INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

KANKAKEE VALLEY 3 LOWELL 1

MUNSTER 5 HIGHLAND 4

HEBRON 11 KOUTS 10

HANOVER CENTRAL 1 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 0

JASPER 6 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 0

MORGAN TWP. 10 LACROSSE 8

WEST LAFAYETTE 11 RENSSELAER CENTRAL 1

BOONE GROVE 8 SOUTH-CENTRAL 2

HAMMOND CENTRAL 12 LAKE STATION EDISON 0

WAPAHANI 9 HAGERSTOWN 8

SOUTHWESTERN 5 OLDENBURG ACADEMY 0

CULVER COMMUNITY 7 TRITON 6

SOUTH ADAMS 3 BLACKFORD 0

HORIZON CHRISTIAN 11 DALEVILLE 1

BLOOMFIELD 8 N. CENTRAL 1

SALEM 3 AUSTIN 0

KNIGHTSTOWN 16 TRI 1

GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 15 INDIANAPOLIS GENESIS 8

RISING SUN 10 JAC CEN DEL 0

GIBSON SOUTHERN 9 EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 5

WED DEL 6 SOUTHERN WELLS 1

HOMESTEAD 14 FORT WAYNE LUERS 0

PERU 16 SOUTHWOOD 4

PERRY CENTRAL 10 PAOLI 0

EVANSVILLE NORTH 7 BOONVILLE 2

YORKTOWN 5 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 4

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 14 WALDRON 2

BENTON CENTRAL 4 S. NEWTON 2

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 7 JIMTOWN 2

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 10 SHAWE MEMORIAL 0

ANDERSON 9 MUNCIE CENTRAL 3

VINCENNES LINCOLN 12 PRINCETON 1

SEEGER 9 COVINGTON 3

HAUSER 13 N. DECATUR 0

OAK HILL 14 TIPTON 4

GREENCASTLE 7 MONROVIA 0

GLENN 12 SOUTH BEND RILEY 0

ROCHESTER 4 NORTHFIELD 3

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 6 FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 1

WESTVIEW 10 LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 1

DECATUR CENTRAL 11 WHITELAND 1

WESTERN 13 TAYLOR 0

NORTHRIDGE 5 PLYMOUTH 4

CONNERSVILLE 9 RUSHVILLE 2

IRVINGTON PREP 20 CHRISTEL HOUSE 7

CASTON 6 PIONEER 3

WOODLAN 14 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 6

WABASH 5 MANCHESTER 2

WAWASEE 8 CONCORD 4

GOSHEN 8 NORTHWOOD 1

NEW PRAIRIE 7 BREMEN 1

RIVERTON PARKE 10 WESTERN BOONE 5

BELLMONT 10 FORT WAYNE NORTH 4

SHELBYVILLE 4 COLUMBUS NORTH 3

FRANKTON 14 EASTERN HANCOCK 2

NORTHEAST DUBOIS 4 N. KNOX 2

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 10 N. VERMILLION 0

PENN 6 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 5

TWIN LAKES 7 TRI-COUNTY 4

NORTH JUDSON 10 WINAMAC 6

BATESVILLE 13 LAWRENCEBURG 2

LAPEL 10 NEW CASTLE 6

SOUTH-CENTRAL 15 NEW WASHINGTON 5

SCOTTSBURG 14 N. HARRISON 4

FREMONT 11 BETHANY CHRISTIAN 0

MUNCIE BURRIS 29 ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY 7

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 1 N. MIAMI 0

LEO 8 ANGOLA 5

FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 5 HERITAGE 1

BLUFFTON 8 CHRUBUSCO 5

DELPHI 14 ROSSVILLE 4

MCCUTCHEON 7 LAFAYETTE JEFF 1

EAST CENTRAL 5 S. DEARBORN 3

SHAKAMAK 12 CLAY CITY 1

KNOX 6 LAVILLE 3

FRANKLIN COUNTY 14 GREENSBURG 1

MOORESVILLE 6 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 2

WESTFIELD 9 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 3

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 4 LINTON STOCKTON 1

FISHERS 6 CARMEL 4

BREBEUF 3 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 1

AVON 7 GREENWOOD 5

SOUTHPORT 5 COLUMBUS EAST 4

DANVILLE 7 SOUTHMONT 3

MACONAQUAH 9 WHITKO 5

NORWELL 10 DELTA 4

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 9 SOUTHRIDGE 8

ST. XAVIER 4 JEFFERSONVILLE 1

NOBLESVILLE 10 NORTHWESTERN 0

ANDERSON 10 MUNCIE CENTRAL 3

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

CALUMET CHRISTIAN 18 HAST 5

ELWOOD 9 TIPTON 0

MORGAN TWP. 15 LACROSSE 2

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 9 HANOVER CENTRAL 0

WEST CENTRAL 17 S. NEWTON 2

SOUTH-CENTRAL 3 BOONE GROVE 0

LAKE CENTRAL 11 MERRIVILLE 0

WINAMAC 6 N. JUDSON 1

HEBRON 8 KOUTS 5

DELTA 27 MUNCIE CENTRAL 1

MISSISSINEWA VALLEY 15 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 4

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 7 EVANSVILLE REITZ 4

WHEELER 14 WHITING 0

WINCHESTER 10 TRI 6

UNION COUNTY 23 MONROE CENTRAL 4

NORTH MIAMI 10 TIPPECANOE VALLEY 1

KNIGHTSTOWN 2 TRITON CENTRAL 1

OWEN VALLEY 12 SHAKAMAK 2

OAK HILL 17 TAYLOR 11

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 2 JIMTOWN 0

BENTON CENTRAL 12 LEWIS CASS 10

WES DEL 5 BLACKFORD 2

LANESVILLE 4 N. HARRISON 1

CLAY CITY 11 CLOVERDALE 0

PIKE CENTRAL 9 VINCENNES LINCOLN 4

NORTH NEWTON 1 FAITH CHRISTIAN 0

SOUTH BEND CLAY 15 SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 0

RISING SUN 10 JAC CEN DEL 0

RIVER FOREST 11 CALUMET NEW TECH 0

TRITON 12 CULVER ACADEMIES 9

EASTERN 18 CRAWFORD COUNTY 2

GRIFFITH 9 HAMMOND NOLL 8

WAPAHANI 8 RICHMOND 1

WESTERN BOONE 14 CLINTON PRAIRIE 4

NORTH POSEY 2 EVANSVILLE NORTH 0

MANCHESTER 12 WABASH 0

NORTH VERMILLION 12 TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 2

LINCOLN 10 UNION CITY 0

SEEGER 9 COVINGTON 1

PERU 3 SOUTHWOOD 0

PENN 11 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 0

CARROLL 15 TRI-COUNTY 5

YORKTOWN 12 ANDERSON 2

SOUTH KNOX 11 SHOALS 0

CHARLESTOWN 7 MADISON 4

GIBSON SOUTHERN 6 CARMI-WHITE COUNTY 1

SOUTH RIPLEY 11 MILAN 0

ROCHESTER 11 NORTHFIELD 2

PROVIDENCE 15 AUSTIN 5

LAPORTE 5 HIGHLAND 4

HAUSER 12 RUSHVILLE 3

MOUNT CARAMEL 10 RICHLAND COUNTY 2

SOUTHMONT 5 DANVILLE 1

NORTH WHITE 8 ATTICA 6

SOUTH ADAMS 8 MINSTER 3

FORT WAYNE LUERS 11 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 1

HOMESTEAD 7 CHRUBUSCO 1

SOUTHPORT 8 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 2

NEW PALESTINE 10 FRANKLIN 6

KOKOMO 7 WESTERN 4

RIVERSIDE 11 INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE 9

MONROVIA 6 GREENCASTLE 4

BREBEUF 9 INDIANAPOLIS RITTER 7

EASTSIDE 7 HERITAGE 3

TRINITY LUTHERAN 8 EDINBURG 2

NORWELL 18 NEW HAVEN 2

GLENN 9 SOUTH BEND RILEY 5

PERRY MERIDIAN 13 PIKE 2

SPEEDWAY 6 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 5

CONCORD 23 WAWASEE 0

RONCALLI 10 CATHEDRAL 0

NORTHEASTERN 3 COWAN 1

SEYMOUR 15 SALEM 4

FREMONT 18 ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 4

LEO 17 E. NOBLE 0

MOUNT VERNON 7 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 3

EASTERN HANCOCK 17 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 0

EMINENCE 6 S. PUTNAM 5

RIVERTON PARKE 13 DUGGER UNION 0

MISHAWAKA 11 WARSAW 4

FORT WAYNE SOUTH 5 FORT WAYNE NORTH 4

NORTH DAVIESS 12 N. KNOX 2

CONNERSVILLE 9 LAWRENCEBURG 6

CORYDON CENTRAL 24 SOUTH-CENTRAL 0

WEST VIGO 13 N. CENTRAL 5

CENTRAL NOBLE 6 FAIRFIELD 2

FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 10 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 1

ZIONSVILLE 6 LAWRENCE CENTRAL 1

WESTFIELD 14 LAWRENCE NORTH 11

NORTHEAST DUBOIS 14 WASHINGTON 2

GOSHEN 5 NORTHWOOD 4

FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 16 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 4

JEFFERSONVILLE 5 SCOTTSBURG 1

WHITELAND 1 SHELBYVILLE 0

GREENFIELD CENTRAL 11 NEW CASTLE 1

COLUMBIA CITY 17 DEKALB 0

NEW PRAIRIE 14 BREMEN 0

TECUMSEH 10 TELL CITY 1

WESTVIEW 11 LAVILLE 1

NORTH PUTNAM 14 LIVING WATER HOMESCHOOL 9

NORTHRIDGE 20 PLYMOUTH 0

MOUNT VERNON 6 NOBLESVILLE 5

NEW ALBANY 12 COLUMBUS EAST 9

FLOYD CENTRAL 11 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 1

SOUTHRIDGE 7 S. SPENCER 0

MACONAQUAH 8 WHITKO 4

BARR REEVE 13 WOOD MEMORIAL 0

FRANKLIN CENTRAL 12 BEN DAVIS 9

SOUTH BEND ADAMS 12 ELKHART 2

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 20 MILAN 0

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 6 LINTON STOCKTON 1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COACHES POLLS

4A

1)CENTER GROVE H.S. 15-1 (218)

2)JASPER H.S. 13-2 (138)

3)MOORESVILLE H.S. 11-0 (132)

4)EVANS. NORTH H.S. 14-3 (126)

5)CARROLL (FORT WAYNE H.S. 15-2 (116)

6)FISHERS H.S. 13-5 (112)

7)CASTLE H.S. 13-2 (102)

8)LAKE CENTRAL H.S. 13-4 (68)

9)WESTFIELD H.S. 10-4 (56)

10)LAPORTE H.S. 13-3 (28)

Receiving Votes:

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

3A

1)ANDREAN H.S. 15-1 (228)

2)WESTERN H.S. 14-0 (208)

3)BREBEUF H.S. 11-4 (156)

4)CRAWFORDSVILLE H.S. 15-1 (144)

5)WEST VIGO H.S. 14-1 (136)

6)SILVER CREEK H.S. 12-5 (100)

7)BATESVILLE H.S. 12-4 (78)

8)NEW CASTLE H.S. 9-0 (72)

9)HERITAGE H.S. 4-0 (56)

10)GUERIN CATHOLIC H.S. 11-4 (46)

Receiving Votes:

Culver Military Academy, Evans. Memorial H.S., F.W. Dwenger H.S., Gibson Southern H.S., Glenn H.S. (John Glenn), Hanover Central H.S., Leo H.S., Madison H.S., Northwestern H.S., Oak Hill H.S., Yorktown H.S.,

2A

1)CARROLL (FLORA) H.S. 13-0 (198)

2)WAPAHANI H.S. 14-2 (192)

3)UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL 13-3 (154)

4)EASTERN (GREENTOWN) H.S. 14-0 (138)

5)CASCADE H.S. 13-3 (120)

6)CENTERVILLE H.S. 10-2 (118)

7)FOREST PARK H.S. 11-3 (66)

8)MONROE CENTRAL H.S. 12-4 (64)

9)DELPHI H.S. 10-4 (58)

10)EASTERN (GREENE) H.S. 6-6 (34)

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., Seeger H.S.,

1A

1)BARR-REEVE H.S. 10-2 (188)

2)SOUTH CENTRAL H.S. (UNION MILLS) 9-5 (136)

3)BORDEN H.S. 11-3 (126)

3)LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC H.S. 11-3 (126)

5)UNION CITY H.S. 1-0 (100)

6)NORTH DAVIESS H.S. 4-1 (72)

7)SHAKAMAK H.S. 8-4 (56)

8)LOOGOOTEE H.S. 7-5 (48)

9)F.W. BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN H.S. 5-5 (44)

10)CLAY CITY H.S. 7-4 (42)

Receiving Votes:

Covington H.S., Cowan H.S., Fremont H.S., Kouts H.S., Morgan Twp. H.S., North Miami H.S., Orleans H.S., Rising Sun H.S., Riverton Parke H.S., Rossville H.S., Sheridan H.S., Tecumseh H.S., Wes-Del H.S.

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL POLLS

4A

  1. RONCALLI
  2. WHITELAND
  3. MOORESVILLE
  4. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE
  5. NEW PALESTINE
  6. COLUMBUS NORTH
  7. PENDLETON HEIGHTS
  8. LAKE CENTRAL
  9. SHELBYVILLE
  10. HARRISON

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES, CENTER GROVE, CASTLE, VALPARAISO, NOBLESVILLE, WESTFIELD.

3A

  1. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH
  2. TRI WEST HENDRICKS
  3. YORKTOWN
  4. BENTON CENTRAL
  5. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  6. NEW PRAIRIE
  7. CONNERSVILLE
  8. SCOTTSBURG
  9. CATHEDRAL
  10. DANVILLE

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES, JIMTOWN, OWEN VALLEY, WESTERN, FRANKLIN COUNTY, LEO.

2A

  1. PIONEER
  2. HEBRON
  3. SULLIVAN
  4. UNION COUNTY
  5. MADISON GRANT
  6. SOUTH VERMILLION
  7. BOONE GROVE
  8. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
  9. NORTH POSEY
  10. EASTSIDE

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES, FRANKTON, EASTERN HANCOCK, ILLIANA CHRISTIAN, WESTVIEW, EASTERN (GREENTOWN)

1A

  1. TECUMSEH
  2. CASTON
  3. CLAY CITY
  4. HAUSER
  5. RISING SUN
  6. WEST WASHINGTON
  7. WEST CENTRAL
  8. ROSSVILLE
  9. SOUTH-CENTRAL – UNION MILLS
  10. COWAN

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES, FREMONT, SPRINGS VALLEY, BARR REEVE, NORTH DAVIESS, NORTHEAST DUBOIS

NBA PLAYOFFS

MIAMI 106 PHILADELPHIA 92

PHOENIX 121 DALLAS 114

NHL PLAYOFFS

CAROLINA 5 BOSTON 1

TORONTO 5 TAMPA BAY 0

ST. LOUIS 4 MINNESOTA 0

LOS ANGELES 4 EDMONTON 3

MLB

ST. LOUIS 1 KANSAS CITY 0

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 LA ANGELS 0

MINNESOTA 2 BALTIMORE 1

NY YANKEES 3 TORONTO 2

HOUSTON 3 SEATTLE 0

TAMPA BAY 6 OAKLAND 1

ARIZONA 5 MIAMI 4

ATLANTA 5 NY METS 2

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS

****NBA****

PHOENIX (AP) After a brief hiatus, the Phoenix Suns that bulldozed through the regular-season schedule made an appearance on Monday night.

Deandre Ayton scored 25 points, Devin Booker added 23 and the top-seeded Suns rolled to a 121-114 win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The Suns never trailed, jumping to a 9-0 lead in the opening minutes and staying on the gas until the final minutes. They shot 50.5% from the field, won the rebounding edge 51-36 and beat the Mavericks for the 10th straight time, counting regular season games.

Phoenix had a few hiccups late – making the final score a little closer than it should have been – but the Suns looked much more like the team that set a franchise record with 64 wins during the season.

“We’ll take the win,” Suns point guard Chris Paul said. “It’s not always going to be pretty. We played well most of the game. We’ll look at the film tomorrow and see what we need to do differently for Game 2.”

Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 45 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. It’s the first time Dallas has advanced to the postseason’s second round in Doncic’s four-year NBA career.

Doncic and Maxi Kleber looked ready for the challenge but the rest of the Mavs didn’t do much until it was too late. Kleber finished with 19 points.

“I thought Maxi and Luka in that first half kept us afloat,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “We could have easily been down 39 at halftime but Maxi and LD were good. LD was good in the second half, too.

“We’ve just got to get someone to join the party.”

Game 2 is on Wednesday in Phoenix.

***MIAMI (AP) Tyler Herro had spent the last few days dealing with an upper-respiratory bug that disrupted his routine. So he arrived at Miami’s arena early Monday morning, 10 hours before gametime, to get some shots up and restore his rhythm.

It worked.

And the Heat struck first against the shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers.

Herro scored 25 points – the second-most he’d ever had in a playoff game – while Bam Adebayo finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the top-seeded Heat ran away in the second half to beat the fourth-seeded 76ers 106-92 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup.

Herro was 4 for 6 from 3-point range; everyone else in the game shot a combined 11 for 64 from deep.

“He’s a worker,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’s relentless.”

The 76ers were without Joel Embiid, the MVP finalist who isn’t even in Miami while recovering from an orbital fracture and concussion – injuries suffered in Philadelphia’s first-round-clinching win at Toronto. He’s not expected to play in Game 2.

And as would be expected, he was missed. Except by Adebayo, who barely missed anything. He was 8 for 10 from the floor, 8 for 8 from the line.

“I feel like I was just making plays,” Adebayo said.

Jimmy Butler added 15 points for the top-seeded Heat, who got 10 from Gabe Vincent and P.J. Tucker.

Tobias Harris scored 27 points for Philadelphia, which got 19 from Tyrese Maxey and 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists from James Harden.

Game 2 is Wednesday in Miami.

****NHL****

TORONTO (AP) Toronto coach coach Sheldon Keefe predicted a “borderline violent” playoff series against Tampa Bay.

That turned out to be the case early and late in Monday’s opening game of the teams’ first-round playoff series.

In between, Toronto ran the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning out of the rink with speed, tenacity and timely contributions up and down the lineup.

Auston Matthews had two goals and an assist and Jack Campbell made 23 saves in the second playoff shutout of his career as the Maple Leafs beat Tampa Bay 5-0.

“We just played fast,” said Matthews, who led the NHL with 60 regular-season goals. “We played through the contact.”

Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists. Jake Muzzin scored and David Kampf added a goal on a short-handed breakaway for Toronto, which killed off five Lightning power plays, including an early five-minute major.

Marner, meanwhile, snapped a playoff slump in which he had gone 18 contests without scoring.

