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1)CENTER GROVE H.S. 17-1 (240)

2)MOORESVILLE H.S. 12-0 (192)

3)EVANS. NORTH H.S. 16-3 (150)

4)CARROLL (FORT WAYNE H.S. 19-2 (130)

5)FISHERS H.S. 15-5 (106)

6)JASPER H.S. 16-4 (98)

7)CASTLE H.S. 15-3 (92)

8)LAKE CENTRAL H.S. 14-4 (90)

9)LAPORTE H.S. 14-3 (74)

10)COLUMBUS NORTH H.S. 7-2 (34)

Receiving Votes:

Brownsburg H.S., Carmel H.S., Crown Point H.S., F.W. Snider H.S., Floyd Central H.S., Homestead H.S., Lawrence North H.S., Munster H.S., Westfield H.S.,


1)ANDREAN H.S. 17-1 (254)

2)WESTERN H.S. 16-1 (232)

3)BREBEUF H.S. 15-4 (154)

4)CRAWFORDSVILLE H.S. 17-1 (148)

5)WEST VIGO H.S. 16-1 (146)

5)SILVER CREEK H.S. 16-5 (146)

7)NEW CASTLE H.S. 9-1 (96)

8)BATESVILLE H.S. 13-4 (78)

9)HERITAGE H.S. 4-0 (50)

10)GLENN H.S. (JOHN GLENN) 4-0 (38)

Receiving Votes:

Culver Military Academy, Evans. Memorial H.S., F.W. Dwenger H.S., Gibson Southern H.S., Guerin Catholic H.S., Northwestern H.S., Oak Hill H.S.,


1)CARROLL (FLORA) H.S. 15-0 (180)

2)WAPAHANI H.S. 15-3 (134)


4)EASTERN (GREENTOWN) H.S. 17-1 (112)

5)CASCADE H.S. 16-3 (98)

6)CENTERVILLE H.S. 12-2 (96)

7)MONROE CENTRAL H.S. 15-4 (70)

8)FOREST PARK H.S. 12-5 (66)

9)EASTERN (GREENE) H.S. 7-7 (38)

10)DELPHI H.S. 13-5 (26)

Receiving Votes:

Covenant Christian H.S., Eastside H.S., Evans. Mater Dei H.S., Fairfield H.S., Heritage Christian School, Lapel H.S., Mitchell H.S., North Newton H.S., Seeger H.S., Wabash H.S.,


1)BORDEN H.S. 15-3 (174)

2)BARR-REEVE H.S. 11-3 (168)



5)SHAKAMAK H.S. 10-6 (90)

6)UNION CITY H.S. 1-1 (88)


8)LOOGOOTEE H.S. 9-6 (54)

9)NORTH DAVIESS H.S. 4-2 (36)

10)TECUMSEH H.S. 2-6 (34)

Receiving Votes:

Bloomfield H.S., Caston H.S., Clay City H.S., Cowan H.S., Daleville H.S., Fremont H.S., Jac-Cen-Del H.S., Morgan Twp. H.S., Rising Sun H.S., Riverton Parke H.S., Rossville H.S., Washington Twp. H.S., Wes-Del H.S.,


AP source: Jokic captures 2nd straight NBA MVP award

DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic put up numbers never seen before in NBA history. Not from Wilt. Not from Kareem. Not from “Air Jordan.” Not from LeBron.

With a historic season, the Denver Nuggets big man earned his second straight Most Valuable Player award, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday. The NBA was preparing to make the announcement in the coming days, likely this week, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the voting results have not been announced.

ESPN, citing sources, first reported that Jokic would be named MVP again.

The 7-foot center became the first player in league history to eclipse 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season. And that sort of dominance by the player nicknamed “Joker” helped convince voters that he should be the 13th player of the NBA’s exclusive MVP back-to-back club.

The other finalists – who will finish second and third in some order – were Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, who led the league in scoring average, and two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks.

The 27-year-old Jokic averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists on a team that was missing two max players in Jamal Murray (ACL) and Michael Porter Jr. (back). Required to carry the load night in and out, the big man from Sombor, Serbia, answered the call and guided the Nuggets to a 48-win season. They earned the No. 6 seed in the West before losing in five games to the Golden State Warriors in the opening round of the playoffs.

“It’s just remarkable what he’s done,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone recently said of Jokic. “I know that I’m very biased, I admit it wholeheartedly – the MVP isn’t even a competition. There’s other great players, I’m not saying they’re not great players, but what Nikola Jokic has done this year, with this team, with everything that we’ve had to go through, is incredible.”

The award is likely the start of a huge offseason for Jokic, who is eligible for a supermax extension that could guarantee him nearly $254 million over five seasons starting with 2023-24. He’ll make $32.4 million next season.

“There’s nothing more important” than keeping Jokic, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly recently said.

Jokic joins rarefied company in winning for a second straight season. The other players to win two in a row include Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, LeBron James (twice), Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Moses Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (twice). Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell each won the award in three straight seasons.

Next year, Jokic will have his chance at a threepeat as well.

The award comes as no surprise to his teammates. They had a front-row seat to his performance every night.

Guard Bones Hyland posted on Twitter: “Man.. All year I’ve been saying it, I just woke up happier then ever like I won the award!! I’m so proud of my boy man!! Great Player but a even better Leader & Great Role model! Thanks for showing me the ropes this year Jokey! Congrats Ma Brother.”

Former Nuggets coach George Karl posted: “Incredible Jokic! He earned it. He was better this year than last and carried his team all season.”

Known for his pinpoint passing as much as his soft touch, Jokic finished with a league-leading 19 triple-doubles. The 41st pick of the 2014 draft now has 76 in his career, which trails only Chamberlain (78) among centers.

After being knocked out of the playoffs – he averaged 31 points, 13.2 rebounds – Jokic was asked how he might celebrate should he win MVP.

“Probably with some music, beer, friends around, family,” he said. “Like how you’re supposed to do probably.

“But if I don’t get it, I’m not going to die. I’m just going to keep playing, keep trying to play the right way like I did my whole life.”

There was a time when the Jokic was maligned for his game. More specifically, his defense and not being able to jump. His once-pudgy frame – Spurs coach Gregg Popovich good-naturedly ribbed him about it – has more strength to it.

Ever bother him that his game doesn’t seem to generate the level of respect as other standout players?

“Can’t care less, brother,” Jokic said.

He sees the court with the clarity of a point guard and has an arsenal of shots that includes smooth baby hooks around the rim and a soft 3-point touch.

Popovich had the apropos answer when asked if it was more important to take away Jokic’s shot attempts or passes: “I don’t think anybody has figured that out,” he said. “He’s a great one.”

Jokic cares immensely about winning – games, not hardware. He’s not one to lobby on his own behalf, just letting his numbers do his talking. Last season when he won, he averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 boards and 8.3 assists. This season, he took his game to another level in making his fourth straight All-Star team.

“If that’s enough, it’s enough,” he said. “If not, you cannot control that.”

Funny story about his MVP trophy from a season ago: A few weeks ago, he said he wasn’t exactly sure where it was as his family moves.

“It is here in Denver,” Jokic recently cracked.

Horford, Tatum help Celtics even series with 116-108 victory

MILWAUKEE (AP) Al Horford has played in more than two dozen postseason series in a 15-year NBA career but rarely has outwardly shown much emotion during all those appearances.

That all changed Monday night.

The 35-year-old Horford had just capped a 10-0 run by driving down the baseline, hitting a game-tying dunk and drawing a foul on two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Horford celebrated by letting out a scream and pumping his fists.

Horford’s big moment was the signature play in a fourth-quarter comeback that enabled the Boston Celtics to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-108 and tie their Eastern Conference semifinal at two games apiece.

“I usually just kind of go about my business,” said Horford, who finished with a career playoff-high 30 points. “I do get excited, but I guess you kind of pick your spots, your moments. This was an emotional game.”

The teams have alternated victories in this best-of-seven series, which continues Wednesday with Game 5 in Boston.

Boston tied the series mainly because of Horford and Jayson Tatum, who also had 30 points. Horford had 16 points and Tatum 12 in the fourth quarter alone to help the Celtics outscore the defending NBA champions 43-28.

“We love Al,” said Boston’s Marcus Smart, who scored 18 points. “Best vet we’ve ever had. Best vet I’ve ever had. He comes in, never changes whether things are going bad or good. He’s going to be him, and nine times out of 10, it’s going to work out in our favor.”

Horford and Tatum helped the Celtics rally even while Jaylen Brown dealt with foul trouble that caused him to play less than half of the fourth quarter. The Celtics played the whole game without forward/center Robert Williams, who was out with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

Horford had Boston’s first six points and Tatum the last eight during a 14-2 run that put the Celtics ahead for good and gave them a 106-96 advantage with 3:33 left. The Bucks wouldn’t cut the margin below six the rest of the way.

Tatum had 13 rebounds and five assists while bouncing back from a poor performance in a 103-101 Game 3 loss, when he had 10 points and shot 4 for 19.

“I played a terrible Game 3 and we almost had a chance to win,” Tatum said. “That was really the toughest part, was knowing that. I was really eager to get back and ready to play.”

Horford said he was motivated by an encounter he had earlier in the game with Antetokounmpo, who had 34 points, 18 rebounds and five assists. Antetokounmpo drew a technical foul in the first half when he stared down Horford after a dunk.

“I don’t really know what he said to me, but the way he was looking at me and the way he was going about it, really didn’t sit well with me,” Horford said. “At that point, I think just something switched with me in the game.”

Horford got his own technical foul on his game-tying dunk because his left arm landed on Antetokounmpo’s face as he was coming down.

After shooting just 40% through the first three quarters of the game, the Celtics went 16 of 19 overall and 4 of 5 from 3-point range in the final period. Horford was 6 of 6 and Tatum 5 of 6.

“Down the stretch, they made shots,” Antetokounmpo said. “They executed well. They were disciplined.”

Horford sparked the rally after Boston trailed by 11 late in the third quarter.

The Celtics tied the game on Horford’s dunk with 9:51 left in the game, but that was just one of several huge plays he made.

After Brook Lopez scored the game’s next four points to put the Bucks back ahead, the Celtics responded with a 7-0 run and broke an 85-all tie on Horford’s 3-pointer with 8:08 left.

The Bucks regained the lead 94-92 when Antetokounmpo hit a driving layup and drew a foul on Horford with 6:02 left. But after Antetokounmpo missed the free throw, Horford started the 14-2 run that put the Celtics in control.

“Al had a hell of a game,” said Milwaukee’s Jrue Holiday, who scored 16 points but shot 5 of 22. ” I think we came down and had some shots we usually make, and we couldn’t finish those. But give them credit. They made more plays.”

Horford hit a corner 3-pointer to put the Celtics back ahead with 5:40 left and followed that with a conventional three-point play that made it 98-94 with 5:09 remaining.

After the Celtics lost Game 3 because his potential tying basket came just after the buzzer, Horford made sure this series returned to Boston all tied up.

“We all understood the importance of this game,” Horford said. “We felt at the end of Game 3 we were in position to win the game, and we didn’t. I was just really locked in. I understood the moment, what we needed to do as a group. I really just did whatever it took tonight. It was one of those type of nights.”


The Bucks played a seventh straight game without three-time All-Star forward Khris Middleton due to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

As for the Celtics, coach Ime Udoka expressed optimism before Monday’s game that Williams would be available for Game 5.


Celtics: Grant Williams replaced Robert Williams in the lineup and made his first career playoff start. … Horford’s previous career playoff high was 26. He had reached that total three times. He also was 5 of 7 on 3-point attempts and had his highest career playoff total for 3-point baskets.

Bucks: Grayson Allen remained in the starting lineup after going scoreless in 25 minutes while making his first career playoff start Saturday. Allen scored the game’s first basket and finished with seven points. … The Bucks outrebounded the Celtics 48-38.

Curry, Warriors rally past Grizzlies 101-98 for 3-1 lead

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry converted eight free throws over the final 45.7 seconds on the way to 32 points, leading the Golden State Warriors’ fourth-quarter comeback for a 101-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night and a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Curry also dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds as Golden State rallied to win without coach Steve Kerr after he tested positive for COVID-19 less than two hours before tipoff.

Curry took charge just like he has so many times on the playoff stage and now his Warriors are one win from a trip to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2019. He tied it at 90 on a fall-away baseline jumper with 3:25 to go and his two free throws with 45.7 seconds to go gave the Warriors a 94-93 lead, their first of the night.

Tyus Jones had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists as Memphis missed injured All-Star Ja Morant. Dillon Brooks returned from a one-game suspension and struggled mightily, missing a 3-point try with 53 seconds left and finishing 5 for 19 with 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Klay Thompson scored 14 points despite missing all seven of his 3-point attempts for the cold-shooting Warriors, who didn’t have to contend with do-everything Morant this time. The Grizzlies guard missed the game with soreness in his right knee after Jordan Poole grabbed him while going for a loose ball late in Game 3 – leading Morant and Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins to question Poole’s intentions.

It remained unclear whether Morant would be back for Game 5 on Wednesday in Memphis.

Brooks sat out Game 3 as a penalty by the league for his Flagrant 2 foul that injured Gary Payton II in Game 2, when Brooks hit the Golden State guard over the head on a driving layup attempt and Payton fell hard and broke his left elbow. Kerr called it a “dirty” play and said Brooks had broken an NBA code of conduct.

Brooks was booed nearly every time he touched the ball, fouled or when he checked back into the game.

Golden State trailed 69-62 going into the fourth quarter after Desmond Bane’s 32-foot 3-pointer beat the third-quarter buzzer. However, both teams struggled all night to make their 3s.

Kerr was replaced by associate head coach Mike Brown, who agreed Sunday to become the Sacramento Kings new coach after this postseason run.

Poole scored 14 off the bench for the Warriors as they survived a nail-biter following a postseason-record point total in Saturday’s 142-112 Game 3 blowout.


Curry sported special edition pair of orange Curry 9 Flow sneakers with colorful decorations to honor the late TNT broadcaster Craig Sager and his impact on the NBA.

Curry will autograph the shoes for auction on Wednesday on the NBA auction website with all proceeds going to the SagerStrong Foundation. The two-time MVP changed to lavender-colored sneakers in the second half.


Grizzlies: C Steven Adams, who returned from the health and safety protocols to play six minutes in the waning moments of Saturday’s blowout, started and contributed 10 points and 15 rebounds as Memphis did a better job staying with the Warriors on the boards – outrebounded 54-48. … The Grizzlies were 9 of 35 on 3s.

Warriors: The Warriors committed 11 first-half turnovers and 16 total. … Golden State started 0 for 15 from deep before Otto Porter Jr. connected 3:24 before halftime. Thompson missed all seven of his 3s and Curry his initial five before becoming the first player in NBA history to make 500 postseason 3-pointers when he connected 46.2 seconds before halftime. … The Warriors were the first team to go 0 of 15 from long range to start a game since the 2011 Thunder were 0 for 16 against Dallas in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, according to Elias. … The Warriors had no immediate additional positive COVID tests, the team said.

Former NBA, Michigan State star Adreian Payne shot, killed

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Adreian Payne, a former Michigan State basketball standout and NBA player, has died in a shooting. He was 31.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a shooting at 1:34 a.m. Monday when Payne was identified and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Lawrence Dority, 29, was present at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. He was arrested on a first-degree murder warrant after homicide detectives interviewed him.

“I’m in shock at the tragic news,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “Our prayers are with his family, teammates and loved ones. Adreian was loved by his teammates and coaches, who respected his development as a player and a person. He came to Michigan State with a ton of raw talent and put in the work to reach his goal of becoming an NBA player. Beyond that, he will long be remembered by Spartan fans for his kind heart, as his friendship and genuine bond with Lacey Holsworth touched the nation.”

Izzo said that after Payne graduated he regularly returned to the school and developed relationships with players from all eras.

“I’ve heard from many of those players today, each one experiencing heartbreak and each one with their own fond memory of Adreian,” Izzo said.

Payne played in 107 NBA games, averaging four points and three rebounds, over four seasons with Atlanta, Minnesota and Orlando. The Hawks drafted him No. 15 overall in 2014, traded him to the Timberwolves, and he averaged 6.7 points and 5.1 rebounds as a potentially promising rookie.

The Magic waived the 6-foot-10 forward in January 2018, after he was part of an ESPN report that detailed sexual assault allegations against former basketball and football players at the school.

Payne played professionally earlier this year for Juventus in Lithuania. He also played in Turkey, France, Greece and China.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Payne started in 94 of 138 games over four seasons for Izzo and averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior during the 2013-14 season.

Former college teammate Brandon Wood said he had kept in touch with Payne, speaking with him as recently as last month about his plans to start a non-fungible token.

“He was looking to start an NFT tied to the Spartans,” Wood said in a telephone interview. “I’ll never forget the good times I had with him and Draymond (Green) when we were roommates. If you ever spent time around AP, you understood that he had a really big heart and he cared about people.”

Michigan State great Magic Johnson remembered Payne with a post on social media. “Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and Spartan Nation! Adreian will be sorely missed,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.

While at Michigan State Payne befriended 8-year-old, cancer-stricken Lacey Holsworth and spoke at her memorial ceremony in April, 2014.

“I’ve had my moments when I’ve been mad at AP because he didn’t do something right,” Izzo said in a 2014 interview with the Big Ten Network. “I’ve been happy with him, I’ve been proud of him, I’ve been disappointed. All the things that go on in coaching. But until the day I die, I’ll never forget those couple of scenes that I was privileged to be part of thanks to him.”

AP Source: Suns’ Williams named NBA coach of the year

PHOENIX (AP) Monty Williams has won NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Phoenix Suns to a franchise-record 64 wins during the regular season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The NBA is preparing to make the announcement official later Monday, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the award hasn’t been officially announced.

Phoenix All-Star guards Chris Paul and Devin Booker both posted on social media that Williams had won the award, even though no official announcement has been made.

Said Booker on Twitter: “Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams has been voted the NBA’s COY, book tells sources. A formal announcement is expected later today.”

Paul added: “WD WS.Congrats Coach Mont on Coach of the Year!!” The WD WS reference is a motto for the Suns, which means well done is better than well said.

The Suns were the NBA’s best team by far during the regular season, finishing with eight more wins than any other team in the NBA. The 50-year-old Williams has been the Suns’ coach for three seasons and the team has improved in each of them.

Williams led the Suns to the NBA Finals last season, where they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games.

Celtics’ Robert Williams won’t play Game 4 against Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) Boston Celtics big man Robert Williams won’t play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against Milwaukee on Tuesday because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

Williams had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee on March 30. The 6-foot-9 forward/center didn’t return until Game 3 of the Celtics’ first-round series with the Brooklyn Nets. He had started each of the first three games against the Bucks.

“It’s not unexpected to have this after a surgery,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said before the game. “There’s been soreness at times, but it’s a little more irritated today.”

Udoka said Grant Williams would replace Robert Williams in the Celtics’ lineup Tuesday. Udoka was optimistic that Robert Williams would be available for Thursday’s Game 5.

Robert Williams has averaged 8.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 1.7 assists and 23.3 minutes in this series. The Celtics trail the defending champion Bucks 2-1.

Williams took an elbow to the face from Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis during the Bucks’ 103-101 Game 3 victory.

Suns coach: NBA should consider families-only seats at games

(AP) — Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams said the NBA should consider having a special section in the stands reserved for the families of visiting teams in the wake of Chris Paul’s family being harassed during Sunday’s playoff game in Dallas.

The incident happened during Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Dallas Mavericks and Suns.

ESPN reported that members of Paul’s family had been harassed by fans and that some in the crowd made physical contact with them. The Mavericks said the fan was ejected.

“It’s a hard one, because it’s happening more and more,” Williams said Monday at practice. “The situations are getting to a place now where I really feel like families, who are there to support their loved ones, need to be protected a bit more. Whether or not we have to give these people a section, a suite, something has to be done.

“Because we can’t wait for it to get to a level or two higher, before we do what we need to do. Yesterday was unnecessary.”

The Mavericks said after the game they were aware of the incident between a fan and Paul’s family at American Airlines Center. Williams said he didn’t know the extent of the harassment in real time because the game was still being played.

The Mavericks said in a statement on Monday the offending fans had been banned from the arena for eight months.

“American Airlines Center and Dallas Mavericks security and executives have concluded the investigation into the incident involving the Paul family,” the statement said. “Two unruly fans attempted to give unwanted hugs and have conversations with members of the Paul family on the public concourse of American Airlines Center. AAC security responded immediately once notified by the family and the fans were swiftly ejected from the game. The fans involved in the incident will not be allowed to return to the arena until 2023.”

After the game, Paul tweeted: “Wanna fine players for saying stuff to the fans but the fans can put they hands on our families.” He also added an expletive.

Paul didn’t speak to the media after Monday’s practice.

The NBA has had several moments of conflict between fans and players or their families over the past few seasons, including an incident earlier this season when LeBron James had two fans ejected in a game in Indiana.

Suns forward Cam Johnson said a similar situation happened in Milwaukee last season during the NBA Finals when his girlfriend was hit in the back of the head and had beer spilled on her. Johnson said he didn’t hear about it until after the game.

“It was kind of a big scene,” Johnson said. “It really frustrated me.”

Johnson said security in Milwaukee handled the situation and that the fan was kicked out. He said security can only do so much to keep families safe.

“A large part of the responsibility has to be on fans,” Johnson said. “They just can’t act that way. There’s no other way around it. You’ve got to address the problem with the real problem. It’s that a fan can’t go up to someone’s mother and harass them.”

On Sunday, the Mavericks beat the Suns 111-101 and evened the best-of-seven series 2-2. Paul fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Phoenix.

“I have to stress that I don’t think this is indicative of the fans in Dallas,” Williams said. “They’re cheering for their team. I’ve never had this kind of incident at that arena, even going back to the old spot, Reunion Arena, never.”

Pens chase Shesterkin again, topple Rangers 7-2 for 3-1 lead

PITTSBURGH (AP) Igor Shesterkin toyed with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the regular season. The New York Rangers’ goaltender even waved Sidney Crosby and company off the ice following a shutout victory in early April.

