RBI singles by Kyra Wilson and Shea VanScoter. VanScoter scored on a wild pitch for a second time when the seventh inning rolled around, but the rally came up short for the Leafs, as Taylor secured an 11-10 win.

Ellie Van Heerde took her first loss of the season, allowing seven earned in one inning pitched. Grace Schmitt threw 3.2 innings in relief, allowing just one earned run and three hits. VanScoter was 3-4 at the plate with two doubles and a single. She scored three of Goshen’s runs. Alisyn Catenacci was 2-5 with two RBIs. Goshen had ten walks – Carissa Fillingame and Koteles had three each.

Unlike game one, the Leafs were the ones that got off to a fast start in the second game. The very first Goshen batter, VanScoter, homered to put GC on the board. Fillingame had an RBI single later in the inning to move the lead to 2-0.

Taylor scored an unearned run in the second, but Goshen had two more. McDonald scored on a throwing error, and Mia Pawelski scored on a sac fly from VanScoter. The Leafs now led 4-1.

A five-hit third inning allowed the Trojans to tie the game, and Maddi Evans had a two-RBI double in the fourth, which gave TU its first lead.

Goshen found a couple more runs – the first from a sac fly by Pawelski. The next was a dinger from Koteles that gave her sole possession of the single-season home run record. With 12 homers, she surpasses Amy Clem, who had 11 in the 2009 season. Koteles has hit a home run in three consecutive games and has six home runs in her last eight games. She is tied for fourth in the Crossroads League in that category.

That tied the game at six, but three more runs sent Taylor over the top and to a 9-6 victory.

VanScoter had the loss on the mound, allowing five earned runs in four innings. Fillingame went 2-4, and McDonald scored two runs. McDonald hit her fourth triple of the season, which is tied for the second-most in a season in program history.

On Tuesday, Koteles surpassed the career RBI record and now sits at 143. The previous mark of 137 was established by Candy Feare, class of 2002.

Taylor improves to 17-9 in the Crossroads League. Goshen (19-23, 9-19 CL) hosts Saint Francis on Friday, April 22, at 3:00 pm.

Strong pitching lifts Saints over Leafs

ADRIAN, Mich. – Strong pitching in both games led Siena Heights to two home wins over Goshen on Wednesday evening. The Saints won 4-0 and 6-3, allowing just five hits all day.

In game one, Chase Molnar of Siena Heights and David Lopez for Goshen were battling it out in a pitcher’s duel. The Saints scored an unearned run in the first, but otherwise, both teams were held scoreless through the fifth inning. Lopez had held the Saints to just one hit through five.

However, Siena Heights hit two crucial doubles in the sixth that brought in three runs. Goshen couldn’t score in the seventh, and 4-0 was the final score.

Lopez allowed two earned runs in 5.1 innings. He allowed just three hits and struck out three. Molnar allowed just two hits and no earned runs in seven innings pitched. He fanned eight and walked two. Nate Lange and Gabe Kermode had the two Goshen hits.

Goshen put runs on the board the first chance they got in game two.

Camm Nickell hit a double to right-center in the first that scored Jenner Rodammer. Then, Joseph Cerda hit a triple to right that brought Nickell across the plate.

The lead wouldn’t last, as the Saints responded with three runs in the bottom of the first. However, the Leafs tied it up in the fourth. It came from another triple – this time off the bat of Trent Sillett and scoring Joseph Cerda.

Then it was Siena Heights with a two-RBI triple from Cameron Hammer to retake the lead. A run scored on a wild pitch in the sixth proved to be an insurance run for the home team as they won 6-3.

Kyle Staelgraeve allowed three earned runs in 1.1 innings for Goshen, taking the loss. Eric Pettipiece allowed three earned runs and three hits in 4.2 innings.

The Leafs had just three hits in game two, although they were all for extra bases. It was the double by Nickell and the triples from Cerda and Sillett.

Goshen (9-33, 4-24 CL) returns to Crossroads League play for the rest of the season. The Leafs host Huntington on Friday, April 22, at 1:00 pm. They play the Foresters at the same time and place on Saturday. Senior Day will happen between those games as a chance to recognize Evan Creager, Camm Nickell, Kyle Staelgraeve, and Gage Andrews.

