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CURRY, WARRIORS HOLD OFF JOKIC, ELIMINATE NUGGETS IN GAME 5
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Back in the starting lineup at last, Stephen Curry took over late and brought his team back just as he has so many times during Golden State’s deep postseason runs.
Curry scored 30 points in his return to the starting five and the Warriors beat Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets 102-98 on Wednesday night to end their first-round series in five games.
Curry scored 11 points during the fourth quarter after the Warriors began the final 12 minutes down by eight. The two-time MVP converted a three-point play with 1:33 left and scored again with 29 seconds remaining to help send the Warriors on to the second round in the Western Conference.
“I was a witness, letting him cook, create plays for him. Try to get him open looks and after that, you know what he does,” Warriors guard Gary Payton II said.
Jokic scored 12 of his 30 points in the final 3:46 and finished with 19 rebounds and eight assists.
The Warriors – thriving with the support from their raucous home crowd in their first close-out playoff game at Chase Center – advanced to play the winner of the Memphis-Minnesota series led 3-2 by the Grizzlies heading into Game 6 on Friday in Minneapolis. The Grizzlies eliminated Golden State in the play-in round last year.
Jokic tied it at 90 on an 18-footer with 2:26 remaining before Payton made a layup moments later. Payton also hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the corner in front of Denver’s bench with 6:57 left to put Golden State up 86-84. He finished with 15 points.
“He was incredible, both ends of the floor, big shots, big plays,” teammate Draymond Green said.
Payton found his dad, Gary Payton, after the final buzzer just for a quick hello.
Jokic converted two free throws with 3:46 left after Green’s foul the Golden State defensive star wanted called on the 7-footer. Jokic wound up 12 for 18 from the floor. DeMarcus Cousins contributed 19 points off the bench against his former Golden State team, and Aaron Gordon added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Denver made seven of its first 10 shots after halftime to turn a 48-all tie into a 66-56 lead. Curry’s 3 with 4:06 left pulled the Warriors to 68-67.
Curry shot 10 of 22 with five 3-pointers. He came off the bench in the first four games, with the series beginning one month from when he sprained a ligament in his left foot March 16 against Boston.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr went small with Curry, Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson, as Kevon Looney came off the bench. Thompson had 15 points and nine rebounds.
Kerr challenged the Warriors to “get back to being us.” They had given up 30 points off 15 turnovers and committed 27 fouls that led to 36 free throws for Denver in a 126-121 road loss Sunday.
Green was whistled for his first foul 20 seconds into the game, much like Game 4 when he fouled 40 seconds into the opening quarter.
Green had 11 points and six assists. His three blocked shots moved him past Kevin Garnett for 22nd on the NBA’s career postseason list.
“I feel like he’s built for the playoffs,” Kerr said. “This is what he’s all about, when you can actually exert the energy that he exerts and the competitive force and get a day off the next day and not have three games in five nights in every city.”
After the game, Green found Jokic for a word.
“I told him, `Thank you for making me better,'” Green said. “It’s an honor to play against someone so talented, so skilled.”
Nuggets: Austin Rivers exited late in the first with tightness in his right hamstring and played just 4 1/2 minutes. … Denver shot 3 of 14 from deep in the first half and 6 for 29 overall. … Jokic had 10 rebounds in his initial 11 minutes.
Warriors: Curry (3,108) passed Julius Erving (3,088) for 24th place on the NBA’s playoff scoring list. … The Warriors are 12-3 in Game 5s since winning the 2015 championship for the franchise’s first title in 40 years. … Golden State was held below 50% shooting for the first time in five games.
BUCKS ROUT BULLS 116-100 IN GAME 5, ADVANCE TO FACE CELTICS
MILWAUKEE (AP) The defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks continue to produce in the postseason even without key performers.
The Chicago Bulls simply don’t have that kind of depth or playoff savvy.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and nine rebounds and the Bucks routed the Bulls 116-100 on Wednesday night to finish off their first-round series in five games.
The Bucks won the last three games by an average of 23.3 points despite playing without Khris Middleton, the All-Star who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the fourth quarter of Game 2.
The third-seeded Bucks advanced to face second-seeded Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with Game 1 on Sunday in Boston. The Celtics swept Brooklyn.
“After Game 2, we kind of talked about how we know what the deal was,” Antetokounmpo said. “The team knew what the deal was. We knew what we had to do. We had to be desperate. We had to go out there and compete at a high level, pay attention to detail as much as possible, help one another defensively. We’ve got to do it as a team.”
The Bucks have been through this before. They won their first title since 1971 last season despite losing Antetokounmpo for the last two games of the Eastern Conference finals due to a hyperextended knee
“We’ve been talking about the depth of the roster, the quality of the roster a lot this season,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Other guys have gotten opportunities and played well. Our defense has tightened up, and we’ve leaned hard on that these three games. We’ve got depth. We’ve got a good group.”
Antetokounpmo appeared to get his left wrist treated during the first half, but it clearly didn’t limit his effectiveness. Antetokounmpo said afterward he felt “great,” and Budenholzer added that “we think he’s fine.”
While the Bucks thrived without Middleton, Chicago didn’t handle the loss of key players quite as well.
The Bulls played without the starting backcourt they used for the first four games because two-time All-Star Zach LaVine was in health and safety protocols and Alex Caruso was in concussion protocol. Without them on the floor, the Bulls fell behind by as many as 29 points in the first half.
“This was a lot of our guys’ first rodeo, just understanding what it’s like to compete in a playoff series,” Chicago’s DeMar DeRozan said. “There’s so much you can learn from that experience, especially going against the defending champs.”
Milwaukee focused on containing DeRozan, who had scored 41 points in the Bulls’ Game 2 victory. DeRozan was held to 11 points Wednesday while shooting 5 of 10, though he also had seven assists.
“That was the game plan – make him see a lot of bodies and force everybody else to beat us,” Bucks guard Wesley Matthews said.
Antetokounmpo was 1 of 15 from the floor and 11 of 14 from the free-throw line. Pat Connaughton went 6 of 9 on 3-point attempts and scored 20 points. Bobby Portis added 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.
Patrick Williams scored 23 points, Nikola Vucevic 19 and Coby White 17 for the Bulls. Vucevic also had 16 rebounds and six assists.
DeRozan was scoreless in the first 26 minutes of the game and attempted just one shot in the first quarter as he tried to get his teammates involved.
The problem was Chicago’s other players weren’t hitting open shots, allowing the Bucks to take command early.
“It was pretty obvious they were going to load up on DeMar,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “I thought he played a great game. I thought he generated good shots. He didn’t have a high assist total because we really didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but he would have had an enormous amount of assists if we had shot the ball better.”
Milwaukee pulled ahead for good 3 1/2 minutes into the game and built a double-digit lead by scoring 12 straight points in the first quarter. Late in the first period, the Bucks began a 23-2 run that helped them extend the advantage to 49-20 with 7:25 left in the second period.
Chicago outscored the Bucks 22-11 the rest of the second quarter and got the margin down to 11 on Ayo Dosunmu’s 3-point play with 9:32 left in the third quarter, but that’s as close as the Bulls would get.
Bulls: The Bulls attempted 52 shots from 3-point range and only 40 from inside the arc. Chicago made just 28.8% of its 3-point shots. … The Bulls haven’t advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs since 2015, when they beat the Bucks before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East semifinals. . With LaVine and Caruso unavailable, Javonte Green and Dosunmu made their first career playoff starts.
Bucks: Reserve guard George Hill still hasn’t played in this postseason due to an abdominal strain. Hill had been listed as questionable the injury report Wednesday before getting ruled out, an indication he’s getting closer to a return. Budenholzer said before the game that Hill is “making progress” but added that “he needs more time.” … The Bucks have won 20 of their last 22 meetings with the Bulls. … Jrue Holiday had 10 points and nine assists but also committed six turnovers.
LUKA DONCIC, MAVERICKS GET FIRST CHANCE TO ELIMINATE JAZZ
(AP) — The Utah Jazz are on the brink of elimination but at least they’ll have their star player in Game 6 on Thursday night at Salt Lake City.
Despite having their star player performing at his peak again after missing a few games in this first-round series, the Dallas Mavericks know that having a 3-2 lead doesn’t guarantee they will advance.
Last year’s postseason disaster offers a reminder. In the 2021 first round, the Mavericks were up 3-2 against the Los Angeles Clippers before losing Game 6 at home and Game 7 on the road.
“I don’t even remember that. I don’t even remember last year,” Dallas forward Dorian Finney-Smith joked. “Nah, but we put ourselves in a great spot. We’ve just got to handle our business in Utah.”
Dallas did that in Game 3, winning 126-118 at Utah to regain home-court advantage after losing Game 1 at home 99-93. Things are vastly different a week later.
Mavericks star Luka Doncic has been dominant since returning from a calf injury that sidelined him for the first three games.
Meanwhile, Utah’s most explosive scorer, Donovan Mitchell, declared himself ready to play Thursday night amid a leg injury.
“I’m good to go,” Mitchell said Wednesday. “I’ll be ready.”
This series has been so unpredictable, with Jalen Brunson suddenly playing like an All-Star, the usually sharpshooting Jazz misfiring from deep at historic levels and elite players from each team with injuries.
Mitchell limped off the court and grabbed at his hamstring with 4:55 to play Monday. An ensuing MRI was negative, and Mitchell was optimistic he’ll play through his bilateral quadriceps contusions.
Mitchell also believes the Jazz will return to form after only hitting 3 of 30 from 3-point range in the 102-77 Game 5 blowout loss.
Not only was that the worst 3-point field-goal percentage in Jazz history (minimum 20 attempts), it was the least-accurate performance in NBA postseason history (minimum 25 attempts), according to ESPN Stats & Info.
“I don’t think we’ve ever shot this poorly as a group,” Mitchell said. “So, we’ll bounce back and go from there.”
The way Dallas has played for most of this series will require a very large bounce-back by Utah.
Doncic pushed the Mavericks into the series lead with 33 points and 13 rebounds in Game 5 after totaling 30 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the 100-99 Game 4 loss at Utah.
“The first game, I was a little janky,” Doncic said. “But I felt better (Monday). I think the first couple of minutes I was tired, but then I was OK. I think the run in the third I was a little tired, too, but just getting my air back.”
Dallas is looking to get past the first round for the first time since winning the NBA championship in 2011. That Clippers series last year was the first time in nine occasions that the Mavs blew a 3-2 lead.
Doncic said the Mavericks just need to play like they did Monday.
“I think our defense was amazing, the energy was high and we played hard,” he said. “That’s the way we’ve got to play, and that’s how we win the next game.”
If not, Game 7 will take place Saturday at Dallas.
SUNS OUT TO BOOK SERIES VICTORY OVER PELICANS
(AP) — The top-seeded Phoenix Suns have had a fight on their hands in their Western Conference first-round series.
Leading scorer Devin Booker has not played since coming away with a hamstring strain in the third quarter of Game 2 and they have lost twice in the series to the eighth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans.
But the Suns can advance to the conference semifinals if they beat the Pelicans in Game 6 on Thursday night at New Orleans.
Phoenix moved to the brink of advancing with a 112-97 home victory in Game 5 on Thursday night. Mikal Bridges scored a career playoff-high 31 points, played 47 minutes and helped hold Pelicans leading scorer CJ McCollum to 7-of-22 shooting.
“I’m ready to play tomorrow, man,” Bridges said. “I’m teed up. I’m energized.”
Bridges, who hasn’t missed a game in his four-year NBA career, gave the Suns offense a lift in the absence of Booker by making 12 of 17 shots.
Booker was not expected to play in Game 6. However, ESPN reported Wednesday that it’s possible Booker could return, given how well his hamstring is progressing.
“He doesn’t miss games, he guards the best players every night and then he has 31 (points),” teammate Chris Paul said.
Paul bounced back from Game 4, when he tied his career playoff low with four points, to score 22 in Game 5 with 11 assists. Bridges took some pressure off Paul by adding five rebounds, a career-high four blocks and two steals.
“You can’t clone him, but you wish you could,” Suns coach Monty Williams said of Bridges. “He’s just one of those rare basketball players that can play that way on defense, but also give you the point production that he gave tonight.”
The Suns built a 12-point lead in the first quarter, led by as many as 17 in the second quarter and never led by fewer than seven points in the second half.
“They came out ready and we didn’t,” said Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas, who had 17 points and 14 rebounds, after having 26 and 15 in Game 4 at home.
Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 22 points but crashed to the floor late in the game and moments later grabbed his right arm while losing control of the basketball. New Orleans made just one field goal in the final five minutes and none in the final three.
Pelicans coach Willie Green said Ingram would be evaluated when the team got back to New Orleans.
“We made some timely mistakes No. 1, starting with the turnovers,” Green added. “(We had) 15 turnovers for 23 points. That fuels their team, that fuels their transition opportunities. That’s an area where we know we have to be better. If we do, it’s a totally different game for us.”
McCollum missed seven of the eight 3-point shots he took as the Pelicans finished 5 of 25 (20 percent) from beyond the arc.
“I thought (the Suns) did a good job of coming out, playing desperate,” Green said. “They played hard, they competed. They kind of knocked us on our heels early.
“Give them credit. They did what they needed to do on their home floor. We’re heading back to New Orleans, and we’ll be ready to play.”
The Pelicans, who won elimination games against the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers in the play-in tournament, will try to force a Game 7 on Saturday night at Phoenix.
T-WOLVES’ EDWARDS ADMITS FAILED LATE-GAME GAMBLE WAS ‘DUMB MISTAKE’
Anthony Edwards is taking responsibility for his failed gamble at the end of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Game 5 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
After hitting a game-tying three with 3.7 seconds remaining, Edwards tried to steal Memphis’ inbounds pass. However, the Timberwolves guard whiffed, giving Ja Morant an open lane to sink a last-second layup and hand the Grizzlies a 3-2 series lead.
“I had already had my mind made up that I was going to try and steal it. Dumb mistake,” Edwards said, according to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski. “It’s over, though, so can’t do nothing about it.”
Minnesota led by 13 points with less than 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter. However, Memphis clawed back to take a one-point lead after Morant’s 3-pointer with just over one minute remaining. Morant then hit a pair of free throws to put the Grizzlies up three moments before Edwards’ game-tying shot.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Minnesota big man Karl-Anthony Towns said, according to The Associated Press. “You feel like you got it after all the mistakes. You feel good about going into overtime and having a chance to win the game.”
Overall, the Timberwolves held Memphis to just 25% shooting from beyond the arc. However, Minnesota committed 22 turnovers, six more than the Grizzlies’ 16.
“You feel like the game we played today and the defense we played today, a lot of us felt, from media to fans to ourselves, you feel like you win this game,” Towns said, per Krawczynski.
Despite the disappointing loss, Edwards, who finished with 22 points while struggling with foul trouble in Game 5, is ready for Game 6.
“I’m looking forward to Friday because all the pressure is on,” he said. “It’s time to show up. I’m thinking everybody is ready.”
The series shifts to Minnesota on Friday as the Timberwolves will attempt to extend their season.
NORTH CAROLINA LANDS 2023 5-STAR RECRUIT GG JACKSON
Five-star prospect GG Jackson has committed to North Carolina’s 2023 recruiting class, he announced Wednesday.
Jackson is the sixth-ranked prospect on the 2023 ESPN 60.
“I chose them because they showed how I was the No. 1 priority in the class of 2023 and because coach (Hubert) Davis is an African American coach who knows what he is doing,” Jackson told Travis Branham of 247Sports.
Jackson joins fellow five-star recruit Simeon Wilcher – the 10th-ranked prospect on the 2023 ESPN 60 – in committing to the Tar Heels.
The 6-foot-9 wing from South Carolina shows promise as a mismatch problem at power forward.
Jackson reportedly picked North Carolina over Auburn, Duke, Georgetown, South Carolina, UMass, and the G League.
EX-NBA PLAYERS ASSOCIATION VP AND JAZZ ASSISTANT ARRESTED
NEW YORK (AP) A former vice president of the National Basketball Players Association was arrested Wednesday and added to a criminal case in which 18 former NBA players were charged with illegally pocketing millions of dollars by defrauding the league’s health and welfare benefit plan.
The rewritten indictment added Keyon Dooling to the case first brought in October, when federal officials said a number of former NBA players combined to collect about $2.5 million from the benefit plan.
Dooling, who was a union officer for eight years and eventually became its first vice president, was among three individuals added to the indictment Wednesday. Dooling, now an assistant coach in the Utah Jazz organization, spent parts of 13 seasons in the NBA as a member of seven different teams.
In a statement, the Jazz said Dooling made the club aware of the indictment Wednesday morning.
“It is a case concerning his time at the National Basketball Players Association, prior to him joining our organization. He has been put on paid administrative leave,” the Jazz said. “Due to the ongoing legal process, we will refrain from further comment.”
The Jazz play Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks at home on Thursday.
Dooling was arrested Wednesday in Utah, officials said.
Also added to the indictment were a doctor and a dentist who officials said were medical providers who facilitated the scheme.
Dooling, officials said, “allegedly engaged in the scheme and recruited other co-conspirators to join the scheme.”
All were charged with health care fraud and wire conspiracy for a fraud that authorities say spanned from at least 2017 to 2020.
In October, a prosecutor said each defendant made false claims that ranged from $65,000 to $420,000.
The updated indictment Wednesday said Dooling pocketed about $350,000 of plan proceeds illegally. In all, it said about $5 million in false claims were submitted, though claimants did not receive as much in proceeds.
Dooling previously was the wellness counselor for the union, helping oversee its mental health and wellness department. He also wrote a book in 2014 discussing, among other things, how he struggled with stress after being sexually abused as a child.
