INDIANA HIGH SCHOLL FOOTBALL WEEK 6

ADAMS CENTRAL (5-0) AT SOUTH ADAMS (4-1)

ALEXANDRIA (4-1) AT MISSISSINEWA (2-3)

ANDREAN (3-2) AT HOBART (3-2)

ATTICA (0-5) AT NORTH VERMILLION (2-3)

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (2-3) AT JENNINGS COUNTY (1-4)

BENTON CENTRAL (3-2) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (5-0)

BLACKFORD (1-4) AT EASTBROOK (3-2)

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (4-1) AT SOUTHPORT (0-5)

BLUFFTON (3-2) AT SOUTHERN WELLS (0-5)

BOONE GROVE (2-3) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (5-0)

BOONVILLE (3-2) AT MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (4-1)

BREMEN (2-3) AT JOHN GLENN (3-2)

BROWN COUNTY (0-5) AT GREENCASTLE (2-3)

CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (0-5) AT KNIGHTSTOWN (0-5)

CARMEL (3-2) AT NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-5)

CARROLL (FLORA) (5-0) AT TRI-CENTRAL (1-4)

CASTLE (4-1) AT EVANSVILLE REITZ (5-0)

CENTERVILLE (4-1) AT NORTHEASTERN (4-1)

CHARLESTOWN (4-1) AT SCOTTSBURG (0-5)

CHURUBUSCO (3-2) AT FREMONT (2-3)

CLINTON CENTRAL (0-5) AT EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (3-2)

CLINTON PRAIRIE (4-1) AT DELPHI (1-4)

COLUMBUS EAST (3-2) AT FLOYD CENTRAL (2-3)

CONNERSVILLE (4-1) AT SPEEDWAY (3-2)

COVENANT CHRISTIAN (3-2) AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (3-2)

COVINGTON (1-4) AT PARKE HERITAGE (1-4)

CRAWFORDSVILLE (2-3) AT NORTH MONTGOMERY (2-3)

CROWN POINT (5-0) AT VALPARAISO (4-1)

CULVER ACADEMY (1-4) AT NORTH JUDSON (5-0)

DANVILLE (2-3) AT SOUTHMONT (5-0)

DECATUR CENTRAL (2-3) AT PLAINFIELD (2-3)

DELTA (3-2) AT NEW CASTLE (1-4)

EAST CENTRAL (4-1) AT SOUTH DEARBORN (5-0)

EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (1-4) AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (4-1)

EASTERN (PEKIN) (1-4) AT NORTH HARRISON (3-2)

ELKHART (4-1) AT SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (2-3)

EVANSVILLE BOSSE (1-4) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (3-2)

EVANSVILLE HARRISON (1-4) AT VINCENNES LINCOLN (3-2)

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (3-2) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (3-2)

FAIRFIELD (4-1) AT ANGOLA (3-2)

FISHERS (3-2) AT AVON (0-5)

FOREST PARK (1-4) AT SOUTH SPENCER (2-3)

FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (2-3) AT FORT WAYNE DWENGER (3-2)

FORT WAYNE LUERS (2-3) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-4)

FORT WAYNE NORTH (3-2) AT HOMESTEAD (3-2)

FORT WAYNE SNIDER (4-1) AT FORT WAYNE WAYNE (2-3)

FORT WAYNE SOUTH (0-5) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (5-0)

FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (2-3) AT SEEGER (3-2)

FRANKLIN (3-2) AT MOORESVILLE (5-0)

FRANKLIN CENTRAL (2-3) AT NOBLESVILLE (2-3)

FRANKLIN COUNTY (1-4) AT GREENSBURG (1-4)

FRANKTON (2-3) AT OAK HILL (5-0)

FRONTIER (2-3) AT NORTH NEWTON (0-4)

GARRETT (0-5) AT WEST NOBLE (4-1)

GIBSON SOUTHERN (5-0) AT HERITAGE HILLS (3-2)

GOSHEN (1-4) AT CONCORD (2-3)

GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (4-1) AT NEW PALESTINE (5-0)

GREENWOOD (1-4) AT PERRY MERIDIAN (1-4)

GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (1-0) AT EDINBURGH (4-1)

GRIFFITH (1-4) AT CALUMET (5-0)

GUERIN CATHOLIC (3-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (3-2)

HAMILTON HEIGHTS (3-2) AT TWIN LAKES (1-4)

HAMMOND NOLL (0-4) AT RIVER FOREST (3-2)

HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (4-1) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (4-1)

HERITAGE (3-2) AT LAPEL (2-3)

HIGHLAND (1-4) AT MUNSTER (3-2)

HUNTINGTON NORTH (2-3) AT DEKALB (1-4)

INDIAN CREEK (3-2) AT EDGEWOOD (1-4)

INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (3-1) AT HAMMOND MORTON (0-5)

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (5-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (5-0)

INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (5-0) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (3-1)

INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE (2-3) AT CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (3-2)

INDIANAPOLIS TECH (1-4) AT ANDERSON (2-3)

INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (0-5) AT PURDUE POLYTECHNIC (1-3)

JASPER (2-3) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (0-5)

KANKAKEE VALLEY (4-1) AT LOWELL (2-3)

LAKE CENTRAL (3-2) AT MICHIGAN CITY (1-4)

LAKELAND (2-3) AT CENTRAL NOBLE (2-3)

LAVILLE (5-0) AT KNOX (3-2)

LAWRENCE CENTRAL (3-2) AT CENTER GROVE (4-1)

LAWRENCE NORTH (2-3) AT BEN DAVIS (3-2)

LAWRENCEBURG (4-1) AT BATESVILLE (2-3)

LEO (3-2) AT BELLMONT (0-5)

LEWIS CASS (5-0) AT WESTERN (2-3)

LINTON-STOCKTON (5-0) AT NORTH DAVIESS (4-1)

LOGANSPORT (4-1) AT MARION (0-5)

MADISON-GRANT (4-1) AT ELWOOD (0-5)

MCCUTCHEON (1-4) AT KOKOMO (5-0)

MERRILLVILLE (4-1) AT LAPORTE (1-4)

MILAN (2-3) AT EASTERN HANCOCK (3-2)

MISHAWAKA (5-0) AT WARSAW (4-1)

MISHAWAKA MARIAN (2-3) AT PENN (3-2)

MITCHELL (1-4) AT MADISON (2-3)

MONROE CENTRAL (2-2) AT WES-DEL (0-5)

MONROVIA (2-3) AT BEECH GROVE (2-3)

MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (2-3) AT PENDLETON HEIGHTS (2-3)

MUNCIE CENTRAL (0-5) AT RICHMOND (0-5)

NEW ALBANY (1-4) AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH (2-3)

NEW HAVEN (2-3) AT COLUMBIA CITY (4-1)

NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (1-3) AT PARK TUDOR (4-1)

NORTH MIAMI (3-2) AT MACONAQUAH (4-1)

NORTH PUTNAM (1-4) AT CASCADE (2-3)

NORTH WHITE (2-2) AT CASTON (0-5)

NORTHFIELD (2-3) AT WABASH (1-4)

NORTHWOOD (5-0) AT PLYMOUTH (0-5)

NORWELL (5-0) AT EAST NOBLE (3-2)

OWEN VALLEY (5-0) AT SULLIVAN (3-2)

PAOLI (3-2) AT EASTERN GREENE (1-4)

PERRY CENTRAL (4-1) AT CLARKSVILLE (2-3)

PERU (2-3) AT ROCHESTER (4-1)

PHALEN ACADEMY (0-5) AT INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (2-2)

PIKE CENTRAL (0-5) AT NORTH KNOX (2-3)

PIONEER (2-3) AT TRITON (4-1)

PORTAGE (1-4) AT CHESTERTON (1-4)

PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (1-4) AT EASTSIDE (3-2)

PROVIDENCE (4-0) AT HOLY CROSS (KY.)

RENSSELAER CENTRAL (3-2) AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (3-2)

RUSHVILLE (2-3) AT NORTH DECATUR (5-0)

SALEM (1-4) AT CORYDON CENTRAL (2-3)

SEYMOUR (3-2) AT BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (4-1)

SHELBYVILLE (1-4) AT YORKTOWN (4-1)

SHENANDOAH (2-3) AT HAGERSTOWN (4-1)

SILVER CREEK (3-2) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (0-4)

SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-4) AT NEW PRAIRIE (5-0)

SOUTH BEND CLAY (0-5) AT JIMTOWN (3-2)

SOUTH BEND RILEY (3-2) AT SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (1-4)

SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (1-4) AT LAKE STATION (2-3)

SOUTH DECATUR (2-3) AT CLOVERDALE (1-4)

SOUTH PUTNAM (4-1) AT WEST VIGO (2-3)

SOUTHRIDGE (4-1) AT TELL CITY (1-4)

SOUTHSIDE HOMESCHOOL AT SWITZERLAND COUNTY (2-3)

SOUTHWOOD (3-2) AT MANCHESTER (0-5)

SPRINGS VALLEY (3-2) AT CRAWFORD COUNTY (0-5)

TAYLOR (1-4) AT SHERIDAN (4-1)

TECUMSEH (5-0) AT NORTH POSEY (4-1)

TERRE HAUTE NORTH (1-4) AT COLUMBUS NORTH (2-3)

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (3-2) AT NORTHVIEW (4-1)

TIPPECANOE VALLEY (5-0) AT WHITKO (0-5)

TIPTON (2-3) AT NORTHWESTERN (1-4)

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (2-3) AT TRI-COUNTY (1-4)

TRI (4-1) AT WINCHESTER (2-3)

TRITON CENTRAL (4-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (1-3)

TRI-WEST (4-1) AT LEBANON (3-2)

UNION CITY (1-4) AT UNION COUNTY (2-3)

WARREN CENTRAL (2-3) AT PIKE (0-5)

WASHINGTON (1-4) AT PRINCETON (0-5)

WAWASEE (1-4) AT NORTHRIDGE (2-3)

WEST CENTRAL (4-1) AT SOUTH NEWTON (4-1)

WESTERN BOONE (4-1) AT FRANKFORT (1-4)

WESTFIELD (3-2) AT BROWNSBURG (5-0)

WHEELER (2-3) AT WHITING (2-2)

WHITELAND (5-0) AT MARTINSVILLE (4-1)

WINAMAC (1-4) AT CULVER (2-3)

WOODLAN (2-3) AT JAY COUNTY (2-3)

ZIONSVILLE (4-1) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (5-0)

6A

Rank-SchoolFPVRcdTPPvs
1. Brownsburg(12)5-03301
2. Center Grove(5)4-13142
3. Indpls Cathedral3-12603
4. Hamilton Southeastern5-02304
5. Carmel3-21625
(tie) Carroll (Fort Wayne)5-01627
7. Indpls Ben Davis3-21548
8. Westfield3-2726
9. Crown Point5-060NR
10. Zionsville4-14610

Others receiving votes: Fishers 40. Lawrence Central 18. Elkhart 14. Penn 8.

5A

Rank-SchoolFPVRcdTPPvs
1. Whiteland(15)5-03361
2. Mishawaka(2)5-02942
3. Merrillville4-12723
4. Ft. Wayne Snider4-12424
5. Valparaiso4-12025
6. Castle4-11549
7. Bloomington South4-1120T10
8. Lafayette Harrison4-194NR
9. Ft. Wayne North3-288T10
10. Franklin3-2326

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Others receiving votes: Decatur Central 26. Ft. Wayne Dwenger 4. Ev. North 2. Columbus East 2. Terre Haute South 2.

4A

Rank-SchoolFPVRcdTPPvs
1. New Palestine(15)5-03361
2. Indpls Roncalli(2)5-03062
3. Mooresville5-02483
4. NorthWood5-0194T5
5. E. Central4-11844
6. New Prairie5-0172T5
7. Kokomo5-01467
8. Indpls Brebeuf3-11048
9. Ev. Reitz5-0809
10. Martinsville4-156NR

Others receiving votes: Ev. Memorial 22. Greenfield 10. Mt. Vernon (Hancock) 8. Hobart 2. Northview 2.

3A

Rank-SchoolFPVRcdTPPvs
1. W. Lafayette(11)5-03261
2. Gibson Southern(1)5-02842
3. Indpls Chatard(5)3-22703
4. Norwell5-02304
5. Tri-West4-11745
6. Oak Hill5-01407
7. Hanover Central5-010210
8. Western Boone4-1988
9. Owen Valley5-060NR
10. Lawrenceburg4-156NR

Others receiving votes: Guerin Catholic 46. Southridge 30. Tippecanoe Valley 22. Yorktown 12. Vincennes 10. Calumet 4. Jimtown 4. Mt. Vernon (Posey) 2.

2A

Rank-SchoolFPVRcdTPPvs
1. Linton(13)5-03061
2. Indpls Scecina(1)5-02902
3. Andrean(2)3-22563
4. LaVille(1)5-02404
5. Ev. Mater Dei3-21768
6. Triton Central4-1170T6
7. Cass5-013010
8. Heritage Christian3-258T6
9. Lafayette Catholic3-254NR
10. Alexandria4-150NR

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Others receiving votes: Ft. Wayne Luers 38. Southmont 26. N. Posey 22. Brownstown 20. Eastside 16. Eastbrook 12. Rochester 6.

1A

Rank-SchoolFPVRcdTPPvs
1. Indpls Lutheran(15)5-03321
2. Adams Central(2)5-03042
3. N. Judson5-02423
4. N. Decatur5-02285
5. S. Adams4-11786
6. Carroll (Flora)5-01468
7. Indpls Park Tudor4-11364
8. S. Putnam4-1829
9. Tecumseh5-06810
10. Triton4-164NR

Others receiving votes: Sheridan 40. Providence 24. Tri 16. Covenant Christian 6. Edinburgh 4.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SCORES: https://www.maxpreps.com/in/volleyball/scores/?date=9/21/2022

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SCORES: https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/scores/?date=9/21/2022

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SCORES: https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/girls/scores/?date=9/21/2022

WEEK FOUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

WEEK 4

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22

WEST VIRGINIA AT VIRGINIA TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
COASTAL CAROLINA AT GEORGIA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
CHATTANOOGA AT ILLINOIS | 8:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23

VIRGINIA AT SYRACUSE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
NEVADA AT AIR FORCE | 8 P.M. | FS1
BOISE STATE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | CBSSN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24

KENT STATE AT GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
MARYLAND AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX
CLEMSON AT WAKE FOREST | 12 P.M. | ABC
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
RHODE ISLAND AT PITT | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
MISSOURI AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | ESPN
BOWLING GREEN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
DUKE AT KANSAS | 12 P.M. | FS1
SOUTH FLORIDA AT LOUISVILLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
BUFFALO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
UMASS AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
FORDHAM AT OHIO | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
FLORIDA AT TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
JAMES MADISON AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
TOLEDO AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
FIU AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NORTH TEXAS AT MEMPHIS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
TULSA AT OLE MISS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
OREGON AT WASHINGTON STATE | 4 P.M. | FOX
AKRON AT LIBERTY | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
NAVY AT EAST CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
BALL STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS STATE AT OLD DOMINION | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
RICE AT HOUSTON | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT KENTUCKY | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
ARKANSAS VS. TEXAS A&M (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 7 P.M. | ESPN
IOWA AT RUTGERS | 7 P.M. | FS1
SOUTHERN MISS AT TULANE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
UNLV AT UTAH STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
HOUSTON BAPTIST AT TEXAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
MARSHALL AT TROY | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
LOUISIANA TECH AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
VANDERBILT AT ALABAMA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
WISCONSIN AT OHIO STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
UCONN AT NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3
NEW MEXICO AT LSU | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
CHARLOTTE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT PURDUE | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
KANSAS STATE AT OKLAHOMA | 8 P.M. | FOX
BOSTON COLLEGE AT FLORIDA STATE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
LOUISIANA AT UL MONROE | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
USC AT OREGON STATE | 9:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
STANFORD AT WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | FS1
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

NFL WEEK 3 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2022

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

HOUSTON TEXANS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

DETROIT LIONS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P FOX

ATLANTA FALCONS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P FOX

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 6:20P (MT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2022

DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW YORK GIANTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN/ABC

WEEK 4

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2022

MINNESOTA VIKINGS VS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (TOTTENHAM) 2:30P (BST) 9:30A NFLN

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TENNESSEE TITANS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 4:05P (ET) 4:05P FOX

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

DENVER BRONCOS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, OCTOBER 03, 2022

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

CINCINNATI 5 BOSTON 1

PHILADELPHIA 4 TORONTO 3 (10)

NY YANKEES 14 PITTSBURGH 2

HOUSTON 5 TAMPA BAY 2

BALTIMORE 8 DETROIT 1

TEXAS 7 LA ANGELS 2

CLEVELAND 8 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2

KANSAS CITY 5 MINNESOTA 2

OAKLAND 2 SEATTLE 1

WASHINGTON 3 ATLANTA 2

MILWAUKEE 6 NY METS 0

CHICAGO CUBS 4 MIAMI 3

SAN FRANCISCO 6 COLORADO 1

SAN DIEGO 1 ST. LOUIS 0

ARIZONA 6 LA DODGERS 1

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS 7 ST. PAUL 1

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

THE STARTING ELEVEN: COMEBACKS ARE CONTAGIOUS, RODGERS-BRADY, BILLS-DOLPHINS ON TAP IN WEEK 3

MATT LAFLEUR made sure his team had the correct mentality in the Lambeau Field locker room on Sunday night.

“We’ve gotta have the mindset that it’s zero-zero,” Green Bay’s coach told NBC at halftime, his team leading 24-7. “I think you could see it all across the league this week. So right now, one play at a time; it’s zero-zero.”

 No lead is safe in the NFL. That was never more evident than last week when, for the first weekend in 30 years, three teams overcame fourth-quarter deficits of 13-or-more points to win. And games are extremely close. This year, 12 games have already been decided by three points or fewer, more than any previous NFL season through two weeks.

So don’t let a comeback sneak up on you like a no-look pass from MATTHEW STAFFORD. It’s a hallmark of the NFL. Comebacks and close games are contagious. Which games will showcase that excitement this week?

The Starting 11 entering Week 3…

1.     HARDWARE HEAVEN: No game in NFL history has featured starting quarterbacks with six combined Super Bowl MVPs … until Sunday. AARON RODGERS (MVP of Super Bowl XLV) leads the Packers into Raymond James Stadium (4:25 PM ET, FOX) to play TOM BRADY (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI, LV) and the Buccaneers.

  • The game also will be just the third in NFL annals to pair starting quarterbacks with seven combined Associated Press MVPs (Rodgers won the honor in 2011, 2014, 2020 and 2021; Brady earned it in 2007, 2010 and 2017). Rodgers played in the last such game, against Pro Football Hall of Famer and five-time MVP PEYTON MANNING on Nov. 1, 2015. Brady played in the first contest, against Manning on Nov. 2, 2014.
  • Including the postseason, Rodgers and Brady have squared off as starters on four prior occasions. The winner of each of the last two regular-season meetings (Brady in 2018 and 2020) has gone on to win the Super Bowl.
  • Rodgers, the reigning back-to-back MVP, will face the league’s top scoring defense through two weeks. Head coach TODD BOWLES and the Buccaneers are allowing only 6.5 points per game.

2.     NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 75: Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON last week became the first player in NFL history to record both a rushing touchdown and touchdown pass of at least 75 yards in the same game. This week, the Ravens (1-1) meet NEW ENGLAND (1-1) at Gillette Stadium on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Since Jackson entered the league in 2018, New England’s defense has allowed just 18.5 points per game, best in the NFL.

3.     HOPE IS ALIVE AND WELL: This week, a quartet of teams that finished last season with four-or-fewer wins – DETROIT (1-1), JACKSONVILLE (1-1), the NEW YORK GIANTS (2-0) and the NEW YORK JETS (1-1) – have an opportunity to start 2-1 or better. That has not happened in 21 years. The last time four teams that finished the previous season with four-or-fewer wins rebounded the following season to win at least two of their first three games was 2001 (Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland and the San Diego Chargers).

  • With a home win over Dallas (1-1) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN/ABC), the Giants can improve to 3-0. Since 2006, five teams have started 3-0 the year after winning four-or-fewer games. Four of those five teams made the playoffs. The last to do it, the 2019 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, advanced to the Super Bowl.

4.     SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: Since the Dolphins selected XAVIEN HOWARD in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Miami cornerback leads the NFL with 27 interceptions. On Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Howard lines up opposite STEFON DIGGS, who ranks third in the NFL over the same time with 563 receptions.

  • Only six remaining teams are undefeated entering Week 3, including BUFFALO (2-0) and MIAMI (2-0).
  • Dolphins quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA leads the NFL with 739 passing yards and Miami ranks first in the AFC with 427.0 yards per game.
  • Last week, Miami’s TYREEK HILL and JAYLEN WADDLE became the first teammates in NFL history to each record at least 10 receptions, 150 receiving yards and two TD receptions in the same game.
  • Buffalo, meanwhile, has allowed the fewest yards in the AFC, 215.0 per game.

5.     SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: The LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-1) are tied for the NFL lead with seven takeaways. On Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), they travel to face the ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-1), who have only one giveaway, tied for fewest in the league.

6.     STREAK SPEAK: This week, each NFC East club plays a division game. PHILADELPHIA (2-0) is at WASHINGTON (1-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX) and the 2021 division winner DALLAS (1-1) is at the NEW YORK GIANTS (2-0) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN/ABC). The NFC East has had a different division champion in each of the last 18 seasons (2004-21), the league’s longest streak since the 1970 merger. The AFC West had 14 different division champions from 1987-2000 and the NFC South had 12 different division champions from 2002-13, the second- and third-longest streaks since 1970, respectively.

7.     DID YOU KNOW?LOVIE SMITH returns with the HOUSTON TEXANS (0-1-1) to face the franchise he led to a Super Bowl berth in 2006, the CHICAGO BEARS (1-1). Smith and Bears head coach MATT EBERFLUS are members of the coaching tree of Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY DUNGY. That tree also includes current head coaches MIKE TOMLIN and FRANK REICH as well as former NFL head coaches JIM CALDWELLROD MARINELLI and LESLIE FRAZIER, currently Buffalo’s assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.

8.     UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINESAN FRANCISCO (1-1) visits DENVER (1-1) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Niners head coach KYLE SHANAHAN was a wide receiver at Cherry Creek High School in suburban Denver when the Bruins captured the 1996 Colorado Class 5A state championship. Growing up, Shanahan three times lived in the Denver area, where his dad Mike was a Broncos assistant on two occasions and head coach from 1995-2008. … General manager JOHN LYNCH and seven members of San Francisco’s current coaching staff also have Centennial State connections, having either played or coached for the Broncos or played or coached at Colorado State University.

9.     TREND TIMEDETROIT (1-1) travels to MINNESOTA (1-1) for an NFC North showdown on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Each of the last three games in the series have been decided by two points.

10.  THIS WEEK IN NFL HISTORY: Sept. 17, 1972 (50 years ago) – Nine months after their epic Christmas playoff classic, the MIAMI DOLPHINS and KANSAS CITY CHIEFS meet again, this time to open the season in the first official game at Arrowhead Stadium. BOB GRIESE throws a touchdown to MARLIN BRISCOE and LARRY CSONKA bullies his way to 118 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown as the Dolphins begin the road to the only perfect season in NFL history with a 20-10 victory.

11.  AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-1) enter the week leading the AFC South. They also lead the NFL in takeaway ratio (plus-five) heading into their Week 3 trip to SoFi Stadium, where they face the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-1) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS).

WEEK 3 NFL SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

Thursday, September 22Pittsburgh at ClevelandPrime Video8:15
Sunday, September 25New Orleans at CarolinaFOX1:00
Houston at ChicagoCBS1:00
Kansas City at IndianapolisCBS1:00
Buffalo at MiamiCBS1:00
Detroit at MinnesotaFOX1:00
Baltimore at New EnglandFOX1:00
Cincinnati at New York JetsCBS1:00
Las Vegas at TennesseeFOX1:00
Philadelphia at WashingtonFOX1:00
Jacksonville at Los Angeles ChargersCBS4:05
Los Angeles Rams at ArizonaFOX4:25
Atlanta at SeattleFOX4:25
Green Bay at Tampa BayFOX4:25
San Francisco at DenverNBC8:20
Monday, September 26Dallas at New York GiantsESPN/ABC8:15

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-1) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-1)

Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, September 22 (8:15 PM ET, Prime Video) as the Cleveland Browns (1-1) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) in an early season AFC North clash. Pittsburgh holds a 77-60-1 all-time regular-season advantage in the series, including a sweep of both meetings last season. In Week 8 of the 2021 season, the Steelers defeated the Browns in Cleveland, 15-10, as tight end PAT FREIERMUTH caught the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. In Week 17, Pittsburgh earned a 26-14 home victory over Cleveland on Monday Night Football, as running back NAJEE HARRIS set a career high with 206 scrimmage yards. The Browns have won each of their past four games on Thursday Night Football.

Pittsburgh quarterback MITCH TRUBISKY is expected to make his fifth-career start against the AFC North, having totaled five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) with no interceptions in his previous four starts against the division. In his last start on Thursday Night Football (December 5, 2019 vs. Dallas, with Chicago), Trubisky recorded four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) and a 115.5 rating. Harris had 89 scrimmage yards (49 rushing, 40 receiving) in Week 2 and he aims for his third in a row against Cleveland with at least 120 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown. Wide receiver DIONTAE JOHNSON led the team with six catches last week, his 14th-consecutive game with at least five receptions, the second-longest active streak in the league (COOPER KUPP – 23 games). Johnson had a touchdown reception in the teams’ last meeting and has at least 95 receiving yards in two of his past three against Cleveland.

Safety MINKAH FITZPATRICK is one of two players in the league (MARCUS WILLIAMS) with an interception in each of the first two weeks of the season. He enters Thursday night aiming for his sixth in a row overall and sixth in a row against Cleveland with a pass defensed. Cornerback CAMERON SUTTON had an interception in Week 1 and has recorded an interception in each of his past two division games. Linebacker MYLES JACK leads the team with 23 tackles and is one of seven players in the league with at least 10 tackles in each of the first two weeks. Defensive tackle CAMERON HEYWARD had a sack in last year’s Week 17 meeting.

Cleveland quarterback JACOBY BRISSETT completed 22 of 27 attempts last week for an 81.5 completion percentage, a career high as a starter. In two career starts against Pittsburgh, Brissett has a 102.8 rating. In four career starts on Thursday Night Football, he has no interceptions with three rushing touchdowns. Running back NICK CHUBB led the team with 113 scrimmage yards (87 rushing, 26 receiving) last week and tied a career high with three rushing touchdowns, his ninth-career game with multiple rushing touchdowns. He is the only running back in the league with at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of the first two weeks of the season. In four career games on Thursday, running back KAREEM HUNT has 522 scrimmage yards (130.5 per game) and five touchdowns (three receiving, two rushing). Wide receiver AMARI COOPER led the team with nine catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in Week 2, his 26th-career game with at least 100 receiving yards and first with Cleveland. Cooper has a touchdown catch in two of his past three games on Thursday Night Football.