USI Softball set to honor seniors, ranked third in region

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Softball will honor its 2022 senior class this weekend when it hosts Maryville University and Missouri University of Science & Technology in a pair of Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheaders at the USI Softball Field.

The Screaming Eagles (32-10, 18-2 GLVC), who remained No. 17 in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, square off against Maryville Saturday at noon before hosting Missouri S&T for Senior Day Sunday at noon.

USI will honor its six seniors—pitcher/designated player Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana), third baseman Mary Bean (Schaumburg, Illinois), pitcher Elissa Brown (Brownsburg, Indiana), outfielder Mikaela Domico (Naperville, Illinois), pitcher Maddie Duncan (Lynnville, Indiana) and catcher Courtney Schoolcraft (Crest Hill, Illinois)—following Sunday’s doubleheader with the Miners.

In addition to their standing in the NFCA Top 25, the Eagles were ranked No. 3 in the first NCAA II Midwest Region rankings.

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

USI Softball Notes

• Eagles ranked No. 3 in region rankings. USI checked in at No. 3 on the first NCAA Division II Midwest Region ranking of the year. Indianapolis (1st) and Grand Valley State (3rd) were listed above the Eagles, while Drury (4th) and Lindenwood (5th) rounded out the top five. Ohio Dominican (6th), Findlay (7th), Missouri-St. Louis (8th), Illinois Springfield (9th) and Saginaw Valley State (10th) rounded out the first of three regional rankings. Six of the teams listed are GLVC schools, while five GLVC teams are listed in the top eight.

• USI holds position in NFCA Top 25. The Eagles stayed put at No. 17 in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 poll. Indianapolis, which split a doubleheader with the Eagles last Friday, moved up two spots to No. 3, while Grand Valley State held its spot at No. 24.

• Senior Day. USI will honor its six seniors—pitcher/designated player Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana), third baseman Mary Bean (Schaumburg, Illinois), pitcher Elissa Brown (Brownsburg, Indiana), outfielder Mikaela Domico (Naperville, Illinois), pitcher Maddie Duncan (Lynnville, Indiana) and catcher Courtney Schoolcraft (Crest Hill, Illinois)—following Sunday’s doubleheader with Missouri S&T. This group has helped USI to a 98-56 overall record and a 50-24 mark in GLVC play during the last four years.

• USI goes 2-2 last week. The Eagles went 2-2 last week, splitting a GLVC road doubleheader with Indianapolis before coming home to salvage another GLVC doubleheader split with visiting McKendree Saturday.

USI hit just .182 as a team on the week, but got clutch efforts from several players, including a walk-off home run by sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) in the bottom of the eighth inning of USI’s 2-1 win over McKendree and a two-run home run from Bean in the top of the seventh inning of USI’s 4-3 win over Indianapolis. Freshman pitcher Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana) came off the bench to keep the Eagles afloat en route to getting the win against UIndy, while freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) had the save against UIndy before striking out 15 batters in USI’s win over McKendree.

• Season leaders. Back leads USI with a .391 batting average, while Fair is hitting .389 with three triples and a team-leading 13 doubles, seven home runs and 38 RBI. The Eagles have nine players hitting .300 or better on the season and have six players with 20-or-more RBI on the year.

In the circle, Newman is 11-3 with a 2.19 ERA, 125 strikeouts and a team-low .179 opponent batting average, while Gotshall is 7-0. Junior pitcher Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana) is 7-2 with a 2.71 ERA, while Duncan has a team-best 1.42 ERA. Back also has a 5-1 record in the circle.

• Walk-off wins. The Eagles have had 10 walk-off victories this season, including six that have been in the seventh-inning or later and four that have been in extra innings. Five of the walk-off wins have given the Eagles victory via the eight-run rule.

• Eagles in extra innings. USI is 6-1 in extra-inning games this season, including 4-0 in GLVC play.

• Hitting streaks. Back currently has a team-best six-game hitting streak, while sophomore outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Ohio) and junior second baseman Rachel Martinez (Chicago, Illinois) each had a team-high 11-game hitting streak earlier in the year. Bedrick has reached base safely in 12 straight games, two shy of Fair’s season-high 14-game streak earlier in the season.

• Eagles back to 30-win plateau. USI 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.

