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CROWN POINT 2 MICHIGAN CITY 0

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BENTON CENTRAL 4 COVINGTON 1

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HAGERSTOWN 6 COWAN 3

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CHARLESTOWN 11 LANESVILLE 1

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NOBLESVILLE 10 BROWNSBURG 4

SOUTH KNOX 7 N. CENTRAL 5

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MOORESVILLE 3 PLAINFIELD 2

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FRANKLIN CENTRAL 6 FISHERS 4

ROSSVILLE 9 LAFAYETTE JEFF 2

EDINBURG 6 LIVING WATER HOMESCHOOL 4

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 7

NBA PLAYOFFS

MIAMI 120 PHILADELPHIA 85

PHOENIX 110 DALLAS 80

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NHL PLAYOFFS

CAROLINA 5 BOSTON 1

TORONTO 4 TAMPA BAY 3

ST. LOUIS 5 MINNESOTA 2

LOS ANGELES 5 EDMONTON 4

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

BOSTON 9 ATLANTA 4

BALTIMORE 5 ST. LOUIS 3

SEATTLE 5 PHILADELPHIA 4

DETROIT 6 OAKLAND 1

OAKLAND 4 DETROIT 1

NY YANKEES 6 TORONTO 5

TEXAS 6 KANSAS CITY 4

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 CLEVELAND 1

LA DODGERS 11 PITTSBURGH 1

MILWAUKEE 5 CINCINNATI 4

SAN DIEGO 5 CHICAGO CUBS 4

ARIZONA 9 MIAMI 3

SAN FRANCISCO 9 COLORADO 2

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS 15 CHARLOTTE 3

SOUTH BEND 9 FORT WAYNE 7

WNBA

WASHINGTON 89 LAS VEGAS 76

INDIANA 82 MINNESOTA 76

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

NOTRE DAME 15 MICHIGAN STATE 6

DAYTON 8 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 5

LOUISVILLE 7 INDIANA 2

PURDUE 11 BUTLER 6

VANDERBILT 8 INDIANA STATE 7 (11)

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS

Heat roll past 76ers 120-85 in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

MIAMI (AP) Shots fell again for the Miami Heat. They kept Joel Embiid and James Harden in check. Their coach got an in-game massage from DJ Khaled.

Yes, really.

It was that sort of night for the Heat, who – even without everyone getting shoulder rubs – are feeling pretty good about their playoff prospects again.

Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Max Strus added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Heat moved one win away from a trip to the Eastern Conference finals by topping the Philadelphia 76ers 120-85 on Tuesday.

The 35-point margin of victory matched the biggest so far in this year’s playoffs – Philadelphia beat Toronto by 35 in the series-clincher of that first-round matchup – and matched the second-largest in Heat postseason history.

“They were just more physical,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “We didn’t run anything. We didn’t run our stuff very well. We played at a snail’s pace … everything they did tonight was harder and better. Their stuff was better, their energy was better.”

Victor Oladipo scored 13 for Miami, which got 12 from Bam Adebayo and 10 apiece from Tyler Herro and P.J. Tucker. The top-seeded Heat now lead the East semifinal series 3-2, and improved to an NBA-best 6-0 at home in these playoffs.

Joel Embiid scored 17 points for fourth-seeded Philadelphia, which got 14 from James Harden and 12 from Tobias Harris. The 76ers were down by 15 going into the fourth quarter, then gave up 12 consecutive points to open the period.

“Tonight, we weren’t focused enough,” Embiid said.

Game 6 is in Philadelphia on Thursday, win-or-else for the 76ers, a chance to move on for the Heat.

“We’re capable of it, if we get some stops,” Butler said. “It’s a hard place to play.”

So is Miami.

Tyrese Maxey made a deep 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in the third to pull Philadelphia within 81-66. Whatever hope remained for the 76ers in that moment was short-lived.

A jumper from Herro and then five straight points from Strus were the start of Miami’s game-sealing flurry that opened the fourth. A three-point play from Adebayo pushed the lead to 25, at which point Embiid checked out with the outcome clearly no longer in question.

“It’s just one game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “They know it. We know it.”

It was a tough night all the way around for the Sixers, especially for Embiid – their best player, already wearing a mask to protect a facial fracture and dealing with a significant thumb injury.

Embiid got shaken up in the first quarter when he tried to dive into some baseline seats while attempting to save a loose ball. He doubled over shortly afterward, grabbing at his back.

He remained in the game after that scare.

He also remained in the game after the next scare, which was much worse.

It came midway through the second quarter, when Miami’s Dewayne Dedmon missed a shot and Embiid grabbed the rebound. Dedmon, flailing for the ball, made contact with it – and wound up pushing it back into Embiid’s mask-covered face.

“Pretty painful,” Embiid said.

Embiid lost the ball and went down obvious discomfort, covering his face with both hands. Oladipo picked up the ball and scored to make it 42-31, but Embiid writhing was of much greater importance to the 76ers than giving up two points. Embiid remained down for several moments, before making his way back to the Philadelphia bench and getting tended to by doctors.

“He’s tough,” Rivers said. “I think he knew going into all this that there’s going to be a couple times when he gets hit in the face. It’s going to happen. … He got up and said he was fine, after a while.”

All the second-half highlights belonged to Miami, with the exception of one moment stolen by courtside regular DJ Khaled.

After the ball went out of bounds near his seat, Khaled grabbed the ball from a security guard, handed it to Strus, then headed to the scorer’s table while waving his arms and asking the fans to make some noise. And before returning to his courtside seat, the rapper gave Spoelstra a shoulder massage.

“I was humbled to be a part of that moment,” Spoelstra said. “He’s such a great fan there. Over the years, I’ve said hello a few times, but that was the best interaction. That was genuine. It was cool.”

TIP-INS

76ers: None of Philadelphia’s starters played in the final 8:18. … Maxey, who has been great for the majority of this series, shot 2 for 10. … Georges Niang was 0 for 5, all of those shots from 3-point range, reminiscent of his 0-for-7 stat line – all on 3s – in Game 1.

Heat: After shooting 14 for 65 from 3-point range in the two losses at Philadelphia (21.5%), the Heat shot 13 for 33 from deep on Tuesday (39.4%). … Miami improved to 18-4 all-time in Game 5s at home. … The Heat outrebounded Philadelphia 46-36. … Miami is one of two teams unbeaten at home in these playoffs. Golden State is 5-0.

THE ODDS

All-time in best-of-seven series, entering this round, teams that won Game 1 of a matchup ultimately prevail 75.6% of the time. Game 1 winners at home, 85% of the time. Teams that start a series with a 2-0 lead, 92.4% of the time. And teams that win Game 5 for a 3-2 series lead wind up advancing 82.2% of the time. All those stats favor Miami, obviously.

SILVER VISITS

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver attended the game, seated with Ahmad Rashad – whose ties to the league go back decades, primarily for his years as host and executive producer of “NBA Inside Stuff.” Also in the crowd: NBA champion Mike Miller of the Heat, and longtime baseball star, Miami native and Minnesota Timberwolves co-minority owner Alex Rodriguez.

UP NEXT

Game 6 is Thursday in Philadelphia.

Booker scores 28, Suns rout Mavericks 110-80 for 3-2 lead

PHOENIX (AP) The top-seeded Phoenix Suns looked much more like their old selves on Tuesday night.

All-Star guard Devin Booker said a little time in front of the TV with NBA Coach of the Year Monty Williams did wonders.

“We study film,” Booker said. “Coach is coming in with adjustments, we make them and we follow them.”

Booker scored 28 points, Deandre Ayton added 20 and the Suns pulled away for a lopsided 110-80 win over the Dallas Mavericks to earn a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

The Suns bounced back after dropping the previous two games and can win the series in Game 6 on Thursday in Dallas. It won’t be easy: The home team has won the first five games.

The Suns used a huge third quarter to turn a tight game into a comfortable win. Phoenix opened up the second half on an 11-4 run, highlighted by Booker’s two 3-pointers, for a 61-50 lead.

Mavs coach Jason Kidd called for a timeout, but it did little to stop the onslaught. The Suns led 82-60 going into the fourth with Booker pouring in 12 points during the third.

While the Suns were finally finding some offensive continuity, the Mavs completely lost theirs, scoring just four points in the first six minutes of the third. At times, the Dallas offense regressed to mostly watching Luka Doncic try and work magic, but he couldn’t do it all by himself.

The Mavs had 12 turnovers during the third quarter.

“The defense tonight – that’s the backbone of our program,” said Williams, who was announced as the Coach of the Year on Monday.

Doncic finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds, but acknowledged that the offense bogged down at times. Jalen Brunson added 21 points. The Mavs shot just 38% from the field.

“The one thing we didn’t do great today was our pace,” Doncic said. “In the last two games, our pace was very good. I think they are one of the best defensive teams, if not the best, in the NBA. They held us to 80. That’s pretty impressive. We’ve got to move the ball and have better pace – faster.”

The Suns took a hard-fought 49-46 lead into halftime. Booker scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Doncic countered with 18 points, though it was a little less efficient after making 7 of 16 shots.

The Mavericks led for a majority of the first half before Booker’s baseline jam tied it at 40-all with 3:47 before halftime. Mikal Bridges had a nifty steal and then scored on a fast-break layup for a 44-42 lead.

BOOK THE BUCKET

Booker now has 804 points in 30 career playoff games.

The 25-year-old is one of just 18 players in NBA history with at least 800 points in his first 30 postseason games.

He joins Anthony Davis, Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter and Allen Iverson, who have all accomplished the feat since 2000.

LATE GAME DRAMA

Phoenix’s Bismack Biyombo and Dallas’ Marquese Chriss were both ejected in the final seconds after exchanging words. TV cameras showed security officials going into the tunnel to make sure the players couldn’t get at each other after leaving the court.

Biyombo played 21 solid minutes for the Suns, adding seven points and six rebounds. Chriss – who was drafted No. 8 overall by the Suns in 2016 and spent two seasons with the franchise – had two points and two rebounds.

HONORING GRINER

Suns point guard Chris Paul came to the arena wearing a shirt that had Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner’s picture on the front and her name on the back.

Griner – a seven-time WNBA All-Star – was detained in Russia on Feb. 17 after authorities at the Moscow airport said they found vape cartridges that allegedly contained oil derived from cannabis in her luggage, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The Biden administration determined Griner is being wrongfully detained. A hearing in a Russian court is set for May 19.

The WNBA and and U.S. officials have worked toward Griner’s release, but have yet to make any headway with the Russian government.

“This isn’t just a NBA or WNBA thing, I think everyone just wants her home,” Paul said.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Doncic made his first 3-point attempt in Game 5 after a 1-of-10 performance from long range in Game 4. … F Dorian Finney-Smith was called for a flagrant 1 after a hard foul on Booker in the third quarter.

Suns: F Torrey Craig (right elbow contusion) was available to play. … Ayton was called for an offensive foul on the first possession of the game. He missed a big chunk of the first half after picking up two quick fouls. … Williams dropped backup G Cameron Payne from the playing rotation after two ineffective games in Dallas. … The Suns hosted a sellout crowd for a 32nd consecutive game.

Grizzlies star Ja Morant doubtful for rest of NBA playoffs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis All-Star guard Ja Morant is doubtful for the remainder of the NBA postseason after an MRI and further evaluation revealed a bone bruise in his injured right knee.

The Grizzlies said they expect him to make a full recovery.

The NBA’s most improved player had been averaging 38.3 points a game in the Grizzlies’ Western Conference semifinal matchup with Golden State. But he sat out the 101-98 Game 4 loss on Monday with what the team said at the time was a sore knee.

The Grizzlies trail 3-1 in the series with Game 5 set for Wednesday night in Memphis.

Morant reinjured his knee on a play with the Warriors’ Jordan Poole that the teams debated during the Grizzlies’ 142-112 loss in Game 3.

Morant limped off with 6:19 remaining in the game after Poole grabbed at the knee on a play the Warriors guard said was simply an effort to strip the ball.

Afterward, Morant posted and later deleted a video of the play on his Twitter feed with the words “broke the code,” a reference that Warriors coach Steve Kerr had used five days earlier when Dillon Brooks’ hard foul in Game 2 sidelined Gary Payton II.

Kerr missed Game 4 after testing positive for COVID-19 and being placed in the league’s health and safety protocols. He remained at home in the Bay Area on Tuesday and did not travel to Memphis with the team. Associate head coach Mike Brown will coach Game 5 as planned.

Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder said via text message Tuesday that the Warriors had no new cases of COVID-19.

Bob Lanier, NBA force who left big shoes to fill, dies at 73

(AP) — Bob Lanier, the left-handed big man who muscled up beside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as one of the NBA’s top players of the 1970s, died Tuesday. He was 73.

The NBA said Lanier died after a short illness. The Hall of Famer had worked for the league as a global ambassador. The Athletic reported in 2019 that Lanier was being treated for bladder cancer.

Lanier played 14 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks and averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds for his career. He is third on the Pistons’ career list in both points and rebounds. Detroit drafted Lanier with the No. 1 overall pick in 1970 after he led St. Bonaventure to the Final Four.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Lanier was among the most talented centers in league history, and added that his accomplishments went far beyond what he did on the court.

“For more than 30 years, Bob served as our global ambassador and as a special assistant to David Stern and then me, traveling the world to teach the game’s values and make a positive impact on young people everywhere,” Silver said in a statement. “It was a labor of love for Bob, who was one of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever been around.”

Lanier went into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. But his boat-size shoes got there ahead of him, with a display of his bronzed sneakers in the shrine.

He was known for wearing size 22 shoes, although that was disputed in 1989 by a Converse representative, who told The Atlanta Constitution that Lanier wore size 18 1/2.

“The 22 he was reputed to wear was a Korean size,” shoe rep Gary Stoken said.

Not contested was the abundantly clear fact that his feet were big.

“A lot of people can put both feet into one of my shoes,” Lanier told HOOP magazine.

Born Sept. 10, 1948, in Buffalo, New York, Lanier starred in college at St. Bonaventure, where he averaged 27.6 points and 15.7 rebounds in three seasons. The Bonnies made it all the way to the Final Four in 1970, but Lanier had injured his knee in the regional final, and St. Bonaventure lost in the national semifinals to Jacksonville.

Lanier overcame a litany of orthopedic injuries, dealing with shoulder, back, elbow, hand and toe problems during his career. But that didn’t prevent him from earning his place among the top NBA centers of his era. After being named to the all-rookie team in 1971, he averaged at least 21 points and 11 rebounds for each of the next seven seasons. Lanier was an eight-time All-Star and the MVP of the 1974 All-Star Game.

Lanier could beat opponents from the inside and the outside while ruling the boards. Although Abdul-Jabbar had a more famous hook shot, the sky hook, Lanier’s was very much a weapon.

“Guys didn’t change teams as much, so when you were facing the Bulls or the Bucks or New York, you had all these rivalries,” Lanier told NBA.com in 2018. “Lanier against Jabbar! Jabbar against Willis Reed! And then (Wilt) Chamberlain, and Artis Gilmore, and Bill Walton! You had all these great big men and the game was played from inside out.”

As exceptional as Lanier was, the Pistons won only one playoff series with him. He played 64 games or fewer in each of his last four full seasons with Detroit. In February 1980, he was traded to Milwaukee.

Lanier averaged fewer minutes with the Bucks, but he was part of Milwaukee teams that reached the Eastern Conference finals in 1983 and 1984, the final two seasons of his career.

He also served as president of the players’ union during the final years of his career, with Silver saying that he played “a key role in the negotiation of a game-changing collective bargaining agreement.”

Lanier was Detroit’s career leader in points and rebounds before he was passed by Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer in those categories, and his single-game franchise record of 33 rebounds was topped by Dennis Rodman.

In 1995, Lanier was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, then took over as coach on an interim basis after Don Nelson resigned. Lanier went 12-25, and the Warriors found another coach after the season.

Lanier won the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for the 1977-78 season for outstanding community service. Following his playing career, he helped start the NBA’s Stay in School campaign and participated in other outreach for the league.

“There’s so much need out here,” Lanier said. “When you’re traveling around to different cities and different countries, you see there are so many people in dire straits that the NBA can only do so much. We make a vast, vast difference, but there’s always so much more to do.”

Jarvis, Raanta help Carolina top Bruins for 3-2 series lead

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes swore they’d be fine after losing a two-game lead and momentum in their first-round playoff series. It was just a matter of cutting down on mistakes and staying out of the penalty box.

The Hurricanes did exactly that Tuesday night, and it has them within a win of advancing to the next round.

Rookie Seth Jarvis scored twice and Antti Raanta finished with 34 saves to help the Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 5-1 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

With the Game 5 win, the Hurricanes have two chances to close out the Bruins. Game 6 is Thursday in Boston, and Game 7, if needed, on home ice Saturday.

The series has yet to see a team secure a road win. It wasn’t close to happening in this one, either. Carolina shook off mistake-filled showings in Boston that sent a parade of Hurricanes to the penalty box and carried the action in a cleaner performance.

“We know how we’ve got to play,” said defenseman Tony DeAngelo, who had a first-period goal.

“Penalties got us out of our game last game. … When we’re on our game 5 on 5, we’re very confident that we’re going to come out on top.”

To DeAngelo’s point, the Hurricanes have outscored the Bruins 12-6 during 5-on-5 play through five games. This time, they committed just three penalties on a night with far fewer scuffles and post-whistle antics by both teams.

Defensemen Jaccob Slavin added a first period goal for Carolina, while Vincent Trocheck added an empty-netter. When it was over, Carolina had five goals for the third time in as many series games in front of their loud, rowdy crowd.

Raanta was sharp all night, highlighted by stopping a left-alone Brad Marchand at the top of the crease by getting his left wrist on the puck in the first period. He carried a shutout until midway through the third.

“It’s all about just going out there and battling,” Raanta said, adding: “The whole team played great in front of me. They made my job a lot easier.”

Boston’s Connor Clifton scored on a rush to make it 4-1, while Jeremy Swayman finished with 33 saves. But after scoring twice on the power play in each of the past two games, Boston came up empty on its only three chances – and twice committed penalties to negate its man advantage.

Boston knocked Carolina out of the playoffs twice in the past three postseasons, first with a four-game sweep in the 2019 Eastern Conference finals and then a five-game, first-round series in the Toronto bubble a year later. Now, it’s the Bruins who are facing elimination.

“Obviously it’s a do-or-die situation,” Marchand said. “It’s not the one we want to be in. But all that matters is that we regroup and get prepared for the next one.

“We know they’re going to push. They’re a good team. You can see they’re very hungry right now.”

BANGED-UP JARVIS

Jarvis had a tough Game 4 when he took a puck to the groin on a slap shot by teammate Brendan Smith. He laughed it off earlier Tuesday, even while saying he was still in pain from it.

No matter, Jarvis was willing to tussle at the crease on both of his goals.

The first came when he was knocked to the ice on the left side by Brandon Carlo, but whipped his stick around to hit the puck – which bounced off the right skate of Boston’s Jake DeBrusk and fluttered over Swayman for a 3-0 lead at 15:52 of the second.

He came through with another early in the third, reaching around Swayman to corral a puck that had slipped underneath the netminder and tapping it in at 3:31 of the third.

Any worries about getting hit again?

“I don’t care, if I get hit again, I get hit again,” Jarvis said, added: “I say that now, but if I get hit again, I might be down even longer.”

MCAVOY IN

Boston had a surprise addition with defenseman Charlie McAvoy.

McAvoy was a late scratch for Sunday’s Game 4 due to COVID-19 protocols and coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Tuesday he’d miss Game 5 as well. But McAvoy traveled from Boston in the afternoon and was spotted entering PNC Arena, then joined his team for warmups as the Bruins tweeted McAvoy had cleared the protocol.

McAvoy saw more than 25 minutes of ice time.

LINDHOLM OUT

Boston defenseman Hampus Lindholm missed his third straight game. He hasn’t played since being leveled on a jarring shoulder-to-chest hit from Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov in the Game 2 loss. Cassidy said Lindholm didn’t travel to North Carolina for Game 5.

THREE-POINT NIGHTS

DeAngelo, who had three assists in Game 2, had another three-point game with two assists. Trocheck also had two assists, while Teuvo Teravainen had three assists.

Maple Leafs beat Lightning, take 3-2 lead in playoff series

TORONTO (AP) Jason Spezza stood up in the Toronto locker room in the wake of another disastrous start.

The veteran forward – potentially in the midst of a final Stanley Cup shot in his 19th NHL season – spoke about the margin for error getting smaller and smaller against two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay.

