INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
MISHAWAKA MARIAN 9 NEW PRAIRIE 4
BOONE GROVE 19 MORGAN TWP. 7
SOUTH CENTRAL 17 WASHINGTON TWP. 6
HEBRON 11 LACROSSE 6
EASTERN 18 TRI CENTRAL 0
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL 14 21ST CENTURY CHARTER 2
WESTVILLE 10 KOUTS 7
MERRILLVILLE 8 HAMMOND CENTRAL 7
YELLOW SPRINGS 8 MIDDLETOWN CHRISTIAN 7
MONROE CENTRAL 5 JAY COUNTY 2
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH’S 10 BREMEN 0
JIMTOWN 11 SOUTH BEND RILEY 1
BENTON CENTRAL 15 FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 1
GRIFFITH 9 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 5
MUNSTER 6 KANKAKEE VALLEY 2
BETHANY CHRISTIAN 10 TRITON 0
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 17 ATTICA 3
ANGOLA 13 HAMILTON 3
ROSSVILLE 2 TRI COUNTY 1
CHURUBUSCO 9 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 3
WARSAW 16 NORTHWOOD 5
PERU 6 WHITKO 2
NORTHFIELD 5 MANCHESTER 2
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 6 RENSSELAER CENTRAL 1
FREMONT 12 WEST NOBLE 0
BORDEN 11 EASTERN 0
UNIVERSITY 16 BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 0
WESTERN 13 OAK HILL 6
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 14 GUERIN CATHOLIC 9
FORT WAYNE LUERS 10 E. NOBLE 1
GOSHEN 11 PLYMOUTH 8
NORTH MIAMI 10 MACONAQUAH 9
FORT WAYNE DWENGER 13 FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 0
LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 39 SOUTH BEND CAREER 0
JAC CEN DEL 10 CROTHERSVILLE 0
TWIN LAKES 13 FRONTIER 0
BATESVILLE 10 GREENSBURG 0
CARMEL 5 AVON 1
WABASH 10 SOUTHWOOD 0
FRANKTON 18 SHERIDAN 9
TRINITY 10 PROVIDENCE 3
WESTFIELD 5 CENTER GROVE 2
MOORESVILLE 11 TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 1
CASTLE 9 BOONVILLE 7
EAST CENTRAL 11 RUSHVILLE 1
CONNERSVILLE 3 LAWRENCEBURG 0
NORTH DAVIESS 7 LOOGOOTEE 4
WEST LAFAYETTE 18 N. MONTGOMERY 8
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
HANOVER CENTRAL 14 HAMMOND NOLL 5
SOUTH NEWTON 5 RENSSELAER CENTRAL 3
KOUTS 14 WESTVILLE 1
NORTH JUDSON 4 CULVER ACADEMIES 3
HEBRON 11 LACROSSE 0
LOWELL 3 KANKAKEE VALLEY 2
SOUTH-CENTRAL 10 WASHINGTON TWP. 0
SHENANDOAH 11 TRI 1
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 12 GRIFFITH 3
GIBSON SOUTHERN 4 TECUMSEH 2
SWITZERLAND COUNTY 5 SOUTHWESTERN 0
PIONEER 14 FRONTIER 4
MUNSTER 6 ANDREAN 1
NEW PRAIRIE 15 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 2
BENTON CENTRAL 10 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 10 BREMEN 0
LAVILLE 8 TRITON 4
WHEELER 15 CALUMET TECH 0
SOUTHMONT 15 COVINGTON 5
RIVER FOREST 14 LAKE STATION EDISON 0
TERRE HAUTE NORTH 7 PARKE HERITAGE 4
NORTHWOOD 15 WARSAW 13
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 13 ROCHESTER 7
NORTH WHITE 4 WINAMAC 2
CALUMET CHRISTIAN 32 WHITING 18
SOUTH BEND CLAY 10 GLENN 0
EASTERN 4 TIPTON 1
CLINTON PRAIRIE 9 TRI COUNTY 0
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 17 HAST 10
CASTON 4 W. CENTRAL 2
GOSHEN 9 PLYMOUTH 1
COLUMBIA CITY 14 BELLMONT 0
MOUNT CARMEL 10 LAWRENCEVILLE 0
NORTH VERMILLION 11 N. CENTRAL 1
LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 8 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 4
CENTRAL NOBLE 5 LAKELAND 4
HOMESTEAD 7 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 5
CATHEDRAL 7. LAWRENCE NORTH 4
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 13 HENRYVILLE 4
ROSSVILLE 4 FRANKFORT 1
PENDLETON HEIGHTS 15 FRANKTON 4
FREMONT 16 W. NOBLE 1
SEYMOUR 13 CHARLESTOWN 5
PERU 3 WHITKO 2
LEO 9 NORWELL 1
JENNINGS COUNTY 6 SCOTTSBURG 5
CHURUBUSCO 10 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 9
NORTHRIDGE 8 WAWASEE 0
KOKOMO 13 NORTHWESTERN 3
JIMTOWN 14 SOUTH BEND RILEY 5
SOUTHWOOD 11 WABASH 2
LAFAYETTE JEFF 15 W. LAFAYETTE 5
PENN 5 SOUTH BEND ADAMS 1
PIKE CENTRAL 3 BOONVILLE 2
MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. ATLANTA HAWKS (8)
• GAME 1: MIAMI 115, ATLANTA 91
• GAME 2: MIAMI 115, ATLANTA 105
• GAME 3: ATLANTA 111, MIAMI 110
• GAME 4: MIAMI 110, ATLANTA 86
• GAME 5: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 7 ET | NBA TV
• GAME 6*: MIAMI VS. ATLANTA | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD
• GAME 7*: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT
HEAT LEAD SERIES 2-1
BOSTON CELTICS (2) VS. BROOKLYN NETS (7)
• GAME 1: BOSTON 115, BROOKLYN 114
• GAME 2: BOSTON 114, BROOKLYN 107
• GAME 3: BOSTON 109, BROOKLYN 103
• GAME 4: BOSTON 116, BROOKLYN 112
CELTICS WIN SERIES 4-0
MILWAUKEE BUCKS (3) VS. CHICAGO BULLS (6)
• GAME 1: MILWAUKEE 93, CHICAGO 86
• GAME 2: CHICAGO 114, MILWAUKEE 110
• GAME 3: MILWAUKEE 111, CHICAGO 81
• GAME 4: MILWAUKEE 119, CHICAGO 95
• GAME 5: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | 7:30 ET | TNT
• GAME 6*: MILWAUKEE VS. CHICAGO | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD
• GAME 7*: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD
BUCKS LEAD SERIES 3-1
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (4) VS. TORONTO RAPTORS (5)
• GAME 1: PHILADELPHIA 131, TORONTO 111
• GAME 2: PHILADELPHIA 112, TORONTO 97
• GAME 3: PHILADELPHIA 104, TORONTO 101 (OT)
• GAME 4: TORONTO 110, PHILADELPHIA 102
• GAME 5: TORONTO 103, PHILADELPHIA 88
• GAME 6: PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD
• GAME 7*: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT
SIXERS LEAD SERIES 3-2
PHOENIX SUNS (1) VS. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (8)
• GAME 1: PHOENIX 110, NEW ORLEANS 99
• GAME 2: NEW ORLEANS 125, PHOENIX 114
• GAME 3: PHOENIX 114, NEW ORLEANS 111
• GAME 4: NEW ORLEANS 118, PHOENIX 103
• GAME 5: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 10 ET | TNT
• GAME 6*: PHOENIX VS. NEW ORLEANS | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD
• GAME 7*: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT
SUNS LEAD SERIES 2-1
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2) VS. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (7)
• GAME 1: MINNESOTA 130, MEMPHIS 117
• GAME 2: MEMPHIS 124, MINNESOTA 96
• GAME 3: MEMPHIS 104, MINNESOTA 95
• GAME 4: MINNESOTA 119, MEMPHIS 118
• GAME 5: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 7:30 ET | TNT
• GAME 6: MEMPHIS VS. MINNESOTA | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD
• GAME 7*: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD
SERIES TIED AT 2-2
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3) VS. DENVER NUGGETS (6)
• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 123, DENVER 107
• GAME 2: GOLDEN STATE 126, DENVER 106
• GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE 118, DENVER 113
• GAME 4: DENVER 126, GOLDEN STATE 121
• GAME 5: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | 10 ET | TNT
• GAME 6*: GOLDEN STATE VS. DENVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD
• GAME 7*: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD
WARRIORS LEAD SERIES 3-1
DALLAS MAVERICKS (4) VS. UTAH JAZZ (5)
• GAME 1: UTAH 99, DALLAS 93
• GAME 2: DALLAS 110, UTAH 104
• GAME 3: DALLAS 126, UTAH 118
• GAME 4: UTAH 100, DALLAS 99
• GAME 5: DALLAS 102, UTAH 77
• GAME 6: DALLAS VS. UTAH | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD
• GAME 7*: UTAH VS. DALLAS | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT
MAVERICKS LEAD SERIES 3-2
* = IF NECESSARY
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TORONTO 6 BOSTON 2
TEXAS 6 HOUSTON 2
LA ANGELS 3 CLEVELAND 0
SAN FRANCISCO 4 MILWAUKEE 2
PHILADELPHIA 8 COLORADO 2
NY METS 5 ST. LOUIS 2
LA DODGERS 4 ARIZONA 0
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CHICAGO 3 PHILADELPHIA 1
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INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL POLLS
1)CENTER GROVE H.S. 11-0 (216)
2)EVANS. NORTH H.S. 11-1 (170)
3)FISHERS H.S. 11-4 (146)
4)WESTFIELD H.S. 8-3 (120)
4)JASPER H.S. 12-1 (120)
6)CARROLL (FORT WAYNE H.S. 12-2 (110)
7)LAKE CENTRAL H.S. 10-3 (82)
8)MOORESVILLE H.S. 9-0 (70)
9)LAWRENCE NORTH H.S. 9-2 (40)
10)CASTLE H.S. 9-2 (30)
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T – 10)CASTLE H.S. 7-0 (22)
1)ANDREAN H.S. 10-1 (250)
2)WESTERN H.S. 11-0 (234)
3)BREBEUF H.S. 6-1 (200)
4)CRAWFORDSVILLE H.S. 10-0 (150)
5)WEST VIGO H.S. 11-1 (136)
6)BATESVILLE H.S. 8-3 (104)
7)SILVER CREEK H.S. 11-5 (92)
8)GIBSON SOUTHERN H.S. 7-2 (82)
9)HERITAGE H.S. 2-0 (44)
10)GUERIN CATHOLIC H.S. 9-2 (42)
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1)WAPAHANI H.S. 10-2 (168)
2)CARROLL (FLORA) H.S. 10-0 (162)
3)UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL 9-2 (134)
4)CASCADE H.S. 9-2 (92)
5)EASTERN (GREENTOWN) H.S. 9-0 (90)
6)CENTERVILLE H.S. 6-2 (70)
7)DELPHI H.S. 7-3 (68)
8)MONROE CENTRAL H.S. 8-3 (58)
9)FOREST PARK H.S. 7-3 (52)
10)LAPEL H.S. 7-1 (28)
Adams Central H.S., Eastern (Greene) H.S., Eastside H.S., Fairfield H.S., Heritage Christian School, Providence H.S., South Spencer H.S.,
1)BARR-REEVE H.S. 8-2 (192)
2)LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC H.S. 7-3 (136)
3)BORDEN H.S. 7-3 (116)
4)SOUTH CENTRAL H.S. (UNION MILLS) 6-5 (104)
5)LOOGOOTEE H.S. 7-3 (96)
6)NORTH DAVIESS H.S. 3-1 (72)
7)CLAY CITY H.S. 6-2 (54)
8)UNION CITY H.S. 1-0 (44)
9)KOUTS H.S. 1-1 (40)
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Celtics complete 4-game sweep of Nets with 116-112 victory
NEW YORK (AP) Jayson Tatum was stunned, yet certain. He disagreed with his sixth foul but had no doubt the Boston Celtics, with their rock-solid defense, would hold on without their scoring star.
“Couldn’t believe it at all, but I think that’s what we’re built for,” Tatum said.
They might be built for a championship.
Tatum scored 29 points, Jaylen Brown had 22 and the Celtics completed a four-game sweep of the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first team to reach the second round of the playoffs with a 116-112 victory Monday night.
Marcus Smart added 20 points and 11 assists for the No. 2-seeded Celtics, who made easy work of what was thought could be a tough series. Boston will wait for the winner of the series between Milwaukee and Chicago, where the defending champion Bucks hold a 3-1 lead.
The Celtics showed no fear of the Nets, who with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving didn’t have the profile of the typical low seed. Boston won on the final day of the regular season instead of losing to fall down the standings and avoid the matchup.
Turns out, there was no reason to worry.
“It’s funny to us, because we don’t duck and dodge anybody,” Smart said. “We knew what we were going to come in here and do.”
Durant had 39 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, breaking free after the Celtics had defended him well in the first three games. But he couldn’t get the Nets the win they needed to extend what instead goes down as a massive failure of a season.
Expected to be an NBA Finals contender, the Nets needed a strong finish just to grab the No. 7 seed.
Seth Curry scored 23 points for the Nets. Irving, whose unavailability for home games much of the season because he isn’t vaccinated against the coronavirus contributed to the Nets performing so far below expectations, had 20 points.
“A lot of stuff that may factor into why we lose, but they were just a better team,” Durant said.
The Celtics were under .500 at the midpoint of their season but went 31-10 from there, with Tatum emerging as the potent scorer on one of the NBA’s best defensive teams.
That defense limited Durant to just 19-for-52 shooting with 17 turnovers through the first three games and made it tough for him, even as he finally got more shots to drop Monday. He was only 13 of 31 from the field, 3 for 11 behind the arc.
He lost in the first round for the first time since 2010 with Oklahoma City, the first playoff series of his career. He had won nine straight first-round series.
Tatum had 12 points in the third quarter and the Celtics opened a 90-75 lead in the closing seconds of the period. But he went to the bench with a fifth foul with 8:17 remaining and the Nets made a push that got them within three points about three minutes later.
Tatum fouled out with the Celtics leading by six with 2:48 to play. Irving made a 3-pointer and Durant scored to cut it to 109-108 with 1:28 remaining. But after a basket by Brown, Durant could only make one free throw and the Celtics rushed down the floor, with Al Horford putting back Smart’s miss to make it 113-109 with 13 seconds left.
With Durant, Irving and James Harden, the Nets began the season as a team that looked potent enough to win their first NBA title. But Irving didn’t play at all to begin the season, and not long after he came back playing road games only, Harden became unhappy and the Nets dealt him to Philadelphia in a trade for Ben Simmons.
The Nets hoped they could have Simmons make his debut for them in Game 4, but he was ruled out Sunday with more pain in his back that has troubled him since not long after arriving in a midseason trade with Philadelphia.
Irving said his emotions were “disappointment, a little sadness, because we didn’t play as well as a team as we wanted to.”
The Nets were down only 45-44 with 3:29 to play in the second quarter. But Grant Williams made three 3-pointers from then until the end of the half, with the final one giving Boston a 58-50 lead.
Celtics: Boston swept its first-round series for the third time in four years. The Celtics beat Indiana in four games in 2019 and Philadelphia in 2020 at Walt Disney World. They lost 4-1 in the first round to the Nets last season. . Williams scored 14 points and Horford had 13.
Nets: Bruce Brown scored just two points after having 26 and 23 in the previous two games, the first time he had consecutive 20-point games in his career. . Nic Claxton scored 13 points. He was 6 for 6 from the field but 1 for 11 at the free throw line, missing his first 10 before making the last one when the Celtics fouled him intentionally.
Coach Steve Nash said he didn’t want to speak for Simmons, but acknowledged there was a mental side beyond the physical problems he is facing. Simmons cited mental health concerns as a reason he sought to leave Philadelphia and didn’t suit up for the 76ers this season.
“I think Ben has addressed that there is a mental component with what he’s going through, but how much and where he’s at with that is not for me to speak about,” Nash said. “But as far as an organization, we’re really pushing to support Ben in any way we can to help him improve physically and get back on the court, and then the mental side of that is part and parcel. They’re not separate, they’re not something that we don’t want to deal with. We want to help if he needs help in any aspect of his life and his game.”
Raptors top 76ers 103-88 behind Siakam, force Game 6 at home
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Pascal Siakam gave a pregame pep talk to keep the Raptors calm in a hostile Philly environment where they already lost twice and fell into a playoff hole.
The message was simple: “Listen to our voices.”
How do they like the sound of this? The resilient Raptors are headed home, still with a chance to pull off a series comeback that’s never happened in the NBA.
Siakam had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Precious Achiuwa scored 17 and the Toronto Raptors forced a return home for Game 6 in their Eastern Conference first-round series against Philadelphia, beating the 76ers 103-88 on Monday night.
“We always kind of figure it out,” Siakam said.
Yo, Canada! Once holding a 3-0 series lead, the 76ers are headed back north.
No team has ever blown a 3-0 advantage and lost a playoff series.
The Raptors have won two straight in the series and jumped all over injured Sixers center Joel Embiid and ineffective James Harden to make Thursday night’s game a necessity.
FanDuel Sportsbook has the Sixers favored by 1 1/2 points for Game 6.
Embiid had 20 points and 11 rebounds playing with a thumb injury. Harden scored 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
“I was terrible defensively,” Embiid said. “There’s really no explanation. I’ve just got to play with more energy, move my feet better. I’ve just got to be better.”
Rapper and famous 76ers fan Meek Mill pulled his hood over his head and walked off from his courtside seat late in the game and the home team down 14.
Sixers coach Doc Rivers is dragging the weight of ignominious NBA history with him through customs. Rivers, who led Boston to the 2008 championship, is the only coach in NBA history to blow three 3-1 series leads. The Magic lost to Detroit in the 2003 Eastern Conference first round; the 2015 Clippers blew the series to Houston in the Western Conference semifinals; and in 2020, the Clippers lost to Denver in the West semifinals.
The next season, Rivers was in Philly — and the Sixers lost three games at home as the No. 1 seed and were eliminated in the second round.
The nerves in Philly are suddenly as tight as the rims.
“We never brought the fight to them at the beginning of the game, really,” 76ers forward Tobias Harris said.
The Sixers had a miserable first half. They finished with 10 turnovers and shot 35% from the floor. Philly’s last bucket in the first quarter was one for the blooper reel: Matisse Thybulle’s missed shot bounced off the rim and was accidentally tipped in by Achiuwa.
Maybe it sparked something for the Raptors. They opened the second quarter on a 12-0 run to take control all while the Sixers missed their first nine shots. The Sixers didn’t score until 6:51 was left in the half. Scottie Barnes scored eight points in the quarter and the Raptors took a 54-41 lead at the break.
“They were the tougher team all night, they were more physical all night,” Rivers said. “I don’t think it was the second quarter. I thought it was throughout the game.”
The 76ers were booed off the court, their play a bleak reminder of recent postseason flameouts.
“We’ve generated really good shots most of the series,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said before the game. “We haven’t shot very well yet. I told the guys today, today would be a good day to go ahead and start making some of those open shots.”
The Raptors listened, hovering around 50% for most of the game. They also controlled the boards and scored 20 points off 16 turnovers.
Harden could have used the shooting tip.
Harden played the same night the All-Star he was traded for, Ben Simmons, was inactive for Brooklyn. Harden was barely more visible and missed 6 of 8 shots through three quarters, scoring nine points.
Embiid continued to play with a ligament tear in his right thumb. He looked gassed at times in the third quarter as the Raptors kept attacking the MVP finalist for tough buckets, notably Achiuwa’s driving layup that made it 73-60.
Embiid had his own rallying cry for the 76ers: Get back to the kind of play that earned them the 3-0 lead.
“It’s the same recipe. Don’t turn the ball over. Offensive rebound. We’ve definitely got to be better defensively,” he said. “There’s a reason we won three games in a row.”
OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. each scored 16 points for the Raptors.
“Not exactly the way we would draw it up, but we’re happy to still be playing,” Nurse said.
Raptors: All-Star point guard Fred VanVleet sat out with a left hip flexor strain. VanVleet said he was hurt in Game 4 and was unsure if he could play in Game 6.
76ers: Embiid was fined $15,000 for criticizing the officiating in Game 4. … John Calipari, who coached 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey at Kentucky, was at the game.
Embiid will have to wait until after the season for thumb surgery.
“There’s no treatment. There really isn’t,” Rivers said. “If there’s one thing I know, it’s not going to get any worse. There’s really no ice, there’s no treatment for that until after the season.”
Rivers has lost seven of his last eight opportunities to close out a series. His 31 losses in those games are already the most by a coach in NBA history.
The Sixers will play Game 6 without Thybulle. Thybulle, who sat out Games 3 and 4, is barred from entering Canada because he is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Doncic scores 33, Mavs rout Jazz 102-77 for 3-2 series lead
DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic delighted the crowd in his first home playoff game coming off a calf injury.
Frustrated the Utah Jazz as well.
The young Dallas superstar had 33 points and 13 rebounds while also being thrown to the court on a hard foul that led to Hassan Whiteside’s ejection as the Mavericks routed the Jazz 102-77 on Monday night for a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.
Doncic made his series debut in Game 4 at Utah, when the Jazz scored the last five points in the final 31 seconds for a one-point win that evened the series. He never let Game 5 get close.
“For his second game, it looks like he’s been playing this whole series,” coach Jason Kidd said. “His conditioning, his effort on the defensive end. As we talk about rebounding, he’s one of the best for us and he did that tonight.”
After the first four games were decided by eight points or less, Utah never had a chance after a nearly six-minute scoreless drought in the second quarter that fueled a 22-4 Dallas run on the way to a 52-36 halftime lead.
Game 6 is Thursday night in Salt Lake City, with the Jazz regaining their formidable home-court edge, but facing the long odds of just 18% of teams winning a series after dropping the fifth game when the teams split the first four.
The Mavericks haven’t advanced in the postseason since winning the 2011 championship. Utah is in the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year, but has yet to get past the second round in that stretch.
Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points and Rudy Gobert added 17 points and 11 rebounds in the lowest-scoring game for the Jazz since they lost by 50 at Dallas (118-68) on Nov. 14, 2018. They were 3 of 30 from 3-point range (10%) and shot 38% overall.
Donovan Mitchell, who averaged 30 points in the first four games, scored just nine and missed all seven of his 3-pointers before leaving with a left hamstring injury in the fourth quarter. He will get an MRI on Tuesday.
“They’ve scrambled extremely hard,” said Mitchell, who is shooting 20% from 3-point range after being well over 40% the past two playoff years. “It’s a lot to continuously run teams off the line, and they’ve done a good job of it. They’ve made us uncomfortable.”
Doncic had already matched Utah’s entire output in the third quarter with 19 points when he returned midway through the fourth. Whiteside challenged an attempted dunk and flung Doncic to the court after they got tangled up.
Whiteside was assessed two technical fouls after shoving Dorian Finney-Smith and going nose-to-nose with Reggie Bullock as coaches from both sides frantically tried to keep players separated. Finney-Smith and Bullock also got technicals, and Bullock was ejected because it was his second of the game.
“It was nothing,” Doncic said. “It’s playoffs, man. There’s going to be always attention, but it was nothing. I tried to dunk it. Wasn’t successful. These things happen in the playoffs.”
Jalen Brunson, who carried most of the offensive load for Dallas when Doncic was sidelined, scored 24 points. Finney-Smith added 13, and Dwight Powell got the crowd going early with all eight of his points on 4-of-4 shooting in the first.
Doncic, his left calf covered in a black wrap under white leggings, kept a raucous crowd rolling with several nifty moves and high-arcing 3-pointers.
The first highlight came late in the first half when Doncic drove all the way to the rim with Gobert guarding him, stopped and faked the 7-foot-1 center several times before turning his back to the basket and spinning a reverse layup off the glass and in as Gobert fouled him.
The exclamation point was in the third quarter, when Doncic hit consecutive 3s for a 74-46 lead, doing a shimmy in front of the fans to his left after the second one went in. The 23-year-old sensation swished another 3 for a 79-46 lead right after blocking Clarkson’s shot from deep.
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN
It’s the second year in a row for the Mavericks to have a 3-2 lead in the first round. They couldn’t finish off the Los Angeles Clippers at home in Game 6 last season, losing the series in Game 7 at LA.
“I don’t even remember that,” Finney-Smith said before smiling. “I don’t even remember last year. Nah, but we put ourselves in a great spot. We’ve just got to handle our business in Utah.”
Jazz: After dominating the boards in the first two games, Utah has slowly surrendered its edge as the series has progressed. The Mavs outrebounded them 49-40. … Bojan Bogdanovic, who scored 26 and 25 points in the first two games in Dallas, was 0 of 9 from the field and scored just three points.
Mavericks: The 77 points were the first allowed by Dallas this season. … G Frank Ntilikina was available for the first time in the series after being out with a non-COVID-19 illness. He didn’t play.
Memphis’ Ja Morant wins NBA’s Most Improved Player award
(AP) — Ja Morant was rookie of the year in 2020, vowing he would get better from there.
And he’s done exactly that.
The Memphis Grizzlies guard picked up his second major award in three seasons Monday, getting announced as the NBA’s Most Improved Player. He is the first Grizzlies player to receive the award – and the first player in league history to have won both rookie of the year and most improved.
“It’s definitely big-time,” Morant said.
Morant set career bests in scoring (27.4 points per game), rebounds (5.7), steals (1.2) and field-goal shooting (49.3%). His scoring average last season was 19.1 per game, and he made the big jump while playing basically the same amount of minutes.