“Can’t do anything about the past,” Marner said. “I’m here to focus on the now. I’m here to focus on what I can do to help team our team win.

“Just like everyone else in that locker room.”

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots for the Lightning.

“I’m not so sure the Maple Leafs had to play particularly well to beat us tonight,” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “You’ve got to win four and you don’t want to give teams any freebies and we probably gave them a little bit of a freebie.

“It’s hard to judge either team tonight.”

The second game of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday in Toronto.

****ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) David Perron was quarantined in his basement last year, listening to his kids run around upstairs and watching the St. Louis Blues get swept out of the first round.

The 15-year veteran right wing sure showed his appreciation for being back in the playoffs.

Perron had a hat trick and an assist to lead the Blues past the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Monday night in Game 1 of their first-round series, one year after COVID-19 kept him out of the postseason.

“It’s been a long way coming,” said Perron, who’s on his third stint with St. Louis and posted the 14th three-goal game in franchise history. “I have a lot of pride wearing the Blue note.”

Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist, Torey Krug added three assists and Ville Husso made 37 saves for the shutout in his postseason debut for the Blues, who seized home-ice advantage from a Wild team they’ve had their way with in recent years.

By blocking 17 shots, clogging the passing lanes and dominating on both special teams, the confident Blues quieted Xcel Energy Center quickly with a 2-0 first-period lead and never let the crowd – that the Wild pushed so hard to play in front of to start the postseason – become a factor.

“It’s part of the game and it’s important, but we’ve been a good road team for quite some time here,” Blues coach Craig Berube said.

Particularly on the power play, having led the league with a 29.4% scoring rate in 41 road games this season. Perron scored on each of the first two power plays for the the Blues, who went 6 for 6 on the penalty kill.

That was the greatest source of frustration for the Wild on a night marked by up-close misfires and clanged posts. They had a 55-28 edge on the Blues in shots attempted over the first two periods, but 14 of them went wide of the net.

“Our view from the eye view is that we were pretty good,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “We had pretty good opportunities, and we didn’t give much on the other end. That’ll give us a lot of positivity going forward.”

Game 2 is here Wednesday night, before the series shifts south to St. Louis.

****EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Phillip Danault scored at 14:46 of the third period, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night in Game 1 of the teams’ first-round playoff series.

Trevor Moore and Alex Iafallo each had a goal and assist for the Kings. Brandon Lemieux also scored.

Connor McDavid and Kailier Yamamoto each had a goal and assist for Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 35 saves. Mike Smith stopped 31 of 35 shots for Edmonton.

Game 2 is Wednesday in Edmonton. The series shifts to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday.

Edmonton is in the playoffs for the third straight season, but last year’s run was brief, with the Winnipeg Jets ousting the Oilers in the first round with a four-game sweep.

Moore opened the scoring 11 minutes into Monday’s game, ripping a shot from inside the circle over Smith’s outstretched glove.

He then set Iafallo up to give the Kings a 2-0 lead 16:52 into the first. Stationed below the goal line, Moore sent Iafallo a behind-the-back pass, and Iafallo wasted no time putting it into the Oilers’ net.

Edmonton cut the deficit before the end of the opening period with another highlight-reel worthy goal from McDavid.

The Oilers’ captain sprinted the length of the ice, holding off several Kings defenders, and fired a shot past Quick to make it 2-1 with 42 seconds left in the first.

Chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” followed from the boisterous crowd. McDavid won his fourth Art Ross Trophy this season after posting a league-best 123 points.

****RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Even a nine-year NHL veteran like Antti Raanta couldn’t help but feel anxious before his first playoff start.

“Obviously a little butterflies here and there,” Raanta said.

The good news for the Carolina Hurricanes was no one could tell, not with how the 32-year-old netminder patrolled the crease from post to post and stopped nearly everything.

Raanta had 35 saves while Seth Jarvis and Nino Niederreiter scored a pair of quick second-period goals, helping the Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 5-1 on Monday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

It was a promising start, both for Raanta and for a Hurricanes team that has been unable to get past the Bruins in two of the past three playoffs. In fact, Carolina never led in either of those first two series in 2019 and 2020.

This time, they’re starting with a series lead.

“I think the longer the game went on, the better we got going,” Niederreiter said.

Teuvo Teravainen and Vincent Trocheck added third-period goals, which helped Carolina maintain control in this best-of-seven series opener. Andrei Svechnikov punctuated the win with an empty-net goal at 17:59.

Yet it started with Raanta, whose playoff experience consisted of five relief appearances before Monday. But he earned the nod with No. 1 goaltender Frederik Andersen still out with an injury suffered in the final weeks of the regular season, with coach Rod Brind’Amour saying simply: “That’s why we brought him in.”

Raanta rewarded that belief, particularly as the Bruins buzzed around the net and carried the action with 12 shots in the opening 10 minutes.

“For me, I was just trying to focus on the things, how I’ve been able to be successful and what I’ve been doing to get to this point,” Raanta said. “It was working nicely, but it’s only one game, one win.”

He also got help from Carolina’s defensemen, too. In the first period, there was Brendan Smith reaching in with his stick to stop a loose rebound from crossing the goal line behind Raanta. And in the third, Ian Cole jumped in to stop a puck from squeaking between a diving Raanta and the left post.

That type of effort, along with a 3-for-3 showing by the league’s No. 1 penalty kill, helped Carolina negate Boston’s 36-25 shot advantage.

Taylor Hall scored for Boston early in the third to cut the deficit to 2-1, beating Raanta between the circles after a feed from Erik Haula from a battle behind the net. He almost tied it minutes later when he pinged the left post. But those turned out to be the only real mistakes for Raanta.

Linus Ullmark had 20 saves for Boston in his first playoff appearance. Both of the second-period goals came with heavy traffic at the crease, while Teravainen’s goal came on a perfectly executed 2-on-1 rush with Trocheck.

Trocheck’s goal came on a charge up the left side that ended with him bouncing the puck off the left side of Ullmark’s helmet to make it 4-1.

“We’re not going to put anything on Ullmark,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Whatever goalie’s in there for us, you’ve got to fight to find pucks in this series. I thought it was the same at the other end early on.

“Raanta was fighting to find them, there were some rebounds there, we just didn’t capitalize.”

****MLB****

****NEW YORK (AP) Robinson Cano was cut Monday by the New York Mets with nearly $45 million remaining on his contract, ending an ill-fated marriage and perhaps signaling the end of his decorated major league career.

The slumping Cano was designated for assignment in a move announced about an hour before teams were required to trim their active rosters from 28 players to 26. Relegated to a part-time role this season, Cano was a casualty of the crunch as the first-place Mets chose to keep younger, more versatile bench players instead.

The 39-year-old Cano, who sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, is batting .195 (8 for 41) with one home run, three RBIs and a paltry .501 OPS in 43 plate appearances. He homered to the opposite field with a vintage swing in the home opener April 15 against Arizona, but has appeared in just 12 of 23 games, starting six at second base and five at designated hitter.

Despite his early struggles in a reduced role, the decision to jettison Cano was still a complicated one for the Mets – and not only because of all the money he’s owed.

He remained a popular veteran in the clubhouse happy to share his baseball wisdom. Cano and several teammates have said they were confident he would eventually produce at the plate if given the opportunity. And with the writing perhaps on the wall, star shortstop Francisco Lindor said Sunday he wouldn’t be happy if Cano was cut.

Mets manager Buck Showalter acknowledged it’s challenging for a veteran player such as Cano, accustomed to being in the lineup every day, to adjust and flourish as a part-time player.

“I don’t care how experienced you are, it’s tough. And I’m very empathetic to that,” Showalter said Sunday. “It’s difficult for him. I’m aware of that. It’s difficult for a lot of guys. It’s difficult for J.D. Davis, Dom Smith, (Luis) Guillorme.”

An eight-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, Cano spent his first nine big league seasons across town with the New York Yankees and helped them win the 2009 World Series. He has won five Silver Slugger awards and was MVP of the 2017 All-Star Game.

****ST. LOUIS (AP) Taking a day off isn’t high on a list of favorite things for Paul Goldschmidt, but the St. Louis first baseman knows it can help.

Goldschmidt hit an early home run and Steven Matz and the Cardinals bullpen made it stand up Monday in a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Goldschmidt, who got his first day off of the season Sunday, connected with one out in the first inning against Zack Greinke.

“It’s nice to relax and come in fresh today,” Goldschmidt said. “It’s a long-term benefit. We’re in the middle of 20 in a row and 30 of 31, so it was a great time for it.”

“Off days are important but as a competitor, you want to keep going. Earlier in my career, I’d fight the manager more. It’s a long season. I want to stay fresh and play well,” he said.

It was the 71st career homer in the first inning for Goldschmidt and that ranks third among active players. Teammate Albert Pujols is first with 154.

“It was a bad pitch to him,” Greinke said.

The Royals lost their fourth in a row overall, and have dropped 21 of their last 28 to St. Louis dating to Aug. 7, 2017. This game was a makeup from a rainout on April 13 – the I-70 interleague series continues Tuesday and Wednesday in Kansas City.

It was the third time the Royals have been shut out this season and it was their second 1-0 loss.

“It’s a shame to lose such a great start and not give him any support,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. “Really it was just one pitch. We say that a lot but he executed pitches all day long. One slider didn’t do what he wanted it to do. It’s not often one pitch beats you but he did it to the wrong hitter.”

Matz (3-1) scattered four hits, including a pair of doubles, in six innings. He walked none, hit a batter and struck out four.

Matz had allowed five runs over his previous three starts, spanning 14 2/3 innings, after yielding seven in his Cardinals debut on April 10.

“I felt really good,” Matz said. “I didn’t labor out there. I stayed with my stuff and kept my rhythm.”

St. Louis relievers Kodi Whitley, Nick Wittgren and Giovanny Gallegos were equally sharp, each pitching an inning in the combined five-hitter. Gallegos gave up a two-out single in the ninth but picked up his fifth save in six chances.

It was the fourth shutout this season for the Cardinals.

****TORONTO (AP) New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone saw Gleyber Torres coming to the plate with the go-ahead run in scoring position, and had one thought.

“I was thinking, `No one better right now,’ and he put a great swing on it,” Boone said.

Torres homered early, then hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning as the Yankees won their 10th straight game, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Monday night.

“That’s a good win against a really good team,” Boone said.

It’s the longest winning streak in the majors this season, and New York’s longest since a 13-game run last Aug. 14-27.

“We’re playing really good baseball,” Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery said. “We’re doing what it takes to win, just playing good defense, situational hitting. It’s nice to win close games.”

The Yankees have won at least 17 of their first 23 games for the eighth time, and the first since 2003. New York’s 17-6 record is the best in the majors.

Giancarlo Stanton singled off Yimi Garcia (0-2) to begin the New York ninth, ending a streak of four perfect innings by Blue Jays relievers. Pinch-runner Tim Locastro stole second, but Josh Donaldson grounded out and Aaron Hicks struck out before Torres lined a single to center field.

“It’s special,” Torres said. “Every time when I do little things and help my team get a win, that’s great to me.”

Boone said Torres has the ability to succeed in pivotal situations.

“In that spot right there, that’s when Gleyber is at his best,” Boone said. “Runner out there, Garcia is a tough guy, especially against right-handed hitters. Just a great approach the other way there, and game-winner.”

Clay Holmes (2-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win and Chad Green worked a perfect ninth for his first save in three chances.

****CHICAGO (AP) Dylan Cease struck out 11 to match a career best and gave up just one hit in seven sparkling innings, propelling the Chicago White Sox to a 3-0 win over the Lost Angeles Angels on Monday.

Three-time AL MVP Mike Trout struck out in all four at-bats, three against Cease. The Angels star, who homered and doubled in a win Sunday to raise his OPS to a whopping 1.247, fanned against Liam Hendriks to end the game.

Cease called it “by far” the best start of his career.

“(Trout) is pretty much one of the greatest players there’s ever been,” Cease said. “You try not to think about that too much. You’ve kind of got to go in knowing what you’ve got to do. I kind of had a plan and stuck to it.”

Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani didn’t start, a day after making an early exit because of groin tightness. The reigning AL MVP grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

The White Sox won for the third time in 12 games. Los Angeles has won seven of nine.

Cease (3-1) threw 64 of 93 pitches for strikes and walked none. Taylor Ward got the only hit against him, a leadoff double in the fourth.

“Still a long way to go, we’ve got a lot of season, but (Cease) takes the mound knowing that we’ve got a chance to break even (in the series),” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “He’s embracing the pressure, which is really a great sign of what he can do for this organization, this year and in the future.”

Cease’s most recent 11-strikeout performance came on Aug. 29, 2021, against the Chicago Cubs.

Kendall Graveman pitched the eighth and Hendriks recorded his fifth save in the combined two-hitter.

Trout fanned four times in a game for the seventh time in his 12-season career.

****BALTIMORE (AP) At the end of another solid outing, Chris Paddack left some unfinished business for his bullpen to clean up.

Joe Smith immediately induced an inning-ending double play, and the Minnesota relievers kept right on rolling from there.

“I was about to go hug him on the mound,” Paddack said.

Paddack pitched effectively into the sixth, and the Twins’ bullpen didn’t allow a hit after he left, holding off the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 on Monday night. Carlos Correa hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth that sent Minnesota to its 10th win in 11 games.

Paddack (1-2) allowed a run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander left the game with men on first and third and one out. Smith got Ryan Mountcastle to bounce into a double play that kept the Twins up by a run.

Griffin Jax and Emilio Pagan each worked an inning, and hard-throwing rookie Jhoan Duran pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.

“That’s why I work so hard, to be in situations like that, and to prove myself,” Duran said through a translator.

The Twins were shut out in two of Paddack’s first three starts this season but gave him just enough run support to win this time.

“We gave up two runs to a really good team,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We just didn’t score. … We gave up two runs to a first-place club.”

Tyler Wells allowed a run and four hits in five innings for Baltimore. Bryan Baker (1-1) allowed a leadoff single in the sixth to Byron Buxton, who went to second on a groundout and scored on Correa’s single.

The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Ryan Jeffers. The Orioles tied it in the bottom half when Rougned Odor hit a leadoff triple and came home on a sacrifice fly by Ramon Urias.

Minnesota third baseman Jose Miranda made his big-league debut. Ranked as baseball’s No. 93 prospect by MLB Pipeline, he went hitless in four at-bats.

“I thought he was really relaxed,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “First at-bat, I think we made two outs on two pitches right before he went up there. We told him, if he gets a good pitch to hit, be ready to hit it – don’t go up there just to take. He did take one. He might’ve wanted to do that, he might’ve done it because the potential for a three-pitch inning wasn’t something he wanted to dabble in.”

****NEW YORK (AP) While the Atlanta Braves have stumbled out of the gate, the New York Mets are off to a fast start and look like a legitimate threat to the reigning champions.

But the Braves didn’t win those rings by accident.

Austin Riley homered, Max Fried won his third straight outing and Atlanta cooled off the Mets with a 5-2 victory Monday night in the first of 19 meetings between the National League East rivals this season.

“We’ve been having a rough time here lately and we put something together, so it was good for us to get this win,” manager Brian Snitker said.

Travis d’Arnaud had three hits and three more RBIs against his former team. Fried (3-2) settled in after a rocky start, outpitching Chris Bassitt in Atlanta’s second comeback win of the season to open the four-game series.

Mark Canha hit his first home run for the division-leading Mets (16-8), who played without manager Buck Showalter. He was suspended for one game about 20 minutes before the first pitch after Major League Baseball determined New York reliever Yoan Lopez intentionally threw at Philadelphia slugger Kyle Schwarber the previous night.

Mets bench coach Glenn Sherlock filled in for Showalter, with help from pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and hitting coach Eric Chavez.

“We were surprised, I can tell you that,” Sherlock said. “It was close to game time, but like I said, that’s baseball and that’s really not our decision. Just have to deal with it.”

On a misty, 53-degree night, Riley got the Braves started in the sixth inning with a leadoff single. One out later, Ozzie Albies grounded a single through the open left side of an overshifted infield and d’Arnaud flared an 0-2 slider from Bassitt into shallow right field for a tying double.

“It’s better to be lucky than good sometimes,” d’Arnaud said. “We believe in ourselves and we know we’re a good team and today we had everything going except my (pitch) blocking.”

Adam Duvall’s sacrifice fly gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead, and d’Arnaud added a two-run double off struggling reliever Trevor May in the eighth.

The catcher is 9 for 16 (.563) with five extra-base hits and eight RBIs in four games at Citi Field since leaving the Mets.

Collin McHugh entered with the bases loaded in the seventh and struck out Canha to end the inning.

“Kind of the game on the line at that point in time,” McHugh said. “It’s what you live for.”

A.J. Minter worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Kenley Jansen got three outs to remain perfect in seven save chances with his new team.

“We haven’t played our best baseball, but tonight was a good one,” McHugh said.

****NFL****

NEW YORK (AP) A lawyer for a Black NFL coach who sued the league alleging racist hiring practices told a judge Monday that arbitration is the wrong way to resolve the lawsuit in part because NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be the arbitrator and that would be “unconscionable.”

Attorney Douglas Wigdor said the league was trying to force “behind closed doors” the claims of Brian Flores and two other Black coaches. None of the coaches was present for the Manhattan federal court hearing.

It was the first hearing for a lawsuit Flores filed in February, when he claimed the league was “rife with racism” even as the NFL publicly condemns it.

Flores was fired in January as head coach by the Miami Dolphins after leading the team to a 24-25 record over three years, with two straight winning seasons including the most recent, when a 9-8 record left them out of the playoffs. He has been hired since as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

His lawsuit was joined last month by two other coaches, Steve Wilks and Ray Horton.

There are six minority head coaches currently in the NFL, a league where the majority of the players are Black.

Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, representing the NFL, told Judge Valerie E. Caproni that the league believes all claims in the lawsuit must be moved to arbitration according to the terms of employment agreements.

Wigdor said the league demonstrated “this unconscionable bias of the arbitrator” when the NFL said the claims in the lawsuit were without merit after it was first filed. He said it would not be fair for Goodell to arbitrate the claims after he earned $120 million over the last two years from the league’s teams.

Lynch said she invited the three coaches and their lawyers to meet with league officials to discuss the “important issues” surrounding racial inclusion that the NFL seeks to address.

“Today, they declined to meet with us,” she said.

****(AP) — The Arizona Cardinals are going to have to figure out a way to score points and win games without their top receiver.

Three-time All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins has been suspended without pay for six games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Monday.

It’s a stunning blow for the Cardinals, who finished with an 11-6 record last season but faded down the stretch when Hopkins was out of the lineup because of injuries. Arizona had an 8-2 record when Hopkins was in the lineup and just a 3-5 mark, including the playoffs, when he was not.

Now they’ll be without the 29-year-old – who turns 30 next month – for a big chunk of the upcoming season.