Toronto desperately needed to pick it up. And the team’s big guns delivered a gutsy effort.

Auston Matthews scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:06 left in the third period and the Maple Leafs rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Lightning 4-3 on Tuesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series.

“Spezz really spoke well,” said Toronto captain John Tavares. “We obviously needed to find another level.”

William Nylander added a goal and two assists for Toronto, which is a victory away from advancing in the postseason for the first time since 2004. Tavares had a goal and assist, and Morgan Rielly also scored. Jack Campbell stopped 32 shots.

“He’s a great leader,” Nylander said of the 38-year-old Spezza, who saw less than six minutes of ice time.

“When he says something, everybody listens.”

Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman and Ryan McDonagh scored, Nikita Kucherov had two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning, who will try to avoid elimination in the best-of-seven series in Game 6 at home on Thursday night.

“We’re not really making them earn it,” Tampa head coach Jon Cooper said. “We’re kind of giving it to them.”

The Maple Leafs would certainly disagree after becoming the first team in the five games to come back after falling behind.

“The way the series has gone is that 2-0 has become four or five,” Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe said. “We needed to flip that script.”

Game 7, if necessary, would be in Toronto on Saturday.

“It’s a big win for us,” Matthews said. “But there’s still some work to be done.”

Matthews snapped a 3-3 tie on a 2-on-1 rush in the third period. Mitch Marner fired a shot off Vasilevskiy’s right pad and Matthews, ,who had 60 goals during the regular season, scored his third of the playoffs to ignite the raucous home crowd.

“Such a special player,” Matthews said of Marner. “Any time he’s got the puck I just try to get open or try to anticipate it’s coming to me.

“Just an unbelievable IQ play by him. I had the whole net to shoot at.”

Matthews celebrated by dropping to one knee before punching the air with a windmill celebration.

“Huge goal,” Nylander said with a grin. “Deserves a big celly.”

The Lightning pulled Vasilevskiy late and had a couple of chances, but iced the puck with 21.9 seconds left to force the 2021 Conn Smythe Trophy winner back into his crease.

Down 2-1 heading to the third, Toronto tied the score with the teams playing 4 on 4 at 3:01 when Tavares held onto the puck in the offensive zone before finding Rielly, who scored his first of the series.

The Leafs took their first lead when Nylander scored his third goal in the last two games on Vasilevskiy.

But the Lightning responded at 8:17, when McDonagh blasted a shot past Campbell, tying the game at 3 before Matthews won it.

The Maple Leafs were coming off a 7-3 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 4.

Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe went with the same lineup for the third straight game. He shook up three of his team’s four lines. That included splitting up Tavares and Nylander, while Michael Bunting returned to the top trio with Matthews and Marner.

Toronto got an early power play to continue the series’ parade to the penalty box, but couldn’t connect despite some good looks for Marner.

Stamkos made it 1-0 at 5:19 of the first. The Lightning then got their first man advantage when T.J. Brodie went off for hooking, and they went up by two at 6:11 when Hedman fired a shot that found its way through traffic.

Toronto killed off a 5-on-3 power play for 30 seconds later in the period thanks to some big stops from Campbell before Nylander broke in alone coming out of the box, only to be denied by Vasilevskiy.

Tampa Bay finished the period that included seven minor penalties with a 14-5 edge in shots.

“We had to stop taking penalties,” Keefe said. “And our power play had to do a better job.

“It really muddied the waters in terms of how we were actually playing and really couldn’t allow us to get life and get going.”

The Lightning were whistled for their second infraction of the night for too many men on the ice early in the second, and Toronto broke through when Nylander fired a shot that went in off the skate of Tavares for the captain’s first goal of the series.

The Leafs continued to push as the period wore on, with Vasilevskiy forced to make a number of huge saves.

Campbell had a much quieter period at the other end, but had to make a big stop on a Nick Paul breakaway after he stripped Morgan Rielly of the puck.

Tarasenko hat trick helps Blues take 3-2 series lead on Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Vladimir Tarasenko broke out for the St. Louis Blues with a well-timed natural hat trick, putting the Minnesota Wild in real trouble.

Afterward, Tarasenko tried to shrug off the significance of his feat – with the singular focus of a player who was a major part of the run to the Stanley Cup championship three years ago.

Tarasenko had three goals in the third period to pry open a tied game and series, and the Blues pushed the Wild to the edge of elimination with a 5-2 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

“It’s not the time to think about any achievements. The biggest thing is we won the game, and let’s move onto the next one,” said Tarasenko, who scored once in the first four games. “At this point, from experience in 2019, we learned that only wins matter.”

Ryan O’Reilly scored for the fourth time in the series and Brandon Saad got the tying goal late in the second period as the Blues upstaged a stellar performance by Wild star Kirill Kaprizov. Whatever rivalry exists between the two Russians, Tarasenko wasn’t having any part of that, either.

Kaprizov brought the building to life on yet another late-night start – puck drop was at 8:50 p.m. local time – by scoring twice on Minnesota’s previously sluggish power play in the first period. Kaprizov has an NHL-leading seven goals in the playoffs, already a Wild record for a series.

The Wild are 4 for 19 on the power play, and Kaprizov has three of the goals.

The series returns to St. Louis for Game 6 on Thursday night. If the Blues win, Game 7 would be back in Minnesota on Saturday. The top-seeded Colorado Avalanche, fresh off a sweep of the Nashville Predators, are waiting in the second round.

Entering this year, there have been 277 best-of-seven postseason matchups in NHL history that were tied at two games apiece. The Game 5 winner went on to take the series 219 times, a whopping .791 winning percentage.

“I’m very confident in in our team. It’s not a time to put down our hands. It’s the time to stay confident,” Kaprizov said through a translator, also disinterested in relishing his individual play.

Jordan Binnington made 30 saves for his second straight win, a franchise-record 18th career postseason victory.

“He got out so many pucks tonight and made real good plays with them,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “He’s a pretty calm, cool customer.”

Pavel Buchnevich outmuscled Jacob Middleton for the puck behind Marc-Andre Fleury’s net and fed Tarasenko for the go-ahead score with 63 seconds elapsed after the second intermission.

Then Tarasenko, who bounced back strong with 34 goals in 2021-22 after consecutive injury-wrecked seasons, gave the Blues a two-goal lead with his wrist shot from the high slot just 1:28 later. He tacked on an empty-netter with 1:33 remaining.

“I liked our chances after two, being tied,” said Fleury, who stopped 27 shots. “We’ve had so many great third periods throughout the season. They pushed hard to create some chances and buried them. I would have liked to have saved them all, right?”

The Blues have had plenty of strong finishes, too.

“Our third period there was kind of our identity,” Saad said. “We got better as the game went on.”

The Blues bolstered their blue line by bringing Robert Bortuzzo and Nick Leddy back from their upper-body injuries that kept them out of the two games in St. Louis, though defensemen Torey Krug and Marco Scandella were again absent with lower-body injuries.

Rookie Scott Perunovich, who appeared in the lineup in Game 4 for his first action in four months, was the seventh defenseman to suit up while the Blues made only 11 forwards active. The native of Hibbing, Minnesota, made his presence felt on the power play after Middleton was whistled for cross-checking – a dubious call from the view of the booing home crowd – to give the visitors the man advantage just 4:06 into the game.

Perunovich’s slap shot forced Fleury to create a rebound, and after a scramble for the puck that Brayden Schenn won in front of the crease, O’Reilly found it with an open net to knock it in.

Kaprizov had seen enough of the power play imbalance by that point.

Marcus Foligno screened Binnington on Kaprizov’s first goal, a wrister that buzzed over the goaltender’s glove. Then on another man advantage situation less than four minutes later, Kaprizov hustled to take possession the puck from an off-balance Colton Parayko and kept the play alive.

Kevin Fiala passed from the corner to the back edge of the left circle, where Kaprizov snapped a shot into the narrow slice of space above Binnington’s right shoulder and the back corner of the net. That gave the Wild a 2-1 edge, completing the first lead change in the series.

“We’re a desperate hockey team now,” Foligno said. “You’ll see our best.”

NOTES: Marian Gaborik, with nine goals in 18 games in 2003, holds the Wild scoring record for a single postseason. Zach Parise, with 16 goals in 44 games, has the most career playoff goals in franchise history. Kaprizov, with nine goals in 12 games, is already tied for fourth on the all-time list. … This was Saad’s 20th career postseason game against Minnesota, including 15 with Chicago, but just his fourth goal. … The Blues have at least one power play goal in each game. They’re 6 for 20.

Kempe scores in OT, Kings lead Oilers 3-2 in playoff series

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Adrian Kempe scored 1:12 into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Kempe muscled his way past his defender and wrapped a shot around Edmonton goalie Mike Smith to secure the victory.

The result means the Oilers need a win in Game 6 in Los Angeles on Thursday to stave off elimination.

Kempe also scored and had an assist for the Kings in regulation. Troy Stecher, Andreas Anthansiou and Phillip Danault also scored.

Leon Draisaitl scored twice for Edmonton. Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists and Zack Kassian added a goal for the Oilers, who were coming off a 4-0 loss in Game 4 on Sunday.

Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the Kings. Smith stopped 38 of 43 shots.

The Oilers entered the third period down 3-1 and used their special teams to claw their way back into the game with two power-play goals and a short-handed score.

Edmonton scored the tying goal on another man advantage with 4:52 left in regulation after Danault was called for interference.

Collecting a slick pass across the slot from McDavid, Draisaitl hammered a one-timer from the bottom of the faceoff circle for his fifth goal of the playoffs and his second of the game.

A four-minute minor set up much of the action in the third after Ryan McLeod was called for a high stick on Matt Roy 9:13 in.

The Kings took a 4-2 lead at the 11:06 mark when a backdoor shot from Danault trickled over the goal line.

The Kings stayed on the power play, but it was Edmonton who scored next.

McDavid drove the net, then sliced a puck into the slot where Alex Iafallo tried to sweep it away, but put it instead on Draisaitl’s tape. He scored to make it 4-3 at the 12:33 mark.

A power-play goal from McDavid 2:50 into the third cut the Oilers’ deficit to 3-2.

Just three seconds after Blake Lizotte was called for high-sticking, McDavid sent a backhanded shot off the crossbar and over Quick, sprawled in the crease. The goal was the second of the playoffs for the Oilers’ captain.

Edmonton was 2 for 3 on the power play. The Kings went 1 for 5.

A patient play by Athanasiou boosted the Kings’ lead to 3-1 in the middle period.

Dustin Brown collided with Zach Hyman in the Oilers’ zone and took off with the puck, slipping a pass to Athanasiou stationed at the side of the net. Athanasiou waited for Smith to dive, then sent a shot into the far corner of the net 13:34 into the second.

The Kings regained the lead midway through the second after Kopitar picked off a pass at the Oilers’ blue line. He took a few strides into the Edmonton zone before slicing a pass to Kempe, who nearly lost the puck but reached behind to retrieve it before firing a wrist shot past Smith to make it 2-1 at the 9:29 mark.

Kassian temporarily injected some life into the listless Oilers with a goal 2:32 into the second.

McDavid picked up a rebound and instead of trying to force it in past Quick, the captain took it around the back of the net and found Kassian, who popped a shot in over defenseman Mikey Anderson lying in the crease for the equalizer.

It was the first goal Edmonton scored in four periods.

The Kings controlled the shot clock across the first, outshooting the Oilers 16-5, despite Edmonton having the lone power play of the period.

Stecher opened the scoring 3:43 into the game with a slap shot from about the faceoff circle for his second goal of the playoffs.

NOTES: Game 5 marked the first in the series to go to overtime. . Athanasiou slotted back into the Kings’ fourth line in place of Gabe Vilardi. . Derek Ryan returned to the Oilers’ lineup after missing Game 4 with an undisclosed injury.

Angels rookie Reid Detmers throws no-hitter against Rays

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Angels rookie Reid Detmers pitched the majors’ second no-hitter this season, cruising after he benefitted from a borderline error call in the seventh inning as Los Angeles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 12-0 Tuesday night.

The 22-year-old left hander threw a career-high 108 pitches in his 11th big league start, striking out two and walking one. He completed the 12th no-hitter in franchise history when Yandy Diaz grounded out shortstop Andrew Velazquez to end the game.

“I just blacked out,” Detmers said. “I don’t know.”

He got a crucial assist from official scorer Mel Franks in the seventh.

Brett Phillips reached with one out when first baseman Jared Walsh ranged to his right and bobbled Phillips’ grounder. The crowd of 39,313 at Angel Stadium cheered and Walsh clapped moments later when the videoboard showed the play was ruled an error.

“That was an error,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “No one would have felt worse than Jared.”

Otherwise, Detmers (2-1) hardly had any close calls. He retired his first 15 hitters before Taylor Walls drew a lead-off walk in the sixth. Third baseman Anthony Rendon then made a nice leap to snag Vidal Brujan’s line drive, and Kevin Kiermaier ground into a double play to end the inning.

Detmers made a nice defensive play in the fifth when he quickly snagged a grounder up the middle by Randy Arozarena.

“I don’t know if it has really sank in yet,” Detmers said. “It is something I have always dreamed of. I can’t even process it right now.”

The son of a former minor league pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, Detmers was the 10th overall pick in the 2020 draft out of the University of Louisville and made his big-league debut last year.

He came into the game with a 2-4 career mark and a 6.33 ERA – the third highest ERA entering a no-hitter since earned runs became an official stat in 1913, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He was 1-1 with a 5.32 ERA in his first five starts this season.

The Rays simply couldn’t barrel up Detmers, who mixed a fastball averaging 92 mph with a looping curveball, a changeup and a slider.

It was the first time Detmers had gotten an out in the seventh inning or later since June 7, 2019, for Louisville against East Carolina at an NCAA Super Regional. His previous career high in the majors was six innings last season against Houston. He’d never thrown more than 97 pitches in a big league game, either.

The last Angels’ no-hitter was on July 12, 2019, when Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined for one against the Seattle Mariners in the team’s first home game following the death of starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Detmers is the youngest Angel to throw a no-hitter and the first lefty since Clyde Wright on July 3, 1970 against Oakland.

Five New York Mets’ pitchers combined for this year’s first no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 29. There were a record nine no-hitters across the majors last season. The previous by a rookie was Arizona’s Tyler Gilbert against San Diego last Aug. 14 in his first start.

Mike Trout had his second multi-homer game of the season and drove in three for the Angels, who have won six of their last seven.

Trout had a two-run shot off Corey Kluber (1-2) in the second to extend Los Angeles’ lead to 5-0 and then added another two-run homer in the eighth for the 22nd multi-homer game. Trout has nine homers this season, which is tied for second in the American League.

Chad Wallach and Anthony Rendon also went deep. Rendon homered in his first major league at-bat as a left-handed hitter in the eighth when Phillips, usually an outfielder, took the mound in the blowout.

Wallach, a journeyman catcher in his 80th career game, was behind the plate for Detmers with regular catchers Max Stassi and Kurt Suzuki on the COVID-19 injured list. He and his dad, Tim Wallach, are the first father-son combo to each homer for the Angels.

Velazquez added three hits as the Angels had a season-high 18.

Kluber had a rough outing for the Rays. The right-hander went three innings and allowed eight runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: OF Manuel Margot was not in the lineup after leaving Monday’s game due to right hamstring tightness.

Angels: INF David Fletcher had surgery today to repair the adductor muscles in both legs. The team doesn’t expect him back until at least after the All-Star break. … C Austin Romine was called up to replace Stassi.

UP NEXT

Rays: LHP Shane McClanahan (2-2, 3.06 ERA) is tied with Chicago’s Dylan Cease for the American League lead in strikeouts with 47.

Angels: RHP Shohei Ohtani (3-2, 3.08 ERA) has won his last three starts and allowed two runs in 18 innings.

Hader gets 500th K, Brewers stop Reds’ 2-game win streak

CINCINNATI (AP) Josh Hader reached 500 career strikeouts, Luis Urias hit the tying home run and made a clutch catch and the Milwaukee Brewers held off Cincinnati 5-4 Tuesday night to stop the Reds’ season-high, two-game winning streak.

Hader worked around a leadoff walk in a hitless ninth and became only the third pitcher with saves in his first 12 appearances of a season after Lee Smith in 1994 and Jose Mesa in 2005.

“It’s certainly made my job easier,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “We never take him for granted.”

Hader struck out Brandon Drury and Tommy Pham for the final two outs and reached 500 strikeouts. Hader accomplished the feat in 293 2/3 innings, the second-fastest behind Aroldis Chapman 292 innings.

“It’s good,” Hader said. “It’s exciting. I don’t have the words to describe it.”

Jace Peterson broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with the first of his two doubles for the NL Central-leading Brewers, who ended a three-game losing streak. With the potential tying run on third base with two outs in the eighth, Urias dived to his left at shortstop to snare Kyle Farmer’s liner just above the ground.

“Everything happened so fast,” said Urias, who made his first start of the season at shortstop after five at third base and one at second. “I was just trying to stay focused. When I caught it, I didn’t think I was going to catch it.”

Urias’ grab ended Cincinnati’s three-run rally.

“That was an enormous play – a great play,” Counsell said. “I was just hoping he could keep it in the infield, but he caught it.”

Wandy Peralta (2-1) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings with a season-high eight strikeouts and one walk.

“He was throwing his breaking balls for strikes,” Counsell said. “He had some juice on his fastball, but the breaking ball was the key.”

Cincinnati, a major league-worst 6-24, was trying to come from behind to win for its third straight game after not having accomplished the feat in its first 27 games.

Hunter Greene (1-5) lost his fifth straight start since winning his major league debut at Atlanta on April 10. He allowed two runs, four hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings, six days after giving up a team-record-tying five home runs in a 10-5 loss at Milwaukee.

“It was a huge step, finding my rhythm as I went on,” Greene said. “You hope to find it on your first pitch, but sometimes, it doesn’t work out that way. I need to constantly mix. Obviously, I had to make adjustments from my last outing.”

Cincinnati is the first team since 1893 in which no starter has gotten through six innings in its first 30 games.

Tyler Stephenson’s RBI double put the Reds in the second, and Urias homered in the fourth After Peterson’s go-ahead double, Kolten Wong added a sacrifice fly.

Victor Caratini and Willy Adames had RBI singles in the eighth off Hunter Strickland, boosting the lead to 5-1.

Devin Williams walked three in the bottom half, including Colin Moran with the bases loaded, and Tyler Naquin hit a two-run double.

CHECK THE LINEUP

Willy Adames has started all 31 of Milwaukee’s games this season, but he was the Brewers’ designated hitter on Tuesday after starting the previous 30 games at shortstop.

WHAT GLOVE

A fan sitting in the first row of left field seats made a nice barehanded catch of Urias’s home run.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: RHP J.C Mejia was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to bolster an overworked bullpen. “We needed a fresh arm,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We’ve got a number of guys down.” . RHP Jake Cousins (right elbow) stay on what Counsell described as a “conservative rehab round of treatment” at Milwaukee’s extended spring training camp. “It’ll be 3-4 weeks before he sees an affiliate.”

Reds: INF Mike Moustakas was activated from the COVID-19 injured list, one day after he was placed on it. . LHP Mike Minor (left shoulder) was sent to Triple-A Louisville on a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Milwaukee RHP Adrian Houser (3-2, 3.42) is scheduled to make his second straight start against the Reds in Wednesday’s series finale. Houser gave up seven hits and five runs in five innings of a 10-5 last Thursday. He is due to be opposed by RHP Vladimir Gutierrezz (0-5, 8.86), who was rocked for eight hits and seven runs in Cincinnati’s 18-4 loss at Milwaukee on May 4.

Machado, Padres beat Cubs 5-4 in Clevinger’s return

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres’ day began with news that manager Bob Melvin will have prostate surgery and ended with a thrilling win against the Chicago Cubs.

Manny Machado hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and left fielder Jurickson Profar caught Frank Schwindel’s bases-loaded drive at the wall to seal a 5-4 victory Tuesday night.

Closer Taylor Rogers allowed Ian Happ’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth and loaded the bases before retiring Schwindel for his 12 save in 13 chances.

“These are the days you go through and thankfully we had an extra insurance run to play with,” Rogers said. “He said he thought Schwindel’s ball might go out, “but Profar’s reaction, I thought maybe we had a chance and thankfully we did.”

Said starter Mike Clevinger, who pitched at Petco Park for the first time since late in the 2020 season: “I had my stomach in my throat but it’s all good.”