“This award goes to me, but I feel like it’s a team effort,” Morant said.
The Grizzlies had three players get votes for MIP – besides Morant, Desmond Bane was fifth and Jaren Jackson Jr. was 10th. The trio led Memphis to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and the second-best record in the league behind Phoenix.
At 56-26, Memphis also tied the best regular-season mark in franchise history.
“That pretty much just shows our work ethic, as a whole, as a team,” Morant said. “We all push each other. We all want to be better. I thought we all have that `never satisfied’ mindset and that’s why you see three guys from the same team receiving votes for this award.”
Morant, an All-Star this season for the first time, was hardly a runaway winner. He finished with 221 points from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the league, with five points awarded for a first-place vote, three for a second and one for a third.
San Antonio’s Dejounte Murray was second with 183 points, and Cleveland’s Darius Garland was third with 178. Murray appeared on 63 ballots, more than anyone else. Garland appeared on 62 ballots.
Morant appeared on 51 of the 100 ballots – but got far more first-place votes than anyone else. He had 38, while Murray collected 20 and fourth-place finisher Jordan Poole of Golden State got 15.
The 22-year-old Morant said he spent this past offseason working to become more consistent from 3-point range and honing his midrange game.
“Those were pretty much the two main areas I worked on this past summer,” Morant said during the televised announcement of the award. “It allowed me to take a big leap in my game, as you can see from my scoring.”
In all, 12 players got votes. Bane had seven first-place votes, Philadelphia’s Tyrese Maxey was sixth and had six first-place votes, and Charlotte’s Miles Bridges was seventh and picked up three first-place votes.
Portland’s Anfernee Simons was eighth, followed by Boston’s Robert Williams III, then Jackson, Dallas’ Jalen Brunson and Miami’s Max Strus.
And now Morant can set his sights on the next big award: league MVP. So far, only one player – Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetoktounmpo – has won Most Improved and then gone on to win that trophy.
“That’s the goal,” Morant said.
76ers center Joel Embiid fined $15K for criticizing refs
NEW YORK (AP) Philadelphia center Joel Embiid has been fined $15,000 for criticizing the officiating in Game 4 of the 76ers’ first-round playoff series against Toronto, the NBA announced Monday.
Embiid made his remarks to reporters after a 110-102 loss on Saturday at Scotiabank Arena.
For the first time in the series, the Raptors shot more free throws than the 76ers. Toronto went 28 for 35 at the line, while Philadelphia was 21 for 25 as the Raptors avoided a four-game sweep.
“I’m going to take my own advice and not complain about it,” Embiid said. “If they want to give fouls or want to call really no fouls, we’ve got to really make them earn it and really be physical.”
Embiid, suffering from an injured thumb on his right (shooting) hand, wore a brace and finished 7 for 16 for 21 points in 39 minutes.
Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins also was fined $15,000 on Monday for criticizing the officiating in Saturday’s Game 4 of the Grizzlies’ series against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Bulls’ Caruso in concussion protocol ahead of Bucks’ Game 5
CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso is in the NBA’s concussion protocol and is questionable for Game 5 of the first-round playoff series at Milwaukee, coach Billy Donovan said Monday.
The Bucks lead 3-1 and will try to wrap up the series at home on Wednesday. Milwaukee won the past two games in Chicago by a combined 54 points.
Caruso took an inadvertent hit to the face from the Bucks’ Jevon Carter while trying to get around a pick by Giannis Antetokounmpo late in the second quarter on Sunday. He exited with a bloody nose.
Arguably Chicago’s best defender, Caruso was limited to 41 games in the regular season after spending his first four years with the Los Angeles Lakers. He missed seven weeks with a broken wrist following a hard foul by the Bucks’ Grayson Allen during a game in Milwaukee in January.
Grizzlies coach Jenkins fined $15K for criticizing refs
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins insists he’s paying his own $15,000 fine for publicly criticizing the officiating in Game 4 of the Grizzlies’ series against the Minnesota Timberwolves despite the offer from a couple of players to cover it.
“I appreciate it, but not a chance,” Jenkins said with a smile Monday.
The NBA fined Jenkins on Monday for his comments to the media following the Grizzlies’ 119-118 loss Saturday night in Minneapolis.
“I’ve never seen a more inconsistent, arrogant officiated game,” Jenkins said then. “It’s embarrassing. I’m at a loss for words.”
The Timberwolves relentlessly attacked the basket and went 31 for 40 from the foul line. Jaren Jackson Jr. fouled out with seven points, and 25 of the Grizzlies’ 33 fouls were called on their starters.
Karl-Anthony Towns, who took four shots and had just eight points in Game 3, hit 14 of 17 free throws and was the catalyst down the stretch, with 13 points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota.
Jenkins made it clear Monday his Grizzlies have to play better as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, tied with Minnesota at two games apiece going into Tuesday night’s Game 5. He said they watched film Monday and can help themselves by being more disciplined in a tight series.
“We’re committing stuff that we can correct, so if we can do that, hopefully we have a chance to get stops, get on a run,” Jenkins said. “When teams are shooting from the free-throw line, it slows down our pace.”
In the series, Memphis has fewer fouls (99) than Minnesota (118), with the Grizzlies having a sizeable advantage in free-throw attempts (131 to 111).
Minnesota veteran guard Patrick Beverley saw Jenkins’ comments about the officiating and called them “very interesting,” considering Memphis had 43 free-throw attempts in Game 1, a big Timberwolves’ win. Beverley, in a bit of gamesmanship, noted Wolves coach Chris Finch didn’t complain at all.
“I think referees are in a tough position as it is already,” Beverley said Monday. “Coming from a young coach, that’s just something you don’t do. Me being in this league for a decade, that’s just something you don’t do. Especially during playoff time. So I was kinda little bit confused about that.”
Jenkins, 37, started as an NBA assistant with Atlanta in 2013. He had a short response when asked about Beverley’s comments: “I care about the people that are closest to me.”
Both Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant said afterward they’d pick up any fine their coach drew for criticizing the officiating in Game 4.
“We got to go out there and figure it out ourselves,” Brooks said.
Jenkins’ fine was the first for a Grizzlies coach in the playoffs since then-rookie head coach David Fizdale was fined $30,000 in April 2017 after criticizing the officiating with a rant known for his “Take that for data” comment after a second straight loss to open a first-round series with San Antonio. Memphis won the next two games.
Report: Nets, Simmons meet to discuss plan for return
Ben Simmons and Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul met Monday with Brooklyn Nets leadership to discuss the three-time All-Star’s return to play, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Simmons was previously on track to make his Nets debut in Game 4 of the team’s first-round series against the Boston Celtics on Monday, but Brooklyn ruled him out Sunday after he arrived at practice with a sore back.
It was made apparent during Monday’s meeting that Simmons still needs to clear mental and physical hurdles before he can play, sources tell Wojnarowski. The Australian is still recovering from a herniated disc in his lower back.
Simmons isn’t ruling out a return later in the series – provided the Nets avoid elimination with a Game 4 victory – and he’s still committed to suiting up for the team eventually, Wojnarowski notes. The team also reportedly made it clear it will continue providing both short- and long-term resources to help Simmons get back on the court.
The 25-year-old is owed $114 million over the final three seasons of his contract. Simmons is also currently in a grievance battle with his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers, for over $20 million in withheld salary after he sat out earlier this season.
Simmons joined the Nets at the trade deadline along with Andre Drummond and Seth Curry in a blockbuster deal that sent former MVP James Harden to Philadelphia. Simmons hasn’t played in an NBA contest since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks last postseason.
Top 2024 recruit Cunningham joining Overtime Elite, will remain NCAA-eligible
Naasir Cunningham, the No. 1 recruit on the 2024 ESPN 60, will sign with Overtime Elite (OTE), he told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Cunningham will decline to receive a salary in OTE, which will allow the 6-foot-7 prospect to remain eligible for the NCAA if he later chooses to go to college.
“Being able to keep my eligibility for college was important as that gives me more options when I’m done with high school and ready to decide my next move,” he said.
“At Overtime, you still get the same academics as a regular high school, but not every school has the same equipment and facilities they do, which are top of the line, as well as the best trainers, coaching staff, and other elite players. Competing against the best and working with the best there is, that’s what will help me reach my goals.”
Cunningham is the first player to turn down a salary in OTE. The upstart league was founded in 2016 and provides high school recruits a paid alternative to the NCAA, which has strict amateurism restrictions. However, Cunningham can still profit off his name, image, and likeness.
The 17-year-old is a touted forward with significant size and the ability to space the floor with his shooting. He’s coming off his sophomore year at Gill St. Bernard’s in Gladstone, New Jersey.
Buehler gets 1st career shutout, Dodgers blank D-backs 4-0
PHOENIX (AP) Some pitchers chase wins, saves or strikeouts.
Walker Buehler’s statistic of choice is innings pitched.
So it was a big moment for the 27-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers ace when he walked off the mound Monday night after throwing nine superb innings, wrapping up his first career shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“The guys I grew up watching did that,” Buehler said. “That was what it meant to be good.”
Buehler (2-1) tossed a three-hitter and Will Smith launched a solo homer for the Dodgers, who won for the 11th time in 13 games.
Buehler cruised most of the way, retiring 15 straight batters during a brilliant stretch from the fourth inning to the ninth. He walked none, hit one batter with a pitch and struck out 10, leaving the field to a standing ovation from the sizable contingent of Dodgers fans at Chase Field.
The right-hander threw 108 pitches, getting Christian Walker on a fly ball to center field for the final out. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Buehler told him he wasn’t coming out of the game as he left the field following the eighth inning.
It was another tough pitching decision for Roberts, who took some heat earlier this year when he pulled Clayton Kershaw after seven perfect innings against Minnesota. Roberts has said he doesn’t regret the Kershaw decision and he certainly doesn’t regret leaving Buehler in to finish his shutout.
“I trusted him,” Roberts said. “I believed him. He has an extra day before his next start, so everything lined up, made sense. He deserved it, he earned it and it was fun to watch him tonight.”
The Dodgers wasted little time taking a 2-0 advantage, which was plenty for Buehler. Leadoff hitter Mookie Betts walked to start the first, Freddie Freeman doubled and Trea Turner brought them both home with another double.
Max Muncy’s two-out double in the fifth scored Betts, pushing it to 3-0. Smith’s 425-foot shot into the left-center seats in the eighth made it 4-0. Smith and Freeman both finished with two hits.
Buehler’s dominance against Arizona came after a relatively slow start to the season by his lofty standards. The two-time All-Star had a 4.02 ERA through three starts before Monday.
A lot of opposing pitchers have found their groove against the D-backs’ lineup, which was 29th out of 30 teams with a .189 batting average coming into Monday’s games. Daulton Varsho, David Peralta and Walker had the team’s three hits and all were singles.
“Buehler had really good stuff,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “I thought we went out of the zone a few times, giving him a chance to look even better and more efficient. In those critical counts, we’ve got to be a little more stubborn.”
Arizona starter Merrill Kelly (1-1) took the loss despite pitching fairly well, giving up three runs over six innings. He permitted seven hits and two walks while striking out four.
ARROYO SHOUT OUT
Buehler went to high school in Kentucky and watched a lot of Cincinnati Reds games. Bronson Arroyo was the Reds’ ace during a lot of those years, and he threw at least 200 innings in eight of nine seasons from 2005-13.
Arroyo’s durability started Buehler’s fascination with innings pitched. Buehler hit the 200-inning mark for the first time last season when he threw 207 1/3 innings.
“It’s just an important thing to me,” Buehler said.
Dodgers: RHP Andre Jackson was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City. INF/OF Zach McKinstry was sent to Triple-A.
Diamondbacks: OF Jordan Luplow (strained right oblique) joined the team from the 10-day injured list and LHP Tyler Gilbert was promoted from Triple-A Reno. LHP Oliver Perez was designated for assignment and OF Jake McCarty was sent to Triple-A. Luplow made his season debut in the eighth.
The Diamondbacks send RHP Zach Davies (1-1, 5.02 ERA) to the mound to face Dodgers RHP Tony Gonsolin (1-0, 0.69) on Tuesday.
Bichette breaks tie with 1st slam, Blue Jays top Red Sox 6-2
TORONTO (AP) Bo Bichette broke an eighth-inning tie with his first career grand slam and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the slumping Boston Red Sox 6-2 on Monday night.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Matt Chapman also homered for the Blue Jays. Jose Berrios allowed two runs in a season-high seven-plus innings and Adam Cimber (4-0) got three outs for his major league-leading fourth win as Toronto won for the fifth time in six games.
“If we keep doing that, we’re going to be in every game,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.
Boston has lost three straight and five of six. The Red Sox have scored two runs or fewer in all five of those defeats.
Bichette snapped a 2-all tie with a two-out drive to right field off right-hander Tyler Danish in the eighth. The homer was Bichette’s second of the season.
Gurriel hit a leadoff homer to left in the fifth, his second, and Chapman made it 2-0 with a two-out shot to center in the seventh, his third.
The Blue Jays have 25 home runs this season, most in the majors. Toronto led all MLB teams with a franchise-record 262 homers in 2021.
Bichette came in batting .217 on the season and went 0 for 3 before homering, but said his confidence hasn’t wavered.
“I’m just trying to be a little bit more selective but aggressive at the same time in what I want,” Bichette said. “I felt a lot better today.”
Montoyo hadn’t lost any faith in his slugging shortstop.
“Some people have slow starts, others have good starts,” Montoyo said. “I knew it was going to be fine. He made the adjustment today and that was good to see.”
The long balls by Gurriel and Chapman came off Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi, who allowed two runs and five hits in a season-high seven innings.
“He was amazing, in total control,” acting Boston manager Will Venable said.
Eovaldi has served up seven home runs in 21 2/3 innings this season. He gave up 15 in 182 1/3 innings last season.
“I’m trying to attack the zone, I’m going after the hitters, I’m trying to get the batters out three pitches or less,” Eovaldi said. “The home runs are going to happen, but as long as I can keep them to solo shots, I’m OK with it.”
Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez returned to the lineup as the designated hitter. Martinez left last Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays because of left adductor tightness and had not played since.
Martinez doubled in the second, flied out to the warning track in right field in the fourth, and struck out in his final two at-bats.
Boston loaded the bases with one out in the second but Christian Arroyo grounded into a 1-2-3 double play on the first pitch he saw from Berrios.
“We’re just kind of running into some tough luck,” Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo said. “We’re hitting the ball hard, it’s going right at people. It seems like there’s really no holes at the moment.”
Berrios struck out six and allowed one run over six innings to beat Boston at Fenway Park last Wednesday for his first victory of the season.
This time, Berrios left after Bobby Dalbec and Arroyo singled to begin the eighth. Cimber came on to face Kevin Plawecki, who advanced the runners with a sacrifice before Kike Hernandez hit an RBI single and Verdugo tied it with a sacrifice fly. Boston’s runs ended a 15-inning scoreless drought.
“We’re kind of chasing results right now,” Verdugo said.
Left-hander Matt Strahm (1-1) replaced Eovaldi in the eighth and gave up hits to Santiago Espinal and Bradley Zimmer. Springer greeted Danish with a single to load the bases before Bichette’s big blast.
WHAT A CATCH!
Blue Jays center fielder George Springer made the defensive play of the game in the fifth, racing back to the edge of the warning track and ending the inning with a headlong, diving catch of Plawecki’s drive.
Gurriel, who also went deep in Sunday’s loss at Houston, homered in consecutive games for the 12th time in his career. He did it five times last season.
Boston put RHPs Tanner Houck and Kutter Crawford on the restricted list. The Red Sox recalled Danish from Triple-A Worcester and selected RHP John Schrieber from Triple-A. . Plawecki was activated off the COVID-19 IL and C Connor Wong was optioned to Triple-A.
Red Sox: INF Trevor Story (rest) was held out of the starting lineup. . Venable filled in for Alex Cora for the fifth game. Cora is still sidelined by COVID-19.
Blue Jays: INF Cavan Biggio was placed on the COVID-19 IL and RHP Bowden Francis was recalled from Triple-A. . LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (forearm) will throw live batting practice later this week, GM Ross Atkins said. . OF Teoscar Hernandez (strained left oblique) has been hitting off a tee and will face live pitching later this week, Atkins said.
Red Sox RHP Nick Pivetta (0-3, 10.03 ERA) faces Blue Jays RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 2.89) on Tuesday.
Semien, Seager RBI singles for Texas in 6-2 win over Astros
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Corey Seager feels like things are starting to come together for the Texas Rangers, who have won four of their last five games.
Marcus Semien and Seager, the two big offseason additions, had RBI singles in the decisive seventh inning, last season’s top rookie Adolis Garcia had a bases-clearing double in the eighth and the Rangers beat the Houston Astros 6-2 in the opener of a four-game series Monday night.
“Everything’s kind of clicking on both sides, the chemistry is getting better,” Seager said. “There’s a lot of new faces, and a lot of new parts that we’re coming together … and are starting to figure themselves out.”
Along with the timely hitting late, Matt Moore (1-0) and three other relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Young right-handed starter Dane Dunning struck out five and allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Pinch-hitter Willie Calhoun opened the Texas seventh with a double off just-in reliever Phil Maton (0-1), who after getting his only out allowed Semien’s single through the left side of the drawn-in infield that tied the game at 2-2. After a single by Garcia, another pitching change and a wild pitch, Semien came home with the go-ahead run on Seager’s sharp single to right.
“For Willie to come off the bench right there, it’s not an easy thing to do,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “A huge hit there to start that inning, and we end up getting the lead. And Semien had a really good at-bat before Adolis. Those are the hits we’re going to need.”
Garcia hit his bases-loaded double with two outs in the eighth for the Rangers, who were 2-9 before their recent surge. They won for only the second time in their seven home games this season.
Yordan Alvarez hit his fourth homer for the Astros, who have lost five of six. Kyle Tucker drove in a run with a two-out single in the sixth on which he initially slammed his bat to the ground in disgust thinking he had popped out to shallow left.
Houston starter Framber Valdez allowed only an unearned run over six innings, striking out five, walking two and hitting a batter. The lefty departed after throwing 60 of his 97 pitches for strikes.
“He did pitch good. He got out of some tough jams, made some pitches when he had to,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “He got up close to 100 pitches, what we hoped for, and he hoped for too.”
Valdez seemed OK after Nathaniel Lowe’s bat shattered in the fourth and helicoptered into the pitcher’s upper back. That happened when Lowe, who had two hits to raise his batting average to .381, grounded into an inning-ending double play.
“We knew it hit him, but we didn’t know where, but he said it hit him in the muscle and he said it didn’t hurt. … he’s going to be sore tomorrow,” said Baker, who called the play scary. “I’ve seen that stick in a couple of guys.”
Texas pitchers have allowed two or fewer runs in four consecutive games, the team’s longest such stretch since April 2017.
“It really is an execution thing, but I think to execute, there’s just a little bit more of a calmness to them,” Woodward said of the pitchers. “They’re uber-competitive bunch, but I just think that they’re on their feet, are on solid ground a little bit more. … Not as much anxiousness.”
The Rangers scored four runs in the top of the first inning of their season opener April 8 at Toronto. In their 15 games since, they have been scoreless in their first innings while hitting .167 (9 for 54). …. The retractable roof at Globe Life Field was open for the sixth time in the Rangers’ seven home games this season. The roof was open for only 11 of the team’s 81 home games last season.
Astros: Alvarez fouled a pitch off his right shin while batting in the third inning. He immediately jumped away from the plate in pain and dropped to both knees with his head bowed toward the ground. He eventually got up and stayed in the game, then hit an inning-ending comebacker to Dunning.
Rangers: Woodward said RHP Spencer Patton’s right oblique issue isn’t thought to be serious even though the right-hander was put on the 10-day injured list Sunday. Woodward said before Monday’s game that Patton had been pitching through some soreness.
Jake Odorizzi (0-2, 9.00 ERA), who didn’t make it out of the first inning in his last start, is scheduled to take the mound for the Astros. Rangers lefty-hander Taylor Hearn (0-1, 7.59) is 2-0 in seven career appearances against Houston, the only team he has multiple victories against.
Taylor Ward hits 2 homers, Angels top Guardians 3-0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Although Shane Bieber attended countless games at the Big A growing up, he’s been too busy to get back home in the summer recently. Cleveland’s ace didn’t realize his boyhood stadium had changed its ground rules a few years ago to effectively lower the right-field fence.
“I feel like I kind of put that one in the universe, because I was warming up, and I was like, `When did they change that yellow line?'” Bieber said with a rueful grin. “Once I said that, I was like, `Oh man, it better not get me.’ And it ended up getting me.”
About 90 minutes later, Taylor Ward took Bieber right over that unfamiliar yellow line on the fence for the first of his two homers in another win for the surging Los Angeles Angels.
Ward drove in all three runs off Bieber, and Michael Lorenzen pitched six innings of three-hit ball in the Angels’ 3-0 victory over the Guardians on Monday night.
Ward delivered a solo homer in the fifth and a two-run shot in the seventh in his first game of the season replacing Shohei Ohtani as the Halos’ leadoff hitter. Ward delivered the first multi-homer game of his career and became only the third player to hit multiple homers in a game off Bieber (1-1), the 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner.
“Just found two barrels and got lucky with it,” said Ward, whose OPS has ballooned to 1.125 in his impressive start to the season.
Lorenzen (2-1) took another strong step in his move into the Angels’ rotation this season after several years as a reliever in Cincinnati. Although he walked four, the right-hander didn’t allow a Cleveland runner to reach third while getting sharp defense behind him.
“You know you have to be on top of your game (against an ace like Bieber), and tonight I wasn’t, to be really honest,” Lorenzen said. “I was just going for weak contact, because I didn’t have my best stuff. We were improvising and just competing.”
Lorenzen won the pitching matchup between two Orange County natives, combining with three relievers on a three-hit shutout – the third shutout already this season by the perpetually pitching-poor Angels. Raisel Iglesias worked the ninth for his third save, completing three perfect innings by LA’s bullpen.
Bieber is a native of next-door Orange, California, who played at Laguna Hills High School. Lorenzen was born in Anaheim and played at Fullerton Union High School.
Richie Palacios singled in the first two at-bats of his major league career for the Guardians, who have lost four straight after getting swept at Yankee Stadium last weekend. Cleveland recalled Palacios from Triple-A Columbus before the game, and the 24-year-old outfielder went 2 for 3.
“Thought he swung the bat like he belonged here,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “I thought he handled himself pretty well.”
Ohtani went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts after being moved from leadoff to the No. 2 spot. The AL MVP was Los Angeles’ leadoff hitter for the first 16 games of the season, but his on-base percentage is down to .273.
Ward, the rising outfielder who took over the leadoff spot, opened the scoring with a full-count, two-out homer to center in the fifth. Myles Straw nearly pulled it back, but he missed on a leaping attempt.
Ward connected again on a full-count breaking ball in the seventh, scoring Max Stassi.
Mike Trout led off the sixth with a check-swing chopper that bounded perfectly down the right-field line for his 50th career triple. The three-time AL MVP is third in franchise history in triples, trailing only Jim Fregosi and Chone Figgins.
The next four Angels failed to drive Trout home, however.
Guardians: Palacios was called up because rookie OF Steven Kwan was out of the lineup with right hamstring tightness. Kwan also ran into the wall last weekend at Yankee Stadium, but apparently wasn’t seriously injured in the collision.
Angels: OF Brandon Marsh was scratched for the second straight game with a non-COVID-19 illness. He intends to play Tuesday.
Patrick Sandoval (0-0, 0.00 ERA) has thrown eight innings over his first two starts without allowing an earned run for the Angels. He faces Triston McKenzie (0-1, 2.38), who pitched seven impressive innings of two-hit ball last season in his only previous matchup with the Halos.
González hits 1st MLB HR, Giants beat Brews to wrap up trip
MILWAUKEE (AP) Luis Gonzalez hit his first major league homer, a two-run drive with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the San Francisco Giants over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Monday night.
The Giants went 8-3 on their four-city trip and made the most of their one-game visit to Milwaukee. This matchup was part of a makeup for a series postponed because of the lockout, and San Francisco will return for a doubleheader in September.
“It’s a group that really stayed together through a long, arduous and challenging trip,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.
Gonzalez connected after Wilmer Flores drew a two-out walk from Jake Cousins (2-1). Gonzalez, a 26-year-old outfielder, is technically still a rookie after brief stints in each of the past two seasons with the Chicago White Sox.
“I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit, something to handle and something to drive in the gap and it ended up going over the fence,” Gonzalez said. “Just really happy. I wish my family was here to witness it, but I’m sure they are really stoked back at home. It’s just incredible. I’m just loving life right now.”
Joc Pederson hit his sixth homer for the Giants. The San Francisco newcomer homered twice and doubled Sunday in a win at Washington.
Pederson put the Giants ahead 2-1 when he homered in the eighth after a two-out double by Curt Casali off Trevor Gott.
Pederson’s homer came as fans sitting near the Giants dugout loudly heckled him.
“I heard them talking and I stepped out and then I heard them talking again. A lot of chitter chatter,” Pederson said. “It’s nice to help the team and do what you can to win a ballgame. That’s what makes it fun. The interaction with the fans and adding a little pressure, I enjoyed it.”
The Brewers tied it in their half on Willy Adames’ towering homer into the left-field bullpen off Jake McGee (1-1).
Camilo Doval, the eighth Giants pitcher, threw a scoreless ninth to record his fourth save in five attempts.
The Brewers got another stellar outing from reigning Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes, who pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings, giving up two hits while striking out 11. Burnes recorded double-digit strikeouts for the second consecutive game. He struck out 10 on April 19 against the Pirates.