Hopkins played in 10 games last season, catching 42 passes for 572 yards and eight touchdowns. He missed much of the last half of the season, including the team’s playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams, because of hamstring and knee injuries.

The Cardinals softened the loss of Hopkins by adding a receiver during last week’s NFL draft, acquiring Marquise Brown from the Ravens for the No. 23 overall pick. Brown was a 1,000-yard receiver last season and college teammates with Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray when the two were at Oklahoma.

Hopkins’ suspension likely means a bigger role for Brown, veteran A.J. Green and second-year standout Rondale Moore, along with tight end Zach Ertz, during the season’s first six weeks.

Hopkins has been one of the league’s most productive receivers during his nine-year career, which includes six 1,000-yard seasons. He played his first seven seasons with the Texans before being traded in 2020 to the Cardinals.

Hopkins is allowed to participate in the team’s preseason practices and games.

****CLEVELAND (AP) The NFL handed former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson another loss.

The league announced Monday that it found “no evidence” the Browns purposely lost games or incentivized personnel to do so after Jackson alleged in February the team tried to lose during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

The league said Monday that a 60-day independent review determined “none of the allegations could be substantiated.”

Former U.S. Attorney and SEC Chair Mary Jo White led the investigative team.

Jackson went 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons for Cleveland before he was fired eight games into the 2018 season.

Jackson had claimed Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam incentivized people in the organization to lose over a four-year period.

Jackson later softened those comments.

The investigation concluded there wasn’t evidence supporting Jackson’s claims the team tanked during those seasons, and the club’s ownership or football personnel “made no decisions deliberately to weaken the team to secure a more favorable draft position.”

The Browns went 1-15 in 2016 and lost all 16 games the following season under Jackson.

White and other lawyers interviewed Jimmy Haslam along with current and former members of the organization.

The league said Jackson initially agreed to meet with investigators before deciding against it.

The investigators had access to Jackson’s public statements and filings and testimony in a prior arbitration proceeding.

The league said the Browns also provided documents, including emails, texts, internal memos and presentation decks to assist the inquiry.

The Browns denied Jackson’s assertions from the start, and are pleased with the investigators’ findings.

“We appreciate the independent investigation led by Mary Jo White and the Debevoise team which brings closure to these allegations that Hue Jackson publicly recanted shortly after they were made and that we’ve known all along are categorically false,” said team spokesman Peter Jean-Baptiste. “As we’ve previously stated, we welcomed this investigation because the integrity of our game is something that should not be taken lightly and an independent review was crucial in bringing a conclusion to this matter.”

Jackson is currently coaching at Grambling.

****PITTSBURGH (AP) Devin Bush will be playing for his job in 2022.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declined the fifth-year option on the inside linebacker, meaning he can become a free agent next spring.

Pittsburgh traded up in the first round of the 2019 draft to take Bush with the 10th overall pick. Bush played well as a rookie, getting 109 tackles with two interceptions and a sack while finishing third in the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. Bush’s career, however, hit a setback when he tore the ACL in his left knee against Cleveland in October 2020.

He returned in time to start the 2021 season but saw his playing time fluctuate. He played 79% of the defensive snaps last fall, compared to 82% as a rookie and 90% pre-injury in 2020.

Bush, the son of former NFL safety Devin Bush Sr., had 70 tackles with two sacks in 2021.

This is the third time in the past four years that Pittsburgh has not exercised the fifth-year option on a former first-round pick. The Steelers let cornerback Artie Burns – their first-round selection in 2016 – walk after the 2019 season. They also didn’t exercise the fifth-year option on 2018 first-round pick Terrell Edmunds, though they did re-sign Edmunds to a one-year deal late last month.

****The New Orleans Saints are expected to sign All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The deal will reportedly be finalized within the next few days. New Orleans was apparently expected to make an aggressive push for the former Kansas City Chiefs standout with the draft complete.

It’s a homecoming for Mathieu, who was born in New Orleans and played for LSU in college. The safety was one of the best remaining free agents available on the open market, and it was a surprise that a club didn’t pick him during the first waves of free agency.

Mathieu visited the Saints in April, but the team reportedly waited until after the draft to determine if safety remained one of its top needs. The Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles were also linked to the 29-year-old.

New Orleans lost safeties Marcus Williams (signed with the Ravens) and Malcolm Jenkins (retirement) this offseason, creating a major hole in its secondary.

The versatile Mathieu will provide elite playmaking skills and veteran leadership to the NFC South club’s defense.

The defensive back recorded 13 interceptions over the past three seasons with the Chiefs, tied for fifth in the NFL. He racked up 76 total tackles, three interceptions, and six passes defended in 16 starts last campaign.

Kansas City opted against re-signing Mathieu and instead brought in Justin Reid on a three-year, $31.5-million contract.

****The Kansas City Chiefs are signing former Clemson star wide receiver Justyn Ross as an undrafted free agent, a source told Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network.

Ross was once considered a likely first-round selection but didn’t hear his name called during the draft after being diagnosed with a congenital spinal condition and missing the entire 2020 season.

The 22-year-old underwent multiple surgeries and was cleared to return for the 2021 campaign. He had 46 catches for 514 yards and three touchdowns while dealing with a foot injury that eventually ended his season in November.

Ross burst onto the scene during the 2018 campaign and capped off a spectacular year with a combined 301 yards and three scores in Clemson’s playoff run to a national title.

It was speculated prior to the draft that the wideout could still be a Day 3 selection, but teams were seemingly wary of his injury history.

****COLLEGE FOOTBALL****

****TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama cornerback Eli Ricks was arrested in Mississippi on charges of speeding, not having insurance and a first offense possession of marijuana.

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department’s online records show that Ricks was booked at 5:14 p.m. Sunday. The bond was listed as $0.

Alabama coach Nick Saban was not immediately available for comment on the arrest.

Ricks is battling for a starting spot in Alabama’s secondary after transferring from LSU. He was a five-star recruit who earned third-team Associated Press All-America honors as an LSU freshman.

Ricks’ sophomore season was cut short with a shoulder injury. He had surgery for a torn labrum last October.

Ricks went through spring practice with the Crimson Tide. He is in competition for a starting job that also included Kool-Aid McKinstry and Khyree Jackson.

Saban said Ricks’ main challenge was learning a new system.

“But he’s a very conscientious guy and works hard at it,” the coach said after Alabama’s spring game. “Takes coaching well, wants to please.”

****(AP) — Scott Frost will be barred from coaching for five consecutive days this season as part of Nebraska’s negotiated settlement with the NCAA for allowing an unauthorized staff member to do hands-on special teams coaching two years ago.

The NCAA contacted Nebraska after a media report on the January 2021 resignation of special teams analyst Jonathan Rutledge and possible violations he committed in his role. Rutledge is now special teams coach at Division III Catholic University.

The NCAA said Monday that Frost failed to demonstrate he monitored Rutledge’s activities. Videos of practices showed Rutledge worked directly with players during special teams drills. Rutledge also was found to have assisted with or made tactical decisions during games in 2020.

During his five-day suspension, Frost will not be allowed to be present in the facility where practices are held or communicate with football staff or players. Frost also will be barred from studying video with players or coaches or participate in team meetings or recruiting. He also must attend an NCAA regional rules seminar at his own expense.

The NCAA described the time frame for Frost to serve his penalty as the “championship segment of the 2022 football season,” which includes the regular season through bowl games. Nebraska could choose to have Frost serve his penalty during weeks with open dates in late September or late October.

Non-coaching staff members also will be removed from practice and competition for five consecutive days this season. Nebraska was fined $10,000 and will have one-year added to probation, through April 27, 2023.

Nebraska went on two years’ probation in 2020 after its women’s gymnastics team was found to have exceeded the number of allowable coaches when the former head coach arranged for a volunteer assistant coach to receive impermissible compensation from 2014-18.

****MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL****

****AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas shooting guard Andrew Jones, whose college basketball career was interrupted for nearly two years by leukemia, has announced he will skip a final season with the Longhorns and turn pro.

Jones ranks ninth in scoring in program history with 1,620 points. He announced his decision to enter the NBA draft in a statement posted Sunday night on social media.

“We have shared every emotion possible together and I will always cherish the experience I had with you all,” Jones said. “As I officially enter my name into the 2022 NBA draft, I am excited and most importantly ready for this next chapter of life.”

Jones considered turning pro after his freshman season but opted to return to Texas for the 2017-2018 season. But just a few games into his sophomore season, Jones was sidelined with leukemia that left him fighting for his life.

He posted several short videos of himself as he fought through treatment and recovery, including one showing him standing still and trying to shoot a basketball into a hoop barely taller than he was.

He finally returned to the court full-time in the 2019-2020 season, when he averaged 11.5 points and was named the Big 12’s Male Sportsperson of the Year.

The NBA draft is June 23.

****COLLEGE SOFTBALL****

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) James Madison has canceled the remainder of its softball season as the school tries to cope with the suicide of one of its star players last week.

Lauren Bernett, a sophomore catcher and cleanup hitter for the Dukes, died April 25 following a stellar weekend series against Drexel, for which she was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s player of the week. The Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia ruled the death a suicide.

“This was an extremely difficult decision and one that was not made lightly,” JMU coach Loren LaPorte said in a news release of the cancellation. “We are so grateful for the support of our fans all season and for the love from the softball community during the past week. We will use this time to continue healing and to honor Lauren’s memory while finishing the academic semester strong.”

LaPorte said the school recognizes the decision brings an abrupt end to the careers of seniors on the team, and “we will make sure that they are honored for the commitment and dedication they have made as student-athletes.”

The cancellations include a May 3 game against Virginia and a three-game league series May 6-7 against Elon. Five games previously were canceled: a doubleheader against Longwood and a weekend series with Delaware. The series with the Blue Hens, as well as one with Elon, have been declared no contests, with no bearing on the conference standings.

James Madison (21-21, 10-5 CAA) was one game behind Delaware for the top spot in the league before Bernett’s death.

In tribute to Bernett, teams including Liberty and Tennessee have worn purple ribbons in their hair during games.

****BIG 10 BASEBALL****

Player of the Week
Peyton Williams, Iowa
1B – So. – Johnston, Iowa – Johnston

  • Went 9-for-15 (.600) with a .727 on-base percentage, 1.067 slugging percentage and a 1.794 OPS to lead the Hawkeyes to a 3-1 week
  • Opened the week by hitting for the cycle, the first by a Hawkeye since 2018, in a win over Bradley where he finished 5-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, five RBI and five runs scored in a 15-8 win
  • Hit safely in all three games and drew six walks in the series win at No. 8 Rutgers, giving Iowa its first series win over a top-10 team since 2018 (No. 7 Michigan) and its first road series win over a ranked foe since 2019 (No. 19 Oklahoma State)
  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Iowa Big Ten Player of the Week: Zeb Adreon (April 27, 2021)

 
Pitcher of the Week
Connor Schultz, Iowa
RHP – Gr. – Cedar Falls, Iowa – Cedar Falls

  • Pitched 8.0 shutout innings, scattering two hits, striking out six and walking one in a 12-2 victory over No. 8 Rutgers on April 23
  • Needed just 85 pitches (59 for strikes) to retire 24 of the 27 batters faced and shut down a Rutgers offense that is one of the nation’s best while tying for the longest start of his career
  • Improved to 2-0 on the season with an ERA of 1.97 and 36 strikeouts in 32.0 innings pitched
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
  • Last Iowa Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Adam Mazur (March 2, 2022)

 
Freshman of the Week
Josh Pyne, Indiana
INF – Bloomfield, Ind. – Linton-Stockton

  • Hit .444 (8-for-18) on the week with four runs, seven RBI, three triples and five extra base hits in Indiana’s series victory over Nebraska
  • Posted three straight multi-hit efforts and doubled once in each game against the Huskers, including a three-run home run in the series opener and a triple in the series finale
  • Was on base multiple times in each of his five starts last week to move his reached base streak to 29 games, the third longest streak at IU since at least 2005
  • Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Morgan Colopy (April 27, 2021)

****BIG 10 SOFTBALL****

Co-Player of the Week
Kiley Goff, Maryland
So. – C – Lillington, N.C. – Harrison (Ind.) – Major: Kinesiology
• Batted .625 with a .750 slugging percentage and .786 on-base percentage last week, logging five hits, six runs, six walks and three stolen bases as Maryland won four of five conference games
• Reached base in all five games last week, collecting at least one hit and/or scoring a run in four of those outings
• Had two hits and two runs, including an RBI double in Sunday’s series-clinching victory at Minnesota, giving the Terrapins 12 Big Ten wins this season (their highest conference win total since 2013, prior to joining the Big Ten)
• Captures her first career Player of the Week honor
• Last Maryland Player of the Week: Mackense Greico (March 1, 2022)
 
Co-Player of the Week
Nikki Cuchran, Northwestern
Sr. – 1B – Downers Grove, Ill. – Montini Catholic – Major: Learning & Organizational Change
• Registered a .412 batting average, .824 slugging percentage and .421 on-base percentage with eight RBI and seven hits (three for extra bases, including two triples) in Northwestern’s 4-1 week against conference foes Illinois and Indiana
• Had three multi-RBI and two multi-hit games last week
• Drove in the game-winning run in an April 20 victory at Illinois, then hit a three-run home run to spark a comeback victory at Indiana on April 23
• Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors twice (2020, 2021) and was a 2021 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
• Secures her first career Player of the Week citation
• Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Rachel Lewis (April 18, 2022)
 
Co-Pitcher of the Week
Courtney Wyche, Maryland
Jr. – RHP – Silver Spring, Md. – Montgomery Blair – Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice
• Went 3-0 with three complete-game victories last week, posting a 0.67 ERA in 21.0 innings with 20 strikeouts and five walks while holding opponents to a .149 batting average
• Two of her three victories came at Minnesota last weekend on back-to-back days (April 23-24), throwing a three-hitter in the first game (allowing an unearned run), then scattering seven hits and fanning seven in going the distance to secure Sunday’s series-clinching win
• Also recorded a complete-game one-hitter (yielding just an unearned run) with nine strikeouts on April 19 against Rutgers
• Selected as an Academic All-Big Ten honoree last year
• Garners her first career Pitcher of the Week plaudit
• Last Maryland Pitcher of the Week: None (first since joining the Big Ten in 2015)
 
Co-Pitcher of the Week
Danielle Williams, Northwestern
Sr. – LHP – Pleasanton, Calif. – Amador Valley – Major: Human Development in Context
• Gathered wins in all four appearances last week, going 4-0 with three complete games (one shutout), a 0.84 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 25.0 innings, holding opponents to a .146 batting average
• Opened the week with a two-hit shutout at Illinois on April 20, fanning 12
• Bookended NU’s weekend sweep at Indiana with complete-game victories, throwing a four-hitter on April 22 (10 strikeouts) and a five-hitter on Sunday (nine strikeouts), giving up a single earned run in each game
• Named a 2021 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection
• Collects her ninth career Pitcher of the Week accolade, tying for fifth-most in conference history, and her fourth this season
• Last Northwestern Pitcher of the Week: Danielle Williams (March 28, 2022)
 
Freshman of the Week
Melina Wilkison, Ohio State
OF – Greensburg, Ind. – Greensburg – Major: Marketing
• Posted a .583 batting average with a 1.083 slugging percentage and .583 on-base percentage in last weekend’s Big Ten series at Michigan, collecting seven hits (four for extra bases), four runs and two steals
• Went 3-for-4 with a home run and double in OSU’s series-opening victory on April 22
• Added two hits apiece in the remaining two series games, including a pair of doubles on Sunday
• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Kami Kortokrax (March 21, 2022)

****MAC BASEBALL****

MAC Baseball Player of the Week
Zach Cole, Ball State, Outfield
Junior, Ozark, Mo. (Springfield Catholic)     
Zach Cole was outstanding at the plate for the Cardinals against the Chippewas. He posted a .500 batting average and led the team with three home runs. He notched his NCAA-leading seventh triple during the weekend. He produced a team-high nine RBIs to go along with a team-best 1.286 slugging percentage. Defensively, he was just as stellar. He recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. He made a phenomenal diving catch on a full sprint in the left field gap. He also made a leaping catch as he crashed into the wall, both of those catches kept the Chippewas off the scoreboard.
 
MAC Baseball Picher of the Week
Sam Klein, Ball State, Pitcher
Sophomore, Bloomington, Ind. (North)       
Sam Klein was outstanding for the Cardinals out of the bullpen. He recorded two saves and moved MAC-leading total to nine. He recorded a two-inning save in the series opener against CMU and added another on Saturday’s 10-7 victory. He picked up win in Sunday’s game as he went 1.1 innings in relief with three strikeouts. He held CMU scoreless for 4.1 innings in three appearances and surrendered just two hits. He notched six strikeouts and three walks for the weekend.

****HCAC BASEBALL****

Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Brett Tuttle (Jerseyville, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Third Base | Senior – Tuttle finished 7-17 with three home runs, one triple, eight RBI and seven runs scored to lead Rose-Hulman to a 3-1 record. Tuttle homered in both games of Sunday’s doubleheader sweep win over Bluffton to help the Fightin’ Engineers secure a trip to the HCAC Tournament. Tuttle slugged 1.059 for the week.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Ian Kline (Frederick, Md.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Sophomore – Kline tossed a nine-inning complete-game shutout to help Rose-Hulman earn a key 3-0 HCAC win over Bluffton. Kline threw just 95 pitches in the game with zero walks, three strikeouts and just three hits allowed to improve to 6-2 on the season. Rose-Hulman’s doubleheader sweep allowed the Fightin’ Engineers to clinch a bid to the HCAC Tournament starting May 12.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Jake Stank (McCordsville, Ind.) Anderson University | Outfield | First-Year – Stank went 7-for-14 with a double and a triple last week.
  • Jacob Boelkens (Millbury, Ohio) Bluffton University | Pitcher | Junior – Boelkens had a 0.00 earned run average in 8.1 innings on the hill. He allowed just five hits and three unearned runs with 10 strikeouts while limiting the opposition to a paltry .167 batting average across two appearances. Boelkens tossed eight innings and picked up the victory in a 3-2 win over Defiance.
  • Nate Kaffenbarger (DeGraff, Ohio) Defiance College | Infield | Senior – Kaffenbarger led the Yellow Jackets going 6-of-20 and notched four runs. During the Heidelberg game on Sunday, he became the Defiance College all-time hits leader.
  • Easton Embry (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Earlham College | Catcher | Junior – Embry led the Quakers at the plate in a doubleheader with Anderson. The junior hit at a .429 clip with three hits and six RBI. The catcher recorded one double and one home run which was a three-run shot in the bottom of the ninth to take the game to extra innings.
  • Aidan Talarek (Middletown, Ohio) Earlham College | Pitcher | Junior – Talarek pitched a complete game win over Anderson University on Friday with 96 pitches thrown. He allowed just four earned runs in the second inning and surrendered 11 hits. He recorded eight strikeouts and threw just one walk in the game. Talarek leads the conference with seven wins and ranks third in Earlham history for wins in a season.
  • Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Infield | Sophomore – Christie led the Panthers in a tough week of action as the Panthers went 3-3. In the sweep of Transylvania, he was 3-of-9 at the dish with five runs scored and four RBI. He carried the momentum throughout the week going 3-for-8 with two runs scored at Defiance. He closed out the week at No. 1 ranked Marietta picking up three of the Panthers 10 hits.
  • Matthew Alter (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Junior – Alter led the Panthers on the mound as he got the start in the team’s 5-1 victory over Defiance. The junior pitched a gem going six complete innings scattering six hits with no runs scored. He picked up a game-high seven K’s with no walks.
  • Rocco Hanes (Ossian, Ind.) Manchester University | Infield | First-Year – Hanes went 9-18 at the plate last week, highlighted by a 4-5 game against Mount St. Joseph. Doubled twice, scored four times, and drove in five runs. Is hitting a team-best and ranks 2nd in the HCAC with a .410 batting average (41-110).
  • Anton Mere (Centerville, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outfield | First-Year – Mere had an impressive week at the plate for the Lions to close out conference play. Mere finished 3-3 in game one versus Manchester including an RBI and a walk. He finished the week 7-12 from the plate while knocking in three runs, scoring three runs, and walking once.
  • Ryan Caulfield (Sidney, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | First-Year – Caulfield had another impressive outing for the Lions this week. Caulfield made his first career start on the mound Thursday against Wilmington. Caulfield was dominant allowing zero runs or hits and walking just a pair of batters in four innings of work.
  • Trent Youngblood (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outfield | Sophomore – Youngblood had two hits and a grand slam against Hanover on Tuesday. He led the Pioneers on the week hitting .402 overall, with the grand slam, six total RBI, six runs scored, a double, and six walks drawn, as they took on Hanover and Franklin in doubleheaders.
  • Robby Arnet (Crestwood, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Arnett pitched a total of 6.0 innings in Transylvania’s game vs Franklin at Kentucky Proud Park. In the loss, Arnett proved to be a bright spot for the Pioneers, as he allowed only three hits with six strikeouts and only three runs on a total of 26 batters faced.