“Health is everything,” Dooling said in an interview after the book came out. “It has to be your biggest priority, health of all kinds, mind and body.”
ARENADO BUZZED, FRUSTRATED METS BRAWL WITH CARDINALS IN LOSS
ST. LOUIS (AP) The New York Mets’ hit-by-pitch frustrations boiled over Wednesday when reliever Yoan Lopez threw a pitch near Nolan Arenado’s head, sparking a benches-clearing brawl that led to Arenado’s ejection in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 10-5 victory.
Mets hitter J.D. Davis left in the top of the eighth inning after being hit in the left foot by a pitch from Genesis Cabrera, the major league-leading 19th hit-by-pitch for the Mets this season – including three Tuesday night against St. Louis.
New York appeared to retaliate a half-inning later against Arenado, who reached four times and drove in three runs. Lopez zipped a 94 mph fastball near his head, and Arenado began yelling for Lopez to “do it again.” The benches and bullpens cleared, and the teams pushed and shoved near home plate.
“I went a little bit inside, that’s part of the game,” Lopez said via an interpreter. “That one kind of got away from me.”
First-year Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said Arenado’s reaction was justified.
“When you come up top like that and jeopardize someone’s career and life, yeah, I take exception to that,” Marmol said. “And I don’t think anyone in the big leagues appreciates getting thrown up top.”
Cardinals first base coach Stubby Clapp seemed to tackle Mets star Pete Alonso near the center of the melee. Cardinals veteran Adam Wainwright later walked over to Alonso to ask if he was all right.
“Actually, Genesis Cabrera grabbed me by the back of the collar and then then he just ripped down and then the coach just kind of jumped on me and I thought that was kind of cheap going from behind,” Alonso said. “I mean, if you want to hold me back, if you want to restrain me, go at me like a man.”
Clapp was ejected along with Arenado, but Lopez remained in the game.
Crew Chief Mark Wegner told a pool reporter that Arenado was ejected for charging the mound and Clapp was ejected for “his over aggressive actions” during the fracas.
“I did not believe the pitch was intentional, and both of them, I didn’t see any actions that would result in ejection,” Wegner said, referring to why he did not eject Lopez or Alonso. “But we’re going to watch the videos and write up a report and Major League Baseball will look at it all and see if they see something that we didn’t see.”
Lopez was high-fived by several teammates when he returned to the dugout after the inning, including Alonso, who was hit by a pitch in the head Tuesday.
“I’m not just for standing up for myself, I’m totally for standing up for teammates,” Alonso said. “But what happened today, it just didn’t make sense. The ball wasn’t even close.”
Mets manager Buck Showalter denied after the game that New York felt the need to send a message about the plunkings and said Lopez’s pitch wasn’t intentional.
“I’ll let them handle their players,” Showalter said after being asked if Arenado was out of line. “I know, our player got hit in the head and went to first base,” referring to Alonso’s plunking the night before.
Showalter also said X-rays on Davis’ foot were negative, but he’ll need further evaluation.
The Mets have been furious by a spate of hit batters, and pitcher Chris Bassitt blamed it largely on inconsistencies in baseballs provided by the league a year after Major League Baseball cracked down on the use of illegal sticky substances by pitchers.
“MLB is always concerned about keeping hitters safe from dangerous pitches,” a league spokesman said in a statement Wednesday. “We closely analyze trends in the game and have active conversations with our players and coaches to address concerns.
“Through April 26, leaguewide statistics show hit-by-pitch rates and wild pitch rates are down relative to previous seasons. However, one club has been hit more than twice as often as the league average so far in 2022, which is something we will continue to monitor.”
Arenado said he had an issue with the location of the pitch rather than being thrown at.
“I’m not saying he’s trying to throw it up there,” Arenado said. “It’s just the ball got away, but that’s the problem with that stuff, you know. It’s an unfortunate part of the game, but it is part of the game.”
Dylan Carlson’s two-run triple capped a five-run fourth inning. The Cardinals scored two more runs during the outburst than they had the previous three games combined.
Jake Woodford (1-0) allowed a run in two-plus innings of relief as St. Louis snapped a season-high three-game losing streak.
Mets starter Carlos Carrasco (1-1) gave up a season-high eight runs, seven earned, in a season-low 3 2/3 innings as the Mets had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Cardinals: RHP Jordan Hicks had a right wrist contusion examined. Hicks left Tuesday’s game in the third inning after being struck on the right wrist by Dominic Smith’s line drive in the second.
Mets: RHP Tylor Megill (3-0, 2.35 ERA) will kick off a six-game homestand Friday night with the first of three against the Phillies and RHP Aaron Nola (1-2, 3.74 ERA). New York has won each of Megill’s last four starts, a career high.
Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (1-1, 3.95 ERA) starts the first of a four-game series Thursday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks and RHP Humberto Castellanos (1-0, 3.00 ERA). Hudson threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his last start Saturday in a 5-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
VAUGHN HOMERS AS WHITE SOX STOP SLIDE BY TOPPING ROYALS 7-3
CHICAGO (AP) Andrew Vaughn hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Chicago White Sox stopped an eight-game slide with a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
The winning rally for the White Sox started when Danny Mendick and Tim Anderson hit consecutive two-out singles off Collin Snider (2-1). Scott Barlow then came in, and Vaughn drove his first pitch into the home bullpen in left for his fourth homer.
“I was just up there looking for a good pitch and I got a fastball middle-up and put a good swing on it,” Vaughn said. “This is definitely something to build off.”
The White Sox added another run in the eighth when Leury Garcia scampered home on Reese McGuire’s double-play grounder.
Jake Burger hit a solo homer as Chicago got its first win since April 16. Burger finished with three hits, and Vaughn had four RBIs.
“Hopefully this is the start of a run on the right side of things,” Burger said. “The vibes in the dugout were pretty great.”
Whit Merrifield drove in two runs for Kansas City, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Zack Greinke permitted three runs and five hits in six innings.
Manager Mike Matheny admired Greinke’s grit on the chilly afternoon, with the start time moved up to avoid the cold temperatures forecasted for Wednesday night.
“He did such a good job in there in the second and the third limiting the damage,” he said. “Locating well despite the elements. I thought it was a terrific job of pitching.”
The Royals trailed 3-0 after five, but Merrifield hit a tying sacrifice fly off Bennett Sousa (1-0) in the top half of the seventh.
Dylan Cease struck out nine in six innings, helping the White Sox stop their longest losing streak since June 2018. The right-hander allowed two runs and three hits.
Chicago also ended a streak of nine straight games with a defensive error.
Edward Olivares began the sixth with an infield single for Kansas City’s first hit of the game.
Sousa got his first major league win. Kendall Graveman struck out four in two innings to earn his first save of the season.
TAKING IT EASY?
Chicago closer Liam Hendriks said he might have overdone it during last weekend’s series in Minnesota. The right-hander experienced back soreness during a 16-pitch outing Saturday, then returned to throw 30 in the final 1 1/3 innings of Sunday’s loss that ended with Byron Buxton’s booming home run.
“If you’re going to give up a walk-off homer it might as well be the longest in history,” Hendriks said with a smile Wednesday morning.
Royals: INF Adalberto Mondesi was scheduled to be evaluated further, a day after leaving the series opener with left knee discomfort. Matheny said the initial examination did not indicate a need for a stint on the injury list.
White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada (right oblique) and RHP Joe Kelly (biceps) are scheduled to begin rehab assignments Friday at Triple-A Charlotte. There is no timetable for either player to return to the lineup. . C Yasmani Grandal was the designated hitter a day after leaving in the seventh with leg soreness.
Kansas City’s Brad Keller (0-2, 2.55 ERA) faces fellow right-hander Michael Kopech (0-0, 0.64 ERA) in Thursday afternoon’s series finale.
DIAMONDBACKS SCORE TWICE AFTER ERROR TO BEAT DODGERS 3-1
PHOENIX (AP) Hits have been hard to come by for the Arizona Diamondbacks and probably will be all season, so they will need to find other ways to win games.
Arizona certainly did against the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning with two hits a day after beating them with four.
Zac Gallen pitched six scoreless innings, and the Diamondbacks scored two runs after Max Muncy’s throwing error in the eighth inning of their 3-1 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday.
“We’ve learned to embrace close games, we’ve learned to embrace execution in critical moments and we’re prepared to play games like this all season long,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.
Gallen was sharp for the third straight start, allowing two hits as the Diamondbacks – baseball’s worst-hitting team – struggled against Dodgers starter Julio Urias.
Arizona led 1-0 when Gallen left, thanks to Nick Ahmed’s first homer of the season, but Ian Kennedy (2-1) gave up Trea Turner’s run-scoring single in the eighth inning.
Then the Diamondbacks found a way to manufacture some runs – with a little help.
Arizona went back ahead in the bottom of the eighth, when Daulton Varsho scored from first base after Muncy threw the ball into right field on Sergio Alcantara’s sacrifice bunt. Pinch-hitter Pavin Smith put the Diamondbacks up 3-1 with a groundout off Daniel Hudson (1-1).
Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save in Arizona’s first series win over the Dodgers since Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2019.
“We’re kind of coming into our own,” Gallen said. “We’ve got some talent here and just have to take advantage of some of their mistakes.”
Urias allowed a hit – Ahmed’s homer in the fifth – in six innings. Turner also doubled to reach base for the 37th straight game spanning two seasons, including all 18 this year.
The Dodgers finished with five hits and had two errors, none more crucial than Muncy’s throw.
“Up until this series, I thought we played good baseball, fundamental baseball, catching and throwing it accurately,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “This series, we didn’t do a good job of that.”
Gallen allowed one run and four hits in nine innings over his first two starts, but didn’t win either game. The right-hander was hitting his spots against the Dodgers, giving up a single to Mookie Betts in the third and nothing else until Turner’s double with two outs in the sixth.
“Everything felt pretty good, for the most part,” said Gallen, who struck out five and walked two. “I had good fastball command, so tried to stick with that.”
Urias allowed a run in five innings to beat San Diego in his last start. He didn’t allow a hit against the Diamondbacks until Ahmed’s drive to left with one out in the fifth.
Urias struck out four and walked two.
“He competed, he made pitches,” Roberts said. “Obviously, he’d like to have that 2-1 fastball in to Ahmed back, but he gave us what we needed.”
Gallen has been sharp coming off a 4-10 season in 2021. Fastball command up in the zone has been a big part of it.
“We’re riding the fastball up in the top of the zone. It’s no mystery, everybody sees that,” Lovullo said. “He’s been able to command each edge and he’s riding it up. There’s a lot of swings and misses with his fastball.”
Los Angeles: LHP Tyler Anderson (1-0, 2.84 ERA) has struck out 12 in 12 2/3 innings heading into Thursday’s start against Detroit.
Arizona: LHP Humberto Castellanos (1-0, 3.00 ERA) will make his third start Thursday at St. Louis after opening the season in the bullpen. He was activated from the paternity list – his daughter, Emily, was born on Saturday – Tuesday night and RHP Edwin Uceta was optioned to Triple-A Reno.
PROFAR HITS 3-RUN HOMER, GORE HAS 10 KS AS PADRES BEAT REDS
CINCINNATI (AP) Jurickson Profar hit a three-run homer, MacKenzie Gore struck out 10 over five innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Wednesday night.
Gore (2-0) allowed a run on five hits as the Padres won for the seventh time in nine games.
“He was fantastic,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “He ran his pitch count up a little bit (102) just because he had so many strikeouts. But you know, for a rookie to be pitching as well as he has and consistently as he has from his first game has been really fun to watch because he’s really a high-end guy we have big plans for.”
Eric Hosmer drove in two runs for the Padres, including a leadoff homer in the eighth.
San Diego will go for its second sweep of the season Thursday of the hard-luck Reds, who have lost 12 of 13 amid a rash of injuries and slumps. Cincinnati’s 3-15 record in the worst in the majors.
Reds starter Vladimir Gutierrez (0-4) went four innings and was charged with six runs and five hits, walking six and striking out two.
Gutierrez walked the bases full with one out in the second, but he allowed just one run on Luis Campusano’s sacrifice fly, striking out C.J. Abrams to end the threat.
There was more trouble in the third when Trent Grisham led off the with a triple and scored on a bloop single by Jake Cronenworth. After another blooper by Manny Machado, Profar homered into the first row of seats in right field to put San Diego up 5-0.
Machado had three hits.
The Reds loaded the bases in the first with one out but Gore worked out of the jam with no damage. In the Cincinnati third, Tommy Pham singled and tried to score from first on Kyle Farmer’s two-out double to left. He was called out at the plate, but Cincinnati challenged the call. The replay showed Pham got his left hand to the plate just before the tag.
Pham also had a solo homer in the seventh. Farmer had four doubles and two RBIs.
Brandon Drury hit a one-out solo homer in the ninth, and Farmer’s fourth two-bagger drove in another run with two outs. Closer Taylor Rogers, the Padres’ sixth pitcher of the night, got Jake Fraley to fly out to right with two runners on for the save.
“You don’t want to bring your closer in a game like that, but we had to,” Melvin said.
The 23-year-old Gore is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball and so far has been terrific. He’s given up three runs and 12 hits in 15 innings through his first three starts. His ERA is 1.76.
“I need to be able to get through five innings,” Gore said. “There’s definitely things we can clean up and get deeper into games.”
“The last few games we’ve been playing good baseball,” Pham said. “It has been one big inning (for opponents). Things aren’t going our way, and there has been some luck by the other teams. That’s part of it.”
Padres: OF Wil Myers was out after aggravating a bruise between his right thumb and index finger in Tuesday night’s game.
Reds: Manager David Bell said 3B Mike Moustakas (right biceps strain) likely will be activated from the injury list Thursday and could be used as a pinch hitter. … LHP Justin Wilson (elbow soreness) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, the 15th player to appear on the list this season.
The Reds send Tyler Mahle (1-2) against Padres right-hander Nick Martinez (0-2) in the series finale Thursday afternoon.
CONTRERAS, WISDOM COME THROUGH IN 10TH, CUBS BEAT BRAVES 6-3
ATLANTA (AP) David Ross believes balanced contributions are making his Cubs lineup look deep.
Willson Contreras and Patrick Wisdom took their turns as Chicago’s biggest hitters on Wednesday night.
Contreras gave Chicago the lead with a run-scoring double in the 10th inning, Wisdom followed with a two-run homer, and the Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3.
“Up and down the lineup, I don’t think it’s been one guy,” said Ross, in his third season as the Cubs’ manager. “I think everybody contributes down the lineup for us.”
Contreras lined his double to the left field wall off Tyler Matzek (0-1) to drive in automatic runner Ian Happ. After Frank Schwindel struck out, Wisdom launched a drive into the left-center seats for his third homer of the season.
The Cubs recovered after right-hander Mychal Givens blew a 3-1 lead in the eighth. With two outs, Givens loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Dansby Swanson tied the game with a two-run single to right.
David Robertson (1-0) ended the eighth on Ozzie Albies’ groundout and struck out the side in the ninth. Rowan Wick pitched a perfect 10th for his first save.
The World Series champion Braves, still looking for their first series win, have split the first two games with the Cubs.
Chicago rookie Seiya Suzuki had two hits, including a run-scoring double off Charlie Morton in the Cubs’ two-run third inning.
Cubs right-hander Keegan Thompson entered the game with a streak of four consecutive scoreless relief appearances, each lasting at least 2 2/3 innings. Thompson added two more scoreless innings in relief of Mark Leiter Jr. before giving up his first run of the season on Travis d’Arnaud’s run-scoring single in the fifth.
Morton struggled with his control and was pulled with one out in the third. He allowed three runs on four hits and four walks as his ERA increased to 7.00.
“I think it’s the same theme, falling behind guys and when I get ahead I don’t put guys away,” Morton said.
Leiter was removed after two scoreless innings. The Braves loaded the bases in the second but Leiter escaped on Albies’ grounder to the mound. Ross acknowledged he entered the game planning to “get six to nine outs” from Leiter.
Leiter wants to be trusted for longer starts.
“I feel good,” Leiter said. “I feel ready to go 100 pitches or whatever is needed. But it was good to get the team win.”
Matt Olson lined a one-out double to the right-field corner off Leiter in the first inning. The exit velocity on the liner was 116.8 mph – setting a high mark for Olson’s career, according to MLB Statcast.
Cubs: LHP Wade Miley (left elbow inflammation) threw 46 pitches in batting practice. … RHP Alec Mills (lower back strain) felt tightness in his right quadriceps while working out on Tuesday and will not make a rehab start with Triple-A Iowa this week.
Braves: OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (right knee) was 2-for-5 on Wednesday night and is scheduled to play nine innings on Thursday in his rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett. Acuna, hitting .368 with three stolen bases with Gwinnett, could beat his projected May 6 return to Atlanta by a few days. … Manager Brian Snitker said the laser procedure to correct OF Eddie Rosario’s blurred vision and swelling in his right eye “went as they anticipated” on Wednesday.
Cubs: LHP Drew Smyly (1-1, 2.45 ERA) will face his former Atlanta teammates in Thursday night’s final game of the series. He has a 5.79 ERA in two career appearances against the Braves, including a no-decision in his only previous start on Sept. 12, 2019, when he allowed three earned runs in four innings.
Braves: RHP Kyle Wright (2-0, 1.06) has allowed two runs over 17 innings in his first three starts with 26 strikeouts and two walks.
BAD BASEBALLS? NEW YORK METS ANGRY AFTER RASH OF HBPS
PHOENIX (AP) New York Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt has a theory about why his bat-swinging teammates have turned into targets at the plate during the season’s first month.