Fast forward a month and Shesterkin’s swagger is suddenly gone. So, seemingly, is the Vezina Trophy favorite’s confidence. Getting pulled twice in three days while the opposing crowd chants your name as puck after puck makes its way behind you into the net will do that.

And now the only thing Shesterkin and the Rangers are threatening to wave goodbye to is their once-promising season.

Crosby had a goal and three assists to become just the sixth player in NHL history to reach 200 career playoff points and the Penguins chased Shesterkin off the PPG Paints Arena ice once again in a dominant 7-2 victory on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

The Penguins, limited to just four goals in four games by Shesterkin in the regular season, can close out the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

“I think we know we have a lot of work left,” Crosby said. “When you’re in a game like this, you know you’re going to see the other team’s best the next time.”

Maybe, though it wouldn’t take much for New York to improve over an effort in which they let the Penguins pump in five goals during the second period.

“I don’t think you’re going to find a guy who is happy with that performance,” Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba said. “There’s not really a whole lot to say. We know we have to be better to a man.”

Especially the man in net. Shesterkin dazzled during Games 1 and 2 in New York, making 118 combined saves and looking every bit the dominant force that suffocated the Penguins for much of the year.

Not so much anymore. He lasted just one period in Game 3 after giving up four goals. He only made it through two periods in Game 4, spending the third on the bench after surrendering six goals on 30 shots.

New York coach Gerard Gallant pledged to start the 26-year-old Shesterkin with the Rangers one loss away from elimination.

“He’s the best goalie in the league,” Gallant said.

Perhaps, but Shesterkin isn’t playing like it at the moment, though he’s hardly the only one to blame after the Rangers allowed a staggering 14 goals at raucous PPG Paints Arena.

Five of them came during a second period on Monday night in which the Penguins tilted the game – and perhaps ultimately the series – in their favor. Jake Guentzel, Jeff Carter, Danton Heinen, Mark Friedman and Mike Matheson all found a way to make Shesterkin turn around and fish the puck out of the net as the red goal light blared and the fans derisively chanted “IIIIGOORRRR.”

The goals came in a variety of ways. Tip-ins. Redirects. A lucky bounce. Open shots from the slot. After urging his players repeatedly to stop trying to make the highlight play and simply throw the puck on net, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan’s team appears to be listening.

Pittsburgh has fired 266 shots at the Rangers so far in the series. And while that number is skewed a bit by a three-overtime thriller in Game 1, it’s indicative of a change in mindset.

“We’ve preached to our team all year that we have to evolve and create offense different ways,” Sullivan said. “We can’t get stubborn. We have to take what the game gives us.”

Carter attributed it to better execution and even better effort. This postseason could be the last stand for Pittsburgh’s core three of Crosby, Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang. The trio is making their 16th straight playoff appearance together. It could also be their last with Malkin and Letang set to be free agents this summer.

Maybe that possibility has galvanized the Penguins. Or maybe the familiar adrenaline that comes with the Stanley Cup has helped a roster littered with 30-somethings find the fountain of youth. Pittsburgh is on the cusp of winning a playoff round for the first time since 2018.

“We have a veteran group in there and these guys have been through this a lot,” Sullivan said. “So I think everyone understands the position that we’re in and we’ve got to go out and earn the next one. That has to be our mindset.”

While Shesterkin has struggled, Pittsburgh third-stringer Louis Domingue is nearing local cult hero status while filling in for injured All-Star Tristan Jarry. Domingue made 22 saves to win his third game of the series. Not bad for a 30-year-old journeyman making his playoff debut after spending most of the last three seasons in the minors.

While Domingue – with the speakers blasting the chorus of the rock classic “Louie Louie” after particularly big stops – appears to be settling into the rhythm of the postseason, Shesterkin seems rattled.

Two goals 22 seconds apart early in the second period gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead. Two more 39 seconds apart near the end of the period effectively ended Shesterkin’s night and pushed New York to the brink.

NOTES: The victory was Sullivan’s 44th of the playoffs, breaking a tie with former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma for most postseason wins in franchise history. … Crosby’s 201 playoff points are tied with Jaromir Jagr for fifth all-time. Wayne Gretzky is atop the list with 395.

Avalanche 1st to advance to 2nd round with sweep of Preds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Colorado Avalanche are happy they got a bit of a challenge before sweeping the Nashville Predators.

They actually had to rally for the first time in the first round.

Valeri Nichushkin scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:58 left, and the Avalanche became the first team to advance to the second round Monday night beating the Predators 5-3 Monday night.

“We found a way,” Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon said. “That’s the key. You can’t always win when you have your best, you have to find ways when you’re not. Tonight was one of those cases. We just know with all the skill and talent we have that we were going to get one.”

The Avalanche now are in the Western Conference semifinals for a fourth straight season and second consecutive after sweeping their first-round opponent. They improved to 6-0 since the franchise relocated to Denver in best-of-seven series after winning the first three games with their fourth sweep in that span.

They now get to wait for either St. Louis or Minnesota.

“The big thing is now we can take a breath, get a couple days off for our guys, give them some rest and we’ll still get some real good practice time before we get ready for our next opponent,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said.

Andre Burakovsky and Cale Makar each had a goal and two assists for Colorado, and Devon Toews added a goal. MacKinnon sealed the victory with an empty-net goal on the man advantage with 55.9 seconds remaining.

Yakov Trenin scored twice for Nashville, which was swept for the first time in franchise history in its 15th playoff appearance. Filip Forsberg scored his first of the series giving Nashville its first lead this series at 3:58 of the third, and it lasted less than 5 minutes.

“The fact that we weren’t able to win a game is something that we all take personal for sure,” Nashville coach John Hynes said.

Colorado scored three times over the final 11:05 to wrap up a series by outscoring Nashville 21-9. After Toews tied it 3-3 at 8:55 of the third, Nichushkin scored on a snap shot from the right circle to put the Avs ahead to stay.

The Predators had a few open seats midway into the first period. Not even having Walker Zimmerman, a defender for MLS’ Nashville SC, wave the pre-game rally towel helped.

Colorado wound up scoring on its first shot attempt of the game for the second time this series, even if replay was needed to call it a goal.

Burakovsky’s wrister sent the puck through the back net, a shot that had the Avalanche starting to celebrate before an official immediately waved it off During a stoppage at 1:56, officials reviewed the play and saw the puck go through the net needing an official to fix the net behind Predators rookie goalie Connor Ingram.

The rookie goalie had to make a save on a short-handed attempt by the Avs on Nashville’s first power play, and Colorado had two more shot attempts than the Predators. The Avs outshot Nashville 13-6 dominating the first until Trenin got his second of this series on a wrister from the slot with 61 seconds left in the period.

Makar put Colorado up 2-1 with a snap shot from near the blue line at 13:33 of the second, and he nearly scored again on a breakaway about 2 minutes later only to have Ingram stop the puck with his left pad.

“Anytime you get a chance to end a team’s season, you take it and run,” Makar said. “You try at least. For us tonight, there was a lot of ups and downs, but we wanted this one. I think just the resilience in general showed from our group.”

Trenin tied it again, this time with 3:11 left in the second. He spun in the right circle and fired a wrister past Pavel Francouz.

Forsberg scored into an open net behind Francouz off a cross-ice pass from Mattias Ekholm, giving Nashville a 3-2 lead in the third.

“You never want to go out 4-nothing,” Nashville captain Roman Josi said. “It’s tough right now. … I thought our two home games, we played a lot better. But yeah we didn’t get it done. We didn’t get a win, so yeah it’s definitely disappointing.”


The Avalanche also swept St. Louis in the first round of the 2021 playoffs, Vancouver in the Western quarterfinals in 2001 and the 1996 Stanley Cup Final against Florida.


Josi and Makar were announced as finalists earlier Monday for the Norris Trophy. Josi won the Norris in 2020, and he posted the best scoring season since Phil Housley in 1992-93 with 96 points – a franchise record for the Predators.

Makar is a finalist for a second straight season. He led defensemen with 28 goals, and he became the eighth defenseman in NHL history with seven or more points through the first three games of a postseason and first since John Carlson also had seven in 2018. Now he has a league-high 10 points.

“He might be the best player in the league right now,” MacKinnon said of Makar.


Forsberg is in the final year of his contract, though Nashville hopes to sign him to a contract extension before free agency opens. Forsberg took an extra wide lap waving to fans after the handshake line before heading off the ice.


The Predators forward became the fourth NHL player in 26 years with multiple tying goals in an elimination game. Joel Kiviranta did it in Game 7 of the second round in 2020, Scott Hartnell in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final with Philadelphia and Matt Cooke in Game 7 of the 2004 conference quarterfinal.

Panthers beat Capitals in overtime in Game 4, tie series

WASHINGTON (AP) The “Comeback Cats” are back – in playoff form.

Known for their propensity to play from behind and win on the way to the NHL’s best regular season, the Florida Panthers finally delivered a little of that magic in the postseason, and not a minute too late.

Sam Reinhart tied it late in regulation, Carter Verhaeghe scored the overtime winner and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 4 Monday night to tie the first-round series.

No team had more comeback victories than Florida’s 24 this season, and now it has home-ice advantage back going into Game 5 on Wednesday night in Sunrise.

“I feel a lot of trust in them that they’ll make something happen,” interim coach Andew Brunette said. “They’ve done it all year and they continued to do it tonight.”

The Panthers were just over two minutes away from facing the prospect of getting knocked out at home. Then, with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky pulled for an extra attacker, Reinhart collected a loose puck after it bounced off Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway and beat Ilya Samsonov with 2:04 remaining in the third period.

“Those are the kind of situations you want to be in as a hockey player,” Reinhart said. “It’s a game that can really go either way at the end of it and we stuck with it and we’re happy with the result.”

Brunette was happy he didn’t call Bobrovsky to the bench sooner. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner made a right pad save on Marcus Johansson with 3:24 left – 15 seconds before going off and a few shifts before Reinhart scored.

“It’s huge having him back there,” Reinhart said. “He’s been solid all series and gives us all the confidence in the world to make plays.”

Given the combination of nerves and playoff inexperience that contributed to Florida’s struggles in the series, Reinhart’s goal may turn out to be the one that saved its season. Verhaeghe’s second goal of the game 4:57 into OT gave the Panthers an extra shot of adrenaline for the flight home.

“We wanted to come in and have our best game of the series, and I think we did a pretty good job,” said Verhaeghe, who played eight games in the 2020 playoff bubble for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they won the first of consecutive Stanley Cup titles. “It’s just kind of a building block. We know we have another level to get to, and we’re a great team, so I think it’s just building some confidence.

The Panthers outshot the Capitals 32-16 and look to be finding their game even amid some trouble finishing. They went 0 for 4 on the power play to make it 0 for 13 in the series and couldn’t put the puck in the net at 5 on 5. Verhaeghe’s first goal came at 4 on 4.

Washington let a late lead slip away after going up 2-1 on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s goal with 10:29 left in regulation. T.J. Oshie scored a power-play goal in the first for the Capitals, who have not won consecutive playoff games sine 2019.

“At the end, it was bad bounces and it goes in,” captain Alex Ovechkin said. “It is going to be a tough, long series, so move on. Forget about it, move on.”

Holding on would have given the Capitals an opportunity to finish off the Panthers on Wednesday. Blowing the lead is a blow for a team already playing without right winger Tom Wilson and now needing to win at least once more on the road.

“In third period, it was everything in our hands,” Kuznetsov said. “We’re going to play best-of-three right now. There is no panic. Still pretty good chance.”

The Panthers feel the same way after clawing back in a series that has seen the teams trade wins. But they’re trying to stay even keel given the big expectations on them to make a run and the climb they had to make to tie things up.

“Glad to go home even in the series 2-2,” captain Aleksander Barkov said. “Just keep working. Keep getting better. Keep finding ways to win.”

NOTES: Brunette hopes the NHL’s department of player safety looks at Oshie’s hit on Sam Bennett right before Kuznetsov scored. “I didn’t like the hit,” he said. “I thought it was targeted to the head.” … The Panthers stuck with the same lineup from Games 1-3, but moved some players around at forward and on defense.

Flames get even in series with 4-1 win over Stars in Game 4

DALLAS (AP) Rasmus Andersson, Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames felt much more like themselves, and got even in their first-round playoff series with an onslaught of shots.

It helped that they also got to play a lot of 5-on-5 hockey, though Andersson did score Calgary’s first power-play goal since early in the playoff opener, as the Flames beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 in Game 4 on Monday night.

“We had a lot of long shifts in their zone and overall a good game, a good 60 minutes,” said Andersson, who had only two of Calgary’s 54 shots. “We didn’t take too many penalties tonight too, so we get to play 5 on 5, and that’s that’s what we were, a really good team.”

Gaudreau converted a penalty shot with 12:13 left in the game to make it 2-0 Calgary, and later assisted on Elias Lindholm’s third goal of the series as the Pacific Division champions regained home-ice advantage over the wild-card Stars. Mikael Backlund added an empty-netter in the final minute.

It was the first goal of the series for Gaudreau, who in Game 3 was rejected by Jake Oettinger on a late breakaway that would have tied that game.

The Flames forward, a 100-point scorer, was on another breakaway Monday night when John Klingberg was penalized for hooking. Gaudreau made a nifty move on the penalty shot to push the puck through the legs of Jake Oettinger, the 23-year-old goalie who had 50 saves.

“I feel like since Game 1 I’ve been playing well, playing hard against this team,” Gaudreau said. “Last game had a breakaway …. tonight a little different story, found the net. That’s the way hockey is”

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Calgary, where the teams traded shutouts in the first two games while combining for only three total goals – one of those an empty-netter at the end of the Stars’ 2-0 win in Game 2. The series returns to Dallas on Friday night for the sixth game in the best-of-seven series.

“We were off a little bit, and when we’re off a little bit against a top-tier team like that, a big favorite in this league … they’re going to make you pay, and they made us pay tonight,” said Tyler Seguin, who had a late power-play goal for the Stars.

That was the only shot to get past Jacob Markstrom, who had 34 saves.

The Flames were just more than a minute into a 5-on-3 opportunity midway through the second period when Andersson traded passes with Matthew Tkachuk before his shot from the top of the slot made it 1-0.

“It was a solid game for us,” Calgary coach Daryl Sutter said. “The strength of our team is 5 on 5. Our special teams function from what we do 5 on 5.”

Calgary had failed to convert on 13 consecutive power-play attempts before that, including two earlier in the game, since scoring five seconds into their first power play of the series. That was five minutes into Game 1, and the only goal in that 1-0 win.

Before Calgary had a two-man advantage, that power play opened on a split save by Oettinger, who had his right leg fully extended against the post when he pushed away a shot by Andersson.

The Stars have also struggled on the power play, going 0 for 4 with a man advantage in Game 4 before Seguin scored with 4:57 left to get the Stars within 3-1.

Both teams are 2 for 17 on power plays in the series.

“As badly as we played, there was times that we had a chance to give us some momentum, and we didn’t, we didn’t capitalize,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said.

Oettinger has faced plenty of shots in his first four NHL playoff starts. He had 25 saves in the opener, 29 in his shutout win and then 39 more in Game 3.

Midway through the first period Monday, after being peppered with a sequence of shots and unable to secure a loose puck, Oettinger made a impressive save when he reached back while falling down to snag the puck with his glove to deny Tyler Toffoli.

That was only a couple of minutes after Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen hit the crossbar with a shot.

“Thought we started well, thought our first period was good,” Andersson said. “We stuck with it. We got a big power play good there, and then obviously got the second one and the third one. So overall, it was a good game and you know, it all started with a good start in the first.”

Islanders fire coach Barry Trotz after missing playoffs

(AP) — Barry Trotz was fired as coach of the New York Islanders on Monday, with general manager Lou Lamoriello saying he felt the team needed a new voice.

Trotz lost his job after four seasons with the Islanders and the first without a playoff appearance. The 59-year-old who ranks among the most successful coaches in NHL history and won the Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018 guided the Islanders to the Eastern Conference final each of the previous two years before losing to eventual champion Tampa Bay.

Lamoriello declined to explain why he thought “a new voice” was necessary.

“I’d rather not get into any of the reasons because that’s my job upon the information that I have and I experienced to make these type of decisions,” the 79-year-old longtime hockey executive said on a conference call. “Those are not questions that I will answer as far as what I thought. It’s obviously that I thought quite a bit to make this type of a decision.”

A series of events outside Trotz’s control contributed to the Islanders missing the playoffs this year. While their new arena was being finished, they opened the season on a 13-game road trip and were hit with a string of coronavirus-related absences and injuries that derailed their season.

Lamoriello said the choice to move on from Trotz was not made primarily about what happened this past season. He said, “This is certainly a business decision as far as hockey and winning.”

Trotz had one year remaining on his contract, which would have put him in the same situation he was in with the Capitals. They decided in the summer of 2018 not to rework Trotz’s contract despite the championship and granted him his release.

Days later, he joined the Islanders, who had just put Lamoriello in charge of a franchise that had not won a championship since its early 1980s dynasty. New York went 152-102-34 in the regular season and 28-21 in the playoffs under Trotz, the organization’s most success in more than two decades.

Lamoriello said Trotz’s contract status did not factor into his decision. A message sent to Trotz’s agent seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Trotz could immediately become a candidate for vacancies in Philadelphia, Detroit and Winnipeg, plus others that open up because of his availability. Joining the Flyers would keep Trotz in the Metropolitan Division, while the Jets would represent a return home for the Manitoba native.

Trotz coached the Nashville Predators for their first 15 seasons, helping them reach the playoff seven times. His 914 regular-season wins rank third among coaches in NHL history.

The Islanders begin a coaching search with the franchise in the midst of contending window. Asked what he was looking for in a replacement, Lamoriello said he couldn’t answer specifically and added there was no timeline.

Lamoriello said players were not consulted about the firing, which was known only by ownership before he delivered the news to Trotz on Monday morning.

“These type of decisions are made for going forward,” Lamoriello said. “With this group we have – and they are on notice right now – that the new voice is what’s necessary for us to have success, in my opinion. And unfortunately or fortunately, my opinion is what has to make these decisions.”

Jon Cooper, whose Lightning eliminated Trotz’s Islanders the past two years and lost to his Capitals in 2018, called the firing unfortunate news.

“Whatever the reason was, in Lou’s mind there’s probably some reason for it,” said Cooper, who is the longest-tenured coach in the league after being hired in 2013. “On the other side of things, I think Barry is a top-flight coach in this league. I can’t comment on what goes on in their organization other than they’ve run a first-class operation from the coach all the way up.

“But it is tough. It really makes you take a step back and think about the business at times when coaches can have so much success and then they pay the kind of price for it. But we know that going in, and so it’s just part of the business.”

MLB plans London games in 2023, 2024 and 2026

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball intends to play regular-season games in London in 2023, 2024 and 2026.

The New York Yankees swept two games against the Boston Red Sox at London’s Olympic Stadium in June 2019. The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs were scheduled to play there on June 13-14, 2020, but those games were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cardinals and Cubs are the leading candidates to play in London next year.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the formation of the MLB London Legacy Group on Monday that will include members from the Greater London Authority and Baseball Softball UK.

MLB plans to hold a Home Run Derby at London’s Crystal Palace Park on July 9 this year.

Reds beat Brewers 10-5, win 2 straight for 1st time in ’22

CINCINNATI (AP) Colin Moran homered in his third straight at-bat, Brandon Drury and Kyle Farmer each hit a three-run homer, and the Cincinnati Reds won two straight games for the first time this season, rallying past the Milwaukee Brewers 10-5 on Monday night.

“It was great to have a couple of wins in a row,” Reds manager David Bell said. “The way it happened was beautiful.”

The Reds, baseball’s worst team at 6-23, bounced back after being swept in three games at Milwaukee last week by a combined score of 34-12.

“This has been a struggle and no one wants to go through it but it has brought us all together,” Drury said. “There are a lot of new faces. We’ve been forced to stay together.”

Moran connected in the second inning off Brandon Woodruff (3-2) to make it 1-0. His first longball of the season was a grand slam in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 7-3 win over the Pirates, and he hit a two-run blast in his next at-bat. Moran has started the last seven games with Joey Votto on the COVID-19-related injured list.

Luis Castillo, who missed spring training and the first 28 games with a right shoulder strain, made his season debut for Cincinnati. He allowed one hit through the first three innings before Rowdy Tellez doubled in two runs in the fourth. Omar Narvaez then homered leading off the fifth to make it 3-1.

Castillo was pulled later in the fifth and gave up three runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts. The Reds still don’t have a quality start this season.

“I’m feeling really healthy and I’m looking forward to more starts here,” Castillo said. “I would have liked to get through the fifth inning. That’s always the manager’s decision. Being my first outing of the season it was good. I will have more games to pitch deeper.”

Luis Cessa (1-0) escaped the fifth before allowing two runs in the sixth. Alexis Diaz, Jeff Hoffman and Joel Kuhnel combined to throw 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

TJ Friedl began the Reds’ rally in the fifth with a run-scoring double. Drury followed by taking Woodruff deep to center to put Cincinnati ahead 5-3.

Woodruff allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

“I’ve had the bug of letting a big inning get to me,” Woodruff said. “The two-seam fastball is a little too flat. I can’t stand when our team gives us a lead and I give it right back. Not happy. Need to get better at some stuff.”

Farmer snapped an 0-for-34 skid in the seventh with his first homer of the season, a three-run drive off Hoby Milner that made it 10-5.

“The guys’ reaction meant a lot,” Farmer said. “They knew that I was struggling. It was like 200 pounds off my back.”

Every Reds starter had at least one hit and scored a run, the first time Cincinnati has done that since June 22, 2007, against Seattle.

The Brewers had gone 22-11 at Great American Ball Park over the past four seasons, the best of any NL Central club.

“We had some rallies and hit some balls pretty hard,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “They scored 10. It’s hard to keep up.”


In Woodruff’s win over Cincinnati on Tuesday, he struck out 12 and didn’t walk a batter. The Reds showed more patience this time.

“They laid off his off-speed stuff really well,” Counsell said. “Usually with his fastball, he gets some swings on his off-speed. He didn’t get that tonight.”