Defensive end MYLES GARRETT has recorded a sack in each of the first two weeks of the season and now has 61.5 sacks in 70 career games, the third-most sacks by a player in his first 70 NFL games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. He had a sack in the teams’ last meeting in Cleveland and has a sack in five of his past six division games. Linebacker JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH led the team with nine tackles in Week 2 and recorded his third-career forced fumble. He leads Cleveland with 14 tackles entering Thursday night. Linebacker ANTHONY WALKER had two tackles for loss and two passes defensed last week and aims for his sixth in a row against the division with at least seven tackles.

Prime Video will stream 15 Thursday Night Football games this season (Weeks 2-17, excluding Thanksgiving). The game will feature Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and Kaylee Hartung on the call.

STEELERS NOTES:

QB MITCH TRUBISKY completed 21 of 33 atts. (63.6 pct.) for 168 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Rushed for TD in only career start vs. Cle. (12/24/17 w/ Chi.). Has 5 TDs (3 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs in 4 career starts vs. AFC North. Had 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) & 115.5 rating in his last start on TNF (12/5/19 vs. Dal. w/ Chi.). • RB NAJEE HARRIS had 89 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 40 rec.) & 5 catches last week. Had career-high 206 scrimmage yards (188 rush, 18 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Cle. with 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Rushed for 94 yards & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in only career game on TNF (12/9/21 at Min.). • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with 6 catches for 57 yards in Week 2. Aims for his 15th in row with 5+ catches & 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Has 95+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cle. • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 4 catches last week. Had 8 catches for 93 yards in only career TNF game (12/9/21 at Min.). • TE PAT FREIERMUTH had 1st TD catch of season in Week 2. Had rec. TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 5+ catches & 4th with 50+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in only career game on TNF (12/9/21 at Min.). • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK has INT in each of 1st 2 games of season. Aims for 6th in row with PD. • CB CAMERON SUTTON aims for 4th in row with PD & 3rd in row vs. division with INT. • LB MYLES JACK led team with 13 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Had 9 tackles & TFL in his last game vs. Cle. (11/29/20 w/ Jax.). • DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 5 tackles & PD in Week 2. Had 2 PD & sack in last meeting.

BROWNS NOTES:

QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 22 of 27 atts. (81.5 pct. – career-high as starter) for 229 yards & TD vs. INT for 98.9 rating & rushed for 43 yards last week. Has 102.8 rating in 2 career starts vs. Pit. Has 3 rush TDs & 0 INTs in 4 career starts on TNF. • RB NICK CHUBB led team with 113 scrimmage yards (87 rush, 26 rec.) & tied career high with 3 rush TDs last week, his 9th-career game with 2+ rush TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 225 scrimmage yards (112.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 2 on TNF. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 74 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 16 rec.) in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has 522 scrimmage yards (130.5 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 rush) in 4 career Thursday games. • WR AMARI COOPER led team with 9 catches for 101 yards & TD last week, his 26thcareer game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on TNF. • TE HARRISON BRYANT had 45 rec. yards in Week 2. Had TD catch in last meeting. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack last week & has 61.5 sacks in 70 career games, 3rd-most by player in 1st 70 games since 1982. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Had sack in last home meeting. Has sack in 5 of past 6 vs. division. Has 4.5 sacks in 4 career TNF games. • LB JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH led team with 9 tackles & had 2 TFL & 3rd-career FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles & TFL. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. • LB ANTHONY WALKER had 2 TFL & 2 PD in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had PD in last home meeting. Aims for 6th in row vs. division with 7+ tackles. • CB A.J. GREEN had 1st-career INT in last meeting.

BUCCANEERS’ MIKE EVANS LOSES APPEAL OF 1-GAME SUSPENSION

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Green Bay Packers without leading receiver Mike Evans, whose appeal of a one-game suspension for his role in an on-field brawl was denied on Wednesday.

The NFL disciplined the eight-time, 1,000-yard receiver for “violations of unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules” after Evans knocked New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore to the ground, escalating a dust-up that began with Tom Brady exchanging words with the Saints star.

Former Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians also heard from the league, which investigated the melee resulting in the ejection of Evans and Lattimore, whom the Bucs felt should have been penalized for pass interference on the previous play.

An animated Arians could be seen on the sideline complaining to officials about the non-call. The Bucs have said he watched the game from the field because the Saints did not provide a skybox for him and general manager Jason Licht.

“Like I’ve said, he’s normally upstairs. This is the one time he was downstairs,” said coach Todd Bowles, who was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach when Arians retired and became a senior assistant to Licht.

“Usually we handle our sideline pretty good,” Bowles added. “Everybody got irate. We’ve got to have better composure on the sideline as players and coaches.”

The confrontation between Brady and Lattimore escalated when Bucs running back Leonard Fournette shoved the Saints cornerback, who in turn shoved Fournette before Evans intervened and knocked Lattimore to the turf.

While Evans and Lattimore were both ejected, Lattimore wasn’t suspended.

Evans will miss Sunday’s home game against the Packers. With wide receivers Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) still dealing with injuries after sitting out last week at New Orleans, the Bucs signed veteran Cole Beasley to the practice squad.

Bowles didn’t have much to say about Evans losing to his appeal.

“It hasn’t changed since the other day. Sunday’s going to come whether he plays or not, and we’ve got to get ready to play without him,” the coach said.

It’s the second time Evans will serve a one-game suspension for confronting Lattimore. In 2017, the receiver leveled the cornerback with a blindside hit while Lattimore was engaged in a heated exchange with then-Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston.

Evans is the only receiver in NFL history to begin a career with eight consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving. His 76 touchdown catches are the most by any player since he entered the league in 2014.

CHARGERS QB HERBERT LIMITED DURING PRACTICE WEDNESDAY

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Quarterback Justin Herbert was mainly a bystander Wednesday as the Los Angeles Chargers went through their first practice in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Herbert did some handoffs to running backs but did not do any throwing during the portion of practice open to the media. Herbert suffered fractured rib cartilage after taking a hit during the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Coach Brandon Staley said Herbert did some light throwing Tuesday but the third-year quarterback’s status remains day-to-day. Herbert was one of three players listed as a limited participant on the team’s practice report.

“He’s had a lot of rest since the last game, but I think the nature of the week is truly going to be a case-by-case, day-by-day basis,” Staley said. “We’re just going to see where his comfort level is, and truly trust him and let him be the guide of where we’re at, and make sure that we are prepared either way.”

Herbert missed only one play after taking a hard hit from Kansas City defensive lineman Michael Danna on a 12-yard completion to Gerald Everett with five minutes to go. He led the Chargers (1-1) on a nine-play, 73-yard touchdown drive the series after he was injured.

Herbert will wear a rib protector but could also receive an injection to deal with the pain. It did not go well the last time that happened to a Chargers quarterback.

In 2020, Tyrod Taylor suffered a rib injury during the Chargers’ opening win in Cincinnati. A team doctor then punctured Taylor’s lung while giving him a pain-killing injection before a game against Kansas City. Taylor went to the hospital, and Herbert found out he was getting his first NFL start less than a minute before kickoff.

Taylor did not file a grievance through the NFL Players Association but sued team doctor David Gazzaniga for medical malpractice. The lawsuit, which seeks at least $5 million in damages, was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in May 2021. A trial was scheduled to begin in November but has been moved to next June.

Herbert has made 34 consecutive regular-season starts, seventh among active quarterbacks.

“I think that we have full alignment with Justin, his family, his agents, and the medical professionals. That’s what we’re going to try and do, have alignment that way and trust the process, and, hopefully, get him well soon,” Staley said.

Chase Daniel would be in line to start if Herbert could not go. The 13-year veteran has six career starts, most recently in 2019 for the Chicago Bears.

“My approach (to practice or preparation during the week) never changes regardless of what happens. I think that is what has suited me so well,” Daniel said.

Easton Stick is the third-string QB but has taken only two regular-season snaps in three-plus seasons.

Herbert isn’t the only offensive starter dealing with an injury. Center Corey Linsley (knee) did not practice, while wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) and right offensive tackle Trey Pipkins (foot) were limited.

Starting cornerback J.C. Jackson (knee) also did not practice, and backup tight end Donald Parham (hamstring) was listed as limited.

The Jaguars (1-1) were the first team Herbert beat as a starting QB. He threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns along with rushing for 66 yards and a score as the Chargers won the 2020 matchup 39-29 to snap a four-game losing streak.

FAMILY: FORMER UCLA BASKETBALL PLAYER JALEN HILL DIES AT 22

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jalen Hill, who played basketball at UCLA for three seasons until leaving last year for personal reasons, has died, according to his family and the university. He was 22.

His family posted on Instagram Tuesday that Hill had died after going missing in Costa Rica. No further details were provided.

“We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people,” Hill’s family wrote in the post. “We also acknowledge the role that so many of you have played in his. As we try to navigate this devastating time in our lives, we ask that you please give us time to grieve. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.”

UCLA and coach Mick Cronin posted statements on social media Wednesday acknowledging Hill’s death.

“Our program is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former student-athlete Jalen Hill. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time,” the school said.

Cronin called Hill’s death “heartbreaking.”

“Jalen was a warm-hearted young man with a great smile who has left us far too soon,” the coach tweeted.

Hill, a forward-center from Corona, California, averaged 6.5 points and 6.4 rebounds while starting 40 of 77 career games for the Bruins during three seasons.

In April 2021, Hill posted an Instagram video in which he explained his reasons for leaving the program that February. He said he would be retiring from basketball as he dealt with anxiety and depression.

“The reason I left had nothing to do with the team or Cronin or coaches, nothing like that. Just so everybody can understand, it was me,” he said in the video.

As freshmen, Hill, along with LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley, were arrested in China in November 2017 for shoplifting during the program’s goodwill visit to play a Pac-12 game. UCLA suspended all three players for the entire 2017-18 season.

Ball left school, but Hill and Riley returned to complete their college careers.

REDS SNAP BOSTON’S WIN STREAK IN CINCINNATI WITH 5-1 VICTORY

CINCINNATI (AP) Jonathan India and Kyle Farmer each drove in two runs, Donovan Solano added a solo homer and the Cincinnati Reds snapped their eight-game home losing streak against the Boston Red Sox with a 5-1 victory on Wednesday night.

India drove in Stuart Fairchild twice, including the tiebreaking run in Cincinnati’s three-run fifth. India stole second before Farmer delivered a two-run bloop single to short right field in the Reds’ first home win over Boston since June 13, 2008.

“The bloop hits are good hitting sometimes,” manager David Bell said. “Just getting the bat on the ball can be enough.”

Farmer snapped an 0-for-18 slide with the hit.

“I’ve been struggling for a few games, hitting the ball right at people,” Farmer said. “Sometimes, it just falls. Luckily, I got some RBIs out of it. I’m thankful for the shift and no one being there. It’s baseball. Everyone has gone through it. It can turn quickly. I feed off Jon. It seems when he’s going bad, I am, and when he’s going good, so am I.”

Solano provided an insurance run with a lined shot to deep right-center field in the eighth.

Chase Anderson (2-3) gave up three hits and one run with no walks and four strikeouts while earning his second straight win in his fifth start of the season. Anderson, who’s with his third organization this season, also hit a batter.

“It is a step in the right direction,” Anderson said. “When I first got here, my goal was to make each outing a little better and build the pitch count. I didn’t walk anybody, and that’s huge. I didn’t feel that great, body-wise. The cutter was really good.”

Fernando Cruz, Reiver Sanmartin and Derek Law combined for 3 1/3 innings of three-hit, shutout relief before Alexis Diaz got the final two outs, starting a game-ending double play for his eighth save.

Boston (72-76), the AL East’s last-place team, had won two straight and three of four.

The Reds (73-75) had lost four of their last five and 10 of 12 while settling into fourth place in the NL Central.

Connor Seabold (0-3) threw four wild pitches in a career-high five innings while allowing six hits and four runs with one walk and four strikeouts. Seabold also hit a batter in his first major league appearance since July 8. The Red Sox recalled him from Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday.

“Good fastball,” manager Alex Cora said. “Good off-speed pitches. The slider was the one I remember from earlier in the season. It was just bad luck. A ground ball gets through. They score a couple of runs on a bloop single. It was one of those nights – a lot of weak contact that found green. It was a good first step.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the third on Fairchild’s leadoff single to right and a two-out wild pitch that India cashed in with an RBI single to left.

The Red Sox tied it in the fourth. Rafael Devers led off with a chopper up the third base line that went for a hit against the infield shift. Devers went to third on Xander Bogaerts’s single to left, setting up Alex Verdugo’s sacrifice fly.

HOMECOMING

Red Sox OF Tommy Pham went a combined 2-for-8 with a double and four strikeouts in his first two games against the Reds since they traded him in a deadline deal. Pham struck out three times on Wednesday, his 14th three-strikeout game of the season.

RED-HANDED

Reds C Chuckie Robinson threw out Xander Bogaerts trying to steal second, snapping at 11 the streak of consecutive stolen base attempts against the Reds, dating back to Sept. 9 at Milwaukee.

FITTING TRIBUTE

Joey Votto wore a Roberto Clemente Pirates jersey during a pregame ceremony honoring him as the Reds’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. Votto is out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair injuries to his left shoulder and bicep.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: Former Reds OF Tommy Pham was hit on the left elbow with the third pitch of the game. That boosted the Reds’ single-season major league record for hit batters to an even 100. Pham stayed in the game.

Reds: OF Nick Senzel was placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured bone in his left foot suffered when he banged into the wall chasing J.D. Martinez’s triple on Tuesday. . SS Kyle Farmer stayed in the game after being hit in the back with a pitch in the first inning.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Michael Wacha (11-1, 2.61) is 8-0 over his last 12 starts since losing to the Reds on May 31 in Boston. The winning streak matches the longest of his career. He allowed two hits over seven shutout innings in his last start against the Yankees on Aug. 14.

Reds: The starting pitcher for Thursday’s opener of a four-game series against the Brewers had yet to be announced.

VIERLING’S RBI SINGLE IN 10TH LIFTS PHILLIES PAST BLUE JAYS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Matt Vierling had five hits, including the game-winning RBI single in the 10th, to rally the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

J.T. Realmuto homered as Philadelphia snapped a five-game losing streak to stay 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the final NL wild-card spot.

“It doesn’t get much better than that,” Vierling said. “Definitely needed it. We grinded all night.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run homer for the Blue Jays, who lead the AL wild-card standings.

Bryson Stott led off the 10th with a sacrifice bunt to move pinch-runner Yairo Munoz to third. Adam Cimber (10-6) then hit Jean Segura before walking Dalton Guthrie on four pitches to load the bases.

Vierling hit a 1-1 chopper up the middle past the five Blue Jays on the infield, then raised his right fist high in the air as he ran to first before being mobbed by his teammates between first and second. The celebration got so rowdy that one of his teammates ripped Vierling’s shirt off his body.

“It got ripped,” Vierling said. “Three buttons fell off. Hopefully, they’ll give me another one.”

The Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out in the top of the 10th against Andrew Bellatti (4-3). But Teoscar Hernandez lined out sharply to second baseman Segura, who stepped on second to double off Bradley Zimmer.

A night after combining for 29 runs in a game in which the Blue Jays recorded 21 hits – including 10 for extra bases – in an 18-11 win, this game was scoreless through seven innings. After Whit Merrifield led off the eighth with a single, shortstop Stott committed a pivotal throwing error on George Springer’s routine grounder. Guerrero made the Phillies pay by driving Seranthony Dominguez’s 1-0, 99-mph sinker into the seats in left for his 30th homer to extend his hitting streak to 14 consecutive games.

Realmuto led off the eighth with a solo shot to left off Yimi Garcia, Philadelphia got within a run on Guthrie’s two-out RBI single to right and Kyle Schwarber tied it with a single to right off Jordan Romano.

Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman gave up five hits while striking out eight and walking two in six innings.

“It’s unfortunate the way we lost, but we’ll just continue to play good baseball,” Gausman said. “It’s gonna happen. That’s baseball. Thai time of year, you don’t want to dwell on anything. On to the next game.”

Phillies starter Zack Wheeler was lifted after four innings in his first outing since Aug. 20 due to right forearm tendinitis. The 2021 NL Cy Young runner-up looked like his old self, giving up two hits, striking out three and walking none while throwing 58 pitches.

“I felt good, felt strong, felt healthy,” Wheeler said.

Noah Syndergaard, acquired by the at the trade deadline, came on for Wheeler and gave up three hits in two innings in his second relief appearance in his 145th career game.

STREAKING JAY

Guerrero is batting .306 with three homers and seven RBIs during his hitting streak.

STRUGGLING PHILLIE

Bryce Harper has struggled since returning on Aug. 26 from a two-month absence due to a broken left thumb and is now batting .220 with two homers and 10 RBIs since his comeback after going 0 for 5 with a pair of strikeouts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: Cavan Biggio replaced 2B Santiago Espinal in the seventh after Espinal experienced left side discomfort.

Phillies: OF Brandon Marsh was not in the lineup a night after suffering a left knee contusion while crashing into the wall in left-center.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Open four-game set at Tampa Bay on Thursday. RHP Jose Berrios (11-5, 4.99) starts for Toronto. The Rays haven’t announced their starter.

Phillies: Begin four-game home series against Atlanta on Thursday, with LHP Ranger Suarez (9-5, 3.53) set to face Braves LHP Max Fried (13-6, 2.52).

JUDGE STUCK AT 60 HRS AS YANKEES ROUT PIRATES 14-2

NEW YORK (AP) A sellout crowd of 46,175 groaned as Aaron Judge left the batter’s box in the first and fifth innings.

“Fans packed it out to see us win a ballgame and see some homers,” he said with a widening smile and a twinkle in his eyes, “so I think I got to cut out this double stuff, I guess.”

Judge remained at 60 home runs, one shy of Roger Maris’ American League record, hitting two doubles with a walk in Wednesday night’s 14-2 blowout of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A day after hitting home run No. 60 to spark a stunning five-run, ninth-inning rally capped by Giancarlo Stanton’s game-ending slam, Judge lined a double to left on the first pitch to him from Roasny Contreras (5-5) and scored on Oswaldo Cabrera’s grand slam.

Cabrera and Gleyber Torres had five RBIs each. Torres homered twice in the eighth inning, one to right and one to left, raising his season total to 23.

With 14 games left, Judge leads the AL in average (.317), home runs and RBIs (128) and is positioned to become the first Triple Crown winner in a decade.

Maris’ sons and Judge’s family were in the stands. Applause started whenever Judge walked onto the on-deck circle, and fans stood and snapped photos in anticipation during each trip to the plate.

Judge faced just 11 pitches, putting the first pitch in play three times.

“It felt like waiting for that big moment,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Judge hit a one-hop double over the wall in the left-field corner in the fifth and scored on Torres’ single. He also struck out and grounded out, then got one more time at-bat as the eighth batter in eight-run eighth. A four-pitch walk by rookie Eric Stout – all chanegups – promoted boos.

“I’m not going to give in 2-0, 3-0 and throw him something, regardless who it is honestly, especially with a lefty on deck,” Stout said.

New York (90-58) closed in on its sixth straight postseason berth and 24th in 28 years. The Yankees opened a 6 1/2 game-lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East and with one more win would clinch no worse than a wild card.

Cabrera made the Yankees the first team in major league history to end a game with a slam and hit another in the first inning of its next game, according to STATS. The only previous teams to hit slams in the last inning of a game and the first of the next were the 1955 Boston Red Sox and the 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cabrera has three homers and 14 RBIs in 30 games since his debut on Aug. 17. With the bases loaded on Judge’s double and a pair of walks by Contreras, Cabrera drove a hanging slider into the right-field bleachers.

New York has four slams in four games against the Pirates this season, including in consecutive innings on July 6. The Yankees’ 10 slams this season are their most since 2012.

“The vibe,” Cabrera said, “so good.”

IN OTHER YANKES NEWS

Harrison Bader had a two-run double in the big eighth and has five RBIs in his first two games with the Yankees. … Luis Severino (6-3) returned from a strained right lat muscle that had sidelined him since July 13 and allowed one run and two hits in five innings with six strikeouts. He reached 98.9 mph.

PIRATES

Contreras struck out a career-high 10, allowing six runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. … Ke’Bryan Hayes had a sacrifice fly and RBI single for Pittsburgh (55-94).

TWO-FERS

Torres joined Joe DiMaggio, Joe Pepitone, Cliff Johnson and Alex Rodriguez (twice) as Yankees to hit two homers in an inning.

EYEBALLS

New York’s win Tuesday averaged 539,000 on the Yankees’ YES Network, its most prime-time viewers for a game other than against the Mets since 557,000 for an 11-inning game against Atlanta on Aug. 2, 2018. YES is averaing 352,000, up 23% from last year and its highest since 2011.

CRUZ CONTROL

Pittburgh’s ONeil Cruz was given a Paul O’Neill No. 21 jersey and spoke with O’Neill – whom he is named after – by video chat. O’Neill is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and broadcasts Yankees’ games from home in Ohio.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Scott Effross (shoulder strain) will be activated Thursday. … LHP Zack Britton finished his minor league rehab assignment following Tommy John surgery and hopes to be actived in a few days. … INF-OF Matt Carpenter (broken left foot) had an X-ray Tuesday and was cleared for more weight-bearing work. He’ll have another X-ray in nine or 10 days. … New York is trying to pick the right time to activate INF DJ LeMahieu (right second toe), who likely will not be 100%. … OF Aaron Hicks was feeling ill and left the ballpark before the game.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller (5-11, 4.03) opens a four-game series at home on Thursday against the Chicago Cubs’ RHP Hayden Wesneski (1-1, 2.30).

Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillon (13-5, 4.04) starts Thursday’s opener of a four-game series against Boston and RHP Michael Wacha (11-1, 2.61), who is 8-0 in his last 12 starts.

ASTROS SWEEP STRUGGLING RAYS BEHIND TUCKER, MCCULLERS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Kyle Tucker hit a two-run homer, Lance McCullers Jr. pitched seven effective innngs and the AL West champion Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve was hit on the left elbow by Corey Kluber’s pitch in the fifth and left one inning later with elbow discomfort. He was replaced by Mauricio Dubon.

Astros manager Dusty Baker said Altuve will probably miss the opener of a four-game series Thursday night at Baltimore to try and get ready for Friday.

“He’s going to be sore,” Baker said. “It got him below the pad, right on the elbow. Anybody who’s ever hit in their elbow knows how much that can hurt.”

Both Tucker and McCullers went to high school in nearby Tampa, Florida.

“I like to play guys in front of their home folks … they tend to do better,” Baker said. “It means something to play in front of the family.”

The announced attendance for the series was 28,675, including 9,293 on Wednesday. The Rays have the major’s third lowest attendance this season overall despite entering the day in position to be the AL’s second wild card.

The Astros, 10-1 over their last 11 games, blanked Tampa Bay in the first two games of the series, winning 4-0 Monday and 5-0 on Tuesday.

“Great sweep here,” McCullers said. “A great couple days of baseball.”

It the was Astros’ first sweep at Tropicana Field.

After Martin Maldonado hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth, Ryan Pressly worked the bottom half to get his 30th save in 34 chances. Maldonado’s mother was at the game.

Kluber allowed one run and six hits over seven innings for the Rays, who are battling with Toronto and Seattle for the top AL wild card spot.

Kluber had given up 10 runs and 19 hits over 6 2/3 innings in his previous two starts.

After Aledmys Diaz got his second RBI of the game on a single that barely got through a draw-in infield, Tucker drilled his 29th homer into the right-center field stands off Brooks Raley (1-2). He has 102 RBIs this year.

McCullers (4-1) gave up two runs, six hits, two walks and had eight strikeouts. The righty is 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA in seven starts since returning from a right forearm injury.

Isaac Paredes gave the Rays their first lead in the series, at 2-1, when he opened the seventh with his 20th homer.

Tampa Bay stopped its 25-inning scoreless stretch on David Peralta’s fielder’s choice grounder in the sixth. His hard-hit ball, a potential inning-ending double-play grounder with runners on the corners, handcuffed Dubon, who got the out at first.

Astros pitchers had a 26-inning scoreless streak snapped.

Diaz put the Astros ahead 1-0 with an RBI single in the first.

TV STAR

Injured Tampa Bay CF Kevin Kiermaier was the third man in the Rays TV booth. Kiermaier is out for the season following left hip surgery.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: 3B Alex Bregman had the day off.

Rays: Ace Shane McClanahan, lifted from Tuesday night’s game in the fifth inning due to neck tightness, said he is ready for his next start Sunday. … RHP Tyler Glasnow (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to make his third and possibly final start with Triple-A Durham on Friday night. RHP Dustan Knight, recalled from Durham Wednesday, said Glasnow has looked like a guy “who is ready to go out and pitch the seventh game of the World Series.” … Reliever Jalen Beeks (lower right leg tightness) went on the 15-day IL.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (17-3, 1.78 ERA) looks to win his 10th consecutive decision Thursday night at Baltimore. Rookie RHP Kyle Bradish (3-7, 5.05 ERA) will start for the Orioles.

Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough (2-8, 4.33 ERA) will follow an opener JT Chargois (2-0, 4.41 ERA) Thursday night against Toronto RHP Jose Berrios (11-5. 4.99 ER)

LYLES THROWS COMPLETE GAME AS ORIOLES BEAT TIGERS 8-1

BALTIMORE (AP) Jordan Lyles threw the second complete game of his career, Kyle Stowers homered and drove in three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles avoided their first-ever season sweep by the Detroit Tigers with an 8-1 victory on Wednesday night.

Rookie Gunnar Henderson and two hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who snapped a nine-game losing streak to Detroit dating to last season. Baltimore moved within four games of Seattle for the AL’s third and final wild card.

Lyles (11-11) allowed one run on three hits with six strikeouts and no walks, throwing 94 pitches in the 30th complete game in the majors this season. His previous complete game occurred on Sept. 30, 2012, for Houston against Milwaukee.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said there was no discussion about whether Lyles would go back out for the ninth.

“I didn’t even talk to him,” Hyde said. “I had a pretty good idea of what he wanted to do and I wanted him to get back out there. He was awesome.”

The Orioles took their first lead of the season against the Tigers – 3-0 in the third – when second baseman Harold Castro couldn’t handle a sharp grounder by Adley Rutschman that scored Ramon Urias. Henderson followed with an RBI single and Ryan Mountcastle had a sacrifice fly off starter Matt Manning. Henderson has a hit in 15 of his first 20 games.

Entering the night, the Orioles had scored five runs in five games against Detroit and were 1-for-26 with runners in scoring position.

Stowers boosted the lead to 5-0 with a two-run shot in the sixth off Manning (2-3). It was the rookie’s second homer in the majors.

“It was nice to see some hits fall,” Stowers said. “It was only a matter of time.”

Lyles retired 14 consecutive batters before allowing a solo homer to Kerry Carpenter in the seventh. Carpenter has six homers in 28 games.

“I was more excited about getting the `W’ tonight and getting one out of three from these guys,” Lyles said.

Manning allowed five runs, three earned, with four strikeouts and a career-tying-high five walks over 5 1/3 innings.

Stowers, Rutschman and Robinson Chirinos added RBI singles in the eighth for Baltimore.

Lyles “was obviously very effective and had some efficient innings that allowed him to stay in the game,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “They got the lead and we put no pressure on them having to go to their (bullpen). They definitely outplayed us in every aspect.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: DH Miguel Cabrera, who came back from a biceps injury Monday, was back in the lineup after sitting out the previous night. He went 0 for 3.