• Best GLVC start in program history. The Eagles’ 16-0 start to GLVC play this season was the best open to league play in program history. USI’s game-one loss to Indianapolis snapped USI’s 17-game GLVC winning streak, which dated back to the end of the 2021 campaign.

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

• Weekly honors. Both Fair and Newman have collected GLVC weekly honors this season. Fair earned GLVC Player of the Week honors for her efforts in USI’s doubleheader sweeps over Illinois Springfield, Truman State and Quincy earlier this season, while Newman was named GLVC Pitcher of the Week after recording a pair of shutouts, including a no-hitter, in USI’s doubleheader wins over Drury and Southwest Baptist.

• Fair on Player of the Year list. Fair was named to the NFCA’s Player and Pitcher of the Year Top 50 list earlier this season. She was one of six players from the GLVC and eight from the Midwest Region to land on the list.

• Newman put together impressive run. Newman saw her string of three straight shutouts come to an end during USI’s win over Indianapolis last week. She had not given up a run for 20 1/3 innings of work until UIndy’s Gianni Iannantone hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the second inning.

• Bean, Rager put up big numbers. Bean and junior shortstop Jordan Rager (Fishers, Indiana) each have post a six-RBI game for the Eagles this season. Bean drove in seven runs in USI’s doubleheader sweep of Southwest Baptist, including a career-high six in USI’s game-two victory, while Rager had six RBI, all in one inning, in USI’s 11-2 win over Truman State.

• OUCH! Fair has been hit by a pitch a league-high 15 times this season, including five times in the last two weeks alone. She 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).

• 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.

• 15-plus. Newman has two games under her belt with at least 15 strikeouts. She fanned 17 batters in USI’s game-two win over Quincy and had 15 strikeouts in USI’s game-two win over McKendree.

USI-Lewis 4-Game Series Moved to Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The forecast of heavy rains in northern Illinois this weekend has forced the University of Southern Indiana Baseball four-game series at Lewis University to be moved to the USI Baseball Field. The new weekend schedule is set for a 2 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and a noon doubleheader Sunday in Evansville.

The four-game series relocation means the start a nine-game homestand for the Screaming Eagles that also includes a single-game versus Kentucky Wesleyan College (April 26) and a four-game set with Missouri University of Science & Technology (April 29-May 1). The USI-Missouri S&T series is Alumni Weekend, Senior Day, and a reunion of the 2010 NCAA Division II national championship team.

The USI-Kentucky Wesleyan match-up next Tuesday is Tri-State Hot Stove League Night at the USI Baseball Field.

Throughout the 2022 season, fans can follow the Screaming Eagles all season long on GoUSIEagles.com. Selected games can be heard on ESPN 97.7FM and 95.7FM The Spin, in addition to live stats, video streams, and audio broadcasts.

USI Baseball Notes:

Eagles in 2022: USI hopes to use the home turf to its advantage this weekend as it heads into the final three weeks of the 2022 GLVC and regular season. The Eagles are 15-21 overall, 4-8 GLVC, after starting the week with a 4-1 loss to Kentucky Wesleyan College and going 2-2 last weekend versus Truman State University. 

USI vs. Lewis: USI has a 71-59 command of the series with Lewis since entering the GLVC in1980. The Eagles took three of four from the Flyers in 2021 and have won 10 of the last 11 match-ups.

Lewis in 2022: The Flyers are 10-21-1 in 2022, 6-11 in the GLVC, after being swept by the University of Illinois Springfield. Lewis has lost seven-straight after today’s action.

Predicted in the GLVC: USI was predicted to place third in the GLVC Blue Division, while Lewis was forecast to tie for fourth in the seven team Blue Division. 

Eagle Leaders: USI junior infielder/catcher Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) leads the Eagles with a .338 batting average; 12 doubles; seven home runs; and 44 RBIs. He also is third on the team with 29 runs scored. Senior shortstop Ethan Hunter (Terre Haute, Indiana) follows McNew with a .330 batting average, while sophomore right-handed pitcher/outfielder Trent Robinson (Louisville, Kentucky) and freshman catcher Cordell Coburn (Evansville, Indiana) are second with 24 RBIs and five home runs, respectively.  

On the mound, senior right-hander Brice Stuteville (Rockport, Indiana) has a team-best four wins and 39 strike outs.  