“The MLB has a very big problem with the baseballs. They’re bad,” he said Tuesday. “Everyone knows it. Every pitcher in the league knows it. They’re bad. They don’t care. MLB doesn’t give a damn about it. We’ve told them our problems with them and they don’t care.”
It’s understandable Bassitt wants to protect his teammates. The Mets have been hit by pitches 18 times through their first 19 games this season – including three times against the Cardinals on Tuesday night – which is by far the most in the league.
They’ve also been hit by a lot of balls in the head and neck area, which can be particularly dangerous.
But a look at MLB-wide statistics shows a complicated picture that’s likely affected by April’s usual cold weather and random chance. The league’s HBP rate is actually down slightly from last season. The Pittsburgh Pirates played their first 17 games without anyone getting hit by a pitch.
Still, that doesn’t change Bassitt’s main thesis.
Are the baseballs really “bad”? Maybe “inconsistent” is the better word.
“They’re rubbed up differently by different people in different climates in different places,” Braves pitcher Collin McHugh said. “I understand the challenge of trying to get a consistent product under all those different variables. There’s no doubt that the ball you get in the first is going to be different than the ball you get in the eighth and from batch to batch.
“Sometimes the ball feels small in your hand. Sometimes they feel big. Very often they’re real slick, dusty slick. So you see guys out there rubbing it. They’re really not trying to rub anything onto the ball, they’re trying to rub that layer of dust off the ball because it just feels a little slick.”
Last year, MLB cracked down on pitchers who used sticky substances – remember Spider Tack? – to try to get a better grip on baseballs. These days, umpires routinely check pitchers’ gloves and hands as they’re coming off the field.
The crackdown was met with tepid response. It’s true pitchers can use sticky substances to make the ball spin faster to get a harder break on off-speed pitches. But it also helped pitchers know where the ball was going, particularly in cold weather.
MLB proposed during collective bargaining that hitting a batter on the head or neck result in an automatic ejection irrespective of intent, which the union rejected, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side has disclosed that detail. MLB also proposed a discussion of additional discipline for cumulative batters hit, the person said.
MLB has tried to standardize its baseballs and made humidor usage mandatory this season. The humidor is used to try to get baseballs to behave in a similar fashion, whether the game’s being played in Colorado’s thin air or New York or Atlanta.
Over the years, there have also been complaints about the seams on baseballs. Generally speaking, the higher the seams, the easier it is to grip the ball.
Let’s just say it’s a work in progress.
“Sometimes, pitchers just, the ball feels like a little bit of like a cue ball,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “And there’s not always like a lot of rhyme or reason for it. Sometimes, it has to do with the cold, and sometimes it’s just, you pick the ball up and it feels a little foreign.”
Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer said he sometimes alters his pitch mix on the mound in tough conditions because he’s not sure where the ball will go. But almost any MLB pitcher will agree that the ability to pitch inside is paramount to success.
“Obviously nobody’s trying to hit anybody on purpose in the head or on the neck, shoulder area – nobody,” Fulmer said Wednesday. “But with these balls the way they are right now, like last night, it was very easy to let one fly up and in. I’m really trying to hold onto this ball and make sure I don’t let one go.”
MLB said it continues to look for answers.
“MLB is always concerned about keeping hitters safe from dangerous pitches,” an MLB spokesman said. “We closely analyze trends in the game and have active conversations with our players and coaches to address concerns. Through April 26, leaguewide statistics show hit-by-pitch rates and wild pitch rates are down relative to previous seasons. However, one Club has been hit more than twice as often as the league average so far in 2022, which is something we will continue to monitor.”
That team is the Mets.
The drama continued on Wednesday afternoon after Mets third baseman J.D. Davis was hit by a pitch on the ankle and had to leave the game. An inning later, Mets pitcher Yoan Lopez threw high and tight to Cardinals star Nolan Arenado, who reacted angrily.
The benches cleared. Arenado and Cardinals first base coach Stubby Clapp were ejected. Mets slugger Pete Alonso was tackled during the scrum.
And so it goes.
Alonso – who was hit in the head with a pitch on Tuesday – wasn’t particularly concerned about the Cardinals’ intent after Wednesday’s benches-clearing incident. Just the results.
He compared the situation to a scary car accident he had during spring training.
“Whether if it’s on purpose or an accident, guys are still getting hit in the head,” Alonso said. “Doesn’t matter what the intent is. Like someone T-boned me, right? Oh, it was an accident. Oh, you still flipped someone’s car over. Right? So doesn’t matter where the intent is.
“The fact of the matter is that it’s still happening.”
REPORT: CARDINALS PICK UP 5TH-YEAR OPTION ON MURRAY’S ROOKIE DEAL
The Arizona Cardinals picked up the fifth-year option on quarterback Kyler Murray’s rookie contract, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Murray is now guaranteed a $29.7-million salary for the 2023 season, according to Spotrac.
The move comes as no surprise, though a long-term extension between the two sides doesn’t seem imminent.
Murray began looking for a new deal after his third NFL campaign in 2021. The passer’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, submitted a long-term contract proposal to Arizona in February, but he’s since reportedly pulled his opening offer off the table. Burkhardt apparently hasn’t received an extension proposal from the Cardinals.
Murray also fuelled rumors about his future in Arizona after removing all references to the Cardinals from his Instagram account in February.
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim recently said there’s “zero chance” the team will trade Murray despite the stalled contract talks.
The 24-year-old has earned two Pro Bowl berths since Arizona drafted him first overall in 2019. The former Offensive Rookie of the Year helped the Cardinals return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 after passing for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns against 10 interceptions through 14 games in 2021.
AP SOURCE: JAGS, LT ROBINSON AGREE TO 3-YEAR, $54M EXTENSION
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars essentially ruled out taking a left tackle with the top pick in the NFL draft by agreeing to terms with veteran Cam Robinson on a three-year extension Wednesday.
Robinson’s new deal totals just shy of $54 million, roughly $18 million a year, according to a person familiar with negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side made details public.
Robinson signed his franchise tender two weeks ago, guaranteeing him $16.7 million next season. But he ended up getting more from the extension. The move also means Jacksonville has little need to draft North Carolina State’s Ikem “Ickey” Ekwonu, Alabama’s Evan Neal or Mississippi State’s Charles Cross at No. 1.
Jacksonville is expected to choose between a pair of pass rushers, either Georgia’s Travon Walker or Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson. Walker is the betting favorite, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Robinson, a former Alabama standout, has started 61 games over five seasons since Jacksonville drafted him with the 34th overall pick in 2017. But he’s been far from one of the league’s best blind-side protectors.
Using the franchise tag on him for a second straight year was a surprise move considering the Jaguars drafted Stanford left tackle Walker Little with the 45th overall pick last year in hopes of pairing him with quarterback Trevor Lawrence for the foreseeable future. Little started the final two games of the 2021 season and played well, leading some to believe general manager Trent Baalke would move on from Robinson.
But with Robinson back for a sixth season, Little will compete with Jawaan Taylor at right tackle. Nonetheless, the Jags are planning to address the offensive line in the draft.
Longtime center Brandon Linder retired after eight injury-filled seasons, and Jacksonville let starting guards Andrew Walker and A.J. Cann leave in free agency.
The Jags signed five-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff to a three-year, $49.5 million contract that included $30 million guaranteed. They also brought back versatile backup guard/tackle Will Richardson and longtime backup center Tyler Shatley.
But holes remain. The team is expected to use at least two of its 12 draft picks to bolster a line that allowed Lawrence to get sacked 32 times in 2021. It just won’t be the first one.
PANTHERS OWNER: COACH MATT RHULE HAS MY FULL SUPPORT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper threw his support behind struggling head coach Matt Rhule on Wednesday, saying it takes patience and time to build a winning foundation in the NFL.
Rhule is 10-23 in his two seasons with the Panthers. Only the Lions, Texans, Jets and Jaguars have won fewer games than Carolina since Rhule’s arrival in 2020.
“Look, I believe in Matt and he has my full support,” Tepper said during a 30-minute videoconference with reporters on Wednesday.
Rhule is entering the third year of a seven-year, $62 million contract.
When asked if the success of the upcoming season will impact Rhule’s long-term future, Tepper replied, “This is a new season. … There is a saying that what was then is then, and what is now is now. And we’re in the now, not in the then.”
Tepper’s overriding message was one of patience, stressing that “Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is this team.”
He still feels as if the Panthers have some strong pieces to build around on the roster.
“I’ve said five years, five years, five years from the time coach Rhule was (hired) here, and maybe it will be six years, I don’t know, from the time he was hired,” Tepper said. “I think it is just building that foundation and having patience to build that foundation, and trying to get fans to have patience for that foundation, to have sustained winning.”
Tepper admitted that developing patience has been difficult for him.
The Panthers are 22-43 since he bought the team in 2018 from founder Jerry Richardson for a record $2.275 billion. Only once in the past four seasons have the Panthers won more than five games. Carolina has not been to the playoffs since Tepper took over.
“I have new appreciation for how stupid I am sometimes, quite frankly,” Tepper said. “I shouldn’t say that and people afterward are going to say, `why did you say that?’ But listen, it is hard, and I have a certain amount of humility in this respect.”
Tepper praised the additions Rhule made to his coaching staff this offseason which included hiring former NFL head coaches Steve Wilks (secondary) and Ben McAdoo (offensive coordinator) and long-time coaches Paul Pasqualoni (defensive line) and James Campen (offensive line) as assistants.
“That brings a lot more experience than the old staff,” Tepper said. “That’s a wealth of experience.”
The biggest hurdle for Tepper and the Panthers has been finding consistency at the quarterback position.
Teddy Bridgewater, Kyle Allen, Sam Darnold and Cam Newton have all struggled to find success in Carolina.
Darnold and P.J. Walker are the only QBs currently on the roster. Tepper said he still views Darnold as a good quarterback, but said the team is “always looking” to improve.
The Panthers have the sixth pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night and are likely to have their choice of Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett, Liberty’s Malik Willis or Mississippi’s Matt Corral if they choose to take a quarterback.
Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer said Tuesday the team is “comfortable” drafting a quarterback even though this is not generally considered a strong QB class with no true standout at that position.
Tepper declined to discuss a number of other pertinent topics, including the team’s unsuccessful pursuit of controversial quarterback Deshaun Watson.
He also refused to discuss the ongoing saga with the halted construction of the team’s half-built practice facility/headquarters in Rock Hill, South Carolina, saying he’s honoring the wishes of city officials there by not participating in back-and-forth conversations in the media. He reiterated he’s willing to sit down and talk with City of Rock Hill officials about funding for the $800 million project.
REPORT: FOX SET TO ADD SEAN PAYTON AS NFL STUDIO ANALYST
Former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is nearing an agreement to join Fox as an NFL studio analyst, reports Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.
Payton is expected to be on “Fox NFL Kickoff” and “Fox NFL Sunday,” adds Marchand.
The 58-year-old also reportedly generated interest from Amazon.
Payton stepped away from coaching in January but didn’t rule out a potential return to the sidelines in the future. Payton coached the Saints for 15 seasons from 2006-21, posting a 152-89 record and helping New Orleans win its first Super Bowl title.
Fox is still looking to replace Troy Aikman as its top NFL game analyst. Payton emerged as a strong candidate, but he hasn’t discussed the job with Fox, Marchand reports.
Aikman, the Hall of Fame quarterback who sat next to Joe Buck in the broadcast booth, left Fox for ESPN after 20 years. Fox recently announced that Kevin Burkhardt will replace Buck, who also joined ESPN.
HEARING OFFICER RECOMMENDS 2-YEAR NYRA BAN FOR BOB BAFFERT
(AP) — A retired New York State Supreme Court Justice recommended a two-year suspension Wednesday for Bob Baffert for repeated medication violations after the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer’s hearing with the New York Racing Association.
The 50-page ruling by hearing officer O. Peter Sherwood is not a final decision. Baffert’s camp and NYRA each have 14 days to offer rebuttals before a three-person panel rules on his status.
“NYRA met its burden with respect to all three of the charges against Baffert,” Sherwood wrote in his opinion, referring to charges of conduct detrimental to the best interests of racing, the health and safety of horses and jockeys, and the organization’s business operations. “NYRA maintains (and the record shows) that Baffert has engaged in a pattern and practice of unlawful conduct that has no parallel in the modern history of thoroughbred racing.”
The panel’s decision cannot be appealed through NYRA’s process, which was developed last year after Baffert successfully sued in federal court to get his initial suspension in the state of New York lifted. That suspension in May came before the Belmont Stakes and after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit tested positive for a substance that was not permitted in a horse’s system on race day.
Churchill Downs suspended Baffert for two years, leaving him unable to enter horses in the Kentucky Derby this year and next. Baffert is fighting that ban in federal court, and his legal team could also continue fighting any discipline imposed in New York.
“Despite the fact that Bob has never had a single medication violation in New York, we expected this interim recommendation to the panel, which is not NYRA’s final decision,” attorney Clark Brewster said in a statement. “We will contest this recommendation until we ultimately find a neutral, detached decision-maker that doesn’t rubber stamp the NYRA lawyers’ demands.”
NYRA declined additional comment, deferring to the report.
Baffert on April 3 began serving a 90-day suspension imposed by the state of Kentucky for medication violations. The suspension will be honored in all 38 states where horse racing occurs and would mean no Baffert-trained horses in the Preakness on May 21 or the Belmont on June 11.
He already has transferred horses to other trainers so they can run in the Derby on May 7.
Baffert’s future at NYRA’s three tracks – Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Saratoga Race Course – depends on the panel’s final decision.
If Saratoga attorney John J. Carusone, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association executive director Will Alempijevic and New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America leader the Rev. Humberto Chavez take up Sherwood’s full recommendation, Baffert would be banned at NYRA tracks until summer 2024.
Medina Spirit tested positive for the corticosteroid betamethasone, which is not allowed in Kentucky on race day, and was later disqualified. The colt finished third in the Preakness two weeks after the Derby.
Medina Spirit collapsed and died in December in California. An exam found no definitive cause of death.
Baffert-trained Cruel Intention, Eclair, Charlatan, Gamine and Merneith also tested positive for a substance not allowed at that level on race day. Those violations occurred in California, Arkansas or Kentucky; none was in New York.
“These banned substances had the capacity to affect their performance,” Sherwood wrote.
Baffert, 69, is a Hall of Fame trainer who has become the face of the sport. He won the Triple Crown twice: in 2015 with American Pharoah and in 2018 with Justify.
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INDIANS SLOWED BY I-CUBS PITCHING
DES MOINES, Iowa – Ji-Hwan Bae launched his first career Triple-A home run, but the Indianapolis Indians offense was held to just four hits in a 3-2 loss to the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday afternoon.
Bae gave the Indians (10-9) an early lead in the third inning with an opposite-field solo home run for his first of the season. It was also his third extra-base knock of 12 hits on the season, his last coming with a double on April 17 at St. Paul.
With two outs in the fifth inning, the I-Cubs (10-9) took the lead, 2-1, and snapped a 13-inning scoreless streak to begin the series with a two-run home run by Esteban Quiroz.
Jason Delay notched an RBI single in the seventh off right-hander Erich Uelmen (W, 2-0) to score Bligh Madris and even the score, 2-2. The tie didn’t last long, as the I-Cubs responded with a run of their own on a wild pitch by Brad Case (L, 1-1) in the bottom half of the frame.
Trey McGough made his first Triple-A start with the Indians and continued his hitless streak to begin the season, tossing 1.0 perfect inning. Caleb Kilian got the start for Iowa and surrendered just one earned run in 4.0 innings. Eric Stout (S, 1) struck out the side in the ninth to cap off the I-Cubs’ victory.
The afternoon game was brief, finishing in 2:05 for the Indians’ shortest nine-inning game since Aug. 10, 2017 vs. Syracuse (1:58). It was also Indy’s shortest nine-inning game on the road since Aug. 14, 2016 at Lehigh Valley (2:02).
The series at Principal Park will continue Thursday night with first pitch slated for 7:38 PM ET. RHP Max Kranick (0-1, 10.80) will take the bump for the Indians in a continuation of his major league rehab assignment. RHP Alec Mills (0-1, 9.00) will counter for Iowa.
BASEBALL COLLECTS SECOND STRAIGHT ROAD WIN
NORMAL, Ill. – For the fifth time in its last six games, the Indiana baseball program collected a victory, this time a 3-1 decision at Illinois State on Wednesday (April 27) evening at Duffy Bass Field.
Indiana (18-23) opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning before Illinois State (15-21) got one run back in the third. A single run in the sixth inning for the Hoosiers capped the scoring, as the IU bullpen didn’t allow a run over the final five innings.
Graduate student Tyler Doanes was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, while freshman Brock Tibbitts walked three times and scored one run. Freshman Evan Goforth doubled for his first collegiate hit, which also drove in his first career RBI. Senior Peter Serruto added the other Hoosier RBI.
Starting pitcher Luke Hayden (4-0) picked up the win with four innings of work and just one unearned run allowed. The freshman allowed just two hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five. Redshirt-sophomore Jack Walker thew the next three innings scoreless with a career-high five strikeouts and freshman Grant Holderfield struck out one in a scoreless frame.
Redshirt-sophomore Reese Sharp (2) came on and threw a scoreless ninth inning to collect his second save of the year with two strikeouts.
As a staff, Indiana allowed seven hits and just the one unearned run with 13 strikeouts and just one walk on the night.
Ryan Cermak and Kayden Beauregard each chipped in two hits, with Beauregard scoring the lone run and Cermak driving in the RBI for ISU. Colin Wyman (3-1) took the loss with two runs allowed on three hits with four stikeouts and three walks in four innings of work.