Burnes struck out the first two batters in the seventh before Gonzalez singled. Gott replaced Burnes, who departed to a standing ovation. Gonzalez was caught stealing to end the inning.
The Brewers scored in the second when Keston Hiura led off with an infield single and eventually scored on Mike Brosseau’s single. But the team’s offense remained stagnant a day after defeating the Phillies despite scoring only one run.
“We just don’t have many guys feeling good,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “I think we’re missing some pitches to hit. The offense has been a little dry.”
Giants: INF/OF Luke Williams was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to fill the roster spot of OF Mike Yastrzemski, who was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Sunday. . RHP Anthony DeSclafani, who is on the 10-day injured list, traveled to Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Monday to meet with ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. “He got an MRI and has inflammation in his right ankle,” Kapler said. “He’s going to throw again in a week. It’s just going to be rest and recovery.”
Brewers: INF Luis Urias (left quadriceps), who has been on the injured list since the start of the season, is on a rehab assignment with Double-A Biloxi. In two games, he has had two hits in eight at-bats. “He’s healthy. We’ve just got to get him at-bats,” Counsell said of Urias, who is expected to be the team’s primary third baseman when he returns.
Kapler spoke glowingly of Gonzalez’s clutch homer. “Just aesthetically, it was really pretty,” he said. “Very beautiful swing and the majestic flight of the ball. It was really cool moment for our club.”
Both teams traveled to Milwaukee on Sunday for their brief stay, the Giants after defeating the Nationals in Washington and the Brewers after winning at Philadelphia. Monday’s game drew an announced crowd of 21,186 despite the unusual 5:10 p.m. start time.
“No choices were good in this situation, for us or the Giants,” Counsell said.
Kapler downplayed the situation.
“The baseball schedule blends together. I’m not always sure what day of the week it is,” Kapler said. “You come to the ballpark, you prep for the game, you’ve got a good understanding of all the teams around the league.”
Giants: RHP Daulton Jeffries (1-2, 1.17 ERA) will pitch on Tuesday as San Francisco opens a two-game set at home against the Oakland A’s.
Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (2-1, 4.30) will start for Milwaukee on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Woodruff is 5-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 11 career games (nine starts) vs. the Pirates.
Harper, Hoskins lead Phillies past error-prone Rockies 8-2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper homered and drove in two runs, Rhys Hoskins had three hits and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of several defensive miscues by the Colorado Rockies in an 8-2 victory Monday night.
Kyle Schwarber added two RBIs for the Phillies. Kyle Gibson (2-1) lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
“All around good game, good start to the series,” Harper said. “Come tomorrow with the same mentality, same fire and passion we had tonight.”
Connor Joe and Randal Grichuk homered for Colorado.
Four of Philadelphia’s runs were unearned as the Rockies committed three errors and made several other defensive mistakes that resulted in hits.
“Frustrating, for sure,” manager Bud Black said. “That’s not how we play.”
The Phillies took advantage of Colorado’s shaky defense beginning in the third. Rockies shortstop Jose Iglesias dropped a throw from second baseman Brendan Rodgers on Harper’s grounder that would have forced out Hoskins. After starter Kyle Freeland (0-3) struck out Nick Castellanos for what should have been the third out, J.T. Realmuto doubled home Hoskins.
And the Phillies went up 3-2 when the next batter, Schwarber, hit a routine fly ball to right-center that fell between Grichuk and right fielder Charlie Blackmon. The gift double scored Harper and Realmuto.
“Both lost it for a moment in the twilight,” Black said. “The basic mistake was not initially someone calling for the ball.”
Philadelphia got more help from Colorado in the seventh when Jean Segura led off with a single and aggressively took third on Hoskins’ single, sliding in just safely when Kris Bryant’s throw from medium left field was off line.
“Those are the plays that can springboard an offense,” Gibson said.
Segura then scored on Harper’s sacrifice fly, Hoskins went to third on the play and scored on Ashton Goudeau’s wild pitch. Another fielding error by Ryan McMahon at third base, his second of the game, resulted in two runs scoring on a potential inning-ending double-play grounder.
“We’ll be back tomorrow to play hard,” Black said.
LOCKED IN ROCKS
Joe extended his hitting streak to 12 games by driving Gibson’s first pitch out to left. It was the third career leadoff homer for Joe and second in three games.
Grichuk upped his hitting streak to 10 games with a homer to left-center to start the second.
Freeland allowed four runs – one earned – and six hits in five innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Phillies SS Didi Gregorius (bruised left hand) was out of the lineup for the fifth straight game but was available to pinch-hit. . Harper (right elbow strain) did not play right field for the eighth straight game, serving as the DH. He said after the game he plans to test his throwing elbow prior to Tuesday’s game.
Rockies RHP German Marquez (0-0, 4.67 ERA) opposes Phillies RHP Zach Eflin (0-1, 5.27) in the second game of the four-game series Tuesday night.
Arenado’s error helps Mets stun Cards 5-2 with 5 runs in 9th
ST. LOUIS (AP) Pinch-hitter Dominic Smith hustled for an infield single that drove in two pivotal runs, and the New York Mets capitalized on an uncharacteristic error by Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado to rally for five runs with two outs in the ninth inning of a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
After the hit by Smith gave New York the lead, Brandon Nimmo capped the outburst with a two-run homer.
“It was worth the wait,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “It really was. It was fun to watch.”
Max Scherzer struck out 10 over seven innings of two-hit ball in a scoreless duel with Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas. A two-run single by Tyler O’Neill off Trevor May (1-0) put St. Louis ahead in the eighth.
New York was down to its final strike when Mark Canha hit a grounder to third. Arenado, awarded a Gold Glove in each of his nine major league seasons, fielded the ball cleanly behind the bag but took his time making an off-balance throw to first.
The ball sailed high for an error that allowed Eduardo Escobar to score from second, making it 2-1. Canha was credited – curiously – with an infield single.
Jeff McNeil doubled, sending pinch-runner Travis Jankowski to third, and Smith hit a sharp one-hopper that was snagged by sprawling first baseman Paul Goldschmidt behind the bag.
But closer Giovanny Gallegos (0-1) was late covering first, and Smith beat him to the bag with a headfirst dive.
“You try to hustle as hard as you can to beat him. I saw the closer didn’t get over right away,” Smith said. “I just ran as hard as I could. I knew I had a step on him. I felt slow but I tried to run hard.”
McNeil never stopped coming around third and slid in safely at the plate ahead of Gallegos’ throw, giving the fired-up Mets a 3-2 lead.
“Dom probably ran the fastest 90 (feet) of his life there,” McNeil said. “I knew it would be close at first base. I ended up scoring. It was a lot of fun.”
Not for St. Louis, after Gallegos’ gaffe proved costly.
“It’s pretty simple. We’re going to make physical mistakes. That’s a mental mistake there,” manager Oliver Marmol said. “You can’t excuse it. He knows it. We know it. He’s got to cover first.”
Nimmo then lofted the first pitch from lefty reliever T.J. McFarland over the fence in the right-field corner.
“A lot of good things went into that ninth,” Showalter said.
Edwin Diaz struck out two and earned his second save, rebounding after he gave up a tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning Friday night at Arizona.
Pitching in his hometown, Scherzer reached double digits in strikeouts for the 106th time – which ranks fifth on the career chart. In his first season with the Mets since signing a $130 million, three-year contract, the three-time Cy Young Award winner has 33 strikeouts and eight walks in 25 innings.
“Tip your hat off to Miles tonight,” Scherzer said. “That’s baseball. It was a great game. Sometimes you run into a buzz saw and he did his job tonight. I’m pitching on pins and needles there. I have to make every pitch. I was thinking even a solo shot might lose it.”
Mikolas also pitched seven shutout innings in his fourth start of the season. He scattered four hits and walked one. The right-hander has allowed just one earned run in his last three starts covering 20 2/3 innings.
“I felt pretty good,” Mikolas said. “I mixed my pitches up pretty good. I kept them off balance. My delivery is in a good place. I can move the ball around the zone. If I can control the zone, I can control the counts.”
Canha was hit by a pitch in the second. The Mets have been hit by 15 pitches this year, which leads the majors.
Mets: RHP Adonis Medina was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse and RHP Yoan Lopez was recalled. In his last outing, Medina struck out the side in a perfect eighth inning Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Cardinals: Recalled INF Brendan Donovan from Triple-A Memphis and optioned OF Lars Nootbaar to their top farm club.
TAKE A BREATHER
Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong received his second of two scheduled days off. The 28-year-old DeJong is stuck in an 0-for-11 slump with five strikeouts in that span. He finished the recent road trip with just two hits in 21 at-bats. In 12 games this season, DeJong is hitting .139. He had a solid spring training, batting .435 (10 for 23) with two home runs in Grapefruit League play. Edmundo Sosa started Sunday in Cincinnati and Monday against the Mets.
Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker (right shoulder bursitis) threw about 65 pitches in a simulated game Monday afternoon. If there are no complications, Walker likely will return to the rotation Saturday against Philadelphia. He left his season debut early on April 11 and has not appeared in a game since. … After the game, the Mets said injured ace Jacob deGrom had an MRI and CT scan that “revealed considerable healing of the stress reaction on his scapula.” The two-time Cy Young Award winner was cleared to begin “loading and strengthening” of his right shoulder and will undergo another MRI in about three weeks. He is expected to be sidelined until at least June.
Cardinals: Team president John Mozeliak said RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder inflammation) continues to make rehabilitation progress. “It’s just something we’re going to have to be patient with, and fingers crossed that he’s going to be a key contributor to this rotation,” Mozeliak said.
Mets RHP Chris Bassitt (2-1, 3.00 ERA) faces Cardinals RHP Jordan Hicks (1-1, 1.29) on Tuesday night. Hicks, a reliever throughout his first three seasons, made his first major league start last Thursday at Miami, striking out three in a career-high three innings.
Dodgers pitcher Bauer files suit against sex abuse accuser
LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer sued the woman who accused him of sexual assault in federal court Monday, in a move that came less than three months after prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges against the athlete.
The San Diego woman, whom the pitcher had met through social media, had alleged that Bauer beat and sexually abused her last year. She later sought – but was denied – a restraining order against him. Los Angeles prosecutors said in February there was insufficient evidence to prove the woman’s accusations beyond a reasonable doubt.
Bauer named the woman and one of her attorneys, Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah, as defendants in the lawsuit. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they have been victims of sexual assault.
“She wanted to destroy Mr. Bauer’s reputation and baseball career, garner attention for herself, and extract millions of dollars from Mr. Bauer,” the lawsuit states.
Thiagarajah and Marc Garelick, another attorney who represents the woman, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.
Bauer was placed on administrative leave last July 2 under the joint domestic violence and sexual assault policy of Major League Baseball and the players’ association. The leave has been repeatedly extended and currently expires Friday.
Bauer has continued to be paid his $32 million salary while on leave.
After winning his first Cy Young Award with the Cincinnati Reds in 2020, Bauer agreed to a $102 million, three-year contract to join his hometown Dodgers. He did not pitch after June 29 and finished with an 8-2 record and a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances. He was paid his $28 million salary last year.
Bauer’s lawsuit states that “the damage to Mr. Bauer has been extreme” after the woman alleged that he had choked her into unconsciousness, punched her repeatedly and had anal sex with her without her consent during two sexual encounters last year.
The pitcher has repeatedly said that everything that happened between the two was consensual in the nights they spent together in last April and May at his Pasadena home. He said the two engaged in rough sex at her suggestion and followed guidelines they agreed to in advance. Each encounter ended with them joking and her spending the night.
Last month, Bauer filed a defamation lawsuit against The Athletic and a former reporter, accusing them of “creating and spreading the false narrative” that he fractured the woman’s skull.
“We’re confident in our reporting and plan to defend against the claim,” Athletic spokesman Taylor Patterson previously said in a statement.
49ers GM Lynch ‘can’t ever imagine’ trading Deebo Samuel
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch says he “can’t ever imagine” trading All-Pro receiver Deebo Samuel and remains confident the two sides can still work out a long-term contract.
Lynch spoke Monday at his mandatory pre-draft news conference where the bulk of the questions he faced were about Samuel’s future. The star receiver told ESPN last week that he has requested a trade from the 49ers but didn’t specify his reasons for wanting out.
Lynch said he didn’t want to get into the “particulars” surrounding Samuel in regards to why the trade request was made or the status of negotiations, citing the “sanctity” of the team.
While Lynch said they will always listen to offers, he was steadfast in his belief that Samuel will be on the Niners in 2022.
“I just can’t ever imagine moving on from him,” Lynch said. “He’s been such a great player for us. He means so much to this franchise. Got nothing but love for the guy.”
Samuel is entering the final year of the rookie deal he signed after being drafted in the second round in 2019 and is looking to take advantage of the exploding market of receiver contracts.
Samuel is set to be paid nearly $4 million this season after being a first-team All-Pro in 2021. Eight receivers have gotten new contracts this offseason worth at least $18 million a year, including Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams after trades from their old teams.
Green Bay got a first and second-round pick from the Raiders for Adams, while Kansas City got a first, a second and three lower-round picks from Miami for Hill.
The Niners don’t have a first-round pick after trading theirs away last season to move up for quarterback Trey Lance, but remain steadfast in not wanting to deal their top playmaker as they did two years ago when they dealt defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to Indianapolis for a first-round pick.
Replacing Samuel could be even more challenging after he emerged as a star in 2021 with the unique ability to thrive as both a running back and a receiver in coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
Samuel finished the season with 1,770 yards from scrimmage and 14 TDs. Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is the only Niners receiver ever to gain more yards from scrimmage in a season than Samuel did last year.
Samuel had 77 catches for 1,405 yards and six touchdowns, leading the NFL with 18.2 yards per reception. He added 59 carries for 365 yards and eight TDs as he was used out of the backfield frequently in the second half of the season.
Lynch called him a “game-changing” player.
“I think he’s the perfect illustration, Herm Edwards used to talk about, when will meets skill you’ve got the opportunity to be special. I think Deebo probably embodies that as much as anyone,” Lynch said. “He’s got tremendous will. He’s very talented player. I think by virtue of the way he plays, it’s inspiring. … You just don’t let guys like that walk. I can’t envision a scenario where we would.”
Samuel never complained about the heavy workload and coined a new name for his position, calling himself a “wide back.”
But after dealing with injuries in college and early in his NFL career, it’s likely that Samuel will want a long-term deal in place before having another season with that kind of load.
The Niners have rewarded many of their homegrown stars such as tight end George Kittle and linebacker Fred Warner with lucrative deals in past offseasons but that typically has taken until July to get done.
“I don’t think there’s trouble getting an extension,” Lynch said. “I wouldn’t read into that. Our track record is pretty good. We’ve never had a significant holdout and our record speaks to that and we don’t plan on one moving forward. … When you play well here, you’re rewarded, for the most part. We’re proud of that. Our actions have reflected that over time.”
Lynch had no update on the extension talks for San Francisco’s other star player from the 2019 draft other than to say the team picked up the $17.9 million fifth-year option on edge rusher Nick Bosa to keep him under contract through 2023.
“We’re going to do everything we can to keep him a part of this organization,” Lynch said. He’s a foundational player, much like Deebo, a difference maker. … At the appropriate time we will endeavor to make that a reality, that he’s here for a long time.”
NOTES: Lynch said QB Jimmy Garoppolo is rehabbing his shoulder injury in Southern California, but he didn’t rule out Garoppolo staying on the team in 2022 even with his $24 million salary. … Lynch said C Alex Mack hasn’t made a final decision about whether to retire but says he expects to know before the draft in case the Niners need to look for his replacement. … RT Mike McGlinchey said he is ahead of schedule in his return from quadriceps surgery and should be a full-go for the starting of training camp in July. … RB Elijah Mitchell said he underwent what he called a “minor” surgical procedure on his knee in the offseason and is close to 100%.
Steelers re-sign safety Terrell Edmunds to 1-year deal
PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing back safety Terrell Edmunds on a one-year deal.
The deal, announced on Monday, will pay Edmunds $2.5 million.
Pittsbrugh drafted Edmunds in the first round in 2018, but declined to exercise his fifth-year option last spring. He put together a solid 2021, picking off two passes and finishing with 89 tackles in 17 games.
The signing actually saved the Steelers more than $4 million based on what the value of Edmunds’ fifth-year option would have been had they picked it up.
While Edmunds has not developed into a star in four seasons, he’s been dependable and durable. He’s missed just one game in his career.
Bringing Edmunds back also gives the Steelers a little bit of flexibility in the draft. Pittsburgh has the 20th overall pick in the first round on Thursday and signing Edmunds takes away a position of need.
Report: Toney reports to Giants’ facility amid trade buzz
New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney reported to the team’s facility for its voluntary offseason program amid trade rumors, a source told SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.
Toney was reportedly on the trading block and did not show up for the beginning of the Giants’ offseason program last week. It’s uncertain whether his arrival at the facility was planned or prompted by the trade buzz, Vacchiano adds.
The 2021 first-round wideout had a turbulent rookie year with the Giants. He missed time with various injuries and two stays on the COVID-19 list. The team reportedly questioned Toney’s commitment due to the frequent injuries, a lack of playbook study, and poor behavior in meetings.
Toney failed to score a touchdown across 10 games last season but did add 420 yards on 39 catches. Should he remain with the Giants, he will be featured in a receiving corps that includes Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton, among others.
DeBrincat, Lankinen help Blackhawks top Flyers 3-1
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks wanted to give their fans something to cheer about at the end of a long season.
Alex DeBrincat delivered.
DeBrincat scored his 41st goal in the third period and Kevin Lankinen made 33 saves, helping the Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 on Monday night in a matchup of disappointing teams.
“The guys, they battled, they worked,” interim coach Derek King said. “Lanks played well. We did some good things.”
Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist as Chicago (27-42-11) won for just the fifth time in its last 20 games. Erik Gustafsson also scored against one of his former teams, and Dominik Kubalik picked up an assist in his 200th NHL game.
King talked to his team at the morning skate about making the most of its last three games, including two at home. The Blackhawks improved to 13-21-6 at the United Center this season.
“Finish right at home. Get the fans out of their seats,” King said.
Philadelphia lost for the 12th time in its last 16 games. Kevin Hayes scored for the Flyers (25-44-11), and Felix Sandstrom made 30 stops in his fourth NHL start.
“We weren’t good enough with the puck tonight versus a team that transitions really well,” interim Flyers coach Mike Yeo said. “They came in off the rush and it gave them a lot of opportunities.”
Chicago was clinging to a 2-1 lead when DeBrincat converted a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Patrick Kane at 7:45.
DeBrincat matched his career high for goals, set during the 2018-19 season. It was Kane’s 66th assist, equaling his career best from 2018-19.
Blackhawks defenseman Jake McCabe was sent off for tripping with 1:23 left, and Philadelphia’s Bobby Brink shot the puck off the inside of the right post. It nearly went off Lankinen and in, but defenseman Riley Stillman swept it off the line.
The Flyers went 0 for 4 on the power play, continuing their season-long special teams issues, and the Blackhawks went 0 for 5 with the man advantage.
“We want to end the season strong here, end on a good note, and I think we played a really solid game tonight,” Lankinen said. “So that was fun.”
Back at home after a sluggish three-game trip, Chicago put together a fast start behind Toews.
The veteran center set up a trailing Gustafsson for a wrist shot from the high slot that made it 1-0 at 1:44. It was Gustafsson’s first goal since Jan. 28 and his third of the season.
Toews was sent off for slashing at 4:08, but he got out of the box, got a nice stretch pass from Sam Lafferty and beat Sandstrom for his 12th goal in 69 games this season. The captain missed all of last year with what he described as chronic immune response syndrome.
The Flyers then got one back when Hayes finished a 2-on-1 with Scott Laughton for his 10th goal at 8:03. Laughton got loose for a breakaway with about two minutes left in the first, but he was denied by Lankinen.
“I thought we had a lot of looks,” Hayes said. “Shows we need to respond better. At any moment we could have tied it up.”
The Flyers had won six in a row against the Blackhawks. It was their first loss to Chicago since Nov. 1, 2017.
Hayes was nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy by the Philadelphia chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and Blackhawks forward Dylan Strome was nominated by the Chicago chapter. The Masterton award is presented to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
THAT’S A WRAP
Blackhawks coach Derek King said defenseman Connor Murphy (concussion protocol) and forwards Kirby Dach (right shoulder sprain) and MacKenzie Entwistle (right shoulder) aren’t expected to play in the team’s final two games of the season. Murphy and Dach skated with the team on Monday morning.
Flyers: At Winnipeg on Wednesday night, and then home for their season finale Friday night against Ottawa.
Blackhawks: Host Vegas on Wednesday night, and then visit Buffalo on Friday night.
Golden Knights’ Lehner set to undergo season-ending surgery
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, the team confirmed Monday.
The 30-year-old sustained the injury Feb. 9. Vegas had initially hoped that rest and rehab would allow him to finish the season, adding that Lehner had attempted to battle through the ailment.
Lehner told the organization last Thursday that he’d be getting the procedure, and the team doctor agreed Saturday that surgery was the best choice, according to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan. The Golden Knights reportedly asked Lehner to delay the operation and dress as the backup for Sunday’s contest due to cap reasons.
Reports surfaced that Lehner would undergo campaign-ending surgery earlier this week, and there was speculation he was playing through a significant knee injury sustained in March. Golden Knights head coach Peter DeBoer sidestepped the rumors Friday and said he expected Lehner to be available for Sunday’s game.
The Swedish native struggled through an injury-riddled 2021-22 campaign: Lehner missed five games in February with an upper-body ailment, returned for four contests, then landed on the sidelines with a lower-body issue that kept him out of an additional 12 matchups. He also took to Twitter to deny reports that he’d fractured his kneecap in March.
His last appearance came April 20, against the Washington Capitals. He allowed one goal on 13 shots in the first period, but Logan Thompson replaced him for the remainder of the contest.
Lehner logged a .907 save percentage and a 2.83 goals against average across 44 appearances this season.
Goaltender Jiri Patera was recalled from the team’s AHL affiliate in a corresponding move.
Vegas is in a dogfight to make the playoffs. It has three games left on its regular-season schedule and sits three points back of the Dallas Stars for the last Western Conference wild-card spot.
The Golden Knights take on the Stars on Tuesday night.
With Laurent Brossoit still on the shelf due to injury, Vegas will have to turn to Thompson. The 25-year-old authored a serviceable .917 save percentage in 16 showings this campaign.
2022 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament Bracket Announced
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2022 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament bracket on Sunday, with Ohio State earning the No. 1 seed after clinching the 2022 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Championship. All 10 men’s tennis programs will play in the tournament, which will take place April 28-May 1 at the University of Wisconsin’s Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
No. 9 seed Michigan State and No. 8 seed Purdue will open the tournament with a first-round match at 11 a.m. (CT) on April 28. The winner of that match will face Ohio State in the Quarterfinals on April 29 at 9 a.m. (CT).
No. 10 seed Indiana and No. 7 seed Penn State will also play at 3 p.m. (CT) on Thursday in the other first-round match. The winner of that match will see No. 2 seed Michigan on Friday at 3 p.m. (CT) in the Quarterfinals.
No. 5 seed Nebraska and No. 4 seed Northwestern will play at noon (CT) on April 29. No. 6 seed Illinois and No. 3 seed and host Wisconsin will wrap up quarterfinal action with a 6 p.m. (CT) match on Friday.
The Big Ten Tournament semifinals will be played April 30 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (CT), while the conference championship match is set for May 1 at noon (CT).
2022 Big Ten Women’s Tennis Bracket Announced
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2022 Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament bracket on Sunday, with Ohio State earning the No. 1 seed after clinching the outright Big Ten Championship. All 14 women’s tennis programs will play in the tournament, which will take place April 27-May 1 at the University of Iowa’s Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex in Iowa City, Iowa.
No. 11 seed Purdue and No. 14 seed Rutgers will open the tournament with a first-round match at 10 a.m. (CT) on April 27. The winner of that match will face No. 6 seed Nebraska in the Second Round on April 28 at Noon (CT). No. 13 Michigan State and host and No. 12 Iowa will also play on Wednesday, with first service at 2 p.m. (CT). The winner of that match will see No. 5 Illinois on Thursday at 6 p.m. (CT) in the Second Round.
No. 10 Indiana and No. 7 Maryland will open Thursday’s competition at 9 a.m. (CT). No. 8 seed Minnesota will play No. 9 Penn State at 3 p.m. (CT) on April 28.
No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Northwestern, and No. 4 Wisconsin all received double-byes and will wait to play until April 30. All four teams’ competition will come out of the Second Round.
The Big Ten Tournament semifinals will be played April 30 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (CT), while the conference championship match is set for Noon (CT) on May 1.
Seedings amongst the three teams tied for third place was determined by results against common opponents and Northwestern’s head-to-head victory against Wisconsin. Ties for eighth and 10th place were decided by head-to-head results.