****HCAC SOFTBALL****

Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Destiny Coil (Middle Point, Ohio) Defiance College | Designated Player | First-Year – Coil led the Yellow Jackets at the plate and helping them go 3-1 on the week. She went 7-of-12, with one double, one homerun, and six RBI. She finished the week with a slugging percentage of .917.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Baylee Uhrick (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | First-Year – Uhrick finished 3-0 last week with a 0.00 ERA in four relief appearances. Uhrick allowed just one unearned run in 11 innings over four games, as Rose-Hulman finished 5-1 as a team last week after starting the season at 0-10 in league play. She also had a game-winning walk-off single as a batter in an 8-7 win over Hanover.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Molly Buck (Fortville, Ind.) Anderson University | Utility | First-Year – Buck went 5-for-11 with 2 doubles and a homer last week.
  • Kaitlyn Hawkins (Decatur, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Hawkins threw 9.1 scoreless innings of relief last week. She allowed seven hits and two walks, while striking out 12.
  • Hayley Lewis (Kettering, Ohio) Bluffton University | Outfield | First-Year – Lewis hit .625 (5-of-8) with four RBI and one run scored. She slugged .750 and had an on-base percentage of .700 with a walk and a double.
  • Riley Alcorn (Marion, Ohio) Defiance College | Pitcher | Sophomore – Alcorn had another outstanding week on the mound for the Yellow Jackets and earning two more wins. She came in for relief at Bluffton and pitched the final 2.2 innings to notch the win and allowed two hits and no runs. She then earned her first HCAC start in the circle at Franklin and went 5.2 innings allowing five hits and one run and struck out four. She finished the week with seven strikeouts, seven hits, and had a 1.24 ERA.
  • Lauren Beaman (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Outfield / Pitcher | First-Year – Beaman helped lead the Panthers to a 3-1 week as they picked up a sweep over Mt. St. Joseph. The first year was key in the team’s success as she went 2-for-4 with a homerun and a walk-off double in the game one victory over MSJ. Her homerun is just the third given up by league leader Kamryn McCool. She carried the success into the nightcap going 1-for-4 with two RBI.
  • Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Senior – The senior crushed her senior day celebration on Saturday afternoon as she helped the Blue and Red sweep MSJ. Compton pitched a complete game allowing just three hits while charting a game-high eight strikeouts. With her eight k’s, she surpassed a career 500 strikeouts and is the all-time Hanover leader. Compton finished the week 2-0 also picking up a complete game victory at Rose-Hulman where she struck out 10 and surrendered just three hits.
  • Kaitlyn Carr (Valparaiso, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | First-Year – Carr ended the regular season on a tear in the batter’s box. She went 8-12 at the dish with a double and two runs batted in and ended season with a team-high 37 hits and was second on the team in batting average at .333 (37-111). Carr was head and shoulders Manchester’s top pitching option this spring. In a couple of tough luck losses, Carr struck out eight, allowed two earned runs in an eight-inning outing against RHIT as well as a complete game appearance against Mt. St. Joseph. She lowered her ERA to a team-best 2.72.
  • Nicole Lang (Fishers, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Catcher / Third Base | Junior – Lang helped Rose-Hulman finish 5-1 in HCAC play last week – after the Fightin’ Engineers started the season 0-10 in league games – by batting .476 with five doubles and one home run. Lang was 10-21 at the plate with an .857 slugging average, six RBI and four runs scored in the week.
  • Stella Wulker (Cincinnati, Ohio) Transylvania University | Pitcher / Outfield | Sophomore – Wulker had another stellar week of play in four total matches. She was consistent at the plate, earning a total of seven hits in a total of 10 at-bats. With those seven hits she scored a total of three runs along with two RBI.
  • Carlee Jeter (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher / Outfield | Sophomore – Over the four games that the Pioneers played this past week, Jeter pitched two complete games and a total of 18 innings. In her first complete game vs MSJ she allowed only four hits with zero earned runs and five strikeouts. In total Jeter allowed 22 hits in 18 innings and gave up only one earned run across four games played. Jeter helped the Pioneers go 3-1 in four games throughout the week.

****TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES****

*****Boys Volleyball, Girls Wrestling approved as IHSAA Emerging Sports

(IHSAA RELEASE)

During its annual review of the by-laws on Monday afternoon, the Board of Directors of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. voted unanimously to add girls wrestling and boys volleyball to its new Emerging Sport Process. The Board of Directors, led by this year’s President Jeff Doyle of Barr-Reeve High School and Vice President Jim Brown of Fishers High School, approved 38 items during the meeting in Indianapolis. All proposals are considered in the order that the rule appears within the current by-laws. The Board of Directors has four options on each proposal: affirm, deny, table or amend a rule. A simple majority is necessary to act on any measure and all approved measures become effective immediately unless otherwise noted. The Emerging Sport Process, known as Rule 1-4 and approved a year ago by the IHSAA Board of Directors, helps pave a way for those sports and participation to continue to grow with an eye toward eventually becoming a recognized sport and sponsorship of an official state tournament. The two sports become the first to earn the designation. By earning the designation as an emerging sport, the IHSAA will now provide rule books, conduct coaches rules meetings, and provide coverage in the IHSAA’s Catastrophic Medical program. Both sports will now be subject to all IHSAA rules and policies, including the General Eligibility Rules. For a sport to become officially recognized and an IHSAA state tournament be sponsored, 50 percent of the membership must be participating in the sport. The IHSAA currently has 407 member schools around the state. The Indiana Boys Volleyball Coaches Association has been administering its state tournament since 1994 while the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association has been conducting a girls wrestling state tournament since 2017. Representatives of both coaches associations submitted requested information in recent weeks including data on participants in Indiana as well as other states, suggested playing rules and potential practice seasons as well as letters of commitment from member schools that either currently sponsor or intend to sponsor a program. According to the data submitted from those coaches associations, there are 42 schools fielding boys volleyball teams around the state while 350 girls representing 113 schools in this year’s girls wrestling state tournament.

****INDY ELEVEN

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, May 2, 2022) – Indy Eleven announced today that defender Karl Ouimette has been loaned to fellow USL Championship side Detroit City FC in a transaction that is effective immediately and will run for the remainder of 2022 Championship season.

“Karl has been a great servant to this club for the past few years and has earned my respect as a good pro and a top human being,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry. “We all mutually agreed that it would be a good time for Karl to go and get some games to continue moving his career in the right direction. We wish him nothing but great luck and success in the future.”

Ouimette has made three appearances for Indy Eleven in 2022, with two coming in regular season action and one in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play. Those contributed to his 108 overall appearances for Indiana’s Team since joining the squad in 2018, which places him second in the club’s annals in the category. The Quebec native is one of three players in Indy Eleven’s nine-year ledger to play in five seasons with the club, joining Ayoze and Brad Ring on that short list.

“I want to thank the Indy Eleven organization and the incredible fans for all the support they’ve given to me,” said Ouimette. “I felt their love throughout my time here and that has made Indianapolis feel like a second home for me and my family.”

Indy Eleven (4W-2L-2D, 14 pts., 4th place in Eastern Conference) is enjoying a rare bye week before it takes its four-game win streak and six-game undefeated run south next Saturday, May 14, to take on Memphis 901 FC (8:00 p.m. ET kick, live on ESPN+).

****NOTRE DAME HOCKEY

SOUTH BENDInd.  – The 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs open on Monday, May 2 with a trio of former Notre Dame players currently on playoff rosters including Ian Cole (Carolina), Cal Petersen (Los Angeles) and Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh).

Cole and the Carolina Hurricanes finished first in the Metropolitan Division (54-20-8/116 pts.) and will play the Boston Bruins in the first round. Cole skated in 75 games on the Carolina blue line, scoring a pair of goals and adding 17 assists for 19 points in his first season with the Hurricanes. Cole won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017.

Carolina vs. Boston

Game 1: May 2, 7 p.m. ET – Bruins at Hurricanes (ESPN, SN360, TVA Sports)

Game 2: May 4, 7 p.m. ET – Bruins at Hurricanes (ESPN, SN360, TVA Sports)

Game 3: May 6, 7 p.m. ET – Hurricanes at Bruins (TNT, SN360, TVA Sports)

Game 4: May 8, 12:30 p.m. ET – Hurricanes at Bruins (ESPN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports)

*Game 5: May 10, TBD – Bruins at Hurricanes (TBD)

*Game 6: May 12, TBD – Hurricanes at Bruins (TBD)

*Game 7: May 14, TBD – Bruins at Hurricanes (TBD)

Petersen and the Los Angeles Kings finished third in the Pacific Division (44-27-11/99 points) and will play the second-place Edmonton Oilers. Petersen played a career-high 37 games in 2021-22, posting a 20-14-0-2 mark in 35 starts. He added three shutouts on the season while splitting time in the Kings’ net with Jonathan Quick. 

Edmonton vs. Los Angeles

Game 1: May 2, 10 p.m. ET – Kings at Oilers (Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports, ESPN2)

Game 2: May 4, 10 p.m. ET – Kings at Oilers (Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports, ESPN2)

Game 3: May 6, 10 p.m. ET – Oilers at Kings (TBS, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)

Game 4: May 8, 10 p.m. ET – Oilers at Kings (TBS, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)

*Game 5: May 10, TBD – Kings at Oilers (TBD)

*Game 6: May 12, TBD – Oilers at Kings (TBD)

*Game 7: May 14, TBD – Kings at Oilers (TBD)

Rust and the Pittsburgh Penguins finished third in the Metropolitan Division (46-25-11/103 pts.) and will face the second-place New York Rangers. Rust, a two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017, had a career-high 58 points in 2021-22 on 24 goals and 34 assists in 60 games played.  

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh

Game 1: May 3, 7 p.m. ET – Penguins at Rangers (ESPN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)

Game 2: May 5, 7 p.m. ET – Penguins at Rangers (TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)

Game 3: May 7, 7 p.m. ET – Rangers at Penguins (TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)

Game 4: May 9, 7 p.m. ET – Rangers at Penguins (ESPN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)

*Game 5: May 11, TBD – Penguins at Rangers (TBD)

*Game 6: May 13, TBD – Rangers at Penguins (TBD)

*Game 7: May 15, TBD – Penguins at Rangers (TBD)

In addition to Cole, Petersen and Rust, several other Notre Dame alums could be in line for playoff call-ups depending on AHL playoff results and additional roster needs as the NHL playoffs progress. 

#IrishInTheNHL

  • Fourteen former Fighting Irish players have played in the NHL this season: Anders Bjork (Buffalo Sabres), Ian Cole (Carolina Hurricanes), Jake Evans (Montreal Canadiens), Steven Fogarty (Boston Bruins),  Jordan Gross (Colorado Avalanche) Vinnie Hinostroza (Buffalo Sabres), Anders Lee (New York Islanders), Kyle Palmieri (New York Islanders), Andrew Peeke (Columbus), Cal Petersen (Los Angeles Kings), Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh Penguins), Riley Sheahan (Seattle Kraken), Alex Steeves (Toronto Maple Leafs) and TJ Tynan (Los Angeles Kings).
  • Steeves made his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 7 against Columbus (and former Notre Dame teammate Andrew Peeke) in a 5-4 Toronto win.
  • Steeves became the 25th former Irish player under head coach Jeff Jackson to reach the NHL and the Notre Dame program’s 39th NHL player overall. 
  • Prior to Steeves, the most recent Notre Dame players to make their NHL debuts were Jordan Gross, Peeke, Jake Evans and Thomas DiPauli during the 2019-20 season. 

****BUTLER SOFTBALL

Butler pitcher Alyssa Graves has been selected as the BIG EAST Softball Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season, and freshman Ella White was chosen as BIG EAST Freshman of the Week as announced on Monday by the conference. Each was chosen for their respective performances in last weekend’s series with Providence.

Graves surrendered just two earned runs over 13 innings of work against Providence, helping the Bulldogs secure a spot in the BIG EAST Softball Championship. The graduate student fired a five-hit complete game shutout while striking out six in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Friars. Graves came back the next day to throw six more innings, allowing just two runs in another Bulldog victory.

White batted .444 and drove in four runs as part of Butler’s 2-1 weekend against Providence. The freshman’s biggest moment came on Sunday, as her three-run walk-off home run clinched Butler’s spot in next week’s BIG EAST Softball Championship. The home run capped off a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to deliver Butler the victory.

For Graves, the weekly honor is her second of the season, and for White, this is the first such recognition for her career.

The Bulldogs return to action this week, traveling to Kentucky for a doubleheader with Morehead State on Wednesday, and then traveling to Washington, D.C., to face Georgetown for their final BIG EAST series.

****BALL STATE WOMEN’S TENNIS

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s tennis team, which earned an automatic bid by winning g the Mid-American Conference Tournament title for the second time in program history Sunday afternoon, will face Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Ball State and Texas will meet Friday, May 6 at 2 pm ET. The winner will advance to play Saturday, May 7 against the winner of the first-round match in Austin, Texas, Michigan versus Oregon.

The Cardinals, who also won the league’s regular season title, defeated No. 3 seed Toledo, 4-3, at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

In just nine seasons, Ball State head coach Max Norris has guided the program to all four of its MAC regular season championships (2016, 2017, 2021 and 2022), and now both MAC Tournament Championships (2016 and 2022), along with three trips to the NCAA Tournament (2016, 2021 and 2022). 

The Cardinals will take their 19-4 overall record to Austin. The defending national champions Texas enters the match with an 20-4 record and an 8-1 Big 12 mark.

****BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Four Ball State men’s volleyball players have earned 2022 All-America honors as selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), the organization announced Monday. 

Graduate senior setter Quinn Isaacson (Plainfield, Ill./North) and senior outside attacker Kaleb Jenness (Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando) have been tabbed First Team NVA/AVCA All-Americans, while graduate senior opposite Angelos Mandilaris (Chalkida, Greece) received Second Team NVA/AVCA All-American accolades. Senior middle blocker Felix Egharevba (Naperville, Ill./Central) rounded out the awards as he was named to the All-American Honorable Mention squad. 

Isaacson and Jenness become only the third and fourth players, respectively, to earn AVCA All-America First Team honors, joining former Cardinals Paul Fasshauer (2002) and Eduardo Ferraz (1996-97). Mandilaris in the seventh Cardinal to be named to the All-MIVA Second Team, along with legends Matt Leske (2014), Anders Nelson (2011), Ian Peckler (2007), Keith Schunzel (2004), Eduardo Ferraz (1995) and Todd Reimer (1994-95). Egharevba becomes the first AVCA Honorable Mention honoree. 

The nation’s leader in assists 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 1,005 assists for the season and currently ranks sixth all-time on Ball State’s career top-20 list with 3,153 assists. Isaacson leads the team in service aces with 32 and served up the winning ace against then-top-ranked Hawai’i on Jan. 31. 

Jenness was tabbed the MIVA Player of the Year and the MIVA Tournament MVP while also tallying First Team All-MIVA honors. He was named preseason All-MIVA prior to the start of the season. Jenness currently ranks second nationally in kills per set (4.71). He leads the Cardinals in kills (396), hitting percentage (.99) and points (5.30). Jenness has turned in a double-digit kill performance 22 times this season, including a season best 31 kills against Purdue Fort Wayne on Feb. 17, as he tied Ball State’s all-time rally kills record. Jenness earned MIVA Player of the Week honors on Feb. 8 for his performance at BYU. Jenness currently ranks 11th on Ball State’s all-time kills list with 1,086. 

In only one year of action, Mandilaris has made quite the impact on the Cardinals’ offense, earning 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 currently ranks second on the team in kills (289), second in service aces (21) and second in block assists (58).  

A force to be reckoned with on defense, Egharevba was tabbed to the All-MIVA Second Team for the second time in his career. Egharevba leads the Cardinals with 115 total blocks, which includes 16 block solos and 99 block assists. He ranks at the top nationally in blocks per set with 1.386. Just a year ago, Egharevba dominated play at the net with 16 total blocks against McKendree, setting a Ball State men’s volleyball rally-scoring era record. This season, Egharevba has turned in two double-digit block performances with 10 against McKendree on Feb. 12 and 12 at NJIT on March 11. Egharevba has 224 total blocks for his career at Ball State.  

The Ball State men’s volleyball team heads into its first NCAA Tournament since 2002 after being selected as the No. 2 seed. The Cardinals earned a bye into the national semifinals, set to take place in Los Angeles, Calif. on the campus of UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, May 5-7. 

Ball State will face either Princeton, North Greenville, or a possible rematch against Hawai’i on Thursday, May 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET and can be watched live on NCAA.com. This will be the Cardinals’ 16th appearance at the NCAA Tournament all-time. 

Ball State enters the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 4 in the national AVCA Coaches Poll, which is the highest the Cardinals have ever been ranked in program history with a 23-3 overall record.

****BALL STATE SOFTBALL

» THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE SOFTBALL: The Ball State softball team enters the final week of the 2022 regular season with six games on the docket … BSU starts the week Tuesday with a scheduled 5 p.m. first pitch at league-leading Miami … The Cardinals are also slated to play a 1 p.m. doubleheader in Oxford on Wednesday, before hosting Akron for a three-game series Saturday and Sunday.

» WHERE WE STAND: Ball State enters the week ranked fifth in the Mid-American Conference standings with its 13-10 league record … Unfortunately, the Cardinals are currently the first team out in the race to make the four-team 2022 MAC Tournament hosted by the No. 1 seed … Miami leads the league with a 20-3 mark, needing just one win to claim the regular season title … Central Michigan is second at 15-8, while Ohio (14-8) and Bowling Green (13-9) round out the top four … Akron (12-14) is right behind Ball State in sixth. 

BALL STATE NEWS & NOTES:

» PERFECTION: Freshman pitcher Angelina Russo threw Ball State’s first recorded perfect game in the nightcap of the April 20 doubleheader versus Western Michigan … In helping lead the Cardinals to a 5-0 victory, Russo retired all 21 batters she faced over the 7.0 inning game … She struck out 10 total batters, including eight of WMU’s first nine … She also helped herself out on defense by registering a pair of assists, including fielding a soft grounder for out 20 of 21.

» NEAR PERFECTION: Ball State’s pitchers had flirted with perfect games before Angelina Russo’s gem, falling a walk shy of perfection on four occasions, most recently in a combined no-hitter by Aeshia Miles (3.0 innings) and Alyssa Rothwell (2.0 innings) in a 15-0 (5) victory over St. Bonaventure on March 17, 2018 … BSU has also been both an error shy and a hit batter shy of perfection as well.

» HOW ABOUT NO HITTERS: In addition to being the first recorded perfect game in program history, Angelina Russo’s effort marked just the 17th time BSU’s pitchers have surrendered no hits in a game dating back through the 1980 season.

» SHUTOUTS ARE GOOD TOO: Including Angelina Russo’s perfect game versus Western Michigan (April 20), Ball State pitchers have thrown four complete game shutouts this season … Junior pitcher Deborah Jones picked up Ball State’s first shutout in the 11-0 (5) win at Northern Illinois (April 6) … Jones also preceded Russo’s perfect game with her second shutout of the season in a 5-0 victory in the opening game of the April 20 doubleheader versus WMU … Jones added one more shutout, limiting Buffalo to two hits and one walk, while striking out nine, in a 4-0 victory April 24.

» 200 CAREER Ks: With her fourth of six strikeouts in the April 20 win over WMU, Deborah Jones also became just the 15th pitcher in program history to register 200 career strikeouts … Jones enters the Miami series ranked 15th on BSU’s all-time list with 223 strikeouts, while her 5.73 strikeouts-per-seven innings ranks sixth.

» BEHIND THE PLATE: One constant in all four of Ball State’s shutout wins this season, including the first perfect game in program history, has been senior catcher Delanie Johnson … She’s caught all four games, leading the squad with 29 putouts to go along with a pair of assists … Johnson also lent a hand on offense, which out-scored opponents 25-0 over the four games, by tying for team-high honors with five RBIs and adding a double and home run.

» VIDEO GAME NUMBERS: Senior outfielder Faith Hensley has picked up right where she left off last season, leading the Ball State offense with a .420 batting average this season … The mark currently ranks third in the MAC and 34th among all NCAA Division I players … She has reached base safely in 43 of the 46 games she has played, including via a hit in 36 contests … Hensley leads the MAC in walks (32) and on base percentage (.545), while ranking among the top five in the league in: hits (58, second), home runs (17, second), slugging percentage (.870, second), triples, (3, second), runs scored (46, third) and RBIs (39, fifth).

» ON BALL STATE’S CAREER CHARTS: A 2021 NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection, Faith Hensley enters the Miami series ranked first in program history with a .503 career on base percentage … She is also second on BSU’s all-time charts in both batting average (.395) and slugging percentage (.739) … Over 314 career at bats, Hensley has tallied 124 total hits, including 25 home runs, 23 doubles and five triples … She has also drawn 58 walks and been hit by a pitch 11 times.

» HENSLEY GOING YARD: Faith Hensley’s 25 career home runs currently tie for eighth on BSU’s career charts with her 17 in 2022 ranking as the fourth-most in a season in program history … The only player with more home runs in a single season in a Ball State uniform is two-time All-American and 2021 Olympic medalist Jennifer Gilbert (23 in 2013, 19 in 2014 and 18 in 2012).

» GOING YARD – PART 2: Ball State’s sluggers have blasted 52 total home runs this season, with 11 different players getting into the action … The newest addition to the Ball State Softball #BombSquad came April 23 at Buffalo when freshman Emma Richards blasted her first career home run in the opening game of a doubleheader versus Buffalo … She wasted little time picking up her second blast, adding another in the nightcap against the Bulls.

» ON THE BASE PATHS: Sophomore outfielder Remington Ross enters the Miami series ranked third in the league with 20 stolen bases … She started the season a perfect 13-for-13 before being narrowly thrown out when attempting to steal third versus Kent State (April 1) … Since then, Ross has gone 7-for-7, pushing her to 20-for-21 on the year … Ross has also shown off her speed at the plate with eight bunt singles so far this year.

» MAGIC EIGHT BALL?: Senior shortstop Amaia Daniel enters the Miami series riding an eight-game hitting streak, which ties as Ball State’s longest of the season … Over the last eight games, Daniel is batting .370 with 10 hits including a pair of home runs … She also has four RBIs and four runs scored during the streak.

» MORE ON THE NUMBER EIGHT: Freshman Emma Richards has reached base safely in each of BSU’s last eight games, including by a hit in six of the eight contests … She leads the team with a .480 batting average over the span, including two doubles and two home runs … Richards has also scored a team-high six runs over the last eight games, while also leading the squad in slugging percentage (.800) and on base percentage (.552).

» TURNING TWO: On the defensive front, the Cardinals added three more double plays in last weekend’s series versus Bowling Green to enter the week tied for sixth with 25 double plays turned this season … Ball State’s 0.53 double plays-per-game average is seventh among the 293 ranked NCAA Division I programs.

****BALL STATE BASEBALL

CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly Player and Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Zach Cole and Sam Klein earned MAC Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, to give Ball State baseball the sweep of weekly honors.

Cole was outstanding at the plate for the Cardinals against the Chippewas. He posted a .500 batting average and led the team with three home runs. He notched his NCAA-leading seventh triple during the weekend. He produced a team-high nine RBIs to go along with a team-best 1.286 slugging percentage. Defensively, he was just as stellar. He recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. He made a phenomenal diving catch on a full sprint in the left field gap. He also made a leaping catch as he crashed into the wall, both of those catches kept the Chippewas off the scoreboard.

Klein was outstanding for the Cardinals out of the bullpen. He recorded two saves and moved his MAC-leading total to nine. He recorded a two-inning save in the series opener against CMU and added another on Saturday’s 10-7 victory. He picked up a win in Sunday’s game as he went 1 1/3 innings in relief with three strikeouts. He held CMU scoreless for 4 1/3 innings in three appearances and surrendered just two hits. He notched six strikeouts and three walks for the weekend. This is Klein’s second Pitcher of the Week accolade this season.

Ball State returns to action for a four-game MAC series at Kent State. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday, May 6.

****PURDUE FT.WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball student-athletes Troy Gooch and Jon Diedrich were All-America Honorable Mentions on Monday, May 2.

Diedrich finished the season third in the country in total kills (434) and 12th in kills per set (3.98). He is one of six attackers in the country to notch over 400 kills this year. Diedrich recorded 20 or more kills in five matches this season, including a season-high 26 kills against George Mason (Jan. 20). He also hit .300 or better in 11 matches, including a .619 clip against Lindenwood (Feb. 11).

Gooch finished the regular season ninth in the country and first in the MIVA in digs per set (2.37). Gooch notched double-digit digs in 10 matches this season, including a career high 20 digs against Ball State on April 9. In his last five matches of the season, he averaged 3.42 digs per set. Gooch is the second libero in program history to be named an All-American. The other was Luis Bertran in 2016. Gooch is one of four liberos in the country and the only from the MIVA to earn All-America honors.

Diedrich and Gooch become the 31st and 32nd All-America nods in the storied Mastodon men’s volleyball program. The 2022 Mastodons finished the season 17-13 after a trip to the MIVA Championship match.

****INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State heads back on the road for the final time in the 2022 season as the Sycamores start their eight-game road trip on Tuesday night at Illinois Field for the midweek matchup between ISU and the University of Illinois. First pitch between the two teams is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be carried live on B1G+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Missouri State Recap

Indiana State fell in the first two games over the weekend to visiting Missouri State, but the Sycamores bounced back in a big way on Sunday to take the series finale over the Bears to move to 22-13 in the 2022 season, 7-5 in Missouri Valley play.

Indiana State was unable to hold off a late Missouri State rally in the top of the ninth inning in the first game of the weekend series despite another strong pitching performance from Matt Jachec (7.0 innings, 5 strikeouts), while Keegan Watson connected on a team-high three hits in the loss. The Bears scored three runs in the top of the ninth to swing a 6-4 deficit to a 7-6 lead and ISU was unable to bounce back in the opening loss.

Another late Missouri State rally swung game two to the Bears over the weekend as MSU scored 11 unanswered runs in the 11-4 win. Indiana State took the early lead as Jordan Schaffer, Sean Ross, and Randall Diaz all connected on solo home runs in the third inning, but a Drake Baldwin grand slam sparked the Bears to the comeback and series win.

Luke Patzner put Indiana State on his back in the series finale as the redshirt sophomore went the distance in a 120-pitch complete game 8-1 win over Missouri State on Sunday. The Sycamores scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning and three in the eighth to provide Patzner with all the support he would need in the win. Grant Magill led the Sycamores in the finale with a 3-for-3 game with a double and two RBI.

Scouting Illinois

Illinois enters the week with a 22-19 overall record, including a12-6 mark in Big Ten play following this past weekend’s series against Indiana. Illinois’ last four midweek contests have come against Missouri Valley teams with the Fighting Illini sitting 2-2 overall with wins over Bradley and Illinois State, while falling to Indiana State and Illinois State.

Illinois was not among the top six teams ranked in the Big Ten preseason poll, but the Illini currently sit third in the Big Ten standings on the year trailing just Rutgers (15-3) and Maryland (11-4) in the conference standings on the season. Illinois is currently 73 in both the D1Baseball RPI and the NCAA D1 RPI entering the week with games against Indiana State and Miami (Ohio) on tap for the weekend.

Three Illinois players were among the those recognized on the preseason Big Ten squad with shortstop Branden Comia, infielder Justin Janas, and left-handed pitcher Cole Kirschsieper all receiving honors in the preseason.

Illinois currently is hitting .290 as a team on the season with four lineup regulars batters hitting above the .300 mark on the year. Cam McDonald paces the Illinois lineup with a .372 batting average with a team-high 61 hits, six home runs, and 43 RBI. Comia is also hitting .329 from the plate with 56 hits, six home runs, and 40 RBI, while Jacob Campbell is the team leader with eight home runs on the season.

Cole Kirschsieper (5-2, 3,2 ERA) has been the pitching leader for Illinois on the season, while 12 different pitchers have all earned starts for the Illini on the year. Overall, Illinois has posted a 6.06 team ERA with a 326:170 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the 2022 season.

Fighting Illini Top Players

Cam McDonald has been one of the most consistent hitters in the Big Ten in the 2022 season with the junior sitting in the top-10 in the conference in batting average on the year. McDonald is the team leader with a .372 batting average with 61 hits and 43 RBI, while adding a .573 slugging percentage. He boasted a 23-game hitting streak from February 20 – April 3, and enters the week on another 12-game hitting streak coming since April 12.

Opponent History

Illinois leads the all-time series 44-37-2 over the Sycamores dating back to the first contest back on May 12, 1906. The Sycamores have won the last five games at home at Bob Warn Field dating back to the 2006 season, while Illinois picked up the last win at Illinois Field back on May 1, 2019, 5-2.

Last Time against Illinois

Randall Diaz homered and drove in four runs, while Grant Magill doubled twice as Indiana State scored early and often in the April 19, 12-6 win over visiting Illinois at Bob Warn Field. The Sycamores led by double-digits by the midway point of the game after scoring multiple runs in the first, third, fourth, and fifth frames to build the 12-1 lead. The Fighting Illini rallied late, but the Sycamores pitching staff combined for 13 strikeouts in the eventual nonconference win.

Non-Conference Round-Up

Indiana State has posted a 15-8 overall record in non-conference play following their midweek win over 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 2-3 in true road 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 third place in the Missouri Valley regular season standings with a 7-5 mark on the year. The Sycamores sit two games back of leader Evansville (9-3) and one game behind Southern Illinois (8-4). Dallas Baptist (6-6) is a game behind Indiana State. 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 Bradley (May 6-8) and Southern Illinois (May 13-15), and a home series against Dallas Baptist (May 18-20).

Back on the Road

Indiana State currently has a 5-3 record 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 won each of their last four road games dating back to April 6 with a 10-6 extra-inning win over Purdue, while also sweeping the April 9-10 weekend series at Valparaiso.

Indiana State is hitting a robust .337 on the road with nine different players hitting .300 or better on the road. Isaiah Thompson (.467) has been the team leader at the plate with seven hits in 15 at-bats, while Sean Ross (.457) and Josue Urdaneta (.444) have also been dominant at the plate on the season. Ross in particular leads the Sycamores with seven extra-base hits including two home runs, while adding a team-high 14 RBI in road games this season.

From a pitching standpoint, Matt Jachec (2-1, 2.61 ERA) continues to be the standard on the mound by pacing the Sycamores in innings pitched (20.2). Joey Hurth (1-1, 1.12 ERA) has two saves and has allowed batters to hit just .179 from the plate, while Jake Ridgway and Luke Patzner have both drawn starts on the road.

Sycamores against the Big Ten

Indiana State is currently 5-4 against the Big Ten in the 2022 season with the Sycamores lining up against seven teams from the conference throughout the year. ISU has taken the field against Ohio State (twice), Minnesota (twice), Maryland, Michigan, Purdue, Indiana, and Illinois in the nonconference schedule with the latest coming back on April 19 against the Fighting Illini. Throughout the schedule, ISU has only played one Big Ten team on the road in a true road game this season coming back on April 6 in a 10-6 extra-inning win at Purdue in West Lafayette.

****INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

ST. LOUIS – Indiana State right-hander Luke Patzner became the second Sycamore to receive Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week honors as the redshirt sophomore picked up the recognition on Monday afternoon.

Patzner hurled a three-hitter in Sunday’s series finale 8-1 win over Missouri State as the Urbandale, Iowa native became the first pitcher in the MVC this season to throw a complete 9.0-inning game. Patzner struck out six and allowed just two runners into scoring position after the third inning in a dominant performance on a windy day at Bob Warn Field.

Patzner bounced back after allowing a solo home run in the top of the third inning to retire 10 straight batters. After the Bears loaded the bases in the sixth, he recorded a key strikeout looking and got the final out on a fly ball to center to keep MSU off the board.

He needed just 30 pitches over the final three innings and retired the final eight batters in order to record ISU’s first complete game since the 2021 NCAA Regionals (Zach Frey vs. Presbyterian, June 5, 2021). His nine-inning game marked his longest career outing at Indiana State surpassing his previous high of 5.0 innings recorded three times previously on the season.

Patzner received the weekly recognition for the first time in his ISU career. He also became the second Sycamore pitcher and third ISU player overall to receive conference weekly recognition this season joining Josue Urdaneta (Player, March 21) and Matt Jachec (Pitcher, April 11).

Up Next

Indiana State embarks on an eight-game road trip starting Tuesday, May 3, as the Sycamores make the trip to Urbana-Champaign, Ill. to complete the home-and-home series with the University of Illinois. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET and will be carried live on B1G+ and 105.5 The Legend.

*****VALPO BASEBALL

Western Michigan (15-26, 12-15 MAC)

at Valparaiso (14-25, 3-9 MVC)

Emory G. Bauer Field | Valparaiso, Ind.

Tuesday, May 3, 2 p.m. CT – RHP Connor Lockwood

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The calendar has flipped to the month of May as the Valparaiso University baseball team begins a seven-game homestand on Tuesday when Western Michigan comes to town for the final nonconference home date of the year. Note that the game time has been moved up to 2 p.m., an hour earlier than originally scheduled.

Recently in Valpo Baseball: After dropping a 4-0 pitchers’ duel in the series opener and a 15-12 slugfest in the middle game, Valpo held on for an 11-10 victory over host Southern Illinois in the third and final game of a weekend series in Carbondale. The win came over a team that entered the day tied atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings. Valpo was competitive in all three games, outhitting the Salukis 11-8 in the Friday game before owning a seven-run lead in the eventual Saturday setback. The victorious series finale saw Valpo put up crooked numbers in four of the first five innings. 

Following the Beacons: There will be no ESPN3 for this game, but a radio broadcast is expected to take place on WVUR 95.1 FM Valparaiso. Links to live audio and stats are available on ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @ValpoBaseball on Twitter. 

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (166-260), the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his ninth season in charge of the program. This year, he moves into sole possession of third in program history for number of seasons coached with nine, surpassing Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Entering the season, Schmack’s win total ranks fourth in program history after he surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987, 147) during the 2021 campaign. Also in 2021, Schmack joined Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches to reach the 150-win threshold. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Series Notes: Western Michigan holds a 33-15 edge in an all-time series that dates back to 1947. This will mark the first matchup between the two teams since an 11-1 Valpo win on April 16, 2019. The Beacons have won four straight matchups between the two teams, including a 13-inning affair in 2015 at Emory G. Bauer Field and a memorable 18-13 slugfest in 2018 in Kalamazoo. That game saw Blake Billinger launch three home runs.

In the Other Dugout: Western Michigan

Picked fourth of 11 in the MAC preseason poll.

Split a four-game series with Northern Illinois this past weekend in Kalamazoo.

Lost two of three at Southern Illinois and two of three vs. Bradley earlier this season.

Connor Charping holds a team-best batting average of .380 to go along with two home runs and 20 RBIs. Cade Sullivan and Dylan Nevar have each slugged nine home runs and driven in 39 runs.

***INDIANA WESLEYAN SOFTBALL

KANSAS CITY, MO. – One path to the 2022 NAIA Softball World Series will run through Marion, Indiana.  The newly named, Sue Bowman Field has been selected as one of ten NAIA Opening Round sites for the 2022 NAIA Softball Championship.  NAIA Opening Rounds will take place on May 16-18, with the winner of the Marion site punching their ticket to the World Series.

Opening Round locations will each host four teams which will feature a double elimination bracket.

The official schedule, game times, and information to purchase tickets will be released on Wednesday, May 11.

****INDIANA WESLEYAN SOFTBALL

JACKSON, Mich. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan pitcher Alyssa Wagner was named Crossroads League Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season. Wagner continues to lead the Wildcats from the mound and went 4-0 last week with a save in five appearances. Wagner continues to create issues for opponents striking out 28 opponents this week. She recorded a 2.80 earned-run averaged and led the Wildcats to claim the Crossroads League regular season championship.

“Wags has stepped up huge this week and it was contagious!” said Head Coach Steve Babinski “I’m proud of her with all she has overcome. She is such a wonderful part of the whole Team 35 that together, is asking to be used by God in whatever ways He wants!”

This past week, Wildcats earned their first outright Crossroads League Regular Season title since 2005. This title secures a bid to the NAIA National Championship which starts Opening Round play on May 16-18 at host sites. Before NAIA nationals action, Wildcats will play in the Crossroads League tournament May 4-6. Top seeded Wildcats will face eighth-seeded Spring Arbor on Wednesday, May 4 at 10am. The first day of competition will be played at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.

****ROSE HULMAN SOFTBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman Baylee Uhrick has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week after helping the Fightin’ Engineers compile a 5-1 record last week.

Uhrick was a perfect 3-0 in four appearances in the circle, tossing 11 innings in relief with a 0.00 ERA.  She also contributed the game-winning walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning in an 8-7 win over Hanover.

The Fightin’ Engineers finished 5-1 last week to secure their first winning softball season since 2015 at 18-14 overall.  Rose-Hulman concluded the 2022 season on a 3-game winning streak, with Uhrick picking up the win in the season finale against Anderson.

****ROSE HULMAN BASEBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology swept the two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week awards in results released today by the league office.

Brett Tuttle has been named HCAC Hitter of the Week after batting .412 with 3 home runs in 4 games last week.  Tuttle was 7-for-17 with also 1 triple, 8 RBIs, 7 runs scored and helped the Fightin’ Engineers finish 3-1 overall including a league sweep over Bluffton University on Sunday.

Ian Kline has been named HCAC Pitcher of the Week after tossing a 9-inning, 3-hit shutout on Sunday against Bluffton.  Kline threw just 95 pitches with 3 strikeouts and 0 walks to improve to 6-2 on the season.

Rose-Hulman also clinched a bid to the HCAC Baseball Tournament starting May 12 in Kokomo with Sunday’s wins against Bluffton.

With Sunday’s sweep, Rose-Hulman improved to 22-10 on the season and 11-3 in conference play.  The Fightin’ Engineers close the HCAC regular season with Senior Day at home on Saturday against Defiance.  The schedule also includes a non-conference road game at DePauw on Thursday and a non-conference twinbill at Wabash on Sunday.

****TAYLOR BASEBALL

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League has announced its final installment of weekly awards for the 2022 baseball regular-season, in which Taylor senior, Luke Shively, was honored with his second Pitcher-of-the-Week award of the season.

With this week’s honor, Shively now has four CL weekly awards in his career, plus an additional NAIA Pitcher-of-the-Week award from earlier this season. Taylor athletes at large now boast a total of 37 CL or MSFA Player-of-the-Week awards during the 2021-2022 year.

Shively’s most-recent recognition came in the wake of yet another magnificent performance, this time traversing eight innings of scoreless-action in TU’s 9-0 win against Grace, a win in which he allowed just two hits in comparison to eight strikeouts.

Between the third and eighth innings, the Mishawaka, Indiana, native was especially dominant, retiring 16-of-17 Grace batters, including 11-in-a-row at one point.

Shively now boasts 10 wins on the season, a mark that leads the Crossroads League and holds a share of 10th-place in the entire nation. Meanwhile, the right-handed senior has become just the third pitcher in TU program-history to record double-digit wins in a single season, matching the single-season program-record most recently achieved by Matt Patton in the 2018 season.

Additionally, Shively now leads the league with 92 strikeouts in just 79-and-a-third innings of work, which places him in the top-five all-time for strikeouts in a single season among Taylor pitchers. Yet even more, Shively has now totaled 285 strikeouts throughout his career, comfortably cruising past the previous individual-career program-record of 258.

As a final note regarding Shively’s superb senior-season, he continues to lead the Crossroads League in earned-run average, now with a stellar mark of 2.27 for the season.

Thus Shively is set to lead the Trojans into the Crossroads League Tournament as the league-leader in wins, strikeouts, and ERA, a formidable force for the Cougars of Spring Arbor to meet in round one.

No. 24 Taylor (36-16, 26-10 CL) and Spring Arbor (25-25-1, 16-20 CL) are set to play Friday afternoon, May 6th, at 1:00 pm on the beautiful turf of Winterholter Field.

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

****VALPO BASEBALL

Valparaiso University baseball second baseman Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) stayed hot at the plate this week, and his offensive success has received notice from the Missouri Valley Conference as Tucker was named the league’s Player of the Week on Monday.

Tucker posted a robust .667 batting average in a three-game weekend series at Southern Illinois and an overall average of .563 over four games this week. He went 8-for-12 in a road series with the Salukis while driving in four runs and scoring three times. Three of his eight hits in the series went for extra bases.

Tucker was a home run shy of the natural cycle in the Saturday game at SIU as he recorded a single, double and triple in that order in his first three plate appearances. He slugged 1.000 and posted an on-base percentage of .714 in the series with the Salukis. His four-hit game on Saturday was his second of the season as he became the first Beacon with two four-hit games this year.

Tucker ranks among the Missouri Valley Conference leaders in batting average (.387, fourth), slugging percentage (.548, 13th) and on-base percentage (.454, seventh) and leads the team in all three slash line categories. In MVC-only action, he owns a .419 batting average that ranks third in the league. This marks a noteworthy turnaround for Tucker, who entered the season as a .188 career hitter over two injury-riddled seasons.

Weekly awards can be hard to come by in such a strong baseball conference, as this marks the team’s first weekly award of the season and just the third Player of the Week honor since joining The Valley (Sam Shaikin, Kaleb Hannahs).

****U OF I WOMEN’S GOLF

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—UIndy women’s golf opened the NCAA DII East Regional with a solid team score of 305, good for second place on the leaderboard. The 54-hole, 15-team event is being held at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo., Monday through Wednesday.

The Greyhounds are in an enviable spot, as the top five teams and the top two individuals with a non-advancing team will qualify for the 2022 NCAA DII Women’s Golf Championships in Georgia later this month.

Two Hounds landed in the top 10 through 18 holes. Both junior Catharina Graf and freshman Anci Dy carded a three-over 74 on the par-71 course, good for a share of ninth place among the region’s best. Dy led all players with five round-one birdies. Junior Katelyn Skinner (+7) settled at T-20, followed by senior Elyse Stasil (+8, T-26) and freshman Ellen Caton (+17, T-71).

Findlay (292) holds the team lead after day one, building a 13-steoke lead over the field. UIndy, meanwhile, is currently two strokes up on third-place Tiffin and five ahead of fourth-place Lindenwood.

Play continues Tuesday with round-two action. Tee times start at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, with UIndy’s tee times running from 11:20 a.m. to noon ET.

****U OF I SOFTBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy junior Lexy Rees was voted the GLVC Player of the Week in softball, it was announced by the league office Monday. The slugging catcher helped the Greyhounds defeat a pair of regional-ranked opponents last week, hitting a four home runs along the way.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Lexy Rees, Jr.

C, Greenwood, Ind.

Major: Nursing

Team Results: 0-4 L, 10-2 W (5 innings) vs. Ohio Dominican (4/26) | 3-4 L, 9-0 W vs. Lindenwood (4/29) | 4-1 W, 7-0 W vs. Maryville (5/1)

Hit .450 on the week with a gaudy 1.050 slugging percentage with four home runs and 10 RBIs

Went 3-for-3 with two HRs in game two at Lindenwood Friday, helping the Hounds beat the region’s fifth-ranked team

Hit a three-run homer versus both Ohio Dominican and Maryville

Leads the GLVC in RBIs and ranks third in home runs

Earns first career Player of the Week award

Last Greyhounds’ Player of the Week: Emily O’Connor (3/14/22)

****U OF I MEN’S LAX

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy men’s lacrosse team dropped two spots to No. 7 in this week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Dynamic Men’s Coaches Division II rankings.  They also fell to No. 9 in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Magazine rankings.

This marks the 18th consecutive week that the Hounds have been ranked in the Top 10 and the 49th straight week they’ve been nationally ranked dating back to the 2019 preseason rankings.

UIndy remains the highest nationally ranked team among the Great Lakes Valley Conference with Lindenwood clocking in at No. 9 while Rockhurst and Maryville received votes.

The Hounds travel to Gaffney, S.C. this weekend to face Limestone who is now tied for the No. 5 slot following a loss in the South Atlantic Conference title game.

****U OF I WOMEN’S LAX

The University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team has been ranked No. 2 in the nation after it claimed the Great Lakes Valley Championship over No. 9 Lindenwood on Sunday afternoon.

The Hounds defeated McKendree on Friday afternoon, before exerting their Midwest dominance over the Lions on Sunday, 14-5.

Abigail Lagos has marked herself as third in the nation in division II in goals per game with 4.71, as well as second in free position goals with 1.41.

Peyton Romig is seeded second in the nation with 10.18 per game.

The Hounds take a week break as they await their selection on Sunday, May 6 for the NCAA Regional Selection show at 8:30 p.m. ET.

****MARIAN SOFTBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday May 4, the Crossroads League Tournament will begin at Grand Park, in Westfield, Indiana, as the Marian softball team will host the 2022 league tournament. The Knights are hosting the tournament for the first time since 2019. Below is a guide providing information of the annual league tournament.

LOCATION, LOCATION

The Crossroads League Tournament will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday May 4, with the opening day of the tournament being hosted at Grand Park. All eight teams will begin the league tournament in Westfield, with the tournament shifting to Marian University’s campus on Thursday May 5 for the duration of the event. The championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday May 6.

THE BRACKET

Indiana Wesleyan will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament, with Marian holding the No. 2 seed. Both Marian and Indiana Wesleyan will play in the 10 a.m. game on Wednesday with the Knights taking on Huntington and the Wildcats playing against Spring Arbor. The 12 p.m. games will feature Mount Vernon and Goshen, and Taylor and Saint Francis. The winner’s game will be played at 3 p.m., with the first elimination game set for 5 p.m.

On Thursday two elimination games will be played with action starting at 10 a.m., and the winner’s bracket championship game will begin at 3 p.m. On Friday the action is scheduled is start at 11 a.m.

To view the full bracket, click here.

WHERE TO WATCH

All games played on Wednesday will be streamed on the Marian Athletics YouTube channel, MUKnightsTV. All games can be found here. As the tournament shifts back to Marian’s campus, the ISC Sports Network will pick up the production and stream the final seven games of the tournament. Streaming through ISC Sports Network will cost $7.99 per game and $14.99 per day, for both Thursday and Friday. To view the games on ISC Sports Network, click here.

LIVE STATS

Live stats will be available throughout the tournament, and can be found at marianstats.com.

TICKETS

Tickets at Grand Park on Wednesday will cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, military, and children. At Marian University on Thursday and Friday, tickets will cost $8 per day and $15 for the tournament for adults, $5 per day and $10 for the tournament for senior citizens and children ages 6-17, and college students and children $5 and under are free.

****Jackson, Mich. – The Marian softball team finished the regular season with another Crossroads League Player of the Week honor, as Shelbie Stotts took home the honor for the fifth time and second straight week.

Stotts continued her late-season barrage by hitting .545 with two doubles, one home run, 11 runs batted in and seven runs scored. Stotts had five multi-hit games in six contests and helped No. 17 Marian to a 4-2 week. Over the weekend Stotts became the All-Time RBI leader at Marian in a single season and a career, breaking the season record on Saturday and the career mark on Friday.

Marian will play Huntington in the opening game of the Crossroads League Tournament on Wednesday morning at Grand Park in Westfield.

****MARIAN MEN’S GOLF

Jackson, Mich. – After winning the 2022 Crossroads League Championship last Tuesday, the league has recognized Jay Williams as its final Men’s Golfer of the Week for the 2021-2022 season. The Marian men’s golf senior now has two career honors, winning each of the final two awards possible in his career.

Williams topped the field at the 2022 Crossroads League Men’s Golf Championships, shooting successive rounds of 69, 71 and 70 to claim medalist honors. The win for Williams allowed the senior to tie the Marian 54-hole record, as his medalist was Marian’s first honor in a decade.

Williams will compete in the NAIA Championship as an individual, with the Marian team still awaiting an at-large bid, which will be announced later this week.

****INDIANA WESLEYAN SOFTBALL

KANSAS CITY, MO. – One path to the 2022 NAIA Softball World Series will run through Marion, Indiana.  The newly named, Sue Bowman Field has been selected as one of ten NAIA Opening Round sites for the 2022 NAIA Softball Championship.  NAIA Opening Rounds will take place on May 16-18, with the winner of the Marion site punching their ticket to the World Series.

Opening Round locations will each host four teams which will feature a double elimination bracket.

The official schedule, game times, and information to purchase tickets will be released on Wednesday, May 11.

****JACKSON, Mich. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan pitcher Alyssa Wagner was named Crossroads League Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season. Wagner continues to lead the Wildcats from the mound and went 4-0 last week with a save in five appearances. Wagner continues to create issues for opponents striking out 28 opponents this week. She recorded a 2.80 earned-run averaged and led the Wildcats to claim the Crossroads League regular season championship.

“Wags has stepped up huge this week and it was contagious!” said Head Coach Steve Babinski “I’m proud of her with all she has overcome. She is such a wonderful part of the whole Team 35 that together, is asking to be used by God in whatever ways He wants!”

This past week, Wildcats earned their first outright Crossroads League Regular Season title since 2005. This title secures a bid to the NAIA National Championship which starts Opening Round play on May 16-18 at host sites. Before NAIA nationals action, Wildcats will play in the Crossroads League tournament May 4-6. Top seeded Wildcats will face eighth-seeded Spring Arbor on Wednesday, May 4 at 10am. The first day of competition will be played at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.

****INDIANA WESLEYAN BASEBALL

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League named Indiana Wesleyan’s Denver Blinn baseball player of the week. Blinn had an outstanding series for the Wildcats blazing in two home runs to start game one and running in the first five runs. These home runs alone pushed the Wildcats to a new school record in home runs on the season. Wildcats currently sit with 77 home runs heading into post season play.

On the series, Blinn hit .500 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, and scored six runs. Blinn had three multi-hit games, posted a double, walked three times, and stole two bases.

“A professional hitter, Denver has put together productive at-bats week after week” said Head Coach Rich Benjamin. “His commitment to a hitting plan in training and the game is a great model for young hitters in our program. We celebrate this honor with him.”

Wildcats start post season play this weekend in the Crossroads League tournament. IWU locked in a three-seed and set to play six-seeded Marian University. The tournament is hosted at Taylor University and the game is set to take place on Friday, May 6 at 10am.

****ROSE HULMAN WOMEN’S GOLF

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s golf team begins its second consecutive NCAA Division III Championship appearance on 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 will represent the HCAC at the NCAA Division III Championship at Bays Oaks Country Club in Houston.

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.

Kevin Robinson was also 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.

*****ROSE HULMAN BASEBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology swept the two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week awards in results released today by the league office.

Brett Tuttle has been named HCAC Hitter of the Week after batting .412 with 3 home runs in 4 games last week.  Tuttle was 7-for-17 with also 1 triple, 8 RBIs, 7 runs scored and helped the Fightin’ Engineers finish 3-1 overall including a league sweep over Bluffton University on Sunday.

Ian Kline has been named HCAC Pitcher of the Week after tossing a 9-inning, 3-hit shutout on Sunday against Bluffton.  Kline threw just 95 pitches with 3 strikeouts and 0 walks to improve to 6-2 on the season.

Rose-Hulman also clinched a bid to the HCAC Baseball Tournament starting May 12 in Kokomo with Sunday’s wins against Bluffton.

With Sunday’s sweep, Rose-Hulman improved to 22-10 on the season and 11-3 in conference play.  The Fightin’ Engineers close the HCAC regular season with Senior Day at home on Saturday against Defiance.  The schedule also includes a non-conference road game at DePauw on Thursday and a non-conference twinbill at Wabash on Sunday.

*****ROSE HULMAN SOFTBALL

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman Baylee Uhrick has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week after helping the Fightin’ Engineers compile a 5-1 record last week.

Uhrick was a perfect 3-0 in four appearances in the circle, tossing 11 innings in relief with a 0.00 ERA.  She also contributed the game-winning walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning in an 8-7 win over Hanover.

The Fightin’ Engineers finished 5-1 last week to secure their first winning softball season since 2015 at 18-14 overall.  Rose-Hulman concluded the 2022 season on a 3-game winning streak, with Uhrick picking up the win in the season finale against Anderson.

****TRINE SOFTBALL

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University softball team is set to host the 2022 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Softball Tournament beginning this Thursday, May 5.

The opening day is scheduled to feature four games, the first coming between the Thunder and Alma College at 11 a.m. Trine swept the Scots during the regular season on the back of a no-hit performance from sophomore Adrienne Rosey (Schoolcraft, Mich. / Schoolcraft) and an offensive explosion. Scheduled for 1 p.m., second seeded Hope College will take on Calvin University.

Two more games are scheduled for Thursday. At 3:30 p.m. the first elimination game of the tournament is set to pit the losing teams from the first two games, then at 5:30 p.m. the winners will face off.

The tournament is set to finish on Friday, May 6, starting with the winner of Game 3 facing off with the loser of Game 4 at noon, before the two remaining teams take the field for the championship at 2 p.m. with an if necessary game at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 7 will serve as a make up date in case of inclement weather.

All wishing to attend the contests are encouraged to purchase their tickets online before arriving at Trine University. Tickets can be purchased at the gate but no cash will be accepted. Tickets can be purchased HERE

Each game will be streamed on Trine Broadcasting Network and links to live coverage can be found on individual team schedules. For more information on the tournament check out the MIAA Tournament Central.

****FREELAND, Mich. – Adrienne Rosey (Schoolcraft, Mich. / Schoolcraft) of the Trine University softball team has been named Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Softball Pitcher of the week for the Monday, May 2 iteration of the award.

This is the second time in her career and this season that Rosey has earned the award. This is the fifth time a Thunder softball student-athlete has been named MIAA Athlete of the Week.

Rosey played a crucial role during a pair of MIAA doubleheaders, leading the team from the circle as they secured four wins and their 11th MIAA Championship. She would finish the week with a 1.50 ERA while striking 15 and allowing just six hits and two walks.

Rosey started the week with her second no-hitter of the season, keeping the visiting Alma College squad off the scoreboard completely with just three batters reaching base, two on errors and one on a walk. She would strikeout nine in the contest and the offense would plate four to give the team the 4-0 win. The team would go on to sweep the Scots.

Trine would need another sweep of visiting Hope College to secure the MIAA Regular Season Championship and once again Rosey came to play. She took the circle for the first game of the day and started spectacularly holding the opposition scoreless through the first four innings despite an hour-long rain delay. She would finish the game with another victory, this time by the score of 8-4. Only three of the runs were earned and she would strikeout six during the contest.

****TRINE MEN’S TRACK

FREELAND, Mich. – The Trine University men’s track and field team saw junior Travis Dowling [Swayzee, Ind. / Oak Hill] win Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Men’s Field Athlete of the Week following his performance at the Lancer Invitational. It is his first time winning the award.

Dowling picked up an event win on Friday in the discus at 42.54 meters (139′ 7.00″) and secured a third-place finish in the shot put at Grace College with a throw of 13.47 meters (44′ 2.50″). His mark in the discus is his personal best in the event.

Trine will compete in the 2022 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6 at Albion College.

****TRINE ATHLETICS

ANGOLA, Ind. – Numerous Trine University athletic programs have qualified for postseason play this week in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). The following information is for teams competing on the road this week.

On Wednesday, May 4, the Trine men’s tennis team will compete in the MIAA Tournament Semifinals at Hope College. There will be no tickets sold at that event in Holland, Michigan. The finals would be played at the highest remaining seed on Friday, May 6. Additional information about the MIAA Men’s Tennis Championships can be found at the MIAA TOURNAMENT CENTRAL.

Also on Wednesday, May 4, the Trine women’s lacrosse team will play in the MIAA Tournament Semifinals at Albion College. That game will start at 4 pm. Tickets can be purchased through the MIAA WEBSITE. The tournament finals will be played at the highest remaining seed on Saturday, May 7. Additional information about the MIAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships can be found at the MIAA TOURNAMENT CENTRAL.

The Trine University men’s lacrosse team will join the men’s tennis team in Holland, Michigan playing Hope College in the MIAA Tournament Semifinal round. The opening faceoff will take place at 7 pm and tickets to that event can be found at the MIAA WEBSITE. The tournament finals will be played at the highest remaining seed on Saturday, May 7. Additional information about the MIAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships can be found at the MIAA TOURNAMENT CENTRAL.

The Trine University men’s and women’s track and field programs will be in action at the MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6. Tickets will not be required for entry at that event and there will be no on-site parking aside from handicapped access. Additional information can be found on ALBION’S CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION PAGE as well as the MIAA CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL.

****BETHEL MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MISHAWAKA – Bethel Athletic Director Tony Natali is pleased to announce that Eric Snyder has been named as the first head coach in men’s volleyball program history.

“Men’s Volleyball will be an exciting addition to Pilot Athletics and Eric Snyder is the right person to start the program,” stated Natali. “Coach Snyder is a proven winner and does things the right way. Our students will enjoy seeing this program get off the ground.”

Snyder takes the reins of the men’s volleyball program after previously serving as the head coach for Campbellsville (Ky.) men’s volleyball since 2019. He has more than 12 years of collegiate volleyball coaching experience, including head coaching stops at Coker (SC), Warner (Fla.), Stonehill (Mass.), Mary (ND), and the US Coast Guard Academy (Conn.). In addition to his head coaching duties of the men’s program, Snyder will also serve under Katie Weiss as a full-time assistant for the women’s volleyball program, as well as serving as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance.

At Campbellsville, Snyder most recently led the Tigers to an NAIA Fab Four finish and a No. 4 final ranking by the NAIA with an appearance in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Tournament Championship in 2022. The Tigers ranked 6th in the NAIA in blocks per set at 2.39. In 2021, the Tigers captured the MSC Regular Season and Tournament Championships and an appearance in the NAIA National Championship Tournament.

In 2020, Snyder led the Tigers to a 23-2 overall record and an NCCAA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational Championship as well as an overall No. 1 ranking in the NAIA during the season before COVID-19 shut down the postseason.  Snyder was named the Coach of the Year by the NAIA, US Marine Corps & AVCA, and Mid-South Conference in 2020.

In his first season at Campbellsville in 2019, the Tigers won the MSC North Division and were the MSC Tournament Runners-Up.

Prior to Campbellsville, Snyder spent one season at Warner (Fla.), leading the Royals to a 17-3 record and an MSC Regular Season title—with an undefeated 12-0 mark—after spending three years at Coker (SC) to begin his men’s college coaching career from 2015-17, leading the Cobras to two of their best seasons in program history and ranked as high as No. 23 in the NCAA DI/DII RPI poll.

In 2015-16, Coker led NCAA DI/DII with 2.05 aces per set. It was the first NCAA statistical championship in the program’s history. During the 2016-17 season, Snyder not only scheduled some of the toughest non-conference opponents (Penn State, Ohio State, Harvard, Princeton), he also created an IVA (Independent Volleyball Association) post season tournament to allow independent NCAA Division II men’s programs an opportunity to play for a postseason championship.

Before his time at Coker, Snyder spent time as an assistant coach at both Kennesaw State (Ga.) and Emory (Ga.) where he helped guide the Emory Eagles to the Final Four and a 34-5 record.

Snyder got his first head coaching opportunity, in women’s volleyball, at Stonehill College (Mass.) with 31 wins from 2007-08, leading the Skyhawks to their first 20-win season since 1997 in 2008. For his efforts, Snyder was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 Award List, an award that honors thirty of the up-and-coming coaches under 30 years of age in volleyball at all levels of the game.

He spent a year at University of Mary (ND) in 2009 before spending two seasons at the US Coast Guard Academy (Conn.) In 2011-12, Snyder led the Bears to 44 wins from 2011-12 with a NEWMAC Regular Season co-championships and an ECAC championship in 2011 with a 26-6 record.

From 2018-19, Snyder was also the head coach of the women’s volleyball program at Campbellsville, leading the Tigers to a 42-29 record in two seasons and an MSC Tournament Runner-Up finish in his first year.

Snyder played collegiate volleyball at Southern New Hampshire University, where he led the Penmen to the team’s first-ever New England Collegiate Volleyball League tournament appearance in 2004. Snyder served as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Tiffin (Ohio), the Findlay (Ohio) and at Emmanuel (Ga.). While at Emmanuel, Snyder helped guide the nationally ranked Saints to the best record in program history in 2011.

“I am incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to start a brand-new NAIA Men’s Volleyball program at an awesome place like Bethel,” stated Snyder. “The interest and enthusiasm around campus for a new athletic program like men’s volleyball gives me goosebumps. I think the student body is really looking forward to watching this new team play!”

“God has blessed BU and guided my journey here for a purpose,” continued Snyder. “I am humbled He chose me to lead. Many thanks to President Bellefeuille, Tony Natali, Shawn Holtgren, and the other members of the hiring committee. We hope and pray that men’s volleyball will add yet another exciting campus dynamic to an already great institution and that Pilot Men’s Volleyball follows a great Christian tradition of athletic success.  Go Pilots!”

Bethel will compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which offers Men’s Volleyball as an official Championship Sport in the spring season, as well as the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) as an Invitational Sport in the winter season.

Men’s Volleyball began in the NAIA as an Emerging Sport in 1998-99 and upgraded to an official Championship Sport in the NAIA for the 2018-19 season. It is in its third season in its current capacity. At the NCCAA level, there are 13 schools across the nation currently sponsoring the sport at the varsity level.

The Pilots will begin competing in the spring of the 2022-23 academic year and will compete in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), alongside Goshen and Mount Vernon Nazarene–the currently only two other schools in the Crossroads League to sponsor the sport. Student-athletes interested in competing in Men’s Volleyball at Bethel can complete and submit a prospective student-athlete questionnaire.

****HANOVER MEN’S TENNIS

CARMEL, Ind. – Junior Jaya Sivesh (Nagercoil, India) was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week announced Monday afternoon by the league office.

Sivesh led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they defeated Manchester 9-0 and NAIA foe Bethel 5-2.

The junior claimed his no. 2 doubles match against Manchester 8-6 before battling tough at no. no. 3 singles (6-3, 7-5) to help HC to the 9-0 sweep. Against Bethel, he picked up the team’s only win in doubles play 6-2 before winning his no. 5 singles match 7-5, 6-7, 10-8.

Hanover returns to action this weekend competing as part of the HCAC Tournament.

****DEPAUW SOFTBALL

Hiram, Ohio – Sixth-ranked DePauw clinched its sixth North Coast Athletic Conference title after splitting its final NCAC doubleheader of the season at Hiram. The Tigers won the first game, 3-0, and dropped the nightcap, 9-3.

DePauw is now 31-7 overall and finished NCAC play at 15-1, while the Terriers moved to 21-13 overall and 13-3 in conference play. The loss snapped DePauw’s 18-game win streak this year and ended its record string of 45 consecutive NCAC regular-season wins which dated back to April 26, 2018.

Cami Henry tossed a two-hit shutout in the opener and struck out 11 in improving to 23-5.

The Tigers broke a scoreless tie in the fifth as Kelsey Bernhard led off by being hit by a pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch. Paige Price tripled to right center, scoring Bernhard.

DePauw added two more in the sixth as Emily Timberman singled and pinch-runner Abby Pyburn moved to second on Drew Bratcher’s single. Grace Smith’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners a base before Jade Mejia Wick delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Pyburn. Bernhard then singled home Bratcher.

Seven different Tigers had one hit each as did two Terriers. Darian Kanno dropped to 9-5.

Hiram rebounded in the nightcap with three in the first and two in the second.

Alyssa Anderson’s bunt single in the third scored Mejia Wick and Smith’s triple in the fourth plated Katie Mathies to cut the Hiram lead to 5-2.

The Terriers scored on more in the fifth and two in the sixth before Goose Moore singled home Lily Jennings in the seventh.

Five different DePauw players had one hit apiece with Melissa Galindo pacing Hiram with three of its 10 hits.

Kandra Butcher dropped to 2-1, while Jeskari Rodriguez improved to 8-6.

DePauw returns to action on Friday, May 6, when it faces Wooster in the second game of the NCAC Tournament at DePauw.

*****Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw pitcher Cami Henry (Sr., Camby, Ind./Mooresville) has been selected the North Coast Athletic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week after leading the Tigers to a 4-0 record last week.

The Tigers swept a doubleheader against Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday and Kenyon yesterday and Henry posted a 3-0 record. In 15 1/3 innings, she recorded a 1.37 earned run average and struck out 15 while allowing just seven hits.

With last week’s four wins, sixth-ranked DePauw extended its win streak to 17 and improved to 30-6 overall and 14-0 in NCAC play.

The honor was the third of the season for Henry and 10th in her career.

****DEPAUW BASEBALL

Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw first baseman Kyle Callahan (Sr., Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) has been selected North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week after leading the Tigers to a 4-0 record last week.

Callahan batted .467 (7-15) as the Tigers defeated Rose-Hulman on Tuesday, Anderson on Wednesday and swept a doubleheader from Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday. Callahan scored eight runs and drove in nine while collecting a triple and homering twice. He drove in six against Anderson.

The honor is the second of Callahan’s career and first this season.

The Tigers are 17-15 overall and 8-6 in the NCAC and host Wabash in a conference doubleheader on Wednesday, May 4, at Noon

*****DEPAUW WOMEN’S LAX

Greencastle, Ind.- DePauw’s Emma Kennedy (Indianapolis, Ind./ Bishop Chatard) has been selected as North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for the second time after breaking two DePauw women’s lacrosse records in last week’s 19-4 victory over Wittenberg.

Kennedy broke the single-game goal record, scoring ten goals in DePauw’s dominating win over Wittenberg. Six of the ten goals were from free-position goals, which broke the previous single-game program record of three free-position goals.

Kennedy is currently second in total points with 70 while leading the conference in goals (61) and shots (117).

The DePauw women’s lacrosse team travels to Denison on Wednesday, May 4, to face the Big Red at 4 pm in the program’s first-ever NCAC Tournament appearance.

****IU SOUTH BEND MEN’S GOLF

SILVIS, Ill. – IU South Bend Golf had their best performance of the year last weekend, as the Titans secured a 6th-place result at the CCAC Men’s Golf Championships, held at TPC Deere Run.

In the only three-round event of the season, the Titans finished with a team score of 979 (+127), averaging a score of 81.5 per round. Three players posted rounds under 80 throughout the tournament, with Collin Haines leading the way with scores of 78, 73, and 76 to card a 227 (+14) overall. Haines’ second-round score of 73 (+2) also goes down as IUSB’s lowest single-round score of the season.

The senior finished T-11th overall, followed by Nick Hayden in T-24th, with a 240 (+27). Hayden opened the tourney with a 79 in the opening round, his lowest score of the spring semester. David Counsellor (246; +33) and Peyton Staples (266; +53) placed 31st and 47th, respectively, with Counsellor posting the team’s fifth sub-80, with a 78 (+7) in the final round.

In the women’s tournament, held on Apr. 21-22, Kelsea Harris competed as an individual for IUSB, placing 24th overall with a 200 (+60) in the two-round event at Ravisloe C.C. in Homewood, Ill.

****GOSHEN MEN’S TRACK

GOSHEN, Ind. — Trevor Stutzman, a junior on the men’s outdoor track and field team, has been named the Everence Student-Athlete of the Week for April 25 – May 2!

Stutzman cleared a height of 4.40 meters (14 feet, 5.25 inches) in the pole vault at the Lancer Invitational held at Grace College on Friday. He destroyed the 20-year-old record of 14 feet, 0 inches set by Ben Reed in 2002.

14 feet, 5.25 inches was Stutzman’s starting height, and he cleared it on his second attempt. He then attempted to clear 4.55 meters but was unsuccessful on all three tries. He finished second out of seven in the event, with Joe Painter from Saint Francis winning it with a height of 4.55 meters (14 feet, 11 inches).

Stutzman cleared 4.20 meters at the Crossroads League Indoor Track & Field Championships and 4.15 meters at the Indiana Little State Championships just a week ago. Stutzman is tied for the 39th best mark in the NAIA this season.

Congratulations, Trevor!

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.

*****VINCENNES VOLLEYBALL

VUVB signs First-Team All Nevada outside hitter Paige Parlanti

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The 2021 Region 24 Champion Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team picked up a big signing over the weekend in the highly recruited, two-time All-State honoree Paige Parlanti.

Parlanti is a six-foot tall outside hitter from Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, who helped guide her team to a record of 23-14 and 7-1 in league play this past season.

Parlanti closed out her high school career with 400 kills, 199 digs, 70 service aces and 24 blocks this past season and holds school records for single match kills (28), single season kills (400) and most career kills (1,039) in just three seasons after her junior season in 2020 was cancelled due to COVID.

Parlanti was named First-Team All-Conference all three years and was a Nevada 4A All-State Honorable Mention as a freshman.

Parlanti would go on to earn Second-Team honors her sophomore year before earning a First-Team honor this past season.

Parlanti was also named to the “PrepVolleyball Frosh 59” list and received their highest honorable mention.

Parlanti helped guide her teams to several tournament championships during her high school career, including being named to the All-Boulder City Invitational Tournament team as a freshman and All-Chatsworth Invitational team as a senior.

“Paige is one of the most athletic and dominant players to come through the DOHS volleyball program,” Desert Oasis HS Volleyball Coach Nick Porter said. “Her court awareness, competitiveness and aggressive gameplay are unmatched. She played an integral role in the success and advancement of the program throughout her four years on the varsity team.”

“The DOHS coaching staff would like to wish her the very best in her college career,” Porter added. “We know she will do great and will rise to the challenge of high competition as she has shown throughout her years with us.”

Parlanti also played for the Vegas Aces Volleyball Club while in high school. She led her team to a 12th place finish in the USA Division of the 2022 USA Volleyball National Championships.

Her club team played in the Premier Volleyball League in Los Angeles against some of the top clubs in the Nation. She was also teammates with three 2022 NCAA Division I signees and possibly two or three 2023 DI signees.

Paige is the daughter of Anna Parlanti and plans to major in Fire Science at Vincennes University.

“Paige is one of the top players in her class coming out of the state of Nevada,” VUVB Head Coach Gary Sien said. “She is just a really high-level player. A couple of weeks ago, her club team made the National Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., which is really quite an accomplishment, because her club team played with only seven players for most of the year.”

“Paige was another person that approached us about playing here, because she plans to major in Fire Science,” Sien added. “It’s hard to find that combination anywhere in the country of places that have that major and play high-level volleyball.”

“She is a type of player that could really play about any position on the floor,” Sien said. “She can hit and block at all three front row positions, she can serve receive and play defense and she can also serve. More than likely, for us, she is going to be playing on one of the pins, however she can also play in the middle because she’s so explosive and quick off her feet.”

The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Paige Parlanti to the 2022 Trailblazer recruiting class.

*****VINCENNES BASEBALL

ALTON, Ill. – VU sophomore center fielder Colin Long (Evansville, Ind.) broke a 7-7 tie in game four of Vincennes’ four-game Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) series at Lewis & Clark with a solo home run in the eighth inning to help give VU a 9-7 win to close out the series.

Vincennes fell in the first game of the day 5-0 before battling back to take game two 9-7 and coming home with a 2-2 series split.

Lewis & Clark wasted little time in game one of the day, scoring three runs in the first and adding another run in the second to take a 4-0 early lead.

The VU batters had a hard time figuring out the Lewis & Clark pitching all game, with Vincennes only able to get two hits through six innings.

Lewis & Clark would add an additional run in the fourth and hold on to close out the 5-0 win.

Vincennes sophomore Dale Coy (Evansville, Ind.) finished with two of VU’s three hits on the day, leading off the second and seventh innings with a single.

Freshman Cauy Motsinger (Salem, Ind.) got the start on the mound in game one Monday afternoon, throwing two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on two hits and striking out two.

Freshman Dawson Blaylock (Eaton, Ohio) put together a good game out of the bullpen, lasting four innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out one.

Freshman Caleb Moore (Wentzville, Mo.) closed out the game on the mound for VU, lasting an inning and a third while surrendering only one hit and striking out one.

“Lewis & Clark’s pitcher did a great job in game one today,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “It’s the second time all year that we’ve been shut out, so you have to tip your hat to their guy. We have to make some adjustments at the plate. We allowed them an opportunity to get ahead early and that took a little pressure off of their pitcher and he responded and did a great job for them.”

“We tried to battle back. I thought Blaylock and Moore threw pretty well,” Barney added. “Motsinger struggled a little bit at the start and Blaylock came in and threw four innings and Moore closed out the last 1.1 innings and both those guys threw really well.”

The visiting Trailblazers looked to bounce back and come away with a four-game split in game two of the day, as the host Trailblazers again were first on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the first.

Vincennes answered back in the third as the bats came alive in a big way, beginning the inning with seven straight hits, including RBI singles by Colin Long, freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.), sophomore Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio) and Dale Coy and a two-RBI double by Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) as Vincennes answered back to take a 6-2 lead.

Lewis & Clark responded to tie the game in the fifth with four runs.

VU answered back with a lead-off single by freshman Will Egger (Terre Haute, Ind.) in the sixth. Egger would later score in the inning on an error.

Lewis & Clark tied the game in the bottom half of the inning at 7-7.

Vincennes would take the lead for good in the eighth when Colin Long launched a two-out solo home run to give the Trailblazers the lead.

Colton Evans would provide an additional insurance run after reaching base on an error and scoring on a balk as VU took the lead with the eventual final score of 9-7.

Freshman Jake Stuteville (Rockport, Ind.) got the start in game two of the day, throwing an inning and a third, allowing two runs on five hits.

Sophomores Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) and Luke Osborn (Perrysville, Ind.) combined to hold Lewis & Clark at bay out of the bullpen for a majority of the rest of the game.

Nichols threw two and two-thirds innings out of the pen, allowing two runs on four hits in the outing.

Osborn had his longest outing of the season, throwing the final four and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on one hit and striking out one on his way to picking up the winning decision.

Colin Long ended the series with a three hit game and a pair of RBI’s.

Evans, Lane, VanLannen and sophomore Josiah Sizemore (Cambridge City, Ind.) all had two-hit games for the Blazers, with VanLannen ending with a pair of RBI’s.

“Game two we got a big inning, put up a crooked number to go up 6-2 and really swung the pressure back on them,” Barney said. “Lewis & Clark kept battling back to tie. We got two big outings out of the pen from Nichols and Luke Osborn to finish it out.”

“The top of the order did a really good job at the plate in game two,” Barney added. “Colin Long comes through with a big clutch home run, plus we were able to string all those hits together earlier in the game. We executed on some bunts, did some things the right way and played the game the right way to extend that lead.”

“That was the most innings Osborn has thrown all year but he was really, really good,” Barney said. “He had some energy to him and he threw really well. Nichols helped bridge the gap to the middle innings. We had Nick Kapostasy (Cincinnati, Ohio) go out there and it just wasn’t there for him, but then Osborn came in and shut it down.”

VU will look to carry this positive momentum into their next MWAC Conference series this coming weekend as the Blazers head to Champaign, Ill. to take on Parkland College Saturday, May 7. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. eastern.

The weekend series will then shift to Jerry Blemker Field Sunday May 8 for the final two games of the four-game set. First pitch Sunday is scheduled for 2 p.m. eastern as well.

“We’ve just got to continue to work at it,” Barney added. “We’ve got finals this week that we’ve got to get through and hopefully we can get some practices in too to get ourselves ready to go for the weekend. We’ve also got to get ourselves healthy. We’ve got a few guys banged up right now, we’ve got some arms that will hopefully bounce back here shortly.”

“I feel like we are in a pretty good place right now,” Barney said. “We’re starting to get some arms back already and hopefully we can continue to get more guys healthy here in the next couple of weeks.”

****TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY****

1936       After being sidelined at the start of the season because of a foot injury, Joe DiMaggio makes his much anticipated major league debut. The 21-year-old rookie outfielder lives up to the hype, collecting three hits, including a triple, and scores three runs in the Yankees’ 14-5 victory over the Browns in New York.

1941       In his first major league start, Cardinal rookie Henry Gornicki throws a one-hitter, beating Philadelphia at Shibe Park, 6-1. The 30-year-old right-hander, who will win only fifteen games in his career, gives up the lone hit to rookie outfielder Stanley Benjamin.

1947       The Cardinals trade center fielder Harry Walker and right-hander Freddy Schmidt to the Phillies for right fielder Ron Northey. ‘Harry the Hat’ will finish the season hitting .363, capturing the National League batting crown.

1947       The Pirates deal five-foot, six-inch reserve outfielder Al Gionfriddo to the Dodgers for five players and a hundred thousand dollars in cash, delivered by the diminutive flycatcher when he arrives in Brooklyn. The Bucs received Hank Behrman, Dixie Howell, Gene Mauch, Cal McLish, and Kirby Higbe, a former 20-game winner from South Carolina, made expendable due to his comments about playing with his new teammate Jackie Robinson, the first black to play in the major leagues this century.

1950       Although he beats the White Sox, 4-3, Vic Raschi balks four times during the contest. The Yankee pitcher cannot adjust to the new rule, which requires a pitcher to come to a rest for a full second.

1951       In a 17-3 rout over the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, Gil McDougald ties a major league record with six RBIs in one inning. The Yankee rookie hits his first career home run, a grand slam, and then adds a two-run triple as the Bronx Bombers break out for 11 runs in the ninth inning.

1952       The Yankees trade Jackie Jensen and right-hander Spec Shea to the Senators for veteran fly chaser Irv Noren to fill the void in center field created by Joe DiMaggio’s retirement and Mickey Mantle’s recovery from last season’s knee surgery. In 1958, Jensen will win the American League MVP playing for Boston.

1959       At Briggs Stadium, Charlie Maxwell hits four straight home runs in a doubleheader, helping the 2-15 Tigers, under new manager Jimmy Dykes, sweep the Yankees 4-2 and 8-2. It was Dykes’ first day as skipper, and he put Charlie back in the lineup even though ‘Ole Paw Paw’ was hitting only .136 at the time.

1962       In a deal with the Indians, the Senators trade light-hitting outfielder Willie Tasby for southpaws Don Rudolph and Steve Hamilton. At the start of next season, Washington will obtain Jim Coates from the Yankees in exchange for Hamilton, who will post a 34-20 (.630) record during his eight-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers.

1963       In his only at-bat with the Orioles, Buster Narum goes deep off Cleveland southpaw Don Mossi. In six days, Baltimore options the 22-year-old rookie hurler to Triple-A Rochester, making the right-hander the first pitcher to have more homers than wins in a season.

1966       After previously blanking Boston and Kansas City, Indian right-hander Luis Tiant tosses his third consecutive shutout when he beats the Yankees in the Bronx, 1-0. The 25-year-old ‘El Tiante’ has yet to surrender a single run this season.

1975       After taking the mound against the Rangers in the second inning at Arlington Stadium, Nolan Ryan finds a rubber snake and a giant rubber crab when he reaches for the rosin bag. The Angels right-hander, who gets the victory when the Halos beat Texas, 4-2, suspects opposing manager Billy Martin for the shenanigans, calling the prank a “Little League stunt.”

1975       The Reds beat the Braves at Riverfront Stadium, 6-1, making Gary Nolan, who missed most of 1973 and the entire 1974 season due to arm problems, a winner for the first time in nearly two and half seasons. The right-hander’s last win came on October 3, 1972, when he beat the Astros by an identical score in Cincinnati.

1979       In a 6-1 defeat to the Brewers, Indian outfielder Bobby Bonds hits his 300th home run off Moose Haas to become only the second player in major league history to steal at least 300 bases (413) and hit 300 round-trippers. Willie Mays was the first to accomplish the feat. (July 4, 1961).

1980       Willie McCovey homers for the final time, a solo shot off Scott Sanderson in the fourth inning of the Giants’ 3-2 loss to Montreal at Olympic Stadium. The 42-year-old future Hall of Fame first baseman, who hit the first of his 521 round-trippers in 1959, joins Red Sox legend Ted Williams as the only other major leaguer to homer in four different decades.

1980       Ferguson Jenkins becomes only the fifth major league hurler to win 100 games in each league when he defeats the Orioles, 3-2. The Ranger right-hander joins Al Orth, Cy Young, Jim Bunning, and Gaylord Perry in accomplishing the feat.

1982       Facing the minimum 27 batters, Mike Flanagan and the Orioles beat Seattle, 6-0. The Baltimore southpaw gives up three hits and a walk, but two double plays, a pickoff, and a caught stealing attempt deprive the opposition of any men left on base.

1983       After returning from a stint on the disabled list, Dave Wilhelmi of the Shreveport Captains throws a perfect game, beating the Arkansas Travelers in Little Rock, 7-0. It takes two spectacular ninth-inning catches in the outfield to complete the second perfecto in Texas League history.

1986       In a 9-4 win over the Rangers in the Bronx, Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly becomes the sixth major leaguer to connect for three sacrifice flies in one game. The rare feat was last accomplished just two days ago by Cardinal outfielder Vince Coleman in a contest against the Padres.

1987       Joe Cowley, pitching in relief, makes his final major league appearance, giving up three runs in two-thirds of an inning in the Phillies’ 9-6 loss to Cincinnati. The 28-year-old right-hander becomes the only pitcher in major league history never to win another game after pitching a no-hitter, a feat he accomplished last season against the Angels as a starter with the White Sox.

1996       Texas starter Ken Hill yields a one-out first-inning infield single to Bobby Higginson before retiring the next 26 batters in the team’s 11-0 victory at Tiger Stadium. Tomorrow, the Ranger right-hander’s effort will be matched by teammate Roger Pavlik’s gem against Detroit, making it the first time in 79 years in the American League that a team has thrown consecutive one-hitters.

1998       Dan Wilson hits the first inside-the-park grand slam in the history of the Mariners. The backstop’s first-inning bases-full round-tripper proves to be the difference in the M’s 10-6 victory over Detroit at the Kingdome.

1999       In the second game of a home-and-home series, the Cuban national team, facing major league competition in the United States for the first time, defeats the struggling Orioles at Camden Yards, 12-6. In March, Baltimore prevailed at Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano, edging Cuba in 11 innings, 3-2, after being greeted by Fidel Castro.

1999       In a 12-11, 10-inning loss to the A’s, Red Sox rookie Creighton Gubanich becomes only the fourth player to blast a grand slam for his first big-league hit. The reserve catcher, who will play only 15 more games in the major leagues, joins Bill Duggleby (1898 – Phillies), Bobby Bonds (1968 – Giants), and Orlando Mercado (1982 -Mariners) in accomplishing the feat.

2000       The Rockies set a franchise record, collecting 24 hits in a 16-7 rout of Montreal. Colorado’s first baseman Todd Helton goes 5-for-5 in the Coors Field contest, with all nine starters getting at least one hit and driving in at least one run.

2001       Johnny Oates, finishing with an overall managerial record for the Rangers of 506-476 (.515) during his 6+ seasons at the helm, resigns 28 games into the new campaign, being replaced by the team’s third-base coach Jerry Narron. A poor start of 11-17 due to a lack of pitching, and owner Tom Hicks’ high expectations after signing prized free agent Alex Rodriguez led to the speculation of the imminent firing of the Texas skipper.

2001       Michael Orschlin, the third fan to jump onto the field at Kauffman Stadium this season, is taken away on a stretcher as a result of a broken ankle suffered from his 12-foot leap over the guard rail onto the ballpark’s hard rubber warning track during the ninth inning of a Royals’ 9-4 loss to the Indians. Trying to win a $400 wager from a friend, the 22-year-old, whose injury delays the game for 15 minutes, faces a $1,000 fine for trespassing.

2004       Similar to last season, the aging outfielder Rickey Henderson re-signs with the Atlantic League’s Bears, hoping for a shot of returning to the big leagues. The 45 year-old future Hall of Famer batted .339, hit eight home runs, drove in 33 runs, scored 52 runs, and stole nine bases for the Newark team last season before joining the Dodgers in July.

2005       With a 9-0 margin, a state legislative committee votes to approve a bill, which will require the Los Angeles Angels, formerly known as the Anaheim Angels, to disclose on all promotional material, including tickets, ads, and team publications that the team plays in Anaheim. Using the example of an orange juice company selling OJ that contains no oranges, California Assemblyman Tom Umberg, the bill’s sponsor, says he is trying to promote truth in sports advertising.

2005       With the best record in the majors, the White Sox establish a big-league mark, having led in all 28 games played to this point in the season. The eventual World Champs will post a 99-63 record this season.

2006       Major League Baseball will sell the Nationals to a group led by Theodore Lerner, a Maryland-based real estate developer, for $450 million. In 2002, the 29 other big-league owners collectively bought the Montreal Expos franchise for $120 million and then moved the failing franchise to Washington, D.C. last season.

2008       With his three-run blast at Chase Field off Diamondbacks’ ace Brandon Webb, Carlos Delgado moves ahead of Juan Gonzalez as the home run leader for players born in Puerto Rico. The Mets’ first baseman’s 435th career home run places the Aguadilla native 36th on the all-time major league list.

2009       Defeating San Diego 2-1 in 10 innings, the Dodgers tie a franchise record, winning their ninth consecutive decision at home from the start of the season. The 1946 club also reeled off nine straight victories at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field at the beginning of the post-war campaign.

2009       In the eighth inning of the Rays’ 5-3 victory over Boston Tropicana Field, Carl Crawford, who enjoys a 4-for-4 night at the plate, steals his sixth base of the game, tying a modern major league record shared by three players. The 27-year-old perennial American League stolen base champ joins Eddie Collins (twice 1912 – A’s ), Otis Nixon (Braves – 1991), and Eric Young (Rockies – 1996) as the only players to pilfer a half dozen bags in a contest since 1900.

2011       Francisco Liriano’s first complete game in his six-year major league career is a no-hitter, a 1-0 gem thrown against the White Sox at a chilly U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins’ 27-year-old southpaw entered the game with a 2-4 record along with a 9.13 ERA, fueling speculation that he was in danger of losing his spot in the Minnesota rotation.

2014       The Mets set the record for the longest hitless streak by a major league pitching staff to start a season when Jenrry Mejia grounds out to second, making the New York hurlers, collectively, 0-for-46 since Opening Day. The dubious mark, previously established by the 1914 St. Louis Browns, will be extended to 64 at-bats before Jacob deGrom, in his first major league plate appearance, singles off Yankee right-hander Chase Whitley.

2015       The Nationals blank the Mets at Citi Field, 1-0, on consecutive days, marking the first time in 19 years that a road opponent has recorded 1-0 victories against the same team on back-to-back days. The Cardinals last accomplished the feat in 1996 when they held the Phillies scoreless, scoring lone runs in the April 19 and 20th contests at Veterans Stadium.

TV TUESDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
CHARLOTTE AT NORTH CAROLINA7:00PMACCN
LOUISVILLE AT VANDERBILT7:00PMSECN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
LIBERTY AT VIRGINIA TECH5:00PMACCN
MLBTIME ETTV
ATLANTA AT NY METS3:10PMFS1
BALLY SPORTS
SNY
SAN DIEGO AT CLEVELAND6:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ARIZONA AT MIAMI6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT NY METS6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
SNY
TEXAS AT PHILADELPHIA6:45PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
MINNESOTA AT BALTIMORE7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
MASN/2
NY YANKEES AT TORONTO7:07PMMLBN
YES
SPORTSNET
LA ANGELS AT BOSTON7:10PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
NESN
PITTSBURGH AT DETROIT7:10PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
CHI. WHITE SOX AT CHI. CUBS7:40PMNBCS-CHI
MARQ
CINCINNATI AT MILWAUKEE7:40PMBALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT HOUSTON8:10PMROOT SPORTS
ATTSN-SW
ST. LOUIS AT KANSAS CITY8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
WASHIGNTON AT COLORADO8:10PMMASN/2
ATTSN-RM
TAMPA BAY AT OAKLAND9:40PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
SAN FRANCISCO AT LA DODGERS10:10PMTBS
NBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 2: MILWAUKEE AT BOSTON7:00PMTNT
WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 2: GOLDEN STATE AT MEMPHIS9:30PMTNT
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 1: PITTSBURGH AT NY RANGERS7:00PMESPN
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 1: WASHINGTON AT FLORIDA7:30PMESPN2
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 1: NASHVILLE AT COLORADO9:30PMESPN
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 1: DALLAS AT CALGARY10:00PMESPN2
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: VILLARREAL VS LIVERPOOL3:00PMCBS
PARAMOUNT+
COPA LIBERTADORES: THE STRONGEST VS ATHLETICO-PR6:15PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA LIBERTADORES: CARACAS VS LIBERTAD6:15PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA LIBERTADORES: DEPORTIVO TÁCHIRA VS EMELEC6:15PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA LIBERTADORES: ESTUDIANTES VS NACIONAL8:30PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA LIBERTADORES: INDEPENDIENTE PETROLERO VS PALMEIRAS8:30PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA LIBERTADORES: AMÉRICA MINEIRO VS ATLÉTICO MINEIRO8:30PMBEIN SPORTS

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES176.73910 – 37 – 39 – 58 – 10 – 010 – 0W 10
TORONTO159.6252.59 – 56 – 47 – 50 – 08 – 46 – 4L 1
TAMPA BAY1310.56549 – 74 – 35 – 12 – 44 – 46 – 4W 1
BOSTON914.39183 – 46 – 105 – 114 – 30 – 03 – 7L 2
BALTIMORE815.34895 – 53 – 104 – 80 – 13 – 44 – 6L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA149.6098 – 46 – 55 – 37 – 22 – 29 – 1W 3
CLEVELAND1012.4553.53 – 37 – 90 – 35 – 23 – 43 – 7W 3
CHI WHITE SOX913.4094.57 – 62 – 72 – 13 – 94 – 33 – 7W 1
DETROIT714.33364 – 83 – 62 – 43 – 60 – 03 – 7L 1
KANSAS CITY714.33365 – 82 – 60 – 37 – 60 – 32 – 8L 4
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA ANGELS159.6258 – 57 – 41 – 26 – 26 – 57 – 3L 1
HOUSTON1211.5222.53 – 49 – 72 – 40 – 09 – 66 – 4W 1
SEATTLE1211.5222.57 – 25 – 91 – 26 – 44 – 35 – 5L 1
OAKLAND1013.4354.54 – 76 – 67 – 50 – 31 – 23 – 7L 4
TEXAS814.36464 – 94 – 51 – 20 – 05 – 95 – 5W 2
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS168.6677 – 49 – 47 – 42 – 17 – 36 – 4L 1
MIAMI1210.54536 – 56 – 58 – 21 – 21 – 37 – 3L 2
PHILADELPHIA1112.4784.58 – 53 – 73 – 71 – 25 – 26 – 4L 1
ATLANTA1113.45856 – 75 – 63 – 44 – 33 – 45 – 5W 1
WASHINGTON816.33383 – 115 – 53 – 71 – 34 – 62 – 8W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE158.6527 – 48 – 42 – 111 – 50 – 17 – 3L 1
ST. LOUIS139.5911.57 – 56 – 43 – 36 – 42 – 25 – 5W 2
CHI CUBS913.4095.54 – 65 – 71 – 25 – 72 – 23 – 7W 1
PITTSBURGH913.4095.55 – 74 – 63 – 15 – 101 – 24 – 6L 1
CINCINNATI319.13611.51 – 72 – 122 – 21 – 20 – 131 – 9L 6
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS147.6678 – 26 – 52 – 14 – 04 – 56 – 4W 1
SAN DIEGO158.6526 – 49 – 42 – 28 – 15 – 57 – 3W 1
SAN FRANCISCO148.6360.56 – 58 – 37 – 61 – 02 – 16 – 4L 1
COLORADO139.5911.59 – 44 – 52 – 55 – 22 – 15 – 5W 3
ARIZONA1113.4584.55 – 76 – 65 – 62 – 23 – 46 – 4W 1