Orioles: OF Anthony Santander, the Orioles’ home run leader with 27, got the night off. “I’m just giving him a little bit of a break,” Hyde said.

UP NEXT??

Tigers: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-5, 4.35 ERA) will pitch the series opener Friday against the White Sox, who have not named a starter. Detroit has gone 4-12 against Chicago this season.

Orioles: RHP Kyle Bradish (3-7, 5.05 ERA) will make the start Thursday against the Houston Astros, who have already clinched a spot in the playoffs. Bradish has gone 0-5 with a 5.80 ERA at home this year.

JOSH SMITH’S 1ST OVER-FENCE HR HELPS RANGERS BEAT ANGELS 7-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Rookie Josh Smith homered over the fence for the first time, and the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Wednesday night.

Smith’s only other round-tripper was inside the park at Globe Life Field against Oakland in July when his liner skipped past the center fielder to the warning track. This 386-foot solo drive in the seventh inning tucked inside the foul pole in right.

“That one kinda feels like the first real one,” Smith said. “It’s been too long, but you don’t know how many you’re going to get so I’ll take it.”

Shohei Ohtani and Taylor Ward extended their hitting streaks to seven games in the first when Ohtani singled and Ward followed with his 19th home run for a 2-0 Angels lead.

Ohtani and Ward were working on another rally to start the seventh when the two-way Japanese star reached on a routine grounder because reliever Brock Burke didn’t cover the bag. But Burke snagged Ward’s liner and doubled Ohtani off first.

Dane Dunning (4-8) struck out eight in five innings, allowing three hits and two runs. The right-hander stopped a five-outing winless streak as the pair of AL West also-rans have split the first two in a three-game series.

Smith had another RBI on a fielder’s choice that scored the speedy Leody Taveras with the tying run in the second inning. Smith took second when shortstop Livan Soto’s throw home went to the backstop.

The 25-year-old Smith tied a franchise by reaching base in his first 11 games when he was called up in June. He went back to the minors last month before getting recalled. He stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the ninth inning of the series opener.

“It’s been a weird year for me,” said Smith, who is hitting .205. “I haven’t really hit the way I’ve wanted to. I know I have it in there somewhere. Just trying to find the consistency of it.”

Adolis Garcia had a sacrifice fly in the first and tiebreaking RBI double in the third off Angels starter Tucker Davidson (2-7). Taveras added a two-run single in the eighth.

“I saw good things,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said of Davidson, who allowed three runs in five innings and dropped to 1-5 since being acquired from Atlanta in a trade. “I thought he threw the well and really the last two innings, coming out of those clean. Wanted to end him in a good note.”

SHO’S POTENTIAL DAY OFF

Nevin said Ohtani wouldn’t be in the lineup Thursday before his scheduled return to the mound Friday night in Minnesota. Nevin said Mike Trout would get a break from center field as the designated hitter in the series finale against the Rangers, with Ohtani available off the bench.

GROWING PAINS

Top Texas prospect Josh Jung had his second four-strikeout game, including with the bases loaded and no outs before Taveras’ single in the eighth. The 24-year-old rookie has struck out seven times in eight at-bats in the series. The other was a game-ending double play in a 5-2 loss in the opener.

SUZUKI RETIREMENT

Veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki of the Angels said winning the World Series with Washington in 2019 was a big factor in the 38-year-old’s decision to retire after the season. The 2014 All-Star said spending more time with his children was equally important.

Suzuki has played with five teams over 16 seasons. The Angels finish the season at Oakland, where he had his longest stint at seven years.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: INF/OF Nick Solak (right foot fracture) was placed on the 60-day injured list to make room for the free-agent signing of C Kevin Plawecki. The 31-year-old Plawecki hit .217 in 60 games for Boston before being designated for assignment and subsequently released.

UP NEXT

Rangers LHP Martin Perez (12-6, 2.84 ERA) can match his career high for victories Thursday. The 31-year-old in his second stint with Texas has a shot at the lowest qualifying ERA for the Rangers since Yu Darvish’s 2.83 in 2013. Angels RHP Michael Lorenzen (7-6, 4.74) is scheduled for his third start since missing two months with a right shoulder strain.

KWAN, MCKENZIE PACE GUARDIANS TO 8-2 VICTORY OVER WHITE SOX

CHICAGO (AP) Steven Kwan homered among his three hits and Triston McKenzie struck out 13 in eight strong innings as the Cleveland Guardians beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 Wednesday night to move closer to their first American League Central title since 2018.

Kwan had hits in each of his first three at-bats, capped by his fifth homer of the season off Lance Lynn (7-6) on the first pitch of the fourth inning. Kwan is batting .538 (14 for 26) over his last five games.

The Guardians (82-67) have won seven of their last eight games while reducing their magic number for winning the division to seven. By clinching the season series, Cleveland is assured of winning the division if it finishes tied with Chicago.

The White Sox (76-73) lost for the third time in their last five games.

McKenzie (11-11) gave up two runs and six hits while matching the longest outing of his career. He finished one strikeout shy of his career high, set against the White Sox on Aug. 19. McKenzie is 2-0 with 2.16 ERA in four starts against Chicago this season.

“I thought it was special,” said Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who marveled that McKenzie had no walks during his 100-pitch performance. “He was spinning it. They had to respect his fastball because it had life through the (strike) one.”

Josh Naylor hit his 19th home run, a two-run shot in the seventh, off Jose Ruiz for the Guardians.

Kwan started the game with a single and scored on a fielder’s choice. He singled off Lynn in the second before pulling his homer down the right field line. Kwan leads all major league rookies with 40 multi-hit games, including 14 three-hit games. Kwan (153) has the most hits by a Cleveland rookie since Kenny Lofton (164) in 1992.

“We got guys hitting home runs, doubles, big RBIs,” Kwan said. “Luckily I’m hitting well now.”

McKenzie received defensive help from center fielder Myles Straw, who made a sliding catch in left center to rob Jose Abreu of an extra base hit to end the sixth.

“That’s as good of a play as you’re going to see,” Francona said. “He went so far for that ball.”

Yoan Moncada led off the fourth with a home run to pull Chicago to 6-1, but McKenzie avoided further trouble until the seventh. Eloy Jimenez led off with a double and scored on a single by Gavin Sheets to make it 8-2. McKenzie struck out Romy Gonzalez with runners at first and second to end the inning.

The White Sox, who entered Wednesday’s game ranked second to last in the majors with a .982 fielding percentage, committed two errors that led to runs.

Moncada’s throwing miscue to first base on a potential double play enabled the Guardians to add another run in the first on an infield hit by Andres Gimenez.

Naylor led off the fourth with a fly to shallow left. Moncada tracked the ball before peeling away, and the ball hit the heel of Andrew Vaughn’s glove and bounced away for an error. The Guardians followed with three consecutive hits that helped them extend their lead to 5-0.

“I was running behind the ball, trying to catch it,” Moncada said. “But as soon as I heard (Vaughn) calling the ball, I just tried to move out of his way.”

Lynn needed 31 pitches to get out of the first, and Vaughn’s error led to the Guardians’ three-run third.

Lynn was charged with three earned runs after allowing two runs or fewer in each of his previous seven starts.

“Nothing surprises me, especially when you play (lousy) all year,” Lynn said. “We’ve been six games out all year, it seems like. We got some time left, but we put ourselves in a hole, that’s for sure.”

The White Sox fell to 13-8 under acting manager Miguel Cairo, who took over after Tony La Russa left temporarily for medical reasons.

TURN THE PAGE

Cairo remained critical of his managing in Tuesday’s 10-7 loss but knows he must move on. “It was a tough night because you want to second-guess yourself,” Cairo said. “I looked back, checked and said, `you got to move on.’ You just cannot take that game and bring it to the next game.”

TRANSACTIONS

Guardians: Selected the contract of OF Will Brennan from Triple-A Columbus and recalled INF Gabriel Arias from Columbus. Brennan made a sliding catch in the first and hit a single for his first major league hit in the third. … OF Richie Palacios was optioned to Columbus, and INF Ernie Clement was designated for assignment.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: RHP Zach Plesac (right hand fracture) is scheduled to pitch Saturday for Columbus at Toledo, manager Terry Francona said.

White Sox: CF Luis Robert (left hand soreness) didn’t start and remains day-to-day, Cairo said. Robert is 1 for 28 (.036) in his last 10 games. … SS Tim Anderson (left middle finger tear) definitely will rejoin the Sox before the end of the season, but his daily availability is uncertain. … Cairo was unsure when RHP Joe Kelly (family medical leave) would rejoin the Sox. Kelly was eligible to return Wednesday.

UP NEXT

The Guardians will start RHP Shane Bieber (11-8, 2.83) against the White Sox, who will counter with RHP Johnny Cueto (7-8, 3.09).

ROYALS BULLPEN CLUTCH IN HOLDING OFF FAST-FADING TWINS 5-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It was altogether fitting that on the day the Kansas City Royals fired Dayton Moore, they beat the fast-fading Minnesota Twins using the same blueprint that their longtime front office executive once used to build them into a winner.

Some timely hits, stellar defense in spacious Kauffman Stadium and a shutdown effort by the bullpen.

MJ Melendez homered for the second straight day, but otherwise the Royals had to scratch out just enough runs to support their relief corps, which pieced together five innings of two-hit ball in their 5-2 victory on Wednesday night.

“You’ll always have stuff that comes up and today was one of those days, and the conversations we had – you still have to play,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “Play the game really well in a way everybody would be proud of.”

Salvador Perez, one of Moore’s most successful signings, had three hits while driving in a run for the sixth straight game, and Bobby Witt Jr. and Edward Oliveras also drove in runs to give the Kansas City bullpen some breathing room.

Anthony Misiewicz (1-1) and three other relievers dazzled in support of Daniel Lynch, while Scott Barlow pitched around an error in the ninth for his second save in two nights and 23rd on the year.

It was the kind of job the Royals once saw out of relievers Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, when the teams Moore put together were winning back-to-back American League pennants and the 2015 World Series title.

“It was just a really impressive job by the bullpen to shut things down,” Matheny said. “Good effort all the way around.”

Bailey Ober (1-3) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings for Minnesota, which was in an AL Central race two weeks ago but has lost six of seven to begin an eight-game trip that’s dashed its playoff hopes.

“The runs are tough to come by right now and you just have to come up with a way,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “We might have one guy that comes out and has a good night, but we need more than that.”

The Royals opened the game the same way they finished the previous night: with production at the top of the order.

Melendez, who hit a two-run homer in the series opener, homered leading off the game for the third time this season, driving a 3-1 pitch an estimated 437 feet to center field. And after Witt reached on a base hit, Perez blooped an RBI double to right that was sneakily reminiscent of his two-out, go-ahead double on Tuesday night.

Minnesota got one back in the second on Matt Wallner’s base hit, and when the Royals answered on Oliveras’ two-out single in the third, the Twins again closed within a run thanks in part to a two-bag error by Vinnie Pasquantino.

That was it for the Twins, though, because the Kansas City bullpen was downright dominant.

Collin Snider worked around a two-on, no-out jam in the fifth. Misiewicz retired four of the five he faced in the sixth and seventh. Dylan Coleman handled the rest of the seventh and the first two outs of the eighth. And Amir Garrett finished that one off before Barlow wrapped up the Twins’ 13th loss in their last 16 games.

“We have some guys that have had to battle through some tired arms,” Matheny said. “We’re trying to put them in position where they can pick each other up and they’re doing a good job of it.”

MORE ON MOORE

Moore said farewell to the Royals during brief remarks at Kauffman Stadium earlier Wednesday and spent an emotional few minutes visiting with players in the clubhouse. Many of them acknowledged the somberness of the moment. Moore had led the organization for the past 16 years as general manager and president of baseball operations.

“He’s such a great guy. A great person,” Perez said. “I just old him, `Thank you for everything.’ I love him.”

AND MORE ON PEREZ

Perez played in his 1,245th game, tying Alcides Escobar and Fred Patek for eighth most in Royals history, and his three hits Wednesday night tied a season high.

UP NEXT

RHP Josh Winder (4-4, 4.17 ERA) will face Kansas City for the first time in the final game of the road trip for Minnesota on Thursday. Royals RHP Jonathan Heasley (3-8, 5.09) will try to build on 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his last start at Boston.

TORRENS HOMERS BUT MARINERS STUMBLE TO A’S AGAIN, LOSE 2-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Seattle Mariners are searching for their winning ways again – the timely hits, sharp defense and shut-down pitching that has carried them so close to getting back to the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

“The last couple nights have been a little tough at the plate not being able to be productive,” pitcher Robbie Ray said.

Luis Torrens homered for one of four hits by the stumbling Mariners as they were shut down again by the last-place Oakland Athletics, losing 2-1 on Wednesday night for their fifth defeat in six games.

Torrens connected in the eighth for Seattle’s lone bright spot after he had been called up earlier in the day. The Mariners are in the third and final AL wild-card position, four games in front of Baltimore.

Seattle manager Scott Servais spoke to his team Wednesday after the Mariners were limited to one hit a night earlier about not trying to do too much and playing at the same level that has made Seattle so successful this year.

“You just have to stick to your standard,” he said. “We’re in a dip right now.”

Pinch-hitter Vimael Machin hit an RBI double in the seventh and Tony Kemp added a run-scoring single later that inning against Erik Swanson (2-1), a day after Kemp’s three-run homer lifted Oakland past the Mariners 4-1.

Machin’s double got through left fielder Jesse Winker’s legs for an error that allowed Jordan Diaz to score from first after he drew a leadoff walk.

The Mariners’ defense hasn’t been steady.

“I think we know where we’re at. We’ve got to get better,” Servais said.

James Kaprielian (4-9) allowed two hits and struck out six with one walk over seven scoreless innings to outduel Ray.

Ray, who had a 2.41 ERA with 28 strikeouts in three previous starts against the A’s this year, struck out seven to reach the 200-strikeout mark with three walks and surrendered three hits over six scoreless innings.

Domingo Acevedo finished for his fourth save.

“It’s a good team over there. They bumped us from the playoffs last year and we want to go take some wins from them,” Kaprielian said. “We like going out there and competing against good teams.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: 3B Eugenio Suarez, placed on the injured list Saturday with a fractured right index finger, has begun taking light swings again with both a softer ball and regular baseballs. He is scheduled to hit batting practice during this weekend’s series in Kansas City. “Geno feels much better,” Servais said. … C Cal Raleigh returned to the lineup after sitting out four of the previous five games because of a sore left thumb.

Athletics: CF Ramon Laureano is expected to miss the remainder of the season after going on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right hamstring strain. He will begin a rehab program in the coming days but manager Mark Kotsay noted with the time crunch of games left this year, “I’m kind of sure it’s going to be a season-ending (injury).” Laureano already missed time from Aug. 15-Sept. 5 with a strained left oblique muscle. … RHP Daulton Jefferies got his cast off Monday and now is using a brace that allows him to adjust the range of motion and lock it in place while in public to protect the elbow after his second Tommy John surgery two weeks ago. “It’s pretty neat,” he said, in great spirits.

ROSTER MOVES

Mariners: Seattle recalled OF Jarred Kelenic from Triple-A Tacoma and selected the contract of Torrens from Tacoma. Kelenic is expected to start Thursday afternoon’s series finale and possibly Torrens, as well. OF Taylor Trammell was optioned to Triple-A and INF/OF Jake Lamb designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

RHP George Kirby (7-4, 2.98 ERA) pitches for Seattle in Thursday’s series finale opposite A’s RHP Adrian Martinez (4-5, 5.77), who has lost his last two starts being tagged for 11 runs on 18 hits over 8 2/3 innings.

MENESES’ 8TH-INNING HR SNAPS BRAVES’ 5-GAME WINNING STREAK

ATLANTA (AP) Brian Snitker wants the Atlanta Braves to pay closer attention when they’re running the bases.

A fifth straight postseason awaits the defending World Series champions, and the Atlanta manager knows the team can’t afford to make mistakes on the basepaths.

“As a baserunner, you have to zero in on the guy in front of you and nobody else because he might fall, he might not see things the way everybody else does,” Snitker said. “Your main focus is the guy in front of you when you’re running the bases, and we weren’t real aware in some situations today.”

Joey Meneses hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jesse Chavez in the seventh inning, and the Washington Nationals stopped the Braves’ five-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday as Atlanta cost itself with poor baserunning.

Ronald Acuna Jr. drove in an early run and scored another for Atlanta, which clinched a postseason appearance a night earlier.

Atlanta trailed by a run in the eighth when Michael Harris II hit a one-out single to right with Austin Riley on second and William Contreras on first. Third base coach Ron Washington held up Riley, who had rounded third, but Contreras was nearly at third and was thrown out returning to second by catcher Tres Barrera, who had received the throw from right fielder Lane Thomas.

“Wash was giving me a go the whole time and then at the last second put up the stop sign, and I think at that point Contreras was already there,” Riley said. “It’s tough. It happens.”

Snitker said the Braves held a meeting about baserunning on Tuesday to go over the intricacies of staying alert.

“It’s just when your playing close games, those are the things you can control,” Snitker said. “There’s so many things in this game you can’t control, but we can control our baserunning. It’s the awareness more than anything. We talk about it a lot. We show them different videos and different angles.

“Most of them are visual learners. We do that quite a bit.”

Atlanta remained one game behind the NL East-leading New York Mets, who lost 6-0 at Milwaukee. The Braves had won 10 straight home games, outscoring opponents 47-16.

Atlanta is 52-26 at Truist Park, with only one remaining three-game series against the Mets from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The Braves are a big league-best 71-29 since May 31.

Meneses put the Nationals up 3-2 with his 10th homer, a 420-foot drive to left for the 30-year-old rookie. He leads last-place Washington with 57 hits, 10 homers and 25 RBIs since his major league debut on Aug. 2.

“I can’t say enough about what Joey has done for us since he’s been here,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “He’s been hitting balls, doubles, homers, getting on base, but today was all about the team. We came out with a victory.”

Andres Machado (2-0) pitched a scoreless sixth, Carl Edwards Jr. escaped a jam with a runners on first and third in the eighth when Eddie Rosario lined out and Kyle Finnegan pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 15 chances.

Chavez (4-2) gave up one run and one in two-thirds of an inning.

Atlanta took advantage of Paolo Espino’s erratic throws to first base to make it 1-0 in the first. Acuna led off with a single, advanced to second on a throwing error by Espino on a pickoff attempt and scored when Contreras reached on an infield single and Espino threw wildly to first again.

Atlanta had won 11 of 12 against the Nationals and began the day 26-8 in the series since the start of last year.

Bryce Elder gave up one run with two walks and six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the Braves.

“He went into the sixth and gave us a chance to win the game,” Snitker said. “I thought he did a really good, solid job. He pitched around some different things, but it was solid, very solid.”

Elder stranded a runner in scoring position in the third. He hit Josh Palacios with a pitch in the fifth, and Palacios advanced to third on Barrera’s single before Thomas’ sacrifice fly trimmed the lead to 2-1.

Espino gave up four hits and two runs – one earned – in four-plus innings. He has a 4.94 ERA in 17 starts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals DH Nelson Cruz missed his seventh straight game with eye inflammation.

NICE MOVES

Washington center fielder Victor Robles ran forward to his left to make a diving catch of Acuna’s fly, stood up and threw accurately to first to double up Vaughn Grissom and get a double play in the fifth. … The Nationals ended the bottom of the seventh with a double play when Dansby Swanson struck out and Grissom was caught stealing. …. Thomas got his eighth assist. … Harris ran hard to his right to make a shoestring catch in left-center in the bottom of the eighth.

UP NEXT

Nationals: After an off day Thursday, RHP Josiah Gray (7-9, 5.14 ERA) will face a yet-to-be determined pitcher for the Marlins as Washington opens a three-game series at Miami.

Braves: LHP Max Fried (13-6, 2.52) will face Ranger Suarez (9-5, 3.53) as Atlanta opens a four-game series at Philadelphia. Fried has no decision with a 3.50 ERA in three starts against the Phillies this year.

BROSSEAU SLAM LIFTS BREWERS 6-0, METS SET HIT BATTER RECORD

MILWAUKEE (AP) Pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau greeted Drew Smith with a grand slam in the pitcher’s return from two months on the injured list, and the New York Mets squandered a chance to boost their NL East lead with a 6-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

Willy Adames hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth against Taijuan Walker, his fifth homer in 10 games and 31st this season, and the Brewers (79-70) closed within two games of Philadelphia (80-67) for the third and final wild-card berth. The Phillies played later Wednesday.

“We know we have to put the gas pedal down, for sure,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We did that this homestand and we’ll continue to.”

The Mets (95-56), already assured of at least a wild card, maintained a one-game NL East lead over Atlanta (93-56), whose five-game winning streak ended with a 3-2 loss at Washington. New York had won six in a row.

Mark Canha was hit by pitches twice and Luis Guillorme once. Guillorme was struck on the left foot by a Jake Cousins slider in the ninth, the big league record 106th hiit batter of the season for New York. That topped the 105 by last year’s Cincinnati Reds, and Mets manager Buck Showalter signaled for the ball.

“It would be obscene to tell you what I’m going to do with it,” Showalter joked while adding that he hopes Cahana, who’s been hit a franchise-record 24 times this season, doesn’t surpass his career-high of 27, set last season with Oakland.

Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo hurt his left quadriceps while stealing second base and left after the first inning. Left fielder Jeff McNeil banged up his right wrist against the chain-link fence in a failed attempt to catch Brosseau’s drive.

Showalter said he expects both players to be fine but Nimmo will undergo testing Thursday.

“We’ll get some imaging tomorrow just to see what we’re dealing with,” Showalter said. “You’re always concerned but I’m hoping that his caution there is something that will reap some benefits.”

Walker (12-5) allowed only four runners before Adames homered leading off the sixth. Adames is hitting .323 (40 for 24) with eight homers and 28 RBIs in his last 31 games.

Tyrone Taylor’s RBI single, Milwaukee’s third straight hit, chased Walker in the seventh.

“He pitched really well,” Showalter said. “We just didn’t score any runs today.”

David Peterson loaded the bases with a two-out intentional walk to Adames, Brosseau was announced to hit for Rowdy Tellez and Smith relieved in his first big league appearance since July 24 after recovering from a lat strain.

Smith got ahead 0-2, and Brosseau homered on a hanging slider. He is 9 for 15 with three homers as a pinch hitter this season.

“My playing time’s been a little sporadic lately . so it’s a great feeling to produce when my number is called upon,” Brosseau said.

Adrian Houser allowed three hits in 4 2/3 scoreless innings and Hoby Milner, Trevor Gott (3-2), Brad Boxberger, Brent Suter and Cousins combined for one-hit relief in the Brewers’ ninth shutout this season.

“Being able to go out there and not let them get any runs on the board and let the boys work at the plate today and put up some runs was a big thing,” Houser said. “Hopefully it builds some confidence with the guys and gets us on a roll in the four games in Cincinnati.”

LONG DIVISION

New York finished 23-10 against the NL Central

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: Gott was activated from the 15-day IL after missing more than a month with a strained right forearm.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Chris Bassitt (14-8, 3.22 ERA) starts Friday’s series opener at Oakland.

Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes (10-8, 3.12 ERA) is on the mound Thursday as the Brewers start their final trip, and RHP Graham Ashcraft (5-3, 3.97) starts for Cincinnati.

HAPP’S SACRIFICE FLY CAPS 3-RUN RALLY, CUBS BEAT MARLINS 4-3

MIAMI (AP) Ian Happ hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Patrick Wisdom hit his 23rd homer for the Cubs, who had only four hits.

Down 3-1, the Cubs scored three in the eighth without a hit against Marlins relievers Steven Okert and Dylan Floro.

“A lot of good things in that inning and then really good pitching,” Cubs manager David Ross said.

Okert (5-5) walked Zach McKinstry and Christopher Morel to start the inning. Okert then muffed Esteban Quiroz’s sacrifice bunt and threw errantly to first. McKinstry scored from second on the error while Morel and Quiroz advanced two bases.

Chicago tied it after Morel beat shortstop Miguel Rojas’ throw to the plate on a grounder by David Bote, with Quiroz advancing to third. Happ followed with a fly ball to left off Floro.

Keegan Thompson (10-5) pitched three scoreless innings of relief. Activated from the injured list earlier Wednesday, Thompson allowed one hit and struck out six.

“First batter I was too quick but I settled in, slowed down and got into a rhythm,” said Thompson, who had been sidelined since Aug. 19 because of low back tightness. “The adrenaline was going. It felt good.”

Thompson began the season as a reliever before joining the Cubs rotation. He relished his return role in a key spot to keep Chicago close.

“It was nice to come out there and show the confidence to go out and finish it,” Thompson said.

For the second consecutive night, Okert got the loss after being unable to hold a lead in the eighth. It was the Marlins’ 37th one-run loss, matching the club record set in 1993.

“I wanted to go back to him today,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “The guy’s been good for you. He had a tough (Tuesday) night and wanted to give him a chance for him to respond.”

Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball. The left-hander allowed three hits and walked one. Wisdom’s blast in the seventh ended Luzardo’s outing.

“Going into the game, I wanted to establish my fastball,” Luzardo said. “What my stuff does is it gets outs in the zone. I have to throw pitches in the right spot, obviously, but just loading it up and letting guys swing out of innings instead of me trying to be too perfect.”

Rookie Nick Fortes and Lewin Diaz homered against Cubs starter Marcus Stroman in the fifth. Fortes’ two-run drive cleared the right-field wall and Diaz followed with his solo shot to right.

Stroman, who limited the Marlins to two singles through the first four innings, was lifted after six innings. He allowed three runs and five hits, walked one and struck out seven.

“I felt great, ran into two bad pitches and they made some damage,” Stroman said. “That’s how baseball is sometimes.”

BASEBALL CLASSIC CALLINGS

Israel has added Marlins relievers Richard Bleier and Jake Fishman to its roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic next spring. The 35-year-old Bleier also represented Israel in the 2013 tournament’s qualifying round.

ROSTER MOVE

The Cubs optioned RHP Jeremiah Estrada to Triple-A Iowa for Thompson’s spot on the roster.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: INF Nico Hoerner (triceps) sat out his ninth straight game. … LHP Steven Brault (left shoulder strain) gave up four runs and four hits and didn’t record an out in a rehab appearance with Iowa Tuesday.

Marlins: RHP Edward Cabrera (right middle finger blister) continues to receive treatment and remains in line to make his next start Sunday.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Hayden Wesneski (1-1, 2.30) will start the opener of a four-game road set against Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Marlins: Have not announced a starter for the opener of their three-game home series against Washington on Friday.

WEBB PULLED EARLY AFTER NO-HIT BID ENDS, GIANTS TOP ROX 6-1

DENVER (AP) Logan Webb didn’t allow a hit until one out in the sixth inning and was then immediately pulled by manager Gabe Kapler after 66 pitches in the San Francisco Giants’ 6-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Alex Young, Cole Waites and Scott Alexander held the Rockies to two hits before Elehuris Montero ninth-inning homer off Thomas Szapucki in the Giants’ third straight win.

Kapler said they’re monitoring Webb’s workload as he’s thrown a career-high 187 1/3 innings in 31 starts. The plan was to throw a maximum of five innings, but Webb’s dominance with his sinker and slider forced Kapler into a tough spot.