Woodruff has allowed 12 earned runs in his last three starts, raising his ERA to 5.97.


Grammy Award-winning country artist Tricia Yearwood sung the national anthem, and the Cincinnati Bengals’ Evan McPherson, who kicked the winning field goal in this year’s AFC championship game, threw out a ceremonial first pitch to tight end Hayden Hurst.


Reds: LHP Mike Minor (left shoulder strain) has rehab starts scheduled on Tuesday and Sunday at Triple-A Louisville. INF Mike Moustakas was placed on the injured list prior to Monday’s game with an unspecified illness. The Reds have 14 players on the IL.


Reds rookie right-hander Hunter Greene (1-4, 8.71 ERA) allowed a club record-tying five home runs at Milwaukee last Thursday. Freddy Peralta (1-1, 5.18) tossed five innings in the Brewers’ 18-4 win over the Reds last Wednesday.

Hendricks brilliant for 8 2/3 innings as Cubs snap skid

SAN DIEGO (AP) Kyle Hendricks came within one out of a three-hit shutout for the Chicago Cubs, who beat the listless San Diego Padres 6-0 Monday night to snap a season-high five-game losing streak.

Manager David Ross came out to get Hendricks after he got Jurickson Profar to fly out to left on his 116th pitch. Hendricks struck out rookie Jose Azocar to open the ninth and walked Jake Cronenworth on six pitches before going to a full count against Profar. Scott Effros came on and retired Manny Machado.

Hendricks (2-3) didn’t allow a runner to reach scoring position as he continued his mastery of the Padres. He struck out seven and walked one to improve to 8-2 overall against San Diego and 5-1 at Petco Park.

The 32-year-old right-hander from Orange County allowed only three singles, including one to Machado as he extended his on-base streak to 19 games.

The Padres were shut out for the second time in three games. The only inning the Padres have scored in during their last three games was the ninth inning Sunday, when pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro hit a three-run walkoff homer in a 3-2 win against the Miami Marlins.

Ian Happ drove in two runs for the Cubs, who handed rookie lefty MacKenzie Gore (2-1) his first loss. They took a 1-0 lead two batters in after Willson Contreras singled to right and scored on Suzuki’s double to left. Suzuki left the game in the middle of the sixth with a sore right ankle.

Happ hit an RBI single in the fourth. The Cubs added a run on Suzuki’s double-play grounder in the fifth and a throwing error on Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth in the seventh. Happ hit another RBI single in the eighth.

Gore allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings, struck out six and walked none.


The Padres remembered Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn on what would have been his 62nd birthday. His widow, Alicia, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Tony Gwynn Jr., a former big leaguer and current Padres broadcaster. Anisha Gwynn, daughter of Alicia and Tony, sang the national anthem. The Padres announced the Tony Gwynn Community All-Star Program to recognize local youth who embody Gwynn’s dedication to local causes.


Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, a friend of Padres manager Bob Melvin, watched from the first row behind home plate. Harbaugh played quarterback for the San Diego Chargers in 1999-2000 and coached the University of San Diego from 2004-06.


Chicago Cubs: Placed RHP David Robertson on the injured list and recalled INF Frank Schwindel from Triple-A Iowa. Selected the contract of LHLP Conner Menez and optioned RHP Adrian Sampson to Iowa.

San Diego Padres: Claimed INF Sergio Alcantara off outright waivers from Arizona. Placed OF Matt Beaty on 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday, with a left shoulder impingement. Transferred RHP Pierce Johnson to the 60-day IL.


LHP Wade Miley is scheduled to make his Cubs debut on Tuesday night in the middle game of the series. He has been sidelined since spring training with left elbow inflammation. The Padres will counter with RHP Mike Clevinger (0-0, 5.79).

A’s beat Tigers 2-0 as Blackburn improves to 4-0

DETROIT (AP) Paul Blackburn threw 6 2/3 strong innings to improve to 4-0 as the Oakland A’s beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Monday night to snap a season-high nine-game losing streak.

“It was a complete game,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “That’s what it takes to get out of these situations when you haven’t had success as a team. It takes a good group effort and all around tonight, I thought the team played really good baseball.”

Tony Kemp hit a solo home run in the third and Chad Pinder added an RBI single in the fourth.

“I just saw a changeup and I got my foot down and tried to put the best swing on it I could,” Kemp said. “I’m just happy (Austin) Meadows didn’t rob a home run from me. Feels good to contribute to the team.

“When you’re on a losing streak, it feels like it’s never going to end. So to slap hands with guys today felt really good.”

Blackburn gave up four hits and struck out three before leaving in the seventh inning. Despite walking two batters, rookie Dany Jimenez escaped damage and earned his fifth save to finish off the four-hitter.

“It’s been a long time since I got into the seventh,” Blackburn said. “Anytime you can put a start together like that, it feels good.”

The Tigers, who managed just four hits and have been shut out in two consecutive games, have lost six in a row and 13 of their last 15.

“There’s growing frustration across the board,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’re getting beat in relatively close games, for the most part and we expect more out of ourselves.”

Michael Pineda (1-2) took the loss, despite allowing only two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings.

Javier Baez and Hinch were ejected after arguing balls and strikes in the ninth after Baez was called out on strikes.

“Frustrating night to end with the loss and obviously the way it ended,” Hinch said.


Oakland LHP Cole Irvin (left shoulder soreness, 15-day IL retroactive to May 2) will throw a side and then the team will determine next steps. … Detroit RHP Matt Manning (right shoulder inflammation, 10-day IL retroactive to April 17) will make his second rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Friday in Louisville. RHP Casey Mize (right elbow sprain, 10-day IL on April 15) will make his first rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Thursday in Louisville. OF Victor Reyes (left quad strain, 10-day IL on April 23) will start his rehab assignment for Triple-A Toledo Tuesday in Louisville and is expected to play 5-6 innings. LHP Tyler Alexander (left elbow sprain, 15-day IL, retroactive to April 30) has been sent to Lakeland, Fla.


The Tigers optioned OF Akil Baddoo to Triple-A Toledo and recalled RHP Rony Garcia from Triple-A Toledo. … The A’s selected outfielder Luis Barrera from Triple-A Las Vegas Monday and started him in right field, batting ninth. Barrera batted .286 in 23 games with las Vegas. Oakland designated OF Billy McKinney for assignment.


Athletics: Game 1: RHP Frankie Montas (2-2, 3.44). Montas is 4-2 with a 5.01 ERA in seven career appearances, including six starts, against Detroit. He was 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA in two starts last year. Game 2: RHP Adrian Martinez (0-0, 0.00). Martinez will be making his Major League debut. With Triple-A Las Vegas, Martinez is 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA in five starts.

Tigers: Game 1: LHP Tarik Skubal (1-2, 3.04). Skubal is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in two career starts against Oakland. Game 2: Alex Faedo (0-0, 3.60). Faedo made his Major League debut May 4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing two runs on eight hits in five innings. Faedo will be the 27th man for the second game of the doubleheader.

Naylor powers big comeback, Guardians stun White Sox in 11

CHICAGO (AP) With three clutch swings in the last four innings, Josh Naylor almost single-handedly rallied the Cleveland Guardians to a wild and unlikely win.

Naylor hit a tying grand slam with two outs in the ninth and a three-run homer in the 11th, powering a huge comeback that carried Cleveland past the Chicago White Sox 12-9 on Monday night.

Naylor also had a run-scoring double in the eighth and finished with eight RBIs for the Guardians, who stunned Chicago by erasing an 8-2 deficit in the ninth aided by two White Sox errors.

Andres Gimenez led off the inning with a homer and then doubled home a run in the 10th as the Guardians snapped Chicago’s six-game winning streak. They have won eight of 10 following a seven-game skid.

It was the first multi-homer game for the 5-foot-11, 250-pound Naylor, back from a horrific leg injury last season. The 2015 first-round draft pick (by the Marlins) from Canada is 10 for 17 with runners in scoring position this year.

“He looks really good in the batter’s box,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “And when things happen, how much it means, he’s really emotional. But I get it. He missed playing baseball and being with his teammates.”

Naylor launched his first career slam off Liam Hendriks, handing the All-Star closer his first blown save since April 8.

The White Sox loaded the bases on three walks in the bottom of the ninth, but third baseman Jose Ramirez made a diving stop and Naylor stretched far at first base to field the throw for the final out of the inning.

Naylor’s go-ahead drive came off Ryan Burr and barely cleared the right-field fence.

“That was a legendary moment,” Guardians teammate Franmil Reyes said.

Burr (0-1) started the 11th in place of Reynaldo Lopez, who felt lower back tightness while warming up and left the game.

Emmanuel Clase (1-2) allowed a run in the 10th but earned the win. Trevor Stephan pitched a perfect inning for his second major league save and first this season.

White Sox starter Michael Kopech allowed two hits through six innings, and Chicago got three-run homers from Gavin Sheets and AJ Pollock to build a big lead. But four errors, which tied a season high set April 20 in the first game of a doubleheader, came back to burn the White Sox.

“Brutal,” manager Tony La Russa said. “Had a chance to put it away. That’s just a brutal loss, to give up six runs like that and a couple chances to win offensively. It’s a tough loss. It’s as tough as you’re going to have.”

Sheets dropped a line drive to right field with two outs in the first that allowed the Guardians’ first run to score. Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson and third baseman Yoan Moncada committed costly errors in the ninth.

Kopech lowered his ERA to 0.93, and his six innings tied a career high set Aug. 26, 2018, at Detroit.

The game marked the return of Moncada and the White Sox debut of reliever Joe Kelly. Moncada hadn’t played this season because of a right oblique strain. Kelly, who was out due to a right biceps nerve injury, pitched a scoreless seventh.


White Sox RHP Johnny Cueto will make one more start at Triple-A Charlotte, general manager Rick Hahn said. RHP Vince Velasquez will start Wednesday’s series finale against the Guardians.


Guardians: RHP Enyel De Los Santos was promoted from Triple-A Columbus. LHP Konnor Pilkington was optioned to Columbus.

White Sox: LHP Aaron Bummer (right knee strain) was placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to May 7. INF Jake Burger was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.


White Sox OF Andrew Vaughn (right hand bruise) is making progress but is unlikely be activated from the 10-day IL when he’s eligible Thursday, Hahn said. … RHP Lance Lynn (right knee surgery) is more likely to return in early June.


Guardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (1-1, 3.54 ERA) will face the White Sox on Tuesday night. Quantrill allowed three runs over six innings last Wednesday in a 6-5 win over the Padres.

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (1-1, 3.20) gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings last Tuesday in a 4-3 win over the White Sox.


INDIANA HS BOYS BASKETBALL: Edwards recommits to Murray State

Jaxon Edwards is still heading to Murray State. Edwards opened his recruitment from Murray State after coach Matt McMahon took the job at LSU.

Edwards averaged 10.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game as a senior.


Warren Central’s Tae Davis will miss the upcoming All-Star games because he is expected to be at Seton Hall in early June. The 6-8 Davis was previously committed to Louisville then signed with Seton Hall. Davis’ brother Dre will join Tae at Seton Hall.

INDIANA BASEBALL: Baseball Gameday: at Louisville

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Coming of a winning weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Indiana baseball program will travel to No. 7 Louisville for a midweek road test. The Hoosiers and Cardinals will meet for the first time since the 2019 NCAA Louisville Regional.

Indiana (22-25) has won three straight midweek games and come away with three straight Big Ten series victories over the last three weekends to get squarely back into the Big Ten Tournament race. IU enters the weekend ranked No. 7 in the conference with two weekends to play.

Louisville (33-13-1) is coming off of a 5-5 tie at Wake Forest in 12 innings on Sunday due to the conference’s travel curfew. The week featured two wins – one over Vanderbilt in a midweek game and one at Wake Forest. The Cardinals are 10-1 on the season in midweek games, with its lone loss coming against Lipscomb on March 22.

Gameday Info

Tuesday, May 10 (6 p.m.)

Probable Starters



Quick Hitters

Indiana owns a slim edge in the all-time series with Louisville entering the 54th all-time meeting, but the Cardinals won the last meeting in the 2019 NCAA Regional.

Freshman Carter Mathison became IU’s freshman home run leader with his 15th longballl of the season at Michigan. The mark is among the best freshman totals in Big Ten history.

Mathison and fellow freshman Josh Pyne lead all Big Ten freshmen in RBIs and teammate Brock Tibbitts is close to joining the 40 RBI club to form a special duo in IU history.

Indiana’s pitching staff is on pace to become one of the most productive strikeout units in program history. The 2022 staff already ranks No. 3 on the single season charts.

Freshman Grant Holderfield is tied for No. 8 nationally among rookies in pitching appearances and has not allowed an inherited runner to score on the year.

Redshirt-junior Matt Ellis and freshman Carter Mathison are tied at No. 2 on the Big Ten home run charts, with their 15 longballs sitting No. 34 nationally.

Indiana had 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 94 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

Louisville enters with a 33-13-1 overall record and is coming off a 2-1-1 week that include wins over Vanderbilt and Wake Forest on the road. UL’s series at Wake Forest ended 1-1-1 due to a travel curfew in the series finale.

The Cardinals’ offense ranks among the top 25 nationally in average (No. 13), slugging percentage (No. 12), walks (No. 11), runs per game (No. 6), doubles (No. 20), triples (No. 10), home runs (No. 24) and stolen bases (No. 12).

Six of the everyday position players own averages of .300 or better, led by Jack Payton at .369. His 69 hits and 18 doubles.

Cameron Masterman, Ben Metzinger and Dalton Rushing lead the team with 14 home runs. Masterman (52) and Metzinger (51) are the team leaders in RBIs.

As a pitching staff, Louisville has struck out 490 batters and owns a 5.45 ERA, while limiting the opposition to a .258 batting average.

Series Notes

Tuesday’s meeting will mark the 54th all-time between Indiana and Louisville, with the Hoosiers owning a 28-25 overall edge in the series.

Indiana has won eight of the last 12 meetings, including a 3-3 mark on the road. That stretch started with a 2-0 victory for IU at the College World Series in 2013.

Of the previous 53 meetings, 23 have been decided by two-or-fewer runs.

Of the last four meetings, no team has won by more than four runs, with three being decided by two-or-fewer runs.

With the two potent offenses squaring off on Tuesday, neither team has scored double-digit runs in the series since 2012.

The last meeting came at the 2009 NCAA Louisville Regional, a 9-7 decision in favor of the Cardinals.

INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF: Donegan Starts Strong in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Indiana women’s golf freshman Áine Donegan shot a 1-over 72 at the U-M Golf Course during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Ann Arbor Regional on Monday. She is currently tied for fifth place heading into the second round.


NCAA Ann Arbor Regional • Ann Arbor, Mich.

U-M Golf Course

Par 71 • 6265 yards

Live scoring via Golfstat

In the standings: Áine Donegan – 72 (+1) • t-5th Place


• Donegan played a 1-over scorecard of 72 through the first 18 holes of the tournament with birdie conversions on No. 7 and No. 13.

• After a bogey on the opening hole followed by five-consecutive pars, the All-Big Ten Second Team selection snuck in an 8-foot putt for birdie on the seventh green to even up her scorecard.

• She followed the birdie with a par, before giving a stroke back on the ninth green. Three-straight pars to open the back nine gave way to her second birdie on No. 13.

• Donegan closed the round with a bogey on No. 15 before carding three-straight pars from No. 16-18.

• The low four teams and the low two individuals, not on one of those teams, will advance to the NCAA Championships to be played from May 20-25 at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.


t-1. Arkansas – 291 (+7)

t-2. Michigan – 293 (+9)

t-2. Washington – 293 (+9)

t-4. San Jose State – 294 (+10)

t-4. Virginia – 294 (+10)


t-1. Jana Melichova (Old Dominion) – 69 (-2)

t-5. Áine Donegan (Indiana) – 72 (+1)


Donegan compete in the second round of the event beginning with an 8:55 a.m. ET tee time. She will be paired with Old Dominion’s Jana Melichova and Notre Dame’s Chloe Schiavone.

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Rhett Lewis to Serve as Football Radio Analyst

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Former Indiana wide receiver and NFL Network broadcaster Rhett Lewis has been named the Hoosiers new football radio analyst, IU Athletics and IU Sports Properties announced on Monday afternoon.

Lewis played at Indiana from 2001-05. He graduated with a B.S. in sports broadcasting in 2005 and a M.S. in sports administration in 2006.

“You don’t stop being a Hoosier when you take the helmet off for the last time,” Lewis said. “The passion ‘For the Glory of old IU’ always remains. I’m so thankful to Scott Dolson, Coach Allen, Mark Deal, and Jeff Keag for allowing me to connect with IU Football these last few years in a way that was so accessible and welcoming. That connection made me want to get even closer to the program in any way I could. When Buck Suhr retired after a fantastic 17-year run in this role the fit was too good to be true. Most importantly, to get to work side-by-side with the legendary Don Fischer, the best voice in the business, is an absolute dream come true.”

Fischer, who will enter his 50th season as the ‘Voice of the Hoosiers’ in 2022, is excited to team up with Lewis.

“I’m really looking forward to Rhett joining our broadcast team this fall,” Fischer said. “Rhett has been a broadcaster ever since he graduated from IU, and his excellence is proven through his eight years with the NFL Network and on SiriusXM. He will be a great addition to our team.”

Lewis is a host across several NFL Network programs, including NFL Now, NFL Total Access, and Path to the Draft. He also is a host on various SiriusXM shows, including regular appearances on SiriusXM Big Ten Radio.

In 2014, Lewis spent five years as an anchor and reporter at WHDH in Boston, where he began using his middle name of Lewis as his last name professionally. He covered all four major pro championships (Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals), and five championships in total.

Before joining WHDH in May of 2009, Lewis spent eight months at WVUE, the Fox affiliate in his hometown of New Orleans, and he spent two years as the sports director at the CBS affiliate (KLBK) in Lubbock, Texas.

Lewis also interned with WISH-TV in Indianapolis.

His father, Dean Kleinschmidt, served as Indiana’s head football trainer from 2004-06. Dean was a head trainer in the NFL for 41 seasons – 31 with the New Orleans Saints, two with the Washington Redskins, and eight with the Detroit Lions.

A 1970 IU graduate, Dean is in the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame and the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.

Rhett’s wife, Kayna – an honorary Hoosier, is also in television as a national correspondent for ABC News. They have two future Hoosier wide receivers, Conway (4) and Wylder (3).

IU Sports Properties is the Hoosiers’ multimedia rightsholder. This locally based LEARFIELD team is dedicated to IU Athletics, overseeing all aspects of the comprehensive rights relationship which includes broadcast talent and affiliates.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Teri Moren Selected As Assistant Coach For USA Basketball’s U18 National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  – Indiana head coach has been announced as an assistant coach for the 2022 USA Basketball women’s U18 national team.

This will be Moren’s first official stint with USA Basketball as she also served as a court coach for the U19 World Cup Team trials in May 2021. Texas A&M’s Joni Taylor will serve as head coach while Old Dominion’s DeLisha Milton-Jones will join Moren as an assistant.

“I am honored to be a part of USA Basketball’s U18 National Team,” Moren said. “It will be an exciting opportunity to work alongside great coaches and the some of the best young players. I’m looking forward to representing our country through basketball.”

A now-biennial event launched in 1988 and open to athletes 18 years old or younger, the FIBA Americas U18 Championship features eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The USA Basketball women claimed 10-straight gold medals from 2000-2018, as well as in 1988, and silver medals in 1992 and 1996. USA Basketball is 59-2 in FIBA Americas U18 Championship action. Trials for the 2022 team will be held May 31-June 4 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Entering her ninth season with the Hoosiers in 2022-23, Moren has guided the program to four NCAA Tournament appearances and seven consecutive 20-win seasons. IU finished the 2021-22 season by tying a program-record 24 wins and advanced to its first Big Ten Tournament championship game in 20 years. In her eight seasons, Indiana is 172-89 as she is the program’s second all-time winningest coach as she has advanced to back-to-back Sweet Sixteens, an Elite Eight appearance in 2021 and a WNIT championship in 2018. All five starters garnered All-Big Ten honors in 2021-22 and junior forward Mackenzie Holmes and Grace Berger hauled in a combined four All-American honorable mention honors. In addition, Indiana was ranked as high as No. 4 in the Associated Press and No. 5 in the WBCA/USA Today coaches poll in 2021-22.

PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF: Boilermakers Start Strong at NCAA Regional

STANFORD, Calif. – Dominating the par 3s and the par 5s, Purdue Women’s Golf got off to a strong start at the NCAA Stanford Regional on Monday (May 9). Entering the tournament as the No. 8 seed, the Boilermakers produced an opening-round 285 (+1) to sit in fourth place.

Purdue paced the field in par-3 scoring (-3) and par-5 scoring (-5), while recording 17 birdies as a team to rank second out of the dozen teams. All five Boilermakers birdied the par-5 12th, taking advantage of a hole that features three trees in the middle of the fairway. The top four teams at the conclusion of 54 holes advance to the NCAA Championships, and the Boilermakers find themselves in that fourth spot behind LSU (-5), USC (-4) and host Stanford (-1).

Leading the way for the Boilermakers was junior Sifat Sagoo with a season-low 69 (-2). Sagoo made the trip out to California as Purdue’s alternate before earning her way into the lineup before the start of the tournament. The move by head coach Devon Brouse paid off, as Sagoo made a tournament-best six birdies throughout her round. Sagoo took advantage of the five par 3s on the course, playing them 3-under thanks to a trio of birdies. After a double bogey at the second, she bounced back with birdies on the par-3 fourth and the par-3 eighth to make the turn at level par. The New Delhi, India, native added four birdies on the back to secure her first round in the 60s this season. Sagoo is just two shots off the individual lead, tied for third.

Danielle du Toit carded an even-par 71. The senior recorded all four of her birdies on the par 3s and par 5s, two apiece on each type of hole. She made the turn at 1-under after a bogey-free front nine. Three birdies over her final seven holes helped her hover around level par, putting her in 12th on the individual leaderboard.

