HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

Harrison 11 West Lafayette 1

Anderson 9 Frankton 4

Northeastern 5 Union County 3… KNIGHTS: scored all five runs in the top third inning…. Peyton Lumpkin 2RBI…. PITCHING: Ben Deitsch 7IP 3H 3R 3ER 3K 5BB….. PATRIOTS: managed only two hits….Eric Burdine RBI

Blue River 5 Randolph Southern 4

Union City 22 Tri 0…. INDIANS: 19 hits… Hunter Clay 3 – 3…. Brenden Wight 3 – 5 4RBI…. Camden LaFuze 5RBI… Hunter Reagan 2 – 3 3RBI 4R….. Zach Fulk 3 – 4 3RBI 4R….Owen Dowler 3 – 4 2RBI….Jude Connor 4R

Wapahani 11 Daleville 0

East Central 7 Batesville 3

Shenandoah 12 Eastern Hancock 2

Madison Grant 3 Pendleton Heights 2

Connersville 8 Franklin County 1

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA

Lafayette Jeff 6 Logansport 4

Union County 15 Union City 1…PATRIOTS: 8 runs in the first inning

Lincoln 10 Knightstown 0…. GOLDEN EAGLES: Mallory Burns 4 – 5 RBI….Kaylee Gabbard 2 – 4, 2RBI…..Alyssa Messer 4 – 4, 2RBI….. Maddie Bogue 2 – 5 3RBI…..Jaela Patton 3 – 4….Sommer Taylor 2 – 4, 2RBI… PITCHING: Maddie Bogue 6K’s

Tri 10 Northeastern 0….

Yorktown 11 Hagerstown 0

Fishers 10 Greenfield Central 0

Eastern Hancock 5 Shenandoah 2

New Palestine 14  Hamilton Southeastern 2

Pendleton Heights 11 Alexandria Monroe 0

Eastern Hancock 5 Shenandoah 2

Delta 9 New Castle 6

Shelbyville 14 Rushville 1

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

Northeastern 192 Centerville 241…MEDALIST: Alex Beatty, Northeastern 39

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Centerville 3 Knightstown 2

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Seattle 4 Baltimore 2

Minnesota 4 Boston 3

Cleveland 4 Chicago White Sox 2

Seattle 2 Baltimore 1

Texas 6 Tampa Bay 4 (10)

Kansas City 7 Toronto 5

Oakland 8 Detroit 4

Atlanta 7 Miami 6

San Diego 8 Pittsburgh 3

Arizona 11 Washington 6

Philadelphia at NY Mets postponed

LA Dodgers 7 Colorado 5

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NBA SCOREBOARD

Milwaukee 120 Atlanta 109

Golden State 119 Cleveland 101

Boston 121 LA Lakers 113

Phoenix 122 Sacramento 114

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NHL SCOREBOARD

NY Rangers 4 New Jersey 0

Buffalo 5 Washington 2

Carolina 4 Nashville 1

Tampa Bay 3 Florida 2

Winnipeg 5 Toronto 2

Boston 4 NY Islanders 1

Detroit 4 Chicago 1

Dallas 4 Columbus 1

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NCAA VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND

Baylor 3 Pepperdine 2

Louisville 3 San Diego 1

Ohio State 3 Missouri 0

Oregon 3 Notre Dame 0

Florida 3 Morehead State 0

Nebraska 3 Texas State 0

Purdue 3 High Point 0

Washington 3 Dayton 2

Minnesota 3 Georgia 0

Kentucky 3 UNLV 0

Texas 3 Wright State 0

Wisconsin 3 Weber State 0

Penn State 3 North Carolina A&T 0

BYU 3 UCLA 0

Western Kentucky 3 Washington State 2

Pittsburgh 3 Utah 0

PGA LEADERBOARD

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1Cameron Smith62   -9 (62)F
2Stewart Cink63   -8 (63)F
3tMatt Wallace65   -6 (65)F
3tCollin Morikawa65   -6 (65)F
5tCharles Howell III66   -5 (66)F
5tBilly Horschel66   -5 (66)F
5tHarold Varner III66   -5 (66)F
8tLucas Glover67   -4 (67)F
8tTom Hoge67   -4 (67)F
8tAustin Cook67   -4 (67)F
8tKevin Streelman67   -4 (67)F
8tDaniel Berger67   -4 (67)F
8tMackenzie Hughes67   -4 (67)F
8tCorey Conners67   -4 (67)F
8tBrian Harman67   -4 (67)F
8tKyoung-Hoon Lee67   -4 (67)F
17tDanny Lee68   -3 (68)F
17tCharley Hoffman68   -3 (68)F
17tBrian Gay68   -3 (68)F
17tSung Kang68   -3 (68)F
17tSungjae Im68   -3 (68)F
17tTroy Merritt68   -3 (68)F
17tBranden Grace68   -3 (68)F
17tWill Zalatoris68   -3 (68)F
17tMichael Thompson68   -3 (68)F
17tEmiliano Grillo68   -3 (68)F
17tMatthew NeSmith68   -3 (68)F
17tAdam Schenk68   -3 (68)F
17tVaughn Taylor68   -3 (68)F
17tCarlos Ortiz68   -3 (68)F
17tRobert Streb68   -3 (68)F
17tWesley Bryan68   -3 (68)F
17tSergio Garcia68   -3 (68)F
17tDanny Willett68   -3 (68)F
35tCamilo Villegas69   -2 (69)F
35tCameron Davis69   -2 (69)F
35tNick Taylor69   -2 (69)F
35tKevin Tway69   -2 (69)F
35tRichy Werenski69   -2 (69)F
35tBrandt Snedeker69   -2 (69)F
35tBrice Garnett69   -2 (69)F
35tScott Harrington69   -2 (69)F
35tRussell Henley69   -2 (69)F
35tAbraham Ancer69   -2 (69)F
35tIan Poulter69   -2 (69)F
46tDoug Ghim70   -1 (70)F
46tKyle Stanley70   -1 (70)F
46tAndrew Landry70   -1 (70)F
46tAndrew Putnam70   -1 (70)F
46tJim Furyk70   -1 (70)F
46tMatt Kuchar70   -1 (70)F
46tDustin Johnson70   -1 (70)F
46tRory Sabbatini70   -1 (70)F
46tChristiaan Bezuidenhout70   -1 (70)F
46tRobert MacIntyre70   -1 (70)F
46tWyndham Clark70   -1 (70)F
46tBrian Stuard70   -1 (70)F
46tBrendon Todd70   -1 (70)F
46tShane Lowry70   -1 (70)F
46tScott Piercy70   -1 (70)F
46tHudson Swafford70   -1 (70)F
46tHarris English70   -1 (70)F
46tChris Kirk70   -1 (70)F
46tSepp Straka70   -1 (70)F
46tRafael Campos70   -1 (70)F
46tRyan Moore70   -1 (70)F
67tHarry Higgs71   E (71)F
67tMaverick McNealy71   E (71)F
67tChase Seiffert71   E (71)F
67tRussell Knox71   E (71)F
67tMatthew Fitzpatrick71   E (71)F
67tSi Woo Kim71   E (71)F
67tAlex Noren71   E (71)F
67tAnirban Lahiri71   E (71)F
67tLee Westwood71   E (71)F
67tJason Dufner71   E (71)F
67tTyler Duncan71   E (71)F
67tDylan Frittelli71   E (71)F
67tWebb Simpson71   E (71)F
67tPatrick Cantlay71   E (71)F
81tBill Haas72   +1 (72)F
81tSatoshi Kodaira72   +1 (72)F
81tMichael Kim72   +1 (72)F
81tZach Johnson72   +1 (72)F
81tPatrick Rodgers72   +1 (72)F
81tSam Burns72   +1 (72)F
81tBo Hoag72   +1 (72)F
81tTom Lewis72   +1 (72)F
81tAaron Wise72   +1 (72)F
81tKevin Kisner72   +1 (72)F
81tC.T. Pan72   +1 (72)F
81tPat Perez72   +1 (72)F
81tSebastian Munoz72   +1 (72)F
81tRyan Armour72   +1 (72)F
81tByeong Hun An72   +1 (72)F
81tHenrik Norlander72   +1 (72)F
81tNick Watney72   +1 (72)F
81tJohn Augenstein72   +1 (72)F
99tDenny McCarthy73   +2 (73)F
99tRobby Shelton73   +2 (73)F
99tMark Hubbard73   +2 (73)F
99tTed Potter, Jr.73   +2 (73)F
99tAdam Long73   +2 (73)F
99tMartin Trainer73   +2 (73)F
99tLuke Donald73   +2 (73)F
99tGraeme McDowell73   +2 (73)F
99tHunter Mahan73   +2 (73)F
99tPeter Malnati73   +2 (73)F
99tScott Stallings73   +2 (73)F
99tTyrrell Hatton73   +2 (73)F
99tBo Van Pelt73   +2 (73)F
99tScott Brown73   +2 (73)F
99tTommy Gibson73   +2 (73)F
114tWilliam McGirt74   +3 (74)F
114tPatton Kizzire74   +3 (74)F
114tChesson Hadley74   +3 (74)F
114tLuke List74   +3 (74)F
114tKevin Na74   +3 (74)F
114tPaul Casey74   +3 (74)F
114tDavis Love III74   +3 (74)F
114tBeau Hossler74   +3 (74)F
114tBen Martin74   +3 (74)F
114tJ.T. Poston74   +3 (74)F
124tXinjun Zhang75   +4 (75)F
124tJim Herman75   +4 (75)F
124tChez Reavie75   +4 (75)F
124tWill Gordon75   +4 (75)F
128tBrandon Hagy76   +5 (76)F
128tTommy Fleetwood76   +5 (76)F
128tK.J. Choi76   +5 (76)F
128tMichael Gligic76   +5 (76)F
128tAdam Hadwin76   +5 (76)F
133Bryson Nimmer80   +9 (80)F
134Doc Redman81   +10 (81)F

TOP HEADLINES

MLB: Price earns 1st regular-season save, Dodgers top Rockies 7-5

LOS ANGELES (AP) Justin Turner and Max Muncy each hit a three-run homer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5 on Thursday night as David Price earned his first regular-season save.

Muncy’s two-out drive in the seventh inning off reliever Yency Almonte (0-1) gave the defending World Series champions a 6-5 lead on the way to their sixth straight victory.

Price pitched out of trouble in the ninth, striking out two. Primarily a starter throughout his 13-year career, the left-hander has moved into a relief role this season because of the Dodgers’ stacked and star-studded rotation. His only other save came as a rookie with Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the 2008 AL Championship Series against Boston.

Jimmy Nelson (1-1) worked a hitless inning in relief of starter Julio Urias and the Dodgers (11-2), with the most wins in the majors, won at home on Jackie Robinson Day.

Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson homered for struggling Colorado (3-10), which completed an 0-6 road trip.

Nursing a one-run lead, the Dodgers made two errors in the sixth and the Rockies scored three times to take the lead. Zach McKinstry bobbled a ball in right field, allowing one run to score, and Chris Taylor’s throwing error gave Colorado another.

McMahon hit a first-pitch homer off Urias in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. It was McMahon’s sixth home run of the season. Hampson hit a solo shot in the third to make it 2-0.

Urias allowed five runs, four earned, and seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Turner connected in the bottom of the third to put Los Angeles ahead. A notoriously slow starter, the third baseman has four home runs already. He homered for the second time in two days, with his drive a day earlier landing in a fan’s plate of nachos.

Rockies starter Austin Gomber pitched six innings and gave up three runs. He struck out seven and walked two.

MLB: Ramírez, Indians bounce back from no-hitter, beat Chisox 4-2

CHICAGO (AP) Slumping Jose Ramirez connected for a go-ahead, two-run homer off Lance Lynn in the sixth inning and the Cleveland Indians bounced back from being no-hit, beating the Chicago White Sox 4-2 Thursday.

After Carlos Rodon just missed a perfect game in pitching a no-hitter Wednesday night, there was a different kind of tension this time as the benches emptied in the bottom of the first.

Adam Eaton singled and tried to advance when Indians right fielder Josh Naylor threw to third, hoping to get lead runner Tim Anderson. Eaton arrived ahead of the throwback to second, but was called out when his hand came off the bag while shortstop Andres Gimenez stood his ground and held the tag.

Eaton grabbed Gimenez’s leg, began barking and then pushed Gimenez in the chest with two hands. Indians starter Aaron Civale plunked Eaton with a pitch in the upper arm in the third.

Eaton said he had stopped at second and that Gimenez lifted arm off the bag. Eaton complained to second base umpire Bill Miller to no avail.

“I let the emotions get the best of me,” Eaton said. “Any time you get pushed off the bag and you’re safe, it’s a little frustrating.”

Lynn was nursing a 1-0 lead when Ramirez launched a full-count pitch with two outs deep to right for his third home run. Gimenez led off the inning with a ground-rule double before Ramirez ended his 0-for-19 skid.

Manager Terry Francona was happy to see his team finally break through offensively and earn a split in the four-game series.

“We were kind of at a point where we’ll take anything.” Francona said. “They ran some really good pitching at us. And we had to scratch for everything we got and it was enough today.”

Ramirez was ready this time against Lynn, who throws a variety of fastballs that cut and sink.

“I wasn’t paying attention to my number of at-bats without hits, but it was really good to get away with a split in the series” Ramirez said through an interpreter.

Civale (3-0) allowed only a run – in the first – and five hits through six innings in his third straight strong start. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out four, walked two and lowered his ERA to 2.18.

Nick Wittgren and James Karinchak followed with a scoreless inning each. Emmanuel Clase allowed an unearned run in the ninth, but got his third save.

MLB: Streak breaker: Kepler singles in 9th, as Twins edge Red Sox

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Max Kepler delivered the sigh-of-relief winner for Minnesota on the last day of a rough first homestand of the season.

The Boston Red Sox relentlessly kept the Twins from being comfortable all series.

Kepler’s bloop RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Minnesota a 4-3 victory Thursday over Boston – stopping a five-game losing streak for the Twins and breaking a nine-game winning string for the Red Sox.

“It’s impossible to go out and play baseball and not feel it when it’s going really well or when it’s not going really well. It’s really how you harness that,” manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Luis Arraez, ever the team sparkplug, let those emotions loose as he raced home on Kepler’s hit off Adam Ottavino (1-1) and belly-flopped into home plate.

“It’s a tough week, but we won the game,” said Arraez, who went 4 for 5 with a two-run single. “I think it’s a good start for us.”

The Twins avoided matching their longest losing streak in three years under Baldelli, a six-game slide from July 31-Aug. 5, 2020.

The Red Sox, who tied it in the eighth on Alex Verdugo’s three-run double, were on their longest winning streak since a 10-game run in 2018, the season they won the World Series.

“We ended up losing a game with a jam shot to center field. That’s not bad,” said manager Alex Cora, who was ejected for arguing in the eighth. “We just beat the American League Central champions, three out of four. We’ve been playing good baseball.”

Alex Colome (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory, despite a one-out double by Christian Arroyo. Verdugo capped a 10-pitch at-bat against Taylor Rogers with his two-out double in the eighth that made it 3-all. The Red Sox had loaded the bases against Hansel Robles.

MLB: Swanson single caps rally in 9th, Braves avoid Marlins sweep

ATLANTA (AP) Dansby Swanson and the Atlanta Braves were in danger of being swept in a four-game series by the Marlins, something that had never occurred.

Didn’t happen this time, either.

Swanson’s RBI single with the bases loaded capped Atlanta’s two-run rally in the ninth inning and the Braves beat Miami 7-6 Thursday to snap a four-game losing streak.

“Pressure situations are something I love,” Swanson said. “I love to have that pressure and the game hanging in the balance. It’s such a thrill.”

The Braves recovered after blowing a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth. Garrett Cooper singled to put Miami ahead.

Dylan Floro (0-1) couldn’t hold the 6-5 lead in the bottom half. Ender Inciarte and Ronald Acuna Jr. singled and Freddie Freeman walked to load the bases with no outs.

Floro struck out Travis d’Arnaud before walking Ozzie Albies to force in the tying run. Swanson’s single to left field set off the on-field celebration.

It was Swanson’s fifth career game-ending RBI.

“I don’t know that I want anybody in that situation other than Dansby,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s amazing in that arena. He loves it when the pressure is on him.”

Pablo Sandoval connected for his third pinch-hit homer this season, a three-run drive in the seventh that gave Atlanta a 5-3 lead.

Acuna hit a two-run homer, his seventh, for Atlanta’s only runs off Trevor Rogers, who pitched five innings and allowed three hits.

With Atlanta clinging to a 5-4 lead, A.J. Minter (1-0) walked Miguel Rojas to open the ninth, with ball four sailing to the screen behind home plate. Adam Duvall’s pinch-hit double to the wall in right-center tied the game.

With two outs, Cooper lined a single past Swanson’s dive at shortstop.

The Braves trailed 3-2 before Sandoval lined the opposite-field shot off Zach Pop into the Marlins’ bullpen behind the left-field wall. The homer, which drove in Austin Riley and Guillermo Heredia, gave Atlanta a 5-3 lead.

Starling Marte led off the seventh with a homer off Nate Jones, trimming Atlanta’s lead to one run.

Marlins second baseman Jon Berti raced into shallow center field to make a tumbling, over-the-shoulder catch of Albies’ pop fly to open the second. Berti reached for the ball with his back to the infield to make the catch.

Jazz Chisholm Jr. doubled in the second and scored on Berti’s double off Ian Anderson. Chad Wallach’s single drove in Berti for a 2-0 lead. Corey Dickerson’s run-scoring single in the fourth added to Miami’s lead.

“At the end of the day we played well here and I think we’re laying the foundation,” manager Don Mattingly said.

MLB: A’s pound Tigers, back Manaea’s 1st victory of season, 8-4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Piscotty and Matt Olson homered to back Sean Manaea’s first victory of the season, and the Oakland Athletics won their fifth straight game by beating the Detroit Tigers 8-4 on Thursday night.

Piscotty connected in the third inning off Tarik Skubal (0-2), and Olson went deep in the fifth. Elvis Andrus added a sacrifice fly as Manaea (1-1) received plenty of support. He struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter over six strong innings.

The left-hander allowed two runs on five hits and has a nine-game winning streak against AL Central teams dating to a victory against Cleveland in August 2016 during his rookie season.

Matt Chapman had a two-run double and the defending AL West champs are suddenly surging following a forgettable 0-6 start, having won six of seven. Oakland also capitalized on a pair of bases-loaded walks.

Niko Goodrum homered for Detroit, which was coming off a sweep at Houston in manager A.J. Hinch’s return following the sign-stealing scheme that got him fired by the Astros before the shortened 2020 season. That came after a four-game skid by the Tigers and losses in six of seven.

Oakland – which drew a crowd of 3,004 – began a stretch of seven straight against the AL Central and improved to 66-20 versus that division since June 23, 2017. The A’s have scored 37 runs during their winning streak.

REACHING OUT

Last summer, Hinch reached out to A’s manager Bob Melvin to apologize for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scam when he managed Houston.

They have a longtime respect and strong working relationship as colleagues from their days together with the Diamondbacks.

“I’ve worked with Bob in a couple different ways,” Hinch said. “I had him when I was in the front office, he was the manager, then I end up being the manager right after him. He and I have known each other a long time. I have great respect for him. I did call him last summer when I was suspended to apologize to him in understanding how wrong we were and how it impacted the A’s and him and the entire game of baseball. That business was handled last summer.”

It was A’s right-hander Mike Fiers who made public the cheating involving his former club.

MLB: Machado homers, Padres earn split with Pirates in 8-3 win

PITTSBURGH (AP) The San Diego Padres needed a boost with a showdown against the Los Angeles Dodgers looming.

Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer didn’t wait to provide one.

Machado hit his third home run of the season during a four-run first and Hosmer added a two-run single in the second as the Padres jumped on the Pittsburgh Pirates early in an 8-3 win on Thursday.

The early outburst against Mitch Keller (1-2) helped San Diego earn a split of the four-game series against the Pirates and finish 5-2 during an eastern swing through Texas and PNC Park.

“We felt like a day like this was coming,” said Hosmer, one of four Padres with two hits as San Diego bounced back from consecutive losses to the rebuilding Pirates.

The victory set the stage for San Diego’s first meeting of the season with the reigning World Series champions, who visit Petco Park for a three-game series starting Friday.

The two met in the NL Division Series last fall, a 3-0 sweep by Los Angeles on its way to the franchise’s first championship in 32 years. Nearly every move San Diego made during the offseason was designed to close the gap on the Dodgers in the NL West. This weekend offers a glimpse of how much progress the Padres have made.

“I think it’s a little different heading in,” Hosmer said. “Obviously having a little bit of history with them in the postseason last year, maybe that’ll spice things up a little bit.”

Chris Paddack (1-1) labored at times but managed to get through five innings and give San Diego’s overtaxed bullpen some semblance of a normal workload after being forced to cover a combined 11 innings in losses Tuesday and Wednesday. Craig Stammen worked three innings to pick up just the sixth save of his 12-year big league career and first since 2019.

MLB: Fernando Tatis Jr. takes batting practice, San Diego Padres ‘optimistic’ for Friday return

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. took live batting practice in Pittsburgh on Thursday morning, and manager Jayce Tingler said the team is “optimistic” he’ll be available for Friday’s game against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

Friday marks the first day Tatis is eligible to be activated off the injured list since suffering a subluxation of his left shoulder during a violent swing on April 5, his third reported issue with that shoulder in a span of 23 days. Subluxations (in which the shoulder essentially slips out of its position in the socket but doesn’t fully dislocate) often lead to surgery. But there are also cases when players can manage the ailment for a prolonged period of time.

Tingler cautioned that he still needs to meet with the Padres’ medical department but added that Thursday was Tatis’ “best day” in terms of hitting since suffering the injury.

“We’re optimistic that he has a good chance to be ready to play tomorrow,” Tingler said.

Tatis, 22, batted .301/.374/.582 with 39 home runs, 27 stolen bases and eight triples in his first 143 games from 2019 to 2020, compiling 6.5 FanGraphs wins above replacement. Before the 2021 season began, he had already secured major marketing deals with Gatorade and Adidas, graced the cover of MLB The Show and obtained a 14-year, $340 million extension.

MLB: Cubs’ Tepera suspended for 3 games, manager Ross 1 by MLB

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Tepera was suspended for three games on Thursday by Major League Baseball, which concluded he intentionally threw at Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff this week.

Tepera appealed the penalty handed down by MLB senior vice president for on-field operations Michael Hill. Tepera, who also was fined, will not have to serve any discipline while the appeal is pending before MLB special adviser John McHale Jr.

Cubs manager David Ross was suspended for one game and fined because of Tepera’s actions. Managers immediately serve discipline, and Ross will sit out the Cubs’ series opener against Atlanta on Friday.

Chicago’s Willson Contreras was hit by a pitch from oodruff leading off the fourth inning on Tuesday night. Tepera threw a pitch behind Woodruff in the fifth.

Contreras hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Brent Suter in the eighth, and the Cubs went on to win 3-2.

NBA: Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge abruptly retires due to health scare

NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge announced on Twitter on Thursday that he is retiring from the NBA after experiencing an irregular heartbeat during his final appearance with the team.

“For 15 years I’ve put basketball first,” Aldridge wrote. “And now, it is time to put my health and family first.”

Aldridge, 35, said he experienced the irregular heartbeat during the Nets’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, after which his condition worsened.

“The next morning, I told the team what was going on and they were great getting me to the hospital,” Aldridge wrote. “Though I’m better now, what I felt with my heart that night was still one of the scariest things I’ve experienced.”

Aldridge had missed the Nets’ past two games with what the team called a non-COVID-19 illness.

Nets general manager Sean Marks said the team fully supports Aldridge’s decision to retire.

“We know this was not an easy decision for him, but after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts, he made the best decision for him, his family and for his life after basketball,” Marks said in a statement.

NBA: Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine in health and safety protocol, expected to miss several games, sources say

Chicago Bulls All-Star guard Zach LaVine is expected to miss several games after entering into the NBA’s health and safety protocol, sources told ESPN.

The Bulls called off practice Thursday because of health and safety protocol concerns, the team said.

Chicago’s playoff hopes have been dampened lately, as the Bulls have dropped four straight games to fall to 22-32. The Bulls are currently 10th in the Eastern Conference, holding the final spot in the play-in tournament.

LaVine is averaging a career-high 27.5 points per game this season.

NBA: Michael Jordan to present the late Kobe Bryant at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the list of Hall of Famers scheduled to present the 2020 class of honorees — led by Michael Jordan honoring Kobe Bryant.

Jordan, who spoke at Bryant’s memorial service in February 2020, will also introduce Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, making him the only Hall of Famer presenting multiple candidates during this year’s induction ceremony.

The connection between Jordan — arguably the greatest player of all time — and Bryant — who did everything he could to emulate his idol — was far deeper than anyone knew, though that only came to light when Jordan gave his heartfelt speech at the memorial service following Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash.

“At first, it was an aggravation,” Jordan said of Bryant constantly peppering him with questions early in his career. “Then it became a passion.

“As I got to know him, I wanted to be the best big brother I could be.”

Bryant is far from the only big name in the 2020 class, which is being honored on May 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fellow first-ballot inductees Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett will be introduced by David Robinson and Isiah Thomas, respectively, while Rudy Tomjanovich, the two-time NBA champion coach of the Houston Rockets, will be presented by franchise icons Hakeem Olajuwon and Calvin Murphy.

Eddie Sutton, who made three Final Fours and was the national college coach of the year four times, will be presented by former player Sidney Moncrief, former assistant and Kansas coach Bill Self, and Kentucky coach John Calipari. Sutton died last May. Five-time Division II national coach of the year Barbara Stevens will be introduced by Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma and former Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw; WNBA legend Tamika Catchings will be presented by Alonzo Mourning and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley; and longtime FIBA executive Patrick Baumann will be introduced by former NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik and Vlade Divac. Baumann died in 2018.

The inductees or their families had the opportunity to choose previous Hall of Famers to introduce them.

NBA: Jaylen Brown scores 40, Celtics beat Lakers 121-113

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jaylen Brown scored four of his 40 points in the final minute, and the Boston Celtics blew most of a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding on for their fifth straight victory, 121-113 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

Brown made 13 of his first 14 shots and hit three 3-pointers while falling two points shy of his career high for the Celtics, who have won eight of 11 despite an embarrassing finish at Staples Center.

Boston led 113-86 with seven minutes to play, shortly after coach Brad Stevens pulled his starters. But Talen Horton-Tucker and Ben McLemore led a 24-2 run by the Lakers that forced Brown and Boston’s first string back into the game.

Brown hit a floater through contact and added a leaning jumper with 32 seconds left to squelch the Lakers’ rally, and Boston split the season series between these historic rivals.

“The Celtics-Lakers matchup is a matchup that kids dream about, so regardless of who’s on the floor, I’m excited to play,” Brown said. “Having that energy with those Lakers fans back in the arena, it feels good to get a win.”

Payton Pritchard and Marcus Smart added 15 points apiece for the Celtics, who never trailed despite committing 21 turnovers. Boston also won with just 14 points from Jayson Tatum, whose streak of scoring 20 points in 11 consecutive games ended.

“We have a tendency to be loose with the ball, and we’ve got to stop that,” Stevens said. “It’ll bite us in time. You can’t keep playing like that and expect to win.”

Horton-Tucker scored 19 points and Marc Gasol had a season-high 18 for Los Angeles, which has alternated wins and losses since March 28. McLemore scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter of his home debut with the Lakers.

“Those guys came out and competed their tails off,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said of his end-of-the-bench reserves and Horton-Tucker. “I wanted them to be able to get the `W,’ but that was awesome how they played.”

Along with the long-term absences of superstars Anthony Davis and LeBron James, the Lakers faced Boston without new center Andre Drummond, who has a bruised right big toe, and Markieff Morris, who has a sprained left ankle.

Dennis Schroder nearly sat out with an infection on the ball of his right foot, but contributed eight points and eight assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also played through mid-game back spasms, and Gasol stayed in after dislocating his pinky finger, which got popped back into place during a timeout.

Boston carved up the Lakers’ starters in the first half while taking a 14-point lead. The Celtics hit 56% of their shots against the NBA’s No. 1 defense, with Brown scoring his 21 points particularly easily.

“When those guys go out there and punch them in the mouth like that, it sets a tone for the whole game,” Pritchard said.

NBA: Giannis returns, Bucks cool off surging Hawks 120-109

ATLANTA (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in his return to the Milwaukee lineup and got plenty of help from his teammates as the Bucks cooled off the surging Atlanta Hawks 120-109 Thursday night.

Antetokounmpo had missed six games with an ailing left knee before getting cleared to play in Atlanta, where he starred in the NBA All-Star Game last month.

He played 25 minutes in his return, hitting 7 of 12 shots to go along with five rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block. He didn’t have to carry too much of a load as the Bucks put seven players in double figures, led by Jrue Holiday with 23 points.

“Watching this team play six games, I realize this team is really, really good,” Antetokounmpo said. “I just want to help as much as I can.”

While the Bucks had won their last two games without Antetokounmpo, they were thrilled to have him back on the court.

“He’s our best player,” Holiday said. “That’s the caliber of team we want to be, especially now going into the end of the season. Seeing Giannis out there, he’s so dominant, he attracts so many people. He makes the game easier for everybody else.”

The Hawks got as close as 113-105 with just over two minutes remaining, but the Bucks sealed the victory with a sequence in which they claimed three straight offensive rebounds, the last leading to a put-back dunk by Brook Lopez.

Pat Connaughton finished off Atlanta with a 3-pointer.

Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Hawks with 28 points, hitting six 3-pointers. Trae Young returned after missing two games with a calf injury but had a terrible night, connecting on just 3 of 17 shots.

“That was the key to the game plan,” said Holiday, one of those charged with guarding the Atlanta star. “I think we did a pretty good job of not giving him any easy, open looks.”

The Hawks lost for only the sixth time in 22 games since Nate McMillan took over as interim coach.

NBA: Ayton scores 26, Suns beat Kings for 10th straight home win

PHOENIX (AP) Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Devin Booker added 23 points and the Phoenix Suns won their 10th straight home game by beating the Sacramento Kings 122-114 on Thursday night.

The Suns haven’t lost in their home arena for nearly a month, but struggled to put away the Kings for much of the night, taking a 95-94 lead into the fourth quarter. Sacramento took its first lead of the second half when Delon Wright made a layup to make it 96-95.

The game remained close throughout the fourth, but the Suns slowly pushed ahead and Booker threw a long alley-oop pass to Ayton for a dunk with 4:38 left that made it 110-104. Ayton muscled his way to another bucket a few possessions later to push the Phoenix up 112-104.

“We just had to gut it out,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “I was really happy for (Ayton) to be able to be the guy down the stretch, taking advantage of his size against their switches.”

It was another good game for Ayton, who has found his niche playing alongside the All-Star backcourt of Chris Paul and Booker. Ayton shot 10 of 11 from the field and made all six of his free throws. Paul finished with 13 points and 11 assists.

Paul said Ayton’s big moments in clutch situations are important as the Suns prepare for the first playoff run since 2010.

“I think it’s big for all of us,” Paul said. “These games build confidence and trust and that’s what it comes down to in the playoffs.”

The Suns improved to 40-15 for the season, hitting 40 wins for the first time since 2014.

“I’m grateful for it,” Williams said. “But I can’t spend much time dwelling on it.”

NBA: Curry scores 33, Warriors roll to 119-101 win over Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) Stephen Curry scored 33 points – topping 30 for a career-best ninth consecutive game – and the Golden State Warriors pulled away for a 119-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

Curry, who made an NBA-record 29 3-pointers over the previous three games, is averaging 38.2 points during his torrid run. He missed his first eight attempts beyond the arc, finishing 4 of 13, and had five assists in leading Golden State to its season-high fourth straight win.

“He’s been incredible lately, even by Steph standards,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s the result of a lifetime of training and hard work, but he just does it night after night. We’re in a very good place right now. The guys feel good about themselves.”

Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Juan Toscano-Anderson had 20 and Draymond Green added five points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Golden State, which is ninth in the West. The Warriors led by 18 points in the second quarter and were up 22 in the fourth.

“I just try to bring the team joy and a competitive fire,” Curry said. “We’ve got a ways to go, but developing different ways to win games is a good thing.”

“It’s amazing the way Curry plays,” Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen said, shaking his head in disbelief. “He literally makes anything from half-court to the baseline.”

Collin Sexton scored 30 points in his return from a two-game absence with a strained groin and Allen had 17 points and 14 rebounds for Cleveland. Darius Garland added 20 points and seven assists.

The Cavaliers have lost 16 of their last 17 to the Warriors with the lone win coming in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals – the third of their unprecedented four straight matchups in the championship series.

NFL: Pass-rusher Aldon Smith signs with Seattle Seahawks

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith has signed with Seattle, the Seahawks announced Thursday.

A source told ESPN it is a one-year deal.

The 31-year-old Smith adds to what was already a deep collection of edge rushers in Seattle. The Seahawks re-signed Carlos Dunlap and Benson Mayowa, added Kerry Hyder and return Jamal Adams,  L.J. Collier, Alton Robinson, Rasheem Green and Darrell Taylor.

After being reinstated from an indefinite suspension that lasted from 2016 to 2019 for multiple off-field incidents and violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Smith joined the Cowboys in 2020 on a one-year deal worth up to $4 million based on certain incentives.

The Seahawks had strong interest in Smith last offseason before he signed with Dallas, a source told ESPN.

Smith was informed on March 24 that he would not be re-signed by the Cowboys, a source told ESPN.

He started the 2020 season strong with a three-sack outing in Week 3 against the Seahawks, but he finished the year with five sacks. He was second to DeMarcus Lawrence on the Cowboys with 33 quarterback pressures and had 48 tackles, five tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries, returning one for a touchdown.

NFL: Browns join NFL teams saying they’ll skip offseason workouts

CLEVELAND (AP) — Following the guidance and advice of Browns center and NFL Players Association President JC Tretter, Cleveland’s players joined a growing list of teams vowing to skip voluntary in-person workouts this offseason.

The Browns followed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots and New York Giants in saying they’ll exercise their collectively bargained rights not to take part in the workouts, which were scheduled to begin next week.

On Wednesday, the league issued a memo to all 32 teams announcing that the first four weeks of the voluntary program will be virtual before transitioning to in person at the team’s respective training facilities.

Last year, the off-season programs were all done virtually and training camp was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Browns players released a statement through the NFLPA saying they are opposed to the idea.

“The NFL’s memo outlining how they plan to implement voluntary workouts falls short of what we as players believe is adequate,” the statement said. “The Cleveland Browns players agree that a virtual offseason, like we had last year, is the best decision for everyone in our league.

“COVID-19 continues to affect our players, our families and our communities, and we must continue to take it seriously. In addition to the ongoing threat of the pandemic, we felt healthier both mentally and physically last year, which we attribute to sufficient recovery time and the lack of additional wear and tear on our bodies during the spring months. The league-wide injury data supports us as well, as NFL players experienced a 23% reduction in missed-time injuries last season.

NFL: NFL inks sports bet deals with Caesars, FanDuel, DraftKings

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Once one of the staunchest opponents of allowing people to bet legally on its games, the NFL on Thursday announced deals with three major gambling companies to become official sports betting partners.

The league is partnering with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings and FanDuel, all of which will get the use of NFL trademarks and official league data, and will integrate their own betting content into media properties including NFL.com and the league’s official app.

“As the sports betting landscape has continued to evolve in the United States, we have been thoughtful with our strategy and are excited to announce three partners who share the NFL’s vision and goals,” said Renie Anderson, chief revenue officer and executive vice president of NFL Partnerships. “Working closely with Caesars, DraftKings and FanDuel, we will provide fans new and different ways of interacting and engaging with the sport they love.”

Terms of the deals were not announced.

Caesars will continue as the league’s official casino sponsor. The deal calls for to Caesars to create content and opportunities for engagement across its legal online sports betting operations and its nationwide network of retail sportsbooks.

DraftKings is renewing its role as the league’s official daily fantasy sports partner. It will integrate content across NFL media properties, including a “prominent presence” on the NFL Red Zone channel.

FanDuel will have access to video footage from the league, and will work with the league on pre-game integration opportunities on the NFL Network for the seven regular season games the network will air in 2021.

The NFL was among the professional sports leagues that vehemently fought New Jersey’s efforts to overturn a ban on legal sports betting in most of the country, opposing gambling as a perceived threat to the integrity of its games.

But New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May 2018 clearing the way for any state to offer legal sports betting; by the end of this year nearly half the country could have legal sports betting amid the fast-changing landscape.

The deals were the logical extension of a trend that has seen gambling companies join forces with media companies and sports leagues to capitalize on the fast-growing legal sports betting market.

“Together, we will create new ways for football fans to share in the action of their favorite sport,” Caesars CEO Tom Reeg said. “Football season will be more exciting than ever now that fans can enjoy an enhanced experience at our casinos, in our sportsbooks, and online.”

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: USC given probation, fined for assistant coach’s violations but avoids postseason ban

The NCAA on Thursday placed the USC men’s basketball program on two years’ probation as a result of former assistant coach Tony Bland accepting bribes to steer players to certain business managers and financial advisers once they turned pro.

USC was fined $5,000 plus 1% of the men’s basketball program budget, and the NCAA accepted recruiting restrictions previously self-imposed by the university.

Bland, one of four former assistant coaches charged in federal criminal cases involving bribery in college basketball, reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in December 2018. In June 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos sentenced Bland to 100 hours of community service and two years’ probation.

He was given a three-year show-cause order from the NCAA, during which any school employing him “must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.”

USC athletic director Mike Bohn said the school is ready to put this investigation in the past.

“I’m proud of our university, athletics department and men’s basketball program for our management of this matter,” Bohn said in a statement. “Since my arrival at the end of 2019, I have been focused on continuing and enhancing our already-robust compliance program. The NCAA’s findings, comments and acceptance of our self-imposed penalties are a reflection of our commitment to accountability, integrity and transparency. … We are thrilled this matter is now behind us, and our focus remains on being the most student-athlete centered program in the country.”

MEN’S COLLEE BASKETBALL:  Cincinnati hires UNC Greensboro basketball coach Wes Miller

CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati has hired UNC Greensboro coach Wes Miller to replace the fired John Brannen.

Miller, regarded as one of the top young coaches in college basketball, won 185 games in 10 seasons at UNC Greensboro. Over the last five years, the Spartans have five-straight 20-win seasons, two NCAA Tournament appearances, two NIT appearances and two Southern Conference tournament championships.

“He is an extremely dynamic coach and mentor who impressed me with his drive, focus and attention to detail,” Cincinnati athletic director John Cunningham said. “He’s a proven winner as a head coach and was able to rebuild a program and lead a remarkable turnaround at UNCG over the last decade. We cast a very wide net in this search and Wes emerged as the right coach to lead the Bearcats into the future.”

Miller’s six-year contract must still be approved by the school’s board of trustees. Terms were not disclosed.

“I am honored to lead such a storied program and excited to get to work,” said Miller, who played for coach Roy Williams at North Carolina and was mentioned as a possible candidate to be Williams’ successor before Hubert Davis was hired.

Cincinnati fired Brannen last week after two seasons following an investigation into an exodus of players from the program. Brannen was put on paid leave last month after six players entered the transfer portal in the first three days after the season ended.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Livers not returning for extra year with Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan senior Isaiah Livers is not returning for an extra year of eligibility.

A team spokesman confirmed Livers’ decision Thursday. At this point, guard Eli Brooks is the only Michigan player expected to take advantage of the extra year that the NCAA is allowing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

That means Michigan loses Livers, guard Mike Smith, guard Chaundee Brown and forward Austin Davis from this year’s team that won the Big Ten title and reached the Elite Eight.

The Wolverines also await NBA draft decisions from sophomore guard Franz Wagner and freshman center Hunter Dickinson.

Livers missed this year’s NCAA Tournament because of a right foot injury and is recovering from surgery earlier this month.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: LSU leading scorer Cam Thomas declares for NBA draft

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU freshman Cameron Thomas, whose 23 points per game led the Tigers in scoring, announced Thursday that he is declaring for the NBA draft and intends to sign with an agent.

The 6-foot-4 guard from Chesapeake, Virginia, led all Division 1 freshmen in scoring last season while helping LSU advance to the finals of the SEC Tournament and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Thomas scored 27 points in a victory over St. Bonaventure and 30 points in a loss to Michigan in his two NCAA Tournament games.

He finished with the 13th-highest scoring average in LSU history. Only three players have averaged more points than Thomas in their first season at LSU: Pete Maravich (43.8 in 1968), Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (30.2 in 1989) and Bob Pettit (25.5 in 1952).

Thomas made his announcement in a social media post that also was disseminated by LSU.

He is the latest of several prominent LSU players to declare for the NBA draft. Junior guard Javonte Smart also has done so, along with junior forward Darius Days and sophomore forward Trendon Watford. Days is the only one among them who did not specify that he was hiring an agent.

Players who go undrafted and have college eligibility remaining may return to their college teams, but only if they terminate any relationships with agents, and if their prior dealings with agents did not violate NCAA restrictions regarding the limited financial benefits agents may provide clients who have yet to play professionally.

The exodus of players from LSU was expected. But it also comes as the NCAA continues to look into allegations of improper recruiting tactics by coach Will Wade.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS: College sports already adapting to new NCAA transfer rules

(AP) As spring practice winds down, Arkansas coach Sam Pittman sees some potential holes in his roster.

Arkansas didn’t use the maximum 25 scholarships this year on its incoming recruits so it has a few left over to hit the transfer market, where there is no longer any question about whether athletes who switch schools will be immediately eligible to compete.

“We might take a tight end,” Pittman said. “The bottom line is whomever we took would have to be a D-lineman or someone with the ball in his hands. I don’t think we’d take an offensive lineman in the portal right now.”

The NCAA made it official Thursday, announcing the Division I Council had voted to approve a plan that will allow all college athletes to transfer one time as an undergraduate without having to sit out a season.

The so-called one-time exception that has been available to athletes in most college sports for years will now also be available to football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey and baseball players who transfer from one Division I school to another.

It’s a big change, a long time coming and it has some in college sports, especially football, worried about the potential for unintended consequences: Fewer scholarships available to high school recruits. Power programs poaching players from small schools. Rosters turning over quicker than coaches can keep up.

While those are all real concerns, it has been apparent for several years this was coming and coaches have already been operating in this new reality of increased player freedom.

“I don’t think anything’s changed,” Penn State football coach James Franklin said. “Let’s be honest, over the last two years everybody knew all the transfer policies and the requirement to get immediate eligibility and everybody was saying whatever they had to say to become eligible.”

Franklin was referring to a tweak to the NCAA’s waiver policy made a few years back that seemed to make it easier for transferring athletes to gain immediate eligibility. It wasn’t quite so simple and plenty of athletes had their requests denied, but it did create an expectation of immediate eligibility for all.

Starting next September, there will be no more gray area. The first transfer is free, no questions asked.

“We’re going to adapt to it and make it an advantage for us,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said Thursday. “I think what’s going to happen as you see how often in a lot of leagues, you know the good players go to a good team and the bad players leave good teams because they’re not playing. So is that going to make the rich get richer?”

Among the notable transferring football players who will now be eligible next season at their new schools are former five-star running back Demarkcus Bowman, who left Clemson for Florida, and receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, who switched from Nebraska to Kentucky.

There appears to be an uptick this year in athletes putting their names in the NCAA transfer portal, a database created in 2017 to provide more transparency in the process.

“There’s over 2,000 kids that went into the football transfer portal,” North Carolina coach Mack Brown said. “The last update that I got was that only 37% had a place to go.”

Combine the number of transfers with the NCAA’s decision to give athletes in all sports a free year of eligibility because of the pandemic and there is little doubt that there will be more scholarship-worthy major college football players than available scholarships over the next few seasons.

Coaches have already begun lobbying for relief in the form of increasing either the yearly cap of 25 signees or the overall roster cap of 85 scholarship players. Brown is among those who have mentioned allowing programs to add a transfer if they lose a transfer.

The concern, especially in football, is that a wave of departures after spring practice could lead to a depleted roster and no means to fill it.

The NCAA’s new transfer rules will require players in fall and winter sports to notify their current schools they intend to leave by May 1; spring sport athletes must do so by July 1, starting in 2022.

Administrators who have the final say on NCAA rules are in no rush to make changes.

“Our position as a football oversight committee was: Let’s let this thing play out a little and not rush to judgment,” West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons said. “If we start seeing a complete trend, then we can go back and revisit it.”

Lyons acknowledged that about 30% of football players in the portal would likely be left without a landing spot, but he believes that could lead to a market correction in coming years.

“Does that slow it down, when you tell a young person, ‘Hey, you can enter the portal but it doesn’t mean you’re going to definitely get a home out of this?’” said Lyons, who is chairman of the NCAA football oversight committee.

Brown worries college programs will increasingly use scholarships on transfers rather than high school players.

“A lot of people might take one of our second team players at the FCS level or a Group Five (school) that would have recruited one of those (class of) ’22 kids, and now he’d rather have a transfer that’s older and proven than a high school kid,” Brown said.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker is one of many coaches who has already designed his program’s recruiting operation similar to the way pro teams have college scouting for the draft and pro scouting for free agency.

“We have someone that monitors the portal, sits there and presses refresh every 30 minutes,” Tucker said. The Spartans have had more than a dozen players transfer out this offseason and more than a dozen transfer in.

NCAA rules already prohibit recruiting players who are not yet in the portal, but skirting tampering violations by making indirect contact with athletes through high school coaches or personal trainers is already a fact of life.

That’s especially problematic in basketball, where the up-transfer — a quality mid-major player leaving for a school in a traditional power conference —- has become common.

“When it doesn’t feel good is when it feels like, in essence, a kid is being recruited off your roster by somebody else, which typically means it’s not legal or ethical. There’s no integrity in that scenario,” South Dakota State athletic director Justin Sell said.

The players flow both ways, though. Plenty of athletes who were highly sought after in high school are finding more playing time after transferring out of the Power Five.

Count Pittman among those who don’t seem too worried about the new normal — for now.

“I think it’s headed in the right direction,” Pittman said. “I think the one-time transfer is the key there, though. I don’t think it’s let’s transfer once a year. At some point you’ve got to stick and make it happen and make it work for you.”

PGA: Cameron Smith leads RBC Heritage after career-low 62

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Cameron Smith birdied the difficult 17th and 18th holes at Harbour Town to shoot a 9-under 62, his career low on the PGA Tour, and take a one-shot lead over Stewart Cink at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.

Cink finished his 63 around lunchtime and no one appeared likely to beat that score in overcast, breezier afternoon conditions. Yet Smith played his best down the challenging stretch.

The Australian chipped in for birdie on the par-3 17th, then stuck his approach to the lighthouse finishing hole within 5 feet to take the lead. Smith surpassed his previous low of 63, accomplished three times on tour.

The 47-year-old Cink shot his lowest score in 75 career rounds at Harbour Town — not bad, considering he won here in 2000 and 2004.

Collin Morikawa, who will defend his PGA Championship title up the South Carolina coast next month, shot 65 along with Matt Wallace. Charles Howell III, Billy Horschel and Harold Varner III shot 66.

Smith is coming off a tie for 10th at the Masters, his second strong finish in five months at Augusta National. He was runner-up to Dustin Johnson last November.

“I feel like Augusta really gets my mind going, my creativity going,” he said.

Smith got a free drop after his second shot to the par-5 15th was near a temporary structure and played it to 3 feet for birdie. He missed the fairway and the green on the 16th before pitching to 6 feet to save par.

He saved his best for the last two holes, where the winds off Calibogue Sound regularly batter shots that appear on the mark.

Smith’s tee shot on the par-3 17th landed in a bunker well below the putting surface. Smith figured it would be a difficult up-and-down until he saw a nice lie and more green to work with than he anticipated.

“The ball was sitting nice,” he said.

It sat in the cup after Smith’s next stroke, which moved him into a tie with Cink at 8 under.

On the 18th, Smith smashed a 3-wood down the middle of the fairway and a 9-iron to near tap-in range, matching Davis Love III in 2002 and Peter Lonard in 2005 for the lowest opening round at Harbour Town.

“That was the icing on the cake,” he said.

Smith has never finished better than 15th in five previous appearances at the Heritage and missed the cut the last two years.

“Everything just came together,” he said. “It was a great day on the greens. I was hitting my irons really good. I had lots of good looks, and I just took advantage of them.”

MEN’S TENNIS: Top-ranked Djokovic loses, No. 3 Nadal eases into quarters

MONACO (AP) Top-ranked Novak Djokovic lost 6-4, 7-5 to Dan Evans on Thursday in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters for his first defeat of the year.

No. 3 Rafael Nadal had no such problems, breezing past Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals of a tournament he has won a record 11 times.

It was an unusually sloppy performance from Djokovic, the Australian Open champion who has 82 career titles compared to one for his unseeded British opponent.

“I don’t want to take anything away from his win, but from my side I just felt awful on the court,” Djokovic said. “Nothing worked. It’s one of those days.”

Having won in Melbourne for his 18th major title, Djokovic was 10-0 in 2021 coming into the match. But he faced pressure from the outset as he trailed 3-0 in the first set.

“Should have and could have done much, much better,” Djokovic said. “I can’t take anything positive away from this match.”

He dropped his serve five times in windy conditions.

“Tough to play in these kind of conditions against a guy like Evans who makes you move,” Djokovic said. “He’s very unpredictable with his shots. He dismantled my game.”

Evans, after breaking for a 6-5 lead in the second set, clinched victory on his first match point with a forehand winner that clipped the net.

“It probably hasn’t sunk in yet, I couldn’t quite believe that last ball went over the net. It nearly didn’t,” said Evans, who is ranked 33rd. “It’s clearly a big win. That’s the biggest thing, you’ve got to believe you can win. Serving it out isn’t easy, you’ve got all these things going through your head.”

Nadal broke Dimitrov’s serve five times in a lopsided contest that saw the 14th-seeded Bulgarian double-fault three times in his opening service game.

“Sorry for him. He played a bad match, that is the truth,” Nadal said. “I was doing the right things, but it is true that today was more his fault than my good tennis.”

Nadal next faces sixth-seeded Andrey Rublev, after the Russian beat ninth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-3.

Evans will play his first Masters quarterfinal against 11th-seeded David Goffin, who upset fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-4, 7-6 (7). Goffin saved all six break points he faced and broke the imposing German’s serve once.

In other third-round play, No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced 6-3, 6-4 against Cristian Garin and the big-serving Greek will meet Alejandro Davidovich Fokina after he beat wild-card entry Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (2).

No. 15 Fabio Fognini, the 2019 champion, won 6-2, 7-6 (1) against Filip Krajinovic. The Italian, who convincingly beat a subdued Nadal in the semifinals two years ago, plays Casper Ruud. The unseeded Norwegian won 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-5 against No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta.

The clay-court tournament was canceled last year because of the coronavirus.

WNBA DRAFT: Collier, Kuier taken 1-2 by Dallas Wings in WNBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) Charli Collier said she wrote down goals with her late father when he was hospitalized with cancer five years ago, and being selected No. 1 in the WNBA draft was one of them.

She checked off that goal on Thursday night when the Dallas Wings took her with the first pick.

“He’s here with me. He’s with me in the moment,” Collier said of her dad, who died in 2016. “My dad is so proud of me. Wish he could see this in real life. Nothing can take this moment away from me.”

The Wings also had the No. 2 pick and a rare opportunity to transform the franchise. They chose Awak Kuier, who became the first Finnish player to be drafted in the WNBA.

It’s the first time in league history that a team had picks No. 1 and 2. The Wings acquired the top pick in a February trade after being awarded the second choice in the draft lottery.

“Needless to say, we are thrilled with the results of the draft for our organization,” Wings president and general manager Greg Bibb said. “We took another big step forward tonight with the progress of our team. Obviously with drafting Charli and Awak we got the two best players in the draft.”

The 6-foot-5 Collier helped the Longhorns reach the Elite Eight. The junior center finished the season averaging 19.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 51.1% from the field.

The 19-year-old Kuier played professionally in Italy, averaging 8.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

“An elite basketball player, so happy that she will be my teammate. Been following her, watching her game,” Collier said of Kuier. “Six-foot-5, long, versatile. Can’t wait to get to play with her and know her as a basketball player and a teammate.”

The Wings added Chelsea Dungee of Arkansas with the fifth pick.

Between the Dallas picks, Atlanta chose Arizona guard Aari McDonald, who had a stellar NCAA Tournament, and Kysre Gondrezick of West Virginia went fourth to Indiana.

New York chose Michaela Onyenwere of UCLA with the sixth pick. Los Angeles took Jasmine Walker of Alabama seventh, Chicago drafted Australian Shyla Heal eighth and Rennia Davis of Tennessee went to Minnesota ninth.

Stephanie Watts of North Carolina went 10th to Los Angeles. The defending champion Seattle Storm took Aaliyah Wilson of Texas A&M. Wilson didn’t stay in Seattle for long as she was traded to Indiana for Kennedy Burke. WNBA finalist Las Vegas drafted Iliana Rupert from France to close out the first round.

Dallas closed out its four picks in the first 13 by choosing Dana Evans of Louisville, who had been projected to be taken a lot sooner.

“It’s a blessing, excited to finally hear my name,” an emotional Evans said. “It’s motivation, didn’t expect to (fall) this far. I’m ready to take on whatever I got to do.”

For the second straight season, the draft was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced picks from an ESPN studio in New York and players were at home appearing virtually when they were drafted.

With potentially as few as 144 roster spots in the WNBA and so many players under contract or still on their rookie-scale deals, there are not many spots open for players to make teams. There’s a good chance that less than a dozen draftees will be on opening-day rosters this season.

“It’s really difficult to find a spot in this league and stick,” Los Angeles coach Derek Fisher said. “Coming off 2020, last year with the draft where players that got drafted didn’t get an opportunity to go to training camp and earn a spot … it will be difficult for every player who was drafted tonight to stay with the team.”

The Sparks drafted five players Thursday night.

Training camps open around April 25 and the season starts on May 14.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Next Stop: Regional Semifinals

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OMAHA, Neb. – In the second round of the NCAA tournament, the No. 7 seeded and 9th nationally-ranked Purdue Boilermakers (15-6) notched its 15th win of the year with its sweep over previously undefeated High Point (16-1) to advance to the Regional Semifinals (26-24, 25-18, 25-19).

After a first set comeback where the Boilermakers fended off High Point’s set point by going on an 8-0 run for the come-from-behind win. The Boilermakers used the momentum generated in the run to fuel the remainder of the match.

Senior Caitlyn Newton carried the Boilermakers to advancement in her most efficient match of 2021. The first team All-Big Ten and AVCA Northeast All-Region honoree downed 18 kills with just seven errors on 35 swings for a .314 attack % to go alongside three aces and a trio of digs in the match. Meanwhile, setter Hayley Bush recorded her 13th double-double of the season with 40 assists and 10 digs.

Defensively, Taylor Trammell led the block with seven assisted, just two shy of the Boilermaker NCAA tournament record.

No. 7 seeded Purdue will face No. 10 seeded and 16th nationally-ranked Oregon in the round of 16 on Sunday. The time has yet to be determined. The match will be on ESPN3 or ESPNU. General public fans will not be admitted to NCAA tournament matches until the Regional Finals, taking place on Monday, April 19.

It is the second consecutive year and the ninth time under head coach Dave Shondell the Boilermakers have advanced to the Regional Semifinals.
 
Set One | 26-24
The match saw six tied scores and three lead changes, most notably during the final stretch. Despite the Panthers with a 24-18 advantage, the Boilermakers silenced High Point on its set point, taking eight consecutive points, with Grace Cleveland securing the set win with the final four points (three kills and a block assist with Trammell).

Set Two | 25-18
Leading the entirety of the match, four Boilermakers hit over .400 in the set: Emma Ellis (3-0-3, 1.00%), Trammell (4-0-5, .800%), Newton (8-2-15, .400%) and Bush (1-0-2, .500%). The Boilermakers shot out to an early 10-5 lead, then as High Point began to find its rhythm with a 3-1 run, Newton recorded four kills to extend the Boilermaker lead to 14-8, which Purdue ran with and never looked back.

Set Three | 25-19
Purdue maintained the lead the entire set. Despite High Point cutting the lead to one at 10-9, a kill by Cleveland then a block assist by Newton and Trammell swung the momentum back in the Boilermakers’ favor. Newton recorded back-to-back aces to extend Purdue’s lead 19-12 then scored the final five points

IU EAST WOMEN’S SOCCER: NAIA WOMEN’S SOCCER NATIONALS: MARIAN 6, IU EAST 0

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The fourth season in the history of the Indiana University East women’s soccer program ended on April 15.

The Red Wolves fell to No. 5 Marian University 6-0 at St. Vincent Field in the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round.

IU East finishes with a record of 11-4-1, while the Knights (19-2-0) advance to Saturday’s Opening Round “Indianapolis Bracket” final match. Marian was the national runner-up in 2019. 

“We’ve had a real nice season, and I’m so proud of this group for battling through so much adversity,” IU East coach Shane Meridith said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t play well, and I need to take responsibility for not having us better prepared mentally.”

As the back-to-back postseason tournament champions in the River States Conference, the Red Wolves were making their second straight appearance in the national tournament.

“It’s a sad day,” Meridith said. “We will miss some seniors who have built this program to a two-time NAIA national tournament squad.”

On Thursday, the Knights scored three times early in the first half before adding three more in the second period.

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Leroy Keyes Passes Away at 74

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue icon, College Football Hall of Fame member and two-time consensus All-American Marvin “Leroy” Keyes died this morning (April 15). He was 74.

“Leroy was a two-way player in the way that matters most — a great athlete and a great person,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. “You never saw him without a smile on his face, or left him without a smile on your own. Every Boilermaker lost a good friend today.”

A megastar for the Boilermakers from 1966 to 1968, Keyes remains the only two-time consensus All-American in school history. He finished third and second in balloting for the Heisman Trophy as a halfback his junior and senior seasons.

“Leroy was a true Boilermaker icon,” vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics Mike Bobinski said. “He will be missed not only as a legendary player, but even more so for the positive impact he had on so many over the course of his life.”

Keyes set school records for career touchdowns (37), points (222) and all-purpose yards (3,757). He was voted the All-Time Greatest Player as part of the 100-year anniversary of Purdue football in 1987, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990 and was an inaugural member of the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.

As a junior, Keyes scored 19 touchdowns (13 rushing and six receiving) to set the Purdue season record, which still stands, and led the nation with a school-record 114 points en route to being honored as the Big Ten Conference Most Valuable Player. The following year, he became the first Boilermaker to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and was selected to the 1968 East-West Shrine Game.

In addition to the season touchdown record, Keyes remains the Purdue record-holder for rushing average in a season (6.6 yards per carry in 1967) and career (5.88). He ranks third all-time in total touchdowns, fifth in rushing touchdowns (29), sixth in points, ninth in all-purpose yards, 11th in rushing yards and 19th in rushing attempts (356). His 1,870 all-purpose yards as a junior were the school standard for 40 years until Dorien Bryant topped it in 2007. Keyes still owns the longest fumble return by a Boilermaker with a 95-yarder at Notre Dame on Sept. 24, 1966.

Nicknamed “The Golden Mr. Do-Everything” and regarded as the pied piper of Purdue, Keyes’ career statistics included 2,094 rushing yards, 80 receptions, eight touchdown passes (among 12 completions), four interceptions as a defensive halfback and a 25.8-yard kickoff return average. He also handled kickoff duties.

Keyes was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the third overall pick of the 1969 National Football League Draft. A running back and safety, he played for the Eagles from 1969 to 1972 and for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1973 before injuries curtailed his career. He had six interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 1971.

A desegregation specialist for the Philadelphia school district for 16 years, Keyes returned to Purdue as running backs coach under Jim Colletto in 1995 and 1996. Keyes subsequently served as an administrative assistant for the football program under Joe Tiller from 1997 to 1999 and then a member of the John Purdue Club staff until his retirement in 2011.

Keyes, born Feb. 18, 1947, is survived by his wife, Monica, and children, Raymond, Jacqueline, Courtland and Colin.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: #7 ND BASEBALL: Series Preview – NC State 

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The seventh-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is heading toward the tail end of its seven-game homestand as it prepares for another ACC series this weekend. Coming into town this weekend, the Irish will welcome the NC State Wolfpack for a three-game series at Frank Eck Stadium. The first game of the series will be Friday night at 5 p.m. ET and will be aired on the ACC Network Extra.

Home Sweet Home

  • 10 of their next 14 games will come from Frank Eck Stadium and the Irish own a 7-3 record at home so far this season. 
  • The Irish and Wolfpack will meet for the 21st time in program history and it will be the fourth series held all-time at Notre Dame.
  • NC State leads the all-time series 12-8 but the Irish hold a 6-3 edge in games played at Notre Dame. The Irish have won all three series that have been played at Notre Dame.
  • NC State enters the weekend series with a 15-11 overall record and are 8-10 in conference play.
  • The Wolfpack are hot heading into the series as they have won 10 of their last 12 games and have swept two of their previous three series.
  • It will be a family affair this weekend as head coach Link Jarrett’s son is a senior infielder on the Wolfpack squad.
  • The Irish continue to be the best fielding team in the country heading into the weekend as they are No. 1 in the NCAA with a 0.988 fielding percentage.
  • NC State comes into the weekend with the second best fielding percentage in the country with 13 errors in 25 games which is good for a .986 mark.

Kavadas Named to Golden Spikes Midseason Watch List

  • Senior Niko Kavadas was named to the Golden Spikes Midseason Award Watch List heading into the weekend series against NC State.
  • He is the first Irish player to make the midseason list since 2013 when Eric Jagielo and Dan Slania both earned the accolade.
  • It is not the only midseason honor Kavadas has earned from his strong start to the season as he was named a Midseason All-American by D1Baseball and a second team Midseason All-American by Perfect Game.
  • Kavadas is ranked No. 2 in the nation in home runs per game (0.55), No. 3 in slugging percentage (.903) and No. 5 in home runs (12). 
  • Kavadas leads the ACC in home runs per game and slugging percentage along with runs batted in per game (1.45).
  • Kavadas currently has 36 career home runs which is sixth best in program history and he is one shy of being in a tie for third all-time. 
  • Kavadas is also just two home runs shy of earning 10th place in program history for the most home runs in a single season.

Early Offense Propels No. 7 Irish to Midweek Win Over Central Michigan

  • Coming off a loss in the series finale to No. 14 Georgia Tech, the Irish wanted to get off to a quick start against Central Michigan and they did just that.
  • Notre Dame scored in each of the first four innings to take a quick 8-2 lead over the Chippewas.
  • It is the 15th game the Irish have struck first and with the win, they improved to 13-2 in those games.
  • Righty Alex Rao paced the Irish bullpen in the middle innings, pitching 4.1 innings without allowing a hit and striking out five.
  • Carter Putz had a career day at the plate, setting a career high with 4 hits after going 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
  • Kyle Hess also had a great game at the plate, finishing with two doubles and two RBI.

Irish Blank No. 14 Georgia Tech to Win Series

  • On Saturday, the Irish pitching staff tossed one of their best outings of the season against a top-ACC offensive squad.
  • The Yellow Jackets came into the weekend with an ACC-leading .298 batting average and the duo of Aidan Tyrell and Alex Rao shut them down in game two.
  • Tyrell tossed a career-high six innings and only allowed two hits and only five people to reach base.
  • In the seventh, Alex Rao came on and shut the door for his second save of the season. 
  • Rao pitched the final three innings and allowed just three hits while picking up a career-high eight strikeouts.
  • Rao is one of seven different players to record a save for the Irish this season. He joins Joe Sheridan as the only players to record multiple saves so far.
  • The Irish scored in four of the eight innings to pick up a 7-0 win to clinch the series. 
  • It was the first time Georgia Tech has been shut out in an ACC game since May 25, 2018.
  • With the series win the Irish won their six conference series, the most by any ACC team so far this season. The Irish are still the only ACC team to not drop a conference series this season.
  • The Irish have begun ACC play with a 15-6 record through seven series, the best start to conference play since joining the ACC. It is the best start to a conference slate for the Irish since 2008 when they opened BIG EAST play with an identical 15-6 record.

Irish Rally To Beat No. 14 Yellow Jackets in Series Opener 

  • Heading into the weekend with their third ranked series in a row, the Irish continued their hot play against No. 14 Georgia Tech
  • In the series opener, the Irish fell behind early and faced a 7-0 hole going into the bottom of the fourth and trailed 7-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
  • The comeback came alive in the seventh as the Irish put up four runs after home runs from Jack Brannigan and Niko Kavadas to trim the lead to one.
  • Georgia Tech added two runs in the top of the eighth but the Irish had another big inning in the bottom half of the inning.
  • Notre Dame put up another four runs to take their first lead of the game. Spencer Myers tied the game with a Two-RBI single to right  and subsequent error. Then with the bases loaded, Carter Putz worked a walk to bring home Myers as the game winning run in the 10-9 win.
  • It was the first time the Irish had come back from a seven run or more deficit to win since May 22, 2009 against St. John’s. The Irish trailed 9-0 in the fourth and won the game 11-10 in the BIG EAST Tournament.

Top-25, Here Come The Irish

  • Following six ACC series wins, with four coming on the road and a sweep to begin the 2021 season, people are starting to take note of the Irish.
  • The Irish continued to rise in all six polls, including breaking into the Top-10 in a couple.
  • The Irish broke into the Top-10 in Baseball America (#7) and D1Baseball (#10). They rank #11 in Perfect Game and NCBWA, #12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and #16 in Collegiate Baseball.
  • It is the first time the Irish have been ranked in the Top-10 since April 24, 2006. 
  • It is the highest ranking for the Irish since May of 2005 when they were also ranked No. 7 heading into the BIG EAST Tournament.
  • A week after cracking two of the polls after the series win against Clemson, the Irish appeared in all six polls after the road sweep of Virginia.
  • In the final week of the 2020 regular season, Notre Dame made their first appearance in the Top-25 when they were selected No. 24 by Collegiate Baseball News.
  • It was the first time the Irish were ranked in the Top-25 since the 2015 season, the last time Notre Dame made an NCAA Regional.

BUTLER BASKETBALL: Butler’s Barry Collier Named to NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee

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The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will feature five new members for the 2021-22 season, thanks in part to the Division I Council’s approval in January of a proposal of the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees to expand the basketball committees from 10 to 12. Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier is among the five new members.

Both committees consist of one member selected from each of the five autonomy conferences and three members selected from the seven highest-ranked nonautonomy conferences based on basketball success. The remaining four members are selected from the 20 other conferences.

“It’s an exceptional honor to be invited to serve on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee,” said Collier. “Having just hosted 16 games of March Madness at Hinkle Fieldhouse here at Butler University, I’m humbled to be involved with the tournament for the next five years. I’m excited to work alongside Dan Gavitt, his staff, and my fellow committee members during this significant time for college basketball and college athletics.”

Collier has led the athletics department at Butler since 2006. From 1989-2000, Collier served as the head coach at Butler, where he led the Bulldogs to six trips to the postseason, including in 1997, when the school made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 35 years. In 2000, Collier was named the head coach at Nebraska, where a six-year run ended with a 19-win campaign that included wins over a pair of nationally ranked teams. Collier then returned to Butler, from which he graduated in 1976. He currently serves on the Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee and concluded a four-year term on the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Committee in 2019. Prior to becoming the head coach at Butler, Collier was an assistant coach at five institutions: Rose-Hulman, Seattle Central Community College, Idaho, Oregon and Stanford. He also holds a master’s degree from Indiana State.

The Big Ten’s representative will now be Mark Coyle, the Director of Athletics at Minnesota. The Pac-12 Conference will be represented by UCLA Athletics Director Martin Jarmond. The Southeastern Conference’s appointment is Greg Byrne, the Director of Athletics at Alabama. Other first-year committee members include Keith Gill, the commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference, and Collier.

The chair of the committee for the 2021-22 season is Tom Burnett, the commissioner of the Southland Conference. Other committee members include Bubba Cunningham, the director of athletics at North Carolina; Charles McClelland, the commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference; Bernadette McGlade, the commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference; Mike O’Brien, the director of athletics at Toledo; Jamie Pollard, the director of athletics at Iowa State; and Chris Reynolds, the direct of athletics at Bradley.

Current chair Mitch Barnhart, the Director of Athletics at Kentucky, is completing a five-year term that began in the fall of 2016, while Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson is rotating off the committee after a four-year term that started in June 2017. The third person leaving the committee is Mike Bobinski, the Director of Athletics at Purdue. Bobinski, who served on the committee from 2008-13, rejoined the group in a temporary role after his Big Ten Conference colleague Jim Phillips left his position at Northwestern in January to become commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

INDIANA BASEBALL: NOTES: Indiana Baseball Heads to Northwestern

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SETTING THE SCENE

• The Indiana Hoosiers head to Evanston, Ill. to face Northwestern in a three-game, Big Ten series this weekend at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park.

• Indiana defeated Illinois in two games this weekend at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. IU won Friday’s contest on a two-run, walk-off homer from C Collin Hopkins before RHP McCade Brown and RHP Braydon Tucker combined to no-hit the Illinois on Saturday. Sunday’s contest was postponed due to rain.

• Jeff Mercer is in his third season at the helm of the Indiana baseball program. He led the Hoosiers to a Big Ten regular season title in 2019, earning him Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.

INSIDE #IUBASE

• RHP McCade Brown and RHP Braydon Tucker combined to throw a no-hitter against Illinois on April 10 – the first no-hitter for the Hoosiers in nearly 37 years. The no-hitter was the first for Indiana since April 25, 1984, when Mark Gramer and the Hoosiers blanked Rose-Hulman, 6-0.

• For his efforts, RHP Braydon Tucker was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on April 13. Out of the bullpen, Tucker pitched four scoreless innings of relief to earn the save, striking out one, while issuing one walk.

• The Indiana pitching staff continues to thrive this season, posting a team ERA of 2.72 with 199 strikeouts in 168.2 innings pitched. IU has allowed just 51 earned runs on 106 hits and has limited opponents to a batting average of .176.

• Offensively, the Hoosiers have been led by INF Cole Barr, who is hitting a team-best .338 on the year with three home runs, seven doubles and 12 RBI. OF Grant Richardson has three home runs and stole a team-best five bases, while INF Jordan Fucci leads IU with 14 RBI.

• Indiana leads the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (5.66) and is ranked fifth in team ERA (2.72) and eighth in WHIP (1.13). IU ranks first in the Big Ten in all three categories.

• Individually, RHP McCade Brown leads the Big Ten in strikeouts (58), strikeouts per nine innings (15.82), hits allowed per nine innings (4.09) and victories (4), ranks second in ERA (2.18) and fourth in WHIP (1.03).

• Indiana is ranked No. 24 in the nation by Perfect Game. The Hoosiers are also receiving votes in the NCBWA poll.

• Since the start of the 2008 season, Indiana leads the Big Ten in wins (442) and conference wins (190). The Hoosiers have made seven NCAA Regionals over that span, the most out of any current Big Ten team.

•RHP McCade Brown was named the D1Baseball/AstroTurf Player of the Week, the Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week, Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after a school-record performance against Penn State on Mar. 13.

• The sophomore hurler matched the Indiana school record with a career-high 16 strikeouts in seven, no-hit innings. He also broke the IU record for most strikeouts in a Big Ten game, eclipsing the previous record of 13.

• LHP Tommy Sommer was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 9. Sommer was outstanding for the Hoosiers this past weekend, helping the team defeat Minnesota, 5-2, on Mar. 5. The Carmel, Ind. native tossed eight shutout innings to earn the win, allowing just two hits, while matching his career-high with 10 strikeouts.

• Indiana OF Grant Richardson was named a First-Team Preseason All-American by both Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball. He was also named Third-Team Preseason All-American by D1Baseball.

• Before the season, Indiana was tabbed to win the Big Ten in 2021 by Perfect Game. OF Grant Richardson was named the Player of the Year and to the Preseason All-Big Ten team. He was joined on the preseason All-Big Ten team by RHP Gabe Bierman and RHP Connor Manous.

• RHP Gabe Bierman, OF Grant Richardson and LHP Tommy Sommer were all named to the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch List. IU was picked to finish second in the Big Ten behind Michigan in a preseason poll conducted of the league’s coaches.

• After leading the Hoosiers to the 2019 Big Ten regular season championship, Jeff Mercer was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Mercer became the first Big Ten head coach since 1982 (John Anderson, Minnesota) to win a regular season conference title in his first season as the skipper.  He was just the second coach in IU history – in any sport, men’s or women’s – to win an outright Big Ten championship in his (or her) first year.

INDIANA TRACK: Hoosiers Ready For Spilt Weekend

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  –  The fourth week of action commences this weekend as Indiana Track & Field will split up to compete at two meets. A group will travel south to Prairie View, Texas where they will participate in the Husker Big Ten Invite on Apr. 16 and 17. A group will also remain in Bloomington to host the one day Big Ten Indiana Invite No. 3 on Friday, Apr. 16.

Last Time Out: Big Ten Indiana Invite #2

With the third outdoor meet being moved a one-day meet and two lightning delays, the Hoosiers walked away with 11 individual wins.  Alyssa Robinson ran a new event and clocked a time of 54.11 to place first in the 400m. Shaton Vaughn improved on his personal best and won the 400m hurdles in a time of 51.28. Jake Gebhardt ran his first 3000m steeplechase in an Indiana uniform. Gebhardt got the victory in a time of 9:15.66. A late night 3000m saw Mikaela Ramirez capture the top prize with a time of 9:48.37. Ben Miller won his first career 10K in which he crossed in a time of 30:06.27. Nolan Landis picked up the win in the discus with a throw of 52.12m (171′ 0″) while Maddy Pollard won the shot put and notched a mark of 17.01m (56′ 0″). Nathan Stone took home the gold medal in the pole vault after clearing a height of 5.30m (17′ 4.5″). Jyles Etienne bounced back in the high jump with a win and a mark of 2.03m (6′ 8″). Leah Moran won her third straight long jump competition by soaring a distance of 6.16m (20′ 2.5″).

Hoosiers in the NCAA Top-32

16 Indiana Track & Field student-athletes are currently qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

Men

Shaton Vaughn (12th) – 400mH; 51.28

Nathan Stone (3rd) – Pole Vault; 5.45m

Treyton Harris (5th) – Long Jump; 7.87m

Brock Mammoser (18th) – Pole Vault; 5.15m

JaiQuan Earls (30th) – Long Jump; 7.41m

Women

Bailey Hertenstein (6th) – 1500m; 4:14.73

Kelsey Harris (8th) – 1500m; 4:16.13

Kelsey Harris (13th) – 800m; 2:05.39

Sarah Schmitt (16th) – 10000m; 34:56.69

Alyssa Robinson (20th) – 400m; 54.11

Ana Barrott (29th) – 10000m; 35:52.88

Hannah Stoffel (31st) – 1500m; 4:20.35

Khayla Dawson (2nd) – Shot Put; 17.74m

Leah Moran (5th) – Triple Jump; 13.25m

Leah Moran (9th) – Long Jump; 6.39m

Anna Watson (7th) – Pole Vault; 4.20m

Maddy Pollard (7th) – Shot Put; 16.76m

Maddy Pollard (24th) – Discus; 51.92m

Khayla Dawson (26th) – Discus; 51.70m

Mahogany Jenkins (30th) – Triple Jump; 12.37m

Women Ranked

The USTFCCCA came out with their national rankings and the Indiana women remain ranked No. 17 in the country.

In The Hunt

The USTFCCCA announced their mid-season program of the year watchlist at the beginning of the outdoor season. The Indiana Men currently sit in sixth.

PURDUE TRACK: Purdue Track & Field: Boilermakers Headed to Texas, IU

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue track & field team competes at a pair of meets this weekend, at the Husker Big Ten Invitational in Prairie View, Texas, and the Big Ten Indiana Invitational No. 3 in Bloomington, Indiana.

Held at the Prairie View A&M Track Stadium, the Husker Big Ten Invite begins on Friday, April 16. Field events commence at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT and running events start at 6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. CT. Competition continues on Saturday, April 17, with the continuation of the decathlon at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT, while field events begin an hour later and running events start at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT.

Thirty-one Boilermakers, 22 women and nine men, will compete in 14 women’s and 10 men’s events. The meet will include competitors from every Big Ten team.

Purdue’s distance runners will race at the Big Ten Indiana Invitational No. 3 on Friday, April 16, at IU’s Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex. Nine men and one woman will represent the Boilermakers, with Purdue’s first race set for 6:20 p.m. ET.

Fans can follow all the action from Prairie View (Live Results | Event Schedule | Meet Program) and Bloomington (Live Results | Event Schedule | Meet Program), with direct links also available on the track & field schedule page on PurdueSports.com/TrackField. Additional updates from both meets can be found by connecting with the Boilermakers on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Please note, fans who have followed live results of Purdue’s meets at IU earlier this season might have to clear their internet browser history to view this weekend’s results.

ZATTA RECOGNIZED AS BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Sophomore Alexis Zatta was named the Big Ten Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after she won the high jump on April 9. Her first outdoor victory of 2021, Zatta cleared 1.77 to record the second-best jump in the Big Ten this year. It was a personal-best mark for the Athens, Ohio, native.

The accolade is the first Big Ten athlete of the week honor of Zatta’s career, and she is the second Boilermaker in the first three weeks of the outdoor season to be recognized by the Big Ten after junior Jalil Brewer was named the Men’s Field Athlete of the Week on April 7. Additionally, Zatta is Purdue’s first Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week awardee since March 21, 2018.

TOP-25 BOILERMAKERS

In the latest USTFCCCA national rankings, the Boilermaker men and women are both No. 5 in the Great Lakes Region. In the Event Squad Rankings, the men are No. 4 nationally in the 100 and No. 6 in the 200.

Individually, Brewer is No. 8 in the shot put thanks to a winning throw of 19.70 meters on April 2. Freshman Marcellus Moore is No. 13 in the 100 and No. 15 in the 200, with times of 10.25w and 20.55, respectively, while senior Samson Colebrooke is No. 15 in the 100 (10.27w), all thanks to marks set on April 2. Junior Tamar Greene checks in at No. 16 in the triple jump after a jump of 16.00 meters on April 2, and Zatta is No. 21 in the high jump after her April 9 victory. Freshman Kaia Harris is at No. 23 in the discus courtesy of a mark of 54.11 meters on April 2.

Additionally, the men’s 4×100 relay team of Colebrooke, senior Malcolm Dotson, sophomore Justin Becker and Moore is No. 14 with a time of 39.57. In the event squad rankings, Purdue is No. 4 nationally in the 100-meter and No. 6 in the 200.

LAST TIME OUT: BIG TEN INDIANA INVITATIONAL NO. 2

Zatta won the high jump and freshman Ian Hunter earned a top-10 time in school history to highlight the Big Ten Indiana Invitational No. 2 on April 9. As they withstood rain and several lightning delays, the Boilermakers earned five runner-up finishes, two third-place showings and eight personal-best marks along with Zatta and Hunter’s performances.

Hunter put his name on the top-10 list in school history in the 1,500. His personal-best time of 3:47.17 is No. 6 in Boilermaker history and was good for a seventh-place finish in the event.

In the pole vault, junior Tessa Sheets and sophomore Jessica Bray tied for second, as they each cleared 3.75 meters. Sophomore Ife Oketona notched a runner-up finish in the men’s long jump, thanks to a season-best jump of 6.93 meters. As she competed in the 100-meter hurdle event for the first time in her collegiate career, freshman Jayla Ellis placed second overall. Her time of 14.12 seconds was just 0.04 behind the winner.

Complete recaps can be found at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

UP NEXT: HUSKER BIG TEN INVITATIONAL

The Boilermakers make the short trip west next weekend when they head to Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, for the Big Ten Relays. Competition is set for April 23-24 at Illinois’ Demirjian Park.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Rodriguez Tabbed BIG EAST Co-Goalkeeper of the Year; Six Bulldogs Earn All-BIG EAST

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Six Bulldogs earned All-BIG EAST honors, headlined by Stephanie Rodriguez winning BIG EAST Co-Goalkeeper of the Year, as announced by the conference office Thursday, April 15. Rodriguez shared the player of the year honor with Randi Palacios of Connecticut.
 
Butler forwards Anja Savich and Katie Soderstrom were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while Rodriguez and Aliya Diagne were selected to the Second Team. Alli Leonard and Cailtin O’Malley both earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team.
 
Rodriguez was selected the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year in February of this year and went on to post strong numbers in the regular season. The redshirt-junior complied five clean sheets, four of which came against conference foes. With a total of 14 shutouts in her career, Rodriguez moved to third on Butler’s all-time list.
 
Rodriguez posted a 0.59 goals-against average on the year, which ranks third in Butler’s single season records list. She also picked up 34 saves, including a season-high eight against Creighton. She was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week twice this season.
 
Savich earned All-BIG EAST honors for the third time in her career after co-leading the BIG EAST in scoring with nine goals, adding one assist. She tied Butler’s single-game scoring record after nailing four goals against Marian, which doubled as her first hat trick.
 
Soderstrom, a 2019 All-BIG EAST First Team selection, returns to the list after a solid junior campaign that included five goals and five assists. Soderstrom joined Savich in the hat trick club after a three-goal showing against Dayton. Soderstrom and Savich were the only players in the BIG EAST to record hat tricks this season.
 
After being named to the All-Freshman Team in 2019, Aliya Diagne made the jump to Second team this season. The midfielder appeared in all 10 games for Butler, making nine starts. She had two goals and an assist on the offensive side of the ball this season.
 
Freshman forward Alli Leonard and defender Caitlin O’Malley had made the most of in their debut seasons. Leonard was third on the team in scoring with 13 points off three assists and five goals, including two game-winners.
 
In her first year with the program, O’Malley anchored the Bulldog’s back line, clocking a total of 824 minutes, the second-most on the team behind Rodriguez. She logged complete games of 90+ minutes in five contests, including the last three match-ups of the season.  
 
 
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Jenna Menta, Georgetown, Sr., F
 
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Daisy Cleverley, Georgetown, Grad., M 
 
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Kelly Ann Livingstone, Georgetown, Sr., D           
 
BIG EAST Co-Goalkeepers of the Year
Randi Palacios, UConn, R-Sr., GK             
Stephanie Rodriguez, Butler, R-Jr., GK    
 
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Meg Hughes, Providence, Fr., F 
 
Coaching Staff of the Year
Creighton
 
All-BIG EAST First Team^
Anja Savich, Butler, Jr., F             
Katie Soderstrom, Butler, Jr., F  
Melina Couzis, UConn, Sr., D      
Jessica Mazo, UConn, So., M      
Randi Palacios, UConn, R-Sr., GK             
Aida Kardovich, Creighton, R-So., M       
Daisy Cleverley, Georgetown, Grad., M 
Kelly Ann Livingstone, Georgetown, Sr., D           
Jenna Menta, Georgetown, Sr., F
Gia Vicari, Georgetown, So., F    
Alexis Rothmann, Providence, So., M     
Jess Garziano, St. John’s, So., M              
 
All-BIG EAST Second Team^
Aliya Diagne, Butler, So., D         
Stephanie Rodriguez, Butler, R-Jr., GK    
Yamilee Eveillard, UConn, Sr., F 
Ansley Atkinson, Creighton, Jr., M           
Skylar Heinrich, Creighton, So., F             
Morgan Turner, DePaul, Sr., F    
Lauren Gallagher, Georgetown, Grad., GK
Julia Leas, Georgetown, So., D   
Jenna Royson, Georgetown, Jr., D
Katrina Wetherell, Marquette, Jr., M
Meg Hughes, Providence, Fr., F 
Christina Rodgers, Providence, Sr., D
Zsani Kajan, St. John’s, R-Sr., F   
Molly McLaughlin, Xavier, Jr., M              
 
All-Freshman Team^
Alli Leonard, Butler, F
Caitlin O’Malley, Butler, D
Lucy Cappadona, UConn, M
Jada Konte, UConn, F
Maddie Radke, Creighton, D
Grace Phillpotts, DePaul, Left Back
Erin Martin, Georgetown, M
Elsi Twombly, Marquette, F
Emma Bodmer, Providence, GK
Meg Hughes, Providence, F
Avery Snead, Providence, D
Ava Collins, St. John’s, M
Emma Weaver, Villanova, D/M
Sonia Vargas, Xavier, F 
^extra players added due to ties in voting

BUTLER BASEBALL: Xavier to host Butler Baseball this Weekend at Hayden Field

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Probable Starters
Friday: RHP Jack Myers vs. LHP Nick Zwack
Saturday: RHP Connor Schultz vs. RHP Lane Flamm
Saturday: LHP Nick Eaton vs. RHP Ethan Bosacker
Sunday: TBA vs. LHP Trevor Olson

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler will travel to Cincinnati this weekend to play a four-game series against the Musketeers at Hayden Field. Game one on Friday will feature a 3 PM start. Games on Saturday and Sunday will each get underway at 12 PM.
 
Bulldog Bits
– Butler and Xavier have the same team batting average (.245), and fielding percentage (.954).
– These two BIG EAST rivals rank sixth and seventh in team ERA (6.06 / 6.75).
– BU ranks fourth in the BIG EAST and 66th in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings (9.7).
– Connor Schultz ranks fourth in the league with 38 strikeouts.
– Schultz leads the BIG EAST and ranks 18th in the NCAA in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.5).
– Schultz ranks first in the BIG EAST and 44th in the NCAA in walks allowed per nine innings (1.3).
– Schultz leads the conference and ranks 45th in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings (12.8).
– Jack Myers ranks seventh in innings pitched (32.0) and ERA (3.38).
– John MacCauley has picked off three runners this season, the highest total in the BIG EAST.
– MacCauley has held the opposition to a .188 batting average, the third-best average in the BIG EAST.
– Aaron Steinhart ranks 10th in the BIG EAST in slugging percentage (.534).
– Dan Harwood leads the team with a .375 batting average.
– Freddie Matos and James Gargano are tied for the team lead with 21 hits each.
– Aaron Steinhart has seven extra base hits this year helping him post a team-high 16 RBI.
– James Gargano always bats near the top of the order and therefore leads BU with 16 runs scored.
– Robbie McCargar has three home runs and a triple to lead BU with a .714 slugging percentage.
 
Scouting Xavier
The Musketeers took two of three at St. John’s last weekend to move their overall record to 11-14. They lost 2-1 in the opener, but erupted for 12 runs in game two and 18 runs in game three to win the series. Catcher Natale Monastra leads Xavier with a .318 batting average. He has a team-high 28 hits including five doubles and two homers for a team-best 18 RBI. Jack Housinger is another .300 hitter in the lineup. He is tied for the team lead with three home runs and has plenty of speed with 20 runs scored and five stolen bases. Xavier leads the BIG EAST in base on balls, and rank second in hits, home runs, and runs scored.
 
Xavier opened the 2021 season by winning two of three at Texas A&M. A common non-conference opponent between Butler and Xavier this season was Evansville. The Purple Aces hosted four games against Xavier, winning three. Evansville also played host to Butler for a three-game series. The ‘Dawgs came out on top in game two 12-8.
 
Xavier Attendance Policy
Xavier Athletics announced an update to their attendance policy for the 2021 spring baseball season. Due to return to play guidelines and capacity limitations, attendance will be limited to player families and guests. The general public will not be able to attend games at Hayden Field this season. In addition, to allow proper six feet social distance between families, dogs will not be permitted at the ballpark this season.
 
BIG EAST Standings
Creighton 3-0, 9-7
UConn 2-0, 16-12
Seton Hall 3-1, 10-13
Xavier 2-1, 11-14
St. John’s 1-2, 10-7
Butler 1-3, 6-12
Villanova 0-3, 12-5
Georgetown 0-2, 0-3
 
Streaks
Andy Bennett has reached base safely in eight-straight games. James Gargano has the longest hitting streak on the team at four games.
 
Eaton Expands his Role
LHP Nick Eaton will make the first start of his Bulldog career on Saturday. The IU transfer has made 13 appearances at Butler, including seven already this year. Over 13.2 innings, Eaton has struck out 14, while allowing 14 hits for five earned runs (3.29 ERA).
 
Up Next
Butler will host a four-game series next weekend against Villanova. Friday’s game will start at 4 PM. The doubleheader on Saturday will feature a seven and nine inning game with a noon start. Sunday’s finale will also get started at 12 PM.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Soccer Cards Collect MAC Awards Ahead of Title Game Appearance

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MUNCIE, Ind. — The MAC West Division champion Ball State soccer team had four players and its head coach recognized with postseason honors from the league.
 
The Cardinals placed Nicky Potts on the All-MAC First Team for the second consecutive season along with Lexy Smith, while Tatiana Mason earned second-team honors. Mac Henson was named to the league’s all-freshman team, and Josh Rife was voted MAC Coach of the Year.
 
The awards, selected by the league’s head coaches, were announced Thursday afternoon as the Cardinals continued preparations to face Bowling Green in Saturday’s MAC Championship game.
 
Potts, a redshirt junior from Nuneaton, England, has again been one of the top midfielders in the league. She leads the Cardinals with four assists this season and also added a goal to raise her career totals to 10 goals and seven assists.
 
Smith, a junior from Rochester Hills, Michigan, has helped to anchor a Ball State back line that has limited opponents’ chances all season long and has allowed only seven goals in nine games. A key set piece taker, she has also added three assists.
 
Mason, a junior forward from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is tied for the team lead with three goals this season, including a game-winner. The former MAC Freshman of the Year is the Cardinals’ active leader in career goals with 11 and career assists with 12.
 
Henson, a freshman forward from Omaha, Nebraska, has made an immediate impact in her first season in Muncie. She has appeared in all nine games and netted her first career goal, the game-winner in a key division game at Eastern Michigan.
 
Rife, in his second season as head coach, has guided Ball State to a 6-2-1 record and the MAC West Division championship. He owns a record of 21-7-1 during his short tenure in Muncie, including a mark of 15-4-1 in conference play.
 
Ball State visits Bowling Green for a 7 p.m. kickoff in Saturday’s MAC title game, as the Cardinals seek their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

2020-21 MAC Women’s Soccer Awards
Coach of the Year: Josh Rife, Ball State
Offensive Player of the Year: Marcy Barberic, Buffalo
Defensive Player of the Year: Hannah Callaghan, Buffalo
Freshman of the Year: Jaelyn Dobrowolski, Central Michigan
 
All-MAC First Team
Forward: Marcy Barberic, Buffalo
Forward: Madi Wolfbauer, Bowling Green
Forward: Natalie Belsito, Central Michigan
Forward: Sabrina McNeill, Eastern Michigan
Midfielder: Nicky Potts, Ball State
Midfielder: Nikki Cox, Bowling Green
Midfielder: Amanda Cripps, Eastern Michigan
Midfielder: Bailey Korhorn, Western Michigan
Defender: Lexy Smith, Ball State
Defender: Hannah Callaghan, Buffalo
Defender: Morgan Collica, Ohio
Goalkeeper: Emily Kelly, Buffalo
 
All-MAC Second Team
Forward: Tatiana Mason, Ball State
Forward: Gianna Yurchak, Buffalo
Forward: Morgan Otteson, Western Michigan
Midfielder: Leah Wengender, Buffalo
Midfielder: Desiree Grubbs, Miami
Midfielder: Vital Kats, Kent State
Defender: Jasmijn Dijsselhof, Bowling Green
Defender: Audrey Shea, Bowling Green
Defender: Maria Kaschalk, Central Michigan
Defender: Camber Hayes, Miami
Defender: Emily Dahl, Western Michigan
Goalkeeper: Lilli Berg, Bowling Green
 
MAC All-Freshman Team
Mac Henson, Ball State, Forward
Jaelyn Dobrowolski, Central Michigan, Forward
Lexy Alston, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Haley Anspach, Miami, Forward
Camber Hayes, Miami, Midfielder
Kierah Meier, Northern Illinois, Forward
Isabella Ginocchi, Ohio, Midfielder
Shae Robertson, Ohio, Forward/Midfielder
Carsyn Prigge, Ohio, Midfielder/Defender
Ellie Pool, Toledo, Forward
Jenna Blackburn, Western Michigan, Forward

BALL STATE BASEBALL: League-Leading Cards At Eastern Michigan

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On an eight-game winning streak, the Ball State baseball team is at Eastern Michigan this weekend. Ball State is one game ahead of Miami and Central Michigan for first in the conference standings.
 
BSU has swept opponents in consecutive weekends, sweeping Butler (+20 run margin) and Akron (+27), and has won 10 of 11 games. Over those 11 games, the Cardinals are hitting .324 as a team and scoring 8.4 runs per game and the team’s ERA is 3.72. Five different Cardinals (Powell, Tellier, Conant, Quartermaine, Peltier) are hitting better than .340 over the last 11 games.
 
Chayce McDermott has been lights out in his last three starts, going 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA over 19 innings. He has 27 strikeouts and is allowing opponents to hit just .121 over those three outings.
 
Eastern Michigan, 10th in the MAC, has lost 10 of the last 11 games. However, five of those losses have come by one run.
 

What To Know For This Weekend

— On this current 8-game win streak, Nick Powellis batting .438 with two triples and two home runs. He hit two triples at Butler then homered twice on the same day vs. Butler at home. He hit six singles and walked twice last weekend. He’s currently on a 12-game hitting streak that has raised his average 105 points.
 
— Aaron Simpson, who hit .323 as the primary leadoff man for BSU in 2019, owns a 12-game hitting streak. He hit two home runs and also walked three times in last weekend’s series.
 
— In his last two appearances, Lukas Jaksichhas pitched 9.0 innings with 15 strikeouts while allowing just one run. Before that, he struck out 11 in 5.2 innings vs. Toledo. Jaksich is 4-1 on the year after earning four wins total in his first four collegiate seasons (2017-20).

BALL STATE SOFTBALL: Softball Looks To Continue Hot MAC Start at Akron

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» THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE SOFTBALL: The Ball State softball team returns to Mid-American Conference action this weekend when it travels to Akron for a four-game series versus the Zips … The teams will play a 3 p.m. contest Friday, a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and a noon game Sunday.

» VENUE UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting department of health guidance, fans will not be permitted in the stands for this weekend’s games at Akron … However, fans are allowed to bring their own chairs and enjoy the games from beyond the outfield wall … Masks and social distancing practices still apply.

» HOW TO FOLLOW: While you might not be able to attend this weekend’s games at Akron in person, you can still watch them on the Zips Digital Network … In addition, live stats will be available courtesy of Akron Athletics … Links can be found on the softball schedule page on BallStateSports.com.

» BUSY ROAD AHEAD: The Cardinals are in the midst of a seven-game road swing which started with Tuesday’s loss at Butler … Following the series with the Zips, Ball State will travel to Miami for a Tuesday (April 20) doubleheader in a battle of league leaders.

» OFF TO A HOT START: While it was the last team to open MAC play, Ball State has started with a bang, sweeping series versus Bowling Green (March 26-28), at Central Michigan (April 2-4) and versus Kent State (April 9-10) … In fact, the Cardinals are a perfect 11-0 in MAC action for its best start in league play since the 2013 team went 12-0 … Ball State is averaging 8.55 runs per game in MAC play and batting .383, led by senior designated player Delanie Johnson’s .516 average … Johnson is also tied with junior outfielder Faith Hensley with a team-best 13 RBIs in MAC action, while sophomore Deborah Jones boasts a 5-0 record and a 1.70 ERA in the circle.

» SERIES VS. AKRON: Ball State holds a 37-22 lead in the all-time series versus Akron, including 10 straight wins … In fact, the Cardinals have won 25 of the last 30 games played between the two clubs … During the 2019 regular season, Ball State out-scored the Zips 36-8 in a three-game home series … The Cardinals also swept a three-game set at Akron in 2018 by a combined score of 30-8 … BSU has won seven straight at Akron, with its last road loss in the series coming April 3, 2011.

ABOUT THE BALL STATE CARDINALS
» The Cardinals enter the weekend with a 17-10 (11-0 MAC) record after seeing its 11-game winning streak snapped at Butler on Tuesday … Prior to the loss, Ball State completed its toughest MAC sweep to date, taking three games from preseason favorite Kent State … The Cardinals used some timely hitting and outstanding pitching to pick up the wins … Sophomore Deborah Jones earned two of the wins in the circle and did not surrender an earned run over her 14.0 innings … She also logged BSU’s first complete game shutout of the season in Friday’s opener … While the Cardinals hit six home runs on the weekend, its most in a league series so far this season, the biggest blast came in the last at bat … It was a three-run, walk-off home run by sophomore third baseman Haley Wynn … The blast came with two outs and on a 3-2 pitch.

» Ball State enters the Akron series ranked second in the MAC and 26th nationally with a .318 team batting average and is fourth in the league with a 4.07 team ERA … Junior outfielder Faith Hensley leads the squad and is 74th nationally with a .418 batting average, while seven of BSU’s regular starters are batting at least .304 … Junior pitcher Tieghan Morio has the team’s lowest ERA, at 3.52, and owns a 6-2 record. 

ONE THING TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND: One of the league’s premier power hitting teams, Ball State is adding a little finesse on the base paths this season with a MAC-leading 10 triples … Freshman shortstop Kayla Lissy paces the squad and is tied for fifth among all NCAA Division I players with her five triples … As a team, Ball State’s 0.37 triples-per-game average in 19th in the country.

HENSLEY STILL GOING STRONG: Named the MAC Player of the Week on April 6, junior outfielder Faith Hensley is having a breakout season, ranking 74th among all NCAA Division I players with her .418 batting average, while ranking 51st in on base percentage at .524 … In addition, she leads the team with 25 RBI, including a career-high seven in the 10-3 win over Alcorn State (March 6) … The first four came when she blasted her first career grand slam in the first inning, while the final three came on a sixth-inning home run … The seven RBIs tie as the second most in a game in program history, trailing only the eight RBIs current Ball State senior catcher Stacy Payton drove in when she smashed three home runs, including her first career grand slam, against Oakland on May 7, 2019.

THE 100 RBI CLUB: Only 14 players in program history have recorded 100 career RBI for the Cardinals, and three of them are on the 2021 team … Senior catcher Stacy Payton became the latest player to reach the 100 RBI milestone with her single in the fifth inning versus Saint Lewis (Feb. 26) … Payton is second on the team with 22 RBIs this season, raising her career total to 121 which is 10th on Ball State’s career charts … BSU’s active career RBI leader is senior first baseman Janae Hogg, who ranks eighth all-time with 136 RBI … Senior outfielder Haley Dominique is 11th on Ball State’s career charts with her 113 career RBI … The Cardinals have a fourth player on the cusp of 100 RBI in senior outfielder Kennedy Wynn who is currently 15th on BSU’s all-time list at 95.

WALK THIS WAY: With her fourth of six walks in the series versus Bowling Green, senior first baseman Janae Hogg became the most walked player in program history, passing the 115 drawn by Taylor Rager (2011-14) … Hogg enters the Akron series with 120 career walks which ranks seventh among all active NCAA Division I players … Senior outfielder Haley Dominique is not far behind, ranking fourth all-time at Ball State and 21st among active Division I players with 106 career walks, including 11 so far this season … It marks the first time in program history BSU has had two players with at least 100 walks on the same team.

ONE SAVE CLOSER: Senior Alyssa Rothwell moved one save closer to achieving an NCAA record, earning her 29th career save in the 9-6 win over Samford (March 13) … Rothwell threw the final inning of the game, keeping the Bulldogs hitless and off the scoreboard … At 29 saves, Rothwell is the NCAA’s active career saves leader and has 10 more than any other player in NCAA Division I softball … She set the Ball State and MAC single-season saves record with 14 in 2019, which led the nation and tied as the third-most saves in a single season in NCAA Division I history … The NCAA career saves record is currently 32 set by Mississippi State’s Kellie Willkerson (1999-2002).

ON THE BASE PATHS: Ball State enters the week ranked fourth in the MAC with 31 stolen bases … Junior second baseman Amaia Daniel leads the squad with five, while junior outfielder Faith Hensley, freshman shortstop Kayla Lissy and freshman outfielder Hannah Dukeman are right behind with four each … In fact, 14 different Cardinals have stolen at least one base this season and the team is averaging 1.15 stolen bases per game … Ball State has not averaged more than 1.00 stolen base per game since the 2015 season, when the Cardinals won the MAC Tournament and made their latest appearance in the NCAA Regionals … That year Ball State stole 80 bases over 59 games for a 1.36 swipes-per-game average.

EARLY STARTS KEY: The Cardinals are a perfect 13-0 when leading after the fourth inning this season … However, Ball State is 2-7 when trailing and 2-2 when tied after the fourth, with all four wins coming during the current 11-game MAC winning streak … Ball State has scored 99 of its 165 total runs in the first four innings, including 35 third-inning runs.

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Bumbalough, Hazen Earn Academic All-MAC Honors

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Luke Bumbalough and Brachen Hazen have been named academic all-conference this season after excelling on the court and in the classroom.

Bumbalough, in his second season at BSU, started 16 times and played every game while averaging 7.3 points and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 36% from 3-point range. Hazen, a fifth-year player from Columbia City, Indiana, averaged 9.7 points and 5.6 rebounds while starting 20 of 21 games in what was his best college season.

To qualify for Academic All-MAC status, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. The entire men’s basketball academic all-conference team is below:

2020-21 MAC Men’s Basketball Academic All-MAC Team

Luke Bumbalough, Ball State, Sophomore, Finance, 3.593 GPA
Brachen Hazen, Ball State, 5th yr., Communications Sciences, 3.821 GPA
Loren Cristian Jackson, Akron, Graduate Student, Master’s Sports Science, 3.90 GPA
Mikal Dawson, Akron, Sophomore, Sports Science, 3.60 GPA
Chandler Turner, Bowling Green, Sophomore, Psychology, 3.315 GPA
Dylan Swingle, Bowling Green, Redshirt-Sophomore, Sport Management, 3.289 GPA
David Skogman, Buffalo, R-Freshman, Accounting, 3.591 GPA
Tra’von Fagan, Buffalo, R-Junior, Education Studies, 3.800 GPA
Brock Bertram, Buffalo, Senior, Education Studies, 3.734 GPA
Matt Beachler, Central Michigan, R-Junior, Accounting, 3.63 GPA
Caleb Hodgson, Central Michigan, R-Freshman, Health and Physical Education, 3.85 GPA
Derek Ballard Jr., Eastern Michigan, R-Junior, Sport Management, 3.53  GPA
Chris James, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 3.66 GPA
Darion Spottsville, Eastern Michigan, Senior, Sport Management, 3.27 GPA
Evan Bainbridge, Kent State, Sophomore, Sports Administration, 3.832 GPA
Precious Ayah, Miami, Graduate Student, Business Administration, 3.25 GPA
James Beck, Miami, R-Junior, Family Science, 3.35 GPA
Javin Etzler, Miami, R-Freshman, Sports Leadership & Management, 3.25 GPA
Milos Jovic, Miami, Graduate Student, Educational Psychology, 3.90 GPA
Jason Preston, Ohio, Junior, Sport Management, 3.27 GPA
Ben Roderick, Ohio, Sophomore, Sport Management, 3.49 GPA
Ben Vander Plas, Ohio, R-Junior, Sports Administration, 4.0 GPA
Dwight Wilson, III, Ohio, Senior, Specialized Studies, 3.49 GPA
Spencer Littleson, Toledo, Graduate Student, Business Administration, 3.750 GPA
Mattia Acunzo, Toledo, R-Freshman, Business, 3.38 GPA
Jason Whitens, Western Michigan, R-Junior, Sales & Marketing, 3.46 GPA
Chase Barrs, Western Michigan, Sophomore, Business, 3.63 GPA
William Boyer-Richard, Western Michigan, Junior, Finance, 3.87 GPA
Patrick Emilien, Western Michigan, Junior, Marketing, 3.68 GPA

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL: IRISH RETURN TO ACTION HOSTING SERIES WITH VIRGINIA

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame (18-12, 9-10 ACC) returns to play this week after a brief pause, set to host a four-game series with Virginia April 16-18 at Melissa Cook Stadium.

Notre Dame owns a 10-game home win streak thanks to an April 7, 8-1 victory over Western Michigan. The streak began with an April 13, 2019 win over NC State and extends to the Irish’s six home wins this season (Notre Dame did not play any home games in 2020, as the season was cut short prior to the first scheduled home matchup). Overall, the Irish boast 454 wins at home in program history, and their record at Melissa Cook Stadium since it opened in 2008 is 178-41-1.

Irish pitchers continue to display their dual-threat status, as senior Alexis Holloway scored the go-ahead run against Western Michigan with a solo homer, and junior Payton Tidd recently earned honorable mention status among the best hitting pitchers, according to Justin’s World of Softball.

The Irish are consistently productive at the plate, as senior Abby Sweet maintains her lead in the ACC in batting average (.484). Junior Emma Clark ranks third in the conference with a .427 average.

THE DETAILS

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Location: Melissa Cook Stadium (Notre Dame, IN) – Attendance is limited for sports competing this spring to guests of competing Notre Dame student-athletes and coaches as well as current Notre Dame, Holy Cross and St. Mary’s College students.

Games:

Live Stats: und.com/mediastats

BY THE NUMBERS

1: OF Abby Sweet is one of the nation’s best at the plate, ranking among the top not only in the ACC, but across Division I softball. Sweet’s .484 avg. leads the ACC and ranks eighth in the nation, while her 45 total hits are tied for first in the ACC and tied for 26th in the nation. She also leads the conference in doubles (12, 12th nationally) and total bases (79, 39th nationally), and is second in on-base percentage (0.542, 37th nationally).

2: Notre Dame pitchers have totaled two combined no-hitters so far this season. In both the games against Alabama State (Feb. 14) and Valparaiso (March 24), Ps Alexis Holloway, Morgan Ryan and Payton Tidd all pitched to keep both teams hitless and scoreless.

2: The Irish boast two of the ACC’s Top 3 individual batters. OF Abby Sweet (.484) ranks first, and OF Emma Clark ranks third (.427). Sweet is tied for the ACC lead in hits (46), while Clark ranks fourth with 41 hits.

3: OF Abby Sweet and OF Leea Hanks have each hit three triples this season, which ties for third-most in the conference.

3: Notre Dame came in at No. 3 in the preseason ACC Coaches poll, with IF Katie Marino on the preseason All-ACC team. Of the top six teams in the ACC, Notre Dame is one, and and was scheduled to face the other five in the regular season.

3: Deanna Gumpf announced the selection of three captains for the 2021 season: Seniors IF Sarah Genz, P Alexis Holloway and OF Abby Sweet. Holloway and Sweet are the eighth and ninth two-time team captains in program history. .

4: OF Abby Sweet was hit by four pitches in the second game of the March 27 doubleheader vs. NC State, totaling six HBP on the day (two from the first game). The four HBP are the most in a single game taken by any Division I player this season. In that game, Sweet never posted an at-bat, as she was hit on all four plate appearances, as the game ended her 16-game hit streak.

4: Through this point in the season, Notre Dame has faced four teams that were either ranked or receiving votes at the time of those games (Alabama, Duke, Liberty and Florida State). Notre Dame was the first team to hand Duke a loss in 2021 (Feb. 20), and was the only loss on the Blue Devils’ record until March 27. The Irish are also set to face Virginia Tech, who is currently ranked No. 15/14.

5: Notre Dame ranks in the ACC’s Top 5 in team batting average and pitching. The Irish are third in the conference with a collective .304 batting avg., while they rank fifth in the conference with a 2.59 ERA.

8: P Payton Tidd has hit eight extra-base balls this season, with five doubles and three home runs. She was named Honorable Mention for the Nation’s Best Hitting Pitchers by Justin’s World of Softball.

10: The Irish have won 10-straight games at home, beginning with a four-game win streak to end the 2019 home slate, as the Irish did not play a home game in 2020. The streak began with an April 13, 2019 win over NC State and extends to the present.

16: The Irish return 16 veterans in 2021, including every starter from the 2019-20 season. They are joined by six freshmen.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: #22 IRISH FALL IN NCAA ROUND OF 32

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OMAHA, Neb. — The 2020-21 volleyball season came to a close for No. 22 Notre Dame as the Irish were downed by tenth-seeded Oregon in (17-25, 22-25, 13-25) on Thursday afternoon inside the CHI Health Center Omaha.

Notre Dame closes the season with a mark of 15-4. The Irish earned their 21st NCAA Tournament berth, and third in the last four seasons. Notre Dame’s 13-3 mark and second-place finish in ACC play was the program’s best since joining the conference. 

Aubrey Hamilton led the Irish with nine kills while Charley Niego added eight kills and tied for a team-high 12 digs alongside Zoe Nunez. 

Hannah Thompson collected a game-high four blocks and Hattie Monson notched 11 digs.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set
After the Irish took a 3-1 lead, the Ducks used a 9-0 run to take control of the frame and ultimately earn a 25-17 triumph in the opening set.

Second Set
Notre Dame used a 6-0 run, including a trio of kills by Hamilton, to earn a 12-8 lead. The Irish stayed in front until Oregon went on a 6-0 run of its own to go up 23-19.

The Irish battled back to earn the next three points to make it 23-22, but Oregon went on to take the set 25-22 and earn a 2-0 lead. 

Third Set
The Ducks earned the first four points of the frame and led from start-to-finish to earn a 25-XX set win and sweep.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: SERIES PREVIEW: NC STATE

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The seventh-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is heading toward the tail end of its seven-game homestand as it prepares for another ACC series this weekend. Coming into town this weekend, the Irish will welcome the NC State Wolfpack for a three-game series at Frank Eck Stadium. The first game of the series will be Friday night at 5 p.m. ET and will be aired on the ACC Network Extra.

Home Sweet Home

  • 10 of their next 14 games will come from Frank Eck Stadium and the Irish own a 7-3 record at home so far this season. 
  • The Irish and Wolfpack will meet for the 21st time in program history and it will be the fourth series held all-time at Notre Dame.
  • NC State leads the all-time series 12-8 but the Irish hold a 6-3 edge in games played at Notre Dame. The Irish have won all three series that have been played at Notre Dame.
  • NC State enters the weekend series with a 15-11 overall record and are 8-10 in conference play.
  • The Wolfpack are hot heading into the series as they have won 10 of their last 12 games and have swept two of their previous three series.
  • It will be a family affair this weekend as head coach Link Jarrett’s son is a senior infielder on the Wolfpack squad.
  • The Irish continue to be the best fielding team in the country heading into the weekend as they are No. 1 in the NCAA with a 0.988 fielding percentage.
  • NC State comes into the weekend with the second best fielding percentage in the country with 13 errors in 25 games which is good for a .986 mark.

Kavadas Named to Golden Spikes Midseason Watch List

  • Senior Niko Kavadas was named to the Golden Spikes Midseason Award Watch List heading into the weekend series against NC State.
  • He is the first Irish player to make the midseason list since 2013 when Eric Jagielo and Dan Slania both earned the accolade.
  • It is not the only midseason honor Kavadas has earned from his strong start to the season as he was named a Midseason All-American by D1Baseball and a second team Midseason All-American by Perfect Game.
  • Kavadas is ranked No. 2 in the nation in home runs per game (0.55), No. 3 in slugging percentage (.903) and No. 5 in home runs (12). 
  • Kavadas leads the ACC in home runs per game and slugging percentage along with runs batted in per game (1.45).
  • Kavadas currently has 36 career home runs which is sixth best in program history and he is one shy of being in a tie for third all-time. 
  • Kavadas is also just two home runs shy of earning 10th place in program history for the most home runs in a single season.

Early Offense Propels No. 7 Irish to Midweek Win Over Central Michigan

  • Coming off a loss in the series finale to No. 14 Georgia Tech, the Irish wanted to get off to a quick start against Central Michigan and they did just that.
  • Notre Dame scored in each of the first four innings to take a quick 8-2 lead over the Chippewas.
  • It is the 15th game the Irish have struck first and with the win, they improved to 13-2 in those games.
  • Righty Alex Rao paced the Irish bullpen in the middle innings, pitching 4.1 innings without allowing a hit and striking out five.
  • Carter Putz had a career day at the plate, setting a career high with 4 hits after going 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
  • Kyle Hess also had a great game at the plate, finishing with two doubles and two RBI.

Irish Blank No. 14 Georgia Tech to Win Series

  • On Saturday, the Irish pitching staff tossed one of their best outings of the season against a top-ACC offensive squad.
  • The Yellow Jackets came into the weekend with an ACC-leading .298 batting average and the duo of Aidan Tyrell and Alex Rao shut them down in game two.
  • Tyrell tossed a career-high six innings and only allowed two hits and only five people to reach base.
  • In the seventh, Alex Rao came on and shut the door for his second save of the season. 
  • Rao pitched the final three innings and allowed just three hits while picking up a career-high eight strikeouts.
  • Rao is one of seven different players to record a save for the Irish this season. He joins Joe Sheridan as the only players to record multiple saves so far.
  • The Irish scored in four of the eight innings to pick up a 7-0 win to clinch the series. 
  • It was the first time Georgia Tech has been shut out in an ACC game since May 25, 2018.
  • With the series win the Irish won their six conference series, the most by any ACC team so far this season. The Irish are still the only ACC team to not drop a conference series this season.
  • The Irish have begun ACC play with a 15-6 record through seven series, the best start to conference play since joining the ACC. It is the best start to a conference slate for the Irish since 2008 when they opened BIG EAST play with an identical 15-6 record.

Irish Rally To Beat No. 14 Yellow Jackets in Series Opener 

  • Heading into the weekend with their third ranked series in a row, the Irish continued their hot play against No. 14 Georgia Tech
  • In the series opener, the Irish fell behind early and faced a 7-0 hole going into the bottom of the fourth and trailed 7-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
  • The comeback came alive in the seventh as the Irish put up four runs after home runs from Jack Brannigan and Niko Kavadas to trim the lead to one.
  • Georgia Tech added two runs in the top of the eighth but the Irish had another big inning in the bottom half of the inning.
  • Notre Dame put up another four runs to take their first lead of the game. Spencer Myers tied the game with a Two-RBI single to right  and subsequent error. Then with the bases loaded, Carter Putz worked a walk to bring home Myers as the game winning run in the 10-9 win.
  • It was the first time the Irish had come back from a seven run or more deficit to win since May 22, 2009 against St. John’s. The Irish trailed 9-0 in the fourth and won the game 11-10 in the BIG EAST Tournament.

Top-25, Here Come The Irish

  • Following six ACC series wins, with four coming on the road and a sweep to begin the 2021 season, people are starting to take note of the Irish.
  • The Irish continued to rise in all six polls, including breaking into the Top-10 in a couple.
  • The Irish broke into the Top-10 in Baseball America (#7) and D1Baseball (#10). They rank #11 in Perfect Game and NCBWA, #12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and #16 in Collegiate Baseball.
  • It is the first time the Irish have been ranked in the Top-10 since April 24, 2006. 
  • It is the highest ranking for the Irish since May of 2005 when they were also ranked No. 7 heading into the BIG EAST Tournament.
  • A week after cracking two of the polls after the series win against Clemson, the Irish appeared in all six polls after the road sweep of Virginia.
  • In the final week of the 2020 regular season, Notre Dame made their first appearance in the Top-25 when they were selected No. 24 by Collegiate Baseball News.
  • It was the first time the Irish were ranked in the Top-25 since the 2015 season, the last time Notre Dame made an NCAA Regional.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: No. 22 Sycamores Open Home Slate with Valparaiso Friday at Bob Warn Field

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – No. 22 Indiana State baseball will make its home debut on Friday as the team begins a four-game series with Missouri Valley Conference foe Valparaiso at Bob Warn Field. The Sycamores open the series Friday at 3 p.m. before playing a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. with game three following soon after. The teams will wrap up the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.
  
All four games will be available on ESPN3 with Luke Martin and Tyler Ward calling the action. The series will also be available on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide with Brian Fritz on the radio call with Saturday and Sunday action also available on WIBQ 1230 AM in the Wabash Valley. Fans can also follow along on the go via the Indiana State Athletics March On Applive stats or at @IndStBaseball on Twitter.

THE SYCAMORE WEEKEND ROTATION

Game One – LHP Geremy Guerrero (6-0, 1.31 ERA, 48.0 IP, 56 K, 7 BB)        
Game Two – RHP Connor Cline (3-0, 3.29 ERA, 27.1 IP, 28 K, 8 BB)
Game Three – LHP Tristan Weaver (1-2, 7.91 ERA, 19.1 IP, 18 K, 10 BB)
Game Four – TBA
 
NEWS & NOTEWORTHY
 
» The Sycamores come into play at 16-8 overall and 3-1 in Missouri Valley Conference play. ISU is hitting .261 as a squad led by Max Wright (.315, 7 2B, 7 HR, 18 RBI, .629 SLG) and Josue Urdaneta (.304, 4 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, .392 SLG) while four other ISU batters are hitting above .270 on the year. Indiana State boasts the top team ERA in the MVC at 4.03. ISU’s .976 fielding percentage ranks 41st nationally and best in the MVC.
 
» Indiana State has been ranked for the last four weeks, and this week entered the D1Baseball.com poll at No. 23 while moving up to No. 22 in the Perfect Game USA poll. The Sycamores remain at No. 25 according to Baseball America. ISU has nine wins over quad 1 & 2 opponents (RPI 1-100) and have played all 24 games away from home this season.  
 
» Indiana State sits at No. 18 in the current RPI ranking after winning seven of its last 10 games, according to WarrenNolan.com. ISU has wins over Pittsburgh (#20), Tennessee (#3), Florida Gulf Coast (#55) as well as a sweep of FIU (#105). ISU also took two of three games at nationally ranked FAU (#75). Currently, Indiana State’s strength of schedule ranks 61st nationally.
 
» Valparaiso enters the play at 5-16 overall and 0-4 in MVC play. Valpo is led by Damon Jorgensen at the plate with a .321 batting average in 14 starts. Kyle Schmack (.286) and Kaleb Hannahs (.286) also provide strong bats in the order. Colin Fields is 2-3 with a 4.39 ERA in six starts on the mound. As a team, Valpo holds a 6.03 ERA and a .967 fielding percent.
 
» Indiana State leads the all-time series with Valpo, 45-29-1 with the series dating back to 1948. The Sycamores have won 11-straight in the series. The last meetings between the two programs came in the 2019 season when Indiana State swept VU in Terre Haute by a combined score of 32-7. ISU also swept Valpo in 2018 on the road. The last loss to VU came in 2007 when the Brown and Gold took game two of a four-game series 11-2. ISU went on to win the series, 3-1.
 
» The Indiana State pitching staff has been strong this season, combining for a 4.03 team ERA which ranks 62nd-best nationally and tops in the MVC. As a team, ISU also ranks 13th with 2.79 walks allowed per nine innings; 20th with a 3.23 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 36th nationally with a 1.29 WHIP. Five Sycamores who have pitched at least an inning have ERA’s lower than 4.00 through 24 games led by Connor Fenlong who holds a 0.51 ERA in 17.2 innings. Starting pitcher Geremy Guerrero has a 1.31 ERA in seven starts and 48 innings while Connor Cline has a 3.29 ERA in over six appearances.
 
» Geremy Guerrero has earned a pair of MVC Pitcher of the Week honors this season. He improved to 6-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.31. On the year, the southpaw has pitched 48 innings and struck out 56 while issuing only seven walks and holding opponents to a .168 average against. Overall, Guerrero ranks first in the MVC and 16th nationally in ERA (1.31) as well as tops in the MVC in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.00) and victories (6). He ranks second in the League with 56 strikeouts.
 
» Geremy Guerrero was named to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List by USA Baseball on April 14. Guerrero tied for second-most strikeouts in a single game during the series opener at FIU on March 5. The 15-strikeout performance was one shy of Dan Lazar’s 16-strikeout game in 1965 while tying Blaise Ilsley’s mark in 1984. The last Sycamores to be named to the watch list was left-hander Sean Manaea during the 2013 season.
 
» It will be a family reunion of sorts this weekend as father and son square off at Bob Warn Field. Indiana State head coach Mitch Hannahs will coach against his son, Kaleb, who is in his first year with Valpo. Hannahs has started all 21 games for VU and is hitting .286 with two doubles and a home run. The freshman is also 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts.
 
» Tyler Grauer sits at 19 career saves and is one shy of moving into a tie for second place. Craig Kozlowski holds the ISU career record with 26 saves from 1982-86. Austin Conway sits in second place with 20 career saves from 2014-17.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL: Mastodon Baseball Plays at UIC This Weekend

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne baseball (9-14, 6-10 Horizon League) travels to the Windy City to play at UIC (10-15, 9-10 Horizon League) for four games. Sunday’s contest will air on ESPN3. 
  
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne at UIC
Schedule:
Friday, April 16 – 4 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 17 – 1 p.m. ET (doubleheader)
Sunday, April 18 – 1 p.m. ET
Video: ESPN3 Sunday Only
Live Stats: Link
Series History: UIC leads 8-1
Fan Policy: Home team pass list only. No visiting team pass list.

Probable Starters:
Purdue Fort Wayne:

GM 1 – RHP Gerald Pintarich (6.38 ERA, 1-1)
GM 2 – LHP Jacob Myer (3.24 ERA, 3-2)
GM 3 – LHP Justin Miller (5.53 ERA, 3-3)
GM 4 – TBD
 
UIC:
GM 1 – RHP Jacob Key (2.96 ERA, 3-2 )
GM 2 – RHP Ryan O’Reilly (6.75 ERA, 1-5)
GM 3 – RHP Chris Torres (4.20 ERA, 2-1
GM 4 – TBD
 
Scouting the Mastodons:

• Jack Lang has 10 multi-hit games.
• Jack LangAaron Chapman and Zac Baden each enter the weekend on a five-game hitting streak.  
• Garett Lake (center field) and Jack Lang (shortstop) have started all 23 games for the ‘Dons at the same position. 

Scouting the Flames:
• Jacob Key has started seven games on the mound for the Flames and owns a 1.12 WHIP over 45.2 innings. He has 30 strikeouts and two complete games.
• UIC took two-of-three from Northern Kentucky last week. Prior to that they won one-of-four at Youngstown State but swept Oakland.
• As a team, UIC is hitting .271, third best in the league.

Series History: The Mastodons’ one win came April 24, 2005 in the first game of a doubleheader in Chicago. The last time the two teams played was in 2014 when the ‘Dons fell 14-6 in a game played in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Zac AttackZac Baden was inserted into the starting lineup on March 7 against Youngstown State. In 44 at-bats, he is hitting .386 with 17 hits while walking nine times. The sophomore second baseman has been on base in 14-of-17 games. His on-base percentage of .500 ranks second in the league, as does his batting average.

Oh Myer: Jacob Myer’s ranks in the Horizon League: Innings pitched (41.2, 3rd), ERA (3.24, 5th), opposing batting average (.224, 5th), wins (3, 10th).

Meep, Meep!: Jack Lang owns 11 stolen bases, second in the league. Only Youngstown State’s Phillip Glasser owns more (14).
 
You Should Know Jack: Jack Lang has 29 hits, ninth best in the league.
 
Nearing 500: Head coach Doug Schreiber spent 18 seasons as the head coach at Purdue and is in his second season at Purdue Fort Wayne. He enters the weekend with 499 career victories.
 
Looking Ahead: The Mastodons step out of league play and travel to Athens, Ohio to play the Ohio Bobcats April 23-24.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL: ‘Dons Head South to Northern Kentucky This Weekend

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team will head to Northern Kentucky this weekend to play four games against the Norse.

GAMES ON SATURDAY MOVED UP ONE HOUR AHEAD OF ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TIME

Game Day Information
When: Friday-Saturday, April 16-17 | DH both days starting at 12 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday
Where: Frank Ignatius Grein Softball Field | Highland Heights, Ky.
Live Stats: Live Stats
Video: None
Twitter Updates: @MastodonSB
Series History: Northern Kentucky leads 18-8
Weather: Friday – high 62, partly cloudy; Saturday – high 57, cloudy

Know Your Foe
Northern Kentucky is 7-19, 6-12 Horizon League, but has not played since April 3. The Norse had a midweek doubleheader with Robert Morris and a weekend series with Detroit Mercy canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Prior to that shutdown, the Norse lost four in a row at UIC. NKU did have three wins against Cleveland State the week before, however. Ana Lawson leads Northern Kentucky with 22 RBIs and seven home runs on the season. She holds a .308 batting average and 24 hits, the latter of which ties for the team lead with Ella LeMonier. Faith Howard has the best ERA on the team at 2.36, but is 0-3. Lauryn Hicks holds a 5-9 record in 15 appearances in the circle with a 3.86 ERA.

The Series
The Mastodons and Norse have met 26 times since 1991. Most of these games came in the Division II eras of the programs. Since the two teams moved Division I, there have been five games, of which the Mastodons have taken three. NKU took the most recent contest in the 2020 season 6-2. Rachel Everson had an RBI and a run in that game.

Taking Names and Series Finales
The Mastodons have taken the final game of three series this season: Evansville (8-7), Youngstown State (11-6) and Robert Morris (9-5).

Goin’ Yard
The Mastodons have 27 home runs this season, which leads the Horizon League, even despite playing fewer games than seven of the nine other League teams. In Horizon League play only, the ‘Dons have eight more home runs than the next closest team. Freshman Meagan Mullaney leads the team with five, while Kyndell EthridgeMorganne DennyOlivia Stansbury and Alise Hale all have four each. The Mastodons’ 27 home runs are the team’s most in a season since 2014, when the ‘Dons had 43.

High-Powered Offense
The Mastodons have scored eight or more runs seven times this season. The ‘Dons are 6-1 in such games.

Save a Spot at the Table
Lauren McConnell is one of only two players in the Horizon League with two saves on their résumé this season. The other is Youngstown State’s Maddi Lusk.

A Grand Outing
In the Mastodons’ third game against Cleveland State, Madeline Swart hit a grand slam against the Vikings. It was the third home run of her career, but the first with anyone on base.

A Pair of One-Hitters
Jadelyn Johnson threw a one-hitter against Cleveland State on Friday, March 12, which the Mastodons won 11-1. She gave up the one hit (a single) on the penultimate at bat of the game after tossing five strikeouts. She became the first Mastodon to throw a one-hitter since Bailey Benefiel threw an eight-inning one-hitter against Nicholls State in 2018. Lauren McConnell threw a one-hitter against IUPUI on April 9 in the ‘Dons’ 8-0 win. The only hit McConnell gave up was a single in the fifth inning.

Last Time Out
The Mastodons took one of the three games played against IUPUI last weekend. The ‘Dons got an 8-0 win in the opener, but dropped the final two games 8-2 and 7-4.

Coming Up
The ‘Dons have a rescheduled midweek doubleheader against Oakland on Tuesday, April 20 with a 2 p.m. scheduled start time at the Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Field.

IUPUI SOFTBALL: SOFTBALL HOSTS ROBERT MORRIS FOR WEEKEND SERIES

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INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off of two-straight wins, IUPUI softball plays host to Robert Morris over the weekend. The Jaguars and the Colonials will play doubleheaders on both Friday (April 16) and Saturday (April 17).

ROBERT MORRIS COLONIALS at IUPUI JAGUARS
Friday, April 16 // 2 p.m. DH // Live Stats
Saturday, April 17 // 12 p.m. DH // Live Stats

QUICK HITTERS
IUPUI won the last two games in the series against Purdue Fort Wayne to win the series against the Mastodons 2-1. The last game of the series with Purdue Fort Wayne was cancelled due to rain delays during the day on Sunday (April 11).

Hailey Pop had two home runs against Purdue Fort Wayne hitting a solo shot and a three-run home run during the series.

Lauren Youngblood drove in four runs in two games last weekend and now is a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen bases after going 3-for-3 over the weekend.

IUPUI has had a strong year on the base paths with 42 stolen bases on the season. Through 29 games this season, IUPUI already has more stolen bases in any season since 2015. Morgan Gilbert’s 13 stolen bases are tied for the most in a season since 2015 when Ali Mosier had 25.

Jennah Speth continues to lead IUPUI with 12 RBI and five home runs on the year.

Maicey Bedrick hit her second home run of the season and drove in her 11th run of the year while collecting three hits against Purdue Fort Wayne. Bedrick’s seven doubles are tied for seventh in the Horizon League.

Jordan Barnes has the ninth-highest on-base percentage in the Horizon League at .434.

The Jags have been good at being patient at the plate, having drawn a league-high 93 walks. Jennah Speth leads the league with 15 walks. Rachael Gregory and Hailey Pop are tied for third in the league with 13 walks each.

In the circle, Jennah Speth leads IUPUI with a 3.59 ERA and Lexi Lucas is right behind at 3.71. Lucas leads the Jags with five wins, while Speth has four and earned her first save of the year in the last game against Purdue Fort Wayne.

Speth leads the Jags with 73 strikeouts and Lucas has 46 strikeouts while only allowing 11 walks.

ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS
Robert Morris is 18-12 on the season and 13-9 in the Horizon League in its first season in the league. Robert Morris split a four-game series against UIC over the weekend.

Natalie Higgins is the leader at the plate for RMU with a .446 average, 45 hits, eight home runs and 38 RBI. She is also tied for the team lead with six doubles and one triple.

Two other batters, Erika Bell (.325) and Faith Miller (.306) are both hitting over .300.

Dana Vatakis leads the Colonials with eight wins in 13 starts. Vatakis holds a 3.51 ERA and leads the team with 63 strikeouts in 85.2 innings pitched.

ALL-TIME vs ROBERT MORRIS
IUPUI has played one game against Robert Morris, a 9-2 loss back in 2003.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Evansville brings momentum back for home weekend series

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EVANSVILLE – Having won nine of its last 10 games, the University of Evansville baseball team brings momentum to a weekend series against Missouri State on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.
 

 Evansville vs. Missouri State | April 16, 17, & 18
Date | Time Fri., April 16 | 6 PM
 Sat., April 17 | 1 & 4 PM
 Sun. April 18 | 1 PM
Location Evansville, Ind.
Site German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium
April 16, 17, & 18  Evansville vs. Missouri State
Follow Along Live Stats | ESPN3 (Game One) | ESPN3 (Game Two) | ESPN3 (Game Three) | ESPN3 (Game Four) 
Evansville Baseball Site | Twitter | Schedule Poster | Game Notes (PDF)


Last Time Out: Evansville 4, Bradley 2

  • After weather wreaked havoc on the weekend schedule, the University of Evansville baseball team split its Sunday doubleheader with Bradley, falling 5-4 in game one and winning game two, 4-2, at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill.
  • The series win marked the Aces fourth-straight series win, its longest such streak since winning six consecutive series during the 2016 campaign.
  • “We showed a lot of fight all weekend. Longest day I’ve experienced at a baseball field and just an overall long trip to Peoria for us,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll on the team’s effort. “This team showed a lot of character as they picked each other up throughout.”
  • Evansville got off to a quick start in game two of the doubleheader, scoring a run in the top of the first as freshman Simon Scherry recorded a sacrifice fly that scored Crews, giving starting pitcher Jake McMahill an early lead to work with.
  • Bradley was held at bay for much of the contest before equalizing in the fifth on a solo home run by Manteufel. McMahill’s excellent effort ended after the fifth as the redshirt junior concluded his day allowing just one run on two hits, striking-out a pair.
  • The Braves took the lead in the sixth, but the Aces were able to limit the damage. Bradley loaded the bases with no outs, but junior Drew Dominik and Evansville’s defense saved a run, throwing-out a runner at home.
  • The Braves scored on a passed ball with two outs, but Dominik stepped-up and fired a strikeout looking to end the inning. Following the strikeout, Bradley’s Dan Bolt was ejected from the game, removing a critical threat from the Braves offense.
  • In the top of the seventh, Evansville looked to return the favor offensively, loading the bases with no outs. After Crews fouled out, the Braves got a crucial defensive play as Beilsmith flied-out to left and Shepherd was thrown-out at home to end the inning.
  • Making up for the seventh, the Aces offense continued to be relentless in the eighth. Scherry walked to lead-off the inning, followed by a double by junior Tanner Craig. Freshman Mark Shallenberger preceded to tie the game at two with a sac fly that scored Scherry. Borgstrom then earned a walk to put runners on the corners for Evansville, which proved to be key for the Aces. With junior Mason Brinkley at the plate, Bradley threw a wild pitch, giving Evansville the 3-2 lead as Craig scored. Borgstrom would due the same, this time on a passed ball, as the Aces took a 4-2 lead.
  • The Braves again loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth with freshman Jakob Meyer on the mound. With two outs, Meyer walked Dougherty to load the bases, but the Columbus, Ind. native shut down Bradley. Meyer induced a groundout to end the inning and send the game to the ninth.
  • In the bottom of the ninth, Meyer continued to look in form, allowing a base-hit, but striking-out a pair as the Aces captured the 4-2 win and earned the series victory.


Previewing the Matchup: Missouri State

  • The Aces and Bears are set to meet for the 101st time on Friday night with the renewal of the conference series after a season away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Missouri State owns a 58-42 advantage in the series, but Evansville won the last series in 2019.
  • The Bears enter the weekend with an 12-10 overall record and a 2-2 mark in The Valley, coming-off a 7-5 win at Missouri on Tuesday night.
  • Evansville has won eight of its last nine games, suffering its first lost in more than two weeks on Sunday at Bradley, 5-4.
  • Despite seeing its win-streak end, the Aces still earned the series win over the Braves and enter the weekend having won four-straight series, the first time Evansville has accomplished the feat since the 2016 season when the Aces won six-straight series.


Best Batters Hit vs. Best Hitting Batters

  • This weekend’s series pits teams that are diametrically opposed to one another in one statistical category.
  • The Aces are 19th-best in the nation and tops in The Valley in batters hit-by-pitch, with Evansville batsmen drawing 48 HBPs this season.
  • Missouri State enters the River City as the MVC team with the most HBPs thrown by its pitchers, recording 33 on the season, 93rd in the nation in the category.


Crews Goes for Three

  • Redshirt junior Kenton Crews continued to generate extra base hits over the weekend.
  • Crews recorded his fourth triple of the season on Friday night, moving the Lincoln City, Ind. native into second in the nation in the category.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: Pablo Guillen named MVC Freshman of the Year

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ST. LOUIS – After an exemplary season on the pitch, University of Evansville freshman midfielder Pablo Guillen has been named Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, along with receiving two other honors, it was announced in a release by the conference office on Thursday morning.

Guillen, a freshman midfielder from La Coruna, Spain, was the leading scorer for the Aces, tallying four goals, playing and starting all 10 matches this season. Guillen becomes the sixth player in program history to be named MVC Freshman or Newcomer of the Year, the first since Mathias Nors earned the honor following the 2018 campaign. Twice, the freshman dazzled with golazos, including a volley from 35 yards out that finished as the No. 5 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays after a home contest against Missouri State.

Guillen also earned second-team all-MVC honors and was selected to the Conference’s all-freshman team, becoming the first Evansville player to win a specialty award and be named to the top two all-conference teams since Robby Lynch was first-team all-Conference and Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

U OF INDIANAPOLIS VOLLEYBALL: Quad of Hounds Tab GLVC Awards

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Indianapolis Volleyball team received four major 20-21 GLVC awards on Thursday afternoon.
 
MaKenna BarnhartElizabeth Eads, and Alex Equihua were named ALL-GLVC Second Team, and Gillian Santana was a nominee for the 2020-21 GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship award.
 
The full release can be seen here.
 
MaKenna Barnhart
The Fort Wayne native lead the Greyhounds in the 2020-21 season in digs with 323 on the season in the Libero jersey. This put her at fourth in the conference with an average of 4.97 digs per set.
 
The redshirt sophomore played in all 65 matches for the Hounds and posted 46 assists and 15 service aces.
 
Elizabeth Eads
The Roncalli high school alumna played in 49 sets for the Hounds, ending the season with 111 kills on 261 attempts with .318 hitting percentage. Eads ended fifth in the GLVC for hitting percentage.
 
Eads contributed six service aces and 28 total blocks for the Hounds.
 
Alex Equihua
The Junior earned third in the conference for assists in the setter role for the Hounds with 567 assists in 54 sets played, averaging 10.50 assists per set.
 
The Crown Point, Ind Native added 24 kills for the Hounds, 166 digs, seven service aces, and 12 total blocks.
 
Gillian Santana
Santana saw action in all 65 games for the Hounds. Added 10 assists and 227 digs for the Greyhounds as well as contributed seven service aces.
 
 
2020-2021 ALL-GLVC VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS
2020-2021 GLVC Player of the Year:  
Charlotte Richards, Jr., Attacker, Missouri-St. Louis
2020-2021 GLVC Libero of the Year:  Jamie Poppen, Sr., Lewis
2020-2021 GLVC Freshman of the Year:  Jordan Burton, Attacker, Missouri S&T
2020-2021 GLVC Coach of the Year:  Lorelee Smith, Lewis
 

FIRST TEAM
Chloe Rear, So., Attacker, DU
JAMIE POPPEN, Sr., Libero, LEWIS
Caroline Stefanon, Sr., Attacker, LEWIS
Ava Venema, Sr., Attacker, LEWIS
Allie Otten, So., Setter, LWU 
Mackenzi Sifuentes, So., Attacker, LWU
PAYTON GANNAWAY, Sr., Attacker, S&T
Kaileen Herman, Sr., Setter, UMSL 
CHARLOTTE RICHARDS, Jr., Attacker, UMSL
MEGAN WOLL, Jr., Libero, UMSL 
Makayla Knoblauch, Jr., Setter, QU 
Mattie Norris, Jr., Attacker, QU 
Emily Rehagen, So., Attacker, QU
Leah Anderson, So., Attacker, USI
 
 
SECOND TEAM
Makina Wratten, Jr., Attacker, DU
MaKenna Barnhart, Jr., Libero, UINDY
Elizabeth Eads, So., Attacker, UINDY
Alex Equihua, Jr., Setter, UINDY
Amanda Greening, Jr., Attacker, LEWIS
Hannah Borchelt, Jr., Attacker, LWU
Sadie Kosciuk, Sr., Attacker, LWU
Jordan Burton, Fr., Attacker, S&T
Hannah Merjil, Jr., Setter, S&T
Mya Elliott, So., Attacker, UMSL
Morgan Conner, Sr., Attacker, RU
Casey Cepicky, Sr., Setter, USI
Taylor Litteken, Jr., Attacker, USI
Katherine Koch, So., Attacker, USI
Ellie Kaat, Sr., Attacker, TSU
Lindsay Woltering, So., Libero, TSU
 
Extra Members Due to Tie.

 
2020-2021 GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP NOMINEES
Faith Alwardt, DU
Kenzie Hendon, UIS
Gillian Santana, UINDY
Jamie Poppen, LEWIS
Kat Finnerty, LWU
Mikaela Kues, MU
Lauren McCurley, MCK
Sophie Straatmann, S&T
Karlyn Hannewald, UMSL
Alaina Rothermich, QU
Morgan Conner, RU
Callie Gubera, USI
Rachel Francis, SBU
Emma Berthold, TSU
Maddie Wingert, WJC
 
2020-2021 GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM AWARD
Southwest Baptist & William Jewell

DAYTON VOLLEYBALL: Sixth-Seeded Washington Outlasts #UDVB, 3-2, In NCAA Second Round

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OMAHA, Neb. – The University of Dayton volleyball team fell to sixth-seeded Washington, 3-2 (25-18, 25-23, 24-26, 21-25, 15-11), Thursday evening in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This was the program’s 15th appearance in the NCAA Volleyball Championship and the eighth time in program history the team has advanced to the Second Round.

Dayton wraps the 2020-21 season with an overall record of 14-2. Washington (18-3) advances to the third round and will face Louisville.

KEY STATS
• 43 – senior Bridget Doherty set 43 assists, her sixth match this season with 40+ assists; she narrowly missed the triple-double with nine kills and eight digs
• 24 – junior Maura Collins got under a match-high-tying 24 digs, her fourth 20+ dig match this season
• 20 & 13 – junior Jamie Peterson posted her fourth double-double of the season with a match-high-tying 20 kills and a season-high-tying 13 digs
• 12 & 10 – freshman Lexie Almodovar also posted a double-double, her third of the year, with 12 kills and 10 digs
• 12 – sophomore Amelia Moore was the third Flyer in double-digit kills with 12 and she tallied a match-high five blocks
• 11.0 – as a team, the Flyers recorded 11.0 total blocks compared to Washington’s 7.0

OHIO STATE VOLLEYBALL: Buckeyes Top Missouri, 3-0, in NCAA Tournament Opener

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8 Ohio State women’s volleyball team came out strong in its postseason debut on Thursday afternoon with a straight-set win (25-17, 25-20, 25-21) over No. 25 Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in the CHI Health Center Omaha. The Buckeyes improve to 16-3 on the year.

Ohio State picked up its first NCAA Tournament victory under head coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg and since the 2016 season. The Buckeyes finished the afternoon with a .295 attacking percentage and out-blocked Missouri by a 9-4 margin.

Gabby Gonzales, Emily Londot and Rylee Rader combined for 35 of Ohio State’s 45 kills and nearly matched Missouri’s team total (36). Londot extended her season-long streak of reaching double figures with 13 kills. Gonzales chipped in 12 daggers to hit .355 and Rader added 10 kills as she converted at a .474 clip.

Londot also scooped 10 digs for her eighth double-double this season. Mac Podraza chipped in 31 assists and three service aces while Hannah Gruensfelder led the team on defense with 11 digs. Kylie Murr and Gonzales both tallied eight digs. At the net, Lauren Witte and Londot registered five blocks apiece, followed by Rader (3) and Gonzales (2).

SET 1: Ohio State hit .519 during the opening frame as it connected on 16 of its 27 attempts. After falling behind early, a 7-1 run put the Buckeyes in front 9-5. Back-to-back kills by Rader extended the advantage to 19-12. Gonzales and Londot had the final pair of tallies to take the set, 25-17.

SET 2: The Buckeyes were in control for the entire set and went on to earn a 25-20 triumph. The squad strung together seven straight points, which featured three kills by Gonzales, for a 21-12 lead. The Tigers had a 6-1 spurt to shrink the gap until Vanja Bukilić laid down the set-sealing kill.

SET 3: A big block by Rader and Londot forced Missouri to call a timeout as it trailed 13-8. The Tigers found their footing as they pulled within two at the 20-18 mark. Ohio State responded by scoring the next three points, all by different players. Londot had the final kill to close the rally, 25-21. 

UP NEXT

Ohio State will face the winner of Morehead State/Florida on Sunday. 

OHIO STATE BASEBALL: Second Half Starts This Weekend in College Park

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Ohio State at Maryland
Game 1
Date:
 April 16, 2021 | Time: 6:30 p.m. | Watch: BTN Plus+ |Scoring
Probable Starters:
Ohio State – Garrett Burhenn (Jr. | RHP | 2-1 | 4.15 ERA | 34.2 IP | 36 K | 13 BB)
Maryland – Sean Burke (R-So. | RHP | 1-2 | 5.06 ERA | 32.0 IP | 53 K | 15 BB)

Game 2
Date:
 April 17, 2021 | Time: 2:00 p.m. | Watch: BTN Plus+ |Scoring
Probable Starters:
Ohio State – Seth Lonsway (R-Jr. | LHP | 1-4 | 4.45 ERA | 32.1 IP | 54 K | 21 BB
Maryland – Nick Dean (So. | RHP | 0-0 | 5.84 ERA | 12.1 IP | 9 K | 3 BB)

Game 3
Date:
 April 18, 2021 | Time: 1:00 p.m. | Watch: BTN Plus+ |Scoring
Probable Starters:
Ohio State – Jack Neely (Jr. | RHP | 1-0 | 3.63 ERA | 22.1 IP | 31 K | 13 BB)
Maryland – Jason Savacool (Fr. | RHP | 4-1 | 5.01 ERA | 32.1 IP | 18 K | 9 BB)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – We’re halfway through the 2021 Big Ten baseball season and Ohio State is near the top of the standings as it makes the turn. The second half starts with a trip to Maryland this weekend for a three-game set with the Terrapins. Friday night’s opener will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. game on Saturday and a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. The two teams met twice earlier this season in Columbus during Ohio State’s home opening weekend and they split those games.

The Opponent

  • Maryland enters the weekend at 10-12 overall and is coming off a 1-2 weekend in Lincoln.
  • The Terrapins scored five combined runs in the seventh and ninth innings in game two of the series to come back and take a 10-7 decision. But they were then trounced 14-3 in the series finale on Sunday, registering just two hits.
  • Ben Cowles leads the Big Ten in home runs with 10 and runs batted in with 29. He is also eighth in the league with a team-leading .360 batting average.
  • On the mound, Friday night starter Sean Burke is third in the league with 53 strikeouts and he has walked just 15 batters in 32 innings.

Michigan Weekend Recap

  • Ohio State won the opener on Friday night but then dropped the final two games of the three-game series in Ann Arbor last weekend.
  • Patrick Murphy tossed two shutout innings in relief and the Buckeyes scored five unanswered runs to take the first game 7-4.
  • Five different Buckeyes had multi-hit games in the opener, led by Kade Kern with three.
  • Michigan got to Buckeye ace Seth Lonsway on Saturday and rolled to a 7-0 victory. In the finale on Sunday, a downpour in the third inning forced Buckeye starter Jack Neely out of a 1-0 game and then the proverbial flood gates opened for the Wolverines in a 16-7 victory.
  • Scottie Seymour made his first two starts of the season last weekend vs. Michigan and collected four hits, including two triples and a double.
  • Conner Pohl collected five hits and drove in four runs in the series.
  • Catcher Brent Todys had a solid series, hitting .375 with three RBI and also threw out 4-of-6 would-be base-stealers.

Ohio State Quick Hitters

  • Ohio State enters the weekend at 13-9 overall and in fourth place in the Big Ten standings.
  • The Buckeye pitching staff leads the Big Ten in strikeouts per nine innings at 11.0.
  • The OSU staff is also third in the Big Ten in hits allowed by batter per nine innings (8.15) and leads the conference in hit batters (40).
  • Seth Lonsway is second in the conference and seventh nationally at 15.03 strikeouts per nine innings. He is also second in the Big Ten in hits allowed per nine innings at 5.01.
  • Jack Neely is sixth in the conference in strikeouts per nine innings at 12.04 and leads the lead in hit batters with eight.
  • TJ Brock has seven saves on the year which is tops in the Big Ten and tied for seventh nationally. He is two behind the national leaders.
  • Freshman Kade Kern continues to lead the team in hitting at .333. He also tops the team with seven doubles, 18 RBI and OBP at .398. Kern has five multi-hit games on the season including a five-hit game in the opener.
  • Zach Dezenzo has hit safely in nine of the last 12 games and is hitting .357 with three home runs and three doubles over that stretch.
  • Scottie Seymour made his first two starts of the season last weekend vs. Michigan and collected four hits, including two triples and a double.
  • Three different Buckeyes have chances to match their career-highs in consecutive games of reaching base this weekend. Zach Dezenzo (9), Kade Kern (6) and Scottie Seymour (2) all can match their highs on Friday night.
  • Conner Pohl is currently riding a 12-game streak of reaching base safely.

OHIO STATE SOFTBALL: Road Trip to Indiana Award the Buckeyes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s second true road series on the 2021 season takes it west to Bloomington, Ind. this weekend as the Buckeyes and Hoosiers meet for four games Friday-Sunday.

The Basics
Ohio State at Indiana // Friday, April 16 // 4 p.m. // Bloomington, Ind.
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Ohio State at Indiana (Gm. 1) // Saturday, April 17 // Noon // Bloomington, Ind.
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Ohio State at Indiana (Gm. 2) // Saturday, April 17 // 2:30 p.m. // Bloomington, Ind.
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Ohio State at Indiana // Sunday, April 18 // 2:30 p.m. // Bloomington, Ind.
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How to Follow Along
The first three games of this weekend’s series will be carried on BTN Plus (subscription required). The series finale, set for Sunday at 2:30 p.m., will air live on BTN. Lisa Byington and Elise Menaker will be on the call.


Briefly on the Buckeyes

  • Ohio State enters the weekend series with a 13-10 overall record.
  • Since campus-series began the weekend of March 26-28, the Buckeyes are 7-4 with series wins over Maryland (three of four) and Penn State (all three games).
  • The Buckeyes are hitting .261 as a team and have three starters who all currently check with a batting average of .300 or better: Tegan Cortelletti (.367), Mariah Rodriguez (.311) and Sam Hackenbracht (.309).
  • Hackenbracht has the best power numbers of that group, checking in with a .673 slugging percentage with 10 extra base hits (five doubles, five home runs).
  • Ohio State’s 13 home runs have been hit by six different players. Hackenbracht leads with five, followed by Niki Carver (four) and one each for Ashley Prange, Meggie Otte, Carley Gaskill and Kaitlyn Coffman.
  • The pitching duo of Allison Smith and Payton Buresch have pitched 147.2 of Ohio State’s 163.1 total innings.
  • Buresch leads with 12 games started and a 1.90 earned-run average. She’s given up two or less earned runs in 10 of her 12 starts.
  • Smith averages a strikeout per inning (75 Ks, 74.0 innings) and her .225 batting average against in the best on the team. She also had a team-best seven complete games.


Scouting Indiana

  • The Hoosiers are 11-13 on the season but are coming off a series win at Purdue last weekend. Indiana split a doubleheader on Friday and then won single games on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Indiana leads the Big Ten with 67 stolen bases. Last weekend, Gabby Jenkins became the program’s all-time leader in that category with 91.
  • Pitcher Emily Goodin leads the team in every statistical category. She’s appeared in 21 of the Hoosiers’ 24 games and has a 2.84 ERA in 95.0 innings.


The Ohio State/Indiana Series

  • The Buckeyes and Hoosiers have split the last 10 meetings dating back to 2016.
  • The last time the two teams met – March 22-24, 2019 – Ohio State swept the Hoosiers in Columbus.
  • The home team is 6-0 in the last six meetings in the series.


The Last 10 Games

  • The Buckeye bats have heated up as of late. Over the last 10 games – which include six wins – Ohio State is hitting .306 as a team.
  • Included in that are 29 extra base hits (10 home runs) and a .504 team slugging percentage.
  • Sam Hackenbracht and Mariah Rodriguez are both hitting .400 or better in that span (Hackenbracht: .440 with four home runs and nine RBI; Rodriguez: .400 with three doubles and a triple).
  • Ohio State scored 48 runs over the last 10 games (4.8 runs per game).

OHIO STATE MEN’S TENNIS: Big Ten East Title on the Line this Weekend for No. 8 Buckeyes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The final weekend of the regular season is upon us and what a final weekend it’s going to be. Ohio State hosts rivals Michigan State and Michigan and Big Ten East Division title is on the line. Both matches are scheduled to be played outdoors at the Auer Tennis Complex with the Michigan State match scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on Friday and Sunday’s match vs. Michigan schedule for a Noon start. 

Sunday will also be Senior Day for the Buckeyes as the program will honor John McNallyKyle Seelig and Jacob Wareti.

  • Ohio State comes into the weekend at 16-2 on the season and 13-1 in Big Ten play.
  • Both Ohio State and Michigan are 13-1 in Big Ten play, but Michigan holds a one match lead in the Big Ten East Standings as the Wolverines are 8-0 in the division while the Buckeyes are 7-1.
  • OSU’s lone loss was to Michigan in Ann Arbor on March 14. Michigan’s lone conference loss came at the hands of West Division champ Illinois. The Illini is also 13-1 as it fell to Ohio State earlier this season.
  • Ohio State has swept Michigan State three times already this season and have won 25 times in a row against the Spartans. The teams met twice in Columbus on February 13 and then in East Lansing on March 12.
  • Michigan State is 5-11 on the year and has dropped five of its last six matches.
  • Ohio State will be looking to avenge one of its two losses on the season this Sunday when hosting the Wolverines. The loss on March 14 snapped a 28-match win streak against Michigan and it was also the first loss to a Big Ten team since 2015.
  • Like Ohio State, Michigan has lost just twice this season. The Wolverines were swept by Baylor in the opening match of the ITA Kickoff Weekend back in January and then fell 5-2 at Illinois on March 26. The Wolverines have won five consecutive matches since that set back and will be at Penn State on Friday night prior to its trip to Columbus on Sunday.
  • Ohio State is ranked No. 8 in the latest Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25 poll. The ITA has released both the computer rankings and the coaches poll and the Buckeyes sit at No. 26 in the computer rankings and No. 14 in the coaches poll.
  • Cannon Kingsley is a perfect 23-0 in singles matches this season. He is 8-0 at the No. 1 spot and 9-0 at the No. 2 spot and combined, he has eight wins over ranked opponents. In doubles, he is 13-5 on the season, giving him a combined record of 36-5.
  • John McNally is right there with Kingsley at 18-3 on the year. He has five wins vs. ranked foes and is also 14-4 in doubles matches.
  • JJ Tracy lost the first two matches of his Buckeye career in the OSU Invitational but has since reeled-off 20 consecutive wins. He has also worked his way into the doubles lineup and is 11-2 on the year.
  • Robert Cash has anchored the bottom of the Buckeye lineup for a second consecutive season. He is 16-2 overall in singles matches and has a team-high 15 doubles victories.

OHIO STATE WOMEN’S TENNIS: No. 10 Buckeyes Host Penn State Saturday in Regular Season Finale

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (17-3, 14-1 B1G) closes the regular season at noon Saturday with a match against Penn State (10-6, 9-6 B1G). A win over the Nittany Lions would give the Buckeyes at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

The match is scheduled to be played outdoors at the Auer Tennis Complex. In the event of inclement weather, it will be moved inside the Ty Tucker Tennis Center. There is no general public ticket availability for the Buckeyes’ home matches.

Seniors Emma DeCoste, Lisa Hofbauer and Mary Beth Hurley will be recognized prior to the match Saturday.

In the Rankings

·       This week, the ITA released Top 50 rankings both computer based and via a coaches poll. Ohio State is No. 10 in the computer rankings and No. 9 in the coaches poll.

·       In the USTA poll released Wednesday, Ohio State is No. 7.

·       The squad started the year at No. 13 in the ITA rankings and moved into the Top 10 Jan. 27.

·       New singles and doubles were released Wednesday. In singles, Irina Cantos Siemers is No. 12. Two Buckeye doubles teams are ranked – No. 62 Kolie Allen and Isabelle Boulais and No. 68 Lisa Hofbauer and Luna Dormet.

In the B1G

·       Ohio State and Michigan enter the weekend tied at the top of the Big Ten standings with 14-1 records in B1G play, with Northwestern third (13-2).

·       The Buckeyes and Wolverines split their regular season series, with each team winning on the road. Michigan beat Northwestern twice.

·       The Buckeyes host Penn State Saturday and the Wolverines end their regular season with a home match vs. Michigan State Sunday. The Wildcats wrap up B1G play at Illinois Sunday. 

·       Michigan won the 2019 Big Ten regular season title (no champion was crowned in 2020). Ohio State won back-to-back titles in 2016 and ’17, sharing the 2017 title with the Wolverines. Northwestern was the 2018 champion.

·       Northwestern is the highest ranked Big Ten team, coming in at No. 7 in the ITA computer rankings and No. 8 in the ITA coaches poll. Ohio State is 10th in the computer rankings and No. 9 in the coaches poll. Michigan (No. 20 computer, t-12th coaches) is also in the Top 20. The other ranked Big Ten teams are Iowa (No. 43 computer/No. 41 coaches) and Nebraska (No. 44/42).

·       The B1G teams are playing 16 conference matches this season after playing 11 regular season conference matches each year since 2012 (excluding 2020).

Buckeye This and That

·       Ohio State enters the weekend on a nine-match winning streak. The Buckeyes defeated Minnesota (4-0) and Wisconsin (7-0) last weekend in Columbus.

·       Ohio State is 9-1 at home this season, going 7-1 inside and 2-0 outside.

·       Ohio State has won the doubles point in 17 of 20 matches, including in its 15 Big Ten matches. In doubles, the squad is 13-2 on court one and 17-2 on court three, with an 8-7 mark on court two, posting a 31-3 mark in B1G matches.

·       Lucia Marzal (18-3) leads Ohio State in overall singles wins, followed by Irina Cantos Siemers (17-4) and Luna Dormet (16-1). In dual play Marzal is 16-2, Dormet is 14-1 and Cantos Siemers is 14-4.

·       In Big Ten action Marzal is 13-1, Dormet is 11-1, Cantos Siemers is 11-3 and Isabelle Boulais and Kolie Allen are 9-4, with Lisa Hofbauer 8-4.

·       In dual matches, the doubles tandem of Kolie Allen and Isabelle Boulais is 12-2, all on court one. The duo of Dormet/Cantos Siemers is 10-0 and Hofbauer/Marzal are 8-2.

·       Cantos Siemers has won her last six completed matches; three of the six victories have been in three sets. 

·       Dormet enters the weekend on a seven-match winning streak, with all seven wins in straight sets. She posted her 50th win as a Buckeye at Michigan State March 26.

Ohio State vs. Penn State

·       Ohio State is 34-17 all-time against the Nittany Lions and on an eight-match winning streak against Penn State.

·       The teams met in State College March 14, with Ohio State posting a 6-1 win. In that match, the Buckeyes won the doubles point and five singles matches for the B1G win.

·       Penn State is 10-6 overall this season and has a 9-6 Big Ten ledger. Last weekend the team hosted Wisconsin and Minnesota, beating both 4-3.

Up Next

·       Wisconsin will host the Big Ten Tournament April 28-May in Madison, Wis.

OHIO STATE MEN’S GOLF: Strong Field at ASU Thunderbird Awaits Buckeyes

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ASU Thunderbird Invitational           

Dates:              April 16-17, 2021

Course:            Papago Golf Course – Phoenix, Ariz.
Par/Yardage:   Par 70 – 7,319 yards

Live Scoring:   Golfstat

Format:           Play 5, Count 4

Tee Times:       Friday – 36 holes
                        Sunday – 18 holes

Teams:            Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Baylor, Colorado State, Iowa State, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Texas Tech, TCU and UNLV

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A strong field will assemble in Arizona this weekend for the 48th playing of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational at historic Papago Golf Club in Phoenix. The tournament will also give some of the country’s top teams a glimpse of desert golf ahead of next month’s NCAA Championship at nearby Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.

  • Ohio State’s lineup will consist of the same five as the previous two events in Maxwell Moldovan, Felix Kvarnstrom, Adam Wallin, Elis Svard and Jackson ChandlerGrant Engle will also compete this weekend as an individual.
  • The 16-team field consists of five teams in the Top 25 of the latest Golfweek rankings. Ohio State is one of nine teams ranked in the Top 50 and all 16 teams are within the Top 100.
  • The Buckeyes shook off the rust of a three-week lay-off last weekend at the Boilermaker Invitational. Wet and breezy conditions didn’t make scoring easy for any team.
  • After this weekend, the Buckeyes will host the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate next week before heading to Crooked Stick for the Big Ten Championship in two weeks.
  • Freshman Maxwell Moldovan has had a tremendous start to his collegiate career. He has finished in the Top 6 in three of his four events and all but two of his rounds have been at par or better. Moldovan leads the team in scoring 70.33 and has six rounds in the 60s.
  • Felix Kvarnstrom has been in the Top 25 in three of the four events and is second on the team with a 72.00 scoring average. He tops the team with 43 birdies made in 12 rounds this season.
  • The Buckeyes have finished under-par in three of the four events this season.
  • The weather forecast looks ideal with temperatures expected in the mid-80s with no chance of rain.

OHIO STATE WOMEN’S GOLF: Buckeyes Conclude Season at Indiana Invitational

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INDIANA INVITATIONAL
Date:                
April 17-18, 2021
Course:            The Pfau Course at Indiana University – Bloomington, Ind.
Par/Yardage:   Par 72 – 6,254 yards
Tee Times:       Saturday –Tee times off 1 and 10 beginning at 8:15 a.m. with continuous play into the  
                                              second round
                          Sunday – Tee times off 1 and 10 beginning at 8:15 a.m.
Format:           
Play 6, count 4
Live Scoring:   
Golfstat
Field:               
Indiana (Host), Illinois, Iowa, Kent State, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State,
                          Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin,
                          Xavier

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team will conclude its season this weekend at the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington. The tournament is being played at the newly opened Pfau Course which will be hosting its first women’s collegiate event.

  • The Buckeye lineup will consist of Aneka Seumanutafa, Lauren Peter, Kailie Vongsaga, Kristin Jamieson, Skylar Thompson and Alanis Sakuma.
  • The Buckeyes are coming off a 10th place finish at the Clemson Invitational where it played its final three holes on Sunday morning in 3-under par to jump a pair of teams.
  • Ohio State has a pair of Top 5 finishes this season including a fourth place showing in the 18-team field at the Briar’s Creek Invitational last month.
  • Aneka Seumanutafa has finished in the Top 5 in four of the five stroke play tournaments this season. She leads the team with a 71.69 scoring averaging and has a pair of runner-up finishes. She is also the only player on the team who has had all 16 rounds count towards the team score.
  • Seumanutafa was named one of 15 players on the ANNIKA Award Watch List. She also competed earlier this month at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
  • Lauren Peter has a pair of Top 25 finishes this season and is second on the team in scoring at 74.44.
  • All 14 Big Ten teams are in the field this week along with Xavier and Kent State.
  • Temperatures are going to be on the cooler side, reaching just into the upper 50s but there is little chance of rain in the forecast for the two competition days.

MIAMI WOMEN’S SOCCER: Three RedHawks Earn All-MAC Honors

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CLEVELAND, Ohio–The Mid-American Conference office announced this afternoon its All-MAC and All-Freshman teams. Desiree Grubbs and Camber Hayes earned Second-Team All-MAC honors, while Hayes was joined by Haley Anspach on the All-Freshman Team.
 
Grubbs finished tied for the team lead with eight points, scoring three goals while adding a pair of assists. Her highlight goal of the year was a game-winner on April 1 versus arch-rival Ohio.
 
Hayes, earned Second-Team All-MAC and was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team after starting all eight games for Miami’s defense. She added two assists in a 4-2 win over Kent State.
 
Anspach had four points on the year, scoring her first career goal, a game-winner, versus Kent State. She added two assists versus the Flashes as well.
 
 
A complete breakdown of the Postseason All-MAC Honors can be found below.
 
2020-21 MAC Coach of the Year: Josh Rife, Ball State
2020-21 MAC Offensive Player of the Year: Marcy Barberic, Buffalo
2020-21 MAC Defensive Player of the Year: Hannah Callaghan, Buffalo
2020-21 MAC Freshman of the Year: Jaelyn Dobrowolski, Central Michigan
 
All-MAC Women’s Soccer First Team
Forward: Marcy Barberic, Buffalo
Forward: Madi Wolfbauer, Bowling Green
Forward: Natalie Belsito, Central Michigan
Forward: Sabrina McNeill, Eastern Michigan
Midfielder: Nicky Potts, Ball State
Midfielder: Nikki Cox, Bowling Green
Midfielder: Amanda Cripps, Eastern Michigan
Midfielder: Bailey Korhorn, Western Michigan
Defender: Lexy Smith, Ball State
Defender: Hannah Callaghan, Buffalo
Defender: Morgan Collica, Ohio
Goalkeeper: Emily Kelly, Buffalo
 
All-MAC Women’s Soccer Second Team
Forward: Tatiana Mason, Ball State
Forward: Gianna Yurchak, Buffalo
Forward: Morgan Otteson, Western Michigan
Midfielder: Leah Wengender, Buffalo
Midfielder: Desiree Grubbs, Miami
Midfielder: Vital Kats, Kent State
Defender: Jasmijn Dijsselhof, Bowling Green
Defender: Audrey Shea, Bowling Green
Defender: Maria Kaschalk, Central Michigan
Defender: Camber Hayes, Miami
Defender: Emily Dahl, Western Michigan
Goalkeeper: Lilli Berg, Bowling Green
 
MAC All-Freshman Team
Mac Henson, Ball State, Forward
Jaelyn Dobrowolski, Central Michigan, Forward
Lexy Alston, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Haley Anspach, Miami, Forward
Camber Hayes, Miami, Midfielder
Kierah Meier, Northern Illinois, Forward
Isabella Ginocchi, Ohio, Midfielder
Shae Robertson, Ohio, Forward/Midfielder
Carsyn Prigge, Ohio, Midfielder/Defender
Ellie Pool, Toledo, Forward
Jenna Blackburn, Western Michigan, Forward

WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Raidergang set for neutral site series with FGCU this weekend

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THE SERIES
Teams: Wright State (13-8, 13-3 HL)
                Florida Gulf Coast (19-11, 7-2 ASUN)
Location: Ruby Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium / Jacksonville, AL

The Wright State baseball team returns to the diamond for the first time in April when the Raiders travel to take on Florida Gulf Coast in a neutral site series this weekend in Alabama. The Raiders and the Eagles will meet at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, and will play a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. EST on Friday before a single game at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday.

Fans can follow the action with live stats each game. All links are available on the team’s schedule page. There will be no live streams available. Admission will be free.

 
PROBABLE STARTERS
Game 1:
WSU: Jake Schrand, RHP, Jr.
FGCU: Mason Studstill, RHP, Sr.
 
Game 2:
WSU: Bradley Brehmer, RHP, So. 
FGCU: Gus Carter, LHP, Jr.
 
Game 3:
WSU: Austin Cline, RHP, RSr. 
FGCU:  Ronaldo Gallo, RHP, Fr. 


LAST TIME OUT
Wright State went on the road three weeks ago and dropped three of four games to Youngstown State despite outscoring the Penguins 40-35. The Raiders won the Saturday meeting 20-8, the most runs they have scored since a 25-0 victory over Wilmington College in March 2013, while the Wright State record for runs in a game is 32 – set against Youngstown State on April 5, 2012. Wright State connected on six home runs for the second straight series, including a pair from Alex Alders, and have hit at least six homers in all four of its Horizon League series to date. 

RPI SEE YOU
This weekend’s matchup will be between two teams in the top-60 RPI, as Wright State is currently slotted at No. 28 and the Eagles check in at 55th. Of the 27 teams ahead of the Raiders, just seven are from non-Power 5 institutions.

CHECKING THE LATEST TRENDS
Quincy Hamilton has reached base in 19 straight games entering the weekend series, while Sammy Sass has the longest active hitting streak at 13 games. Sass is one of five Raiders to have had a streak of at least six games with a hit, while his hitting streak has him with the second longest reached base streak on the roster behind Hamilton. Damon Dues’ eight multi hit games paces the Raider offense, while Tyler Black has seven such games (including a team-leading five three-hit games). Black has driven in multiple RBI in eight contests, followed by seven multi-RBI games from Hamilton and Zane Harris.

CONSISTENT AT THE TOP
Alex Sogard‘s lineup has started the same way for all 21 games this season entering this weekend, but after that it’s anyone’s guess. Damon DuesQuincy Hamilton and Tyler Black have been written into the top three spots in the oder for each of the 21 contests, but Zane Harris (13 times in the four spot) and Sammy Sass (10 times as the No. 5 hitter) are the only other two Raiders with double-digit starts in the same lineup position this season.

DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball To Open Series With George Mason At Day Air Ballpark Friday

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DAYTON – The University of Dayton baseball team will host a conference opponent for the first time this season beginning Friday at 7 p.m. The Flyers will welcome George Mason for a matchup at Day Air Ballpark, the home of the Dayton Dragons for the series opener. UD will return on Saturday at 12 p.m. for a doubleheader at Woerner Field before finishing the series with a Sunday contest at 12 p.m.

Tickets are still available for Friday’s contest. 

There will be live stats available for all four games as well as an audio stream on Friday.
 
SCOUTING THE FLYERS
Dayton enters the series with an 11-22 record after going 1-3 in the first conference series of 2021 at Davidson. Senior Hunter Wolfe pitched a complete game in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, but Dayton dropped that contest and the second game of the doubleheader as well. UD scored nine runs in a 12-9 loss on Saturday before snapping the losing streak, scoring 11 unanswered runs on Sunday for an 11-5 victory over the Wildcats. Graduate student Chris Cabrera and senior Riley Tirotta both homered in the victory.
 
Tirotta is coming off a week that saw the third baseman hit four home runs in five games, including three against the Wildcats in the final two games of the series. He sits tied for the team lead with a .328 batting average and leads the team with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs. The third baseman is second in the Atlantic 10 and tied for 15th in Division I in home runs and tied for 23rd in RBIs. Junior Benjamin Blackwell is tied with Tirotta with a .328 average and is tied with senior Mariano Ricciardi for first in the A-10 with 41 hits this season. Blackwell also leads the team with eight stolen bases, while Ricciardi leads the team in walks with 22. Junior Marcos Pujols is the fourth Flyer with a batting average of above .300, hitting .309 with four home runs and 25 RBIs.
 
Wolfe has been the dominant force in the rotation for the Flyers this season. In his last 40 innings, the senior has allowed just three earned runs while striking out 57. The lefty is tied for 17th in the country with 63 strikeouts and has moved into fifth place in program history with 188 career strikeouts. As a team, the Flyers have struck out 318 batters this season which leads the conference and rank 20th in the nation as a team. UD is 14 total strikeouts from cracking the top 10 as a team in program history in a single season. The Flyers had 332 strikeouts in 2002 and 2017. Graduate student Ben Olson is also coming off a dominant performance in relief for Dayton, striking out five and allowing just three hits in 6.1 scoreless innings, picking up his first win of the season against the Wildcats Sunday.
 
SCOUTING THE PATRIOTS
George Mason also enters the series after a 1-3 start to conference play after dropping three of four to Saint Louis last weekend. The Patriots were picked to finish 10th of 13 teams in the A-10 Preseason Poll after finishing 1-14 in 2020. When these two teams last met in 2019, the Flyers took two of three games on the road from GMU.
 
Offensively, the Patriots are led by Scott Morgan, one of only two players to start every game for George Mason this season. Morgan leads the team with a .302 batting average and leads the team with four home runs and 21 RBIs to this point in the season. Cam Reckling has also been a mainstay of the offense hitting .274 and leading the team with a .402 on-base percentage in 2021. He and Jordan Smith each lead the team with four stolen bases this season. GMU has hit .264 as a team, sitting one spot above Dayton in the conference, with the Patriots sitting seventh and the Flyers in eighth.
 
On the mound, Jared Lyons has been the mainstay of the rotation for George Mason. He sits fourth in the conference with 47 strikeouts and leads the A-10 with 21 looking strikeouts and ranks sixth in both innings pitched (43) and batting average against (.206). Kieran Versaw-Barnes sits second on the team with 27 strikeouts this season and has thrown two complete games this season. Out of the bullpen Sang Ho Baek has just a 2.45 ERA in 7.1 innings this season and Nick Zegna and Jonathan Kaiser each have one save this season.
 
MATCHUP HISTORY
These two will meet for the 14th time and George Mason leads the series 8-5, though Dayton has won the last two games against the Patriots.

DAYTON WOMEN’S SOCCER: UDWSOC Falls To #20 Saint Louis In A-10 Semifinal

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ST. LOUIS – The University of Dayton women’s soccer team fell to No. 20 Saint Louis 3-0 Thursday afternoon at Hermann Stadium in the first semifinal of the 2020-21 Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Championship.

The Flyers finished the season 7-6-1 overall. The Billikens improve to 14-1-0 overall and play in the A-10 Championship final Saturday vs. the winner of the second semifinal between Massachusetts and Davidson. The Billikens won all four meetings this season vs. the Flyers, including the three this week.
This marked the last game in a Flyer uniform for seniors Carly BeckerOlivia BrownKara CamarcoEmma Thomas, and Morgan Henderson.

SCORING SUMMARY
•  Saint Louis scored in the 25th minute and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
•  The Billikens scored twice in the second half, in the 63rd minute and again in the 88th minute.

KEY STATS
•  The Flyers did not register a shot in the first half. The Billikens had eight shots in the first half and eight shots in the second half, while the Flyers put up five shots in the second half.
•  Saint Louis had seven cornerkicks, all coming in the first half. Dayton had one in the second half.
•  Sophomore Madelyn Dewey had four saves in the match, including three in the first half.
•  The Billikens had 13 fouls to just six fouls on Dayton.

XAVIER BASEBALL: Baseball Hosts Butler For Four-Game Series

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CINCINNATI  – Xavier baseball (11-14) will open the home portion of the BIG EAST schedule this weekend, hosting the Butler Bulldogs for four games running from Friday, April 16, set to begin at 3:00 p.m. Saturday will feature a double-header, set to begin at noon and the series will wrap up on Sunday, starting at noon.

The Butler series kicks off Xavier Baseball’s Pledge it Campaign to support the Vs. Cancer Foundation. Donors can pledge to sponsor strikeouts or hits during the four-game series with Butler (April 16-18) and UConn (April 23-25), pledging that amount for the team’s total of either hits or strikeouts through those eight games. Those interested in participating can visit GoXavier.com/VsCancer

  PROBABLE  STARTERS
 XAVIERBUTLER
Game 1 Nick Zwack (LHP)Jack Myers (RHP)
Game 2 Lane Flamm (RHP)Connor Schultz (RHP)
Game 3 Ethan Bosacker (RHP)Nick Eaton (LHP)
Game 4Trevor Olson (LHP)TBD
  OPPONENT NOTABLES
  • Butler enters the game at 6-12 overall and 1-3 in BIG EAST play after opening up conference play against Seton Hall.
  • Friday starter Jack Myers has a 3.38 ERA through 32.0 innings pitched, and has made five starts on the season. Myers has allowed 12 earned runs on 32 hits has 30 strikeouts to just five walks on the season.
  • Connor Schultz, a BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year, will make the start in the early game on Saturday. He’s made five starts, with a 7.09 ERA through 26.2 innings of work. Schultz has allowed 21 earned runs on 38 hits, and has struck out a team-best 38 while walking only four.
  • Nick Eaton will start game two on Saturday, his first start of the season. Eaton has made seven appearances, with 3.29 ERA through 13.2 inning. He’s allowed five earned runs on 14 hits, walking five and striking out 14 along the way.
  • Dan Harwood’s .375 average leads the Bulldogs at the plate, with 12 hits in 32 at bats.
  • Freddie Matos (.313) and James Gargano (.309) each have a team-high 21 hits on the season.
  • Aaron Steinhart has a team-high 16 RBI.
  • Butler was 8-7 in 2020 when the season was canceled. The two teams were set to face off in late April.
  • Butler finished 2019 at 26-26 overall and 6-11 in BIG EAST play to finish just behind Georgetown in sixth place in the final standings, not earning a bid to the BIG EAST Tournament.
  • Xavier is 59-33 all-time against at Butler after going 2-0 against the Bulldogs in 2019 in a rain-shortened series.
  MUSKETEERS ON THE MOUND
  • Nick Zwack has made seven starts, with a 4.03 ERA through a team-high 38.0 innings. Zwack has allowed 19 runs, 17 earned, on 39 hits, with 31 strikeouts to 18 walks on the season. Zwack has a record of 2-3 for the season.
  • Trevor Olson has made eight appearances, including five starts, and has a 3.00 ERA in 33.0 innings of work, allowing 11 earned runs on 24 hits. Olson has a record of 2-1 with a team-high 35 strikeouts with just eight walks on the season.
  • Lane Flamm has made five starts on the season, with a 4.33 ERA through 27.0 innings, allowing 21 runs, but just 13 earned, on 29 hits. Flamm has 32 strikeouts with 10 walks on the season.
  • Ethan Bosacker will make his fifth start of the season on Saturday. The righty has a 5.31 ERA through 20.1 innings of work with 25 strikeouts on the season. 
  • Dorsey Chatham has made eight appearances out of the bullpen on the season, pitching 12.2 innings of work, the highest of Xavier’s relievers. Chatham has a 4.97 ERA with just seven earned runs allowed on 16 hits, with 16 strikeouts.
  • Jonathan Kelly has made eight relief appearances, going 12.2 innings with a 7.82 ERA, picking up two saves.
  • Michael Dillon has made eight appearances out of the bullpen, going 11.1 innings with a 4.76 ERA.
  • Trey Schramm has made six relief appearances, with a 3.48 ERA through 10.1 innings, allowing just four earned runs, picking up two saves and earning a win in 3.0 innings of work against Dayton (4/3).
  XU AT THE PLATE
  • Ryan Altenberger  is batting .412/.512/.765 for the season with 14 bat hits in 34 at-bats, scoring 13 run and bringing in 13 RBI with a team-high matching three homers in 10 appearances.
  • Andrew Walker, who has appeared in 18 games, is batting .389/.433/.611 with 21 hits in 54 at-bats, scoring 15 runs and bringing 16 RBI. Walker has four doubles a triple and two home runs. Walker went .364 (4-11) at St. John’s, scoring four runs.
  • Natale Monastra (.318/.406/.443) batted .455 at St. John’s, collecting five hits, including a double, bringing in three RBI and scoring three runs. Monastra has a team-highs in hits (28) and RBI (18), and has a team-best eight-game hitting streak.
  • Jack Housinger  is batting .300/.418/.513, collecting 24 hits on the season, including a team-high eight doubles and a team-high matching three home runs, has scored a team-highs in runs (20) and walks (14), and has brought in 13 RBI. Housinger’s extended his reached-safely streak to eight games at St. John’s.
  • Luke Stephenson (.222/.404/.472) has reached safely in 11-straight games, the longest current streak for the Musketeers. 
  UPCOMING SCHEDULE
  • The Musketeers will host UConn for the first BIG EAST series between the two programs, four games running Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25 with series opener starting at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday’s double header and Sunday’s finale starting at noon.
  • Connecticut returned to the BIG EAST in 2020 after spending seven seasons in the American Athletic Conference. UConn has won three BIG EAST Tournament Championships, including in 2013, the program’s last year in the conference.
  • Xavier is 0-1 all time against the Huskies with the lone match-up occurring in 2012, a 7-2 win for UConn in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
  VS. CANCER PLEDGE IT CAMPAIGN
  •  Xavier Baseball is once again joining forces with Vs. Cancer to raise money in support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, taking part in a “Pledge It” campaign though eight games this season.
  • Donors can pledge to sponsor strikeouts or hits during the four-game series with Butler (April 16-18) and UConn (April 23-25) at Hayden Field. Fans wishing to support the fundraising efforts can make a donation per hit or per strikeout, pledging that amount for the team’s total of either hits or strikeouts through those eight games. Sponsors can also choose to make outright gift of any amount.
  • Xavier Baseball has worked with Vs. Cancer since 2014 to help support children battling cancer, raising over $40,000 for the cause. Those funds were, in part, used to help the Vs. Cancer organization make a $100,000 gift to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
  • With the donation, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital was assisted in being able to establish its Proton Therapy Center, one of only two such centers in the world owned by a children’s hospital.
  • Those interested in participating can visit GoXavier.com/VsCancer
  AT ST. JOHN’S
  • Xavier opened up the BIG EAST schedule by taking two of three at St. John’s on April 9-11.
  • In game one, Nick Zwack matched his career high in strikeouts with nine in the start, but Xavier fell, 2-1. Zwack went 6.2 innings, allowing three hits and two runs (one earned). Xavier held a 5-4 advantage in hits but left four more runners on base (10-6). 
  • Andrew Walker was the only Musketeer with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an run and a double. He now has six multi-hit games on the year, including four straight games with two or more hits.
  • In game two, Xavier used a big eighth inning to take control of game two at St. John’s late, winning 12-3 to even the series at 1-1 with one game remaining.
  • The Red Storm took a two-run lead in the third and held on to the advantage going into the top of the eighth, with the Musketeers scoring just one run in the first seven innings.
  • Xavier batted around in the eighth, bringing 16 batters to the plate and scoring 11 runs to take control of the game, 12-2, with an inning and half remaining. St. John’s added on one more run but failed to get any closer, setting the final score at 12-3.
  • In the series finale, Xavier took the 18-6 win to secure the series win. After heading into the fourth inning in a 3-3 tie, Xavier scored multiple runs in three of the final four innings in the seven-inning game.
  • Xavier scored three runs in the top of the first and the Red Storm responded in the bottom of the second to put the game in tie until the fourth inning. Another three-run frame put Xavier ahead for good, and the Musketeers added another 13 runs combined in the final two innings. SJU added runs in the fifth and the seventh before the final score was set at 18-6.

XAVIER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Molly McLaughlin, Sonia Vargas Earn All-Conference Honors

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NEW YORK – Following the 2021 spring soccer season, Xavier women’s soccer had a pair of Musketeers, Molly McLaughlin and Sonia Vargas, earn All-Conference honors, the league announced on Thursday.

McLaughlin, a junior midfielder from Granger, Ind., earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team. She led the Musketeers with four points on two goals on the season, scoring the game-winner against Creighton on a penalty kick, then scoring one of the three Musketeer goals in 3-2 double overtime at DePaul. McLaughlin led Xavier with 33 shots, with 18 of those on-goal.

This is the second All-Conference honor of McLaughlin’s career, also earning All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2019.

Vargas, a forward from Hilliard, Ohio, was named to the BIG EAST All-Freshman squad. Vargas started in eight of nine matches for the Musketeers, playing 474 minutes during her rookie season. Vargas played a season-high 72 minutes in the 3-2 double overtime win at DePaul, and recorded shots in matches against Bellarmine, Butler and Creighton, with two of those shots coming on-frame.

This is the first conference award of Vargas’ career.
 

  BIG EAST AWARD WINNERS

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Jenna Menta, Georgetown, Sr., F
 
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Daisy Cleverley, Georgetown, Grad., M          
 
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Kelly Ann Livingstone, Georgetown, Sr., D    
 
BIG EAST Co-Goalkeepers of the Year
Randi Palacios, UConn, R-Sr., GK      
Stephanie Rodriguez, Butler, R-Jr., GK             
 
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Meg Hughes, Providence, Fr., F       
 
Coaching BIG EAST Staff of the Year
Creighton
 

  BIG EAST AWARD WINNERS


All-BIG EAST First Team^
Anja Savich, Butler, Jr., F   
Katie Soderstrom, Butler, Jr., F         
Melina Couzis, UConn, Sr., D             
Jessica Mazo, UConn, So., M             
Randi Palacios, UConn, R-Sr., GK      
Aida Kardovic, Creighton, R-So., M 
Daisy Cleverley, Georgetown, Grad., M          
Kelly Ann Livingstone, Georgetown, Sr., D    
Jenna Menta, Georgetown, Sr., F
Gia Vicari, Georgetown, So., F          
Alexis Rothmann, Providence, So., M              
Jess Garziano, St. John’s, So., M       
 
All-BIG EAST Second Team^
Aliya Diagne, Butler, So., D
Stephanie Rodriguez, Butler, R-Jr., GK             
Yamilee Eveillard, UConn, Sr., F       
Ansley Atkinson, Creighton, Jr., M  
Skylar Heinrich, Creighton, So., F     
Morgan Turner, DePaul, Sr., F          
Lauren Gallagher, Georgetown, Grad., GK
Julia Leas, Georgetown, So., D          
Jenna Royson, Georgetown, Jr., D
Katrina Wetherell, Marquette, Jr., M
Meg Hughes, Providence, Fr., F       
Christina Rodgers, Providence, Sr., D
Zsani Kajan, St. John’s, R-Sr., F          
Molly McLaughlin, Xavier, Jr., M     
 
All-Freshman Team^
Alli Leonard, Butler, F
Caitlin O’Malley, Butler, D
Lucy Cappadona, UConn, M
Jada Konte, UConn, F
Maddie Radke, Creighton, D
Grace Phillpotts, DePaul, Left Back
Erin Martin, Georgetown, M
Elsi Twombly, Marquette, F
Emma Bodmer, Providence, GK
Meg Hughes, Providence, F
Avery Snead, Providence, D
Ava Collins, St. John’s, M
Emma Weaver, Villanova, D/M
Sonia Vargas, Xavier, F
 
^extra players added due to ties in voting

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1895       The name Detroit Creams, inspired by owner George Vanderbeck who boasted the Western League team would be the “cream of the league,” lasts only a season. The club becomes known as the Tigers after Detroit Cost-free Press editor Philip Reid headlines a story, Strouthers’ Tigers Showed Up Very Nicely.

1928       Braves’ pitcher Charlie Robertson has his glove removed from the game by umpire Charley Moran after the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) complain the ball is acting strangely. The Boston hurler still manages to win, 3-2.

1929       In a 5-4 Opening Day victory over Detroit at League Park, Indians’ rookie center fielder Earl Averill homers on a 0-2 pitch off Detroit’s hurler Earl Whitehill, becoming the first American Leaguer to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The ‘Earl of Snohomish’ will also be the first future Hall of Famer to accomplish the feat.

1929       On Opening Day, the Indians become the first team to wear numbers on the back of their jerseys permanently when they edge Detroit at League Park, 5-4. The Tribe beat the Yankees in becoming the first team to regularly don digits when rain postpones the earlier-scheduled Bronx Bombers’ contest against Boston in New York.

1935       With the band playing Jingle Bells at Boston’s Braves Field on a snowy day with near-freezing temperatures, Babe Ruth makes his National league debut, hitting a homer and a single off Giants’ legend Carl Hubbell. The Braves beat New York, 4-2, but the team will win only 37 more games this season.

1938       The Cardinals deal a declining Dizzy Dean to Chicago for pitchers Curt Davis and Clyde Shoun and $200,000. During his four years in the Windy City, the future Hall of Fame right-hander will compile a 16-8 record for the Cubs.

1940       On a chilly day, the White Sox team batting average does not change when Indian fireballer Bob Feller hurls an Opening Day no-hitter, beating Chicago at Comiskey Park, 1-0. Each Pale Hose batter starts and ends the game with a .000 BA.

1940       On Opening Day at Griffith Stadium, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s errant ceremonial first pitch smashes a Washington Post camera. Red Sox hurler Lefty Grove blanks the Senators, 1-0, after the Chief Executive tosses his wild throw.

1946       Before the Senators’ 6-3 loss to the Red Sox at Griffith Stadium, Harry Truman becomes the first President to throw the ceremonial first pitch left-handed. On Opening Day in 1950, the southpaw Commander-in-Chief will make two tosses, one left-handed and one right-handed.

1946       On Opening Day, Mel Ott hits his 511th and final home run of his career in the Giants’ 8-4 victory over Philadelphia at the Polo Grounds, a ballpark in which he has hit 63% of his round-trippers. The 37 year-old player-manager, who has two hundred more homers than any other National Leaguer, will retire third on the all-time list, trailing only Babe Ruth (714) and Jimmie Foxx (534).

1946       “An Apology to Braves Fans – The management will reimburse any of its patrons for any expense to which they might have been put for necessary cleansing of clothing as a result of paint damage.” – LOCAL NEWSPAPER AD

As the result of the newly painted grandstand seats had not yet wholly dried, about 5,000 fans attending Boston’s home opener against the Dodgers left Braves Field with green paint covering much of their clothing. The team takes out newspaper ads to apologize to the affected patrons, agreeing to reimburse any expense caused by the mishap, an offer costing the team $6,000 after it generates nearly 13,000 claims, including some from as far away as California and Nebraska.

1948       The future superstation WGN-TV televises a baseball game for the first time. With Jack Brickhouse doing the play-by-play, the White Sox beat the Cubs 4-1 in the first game of the Windy City Classic played at Wrigley Field.

1953       In a Forbes Field contest in which Pittsburgh will prevail, 14-12, the Phillies score nine times, and the Pirates tally six runs in the fifth inning, tying the National League record when 15 batters cross home plate during the frame. Philadelphia’s second baseman Connie Ryan establishes a new team record with six hits, four singles, and two doubles in six at-bats.

1954       The Tigers refuse to play a game against Detroit scheduled for Good Friday, a somber Holy Day observed by many of their Christian fans. The contest will be made up on August 19, setting up a rare Thursday afternoon doubleheader, one of ten twin bills the Tribe will play at Cleveland Stadium this season.

1957       Andre Rodgers becomes the first Bahamian to play in the major leagues, grounding into a 6-4 force play in the top of the second inning of the Giants’ 9-2 loss at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field. The 22-year-old shortstop’s roommate and fellow Caribbean, Valmy Thomas, entering the game in the sixth to replace catcher Wes Westrum, also becomes the first native of the Virgin Islands to play in a big-league game.

1957       Before the Phillies’ home opener, the team dedicates a statue of Connie Mack as part of the Opening Day ceremonies. The eight-foot statue of the ‘Tall Tactician,’ which depicts the A’s long-time owner and manager with one foot in the dugout and one foot on the top step of it, waving his trademark scorecard to position his players, was created by well-known sculptor Harry Rosin.

1959       Dave Philley, who established a big-league mark by getting his eighth straight pinch-hit on the final day of the campaign last year, extends the remarkable streak when he doubles off Lew Burdette in his first pinch-hitting appearance this season. Although Rusty Staub of the Mets will tie his single-season mark in 1983, the Phillies’ premier pinch-hitter will remain the leader for consecutive hits coming off the bench with nine, albeit over two years.

1962       Philadelphia’s Cal McLish and Bob Gibson of the Cardinals both fail to finish an inning when each starter allows six runs to score in the first frame. Ernie Broglio gets the win, tossing 8.1 innings of shutout ball in the Redbirds’ 12-6 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium.

1964       Water from the Gowanus Canal, which flows near Dodgers’ old home Ebbets Field, and water from the Harlem River, located near the Polo Grounds, once the Giants and the Mets home ballpark, is blessed and used to christened Shea Stadium. The ballpark’s namesake, Bill Shea, credited with bringing the National League back to New York, pours the water from two bottles, blessing the Flushing Meadow structure on the eve of its debut.

1966       On the second day of the season, Jack Fischer gives up just five hits in his complete-game effort, beating Atlanta at Shea Stadium, 3-1. The win represents the Mets’ earliest victory in franchise history.

1972       On the second day of the season, 22 year-old Burt Hooton, making his fourth career start, no-hits the Phillies at Wrigley Field, 4-0. The Cubs right-hander, who pitched 21.1 innings for the team last season, becomes the 12th rookie to throw a no-hitter.

1972       At the Astrodome on the second day of the season, Dave Kingman completes a cycle with a seventh-inning three-run homer in the Giants’ 10–6 victory over Houston. The 23-year-old sophomore made his debut at third base yesterday, a position will play at times for San Francisco, but will be remembered mainly as an outfielder/first baseman during his 16-year career with seven teams.

1975       After making the second of two poor starts for the Dodgers, Juan Marichal, who signed with the team as a free agent, appears in his final major league game. The 37-year-old ‘Dominican Dandy’ finishes his 16-year Hall of Fame career with more complete games (244) than the total of his victories (243).

1978       Cardinal Bob Forsch no-hits the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0. Less than a year later, Bob’s brother Ken of the Houston Astros will pitch a no-hitter against Atlanta, making the siblings the first brothers to throw no-hitters in the big leagues.

1983       Padres’ first baseman Steve Garvey appears in his 1,118th straight game, breaking the National League record established by Hall of Fame outfielder Billy Williams playing for the Cubs in 1970. In his return to Dodger Stadium, the former LA infielder for 13 seasons sees his consecutive game streak end at 1,207, the third-longest span in major league history when he suffers a dislocated thumb as a result of a collision at home plate in July.

1984       In his first three at-bats, A’s Dave Kingman hits three home runs, including a grand slam, driving in eight runs against the Mariners in a 9-6 victory. ‘Sky King’ will compile five three-round-tripper games during his 16-year career, second only to Johnny Mize, who accomplished the feat six times from 1938 to 1950 while with the Cardinals and Yankees.

1988       The Braves establish a National League record for losses at the start of a season by losing their tenth consecutive game. With a 7-4 defeat to the Dodgers, Atlanta surpasses the mark, previously owned by four teams, including the infamous 1919 Braves and the 1962 Mets.

1988       Although better known for his contributions as a Dodger, the Padres retire the uniform #6 worn by Steve Garvey, who signed a $6.6 million, five-year deal as a free agent in December 1982. The All-Star first baseman, the first to be so honored by the franchise, enjoyed five solid seasons, batting .275, and hit the most dramatic home run in Friar’s history, an elimination-staving walk-off homer in Game 4 of the NLCS for the eventual National League champs.

1989       Blue Jay third baseman Kelly Gruber becomes the first player to hit for the cycle in franchise history when he singles in the eighth inning of the team’s 15-8 win against Kansas City. The 27-year-old All-Star infielder’s Toronto teammates buy him a tricycle to recognize the Exhibition Stadium accomplishment.

1994       A Colorado National Guard contingent escorts the ‘dinosaur egg,’ ‘uncovered’ during the excavation for Coors Field into Mile High Stadium, where it hatches to reveal a purple triceratops named Dinger, the Rockies’ new mascot. The inspiration for using a three-horned dinosaur as the team’s good luck charm results from the actual discovery of some dinosaur fossils throughout the new ballpark’s construction site, including a 7-foot-long triceratops skull that weighed half a ton.

1997       The Cubs set the record for the worst start in National League history when they extend their losing streak to 12 games with a 4-0 loss to Colorado at Wrigley Field. Chicago surpasses the previous Senior Circuit mark of 0-11, established in 1884 by the Detroit Wolverines.

1999       Jim Leyland becomes the 45th manager to win 1,000 games when his Rockies beat San Diego, 6-4. The Colorado skipper won 851 games during his 11-year tenure with the Pirates, 146 victories, and a World Championship for the Marlins during his two seasons with Florida.

2000       Indian starter Chuck Finley, who was already the only pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning twice, does it for the third time. The southpaw whiffs Tom Evans, Royce Clayton, Chad Curtis (who takes first on a passed ball), and Rafael Palmeiro in the third inning, goes the distance in the complete-game victory when Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome hit back-to-back homers in the Tribe’s 2-1 walk-off win over the Rangers.

2006       Thanks to the outstanding pitching of Brett Myers, and the Phillies bullpen, Philadelphia beats the Rockies, 1-0. The Colorado defeat marks the first time the team has lost a 1-0 decision during their decade of playing at Coors Field.

2008       Kyle Kendrick, who posted a 10-4 record and an ERA under 4.00 last season as a rookie, is stunned when he hears about his trade to Japan for Takeru Kobayashi, a champion hot dog eater. The bogus deal, an elaborate hoax that includes skipper Charlie Manuel, assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr., fellow hurler Brett Myers, and members of the media, totally fools the Phillies sophomore pitcher.

2009       Grady Sizemore’s grand slam spoils the debut of the new Yankee Stadium, an eventual Cleveland 10-2 rout over the Bronx Bombers. The Indians outfielder’s decisive blast off Damaso Marte is the keynote hit of the Tribe’s nine-run seventh inning, a frame that started with the score tied at 1-1.

2011       Johnny Damon walk-off single accounts for winning run in the Rays’ 4-3 victory over Minnesota at Tropicana Field. The 37 year-old designated hitter’s accomplishment marks the first time in nine years a batter collects five consecutive game-winning RBIs.

2011       Owasso High School senior Dylan Bundy, who will finish the academic season with an 11-0 record, a 0.20 ERA, and 158 strikeouts/5 walks in 71 innings pitched, throws a fastball that clocked at 100 mph. The Orioles will select the 18 year-old Oklahoman as their first-round pick (4th overall) in the June MLB Amateur Draft.

2013       In tribute to the victims of yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombings, the fans at Yankee Stadium sing Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, the anthem of their American League East rivals. Before the contest against Arizona, the Bronx Bombers display their logo next to the Red Sox emblem with the words “United We Stand” on an outside video board.

2015       Giancarlo Stanton becomes the Marlins’ all-time home run leader when he goes deep off Dillon Gee in the first inning of the team’s 7-5 loss to New York at Citi Field. The 25 year-old right fielder’s two-run blast, his 155th round-tripper for Miami, surpasses the franchise mark established in 2010 by Dan Uggla.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston94.6923 – 36 – 16 – 33 – 10 – 09 – 1L 1
Toronto67.46233 – 33 – 44 – 20 – 12 – 44 – 6L 1
NY Yankees57.4173.53 – 32 – 45 – 70 – 00 – 04 – 6L 2
Baltimore58.38541 – 64 – 24 – 50 – 01 – 32 – 8L 2
Tampa Bay58.38543 – 42 – 42 – 40 – 01 – 33 – 7L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Kansas City74.6365 – 22 – 21 – 02 – 24 – 26 – 4W 3
Cleveland75.5830.54 – 13 – 40 – 07 – 50 – 07 – 3W 1
Chi White Sox67.46223 – 33 – 40 – 03 – 33 – 45 – 5L 1
Detroit67.46223 – 33 – 40 – 03 – 63 – 14 – 6L 1
Minnesota67.46222 – 54 – 21 – 32 – 11 – 24 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Seattle85.6153 – 35 – 23 – 13 – 30 – 06 – 4W 2
LA Angels75.5830.54 – 23 – 32 – 14 – 31 – 16 – 4L 2
Houston66.5001.51 – 55 – 10 – 00 – 36 – 34 – 6L 5
Oakland67.46222 – 64 – 10 – 01 – 02 – 56 – 4W 5
Texas67.46222 – 44 – 35 – 21 – 20 – 05 – 5W 3
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets53.6254 – 11 – 25 – 30 – 00 – 05 – 3W 3
Philadelphia66.50015 – 11 – 56 – 60 – 00 – 04 – 6L 3
Miami57.41721 – 54 – 24 – 20 – 30 – 05 – 5L 1
Atlanta58.3852.53 – 42 – 45 – 80 – 00 – 05 – 5W 1
Washington37.30031 – 32 – 41 – 22 – 10 – 43 – 7L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cincinnati75.5835 – 12 – 40 – 05 – 12 – 46 – 4L 2
Milwaukee75.5833 – 34 – 20 – 06 – 30 – 06 – 4W 1
St. Louis66.50012 – 44 – 24 – 22 – 40 – 05 – 5L 1
Chi Cubs57.41723 – 32 – 40 – 05 – 70 – 04 – 6L 1
Pittsburgh58.3852.54 – 31 – 50 – 03 – 62 – 24 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers112.8466 – 05 – 23 – 00 – 06 – 19 – 1W 6
San Francisco84.6672.55 – 13 – 30 – 02 – 15 – 17 – 3W 2
San Diego95.6432.54 – 35 – 20 – 02 – 24 – 36 – 4W 1
Arizona58.38562 – 33 – 51 – 02 – 12 – 55 – 5W 1
Colorado310.23183 – 40 – 60 – 00 – 03 – 102 – 8L 6

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia3817.69121-517-1210-225-76-43 W
Brooklyn3718.6731.022-715-116-319-127-31 L
Milwaukee3520.6363.018-817-129-020-106-43 W
Atlanta3026.5368.514-1116-154-316-137-31 L
Boston3026.5368.517-1013-164-618-147-35 W
New York2927.5189.517-1012-172-819-175-54 W
Miami2827.50910.015-1313-145-516-156-42 L
Charlotte2727.50010.513-1214-157-215-134-63 L
Indiana2628.48111.59-1617-125-414-175-51 W
10 Chicago2232.40715.510-1712-154-312-133-74 L
11 Toronto2234.39316.512-1510-193-614-204-61 W
12 Washington2133.38916.510-1611-172-78-235-52 W
13 Cleveland2035.36418.011-169-193-514-153-71 L
14 Orlando1837.32720.010-198-184-511-203-71 W
15 Detroit1639.29122.09-167-230-910-224-63 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah4114.74525-316-115-219-87-31 W
Phoenix4015.7271.023-817-76-324-99-14 W
LA Clippers3918.6843.022-817-108-222-108-27 W
Denver3520.6366.019-1016-107-118-128-21 W
LA Lakers3422.6077.516-1218-103-620-115-51 L
Portland3123.5749.516-1215-114-516-145-52 L
Dallas3024.55610.513-1217-126-417-167-31 W
Memphis2726.50913.013-1614-104-612-186-41 L
Golden State2828.50013.517-1011-183-715-146-44 W
10 San Antonio2627.49114.012-1714-105-614-193-71 L
11 New Orleans2530.45516.016-149-166-314-175-51 L
12 Sacramento2234.39319.512-1610-184-610-171-99 L
13 Oklahoma City2035.36421.09-2011-153-811-221-98 L
14 Houston1441.25527.07-207-215-710-221-94 L
15 Minnesota1442.25027.59-195-233-69-223-72 L

NHL STANDINGS

GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Washington Capitals4428124602615413214-6-214-6-25-5-0
New York Islanders4327124582312610218-2-29-10-26-4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins4327133572414712016-3-211-10-17-2-1
Boston Bruins4123126521911610712-6-311-6-36-3-1
New York Rangers4321166482014011210-7-311-9-36-2-2
Philadelphia Flyers432017646181251559-9-311-8-34-4-2
New Jersey Devils421422634141031394-16-310-6-32-6-2
Buffalo Sabres43112572981051494-13-47-12-35-2-3
 
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche433094643015410118-4-212-5-29-1-0
Vegas Golden Knights422911260291389616-4-213-7-06-3-1
Minnesota Wild4125133532412411115-4-010-9-35-3-2
St. Louis Blues421917644171221327-10-412-7-23-6-1
Arizona Coyotes4419205431611813910-8-39-12-24-6-0
San Jose Sharks421820440131141418-10-210-10-25-5-0
Los Angeles Kings421620638151141277-9-49-11-23-7-0
Anaheim Ducks441423735131011385-14-49-9-35-4-1
 
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs4428124602714511714-7-314-5-16-2-2
Winnipeg Jets4427143572714411711-6-216-8-16-3-1
Edmonton Oilers4225152522513412013-8-012-7-26-2-2
Montreal Canadiens401813945171231149-9-29-4-75-5-0
Calgary Flames4319213411811512710-9-19-12-24-6-0
Vancouver Canucks371618335131001209-9-27-9-16-3-1
Ottawa Senators441426432121181649-10-45-16-03-6-1
 
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Carolina Hurricanes4228104602413710315-3-413-7-06-3-1
Tampa Bay Lightning4329122602814611016-4-013-8-25-5-0
Florida Panthers4427125592613812014-4-313-8-26-3-1
Nashville Predators4524201491912012713-9-011-11-17-3-0
Chicago Blackhawks4420195451812313911-8-29-11-34-6-0
Dallas Stars4216141244151171089-6-87-8-45-2-3
Columbus Blue Jackets451521939131131498-8-77-13-22-7-1
Detroit Red Wings4516236381510314110-9-46-14-25-3-2