Melvin announced before the game that he’ll have surgery Wednesday. He said he doesn’t think he has cancer, “but they won’t know until they get in there.” Melvin, hired away from Oakland on Nov. 1, said he expects to miss at least a week’s worth of games. Bench coach Ryan Christenson will serve as interim manager.

“It really makes you appreciate where you are, what you’re doing right now,” Clevinger said. “There’s a lot of things bigger than this game. We’re all here supporting Bob and we wish him the best tomorrow.”

Rogers allowed Ian Happ’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth and loaded the bases before Profar caught Schwindel’s drive.

Clevinger pitched well for 4 1/3 innings in his first start at Petco Park since late in the 2020 season. He missed last season while rehabbing after Tommy John surgery. Chicago’s Wade Miley lasted three innings in his Cubs debut, which was delayed due to elbow inflammation.

Machado and Eric Hosmer have been carrying San Diego’s often-anemic offense all season and they came up big in the sixth. Machado doubled down the left field line off Chris Martin with two outs to bring in Jake Cronenworth with the go-ahead run. Hosmer then singled in Jurickson Profar, who had singled in front of Machado.

Steve Wilson (3-0) got the win and Robert Gsellman (0-1) took the loss.

The Cubs had tied it at 2 in the third on a two-run home run by Alfonso Rivas that bounced out of rookie center fielder Jose Azocar’s glove and over the fence. It was the second for Rivas, who grew up in nearby Chula Vista and went to La Jolla Country Day.

Azocar was starting in place of Trent Grisham, who won a Gold Glove in 2021, because the Padres were facing a lefty. Azocar slumped to the ground in disappointment after the play. The ball might not have gotten out without the redirection.

Austin Nola gave the Padres the lead back on an RBI single in the third before his throwing error in the fifth allowed Rafael Ortega to tie it at 3.

Clevinger, his long hair brained into pigtails, allowed three runs, two earned, and six hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out six and walking two. It was the first time Clevinger’s unorthodox delivery – which starts with happy feet and ends with a sweeping motion with his right leg – was on display in San Diego since Sept. 23, 2020.

Back then, fans weren’t allowed in due to the pandemic.

“It was exciting,” Clevinger said. “It was really fun to be out there with fans. I hadn’t gotten to experience that yet. It’s was even louder being out there than in the dugout. I really appreciated it.”

Clevinger was obtained at the trade deadline during the pandemic-shortened season in a blockbuster trade with Cleveland. He exited his last start of the regular season with what was later described as an elbow impingement and missed the Padres’ wild-card series win against St. Louis.

Clevinger returned for the NL Division Series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers but was removed in the second inning after his velocity dipped dramatically. The Padres were swept by the Dodgers. He had Tommy John surgery later that fall.

The right-hander started this season on the injured list with a sprained right knee and made his debut with 4 2/3 innings of four-hit ball in the first game of a road double-header against his old team, the Cleveland Indians.

Miley allowed three runs and five hits in three innings. The Cubs picked him up off waivers from Cincinnati in November. Miley allowed Wil Myers’ RBI single in the first and then walked Kim Ha-seong with the bases loaded.

A FRIARS FIRST

Former San Diego State softball player Brittany Womack became the first female official scorer in Padres’ history and the eighth in big league history. She’s a math teacher and baseball coach at Escondido High.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: Activated Miley from the 10-day injured list. Placed OF Michael Hermosillo on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday, with a left quadriceps strain. … OF Seiya Suzuki was scratched from the lineup with a sore right ankle but singled as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.

Padres: Reinstated RF Myers and DH Luke Voit from the 10-day IL. Optioned INF CJ Abrams to Triple-A El Paso. Designated OF Trayce Thompson for assignment.

UP NEXT

The Cubs haven’t named a starter for the series finale Wednesday afternoon while LHP Nick Martinez (2-0, 1.71) is scheduled to start for the Padres.

Sheets homers, Anderson 2 RBIs, White Sox top Guardians 4-1

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox came into Tuesday reeling from blowing a big lead the previous night for a stinging loss.

A performance like this sure helped ease the pain.

Lucas Giolito threw seven innings in winning his second consecutive start, Gavin Sheets homered in his second straight game, and Chicago shook off a major collapse by beating the Cleveland Guardians 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Tim Anderson added three hits and two RBIs as the White Sox won for the seventh time in eight games. The lone blemish was when they blew a six-run lead in the ninth on Monday and lost in 11 innings.

“Last night was a heartbreaker, it was tough,” Giolito said. “But we’re in a spot where we can self-evaluate very well. We didn’t have to say anything, we didn’t have to have a meeting. We didn’t have to have anything after that game. We knew coming in today what we needed to improve, what we needed to do.”

The only run Giolito allowed was on a homer by Josh Naylor, otherwise giving up six hits, striking out five and walking one.

Anderson gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead with a single in the fifth. Sheets hit a two-run shot in the sixth and Anderson then chased Cleveland’s Cal Quantrill (1-2) with an RBI double in the seventh for the final score.

“That saying is true, you know: `The worst you can do is lose today because you’re still moping about yesterday,'” manager Tony La Russa said. “So clean the slate, and guys were ready to play, the clubhouse was really good before the game.”

Quantrill went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and 10 hits.

Jose Ruiz got two outs in the eighth before Bennett Sousa retired Jose Ramirez on a groundout with a runner on second. Kendall Graveman worked the ninth for his second save in three chances.

Graveman walked Franmil Reyes with two out and gave up a single to Amed Rosario before retiring Andres Gimenez on a slow roller to first baseman Jose Abreu. A diving Gimenez was initially ruled safe, ahead of a sliding Abreu, but the call was overturned after a lengthy review.

“We’re never out of it,” Cleveland’s Austin Hedges said. “It’s awesome. It’s really fun to watch. We’re relentless. Even when we’re losing, we’re putting a lot of pressure on them.”

GOING DEEP

Naylor, who hit the tying grand slam in the ninth Monday against closer Liam Hendriks and a three-run drive in the 11th, smacked a solo drive in the sixth. He had two hits. The White Sox beat the Guardians for the first time in five games this season.

ANDERSON’S GOOD DAY

Besides coming through at the plate, Anderson started a neat double play in the fourth inning after fielding a grounder by Reyes.

The shortstop threw to second to get Owen Miller diving back to second. Josh Harrison applied the tag and threw to first to complete the double play.

Major League Baseball also dropped Anderson’s one-game suspension for giving fans the middle finger during a game on April 20. It was part of a settlement with the players’ association, in which Anderson agreed to a fine to avoid an appeal before MLB special adviser John McHale Jr.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: RHP James Karinchak (right back strain) might throw to some hitters during the Guardians’ homestand next week, possibly May 20, manager Terry Francona said. Karinchak has been working out at the team’s facility in Goodyear, Arizona. … Francona expects 1B Yu Chang (COVID-19 recovery) to rejoin the team this week after he completes a minor league rehab assignment.

White Sox: OF Eloy Jimenez said he is making quick strides in his recovery from a torn hamstring. Jimenez said Tuesday he is pain free and has been running and swinging. “We’re gonna be back sooner than later,” he said. He was injured trying to beat out a grounder at Minnesota on April 23 and had surgery a few days later. The White Sox said he would be out six to eight weeks. … La Russa said OF Andrew Vaughn (bruised right hand) will likely play in a few rehab games for Triple-A Charlotte, starting Wednesday.

UP NEXT

The teams close out the three-game series, with RHP Vince Velasquez (2-2, 3.97 ERA) starting for Chicago and RHP Aaron Civale (1-2, 9.45 ERA) pitching for Cleveland. Civale had allowed an American League-worst 24 runs entering Tuesday’s games.

Road teams sweep unusual A’s-Tigers doubleheader

DETROIT (AP) Tarik Skubal was planning to head to the mound for the day’s first pitch. Then he realized the Detroit Tigers were the visiting team at Comerica Park and Oakland’s Frankie Montas would be on the rubber.

“Thank God someone mentioned it before the game, because I almost ran out there for the top of the first inning,” Skubal said. “Montas and I would have both been on the mound. It was weird, but that’s baseball.”

Skubal led the Tigers to a 6-0 win in the opener of a unique doubleheader Tuesday caused by Major League Baseball’s lockout. With the Athletics as the visiting team in the second game, 25-year-old Adrian Martinez pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings to win his major league debut, a 4-1 Oakland victory.

In a matchup of last-place teams, Detroit ended a 27-inning scoreless streak in the opener. Oakland (12-19) then won for the second time in 12 games and sent the Tigers (9-21) to their seventh loss in eight games.

Miguel Cabrera singled in the ninth inning of the second game, tying Wade Boggs for 30th with 3,010 hits.

Skubal (2-2) allowed three hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked three. Jonathan Schoop homered and scored twice on a day he raised his batting average from .139 to .157.

“It felt good to win,” Skubal said. “Their guy was really good, so I was just trying to give us a chance to stay in the game and get some late offense.”

Under MLB’s original schedule announced last year, Detroit was to have played three games at Oakland from April 4-6 in its second series of the season. But the first week was postponed by the lockout, and MLB rescheduled one of the games as part of a doubleheader at Comerica Park while keeping Oakland as the home team. The other games are to be played as a doubleheader at the Oakland Coliseum on July 21, what was to have been an off-day during the All-Star break.

Detroit wore its white home uniforms despite batting first, while the A’s wore green tops and gray pants. The Tigers reverted to the home team in the second game.

In the first game, Montas (2-3) allowed four runs, six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.

A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus and left fielder Chad Pinder collided in the fifth while trying for Willi Castro’s shallow fly ball. Both players required attention from athletic trainers and remained in the game.

“It’s scary when you are running out there, because you have the worst-case scenario running through your head,” Kotsay said. “Luckily, Elvis’ shin – the one that hasn’t needed surgery – just grazed Chad’s temple. Our trainers took every precaution, and Chad passed all the concussion tests.”

Castro reached on the single to put runners on first and second with no outs, and Tucker Barnhart’s bunt single loaded the bases. Derek Hill’s sacrifice fly ended Detroit’s scoreless streak, and Robbie Grossman beat out a potential double-play grounder as Castro scored.

Schoop homered to make it 3-0 in the sixth, and Jeimer Candelario hit a three-run double in the seventh off Kirby Snead.

“I thought I was pretty good, to be honest,” Montas said. “That’s still a lineup of major league hitters. No bad hitters get to this level.”

In the second game, Alex Faedo (0-1) gave up two runs and four hits over five innings in his second major leage start. Jed Lowrie hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Kevin Smith had an RBI single. Cristian Pache added an RBI single in the seventh and Luis Barrera a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Martinez (1-0) struck out Javy Baez in the first inning and retired Cabera in the second.

“I knew I was in the big leagues when I was facing players like that,” Martinez said through a translator. “You know they are in the lineup, but it is different when they are in the batter’s box.”

Martinez struck out three and walked none.

“That was just a great performance by Adrian,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “He comes up here for his first major league start and attacks the zone right away. That’s what you want to see from a kid.”

Detroit loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against Lou Trivino . Eric Haase struck out, Robbie Grossman forced in a run with a walk and Austin Meadows popped out.

“We need today to be encouraging and we’re going to make it encouraging,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “We had a really good first game and we gave ourselves a chance in the second one. We can’t ask for much more than that.”

SHYING AWAY

In Castro’s first at-bat after his fifth-inning bloop single, he hit another pop fly into shallow left. This time, both Andrus and Pinder backed off, allowing the ball to drop. The play was originally ruled an error on Andrus, but changed after the game to a hit for Castro.

Neither player started the second game of the doubleheader, but Kotsay said they were available.

MOVES

Oakland agreed to minor league contracts with INF Matt Davidson and RHP Jorge Juan.

UP NEXT

The teams play the fourth of a five-game series on Wednesday night, with Detroit’s Joey Wentz making his major league debut against Oakland’s Zach Logue (1-1, 2.84).

Tom Brady to join Fox Sports when playing career ends

NEW YORK (AP) Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady will join Fox Sports as its lead football analyst once his playing career ends, the network said Tuesday.

When that actually happens is unclear, because Brady recently changed his mind about retiring and said he plans to continue playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 23rd NFL season.

Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch made the announcement during a corporate investor call on Tuesday.

“Over the course of this long-term agreement, Tom will not only call our our biggest NFL games with Kevin Burkhardt, he will also serve as an ambassador for us, particularly with respect to client and promotional initiatives,” Murdoch said.

Murdoch said it’s “entirely up to” Brady when he decides to retire from football and join Fox. Brady led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title following the 2020 season and NFC South championship last season. He teamed with coach Bill Belichick to win six Super Bowls during 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.

Fox recently lost its top football announcers, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, to ESPN. It replaced Buck with Burkhardt.

Murdoch offered no other details on the deal.

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Count ‘Em: Indians Launch Two Grand Slams in 15-3 Rout

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rodolfo Castro and Jared Oliva each launched grand slams – setting a new Victory Field era single-game record – as the Indianapolis Indians dominated with 16 total hits in a statement win over the Charlotte Knights on Tuesday night, 15-3.

Castro and Oliva’s grand slams, the second of their respective careers, marked the first time since July 10, 1995 that the Indians hit two grand slams in a single game. In that 1995 game – a season in which the Indians set a then-professional baseball record with 13 grand slams, broken in 2000 by the Oakland A’s (14) – Brian Dorsett and Dave McCarty each clubbed grand slams in a 10-4 win over Omaha at Bush Stadium. Indianapolis has not hit more than two grand slams in a single season since hitting five in 2016.

The Indians (15-14) got on the board in the first on an RBI single by Canaan Smith-Njigba before Castro broke open the game with the bases juiced and two outs in the top of the second, lining his grand slam off the right-field foul pole. It was Castro’s first grand slam since May 4, 2019 with Single-A Greensboro vs. West Virginia.

Facing a 6-0 deficit, the Knights (12-19) put up two runs in the fifth on a two-run home run by Blake Rutherford. They then traded single runs with Indy in the sixth.

An eight-run eighth inning opened the floodgates, highlighted by Oliva’s long ball out to left field for his first grand slam since June 22, 2018 with High-A Bradenton vs. Fort Myers. With the four runs driven in on one swing, Oliva tied his career high with five RBI, last matched on Aug. 28, 2021 vs. Louisville. The Indians sent 12 total batters to the plate, recording six hits with three walks. All eight runs were scored prior to an out being recorded.

Trey McGough got the start for the Indians and tossed a season-high 4.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Cam Vieaux (W, 3-0) and Matt Eckelman combined to hold the Knights hitless over the final three innings.

Kyle Kubat (L, 2-1) surrendered five runs in 2.0 innings in his first start of the season. Only one of the five runs allowed was earned, with a throwing error by Seby Zavala extending the second inning prior to Castro’s two-out grand slam. Brandon Finnegan was charged with five of the eight runs in the eighth frame. Six total Charlotte pitchers combined for nine walks in the contest.

The 15-3 win tied Indianapolis’ largest margin of victory since Aug. 8, 2021 at Iowa (13-1). The Indians were just one hit shy of tying their single-game high of 2022, when they notched 17 hits on April 16 at St. Paul.

The Indians and Knights will face off again on Wednesday night at 6:35 PM ET at Truist Field. RHP Cody Bolton (0-1, 4.73) will take the mound vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (0-1, 6.10).

Game Recap: Kelsey Mitchell Pours in 26 as Fever Net First Win of 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – Kelsey Mitchell’s 35th career game finishing with at least 20 points was enough for the Indiana Fever to secure its first win of the 2022 campaign, 82-76, against the Minnesota Lynx at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Tuesday. Despite being held scoreless in the first quarter, Mitchell responded with a 13-point second quarter of her own to ignite Indiana to a franchise record for the most points in a second quarter with 36 to take the lead into the locker room.

The fifth-year guard ended the game with 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including a 4-of-7 clip from beyond the arc. Mitchell also became the fourth player in franchise history to surpass at least 1,900 points while with the franchise.

In her third game with Indiana, former Minnesota Lynx guard Crystal Dangerfield led the Fever bench with 10 points and a team-high six assists in her first game against her former team.

Alanna Smith was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time in her career and finished with nine points, five rebounds and two steals. NaLyssa Smith and Victoria Vivians each also nine points to keep Minnesota winless to begin the new season.

Per Across The Timeline, Queen Egbo came off the bench while working her way back from a left ankle injury to become the sixth rookie in WNBA history to finish a game with at least eight rebounds, five steals and three blocked shots.

Destanni Henderson added eight points and dished out five assists. After Henderson’s first three games in the WNBA, she has compiled 13 assists, while only committing four turnovers.

For Minnesota, center Sylvia Fowles tallied a new season-high 26 points to go along with a game-high 14 rebounds. Jessica Shepard was one assist shy of recording a triple-double, while Rachel Banham added 14 points off the bench

UP NEXT

The Fever travel to face the New York Liberty on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Friday’s game will be streamed on the official Indiana Fever Facebook page in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

Baseball Drops Decision at No. 7 Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The offense got started early for the Indiana baseball program, but No. 7 Louisville was able to rally for the 7-2 victory on Tuesday (May 10) at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Indiana (22-26) jumped out to an early lead with a single run in the first inning, before Louisville (34-13-1) scored two in the third and one in the fourth. A single Hoosier run in the sixth closed the gap to one run, but the Cardinals scored one in the bottom of the sixth and added three in the eighth to account for the final margin.

For the second straight game, freshman Brock Tibbitts led the offense with a multi-hit game, as he collected two hits and walked once. It is the 13th multi-hit game of the season for Tibbitts. Redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen and junior Hunter Jessee each singled and scored one run. Freshman Carter Mathison and redshirt-junior Hunter Jessee each drove in RBIs.

Junior Ty Bothwell (2-2) made his first start of the season and allowed two runs on one hit in the loss. He walked two and struck out four batters.

Ben Metzinger and Dalton Rushing each hit home runs and drove in three RBIs in the game. Ben Bianco had a game-high three hits and scored twice. Carson Liggitt (1-0) picked up the win in relief with two innings of scoreless work.

Scoring Recap

Top First

Bobby Whalen singled to start the inning and came in to score on a two-out base hit from Matthew Ellis.

Indiana 1, at Louisville 0

Bottom Third

A one-out walk was followed by a two-run home run from Dalton Rushing.

at Louisville 2, Indiana 1

Bottom Fourth

Ben Bianco singled with one out and came around to score on a two-out double from Ben Metzinger.

at Louisville 3, Indiana 1

Top Sixth

Hunter Jessee singled and came around to score two batters later on a Carter Mathison single.

at Louisville 3, Indiana 2

Bottom Sixth

Metzinger hit a solo home run with two outs.

at Louisville 4, Indiana 2

Bottom Eighth

Two hits, two walks and an error allowed three Cardinals’ runs to score. The first run crossed after two base hits started the inning and IU misplayed a sacrifice bunt. A sacrifice fly added the second run and ground out plated the final run of the inning.

at Louisville 7, Indiana 2

Up Next

Indiana returns home for the final home series of the season versus Minnesota. The series opener will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday (April 13) and the Hoosiers will celebrate senior day on Saturday (April 14) prior to the 4 p.m. first pitch. Saturday’s gametime was adjusted as the game will be broadcast

Donegan Wraps NCAA Regional Round Two

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Indiana women’s golf freshman Áine Donegan shot a 6-over 77 at the U-M Golf Course in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Ann Arbor Regional on Tuesday. She is currently tied for 23rd place heading into the final round.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

NCAA Ann Arbor Regional • Ann Arbor, Mich.

U-M Golf Course

Par 71 • 6265 yards

Live scoring via Golfstat

In the standings: Áine Donegan – 149 (72-77; +7) • t-23rd Place

CHIP-INS

• Donegan finished Tuesday’s round with a 6-over 77 on her scorecard that included one birdie and 11 pars.

• Her best stretch of golf came at the beginning on the back nine when she netted three pars and a birdie from No. 11-14.

• She converted her lone birdie on No. 13, one of the two holes she birdied in the opening round on Monday.

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

TOP FOUR TEAMS (AFTER ROUND TWO)

1. Virginia – 575 (294-281; +7)

2. San Jose State – 578 (294-284; +10)

3. Arkansas – 582 (291-291; +14)

4. Michigan – 593 (293-300; +25)

TOP TWO INDIVIDUALS ON NON-ADVANCING TEAMS (AFTER ROUND TWO)

t-4. Emily Mahar (Virginia Tech) – 143 (72-71; +1)

t-4. Jana Melichova (Old Dominion) – 143 (69-74; +1)

UP NEXT

The third and final round will begin on the 10th tee at 8:55 a.m. ET. Donegan will be paired with Jasmine Ly (Northern Illinois) and Katherine Lemke (Creighton).