Maryland, Northwestern and Ohio State Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards
Co-Player of the Week
Kiley Goff, Maryland
So. – C – Lillington, N.C. – Harrison (Ind.) – Major: Kinesiology
• Batted .625 with a .750 slugging percentage and .786 on-base percentage last week, logging five hits, six runs, six walks and three stolen bases as Maryland won four of five conference games
• Reached base in all five games last week, collecting at least one hit and/or scoring a run in four of those outings
• Had two hits and two runs, including an RBI double in Sunday’s series-clinching victory at Minnesota, giving the Terrapins 12 Big Ten wins this season (their highest conference win total since 2013, prior to joining the Big Ten)
• Captures her first career Player of the Week honor
• Last Maryland Player of the Week: Mackense Greico (March 1, 2022)
Co-Player of the Week
Nikki Cuchran, Northwestern
Sr. – 1B – Downers Grove, Ill. – Montini Catholic – Major: Learning & Organizational Change
• Registered a .412 batting average, .824 slugging percentage and .421 on-base percentage with eight RBI and seven hits (three for extra bases, including two triples) in Northwestern’s 4-1 week against conference foes Illinois and Indiana
• Had three multi-RBI and two multi-hit games last week
• Drove in the game-winning run in an April 20 victory at Illinois, then hit a three-run home run to spark a comeback victory at Indiana on April 23
• Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors twice (2020, 2021) and was a 2021 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
• Secures her first career Player of the Week citation
• Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Rachel Lewis (April 18, 2022)
Co-Pitcher of the Week
Courtney Wyche, Maryland
Jr. – RHP – Silver Spring, Md. – Montgomery Blair – Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice
• Went 3-0 with three complete-game victories last week, posting a 0.67 ERA in 21.0 innings with 20 strikeouts and five walks while holding opponents to a .149 batting average
• Two of her three victories came at Minnesota last weekend on back-to-back days (April 23-24), throwing a three-hitter in the first game (allowing an unearned run), then scattering seven hits and fanning seven in going the distance to secure Sunday’s series-clinching win
• Also recorded a complete-game one-hitter (yielding just an unearned run) with nine strikeouts on April 19 against Rutgers
• Selected as an Academic All-Big Ten honoree last year
• Garners her first career Pitcher of the Week plaudit
• Last Maryland Pitcher of the Week: None (first since joining the Big Ten in 2015)
Co-Pitcher of the Week
Danielle Williams, Northwestern
Sr. – LHP – Pleasanton, Calif. – Amador Valley – Major: Human Development in Context
• Gathered wins in all four appearances last week, going 4-0 with three complete games (one shutout), a 0.84 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 25.0 innings, holding opponents to a .146 batting average
• Opened the week with a two-hit shutout at Illinois on April 20, fanning 12
• Bookended NU’s weekend sweep at Indiana with complete-game victories, throwing a four-hitter on April 22 (10 strikeouts) and a five-hitter on Sunday (nine strikeouts), giving up a single earned run in each game
• Named a 2021 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection
• Collects her ninth career Pitcher of the Week accolade, tying for fifth-most in conference history, and her fourth this season
• Last Northwestern Pitcher of the Week: Danielle Williams (March 28, 2022)
Freshman of the Week
Melina Wilkison, Ohio State
OF – Greensburg, Ind. – Greensburg – Major: Marketing
• Posted a .583 batting average with a 1.083 slugging percentage and .583 on-base percentage in last weekend’s Big Ten series at Michigan, collecting seven hits (four for extra bases), four runs and two steals
• Went 3-for-4 with a home run and double in OSU’s series-opening victory on April 22
• Added two hits apiece in the remaining two series games, including a pair of doubles on Sunday
• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Kami Kortokrax (March 21, 2022)
Iowa, Maryland and Nebraska Earn Baseball Weekly Honors
Player of the Week
Bobby Zmarzlak, Maryland
OF – Jr. – Stamford, Conn. – Westhill
- Went 8-for-15 (.533) this past week, leading the No. 24 Terrapins to a perfect 4-0 mark
- Collected two hits and two runs scored against James Madison on April 12, before delivering a dramatic walk-off three-run home run on April 15 against Ohio State
- Finished the week going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI on Sunday in Maryland’s 16-1 victory
- Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
- Last Maryland Big Ten Player of the Week: Nick Lorusso (April 5, 2022)
Pitcher of the Week
Koty Frank, Nebraska
RHP – Sr. – Tushka, Okla. – Tuska
- Helped Nebraska throw combined one-hitter in a 1-0 win vs. BYU on April 14
- Allowed only one hit in a career-high 6.2 innings of work, while striking out seven BYU hitters and allowing zero walks
- Improved to 5-3 on the season with an ERA of 3.32 and 40 strikeouts in 38.0 innings pitched
- Wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
- Last Nebraska Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Shay Schanaman (March 9, 2022)
Freshman of the Week
Keaton Anthony, Iowa
UTIL – Hoschton, Ga. – Mill Creek
- Hit .571 (4-for-7) and had a 2.271 OPS in helping Iowa to a 4-0 week
- Went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer and scored three times in a 16-2 win over Milwaukee on April 12 before going 3-for-5 with a double, home runs, three RBIs and a run scored in the series opening win over Minnesota on April 15
- Posted a .700 on-base and 1.571 slugging percentage on the weekend
- Wins his fourth Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
- Last Iowa Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Keaton Anthony (April 5, 2022)
HCAC 2022 Baseball Notebook, Week 11
Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Andrew Bradley (Stow, Ohio) Earlham College | Utility | Junior – Bradley led the Quakers in a sweep of Rose-Hulman at home on Saturday. He tallied five hits from eight at bats with five RBI after a grand slam in game one. He also recorded a double and had a slugging percentage of 1.125.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Logan Nickel (Westfield, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | First-Year – Nickel tossed eight scoreless innings in relief, allowing zero hits and one walk. He collected three saves and struck out 10 batters.
- T.J. Price (Anderson, Ind.) Anderson University | Utility | Senior – Price went 6-for-18 with a homer, seven RBI and four runs as Anderson went 3-3 on the week. He put together a .333 batting average, a .520 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage.
- Jake Baumgartner (Toledo, Ohio) Bluffton University | Second Base | Junior – Baumgartner went 9-of-22 (.409 BA) with two homers, nine RBI and eight runs scored. He smacked a triple and three doubles while drawing five free passes and slugging .909 for the week.
- Andrew Collinsworth (Westerville, Ohio) Bluffton University | Pitcher | First-Year – Collinsworth went 7.1 innings in a 6-0 shutout at Anderson on Wednesday. He allowed just four hits with three strikeouts. Collinsworth earned the win while holding the opposition to a miniscule .160 batting average.
- Cohen Nies (Logansport, Ind.) Defiance College | Pitcher | Senior – Nies went 1-1 on the mound for the Yellow Jackets this past week. He pitched a brilliant 7.2 innings in a 4-2 win over Manchester and recording eight strikeouts. He finished the week pitching 10.4 innings and tallying 11 strikeouts.
- Justin Dillhoff (Dayton, Ohio) Earlham College | Pitcher | Sophomore – Dillhoff earned the win in the first game of a doubleheader with Rose-Hulman on Saturday. The right-hander tossed seven innings with 91 pitches. He surrendered two earned runs from five hits and tallied six strikeouts while holding his opponents to a .200 batting average.
- Andrew Oesterling (Batesville, Ind.) Hanover College | Infield | First-Year – Oesterling led the Panthers in a split at Bluffton this weekend as the first-year, in game one, hit for the cycle to pace HC to the 10-8 victory. He finished the contest with four hits on five at-bats and three RBI. In game two, the first year went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
- Nick McClanahan (Union, Ky.) Franklin College | Pitcher | Senior – McClanahan matched the single-game record for strikeouts on Saturday against Mount St. Joseph, punching out 15 batters and allowing just three hits over eight innings in a 5-4 Franklin win.
- Matthew Alter (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Junior – Alter picked up the Panthers lone victory of the weekend in a split at Bluffton. The junior threw six complete innings surrendering just four earned runs on seven hits. He struck out three and surrendered just two walks.
- Harrison Pittsford (Ellettsville, Ind.) Manchester University | Designated Hitter | Sophomore – Pittsford had another strong week for MU at the plate. He finished 7-19 (.368) with two home runs, one double, and 10 RBI. Pittsford is currently hitting .351 on the season and is tied for the team lead with 23 RBI.
- Austin Kresl (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | Senior – Kresl threw 5 1/3 innings of relief for Manchester this week. Fired 3 and 1/3 innings of one-hit ball at Defiance on Tuesday. Did not allow a run against the Yellow Jackets while striking out six. Tossed two innings against Transylvania. Gave up three runs on three hits against the Pioneers while adding two strikeouts.
- Ryan Caulfield (Sidney, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | First-Year – Caulfield was once again impressive on the mound for the Lions. Caulfield made two appearances this week. The first appearance came against Ohio Christan where he pitched four innings of shutout no-hit baseball, striking out five batters on his way to his third win of the season. In game two against Franklin Caulfield finished the game on the mound, pitching one and one thirds inning, allowing no base-runners and registering one strikeout. These efforts have extended Caulfield’s scoreless string that stretches over 10 2/3 innings.
- Zach McKenna (Crown Point, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Outfield | First-Year – McKenna was dominant for the Lions this week. The outfielder was a key part of the Lions two wins this week. In the Lions win Wednesday at Ohio Christian University, the first-year went two for four at the plate, including an RBI triple and crossing the plate once. During the HCAC double header against Franklin, McKenna registered a three for four line in game one, scoring two runs and a solo home run. In the game two win, Zach hit a three run triple to help the Lions win 14-4.
- Brett Tuttle (Jerseyville, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Third Base | Senior – Tuttle batted .440 (11-25) with two doubles and one home run as Rose-Hulman finished 3-2 last week. Tuttle had two doubles and one home run with eight runs scored, three stolen bases, and a .640 slugging average.
- Matthew Rouse (Louisville, Ky.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Senior – Rouse picked up the win against Franklin with a career-high 13 strikeouts in five innings of work. Rouse allowed three runs and just three hits with his career-high strikeout performance to earn the victory.
- Trent Youngblood (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outfield | Sophomore – Youngblood had a huge game two on Saturday’s doubleheader at Manchester, going 3-5 with two HR, six RBI, two walks, a double, and three runs scored. His efforts helped the Pioneers score 22 runs and win the game. In the two total games on the week (both wins) he hit .375 with four runs scored, five total walks (one of which was intentional) along with the two homers, six RBI, and double. Along with his impact with the bat, Youngblood pitched 3.0 key relief innings in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader against Manchester. He struck out three batters and allowed just one earned run on four hits in the span of the three innings. His efforts helped the team form a late rally to win.
HCAC 2022 Softball Notebook, Week 10
Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Kalin Hubble (Anderson, Ind.) Defiance College | Outfield | Senior – Hubble helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 4-2 week. She was outstanding at the plate as she went 10-of-20 with three homeruns, three doubles, seven RBIs, and eight runs. She finished the week with a .500 batting average and leads the conference with a .869 slugging percentage.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Riley Alcorn (Marion, Ohio) Defiance College | Pitcher | Sophomore – Alcorn made her mark on the mound for Defiance this past week. Against Mount St. Joseph she came in for relief and worked the last 1.2 innings and allowed zero runs with one hit and three strikeouts. She made her first start of the season the following day against Wilmington and pitched a seven inning shutout victory allowing only two hits in the 4-0 win. She finished with an astonishing 0.00 ERA in both her outings.
- Kyleigh Lowry (Noblesville, Ind.) Anderson University | Infield | Junior – Lowry went 5-for-13 with a double. She finished the week with a .385 batting average and a .529 on-base percentage.
- Lily Tate (Mount Gilead, Ohio) Bluffton University | Shortstop | Junior – Tate blitzed the opposition, hitting a white-hot .643 (9-of-14) with 10 RBI and five runs scored. She launched her first homer of the season to go along with three doubles and a 1.071 slugging percentage. She finished the week with a .706 on-base percentage.
- Erin Norman (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) Bluffton University | Pitcher | Junior – Norman finished the week with a 3.15 ERA while notching two wins against Anderson on Wednesday afternoon. She worked 13.1 innings with six strikeouts across four games for the Beavers as they went 2-2 with a sweep of the Ravens.
- Genesis Munoz (Seymour, Ind.) Franklin College | Designated Player | First-Year – Munoz went 5-for-13 with a home run and seven RBI for the Grizzlies, helping the team to a 3-1 week on the diamond. She went 4-for-6 with three runs knocked in and three walks drawn for Franklin on Thursday in a split with Spalding. Munoz also belted a go-ahead two-out grand slam in game two on Saturday against Manchester, giving the Grizzlies a comeback 6-3 win and a sweep of their league foe.
- Lauren Beaman (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher/Outfield | First-Year – The first year helped lead the Panthers to a 2-2 week as they earned a sweep at Bluffton but fell to the league leading Pioneers. Beaman went 6-of-14 at the dish with six hits and five runs and two RBI.
- Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Graduate Student – Beurman helped lead the Panthers to a 2-2 week as they swept Bluffton but fell to the Pioneers of Transylvania. The fifth year made two appearances allowing just 16 hits through 14 complete innings.
- Lizzie Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher/Second Base | Senior – Smith drove in four runs for Manchester last week while hitting .333. Is hitting a career-best .329 (25-76) on the season.
- Kaitlyn Carr (Valparaiso, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | First-Year – Carr threw 8 and 1/3 innings last week for Manchester. Tossed 4 and 2/3 innings of relief at Defiance and allowed just one hit while striking out a pair. Threw 3 and 2/3 innings against Franklin on Saturday. Gave up three runs on seven hits against the Grizzlies. Owns a team-best ERA of 2.91 this spring.
- Macy Cornelius (Whiteland, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Middle Infield | First-Year – Cornelius was key to the Lions sweep of Defiance. In game one Cornelius provided two of the Lions six hits. The second game the first-year collected two more hits, scoring two runs and stealing one base.
- Kamryn McCool (Franklin County, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Senior – McCool earned her 13th win of the season at Defiance College. The Senior pitched all eight innings of the close game, allowing no runs, only three hits and striking out eight.
- Stella Wulker (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Pitcher/Outfield | Sophomore – Over the weekend, in a doubleheader vs Rose-Hulman on Saturday and a doubleheader vs Hanover on Sunday, Wulker had a total of 10 hits in 16 at bats. Those hits included three HRs, four doubles, and five RBI. Wulker helped lead the Pioneers to a perfect 4-0 over the weekend.
- Carlee Jeter (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Over the weekend Jeter pitched a total of 17 innings over a span of four games, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. In a total of 10 innings in two games vs Rose-Hulman on Saturday she allowed only two hits, struck out eight batters, and gave up only one earned run. In seven innings vs Hanover on Sunday she allowed only four earned runs off of 10 hits.
HCAC 2022 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Notebook, Week 6
Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week:
Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – Salazar set yet another school record on Saturday at Ohio Northern, this time in the 1500m. Salazar’s time of 3:53.86 broke Tom Lower’s record – a record which had stood for more than 40 years (1980). Salazar’s time was also a new meet and facility record at Ohio Northern. The previous facility record had stood since 1991 (Jeff Prowles of Mount Union, 3:58.39).
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week:
Justin Dreyling (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Sophomore – At the Mount St. Joseph University Invitational Dreyling turned in a successful day, winning both the long jump and triple jump. His first place finish in the long jump (6.93m) tied his personal best and his winning efforts in the triple jump (13.87m) is good for the second best distance in HCAC.
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week:
Traci Cross (Toledo, Ohio) Defiance College | First-Year – Cross placed second in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the Mike Becraft Invite on Saturday. Cross dominated the 100-meters with the fastest time in the prelims with a blazing 12.31 seconds and then placed second in the finals with a time of 12.32 seconds. Cross also placed second in the 200-meters with a time of 25.79 seconds.
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week:
Claire Perkins (Danville, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Perkins won the pole vault with a career-best mark of 10′ 6″ that ranks No. 2 in Fightin’ Engineer history. Her effort helped Rose-Hulman take home first place honors as a team in the meet.
- Michael Sweigart (Alexandria, Ind.) Anderson University | First-Year – During the Mike Becraft Invitational, Sweigart took third in the shot put and fourth in the discus. Sweigart put together a distance of 14.16 meters in the shot put and turned in a distance of 40.19 meters in the discus throw. He also posted a distance of 39.20 meters in the hammer throw.
- Desmond Gist (Detroit, Mich.) Bluffton University | Sophomore – Gist ran a PR of 14.80 in the 110 hurdles at Ohio Northern on Saturday, improving his conference-leading mark and moving him into the top 30 nationally. He finished second by a hundredth of a second to a runner from NCAA Division II Tiffin.
- Zak Wiley (Mooresville, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Wiley placed top-six in four different events on Friday night at the RHIT Twilight Meet. Wiley won the hammer throw (49.37m) and took second in the discus (45.07m), fifth in the javelin (38.94m) and sixth in the shot put (12.56m).
- Justin Johnson (Camby, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Johnson paced the Panthers at the Friday Night Spikes meet as he took second in the 400-meter hurdles crossing the finish line is a time of 58.25 seconds. He also took fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 16.22 seconds.
- Jalen Simons (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Simmons lead the Panthers as part of the Friday Night Spikes meet taking third in the pole vault with a height of 4.35 meters.
- Joe Garling (Cedar Lake, Ind.) Manchester University | Senior – Garling placed third in the hammer throw event on Friday night at Ohio Northern. Garling’s mark of 49.77m was a new personal record and moved him up to second all-time on the MU Top 10 listings.
- Jagger, Brackett, Cox, Hobbs | Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – The Rose-Hulman 4-x-100 meter relay team of Jacob Jagger, Prescott Brackett, Jack Cox, and Jailen Hobbs won at the Fightin’ Engineer Twilight Meet with a time of 42.07 seconds that ranks No. 2 in school history.
- Isaiah Lilje (New Concord, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Lilje won the javelin with a career-best throw of 160′ 10″ at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet on Friday. His effort helped the Fightin’ Engineers place second as a team at the meet.
- Garrett Elrod (Bowling Green, Ky.) Transylvania University | Sophomore – Elrod helped break two school records at the University of Kentucky Invite and finished ahead of Division I competition in every event. He broke the school record in 1500m by over three seconds and helped break the 4×400 relay record that had stood since 2014.
- Luke Stegman (Fort Mitchell, Ky.) Transylvania University | First-Year – Stegman set two new school records at the University of Kentucky Invite, going against Division I competition. He broke his own record in discus with a throw that ranked higher than two University of Kentucky DI athletes in the event, and fourth overall. Stegman then set a new school record in shot put as well with a throw of 13.17m
- Noelle Loller (Lapel, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Loller took second in the 1,500 with a time of 4:59.94 during the Mike Becraft Invitational. She currently leads the conference in the 1,500.
- Delaney Moore (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | First-Year – Moore took fourth in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.45 meters during the Mike Becraft Invitational.
- Sarah O’Day (Avon, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore – O’Day won the 200m dash at the RHIT Twilight Meet, hitting the finish line in 26.31. She added a runner-up finish in the 100m dash with a time of 12.53 seconds.
- Taylor Tatlock (Edinburgh, Ind.) Franklin College | Junior – Tatlock claimed first place in the discus with a throw of 37.29m at the RHIT Twilight Meet. She added a runner-up finish in the javelin with a mark of 34.57m.
- Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Medcalf led the Panthers as part of the Friday Night Spikes meet taking first in the 3,000-meter run, winning the event in a time of 10:29.84.
- Nina Jazdewski (Paris, Ky.) Hanover College | First-Year – Jazdewski led the Panthers as part of the Friday Night Spikes meet this past weekend taking third in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.05 meters.
- Brandi Smith (Goshen, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – Smith broke into the MU Top 10 listings after running a 27.02 in the 200m dash. Smith’s time stands as the ninth fastest mark in school history.
- Carley Camp (Logansport, Ind.) Manchester University | First-Year – Camp won the shot put on Saturday at Ohio Northern with a leading mark of 12.75m. Camp also added a third-place finish in the hammer throw on Friday night with a mark of 46.42m. Her mark was a new season best and still ranks as the fifth best mark all-time at Manchester.
- Hannah Keith (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | First-Year – Keith was one of the top performers at the Mount St. Joseph University Invitational. Keith finished second in the 100 M with a time of 13.5 and finished third in the 200 M with a time of 27.62.
- Christina Rogers (Laurel, Md.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Rogers placed second in the 400-meter relay (1:01.75) and helped the 4-x-400 meter relay team place second (4:12.72) to help the Fightin’ Engineers win the team title at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet.
- Carson Graves (Frankfort, Ky.) Transylvania University | First-Year – Over the weekend Graves participated in the 400 and 200m dash at the University of Kentucky invite. In a field of multiple Division I athletes, Graves competed hard. She finished with a time of 28.14 in the 200m, besting an athlete from Murray State. In the 400m, Graves finished with a time of 1:03.24, better than athletes from Murray State and Morehead State.
- Mary Grace Thompson (Benton, Ky.) Transylvania University | First-Year – Over the weekend Thompson and the Pioneers took part in the University of Kentucky invite, which featured many athletes from Division I schools. Mary Grace finished at seventh place in the Javelin in a field of 11 athletes with a throw of 28.91 meters, which bested athletes from Murray State and Bellarmine.
HCAC 2021-22 Men’s Tennis Notebook, Week 17
Athlete of the Week:
Owen Reynolds (Gilbert, Ariz.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Reynolds finished 2-0 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles play to help Rose-Hulman clinch its sixth HCAC regular season championship since 2015. Reynolds won in straight sets in singles play against both Anderson and Franklin. He also won at No. 1 doubles against Anderson and No. 2 doubles at Franklin.
- Cory Evans (Middletown, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Evans went 2-1 in doubles and 2-1 in singles this week. Against Capital, Evans won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 singles and 8-2 at No. 3 doubles. Against Ohio Christian, Evans secured a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles and a 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles. Against Rose-Hulman, Evans fell at No. 2 doubles 8-4 and at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-3.
- Matt Leming (Indianapolis, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Leming went a perfect 3-0 in No. 3 doubles matches and went 2-1 in singles play for the Grizzlies over the weekend. He sealed Saturday’s win over Capital with a dramatic 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-8 win at No. 5 singles for the deciding point.
- Nick McNamee (Belfry, Ky.) Transylvania University | Senior – McNamee went 1-0 in the No. 1 doubles spot with an impressive 8-0 win vs Manchester University. McNamee also won No. 1 singles with 6-0 and 6-4 wins to make it three wins in a row in the No. 1 singles spot.
River States Conference Player/Athlete of the Week winners presented by Brown & Brown
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CAMPOLO PICKS UP RSC SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR (RV) RIO GRANDE (OHIO)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Sydney Campolo from (RV) University of Rio Grande won both ends of a doubleheader to earn River States Conference Softball Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance April 18-24.
Campolo, a sophomore from New Lexington, Ohio, did her work in a key doubleheader sweep over Midway (Ky.), the only games of the week for the RedStorm. Campolo pitched a complete game in the opener, a 5-1 victory. She retired the final 20 batters she faced on her way to a two-hitter with two strikeouts and no walks.
She then pitched the final 4.0 innings of a 5-4 victory in the nightcap, a game that lasted 16 innings. Campolo got the win there as well allowing two hits in four scoreless innings.
Rio Grande is 31-11, 16-2 RSC and will be at WVU Tech on Tuesday, April 26.
JACKMAN SELECTED RSC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR IU SOUTHEAST
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — IU Southeast junior Ellie Jackman hit over .500 for the week to earn River States Conference Softball Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance April 18-24.
The third baseman from Brazil, Ind., was 15 for 29 in eight games for a .517 average. That powered the Grenadiers to a 7-1 record, all of which came in RSC play. She scored eight runs, doubled six times, tripled and drove in four runs. Jackman also picked up two walks and a stolen base.
Jackman had six multi-hit games on the week and hit safely in all eight contests. She started off 5 for 7 with two doubles and four runs in a doubleheader sweep of Brescia (Ky.). She had four hits in a doubleheader versus Carlow (Pa.) and another four hits in a split versus Point Park (Pa.).
There also were a couple of doubles to lead the Grenadiers to a pair of wins over St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.).
IU Southeast improved to 12-10 RSC with the big week and will host Brescia and Midway (Ky.) April 27-28.
CAMPBELL RAKES IN RSC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR NO. 18 IU SOUTHEAST
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Trevor Campbell from No. 18-ranked IU Southeast racked up 14 hits in five games to earn River States Conference Baseball Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance April 18-24.
The infielder from Louisville, Ky., hit .500 on the week with 14 hits in 28 at bats. Campbell scored 10 runs in the five games and also added five
doubles, a triple and five RBIs as the Grenadiers went 3-2.
Campbell hit in every game with a highlight being 4 for 4 with triple, three runs and an RBI in an 18-8 win over Cumberland (Tenn.). He was also 3 for 6 with a double and two RBIs in a 10-3 win over IU Kokomo. Campbell later went 3 for 6 with two doubles and two runs in an 18-2 win over the Cougars to clinch the series.
IU Southeast is 31-13, 17-4 RSC and will be at Cumberlands (Ky.) on Tuesday, April 26.
KINCAID COLLECTS RSC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR MIDWAY (KY.)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University sophomore Blake Kincaid earned River States Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for his performance April 18-24.
The right-hander from Columbia, Tenn., tossed 6.0 innings to get the victory in an 11-4 win over Ohio Christian. He won the series opener with eight strikeouts and no walks to set the program record for single-season strikeouts.
Kincaid scattered seven hits in the victory to lead the Eagles on their way to a series win. It was his fifth win of the year. Midway is 13-7 RSC entering its matchup at Campbellsville (Ky.) on Tuesday, April 26.
BALTAZAR NAMED RSC MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK FROM OAKLAND CITY (IND.)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Oakland City (Ind.) University sophomore Andre Baltazar remained undefeated in conference play to pick up River States Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance April 18–24.
Baltazar, Lima, Peru, maintained his undefeated RSC record with a victory at No. 1 singles versus Brescia (Ky.). He did so in convincing fashion by scores of 6-1, 6-2. He was also a part of a 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles.
His big singles win was the clinching point in the 4-3 team victory over the Bearcats. It pushed Oakland City to 7-6 overall, 4-1 RSC and second place heading into the RSC Men’s Tennis Championship April 29-30.
MARINO NETS RSC WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK FROM IU EAST
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East sophomore Linda Marino led the Red Wolves to the conference regular-season title to earn River States Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 18-24.
Marino, from Bucaramanga, Colombia, picked up quality wins at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles as IU East improved to 7-0 RSC to clinch the outright regular-season crown for the second year in a row.
Versus Brescia (Ky.), she won her singles match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and the doubles matchup 7-5 as part of a 6-1 team victory. She earned a first-set win in singles versus No. 3-ranked Indiana Wesleyan before the match was clinched by IWU, 4-0.
IU East will compete in the RSC Women’s Tennis Championship April 29-30.
WISECUP STORMS AHEAD TO RSC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK FROM IU EAST
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Jo Wisecup of Indiana University East with her play in the first round of the RSC Women’s Golf Championship earned RSC Women’s Golfer of the Week April 18-24.
Wisecup, from Enon, Ohio, is highlighted for her play in the first 18 holes on Sunday from Belterra Golf Club. She shot 4-over 76 as the championship opened with swirling winds along with the firm and fast greens.
The senior led the Red Wolves to second place through the first two days and continued to lead the tournament through 36 holes. The final round is Tuesday.
TERCERO CARDS RSC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK FROM IU EAST
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Emiliano Tercero from Indiana University East earned River States Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance April 18-24.
The native of Xalapo, Mexico, led the Red Wolves at the crosstown Earlham College Spring Invitational at the Elks Lodge and Country Club. He shot two rounds in the 70s to place ninth of 60 golfers. She shot 78 and 74 on the par-70 layout.
IU East is at the WVU Tech Golden Bear Classic April 25-26.
HARRIS GETS RSC MEN’S OUTDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FROM RIO GRANDE (OHIO)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) jumper Spencer Harris earned River States Conference Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance April 18-24.
Harris, from Gallipolis, Ohio, won the high jump and the long jump at the Concord Spring Invitational April 22. He had a height of 1.87 meters to win the high jump. He is already ranked No. 1 in the conference at 1.95 meters from earlier this season.
Harris was first in the long jump with a distance of 6.13 meters. He is seventh in the conference in that event heading into the RSC Outdoor Track & Field Championship coming up next April 29-30 at Rio Grande (Ohio).
KLIPSTINE NAMED RSC MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FROM IU EAST
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Chance Klipstine from Indiana University East was named River States Conference Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance April 18-24.
The junior from Ansonia, Ohio, ran the top time in the RSC this year for the 800 meters at the Indiana Little State Championship. His time of 1:56.72 ranks first in the conference and is the second-fastest time in school history.
Next up is the RSC Outdoor Track & Field Championship April 29-30 at Rio Grande (Ohio).
SCHOFIELD NAMED RSC WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FROM MIDWAY (KY.)
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University sophomore Alexia Schofield was selected the River States Conference Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 18-24.
She’s a native of Miramar, Fla., who broke the school record and improved her conference-leading time in the 200 meters. She did so at the Kentucky Invitational with a time of 25.12 seconds. That placed 23rd of 56 runners at the NCAA Division I meet.
Next up is the RSC Outdoor Track & Field Championship April 29-30 at Rio Grande (Ohio).
CLARK GETS RSC WOMEN’S OUTDOOR FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FROM SMWC
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College freshman Tyresha Clark was selected as the River States Conference Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 18-24.
Clark, from Terre Haute, Ind., placed fifth in the shot put at the Little State Championships on April 23. She did so with a distance of 12.32 meters.
She holds the top distance in that event this year in the RSC at 12.57 meters.
Next up is the RSC Outdoor Track & Field Championship April 29-30 at Rio Grande (Ohio).
TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES
Assistant Commissioner Sandra Walter leaving IHSAA staff
Sandra Walter, who has served on the executive staff of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) the last 10 years, has announced her intention to leave this summer. Walter was approved this evening by the Franklin Township School Board to become the next athletic director at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis. Her departure from the IHSAA is effective July 1, 2022.
Completing her 30th year in education, Sandra joined the Indiana High School Athletic Association on June 4, 2012, as an assistant commissioner and administered the sports of boys and girls soccer, girls basketball and gymnastics. She also assumed leadership of the officials department and oversight of sportsmanship initiatives. Sandra’s time at the IHSAA also included working alongside the Technology Director in developing and implementing a membership portal inclusive of all IHSAA customers – member schools, officials, coaches, and affiliates connected to education based athletics across Indiana. “Sandra Walter has served the student athletes of Indiana, the membership of the Indiana High School Athletic Association and thousands of licensed officials with exemplary dedication and passionate service in her role as Assistant Commissioner,” said IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig. “On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, we thank Sandra for her leadership and offer our best wishes for success in the future.” Prior to her time with the IHSAA, Walter had spent 12 years at Lawrence Central High School, the last 10 as the athletic director. She was the women’s sports director at Hamilton Southeastern (1999-00), athletic director at Knightstown (1998-99) and began her career at Rushville (1992-98) as a mathematics teacher. She added responsibilities as assistant athletic director (1993-98) and coached the women’s varsity track and field team (1995-98). As a school administrator, Sandra served as tournament director for 18 different IHSAA sports and is still an active member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA), serving as president of the IIAAA in 2007-08. Walter earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Ball State University in 1992 and completed her master’s in athletic administration in 1997. She is a 1988 graduate of Brookville High School in southeastern Indiana.
BANE FINISHES FIFTH IN MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD
Richmond native Desmond Bane finished fifth in the Most Improved Player of the Year voting. Bane played at Seton Catholic. The 6-5 guard set the Grizzlies’ single-season record with 228 3-pointers during his sophomore campaign.
Bane nearly doubled his scoring average (9.2 to 18.2), and improved his rebounds (4.4 vs. 3.1) and assists (2.7 to 1.7) while maintaining his 3-point shooting (43.6 to 43.2) on significantly higher volume (6.9 to 4.0).
GRIFFIN TAKES OVER AT LAWRENCE NORTH
Chris Giffin, Lawrence North’s girls basketball coach since 2012 will be replacing the retired Jack Keefer as the boys basketball coach.
Lawrence North made the announcement Monday night.
Giffin led the Wildcats to a 201-60 overall record for the girls side with one state championship and a runner-up finish.
“Coach Giffin has demonstrated commitment to the students and student-athletes at Lawrence North and has taken the girls basketball program to the next level,” Lawrence Township superintendent Shawn A. Smith said in a release. “I have full confidence in his ability to continue the tradition of excellence in the boys basketball program at Lawrence North High School.”
Baseball Gameday: vs. Butler/at Illinois State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Coming off its first Big Ten series victory of the season, the Indiana baseball team will hit the road for a pair of midweek contests on the road. The Hoosiers will travel to Victory Field in Indianapolis for a Tuesday (April 26) neutral site game with Butler and then head to Normal, Illinois, for a meeting with Illinois State on Wednesday (April 27).
Indiana (16-23) took two of three games from Nebraska over the weekend behind solid starting pitching from Jack Perkins and Bradley Brehmer, after splitting a pair of midweek road contests. Butler went 0-2-1 last weekend at St. John’s after winning midweek contests over Northern Kentucky and Dayton. Illinois State went 2-2 last week with a midweek win over Milwaukee and one win in a series against Bradley at home.
Tuesday, April 26 (6:30 p.m.)
IU: Braydon Tucker, RHP, Sr.
BU: Cole McDaniel, LHP, Fr.
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Wednesday, April 27 (6 p.m.)
IU: Luke Hayden, RHP, Fr.
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Indiana will play a pair of midweek contests away from Bart Kaufman Field this week. The Hoosiers will take on Butler at Victory Field in Indianapolis and travel to Illinois State.
Rookie Josh Pyne is riding the longest reached base streak by an IU freshman in over a decade and is leading all Big Ten freshmen in RBIs (39).
Freshman Carter Mathison became the fourth IU freshman to reach the 10 home run mark. The rookie joined the short list with his solo blast against Nebraska.
Fellow freshman Brock Tibbitts can join Mathison with double-digit home runs to become the first rookie duo to hit 10-plus homers in the same season for the Cream and Crimson.
Freshman Grant Holderfield is tied for No. 6 nationally among rookies in pitching appearances and has not allowed an inherited runner to score yet on the year.
Redshirt-junior Matt Ellis continues to lead the Big Ten in home runs at 12 longballs on the season. The left-handed hitter has hit some mammoth home runs so far in 2022.
Indiana has three alums on MLB rosters to start 2022 and saw a school-standard four student-athletes selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2021.
Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 88 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.
Scouting the Opponents
Butler enters the week with an 18-22-1 overall record and a 2-6-1 mark in the Big Ten after going 0-2-1 at St. John’s over the weekend.
Travis Holt leads the team in batting average (.301), hits (49), runs scored (31) and doubles (8). He has started all 41 games at shortstop.
Freshman lefty Cole McDaniel will get the start. He is 2-2 with a 6.03 ERA and a .338 batting average against this season. He has 21 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings of work.
Illinois State is 15-19 entering the week and 3-4 in Missouri Valley Conference play this season. The Redbirds are the third MVC team that IU will face this season and is 3-1 in those games.
Center fielder Ryan Cermak leads the team with a.347 average, 36 runs scored, 14 home runs and stolen bases (7).
ISU limits opponents to a .248 batting average against and lead the MVC in WHIP (1.41)..
Indiana and Butler will meet for the 125th time on Tuesday at Victory Field. The Hoosiers own a 94-30 all-time edge in the series that dates back to 1896.
IU won the first six games in the series and have met in each decade since the 1920s.
The Hoosiers have won the only two neutral site meetings between the two programs in 1998 and 2016.
Wednesday’s meeting with Illinois State will mark the seventh meeting all-time between the two programs and the first non-neutral site meeting in the series.
The two teams have split the previous six meetings, as Illinois State won the initial game in the series, 8-4, in 2000 and the last meeting, 8-7 in the NCAA Louisville Regional in 2019.
Only two of the six games have been decided by three-or-fewer runs.
Hoosiers Host Purdue for Tuesday Doubleheader
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball team will take on Purdue for two games on Tuesday April 26 at Andy Mohr Field.
Date: Tuesday April 26
Location: Bloomington, Ind.
Stadium: Andy Mohr Field
Indiana (23-17, 6-9 Big Ten) vs. Purdue (20-26, 3-11 Big Ten)
Game 1: 5:00 p.m.
Game 2: approximately 25-30 minutes after game one.
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Purdue leads the all-time series 41-38. Last season the Hoosiers won three of four games in West Lafayette. Indiana has won seven of the last 10 games in the series.
Scouting the Opponent
Purdue comes in with a 20-26 overall record and 3-11 mark in Big Ten games. Last time out they went 1-2 against Michigan State. The Boilermakers are hitting .258 as a team and are led by Rachel Becker who is hitting .411 with 51 hits. Purdue has used seven different pitchers this season with a combined era of 5.04. Alex Echazarreta and Brenna Smith have gotten the majority of the innings with 87.1 and 82.1 respectively.
Last Time Out
Last time out the Hoosiers dropped three games to No. 10 Northwestern. In the second game Indiana the Hoosiers had a 7-3 lead through four innings, but Northwestern won 13-8 in nine innings. In the final game of the series Indiana scored first and were tied 3-3 through four innings. Cora Bassett hit .545 for the series with six hits, including two doubles and a home run. Her slugging percentage for the series was 1.000 and her on base percentage was .615.
2 Out Hitting
Indiana has scored 74 runs this season with two out, including 11 games in which they have scored three or more runs with two outs. Cora Bassett is hitting .500 on the season with two outs.
The Long Ball
The Hoosiers have already surpassed their home run total from a season ago. Indiana has 49 home runs through 40 games this season. Last year the Hoosiers tallied 28 home runs in 44 games.
Brittany Ford and Brooke Benson have shown great improvement from last season to this season.
Brittany Ford 2021: .200 BA, 35AB, 7 hits, 1HR, 6 RBI
Brittany Ford 2022: .308BA, 104AB, 32 hits, 8HR, 28 RBI
Brooke Benson 2021: .178 BA, 73AB, 13 hits, 1HR, 5 RBI
Brooke Benson 2022: .343BA, 102AB, 35 hits, 6HR, 27 RBI
Stanton Earns 700th Career Victory
With the Hoosiers 2-0 victory over Sam Houston State on March 19 IU head coach Shonda Stanton earned her 700th career victory. Stanton is in her 24th year as a head coach. Before arriving in Bloomington, she coached at Marshall for 18 seasons and is the winningest coach in Marshall history with 560 wins.
Copeland Freshman of the Week X3
On Monday April 4 Brianna Copeland earned her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor. Copeland provided fireworks in the Hoosiers 14-11 win over Kent State on March 30. Copeland hit three home runs to become the Hoosiers first freshman to ever hit three home runs in a game and just the third ever player to accomplish the feat. Copeland lifted the Hoosiers to victory with a walk-off three-run home run in the ninth inning of the game. Copeland is hitting .400 on the season with eight home runs.
Attacking the Next 60 Feet
The Hoosiers rank 15th among NCAA DI softball teams in stolen bases at 2.25 per game. Tatum Hayes ranks third in the Big Ten in stolen bases with 22. The Hoosiers have stolen 89 bases this season compared to 29 from their opponents. Lindsey Warick has thrown out 11 runners trying to steal bases this season, which leads the Big Ten.
Purdue Continues Homestand with Visit from Valpo
Valparaiso (13-22, 2-7 MVC) at Purdue (22-13, 4-6 B1G)
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Probable Starting Pitchers: Valpo’s Connor Lockwood (Fr, RHP) vs. Kyle Wade (Sr, RHP)
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All-Time: Purdue leads 68-20
All-Time in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 40-9
Last Meeting: Purdue 5, Valpo 1 (March 2019 in West Lafayette)
First Meeting: Purdue 11, Valpo 9 (April 1949 in West Lafayette)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball continues its season-long homestand with its fifth game of the season vs. an in-state rival, hosting Valparaiso for another $3 midweek matchup at Alexander Field.
First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET as the Boilermakers’ penultimate midweek game on the schedule.
Before hosting Michigan for the third time since 2017 and sixth time since 2011, Purdue will look to get back on track against a Crusaders team that has series wins vs. common opponents UIC and Illinois State. But like the Boilermakers, Valpo also went 0-4 last week with a Tuesday loss on the road followed by a home sweep.
Purdue’s 17 runners left on base in Sunday’s loss to Belmont matched the program’s most over the last 20 years. The six runs scored were the fewest in a game that featured a season-high total of runners left on base since a 5-3 win at Georgia State in February 2016. Starting with that game, the Boilermakers had managed to win six of their last seven games that featured a season-high LOB number.
Butler Softball Welcomes IUPUI for Midweek Game
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DATE: Tuesday, April 26
LOCATION: Indianapolis, Ind. / softball field
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The Butler softball team will look to extend its winning streak to six games on Tuesday when IUPUI makes the short trip to the Bulldogs’ home field for a 4:00 pm contest.
Butler (26-14) is coming off a three-game sweep of Creighton, while the Jaguars (10-31) most recently won one of three against Horizon League foe, Northern Kentucky. The two teams met earlier this season at the Blues City Classic in Memphis, and the Bulldogs came out on top in both games by scores of 7-2 and 5-4.
(as of 4-25-22)
Karli Ricketts leads the BIG EAST (32nd nationally) in hits allowed/7 innings (4.41) and is second with a 2.30 ERA. She also comes in at number two (55th) in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.00) and is third (87th) in walks allowed/7 innings (1.58). Her 120 strikeouts rank fourth in the conference and she landed sixth in strikeouts/7 innings (7.9).
Alyssa Graves leads the BIG EAST (92nd nationally) with a 2.08 ERA. She is second (53rd) in strikeouts per seven innings (8.8) and also comes in at number two (55th) in hits allowed per 7 innings (4.77). Her 115 strikeouts land sixth in the conference.
Lauren Fey ranks first in the BIG EAST (33rd nationally) as toughest to strikeout, averaging 20.0 at bats per strikeout. Her seventeen stolen bases rank fifth (81st) in total and in stolen bases/game (0.44).
Ella White’s four sacrifice flies lead the BIG EAST and put her 19th nationally.
Ellie Boyer leads the BIG EAST and is 52nd nationally with 0.18 sacrifice bunts per game.
Monique Hoosen is fourth in the BIG EAST with nine home runs and eleventh in slugging percentage (0.615).
Bri Avery ranks sixth in the BIG EAST (98th) with sixteen stolen bases.
Alyssa Graves’ shutout on Sunday was her second of the season and the ninth of her career. She is now in sole possession of the fourth spot all-time at Butler. The complete game was her sixth of the season and the 36th of her career. She is now tied for seventh on Butler’s all-time career list (Kena Woods, ’95-’98 and Nikki Naffziger, ’05-’08). She has now pitched 519.0 innings in a Butler uniform and has cracked the top five on Butler’s all-time list for career innings pitched.
The Bulldogs now have 12 wins in the BIG EAST for the season. This represents the most BIG EAST Conference wins for any Butler team, surpassing the 2017 squad that went 11-9 in the conference. (In 2011, the Bulldogs won 14 games in the Horizon League.)
Series Record: IUPUI leads, 42-32-2
Last Meeting: March 6, 2022 – Memphis, Tenn. – Butler 5, IUPUI 4
Butler won both meetings earlier this season at the Blues City Classic in Memphis.
The Bulldogs have won eight of the most recent ten meetings and are currently on a seven-game winning streak in the series.
IUPUI’s previous series: The Jaguars lost two to Northern Kentucky (1-10, 1-4) before winning the third game of the series, 6-4.
The Jaguars are 10-31 overall with losses to Indiana State, Memphis, and Miami (Ohio). IUPUI went 1-2 in a recent series with Purdue Fort Wayne.
IUPUI’s starters trails its opponents in runs (120-224), hits (231-262), RBIs (99-190), and stolen bases (36-54).
Batting leaders for the Jaguars include Rachael Gregory (.310), Kendal Calvert (.308), and Maicey Bedrick (.275).
IUPUI most often relies on pitchers Madison Bryant (5-18, 122.0 IP, 2.75 ERA, 134 K), Isabelle Waggner (3-5, 60.2 IP, 3.69 ERA, 18 K), and Jasmin Speth (0-0, 27.2 IP, 5.82 ERA, 14 K).
Sullivan and Butler Golf Men Charge into Second at BIG EAST Championship
Pine Mountain, Ga. – A strong closing stretch has the Bulldogs in second place after the opening 18 of the 2022 BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP.
As a team, the Bulldogs shot two-under 286 Monday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Butler’s four counted scores Monday combined to go eight-under on holes 16-18, which moved the Bulldogs from the bottom half of the leaderboard into the No. 2 position.
Butler’s team performance was headlined by the individual performance of Raymond Sullivan. His five-under 67 has him alone in second place. He carded seven birdies Monday on the 7,081-yard Mountain View Course. Sullivan is three shots off the lead of Marquette’s Max Lyons (64). Lyons tied the BIG EAST Championship Record for 18 holes with an 8-under 64 to take the lead on the leaderboard. He made six consecutive birdies on holes No. 8 through No. 13 and nine birdies overall. Lyons, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., tied the record set by Marquette’s Matt Haase in the final round of the 2009 Championship.
Georgetown’s Brad Whitaker and Caleb Manuel of UConn are tied for third at 68 (-4). Eleven players (out of a field of 50) were in red numbers Monday.
As a team, Marquette holds the lead after the first round at 281 (-7). That is a five-shot cushion over Butler. The Bulldogs are one shot ahead of UConn (287) and two shots clear of both Creighton and Seton Hall (288).
Butler’s Daniel Tanaka is tied for 12th after an even-par 72 in the opening round. He birdied three of the final four holes Monday and had five birdies on the day. Michael Tanaka finished at one-over 73, which included two birdies over the final three holes. He is tied for 20th.
Damon Dickey was six-over on the front nine and was still at that score through 15 holes Monday. Dickey then eagled the 543-yard, par-5 16th and birdied both No. 17 and 18 to make up four of those shots and finish the round at 74 (+2). He is currently tied for 25th.
Nick Williams was Butler’s fifth golfer in the opening round. He carded an 81 (+9) and is in 49th.
The three-day, 54-hole event continues Tuesday from Georgia. Butler and Marquette are the first teams to tee off, with the first group scheduled for 8:20 a.m. ET. Live stats will be available via GolfStat.
The BIG EAST team winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Should the individual champion not be a member of the championship team, he will also earn a spot in the NCAA Championship field as an individual.
Team Scores – First Round
1. Marquette – 281 (-7)
2. Butler – 286 (-2)
3. Connecticut – 287 (-1)
T4. Creighton – 288 (E)
T4. Seton Hall – 288 (E)
6. Xavier – 294 (+6)
7. Georgetown – 295 (+7)
T8. DePaul – 296 (+8)
T8. Villanova – 296 (+8)
10. St. John’s – 298 (+10)
Top Individual Scores – First Round
1. Max Lyons, Marquette – 64 (-8)
2. Raymond Sullivan, Butler – 67 (-5)
T3. Caleb Manuel, Connecticut – 68 (-4)
T3. Brad Whitaker, Georgetown – 68 (-4)
5. Charlie Zielinski, Creighton – 69 (-3)
T6. Peter Weaver, Villanova – 70 (-2)
T6. Matt Copeland, Villanova – 70 (-2)
T6. Gregor Tait, Seton Hall – 70 (-2)
T9. Nate Vontz, Creighton – 71 (-1)
T9. Artemiy Yalovenko, DePaul – 71 (-1)
T9. Angus O’Brien, Seton Hall – 71 (-1)
Butler Baseball and Indiana to Meet at Victory Field on Tuesday
INDIANAPOLIS – Butler and Indiana will play at Victory Field on Tuesday night. Action in downtown Indianapolis will get underway at 6:30 PM. Click here to purchase tickets.
The Hoosiers took two of three from Nebraska over the weekend to improve their overall record to16-23. They will play as the home team on Tuesday night at Butler before traveling to Illinois State on Wednesday night for more midweek action. Their next Big Ten series will feature three games in Bloomington against Illinois.
Bobby Whalen, Josh Pyne, and Phillip Glasser are the top three players in the Indiana batting order. Whalen has a team-best 54 hits in 39 starts to post a .333 batting average. Pyne and Glasser each have 49 hits heading into Tuesday’s tilt. Other players to keep an eye on include Matthew Ellis and Carter Mathison. Ellis leads the team and conference in home runs (12) and paces the Hoosiers with 42 RBI’s. Mathison has 10 homers on the season with eight doubles and a triple for 34 RBI.
BIG EAST Standings
UConn 8-1, 32-8
Creighton 8-1, 23-11
Xavier 5-4, 21-20
Georgetown 5-7, 23-17
Villanova 5-7, 15-20-1
Seton Hall 3-6, 11-28
Butler 2-6-1, 18-22-1
St. John’s 2-6-1, 15-24-1
McDaniel on the Mound
Cole McDaniel is 2-2 on the mound this season with a 6.32 ERA. He has 21 strikeouts in 31.1 innings of action and will make this eighth start of the year Tuesday evening. McDaniel’s last start came against Northern Kentucky on April 19. He tossed 3.2 innings of ball, leaving the hill after 68 pitches.
Holt Got Hot
Travis Holt hit .450 last week over a span of five games. The BU shortstop recorded a hit in every contest and ended the week with three doubles and a home run to post five RBI. He scored seven runs, walked twice and stole three bases. Holt’s on-base percentage last week was .522 and with four extra base hits he posted a .750 slugging percentage.
Kollyn All has the longest current hitting streak on the team at seven games. A hit against Indiana on Tuesday would tie him with three other Bulldogs for the longest streak of the season. Travis Holt, James Gargano, and Ryan O’Halloran all have eight game hitting streaks in 2022.
All Tied Up
Butler and St. John’s tied on Sunday. The two clubs ended nine innings of action dead even at 12-12. Due to a travel curfew ruling, the Bulldogs and Johnnies had to call the game in order for the Bulldogs to travel back to Indianapolis. The last time Butler tied an opponent was back in 2011. They hosted Milwaukee and tied the Panthers 11-11 on May 15.
Gargano Games Played
Butler leftfielder James Gargano has played in 40 games this year, moving his career total to 179. With 17 more games on the schedule, Gargano is looking at playing in 196 games at Butler. The school record is 210 games, set by Eddie Olszla (98-01).
Gargano has six RBI over his last two games, pushing his career total to 95. He now has six multi-RBI games this season which ties him for the team lead with Aaron Steinhart.
Travis Holt and Ryan O’Halloran have started in all 41 games for Butler this season. Holt has either played as the leadoff man or moved to third in the order for the Bulldogs. He’s also 41-for-41 as the team’s starting shortstop. O’Halloran has hit two, four, five and sixth this year. 40 of his 41 starts have been at third base. He did make one start at second base.
Out of the BIG EAST
Butler is 16-16 in non-conference games this season. They faced nationally-ranked teams on March 22 and April 5 with contests at #1 Tennessee and #6 Notre Dame. Big Ten foes on the schedule thus far have included Northwestern (2x) and Illinois. BU will also play at Purdue on May 10.
Season-High Marks set at St. John’s
On April 24, Butler scored 12 runs off 16 hits with 12 RBI and 23 total bases. Those numbers either tied or set new season-high totals for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs will host #15 UConn this weekend for a three-game series at Bulldog Park. Game one on Friday will be picked up by the BIG EAST Digital Network. Game three on Sunday will stream on Flosports.
#12 ND BASEBALL: Midweek Preview – Michigan State
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 12th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is hitting the road for one of their final midweek matchups of the season. The Irish are set to face off with Michigan State for the second time this season on Tuesday at Comerica Park. Tuesday’s matchup is set for a 6:35 p.m. ET start at the home of the Detroit Tigers. The Irish head into the contest riding a five-game winning streak after each game of their five-game homestand last week.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Irish are 71-23 (.755) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks third in the NCAA over the past three seasons, trailing Tennessee and Arkansas.
Notre Dame is fourth in the NCAA in fielding percentage with a .984 mark this season. The Irish have committed 21 errors in 923 putout opportunities this season.
The Irish swept #5 Florida State on the road from April 1-3 (2-0 (12), 5-4, 9-7). It was the first time the Irish have swept a Top-5 team on the road in program history.
Notre Dame is eighth in the NCAA and leads the ACC with a 1.23 WHIP this season. They have surrendered 240 hits and 137 walks in 307.2 innings pitched.
The Irish rank 13th nationally and are second in the ACC in team ERA with 3.57. They have given up 122 earned runs in 307.2 innings this season.
The Irish are fifth in the NCAA and first in the ACC with 7.02 hits allowed per nine innings. They have given up 240 hits in 307.2 innings pitched this season.
The Irish scored eight unanswered runs in the 8-4 comeback win over #17 NC State on March 11. It was the most unanswered runs in a game since Game 2 of the Super Regional when the Irish scored nine unanswered runs to beat #7 Mississippi State.
The Irish rank 13th in the NCAA and fifth in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.8. The Irish pitching staff has struck out 368 batters in 307.2 innings this season.
The Irish are 12-0 in mid-week games during Link Jarrett’s tenure. They are 7-0 this season with a road win over Elon and home wins over Valparaiso (2x), Northern Illinois, Butler, Michigan and Purdue Fort Wayne.
John Michael Bertrand (7.2 IP), Ryan McLinskey (1.2 IP), Aidan Tyrell (1.0) and Alex Rao (1.2 IP) combined to shutout #5 Florida State in 12.0 innings in the 2-0 Irish win on April 1. It was the first time in program history that the Seminoles had been shutout in an extra inning game.
John Michael Bertrand set a career high with 12 strikeouts against #5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for an Irish pitcher since Cameron Brown struck out 12 against Florida State on March 23, 2019.
The Irish struck out 18 batters in the 2-0 win over #5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for the Irish pitching staff since May 16, 2008, when they struck out 18 against South Florida.
The Irish allowed three runs or less for the 20th time this season in the 21-3 win over Wake Forest on April 23. They are 20-0 this season and 46-2 overall under Jarrett in games they allow three runs or less.
The Irish scored 42 runs in their series sweep of Wake Forest on April 22-24. It set the program record for most runs in an ACC series since joining the conference in 2014. It was the most runs in a three-game conference series since 1993 when the Irish scored 48 runs in a sweep of Dayton when they were members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
Outfielder Spencer Myers has 61 steals in his Irish career and ranks seventh all-time in program history for career steals. He trails Dan Bautch by seven for sixth place in program history.
Irish and Spartans Clash in Motor City
The Irish head north to the Motor City as they prepare for their second of three matchups with Michigan State this season.
Tuesday’s clash will be held at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. It will be the third professional stadium the Irish have played at this season. They played at Flour Field (Greenville Drive) and US Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings) earlier this year.
The first matchup of the season between the Spartans and Irish took place at US Bank Stadium as part of the Cambria College Classic.
The Irish came away with a 2-1 win after Jack Brannigan hit the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning.
This will be the fifth time the Irish have squared off with a B1G team this season and they are 4-0 in those games. The most recent win over a B1G team came on April 12 in the 14-5 home win over Michigan.
Michigan State leads the all-time series 80-58 but the Irish have won four of the last five games against the Spartans.
The Spartans enter the midweek matchup with a 16-21 overall record and are 3-9 in conference play.
They are coming off a road series defeat as they lost two-of-three games to Northwestern, an opponent the Irish are set to face in May.
The Irish are coming off a 5-0 homestand and hold their third winning streak this season of five games or more.
#20 IRISH HOST TOLEDO AND PURDUE IN FINAL MIDWEEKS
The University of Notre Dame softball team will play host to the Toledo Rockets and the Purdue Boilermakers this week in a pair of midweek games. The Fighting Irish and Rockets will play Tuesday, with Purdue wrapping up the week’s action Wednesday. Both games are set for a 5 p.m. first pitch.
The Irish are on a four-game winning streak after completing the sweep of North Carolina this weekend. In midweek games this season, the Irish are 6-0, notching wins over Detroit Mercy, Western Michigan, Loyola Chicago, Central Michigan, Northwestern and Indiana. Dating back to 2019, Notre Dame has won nine-straight midweek games. The last time Notre Dame dropped a midweek contest was against the Boilermakers in 2019.
Notre Dame’s offense is led by sophomore Karina Gaskins. Gaskins leads the team with a .441 average, 10 home runs and 52 RBI. She owns a .564 on-base percentage which would best the school record set by Abby Sweet during the 2021 season. Sweet has a .485 on-base percentage this season, while hitting for a .387 average. She’s second on the team with a .620 slugging percentage while driving in 23. Jane Kronenberger worked her way into the starting lineup and is third on the team with 26 RBI on the season.
Alexis Holloway, Payton Tidd and Shannon Becker have put together a consistent pitching this season. Holloway owns a 3.01 ERA in 17 starts. She’s logged 100.0 innings with 86 strikeouts and holds opponents to a .215 average against. Tidd has a 2.62 ERA with 117.1 innings and recording 89 strikeouts. Becker owns the top ERA on the team at 1.67. She’s earned a 9-3 mark and leads the team with four saves in 75.1 innings of work. She’s struck out 62 hitters, and limited opponents to just 27 free passes on the year.
The Rockets enter Tuesday’s matchup with a 10-33 overall mark and sit at the bottom of the Mid-American Conference standings. Sunday saw Toledo snap a seven-game losing streak, defeating Kent State 7-6 in extra innings.
Toledo hits for a .233 team average, led by Dayna Denner. Denner is the lone Rocket to have started all 43 games this season as she is hitting at a .333 clip. She leads her team with 21 runs scored, 11 doubles, seven home runs and 24 RBI. Aubrey Reed and Jenna Kroll each have hit six homers this season. Reed hits at a .297 clip with 21 RBI, Kroll at .258 with 23 runs driven in.
Five pitchers have contributed in the circle, led by staff ace Sophia Knight. Knight has started 24 games, 18 more than any other pitcher on staff. She’s earned a 6.35 ERA in 118 innings with 96 strikeouts. Ellie Price has made 19 appearances, 16 out of the bullpen. She’s earned a 4.77 ERA in 44.0 innings with 16 strikeouts.
The Boilermakers enter Wednesday’s contest after playing a Big Ten doubleheader against Indiana Tuesday evening. Entering this week, Purdue salvaged the final game with Michigan State, earning a 3-2 win to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Purdue’s offense hits at a .258 team average, led by Rachel Becker. Becker owns a .411 average having played in all 46 games for the Boilermakers this season. She leads the team with 11 doubles, while also hitting three triples and three home runs. She’s scored a team-best 34 runs this season. Alex Echazarreta provides the power in the lineup. Along with hitting at a .370 clip, she’s hit seven home runs and driven in 28, each leading the team.
Six Boilermakers have logged innings in the circle this season, led by Echazarreta. Echarzarreta has started 13 games, appearing in 23 and leads her team with 87.1 innings. She’s struck out 95 hitters and holds opponents to a .232 average. Breanna Smith also has 13 starts, appearing in 27 total. Smith has worked 82.1 innings, striking out 31 hitters. Alexa Pinarski leads the Boilermakers with 28 appearances while throwing in 62.1 innings. She’s struck out 30 hitters and opponents hit .277 against.
Sycamores sign Austin Peay transfer Ella Sawyer ahead of 2022-23 season
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head women’s basketball coach Chad Killinger announced the addition of guard Ella Sawyer to the program Monday afternoon.
“We’re extremely happy to have Ella joining our program and look forward to her bringing another level of competitiveness and versatility to our roster,” Killinger said. “She can play all three guard spots, which adds to our depth, and can contribute in multiple ways, whether that be scoring, rebounding, defending or creating opportunities for her teammates. Her size and strength will be a great fit for the types of perimeter players we face on a consistent basis in conference play, and she is truly a ‘gym rat’ type of kid that’s not going to let anyone outwork her.”
Sawyer joins the Sycamores after spending the past three seasons at Austin Peay, where she emerged as a key contributor for the Governors. She started 71 of the 76 games she played, averaging 7.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while helping lead Austin Peay to a 50-36 record in her three seasons. Austin Peay finished .500 or above in each of her three seasons, including the first 20-win season in nearly 20 years for the program in the 2021-22 campaign. Sawyer was a member of the 2019-20 OVC All-Newcomer Team and has been a part of the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll twice.
Sawyer started all 32 games she appeared in during the 2021-22 season, averaging 5.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while ranking second on the team in minutes played with 27.5 per game. She finished the season ranked in the top 10 of the Ohio Valley Conference in assists, while also ranking in the top 20 in the OVC in rebounds. Sawyer had six games with double-figure scoring for the Governors, including a season-high 15 points in a win over Tennessee Tech. She also had two games with nine rebounds, including a near double-double performance with 10 points and nine boards in a win over Tennessee State. Sawyer had five games with five or more assists, including a career-high eight in a win over Bellarmine. She helped lead Austin Peay to its first postseason win in school history, finishing with four points and five rebounds in a 73-59 victory over Furman in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
The Adelaide, Australia, native started nine of the 14 games she played in for Austin Peay during the 2020-21 season, finishing with averages of 6.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while averaging 29.3 minutes per game, a mark that ranked second on the team. She had a season-high 15 points off the bench in her first game of the season, a come-from-behind win over Murray State. Sawyer also added double-figure scoring games against Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State, while grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds in a win over Jacksonville State.
Sawyer burst on the scene during the 2019-20 season, starting all 30 games for Austin Peay while averaging a team-high 26.0 minutes per game. She averaged a career-best 9.3 points per game, while also grabbing 3.1 rebounds and dishing out 2.7 assists per contest, earning a spot on the Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team in the process. Sawyer had back-to-back games with 20-plus points to close the regular season, scoring 21 in a win over Morehead State and dropping a career-high 26 points, including six 3-pointers, in a win over Murray State to earn OVC Newcomer of the Week honors. She had 13 games with double-figure scoring, including a 16-point outing in her collegiate debut against Kentucky Wesleyan. Sawyer was also the first Austin Peay player to start every game as a freshman since 2002-03
Sawyer is a familiar face to at least one current Sycamore, as both she and guard Natalia Lalic are both Adelaide, Australia, natives. She joins Lalic (2020-present), Essy Latu (2020-22) and Ashley Taia (2015-18) as Australians to play at Indiana State.
Sawyer joins incoming freshmen Bella Finnegan and Lily Niebuhr, who both signed in November, and Nicholls transfer Chelsea Cain, who signed earlier this month, as additions to the Sycamore roster for the 2022-23 season.
Indiana State Women’s Basketball 2022-23 Newcomers
Chelsea Cain // 6-0 // F // Prairieville, La. // Dutchtown HS/Nicholls State
Bella Finnegan // 6-0 // G // Hometown, Ill. // Mother McAuley HS
Lily Niebuhr // 6-3 // C // Chaska, Minn. // Chaska HS
Ella Sawyer // 5-9 // G // Adelaide, Australia // Cabra Dominican College/Austin Peay
‘Dons Wrap Up Day Two of League Championship
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team wrapped up the second day of the Horizon League Championship on Monday (April 25), shooting a team score of 345.
The Mastodons were led by Casey Bunner for a second day, as she shot 79-85-164. On Monday, she turned in eight pars and a birdie on the 425-yard 12th hole. She is in a tie for 33rd.
Anna Olafsdottir and Kennedy Brooker tied for the second day in a row, both sitting at 80-87-167 through 36 holes. Olafsdottir got six pars to go down, while Brooker had six pars and a birdie on 10. They are tied for 37th.
Laura Caetano fired an 86, turning in a birdie on 15 to go with seven pars. She is tied for 39th after her 82-86-168. Her sister, Luiza Caetano, played in the lineup as the team’s alternate on Monday, shooting a 90 with five pars.
As a team, the Mastodons’ 321-345-666 puts them in ninth place. Oakland is leading the way with a 306-296-602, paced by Amalia Shahzan who is leading the 45-player field.
The final round’s tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday (April 26).
Kasey Lilly Goes 2-Under in Round Two of Championship
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Kasey Lilly of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team moved up 11 spots on the leaderboard at the Horizon League Championship on Monday (April 25) thanks to a second round of 70 (-2).
Lilly started his day with an eagle on the 474-yard opening hole and held steady the rest of the way. He had three birdies that came on holes three, seven and 14. He had seven pars on the back nine. He is in a tie for ninth wit his 75-70-145 opening two rounds.
Brett Seward is tied for 25th through 36 holes with a second round of 79. He recorded 11 pars en route to a 73-79-152. Hunter Mefford is one shot back of Seward after a 76-77-153. He had eight pars on the front nine and three on the back. He also had two birdies on the back on 14 and 16.
Tyler Green improved on day two, turning in a 76 to total 156. Green had a 1-under back nine, dropping three birdies on 10, 14 and 17. He is in a tie for 32nd. Burke Pitz rounded out the lineup with a 78-80-158. He had 11 pars on Monday.
With 18 holes to play, the Mastodons are in sixth place in the 10-team field with a 604. Wright State is leading the pack with a 567, led by first-place Tyler Goecke (137).
The third and final round of the Horizon League Championship will fire off at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday (April 26).
WOMEN’S GOLF CLIMBS TO FOURTH ON DAY TWO OF #HLGOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The IUPUI women’s golf team carded a second round 301 at the 2022 #HLGolf Championships to move up two spots to fourth entering Tuesday’s final round. Sophomore Shelby Busker carded an even par 73 and Amelie Svejda shot 2-over 75 to lead the way.
After a solid, but unspectacular front nine, the Jaguars were sizzling on the back nine, torching the course’s stretch of three straight par-5’s. Freshman Nerea Lancho played the back nine to 3-under 35 as part of her round of 76, including chipping in from a greenside bunker on No. 12 for an eagle. She followed with a birdie on No. 13 and made par on her remaining five holes to close at 3-over.
Busker was 2-over at the turn after a double bogey on No. 9, but made three birdies and just one bogey on the back nine to finish even. She pitched in from just off the green on No. 12 for her first of three birdies in a six-hole span.
“Just a solid mindset of staying in the present and just trying to hit greens and fairways,” Busker said of her plan throughout Monday’s round. “I feel like we were coming in (to Monday) maybe a little more relaxed.”
Svejda played her typical steady game, blending three bogeys with a birdie and 14 pars for a solid 75. Sophomore Annaliese Fox had a team-high four birdies, including back-to-back efforts on holes 4 and 5, as part of her round of 4-over 77. Senior Kara Blair was the discarded score on Monday as she shot 82.
After making just five birdies on day one, the Jaguars posted 10 birdies and an eagle on day two to move up the leaderboard. Head coach Jamie Broce’s squad trails leader Oakland by 18 shots and is two behind second-place Green Bay and a shot back of third-place Cleveland State.
Busker is tied for third overall at 152 (79-73) and 10 shots off the lead while Fox sits just beyond the top-10, tied for 11th at 155 (78-77). Lancho is tied for 17th overall at 156 (80-76).
IUPUI will be paired with Youngstown State and Detroit Mercy for the tournament’s final round on Tuesday, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
GARDNER CONTINUES TO LEAD JAGUARS AT 2022 #HLGOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Sophomore Taylor Gardner continued to lead the way for the IUPUI men’s golf team on day two of the 2022 Horizon League Championships on El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort on Monday (Apr. 25). Gardner carded a second round, 2-over 74 and helped the Jaguars post a score of 309 on day two of the three-day event. The Jaguars sit seventh of 10 teams at 609 (300-309) heading into Tuesday’s finale.
Gardner is tied for sixth overall at an even par 144 (70-74) and is seven shots off the lead. Both Sam McWilliams and Matthew Baxter shot 6-over 78 on Monday and sophomore Brock Aten shot 7-over 79. Freshman Colten Girgis rounded out the Jaguars’ entries at 85.
Gardner had things rolling, making birdies on his first and fourth holes of the day to get to 2-under early. After a bogey on No. 16 pushed him back to 1-under, he fired back with back-to-back birdies on his tenth and 11th holes of the day to get to 3-under. However, he struggled down the stretch of the round, making bogey on five of his final seven holes of the day to finish at 74.
McWilliams was similarly strong on his opening nine, offsetting an early bogey with birdies on holes 14 and 16 to get to 1-under. A rough stretch saw him give back five shots in a four-hole span before a late birdie helped him finish at 6-over. Baxter also made three birdies as part of his 6-over 78 and had nine pars on Monday.
Aten struggled to score, but made a team-high 13 pars on Monday while Girgis never got his round on track.
Wright State continued to lead the field, sitting at 567 through 36 holes while Youngstown State is second at 574. WSU’s Tyler Goecke is atop the leaderboard at 7-under 137 and two others are tied at 6-under 138.
IUPUI will be paired with Green Bay and begin teeing off at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Kiel posts low round for UE in second round
PADUCAH, Ky. – Leading the way for the University of Evansville men’s golf team in Monday’s second round of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship was Henry Keil, who carded a 2-over 74.
Kiel lowered his tally by six strokes from the first to the second round at the Country Club of Paducah. His total score of 154 is 26th overall and third on the Purple Aces squad. Leading the UE contingent after 36 holes is the duo of Carson Parker and Caleb Wassmer. Parker followed up his opening round 76 with a 77 while Wassmer finished today with a 78 following a 75 a day ago. Both are tied for 21st with scores of 153.
Following Kiel in the order is Isaac Rohleder. He made the largest jump for the Aces, dropping his score from an 85 to a 76 on Monday. His 161 is tied for 36th. Dallas Koth also made a nice leap. His second-round score of 78 was seven better than his first-round score.
Southern Illinois has a firm grasp in the team standings, pacing Valparaiso by 17 strokes going into the final 18 holes on Tuesday. SIU posted a 285 in round two and stand with a 580. Valpo is in second with a 597 while Illinois State and Drake are tied for third with a 601.
Max Kreikemeier of Missouri State holds the individual lead. One of the lowest rounds in championship history saw him card a 5-under 67 to jump in front. His 141 is three ahead of Tom Cleaton of the Salukis.
Beacons, Boilermakers to Face Off in Midweek Matchup
Valparaiso (13-19, 2-4 MVC)
at Purdue (22-13, 4-6 Big Ten)
Alexander Field | West Lafayette, Ind.
Tuesday, April 26, 5 p.m. CT – RHP Connor Lockwood
Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team will head to West Lafayette on Tuesday for an instate showdown with Big Ten foe Purdue in midweek action. The Beacons have played their best baseball away from home this season, including series wins in each of their last two road weekend series. However, they are attempting to snap a four-game skid on Tuesday while seeking their first midweek win of the season.
Last Time Out: Winds blowing out in excess of 20 miles per hour altered the complexion of this weekend’s series with Missouri State, as the visiting Bears slugged six home runs in Saturday’s doubleheader and three more on Sunday en route to a three-game sweep of host Valpo at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Beacons pounded out 12 hits in the first game of the series but had just two runs to show for it in a 14-2 loss that was shortened to eight innings due to the 10-run rule after Missouri State scored seven in the top of the eighth. Valpo dropped Saturday’s second game 9-4 and was limited to three hits in a 6-1 loss on Sunday that was shortened to seven innings due to lightning.
Following the Beacons: Tuesday’s game will air on Big Ten Plus with links to live video and stats available on ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @ValpoBaseball on Twitter.
Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (165-257), the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his ninth season in charge of the program. This year, he moves into sole possession of third in program history for number of seasons coached with nine, surpassing Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Entering the season, Schmack’s win total ranks fourth in program history after he surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987, 147) during the 2021 campaign. Also in 2021, Schmack joined Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches to reach the 150-win threshold. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.
Series Notes: Valpo holds a 20-68 record in the all-time series with Purdue, which dates back to 1949. This will mark the first matchup between the two teams since 2019, but prior to the pandemic the two teams had faced off in five straight seasons. Purdue prevailed 5-1 in 2019 and 4-1 in 2018, but prior to that Valpo had won back-to-back meetings, earning a 5-1 road win in 2017 after a 13-10 home win in 2016.
200-Hit Pace: Sophomore Kaleb Hannahs collected his 100th career hit during this weekend’s series against Missouri State, putting him well on pace to reach the 200-hit milestone by the end of his collegiate career. If he eventually reaches that threshold, he would become just the 11th player in program history and first since Spencer Mahoney in 2015 with 200 career hits. Chase Dawson came close in 2019, but finished his career with 199 hits. Hannahs reached the 100-hit milestone during Saturday’s doubleheader vs. Missouri State, when he had two hits in each game. Kyle Schmack, also a sophomore in terms of eligibility but in his third year in the program due to the COVID year, enters April 26 at Purdue with 97 career hits.
Pitching Probable: #11 RHP Connor Lockwood, Fr. (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville)
Named conference co-player of the year as a high school senior in 2021 and received all-state accolades.
Interested in a career in elementary education.
Favorite food is deep dish pizza.
Allowed two runs on six hits and no walks in 3 2/3 innings on March 15 at No. 6 Notre Dame.
Made his first career weekend start in Game 2 of a doubleheader on March 19 at Murray State.
Made his second start of the season on March 29 vs. Purdue Fort Wayne and took the defeat.
Took the defeat on April 12 at Eastern Illinois, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Had his longest outing of the season on April 19 at No. 18 Notre Dame, logging six innings of six-hit, three-run ball. All three runs and four of the six hits came in the first inning. He struck out a season-high four and issued no walks.
Flexibility is Paramount: So far this season, three weekends have stayed on schedule, while seven weekend series (including this past weekend’s series vs. Missouri State) have included at least one schedule change due to weather. Valpo has played a doubleheader in eight of 10 weekends (seven due to weather-related changes, one scheduled doubleheader).
Working Quickly: Eight straight Valpo games have been 2:33 or shorter, with half of those coming in 2:07 or shorter. This stretch came after a weekend against Indiana State where all three games took at least 2:38 including a pair of three-hour, 13-minute affairs.
A Look at the Leaderboards: Valpo leads the Missouri Valley Conference in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.9 and strikeout-to-walk ratio at 2.55. Bobby Nowak ranks 31st nationally and second in The Valley with seven saves. Colin Fields leads the MVC and ranks 18th in the nation with 82 strikeouts. He leads the MVC and ranks fifth nationally with 14.28 strikeouts per nine innings. Jake Miller ranks third in the MVC in walks per nine innings at 12.23. Nolan Tucker ranks 10th in the league in hitting at .351 and 15th in on-base percentage at .422. Fields is eighth in the league in ERA at 3.83.
Softball Set For Four Games This Week
Valparaiso (11-28, 2-18 MVC)
April 26 – at Loyola (13-25, 7-13 MVC) – 3 p.m.
April 30 – at Illinois State (19-24, 9-10 MVC) – noon DH
May 1 – at Illinois State – noon
Next Up in Valpo Softball: The regular season slate is fast coming to its end for the Valpo softball team, with four more games on the schedule for this week. The Beacons will head to Loyola for a single game on Tuesday afternoon – moved up one day from the originally scheduled date – before making their final regular season road trip to Illinois State for a three-game weekend series.
Previously: Valpo split its midweek doubleheader last week against Loyola before dropping a three-game series at Drake over the weekend.
Looking Ahead: The Beacons close out the regular season with a three-game series at home next weekend against Evansville.
Following Valpo Softball: Tuesday’s game at Loyola will be broadcast live on ESPN+, while Saturday’s doubleheader at Illinois State will be carried on ESPN3. Live stats for all games this week will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Amanda Eberhart: Amanda Eberhart was hired as head coach of the Valpo softball program in July of 2021. She brings seven years of head coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently spending the last three years as the head coach at Omaha and previously leading the IUPUI program for four seasons. Eberhart, who owns 142 career victories as a head coach, also has eight seasons of experience on staffs at Big Ten programs.
Series History: Loyola – The second-most common opponent in program history, Valpo is 27-44 against the Ramblers, including a 3-5 mark since joining the MVC. Last week saw the two squads split a doubleheader, with the Beacons rallying from an early four-run deficit for a 9-7 win before the Ramblers pulled away late for a 7-1 victory in the nightcap.
Illinois State – Valpo is just 2-10 all-time against Illinois State. Valpo took two of three from the Redbirds in its inaugural season in the Valley in 2018, but ISU has won the last seven meetings in the series.
Scouting the Opposition: Loyola – The Ramblers sit at 13-25 overall and 7-13 in MVC play after dropping two of three to Missouri State last weekend. Amelia Thomas and Abbey Jacobsen share team-high honors with a .270 batting average, while Peyton Pepkowski is 10-8 with a 2.88 ERA in the circle.
Illinois State – The Redbirds are 19-24 overall and 9-10 in MVC action, falling in all three games at UNI this past weekend. Emme Olson leads ISU in batting average and reaches base at a .456 clip. In the circle, Amanda Fox and Hannah Ross have pitched 260 of 277 innings, with Ross boasting a team-best 2.72 ERA.