Inez Wanamarta added a 72 (+1), tied for 15th. The graduate student-athlete went pin-seeking on the back nine, hitting the flagstick twice on approach shots. It first happened on the par-5 12th, which led to her first birdie of the day. Wrapping up her round, Wanamarta drilled the pin from the middle of the fairway, and the ball took an unlucky ricochet 20 feet to the left of the hole. Unfazed by the bad break, she rolled in the birdie putt to take some momentum into the clubhouse.

Kan Bunnabodee shot 73 (+2), while Ashley Kozlowski fired a 74 (+3). After not finding a birdie on the front, Bunnabodee recorded a pair on the back side. Kozlowski’s round featured a trio of birdies, all coming on par 5s.

Purdue looks to remain in the top four and climb the leaderboard on moving day. The Boilermakers begin their second round Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET).

For updates throughout the final two days of the NCAA Stanford Regional, follow Purdue Women’s Golf on Twitter @PurdueWGolf.


T3. Sifat Sagoo: 69 (-2)

T12. Danielle du Toit: 71 (E)

T15. Inez Wanamarta: 72 (+1)

T22: Kan Bunnabodee: 73 (+2)

T31. Ashley Kozlowski: 74 (+3)


1. LSU: 279 (-5)

2. USC: 280 (-4)

3. Stanford: 283 (-1)

4. Purdue: 285 (+1)

T5. Northwestern: 287 (+3)

T5. Iowa State: 287 (+3)

T7. Texas Tech: 295 (+11)

T7. Kentucky: 295 (+11)

T7. Princeton: 295 (+11)

10. Cal Poly: 304 (+20)

11. UNLV: 310 (+26)

12. Sacred Heart: 324 (+40)

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Sekne Advances to U.S. Open Final Qualifying

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Herman Sekne has earned a spot in the final qualifying round for the 122nd United States Open Championship after advancing out of local qualifying on Monday at Morris Park Country Club in South Bend, Indiana.

Sekne finished tied for second out of 78 golfers at even-par 70, then advanced out of an eight-player playoff for one of the final four qualifying spots. Sekne parred the first hole, then birdied the second playoff hole to advance. He will now compete in final qualifying at a site to be determined in early June.

The 122nd U.S. Open will take place at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, from June 16 to 19. Sekne joins current teammates Joe Weiler and Andrew Farraye, incoming freshman Benjamin Cai and 2018 grad Brian Carlson as Boilermakers that have advanced to final qualifying, looking to punch their tickets to the U.S. Open. In recent years, former Boilermakers Tyler Duncan (2015, 2018, 2020), Shiv Kapur (2014, 2015) and Fernando Barco (2021) have all competed in America’s National Championship.

Sekne part of a strong Boilermaker squad that have helped Purdue to a spot in the NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional and among the nation’s top-25 teams all season long. Purdue earned a No. 5 seed in the upcoming regional – its highest seed in school history.

Purdue Representatives in U.S. Open Final Qualifying

• Brian Carlson        1st at Darien, Connecticut        4-under par 68                   (1st / 144)

• Benjamin Cai        4th at Dade City, Florida            6-under par 66                   (4th / 84)

• Andrew Farraye    T-4th at Indianapolis                  3-under par 69                   (4th / 84)

• Joe Weiler             T-4th at Indianapolis                  3-under par 69                   (4th / 84)

• Herman Sekne      T-2nd at South Bend, Indiana    Even-par 70                       (2nd / 75)

PURDUE SOFTBALL: Softball Seeded No. 11 for Big Ten Tournament

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.—The Purdue softball team (24-30, 7-15 Big Ten) is headed to the Big Ten Softball Tournament as the No. 11 seed and is set to face No. 6 seeded Ohio State (32-14, 12-9 Big Ten) on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

The entire tournament will be aired on BTN, including the championship game set for 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 14.

The top 12 teams from the regular season compete in the single-elimination Big Ten tournament. The first round will feature four games, with the Boilermakers in the second game of the day (Game 2). The top four seeds earned byes, and the winner of Purdue vs. Ohio State will take on the No. 3 seed Illinois the following day at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The Boilermakers finished the regular season winning four of their last five games, including series victories over Rutgers and at Iowa to earn its first postseason appearance since 2019.

Not only will the Boilermakers and Buckeyes meet for the first time in the Big Ten Tournament since 2007, but it the matchup will mark the first time in 2022 the teams will be meeting.

BUTLER SOFTBALL: @ButlerSoftball’s Ricketts Earns Second BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week Honor; Avery Also Receives Recognition

Butler pitcher Karli Ricketts has been selected as the BIG EAST Softball Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season, this time for her performances in the regular season finale against Georgetown.

Ricketts got it done in starting and reliever roles in Sunday’s doubleheader sweep over Georgetown. The senior escaped a bases loaded jam in the sixth inning of game one, earning the save by striking out three Hoya batters over 1.1 innings of work. Ricketts would then get the start in game two, going the distance and striking out eight while allowing just four hits in a 7-1 Butler win.

For Ricketts, the weekly honor is her fourth as pitcher. In addition to earlier this season, she received recognition twice during the 2021 season.

Bri Avery was also recognized by the conference with an honor roll selection. She shined in Sunday’s doubleheader sweep over Georgetown, going 4-for-7 at the plate across the two games. In game two, she went 3-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored and three stolen bases.

Butler will compete later this week in the BIG EAST Tournament in Rosemont, Ill. The No. 2 seed Bulldogs will open against No. 3 seed Villanova on Thursday, May 12, at 3pm ET (2pm CT).

BUTLER SOFTBALL: Bracket Set for 2022 BIG EAST Softball Championship Presented by Jeep

NEW YORK – The bracket for the 2022 BIG EAST Softball Championship Presented by Jeep has been finalized after regular season play concluded on Sunday. No. 1 seed UConn will face No. 4 seed DePaul in the opening game on Thursday, May 12 at Noon ET/11 a.m. local. The second first round matchup features No. 2 seed Butler against No. 3 seed Villanova at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. local. The first elimination game will take place Thursday night at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. local.

The double-elimination championship will take place at Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Ill. from May 12-14. The winner of the conference tournament receives the league’s automatic bid into the 2022 NCAA Softball Championship.

All three games on Thursday can be seen on the BIG EAST Digital Network Presented by SoFi on FloSports. The semifinal and championship games will be available on FS2.

UConn (36-16, 20-4) clinched the regular season title in dramatic fashion with a walk-off single to defeat Villanova on Friday. The title is the Huskies’ first BIG EAST regular season title since 1997. Last year, UConn advanced to the championship as the No. 3 seed but were eliminated after a pair of losses to Villanova. The Huskies’ trip to the championship last season was its 11th all-time, having won the title seven of those times. UConn is in search of its first BIG EAST softball tournament title since 2001.

Butler (31-15, 16-6) is making its second straight appearance in the BIG EAST Softball Championship and its fourth trip overall. The Bulldogs’ first appearance in the field went well, as they won the title as the No. 4 seed back in 2016. Last season, again as the No. 4 seed, Butler knocked off top-seeded DePaul in the opening game of the tournament. This season, Butler closed the conference schedule strong, winning seven of its last eight BIG EAST contests.

Villanova (29-22, 16-7) took home its first BIG EAST title in program history last season, needing two wins over UConn on Championship Saturday to hoist the trophy. The Wildcats are making their seventh consecutive trip to the BIG EAST Softball Championship and have reached the championship each of the last two tournaments. Villanova avoided dropping to the No. 4 seed by salvaging the final game of its weekend series with UConn on Sunday.

DePaul (28-22, 16-8) has become a mainstay in the BIG EAST Softball Championship, qualifying for the 16th consecutive season. The Blue Demons were the No. 1 seed in last year’s tournament but were sent home on day one after losses to Butler and Villanova. DePaul has won five BIG EAST titles, including its most recent stretch of three-straight titles from 2017-2019. During DePaul’s run of consecutive trips to the tournament, they have failed to win at least one game only three times (2015, 2016, 2021).

Follow this link to purchase tickets for the 2022 BIG EAST Softball Championship presented by Jeep.

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Parkway Bank Sports Complex – Rosemont, Ill.


Game 1: No. 1 UConn vs. No. 4 DePaul, Noon – BEDN

Game 2: No. 2 Butler vs. No. 3 Villanova, 3 p.m. – BEDN

Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 6 p.m. – BEDN


Game 4: Winners of Game 1 and Game 2, Noon – FS2

Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 3 p.m. – FS2

Day 3 – SATURDAY, May 14:

Game 6: Winners of Game 4 and Game 5, Noon – FS2

Game 7 (if necessary): If Winner of Game 5 wins Game 6, 2:30 p.m. – FS2

BUTLER BASEBALL: @ButlerUBaseball to Play Purdue and Dayton this Week

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler Bulldogs will play two road games this week before traveling to Omaha to face the Creighton Bluejays this weekend. Tuesday’s matchup will be against Purdue at 6 PM. The ‘Dawgs will then travel to Dayton to play the Flyers Wednesday at 3 PM.

Scouting Purdue

The Boilermakers are 26-16 this year with a 12-7 record at Alexander Field. The 2022 team opened the year with 15-straight wins. They swept South Dakota State, Princeton, Longwood and Bellarmine to stay undefeated. Purdue’s first setback came in extra innings at Illinois State on March 17.

The Boilers most recently lost a weekend series at Iowa to move their Big Ten record to 7-9. After hosting the ‘Dawgs on Tuesday, PU will travel to Evanston this weekend to play Northwestern.

Highlighting the batting order for PU is senior shortstop Evan Albrecht. A .373 hitter, Albrecht leads Purdue with 57 hits. He has 11 doubles, one triple and one home run for 29 RBI. Cam Thompson is the team home run leader with 10 and Curtis Washington leads the club with 48 runs scored.

Once Purdue players get on base, the Bulldogs will have to keep a close watch on them. The Boilermakers have stolen 99 bases over 42 games. Washington and Mike Bolton Jr. are tied for the team lead with 26 steals each.

Scouting Dayton

The Flyers are 19-24 overall with a 7-11 record in the A-10. Butler recorded a 7-2 victory over Dayton earlier this year at Bulldog Park and now the Flyers will host the ‘Dawgs at Woerner Field at Aes Ohio Stadium.

Marcos Pujols is having a good year for the Flyers at the plate. The senior first baseman is batting .292 with seven doubles and a team-high 10 home runs. Jay Curtis is another big bat in the Dayton order. He has 45 hits this year including nine doubles and four home runs for 32 RBI.

Last Meeting vs. Dayton

Butler posted a 7-2 win over Dayton on April 20. The Flyers scored two runs in the first inning, but would be shut out the rest of the way. James Gargano was great at the top of the BU order in the first meeting. He went 4-for-4 from the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Travis Holt had a two-RBI double in the contest, Dominic Milano had a two-RBI single and Kyle Van Liere added a two-RBI home run to spark the Bulldog offense.

On the mound, BU used a different pitcher each inning. Aaron Barokas was credited with the win and Austin Brush was hit with the loss.

Five Year Anniversary

Butler no-hit Purdue on May 10, 2017 at Alexander Field. Five pitchers combined on the seventh recorded no-hitter in Butler history as the Bulldogs downed Purdue 4-2. Sam Hubbe (3.0), Quentin Miller (2.0), Luke Johnson (1.2), Jack Pilcher (0.1) and Ottavio Dattolo (2.0) were all part of the no-hitter. Purdue was able to score two runs off five hit by pitches, two walks and a Butler error.

Last Week

Aaron Steinhart hit .556 against Xavier last week, collecting five hits in nine at-bats. The Butler designated hitter scored two runs and walked two times, raising his on-base percentage to .667. The BU slugger has now played in 79 games in his career and heads to Purdue with 79 career hits.

Long Ball

James Gargano, Billy Wurch, Kollyn All and Quentin Markle all hit home runs against Xavier over the weekend. Gargano hit a solo shot in the first game of the series to record his fourth homer of the year. He went 4-for-4 in that game to tie his season-high hit total. Wurch hit a two-run home run in game two and Markle added a three-run shot in the same game. It was Markle’s first homer of his collegiate career. All would follow by going deep against the Musketeers in game three. All four home runs were hit to left field.


Travis Holt has a five-game hitting streak heading into Tuesday’s game. He is batting .329 in road games this year (21 games). Aaron Steinhart is just behind him with a four-game hit streak.

Up Next

The Bulldogs will return to BIG EAST action this weekend with a three-game series at Creighton. Single games are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday features an early start time for Kid’s Day at Charles Schwab Field. Saturday is Military Day and Sunday is Senior Day for the Bluejays.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Women’s Volleyball To Tour Costa Rica May 14-22

MUNCIE, Ind. – – It’s a big week for the Ball State women’s volleyball program, as it makes final preparations for its second international tour in the last four years.

After an exhilarating trip to Europe in 2018, the Cardinals will visit a different part of the world starting this weekend when it embarks on a nine-day (May 14-22) journey through Costa Rica.

The opportunity will not only allow the group to grow as a team but provide a meaningful and educational experience to the program’s student-athlete.

The NCAA allows programs to go on an international tour once every four years. After having not traveled abroad since a 2004 tour of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ball State head coach Kelli Miller Phillips is working hard to ensure this educational experience is available to every four-year letterwinner of the program moving forward.

The program prides itself in working hard to compete at a high level versus both domestic and international competition. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience for the program’s student-athletes, and they are excited for this opportunity.


We now need your support to help with trip expenses; now and in the future.  With your gift, we will be able to provide the best experience for our student-athletes including hotels, meals, sightseeing opportunities and much more!  We truly have a wonderful group of women who are committed to building on the Ball State women’s volleyball tradition, and they will represent our university with pride overseas.

If you are interested in donating towards this trip to help us enhance this experience for the student-athletes, you can send a donation to:

Ball State Women’s Volleyball

2000 University HP 374

Muncie, IN 47306

Checks can be made out to: Ball State Women’s Volleyball CVC 9710.

2022 Costa Rica Itinerary:

May 14 – Arrive in San José

May 15 – Match with Local Club Team / Bus to La Fortuna

May 16 – Zipline and Waterfall Hike in La Fortuna / Visit Orphanage / Dinner with Local Club Team

May 17 – Chocolate Making, Reforestation and River Swim / Match vs. San Carlos

May 18 – Bus to Manuel Antonio / Stop in Tarcoles to see Crocodiles / Beach Time

May 19 – Beach Time & Surf Lessons / Possible Match

May 20 – Visit Manuel Antonio National Park / Beach Time and Shopping

May 21 – Sightseeing in San Jose Capital / Evening Match with Local Club Team

May 22 – Morning Sightseeing / Depart for Muncie

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Isaacson Tabbed Setter of The Year; Mandilaris Named Opposite of the Year

DALLAS, Texas – Off the Block announced today that Ball State graduate senior setter Quinn Isaacson has earned the Lloy Ball Award for being the nation’s top setter while his teammate graduate senior opposite Angelos Mandilaris has earned the Bryan Ivie Award which is giving to the nation’s top opposite.

The First Team NVA/AVCA All-American honoree continues to garner accolades for his success on the court this season as Isaacson was also named the All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association First Team and All-MIVA Tournament squad. Prior to the season, he earned preseason All-MIVA honors for back-to-back seasons. Isaacson earned MIVA Player of the Week honors twice this year. The senior setter ranks atop of the NCAA and the MIVA in assists per set with 11.42. He has dished out a personal-best 1,045 assists for the season and finished his career ranked sixth all-time on Ball State’s career top-20 list with 3,193 assists. Isaacson led the team in service aces with 34 and served up the winning ace against then-top-ranked Hawai’i on Jan. 31.  Isaacson also led the nation in assists all season along with earning NCAA All-Tournament Team honors.

In only one year of action, Mandilaris has made quite the impact on the Cardinals’ offense, recently earning Second Team NVA/AVCA All-American accolades, his first All-MIVA postseason honor while also being voted to the MIVA All-Tournament Team. Mandilaris was named the MIVA and AVCA National Player of the Week on April 5 for his strong showing offensively but also defensively. He threw down 32 kills off 69 swings for a .333 hitting percentage to help the Cardinals move past McKendree and Lewis – both in 3-0 sweeps. Mandilaris finished the season ranked second on the team in kills (304), second in service aces (21) and second in block assists (65). 

The Ball State men’s volleyball team ended its magical season last Thursday night in the 2022 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship semifinals inside UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion after falling to eventually champions Hawai’i in a 3-2 battle.

As Ball State awaits the final AVCA Coaches Poll, Ball State was ranked No. 4 last week which was the highest the Cardinals have ever been ranked in program history. The Cardinals ended their season with a 23-4 overall record.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Cardinals ink NFL deals

MUNCIE, Ind. – Multiple Ball State players signed deals with NFL teams since the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Christian Albright was signed by the Chicago Bears, while Curtis Blackwell and JT Wahee were picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Las Vegas Raiders signed both Bryce Cosby and Justin Hall.

In addition, Chris Agyemang earned a minicamp tryout with the New York Giants, while Drew Plitt secured minicamp tryouts with the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.

Chris Agyemang – New York Giants (Minicamp Tryout)

Agyemang saw action in 12 games this past season, earning seven starts along the defensive line. The Billerica, Mass. native totaled 14 tackles, including 2.0 tackles-for-loss, and added a pass breakup. After transferring from Sacred Heart prior to the 2020 season, Agyemang racked up 30 tackles, including 4.5 tackles-for-loss, and had five passes defended. He was named Academic All-MAC in both of his years in a Cardinals uniform.

Christian Albright – Chicago Bears

Albright started all 13 games in 2021 and ended his career having started the last 48 games. The Kennesaw, Ga. native totaled 65 tackles, including 6.0 tackles-for-loss, during the last season. Albright concluded his career with 260 tackles, including 33.5 for loss, and had 16.5 sacks to go along with 13 passes defended and nine forced fumbles. He was named an All-MAC player in both 2018 and 2020 and was an Academic All-MAC choice multiple times.

Curtis Blackwell – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Blackwell was a regular starter at right guard during his final season, but also saw action along the offensive line in 51 career games. During the 2021 campaign, the Uniondale, Ind. native anchored an offensive line that blocked for 1,000-yard all-purpose back Carson Steele and Hornung Award finalist Justin Hall. Blackwell was named an All-MAC player in his final three seasons and was an Academic All-MAC choice four times.

Bryce Cosby – Las Vegas Raiders

Cosby started 56 of 57 career games played during his five years with the Cardinals. The Louisville, Ky. native finished ninth on Ball State’s all-time tackles list with 392 total tackles, which ranked seventh nationally among active career leaders. Cosby racked up 26 passes defended, 20.5 tackles-for-loss, 10 interceptions and three forced fumbles in his time with the Cardinals. He was a two-time All-MAC performer and was named Academic All-MAC four times.

Justin Hall – Las Vegas Raiders

Hall capped off his career by setting the school records for receptions (318) and yards (3,385) in 54 games played. The Douglasville, Ga. native caught a pass in every single game of his career, tying the NCAA record for most consecutive games with a catch with 54. Hall was named a finalist for the Hornung Award and finished second nationally among active career leaders with 5,359 all-purpose yards. He is believed to be one of the only players in league history to be named All-MAC five times.

Drew Plitt – Chicago Bears/Cincinnati Bengals (Minicamp Tryout)

Plitt played in 46 games and served as Ball State’s primary signal caller each of the last three seasons. The Loveland, Ohio native finished his career third in career passing yards (9,062) and touchdowns (68) in the school’s record book. Plitt completed 62.4 percent of his passes (777-of-1,246) in his career, good for fourth at Ball State. Both of his completions and attempts rank second all-time. Plitt was an All-MAC selection in 2020 and was a four-time Academic All-MAC choice.

J.T. Wahee – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wahee played in 19 games in two seasons after being a graduate transfer from Norfolk State. After solidifying his place in the secondary, he racked up 84 tackles, including 6.5 tackles-for-loss. In addition, Wahee contributed 12 passes defended, three interceptions and forced a fumble during his time in the red and white. Wahee was named an Academic All-MAC selection during both of his seasons in Muncie.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Ball State Falls in Tough One Against Kent State

KENT, Ohio – The Ball State baseball team returned to Olga Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium for the final game against Kent State on Monday. The Cardinals lost on a walk-off hit, 5-4. BSU saw its 11-game winning streak snapped.

With the loss, the Cardinals fell to 32-15 overall and 26-5 in Mid-American Conference games, while the Gold Flashes improved to 18-26 overall and 13-17 in the conference. 

Hunter Dobbins led Ball State with a 3-for-4 day at the plate and scored a run. Ryan Peltier added two hits, both doubles, and scored once.

Amir Wright has now reached safely in 46 of the 47 games this season and has reached safely in 20 straight. Trenton Quartermaine has reached safely in 23-consecutive games. Dobbins extended his hitting streak to seven games and has reached safely in nine straight. Zach Cole and Nick Powell have reached safely in 10-consecutive contests. Cole produced his NCAA leading eighth triple and now has two more triples than anyone in the country.

Kent State got the first run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first on three walks, a hit batter, and no hits.

The Cardinals responded in the top of the second when Dobbins doubled to left field to lead off the inning. Cole drove in Dobbins with an RBI triple down the right field line. Adam Tellier gave BSU the lead on a sac fly to center. Peltier notched a double to left center and then stole third. CJ Horn grounded out to third, but Peltier was able to score and put Ball State up 3-1 after the top of the second.

Kent State scored two runs, on three walks, a hit batter, and no hits. The game was tied 3-3 after two innings. The Golden Flashes got on the board again in the bottom of the fifth on three hits and took a 4-3 lead into the top of the sixth.

Down to its final three outs, Tellier drew a six-pitch walk to lead off the top of the ninth for Ball State. Peltier doubled to left field to put runners on second and third with no outs. Matthew Rivera grounded out to second and picked up the RBI to tie the game. The Cardinals sent the game to the bottom of the ninth tied 4-4.

An error and a walk to start the bottom of the ninth proved to be costly for the Cardinals as the Golden Flashes were able to produce a walk-off hit and won the contest 5-4.

Ty Weatherly got the start on the mound for BSU and went one inning. He surrendered three earned runs on no hits and five walks as well as a hit batter. Max McKee went five innings of relief with a career-high five strikeouts. He gave up one earned run on four hits. Jake Lewis added a 1/3 of an inning. Mac Ayres added 1 2/3 innings with two strikeouts and surrendered one earned run on one hit. Ayres picked up the loss and fell to 0-1 on the year. Andre Orselli went 1/3 of an inning and gave up one hit.

Rocco Bernadina got the start on the mound for Kent State and went 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three and gave up three earned runs on five hits. Richie Dell went 1/3 of an inning. Evan Wolf added an inning of relief and surrendered one earned run on two hits. Asher Soltis got the win in one inning of relief and struck out one batter. He improved to 1-1.

The Cardinals return to action for the final time at the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex on Friday, May 13. First pitch between Ball State and Ohio is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“We just finished two intense series against two rivals and went 7-1. Our kids continue to pour their hearts out. We battled all weekend long and won a key series. I am most proud that we are a team with everyone pulling in the right direction.”


For the 15th time in program history the Irish women’s lacrosse team has earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The Irish will open play against Michigan in the first round this Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. at Martin Stadium on the campus of Northwestern University. The Irish and Wolverines are joined in Evanston by Central Michigan and Northwestern, who will meet on Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

The winners of those two matchups will meet in the second round with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line. For a complete tournament bracket, click here.

Notre Dame and Michigan will be meeting for the second time this season, and fifth time overall. Notre Dame finished their regular season 9-9 knocking off four top-25 opponents including Virginia, Yale, Jacksonville, and Duke. The Irish enter the NCAA Tournament ranked fifteenth in the IWLCA/IL Women Poll.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The eighth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team returns to Frank Eck Stadium for their final homestand of the regular season. They kick off the four-game week with the third matchup against Michigan State this season on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET from Frank Eck Stadium. The game will be broadcast nationally on the ACC Network and it will be one of three games during this final homestand that will be aired nationally.

                BY THE NUMBERS

.745        The Irish are 73-25 (.745) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks third in the NCAA over the past three seasons, trailing Tennessee and Arkansas.

.769        The Irish own a 30-9 record (.769) at home under head coach Link Jarrett. They are 9-0 in home midweek matchups under Jarrett and won all three games of the South Bend Regional.

.983        Notre Dame is seventh in the NCAA and first in the ACC in fielding percentage with a .983 mark this season. The Irish have committed 25 errors in 1,028 putout opportunities this season.

1              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.

1.25        Notre Dame is 11th in the NCAA and second in the ACC with a 1.25 WHIP this season. They have surrendered 275 hits and 154 walks in 342.2 innings pitched.

3.83        The Irish rank 17th nationally and are third in the ACC in team ERA with 3.83. They have given up 146 earned runs in 342.2 innings this season.

7.22        The Irish are seventh in the NCAA and first in the ACC with 7.22 hits allowed per nine innings. They have given up 275 hits in 342.2 innings pitched this season.

10.8        The Irish rank 10th in the NCAA and fourth in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.8. The Irish pitching staff has struck out 412 batters in 342.2 innings this season.

11           The Irish scored 11 runs in the sixth inning against Boston College, the most in a single inning this season. It was the most runs in an inning since April 24, 2021, when the Irish scored 12 runs in the eighth inning against Boston College.

12           The Irish are 12-1 in mid-week games during Link Jarrett’s tenure. They are 7-1 this season with a road win over Elon and home wins over Valparaiso (2x), Northern Illinois, Butler, Michigan and Purdue Fort Wayne.

12.0        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.

12           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.

18           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.

20           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.

42           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.

61           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 Meet for Third Time

After splitting the first two games between the Spartans this season, the two teams will square off for the final time at Frank Eck Stadium on Tuesday.

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.

In the second matchup, Michigan State won 6-2 in the matchup at Comerica Park in Detroit.

This will be the sixth time the Irish have squared off with a B1G team this season and they are 4-1 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 81-58 but the Irish have won four of the last six games against the Spartans.

The Spartans enter the midweek matchup with a 21-22 overall record and are 6-9 in conference play.

The Spartans are playing their final game of the three-game series against Penn State today after dropping the first two games of the series. The series was shifted to Sunday and Monday because of weather.

The Irish are back on the diamond for the first time in nine days. Their most recent action was a weekend series win after winning two-of-three games against Boston College for their fifth ACC series win of the season.


GREENSBORO, N.C. –  The University of Notre Dame softball team, fresh off a three-game sweep of Louisville to close the regular season, has earned the four-seed in the upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament this week in Pittsburgh.

The Fighting Irish have earned a 39-9 overall record and finished the regular season 16-5 in ACC play this year. Virginia Tech is the top seed in the tournament after clinching last weekend with a 21-2 record in the ACC. Duke is the second seed in the championship tournament with a 19-3 mark in league play. Florida State solidified its three-seed by sweeping NC State in Raleigh this past weekend.

The Irish are set to take on fifth-seeded Clemson in the first round Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Clemson finished the season 14-10 in the ACC and 37-14 overall. Rounding out the tournament field is Virginia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Syracuse and NC State.

Notre Dame and the Tigers will face off in game four of the tournament Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Vartabedian Field. The two teams met earlier this season in South Carolina. The Tigers took two of three games, walking off the Irish in the first and final games of the series.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores remain on road with Tuesday trip to No. 24 Vanderbilt

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues its final road trip of the 2022 season as the Sycamores make the trip down to Hawkins Field on Tuesday night for a midweek clash against No. 24 Vanderbilt. First pitch between the two teams is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be carried live on SEC+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Bradley Recap

Indiana State fell in two of the three contests against the Braves this past weekend in Peoria as the Sycamores moved into fourth in the Missouri Valley standings with two weekends to play. ISU took the opening contest, 8-5, in a 12-inning affair, while the Sycamores dropped the final two games by 4-3 and 5-3 margins.

Pitching was the name of the game for the Sycamores over the weekend as ISU’s staff combined for 37 strikeouts in the three contests against the Braves. Matt Jachec (10) and Luke Patzner (11) both recorded the first double-digit strikeout games of their collegiate careers, while Jack Parisi added an eight-strikeout relief appearance to highlight the weekend series.

Seth Gergely scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th inning, while Sean Ross added a two-run single as the Sycamores rallied to take the opening contest in Saturday’s doubleheader, 8-5. Parisi went the final 5.2 innings in shutout relief to pick up his fourth win of the season, while Luis Hernandez homered in the Sycamore win.

Bradley utilized an eighth-inning sacrifice fly off Carson Husmann’s bat to take the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Sycamores, 4-3. Josue Urdaneta and Sean Ross gave the Sycamores the early lead with a pair of RBI singles and Connor Fenlong went a career-long 7.0 innings in taking the no-decision. However, every run ISU scored, Bradley had an answer for in evening the series.

The final game of the series played out similar to the second game with Husmann again coming through with the big hit in Bradley’s 5-3 win. Husmann connected on a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to offset another strong ISU pitching performance. Luke Patzner struck out a career-high 11 batters, while Parker Stinson scored twice to highlight the Sycamores in the series finale.

Scouting Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt enters the midweek contest ranked in all the major NCAA baseball polls with the Commodores sitting No. 24 in the D1Baseball poll, 25 in the BaseballAmerica poll, 16 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, and No. 21 in the USA Today poll. At the time of this writing, the NCBWA poll had not been updated. Vandy boasts a 31-15 overall record and a 12-12 mark in SEC play on the season.

The Commodores were selected first in the SEC East Division receiving nine first place votes and 87 total points. Vanderbilt enters the week sitting third overall in the East trailing Tennessee (42-6, 20-4 SEC) and Georgia (32-16, 13-11 SEC) on the year. Vanderbilt is also 19-9 at Hawkins Field this season with series wins over Army, Wagner, Missouri, and Florida. Vanderbilt is currently 1-0 against the Missouri Valley this season with a February 23 9-0 win over Evansville earlier this year.

Dominic Keegan paces Vanderbilt’s offense at the plate in the 2022 season as the senior designated hitter boasts a .398 batting average with a team-high 68 hits, 11 home runs and 50 RBI. Spencer Jones (.364) is also among the team’s hitting leaders on the year with a team-high 17 doubles to his credit. Enrique Bradfield Jr. is one of the most adept base stealers in the country this season and is a perfect 32-for-32 in attempts on the year.

Vanderbilt has fallen in just one midweek contest in 2022 with the Commodores dropping a 1-0 decision to Louisville at Hawkins Field last Tuesday. The Commodores have utilized nine different starting pitchers in the 2022 season with all nine boasting sub-5.00 ERAs on the year. Patrick Reilly (2-3, 3.29 ERA), Bryce Cunningham (2-1, 3.95 ERA), and Nick Maldonado (2-1, 3.47 ERA) have all drawn multiple starts on the season and could be in the mix to be on the mound in the midweek contest.

Vanderbilt Top Players

Two Vanderbilt players were recognized on the SEC Preseason team with Dominic Keegan and Enrique Bradfield Jr. both receiving First Team honors as voted on by the league’s head coaches. Keegan currently sits second overall in the SEC in team batting average (.398), while Bradfield Jr. has been among the SEC’s best and national leaders in multiple categories including runs (51), stolen bases (32), and triples (5).

Opponent History

Indiana State is 3-8 all-time against Vanderbilt in the all-time series dating back to the first matchup back on March 12, 1987. The Sycamores won the inaugural matchup, 10-7, in Nashville and followed up with a 13-8 win in the second contest in 1990. Eight of the 11 games in the series have been played in Tennessee. Indiana State and Vanderbilt have also met three times back in 2015 in Port Charlotte, Fla. with the Sycamores picking up their last win in the series back on February 21, 2015.

The Sycamores will be making a familiar trip to Hawkins Field this weekend. Indiana State’s last two trips to the NCAA Tournament in both 2019 and 2021 saw the Sycamores sent to the Nashville Regional. ISU fell to Vanderbilt twice in the 2019 postseason, while Indiana State did not play the Commodores this past NCAA Tournament.

Last Time against Vanderbilt

Indiana State fell twice in the 2019 NCAA Tournament to host Vanderbilt in the last matchup between the two teams. The Sycamores took their first loss to the Commodores in the winner’s bracket, 8-5, before falling to host Vanderbilt in the regional final, 12-1. Vanderbilt held off a late Indiana State rally in the first game as the Sycamores scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. Roby Enriquez homered in the finale against the Commodores in the 12-1 loss.

Non-Conference Round-Up

Indiana State has posted a 15-9 overall record in non-conference play following their midweek loss at Illinois. The Sycamores have posted a 6-3 record in neutral site contests and a 7-2 home mark at Bob Warn Field this season, while sitting 2-4 in true road non-conference games games. Highlighting Indiana State’s non-conference schedule includes wins over BYU, Marshall, Merrimack, Minnesota (twice), Michigan, Wright State, SEMO (twice), Kansas (twice), Memphis (twice), Purdue, and Illinois.

Sycamores in the MVC

Indiana State enters the week sitting in sole possession of fourth place in the Missouri Valley regular season standings with an 8-7 mark on the year. The Sycamores sit four games back of leader Evansville (12-3) and three games behind Southern Illinois (11-4). Dallas Baptist (9-6) is a game ahead of Indiana State, while Bradley (7-8) moved up to one game behind the Sycamores following their series win over the weekend. Missouri State and Illinois State are both 5-10 in conference play with two series to go, while Valparaiso sits eighth with a 3-12 mark. Missouri State, Illinois State, and Bradley all sit in a three-way tie for fifth at 5-7 on the year. Valparaiso is currently eighth in the standings with a 3-9 mark. The Sycamores still have weekend series at Southern Illinois (May 13-15) and a home series against Dallas Baptist (May 18-20) left in the regular season schedule.

Back on the Road

Indiana State currently has a 6-6record in true road games this season and a 6-3 mark in neutral site contests since the beginning of the 2022 season. The Sycamores have dropped three of their last four games on the road following trips to Illinois and Bradley. ISU’s lone win during the stretch came in Saturday’s opener with the Sycamores taking the 8-5 victory in 12 innings over the Braves.

Indiana State is hitting .296 on the road with seven different players hitting .300 or better on the road. Isaiah Thompson (.412) has been the team leader at the plate with seven hits in 17 at-bats, while Sean Ross (.392) and Josue Urdaneta (.382) have also been dominant at the plate on the season. Ross in particular leads the Sycamores with eight extra-base hits including two home runs, while adding a team-high 18 RBI in road games this season.

From a pitching standpoint, Matt Jachec (2-1, 3.67 ERA) continues to be the standard on the mound by pacing the Sycamores in innings pitched (27.0). Joey Hurth (1-2, 2.38 ERA) has two saves and has allowed batters to hit just .237 from the plate, while Jake Ridgway (three), Luke Patzner (two), Jack Parisi, Connor Fenlong, and Brennyn Cutts have all drawn starts on the road.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VB: Men’s Volleyball Ranked No. 15 in Final AVCA Poll

FORT WAYNE, Ind. –  The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team finished the 2022 season ranked No. 15 in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 15 Poll on Monday, May 9.

The ‘Dons finished the 2022 season with a 17-13 overall record and made their first appearance in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament championship match since 2007.

The last time the Mastodons finished the season ranked in the AVCA poll was in 2019. They ranked No. 15 in the poll.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL: ‘Dons Soar to Dayton to Play Flyers on Tuesday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – School is out and the Mastodon baseball team (13-31, 10-14 Horizon League) is hitting the road on Tuesday (May 10) for a non-league game at Dayton. 

at Dayton (19-24, 7-11 Atlantic 10)

When: Tuesday, May 10 | 3:00 p.m. ET

Location: Dayton, Ohio | Woerner Field at AES Stadium

Weather: sunny, 84/59

Series History: Dayton leads 13-3

Live Stats: Link

ESPN+: Link

Scouting the Flyers: Dayton took the final game of a three-game league series at St. Bonaventure on Sunday. It broke a six-game losing streak for the Flyers. Marcos Pujols had a home run for the Flyers in the victory. He leads the team with a .292 batting average. Eli Majick has a team-best 21 appearances on the mound for the Flyers. Dayton defeated the Mastodons 8-4 in 11 innings in Fort Wayne earlier this season. 

Probable Starters:

Mastodons: RHP Bryce Martens (13.95 ERA, 0-4)

Flyers: LHP Cody Whitten (9.00 ERA, 2-0)

Sure Hands: Starting shortstop Jarrett Bickel has 47 assists and 32 putouts with only one error over the last 18 games.

Jack With The Bat: Jack Lang is hitting .435 (20-of-46) over the last 12 games with six multi-hit games.

All The Way: JD Deany picked up his first career complete game on Sunday at UIC. He went the distance in the seven inning contest, allowing two runs for the ‘Dons to win 3-2. He has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his last four starts. Each have been six innings or longer.

‘Dons Dig The Long Ball:

– The Mastodons are second in the league in home runs with 42.

– The Mastodons’ 42 home runs are tied for fifth in program history for home runs in a season. The total is tied for third in Division I era program history.

– Nine different Mastodons have a home run this season.

– Ben Higgins and Jack Lang are tied for second in the league with nine home runs. Cade Fitzpatrick’s seven home runs is tied for seventh.

– Jack Lang’s and Ben Higgins’ nine home runs on the season have them tied for 10th most in program history for single-season home runs. 

Record Time: The Mastodons recorded three triples in game one at Milwaukee on April 9, a new school record for triples in a game.

Cade Recognized: Cade Fitzpatrick was selected as one 10 position players in the Midwest having a breakout season by

In League Games:

– The ‘Dons lead the league in hits (237) and are tied for the league lead in triples (6).

– Cade Fitzpatrick leads the league in RBIs (25) and is sixth in both batting average (.364) and slugging percentage (.659).

– Ben Higgins leads the league in hits (36), batting average (.391), slugging percentage (.696) and OPS (1.173). He is second in on-base percentage (.477).

– Jarrett Bickel is fourth in doubles (8).

– JD Deany is second in batters struck out looking (15) and fourth in opposing batting average (.230). His 4.12 league ERA is seventh best.

– Jacob Myer has given up only seven walks in league play, second fewest among qualified pitchers.

– Brian Skelton owns a team-best 2.29 ERA with a 3-0 mark over 19.2 innings.

3 In 2 In 1!: Twice this season a Mastodon has hit three home runs in a doubleheader. Braedon Blackford hit three home runs in a doubleheader against California Baptist (Feb. 26). Cade Fitzpatrick hit three home runs in a twin bill against Youngstown State (March 20). Fitzpatrick was named one of the best hitters of March 20th by

Miller Time: Justin Miller owns 171 strikeouts, third most in program history. In second place is Samuel Walker with 179 from 2008-11. Jason Horvath owns the program record with 210 from 2001-04.

Two in a Row: Jacob Myer was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on April 12 after not allowing any runs in 8.2 innings. He got the win against Michigan and Milwaukee. On April 19 Ben Higgins was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week. He went 9-of-13 (.692 batting average) with a .750 on-base percentage, 1.154 slugging percentage and a 1.904 OPS. He had two home runs, six RBIs and three runs scored.

New Faces: The 2022 Mastodon roster features 15 returners from last season and 18 newcomers.

Up Next: The ‘Dons host Milwaukee on Friday (May 13) in a Horizon League doubleheader. It will be the Mastodons’ final league game at home this season.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Simon Scherry named MVC Player of the Week

EVANSVILLE – Following another MVC series sweep, University of Evansville baseball shortstop Simon Scherry has been named Missouri Valley Conference player of the week, it was announced in a release from the Conference office Monday afternoon.

Helping Evansville to a three-game sweep of Illinois State, Scherry was hot a the plate, leading the team with a .583 batting average on the weekend. Scherry record seven hits in 12 at-bats, including a double, while scoring three runs, including the game-winning run in Evansville’s 5-run ninth-inning comeback over the Redbirds on Friday night. Scherry’s 63 hits this season are tied with Mark Shallenberger for the most on the team and for fifth in the MVC in the category. In the field, Scherry has saved countless runs with his defensive play, ranking tops among non-first baseman in the MVC in double plays with 31.

Scherry is the sixth Ace this season to earn an MVC weekly honor, joining Mark Shallenberger, Tanner Craig, Shane Gray, Evan Berkey, and Nick Smith, who won the honor twice this season.

The Aces are back on the field at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium on Wednesday night for a 6 PM first pitch against SIUE.

U OF I SOFTBALL: Smith Named to National Player/Pitcher of the Year Top 25 List

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—UIndy softball student-athlete Kenzee Smith earned a spot on the exclusive 2022 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Year Top 25, announced by the coaches association Monday.

The Player of the Year award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievements among softball student-athletes throughout NCAA Division II. In 2019, the Association expanded the award to include a Player and Pitcher of the Year. The list is compiled and the award is voted on by the elected members of the NFCA Division II All-American Committee with one head coach representing each of the eight NCAA regions. To be eligible, a student-athlete’s head coach must be a member.

Smith currently own a 25-6 record on the season with a tidy 0.92 ERA with 237 strikeouts in 183 innings pitched. She is currently one of only 10 qualifying pitchers in DII with a sub-one ERA, and she is one of just five underclassman recognized in the Top 25 list. Smith is a repeat offender on the NFCA’s watch list, as she earned inclusive in the association’s Top 15 as a freshman last season.


Paige Austin, Biola

Kayson Boatner, Anderson

Kaite Burawski, Bridgeport

Katie Crogan, Upper Iowa

Paige Donnelly, Cal State San Marcos

Sierra Easterwood, Montevallo

Kylie Emanuele, Mount Olive

Jaycee Ginter, Washburn

Lydia Goble, Grand Valley State

Emily Harris, Carson-Newman

Teala Howard, West Florida

Hannah Hudson, West Virginia Wesleyan

Brooke Larsen, Chico State

Hannah Marsteller, Shippensburg

Andrea Morales, Rogers State

Matisen Onofrei, Texas A&M-Kingsville

Ashley Perez, UT Tyler

Samantha Richards, Valdosta State

Tymber Riley, Arkansas Tech

Paxton Scheurer, Angelo State

Kenzee Smith, UIndy

Olivia Stansbury, McKendree

Kaitlyn Stufft, Georgian Court

Brylynn Vallejos, San Francisco State

Mackenzie Ward, Minnesota State

U OF I MEN’S LAX: Men’s Lacrosse Moves to #8 in USILA/Dynamic Coaches Poll

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s lacrosse team fell one spot to No. 8 in this week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Dynamic Men’s Coaches Division II rankings.  They also remained at No. 9 in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Magazine rankings.

This marks the 19th consecutive week that the Hounds have been ranked in the Top 10 and the 50th straight week they’ve been nationally ranked dating back to the 2019 preseason rankings.

UIndy remains one of three Great Lakes Valley Conference teams to be nationally-ranked with Lindenwood coming in at No. 7 and Maryville receiving votes.

The Hounds have their third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance on tap this week.  They’ll travel to Hickory, N.C. to take on Lenoir-Rhyne in the First Round.  The Bears stayed put at No. 5 in this weeks poll.

U OF I MEN’S TENNIS: Hounds Move to Midwest Region Championship after Davenport Win

GREENWOOD, Ind.– The No. 2 seed in the Midwest Indianapolis defeated No. 7 Davenport in the Midwest Regional first round on Monday morning, 4-0, on the Center Grove High School courts.  The Hounds move on to face McKendree in the regional championship on Tuesday morning.

It was Zac Faveri, the Western Michigan transfer, who would clinch the match for the Hounds. The graduate student serves as a leader and a spark plug to the Greyhounds team – with unmistakable energy and with a strategic play that causes any opponent he’s faced to struggle – would take the singles win, over Davenport’s Joel Mast in a 6-4, 6-1 win.

In doubles, the dynamic duo of Edgar Destouet and Yoann Viel would take a close 6-4 match, capped off by their signature ‘shadowboxing’ handshake celebration. Pedro Franca and Jason Gerweck would be the first to earn a match in doubles, with a 6-2 win.

Destouet would complete his singles match first, continuing to prove why he was named GLVC Freshman of the Year with a 6-1, 6-3 win. While Viel took the win in two 6-3 sets, continuing to serve as a staple in the Hounds lineup.