Indiana worked back-to-back walks with one out, and a wild pitch put runners on the corners. Evan Goforth then delivered his first career hit with an RBI double down the left field line. Peter Serruto then grounded out to drive in the second run of the inning.
Indiana 2, at Illinois State 0
A one out single by Kayden Beauregard got the inning started and a throwing error on an errant pickoff moved him to second. He came around to score on a two-out RBI single by Ryan Cermak.
Indiana 2, Illinois State 1
Doanes reached via an infield single with one out. He stole second base, moved to third on a throwing error by the first baseman and came in to score on a throwing error by the left fielder.
Indiana 3, Illinois State 1
Indiana will welcome Illinois for a three-game conference series beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29 at Bart Kaufman Field.
DONEGAN EARNS NCAA REGIONAL BID
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana freshman Áine Donegan, who was recently named to the All-Big Ten Second Team, has earned an individual spot in the 2022 NCAA Ann Arbor Regional played at the University of Michigan Golf Course, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.
Donegan will be the first player to represent Indiana in an NCAA Regional as an individual since Erin Harper (2018) played in the Stillwater Regional. The Hoosiers made a regional appearance as a team in 2019, finishing sixth in the NCAA Lansing Regional.
Tracy Chapman (1988) and Debbie Lee (1989) are the only additional individuals to qualify for a regional in program history. The team has made 11 total regionals since 1985.
During her debut collegiate season, Donegan set the Indiana University single-season and freshman stroke average (72.92). She played all 26 rounds for the Hoosiers in nine events. She placed inside the top-10 in four events and was twice a top-5 finisher. Her first collegiate victory came in the Courtney Cole Invitational.
The NCAA selected 72 teams, 12 teams in each of the six regionals, and 36 individuals, six in each regional, to compete in postseason play. Each regional will consist of a 54-hole tournament from May 9-11. The low four teams and the low two individuals, not on one of those teams, will advance to the NCAA Championships to be played from May 20-25 at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
2022 NCAA Ann Arbor Regional Teams
1. San Jose State
6. Virginia Tech
7. North Carolina
9. Ohio State
2022 NCAA Ann Arbor Regional Individuals
Áine Donegan, Indiana
Ragnhildur Kristinsdottir, Eastern Kentucky
Katherine Lemke, Creighton
Jasmine Ly, Northern Illinois
Jana Melichova, ODU
Chloe Schiavone, Notre Dame
DONEGAN NAMED ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana freshman Áine Donegan was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team, the league announced on Wednesday afternoon.
“Áine is such a special player to coach,” head coach Emily Kuhfeld said. “She is relentless in continuing to improve her game, and I admire her strong work ethic. She shines as a teammate with energy, humor and kindness towards her team and has worked hard to help move our program forward. I am so proud of her, and she is such a deserving student athlete for this honor.”
Donegan becomes the 34th Hoosier to be named to the All-Big Ten team since the inception of the award in 1982 and the first since 2020 (Priscilla Schmid).
During her debut collegiate season, Donegan set the Indiana University single-season and freshman stroke average (72.92). She played all 26 rounds for the Hoosiers in nine events. She placed inside the top-10 in four events and was twice a top-5 finisher. Her first collegiate victory came in the Courtney Cole Invitational.
Donegan was named the Big Ten Co-Women’s Golfer of the Week on Oct. 6.
Fifth-year senior Mary Parsons was named Indiana’s recipient of the 2022 Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree.
2022 Big Ten Women’s Golf Player of the Year
Ashley Lau, Michigan
2022 Big Ten Women’s Golf Freshman of the Year
Lauryn Nguyen, Northwestern
2022 Big Ten Women’s Golf Mary Fossum Award
Ashley Lau, Michigan
2022 All-Big Ten First Team
Kornkamol Sukaree, Illinois
Crystal Wang, Illinois
Patricie Mackova, Maryland
Hailey Borja, Michigan
Ashley Lau, Michigan
Valery Plata, Michigan State
Jennifer Cai, Northwestern
Kan Bunnabodee, Purdue
2022 All-Big Ten Second Team
Áine Donegan, Indiana
Monet Chun, Michigan
Mikaela Schulz, Michigan
Kirsten Baete, Nebraska
Lauryn Nguyen, Northwestern
Kelly Sim, Northwestern
Aneka Seumanutafa, Ohio State
Inez Wanamarta, Purdue
2022 Big Ten Sportsmanship Honorees
Alise Knudson, Illinois
Mary Parsons, Indiana
Dana Lerner, Iowa
Karla Vazquez Setzer, Maryland
Ashley Kim, Michigan
Shannon Kennedy, Michigan State
Emma Carpenter, Minnesota
Kirsten Baete, Nebraska
Kelly Su, Northwestern
Alexis Phadungmartvorakul, Ohio State
Mathilde Delavallade, Penn State
Kan Bunnabodee, Purdue
Rikke Nordvik, Rutgers
Mackenzie Hahn, Wisconsin
WOMEN’S GOLF MAKES SEVENTH STRAIGHT NCAA REGIONAL
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Women’s Golf learned its postseason destination Wednesday, watching the selection show for the 2022 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships on Golf Channel. Earning their seventh straight regional berth, the Boilermakers are headed west to the Stanford Regional (May 9-11) at Stanford Golf Course in California.
Purdue is the No. 8 seed for the regional, which consists of 54 holes of stroke play. The top four teams and top two individuals (not on an advancing team) will advance from the regional site to the championships, which will be held for the second straight year at Grayhawk Golf Club (Raptor Course) in Scottsdale, Arizona (May 20-25).
A change from four regionals in past years, featuring 18 teams, the field is divided into six regionals with 12 teams at each site.
The Boilermakers have reached an NCAA Regional for the 24th time out of the 25 renditions of the NCAA Championships. Purdue advanced to the championship stage 17 of those times, most recently in 2019. Led by head coach Devon Brouse, the Boilermakers captured the 2010 national championship with the second-lowest four-round team score in NCAA Championships history.
Purdue earned a trip to the postseason behind the play of All-Big Ten honorees Kan Bunnabodee (First Team) and Inez Wanamarta (Second Team). Six other Boilermakers contributed as well, with each of them competing in at least four tournaments throughout the season: Daniela Ballesteros, Jocelyn Bruch, Danielle du Toit, Ashley Kozlowski, Thitapa Pakdeesettakul and Sifat Sagoo. As a team, Purdue is No. 44 in Golfstat’s national rankings.
NCAA Stanford Regional
4. Texas Tech
6. Iowa State
10. Cal Poly
12. Sacred Heart
BUNNABODEE AND WANAMARTA EARN ALL-B1G HONORS
LinksWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the first time since 2018, two Purdue women’s golfers earned All-Big Ten accolades, as the conference announced the honors Wednesday afternoon. Kan Bunnabodee was named First Team All-B1G, while Inez Wanamarta collected Second Team All-B1G recognition, making the Boilermakers one of four programs to have multiple golfers on the All-B1G teams.
While leading Purdue in stroke average (72.90), Bunnabodee became the first Boilermaker to earn First Team All-B1G honors since Wanamarta four years ago. The junior has paced the Boilermakers in four out of the seven tournaments she has appeared in this season, which includes two top-10 performances. She is currently ranked No. 69 in the country according to Golfstat.
Bunnabodee began the season by tying for seventh at the Samuel P. Golden Invitational (Sept. 13-14) with a career-low 9-under 207 (69-66-72), the third-lowest 54-hole total in school history. Ending the fall, she placed a career-best fourth at the Landfall Tradition (Oct. 29-31). The Chonburi, Thailand, native also produced the lowest round a team-best 10 times, highlighted by a pair of rounds in the 60s. With the strong 2021-22 season, Bunnabodee picked up all-conference accolades for the first time in her career. She also earned a B1G Sportsmanship Award for her demeanor on the course.
Wanamarta became an All-B1G honoree for the third time in her career. The 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, she also was a first team selection before landing on the second team as a sophomore. In her final season as a Boilermaker, Wanamarta has the second-best stroke average for Purdue (73.73) behind Bunnabodee, and she has played in a team-high 10 tournaments. The graduate senior led Purdue at the Columbia Classic (Feb. 13-14), tying for eighth (75-72-73—220) for her best showing of the 2021-22 campaign. She also went 3-0 at Big Ten Match Play to help the Boilermakers finish runner-up in the spring event.
Appearing in 45 tournaments over her career, Wanamarta has played 122 rounds of stroke play for the Old Gold and Black. In her final Big Ten Championship over the weekend (April 22-24), she paced the Boilermakers by finishing 16th (71-73-75—219). The Surbaya, Indonesia, native added the 16th top-20 performance to her Purdue career.
Bunnabodee, Wanamarta and the rest of the Boilermakers await to hear Purdue’s name called during Wednesday’s selection show for the 2022 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. The 12 teams for each of the six regional sites will be unveiled beginning at 4 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel.
2022 BIG TEN WOMEN’S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE AND INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
Big Ten Golfer of the Year: Ashley Lau, Michigan
Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Lauryn Nguyen, Northwestern
Big Ten Coach of the Year: Jan Dowling, Michigan
ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM
Kornkamol Sukaree, Illinois
Crystal Wang, Illinois
Patricie Mackova, Maryland
Hailey Borja, Michigan
Ashley Lau, Michigan
Valery Plata, Michigan State
Jennifer Cai, Northwestern
Kan Bunnabodee, Purdue
ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
Aine Donegan, Indiana
Monet Chun, Michigan
Mikaela Schulz, Michigan
Kirsten Baete, Nebraska
Lauryn Nguyen, Northwestern
Kelly Sim, Northwestern
Aneka Seumanutafa, Ohio State
Inez Wanamarta, Purdue
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Alise Knudson, Illinois
Mary Parsons, Indiana
Dana Lerner, Iowa
Karla Vazquez Setzer, Maryland
Ashley Kim, Michigan
Shannon Kennedy, Michigan State
Emma Carpenter, Minnesota
Kirsten Baete, Nebraska
Kelly Su, Northwestern
Alexis Phadungmartvorakul, Ohio State
Mathilde Delavallade, Penn State
Kan Bunnabodee, Purdue
Rikke Nordvik, Rutgers
Mackenzie Hahn, Wisconsin
BOILERMAKERS RETURN TO DRAKE RELAYS
DES MOINES, Iowa – The final meet of the regular season will see the Purdue track & field team make its return to the Drake Relays from April 28-30 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Purdue’s opening event at Drake Stadium is set for Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m. ET. The day’s running events conclude at 10 p.m. ET. On Friday, April 29, field events start at 12:30 p.m. ET and running events commence at 1 p.m. ET for the Old Gold and Black. Action on the track for the Boilermakers will conclude at approximately 9:10 p.m. ET. The Drake Relays conclude on Saturday, April 30, with Purdue’s field events at 12:30 p.m. ET and track events at 2:20 p.m. ET. The team’s final race ends at 4:15 p.m. ET.
Fans can follow along with live results and the meet schedule (PDF). Updates also can be found by following and connecting with the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Additional information, including direct links to follow along, are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.
Eighteen women and 17 men will compete this weekend at Drake Stadium.
Additionally this weekend, three Boilermakers will travel to the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday. Live results, the meet schedule and additional information can be found at ArizonaWildcats.com.
ANOTHER B1G HONOR FOR WILLS
Sophomore Safin Wills earned his second Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week accolade on Wednesday after an impressive performance at the Indiana Invitational on Saturday. It is Wills’ second accolade of the season, as he also was recognized on March 23.
A native of Rock Hall, St. Andrew, Jamaica, Wills is coming off a triple jump victory last weekend with a mark of 16.20m. That ranks No. 5 in school history and is the best in the Big Ten and sixth in the country. Wills is the only Big Ten jumper to eclipse 15.85 meters, which he did twice on Saturday.
IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Four Boilermakers appear in the fifth national TFRI top-25 rankings, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Wills is No. 6 in the triple jump and No. 17 in the triple jump, sophomore Kaia Harris in the discus and the women’s 4×400 relay are No. 18 and junior Isaiah Martin is No. 19 in the decathlon.
In the #EventSquad rankings, the Boilermaker men are No. 6 in the long jump, while the women are No. 16 in the 100m.
LAST TIME OUT: RECORD-SETTING WEEKEND AT IU
Purdue had a strong weekend at the Indiana Invitational from April 23-24, with 10 top-10 marks in program history, six victories and 25 personal-best marks in Bloomington, Indiana.
Four Boilermaker victories came with top-10 marks, courtesy of senior Antonio Mitchell II in the 100 meters, sophomore Cierra Williams in the 400m, the women’s 4×400 relay and Wills in the triple jump. Harris, juniors Tyler Bowling and Bailey McIntire, sophomores Jabari Bryant and Deborah Obadofin and freshman Shianne Dacosta also had record-book performances at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex, while fifth-year senior Curt Eckstein and junior Camille Christopher won the 5,00m and 200m, respectively.
A complete recap from day one and day two can be found at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.
NEXT UP: POSTSEASON BEGINS
Up next, the Boilermakers head to the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships from May 13-15. The conference’s teams will descend on Minneapolis, Minnesota, as individual and team championships will be crowned.
PURDUE SET TO OPEN TOURNAMENT PLAY IN WISCONSIN
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue’s men’s tennis team will open up Big Ten Tournament play against the Michigan State Spartans on Thursday, April 28th in Madison, Wisc.
Live stats and video will be available for the match.
PURDUE (9-14,2-7,0-0) vs. MICHIGAN STATE (14-13,1-8,0-0)
Thursday, April, 28 | 12 p.m.
• The Boilermaker’s last matchup with the Spartans in tournament play was April 26, 2012, in Evanston, Ill.
• Earlier this season on April 10, Purdue bested Michigan State with a 5-2 win on the road.
• Purdue leads the overall record in matchups with the Spartans 13-11, having carried an 8-4 record when the match was played in West Lafayette, Ind.
• Seniors Athell Bennett and Andre Suzanne will enter their last Big Ten Tournament of their Purdue career on Thursday.
• In Sunday’s match against Illinois, Rohan Sachdev overtook his opponent in singles to score the lone point for the Boilermakers. Athell Bennett and Piotr Galus put up a tough fight in doubles, forcing the overall point to come down to the third doubles match to determine a victor.
• Michigan State closed their conference play over the weekend against Michigan, falling 1-6 in Ann Arbor.
LATE HEROICS LEAD PURDUE TO WIN IN BIG TEN TOURNAMENT OPENER
IOWA CITY, IOWA – Late singles heroics and a third-set tiebreaker sent the Purdue women’s tennis team into the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at the University of Iowa, as the Boilermakers outlasted Rutgers 4-3 in the opening match on Wednesday.
Seira Shimizu and Juana Larranaga both clinched late singles points to help the Boilermakers rally from a late deficit.
Doubles was an incredibly tight affair. After Rutgers took the match at No. 1, 6-2, both remaining contests went to tiebreaks. Shimizu and Carmen Gallardo Guevara rallied to a 7-6 (8) win over Kristiana Zahare and Jackeline Lopez at No. 2 to even the match. Tara Katarina Milic and Larranaga nearly came back from 6-3 down in the breaker but fell 7-6(5) to Minchae Kim and Sydney Kaplan at No. 3.
Rut Galindo and Milic made quick work of their singles matches to thrust Purdue into the lead. Milic downed Lopez 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2, while Galindo dominated her contest against Kaplan 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3.
Rutgers responded with a straight sets win at No. 6 to make it 2-2. The Boilermakers had to battle from behind after dropping the opening set in the three remaining matches.
Up against it, Gallardo Guevara could not rally back against Tess Fisher at No. 1, falling 7-6(4), 6-3 to put the Boilermakers down 3-2 for the match.
Down to Larranaga and Shimizu, the duo fended off multiple match points to keep the season alive and take both their bouts into decisive third sets.
Larranaga rallied after a defeat in the first set to overcome Kim at No. 4, winning 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-1.
Shimizu saw her third set against Daira Cardenas go all the way to a tiebreaker to decide the match. Cardenas scored the first two points of the breaker, before Shimizu took control with five straight points, leading to a 5-7, 7-6(6), 7-6(3) win.
The Boilermakers will have a short rest period before squaring off with the No. 6 seed Nebraska on Thursday at 1 p.m. (ET). The match will be streamed on B1G+.
PURDUE (12-12) – 4, RUTGERS (5-18) – 3
1. Tess Fisher (RUT) def. Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR) – 7-6(4), 6-3
2. Tara Milic (PUR) def. Jackeline Lopez (RUT) – 6-2, 6-0
3. Rut Galindo (PUR) def. Sydney Kaplan (RUT) – 6-1, 6-0
4. Juana Larranaga (PUR) def. Minchae Kim (RUT) – 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-1
5. Seira Shimizu (PUR) def. Daira Cardenas (RUT) – 7-5, 7-6(6), 7-6(3)
6. Alisa Prinyarux (RUT) def. Nathalia Wolf Gasparin (PUR) – 6-1, 6-2
1. Tess Fisher/Alisa Prinyarux (RUT) def. Nathalia Wolf Gasparin/Rut Galindo (PUR) – 6-2
2. Carmen Gallardo Guevara/Seira Shimizu (PUR) def. Kristiana Zahare/Jackeline Lopez (RUT) – 7-6 (8)
3. Minchae Kim/Sydney Kaplan (RUT) def. Tara Katarina Milic/Juana Larranaga (PUR) – 7-6(5)
Order of Finish
BUTLERUGOLF MEN CLOSE 2021-22 CAMPAIGN WITH BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH
Pine Mountain, Ga. – The Bulldogs’ season came to close Wednesday with the final round of the 2022 BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP.
The three-day, 54-hole event ran through Wednesday in Georgia.
Butler finished in tenth with a 54-hole total of 906 (+42). As a team, the Bulldogs shot two-under 286 Monday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga., to enter the second round in second place. Rounds of 305 Tuesday and 315 Wednesday pushed the Bulldogs down the leaderboard.
Seton Hall shot 10-under 278 in Wednesday’s final round to jump Marquette and UConn, taking the team title at 849 (-15). Marquette finished second at 852 (-12). Marquette and UConn entered Wednesday tied for the lead, one shot ahead of Seton Hall.
Seton Hall’s Gregor Tait and Caleb Manuel of UConn tied for the individual lead at 205 (-11). Tait led Seton Hall’s Wednesday charge with a seven-under 65, which was the best round of the day on the 7,081-yard Mountain View Course by three strokes. Manuel won medalist honors and the individual berth in the NCAA Regional in a playoff with Tait. Seton Hall also earns a team NCAA Regional berth.
Raymond Sullivan was the top Butler finisher, tying for 22nd at four-over 220. Sullivan shot a five-under 67 Monday before rounds of 76 and 77 to close the tournament.
Daniel Tanaka also shot a five-over 77 in Wednesday’s final round, which left his 54-hole total at 226 (+10). He finished in a tie for 35th. Freshman Damon Dickey was one shot back of Tanaka at 227 (+11) following a Wednesday 79. He finished in a tie for 39th.
Michael Tanaka shot 82 Wednesday and concluded the event in a tie for 44th at 233 (+17).
Freshman Henry Quinn subbed into the line-up for Wednesday’s final round. He took the spot of Nick Williams, who played the first 36 holes. Quinn shot a 10-over 82 in his only round of the tournament.
The event served as the final competition of the 2021-22 season for the Bulldogs.
Team Scores – Final Round
1. Seton Hall – 288-283-278–849 (-15)
2. Marquette – 281-289-282–852 (-12)
3. Connecticut – 287-283-290–860 (-4)
4. Creighton – 288-292-289–869 (+5)
5. Georgetown – 295-287-293–875 (+11)
6. St. John’s – 298-286-295–879 (+15)
7. Xavier – 294-293-297–884 (+20)
8. Villanova – 296-292-297—885 (+21)
9. DePaul – 296-298-300–894 (+30)
10. Butler – 286-305-315—906 (+42)
Top Individual Scores – Final Round
T1. Caleb Manuel, UConn – 68-66-71–205 (-11)*
T1. Gregor Tait, Seton Hall – 70-70-65–205 (-11)
3. Charlie Zielinski, Creighton – 69-71-69–209 (-7)
4. Brad Whitaker, Georgetown – 68-72-71–211 (-5)
5. Hunter Eicchhorn, Marquette – 74-73-69–212 (-4
T6. Angus O’Brien, Seton Hall – 71-73-70–214 (-2)
T6. Wenliang Xie, Seton Hall – 73-68-73–214 (-2)
T8. Jack Simon, St. John’s – 72-73-70–215 (-1)
T8. Peter Weaver, Villanova – 70-71-74–215 (-1)
T10. Andres Acevedo, Seton Hall – 75-72-70–216 (E)
T10. Matt Copeland, Villanova – 70-71-75–216 (E)
T10. Nicolas Evangelio, Marquette – 74-72-70—216 (E)
ANNA MORTAG SIGNS WITH @BUTLERUWBB
INDIANAPOLIS – Butler women’s basketball head coach Austin Parkinson continues to add talented student-athletes to the program for the upcoming 2022-23 season. 6-1 forward Anna Mortag signed with the Bulldogs today after spending the first two years of her collegiate career at IUPUI. The Milwaukee native averaged 6.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last season.
Mortag came off the bench for the Jags in 2021-22, but when she played 20+ minutes she averaged 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. She shot 35 percent from 3-point range and stepped up against Power 5 opponents to average 10 points and four rebounds in games against Michigan, Iowa and Oklahoma. She capped off her sophomore season with 14 points in just 13 minutes in the NCAA Tournament tilt vs. the Sooners.
“I am really excited that Anna will be joining us at Butler.” Parkinson said. “She is one of the most talented players I’ve ever coached and has the ability to score in bunches. Being a stretch four, she creates matchup problems on offense while being able to defend multiple positions on defense. Her best games were against the best competition which says a lot about what she is capable of as a player.”
Parkinson views Mortag as a clutch player after witnessing her impact game in crunch time at IUPUI. She hit a game-winner against Green Bay and sent the Youngstown State game into overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. She scored a career-high 15 points in a win over Detroit Mercy and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds in 22 minutes vs. Green Bay.
SCHIAVONE SELECTED TO COMPETE AT ANN ARBOR REGIONAL
University of Notre Dame women’s golf sophomore Chloe Schiavone was one of 36 individuals selected to compete in the 2022 NCAA Regionals on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, as announced on NCAA.com. The Jacksonville, Florida, native has been assigned to the Ann Arbor Regional at the U-M Golf Course which will begin on May 9.
Of the 396 players participating in the regionals, 132 will advance to the championship finals, with the top four teams and top two individuals (not on an advancing team) advancing from each regional.
Schiavone is coming off a 24th finish in the 2022 ACC Championship with a 76-74-74 (+8) to cap her first full year of competition for the Irish (the team faced a truncated schedule in 2020-21 due to COVD-19). She earned four top-1o finishes in 2021-22 including a tie for fourth place at the Westbrook Invitational.
SUSAN HOLT RETIRES AS NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S GOLF HEAD COACH
Notre Dame women’s golf head coach Susan Holt, a six-time conference coach of the year and longest tenured women’s golf coach in school history, has announced her retirement at the end of the 2021-22 season.
“It has been an incredible experience to lead this program, win championships, develop amazing student-athletes and regularly compete in NCAA postseason events,” Holt said.
“I started coaching over 30 years ago and I believe now is the best time to take a break, spend more time with my family and see what the next leader of this program can accomplish. I want to thank the Notre Dame administration for their support over the past 16 seasons.”
“To the extraordinary women who have taken the course for the Irish during my tenure and who will in the future, thank you for your hard work, love and dedication. I will miss you most of all.”
“Coach Holt has been an integral part of our success in women’s golf over the last decade-and-a-half,” said University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “We thank her for the years of service to the University and to her beloved student-athletes that she supported both on and off the course.”
Holt transformed the Notre Dame program during her time with the Irish, a run that included the program’s first appearance at the NCAA championship in 2011. Notre Dame won four BIG EAST titles under her leadership, 17 total tournament championships and rewrote the women’s golf record book. Irish players earned 16 medalist honors, 27 all-conference accolades and two All-America honors (the first in Notre Dame women’s golf history). Holt also recruited and coached Notre Dame’s first LPGA Tour member, Becca Huffer (‘12).
Holt’s student-athletes found equal success in the classroom, with Fighting Irish players collecting 40 NGCA/WGCA All-Scholar Team citations, 48 conference all-academic team certificates and the first three Academic All-America honors in program history (Ashley Armstrong in 2013, 2014 and 2015). In addition, Notre Dame earned a pair of BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence Awards (2011 and 2012) and has, on 19 occasions, posted the highest combined grade-point average among all 26 Notre Dame athletics teams for a given semester, most notably a then school-record 3.776 GPA in the spring of 2012. Additionally, the team has also posted a perfect 100 in the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rating (APR) in each year of Holt’s tenure.
Holt came to Notre Dame in August of 2006 after 13 successful seasons as the head women’s coach at USF. She began her collegiate coaching career at Purdue in 1990.
DRAKE RELAYS, SYCAMORE OPEN UP NEXT FOR INDIANA STATE
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State track and field plays host to its final home meet of the season Saturday as part of a split-squad weekend. The Sycamores will send a contingent to the Drake Relays, set for Thursday through Saturday, while also welcoming teams to the Gibson Track & Field Complex for the Sycamore Open.
Thursday’s competiton at the Drake Relays for the Sycamores is slated to begin at 6:28 p.m., with Friday’s action starting at noon and Saturday’s events beginning at 12:40 p.m. Assistant Coach Erin Reese will also participate in an invitational section of the hammer throw Saturday at 11 a.m.
Competition at the Sycamore Open on Saturday is set to begin at 11 a.m.
Last Time Out
A windy weekend at the Gibson Track and Field Complex was no issue for Indiana State, as the Sycamores won the men’s and women’s team titles at the Gibson Invitational, sponsored by the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau.
On a weekend where the Sycamores honored their senior class and welcomed alumni back to Terre Haute, Indiana State scored 253 points on the men’s side and 191 points on the women’s side. Both Sycamore contingents won the team competition convincingly, with DePaul finishing in second on both sides, 142 points behind the ISU men and 45 points behind the Sycamore women.
As a team, Indiana State placed first in 17 events, while also garnering 41 top-three finishes over the course of the weekend. ISU set one meet record, while two Sycamores moved into the top 10 in school history in their respective events – Quincy Armstrong in the 400m hurdles and Wyatt Puff in the discus.
Honoring a Legend
One of the all-time Sycamore greats will be honored this weekend, as Aubrey Herring enters the Drake Relays Hall of Fame.
Herring won the university-college 110 hurdles in the 2000 and 2001 Drake Relays and invitational 110 hurdles in 2002. He also anchored Indiana State’s shuttle hurdle relay team that set the Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record of 55.06 in 2001. No university-college team has come within a second of that mark since.
Herring becomes the second Sycamore athlete to be inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame, joining Holli Hyche, who was honored in 1999.
Indiana State had a pair of sprinters set high marks at last weekend’s Gibson Invitational. JaVaughn Moore ran a wind-aided time of 10.06 in the 100m (w: +3.9), while Noah Malone ran a wind-aided 20.34 in the 200m (w: +3.4). Both Sycamores placed first in their respective events.
In addition to the first-place finishes, both Moore and Malone put themselves among the nation’s best with their performances. Moore currently ranks fifth in the nation in the 100m, while Malone is 10th in the 200m.
Sycamores in the Rankings
Indiana State currently owns the top mark in the Missouri Valley Conference in 11 different events, with seven of those top marks coming in last week’s Gibson Invitational. Included in those marks are sweeps of the top spot in the pole vault (William Staggs and Selene Weaver) and triple jump (Shomari Rogers-Walton and Ryann Porter). As a team, Indiana State has 30 marks that rank among the top three in the Valley.
In addition to the top conference marks, the Sycamores also currently have 10 marks sitting in NCAA East Region qualifying positions. JaVaughn Moore (third, 100m), Noah Malone (seventh, 200m) and Porter (11th, triple jump) lead the way for the Trees, while Rogers-Walton (24th, long jump), William Staggs (31st, pole vault), Brett Norton (34th, shot put), Lawrence Mitchell (41st, high jump), Quincy Armstrong (43rd, 400m hurdles), Luigi Rivas (44th, 110m hurdles) and Weaver (46th, pole vault) all occupy qualifying spots for the Sycamores. Moore (fifth), Malone (10th) and Porter (25th) all rank within the top 25 in the nation in their respective events.
As a team, Indiana State is ranked in the Valley on the men’s side and second on women’s side. The Sycamore men sit eighth in the Great Lakes regional rankings, a two-spot improvement from last week, while ISU’s women stood pat at 14th in the region.
The Sycamore men also jumped from being unranked nationally all the way up to 52nd in the nation following a standout showing at the Gibson Invitational.
Moving Up the Ranks
Indiana State’s strong 2021-22 season continued to produce record-setting results, highlighted by Wyatt Puff setting a top-10 mark in the discus for a second consecutive weekend.
Landis Brandon and Brooklyn Giertz both cracked the top 10 in school history in the pole vault after clearing 3.78m at last weekend’s Gibson Invitational, while Quincy Armstrong had a career-best time of 52.44 in the 400m hurdles to move up to eighth in school history in the event. The men’s 4x100m relay team team of Shomari Rogers-Walton, JaVaughn Moore, Tahj Johnson and Noah Malone tied their mark from Auburn that ranked second in school history (40.25).
As a team, Indiana State has set 18 top-10 marks in school history this outdoor season.
What’s On Deck?
Indiana State stays in-state for its final meet before the MVC Championships, as it heads to Bloomington for the Billy Hayes Invitational May 6.
VALPO SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT ROAD SERIES WIN AT SIU
Valparaiso (11-23, 2-7 MVC)
at Southern Illinois (26-11, 6-3 MVC)
Itchy Jones Stadium | Carbondale, Ill.
Friday, April 29, 6 p.m. CT – RHP Colin Fields
Saturday, April 30, 2 p.m. CT– LHP Jake Miller
Sunday, May 1, 1 p.m. CT – RHP Griffin McCluskey
Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team has won each of its last two road series, going on the road to take series from a pair of quality programs in Illinois State and UIC. The Beacons will head back to the Land of Lincoln this week with hopes of continuing their road success at Southern Illinois.
Recently in Valpo Baseball: Winds blowing out in excess of 20 miles per hour altered the complexion of this past weekend’s series with Missouri State, as the visiting Bears slugged six home runs in Saturday’s doubleheader and three more on Sunday en route to a three-game sweep of host Valpo at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Beacons pounded out 12 hits in the first game of the series but had just two runs to show for it in a 14-2 loss that was shortened to eight innings due to the 10-run rule after Missouri State scored seven in the top of the eighth. Valpo dropped Saturday’s second game 9-4 and was limited to three hits in a 6-1 loss on Sunday that was shortened to seven innings due to lightning. Valpo followed that up with a heartbreaking 6-5 setback at Big Ten foe Purdue on Tuesday. The Beacons led 2-0 early and regained the lead at 5-3 in the top of the seventh, but the Boilermakers forced extras and eventually walked off with a 6-5 win in the bottom of the 10th.
Following the Beacons: All three games this weekend will air on ESPN3. Links to live video and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @ValpoBaseball on Twitter.
Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (165-258), the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his ninth season in charge of the program. This year, he moves into sole possession of third in program history for number of seasons coached with nine, surpassing Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Entering the season, Schmack’s win total ranks fourth in program history after he surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987, 147) during the 2021 campaign. Also in 2021, Schmack joined Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches to reach the 150-win threshold. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.
Series Notes: Valpo holds a 9-5 lead in the all-time series with Southern Illinois, which dates back to 1966. The Salukis ended Valpo’s season a year ago with an 11-5 win on their home field in the MVC Tournament in Carbondale. That came after Valpo won three of four at Emory G. Bauer Field during the regular season. Valpo has won six of the seven regular-season matchups, but all of those have occurred in Northwest Indiana. This will be Valpo’s first regular-season visit to SIU since dropping two of three in 2018.
200-Hit Pace: Sophomore Kaleb Hannahs collected his 100th career hit during this weekend’s series against Missouri State, putting him well on pace to reach the 200-hit milestone by the end of his collegiate career. If he eventually reaches that threshold, he would become just the 11th player in program history and first since Spencer Mahoney in 2015 with 200 career hits. Chase Dawson came close in 2019, but finished his career with 199 hits. Hannahs reached the 100-hit milestone during Saturday’s doubleheader vs. Missouri State, when he had two hits in each game. Kyle Schmack, also a sophomore in terms of eligibility but in his third year in the program due to the COVID year, enters this weekend series at SIU with 98 career hits.
Flexibility is Paramount: So far this season, three weekends have stayed on schedule, while seven weekend series (including this past weekend’s series vs. Missouri State) have included at least one schedule change due to weather. Valpo has played a doubleheader in eight of 10 weekends (seven due to weather-related changes, one scheduled doubleheader). The weather forecast is not favorable for this weekend’s series with the Salukis staying on schedule.
A Look at the Leaderboards: Valpo leads the Missouri Valley Conference in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.8 and strikeout-to-walk ratio at 2.57. Bobby Nowak ranks 31st nationally and second in The Valley with seven saves. Colin Fields leads the MVC and ranks 18th in the nation with 82 strikeouts. He leads the MVC and ranks fifth nationally with 14.28 strikeouts per nine innings. Jake Miller ranks third in the MVC in walks per nine innings at 12.23. Nolan Tucker ranks ninth in the league in hitting at .346. Fields is eighth in the league in ERA at 3.83.
Notes Wrapping Up Purdue
This marked Valpo’s first extra-inning game of the season and first since beating Missouri State in 10 innings in the MVC Tournament on May 25, 2021 in Carbondale.
Valpo fell to 2-3 in one-run games and 5-7 in games decided by two runs or fewer this season.
Valpo continued to play tight games against their instate, power-five foes from the Big Ten Conference. Valpo has played Purdue seven times during Brian Schmack’s head coaching tenure, and all seven have been decided by four runs or fewer including a pair of Valpo victories.
Kade Reinertson went 2-for-3 with two walks, reaching base four times to pace the Beacon bats. This was his first collegiate multi-hit game.
Alex Thurston’s triple was his second of the season and the fourth of his career.
Brady Renfro moved into the team lead in RBIs with 23 thanks to his bases-clearing double. That also extended his on-base streak to 11.
Connor Lockwood pitched well but received no decision and was charged with five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out four over six plus innings.
Notes Wrapping Up Missouri State (April 22-24)
Brady Renfro belted his team-leading seventh home run of the season and the 11th of his collegiate career in Saturday’s second game.
Renfro became the third Valpo player this season to drive in his 20th run of the year.
Alex Thurston launched his first collegiate home run in Saturday’s second game.
Kaleb Hannahs finished with two hits in each game of Saturday’s doubleheader, reaching the 100-career-hit milestone.
Missouri State lifted six home runs including three from Dakota Kotowski in Saturday’s doubleheader, then Kotowski slugged his fourth home run of the weekend on Sunday. The Bears hit nine home runs in the series.
In the Other Dugout: Southern Illinois
Went on the road and won two of three against MVC preseason favorite Dallas Baptist last weekend.
Also own series wins over Bradley and Evansville.
Enter this weekend tied atop the MVC at 6-3.
JT Weber is hitting a team-best .401 with 15 home runs and 37 RBIs, while Kaeber Rog is hitting .309 with 10 bombs and 42 driven in.
Picked to finish tied for third in the MVC preseason poll.
MASTODON BASEBALL DROPS GAME AT MICHIGAN STATE
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State used a four-run fourth inning to slip by the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons 7-4 on Wednesday (April 26) in non-league baseball action.
At the plate, Garett Lake finished 2-of-4 with two doubles. Jarrett Bickel also had two hits, opening the game with a single and then recording a double to start the eighth inning. Jack Lang followed with a double in the eighth to score Bickel and make the score 7-3. Alex Evenson’s RBI groundout scored Lang to make the score 7-4.
It was a 1-1 game through the middle of the fourth after Lake used one of his doubles to knock in a run with two outs in the fourth. Then the Spartans scored four in the bottom half of the inning and two more in the fifth.
Lang finished 1-for-3 with an RBI, two runs, a walk and two stolen bases. He now has a seven-game hit streak and 11 stolen bases on the season.
Ryan Robison faced the minimum over the final 3.0 innings in relief for the ‘Dons.
Freshman Enas Hayden (0-1) got the ball in his first career start for Purdue Fort Wayne. He allowed just one run until the fourth when the Spartans scored four times. He recorded a pair of strikeouts.
» Ben Higgins worked two walks.
» Michigan State was led offensively by Casey Mayes, who went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
» Aidan Arbaugh started on the mound and went the required 5.0 innings for the win.
» The ‘Dons host UIC in a three-game Horizon League series this weekend. Saturday will be Senior Day for the ‘Dons.
EMMA MCMILLAN HOMERS IN DOUBLEHEADER AT DAYTON
DAYTON, Ohio – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team dropped a pair of non-league games at Dayton 10-6 and 7-5 on Wednesday (April 27).
GAME 1 | Dayton 10, Purdue Fort Wayne 6
An explosive offensive output was not enough for Purdue Fort Wayne on Wednesday. The Mastodons tallied six runs, but could not hold the Dayton Flyers at bay, and were bested 10-6.
Shaina Eyre (3-13) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne. Alyson Quinlan came out of the bullpen to throw 2.2 shutout innings without allowing a hit. She struck out two without a walk.
Emma McMillan led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 1-for-3 in the ballgame with a home run and two RBI. Sonia Solis drew three walks with an RBI. Thais Uyema went 2-for-3 for Purdue Fort Wayne with a walk.
The Mastodons first put runs on the board in the third inning. Purdue Fort Wayne’s offense had a good inning, putting three runs on the scoreboard after Dayton had tallied five.
The Flyers expanded their lead to 10-3 before the Mastodons offense got back to work, cutting into that lead in the fifth. Taryn Jenkins came across to score the lone run of the inning for Purdue Fort Wayne, which tightened the Flyers lead to 10-4.
Purdue Fort Wayne kept the Flyers off the board before narrowing the gap to 10-6 in the sixth. The Mastodons added two to their tally on McMillan’s two-run homer to center field. The Mastodons were unable to get any closer, as neither team scored again in the ballgame.
» Purdue Fort Wayne’s highest scoring inning was the third, when it pushed three runs across.
» The Mastodons drew nine walks from Dayton pitching.
» McMillan’s home run was her first of the season.
» Dayton was led offensively by sophomore Kara Gunter, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI.
» Catherine Jensen led the Flyers pitching staff, throwing two innings of one-run ball to get the win.
GAME 2 | Dayton 7, Purdue Fort Wayne 5
Four Purdue Fort Wayne players collected multiple hits, but the Mastodons fell to the Dayton Flyers 7-5 in game two.
Gracie Brinkerhoff (2-8) took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne. Quinlan came out of the bullpen again, going 1.1 shutout innings without allowing a hit.
McMillan led the hit barrage for the Mastodons, going 3-for-4 in the ballgame. Uyema was 2-for-3, while Brooke Wintlend and Jenkins were 2-for-4.
The Mastodons got on the board immediately, starting their scoring with one run in the top of the first inning. Solis’ run-scoring single highlighted a two-run inning for Purdue Fort Wayne.
The Mastodons lost the lead they built in the first, but got back on the board in the third trailing 3-2. Purdue Fort Wayne scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Epiphany Hang, which brought the score level at 3-3.
Dayton busted up the tie and took a 7-3 lead moving into the seventh. Purdue Fort Wayne closed the gap to 7-5 in the seventh and put the winning run at first, but the game came to an end with a ground out.
» Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 7-36, Dayton improves to 16-20
» McMillan led the Mastodons, compiling three base hits in the ballgame.
» Four Purdue Fort Wayne hitters had multiple hits in the ballgame.
» Purdue Fort Wayne left 11 runners stranded on base in the loss.
» The Mastodons out-hit the Flyers at an 11-9 clip.
» McMillan stole two bases in Wednesday’s game.
» Dayton was led offensively by Katie Reeg, who went 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI.
» Freshman Haven Dwyer led the Flyers pitching staff, throwing three shutout innings.
Purdue Fort Wayne will return home for its final six games of the regular season. The ‘Dons host Youngstown State (April 29-30) and Northern Kentucky (May 6-7). The series against Youngstown State will be on ESPN+.
WOMEN’S LAX RETAINS TOP SPOT IN MIDWEST REGION
INDIANAPOLIS – The nationally-ranked No. 2 UIndy women’s lacrosse team retained their No. 1 ranking in this weeks edition of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional rankings, released Wednesday.
The Hounds held on to the top spot with a perfect record of 14-0 in region play. The remainder of the region remained the same with UIndy followed by Grand Valley, Regis, Lindenwood, Davenport and Colorado Mesa.
UIndy hosts the GLVC Championship tournament this weekend at Key Stadium. The Hounds face McKendree in Friday’s semifinal at 11 am ET. Sunday’s title game is also slated for an 11 am ET.
HOUNDS HOLD STEADY ATOP MIDWEST SOFTBALL RANKINGS
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy softball team maintained its hold on the No. 1 spot in the latest NCAA Division II Midwest Regional rankings, released Wednesday. Each of the top seven teams remained static, including GLIAC-leader Grand Valley State at No. 2 and GLVC-rvial Southern Indiana at No. 3.
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.
HOUNDS MOVE TO #3 IN REGIONAL RANKINGS
INDIANAPOLIS – The second set of NCAA Division II Regional Rankings were released on Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Regional Committee. The No. 5 UIndy men’s lacrosse team moved up one spot to No. 3 in the South Region.
Tampa retained the top spot in the South with an in-region record of 14-0. Limestone, whom the Hounds will face next weekend, remained the No. 2 seed at 14-1. The Hounds clocked in at No. 3 at 11-1 followed by GLVC foe Lindenwood at No. 4 who dropped one spot.
UIndy has the GLVC Championship tournament on tap this weekend. They’ll host Lewis at 5 pm ET on Friday at Key Stadium. Sunday’s title game is currently scheduled for 2 pm ET.
MEN’S TENNIS LOCKED IN AT NO. 2 IN THE FINAL NAIA COACHES POLL
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s tennis finds themselves locked into No. 2 in the final NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll. This is the fourth consecutive poll the Wildcats find themselves in the second slot. Wildcats have been inside the Top 5 in the last five polls.
Wildcats finished the regular season with a 39-4 record and claimed the Crossroads League Tournament title this past Fall. This is the second consecutive year the Wildcats have posted 30 or more wins in a season.
Wildcats post season run starts at the NAIA National Championships on May 17-21. Wildcats will travel to Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama for the 41st Annual Women’s Tennis National Championships. Stay tuned to IWUWildcats.com for information on opponents and times.
WOMEN’S TENNIS RANKED NO. 3 IN FINAL NAIA COACHES POLL
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Indiana Wesleyan women’s tennis remains at No. 3 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches poll. Since the last poll on April 13, Wildcats went 3-0 sweeping each of their opponents 4-0.
Wildcats have held down the No. 3 spot in the last four polls. IWU finished the regular season with a 38-5 record and was named Crossroads League Tournament Champions. This is the second consecutive year the Wildcats have posted over 30 wins on their season.
Next on the docket for the Wildcats is the NAIA National Championships on May 17-21. Wildcats will travel to Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama for the 41st Annual Women’s Tennis National Championships. Stay tuned to IWUWildcats.com for information on opponents and times.
RHIT SOFTBALL EARNS SWEEP WINS AT MANCHESTER
N. MANCHESTER, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology picked up a pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference softball wins by sweeping Manchester University 4-3 and 9-4 on Wednesday.
In the opener, Manchester rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force extra innings before the Fightin’ Engineers earned a 4-3 victory. Nicole Lang provided the big blast in the eighth inning with a two-run home run to snap a 2-2 tie and give Rose-Hulman the lead for good.
Ariel Thomasson tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts to lift the Fightin’ Engineers to the HCAC victory. Thomasson also had two singles and scored twice.
Lang finished the day with a home run, a double, three RBIs and one run scored to lead the offense.
In the nightcap, Ashley Pinkham had four RBIs in the first two innings and scored twice as Rose-Hulman built an early 7-1 lead.
MaKenzie Morgan and Lang each had three hits to propel the scoring. Morgan had three singles and scored three times, with Lang adding a double, two singles and one RBI.
Gabby Davidson also had a multi-hit game with two singles and two runs scored for the Fightin’ Engineers.
Baylee Uhrick came out of the bullpen with 3.2 scoreless innings to pick up her third pitching win of the season. Uhrick allowed four hits but held the Spartans without a run after the fourth inning.
Rose-Hulman improved to 15-13 on the season, while Manchester dropped to 12-24. The Fightin’ Engineers return home to face Hanover College in another HCAC doubleheader on Thursday at 5:30 pm.
NEWS | CHRIS HAMILTON ANNOUNCED AS NEW MEN’S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH
FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin College Director of Athletics Andrew Hendricks has announced the addition of Chris Hamilton as the new head coach of the men’s basketball program.
A veteran at the Division III level as both a coach and a player, Hamilton comes to Franklin following a four-year tenure at Nebraska Wesleyan University under two-time NCAA DIII Coach of the Year Dale Wellman.
“It’s an honor to receive the opportunity to become a member of the Franklin College community,” Hamilton said. “Franklin College basketball has a rich and storied tradition of excellence dating back over 100 years in the heart of Indiana. From the “Wonder Five” to the capture of multiple HCAC Championships, this program has cultivated a standard of success that we will work relentlessly to sustain and elevate on and off the court. I would like to thank President Kerry N. Prather and Director of Athletics Andrew Hendricks for the opportunity and I am eager to get started.”
“The people and the program will benefit greatly from Coach Hamilton’s charisma, commitment, and level of care,” Hendricks added. “It is clear Chris has an appreciation for the history of Indiana basketball and Franklin College’s program specifically, and he paints a great picture for how he plans to successfully and competitively lead the program into the future. His record as a player and coach foreshadows much to come for the Grizzlies. We are very excited to welcome Chris and his fiancé, Miranda, into the Franklin family.”
During his time on the Nebraska Wesleyan bench, the Prairie Wolves went 69-21 with a 43-15 record in American Rivers Conference (ARC) play, winning the league’s regular season and conference tournament championships in 2018-19 and 2019-20 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The Prairie Wolves finished atop Division III in offensive efficiency in 2019 and 2020, and ranked in the top-10 in field goal percentage defense in 2021.
He assisted Wellman in all facets of the Prairie Wolves’ program and had a hand in developing three ARC Players of the Year and two finalists for the Jostens NCAA Division III Most Outstanding Player of the Year. In addition to his coaching duties, Hamilton also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, working primarily with both basketball and soccer programs.
“I applaud the work of the search committee and am excited to welcome Chris to the Franklin College family,” Franklin College President Kerry Prather said. “He brings impressive experience from championship-caliber Division III programs both as a player and as a coach. I am confident he is the right person to continue the Franklin legacy of attracting quality student-athletes to Franklin and guiding them to success on and off the court.”
Hamilton began his college basketball career at Division III powerhouse Randolph-Macon College, first as a player from 2011-15 and then as an assistant coach from 2016-18. During his time on the Yellow Jackets’ coaching staff, he helped guide the team to two conference regular season championships with two teams that ranked in the top-10 nationally in scoring defense.
As a player, he helped the Yellow Jackets to a 90-27 record over his four years with two conference regular season and conference tournament titles each. He ended his time on the roster with the sixth-most three-pointers in program history at 171 and was a 43.5% shooter from deep. A two-time academic all-conference selection, Hamilton earned his bachelor’s degree in Business/Economics from Randolph-Macon in 2015.
He began his coaching career at Division I Mount St. Mary’s as a graduate assistant in 2015-16, where he completed his Master of Science degree in Sports Management.
“This opportunity would not be possible without the incredible teachers I’ve had on my coaching journey,” Hamilton added. “Between Coach Davis, Coach Christian, Coach Merkel, and Coach Wellman, I’ve been fortunate to see four examples of how to engineer a championship environment, on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.”
HU FINISHES 7TH AT CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
LACONIA, Ind. – The Forester men’s golf team wrapped up the year with a 7th-place finish at the Crossroads League Championships at Chariot Run Golf Club. After posting an impressive 295 in the first round, HU turned in a 312 and 321 in the final two rounds for a final score of 928.
“The guys fought really hard,” Coach Connor Dwyer. “We were in the tournament for the first 27 holes.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t finish the way we wanted. I was extremely proud of our first round as it was the lowest round we’ve posted in a long time! Throughout the year I’ve seen major improvements and if the returning players can improve over the summer, we will be in great shape next year.”
Chance Bressler collected 11 birdies, the third most of the tourney, on his way to leading Coach Dwyer’s crew with a 228 (79-72-82) good for 18th out of 45 golfers. David Beck finished with a 232 (76-80-76) for 23rd place.
Peyton Richmond (71-81-77) and Mitchell Wilson (74-79-87) each carded a 237 while Quin Edwards played two rounds for a 170 (84-86).
Taylor captured the league title by hiring a 862 followed by Marian (878), Indiana Wesleyan (905), Saint Francis (908), Grace (917), Spring Arbor (922), HU (928), Bethel (936) and Mount Vernon (943).
COUGARS PLACE FOURTH AT CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars men’s golf team traveled to Laconia, Indiana on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the 2022 Crossroads League Championship, and placed fourth out of nine teams as senior Bryce Turner led the way.
During the three rounds, the Cougars finished the first day with a 301 team score in the first round followed by 298 in the second round. Then on Tuesday, they wrapped up with a 309 score totaling 908 just three strokes behind third-place Indiana Wesleyan.
Individually, Bryce Turner had the best performance out of the five including scoring an eagle on hole #18 in the second round on Monday as he tied for seventh out of 45 golfers with scores of 71, 73, and 79.
Following behind Turner tied for 12th was Levi Follett who shot a 72, 76, and 77, and then Brent Trela (76, 80, 74), Gabe Schenk (78, 75, 79), and Wyatt Johnson (81, 78, 86).
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IU SOUTHEAST SWEEPS BRESCIA WEDNESDAY
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast softball team swept a weekday doubleheader against Brescia on Wednesday. The Grenadiers won game one 12-2 and game two 9-4.
In game one, Brescia took advantage of an IU Southeast error to jump out in front 1-0 in the top of the first inning. A wild pitch by the Grenadiers allowed Brescia to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the third.
IU Southeast led off the bottom of the third with a single by Erin Templeman. Katie Templeman followed with a single, advancing pinch runner Rebecca Brosmer to second. With one out, Ellie Jackman delivered with an RBI single to narrow the deficit to 2-1. Brooklyn Gibbs brought in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Ellie Jackman scored on a wild pitch to give the Grenadiers a 3-2 lead.
The fourth inning was a massive one for the Grenadiers. Lindsey Nelson led off with a single and advanced to third on a double by Miranda Miller. Erin Templeman added an RBI single to give the Grenadiers a 4-2 lead. Katie Templeman followed with an RBI single to make it 5-2.
The big blow of the fourth inning came off the bat of leadoff hitter Ellie Jackman. With runners on second and third, Jackman launched a three-run homer to left center to break the game open. Lindsey Nelson’s second single of the inning gave IU Southeast a 9-2 lead, and Miranda Miller drove in two more runs on an RBI single. Katie Templeman added one more RBI single, giving the Grenadiers a nine-run inning and a 12-2 lead.
The Grenadiers won game one 12-2 in five innings. Five Grenadiers had multiple hits in the contest. Ellie Jackman led the Grenadiers with four RBIs.
Game two saw Brescia score first once again, taking advantage of another Grenadier error to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead. IU Southeast responded in the bottom of the first inning with three straight doubles to take a 2-1 lead. The Grenadiers added another run in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Hayley McFarling.
Brescia added a run in the second and third innings, tying the game 3-3. As they did in the first, the Grenadiers responded immediately. In the bottom of the fourth, Hayley McFarling drove in her second run of the day with an RBI double. The Grenadiers extended their lead to 5-3 on an Erin Templeman double.
A run in the top of the fifth inning for Brescia cut the lead to 5-4, but the Grenadiers responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to make it 9-4. Lindsey Nelson, Hayley McFarling and Erin Templeman all drove in runs in the four-run fifth.
The Grenadiers won game two 9-4. Erin Templeman and Hayley McFarling each drove in three runs in the contest. IU Southeast moved to 20-23 overall and 14-10 in RSC play.
The Grenadiers conclude their regular season with a doubleheader against Midway on Thursday.
BASEBALL DROPS FINAL NON-CONFERENCE CONTEST OF THE SEASON
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo baseball team dropped its final non-conference tilt of the season on Tuesday evening as the Cougars fell, 7-2 to Grace College. IU Kokomo’s record falls to 25-18 on the year
Grace plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the early lead over the Cougars.
Masen Melton got the Cougars on the board in the top of the second with his first home run of the season, making it a 3-1 contest.
An IU Kokomo error extended the bottom of the second inning for the Lancers, allowing them to add two more runs to extend their lead to 5-1.
Another run from Grace made it a 6-1 game after three complete innings.
With two outs in the fourth, Tucker Platt reached on a single to centerfield. Sean Becker and Bryce Lenz both recorded singles. Lenz’s single scored Platt to, making the game, 6-2.
The Lancers added one more run to their total in the seventh which made the final score, 7-2.
The Cougars used seven different pitchers in Tuesday’s game, the most they have used in a single game this season.
Sam Hinshaw got the start and tossed two innings, allowing five runs on five hits, and taking the loss.
Mark Goudy pitched the final inning for the Cougars and struck out two batters.
The Cougars will wrap up the regular season this weekend as they host Point Park University in a pivotal River States Conference series at Kokomo Municipal Stadium. The first two games of the series will be on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. and the two teams will wrap up the series with a single game on Saturday at 5 p.m.
TITANS KEEP SAINTS CLOSE, FALL IN HOME DOUBLEHEADER
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Strong pitching performances from a pair of freshmen weren’t quite enough on Tuesday afternoon, as IU South Bend dropped both ends of a doubleheader with St. Francis, 2-0 in game one and 3-0 in game two, at Dick Pfeil Field at Veterans Memorial Park.
Maddy Edwards allowed two runs over a complete-game seven innings in the opener, striking out five. In the second game of the day, Abby Yarnell also went the distance, recording three K’s with one earned run allowed.
The Saints (24-12, 14-6 CCAC) posted runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings of game one, but the damage was limited as the Titans (15-23, 6-10 CCAC) got out of each inning with the bases loaded. Edwards would finish the game with four shutout innings, but St. Francis would retire eight in a row to close out the win.
Savanna Schmitz and Kaylee Darnell each recorded a double in game one, as the Titans posted four hits as a team.
St. Francis posted a run in the top of the 1st to start game two, then took advantage of an error in the 4th inning to add a pair of unearned runs for a 3-0 lead. IU South Bend would put a runner in scoring position three times, including a Maddie Leisher double in the bottom of the 6th, but five hits throughout the lineup were not enough to get a run on the board.
Leisher finished 2-for-2 with a walk in game two, and was the only player to record a multi-hit game for the Titans on the day.
IUSB continues their run of six games in a three-day stretch, with a road trip to Judson on Wednesday. First pitch from Elgin, Ill. is set for 4:00 p.m. ET.
WARRIORS SPLIT WITH ST. FRANCIS (ILL.)
JOLIET, ILL. – The Indiana Tech baseball team traveled to non-conference foe, University St. Francis (ILL.) Tuesday evening for some doubleheader action where they split, falling 9-8 in game one before taking game two in a convincing 10-2 victory.
The Warriors were the first to strike in the first inning as Dalton Swinehart would single to left field, sending Jayden Reed home. It wasn’t until the second inning when the Saints got on the board to even up the score 1-1. Tech got the bats rolling in the third inning as they erupted for five runs to give them the 6-1 advantage.
The host began to crawl their way back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to within two, 6-4, and then adding five more runs in the fifth inning to take the 9-6 lead over the Orange and Black. The Warriors ended their scoring drought as they were able to score two runs in the top of the seventh behind the efforts of a Luis Diaz homerun, sending in Damien Gudakunst. Only down one, Tech’s comeback would fall short as the Saints ended the game with a caught fly out to center field.
The nightcap started off with an absolute slugfest as the Warriors scored eight runs on six hits in the top of the first inning. Neither team scored until Christian Mojica singled to left field in the fourth inning, sending in Mike Snyder and giving the Orange and Black one more run to add to their lead before scoring their final run in the sixth to expand their lead, 10-0. The Saints continued to struggle to find their bats, only having one hit up until the bottom of the sixth where they scored their only two runs on four hits.
Going into the final inning down 10, the hosts were unable to make any sort of action happen as the Warriors would go on to win. Weston Markle got the win for Tech, posting three strikeouts, allowing five runs and two hits. Kris Massey would finish things off in the final two innings, giving up only one hit and notching five strikeouts.
Indiana Tech (28-19, 13-7 WHAC) will return to action Wednesday as they travel to Manchester University for a single game, with first pitch set for 4:15 p.m.
WARRIORS EARN NUMBER ONE RANKING IN NAIA POLL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Indiana Tech men’s lacrosse team earned its first-ever ranking as the number one team in the country as the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 10 Poll was released Wednesday by the national office.
Tech received 66 points and five of the six first-place votes in the fourth regular season edition of the poll and moved up one spot in the rankings. The Warriors have now been ranked for 34 straight polls and earned their highest-ever ranking.
The final regular season edition of the NAIA Coaches’ Top 10 Poll will be released on May 1 in conjunction with the release of qualified for the 2022 NAIA National Invitational.
WOMEN’S TENNIS RANKED 15TH IN FINAL NAIA POLL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Indiana Tech women’s tennis program was ranked 15th in the sixth and final edition of the regular season NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.
The Warriors received 206 points in the poll, moving them down one spot from the fifth regular season edition of the polls that was released April 13th. Tech sits at 15-1 overall and 6-0 in the conference. The Warriors will be back in action as the top seed of the WHAC Tournament, which will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 29th and 30th.
WOMEN’S GOLF HAS THREE NAMED TO ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
AUGUSTA, Mich. – The Indiana Tech women’s golf program had three individuals named to All-Conference teams and two others who were recognized by the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) for the 2022 awards.
Julia Bockstahler earned First-Team All-Conference after placing fourth with a 237 (81-78-78) at the WHAC Championships. Bockstahler’s score marked a new career-low for 54 holes while garnering her second-highest finish of the season.
Kim Siercks and Jenna Boucher were each tabbed Second-Team All-Conference after their performances at the conference championships. Siercks finished in a tie for eighth with a 243 (79-85-79) while Boucher carded a career-best 246 (80-86-80) to finish in 12th.
Mai Intanant, Victoria Raffle, Siercks, and Boucher earned All-Academic Team while Boucher was also named the representative on the Champions of Character Team.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU MEN’S TRACK MAINTAINS NO. 10 RANKING
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 held its position at 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.
In this week’s index, the Taylor men earned a total of 170.99 points. The Trojans are one of three Crossroads League teams receiving a top-25 ranking, behind No. 9 Grace and ahead of No. 13 Marian.
The Trojans earned 12 different top-30 ratings over ten events this week. Alex Helmuth and Derek Van Prooyen continue boast the No. 3 and No. 4 rankings in the 10,000-meters. Connor White and Zach Hoekstra hold top-10 times in the steeplechase, as White is ranked third and Hoesktra is ranked 10th. On the field events side, TU earned top rankings from Mitch De Jong at No. 6 in the javelin throw, Damon Knowles at No. 8 in the pole vault, Liam Hesting at No. 7 in the discus and No. 17 in the hammer and Sammy Sommers at No. 19 in the long jump.
The Trojans will turn their attention to the Crossroads League Championships in South Bend, Indiana on May 5 and 6.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TROJANS JUMP TO NO. 12 IN LATEST USTFCCCA INDEX
NEW ORLEANS – In this week’s US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computer rankings, the Taylor women’s outdoor track and field team has improved two positions and is ranked No. 12 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 169.18 points in the poll. The Trojans are one of two Crossroads League teams ranked in the index, sitting behind No. 7 Marian.
In the most recent index, the Purple and Gold earned 15 different top-30 ratings over eight events. The TU 4×800-meter relay team jumped to the No. 1 position in the NAIA after breaking the Taylor school record last weekend at the Little State Championships. Abbey Brennan, the anchor of that relay, also holds the No. 2 time in the 800-meters and the No. 8 time in the 1,500-meters. Taylor’s elite steeplechase crew maintained their Event Squad Leader status for the fourth-straight week, including two Trojans who hold top-10 ratings. Ahna VanderWall is ranked fifth, while Giovanna Domene holds the No. 8 seed. Other top rankings include Brooke Studnicki at No. 10 in the 1,500-meters and No. 13 in the 800-meters and Audrey Altum at No. 12 in the 100-meter hurdles.
The Trojans will turn their attention to the Crossroads League Championships in South Bend, Indiana on May 5 and 6.
TRAILBLAZERS ADD THREE MORE BIG SIGNINGS TO 2022 RECRUITING CLASS
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers continue to add to their 2022 recruiting class with the addition of three new signees.
VU signed Bolingbrook power forward Michael Osei-Bonsu on Tuesday and guards James Locke IV from Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Ks. and LeBron Thomas from Trinity Collegiate School in Darlington, S.C.
The Trailblazers added a lot of muscle with their signing of six-foot-four, 270-pound Bolingbrook power forward Michael Osei-Bonsu.
Osei-Bonsu helped guide Bolingbrook High School, located just southwest of Chicago, to the Illinois 4A Final Four this past season for the Raiders, guiding them to a 30-6 record on the season.
Osei-Bonsu averaged 14 points and 9.5 rebounds per game and was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association 4A All-State team this past season for the defensive minded, balanced Bolingbrook squad led by head coach Rob Brost.
Including a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double in Bolingbrook’s super-sectional win over Quincy and setting a career-high 19 rebounds earlier in his senior season.
“Michael is a truly unique guy,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “He’s six-four, 270 pounds and that’s what he is, because we weighed him when he was here. You wouldn’t guess that he’s 270 when you see him, but that’s what he is. He’s a big, strong man.”
“Obviously that’s what he brings to the floor,” Franklin added. “He’s strong and quick to the ball. Obviously, he sets a tremendous screen. He did that in his workout out here. He really left a mark on our guys, they were talking about it for days after. I think he’s got the ability to be a really good rebounder. Think of him like a super-sized George Dixon. That’s kind of what we hope we get from him. George might have been a half an inch taller and a little bit longer, but was 35 pounds lighter and George was a big man.”
“I think you’ve got to have guys like that in JuCo,” Franklin said. “You certainly have to have those guys to play the way that we’ve played in the past. We’ve always had them, then we didn’t have them this year and it made a big difference. So that was a priority to get him. We’ve signed him and Victor Lado this spring and that’s about 500 pounds of bring it right there. We’re looking to bring the bruise back and I think that’s important for us.”
“We’ve been known for being very physical and very tough and I don’t think you could say that we were that last year and we weren’t extremely successful for the first time in my 24 years. There are reasons for that and we are trying to address some of those reasons and we’ll see how those two can grow.”
“Another thing that I have been adamant about getting is guys who have been winners. I don’t know if we’ve done as good of a job the past couple years of doing that, but it’s always been a big part of our priority list. Getting a guy that was a part of winning and a guy who played well in the big games. I think those are good indicators of guys and that’s been the case with all of these guys. Michael led his team to the State Tournament Final Four, which is tough to do.”
“His averages are a little low, because they were a balanced team and they played a defensive game, but I think you can throw the stats out. In the AAU games he’s been playing this spring he’s been going out and getting 22 points and 18 rebounds. But he came across as being a really good guy, hard worker. We’ve got to get back to being about hard work. We were for the last 24 years and we’ve had the best success in the country and it was built off of that and I think Michael seems to be someone who represents that.”
The second signing of the week came in the form of six-foot-three combo guard James Locke IV out of Sunrise Christian Academy, who averaged around 10 points per game this past season.
Locke averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Okla. prior to joining Sunrise Academy, where he led the Titans to an Oklahoma State Championship and was named the Oklahoma Coaches Association Class 5A Player of the Year.
“You can say similar things about James,” Franklin said. “James is a combo guard, probably more of a two-guard, but the strength that he probably brings to the table is his shooting. He’s a pretty good athlete, but the thing he’s going to hang his hat on early is his ability to hit shots. He’s going to be a guy that really runs and moves, but that’s probably where his early success will come from.”
“Two years ago, he was at Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma and won the State Championship,” Franklin added. “Which goes back to our thing of looking for winners. He was the leading scorer in the State Championship game. He was a First-Team All-State player and 5A Player of the Year.”
“Then he goes and plays at Sunrise Academy this past year and they were one of the Top-15 Post Grad teams in the country and made it to the National Tournament. He played really well in all three of their games in the tournament. So he’s another guy who has won and he’s a guy who has played well in those games at the Post Grad level where he’s going up against teams where most of the guys are significant DI players.”
“He’s a guy who played his role and fit in with some of those top DI guys and he played his best basketball at the end of their season as they went into the National Tournament. He’s another one that’s a good guy and we’ll see how hard he works. Obviously, he gives us pretty good size at six-three and he’s a guy that is going to have to hit shots and he’s going to have to work on being a little bit more physical defensively. But we’ll see when he gets in here and we’re excited about having him.”
The third signing to begin the week came when six-foot-three point guard LeBron Thomas signed with VU Wednesday morning.
Thomas comes to VU from Trinity Collegiate School in South Carolina, where he finished off a stellar high school career that included scoring 1800 points, being a two-time All-State and Region Player of the Year and also led the Titans to the SCISA 3A State Championship in 2021.
“LeBron is a six-foot three, about 190 pound lefty that has been a ball-in-the-hand type of player, whether is a point guard or a combo guard, he has been the guy with the ball in his hands,” Franklin said. “That’s where he has been most effective and we’ll see what he can do off the ball as well when he’s here.”
“Really good athlete, good size,” Franklin added. “He was pretty good at Trinity. Played some good teams there and played in some pretty big tournaments while there and played really well. Won MVP in a couple of those established National tournaments throughout the year.”
“He’s one of those guys that are part of the new wave guys out of high school that are mid-major type of guys that don’t get an opportunity because of the transfer portal. Five years ago, three years ago, he’s probably signing Division I already. Probably the same thing with James and Michael as well, it’s just where the game is right now.”
“But I think he’s got a chance to come up here and be a really good player. He has to adjust to being away from home a little bit. We’ll see what he is play wise, whether he’s point guard, off the ball or a combination, but in high school he never played away from the ball. He was very good at getting in the lane, reading people and using his athleticism to draw fouls.”
“His jump shot has continued to improve throughout his career and is something that he will still have to improve on. But playing with other good players he averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists a night. He seems like he’s a nice enough kid, we’ll just see if he comes in and plays with that level of competitive fire that you have to have and we’re all about getting that back.”
These three now gives Vincennes six new signees for the 2022-23 season, to go along with returning sophomores Shilo Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.), Trenton Johnson (South Bend, Ind.) and Devawn White (Montreal, Quebec) along with Dende Ceder (Almere, Netherlands) who was a medical redshirt this past season.
“Those three, you add them to Kale Gaither, who I think has some dynamic ability at the point,” Franklin said. “We really like Victor and we really think Ryan Oliver has a chance to be a really good wing guard to what we are bringing in here.”
“Then you start adding these guys together with our returners,” Franklin added. “I think that Shilo, Trenton and Devawn have done a really good job in the Spring. I’ve been very, very pleased with their attitude and their work. I think they’ve gotten better and I think they’ve gotten closer. I think their attitude has been much more indicative of what we are looking for.”
“I talk to Dende all the time. I know that he is excited about trying to get back and being here. Everything is supposed to be going good with his rehab. He has an extensive surgery but he’s supposed to have the best doctors over there working on him and everybody seems to be really pleased. We really like as a guy before the injury, it was a really tough pill to take this year when he went down. But I think those four guys will do well. I think that their attitude is right and we like the guys we’ve signed so far.”
“The other good thing that we’ve had so far is that all of these guys, except for Dende, who is going to stay back and continue to do his rehab all the way up until August, everybody will be here starting at the end of May for our first Summer session and be together. I think that is very key. We are just trying to get back to normal and this is by far the most normal I’ve felt in two years, so hopefully that translates to the floor, like it always has in the past.”
The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Michael, James and LeBron to the 2022 Trailblazer recruiting class.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1901 At Chicago’s South Side Park, the Cleveland Blues (Indians) collect 23 singles as the team coasts to a 13-1 victory over the White Sox. Pale Hose hurler Bock Baker gives up all of the one-base hits, a major league record.
1922 At Ebbets Field, Lee King drives in seven runs in the Phillies’ 10-7 win over the Robins. The Philadelphia outfielder will collect only 15 RBIs this season playing with Philadelphia and the Giants.
1929 The Red Sox lose to the A’s, 7-3, in their first-ever Sunday home game. Due to Fenway’s proximity to a church and the resulting protesters, the historic contest takes place one mile west of its home to its crosstown rival’s ballpark, Braves Field.
1930 The A’s score four runs without the benefit of a base hit, thanks to a lack of control and a pair of Red Sox errors, the ninth inning Boston meltdown accounts for Philadelphia’s 5-4 comeback victory at Fenway Park.
1934 At Navin Field, Goose Goslin grounds out into four consecutive double plays. The Tiger outfielder’s lack of offense doesn’t matter, as Detroit beats the visiting Indians, 4-1.