Hunter all-time at USI: USI senior infielder Ethan Hunter continues to move up the all-time lists for USI. Hunter ranks first in triples (16); seventh total bases (321); 12th in RBIs (134) and tied for 13th in home runs (16); tied for seventh in runs scored (158); tied for 11th in hits (211) and stolen bases (49); and 21st in doubles (30).

McNew all-time at USI: Junior infielder/catcher Lucas McNew is starting his move up the all-time rankings at USI. He is 16th in doubles (36); ninth in home runs (19); and 14th in RBIs (113). 

Archuleta at USI: USI Head Coach Tracy Archuleta is in his 16th season at the helm of the Screaming Eagles. He has a USI record of 521-306 during his 16 season and has a 19-year record of 669-430 (5 years University of Wisconsin-Parkside; 16 years USI).

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1898       In a game against the Giants, Philadelphia Nationals’ pitcher Bill Duggelby blasts a grand slam in his first major league at-bat. More than a century will pass before Jeremy Hermida accomplishes the feat again when the Marlin rookie pinch-hitter goes yard with the bases full facing the Cardinals’ Al Reyes Dolphins Stadium in 2005.

1900       At Schorling’s Park on Chicago’s south side, the White Sox, as a minor league team, play their first game in franchise history, losing to Milwaukee, 5-4. The small wooden ballpark located at 39th and Princeton, also known as Southside Park, will continue to be the Windy City home for the team when they join the American League next season.

1910       In front of 19,867 of the Tribe’s faithful, Detroit right-hander Ed Willett spoils the team’s debut in League Park, blanking Cleveland, 5-0. The ballpark, located at E. 66th and Lexington Avenue, will serve as the franchise’s full-time home until the club moves during the 1932 season to Municipal Stadium.

1925       The National League cancels all games due to the funeral of Dodger owner Charles Ebbets, who died three days ago of a heart attack. Edward McKeever, who assumed the presidency of the Brooklyn club, catches a cold at the owner’s funeral and will die of influenza in eight days.

1944       After hitting just one home run in his last 297 games, Mike Kreevich hits two round-trippers in the Browns’ 5-3 victory over Chicago at Sportsman’s Park. The 35-year-old right fielder will finish the season with five homers for the eventual American League champs.

1946       Frank Hayes establishes a major league record for catchers when he plays in the last of 312 consecutive games behind the plate. The 31-year-old Indian backstop’s streak began on October 2, 1943, when he started for the Browns on the final day of the season at Yankee Stadium.

1948       Returning after serving his one-year suspension from baseball, Dodger manager Leo Durocher uses 24 players in a 9-5 loss to the Giants. The controversial ‘Lip’ had been suspended last April by commissioner Happy Chandler for an assortment of actions deemed detrimental to baseball.

1951       At Griffith Stadium, Gil Coan hits two triples in the Senators’ seven-run sixth inning in an 8-7 loss to New York. The Washington left fielder will be the last major leaguer to accomplish the feat until Rockies’ leadoff hitter Cory Sullivan collects a pair of three-baggers in one frame in 2006.

1955       The Dodgers win their 10th consecutive game from the start of the season when they beat the Phillies, 14-4. The Ebbets Field’s victory establishes a major league record that lasts until 1981 when the A’s chalk up 11 straight wins, beginning on Opening Day.

1959       At Wrigley Field, Stan Musial breaks up Glen Hobbie’s no-hitter with a two-out seventh-inning double. The 23-year-old right-hander settles for a one-hitter, going the distance in the Cubs’ 1-0 victory over the Cardinals.

1961       The Twins, formerly known as the Washington Senators before moving to Minnesota, play their first home game, losing to the ‘new’ expansion Washington Senators, 5-3 in front of 24,606 fans at Metropolitan Stadium. The club’s move to the North Star State will attract 1,256,723 fans, third-best in the American League, and far better than their last season in the nation’s capital, where the team drew only 743,404 fans, the worst gate in the league.

1966       The Phillies obtain Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl from the Cubs in exchange for future Hall of Fame hurler Ferguson Jenkins, outfielder Adolfo Phillips, and first baseman/outfielder John Herrnstein. The pair of right-handers will post a 47-53 record collectively for Philadelphia as Chicago’s new moundsman will win twenty or more games for six consecutive seasons starting in 1967.

