HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL – NCC/AREA

Richmond 4 Anderson 2… RED DEVILS: rallied from a 2 – 0 deficit…Richmond pitching held the Indians to only four hits

Logansport 10 Benton Central 0

Hagerstown 10 Winchester 0 (5)…. TIGERS: Collin Beaty 3 – 3 2 RBI…. Quaid Mull 2 – 3 2 RBI…. Ben Williams 2 RBI… Cole Tracy 2 – 3 RBI…. PITCHING: Dom Anderson 11K’s

Centerville 21 Northeastern 3…BULLDOGS: Collin Clark 2 – 4 3 RBI 3R…Keegan Schlotterbeck 2 – 4 4 RBI 2R…. Logan Drook 1 – 3 2 RBI 2R….Javontae Pamplin 1 – 3 2 RBI 3R…. Alex Wandersee 3R…. BULLDOGS had 12 hits, 7 stolen bases… PITCHING: Cameron Newman 7K’s

Union County 19 Union City 1…. PATRIOTS: scored 9 runs in the third inning.

Cowan 8 Eastern Hancock 3

Monroe Central 12 Blue River 1

Randolph Southern 8 Daleville 2 (8)… REBELS: scored six runs in the top of the inning

East Central 10 Connersville 0

Batesville 8 Franklin County 1

Mount Vernon 9 New Palestine 5

Yorktown 8 Greenfield Central 1

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL – NCC/AREA

Richmond 7 Lincoln 2

Harrison 6 Logansport 3

Winchester 21 Muncie Central 1… GOLDEN FALCONS: 19 hits, 8SB….Navaeh Lanter 4-5 4R 9 RBI… PITCHING: Lauren Stilwell 7K’s

New Castle 20 Hagerstown 3…TROJANS scored 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. TIGERS: held to just three hits

Centerville 25 Union City 7… BULLDOGS: scored 14 runs in the top of the third inning. Harmony Owens 4 – 5 4R 7 RBI….Bri Shepard 2 – 3 5R 2 RBI….Shaellyn Bennett 2 – 4, 3R 3 RBI….Jocie Collins 2 – 4 3 RBI… Morgan Clark 2 – 2 3 RBI… PITCHING: Owens 10K’s

Greenfield Central 5 Rushville 2

East Central 16 S. Dearborn 6

New Palestine 3 Mount Vernon 1

HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Northeastern 5 Randolph Southern 0

Centerville 5 Hagerstown 0

Connersville 3 Lincoln 2

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Pittsburgh 4 Detroit 2

NY Yankees 6 Cleveland 3

Seattle 7 Boston 3 (10)

Houston 8 LA Angels 2

Arizona 14 Cincinnati 11 (10)

Chicago Cubs 4 NY Mets 3 (10)

San Francisco 3 Miami 0

San Diego 3 LA Dodgers 2

NBA SCOREBOARD

Boston 99 Phoenix 86

Milwaukee 124 Philadelphia 117

New Orleans 135 Orlando 100

San Antonio 106 Detroit 91

Chicago 108 Charlotte 91

Dallas 115 LA Lakers 110

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 5 Buffalo 1

Washington 1 NY Islanders 0

Pittsburgh 5 New Jersey 1

Tampa Bay 3 Columbus 1

Carolina 4 Florida 2

Philadelphia 3 NY Rangers 2

Toronto 5 Winnipeg 3

Detroit 7 Dallas 3

Colorado 4 St. Louis 2

Montréal at Calgary postponed

Ottawa 3 Vancouver 0

NCAA VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT-SEMI-FINALS

Kentucky 3 Washington 1

Texas 3 Wisconsin 0

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Former Kentucky guard Terrence Clarke dies in LA car crash

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky freshman guard Terrence Clarke died Thursday following a car accident in Los Angeles. He was 19.

The university announced Clarke’s death in a release Thursday night, but did not include any more details. Coach John Calipari said he was “absolutely gutted and sick tonight” and called the player “a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy.”

“We are all in shock,” Calipari said. “I am on my way to Los Angeles to be with his mother and his brother to help wherever I can. This will be a difficult period for all those who know and love Terrence, and I would ask that everyone take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence and his family. May he rest in peace.”

Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant John Matassa, who works in the Valley Traffic Division, told ESPN that Clarke was a solo occupant in a vehicle that ran a red light going “at a very high rate of speed” in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles at approximately 2:10 p.m. PDT.

Matassa said surveillance video showed that Clarke collided with another vehicle preparing to turn left, hit a street light pole and then a block wall. Clarke was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical and later pronounced dead.

Matassa said the other driver, who was in a truck, did not claim any injuries. Clarke was driving a 2021 Hyundai Genesis and not wearing his seat belt properly, according to Matassa.

The 6-foot-7 Clarke entered the NBA draft last month after playing in just eight games last season because of a right leg injury. He averaged 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds.

On Wednesday, Clarke and former Kentucky teammate Brandon Boston Jr. signed with Klutch Sports Group. Agency CEO Rich Paul announced on Twitter that “we are saddened and devastated” by Clarke’s passing and called him “an incredibly hard-working young man.”

From Boston, Clarke started Kentucky’s first six games and was one of its top scorers, highlighted by a career-best 22 points in a loss to Georgia Tech on Dec. 6. The injury ultimately sidelined him for the entire Southeastern Conference regular-season schedule, though he returned to post three assists and two points off the bench in the Wildcats’ SEC Tournament loss to Mississippi State that ended a 9-16 season.

Despite his limited action, Clarke announced his decision to enter the NBA draft on March 19 and lamented in a release that he didn’t expect to be injured. But he understood that it was “part of the game” and thanked Calipari and teammates among many.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens heard reports about the crash and Clarke’s death shortly after his team beat the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night. Clarke was familiar to the Celtics, their players and even Stevens’ son.

“Not sure how much I want to talk about the game, when you consider he’s a Boston kid … those kids are important to us here,” Stevens said. “I never met him. My son looks up to him. Hard to talk about a basketball game.”

Tar Heels add 3-point shooting big man Manek from Sooners

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina has added Oklahoma transfer Brady Manek.

The school announced Thursday that the 6-foot-9 graduate is joining the Tar Heels after spending the past four seasons as a Sooners starter under now-retired coach Lon Kruger.

Manek provides the Tar Heels with an experienced big man who can step outside to stretch defenses. Manek averaged in double figures each year for Oklahoma, peaking at 14.4 points in 2020 before averaging 10.8 points last year.

Manek also shot better than 37% from behind the arc in his Oklahoma career, making 235 3s to rank fifth in Oklahoma history. His arrival should bolster the outside shooting of a team that didn’t shoot well from 3-point range last season, while also helping offset some of the losses from a once-deep frontcourt.

“Brady is the perfect player for what we wanted and what we needed,” new Tar Heels coach Hubert Davis said.

The Tar Heels had seen freshman Day’Ron Sharpe opt to enter the NBA draft, freshman Walker Kessler announce plans to transfer to Auburn, and Garrison Brooks transfer for his final season at Mississippi State, where his father is an assistant coach. Rising junior big man Armando Bacot is testing the NBA draft waters and it’s unclear whether he’ll return to the Tar Heels.

Manek joins Virginia forward Justin McKoy as incoming transfers for Davis, who took over this month after the retirement of Hall of Famer Roy Williams.

LA star Davis returns as Mavs lose Porzingis in 115-110 win

DALLAS (AP) Anthony Davis is back for the Los Angeles Lakers. Now the Dallas Mavericks have to see how long they might without their big man, Kristaps Porzingis.

Luka Doncic scored 30 points, leading the Mavericks to a 115-110 victory over the Lakers on Thursday night as Davis was rusty after missing 30 games with right calf and heel issues, the longest absence of the eight-time All-Star’s career.

Porzingis left in the third quarter and didn’t return to the first of two consecutive games against the Lakers after spraining his left ankle.

“I’m not sure where to begin on this one,” said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who said Porzingis hadn’t been ruled out for the rematch Saturday, also on national TV just like this meeting. “A lot of ups and downs.”

Playing for the first time in nearly 10 weeks, Davis scored four points on 2-of-10 shooting while limited to 17 minutes in the first half only. Coach Frank Vogel said the plan was 15 minutes, but Davis said the range was actually up to 20.

Davis’ final act in the final minute of the first half was forcing Josh Richardson to miss in the lane despite not even challenging the shot. Earlier he blocked a shot by the 7-foot-3 Porzingis and forced Doncic to throw up an air ball by closing on him.

“He impacts the game on both ends, but his defense was great,” Vogel said. “He picked up right where he left off. He’s one of the best defensive players in the league when he’s got his legs under him and his conditioning.”

Davis, who had four rebounds, also missed two free throws while settling for jumpers but also failing to convert at the rim. His first bucket was a jumper from the top of the key after five misses.

Davis was shut down after a 122-105 loss at Denver on Feb. 14, when the 28-year-old in his ninth season played just 14 minutes to start an LA slide of five losses in six games.

With Davis on the bench for the rest of the game and fellow star LeBron James also watching from there with his sprained right ankle, the Lakers erased an 11-point halftime deficit and were within four with three minutes remaining but Dallas held on.

“It was better than expected,” Davis said. “I felt really good. It’s tough when you have to watch the whole second half and not be able to contribute on the floor.”

Bucks start out strong, defeat 76ers 124-117

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and Khris Middleton had 24 as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 124-117 on Thursday night in a matchup of two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams.

Bobby Portis added a season-high 23 points as the Bucks ended a five-game home losing streak.

Milwaukee never trailed and led by as many as 21 to defeat Philadelphia for the fourth consecutive time. In their only previous meeting this season, the Bucks won 109-105 in overtime at Philadelphia on March 17.

“We were moving the ball, knocking down shots. From the start, everybody was locked in,” Antetokounmpo said.

Joel Embiid scored 24 points for the Sixers. Shake Milton had 20 off the bench.

“We were soft tonight,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said. “We didn’t put up much resistance.”

The Bucks, who hadn’t played since Monday, improved to 36-22 and hold the third seed in the East. The Sixers, playing for the fifth time in eight days, fell to 39-20 and into a tie with idle Brooklyn for the top spot. Philadelphia plays in Milwaukee again Saturday.

“I think playing teams like this, back to back, it’s awesome because it prepares you for the playoffs,” Antetokounmpo said.

The Sixers got closer to full strength with the return of two starters. Tobias Harris, who has been dealing with a right knee issue, came back after missing three games. Seth Curry, who missed Wednesday’s game with left hip flexor soreness, also returned to the lineup.

Harris revealed he has been dealing with a bone bruise.

“I felt good out there in terms of my health and knee,” Harris said. “We’ll continue to find the right rhythm and timing.”

Another starter, Ben Simmons, one of the league’s top defenders, missed a third consecutive game with an unspecified illness. Rivers said he’s unsure of Simmons’ status for Saturday’s matchup.

“Right now, I’d say it’s 50-50, at best,” he said.

Walker ties season high with 32 points, Celtics beat Suns

BOSTON (AP) A few days off went a long way for Kemba Walker.

Walker matched his season high with 32 points and the Boston Celtics rolled to a 99-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

Walker was 11 of 17 from the field, hitting five 3-pointers. The Celtics were without Jaylen Brown because of a sore left shoulder, and Jayson Tatum struggled shooting for the second straight game, going 3 of 17. He had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Celtics (32-27) led by 21 points in the second half. They have won nine of their last 11.

“I was just taking the shots available to me,” Walker said. “Some shots went in.”

He also did it on the defensive end, drawing three charges on the night.

“I want to win. And plays like that shows it,” Walker said. “I’m just trying to lead by example.”

Coming off a victory in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, the Suns (42-17) dropped two games behind idle Utah Jazz for the best record in the NBA. Phoenix has the NBA’s best road record at 19-8.

Chris Paul had 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Devin Booker finished with 15 points before fouling out with 4:37 left.

Walker and Smart both sat out Monday night’s loss to Chicago with non-COVID-19 illnesses. Due to a rare late season break in the schedule, they had two extra days to recoup before Thursday’s matchup.

Walker, who also hasn’t played in back-to-backs in order to rest the tender left knee that sidelined him for the first 11 games this season, looked rejuvenated. He connected on his first four field goals of the night, including three 3-pointers, during a 19-point first half.

Almost every part of his game was working offensively, from creating space with the dribble for 3s, to breaking down defenders and getting in the lane for shorter jumpers or drawing fouls.

He said the extra time off has given him a lift.

“I’m feeling good,” Walker said. “Obviously, some days are going to better than others. But I’m feeling great. I’m doing great job of taking care of my body. It’s all about the upkeep.”

Hawks’ Young out against Heat, Bucks with left ankle sprain

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta point guard Trae Young will miss the Hawks’ home games against Miami on Friday night and Milwaukee on Sunday because of a sprained left ankle.

Young was injured Wednesday night in a 137-127 overtime loss at the New York Knicks. X-rays in New York were negative.

Young was ruled out for the next two games following an MRI in Atlanta on Thursday which showed the lateral left ankle sprain.

Young had 20 points and 14 assists against the Knicks before turning the ankle when he landed after shooting a short floater with 1:13 remaining in the third quarter. He left the game and did not return.

Young leads Atlanta with 25.3 points per game and he ranks third in the NBA at 9.6 assists. He missed two games with a calf injury earlier in April.

Peralta’s 7 RBIs help D-Backs overcome 6 HRs, top Reds 14-11

CINCINNATI (AP) David Peralta hit a three-run triple in a six-run 10th inning to finish with five hits and a career-best seven RBIs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks overcame six Cincinnati home runs to beat the Reds 14-11 Thursday.

Carson Kelly followed Peralta with a two-run homer as the Diamondbacks opened a 14-8 lead. Arizona hung on in the bottom half to complete a three-game sweep that extended its winning streak to four and boosted its record to 9-10.

“I’m real happy with what we did,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We won three games in a tough environment in about 40 hours. I’m real proud of the guys.”

The Reds lost their fourth straight, finishing a 2-4 homestand.

Cincinnati’s Jesse Winker had his third career two-homer game, Nick Castellanos hit his sixth home run of the season as he returned from a two-game suspension and Eugenio Suarez, Joey Votto and Jonathan India also went deep. All of the Reds’ home run came from among the top four spots in the batting order.

“Any time you get swept at home, it’s tough,” Castellanos said. “The only thing we can do is shower it off and get ready for tomorrow because we’ve got a big series against St. Louis.”

Peralta tied his career high with his third five-hit game. He hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, had three singles and finished a double short of the cycle. He raised his average from .213 to .269.

“To have a day like that is a big relief for me,” Peralta said. “I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work at home plate, trying to read better. Today was the day – a great sweep for us.”

Lucas Sims (0-1) struck out pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera to strand the potential go-ahead run on second base in the ninth.

Josh Rojas led off the 10th with an RBI single that drove in Cabrera, who started the inning on second under pandemic rules.

Stephen Vogt’s single and Pavin Smith’s walk loaded the bases, and Cionel Perez relieved with one out, got the second out, then allowed three consecutive extra-base hits.

Caleb Smith (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings for his first win since Sept. 23, 2019, for Miami at the New York Mets.

Reds starter Jeff Hoffman allowed two runs – one earned – and four hits in five innings with four strikeouts and a walk.

Cincinnati became the first team in major league history to lose when it hit at least six home runs and its starting pitcher allowed two runs or fewer, according to STATS.

Casali catches 5th straight shutout, Giants beat Marlins 3-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) It means so much to Curt Casali that he can provide Buster Posey a much-needed break behind the plate and Giants pitchers don’t miss a beat with the backup.

Casali caught his fifth consecutive shutout, guiding Aaron Sanchez and four relievers in San Francisco’s 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.

“Five in a row, it’s pretty sweet,” a grinning Casali said.

Casali – in for a resting Posey – is the fifth catcher since at least 1900 to backstop a shutout in five straight starts. He joins Francisco Cervelli (2015), Chris Hoiles (1995), Alan Ashby (1986) and Ed Phelps (six straight in 1903), per Elias Sports. Casali is the first to do it with five different starting pitchers.

The 32-year-old said the amount of pride he takes in that feat “is probably more than I can describe.”

“Catchers are kind of like offensive linemen in baseball,” said Casali, a former quarterback who has long marveled at O-linemen. “Me and Buster have worked really, really hard behind the scenes. It feels like, finally, it comes to the forefront. I’m pretty proud. Obviously l’m not the one throwing the pitches.”

The Giants capitalized in the first with two outs against lefty Daniel Castano (0-1), when Darin Ruf hit an RBI double and Casali followed with a two-run single.

Sanchez (1-1) gave up two hits, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter over five impressive innings for his first victory with the Giants, though he’s not feeling his best physically yet following shoulder surgery in September 2019.

He was happy to have Casali backing his cause.

“Curt just gets it, man, I feel he’s always just a step ahead of the game plan,” Sanchez said.

Jake McGee, who like Sanchez is a new member of San Francisco’s pitching staff this season, finished the two-hit shutout in 2 hours, 26 minutes, for his seventh save.

The Giants are 6-1 after losses, dropping back-to-back contests just once this season. They lost the series finale to the Phillies on Wednesday before their long trip home.

Castano allowed three runs and five hits over five innings for short-handed Miami following a cross-country trip after Wednesday’s home game with Baltimore.

Slumping Yankees rally from early hole to down Indians 6-3

CLEVELAND (AP) There were quality at-bats. There was energy. There was urgency.

For one of the first times in this young season, the New York Yankees played up to their payroll.

“Tonight we showed what we are,” shortstop Gleyber Torres said after the Yankees shook off a rough first inning and rallied for a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Rougned Odor’s two-out, two-run single broke a seventh-inning tie – and maybe jarred New York from its hitting funk – as the Yankees won for the second time in eight games and at least temporarily eased concerns of their passionate fans.

“We’ve kind of been searching for that hit for a while now,” manager Aaron Boone said of Odor’s clutch single. “To deliver it there was huge. Just a huge hit for us.”

Odor was batting just .107 and in a 3-for-28 slide when he came up against Nick Wittgren (0-1) in a 3-3 tie. He slapped his single through the middle to score Aaron Judge and Torres as the Yankees recovered from a 3-0 deficit in the first.

“I like those situations,” Odor said.

Kyle Higashioka homered in the eighth for New York, which entered with its worst record to open a season since 1991, when Stump Merrill managed and Don Mattingly manned first base.

Domingo German (1-2) returned from a demotion to the alternate training site and shook off his own error in the first to last six innings. The right-hander won for the first time since serving a suspension under baseball’s domestic violence policy that started in September 2019 and ended his season with an 18-4 record.

Jonathan Loaisiga and Chad Green combined for two innings of relief, and Aroldis Chapman struck out the side around a walk in the ninth for his third save.

Torres picked up three hits, one night after he was criticized for not running hard on a groundout in the seventh inning of a loss to Atlanta. Boone met with Torres afterward, and came away satisfied the 24-year-old cared.

In the series opener, Boone thought Torres played “with more joy.”

Cubs beat Mets 4-3 on Heyward’s single in 10th

CHICAGO (AP) Jason Heyward had a game-ending, pinch-hit single in the 10th after Dan Winkler stranded the bases loaded in the top of the inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 4-3 Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.

Kris Bryant had two hits and two RBIs and Willson Contreras also drove in a run as Chicago beat the Mets for the seventh straight time dating to June 2019.

Pete Alonso homered for New York, which got a stellar outing from the bullpen until Edwin Diaz let in the automatic runner in the 10th.

Javier Baez, who made the last out in the ninth, started the 10th on second. Diaz (1-1) hit Matt Duffy with the first pitch to put two runners on, and David Bote sacrificed them to second and third. Pinch-hitter Eric Sogard was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Heyward then hit for Winkler and hit a sharp grounder into right field.

The veteran outfielder usually plays every day, but because New York started consecutive left-handers, his 10th inning at-bat was first appearance since Tuesday.

“To get where we want to as a team, we all have to do things out of our comfort zone,” he said. “It was great for me to be able to come through there.”

It was the seventh game-ending hit of Heyward’s career.

“We knew at the back end of their bullpen, he matched up well,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “It’s rare you get to save a guy for that matchup late in the game.”

Winkler (1-0) walked consecutive batters to load the bases with one out in the 10th, but he got Dominic Smith to hit into an inning-ending double play.

“You trust your hitters,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “Then with the bases loaded with one out, you think you’re going to score.

“It was a tough series. We have to go home and regroup and play good baseball.”

The Cubs jumped on top with a three-run third. Contreras had an RBI single off the leg of starter Joey Lucchesi and Bryant added a two-run double.

Alonso’s two-run blast in the fourth trimmed the lead to 3-2. Michael Conforto nearly went back-to-back, but his drive to center hit off the top of the basket, and he settled for a double.

The Mets tied in the seventh on a pinch-hit double by J.D. Davis, scoring Jonathan Villar from first base.

Sean Reid-Foley relieved Lucchesi with three perfect innings, striking out four, and the Mets bullpen held Chicago to two hits and no runs over six innings before the 10th.

Kuznetsov lifts Capitals past Islanders 1-0 in shootout

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Evgeny Kuznetsov wasn’t sure if he was going to get a chance in the shootout. When he did, he took advantage and sent the Washington Capitals back into sole possession of first place in the East Division.

Kuznetsov scored the deciding goal of the tiebreaker, giving the Capitals a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

“The shootout is a lottery,” Kuznetsov said. “I wonder if I get in, and then I got an open corner.”

Ilya Samsonov stopped 26 shots through overtime for his second shutout of the season and third of his career. Washington won for the seventh time in 11 games, beating the Islanders for the fourth time in six meetings this season.

“He came up huge,” Washington defenseman John Carlson said of Samsonov. “They weren’t just good saves, they were great saves every time they did break through us. That was the difference.”

Semyon Varlamov, who had a 29-save shutout in the teams’ last meeting on April 6, finished with 28 saves through overtime in this one for his fifth shutout of the season. However, he gave up two goals on three attempts in the shootout.

The Islanders fell one point behind the Capitals, tied for second place with Pittsburgh – which beat New Jersey 5-1. Boston is another three points back in fourth.

“Both teams played really well tonight,” New York’s Anthony Beauvillier said. “There was not a lot of space and obviously Varly was really good. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the win for him.”

After Beauvilier beat Samsonov with a backhand in the second round of the tiebreaker, Nicklas Backstrom scored off the crossbar and in to tie it. Brock Nelson misfired on the Islanders’ attempt in the third round before Kuznetsov beat Varlamov on the stickside to give the Capitals the win.

“I think we had a tough first period, but the other 40 minutes we absolutely dominated them,” Kuznetsov said. “We got so many chances, I think that’s how we have to play. I give them credit, they defend well. Both goalies – they play unbelievable, that’s a good rivalry.”

The Islanders controlled the puck for most of the extra period, with each team managing one shot on goal. The Capitals also had a shot by Lars Eller go wide.

The teams meet again Saturday back at the Nassau Coliseum and Tuesday in Washington.

Pastrnak has goal, 2 assists in Bruins’ 5-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) David Pastrnak, better known as “Pasta,” is finally starting to cook for the Boston Bruins.

The four-time 30-plus goal scorer scored and added two assists for his third multi-point outing in five games, and the Bruins won their sixth straight with a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

“Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come for him, because he’s fought it a little bit lately,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Maybe this is what he needs, a game like this to get him going a little bit. Even his legs looked a little better tonight.”

The goal was Pastrnak’s 18th of the season, and extended his point streak to five games in which he has two goals and eight assists.

Matt Grzelcyk scored the go-ahead goal 12:50 into the second period, and rookie Jeremy Swayman stopped 29 shots. Brad Marchand, with his team-leading 25th, Nick Ritchie and David Krejci also scored for the Bruins.

The winning streak coincides with Boston acquiring Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar in a trade with Buffalo on April 12, and matches the team’s longest since a six-game run from Jan. 21 to Feb. 8 last season.

The Bruins are also on a 13-4-2 run that has propelled them into a tightly contested race for first place in the East Division. Four points continue separating the first-place Washington Capitals and fourth-place Bruins following the results on Thursday.

Arttu Ruotsalainen scored for Buffalo, which has lost all five meetings against the Bruins this season, including a 2-0 loss on Tuesday. Dustin Tokarski struggled in finishing with 33 saves.

The Bruins have won 10 straight meetings overall against the Sabres since a 4-2 loss on Dec. 16, 2018.

The teams conclude a three-game series in Buffalo on Friday night.

The Sabres were undone by a sputtering power play, which failed to convert five opportunities, after going 0 of 6 on Tuesday. Buffalo has converted just five of 68 power-play opportunities over its past 30 games.

“It’s not good enough obviously,” forward Jeff Skinner said. “Obviously they have a good penalty kill and they’re gonna make it hard on you. But those are moments in the game where you can kind of turn the tide, gain some momentum and capitalize and get a get a goal. We’re not doing that.”

Garnett-Stallings, Hovland-Ventura share Zurich Classic lead

AVONDALE, La. (AP) Brice Garnett and Scott Stallings birdied eight of their last 11 holes, Viktor Hovland and Kris Ventura birdied nine of their final 12, and both teams shot 10-under 62 in Zurich Classic to share the first-round lead Thursday.

“Kris decided to heat up his putter. That really helped,” Hovland said. “But I felt like we really played solid golf all 18 holes.”

Ventura made a 36-foot birdie putt from the fringe on 15 and a 19-footer on 16 for his seventh and final birdie of the day in the best-ball format played on the first and third rounds. Players will alternate shots in the second and final rounds.

Garnett hit approach shots within 7 feet on the first, second, fourth and fifth holes and made all four birdie putts after his team made the turn following a back-nine start. Stallings’ birdie putt from nearly 18 feet on the eighth hole pulled his team into a tie atop the leaderboard.

“We had a tale of two nines,” said Stallings, who made half of his team’s 10 birdies. “It was nice we didn’t birdie the same hole ever, and that’s what you have to do. We did a great job of that today.”

Hovland started the Norwegian tandem’s run up the leaderboard by landing a shot from the bunker left of the green within 4 feet to birdie the par-5 seventh.

Ventura birdied Nos. 8, 9 and 11 – highlighted by his 9-foot putt on the par-3 ninth – before Hovland put a 194-yard approach on 12 within 2 feet to set up another birdie. Hovland also birdied the par-5 18th.

Seven teams shot 63, including two-time Zurich champion Billy Horschel and his teammate, Louisiana native and former LSU player Sam Burns.

Tony Finau and Cameron Champ, who had a back-nine start in the same group as Horschel and Burns, birdied the seventh and eighth holes to join the third-place teams.

Cameron Smith, who won the Zurich during its first year as a team event in 2017, made a 38-foot eagle putt on the par-5 second hole to help him and fellow Australian Marc Leishman post a 63. Smith also had six of his team’s seven birdies.

“I’ll probably buy dinner tonight after that exhibition he put on,” Leishman said. “He’s definitely owed that.”

Louis Oosthuizen nearly put his approach shot in the water on 18, but then chipped in from a steep embankment for birdie to pull himself and his teammate, fellow South African Charl Schwartzel, into a tie for third.

Also at 63 were the teams of Brendan Steele and Keegan Bradley; Sebastian Cappelen and Mark Hubbard; and Kyle Stanley and Kyoung-Hoon Lee.

Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay – the only team with two players ranked in the world’s top 10 – finished among a handful of teams at 64, including the tandem of Bubba Watson and Scottie Scheffler.

A cool breeze from the north that had numerous players wearing long sleeves – uncommon in late April in south Louisiana – also had a chilling effect on the anticipated risk-taking that can occur in the best-ball format. That was particularly the case on the 403-yard 13th hole, where players elected to aim for the fairway to the right of a massive cypress tree rather go straight at the green over a waste bunker to the left of the tree.

“This course isn’t really designed to play in this wind,” Horschel said, also noting he did appreciate temperatures in the 60s for much of the round. “It was nice to see Sam have a really good round because he’s been playing well … and I just made sure I didn’t do anything stupid.”

Defending champions Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm shot 65.

Jessica Korda shoots 65 to take 3-shot lead in LA Open

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jessica Korda shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday in the HUGEL Air Premia LA Open to break the tournament 36-hole scoring record and increase her lead to three strokes.

A day after matching the Wilshire Country Club tournament record with a 64, Korda opened her bogey-free morning round with birdies on three of her first four holes – holing a 15-footer to start on the par-4 10th. At 13-under 129, she broke the event mark of 8 under set by Moriya Jutanugarn in 2018 in the inaugural tournament.

“It’s going to sound crazy, but I actually lipped out a good amount out there today, so it actually could have been lower,” Korda said. “I don’t complain. I know I made a bogey yesterday, but I made up for it with some birdies. Just had a little bit of a harder time with some speed today.”

Top-ranked Jin Young Ko was second after a 65. Playing in the afternoon on the cool day, she lost a late stroke with a bogey on the par-4 17th.

“Lots of wind out there, so I had a lot of tough shot,” Ko said.

Fellow South Korean star Sei Young Kim was 9 under. She closed her afternoon round with a bogey on the par-3 18th for a 66.

“Overall pretty solid round,” Kim said. “A little bit cold out there, low temperature, but still little breezy. Overall, really nice weather.”

Canadian Brooke Henderson (65) and 43-year-old Angela Stanford (66) were 8 under. So Yeon Ryu (67) was another shot back with Hannah Green (67) and Tiffany Chan (70). Second-ranked Inbee Park (68) was 6 under.

Korda won the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January for her sixth LPGA Tour title, and sister Nelly Korda followed with a victory a month later in the Gainbridge LPGA in the second event of the year.

Jessica Korda has 13 straight under-par rounds. She hit 33 of 36 greens in the first two rounds.

“You’re just plotting your way around the golf course and trying to be smart where we keep it,” Jessica Korda said. “I got above the hole on a couple holes and they’re not easy putts, so you can definitely get out of position really easily out here, so we’ve been pretty I smart.”

She was 17 strokes ahead of playing partners Lydia Ko and Patty Tavatanakit.

Ko, the winner last week in Hawaii in the Lotte Championship at 28-under 260, followed an opening 78 with a 68 to miss the cut. Tavatanakit, making her first start since winning the ANA Inspiration for her first major title and first LPGA Tour victory, shot 75-71.

“I love being paired with Lydia,” Jessica Korda said. “I think I played a practice round with Patty last year. It was kind of just nice to get to know her. She’s super nice and has a very long career ahead of her. But I love my pairing. Anytime I get paired with Lydia, we always have such a great time. It was very easy going.”

Henderson birdied four of her last five holes.

INDIANA BASEBALL: NOTES: Indiana Returns Home to Host Minnesota this Weekend

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SETTING THE SCENE

• The Indiana Hoosiers return home to host the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Bart Kaufman Field for a three-game, Big Ten series this weekend.

• This past weekend, the Hoosiers took two of three games at Northwestern to win the series. After winning on Friday, 5-4, Indiana got a stellar performance from RHP Gabe Bierman to win the rubber match on Sunday, 4-0. The right tossed 7.2 shutout innings while striking out six and allowed just two hits and issued one walk on the afternoon.

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

INSIDE #IUBASE

• The series this weekend will bring a close the five games scheduled between Minnesota and Indiana this season. The two teams played in a pod to begin the year, along with Rutgers at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. IU won both the games against the Gophers in the pod, 5-2 on March 5 and 8-1 on March 7.

• Indiana has posted three shutouts on the season, allowed one run or less six times and surrendered two runs or less 11 times. The Hoosier pitching staff also posted five games this year allowing two hits or less.

• Offensively, the Hoosiers have been led by INF Cole Barr, who is hitting a team-best .325 on the year with four home runs, seven doubles and 15 RBI. OF Grant Richardson has three home runs and stole a team-best five bases, while INF Paul Toetz and INF Jordan Fucci each have 14 RBI.

• Indiana ranks third in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (5.83) and fifth in the country in both ERA (2.77) and WHIP (1.12). The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in all three categories.

• Individually, RHP McCade Brown leads the Big Ten in hits allowed per nine innings (4.58) and ranks second in the league in ERA (2.41), strikeouts (63) and strikeouts per nine innings (15.19). RHP Gabe Bierman leads the Big Ten in ERA (4.58) and ranks third in hits allowed per nine innings (4.93).

• Indiana is ranked No. 23 in the nation by Perfect Game. The Hoosiers are also receiving votes in the NCBWA poll.

• Since the start of the 2008 season, Indiana leads the Big Ten in wins (444) and conference wins (192). The Hoosiers have made seven NCAA Regionals over that span, the most out of any current Big Ten team.

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

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

• 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.

PURDUE BASEBALL: Purdue Hosts Illini for Just 2nd Time at Alexander

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Illinois (10-14) at Purdue (10-15)

Friday, April 23 to Sunday, April 25 / BTN+

Series: Friday, April 23 at 6 p.m. ET

Middle Game: Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. ET

Series Finale: Sunday, April 25 at 1 p.m. ET

Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Friday: Calvin Schapira (Jr, LHP) vs. Illinois’ Andrew Hoffmann (Jr, RHP)

Saturday: Trent Johnson (Jr, RHP) vs. Illinois’ Nate Lavender (Jr, LHP)

Sunday: Cory Brooks (R-Jr, RHP) vs. Illinois’ Riley Gowens (R-So, RHP)

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: Illinois leads 162-87-1

All-Time in West Lafayette: Illinois leads 65-44-1

Last Weekend in Champaign: Purdue swept a 2-game set

Last Series in West Lafayette: Purdue swept a 3-game set (April 2017)

Current Series Streak in West Lafayette: Purdue has won 6 straight (since 2012)

First Meeting: Illinois 14, Purdue 5 (May 1893 in West Lafayette)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball aims to extend its recent winning ways as it continues its five-game season series with Illinois, hosting the Fighting Illini for just the second time since Alexander Field opened in 2013.

First pitch is slated for Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. In the event of a rain out Saturday, a doubleheader would be played Sunday. Per limited-capacity guidelines, Purdue has been issuing 500 tickets per game. All tickets are accounted for each game this weekend. In the event of a rain out Saturday, all tickets will be refunded. One ticket would be good for either/both games of a potential Sunday doubleheader, but additional tickets will not be made available.

A new padded outfield wall was installed at Alexander Field earlier this month and makes its gameday debut this weekend.

The Boilermakers won their first two meetings with Illinois last weekend as part of their 4-0 showing in Champaign, the program’s seventh 4-0 weekend this century. Purdue has also won six of its last seven games and is 7-4 in April. The Boilermakers have not played five consecutive games against the same team since opening the 1987 season with five in a row at NC State. Samford, in 2013, was the last opponent they played five times in a season.

However, Purdue and Illinois have played each other five times in a season four times (1997, 2000, 2001, 2006) dating back to 1997. All of those instances included a four-game regular-season series plus a meeting at the Big Ten Tournament. The Boilermakers also play Minnesota five times, but not all five games consecutively, next month.

Illinois is part of a trio of Big Ten rivals – along with Maryland and Indiana – that has only played one weekend series at Alexander Field since the ballpark opened in 2013. Purdue swept the low-scoring, three-game set in April 2017, tallying only 10 runs in the process. The Fighting Illini managed only four runs on 17 hits in the series, posting a .179 team batting average. They also didn’t have a sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly while also attempting just three stolen bases over the three games.

Even though both Alexander Field and Illinois Field face in a northeast direction, Alexander is traditionally more of a pitcher’s ballpark and Illinois Field is generally friendlier to hitters. Purdue won both low-scoring (2-1 vs. MSU) and high-scoring affairs (20-6) last weekend in Champaign. Prior to last weekend, the home team had won 20 of the last 21 meetings in the Purdue-Illinois series dating back to 2012.

Because Michigan State was also part of last weekend’s three-team pod in Champaign, the only repeat pitching matchup this weekend is Sunday with Cory Brooks and Riley Gowens taking the mound again. Meanwhile, Illinois’ Friday starter, Andrew Hoffmann, returned to the rotation last weekend vs. MSU after missing two starts. For Purdue, Calvin Schapira has started the opening game of the last three weekends dating back to April 2. Trent Johnson has also responded with 20 innings of seven-run ball, with 23 strikeouts vs 16 hits allowed, since getting roughed up by Rutgers in the March 26 home opener.

DEFEATED 2 DIFFERENT TEAMS ON SAME DAY (SINCE 1990)

• April 18, 2021 – Michigan State (8-3) & Illinois (6-4) in Champaign, Illinois

• Feb. 23, 2018 – Saint Louis (5-2) & Incarnate Word (5-4 in 10 Innings) in San Antonio, Texas

• Feb. 18, 2012 – Connecticut (9-4 in Clearwater, Florida) & Cincinnati (6-0 in St. Petersburg, Florida)

• March 1, 2003 – Detroit Mercy (14-3) & Boston College (1-0) in Homestead, Florida

• Feb. 24, 1996 – TCU (5-0) & Texas-Pan American (8-2) in Edinburg, Texas

• March 11, 1993 – Florida State (11-1 in DeLand, Florida) & Rollins College (7-4 in Orlando, Florida)

PITCHERS EXCELLED IN OFFENSIVE BALLPARK WHILE PURDUE SCORED 36 RUNS

• Perhaps overshadowed by Monday’s 20-run outburst, Purdue’s first in a Big Ten game since 2006, was the fact that the pitching staff surrendered only 24 hits over 38 innings during the 4-0 weekend in Champaign. The staff racked up 30-plus strikeouts in a four-game weekend for the third time this year, but this time the Boilermakers did it while giving up only 14 runs. The opposition’s hits and runs totals were both the fewest in a four-game weekend since Purdue won three of four vs. Cal State Northridge (6 runs on 24 hits) at Alexander Field to close the 2016 season. Most impressively, the pitching staff did it in a ballpark that produced 90 runs over the course of the six games played at Illinois Field last weekend.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: BSU vs. Northern Illinois: Weekend Series Info

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12-4 Cardinals At Home This Weekend

The Ball State baseball team will be at home for the first time in 20 days when it hosts Northern Illinois this weekend. The Saturday and Sunday games will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Ball State has won 10 of its last 12 after getting a pair of comeback wins last weekend at Eastern Michigan. That has allowed BSU to keep pace with preseason favorite Central Michigan (12-4) atop the standings. This weekend is the third of BSU’s five home league series this season, with Kent State and Miami still to visit Muncie in May.

Northern Illinois (6-10) is 9th in the MAC, three games out of 5th place. NIU owns the worst W-L percentage in the league (.233). BSU is 3rd in the MAC in team ERA (4.00) and NIU is 10th (6.96). Ball State gets on base at a much better rate than Northern, but the two teams have almost an identical slugging percentage (BSU .383, NIU .382).

What To Know For This Weekend

— John Baker, the active career leader for strikeouts in NCAA Division I with 351, can tie Bryan Bullington’s school record for career Ks with his 6th strikeout this weekend. No other Division I pitcher has 290 strikeouts as of this week.

— Noah Navarro went off at EMU last weekend, batting 8-for-12 and getting on base at a .750 clip. He went 4-for-4 and delivered a clutch 2-run single on Sunday that got Ball State a series split.

— In his last four appearances, Lukas Jaksich has pitched 16.0 innings with 23 strikeouts while allowing just one run. Before that, he struck out 11 in 5.2 innings vs. Toledo. Jaksich is 5-1 on the year and is now 4th in the conference with a 2.22 ERA.

ND BASEBALL: Series Preview – Boston College

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The sixth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is heading down the back end of the ACC schedule as they hit the road for their second to last conference road series this weekend. The Irish are shipping up to Boston College to take on the Eagles for a three-game series in Chestnut Hill. The series begins Friday night from Harrington Athletics Village at 5:30 p.m. ET and the entire series will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.

Shipping Up To Boston

  • Notre Dame has won its previous four road conference series this season, with the last one coming at No. 17 Pitt in the beginning of April. 
  • The Irish have a 9-3 road record this season after series wins against No. 16 Wake Forest, Clemson, No. 17 Pitt and a series sweep of No. 21 Virginia.
  • Dating back to last season, the Irish have won their last five conference road series for the first time since joining the ACC. They have not accomplished that feat since the 2000 and 2001 season when they won six conference road series in a row between the two seasons.
  • The Irish and Eagles are meeting for the 51st time in program history this weekend in Chestnut Hill 
  • The Irish hold a 33-17 advantage in the all-time series and are 13-8 in games held up at BC.
  • The Eagles enter the series with a 16-18 record and a 5-16 mark in the league. They are coming off a midweek win over Rhode Island on Wednesday.
  • Notre Dame enters the weekend still holding the No. 1 ranking in the country fielding percentage with a 0.988 mark after having just 12 errors in 25 games this season.

Bats Come Alive in Rubber Match Win over Wolfpack

  • Over the first two games of the series, the Irish offense only scored five runs but that changed quickly in the 11-2 rubber match win over the Wolfpack.
  • Some of the nation’s best defense was on display in the top of the first as Spencer Myers made a jumping catch at the wall to end the inning with the bases loaded and no runs scored for the Wolfpack.
  • In the bottom of the first, Notre Dame plated three runs after an RBI single from Carter Putz and a two-RBI double from Brooks Coetzee.
  • The Wolfpack pulled within two at 3-1 after the top of the fifth but the Irish offense came alive over the final four innings. 
  • They scored in each of the final four innings, including crooked numbers in the sixth and seventh inning. 
  • In the seventh inning, Jack Brannigan broke the game open with a three-run home run to extend the Irish lead to 10-1.
  • Zack Prajzner and Niko Kavadas also belted home runs in the win, the fourth game this season the Irish have hit three or more home runs.
  • For Kavadas it was his 13th home run of the season and the 37th of his career, putting him in a tie for third for most home runs all-time in an Irish career.
  • With the win, the Irish improved to 4-0 in rubber matches this season and 6-0 in games following a loss.
  • The Irish also scored in double figures for the sixth game this season and three of those instances have come in rubber match wins.

Irish Come From Behind to Beat NC State

  • Heading into the weekend series with NC State, the Wolfpack came into town one of the hottest teams in the ACC. They carried a six-game winning streak and had won 10 of their previous 12 games heading into the weekend.
  • The Wolfpack jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the second inning and held the lead until the fifth inning.
  • The Irish had two runners in scoring position with two outs when Jack Brannigan singled up the middle to score Carter Putz and Ryan Cole to tie the game at 2-2.
  • The score stayed that way until the eighth inning when the Irish loaded the bases with one out. Brannigan took an 0-2 pitch off his shoulder that brought in TJ Williams as the go-ahead run.
  • Tanner Kohlhepp closed the game off with his fourth inning of scoreless relief to give the Irish the series opening win. Kohlhepp only allowed one hit and no walks over four innings. 
  • The win broke the Wolfpack’s six-game winning streak and it was their first loss on the road this season as they entered the series with an 8-0 road record.

Top-25, Here Come The Irish

  • Following seven ACC series wins, with four coming on the road, people are starting to take note of the Irish.
  • The Irish continued to rise in the polls and are now ranked in the Top-10 in half of the six polls.
  • The Irish are ranked in the Top-10 in Baseball America (#6), Perfect Game (#9) and D1Baseball (#10). The Irish are ranked #12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, #12 in the NCBWA poll and #14 in the Collegiate Newspaper Poll.
  • No. 6 is the highest ranking for the Irish since the final week of the 2004 regular season when they were also ranked sixth.
  • A week after cracking two of the polls after the series win against Clemson, the Irish appeared in all six polls after the road sweep of Virginia.
  • In the final week of the 2020 regular season, Notre Dame made their first appearance in the Top-25 when they were selected No. 24 by Collegiate Baseball News.
  • It was the first time the Irish were ranked in the Top-25 since the 2015 season, the last time Notre Dame made an NCAA Regional.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Four-Game Matchup With Dallas Baptist On Deck For No. 19 Sycamores

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – No. 19 Indiana State baseball will open a four-game series with Dallas Baptist on Friday at Horner Ballpark in Dallas. The Sycamores open the series Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET before playing a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. with game three following soon after. The teams will wrap up the series on Sunday at 2 p.m.

All four games will be available on the Patriot Broadcast Network free-of-charge. The series will also be available on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide with Luke Martin on the radio call Fans can also listen on WIBQ 1230 AM in the Wabash Valley. Fans can also follow along on the go via the Indiana State Athletics, live stats, at @IndStBaseball on Twitter and on the March On App.

THE SYCAMORE WEEKEND ROTATION

Game One – LHP Geremy Guerrero (7-0, 1.11 ERA, 57.0 IP, 67 K, 9 BB)       

Game Two – RHP Connor Cline (4-0, 2.94 ERA, 33.2 IP, 32 K, 13 BB)

Game Three – LHP Tristan Weaver (2-2, 6.15 ERA, 26.1 IP, 25 K, 12 BB)

Game Four – TBA

NEWS & NOTEWORTHY

» The Sycamores come into play at 20-8 overall and 7-1 in Missouri Valley Conference play. ISU is hitting .273 as a squad led by Max Wright (.310, 7 2B, 8 HR, 20 RBI, .620 SLG) and Josue Urdaneta (.308, 5 2B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 18 R, .392 SLG) while five other ISU batters are hitting above .270 on the year. Indiana State boasts the top team ERA in the MVC at 3.64. ISU’s .977 fielding percentage ranks 32nd nationally and best in the MVC.

» Indiana State has been ranked for the last five weeks, and this week moved up to No. 21 in the D1Baseball.com poll while moving up to No. 19 in the Perfect Game USA poll. The Sycamores moved up one spot to No. 24 in the Baseball America poll and entered the USA Today Coaches Top 25 at No. 24 this week. Indiana State also moved up to No. 27 in this week’s NCBWA Top 30 poll.

» Indiana State sits at No. 26 in the current RPI ranking after winning eight of its last 10 games, according to WarrenNolan.com. ISU has wins over Pittsburgh (#19), Tennessee (#3), Florida Gulf Coast (#62) as well as a sweep of FIU (#114). ISU also took two of three games at nationally ranked FAU (#84). Currently, Indiana State’s nonconference strength of schedule ranks 54th nationally.

» Dallas Baptist enters the play at 19-9 overall and 4-0 in MVC play. The Patriots are coming off a 1-2 series loss to Air Force. DBU is led by River Town at the plate with a .374 batting average in 28 starts. Jackson Glenn (.355) and Jace Grady (.349) also provide strong bats in the order. Dominic Hamel is 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA in eight starts on the mound. As a team, Dallas Baptist holds a 4.03 ERA and a .973 fielding percent.

» Indiana State trails in the all-time series with the Patriots, 9-21. The last time the two squads met was in 2019 at the MVC Championship when the Sycamores took two games from nationally ranked DBU to win the tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. Prior to the tournament in 2019, ISU was swept by DBU in Dallas. The last win over DBU on the road came during the 2015 season.

» Aaron Beck put up video game numbers last weekend during a sweep of Valpo. The outfielder earned MVC Player of the Week and NCBWA National Player of the Week honors. In four starts, Beck went 12-for-14, recording three or more hits in three games while going 2-for-2 with a walk in the finale. The left-handed hitter finished a home run short of the cycle during a 5-0 series-opening win. An Evansville, Ind. Native, Beck finished the weekend with an .857 batting average, 1.214 slugging percentage and an .875 on-base percentage. He drove in nine runs, including three RBIs in each of the first two games of the series while scoring three times. In total, Beck recorded a trio of doubles, a triple and 17 total bases. The redshirt junior drew two walks, including an intentional walk in the series.

» Indiana State put on an offensive clinic during its first home series of the season, outhitting Valpo 44-12 over four games. The Sycamores tallied 12 doubles, four triples, three home runs and a .579 slugging percentage during the weekend sweep. Overall, ISU outscored Valpo 34-5 while hitting .349 as a team.

» The Indiana State pitching staff has been strong this season, combining for a 3.64 team ERA which ranks 31st-best nationally and tops in the MVC. As a team, ISU also ranks 11th with 2.79 walks allowed per nine innings; 16th with a 3.28 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 17th nationally with a 1.21 WHIP. Four Sycamores who have pitched at least an inning have ERA’s under 4.00 through 28 games led by Connor Fenlong who holds a 0.51 ERA in 17.2 innings. Starting pitcher Geremy Guerrero has a 1.11 ERA in eight starts and 57 innings while Connor Cline has a 2.94 ERA in over seven appearances.

» Geremy Guerrero has earned a pair of MVC Pitcher of the Week honors this season. He improved to 7-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.11 after his second complete-game shutout of the season against Valpo. On the year, the southpaw has pitched 57 innings and struck out 67 while issuing only nine walks and holding opponents to a .154 average against. Overall, Guerrero ranks first in the MVC and eighth nationally in ERA (1.11) as well as tops in the MVC in wins, complete games, strikeout-to-walk ratio, hits per nine and walks per nine. He ranks second in the League in strikeouts.

» Geremy Guerrero was named to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List by USA Baseball on April 14. Guerrero tied for second-most strikeouts in a single game during the series opener at FIU on March 5. The 15-strikeout performance was one shy of Dan Lazar’s 16-strikeout game in 1965 while tying Blaise Ilsley’s mark in 1984. The last Sycamores to be named to the watch list was left-hander Sean Manaea during the 2013 season.

» Tyler Grauer sits at 19 career saves and is one shy of moving into a tie for second place. Craig Kozlowski holds the ISU career record with 26 saves from 1982-86. Austin Conway sits in second place with 20 career saves from 2014-17.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL: Baseball Head to Athens to Face Ohio in Non-League Play

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne baseball (9-18) steps out of league play this weekend and heads to Mid-American Conference foe Ohio (17-13) for three games this weekend.

SCHEDULE UPDATE: FRIDAY WILL BE A DOUBLEHEADER INSTEAD OF THE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED SATURDAY DH

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne at Ohio

Schedule:

Friday, April 23 – 3 p.m. ET  (doubleheader, first game 7 innings, second game 9 innings)

Saturday, April 24 – 11 a.m. ET

Video: GM 1 & 2 | GM 3

Live Stats: GM 1 | GM 2 | GM 3

Series History: Ohio leads 8-4

Probable Starters:

Purdue Fort Wayne:

GM 1 – Gerald Pintarich

GM 2 – Jacob Myer

GM 3 – TBD

Ohio:

GM 1 – Joe Rock

GM 2 – Braxton Kelly

GM 3 – Logan Jones

Scouting the Mastodons:

• Jack Lang has 10 multi-hit games this season. He also has the team’s longest reached base streak this season, reaching base in 13 consecutive games earlier this season.

• Aaron Chapman has a hit in eight of the Mastodons’ last nine games.

• Zac Baden leads the team in hitting with a .327 average.

Scouting the Bobcats:

• Ohio split a four-game series with Northern Illinois last weekend. The Bobcats own an 11-9 record in MAC play this season.

• Harry Witwer-Dukes has a team-best .454 on-base percentage this year.

• The Bobcats have hit 26 home runs this season with Isaiah Peterson leading the team with six.

• Look for Edward Kutt IV out of the pen. He has a team-best 14 appearances and owns four saves.

• Joe Rock has a 2.02 ERA in 49.0 innings. 

Series History: The Mastodons and Bobcats played in 2002, 2005, 2012 and 2016 with the Bobcats leading 8-4. All 12 games have been played in Athens, Ohio. The Bobcats took 2-of-3 from the Mastodons in 2016.

Nearing 500: Head coach Doug Schreiber spent 18 seasons as the head coach at Purdue and is in his second season at Purdue Fort Wayne. He enters the weekend with 499 career victories.

Oh Myer: Jacob Myer’s ranks in the Horizon League: Innings pitched (47.2, 3rd), ERA (3.21, 6th), opposing batting average (.230, 7th) and wins (3, 6th).

Meep, Meep!: Jack Lang owns 12 stolen bases, third in the league.

Walk It Out: Ryan Mollette has only five at-bats on the season, going 2-of-5. But he has five walks, making the most of his visits to the plate. He has five runs scored on the season as he often enters the game as a pinch runner.

Looking Ahead: The Mastodons return to Fort Wayne to play first-place Wright State next weekend.

VALPO BASEBALL: Valpo Baseball to Open Home Slate This Weekend

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Southern Illinois (25-9, 5-7)

at Valparaiso (5-20, 0-8 MVC)

Emory G. Bauer Field | Valparaiso, Ind.

Friday, April 23, Noon CT (Game 1) – RHP Ryan Mintz vs. RHP Mike Hansell

Friday, April 23, to follow (Game 2) – RHP Easton Rhodehouse vs. RHP Noah Farmer

Saturday, April 24, 1 p.m. – RHP Colin Fields vs. LHP Brad Harrison

Sunday, April 25, 1 p.m. CT – RHP Zach Fricke vs. RHP Ben Chapman

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: At long last, the Valparaiso University baseball team will host home games this weekend. For the first time since May 14, 2019, Valpo will play on its home field as Southern Illinois comes to town for a four-game, Missouri Valley Conference series. The series will begin with a doubleheader on Friday starting at noon. That will mark the first games on the new Emory G. Bauer Field turf.

Last Time Out: Valpo dropped all four games in a road series at No. 23 Indiana State. Brady Renfro batted a team-best .333 during the series and launched a home run. Riley Dent posted a .308 average over the four games.

On the Air: Games will be broadcast on the Valpo Sports Network (95.1 FM Valparaiso, TuneIn Radio app) over the course of the weekend. Links to live audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Series Notes: Valpo holds a 6-3 lead in the all-time series with Southern Illinois and a 4-2 mark in Missouri Valley Conference matchups. The Brown & Gold swept all four from the Salukis in the most recent series between the two clubs, May 10-12, 2019 at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo won the opener of that set 5-4 in 14 innings behind a stellar relief outing by Easton Rhodehouse, who did not allow a hit or run over six dominant innings of relief while striking out eight. Rhodehouse earned conference and national Pitcher of the Week honors for that effort. Valpo went on to take the final two games of the series 7-1 and 4-1. The all-time set began in 1966 when the two teams faced off in an NCAA University Division Playoff Game in Columbus, Ohio, a 4-3 Valpo victory.

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack, the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his eighth season in charge of the program. Entering the 2021 season, he has served as the head coach for 336 games at Valpo, the fourth-most in program history with Tracy Woodson third at 397. This year, he moves into a tie for third in program history for number of seasons coached with eight, matching Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Schmack has now been at Valpo longer than his predecessor Woodson, whose seven-year run lasted from 2007-2013. Schmack’s win total of 137 ranks fifth in program history, with Rick Ferchen fourth at 147. The former big-league pitcher led Valparaiso to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. He followed that up with a 22-win season in 2015, then guided the team to its first winning record since 2013 in 2016. In 2017, Schmack continued his success despite managing a youthful roster that featured 11 freshmen and 15 total newcomers. He led his team to 24 wins, including a strong finish to the regular season that saw them win eight of their last 11. The 2018 season saw Valpo transition to the Missouri Valley Conference. The Brown & Gold made an immediate splash in the highly-respected baseball league, putting together a strong showing in the 2018 MVC Tournament, including a 13-10 victory over host Dallas Baptist, a team that went on to receive an at-large NCAA Regional berth. During the 2019 season, Schmack’s squad equaled its win total from the year prior despite playing in a conference that was ranked sixth nationally in RPI and sent three teams to NCAA Regionals. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Road Warriors

Valpo will finally play its first home game of the season on Friday when Southern Illinois comes to town. Head coach Brian Schmack’s group is the only team in the nation that has not played a home game in 2021. Indiana State was the second-to-last team nationally to play at home when it hosted Valpo last weekend. Valpo has played 45 straight games away from Emory G. Bauer Field since its last home date, a 4-3 victory over Chicago State on May 14, 2019. Valpo’s last home series was against these same Salukis on May 10-12, 2019.

Turf Time

The Valpo home opener will mark the debut of the new-look Emory G. Bauer Field, which now features synthetic infield turf. The project was made possible by lead gifts from Valpo alumni Lynn Scheutzow ’74 Young and Carl Young ’73 and the Deetjen family. The Young and Deetjen families both had sons who played baseball at Valpo.

Lengthy Streaks

A pair of lengthy individual streaks came to an end during Valpo’s series at Indiana State (April 16-18). Freshman first baseman Kyle Schmack saw his 12-game hitting streak reach its conclusion. That marked the program’s longest such streak since Nate Palace’s 14 gamer in 2017. In addition, senior outfielder Steven Fitzsimmons saw his on-base streak end at 18. He became the first Valpo player to reach that number since Giovanni Garbella in 2018. Valpo’s longest active on-base streak now belongs to Brady Renfro, who enters this weekend’s series against the Salukis having reached in 13 straight.

Dent Doing Damage

Riley Dent has been the team’s biggest offensive bright spot during conference play as he owns a .370 batting average over eight MVC games, by far the team leader.

Dent is hitting a team-best .378 over the last 10 games after starting his senior season with a .155 average over his first 15 appearances.

Dent enjoyed a career performance in Game 2 of the April 2 doubleheader at DBU, posting a four-hit game that featured three extra-base knocks. One of those extra-base hits was his third home run of the season, part of his career-high four hits. He became the first Valpo player with a four-hit output since March 2019. Dent totaled 12 bases over the four games, driving in three runs and drawing three walks while four of his six hits went for extra bases.

Dent led the team with a .311 batting average during the shortened 2020 season and batted .290 in 2019, a breakout season after he entered that year with a .207 career average through his first two collegiate campaigns.

Notes Wrapping Up Indiana State (April 16-18)

Valpo has now played five games against nationally-ranked competition this season – a midweek game at No. 14 Notre Dame on March 23 and the four-game set with the No. 23 Sycamores.

Easton Rhodehouse started as an “opener” in the Friday game and went two scoreless frames while yielding three hits. The righty has allowed two earned runs or fewer in all 11 appearances this season, and he now has 29 strikeouts against just five walks in 22 innings.

Valpo pitching issued just one walk against eight strikeouts in the series opener – a 5-0 setback – the fourth time this season the team allowed one walk or fewer.

Jonathan Temple broke up a no-hit bid from Indiana State’s Connor Cline in the seventh and final inning of Game 1 of the Saturday doubleheader. Temple dashed the no-hit hopes and shutout in one fell swoop with a pinch-hit, RBI double in the top of the seventh.

Renfro walked in each of his three plate appearances in the first game of the Saturday doubleheader, while the Valpo bullpen marked a bright spot of the nightcap. Nathan Chasey and Nolan Lebamoff combined to go 4 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run in a 6-2 setback.

Indiana State prevailed 12-1 in seven innings in the series finale, a game that saw Renfro homer to move into a tie for the team lead with three. He enjoyed a multi-hit output in the Sunday contest.

Notes Wrapping Up DBU (April 1-3)

Brady Renfro and Parker Johnson hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning of Saturday’s series finale, becoming the second Valpo tandem to go back-to-back this season. Damon Jorgensen and Jeremy Drudge turned the trick on March 19 at Western Kentucky.

Valpo had five doubles in the nightcap of the Friday doubleheader, the team’s first game with five or more doubles since May 8, 2018 at Western Michigan.

Valpo had 14 hits in Game 3 of the series, outhitting the Patriots 14-10. That hit total marked the team’s second-highest of the season behind 15 on March 20 at Western Kentucky.

The one-run setback (9-8) in Game 3 of the series marked Valpo’s third defeat by the slimmest of margins in 2021.

Nolan Lebamoff allowed no earned runs on two hits and no walks while striking out three over 3 2/3 innings in two relief appearances at DBU.

In the Other Dugout: Southern Illinois

The Salukis started the season 14-0 and cracked top-25 national rankings.

The team has incurred three straight setbacks, dropping three of four in last weekend’s series at Bradley.

SIU is under the direction of second-year head coach Lance Rhodes, who previously served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Missouri.

Brad Hudson holds the team’s top batting average at .388 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 26 games. Tristan Peters has started all 34 games and owns a .372 average, 12 stolen bases, two home runs, 30 RBIs and a .490 OBP.

Noah Farmer leads the pitching staff with a 3.00 ERA and 4-2 record in 13 appearances, 11 of which have come in relief.

WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Raidergang set for four-game road series at Northern Kentucky

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THE SERIES

Teams: Wright State (14-10, 13-3 HL)

 Northern Kentucky (13-17, 11-12 HL)

Location: Bill Aker Baseball Complex / Highland Heights, KY

The Wright State baseball team returns to the Horizon League action for the first time since the end of March as the Raiders travel to take on Northern Kentucky this weekend. Due to anticipated weather on Saturday, the Raiders and Norse will play a pair of doubleheaders on Friday and Sunday, with the opening game set for 12 p.m. both days with the second game set for approximately 3 p.m.

Fans can follow the action with live stats, while all four games are scheduled to be streamed on ESPN3 as well. All links are available on the team’s schedule page.

PROBABLE STARTERS

Game 1:

WSU: Jake Schrand, RHP, Jr.

NKU: Noah Richardson, LHP, Jr.

Game 2:

WSU: Bradley Brehmer, RHP, So.

NKU: Ben Gerl, LHP, Fr.

Game 3:

WSU: Austin Cline, RHP, RSr.

NKU:  Kyle Klingenbeck, RHP, So.

Game 4:

WSU: Alex Theis, LHP, RSo.

NKU: Bryson Lonsbury, RHP, Sr.

LAST TIME OUT

Wright State took the diamond for the first time in April last weekend when the Raiders met Florida Gulf Coast in a neutral site series in Alabama. The series between between two teams in the top-60 RPI saw FGCU take two of three, with the Raiders dropping a one- and two-run game and also tallying a 10-3 win in the middle game of the series.

NORSE NOTES

Northern Kentucky is 13-17 overall and 11-12 in Horizon League play after splitting a four-game series against Youngstown State last weekend.

RAIDER REWIND

Wright State and Northern Kentucky met back in early March to open Horizon League play, with the Raiders tallying the four-game sweep. Offensively, Wright State turned in eight-plus runs in each contest, while connecting on 15 total extra-base hits and six home runs. On the mound, Wright State saw three of four starters turn in double-digit strikeout performances and finished the weekend series raking up 57 strikeouts and allowing just 31 NKU hits and 12 Norse runs.

FINALLY BACK ON THE HORIZON

This weekend’s series at Northern Kentucky will be the first Horizon League games for Wright State since concluding a four-game road series at Youngstown State on March 28. The Raiders lost two HL series – one at home and one on the road – due to COVID issues with Purdue Fort Wayne and Oakland on back-to-back weekends.

CHECKING THE LATEST TRENDS

Quincy Hamilton has reached base in 22 straight games entering the weekend series with Northern Kentucky, while Sammy Sass has the longest active hitting streak at 16 games. Sass is one of seven Raiders to have had a streak of at least six games with a hit, while his hitting streak has him with the second longest reached base streak on the roster behind Hamilton. Damon Dues and Tyler Black each have nine multi-hit games to pace the Raider offense, while Black has a team-leading six three-hit games). Black has driven in multiple RBI in nine contests, followed by eight multi-RBI games from Hamilton and Zane Harris.

OHIO STATE BASEBALL: BUCKEYES BACK HOME LOOKING TO TURN THE TIDE

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Ohio State vs. Penn State

Game 1

Date: April 23, 2021 | Time: 6:05 p.m. | Watch: BTN Plus+ | Scoring/Listen

Probable Starters:

Ohio State – Garrett Burhenn (Jr. | RHP | 2-1 | 4.15 ERA | 34.2 IP | 36 K | 13 BB)

Penn State – Bailey Dees (Jr. | RHP | 2-2 | 4.24 ERA | 40.1 IP | 39 K | 17 BB)

Game 2

Date: April 24, 2021 | Time: 3:05 p.m. | Watch: BTN Plus+ | Scoring/Listen

Probable Starters:

Ohio State – Seth Lonsway (R-Jr. | LHP | 1-4 | 4.45 ERA | 32.1 IP | 54 K | 21 BB

Penn State – Conor Larkin (Jr. | RHP | 1-4 | 3.99 ERA | 38.1 IP | 65 K | 25 BB)

Game 3

Date: April 25, 2021 | Time: 1:05 p.m. | Watch: BTN Plus+ | Scoring/Listen

Probable Starters:

Ohio State – Jack Neely (Jr. | RHP | 1-2 | 5.20 ERA | 27.2 IP | 35 K | 18 BB)

Penn State – Kyle Virbitsky (Jr. | RHP | 1-2 | 4.69 ERA | 40.1 IP | 42 K | 10 BB)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After spending the last two weekends on the road, Ohio State returns home to Bill Davis Stadium this weekend to begin a key stretch of games that opens against Penn State on Friday night. The Buckeyes will play nine of the next 12 games at home. Ohio State and Penn State are both riding modest losing streaks as the Buckeyes have dropped the last five games and the Nittany Lions have lost the last four.

The Opponent

Penn State was swept at home last weekend by league-leading Nebraska and enters the weekend at 8-16 overall and in 12th place in the Big Ten Standings.

The last win for the Nittany Lions was an 11-0 thrashing of Purdue on April 10 in East Lansing, Mich.

The Nittany Lions are much like the Buckeyes in that just one player is batting over .300 and that’s Gavin Homer, who is hitting .346.

Penn State leads the league in doubles with 54 but is second-to-last in runs scored at 4.3 per game.

On the mound, Penn State is like Ohio State in that both teams like to pitch inside. Penn State is second behind the Buckeyes in hit batters at 40 and 48, respectively.

Ohio State Quick Hitters

Ohio State enters the weekend at 13-12 overall and in a tie for fifth place in the Big Ten standings.

The Buckeye pitching staff leads the Big Ten in strikeouts per nine innings at 10.9 which is also 14th nationally.

The OSU staff is also third in the Big Ten in hits allowed by batter per nine innings (7.90) and opponent batting average (.234).

Seth Lonsway leads the conference and is fourth nationally at 15.03 strikeouts per nine innings. He is also second in the Big Ten in hits allowed per nine innings at 4.70.

Lonsway has recorded double-digit strikeouts in each of his last three starts and has 10 double-digit strikeout games in his career. This current streak ties the longest of his career.

TJ Brock has seven saves on the year which is tops in the Big Ten and tied for 11th nationally.

Freshman Kade Kern continues to lead the team in hitting at .340, which is 12th in the league. He also tops the team with 19 RBI and an OBP of .396. Kern has seven multi-hit games on the season including a five-hit game in the opener which is the most in a game by a Big Ten player this season.

Brent Todys is currently riding a career-high five-game hitting streak. He is hitting .350 with a home run, two doubles and five RBI over those five games.

Conner Pohl has hit safely in seven consecutive games which is two shy of his career-high. Pohl leads the team with seven home runs and is tied for the team lead with 12 walks.

Pohl has had a hit in 17 of the 25 games this season. He has reached base in all but two of the games this year.

Zach Dezenzo has hit safely in 12 of the last 15 games and is hitting .333 with three home runs and six doubles over that stretch. He has also reached base safely in the last 12 games which is the longest streak of his career.

Maryland Weekend Recap

It was a long weekend in College Park as the Buckeyes came home winless in three tries.

Maryland scored seven runs in the sixth inning on Friday night to take game one 10-6. On Saturday, the Buckeyes got two runs in the seventh and ninth innings to force extras but fell 5-4 in 10 innings. And on Sunday, the Terrapins scored nine unanswered runs to run away with the finale 9-4.

Remarkably, the Buckeyes out-hit Maryland 24-17 in the series but were out-scored by 10 runs. The Terrapins took advantage of 21 walks, eight hit batters and 10 wild pitches by Buckeye pitchers over the three games.

At the plate, Brent Todys, Conner Pohl and Zach Dezenzo each had a hit in all three games while Kade Kern collected five hits in the last two games after going hitless in the opener.

Pohl went deep twice in the series.

PURDUE SOFTBALL: Purdue Treks to Michigan State for Weekend Series

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue softball team will close out an eight-game road swing this weekend with a series at Michigan State. The four-game set will open Friday with a doubleheader at 3 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. first pitch on Saturday and Sunday. All games will be streamed on Big Ten Network+

SERIES I-NFORMATION

Purdue (8-20) vs. Michigan State (7-14)

April 23-25

Friday – 3&5:30 PM | Saturday – 1 PM | Sunday – 1 PM

TV: Big Ten Network+

Stats: purduestats.com

The Boilermakers took a game during their series at Illinois last weekend. A trio of Boilermakers hit over .300 on the weekend – Ryleigh Scott’s .400, Rachel Beckers’ .357 and Kiley Goff’s .300. A pair of Boilermakers hit their first career home runs in Kaeley Hallada and Kaitlyn Brannstrom.

Per usual, Becker continues to rank among the Big Ten’s best hitters this season. The junior is second in batting average at .416, sixth in slugging percentage at .618, on-base percentage at .485, runs scored at 22, hits with 37 and doubles with 10.

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series 33-20 over the Spartans. The two sides have not met since March 2017, when Purdue swept a three-game set at Bittinger Stadium.

• Purdue has won six of the last seven against Michigan State.

• Sydney Bates improved to 3-0 out of the bullpen this season with a team-high 25 1/3 innings in relief.

• Becker took her multi-hit tally up to 14 games on the year.

• Brannstrom’s first home run came as a part of a career day, going 3-for-3 with three RBI in the series finale.

• Kiley Goff saw her on-base streak snap last weekend at a team-long 12 games last weekend.

• The Boilermakers have scored 50 of their 81 total runs in the fifth inning or later.

• 51 of Purdue’s runs have been scored by players in the top four spots of the order.

• Brannstrom has found her stride lately with a .304 clip and seven RBI over the last eight games.

• Purdue is 17-for-21 when stealing on the season.

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL: IRISH TRAVEL TO #15/13 VIRGINIA TECH FOR FINAL ROAD SERIES

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame (22-12, 13-10 ACC) faces its final road series of 2021 as the Irish travel to Blacksburg to take on No. 15/13 Virginia Tech. Notre Dame enters the series off a five-game win streak, including a series sweep of Virginia last weekend.

OF Abby Sweet (.477) continues to lead the conference in batting average, as she has for the past six weeks. OF Emma Clark is tied for third in the conference in batting average, posting .423.

Entering the home stretch of the regular season, Notre Dame will attempt its fourth series win in 2021.

THE DETAILS

Location: Tech Softball Park (Blacksburg, VA)

Games:

Friday, April 23: 6 p.m. ET vs. Virginia

ACC Network Extra

Saturday, April 24: Noon ET vs. Virginia

ESPN2

Saturday, April 24: 2 p.m. ET vs. Virginia

ACC Network Extra

Sunday, April 25: Noon ET vs. Virginia

ACC Network Extra

Live Stats: und.com/mediastats

BY THE NUMBERS

1: OF Abby Sweet is one of the nation’s best at the plate, ranking among the top not only in the ACC, but across Division I softball. Sweet’s .477 avg. leads the ACC and ranks 12th in the nation, while her 51 total hits are first in the ACC and tied for 14th in the nation. She is also the toughest player to strike out in the ACC, striking out just five times on 107 at-bats. Sweet ties for the conference lead in doubles (13, T-10th nationally), and leads the ACC in total bases (85, 39th nationally) and on-base percentage (0.545, 29th nationally).

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

2: The Irish boast two of the ACC’s Top 4 individual batters. OF Abby Sweet (.477) ranks first, and OF Emma Clark is tied for third (.413). Sweet leads the ACC in hits (51), while Clark ranks tied for fourth with 45 hits.

2: For the first time in program history, the Irish have two graduate students on the roster. IF Katie Marino and IF Chelsea Purcell each took advantage of the NCAA’s extra year afforded to student-athletes in 2020.

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

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

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

3/13: The ACC’s top batter, OF Abby Sweet has led the conference in batting average since March 13, 2021 (six-straight weeks).

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

4: Through this point in the season, Notre Dame has faced four teams that were either ranked or receiving votes at the time of those games (Alabama, Duke, Liberty and Florida State). Notre Dame was the first team to hand Duke a loss in 2021 (Feb. 20), and was the only loss on the Blue Devils’ record until March 27. The Irish are also set to face Virginia Tech, who is currently ranked No. 15/13.

5: Notre Dame ranks in the ACC’s Top 5 in team batting average and pitching. The Irish are third in the conference with a collective .302 batting avg., while they rank fifth in the conference with a 2.38 ERA.

6: IF Katie Marino led the Irish to the sweep of Virginia, batting .455 and totaling 6 RBI, while also being an impressive force in the field with 10 putouts and 10 assists on the weekend. She hit two solo home runs, one of which came in the eventual 3-2 win over the Cavaliers. In that win, with the Irish and Cavaliers tied 2-2 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Marino drew a walk, the last pitch of which was wild, allowing Abby Sweet to speed home for the win.

12: Irish pitchers are dangerous in the batter’s box, totaling 12 extra-base hits on the season. P Payton Tidd has hit eight extra-base balls this season, with five doubles and three home runs, accumulating 10 RBI on 11 total hits. She was named Honorable Mention for the Nation’s Best Hitting Pitchers by Justin’s World of Softball. P Alexis Holloway has also made a significant mark at the plate, hitting two doubles and two home runs, along with two singles, and totaling nine RBI on the season.

14: The Irish have won 14-straight games at home, beginning with a four-game win streak to end the 2019 home slate, as the Irish did not play a home game in 2020. The streak began with an April 13, 2019 win over NC State and extends to the present. Seven of those 14 wins have comes as part of two ACC series sweeps: vs. NC State (March 24-26) and vs. Virginia (April 16-18).

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

64: IF Chelsea Purcell, currently in her fifth season (graduate student), leads the team in defensive assists with 64. Seeing most action at shortstop in her four previous seasons, she made the switch to third base in 2021 and has made a significant mark in the infield.

IUPUI SOFTBALL: SOFTBALL TAKES ON NORTHERN KENTUCKY IN WEEKND ROAD SERIES

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – IUPUI softball will travel to Northern Kentucky for four games against the Norse over the weekend. Due to the weather forecast the series will have doubleheaders on both Friday (April 23) and Sunday (April 25).

IUPUI JAGUARS (10-23, 8-15 Horizon) at NORTHERN KENTUCKY NORSE (9-21, 8-14 Horizon)

Friday, April 23 // 12 p.m. DH // Live Stats

Sunday, April 25 // 12 p.m. DH // Live Stats

QUICK HITTERS

IUPUI is coming off of a win in its last game, beating Robert Morris 5-4. The Jags entered the seventh inning down 4-1 but a three-run home run from Maicey Bedrick tied the game. With the bases loaded, Morgan Gilbert, celebrating her birthday, drove home the winning run with a single up the middle.

With the win, IUPUI is now 3-4 in its last seven games after a six-game losing streak.

The top two bats in the lineup are freshman for IUPUI with Lauren Youngblood leading the way at .290 and Morgan Gilbert just behind at .283. Jordan Barnes is hitting .321 on the season but has not played in enough games to qualify.

Jaida Speth is riding a four-game hitting streak, including a 2-for-3 day at the plate in the last game against the Colonials. Speth has increased her average to .253 on the season and is second on the team with 22 hits.

Jennah Speth is tops on the team with five home runs and 18 walks. Her 13 RBI are second on the team behind Bedrick, who has 14.

Gilbert leads the team with a five-game hitting streak. Abbey Haas has the longest current reached base streak at eight. Haas is now hitting .260 on the season with nine RBI.

Jennah Speth is leading the team with a 3.32 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 95 innings pitched. Speth is tied with Lexi Lucas at five wins. Lucas holds a 3.54 ERA and has allowed just 11 walks in 104.2 innings.

IUPUI IN THE HORIZON

Jennah Speth (18) and Hailey Pop (17) sit first and second in the Horizon League in walks drawn. Rachael Gregory is tied for sixth at 14.

Morgan Gilbert is second in the league with 15 stolen bases on the season. Lauren Youngblood is fifth with nine.

Speth is currently second in the league with 81 strikeouts and Lucas is ninth in the league with 58.

SCOUTING NORTHERN KENTUCKY

The Norse come in to the game with a record of 9-12 overall and 8-14 in Horizon League play. NKU split a four-game series against Purdue Fort Wayne last weekend, dropping the final contest of the series 3-1.

Kendyl McKeough is leading the Norse lineup with a .321 batting average and is second on the team with six home runs. McKeough is tied for the team lead with 22 RBI.

Ava Lawson leads the team with seven home runs and three triples. She is tied for the team lead with 22 RBI and four doubles while hitting .291 on the year.

In the circle, Faith Howard holds a 2.15 EAR in 45.2 innings pitched. Lauryn Hicks leads the team with a 5-9 record, 80 strikeouts and 69.0 innings pitched while holding a 3.86 ERA.

ALL-TIME vs NKU

IUPUI is 10-3 all-time against Northern Kentucky but dropped the last meeting against the Norse, a 3-1 loss in the 2019 Horizon League Championship. Before the loss, IUPUI had won five-straight meetings with Northern Kentucky, including all three meetings on the road in 2019.

OHIO STATE SOFTBALL: Buckeyes Back at Home for Weekend Series vs. Rutgers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team returns home to Buckeye Field this weekend for a four-game series against Rutgers. The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights meet for a doubleheader on Friday with single games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

The Weekend Ahead

Friday: Rutgers at Ohio State (Gm. 1) // 3:30 p.m. // Buckeye Field // Columbus, Ohio

Live Stats // Live Video (BTN Plus) // Twitter Updates

Friday: Rutgers at Ohio State (Gm. 2) // 6 p.m. // Buckeye Field // Columbus, Ohio

Live Stats // Live Video (BTN Plus) // Twitter Updates

Saturday: Rutgers at Ohio State // Noon // Buckeye Field // Columbus, Ohio

Live Stats // Live Video (BTN Plus) // Twitter Updates

Sunday: Rutgers at Ohio State // Noon // Buckeye Field // Columbus, Ohio

Live Stats // Live Video (BTN Plus) // Twitter Updates

Briefly on the Buckeyes

Ohio State is 14-13 on the season following four games last weekend at Indiana.

This will be the third of four home weekend series for the Scarlet and Gray. Their final one is scheduled for May 14-16 vs. Michigan State.

Sophomores Mariah Rodriguez and Tegan Cortelletti are the two regular starters batting over .300 thus far. Rodriguez’s .351 average ranks 12th best in the Big Ten.

Cortelletti checks in with a .337 average, good for No. 17 in the Big Ten. Her 31 hits are seventh-most in the league.

Pitchers Payton Buresch and Allison Smith both have seven wins on the season.

Buresch’s 2.09 earned-run average ranks No. 11 in the conference.

Smith’s seven wins are the most of any freshman pitcher in the league.

History vs. Rutgers

Since Ohio State and Rutgers started playing annually in 2015, the Buckeyes own a 14-2 record against the Scarlet Knights.

The two teams have played three times every year (minus the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign) with the exception of 2016, when they met four times (three regular season games, once in the Big Ten Tournament).

The Last 10 Games

Over the last 10 games – which includes two contests vs. Penn State and four each vs. Michigan and Indiana – Mariah Rodriguez is batting .414 with 12 hits in 29 at-bats. She’s added three doubles.

Six of Sam Hackenbracht’s team-leading seven home runs have come during the current stretch. She’s also driven in 12 runners.

Buckeyes batters have collected 19 extra base hits in the last 10 games: 10 home runs, two triples and seven doubles.

This and That

Thirteen of Ohio State’s 27 games have been decided by one or two runs. The Buckeyes are 9-4 in those contests.

The Buckeyes have held their opponents to two or fewer runs 11 times so far this season.

Sam Hackenbracht has a team-best 1.032 OPS on the season (on-base + slugging percentage). Over the last 10 games, she’s checked in with a 1.371 OPS.

Mariah Rodriguez has at least one hit in seven of the last 10 games with four multi-hit games.

Payton Buresch has given up two or less earned runs in 11 of her 14 starts.

Ohio State leads the Big Ten in double plays turned with 14.

INDIANA TRACK: IUTF Heads To Illinois For Fighting Illini Big Ten Relays

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

Last Time Out: Split Weekend

The Hoosiers split up this past weekend to compete at the Husker B1G Invite and the Big Ten Indiana Invite No. 3. Bailey Hertenstein highlighted the weekend by breaking the school record in the 5000m. In a sprint to the finish Hertenstein blew past her competitor to take the crown and a time of 15:38.01. Her time was also the facility record. Khayla Dawson also shined at the Big Ten Indiana Invite No. 3 by heaving a distance of 17.93m (58′ 10″) in the shot put and 53.56m (175′ 8″) in the discus. She won the shot put and came in third in the discus event. Her mark in the discus was a personal best by the senior.

Down in Prairie View, Texas at the Husker B1G Invite, Hope Purcell set a personal record in the heptathlon with 5, 182 points. She finished fourth in the event. Alyssa Robinson also saw a personal best with her time of 23.77 in the 200m. Robinson went on to take silver. Leah Moran won the triple jump for the fourth consecutive meet with a mark of 12.99m (42′ 7.5″).

Hertenstein Honored

Bailey Hertenstein was awarded her first career Big Ten Women’s Track Athlete of the Week honor on Wednesday afternoon. She earned it with her school record breaking performance at the Big Ten Indiana Invite No. 3.

Hoosiers in the NCAA Top-32

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

Men

Shaton Vaughn (15th) – 400mH; 51.28

Ben Veatch (26th) – 5000m; 13:52.44

Rikkoi Brathwaite (28th) – 100m; 10.38

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

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

Brock Mammoser (20th) – Pole Vault; 5.15m

Logan Targgart (32nd) – Hammer Throw; 62.10m

Women

Bailey Hertenstein (4th) – 5000m; 15:38.01

Bailey Hertenstein (8th) – 1500m; 4:14.73

Kelsey Harris (10th) – 800m; 2:04.37

Kelsey Harris (12th) – 1500m; 4:16.13

Alyssa Robinson (24th) – 400m; 54.11

Sarah Schmitt (26th) – 10000m; 34:56.69

Khayla Dawson (2nd) – Shot Put; 17.93m

Maddy Pollard (4th) – Shot Put; 17.33m

Leah Moran (8th) – Triple Jump; 13.25m

Leah Moran (9th) – Long Jump; 6.39m

Anna Watson (10th) – Pole Vault; 4.20m

Khayla Dawson (16th) – Discus; 53.56m

Hope Purcell (17th) – Heptathlon; 5,182 points

Maddy Pollard (27th) – Discus; 51.92m

Women Ranked

The USTFCCCA came out with their national rankings and the Indiana women moved up one spot to No. 23 in the country.

In The Hunt

The USTFCCCA announced their mid-season program of the year watchlist on Monday afternoon. The Indiana Men currently sit in sixth as they shift to the outdoor slate.

INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF: Hoosiers Set for Big Ten Championship

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MAINEVILLE, Ohio – Indiana Women’s Golf travels to TPC River’s Bend this weekend for the 2021 Big Ten Championship. The tournament will feature one round each day and tee off on Friday morning.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

April 23-25

TPC River’s Bend • Maineville, Ohio

Par 72 • 6,300 yards

Live scoring via Golfstat

TEAMS COMPETING (13)

No. 41 Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, No. 19 Maryland, No. 25 Michigan, No. 38 Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, No. 30 Northwestern, Penn State, No. 42 Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin

INDIANA LINEUP

Valerie Clancy (So.; 78.00)

Mary Parsons (Sr.; 74.08)

Hanna Tanaka (So.; 79.33)

Angela Aung (Sr.; 77.16)

Morgan Dabagia (Fr.; 79.83)

Maddie Dittoe (Jr.; 84.00)

(career scoring average)

TOURNAMENT NOTES

• The format for the tournament is six-count-four with the four best scores counting for the team.

• The field will begin off of split tees on Friday, with Indiana’s lineup going off of No. 10 beginning at 8:57 a.m. The Hoosiers will be paired with Rutgers on the first day, who they were also paired with in last week’s Indiana Invitational.

• All Big Ten schools also participated in the Indiana Invitational, with Maryland pacing the Big Ten pack with a second-place finish. Ohio State will not be competing in the Big Ten Championship.

• Included in the field are six teams ranked in Golfstat’s Top-50 and two in the Top-25.

• This marks the fourth straight season the event will be played in Maineville, not counting last season’s canceled tournament. The Hoosiers finished tied for second place in the 2019 Big Ten Championship with Erin Harper placing third.

Tournament No. 1 Recap – Palmetto Intercollegiate

Indiana opened the season at the Palmetto Intercollegiate Feb. 21-22. Senior Mary Parsons led the way for Indiana as she finished 24th. It marked her 15th career top-25 finish. It marked the first time junior Maddie Dittoe has played in a team event.

Tournament No. 2 Recap – Briar’s Creek Invitational

The Hoosiers visited the Golf Club at Briar’s Creek March 15-16. Sophomore Valerie Clancy finished tied for 57th. Senior Angela Aung’s second round score of 72 was the best for a Hoosier in the event.

Tournament No. 3 Recap – Clemson Invitational

Indiana wrapped up its string of three-straight tournaments in South Carolina at last week’s Clemson Invitational. Mary Parsons led the way as she finished tied for 14th, marking her first top-15 finish in a three-round event since the 2019 Briar’s Creek Invitational.

Tournament No. 4 Recap – Indiana Spring Challenge

IU came back to the Hoosier State for the Indiana Spring Challenge April 4-5 at Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg, Ind. Senior Angela Aung led the way for Indiana as she tied for ninth place. Sophomore Hanna Tanaka also finished in the top-15 as she tied for 15th place.

Tournament No. 5 Recap – Indiana Invitational

The Hoosiers made their competitive debut at The Pfau Course last weekend. IU put together its best round on the final day, improving by nine strokes. Parsons carded a 1-under 71 in the last round, moving up 18 spots to finish tied for 42nd.  Clancy earned the best finish for Indiana as she tied for 38th.

PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF: Women’s Golf Off to Big Ten Championship

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The women’s golf team will take on its conference rivals at the Big Ten Championship beginning on Friday. The Boilermakers are coming off an eighth-place finish at the Indiana Invitational last weekend in which they teed it up against all 13 fellow Big Ten schools. Sophomores Sifat Sagoo and Kan Bunnabodee each recorded their first top 10 finishes of the season in Bloomington, placing sixth and eighth, respectively. Sagoo shot an even-par 216 over 54 holes, while Bunnabodee was a stroke behind her with a 1-over 217.

Four of the six Boilermakers (Bunnabodee, freshman Ashley Kozlowski, junior Thitapa Pakdeesettakul and Sagoo) will be participating in their first Big Ten Championship. Senior Inez Wanamarta is taking part in her third, having finished in a tie for 18th in 2019 and a tie for 12th in 2018. Junior Danielle du Toit tied for 22nd in her lone conference tournament in 2019.

Purdue finished in a tie for second at the last Big Ten Championship in 2019 with departed Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri sharing individual medalist honors with a 6-under two-round score of 138.

THE FIELD (Rankings via Golfstat)

Maryland (19)

Michigan (25)

Northwestern (30)

Michigan State (38)

Illinois (41)

Purdue (42)

Nebraska (55)

Ohio State (62)

Penn State (72)

Minnesota (74)

Iowa (84)

Wisconsin (85)

Rutgers (116)

Indiana (147)

PURDUE LINEUP

Kan Bunnabodee, Sophomore

Appearing in her seventh tournament of the season.

Coming off her first top 10 finish of the season at the Indiana Invitational.

Shot a 1-over 217 in Bloomington to tie for 8th.

Averaging 73.83 shots per round this season with four rounds of par or better.

Low 18-hole score of year is a 5-under 67 at the ICON Invitational.

Low 54-hole score on the season is an even-par 216 at the ICON Invitational.

Danielle du Toit, Junior

Appearing in her fifth tournament of the year.

Recorded a 54-hole score of 3-over 219 in her lone Big Ten Championship appearance to finish in a tie for 22nd in 2019.

Shot a season-low 2-over 218 at the ICON Invitational playing as an individual.

Low 18-hole score of the year is a 1-under 71 at the ICON Invitational.

Has a career average of 73.90 in 23 collegiate events.

Ashley Kozlowski, Freshman

Making her fourth collegiate appearance.

Low 18-hole score of the year is a 1-under 71 at the ICON Invitational.

Thitapa Pakdeesettakul, Junior

Appearing in her seventh tournament of the year.

Is averaging 73.83 strokes per round in 2021.

Has posted three top 20 finishes this season individually.

Has shot par or better a team-high six times in 2021.

Low 18-hole score of the year is a 5-under 67 at the ICON Invitational.

Low 54-hole score also was at the ICON Invitational with a 3-under 213.

Sifat Sagoo, Sophomore

Appearing in her seventh event of the season.

Coming off a sixth-place finish at the Indiana Invitational.

Shot an even-par 216 in Bloomington over three rounds.

Has shot par or better four times this season.

Low 18-hole score of the year is 2-under 70 at the Indiana Invitational.

Is averaging 73.24 strokes per round in her career at Purdue.

Inez Wanamarta, Senior

Is making her fifth appearance of the season.

Playing in the Big Ten Championship for the third time in her career.

Top finish in the conference tournament is a tie for 12th as a freshman in 2018 with a three-round to of 1-under 215.

Has four rounds of par or better this season and 27 in her collegiate career.

Low 54-hole score of the season is 2-over 218 at the Valspar Invitational.

Low 18-hole score this year is 2-under 70 at the ICON Invitational.

THE COURSE

TPC River’s Bend will play home to the Big Ten Championships for the fourth time. Named by Golf Digest among the “Top 10 Best New Private Clubs in the U.S.” after it opened in 2001, the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course has continued to amaze. TPC River’s Bend has also been recognized as one of Ohio’s Best Courses in State by Golf Digest in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016. TPC River’s Bend has previously hosted the Web.com Tour’s Chiquita Classic, the PGA TOUR Champions Kroger Classic, and the Junior PGA Championship. The course will play 6.300 yards, par-72.

WEATHER FORECAST

Friday, April 23 – High of 61, cloudy skies early, then partly sunny in the afternoon, winds SSW 9 MPH.

Saturday, April 24 – High of 57, rain expected most of the day, chance of showers is 84 percent, winds SE 9 MPH.

Sunday, April 25 – High of 61, sunshine and clouds mixed, winds NW 10 MPH.

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY

The Boilermakers have a tradition of successes at the Big Ten Championships, owning six team conference titles and nine individual medalists in the 38-year history of the event. Purdue last won a team title in 2013, while Ida Ayu Indira Melati Putri was the Boilermakers’ last individual champion, topping the field in 2019. The Boilermakers have finished second and sixth twice the three Big Ten Championships played at TPC River’s Bend, and prior to that posted back-to-back third-place efforts at The Fort in Indianapolis.

TEE TIMES

Friday, April 23 – Purdue will begin teeing off at 9:24 a.m. ET

Saturday, April 24 – TBA

Sunday, April 25 – TBA

BUTLER WOMEN’S GOLF: Butler Golf Ready to Tee it Up at 2021 BIG EAST Women’s Championship

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The Bulldogs will head to Florida to compete in this weekend’s BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP. The event will be played at the Club at Gateway in Ft. Myers, Fla.  The Championship, which will be held April 23-25, is scheduled for 54 holes over three days.

The BIG EAST will crown a team champion, which earns an automatic berth to the 2021 NCAA Championship.  The individual champion also receives an NCAA Championship invitation.  The BIG EAST competition is scheduled to begin each day at 8 a.m. ET.  Immediately following the women’s championship on Sunday, the BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP will be held at Streamsong in Bowling Green, Fla., April 26-28.

The last four championships have been played at the Callawassie Island Golf Club in South Carolina, and the event will potentially return to that course in future years. This is the first time that the BIG EAST title has been awarded at the Club at Gateway.

Friday’s first-round threesomes will be determined by team and player seedings, while Saturday’s and Sunday’s groupings are assembled from the previous day’s leaderboard. Six BIG EAST schools participate in women’s golf: Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Xavier.    

Butler has received contributions from a number of players this spring.  Junior Claire Edwards and senior Ally Ross have been the leaders.  Edwards has a pair of top-five finishes and Ross has been among the top six in four of five tournaments this spring.  Edwards has an average score of 76.17 while Ross is at 76.25.

Graduate student Rayna Oosterhuis earned medalist honors at the Lady Jaguar Invitational last week, helping the Bulldogs to the team title. Butler enjoyed three other top-five finishes in five tournaments played this spring.

Coach Christie Cates will field a line-up of those three Bulldogs in addition to seniors Megan Skoog and Katelyn Le.

Xavier is the defending team champion, claiming the championship in 2019 as the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Xavier graduate student Mikayla Fitzpatrick is the returning BIG EAST Championship medalist after winning the 2019 competition by nine strokes with an even-par 216. Seton Hall’s Lizzie Win was the individual runner-up in 2019 and has two other top-10 Championship finishes in her career.

The Championship may be a little harder to predict since schools played lighter schedules due to COVID precautions. Georgetown will participate in the Championship despite not playing in any events in the spring season. The Hoyas have finished first or second in each of the past six years, taking the conference crown in 2018 and 2017.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S GOLF: Women’s Golf Carrying Momentum into MAC Championships

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If momentum is an indicator, the Ball State women’s golf team is in good position heading into this weekend’s MAC Championships.

The Cardinals comfortably defeated a field heavy on MAC teams in their last outing to win Bowling Green’s Dolores Black Falcon Invitational by 10 strokes.

They beat seven of the nine teams they will see this weekend at Silver Lake Country Club in Stow, Ohio. The only MAC teams not in that field at Bowling Green were Northern Illinois and perennial league favorite Kent State.

BSU will look to build on that success when the league championships get underway Friday with 36 holes at Silver Lake. The final 18 holes will be played Saturday.

Ball State has had a quality spring in this shortened season, including the team’s school-record performance a month ago at the Spring Break Shootout. Junior Hadley Moritz and senior Liz Kim have led the way. Their scoring averages of 75.07 and 75.29, respectively, would rank among the top 5 single seasons in program history.

They are joined the lineup by juniors Morgan Lewis and Elizabeth Amendola and freshman Kiah Parrott. Lewis provides another veteran presence as a player who has competed in every event over her first three years, while Amendola has gained some experience with a pair of starts this season, including in last week’s victory at Stone Ridge Golf Club.

Parrott has had one of the top rookie seasons in the league. Her 76.14 scoring average is on pace to be the best ever for a BSU freshman.

Ball State is eager to compete this weekend in an event that was wiped away last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kim, Moritz and Lewis were all in the lineup two years ago when the Cardinals finished fourth at Purgatory in Noblesville for their best MAC result since 2013.

That trio also has some experience at Silver Lake, having played an event there in the fall of 2019. Kim led the way that week with a tie for ninth, as the Cardinals finished third as a team.

Moritz was the team’s top finisher in the most recent MAC Championships with a tie for 11th at Purgatory and is coming off a sixth-place result to lead the way last week at the Falcon Invite. She and Kim have both finished in the top 25 in four of five tournaments this spring.

The Cardinals and every other team in the field this weekend are hoping to chase down Kent State. The Golden Flashes have won all 21 previous MAC Championships and enter this year’s tournament as the 13th-ranked team in the country.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Waddell Becomes Third Member of Highly-Regarded Class

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter has announced that Brian Waddell has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Boilermakers for the Class of 2021.

“We’re really excited to add Brian to our signing class,” Painter said. “He played at a great high school program and is someone that I have followed throughout his high school career. He’s just a winner. He can guard people, has good size, has good length, can rebound and really competes. He’s really worked on his shot and his efficiency is off the charts. Brian is just a good all-around basketball player who will help us win a lot of games here.”

Purdue’s class is ranked among the nation’s top-25 classes in all major recruiting services, boasting three in-state signees. Waddell joins Indiana’s Mr. Basketball and its runner up in Caleb Furst and Trey Kaufman-Renn as the newest members of the program.

BRIAN WADDELL / FORWARD / 6-7 / 175 / CARMEL, INDIANA / CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL

An under-the-radar recruit, Waddell had an outstanding scholastic career at Carmel High School, leading the Greyhounds to a pair of Indiana Class 4A state titles (2019, 2021).

Was named to the Indiana All-Star Team following his senior season.

Averaged 15.8 points and 6.4 rebounds as a senior.

Shot 60.7 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from 3-point range and 85.5 percent from the free throw line as a senior.

Carmel was 26-2 in 2020-21 and defeated Lawrence North in the state title game. Waddell scored 20 points with 10 rebounds in the title game.

Father, Matt, was a teammate of Matt Painter at Purdue and helped the Boilermakers to NCAA Tournaments in 1993, 1994 and 1995, while winning Big Ten titles in 1994 and 1995. Scored 1,170 points and dished out 460 assists during his career.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Johnson to Join Boilermaker Coaching Staff

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter has announced that Terry Johnson will join the Boilermaker coaching staff.

Johnson comes to Purdue after a successful stint as an assistant coach at Ohio State. In his four years at Ohio State, Johnson has helped transform the Buckeyes into a national power on the court while serving as an outstanding recruiter in Columbus.

“My family and I are excited to be here. Being from Anderson, Indiana, I have known Coach Painter for a long time and have been watching the program for a long time. I’m really looking forward to join a great university and continue and enhance the success this program has had,” Johnson said.

“Terry comes to Purdue with a wealth of experience at successful basketball programs,” Painter said. “He has had success at both Butler and Ohio State on the floor and in recruiting high-quality student-athletes. He will be a very welcome addition to our program, and we are excited to welcome Terry and his family to Purdue.”

During his four seasons at Ohio State, Johnson helped the Buckeyes to an 87-44 record during the span, while reaching three NCAA Tournaments, including second-round appearances in 2018 and 2019 and a No. 2 seed in the 2021 tournament and making the Big Ten Tournament title game in March.

This past season, the Buckeyes were ranked as high as No. 4 nationally before ending the season ranked No. 7 in the final AP Top 25 poll. Ohio State finished with a 21-10 record that included nine Quad-1 victories and wins over Final Four participant UCLA and NCAA Tournament teams Rutgers (2), Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament. He was instrumental in the development of First-Team All-Big Ten selection E.J. Liddell, and the Buckeyes boasted the fourth-most efficient offense in America.

In his first year in Columbus, Ohio State finished the 2018 season with a 25-9 overall record. The Buckeyes recorded a 15-3 Big Ten Conference regular-season record to help the Buckeyes to a second-place finish in the league standings.

Ohio State completed the 2018-19 campaign with another 20-win season and a second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament Second Round after a defeat of Iowa State in the NCAA First Round game in Tulsa.

Heading into the 2020 Big Ten Tournament, which, along with the 2020 NCAA Tournament was canceled, the Buckeyes built an overall record of 21-10 with a league mark of 11-9, good enough for a tie for the No. 5 spot in the league standings. The Big Ten was considered the best league nationally and the toughest top-to-bottom in perhaps the history of the league in 2020, only to be outdone in 2021.

Johnson arrived in Columbus after 10 seasons as an assistant at Butler, where he helped the Bulldogs to eight NCAA Tournaments, including consecutive Final Fours in 2010 and 2011, four regular-season conference championships and three conference tournament titles. The Bulldogs ranked in the Top 25 nationally eight times in those 10 seasons, had seven players garner Academic All-America honors and sent two players to the NBA. In 2015, Johnson was invited to the Villa 7 Consortium, which brings together university athletics directors and the country’s elite assistant coaches in an effort to prepare the next generation of college basketball leaders.

Prior to assisting at Butler, Johnson spent the 2006-07 campaign as an assistant on Dane Fife’s staff at Purdue Fort Wayne and served as director of basketball operations at Butler for two seasons. Johnson also served in an administrative capacity at Auburn in 2003-04 and had stops as an assistant coach at Lincoln Trail Junior College, Indiana Tech and IPFW.

Johnson played both basketball and baseball at Lincoln Trail from 1992-94, where he was named all-conference in both sports and was named an honorable mention All-American in basketball. From there, he went to Lamar University and again played both sports from 1994-96, leading the basketball team in assists and steals two years in a row. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree from IPFW in 1998, earning all-conference, team MVP and Co-Male Athlete of the Year honors while playing baseball for the Mastodons. Johnson went on to play baseball professionally for the Tri-City Posse of the Western League for two years and the Anderson Lawmen of the Heartland League for another season. In addition, Johnson earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Western Kentucky in 2011.

BUTLER WOMEN’S TENNIS: Butler Tennis Advances to BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals With 4-0 Decision Over Seton Hall

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The Butler women’s tennis team will advance to the BIG EAST Quarterfinals after a 4-0 decision over No. 10 seed Seton Hall in the first round of matches in Cayce, S.C. on Thursday, April 22. Butler will face No. 2 seed DePaul in the next round.

The Bulldogs started the match with a slight advantage, winning the No. 3 doubles flight, along with the No. 5 and No. 6 singles by default.

Butler built on that advantage in doubles as Natalie Boesing/Lauren Marx won at the No. 1 flight to take the first point of the match. With two singles defaults, the Bulldogs went up 3-0, needing just one win between four individual flights to secure the match.

Delaney Schurhamer wasted no time securing the clincher, posting impressive 6-1 wins in straight sets. Natalie Boesing was also up one set to none in the top flight when Schurhamer closed out the win.

The Bulldogs will look to avenge a 2-4 loss to the Blue Demons from earlier this season. In the last meeting, Schurhamer and Sara Linn grabbed singles wins for Butler.

First serve with the Blue Demons is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday, April 23 at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center.

Butler 4, Seton Hall 0

Doubles

Natalie Boesing/Lauren Marx (BU) def. Arina Gumerova/Minja Gligic, 6-3

Aina Plana/Hiba El Khalifa (SHU) def. Delaney Schurhamer/Sara Linn, 6-3

Lauren Padgett/Veronika Bruetting (BU) won by default

Singles (Order of Finish: 2, 1)

Natalie Boesing (BU) leading Arina Gumerova (SHU), 6-4, 1-1 DNF

Minja Gligic (SHU) leading Lauren Padgett (BU), 6-4, 1-2 DNF

Delaney Schurhamer (BU) def. Aina Plana (SHU), 6-1, 6-1

Hiba El Khalifi (SHU) leading Sara Linn (BU), 6-4, 0-2 DNF

Hallie Leblebijian (BU) won by default

Lauren Marx (BU) won by default

INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Hounds, ‘Dogs Battle for GLVC Title Saturday Night

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INDIANAPOLIS – Division winners clash Saturday night at Key Stadium as East-Division-champ UIndy hosts Truman, the best of the West, in the first-ever GLVC Football Championship game.

The general public will not be allowed to attend the game Saturday. However, a total of 600 fans – 300 per team – will be permitted inside Key Stadium. Each school is required to provide a list of 300 names for will call; only those on the will call list will be allowed to purchase wristbands – sold as CASH ONLY for $10 to adults and $5 for students beginning at 6 p.m. The GLVC does not have the capability of selling wristbands in advance. There will be no complimentary admission/pass list for the game outside of University administration, as well as coaching staff spouses and children from both schools. Fans must be masked and practice social distancing while at the venue.

The game will be available to stream on the GLVC Sports Network – online; on the GLVCSN mobile app; and on OTT apps on Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV. Additionally, local Comcast subscribers can watch the game on Comcast Channel 81.

Saturday’s opponents have hooked up seven times in the all-time series – all since 2013 – with the Greyhounds winning all but one. Last season, the 17th-ranked Hounds capped its conference slate with a week-10 win against No. 23 Truman, 44-29, at Key Stadium.

UIndy will be looking for its seventh GLVC title since the league began sponsoring football in 2012, while Truman is in search of its second.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: Greyhounds Prepare for GLVC Tournament Weekend

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The No. 5 UIndy men’s soccer team (12-0-3, 11-0-3 GLVC) made their way through the 2020 GLVC Men’s Soccer Quarterfinal round earlier this week, taking down Illinois Springfield this last Monday night on a score of 1-0. Three days later, the Greyhounds have packed their bags and made their way out west, now looking to take on the fourth-seeded Lewis Flyers (9-5-1, 8-5-1) in the GLVC Semifinal and possibly hoist the championship trophy.

The two programs met up earlier in the regular season with the Hounds visiting Romeoville, Ill., on March 7. The Flyers were able to take a 1-0 lead after the end of the first half, but a second-half surge on offense propelled the Hounds into a 3-1 final result. Alejandro Steinwascher nailed not only the game-winning goal at the 65′ mark, but less than 90 seconds later was able to knock another shot in the back of the net from a beautiful cross by Michael Tselios. The Hounds totaled nine shots in the second half alone compared to the zero shots they allowed from Lewis’ offense, providing perfect defense for the back 45 minutes of the contest.

The Greyhounds have boasted one of the more impressive defense lineups in Division II, ranking inside the nation’s top-10 in several categories. The Hounds currently sit as a top-four team in goals against average, only allowing a mere 0.32 goals per contest. Their 67 percent shutout percentage throws that number way down, rounding out the nation’s top five as the fifth spot in shutout percentage. The team’s goalkeepers have amounted to a consistent performance as the protectors, holding slightly above an 85 percent save percentage to sit as the seventh-best program in the nation in that statistical category. Dimitrios Karousos not only sits as the top goalkeeper in shutouts so far this season, but also ranks as the top goalie in Division II in minutes played during the season.

The Hounds’ offense has been equally impressive in Division II with UIndy being the fifth-best team in the nation in total points. As the fourth-ranked team in assists and fifth-ranked program in goals, the Greyhounds have controlled both ends of the field consistently throughout the season. Steinwascher has sat as one of the top offensive weapons in Division II. The 2020 GLVC Offensive Player of the Year leads the nation in game-winning goals, his five game-winning scores leading into his nine goals for the third-place spot. Jakub Olczyk filled the role mid-season as the Greyhounds’ top passer and delivered on that duty, ranking up to the fifth-best assist man in Division II. Olczyk found six openings for his teammates throughout the regular season.

If UIndy moves past the Flyers in the GLVC Semifinal, the Hounds will face off against either Maryville or Quincy in the GLVC Championship game. The Hounds will take on Lewis on Friday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m., making their way to Lindenwood for the contest in St. Charles, Mo.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: Men’s Soccer Snags 14 GLVC Honors

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INDIANAPOLIS – Upon earning the No. 1 seed in the 2021 Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament and taking down Illinois Springfield in the semifinal round on Monday night, the No. 5-ranked UIndy men’s soccer team (12-0-3, 11-0-3 GLVC) was awarded a plethora of postseason honors for the conference, the league announced on Monday. The Greyhounds totaled three major postseason honors, 10 All-GLVC team honors and a James R. Spalding Sportsmanship nomination.

Head Coach John Higgins led his program in their 11th season together to a GLVC regular season title, earning GLVC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career as the head honcho for the Hounds. Higgins placed a league-high 10 student-athletes on All-GLVC teams in the 2020 spring season after a historic undefeated regular season.

Alejandro Steinwascher became the first Greyhound to win GLVC Offensive Player of the Tear since Ngwese Ebangwese earned the title in the 2013 season. The former GLVC Co-Freshman of the Year tallied 20 points in the spring season, scoring nine goals in 13 contests. The junior had a handful of multi-point games throughout the season, including three against Southern Indiana (March 28) and Truman (March 19).

Makel Rasheed walked away this season with not only a GLVC Defensive Player of the Week honor this season, but now puts the pride of being the first UIndy Greyhound to earn GLVC Defensive Player of the Year. The Rockville, Md., native led a team to 10 shutouts in the team’s 14 games in the regular season, while also touching on eight points in three goals and a pair of assists.

The Greyhounds posted a league-high five student-athletes on the All-GLVC First Team; placing them on the attack, the midfield and the back. The offensive and defensive players of the year earned the first two spots for UIndy while Cole Rainwater (forward) and Jeremy Fetchtman (midfield) took two more slots for First Team Allocates. Senior Dimitrios Karousos earned the title as the All-GLVC First Team goalkeeper for the 2020 spring season. The Athens, Greece native posted a Division-II leading seven shutouts during the regular season.

Three Hounds made their way onto the All-GLVC Second Team this season, including Vincent Stone, Mason Stearn and UIndy’s assist-leader Jakub Olczyk. The Greyhounds had two more student-athletes reach the All-GLVC Third Team, junior Kendall Allen and freshman Eli Dulle sitting among the list of honorees.

The league also recognized 15 GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award honorees; one for each program in the conference. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior during the 2020 spring season. These individuals must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Senior Mathias Skjeseth was selected as the Greyhounds’ nomination for the season. The Oslo, Norway native stepped up for the Greyhounds in starting the final eight contests of the regular season as one of the team’s backs. The honorees are now eligible to become one of their school’s two Spalding Sportsmanship Award winners, which will be announced at the end of the academic year.

The Greyhounds will take their validation from the conference to continue to motivate them for Friday’s GLVC Semifinal. The Hounds face a rematch with the Lewis Flyers (9-5-1, 8-5-1) at St. Charles, Mo., on Lindenwood’s campus. The contest kicks off at 2:30 p.m. with the winner moving on to the 2021 GLVC Men’s Soccer Championship game.

GLVC MEN’S SOCCER ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS & POSTSEASON HONORS

GLVC Offensive Player of the Year:  Alex Steinwascher, F, Jr., Indianapolis

GLVC Defensive Player of the Year:  Makel Rasheed, D, So., Indianapolis

GLVC Freshman of the Year:  Jayd Hamdaoua, F, Fr., Drury

GLVC Coach of the Year:  John Higgins, Indianapolis

FIRST TEAM

Alejandro Steinwascher *, Jr., F, UINDY

Jimmy Mwanga, Sr., F, LEWIS

Aubrey Reis, Sr., F, QU

Cole Rainwater, So., F, UINDY

Mirza Hasecic, Jr., MF, MU

Jeremy Fechtman, Sr., MF, UINDY

Domenic Baumann, Jr., MF, LEWIS

Makel Rasheed, So., D, UINDY

Iwan Webster, Sr., D, MU

Dom Riggio, Sr., D, MU

Dimitrios Karousos, Sr., GK, UINDY

* unanimous selection

SECOND TEAM

Zach Barton, So., F, USI

Ben Brodie, Sr., F, MU

Jayd Hamdaoua, Fr., F, DU

Tommy Naumann, So., MF, UMSL

Adem Hamadoua, So., MF, DU

Cedric Sengl, Jr., MF, MU

Mason Stearn, Jr., MF, UINDY

Josh Lewis-Evans, Sr., D, DU

Vincent Stone, Sr., D, UINDY

Jakub Olczyk, Sr., D, UINDY

Anton Mukhin, Sr., GK, UMSL

THIRD TEAM

Raul Artega, Sr., F, MCK

Jason Jorgensen, Jr., F, S&T

Cole Hayes, Jr., F, QU

Eddie Davis, Sr., MF, MCK

Eli Dulle, Fr., MF, UINDY

Alsadiq Hasan, So., MF, QU

Ricardo Andrade, Sr., MF, MU

Abdul Ganiyu-Iddrisu, Sr., D, LEWIS

Nick Schreiber, So., D, UMSL

Kendall Allen, Jr., D, UINDY

Pijus Petkevicius, Jr., GK, UIS

2020-2021 JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP NOMINEES

Trevor Cairns, DU

Marvin Zott, UIS

Mathias Skjeseth, UINDY

Matt Beaulieu, LEWIS

JOSE De GREGORIO, LWU

Andrew Schulz, MU

Brett Niedzwiecki, MCK

Andrew Heider, S&T

Kyle Coleman, UMSL

Kyle Swanner, QU

Victor Gonzalez, RU

Josef Winkler, USI

Jakob Stillwell Jr., SBU

Zac Nay, TS

Keaton Wiley, WJC

2020-2021 JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM AWARD

Missouri-St. Louis

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S SOCCER: Greyhounds Head To GLVC Semifinals

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INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in the Holly Cox era, the UIndy women’s soccer team is heading to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament semifinals. After defeating the seventh-seeded Truman Bulldogs in double overtime, 1-0, on Monday, the Hounds will face the third-seeded University of Southern Indiana on Friday in St. Charles, Mo., at 6 p.m. ET.

UIndy offensively has been led by Kiki Sauceda, who has posted three goals and three assists, while 2020-21 GLVC Defensive Player of the Year Dana Youssef has contributed two goals and been a playmaker with four assists – leading the Hounds. Taylor Peck has continued to be a force as well for the Hounds with suburb footwork, notching two goals and two assists.

The Greyhounds have been rotating goalkeepers throughout the season with Laura Shake, most recently Makaiah Haberkorn, as well as Sophia Saucerman, who leads UIndy with five wins in net while posting 21 saves.

UIndy has scored an average of 1.07 goals per game, while keeping its opponents held to 0.53 goals per game in the 2020-21 season. The Greyhounds have earned a shots on goal percentage of .436

SCOUTING THE SCREAGLES

In the last matchup between the Greyhounds and USI, the Hounds came out victorious, 2-1, on the Eagles’ home turf. After an early USI lead, the Hounds fought back in the second half and Hannah Gamble scored a last-minute game winner to take the win from the rival.

Southern Indana has been strong defensively by holding its opponents to only 0.53 goals per game, while scoring 2.13. The Eagles are led by Maggie Winter, who has posted 16 goals on the season off 42 shots and added seven assists. USI most recently took the over Rockhurst in the GLVC quarterfinals, 3-1.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S SOCCER: Youssef Earns Defensive Player of The Year; Hounds Earn Handful of GLVC Honors

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced their 2020-21 end of season awards on Thursday morning ahead of Friday’s conference semifinal games. The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team took home one major award with senior Dana Youssef being named GLVC Defensive Player of The Year, along with as a handful of all-GLVC recipients and a James R. Spalding Sportsmanship nominee as well.

Dana Youssef

Youssef was awarded the lone major award for the Greyhounds with Defensive Player of The Year, as well as being named All-GLVC first team. The senior has started in all 14 regular season games for the Greyhounds playing a total of 1,308 minutes.

“This is an unbelievable achievement and much deserved,” Added Head Coach Holly Cox. “Dana is a gritty player that works hard to be the best player she can be, she is an absolute pleasure to coach. She inspires her teammates to work harder, I’m so glad her work this season didn’t go unrecognized.”

 Youssef leads the Hounds in assists with four, second on the team in points with eight, and has posted a stellar 13 shots on goal off of 22 shots on the season, scoring two game winning goals. Youssef’s work on the field can’t simply be described through statistics, with Youusef being a defensive sparkplug for the Hounds and taking several teams out of their system which Is obvious to anyone who has had the privilege of watching her.

“Dana has been a rock in the back line all season,” Cox said. “She is the engine of our team, her teammates definitely look up to her.”

Taylor Peck

The Reining 2019 GLVC Offensive Player of the Year did not skip a beat in the 2020-21 season. Taylor Peck being awarded with All-GLVC First Team as well as picking up a James R. Spalding Sportsmanship nomination fits as well as a snug pair of shoes. Peck’s uncanny footwork and domination on the field have led the senior to start in all 14 regular season matches. Peck sits at second on the team with two goals scores, as well as two assists and 13 shots on goal. She has contributed six points to the Hounds thus far in the season.

“Taylor makes an impact in every game that she plays,” Cox mentioned. “She works so hard defensively for her teammates and scores important goals to help us win games.”

Sophia Saucerman

The returning 2019 GLVC Freshman of the Year earned second team honors in 2020-21. Having started in six out of the seven games she has played, Saucerman has still proved to be a force in the goal despite missing the second half of the season due to injury. The Catherdral graduate has faced earned four clean sheets on the season. Saucerman has allowed merely three goals in the 2020-21 season off of 57 shots faced. She has posted a wapping 21 saves.

“Huge testament to Sophia’s skill set as a goalkeeper,” Cox said. “She is very well deserving of this award and we are excited to get her back for next season.”

Kiki Sauceda

The first season Greyhound kicked off her time at UIndy with a bang, earning All-GLVC – third team honors. Sauceda has appeared in 13 of 14 regular season matches, and leads the Hounds in goals with three. The San Bernardino Valley College transfer has posted three assists, 11 shots on goal, and nine points in her first season in the Crimson and Grey.

“Kiki transferred in and made a huge impact immediately both on and off the field,” Cox added. “She works extremely hard and creates a lot of opportunities out of nothing.”

The Greyhounds continue their GLVC post-season battle on Friday against Southern Indiana.

2020-21 ALL-GLVC TEAMS & POSTSEASON HONOREES

Offensive Player of the Year: Jillian Leetch, Rockhurst

Defensive Player of the Year: Dana Youssef, UIndy

Co-Freshman of the Year: Maggie Weller, Lindenwood; Anna Stiffler, McKendree

Coach of the Year: Tim Strange, McKendree

All-GLVC FIRST TEAM

Alex Johnson, Sr., F, MU

Maggie Winter, Sr., F, USI

Morgan Beyer, Fr., F, USI

Jillian Leetch, Sr., MF, RU

Emma Knoebel, Jr., MF, MCK

Taylor Peck, Sr., MF, UINDY

Taylor McCormick, Sr., MF, USI

Dana Youssef, Sr., D, UINDY

Madelyne Juenger, Sr., D, USI

Danielle Knutson, Sr., D, MCK

Sam Blazek, Jr., GK, LWU

All-GLVC SECOND TEAM

Anna Stiffler, Fr., F, MCK

Maggie Weller, Fr., F, LWU

Faith Branson, Jr., F, TSU

Mandi Kaltwasser, Sr., MF, MU

Jill DiTusa, So., MF, USI

Alynnah O’Leary, Sr., MF, MCK

Lauren Crane, Jr., MF, QU

Jill Wipke, Jr., D, LWU

Greta Seal, So., D, RU

Paige Anderson, Jr., D, QU

Sophia Saucerman, So., GK, UINDY

Mercedes King, Jr., GK, MCK

*Extra Member Due to Tie

All-GLVC THIRD TEAM

Katlyn Andres, Jr., F, USI

Elsa Gonzalez, Fr., F, DU

Lexi Gentry, Fr., F, MU

Kiki Sauceda, Jr., F, UINDY

Bailey Bologna, Jr., MF, LWU

Mary Maloney, Sr., MF, QU

McKenna Leetch, Jr., MF, RU

Stacie Muehling, Sr., D, MU

Morgan Bova, So., D, MCK

Kaleigh Kastberg, So., D, LWU

Maya Etienne, So., GK, USI

2020-21 JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP NOMINEES

Katie Cole, DU

Maggie Joos, UIS

Taylor Peck, UINDY

Jamie Hansen, LEWIS

Sam Blazek, LWU

Stacie Muehling, MU

Danielle Knutson, MCK

Cameryn Boucher, S&T

Emily Hanewinkel, UMSL

Morgan Evans, QU

McKenna Leetch, RU

Taylor McCormick, USI

Samantha Crawford, SBU

Sydni Beeley, TSU

Kayla Crowder, WJC

2020-21 JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM AWARD

Missouri S&T

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S GOLF: Women’s Golf Looks to Defend GLVC Title

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INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 4-ranked University of Indianapolis women’s golf team begins postseason play this weekend, traveling to nearby Fishers, Ind., for the 2021 GLVC Championships. The three-day, 15-team tournament will be held at Hawthorns Golf and Country Club Friday through Sunday. Admission to the event is free.

The 22nd-annual event will feature a 54-hole format, with each day of competition consisting of 18 holes. The top five finishers at the event will be named All-GLVC, with the top finishing individual earning medalist honors. The remaining golf awards are determined by season results and a coaches vote.

The Hounds are on a remarkable run of winning eight straight GLVC title, with the COVID-19 pandemic the only thing breaking up their championship streak since 2012. UIndy paces the conference with 13 championships overall. Their 2019 title was one for the record books, posting a 53-stroke victory over Missouri-St. Louis for the largest margin of victory in conference history.

UIndy’s 2020-21 campaign has seen six tournament victories thus far.  The only tournament that they didn’t place first was the Emerald Coast Classic (March 14-15), where the Hounds saw their decade-long GLVC unbeaten streak come to end at the hands of Missouri-St. Louis.

Senior Pilar Echeverria looks to defend her individual title after capturing her first GLVC medal in 2019 with a score of 223 (76-74-73). She was the fourth-straight Hounds to take home the individual title and the eighth overall. Echeverria is a four-time First Team All-American and the two-time reigning DII Player of the Year while also being the first ever four-time GLVC Player of the Year (2017-20).

OHIO STATE VOLLEYBALL: EMILY LONDOT EARNS AVCA NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emily Londot has capped off an impressive rookie season by being selected as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Freshman of the Year, the organization announced Thursday.

Londot is just the second Buckeye in program history to earn this distinction, following in the footsteps of Stacey Gordon, who achieved the feat in 2001. She also picked up her first All-American laurel on Wednesday with a spot on the second team.

The Utica, Ohio, native was named AVCA Northeast Region Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year for her inaugural season in Scarlet & Gray. She led the Buckeyes and the Big Ten freshman class with 4.07 kills per set and 371 points to earn unanimous first team All-Big Ten and all-freshman team honors. The AVCA All-Region selection tallied nine double-doubles, including four straight to close out the season. Londot recorded double figures in kills in all 20 matches and had at least 20 kills on six occasions. She finished second on the team in blocks (72) and third in digs (175).

All-River States Conference Men’s Tennis Teams & Awards unveiled at RSC Championship

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — The 2021 All-River States Conference Men’s Tennis Teams & Awards were unveiled Thursday night from the Top Seed Tennis Club. On the eve of the RSC Men’s Tennis Championship, the All-RSC First & Second Teams, the RSC Men’s Tennis Champions of Character Team and the individual awards were handed out.

Asbury (Ky.) University, the RSC regular-season champion and tournament No. 1 seed headlined the awardees. Choopat Suvimolstean was named the RSC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year. Teammate Gregorio Ingles was voted RSC Men’s Tennis Newcomer of the Year and joined Suvimolstean on the six-player All-RSC First Team.

Asbury head coach Jarred Miller was voted RSC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year. That was after leading the Eagles to another conference regular season title at 6-0 RSC and the tournament No. 1 seed. Asbury is 8-1 overall. The Asbury team was also recognized on Thursday night for its regular-season championship. 

Suvimolstean led the All-RSC First Team posting a record of 16-2 on the year. That was an even record of 8-1 in both singles and doubles for the senior from Bangkok, Thailand. Ingles, a sophomore from Valencia, Spain, piled up a record of 17-1 overall — 9-0 singles and 8-1 doubles — in his first year in the conference. 

The All-RSC First Team also included one player each from four others schools with Teodor Zlatan from Oakland City (Ind.) University, Julian Lopez from Midway (Ky.) University, Brock Winchell from Indiana University Southeast and Francisco Faundez from Indiana University East. 

The All-RSC Second Team featured one player from each of the six postseason qualifying teams. For the complete list of honorees, see below. 

Also named was the RSC Men’s Tennis Champions of Character Team. One member of each team was nominated by their head coach as the one who best exhibits the NAIA five core character values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. 

2021 ALL-RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEN’S TENNIS TEAMS & AWARDS

RSC Player of the Year — Choopat Suvimolstean, Sr., Asbury (Ky.)
RSC Newcomer of the Year — Gregorio Ingles, So., Asbury (Ky.)
RSC Coach of the Year — Jarred Miller, Asbury (Ky.)

ALL-RSC MEN’S TENNIS FIRST TEAM

NameSchool
Choopat SuvimolsteanAsbury University
Teodor ZlatanOakland City University
Julian LopezMidway University
Brock WinchellIndiana University Southeast
Francisco FaundezIndiana University East
Gregorio InglesAsbury University


ALL-RSC MEN’S TENNIS SECOND TEAM

NameSchool
Danila PyzhBrescia University
Andre BaltazarOakland City University
Adrian MartinezIndiana University East
Cade BurmanIndiana University Southeast
Paul WambaMidway University
Rodrigo CaveroAsbury University


RSC MEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM

NameSchool
Gregorio InglesAsbury University
Parker JohnstonBrescia University
Max FaundezIndiana University East
Michael Wright Indiana University Southeast
Shawn TranMidway University
Noah PeakOakland City University
Cody M McClurgOhio Christian University

All-River States Conference Women’s Tennis Teams & Awards honored at RSC Championship

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — The 2021 All-River States Conference Women’s Tennis Teams & Awards were handed out Thursday night from the Top Seed Tennis Club, the site of the RSC Championship this weekend. The All-RSC First & Second Teams were honored as well as the RSC Champions of Character Team and the big individual award winners. 

Indiana University East was recognized as RSC Regular Season Champions, the first time in team history for the distinction. The Red Wolves were a perfect 8-0 RSC and earned the No. 1 seed in the postseason.

IU East had a league-best two players named to the All-RSC First Team, and head coach Jacob Rankin was voted as RSC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year. Rankin is in his first year taking over for longtime coach Erskine Ratchford, who is still on staff as assistant. 

Indiana University Southeast freshman Audrey De Witt was the big individual winner of the night. The native of Fishers, Ind., was named RSC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year and RSC Women’s Tennis Newcomer of the Year. She racked up a record of 18-1 in singles and 15-4 in doubles for 33-5 overall in her college debut season.

Joining De Witt on the six-player All-RSC First Team were Camila Caballero and Linda Marino from IU East, Kendall Jablonowski from Asbury (Ky.) University, Gabbie Orlando from Indiana University Kokomo and Hannah Joy Simms from Brescia (Ky.) University. 

The six players from the All-RSC Second Team had two from Asbury and two from Midway (Ky.) University and one each from IU Southeast and IU Kokomo. See below for the complete listing of the teams. 

Also named was the RSC Women’s Tennis Champions of Character Team. One member of each team was nominated by their head coach as the one who best displays the NAIA five core character values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. 

2021 ALL-RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAMS & AWARDS


RSC Player of the Year — Audrey De Witt, Fr., IU Southeast
RSC Newcomer of the Year — Audrey De Witt, Fr., IU Southeast
RSC Coach of the Year — Jacob Rankin, IU East


ALL-RSC WOMEN’S TENNIS FIRST TEAM

NameSchool
Audrey De WittIndiana University Southeast
Camila CaballeroIndiana University East
Kendall JablonowskiAsbury University
Gabbie OrlandoIndiana University Kokomo
Linda MarinoIndiana University East
Hannah Joy SimmsBrescia University


ALL-RSC WOMEN’S TENNIS SECOND TEAM

NameSchool
Claire SmithMidway University
Adalyn De WittIndiana University Southeast
Giovana KelmAsbury University
Alex LermaAsbury University
Annette TranMidway University
Larissa O’RourkeIndiana University Kokomo


RSC WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM

NameSchool
Kendall LeanderAsbury University
Melony DunawayBrescia University
Ashleigh BowserCarlow University
Shelby GoodIndiana University East
Casey NewhouseIndiana University Kokomo
Sarah VanIsenbergIndiana University Southeast
Madison ClaytonMidway University
Kaleigh HelmOakland City University
Rebecca G StrawserOhio Christian University

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1902       🇨🇴 In his major league debut, Luis Castro plays second base for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia’s A’s in an 8-1 victory over the Orioles at Oriole Park. The 25 year-old Medellin native is the first and last player from Colombia to appear in the big leagues until Orlando Ramrez breaks in with the Angels in 1974.

1903       The Highlanders, previously called the Orioles before their recent move from Baltimore, win their first game representing New York. Spitballer Harry Howell goes the distance, throwing a two-hitter to get the win when the team that will become known as the Yankees beats Washington at American League Park, 7-2.

1919       Senator right-hander Walter Johnson records his fifth Opening Day shutout, beating the A’s at Griffith Stadium, 1-0. The Philadelphia starter Scott Perry matches zeros with the ‘Big Train’ for a dozen frames until pinch-runner Mike Menosky scores the decisive run for Washington with one out in the bottom of the 13th inning.

1921       Warren Spahn is born in Buffalo, New York, the son of a wallpaper salesman who had once played semi-pro baseball. The future Hall of Fame southpaw, a mainstay with the Braves in the 1950s, is named after Warren Harding, a right-hander recently sworn in as the president of the United States.

1924       On WMAQ, Hal Totten, a Chicago Daily News play-by-play reporter, does a play-by-play radio report of the 12-1 Cubs’ victory over the Cardinals. It will be the first broadcast of every Cub and White Sox home game of the season, marking the first time a team’s games have been on the airwaves on a regular basis.

1939       At Griffith Stadium, Senators’ right-hander Alejandro Carrasquel faces the Yankees in his major league debut. The 26 year-old from Caracas becomes the first player from Venezuela to appear in a major league game.

1944       Hack Miller homers in his first major league at-bat, hitting a three-run shot off Indian southpaw starter Al Smith in the eighth inning of the Tigers’ 4-3 victory over the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium. The 31 year-old rookie backstop, with only ten plate appearances, will hit .444 during a brief two-year stint with Detroit.

1952       Both starters at Sportsman’s Park toss a one-hitter, but Browns’ southpaw Bob Cain gets the victory when he beats Bob Feller and the Indians, 1-0. The lone run of the contest scores in the bottom of the first frame when third baseman Al Rosen’s error allows Bobby Young, who tripled to lead off the inning, to cross the plate.

1952       At the Polo Grounds, Hoyt Wilhelm hits a home run in his first major league at-bat, a fourth-inning blast off Dick Hoover in the Giants’ 9-5 victory over the Braves. During the next 21 years, covering 1070 games and 432 official at-bats, the knuckle-balling future Hall of Fame hurler will never homer again.

1954       At Busch Stadium, Hank Aaron hits the first of his 755 career home runs in his seventh major league game. The Milwaukee outfielder’s sixth-inning solo round-tripper come on a pitch thrown by Cardinal right-hander Vic Raschi in the Braves’ 7-6 extra-inning victory in St. Louis.

1955       At Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium, the White Sox tie a modern major league mark for most runs scored by a single team in a game as they drub the A’s, 29-6. The Red Sox also scored 29 runs against the Browns in 1950.

1958       In a 7-6 loss to Chicago at the LA Coliseum, two Dodger mainstays from Brooklyn reach career milestones. First baseman Gil Hodges, who will finish his 18-year major league tenure with 370 home runs, hits his 300th career round-tripper, and Captain Pee Wee Reese, a future Hall of Fame shortstop, plays in his 2000th game.

1961       Art Mahaffey sets a franchise record when he strikes out 17 batters in the Phillies’ 6-0 victory over Chicago. The 23 year-old right-hander whiffs at least one hitter in each inning during the Connie Mack Stadium contest.

1962       In the team’s tenth attempt, the Mets win their first game in franchise history, defeating the Pirates at Forbes Field, 9-1. Jay Hook’s five-hit complete-game victory snaps Pittsburgh’s record-tying winning streak of 10 games from the start of the season without a loss.

1964       At Colt Stadium, Ken Johnson becomes the first pitcher to lose a nine-inning no-hitter when the Reds beat the Colt .45’s, 1-0. Pete Rose, attempting to bunt, reaches second on a throwing error by the pitcher, scores the game’s lone run in the top of the ninth inning when Nellie Fox boots Vada Pinson’s two-out ground ball to second base.

1969       At Memorial Stadium, the Orioles walk off the Tigers, 3-2, in an extra-inning pitching duel that features Detroit’s Denny McLain retiring 21 straight batters and Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar getting 20 consecutive hitters. Mark Belanger’s tenth-inning single plates Ellie Hendricks, who had doubled to start the final frame to snap the Detroit right-hander’s streak, with the winning run for the Birds.

1969       The Boston fans at Fenway Park warmly welcome back team legend Ted Williams when he emerges from the visitor’s dugout to exchange lineups with the umpires. At home plate, the new Washington manager shakes hands with Red Sox coach and dear friend Bobby Doerr, much to the delight of the crowd.

1972       Trailing by four runs at Candlestick Park, the Astros score ten times in the ninth inning to beat the Giants, 13-7. Seven hits, two walks, a passed ball, and an error fuel the fireworks in the final frame.

1978       Joe Morgan’s major league record streak of 91 consecutive errorless games for a second baseman comes to an end. The Reds infielder’s errant toss during a second-inning rundown is the first error he has committed since July 6, 1977.

1985       Don Baylor collects his 999th and 1000th RBIs when he hits a two-run home run off Oil Can Boyd in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the Bronx Bombers on the board in New York’s 5-4 extra-inning loss to Boston at Yankees Stadium. The 36 year-old outfielder/DH will end his 19-year career driving in 1276 runs.

1990       White Sox utility player Steve Lyons plays all nine positions during an exhibition game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. ‘Psycho,’ however, will not join the small list of players, that includes Bert Campaneris (1965 A’s) and Cesar Tovar (1968 Twins), who have accomplished the feat in a major league game.

1999       Fernando Tatis becomes the only player in baseball history to hit two grand slams in one inning when he collects eight RBIs in one frame to breaks the old record of six. The Cardinal third baseman hits both off Dodger starter Chan Ho Park in an 11-run third of the team’s 12-5 victory at Chavez Ravine.

2000       At Toronto’s SkyDome, Yankees Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada, in a 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays, become the first teammates to each homer from both sides of the plate in the same game. Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark will become the second pair of teammates to accomplish the feat, also homering from each side of the plate for the Diamondbacks on Opening Day in 2009.

2000       The Dodgers complete a sweep of the Reds to notch their 1,000th win over baseball’s oldest professional franchise. Since 1970, Los Angeles is the only National League franchise to play over .500 ball (120-115) in Cincinnati (Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field).

2006       Keith Hernandez is reprimanded by Sportsnet New York, the Mets’ television network, for comments made last night about the female in full uniform sitting in the Padres dugout. Spotting Kelly Calabrese, the Padres’ full-time massage therapist, the Mets broadcaster remarked women “don’t belong in the dugout” and apologized for his insensitive comments during the telecast.

2007       Riding as a passenger in a car near San Francisco, 73 year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam dies in an auto accident. The prolific writer’s books covered various topics in American history, including pennant races (The Summer of ’49), World Series (October 1964), and ballplayers who were lifelong friends (Teammates).

2008       Joining the Giants, the Cubs become the second franchise in major league history to win 10,000 games, beating the Rockies in a ten-inning contest at Coors Field, 7-6. Chicago, which has won six in a row and is off to a 15-6 start for only the fourth time in the last century, has a 10,000-9,465 all-time won-loss record during their 122 years of existence in the Windy City.

2010       All-Star Ben Zobrist agrees to a three-year contract extension with the Rays that guarantees him $18 million for 2010-13. The team’s MVP last season, obtained in 2006 from Houston in the Aubrey Huff trade, had agreed to a one-year deal in March worth $438,100.

2010       The Rays’ 10-2 victory over Chicago concludes a 9-1 road trip, making it the team’s winningest road trip in the 13-year history of the franchise. Tampa’s success on the road translates into a 12-4 record overall, their best start ever.

2013       Atlanta teammates Justin and B.J. Upton both hit home runs in the Braves’ 10-2 rout of Colorado at Coors Field. The round-trippers mark the 27th time in major league history that brothers have homered in the same game but only the second time in consecutive at-bats since 1938 when Lloyd and Paul Waner went back-to-back for the Pirates.

2014       Conrado Marrero, the oldest living former major leaguer, dies two days before his 103rd birthday. The 5-foot, 5-inch Cuban right-hander, named to the American League All-Star team in 1951, compiled a 39-40 record with an ERA of 3.96 during his five seasons with the Senators.

2014       Michael Pineda, due to his effort to get a better grip on the baseball on a chilly spring night at Fenway Park, will be ejected in the second inning for using pine tar, after trying to conceal the foreign substance on his neck. The Yankees right-hander will get a ten-day suspension for using the sticky material, which is usually overlooked by opponents when discreetly used since it does not affect the flight of the ball.

2018       Jenny Cavna, the Rockies’ pre-and post-game host, becomes the first woman in 22 years to do televised play-by-play for a major league game when she details the action in the team’s 13-5 loss against the Padres at Coors Field. At the Metrodome in 1996, Yankee commentator Suzyn Waldman, after being an analyst for the first two games of the series, described the action in the Bronx Bombers’ 9-5 defeat of the Twins on a WPIX telecast.

BASEBALL BIOGRAPHY-CAP ANSON

Rarely would a ballplayer who accomplished such things as 3,000 hits lifetime (the first to do so), a .300 batting average in twenty-four of twenty-seven seasons played and five pennants won as a manager, be known just as much for his off the field doings. But such is the case of Cap Anson, baseball’s first superstar, who was the premier player of the 19th century but has drawn equal amount of attention through the years for his innovativeness and unique personality.

After spending one year at the University of Notre Dame, Anson began his professional career in 1871 with Rockford of the National Association (NA). The following season he went to the Philadelphia Athletics where he spent four years. During his five year NA stint Anson batted more than .350 four times. When the National League (NL) began play in 1876 he signed with the Chicago White Stockings where, as their captain, he led them to the circuits’ first pennant batting .356. Anson went on to bat .300 or better in nineteen of his twenty-two NL seasons, winning batting titles in 1881 and 1888, and fell just shy of the coveted .400 mark with a .399 average in 1881. Although he hit for little power (ninety-seven career home runs) his line drive hitting style produced five-hundred eighty-one doubles, and he led the league in runs batted in eight times. Anson drove in one-hundred runs or more seven times in his career, a remarkable feat considering he played fewer than one-hundred forty games every season.

As a manager, Cap Anson enjoyed similar success, leading the White Stockings to three consecutive pennants 1880-82 and first place finishes in 1885 and 1886. As a manager Anson devised and is responsible for many elements of the game that have become an integral part of the way it is played and managed. He was the first to implement a pitching rotation, use the hit and run, stress base stealing, and lead the way in raiding other leagues for talent which helped the National League evolve into a stronger league. Anson also initiated spring training as we know it today, taking his team south to take advantage of the warmer weather, and overseeing a diversified workout routine that included swinging Indian clubs (according to Anson “very good for the wrists, arms and shoulders”), skipping rope (“very good for the ankles, legs and wind”, he said), punching a heavy bag and playing handball.

Along with his genius Anson is defined by his rigid and crude personality. He ran his team with an iron hand disciplining his players for drinking, missing curfews and being overweight. He himself practiced what he preached. “I have not burned the candle at both ends. I have not drank and I have not smoked since I was convinced it was not well for me to do so”, said Anson in an 1898 Chicago Times-Herald feature. It was a style that won him few friends but won him respect and brought out the best effort and abilities of his team. He was known for an explosive temper and for being a ruthless bench jockey berating opponents as well as umpires. He was a bigot and is blamed for the banning of black players from baseball (this has long been debated) that didn’t end until 1947. He once pulled his team off the field when the opposition insisted on starting a black pitcher in an exhibition game, but prior to this incident a minor league had already formally voted to exclude blacks from the game. Anson was one of baseball’s first ambassadors taking part in tours of the world to promote and teach the game. He helped developed a top brand of baseball and increased the games popularity. He helped right the direction of the National League and breathe life into it by popularizing baseball in the important market of Chicago.

Anson won no more pennants after 1886. He became a part owner of the White Stockings in 1888 and continued his association with them until 1897. He briefly managed the Giants in 1898 and then left the game. He finished his playing career with a .331 batting average, 3,011 hits (twenty-fifth all-time) and 1,879RBI (eleventh all-time). As a manager he ended with a .578 winning percentage. Following his exit from the game he was beset by financial problems but refused the National Leagues help. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. He died in 1922.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston128.6006 – 76 – 17 – 45 – 30 – 15 – 5L 2
Tampa Bay109.5261.53 – 47 – 55 – 42 – 11 – 36 – 4L 1
Baltimore810.44431 – 67 – 44 – 50 – 03 – 44 – 6L 1
Toronto810.44433 – 35 – 75 – 31 – 32 – 45 – 5W 1
NY Yankees711.38944 – 73 – 45 – 101 – 00 – 04 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Kansas City107.5888 – 52 – 24 – 32 – 24 – 26 – 4W 1
Chi White Sox99.5001.53 – 36 – 62 – 24 – 33 – 45 – 5W 1
Cleveland89.47124 – 34 – 60 – 17 – 60 – 04 – 6L 2
Detroit712.36844 – 53 – 70 – 03 – 63 – 44 – 6L 1
Minnesota611.35342 – 54 – 61 – 32 – 11 – 61 – 9L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland127.6328 – 64 – 10 – 07 – 02 – 510 – 0W 11
Seattle127.6326 – 56 – 24 – 13 – 32 – 17 – 3W 1
LA Angels98.52926 – 43 – 42 – 15 – 32 – 44 – 6L 2
Texas910.47433 – 66 – 46 – 41 – 22 – 16 – 4W 1
Houston810.4443.52 – 56 – 50 – 00 – 38 – 52 – 8W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Philadelphia99.5008 – 41 – 56 – 62 – 11 – 24 – 6W 1
NY Mets77.5004 – 13 – 65 – 30 – 32 – 15 – 5L 3
Atlanta810.44413 – 45 – 65 – 82 – 10 – 04 – 6W 1
Miami810.44414 – 74 – 34 – 20 – 32 – 26 – 4L 1
Washington79.43815 – 52 – 41 – 24 – 22 – 56 – 4W 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee117.6114 – 57 – 20 – 07 – 53 – 07 – 3W 3
Chi Cubs99.50027 – 52 – 44 – 25 – 70 – 05 – 5W 3
Cincinnati99.50027 – 52 – 40 – 05 – 12 – 73 – 7L 4
Pittsburgh910.4742.54 – 35 – 70 – 05 – 72 – 26 – 4W 1
St. Louis810.44432 – 46 – 66 – 62 – 40 – 03 – 7L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers145.7376 – 18 – 43 – 00 – 08 – 37 – 3L 1
San Francisco127.63226 – 16 – 64 – 32 – 15 – 16 – 4W 1
San Diego1110.52445 – 86 – 20 – 02 – 56 – 53 – 7W 1
Arizona910.47452 – 37 – 72 – 25 – 12 – 56 – 4W 4
Colorado612.3337.56 – 60 – 61 – 20 – 03 – 103 – 7W 2

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia3920.66122-717-1310-225-85-53 L
Brooklyn3920.66123-716-136-420-145-51 L
New York3327.5506.520-1013-172-821-178-28 W
Boston3227.5427.019-1113-164-618-158-21 W
Toronto2534.42414.015-1510-194-616-206-44 W
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee3622.62119-1017-129-021-105-51 W
Indiana2731.4669.010-1717-145-414-185-51 W
Chicago2534.42411.512-1813-165-415-144-61 W
Cleveland2137.36215.012-169-214-715-174-61 W
Detroit1842.30019.011-167-261-911-233-72 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Atlanta3227.54216-1116-165-318-147-31 L
Miami3128.5251.017-1314-155-517-156-43 W
Charlotte2830.4833.514-1214-187-215-163-72 L
Washington2533.4316.514-1611-172-79-238-26 W
Orlando1841.30514.010-218-204-611-221-94 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah4415.74626-318-125-221-96-42 W
Denver3820.6555.520-1018-108-121-128-24 W
Portland3226.55211.516-1416-124-617-163-73 L
Oklahoma City2039.33924.09-2011-193-811-220-1012 L
Minnesota1644.26728.510-196-253-610-244-61 L
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix4217.71223-919-86-324-107-31 L
LA Clippers4219.6891.024-818-118-225-109-13 W
LA Lakers3524.5937.017-1318-113-621-134-62 L
Golden State2930.49213.017-1012-203-715-146-41 L
Sacramento2435.40718.013-1711-184-612-182-81 W
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas3226.55215-1417-126-418-175-52 W
Memphis2928.5092.513-1616-124-612-205-52 L
San Antonio2929.5003.013-1916-105-615-205-51 W
New Orleans2633.4416.516-1510-186-314-174-61 W
Houston1544.25417.57-228-225-710-242-82 L

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Washington Capitals4730134642716414114-6-216-7-26-4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins4730143632716413318-3-212-11-16-3-1
New York Islanders4729135632513310719-2-310-11-26-3-1
Boston Bruins4527126602313211114-6-313-6-38-2-0
New York Rangers4723186522215412711-8-312-10-36-3-1
Philadelphia Flyers462118749191311649-10-412-8-34-4-2
New Jersey Devils461426634141161624-17-310-9-31-9-0
Buffalo Sabres47122873191121615-16-47-12-34-5-1
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
x-Vegas Golden Knights4633112683215510218-4-215-7-09-1-0
x-Colorado Avalanche443194663115810318-4-213-5-29-1-0
Minnesota Wild4529133612814111817-4-012-9-37-2-1
Arizona Coyotes4720225451712415011-10-39-12-23-7-0
St. Louis Blues441919644171261397-11-412-8-23-6-1
San Jose Sharks461823541131221578-10-210-13-32-7-1
Los Angeles Kings431720640161181288-9-49-11-24-6-0
Anaheim Ducks471426735131041515-16-49-10-33-6-1
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs4729135632815512914-7-315-6-25-3-2
Winnipeg Jets4627163572714712511-8-216-8-15-4-1
Edmonton Oilers4527162562714412514-9-013-7-26-3-1
Montreal Canadiens4420159491913012610-10-210-5-74-6-0
Calgary Flames4519233411811813310-10-19-13-24-6-0
Vancouver Canucks4018193391510912811-10-27-9-16-3-1
Ottawa Senators471726438151291669-10-48-16-05-5-0
 
Central
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Carolina Hurricanes4631105672715011016-3-415-7-17-1-2
Florida Panthers4830135652915413016-5-314-8-25-4-1
Tampa Bay Lightning4731142643015612218-6-013-8-25-5-0
Nashville Predators4825212522013013714-9-011-12-26-3-1
Dallas Stars46191512501713312012-6-87-9-46-2-2
Chicago Blackhawks4722205492013414812-8-210-12-35-5-0
Detroit Red Wings4917257411611415611-10-46-15-35-3-2
Columbus Blue Jackets491525939131181668-8-77-17-21-8-1