Nikolaj Talimaa, Gerweck, and Franca’s matches went unfinished.


The Hounds rematch McKendree, who took the GLVC title over the Hounds most recently, tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET.

U OF I WOMEN’S LAX: Hounds Remain at #2 in IWLCA Poll

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy women’s lacrosse team stayed put at No. 2 in this week’s ILWomen/IWLCA Division II Poll.

The Hounds have been the No. 2 team in the nation six of the last seven polls.  They remain the top ranked team in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with Lindenwood coming in at No. 11 and Davenport receiving votes.

UIndy has a match up with the Lions on tap this weekend in the First Round of the NCAA tournament at Key Stadium.  This will mark their eighth game against a nationally-ranked opponent this season and the third time they’ve squared off with the Lions.


Upland, Ind. – 38 combined hits produced 36 combined runs in an offensive slugfest, with the Marian baseball team standing on top as they defeated Spring Arbor 22-14 in the Crossroads League Tournament. Marian’s 24 hits helped drive in their 22 runs, with 14 scores coming unanswered in the final three innings. The Knights advance in the elimination bracket as their record moves to a level 26-26.

Marian fell down early in the battle, as a Matteo Porcellato double in the first inning went by the wayside. Spring Arbor benefited from an error and pair of singles to score the first run of the game in the home side of the first, but in the second the Knights offense got going as JJ Rivera led off with a double. Bryce Davenport drew a walk to get two on, and with two outs Kameron Salazar knocked in both runners with a double, pushing the Knights ahead 2-1.

Spring Arbor rallied back in the home half with a pair of home runs off Craig Nixon, as the two yard shots drove the Cougars back in front 4-1. After getting out a jam stranding two Marian runners in scoring position in the top of the third, the Cougars tacked on one more with an RBI double, taking an early four-run lead after three complete.

In the fourth inning the offense picked up for both teams, as the two sides combined to score 10 runs on nine hits. Marian had six runs and hits in their trip to the plate, getting a lift from a Jackson Hogg double. Salazar would load the bases two batters later with a bunt single, setting up Hironori Kato’s two RBI double. With two outs the offense kept going, as RIver smacked a two RBI single, with Davenport following up with an RBI single of his own. Hogg cleaned up the six-spot with an RBI single as Marian took their 7-5 lead, but in the home half the Cougars rallied as Nixon put the first two runners on. A single scored two runs and ended Nixon’s day, while Michael Mates gave up a double that brought in another run. After the wild inning Spring Arbor led 9-8.

The fifth inning settled down as the Cougars were retired in order by Mates, but in the following the inning the righty wasn’t as successful as the Cougars scored two unearned runs to build an 11-8 lead. Trailing by three going into the seventh, Marian found life as Hogg led off with a single, while AJ Bordenet ripped a double in the next at bat. Salazar and Kato came up and each produced an RBI, making it a one-run game. Mates kept the score close as he shutout the Cougars in the seventh.

Marian’s bats cracked at the right moment in the eighth, as they turned their 11-10 deficit into a 14-11 lead. An RBI single from Rivera tied the game, and after a pair of lineup changes and a walk to Hogg, Bordenet collected an RBI single to give Marian the lead. Salazar plated two more runs with an RBI single, and gave Marian their three-run lead that Davis Enfield protected after leaving the bases full of Cougars in the home half.

In the ninth inning, Marian put the game away capping off 14 unanswered runs with an eight spot in their final trip. Dion Wintjes kicked off the scoring with a two-run home run, and after Rivera picked up a third straight hit chasing out the Cougar pitcher. Bordenet chipped a single to right to score another, and after getting the bases loaded Trey Heidlage got involved with a two-RBI single. Porcellato put the final touches on the inning with a three-run home run, giving the visitors a 22-11 lead with three outs to get. Enfield would give up three runs, but picked up three outs in his final four faced to lock down the 22-14 win.

Every member of the starting lineup had at least one hit, with six different players doubling. Porcellato went 4-5 homering and doubling while walking twice, while Salazar went 4-5 producing a team-best five RBI. Mates got the win allowing three hits and two total runs in 3.2 innings pitched, as the junior fanned two batters and allowed one walk.

Marian will play St. Francis at 9:00 p.m. in their next game Monday night.


Jackson, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2021-2022 Women’s Golf All-League honors on Monday, following Indiana Wesleyan’s team championship on May 2 and 3.

After earning five honorable mention honors last season, the Knights earned two All-League honors and one honorable mention award, with Elizabeth Hedrick and Mira Nicpon headlining Marian’s haul.

The All-Crossroads League awards were voted on by the CL’s head women’s golf coaches.

Mira Nicpon earned her third career Crossroads League honor, making the All-League Team for the second time in her career. Nicpon served as the No. 1 golfer in the lineup throughout the season, and helped Marian to a pair of wins during the 2021-2022 season. Joining Nicpon on the All-League Team was Elizabeth Hedrick. Hedrick made up the No. 2 slot in the lineup throughout much of the season, and earned a share of the win at the Ackerman-Allen Shootout.

Rounding out the team’s honors was Sidney Parmer, who was named to the All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention team. This is the second straight year Parmer has earned honorable mention status, as she played primarily out of the No. 3 spot in the lineup for much of the season for the Knights.


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan softball claimed the 2022 Crossroads League tournament title after defeating Taylor 10-2 in six innings. Wildcats add this accolade to their outstanding season reaching 50 wins for the first time since 2018 and the 2022 Crossroads League regular season title on April 30, 2022. Wildcats faced the Trojans six times this season finishing 5-1.

Trojans got on the board first with a sac fly sending in the first run of the game.

Wildcats responded with an Abby Harvey sac fly to tie the game 1-1.

A big fourth inning for the Wildcats saw IWU increase their lead to 6-1. With the bases loaded, Chloe Tragesser struck out to left field which bounced off the top of the fence sending in two runs and finishing with a double.

A Becca Wyatt sac fly advanced the runners before a Trojan throwing error scored Sadie Harding.

Another Abby Harvey single scored Miranda Wehrle.

Trojans hit a homer in the sixth which rounded out their scoring.

A Makenna Waddell single, an advance on a Trojan wild pitch, and a Julianne Bell double finished out the scoring for the Wildcats ending the game in the sixth inning with a 10-2 victory.

Wildcats posted 13 hits, the most IWU recorded against the Trojans this season. Abby Harvey went three for three on hits, collected two RBIs, and ran in a run of her own.

Chloe Tragesser posted two doubles while Miranda Wehrle and Bell collected one a piece.

Emma Etter-Cox struck out five in 14 at bats. Danielle Munn came in to finish the game in the sixth inning.

Wildcats have clinched their bid to the NAIA National Championship and will be a host site for the NAIA Opening Round on May 16-18. Opening Round selections will be announced tomorrow, May 10 at 5pm. The selection show will be streamed on the NAIA Facebook page.


MARION, Ind – Indiana Wesleyan women’s golf earned high praise Monday, with five golfers earning All-League honors and Head Coach Kyle Bloom taking home Crossroads League Coach of the Year honors.

Makenna Hostetler, Braedyn O’Dell, Caroline Gibson and Sydney Leyerle earned a spot on the All-League squad, while Faith Egenolf was a member of the All-League Honorable Mention squad.

The senior Makenna Hostetler tallied seven Top-10 tournament finishes this season, while averaging 78.72. Her lowest score in 25 rounds was a 71 at the Saint Classic in August.

O’Dell, the Northridge High School product, follows up her Newcomer of the Year award from a season ago, earning a spot on the top team. O’Dell participated in 12 tournaments, averaging 77.67. She ended the season with a 71 in the Crossroads League Championships, an event she finished in a tie for first.

Freshman Sydney Leyerle led all IWU golfers with a 77.74 average in 27 rounds of action. She started off her career with a runner-up finish to start the season and tallied ten top-10 finishes. She won back-to-back tournaments at the end of the season winning the Sagamore Shootout and Ackerman-Allen Shootout.

The final All-League top team member for IWU was freshman Caroline Gibson, who averaged 78.78 on the season with seven Top-10 tournament finishes. Gibson earned her first career win in September winning the IWU Fall Kickoff, and followed it up with a dominating tournament win in March at the TPC Deer Run Invitational.

Faith Egenolf rounded out the award with a spot on the All-League Honorable Mention team. Egenolf averaged a 80.07 in 12 tournaments and finished with four Top-10 finishes. Her highest finish of the season was a runner-up finish in the Sagamore Shootout in April.

IWU heads to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma next for the NAIA National Championships. The event will take place on May 24-27, 2022 at Lincoln Park West Golf Course.

ROSE HULMAN WOMEN’S GOLF: Women’s Golf Headed to NCAA D-III Championships Starting Tuesday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s golf team begins its second consecutive NCAA Division III Championship appearance starting Tuesday (May 10) in Houston, Texas.

Rose-Hulman earned its NCAA Tournament bid by virtue of winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships on October 8-10 in Franklin, Indiana.  The Fightin’ Engineers won their third consecutive HCAC women’s golf championship, this time by a 57 stroke margin against a field of league teams.

With the victory, the Fightin’ Engineers represent the HCAC at the NCAA Division III Championship at Bays Oaks Country Club in Houston.  Round one takes place on Tuesday May 10, with Rose-Hulman teeing off hole number 1 at 1:10 pm Central Time.  Round two takes place on Wednesday May 11, with Rose-Hulman teeing off hole number 10 at 8:30 am Central Time.

Rose-Hulman has been award position number 19 in the field that includes 29 teams for this year’s NCAA Division III Tournament.  The top 15 teams and top six individuals outside those 15 teams will qualify for Round 4 at Bay Oaks on May 13. 

The Fightin’ Engineers finished No. 14 as a team at last year’s NCAA Division III Championship, led by a 24th place individual finish from Precious Saelee.

Rose-Hulman captured four of the top five finishing placements in the HCAC Tournament in October.  Rachel Zhang led Rose-Hulman’s performance with a 10-shot victory in the 3-day individual competition.  Zhang, a 3-time all-HCAC honoree, won the tournament with a score of 227 after rounds of 81, 69 and 77.  Her Saturday round of 69 marked Rose-Hulman and HCAC championship records.  She now has finishes of 1st (2021), 3rd (2018) and 4th (2019) in HCAC championship competition.

Meg Fosnot came home 2nd individually with a 3-day score of 237.  Fosnot was also named HCAC Newcomer of the Year after rounds of 82, 74 and 81.

Lily Byrne and Saelee tied for 4th place with 3-day scores of 243.  Saelee earned her second career all-HCAC honor with rounds of 77, 85 and 81.  She has career HCAC individual finishes of 1st (spring 2021) and 4th (fall 2021).  Byrne made her initial appearance at a conference championship event with scores of 84, 81 and 78.

Svarnika Bommakanti will also compete at the NCAA Division III Championships for the Fightin’ Engineers after averaging 82.86 strokes in 14 competition rounds this season.

Kevin Robinson was named HCAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year after leading the Fightin’ Engineers to their third straight league title.  The Fightin’ Engineers entered the NCAA Division III top 25 for the first time in program history after the HCAC championships.

Rose-Hulman is currently ranked No. 37 nationally by Golfstat among more than 150 teams that have competed in NCAA Division III women’s golf this season.

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Rose-Hulman Baseball:  Heads to HCAC Tournament Starting Thursday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament in Kokomo starting Thursday.  The winner of the 5-team, double elimination tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.


Thursday May 12:

12:30 pm – Game #1: #4 Anderson (19-19) vs. #5 Hanover (16-18)

3:30 pm – Game #2: #2 Earlham (23-11) vs. #3 Rose-Hulman (25-11)

6:30 pm – Game #3: Winner Game #1 vs. #1 Franklin (28-12)

Friday May 13:

12:30 pm – Game #4: Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2

3:30 pm – Game #5: Winner Game #2 vs. Winner Game #3

6:30 pm – Game #6:  Winner Game #4 vs. Loser Game #3

Saturday May 14:  

12:30 pm – Game #7:  Loser Game #5 vs. Winner Game #6

3:30 pm – Game #8: Winner Game #5 vs. Winner Game # 7 

Sunday May 15:     

12:30 pm – Game #9: Winner Game #5 vs. Winner Game #7


* First-year head coach Adam Rosen came to Rose-Hulman after spending the last six seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis.  Rosen was part of a team that won 34 games and finished 4th at the NCAA Division III World Series in 2021.

* Josh Mesenbrink has set a new single-season home run record at Rose-Hulman in 2022.  Mesenbrink has 14 home runs and enters the HCAC Tournament as the team leader in batting average (.388), runs scored (44), RBIs (48) and slugging (.827).

* Manuel Lopez leads the team in doubles (15) and triples (5) while batting .367 with 40 hits, 27 runs scored and 26 RBIs.

* Colter Coulliard-Rodak is the third Fightin’ Engineer with double-figure douibles (13) and has added 43 hits.

* Brett Tuttle has shown versatile power with 6 doubles, 4 triples and 6 home runs to go along with a .331 batting average.

* Mesenbrink, Tuttle and Ian Kline have each been named HCAC Player of the Week and earned a spot on the National Team of the Week at some point during the 2022 season.

* Ian Kline has led the pitching staff with a 7-2 record, a 2.67 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 60.2 innings of work.

* The starting pitching rotation has also included Brett Borcherding (2-1, 38 K, 37 IP), Matthew Rouse (3-4, 3.03, 40 K in 32.2 IP) and Josh Erpenbeck (3-1, 34 K, 42 IP).

* Adam Taylor and Schuyler Wilcox lead the bullpen with 3 saves each.  Korey Marlow (3-0, 1.13 ERA, 24 IP), Jonathan Oliger (1-0, 2.03), Paul Durell (1-0, 3.00) and Michael Yager (2-0, 5.40) have also thrown double digit innings this year.

* Rose-Hulman has made the NCAA Division III Tournament field 7 times, most recently with a trip to the NCAA Division III Central Regional Championship Game in 2016. 

ROSE HULMAN MEN’S TENNIS: Men’s Tennis Headed to St. Louis for NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is headed to St. Louis for the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Tournament for a first round matchup against Luther College on Friday at 10 am Central Time.

Rose-Hulman earned its 7th consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament after winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s tennis tournament championship 5-4 over Hanover College on Sunday.  The match set a new HCAC Tournament championship record with a 4-hour, 10-minute duration before the Fightin’ Engineers earned the NCAA Division III Tournament automatic bid.

Luther College completed an undefeated season in the American Rivers Conference this season to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.  Luther enters the match with a 17-9 record, while Rose-Hulman stands 11-9.  The match will take place on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

The Fightin’ Engineers are 11-9 overall entering the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Tournament.  Rose-Hulman is 57-1 in its last 58 matches against HCAC competition dating back to 2015, highlighted by six regular season and seven conference tournament championships.

Joshua Giambattista, Mark Slaninka, Owen Reynolds and Grant Paradowski led the Fightin’ Engineers with first-team all-HCAC recognition this season.  Rhian Seneviratne and Arudrra Krishnan earned honorable mention all-league accolades as well.

Giambattista holds down the No. 1 singles slot with an 8-10 overall record and 8-8 in dual matches this season.  His career record stands at 32-30 in singles play with 22 doubles wins, and the senior was named HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player after a 6-0 third set victory in the deciding match of last weekend’s HCAC Tournament.

Slaninka has has a doubles record of 14-6 this season and 22-6 over the last two years.  The No. 2 singles player has a career doubles record of 30-15 and also 11 singles victories.

Reynolds finished 10-10 in singles play this season as the primary No. 3 flight player.  He also added 8 doubles victories and is teaming with Giambattista at the No. 1 doubles flight.

Paradowski was a 2-time HCAC Player of the Week this season and has teamed with Slaninka at the No. 2 doubles flight.  He leads the team with 11 singles wins and has added 13 doubles wins in 2022.

Seneviratne finished a perfect 2-0 in the HCAC championship match against Hanover, winning at No. 5 singles and with Krishnan at No. 3 doubles.  He has 9 singles and 8 doubles wins this season, improving his career totals to 13 singles and 14 doubles victories.

Krishnan has contributed 4 singles and 4 doubles wins this season at the No. 6 singles flight.  His career record includes 11 singles and 8 doubles victories.

The winner of the match between Rose-Hulman and Luther will face host WashU in round two of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday May 14 in St. Louis.

TRINE SOFTBALL: Softball to Host NCAA Regional

ANGOLA, Ind. — The Trine University softball team who earned an automatic bid by winning the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Softball Tournament will host a regional to open the NCAA Division III Softball Championship. The regional is set to start on Friday, May 13.

The Thunder will begin by facing off with the champions of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. The other half of the regional features North Central College who received an at-large bid to the tournament and Penn State – Behrend who received the automatic bid from the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

FREELAND, Mich. – The Trine University softball team swept the final Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Softball Athlete of the Week honors with sophomore Adrienne Rosey (Schoolcraft, Mich. / Schoolcraft) and junior Ellie Trine (Kokomo, Ind. / Kokomo) each taking home an award.

This is the third time this season that Rosey has been named Pitcher of the Week and the second time that Ellie Trine has been named Position Player of the Week. They are the sixth and seventh student-athletes to win athlete of the week honors for the team.

Rosey pitched a pair of games during the tournament and posted shutout performances in both starts. First, in the team’s opening game, she pitched seven innings against Alma College allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out seven. It was a clutch performance that secured a 1-0 victory.

Then on the final day of the tournament she turned in another seven innings of work allowing just four hits while striking out 13 as the team secured a spot in the championship game with a 5-0 win over Calvin University.

Ellie Trine would help secure the tournament championship with excellent play in the field and at the plate. She finished the week with a .500 batting average, a .636 on-base percentage and a .625 slugging percentage. She had four hits including one double and drew a pair of walks and a hit by pitch. In the field she turned in solid play from centerfield and also recorded the final out of the championship game securing the win for the team.

The Thunder found out today that they will be hosting the opening round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament. The regional bracket is set to start on Friday, May 13 at 2 p.m. with Trine set to take the field against Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 4:30 p.m.


MARION, Ind. – Bethel Baseball saw their season come to an end on Monday against top-seed Mount Vernon Nazarene in a 10-8 loss in an elimination game in the Crossroads League Tournament. The Pilots battled back from 5-0 and 8-4 deficits to tie the game but gave up the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning that were left unanswered by the Pilots.


Score: Mount Vernon Nazarene def. Bethel 10-8

Records: Bethel (25-29) | Mount Vernon Nazarene (35-16)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Mount Vernon Nazarene – NR

Location: IWU Baseball Field | Indiana Wesleyan University | Marion, Ind.


Alex Stout: 2-5, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Dominic Deisler: 2-5, RBI

Thomas Dolan: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Eli MacDonald: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI


The Pilots finished the season with 25 wins—their most since 2009.

Alex Stout recorded the first multi-homer game of his career with two solo blasts.

Sullivan Swingley, Sergio Garcia, and Rielly McElmeel all see their careers come to an end.


JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2021-22 Women’s Golf All-League honors on Monday, following Indiana Wesleyan’s conference championship at the Prairie View Golf Course in Fishers, Indiana in last week. Jessica Shurety and Taeyon Kwon earned All-Crossroads League honors, while Katie Blauw and Maria Pardo Victori earned Honorable Mention on the All-Crossroads League team.

Shurety led the Women’s Golf program to their first-ever team national title at the NCCAA National Championship and earned All-American status and Medalist honors for the program’s first-ever NCCAA individual national title as well. She recorded five medalist finishes this season in ten events and finished in the top three in four of the other five—jumping into a tie for second in program history with eight medalist finishes in her career. She has recorded an average of 76.7 this season. In five matchups with the Crossroads League Player of the Year Nicole Jung of Taylor, Shurety posted better finishes in two tournaments and tied in a third this year.

Kwon posted a scoring average of 79.8 this season with seven top ten finishes in ten events. She earned an NCCAA All-American nod in the fall and finished 11th at the Crossroads League Championship. She recorded a season-best 36-hole score in the Battle at Blackthorn with a 151.

Blauw posted a scoring average of 82.3 this season with three top ten finishes and seven top 20 finishes in ten events. She earned an NCCAA All-American nod in the fall and finished 19th at the Crossroads League Championship. She recorded a season-best 36-hole score in the Pilot Invitational with a 158.

Pardo Victori posted a scoring average of 80.6 this season with five top ten finishes in nine events. She earned an NCCAA All-American nod in the fall and finished 10th at the Crossroads League Championship. She recorded a season-best 36-hole score in the Battle at Blackthorn with a 153.

DEPAUW BASEBALL: Vallone Named NCAC Pitcher of the Week

Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw sophomore pitcher Michael Vallone (So., Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) has been selected North Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the third time this year and fifth time in his career.

In yesterday’s 13-4 win in the opening game at Allegheny, Vallone improved to 9-1 after allowing just one run and four hits in eight innings while striking out 12 and walking one. With his 12 strikeouts, Vallone moved his season total to 88 which broke the Tigers’ single-season mark of 80 by PJ Mitchell in 2006.

The 21-15 Tigers open North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament play in Chillicothe, Ohio, on Thursday, May 12, with a 3 p.m. game against Denison.

MANCHESTER WOMEN’S TRACK: Brooke Bouwens Named HCAC Female Track Athlete of the Week

CARMEL, Ind. – Manchester University junior hurdler Brooke Bouwens has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week, the league announced on Monday May 9.

Bouwens (Clarksville, Mich./Lakewood) highlighted the Manchester University women’s track & field team’s efforts at the Indiana University Billy Hayes Invitational on a Friday May 6 as she posted a career-best time of 1:06.47 in the 400m hurdles – good enough for 4th all-time in the Manchester record books. Bouwens would place third overall in the field on Friday.

ST. FRANCIS BASEBALL: Cougars Fall to Huntington as Pitching Goes Cold

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Monday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (27-27) faced off against the Huntington University Foresters (26-21) in the second round of the Crossroads League Tournament but couldn’t carry over their momentum from Mount Vernon as they fell 15-8.

Freshman Deron Swanson took the mound to start the game for the Cougars and threw a scoreless first inning, but after the Cougars went quietly in their half of the frame, the Foresters began a route.

It started in the top of the second when four hits and three walks led to six runs for Huntington as Swanson was taken out of the game.

Matters only worsened though for the Cougars and their bullpen through the next several innings. Three more runs in the third along with another in the fourth put Saint Francis behind by double digits.

Then a two-out rally in the top of the fifth plated a couple more runs, and then three more in the sixth put the Cougars in a seemingly insurmountable 15-0 deficit.

The Cougars had struck out seven times through the first five-plus innings but come the bottom of the sixth their bats came to life.

Designated hitter David Miller sparked the Cougars with a leadoff home run to dead centerfield as Saint Francis was now on the board, but they did not stop there. The next three batters loaded the bases with nobody out, and then a bases-loaded walk, a two-run single and a sacrifice fly by left fielder Alec Brunson plated five runs for the Cougars.

Then David Miller came back up for his second at-bat of the inning and followed with his second home run of the frame for a three-run shot as the Cougars enjoyed an eight-run inning to get back in the ballgame at 15-8.

Freshman pitcher Lukas North came in to relieve in the seventh and held the Foresters scoreless in the next three innings to keep the Cougars in the game.

Heading to the bottom of the ninth, the Cougars needed one last big rally, but a double play ended the game as the Cougars came up short.

The Cougars will now face the Marian University Knights (26-26) on Monday night at 7:00 pm in the loser’s bracket.


CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – The No. 18-ranked IU Southeast baseball team outscored Point Park 19-2 over the final seven innings to defeat the Pioneers and claim their second-straight River States Conference tournament championship and an automatic berth in the NAIA Baseball National Championship tournament.

Point Park (37-14) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Gianmarco Marcelletti singled to score Luis Hernandez. Marcelletti came around to score on a throwing error.

Brody Tanksley got the Grenadiers on the board in the third inning when he continued his hot hitting with a solo home run to center, his 13th of the season. Ben Berenda followed two batters later when he hit his third home run of the year to right which tied the game.

Trevor MacDonald singled to center and moved to second on a bobble by the centerfielder Jared Campbell. Brandon Boxer was able to score from first on the play to give the Grenadiers the lead.

IU Southeast (39-13) loaded the bases in the fifth inning and blew the game open with a five-run inning. Marco Romero scored on a passed ball. Then Daunte DeCello hit a grand slam to left to extend the Grenadier lead to 9-2.

Point Park got a run back in the top of the sixth but IU Southeast answered in the bottom of the inning when Tanksley hit his second home run of the game to left.

Blake Cook scored on a fielder’s choice and Boxer scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.

In the seventh, Marco Romero drove in Trevor Campbell with a RBI single, Blake Cook knocked in John Ullom with a RBI groundout.

Trevor MacDonald capped off the inning with a RBI double.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Grenadier offense tacked on four more runs. After an error and two walks loaded the bases, Tyler Mills hit a two-run single to left to score Clay Woeste and Daunte DeCello.

Ben Berenda followed with another single which drove in Mills and Romero.

Marco Romero and Ben Berenda each had three hits, Daunte DeCello drove in five and scored twice. Marco Romero and Trevor Campbell each had three hits.

Hunter Kloke (11-3) got the win in five innings of relief. He allowed two runs on three hits, walked two and struck out six, including his 100th strikeout this season.

IU Southeast will learn its NAIA Opening Round site and opponents Thursday night at 5 p.m. ET during the NAIA Baseball National Championship Selection Show.

GRACE WOMEN’S GOLF: Stillson earns All-League honor

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s golf team was pleased to have Summer Stillson recognized by the Crossroads League after the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.

Stillson was named an honorable mention for the All-Crossroads League Team on Monday.

Stillson impressed in her first year with the Lady Lancers with strong individual performances throughout the season.

She started the season with a first-place finish in the Pure Michigan Invitational, and also picked up victories at Olivet Nazarene intercollegiate and the Eagle Glen invitational.

Stillson led Grace to a runner-up finish in the NCCAA National Championships and helped them receive national recognition in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

GRACE TRACK: Grace pair earn weekly awards

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Two members of Grace’s track and field team pulled in awards for their performances last week.

Bryan Hernandez-Rios was named the NCCAA National Male Track Athlete of the Week, and Mackenzie DeLong repeated as the NCCAA National Female Field Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row.

Additionally, Hernandez-Rios was named the Crossroads League’s Male Track Athlete of the Week.

Hernandez-Rios starred for the Lancers at last week’s Crossroads League Championships (held at the University of Notre Dame). He was named the league’s Most Valuable Running Event Athlete for the meet, winning a grueling double in the 5,000-meter race and the 10,000. He hit the NAIA “A” standard in both races. His time of 30:37.28 in the 10,000 bettered his own school record.

DeLong earned a pair of top-five finishes in the league meet. She placed fourth in the shot put and fifth in the javelin at the Crossroads League Championships.

The Lancers turn their attention this week to the national stage. Grace will take on the 2022 NCCAA National Championships at Greenville College (Ill.) from Wednesday to Friday. The men’s squad won the NCCAA national title last year, while the women were the national runners-up.

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS SOFTBALL: SMWC Softball Claims First River States Conference Title

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Softball team stunned the #1 overall seeded University of Rio Grande with a five-run rally in the top of the 7th inning to claim the program’s first-ever River States Conference title. Lyric Krause’s game-tying single started a chain of scoring that would eventually give the Pomeroys an 8-5 victory and their first conference title.

How It Happened

The Pomeroys’ 7th inning magic continued in Saturday’s afternoon game as they defeat Rio Grande 8-5 in the River States Conference Championship game. After winning late Friday, SMWC entered Saturday being the last team standing in the winner’s bracket. Coming off of a hot win versus Rio Grande the day before, they knew they had a huge task at hand as they were facing the previous RSC winner and being a first-year team in the conference. The Pomeroys had a chip on their shoulder wanting to make a statement as soon as they stepped on the field.

Rio Strikes First

Entering the game off of a 7th inning win from the night before, the momentum was in their hands. With that being said, home team Rio Grande started out on top scoring two runs instantly in the first inning. The Pomeroys struggled for the first three innings to score and link hits together. Going into the 4th inning, the score was 4-0 with Rio leading. The Pomeroy bats began to work together and had two runners cross home plate making the score a solid 5-3 heading into the 5th.

Gracie Ables (5.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 SO) entered the game in the 2nd inning and gave up just three hits and one earned run in her strong showing. The Red Storm struggled to put anyone on base let alone score anything else for the rest of the game. If you aren’t aware by now, The Woods likes to show their magic towards the end of the game. Once the 7th inning began while being behind 5-3, the magic began.

Seventh Inning Magic

Jilliann Reese (3-3, 1 R, 1 RBI) started off the 7th inning after running out an infield single and after that, the hits kept coming. After a couple of shots from Victoria Lee and Ashley Shanks, Lyric Krause stepped up to the plate with two runners in scoring position. After hitting the game-winning home run the day before, she struck again with a ball off the top of the right-field wall to plate two more runs and tie the game. Jaselyn Conn and Jordyn Rice would deliver great at-bats with two straight walks and Katrina Strow would keep the scoring alive with a single up the middle and two more RBIs of her own to seal the deal. The Pomeroys entered the bottom of the 7th with an 8-5 lead.


Summer Rocha, First-Team All-Conference pitcher, entered the 7th inning to slam the door 1-2-3 and seal the victory. The SMWC Pomeroy Softball team wins the River States Conference Championship for the first time in school history as a first-year team in the league. Not just in the championship game, but the entire weekend was filled with key players and factors that played to the team’s victory. The Pomeroys will continue their success and journey as they await an NAIA Regional bid that will be released this upcoming Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Coach Walker had some words to say after the huge team win, “I am so proud of this team, they truly never think the game is over and that they are going to lose. To come back two days in a row in the 7th inning against a team like Rio is something special. The momentum and excitement our team has right now should really help us going forward into the regional and we believe we can compete with anyone in the country. Poms are hot!”

Ashley Shanks had a huge weekend and continues to lead the team offensively. She was quoted as saying, “The team did amazing this weekend. We all came into this conference playoff with a spectacular attitude and a big desire to show what SMWC is made of. The team really bound together to keep our rallies going which led to us winning our first year in RSC. I believe that the team and I showed what dedication and respect we have for the sport in the way we continued to perform no matter the challenge given. Not once this weekend did the team doubt we would win.”

Senior Jilliann Reese, who went 3-3 in the RSC Championship game stated, “Going into the game I knew I wanted to do everything I could as a senior to be a part of making school history and winning SMWC’s first NAIA conference championship. I look forward to seeing what my team can accomplish the rest of the year!”

Gracie Ables, the freshman pitcher who earned the win in the semi-finals and championship game stated, “Getting the win is such a great feeling as a freshman. I was a little nervous going into the game, but I know I always have a good defense behind me that I can always count on, as well as offense. Our team is something special, we never ever give up. No matter how much we are down by, no one can ever count us out because we always fight until the end, always.”

Last, but not least, Lyric Krause, a junior who hit the g- ahead home run in the semi-finals and a bases-clearing double in the championship said, “I truly felt everyone’s support and love coming back into that dugout and I knew from the second I made contact that it would accomplish the job I was sent to the plate to do and that all that extra time in the cages and weight room was worth the effort! We definitely kept the game interesting through the 7th inning and truly set the precedent for all the things this program has the capability to achieve! Hopes are high as we head into next week’s game schedule! I am so honored to be a member of this 2022 RSC Champion team despite all the adversity we have faced this year and having won this conference just makes us that much more dangerous as we carry our momentum into the playoffs! Poms are hot!”

Up Next

Prior to the game, the Poms had already been guaranteed a spot in the NAIA National Tournament. SMWC will find out which of the ten sites they’ll be traveling to when they watch the selection show this Tuesday, May 10th at 5:00 p.m. ET. Fans can tune into the Play NAIA Facebook page here along with the team. The NAIA tournament will begin May 16th with forty total teams competing to be one of the ten finalists at the NAIA Softball World Series.

GOSHEN MEN’S TRACK: Event win leads to CL Athlete of the Week recognition for Gerber

JACKSON, Mich. – Jacob Gerber has quietly dominated the men’s hammer in the Crossroads League. His most recent result from the Crossroads League Championships on Thursday earned him the Crossroads League Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week.

Gerber earned ten points for Goshen with his first-place finish in the hammer on Thursday at the Harris Family Track & Field Stadium at the University of Notre Dame. He had a throw of 60.24 meters (197 feet, 7.65 inches) that beat out 20 other competitors in the event. Gerber has the sixth-best mark in the NAIA this season. This was his third straight win in the hammer event this season and the third-best mark in Crossroads League meet history. He also won the event at the league meet in 2021.

“He works so hard, but it goes unseen,” said head coach Rustin Nyce. “He is an incredible athlete and a beast!”

Any of Gerber’s attempts that weren’t fouls on Thursday would have won the event. But his best throw came on his final attempt – going 60.24 meters. His best this season is 60.57 meters (198 feet, nine inches) during The Monday Meet at Indiana Tech on April 11. He owns the school record of 62.07 meters (203 feet, eight inches) from 2021.

Gerber scored ten points for the Maple Leafs with the event win, leading them to finish tied for eighth at the meet with Saint Francis. Gerber will be competing at the NAIA National Championships in the hammer from May 25-May 27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. He will be going with three other Maple Leafs – Simon Graber Miller (men’s high jump), Annika Fisher (women’s 1500 meters), and Teresa Ross Richer (women’s marathon).

GOSHEN WOMEN’S TRACK: Everence Student-Athlete of the Week: Maria Maldonado, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

GOSHEN, Ind. — Maria Maldonado, a sophomore on the women’s outdoor track and field team, has been named the Everence Student-Athlete of the Week for May 2 – May 9!

Maldonado competed in the 100 meters and 200 meters at the Crossroads League Outdoor Track & Field Championships held on Thursday and Friday at the University of Notre Dame. On Thursday, she qualified for the finals by placing seventh in both events in the prelims. Then on Friday, she improved by placing fourth in both events. She ran the 100 in 12.43 seconds and the 200 in 25.03 seconds. She earned ten points for the Maple Leafs.

Her time in the 200 meters was just two hundredths of a second away from her school record that she set in 2021 as a freshman. To be that close to breaking a record, given the ugly weather conditions at the time of her race, is a testament to the good day she was having. It was 67 hundredths of a second faster than she ran the day before.

Maldonado previously beat the 100-meter record earlier this season. She ran the race at the Little State Championship in 12.18 seconds, putting an end to a 34-year-old record set by Donna Porter in 1988.

Congratulations, Maria!

The Everence Student-Athlete of the Week award recognizes outstanding performances by Goshen College student-athletes and is selected each week by the GC sports information office. It is sponsored by Everence, a faith-based financial services organization headquartered in Goshen.

2021-22 Everence Student-Athletes of the Week

Aug. 16 – Naomi Willis, women’s volleyball

Aug. 23 – Lucas Bontreger, men’s soccer

Aug. 30 – Amy Drew, women’s soccer

Sept. 6 – Nelson Kemboi, men’s cross country

Sept. 13 – Summer Cooper, women’s cross country

Sept. 20 – Pedro Scattolon, men’s tennis

Sept. 27 – Nelson Kemboi, men’s cross country

Oct. 4 – Summer Cooper, women’s cross country

Oct. 11 – Annika Fisher, women’s cross country

Oct. 18 – Lucas Bontreger, men’s soccer

Oct. 25 – Nelson Kemboi, men’s cross country

Nov. 1 – Lucas Bontreger, men’s soccer

Nov. 8 – Paige Renshaw, women’s soccer

Nov. 15 – Ryan Mansbarger, men’s basketball

Nov. 22 – Nelson Kemboi, men’s cross country

Nov. 29 – Kyla Foster, women’s basketball

Dec. 6 – Taniece Chapman, women’s basketball

Dec. 13 – Samuel Stoner-Eby, men’s indoor track & field

Jan. 3 – Taniece Chapman, women’s basketball

Jan. 10 – Taniece Chapman, women’s basketball

Jan. 17 – Simon Graber Miller, men’s indoor track & field

Jan. 24 – Brayton Yoder, men’s volleyball

Jan. 31 – Ryan Mansbarger, men’s basketball

Feb. 7 – Distance Medley Relay Team, women’s indoor track & field

Feb. 14 – Alexander Rabadzhiev, men’s volleyball

Feb. 21 – Suzette Rodriguez, women’s indoor track & field

Feb. 28 – Morgan Baker, baseball

Mar. 7 – Annika Fisher, women’s indoor track & field

Mar. 14 – Michael Wahl, men’s volleyball

Mar. 21 – Olivia Gibson, softball

Mar. 28 – Alexander Rabadzhiev, men’s volleyball

Apr. 4 – Jacob Gerber, men’s outdoor track & field

Apr. 11 – Jenner Rodammer, baseball

Apr. 18 – Ri Koteles, softball

Apr. 25 – Ri Koteles, softball

May 2 – Trevor Stutzman, men’s outdoor track & field

May 9 – Maria Maldonado, women’s outdoor track & field

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL: USI Softball nabs top seed in MW Regional

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Softball was awarded the top overall seed for the NCAA II Midwest Region Tournament Monday morning in an announcement by the national office on The Screaming Eagles will play host to the four-team NCAA II Midwest Region #1 Tournament Thursday-Saturday at the USI Softball Field.

The Eagles (43-10), who won their fifth Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament title and first since 2017 Sunday, square off against No. 8 seed Saginaw Valley State University Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in game two. The opening game, scheduled for Thursday at noon, features the No. 4 seed, Lindenwood University, taking on the No. 5 seed, Drury University.

The winners of game one and game two will meet Friday at noon in the winner’s bracket, while the losers of those two contests will square off in the elimination bracket Friday at 2:30 p.m. There will be one more elimination bracket game Friday at 5 p.m., while the championship and “if necessary” games are Saturday at noon and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

This marks the second time in program history that USI has hosted the NCAA II Midwest Regional and the first time since 2017. It is the first time USI has hosted as the No. 1 seed.

If the Eagles come out of their half of the bracket, they’ll face the winner of the NCAA II Midwest Region #2 Tournament May 19-20 at the USI Softball Field.

The University of Indianapolis garnered the No. 2 seed and is hosting the NCAA II Midwest Region #2 Tournament. UIndy faces the No. 7 seed, the University of Findlay, in the opening round, while the No 3 seed, Grand Valley State University, takes on the No. 6 seed, Ohio Dominican University, in the other first-round contest.

Tickets for this weekend’s regional are $5 for adults and $3 for college students with valid ID and youth (ages 3-17). All games will be streamed live on the GLVC Sports Network, while USI’s games also will be carried on 95.7 The Spin as well as ESPN 97.7 The Ref. Live stats, audio and video links will be available on

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Pinarski Powers Walk-Off Winner in Second Round of CLT

UPLAND, Ind. – In the midst of an electric atmosphere, the No. 24 Taylor baseball team (38-16) defeated cross-county rival Indiana Wesleyan (31-22) in walk-off fashion, thanks to a line-drive home run smashed by Michael Pinarski in the bottom of the ninth to snag a 9-8 win over the Wildcats.

With the win, Taylor now moves into the third round of the Crossroads League Tournament still in the winner’s bracket, set to square off with Huntington Tuesday at 12:00 pm.

Pinarski’s ninth-inning magic put an end to what was a back-and-forth, high-intensity matchup between the Grant-County rivals.

Wesleyan drew first blood by posting a three-spot on the board in the top half of the third, which was built upon a trio of Wildcat doubles.

Taylor bounced back with one in the fourth, thanks to a one-out RBI-double off the left-field fence struck by catcher, Ben Kalbaugh.

IWU responded with a run of its own in the fifth, before Taylor punched right back with two more in the bottom half of the fifth. Recently named Player of the Week, Camden Knepp continued his hot start to the tournament, smacking a two-run single through the middle of the infield to make it a four-to-three game.

Wesleyan, then, gifted a the Trojans a near-knockout blow in the seventh frame, when league-leader in home runs, Evan Salmon, hit a two-out, two-strike, three-run bomb to over the fence in left. Upon the seventh-inning stretch at Winterholter Field, the Trojans found themselves trailing seven-to-three.

TU would not lay down, though, but would rather drive in three runs of its own with two outs in the bottom half of the seventh. Kade Vander Molen started the scoring with a line-drive knock over the extended arm of the Wildcat shortstop, bringing home Jacob Morris and Knepp to score. Then, senior shortstop, Nick Rusche, made it a one-run game with a two-out RBI-base knock of his own.

At this point in the game, after Noah Huseman threw six solid innings of 10-strikeout ball and Kaleb Kolpien completed an inning-and-two-thirds, Matt Dutkowski took the bump and silenced the IWU offense down the stretch.

Dutkowski (6-2) threw one-and-one-third innings of scoreless, hitless, baseball while allowing just one walk in comparison with two strikeouts. The sophomore picked up his sixth win of the season, thanks in large part to two ginormous swings-of-the-bat in the final two Trojan at-bats.

The first of which was struck by senior centerfielder, Conner Crawford, who tied the game at seven with a mammoth shot that just about tore up the track out beyond the left-field fence.

Pinarski, then, took the honor of ending the game in the bottom half of the ninth, sending a missile into the pine trees beyond center field, after which the Manchester-transfer was mobbed back at home plate.

No. 24 Taylor (38-16) will remain in the winner’s bracket, now slated to play the four-seed, Huntington (26-21), Tuesday afternoon, May 10th, at 12:00 pm ET.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Shively and Knepp Sweep the CL Baseball Weekly Honors

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League revealed its latest collection of weekly awards, in which a pair of Trojans swept the baseball honors. Senior standout, Luke Shively, picked up his third Pitcher-of-the-Week award of the season, while sophomore, Camden Knepp, received his first-career Player-of-the-Week nod.

The week’s competition was trimmed due to 48-consecutive hours of rain, yet the TU-duo showed out in their one-and-only game of the week.

Shively set a new Taylor baseball single-season program-record by obtaining his 11th win of the 2022 campaign in TU’s round-one win over Spring Arbor. Along the way, the senior righty retired all 27 Cougar batters, navigating a complete game while only allowing two runs and five hits.

Furthermore, each of his two runs and three-of-the-five hits came in the ninth inning, prior to which Shively had sat down 12 Cougars in-a-row. The Mishawaka, Indiana, native has been lights out for the Trojans all season, racking up a league-leading 11 wins while also sitting toward the top of the league in earned-run average and strikeouts.

Knepp proved to be the spark plug of the TU offense, catalyzing the 9-2 win over Spring Arbor by going four-for-five at the dish while driving in a game-high four RBI. The utility man struck the first Trojan hit of the game with two outs in the second, driving a double over the left fielder’s mitt before coming around to score the game’s first run.

Then, in his last three at-bats of the game, Knepp slapped three singles through the infield, two of which came in the form of a two-run base knock.

Taylor athletes at large now boast a total of 41 CL or MSFA Player-of-the-Week awards during the 2021-2022 year.

No. 24 Taylor (38-16) is slated to play next on Wednesday, May 10th, when the Trojans square up with Huntington in the third-round winner’s bracket of the Crossroads League Tournament.

For those unable to gather in-person, stayed tuned to for more information regarding the tournament at large and for access to live coverage links.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | James and Helmuth Honored with Natalie Steele and Gates-Howard Awards

UPLAND, Ind. – Lauren James and Alex Helmuth were named the winners of Taylor’s annual Natalie Steele and Gates-Howard Awards, which recognize TU’s top senior female and male student-athletes for excellence in competition, academics, character and leadership. Student-athletes are nominated for the prestigious honor and voted on by the Taylor head coaches.

James was named the Natalie Steele Award recipient and is set to graduate with a degree in computer science and mathematics-interdisciplinary. James currently boasts a cumulative grade-point average of 3.82. For her excellence in academics, James has secured one CoSIDA Academic All-District award and will notch her second NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Crossroads League honors later this spring.

The on-court performance from James was equally as impressive, as the sharp-shooting guard was a two-time First-Team All-CL standout and played to Third-Team NAIA All-American recognition as a junior. James was a part of 118 victories with the TU women’s basketball program, setting the program record and was the 27th player in program history to surpass 1,000-career points before ending with 1,038.

“Lauren is known by her nickname, LJ, and she has had a great career on and off the court,” reflected Taylor head women’s basketball coach Jody Martinez. “She has made great impressions with the Taylor community and beyond. LJ has completed an internship with the San Francisco 49ers, was recently hired by the Indiana Pacers and is planning to continue her education this fall as a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball team at Georgia Tech. LJ is and will continue to be a great ambassador for Taylor Athletics and Taylor University.”

Alex Helmuth was named the Gates-Howard Award recipient and is set to graduate with a degree in biochemistry and a cumulative GPA of 3.87. During his time in Upland, Helmuth has picked up four USTFCCCA Scholar-Athlete honors, two CoSIDA Academic All-District awards, one CoSIDA Academic All-American nod, one NAIA Scholar-Athlete honor and one Academic All-Crossroads League recognition, with several more academic honors likely joining that list later this spring.

In addition to his work in the classroom, Helmuth’s success in a Trojan uniform has led to four NAIA All-American honors and eight All-Crossroads League honors during his time with the TU cross country and track and field programs. Helmuth also owns a pair of school records, boasts one individual CL Championship, one team CL Championship and one team NAIA National Championship which preceded him being voted the Taylor Male Athlete of the Year in 2020-2021.

“Alex is the best of the best,” stated TU head track and field coach Derek Gay. “He was the lead runner for the team that brought Taylor its first-ever NAIA National Championship. I am not sure what more needs to be said regarding his athletic career. On top of that, he is a phenomenal student, a selfless leader and a man of God. It is no surprise to me that Alex is this year’s recipient. I am proud of everything he has done here at TU and even more proud of what I know he will do when he is gone.”

Taylor head cross country coach Quinn White added, “Alex is an outstanding representative for this award. Not only has he posted some of the fastest times in Taylor history, led the team to the university’s first-ever national title and earned some outstanding academic awards, but he also works at the local diabetes clinic and scribes at Ball Memorial Hospital. Alex is an extremely well-balanced young man who does it all with excellence. I am so proud of him, and I am thankful that his teammates have helped sharpen his running and have supported him the past four years.”

Vincennes baseball falls in conference doubleheader at Parkland College

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Vincennes University baseball team closed out their road Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) season with a doubleheader at Parkland College Monday afternoon.

The Trailblazers fell behind early in both games and were unable to recover as the Cobras took game one of the day 15-4 and game two 10-2.

Game one of the day got off to a shaky start for the Blazers as Parkland put up a big five-run inning in the second and tacked on another run in the third to take an early 6-0 lead.

Vincennes would get on the scoreboard in the fourth after four straight walks drove in VU’s first run of the game, followed by a fielder’s choice by freshman Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.) to drive in a second run.

Parkland would grow their lead back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning before Vincennes would responded with another two run inning in the fifth.

Sophomore Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio) led off the inning with a walk and would later score on a wild pitch.

Sophomore Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) later walked in the inning and was driven in on an RBI single by sophomore Dale Coy (Evansville, Ind.).

Parkland would grab the momentum back in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run inning and take game one in walk-off fashion in the sixth with another four runs, giving the Cobras the 15-4 win.

Freshman Dawson Blaylock (Eaton, Ohio) got the start on the mound in game one of the day, throwing three and two-thirds innings, allowing eight runs on 10 hits and striking out two.

Sophomore Ryan Bartley (Tuscola, Ill.) worked two-thirds of an inning out of the bullpen and allowed two runs, while striking out one.

Freshman Caleb Moore (Wentzville, Mo.) threw the remaining one and one-third innings, allowing five runs on four hits and striking out one.

“Game one of the day we gave up five runs in the third and battled our way back into the game, but not enough,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “We’ve got to play better defense, bottom line. Today we didn’t do it. We had about five or six errors in the game, we had missed opportunities to turn a double play, we had some pick off plays where we had guys out but we just didn’t catch the ball. We’ve just got to do a better job of catching the baseball and recording outs.”

“When you give a solid team like Parkland extra outs and free bases, they are going to take advantage of it and that’s what they did today,” Barney added. “Parkland did a nice job.”

Game two of the day began with a little slower of a start until Parkland grabbed complete control of the game with a massive seven run inning in the third.

The Trailblazers would manage to get a run back in the fourth on an RBI single by freshman Eli Steimel (Sullivan, Ind.), before Parkland answered with a pair of runs of their own.

Vincennes would score again in the fifth after a leadoff single by freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.), who would come around to score on a bases loaded walk by Ethan Burdette.

The game would hold a 9-2 until Parkland began the seventh inning with four straight singles and took game two of the day by the final score of 10-2.

Freshman Jake Stuteville (Rockport, Ind.) was the starter for VU in game two of the day, throwing two and two-thirds innings, allowing seven runs on five hits and striking out a pair of batters.

Sophomore Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) entered from the pen and slowed the Parkland momentum, throwing two and one-third innings, allowing three runs on 10 hits in his outing.

“Jake Stuteville did a great job for us for two innings and kept us in it,” Barney said. “Then he gave up a hit, hit batsman, a walk and all of a sudden a base hit where we didn’t make a play behind him. All seven runs in the inning were unearned because we came up with some outs, but just didn’t make the plays.”

“Like I said about game one, we’ve got to play better defense,” Barney added. “That’s what we are going to have to do the rest of this week ahead of the conference tournament.”

The Trailblazers will look to bounce back in their final road game of the 2022 Spring baseball season when VU hits the road Tuesday, May 10 to take on Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Ill. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. eastern.

Vincennes will then look to close out the regular season on a strong note at home for the final MWAC Conference weekend of the season when VU hosts John Wood Community College at Jerry Blemker Field Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. First pitch Friday is set for 3 p.m. eastern, with Saturday’s first pitch set for 12 p.m. eastern.

“We are going to have to get ourselves playing better defensively the rest of this week,” Barney said. “We have to get some quality starts out of our pitching like we did yesterday in the first two against Parkland and have to continue to work our bullpen.”

“We’ve got about four or five different arms that will be ready to go tomorrow to get us through Wabash Valley and hopefully get us ready to bring in John Wood at home this weekend,” Barney added.

HCAC 2022 Baseball Notebook, Week 13

Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Josh Mesenbrink (Troy, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First Base | Senior – Mesenbrink batted .500 with a .591 on-base average and an .875 slugging average as Rose-Hulman finished 3-1 last week. Against Defiance, Mesenbrink was 3-3 with a home run and a triple in a game one win, then was 3-5 with one RBI in the team’s game two loss. For the week, Mesenbrink was 8-16 with one double, one triple and one home run.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Jacob Hughes (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Senior – Hughes was outstanding in his last start in a Lions uniform. Hughes went the distance pitching a complete game shutout, allowing just two hits. Hughes struck out nine in as many innings while allowing zero runs and walking just two batters.
Notable Performances:

  • Rene Casas Jr. (Pendleton, Ind.) Anderson University | Utility | Junior – Casas Jr. went 5-for-13 with a double, a homer and five RBI last week. He closed the week with a .385 batting average, a .467 on-base percentage and a .692 slugging percentage. Casas Jr. went 2-for-4 with a three-run blast in Game one against Manchester. He then went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in Game 2two against Manchester. Casas Jr. drew a walk in each game against Transylvania.
  • Evan Doan (Frankton, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Senior – Doan went 1-0 with 6.2 scoreless innings in two appearances last week. Doan relieved the last 5.2 innings in Anderson’s win against Manchester, allowing zero runs, five hits and zero walks, while striking out five in his win. He also had a hold against Transylvania, throwing a scoreless inning, issuing one hit, zero walks and striking out one.
  • Garrett O’Reilly (Galena, Ohio) Bluffton University | Pitcher | Graduate Student – O’Reilly tossed six shutout innings in an 8-5 win over MSJ in the season finale. He allowed just three hits and struck out four batters, holding the Lions to a .130 batting average.
  • Nate Kaffenbarger (De Graff, Ohio) Defiance College | Short Stop / Outfield | Senior – Kaffenbarger hit .364 (4-11) this week with two doubles and an RBI. He also scored twice and was hit by two pitches. IN DC’s 5-2 sin over RHIT he tried the program record for career doubles with 40.
  • Tyler Hines (Cincinnati, Ohio) Defiance College | Pitcher | Senior – Hines threw 3.2 innings in relief for DC with a 2.45 ERA and went 1-0. He picked off two runners as well.
  • Andrew Bradley (Stow, Ohio) Earlham College | Catcher/Utility | Junior – Bradley finished out the regular season with a run of four home runs on the week. He posted a .368 average and brought home six RBI.
  • Jacob Renner (West Chester, Ohio) Earlham College | Pitcher | Sophomore – Renner appeared in two games in relief this week and pitched 7.1 innings. He allowed just three hits and no runs on the week and struck out eight batters. He earned a winning decision against Manchester for going five shutout innings to finish the game.
  • Carter Hooks (Rochester, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | Senior – Hooks started in a pair of wins for Manchester during the last week of the regular season. Tossed 11 total innings. Allowed only six hits, gave up three ER while striking out 10.
  • Jake Lawson (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Second Base | Sophomore – Lawson provided some pop at the start of the order for the Lions in the last week of play. Lawson finished the week 6-15 including 4 RBIs and a pair of doubles.
  • Ian Kline (Frederick, Md.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Sophomore – Kline tossed six shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk, as Rose-Hulman won 15-0 over Defiance in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader. Kline improved to 7-2 on the year and had six strikeouts in the effort.
  • Trent Youngblood (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outfield | Sophomore – Youngblood went 6-for-9 total at the plate in Sunday’s doubleheader at Anderson, with 3-5 and 3-4 games. He scored four total runs and hit both a double and a triple on the day, as well as stealing two bases. With the performance, the sophomore set the new No. 2 all time most total bases in a season school record.
  • Robby Arnet (Crestwood, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Arnett took a complete game win against Anderson on Sunday, with eight strikeouts, and just two walks, five hits allowed, with two earned runs.

HCAC 2022 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Notebook, Week 7

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week:
Jailen Hobbs (Spring Lake, N.C.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Hobbs surpassed his own 100-meter dash school record with a time of 10.59 seconds in the preliminary round at Indiana University on Friday. Hobbs new school record ranks in the NCAA Division III Top 25 so far this season.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week:
Justin Dreyling (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Sophomore – Dreyling represented the Lions at the 2022 Billy Hayes Invitational. Dreyling won the Triple Jump with a PR of 14.69 meters, best in the HCAC. Dreyling also finished sixth in the Long Jump with a jump of 6.71 meters.
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week:
Brooke Bouwens (Clarksville, Mich.) Manchester University | Junior – Bouwens set a new Top 10 mark in the 400m hurdles on Friday evening. Bowens posted a career-best time of 1:06.47 – good enough for fourth all-time in the Manchester record books. Bouwens would place third overall in the field on Friday
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week:
Rofiat Adeyemi (Austin, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Adeyemi set school records in both the triple jump (38′ 3 1/2″) and the long jump (18′ 7″) to finish third against NCAA Division I opposition in each event at Indiana University. The long jump mark of 18′ 7″ ranks in the NCAA Division III top 25 this season. The triple jump mark of 38′ 3 1/2″ ranks in the NCAA Division III top 30.
Notable Performances:

  • Caleb Carrao (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Carrao put together a 400 time of 51.32 seconds during the Billy Hayes Invitational.
  • Michael Sweigart (Alexandria, Ind.) Anderson University | First-Year – Sweigart posted a distance of 14.52 meters (47 feet, 7.75 inches) in the shot put during the Billy Hayes Invitational
  • Jalen Simmons (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Simmons paced the Panthers at the Billy Hayes Invite hosted by Indiana University setting a new school record in the pole vault, breaking his own record set during the HCAC Championships. Simmons finished seventh with a school record breaking vault of 4.54 meters.
  • Joe Garling (Cedar Lake, Ind.) Manchester University | Senior – Garling highlighted the Manchester University men’s outdoor track & field team’s efforts at the Indiana University Billy Hayes Invitational on a wet Friday afternoon. Garling hurled a new personal best and school record 51.57m in the hammer throw. He placed sixth in the event – competing against an entirely Division I field.
  • Tim Youndt (Pottstown, Pa.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Youndt recorded a career-best triple jump mark of 45′ 9 1/4″ to place second against an NCAA Division I field at Indiana University on Friday.
  • Garrett Elrod (Bowling Green, Ky.) Transylvania University | Sophomore – Elrod came in fourth place in the 1500 meter run at the University of Tennessee Challenge over the weekend. He beat out multiple D1 athletes, including runners from the University of Tennessee. Elrod finished with a time of 4:01.238 in the race.
  • Luke Stegman (Fort Mitchell, Ky.) Transylvania University | First-Year – Stegman competed at the Tennessee Challenge over the weekend. He competed in the discus throw where he finished fourth overall in a field of all Tennessee University athletes. Luke’s best throw was 45.58 meters.


  • Zaleeya Martin (Shelbyville, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Martin led the Panthers at the Billy Hayes Invite hosted by Indiana University. The junior competed as part of the 100 meter dash taking fifth overall in the event with a time of 12.71 seconds.

Michigan and Minnesota Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Player of the Week
Lexie Blair, Michigan
Sr. – 1B – Winter Garden, Fla. – West Orange – Major: Communication and Media
• Batted .700 with a 1.000 slugging percentage and .727 on-base percentage in Michigan’s series sweep at Wisconsin last weekend
• Collected seven hits (including three doubles), while adding three RBI and scoring three runs
• Tied her career high with four assists (two doubles) in the series opener on May 6
• Secures her second career Player of the Week citation
• Last Michigan Player of the Week: Julia Jimenez (May 11, 2021)
Pitcher AND Freshman of the Week
Emily Leavitt, Minnesota
Fr. – RHP – Chino, Calif. – Ayala – Major: Undeclared
• Went 3-0 in the circle last week, posting a 0.70 ERA with two complete games, one shutout and 22 strikeouts in 20.0 innings of work, as Minnesota took four of five conference games against Wisconsin and Northwestern
• Tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout on May 6 in the series opener against Northwestern, striking out five in the five-inning win (she allowed a total of seven hits and no runs in 10.0 innings against NU during the weekend)
• Also won both ends of a May 4 doubleheader against Wisconsin, highlighted by a complete-game victory in the nightcap with a career-high 10 strikeouts
• Garners her first career Pitcher of the Week plaudit
• Last Minnesota Pitcher of the Week: Autumn Pease (March 2, 2020)
• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Sara Kinch (May 18, 2021)


1909       Church bells ring when Fred Toney completes the longest no-hitter in organized baseball history, a 1-0 victory over the Lexington Colts of the Blue Grass League. As word spread around town about the Class D Winchester Hustlers right-hander’s performance on the mound, fans continued to stream into the ballpark before the lone run of the contest scored on a squeeze play in the bottom of the 17th.

1910       Bill Purtell gets the dubious distinction of becoming the first player in major league history to strike out two times in the same frame. During the sixth inning of the White Sox’ 10-3 victory over Washington, the Chicago third baseman is victimized twice by future Hall of Famer Walter Johnson.

1934       Ben Chapman, who will lead the protest against Jackie Robinson in 1947, harasses a Jewish fan during a Yankees’ 13-3 victory of the White Sox at the Bronx ballpark. The New York left fielder shouts disparaging epithets and taunts the team’s supporter with Nazi salutes.

1934       In an 11-3 rout over the White Sox at Comiskey Park, Lou Gehrig ties a big-league record, stroking four extra-base hits, which includes two doubles and two home runs. The Yankee first baseman accumulates the 12 total bases and seven RBIs in just five innings when he benches himself due to a severe cold.

1939       1939 In front of thousands of onlookers gathered to watch the bizarre publicity stunt, Phillies’ backstop Dave Coble catches a ball thrown from the top of Philadelphia’s City Hall. The 26-year-old rookie catcher, wearing a leather football helmet, handles the 521-foot dropped ball cleanly but likens the experience of a man jumping into his arms.

1953       With a double and home run, Roy Campanella drives in all the runs in the Dodgers’ 5-0 victory over the Phillies at Ebbets Field. Campy’s 40+ RBIs in the first 30 games stay unmatched until Tino Martinez accomplishes the feat in 1997 with the Yankees.

1955       Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe faces only 27 batters when he one-hits Chicago at Wrigley Field, 3-0. Gene Baker, who ruins Newk’s bid for perfection with a fourth-inning single, is thrown out trying to steal second base.

1958       The Tigers name Bill Norman, the field boss of their Triple-A American Association Charleston Senators affiliate, as the team’s manager. The second-division club will finish in fifth place, posting a 56-49 record for the rest of the season under the tutelage of their new skipper.

1967       Braves’ outfielder Hank Aaron hits an inside-the-park homer off future Hall of Fame right-hander Jim Bunning in the team’s 4-3 loss to the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. The eighth-inning round-tripper will be Hammerin’ Hank’s only homer, which doesn’t clear the fence out of his record-setting 755 round-trippers.

1968       Denny McLain wins his fifth consecutive start, all complete games, going the distance in the Tigers’ 12-1 rout of the Senators at D.C. Stadium. With the victory, Detroit takes possession of first place, a position the eventual world champs will maintain for the remainder of the season.

1969       In the bottom of the ninth inning, Orioles hurler Jim Hardin goes deep off Royals’ reliever Moe Drabowsky, giving the Birds a 6-5 walk-off win at Memorial Stadium. Besides earning a victory with his one-out solo blast, the right-hander becomes the last hurler to end a game with a home run for 25 years until weak-hitting Padres southpaw Craig Lefferts accomplishes the feat in 1986 against the Giants.

1970       Hoyt Wilhelm becomes the first major league pitcher to appear in 1000 games. The 47 year-old Braves’ knuckleballer will end his 21-year career in 1972 with 1070 appearances.

1981       Expos’ hurler Charlie Lea no-hits the Giants, 4-0, becoming the first French-born pitcher to accomplish the feat. The 24-year-old right-hander was born in Orleans, France.

1993       Marlins right-hander Ryan Bowen hurls the first complete game in franchise history. The 25-year-old gives a lone run on three hits but loses the Shea Stadium contest, 1-0, to the Mets’ Bret Saberhagen, who also goes the distance.

1999       Pete Rose, banned from all aspects of the game by Commissioner Giamatti in 1989, appears as a special instructor for the newly created Sacramento Steelheads. The team plays in the Western Baseball League, which is independent, and therefore not governed by major league baseball.

1999       Nomar Garciaparra hits two grand slams in the same game and adds a two-run homer as well in a 12-4 rout of the Mariners at Fenway Park. The Red Sox shortstop becomes the first American League player to drive in 10 runs in a game since Fred Lynn, also playing for Boston, accomplished the feat in 1975.

2001       A MRI reveals White Sox’s first baseman and two-time Most Valuable Player Frank Thomas has a right tricep tear, which will require surgery. The injury, caused by diving for a ground ball, will keep the ‘Big Hurt’ out of action for the rest of the season.

2002       The Devil Rays lose a franchise-record 15 games in a row, dropping a 6-5 decision to the Orioles at Tropicana Field. The 9-and-25 last-place team started their season with a three-game sweep of the Tigers at Tropicana Field, marking the best start in the team’s five-year history.

2005       Tony Pena, the 2003 American League Manager of the Year, resigns when the Royals get off to a slow start. Bob Schaeffer, the team’s bench coach, will try to improve the worst record in the big leagues (8-25) when he becomes Kansas City’s skipper on an interim basis.

2006       At Safeco Field, the Devil Rays beat the Mariners, 1-0, with the lone run crossing the plate as the result of a fifth-inning balk committed by Jamie Moyer. The Seattle southpaw’s body sways when he tries to adjust his grip on the ball without removing his foot from the rubber, allowing Toby Hall to cross the plate on the miscue.

2008       With the Padres’ 3-2 victory over the Rockies at Petco Park, Greg Maddux, on his fifth attempt, wins the 350th game of his career. The 42-year-old right-hander gives up three hits in six innings to become the ninth pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone, and only the third hurler, along with Warren Spahn and Roger Clemens, to accomplish the feat since 1928.

2010       The Tigers, to honor the request of the late Ernie Harwell, ask Jose Feliciano to return to Detroit to perform the national anthem, 42 years after many fans were upset by his original rendition at Tiger Stadium. The legendary broadcaster asked Puerto Rico-born musician to perform during the pregame ceremony in 1968 before Game 5 of the Fall Classic, not knowing the singer’s guitar-based, bluesy interpretation of the national anthem would become very controversial

2011       Bill Gallo, the creator of colorful characters such as General Von Steingraber, a caricature of the late George Steinbrenner, and Basement Bertha, who radiated good-humored optimism for the fans of the fledgling Mets, dies from complications of pneumonia at the age of 88. The cartoonist’s final published drawing, which appeared last month in the Daily News, his employer for seven decades, featured Bertha window shopping with the hope of being invited to the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine.

2012       At Camden Yards, the Orioles start the game with back-to-back-to-back home runs when Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis give the team a 3-0 lead on the first eight pitches thrown by Rangers starter Colby Lewis. The Birds’ first-inning trio of round-trippers is the fourth occurrence in major league history but marks the first time in the American League.

2013       In front of their home crowds, Cardinal rookie Shelby Miller and Red Sox southpaw Jon Lester each throw a one-hitter against the Rockies and Blue Jays, respectively. Each hurler faces only 28 batters, allowing no walks or hit-by-pitches in their errorless complete-game shutout performances.

2013       Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb strikes out 13 San Diego hitters but doesn’t make it out of the fourth inning in the Rays’ 6-3 victory at the Trop. The right-hander records 12 of his 14 outs with K’s, including four in the third frame, when a wild pitch on strike three allows the batter to reach first.

2015       On Mother’s Day, 29-year-old Felix Hernandez becomes the fourth-youngest player to strike out 2,000 batters when he whiffs A’s outfielder Sam Fuld in the Mariners’ 4-3 victory at Safeco Field. Only Walter Johnson, Bert Blyleven, and Sam McDowell have accomplished the feat at a younger age than the Seattle right-hander, known as King Felix.






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