1967       Rain postpones a game for the first time since the Dodgers opened its stadium in Chavez Ravine in 1962. The postponement of their scheduled game against St. Louis ends a streak of 737 consecutive contests at Dodger Stadium without a washout.

1967       After ending the Red Sox’s rookie no-hit bid last week, Elston Howard once again spoils Billy Rohr’s effort to get into the record book when his eighth-inning two-run single breaks up the southpaw’s shutout. The 21-year-old goes the distance, earning his second complete-game victory over the Bronx Bombers in seven days, but fails to become the eighth freshman to start his career with back-to-back scoreless games.

1972       In the first American League game ever played in Texas, the transplanted Washington franchise, now known as the Rangers, beat California, 7-3. The club, managed by Ted Williams, will play their home schedule at Arlington Stadium, located between Fort Worth and Dallas, formerly known as Turnpike Stadium.

1989       After helping to arrange a syndicate to purchase the controlling interest in the Rangers for $89 million, George W. Bush, who also bought into the deal with a small stake of $500,000, convinces the investor group to make him managing general partner. The future president of the United States will become the team’s public face, with co-general partner Edward W ‘Rusty’ Rose handling financial matters of the club.

1990       The Reds beat the Braves at Riverfront Stadium, 8-1, for their ninth consecutive victory since Opening Day. The eventual World Champions’ winning streak is the best start in club history.

1994       At the Metrodome, switch-hitting DH Eddie Murray knocks a home run from both sides of the plate in the Indians’ 10-6 win over the Twins. ‘Steady Eddie’ has gone deep batting both left-handed and right-handed in the same game eleven times, breaking the previous record established by Yankee legend Mickey Mantle in 1964.

1996       En route to hitting 50 home runs this season, Oriole outfielder Brady Anderson leads off his fourth consecutive game with a round-tripper when he goes deep off Darren Oliver in the team’s 9-6 loss to the Rangers at The Ballpark in Arlington. Despite their leadoff man’s heroics, Baltimore goes 0-4 in those games.

1997       The Devil Rays sign Rolando Arrojo, the former ace of the Cuban National Team. The 28-year-old right-hander, who defected from his homeland just before the start of the 1996 Summer Olympics, will set a record for wins by an expansion pitcher with 14 victories.

2000       Due to the umpires’ equipment going to New York, instead of Cincinnati, the Reds’ game against the Dodgers starts 27 minutes later than scheduled. A downtown store supplies the replacement gear, but due to heavy traffic, the goods arrive at Cinergy Field with the assistance of a police escort.

2002       Atlanta shortstop Rafael Furcal ties a major league record, which was last previously done by White Sox outfielder Lance Johnson in 1995, by hitting three triples in a game. The previous Braves player to hit three three-baggers in one contest was Danny O’Connell, who accomplished the feat at County Stadium in 1956 when the team played in Milwaukee.

2006       Kansas City names the Kauffman Stadium Press Box after Hall of Fame writer and former Royals board member Joe McGuff. The 1984 J.G. Taylor Spink Award Winner died in February at 79 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

2012       Phillip Humber’s first major league complete game is baseball’s twenty-first perfect game when he retires all 27 Mariners he faces in the White Sox’ 4-0 victory at Safeco Field. The 29-year-old right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery in 2005, is the third Pale Hose pitcher to accomplish perfection, joining Mark Buehrle (2009 vs. Tampa Bay) and Charles Robertson (1932 vs. Detroit).

2014       Although he breaks his bat on the swing, Ike Davis becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam for two different teams in April when he homers off Mike Leake, helping the Pirates defeat the Reds, 6-5, at PNC Park. Before being traded by the Mets to Pittsburgh earlier in the month, the 27-year-old first baseman went deep against another Cincinnati hurler, J.J. Hoover, for a walk-off slam in the bottom of the ninth at Citi Field.

2015       Celebrating the 150th anniversary year of their first meeting, Wesleyan and Yale, the Connecticut schools believed to have played the first college baseball contest using the rules which resemble today’s game, meet at New Haven’s Yale Field. The Bulldogs, unlike their 39-13 rout in 1865, only beat their Middletown rivals, 7-3, improving their record in the intercollegiate series to 62-18-2.

2016       Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta tosses a no-hitter in the Cubs’ 16-0 rout over the Reds at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. The Chicago ace becomes the second pitcher, joining Johnny Vander Meer, who threw consecutive no-hitters in 1938, to go unbeaten between no-no’s, having not lost in his last 17 regular-season starts since his gem against the Dodgers last season.

2018       A’s southpaw Sean Manaea tosses the twelfth no-hitter in franchise history and the first since southpaw Dallas Braden’s perfect game in 2010, when he keeps the opponents hitless in the team’s 3-0 victory over the 17-2 Red Sox at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 26-year-old’s performance ends Boston’s run of 3,987 games without being no-hit, a streak dating back to Mariners’ Chris Bosio’s no-no against the club at the Kingdome on April 22, 1993.

TV THURSDAY

OLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
MISSOURI AT LSU8:00PMESPNU
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT OLE MISS7:00PMSECN
CLEMSON AT FLORIDA ST.8:00PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: ISPS HANDA CHAMPIONSHIP8:00AMGOLF
PGA: ZURICH CLASSIC3:30PMGOLF
LPGA: LA OPEN6:30PMGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
CHI. WHITE SOX AT CLEVELAND1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
NY YANKEES AT DETROIT1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
YES
SAN FRANCISCO AT NY METS1:10PMNBCS-BAY
SNY
TORONTO AT BOSTON1:35PMSPORTSNET
NESN
MINNESOTA AT KANSAS CITY2:10PMBALLY SPORTS
BALTIMORE AT OAKLAND3:37PMMASN/2
NBCS-CA
ARIZONA AT WASHINGTON4:05PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT MIAMI6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
PITTSBURGH AT CHI. CUBS7:40PMMARQ
ATTSN-PIT
TEXAS AT SEATTLE9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 3: MEMPHIS AT MINNESOTA7:30PMTNT
FIRST ROUND GAME 3: DALLAS AT UTAH9:00PMNBATV
FIRST ROUND GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE AT DENVER10:00PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
BUFFALO AT NEW JERSEY7:00PMMSG-BUF
MSG+
BOSTON AT PITTSBURGH7:00PMNESN
ATTSN-PIT
DETROIT AT FLORIDA7:00PMESPN+
HULU
PHILADELPHIA AT MONTREAL7:00PMNBCS-PHI
SPORTSNET
WINNIPEG AT CAROLINA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
NY RANGERS AT NY ISLANDERS7:30PMMSG+
MSG
VANCOUVER AT MINNESOTA8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
TORONTO AT TAMPA BAY8:00PMESPN
SPORTSNET
DALLAS AT CALGARY9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
CHICAGO AT LOS ANGELES10:30PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
ST. LOUIS AT SAN JOSE10:30PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
SOCCERTIME ETTV
LA LIGA: LEVANTE VS SEVILLA1:00PMESPN+
LA LIGA: ESPANYOL VS RAYO VALLECANO1:00PMESPN+
LA LIGA: CÁDIZ VS ATHLETIC CLUB2:00PMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BURNLEY VS SOUTHAMPTON2:45PMUSA
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: SARMIENTO VS DEFENSA Y JUSTICIA3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: REAL SOCIEDAD VS BARCELONA3:30PMESPN+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ATLÉTICO TUCUMÁN VS ARGENTINOS JUNIORS5:30PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGA MX: QUERÉTARO VS CRUZ AZUL10:00PMTUDN

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES75.5834 – 33 – 25 – 52 – 00 – 05 – 5W 2
TORONTO75.5834 – 23 – 33 – 30 – 04 – 25 – 5W 1
TAMPA BAY76.5380.54 – 33 – 33 – 01 – 21 – 34 – 6W 2
BOSTON66.50013 – 33 – 32 – 34 – 30 – 06 – 4L 1
BALTIMORE48.33333 – 31 – 52 – 40 – 01 – 24 – 6W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
CHI WHITE SOX65.5454 – 22 – 32 – 12 – 32 – 16 – 4L 3
CLEVELAND65.5452 – 34 – 20 – 04 – 20 – 06 – 4W 2
KANSAS CITY55.5000.55 – 40 – 10 – 05 – 40 – 05 – 5W 3
DETROIT47.36422 – 62 – 11 – 43 – 30 – 03 – 7L 3
MINNESOTA48.3332.52 – 42 – 42 – 20 – 22 – 24 – 6L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA ANGELS85.6153 – 35 – 20 – 00 – 06 – 57 – 3W 2
SEATTLE75.5830.54 – 13 – 40 – 03 – 44 – 15 – 5W 3
OAKLAND76.53812 – 15 – 56 – 40 – 00 – 06 – 4L 1
HOUSTON66.5001.51 – 25 – 40 – 00 – 05 – 54 – 6L 2
TEXAS29.18251 – 51 – 41 – 20 – 01 – 52 – 8L 5
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS94.6924 – 25 – 25 – 20 – 04 – 26 – 4L 1
ATLANTA68.4293.53 – 43 – 41 – 22 – 23 – 44 – 6L 1
WASHINGTON68.4293.53 – 43 – 43 – 41 – 32 – 15 – 5L 1
PHILADELPHIA58.38543 – 32 – 52 – 50 – 01 – 23 – 7W 1
MIAMI47.36443 – 31 – 43 – 10 – 21 – 24 – 6L 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
ST. LOUIS73.7003 – 14 – 22 – 04 – 30 – 07 – 3W 2
MILWAUKEE85.6150.55 – 23 – 30 – 06 – 40 – 07 – 3W 4
CHI CUBS66.50023 – 33 – 30 – 03 – 22 – 24 – 6L 2
PITTSBURGH57.41734 – 21 – 53 – 12 – 60 – 05 – 5L 3
CINCINNATI211.1546.50 – 22 – 92 – 20 – 00 – 71 – 9L 9
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS93.7506 – 13 – 22 – 14 – 01 – 28 – 2W 1
COLORADO84.66716 – 42 – 02 – 12 – 22 – 17 – 3L 1
SAN FRANCISCO84.66714 – 24 – 23 – 30 – 02 – 17 – 3W 1
SAN DIEGO95.64315 – 24 – 32 – 23 – 04 – 36 – 4W 4
ARIZONA48.33352 – 42 – 42 – 40 – 01 – 33 – 7W 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-FLORIDA PANTHERS76551561165232022032-6-023-9-610-0-0
2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES77492081064825619027-8-422-12-45-5-0
3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS77512061084930023729-8-222-12-48-1-1
4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS77502161064623819126-8-424-13-27-2-1
5 X-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING76462281004425321624-8-622-14-24-4-2
6 X-PITTSBURGH PENGUINS77432311974025421521-12-522-11-63-6-1
7 X-BOSTON BRUINS7647245994523620523-13-224-11-36-4-0
8 X-WASHINGTON CAPITALS77432311973826622919-15-524-8-66-3-1
NEW YORK ISLANDERS76353110803321021319-13-516-18-55-4-1
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS7735366763124728519-15-416-21-23-6-1
11 DETROIT RED WINGS77303710702721829418-15-712-22-34-5-1
12 BUFFALO SABRES78293811692621927815-18-614-20-55-5-0
13 OTTAWA SENATORS7729417652721025113-21-416-20-35-4-1
14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS7627427612423428016-17-411-25-33-5-2
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS77234311572219828313-20-610-23-52-8-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS77204611511719729710-24-410-22-72-8-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-COLORADO AVALANCHE77551661165129821231-5-324-11-38-2-0
2 X-CALGARY FLAMES774720101044527519323-9-724-11-37-2-1
3 X-MINNESOTA WILD76482171034328323527-7-221-14-57-1-2
4 X-ST. LOUIS BLUES774620111034429022226-9-520-11-69-0-1
EDMONTON OILERS7745266964126923725-12-120-14-58-1-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS78412710923722422719-16-422-11-65-4-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS7744285934124722725-14-019-14-55-4-1
DALLAS STARS7743295913922323224-10-319-19-24-4-2
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7842315893825023222-15-320-16-26-3-1
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS77382811873523321718-14-720-14-46-2-2
11 WINNIPEG JETS77353111813323524819-15-316-16-83-6-1
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS78303414742622025517-18-513-16-93-4-3
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS76303412722819824317-16-513-18-71-5-4
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS77264011632120827612-21-614-19-52-7-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN7626446582320026215-21-311-23-35-5-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES7722496502118929610-26-212-23-41-8-1
 

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