Rallying for Wins: Each of Valpo’s last two wins have been of the come-from-behind variety, but in much different ways. Against Purdue Fort Wayne, the Beacons trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before scoring three times to earn the 5-4 win. It was the team’s first win when trailing through five innings since a 5-4 win over Marshall on March 7, 2021. Then, last week in the series opener with Loyola, Valpo found itself down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the first before exploding for six runs to take a lead it would not relinquish in a 9-7 win. The six-run first inning was the program’s biggest opening frame since pushing seven across in the top of the first of an eventual 9-6 win at UIC on April 3, 2019.
Three By Three: A trio of Valpo players posted three-hit efforts in the mid-week win over Loyola, as Kate Beckemeyer went 3-for-3 while both Lauren Kehlenbrink and Addi Weaver finished the victory 3-for-4 at the plate. It was the first time since February 8, 2014 Valpo has had three or more players each pick up three or more hits in the same game.
Swiping Another Record: For the second time in 12 days, senior Jaina Westphal found her way into the Valpo single-game record book in Sunday’s series finale at Drake. Westphal capped a weekend which saw her steal five bases with a three-steal effort in the finale to match Valpo’s single-game record in the category. Westphal now has 35 career steals, tied with Carla Reiter for sixth-most in program history. This most recent record-tying effort came less than two weeks after Westphal connected on a pair of home runs in a win over Purdue Fort Wayne to match Valpo’s single-game record in that category.
Bringing Home Runs: Junior Lauren Kehlenbrink drove in seven runs over Valpo’s five games last week and slashed .375/.412/.625. She went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, including a two-run homer, as the Beacons overcame a four-run deficit to beat Loyola in midweek action. Kehlenbrink registered an RBI double in the nightcap against the Ramblers, and then followed with a pair of RBI singles in the series opener at Drake. Kehlenbrink nearly doubled her season RBI total over the course of the week, and is now tied for team-high honors with 16 this year.
Doubling Up: Freshman Addi Weaver enjoyed her best week of the season at the plate last week, going 6-for-14 with three doubles and a triple over Valpo’s five games as she slashed .429/.500/.786. She was instrumental in Valpo’s win over Loyola, connecting on a two-run double as part of a six-run first inning to overcome an early 4-0 deficit on her way to coming up just a home run shy of the cycle. Weaver registered a double in each of Valpo’s last two games at Drake as well, posting three doubles for the week after entering the week with just four on the year. Weaver’s season batting average jumped 42 points and season slugging percentage jumped 87 points in the span of the week.
Strong Relief Work: Freshman Cheyenne Nietz posted a 2.62 ERA, allowing just nine hits while striking out 10 batters over four appearances last week. The highlight of the week was her relief outing in Valpo’s win over Loyola. Nietz entered in the second inning of a 6-5 game and escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam by inducing a 1-2-3 double play. She went on to finish out the game, allowing just two hits and two unearned runs in 5.2 innings of work to earn the victory while striking out a career-best nine batters.
Reaching Base: Senior Taylor Herschbach enters this week on a four-game streak of reaching base multiple times, as she reached twice in each of Valpo’s last four games last week. She went 2-for-3 and scored a run in the nightcap against Loyola last Wednesday, and then went 3-for-7 with two walks and a hit by pitch over the three games at Drake. Herschbach, whose season on-base percentage jumped 26 points on the week, scored a pair of runs, drove in three and stole three bases over the course of last week as well.
Women’s Golf Selected as #2 Seed in East Regional
INDIANAPOLIS – The 2022 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships kick off on Monday. The UIndy women’s golf team was dubbed the No. 2 seed at the East Regional and will be one of 15 teams at Shoal Creek Golf Course in Kansas City, MO, May 2-4.
The Hounds are gunning for their ninth regional crown since 2012 in their 15th consecutive trip to the postseason. Last season, UIndy won its eighth regional crown in nine seasons before making a national quarterfinal appearance.
UIndy earned an automatic berth to the postseason after winning an unprecedented tenth consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference title over the weekend. They will be joined by four other GLVC teams at regionals, including Missouri-St. Louis (4 seed), Lindenwood (6), Lewis (10), and McKendree (11).
This year’s championship will feature 48 teams and 24 individuals going into the regional round. The top five teams in the east, south and west regions, the top 3 in the central along with the top two individuals from each region not on these teams will move on to the championship at Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville, Georgia. Regional competition is set for May 2-4 across four locations: Davie, Florida; Hot Springs, Arkansas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Stockton, California. The finals will be held May 10-14.
EAST TEAMS [Conference Champion]
Findlay [Great Midwest Athletic Conference]
UIndy [Great Lakes Valley Conference]
Grand Valley State [Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference]
Franklin Pierce [Northeast-10 Conference]
Wayne State (Michigan)
Saginaw Valley State
Gannon [Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference]
Wheeling [Mountain East Conference]
Christina Williams, Malone
Madison Ardelean, Walsh
Frida Hammarlund, William Jewell
Emma McCloskey, Trevecca Nazarene
Madison DeRousse, Illinois Springfield
Annie Pietila, Northern Michigan
Men’s Lax Jumps Two Spots to #5 in USILA Rankings
INDIANAPOLIS – Following a win over No. 6 Mercyhurst on Saturday, the University of Indianapolis men’s lacrosse moved up two slots to No. 5 in this week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Dynamic Men’s Coaches Division II rankings. They also moved up to No. 5 in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Magazine rankings.
The win marked their third win over a nationally-ranked team this season to put them at 13-1 on the year. UIndy extended their home streak to 28 games, the longest active home win streak in all three divisions of NCAA.
This marks the 17th straight week that the Hounds have been ranked in the Top 10 and the 48th straight week they’ve been nationally ranked dating back to the 2019 preseason rankings.
The Hounds remain the highest ranked team in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with Lindenwood dropping to No. 12 following an overtime loss to Rockhurst. The Hawks, Lewis, and Maryville each received votes.
Following a three-way tie, UIndy earned the right to host the 2022 GLVC Championship tournament this weekend. They’ll face Lewis in the semifinals at 5 pm ET on Friday at Key Stadium.
Hounds Move Up to #2 In IWLCA Poll
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team has been named the No. 2 in the nation as released in the most recent IWLCA Poll as announced by officials on Monday morning. The Hounds move up one spot from the previous poll.
The Greyhounds, who have just secured the title of Great Lakes Valley regular season champions this past week after defeating McKendree and No. 8 ranked Lindenwood in completing an undefeated conference season.
The Greyhounds are currently led offensively by Abigail Lagos who has 81 goals and 23 assists in leading in both categories. Defensively, Mekayla Montgomery is a force to be reconned with, with 28 caused turnovers and 40 draw controls.
The Hounds will host the GLVC Tournament on Friday where they will face off against four seeded McKendree at 11 a.m. ET in Key Stadium.
WILSON, STOTTS SWEEP SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jackson, Mich. – The Marian softball team completed an 8-0 week from April 18-23, and for their efforts claimed both the Crossroads League Pitcher and Player of the Week honors. Sydney Wilson won the Pitcher of the Week honor, doing so for the second time this year, and Shelbie Stotts was named the Player of the Week for the fourth time this year.
Wilson took the win in each of her five appearances in the circle, going 5-0 with a 2.33 earned-run average over 30 innings of work. The lefty went the distance in three of her four starts and earned another win in her lone relief outing of the week. Wilson followed her relief-appearance win on Saturday in game one against Taylor with a five-inning start in game two of the twin bill, taking the win in both opportunities.
Stotts was unstoppable in No. 17 Marian’s 8-0 week, hitting .586 with six home runs, three doubles, 16 runs scored and 16 runs batted in. In the midst of that onslaught, Stotts broke MU’s single-season home runs mark with her NAIA-leading 17th home run of the season. The senior outfielder went deep twice in the same game on two separate occasions in the week, with her two-bomb game in the second act of Saturday’s wins at Taylor allowing her to pass Emily Gwaltney for the season record.
Marian will go on the road on Tuesday, traveling to St. Francis University for a 3 p.m. doubleheader with the Cougars.
JAY WILLIAMS NAMED MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Jackson, Mich. – For the first time in his career, Jay Williams of the Marian men’s golf team has been named the Crossroads League Men’s Golfer of the Week, as voted on by the league Monday morning.
Marian’s Williams played to medalist honors at the Ackerman-Allen Shootout, topping the field of 49 golfers with a single-round tally of 69 on the 6,983-yard course. Williams made his return to the team after missing the majority of the spring season fulfilling an internship.
Williams and the Knights are in second place in the Crossroads League Championships as of post on Monday afternoon. The final 18 holes of the Championship will be played on Tuesday.
CRAIG NIXON TABBED AS CROSSROADS LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Jackson, Mich. – For the first time in his career, Marian baseball junior pitcher Craig Nixon has been named the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Week, as voted on Monday by the league’s sports information directors. Nixon is Marian’s second pitcher to claim the honor this season, joining last week’s winner Damien Wallace.
Nixon hurled a pair of complete games for Marian, taking the win on the bump in each outing. Nixon tallied 12 total innings in wins over Grace and Saint Francis, picking up 10 strikeouts and allowing only three earned runs. Nixon’s highlight of the week was his nine-strikeout performance against the Cougars.
Marian will travel to Indiana Wesleyan this weekend to finish their regular season, with Crossroads League Tournament standings on the line for the Knights.
MEN’S GOLF IN THIRD AT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS AFTER 36-HOLES
LACONIA, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s golf put together two great rounds during day one of the 2022 Crossroads League Championships, carding a 297 in the first 18 and a 296 in the second 18. After 36-holes the Wildcats sit in third place.
T8 – Blake LeFavour – 71, 75 – 146
T17 – Jack Dykema – 75, 75 – 150
T17 – Kyle Sanders – 79, 71 – 150
T20 – Daniel Dunn – 77, 75 – 152
T24 – Brayden Reece – 74, 80 – 154
Taylor – 293, 280 – 573
Marian – 295, 290 -585
IWU – 297, 296 – 583
Saint Francis – 301, 298 – 599
Spring Arbor – 299, 306 – 305
Gace – 294, 311 – 605
Huntington – 295, 317 – 607
Mt. Vernon Nazarene – 299, 314 – 613
Bethel – 304, 311 – 615
IWU has just 18-holes of golf left in the 2022 season. IWU will kickoff the final round at 9:30am.
Little Giants Picked Sixth In NCAC Golf Championship Poll
Wabash is picked to finish sixth at this weekend’s North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championships according to the pre-championship coaches poll. The Little Giants received a total of 38 points from the nine conference coaches.
Wittenberg received eight of the nine possible first-place votes and topped the poll with 80 points. Kenyon garnered the remaining first-place vote and finished second in the poll with 71 points. Denison ranked third with 65 points, followed by Allegheny (47 points) and DePauw (45 points). Wooster placed seventh in the poll with 26 points with Ohio Wesleyan (24 points) and Hiram (9 points) rounding out the rankings.
Wabash placed fourth at the 2021 NCAC Championship event held at the Denison Golf Club and Westbrook Country Club in Ohio. This year’s three-day NCAC Men’s Golf Championship Tournament begins Friday, April 29 at the Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield, Ohio. The event runs through Sunday, May 1.
Brayden Weiss enters the tournament as the Little Giants’ scoring leader with an average of 75.57 strokes per 18 holes. The sophomore fired a season-low 68 at the Wittenberg University Fall Classic and scored a 71 in the second round of the Discover Dekalb Emory University Invitational two weeks ago. Weiss tied for 22nd at last year’s conference championship event, missing a place on the all-conference team by four strokes.
Mark Poole is second on the team in scoring average at 77 strokes per 18 holes. The sophomore opened the season by tying for 12th place at the Battle for Belterra tournament with a nine-over-par score of 151 (78-73). Hyatt Hines will compete in his first NCAC Championship event this weekend. The freshmen averages 79.58 strokes per round, including a season-low round of 73 at the Emory event two weeks ago.
Lewis Dellinger enters the weekend with an 80.57 scoring average over seven rounds this season. He shot a season-low 75 on the second day of the Hill City Invitational in Lynchburg, Virginia, and has carded an average of 78.8 over five rounds since that time.
Mile Patterson completes the Wabash roster for the weekend. The sophomore averaged 84 strokes at The Division III Showcase played at the Donald Ross Course in French Lick, Indiana in mid-April.
Sullivan Homers, Records Three Hits in Twin Bill with #12 Webster
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Franklin College baseball team traversed to The Show Me State on Monday (Apr. 25) afternoon for a pair of non-conference matchups against #12-ranked Webster University.
Sophomore Sean Sullivan smacked his sixth home run of the year and collected three hits on afternoon for Franklin (23-11). But the Grizzlies would drop both contests to the Gorlocks (27-5), falling 5-1 and 7-1.
Game One: #12 Webster 5 – Franklin 1
Sullivan got the Grizzlies on the board in the top of the second, sending a pitch over the center field wall for an early 1-0 lead. But the offense would generate just one hit the rest of the game and Webster would bring in runs in each of the second through fifth innings.
Matthew Johnson (3-3) went the distance on the mound, scattering eight hits and striking out five over six innings.
Game Two: #12 Webster 7 – Franklin 1
Down by a run in the fifth, Franklin drew even after a Payton Blinn leadoff double led to an AJ Sanders sac fly later in the inning to tie the game. But the Gorlocks put the game out of reach with a six-run sixth inning to halt an upset bid.
Damian Tillie (3-2) got the start for Franklin, tossing 5.1 innings of six-hit ball with two walks and three strikeouts. Sullivan went 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk drawn.
Franklin begins the final week of regular season competition on Saturday (Apr. 30) afternoon, heading to Lexington, Ky. for a pair of games with the Transylvania Pioneers. First pitch of game one is set for noon.
Claire Perkins Named HCAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Claire Perkins has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week for her efforts in last weekend’s Fightin’ Engineer Twilight Meet.
Perkins won the pole vault with a mark of 10′ 6″ that ranks No. 2 in Rose-Hulman history. The 10′ 6″ mark was also a personal career-best for Perkins in her final collegiate home meet.
The chemical engineering major has three career runner-up performances at HCAC championship events. She was the runner-up in pole vault at the 2022 HCAC Indoor Championships after clearing 9′ 10 3/4″.
Rose-Hulman will compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships at Hanover College on Friday and Saturday.
Owen Reynolds Named HCAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman Owen Reynolds has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week after helping the Fightin’ Engineers clinch their sixth regular season conference championship since 2015 last weekend.
Reynolds finished a perfect 2-0 in both singles and doubles play last weekend. In singles action, he won 6-3, 6-2 against Anderson and 6-3, 6-2 over Franklin. In doubles play, he teamed with Joshua Giambattista for an 8-3 win over Anderson and with Rhian Seneviratne for an 8-4 victory over Anderson.
The Fightin’ Engineers completed the HCAC regular season with a perfect 5-0 record and improved to 9-8 overall on the season. Rose-Hulman has earned the No. 1 seed for the HCAC Tournament that starts with semifinal round action on May 7 in Nicholasville, Ky.
Rose-Hulman completes the 2022 regular season this Saturday at Greenville University.
Ten in Action for Trine Men’s Golf at Steven Tyler Memorial
PORTAGE, Mich. – The Trine University men’s golf team sent 10 student-athletes to the Steven Tyler Memorial on Monday afternoon. The Trine B-team was able to take third place to lead the Thunder.
Juniors Charlie Eriksen [Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Cranbrook Kingswood] and Nick Phillips [Yorktown, Ind. / Mincie Central] tied for the team’s lowest score at 79. Eriksen hit for par on every back nine hole while Phillips hit for a birdie on the par-4 11th hole.
Just one stroke back of those two was sophomore Carter Rang [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Concordia Lutheran]. His 80 was highlighted with a birdie on the par-4 10th hole. Freshman Kyler Rod [Jackson, Mich. / Hanover Horton] finished the day with an 82 and freshman Nathaniel Acres [Fishers, Ind. / Fishers] fired an 86.
Freshman Ryan Gienger [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] led a second Thunder team with an 81. Senior Justin Glessner [Shelbyville, Ind. / Shelbyville] and freshman Colin Crumrine [Newark, Ohio / Newark Catholic] were also in the mix at 82 and 86. Junior Sean Hogan [Goshen, Ind. / NorthWood] and senior Thomas Stoner [Gosport, Ind. / Owen Valley] rounded out the team at 94 and 105.
Women’s Golf Gets Three All-Tournament Team Representatives at Steven Tyler Memorial
PORTAGE, Mich. – The Trine University women’s golf team concluded the 2021-22 season on Monday in the Steven Tyler Memorial. The Thunder saw three student-athletes earn All-Tournament honors at the event while the team placed second overall.
Junior Maire Sullivan [Plymouth, Mich. / Plymouth] was the individual champion with a score of 81. She hit for birdie on the par-5 3rd hole and par-3 15th. Junior Lily Williamson [Colfax, Ind. / Western Boone] and freshman Grace Dubec [Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] tied for fifth with 84’s. Williamson hit for par on half of the holes and Dubec recorded a birdie on the par-5 7th hole.
Junior Reagan Guthrie [Genoa, Ohio / Genoa Area] scored a 91 while freshman Carli Sanford [Howe, Ind. / Sturgis] shot a 96.
Competing as a B-team, freshmen Caroline Boyd [Logansport, Ind. / Logansport] and Bailey Bravata [Holland, Mich. / Zeeland East] led the way with scores of 93 and 96. Also on the squad were sophomore Kelly Miller [Bryan, Ohio / Bryan], junior Anabelle Burkholder [Lima, Ohio / Bath] and sophomore Gabby Kelly [Angola, Ind. / Angola].
Trine Named MIAA Position Player of the Week
FREELAND, Mich. – Trine University junior Ellie Trine (Kokomo, Ind. / Kokomo) has been selected this week’s Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Softball Position Player of the Week the conference announced today, Monday, April 25.
This is the fourth time this season that a Thunder softball student-athlete has been awarded an Athlete of the Week honor by the MIAA. It is the first time in Trine’s career that she has received the award.
Trine was a huge part of the team’s success during a crucial week in which they would finish 5-1 in MIAA play, staying in the hunt for the regular season title. She finished the week with a .684 batting average, a .739 on-base percentage and a .842 slugging percentage.
The first doubleheader of the week saw the team split with visiting Kalamazoo College. Trine would go 6-for-7 in the batter’s box while recording a pair of doubles and a walk. She would score four of the team’s 16 runs on the day.
Later in the week the team would clobber visiting Olivet College. Trine would go 4-for-6 on the day with a double and a walk and four runs scored. Then against Adrian College this past weekend she would go 3-for-6 with two walks. She would score five of the team’s 14 runs on the day.
Ocasek Earns Second NCAC Athlete of the Week Honors
Greencastle, Ind.- DePauw’s Michael Ocasek (Sr. Northbrook, Ill. / Glenbrook North) has been selected as North Coast Athletic Conference Distance/ Mid-Distance Athlete of the Week for the second time this season after his performance at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet.
Ocasek ran a personal best, 1:52.93 in the 800-meter run, earning him a first-place and ten points for the Tigers. His time moves him to No. 2 for all-time on the DePauw outdoor 800-meter run list and is the No. 1 time in the NCAC.
The DePauw men’s track and field team’s next meet is Saturday, April 30, at Indiana State for the Sycamore Open.
Pemberton Named NCAC Athlete of the Week
Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw’s Adrienne Pemberton (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) has been selected as North Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week.
Pemberton won the first tournament of her collegiate career after topping the 43-player field at Millikin University’s Take Back the Night Challenge. Pemberton won by one stroke after finishing the two-round competition with a 165 (83-82). She also was second with an 84 at last Tuesday’s Big Four Classic.
DePauw competes in the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships April 29-May 1 at the Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield, Ohio.
PREVIEW: Hanover set to host the HCAC Track & Field Outdoor Championships
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to host the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at Alumni Stadium.
Action on Friday, April 29 will begin at 3:00 PM with the men’s pole vault, women’s long jump, women’s discus, men’s shot put, and the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Championship Saturday is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM.
Click Link: HCAC Outdoor Championship Central
Admission to the HCAC Championships (Cash Only):
General Admission – $10
HCAC Student/Faculty/Staff with ID – Free
Children 11 and Under – Free
Friday, April 29th
3:00 p.m. Men’s Pole Vault (women to follow) – Finals
3:00 p.m. Women’s Long Jump (men to follow) – Finals
3:00 p.m. Women’s Discus (men to follow) – Finals
3:00 p.m. Men’s Shot Put (women to follow) – Finals
3:00 p.m. Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase – Finals
3:25 p.m. Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase – Finals
3:50 p.m. Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles – Prelims
4:00 p.m. Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles – Prelims
4:15 p.m. Men’s 400 Meter Dash – Prelims
4:25 p.m. Women’s 400 Meter Dash – Prelims
4:40 p.m. Men’s 100 Meter Dash – Prelims
4:50 p.m. Women’s 100 Meter Dash – Prelims
5:00 p.m. Men’s 800 Meter Run – Prelims
5:15 p.m. Women’s 800 Meter Run – Prelims
5:30 p.m. Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles – Prelims
5:45 p.m. Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles – Prelims
6:00 p.m. Men’s 200 Meter Dash – Prelims
6:10 p.m. Women’s 200 Meter Dash – Prelims
6:20 p.m. Men’s 10,000 Meter Run – Finals
7:10 p.m. Women’s 10,000 Meter Run – Finals
Saturday, April 30th
11:00 am Women’s Hammer (men to follow) – Finals
11:00 am Men’s Javelin (women to follow) – Finals
11:00 a.m. Women’s Triple Jump (men to follow) – Finals
11:00 a.m. Men’s High Jump (women to follow) – Finals
12:30 p.m. Men’s 4 x 100 Meter Relay – Finals
12:40 p.m. Women’s 4 x 100 Meter Relay – Finals
12:50 p.m. Men’s 1500 Meter Run – Finals
1:00 p.m. Women’s 1500 Meter Run – Finals
1:15 p.m. Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles – Finals
1:25 p.m. Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles – Finals
1:35 p.m. Men’s 400 Meter Dash – Finals
1:40 p.m. Women’s 400 Meter Dash – Finals
1:50 p.m. Men’s 100 Meter Dash – Finals
1:55 p.m. Women’s 100 Meter Dash – Finals
2:05 p.m. Men’s 800 Meter Run – Finals
2:15 p.m. Women’s 800 Meter Run – Finals
2:25 p.m. Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles – Finals
2:35 p.m. Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles – Finals
2:45 p.m. Men’s 200 Meter Dash – Finals
2:50 p.m. Women’s 200 Meter Dash – Finals
2:55 p.m. Men’s 5000 Meter Run – Finals
3:20 p.m. Women’s 5000 Meter Run – Finals
3:45 p.m. Men’s 4 x 400 Meter Relay – Finals
3:55 p.m. Women’s 4 x 400 Meter Relay – Finals
4:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Caldwell earns honors as part of the Earlham Spring Invite
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers competed as part of the Earlham Spring Invite hosted at Richmond Elks Country Club this past weekend.
Freshman Taylor Caldwell (Nobelsville, Ind.) paced the Blue and Red finishing tied for second overall in the 41-golfer field with a two round total of 163 (81-82) strokes.
Junior Becca Chamberlin (Winchester, Ind.) also turned in a top 10 mark, taking sixth overall with 174 (87-87) strokes.
Teammates, junior Taylor Drake (Franklin, Ind.) carded a 186 (93-93) to finish tied for 18th while junior Allison Stogsdill (Nineveh, Ind.) finished tied for 33rd with a two round total of 217 strokes.
The event marked the end of the 2021-2022 season.
Enrique Salazar Named HCAC Male Track Athlete of the Week
CARMEL, Ind. – For the fourth time this year and for the second time this outdoor season, Manchester University junior Enrique Salazar has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week, the conference announced on Monday April 25.
Salazar (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) set yet another school record this past weekend at Ohio Northern, this time in the 1500m. Salazar’s time of 3:53.86 broke Tom Lower’s record – a record which had stood for more than 40 years (1980). Salazar’s time was also a new meet and facility record at Ohio Northern. The previous facility record had stood since 1991 (Jeff Prowles of Mount Union, 3:58.39).
Salazar garnered HCAC Male Track Athlete of the Week previously on April 4 (Outdoor), March 7, and February 2 (Indoor).
The 2022 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships are scheduled to begin on Friday April 29 and conclude on Saturday April 30. This year’s championships will be hosted at Hanover College.
ELLIE JACKMAN NAMED RSC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Junior third baseman Ellie Jackman has been named the River States Conference Player of the Week presented by Brown and Brown Insurance, the league announced Monday.
Jackman, a Brazil, Ind. native, hit .517 with 15 hits in 29 at-bats, scored eight runs and drove in four as IU Southeast went 7-1 on the week.
She slugged .793 and had an on-base percentage of .548. Jackman had multi-hit games in six of the eight contests.
She opened the week by going 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in a 9-0 win at Brescia.
She recorded two hits in each of the final four games of the week and had seven extra-base hits in the eight contests.
Jackman ranks No. 4 in the conference in doubles and is tied for No. 8 in hits and is No. 14 in batting average.
The Grenadiers host Brescia Wednesday at 3 p.m.
TREVOR CAMPBELL NAMED RSC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Senior infielder Trevor Campbell has been named the River States Conference Player of the Week presented by Brown and Brown Insurance.
Campbell, a Louisville native, finished the week hitting .500 with 10 runs scored and five RBI. He recorded an on-base percentage of .517 and slugged .750.
The Grenadiers (31-13) went 3-2 on the week and Campbell had multi-hit games in four of the five contests.
Campbell started the week with three hits in six at-bats and had two doubles and scored two runs in a loss to Lindsey Wilson.
He followed that with four hits, including a triple, and scored three runs in a 18-8 win over Cumberland.
Campbell had seven hits in 18 at-bats in a three-game series at IU Kokomo. He scored five runs and drove in three.
He leads the league with a .422 batting average, 24 doubles and 21 stolen bases. He is sixth in the conference in home runs and RBI.
IU Southeast is scheduled to host the University of the Cumberlands Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Men’s Golf Trio Earns WHAC Awards
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The Indiana Tech men’s golf team had three individuals honored by the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), as the conference announced its 2022 season honors.
Spencer Keller earned First-Team All-Conference after placing third at the WHAC Championships this past weakened. The Crestline, Ohio native finished three-over par with a 219 (74-75-70), marking the highest finish of his career.
Alex Locke was tabbed as the team’s representative on the Champions of Character Team, while Tyler Andrews was named to the All-Academic team.
Women’s Lacrosse Has Three Named to All-Conference Teams
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Indiana Tech women’s lacrosse team was well-represented on the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) honors list, as the conference released its 2022 awards.
Abby Barkdull garnered Offensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference honors after leading the team in goals (57) and points (79), while averaging a .518 shot percentage, tied for second on the team in assists (20), and added 32 ground balls and four caused turnovers. Madi Jarvis also earned First-Team All-Conference honors after notching 38 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers, and three goals on the season. Faith Donally was also recognized by the conference, earning a spot on the Second Team. Donally was second on the team in goals (42) and points (61), while adding 19 assists, 45 draw controls, 34 ground balls, and 17 caused turnovers.
Barkdull, Jordan Donally, Ellie Nelson, and Halli Reinhard all earned spots on the WHAC All-Academic Team while Sydney Oberdorfer was the team’s representative on the Champions of Character Team.
USI shows promise against future conference foe
CHARLESTON, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Tennis (7-11, 0-6 GLVC) challenged future Ohio Valley Conference rival, Eastern Illinois University (4-18), but fell short in a 4-3 loss Monday evening at Darling Courts. The Screaming Eagles have now completed the 2021-22 season and will be apart of the OVC next season in the transition to division one athletics.
DOUBLES: Freshman Abby Myers (Evansville, Indiana)/senior Kylie Skepnek (Algonquin, Illinois) combination secured the only win for the Eagles in doubles competition (6-4) as the Panthers take the first point of the match.
SINGLES: USI could not get a win out of the one through three singles’ slots but found success in spots four, five, and six. Freshman Madison Windham (Clarksville, Tennessee) tallied the first singles win (6-0, 6-4) before Myers nabbed the Eagles second point of the match (6-2, 6-4). USI and EIU were tied after junior Chloe McIsaac (Fairview Heights, Illinois) recorded the 6-4, 6-0 victory. The Panthers won the final singles competition in a tiebreaker round to steal the final regular season win.
COMING UP FOR THE EAGLES:
USI did not make the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship tournament and have concluded its 2021-22 season. Matches for 2022-23 are TBD.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1901 After two days of rain at Philadelphia’s Columbia Park, 10,547 fans witness Connie Mack’s A’s making their American League debut, losing to the Senators, 5-1. In their inaugural season in the Junior Circuit, the Mackmen will finish in fourth place, compiling a 74-62 record.
1902 In his major league debut, Bronchos hurler, future Hall of Famer Addie Joss tosses a one-hitter, beating the hometown Browns, 3-0, at Sportsman’s Park. The 22-year-old right-hander will post a 17-13 record along with a 2.77 ERA in his rookie season with Cleveland.
1904 At the age of seventeen, Ty Cobb makes his pro baseball debut, hitting a homer and a double for Augusta in the South Atlantic League. The Tourists, however, will release the ‘Georgia Peach’ two days into the season.
1905 Jack McCarthy becomes the first and only major league outfielder to throw out three runners trying to score in one game. All of the 36 year-old flychaser’s assists result in a double play, helping the Cubs to beat the Pirates at Exposition Park, 2-1.
1931 At Washington’s Griffith Stadium, Lou Gehrig smashes an apparent home run over the fence but when the ball bounces back to center fielder Harry Rice, baserunner Lyn Lary, who thinks the fly ball is the third out, returns to the dugout without crossing home plate. The Yankee first baseman, trotting around the bases with his head down in his usual modest manner, is ruled out for passing a runner, being credited only with a triple.
1941 Wrigley Field becomes the first ballpark to employ an organ to entertain fans when Roy Nelson provides the fans with a pregame serenade of classic and soulful tunes before Chicago drops a 6-2 decision to Max Lanier and the Cardinals. The organ, removed after the Cubs’ homestand, will not return permanently to the ‘Friendly Confines’ until 1967.
1946 Right-handers Harry Feldman and Ace Adams defect from the Giants after the start of the season, signing with the Veracruz Blues for $10,000 along with a $10,000 bonus. The pair becomes the seventh and eighth players from the New York team to accept offers to play in the Pasquel brothers’ ‘outlaw’ Mexican League.
1952 Art Houtteman, needing to retire just one more batter to author a no-hitter, throws a fastball to Harry Simpson, who rips the pitch for a single, spoiling the right-hander’s chance for immortality. The Tigers’ 13-1 triumph over the Tribe at Briggs Stadium marks the team’s first victory this season after dropping eight decisions to start the campaign.
1957 Making his first big league start, Philadelphia’s rookie right-hander Don Cardwell hurls a four-hitter, blanking the Giants at Connie Mack Stadium, 5-0. The 21-year-old Phillies hurler will compile a 102-138 (.425) record pitching for five teams during his 14-year career.
1959 Sadaharu Oh hits the first round-tripper of his world record 868 home runs. The Japanese first baseman will play his entire 22-year career with the Yomiuri Giants of the Central League in Nippon Professional Baseball.
1959 Willard Schmidt becomes the first major leaguer to be hit by a pitch twice in one inning. The Reds hurler is the third-inning target of Bob Rush and Lew Burette in Cincinnati’s 11-10 victory over the Braves at Crosley Field.
1961 In the eleventh game of the season, Roger Maris hits his first homer of the campaign in the Yankees’ 13-11 victory over Detroit at Tiger Stadium. The fifth-inning blast off Paul Foytack begins the New York’s right fielder’s historic quest for the single-season home run record.
1962 Catcher Harry Chiti is traded to the Mets from the Indians for a player to be named later. In June, New York sends the backstop to Cleveland to complete the deal, making him the first player to be traded for himself.
1973 After six tries, the defending world champion A’s finally win their first series of the season when they beat Cleveland, 3-2, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Although Darold Knowles blows the save, costing Catfish Hunter his first win of the year, Oakland, who had split the first two games with the Tribe, tallies in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off victory.
1977 The Rangers trade Lenny Randle, under suspension for the spring training altercation in which he fractured manager Frank Lucchesi’s cheekbone, to the Mets for a player to be named later (infielder Rick Auerbach) and cash. Joe Torre, the New York’s new skipper, replacing Joe Frazier, shifts the 28-year-old second baseman to third base.
1980 Steve Carlton hurls his sixth career one-hitter, establishing a National League record when he blanks the Cardinals at Veterans Stadium, 7-0. During his 24-year tenure in the major leagues, the Phillies’ southpaw never throws a no-hitter in his 709 career starts.
1982 Gene Michael, taking over for the manager who replaced him last season, becomes the Yankee skipper for the second time in two years. Previously, ‘Stick’ compiled a 48-34 record with the Bronx Bombers but was fired before the end of the strike-shortened 1981 season in favor of Bob Lemon.
1988 Keith Hernandez hits two homers and drives in seven runs to reach the 1000 RBI milestone. The Mets’ first baseman’s offensive output, which includes an eighth-inning grand slam off Charley Puleo, contributes to the Mets’ 13-4 rout of the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
1989 After overrunning Cardinal shortstop Ozzie Smith’s fly ball down in the left-field corner, Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell recovers by reaching back and catching the ball in foul territory with his bare right hand. The National League’s eventual MVP’s amazing play occurs in the first inning of the Giants’ 3-1 loss to the Redbirds at Busch Stadium.
1990 Ranger hurler Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller’s major league record of throwing twelve one-hitters when he beats the White Sox, 1-0. The only hit allowed by the 43-year-old right-hander is Ron Kittle’s single to right field on a check-swing in the second inning.
1990 Ken Griffey Jr. sticks his right spike into the padded wall at Yankee Stadium, elevating to rob Jesse Barfield’s 200th career homer, reminiscent of a play his dad made playing for the Bronx Bombers five seasons ago. The 20-year-old Seattle sophomore centerfielder’s grab, an achievement that introduces baseball fans to an exuberant budding superstar, marks the first of many home run thefts he will accomplish during his Hall of Fame career with the Mariners and Reds.
1993 Vince Coleman accidentally strikes Dwight Gooden’s right shoulder blade with a golf club while practicing his swing in the Shea Stadium clubhouse. The right-hander is not seriously hurt but will skip his scheduled start tonight, pitching instead in tomorrow’s afternoon’s game.
1994 Brady Anderson collects four extra-base hits in the Orioles’ 10-4 win over the A’s at Camden Yards. The Baltimore outfielder’s two doubles and two homers each occur while leading off an inning.
1995 In the debut of Coors Field, the Rockies defeat the Mets in 14 innings, tying the National League record for the number of innings played in a season opener. After New York’s first baseman Rico Brogna collects the ballpark’s first home run, a fourth-inning line drive off Bill Swift, Dante Bichette ends the contest with a walk-off blasting the 14th frame, giving Colorado a dramatic come-from-behind 11-9 victory.
1997 In the Cubs’ 7-6 win over the Pirates at Wrigley Field, Ryne Sandberg hits his 267th career home run as a second baseman, breaking Joe Morgan’s record for the most homers at that position. The mark will remain until 2004, when Jeff Kent of the Astros records his 268th dinger as a second sacker.
2000 Expo outfielder Vladimir Guerrero’s 100th career home run contributes to the team’s 9-2 victory over Colorado at Olympic Stadium. The Montreal clean-up hitter’s milestone round-tripper is hit over the center-field fence, leading off the eighth inning on a pitch thrown by Julian Tavarez.
2000 The St. Louis Cardinals set a major league record by hitting 50 home runs in April. Homers by pitcher Rick Ankiel, Jim Edmonds, and Fernando Tatis in the 7-0 victory over the Brewers help break the mark established by the 1997 Indians with 49.
2001 Hideo Nomo misses becoming the fifth pitcher since 1900 to hurl two no-hitters in a single season when former Gold Glove right fielder Darren Lewis barely misses catching Torii Hunter’s blooper in the top of the seventh inning. The hit, which many consider a questionable call by the scorer, is the only hit given up by the Red Sox right-hander in the team’s 2-0 victory over the Twins.
2001 After two and a half years in the post, embattled Kevin Malone, called a distraction Dodgers chairman Bob Daly, resigns as the team’s general manager. Despite having the league’s largest payroll, Los Angeles has failed to make the playoffs during his tenure, compiling a mediocre 178-176 record.
2002 Not wanting to assign blame for the worst start in the history of the Rockies, GM Dan O’Dowd dismisses Buddy Bell, who managed the club for the last two seasons. Colorado names Clint Hurdle, the team’s hitting coach for the past six years, to be the franchise’s new skipper.
2002 At Wrigley Field, Odalis Perez is perfect for six innings against the Cubs, only giving up Corey Patterson’s bad-hop infield single leading off the seventh in the Dodgers’ 10-0 rout of the Cubs. The 24-year-old southpaw faces the minimum 27 batters in his first career shutout when Chris Stynes, the next hitter, grounds into a double play.
2005 With three homers during his first three trips to the plate, Alex Rodriguez becomes only the 11th major league player to bat in ten or more runs in a game. The highest-paid player in baseball history is one RBI shy of the American League record of 11 set by fellow Yankee Tony Lazzeri in 1936 and two short of the major league mark of 12 shared by Jim Bottomley (1924) and Mark Whiten (1993) of the Cardinals.
2006 In a game that included getting a whack on the top of the head by Shawn Green’s bat, Mike Piazza becomes the 41st major leaguer to collect 400 career home runs. The Padres backstop also extended his record for most home runs by a catcher to 377.
2006 At the age of 47, Julio Franco becomes the second-oldest player to steal a bag when he swipes second base in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 9-7 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park. In 1909, Arlie Latham, who played two games at second base for the Giants, purloined a sack as a 49-year old.
2006 Ranger reliever Francisco Cordero blows his third consecutive chance to save a game when the A’s tie the game 4-4 in the ninth and then score two in the next frame to beat the Rangers, 6-4. The Dominican closer’s fifth-blown save establishes a big-league mark for the first month of the season and overshadows the sixth straight game that the Texas outfielder Kevin Mench has homered, a grand slam that sets a team record.
2008 Brad Penny’s 96-mph fastball is missed by Dodger batterymate Russell Martin and knocks out umpire Kerwin Danley. After the players leave the field, the home plate arbitrator, who lost consciousness briefly, is placed on a stretcher and leaves the Dodgers-Rockies game in an ambulance.
2008 Sara Tucholsky, a Western Oregon college senior, goes deep over the center-field fence but suffers a torn knee ligament rounding first and cannot continue her trip around the bases. In the ultimate display of sportsmanship, Central Washington senior Mallory Holtman and other opposing players carry their injured opponent around the bases, turning a potential two-run single and an out, if the hurt player received assistance teammates back to a three-run homer.
2008 “We can’t tell you to survive the storms of life, we can tell you to dance in the rain, and you can do it. You really can do it. Very difficult, but possible.” – VIN SCULLY, delivering the commencement address at Pepperdine University. Vin Scully receives an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, the institution’s highest honor. The Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster delivers a stirring commencement address to the 2008 Class of Seaver College, telling the graduates that achieving dreams may be “very difficult, but possible.”
2008 On Ralph Kiner Day, Alhambra dedicates a bronze statue in honor of its native son for his “accomplishments and contributions to the game of professional baseball and sports broadcasting.” The former Pirates slugger, a member of the Hall of Fame, spent his youth in the California city and graduated from its local high school in 1940.
2011 On the first pitch he sees in the major leagues, Alexi Amarista strokes a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning of the Angels’ 8-3 victory over Oakland. The 22-year-old rookie second baseman dedicates the hit to the memory of his dad, murdered five months ago during a home-invasion robbery in his Venezuelan hometown of Barcelona Anzoategu.
2012 Using a home-grown starting lineup for the first time since 1971, New York beats Miami when Heath Bell walks four batters in the ninth inning, including Justin Turner’s 13-pitch at-bat that knots the score before he gives up a game-winning two-out single to the rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Forty-one years ago, Gil Hodges used a lineup of all former Mets farmhands that included Ed Kranepool, Bud Harrelson, Tim Foli, Ted Martinez, Mike Jorgensen, Duffy Dyer, John Milner, and Jerry Koosman.
2013 Anibal Sanchez breaks Mickey Lolich’s franchise record of 16 strikeouts when he retires the side on strikes in the eighth inning of the Tigers’ 10-0 rout of Atlanta. In his eight innings of work, the 29-year-old Venezuelan right-hander gives up just five hits en route to his 17-strikeout performance in the Comerica Park contest.
2017 Gift Ngoepe becomes the first player born and raised in Africa to make his major-league debut when he appears in the lineup as part of a double switch in the Pirates’ 6-5 over the Cubs at PNC Park. The 27-year-old second baseman, who hails from Pietersburg, South Africa, hits safely in his first at-bat, sending a single up the middle off Jon Lester in the fourth inning.
|COLLEGE BASEBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|EAST CAROLINA AT NC STATE||7:00PM||ACCN|
|MILWAUKEE AT PITTSBURGH||6:35PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SAN DIEGO AT CINCINNATI||6:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SEATTLE AT TAMPA BAY||6:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|COLORADO AT PHILADELPHIA||6:45PM||NBCS-PHI|
|BALTIMORE AT NY YANKEES||7:05PM||YES|
|MIAMI AT WASHINGTON||7:05PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|BOSTON AT TORONTO||7:07PM||NESN|
|KANSAS CITY AT CHI. WHITE SOX||7:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|CHI. CUBS AT ATLANTA||7:20PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|DETROIT AT MINNESOTA||7:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NEW YORK METS AT ST. LOUIS||7:45PM||TBS|
|HOUSTON AT TEXAS||8:05PM||ATTSN-SW|
|CLEVELAND AT LA ANGELS||9:38PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|LA DODGERS AT ARIZONA||9:40PM||MLBN|
|OAKLAND AT SAN FRANCISCO||9:45PM||MLBN|
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|FIRST ROUND GAME 5: ATLANTA AT MIAMI||7:00PM||NBATV|
|FIRST ROUND GAME 5: MINNESOTA AT MEMPHIS||7:30PM||TNT|
|FIRST ROUND GAME 5: NEW ORLEANS AT PHOENIX||10:00PM||TNT|
|COLUMBUS AT TAMPA BAY||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|CAROLINA AT NY RANGERS||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|EDMONTON AT PITTSBURGH||7:00PM||ESPN|
|DETROIT AT TORONTO||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|FLORIDA AT BOSTON||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NEW JERSEY AT OTTAWA||7:00PM||MSG+|
|NY ISLANDERS AT WASHINGTON||7:00PM||MSG+|
|CALGARY AT NASHVILLE||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|ARIZONA AT MINNESOTA||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|VEGAS AT DALLAS||8:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|ST. LOUIS AT COLORADO||9:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SEATTLE AT VANCOUVER||10:00PM||ROOT SPORTS|
|ANAHEIM AT SAN JOSE||10:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: FULHAM VS NOTTINGHAM FOREST||2:45PM||ESPN+|
|UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: MANCHESTER CITY VS REAL MADRID||3:00PM||CBS|
|TORONTO||11||6||.647||–||5 – 2||6 – 4||5 – 3||0 – 0||6 – 3||7 – 3||W 1|
|NY YANKEES||10||6||.625||0.5||7 – 3||3 – 3||5 – 5||5 – 1||0 – 0||7 – 3||W 3|
|TAMPA BAY||9||7||.563||1.5||6 – 4||3 – 3||5 – 1||1 – 2||1 – 3||5 – 5||W 2|
|BOSTON||7||10||.412||4||3 – 4||4 – 6||3 – 7||4 – 3||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 3|
|BALTIMORE||6||10||.375||4.5||3 – 3||3 – 7||2 – 4||0 – 0||3 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|MINNESOTA||8||8||.500||–||5 – 4||3 – 4||2 – 2||4 – 2||2 – 2||6 – 4||W 4|
|CLEVELAND||7||9||.438||1||3 – 3||4 – 6||0 – 3||5 – 2||0 – 1||3 – 7||L 4|
|CHI WHITE SOX||6||9||.400||1.5||4 – 2||2 – 7||2 – 1||2 – 7||2 – 1||2 – 8||L 7|
|DETROIT||6||9||.400||1.5||4 – 8||2 – 1||2 – 4||3 – 3||0 – 0||4 – 6||L 2|
|KANSAS CITY||5||9||.357||2||5 – 5||0 – 4||0 – 0||5 – 5||0 – 3||3 – 7||L 4|
|SEATTLE||10||6||.625||–||7 – 2||3 – 4||0 – 0||6 – 4||4 – 2||8 – 2||W 3|
|LA ANGELS||10||7||.588||0.5||5 – 5||5 – 2||1 – 2||1 – 0||6 – 5||7 – 3||W 2|
|OAKLAND||9||8||.529||1.5||4 – 3||5 – 5||7 – 4||0 – 0||1 – 2||5 – 5||W 1|
|HOUSTON||7||9||.438||3||2 – 4||5 – 5||1 – 2||0 – 0||5 – 6||3 – 7||L 1|
|TEXAS||6||10||.375||4||2 – 5||4 – 5||1 – 2||0 – 0||5 – 6||4 – 6||W 1|
|NY METS||13||5||.722||–||5 – 2||8 – 3||5 – 2||1 – 0||7 – 3||7 – 3||W 2|
|MIAMI||7||8||.467||4.5||4 – 3||3 – 5||5 – 2||1 – 2||1 – 2||6 – 4||W 2|
|ATLANTA||7||10||.412||5.5||4 – 6||3 – 4||2 – 4||2 – 2||3 – 4||4 – 6||L 2|
|PHILADELPHIA||7||10||.412||5.5||5 – 5||2 – 5||2 – 5||1 – 2||2 – 2||4 – 6||W 1|
|WASHINGTON||6||12||.333||7||3 – 8||3 – 4||3 – 4||1 – 3||2 – 5||3 – 7||L 5|
|ST. LOUIS||9||6||.600||–||3 – 2||6 – 4||2 – 2||6 – 4||0 – 0||6 – 4||L 2|
|MILWAUKEE||10||7||.588||–||5 – 3||5 – 4||2 – 1||6 – 4||0 – 1||6 – 4||L 1|
|PITTSBURGH||8||8||.500||1.5||4 – 2||4 – 6||3 – 1||5 – 7||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 1|
|CHI CUBS||7||9||.438||2.5||4 – 6||3 – 3||0 – 0||4 – 5||2 – 2||3 – 7||L 1|
|CINCINNATI||3||13||.188||6.5||1 – 4||2 – 9||2 – 2||1 – 2||0 – 7||1 – 9||W 1|
|LA DODGERS||12||4||.750||–||6 – 1||6 – 3||2 – 1||4 – 0||4 – 3||8 – 2||W 2|
|SAN FRANCISCO||12||5||.706||0.5||4 – 2||8 – 3||6 – 4||1 – 0||2 – 1||7 – 3||W 4|
|COLORADO||10||6||.625||2||6 – 4||4 – 2||2 – 2||2 – 2||2 – 1||6 – 4||L 1|
|SAN DIEGO||10||7||.588||2.5||6 – 4||4 – 3||2 – 2||3 – 0||5 – 5||6 – 4||L 1|
|ARIZONA||6||11||.353||6.5||3 – 7||3 – 4||4 – 6||0 – 0||1 – 4||4 – 6||L 2|
X – CLINCHED DIVISION, Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT
|1 XYZ-FLORIDA PANTHERS||79||57||16||6||120||54||332||232||34-7-0||23-9-6||9-1-0|
|2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES||80||52||20||8||112||51||268||196||28-8-4||24-12-4||7-3-0|
|3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||80||52||21||7||111||49||307||251||29-8-2||23-13-5||7-2-1|
|4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS||79||51||22||6||108||47||245||197||26-8-4||25-14-2||7-2-1|
|5 X-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||79||49||22||8||106||47||275||223||26-8-6||23-14-2||6-3-1|
|6 X-PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||80||45||24||11||101||42||266||221||22-12-5||23-12-6||4-5-1|
|7 X-BOSTON BRUINS||79||49||25||5||103||47||244||213||24-13-2||25-12-3||5-5-0|
|8 X-WASHINGTON CAPITALS||79||44||23||12||100||39||271||233||19-15-6||25-8-6||7-1-2|
|9 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||79||35||34||10||80||33||218||229||19-15-5||16-19-5||3-6-1|
|10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||79||36||36||7||79||32||253||289||20-15-5||16-21-2||4-4-2|
|11 BUFFALO SABRES||80||31||38||11||73||28||229||283||16-18-6||15-20-5||6-4-0|
|12 DETROIT RED WINGS||80||31||39||10||72||28||225||306||18-16-7||13-23-3||4-5-1|
|13 OTTAWA SENATORS||79||31||41||7||69||28||218||256||14-21-4||17-20-3||5-4-1|
|14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||79||27||44||8||62||24||238||291||16-19-5||11-25-3||3-5-2|
|15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||80||25||44||11||61||24||209||290||14-20-6||11-24-5||3-7-0|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||80||20||49||11||51||17||207||314||10-26-4||10-23-7||1-9-0|
|1 XYZ-COLORADO AVALANCHE||79||55||18||6||116||51||302||222||31-5-3||24-13-3||6-4-0|
|2 XY-CALGARY FLAMES||79||49||20||10||108||47||285||198||25-9-7||24-11-3||8-1-1|
|3 X-MINNESOTA WILD||79||51||21||7||109||46||300||245||29-7-2||22-14-5||8-0-2|
|4 X-ST. LOUIS BLUES||80||49||20||11||109||47||304||230||26-9-5||23-11-6||9-0-1|
|5 X-EDMONTON OILERS||79||46||27||6||98||42||277||245||26-12-1||20-15-5||7-2-1|
|6 LOS ANGELES KINGS||80||43||27||10||96||39||232||230||21-16-4||22-11-6||6-4-0|
|7 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||79||44||29||6||94||41||253||238||25-14-1||19-15-5||4-4-2|
|8 DALLAS STARS||79||44||30||5||93||40||228||238||25-10-3||19-20-2||4-4-2|
|9 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||79||42||31||6||90||38||254||237||22-15-4||20-16-2||5-3-2|
|10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||79||38||30||11||87||35||239||229||18-14-7||20-16-4||6-2-2|
|11 WINNIPEG JETS||79||36||32||11||83||34||241||253||20-15-3||16-17-8||3-6-1|
|12 SAN JOSE SHARKS||79||32||35||12||76||29||208||251||18-17-5||14-18-7||3-4-3|
|13 ANAHEIM DUCKS||80||30||36||14||74||26||225||265||17-19-5||13-17-9||2-6-2|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||80||27||42||11||65||22||213||285||13-21-6||14-21-5||3-7-0|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||78||26||46||6||58||23||205||271||15-21-3||11-25-3||5-5-0|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||79||22||50||7||51||21||193||303||10-27-3||12-23-4||0-8-2|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT. THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS. THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS. X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE