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BROOKLYN 110 NEW YORK 98

ATLANTA 118 WASHINGTON 103

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ST. LOUIS 4 SEATTLE 1

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AP source: Ramírez, Guardians agree on 5-year, $124M deal

CLEVELAND (AP) Jose Ramirez forced the Guardians to go deep into their pockets.

The All-Star third baseman agreed to a $124 million, five-year contract on the eve of opening day with Cleveland, a record-setting deal for a franchise that hasn’t been able to swing with baseball’s big spenders over the years.

Ramirez’s deal runs through the 2028 season, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Ramirez still must take a physical and numerous other details need to be finalized before the contract is official, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The deal includes a full no-trade clause and is the biggest in team history, more than doubling the $60 million committed to slugger Edwin Encarnacion five years ago.

It will be baseball’s 16th contract of $100 million or more since the end of the World Series.

The Guardians open the 2022 season – their first game since changing their name from Indians – in Kansas City on Thursday.

The team and Ramirez’s representatives had been in talks about a deal for weeks at training camp in Arizona. The 29-year-old Ramirez had expressed a desire to finish his career with Cleveland, which signed him as a teenager in the Dominican Republic.

After stalling, negotiations intensified the past two days before the Indians broke camp as rumors surfaced about a possible trade involving Ramirez. The Guardians went outside their normal comfort zone, but will now have Ramirez for seven more seasons.

Since breaking in with Cleveland in 2013, Ramirez has blossomed into one of baseball’s best all-around players, one capable of impacting the game with his bat, glove and on the bases, where he usually loses his helmet while hustling to the next base.

Sabathia hired as special assistant to Major League Baseball

NEW YORK (AP) Former All-Star CC Sabathia was hired Wednesday as a special assistant to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

The 41-year-old, who retired after the 2019 season, is tasked with addressing player relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, social responsibility, youth participation and broadcasting.

Sabathia will work with The Players Alliance. He is a vice president of that group’s board and is working to increase Blacks in the major leagues.

He was a six-time All-Star who went 251-161 with 3,093 strikeouts for Cleveland (2001-08), Milwaukee (2008) and the New York Yankees (2009-19).

AP source: Bills’ Diggs agrees to 4-year contract extension

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills receiver Stefon Diggs will never have to feel undervalued again.

The fifth-round draft pick who blossomed into one of the NFL’s top playmakers after being traded by Minnesota to Buffalo two years ago agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $96 million, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract has not yet been signed. The agreement was first reported by ESPN earlier in the day.

The 28-year-old Diggs had two years remaining on his current contract, with the extension locking him up through the 2027 season.

Diggs celebrated the agreement on his Twitter account by posting a video clip from the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” in which actor Leonardo DiCaprio announces “I’m not leaving.”

The agreement represents the dynamic spark Diggs has provided to what’s become a pass-first Bills offense, and the instant chemistry he’s established with quarterback Josh Allen.

And it validates the faith general manager Brandon Beane placed in Diggs by acquiring him for a first-round draft pick 25 months ago.

Though productive during his five seasons in Minnesota, Diggs was mostly a secondary option behind receiver Adam Thielen and in an offense that leaned heavily on the running attack.

Diggs thrived immediately in Buffalo upon taking over the lead role among a group of receivers rounded out by John Brown and Cole Beasley.

Attorneys General warn NFL to improve treatment of women

NEW YORK (AP) The attorneys general of six states have written to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell , expressing concern over the league’s treatment of female employees and admonishing him for a lack of improvement to the league’s workplace culture.

Without improvement, the attorneys general warned of potential legal action.

The letter outlines concerns of gender discrimination ranging from the NFL’s treatment of women who have experienced domestic violence to the hiring and promotion of women in NFL offices. It comes as Congress investigates how the league has handled claims of sexual harassment in the front office of the Washington Commanders.

The letter was signed by Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, where the league is headquartered, as well as the attorneys general of Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington State. The New York Times first reported the letter being sent.

That letter also cited a Times article that included allegations from more than 30 former NFL employees who said they experienced problems, including unwanted touching from male bosses; attending parties where prostitutes were hired; being passed over for promotions based on their gender; and being pushed out for complaining about discrimination.

“The NFL must do better-pink jerseys are not a replacement for equal treatment and full inclusion of women in the workplace,” the attorneys generals wrote. “Our offices will use the full weight of our authority to investigate and prosecute allegations of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation by employers throughout our states, including at the National Football League.”

In an email response to The Associated Press, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said:

“We share the commitment of the attorneys general to ensuring that all of our workplaces – including the league office and 32 clubs – are diverse, inclusive and free from discrimination and harassment. We have made great strides over the years in support of that commitment, but acknowledge that we, like many organizations, have more work to do. We look forward to sharing with the attorneys general the policies, practices, protocols, education programs and partnerships we have implemented to act on this commitment and confirm that the league office and our clubs maintain a respectful workplace where all our employees, including women, have an opportunity to thrive.”

McCarthy pointed out such ongoing league programs as a comprehensive employee training initiative through partnerships with organizations such as RISE, GLAAD, Paradigm, and The Winters Group; and Internal Affinity Groups, in which employees can interact, learn and support each other within smaller communities like BEN (Black Engagement Network), PIN (Parents Initiative Network) and WIN (Women’s Interactive Network).

Last month, the NFL changed what is known as the “Rooney Rule,” designed to ensure more opportunities for women and racial minorities. Beginning this season, all 32 clubs must employ a female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority to serve as an offensive assistant coach. The person will receive a one-year contract and work closely with the head coach and offensive staff to gain experience.

Georgia State hires former Xavier interim coach Jonas Hayes

ATLANTA (AP) Jonas Hayes, who as interim coach led Xavier to its first NIT championship in 64 years, was hired as Georgia State’s coach on Wednesday.

Hayes, an Atlanta native and University of Georgia alumnus, replaces Rob Lanier, who left Georgia State to head SMU’s program.

Hayes, 40, was an assistant coach at Xavier before being promoted to interim coach after Travis Steele was fired following a win over Cleveland State in the first round of the NIT.

Hayes then led Xavier to its first NIT title since 1958 with wins over Florida, Vanderbilt and St. Bonaventure before a 73-72 victory over Texas A&M in Thursday night’s championship game.

Georgia State athletic director Charlie Cobb said Hayes was the school’s choice following interviews with “multiple” candidates.

“Jonas is an experienced leader who will build a staff that embraces our expectation of competitive success, develops men of character and engages our community positively and with energy,” Cobb said.

Lanier was 53-30 in three seasons at Georgia State and took the Panthers to this year’s NCAA tournament. It was Georgia State’s fourth NCAA appearance in eight years. Former Arizona coach Sean Miller was hired for his second stint at Xavier.

Hayes spent four years at Xavier following six seasons as an assistant at Georgia.

Hayes began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Atlanta’s Morehouse College in 2005. He launched his collegiate playing career at Western Carolina before transferring to Georgia with his twin brother, Jarvis, where he played from 2001-04.

Durant leads big rally at MSG as Nets storm past Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant loves being part of New York’s basketball rivalry, even finds it funny when he hears from the opposing fans.

He should enjoy it. When it comes to the Knicks, Durant always gets the last word.

Durant had 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, leading the Brooklyn Nets back from 21 points down to a 110-98 victory Wednesday night that strengthened their chances of the best spot possible next week in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.

Durant hasn’t lost a game against the Knicks in nine years and the stakes are even bigger now since he and Kyrie Irving showed up in Brooklyn in 2019.

“We know how much Knicks fans don’t like us, especially now this era of the Nets, with us not choosing the Knicks, me and Kyrie. So it definitely adds something to the rivalry,” Durant said.

After watching the Nets come back from 28 down when he was hurt in their last visit to Madison Square Garden, Durant scored 23 points in the second half to fuel this comeback that pulled Brooklyn within a game of Cleveland for seventh place in the East.

The Nets host the Cavaliers on Friday night. If they win that and then beat Indiana on Sunday in their regular-season finale, they would finish seventh and need to win one game in two chances at home in the play-in to qualify for the postseason.

Irving added 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Nets, who swept the four-game season series and beat the Knicks for the seventh straight time, their longest winning streak in the local rivalry since taking a franchise-record 11 in a row from 1984-86.

It appeared it would go the Knicks’ way most of the night, and they were still ahead by 18 with under four minutes left in the third quarter. But Brooklyn cut it to 10 by the end of the period, then opened the fourth with a 15-2 spurt to storm into the lead.

Celtics rout Bulls for 50th, close in on No. 2 spot in East

CHICAGO (AP) Jaylen Brown scored 25 points, Al Horford added 17 on 7-of-7 shooting and the Boston Celtics routed the Chicago Bulls 117-94 on Wednesday night for their 50th victory.

The Celtics have won three in a row and are 27-6 since Jan. 22. They can wrap up the second spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs Thursday night with a victory at Milwaukee.

“It’s a pretty simple formula,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “Play defense at an elite level. Share the ball, be unselfish on offense. And the results are there.”

Jayson Tatum scored 16 points for Boston. He was 5 of 18 from the field, making only one of eight from 3-point range.

The Bulls have lost two straight. They claimed a playoff berth Tuesday.

DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points for Chicago, and Nikola Vucevic added 13 points. Vucevic had four of the Bulls’ 17 turnovers.

“I think what happens is when you’re winning, you have a false sense of reality of who you are,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “And when you’re losing, you have a false sense of reality of who you are.”

The Celtics had a 16-4 run midway through the first quarter to take a 31-14 lead. They shot 57.8% in the first half, going 9 of 18 from 3-point range. Reserve guard Payton Pritchard was 3-for-3 from long distance in the second quarter.

Coming off a home loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night, the Bulls committed 10 turnovers in the first half. Their frontline depth was weakened when forward Patrick Williams committed his fourth foul with 4:31 left in the second quarter.

Bulls guard Zach LaVine was 1 of 5 from the filed in the first quarter, didn’t attempt a shot in the second quarter and finished 2 of 9. He had seven points.

Luka Doncic-led Mavericks beat Pistons 131-113 for 50th win

DETROIT (AP) Luka Doncic has helped the Dallas Mavericks win 50 games, a relatively rare feat lately for the franchise.

The All-Star guard had 26 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds to lead Dallas in a 131-113 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

The Mavericks reached the 50-win mark for the first time in seven years, and just the second since winning their only NBA title.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” coach Jason Kidd said. “The guys in that locker room can’t take that lightly because it’s not easy to do.”

Dallas is 20 games above .500 for the first time since 2011, when they went on to win the NBA title. The franchise is set up to earn home-court advantage in the playoffs, for the first time since Kidd was their point guard during the championship season, after starting 2022 with a losing record.

“I think it’s pretty impressive,” Doncic said. “We started the season kind of slow. I’m proud of how we played and hopefully we get to 52 (wins).”

Jalen Brunson had 24 points for the Mavericks, who have won five of their last six to build momentum going into the playoffs next week.

Rookie of the Year candidate Cade Cunningham had 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who had won three straight to match what was their longest winning streak of the season.

Even with the game out of reach in the final minutes, coach Dwane Casey had his starters on the floor.

“That’s going to be a top team in the West,” Casey said. “I wanted them to feel it and experience it.”

Dallas led by as much as eight in the first, but trailed 34-32 after Doncic and Cunningham each had their fourth assist over the last 3.4 seconds of the quarter.

Young’s 30 points help Hawks pull away from Wizards, 118-103

ATLANTA (AP) When Trae Young hit a hot scoring stretch in the third period, the Washington Wizards knew they were in trouble.

Young scored 16 of his 30 points in the third period to help Atlanta stretch its lead and the Hawks beat the Wizards 118-103 on Wednesday night.

“Trae Young got it going and so they pulled away,” Washington’s Corey Kispert said.

Kristaps Porzingis led Washington with 26 points and 18 rebounds.

The Hawks are ninth in the Eastern Conference, thanks to Brooklyn’s tiebreaker edge for eighth. Atlanta is bound for the play-in tournament with two games remaining in the regular season – both on the road.

The Hawks finished 27-14 at home, including a 19-3 mark since Jan. 17. Their goal is to have another home game in the postseason.

“I think we all kind of know what the deal is,” Young said. “We know what we need to do to take care of business.”

Danilo Gallinari had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta.

Atlanta led 76-70 with about six minutes remaining in the third quarter before Young unleashed a scoring spree that extended the lead. He scored 16 of Atlanta’s final 18 points in the period, stretching the advantage to 95-83.

“He kind of spearheaded that run in the third,” Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said “That’s kind of where the game got away from us a bit.”

Young hit two 3-pointers and made all six of his free throws during the hot stretch.

“I just wanted to be more aggressive,” Young said. “I saw that Kristaps was more in drop coverage. I told our big men to set the screen. … I knew I was going to be able to hit that 3. I hit a couple of them.”

Gallinari made his first start since March 25. He missed a 118-108 loss at Toronto on Tuesday night with left knee inflammation and came off the bench in his most recent games.

Bogdan Bogdanovic had 18 points for Atlanta on a season-high six 3s.

Jazz rout Thunder 137-101 for 5th straight home win

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic scored 27 points, Rudy Gobert added 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Utah Jazz beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 137-101 on Wednesday night.

Jordan Clarkson had 18 points and a season-high 10 assists, and Hassan Whiteside added 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to help the Jazz win their fifth straight home game.

Utah shot 59% from the field and outrebounded the Thunder 64-38.

Whiteside said surrendering a 21-point lead in a loss to Golden State on Saturday lit a fire under the Jazz that’s created positive momentum through the team’s last two games.

“It was unfortunate we had to lose that game that way, but I think it’s going to help us out in the long run,” Whiteside said. “It made us more connected as a team. It kind of showed our flaws.”

Jaylen Hoard scored 23 points for Oklahoma City. Isaiah Roby and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl each added 18 points.

With nine inactive players due to a slew of injuries, the Thunder struggled to keep pace with Utah once the Jazz found their shot.

“You have to have intelligent attacks against this team because that’s what they do to you,” Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault said. “They limit your options and then, if you’re kind of hasty in there with their bigs, then it can be a really long night on the offensive end. That’s why they’re such a good defense.”

Utah surged ahead late in the first quarter on a layup from Bogdanovic that sparked a 16-2 run. The Jazz scored baskets on nine straight possessions capped by back-to-back dunks and a tip-in basket from Gobert.

Oklahoma City cut the deficit to two points in the second quarter, with Lindy Waters III making three straight 3-pointers to fuel a 13-2 run. Hoard cut to the rim for a layup to cap the run and trim Utah’s lead to 57-55.

Clarkson answered with back-to-back baskets to keep Oklahoma City from overtaking the Jazz. He also set up baskets from Gobert on consecutive possessions to help Utah take a 71-58 lead into halftime.

Utah held the Thunder in check by attacking the rim early and often. The Jazz outscored Oklahoma City 60-36 in the paint.

“When the ball is moving and defenses shift, you have an opportunity to attack the close outs,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “Those quick decisions get you on the rim. That’s what I saw as far as us moving the defense.”

The Jazz led by double digits virtually the entire second half.

Powell returns, Clippers beat Suns for 3rd straight win

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers got way too comfortable against the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns and it nearly cost them.

Leading by 39 points in the third quarter, the Clippers survived an offensive onslaught by Phoenix’s bench in the fourth and hung on for a 113-109 victory on Wednesday night.

Norman Powell scored 24 points after being out two months and Paul George added 19 points in three quarters to go over 15,000 in his career for the Clippers.

“You can never relax in the NBA,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “The players are too good, the coaches are too good, and as soon as you let your guard down things like this can happen.”

With nothing at stake, Phoenix rested All-Star guards Devin Booker and Chris Paul and fellow starters Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder on the second night of a back-to-back. The Suns had already set a franchise record for wins in a season with 63 by eliminating the Lakers from playoff contention Tuesday.

The Clippers beat up the Suns for three quarters. But Phoenix’s reserves put together a 48-point fourth quarter and then ran out of time.

“It’s a great lesson for our team and any kid watching, you just play it out,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “We just stayed with it and had that Suns grit.”

Cameron Payne came back in and hit a 3-pointer that drew the Suns within four with 10 seconds left. Amir Coffey got fouled and made both free throws to preserve the win.

Ish Wainwright scored a career-high 20 points to lead Phoenix. Aaron Holiday added 16 points and Bismack Biyombo had 14 points and 12 rebounds. The only starter in double figures was Payne with 13 points. The Suns’ bench outscored the Clippers’ reserves 66-58.

Carlson’s 4 points, Ovechkin’s goal lead Caps past Lightning

WASHINGTON (AP) John Carlson was better than good, Alex Ovechkin reached another milestone and the Washington Capitals handed the Tampa Bay Lightning a third consecutive loss.

Carlson scored twice and added two assists for a four-point game, Ovechkin reached 1,400 career points with his 43rd goal of the season and the Capitals beat the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap their own skid at two.

Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” – Carlson’s goal song – actually played three times, though one was disallowed because he went offside prior to scoring. The two that counted came on perfect shots on the power play to beat reigning playoff MVP Andrei Vasilevskiy.

“Clearly, Carlson was hot tonight,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Everything he was shooting, either he was scoring it or somebody was.”

It was the third four-point game of Carlson’s career, though the defenseman would have loved to finish off the hat trick.

“That would be pretty cool, obviously,” he said. “Never had one. Just got to keep trying.”

Ovechkin also beat Vasilevskiy on a broken play to notch his 773rd goal. He became the 21st player in NHL history to reach 1,400 points, and fans gave the longtime captain and face of the franchise a standing ovation for reaching his latest plateau.

While a five-goal first period doesn’t scream great goaltending, Washington’s Ilya Samsonov made a handful of crucial saves on Lightning scoring chances created by teammates’ mistakes. Samsonov most memorably denied 2019 MVP Nikita Kucherov on a 2-on-1 rush with Brayden Point.

Gagner scores 2 to top 500 points, Red Wings beat Jets 3-1

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Sam Gagner scored twice to top 500 career points, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 Wednesday night.

Michael Rasmussen had the tiebreaking goal at 9:11 of the third period for Detroit, Dylan Larkin had two assists and Thomas Greiss finished with 32 saves. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill got his 200th victory.

Blashill was singing Gagner’s praises for more than just the two goals he scored.

“Sam’s really turned himself into an accountable, 200-foot player,” Blashill said. “He’s got good poise. He’s really, really, really smart. He’s very, very thoughtful as a person and he’s also provided really good leadership.”

Rasmussen has scored in three straight games, and four of his last five.

“I think the biggest thing for young players, or any player, if you want to be a good player in this league, you have to do it night in and night out,” Blashill said. “And so for (Rasmussen) to have a kind of repeat performance – really he’s done it probably three, four, five games in a row here where he’s been real, real good, real solid – I think that’s critical.”

Detroit won for the second straight night after beating Boston 5-3 on Tuesday.

Mark Scheifele scored for the Winnipeg, which has lost three straight. Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves.

The Jets’ playoff hopes are fading in the Western Conference. They sit with 76 points. Nashville has the first wild card with 84 points, and Dallas has second spot with 83. Vegas, which was facing Vancouver, began the day with 82.

“Obviously we can’t afford to lose games right now,” defenseman Josh Morrissey said. “And that’s a game we shouldn’t lose. Just with their schedule and our desperation, they’re playing on a back-to-back.”

Winnipeg interim head Dave Lowry said the locker room was quiet when he went in after the game.

“As a coach you’d like it to be loud, that you’ve won a hockey game,” Lowry said. “I understand where the players are. I understand the disappointment. That just shows that they care. And that’s a big thing.”

Husso makes 28 saves to lead Blues past Kraken 4-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) Colton Parayko wore his badge of honor with pride.

The St. Louis defenseman took a high stick to the upper lip in the first period of the Blues’ 4-1 win over Seattle on Wednesday night. The wound led to a four-minute power play that kick-started the Blues to their third straight victory.

“A few stiches and away we go,” Parayko said.

Ville Husso made 28 saves, and Robert Thomas, Justin Faulk, Jordan Kyrou and Ryan O’Reilly each scored to help the Blues improve to 15-3-3 against the Pacific Division.

St. Louis has recorded a point in each of its last six games and 11 of its last 14.

Husso, who has supplanted Jordan Binnington as the Blues’ top netminder, stopped the first 17 shots to record his third win over the Kraken this season. Husso, who improved 13-2-1 at home, has stopped 86 of 88 shots in those wins.

Jordan Eberle scored for Seattle, which has lost three of four. Chris Driedger made 32 saves.

Parayko received a high stick from Jared McCann that led to the lengthy man advantage. It also led to a pair of stitches between the first and second periods.

Thomas converted with the man advantage at 8:38 of the opening period to send the Blues off and running.

Thomas continue a torrid scoring streak with his 16th goal of the season off a nifty cross-ice pass from Ivan Barbashev. He has at least a point in a career-best seven straight games with four goals and eight assists during the run.

“He’s looking to shoot more than he ever has,” St. Louis coach Craig Berube said. “He’s scoring, he should continue to shoot.”

Faulk scored his 10th goal at 7:56 of the second period to become the first St. Louis defenseman to hit the double-digit mark this season. He converted off a feed from Brayden Schenn, who recorded two assists.

Eberle got the Kraken within a goal by pouncing on rebound in front of the net just 119 seconds later.

Flames get unlikely boost from Michael Stone, beat Ducks 4-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Michael Stone got his first goal of the season and an assist in his 500th NHL game, and Elias Lindholm scored his 36th goal in the Calgary Flames’ 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

Tyler Toffoli also scored and Johnny Gaudreau had two assists for the Pacific Division-leading Flames, who have won two straight after their first three-game losing streak since January. Jacob Markstrom made 26 saves, and Matthew Tkachuk added an empty-net goal with 35 seconds left.

“We stuck with it,” Stone said. “We were on our heels a little bit early, gave up a bunch of chances, but we stuck with it. Those are the kind of games we’re going to have to play now.”

The high-flying Flames got an unlikely offensive boost from Stone, their 31-year-old depth defenseman. He hadn’t produced a multi-point game since Oct. 17, 2018, but he picked up the second assist on Lindholm’s opening goal before he scored on a slap shot with 9:32 to play.

“It was nice,” Stone said. “I had I don’t know how many chances. I think I hit every defenseman on their team at least once. It was nice to finally hit the net.”

Trevor Zegras and Adam Henrique scored for the Ducks, who have lost 13 of 14 games since March 6. Anaheim has lost seven straight at home during that stretch.

“We hate losing here,” coach Dallas Eakins said. “It doesn’t feel good, and it eats at you. I’m proud of how we played. We played hard. We created enough chances to score more goals. We didn’t get rewarded.”

Anthony Stolarz stopped 24 shots as Anaheim remained competitive with another playoff bound opponent, but again failed to earn a point.

Pettersson scores twice, Canucks rout Golden Knights 5-1

LAS VEGAS (AP) Elias Pettersson scored twice and had two assists to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-1 victory over Vegas on Wednesday night, snapping a five-game winning streak for the Golden Knights.

The victory gave the Canucks’ slim playoff hopes a boost as they chase a Western Conference wild card. Both the Golden Knights and Canucks are on the outside looking in, with Vancouver in desperation mode.

Vegas (82 points) is one point behind eighth-place Dallas, while the Canucks (76) are seven back of the Stars.

Pettersson posted his third two-goal outing in his last five games. He has 10 points in his past seven games.

“Really happy with the way we played,” Pettersson said. “I think today was a really good game for us for 60 minutes. That’s what we need to bring every game. The whole team worked. We’re aware of the situation we’re in. Basically, got to win every game. We can only focus on what’s next. Obviously happy about the result today, but we’ve got to focus on the next game.”

Bo Horvat, Brad Richardson and Tanner Pearson also scored for Vancouver. Thatcher Demko was excellent in stifling what had been a red-hot Golden Knights offense by stopping 33 shots.

“For the time of year and what we needed, it was a pretty good all-around game,” Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The goalie had to be great, but the players around him played well, too. We started on time.”

The Golden Knights averaged 4.4 goals during their five-game run. In this one, they looked more like the pedestrian team that endured a 2-8 stretch while averaging a mere 2.1 goals before the five-game streak. Jack Eichel scored for Vegas, and Robin Lehner made 26 saves.

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Men’s Soccer Announces Transfer Addition

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer head coach Todd Yeagley on Wednesday (April 6) announced the addition of transfer defender Jansen Miller.

A Ballwin, Missouri, native, Miller comes to Bloomington after two seasons at Xavier where he played in 27 matches with 26 starts. He will enter his junior season when IU’s 2022 campaign kicks off this fall.

“Jansen is a great addition to our program,” Yeagley said. “He has the character and qualities that will mesh nicely with our returning group. Jansen is athletic, tough and loves to compete. He will be a great addition to our back line.

“Jansen has strong ties with our St. Louis players, which will be helpful as he assimilates to our program over the summer and into the fall season.”

Last season, Miller was one of six Musketeers to start all 17 matches as he led Xavier to five clean sheets. With Miller on the back line, two of Xavier’s notable shutout victories came against Northwestern and Seton Hall.

As a freshman, Miller started nine of the 10 matches he appeared in while taking part in three shutouts. In February 2021, Top Drawer Soccer rated him the No. 18 freshman on its top-100 list. On February 15, Miller was named the both the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week in the same cycle following a clean sheet versus East Tennessee State and a 2-1 overtime defeat to No. 12 Kentucky.

In his youth career, Miller played at Saint Louis FC, now SLSG Soccer Club, where he had connections with Indiana teammates Nathan Gabris, Lukas Hummel, Joey Maher, Daniel Munie and Lawson Redmon. Coming out of high school, Top Drawer Soccer ranked Miller as the No. 2 recruit in the Midwest region and No. 38 in his class.

Miller joins junior Karsen Henderlong as the second student-athlete to transfer from Xavier to IU this offseason. Henderlong, anticipating his senior season this fall, joined the program in January and has been training with the team since.

Another Lead Slips Away Late from Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Cam Thompson’s team-leading ninth home run helped Purdue baseball build an early 5-0 lead, but Indiana State roared back with eight unanswered runs to defeat the Boilermakers 10-6 in 10 innings Wednesday at Alexander Field.

The Sycamores’ comeback featured a three-run homer in the seventh inning, a leadoff triple that led to the tying run in the eighth and a four-run rally in the 10th.

The go-ahead run scored in the 10th on a double from former Boilermaker Seth Gergely. Center fielder Curtis Washington Jr. laid out and nearly made the diving catch, but the ball popped free as he hit the ground. Indiana State (16-8) recorded five consecutive hits in the top of the 10th after an inning-opening error followed by a fielder’s choice on a comebacker.

Thompson hit a 380-foot opposite-field blast to right center in the first inning, going deep for the third time in the last four games and fifth time at Alexander Field this season. It gave Purdue (19-6) an early 2-0 lead. The following frame, Pablo Lanzarote delivered a two-run double down the left field line. Lanzarote later scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.

But the Purdue bullpen has surrendered 43 runs in the sixth inning and later over the last six games. All told, the bullpen has been charged with 49 runs in 33 innings over the last six games. Wednesday, the opposition scored 10-plus runs for the fifth time in the last six games.

Boilermakers to Play at Notre Dame on April 12

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team will play at Notre Dame on Tuesday, April 12, as the exhibition match has been added to the Boilermakers’ spring schedule.

Kickoff in South Bend, Indiana, is set for 7 p.m. ET, at ND’s Alumni Stadium.

The in-state contest between the Boilermakers and Fighting Irish comes after the two sides were originally set to play in South Bend on April 9. That game was moved to March 26 in West Lafayette before weather canceled the matchup.

Following next Tuesday’s match at Notre Dame, Purdue returns home to host UIC on Saturday, April 16, at 1 p.m. ET. The spring concludes against DePaul on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. Both home contests will be held at Folk Field, and admission is free for all fans.

The Old Gold and Black are coming off a memorable 2021 campaign, as they went 15-4-3, their second-best record and second-most wins in team history behind only 2007. Purdue made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, and seventh time in program history, and advanced to the second round for the fourth time and first since 2007. The squad went 8-2-0 in the Big Ten and notched a runner-up finish, both tied for their best-ever marks.

Purdue finished the year ranked No. 24 in the final United Soccer Coaches Top 25 national poll, appearing in the postseason poll for the third time ever and the first since 2007. Individual accolades included an All-America honor, two All-Region accolades, five All-Big Ten Team awards, the Big Ten Forward of the Year and the first two NWSL draft picks in team history.

Butler Softball Suffers 11-5 Loss at Indiana State

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler softball team lost a non-conference game on the road at Indiana State. The Bulldogs (19-13) took a brief early lead, but the Sycamores (18-14) used big second and third innings to surge ahead, eventually winning 11-5.

How It Happened

Lauren Fey (2-4, R) gave Butler an early, 1-0, lead when she scored on an Indiana State error in the first inning.

The Sycamores scored three runs in both the second and the third to lead, 6-1, going into the fourth.

Paige Dorsett (2-4, 2 RBI, R, HR) hit a home run in the top of the fourth to pull to within four runs.

Indiana State added two more in the bottom of the fourth, pushing the lead to 8-2.

In the fifth, Bri Avery scored from third on a passed ball.

The Sycamores matched the run in the bottom half and led, 9-3.

Butler scored one in the sixth when Monique Hoosen came in from second on a Dorsett single. Then, Kinley Longest homered, pulling the Bulldogs to within four, at 9-5.

Indiana State plated two more in the bottom of the sixth to increase the lead to 11-5.

Butler loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh but could not push anyone across.

Butler Pitching

Alyssa Graves (1.1 IP, H, R, ER, K) started for Butler. She was relieved by Madison Seigworth (0-2) who took the loss. In 4.2 innings, Seigworth allowed eleven hits, ten runs (eight earned), and four walks, striking out three.

Bulldog Bits

Paige Dorsett’s home run was the first of her career.

Kinley Longest’s home run was her second of the season and of her career.

Up Next

Butler will travel to Queens, N.Y., for a BIG EAST series with St. John’s from April 8-10. Games are scheduled for Friday at 1pm, Saturday at 12pm, and Sunday at 11am.

Notre Dame Hockey: Nick Leivermann To Return For A Fifth Year

SOUTH BENDInd.  – University of Notre Dame senior defenseman Nick Leivermann will return for a fifth season, the Eden Prairie, Minnesota native has announced.

“After looking at potential options, I felt returning to Notre Dame would be best for my career development,” Leivermann said. “I’m looking forward to continuing my education and becoming a Double Domer and I’m excited to hit the ice with our returning group.”

“We’re very excited to have Nicky returning to our program,” head coach Jeff Jackson added. “He’ll continue to develop his game and strive to become one of the best defensemen in the country. He also has the experience and leadership qualities necessary to help sustain our culture moving forward.”

Leivermann tied for second on the Irish with 27 points on six goals and 21 assists despite missing six games with an injury this past season (34 games played). His goal, assist and point totals were all career-high marks and he assisted on Graham Slaggert’s overtime game winning goal against North Dakota to help lead Notre Dame to the NCAA Albany Regional Final.

A seventh round selection (187th overall) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2017 NHL Draft, Leivermann had a power-play goal and a game winner to go along with a +16 rating as a senior. In Notre Dame’s 5-4 overtime win at Penn State (Jan. 8), he posted a career-best three points on a goal and two assists. An alternate captain in 2021-22, Leivermann served a key role on Notre Dame’s top-ranked penalty kill unit.

For his career, Leivermann has skated in 118 career games while scoring 17 goals and adding 41 assists for 58 points. 

A Business Technology major, Leivermann also earned Big Ten All-Academic Team honors each of the past three seasons. 

AS A SENIOR

  • Named an alternate captain for the 2021-22 season.
  • One of the team’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council Representatives.
  • Tallied two points (1-1-2) in home-opener against Long Island (Oct. 9). 
  • Scored second goal of the season against RIT (Oct. 21).
  • Recorded a goal and an assist in 3-0 home win against Wisconsin (Nov. 13).
  • Scored goals in back-to-back wins against Ohio State (Dec. 4) and Michigan State (Dec. 10), where his third period goal became the game winner. 
  • Earned first three-point game of the season in an overtime win at Penn State (Jan. 8; 1-2-3), including an assist on Cam Burke’s game-tying goal late in the third period.
  • Set a career-long point streak with a goal or assist in seven straight games (Nov. 12 – Dec. 10; 3-7-10).
  • Notched first multi-assist game of season in win at Michigan (Nov. 19), including one on Ryder Rolston’s game-winning overtime goal.
  • Tallied an assist on the way to a 3-2 victory over Wisconsin (Feb. 13).
  • Recorded a pair of assists, including one on Landon Slaggert’s game winner, in the 2-1 road win over Michigan State (Feb. 18).
  • Finished the weekend sweep over Michigan with three assists, including a pair in game one against the Wolverines (Feb. 25-26).
  • Tallied an assist in each of the three games against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, extending his point streak to five games (Feb. 25-Mar. 6; 0-6-6).
  • Had an assist on Graham Slaggert’s overtime game-winning goal in Notre Dame’s 2-1 win against North Dakota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (March 24).

VOLLEYBALL INKS ISABELLA TEHRANI FOR NEXT FALL

Head coach of the University of Notre Dame volleyball team Salima Rockwell announced the addition of Isabella Tehrani. Tehrani signed her National Letter of Intent to play for the Fighting Irish beginning this fall. She’s a 6-3 middle blocker/outside hitter who has played as a member of Team Canada’s U18 team.

“We can’t wait to welcome the newest member of the Notre Dame volleyball family, Isabelle Tehrani to campus!“ Coach Rockwell said, “Bella comes to us from Ontario, Canada and brings with her a wealth of international experience that will be extremely beneficial to our team as we enter the season. She’s a high-energy, physical middle blocker that plays with passion and intensity. Bella is one of those players that people are drawn to, and we are counting down the days until she arrives!”

Along with playing for the national team, Tehrani plays for the Halton Hurricanes U17 team in Burlington, Ontario and as a member of the Provincial Team Ontario Black U18 squad. In 2019, she was selected to be part of the Team Ontario U14 Regional and Provincial teams for volleyball and basketball, respectively. She helped Team Ontario’s U15 team earn Summer Games Regional basketball gold, and was on Team Canada U16/U17 High Performance Basketball.

As part of volleyball Canada, she worked in the National Excellence Program just a season ago. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she was a letterwinner for her team’s basketball and volleyball teams.

She also helped her high school team win their provincial basketball title as a freshman. She was the only freshman letterwinner for both girls basketball and volleyball. In 2019, she was selected to play in the Canada Basketball Women’s High Performance U16/U17 program.

Top Two MIVA Teams Square of Thursday As No. 7 Ball State Heads to No. 11 Loyola-Chicago

No. 7 Ball State (19-2, 11-1 MIVA) vs No. 11 Loyola-Chicago (16-7, 10-2 MIVA) | Thursday, April 7 | 8 pm ET

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No. 7 Ball State (19-2, 11-1 MIVA) vs Purdue Fort Wayne (15-10, 6-6 MIVA) | Saturday, April 9 | 7 pm ET

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Last meeting: Loyola Chicago 3, Ball State 1 (2/19/22)

Series History: Loyola Chicago leads the all-time series 37-24

Last meeting: Ball State 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 2 (2/17/22)

Series History: Ball State leads the series 80-32

NEW ERA: First-year head coach Donan Cruz has started his inaugural season off strong leading the Cardinals to one of their best showings in program history with an overall record of 19-2 and a No. 7 national ranking … The season began with two wins over then ranked No. 1 Hawai’i while also defeating nationally ranked BYU… Prior to taking over the helm of the Cardinals, Cruz was a four-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Coach of the Year at Grand View University … Just the fourth head coach in the storied history of Ball State men’s volleyball, Cruz led the inaugural Grand View men’s team to a 13-13 mark in 2012 season, on his way to compiling a 211-55 overall record with the Vikings … He concluded his Grand View career with the best winning percentage in NAIA men’s volleyball history at .793.

ALSO NEW ON THE STAFF:  Joining Cruz on the Ball State staff are Midwestern Volleyball Association (MIVA) standout and former Lewis University star Mike Iandolo and BYU men’s volleyball alumnus Christian Rupert … Iandolo was a two-time All-MIVA First Team selection and spent the last three season as the head coach at the University of Charleston … Rupert helped lead the Cougars to a pair of appearances NCAA Division I/II Men’s Volleyball Championship Match, and following a brief professional career, spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Princeton.

SCOUTING LOYOLA-CHICAGO: The Ramblers are the only Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association team to have upset the Cardinals so far in league play this season. Loyola-Chicago pulled off a 3-1 upset over Ball State in Worthen Arena on Feb. 19. After that, the Cardinals have not dropped a match since while the Ramblers fell to McKendree twice. Tonight’s rematch is a big one for the Cardinals as they are looking to clinch the MIVA regular season championship outright for the first time since 1997. Ball State will need to lookout for Loyola-Chicago’s top hitter Parker Van Buren who has tallied 298 kills so far this season while averaging 4.52 kills per set. The Ramblers have won three-straight all by 3-0 decisions.

SCOUTING PURDUE FORT WAYNE: Purdue Fort Wayne enters Friday’s contest with an overall record of 15-10 and a 6-6 ledger in MIVA action. The Mastodons are coming off back-to-back victories against Quincy (3-0) and Lindenwood (3-1) in last weekend’s league play. Jon Diedrich continues to lead PFW offensively with 343 kills this season. The Cardinals have won their last three meetings against the Mastodons including a 3-2 victory in their first meetting in Worthen Arena on Feb. 17. A little history for Saturday’s match, the sophomore opposite hitter Dyer Ball has family ties to Purdue Fort Wayne’s men’s volleyball program as Ball’s grandfather, Arnie Ball, not only played for the Cardinals from 1966-67 but he was also the head coach at Purdue Fort Wayne and was inducted into the MIVA Hall of Fame in 2018. His father, Lloy Ball, played at Purdue Fort Wayne where he has been described as the most decorated athlete in school history after being a four-time NCAA All-American and four-time U.S. Olympian.

IN THE NATION: The Cardinals remained at the No. 7 spot in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll. The highest Ball State has ever been ranked was No. 5 and that was in the final poll in 1995. Graduate senior setter Quinn Isaacsonstill ranks first in the nation among his setting peers with 11.56 assists per set while Ball State as a team also holds the top spot for that same category (12.94). Senior middle blocker Felix Egharevba is first in the nation in blocks per set (1.397) and Kaleb Jenness is fourth in attacks per set (8.97) and second in kills per set (4.65).

MANDILARIS EARNS MIVA AND AVCA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Ball State graduate senior opposite hitter Angelos Mandilaris (Chalkida, Greece) has been tabbed the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) defensive player of the week and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) national player of the week. Mandilaris not only had a strong showing offensively but also defensively last week. He threw down 32 kills off 69 swings for a .333 hitting percentage to help the Cardinals move past McKendree and Lewis both in 3-0 sweeps.  Mandilaris opened the week on Thursday with a 13-kill performance against McKendree while serving up two aces and had nine digs. On Saturday, Mandilaris led all players with a game high 19 kills off 37 attacks for a .378 offensive accuracy. He also had seven digs and earned 21 points for the Cardinals. For the week, Mandilaris averaged 5.33 kills per set and 2.67 digs.

Offense Explodes In Sycamores Win Over Butler

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball completed a season sweep of Butler on Wednesday with an 11-5 victory over the Bulldogs at Price Field.

The Sycamores finish the season 2-0 against Butler after also defeating them on March 5 in Memphis.

Butler jumped out to a 1-0 after a Sycamore throwing error allowed a run to score. Butler got three runners on base in the beginning frame, but Lexi Benko was able to work out of the jam.

After going 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first, the Sycamore offense came alive in the second, scoring three runs on four hits to take a 3-1 lead. After a leadoff double, Isabella Henning came around to score on a single up the middle from Lexie Siwek. Following an Annie Tokarek single, TeAnn Bringle brought home Siwek with an RBI groundout. Olivia Patton drove in the third run of the frame with a single to left field.

Indiana State extended their lead in the third, scoring three runs in the inning to go up 6-1. Isabella Henning collected her second double of the afternoon which scored Bella Peterson and Cassie Thomerson. Henning would come around to score on an RBI single from Tokarek.

Butler would cut into the lead in the in the top of the fourth on a line drive solo shot over the wall in centerfield which made it a 6-2 game.

The Sycamores answered right away, getting an RBI single from Bella Peterson to score Patton and a sacrifice fly from Isabella Henning which scored Abi Chipps to go up 8-2. That was Henning’s third RBI of the game.

Cassi Newbanks entered to pitch to begin the fifth, replacing Benko who went four innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out a pair of Bulldog batters.

The Bulldogs got a run across in the frame courtesy of a Sycamore passed ball which made it a 8-3 game. Indiana State would get the run back in the bottom of the fifth on a wild pitch.

In the top of the sixth inning, Butler tacked a pair of runs on the board with an RBI single and their second home run of the game, a solo shot to left center which lowered the Sycamore lead to 9-5.

Adding to her already impressive day at the plate, Isabella Henning hit a stand-up triple to left center to score Thomerson for her fourth RBI of the game. Lexie Siwek drove in her second run of the game with her third hit which scored Henning and made it an 11-5 Indiana State lead.

Hailey Griffin worked the final inning and forced a pair of popups to leave the bases loaded and end the game, giving the Sycamores the 11-5 victory.

The Sycamores improve to 18-14 with the win while Butler falls to 19-13 on the year.

Lexi Benko picked up the win, moving her record to 9-7 this season.

Indiana State finished with 12 hits, with three hits apiece from Henning, Siwek and Tokarek. Olivia Patton finished 2-for-3 while Bella Peterson went 1-for-3.

Around the Horn

-Indiana State is now 6-1 against other Indiana schools this season and improve to 34-19 all-time against Butler.

-The Sycamores 12-hit effort is the eighth double-digit hit output of the season.

-Indiana State’s 11 runs was the first double-digit scoring effort since March 19 against Valpo.

-Isabella Henning now has eleven multi-hit games this season with her 3-for-3 effort today.

-Lexi Benko lowered her ERA to 2.23 on the season which is third-best in the MVC.

-Three Sycamore hitters are now batting above .300 on the season with Peterson (.382), Henning (.372) and Siwek (.319).

Up Next

Indiana State continues MVC play this weekend as they’ll head to Springfield, Mo. for a three-game series against Missouri State.

Sycamore offense explodes late in 10-6 extra-inning win over Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana State scored eight unanswered runs after the sixth inning, including four in the go-ahead 10th frame as the Sycamores topped host Purdue on Wednesday evening at Alexander Field, 10-6.

Seth Gergely connected on the go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 10th inning as the Sycamores sent nine batters to the plate in the win. Jordan Schaffer and Sean Ross added RBI singles in the frame as Indiana State (16-8) went ahead of the Boilermakers (19-6) for the first time after trailing for a majority of the contest.

Joey Hurth (4-1) went two shutout innings in picking up his fourth win of the 2022 season. The redshirt sophomore pitched around a single in the ninth and hurled a perfect 10th in taking the midweek win.

The Sycamores trailed 5-0 through the first two innings before fighting their way back into the contest. Sean Ross sparked the rally with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to cut the Purdue lead down to one run, while Grant Magill evened the score at 6-6 with a sacrifice fly in the top of eighth to set the stage for the Sycamores’ 10th inning.

Gergely and Tyler Nelson both tripled for the Sycamores offense, while Gergely and Magill both added doubles as Indiana State connected on 15 hits in the game against the Purdue pitching staff.

Brennyn Cutts went the first 1.1 innings in his first start of the 2022 season, while Jared Spencer, Jose Cabrera and Lane Miller also went at least one inning in what turned out to be a bullpen day for the ISU pitching staff.

Connor Fenlong went 3.0 innings in shutout relief to keep the Sycamores in the game. The redshirt junior surrendered just one hit while striking out three in an extended outing before turning the ball over to Hurth in bottom of the ninth.

Cam Thompson powered the Purdue offense with a two-run home run in the top of the first, while Pablo Lanzarote added a two-run double to highlight the Boilermaker offense. Paul Toetz added a two-hit day in the loss.

Khal Stephen (2-3) took the loss after going 0.1 innings and allowing three hits and four runs (three earned) in the top of the 10th. Logan Danzeisen went the first 2.2 innings in the start, while Ricky Castro added 3.1 innings of solid relief.

How They Scored

Purdue took the early lead on Cam Thompson’s two-run home run in the bottom of the first as the Boilermakers jumped ahead 2-0 in the contest.

The Boilermakers added three more runs in the bottom of the second as Pablo Lanzarote brought home a pair of runs with a two-run double down the left field line, before coming around to score on an Indiana State wild pitch to give Purdue the 5-0 lead.

Indiana State put their first run across the late in the top of the third inning as Josue Urdaneta drove in Seth Gergely with a RBI groundout to make it a 5-1 game.

Grant Magill’s RBI double in the top of the fourth inning scored Aaron Beck and cut the Purdue lead down to 5-2.

Curtis Washington added Purdue’s sixth run of the contest with a sacrifice fly to left field scoring Thompson to give the Boilermakers the 6-2 lead.

Sean Ross drilled a three-run home run with one out in the top of the seventh inning to cut the Purdue lead down to 6-5 as Seth Gergely and Josue Urdaneta both came across the score on the drive.

Grant Magill tied the game up in the top of the eighth with a sacrifice fly scoring Tyler Nelson to even the game up at 6-6.

The Sycamores offense exploded for four runs in the top of the 10th inning as Seth Gergely, Jordan Schaffer, and Sean Ross all drove in runs to give Indiana State the 10-6 lead.

News & Notes

Seven Indiana State players posted multi-hit games on Wednesday evening as the Sycamores posted their 14th double-digit hit game of the season.

Seth Gergely connected on his team leading second triple of the 2022 season to lead off the top of the third inning. The redshirt junior previously tripled back on March 19 against Kansas.

Tyler Nelson added his first triple of the 2022 season to lead off the top of the eighth inning as the Sycamores put together their first multi-triple game of the 2022 season.

Sean Ross connected on his third home run of the 2022 season and first since March 11 against Wright State in the top of the seventh.

Ross kept his seven-game hitting streak alive with the three-run blast.

Jordan Schaffer was hit by a pitch for a MVC-leading 13th time in the 2022 season in the top of the seventh inning.

Indiana State improves to 4-3 against the Big Ten in the 2022 season with the win over Purdue

The Sycamores extended their winning streak against the Boilermakers to four consecutive games.

ISU improves to 14-7 in non-conference play in 2022.

Brennyn Cutts became the seventh Sycamore to start on the mound for Indiana State this year.

Connor Fenlong tied his season-long with 3.0 innings in relief.

Joey Hurth made his team-leading 13th appearance of the season and earned his fourth win out of the bullpen.

Indiana State picked up its first extra-inning win since April 11, 2021 when the Sycamores topped Illinois State, 8-7, in 10 innings.

Up Next

Weather has forced a schedule change for Indiana State and Valparaiso’s weekend series. The teams will now face off on Saturday afternoon with first pitch in a single game set for 2 p.m. ET. Sunday will now feature a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. ET. All three games are set to be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.

Baseball Tops Michigan 6-3

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Purdue Fort Wayne got contributions from every part of their lineup, as all nine starters reached base safely and the bullpen threw 7.1 scoreless innings, to help the Mastodons defeat the Michigan Wolverines 6-3 on Wednesday (April 6) evening.

The win over Michigan is the Mastodons’ second ever over the Wolverines and their first since 2012. It is the Mastodons’ first win over a Big Ten school since the ‘Dons took a pair from Purdue in 2016.

The ‘Dons took the lead just one out into the game when Jack Lang hit a solo home run to left center in the first inning.

While the Wolverines would knot it in the first and then take a 3-1 lead after two, the Purdue Fort Wayne pitching staff would put up zeros the rest of the way.

The big inning for the ‘Dons came in the fourth. A bases loaded walk by Brian Erbe made it a 3-2 game and forced Michigan starter Walker Cleveland from the game. Jake Keaser entered to face Jarrett Bickel with two outs and the bases loaded. Bickel lined the first pitch Keaser threw to left field for a bases clearing double. It put the ‘Dons up 5-3. A Luke Miles double in the sixth to score Alex Evenson, who also doubled, made the score 6-3.

Jacob Myer (1-4) got the win out of the bullpen for Purdue Fort Wayne. The left-hander went 1.1 shutout innings without giving up a hit or a walk and striking out one. Justin Miller closed the door, getting an old fashioned three-inning save. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four. Michigan had a chance in the ninth, as their team leader in home runs Tito Flores came to the plate with two outs and a pair of runners on. But Miller earned a called strike three for the final out of the game.

Brendan Reid didn’t allow a run in 2.0 innings of work. Kevin Fee threw a scoreless sixth for the ‘Dons.

GAME NOTES

» Miles added a single to his double for a pair of hits in the game.

» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers limited Michigan to just 1-for-12 (.083) with runners in scoring position.

» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers earned 14 fly balls in the game.

» The Mastodons drew four walks from Michigan pitching.

» The save for Miller was his first of the season.

» Michigan was led offensively by Jack Van Remortel, who went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

» Walker (1-2) earned the loss for Michigan.

» The ‘Dons improve to 5-22. Michigan falls to 14-14.

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons return to Horizon League play this weekend with a trip to Milwaukee.

Sonia Solis Records Five RBIs in Doubleheader at Eastern Illinois

CHARLESTON, Ill. – Sonia Solis recorded five RBIs in a doubleheader despite Purdue Fort Wayne softball’s two losses to Eastern Illinois on Wednesday (April 6).

GAME 1 | Eastern Illinois 13, Purdue Fort Wayne 8

Purdue Fort Wayne led 7-2, but Eastern Illinois rallied late to get a 13-8 win in the opener.

Freshman Gracie Brinkerhoff (2-7) took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne.

Solis went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in addition to her four RBIs for the Mastodons. Alise Hale compiled a standout effort as well, going 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk and an RBI. Epiphany Hang also helped out for Purdue Fort Wayne, knocking in a solo home run in the last inning.

The Mastodons got the scoring started early, putting one run on the board in the top of the first inning. Hale came across to score the lone run of the inning for Purdue Fort Wayne and get the ‘Dons on the board.

The Panthers then rallied to score two runs and take a 2-1 lead before the Mastodons got back on the board in the second. The Purdue Fort Wayne offense exploded for five runs, highlighted by a three-run double off the bat of Solis and a two-run single from senior Emma McMillan, which brought the score to 6-2 in favor of the Mastodons.

Purdue Fort Wayne held Eastern Illinois scoreless before building their lead to 7-2 in the fourth inning. The Mastodons picked up a run on Hale’s leadoff home run off freshman Kaitlyn Reifsteck.

Purdue Fort Wayne gave up the lead they built in the fourth, but got back on the scoreboard in the seventh trailing 13-7. The Mastodons picked up a run on Hang’s leadoff home run off freshman Alexa Rehmeier, bringing the score to 13-8 in favor of Eastern Illinois.

GAME NOTES

» Solis drove in four runs for the Mastodons.

» Purdue Fort Wayne’s highest scoring inning was the second, when it pushed five runs across.

» The Mastodons drew seven walks from Eastern Illinois pitching.

» Hale led the Mastodons at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI.

» Eastern Illinois was led offensively by sophomore Lindy Milkowski, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI.

» Junior Tieghan Morio led the Panthers’ pitching staff, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings. Morio was one of four Panther pitchers used.

GAME 2 | Eastern Illinois 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 2

Eastern Illinois won a pitchers’ battle in the nightcap, getting a walk-off win in the seventh inning.

Shaina Eyre (1-10) threw an effective seven innings for the Mastodons, bringing a 2-1 lead into the final frame.

After Eastern Illinois took a 1-0 lead, the ‘Dons held the Panthers scoreless for five straight innings. Hale evened the score when she scored in the third of a sacrifice fly from Solis.

The Mastodons got what would have been a go-ahead home run from Taryn Jenkins in the sixth, but Eastern Illinois knocked in two runs in the seventh on a double to left field.

GAME NOTES

» The Mastodons drew five walks from Eastern Illinois pitching.

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

» Eastern Illinois was led offensively by Hannah Cravens, who went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

» Kaufman led the Panthers’ pitching staff, throwing 5.2 innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts.