1946 The Braves sweep a twin bill from the Phillies played at Fenway Park, the home of the American League’s Red Sox, because the seats in the reserved grandstand in their Boston ballpark are still tacky after the team’s Opening Day debacle due to wet paint. As a thank-you, the Red Sox, who play all day games at home, are offered Braves Field for night games, but the team declines the invitation.
1950 Jim Martin, the Pampa Oilers’ catcher, is struck by lightning behind the plate during a Class C West Texas-New Mexico League contest played at Abilene’s Blue Sox Stadium. The 20-year-old backstop, who will return to the lineup tomorrow, is knocked unconscious by the bolt of electricity that propels his mask 20 feet beyond the pitcher’s mound.
1960 At a night game against Cleveland, the White Sox unveil the ‘Monster,’ their new exploding scoreboard at the Comiskey Park. The $300,000 brainchild of Chicago owner Bill Veeck will produce fireworks and accompanying sound effects whenever a hometown player hits a home run.
1961 Five days past his 40th birthday, Warren Spahn becomes the second-oldest pitcher, only behind Cy Young’s performance at the age of 41-years and three months, to throw a no-hitter. Hank Aaron knocks in the game’s only run when the Braves beat the Giants at County Stadium, 1-0.
1965 With Houston fans cheering their pregame ascent, Mets announcer Lindsey Nelson and a radio engineer climb into the Astrodome’s gondola and are hoisted 208 feet above second base to broadcast the game. The umpiring crew determines that any ball hitting the pair will be playable following an existing ground-rule that calls a ball striking any part of the dome in play.
1985 The Yankees fire Yogi Berra after the team gets off to a 6-10 start, replacing him with Billy Martin, returning to manage the club for the fourth time. The fired skipper vows not to return to Yankee Stadium for as long as George Steinbrenner is the team’s owner, and it will take 14 years for the two to reconcile.
1985 Dodger southpaw Fernando Valenzuela sets an MLB mark with 41 consecutive scoreless innings when he blanks the Padres through eight innings. In the top of the month, Tony Gwynn snaps the southpaw’s scoreless streak with a solo home run, giving the Friars an eventual 1-0 victory at Chavez Ravine.
1987 Mike Boddicker tosses his second career one-hitter when the Orioles beat Kansas City at Royals Stadium, 3-0. The only hit given up by the 29-year-old right-hander is a sixth-inning single to Willie Wilson.
1988 The Orioles, finishing the day 16 games out of first place, extend their major league mark of season-starting losses to 21 when the Twins defeat the team, 4-2. The Metrodome loss marks the seventh consecutive time the opponents sweep a series from Baltimore.
1989 Entering the game against Padres with two outs in the ninth inning, Cubs’ closer Mitch Williams records a save without throwing a pitch. The 24-year-old reliever picks off Carmelo Martínez at second base, giving Chicago a 3-1 victory in the Wrigley Field contest.
1995 With one out in the top of the fourth inning, three fans, showing their displeasure at the recent baseball strike, jump a Shea Stadium fence and begin scattering dollar bills at the Mets’ players’ feet. As a finale to their defiant act, the trio stands on second base with arms raised, showing the Opening Day crowd their T-shirts stenciled with the word Greed.
1998 Juan Gonzalez establishes a new major league record for April by driving in 35 runs during the month. The Rangers right-fielder sets the mark with two RBIs in the 7-2 victory over the Twins at the Metrodome.
2000 Ranger reliever Jeff Zimmerman takes his third loss of the young season when he balks home the winning run in the team’s 4-3 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards. The walk-off balk, scoring pinch-runner Mark Lewis, is called by home plate umpire Ian Lamplugh when the right-hander starts his motion but steps off the rubber without delivering a pitch.
2010 Phillies slugger Ryan Howard agrees to a $125 million, five-year contract extension that could keep the infielder with the team until 2017. The 30-year-old first baseman’s $25 million guaranteed average salary during the new deal is the second-highest amount in the major leagues, trailing behind only Alex Rodriguez’s ten-year contract with the Yankees that averages $27.5 million per season.
2010 David Wright surpasses Ed Kranepool to become the Mets all-time leader in doubles. The 27-year-old third baseman, who collected his 1,000th career hit yesterday, strokes his 226th two-bagger in the second inning of the Mets’ 7-3 victory over Los Angeles at Citi Field.
2010 Changes recommended by baseball’s special committee for on-field matters, including the expansion of All-Star rosters to 34 players, including 13 pitchers, will be implemented for this season’s Midsummer classic scheduled for Anaheim’s Angel Stadium. Other adopted rules include:
Using a designated hitter every year.
Making a pitcher who starts on the final Sunday before the break ineligible to play.
Allowing re-entry into a game if the last available position player at any position is injured.
2010 Luke Hughes becomes the fifth player in Twins’ history to homer in his first at-bat in the major leagues when he goes deep off Detroit’s Max Scherzer in Minnesota’s 11-6 loss at Comerica Park. The Australian-born rookie third baseman joins Rick Renick (1968), Dave McKay (1975), Gary Gaetti (1981), and Andre David (1984) in accomplishing the feat.
2011 Ben Zobrist breaks the Rays’ RBIs record of seven established in 2007 by Carlos Pena when he drives in eight runs with an RBI single, a three-run homer, along with a pair of two-run doubles. The All-Star infielder’s offensive output helps Tampa Bay trounce the Twins 15-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Target Field.
2012 Bryce Harper makes his much-anticipated debut in the Nationals’ 4-3 loss to Los Angeles at Chavez Ravine. The 19-year-old rookie center fielder, who drives in the potential go-ahead run in the ninth inning with a sacrifice fly, doubles in the top of the seventh off Chad Billingsley for his first major league hit.
2012 Adam Jones, who is currently leading the Orioles in both homers and RBIs and has a 17-game hitting streak, has agreed to the richest contract in franchise history. The 26-year-old center fielder comes to terms with the team on an $85.5-million, six-year no-trade deal that will keep the All-Star flychaser in Baltimore through the 2018 season.
2012 Frank Robinson’s likeness, created by sculptor Antonio Mendez, becomes the second of a series of six bronze statues, with skipper Earl Weaver being the first, unveiled at Camden Yards’ Legends Park this season. In his first season with the Orioles, the future Hall of Fame outfielder won the Triple Crown (.316 average, 49 homers, 122 RBI) and both the American League and World Series MVP awards, en route to leading Baltimore to the Fall Classic four times during his six seasons with the team.
2013 In the first game of a day-night doubleheader, Jeremy Guthrie ties a franchise record by going 16 consecutive starts without a loss for the Royals. The 34 year-old right-hander works 6.2 innings without giving up a run in Kansas City’s 9-0 victory over Cleveland at Kauffman Stadium.
2013 🇩🇴 The Blue Jays become the first team to start six players from the Dominican Republic in a game. The sellout crowd of 45,260 at the Rogers Centre is delighted when Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Juan Francisco, and Moises Sierra help Toronto bounce Boston 7-1.
2019 Matt Adams’ walk-off home run in the 11th inning becomes the decisive blow when Washington overcomes a six-run deficit to beat the Padres at Nationals Park, 7-6, with round-trippers by Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Carter Kieboom contributing significantly to the comeback victory. According to Elias, the youngsters become the first trio of teammates 21 years old or younger to homer in the same game.
|COLLEGE BASEBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|TEXAS A&M AT VANDERBILT||8:00PM||ESPNU|
|COLLEGE SOFTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|OKLAHOMA ST. AT FLORIDA ST.||7:00PM||ESPN2|
|EUROPEAN: CATALUNYA CHAMPIONSHIP||8:00AM||GOLF|
|PGA: MEXICO OPEN||3:30PM||GOLF|
|LPGA: PALOS VERDES CHAMPIONSHIP||6:30PM||GOLF|
|MILWAUKEE AT PITTSBURGH||12:35PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SAN DIEGO AT CINCINNATI||12:35PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|BALTIMORE AT NY YANKEES||1:05PM||YES|
|COLORADO AT PHILADELPHIA||1:05PM||MLBN|
|MIAMI AT WASHINGTON||1:05PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|DETROIT AT MINNESOTA||1:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SEATTLE AT TAMPA BAY||1:10PM||MLBN|
|HOUSTON AT TEXAS||2:05PM||ATTSN-SW|
|KANSAS CITY AT CHI. WHITE SOX||2:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|BOSTON AT TORONTO||3:07PM||NESN|
|CLEVELAND AT LA ANGELS||4:07PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|CHI. CUBS AT ATLANTA||7:20PM||MLBN|
|ARIZONA AT ST. LOUIS||7:45PM||MLBN|
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|FIRST ROUND GAME 6: PHILADELPHIA AT TORONTO||7:00PM||NBATV|
|FIRST ROUND GAME 6: PHOENIX AT NEW ORLEANS||7:30PM||TNT|
|FIRST ROUND GAME 6: DALLAS AT UTAH||10:00PM||TNT|
|NFL DRAFT ROUND 1||8:00PM||ABC|
|BUFFALO AT BOSTON||7:00PM||NESN|
|FLORIDA AT OTTAWA||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NEW JERSEY AT CAROLINA||7:00PM||MSG+|
|TAMPA BAY AT COLUMBUS||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|WASHINGTON AT NY ISLANDERS||7:00PM||NBCS-WSH|
|CALGARY AT MINNESOTA||8:00PM||NHLN|
|NASHVILLE AT COLORADO||9:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SAN JOSE AT EDMONTON||9:00PM||NBCS-CA|
|LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER||10:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: MANCHESTER UNITED VS CHELSEA||2:45PM||USA|
|UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: RB LEIPZIG VS RANGERS||3:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: WEST HAM UNITED VS EINTRACHT FRANKFURT||3:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: LEICESTER CITY VS ROMA||3:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: FEYENOORD VS OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE||3:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|NY YANKEES||12||6||.667||–||9 – 3||3 – 3||7 – 5||5 – 1||0 – 0||8 – 2||W 5|
|TORONTO||12||7||.632||0.5||6 – 3||6 – 4||6 – 4||0 – 0||6 – 3||7 – 3||L 1|
|TAMPA BAY||10||8||.556||2||7 – 5||3 – 3||5 – 1||1 – 2||2 – 4||6 – 4||W 1|
|BOSTON||8||11||.421||4.5||3 – 4||5 – 7||4 – 8||4 – 3||0 – 0||3 – 7||W 1|
|BALTIMORE||6||12||.333||6||3 – 3||3 – 9||2 – 6||0 – 0||3 – 4||4 – 6||L 3|
|MINNESOTA||10||8||.556||–||7 – 4||3 – 4||2 – 2||6 – 2||2 – 2||7 – 3||W 6|
|CHI WHITE SOX||7||10||.412||2.5||5 – 3||2 – 7||2 – 1||3 – 8||2 – 1||2 – 8||W 1|
|CLEVELAND||7||11||.389||3||3 – 3||4 – 8||0 – 3||5 – 2||0 – 3||3 – 7||L 6|
|KANSAS CITY||6||10||.375||3||5 – 5||1 – 5||0 – 0||6 – 6||0 – 3||4 – 6||L 1|
|DETROIT||6||11||.353||3.5||4 – 8||2 – 3||2 – 4||3 – 5||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 4|
|LA ANGELS||12||7||.632||–||7 – 5||5 – 2||1 – 2||3 – 0||6 – 5||7 – 3||W 4|
|SEATTLE||11||7||.611||0.5||7 – 2||4 – 5||1 – 1||6 – 4||4 – 2||7 – 3||L 1|
|OAKLAND||10||9||.526||2||4 – 3||6 – 6||7 – 4||0 – 0||1 – 2||5 – 5||W 1|
|HOUSTON||9||9||.500||2.5||2 – 4||7 – 5||1 – 2||0 – 0||7 – 6||4 – 6||W 2|
|TEXAS||6||12||.333||5.5||2 – 7||4 – 5||1 – 2||0 – 0||5 – 8||4 – 6||L 2|
|NY METS||14||6||.700||–||5 – 2||9 – 4||5 – 2||2 – 1||7 – 3||7 – 3||L 1|
|MIAMI||9||8||.529||3.5||4 – 3||5 – 5||7 – 2||1 – 2||1 – 2||6 – 4||W 4|
|PHILADELPHIA||9||10||.474||4.5||7 – 5||2 – 5||2 – 5||1 – 2||4 – 2||5 – 5||W 3|
|ATLANTA||8||11||.421||5.5||5 – 7||3 – 4||2 – 4||3 – 3||3 – 4||4 – 6||L 1|
|WASHINGTON||6||14||.300||8||3 – 10||3 – 4||3 – 6||1 – 3||2 – 5||2 – 8||L 7|
|MILWAUKEE||12||7||.632||–||5 – 3||7 – 4||2 – 1||8 – 4||0 – 1||8 – 2||W 2|
|ST. LOUIS||10||7||.588||1||4 – 3||6 – 4||3 – 3||6 – 4||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 1|
|CHI CUBS||8||10||.444||3.5||4 – 6||4 – 4||1 – 1||4 – 5||2 – 2||4 – 6||W 1|
|PITTSBURGH||8||10||.444||3.5||4 – 4||4 – 6||3 – 1||5 – 9||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 2|
|CINCINNATI||3||15||.167||8.5||1 – 6||2 – 9||2 – 2||1 – 2||0 – 9||1 – 9||L 2|
|SAN FRANCISCO||13||6||.684||–||5 – 3||8 – 3||6 – 4||1 – 0||2 – 1||6 – 4||L 1|
|LA DODGERS||12||6||.667||0.5||6 – 1||6 – 5||2 – 1||4 – 0||4 – 5||6 – 4||L 2|
|SAN DIEGO||12||7||.632||1||6 – 4||6 – 3||2 – 2||5 – 0||5 – 5||7 – 3||W 2|
|COLORADO||10||8||.556||2.5||6 – 4||4 – 4||2 – 4||2 – 2||2 – 1||4 – 6||L 3|
|ARIZONA||8||11||.421||5||5 – 7||3 – 4||4 – 6||0 – 0||3 – 4||5 – 5||W 2|
X – CLINCHED DIVISION, Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT
|1 XYZ-FLORIDA PANTHERS||80||57||17||6||120||54||334||236||34-7-0||23-10-6||8-2-0|
|2 XY-CAROLINA HURRICANES||81||53||20||8||114||52||272||199||28-8-4||25-12-4||7-3-0|
|3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||81||53||21||7||113||50||310||251||30-8-2||23-13-5||7-2-1|
|4 X-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||80||50||22||8||108||48||279||224||27-8-6||23-14-2||7-2-1|
|5 X-NEW YORK RANGERS||81||51||24||6||108||47||251||205||26-10-4||25-14-2||6-4-0|
|6 X-PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||81||45||25||11||101||42||267||226||22-13-5||23-12-6||4-5-1|
|7 X-BOSTON BRUINS||80||50||25||5||105||48||248||215||25-13-2||25-12-3||6-4-0|
|8 X-WASHINGTON CAPITALS||80||44||24||12||100||39||272||237||19-16-6||25-8-6||6-2-2|
|9 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||80||36||34||10||82||34||222||230||19-15-5||17-19-5||3-6-1|
|10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||80||36||37||7||79||32||254||293||20-15-5||16-22-2||4-5-1|
|11 BUFFALO SABRES||80||31||38||11||73||28||229||283||16-18-6||15-20-5||6-4-0|
|12 DETROIT RED WINGS||81||31||40||10||72||28||225||309||18-16-7||13-24-3||3-6-1|
|13 OTTAWA SENATORS||80||32||41||7||71||29||223||260||15-21-4||17-20-3||6-3-1|
|14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||80||27||44||9||63||24||242||296||16-19-5||11-25-4||3-4-3|
|15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||81||25||45||11||61||24||209||294||14-20-6||11-25-5||2-8-0|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||81||21||49||11||53||18||211||317||10-26-4||11-23-7||1-9-0|
|1 XYZ-COLORADO AVALANCHE||80||56||18||6||118||52||307||225||32-5-3||24-13-3||6-4-0|
|2 XY-CALGARY FLAMES||80||50||20||10||110||48||290||202||25-9-7||25-11-3||8-1-1|
|3 X-MINNESOTA WILD||80||51||22||7||109||46||303||250||29-8-2||22-14-5||8-1-1|
|4 X-ST. LOUIS BLUES||81||49||21||11||109||47||307||235||26-9-5||23-12-6||8-1-1|
|5 X-EDMONTON OILERS||80||47||27||6||100||43||282||246||26-12-1||21-15-5||7-2-1|
|6 X-LOS ANGELES KINGS||81||44||27||10||98||40||237||233||21-16-4||23-11-6||6-4-0|
|7 X-DALLAS STARS||81||45||30||6||96||40||234||244||26-10-4||19-20-2||5-3-2|
|8 X-NASHVILLE PREDATORS||80||44||29||7||95||41||257||243||25-14-2||19-15-5||3-4-3|
|9 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||81||42||31||8||92||38||259||244||22-15-4||20-16-4||3-3-4|
|10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||80||39||30||11||89||36||244||231||19-14-7||20-16-4||7-2-1|
|11 WINNIPEG JETS||80||37||32||11||85||35||245||253||21-15-3||16-17-8||4-5-1|
|12 SAN JOSE SHARKS||80||32||36||12||76||29||210||256||18-18-5||14-18-7||3-4-3|
|13 ANAHEIM DUCKS||81||31||36||14||76||27||230||267||17-19-5||14-17-9||3-5-2|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||81||28||42||11||67||22||217||288||14-21-6||14-21-5||4-6-0|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||80||26||48||6||58||23||210||281||15-22-3||11-26-3||4-6-0|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||81||24||50||7||55||23||202||309||10-27-3||14-23-4||2-6-2|
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