“I was joking with my Dad before the game, like, ‘What if you’re through five with 50 pitches and you have a no-hitter?'” Webb said. “I’m like, `First of all, it’s Coors Field. I’m going to give up a hit.'”

Webb showed no signs of fatigue in retiring his first 11 batters before hitting C.J. Cron with a 1-0 fastball. Cron stayed in before exiting for a pinch-hitter two innings later with a bruised left hand. The Rockies said X-rays on their leader in home runs (31) and RBIs (101) were negative.

Webb didn’t allow another runner until Sean Bouchard, Colorado’s No. 9 batter, hit a liner up the middle. Webb struck out four and lowered his ERA to 2.93 in what’s been the 25-year-old’s best season.

“At this point we’re managing 2022 and `23 and beyond,” Kapler said.

Added Webb: “I want to throw 200 innings for the next 10 years, not just this year.”

Jason Vosler, recalled from the minors, hit an RBI triple and scored on Luis Gonzalez’s single in a two-run fourth against German Marquez. Brandon Crawford had an RBI single in the fifth, but the Giants moved closer to elimination as they remained 9 1/2 games behind Philadelphia with 13 to play for the final NL wild card.

Marquez (8-12) allowed four runs – three earned – and nine hits with six strikeouts in five innings in Colorado’s third straight loss. The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 5 minutes by rain.

EVERYTHING’S FALLING APART

A broken glove, a broken bat and then plunked by a fastball. It was a rough night for Cron.

Vosler grounded into what should have been an inning-ending double play in the first, but Alan Trejo’s throw from second ripped through the webbing of Cron’s glove at first. The ball ended up in the dugout, allowing an unearned run to score.

“It wasn’t even a hole. The laces ripped in two spots,” Cron said. “I’ve never seen that happen.”

Cron then ended the bottom of the inning when his bat splintered on a groundout to second. The barrel ended up near the mound. Cron was hit in his next plate appearance.

“No breaks, so it should be all right,” Cron said, adding, “It was a weird day.”

TOVAR’S COMING

The Rockies confirmed SS Ezequiel Tovar, one of their top prospects, will be called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday.

Tovar, a 21-year-old right-handed hitter from Venezuela, is batting .319 with 14 homers and a .927 OPS in 285 combined at-bats in Double-A and Triple-A this year. He missed a portion of the season with a groin injury.

GIANTS MOVES

The Giants activated RHP Jharel Cotton, three days after he was claimed from Minnesota.

To make room, the Giants optioned RHP Sean Hjelle to Triple-A Sacramento. Vosler replaced OF Lewis Brinson, who was designated for assignment.

Cotton, who came up in the Dodgers’ system when Kapler was Los Angeles’ farm director, was brought in to provide length as the Giants deal with rotation injuries. Alex Wood (shoulder) is done for the season, and Carlos Rodon (blister) had his start pushed to Friday.

“We need to cover some innings,” Kapler said.

Cotton, who has bounced around the big leagues, had a 2.83 ERA in 25 appearances for the Twins.

“Different team, same opportunity,” he said. “I just have to take control of it.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: 1B LaMonte Wade Jr. exited after showing discomfort running the bases in the fifth. … SS Thairo Estrada, hit in the elbow Tuesday, was out of the lineup. “I think he’s doing to be fine,” Kapler said.

Rockies: Manager Bud Black said OF Kris Bryant (left foot) will make the season-ending, nine-game trip next week, but is uncertain if he’ll play. … 2B Brendan Rodgers (left hamstring) missed his third straight game. … SS Jose Iglesias (right thumb) said he’s close to returning.

UP NEXT

Cotton is among several pitchers who are expected to throw for the Giants in Thursday’s series finale. RHP John Brebbia (6-2, 2.86) will serve as the opener. RHP Jose Urena (3-6, 5.49 ERA) goes for the Rockies.

SNELL BRILLIANT FOR 7, PADRES BEAT PUJOLS, CARDINALS 1-0

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin was getting nervous about Blake Snell’s pitch count in the seventh inning when Albert Pujols helped the skipper avoid what could have been an unpopular decision.

Snell held St. Louis hitless until Pujols beat the shift for a single with two outs in the seventh and the San Diego Padres beat the NL Central-leading Cardinals 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Snell (8-9) allowed two hits in seven innings on 117 pitches and struck out 13 to tie his career high. The left-hander’s brilliant effort carried the Padres to their fifth straight win and extended the rotation’s scoreless streak to 27 2/3 innings.

“I don’t want to say I’m glad somebody got a hit but I’m not going to let him throw 135 pitches this time of year and that’s probably what it would have taken to get through it,” Melvin said.

“You want a guy to be able to try to get a no-hitter but pitch-count wise he just wasn’t going to be able to make it at that point,” Melvin said. “There was a second hit and now you’ve got first and second and all of a sudden a base hit can tie the game. Look, everybody was pulling for Blake to do great things. I just don’t know that he would have had the pitches to actually do it.”

Snell said he was more excited about hitting 99 mph and wanted to talk to reliever Adrian Morejon, a hard-throwing lefty.

“In the sixth inning I was like, `Oh wow I’ve got a no-no going’ but I was so hyped up about 99,” Snell said. “The ball just felt really good tonight. It was just coming out.

“Morejon always talks about how he has all this velo and I finally hit 99 in front of him so I’m pumped,” the lefty said. “I was really pumped about the 99. Really pumped. Whatever happened, that was the highlight.”

Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner while with Tampa Bay, said this performance “was up there” among his best games. “It was good one. But we’ll continue to try to top it.”

The Padres have shut out the Cardinals in the first two games of the three-game series, keeping Pujols at 698 career homers.

San Diego stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia for the NL’s second wild-card spot.

The left-handed Snell had shut down Pujols and the Cardinals into the seventh, retiring the slugger twice and issuing just two walks. But with the Padres shifting the right-handed Pujols, the 42-year-old slugger drove a ball through the wide-open right side of the infield for an easy hit on a 3-1 pitch, Snell’s 107th of the game.

“He’s a good hitter,” Snell said.

“I thought if I got a quick inning there I might have gotten into the eighth,” he added. “Who knows. It’s just tough; 13 strikeouts, like it’s going to be really tough going nine without throwing like 140, 150 (pitches).”

Juan Yepez followed with a single before Snell struck out Paul DeJong for No. 13.

Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth for his 34th save.

The Padres took a 1-0 lead when Austin Nola singled in Kim Ha-seong with two outs in the second against Miles Mikolas. Josh Bell was thrown out earlier in the inning trying to score on a grounder to shortstop.

Mikolas (11-13) allowed an unearned run on three hits in six innings, struck out six and walked two.

SOTO’S WALKS

San Diego’s Juan Soto walked leading off the eighth, becoming the first player since 1906 to walk 500 times before turning 24.

UP NEXT

Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty (0-1, 5.09 ERA) and Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (10-7, 3.16) are scheduled to start in the series finale Thursday afternoon.

BUMGARNER GETS 1ST WIN SINCE JULY, D-BACKS BEAT DODGERS 6-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Working through an ugly stretch of losing, Madison Bumgarner didn’t panic. Heck, he didn’t even have a game plan.

“Every time I do, it don’t work out too good,” he said. “I just feel it out.”

Relying heavily on his curveball, Bumgarner tossed six innings of one-run ball, giving the 2014 World Series MVP his first win in nearly two months, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Wednesday night.

Bumgarner (7-15) beat the Dodgers for the first time as a Diamondback and the first time since Sept. 23, 2017, when he was with San Francisco.

“I’ve had more than one stretch like that in my career,” he said of his six-game losing streak. “This was longer than I would liked for it to be, but it feels good to come out the other side. I knew I would at some point.”

Bumgarner retired the first nine batters and 13 of the first 14 he faced in his 40th career start against the Dodgers. The left-hander struck out five and walked one in his first victory since July 23 against Washington. He allowed just two baserunners.

“It started with Bum, great job,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “Six unbelievable innings and gave us a chance to get ahead and we stayed ahead.”

Corbin Carroll doubled in three runs and Christian Walker drove in two more for Arizona, which also led 5-1 on Monday only to have the Dodgers rally in the eighth and win 6-5.

This time, the Dodgers had no comeback in them.

“This was a big win for us,” Lovullo said. “This is all great experience for these young players. Our guys are growing up.”

Carson Kelly doubled leading off the fourth. Geraldo Peromo singled and Dustin May (2-3) hit Daulton Varsho to load the bases. That set up Carroll, who doubled to deep left. Varsho nearly caught Peromo as they raced around third base giving Arizona a 5-0 lead.

The D-backs extended their lead to 6-1 on Emmanuel Rivera’s sacrifice fly in the seventh. Jake McCarthy scored after getting hit by a pitch, taking second on Walker’s groundout and going to third on Tommy Kahnle’s wild pitch.

Walker drove in Arizona’s first two runs in similar fashion, giving him 86 RBIs on the season. He had a broken-bat single on a 99-mph pitch from May in the first and another single in the third. Both of Walker’s hits to the same spot came with two outs and scored runners who got on via walks.

Mookie Betts snapped an 0-for-10 skid with his 35th homer in the fourth for the Dodgers.

Trea Turner ran out a slow roller to third base off Mark Melancon for the Dodgers’ second hit of the game in the ninth, extending his hitting streak to 18 games. Freddie Freeman followed with a single for the third hit before Arizona’s defense closed out the win with a double play.

May struggled throughout his sixth start since coming back from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander gave up five runs and a season-high seven hits in a season-low four innings. He struck out four and walked two. May threw twice as many pitches as Bumgarner through the first three innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Placed RHP Ryne Nelson on 15-day IL with right scapula inflammation.

Dodgers: RHP Brusdar Graterol (elbow) will be activated Thursday. … RHP Tony Gonsolin (forearm) will throw to live hitters in an up-and-down bullpen Thursday. “It’s a big step for Tony,” manager Dave Roberts said. “If he passes that test, it’ll probably be another bullpen and another rehab assignment early next week.” … RHP Yency Almonte (elbow) will throw Friday and do a rehab assignment Sunday. … RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) played catch Wednesday, but “he’s just not bouncing back the way any of us would hope,” Roberts said. … LHP David Price (wrist) will throw an inning to live hitters.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Zac Gallen (12-3, 2.52 ERA) starts the series finale. He had his club-record 44 1/3- inning scoreless streak snapped on Sept. 11 against Colorado.

Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (17-7, 2.27) is 9-1 with a 1.31 ERA since the All-Star break.

ROYALS FIRE LONGTIME FRONT-OFFICE EXECUTIVE DAYTON MOORE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals fired longtime executive Dayton Moore on Wednesday, ending the roller-coaster tenure of an influential general manager and president who took the club from perennial 100-game loser to two World Series and the 2015 championship before its quick return to mediocrity.

Royals owner John Sherman, who retained Moore after acquiring the club from David Glass in 2019, announced the move during a news conference at which Moore spoke briefly before quietly slipping out of the room.

“I think the objective is clear: It’s to compete again for championships, and we have to make sure we’re progressing toward that goal,” said Sherman, whose club was 30 games below .500 heading into its game against Minnesota.

“In 2022 we regressed,” Sherman said, “and that happens. It happens to great teams. But as I started talking to Dayton and others, I felt like we needed more change than was talked about, and that was a big reason to make this one.”

Sherman tried a mild shakeup to the front office last offseason, elevating Moore from general manager to president of baseball operations while giving J.J. Picollo the GM title. But the awkward splitting of jobs never worked out, and Sherman decided to move forward with Picollo handling all aspects of baseball operations.

Picollo was the first person Moore hired when he took over the Royals in 2006.

“I’ve known J.J. since he was 21 years old,” Moore said during his brief remarks. “He’s an incredible leader, and as I’ve mentioned before, he’s more than prepared to lead the baseball operations department in a very innovative and productive way. I’m proud that he’s continued to get this opportunity.”

Sherman said he expects other changes to be discussed down the stretch and into the offseason, including whether to keep manager Mike Matheny and his coaching staff. But it will be up to Picollo to make those decisions.

“J.J. has been great to work with,” Matheny said. “Had him on the road, had a lot of meetings here recently as the season has been winding down. He has a great perspective on the system and what needs to be done.”

Moore was hired in 2006 and tasked with rebuilding an organization that had not reached the playoffs in more than two decades. He quickly followed the blueprint that he learned from longtime Braves executive John Schuerholz, investing in Latin America and the minor league system before spending on proven major league talent.

It took most of another decade for the plan to work, but the Royals began to see progress with a winning record in 2013, when a wave of young players began to reach the majors. And the breakthrough came the following year, when a team built around Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas won the first of two consecutive AL pennants.

The Royals lost their first trip to the World Series to the San Francisco Giants in a dramatic seven-game series, but they finished the job the following year, beating the New York Mets in five for their first championship since 1985.

“He’s a great guy, a great person,” said Royals catcher Salvador Perez, one of the stars of those championship years. “It’s hard, you know? I never thought that he was going to leave this organization.”

For most of the people in the organization, Moore is the only boss they’ve ever known.

“Everybody looks at us like baseball players,” Royals second baseman Nicky Lopez said, “but there’s a life out of baseball and he cared about it. He cares about us as people, which is something very special.”

The end of Moore’s tenure may have seemed abrupt Wednesday, but it was years in the making.

He knew it would be impossible for the small-market organization to keep Hosmer and other stars as they hit free agency after their championship years, so after a middling 2016, the club began a nearly top-to-bottom rebuild.

It was slowed by poor drafts, lousy player development and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on baseball, and the Royals had consecutive 100-loss seasons. And when the club finally made strides last season, and some of its young talent graduated to the big leagues, it failed to capitalize on it. The Royals started slowly this season and never recovered.

“There is a gap right now between where we are and where we expected,” said Sherman, who owned a piece of the first-place Guardians before acquiring the Royals. “I felt like in 2021 we did make progress, and in 2022, that’s not how I feel.”

The organization Picollo is tasked with taking to the next level is better off than what Moore inherited 16 years ago: Infielder Bobby Witt Jr. is among the leading contenders for AL Rookie of the Year, and rookies such as Vinnie Pasquantino and MJ Melendez give Kansas City a young core reminiscent of the group Hosmer and Moustakas one led.

Yet there are plenty of organization problems that Picollo must address.

The Royals for years have struggled to develop pitching – their staff currently has the fourth-worst ERA in baseball and the worst WHIP by a wide margin, which led to the firing of pitching coordinator Jason Simontacchi earlier this season.

They have struggled to identify impact talent in the draft, consistently whiffing on first-round picks. That includes four chosen over a two-year span during their World Series years that failed to make a meaningful big league impact.

And they have struggled to keep up with the changing times, preferring old-school, anecdotal scouting methods to new-school analytics and data-driven decision-making that has leveled the playing field with big-market ballclubs.

“Dayton always talks about what a championship team looks like. That’s a great conversation,” Sherman said, “but I’d like to know what a wild-card team looks like first. Because Kansas City fans know, if you can get a wild-card slot and get into the dance, anything can happen.”

BULLS’ LONZO BALL TO HAVE KNEE SURGERY, MISS START OF SEASON

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball is scheduled to have surgery on his left knee next week for the second time in less than a year and figures to miss the start of the season.

The Bulls said Ball will undergo an arthroscopic debridement Wednesday in Los Angeles. He will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks.

Ball played a major role in Chicago’s resurgence last year after being acquired from New Orleans in a sign-and-trade. He was limited to 35 games and did not play after Jan. 14.

Ball had surgery for a torn meniscus two weeks later. He experienced discomfort when he tried to ramp up activities. The Bulls had him rest for 10 days, hoping it would resolve the issue and allow him to return. But he felt pain again when he started preparing to play.

Ball averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals. Besides giving the Bulls a steadying hand on offense, he helped tighten their perimeter defense.

Chicago, which led the Eastern Conference for part of the season, finished sixth at 46-36. The Bulls ended a string of four straight losing seasons and made the playoffs for the first time since 2017.

Chicago starts training camp next week and opens the season at Miami on Oct. 19.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

INDIANS BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – Quinn Priester dazzled in his Triple-A debut and the Indianapolis Indians went up big with home runs by Blake Sabol and Malcom Nunez to defeat the St. Paul Saints on Wednesday afternoon at Victory Field, 7-1.

Priester (W, 1-0), who was officially added to the Indians (73-70) roster today, spun 5.0 two-hit, shutout innings as his team looked for its third consecutive win against St. Paul (69-74). He fired in 47 of his 71 pitches for strikes and collected six strikeouts, three of which came in a stretch of eight consecutive batters retired to finish his outing.

Meanwhile, the offense plated five runs in the third against Jordan Balazovic (L, 0-7) to put Priester in line for the win. Endy Rodriguez jumpstarted the scoring with a pair of runners on, lining his second double in as many games into right field to plate Jared Oliva and Ji-Hwan Bae. Sabol followed with his fifth Triple-A home run to extend the lead to 4-0 without an out being recorded. Two batters later, Malcom Nunez – who lined a single 112 MPH off the bat in his first Triple-A plate appearance – sent a fly ball over the left-field wall for his first home run at the level.

Rodriguez continued his dominance in Triple-a over his first two games, going 3-for-4 with a season-high tying four RBI after lining a two-run single to extend Indy’s lead to 7-0 in the sixth. He now has five hits, two of which were doubles, in seven total Triple-A at-bats.

The Saints scored their only run via a Ryan Jeffers solo home run to straightaway center in the top of the eighth.

Jared Oliva joined Rodriguez with three hits, all singles. Of six total season-high three-hit games this season for the outfielder, three have come in the month of September.

The Indians will look to take a 4-0 lead in the series against St. Paul tomorrow night at 7:05 PM ET at Victory Field. Taking the mound for Indianapolis will be RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-7, 5.06) against RHP Randy Dobnak (1-1, 6.39).

INDIANA WBB

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Indiana women’s basketball will be featured 11 times as part of the Big Ten’s television package, announced by the league on Wednesday afternoon.

The Hoosiers’ TV slate will begin when IU hosts North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 1 on Big Ten Network and resume on New Year’s Day against Nebraska at home on ESPN2. A matchup with Maryland will be shown on BTN along with additional games in January at Michigan (Jan. 23) and Ohio State (Jan. 26). FS1 will air the rivalry matchup between Purdue and Indiana at Mackey Arena on Feb. 5 while playing six other games scheduled on TV networks in February.

They will meet Iowa at home (Feb. 9) and on the road at Ohio State (Feb. 13), welcoming Michigan (Feb. 16) while the Barn Burner Trophy game in Bloomington against the Boilermakers (Feb. 19) will all air on BTN. The regular season concludes at Iowa (Feb. 26) in a game set to air on ESPN2.

Times for games not selected in the TV package will be announced at a later date. Season tickets for the 2022-23 campaign are now on sale through the IU Ticket Office, visiting the ticket office windows in the west lobby of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall or calling 812-855-4006.

PURDUE VB

Friday, September 23 | 8 p.m. ET

#11 Purdue vs. #8 Minnesota

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Sunday, September 25 | 1 p.m. ET

#11 Purdue at Iowa

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After opening the season with a 9-1 record, the No. 11 Purdue Boilermakers are set to open Big Ten play with a pair of nationally-televised matches in a home-and-away weekend.

First, the Boilermakers will play at Holloway Gymnasium on Friday at 8 p.m. ET in a top-11 matchup vs. No. 8 Minnesota (5-3) on Big Ten Network. Then, Purdue will travel to Coralville, Iowa (6-5) to take on Iowa at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

A LOOK AT THE #8 MINNESOTA GOPHERS

Series Record: 32-56 (MIN leads) | Last Meeting: Nov. 14, 2021 (W, 3-1 in Minneapolis)

Purdue is looking for its first win vs. Minnesota in Holloway Gymnasium since Nov. 10, 2015.

Minnesota tested itself early, having faced six ranked teams during non-conference play, including 1 receiving votes and has gone 4-3 in those matches.

The Golden Gopher’s attack is led by Taylor Landfair, with 4.87 points per set and 4.35 kills per set. The outside hitter is among the best in the nation, ranking among the top-27 in kills per set (19th), points per set (24th) and attacks per set (27th). Among Big Ten teams, she is second behind Eva Hudson in

The one responsible for setting her up is Melani Shaffmaster, who is averaging 10.26 assists per set.

The defensive effort is led by a trio of blockers, Carter Booth, Ellie Husemann, and Shaffmaster, with each averaging over 0.81 blocks per set.

A LOOK AT THE IOWA HAWKEYES

Series Record: 58-22 (PUR leads) | Last meeting: Oct. 9, 2021 (W, 3-0 in Coralville, Iowa)

The Boilermakers have won the past 8 matches against the Hawkeyes, with the last loss coming on Oct. 6, 2016, in Iowa City.

The Hawkeye’s offense features four hitters averaging over 2.2 kills per set.  Michelle Urquhart leads the group with 2.816 kills per set.

Iowa’s defense is led by Mari Hinkle in the back row, averaging 4.757 digs per set. Up front, Delaney McSweeney is averaging 0.641 blocks per set.

Purdue’s fifth year middle blocker Hannah Clayton will return to Iowa, where she was a four-year starter and holds numerous record-book marks, including #3 in all-time hitting % (.285) and 9th in all-time blocks (328).

STARTING THE SEASON STRONG

For the seventh straight year, the Boilermakers enter Big Ten play with one non-conference loss or fewer.

Purdue closed non-conference season with a 9-1 record, marking the most wins in non-conference play since 2018.

Purdue’s 6-0 start was the best since 2018 and eighth time under HC Dave Shondell.

The Boilermakers are off to one of its most efficient non-conference starts, ranking second in the league with 14.06 kills per set and third in the league with a .281 hitting %, 1.47 opponent blocks and 14.50 digs per set.

Four Boilers that have started are hitting above .300: Raven Colvin (.322%), Hannah Clayton (.352% ), Eva Hudson (.323% with 134-30-324), Emily Rastovski (.467% with 8-1-15)

STACEY CLARK CLASSIC LOOK BACK

The Boilermakers swept Northern Kentucky and Ball State to win the Stacey Clark Classic.

Purdue All-Tournament Team members: Eva Hudson (MVP), Emma Ellis and Madeline Koch.

Purdue out-performed its opponents 24-7 in total blocks and 15.17-9.33 in kills per set.

The 25-11 second set win vs. Ball State is the most decisive set victory since 2018 (vs. Tulsa, 8/25).

A sound back row saw 57 receptions over the sweep of Ball State with just one reception error (.983%). It is the second time this season Purdue has committed so few errors

BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARDS

Following the Stacey Clark Classic, Eva Hudson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Hudson is the fastest Big Ten player to reach three Freshman of the Week accolades since Minnesota’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson in 2015.

The outside hitter had her most efficient match of the season vs. Northern Kentucky, registering .500 hitting % with 15 kills and one error on 28 swings.

Against Ball State, Hudson came one dig shy of a double-double with 16 kills, nine digs and four stuffs. Her defensive effort at the net included one block solo on the match-winning point (30-28) in set three.

Moreover, her effort against the Cardinals led to 20.5 total points, the most by a Big Ten player in a three-set match last week.

In total, Hudson has earned four awards: Both Player and Freshman of the Week honors in Week 1. Following Week 2, libero Maddie Schermerhorn earned her first career accolade as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

ON THE RISE

The Boilermakers jumped from #26 to #14 nationally in kills per set following their 15.17 average in the Stacey Clark Classic.

Following 24 blocks over the past two matches, Purdue leaped 36 spots to #19 in the nation in blocks per set (2.74).

HOLLOWAY HISTORY

Last season, Holloway was rated the best atmosphere in the Big Ten.

In the last 11 years, Purdue has recorded 11 wins vs. top-5 opponents alone, eight of those wins came on Purdue’s home turf.

Over the last three years, Purdue has taken down six top-25 opponents on Belin Court, including two #3 teams just last season.

Fans have sold out every Big Ten match for two consecutive seasons. The 2019 season was one match shy of extending the streak to three straight years (tickets were not sold due to COVID-19 for the 2020 season).

PURDUE WSOCCER

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In its Big Ten Conference home opener, the Purdue soccer team hosts Wisconsin on Thursday, September 22, at 5 p.m. ET, in a nationally-televised contest on ESPNU.

Admission is free for all fans on Thursday and for every regular-season home game in 2022. Thursday is $2 beer night for fans 21 and over while supplies last.

The match will be broadcast live on ESPNU, with Joe Malfa and Kaylyn Kyle on the call. Live stats are available at Purdue.Statbroadcast.com. Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

The Boilermakers are 3-5-0 and 0-1-0 in the Big Ten following a 3-0 defeat at No. 18 Northwestern on Sunday. It was Purdue’s second consecutive top-18 opponent and its third ranked foe of the season. The Old Gold and Black enter Thursday’s matchup with a 2-2-0 mark at Folk Field.

The Badgers come to West Lafayette with a 6-1-2 record after they began conference play with a 3-1 win at Iowa. As the Boilermakers have won three in a row in the series, all on the road, UW visits Folk Field for the first time since 2019.

Through eight games, Purdue is second in the Big Ten with 4.75 saves per game. The Boilermakers have scored nine goals and recorded 11 assists for 29 points. They have made 38 saves for a .760 save percentage with 12 goals allowed for a 1.50 goals-against average.

Individually, junior midfielder Emily Mathews’ three assists is eighth in the Big Ten, and sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway is ninth in the league with four goals and 12th with 10 points. Freshman forward Kayla Budish paces the team with 17 shots, and her eight shots on goal shares the team lead with Dunaway.

SERIES HISTORY VS. WISCONSIN

Purdue is 11-12-3 all-time against Wisconsin and 4-7-1 in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers have won the last three meetings, all UW home games. The Badgers come to Folk Field for the first time since 2019, when No. 13-ranked Wisconsin earned a 1-0 victory. Purdue got revenge a month later in Madison, with a 1-0 upset win at No. 7 UW in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal.

Last season, a pair of goals by then-senior Sarah Griffith propelled Purdue to a 2-1 upset victory at No. 18 Wisconsin on October 3 in Madison. The Boilermakers took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute, and the advantage was extended to 2-0 in the 60th minute on a highlight-reel shot through thick rainfall. Just more than 30 seconds later, UW answered for its lone goal.

Purdue was out-shot 14-11 and Wisconsin had a 10-7 advantage in shots on goal. The Boilermakers earned four corner kicks to the Badgers’ two. The Purdue defense also cleared a ball off the line to prevent the game-tying goal late in the contest.

A complete recap from the match can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

SCOUTING THE BADGERS

Wisconsin owns a 6-1-2 record and is 1-0-0 in Big Ten action after a 3-1 win at Iowa on September 16. The Badgers, who are receiving votes in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Top-25, have won four in a row. UW is 3-1-1 on the road, with its lone loss a 4-1 defeat at then-No. 16 Notre Dame in a top-25 matchup.

The Badgers are third in the Big Ten with 4.33 saves per game and fourth with a .830 save percentage, 18 goals and a .556 shutout percentage. UW also is fifth in the league with 13 assists and 49 points. Individually, Emma Jaskaniec is No. 7 nationally with three game-winning goals, No. 10 with seven goals and No. 24 with 15 total points. Erin McKinney’s five shutouts is 12th in the NCAA, and she is second in the Big Ten with 39 saves.

LAST TIME OUT: BIG TEN-OPENING LOSS

Purdue opened Big Ten play with a 3-0 loss at No. 18 Northwestern on a hot Sunday afternoon in Evanston, Illinois. Against their second consecutive top-18 foe, and opening the conference slate on the road for the third season in a row, the Boilermakers fell behind 1-0 in the fifth minute. The Wildcats scored again in the 20th minute and netted their third goal in the 29th.

NU had a 12-7 advantage in shots, though it was 6-4 in Purdue’s favor in the second half. NU had a 3-0 edge in shots on target in the contest, all in the first half, and earned five corner kicks to the Boilermakers’ three, a total that was even at 2-2 in the second half. Individually, junior midfielder Emily Mathews had two shots to lead the team, and five players registered one shot.

A complete recap can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

UP NEXT: SUNDAY ON THE ROAD

The Boilermakers conclude the week at Michigan State on Sunday, September 25, with kickoff in East Lansing set for 1 p.m. ET. Purdue then returns home for its next three games, beginning against Nebraska on Thursday, September 29, at 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. That contest is the team’s annual Hammer Down Cancer match, and admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game at Folk Field in 2022.

BUTLER MSOCCER

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men’s soccer team dominated possession in a 9-0 shutout of Lindenwood. In the Wednesday evening non-conference contest, the Bulldogs (4-2-1) scored five goals in the first half and added four more in the second. The Lions (1-4-1) managed five shots, but only one forced a Butler save.

Key Moments

11′ | DJ Hooks steals the ball from the Lions and streaks down the right side. He finds Palmer Ault running toward the near post, and Ault is able to slide it in for what would ultimately be the game-winning goal.

22′ | Rico Hollenkamp takes a close-range shot that is saved but then caroms off the Lindenwood keeper. Hollenkamp touches the deflection toward Ault, and Ault puts it just over the line for his second goal of the match.

27′ | Palmer Ault collects a pass just past midfield and immediately sends it to the front line where DJ Hooks has cut in front of his defender. Hooks touches the ball forward and then chases it down to slide a volley past the Lions keeper for the third goal of the evening.

29′ | Palmer Ault carries into the penalty area and chips a ball to Rico Hollenkamp. Hollenkamp and his defender collide, but a positive touch sends the ball into the back of the net for a 4-0 lead.

38′ | Nick Graziano draws a foul from the goal keeper and then connects on the penalty kick for the fifth goal of the half.

—HALFTIME—

59′ | Graziano carries down the right side and sends a ball into the box to Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. who one times it past the goal keeper and to a wide-open Nick Okoro. Okoro is undefended and able to tap the ball in for the sixth goal of the night.

70′ | Graziano takes a short pass on the left side just past midfield and turns to make a pass. He finds Okoro about thirty yards from the goal, and Okoro’s twenty-yard shot from the left side goes right under the keeper for a seven-goal lead.

76′ & 82′ | Within a six-minute span, Kyle Hagerman twice carried the ball, eluded defenders, and found the back of the net, scoring Butler’s final two goals of the night.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Palmer Ault (2), Nick Okoro (2), Kyle Hagerman (2), DJ Hooks, Rico Hollenkamp, Nick Graziano

ASSISTS: Rico Hollenkamp (2), Palmer Ault (2), DJ Hooks, Wilmer Cabrera, Jr., Nick Graziano

Bulldog Bits

Palmer Ault’s goals were the third and fourth of his career and included his third game-winner. His two assists were the first of his career.

Ault’s six points were a career high and represent the most points scored by an individual in a single match for Butler since Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. tallied seven on March 3, 2021, against DePaul.

Nick Okoro’s pair of goals were the first and second of his career.

Kyle Hagerman’s two goals represented his first two times finding the back of the net for Butler.

DJ Hooks’ goal and his assist were each his first of the season, and he now has two career goals and two career assists.

Rico Hollenkamp’s goal was his first of the season and the third of his career. His two assists were his first this season, and he now has three for his career. The four points he produced tonight is a career high.

Nick Graziano’s goal and assist were each career firsts.

Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.’s assist was his first of the season and the ninth of his career.

Gabriel Gjergji (4-2-1) earned the win, and he and Caleb Norris shared the shutout in goal.

Butler’s nine goals represents the second highest offensive output in program history. The 1990 Bulldogs scored 10 in a shutout of Purdue Ft. Wayne, and the 1991 side tallied eight against Valparaiso.

BUTLER WSOCCER

Matchday Information – Xavier vs. Butler

DATE:                          Thursday, September 22 / 7 pm

LOCATION:                 Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl

LIVE VIDEO:                FloSports/BEDN

LIVE STATS:               butlersports.com

Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler women’s soccer team hosts Xavier in the Sellick Bowl on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7PM, as it opens competition in BIG EAST play. The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-2 tie with Ball State, while the Musketeers most recently defeated Bowling Green, 1-0.

Bulldog Bits

(through games 9/18/2022)

Katie Soderstrom is seventh in the nation with three game-winning goals, eighth with 2.50 shots on goal per game, 25th with 6 total goals, and 24th with 15 points. She leads the BIG EAST in all four categories.

Abigail Isger ranks third in the BIG EAST in shot accuracy (0.583).

Katie Soderstrom’s goal against Ball State was her sixth of the season and the 34th of her career. She has now moved into a tie for fourth on Butler’s all-time list for career goals. Her assist was her third of the season and the 27th of her career. She is now in sole possession of second place on that all-time list.

With 95 career points, Soderstrom has now moved into the fourth position on the career points list.

Abigail Isger’s goal against Ball State was her third of the season and the twelfth of her career.

The Matchup

SERIES RECORD: Butler leads, 13-9-4

LAST MEETING: October 21, 2021 – Cincinnati, Ohio – No. 17 Xavier 2, Butler 1

Butler’s most recent win (4-0) was in Indianapolis on Mar. 14, 2021.

Butler won all five matches from 2012 to 2016, but since 2017, Xavier has slightly held the upper hand, 2-1-2.

Scouting Xavier

Previous match: Bowling Green W, 1-0

Xavier defeated common opponent Ball State, 4-2, and lost to Northwestern, 0-2. The Musketeers also have a win over Louisville (2-1) and a loss to Saint Louis (2-3).

        Individual Statistics

Offensive standouts for Xavier include:

        #25 Emma Flick (3g, 1a)

        #23 Chloe Netzel (3g, 1a)

        #3 Molly McLaughlin (2g, 2a)

        #5 Avery Lockwood (1g, 2a)

        #7 Simone Rivard-Roberts (2g)

        #29 Brooke Sroka (2g)

Bethany Moser (6-2-1) has logged every minute in goal for the Musketeers. She has given up nine goals (1.00 GAA) and has made 22 saves (.710), producing four shutouts.

BALL STATE WSOCCER

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team returns to action after a week off for the start of Mid-American Conference play. The Cardinals open on the road with the Miami RedHawks on Thursday, Sept. 22, followed by the home opener on Sunday, Sept. 25, against the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

Last Time Out

Ball State came back from a 2-0 deficit to force a draw on the road at Butler. Avery Fenchel scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Sammi Corcoran scored the equalizer, which turned out to be the final goal of the match in her season debut. Bethany Moser finished the contest with four saves.

Season Leaders

The Cardinals are led by Fenchel with four goals on the year. Corcoran, Delaney Caldwell, and Lexi Fraley are tied for second on the team with one goal each. Emily Roper has the team’s lone assist. Moser has been the final line of defense for BSU and has made 26 saves on the year.

Series Outlook with Miami

Ball State is 1-1-1 in MAC openers under Head Coach Josh Rife.  BSU enters with a 1-3-3 overall record, while Miami has a 4-2-1 mark. The Cardinals hold a 14-8-3 record against the RedHawks and have won the last six meetings. Ball State has a 7-2-2 mark in matches played at Miami.

Scouting the RedHawks

Miami is led by Makenna Morrison and Madeline Schlecht with three goals each. Camber Hayes is tied for the MAC lead and is tied for 19th in the NCAA with five assists. Caroline Palmer has added two assists, while Norah Roush and Jaimie Tottleben have each scored one goal. Izzie Vaccari has played every minute for the RedHawks and has made 26 saves.

How to Follow

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Live Stats: miamiredhawks.com

Series Outlook with EMU

Eastern Michigan enters the week with a 1-4-2 record. BSU enters Sunday with an overall record of 14-8-3 against EMU. The Cardinals and Eagles battled to a 0-0 draw last season, but Ball State has won two of the last three meetings. Ball State is 7-4-2 against Eastern Michigan in Muncie.

Scouting the Eagles

Meagan Lukowski and Maddie O’Farrell pace the Eagles with two goals and one assist each. Vittoria Greco, Hannah Thompson, Sarah Ash, Secora Johnson, and Lilly Spotak have all added one goal. Rebecca Przybylo has played six matches in goal for EMU and has made 28 saves. Kevser Guendogdu has appeared in the last two contests for the Eagles and has made one save.

NOTRE DAME MSOCCER

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Wednesday evening will be a night Paddy Burns and his family will never forget, as the junior left back scored his first career brace in a 4-0 win over Chicago State at Alumni Stadium.

The performance was extra special because it marked the first time his parents were able to watch him play at Notre Dame in person, traveling all the way from Crumlin, Northern Ireland to attend the match.

The other two Irish goals were scored by Ben Giacobello and Daniel Russo, as Notre Dame won in dominating fashion.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard, as Burns scored in the fourth minute off a centered pass from Matthew Roou to put the hosts on top 1-0 early.

Notre Dame doubled its advantage in the 31st minute, as Giacobello put his laces through a half volley from outside the box and hit a sublime strike past the diving Chicago State keeper to make the score 2-0 heading into the halftime break.

The Irish continued to control the run of play in the second half, as they were on the front foot throughout the evening.

In the 74th minute Russo opened his 2022 account with his first goal of the season. Eno Nto managed to get to the endline and centered a ball through the box to Matthew Radivojsa, who laid off a pass to Russo for a tap-in to increase the lead to 3-0.

Burns put the match on ice just one minute later with his second of the evening. The junior received a pass from Russo on the left edge of the box and curled in a beautiful right-footed finish off the far post and in to make the final score 4-0.

McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the performance…

“Overall really happy, obviously to get a result and a shutout was the goal and we did those things. We knew Chicago State is a good team, maybe better than their record right now. They have some really dynamic attacking players that I thought we did a good job of keeping quiet all night. Really pleased with the growth and the result.”

On both fullbacks scoring goals…

“I didn’t necessarily think they would be on the scoresheet but we have been challenging them to grow into the attack a little bit more and I think we are smarter with the ball giving them time to get forward. Paddy’s timing and finishing was unbelievable and Ben’s second-phase set-piece finish was tremendous with his off foot. They both had excellent games on both sides of the ball.”

On the importance of getting a clean sheet…

“Huge for us. It’s always the goal as the base of our identity is being elite defensively so to get our shutout was a really big deal.”

ND STAT OF THE MATCH

The Irish recorded their first clean sheet of the season while holding the Cougars to just two shots, none of which were on target.

ND NOTES & NUMBERS

Wednesday’s match was the first meeting between Notre Dame and Chicago State and the Irish now lead the series at 1-0-0.

The two shots from Chicago State are the fewest the Irish have allowed in a match all season.

Notre Dame’s four goals are the most the team has scored this season and the most since it defeated Purdue Fort Wayne by a score of 4-0 on Oct. 5, 2021.

Burns recorded the first brace of his career and now leads the team with three goals on the season.

Giacobello’s goal was his first of the year and the fourth of his career.

Russo’s goal was his first of the season and fifth of his career.

Bryan Dowd now has 12 clean sheets in his career.

UP NEXT

The Irish are back in action over the weekend, as they welcome North Carolina for an ACC matchup at Alumni Stadium at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 24. The match will be streamed on ACCNX via WatchESPN.

INDIANA STATE WSOCCER

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer continues their conference slate as Evansville comes to Memorial Stadium for a Thursday night contest set to begin at 7 p.m. ET.

The Sycamores (0-5-2) began MVC play on September 16 against Belmont, ending in a 0-0 draw.

Indiana State outshot the Bruins 10-4 with Katie Koger and Audrey Stephens leading the way with two attempts apiece.

Through seven games, Mackenzie Kent leads the Sycamore offense with 10 shot attempts and a goal. Chloe Tesny and Katie Yankey have also found the back of the net to round out the ISU scoring. In the net for Indiana State, Maddie Alexander and Tara Hoffman have each made 17 saves.

Evansville (1-3-2) opened up their conference season at Missouri State on September 18 where the Purple Aces fell 1-0 on a late second half goal.

The Purple Aces are led by Emily Ormson who has two goals to go along with nine shots on goal. Two goalkeepers have spilt time in the net as Myla Danek has made four stars, collecting 15 saves while Sophie Lindner has 12 saves in three starts.

Thursday’s match will be the 27th all-time meeting between Indiana State and Evansville with the Aces holding a 15-9-2 advantage in the series. The most recent matchup came in the 2021 MVC Tournament where Evansville defeated ISU in penalty kicks to advance to the semifinal match.

Up Next

Indiana State will head to Normal, Illinois on Sunday to face Illinois State with kickoff slated for 2 p.m. ET at Adelaide Street Field.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WSOCCER

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer will play host to the Robert Morris Colonials on Thursday (Sept. 22) before traveling to Rochester, Michigan on Sunday (Sept. 25) to play Oakland.

September 22 – Game Day Information

Who: Robert Morris Colonials

When: Thursday, September 22 | 7 PM

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Hefner Soccer Complex

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne

September 25 – Game Day Information

Who: Oakland Golden Grizzlies

When: Sunday, September 25 | 1 PM

Where: Rochester, Mich. | Oakland Soccer Field

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Know Your Foes

• Robert Morris is 5-1-3, but only played at home in the non-league season. In their first road match, the Colonials fell to Milwaukee 9-1.

• Oakland is 3-1-6 and is currently riding a four-game tie streak. In this stretch, Oakland tied Michigan State, Western Michigan, Youngstown State and Green Bay. The Golden Grizzlies’ last win came at Toledo.

Series Histories

• Purdue Fort Wayne is 3-1-1 against Robert Morris in the series dating back to 2015. The ‘Dons won in overtime last season.

• The ‘Dons are 1-9-1 against Oakland. The Mastodons’ only win came in 2012.

Home Sweet Hefner!

Purdue Fort Wayne is unbeaten at the Hefner Soccer Complex this season, sporting a 3-0-2 record at home. The Mastodons beat Chicago State (4-1), Ball State (1-0) and Southern Indiana (1-0), and tied Bellarmine (1-1) and IUPUI (2-2) in front of their home crowd.

Welcome Bobby Mo!

Robert Morris has not been to the Hefner Soccer Complex since joining the Horizon League in 2020. The Colonials’ last trip to Fort Wayne was in 2017, which was a 4-2 win for the Mastodons.

Beating Buzzers

The Mastodons have had two results in the final minute this season. Purdue Fort Wayne got a penalty kick save from Samantha Castaneda in the final second of the Valparaiso game to win 1-0. Two games later, the ‘Dons got a goal from Rylee Vurggink in the last two seconds of the IUPUI match to pull out a tie.

Spectacular Sam!

After leading the Mastodons to a 2-0 week against Valparaiso and Southern Indiana, Samantha Castaneda was showered with accolades. She was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week and was selected to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. It was her second Horizon League weekly honor and the program’s first-ever representative on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. Her goalkeeping against the Beacons featured a saved penalty kick with no time on the clock to secure the win.

She’s Been Around

Gabrielle Fanning is in her sixth year of college soccer, playing her first season in 2017. With a redshirt campaign in 2018 and the extra year due to the blanket COVID-19 waiver, Fanning is the only student-athlete at Purdue Fort Wayne of any sport to be playing her sixth year with the Mastodons. She is also the only current student-athlete to play under the “Fort Wayne” athletics branding, thus the only to play in blue and white uniforms. She has played in 72 games as a Mastodon, with 69 starts, and has a chance to become the all-time career leader in both categories.

I Like That!

Purdue Fort Wayne’s 4-2-2 non-league record (.625) was the best winning percentage in non-league play in program history with at least two games played. The Mastodons were 1-0 in non-league in the shortened spring 2021 season.

Definitely Not Mid

This season was the first time since 2003 that the Mastodons have recorded two positive results against the Mid-American Conference. The ‘Dons beat Ball State 1-0 and tied Toledo 1-1.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons squeaked out a tie with IUPUI thanks to Rylee Vruggink’s goal with two seconds left in the contest. Zoe Greenhalge scored a PK in minute 60.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will return home for a game against Milwaukee on October 1 at 1 p.m.

EVANSVILLE WSOCCER

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville women’s soccer team will wrap up a season-long five-match road trip on Thursday night, as the Purple Aces will travel north to Terre Haute to battle in-state rival Indiana State.  Kick-off is set for 6:05 p.m. central and Thursday’s game can be seen live on ESPN+.

Originally, UE’s road trip was scheduled to be a four-game trip, but due to heavy rains canceling the September 4 home match against Northern Kentucky, the Purple Aces have been away for five matches.  The road trip ranks as the second-longest regular-season road trip in program history, with the longest being a seven-match trip in 1997.

Evansville will be looking to end the road swing on a high note, as UE has dropped the last three contests, after a road trip-opening tie at SIUE on September 1.  UE suffered a tough 1-0 loss at Missouri State on Sunday to open Missouri Valley Conference play, as the Bears scored a tough-angle goal in the 79th minute to break a scoreless tie.

Fifth-year forward Emily Ormson leads the UE offense so far this year with two goals.  Meanwhile, junior Myia Danek has posted a team-best 1.25 goals-against average while splitting time this year with sophomore Sophie Lindner (1.33 goals-against average).  Overall, UE is 1-4-2 and 0-1 in the MVC this year.

Indiana State, meanwhile, is 0-5-2 overall and 0-0-1 in Valley play after tying Belmont, 0-0, last Friday.  Three different Sycamores have scored a goal each for ISU, while freshman Adelaide Wolfe has anchored the Sycamore defense this year, as she has played a full 90 minutes in each of the last six matches in defense, while earning MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Tuesday.

All-time, Evansville leads the series over Indiana State, 14-10-3.  Last season, Evansville dropped a regular-season meeting in Terre Haute in early October, but bounced back to earn a 1-1 tie at ISU in the 2021 MVC Tournament, with the Purple Aces advancing 5-3 on penalty kicks.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MSOCCER

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer continues their three-match homestand as they welcome in Chicago State University on Saturday, September 24th. Kickoff is set for 6pm from Strassweg Field and you can catch the action on ESPN+.

This will be the. Middle match of the three match homestand, the Screaming Eagles will close the homestand with their Summit League opener against the University of Missouri-Kansas City on September 28th.

The Eagles dominated Lindenwood University in their most recent match. USI played incredibly in the first half, going into halftime 0-0. They then carried the momentum into the second half, scoring 42 seconds in after a header from Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri). Faddis scored after Dan Hartman (Seymour, Indiana) played a through ball to Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana) who lofted a cross towards the far post for Faddis to put it away. The Lions came away lucky with their first goal, scoring a penalty after USI was called for a handball inside the box. The Lions then took the lead after their keeper booted a ball towards midfield and a through ball was headed forward and the USI defense just couldn’t recover in time. The Eagles had the chance to retake the lead in the 71st minute after Jackson Mitchell (Newburgh, Indiana) had a deflected shot rolling towards the goal but Lindenwood was able to clear it at the line.

The USI defense has been one of the brightest aspects for the program this season. As a team their opponents have a 0.190 shots percentage against the Eagles. Putting this shot percentage into perspective, the team with the lowest shot percentage in NCAA Division I this season has a 0.273. The USI defense has been putting on spectacular displays this season. With the return of Travis Sides (Evansville, Indiana), who missed the Lindenwood match due to injury, the Eagles will look to return to their normal starting defense as he joins Colten Walsh (St. Louis, Missouri) in the middle, Damian McGregor-Wickham (Toronto, Canada) on the left, and Marky Lara (Evansville, Indiana) on the right.

Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) has been holding it down in goal for the Eagles this season, and recently has been showing out. In his last three outings he’s allowed just three goals while making 10 saves on 32 shots faced. Of those three goals, one of which was a penalty from a handball. That was only the third penalty conceded by the Eagles in the last three seasons, and only the second time it has been converted. With the help of his defensive line, Meissner has been looking spectacular in goal for USI and if he continues to play well, it is going to lead to that first victory of the season.

USI has been spectacular this season in the first 45 minutes of every match. In those first 45 minutes the Eagles have allowed just three goals while also scoring two. However, for USI it’s the second half that starts to get to them and the endurance from the opposition has prevailed. USI has allowed 13 goals in the second half this season, seven of those have come in the final 30 minutes of the match. A lot of those have come in matches that the Eagles had great opportunities to win. Early on against Northern Kentucky University, the Norse took the lead with 22 minutes to play, after USI had already had a 2-0 lead. In the first home match of the season again against the University of Wisconsin-Green bay, all three goals of the Phoenix scored were after that 60th minute mark. Recently against Bradley, the Eagles played fantastic until the Braves were able to score in the 68th minute. Against Lindenwood, the Lions did not take the lead until the 86th minute. This team has played well all season long but it’s having to find a way to close out games as well as take the lead in those games as well. It’s showed that the Eagles have been paying close attention to this in their last three matches and they’ll have an opportunity to prove themselves as they finish off non-conference play on Saturday before opening Summit League play on September 28th.

Chicago State Cougars

Chicago State comes into the match with USI after picking up their first win of the season las week against Summit League member University of St. Thomas, 4-2. The Cougars will play at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday before coming to Evansville. Chicago State is being led this year by Danail Sergiev who leads the team with five goals. Nial Reid-Stephen is the only other cougar with multiple goals with three, he also leads the team in assists with two, and shots, with 25. Marco Seyfert leads the team in net this year, starting all seven matches. Seyfert has allowed 15 goals on 82 shots faced and has made 26 saves.

The match with Chicago State can be found on ESPN+ and live stats can be found online at usiscreamingeagles.com.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SWIMMING AND DIVING

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Swimming & Diving is predicted to finish eighth in The Summit League this season. The Summit released the preseason predicted order of finish Wednesday morning along with the 2022-23 Preseason Swimmers and Divers to Watch, where freshman multi Garrett Crist (Bargersville, Indiana) and diver/breaststroke Lane Pollock (Boonville, Indiana) landed themselves on the list. The Screaming Eagles will compete in the program’s inaugural season after joining The Summit League in early 2022.

“We are excited about our first year of competition and doing so within the Summit League,” says USI Head Coach Cameron Kainer. “This league is comprised of teams who have qualified for the NCAA meet and show year in and year out what it takes to compete at that level. We are excited about joining this prominent league and I think we are planning to turn some heads in our first season.”

Topping the preseason poll was the reigning Summit League Champion, the University of Denver, who nabbed 48 total points and six first-place votes. South Dakota University and Lindenwood University claimed a tie for second place with 38 points and one first-place vote each.

Rounding out the final five are the University of Nebraska Omaha (30), South Dakota State University (28), University St. Thomas (19), Eastern Illinois University (14), and USI (9).

Along with the preseason poll, the Summit announced its 2022-23 Preseason Swimmers and Divers to Watch, where Crist and Pollock earned two of the 16 spots. Crist is a Center Grove High School product who was a three-time All-Conference and two-time All-State competitor. He also was named to the NISCA All-American swim team in 2021. Pollock, the lone Eagles’ diver, comes out of Boonville High School where he collected 12 athletic letters in three different sports. He tallied two state appearances and led his team to back-to-back conference championships.

The Eagles begin the 2022-23 campaign when they host Valparaiso University on October 1 at USI Aquatic Center. USI also will host Quincy University on October 22 and Southern Illinois University on January 21, 2023. The Eagles travel to four different meets with their first being a competitor in the Bellarmine Invitational on October 28 and 29. The Eagles will then travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota for The Summit League Championships from February 22 to 25, 2023.

2022-23 Summit League Men’s Swimming & Diving Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Rank      School   Points (1st)         2022 Championship Finish

1.            Denver  48 (6)    1st (987 pts)

2.            South Dakota    38 (1)    2nd (723 pts)

Lindenwood       38 (1)    GLVC: 5th (1,129 pts)

4.            Omaha 30           4th (564 pts)

5.            South Dakota State         28           3rd (595 pts)

6.            St. Thomas         19           5th (302 pts)

7.            Eastern Illinois   14           6th (217 pts)

8.            Southern Indiana             9              N/A

Summit League Men’s Preseason Swimmers and Divers to Watch

(as selected by league coaches)

Marco Nosack, Denver

Jon Brouillette, Denver

Mack Sathre, South Dakota

Jaden Cardona, South Dakota

Elliott Irwin, Lindenwood

David Molina-Fregenal, Lindenwood

Luke Asbury, Omaha

Ian Blackstock, Omaha

Austin Smith, South Dakota State

Zach Boyd, South Dakota State

Alex Foti, St. Thomas

Joe Rudd, St Thomas

Sebastian Rosales, Eastern Illinois

Conner Colston, Eastern Illinois

Garrett Crist, Southern Indiana

Lane Pollock, Southern Indiana

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Swimming & Diving is predicted to finish eight in The Summit League in a vote submitted by Summit League coaches Wednesday. The Screaming Eagles are heading into the programs inaugural season under Head Coach Cameron Kainer.

The eight team Summit League features a schedule that will compete from September 25th all the way to February 10th before competing in The Summit League Championships starting on February 22nd.

The University of Denver was picked to top the league, after winning their ninth consecutive conference championship last season, with 49 points and seven first place votes. The University of South Dakota sits right behind the Pioneers, after their runner-up finish last season, with 38 points and one first place vote.

Following the Pioneers and Coyotes is Lindenwood University, the University of Nebraska Omaha, South Dakota State University, the University of St. Thomas, Eastern Illinois University, and finally USI finishing in eighth.

Each team from the Summit League named both a swimmer and diver to watch for the season. Freshman Mattilyn Smith (Morgantown, Kentucky) was named the swimmer to watch for the Eagles. The Butler County High School grad was named All-Region and Academic All-State in four straight years and was crowned regional champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle in 2022. Smith was also named 2022 Regional Outstanding Female Swimmer of the Year. She was also a top-10 finisher at the state level in the 1,000 and 1,650 for Southern Kentucky Swim Club.

Freshman Autumn Turley (Hobart, Indiana) was named the diver to watch for USI this upcoming season. The Hobart High School graduate was an Indiana High School Diving sectional qualifier and led the team to a Western Invite championship and Hobart Invite championship. Turley was also a part of the All-American Gold Team Scholars in 2020.

The 2022 season marks the first season in program history for swimming & diving at USI. The 22-member squad features 20 freshman along with one junior and one sophomore.

The Eagles open their season on October 1st, hosting Valparaiso University at the USI Aquatic Center with a start time set for 1:30 pm. USI will then host former Great Lakes Conference foe in Quincy University on October 22nd at the USI Aquatic Center with a 1 pm start. The Eagles will then head on the road for five road meets from October 28th to January 14th before returning home for the final meet of the regular season as they host Southern Illinois University on January 21st.

2022-23 Summit League Women’s Swimming & Diving Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Rank    School                      Points (1st)     2022 Championship Finish

1.         Denver                        49 (7)               1st (1,079.5 pts)

2.         South Dakota              38 (1)               2nd (748 pts)

3.         Lindenwood                35                    GLVC: 3rd (1,616 pts)

4.         Omaha                        33                    3rd (621 pts)

5.         South Dakota State     26                    4th (404 pts)

6.         St. Thomas                  20                    5th (369.5 pts)

7.         Eastern Illinois            14                    6th (208 pts)

8.         Southern Indiana       9                      N/A

Summit League Women’s Preseason Swimmer and Divers to Watch

Denver: Natalie Arky and Olivia Gordon

South Dakota: Cassie Ketterling and Stella Fairbanks

Lindenwood: Joselle Mensah and Elle Christie

Omaha: Annika Harthoorn and Darby Drake

South Dakota State: Elisabeth Timmer and Aleni Stoakes

St. Thomas: Grace Urkiel and Allison An

Eastern Illinois: Camryn Lewis and Kennedy Darensbourg

Southern Indiana: Mattie Smith and Autumn Turley

SOUTHERN INDIANA WSOCCER

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer opens a two-match homestand Thursday against Tennessee Tech University in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the match is free thanks to The Women’s Hospital Deaconess.

USI (3-3-2) takes on the Golden Eagles (3-4-2) after a narrow 1-0 loss at Morehead State last Sunday to begin the Ohio Valley Conference season and in Southern Indiana’s OVC debut. The contest’s lone goal was scored in the 12th minute off a save and a deflection off the post. The loss was USI’s second straight 1-0 defeat.

For the match, Southern Indiana had eight shots with three on goal, while Morehead State had 11 shots and seven on goal. USI earned five corner kicks to Morehead State’s three. Individually, senior defender Alyssa Wright (Sellersburg, Indiana) and freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) led the Screaming Eagles’ offense with two shots each, including one on goal for Wright. Junior midfielder Avery Schone (Galena, Ohio) and freshman midfielder Emma Thurston (Leawood, Kansas) also placed a shot on target. Between the posts, senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) made five saves, continuing to have played every minute in goal for the Screaming Eagles this season.

Murphy leads the team with five goals, 12 points, 17 shots, and 12 shots on goal. In the OVC, Murphy’s 12 points (1.50 per game) and five goals (0.63 per game) rank first, while her 17 shots (2.13 per game) rank second.

Etienne has been a wall in goal for USI, recording 32 saves and four shutouts in eight matches. Her goals against average is 0.50 with a .889 save percentage, both good for first in the OVC, and has not allowed more than one goal in any contest. She has played every minute in the net this season. With 268 career saves, Etienne is eight away from moving into fourth on USI’s all-time saves list.

Entering Thursday, the Screaming Eagles lead the OVC in the fewest goals allowed with four, leading to a league-best 0.50 goals against average. The USI defense has shown its discipline as well by not allowing a lot of set pieces in the defensive third. USI opponents have only taken 32 corner kicks, and USI has the fewest number of fouls in the OVC with only 58. The team’s 7.25 fouls per game are the lowest average in the OVC.

Tennessee Tech is 3-4-2 this season, including a 2-2-1 record on the road. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 1-0 road win at Eastern Illinois to open their Ohio Valley Conference schedule. The goal in the match was scored by sophomore forward Taylor Rhodes, who was named the OVC Offensive Player of the Week, and sophomore Maggie Conrad made four saves in goal. Tennessee Tech placed nine out of 20 shot attempts on goal against Eastern Illinois. The Golden Eagles are 2-2-1 in their last five matches.

Senior forward Chloe Smith leads Tennessee Tech with three goals, nine points, 17 shots, and nine shots on goal. Junior midfielder Yao Giada Zhou has the most helpers this season with four assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Maggie Conrad has started all nine matches for the Golden Eagles, posting 43 saves and a goals against average of 1.81. She has one shutout and a .729 save percentage. Tennessee Tech went 6-6-4 and 3-2-3 in OVC play in the 2021 season.

The match can be seen live with an ESPN+ subscription.

USI fans can stay up-to-date with the latest at usiscreamingeagles.com or follow USI Athletics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

SOUTHERN INDIANA VB

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (0-11, 0-0 OVC) will kick off Ohio Valley Conference play this weekend as the Screaming Eagles are set to battle Tennessee Tech University (3-9) Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at Eblen Center. USI will then come back to Evansville to host Eastern Illinois University (6-7) for the OVC home-opener Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Game Coverage

Information about USI Volleyball, including live stats, video, and audio broadcasts, is available on USIScreamingEagles.com.

Tickets

USI Volleyball tickets are on sale now, with adult tickets at $8, non-USI students at $5, and all USI students, staff, and faculty with a valid ID and any child 11-and-under are admitted free. The USI, Tennessee Tech volleyball match at Eblen Center in Cookeville, Tennessee is free to all attendees.

Screaming Eagles Headlines:

1,000 Ways to Kill. Junior Leah Anderson reached the 1,000 kills milestone after nabbing 19 kills in the NIU Tri-Match last weekend. Anderson became the 15th player in program history to reach this feat and is just 19 kills away from passing Rebecca Tillema for 14th most kills all time.

Bednar Honored Again. Sophomore Abby Bednar was named to the NIU Tri-Match All-Tournament team after collecting 18 kills, eight digs, seven blocks, and one ace in eight sets played. This is her second all-tournament honor after earning the award for her efforts in the Kent State Invitational.

Non-Conference Finale. University of Southern Indiana Volleyball completed its non-conference slate last weekend as the Screaming Eagles lost its 11th straight to Rhode Island and Northern Illinois.

You Have to #OVCit. The Eagles will open Ohio Valley Conference play this weekend when they battle Tennessee Tech Friday and Saturday before hosting Eastern Illinois next Tuesday. This will be the first NCAA Division I conference match for USI since joining the OVC in early 2022.

Season Leaders. Anderson leads the group with 119 kills as junior Katherine Koch holds a team-high 234 assists while Weber sits atop with nine aces. Freshman Keira Moore has received 165 digs as sophomore Paris Downing has earned 29 blocks.

OVC Leaders. There are five Eagles who sit atop the best in five different categories within the OVC individual standings. Anderson ranks fourth in kills and points with 119 kills and 134.5 points. Koch holds seventh most assists with 234 while Moore has tallied 165 digs, putting her at fifth. Downing is currently fifth with 29 blocks while sophomore Lauren O’Neill is tied for sixth with 27 blocks.

You’ve Been Rejected. The Eagles’ defense sits third in the OVC with 1.95 blocks per set. USI has earned a total of 78 total blocks with nine solo and 138 assists.

History in the Making. With Anderson becoming the 15th player to reach 1,000 kills, her new goal is to become the 13th player to reach the 1,000-dig plateau (902). If successful, Anderson would become the fifth player in program history to reach both milestones.

Anderson’s Amazing Career. Anderson currently ranks first within the OVC in three different career statistics. She sits atop with 3.00 kills per set, 0.43 aces per set, and 3.67 points per set.

About Tennessee Tech. The Golden Eagles have started the season 3-9, losing their last three to No. 21 Western Kentucky, Indiana, and Texas A&M in the WKU Invitational. The Eagles have earned 540 kills, 514 assists, and 59 aces while accumulating 570 digs and 67 blocks (12 solo and 110 assists). The USI, TTU match will be the first OVC match of the season.

Leading the Golden Eagles. Senior Taylor Dorsey has recorded a .337 hitting percentage, second highest in the conference while junior Skylar Boom is also racking up high numbers this season, tallying a .290 attacking percentage that ranks third highest in the OVC. Freshman Jordan Karlen has earned the third most assists in the OVC with 341. Three Eagles have been crowned OVC Player of the Week with sophomore Jazmine Yamilkoski and Karlen earning back-to-back Setter of the Week honors while Karlen was voted Newcomer of the Week.

About Eastern Illinois. The Panthers hold the best record in the OVC at 6-7. As a team, EIU has totaled 550 kills, 503 assists, and 59 aces while earning 715 digs and 61.5 blocks (15 solo and 93 assists). The Panther will host SIU Edwardsville before battling USI on Tuesday.

Leading the Panthers. Sophomore Kaitlyn Flynn, who earned OVC Offensive Player of the Week on 9/12, has accumulated 97 kills with 4.22 kills per set. Junior Giovana Larregui Lopez earned the first Newcomer of the Year honor this season as she totals 92 kills (3.29 k/s), eight aces, and 82 digs. Freshman Catalina Rochaix has stepped up for the Panthers, tallying a team-high 237 assists.

More Information. For more information about USI Volleyball and Athletics, go to USIScreamingEagles.com or follow USI Athletics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

VALPO SOFTBALL

Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Small announced today the hiring of Meaggan Pettipiece as the next head coach for the Valpo softball program. Pettipiece brings over a decade of experience as a collegiate head coach, most recently at the Division I level as head coach at Akron.

“I am excited to have Meaggan and her family join the Valpo family,” Small said. “Our softball program needs a head coach who is a builder and someone who will implement a strategy that will help elevate our program. Meaggan will draw on a range of experiences within the sport, including her time as an athlete on the Canadian Olympic team and coaching positions she has held at a range of institutions, to help provide an extraordinary experience for our student-athletes. I am looking forward to partnering with Meaggan as we build a softball program that will make our alumni, supporters and stakeholders proud.”

Pettipiece took over as head coach at Akron in August 2019 and served as the Zips’ head coach the next three seasons. She revamped the culture within the program and guided the team through the COVID-19 pandemic. On the field, the program won 13 games in MAC play last season after winning just three the season prior to Pettipiece’s arrival. A pair of freshmen from her first full recruiting class were MAC All-Freshman Team honorees in 2022, one of whom was a Second Team All-MAC choice as well.

“I am extremely excited to join the Valparaiso family,” Pettipiece said. “I would like to thank Dr. Charles Small for giving me the opportunity to be the next leader of the Beacons softball program. I am grateful and honored. I cannot wait to start working with our amazing student-athletes, the coaching staff and the administration. Those I have already met have made me feel at home. This opportunity also could not have been made possible with the love and support of my family and friends. We are eagerly looking forward to becoming part of the Valparaiso community.”

Prior to her time at Akron, Pettipiece spent three seasons (2017-2019) as an assistant coach at Kent State, where she worked primarily on baserunning, with the outfielders defensively and with the slappers offensively. In her three seasons with the Golden Flashes, Kent State made a pair of postseason appearances, including an NCAA Tournament trip in 2017 following a MAC Tournament title. Pettipiece mentored a pair of All-MAC outfielders and helped the program’s offense and fielding reach new heights.

“We are thrilled to have Meaggan on board and to welcome her to the Valpo family,” Executive Associate Athletic Director Sarah Pruess said. “Under Meaggan’s leadership, the softball program will be well-positioned to build on the positive momentum and the steps forward it took last season.”

Pettipiece served as head coach for 10 seasons (2007-2016) at Northwood University. She won 217 games over her 10 years at the helm of the Timberwolves program, including 138 wins in GLIAC play — a program record for conference wins by a head coach. Her 2011 team won a program-record 19 games in conference action. Pettipiece coached 14 All-Conference and two All-Region honorees in her time at Northwood, while her 2013 and 2014 teams both ranked in the top-10 nationally among D-II programs for team GPA.

A two-time All-American and two-time Academic All-American, Pettipiece played collegiately at California University of Pennsylvania, helping the Vulcans win the Division II national championship in 1998. A multi-sport athlete, Pettipiece also played basketball and tennis for Cal U. After her graduation in 2000, she stayed in the program as an assistant coach through 2006.

Pettipiece’s playing career went beyond college softball, as she played softball in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney as a member of Team Canada and was an alternate for the 2004 Olympic squad. She earned two silver medals at the Pan-American Games in 1999 and 2003 and was a silver medalist with Team Canada at the 2001 Pan-American Softball Championships. Pettipiece also played professionally for the Michigan Ice of National Pro Fastpitch.

VALPO VB

Valparaiso (12-0, 0-0 MVC)

Friday, Sept. 23 – UNI (7-6, 0-0 MVC) – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 24 – Drake (9-4, 0-0 MVC) – 5 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 26 – at UIC (8-4, 0-0 MVC) – 6 p.m.

Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: A perfect run through the nonconference schedule culminated last weekend in Valpo’s fourth consecutive tournament title, but now the Beacons turn their attention to the challenges that come with Missouri Valley Conference play. The MVC slate opens with three matches in four days, as Valpo will host UNI Friday night and Drake Saturday night before making the short trip to Chicago to take on UIC Monday evening.

Previously: Valpo claimed tournament hardware for the fourth consecutive weekend, winning the Roadrunner Classic with victories over UIW (3-2), UTSA (3-0) and Houston Baptist (3-0). Mallory Januski was named Tournament MVP, as well as MVC Player of the Week, while Victoria Bulmahn and Addy Kois earned All-Tournament Team honors.

Looking Ahead: Valpo stays on the road next weekend with the swing through central Illinois, facing Illinois State and Bradley.

Following the Beacons: Valpo’s matches against UNI and Drake will both be broadcast live on ESPN3, while the match at UIC will be carried on ESPN+. All three matches will have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 21st season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 461 matches (461-217, .680) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made five postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, and advanced to the championship match of the 2021 NIVC. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 58 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 515-241 (.681) record overall as a head coach.

Series History: UNI – The Panthers hold a 14-4 advantage all-time over Valpo, but it’s been the Beacons who have swept the season series each of the last two years. Last season, Valpo earned four-set victories both at the ARC and in Cedar Falls.

Drake – Valpo is 12-4 all-time against the Bulldogs, including an 11-3 mark under Avery and an 8-2 record since joining the Valley. Valpo has won five straight in the series, including victories in both matchups last season – a five-set win at the ARC and a four-set win in Des Moines.

UIC – Valpo will renew acquaintances with the most-common opponent in program history on Monday evening, as the Beacons and Flames have met 55 times on the court. This will be the fourth different conference the two programs have shared membership in, as they previously played as North Star Conference, Mid-Continent Conference and Horizon League rivals. Valpo holds a 31-24 advantage in the all-time series and is 22-5 against the Flames under Coach Avery, including a 19-4 mark in the decade the two programs spent together in the Horizon League.

Scouting the Opposition: UNI – The Panthers enter Valley play at 7-6 following a challenging nonconference slate which featured a win over Iowa State. Emily Holterhaus leads the Panthers and ranks eighth in the Valley with 3.31 kills/set, while Carly Spies ranks fourth among MVC players in blocks (1.07/set) and Sydney Petersen fifth in digs (4.02/set).

Drake – The Bulldogs enter the weekend at 9-4, a mark which includes a win over Iowa. Drake leads the conference as a team with 2.26 blocks/set and is led at the net by Kacie Rewerts, who ranks third individually with 1.20 blocks/set. Jada Wills ranks second in the MVC in digs with 4.58 digs/set, while the Bulldogs also boast two of the Valley’s top six in kills – Mariana Rodrigues (3.80/set, 3rd) and Haley Bush (3.63/set, 6th).

UIC – Entering their first slate of MVC competition, the Flames posted an 8-4 record in nonconference action which included a win over Miami (Fla.) when the Hurricanes were just outside the AVCA top-25 nationally. UIC comes to the Valley off a 2021 campaign which saw it win the Horizon League Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Flames currently lead the MVC as a team in hitting percentage and assists, while individually, Martina Delucchi (4.09 kills/set) is atop the conference in kills and Zahria Woodard (1.24/set) in blocks.

Valpo Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll: The Beacons have been picked to finish in fifth place in the MVC standings in 2022 in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Valpo garnered 95 points in the polling, including one first-place vote, to rank fifth in a tight bunch in the middle of the pack. Valpo was just four points behind Bradley in fourth position, but on the other side, was just one point ahead of UNI in sixth place. Notably, Valpo has outperformed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley.

Illinois State received five first-place votes and totaled 134 points to lead the poll ahead of Evansville (121 points, two first-place votes). UIC (3) and UNI (1) also picked up at least one first-place nod.

Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo enjoyed one of the top seasons in program history last year, finishing the campaign with a 26-10 record. The Beacons posted a 12-6 record in MVC action to finish tied for third place in the regular season standings – the program’s best record in conference play and best finish since joining the Valley. Valpo then earned a berth in the NIVC and swept each of its first four matches to advance to the tournament championship match. Haley Hart was a First Team All-MVC recipient, while Peyton McCarthy and Rylee Cookerly each earned Second Team All-MVC honors. Cookerly also became the first student-athlete in program history to be named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American.

Winning Four Titles: Valpo’s win at the Roadrunner Classic last weekend gave this year’s team four in-season tournament titles this season, an unprecented accomplishment in the history of Valpo volleyball. Previously, Valpo had won three in-season tournaments on four occasions (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018). Valpo has now won 33 in-season tournament titles in head coach Carin Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm of the program, including its home tournament seven times (out of 11 opportunities). The team has won at least one tournament in 16 of her 21 seasons, and multiple tournaments 11 times. Those tournament titles have come in 14 different states, with last weekend’s the first in program history in Texas.

Best Start: With the five-set win over UIW to open up the Roadrunner Classic last weekend, Valpo improved to 10-0 on the season, breaking a tie with the 2015 squad for the most consecutive wins to start a season in program history. In fact, this year’s team is already tied for the second-most wins by a Valpo team before suffering its second loss. The 2014 team was 14-1 before taking its second loss, while the 2015 team was 12-1. Now sitting at 12-0, the 2022 Beacons squad is enjoying the best start to a season by any current MVC program since Drake opened the 2010 campaign with 14 consecutive victories.

The Winning Streak: Of course, the 12-0 start means that Valpo carries a 12-match winning streak into MVC play. This winning streak is one of six double-digit winning streaks in program history and currently stands alone as the fourth-longest all-time at Valpo. The 2004 team holds the program record with 14 consecutive wins, while the 2008 and 2014 squads both had streaks of 13 straight wins.

Ranks of the Unbeaten: As of the end of play Tuesday, Valpo sits as one of just six undefeated D-I programs in the country. The Beacons are joined by Auburn, Penn State, Texas, Towson and UCF in making it unscathed to this point of the season. Of that group of six teams, only Valpo and Towson own a 12-0 record, as the other four have played 11 or fewer matches.

Januski Stands Out: Junior middle Mallory Januski is enjoying a breakout season so far in 2022, as she currently ranks 11th nationally with a .425 hitting percentage – a mark which would be on pace to shatter Valpo’s single-season record of .334. Januski was honored last week as both the Tournament MVP of the Roadrunner Classic and as the MVC Player of the Week, as she averaged 2.89 kills and 1.00 block per set and hit at a .548 clip over the three wins. She posted kills on over 60% of her swings over Valpo’s three victories and hit better than .400 in all three wins, highlighted by her performance in the victory over Incarnate Word. Januski tied her career high with 12 kills in the win over the Cardinals and hit at a career-best .688 clip, a mark which is second-best in a five-set match in program history.

Players of the Week: Januski’s honor from the MVC office was the third weekly award presented to a Valpo player to date in 2022. Senior Bella Ravotto was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 12 following her performance over Valpo’s three wins at the Akron Invitational, while freshman freshman libero Emma Hickey picked up the defensive weekly honor following the opening weekend of action as she helped Valpo win the Youngstown Invitational. In its sixth season as an MVC school, Valpo has earned 24 weekly conference honors.

All-Tournament Honors: Setters Victoria Bulmahn and Addy Kois joined Januski on the All-Tournament Team at the Roadrunner Classic for their work running the Valpo offense. The Beacons hit .250 over the three wins, averaging 14.64 kills/set for the tournament. Perhaps apropos given the balance of this year’s squad through the nonconference slate, nine different Beacons earned All-Tournament accolades at the three tournaments where an All-Tournament Team was named. Senior Gretchen Kuckkan was MVC of the Popcorn Classic and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fellow seniors Maddy Boyer and Kara Cooper. On opening weekend at the Youngstown Invitational, sophomore Elise Swistek was awarded the MVP award, while senior Bella Ravotto and freshman Emma Hickey picked up All-Tournament accolades.

Standout Performances: Januski’s entry into Valpo’s record book in the UIW match was the third performance this season resulting in a record book edit. On Sept. 3, senior Gretchen Kuckkan delivered 25 kills in Valpo’s four-set win over Northern Illinois – tied for fourth-most in a four-set match by a Valpo player in the 25-point era and making her one of just five Valpo players to tally 25+ kills in any length match in the 25-point era. It was then a team performance which cracked the record book Sept. 9, as the Beacons posted 15.5 total team blocks in their win at Akron – fourth-most in a four-set match by a Valpo squad in the 25-point era and the most blocks Valpo has recorded in any length match since Nov. 15, 2019.

Reaching 1000: While Bella Ravotto has picked up an All-Tournament Team honor and a MVC Defensive Player of the Week award already this season, she also found herself moving past a milestone during the early portion of the campaign. With her 27th dig of the win at Cleveland State Sept. 10, the senior reached the 1,000-dig mark for her career. Ravotto is the 23rd player in Valpo volleyball history to reach four figures in digs.

Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play last fall, finishing 15th nationally and leading the MVC with 17.13 digs/set. The program has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 11 seasons, highlighted by the 2017 campaign in which it led the nation with 20.03 digs/set. Other top finishes include third nationally in the spring 2021 season (20.37/set), a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. It’s been more of the same so far this year, as the Beacons enter MVC play ranked 10th nationally with 17.00 digs/set.

Consistency From Hickey: A big part of Valpo’s strength in the back row has been its run of standout liberos, and freshman Emma Hickey has slotted right into that role this season and maintained the prolificacy. Through four weekends of action, Hickey ranks 12th nationally, averaging 5.28 digs/set, and it’s been a steady run of performances for the rookie so far. Hickey has tallied double-figure digs in 10 of Valpo’s 12 matches, including eight matches with at least 20 digs.

But It’s Not Just Digs: Valpo owning a spot near the top of the nation in digs is old hat. But this year’s Beacons not only rank in the top-10 through four weekends in digs, they also sit inside the top-10 in kills, entering the weekend sixth nationally with 14.30 kills/set. Valpo has not finished a match with fewer kills than its opponent yet this season, and has out-killed its opponents by double figures in eight out of 12 matches.

So Much Balance: It just goes to show how deep this year’s Valpo team is that, despite ranking near the top nationally in kills/set, you have to scroll all the way down to 20th place within the Valley to find the Beacons’ top producer of kills so far this season – Kara Cooper, with 101 kills, is the only Valpo player in triple digits. Five other players have anywhere from 71 to 89 kills. That balance has shown from match to match as well, as eight different players have led the team in kills in at least one match, and Bella Ravotto’s three team-high performances are the most of any Beacon.

Leaving a Strong Legacy: Valpo graduated five seniors from last year’s squad, a group which was integral in the program’s transition into the Missouri Valley Conference and made a pair of postseason appearances. The group of Brittany Anderson, Rylee Cookerly, Gabby Daniels, Haley Hart and Peyton McCarthy combined for eight All-Conference honors and led the Beacons to the championship match of the NIVC in their final season at Valpo. They enjoyed numerous individual accolades as well, highlighted by Cookerly – the two-time MVC Libero of the Year finished her collegiate career as the Valpo and the MVC career record holder in digs and ranks second in NCAA D-I history. McCarthy ranks second all-time at Valpo in blocks and eighth in kills – the only player in the top-eight in both categories – while Anderson is third in program history in career assists and Hart sixth in career hitting percentage.

Who’s Back: Despite the loss of such a talented group, the Beacons do return plenty of experience, as 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad are back in 2022. One spot Valpo returns plenty of experience is on the pins. Outside hitters Bella Ravotto and Elise Swistek and right sides Maddy Boyer and Kara Cooper were all starters throughout MVC play and in the NIVC last season. In addition, outside hitter Jillie Grant and Gretchen Kuckkan were starters during the non-conference portion of the schedule before suffering injuries right around the start of MVC action. While Valpo loses Cookerly out of the back row, the Beacons still enter 2022 with a strong back line. Ravotto averaged over three digs per set last year, is nearing 1,000 digs for her career and was MVC Defensive Player of the Week during the spring 2021 season when filling in for a weekend at libero. In addition, Swistek averaged over three digs per set as a rookie last season as well. Meanwhile, at setter, Victoria Bulmahn split time setting with Anderson in a 6-2 last season after earning MVC Freshman of the Year accolades for the spring 2021 season setting full time in a 5-1.

Who’s New: The roster is rounded out by seven newcomers to the active roster. Setter Addy Kois and hitter Sam Warren both redshirted last fall in their first season at Valpo. The Beacons welcome a pair of transfer middles to the squad – senior Miranda Strongman (LIU) and junior Olivia Blackketter (Winthrop). Three freshmen round out the newcomers, highlighted by Emma Hickey – the first AVCA High School All-American to sign with Valpo in program history. Outside Sophia Foster and middle Claire Campbell enter their first collegiate season as well.

Conference Honorees: While Victoria Bulmahn was named MVC Freshman of the Year during the spring 2021 campaign and transfer Miranda Strongman was a Second Team All-NEC choice that same season, this year’s roster features zero players who have earned First or Second Team All-Conference accolades in the Valpo uniform. The last time Valpo entered a season with no players who had been named First or Second Team All-Conference at Valpo was the 2006 season – that year’s team ended up featuring future Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer Angie Porché as a freshman.

Standards Maintained: Posting winning records and winning 20 matches in a season have been standards for the Valpo volleyball program under Coach Avery, and the 2021 team maintained those standards. The Beacons posted their 18th winning season in Avery’s 20 seasons at the helm and won at least 20 matches for the 16th time in the last 20 years. In addition, Valpo has finished in the top half of the MVC standings in each of its five seasons in the conference – a feat only matched by Illinois State – and has posted top-half conference finishes in 28 of the last 29 years.

MARIAN VB

Mishawaka, Ind. – The Marian volleyball team suffered their first loss of the 2022 season Wednesday night, as (RV) Bethel got the best of Marian in a four-set match. The defeat gives Marian their first blemish on the schedule, as they dip to 12-1 overall and 4-1 in Crossroads League play.

Bethel had the upper hand over Marian throughout the entire first set, as they took a wire-to-wire victory in the opening game. After exchanging blows through the first eight rallies, the Pilots took control of the set with a 4-0 run. The Knights would fall behind by as many as six throughout the game as Bethel’s block and length at the net gave the visitors problems. Trailing 18-12, Marian would put together a rally fueled by an Averi Lanman and Madison Brooks block, as the 5-1 spurt brought them back within two. Bethel was able to get the side out and halt the momentum, freezing Marian as they went on to take a 25-21 win.

Marian came out aggressive in the second set as they took their first lead of the night by scoring the opening two points of the game, but a 5-0 Bethel run had the Knights playing from behind again. The combination of Gabby Fish and Jai-Lyn Norwood helped Marian claw their way back in front, as a 4-0 run gave the visitors an 11-9 lead. After a Bethel timeout Marian continued to pull away, gaining a six-point advantage thanks to multiple Pilot errors. Bethel would only be able to rally back within three points, as Skyler Van Note helped lead the team to a 25-19 second set win.

In the third set, Marian again found themselves playing from behind, as they fell into 5-1 and 14-8 deficits. Marian was able to rally back from their first hole thanks to a pair of Sydney Schaffer service aces, but the second took time. Blocks from Fish, Lanman, and Jaymison Summers aided the rally, as Marian slowly chipped back into things. An 11-6 run forced a Pilot timeout, and after the break Norwood tied the set at 20-20 with a strong kill. Bethel took the next point, but Norwood helped drive Marian in front 23-21 as she created a run.

The Pilots would tie and prolong the set, but the Knights halted their momentum with a kill from Fish, giving them a 25-24 advantage. On the play Fish rolled her ankle, and after the sophomore’s exit Marian was unable to keep their rhythm intact, as Bethel took five of the next seven rallies to take a 29-27 win. Trailing 2-1 in the match, Marian was unable to fend off Bethel in the fourth set after the home side claimed a 9-7 lead. A 3-0 and 4-0 spurt from Bethel put the Knights behind 16-9, as they were unable to rally dropping the final set 25-17.

Marian hit just .177 on the night, well below their season average. The Knights’ 45 kills through four sets was the fourth-lowest total of the season, as Bethel claimed 20 more kills. Norwood carried a bright spot in the defeat, hitting .297 as she racked up 15 kills. Van Note recorded 12 kills and had six total blocks, and Summers had a team-leading eight block assists. Fish had nine kills and three block assists before exiting the match. Katie Hardegree had a 24-assist, 17-dig double-double, and Gianna Feld led the Knights with 18 digs.

The Knights will return to action on Friday night as they travel to Grace College for a 7 p.m. matchup, as they look to get back in the win column.

ANDERSON WSOCCER

Both teams remained in a scoreless tie through the first 75 minutes of Wednesday’s match in Notre Dame. The Anderson University women’s soccer team then scored two goals in the next four minutes as Anderson pulled away from St. Mary’s College (Ind.) with a 2-0 victory.

During the 76th minute, Lillie Casey made a slot pass to Brooke Neu and Neu finished the goal inside the left post to put the Ravens (3-1-2) ahead 1-0. Casey received the assist.

Three minutes later, Fort had the ball close to the endline on the right side of the goal. Fort beat her defender left and fired a shot inside the left post to give Anderson a 2-0 lead.

“[Wednesday] was a game of grit and composed urgency,” Coach Jennifer Myhre said. “We came ready the second half, knowing we had to play quicker, sharper and step tighter defensively. We made great decisions on the ball, playing in behind their backs and knowing opportunities would come. Lillie Casey played a nice through ball and Brooke had timed her run well and had an awesome finish. The second goal was key and Taylor Fort worked all game long and it was great to see her get the final finish. We were solid across the back line as well and it was great to keep our net clean.”

Riley Schultz notched four shots and two shots on goal. Fort finished with three shots and one shot on goal. Lauren Brown put both of her shots on frame while Casey registered two shots. Anhely Montes and Neu each put their only shot on frame while Taylor Baker, Mandy Williams and Emily Wilusz each added a shot to round out Anderson’s 16 shots.

Emmalee Paarlberg recorded a six-save shutout for the Ravens. Meghan Foster and Kylie Roberts each played the full 90 minutes on the defensive line.

The Ravens outshot the Belles (0-5-3) by a 16-11 margin and held a 7-6 advantage in shots on goal.

Anderson challenges Calvin University (6-0) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Fridley Field. Calvin is ranked No. 13 in the latest United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA D-III poll and ranked No. 1 in Region VIII.

RHIT VOLLEYBALL

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rallied from a 2-1 deficit to pick up a strong 5-set volleyball win at Webster University on Wednesday night.

Rose-Hulman trailed 15-25, 25-22, 21-25 after three sets, before the Fightin’ Engineers turned the match around with an impressive 25-15 fourth set.  The Fightin’ Engineers continued playing at a high level for a convincing 15-5 win in the deciding fifth set.

Megan Korte made a return to the hometown of St. Louis with a team-high 15 kills.  Elizabeth Canon added 12 kills, and Sophia Koop contributed 10 kills on the evening.

Sophia Harrison and Jillian Gregg recorded double-doubles for the Fightin’ Engineers.  Harrison had a team-high 26 assists and 15 digs, while Gregg added 17 assists and 12 digs.

Lily Ebright recorded a career-high 38 digs and led the team with 3 service aces to lead the defensive and serving performance.  Aaliyah Briggs contributed a team-best 2 blocks to the effort.

Rose-Hulman led the match with 59 kills to 41 for Webster and also had 95 digs in the 5-set match.

The Fightin’ Engineers return home for the Rose-Hulman Invitational this weekend.  The schedule includes the HCAC opener against Manchester on Friday at 7 pm, with matches against Illinois Tech (11 am) and Concordia Chicago (1:30 pm) on Saturday.

RHIT MSOCCER

DECATUR, Illinois — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team cruised to a win at Millikin on Wednesday night. The Fightin’ Engineers outshot the Big Blue 14-4 to improve to 4-0-2 on the season.

Rose-Hulman started out quickly in the first half of action as they took seven shots compared to just one for Millikin. The Fightin’ Engineers capitalized on two of these shots as AJ Yilmaz gave them a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute off of an assist from Caleb Urban. Then, in the 36th minute, Matthew Schwartz, a Fightin’ Engineer freshman, slotted home a goal on his first career shot following a pass from Jackson Seida.

The assist for Urban on the first Rose-Hulman goal is the 20th of his career which puts him tied for fifth all-time in Rose-Hulman history for career assists.

In the second half, Rose-Hulman continued to control the game on both ends of the field, both creating chances and keeping the Big Blue attack at bay.

John Biederstedt would lead the Rose-Hulman defense making a save on the lone shot on goal en route to his third clean sheet of the season.

The Fightin’ Engineers will return to action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to Ohio Northern for a 4:00 start time.

Scorers:

19′ – AJ Yilmaz – 2nd of season – 11th of career

36′ – Matthew Schwartz – 1st of season – 1st of career

Assists:

19′ – Caleb Urban – 3rd of season – 20th of career

36′ – Jackson Seida – 1st of season – 1st of career

RHIT WSOCCER

GREENCASTLE, Indiana — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer team takes home a road draw with DePauw and extends their unbeaten streak to four. Rose-Hulman moves to 3-2-1 on the season.

The first half of the game was controlled for the most part by the DePauw Tigers as they outshot the Fightin’ Engineers 4-1. They also found the first goal of the game in the 34th minute by Annalise Grammel after a missed clearance.

In the second half, Rose-Hulman came out strong and with a vengeance as they were getting possession and seemed to be attacking for the entire first 20 minutes of the second half.

Eventually, the Fightin’ Engineers got the equalizer with a goal from Kyra Hicks in the 64th minute following a free kick from Kiley McKee.

After a 74th minute red card from Megan Foder, the Rose-Hulman center back, after a high kick, the Rose-Hulman defense had to step up in a major way, and they were up to the challenge. They held steady and maintained a draw on the road.

Natalie Dillon was great in goal for the Fightin’ Engineers as she faced 11 shots and made five saves while only allowing one goal.

The Fightin’ Engineers will be back in action on Saturday as they host Washington University – St. Louis in their Grey Matters Brain Cancer Awareness game at 5:00 pm.

RHIT WTENNIS

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s tennis team battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to put a battle at Anderson University, before narrowly falling 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon.

Julia McGuire highlighted the rally with a marathon win at No. 5 singles.  McGuire won the first set 7-6 (7-4), dropped the second set 7-6 (7-4) and won the third set super tiebreak 13-11 to highlight the individual performances.

Taylor Goldman added a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles, Wynne Aldrich won 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2 singles, and Violet Keith claimed a 7-5, 6-2 victory at No. 6 singles as part of the late rally.

Anderson improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 2-1 and 2-1 in league matches.  The Fightin’ Engineers return to action on Saturday at Hanover College.

TAYLOR VB

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Wednesday evening marked the first loss of the Crossroads League season for the No. 19 Taylor volleyball team (15-4, 4-1 CL), who fell in five sets to Saint Francis (10-7, 4-1 CL) on the road.

After winning 14-consecutive sets throughout their last five match wins, the Trojans dropped Wednesday’s first set by a score of 26-24. As the final set score lets on, play was fiercely competitive throughout the opening set as neither team led by more than three points.

Two strategic Taylor timeouts set the stage for two different 3-0 Trojan runs in the first set, the second of which ballooned into a six-point run that set the score to 24-21. At that point, however, the Cougars scratched back with a 5-0 run to steal the first set 26-24.

The second set followed a totally different script. Taylor took advantage of seven Saint Francis errors and an explosive offensive attack led by Ryan Czerniak and Jaylynn Dunsmore, nurturing a 14-point lead that resulted in a 13-point set win.

Taylor, then, backed up its impressive set-two play with a 25-17 third-set win, backed in large part by Dunsmore and Arlanda Faulkner who helped nurture a 19-13 Trojan lead before closing the set with an eight-point edge over the Cougars.

Set four of the match, however, resumed the fiercely competitive play of set one, as Saint Francis worked an 18-13 lead before Taylor fought back to even the score at 21. Though, three Trojan errors down the stretch helped pave the way for the Cougars to even the match at two sets apiece.

And, as is so often the case, the fifth set favored the home team, as Saint Francis morphed an early 4-0 lead into a 15-9 set win that sealed the deal for Taylor’s first loss thus far in the 2022 Crossroads League season.

Three Trojans posted double-digit kill numbers, with Czerniak leading the way with 14, followed by Dunsmore and Faulkner with 13 and 11 each.

Setting this Trojan trio up throughout the match was none other than Kacy Bragg, who totaled 45 assists throughout the night and moved into seventh all-time in program history with 3,482-career assists. Bragg now sits just 36 assists behind ’94 TU grad, Kristi Bagley, for sixth all-time in program history.

Meanwhile, on defense, freshman libero, McKaylah Flagle, posted her second 20-plus dig performance of the season, while Anna Frey contributed 14 more alongside 11 digs executed by Nikki Parrett.

No. 19 Taylor (15-4, 4-1 CL) will look to re-enter the win column on Friday, September 23, when they travel to Huntington to take on the Foresters at 7:00 pm.

VINCENNES VB

CARTERVILLE, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team extended their 17-game Region 24 winning streak Wednesday night with a three-set sweep of John A. Logan 25-17, 25-21, 25-22.

Set one began as a back-and-forth battle with the two teams trading points for most of the set until the Trailblazers used a 4-0 scoring run to take a 19-13 lead.

VU would close out the set strong, using a 3-0 scoring run to extend the lead and take the opening set 25-17.

The Trailblazers carried this momentum into the second set when Vincennes opened on an 8-0 scoring run behind the serving of sophomore setter Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.)

Vincennes would grow their lead to 10 in the second set before the Lady Volunteers battled back with three separate 4-0 scoring runs.

VU would manage to hold on and take the second set however, with the Blazers coming away with the 25-21 set win and holding a 2-0 match lead.

Vincennes again grabbed an early lead in set three but John A. Logan did not go away quietly with the Lady Vols battling back to cut the deficit to one point at 21-20.

The Trailblazers would go on to take four of the next six points to close out the third set and the match over John A. Logan 25-22.

Vincennes was led offensively by sophomore Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) who finished with seven kills on the night.

Freshman Paige Parlanti (Las Vegas, Nev.) finished closely behind with six kills on the match, while also adding seven digs, a pair of blocks and a pair of aces.

Freshmen Alexis Chrappa (Effingham, Ill.), Tuana Turhan (Ankara, Turkey) and sophomore Hannah Graber each finished with four kills.

Chrappa added three blocks and Turhan finished with a team-high five blocks, three digs and two aces. Graber also led the Blazers with 11 set assists and three aces, while also adding five digs.

Freshmen Audrey Buis (Franklin, Ind.) and Nisa Salis (Ankara, Turkey) round out the VU offense with Buis finishing the match with three kills and a block and Salis finishing with two kills and a block.

Freshman setter Maecy Johnson (Chrisman, Ill.) ended her night with nine set assists and freshman libero Morgan Netcott (Montague, Mich.) led the Blazers with 10 digs.

Sophomore Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) finished out the VU box score with five digs on the night.

The Trailblazers will be on the road again this weekend when VU travels to Hanceville, Ala. to take part in the Wallace State Community College Classic Friday Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24.

VU will open the two-day classic on Friday, facing Spartanburg Methodist at 5 p.m. eastern and closing out the day against host and No. 20-ranked Wallace State-Hanceville.

The weekend will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 24 with VU taking on Walters State at 10 a.m. eastern and Chattanooga State Community College at 12 p.m. eastern.

IWU MEN’S SOCCER

DEARBORN, Mich. – (RV) Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer traveled up to Michigan for a non-conference match against Rochester University. This marked the first time since 2006 that the two schools squared off against each other. IWU controlled the game from start to finish and earned their 3rd straight, 3-0.

IWU VB

WINONA LAKE, IND. – No. 12 volleyball posted their eighth sweep of the season in a win over Crossroads League rival Grace College. Indiana Wesleyan’s defense kept the Lancer offense in check all night, holding Grace to less than 16 points in each set. The win pushes the Wildcat’s record to 12-2 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the Crossroads League.

EC WSOCCER

RICHMOND – The Earlham College women’s soccer team battled Muskingum University to a draw on Wednesday evening in Matlack-Messer Stadium.

Earlham moves to 2-1-2 on the season.

Eva Lyon led the Quakers with eight shots, five of which were on frame. Jenna Hoeh also had an active day with four shots.

The Quakers led in shots 20-10, and took 14 of their shots in the second half. Earlham also led in corner kicks 8-0.

Makayla Hurey collected three saves.

EC will return to action on Saturday at Heidelberg University. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm in Tiffin, Ohio.

EC VB

RICHMOND – The Earlham College volleyball team defeated DePauw University after a five-set battle in Druley Performance Gym on Wednesday evening.

The Quakers improved to 6-7 on the season.

Maria Young and Aniyah Harrington paced the Earlham offense with 16 and 15 kills. Young also led the Quakers in attack efficiency with a .226 hitting percentage.

Erin Wagner, who recently passed 2,000 career assists, posted 43 assists off of 49 total kills for the Quakers. Wagner also hit five aces on the evening. Quaker libero Jen Shamel led the team in digs with 28.

Earlham had a solid showing in the first set, but was unable to match the offensive efficiency of DePauw, as the Tigers recorded 12 kills and just three errors in the first frame.

The Quakers returned with an identical kill/error split in set two, but saw the DePauw offense come back down after its strong start. Earlham had a 17-11 lead in the set before a 7-0 gave the visitors the lead and momentum which carried into the extra points.

Earlham recorded the only negative hitting percentage of the night in the third set after hitting 10 attack errors. WHile the Quakers were leading 10-7, DePauw scored a 10-1 run to take off with the set lead.

After trailing 10-7 in the fourth set, the Quakers took over with their best set of the evening. Earlham started with an 8-2 run, and followed it up with a 7-2 run for the offensive victory.

Earlham jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the deciding set before the Tigers fought back. With a score of 7-7, the Quakers capitalized on a bad set to swap courts with the lead. The set began a three-point run for Earlham before DePauw tied the score at 10. Aided by the growing energy in Druley Performance Gym, EC outscored the Tigers 5-1 to take the match win.

Earlham will be back in action at home on Saturday against Asbury University at 1 pm.

DEPAUW WSOCCER

Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw women’s soccer team recorded its third tie of the season after finishing in a 1-1 draw against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at home.

The Tigers and the Fightin’ Engineers played most of the first half in the midfield vying for position and dominance over the pave of the game.

In the 33rd minute, Annalise Grammel scored her third goal of the season following a scramble in front of the net after a corner attempt, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

Down by one at the half, the Fightin’ Engineers opened the second half with heavy pressure on the Tigers’ backline, ultimately changing the game’s pace in its favor. In the 63rd minute of play, Rose-Hulman tied the game at one after Kiley McKee sent a ball up the middle to Kyra Hicks, who chipped the ball past Emma St. John to even the score at one.

Despite finishing the night knotted up, the Tigers outshot the Fightin’ Engineers 11 to 7, recorded six corners for the night, and had a late attempt in the 74th minute following a Rose-Hulman red card and ejection for Megan Foder.

The Tigers move to 3-1-3 for the season and travel to Ohio Northern University on Saturday, September 24, to play the Polar Bears at 2 pm EDT.

HANOVER WTENNIS

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Hanover Panthers dropped a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up on Wednesday evening at Transylvania, 8-1.

The Panthers were paced by senior Laila Leist-Alton (Coronoa, Calif.) with the lone Panther win at no. 1 singles. The fifth year claimed the match 6-4, 6-3.

After surrendering doubles action, junior Isabelle Roberts (Brownsburg, Ind.) looked to erase the 3-0 deficit as she battled to a tie breaker match ultimately falling at no. 4 singles.

Sophomore Lyla Waskom (Scottsburg, Ind.) competed strong at no. 6 singles falling in the competitive match.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 24 welcoming Rose-Hulman.

HANOVER WBB

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team has announced their 2022-23 schedule which includes a Christmas break trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida between Dec. 16-22.

The season-opener, under the guidance of head coach John Jones, is set for Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12 when Hanover competes as part of the Wheaton Tournament. The weekend will feature contest against host school Wheaton and Elmhurst.

The Panthers then hit the road for Wittenberg on Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov.20 taking on non-conference foes Baldwin Wallace and Wittenberg.

The last non-conference tune-up is slated for Sunday, Nov. 27 at Centre before opening Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Wednesday, Nov. 30 inside Collier Arena. Hanover will welcome Anderson as part of their home-opener for the Lexi Riggles/Misty Eyes Benefit with tip-off set for 7:30 PM.

The Panthers then hit the road for a Christmas break road trip to Fort Lauderdal, Fla. on Monday, Dec. 19 and Wednesday, Dec. 21 taking on Loras and Babson.

The second half of the HCAC schedule is slated to begin on Saturday, Jan. 21 with the Panthers welcoming the Beavers of Bluffton. The regular season finale is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17 with the HCAC Tournament tip-off slated for Sunday, Feb. 19.

INDIANA TECH VB

SYLVANIA, Ohio – Indiana Tech women’s volleyball team traveled to Sylvania, Ohio, to complete their three-game road stretch at Lourdes University, taking on the Gray Wolves. The Warriors beat the Gray Wolves in three straight sets to complete the 3-0 sweep 25-20, 25-17, and 25-22. The result tonight moves the Warriors to 17-0 on the season and 5-0 against WHAC opponents.

Tech posted a .290 attacking percentage as a team for the match while recording 54 kills. Noelle VanOort led the Warriors with fourteen kills, Taylor Paul had thirteen, and Taylor Sorg with nine. Kelsey Schaldenbrand, Jacey Blust, and Noelle VanOort all recorded an ace for the Warriors tonight. Jacqueline Allaway had 3.0 blocks. Kelsey Schaldenbrand recorded twenty-two team-high assists, followed by Andrea Schriver, who had sixteen. Jacey Blust led the defensive effort with twenty digs.

The Warriors take the court next Friday night at the Schaefer Center, hosting the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University (Mich.).  The matchup occurs between the two teams sitting at the top of the WHAC. Tech dropped the last matchup 0-3 on November 12, 2021. The Warriors look to take down a top 25 team to continue their perfect season.

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees9058.60852 – 2238 – 3640 – 2625 – 815 – 147 – 3W 3
Toronto8465.5646.543 – 3241 – 3335 – 2819 – 1517 – 156 – 4L 1
Tampa Bay8267.5508.549 – 2833 – 3938 – 3114 – 1518 – 134 – 6L 3
Baltimore7771.5201342 – 3235 – 3930 – 3616 – 1719 – 104 – 6W 1
Boston7276.4861837 – 3735 – 3920 – 4218 – 1525 – 85 – 5L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland8267.55040 – 3242 – 3513 – 1642 – 2715 – 168 – 2W 3
Chi White Sox7673.510635 – 3941 – 3415 – 1734 – 3218 – 165 – 5L 2
Minnesota7376.490943 – 3230 – 4418 – 1635 – 3112 – 174 – 6L 3
Kansas City6089.4032236 – 4124 – 4813 – 2230 – 3610 – 184 – 6W 2
Detroit5792.3832531 – 4526 – 4711 – 2126 – 419 – 213 – 7L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Houston9951.66050 – 2349 – 2813 – 1226 – 851 – 259 – 1W 4
Seattle8167.5471739 – 3242 – 3516 – 1717 – 936 – 334 – 6L 2
LA Angels6584.43633.534 – 4131 – 4311 – 2316 – 1331 – 354 – 6L 1
Texas6484.4323431 – 4233 – 427 – 2217 – 1329 – 405 – 5W 1
Oakland5594.36943.525 – 4830 – 4613 – 2012 – 2126 – 405 – 5W 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-NY Mets9556.62950 – 2645 – 3046 – 2223 – 1019 – 146 – 4L 1
Y-Atlanta9356.624152 – 2641 – 3040 – 2321 – 1219 – 146 – 4L 1
Philadelphia8167.54712.545 – 3236 – 3536 – 3220 – 1017 – 165 – 5W 1
Miami6189.40733.530 – 4531 – 4429 – 3912 – 1712 – 214 – 6L 2
Washington5297.3494224 – 5028 – 4714 – 4915 – 1815 – 183 – 7W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis8763.58051 – 2736 – 3616 – 1844 – 2417 – 115 – 5L 3
Milwaukee7970.5307.542 – 3037 – 4012 – 1538 – 3214 – 186 – 4W 1
Chi Cubs6485.43022.531 – 4433 – 4118 – 1030 – 3610 – 256 – 4W 2
Cincinnati5990.39627.530 – 4429 – 4612 – 2225 – 3810 – 223 – 7W 1
Pittsburgh5594.36931.528 – 4327 – 519 – 2628 – 3514 – 174 – 6L 6
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-LA Dodgers10346.69151 – 2052 – 2619 – 1421 – 948 – 187 – 3L 2
San Diego8366.5572040 – 3143 – 3519 – 1521 – 1036 – 316 – 4W 5
San Francisco7277.4833139 – 3633 – 4119 – 1419 – 1424 – 396 – 4W 3
Arizona7080.46733.539 – 3931 – 4116 – 1516 – 1627 – 424 – 6W 2
Colorado6485.4303940 – 3724 – 4810 – 2416 – 1629 – 344 – 6L 3

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins2001.0000.062451-0-01-0-02-0-01-0-02 W
Buffalo Bills2001.0000.072171-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
New York Jets110.5001.040540-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 W
New England Patriots110.5001.024340-0-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs2001.0000.071451-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers110.5001.048461-0-00-1-01-1-01-1-01 L
Denver Broncos110.5001.032261-0-00-1-01-0-00-0-01 W
Las Vegas Raiders020.0002.042530-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Pittsburgh Steelers110.5000.037370-1-01-0-01-1-01-0-01 L
Baltimore Ravens110.5000.062510-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 L
Cleveland Browns110.5000.056550-1-01-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals020.0001.037430-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars110.5000.046281-0-00-1-01-0-01-0-01 W
Houston Texans011.2500.529360-0-10-1-00-1-10-0-11 L
Indianapolis Colts011.2500.520440-0-00-1-10-1-10-1-11 L
Tennessee Titans020.0001.027620-1-00-1-00-1-00-0-02 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles2001.0000.062421-0-01-0-02-0-00-0-02 W
New York Giants2001.0000.040361-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Washington Commanders110.5001.055581-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys110.5001.023361-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers110.5000.037261-0-00-1-01-1-01-0-01 W
Los Angeles Rams110.5000.041581-1-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Arizona Cardinals110.5000.050670-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Seattle Seahawks110.5000.024431-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings110.5000.030311-0-00-1-01-1-01-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers110.5000.034331-0-00-1-01-1-01-1-01 W
Detroit Lions110.5000.071651-1-00-0-01-1-00-0-01 W
Chicago Bears110.5000.029371-0-00-1-01-1-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers2001.0000.039130-0-02-0-02-0-01-0-02 W
New Orleans Saints110.5001.037460-1-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 L
Carolina Panthers020.0002.040450-1-00-1-00-1-00-0-02 L
Atlanta Falcons020.0002.053580-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1911       Cy Young wins his 511th and final career game when he blanks the Pirates at Forbes Field, 1-0. The 35-101 Rustlers have won only three contests in 22 attempts against Pittsburgh this season, with two of the victories coming on shutouts thrown by the 44-year-old veteran right-hander, who was obtained by Boston on waivers from Cleveland in late July.

1912       At Sportsman’s Park against the Browns, Eddie Collins becomes the first player to steal six bases in one game for the second time. The Philadelphia A’s second baseman’s feat of thievery continues to be the major league mark.

1925       Robins starter Burleigh Grimes accounts for seven outs in just three plate appearances in the team’s 3-2 loss to Chicago, a 12-inning game played at Cubs Park. The Brooklyn right-hander follows grounding into two double plays by hitting into a 6-4-3-2 triple play.

1926       At Ebbets Field, the aging 18-year veteran outfielder Zack Wheat hits his last homer as a Dodger but severely pulls a muscle nearing second. The future Hall of Famer needs to rest nearly five minutes before reaching home plate, making his trip around the bases the most extended home run trot in major league history.

1936       The Tigers record the most one-sided pair of shutouts in a doubleheader, sweeping St. Louis at Navin Field, 12-0 and 14-0. Both Detroit starters go the distance, with Elden Auker throwing a five-hitter in the opener and Tommy Bridges limiting the Browns to three hits in the nightcap.

1947       On an off day, the Dodgers clinched the National League pennant when Chicago beats the Cardinals in the nightcap of twin bill’s nightcap. Although it is past midnight when the good news about their beloved team reaches the borough, Brooklynites begin to gather on Flatbush for an impromptu celebration.

1948       Stan Musial, for the fourth time this season, has five hits in five at-bats to set a National League record and ties the major league mark established by Ty Cobb. Stan the Man’s hits, including a double and home run, come off five different pitchers on five consecutive pitches in the Cardinals’ 8-2 victory at Braves Field in Boston.

1954       Karl Spooner, in his major league debut, blanks the Giants at Ebbets Field, 3-0. The 23-year-old Dodger southpaw fans 15 batters, including six straight, recording the most strikeouts in a rookie’s first appearance.

1957       Ted Williams hits a home run in his fourth consecutive at-bat over a span of four games. In his other plate appearances during those contests, the opposing pitchers issue six bases on balls to the Splendid Splinter until he follows today’s fourth-inning round-tripper with a single in the sixth.

1957       Duke Snider, with his second round-tripper in the Dodgers’ 7-3 victory over Philadelphia, hits his 40th home run, tying Ralph Kiner’s National League record of five consecutive seasons with forty or more homers. The Duke of Flatbush’s seventh-inning homer off future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts will prove to be the last one ever hit at Ebbets Field.

1959       After the White Sox clinch the pennant by beating the second-place Indians at Cleveland Stadium, 4-2, Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley orders the city air raid sirens to blast. The flag marks the South-siders’ first American League championship since the notorious Black Sox’s title 40 years ago.

1961       In the Orioles’ 8-5 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park, Jim Gentile hits his fifth grand slam of the year to tie the major league record established in 1955 by Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks. Each of the first baseman’s four-run homers has come with Chuck Estrada pitching for Baltimore.

1962       Al Jackson suffers his 20th loss when Chicago beats the Mets at the Polo Grounds, 8-2. The New York southpaw joins Roger Craig in reaching the dubious number of defeats, making the pair the first teammates since Bucky Walters and Joe Bowman of the 1936 Phillies to become 20-game losers on the same National League team.

1964       Larry Dierker, who will have a long relationship with the franchise, including stints as a broadcaster and manager, becomes the last rookie to make his major league debut as a Colt .45. On his 18th birthday, the right-hander starts, taking the loss when San Francisco defeats Houston, 7-3.

1966       With only 413 patrons in attendance to see New York’s 4-1 loss to the White Sox, the team’s head of media relations denies veteran broadcaster Red Barber’s request for a camera to scan the empty stands. The Ol’ Redhead reportedly loses his job when he tells his audience, “I don’t know what the paid attendance is today, but whatever it is, it is the smallest crowd in the history of Yankee Stadium, and this crowd is the story, not the game.”

1966       The Orioles clinched their first pennant representing Baltimore when Jim Palmer goes the distance, beating Lew Krausse and the A’s at Municipal Stadium, 6-1. The franchise’s last flag was raised in St. Louis in 1944 when the team was known as the Browns.

1968       Utility player Cesar Tovar becomes the second major leaguer to play one inning at each position when he plays right field in the ninth in the Twins’ 3-2 victory over Oakland at Metropolitan Stadium. A’s shortstop Bert Campaneris was the first to field all of the positions in a 1965 contest against California.

1969       Willie Mays, joining Yankee legend Babe Ruth, becomes the second major leaguer to hit 600 career home runs. The historic two-run homer is delivered as a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh inning off Padres hurler Mike Corkins and proves to be the difference in the Giants’ 4-2 victory at Qualcomm Stadium.

1969       During the team’s 4-2 victory over the Padres, Giant outfielder Bobby Bonds establishes a big-league record when he strikes out for the 176th time this season. The California native will finish the year with 187, extending the dubious mark next season with two additional strikeouts.

1971       The Pirates clinch their second consecutive National League Eastern Divisional flag when they defeat the second-place Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 5-1. Luke Walker and Dave Giusti combine to toss a six-hitter to best the future Hall of Fame right-hander Bob Gibson, who no-hit the Bucs last month in his only other start against the team.

1976       Right-hander Don Sutton goes the distance to become a twenty-game winner for the first and last time when Los Angeles beat the Giants at Candlestick Park, 3-1. The future Hall of Famer will compile a 324-256 (.559) record during his 23-year big-league tenure, playing for the Dodgers, Astros, Brewers, Angels, and the A’s.

1977       Bert Blyleven no-hits the Angels, 6-0. A batter reaching on a third-inning error, erased on a double play, and a walk, issued with two outs in the ninth, account for the only two baserunners in the game for Anaheim.

1986       Dodger hurler Fernando Valenzuela (20-10) two-hits Houston en route to a 9-2 victory at the Astrodome. The 25-year-old southpaw becomes the first Mexican to win 20 games in the major leagues.

1987       Future Hall of Famer Wade Boggs collects his 200th hit for the fifth straight season. The Red Sox third baseman will reach the 200-hit mark for the next two years before the streak ends in 1990.

1987       Chicago sends Dickie Noles to the Tigers for a player to be named later. Next month, the right-handed pitcher is returned to the Cubs as that player to be named later.

1988       The Mets clinch their fourth NL East title when Ron Darling goes the distance, defeating Philadelphia at Shea Stadium, 3-1. The Amazins also copped the division flag in 1969, 1973, and 1986.

1990       Andre Dawson becomes the second player to hit 300 home runs, steal 300 bases, and collect 2,000 hits. The Cubs’ outfielder joins Willie Mays in accomplishing the feat when he swipes his 300th career bag in an 11-5 loss to the Mets at Wrigley Field.

1993       The long career of Ranger right-hander Nolan Ryan, who had announced his plans to retire at the end of the season, comes to an abrupt end when the Texas starter leaves the game in the first inning after injuring his right elbow. The future Hall of Famer, who gives up five runs without retiring a batter, will throw just one more pitch after giving up a grand slam to Dann Howitt in the 7-4 loss to Seattle at the Kingdome.

1993       The Rockies establish the major league home attendance record with 4,483,350 patrons attending games at Denver’s Mile High Stadium. The expansion team will average 55,350 fans per game during their inaugural season.

1996       Barry Larkin becomes the first shortstop to become a member of the 30-30 club when he goes deep off Donovan Osborne in the fifth inning in the Reds’ 6-3 victory over St. Louis. The future Hall of Fame infielder joins teammate Eric Davis as only the second Cincinnati player to accomplish the feat.

1997       Thanks to the Mets beating the Marlins, the Braves, before their 3-2 win over the Expos, capture the National League East title. The title is the sixth straight division flag for Atlanta, which breaks the major league record.

1998       Jose Canseco, in the Blue Jays’ 7-3 victory over Baltimore at the SkyDome, hits his 45th and 46th home runs, setting a new career-high. The Toronto DH will finish his 17-year major league career with 462 round-trippers, but his admitted use of steroids will taint his accomplishment.

1998       Mariner Ken Griffey Jr., with his American League-leading 54th and 55th home runs of the season, joins Babe Ruth (Yankees, 1930-32) and Lou Gehrig (Yankees, 1926-34) as the only players to drive in 140 or more runs in at least three consecutive seasons. During his 22-year tenure in the major leagues, Junior will average 111 runs batted in per season.

1998       Braves backup backstop Eddie Perez’s solo home run in Atlanta’s 4-1 win over Florida is the team’s 208th round-tripper this season, breaking a 32-year-old franchise record. Atlanta will finish the season with 215 homers, with Andres Galarraga being the club leader with 44.

1998       John Olerud ties Barry Bonds’ National League record of reaching base 15 consecutive times when he walks in the first inning. The Mets’ first baseman will ground out in the third, falling one short of the 1957 major league mark set by Ted Williams.

1998       Tony Clark becomes the first Detroit player since Rudy York (1940-41) to collect 100 RBIs in his first two full seasons in the Motor City. The Tigers’ first baseman finishes the season with 103 runs batted in after driving in 117 last season.

2000       The Astros, surpassing the 1997 Rockies, establish a new National League team single-season home run mark, hitting their 240th in a 12-5 loss to Cincinnati at Cinergy Field. The slugfest features nine home runs, with the home team hitting six and Houston going deep three times.

2000       At Cinergy Field, Astros’ Jose Lima gives up his 47th home run of the season, passing the National League record established in 1956 by Robin Roberts. Bert Blyleven holds the distinction of serving up 50 gopher balls as a Twin in 1986 to set the major league mark.

2000       Mets’ closer Armando Benitez blanks the Phillies in the ninth for his 39th save, breaking southpaw John Franco’s club record. The left-handed bullpen veteran also appeared in the Mets’ 9-6 win.

2002       Chicago’s first baseman Fred McGriff becomes the first player to hit 30 home runs in a season for five different teams (Blue Jays, Padres, Braves, Devil Rays, and Cubs). The Crime Dog’s first inning PNC poke also sets a record for being the 42nd major league park in which he’s gone yard, one more than Ellis Burks of the Indians.

2002       In the last game ever played at Cinergy Field, the Phillies complete a three-game sweep, defeating the Reds, 4-3, in front of many of the team’s former superstars except for the banished Pete Rose. The popularity of the all-time hit leader becomes obvious when Tom Browning paints Rose’s uniform number 14 on the mound after the game, along with the crowd chanting, “Pete, Pete” as home plate gets ready for delivery next door to Great American Ball Park.

2002       Greg Maddux pitches seven innings of four-hit ball as the Braves beat the Marlins, 4-1. ‘Mad Dog’ joins Cy Young as one of only two pitchers in baseball history to win at least 15 games in 15 consecutive seasons.

2003       The Tigers established a new mark for futility in the American League, recording their 118th loss of the season. The 1916 A’s (36-117) had held the record before Detroit’s 12-6 defeat to the Royals.

2003       Alfonso Soriano hits his 13th leadoff home run of the season to establish a new major league mark. The Yankee second baseman shared the record with Brady Anderson, who led off with 12 round-trippers for the 1996 Orioles.

2003       For only the third time in major league history, a Korean pitcher and a Japanese pitcher oppose one another as Expos’ hurler Tomo Ohka faces Jae Weong Seo as starters at Shea Stadium. Both Pacific Rim right-handers throw well, but neither gets the decision as Montreal beats the Mets on misplayed fly balls in the ninth, 4-2.

2004       When he whiffs Albert Pujols in the 3-2 loss to the Cardinals, Ben Sheets breaks the Brewers’ single-season strikeout record. The 26-year-old Louisiana native surpasses Teddy Higuera’s mark of 240 established in 1987.

2005       On the day he is scheduled to return to the team after rehabilitating his right knee and left ankle at home, the Orioles inform Rafael Palmeiro not to report to the team. The first baseman/DH, who tested positive for steroids earlier in the season, continues to stir up more controversy as the 40-year-old veteran states the reason for failing the drug test is due to a vitamin B-12 shot given by his teammate, Miguel Tejada.

2005       An American Society of Microbiology’s study of the number of people washing their hands after using a public restroom reports 83 percent of patrons take advantage of the available soap and water. Of the 6,300 bathroom users monitored, the data reveals Turner Field to have the worst hygiene showing nearly a quarter of the patrons (37% male and 16% female) did not wash their hands after using the facilities during a Braves game.

2006       In the Nationals’ 3-2 victory over the Mets, Alfonso Soriano hits his 40th double and steals his 41st base of the season. The Washington outfielder, with 45 homers, becomes baseball’s first 40-40-40 player with his offensive performance at Shea Stadium.

2009       Diamondback slugger Mark Reynolds establishes a new single-season strikeout mark for the second year in a row when he misses a 1-2 breaking ball from Madison Bumgarner, his 205th K of the campaign. Before breaking his own dubious mark and extending it with another whiff in the sixth inning, the 26-year-old third baseman collected his 100th RBI of the season in Arizona’s 10-8 Chase Field victory over San Francisco.

2010       Jose Lopez hits three home runs in the Mariners’ 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The third baseman’s trio of round-trippers, collected off three different pitchers, accounts for nearly a third of his ten homers this season.

2010       The Diamondbacks hire Kevin Towers as the team’s general manager, bypassing the interim GM Jerry Dipoto, a highly-regarded administrator within the organization and throughout baseball for the job he did replacing Josh Byrnes. During Towers’ 14-year tenure in the same position with the Padres, San Diego won four division titles and played in the 1998 World Series against New York.

2011       Thanks to Shane Victorino’s million-dollar pledge, the renovated 105-year-old Nicetown Boys & Girls Club celebrates its grand opening. The inner-city facility, now named after the Phillies’ All-Star center fielder, is only the second club in the country to bear the name of a major leaguer, with the ‘Flying Hawaiian’ sharing the distinction with Willie Mays.

2011       According to the Associated Press, Leo Nunez, placed on the Marlins’ restricted list without the club listing a reason, needs to return to the Dominican Republic to deal with legal issues concerning fake identification documents. The 29-year-old right-handed closer, whose real name is Juan Oviedo, used his childhood friend’s ID to receive a more lucrative deal due to being believed only to be 16 years of age instead of 17 when signing his first major league contract.

2012       Gio Gonzalez becomes the second pitcher in franchise history to win 20 games when Washington beats Milwaukee at Nationals Park, 10-4. The 27-year-old southpaw joins Ross Grimsley, who accomplished the feat in 1978 when the club played in Montreal as the Expos.

2013       Felix Hernandez, making his first appearance since suffering a strained oblique, sets a record for strikeouts in a start lasting four or fewer innings when he whiffs ten batters before the fifth frame in the Mariners’ 3-2 victory at Angel Stadium. The fans aren’t the only ones buzzing during King Felix’s performance, as a swarm of bees in the outfield delays the contest for 23 minutes during the third inning.

2018       The Dodgers establish a franchise record for team home runs hit in one season for the second consecutive year when Yasmani Grandal goes deep in the bottom of the sixth inning in the team’s 7-2 victory over the Padres. The catcher’s round-tripper was the club’s 222nd of the campaign, surpassing last year’s total with seven games left on the schedule.

2019       En route to clinching a playoff spot, the Cardinals beat the Cubs 3-2, completing the team’s first four-game sweep at Wrigley Field in 98 seasons. The series marks the first time in a century a home team has dropped four consecutive one-run decisions against the same opponent, with Chicago losing five straight one-run contests for the first time since 1915.

2019       After dropping a 12-8 decision to the Twins, the Royals (100) join the Tigers (109), Marlins (101), and Orioles (105) in breaking the 2002 mark for the number of 100-loss teams playing in the major leagues in the same season. Conversely, the Dodgers (100), Yankees (102), and Astros (102) have won a hundred or more games, marking three straight years three teams have posted triple-digit victories.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1993

Toronto Blue Jays (4) vs Philadelphia Phillies (2)

After shocking the baseball world by defeating the perennial National League champion Atlanta Braves in the previous Series, the Toronto Blue Jays returned to defend their “Canadian Classic” title against the Philadelphia Phillies (who had finished last in ’92).

The new National League champions had struggled throughout the entire season (due to injuries), but held on the defeat the Braves as well in six playoff games for a ticket across the border.

Philadelphia jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1 and continued with a 4-3 advantage going in the fifth. John Olerud managed to seize the lead (in the sixth) for the home team with bomb of his own following a tying blast by Devon White in the fifth. Toronto continued their comeback (in the seventh) with three more runs including a two run double by Roberto Alomar that sealed the 8-5 victory.

In Game 2, Jim Eisenreich hammered a three run homer off Dave Stewart in the Phillies’ five run third and Lenny Dykstra made two highlight catches while crashing into the centerfield wall on both occasions. In the end, the Blue Jays were unable to rally as they had in the first outing and fell 6-4 after Dykstra drilled a bases-empty homer in the seventh.

As the Series shifted to the City of Brotherly Love Toronto manager Cito Gaston shook things up after deciding to send the American League batting champion, first baseman John Olerud, to the bench (against lefthander Danny Jackson) and replace him with Paul Molitor.

The controversial move represented a way around the no designated-hitter rule that was in effect at the National League’s ballpark and the “fake DH” filled the gap with a two run triple in the first inning and a solo homer in the third. Alomar and Tony Fernandez also followed suite with two, two RBI blasts of their own for the 10-3 triumph that put the Bluebirds ahead two games to one.

Game 4 was by far the most memorable outing of the Series and set three records in a single game including the longest World Series game ever (four hours, fourteen minutes), most runs by both clubs (twenty-nine) and most runs scored by a losing team (fourteen). Philadelphia’s Milt Thompson (five RBIs) got the ball rolling with a three run triple in the first inning and Dykstra (four RBIs) added two homers for an astonishing 14-9 lead going into the seventh.

The Jays, who’s batting order featured the league’s 1-2-3 hitters (Olerud, Molitor and Alomar) landed a six run rally in the eighth which was capped by Henderson’s two run single and White’s two run triple. After both teams combined for thirty-one hits and fourteen bases on balls, the defending champions emerged 15-14 winners. The scoring derby though record-setting was typical due to the poor pitching that had become par on both sides throughout the Series. (Toronto’s rotation finished with a horrendous 5.77 ERA and the Phillies bested them with a pathetic 7.57 earned-run-average.)

Curt Schilling was given the dubious task of putting Philly back in race after a three game deficit and the National’s ace rose to the challenge with a beautiful five hitter that kept his team alive with a 2-0 victory. Unfortunately the contest was headed back indoors as both teams headed back to “The Great White North”.

Molitor (who finished .500 and won the MVP) tripled home a run in Toronto’s three run first that set the pace for Game 6. He added a bases-empty homer in the fifth that moved the Jays ahead 5-1. The advantage stood in Philadelphia’s favor as they protected a 6-5 decision going into the ninth. Mitch Williams was given the call from the Phillies bullpen and proceeded to walk the first batter he faced (Rickey Henderson) on four pitches. White flied out to left field, but Molitor (the DH) followed with a clutch single to center. Joe Carter (with one-hundred twenty-one RBIs and eight-hundred ninety-three in eight years) completed the sequence (with a 2-2 count) and sent a long bomb over the left-field fence for the game and title.

The 8-6 victory made the Canadian-based club the first team since the Yankees of 1977-78 to repeat and finally gave levity to the term “World Champions.”

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-2001

After four consecutive years of American League victories, the National League returned to the role of underdog and was looking for a win. The 2001 script had been written, but the star of this show was Cal Ripken, Jr. The Iron Man had announced his impending retirement earlier in the season and grateful baseball fans thanked him over and over with honors in every ballpark that he played in.

The 2001 Midsummer Classic took on a whole new identity as Cal took the field at third base for his final All-Star appearance. Everyone in attendance and watching at home knew history was in the making. Class-act Alex Rodriguez suggested Ripken move over to his customary shortstop position and Cal reluctantly agreed.

The memories had only just begun for Ripken who came to the plate during the third inning with the theme from The Natural being played over Safeco Fields’ sound system. The fans gave Cal one of the longest standing ovations ever bestowed on an All-Star player and he tipped his batting helmet in appreciation. Stepping into the batters box he swung amid a sea of flashbulbs and hit the first pitch he saw from Chan Ho Park over the left field wall.

The final chapter in his story was written before the sixth inning by Commissioner Bud Selig who presented Ripken and Tony Gwynn, who was also retiring after the season, with the Commissioners’ Historic Achievement Award. The award, which was created in 1998, is presented at the commissioner’s discretion to any player whose body of work is in itself historical or any player who sets a record of historical significance.

In between tributes a game was also taking place. Leading only 3-2 after a fifth-inning RBI single, the American League put the game away with three runs in the ninth. With the victory, the junior circuit cut its overall deficit to 40-30-1. Yankee boss Joe Torre joined Tony La Russa and Tommy Lasorda as the only managers to win their first three All-Star Games.

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September 22, 1987 – The NFL Players strike started and lasted for 24 days. The players wanted Free Agency to be a part of the agreement that the NFLPA had with the NFL owners. They had technically had free agency for almost a decade at that point but a clause in the contract known as the “Rozelle Rule” stated that if a player as signed from a team that the Commissioner could review it and compensate the team losing that player with draft picks or players from his new team. As the 1987 season started things were not going the way the players liked with the negotiations so in week four of the season they walked out and went on strike. The NFL owners retaliated with bringing replacement players and it turned out to be a disastrous experiment for ownership. The quality of play had dropped considerably and the fans demanded the quality that the League started the season with. But star players such as Joe Montana, Mark Gastineau and Steve Largent started breaking ranks and crossed the picket line. This eventually led to all of the players returning back to work in week 7. Interestingly enough the games played by the replacement players counted in the teams overall record.

September 22, 1991 – Miami Dolphins Head Coach Don Shula won his 300th NFL game! Shula started his head coaching career in the NFL in 1963 with the Baltimore Colts at the age of 33. He spent 7 seasons and tallied 71 wins in that position before leaving for warmer weather in Miami and staying at that post for 26 seasons. Don Shula won 1 NFL Championship in 1968 with the Colts and then won two Super Bowls at the helm of the Dolphins including the NFL’s only undefeated Super Bowl team in 1972!

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S

September 22, 1862 – Alex Moffat was a former halfback from Princeton University. The website footballfoundation.org refers to Alex as “collegiate football’s first great kicker.” Legendary coach Amos Alonzo Stagg said; “ Moffat invented the spiral punt in 1881 and changed thereby the whole science of punting.” Moffat was the captain of his 1883 Princeton Tigers team, and that season he proved worthy of the position. In the game against Harvard that season, Alex kicked 5 field goals including two drop kicks with his right foot and two others with his left! The final goal was booted from a place kick. The Tigers won 7 games out of 8 that fine season as only the Yale Bulldogs defeated them in a 6-0 skirmish. The Princeton captain was a solid tackler on defense for the Tigers, making few errors. Alex was a stellar runner as well as a kicker. Moffat’s great 1883 season ended with him totaling 7 touchdowns, 16 field goals and seven point after kicks. The National Football Foundation enshrined Alex Moffat posthumously into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

September 22, 1898 – Heartley Hunk Anderson was a guard from the University of Notre Dame that played in the seasons of 1918 through 1921. His freshman season in 1918 is significant to Notre Dame football history as it was the very first one that a man by the name of Knute Rockne was the team’s head coach! Hunk Anderson blocked for George Gipp that season and Rockne was heard to say later that Anderson was, “the greatest lineman he ever coached.” After a single loss in his freshman season Hunk and the Irish did not experience another loss in a football game until his senior season when the Iowa Hawkeyes knocked them off in an upset. Against Purdue Hunk blocked not one but two punts and then recovered them both in the endzone! With performances like those Anderson played well enough that season to earn First-Team All-American honors. The great collegiate lineman after college turned pro and played with the Chicago Bears for four seasons. He later returned to his Almamater and became the head coach after Rockne’s untimely death in 1931. Hunk Anderson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

September 22, 1905 – Larry Bettencourt was a center from St. Mary’s College of California. Bettencourt and his head coach Ed Madigan were instrumental in taking the tiny school in Moraga, California into the national college spotlight in the mid 1920’s. During Bettencourt’s four seasons as a Galloping Gael of St. Mary’s team registered 19 shutouts. Larry himself scored 12 touchdowns mostly by blocking kicks and possessing them in the endzone! In 1927 he registered a blocked kick in six straight games! His blocking was equally up to the challenge as he created large gaps for his runners by his aggressive blocking. He was picked as an All-American after the 1927 season. In 1973 he received the honor of being selected into the College Football Hall of Fame.

September 22, 1922 – Ray Evans was a University of Kansas halfback that played for the Jayhawks the 1940’s. Ray was a phenomenal two way player, in 1942 he led the nation in passing and also in interceptions! That season he became only the second player in college history to complete more than 100 passes (101) and his 10 interceptions on defense were the envy of all of the defensive backs in the country. Evans played for the Jayhawks in 1941 and 1942 and then left the team to serve in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II for 3 years. He returned to the Kansas team in 1946 to pick up where he left off before the war, leading Kansas in rushing, passing and total offense. His final season with the team in 1947 was special for Kansas as the team went 8-0-2 and earned the right to play Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Unfortunately for the Jayhawks the Yellow Jackets narrowly defeated them 20-14. A super athlete, Ray was a great basketball star for the Jayhawks as well. The University of Kansas retired Evan’s number 42 jersey as well as his basketball number 15. After college Evans played in the NFL for the 1948 Pittsburgh Steelers. The National Football Foundation awarded the great player in 1964 with entry into their College Football Hall of Fame.

September 22, 1959 – Bob Crable was a former University of Notre Dame linebacker from 1978 through the 1981 season. Crable may be the greatest tackler in Notre Dame’s long history of great players. The linebacker after all still holds most of the Irish records in tackling including a career high 521 tackles, 187 in a single season and 26 in a single game! In 2006 he received the Butkus Silver Anniversary Award. Crable played seven seasons for the New York Jets as they picked him 23rd in the 1982 NFL Draft. Bob was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMERS

In 1925, it was apparent the National Football League needed a “showcase” franchise. League president Joe Carr went to New York to offer fight promoter Billy Gibson, a franchise. Gibson wasn’t interested but he introduced Carr to a friend, Tim Mara. When Mara learned he could get a franchise for $500, he commented: “A New York franchise to operate anything ought to be worth $500.”

The 1925 Giants went 8-4 and finished fourth in a 20-team league but they couldn’t dent the fans’ enthusiasm for college football. Undaunted, Mara tried to sign college superstar Red Grange only to find the Chicago Bears had beaten him to the punch. Still, Grange was important to Mara’s future in football. When the Grange-led Bears played in New York’s Polo Grounds in December 1925, a sellout crowd saw the game and Mara netted a reported $143,000.

The future of pro football in New York was assured. Mara’s euphoria was short-lived because, in 1926, Grange and his manager, C. C. Pyle, formed a new league with a New York franchise to compete with the Giants. Mara lost heavily, but the new league lost more and went out of business. The next year, the Giants went 11-1-1 and Tim had his first championship.

Mara had known hard times as a youngster so, when New York Mayor Jimmy Walker approached him in the depression year of 1930 about playing a charity exhibition game, he quickly agreed. The Giants defeated the Notre Dame All-Stars, 21-0, and Mara unselfishly turned over a check for $115,153 to the New York City Unemployment Fund.

In the 1940s, Mara again had to endure another inter-league war, this time with the All-America Football Conference. Once again, Mara won, strengthening what would become one of pro football’s most successful and storied franchises, and one of sport’s elite organizations.

SUPER BOWL HISTORY-SUPER BOWL 11

Jan. 9, 1977

At Pasadena, Calif.—103,438

Oakland    0    16    3    13    —    32

Minnesota    0    0    7    7    —    14

The Raiders won their first NFL Championship and the Vikings dropped their fourth Super Bowl.

After a scoreless first quarter, Oakland scored 16 second-quarter points behind the running of Clarence Davis (who finished with 137 yards on 16 carries) and the pinpoint passing of Ken Stabler.

Trailing 19-0 in the third quarter, the Vikings got on the board with an eight-yard Fran Tarkenton pass to Sammy White. But on the ensuing drive Stabler hit Biletnikoff for 48 yards to set up a two-yard plunge by veteran Pete Banaszak.

Defensive back Willie Brown iced the game in the fourth quarter with a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown.

In each of its four Super Bowl losses, Minnesota failed to score in the first half. The Vikes were outscored in the four games 95-34 and managed a total of 227 yards rushing (55.4 yards per outing) and 90 carries for a 2.5-yard average.

Fred Biletnikoff caught four passes for 79 yards to earn MVP honors.

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48 – 4 – 12 – 25 – 1 – 28 – 8 – 34

September 22, 1911 – Boston Rustlers’ future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young beats Pittsburgh Pirates, 1-0 at Forbes Field for his final career victory, number 511

September 22, 1912 – Philadelphia second baseman Eddie Collins becomes only player in MLB history to steal 6 bases in one game for a second time as A’s beat St. Louis Browns, 8-2

September 22, 1925 – New York left fielder Ben Paschal hits 2 inside-the-park-home runs as the Yankees score an 11-6 home victory over Chicago White Sox

September 22, 1927 – New York Yankee Earle Combs hits 3 triples

September 22, 1954 – Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Karl Spooner, Number 48 struck out 15 New York Giants in his first MLB game

September 22, 1957 – Number 4, Duke Snider’s 39th and 40th home runs of the season were last hit out of the legendary Ebbets Field. The longtime home of the Brooklyn Dodgers became irrelevant when the Dodgers moved at the end of the season to Los Angeles. In a post script, Ebbets Field was demolished in 1960 and replaced by the Ebbets Field Apartments, later renamed the Jackie Robinson Apartments.

September 22, 1961 – Baltimore Orioles Jim Gentile, Number 4 tied a record of 5 grand slams in a single season

September 22, 1968 – Minnesota Twins utility César Tovar, Number 12 pitched a hitless inning and played all 9 positions in a 2-1 win over Oakland A’s at Metropolitan Stadium

September 22, 1969 – San Francisco Giant, Number 25 Willie Mays, became just the second player in MLB history to hit 600 home runs

September 22, 1973 – Baltimore Oriole Al Bumbry, Number 1 hits 3 triples vs Milwaukee Brewers

September 22, 1977 – Minnesota Twin Bert Blyleven, Number 28 no-hits California Angels, 9-0

September 22, 1990 – Andre Dawson, Number 8 stole his 300th base and became the only player other than Willie Mays to have 300 HRs, 300 steals and 2,000 hits in his career.

September 22, 1993 – Number 34, Nolan Ryan, at age 46, pitched his final MLB game

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