UP NEXT

Purdue Fort Wayne will play a Horizon League series on Saturday and Sunday (April 9-10) at IUPUI.

Don Walters To Retire At End Of 2022 Track & Field Season

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Don Walters, who has guided the University of Evansville cross country program for the last 23 years and helped resurrect the track and field program at UE after a more than 30-year hiatus, has announced that he will retire from coaching at the end of the 2022 track and field season.

“I want to thank everyone at the University who helped make my dream come true,” said Walters.  “Cross country and track and field take long hours of practice and commitment, along with many hours of study for academics.  I am proud that all of the teams that I have coached have successfully completed this task of juggling both with great pride.

“We are a team at the University of Evansville.  From the admissions department to the administration and support services people in the athletics department, a lot of hard work goes into working with our student-athletes every day.  Without everyone on board and the long hours it takes, we would not have had the success that we have had over the years.”

“We are extremely appreciative of Don’s leadership of our cross country and track and field programs and the impact he has had on the student-athletes he has coached,” said UE Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations/SWA Sarah Solinsky.  “His passion for UE and the student-athlete experience has been evident throughout his career and we celebrate his countless contributions to our athletics department, the University, and the local running community.”

Walters was named UE’s cross country head coach in the spring of 2000, and since then, he has transformed the UE running program.  When Walters came to UE, the school record in the women’s 5-K event was 18:33.  Now, the record stands almost two minutes faster at 16:46.4, and his runners own all 15 of the top times in both the women’s 5-K and 6-K disciplines.  On the men’s side, Walters’ runners own the nine fastest 10-K marks in school history, while owning 10 of the 15 fastest 8-K times in school history.

Prior to his arrival, Evansville had not competed in the sport of track and field since 1985.  In the early 2000s, Walters started taking his teams to track meets in the spring to compete as individuals.  Through persistence and growth in the running program, UE would eventually reinstate track and field as a varsity sport in 2018 officially, with Walters leading the charge.

“I really want to thank Mark Spencer for his role in bringing track and field back,” said Walters.  “The road to success has many ups and downs.  We have to stay positive and never give up.  I did that in the pursuit of bringing back track & field, and I thank Mark for sharing in that vision.”

Individually, he has produced two UE Hall of Fame runners in Nick Waninger (HOF Class of 2011) and Andrea Sonnenschein (HOF Class of 2016).  Current graduate student Anna Lowry and 2014 graduate Kelby Jenkins will also push for Hall of Fame consideration, with Lowry holding 10 different school records in both cross country and track and being the MVC Champion in both the 10,000-meters (outdoor) and 5,000-meters (indoor) last season, while Jenkins holds the 6-K school record in cross country.

Walters’ runners not only succeeded on the course and track during his time as head coach, but also in the classroom and community.  The UE women’s cross country team has earned Academic All-America status in each of Walters’ 23 seasons as head coach, while the men have earned the distinction 18-straight years.  Walters’ runners have also been heavily involved in community service, with various runners helping to put on middle school track and cross country meets throughout his tenure.

As much as Walters did to help the Purple Aces succeed on the course, track and classroom, he maybe did more behind the scenes to provide the UE running programs with a home.  When he arrived in 2000, Evansville did not have a home cross country course.  In 2002, he designed and built the UE Cross Country Course in northern Vanderburgh County.  It served as the host for UE meets for 11 years, including hosting the 2005 Missouri Valley Conference Championships.

Then, in 2014, Walters designed and built the cross country course at Angel Mounds, which has served as the home for not only UE, but also various high school and middle school meets in the Evansville area.  It has also served as the host of the 2015 and 2021 MVC Championships, as well as the 2022 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships this past fall.

Walters helped renovate the old National Guard Armory building on campus to provide his teams with locker room space and a place to train indoors with plyometric workouts.  He also assisted with creating offices for the UE cross country and golf programs in the Armory building, while also helping build lockers for both UE basketball programs, as well as the UE baseball team.

Walters’ last meet as head coach is currently scheduled to be May 13-15 in Des Moines, Iowa at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships.  The NCAA Preliminary Rounds are set for May 25-28 in Bloomington, Indiana.  A national search for Walters’ replacement will begin shortly.

Aces drop midweek contest to Bellarmine

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Taking a 5-0 lead in the second inning, Bellarmine fended off a rally by the University of Evansville softball team to take a 9-5 win on Wednesday afternoon inside Cooper Stadium.

Box Score (PDF)

Trailing 6-0 in the third, Evansville scored in three consecutive innings to get within two runs before Bellarmine reeled off the final two runs to finish off the win.  Marah Wood had two hits and two RBI while Zoe Frossard added two hits of her own.

Bellarmine opened the scoring with five runs in the top half of the second.  Emily O’Dee connected on grand slam to center field to finish up the 5-run frame.  The Knights added a sixth run in the third.

Evansville was able to get on the board in their half of the third.  Haley Woolf hit a single to center field to score Jessica Fehr and make it a 6-1 game.  It did not take long for Bellarmine to get that run back as O’Dee blasted her second home run of the day to push the lead back to 7-1.

Three runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the fourth for the Purple Aces with Fehr recording a single to score Mackenzie McFeron.  Marah Wood cut the deficit to three runs, hitting a 2-run double off the center field wall that scored Fehr and Zoe Frossard.  In the fifth, it was McFeron adding another RBI to her tally, singling up the middle to plate run #5 of the day for UE.

Two more scores by Bellarmine doubled the lead to four as the game entered the bottom of the sixth and that would make it the final of 9-5.  Leading the Knights was Emily O’Dee, who had two home runs and five RBI, including her grand slam.  Making the start in the circle for UE was Paige McAllister.  She allowed seven runs, six earned, in five innings.  Sydney Weatherford threw the final two innings and gave up two runs.

Up next for UE is another road conference series at Illinois State on Saturday and Sunday.

UIndy Alum Elizabeth Ramsey Named 2022 GLVC Bertram Alumni Award of Distinction Honoree

INDIANAPOLIS– The Great Lakes Valley Conference has named Elizabeth Ramsey as the recipient of the 2022 Dr. Charles Bertram Alumni Award of Distinction, it was announced by the Conference office on Wednesday. A former women’s basketball student-athlete at the University of Indianapolis, Ramsey will be formally recognized by the Conference at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car GLVC Spring Awards Reception in St. Louis on Tuesday, May 24.

Ramsey was nominated by the Greyhounds’ administration, led by senior associate Athletics Director Matt Donovan, and voted as this year’s honoree by the GLVC Awards Committee.

The Bertram Alumni Award of Distinction is an honor that extends beyond one’s collegiate career. It is presented to an individual(s) that displays academic excellence, athletic ability and achievement, character, and leadership, while serving their institutions with personal distinction since their graduation, while also making postgraduate public or community service contributions to athletics at any level.

A 2001 graduate of UIndy, Ramsey has gone on to work as the Executive Director of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC). As Executive Director, Ramsey is responsible for working with the elected volunteer leadership to establish strategic goals and advance relationships between Team USA athletes, the AAC, the USOPC, and other key stakeholders.

In addition to working with the USOPC, Ramsey previously worked with the Sacramento Kings of the NBA in their front office as the Director of Basketball Operations and Intelligence. While with the Kings, she oversaw information gathering on every current player and prospect associated with the franchise. In her role with Sacramento, Ramsey worked closely with the assistant general manager, managing the scouting department’s operations and gathering intel on prospects. Ramsey also was a member of the NBA Women in Basketball Operations Committee and was an integral part in establishing the league’s first-ever NBA Women in Basketball Operations Forum.

After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and political science in 2001, Ramsey went on to earn a law degree from Indiana University. With her law degree, she went on to work for the NCAA as a law clerk for over 10 years. In that time, she investigated thousands of NCAA violations while also educating hundreds of institutions on how to play within an equal rulebook for the National office.

During her time in Indianapolis from 1998-2001, Ramsey was a four-time letterwinner on the Greyhound women’s basketball team. While playing for UIndy, she was a three-time All-GLVC selection, including having a stellar year in 2000-01 with being named First Team All-GLVC, making the All-Tournament Team, and receiving recognition by CoSIDA on the All-Region Second Team. Ramsey’s named is printed all over the UIndy women’s basketball record book, ranking first all-time in eight different categories at one point. To this day, in addition to joining the 1,000-point club, Ramsey still holds the school record for career points (1,887), field goals (701), rebounds (973), rebounding average (9.1), double-doubles (50), and consecutive double-doubles (7). Named the 1999-2000 UIndy Female Athlete of the Year, as well as the 2001 GLVC Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award winner, Ramsey was inducted into the UIndy Hall of Fame in 2017.

The GLVC’s Alumni Award of Distinction is named in remembrance of Dr. Charles Bertram. Dr. Bertram served as a professor and faculty athletic representative at the University of Southern Indiana and was a former president of the GLVC. He contributed a great deal of time, energy, and effort to the league’s success and was instrumental in Conference operations for many years.

Past recipients of the Dr. Charles Bertram Alumni of Distinction Award include Julie (Thoman) Perry, Jim Thordsen, Keith Bailey, Deb DiMatteo, Dr. Alex Lentsch, Dr. Sandra Magnus, Pat White, Dennis Reinbold, Dr. David Porta, Dr. Steven Giles, Julie Fruendt, Dr. Jane Weaver, Jim Vargo, LuAnn Humphrey, Dr. Michael Bernier, Lois Taurman, Larry Tucker, Ron Romain, John Gibson, Francis G. Slay, Linda Deno, Pat Sullivan, and Dr. Paul Stricker.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Wednesday’s Poll Posts Taylor Baseball in Nation’s Top-25

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time since March of 2019, the Taylor baseball team finds itself ranked among the nation’s top-25 teams. In recognition of their prolonged winning ways of late, the Trojans received the 25th rank in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll.

In its last 13 games, Taylor has blazed a 12-1 record and planted itself atop the Crossroads League standings. Even more impressively, though, the Trojans have posted a 23-6 record since February 18th, at one point winning eight conference games in-a-row and achieving the 1,500 win in program-history.

Along the way, the Trojan offense has been phenomenal, leading the league in runs scored, doubles and walks, while sitting second in home runs and on-base percentage. The pitching, though, has been a pleasantly-improving force of late too, as the Trojan staff leads the league in strikeouts and strikeouts-per-nine while maintaining the second-best earned-run average throughout the league’s most innings pitched.

Individual Trojans scatter the league’s leaderboard, and some even sit atop the national leaderboard, including junior, TJ Bass. The Greenwood, Indiana, native boasts 57 runs-batted-in in just 36 games played, a mark that easily leads the league and sits third in the nation. Furthermore, Bass sits second in the league with 11 home runs and 51 hits, and he holds the third-highest slugging percentage of .705.

Speaking of slugging percentage, Conner Crawford has posted an even higher mark than Bass throughout conference play. Eight home runs, a pair of doubles and a triple bolster a .754 slugging percentage in Crawford’s 20 games played in conference. This strong play of late has lifted Crawford to the league’s second-highest rank in RBI with 50, and a share of the league’s third-highest home run total with 10.

Several other Trojan batters perch at the top of the league’s rankings, though, including freshman standout, Kaleb Kolpien, and senior shortstop, Nick Rusche. The freshman paces the league with 57 hits in his 36 games played, only failing to record a hit in seven of those. Even more, Kolpien has 17 multi-hit games thus far into the season, including three four-hit efforts.

Meanwhile, Rusche has consistently found himself crossing the plate unscathed and currently leads the league with 44 runs scored. The senior leadoff man also has a tendency for two-baggers, as evidenced by 15 doubles on the season, a mark that sits second in the league.

Fellow senior, Luke Shively, has put up ace-like numbers in an effort to lead the Trojan pitching staff. Shively leads the league with eight wins, a 1.36 ERA and 53.0 innings pitched, while sharing the league-lead in strikeouts with teammate, Noah Huseman. Shively’s start to the season is especially noteworthy, as he has become the first Trojan pitcher to work an 8-0 record since 2011.

Additionally, Matt Dutkowski has come on strong of late, now boasting a 5-0 record on the mound for a share of the league’s second-most wins. All the while, Huseman leads the team with an 11.47 strikeout-per-nine mark that sits fourth in the league.

Led by these Trojans and supported by many more, No. 25 Taylor (26-10, 16-4 CL) is set to play its third of a 10-game road trip on Friday, April 8th, when the Trojans take on Spring Arbor (15-16-1, 9-11 CL) at 1:00 pm ET.

Winning Run Eludes Little Giants In Extra-Inning Loss To Wittenberg

Wabash had late opportunities to claim a victory in Wednesday’s North Coast Athletic Conference baseball game versus Wittenberg. The Little Giants put the go-ahead run on base in the eighth inning and the potential winning run on in the ninth only to lose 5-2 to the visiting Tigers in 11 innings.

Wabash (12-6, 0-3 NCAC) got a one-out double from pinch-hitter Adam Oxley in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 2-2 tie with Wittenberg (13-5, 2-1 NCAC). But two consecutive flyouts brought the inning to an end with the score tied. The Little Giants threatened again in the bottom of the ninth inning when AJ Reid drew a one-out walk, then stole second base. A ground out moved Reid to third with two out, but the Tigers got one of 11 strikeouts by Wabash batters in the game to force extra innings.

The Little Giants produce another chance to win the game in the bottom of the tenth inning. Camden Scheidt opened the inning with a walk. Brayden Lentz followed with a single to right field to put runners at first and second. After another strikeout for the first out of the inning, Reece Bauer hit a ball toward the hole at short, but Wittenberg’s Chase Whisner made the stop and threw to third to retire Scheidt for the first out of the inning. A ground ball to second ended the inning and another scoring threat for Wabash to send the game into the 11th inning.

Wittenberg took advantage of the extra opportunity by plating three runs with two outs off reliever Tavic Simmons in the top of the 11th. The Tigers produced four consecutive hits with two outs to claim the victory.

Wabash was unable to generate any offense throughout the entire game. The Little Giants collected only four hits. The Little Giants got one hit in the first inning when Kamden Earley singled through the right side. Earley scored when a fly ball by Reid to left-center field dropped on an error by the Tigers to give Wabash a 1-0 lead. Reid came home one batter later on a groundout by Liam Patton to give the Little Giants the 2-0 lead.

The Little Giants were held hitless for the next four innings before Austin Simmers singled with one out in the sixth inning. Oxley’s double in the eighth and the single by Lentz in the 10th were the only other base hits for Wabash in the contest.

Wittenberg scored a run in the third inning off starter Grant Stratton before tying the game at 2-2 with another in the fifth inning. Stratton pitched 5-2/3 innings of seven-hit baseball. He allowed one earned run to go with one walk and two strikeouts. Sam Phillips pitched a scoreless 2-1/3 innings. He struck out two batters and walked one. Simmons worked 2-2/3 innings of three-hit ball, surrendering three earned runs to take his second loss of the season. Gavin Patrick retired the final Wittenberg batter of the game after giving up one hit.

The loss extends the Little Giants’ home losing streak to four games, including three consecutive conference losses. Wabash is hitting just .227 over the four-game stretch with 30 strikeouts after batting .470 with 96 strikeouts in its first 14 games of the season.

The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed after the start of game one was delayed for three hours due to rain.

Wabash will travel to Gambier, Ohio, on Saturday for an NCAC doubleheader against Kenyon College.

Rose-Hulman Baseball Splits Wednesday Twinbill with Hanover

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won a wild game one 18-15 before falling 10-3 to Hanover College in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader at Art Nehf Field.

In the opener, senior Brett Tuttle led a 13-hit attack with four hits, including a double, with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Manuel Lopez and Harrison Finch scored three runs each, with Finch batting 2-3 with two RBIs.  Adam Taylor added a pair of hits and scored twice.

The offensive explosion also included three RBIs from Colter Couillard-Rodak and Josh Mesenbrink.

Adam Taylor highlighted the pitching performance with two strikeouts to pick up his second save and close out the victory.

In the nightcap, Hanover scored seven runs in the 4th inning to pull away and earn a 10-3 victory.

Couillard-Rodak led the Fightin’ Engineer offense with three hits, and Kade Kline drew three walks to provide depth.  Rose-Hulman pitchers recorded 13 strikeouts on the evening.

Rose-Hulman stands 10-7 on the season and 1-3 in HCAC play, while Hanover is 8-14 and 3-3 in conference play.  The Fightin’ Engineers return to action on Saturday at Manchester University.

GAME 1 | Rose-Hulman 18, Hanover 15

HOW IT HAPPENED

Trailing 4-0, the Engineers first put runs on the board in the second inning. Rose-Hulman’s offense started clicking and put up eight runs, including a one-run double off the bat of Tuttle.

The Engineers then held the Panthers scoreless before getting back on the board the very next inning. Rose-Hulman brought home a pair, with one run driven in by senior Josh Mesenbrink’s single, which brought the score to 10-4 in favor of the Engineers.

Rose-Hulman’s lead had disappeared once the seventh inning came around and turned into a 12-10 Hanover advantage, when the Engineers re-gained control at 17-12. The Engineers bats heated up in the inning, scoring seven runs, including a two-run single off the bat of senior Nathan Burke.

The Panthers gained ground, closing the gap to 17-15 until Rose-Hulman added some insurance in the eighth. The Engineers scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Tuttle, bringing the Rose-Hulman advantage to 18-15. The score remained 18-15 for the rest of the game, as the Engineers held on for the win.

GAME NOTES

» Tuttle collected four hits on the day for Rose-Hulman.

» Sophomore Colter Couillard-Rodak and Mesenbrink drove in three runs each for the Engineers. » Every Rose-Hulman starter reached base safely in the win.

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the second, when it pushed eight runs across.

» Rose-Hulman went 11-for-22 (.500) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 52 Hanover hitters in the game, allowing six ground balls and 14 fly balls while striking out six.

» The Engineers drew 10 walks from Hanover pitching.

» Tuttle led the Engineers at the plate, going 4-for-6 with a double and two RBI.

» Hanover was led offensively by Charlie Burton, who went 1-for-6 with a home run and four RBI.

» Charlie Joyce led the Panthers pitching staff, throwing two innings of six-run ball.

GAME 2 | Hanover 10, Rose-Hulman 3

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers got on the scoreboard first, starting in the third inning. Rose-Hulman got on the board thanks to Couillard-Rodak’s RBI double with one out.

The Engineers lost the lead they built in the third, but got back on the board in the fifth trailing 7-1. Rose-Hulman scored a run when Kline drew a walk from Jack Jennings that scored senior Adam Taylor, which tightened the Panthers lead to 7-2.

Rose-Hulman kept the Panthers off the board before narrowing the gap to 7-3 in the seventh. The Engineers were unable to get any closer, as Hanover added three runs to their tally on the way to a 10-3 final.

GAME NOTES

» Couillard-Rodak led the Engineers, picking up three base knocks in the ballgame.

» Engineers pitchers combined to strike out 13 Hanover hitters.

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the seventh, when it pushed one run across.

» Rose-Hulman left 14 runners stranded on base in the loss.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 45 Hanover hitters in the game, allowing four ground balls and eight fly balls while striking out 13.

» The Engineers drew nine walks from Hanover pitching.

» Couillard-Rodak led the Engineers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

» Hanover was led offensively by Jacob Dupps, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI.

» Ashton Dickmann led the Panthers pitching staff, throwing three scoreless innings.

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Ravens Split in Battle with Grizzlies

The Anderson University baseball team (11-10, 3-1) split in its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) doubleheader with Franklin College (17-7, 3-1) on Wednesday at Grand Park in Westfield.

GAME 1: ANDERSON 10, FRANKLIN 5

Jed Downham – 2-for-5, 2-Run Home Run, Double

Grahm Reedy – 2-for-4, 2-Run Home Run

Brady Reed – 4-for-5

Jake Stank – 2-for-4, Triple

Connor Gordon – Two-Run Double

Tyler Smitherman – 2-for-5, Double

T.J. Price – 2-for-4

Charlie Jones – Two-Run Single

Justin Reed – Double

Landen Southern – W (3-0), 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 4 BB, 5 K

Logan Nickel – SV (1), 4 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K

GAME 2: FRANKLIN 9, ANDERSON 2

Connor Gordon – 2-for-3

Jed Downham – 2-for-4

Rene Casas Jr. – 2-for-4

Grahm Reedy – RBI Double

Charlie Jones – RBI Single

T.J. Price – Single

Cole Whitlock – 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

UP NEXT

The Ravens host Mount St. Joseph University (9-13, 1-5) in an HCAC doubleheader on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Don Brandon Field.

PILOTS CAN’T WITHSTAND LATE INDIANA TECH RALLY

FORT WAYNE – Bethel Women’s Lacrosse held an 11-9 lead entering the final quarter of play but gave up six goals in the final frame to fall 15-13 to Indiana Tech on Wednesday. Hope Tempelman and Jenna Crockett each tallied four goals apiece for the Pilots.

MATCH VITALS

Score: Indiana Tech def. Bethel 15-13

Records: Bethel (3-6, 1-4) | Indiana Tech (5-4, 4-2)

NAIA Top 10 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR | Indiana Tech – NR

Location: Warrior Athletic Field | Indiana Institute of Technology | Fort Wayne, Ind.

STAT TRACKER

Hope Tempelman: 4 goals, 9 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Jenna Crockett: 4 goals, 4 assists,

Becca Broadwick: 3 goals, 6 ground balls, 7 draw controls

Samantha Swope: 4 caused turnovers, 5 ground balls, 10 saves

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

The Pilots were outshot 37-29, including 14-4 in the final quarter.

The Pilots held the advantage on ground balls 38-35.

After falling behind 4-1 early in the second quarter, the Pilots used a 9-2 run to take a 10-6 lead with nine minutes left in the third quarter but were outscored 9-3 in the game’s final 24 minutes.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots host Madonna on Saturday at Morey Field at 1:00 pm.

Tigers Extend Program-Record Win Streak to Six with Win at Earlham

Richmond, Ind. – DePauw extended its program-record win streak to six with a 20-1 win at Earlham. The Tigers moved to 9-1 and extended their single-season record for wins in a season, while the Quakers dropped to 1-7.

DePauw took control of the game quickly with four goals in the first five minutes on the way to a 7-0 lead after the first period and a 13-0 halftime advantage.

Emma Kennedy and Graesen Campbell each scored five goals in the win, while Bridget Driscoll added three. Driscoll assisted on four of the goals and Campbell added three. Josie Whorton scored Earlham’s lone goal with 6:57 remaining.

Emily Howard led the Tigers with six ground balls and caused five turnovers, while Driscoll paced the Tigers with six draw controls.

Serena Pisacano and Meredith McGraw each had three ground balls for the Quakers with Pisacano totaling four draw controls.

Lydia Hollis and Aubrey Bower each recorded one save while splitting time in goal for the Tigers, while Earlham’s Mackenzie Kotch stopped nine DePauw shots.

DePauw outshot Earlham, 38-8, including 29-3 on goal. The Tigers led 15-8 in draw controls and ground balls, 26-14, while committing 15 turnovers to the Quakers’ 28.

The Tigers return to North Coast Athletic Conference action on Saturday, April 9, with a 2 p.m. game at Earlham.

Strong first half propels HC past Mt. St. Joseph in HCAC action

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Strong first half lifts the Panthers past Mt. St. Joseph in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Wednesday evening as they defeated the Lions 14-9.

Hanover used a balanced attack to surge ahead early as six different Panthers delivered goals in the first half.

Senior Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.) delt the first blow before a Panther assault on net ensued with freshman Alex Kleinhelter (Fishers, Ind.) and freshman Owen Parker (O’Fallon, Mo.) both delivering blows, 3-1.

Freshman Luke Haines (Lexington, Ky.) picked up his first goal just moments into the second quarter when sophomore Zach Stone (Elizabethtown, Ky.) added the Panthers fifth blow of the half. Freshman Scott Dues (Louisville, Ky.) tacked on his fifth goal of the season at the 10:46 mark pushing HC ahead 6-2.

Meinhart and Stone added two more second quarter goals to send HC into the intermission with the 9-3 lead.

MSJ looked to rally in the third frame netting five goals to cut the difference to 9-7. Haines halted the charge as Hanover was able to secure the 14-9 victory.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, April 9 when they welcome Anderson to Alumni Stadium. Game time is set for 1:00 PM.

Pride keep rolling with doubleheader sweep over Parkside

HAMMOND, Ind. — Purdue Northwest recorded another walk-off win, followed by a career day from Selena Michko (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) at the plate to lead a Game 2 victory, as the Pride pulled out a doubleheader sweep over Parkside Wednesday at RUSH Physical Therapy Field.

PNW improved to 15-5 overall and won its fifth straight GLIAC game to move into first place in the conference standings at 5-1. It’s the best start through 20 games in program history.

The Pride have won 10 of their previous 11 contests and return right back to action Thursday at home against Lewis, who is riding a seven-game win streak. PNW also recorded its fifth walk-off win of the season with eight of the squad’s 15 victories decided by one run.

GAME 1: PURDUE NORTHWEST 5, PARKSIDE 4

The Pride built a 4-1 lead with a run in the third and tacked on three more in the next inning after the Rangers tied the game in the top half of the fourth. Amanda Noblett (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) drove a two-run double off the left-field fence and ended up rounding the bases to cross home plate after a throwing error on the relay. She recorded two hits with a double in both games of the doubleheader.

However, Parkside countered with back-to-back RBI knocks with two outs in the fifth to even the score at 4-4.

Starter Emma Hill (Holmes Beach, Fla./Cary-Grove (IL)) went six-and-two-thirds in the no-decision with seven strikeouts. She retired nine of the first 10 batters she faced until surrendering a leadoff single in the fourth. The Rangers recorded all five of their hits combined across the fourth and fifth frames, but threatened with a pair of runners in scoring position in the seventh following two walks and an error. That’s when Abbie May (LaSalle, Ill./Saint Bede Academy) took the circle and needed just two pitches to slam the door.

In the bottom of the seventh, Aubrey Shroyer (Napoleon, Ohio/Napoleon) sparked the rally with a leadoff walk and would score from first soon after on heads up base running. Ashley Bravo (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) stepped in next and put down a sacrifice bunt. Shroyer didn’t hesitate to take an extra base with nobody covering and the Rangers threw the ball away trying to nab her at third which allowed Shroyer to slide into home plate for the winning win.

GAME 2: PURDUE NORTHWEST 9, PARKSIDE 4

Designated player Selena Michko (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) posted a career-high 4-for-4 outing with four RBIs, including two extra-base hits to power the offense in Game 2. Michko’s RBI double in the third tied the game at 1-1 after a leadoff home run from Parkside to open the game.

Madison Schultz (Lafayette, Ind./Faith Christian) followed that up with an RBI single and Jocey Gault (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) drove a run-scoring double to left center to give the Pride a 3-1 lead. Gault then swiped third on a steal and ended up scoring on a throwing error to make it 4-1 PNW after three complete.

Parkside added a solo shot in the fourth, but Michko and Schultz supplied more runs with back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom half which put the Pride in front, 6-2. The Rangers added another two-run blast in the sixth, but again the Pride responded with three runs thanks to Michko’s sixth home run of the season — a two-run shot to center — and Noblett’s RBI double later in the frame made it 9-4.

PNW outhit Parkside 11-7 in the second game with Michko, Bravo (2 for 3, 3 R), Schultz (2 for 4, 2 RBI, 2 R), Noblett (2 for 4, RBI) and Gault (1 for 4, RBI, R) leading the way.

Maddison Roop (Hudson, Ill./University) made the start inside the circle and tossed five-and-a-third with four strikeouts, earning her third win of the season (3-2). The right-hander surrendered four earned runs on six hits with three walks and a hit batter. Gabby Paliska (Palos Park, Ill./Lincoln-Way East (Wisconsin-Green Bay)) came on to seal the win and picked up her first save.

UP NEXT

First pitch in the opening game against Lewis is slated for 1 p.m. CDT at RUSH Physical Therapy Field tomorrow afternoon.

Warriors Take One From Cougars in Rain-Shortened Doubleheader

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech baseball team defeated Indiana University Kokomo in eight innings, 6-5, Tuesday evening at Warrior Field in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. Game two was rained out in the third inning with Tech leading 6-0.

Parker Bates put the Warriors up on the first pitch in the bottom of the first as he drilled his first home run of the season off Evans-Kimmell Hall in left field. Brice Stultz put Tech up 2-0 latter in the inning with a sacrifice fly, but the Cougars ended the threat as they got the trail runner at third base on a great relay on the 852 double play.

IU Kokomo responded in the next frame with a pair of runs following a pair of singles, a double, a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly, but would not get any more off freshman starter Jacob Spencer, making his first collegiate start.

The hosts went back up in the fourth following a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Patrick McGinn and a double steal of second and home by Pates and Trevor Patterson, with the former getting the Cougars to throw down to second and allowing the latter to score easily from third to make it a 4-2 game. Patrick Mills tied it back up in the top of the fifth with a monster two-run blast over Anthony Blvd. for his 10th homer of the season, but an RBI groundout from Brice Stultz plated Micah O’Donnel in the bottom of the inning to put the Orange and Black up 5-4.

The visitors managed to tie the game up in the sixth following a leadoff double, a 5-3 putout and an RBI groundout to short, but neither team would get the go-ahead run as the game went into extra innings in the scheduled seven-inning contest.

Ashtin Moxey led off the eight with a single while Tristan Osika was hit with a pitch to give Tech runners at first and second with nobody out. Patterson laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners and the throw from the pitcher sailed over the first basemen’s head and Moxey came around to score and give the Warriors the walkoff win.

Spencer finished the game with six strikeouts over four innings, allowing just two runs on five hits in the no-decision while Marty McDonald picked up the win after going the final four frames with four strikeouts and allowing three runs on five hits.

Tech (15-15) returns to action Wednesday as they host Wright State Lake in a single nine-inning game starting at 6 p.m. from Warrior Field.

USI hits the road to play top-25 Prairie Stars

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — University of Southern Indiana Baseball continues the 2022 GLVC schedule with its first league road trip Saturday and Sunday, visiting the #18 (NCBWA)/#28 (ABCA) University of Illinois Springfield for a four-game series. The series starts Saturday with a noon doubleheader and concludes Sunday with a noon twin bill. 

The series, which was originally slated for Friday through Sunday, was changed to Saturday/Sunday doubleheaders due to the Friday forecast of inclement weather.

Throughout the 2022 season, fans can follow the Screaming Eagles all season long on GoUSIEagles.com. Selected games can be heard on ESPN 97.7FM and 95.7FM The Spin, in addition to live stats, video streams, and audio broadcasts.

The Eagles will return to the friendly surroundings of the USI Baseball Field April 13 when they start a five-game home stand, beginning with a single game versus Oakland City (April 13) and ending with a four-game GLVC slate versus Truman State University (April 14-16).

USI Baseball Notes:

USI vs. Illinois Springfield: The Eagles hold a 23-15 all-time series lead over the Prairie Stars, despite dropping four of five last season (falling in three of four during the regular season; stumbling once in the GLVC Tournament).

Eagles in 2022: USI is .500 this spring, going 13-13 overall and 2-2 after the first weekend of the 2022 GLVC schedule. The squad was 2-3 last week after losing a non-conference match-up with Maryville University and going 2-2 in the first conference action of the year versus Quincy University. The Eagles have struggled of late, going 4-6 in the last 10 games, but are 5-3 versus ranked opponents this season.

Freshman catcher/designated hitter Cordell Coburn led the Eagles with a .357 batting average last week, while sophomore outfielder/designated hitter Gavin McLarty (Buckner, Kentucky) had a team-best seven RBIs, including a grand slam for his first hit of the year in the loss to Maryville.

Illinois Springfield in 2022: Nationally-ranked Illinois Springfield is 20-6 overall after sweeping a non-conference series with the University of Missouri-St. Louis last week. The Stars have won three of their last four but are 1-3 in the GLVC.

Predicted in the GLVC:  USI was predicted to place third in the GLVC Blue Division, while Illinois Springfield was forecast to win the Blue Division.            

Eagle Leaders: USI junior infielder/catcher Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) leads the Eagles with a .363 batting average; 10 doubles; four home runs; and 33 RBIs. He also is third on the team with 20 runs scored. Senior shortstop Ethan Hunter (Terre Haute, Indiana) follows McNew with a .337 batting average, two home runs, and 20 RBIs. 

On the mound, senior right-hander Brice Stuteville (Rockport, Indiana) has a team-best four wins and is 4-1 overall. He also has a team-best 2.60 ERA (pitchers with 10 IP in 2022). 

Hunter all-time at USI: USI senior infielder Ethan Hunter continues to move up the all-time lists for USI. Hunter ranks first in triples (16); 11th total bases (321); 12th in RBIs (134) and tied for 13th in home runs (16); tied for eighth in runs scored (158); 13th in hits (211); and 21st in doubles (30).

McNew all-time at USI: Junior infielder/catcher Lucas McNew is starting his move up the all-time rankings at USI. He is tied for 19th in doubles (34); tied for 13th in home runs (16); and tied for 20th in RBIs (102). 

Archuleta at USI: USI Head Coach Tracy Archuleta is in his 16th season at the helm of the Screaming Eagles. He has a USI record of 519-298 during his 16 season and has a 19-year record of 667-422 (5 years University of Wisconsin-Parkside; 16 years USI).

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1873       Future Hall of Famer John McGraw, an excellent player who is best known for managing the Giants for 31 seasons, is born in Truxton (NY), a town named after one of America’s first Navy commanding officers. The 5-feet-7 inch fiery ‘Little Napoleon’ played a vital role as an infielder on the pennant-winning 1890s NL’s Baltimore Orioles before winning ten pennants, three World Series championships, with 11 second-place finishes while posting only two losing seasons during his three decades as New York’s skipper.

1925       Babe Ruth collapses at a railroad station in Asheville, North Carolina. The “bellyache heard round the world,” so dubbed when a writer suggests that a hot dog and soda binge caused the illness, will require hospitalization and an operation, keeping the Yankees slugger out of the lineup for seven weeks.

1925       During spring training play, Joe Hauser shatters his kneecap, an injury that causes the A’s left-handed-hitting first baseman to miss the entire season and effectively derails his promising career. After batting .323 and blasting 27 homers, second only to Babe Ruth’s total last season, he eventually returns minor leagues following a three-year comeback, becoming a prodigious home run hitter, before a batted ball breaks a kneecap again in 1934.

1948       The Phillies trade infielder Ralph LaPointe and give the Cardinals $30,000 to obtain first baseman Dick Sisler. The son of Hall of Famer George Sisler will hit .287 during his four-year tenure in Philadelphia, playing a pivotal role in the team’s 1950 National League championship.

1969       Bill Singer becomes the first major league reliever to officially record for a save, a new stat that will be kept starting this season, in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win over Cincinnati in the season-opener at Crosley Field. The ‘Singer Throwing Machine’ does not allow a hit, hurling three scoreless innings en route to saving Don Drysdale’s victory

1969       After throwing just two pitches to start the season, Don Drysdale finds himself and his team trailing by two runs when Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan hit back-to-back homers. The 32 year-old right-hander settles down, and the Dodgers come back to win the Crosley Field contest, 3-2.

1969       At Washington’s RFK Stadium, Ted Williams makes his managerial debut in front of President Nixon and a crowd of 45,113, a franchise attendance record for Opening Day. The Commander-in-Chief throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees’ 8-4 defeat of the ‘Splendid Splinter’s’ Senators.

1970       The team formerly known as the Seattle Pilots plays their first home game in Milwaukee as the Brewers in front of 36,107 enthusiastic fans at County Stadium. The Angels, behind Andy Messersmith’s four-hit complete game, rout the transplanted Brew Crew, 12-0.

1970       After eight consecutive Opening Day defeats, the Mets finally win the first game of the season by beating the Pirates at Forbes Field in 11 innings, 5-3. New York becomes the first team to have won a World Series (1969) before prevailing in a season debut.

1973       The Indians break their Opening Day American League attendance record when a crowd of 74,420 watches Gaylord Perry go the distance in the team’s 2-1 victory over the Tigers at Cleveland Stadium. The Tribe had set the previous mark in the 1948 season opener against the Browns.

1976       The Reds trade utility player Terry Crowley to the Braves in exchange for Mike Thompson, who will never throw another pitch in the major leagues. After appearing in just seven games, Crowley, who Atlanta will release, returns to the Orioles, the team that drafted him, playing seven more seasons in Baltimore as a DH/1B, before finishing his career with Montreal.

1977       Frank Sinatra keeps his promise to Tommy Lasorda by singing the Star-Spangled Banner on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. ‘Old Blue Eyes’ had told the team’s new skipper he would perform the National Anthem if his friend ever became the L.A. manager.

1977       Gary Thomasson starts the game by blasting the first pitch in the Dodgers’ opener for a home run off Don Sutton, who had deliberately thrown a gopher ball. Unbeknownst to the Giants’ leadoff hitter, the ball, scheduled to be sent to Cooperstown, was to be taken for a pitch and then handed to the home plate umpire to take it out of play.

1977       In his first major league at-bat, Al Wood becomes the first player to pinch-hit a home run on Opening Day. The round-tripper contributes to the Blue Jays’ 9-5 win over the White Sox, giving the team its first victory in franchise history.

1977       After a lengthy snow delay on Opening Day at Exhibition Stadium, Doug Ault, acquired in the expansion draft, hits two home runs in his first two at-bats in a Blue Jay uniform. The rookie first baseman’s pair of round-trippers, the first two of only the 17 he will hit during his four-year big league career, helps Toronto beat Chicago, 9-5, giving the franchise a victory in the first game it plays in its history.

1979       Ken Forsch, who almost didn’t make the start due to swelling in his right arm caused by an insect bite, holds the Braves hitless, throwing the earliest no-hitter in baseball history. The Astros hurler’s no-no makes the Forsch brothers the first siblings to accomplish the feat, with Bob, as a member of the Cardinals, throwing a no-hitter against the Phillies last season.

1984       On NBC’s nationally televised Game of the Week, Detroit right-hander Jack Morris throws a no-hitter, blanking the White Sox at Comiskey Park, 4-0. The 29 -year-old becomes the first Tiger hurler to accomplish the feat since Jim Bunning held Boston hitless at Fenway Park in 1958.

1984       Dwight Gooden gives up three hits and one run in five innings in his major league debut, earning the victory when the Mets beat Houston, 5-3. The 19-year-old rookie right-hander, anxious to get to the Astrodome before his start, arrives so early that he had to jump a fence to gain entry into the closed ballpark.

1986       Boston outfielder Dwight Evans becomes the first player to hit the first pitch of the season for a home run when he goes deep on Opening Day. Jack Morris throws the gopher ball but gets the win when Detroit edges the Red Sox at Tiger Stadium, 6-5.

1986       Tom Seaver, extending his major league record, makes his 16th Opening Day start when he gets the honor for the second time with the White Sox. The 41-year-old future Hall of Fame right-hander has also pitched the first game of the season for the Mets (11) and Reds (3).

1987       Rick Mahler blanks the Phillies, 6-0, for his third Opening Day shutout. The Braves’ right-hander ties a National League record with his trio of whitewashes, shared by Rip Sewell (Pirates, 1943, 1947, 1949) and Chris Short (Phillies – 1965, 1968, 1970).

1988       Chris Sabo, playing in just his second big-league game, ties a major league record, handling eleven assists at third base in the Reds’ 8-1 victory over the Cardinals at Riverfront Stadium. The Cincinnati freshman infielder will beat out Chicago’s Mark Grace for Rookie of the Year honors this season.

1993       The Phillies sweep the season’s opening series against Houston with a ten-inning 6-3 victory at the Astrodome. The comeback victory, which will become a trademark of the eventual National League champs, marks the first time the franchise had won its first three away games since 1915, when Pat Moran’s men won their first six games on the road, playing in Boston and New York.

1997       The Brewers home opener has two lengthy delays as the ground crew needs to clear baseballs thrown by fans from the playing field. It will be the last time the team will give away souvenir baseballs as a promotion.

1999       Bob Cranmer, chairman of the Allegheny County Commissioners, announces the Sixth Street Bridge, which joins downtown Pittsburgh to the North Side at Federal Street by crossing the Allegheny River, will now be known as the Roberto Clemente Bridge. During home games at PNC Park, the 995-foot suspension bridge, constructed in 1928, will serve as a pedestrian walkway, allowing Pirates fans to enter the new ballpark directly from the span.

2000       In 15 games, a record total of 57 home runs is hit in the major leagues – two more than the August 13, 1999 mark established in 17 games. The 36 American League homers set the one-day record for a circuit, surpassing the previous mark by six.

2000       Houston hosts a regular-season game outdoors at home for the first time since 1964 when the team played in Colt Stadium as the .45s, losing the Enron Field debut to the Phillies, 4-1. The 19th-century replica locomotive atop the left-field wall makes its maiden voyage when Richard Hidalgo hits the Astros’ first home run in their new ballpark.

2000       Berley W. Visgar is sentenced to 90 days in jail and is fined $1,000 by Circuit Judge Michael Brennan for jumping onto the back of Astros’ outfielder Bill Spiers after going on to the field at County Stadium last season. Although the 23-year-old has no prior criminal record, the judge believes the harsh sentence will discourage other fans from similar actions in the future.

2000       In a ceremony before the team’s home opener, the Devil Rays retire Wade Boggs’ uniform number 12. Although the former Red Sox and Yankees infielder spent only two years with Tampa Bay, he hit the first home run in franchise history and collected his 3000th hit with the team.

2002       ESPN becomes the first network to ask players, coaches, and umpires to wear a microphone during a game. The innovative concept begins with micing A’s catcher Ramon Hernandez during the nationally televised Sunday night contest, a 6-5 Oakland victory over Seattle at Safeco Field.

2003       With the team exercising Pedro Martinez’s option for the 2004 season seven months before a November deadline, the Red Sox make the Dominican hurler the highest-paid pitcher for a season in major league history. The 31 year-old three-time Cy Young winner will earn $17.5 million playing for Boston next year.

2004       At the main entrance of their fields in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, the Soo Minor Baseball Association unveils the world’s largest baseball. The 8,620-pound ( 3,910 kg) double-walled steel sphere with a diameter of ten feet ( 3.0 m) is proportional to the bat at the Louisville Bat Company in Kentucky, being almost 2000 times larger than a real baseball.

2004       Adam LaRoche collects the first two hits of his career in one inning. En route to an 18-10 win over the Mets, the rookie first baseman singles and doubles during the Braves’ thirty-three minute, 11-run fourth inning.

2006       The Mets beat Washington at Shea Stadium, 10-5, in the 7,000th game played in franchise history. The Amazins’ have compiled a 3,314-3,678 record (.474) along with eight ties during their 42 years of existence.

2009       Ninety-seven years after his grandfather, Boston mayor ‘Honey Fitz’ Fitzgerald, threw the first pitch at the first major league game played at Fenway Park, Ted Kennedy tosses the ceremonial first pitch for the Red Sox at a season opener. The sellout crowd enthusiastically cheers the 77-year-old long-time U.S. Senator, who was diagnosed last spring with a malignant brain tumor, when he tosses the ball from in front of the mound to a nearby Jim Rice, a newly elected member of the Hall of Fame.

2010       According to its annual report, Forbes Magazine estimates the Yankees’ value to be worth approximately $1.6 billion, nearly twice as much as any other major league franchise. The World Champs, who moved into a new ballpark last season, made $441 million in net revenue after adjustments for its payment to baseball’s revenue-sharing program and the costs of financing its new stadium.

2012       In his 1,000th major league game, Prince Fielder, with his two homers off Josh Beckett in the Tigers’ 10-0 rout of Boston at Comerica Park, ends the day with 232 career round-trippers. The Detroit first baseman’s dad, Cecil, also had the exact total of big-league home runs after playing in the same amount of games.

2012       Octavio Dotel, playing for his 13th team, breaks a major league record he previously shared with Mike Morgan, Matt Stairs, and Ron Villone. The 39 year-old Tiger reliever, who throws 1.1 scoreless innings against Boston, has also appeared with the Mets, Astros, A’s, Yankees, Royals, Braves, White Sox, Pirates, Dodgers, Rockies, Blue Jays, and Cardinals.

2015       Tyler Olson’s first big league outing takes only five seconds when he throws just one pitch, inducing Erick Aybar to ground into a 5-4-3 inning-ending double play in the top of the ninth in the Mariners’ 2-0 loss to the Angels at Safeco Field. The 25-year-old rookie southpaw is most likely the first hurler in history to retire two hitters throwing only one pitch in his major league debut.

TV THURSDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
ARKANSAS AT FLORIDA7:00PMSECN
KENTUCKY AT TEXAS A&M8:00PMESPNU
GOLFTIME ETTV
MASTERS3:00PMESPN
MLBTIME ETTV
MILWAUKEE AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
NY METS AT WASHINGTON4:05PMESPN+
SNY
MASN/2
HOUSTON AT LA ANGELS9:38PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
SAN DIEGO AT ARIZONA9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
NASCAR TRUCK: BLUE-EMU MAXIMUM PAIN RELIEF 2008:00PMFS1
NBATIME ETTV
ORLANDO AT CHARLOTTE7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
PHILADELPHIA AT TORONTO7:30PMNBCS-PHI
SPORTSNET
BOSTON AT MILWAUKEE7:30PMTNT
SAN ANTONIO AT MINNESOTA8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
PORTLAND AT NEW ORLEANS8:00PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
MEMPHIS AT DENVER9:00PMALT
BALLY SPORTS
LA LAKERS AT GOLDEN STATE10:00PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
PITTSBURGH AT NY RANGERS7:00PMESPN+
HULU
NASHVILLE AT OTTAWA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
MONTREAL AT NEW JERSEY7:00PMSPORTSNET
MSG+
PHILADELPHIA AT COLUMBUS7:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
BUFFALO AT CAROLINA7:30PMESPN+
HULU
SEATTLE AT CHICAGO8:30PMROOT SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
TORONTO AT DALLAS8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
VANCOUVER AT ARIZONA10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
CALGARY AT SAN JOSE10:30PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-CA
EDMONTON AT LOS ANGELES10:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
VIRGINIA AT MIAMI7:00PMACCN
LSU AT MISSISSIPPI STATE8:00PMSECN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
CLEMSON AT PITTSBURGH5:00PMACCN
OLE MISS AT KENTUCKY6:00PMSECN
ARIZONA ST. AT OREGON10:00PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
MASTERS3:00PMESPN
MLBTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT NY YANKEES1:05PMNESN
YES
CHI. WHITE SOX AT DETROIT1:10PMESPN+
NBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
OAKLAND AT PHILADELPHIA3:05PMNBCS-CA
NBCS-CA
BALTIMORE AT TAMPA BAY3:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MASN/2
SEATTLE AT MINNESOTA4:10PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT COLORADO4:10PMATTSN-RM
SPORTSNET
CLEVELAND AT KANSAS CITY4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MIAMI AT SAN FRANCISCO4:35PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-BAY
NY METS AT WASHINGTON7:05PMSNY
MASN/2
TEXAS AT TORONTO7:07PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
CINCINNATI AT ATLANTA7:20PMBALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT LA ANGELS9:38PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
SAN DIEGO AT ARIZONA9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
XFINITY: CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG 2507:30PMFS1
NBATIME ETTV
MILWAUKEE AT DETROIT7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NEW YORK AT WASHINGTON7:00PMNBATV
NBCS-WSH
MSG
CLEVELAND AT BROOKLYN7:30PMYES
BALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT TORONTO7:30PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT MIAMI8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
CHARLOTTE AT CHICAGO8:00PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
PORTLAND AT DALLAS8:30PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
PHOENIX AT UTAH9:30PMNBATV
BALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
OKLAHOMA CITY AT LA LAKERS10:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
PORTLAND AT DALLAS10:00PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT TAMPA BAY7:00PMNHLN
NESN
BALLY SPORTS
BUFFALO AT FLORIDA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG-BUF
NY ISLANDERS AT CAROLINA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG+
MINNESOTA AT ST. LOUIS8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
COLORADO AT WINNIPEG8:00PMALT
SPORTSNET

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XY-MIAMI5228.65028-1224-1612-234-166-45 W
2 X-BOSTON5030.6252.028-1322-179-733-188-23 W
3 XY-MILWAUKEE4930.6202.526-1423-1611-331-186-41 W
4 X-PHILADELPHIA4930.6202.522-1727-136-930-196-43 W
5 X-TORONTO4633.5825.522-1724-169-529-217-31 W
6 X-CHICAGO4535.5637.027-1318-2210-629-224-63 L
CLEVELAND4337.5389.024-1619-219-626-243-72 L
BROOKLYN4238.52510.018-2124-1710-629-216-42 W
ATLANTA4238.52510.027-1415-249-626-257-31 W
10 CHARLOTTE4039.50611.520-1920-206-824-256-42 L
11 WASHINGTON3545.43817.021-1914-267-824-265-51 L
12 NEW YORK3545.43817.016-2419-214-1120-305-51 L
13 INDIANA2555.31327.016-259-302-1411-392-88 L
14 DETROIT2357.28829.013-2710-306-918-324-61 L
15 ORLANDO2159.26331.011-2910-302-1211-393-71 W
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XYZ-PHOENIX6317.78832-831-910-538-127-31 L
2 XY-MEMPHIS5524.6967.529-1026-1410-535-158-21 L
3 X-GOLDEN STATE5029.63312.530-1020-1911-430-193-72 W
4 X-DALLAS5030.62513.027-1223-1813-234-167-32 W
5 X-UTAH4832.60015.029-1119-2114-132-184-62 W
DENVER4733.58816.022-1725-166-1028-225-51 L
MINNESOTA4535.56318.025-1420-2112-431-205-51 L
LA CLIPPERS4040.50023.023-1617-248-724-264-63 W
NEW ORLEANS3544.44327.518-2117-236-924-257-31 W
10 SAN ANTONIO3445.43028.516-2418-216-924-258-23 W
11 LA LAKERS3148.39231.520-2011-283-1216-332-87 L
12 SACRAMENTO2951.36334.016-2513-265-919-314-62 L
13 PORTLAND2752.34235.517-2310-291-1411-381-98 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2456.30039.012-2912-276-1017-334-61 L
15 HOUSTON2060.25043.011-299-313-1311-413-75 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-FLORIDA PANTHERS70491561044629421029-6-020-9-68-2-0
CAROLINA HURRICANES7045178984423216825-6-420-11-44-3-3
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS7045196964327021625-7-220-12-47-2-1
NEW YORK RANGERS7145206964121718622-7-423-13-27-2-1
BOSTON BRUINS7044215934222319022-11-222-10-37-3-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS71412010923823719419-11-522-9-55-4-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING7043207934123320221-7-522-13-24-5-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS70382210863323020517-15-521-7-56-4-0
NEW YORK ISLANDERS6932289733119218918-13-414-15-56-4-0
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS7133326722922926518-14-415-18-22-5-3
11 DETROIT RED WINGS7128349652520527218-13-610-21-33-5-2
12 BUFFALO SABRES71263411632319725014-17-612-17-56-1-3
13 OTTAWA SENATORS6926376582518722413-19-313-18-35-4-1
14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS70223711552118125013-17-69-20-53-7-0
15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS7024406542121426116-16-48-24-22-7-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS70194011491618126810-20-49-20-73-4-3
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-COLORADO AVALANCHE70501461064726819328-4-322-10-38-1-1
CALGARY FLAMES7042199934024517521-8-721-11-25-3-2
MINNESOTA WILD6943215913825421524-7-219-14-38-1-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES70402010903825420323-9-417-11-66-3-1
EDMONTON OILERS7141255873725122623-12-018-13-57-2-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS72382410863420720518-15-420-9-65-3-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS6940254843823020122-11-018-14-46-4-0
DALLAS STARS6940263833620420622-9-118-17-27-3-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7239294823522821520-14-319-15-17-3-0
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS71332810763020320314-14-619-14-43-4-3
11 WINNIPEG JETS71332810763121822219-15-214-13-85-5-0
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS72283212682420123416-17-512-15-71-7-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS6929319672718222016-15-513-16-43-6-1
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS70243511592018824711-17-613-18-52-5-3
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN7022426502018324612-20-310-22-35-5-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES7022435492117725410-23-112-20-42-7-1
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE