MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
St. Louis 11 Cincinnati 6
Milwaukee 6 Minnesota 5 (10)
Tampa Bay 1 Miami 0
Seattle 8 San Francisco 7 (10)
Toronto 3 NY Yankees 2 (10)
Detroit 3 Cleveland 2
Baltimore at Boston postponed
Kansas City 14 Texas 10
LA Angels 4 Chicago White Sox 3
Houston 8 Oakland 1
Pittsburgh 5 Chicago Cubs 3
Philadelphia 3 Atlanta 2 (10)
San Diego 8 Arizona 7
Colorado 8 LA Dodgers 5
Philadelphia 114 Cleveland 94.
Detroit 120 Washington 91
Brooklyn 111 Charlotte 89
Orlando 115 New Orleans 110 OT
Miami 116 Golden State 109
Atlanta 134 San Antonio 129 2OT
Denver 101 LA Clippers 94
Pittsburgh 4 Boston 1
NY Rangers 3 Buffalo 2
NY Islanders 8 Washington 4
Tampa Bay 3 Columbus 2
Florida 3 Detroit 2
Montréal 4 Ottawa 1
Philadelphia at New Jersey postponed
Carolina 4 Chicago 3
Dallas 4 Nashville 1
Minnesota 3 Vegas 2
East Carolina 5 Cincinnati 4
Indiana State 8 St. Louis 2
Dallas Baptist 6 Valpo 1
|Valero Texas Open|
|Apr. 1-4, TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Camilo Villegas||64||-8 (64)||F|
|2t||Sung Kang||66||-6 (66)||F|
|2t||Cameron Tringale||66||-6 (66)||F|
|4t||Jordan Spieth||67||-5 (67)||F|
|4t||Seung-yul Noh||67||-5 (67)||F|
|4t||Hideki Matsuyama||67||-5 (67)||F|
|7t||Scottie Scheffler||68||-4 (68)||F|
|7t||Tom Hoge||68||-4 (68)||F|
|7t||Sebastian Munoz||68||-4 (68)||F|
|10t||Kevin Stadler||69||-3 (69)||F|
|10t||Matt Wallace||69||-3 (69)||F|
|10t||Vincent Whaley||69||-3 (69)||F|
|13t||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||70||-2 (70)||F|
|13t||Brendan Steele||70||-2 (70)||F|
|13t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||70||-2 (70)||F|
|13t||Padraig Harrington||70||-2 (70)||F|
|13t||Martin Trainer||70||-2 (70)||F|
|13t||Matt Kuchar||70||-2 (70)||F|
|13t||Pat Perez||70||-2 (70)||F|
|13t||Adam Hadwin||70||-2 (70)||F|
|13t||Brandon Hagy||70||-2 (70)||F|
|22t||Anirban Lahiri||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Denny McCarthy||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Sepp Straka||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Ryan Moore||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Cameron Davis||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Erik van Rooyen||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Gary Woodland||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Corey Conners||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Keegan Bradley||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Wesley Bryan||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Patton Kizzire||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Vaughn Taylor||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Rory Sabbatini||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Zach Johnson||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Charl Schwartzel||71||-1 (71)||F|
|22t||Kyle Stanley||71||-1 (71)||F|
|38t||Doc Redman||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Abraham Ancer||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Jason Dufner||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Brice Garnett||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Ryan Palmer||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Jimmy Walker||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Brandt Snedeker||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Chris Kirk||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Roger Sloan||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Rafael Campos||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Will Gordon||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||John Huh||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||K.J. Choi||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Martin Laird||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Si Woo Kim||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Keith Mitchell||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Chase Seiffert||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Akshay Bhatia||72||E (72)||F|
|38t||Joseph Bramlett||72||E (72)||F|
|57t||Tom Lewis||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Bernd Wiesberger||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Ben Martin||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Charles Howell III||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Danny Willett||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Tyler Duncan||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||D.A. Points||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||David Hearn||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Peter Malnati||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Greyson Sigg||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Michael Gligic||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Tain Lee||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Luke List||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Scott Harrington||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Harold Varner III||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Brian Stuard||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Tony Finau||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Nick Taylor||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Adam Long||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Matthew NeSmith||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Lucas Glover||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Chesson Hadley||73||+1 (73)||F|
|57t||Ryan Brehm||73||+1 (73)||F|
|80t||Adam Schenk||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Ryan Armour||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Graeme McDowell||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||D.J. Trahan||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Bo Van Pelt||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Sebastian Cappelen||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Harry Higgs||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Joel Dahmen||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Russell Knox||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Beau Hossler||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Hunter Mahan||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Doug Ghim||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Jhonattan Vegas||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Sam Fidone||74||+2 (74)||F|
|80t||Kristoffer Ventura||74||+2 (74)||F|
|95t||Sam Ryder||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Andrew Landry||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Kevin Chappell||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Branden Grace||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Aaron Wise||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Patrick Rodgers||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Kiradech Aphibarnrat||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Sam Burns||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Robby Shelton||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Kelly Kraft||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Henrik Stenson||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Davis Love III||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Lanto Griffin||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Charley Hoffman||75||+3 (75)||F|
|95t||Carlos Sainz, Jr.||75||+3 (75)||F|
|110t||Bo Hoag||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Cameron Percy||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Rickie Fowler||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Troy Merritt||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Michael Kim||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Satoshi Kodaira||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Ted Potter, Jr.||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Scott Brown||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Bronson Burgoon||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Rhein Gibson||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Kramer Hickok||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Brian Gay||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Nate Lashley||76||+4 (76)||F|
|110t||Hank Lebioda||76||+4 (76)||F|
|124t||Luke Donald||77||+5 (77)||F|
|124t||Danny Lee||77||+5 (77)||F|
|124t||Scott Stallings||77||+5 (77)||F|
|124t||Austin Eckroat||77||+5 (77)||F|
|124t||Byeong Hun An||77||+5 (77)||F|
|124t||Cameron Champ||77||+5 (77)||F|
|124t||Jim Furyk||77||+5 (77)||F|
|124t||Andrew Putnam||77||+5 (77)||F|
|124t||Mac Meissner||77||+5 (77)||F|
|124t||Rob Oppenheim||77||+5 (77)||F|
|134t||Henrik Norlander||78||+6 (78)||F|
|134t||J.J. Spaun||78||+6 (78)||F|
|134t||J.J. Killeen||78||+6 (78)||F|
|134t||Austin Cook||78||+6 (78)||F|
|134t||J.B. Holmes||78||+6 (78)||F|
|139t||Nick Watney||79||+7 (79)||F|
|139t||Xinjun Zhang||79||+7 (79)||F|
|139t||Phil Mickelson||79||+7 (79)||F|
|142||Sam Bennett||80||+8 (80)||F|
|143||Sean O’Hair||83||+11 (83)||F|
|144||Patrick Grimes||85||+13 (85)||F|
Goldschmidt, Arenado deliver, Cards open fast, top Reds 11-6
CINCINNATI (AP) Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and the boosted St. Louis Cardinals started with quite a burst.
Goldschmidt and the newly acquired Arenado combined for six hits and the Cardinals roughed up Luis Castillo for six runs in the first inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-6 Thursday.
Even with snow flurries and a game time temperature of 37 degrees on opening day, the Cardinals scored all their runs in the first four innings. Dylan Carlson hit a three-run homer and Tyler O’Neill connected for a two-run shot.
“A really good firm punch, right there at the beginning, coming at you,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “Really good inning, lots of situational hitting.”
St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty couldn’t take advantage of the big lead, giving up six runs in 4 1/3 innings. Giovanny Gallegos (1-0), the fourth of five Cardinals relievers, got the win.
Castillo (0-1) had a bad day almost from the start. He surrendered 10 runs, eight of them earned, on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings.
Hayes homers, Pirates 2-hit Cubs 5-3 on chilly opening day
CHICAGO (AP) It was breezy and chilly – but not nearly cold enough to contain Ke’Bryan Hayes.
The rookie slugger hit a two-run homer and Pittsburgh’s relievers dominated in a two-hitter, helping the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 Thursday on opening day.
The game time temperature at Wrigley Field was 36 degrees, and the flags at the iconic ballpark rippled in the breeze for much of the sunny afternoon. A crowd of 10,343 dressed in winter jackets, hooded sweatshirts and hats for the return of fans to Wrigley after they were kept out last summer because of the pandemic.
But the 24-year-old Hayes had more than enough power to leave the yard in the first inning, giving Pittsburgh a lift with a long two-run shot to left-center in front of his father, Charlie Hayes, a former big league infielder.
“I couldn’t have squared it up any better,” said Hayes, one of the preseason favorites for NL Rookie of the Year. “I was a little out front, but I squared it up pretty good so I knew that it was going to go out.”
Cabrera homers off Bieber in snow, Tigers beat Indians 3-2
DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera hit a drive to right field, and on a snowy day at Comerica Park, it was anyone’s guess where the ball would end up.
Terry Francona lost sight of it, and Cabrera was so uncertain he went sliding into second base, in case there was a play there.
“It was a good slide,” Cabrera said.
Of Cabrera’s 488 career home runs, this one was certainly unique. His first-inning drive through the flakes was the first homer of the 2021 Major League Baseball season and sent the Detroit Tigers over the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Thursday.
Cabrera also added a sparkling play at first base in his first time playing the field since 2019, and Matthew Boyd (1-0) beat reigning Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber.
The Tigers welcomed their fans back to Comerica with a victory in their season opener, and they gave AJ Hinch a win in his debut as their manager. The former Houston skipper missed last season while suspended in the aftermath of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
The temperature at game time was 32 degrees.
Trout, Pujols lead Angels’ late rally past White Sox, 4-3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout delivered the tying single and Shohei Ohtani scored the go-ahead run on Albert Pujols’ groundout in the eighth inning, leading the Los Angeles Angels’ rally to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.
Max Stassi homered and Justin Upton had an RBI single in the Angels’ first opening day at home since 2016. The Halos’ late surge for two unearned runs spoiled the second debut of White Sox manager Tony La Russa.
Adam Eaton hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in his first game back with the White Sox.
Trout and Pujols came up big before 13,207 loud fans at Angel Stadium, the biggest sports crowd in the Los Angeles metroplex since the start of the pandemic.
David Fletcher opened the eighth by beating out an infield single off the glove of reliever Aaron Bummer (0-1). Second baseman Nick Madrigal then made a throwing error on a hard-hit grounder from Ohtani, and Fletcher took third on a passed ball before Trout smacked a single to left.
Upton drew an 11-pitch walk to load the bases for Pujols, whose high-bouncing groundout easily scored Ohtani. Pujols’ RBI was the 16th of his career on opening day, the most among active players.
Mike Mayers (1-0) pitched the eighth, and Raisel Iglesias needed just eight pitches in the ninth to earn the save in his Angels debut.
Astros’ Correa planning for free agency, no hard feelings
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Astros shortstop Carlos Correa says he hasn’t seriously discussed a long-term deal with Houston and plans to seek a big payday in free agency next offseason.
“We were not close at all. There were not really any negotiations,” Correa said Thursday before the Astros opened against the Oakland Athletics. “It’s another year with the Houston Astros. I’m going to go out there, give it my best and try to bring another championship to this city.”
Correa said last week he turned down a $120 million, six-year offer and said Thursday he’s also declined a $125 million, five-year bid — paltry compared to the $341 million, 10-year deal shortstop Francisco Lindor agreed to with the New York Mets on Wednesday night. Lindor and Correa were both eligible for free agency after this season.
Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams retiring after 33-year run
(AP) Roy Williams has a Hall of Fame resume filled with more than 900 wins and three national championships in a career leading two of the most storied programs in college basketball.
So it came as a surprise Thursday when the 70-year-old Williams announced his retirement and said it was more because of what he doesn’t have: the conviction that he is still the right coach to lead North Carolina.
During a long, thoughtful news conference on the Smith Center court bearing his name, Williams described himself as a coach who was bothered by losses and by his own mistakes over the past two difficult seasons. One of those saw the only losing record of his career and the other, this season, saw Williams coaching a young group playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Williams had long said he would coach as long as his health remained good.
“But deep down inside, I knew that the only thing that would speed that up (was) if I did not feel that I was any longer the right man for the job,” he said. “I’m not going say the best man because I never thought I was the best at anything. But for 15 years at Kansas, I thought I was the right man. In this time at North Carolina, I thought I was the right man. I no longer feel that I am the right man for the job.”
The stunning news came two weeks after Williams closed his 18th season with the Tar Heels after a highly successful 15-year run with the Jayhawks. In all, Williams won 903 games in a career that included those three titles, all with the Tar Heels, in 2005, 2009 and 2017.
NFL’s move to 17 games could alter record books
(AP) The NFL could finally see its first 2,000-yard receiver. The 5,000-yard passing club might be ready to induct a few more members with Peyton Manning’s single-season record of 5,477 yards possibly in jeopardy.
The accomplishment of 1,000-yard seasons rushing or receiving will become more common and a little more devalued.
With the NFL increasing its season to 17 games for the first change in length of the season since going from 14 to 16 games in 1978, some records and milestones could soon be threatened by even more players.
The offensive explosion in recent years that has made comparing marks from the 1970s and 80s to today’s game a fruitless exercise will only become less useful as players in the 17-game era put up even bigger statistics than the stars of the past decade.
Here’s a look at some records and milestones that could be most impacted by the change:
THE 5,000-YARD CLUB
Dan Marino spent years as the lonely sole member of the 5,000-yard passing club, having thrown for 5,084 yards in 1984 for Miami back when 3,000-yard seasons were viewed as a major accomplishment.
No one joined him in that group until Drew Brees threw for 5,069 yards in 2008. Brees would go on to throw for at least 5,000 yards in a season four more times, breaking Marino’s record with 5,476 yards in 2011.
That mark didn’t stand for long with Peyton Manning passing it by 1 yard in 2013 and in all there have been 12 5,000-yard seasons.
To top Manning’s mark, a passer would need to throw for a little more than 322 yards per game in a 17-game season. That’s a mark that has been reached nine times in the past 10 seasons, putting that record in serious jeopardy.
THE QUEST FOR 2,000
In an era where records have been falling with frequency, one mark that hasn’t been reached is 2,000 yards receiving in a season. Calvin Johnson came closest with 1,964 yards in 2012.
To reach 2,000 yards in a season, a player would need to average more than 117 yards receiving per game. Doing that won’t be easy with Johnson the only player to average that many over 16 games. But Julio Jones came within a fraction of that in 2015 and Josh Gordon topped that mark while playing only 14 games in 2013.
With teams passing more than ever, it may be inevitable that a receiver will reach the 2,000-yard mark in the next few years.
The mark of a successful season rushing or receiving has often been viewed as 1,000 yards. While that round number lost a little value in a 16-game season compared to 14 games, it still served as easy shorthand as a measure of success.
Iowa’s Luka Garza named AP men’s college player of the year
(AP) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Luka Garza knew what everyone expected before returning for a final run as Iowa’s unquestioned star.
Pressure? Garza felt it, all right, enough to know his mental health required the same attention as his game.
“I needed meditation to lean on, to be able to mainly just go out there and be myself and not worry about anything else,” Garza said.
That best explains why the 6-foot-11, 265-pound senior is The Associated Press men’s college basketball national player of the year after finishing second last season. He was the runaway choice for the award announced Thursday, receiving 50 of 63 votes from AP Top 25 voters.
Ayo Dosunmu, who led Illinois to the Big Ten Tournament title and a No. 1 NCAA seed, was second with six votes, followed by Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham with three. Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert and Baylor’s Jared Butler each earned two votes.
Garza ranked second nationally by averaging 24.1 points with 8.7 rebounds. He improved shooting percentages across the board – including going from 36% on 3-pointers last year to 44% – and his assist-to-turnover ratio after working on passing ahead of double- and triple-teams he knew would come all season long.
Garza led the Hawkeyes to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, then accounted for nearly half their points (36 of 80) in a second-round upset loss to Oregon. The native of Washington, D.C., finished as the career scoring leader (2,306) at Iowa, which will retire his No. 55 jersey.
“We may never see another one like him,” coach Fran McCaffery said.
Michigan’s Juwan Howard named AP college coach of the year
(AP) Michigan’s decision to hire Juwan Howard raised a few eyebrows.
The former member of the Fab Five certainly had the coaching chops after spending six years as an assistant with the NBA’s Miami Heat. The question was whether he would be able to recruit. He had never done it before and the list of former NBA players who flamed out as college coaches is a long one.
Turns out, Howard can recruit and coach.
Howard was named The Associated Press men’s college basketball coach of the year on Thursday, receiving 35 of 63 votes from a national media panel. Gonzaga’s Mark Few was second with 16 votes, and Baylor’s Scott Drew and Alabama’s Nate Oats each received five.
“Coach Howard does an elite job,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said before his team beat Michigan in the Elite Eight. “He doesn’t do a good job. He does an elite job. When your team is as organized as they are on both ends and plays as physical and tough as they do, that is a reflection of their coach.”
The 48-year-old Howard returned to coach his alma mater after John Beilein left for the NBA in 2019. He led the Wolverines to 19 wins before the 2019-20 season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and took another, bigger step this season.
Oklahoma St star freshman Cade Cunningham to enter NBA draft
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Cade Cunningham used to see superstars when he watched NBA players.
Now, he sees opponents. They soon will see him, too.
Cunningham announced Thursday that he will enter the NBA draft after a dynamic freshman season for Oklahoma State that saw him named a first-team AP All-American.
“I see them as more human now than I used to,” he said. “I’ve been looking at those guys since I was a sophomore in high school. Those are the guys I’ve got to try to outwork right now.”
The 6-foot-8 point guard is expected to be a high pick — possibly No. 1 overall. His decision was no surprise — the 19-year-old Cunningham participated in Senior Night activities before the Cowboys faced Oklahoma in Stillwater.
But even after Oklahoma State’s NCAA Tournament loss to Oregon State, Cunningham wouldn’t fully commit either way, deflecting a question about his future while hinting he was ready to move on. He finally made his declaration in a news conference at Gallagher-Iba Arena with coach Mike Boynton by his side and his teammates seated in the courtside bleachers.
“It’s hard to make that decision in the moment, so I just wanted to wait until my head was level,” he said. “But I was just blessed to have that opportunity to be able to enter the draft. I felt like I had did a lot of the work early to be in that position.”
Players hear ‘a lot of talk’ from Emmert about Title IX, NIL
(AP) A trio of men’s basketball players asked NCAA President Mark Emmert during a video call Thursday to abide by, and enforce, Title IX gender equity rules and to create a waiver that would let college athletes start earning money from use of their names, images and likenesses this year.
What did the three students say they heard in return?
“A lot of talk,” according to Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon.
Another player involved, Rutgers’ Geo Baker, said Emmert repeatedly referred to waiting for Congress to intervene and summed up the session this way: “What it really sounded like was that the NCAA doesn’t really want to be the first to make action.”
“We brought up a lot of our points, and it’s kind of like he would say the same thing and kind of agree with us. But that really wasn’t going anywhere,” Michigan’s Isaiah Livers said. “And obviously, from what I hear, he likes to kind of talk about points instead of make action.”
Emmert’s take: “We had a really good, really constructive conversation,” he said during an availability later Thursday, “and I look forward to continuing to work with them and others.”
In coordination with the National College Players Association, the athletes used a social media campaign — with the Twitter hashtag #NotNCAAProperty — during March Madness to protest rules that deny NIL rights and to put a spotlight on differences between the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments wrapping up this weekend in Indiana and Texas.
“Let this be the last NCAA tournament designed to treat women’s basketball players as inferior to men’s basketball players. Let this be the last NCAA tournament that generates a billion dollars from the talents of predominately black basketball players who aren’t allowed to make one dime off their own name,” Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association, said on a call with reporters after the three players spoke with Emmert and, in a separate video meeting, Sens. Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal.
In AP survey, ADs raise worries about women’s college sports
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — To hear many of those in charge of Division I programs tell it, the state of play for women’s sports could get worse, not better, under proposals that would put more money in the pockets of some college athletes.
Via a new Associated Press survey of athletic directors, and in conversations with ADs and conference commissioners during March Madness, a picture emerged of concern for sports other than the two largest revenue-generators, football and men’s basketball.
The AP asked 357 ADs a series of online questions shortly before various differences between the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments were put on full display over the past two weeks, drawing complaints from players and coaches, along with Mea Culpas from the NCAA. Granted anonymity in exchange for candor, 99 athletic directors participated.
The most striking of the results released Thursday: 94% of respondents said it would be somewhat or much more difficult to comply with Title IX gender equity rules if their school were to compensate athletes in the biggest money-making sports.
“I do fully understand the concerns that the ADs raised in your survey, and I’m not the least bit surprised,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “One of the things that we’re working with Congress on, and as we shape our own rules, is for folks to understand that while there is a common belief that all universities make very large amounts of money off of college sports, the reality is quite different from that. And when there are other calls on those funds, that limits the ability of schools to be able to support all their teams, and that’s something I worry a great deal about.”
Durant apologizes for profane private messages to Rapaport
NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant apologized Thursday for threatening and profane comments he made to entertainer Michael Rapaport through social media.
Rapaport released images of the private messages Tuesday on his Twitter account, and they included homophobic and misogynistic language from the Brooklyn Nets star.
“I’m sorry that people seen the language that I used,” Durant said. “That’s not really what I want people to see and hear from me, but hopefully I can move past it and get back out on the floor.”
The NBA hasn’t weighed in yet on Durant’s comments and whether he would be fined. Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said the team has discussed the remarks but would keep the conversation internal.
Durant is nearing a return from a left hamstring strain that has sidelined him since mid-February. He could be back sometime next week.
He and the Nets thought the injury was minor when he missed his first game Feb. 15 in Sacramento. But a subsequent exam showed it to be more serious.
“So, one of those things where I’m not feeling a ton of pain, but it’s just like you don’t want to force one of these injuries, go out there and make it worse,” Durant said.
“In my mind I’m just like, `I can play,’ but then it’s also like you’ve got to be smart and cautious with this type of injury. So just try to be patient with it all and just rehab as hard as I can, and I’ve been through this situation before so I just try to take myself back to that place.”
Durant sat out the entire 2019-20 season, his first in Brooklyn, after rupturing his Achilles tendon playing for Golden State in the 2019 NBA Finals.
Villegas has first-round lead at Texas Open
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Camilo Villegas chipped in twice to highlight a nine-birdie round that earned him an 8-under 64 and the first-round lead at the Valero Texas Open on Thursday.
Sung Kang, a 33-year-old South Korean, is two shots back with Cameron Tringale after each had a 66 at TPC San Antonio’s Oaks Course. Jordan Spieth, whose struggles the past three years appear to be subsiding after four top-10 finishes the past two months, is three back (67) with Seung-Yul Noh and Hideki Matsuyama.
Phil Mickelson dropped to 15 shots back when he had a 10 on the 18th hole – he took two penalty shots and another three strokes trying to get away from a greenside stream – and ended with a 79.
Villegas won the Tour Championship in 2008 and the Wyndham Championship in 2014, but has endured injury and then the death of his 22-month-old daughter last year. His two top-10 finishes this year include a tie for eighth at the Honda Classic.
“Sometimes it goes your way, and sometimes it doesn’t,” Villegas said. “The last few years I’ve been up and down with many things. We keep showing up and the results start showing up.”
He bogeyed his opening hole Thursday and birdied six of seven holes in the middle of his round.
That streak included putts of 23 and 20 feet and a chip-in from the fringe at his 13th hole. He finished up when he holed out from about 45 yards away to the side of the green.
“Some days the hole is a little bit big,” Villegas said. “On (the last hole), I got really lucky. I hit a chip that was probably going off the green, and it hits the pin and goes in.”
Kang, the 2019 Byron Nelson champ, got his round rolling with an eagle on his 11th hole. He hit the green in two on the par 5 from 292 yards and made a 30-foot eagle.
“I played great today, but I didn’t start off very good,” Kang said. “I struggled a little bit with a new driver from the start, but I found a way to hit it on the back nine so started driving a lot better.”
Kang birdied three of his last four, including his finishing hole with a 22-foot birdie.
Spieth, No. 1 in the world in 2016 – now 53rd – birdied three of his opening five holes. Looking for his first win since the 2017 Open Championship, he had steadily dropped in the world rankings until he hit No. 92 in January after missing the cut in five of eight starts.
“Overall with the score, I certainly would have signed up for 5 under starting out,” Spieth said. “I felt like I played some really nice golf on our front nine. I didn’t quite hit it as good as I have been, but certainly the short game came through. I mean, 5 under around this track is a good score. I’d take four more of them.”
Wie West, Feng back on leaderboard at ANA Inspiration
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Michelle Wie West was back on a major championship leaderboard Thursday at the ANA Inspiration. So was Shanshan Feng in her first tournament in 16 months.
Playing for the second straight week after a 21-month break, Wie West shot a 2-under 70, leaving her four strokes behind leader Patty Tavatanakit after the morning wave.
“Came into the day like, `OK, no stress today, easy golf,'” Wie West said. “And the first couple holes were not easy golf. I’m just happy to see my name on the first page of the leaderboard. That’s really special to me. Been a long time since I’ve seen that.”
Feng birdied three of her last five holes for a bogey-free 67 in the morning The Chinese star hadn’t played a competitive round since November 2019 because of the coronavirus pandemic and a recent visa delay.
“I was kind of nervous last night,” the 10-time LPGA Tour winner said. “But I said to myself, `Hey, it’s OK. Think about you’re just an old rookie. Everything is new for you here and just have no expectation. Try your hardest, 100% on every shot and enjoy the process.’ That was what I did, actually.”
She got a break on the par-3 17th – her eighth hole of the day – when she hit a chip too hard and it slammed against the flagstick and in for birdie.
“I did have some luck on the course today,” Feng said.
Wie West was in the second group off the 10th tee, opening to little fanfare with no spectators at Mission Hills for the 50th edition of the event.
“It’s definitely weird. It doesn’t have the same vibe,” Wie West said. “The first tee was the most shocking one where you don’t walk through a tunnel, don’t have the grandstands really close by.”
Wie West first played the event in 2003, tying for ninth at age 13.
“I have to say today was a bit like when I was 13,” Wie West said. “I kind of hit it all over the place and grinded a bit out there. But that feels good. I think that’s kind of how I play.”
Wie West three-putted for bogey on 10, nearly aced the 13th for a birdie, and made three straight long birdie putts on Nos. 10-12. She missed a 2-foot par putt on No. 6 and parred the final three. Last week in Carlsbad, she missed the cut in the Kia Classic with rounds of 81 and 74.
“Especially after last week, it was really good to see those putts roll in,” Wie West said. “Put myself in some interesting spots today, but really proud of how I grinded it out out there.”
Wie West married Jonnie West, the son of basketball great Jerry West, in August 2019, and daughter Makenna was born last June. West is director of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors.
“Having a baby definitely puts a different perspective on everything,” she said. “I’m more excited to go home and see her than I was about my round, to be honest.”
Tavatanakit, the 21-year-old former UCLA player from Thailand, closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th for a bogey-free 66. She reached all the par 5s in two, birdieing three of them.
“It was a pretty calm and relaxing day today,” Tavatanakit said. “I just stuck to my game plan and didn’t get too greedy out there. I know it’s a major, it’s tough, the course is really tough. I was just being really patient and I was waiting for putts to drop, and they did on the back nine.”
Leona Maguire of Ireland matched Feng with a 67 in the afternoon with the temperature in the low 90s. Triple-digit heat was expected the next three days.
INDIANA BASEBALL: NOTES: Indiana Baseball Heads to Ohio State
SETTING THE SCENE
• The Indiana Hoosiers will head east to face Ohio State in a four-game, Big Ten series in Columbus starting on Friday at Bill Davis Stadium.
• Indiana has won 11 of its last 12 games and currently sits atop the Big Ten standings with a record of 11-2. Last weekend, the Hoosiers took two of three on the road at Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.
• 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.
• The Indiana pitching staff has been electric this season, posting a team ERA of 2.55 with 153 strikeouts in 120 innings pitched. IU has allowed just 34 earned runs on 68 hits and has limited opponents to a batting average of .162.
• The Hoosiers are ranked second in the NCAA in hits allowed per nine innings (5.10) and WHIP (1.04), fifth in team ERA (2.55) and 11th in strikeouts per nine innings (11.5).
• INF/OF Drew Ashley has reached base in 39-straight games dating back to the 2019 season.
• INF Cole Barr (.400) and INF/OF Drew Ashley (.396) are currently ranked No. 4 and No. 6 in the Big Ten in batting average, while INF Paul Toetz ranks second in the league with seven doubles.
• Indiana is ranked No. 6 in the nation by Perfect Game and No. 27 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. IU is receiving votes in both the NCBWA and USA Today Coaches polls. IU is ranked No. 88 in the NCAA RPI poll.
• Since the start of the 2008 season, Indiana leads the Big Ten in wins (440) and conference wins (188). 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 WBB: INDIANA UNIVERSITY, IU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH TERI MOREN AGREE TO NEW DEAL THRU 2027
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University and IU head women’s basketball coach Teri Moren have agreed to a new contract thru 2027 that will make her among the highest compensated women’s basketball coaches in the Big Ten.
Moren’s new deal runs through the 2026-27 season and increases her annual average compensation to $862,500. In addition, the contract includes an assortment of performance bonuses that can enhance the deal, including bonuses for:
Big Ten regular and postseason championships;
NCAA Tournament or WNIT Tournament participation and victories;
conference and/or national coach of the year accolades; and
team academic accomplishments.
“Teri Moren is the architect of an unprecedented era of success for our women’s basketball program, and I’m excited that we have agreed to a new deal that ensures she will be here for many years to come,” said IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson. “With six straight 20-win seasons and this year’s run to the Elite Eight, Teri has built our program into one of the very best in the Big Ten.
“This new contract places her in the upper echelon among her conference peers, rewards those achievements, and recognizes the upward trajectory that we are on. In my more than 30 years with the department I’ve never been as excited about the future of IU Women’s Basketball, and that’s because we have the right person leading us in the right direction.”
In seven years at the helm of the IU program, Moren has compiled a 148-80 overall record (.649) and led the team to the postseason five times, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament. She has won 20 or more games in each of the last six seasons, surpassing the 20-win seasons in the program’s first 41 years (four). She has established new program records for conference wins in each of the past two seasons, highlighted by year’s 16-2 Big Ten mark.
Her teams have also been ranked nationally for 37 straight weeks dating back to last season, and entered the nation’s top 10 for the first time in program history earlier this season. Ranked No. 12 nationally entering the NCAA Tournament, Indiana earned the program’s highest-ever NCAA Tournament seed (No. 4) and defeated No. 13 VCU, No. 12 Belmont and No. 1 North Carolina State on its way to the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance.
“I would like to thank President McRobbie, Scott Dolson, Mattie White and Fred Glass for believing in our program and giving us the opportunity to build something truly special at Indiana,” Moren said. “Along with my staff, we are dedicated to building successful young women on and off the court. I am truly blessed to be a part of the Hoosier Nation, who continue to show their love and gratitude for our team. We see you and appreciate you. As a lifelong Hoosier, I will continue to represent this incredible university with great pride and dedication.”
Teri Moren Accomplishments
Six consecutive 20-win seasons – the longest streak in program history
Three NCAA Tournament berths (2016, 2019 and 2021) and 2018 WNIT Championship – overall five postseason appearances
2016 Big Ten Coach of the Year
Highest ever NCAA Tournament seed in 2021 as the No. 4 seed
Made the program’s first appearances in the NCAA Elite Eight in 2021
Mackenzie Holmes earned the program’s first Associated Press All-American honorable mention honor (2021). Collectively, Moren’s players have earned four All-American honors in her tenure.
37 consecutive weeks ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 and 22 consecutive weeks in the WBCA/USA Today coaches poll
Three top four finishes in the Big Ten regular season in the last five seasons
A combined 21 All-Big Ten selections
Three CoSIDA Academic All District Selections and two CoSIDA Academic All-American honors
32 Academic All-Big Ten honorees
Holds a five-game win streak in the annual Barn Burner Trophy series with Purdue dating back to 2017 and winning eight of the last nine in the series overall.
PURDUE BASEBALL: Purdue Hosts Iowa for 5th Time in 9 Years at Alexander
Iowa (7-8) at Purdue (3-11)
Friday to Sunday, April 2 to 4 / BTN+
Series Opener: Friday, April 2 at 4 p.m. ET
Middle Game: Saturday, April 3 at 2 p.m. ET
Series Finale: Sunday, April 4 at 1 p.m. ET
Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday: Calvin Schapira (Jr, LHP) vs. Iowa’s Trenton Wallace (R-Jr, LHP)
Saturday: Jackson Smeltz (R-So, LHP) vs. Iowa’s Drew Irvine (R-So, RHP)
Sunday: Trent Johnson (Sr, RHP) vs. Iowa’s Cam Baumann (R-Jr, LHP)
All-Time: Iowa leads 99-65-1
All-Time in West Lafayette: Iowa leads 45-39-1
Last Series: Iowa won 2 of 3 (April 2019 in West Lafayette)
Purdue’s Last Series Win: Purdue swept a 3-game set (May 2011)
First Meeting: Purdue 5, Iowa 2 (May 1902 in West Lafayette)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The most frequent visitor to Alexander Field makes another appearance as Purdue baseball hosts Iowa for the fifth time in nine years.
It’s the second of consecutive home weekends for the Boilermakers and the start times are the same as last weekend – Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Purdue is scheduled to play at home on Easter Sunday for the first time since 2016.
The Hawkeyes also visited Alexander Field in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019. This weekend they become the first visiting team to play five series at Alexander. Even before the three additional games this weekend, Iowa has already played more games (12) at Alexander than Indiana (4), Illinois (3) and Maryland (3) combined. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers have made only one trip to Iowa City since 2013, although they were scheduled to play at Duane Banks Field at this time last year prior to the shutdown.
• Purdue’s home-opening weekend was highlighted by Saturday’s memorable ninth-inning comeback, which produced the ninth walk-off win in Alexander Field history. The seven-run rally in the bottom of the ninth was the program’s most prolific do-or-die inning at home in the last 20 years. An April 2008 win vs. Minnesota at Lambert Field, which was a seven-inning affair as part of a Saturday doubleheader, marked the only other time the Boilermakers scored at least four runs in the final frame for a walk-off win. Coincidentally, Purdue also scored six times in the bottom of the sixth of the seven-inning nightcap that day to rally for a 7-5 win, eventually sweeping the series with Minnesota on Sunday.
• Mason Gavre’s three-run homer Saturday was the program’s first walk-off home run since Ryne White hit a solo shot in the ninth inning of an April 2006 win vs. Illinois State at Lambert Field. Ben Nisle also scored the game-winning run in the Opening Day walk-off vs. Nebraska. He’s the first Boilermaker since Milo Beam in 2017 to score the winning run in multiple walk-offs in the same season.
SIMINGTON TWO-HITS THE ENTIRE SERIES
• Miles Simington not only drove in the game-tying run in the ninth inning Saturday with an opposite-field sacrifice fly, the outfielder also had two hits in all three games of the series with Rutgers. He finished the series 6-for-12 with two doubles and no strikeouts. It marked the fourth season in a row that a Boilermaker had multiple hits in all three games of a weekend. Ben Nisle did it in February of last year at the Campbell Tournament, which Purdue won thanks to victories vs. Maine, Villanova and the host Camels. Nisle actually had two hits in four consecutive games.
• Ryan Howe (March 29-April 3) and Skyler Hunter (April 23-26) had multiple hits in three consecutive games at Alexander Field in 2019, but both streaks did not happen as part of the same series. Simington is the first Boilermaker to accomplish the multiple-hit feat in a home series since Eric Charles in April 2012 vs. Michigan State.
• Tyler Powers registered his first four-hit game as a Boilermaker in Saturday’s win, highlighted by an RBI single in the seven-run ninth inning. He drove in the third of seven runs during the rally. Powers finished the series 6-for-13 and is batting .480 (12-for-25) during his six-game hit streak. Against Iowa in 2019, Powers turned three 5-3 double plays and had three hits in Purdue’s game 2 win.
MULTIPLE HITS IN ALL 3 GAMES OF A SERIES/WEEKEND SINCE 2013
• Miles Simington, 2021 vs Rutgers – 6-for-12, 2B, 2 2B, 2 RBI, HBP, 3 R, .500 OBP
• Ben Nisle, 2020 at Campbell Tournament – 6-for-14, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, SB, .429 OBP
• Nick Evarts, 2019 at Northwestern – 6-for-11, 2B, 5 RBI, BB, 2 HBP, R, .643 OBP
• Jacson McGowan, 2018 at Maryland – 6-for-12, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB, 2 HBP, 3 R, .600 OBP
• Kyle Johnson, 2015 at Nebraska – 6-for-12, 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB, HBP, 3 R, .571 OBP
• Brandon Krieg, 2015 vs Northern Illinois – 7-for-13, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, BB, 3 R, .571 OBP
• Kyle Wood, 2015 at Oklahoma – 9-for-11, 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 4 R, .786 OBP
• Conner Hudnall, 2013 at Michigan State – 7-for-16, 2 2B, R, .438 OBP
• Jack Picchiotti, 2013 at Penn State – 6-for-13, 2 RBI, 2 R, .462 OBP
• Kyle Wood, 2013 at Illinois – 6-for-10, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, HBP, 4 R, .692 OBP
PURDUE BASEBALL: 3 Boilermakers on MLB Rosters for Opening Day
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A trio of Boilermakers are once again on Opening Day rosters as the Major League Baseball season begins on time this year.
Josh Lindblom (Milwaukee Brewers, Purdue 2007-08), Kevin Plawecki (Boston Red Sox, Purdue 2010-12) and Nick Wittgren (Cleveland Indians, Purdue 2011-12) are all back with the same clubs they played for during the abbreviated 60-game campaign. Jordan Comadena (2005-08) remains the bullpen catcher/catching assistant for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Lindblom and Wittgren helped their teams reach the 2020 postseason and Plawecki enjoyed his finest offensive season at the big league level. Wittgren struck out three of the six batters he faced while registering four outs in game 2 of Cleveland’s Wild Card Series with the New York Yankees. In doing so, he became the first Boilermaker to appear in an MLB postseason game since Archi Cianfrocco played for the San Diego Padres in 1996.
In December, Plawecki and Wittgren both agreed to deals with their franchises to avoid arbitration. Lindblom signed a three-year contract with the Brewers in December 2019 after winning the MVP of the Korea Baseball Organization as the ace of the league champion Doosan Bears.
The start of the Minor League Baseball season has been delayed until May. It was canceled entirely last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Purdue alumni Tanner Andrews (2015-18), Nick Dalesandro (2016-18), Jacson McGowan (2016-18), Jordan Minch (2013-14), Cameron Perkins (2010-12) and Patrick J. Smith (2018-19) were all part of projected MiLB rosters in March 2020 when Spring Training and the season were shut down. Perkins had signed with the Houston Astros as a minor league free agent in February 2020 and was likely headed to the Triple-A level.
Minor League Baseball has been reorganized, with each MLB franchise having one affiliate at each of the four levels – Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A. Many of the leagues, like the Pacific Coast and International at the Triple-A level, have been merged and temporarily rebranded based on geographic location.
Wittgren is projected to be one of three Cleveland relievers to have opportunities to close games early this season. He has pitched in 198 games at the big league level since making his MLB debut in April 2016 with Miami. The right-hander has registered 22 holds and four saves for Cleveland over the last two seasons. He had more strikeouts than hits allowed and innings pitched both years. Wittgren is Purdue’s all-time saves leader with 22 in 55 career appearances.
Lindblom made 10 of his 12 appearances for the Brewers last season as a starting pitcher, recording 52 strikeouts vs. 42 hits allowed in 45 1/3 innings. The Lafayette native was back on campus and training at Alexander during portions of the offseason. He may be opening this season in the bullpen, but Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said Lindblom is still likely to make his fair share of starts.
“Josh is going to make a lot of starts for us,” Counsell said March 25. “He pitched out of the ‘pen at the end of last year, so he’s game for it. He knows what he has to do. I think Josh is going to pitch a lot of innings for us. I think he’s capable of pitching a lot of innings, and we’re going to lean on him for that. He’s not going to start one of the first five games; after that, who knows?”
Lindblom was selected as the Brewers’ Good Guy Award recipient by the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America in October. He was recognized as “the most outgoing, friendly presence in the clubhouse and interacts well with the media on a daily basis in a cooperative and pleasant manner.”
Plawecki batted .341 (28-for-82) in 24 games as Boston’s backup catcher last season. He has also played for the New York Mets and Cleveland Indians in his career since being selected 35th overall in the 2012 MLB Draft. He was the Big Ten Player of the Year and Purdue Male Athlete of the Year after teaming with Perkins and Wittgren to help lead the Boilermakers to a program-record 45 wins and a pair of Big Ten titles in 2012.
Boston and Cleveland square off Aug. 27 to 29 at Fenway Park and Sept. 3 to 5 at Progressive Field. Plawecki and Wittgren were teammates in 2019 but they have never faced each other as hitter and pitcher at the big league level.
Cleveland and Milwaukee also play each other Sept. 10 to 12 at Progressive Field.
Last year marked the first time since 2017 that Purdue had three alumni at the big league level at the same time.
BALL STATE BASEBALL: Non-conference Series Next For Cardinals
Non-Conference Weekend vs. Butler
With 11 teams playing baseball in the MAC, each week sees one team play a non-conference series. This is Ball State’s turn, as the Cards take on Butler this weekend.
The Cardinals, who own a series win at Kentucky, are tied for first in the Mid-American Conference with a 6-2 record.
Strong starting pitching has been the constant, as starters John Baker, Chayce McDermott and Luke Jaksich each own an ERA less than 3.15. BSU’s bats have woken as the season takes shape – the Cards have scored 7+ runs in four of the last five games.
Butler owns a 5-6 record (4-6 vs. D-I opponents) and enters the weekend after a series win over Valparaiso. This is the final non-conference series of the season for both teams.
What To Know For This Weekend
— Chayce McDermott struck out 13 with no walks last Saturday vs. Toledo and was selected National Pitcher of the Week by the National College Baseball Writers Association. He was also MAC Pitcher of the Week for the second time in his career. Ryan Peltier had his best weekend of the season at the plate, driving in 6 runs and being named MAC Player of the Week.
— Adam Tellier, hitting a team-high .411, owns all 3 of Ball State’s 4-hit games. The sophomore from Ada, Michigan, had 4 hits twice at Old Dominion and once against Western Michigan. Tellier leads Ball State in average, slugging, OBP, triples and runs (tied).
— Noah Navarro delivered the impactful shot to close the series win over Toledo. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, Navarro smacked a walkoff solo homer to left field in an 8-7 win. Navarro leads the team with 24 hits on the year.
Odds And Ends For This Series
CARDS-BUTLER: THE SERIES
The BSU-Butler series dates back to 1922, with Ball State owning a 69-48 all-time edge. The two teams have split six meetings dating back to 2014 and 14-5 against Butler under Rich Maloney.
IN ANOTHER LIFETIME
Rich Maloney and Butler’s Dave Scrage go way back. When Schrage coached Notre Dame from 2007-10, the two coaches scheduled each other five times. Maloney’s Michigan teams went 4-1 in those games.
Ball State has won the 9th inning more often than not so far this season. After Noah Navarro’s walkoff homer, the Cards have outscored opponents 9-1 in the 9th inning, and a combined 17-7 in innings 8-9.
Ryan Peltier entered last weekend’s series with a .222 season average and 5 RBIs. He lifted those total dramatically en route to MAC Player of the Week honors. Peltier went 7-for-15 with a homer and two doubles over the weekend.
BROTHER AT BUTLER
Butler will see Chayce McDermott on Saturday. The Ball State pitcher’s older brother, Sean, played basketball at Butler from 2016-20. Currently, he has played 11 games with the Memphis Grizzlies and has scored 37 points.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Cline Impressive as No. 23 Sycamores Take Series Opener over SLU
ST. LOUIS – No. 23 Indiana State secured a series opening victory over Saint Louis Thursday afternoon with an 8-2 win at Billikens Sports Center. ISU improved to 12-6 on the season while SLU dropped to 7-17.
The Sycamores outhit Saint Louis 8-7 while taking advantage of four errors in the field, including a pair of errors in the second inning. Sycamore outfielder Sean Ross made his way to third on a ball dropped in right field. He would come home two batters later as SLU third baseman Kyle Fitzgerald threw the ball away to extend the inning.
Two innings later ISU added another run as Diego Gines led off the frame by reaching on an error in center as two SLU outfielders collided to allow Gines to reach third. He came home on a groundout to second to extend the Sycamore lead to 2-0.
A St. Louis, Mo. native, Connor Cline was impressive in his start on the mound. The right-hander set new career highs after going 6.2 innings and retiring eight Billikens via strikeouts. Cline got off to a quick start, retiring six of the first nine Billikens he faced on punchouts before settling in to go deep into the game.
It wasn’t until the fourth inning that SLU was able to make solid contact as Fitzgerald made up for his error with a solo home run over the wall in left center. That was the lone run that Cline would surrender in the outing as he went nearly seven complete. Overall, SLU was able to spray just four hits on Cline as he limited baserunners throughout to improve to 3-0 on the season.
ISU was able to get the offense going again from the sixth inning on, scoring six runs late. Max Wright and Sean Ross hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth before the Sycamores added two more unearned runs in the seventh.
Brian Fuentes added late insurance with a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to make it an 8-1 ISU lead.
Cam Edmonson pitched 2.1 innings in relief, allowing three hits and a run while striking out a trio of Billikens.
Ross led the Sycamores with a 2-for-5 day while six other Sycamores recorded base hits.
Mark Finkelnburg fell to 0-6 on the season after allowing just two earned runs in six innings of action. He struck out four and walked one as ISU recorded six hits on the lefty.
The Sycamores will return to the field on Friday as the team looks to secure a series win. First pitch with the Billikens is scheduled for 4 p.m. There will not be a live stream of the game, but fans can follow along via live stats or via Twitter.
EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Baseball looks to continue momentum with SDSU series
EVANSVILLE – Coming off an impressive series win over Xavier, the University of Evansville baseball team will aim to build off its momentum with a four-game set over the weekend against South Dakota State at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.
Last Time Out: Evansville 9, Xavier 2
A persistent and timely offense lifted the University of Evansville baseball team to a 9-2 victory over Xavier on Sunday, earning the Aces a 3-1 series win over the Musketeers, at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.
“Such a great win for our team today. It started on the mound and defensively I felt like all weekend we played stellar defense that gave us a chance,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “Of course on the mound getting the efforts from Donovan Schultz and Caleb Reinhardt today was outstanding and then for our bats to just really come alive and get into their bullpen. Their starter was magnificent today with his ability to keep us off balance with some really good off-speed. For us to take three out of four against such a quality club with four legit rotation arms really gives us a boost of confidence that we’re going to have to take into Missouri Valley play.”
Xavier found the scoreboard first in the second inning, scoring runs off a double and single to take a 2-0 lead.
The long ball helped halve the Musketeers lead in the bottom half of the second as freshman Mark Shallenberger launched a solo shot to right to cut the Xavier lead to 2-1.
Senior Craig Shepherd tied the game in the fourth, ripping a base-hit to center that scored freshman Simon Scherry.
After giving up the two runs in the second, freshman pitcher Donovan Schultz was lights-out. Schultz exited after the fifth, allowing four hits and striking-out a career-high eight batters.
The late innings proved to be key to the Aces win, beginning in the seventh with two outs and a pair of runners on. Junior Tanner Craig came to the plate and drove a single up the middle, scoring redshirt junior Kenton Crews and giving the Aces the 3-2 lead.
Evansville broke the game wide open in the eighth, batting around and scoring six runs, including a two-run single by senior Ben Komonosky, an RBI single from Crews, and an RBI double by redshirt senior Troy Beilsmith.
Junior Caleb Reinhardt closed-out his impressive performance in the ninth, allowing just one runner on and getting out of the inning with a line-out to third. Reinhardt earned the victory, his first of the season, pitching four scoreless innings, giving-up just three hits.
“Just a gutsy effort,” remarked Carroll. “Another Sunday win for our club coming into the yard and expecting to win and playing at a high level. I couldn’t be more proud of our team right now.”
Previewing the Matchup: SDSU
The history between the Aces and Jackrabbits is short with the two sides only playing two times previous to this weekend with Evansville winning both.
The last time UE and SDSU met, the Aces took a 10-9 win over the Jackrabbits as Evansville’s Robbie Minor went 3-for-5 at the plate with 3 RBI.
SDSU enters the weekend having lost three-straight games, dropping its last series to Western Illinois.
The weekend series concludes a 24-game road trip for the Jacks, who last played a game at home on May 11, 2019, falling 5-3 in five innings to Oral Roberts.
Evansville will utilize its fourth different rotation combiination this season for four-game series. The Aces have once before used the combination of Gray, McMahill, Reinhardt, and Schultz, picking-up a 3-1 series win over Western Illinois from March 5-7.
Blanking the Opposition
Evansville recorded its third shutout of the season on Saturday when the Aces captured a 1-0 victory over Xavier.
UE’s three shutouts on the season are one of 32 teams in the nation with three-or-more shutouts and are the only team in The Valley to reach the mark.
Beilsmith Brings Extra Bases
Redshirt senior Troy Beilsmith has brought the extra base hits in 2021 for the Aces.
Beilsmith has 10 doubles on the year, adding three to his total this past weekend against Xavier, putting him in fourth in the nation and best in The Valley in the category.
In his career, Beilsmith has 40 doubles, making him Evansville’s active career leader in doubles.
U OF INDY BASEBALL: Five-Run Fifth Inning Propels Hounds Over Saints
INDIANAPOLIS – Reid Werner continued to flex his dominance on the mound by adding another complete game win to his resume in Thursday’s 5-2 win over Maryville. Werner struck out seven and walked only two Saints in 32 batters faced. With an ERA of only 2.0, the Senior gave up six hits in 134 pitches.
Will Smithey led the Greyhounds on the offensive end with two hits and two RBI, while Trey Smith had three hits, and Hunter Waning had a hit and an RBI.
Defensively Alex Vela posted two put outs and three assists throughout the game, while Smithey added nine putouts and one assist.
Ryan Louck took the loss for Maryville giving up five runs and walking three in 5.0 innings pitched.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-Both teams posted six hits on the day.
-The Saints committed three errors during the game, while UIndy had zero.
-The Hounds left nine ducks on the pond during the match up, while the Saints left five.
The Hounds continue their Maryville home stand tomorrow with a doubleheader at noon ET with the second game approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
VALPO BASEBALL: DBU Tops Valpo in MVC Opener
The Valparaiso University baseball team incurred a 6-1 setback to Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite DBU in Thursday’s conference opener at Horner Ballpark in Dallas. Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) reached base three times, while Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson) had two hits and drove in the Valpo run.
How It Happened
Valpo starting pitcher Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) struck out a pair as part of a 1-2-3 opening inning, but DBU pushed across three runs on four hits in the last of the second to grab a 3-0 lead.
Ryan Mintz (Lombard, Ill. / Willowbrook) took over on the mound for Valpo in the third and did quality work, putting up zeros in both the third and fourth before using a double play and a strikeout to face the minimum in the fifth, his third consecutive scoreless frame.
The Brown & Gold got on the board in the top of the fifth as Dent placed a double down the left-field line to cut the DBU lead to 3-1. The two-bagger put the potential tying run in scoring position with only one away, but the Patriots escaped the inning without further damage.
Mintz was touched for a run in the sixth before departing after 3 2/3 innings of one-run, five-hit ball. He walked just one and struck out three in a solid relief outing.
Valpo righty Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indian Hills CC]) came on to get the final out of the sixth, then heaved a scoreless seventh. He fanned a pair and walked one while yielding no hits.
DBU added two runs in the bottom of the eighth to account for the final score.
Inside the Game
Schmack base three times – twice via being hit a pitch before his seventh-inning single extended his hitting streak to nine games. Schmack became the first Valpo player to be hit by a pitch twice in a single game since Brent Jones on April 16, 2019 vs. Western Michigan.
Dent notched a pair of hits, his fifth multi-hit output of the year.
Dent’s double represented his team-leading fourth, while he lifted his season RBI total to nine, second on the club. The two-base hit by Dent was the team’s lone extra-base knock of the evening.
Chasey worked shutout ball for the seventh time in his 10 outings this season, while Mintz did his best work of his last four appearances.
Valpo (5-13, 0-1) and DBU (15-7, 1-0) will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. at Horner Ballpark. Links to live video, audio and stats courtesy of DBU Athletics can be found on ValpoAthletics.com.
DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball To Open Four-Game Series With Xavier Friday
DAYTON – The University of Dayton baseball team will open a two-day four-game series with Xavier on Friday afternoon. The Flyers will play two games in Cincinnati on Friday before returning to Woerner Field for a doubleheader on Saturday. The doubleheader on Friday is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and the Saturday doubleheader is scheduled for a 12 p.m. first pitch.
There will be live stats available for all four game as well as a livestream for the two games on Friday.
SCOUTING THE FLYERS
Dayton has won five of the last six contests, including an 18-7 victory over Akron on Tuesday at Woerner Field to put the team’s record at 9-15. Senior Mitchell Garrity set the program record with his 49th hit by pitch in the win. He was hit three times in the game and now is the only Flyer in program history to be hit by 50 or more pitches. Graduate student Chris Cabrera drove in four RBIs and junior Benjamin Blackwell hit two home runs in the first inning of the game, including the team’s first inside-the-park home run of 2021. Senior Cole Pletka is also the reigning Atlantic 10 Co-Pitcher of the Week after his Sunday performance at Kent State. Pletka struck out 10 Golden Flashes and pitched a seven-inning shutout for UD.
Blackwell leads the team offensively, hitting .322 through the first 24 games this season. The junior also leads the team with six stolen bases and a .434 on base percentage. Junior Marcos Pujols has also been a key factor on offense, hitting .307 and sitting third on the team with 16 RBIs. Pujols also leads the team with an eight-game hitting streak dating back to March 20. Graduate student Alex Brickman leads the Flyers with six home runs and 18 RBIs, while graduate student Eddie Pursinger and senior Riley Tirotta have both each hit four home runs in 2021.
On the mound, senior Hunter Wolfe has been the ace of the rotation for Dayton to this point in 2021. He leads the team among starting pitchers with a 3.79 ERA, but has an ERA of 1.00 over his last four starts, allowing just three runs in 27 innings. The senior also leads the Atlantic 10 with 46 strikeouts, and the Dayton pitching staff leads the conference overall with 240 strikeouts through 24 games. He also sits just eight strikeouts behind Charlie Dant for 10th in career strikeouts. Senior Andrew Zapka has been the force out of the bullpen, with a 0.96 ERA through 9.1 innings, while junior Bryce Hellgeth has 24 strikeouts in just 14.0 innings.
SCOUTING THE MUSKETEERS
Xavier enters the weekend with a 6-12 record with wins over Texas A&M and Cincinnati so far. Last weekend the Musketeers dropped three of four contests at Evansville, taking the Friday contest 6-1 before falling twice in a doubleheader on Saturday and in the series finale on Sunday. XU was picked to finish fifth in the Big East, behind Connecticut, Creighton, Seton Hall, and St. John’s and ahead of Butler and Georgetown.
The Musketeers landed two members of the offense onto the Preseason All-Conference Team. Natale Monastra and Jack Housinger were both picked offensively to represent their positions. The pair sit at two and three on the team in batting average and Monastra leads the team with 10 RBIs, while Housinger leads the program and is tied for fourth in the Big East with five stolen bases. Alex Helmin leads Xavier with a .267 batting average, while Luke Franzoni has hit three home runs to pace XU, and is also tied for third in the conference in big flies.
Nick Zwack was the team’s preseason all-conference selection on the mound. Zwack was one of five selections in the conference and is scheduled to take the mound in the second game on Friday. Trevor Olson leads the rotation and sits second in the Big East with a 1.73 ERA through three starts this season, and Lane Flamm sits behind with a 2.25 ERA in 2021. Olson will go in the first game on Friday, and leads the team and the conference with a .154 batting average against and Flamm will be the first starter on Saturday for Xavier. Flamm has the only complete game for the Musketeers this season. Jonathan Kelly and Trey Schramm are tied for the team lead with two saves each for XU this season.
Game One: Hunter Wolfe (2-2, 3.79 ERA) vs. Trevor Olson (2-0, 1.73 ERA)
Game Two: Dylan Keller (0-2, 6.75 ERA) vs. Nick Zwack (1-2, 5.55 ERA)
Game Three: Ben Olson (0-5, 6.38 ERA) vs. Lane Flamm (0-2, 2.25 ERA)
Game Four: Cole Pletka (1-2, 4.19 ERA) vs. TBD
This will mark the 30th time these two teams have faced off, with Dayton currently 11-18 against Xavier. The two last met in 2015, with each playing a home game. Dayton won in Dayton on March 31, 2015 8-5 and the Musketeers took the game in Cincinnati on May 1 18-9.
CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Falls 5-4 In Series Opener At No. 11 ECU
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team dropped its American Athletic Conference opener 5-4 to No. 11 East Carolina after leading the Pirates most of the way, Thursday at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina.
Cincinnati (11-11, 0-1 AAC) led 4-2 entering the seventh but reliever Connor Linn ran into some trouble with one out and a runner on second. ECU’s (19-5, 1-0 AAC) Seth Caddell doubled down the left-field line on a full count to score Thomas Francisco and later, Alec Makarewicz hit a two-out home run to left field to score Caddel and give the Pirates a 5-2 edge.
RHP Zach Segal made his first collegiate start a quality one, throwing six innings, scattering two runs on eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts. He gave up a pair in the bottom of the first inning but settled in from there and the only runner who advanced to third base was thrown out by a throw from RF Paul Komistek to C Joe Powell to end the sixth inning.
UC started to pull back in the second as Ryan Nicholson put the Bearcats on the board with a two-out, RBI single to left center which scored Joey Bellini from third.
Bellini led off the fourth with a single, advanced to second on a Komistek bunt single, took third on a sacrifice bunt from Jake Hansen and scored on an Eric Santiago RBI ground out to knot things up at 2-2.
Powell led off the fifth with a single and a Cole Harting double scored Powell. Jace Mercer was next and reached on an infield single which sent Harting to third. Wyatt Stapp was next and poked a single through the right side to score Harting, chasing ECU starter Carson Whisenhunt from the game. Saylor entered and struck out the side to end the threat.
Linn took the loss while ECU’s Garrett Saylor (2-0) earned the win. UC’s final 12 batters were retired in order by the Pirates bullpen.
The Bearcats and Pirates return to the diamond Friday, continuing their four-game series at 4 p.m. ET. UC LHP Dean McCarthy squares off against ECU RHP Gavin Williams. The game will air on ESPN+ with live stats on BearcatStats.com.
OHIO STATE BASEBALL: BUCKEYES HOST BIG TEN LEADING INDIANA ON EASTER WEEKEND
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s eight-game home stand continues this weekend when the Buckeyes welcome league-leading Indiana to Bill Davis Stadium for a four-game set. The teams will play one game on Friday, a double-header on Saturday and then a single game on Easter Sunday.
The Buckeyes had lost six consecutive series against Indiana before taking two of three from the Hoosiers in Columbus in 2018. The 6-5 win in 12 innings on April 22, 2018 was the last meeting between the teams. This weekend will be the first of six total games this season between Ohio State and Indiana.
Indiana comes into the weekend at 11-3 overall, which is a half-game ahead of Michigan for tops in the league.
The Hoosiers took two of three from Michigan State last weekend with the lone loss coming in the series finale on Sunday.
As a team, Indiana is hitting .278 which is third in the conference, but the Hoosier pitching is what has carried the team through the first third of the season. IU leads the Big Ten with a staff 2.55 ERA and opposing hitters are hitting just .162 which is also tops in the Big Ten.
Indiana is allowing just 5.10 hits per nine innings and that is the fewest allowed by any team nationally.
Home Opening Weekend Recap
The Buckeyes split the four games over the home opening weekend at Bill Davis Stadium, winning one and losing one against both Iowa and Maryland.
Garrett Burhenn was dominant in the first game vs. Iowa, going seven innings and allowing no runs on just three hits while striking out nine.
Seven of the Buckeyes nine hits in the 8-2 win over Iowa on Friday night went for extra base hits.
Zach Dezenzo had his first three-hit game of the season in the 5-4 win over Maryland on Sunday, going 3-for-3 with a home run and a double.
Jack Neely went five innings and tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts vs. Maryland on Sunday.
Also in the game on Sunday, closer TJ Brock covered the final two innings for his fourth save of the season.
Ohio State Quick Hitters
Ohio State enters the weekend at 8-7 overall and in sixth place in the Big Ten standings.
The Buckeyes are hitting .228 on the year but conversely, its pitchers are limiting opposing hitters to just a .234 batting average.
Buckeye pitchers are third in the conference in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.7.
Colton Bauer had his career-high seven game hit-streak snapped last weekend. He has had a hit in eight of the last nine games and has scored seven of his 10 runs this season in the last nine games.
Freshman Kade Kern continues to lead the team in hitting at .357 He also tops the team with six doubles, 13 RBI and OBP at .438. Kern has five multi-hit games on the season including a five-hit game in the opener.
Kern has 21 hits on the year which is tied for second in the Big Ten.
TJ Brock has four saves on the year which is tied for tops in the Big Ten
Seth Lonsway is third in the Big Ten in hits allowed per nine innings at 4.79 but he is also tops in the conference with seven hit batters. Ouch.
Both Lonsway and Jack Neely are in the Top 10 in the Big Ten in strikeouts per nine innings. Neely, on the strength of his 11-strikeout performance last weekend, is sixth at 12.23 while Lonsway is eight at 11.76.
OHIO STATE SOFTBALL: OHIO STATE HEADS EAST TO STATE COLLEGE THIS WEEKEND
Briefly on the Buckeyes
Ohio State won three of four games last weekend against Maryland to improve its overall record to 9-7 on the season.
The Buckeyes pounded out 26 hits and scored 22 runs over the final two games of the series. They are currently fourth in the conference with a .259 team batting average.
Tegan Cortelletti leads the way amongst the starters with a .400 average on the year, which is ninth-best in the league. Over the last 10 games, her average is up to .457 with 16 hits in 35 at-bats.
Mariah Rodriguez is coming off a weekend in which she hit .700 and is batting at a .326 clip through the first 16 games.
Senior captain Niki Carver leads the team in both RBI (12) and home runs (three).
In the circle, freshman Allison Smith and senior Payton Buresch have pitched 104.1 of 116.1 innings thus far.
Buresch’s 1.70 earned-run average ranks 10th in the conference. In her last outing on Sunday, she limited Maryland to six hits over five innings while allowing one run.
Smith is averaging better than a strikeout per inning (57 Ks, 55.0 innings) and her 2.29 ERA in 18th-best in the Big Ten.
Nine of Ohio State’s 16 games have been decided by two runs or less, and three of the Buckeyes’ seven losses have come by either one or two runs.
The Buckeyes have already played three extra-inning games this season, including a 15-inning marathon vs. Wisconsin that is the longest game in program history.
Ohio State is batting .325 and averaging nearly five runs per game over the last eight games.
Ashley Prange and Niki Carver are Ohio State’s active career leaders in home runs entering the weekend with 14.
Tegan Cortelletti leads Ohio State with eight multi-hit games.
The Buckeyes have outscored opponents 11-4 in the second innings of games this season.
Tegan Cortelletti is hitting .440 (11-for-25) this season with runners on base and .467 (7-for-15) with runners in scoring position.
Cortelletti also had a .714 success rate is advancing runners (20-for-28).
Ohio State has turned 10 double plays this season, tied for the most in the Big Ten.
Buckeyes vs. Nittany Lions
Ohio State and Penn State last met on April 9, 2019 when the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions split a doubleheader in State College. Penn State took the first game, 6-4, before Ohio State rebounded for a 12-1 five-inning win in game two.
Over the last seven seasons (2013-19), Ohio State holds an 11-4 lead in the head-to-head series. From 2014-19, the teams annually played a mid-week doubleheader instead of the traditional three-game weekend series.
The Buckeye Bats are Hot
In the final two games of last weekend’s four-game set vs. Maryland, Ohio State hit .473 as a team and also showed some impressive power.
Eleven of Ohio State’s 26 hits were for extra bases (seven doubles, two triples and two home runs).
Seven different players had multiple hits.
Ashley Prange went 4-for-5 with a home run, double, two RBI and two runs scored.
Meggie Otte drove in six runs with two doubles, a triple and four runs scored.
Don’t Forget About the Pitchers
Buckeye pitchers have given up two or fewer earned runs 10 times in 16 games this season.
Ohio State is limiting opposing hitters to a .222 batting average. In each of the last two full seasons – 2018 and 2019 – the Buckeyes have held opponents to a .218 or lower batting average.
Allison Smith’s six wins are tied for third-highest in the conference and is No. 1 amongst freshmen. Only Alex Storako (Michigan) and Danielle Williams (Northwestern) have more.
Payton Buresch has allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven of her eight starts.
IU EAST MSOCCER: MEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST 5, ASBURY 1
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WILMORE, Ky. – There is still hope for a spot in the post-season.
Needing a victory and at least a tie in the final two games of the regular season, the Indiana University East men’s soccer team took care of business with a 5-1 win at Asbury University on Thursday, April 1.
“It was a great response by the guys tonight,” IU East coach Steve Moore said. “We knew going in it was a must-win game, and then giving up a real sloppy goal to put us in a hole could’ve stuck us. To come back and get the first one pretty quickly got us back on our feet, and the guys just rallied together in the 2nd half.”
All the Red Wolves need at this point to earn the final ticket and No. 6 seed in the River States Conference Championships is a draw against Midway University next week.
Overall, IU East is 3-7 with a 3-4 mark in the conference, while Asbury is 7-3-1, 4-3-1.
Asbury scored first in the opening period at 34:32. However, the Red Wolves quickly answered as Callum Coleman tied it at 37:59 with an assist from Gustavo Ferrari.
IU East added four goals after the intermission, which is the most in a single period this season for the Red Wolves.
Ferrari scored three straight in seven minutes as the Red Wolves took command of the contest. Ferrari tops the conference with 14 goals this season.
Trevor Lenke assisted on the first goal at 61:07. The second was on a penalty kick at 61:43. Ferrari’s third was at 67:51 with help from Gavin Miller.
The final tally of the match for the Red Wolves was by Manny Cabrera at 84:45 with Miller and Ferrari assisting on the play.
IU East entertains Midway in the regular season finale at Eaton (Ohio) High School on Monday, April 5. The match gets underway at 6 p.m.
The Red Wolves have nine points in the RSC standings and trail Brescia University by one heading into Monday’s affair. IU East has the tiebreaker with Brescia as the Red Wolves beat the Bearcats 1-0. A draw with Midway would give the Red Wolves the critical point, while a win adds three.
INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL: Game Preview: Pacers vs Hornets
The Pacers (21-25) look to shake off their tough 92-87 loss to the Miami Heat when they take on the Charlotte Hornets (24-22) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night. As of Thursday morning, the Hornets hold the fourth spot in the tightly compacted Eastern Conference standings. They reside just three games ahead of ninth-place Indiana. Charlotte will be entering this contest on the second night of a back-to-back after they face James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets.
While there may be plenty of games left for the Pacers to make up ground, they will hope to avoid a misstep against another potential playoff contender. Charlotte and its multifaceted attack of Terry Rozier (20.7 points, 4.0 rebounds per game), Gordon Hayward (19.9 points, 4.1 assists), and Devonte’ Graham (14.0 points, 37.9 percent from 3-point range) have won four of its last five games. Their recent surge has occurred despite the absence of rookie standout LaMelo Ball, who remains sidelined for a lengthy stretch due to a fractured right wrist.
Meanwhile, Indiana appeared to turn things around before dropping its last two contests. In both games, it came down to the fourth quarter once again. The Blue & Gold have been outscored in the final frame in four of the last five games.
“We just can’t step on teams,” Doug McDermott said after the Pacers’ loss to the Heat. “We had a good lead there…When we were playing our best basketball in the first half, we were definitely getting stops and that led to so many easy buckets in transition.”
If Indiana wishes to avoid the play-in scenario, they’ll have to fight hard for the full 48 minutes over their final 26 games — especially against other teams that face the same predicament.
Jan. 29, 2021: After defeating the Hornets just 48 hours prior, the Blue & Gold had hopes of completing the rare sweep of a two-game set. However, the second night produced a different tale, as Indiana fell to Charlotte, 108-105.
A tightly contested battle came down to the final minute as Malcolm Brogdon’s layup cut Indiana’s deficit to three with just 41.5 seconds remaining. After the defense forced a Gordon Hayward turnover, the offense had 20.4 seconds to tie the game. After Charlotte used its foul to give, Brogdon had a clean look from deep with fewer than eight seconds left. However, his shot missed long and fell out of bounds, sealing the squad’s fate.
Domantas Sabonis led the Blue & Gold with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists. Brogdon added 21 points, four boards, and eight dishes, while Myles Turner tallied 20 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.
Charlotte led 92-82 early in the fourth before Sabonis scored six points of a 9-0 run to make it a one-point game with eight minutes remaining.
“I feel like we played good in spurts with a lot of energy,” Sabonis said postgame. “We just weren’t consistent throughout the game…We didn’t get stops or make shots in the final minute.”
Coach Nate Bjorkgren noticed the discrepancy in offensive boards during crunch time as well.
“We’ve got to finish our positions out a little better,” he said. “Guys are fighting, they’re flying, they’re scrambling around. That was the difference tonight. We needed a couple bounces to go our way there over the final two and a half, three minutes.”
The Pacers have won four straight home matchups against the Hornets, and six of the last eight overall. Charlotte’s last win at Indiana came on April 10, 2018.
Two Indiana players are averaging over 20 points over two games against the Hornets this season — Malcolm Brogdon (23.0) and Domantas Sabonis (22.0).
Doug McDermott’s Pacers career-high of 28 points came against Charlotte in the clubs’ first meeting on Jan. 27.
INDY FUEL: KOMETS TRIP UP THE FUEL IN 6-3 LOSS
INDIANAPOLIS – Playing their first game out of three this week, the Fuel hosted their I-69 rival Fort Wayne Komets on Wednesday night. Indy would go into the third period leading 3-2 thanks to goals from Matt Marcinew, Michael Pelech and Matt Thomas but it wouldn’t be enough after the Komets came back in the third to defeat Indy 6-3.
After the teams traded shots throughout the first half of the period, the Fuel would eventually take the 1-0 lead when Matt Marcinew got alone behind the Komets defense and beat Dylan Ferguson through the five-hole. Responding almost immediately while on the power play, Fort Wayne’s Brandon Hawkins walked down the side and beat Dan Bakala over the glove with a wrist shot.
The Komets would be the first team to get on the board in the second period when Brandon Hawkins jumped on a rebound and put the puck past Bakala. The Fuel would respond :23 seconds later when Michael Pelech buried a rebound on Ferguson to make it 2-2. Picking up a Fort Wayne turnover in the neutral zone, Indy’s Jared Thomas gave the Fuel the 3-2 lead heading into the locker room when he put the puck over the shoulder of Dylan Ferguson.
The Komets would control the majority of play through the first six minutes of the game, outshooting the Fuel 7-0. Scoring his third goal of the game, Brandon Hawkins would streak past the Indy defense and fire the puck over the shoulder of Bakala to tie the game 3-3.
The Komets would take the lead 1:17 later when Morgan Adams-Moisan fired a wrist shot past Bakala on an odd-man rush. Late in the game, Brandon Hawkins stepped off the boards and beat Bakala with a quick wrist shot to give the Komets a 5-3 lead. Anthony Nellis would put home the empty netter to make the score 6-3 and send the Komets home with the win.
The Fuel will look to bounce back on Friday when they host the Wheeling Nailers on Friday night. Visiting the Coliseum for the first time this year, the Jacksonville Icemen will take on the Fuel on Saturday night in their only matchup of the season.
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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1931 Thought by some to be a belated April Fools’ Day hoax, Chattanooga Lookouts’ relief pitcher Jackie Mitchell, a 17 year-old girl, strikes out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the first inning of an exhibition game. According to legend, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis will void the teenager’s professional contract, declaring women are unfit to play baseball as the game is “too strenuous.”
1947 The Indians purchased 26 year-old outfielder George Metkovich from the Red Sox. According to legend, Oakland Oaks’ skipper Casey Stengel, who will manage the Californian next season in the PCL, coins the nickname ‘Catfish’ after the southpaw flycatcher injures himself, trying to extract a hook from the bottom-dweller.
1952 In Denver, Giants’ Monte Irvin breaks his ankle sliding into third base during an exhibition game against Cleveland. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will appear in 46 games this season, mainly as a pinch-hitter, batting .310.
1962 The Indians trade Gold Glove first baseman Vic Power and left-handed pitcher Dick Stigman to the Twins for 20-game loser Pedro Ramos, who will compile a 26-30 record during his 2+ seasons with the Tribe. Power will contribute 2+ solid seasons with Minnesota, batting .278, and their new southpaw will post a .702 winning percentage, the best in the American League this season, winning 12 of 17 decisions.
1969 After Donn Clendenon refuses to report to his new team when traded to the Astros, the Expos resign their reluctant first baseman. Montreal will send Jack Billingham, Skip Guinn, and $100,000 to the Astros to complete the deal that brings Rusty Staub north of the border.
1972 After playing a round of golf in West Palm Beach with his coaches on Easter Sunday, Mets manager Gil Hodges, two days shy of his 48th birthday, suffers a fatal heart attack. The club will name the current first-base coach and former Yankee skipper Yogi Berra to run the team when the strike-delayed season begins.
1972 Hank Aaron, Rico Carty, and Orlando Cepeda all start in an exhibition game, marking the first time the trio of sluggers, sidelined with various injuries over the past two seasons, has appeared together in the Braves lineup since 1970. Atlanta will finishes in fourth place, posting a disappointing 70-84 record in the NL West.
1976 In a blockbuster trade a week before the season starts, the Orioles deal Don Baylor, Paul Mitchell, and Mike Torrez to the A’s in exchange for Ken Holtzman, Reggie Jackson, and Bill Van Bommel. A month will pass before Jackson will report to his new team, accounting for Baltimore’s slow start in April.
1982 During an exhibition contest at Jack Murphy Stadium, Steve McCatty steps to home plate with a 15-inch toy bat as instructed by A’s manager Billy Martin, furious that a DH isn’t being allowed because the meaningless game is taking place in an NL park. After plate umpire Jim Quick refuses to let the Oakland starter use the prop, the right-hander takes three called strikes with a real bat.
1984 For the first time in ten years, the Mets lose on Opening Day, bowing to the Reds, 8-1. The last time the team dropped a season opener was in 1974, when Mike Schmidt hit a two-run walk-off home run off Tug McGraw, giving the Phillies a 5-4 victory over New York at Veterans Stadium.
1992 The Phillies acquire right-hander Curt Schilling from Houston in exchange for Jason Grimsley, who will never throw a pitch in an Astros uniform. ‘Schil’ plays nine seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, compiling a 101-78 (.564) record, along with 3.35 ERA during his 242 appearances with the team.
1995 Having the first 23 days of this season canceled and 252 games of the last season lost, the owners accept the players’ March 31 unconditional offer to play a 144-game schedule. The players decide to return to work when a U.S. District judge issues an injunction restoring the expired agreement’s terms and conditions.
1996 With an Opening Day 7-1 victory over the Indians at Jacobs Field, Joe Torre wins the first of his 1,173 victories as the Yankees manager. During his 12-year tenure, the Bronx Bombers will reach the postseason each year, winning ten American League East Division titles, six American League pennants, and four World Championships.
1996 Tiger first baseman Cecil Fielder steals the first base of his eleven-year career in his 1,097th major league game, establishing the most extended duration a player has ever gone without recording a stolen base. The feat is so unexpected that the Metrodome crowd gives ‘Big Daddy’ a standing ovation, to which he responds with a good-natured tip of the helmet.
1996 On Opening Day, Derek Jeter hits a home run off Dennis Martinez in New York’s 7-1 victory over the Indians at Jacobs Field. The 22 year-old infielder becomes the first Yankee rookie to play shortstop at the start of the season since 1962 when Tom Tresh filled in for Tony Kubek, who reported to duty to his recently federalized National Guard unit.
1997 Gary Sheffield (.314, 42, 120) and the Marlins agree to a six-year, $61 million contract extension. The deal is the largest in total dollars in baseball history but is only the third-highest annual salary, behind Albert Belle’s (1996-2000 White Sox – $11 million) and Barry Bonds’ (1993-98 Giants – $11,131,157).
1997 For the first time in major league history, one player’s salary is more than a whole team’s payroll. The White Sox will pay Albert Belle $10 million for the season, which is $928,333 more than the entire Pirate payroll.
1998 With the help of Jeromy Burnitz’s grand slam in the top of the frame, the Brewers record their first National League victory when they beat Atlanta in 11 innings, 8-6. The franchise, which started in Seattle in 1969 before moving to Milwaukee a year later, played in the American League for the first 29 years of its existence before switching circuits, a move necessitated by the restructuring of each league from two divisions into three.
2001 On Opening Day, Yankee fireballer Roger Clemens becomes the all-time AL career strikeout leader, moving ahead of Walter Johnson when he whiffs Royals’ Joe Randa for his 3,509th Junior Circuit victim. Passing the ‘Big Train,’ the ‘Rocket’ now takes over the seventh spot in major league history.
2001 For the first time in major league history, a Japanese-born position player participates in a regular-season major league game. Hitless in his first three at-bats, Ichiro Suzuki singles in the seventh inning to ignite a two-run rally and bunts for a hit in the eighth in his Mariner debut at Safeco Field.
2002 In his major league debut, right-hander Jon Rauch of the White Sox pitches a perfect 1.1 innings in a 7-4 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field. The 6′ -11″ Louisville, Kentucky native, a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, becomes the tallest pitcher to appear in a big-league game, surpassing by an inch six other hurlers, most notably Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.
2003 Mike Bordick’s record streak for games and chances without an error by a shortstop ends when Yankee outfielder Bubba Trammell’s third-inning grounder tips off his glove. After converting a fielder’s choice in the first inning, the Blue Jay infielder misplays his second opportunity, establishing 544 chances and 110 consecutive games without an error, a new major league mark for shortstops.
2003 According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Tigers become the first major league team to have four pitchers make their big league debut during the same game. Twenty-year-old starter Jeremy Bonderman, who gives up six runs on nine hits in four innings, is followed by rookies Wilfredo Ledezma, Chris Spurling, and Matt Roney in the 8-1 loss to the Twins.
2003 Todd Zeile homers in his first at-bat as a Yankee, becoming the only major leaguer to hit a home run for ten different teams, surpassing Tommy Davis, who went deep for nine big-league clubs. In addition to homering with the Bronx Bombers, the infielder has also gone deep for the Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies, Orioles, Dodgers, Marlins, Rangers, Mets, and Rockies.
2003 At the age of 27 years, 249 days of age, Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player in major league history to hit 300 home runs. The Ranger shortstop’s fifth-inning three-run blast off Anaheim’s Ramon Ortiz in the Rangers’ 11-5 loss at Edison Field surpasses the mark established in 1935 by Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx, who had accomplished the feat when being 79 days older than A-Rod.
2007 During the Royals’ Opening Day ESPN telecast, commentator Joe Morgan announces the team will honor the late Buck O’Neil by placing a fan who best exemplifies his spirit in a special seat during every home game at Kauffman Stadium. The first person to sit in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat, easily identified by its red color in a sea of blue behind home plate, is the Negro League legend’s younger brother, Warren.
2007 Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory’s ceremonial first pitch before the Reds’ home opener lands thirty feet up the first baseline from home plate, widely missing its intended target, a bewildered Eric Davis. The terrible toss will receive national media attention, including the politician receiving a second chance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, an opportunity in which His Honor will also widely miss the mark.
2007 In his first big-league at-bat, rookie third baseman Alex Gordon, the Royals #1 pick and second overall in 2005, receives a standing ovation from the Kauffman Stadium crowd when he steps to the plate. The former Golden Spikes Award is the fourth player in franchise history to make his major league debut on Opening Day.
2007 Josh Hamilton, the Reds’ 25 year-old rookie, who has overcome a nearly career-ending history of substance abuse, receives a 22-second standing ovation from the fans at Great American Ball Park as he makes his major league debut. The former number one draft choice lines out pinch-hitting for pitcher Kirk Saarloos in the eighth inning and then plays left field for the remainder of the 5-1 Opening Day victory over Chicago.
2007 Mike Hampton, who signed the richest contract ever given to a pitcher, makes his Rockies debut, getting the victory when the team beat the Cardinals, 8-0. The $123.8 million southpaw will get off to a quick 9-2 start for Colorado but will finish his stay in the mountains 21-28 along with an ERA of 5.75 over the next one and half seasons before being dealt to the Braves.
2007 In a 9-5 loss to New York, Elijah Dukes of the Devil Rays becomes the 99th major leaguer to homer in his first official at-bat. The 22 year-old rookie center fielder is the first to accomplish the feat at Yankee Stadium on an Opening Day.
2007 For only the fourth time in major league history, a hurler under the age of 21 wins an Opening Day assignment when 20 year-old Venezuelan right-hander Felix Hernandez pitches eight strong innings in the Mariners’ 4-0 victory over the A’s at Safeco Field. Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers was the last pitcher ‘not of age’ to accomplish the feat, beating the Astros, 2-0, in 1981.
2007 Tony Pena Jr.’s two Opening Day triples help the Royals rip the Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium, 7-1. The rookie shortstop, the son of a Yankee coach, is the first major leaguer to hit a pair of the three-baggers on Opening Day since Tommy Henrich did it for the Bronx Bombers in 1950.
2008 In the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 victory over the Giants, Ed Montague tosses Larry Bowa for not staying in the third-base coaching box after warning him to follow the new rule established following the tragic death of Tulsa Drillers first-base coach Mike Coolbaugh. LA manager Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer need to restrain the former infielder and skipper during his “inappropriate and aggressive” behavior towards the umpires, leading to a three-game suspension.
2008 Kevin Youkilis establishes the longest errorless streak by a first baseman, playing the field flawlessly for 194 games. The Red Sox infielder, who hasn’t committed an error at first base since July 4, 2006, breaks Steve Garvey’s mark set with the Padres from 1983-85.
2011 Ian Kinsler leads off the bottom of the first with a round-tripper off Red Sox’ Jon Lackey to become the first major leaguer ever to hit leadoff homers in each of his team’s first two games. On Opening Day, the Texas second baseman also took Boston’s Jon Lester deep as the Rangers’ first batter of the season.
2011 Ichiro Suzuki breaks the Mariner’s franchise record with an infield single off A’s reliever Brian Fuentes in the team’s 5-2 victory over Oakland. The Seattle right fielder, beginning his 11th season with the M’s, surpasses the total of 2,247 hits established by Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez, Seattle’s designated hitter from 1987 to 2004.
2011 David Ortiz breaks the major league record for RBIs by a designated hitter, established by Seattle’s Edgar Martinez. ‘Big Papi,’ who hit a two-run homer in the second to tie the mark, drives in Alex Gonzalez for his record-setting 1,004th career run batted in as a DH with a fourth-inning groundout to first base in the Red Sox’ 12-5 loss to Texas.
2012 Matt Cain, the longest-tenured Giant, comes to terms with the team on a five-year extension that will keep the 6’5″ Tennessean with San Francisco until 2017. The 27 year-old right-hander has been the staff’s workhorse, averaging 32 starts in each of the last six seasons.
2013 Marwin Gonzalez’s two-out, ninth-inning single, a grounder that goes through the box between the pitcher’s legs, spoils Yu Darvish’s bid for a perfect game. The 26 year-old Ranger starter is removed from the Minute Maid Park contest after giving up the hit and watches reliever Michael Kirkman close the Texas 7-0 victory over Houston.
2014 With the score tied 3–3 in the bottom of the 13th inning and the bases loaded with no outs, the Cubs turned a 7-2-3 double play against the Pirates. Chicago defensively placed left fielder Junior Lake in the infield near the third baseline, who fielded Clint Barmes’ grounder throwing home for one out, with the catcher relaying the ball to first base to complete the unusual twin-killing in the Pirates’ eventual 4-3 walk-off victory three innings later at PNC Park.
2014 Rookie catcher Tony Sanchez, pinch-hitting in the bottom of the 16th inning, singles in the winning run to end the 5-hour and 55-minute marathon, now the longest game in Pittsburgh history by time. The 4-3 victory over Chicago took six minutes longer to play than when the Bucs beat the Astros, 8-7, in an 18-inning contest played in 2006.
2017 In the Diamondbacks’ 6-5 Opening Day walk-off victory over the Giants, Madison Bumgarner becomes the first pitcher to hit two home runs in the first game of the season. The 27 year-old southpaw retires the first 16 batters he faces, striking out 11 with no walks in seven innings of work at Chase Field.
2019 The Braves and Ronald Acuna Jr. come to terms on an eight-year, $100 million extension, keeping the 2018 Rookie of the Year under contract through the 2026 season. The 21 year-old All-Star outfielder becomes the youngest player in baseball history to sign a deal worth at least $100 million.
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Brooklyn||34||15||.694||—||20-6||14-9||5-2||18-10||8-2||4 W|
|2 Philadelphia||33||15||.688||0.5||19-4||14-11||8-2||23-7||7-3||1 W|
|3 Milwaukee||30||17||.638||3.0||18-7||12-10||9-0||18-9||7-3||1 W|
|4 Charlotte||24||23||.511||9.0||13-9||11-14||7-1||13-10||5-5||1 L|
|5 Miami||25||24||.510||9.0||13-12||12-12||5-5||15-15||4-6||3 W|
|6 New York||24||24||.500||9.5||14-9||10-15||1-6||17-15||5-5||2 L|
|7 Atlanta||24||24||.500||9.5||11-9||13-15||3-3||13-12||6-4||1 W|
|8 Boston||23||25||.479||10.5||13-9||10-16||3-5||16-13||3-7||2 L|
|9 Indiana||21||25||.457||11.5||8-13||13-12||5-3||13-15||5-5||2 L|
|10 Chicago||19||27||.413||13.5||9-16||10-11||3-3||9-11||3-7||5 L|
|11 Toronto||18||30||.375||15.5||9-12||9-18||3-5||12-17||1-9||4 L|
|12 Washington||17||30||.362||16.0||10-15||7-15||1-7||7-22||3-7||2 L|
|13 Orlando||17||31||.354||16.5||10-15||7-16||4-4||10-17||4-6||2 W|
|14 Cleveland||17||31||.354||16.5||11-13||6-18||3-5||13-13||3-7||4 L|
|15 Detroit||14||34||.292||19.5||9-14||5-20||0-9||10-21||4-6||1 W|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Utah||36||11||.766||—||20-2||16-9||3-2||16-6||8-2||7 W|
|2 Phoenix||33||14||.702||3.0||17-8||16-6||5-2||19-8||8-2||4 W|
|3 LA Clippers||32||18||.640||5.5||17-8||15-10||6-2||18-10||7-3||2 L|
|4 LA Lakers||30||18||.625||6.5||16-11||14-7||2-5||19-10||5-5||1 L|
|5 Denver||30||18||.625||6.5||14-9||16-9||7-1||16-11||8-2||4 W|
|6 Portland||29||18||.617||7.0||14-9||15-9||3-4||15-12||7-3||4 W|
|7 Dallas||25||21||.543||10.5||11-10||14-11||5-2||15-14||6-4||2 W|
|8 San Antonio||24||22||.522||11.5||12-15||12-7||4-6||13-17||4-6||1 L|
|9 Memphis||22||23||.489||13.0||11-14||11-9||4-5||11-17||5-5||1 L|
|10 Golden State||23||25||.479||13.5||14-9||9-16||3-7||12-14||4-6||1 L|
|11 Sacramento||22||26||.458||14.5||12-12||10-14||4-4||10-12||7-3||1 L|
|12 New Orleans||21||26||.447||15.0||14-12||7-14||5-3||12-17||6-4||1 L|
|13 Oklahoma City||20||27||.426||16.0||9-15||11-12||3-6||11-18||4-6||1 W|
|14 Houston||13||34||.277||23.0||6-17||7-17||4-6||9-17||2-8||2 L|
|15 Minnesota||12||36||.250||24.5||7-17||5-19||3-6||8-21||4-6||1 W|
|New York Islanders||37||23||10||4||50||21||114||88||14-1-2||9-9-2||6-4-0|
|New York Rangers||36||17||15||4||38||16||115||96||8-6-3||9-9-1||6-3-1|
|New Jersey Devils||34||13||16||5||31||13||83||106||4-11-2||9-5-3||5-3-2|
|Vegas Golden Knights||35||24||9||2||50||24||112||82||14-3-2||10-6-0||6-3-1|
|St. Louis Blues||35||16||13||6||38||14||100||113||4-8-4||12-5-2||2-5-3|
|Los Angeles Kings||34||14||14||6||34||13||96||96||6-4-4||8-10-2||4-6-0|
|San Jose Sharks||35||15||16||4||34||10||99||120||7-6-2||8-10-2||4-5-1|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||36||23||10||3||49||23||119||92||12-6-2||11-4-1||5-4-1|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||36||25||9||2||52||24||127||87||14-3-0||11-6-2||6-4-0|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||38||14||16||8||36||12||96||121||7-6-6||7-10-2||4-4-2|
|Detroit Red Wings||38||12||21||5||29||12||82||122||9-8-3||3-13-2||4-5-1|
|Tampa Bay||1||0||1.000||–||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|Toronto||1||0||1.000||–||0 – 0||1 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|Baltimore||0||0||.000||0.5||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0|
|Boston||0||0||.000||0.5||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0|
|NY Yankees||0||1||.000||1||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|
|Detroit||1||0||1.000||–||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|Kansas City||1||0||1.000||–||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|Chi White Sox||0||1||.000||1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 1||L 1|
|Cleveland||0||1||.000||1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|
|Minnesota||0||1||.000||1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|
|Houston||1||0||1.000||–||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|LA Angels||1||0||1.000||–||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|Seattle||1||0||1.000||–||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|Oakland||0||1||.000||1||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 1||L 1|
|Texas||0||1||.000||1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|
|Philadelphia||1||0||1.000||–||1 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|NY Mets||0||0||.000||0.5||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0|
|Washington||0||0||.000||0.5||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0|
|Atlanta||0||1||.000||1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|
|Miami||0||1||.000||1||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|
|Milwaukee||1||0||1.000||–||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||1||0||1.000||–||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|St. Louis||1||0||1.000||–||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||0||1||.000||1||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|
|Cincinnati||0||1||.000||1||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|
|Colorado||1||0||1.000||–||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|San Diego||1||0||1.000||–||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|Arizona||0||1||.000||1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 1||L 1|
|LA Dodgers||0||1||.000||1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 1||L 1|
|San Francisco||0||1||.000||1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|