Boilermakers Score 7 in the 6th to Rally Past Butler

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball sent 11 men to the plate while scoring seven times in the sixth inning, using the extended rally to overcome a three-run deficit in an 11-6 comeback win vs. Butler in the finale of the midweek schedule Tuesday at Alexander Field.

With the bases loaded and the go-ahead run at second base in the bottom of the sixth, CJ Valdez connected for a two-run double over the head of new left fielder James Gargano. Valdez ambushed the first pitch thrown by Butler reliever Spencer Seigworth. The Boilermakers’ designated hitter finished with three RBI, his fifth game of the season with three-plus RBI.

Ryan Howe and Steve Ramirez were among the eight Purdue graduates to receive their diplomas from university president Mitch Daniels in a commencement ceremony before the game. Howe and Ramirez came through with consecutive singles to ignite the long rally after Evan Albrecht was hit by a pitch to open the sixth inning.

The Boilermakers (27-16) scored seven-plus runs in an inning for the sixth time this season. As expected, they’ve gone on to win all six games. Purdue pounded out 13 hits Tuesday, registering a double-figure total for the sixth time in the last nine games.

Khal Stephen struck out five of the six batters he faced over two innings of one-hit relief, becoming the ninth active Boilermaker to register at least five Ks while striking out least half the batters of he faced. However, Stephen’s 83% clip is the best of any of those outings. It’s also the best percentage in any such instance of at least five Ks by a Purdue pitcher dating back to 2005.

Curtis Washington Jr. stole second and third base in the first inning, remaining perfect on the season at 28 of 28. In the process, he accounted for Purdue’s 100th and 101st stolen bases of the year. The Boilermakers have reached the century mark for just the second time in program history and are now just four steals shy of matching the team record (106 in 2000). Washington moved into third place on Purdue’s single-season list, five shy of the record (33 by Jeff Allison in 1987).

Jake Jarvis did not start the game but was pressed into action in left field for the first time at Alexander Field this season after Mike Bolton Jr. hurt his hand while trying to steal second base in the first inning. In his first at-bat, Jarvis delivered a two-out, two-run single to give Purdue a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second.

Landon Weins struck out five of the first six batters he faced in his first start as a Boilermaker. He finished the night with six punchouts over three innings. But Butler’s Aaron Steinhart connected for a grand slam in the third inning after the Bulldogs (18-30-1) extended the frame with consecutive two-out singles.

Purdue trailed 6-3 entering the fifth inning when Ricky Castro’s 1-2-3 inning vs. the 3-4-5 potion of the Butler lineup helped begin the change of momentum. On a night in which he received his diploma, Castro retired seven of the final eight batters he faced.

Cam Thompson was hit by a pitch as the ninth Boilermaker to bat in the long sixth inning, keeping his on-base streak alive at 43 consecutive games. Washington has joined Thompson as Boilermakers to reach base safely in all 20 home games this year. Troy Viola’s 23-game on-base streak came to an end Tuesday, marking the first time he was kept off base since March 25.

The Boilermakers return to action Friday when they begin a crucial Big Ten series at Northwestern. Purdue and NU are in eighth and ninth place in the Big Ten standings with two weekends to go in the Big Ten Tournament chase. Friday’s series opener is set for 4:30 p.m. ET.

Purdue Remains in Fourth Following Moving Day Out West

STANFORD, Calif. – On moving day at the NCAA Stanford Regional (May 10), Purdue Women’s Golf stayed put on the leaderboard. The Boilermakers entered the second round in fourth place, and Tuesday’s total of 291 (+7) kept them right on the cut line for the NCAA Championships with 18 holes left in the regional.

The top four teams following Wednesday’s final round earn a berth in the national championship tournament. After 36 holes, Purdue is tied with Northwestern for the fourth and final spot at 8-over. The two Big Ten schools built a five-shot cushion over sixth-place Iowa State. USC (-12), host Stanford (-8) and LSU (-5) find themselves in prime position to advance to Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kan Bunnabodee fired a 2-under 69 to lead the Boilermakers in the second round. The First Team All-B1G golfer moved to even par for the tournament and into a tie for 10th on the individual leaderboard. After three pars to start the morning, Bunnabodee birdied three of the next four holes. She remained steady throughout the remainder of the day, grinding out 11 straight pars to secure a round in the 60s. It was the third time this season that Bunnabodee broke 70, a team best.

Danielle du Toit and Inez Wanamarta shot 73 (+2) as both Boilermakers stayed in the top 25 heading into the final round. They began their respective rounds with a birdie on the par-5 first, while tallying two birdies apiece on Tuesday. Du Toit’s other birdie came at the par-3 17th, while Wanamarta dropped a bomb for birdie on No. 5.

Sifat Sagoo and Ashley Kozlowski rounded out the Purdue scoring with rounds of 76 (+5). After carding a season-low 69 (-2) thanks to six birdies in round one, Sagoo mustered two birdies during her second round on the par-71 course. She continued to excel on the par 3s, playing the short holes 3-under through two rounds to lead the field.

With the Boilermakers and Wildcats tied for the final qualifying spot, the two teams are paired together for Wednesday’s final round alongside Iowa State. The three programs tee off beginning at 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET).

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

BOILERMAKERS

T10: Kan Bunnabodee: 73-69—142 (E)

T20. Danielle du Toit: 71-73—144 (+2)

T24. Inez Wanamarta: 72-73—145 (+3)

T24. Sifat Sagoo: 69-76—145 (+3)

T40. Ashley Kozlowski: 74-76—150 (+8)

TEAM LEADERBOARD

1. USC: 280-276—556 (-12)

2. Stanford: 283-277—560 (-8)

3. LSU: 279-284—563 (-5)

T4. Purdue: 285-291—576 (+8)

T4. Northwestern: 287-289—576 (+8)

6. Iowa State: 287-294—581 (+13)

T7. Kentucky: 295-291—586 (+18)

T7. Princeton: 295-291—586 (+18)

9. Texas Tech: 295-292—587 (+19)

10. Cal Poly: 304-288—592 (+24)

11. UNLV: 310-299—609 (+41)

12. Sacred Heart: 324-314—648 (+70)

Purdue Posts 11-6 Home Win Over @ButlerUBaseball

WEST LAFAYETTE – Butler designated hitter Aaron Steinhart hit a grand slam at Alexander Field on Tuesday night to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead in the third inning, but the Boilers would come back and score seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim an 11-6 win over the Bulldogs.

Garret Gray came up with the first hit of the game for Butler in the top of the third inning with a single through the left side of the infield. That at-bat would spark the offense as Travis Holt delivered a two-out single to extend the frame and Scott Jones would load the bases with his first hit of the night.

Steinhart took full advantage of the situation and sent a ball over the wall in leftfield for a go-ahead grand slam. The homer on a 1-1 count was Steinhart’s eighth of the year and gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead.

Gray would gift Butler another scoring sequence in the fourth inning. He doubled down the right field line to score Ryan O’Halloran. Moments later, the BU first baseman would score to make the game 6-3 on a ground out from Billy Wurch.

The Bulldogs kept the Boilers off the scoreboard in the fourth and fifth innings, but the sixth told the story on Tuesday night. Purdue scored seven runs off four hits, with the most damage coming from Valdez’s double to left.

John MacCauley would take the loss in this one while the win went to Ricky Castro. BU started Dawson Taylor and would use four additional arms after MacCauley left in the sixth.

Steinhart clearly had the biggest impact on the game for the Bulldogs, but Holt and Gray were also impressive with multi-hit games. Both Gray and Holt had a double in the setback.

The Bulldogs will remain on the road this weekend with a three-game series at Creighton.

#8 IRISH BLOW BY SPARTANS, 15-6

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The eighth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (29-10) had not played a game in 10 days but showed no signs of rust at the plate with a 15-6 win over Michigan State (21-25) Tuesday night at Frank Eck Stadium.

The Irish scored in double-digits for the third-straight game and finished off their home midweek slate with a record of 7-0 in those games. Notre Dame had two big innings in the win, six runs in the third to open the scoring and five in the seventh to put the game away.

A trio of Irish led the way with three hits. Brooks Coetzee III, Jack Zyska and David LaManna all had a team-high three hits in the win. Coetzee, Ryan Cole and Carter Putz had a team-high three runs that tied a career high for all three guys. Zyska tied a career high with the three hits.

Jack Findlay had the best start of his young career against the Spartans. He set career highs with 4.0 innings pitched and eight strikeouts. He only allowed two runners to reach base and did not allow a hit as he collected his fifth win of the season.

How It Happened

The Irish offense broke through in a big way in the third, scoring six runs in the frame. It started with the two-run blast from Cole for the first two runs of the game. Zyska and LaManna hit back-to-back doubles that scored a total of three runs. The final run of the inning scored on a bases-loaded walk by Spencer Myers. After three frames, the Irish led 6-0.

The Irish added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jared Miller singled to left and scored two runners on the play. The Irish held an 8-0 lead after four innings.

Michigan State got a run back in the fifth and cut into the deficit at 8-1.

Sophomore Matt Bedford made his first career appearance against the Spartans Tuesday night. He tossed two innings and struck out one on his outing.

The Spartans scored three in the seventh and cut the lead in half to 8-4.

The Irish responded with their second big inning of the night to put the game out of reach. Notre Dame plated five runs in the inning and it started with an RBI single from Coetzee. Putz and Zyska hit back-to-back doubles and scored three more runs in the frame. LaManna capped the scoring in the inning with an RBI single that scored one. LaManna and Coetzee led the way with a team-high three RBI.

Coetzee drove in the other two runs in the eighth with a two-run home run. His blast was the final tally on the scoreboard and his ninth home run of the season to lead the team.

Up Next

The Irish are set for their final home ACC weekend of the series when they welcome Pitt to Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish and Panthers will open the three-game set Friday night at 6 p.m. ET. Friday’s game will be streamed on ACC Network Extra and the final two games of the series will be aired nationally on ACC Network. The Irish will host Degree Day on Saturday to honor their senior and graduate class prior to the game.

Tynan setting high expectations in Ontario

American Hockey League fans have likely heard this before: T.J. Tynan is a special player with exceptional talent.

But after winning the league’s most valuable player award in an abbreviated 2020-21 campaign, Tynan has taken his elite scoring to a higher level this season. With seven games left on the Ontario Reign’s regular-season calendar, Tynan ― who has a career-high 87 points ― could potentially become the first AHL skater to reach the 100-point mark since Hershey Bears teammates Keith Aucoin and Alexandre Giroux both went over triple digits during the 2009-10 season.

Tynan’s 74 assists are already the most in a single AHL season in the last 15 years, since Darren Haydar posted 81 helpers for the Chicago Wolves in 2006-07. And his average of 1.58 points per game is also a career best.

The amazing thing about Tynan’s performance has been the consistency of his excellence. It’s seemingly every night that he makes a big impact on the game. While he’s obviously had some more memorable outings than others, he’s not scoring in bunches one week and then disappearing the next. Not once has Tynan done enough to be recognized with a Player of the Week award, but it’s every week that he’s contributing to help his team win games.

Tynan has earned multiple points in 29 of the 55 games he’s played in this season. That means when Reign fans watch him play, there’s more than a 50 percent chance they’ll see him set up two or more scoring plays on a given night. With only 13 of his points being goals, it’s even more likely that he’s helping one of his teammates find the back of the net.

Adding that high level of performance to the lineup has translated to a big improvement in the standings for the Reign this season after a sixth-place result a year ago. The team’s points percentage sits at .680 heading into the final three weeks of the schedule, with an opportunity to finish with the highest mark since the first year of AHL hockey in Ontario during 2015-16, when they earned first place in the Pacific Division (.684).

“Every day, T.J. brings it,” said Reign assistant coach Chris Hajt. “Whether it’s practices or games, he has a great work ethic and an intensity about him that shows he wants to win. He wants to be the best player on the ice and do what he can to be outstanding.”

Hajt also added that Tynan’s consistent high expectation of himself and his teammates has raised the bar and kept it high all season. Wearing an “A” on his chest as an alternate captain, Tynan has been part of the team’s leadership group along with captain Brett Sutter and co-alternate Martin Frk, as well as defender Cameron Gaunce.

Now at 30 years of age and playing in his eighth professional season ― which has included over 350 points and spanned 512 games at the NHL and AHL levels ― Tynan sees his individual success as a testament to his teammates, like Frk who has 34 goals while playing on Tynan’s line for most of the season.

“We have a super-talented group and I’ve been fortunate to play with Marty Frk for a lot of it so obviously we’ve meshed well,” Tynan said. “For me, it’s just been the team and how great they’ve been. Especially as a pass-first guy, I’ve just been trying to get guys in good spots to get their shot off and they’ve been doing a great job. There are lots of other guys who are also having great years.”

Tynan’s specialty is the power play, and his influence has made the Reign’s man-advantage unit the top group in the AHL all season long. Among the team’s 63 power-play goals in its 61 games, Tynan has points on 41 of them, which also leads the league. Thirty-nine of those have been assists, which is only a few short of being the most in the league since Chicago’s Jason Krog posted 42 power-play helpers in 2007-08.

“T.J. makes excellent decisions on the power play,” Hajt said. “He’s able to decipher who the open man is and in general, he puts it on the tape I’d say 95 percent of the time. He’s been a big part of our success there for sure.”

As a team, the Reign are challenging the league’s all-time power play percentage mark in a full season, which was set by the Springfield Indians in 80 games during 1993-94 when they finished at 26.78 percent. Ontario is currently just below that high mark at 26.47 percent.

The unit has been successful no matter the personnel combinations that have been used, with parts interchanging due to those that have earned call-ups to the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings. At the start of the season, defenseman Sean Durzi was an important part of the group. Then it was blueliner Jordan Spence who took over the role at the right point in the offensive zone before he received a promotion to the highest level in hockey. Both Tynan and Frk have also earned the call themselves, as well as forwards Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Samuel Fagemo and Gabriel Vilardi.

“We have a lot of talented players,” Tynan said of the Reign’s power play. “For us it’s just been using all of the options; Helge [Grans] and Spenny [Spence] and Wolly [Christian Wolanin] and Durzi, when they’ve been up top they’ve done great… Frk and JAD [Anderson-Dolan] have had great years, Fagemo, Madds [Tyler Madden], Gabe [Vilardi], everyone… Akil Thomas been great.

“When you have that many talented players and you have an extra guy on the ice and you dial in and you just focus on the things you need to do and everyone does their job, it’s usually a recipe for success and so far it’s been that way and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Hajt and the rest of the coaching staff, including assistant coach Craig Johnson who also works with the power play group, have enjoyed observing Tynan and his habits in practice to prepare for upcoming games.

“You just see the intensity in his eyes every day,” Hajt said. “You’re doing a power play at the end of practice and he always wants one more rep, he wants perfection. He’s a real good teammate and he wants to make sure there’s chemistry. For instance, he’ll be working with Helge on their plays that they run on the power play after practice and he’s the one that initiates it. There’s a respect that he has for his teammates and also when we’re not holding up to our standard, he’s vocal about that.”

In order to stay on track for these major milestones and hold their standing in the division, Tynan and the Reign will have keep up their high performance level for the remainder of the season, which includes a trip to the Rocky Mountains next week for a three-game series against Tynan’s former club, the Colorado Eagles.

At the beginning of the month, the third-place Eagles came to Ontario and closed the gap between themselves and the second-place Reign with a sweep of a two-game set, winning 8-1 in game one and 4-3 in overtime the following evening. The Reign will aim to reverse those results and Tynan said he’s looking forward to the challenge of not only playing a tough opponent of which he has familiarity, but also doing it in a hostile environment in Loveland at the Budweiser Event Center.

“I’m still very close with a lot of those guys,” Tynan said of his former Colorado teammates. “They have a great group there and they’ve played really well so the hockey will be fun and it’ll be even better to see some of those guys and their families I haven’t seen in a long time. They pack that place, they’re rowdy and fun so it’ll be great for us… Especially this time of year it’ll get you ready for playoffs real quick. They’re a great team and so are we so those three games will be a lot of fun to be a part of.”

No. 24 Vanderbilt rallies past Sycamores in extra innings

NASHVILLE, TENN. – No. 24 Vanderbilt took advantage of a pair of Indiana State errors in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Sycamores fell at Hawkins Field in extra-innings, 8-7.

Indiana State (23-17) loaded the bases in the top of the 10th inning and threatened to break the contest open, but a key defensive stop by Vanderbilt (32-15) first baseman Parker Noland kept the Sycamores off the scoreboard in the frame.

A pair of Sycamore errors led to Vanderbilt’s Enrique Bradfield Jr. sitting on third base with two outs in the bottom of the 12th. VU’s Spencer Jones came through in the clutch against ISU reliever Jared Spencer (1-3) with his sixth hit of the ball game bringing Bradfield home for the walk-off.

Josue Urdaneta drove in four RBI and homered for the Sycamores as Indiana State fell in extra innings for the first time in the 2022 season. Urdaneta homered in the first, added a two-run double off the left field wall in the second, and then connected on a run-scoring single in the top of the ninth to highlight the ISU offense.

Jake Ridgway went 5.0 innings in a masterful relief appearance on the mound for the Sycamores in support of starter Brennyn Cutts. Ridgway surrendered four hits and three runs while striking out five in his longest relief outing of the 2022 season. Spencer went the final 2.1 innings allowing three hits and one unearned run in taking the loss.

Jones went 6-for-6 from the plate to key a Vanderbilt offense, while Noland added a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth as the Commodores held off the Sycamores.

Thomas Schultz (3-1) was the final one out of the eight Vanderbilt pitchers on the mound for the Commodores going the final 0.2 innings to record the win.

How They Scored

Josue Urdaneta connected on the one-out solo home run to right field to put the Sycamores on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning.

Grant Magill singled home Sean Ross and Josue Urdaneta doubled off the left field wall scoring Jordan Schaffer and Magill to give the Sycamores the 4-0 lead in the top of the second.

Vanderbilt rallied back in the bottom of the fourth as the Commodores took advantage of a Davis Diaz solo home run to left and a Javier Vaz fielder’s choice scoring Spencer Jones to cut the ISU lead down to 4-2.

Spencer Jones reached on a leadoff triple as the Sycamores lost the ball in the lights and came around to score on Dominic Keegan’s groundout to shortstop as Vanderbilt cut the ISU lead down to 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth.

Josue Urdaneta connected on his fourth RBI of the game with a one-out single up the middle scoring Daunte Majors in the top of the ninth to make it a 5-3 Indiana State lead.

Randall Diaz added an RBI groundout scoring Schaffer, while Joe Kido’s pinch-hit RBI single scored Urdaneta as the Sycamores took the 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Parker Noland connected on a two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the ninth to cut the Sycamores lead down to 7-5.

Spencer Jones added an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth and Enrique Bradfield Jr. stole home as Vanderbilt tied the game up at 7-7 to send the game into extra innings.

Jones came through with the RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning scoring Bradfield Jr. to close out the win.

News & Notes

Josue Urdaneta connected on his fifth home run of the 2022 season and first since March 20 against Kansas in the top of the first inning.

Jordan Schaffer was hit by a pitch in the top of the second inning giving him a Valley-leading 20 HBPs on the season.

Josue Urdaneta connected on his 19th multi-hit game following his home run in the first and RBI double in the second inning. He finished 3-for-6 for the evening.

Jordan Schaffer (twice), Sean Ross (twice), and Seth Gergely were all hit by pitches in the contest marking the second consecutive game at least three Sycamores were plunked in a game.

The five hit-by-pitches tied a season-high for Indiana State equaling the mark set back on February 25 against Merrimack.

Jake Ridgway went a season-best 5.0 innings on the mound in an extended relief appearance. The redshirt senior had only thrown 4.2 innings in relief in the 2022 season heading into the Vanderbilt game.

Indiana State’s pitching staff hit double-digit strikeouts for the second consecutive game and third in the last four as the Sycamores combined to retire 11 Commodores on strikes.

Up Next

Indiana State closes out the road trip this weekend in Carbondale, Ill. as the Sycamores make the trip to Southern Illinois University for a three-game series running from May 13-15. The series opener on Friday afternoon at Itchy Jones Stadium is set for 4 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPNU and 105.5 The Legend.

MVC Tournament Awaits the Sycamores in Springfield

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball will begin postseason play on Wednesday in Springfield, Missouri as the #7 seed Sycamores will take on #10 seed Valparaiso at 2:30 p.m. ET at Killian Stadium.

Each game of the tournament will be carried live on ESPN+.

Regular Season Recap

The Sycamores concluded regular season play on May 8, defeating Loyola Chicago 10-0 in five innings to earn the series win over the Ramblers.

Indiana State finishes the 2022 regular season with a 24-26 record including 11-15 in MVC play. The Sycamores nine home wins were the most at Price Field since the 2008 season when ISU won 11 home contests.

Bella Peterson currently leads the Sycamore offense with a .390 average and 62 hits which includes 20 doubles, two triples and nine home runs while driving in 34 runs and scoring 39. Peterson has also stolen a team-best eight bases. Isabella Henning ranks second on the team with a .362 average, recording a team-high 37 RBIs. Lexie Siwek and Annie Tokarek are the other two Sycamores batting over .300 this season with Siwek currently hitting .319 with 46 hits while Tokarek owns a .301 average with 7 home runs. Amanda Guercio is tied for the team lead with Peterson with nine home runs.

In the circle this season, Lexi Benko has won a team-high 13 games with a 2.68 ERA while striking out 94 batters in 170 innings pitched. Cassi Newbanks is second on the Sycamores with five wins this season with a 4.69 ERA. Lyndsi Adamson and Hailey Griffin have each recorded three wins.

Head coach Mike Perniciaro picked up his 300th career victory earlier this season with a 7-5 win over Samford on February 27.

Scouting the Beacons

Indiana State’s first opponent will be Valparaiso who finished the regular season at 12-34 while going 5-22 in Valley play.

The Sycamores won two out of three games in the regular season in the opening series of MVC play in March. All three games were shutouts as Indiana State won the first two games 10-0 and 9-0 while Valpo took the series finale 1-0.

The Beacons offense is led by Jenna Westphal who is batting .309 with 34 hits including four home runs and Peyton Moeder who owns a .284 average and a team-high 40 hits. Lauren Kehlenbrink leads Valpo with 22 RBIs and is tied with Westphal with a team-high four home runs.

Easton Seib leads the Valparaiso pitching staff with a 3.94 ERA and 68 strikeouts. She has an 8-14 record in 27 appearances over 122.2 innings pitched. Cheyenne Nietz has been the Beacons other primary starter, going 3-7 with a 4.49 ERA over 67 innings of work and collecting 48 strikeouts. Neitz recorded a complete game shut out of the Sycamores on March 20, striking out five hitters while only allowing four hits in a 1-0 Beacons victory.

The Sycamores knocked Valpo out of the 2021 MVC Tournament with a 9-5 win in the opening game in Evansville.

Bracket Breakdown

If the Sycamores are to advance past Valpo, they would move on to face #6 seed Illinois State on Thursday, May 12. If Indiana State beats the Redbirds, they would play a second game on Thursday against #3 seed Southern Illinois.

A win over the Salukis would send ISU to the semifinal round on Friday against #2 seed and tournament host Missouri State. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. ET.

The Sycamores dropped two of three in the regular season in a road series against Illinois State, losing in a pair of close contests. The Salukis took two out of three games in Carbondale against Indiana State while Missouri State swept the Sycamores in Springfield.

Tournament History

Indiana State owns a 30-36 record all-time at the conference tournament and has won it twice: 1986 and 2015.

Around the Horn

-Prior to postseason play, here’s where Bella Peterson sits in career rankings at ISU: First in games played/started (220/217), doubles (73), RBIs (151), total bases (394), sacrifice flies (8), at-bats (678) and walks (92). She ranks second in hits (242) and runs (137). Her 21 career home runs rank fourth.

-Amanda Guercio sits in second for career home runs with 25 and games played with 215.

-Lexi Benko’s 13 wins are tied for seventh most in a season and are the most by an ISU pitcher since Kenzie Ihle in 2017 (17).

-Danielle Henning is taking a six-game hitting streak into the postseason.

-The Indiana State offense has 36 home runs this season which ties a season high as a team which they set in 2021.

-The Sycamores currently have four hitters batting over .300 with Bella Peterson (.390), Isabella Henning (.362), Lexie Siwek (.319) and Annie Tokarek (.301) leading the offense heading into the MVC Tournament.

‘Dons Out-hit Flyers but Fall in Non-League Play

DAYTON, Ohio – Four Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons collected multiple hits, but the Mastodons fell to the Dayton Flyers 8-5 on Tuesday (May 10) in non-league action.

Senior Jack Lang was on base each of his five at-bats. He finished 3-for-3 in the ballgame with a home run, double, single, walk and hit by pitch. His home run was his 10th of the season. He is tied for seventh in program history in single-season home runs. The last Mastodon to reach double-digits were Greg Kaiser (17) and Shane Trevino (11) in 2016.

Brian Erbe also had a home run for the ‘Dons. He went 2-for-3. Cade Fitzpatrick and Dylan Stewart each had two hits. Fitzpatrick added a walk and a run scored. Stewart knocked in a pair.

The ‘Dons went up 2-0 with solo shots by Lang and Erbe in the third inning. Dayton responded with three in their half to go up by one. Stewart knocked in a run in the fourth to knot it up at three.

The 3-3 tie turned into a 4-3 Purdue Fort Wayne lead in the fifth on another RBI by Stewart.

Purdue Fort Wayne lost the lead they built in the fifth, but got back on the scoreboard in the seventh trailing 5-4. Fitzpatrick crossed home plate with the lone run of the inning for the Mastodons, tying the score at 5-5, on an RBI ground out by Garett Lake. Dayton took the lead back on a solo home run by Henry Strmecki in the seventh. They added two more in the eighth.

The Mastodons went 1-2-3 in the ninth with their last best chance to take the lead coming in the eighth. Erbe and Lang both had singles but a strikeout and a pop out ended the inning.

GAME NOTES

» Ryan Robison (0-2) came out of the bullpen for Purdue Fort Wayne and took the loss.

» The ‘Dons left 11 runners stranded on base in the loss.

» The ‘Dons out-hit the Flyers 12-11.

» Justin Miller recorded a strikeout in the eighth for his 172nd career strikeout.

» Dayton’s Strmecki went 4-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs.

» Nick Meyer threw scoreless innings for the save for Dayton. Nick Maue (1-1) got the win.

» The ‘Dons are now 13-32. Dayton improves to 20-24.

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons host Milwaukee on Friday (May 13) in a noon doubleheader start at Mastodon Field.

Mastodon WVB Welcomes 2022 Roster Additions

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball head coach Steve Florio announced the final additions to the 2022 recruiting class on Tuesday (May 10). Savanna Rogers (Carmel, Indiana / Carmel High School), Emma Mirabelli (Traverse City, Michigan / Traverse City Christian School) and LonDynn Betts (Fort Wayne, Indiana / Concordia Lutheran High School) have signed with the Mastodons for the 2022 season.

“I am very happy to announce three new additions for this fall,” Florio said. “This group balances our 2022 class, which already includes a heavy amount of offense with fantastic ball control and some additional offense, making this class very deep and complete. All three of these newly added players match our healthy team culture and our goal of being a highly competitive team. I am thrilled to welcome all three.”

Rogers is a 5-foot-8 setter/defensive specialist that earned two letters at Carmel High School under head coach Kristin Deem. She played club volleyball with the Vision Volleyball Club for two years, the Academy Volleyball Club for three years, and Team Indiana Volleyball Club for one year. While playing club volleyball, she won the Central Zone in Indianapolis and won the qualifier in Dallas.

“Savanna is a complete volleyball player capable of playing any position and executing all skills,” Florio said. “Her versatility, high volleyball IQ, and savvy court presence will make us better in practice and matches. She is a charismatic player who creates a competitive and fun environment and gets her teammates excited about working hard. She will provide immediate depth in setting and defense.”

Mirabelli is a 5-foot-9 pin hitter that will join her sister Molly on the Mastodon women’s volleyball team. Mirabelli’s career-best of 44 kills in a four-set match is a record in the state of Michigan. She is the owner of over 2,000 career kills and is ninth in the state of Michigan’s history. Mirabelli was a four-time All-State, All-Region and All-Conference member and a four-time Dream Team selection. She played club volleyball with FarOut Black for five years.

“Emma is a wonderful person who will be a top notch student and a fantastic teammate,” Florio said. “With great hand contact and a heavy arm, Emma has the ability to be a point scorer from either pin. She has an extremely positive attitude and a strong work ethic which will help her adjust to our level very quickly.”

Betts is a local 5-foot-5 libero and defensive specialist that played four seasons under head coach Trish Miller at Concordia Lutheran. She recorded 1,715 digs in her four years with the Cadets, averaging 4.8 per set. She also notched 276 aces. Betts was a two-time All-State selection, a four-time All-Summit Athletic Conference pick, and a two-time All-District honoree. In 2020, she was an All-Northeast Indiana selection. Betts played club ball with Pineapple Volleyball (2013), Summit Volleyball (2014, 2016-21), Fort Wayne Volleyball Club (2015) and Munciana Volleyball Club (2021-22). With Munciana, Betts led her team to a Mid-Eastern Power League title and a Triple Crowne championship. In addition to her athletics, Betts was involved in student council, the Sources of Strength and Social Justice clubs, and was a volunteer for the Rosa Gillespie Foundation.

“LonDynn is a driven and fierce competitor with an incredibly strong work ethic,” Florio said. “Since she is a local standout, I’ve had the opportunity to see her reach new levels of play with every goal she sets for herself. Her enthusiasm for high achievement can influence the mood on the court and among her team in a positive and exciting way. She is an exceptional athlete with great strength and quickness, and will immediately bolster our ball control and defense.”

Rogers, Mirabelli and Betts will join four Mastodons as new additions for the 2022 season: Iris Riegel, Jena Medearis, Taya Haffner and Panna Ratkai.

Brooke Wintlend Named to All-Horizon League Second Team

INDIANAPOLIS – Brooke Wintlend of the Purdue Fort Wayne softball team was selected as one of the All-Horizon League Second Team picks, the league announced on Tuesday (May 10).

The Roscoe, Illinois native started in 37 games and appeared in 41 in her first season with the Mastodons. Wintlend led the Mastodons with a .515 slugging percentage, while also batting .255. She had a slugging percentage of .615 in league play, which was the seventh-best in the league. The sophomore’s seven home runs were the fifth-most in the Horizon League, and her 16 RBIs were sixth. Wintlend had two or more RBIs in six games this season and four multi-hit games. She had a season-high three RBIs against Cleveland State, which saw her hit a three-run home run.

Wintlend is the second player to be named to an All-Horizon League team in the Mastodons’ two years in the league.

2022 #HLSB Awards

Player of the Year: Alicia Peters, Green Bay

Pitcher of the Year: Sydney Campbell, Oakland

Freshman of the Year: Melissa Holzopfel, Cleveland State

Coach of the Year: Lauren Karn, Oakland

All-League First Team

Jenna Deang, Cleveland State, 2B, So.

Melissa Holzopfel, Cleveland State, Fr.

Tiffany Giese, Green Bay, OF, Sr.

Jadin Justman, Green Bay, 2B, So.

Alicia Peters, Green Bay, 3B, Gr.

Jordan Jenkins, Northern Kentucky,1B/UT, Sr.

Kendyl McKeough, Northern Kentucky, 3B/UT, Sr.

Sydney Campbell, Oakland, R-So.

Lauren Griffith, Oakland, DP, R-Jr.

Madison Jones, Oakland, 3B, R-Sr.

Jessie Munson, Oakland 2B, R-Sr.

Tara McElligott, UIC, 1B, Sr.

All-League Second Team

Becky Hurosky, Cleveland State,1B, Jr.

Brittany Baneck, Green Bay, Sr.

Becca Edwards, Green Bay,1B, Jr.

Samantha Saloun, Green Bay, C, So.

Rachael Gregory, IUPUI, IF, Jr.

Cammie Brummitt, Oakland, R-Sr.

Brooke Wintlend, Purdue Fort Wayne, DP, So.

Erika Bell, RMU, OF, Sr.

Taylor Rhinehart, Robert Morris, UT, Gr.

Meadow Sacadura, Robert Morris, C, R-Fr.

Maica Ingles, UIC, 3B, R-Jr.

Elle Buffenbarger, Youngstown State, Sr.

All-Freshman Team

Melissa Holzopfel, Cleveland State, P

Abby Gawlinski, Green Bay, P

Kendal Calvert, IUPUI, OF

Alicia Flores, Northern Kentucky, P

Madi Herrington, Oakland DP

Alaina Koutsogiani, Robert Morris, 3B

Meadow Sacadura, Robert Morris, C

Grace Fleming, UIC, OF

Bree Kohler, Youngstown State, UT

GREGORY AND CALVERT EARN #HLSB ALL-LEAGUE HONORS

INDIANAPOLIS – Rachael Gregory has been voted to the Horizon League All-League Second Team while Kendal Calvert was named to the All-Freshman Team on Tuesday (May 10).

Gregory started at third base in all 50 games for the Jags. The junior out of Speedway, Ind. finished the season batting .274 (40-for-146) with 17 runs, nine doubles and one home run. She was second on the team in RBI with 16. This marks the first time Gregory has earned All-League honors.

Calvert earned All-Freshman Team honors after leading the team at the plate batting .308 (36-for-117) with a team-high 20 runs. The freshman from New Palestine, Ind. recorded three doubles, two triples and five RBI. She led the team in stolen bases with 14. Calvert started 39 games in right field.

The IUPUI softball team ended their season on Sunday with an overall record of 12-38 and 9-17 in the Horizon League.

The full list of honorees is below, listed alphabetically by school name.

2022 #HLSB Awards

Player of the Year: Alicia Peters, Green Bay

Pitcher of the Year: Sydney Campbell, Oakland

Freshman of the Year: Melissa Holzopfel, Cleveland State

Coach of the Year: Lauren Karn, Oakland

All-League First Team

Position Players

Jenna Deang, Cleveland State, 2B, So.

Tiffany Giese, Green Bay, OF, Sr.

Jadin Justman, Green Bay, 2B, So.

Alicia Peters, Green Bay, 3B, Gr.

Jordan Jenkins, Northern Kentucky,1B/UT, Sr.

Kendyl McKeough, Northern Kentucky, 3B/UT, Sr.

Lauren Griffith, Oakland, DP, R-Jr.

Madison Jones, Oakland, 3B, R-Sr.

Jessie Munson, Oakland 2B, R-Sr.

Tara McElligott, UIC, 1B, Sr.

Pitchers

Melissa Holzopfel, Cleveland State, Fr.

Sydney Campbell, Oakland, R-So.

All-League Second Team

Position Players

Becky Hurosky, Cleveland State,1B, Jr.

Becca Edwards, Green Bay,1B, Jr.

Samantha Saloun, Green Bay, C, So.

Rachael Gregory, IUPUI, IF, Jr.

Cammie Brummitt, Oakland, R-Sr.

Brooke Wintlend, Purdue Fort Wayne, DP, So.

Erika Bell, RMU, OF, Sr.

Taylor Rhinehart, RMU, UT, Gr.

Meadow Sacadura, RMU, C, R-Fr.

Maica Ingles, UIC, 3B, R-Jr.

Pitchers

Brittany Baneck, Green Bay, Sr.

Elle Buffenbarger, Youngstown State, Sr.

All-Freshman Team

Melissa Holzopfel, Cleveland State, P

Abby Gawlinski, Green Bay, P

Kendal Calvert, IUPUI, OF

Alicia Flores, Northern Kentucky, P

Madi Herrington, Oakland DP

Alaina Koutsogiani, RMU, 3B

Meadow Sacadura, RMU, C

Grace Fleming, UIC, OF

Bree Kohler, Youngstown State, UT

Midweek matchup with SIUE ahead for Aces baseball

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – On a six-game win streak, the University of Evansville baseball team welcomes SIUE to German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium on Wednesday night at 6 PM in Evansville for a non-conference clash.

Previewing the Matchup: SIUE

The Aces and Cougars are meeting for the 32nd time in series history with Evansville owning a 17-14 advantage in the all-time series.

In the last season series, the Cougars captured both contests during the 2017 season.

Prior to the 2017 meetings, Evansville won 15 of the previous 19 meetings between the two sides.

Before coming to the River City, the Cougars face-off against SIU on Tuesday night.

One of the Hottest Teams in College Baseball

Over the last 32 games, the Aces are one of the hottest teams in college baseball.

Since beginning a three-game series with Tulane on March 11, the Aces are 24-8, including a 12-3 mark in MVC play.

During the 24-8 stretch, Evansville is hitting .291 as a team, averaging just shy of eight runs per game and limiting its opponents to 5.4 runs per contest.

Evansville’s pitching staff holds a 4.71 ERA during that stretch, which would put UE in 81st in the nation.

UE has been even hotter over the last 14 games, going 12-2 and hitting .299 and nearly doubling-up its opponents (117 runs to 59).

Simon Becomes Sixth Ace to Earn MVC Honors

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

Helping Evansville to a three-game sweep of Illinois State, Scherry was hot a the plate, leading the team with a .583 batting average on the weekend.

Scherry record seven hits in 12 at-bats, including a double, while scoring three runs, including the game-winning run in Evansville’s 5-run ninth-inning comeback over the Redbirds on Friday night.

Scherry’s 63 hits this season are tied with Mark Shallenberger for the most on the team and for fifth in the MVC in the category. In the field, Scherry has saved countless runs with his defensive play, ranking tops among non-first baseman in the MVC in double plays with 31.

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

Softball travels to MVC Championship

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For the second year in a row, the University of Evansville softball team will begin its quest for a Missouri Valley Conference Championship against Loyola.  Wednesday’s opening game pits the 9th-seeded Purple Aces against the #8 Ramblers at 11 a.m. at Killian Stadium in Springfield, Mo.  ESPN+ will have coverage of each game in the conference tournament.

Looking at the Matchup

– Evansville and Loyola meet up in the conference tournament for the third time since 2017 with the Ramblers taking both games, including a 3-1 decision in last year’s championship opener at Cooper Stadium

– Since 2015, the Aces are 14-9 versus the Ramblers and have won six consecutive regular season series

– In 2022, UE took two out of three in Chicago

Last Time Out

– Taking on Valparaiso in the final series of the 2022 regular season, Evansville dropped two out of three contests

– After falling in the opener by a 5-1 score, UE rallied for a 2-1 win in eight frames in game two of the doubleheader

– Sunday’s contest saw the Beacons score five times in the first inning on their way to a 10-0 win in five innings

– Izzy Vetter picked up the win on Saturday, allowing on earned run in eight innings while Jessica Fehr scored both of the Aces runs

Strong Finish

– Entering the MVC Championship, senior Mackenzie McFeron has reached base safely in each of the final 13 games of the regular season and carried an 8-game hitting streak into the series at Valpo

– Over the last 11 contests, she is batting .364 with 12 hits in 33 at-bats while scoring 11 runs

– McFeron was Evansville’s leading hitter in Valley games (.324) and finished second with her season average of .296 and had the first 3-hit game of her career in the April 10 finale at Illinois State

Back in the Win Column

– On Saturday, Izzy Vetter gave up one run in eight innings on the way to a win over Valparaiso; it was her first victory since April 2 at Loyola

– Vetter finished conference play with a 4-10 record and a 6.25 ERA; she had 66 walks against 66 strikeouts in 84.0 frames of work in the MVC

– Her non-conference numbers saw her accumulate a 1.51 ERA and an 11-2 record while striking out 112 and walking just 22 in 74 innings

– Vetter has thrown three no-hitters in 2022 to improve to a total of four in her career and accomplished the feat this season against Mississippi Valley State, Morehead State and Creighton

– Her 178 strikeouts is second in the MVC and 45th nationally.

Women’s Golf Kicks Off Nationals in Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Ga.—The UIndy women’s golf began play at the 2022 NCAA DII Championships Tuesday. The Greyhounds combined for a first-round team score of 310, putting them in a tie for 13th place with 36 holes of stroke play to go. The top eight teams after Thursday’s third round will advance to the medal/match quarterfinals.

Junior Katelyn Skinner led the way Tuesday, carding a two-over 74 to tie for 16th place among the nation’s best. She highlighted her round with four birdies on the front nine, including three in a row on four, five and six.

All-GLVC honorees Catharina Graf and Elyse Stasil shot matching 78s to share 56th. Both Anci Dy and Maggie Schaffer sit at +8.

The Greyhounds will be among the afternoon groups tomorrow, with their round-two tee times starting at 2 p.m. ET.

Greyhounds Head to Sweet 16 After 4-0 Win over McKendree

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Nikolaj Talimaa’s teammates hoisted him into the air, the Hounds hollered and coo’ed like a pack of dogs as if acting as their mascot. Talimaa, who has played primarily in the No. 2 spot for the Greyhounds, had just secured the Hounds vengeance over the McKendree Bearcats, who most recently swiped the Great Lakes Valley Conference title form the Hounds, and punched the Greyhounds ticket to the Sweet 16 on Tuesday morning in Greenwood, Ind. At Center Grove High School.

The Hounds defeated the Bearcats 4-0 in the Midwest Region Finals.

After securing an early lead in doubles with Edgar Destouet and Yoann Viel taking the first win, with a 6-4 victory. Followed by Talimaa and Zac Faveri who, in the No. 1 spot, also won 6-4. Jason Gerweck and Pedro Fanca’s doubles set went unfinished.

It was, yet again, Yoann Viel to take the first win for the Hounds – the No. 3 position player consistently has secured points for UIndy across the season. Viel took a swift win in two 6-2 sets. It was then Pedro Franca, who would be the next to take a win for the Hounds with a 6-2, 6-1 win.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will travel to Altamonte Spring, FL where they will kick off the final stretch of the NCAA Tournament on May 17 with the Championship set to be held on May 21.

UIndy Trio Named All-GLVC, Mast Player of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS—The UIndy men’s golf team collected a number of postseason awards from the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tuesday. Oliver Mast was one of three All-GLVC honorees and was voted the 2022 GLVC Player of the Year.

Mast becomes the first student-athlete in UIndy history and second player ever to earn the GLVC Player of the Year honor three times. Also the league’s top player in 2019 and 2021, he is averaging a stellar 71.7 strokes per round this season and is on pace to rank second in the school annals in the category. The Forstville, Ind., native has been particularly sharp of late, compiling an impressive 244-1-1 head-to-head record over the last three tournaments.

UIndy-teammates Keegan Bronnenberg and CJ Jones joined Mast on the All-GLVC list. The reigning individual national champ, Bronnenberg collected his second all-conference nod in as many seasons, averaging 71.9 strokes per round heading into Nationals. Jones, meanwhile, was voted to the All-GLVC team after compiling a 73.3 average and three top-10 finishes.

The league also recognized 13 GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award nominees and the team award winner, Missouri S&T. With Mast earning the nod for UIndy, the student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These individuals must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The honorees are now eligible to become one of their school’s two Spalding Sportsmanship Award winners, which will be announced in May.

A complete list of All-GLVC performers and major postseason award winners can be found below.

GLVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Oliver Mast, Sr., UIndy

GLVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Fabian Wennerlof, McKendree

GLVC COACH OF THE YEAR

Troy Halterman, Missouri-St. Louis

All-GLVC TEAM

Keegan Bronnenberg, Sr., UIndy

CJ Jones, Sr., UIndy

Oliver Mast, Sr., UIndy

Will Postlethwaite, Gr., McKendree

Fabian Wennerlof, Fr., McKendree

Carl Miltun, So., Missouri S&T

Reilly Ahearn, Sr., Missouri-St. Louis

Joel Sylven, Sr., Missouri-St. Louis

Jason Bannister, Fr., Southern Indiana

Zach Williams, Jr., Southern Indiana

SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP HONOREES

Chase Gafner, DU

Spencer Jury, UIS

Oliver Mast, UIndy

Cole Elmore, LEWIS

Adam Bain, LWU

Austin Fauser, MU

Will Postlethwaite, MCK

Jeppe Thybo, S&T

Juan Antonio Padilla, UMSL

Nick Messinger, QU

Luke Brugman, RU

Zach Williams, USI

Aiden Sanders, WJC

SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM AWARD

Missouri-St. Louis

MARIAN’S MAGIC RUNS OUT IN LOSS TO MOUNT VERNON NAZARENE

Upland, Ind. – The Marian baseball put up a pair of middle inning rallies, but were unable to generate enough offense to take down Mount Vernon Nazarene as their 2022 season comes to a close in the Crossroads League Tournament. Marian ends their 2022 season with a 27-27 record.

Mount Vernon picked up the first three runs of the game, plating the game’s first score in the top of the first as a one-out double came in to score on a wild pitch from Damien Wallace. Wallace settled in and stranded two runners with a line out to close the first, and stranded a man on base in the top of the second to hold a one-run deficit. In the third Mount Vernon’s offense picked up their next two runs, as back to back singles came around to score on two different sacrifice fly outs.

Trailing 3-0, Marian got their offense going in the bottom of the third inning with Bryce Davenport drawing a lead-off walk. Davenport moved his way to second, and scored on an RBI single from Hironori Kato to wipe the goose egg off the scoreboard. Wallace retired the Cougars in order in the fourth, and Marian was able to climb one run closer on a solo home run from JJ Rivera, as the score showed 3-2 after four complete.

In the fifth, Mount Vernon broke the game open getting back to back base hits to open the frame, with Andrew Miller’s double scoring a run. Marian got a double play to get the Cougars in a two-out situation, but the visitor’s offense stayed aggressive recording four more hits to drive in another two runs, taking a five-run lead. Marian showed their two-out offense in the home half to wipe the lead, as a single from Kameron Salazar and double from Kato started a rally, with both scoring on Trey Heidlage’s RBI base hit. The rally kept Marian within in three runs, trailing 7-4 after five.

The Cougars answered with three runs of their own in the top of the sixth inning as Jake Marin gave up a three-run home run, but Marian stayed in the game rallying back in the home half. Davenport and Salazar both hit two-run home runs, as the pair of two-out home runs had Marian within two runs after six. Dylan Sprong kept the game at two runs as he tossed a scoreless seventh inning stranding two. Sprong would give up a run in the eighth as Mount Vernon picked up an insurance run, sending Marian to their last six outs trailing 11-8.

Marian attempted one final rally in the bottom of the eighth as Jackson Hogg drew a walk and Davenport doubled to left, loading the bases on a Jonathan LaGuire walk. The rally drew short as Mount Vernon forced Salazar into a double play, ending the rally effort. The Cougars then put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth, scoring five runs off Marian’s relief efforts to take a 16-8 lead, which stood as the final score.

As a team Marian had 10 hits in their final game of the season, getting two from both Davenport and Salazar as each player homered while Davenport added a double. Kato added a double in his two-hit game, with four other players each recording a hit. Marian had four strikeouts from their pitching staff in the loss, as Wallace, Sprong, Michael Mates, and Jaxon Meyer each had one.

Marian’s season comes to a close with a 27-27 overall record, as the Knights finished sixth in the Crossroads League. The Knights 2022 team broke the records for RBI, hits, stolen bases, and total bases for a team, while JJ Rivera ended the year with a single season record for 25 doubles.

STOTTS AND STUNKEL HEADLINE MARIAN SOFTBALL’S ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE HAUL

Jackson, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2022 Softball All-League honors on Tuesday, following Indiana Wesleyan’s sweep of the CL regular season and tournament championships. The Wildcats claimed 15 All-Crossroads League honors to lead the league, while Marian hauled in 14 honors.

The Knights swept the two major player honors, as Shelbie Stotts was named the Crossroads League Player of the Year, while Olivia Stunkel was named the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Year.

Shelbie Stotts earned her second career Crossroads League Player of the Year honor, as the senior was the engine for the Marian offense leading the team with a .500 batting average in league play. Stotts hit 16 home runs and had 61 RBI, doubling 12 times in league games. Stotts broke Marian’s single season home run and RBI records on the year, and also broke the career RBI record. Stotts swiped five bases, and the three-time First Team honoree held a perfect fielding percentage in left field, earning All-Crossroads League Gold Glove honors.

Olivia Stunkel had a dominant freshman season, as the rookie Knight won the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Year. Stunkel made 18 appearances and started 17 games, throwing 11 complete games to hold a 13-3 recrod. Stunkel carried an ERA of 1.64 in 98.1 innings, and struckout 125 batters. The freshman made life tough for opposing hitters, as she held an opponents batting average of .182.

Savannah Harweger and Sierra Norman both were named to the All-Crossroads League First Team, with Harweger adding to her mantle by making the Gold Glove team. Harweger was second on the team in average hitting .457, scoring 46 runs as the lead-off hitter. Harweger flashed the leather posting a .949 fielding percentage, and had a pair of home runs to total 15 RBI. Norman enjoyed a breakout sophomore season, and hit .362 slugging .759 in her sophomore season. Norman hit 12 home runs and 10 doubles in her 42 base hits, racking up 39 RBI in league games.

The Knights had four players named to the All-Crossroads League Second Team, as freshmen Grace Meyer, Jenna Minnix and Hayley Greene joined senior Sydney Wilson on the team. Wilson led the pitching staff in wins in league play posting a 14-4 record, carrying a 2.80 ERA in her 112.1 innings pitched. Wilson struckout 62 batters in league play, and gave up 45 earned runs. Meyer led Marian’s freshman in batting average with a .398 mark, claiming 13 doubles and five home runs splitting time as a catcher and designated player.

Minnix started al 36 league games and hit .354, doubling four times while clearing the fences twice. Minnix had 18 RBI in 113 Crossroads League at bats. Greene was also named to the Gold Glove team in addition to her Second Team honor, hitting .327 as a freshman in 35 games. Greene had seven doubles and three triples, launching six home runs in her freshman year.

Abbi Wirey rounded out Marian’s honors, as she was named to the Crossroads League Honorable Mention team. Wirey batted .245 on the year, collecting 23 hits and 17 RBI. Wirey had six doubles, and homered twice.

The Knights will learn their NAIA Postseason destination later this afternoon during the NAIA Selection Show.

SLATTMAN, ROSE EARN ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE RECOGNITION

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2021-22 Softball All-League honors on Tuesday, following Indiana Wesleyan’s conference championship on Monday. Quinn Slattman and Bella Rose each earned recognition by the Crossroads League.

Slattman was named Second Team All-League. The senior led the Pilots with a slash line of .308/.367/.481, 11 doubles, 4 home runs, and 23 stolen bases. Her stolen base total ranked fourth in the Crossroads League. She drove in 17 runs on the year and scored 28 times, leading the Pilots in runs scored as well.

Rose earned Honorable Mention All-League. The freshman tallied 41 hits with a .287 batting average to go along with five doubles, one home run, 13 runs batted in, and 18 runs scored. She was among the Crossroads League batting leaders in strikeout rate, with just eight strikeouts across 143 at bats for a 5.6 K%.

Six Tigers Earn All-NCAC Honors; Henry is Pitcher of the Year for a Record Third Time

Greencastle, Ind. – Following a third-consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference championship this season, DePauw is represented by six players on the all-conference team as selected by the league’s coaches.

Cami Henry (Sr., Camby, Ind./Mooresville) was named the Pitcher of the Year for the third time in her career. Henry posted an 11-0 record in conference games and saved two while posting a league-best 0.98 earned run average. In 64 conference innings, Henry struck out 77 and walked 16 and ranked second with 8.42 strikeouts per seven innings. She holds NCAC career records with 71 wins, 710 strikeouts and 9.27 strikeouts/7 inn. and finished with a 25-0 record in NCAC games.

Also earning spots on the first team were third baseman Drew Bratcher (Jr., Reelsville, Ind./South Putnam) and shortstop Grace Smith (Sr., Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville). Bratcher hit .436 in 16 conference games with 14 runs batted in and nine runs scored. She led the NCAC with a .923 slugging percentage. Smith batted .429 in conference games and also drove in 14 runs and scored 11 and was second to Bratcher in the conference after slugging .857. Bratcher and Smith shared the league lead with five home runs apiece. Smith was honorable mention in 2019 and first team last season.

Three Tigers were selected to the second team including outfielders Jade Mejia Wick (Sr., Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove North) and Kate Geary (Sr., Geneva, Ill./Geneva) and catcher Paige Price (Sr., Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley). Mejia Wick was a second team choice in 2019, while Price earned first team accolades last year.

In 15 conference games, Mejia Wick hit .357 with one homer and five RBI along with 13 runs and eight stolen bases which tied for third in league games. Geary hit .400 in 13 NCAC contests with six RBI and seven runs along with a conference-leading 12 stolen bases. Price played in all 16 conference games and batted .375 with two homers and 10 RBI with eight runs scored. She threw out three of 10 runners attempting to steal.

FORESTERS HEADED TO THE FINALS OF THE CL TOURNEY

UPLAND, Ind. – The 4th-seeded Forester baseball team’s deep run into the Crossroads League Tournament continued Tuesday night with a 6-4 win over Mount Vernon in an elimination game at Taylor’s Winterholter Field.

The loss knocks the top-seeded Cougars out of the tourney while HU (27-22) advances to the championship game against 2nd-seeded Taylor.

It’ll be the second meeting between the two squads within a 24-hour period as TU topped Huntington 11-8 in the winner’s bracket earlier in the day. Since Taylor remains undefeated, the Foresters will need to snag back-to-back wins to capture the tournament title.

Against MVNU, Grant Simmons pitched a gem to pick up his second win of the year. The rookie hurler toed the rubber in the second and tossed 6.1 innings of scoreless relief, scattering just three hits and two walks while striking out four.

Graham Kollen then retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to earn the save.

Offensively, the Foresters leaned heavily on the long ball with Langston Ginder getting things started with a two-run blast in the first after which Matt Wolff also sent one long two batters later. Daniel Lichty got in on the action in the seventh by belting one over the right field fence for what proved an insurance run.

The fourth was HU’s go ahead inning. After Jarret Gray and Owen Young singled their way on base, Sam Kimmorley knocked in Gray with a double down the right field line to knot things up at 4-4. Two batters later, Lichty’s sacrifice fly allowed Young to tag up for what proved the game-winner.

In the first game against Taylor, it was a 5-5 ballgame after six that included two deadlocks and the lead pinging back and forth three times before the hosts went off for six runs over the finally three frames to surge ahead 11-5. While Huntington pieced together a valiant ninth inning rally to get three back, it wasn’t enough for a heroic finish.

Just like their outing against Mount Vernon, the Foresters brought big sticks to their brawl with Taylor. Ginder sent two deep against TU which included opening up the game’s scoring with a two-run rocket for a 2-0 advantage after one inning of play. He bookended the game with another dinger – a solo shot in the ninth.

Ian McCutcheon launched one out of the park in the ninth as well, his a two-run shot to left. Daniel Lichty also brought a big bat to the contest with a rocket over the right field fence in the second for his sixth homer of the season. When all was said and done, HU went yard for seven of their eight runs with the other run coming by way of an RBI-single by Lichty in the fourth.

Five different Foresters spent time on the mound with Max Meisner being tagged with the loss having given up a hit, two runs and a walk while striking out one in an inning of work.

Opening pitching against Taylor on Wednesday is slated for 3:00 p.m. with the second game, if necessary, scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

Coach Dixon Named River States Conference Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year

Coach Dixon, in his fifth season as Head Coach of the Oakland City University tennis programs, was named Women’s Tennis River States Conference Coach of the Year. The women’s tennis team improved from their 5-9 season in 2021 to a 12-9 record in 2022. The Lady Oaks finished second in regular season conference play and lost a very close conference tournament final.

The Lady Oaks qualified for the NCCAA National Tournament for the first time in school history. For the first four weeks in the season, the Lady Oaks were also receiving votes at the NAIA National Level, another first for the university program. Under the tutelage of Coach Dixon, the Lady Oaks have increased their wins by nearly double each year.

“I am very proud of these women and the continuous effort that they put in daily,” stated Dixon. “This award is not an award for me, but for them. If they didn’t get out and work as hard as they do, this award would have gone to a different coach. I am very thankful for the effort and sacrifice that they put in.”

2022 ALL-RSC BASEBALL TEAMS & AWARDS RECOGNIZED AT RSC CHAMPIONSHIP

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — The 2022 All-River States Conference Baseball Teams & Awards were announced Thursday night, May 5 at the RSC Baseball Championship in Chillcothe, Ohio. Recognized at VA Memorial Stadium were the All-RSC First & Second Teams, the RSC Gold Glove Team and the RSC Champions of Character Team in addition to individual awards for RSC Player, Pitcher, Freshman & Coach of the Year.

Voted on by the nine head coaches in the RSC, the All-RSC First Team had 17 players named with four starting pitchers, a relief pitcher, two catchers, four infielders, four outfielders, a designated hitter and a utility player.  The All-RSC Second Team featured 19 players with five pitchers and five outfielders because of ties in the voting.

The RSC Gold Glove Team recognized the top defender at each of the nine positions while the RSC Champions of Character Team honored one player from each team nominated by their head coach who best displays the NAIA’s five character values of respect, responsibility, intergrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.

IU Southeast headlined the awards claiming RSC Player of the Year with senior third baseman Trevor Campbell, RSC Pitcher of the Year with senior starting pitcher Hunter Kloke and RSC Coach of the Year with head coach Ben Reel. The Grenadiers were also honored as RSC Regular Season Champions.

Campbell led the position players on the All-RSC First Team and was named at third base. He entered the postseason hitting .421 on the year with 25 doubles, nine home runs and 45 RBIs in 48 games. He also went 23 for 26 in stolen bases and scored 60 runs.

Kloke, a left-hander, was 9-3 in the regular season including a perfect 8-0 in the eight weeks of RSC play. He posted a 2.40 ERA in 75.0 innings pitched with 92 strikeouts.

Reel has the Grenadiers ranked all season long in the NAIA Top 25 with their fourth RSC Regular Season title in a row. IU Southeast led the league with a 20-4 RSC record to claim the No. 1 playoff seed at 35-13 overall.

Josh Halterman from Midway (Ky.) University claimed RSC Freshman of the Year as the final individual award winner. He hit .413 during the regular season with three home runs and 49 RBIs. Halterman racked up 64 hits in 42 games with 12 doubles. He also started 10 games as a pitcher.

2022 ALL-RSC BASEBALL TEAMS & AWARDS

RSC Player of the Year — Trevor Campbell, 3B, Sr., IU Southeast

RSC Pitcher of the Year — Hunter Kloke, LHP, Sr., IU Southeast

RSC Freshman of the Year — Josh Halterman, 1B, Fr., Midway (Ky.)

RSC Coach of the Year — Ben Reel, IU Southeast

ALL-RSC BASEBALL FIRST TEAM

NamePos.Cl.School
Hunter KlokePSr. IU Southeast
Easton KleinPJr.Point Park (Pa.)
Owen CallaghanPSr. IU Kokomo
Blake KincaidPSo.Midway (Ky.)
Leo DiazRPSr. Point Park (Pa.)
Brody TanksleyCSr. IU Southeast
Jakob JohnsonCSo.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Josh Halterman1BFr.Midway (Ky.)
Clay Woeste2BSr. IU Southeast
Chandler DunnSSSr. Oakland City (Ind.)
Trevor Campbell3BSr. IU Southeast
Gianmarco MarcellettiOFSr. Point Park  (Pa.)
Patrick MillsOFJr.IU Kokomo
Marco RomeroOFSr. IU Southeast
Ed PflugerOFSr. Point Park (Pa.)
Francesco CalderonDHSo.WVU Tech
Clayton SurrellUJr.Rio Grande (Ohio)

ALL-RSC BASEBALL SECOND TEAM

NamePos.Cl.School
Joathan RiveraPJr.Point Park (Pa.)
Lane OesterlingPJr.IU Southeast
JT HoltonPFr.IU Kokomo
Tyler MilbyPSr.Brescia (Ky.)
Logan McClurePJr.WVU Tech
Lane MettlerRPSo.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Jacob UpshawCSr.Brescia (Ky.)
Casey BrownCSo.Midway (Ky.)
Noah Hurlock1BJr.IU Kokomo
Cameron Smith2BFr.Midway (Ky.)
Riley GarczynskiSSSo.IU Kokomo
Isaac Santana3BSo.Point Park (Pa.)
Jack LeverenzOFSo.IU Kokomo
Derek WagnerOFJr.IU Southeast
Cameron NicholsOFJr.Midway (Ky.)
Noah BaugherOFJr.Oakland City (Ind.)
Cameron DeanOFJr.Brescia (Ky.)
Jared HeardDHSr.IU Kokomo
Brandon BoxerUJr.IU Southeast

RSC BASEBALL GOLD GLOVE TEAM

NamePos.Cl.School
Trey CarterPSo.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Brody TanksleyCSr.IU Southeast
Josh Halterman1BFr.Midway (Ky.)
Clay Woeste2BSr.IU Southeast
Trevor Campbell3BSr.IU Southeast
Daunte DeCelloSSJr.IU Southeast
Ed PflugerLFSr.Point Park (Pa.)
Marco RomeroRFSr.IU Southeast
Jared CampbellCFFr.Point Park (Pa.)

RSC BASEBALL CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM

NameSchool
Tres CorriganBrescia University
Matt IacobucciIndiana University Kokomo
Daunte DeCelloIndiana University Southeast
Ryan Lee HayesMidway University
Austin MorrisOakland City University
Tanner PoppOhio Christian University
Edwin De LaRosa Point Park University
Seth MillsUniversity of Rio Grande
Logan McClureWVU Tech

2022 ALL-RSC SOFTBALL TEAMS & AWARDS HONORED AT RSC CHAMPIONSHIP

KOKOMO, Ind. –  Individual award winners, along with the All-RSC First Team and Second Team honorees, were announced Thursday night at Indiana University Kokomo’s Student Activities and Events Center on Thursday night following the conclusion of the opening day of action in the RSC Softball Championship.The all-conference teams and award winners were determined through nominations and voting of the 10 RSC head coaches.

Camryn Scott, who led St. Mary-of-the-Woods College to the River States Conference West Division championship, earned both Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year honors to headline the 2022 All-River States Conference Softball Team.    Midway University’s Madison Ludwig was named the RSC Pitcher of the Year after leading the conference in wins (19), saves (4), earned run average (1.54) and innings pitched (177.1).

IU Southeast placed six players on the two teams. Third baseman Ellie Jackman and second baseman Lindsey Nelson were named to the RSC First Team.

Jackman was tied for the league lead in doubles with 23, was tied for fourth in hits with 64 and was No.8 in RBI wtih 38. She lead the team with a .381 batting average.

Nelson hit .466 during conference play for the Grenadiers which ranked No. 2 in the league. 

 IU Southeast and West Virginia University-Tech led the 17-player Second Team with four selections each, while Rio Grande had a trio of honorees.

IU Southeast was represented by pitcher Brooklyn Gibbs, catcher/utility Katie Cook, infielder Macie Zink and outfielder Katie Templeman. WVU-Tech placed pitcher Emma Crisswell, catcher Gabrielle Pyles, outfielder Mackenzie Siersma and utility pick Courtney Miles on the list.

Rio Grande’s Second Team selections included pitcher Raelynn Hastings, along with infielders Jenna Myers and Shelby Schmitt.

The remainder of the team included infielders Ashley Shanks and Lyric Krause of St. Mary-of-the-Woods; outfielder Hannah Gentner and designated player Megan Ghrist of Oakland City University; infielder Kristin Gardner of Ohio Christian University; and Point Park University outfielder Taylor Goldstrohm.

Ohio Christian University first-year head coach Daryin Lewis was named the RSC Coach of the Year.  Lewis guided the Trailblazers to 23-19 regular season finish after the program posted just a 9-39 record one season ago.

The RSC also named a Champions of Character Team, with one player from each team being recognized. The team member who best represents the NAIA’s five character values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship was nominated by their head coach.  

2022 ALL-RSC SOFTBALL TEAMS & AWARDS

RSC Player of the Year — Camryn Scott, IF, Sr., St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)
RSC Pitcher of the Year — Madison Ludwig, P, Jr., Midway (Ky.)
RSC Newcomer of the Year — Camryn Scott, IF, Sr., St. Mary-fo-the-Woods (Ind.)
RSC Coach of the Year — Daryin Lewis, Ohio Christian

ALL-RSC SOFTBALL FIRST TEAM

NamePos.Cl.School
Madison LudwigPJr.Midway (Ky.)
Sydney CampoloPSo.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Hilarie SpitlerPSo.Ohio Christian 
Mary AndresCJr.Midway (Ky.)
Riley BennettCFrSt. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)
Caitlyn BriskerIFSo.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Camryn ScottIFSr.St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)
Ellie JackmanIFSo.IU Southeast
Kenzie CremeensIFSr.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Lindsey NelsonIFJr.IU Southeast
Carson FlynnOFJr.Midway (Ky.)
Emma DammeyerOFSr.Ohio Christian 
Taylor WebbOFJr.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Victoria LeeOFFr.St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)
Zoe DollDPSr.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Emma HastingsU/OFFr.Ohio Christian
Summer RochaP (At-Large)Jr.St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)
Lexi CarnahanC (At-Large)So.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Hailey LeitnerC (At-Large)Sr.Point Park (Pa.)
Kennadi ThompsonIF (At-Large)Fr.Midway (Ky.)


ALL-RSC SOFTBALL SECOND TEAM

NamePos.Cl.School
Raelynn HastingsPSr.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Brooklyn GibbsPSo.IU Southeast
Emma CrisswellPFr.WVU Tech
Katie CookC/UFr.IU Southeast
Gabrielle PylesCSo.WVU Tech
Jenna MyersIFFr.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Ashley ShanksIFSo.St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)
Macie ZinkIFSo.IU Southeast
Lyric KrauseIFJr.St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)
Shelby SchmittIFSr.Rio Grande (Ohio)
Kristin GardnerIFFr.Ohio Christian
Mackenzie SiersmaOFJr.WVU Tech
Hannah GantnerOFSo.Oakland City (Ind.)
Katie TemplemanOFSo.IU Southeast
Taylor GoldstrohmOFSr.Point Park (Pa.)
Megan GhristDPJr.Oakland City (Ind.)
Courtney MilesUJr.WVU Tech


RSC SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM

SchoolName
Brescia UniversityRaini Gerometta
Carlow UniversityCiara Murray 
Indiana University SoutheastMorgan Jenks
Midway UniversityKennadi Thompson
Oakland City UniversityKenzie Tooley
Ohio Christian UniversityKristin Gardner 
Point Park UniversityMara Iagnemma
Saint Mary of the Woods CollegeKatrina Strow
University of Rio GrandeMegan Bazler
WVU TechNicole Self 

Chambers to join IU South Bend Women’s Basketball

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – IU South Bend Women’s Basketball and head coach Steve Bruce have announced the first addition to the 2022-23 squad, as senior forward Tia Chambers plans to join the Titans this fall.

Chambers comes to IUSB after four seasons at IU Kokomo, where she was a three-time First Team All-River States Conference selection. The Mishawaka, Ind. native and Penn HS alum returns home after leading the Cougars with 13.2 points per game, and 1,257 career points at IUK.

“I chose IUSB simply because of the family atmosphere, and the heart and desire that this team has for the game of basketball,” said Chambers. “On the academic side, IU South Bend offers the major that I want to pursue, as well. I can’t wait to feel what it’s like to be a Titan!”

IU South Bend comes off a 25-8 record last season, and back-to-back 25-win campaigns. The Titans qualified for their first NAIA Tournament berth since 2005. The team returns four of five regular starters from last year, including a pair of All-CCAC selections and NAIA All-American Honorable Mention Maddie Gard.”

“We are extremely excited to have Tia join our program,” said Bruce. “The success she had as post player during her four years in the River States Conference is very impressive. Tia brings skill, toughness, experience, and competitive drive to our team.”

Berlin, Notter, Trouba Headline Warrior WHAC Honors

SYLVANIA, Ohio – The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) released its list of winners and honorees for the 2022 softball season and the Indiana Tech program was led by senior Meghan Berlin, freshman Olyvia Notter, and freshman Maire Trouba, who were named to the Second-Team All-Conference.

Meghan Berlin ranked second on the Warriors with a batting average of .394, 39 hits, 15 RBI’s, 13 doubles and two home runs. She was also named to the All-Defensive Team, recording a .962 fielding percentage, recording 91 putouts.

Olyvia Notter led the Warriors with a batting average of .419, 49 hits, 19 RBI’s, 11 doubles and two home runs.

Maire Trouba ranked third in batting average, with an average of .389, 42 hits, 19 RBI’s, nine doubles and one home run.

The Warriors had six student-athletes: Ashley Alvey, Meghan Berlin, Alivia Doyle, Reilly Johnson, Emma Kelley, and Hannah Middlebrooks named to the WHAC All-Academic Team while Sydney Williams was nominated for the Champions of Character Team.

Warrior Season Ends at WHAC Tournament

SYLVANIA, Ohio – The Indiana Tech Softball team defeated Siena Heights and lost to Aquinas and UNOH at the 2022 WHAC Softball Tournament, ending their season with a record of 24-24, the program’s best record since the 2011 season.

Game 1 | #4 Indiana Tech 0, #5 Aquinas 2

The Warrior bats just couldn’t get going in game one. They did manage five hits, but they just couldn’t cross the plate. Hannah Middlebrooks pitched a complete game, striking out three Saint batters.

Game 2 | #4 Indiana Tech 8, #8 Siena Heights 4

Indiana Tech was ready for the second contest, and their bats showed it. The Orange and Black struck first, as Olyvia Notter singled to left field, bringing home Maire Trouba for the first run of the game. The Saints would score three runs in the second inning, but the Warriors had seven things to say about that. In the third inning, it was Emma Kelley who would single through the left side, with Trouba scoring again. Notter would ground out, bringing home Bella Brock, and then it was Micaela Iacovetti sending a shot to left field for a two-RBI homer to put Tech n top 5-3. Brock kept the foot on the pedal as she singled up the middle, scoring Meagan Barton in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning, it was Brock yet again, singling through the right side and bringing home Barton once more. Brock would later score herself on an error, making it 8-3 in favor of the Warriors. Siena Heights had once last chance in the seventh inning, but could only muster up one run. Jaden Romero pitched a complete game, striking out one member of Siena Heights.

Game 3 |#4 Indiana Tech 2, #3 UNOH 3

It was win or go home on Thursday for both the Warriors and the Racers, with UNOH striking first, scoring two runs in the first inning. Tech would score once in the third as Kendall Hornung would single to left center, scoring Carly Basham. Tech would tie the game in the fourth as Alyssa Fox singled through the right side, scoring Amanda Parker. Unfortunately, it was UNOH who would walk it off in the seventh, sending the Warriors home and advancing to play Aquinas. Ashley Alvey got the start, pitching three innings of work, striking out one Racer batter. Hannah Middlebrooks relieved her, pitching 3.2 innings and striking out four UNOH batters.

The Warriors end their season with a 24-24 record, defeating a number of ranked teams and several strong opponents, they’ll look to build on their success as they return several quality young players and will bring in a very solid recruiting class.

Ackerman tabbed as Grace’s next women’s tennis coach

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – A familiar face will step into the head coaching position for Grace’s women’s tennis team.

Emily Ackerman (Mast) will be the 10th head coach in program history, as announced by Grace College’s athletic department today.

Ackerman played for three years at Grace, ending her career as one of the most decorated players in team history.

She was a three-time All-Crossroads League performer and earned NCCAA All-American status, becoming the first All-American in team history.

She graduated with a number of mentions at the top of Grace’s record books, including: No. 3 all-time in singles’ winning percentage (36-12), No. 1 in career doubles’ winning percentage (38-10) and No. 2 in overall winning percentage (74-22).

“I am deeply humbled to be the next coach of Grace women’s tennis. I truly love this program, and I’m thrilled to invest back into a program that invested so much in me,” Ackerman said. “I’m eager to watch the Lord use our team to make His glory known.”

Ackerman will be taking the reins from Marcus Moore, who stepped down as coach after leading the team to its best five-year stretch in program history.

Ackerman was an assistant coach under Moore this fall and stepped in as the interim coach during the spring semester.

“We are excited to have Emily lead the women’s tennis program at Grace. Having been an athlete and assistant coach here, she has a deep understanding of the mission and culture of Grace,” said Grace’s Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “She has a tremendous knowledge of tennis and the recruiting landscape in Indiana, which will serve her well in this new role. We are looking forward to her impact both on and off the court as she leads!”

Grace begins NCCAA Nationals with win

MOBILE, Ala. – Grace’s men’s tennis began its national title defense with a victory on Tuesday.

The Lancers defeated Oakland City 4-0 to start pool play at the 2022 NCCAA National Championships.

Grace has two more pool play matches remaining, including Wednesday 10 a.m. against Judson and Thursday 10 a.m. against Asbury.

In doubles’ play, Ramiro Candia and Pablo Gregori earned a quick 6-1 victory at No. 3 doubles. Facundo Paredes and Ivan Antinori followed up with a 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles, wrapping up the doubles’ point for the Lancers (15-12).

Nicolas Doria was a quick winner in singles’ play, beating his opponent 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6.

Gregori was also a winner at No. 4 (6-4, 6-3), and Fabricio Galvan (6-4, 6-2) was victorious at No. 3 to conclude the 4-0 victory for the Lancers.

Grace is in pursuit of its second straight NCCAA national championship after claiming the 2021 title.

DOUBLES

1. Paredes/Antinori (GC) def. Baltazer/Marangoni (OCU) 6-4

2. Galvan/Doria (GC) did not finish

3. Candia/Gregori (GC) def. Gomez/Peak (OCU) 6-1

SINGLES

1. Paredes (GC) did not finish

2. Sandi (GC) did not finish

3. Galvan (GC) def. Marangoni (OCU) 6-4, 6-2

4. Gregori (GC) def. Hernandez (OCU) 6-4, 6-3

5. Candia (GC) did not finish

6. Doria (GC) def. Knepp (OCU) 6-0, 6-1

Three Lady Lancers end season on All-League Team

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College’s softball team saw a trio of players earn end-of-season recognition.

Cassandra Hayes and Jeri Ellis were named Second Team All-Crossroads League, and Bethany Gardner was an honorable mention for All-League.

Hayes was a reliable bat for Grace all season, hitting .329 while belting eight home runs. Hayes also led the team with 37 RBIs.

Ellis starred in a two-way role for the Lady Lancers, leading the team in batting average (.367) and ERA (5.41). The junior struck 63 batters across 148 innings pitched and also added 49 hits and six stolen bases.

Gardner finished her senior season with a .301 batting average and 15 RBIs. She locked down the centerfield position all year for Grace with .988 fielding percentage.

All three Lady Lancers started every single game during Grace’s 2022 season.

Pomeroys Headed to NAIA Softball World Series

SAINT MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. – In its first NAIA season, the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods softball team is one of 40 programs headed to the opening round of the NAIA World Series. The No. 4-seed Pomeroys will face No. 1-seed Central Methodist University at Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Monday in a four-team double-elimination tournament. Campbellsville (Ky.) and Tennessee Wesleyan are the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds respectively in the opening round at Bowling Green, Ky. Coach Jim Walker and his team gathered for the selection show,

“We’re super excited. This is a big deal for us being a first-year NAIA program,” Walker said. “We just hope to go down and represent the school the best way we can. We like how we stack up against anybody in the country at this point. We’ll do our research on [Central Methodist], but it comes down to how we play ourselves.”

St. Mary-of-the-Woods earned an automatic berth to the NAIA Softball World Series when it pulled off two huge come-from-behind victories to claim the River States Conference tournament title in its first season of play in the NAIA league. “We were all really anxious to see where we were going to play. I think we’re going to come out strong. I have no doubt in my mind that we’re going to do well,” sophomore catcher Katrina Strow said. The Pomeroys earned an automatic bid to the NAIA World Series after winning the River States Conference Tournament last weekend.

Lyric Krause (West Terre Haute, Ind.; West Vigo) capped a five-run seventh inning with a two-run home run to lift the Pomeroys to a 7-6 win against Rio Grande in the semifinals. Krause followed that up with a game-tying two-run single in the seventh inning of an 8-5 win against Rio Grande in the finals. The Pomeroys were led this season by four First-Team All-RSC selections. RSC Player and Newcomer of the Year Camryn Scott (Terre Haute, Ind.; Terre Haute North) led the Pomeroys’ offense with a .444 batting average, 1.043 OPS, three home runs, 25 RBIs and a school-record 39 stolen bases.

Outfielder Victoria Lee (North Vernon, Ind.; Jennings County), catcher Riley Bennett (Houston, Texas; Manvel) and Summer Rocha (Chicago, Ill.; Regina Dominica) were also chosen First-Team All RSC. Lee hit .336 with a team-high nine home runs and 23 stolen bases. Bennett posted a .330 batting average with 10 doubles. Rocha led the SMWC pitching staff with a 10-2 record and a 2.38 ERA. Rocha struck out 50 batters in 85 1/3 innings. Krause and Ashley Shanks (Ridley, Pa.; Ridley) were Second-Team All-RSC selections. Krause, the Pomeroys’ shortstop, hit .338 with seven home runs, 14 doubles and 52 RBIs.

Record-setting season leads to conference awards for Goshen softball

JACKSON, Mich. – After having one of the best seasons in program history, the Goshen women’s softball team had four players recognized with All-Conference honors from the Crossroads League on Tuesday. Ri Koteles and Shea VanScoter were both named First-Team All-Conference, Alyssa McDonald made Second-Team All-Conference, and Alisyn Catenacci earned a spot as an Honorable Mention All-Conference.

Ri Koteles (Senior, Wixom, Mich.) had a .424 batting average this season with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs. She scored 36 runs and walked 29 times. This year, she set the season records for home runs and walks and has numerous career records at Goshen. She had two multi-home run games this year and a stretch of four consecutive games with a home run. Koteles got on base after 54.2% of her at-bats – the highest percentage in the Crossroads League. She also led the league in walks, was second in times hit by a pitch and in slugging percentage, and was fourth in batting average and home runs.

Shea VanScoter (First-year, Richmond, Mich.) had a terrific start to her career at Goshen. She had a .404 batting average with 67 hits, 22 doubles, and six home runs. She crushed the school record for doubles in a season – beating the previous mark of 15 set by Emily Cummings in 2019. Her 22 doubles also led the Crossroads League – only one other player had 17 or more (Cassandra Hayes, Grace). VanScoter was sixth in the league in hits and slugging percentage and seventh in batting average and total bases. She also contributed as a pitcher with a 4-6 record and a save in 63.2 innings pitched.

Alyssa McDonald (First-year, Salt Lake City, Utah) made her presence known this season as a speedster on the base paths. She hit five triples – which tied a season record with teammate Ri Koteles’ record from 2021. Her five triples were also tied for the league-best this season with Kylee Matern from Mount Vernon Nazarene. She was tenth in the league in on-base percentage and walks, 12th in times hit by a pitch and 17th in RBIs. McDonald had a huge game at Antelope Valley on March 2 where she hit two home runs and had seven RBIs. She became the first Goshen softball player to have that many RBIs in a game in at least 15 years, and it led her to a Crossroads League Player of the Week award.

Alisyn Catenacci (Sophomore, Elgin, Ill.) hit at a .288 clip this season and had 11 multi-hit games. She had a stretch of four conference games in a row with two hits per contest and started the season with at least one hit in each of her first 11 games. She was 11th in the league in RBIs and was also top-25 in home runs and slugging percentage. On the mound, she posted a 3-1 record and struck out 30 batters in 31.1 innings.

Shelbie Stotts (Marian) was the Crossroads League Player of the Year, Olivia Stunkel (Marian) was named Pitcher of the Year, Reagen Radke (Indiana Wesleyan) took home Newcomer of the Year, and Steve Babinski (Indiana Wesleyan) earned Coach of the Year. The list of all the conference winners can be found here.

Goshen’s season ended with two losses in the Crossroads League tournament as a six-seed. The Leafs finished 24-28 – tying a program record for overall wins in a season and setting a new record for conference wins in a season with 14.

Eagles Land Two All-GLVC Honors

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Golf historic season comes to a close with two players earning All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Honors in an announcement by the league office Tuesday afternoon. Junior Zach Williams (Mt. Vernon, Illinois) and freshman Jason Bannister (Laguna Niguel, California) both land on the All-GLVC Team while Williams was also named the Screaming Eagles GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship honoree. Williams and Bannister become the 21st and 22nd players to earn the All-GLVC honor in the programs history, the first since Logan Osborne in 2013.

Both Williams and Bannister had record setting seasons, both breaking the previous record for average score in a season. The previous record was held by Williams from the 2018-19 season with a 74.7 average. Bannister finished the season with a 74.0 average while Williams finished with a 74.27 average.

Williams finished the season with two top-five finishes, he finished tied for fifth at the Kentucky Wesleyan Invitational in October and fourth at the Bill Blazer Memorial in April. Williams tied his 36-hole score low with a 142 (72-70), which sits tied for third in the USI record books, at the Music City Invitational in April. Williams also brought home his second career GLVC Player of the Week honor in the spring after his fourth place finish at the Bill Blazer Memorial.

Bannister finished the season with four top-five finishes, including three-straight in the month of October. He finished tied for second at the Midwest Regional, tied for third at the McKendree Bearcat Dual Gender, and tied for fifth at the Kentucky Wesleyan Invitational. Bannister also finished tied for fourth at the GLVC Championships, securing his place in the All-GLVC Team. Bannister also tied Williams for 54-hole score after shooting a 211 (73-70-68) at the McKendree Bearcat Gender Dual, his 68 in the third round was also the lowest of the season for any Eagle.

Williams and Bannister led the program to a historic year. The team earned multiple team championships in a spring season for the first time in program history, with victories coming at the Saginaw Valley State Spring Invitational and the Bill Blazer Memorial. The Eagles set a team record for 54-hole score with an 853 at the McKendree Bearcat Gender Dual in October, surpassing the 870 at the Murray State Invitational in Fall 2018. USI also set a new team average record with a 296.28, surpassing the previous record of 300.7 set by the 2005-06 team. The Eagles also finished their season with the first appearance in a regional as a team since 2000. USI would go on to finish tenth in the NCAA II Midwest/Central Regional.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1904       After 23 innings of pitching no-hit baseball, Cy Young’s streak ends. The stretch includes six innings today, two innings on April 25, six on April 30, and the perfect game against the A’s on May 5.

1919       Reds’ right-hander Hod Eller throws a no-hitter, defeating the Cardinals, 6-0.
 The ace of the eventual world champs strikes out eight while walking three batters on a cold day at Cincinnati’s Redland Field.

1923       Establishing several Pacific Coast League marks, Pete Schneider hits five home runs and a double, driving in 14 runs as Vernon routs Salt Lake City, 35-11.

1932       Eighth-grader Joe Schultz, Jr. singles, swipes two bases, and scores as a pinch-hitter in a Texas League game. The fourteen-year-old is the son of the manager and will become a second-string catcher in the major leagues.

1946       The Red Sox’ early-season winning streak comes to an end at 15 consecutive victories when right-hander Tiny Bonham, giving up just two hits in the Yankee Stadium contest, blanks the team, 2-0. Boston, who will easily capture the AL pennant, started the season 21-3 before today’s loss against New York.

1946       Boston loses to the Giants, 5-1, in the first night game played at Braves Field. The 37,407 fans, the largest crowd in thirteen years, are surprised when their hometown heroes take the field wearing shiny satin uniforms designed to reflect the light generated by the electricity used for the evening contest.

1949       The White Sox beat the Red Sox, 12-8, scoring in every inning of the Comiskey Park contest. A team tallying in every frame has occurred only five times in American League history.

1950       Connecticut Senator Abe Ribicoff introduces legislation for the observance of a National Baseball Day.

1950       A train strike forces many teams to fly to their next scheduled games. Traveling by air is still a rarity in the major leagues at this time.

1950       After fans boo him for misplaying a ball, Ted Williams makes an inappropriate gesture three times (once to left, once to center, and once to right) to the Red Sox fans sitting in the outfield stands. During his next at-bat, as the booing continues, the Splendid Splinter becomes the Splendid Spitter as Williams steps out of the box to spit at fans to show his displeasure.

1955       With the help of an Ernie Banks grand slam, Chicago snaps Brooklyn’s 11-game winning streak, 10-8. The bases-filled homer will be Mr. Cub’s first of five on the year.

1956       In the bottom of the ninth inning at Forbes Field, Danny Kravitz’s walk-off grand slam off Jack Meyer erases a three-run deficit, giving the Pirates a dramatic 6-5 victory over the Phillies. It is the first career round-tripper hit by the 25-year-old rookie backup backstop.

1956       The Cardinals and Phillies swap hurlers with St. Louis sending Harvey Haddix, Stu Miller, and Ben Flowers to Philadelphia in exchange for Herman Wehmeier, Murry Dickson, and a player to be named. A few days later, the trade is completed and expanded when infielder Solly Hemus is sent to the ‘City of Brotherly of Love’ for Redbird utility player Bobby Morgan.

1962       Minnie Minoso suffers a fractured skull and breaks his wrist when he runs into the left-field wall chasing Duke Snider’s triple in the Cardinals’ 8-5 loss to L.A. at Busch Stadium. The St. Louis outfielder will return to the lineup in mid-July, only to have a bone in his forearm broken when he is hit by a pitch thrown by Craig Anderson of the Mets a month later.

1963       Sandy Koufax takes a perfect game into the eighth inning before walking Ed Bailey on a 3-and-2 pitch but will finish the Dodger Stadium contest with the second of four career no-hitters, blanking the Giants, 8-0. The Los Angeles southpaw beats San Francisco ace Juan Marichal, who will also author a no-hitter next month.

1971       In front of a sparse crowd of 2,992 at Cleveland Stadium, Indians starter Steve Dunning hits a grand slam off A’s right-hander Diego Segui in the bottom of the second inning in Cleveland’s 7-5 victory over Oakland. It will take another 37 years before another American League hurler goes deep with the bases loaded when Felix Hernandez of the Mariners accomplishes the feat against the Mets in 2008.

1972       After promising the club would never trade him, the cash-strapped Giants send Willie Mays, the only remaining player that moved to the West Coast with the team, to New York, the city where he began his Hall of Fame career in 1951, for right-hander Charlie Williams and $50,000 cash. Horace Stoneham, unable to guarantee his aging superstar an income when the outfielder retired, extracts a promise from the Mets that they will pay the ‘Say Hey Kid’ $50,000 annually for ten years after the future Hall of Famer stops playing.

1977       Trying to snap the Braves’ 16-game losing streak, Ted Turner, the team’s owner, takes over as field manager. The skid continues as Atlanta is defeated by the Pirates, 2-1, and National League president Chub Feeney informs the new skipper he cannot manage again because of the rule which prohibits a manager from owning a financial stake in the club.

1980       In the top of the seventh inning, Phillies’ leadoff batter Pete Rose steals home after swiping second and third base to become the first National League player in 52 years to complete the stolen base cycle in one frame. In 1928, Brooklyn’s Harvey Hendrick accomplished the feat in the eighth inning of an Ebbets Field contest against Chicago.

1991       After a heckler calls him ‘Joey,’ a name he dislikes and makes references to his problems with alcohol, Albert Belle responds by picking up a foul ball and nailing the offensive offender in the chest from 15 feet away. Although the fans supported his action, the Indian outfielder is fined and suspended for one week.

1993       In the top of the seventh of a tied game at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, Jay Bell leads off the inning by grounding out to Phillies’ shortstop Juan Bell. The Pirate infielder is rung up by none other than first base umpire Wally Bell.

1994       En route to a two-inning save in Montreal’s 4-3 victory over New York, Expo right-hander Mel Rojas strikes out the side in the top of the ninth, needing just nine pitches to end the game. The 28-year-old reliever fans David Segui, Todd Hundley, and Jeff McKnight, with each swinging at strike three, to complete his immaculate inning.

1996       On ‘John Franco Day,’ the New York veteran reliever is ejected from the game, along with eight other players, as the result of participating in a fifth-inning bench-clearing brawl at Shea Stadium. Before the game, the Mets celebrated their closer’s recent 300th career save, but his unavailability in the ninth leads to three hurlers combining to give up the tying runs in the team’s eventual 7-6 walk-off win over Chicago.

1996       Al Leiter pitches the first no-hitter in the Marlins’ brief existence, beating the Rockies, 11-0. The news earlier of the ValuJet crash in the Everglades tempers the celebration at Miami’s Joe Robbie Stadium.

1998       Striking out 13 Diamondbacks, Cubs’ Kerry Wood sets a major league record for strikeouts in consecutive games with 33 in two games. Luis Tiant (1968 – Indians), Nolan Ryan (1974 – Angels), Dwight Gooden (1984 – Mets), and Randy Johnson (1997 – Mariners) shared the previous record for strikeouts (32) in two starts.

1999       For the first time this century, two opposing starting major league pitchers with the same name face one another. The Rockies’ southpaw Bobby M. Jones bests right-hander Bobby J. Jones and the Mets in the Coors Field contest, 8-5.

2000       At the age of 37, Joe Strong becomes the oldest player to make his big-league debut since pitcher Diomedes Olivo played for the Pirates in 1960 as a 41-year-old. The ‘seasoned’ rookie throws 1 1/3 hitless innings.

2000       Manny Ramirez tags a first-inning grand slam and adds a two-run homer in the sixth, leading the Indians to a 16-0 rout of the Royals. The victory, which stops Kansas City’s winning streak at five games, is Cleveland’s most lopsided shutout in 45 years when the Tribe beat the Red Sox 19-0.

2000       The Brewers beat the Cubs, 14-8, in four hours and twenty-two minutes at Wrigley Field. The length of the contest breaks the National League record and ties the mark set by the Orioles and Yankees on September 5th, 1997, for the longest non-extra inning game ever played.

2000       Aaron and Bret Boone, sons of former major league catcher Bob and the grandsons of Ray, also a former big leaguer, hit home runs in the same game for the second time in their careers. Bret’s pair of two-run homers, a shot in the top of the first and an inside-the-parker in the sixth, is offset by his younger sibling’s walk-off round-tripper in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Reds an 11-9 victory over the Padres at Cinergy Field.

2001       Rick Ankiel (1-2, 7.13), who threw five wild pitches to the backstop yesterday, to Triple-A Memphis to work on overcoming his unexplainable lack of control. The young lefthanded fireballer has walked 25 batters in 24 innings this season.

2001       In the sixth inning of a 7-2 loss to the Mariners, Carlos Delgado surpasses Joe Carter as the Blue Jays all-time home run leader as he hits his 204th homer with the team. The Toronto first baseman, the current American League leader with 14 round-trippers, acknowledges the standing ovation from the SkyDome crowd with a curtain call.

2002       The Devil Rays snap their 15-game losing streak, a franchise record, thanks to Randy Winn’s three-run walk-off homer. The right fielder’s ninth-inning two-out blast comes off Jorge Julio, giving Tampa Bay a 6-4 victory over Baltimore at Tropicana Field. (Our thanks to Adam Sanford for suggesting this entry.)

2002       At Citizens Bank Park, Arizona reliever Byung-Hyun Kim strikes out the side in the bottom of eighth on nine pitches, whiffing Scott Rolen and Mike Lieberthal swinging and then fanning Pat Burrell looking to complete his immaculate inning. The Diamondback right-hander blows a save in the next frame but picks a win when the team scores a run in the tenth for an eventual 6-5 victory over the Phillies.

2003       Due to the rash of recent injuries to the team’s young arms, the Marlins, six games under .500, fire manager Jeff Torborg, criticized for his handling of the pitching staff. Veteran 72-year-old skipper Jack McKeon becomes the franchise’s sixth manager, posting a 75-49 record for the remainder of the season, en route to winning the National League pennant and beating the Yankees in six games to become World Champions.

2003       In his last at-bat on the current homestand, 38 year-old first baseman Rafael Palmeiro drives a 3-2 fastball thrown by Indian hurler David Elder to become the second player this season and 19th overall to hit his 500th career home run. The 370-foot shot over the right-field wall at The Ballpark in Arlington makes Raffy the first native of Cuba to reach the coveted milestone.

2004       Batting for the St. Paul Saints, Marc Turndorf hits a $5,601 popup in an auctioned at-bat. The Los Angeles man had the winning eBay bid for the opportunity to hit for the Northern League team.

2004       Pittsfield city officials and historians release a 1791 document that they believe is the earliest written reference to baseball. The 213-year-old bylaw, used to protect the windows of the town’s new meeting house by prohibiting anyone from playing baseball within 80 yards of the building, was uncovered by baseball historian John Thorn while researching the origins of baseball.

2004       After missing yesterday’s game to become an American citizen, Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez, much to the delight of the Fenway faithful, leads his teammates out of the dugout waving an American flag to celebrate his first day as a citizen of the United States. As the 31-year-old native of the Dominican Republic comes to bat, the PA system plays Neil Diamond’s song America.

2005       The Red Sox end a game for the second consecutive day by hitting a walk-off home run off the same pitcher, a feat accomplished only five previous times in major league history. A’s closer Octavio Dotel, who also gave up Kevin Millar’s decisive blast yesterday, is victimized today by BoSox backstop Jason Varitek, who goes deep in the ninth to beat Oakland, 6-5.

2006       Hideki Matsui’s streak of playing in every game since starting his MLB career with the Yankees in 2003 ends at 518 games as the left fielder breaks his left wrist attempting to make a diving catch. The 31-year-old Japanese star established the big-league record for consecutive games to start a career, surpassing Hall of Fame infielder Ernie Banks, who played in 424 contests at the start of his playing days with Cubs from 1953-56.

2008       At Shea Stadium, a 13-minute delay occurs at the beginning of the ninth of the Mets’ 8-3 victory over the Reds, when David Ross bats out of order, making an out in Corey Patterson’s place in the lineup. The very confused umpires eventually make the correct call, telling Ross to bat again, now with one out, without his teammate having an opportunity to come to the plate.

2009       At AT&T Park, Randy Johnson records his 298th career victory when the Giants beat the Nationals, 11-7, in a game that features pitchers with a combined height of 163 inches, making the matchup the tallest in baseball history. The 6-foot-10′ Unit’ and 6’9″ Daniel Cabrera reach the new heights by an inch, surpassing the previous mark established in 2004 by Cabrera and Mark Hendrickson, a southpaw that is 81 inches tall.

2009       In a 13-5 loss to the Reds at Chase Field, Josh Wilson keeps his career ERA at 0.00 by hurling a scoreless ninth inning to become the fifth Diamondbacks position player to pitch for the team. The Diamondbacks infielder also threw one inning for the Devil Rays in 2007.

2012       The Mets play their 8,000th game in franchise history, dropping a 6-5 decision in Miami when closer Frank Francisco allows the tying and winning runs to score in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Amazins have compiled a 515-485 record during the thousand game span, with third baseman David Wright being the team’s top home run hitter and run producer with 143 round-trippers and 595 RBIs.

2014       Aroldis Chapman, in his first appearance of the season, strikes out three consecutive batters after issuing a leadoff walk, recording a save in Cincinnati’s 4-1 victory over Colorado. During a spring training game in March against Kansas City, the Reds All-Star closer was struck in the head by a line drive that resulted in surgery to repair fractures near his nose and left eye.

2016       Max Scherzer ties a major league mark when he strikes out 20 batters in a nine-inning game, joining Roger Clemens (1986, 1996 Red Sox), Kerry Wood (1998 Cubs), and Randy Johnson (2001 Diamondbacks). The 31-year-old right-hander, who goes the distance in Washington’s 3-2 victory over the Tigers at Nationals Park, has an opportunity to establish a new record with two out in the ninth, but James McCann grounds into a force out at second base to end the contest.

TV WEDNESDAY

MLBTIME ETTV
LA DODGERS AT PITTSBURGH12:35PMMLBN
SPORTSNET
ATTSN-PIT
MILWAUKEE AT CINCINNATI12:35PMBALLY SPORTS
TORONTO AT NY YANKEES12:35PMMLBN
SPORTSNET
YES
CLEVELAND AT CHI. WHITE SOX2:10PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
MIAMI AT ARIZONA3:40PMBALLY SPORTS
PHILADELPHIA AT SEATTLE3:40PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
COLORADO AT SAN FRANCISCO3:45PMMLBN
ATTSN-RM
NBCS-BAY
CHI. CUBS AT SAN DIEGO4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
NY METS AT WASHINGTON7:05PMSNY
MASN/2
TAMPA BAY AT LA ANGELS7:07PMFS1
BALLY SPORTS
OAKLAND AT DETROIT7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
BOSTON AT ATLANTA7:20PMTBS
NESN
BALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT MINNESOTA7:40PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
BALTIMORE AT ST. LOUIS7:45PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
KANSAS CITY AT TEXAS8:05PMBALLY SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 5: MILWAUKEE AT BOSTON7:00PMTNT
WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 5: GOLDEN STATE AT MEMPHIS9:30PMTNT
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 5: PITTSBURGH AT NY RANGERS7:00PMESPN
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 5: WASHINGTON AT FLORIDA7:30PMESPN2
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 5: DALLAS AT CALGARY9:30PMESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
LA LIGA: OSASUNA VS GETAFE1:00PMESPN+
LA LIGA: DEPORTIVO ALAVÉS VS ESPANYOL1:00PMESPN+
LIGUE 1: NICE VS SAINT-ÉTIENNE1:00PMBEIN SPORTS
LA LIGA: SEVILLA VS MALLORCA2:30PMESPN+
BELGIUM FIRST DIVISION A: CLUB BRUGGE VS UNION SAINT-GILLOISE2:30PMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LEEDS UNITED VS CHELSEA2:30PMPEACOCK
SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP: DUNDEE UNITED VS CELTIC2:30PMPARAMOUNT+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: WATFORD VS EVERTON2:45PMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LEICESTER CITY VS NORWICH CITY2:45PMPEACOCK
LIGUE 1: NANTES VS RENNES3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
COPPA ITALIA: JUVENTUS VS INTERNAZIONALE3:00PMCBSSN
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS VS MANCHESTER CITY3:15PMUSA
LA LIGA: ELCHE VS ATLÉTICO MADRID3:30PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: RICHMOND KICKERS VS CHARLOTTE6:30PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: NEW ENGLAND VS CINCINNATI7:00PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: NEW YORK CITY VS ROCHESTER NEW YORK7:00PMESPN+
BRASILEIRÃO: RB BRAGANTINO VS ATLÉTICO MINEIRO7:30PMPARAMOUNT+
US OPEN CUP: NASHVILLE SC VS ATLANTA UNITED8:00PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: MINNESOTA UNITED VS COLORADO RAPIDS8:00PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: UNION OMAHA VS NORTHERN COLORADO8:00PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: HOUSTON DYNAMO VS SAN ANTONIO8:30PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC VS PHOENIX RISING10:30PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: CALIFORNIA UTD STRIKERS VS LA GALAXY10:30PMESPN+

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES218.72413 – 48 – 411 – 68 – 12 – 18 – 2W 2
TAMPA BAY1813.58149 – 79 – 65 – 12 – 49 – 76 – 4L 3
TORONTO1714.548510 – 67 – 88 – 71 – 38 – 44 – 6L 3
BALTIMORE1317.4338.59 – 74 – 104 – 84 – 33 – 47 – 3W 3
BOSTON1119.36710.54 – 97 – 105 – 114 – 61 – 23 – 7W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA1812.60011 – 57 – 76 – 57 – 25 – 37 – 3L 1
CHI WHITE SOX1514.5172.58 – 77 – 75 – 14 – 104 – 38 – 2W 1
CLEVELAND1515.50037 – 58 – 103 – 46 – 33 – 47 – 3L 1
KANSAS CITY918.3337.56 – 93 – 91 – 57 – 60 – 42 – 8L 3
DETROIT921.30096 – 113 – 102 – 43 – 61 – 62 – 8L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA ANGELS2111.65612 – 69 – 55 – 36 – 26 – 57 – 3W 3
HOUSTON1911.63319 – 410 – 72 – 45 – 011 – 68 – 2W 8
SEATTLE1417.4526.59 – 65 – 112 – 56 – 44 – 53 – 7W 1
TEXAS1216.42975 – 97 – 72 – 41 – 05 – 96 – 4W 1
OAKLAND1219.3878.54 – 98 – 107 – 72 – 71 – 22 – 8W 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS2110.6779 – 512 – 512 – 62 – 17 – 36 – 4W 2
ATLANTA1417.45278 – 96 – 84 – 66 – 43 – 44 – 6L 1
MIAMI1317.4337.56 – 77 – 108 – 21 – 22 – 101 – 9L 3
PHILADELPHIA1317.4337.59 – 94 – 84 – 91 – 25 – 23 – 7L 1
WASHINGTON1021.323113 – 127 – 93 – 81 – 35 – 84 – 6L 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE2011.64510 – 410 – 73 – 315 – 60 – 16 – 4W 1
ST. LOUIS1613.55237 – 69 – 73 – 36 – 44 – 45 – 5L 3
PITTSBURGH1217.41476 – 86 – 93 – 16 – 122 – 34 – 6L 1
CHI CUBS1019.34594 – 116 – 81 – 25 – 73 – 62 – 8L 1
CINCINNATI624.20013.54 – 92 – 152 – 24 – 70 – 133 – 7L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS208.71410 – 210 – 62 – 18 – 16 – 58 – 2W 1
SAN DIEGO2011.6451.510 – 610 – 55 – 39 – 25 – 56 – 4W 1
SAN FRANCISCO1812.600310 – 78 – 57 – 63 – 24 – 35 – 5W 4
ARIZONA1714.5484.59 – 88 – 69 – 62 – 25 – 58 – 2W 3
COLORADO1614.533511 – 55 – 94 – 65 – 23 – 55 – 5L 3

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT