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AT NEW PALESTINE
TEAMS: 1. WARREN CENTRAL, 149.5; 2. FRANKLIN CENTRAL, 129; 3. NEW PALESTINE, 98.5; 4. RONCALLI, 77.5; 5. GREENFIELD-CENTRAL, 72; 6. SHELBYVILLE, 25; 7. BEECH GROVE, 16.5; 8. TRITON CENTRAL, 16; 8. MORRISTOWN, 16; 10. LUTHERAN, 12; 11. SCECINA, 7; 12. CHRISTEL HOUSE, 1.
TEAMS: 1. ZIONSVILLE, 131.5; 2. BROWNSBURG, 126; 3. PLAINFIELD, 121; 4. AVON, 113; 5. MOORESVILLE, 55; 6. MONROVIA, 33; 7. DANVILLE, 21; 8. SOUTHMONT, 11; 9. CASCADE, 8.5; 10. TRI-WEST, 3.
AT PENDLETON HEIGHTS
TEAM SCORES: 1. LAWRENCE NORTH, 170; 2. MT. VERNON, 117; 3. NEW CASTLE, 90.5; 4. EASTERN HANCOCK, 54.5; 5. PENDLETON HEIGHTS, 51; 6. DALEVILLE, 42; 7. ANDERSON, 31; 8. BLUE RIVER VALLEY, 30; 9. LAPEL, 14; 10. SHENANDOAH, 7; 11. KNIGHTSTOWN, 3; 12. ANDERSON PREP, 2.
TEAM SCORES: 1. PIKE, 141; 2. BEN DAVIS, 118; 3. PERRY MERIDIAN, 108; 4. SOUTHPORT, 100; 5. DECATUR CENTRAL, 57; 6. CARDINAL RITTER, 51; 7. CRISPUS ATTUCKS, 19; 8. INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE, 8; 8. SPEEDWAY, 8; 10. COVENANT CHRISTIAN, 2.
TEAM SCORES: 1. CENTER GROVE, 177; 2. COLUMBUS NORTH, 123; 3. WHITELAND, 107; 4. FRANKLIN, 76; 5. GREENWOOD, 47; 6. COLUMBUS EAST, 40; 7. INDIAN CREEK, 30; 8. SOUTHWESTERN, 18; 9. WALDRON, 3; 10. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN, 1.
AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
TEAM SCORES: 1. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 141, 2. NOBLESVILLE 131, 3. CARMEL 128, 4. FISHERS 77, 5. WESTFIELD 55, 6. HAMILTON HEIGHTS 34, 7. GUERIN CATHOLIC 33, 8. WESTERN BOONE 13, 9. UNIVERSITY 8, 10. LEBANON 4
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INDIANAPOLIS 7 TOLEDO 0
FT. WAYNE 5 WEST MICHIGAN 4
WISCONSIN 3 SOUTH BEND 1
CONNECTICUT 92 NEW YORK 65
ATLANTA 101 INDIANA 79
WASHINGTON 84 DALLAS 68
LAS VEGAS 86 PHOENIX 74
MINNESOTA 87 LOS ANGELES 84
NOTRE DAME 14 NORTHWESTERN 4
PURDUE FT. WAYNE 4 BUTLER 2
INDIANA 12 ILLINOIS STATE 7
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Butler scores 41, Heat take Game 1 from Celtics 118-107
MIAMI (AP) His team was down by eight at halftime, and Miami coach Erik Spoelstra went into the locker room ready to deliver a big speech.
Turns out, one wasn’t needed.
Jimmy Butler decided to let his play do the talking.
Butler scored 27 of his 41 points in the second half, and a huge third quarter by the Heat carried them to a 118-107 win over the short-handed Boston Celtics 118-107 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night.
“Jimmy Butler is an elite competitor,” Spoelstra said. “There’s a lot of guys in this league that are playing basketball. He’s competing to win. That’s a totally different thing and he does that as well as anybody in this league.”
Tyler Herro scored 18 and Gabe Vincent added 17 for the Heat, who outscored Boston 39-14 in the third quarter. Butler had 17 alone in the third, outscoring the Celtics by himself over those 12 minutes.
Boston shot 2 for 15 in that third quarter.
“We won three quarters other than that, but obviously that one is going to stand out,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “We semi-bounced back in the fourth and started to play well again and matched their physicality, but 39-14 on 2-for-15 is tough to overcome.”
Along with the 41 points, the rest of Butler’s line: nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocked shots. Since the NBA started charting all those stat categories, only five other players – Anthony Davis, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Harden (who did it twice) – had all those numbers in a single game. None happened in a playoff game, until now.
“I continued to play basketball the right way: Shoot the ball when I’m open, attack, hit the open guy,” Butler said. “Honestly, it was a team effort.”
Max Strus scored 11 and Bam Adebayo added 10 for Miami.
Jayson Tatum scored 29 for the Celtics, who were without starters Marcus Smart (foot) and Al Horford (health and safety protocols). Jaylen Brown added 24 for Boston, which got 18 apiece from Robert Williams III and Payton Pritchard.
Game 2 is Thursday.
Boston led by 13 in the first half and took a 62-54 lead into halftime. A 22-2 run was how Miami started the second half, the run punctuated by steals that led to baskets on three consecutive possessions. Strus had one, the next two by Butler pushed the lead out to 76-64, and the Heat were off and running.
“It wasn’t anything different that they did,” Udoka said. “They just came out and imposed their will.”
The lead reached 96-76 when Herro was fouled on a 3-point try and made all three free throws early in the fourth.
Boston had a run left; a 10-0 spurt cut the deficit in half, and a 3-pointer from Tatum made it a nine-point game – outcome still very much in doubt – with 7:35 left.
But the Heat had a response. PJ Tucker answered Tatum’s 3 with one of his own. Brown then connected from deep to get Boston within single digits again, only to have that one answered by a 3 from Strus.
“Our energy shifted,” Adebayo said. “That was the biggest key.”
Some of the plans that both sides had for Game 1 were thrown away about 3 1/2 hours before game time, when the Celtics revealed that Smart and Horford wouldn’t be playing. Smart’s absence was somewhat expected because of a mid-foot sprain he suffered in Game 7 of the East semifinals against Milwaukee on Sunday.
Horford’s absence, however, was a surprise.
He entered the league’s health and safety protocols Tuesday afternoon, which ruled him out of Game 1 and quite possibly could keep him out for multiple games going forward. Yet even without two starters, Boston had a chance.
“Other than the third quarter, I think we won every other quarter,” Pritchard said. “Obviously, we try not to let that happen next time.”
Celtics: Boston’s biggest lead was 13 points. The Celtics are now 46-7 this season in games in which it led by at least that many. … Boston scored 18 points of the first 6 1/2 minutes of the first half, then two points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half. … The Celtics trailed for only 16 seconds in the first two quarters. … Boston has dropped 17 of its last 26 East finals games.
Heat: Former Miami guard Goran Dragic was in attendance. … This series is the 50th in Heat postseason history. They’re now 28-22 in Game 1s. … Butler’s 15th point – a free throw 16 seconds into the second half – gave him 14,000 for his career, including playoffs. He’s the 220th NBA player to score that many. … Miami missed its first seven shots. … Tucker left in the second quarter to get his right ankle re-taped, then returned for the second half.
There were 20 blocked shots in the game – 12 by Miami, eight by Boston.
SECOND BEST (AND WORST)
The 25-point differential in the third quarter was the second-best for the Heat and the second-worst for the Celtics this season. Miami outscored Charlotte by 27 in the third quarter on Feb. 5. Boston was outscored by 28 points in the fourth quarter by Chicago on Nov. 1.
Boston didn’t have a field goal in the first six minutes of the second half – the slowest start to a half in any of the Celtics’ 94 games this season. The previous low for field goals made in the opening 6:00 of a half by the Celtics this season, including playoffs, was one in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 7.
Magic Moment: Orlando wins lottery, lands No. 1 pick
CHICAGO (AP) The Orlando Magic won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night and landed the No. 1 overall pick for the first time since they got Dwight Howard in 2004.
It’s the fourth time lottery luck struck for the Magic, who won in back-to-back years in 1992 and 1993, taking Shaquille O’Neal and then trading the rights to Chris Webber for Penny Hardaway.
Orlando finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 22-60 and missed the playoffs for the eighth time in 10 years. But they got a huge win in the lottery, where they had a 14% chance landing the top pick.
“It feels great,” president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said. “I’m so happy for our fans. They really stuck with us. And nights like this help, where you can really show the fruits of why you go through these phases and these cycles. And hopefully, they’re really excited by this.”
Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Purdue’s Jaden Ivey and Auburn’s Jabari Smith are widely considered the most likely candidates to be taken first. The draft is June 23 in New York.
Oklahoma City got the second pick, followed by Houston and Sacramento. The Kings moved up from the No. 7 spot entering the lottery.
Detroit picks fifth, with Indiana, Portland, New Orleans and Washington rounding out the top 10. The rest of the lottery results are: New York, Oklahoma City, Charlotte and Cleveland.
The lottery, with 14 ping pong balls numbered 1 through 14 placed into a hopper, sets the first four picks. The remainder of the non-playoff teams go in reverse order of their finish.
Houston, Orlando and Detroit had the best odds of winning the lottery at 14%. All three had young teams that finished at the bottom of the NBA.
The Magic are committed to building through the draft after trading veterans Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon in March 2021 for first-round draft picks in 2023 and 2025. But they were missing two of the young players they are trying to build around last season with Jonathan Issac and Markelle Fultz recovering from knee injuries.
New Orleans might be one of the biggest winners as the lone playoff team with a lottery pick. The Pelicans got it in the 2019 trade that sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers.
With Los Angeles struggling to a 33-49 record, eighth worst in the NBA, that put the Pelicans in position to cash in. They needed the pick to fall in the top-10 in order to keep it, and there was a 99.6% chance of that.
Now, they’re in position to add a lottery pick to go with All-Star Brandon Ingram.
Banchero, Holmgren and Smith decided to turn pro after one college season while Ivey spent two years at Purdue.
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Banchero was viewed as a likely one-and-done player before he arrived at Duke from Seattle as part of a talented recruited class. He lived up to it, helping the Blue Devils reach now-retired coach Mike Krzyzewski’s record 13th Final Four before losing to archrival North Carolina.
With his strength and perimeter skills, Banchero averaged 17.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. He scored 20 or more 15 times while failing to reach double figures only twice in 39 games.
Holmgren, a 7-footer with the ability to pass and handle the ball like a guard, was one of the most highly touted recruits ever for Gonzaga. He was the West Coast Conference newcomer of the year, defensive player of the year and a first-team all-conference selection. He averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game, and was a third-team AP All-American.
Smith also lived up to his billing as one of the top recruits ever for Auburn. The Tigers earned their first No. 1 ranking and spent three weeks in the top spot. The 6-10, 220-pounder from Fayetteville, Georgia, was a second-team, All-American and the SEC freshman of the year. He led Auburn in scoring, averaging 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds. Smith was also the Tigers’ top 3-point shooter after making 79 of 188 attempts (43%).
The rest of the first round is slotted this way: Charlotte at No. 15, followed by Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Minnesota, San Antonio, Toronto, Denver, Memphis, Houston (from Brooklyn through the James Harden trade), Milwaukee, San Antonio, Dallas, Miami, Golden State, Memphis and Oklahoma City.
Lightning strike first against Panthers, win 4-1 in Game 1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning won the first two games of their playoff series with the Florida Panthers on the road last year.
They’re halfway to a repeat performance.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Andrei Vasilevskiy remained red-hot with 34 saves and the Lightning topped the Panthers 4-1 in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday night.
In Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper’s estimation, Vasilevskiy was the story.
“Look at the saves he makes at the times we need them,” Cooper said. “To me, that’s what great goaltenders do and they give you a chance to win a hockey game and that’s what our guy did again tonight.”
Nikita Kucherov and Corey Perry each had a goal and an assist, and Ross Colton also scored for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, who went ahead 1-0 against their in-state rivals for the second consecutive season.
Time and again, Vasilevskiy slammed the door on Florida. Over his last three games – all of them wins, including Game 7 at Toronto on Sunday – he’s stopped 94 of 99 shots.
“He brings 100 percent effort every single game and everybody’s just trying to take his energy and bring it to your game,” Kucherov said. “He’s a leader … he’s our best player.”
Anthony Duclair had the goal for Presidents’ Trophy-winning Florida, which got 32 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky. Including the qualifying round that was held when the NHL restarted during the pandemic in 2020, Florida has lost seven consecutive Game 1s – a streak that goes back to 1997.
Game 2 is Thursday night.
“They are too good of a team, a veteran team, and they’re not going to open the door for you,” Florida interim coach Andrew Brunette said. “We had our opportunities. On to the next game.”
Duclair, a 31-goal scorer, was scratched by Florida for its series-clinching win at Washington, but he was back Tuesday and gave his team the lead by scoring on a pass from Jonathan Huberdeau at 14:01 of the first.
Duclair’s goal came after the Panthers killed off a pair of early penalties – one from MacKenzie Weegar and the other from Duclair – as special teams became a factor in the game.
Florida went 0 for 18 on the power play in the series win against the Capitals and was scoreless on three more tries Tuesday. But Tampa Bay cashed in three of its six chances.
“Part of our game plan was to stay out of the box,” Duclair said. “Their power play has been lethal.”
After Kucherov was hooked by Weegar, he went right around Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad and fed Perry for a tap-in goal at 16:22 of the second period.
Bellemare’s goal came 3:35 into the third period, giving Tampa Bay its first lead of the game – and the Lightning kept it the rest of the way. The Lightning won a faceoff in the Florida zone and Perry took a quick shot from the slot that Bobrovsky stopped, but the rebound squirted right to Bellemare.
He beat Bobrovsky to the glove side for a 2-1 lead.
It appeared, for a moment, Florida ended its long power play drought and tied the score when Duclair scored on a loose puck. Tampa Bay challenged, saying the puck went off the netting and was therefore out of play. Video review confirmed that and the Lightning continued to lead 2-1.
“We knew, right away our coaching staff told us that wasn’t going to be a goal,” Duclair said. “So you turn the page, get right back at it.”
But it was the last hurrah for Florida. Tampa Bay left no doubt late, with Kucherov and Colton each getting power-play tallies in the final 4:06 to put the game away.
NOTES: It was Cooper’s 124th playoff game with the Lightning. That broke a tie with Mike Babcock (Detroit) for fifth-most with one team, behind only Al Arbour (198, New York Islanders), Scotty Bowman (134, Detroit), Joel Quenneville (128, Chicago) and Glen Sather (127, Edmonton). … Florida fell to 4-8 in Game 1s, including the qualifying round two years ago. … Tampa Bay improved to 15-19 in Game 1s.
Manson scores 8:02 into OT, Avs beat Blues 3-2 in Game 1
DENVER (AP) Josh Manson scored 8:02 into overtime, Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves in his return to the net from an eye injury, and the Colorado Avalanche overcame a sluggish start to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their second-round series.
Manson sent a shot from near the blue line through a sea of players that went in just over the shoulder of Jordan Binnington.
Valeri Nichushkin and Samuel Girard also scored for an Avalanche team that had a weeklong layoff after sweeping Nashville. It showed early on, too, before they found their stride. They outshot the Blues by a 54-25 margin, including 13-0 in OT. The Avalanche also hit three posts and two crossbars.
Ryan O’Reilly had a first-period goal and Jordan Kyrou tied it late for St. Louis. Binnington kept the Blues close with one sprawling save after another. He stopped 51 shots.
Game 2 is Thursday.
Kuemper suffered a scary eye mishap in Game 3 of the Predators series when a stick blade went through his mask and caught him around his eyelid. It took a few days for the swelling to subside.
Kyrou scored on the power play to tie the game with 3:14 remaining. The Blues have been potent on the power play, going 9 for 27 during the playoffs.
Girard staked Colorado a 2-1 lead midway through the second period on a shot that went through Binnington’s pads. Defenseman Erik Johnson nearly had another moments earlier with a wide-open net, but couldn’t get anything on his shot. Binnington reached out with his glove while on the ground to stop the rolling puck.
O’Reilly took advantage of a Cale Makar turnover to score early in the first period. O’Reilly has a goal in five straight playoff games, matching the longest playoff goal streak in Blues history. He tied the mark held by Phil Roberto (1972) and Joe Mullen (1982), according to NHL Stats.
The Avalanche didn’t look sharp in the opening 20 minutes. Artturi Lehkonen hit the post, while Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen had shots clang off the crossbar.
Leading into the game, Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog, who’s coming off late-season knee surgery, wasn’t buying the rust argument.
“Everybody wants to make that into a thing,” Landeskog said. “Having that rest in the bank will be good.”
It was the eighth straight playoff win over the Blues in a streak that dates to Game 4 of the 2001 conference finals. The Avalanche swept St. Louis in the playoffs last season.
PLAYING NO FAVORITES
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he didn’t fill out a playoff bracket.
“If it turned out to be true, people would be saying bad things or questioning things that you have no need to question,” said Bettman, who attended the game Tuesday. “I’m probably not a very good prognosticator.”
Blues defenseman Justin Faulk took a hit to the head from Kadri in Game 2 last season and didn’t return in a series that Colorado swept. Kadri drew an eight-game suspension for the hit, missing the final two games against the Blues and all six games against Vegas as Colorado was ousted.
Asked if things were settled, Faulk responded: “We’re here to play hockey and play a series and that’s our focus.”
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
There remain fans who still show up wearing O’Reilly’s Avalanche sweater. O’Reilly was the 33rd overall pick by Colorado in 2009, scoring 90 goals in 427 career games with the Avalanche.
“Had a great time here,” O’Reilly said. “It’s always nice to see see people appreciate it.”
Maple Leafs say Mitch Marner was victim of a carjacking
TORONTO (AP) Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner was the victim of a carjacking in Toronto, the hockey team said Tuesday as city police investigated.
Marner was not hurt in the carjacking that took place in east Toronto on Monday evening, the team said.
“He was unharmed in the incident and the Club & Mitch are thankful for Toronto Police Services’ support,” the Maple Leafs wrote in a statement. “Anyone with information is asked to reach out to Toronto Police Services.”
Police have asked that “neither Marner or the Club comment any further on the details of the incident” as it is under investigation, the Leafs added.
Marner’s teammate, Jason Spezza, reflected on the carjacking Tuesday morning.
“It’s scary, that’s life. That’s not hockey,” Spezza said.
The carjacking comes a day after York Regional Police released a video about car hijackings being on the rise in the Greater Toronto Area.
In the video, the force in the region north of Toronto says thieves are typically following cars when they park, ambushing drivers when they exit their cars and stealing their car keys by force.
Marner and the Leafs were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday night in Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Marner had 35 goals and 97 points in 72 games for the Leafs in the regular season and added two goals and six assists against the Lightning.
Leafs staying the course after another 1st-round loss
TORONTO (AP) Brendan Shanahan got his housekeeping out of the way quickly.
In the wake of another playoff failure, the president of the Toronto Maple Leafs told reporters at the team’s annual post-elimination media availability – once again far earlier on the calendar than anyone associated with the organization hoped – that general manager Kyle Dubas and head coach Sheldon Keefe would keep their jobs.
“Extremely disappointed,” Shanahan stated in his opening remarks Tuesday. “We’re not going to make any excuses.
“That being said, we will not be making changes just simply for the sake of saying that we made changes.”
There’s no doubt the Leafs played better in their 2022 first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning than in previous postseason showings that also ended in heartbreak.
The bar was also low.
Toronto had the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions on the ropes with two shots to advance this spring. Unlike last May’s collapse against the Montreal Canadiens or consecutive losses to the Boston Bruins in 2018 and 2019, the moment didn’t appear too big for a group, fairly or unfairly, shouldering the burden of past defeats.
But in the end, the result was the same in Game 7 for an Original Six franchise that hasn’t advanced in the playoffs since 2004 – now the NHL’s longest active streak – or hoisted the Stanley Cup in 55 years.
“Proud of the progress that was made,” Dubas said. “However, we weren’t able to take the key step.”
“I saw a different team and a different approach,” Shanahan added. “In the past couple of seasons when we’ve had an opportunity to eliminate a team, we got back on our heels.
“One of the things that I liked about this year’s process, despite the result, was that our team was on its toes.”
And while Shanahan was clear about his GM and coach, Dubas did leave the door open for change to the roster, although some of that will be necessitated by salary cap constraints.
“I do believe in the group,” said Dubas, whose team set franchise highs for points (115) and wins (54) in 2021-22. “The easy thing to do would be to make bold statements or bold changes.
“But it’s continuing to maintain that belief at this time that’s vitally important.”
The Leafs’ core of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Morgan Rielly have been part of the team’s opening-round series losses each of the past six seasons, while captain John Tavares has seen four premature exits since joining his hometown club via free agency in 2018.
“It really stinks . we’re disappointed,” Tavares said. “The belief is strong in the group.
“We’re gonna continue to do everything we can to finally get to where we want to get to.”
Shanahan was once the missing piece as a player for a Detroit Red Wings outfit that finally reached its ultimate goal in the 1990s – the club sent Paul Coffey and Keith Primeau the other way to the Hartford Whalers in a blockbuster trade – but said the route to glory doesn’t necessarily require addition by subtraction.
“There’s lots of different ways to win a Cup,” he said. “And we have to figure out our way.”
Matthews and Nylander have two more seasons on their contracts, while Marner and Tavares are signed through 2024-25.
The situation with Matthews is one to keep a close eye on. Toronto’s first chance to sign the NHL’s first 60-goal man in more than a decade to a contract extension will be July 1, 2023. There’s nothing to indicate Matthews is unhappy or looking elsewhere, but the clock continues to tick.
“We’d love to make him a Leaf forever,” Shanahan said. “He’s just been fantastic for us.”
According to capfriendly.com, Toronto currently has just over $74.65 million committed to 17 players next season. That leaves Dubas and Co. just under $7.85 million to divvy up between four or five other roster spots with the cap set to only bump up $1 million to $82.5 million as the league continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact.
Despite the financial gymnastics the Leafs have managed in recent seasons, there’s just no way to bring back the same group with the likes of goaltender Jack Campbell, defensemen Mark Giordano and Ilya Lyubushkin, and winger Ilya Mikheyev among the team’s pending unrestricted free agents.
Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin are set to become restricted free agents on the blue line, while forwards Ondrej Kase and Pierre Engvall are in the same situation.
Matthews said the belief – a word repeated over and over Tuesday – remains strong that this is the right mix that will eventually get Toronto over the playoff hump.
“I believe it,” he said. “I think everybody in this room believes it.
“I know that deep down in this room that we all believe in each other. Still a tough pill to swallow, but I don’t think that belief ever wavered.”
Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin, a Cup winner with the Los Angeles Kings, said the key will be to come back in September knowing that, despite all the positives, there’s still more to give.
“Got to find another gear,” he said. “Everyone in the room, we need a little bit more.”
The Leafs, to a man, are convinced this season was a step forward.
Time will tell if that’s the case.
“Progress was made, even though it’s hard to feel that way,” Keefe said. “The work toward next season has already begun.
“The belief in our group is as strong as it’s ever been.”
LEAFS REACT TO MARNER CARJACKING
The team confirmed Marner was the victim of a carjacking Monday night in the city’s west end.
The winger was at Toronto’s practice facility Tuesday, but not available to reporters.
“I’m just glad he’s OK,” Campbell said. “It’s a pretty traumatic experience.”
SPEZZA QUIET ON FUTURE
Veteran forward Jason Spezza was in tears as he left the ice following Saturday’s Game 7 loss.
Set to turn 39 next month, the Toronto native said it’s too soon to make a decision on his playing future.
“I love the game,” said Spezza, who added he will only suit up for the Leafs. “Conversations will happen over the coming days and weeks.
“I’m a little lost right now, to be honest.”
GIO ENJOYED TORONTO TIME
Giordano, another veteran Toronto native, is open to continuing in blue and white if things make sense.
The 38-year-old defenseman had two goals and 12 points in 20 games in a depth role after being acquired from the Seattle Kraken prior to the trade deadline before adding two assists in the playoffs.
“I don’t think it’s a secret that I enjoyed my time here,” Giordano said. “It’s been an awesome experience.”
Reds blow lead, hit into 5 double plays and edge Guardians
CLEVELAND (AP) The Cincinnati Reds made unwanted history two days ago by not allowing a hit and losing. On Tuesday night, they hit into five double plays, blew the lead in the ninth inning and scored the winning run without making contact.
“That’s baseball, man,” said rookie starter Connor Overton. “That was a fun game. It was wild.”
Mike Moustakas drew the third straight walk in the 10th by Cleveland reliever Nick Sandlin to force in a run, and Reds rookie reliever Alexis Diaz struck out Guardians star Jose Ramirez for the final out with the bases loaded as the Reds held on for a 5-4 win.
Moustakas was down to his last strike before taking three straight pitches from Sandlin (3-2) to bring in Matt Reynolds, who started the inning at second base.
Art Warren (2-1) got the win for Cincinnati despite giving up Owen Miller’s tying, two-run homer in the ninth.
And Diaz, a 25-year-old who pitched in Double-A last season, survived a nerve-wracking 10th – he walked two and threw a wild pitch that nearly let the tying run score – before handcuffing Ramirez for strike three and his first career save.
“His stuff is unbelievable,” Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson said as his teammates could be heard celebrating with Diaz in the showers. “He got better with Ramirez, when the moment was bigger for him. He did a great job.”
Diaz has not given up a run in 15 of his 16 appearances.
“He’s not fazed,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Obviously, he had a lot of adrenaline tonight, but he channeled that really well and he went after some really good hitters in a tough spot. Great stuff, but the thing that was really impressive is that he walked a couple of guys and then one of the best hitters in the game, got behind and then just made incredible pitches.”
Tyler Naquin homered for the Reds (10-26), who became the last team in the majors to reach double-digit wins – after blowing a 4-2 lead in the ninth and hitting into double plays in four straight innings.
“This game is an example of you just have to keep playing,” Bell said.
Miller’s towering two-run homer into the left-field bleachers off Warren tied it 4-4.
The Guardians had managed just four singles over the first eight innings against rookie Connor Overton and reliever Tony Santillan before Miller followed a leadoff walk to Ramirez with his fourth homer.
Miller’s heroics snatched a win from Overton.
The right-hander allowed just three singles over 7 2/3 innings in Cincinnati’s second straight stellar start. Overton allowed back-to-back hits in the third, retired 15 straight and then gave up a leadoff infield single in the eighth.
Overton got two outs but walked pinch-hitter Franmil Reyes and was pulled by Bell after a career-high 98 pitches.
“I want to go nine (innings) every time,” Overton said. “Obviously, I’m happy but there’s a lot I could have done better.”
His performance came two days after Cincinnati rookie starter Hunter Greene and Warren combined to work eight no-hit innings in a 1-0 loss at Pittsburgh.
The Reds were just the sixth team in the modern era to lose despite not allowing a hit.
The Guardians played their fourth straight game without manager Terry Francona, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week in Chicago and also missed the three-game weekend series in Minnesota.
Acting manager and pitching coach Carl Willis said the 63-year-old Francona is feeling better and nearing a return.
Cleveland first baseman Josh Naylor also remains out.
Naquin, who spent five seasons with Cleveland, gave the Reds a 1-0 lead with his third homer – a shot into the right-field seats off Zach Plesac.
Plesac, who gave up two runs in six innings, hasn’t gotten much run support.
The Guardians have scored 11 runs in his seven starts, a huge departure from the past three seasons when Cleveland averaged 5.28 runs per nine innings for him.
Guardians reliever Bryan Shaw made his 475th career appearance, moving him into third place in club history behind Mel Harder (582 games) and Bob Feller (570).
Reds: 1B Joey Votto (COVID-19 injured list) had his rehab assignment switched from Louisville (Triple-A) to Dayton (Class A). He has been out since May 3.
Guardians: Reyes was not in the starting lineup after dealing with a “family matter.” … Hitting coach Chris Valaika was back on duty after being one of five Cleveland coaches to test positive for COVID-19.
Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (2-4, 5.89 ERA) won for the first time since opening day last week in Pittsburgh. He faces Guardians RHP Cal Quantrill (1-2, 3.93) in the series finale.
Cubs shut out Pirates for 2nd straight night, 7-0
CHICAGO (AP) Keegan Thompson combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, and the Chicago Cubs shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second straight game, a 7-0 win Tuesday night that extended their winning streak to a season-best four.
Jonathan Villar hit a go-ahead, solo homer in the third and added an RBI single.
Cubs starters have posted a 2.37 ERA over their last eight games and Chicago is 6-2 in that stretch. Thompson has added to the success.
“I anticipate Keegan grabbing the ball and doing what we ask him to do,” Chicago manager David Ross said. “He’s definitely starter depth for us, but he’s also really valuable in the role he’s been filling for us.”
Thompson (3-0) allowed four hits and four walks in five innings, while striking out five in his second start this season. The right-hander, pressed into the rotation last week, lowered his ERA to 1.41.
“I’m just going out there and doing what they ask me to do, whether it’s start or coming out of the ‘pen,” Thompson said. “I don’t really have a role, I don’t think. I’m just trying to give innings and give the team a chance to win.”
Pittsburgh has one run in its last 30 innings and has not scored since the eighth inning Sunday, when the Pirates beat Cincinnati 1-0 despite not getting any hits. The Pirates had five hits Tuesday and have just nine in three games, dropping their batting average to .223. The shutout was the fifth against Pittsburgh this season.
“We’ve gotten down the last few days big, and we can’t even do anything because of the fact that we’re down,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “But we’ve got to figure out how to have better at-bats, and we have to figure out ways to get scoring opportunities.”
After a rough start, the Cubs suddenly don’t have that problem.
Pinch-hitter Christopher Morel homered in the ninth in his first major league at-bat, connecting on a full-count fastball from Chase De Jong to became the first Cubs player to go deep in his first at-bat since Willson Contreras on June 19, 2016.
Morel told Contreras earlier in the game that he planned to homer in his first plate appearance. After falling behind 0-2, he battled back in the count and cracked a drive deep to left.
“He told me and I felt like he was going to get something done,” Contreras said. “Once I saw the ball going out, it was a no-doubt. That kid had some pop in his bat.”
Cubs reliever Daniel Norris left after one out in the sixth because of right Achilles soreness. Brandon Hughes, a 26-year-old left-hander, made his major league debut and recorded his first five outs via strikeouts, while walking one.
Mark Leiter Jr. allowed one hit over the final two innings.
JT Brubaker (0-4) gave up six runs – four earned – and six hits in six innings while striking out a career-high 10.
Rookie Seiya Suzuki doubled in two runs to spark a five-run fourth inning. Frank Schwindel also had an RBI double on a chilly, drizzly night as Chicago improved to 6-11 at Wrigley Field.
Portly Pittsburgh designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach, listed at 6 feet and 270 pounds, chugged out the first triple in his seven-year big career with one out in the fourth.
Vogelbach lofted a drive to the bend in Wrigley’s left-field wall where Ian Happ jumped, but couldn’t make the catch. The ball caromed to the left-field corner, giving Vogelbach time rumble into third.
The next hitter, Yoshi Tsutsugo, lifted a fly down the right field line that was caught by Suzuki. Vogelbach tried to score, but was thrown out and didn’t even reach the plate on his slide.
Contreras gave Vogelbach what appeared to by a playful pat, but the two started jawing and both benches emptied. The confrontation didn’t last long and players went back to their dugouts and bullpens.
“I slid in,” Vogelbach said. “His mask went in my side. Just doesn’t feel good when a mask goes in your side, so I threw it away more than anything to get it away from me.
“I think he thought I was upset with him. I’m not really sure.”
Contreras said he knows Vogelbach from time together in the minors.
“I put the tag on him and was just basically checking on him,” Contreras said. “He overreacted. He kind of surprised me.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. We won the ballgame and they got shut out.”
The Cubs recalled INF/OF Morel from Double-A Tennessee and optioned LHP Conner Menez to Iowa on Tuesday.
Pirates: SS Kevin Newman (groin) went 0 for 2 with a walk as he began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Cubs: Placed OF Jason Heyward on the IL with no designation and selected contract of Hughes from Triple-A Iowa. Manager David Ross said Heyward is “doing OK” and added “he had some real stuff” that included body aches and hydration issues. Heyward, a five-time Gold Glove winner, is the third Cub recently put on the IL with no designation. . RHPs Marcus Stroman and David Robertson also have been sidelined. Stroman has been cleared to return and threw a bullpen session on Tuesday.
Cubs LHP Drew Smyly (1-4, 3.64) is slated to start on Wednesday in the season finale. The Pirates have not announced a starter.
Abreu drives in 2, Cease Ks 9, White Sox top Royals 3-0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jose Abreu hit a two-run double in a three-run fifth inning, Dylan Cease pitched scoreless ball into the sixth, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Cease (4-1) wrangled out of trouble throughout, allowing runners in every inning. He gave up seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, with nine strikeouts – several in clutch situations.
The Royals struck out 14 times overall, went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 runners. They have lost seven of 10. Kansas City’s Salvador Perez left the game in the seventh inning with a left thumb sprain.
“We pitched Perez like the Hall of Famer that he is,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “We only scored three ourselves. The way I was taught to look at it is, `What did they have to hit?’ If you don’t get pitches to hit, you don’t hit them. There were very few mistakes made in RBI situations.”
Cease said the Royals’ lineup did a good job applying pressure.
“They did a really good job of getting on,” he said. “There was a lot of traffic.
“Fortunately I executed pitches with guys in scoring position and got some big strikeouts. I have enough experience now that I know when I’m doing too much or not enough. Really it’s just (about) staying the course.”
Four relievers followed Cease, with Liam Hendriks working the ninth for his 11th save in 14 opportunities.
Jonathan Heasley (0-2) pitched around trouble until his final inning, the fifth. Reese McGuire led off with a double, and Heasley loaded the bases with a walk and a hit batter. A.J. Pollock lined to left to score McGuire. With two outs, Abreu doubled to the wall in center to make it 3-0.
Kansas City’s Hunter Dozier was thrown out at the plate to end the fourth. Dozier led off with a single and was still on first with two outs when Kyle Isbel looped a single to left center. Dozier slowed as he approached third and then bolted toward the plate. He was out by several steps.
The Royals loaded the bases in the seventh with none out against Joe Kelly, who then struck out Carlos Santana – pinch-hitting for Perez – and Ryan O’Hearn. Dozier popped out to end the inning.
White Sox: Selected the contract of RHP Davis Martin from Triple-A Charlotte to start the second game of the doubleheader, his major league debut. Chicago also added RHP Kyle Crick as the 27th man on the roster and placed RHP Michael Kopech on the paternity list. LHP Garrett Crochet was moved to the 60-day injured list.
Royals: Added RHP Brady Singer as the 27th man. He was set to start the second game.
O’s Harvey suspended 60 games by MLB for drug distribution
NEW YORK (AP) Baltimore Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey was suspended for 60 games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for distributing a prohibited drug of abuse, a punishment stemming from his admission of providing opioids to a teammate who fatally overdosed.
The former New York Mets star also admitted in February during a federal trial in Texas stemming from Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ death that he used cocaine while in New York and California.
“We support all aspects of MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program and their ruling in this particular case,” Orioles general manager Mike Elias said in a statement. “I am glad that Matt now has the opportunity to put this part of his past behind him and pursue another shot with our organization after serving his suspension.”
Harvey, a 33-year-old right-hander, agreed last month to a minor league contract with the Orioles that called for a $150,000 salary while in the minor leagues, a $1 million salary while in the major leagues and a $500,000 assignment bonus if traded while under a major league contract. He has been working out at Baltimore’s extended spring training facility and has not pitched in any games.
The suspension is retroactive to April 29. Under an agreement between MLB and the players’ association, minor league games will count toward the suspension, a person familiar with that provision told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because that was not announced.
Harvey would be eligible to be active on July 8, if there are no postponements.
During the trial of former Los Angeles Angels employee Eric Kay, Harvey, pitchers Mike Morin and Cam Bedrosian and first baseman C.J. Cron testified and described recreational drug use allegedly going on among and around the Angels when they played for the team.
After saying he was subpoenaed and testifying only because he had immunity from prosecution, Harvey acknowledged being a cocaine user before and during his season with the Angels in 2019. He said he tried oxycodone provided by Skaggs during his season with the Angels and also provided drugs to Skaggs.
Skaggs was found dead in a suburban Dallas hotel room on July 1, 2019, a day the Angels were supposed to open a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. Kay was convicted on one count each of drug distribution resulting in death and drug conspiracy. He faces at least 20 years and up to life in prison when he is sentenced on June 28.
Nicknamed the Dark Knight of Gotham, Harvey was selected seventh overall by the Mets in the 2010 amateur draft and made a heralded major league debut in 2012. He started the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field but a little more than a month later tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and needed Tommy John surgery.
Harvey returned in 2015 and went 13-8, helping the Mets reach the World Series, where he talked manager Terry Collins into letting him take the mound with a two-run ninth-inning lead against Kansas City in Game 5. Harvey walked Lorenzo Cain and allowed an RBI double to Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez hit a tying groundout off Jeurys Familia and the Royals went on to a 12th-inning win that gave them the title.
Harvey was traded to Cincinnati in May 2018 and pitched for the Angels in 2019, Kansas City in 2020 and Baltimore last year, when he was 6-14 with a 6.27 ERA. He has a 50-66 career record with a 4.42 ERA in nine major league seasons.
Cards’ O’Neill has winning hit, twinbill-record 6 Ks vs Mets
NEW YORK (AP) Tyler O’Neill had the simplest of goals in the ninth inning of a tied game.
“Just trying to get the ball in play,” he said.
For most of Tuesday, even that seemed impossible. He figured it out just in time.
O’Neill redeemed himself after setting a Cardinals record for a doubleheader with six strikeouts, beating out a go-ahead infield single as St. Louis topped the New York Mets 4-3 Tuesday night to split their twinbill.
After New York tied it in the eighth, St. Louis drew two walks against Joely Rodriguez (0-2) in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Nolan Arenado struck out against ex-Rockies teammate Adam Ottavino for the second out.
O’Neill then connected with an awkward half-swing for a weak roller against Ottavino. Sure-handed third baseman Eduardo Escobar charged hard but double clutched at the ball, allowing O’Neill – among baseball’s fastest runners – to reach first while Brendan Donovan scored from third.
“Anytime you’re struggling or anything like that, you’ll take it,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said.
A season after hitting 34 homers and finishing eighth in NL MVP voting, O’Neill is off to a miserable start, entering Tuesday with a .193 batting average, two homers and a .561 OPS. The coaching staff asked him to take Sunday and Monday off, but the rest hardly seemed to help. He finished the day 2 for 9 with six strikeouts, most ever by a Cardinals player in a doubleheader, according to SNY.
The two-time Gold Glove-winning left fielder also let a foul popup drop in front of him during New York’s eighth-inning rally in Game 2, his second misplay of the day on a ball in that area.
“I feel like I made a lot of strides,” O’Neill said of the days off. “The staff was definitely giving me a mental break, just for everything. So, we’re on the same page, and we’re continuing to work. Continue to get my timing back and continue to improve.”
Marmol was curious to see the net mental effect on O’Neill of Tuesday’s up-and-down twinbill.
“It’s going to be a matter of him waking up tomorrow morning, and you can respond two ways,” the first-year manager said. “He can give in, or he could keep pushing.
“I bet on him responding well,” he added.
Giovanny Gallegos allowed one-out singles to Dominic Smith and Luis Guillorme in the ninth, then struck out Mark Canha and Francisco Lindor for his seventh save.
Paul Goldschmidt had three hits in the nightcap as St. Louis played its first doubleheader this year. He also homered in the opener, but Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith helped New York chip away at Miles Mikolas, and Trevor Williams was sharp in a spot start as the Mets won 3-1.
New York tied the late game on McNeil’s RBI single with one out in the eighth – one batter after Escobar reached on a dropped third strike. Ryan Helsley (2-0) got Escobar to whiff at a breaking ball, but catcher Andrew Knizner also missed it with a stab in the dirt.
Mets leadoff man Brandon Nimmo ended a 26-game on-base streak in the opener and left the nightcap after fouling a ball off his right leg. Manager Buck Showalter said Nimmo had a bruised right quad and was day-to-day.
Canha and Escobar gave New York early leads with solo homers in Game 2, but St. Louis erased them with Goldschmidt’s first RBI double and Tommy Edman’s RBI triple.
Goldschmidt made it 3-2 with another double in the fifth against Mets starter Taijuan Walker, who gave up three runs in five innings.
Mikolas (3-2) entered with a 1.49 ERA but allowed a season-high three runs (two earned) over six innings.
“A lot of good at-bats,” Showalter said. “We didn’t strike out a whole lot off him until later on. He’s a good one. He’s got a lot of weapons.”
St. Louis put two runners on against Edwin Diaz in the ninth, but the Mets closer struck out Harrison Bader swinging to earn his ninth save.
Jake Reed (1-0) walked two of his first three hitters but pitched two scoreless innings in his 2022 debut.
Mets: OF Starling Marte was placed on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother. … RHP Jacob deGrom had a follow-up MRI on Monday that showed progressive healing of the stress reaction in his right scapula. The team said he will continue to ramp up his throwing. … RHP Steve Nogosek was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and RHP Adonis Medina was added as the 27th player for the doubleheader. … Reed was optioned to Triple-A between games, and INF Gosuke Katoh was promoted.
Cardinals RHP Jordan Hicks (1-3, 4.15 ERA) faces Mets RHP Max Scherzer (4-1, 2.66) in the third game of the four-game series Wednesday night.
Houston rockets: Astros hit 5 HRs in 2nd, rout Red Sox 13-4
BOSTON (AP) Red Sox starter Nathan Eolvaldi needed just five pitches to get the Astros out in order in the first inning Tuesday night.
Houston responded by hitting five home runs off him as part of a nine-run second to tie the MLB record for most homers in an inning, ending his night on its way to routing Boston 13-4.
Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Jeremy Pena, Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel all went deep for the Astros, who set a franchise mark for homers in an inning. It has happened seven other times in league history.
Tucker added his second homer of the night and seventh of the season in the fourth inning – a grand slam off Tyler Danish – as Houston won for the 13th time in 15 games.
“Just some days you’re swinging it,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “It was our day today.”
Jose Urquidy (3-1) allowed 12 hits and four runs, including homers to Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez, but lasted five innings to record the victory.
Eovaldi (1-2) became the third pitcher in major league history to surrender five homers in an inning, joining Chase Anderson (Sept. 17, 2020 vs Yankees) and Michael Blazek (July 28, 2017 vs. Nationals).
Eovaldi’s line: 1 2/3 innings, eight hits, nine runs (six earned) and five home runs over 39 pitches.
It was a particularly special night for Pena, a rookie who grew up in Rhode Island and played at Maine. His first game as a spectator at Fenway was in the 2018 playoffs Boston beat Houston in the ALCS. Tuesday was his first game actually playing in a game at the park.
“I knew I hit it hard. I didn’t know if it was hard enough to get over the Monster,” he said.
The team didn’t hear about the record until afterward.
“We have a great ballclub and we know that. We know we can do damage,” Pena said.
Devers put Boston in front 1-0 when he jumped on Urquidy’s 95 mph fastball and drove it over the center field wall for his seventh homer of the season.
Things quickly fell apart for Boston from there.
Alvarez led off the second with a blast to center to tie it up.
Gurriel hit a grounder to third, but Devers’ throw was mishandled by first baseman Franchy Cordero, allowing Gurriel aboard.
Tucker then connected on an Eovaldi fastball and drilled his sixth homer of the season over the right field fence.
Pena made it back-to-back homers when he sent a line drive into the seats in left center.
Eovaldi finally retired his first batter of the inning when Jose Siri flied out to right.
Martin Maldonado was next and singled, followed by a double by Jose Altuve. Brantley then cleared the bases with his homer to right that pushed the lead to 7-1.
Alex Bregman grounded out, but Alvarez kept the inning alive with a single.
Gurriel ended Eovaldi’s night when he hit the fifth and final homer of the inning to center.
“I had the quick first inning, and tried to do the same thing in the second inning, and they didn’t miss,” Eovaldi said.
Boston cut into the lead in the third after a two-run home run by J.D. Martinez.
But after having a double-play overturned on review, followed by an error by Devers that allowed Alvarez to reach on a fielder’s choice, Houston loaded the bases.
Tucker promptly cleared them with a grand slam that made it 13-3.
Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi was placed on the 15-day IL with lower leg discomfort. He left Monday’s game on a stretcher after he collapsed awkwardly after throwing the final pitch of the fifth inning. RHP Seth Martinez was recalled from Triple-A (Sugar Land) to take his place on the active roster. Odorizzi had an MRI on the leg, but the team hasn’t disclosed the specific injury.
According to MLB.com, since 1974 when inning-by-inning data started, no Red Sox pitcher had given up more than three homers in an inning.
Astros: RHP Luis Garcia (3-1, 2.94 ERA) tossed five scoreless innings in his last start vs. Detroit, allowing five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts. He faced Boston three times last season, once in the regular season and twice in the ALCS. His last start in Game 6 he went 5 1/3 innings and allowed only one hit in the series clincher.
Red Sox: RHP Nick Pivetta (1-4, 5.08) has a 2.45 ERA in his last four starts after posting a 10.03 ERA in his first three outings.
Phillies’ Harper out against Padres after injection in elbow
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper did not start for the Philadelphia Phillies in Tuesday’s game against San Diego and the reigning NL MVP could miss at least one more game as he recovers from a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow.
Harper had the injection Sunday because of a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow that forced the slugging right fielder to play only as Philadelphia’s designated hitter. Harper has lingering soreness and hoped he could return for Wednesday or Thursday’s game against the Padres. Harper will remain as DH whenever he returns. Of his 34 games, he’s played in his usual right field spot just eight times.
Harper said before Tuesday’s game he didn’t think he would feel “an improvement for about seven to 10 days or so.”
He won NL player of the week honors for batting .609 (14-for-23) with three homers, six doubles, eight RBIs and a 1.904 OPS in six games. Harper missed Sunday’s game against the Dodgers.
“I think the biggest thing is, I can hit, as of right now,” Harper said. “We’re going to take our time with it. Make sure it heals properly, and hopefully takes. I think we’re a little bit aways from being where I can be out there playing right field, throwing a baseball the right way. The way that I want to. It helps that I can hit and we’ll stick with that for now.”
Harper said the “main goal” is to return to right field. The 29-year-old star is batting .305 with nine home runs, 14 doubles, 27 RBIs, and an NL-best .634 slugging percentage.
“I’m very lucky it’s not my left arm,” Harper said.
The Phillies returned home Tuesday from a 5-2 road trip against Seattle and the Dodgers.
Phillies manager Joe Girardi said Harper has a “number of weeks” of no throwing ahead of him.
Mets’ deGrom progressing, Marte to bereavement list
NEW YORK (AP) Mets ace Jacob deGrom had follow-up imaging that showed progressive healing in the stress reaction in his right scapula, and New York says he will continue to ramp up his throwing.
The Mets also announced Tuesday that outfielder Starling Marte had been added to the bereavement list, with right-hander Steve Nogosek recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and righty Adonis Medina added as the 27th player for a doubleheader against St. Louis.
DeGrom has not pitched this season and has been expected to be sidelined at least until June. The Mets shifted the two-time Cy Young Award winner to the 60-day injured list last week. He went on the IL opening day, April 7, after injuring his right shoulder blade late in an abbreviated spring training. He underwent imaging again on Monday.
Tiger Woods says he’s all about majors, a Mickelson rebuke
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tiger Woods is all about majors and legacy, a point he drove home Tuesday in a sharp rebuke of Phil Mickelson and his support of a Saudi-funded golf venture that led to Lefty not defending his title at the PGA Championship.
Even as Woods resumes a remarkable return from a car crash 15 months ago that nearly led to his right leg being amputated, the PGA Championship cannot escape the absence of Mickelson and speculation about who might sign up for Greg Norman’s new Saudi-backed golf series.
Woods said he has not tried to reach out to Mickelson since his self-imposed hiatus from golf three months ago, mainly because of their difference of opinion on how golf should be run.
“I understand different viewpoints, but I believe in legacies. I believe in major championships. I believe in big events, comparisons to historical figures of the past,” Woods said.
“There’s plenty of money out here,” he said. “The tour is growing. But it’s just like any other sport – it’s like tennis – you have to go out there and earn it. You’ve got to go out there and play for it. We have opportunity to go ahead and do it. It’s just not guaranteed up front.”
That was a reference to some of the Public Investment Fund money out of Saudi Arabia being offered to players to join Norman and his LIV Golf Investments. According to various reports out of Britain, some top players were being offered more than the $120 million Woods has made in career PGA Tour earnings.
Mickelson showed his hand in two interviews published in February. He accused the PGA Tour of “obnoxious greed” while playing in Saudi Arabia, and more incendiary comments followed when Alan Shipnuck published an excerpt of his unauthorized biography on Mickelson.
Mickelson said the Saudis were “scary mother-(expletives) to get involved with,” and then dismissed its human rights atrocities – such as the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi – by saying it was worth it to gain leverage to make changes on the PGA Tour.
He also said he didn’t care if the Saudi league failed, as long as the tour made changes he wanted.
Mickelson decided last Friday he would not play at Southern Hills, missing out on a chance to be celebrated for his historic win last year at Kiawah Island when at age 50 he became golf’s oldest major champion.
He is the first PGA champion not to defend since Woods was recovering from knee surgery in 2008 and skipped Oakland Hills.
“It’s always disappointing when the defending champion is not here,” Woods said. “Phil has said some things that I think a lot of us who are committed to the tour and committed to the legacy of the tour have pushed back against, and he’s taken some personal time, and we all understand that. But I think that some of his views on how the tour could be run, should be run, been a lot of disagreement there.”
“He’s just taking his time and we all wish him the best when he comes back.”
Woods, meanwhile, is back and more optimistic than he was a month ago at the Masters. He said those who are close to him were thrilled to see him walk all 72 holes at Augusta National, his first time walking while competing since the Feb. 23, 2021, accident in Los Angeles that shattered bones in his right leg and ankle.
All he could think about the day after was a bad putting week that led to a 78-78 weekend.
“I did not see it that way Monday,” he said. “I was a little ticked I didn’t putt well, and felt like I was hitting it good enough and I wish I had the stamina.”
He said the Monday after the Masters was a tough day of recovery, and then he went right back to work trying to gain strength and endurance.
“It’s better than the last time I played a tournament, which is good,” Woods said.
He is the defending PGA champion at Southern Hills, having won by two shots in 2007 for his 13th of what is now 15 majors. And he barely recognized the course after a restoration project that brought back a few meandering creeks and returned the edges of the putting surfaces so they funnel shots away from the green.
The bigger challenge is the players he is trying to beat, which make up the strongest field of the majors. Woods is 46, and Mickelson showed a year ago that age is only a number. However, Mickelson had been playing a full schedule all along. Woods, with his injuries, would appear to be limited to the four majors this year at most.
One help is the nature of the walk. Augusta National is among the toughest in golf. Southern Hills features a sharp drop from the first and 10th tees and tough climb at the end of each nine. Otherwise, it’s a relatively gentle stroll.
“Figured the first mountain you climbed was Everest. That’s the steepest golf course you’re going to play and that was the first one you climbed, and climbed it,” Woods said. “It’s going to get flatter and better.”
He still struggles on certain days. He said it’s never as easy as it might look.
“But I feel like I’m doing better,” he said. “I’m having more days which are better, more positive.”
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Former Hoosier Ray Pavy Passes Away
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Athletics and its Men’s Basketball program is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most inspirational players who suited up for the Hoosiers, Ray Pavy. The New Castle native played 18 games as a sophomore, but was paralyzed in an automobile crash over Labor Day Weekend in 1961. He was 80 years old.
“Ray was beloved friend to so many around the IU Athletic Department, and I will personally miss him enormously,” said IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson. “I always looked forward to seeing him every summer at our men’s basketball reunions and catching up, as well as at so many of our basketball games in years past. While his IU playing career was cut short prematurely due to a tragic auto accident, he’s very much been an integral part of our IU Basketball family for the last 60 years. No one has represented the program any better during those 60 years than Ray. I want to extend my deepest condolences to Karen and the entire Pavy family.”
Pavy was an Indiana All-Star along with future teammate Jimmy Rayl, whom he battled in a legendary high school contest against Kokomo. Rayl scored 49 points, but Pavy notched 51 and led New Castle to an 11-point win. Pavy would score 1,190 points in his high school career.
Hall of Fame Coach Branch McCracken offered him a scholarship and Pavy enrolled at IU in the fall of 1959 and played freshman ball for Coach Gene Ring and earned a varsity letter as a sophomore in 1961 when he played in 18 games and averaged 2.5 points.
Following his accident with assistance from IU President Herman B Wells, his fraternity brothers and his professors, Pavy continued to push forward and earned his degree from Indiana in 1965. He missed a full year of school while recovering and is believed to be the first student regularly used a wheelchair at IU. Wells helped Pavy with the challenge of using facilities that were not handicapped accessible by having his classes on the first floor of a building or somewhere that Pavy could use a freight elevator to get to a classroom.
Pavy accomplished his goal of becoming a high school basketball coach in 1966 at Sulphur Springs where he led his team to a Sectional tile, just the fourth for the school in 17 years. He was then hired to coach Shenendoah, a consolidation of Sulphur Springs, Cadiz and Middletown where he stayed for six seasons, winning two more Sectional titles.
Pavy returned to New Castle to teach children with disabilities and serve as an assistant basketball coach. He later would become Assistant Superintendent in that District, a position he would hold for 31 years. He would earn a Master’s degree and his Doctorate from Ball State.
He was inducted in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990 where he was longtime Executive Board member, treasurer and supporter. He also received due recognition from Ball State University, winning the Disabled Student Development’s Outstanding Alumnus Award. IU honored him with the Z.G. Clevenger Award in 1992 and the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2017.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, and a son, Sam and daughter, Dori.
Services are pending.
Indians Pitching Silences Toledo
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians pitching staffed combined for 12 strikeouts and a two-hit shutout of the Toledo Mud Hens to begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday night, 7-0.
The Indians (18-17) surrendered doubles in the fifth and eighth innings for the only Toledo (19-16) hits on the night. It was their third shutout this season and first since taking a no-no into the ninth inning on April 26 at Iowa.
After Osvaldo Bido opened the game in the first inning, Cody Bolton (W, 1-1) entered in the second and fanned six batters through 4.0 one-hit innings. Cam Vieaux, Hunter Stratton and Yerry De Los Santos then combined for five strikeouts in the final four frames.
Following a leadoff double off the bat of Mason Martin in the second inning, Cal Mitchell roped his first of two RBI singles to plate the first Indianapolis run. Three consecutive two-out singles in the third inning by Ji-Hwan Bae, Martin and Mitchell extended the Indians lead, 3-0.
Indianapolis opened the floodgates in the eighth inning thanks to free passes by the Mud Hens pitching staff. A wild pitch, two passed balls, three walks and a timely Carter Bins two-run single plated four and extended the Indians’ lead, 7-0.
Joey Wentz (L, 0-2) got the start for Toledo and surrendered three earned runs with five strikeouts in as many innings. The Indians recorded at least one hit off each of Toledo’s five pitchers, erupting for 11 total in the win.
Bae, Martin, Mitchell and Bins all registered two-hit performances in the contest. Mitchell led the offense with three RBI, and Bins followed with two off his RBI single in the eighth.
The Indians and Mud Hens will face off again tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 PM ET at Victory Field. RHP Roansy Contreras (0-0, 2.45) vs. RHP Matt Manning (0-0, 1.35).
Game Recap: Dream Beat Fever on Tuesday Night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
INDIANAPOLIS – The Atlanta Dream won the second straight game against the Indiana Fever on Tuesday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Atlanta led wire-to-wire in the second of four meetings this year to win, 101-79.
Victoria Vivians finished with a season-high 16 points and matched a season-best six rebounds. Queen Egbo set a new career-high with 12 points and Danielle Robinson finished with 12 as the remaining Fever players to score in double figures.
Emily Engstler earned the first start in her WNBA career and set a new career-best with 10 rebounds to go along with seven points.
Lexie Hull came off the bench to have her highest scoring mark this season, while Destanni Henderson went 3-of-4 from 3-point range to match her best shooting night from beyond the arc this season.
Tuesday night also snapped Kelsey Mitchell’s streak of 28 straight games scoring at least 10 points dating back to 2021.
Atlanta finished with four players in double figures as the Dream shot 54 percent from the floor, went 10-of-22 from 3-point range and knocked down 23 of 26 free throws. Rhyne Howard led Atlanta again with 19 points, while Cheyenne Parker added 15 of her 17 points in the first half alone.
The Fever return to the floor at Connecticut on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. Friday’s game will be streamed on the official Indiana Fever Facebook page in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
Indiana will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to welcome back the 2012 WNBA title team on Sunday afternoon against the Sun. Players and staff from the team who helped capture the first title in franchise history will be recognized on the court throughout Sunday’s game at 2 p.m. ET. Tickets are still available to purchase by visiting FeverBasketball.com.
Fans are encouraged to wear red to the game to commemorate the ‘Red Out’ during Game 4 of the WNBA Finals when Indiana eliminated the Minnesota Lynx.
PACERS IN TOP 10 FOR NBA DEAFT
The Pacers landed the #6 overall pick in the NBA Draft Lottery. This is their first single-digit pick since 1989.
Indiana had a 10.5% chance to receive the first overall pick, which went to the Orlando Magic.
The ping pong balls will determine a lot for the Pacers, who went 25-57. They have a 10.5% chance to get the No. 1 pick, 42.1% for a top 4 pick, then 2.2%, 19.6%, 26.7%, 8.7%, .6% for spots 5 through 9.
COLTS SIGN LINDSAY
The Cols have signed former Denver, Houston and Miami RB Phillip Lindsay to a one-year deal. Lindsay made Denver’s roster as an undrafted free agent and immediately became a rookie sensation for the Broncos, piling up 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns on just 192 carries to make the Pro Bowl. Lindsay followed that up with a 1,011-yard season and seven scores in 2019,
A Grand Comeback
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Exactly one year to the day from surgery, redshirt-sophomore David Platt earned the victory on the mound as he tossed a scoreless top of the eighth inning versus Illinois State and then watched as the offense scored seven runs in the bottom of the frame to rally for a 12-7 victory on Tuesday (May 17) at Bart Kaufman Field.
In the final home game of the season, Illinois State (19-27) scored the first three runs of the game with two in the third and one in the fourth, before Indiana (24-27) got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the fourth. Two Redbird runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings was offset by one Hoosier run in the fifth and two in the sixth. Sitting at 7-5 in favor of ISU after a scoreless seventh inning, Indiana put up seven runs in the eighth to rally for the win.
While it was redshirt-junior Matt Ellis’ grand slam that capped the scoring in the seventh, freshman Brock Tibbitts’ infield single with two outs that gave Indiana its first lead of the game just before the blast. Tibbitts had the one RBI in the eighth to go along with two runs scored and two walks, while Ellis drove in six and added a double earlier in the game.
All nine starters reached base at least once in the game as Ellis, senior Phillip Glasser and junior Hunter Jessee each posted two-hit games. Jessee scored three runs and stole one base, while Glasser added a stolen base, run scored and two RBIs in the contest.
Seven pitchers combined to allowed seven runs on 15 hits for Indiana, with four of them throwing scoreless innings. Freshman Luke Hayden tossed a scoreless first inning, while three relievers each tossed scoreless innings to close out the game. Junior Nathan Stahl allowed two hits in his scoreless inning, before Platt (1-0) fired a scoreless inning to earn the win. Freshman Ryan Kraft struck out the side in the ninth to close the door on the victory.
For Illinois State, Nick Gile and Luke Cheng each collected three hits and Jake McCaw and Kayden Beauregard chipped in two hits apiece. Cheng scored three times, while Gile and McCaw each drove in two RBIs. Erik Kubiatowicz (3-4) was the tough-luck loser with three runs allowed on two walks and one hit batter in one-third of an inning.
Scoring Recap – Game One
Back-to-back doubles started the inning and opened the scoring, before a Jake McCaw sacrifice fly plated the second run of the inning.
Illinois State 2, at Indiana 0
With two outs and a runner on second, Kayden Beauregard singled to plate the run.
Illinois State 3, at Indiana 0
A single by Hunter Jessee, hit-by-pitch to Carter Mathison and error on ISU loaded the bases with one out for Indiana. Matthew Ellis grounded out to score the first run of the game and Evan Goforth reached on an infield single to drive in the second run of the inning.
Illinois State 3, at Indiana 2
The first three batters reached base as a single and two walks loaded the bases. After two outs, Nick Gile’s base hit scored a pair of runs.
Illinois State 5, at Indiana 2
Jessee singled and stole second base with one out and Phillip Glasser singled to bring him around to score.
Illinois State 5, at Indiana 3
Three singled loaded the bases with one out and a wild pitch allowed the first run to score. McCaw then singled to drive in the second run of the inning.
Illinois State 7, at Indiana 3
Brock Tibbitts singled and Ellis brought him home with a double down the right-field line. A wild pitch moved Ellis to third and Tyler Doanes plated the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Illinois State 7, at Indiana 5
Ten batters came to the plate in the inning and seven of them scored. An out started the inning in front of two walks and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Jessee and Glasser followed with walks to push the first two runs across. After the second out was recorded, Tibbitts beat out an infield single to shortstop to give IU the lead, 8-7, in front of Ellis’ grand slam.
at Indiana 12, Illinois State 7
The final weekend of the regular season will take the Hoosiers to Iowa City for a three-game series at Iowa. The two teams will kick off the series on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. ET.
Indiana Sits 12th After 36 Holes
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Indiana men’s golf team moved up one spot in the team standings during the second round of play at the 2022 NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional.
The Hoosiers shot a 16-over 304 at the PGA National Resort – Champion Course on Tuesday to climb into 12th place.
The third-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores hold a firm grasp on the top spot in the team standings after compiling a two-round score of 567 (285-282; -9). No. 22 Florida State (576; E) made a strong push after going 9-under as a team during the second round. The Seminoles are two strokes ahead of No. 10 Florida (578; +2). No. 40 South Florida (582; +6) and College of Charleston (586; +10) round out the top five teams in the standings.
NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional • Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
PGA National Resort – Champion Course
Par 72 • 7048 yards
Live Scoring via GolfStat
Team Standings: 12th/14 – 612 (308-304; +36)
Top Indiana Player: Ethan Shepherd – 153 (80-73; +9) & Evan Yakubov – 153 (77-76; +9)
• Fifth-year senior Ethan Shepherd played the best scorecard of the IU lineup after shooting a 1-over 73 on the day. He strung together nine-straight pars to begin his round before notching back-to-back birdies on No. 10 and 11.
• Fifth-year senior Evan Yakubov shot a 4-over 76 in the second round. The Columbus, Ohio, native dropped an eagle on No. 10, the first for the Hoosiers and 15th overall in the tournament. He also connected on back-to-back birdies on No. 6 and 7.
• Senior Harry Reynolds played the second round in place of sophomore Clay Merchent and shot a 5-over 77, the third-best round of the Indiana lineup. His scorecard consisted of birdies on No. 3 and No. 10.
• Senior Mitch Davis played a scorecard of 6-over 78 on Tuesday with a birdie on No. 2. Davis finished the day with pars on eight of his final 10 holes.
• Sophomore Drew Salyers fired a 6-over 78 during the round on Tuesday with birdies on No. 2 and No. 10.
• The top five teams (30 teams total) and the low individual not on an advancing team from each regional site (six individuals total) will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 27-June 1 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS
t-43rd. Ethan Shepherd – 153 (80-73; +9)
t-43rd. Evan Yakubov – 153 (77-76; +9)
t-56th. Mitch Davis – 155 (77-78; +11)
t-68th. Drew Salyers – 159 (81-78; +15)
— Clay Merchent* – 74 (+2)
— Harry Reynolds** – 77 (+5)
*Subbed out in the second round
**Subbed in for second round
TOP FIVE TEAMS (AFTER ROUND TWO)
1. Vanderbilt – 567 (285-282; -9)
2. Florida State – 576 (297-279; E)
3. Florida – 578 (294-284; +2)
4. South Florida – 582 (290-292; +6)
5. College of Charleston – 586 (294-292; +10)
TOP INDIVIDUAL ON NON-ADVANCING TEAMS (AFTER ROUND TWO)
t-4. Davis Chatfield (Notre Dame) – 141 (72-69; -3)
Indiana will be paired with arch-rival Purdue and Davidson in the third and final round of the tournament. The first group will be scheduled for an 8:55 a.m. ET start off the 10th tee box.
Purdue Moves Up One Spot at NCAA Regionals
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Purdue men’s golf team shaved six shots off its first-round score, but could only move up one team spot after 36 holes at the NCAA Regional Championships held at the PGA National Resort.
The Boilermakers totaled a day two-tally of 11-over par 299 to sit in 11th place after 36 holes at 28-over par 604 (305-299). Purdue is 18 shots off the fifth-place cutline, needing a miraculous final round to advance to the National Championships for the first time since 2017.
Vanderbilt continues to lead the field at 9-under par 567, nine shots ahead of Florida State and 11 ahead of Florida. South Florida is fourth at 6-over par while College of Charleston currently owns the No. 5 position at 10-over par 586.
Purdue is just seven shots out of seventh place, occupied by three teams (Little Rock, San Diego and Davidson).
Playing at the site of PGA Tour’s Honda Classic, second-round scores were over a half-stroke better than Monday’s opening round. The average score of the 75 golfers was 75.00 in the second round, compared to 75.63 in the first round.
Purdue was once again plagued by penalty shots as five of its six double-bogeys were a result of hitting the ball into a water hazard. Purdue has had 11 double-bogeys or worse this week as a result of hitting the ball into a hazard.
Herman Sekne and Joe Weiler lead Purdue through 36 holes at 6-over par 150. Andrew Farraye is tied for 43rd at 9-over par 153, while Cole Bradley is tied for 50th at 10-over par 154. Nick Dentino is tied for 63rd at 13-over par 157.
Purdue will tee off hole No. 10 in Wednesday’s final round, starting at 8:55 a.m. ET, and be paired with Davidson and Indiana.
Purdue Fort Wayne Secures 4-2 Win Over @ButlerUBaseball
INDIANAPOLIS – The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons recorded a 4-2 win over Butler on Tuesday afternoon to collect their 17th win of the season. Braxton Wilson was credited with the win and Rex Stills picked up the save.
PFW scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the third inning. Nelis doubled to right centerfield to score Lang and the game-tying run would come home on a single to left. The difference in this once was a two-RBI double to right from Hahn that scored both Stewart and Fitzpatrick.
Butler scored in the second on an RBI groundout from Kyle Van Liere. They doubled their lead in the top of the third on a single to left from Kollyn All that sent Travis Holt around to score.
Holt and Garret Gray supplied the ‘Dawgs with four of their six total hits. Purdue Fort Wayne matched BU with six hits of their own.
Starter John MacCauley gave up four hits in three innings of work. He struck out three and walked five. Alex Voss came in to provide 3.2 innings of relief. He struck out five and only walked two. The final four outs of the game went to Greg Gilbert. The right-hander struck out two of the four batters he faced.
Butler will return to Indianapolis to face Seton Hall in a three-game series that gets underway on Thursday. First pitch for both Thursday and Friday is set for 4 PM.
Butler Assistant Coach Stacey Goyette Tabbed to Lead Earlham Softball Program
RICHMOND – The Earlham College athletic department is excited to announce Stacey Goyette as the leader of the new softball program coming to campus.
Goyette brings experience ranging from NCAA Division I through high school and travel softball. She most recently has served as an assistant coach with Butler University as the pitching coach. With the Bulldogs, Goyette has been a part of three Big East Conference tournament teams (2017, 2021, 2022). The Bulldogs recorded a record of 31-17 in 2022 and finished in second place in the conference regular season standings.
Goyette’s pitchers have enjoyed success in competition under her guidance. Alyssa Graves was named a unanimous Big East Pitcher of the Year by the conference in 2022. She recorded an ERA of 1.12 in conference games and held her opponents to a .164 batting average with a 10-0 record. Goyette’s pitchers recorded the lowest ERA and ranked in the top two for strikeouts in the Big East Conference for both 2020 and 2021.
Before rejoining her alma mater in 2016, Goyette was the head softball coach of Shenandoah High School in Middletown, Ind. where she served for six years. In 2014, her squad won the IHSSA sectionals.
A graduate of Butler University, Goyette earned a plethora of awards as a player on the diamond. In 1993, Goyette was named first team All-MCC and placed on the MCC tournament team after leading the conference in batting average and doubles for the season. She was named to the conference second team in 1992 and had the highest batting average of the Bulldogs that season.
Parkinson Selects Kristin Wodrich as Assistant Coach
INDIANAPOLIS – Butler women’s basketball head coach Austin Parkinson finalized his coaching staff on Tuesday afternoon by hiring Kristin Wodrich as an assistant. Wodrich spent the previous six seasons at UIndy as the head coach for the Greyhounds.
“I am so thrilled Kristin is joining our staff and I get the opportunity to coach with her again,” Parkinson explained. “Having been a head coach the last six years, she has unique knowledge and perspective that she can bring to our program. Her character and values align with those of Butler, and I’ve always admired her ability to build genuine relationships with the players. It will be fun talking strategy again daily as she has a great mind for player development and game prep.”
Wodrich guided UIndy to 76 wins during her stint as the head coach. She coached 12 all-conference players (GLVC) including four first team selections.
“I am grateful for this opportunity,” Wodrich stated. “I enjoyed coaching with Austin at IUPUI and am excited to get to work. I am thrilled to be a part of the Butler family.”
After earning her first head coaching position in the spring of 2016, Wodrich guided the Greyhounds to a seven-win improvement in 2016-17. UIndy compiled a 17-14 mark overall, culminating in an appearance in the GLVC Tournament semifinals.
Defense was the Greyhounds’ calling card in Wodrich’s debut season. UIndy surrendered just 60.2 points per game, the 58th-best average in all of Division II. The Greyhounds held opponents to 60 points or fewer in 17 of their 31 games on the year.
Wodrich guided the Greyhounds to one of their best seasons in 2019-20, posting a 19-10 overall record that resulted in receiving the sixth seed in the GLVC Tournament. The record marked the highest win total during Wodrich’s tenure, including the team’s 12-8 record within the conference.
Wodrich came up with signature wins during her time at UIndy. On Jan. 26, 2017, the Greyhounds recorded an 80-65 win over No. 11-ranked Bellarmine, snapping a 17-game losing streak against nationally-ranked opponents. It was the first of two wins over a nationally-ranked conference rivals, as the Greyhounds dominated No. 21 Southern Indiana in a 66-48 win in the quarterfinals of the GLVC Tournament.
A native of Avon, Ind., Wodrich took the head job at UIndy after spending the previous three years as an assistant coach at IUPUI. Wodrich served as the recruiting coordinator under Parkinson, as well as the academic liaison, head of guard player development and the manager of opponent scouting responsibilities.
“From a recruiting standpoint, she not only has deep ties in the state of Indiana and Midwest, but also has strong connections on the East Coast as well,” Parkinson added.
With Wodrich on staff, the Jaguars recorded a 59-37 record, setting a then single-season program mark with 23 wins in 2013-14. Following a 15-16 season in 2014-15, the Jags finished 21-11 in 2015-16, which included a trip to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).
Prior to returning home to Central Indiana, Wodrich served as the head assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), from 2011-13. While assisting head coach Phil Stern, Wodrich had a number of duties at UMBC, including serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator, head of player development, lead opponent scout, academic liaison and head of alumni relations.
Before joining the UMBC staff, she assisted head coach Bill Gibbons at the College of Holy Cross in 2010-11 where she helped with scouting, recruiting, practice planning, guard development and video coordination.
Wodrich broke into the coaching community in July 2008 when she was named a graduate assistant at Texas Tech University, where she assisted with the day-to-day operations, video responsibilities and the organization of summer camps. She graduated from Texas Tech with her Master’s degree in sport management in 2010.
As a player at UMBC, Wodrich was a four-year letter winner for the Retrievers from 2004-2008 and helped guide the team to the 2007 America East Championship and a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament. She graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in broadcast communications and exercise physiology.
Cardinals Travel to RedHawks to Conclude Regular Season
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team takes to the road for the last time in the regular season for a Mid-American Conference matchup with Miami. The Cardinals and RedHawks are scheduled to start the series on Thursday, May 19, followed by a doubleheader on Friday, May 20, and a final game on Saturday, May 21.
Ball State is coming off its first series split of the season against Ohio. The Cardinals enter with a 34-17 overall record and a 28-7 mark in league play, while the RedHawks have a 23-29 overall record and are 18-18 in conference games.
Zach Cole is tied for first in the NCAA with eight triples on the season and that is more that 78 NCAA DI teams. He is tied for the single season record for triples in Ball State history. He currently leads the team with a .678 slugging percentage. He is second on the team with a .336 batting average and is second with 10 home runs. He has scored 40 runs, driven in 34, stole seven bases, and has hit six doubles.
The Wright Stuff
Last week, Amir Wright earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. Wright has reached base safely in 50 of the 51 games this season. He leads the team with 48 runs scored and leads the team with a .364 batting average. He is tied for fifth in the NCAA with six triples. He has 30 walks, 30 RBIs, nine stolen bases, nine doubles, and two home runs. Wright is currently 13th in the nation as the toughest to strikeout and leads the MAC with a strikeout average of 15.0. He has struck out just 13 times in 195 at bats.
Rich Maloney won his 900th game as a head coach at NIU earlier this season. He moved his win total to 911 after a 2-2 series against Ohio. He is currently ranked 16th among active NCAA DI coaches. He is currently ranked 120th in all-time wins across all divisions. He is 83rd among NCAA DI coaches all-time.
The Cardinal offense features 12 guys that have combined for 62 home runs. BSU is tied for 65th in the NCAA in home runs and is third in the MAC. The team has produced 335 RBIs and has produced 363 runs.
Above Average Hitters
Nick Powell has bolstered a .308 batting average. He is second on the team with 39 RBIs. Powell has scored 44 runs. He is second on the team in doubles with 14 and has hit four home runs. He has added two triples and has drawn 15 walks. Trenton Quartermaine is fourth on the team with a .304 batting average. He leads the team with 14 home runs and is fourth in the MAC. He paces the team in RBIs with 57, which is tied for 39th in the nation and is second in the MAC. He has the second-best slugging percentage of the Ball State attack with a .586 mark. He is third on the team with 12 doubles. Quartermaine has been walked 31 times.
Sam Klein solidified his role as a closer as he has nine saves, which is tied for 26th in the NCAA and leads the MAC. He has struck out 37 batters in 26 1/3 innings on the mound. Opponents are hitting just .156 against him.
The Cardinal pitching staff is eighth in the NCAA with 7.55 hits allowed per nine innings, which leads the MAC. The Ball State pitching staff is tied for 20th in the NCAA and leads the MAC in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.4.
Meet the Pitching Staff
Tyler Schweitzer leads the team with nine wins and bolsters a 9-2 record. He has tallied a team-high 94 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .194 against him. He bolsters an ERA of 2.48 and a WHIP of 1.05. Schweitzer is expected to get the start in game one against Miami. Ty Johnson is the scheduled starter in game two and enters with a 7-3 record. Johnson has tallied 65 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings of work with an ERA of 5.29 and a WHIP of 1.13. He has held opponents to a .220 batting average. Trennor O’Donnell is projected to get the start in game three against Miami and enters the weekend with a 5-2 record. He has produced 60 strikeouts and a 5.93 ERA in 54 2/3 innings. He has a WHIP of 1.46. Ryan Brown, Nate Dohm, Ty Weatherly, and Casey Bargo have 20 or more strikeouts with 52, 42, 32, and 24, respectively.
Possible Starting Matchups (subject to change)
Thursday: Tyler Schweitzer (LHP) vs. Jonathan Brand (RHP)
Friday: Ty Johnson (RHP) vs. Zach Maxey (RHP)
Friday: Trennor O’Donnell (RHP) vs. Luke Leverton (RHP)
Saturday: TBA vs. Brady McLean (LHP)
Thursday: 3 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m.
Friday: 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m.
*Times and locations are subject to change
Cardinals vs. RedHawks: The Series
Ball State enters the weekend with a 71-78 record against Miami. The Cardinals swept the four-game series last season in Muncie. Ball State is 28-45 in games played at Miami. Under Head Coach Rich Maloney, the Cardinals are 29-17 against the RedHawks.
Jonathan Brand is expected to start game one for the RedHawks and enters with an 8-1 record. He is currently second in the NCAA with an ERA of 1.12, which leads the MAC. He has struck out 81 batters in 72 1/3 innings of work. He has held opponents to a .191 batting average and has produced a WHIP of 1.05. Zach Maxey is slated to get the ball in game two and enters with a 4-2 mark. He has 55 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings on the mound and has an ERA of 2.38. He has a WHIP of 1.24 and opponents are hitting .234 against him. Luke Leverton is projected to get the start in game three and has a 1-5 record on the season. He has 32 strikeouts, an ERA of 4.61, and a WHIP of 1.37 in 41 innings. Opponents are hitting .250 against him. Brady McLean is the probable game four starter. He has a 2-1 mark with 35 2/3 innings of work. He has 31 strikeouts, a WHIP of 1.79, and an ERA of 6.56. Opponents are batting .320 off him. The Miami attack is led by Benji Brokemond with a .355 batting average. He has produced 35 runs scored, 25 RBIs, nine doubles, four triples, and one home run with 14 walks. Zach MacDonald is second on the squad with a .308 batting average. He leads the RedHawks with 10 home runs and in runs scored with 39. He has notched 30 RBIs, eight doubles, and one triple. Cole Andrews leads the team with 52 RBIs and is hitting .296.
OFFENSIVE OUTBURST LEADS #8 IRISH PAST NORTHWESTERN, 14-4
EVANSTON, Ill. — The eighth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (32-11) finished off their non-conference schedule with an emphatic 14-4 run-rule victory over Northwestern (22-26) Tuesday afternoon at Rocky & Berenice Miller Park. The Irish finished with a 17-2 record in non-conference games this season with the win and were 6-1 against Big 10 opponents.
The Irish broke the game open with four-straight crooked numbers starting in the second inning. They scored four in the second, three in the third, four in the fourth and two in the fifth to put the game out of reach early. All nine starters had hits for the Irish and David LaManna led the team with three hits for the game. LaManna, Jack Zyska and Jack Brannigan led the team with three runs and Zack Prajzner had a team-high four RBI.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish got the scoring going in the second as four runs crossed the plate in the frame. The Irish began the inning with four-straight hits to score the first run of the game. Jack Penney singled to left with the bases loaded to score Jack Zyska and open the scoring. After the first out of the inning, Spencer Myers singled to left and scored two runs on the play. Ryan Cole pushed the final run of the inning home after his single to left scored Penney. The Irish finished with six hits in the inning and led 4-0.
The bats stayed hot in the third as they put three more runs on the scoreboard. After a leadoff walk to Zyska, LaManna doubled down the right field line and Zyska scored from first. Jack Brannigan doubled into the gap in right center and LaManna easily scored from second. The final run of the inning came from Brannigan as he stole home for the third time of his career. It was his eighth stolen base of the season and the Irish led 7-0.
Northwestern got a run back in the fourth but Matt Bedford came on from the pen and limited the damage. He struck out two to get out of the inning and the Wildcats only mustered one run in the inning.
Another big inning was in store for the Irish in the bottom of the fourth. With two runners on, Penney doubled into the gap in left center and both runners came home to score. Zack Prajzner stepped into the box and unloaded on a two-run home run over the wall in left to increase the Irish lead. The Irish scored four runs in the inning and led 11-1 after four.
Two more runs came home in the top of the fifth. LaManna singled to center for his third hit of the game to score Carter Putz. Later in the inning, Zyska scored on a sacrifice fly from Prajzner and the Irish led 13-3.
The final run of the game for the Irish came in the top of the seventh as Prajzner drove in his fourth run of the game with a single to left that scored DM Jefferson. The Irish did not allow a run in the bottom of the seventh to end the game via run rule at 14-4.
The Irish head south for their final ACC series of the regular season. They head into the final weekend with a showdown between the two division leaders in the ACC. The Irish lead the Atlantic Division and will square off with Miami, the leaders of the Coastal Division, in Coral Gables. The series gets under way Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET and the game will be aired nationally on ACC Network.
Sycamores host DBU to close out 2022 regular season
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State wraps up the 2022 regular season this upcoming weekend as the Sycamores welcome Dallas Baptist to Bob Warn Field for both Senior Weekend and Alumni Weekend. The three-game series is set to run from May 19-21.
Thursday and Friday’s contests will be set for 6:30 p.m. first pitches, while Saturday’s Senior Day will feature a noon start time. All three contests will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
Indiana State will recognize 2022 seniors Aaron Beck, Lane Miller, Jack Parisi, Raine Richter, Jake Ridgway, Sean Ross, Jordan Schaffer, and Keegan Watson over the weekend with the Senior Day festivities scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 21. All eight of the Sycamores will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony at Bob Warn Field prior to the noon first pitch.
Southern Illinois Recap
Indiana State struggled on the road this past weekend as the Sycamores fell in all three contests to the host Salukis at Itchy Jones Stadium in Carbondale. The Sycamores dropped 5-3, 14-3, and 7-3 decisions to extend their six-game losing streak over the weekend.
The Sycamores battled through the first game of the weekend series against the Salukis with ISU keeping the game tied at 3-3 through the first six innings, before a late two-run rally by SIU gave the home team the win. Seth Gergely, Luis Hernandez, and Randall Diaz posted multi-hit games in support of Matt Jachec’s 12th 6.0+ inning outing of the season, but ISU was unable to get the clutch hit against the SIU bullpen in the first loss.
Indiana State was unable to contain the Southern Illinois offense on Saturday afternoon as the Salukis took advantage of eight ISU walks in scoring 14 runs in the seven-inning win. Seth Gergely and Isaiah Thompson reached in all six of their plate appearances in the contest, while Joe Kido continued his strong hitting on the weekend with a two-hit day in the Sycamore loss.
The Sycamores mounted a ninth inning rally in the series finale against the Salukis on Sunday afternoon, but ISU’s rally fell just short with the tying run at the plate in the 7-3 loss. Joe Kido recorded his first collegiate three-hit game in the loss, while Keegan Watson and Randall Diaz both doubled to highlight the Sycamores at the plate.
For the weekend, Gergely posted a trio of multi-hit games, while Kido reached base safely in all three contests to pace the Sycamores offense. ISU recorded double-digit hits in two of the three games.
Scouting Dallas Baptist
Missouri Valley preseason favorite Dallas Baptist comes to Bob Warn Field for the final weekend of the 2022 regular season. The Patriots received all eight first-place votes and picked up 64 points on their way to taking the preseason recognition. DBU welcomed back six position players and seven pitchers from last season after finishing with a 41-18 overall record and advancing to the Columbia Super Regional.
Dallas Baptist (33-18, 11-7 MVC) enters the weekend series sitting third overall in the conference standings with three games to play. The Patriots could potentially reach the two-seed in next weekend’s tournament with a good weekend in Terre Haute, in an up-and-down season for DBU.
The Patriots have been stronger at home (20-9) than on the road (12-9) this season and have struggled in Missouri Valley play dropping series at Bradley and Illinois State, while also falling in two of the three games against Southern Illinois. DBU appears to be hitting its stride late in the season with the Patriots entering the weekend winning eight of their last nine games, including midweek contests against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Cole Moore (.349) and Luke Heefner (.316) have been the Patriots top hitters by average from the plate, while Ryan Wrobleski (.381) is back in action after an early season injury left him unable to play until late March. Blayne Jones (12) and Nate Rombach (10) have both hit double-digit home runs on the season, while Wrobleski (8) has come on strong with home runs in each of DBU’s last four series. Moore leads the team with 19 doubles, while Jace Grady is the speedster on the base paths with 53 runs scored while going 23-of-25 in stolen base attempts.
Pitching-wise, Jacob Meador, Chandler Arnold, and Luke Eldred are all expected to see time on the mound this weekend. Meador has posted a team-high 65.0 innings with a 7-2 record and 4.02 ERA, while Eldred is close behind at 62.2 innings and a 4.60 ERA. Arnold made the transition from bullpen star to weekend starter and boasts a 2.63 ERA with a 2-2 record on the mound.
Patriots Top Players
Jace Grady is the standout for the DBU lineup as the freshman All-American has continued his success this season. The sophomore outfielder is one of three Patriot players to start all 51 games and he leads the team with 53 runs scored, while adding 12 doubles, two triples, and eight home runs. His 33 RBI are also among the team leaders, but his speed on the base paths makes him truly stand out. His 23 stolen bases are nine more than the closest player in the MVC and he has reached base in eight of the last nine games to provide him plenty of opportunities.
Indiana State and Dallas Baptist first met back in 2011 and the two teams have played annually since DBU joined the MVC in 2014. Dallas Baptist won the first four contests in the series before ISU picked up its first win at home back on April 21, 2012, 6-3. Indiana State is 10-26 all-time against DBU with the Sycamores falling to the Patriots in five of the six contests played between the two teams last season. ISU’s lone series win against DBU came back in the 2014 season with the Sycamores winning the first and last games in the weekend series at Bob Warn Field.
Last Time against Dallas Baptist
Indiana State fell in five of the six meetings between the two teams last season with the Sycamores picking up their lone win in the series finale in Dallas, Texas on April 25 behind a five-run ninth inning in taking the 7-5 victory. DBU picked up both wins between the two teams in the MVC Tournament with the Patriots eliminating the Sycamores in the championship game.
Indiana State finished non-conference play with a 15-10 overall record following their loss at Vanderbilt. The Sycamores posted a 6-3 record in neutral site contests and a 7-2 home mark at Bob Warn Field against non-MVC opponents this season, while sitting 2-5 in true road non-conference games. Highlighting Indiana State’s non-conference schedule includes wins over BYU, Marshall, Merrimack, Minnesota (twice), Michigan, Wright State, SEMO (twice), Kansas (twice), Memphis (twice), Purdue, and Illinois.
Sycamores in the MVC
Indiana State enters the week sitting in sole possession of fifth place in the Missouri Valley regular season standings with an 8-10 mark on the year. The Sycamores sit one game back of Bradley (9-9) for the final bye in the MVC Tournament, and one game ahead of Missouri State (7-11). Southern Illinois (14-4) leads the conference heading into the final weekend, while Evansville (13-5) and Dallas Baptist (11-7) sit second and third in the standings. Illinois State (6-12) and Valparaiso (4-14) round out the conference standings.
There are still several tiebreaker scenarios in play heading into the final weekend with Indiana State holding the ability to move all the up to third or finish in seventh.
MVC Weekend Schedule (May 19-21)
Southern Illinois at Illinois State
Missouri State at Bradley
Valparaiso at Evansville
Dallas Baptist at Indiana State
Indiana State has posted an 11-7 overall record at home in 2022 and a 4-5 mark in Missouri Valley play heading into the final regular season weekend. The Sycamores have posted series wins over Kansas, Memphis, and Illinois State, while falling in series against Evansville and Missouri State. ISU has also posted midweek home weeks against SEMO (twice) and Illinois.
The Sycamores lineup boasts multiple players that have posted success at home led by Aaron Beck’s team-leading .433 batting average with four doubles and three home runs at Bob Warn. Grant Magill (.368) has also been among the team batting leaders with five doubles and 14 RBI, while Randall Diaz (.303) leads the team with five home runs and 16 RBI at home this season. Seth Gergely (.323) has also posted a strong resume at home with eight doubles and 13 RBI over the 18 games played.
Matt Jachec (3-0, 2.95 ERA) leads the Sycamores on the mound over his five starts at home in the 2022 season. The redshirt sophomore has posted 36.2 innings with a 31:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio at home. Jake Ridgway (1-1, 3.52 ERA) and Luke Patzner (2-1, 3.77 ERA) have also recorded strong numbers at home, while Joey Hurth has made a team-high 11 appearances out of the bullpen.
Pitching Powers ‘Dons to 4-2 Win Over Butler
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne picked up a 4-2 win over Butler on Tuesday (May 17) in non-league play at Mastodon Field.
The Mastodon pitching staff allowed just one hit and one walk over the final six innings. Braxton Wilson threw two perfect innings to get the win. He is 2-2. Mitchell Spencer, Brian Skelton, JD Deany and Rex Stills each tossed a scoreless frame. Stills picked up his first career save.
All of the home squad’s runs came in the fourth inning. Cade Nelis and Dylan Stewart each knocked in a run. Karter Hann finished 3-fo-4 in the game with a two-RBI double in the frame.
Mastodon hitters worked seven walks. Ben Higgins had a pair of walks.
Senior Jack Lang played his 200th game in program history. He is only the third Mastodon to ever reach the 200 plateau. Lang walked and scored in the fourth.
» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers faced 34 Butler hitters in the game, allowing 14 ground balls and eight fly balls while striking out four.
» Tuesday was Purdue Fort Wayne’s final home game of the season.
» Butler was led offensively by Travis Holt, who went 2-for-4.
» John MacCauley is 3-4 after suffering the loss for Butler.
» The Mastodons improve to 17-33. Butler falls to 18-34-1.
» The ‘Dons travel to Akron this weekend for a three-game non-league series to close out regular season play.
JAGUARS ADD TRANSFER GUARD FOR 2022-2023 CAMPAIGN
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department and head basketball coach Matt Crenshaw announced the signing of San Diego-transfer Bryce Monroe to departmental grant-in-aid as he’ll join the Jaguars for the upcoming season. Monroe, a 5-foot-11 guard, played last season at San Diego and was the 2021 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year as a freshman at Sam Houston State. He comes to the Jaguars with three years of eligibility remaining, taking into account a COVID season.
“Bryce is going to come in and make an immediate impact on our program,” Crenshaw said. “He’s a really gifted offensive player. He can create his own shot, get to the rim, create for others and shoots it well. He’s a floor general in that he can make an offense go and knows how to put guys in a position to be successful.
“We’re excited to get him to Indiana, get him on campus and get to work with him.”
Monroe averaged 6.3 points and 2.2 assists per game at USD last season, but missed the latter portion of the season due to injury. He shot 34.5 percent from three-point range and scored in double-figures four times in 18 games, keyed by a 15-point, 4-rebound effort against San Francisco on Jan. 8. Monroe played his freshman campaign at Sam Houston State and was named the 2021 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year. He came off the bench in all 27 games that season, averaging 9.6 points and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 83.3 percent from the free throw line. He scored in double-figures 13 times, including a season-high 26 points against Southeastern Louisiana on Feb. 10.
Monroe was among the top prep players in the state of California in 2020, graduating from Bishop Riordan High School in San Francisco. He received the 2019-20 Kevin Restani Basketball Trophy, awarded to the high school Player of the Year for the city of San Francisco. He was named first team All-WCAL for three consecutive seasons and led Riordan to the program’s first WCAL Championship since 2007. Riordan advanced to the D1 NorCal semifinals before the season was cut short due to COVID in 2020.
Monroe becomes IUPUI’s seventh addition for the 2022-2023 campaign.
Hounds Take Elite 4-0 Win In Round of 16 in NCAA Tournament
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – There was no better way for the Greyhounds to celebrate senior, Anna Novikova’s birthday, than sharing cake together after they advanced to the Round of Eight after defeating 14 seeded, Wilmington, 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon on the Sanlando Park Courts.
The Greyhounds reach one step closer to their goal with the win and will notch their thirteenth straight win and twentieth overall.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hounds would take the first point in doubles, with 2022 newcomer duo, Miassane Aik and Arina Amaning taking the first win in a 6-1 win. Followed by the birthday girl, Novikova, and Maria Solnyskina defeating No. 36 ranked doubles duo, Jess Purdy and Neus Moreno 6-2.
Isabella Dunlap and Sofia Sharonova’s match went unfinished.
In singles, No. 53 ranked Lea Cakarevic would take the first win, allowing just one point in taking a 6-0, 6-1 match. Then it was two quick back-to-back wins with No.17 Dunlap taking her win in 6-2, 6-0 set. It would be graduate student and GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship winner Kristina Lagoda who would clinch the match in a 6-1, 6-3 set.
-The Hounds would allow only 10 points in finished matches across both singles and doubles.
-Anna Novikova, Miassane Aik, and Arina Amaning would all go unfinished in singles.
The Hounds will face off against No. 6 seeded Columbus State on Wednesday, May 18 at 4 p.m. ET as they continue their journey within the NCAA Championship Tournament.
Men’s Golf Tops Team, Individual Leaderboards at Nationals
DEARBORN, Mich.–The UIndy men’s golf team continued its strong performance at the 2022 NCAA Division II Championships Tuesday, building a one-stroke lead through two rounds. With two Greyhounds tied atop the individual leaderboard, UIndy is looking to stay in the top eight after tomorrow’s final round of stroke play to advance to the medal/match play quarterfinals on Thursday.
Competing at TPC of Michigan in Dearborn, Mich., UIndy is currently one stroke up on second-place Arkansas Tech and six ahead of the current eighth-place team. Play continues tomorrow, with tee times posted here when available.
Oliver Mast and Keegan Bronnenberg continue to pace the Hounds individually. Bronnenberg in particular caught fire on the back nine Tuesday, racking up five birdies in one seven-hole stretch. The reigning NCAA individual champion turned in a three-under 69 to finish the day at -2 overall, vaulting 11 spots to move into a tie for first.
Meanwhile, Mast carded a 73 on Tuesday to also sit at -2 for the tournament. Both Greyhounds are tied with Arkansas Tech’s Holden Hamilton for first place. The individual medal will be awarded following Wednesday’s third and final round of stroke play.
Other Greyhound scores include Cam Carroll at +8, followed closely by CJ Jones at +9 and Jacob Nickell at +23.
Led by All-America candidate Oliver Mast (-3), the UIndy carded an even-par 288 to top the nation’s best teams in the season’s biggest tournament. Mast fired a three-under 69 with three other Greyhounds finishing at +2 or better.
UIndy is currently two strokes up on second-place Barry and seven up on third-place Colorado State-Pueblo.
Clark & Nagel Selected Among Track & Field National Qualifiers
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA announced the qualifiers for the upcoming NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships Tuesday, with Brittney Clark appearing on the list in the women’s pole vault and Ben Nagel in the men’s 800 meter race. Both of them will be making the trip to Allendale, Michigan and GVSU Track & Field Stadium for the national meet, scheduled for May 26-28.
Clark, who is the current UIndy women’s indoor and outdoor pole vault school record holder, will enter the 2022 Championships ranked 11th amongst the highly competitive field. This is set to be another impressive accomplishment for Clark, who has been the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) back-to-back outdoor champion in the event. She was also named as an All-American during the indoor season.
Nagel, who is currently the school record holder in both the indoor and outdoor 800 meter race, will make his second consecutive Championships appearance in the event after earning All-America honors last year with a fourth place finish. Nagel enters this year ranked 17th amongst the field. He was recently crowned as the GLVC back-to-back outdoor champion in the event and will look to add another accolade to his historic career at UIndy.
UIndy Wins 10th Consecutive GLVC All-Sports Trophy
INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis has earned its 10th straight Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy, the league office announced on Tuesday. The Greyhounds totaled 218 points during the 2021-22 academic year, winning by 34 points over second-place Lewis University.
The trophy is UIndy’s 13th in program history, with wins in the 1978-79, 1994-95 and 2002-03 seasons, as well as the past 10 dating back to 2011-12. The GLVC did not award the All-Sports Trophy in 2019-20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic that suspended spring sports competition that year.
The GLVC All-Sports Trophy is presented to the institution that demonstrates the best all-around performance in the league’s 24 sponsored sports. Points are allocated based on overall finish in the respective sport’s Conference tournament and league standings.
Led by second-year Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Young, UIndy captured a league-high five GLVC titles this season to earn top points in men’s soccer, men’s swimming & diving, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse and women’s tennis. In addition, the UIndy men each finished runner-up in basketball, golf, tennis and lacrosse, while the women picked up second-place points in indoor track & field and softball.
The All-Sports Trophy was first instituted in the GLVC during the 1978-79 season with seven different institutions having claimed the award. UIndy’s 13 wins leads all schools, while its current streak of 10 in a row is also an all-time high.
MARIAN’S SEASON ENDS IN EXTRA-INNING LOSS TO WILLIAM CAREY
Hattiesburg, Miss. – The Marian softball team led the No. 6 team in the nation with three outs to play, but an error in the bottom of the seventh saw a 3-0 lead evaporate, as the William Carey Crusaders defeating the Knights 4-3 in eight innings. The loss eliminates Marian from the NAIA Opening Round, as they end the year with a 40-13 record.
Defense headlined the first two innings, with a pitchers dual breaking out between Sydney Wilson and Megan Dudenhefer. Dudenhefer retired Marian in order in each of the first two innings, while Wilson helped her own cause turning a double play in the first inning, while stranding a single in the second. The Knights’ offense generated steam in the third as Mackenzie Dalton drew a lead-off walk, but Caitlyn Phillips flare into the outfield was robbed of a hit as Dalton was thrown out at second on the play. Marian would get a second runner in the third, but a strikeout ended the threat and stranded two.
Looking to keep the shutout going, Wilson retired the first two outs quickly in the bottom of the third, and forced a groundout to Phillips after a bunt single for the final out. With the score knotted 0-0 in the fourth, Hayley Greene sparked a rally with a two-out single up the middle. Grace Meyer repeated the forumla with hit in the same spot, and Dalton walked to load the bases. Abbi Wirey delivered the game’s first run slapping a single through the middle, snapping a seven-game hitless spell with the RBI. Meyer added to the board as she took home on a passed ball, giving Marian a 2-0 lead.
Wilson did her part to keep the lead in tact retiring the side in the fourth inning to strand a runner, and in the top of the fifth, the senior found more support as Savannah Harweger ripped a single. Harweger took second on a base hit from Jenna Minnix, and one pitch later the duo stole. On the steal, William Carey’s throw to pick off Harweger flew into the outfield, allowing the shortstop to score to get an additional run. The Marian defense protected the 3-0 lead after the fifth inning, stranding two runners with a pop up to Harweger.
Marian looked to add to their ledger in the top of the seventh, as Phillips reached on a single and Harweger drew a walk. The walk forced the Crusaders to change pitchers, and as Haley Nations entered she got a quick out as Minnix dropped a sacrifice bunt. In the next at bat Shelbie Stotts attempted to execute a squeeze bunt, but her attempt was popped up allowing William Carey to turn a double play and get out of the Marian scoring threat.
William Carey rode the momentum in the bottom of the seventh, as Mary Turner delievered a one-out, pinch-hit home run. Wilson gave up a single in the next at bat, and on an infield bunt single, an errant throw from Greene toward first in an attempt to make an out sailed wide and into the right field corner, allowing two runs to come across on the play. Wilson got out of the inning with two quick outs, as the game hit extras tied 3-3. In their at bats in the eighth Marian was retired in order, and in the bottom of the inning William Carey delivered the final blow, turning a one-out walk into the winning run on Susie LeBert’s walk-off double.
The Knights had six hits in their 4-3 defeat, posting as many hits as a team in their final game of the season as they did in their previous two. Six different players recorded a hit, with Wirey providing the only RBI. Harweger went 1-2 with a pair of walks and a stolen base, reaching base a team-best three times. Wilson allowed eight hits in the loss, with two of her four runs allowed coming across earned. The senior struckout two batters and threw 107 pitches in 7.2 innings, ending the year with a 20-8 overall record.
Marian finishes their season with a 40-13 overall record, having reached the NAIA Tournament for the seventh consecutive time.
WILDCATS ADVANCE TO NAIA OPENING ROUND CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
MARION, Ind. – No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan softball defeated Midland University 7-4 to advance to the NAIA Opening Round Championship game tomorrow. Wildcats used their 10-4 hit advance to move past the Warriors. IWU threw three pitchers who all combined for seven strike outs.
Becca Wyatt double sent in Jennah Yost in the first inning to get the Wildcats on the board.
Warriors responded in the second inning with scoring off of a Wildcat error.
Chloe Tragesser double to left scored Yost and Makenna Pace.
Warriors walked in their second run.
Makenna Pace hit a bomb over the fence, her first one this season.
Warriors responded with a homer of their own.
Wildcats added two runs in the bottom with an Abby Harvey reaching first via error which scored Alayna Thomas. A Kamryn Buck single sent home Wyatt.
Chloe Tragesser singled to left field scoring Jennah Yost to secure the 7-4 win over the Warriors.
Wildcats posted ten hits for the second day in a row. Tragesser and Wyatt both led with two apiece.
Jennah Yost stole three of the team’s four bases, currently sitting 4th in the NAIA with 57 stolen bases on the season.
Chloe Tragesser batted in three runs of the team’s seven RBIs.
Alyssa Wagner, Danielle Munn, and Emma Etter-Cox combined for seven strikeouts on the mound.
Wildcats advance to the Championship game tomorrow morning at 11am.
Simmers Repeats As First Team All-NCAC Baseball Selection
Recent Wabash College graduate Austin Simmers earned 2022 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Baseball First Team honors as a second baseman for the Little Giants this season. Simmers was selected to the All-NCAC First Team for the second year in a row after earning the honor in 2021.
Simmers tied for the NCAC lead and ranked 11th in the nation by swiping a school-record 31 stolen bases in 2022. He broke the former Wabash single-season record of 30 stolen bases set by Jerry Long in 1994. Simmers led Wabash and tied for fourth among conference players with 49 runs scored, the second-highest total in Wabash single-season history. Simmers collected a team-high 57 hits in 2022, the eighth-most by an NCAC player. He tied for the team lead with 28 walks which placed him in a tie for third among conference players overall.
Simmers also ranked third among Wabash players and 15th in the conference with a .356 batting average. He finished the season with a .453 on-base percentage to finish second among Wabash players and tenth in the conference.
Simmers completed his Wabash playing career with a total of 56 stolen bases to tie for third on the Little Giants’ career record list.
Ariel Thomasson Earns NFCA All-Region Honors in Softball
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman Ariel Thomasson became the first all-region selection for the Fightin’ Engineer softball program since 2015, in results released today by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Thomasson earned honorable mention all-HCAC honors before earning third-team all-region status as a utility player in 2022. Offensively, she batted .375 with 36 hits, 10 doubles, 29 runs scored and 14 RBIs with a .945 fielding percentage at the plate.
In the pitching circle, Thomasson compiled a 9-5 record, a 2.46 ERA and struck out 87 hitters in 91 innings of work in 2022. She was named HCAC Pitcher of the Week after picking up 4 wins and 1 save on the team’s Florida trip in March.
Thomasson recorded single-game highs of 4 hits, 4 RBIs, 11 pitching strikeouts, and allowing just 2 hits in a complete victory this season.
The Fightin’ Engineer softball program compiled its first winning season since 2015 with an 18-15 record this spring, highlighted by a 5-1 week in conference play to close the season.
Pair Named to NFCA All-Region Teams
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) has announce the 2022 edition of their NFCA Division III All-Region teams and a pair of Trine University softball student-athletes count themselves among the 384 chosen honorees.
Sophomore Adrienne Rosey (Schoolcraft, Mich. / Schoolcraft) was named a first team selection in Region VII, while junior Ellie Trine (Kokomo, Ind. / Kokomo) secured a spot on the second team. The pair continue to rack up the awards having been named MIAA Pitcher and Player of the Year respectively as well as earning spots on the Angola, Ind. Regional All-Tournament team this past weekend.
Rosey solidified herself as the team’s ace throughout the year, after serving in the role of first reliever a year ago. She was a dominant presence in the circle throughout the season and has continued her performance in the postseason. Rosey currently boasts a 1.07 ERA while averaging 8.89 strikeouts per game. She was named the Angola, Ind. Regional Most Outstanding Player after earning a pair of wins in ten innings of work during the tournament. She would strike out 17 batters during those ten innings.
She became just the third Trine pitcher to record multiple no-hitters in a single season. The first coming against St. Mary’s missed out on a perfect game by just one walk, while she would record all 15 outs of the five-inning game on strikeouts. The second came during a crucial sweep of Alma College.
Ellie Trine has started every game in centerfield for the Thunder and continues to have a banner season while doing so. She leads the team in multiple offensive categories including batting average (.412), on-base percentage (.500) and hits (54). She is also one of the more dangerous baserunners for the team. This past weekend she helped secure a spot in the regional championship game by forcing a rundown between first and second, allowing a runner on third to score. The run extended the lead in the game helping the team win 8-4 over North Central College.
Both student-athletes will move forward to be considered for selection for the three NFCA Division III All-American squads which will be announced on May 24.
The Thunder will begin competition in the Angola, Ind. Super Regional this Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m. when they face off with Case Western Reserve University.
Seven Tigers Earn All-NCAC Honors
Greencastle, Ind. – Following a tie for third in the regular season standings, DePauw was represented by seven Tigers on the all-North Coast Athletic Conference team.
First baseman Kyle Callahan (Sr., Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville), outfielder Nick Nelson (Sr., Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and pitcher Michael Vallone (So., Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) were chosen to the first team.
Callahan hit .360 during the regular season with an NCAC-best 12 homers and 48 RBI. For the entire season, Callahan belted 13 homers to tie the DePauw single-season record and finished with 21 for his career which broke the school record. Nelson hit .340 in the regular season with nine homers and 36 RBI. Vallone, a first-team selection last season, posted a 9-1 record in the regular season with a 2.33 ERA. His 10 wins for the whole season were tied for second in school history, while his 91 strikeouts set a new DePauw record.
Second baseman Cameron Macon (So., St. Louis, Mo./Kirkwood) was chosen to the second team after hitting .373 in the regular season with five homers and 37 RBI. He reached base safely in all but the first game of the season and hit safely in the last 15.
Earning honorable mention were shortstop Evan Barnes (Sr., Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North), third baseman Brian May (River Forest, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) and pitcher/outfielder Danny Glimco (So., Western Springs, Ill./Benet Academy). Barnes hit .339 with two home runs and 2 RBI in the regular season, while May batted .331 with five homers and 36 RBI. Glimco was selected as both an outfielder and a utility player, hitting .337 with nine homers and 25 RBI and posting a 1-0 record on the mound.
DePauw finished third at the NCAC Tournament and ended the season with a 22-17 record.
Ryan Named NAIA National Player of the Year, Two Others Garner All-American Honors
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Indiana Tech men’s lacrosse team had three players, seniors Andrew Ryan, Louis Czech and Tom Piotrowski, named to the 2022 NAIA All-America Team.
Ryan headlined the group, who were all named First-Team All-Americans, by capping his illustrious career with NAIA National Player of the Year accolades with a nation-leading 63 goals and 96 points while ranking fifth in assists with 33. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native is now a two-time First-Team All-American and is the first player in Tech history to be named the National Player of the Year. Ryan was also a repeat selection to the NAIA All-Tournament Team following the NAIA National Invitational last week.
Czech and Piotrowski both garnered their first nod to the All-America Teams, with the latter leading the nation in caused turnovers (62) and 12th in ground balls (79) while leading a defense that allowed just 6.86 goals per game, the third-best in the country. Czech had 35 goals, 29 assists and 64 points, ranking in the top-30 of the nation in all three categories.
Pomeroys’ historic season comes to end in NAIA Opening Round
After being shut out on the scoreboard Monday in a 1-0 loss to top-seeded Central Methodist, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods found some early offensive production Tuesday in building a 2-0 lead against No. 2 seed Campbellsville.
Ashley Shanks picked up an RBI infield single in the top of the first to drive in Camryn Scott, who had walked, advanced to second on a walk and stole third. In the third, Lyric Krause smashed a single to center field to drive in Victoria Lee from second.
Summer Rocha allowed just one earned run for the second straight day in the pitching circle for the Pomeroys, but errors allowed Campbellsville to pull ahead and hold on for a 4-3 victory. The loss eliminated SMWC from the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round, ending the historic season with a 29-14 record.
In the seventh inning, Krause hit a one-out solo home run that into the right-field scoreboard, and Jaselyn Conn lined a single to left, but Riley Pender and Riley Bennett were retired for the final two outs of the game.
The SMWC offense compiled 10 hits but left 10 runners on base for a total of 18 runners stranded in two days.
“We came out and scored right off the bat. We figured we would come out better offensively, just not having the jitters we had [Monday] being our first time playing in an NAIA Regional,” SMWC coach Jim Walker said. “We were definitely better offensively, but we still missed a key hit here and there. If we get another key hit or two, we probably put up some crooked numbers and it makes it a little tougher on [Campbellsville].”
Campbellsville was ruled as having one error, but the Tigers were sound defensively throughout, robbing the Pomeroys of several hits, including a running catch at the warning track in right field on a ball struck by Lee that just missed being a go-ahead home run in the fifth.
“Summer pitched a great game again today and definitely deserved a better outcome. [The Tigers] made a couple really good defensive plays against us to save some runs and we had a few plays that cost us a couple runs. It came down to the defense today. If we make the plays we’re supposed to make, they have one run,” Walker said.
The Pomeroys were unable to cushion their early advantage, leaving two runners stranded in that third inning and two more in the fourth.
Campbellsville seized the momentum in the bottom of the fourth on a leadoff walk to Taylor Windell. Ashby Murt’s sharp single to center field got past Lee for an error that allowed Murt to reach third. She trotted home on an RBI groundout by Payton Blades.
In the sixth, with the game still tied 2-2, Keely Bowling reached with one out on an error by Conn and Lexi Miller drove in pinch runner Sam McKee and Riley Hurst, who reached on a walk, to put the Tigers ahead 4-2.
The Pomeroys came up short in the seventh despite Krause’s home run that gave her 54 RBIs this season.
Krause will be one of many key players returning for a relatively young roster that looks to come back even stronger in 2023.
“It’s definitely bittersweet. We’ll turn a new chapter for a season next year. We have a lot of talent incoming that will help boost some spots. It’s going to come down to the work we put in the offseason and knowing us and how much we hate losing, I think we’ll be able to go further than we did this year.”
Walker’s message to the Pomeroys was to be proud of all that was accomplished in a year that included a River States Conference Tournament championship in the first year in the league.
“We have a lot to be proud of,” Walker said. “The fact that we’re a first-year NAIA program, picked seventh in the conference in the preseason and to be playing in an NAIA regional, these girls have a lot to be proud of. We played five Top 25 teams in the country and have lost by a total of five runs. That shows how close we are as a program to getting to where we want to be.”
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Late Game Magic Secures Opening-Round Win for No. 22 Taylor
UPLAND, Ind. – In an Upland Bracket elimination matchup with Columbia College (38-14), the No. 22 Taylor Trojans (41-17) posted three-unanswered runs on the board late the game to keep their 2022 season alive, defeating the Cougars by a final score of 3-2.
A Trojan trio of pitchers relentlessly attacked the zone, forcing the Columbia lineup to swing the bat and strive to find holes in a tough Taylor defense.
The Cougars were not able to find many holes throughout the game, as the Trojan pitching staff limited them to just seven base knocks in the nine-inning affair while the Taylor defense was flawless in the field.
Freshman sensation, Kaleb Kolpien, started on the bump, traversing four innings of work while scattering five hits and two runs. The lefty recorded three strikeouts without surrendering a single walk.
Michael Pinarski (4-3), then, took over for Kolpien in the fifth and completed the next four-and-one-third innings of action, allowing just two hits and scratching nothing but zeros into the Cougar line score.
After four quiet innings of offense, back-to-back two-out Trojan singles finally made some noise at Winterholter Field in the fifth.
The first base knock was struck by freshman third baseman, Mason David, which moved courtesy-runner, Luke Shively, from first to third. Senior shortstop and leadoff man, Nick Rusche, then stepped to the plate and got the Trojans on the board with a single to center of his own.
The score read 2-1 until the bottom of the eighth, when Rusche frustrated the Cougar defense yet again. The lefty leadoff man ripped another single to center, after which an errant pickoff attempt with two outs invited Rusche to show off his speed, sprinting from first to third to put the tying-run just 90 feet away from home plate.
Kolpien, then, came alive at the plate, recording his first hit of the game at a most-opportune time to bring Rusche home to score and tie the game at two.
The Taylor bats were not done though, as senior centerfielder, Conner Crawford, kept the train moving with a two-out single of his own, scooting Kolpien over to third base.
At this point in the game, the Trojan lineup did, perhaps, what it does best. Knepp and Jacob Morris drew back-to-back walks, increasing Taylor’s season-total to 311 for the nation’s fourth-highest mark and, more importantly, securing the go-ahead run.
Now up 3-2, Pinarski took his place on the mound and won a tough at-bat with the Cougar leadoff man by striking him out on a full count.
Columbia, then, put the tying and go-ahead runners on base, which brought Crossroads League Pitcher of the Week, Jack Ross, into the game for a save opportunity. That opportunity quickly morphed into reality, as Ross retired each of the two Cougars he faced, the last of which came via the strikeout.
Pinarski picked up the win as Ross earned his third save of the season, meanwhile Rusche championed the Trojan offense with three hits, an RBI, and a run scored.
No. 22 Taylor (41-17) will now advance to play the Upland Bracket’s five-seed, Bryan (28-27), in its second elimination game of the day, set to unfold at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evening, May 17th.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1875 In front of a record crowd of 10,000 fans at the Hartford Ball Club Grounds, the visiting Boston Red Stockings (16-0) beat the Dark Blues (12-0), 10-5, in a match-up of undefeated teams. Mark Twain attends the National Association contest and offers a five-dollar reward for returning his English-made brown silk umbrella pilfered at the game by a small boy when the famous writer stood up to cheer for the hometown team.
1912 As a replacement player, Allan Travers, a St. Joseph’s College pitcher, takes the mound for the Tigers, fielding an amateur team to avoid a $5,000 fine due to the team’s refusal to play the A’s in support of suspended teammate Ty Cobb. In his only major league appearance, the collegiate hurler goes the distance, giving up 24 runs, 14 earned runs, 26 hits, and seven walks, but does strike out one as Philadelphia routs Detroit at Shibe Park, 24-2.
1929 In a doubleheader played at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, the Dodgers and Phillies teams combine to score a record fifty runs when the visitors outlast the home team, 20-16, before dropping an 8-6 decision in the nightcap. Brooklyn’s Johnny Frederick crosses the plate five times in the opener, giving him the major league mark of scoring eight runs in two consecutive games.
1929 After two consecutive slugfests, Philadelphia beats Brooklyn, 8-6, at the Baker Bowl. The Phillies and Dodgers combined to score 88 runs in a four-game series, establishing a record that will last until 2019, when the Rockies and Padres tally 92 times in gravity-friendly Coors Field.
May 16: PHI 7, BRO 4
May 17: BRO 14, PHI 13
May 18: BRO 20, PHI 16
May 18: PHI 8, BRO 6
1931 Robins’ right fielder Babe Herman hits for the cycle for the first of two times this season in the team’s 14-4 rout of the Reds at Ebbets Field. In 1933, as a member of the Cubs, the Glendale (CA) native will again collect a single, double, triple, and home run in the same game, joining Bob Meusel as the only major leaguers to have accomplished the rare feat three times since 1900.
1942 Night games in New York are banned for the duration of WW II, leaving fans in the dark about the status of the All-Star Game scheduled for the Polo Grounds on the evening of Monday, July 6. The prohibition of nighttime tilts, announced by NYC Police Commissioner Lewis J. Valentine, will change the starting times for 28 contests involving the Dodgers and Giants.
1956 Mickey Mantle becomes the all-time home run leader for switch hitters when he belts his 136th career round-tripper, a two-out homer in the top of the ninth, tying the score in the Yankees’ eventual extra-inning 8-7 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park. ‘The Mick’ will nearly quadruple the mark, extending the record to 536 before he retires before the 1969 season.
1958 On his 25th birthday, Carroll Hardy, pinch-hitting for Roger Maris, blasts a three-run home run, giving the Indians a 7-4 walk-off victory. The 11th inning round-tripper off Chicago’s Billy Pierce is the Cleveland rookie’s first major league homer.
1960 The Indians trade southpaw Herb Score to the White Sox for Barry Latman, a right-hander who will post a 35-37 record during his four seasons with Cleveland. The southpaw, whose promising career was shattered three seasons ago after being struck by Gil McDougald’s line drive, will return to Cleveland in 1964 to begin a 34-year stint as the team’s beloved television and radio play-by-play announcer.
1969 Cesar Tovar and Rod Carew combine to set a major league record for most steals by teammates in one inning, swiping five bases against the Tigers’ battery of Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan. During the third inning, Tovar, the Twins’ leadoff hitter, steals third base and home, followed by Carew, who pilfers second and third base and home plate in the 8-2 loss at Metropolitan Stadium.
1973 Bill North’s bat sails onto the infield when he swings and misses the first pitch thrown by Royals rookie reliever Doug Bird, who will be shocked when the A’s center fielder, retrieving his bat, unexpectedly goes to the mound and begins to pummel him. The Oakland outfielder, who will be ejected, suspended for three days, and receives a $100 fine for initiating the brawl, was retaliating against the 23-year-old KC right-hander for an incident in a Class A game played in Waterloo (IA) three seasons earlier.
1976 In a 5-3 victory at Tiger Stadium, Carl Yastrzemski plays in his 2,293rd game wearing a Red Sox uniform, surpassing Ted Williams’ team record. The Boston legend will extend the franchise mark to 3,308 contests before retiring in 1983.
1986 In the bottom of the tenth inning at Fenway Park, the Red Sox score two runs on an unusual play to beat the Rangers, 6-5, thanks to George Wright’s errant throw. The right fielder throws the ball away, fielding Marty Barrett’s double, after becoming confused when two Boston baserunners, who will score on the error, slide into second at the same time, the batter and Steve Lyons from third base.
1988 In the ‘Year of the Balk,’ Dave Stewart breaks a major league record, committing his twelfth balk of the season. The A’s right-hander will extend the single-season mark to 16 thanks to the strict interpretation of umpires on a minor rule change.
1990 The Orioles, en route to a 13-1 victory over the Rangers, tie an American League record when the team collects eight consecutive singles in the seven-run first inning at Memorial Stadium. Baltimore consecutive one-baggers off right-hander Bobby Witt equals the mark shared by the 1951 Senators and 1981 A’s.
1990 At the Astrodome, Cubs’ second baseman Ryan Sandberg’s errorless game streak ends after 123 games and 582 chances when his errant throw to first base trying to rob Eric Anthony of an infield single allows Ken Caminiti to advanced to third. The seven-time Gold Glove second baseman surpasses the marks for the position previously established by Joe Morgan (91 games) and Manny Trillo (479 errorless plays).
1992 WQAM becomes the voice of the Marlins, signing a four-year deal as the flagship radio station of the team. In Miami and southern Florida, listeners will be able to pick up the play-by-play action of the new National League expansion team at 560 am on their radio dial.
1998 Due to drastic payroll cuts reducing the World Champions’ effectiveness, two class-action lawsuits are filed against the Marlins – one for breach of contract and the other accusing the team of false advertising. Florida will finish last in the NL East with a 54-108 record (.333.), 52 games behind the division-leading Braves.
1998 With a 6-3 victory over the Orioles, the Devil Rays become only the second expansion team in major league history to sweep an away four-game series. The 1993 Colorado Rockies, who did it against the Dodgers, is the other club to accomplish this feat.
1999 After missing the team’s first 36 games, Joe Torre returns to the Yankee dugout two months after undergoing successful surgery for prostate cancer. Before the 6-3 loss to the Red Sox, the 58-year-old skipper receives a two-minute standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd when the scoreboard welcomes him back.
1999 Diamondbacks’ outfielder Luis Gonzalez homers in his first at-bat, extending his hitting streak to 30 games, tying three other players for the longest streak in the decade. Diamondbacks’ outfielder Luis Gonzalez homers in his first at-bat, extending his hitting streak to 30 games, tying three other players for the longest streak in the decade.
2000 In a 6-2 loss to the Padres, the Marlins steal ten bases, one shy of the National League record. Luis Castillo (3), Cliff Floyd (3), Preston Wilson (2), and Mark Kotsay (2), the top four batters in the Fish lineup, are responsible for the grand theft.
2000 Mark McGwire passes Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run when he goes deep in the first inning when he hits a three-run drive off Curt Schilling for No.537, placing him in front of the Yankee legendary slugger in eighth place. ‘Big Mac’ adds to his total with two more round-trippers Cardinals’ 7-2 victory over the Phillies at Veterans Stadium.
2002 At Fenway Park, Pedro Martinez becomes the 11th pitcher in American League history to record an immaculate inning when he strikes out the side on nine pitches in the first frame. The Red Sox right-hander fans Ichiro Suzuki, Mark McLemore, and Ruben Sierra to begin Boston’s eventual 4-1 victory over Seattle.
2004 At the age of 40, southpaw Randy Johnson becomes the oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game when the Diamondbacks beat the Braves, 2-0. The ‘Big Unit’ joins Cy Young, Jim Bunning, Hideo Nomo, and Nolan Ryan as the only hurlers to throw no-hitters in both leagues and creates the most extended span between no-no’s, having first accomplished the feat against the Tigers in June of 1990.
2008 Marlins’ second baseman Luis Castillo, who has stolen seven bases in his last two games, is one theft shy of tying a National League mark. Walt Wilmont set the record of eight pilfered bags in consecutive contests playing for the Chicago Colts (Cubs) in 1894.
2008 A pitchout and a perfect throw by Brewers catcher Jason Kendall finally catches Jacoby Ellsbury attempting to steal a bag, snapping the 24-year-old rookie’s string of 25 consecutive stolen bases to start his big league career. The Red Sox outfielder is second all-time to Tim Raines, who recorded 27 straight thefts with the Expos before being caught in 1981.
2009 Jason Kendall collects his 2000th career hit when he singles in the Brewers’ 8-4 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The 34 year-old backstop becomes the 254th player, but only the eighth to be primarily a catcher to reach that milestone.
2012 Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander misses pitching his third career no-hitter when he allows a single to Josh Harrison with one out in the top of the ninth inning. The reigning MVP and Cy Young winner completes the one-hitter, beating Pittsburgh, 6-0, in front of a wildly enthusiastic Friday night crowd at Detroit’s Comerica Park.
2012 Kerry Wood ends his major league career on his terms when he strikes out the one batter he faces before walking off the mound into an embrace from his six-year-old son in front of the Wrigley Field dugout. The 35 year-old much-injured Cubs’ right-hander, an All-Star as both a starter and closer, believes today’s final strikeout to be the most significant and the most memorable moment of his 14-year career.
|ATLANTA AT MILWAUKEE||1:10PM||MLBN|
|DETROIT AT TAMPA BAY||1:10PM||MLBN|
|SAN FRANCISCO AT COLORADO||3:10PM||NBCS-BAY|
|MINNESOTA AT OAKLAND||3:37PM||MLBN|
|ARIZONA AT LA DODGERS||4:10PM||MLBN|
|CINCINNATI AT CLEVELAND||6:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|HOUSTON AT BOSTON||6:10PM||TBS|
|WASHINGTON AT MIAMI||6:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SAN DIEGO AT PHILADELPHIA||6:45PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NY YANKEES AT BALTIMORE||7:05PM||YES|
|SEATTLE AT TORONTO||7:07PM||MLBN|
|ST. LOUIS AT NY METS||7:10PM||MLBN|
|PITTSBURGH AT CHI. CUBS||7:40PM||ATTSN-PIT|
|LA ANGELS AT TEXAS||8:05PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|CHI. WHITE SOX AT KANSAS CITY||8:10PM||NBCS-CHI|
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|WEST FINALS GAME 1: DALLAS AT GOLDEN STATE||9:00PM||TNT|
|NHL PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 1: NY RANGERS AT CAROLINA||7:00PM||ESPN|
|WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 1: EDMONTON AT CALGARY||9:30PM||ESPN|
|UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT VS RANGERS||3:00PM||CBSSN|
|COPA LIBERTADORES: NACIONAL VS VÉLEZ SARSFIELD||6:00PM||FUBOTV|
|COPA LIBERTADORES: ATHLETICO-PR VS LIBERTAD||6:00PM||FUBOTV|
|COPA LIBERTADORES: PALMEIRAS VS EMELEC||6:00PM||FUBOTV|
|MLS: NEW YORK RB VS CHICAGO FIRE||7:30PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: PHILADELPHIA UNION VS INTER MIAMI||7:30PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: DC UNITED VS NEW YORK CITY||7:30PM||ESPN+|
|NWSL: NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE VS ORLANDO PRIDE||7:30PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|NWSL: RACING LOUISVILLE FC VS SAN DIEGO WAVE||7:30PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|MLS: MINNESOTA UNITED VS LA GALAXY||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|COPA LIBERTADORES: COLÓN VS OLIMPIA||8:00PM||FUBOTV|
|COPA LIBERTADORES: DEPORTIVO TÁCHIRA VS INDEPENDIENTE PETROLERO||8:00PM||FUBOTV|
|COPA LIBERTADORES: DEPORTES TOLIMA VS AMÉRICA MINEIRO||8:00PM||FUBOTV|
|MLS: NASHVILLE SC VS CF MONTRÉAL||8:30PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: SPORTING KC VS COLORADO RAPIDS||8:30PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: HOUSTON DYNAMO VS SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC||8:30PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: VANCOUVER WHITECAPS VS DALLAS||10:00PM||ESPN+|
|NWSL: PORTLAND THORNS VS WASHINGTON SPIRIT||10:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|MLS: LOS ANGELES FC VS AUSTIN||10:30PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: SJ EARTHQUAKES VS PORTLAND TIMBERS||10:30PM||ESPN+|
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
|ST. LOUIS AT NY METS||7:10PM||MLBN|
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS IS SECOND PLACE IN THE NL CENTRAL DIVISION AND NEW YORK METS IS FIRST PLACE IN THE NL EAST DIVISION. THE CARDINALS ARE 9-7 ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON AND THE METS ARE 10-7 AT HOME.
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|WEST FINALS GAME 1: DALLAS AT GOLDEN STATE||9:00PM||TNT|
THE DALLAA MAVERICKS AND GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS WERE BOTH UNDERDOGS IN THE PREVIOUS ROUND OF THE NBA PLAYOFFS. THE MAVERICKS WERE 3-1 OVERALL VERSUS THE WARRIORS IN THE 2021-22 REGULAR SEASON AND 1-1 AT GOLDEN STATE.
|NHL PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 1: NY RANGERS AT CAROLINA||7:00PM||ESPN|
THE NEW YORK RANGERS AND CAROLINA HURRICANES FINISHED THE REGULAR SEASON AS THE TOP TWO TEAMS IN THE METROPOLITAN DIVISION. THE HURRICANES WERE 3-1 VERSUS THE RANGERS DURING REGULAR SEASON.
|NY YANKEES||27||9||.750||–||14 – 4||13 – 5||14 – 6||11 – 2||2 – 1||8 – 2||W 3|
|TAMPA BAY||22||15||.595||5.5||12 – 9||10 – 6||7 – 2||3 – 5||10 – 7||5 – 5||W 1|
|TORONTO||20||17||.541||7.5||12 – 6||8 – 11||9 – 10||1 – 3||10 – 4||4 – 6||W 2|
|BOSTON||14||22||.389||13||5 – 10||9 – 12||5 – 11||4 – 6||4 – 4||4 – 6||L 1|
|BALTIMORE||14||23||.378||13.5||9 – 9||5 – 14||4 – 10||4 – 6||3 – 4||4 – 6||L 5|
|MINNESOTA||21||16||.568||–||13 – 8||8 – 8||6 – 5||9 – 3||6 – 6||5 – 5||L 1|
|CHI WHITE SOX||18||18||.500||2.5||9 – 10||9 – 8||6 – 4||6 – 11||4 – 3||5 – 5||L 1|
|CLEVELAND||16||18||.471||3.5||7 – 6||9 – 12||3 – 4||7 – 5||3 – 4||5 – 5||L 2|
|KANSAS CITY||13||22||.371||7||7 – 11||6 – 11||1 – 5||8 – 8||1 – 5||4 – 6||W 1|
|DETROIT||13||24||.351||8||9 – 13||4 – 11||6 – 5||3 – 6||1 – 8||5 – 5||L 1|
|HOUSTON||24||13||.649||–||9 – 4||15 – 9||3 – 5||7 – 0||11 – 6||8 – 2||W 1|
|LA ANGELS||24||15||.615||1||12 – 7||12 – 8||5 – 4||6 – 2||9 – 8||6 – 4||L 2|
|TEXAS||16||19||.457||7||9 – 12||7 – 7||3 – 6||2 – 1||7 – 9||6 – 4||W 3|
|SEATTLE||16||21||.432||8||9 – 7||7 – 14||2 – 7||6 – 4||4 – 5||4 – 6||L 2|
|OAKLAND||16||23||.410||9||6 – 13||10 – 10||7 – 7||5 – 8||2 – 5||5 – 5||W 1|
|NY METS||24||14||.632||–||11 – 8||13 – 6||13 – 7||3 – 2||7 – 3||5 – 5||L 1|
|MIAMI||17||19||.472||6||9 – 9||8 – 10||10 – 2||2 – 4||3 – 10||5 – 5||W 2|
|PHILADELPHIA||17||19||.472||6||9 – 10||8 – 9||4 – 9||1 – 2||8 – 4||6 – 4||L 2|
|ATLANTA||17||20||.459||6.5||10 – 11||7 – 9||4 – 6||7 – 5||4 – 6||5 – 5||W 1|
|WASHINGTON||12||26||.316||12||5 – 15||7 – 11||4 – 11||1 – 3||5 – 8||3 – 7||L 3|
|MILWAUKEE||23||14||.622||–||11 – 5||12 – 9||6 – 5||15 – 7||0 – 1||4 – 6||L 1|
|ST. LOUIS||20||16||.556||2.5||10 – 8||10 – 8||4 – 4||6 – 4||6 – 5||4 – 6||W 1|
|CHI CUBS||15||20||.429||7||6 – 11||9 – 9||1 – 2||7 – 7||6 – 7||6 – 4||W 4|
|PITTSBURGH||15||21||.417||7.5||9 – 10||6 – 11||3 – 1||8 – 16||3 – 3||4 – 6||L 2|
|CINCINNATI||10||26||.278||12.5||5 – 9||5 – 17||2 – 2||7 – 9||0 – 13||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA DODGERS||24||12||.667||–||14 – 5||10 – 7||3 – 4||8 – 2||9 – 5||5 – 5||W 4|
|SAN DIEGO||23||13||.639||1||10 – 7||13 – 6||8 – 4||9 – 3||5 – 5||6 – 4||W 2|
|SAN FRANCISCO||22||14||.611||2||11 – 7||11 – 7||7 – 6||4 – 4||7 – 3||8 – 2||W 2|
|ARIZONA||18||20||.474||7||10 – 11||8 – 9||9 – 7||3 – 4||5 – 8||4 – 6||L 5|
|COLORADO||17||19||.472||7||12 – 9||5 – 10||4 – 6||5 – 2||3 – 8||2 – 8||L 3|
X – CLINCHED DIVISION, Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT