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HARRISON 8 MONROE CENTRAL 3
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NORTHEASTERN 10 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 0….NORTHEASTERN RELEASE: The Lady Knights beat Randolph Southern 10-0 in 5 innings. Senior Madison Kinder pitched the shutout allowing only 2 hits. Madison also led the Knights with 3 RBIs with a single and double. Emma Neeley continued producing at the plate with her first HR of her high school career and scoring 3 runs. Kate Benjamin singled, doubled, and scored a run. Caylee Anderson crushed a double knocking 2 runs and senior Kelsey Cottongim scored twice. The Lady Knights return action Friday at Centerville.
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Slugger Albert Pujols designated for assignment by Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Albert Pujols was cut by the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, abruptly ending the 41-year-old superstar slugger’s decade with his second major league team.
The Angels surprisingly announced the move to designate Pujols for assignment a day after he wasn’t in their lineup for the slumping club’s fourth consecutive loss. The three-time NL MVP for St. Louis was in the final season of a 10-year, $240 million contract with Los Angeles.
Pujols is fifth in major league history with 667 career homers, and the first baseman is 13th in major league history with 3,253 hits. A 10-time All-Star and the oldest active player in the majors, he is batting .198 this season with five homers and 12 RBIs while playing in 24 of the Angels’ 29 games.
“The Angels organization proudly signed Albert Pujols in 2011, and are honored that he has worn an Angels jersey for nearly half of his Hall of Fame career,” Angels owner Arte Moreno said in a statement. “Albert’s historical accomplishments, both on and off the field, serve as an inspiration to athletes everywhere, and his actions define what it means to be a true superstar. Since his Rookie of the Year season in 2001, Albert and his wife Deidre have generously given their time and resources to countless charities throughout the world. We are thankful to the entire Pujols family.”
Pujols joined the Angels after 11 successful seasons with the Cardinals during which he won three league MVP awards, earned two World Series rings, received nine All-Star selections, won an NL batting title and hit 445 homers while establishing himself as one of the greatest sluggers of his generation.
Moreno persuaded Pujols to leave for the West Coast with a lavish contract, but the Angels have not won a playoff game during the concurrent tenures of Pujols and three-time AL MVP Mike Trout at the heart of their lineup.
And though Pujols has crossed several statistical milestones with the Angels, the contrast in the two halves of his career is stark.
He batted .328 with a 1.037 OPS in St. Louis, but hit .256 with a .758 OPS in Anaheim along with 222 homers – just under half his total for the Cards. Pujols also earned just one All-Star selection with the Halos, back in 2015.
The Angels made only one postseason appearance in Pujols’ nine full seasons, winning the AL West title and promptly getting swept by Kansas City in 2014. The club is on skids of five straight losing seasons and six straight non-playoff campaigns since then.
Pujols’ achievements with Los Angeles have been mostly numerical, including the 500th and 600th homers and the 3,000th hit of his career. Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Alex Rodriguez and Pujols are the only players in major league history with 3,000 hits and 600 homers.
Indians top Royals for 1st 4-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Triston McKenzie bounced back from a rugged start to pitch one-hit ball into the sixth inning and the Cleveland Indians completed a four-game sweep by blanking the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Thursday.
It was the fifth straight loss for the Royals, who came into the series with the best record in baseball. Cleveland went 6-1 on its road trip against the White Sox and Kansas City, and has won nine of 11.
This was the first time in the 48-year history of Kauffman Stadium that the Indians swept a four-game series at the park. The last time Cleveland swept a four-game set in Kansas City, it was against the A’s in Municipal Stadium in 1960 – Tito Francona, the father of Indians manager Terry Francona, totaled five hits for Cleveland in that previous sweep.
“I feel like it just shows the kind of players and team we have,” McKenzie said. “From top to bottom early on, everybody was like, `Oh, they’re not going to hit, they can’t do this, they can’t do that.’ This road trip we really proved the type of team that we can be.”
Terry Francona was more philosophical.
“I know it was a good trip,” he said. “But we got to move on. Because you just need to win the game at hand.”
Franmil Reyes launched his eighth home run as he continued to hit well at Kauffman Stadium. He is batting .538 (14 for 26) with two homers, six doubles and six RBIs in seven career games at the park.
Cesar Hernandez and Rene Rivera each had three hits for Cleveland.
McKenzie (1-1), who gave up five runs in two innings in his last start against Kansas City, exited after a single and walk in the sixth. He struggled with his control, walking four and striking out five.
“(I was) just making sure as well as attacking the top of the zone I was attacking the bottom of the zone, too,” McKenzie said. “I gave up the hit early to (Whit) Merrifield and that kind of locked me in. Then just instead of focusing on trying to strike guys out just making sure I let my defense work behind me.
“Even when I fell behind guys there was a lot more urgency to get back into the count and let them put the bat on the ball. There were some situations where I was behind the count and they kind of bailed me out. Harold made a nice play in center field for me, or I got a double play there. Those are all huge, especially for the team,” he said.
The losing streak drops Kansas City out of first for the first time since April 13.
Cordero snaps slump, Red Sox hold on to beat Tigers 12-9
BOSTON (AP) Franchy Cordero woke up on Thursday in an 0-for-25 slump and he figured he’d end the day the same way. He wasn’t in the lineup for Boston’s series finale against Detroit.
Then Kike Hernandez came down with a tight hamstring in the first inning, and Cordero was suddenly in the game – in the No. 1 spot in the batting order. And it was a good thing for the Red Sox that he was.
Cordero had three hits, made a shoestring catch to end a Tigers threat and then brought home the game-winning run in the eighth with the help of Detroit’s fourth error. After blowing three leads, the Red Sox held on to beat the Tigers 12-9.
“All of us that aren’t in the lineup to start the game, we try to stay ready,” said Cordero, who had one hit since April 14, dropping his batting average from .348 to .153. “We’re working in the cages or trying to stay warm. I was happy I was able to contribute to the win.”
One day after giving up three runs in the 10th, the Red Sox coughed up leads of 4-1, 5-4 and 8-7 before scoring four in the eighth to avoid losing the three-game series to the worst team in the majors.
“We know all about winning series. And yesterday it slipped away from us,” said Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who became the 30th player to appear in 1,000 games for the Red Sox – the 10th to do it before his 29th birthday. “It wasn’t our prettiest game this year. But it was definitely one where we showed fight, showed grit.”
The teams combined for six errors, three wild pitches, two hit batsmen, a passed ball and a balk. Of the 17 half-innings, only three went 1-2-3.
“It was amazing, right?” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said sarcastically. “But it was a big league win, and you’ve got to take them. We played some great games in New York, good pitching and defense. That wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take it.”
Rafael Devers drove in three runs on a pair of singles. But the Red Sox third baseman also committed two errors – the second to allow the Tigers to tie the game 8-8 in the seventh.
Matt Andriese (1-1) earned the win despite allowing Detroit to take a 9-8 lead in the eighth; he gave up one run on three hits, a walk and a balk in one inning. Adam Ottavino pitched the ninth for his first save.
Freeman sits; Smyly, Braves get 1st sweep of Nats since 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) When Drew Smyly’s previous start ended the way so many had recently – multiple homers, a loss for his Atlanta Braves – the left-hander looked at the calendar and took heart from realizing it was the last day of April.
He was excited to see what his first start of May would bring. Rather different, turns out: No balls left the park. No earned runs at all. And, finally, a win – his first since September 2019.
Smyly pitched into the seventh inning, Ehire Adrianza made the most of a rare start on a day off for slumping NL MVP Freddie Freeman, and Atlanta edged Washington 3-2 for the Braves’ first sweep of the Nationals since 2014.
“It’s a new month. Every game’s a new game. Every day’s a day to get better,” said Smyly (1-2), who allowed four hits and an unearned run.
“It feels pretty good,” he said, “just to be able to celebrate with your teammates and help them win a ballgame.”
Atlanta outscored its NL East rival 14-6 over the three games.
Smyly allowed at least one home run in each of his past five starts – and a total of eight long balls over his last three.
“The way he went about the whole thing was a lot sharper,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.
That was built on a better fastball command, thanks to extra emphasis during between-start bullpen sessions.
“He made pitches when he needed to. Sometimes that’s the name of the game,” Washington’s Josh Harrison said. “He got out of a few jams if he got in them, and the defense made a few plays for him, as well.”
In a contest streamed on YouTube instead of aired on TV, Snitker left Freeman out of the lineup after a 1-for-24 stretch. Austin Riley shifted from third base to first, and Adrianza played third, where he robbed Trea Turner of a hit in the third inning.
In the next half-inning, Adrianza’s looper to center field capped a three-run outburst off Jon Lester (0-1).
Grichuk drives in 5, Jays beat A’s 10-4 for series split
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Randal Grichuk homered, doubled and drove in five runs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.
Toronto earned a split of the four-game series after dropping the first two games against the AL West leader.
Marcus Semien homered among his four hits, Danny Jansen and Teoscar Hernandez each drove in two runs and Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio had three hits apiece for the Blue Jays, who have won five of their past eight road games.
“A four-hit game with a home run? That’s a pretty good game,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said of Semien. “He’s a good hitter like a lot of their guys.”
Mark Canha hit his first career leadoff homer, Sean Murphy drove in two and Matt Olsen added an RBI ground-rule double for the A’s, who have still won 10 of their last 14 at home.
Hyun Jin Ryu (2-2) came off the injured list to start for Toronto. He lasted five innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six.
“There was nothing wrong with me,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “I didn’t have to worry about anything physically, so I am pleased. I felt better later in the game.”
Mike Fiers (0-2), in his second start of the season, went 3 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out two.
“The biggest thing is for me to make pitches with runners on,” Fiers said. “I missed over the plate.”
Grichuk’s three-run blast over the left-field fence was the first Toronto home run of the series. Jansen added his first of the season and Semien hit a solo shot in the seventh.
“I got to play in front of my mom, dad and grandparents and that’s important to me,” said Semien, who played at Cal before beginning his professional career with the A’s. “I had that support system when I was here. We only come out here once a year now but maybe we’ll be back for playoffs.”
Walker allows 1 hit in 7 innings, Mets walk past Cards 4-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) Taijuan Walker allowed one hit in seven innings and the Mets scored three runs on bases-loaded walks to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Thursday.
Walker (2-1) struck out eight and walked none as the Mets salvaged a split after dropping the first two of the four-game series in St. Louis. New York won despite leaving 17 runners on base, tying a team record for a nine-inning game.
“It’s just get strike one,” Walker said. “Once I get strike one, I feel like I’m in control, and I feel like I did a good job of doing that today and just really pounding the strike zone. I feel like I could throw everything for strikes when I needed to. Even when I got behind, I was able to throw a changeup or something just to go off the fastball and get them to fly or ground out.”
Walker set the tone by striking out the side in the first inning. He retired the final 18 batters he faced after Paul DeJong reached on a fielder’s choice and throwing error that set up the Cardinals’ lone run in the second.
“He was in attack mode, pitch one,” Mets catcher James McCann said of Walker. “Every time we need to go over things for a game that’s one of the big things he talks about: attack, attack, attack.”
Trevor May struck out two in a perfect eighth and Edwin Diaz pitched around a pair of hits in the ninth to earn his fourth save in as many tries.
The Mets scored twice in the fifth without a hit. Pete Alonso reached on an error and Cardinals pitchers John Gant and Kodi Whitley combined to walk the next four batters as the Mets took a 2-1 lead.
New York tacked on two more runs in the eighth courtesy of another bases-loaded walk from right-hander Jake Woodford to Alonso and an RBI single by Dominic Smith.
“You see the guys ahead of you taking tough pitches and taking their walks, and as you walk in the box you shrink your zone, don’t want to swing at the really good pitch, you want to force the pitcher to come to you. And if he ends up dotting, he ends up dotting,” McCann said. “And we did a really good job of laying off some tough pitches and handing the baton off to the next guy.”
Gant struggled with his control all game, needing 98 pitches to get through 4 1/3 innings. He walked six and struck out five as St. Louis dropped its second straight after having won six in a row.
Altuve’s birthday HR answers boos, Astros top Torres, Yanks
NEW YORK (AP) Booed relentlessly by angry fans for two days during losses in the Bronx, Jose Altuve was speaking with Astros manager Dusty Baker before Houston’s series finale against the New York Yankees, a game played on the day the All-Star infielder turned 31.
“He says, it would be really nice if I hit a home run every birthday, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day,” Baker recalled.
And so Altuve did. And not just any home run.
Altuve hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Chad Green in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Yankees 7-4 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.
“It quieted the fans,” Baker would say with a pause – “for a little while, anyway.”
Gleyber Torres also stood out, with an an incredible, daring dash for the Yankees in which he scored from first base on an infield single. But Houston stopped New York’s five-game winning streak and got back over .500 at 16-15.
Altuve had been 4 for 22 on May 6 with a double and a triple on his birthday, but never with a long ball.
He singled leading off to set the tone against former teammate Gerrit Cole, who allowed solo homers to Yordan Alvarez in the fourth and seventh and turned a 3-2 lead over to Green (0-3) starting the eighth.
Green started his own trouble by walking Kyle Tucker leading off. Pinch-hitter Aledmys Diaz reached on a single to Gio Urshela, who made a diving stop but threw past first for an error that allowed Tucker to take third.
Martin Maldonado struck out to bring up Altuve, a target of fans expressing their anger directly at the Astros since the exposure of their cheating scandal en route to the 2017 World Series title. That run included a seven-game win over the Yankees in the AL Championship Series.
Altuve said the crowd reaction made it difficult to maintain focus.
“You don’t like to get booed by anybody but that’s part of the game,” he said.
OF Springer expected to miss more than 10 days, Jays GM says
TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays outfielder George Springer is not expected to be ready to return to Toronto’s lineup when his latest stint on the 10-day injured list ends May 13, general manager Ross Atkins said Thursday.
Also Thursday, the Blue Jays activated left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu off the injured list to start an afternoon game against Oakland. Ryu left an April 25 start at Tampa Bay because of a strained right gluteal muscle.
Springer landed on the injured list Wednesday after aggravating his strained right quadriceps, with the move retroactive to May 3. Springer had been out of the lineup for two days before undergoing an MRI Wednesday morning.
“I would expect it would take more than just the IL stint,” Atkins said. “There’s a chance I’m wrong, but based on the information that I have right now I would expect that it would take longer than that IL stint.”
Springer signed a team-record $150 million, six-year deal with the Blue Jays this offseason but didn’t make his season debut until April 28 because of two separate injuries, first a strained oblique muscle and later the quadriceps injury.
Atkins said Springer reported feeling better Thursday than the previous day, but said the 2017 World Series MVP with Houston is “obviously very frustrated” by his limited action so far this season.
Springer hit two home runs in Saturday’s win over Atlanta, his third game since returning, but also felt pain while running out a groundball. He left Sunday’s game after three at-bats due to fatigue.
“All the information we had at the time suggested it was safe to take the next step and, unfortunately, we had a setback,” Atkins said of Springer’s aborted return from injury.
Springer started at DH in all four games and has yet to play the outfield for the Blue Jays. He did play center field in a simulated game at Toronto’s alternate site, and had been expected to play the outfield last weekend, Atkins said.
Springer will have a “minimal workload” as he attempts to recover from the quad strain, Atkins said.
Right-hander David Phelps was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday because of right lat strain. Phelps came in to pitch the eighth inning in Wednesday’s victory over the Athletics but had to leave after feeling pain while warming up.
Atkins said infielder Joe Panik had an MRI Thursday after feeling calf pain while running out a grounder Wednesday. Atkins also said catcher Alejandro Kirk is expected to miss at least four weeks, and possibly more, because of a left flexor strain. Kirk was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday.
Carlos Carrasco return delayed until late May by Mets
ST. LOUIS (AP) Carlos Carrasco was shifted to the 60-day injured list by the New York Mets on Thursday, a surprise move that pushes back his season debut until May 28 at the earliest.
The 34-year-old right-hander has been sidelined by an injured right hamstring since spring training and had been making progress. He threw a simulated game Tuesday at the Mets’ spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and the team said Wednesday that Carrasco was starting a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment this weekend.
Manager Luis Rojas did not mention Carrasco’s status change when he spoke with reporters before Thursday’s game against St. Louis, and the Mets sent a release later announcing the move to the 60-day IL.
Right-hander Jordan Yamamoto was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, and the Mets selected the contract of right-hander Tommy Hunter from the Triple-A farm team.
Carrasco was acquired in January from Cleveland along with All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor. He was put on the 10-day IL on April 1, a move retroactive to March 29.
LeVert’s late burst helps Pacers beat Hawks 133-126
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Caris LeVert showed up motivated for work, determined to shake free from a recent funk that included one of Indiana’s ugliest losses just 24 hours earlier.
LeVert scored 31 points, including nine in the final 2:17, and the Pacers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 133-126 on Thursday night.
“I just wanted to bounce back,” LeVert said, referring to the Pacers scoring only 93 points against the NBA’s worst defense in an 11-point home loss to Sacramento on Wednesday. “That’s what this league is all about. I wanted to be at my best.”
LeVert twice hit jumpers with his team ahead by only one point late. The Hawks missed a pair of 3-pointers that could have tied the game before the Pacers pulled away.
“In crunch time, I love those moments,” LeVert said. “It’s just a part of me.”
LeVert also had 12 assists for his first double-double since being acquired by the Pacers in January. All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis scored 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting with nine assists.
“We hit some big shots when we needed ’em,” Indiana coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “Caris hit a couple big shots when we needed ’em.”
The Pacers had dropped four of five, the latest loss considered by reserve guard T.J. McConnell as “unacceptable” and “easily” the worst of the season. He arrived Thursday fired up, too.
“Caris got us some big buckets and we got some big stops,” said McConnell, who scored 13 of his 19 points in the second quarter. “We really locked in on both ends and finished down the stretch.”
Trae Young led the Hawks with 30 points and 10 assists. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 28 and John Collins 25.
“It’s definitely frustrating any time you lose,” Young said.
Hawks coach Nate McMillan lamented his team being outscored 70-58 inside and trailing by as many as 18 in the third quarter.
“They were living in our paint all night long,” McMillan said. “We didn’t get stops the first three quarters.”
The Hawks, the Southeast Division leaders who had won three in a row, looked like the struggling team from the outset as the Pacers led 36-26 after the first quarter and 72-58 at halftime.
“They outplayed us,” McMillan said. “They were the aggressors. They came out and disrupted us. They were better at establishing a tempo. They played their game.”
Clippers rout Lakers 118-94, move into No. 3 spot in West
LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul George led seven players in double figures with 24 points and the Los Angeles Clippers routed a Lakers team minus LeBron James 118-94 on Thursday night, moving into the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
The loss kept the defending NBA champion Lakers at No. 6. The Staples Center co-tenants could potentially face each other in the first round.
The Lakers have lost four of five, with six games remaining in the regular season. The only thing they’ve clinched so far is a spot in the new play-in tournament, which James has derided. Still dealing with a high ankle sprain, he will be out again Friday night for a pivotal game at Portland. That season series is tied at one.
“We don’t look at it as something bad,” Anthony Davis said of the play-in format. “We need games to get back accustomed to each other anyway. We don’t want to go that route, but if it happens, it happens.”
Davis was limited to four points on 2-of-9 shooting in nine minutes. He said he tweaked his ankle after stepping awkwardly on the scorer’s table in the first. He fell, but got up and stayed in the game. He was later ruled out due to back spasms.
“I know it looked bad, but it’s fine,” Davis said of his ankle, adding that his back locked up. He had it worked on and expects to play Friday in what he called the Lakers’ biggest game left in the regular season.
“When we’re 100% healthy we are the top team in the league, so we keep that in our minds,” Davis said.
Kawhi Leonard had 15 points, eight rebounds and six asssists, and Ivica Zubac added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who have already clinched a playoff berth. They’ve won two straight after dropping three in a row, and are a half-game ahead of fourth-place Denver in the standings.
“Our intensity was great from jump,” George said. “We got to the paint, made extra plays and defensively we were locked into the game plan.”
Kyle Kuzma led the injury-plagued Lakers with 25 points.
Davis’ latest setback comes after he already lost two months recovering from a calf injury.
“I don’t know if we got juju issues around here,” Kuzma said. “Every game is something different – injuries, mishaps. Can’t complain, can’t dwell, can’t have excuses.”
The Clippers shot 63% in the first half, when they led by 24 points. The Lakers’ only lead came when Davis scored the game’s first basket.
“We’re hanging in there,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “No one is feeling sorry for themselves. We know we’ve got to be better even under adverse circumstances.”
The Lakers got within four early in the second quarter, but the Clippers responded by scoring 11 straight to restore a double-digit lead that stretched to 65-42 at halftime. DeMarcus Cousins had nine of his 11 points in the second, hitting a 3-pointer and getting a steal and dunk as part of an 8-0 spurt.
The Lakers outscored the Clippers 29-27 in the third, but couldn’t make a serious dent in the deficit. Kuzma’s 3-pointer drew them within 17 early in the period, when Andre Drummond picked up his fourth and fifth fouls.
Kuzma played part of fourth with the Lakers’ second unit, which scored all of the team’s 23 points in the period.
The Clippers were better on the boards (47-34) and at the free throw line, making 23 of 26. The Lakers hit 18 of 29.
Wizards beat Raptors in OT, Toronto playoff bid nearly over
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Thursday night, and Russell Westbrook had his 34th triple-double of the season in the Washington Wizards’ 131-129 win over Toronto that all but eliminated the Raptors from the NBA’s play-in tournament.
Pascal Siakam matched his career high with 44 points for the Raptors, who lost for the fifth time in six games and fell four games behind the Wizards for the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference with five left to play. Siakam missed a long 3-pointer at the end of overtime.
“We just needed one of those (shots) to go,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said, “but it was not to be.”
Beal, who played 45 minutes just a day after the Wizards lost at Milwaukee, spent most of the game trying to escape Toronto’s defensive attention.
“As soon as I walked out of the locker room they had a guy on me,” he said. “It was tough, but it was effective. It kept me out of the game. I had to move without the ball and let my teammates make plays.”
“I think we had him turned in circles most of the night,” Nurse said.
Westbrook had 13 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists before fouling out with 15.3 seconds left in overtime. The triple-double was the 180th of his career, leaving him one behind Oscar Robertson. It was the sixth triple-double in seven games for Westbrook, who came up one assist short in the other game.
“I didn’t think he played one of his better games,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said, “but look at the numbers.”
Raul Neto scored a career-high 25 points, and Robin Lopez had six of his season-high 24 points and two big blocks in overtime for the Wizards, who had lost their previous nine games against the Raptors.
“I always come in with the mentality of being aggressive and taking shots when they’re needed. They had two or three guys on Brad the whole game,” said Neto, who made 7 of 11 shots, including five 3-pointers. “It was a key game for us to make the play-in and everybody was locked in.”
Westbrook did not seal his triple-double until a driving layup with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter that left the Wizards one point behind.
Beal scored eight of the next 10 points for Washington, but Fred VanVleet’s 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left sent the game into overtime.
Three of the Wizards’ last four games have been decided by one or two points.
“To bounce back against a team that’s desperate, playing for their playoff lives – we knew they were going to bring it,” Brooks said.
A putback by Khem Birch followed by Siakam’s 15-foot jumper gave the Raptors a 71-58 lead, the largest of the game, early in the second half.
The Wizards tied it 82-82 with 1:49 left in the third quarter on on a four-point play by Garrison Mathews, but then went more than three minutes without scoring.
NFL sets offseason schedule, still plans mandatory mini-camps
NEW YORK (AP) The NFL has set its schedule for offseason workouts and still plans to have mandatory in-person minicamps, something the players’ union has opposed.
The league released the schedule through mid-June, with all 32 teams listing required-attendance minicamps next month. NFLPA President JC Tretter, a center for the Browns, has been vocal in his opposition to any programs requiring players to be on hand, stressing a preference for virtual work similar to 2020.
In a release Thursday, the NFL said: “Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.” All of those sessions were held remotely last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The union wants to replicate that not just for 2021 but beyond.
The offseason programs include three phases. The first began April 19 and concludes May 14. It was extended from its customary two-week period. Activities are limited to strength and conditioning, virtual meetings, and physical rehab.
In the second phase (May 17-21), which has been shortened from three weeks to one, on-field walk-throughs can include individual player instruction and drills that don’t include contact.
Phase three (May 24-June 18) remains its customary four weeks and could be the source of conflict between the league and union. This phase allows in-person meetings and classroom instruction, subject to COVID-19 testing, tracking, facility access and other protocols. Ten days of organized team activities (OTAs) allow no live contact, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Most minicamps are scheduled toward the end of this phase.
Dolphins release McCain, agree to terms with Jason McCourty
MIAMI (AP) Safety Bobby McCain was released Thursday by the Miami Dolphins, who agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Jason McCourty.
The Dolphins also signed tight end Jibri Blount, who played basketball at North Carolina Central. Blount was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year in 2019-20.
McCourty, 33, has 137 career starts, including 11 last season for the New England Patriots. He will be reunited with Dolphins coach Brian Flores, a former Patriots assistant.
McCourty also played for Tennessee and Cleveland.
McCain, who has spent his entire six-year NFL career with the Dolphins, became expendable when they took safety Jevon Holland of Oregon in the second round of the draft.
McCain started 15 games last season and has 55 starts. His release clears $5.6 million in salary cap space for the Dolphins.
Holland is now the front-runner to be paired at safety with veteran Eric Rowe this season.
Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger found dead in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, was found dead near campus Thursday, Austin police said.
Officers found the 20-year-old Ehlinger after responding to a call at 12:18 p.m. Police did not detail how they found him but said the death is not considered suspicious. No cause of death was immediately released.
Jake Ehlinger had not played the last two seasons after arriving as a walk-on from Austin’s Westlake High School.
Sam Ehlinger was a sixth-round pick in the NFL draft last week by the Indianapolis Colts after a college career that saw him rank among Texas’ career passing leaders.
“We grieve and weep with the Ehlinger family. Prayers, love and support,” Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted.
When Sam Ehlinger was drafted, Jake’s face was accidentally shown on the NFL Network instead of Sam. “Jake deserves all the screen time you can get,” Sam joked with reporters.
Jake’s death is the second tragedy to hit the Ehlinger family. Ross Ehlinger, Sam and Jake’s father, died at age 46 in 2013 of an apparent heart attack while competing in a triathlon in San Francisco.
Texas did not immediately release a statement and a spokesman did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Blast from past as Mickelson opens with 64 at Quail Hollow
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Phil Mickelson has gone nine months since he finished among the top 20, and it looks as though that streak is about to end at the Wells Fargo Championship.
The 50-year-old Mickelson kept his focus Thursday at Quail Hollow and blistered the course for a 7-under 64 to build a two-shot lead after the opening round. All but one of his eight birdies were inside about 5 feet.
Mickelson ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn. He closed with two birdies and a superb par save on the par-4 ninth for his best score since a 63 in the second round of the Travelers Championship last June.
Lefty missed the cut last week in the Valspar Championship and said he was concerned about losing concentration and dropping shots during stretches of a round. That wasn’t an issue at Quail Hollow, a course he loves for its mixture of birdie holes and tough par holes.
“The biggest thing for me was I was able to say in the present and focus on each shot,” Mickelson said. “My mind has been prone to wander.”
K.H. Lee had a 66 in the morning, while Innisbrook runner-up Keegan Bradley had a 66 in the afternoon.
The group at 67 included former U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, Tommy Fleetwood and Keith Mitchell, who reached 6 under until a sloppy double bogey on the long par-3 sixth hole and closed with a bogey. Still, Mitchell was 15 shots better than his previous round, an 82 on Sunday at Innisbrook.
Mickelson attributed most of the fun to his grouping of everyman Joel Dahmen (68) and old-soul Lanto Griffin, who struggled to a 75 as he tries to secure a spot in the U.S. Open.
Dahmen had tweeted that a round with Mickelson was on his bucket list and that he looked forward to see how his game would stack up against the best on the PGA Tour Champions. Mickelson has won twice on the senior circuit since turning 50 last summer.
“He’s a great guy,” Dahmen said. “He’s so full of … information, would be a good way to put it. I poked him a little bit, and he played awesome. I was trying not to get my butt kicked too bad.”
Mostly, though, this was Phil looking like the old Phil.
His lone bogey came on No. 11, his second hole of the afternoon round. His longest birdie putt was 15 feet on the 341-yard 14th, reachable off the tee but tough to get it close to the back right pin. Mickelson got up-and-down from a bunker on the par-5 15th hole. From there, he barely missed with his irons.
It started with an approach into 5 feet on No. 16. After a par save from right of the green on the par-3 17th, Mickelson hit into 3 feet on the 18th, 5 feet on the 507-yard first hole.
He finished out his round with a long two-putt birdie on the par-5 seventh, and a beautiful pitch to 5 feet with the pin on an upper shelf.
Quail Hollow wasn’t easy for some of the other stars.
Rory McIlroy, a two-time winners at the Wells Fargo, opened with a 72 as he tries to make it to the weekend for the first time since Bay Hill two months ago.
U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau birdied two of his last three holes for a 70. DeChambeau was going along fine until a big drive found a bunker, and he sent his next shot out-of-bounds to the right, leading to double bogey.
Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele each shot 72. Jon Rahm had eight bogeys in his first tournament since the Masters and shot 76.
Justin Thomas held his own with a 69 in the morning.
Mickelson said he has been doing some mental exercises, though maybe he should have just asked the tour earlier to put him with Dahmen and Griffin.
Dahmen said some of the discussions inside the ropes were different from other players.
“We got in some dopamine talk, frontal lobe and dopamine, and then the units of it, which I was actually impressed with,” Dahmen said. “Then he hit a 6-iron to 3 feet, so he must have had his dopamine correct on that one.”
Mickelson is No. 115 in the world and still not eligible for the U.S. Open. His last victory was more than two years ago at Pebble Beach. His last good opportunity to win was at the World Golf Championship in Tennessee last summer.
“There’s nothing physically holding me back from playing at a high level, but you cannot make mistakes at this level,” he said. “The guys out here are just so good, and I’ve been making a lot of errors, just simply not being mentally sharp.”
NHL fines Rangers $250K for criticizing player safety call
(AP) — The New York Rangers in less than 72 hours lost their best player to injury, fired their president and general manager, and had another player suspended. They are also out a quarter-million dollars in the aftermath of the storied franchise’s latest chaotic chapter.
The NHL fined the Rangers an extraordinary $250,000 on Thursday for what Commissioner Gary Bettman called demeaning personal comments made publicly about head of player safety George Parros. It’s believed to be the largest publicly announced fine of its kind in NHL history.
“While we don’t expect our clubs to agree with every decision rendered by the department of player safety, the extent to which the Rangers expressed their disagreement was unacceptable,” Bettman said. “It is terribly unfair to question George Parros’ professionalism and dedication to his role and the department of player safety.”
The uproar dates to Monday, when Washington’s Tom Wilson was involved in a scrum against the Rangers that left New York star Artemi Panarin injured and unable to finish the final three games of the season. Wilson was fined $5,000 for roughing against Pavel Buchnevich but not suspended, prompting the Rangers to issue a statement calling the decision a dereliction of duty and saying Parros was unfit to remain in his job.
“The New York Rangers are extremely disappointed that Capitals forward Tom Wilson was not suspended for his horrifying act of violence,” the team’s statement said. “Wilson is a repeat offender with a long history of these type of acts and we find it shocking that the NHL and their Department of Player Safety failed to take the appropriate action and suspend him indefinitely.”
No such suspension materialized, and Wilson was back on the ice with the Capitals against the Rangers on Wednesday night. The teams racked up a combined 141 penalty minutes in a fight-filled game, and their six fights were the most in league history in the opening five minutes.
Buchnevich was thrown out for cross-checking Capitals forward Anthony Mantha in the second period and was suspended after a hearing for Thursday night’s game in Boston. Buchnevich will forfeit just over $28,000 as part of the suspension.
NOTES: No. 23 Indiana Heads East to Face Rutgers and Nebraska
SETTING THE SCENE
• The No. 23-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (20-9) head to Piscataway, N.J. this weekend to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (17-13) and the Nebraska Cornhuskers (20-10) in a Big Ten pod at Bainton Field. IU will face both teams twice over the course of the weekend.
• This past weekend, the Hoosiers moved in to first place in the Big Ten after winning two of three games from Iowa at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. After dropping the first game on Friday, IU responded to win the final two contests, scoring 12 runs in both victories.
• 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.
• INF Cole Barr was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on May 4 after helping the Hoosiers to a series win over Iowa. The Yorktown, Ind. native batted 6-for-10 (.600) with a triple, two home runs, five RBI and six runs scored to help IU take two of three games from the Hawkeyes.
• Indiana is ranked No. 17 in the nation by Perfect Game, No. 23 by Baseball America, No. 24 by D1 Baseball and No. 29 in the NCBWA poll. IU is also receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches poll.
• Offensively, the Hoosiers have been led by OF Cole Barr, who leads the team with a .340 batting average, six home runs, 22 RBI and 30 runs scored. INF Paul Toetz has hit a team-best 14 doubles while driving in 20 and OF Grant Richardson leads the team with 10 stolen bases.
• The Indiana pitching staff continues to post some of the best numbers in the nation. The Hoosiers rank second in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (6.37), sixth in ERA (2.93) and 11th in WHIP (1.20). IU leads the Big Ten in all three categories.
• Individually, RHP McCade Brown leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (14.85) and ranks third in the league in hits allowed per nine innings (5.62). RHP Gabe Bierman leads the Big Ten in ERA (2.51), ranks second in hits allowed per nine innings (5.59) and is third in WHIP (1.05). LHP Tommy Sommer leads the Big Ten with five victories.
• INF Paul Toetz leads the Big Ten in doubles (14) and ranks fourth in the country in doubles per game (0.48). His 14 two-baggers are already a school record for doubles in Big Ten games.
• Since the start of the 2008 season, Indiana leads the Big Ten in wins (449) and conference wins (197). The Hoosiers have made seven NCAA Regionals over that span, the most out of any current Big Ten team.
• 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.
• Indiana’s convincing sweep of Minnesota on April 23-25 was the first series sweep of the Golden Gophers since the 1962 season. In the 23-1 victory on April 25, Indiana scored a season-high 23 runs on a season-best 17 hits. The 23 runs were the most for the Hoosiers since scoring 27 against Butler on March 23, 2016 and the most in a Big Ten game since plating 26 against Michigan in a 26-6 win on April 4, 2010.
• 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.
Senior Weekend Next for Hoosiers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Softball (19-17, 19-17 Big Ten) will honor their seven seniors as they compete for the final time at Andy Mohr Field this weekend as the Hoosiers host Penn State. The Hoosiers seven-member senior class has made a combined 1,106 appearances for the Cream & Crimson over their carees.
Indiana Softball (19-17, 19-17 Big Ten) is home for the second straight weekend and final weekend at home as they host Penn State (5-26, 5-26). The games will broadcast live on Big Ten Network Plus
Checking Out The Competition
Penn State comes in with a 5-26 mark on the season. Last time out the Nittany Lions were swept by Michigan. Penn State has three wins over Rutgers, one against Nebraska and one against Maryland this season. 7 of Penn State’s defeats on the season have been one run games and 10 by two runs or less. Melina Livingston leads Penn State at the plate with a .303 average on the season and .425 on base percentage. In the circle Bailey Parshall has gotten the majority of the work with 88.1 inning pitched and a 2.77 era.
Last Time Out
Indiana won their third out of their last four series by taking three of four against Michigan State. In the first three games the Hoosiers did not allow a run to the Spartans. Emily Goodin pitched 27 innings with 0 earned runs and struck out 19 batters. Grayson Radcliffe and Bella Norton each hit home runs in the series. Freshman Grace Lorsung batted .400 with four hits. Gabbi Jenkins had two extra base hits.
News and Notes
Gabbi Jenkins leads the Big Ten and NCAA in stolen bases in a single game with six. Jenkins leads the Big Ten with 22 stolen bases. Jenkins ranks 36th in the NCAA in stolen bases per game.
• Jenkins was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on April 20.
• Jenkins has 94 career stolen bases and broke the record of 90 set by Aimee Lonigro in 1996. She broke the program single game stolen base record already this year with six against Rutgers on Mar. 13.
• As a team, the Hoosiers ranks eighth in the country in stolen bases at 2.28 per game. Indiana is +44 in stolen bases vs. their opponent this season.
• The Hoosiers have stolen 83 bases on the season.
• Grayson Radcliffe leads the Hoosiers in RBI with 22.
• Gabbi Jenkins is second in the Big Ten in doubles with 15.
• Indiana ranks seventh in the Big Ten in batting average at .254.
• Emily Goodin leads the Big Ten in innings pitched for the season at 159. Goodin is fourth in the conference in strikeouts with 139. Goodin is fourth in the Big Ten in ERA for the season at 1.64.
• Brittany Ford hit her first career grand slam in game one against Rutgers on Mar. 13.
• Katie Lacefield and Taylor Lambert had their first home runs of the season on Mar. 13 during game two against Rutgers.
• Aaliyah Andrews leads the Hoosiers in batting average at .333.
• Brooke Benson recorded the first walk off of her career when she hit a RBI double in the 11th inning to help the Hoosiers prevail and get the sweep against Rutgers. Benson hit her first career home run to help the Hoosiers to a 1-0 win against Illinois on April 25.
#2 ND BASEBALL: Series Preview – No. 13 Florida State
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The second-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is gearing up for their final home series of the regular season as No. 13 Florida State comes to town. The top-15 matchup will be aired nationally on ACC Network all weekend as the Irish look to continue its strong play in the ACC. The Irish hold a six-game winning streak heading into the weekend and are in the top spot in the Atlantic Division with just two conference series remaining. Saturday will be Notre Dame Degree Day to honor all the student-athletes on the team that will be getting their degrees later this month.
Home Sweet Home
- The Irish are back at home for their final home series of the regular series this season as a top-15 matchup is on deck.
- The Irish welcome the 13th-ranked Florida State Seminoles into town for a three game series that will be aired nationally on the ACC Network.
- Head coach Link Jarrett will be going up against his alma mater this weekend and his former teammate in Seminoles head coach Mike Martin, Jr.
- Jarrett and Martin, Jr. were teammates for two seasons, including the 1994 season when the Seminoles made it to the College World Series.
- Florida State owns a 19-9 record over the Irish but holds just a slim 5-4 margin in games played at Notre Dame.
- The Seminoles enter the weekend ranked as high as No. 13 in the polls and are 23-16 on the season and 15-12 in ACC play.
Record Breaking Offense Powers Irish to Sweep Over Tar Heels
- The Notre Dame offense kept its hot play going in the 19-5 win in the series finale to sweep North Carolina.
- The Irish scored in five of the eight innings and put crooked numbers up in three of those innings.
- Notre Dame started early with a five run first inning to build an early lead thanks to RBI doubles by Niko Kavadas, Jack Brannigan and David LaManna.
- The Tar Heels tied the game in the top of the third but it did not last long as Carter Putz put the Irish back in front with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the inning.
- Notre Dame did not lay off the gas in the fourth inning, plating six runs in the frame. LaManna and Brooks Coetzee both hit home runs in the inning while Putz and Kavadas also drove in runs.
- In the final offensive frame for the Irish, they put six runs on the board again. Zack Prajzner scored two runs on a home run while LaManna, Kavadas and Putz drove in the other runs in the inning to put the stamp on the game.
- On the mound, Tanner Kohlhepp picked up his seventh win of the season which is the best mark in the conference.
- The 19 runs scored set an ACC record for the Irish as it is the most runs they have scored in a conference game since joining the league in 2014.
- It is the most runs in a game since May 15, 2018 when they also scored 19 runs in a 19-10 win over Northwestern.
- The Irish racked up 21 hits in the game, the most since March 24, 2016 when they had 21 in a 16-4 road win over Virginia Tech.
- The 36 runs scored in the series sweep was the most in a series sweep since March 20-22, 2008 when the Irish scored 38 in the sweep over Georgetown.
- With the win the Irish collected their 21st conference win of the season, the most in a season since they had 21 BIG EAST wins in the 2006 season.
Bats Lift Irish to Series Win Over North Carolina
- The Irish bats took care of business in the 13-12 win over North Carolina to claim the teams ninth ACC series win of the season.
- The Irish got out to an early lead after scoring in five of the first six innings and they scored multiple runs in four of those innings.
- Notre Dame’s biggest inning came in the second when they plated four runs after Jared Miller, Ryan Cole and Niko Kavadas all singled to score runs in the inning.
- David LaManna, Brooks Coetzee and Cole all drove in runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the Irish run total in double digits for the eighth time this season.
- John Michael Bertrand had another solid outing on the mound. He tossed 6.2 innings and allowed just two runs to pick up his fifth win of the season.
- With the win, Notre Dame improves to 7-2 this season in games Bertrand starts.
Irish Blank Tar Heels in Series Opener
- In the second to last home series of the regular season, the Irish pitching staff put together another masterful performance in the 4-0 win over North Carolina.
- Will Mercer got the Irish going on the mound, tossing the first 4.2 innings and allowed just three hits to the Tar Heels.
- Fresh off being named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List, Tanner Kohlhepp came on to finish the fifth inning and went the rest of the way for the Irish.
- He pitched the final 4.1 innings of the game and also allowed just three hits to pick up his team-leading sixth win of the season.
- At the plate, Jack Brannigan launched his fourth home run of the season in the fourth to put the Irish in front.
- Kyle Hess also added a run in the fourth with an RBI single and that was all the offense for either squad until the eighth.
- Carter Putz and Brannigan scored two insurance runs to seal the 4-0 win.
- It is the third shutout the Irish have thrown this season and all of them have been against ACC opponents.
Top-25, Here Come The Irish
- Following nine ACC series wins, with five coming on the road, everyone is taking note of the Irish.
- The Irish made their biggest jump of the season, rising as high as No. 2 in the polls this past week.
- The Irish are now a consensus Top-10 in all six polls and have jumped in the top-five in two of the polls.
- They rank No. 2 in Baseball America, No. 3 in Perfect Game, No. 7 by USA Today Coaches Poll and D1Baseball, No. 9 in the NCBWA poll and No. 10 in Collegiate Baseball.
- No. 2 is the highest ranking for the Irish since the 2001 season when they were ranked as the No. 1 team in the country.
- 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.
Berger and Patberg Named 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-District
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Senior guard Ali Patberg and junior guard Grace Bergerhave been selected to the 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-District team on Thursday. This is the third time in four years the Hoosiers have landed two student-athletes on the All-District 5 team.
The 2020-21 Academic All-District® Women’s Basketball Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes basketball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in late May. Indiana is one of two Big Ten team to place two student-athletes on all-district teams and one of five teams with multiple selections.
Patberg is a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree as she has earned a spot for the third-consecutive season. A graduate of IU’s Kelley School of Business in May 2020 with a degree in finance, the Columbus, Ind. native is working on her master’s degree in recreational administration and holds a 4.00 GPA. She is a three time Academic All-Big Ten selection and was a 2020-21 All-Big Ten second team honoree. Patberg averaged 14.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, a +2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio while shooting 42.3 percent from the floor and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. She scored in double figures 20 times and scored 20 points or more in five games. The senior guard became IU’s 28th member of the 1,000-point club this season and currently ranks 15th all-time in scoring a third in all-time assists and was a Top 10 finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award for the second-straight season.
Berger, a native of Louisville, Ky., holds a 3.86 GPA in sports marketing and management and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She led the nation in triple-doubles this season with three while averaging 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.1 steals, and a +2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio to lead IU to an Elite Eight appearance this season. The WBCA and USWBA All-American honorable mention shot 44.1 percent from the floor and 74.4 percent from the free throw line while playing 34 minutes per game. In addition, Berger scored in double figures 23 times and had seven games where she scored 20 points or more as she earned All-Big Ten first team honors and was a Cheryl Miller Award top 10 watchlist candidate.
MTEN: Buckeyes Ready for NCAA Opening Round in Winston-Salem
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time since 2005, Ohio State heads out on the road for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament as the Buckeyes will take on VCU on Friday in Winston-Salem, N.C. The match is scheduled for 2 p.m. with host Wake Forest and South Carolina State playing at 5 p.m.
- Ohio State enters the tournament at 20-3 on the year and is coming off a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Tournament last weekend.
- This is the 21st time the Buckeyes have been selected for the NCAA Championship with every appearance coming under the direction of head coach Ty Tucker.
- The Buckeyes have an overall record of 56-20 with a pair of runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2018.
- Ohio State and VCU are meeting for the second time in the NCAA Tournament. The two teams also met in the opening round in 2001, which resulted in a 4-3 OSU victory in Knoxville, Tenn.
- VCU leads the all-time series with Ohio State 9-7 but the Buckeyes have won six of the eight meetings under Ty Tucker. The most recent meeting came in Columbus in the 2019 ITA Kickoff Weekend where the Buckeyes won 4-0.
- A potential second round matchup will be with either Wake Forest or SC State. The Buckeyes have won seven of the last eight meetings with Wake Forest since 1990. That includes an NCAA Tournament win in 2014 and three wins at the ITA Indoor Team Championship. The lone loss came in Winston-Salem in 2018 in the finals of the NCAA Championship.
- Ohio State has never met SC State on the tennis court.
- Five Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten honors this season as Cannon Kinglsey, John McNally and Kyle Seelig were named to the first team while James Trotter and JJ Tracy earned second team accolades.
- Kinglsey and McNally were selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship later this month.
- Kingsley was the coaches’ unanimous selection for Big Ten Player of the Year. He has been remarkable this year with a perfect singles record of 27-0. He has nine wins over ranked opponents.
- McNally is right there with Kingsley at 21-4 on the year. He has six wins vs. ranked foes and is also 17-5 in doubles matches.
- Tracy became the 10th Buckeye to be named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He is 24-3 on the season and had his 24-match win streak broken last weekend in the championship match vs. Illinois. He is also 13-3 in doubles matches this season.
Softball Preps for Final Home Weekend
Purdue (13-23) vs. Northwestern (24-12)
Friday, May 7
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Saturday, May 8 | Senior Day
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The penultimate weekend of Purdue softball (13-23) is slated to take place this Friday and Saturday with a pair of doubleheaders against Northwestern (24-12) at Bittinger Stadium.
The four-game series, originally scheduled for Friday through Sunday, was shifted to avoid the rain forecasted for Sunday. Friday evening’s 5:30 p.m. ET game will air on Big Ten Network. The remaining games will be streamed on BTN+.
The weekend will serve as a celebration for the program as well, with a team awards ceremony following the 5:30 p.m. ET game on Friday. Meanwhile on Saturday, Purdue will honor seniors Sydney Bates and Ryleigh Scott on Senior Day following the 6:30 p.m. ET game.
The Boilermakers are coming off a series win over Ohio State, in which it took the final three games in the series to win, 3-1. With the results, Purdue has won four of its last six games.
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- Purdue has won four of its last six games.
- Rachel Becker, in addition to topping the charts in four Big Ten categories, ranks No. 5 in the nation with 16 doubles, No. 7 in doubles per game (.44), No. 10 in batting average (.483), No. 23 in on-base % (.548) and No. 33 in hits (56).
- Three Boilermakers are batting over .300: Becker, Rylee Platusic (.341), Cora Bassett (.311) and Kiley Goff (.310).
- The Boilermakers rank third in the Big Ten in three categories: double plays per game, doubles and doubles per game.
- Becker has scored in six of the last seven games.
- Freshman Kaitlyn Brannstrom set a career-high four RBI in the 7-6 (8 IN) victory over Ohio State (5/1).
- Freshman Kiley Goff is second on the team with 16 walks and is riding a five-game hitting streak.
- The Boilermakers have tallied seven or more hits in each of its last three games.
- No Boilermaker struck out in its final game vs. Ohio State (5/2), marking the first time this season the team has accomplished the feat (last: 2/16/20 vs. Central Michigan).
- Pitcher Sydney Bates went 2-0 last weekend weekend, appearing in all three victories for a combined 11.1 innings of work.
- Becker has reached base in nine consecutive games, meanwhile Brannstrom is riding a seven game streak.
2 Incomers Tabbed Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Two members of the incoming Fall 2021 Purdue volleyball team: Ali Hornung and Sydney Yim were named Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year for Indiana and Massachusetts, respectively.
The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court for every state. All 50 honorees will be submitted for Gatorade National Player of the Year, which will be announced in June.
The duo make up 50 percent of the Fall 2021 incoming class. Purdue’s No. 9 nationally ranked signing class also includes a pair of Under Armour High School All-Americans with Hornung’s first team honor and Raven Colvin’s honorable mention.
Hornung, who will be an outside hitter/defensive specialist for Purdue, was selected for Purdue’s home state, hailing from New Albany, Indiana and is sister to current Boilermaker, Marissa Hornung. The Boilermaker amassed 446 kills and 368 digs to lead the Our Lady of Providence High School to a 23-7 record and a Class 4A semifinals. The three-time First Team All-State selection was also a VolleyballMag.com First Team All-American, a MaxPreps First Team All-American in addition to her Under Armour First Team All-America honor.
Yim, a product of Newburyport, Massachusetts, recorded 178 assists and 102 kills this past season, leading the Clippers (9-3) to the Cape Ann League Tournament semifinals. Yim also compiled 67 digs and 41 aces on the year. A 2019 Division II First Team All-State selection, she is a two-time CAL Player of the Year as well as a 2019 Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic recipient.
Yim is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Newburyport High School.
Butler Baseball to Host Creighton this Weekend
INDIANAPOLIS – Butler will take aim at the top team in the BIG EAST standings this weekend when they host Creighton for a four-game series. The Bluejays have only lost two conference games this season, but the Bulldogs were victorious the last time they left the diamond at Bulldog Park. Fans can catch the action on Friday at 4 PM. First pitch on both Saturday and Sunday is set for 12 PM.
Friday: LHP Nick Eaton vs. RHP Dylan Tebrake
Saturday: RHP Connor Schultz vs. RHP Jonah Smith
Saturday: RHP Jack Myers vs. LHP Cade Lommell
Sunday: RHP John MacCauley vs. TBD
The Bluejays are on top of the BIG EAST standings with a 9-2 conference record. They recently took three of four from St. John’s to improve their overall record to 17-9. Creighton also took three of four against Georgetown and swept Villanova over opening weekend 3-0.
When you break down the numbers it is easy to see why Creighton is so hard to beat. The Bluejays lead the BIG EAST in team ERA (3.68), WHIP (1.25), walks allowed per nine innings (3.4), fielding percentage (.987) and double plays per game. Match those statistics with the best on-base percentage in the BIG EAST (.378) and you have a recipe for success.
The top two players in the lineup for head coach Ed Servais this season have been Alan Roden and Andrew Meggs. Roden is having a monster freshman season, batting .354 with 13 doubles, seven home runs and a team-best 39 RBI. He is tied with Meggs for the team lead in hits (35) and runs scored (27). Meggs is another tough out in the order with a .350 average. Creighton also has the reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week in Parker Upton. Against St. John’s, Upton hit .400 and blasted a grand slam against the Red Storm to help post eight RBI.
Dylan Tebrake made the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for Creighton last week. The right-hander is undefeated on the mound this year (6-0) with a 2.61 ERA. He has 49 strikeouts in 48.1 innings of action. Tebrake has only walked 14 batters this season and has not allowed a home run.
Jonah Smith and Cade Lommell are also expected to touch the rubber at Bulldog Park. Smith has a team-best 54 strikeouts to go along with a 4.03 ERA. He is 5-2 on the mound over eight starts and ranks second on the team with 44.2 IP. Lommell gives the Bluejays a left-hander in the mix. He is 3-2 on the mound over five starts. The freshman holds onto a 3.58 ERA and has 28 strikeouts in 27.2 innings of work.
Butler vs. Creighton
Since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2014, the Bulldogs have recorded four wins against Creighton. The Bluejays won eight of the first nine meetings, but since 2017 (Schrage’s first year at Butler) the series is closer with BU trailing CU 4-3.
Butler and Creighton split a pair of games in 2017. The same could be said in 2018 when weather pushed the series to Edwardsville, Ill. Most recently, Creighton took two of three against Butler at Bulldog Park. The good news for Bulldog fans is that one of those losses went into extra innings. On top of that, Connor Schultz picked up the win for BU that last time the Bulldogs defeated the Bluejays. He threw eight complete innings of shutout baseball. He limited Creighton to just five hits while striking out seven. The offense was provided by a Robbie McCargar home run and an extra base hit from Brody McGrath.
Connor Schultz and Nick Eaton combined to throw a no-hitter against Northern Kentucky in Butler’s last game. Schultz threw the first 3.2 innings of action and Eaton was responsible for the final 3.1 innings to no-hit Northern Kentucky. Eaton was in the zone with six strikeouts and no walks during his time on the mound.
Nick Making Noise
Nick Eaton has carved out a nice role with the Bulldogs this season. Over his first six appearances, Eaton had nine strikeouts over 10 innings pitched. Over his last four outings, Eaton has 24 strikeouts in 14 IP. He hasn’t walked a batter or allowed a run since April 17.
Schrage’s Alma Mater
Dave Schrage was an all-conference outfielder at Creighton during his collegiate career, batting .400 as a junior and .433 his senior season. He also was an Academic All-America honoree during his senior campaign in 1983. Schrage was honored on the MVC’s Centennial Celebration baseball team and is the only person in league history to earn all-conference honors and be named MVC Coach of the Year in baseball. Additional selections to the MVC All-Centennial Team at the outfield position include Joe Carter (Wichita State) and Kirby Puckett (Bradley).
Butler scored 22 runs over the three-game series against Villanova, posting the highest run total of any weekend series this season. BU scored 19 against Valpo at the end of March and 13 against both Evansville and Ball State. In four game series; Butler scored 18 runs at Seton Hall and 17 at Xavier.
Butler recorded 15 hits against Villanova in the first game of the weekend series. Every starter that day recorded at least one hit. That total went down as the second highest total of any game this season. BU recorded 19 hits against Valpo on March 27.
Power at the Plate
Butler has hit nine home runs over their last 10 games. James Gargano hit a solo shot against Northern Kentucky last weekend to move his season total to four. He is tied for the team lead in home runs along with teammates Dan Harwood, Aaron Steinhart, and Robbie McCargar.
Butler laid down a season-high three sacrifice bunts on April 23 to help generate runs. Those important at-bats helped BU generate 10 RBIs.
Dan Harwood has reached base safely in eight-straight games for BU. The longest hitting streak on the team is currently a tie between James Gargano and Harwood (3). The longest hitting streak of the season is a three-way tie between Gargano, Aaron Steinhart and Freddie Matos (6). Matos also has the longest reached base streak this season (13).
Freddie Matos and Brody McGrath share the team lead for most multi-hit games recorded this season. Matos has six two-hit games and two three-hit contests to reach eight total. McGrath as seven two-hit games and one three-hit performance to match his effort. Dan Harwood also pops off the page when looking over multi-hit games. He leads BU with four, three-hit games in 2021. He had a three-hit game vs. Northern Kentucky over the weekend. During that two game series, Harwood hit .714 with five hits in just seven at-bats. He hit a triple in game one and had two doubles in game two to post a 1.286 slugging percentage. The first baseman also scored three runs.
Minor League Baseball Startup
Minor League Baseball started back up on May 4. The Bulldogs are wishing the best of luck to Ryan Pepiot and Harrison Freed. Pepiot opens the season with the Tulsa Drillers (LA Dodgers AA) and Freed is with the San Jose Giants (San Francisco A).
The final home series of the 2021 season for Butler will take place at Bulldog Park next weekend against St. John’s from May 14-16. Friday’s opener is set for 4 PM. Action on both Saturday and Sunday will start at 12 PM. All four games will stream on Butler’s YouTube channel.
First-Place Showdown For Cardinals Baseball
The biggest series of the MAC baseball regular season is this weekend when the Ball State baseball team travels to Central Michigan with first place on the line. No other team is within five games of either team in the standings.
Ball State (19-5 MAC) trails Central by one game heading into the weekend. The two teams had been tied until last Sunday. CMU, on an 8-game win streak, is coming off a sweep over Miami while BSU has won seven of eight and won a series at Bowling Green.
The two teams met in the 2019 conference tournament final, where Central won the tournament for the first time since 1995. Central Michigan started league play 0-2 this year but is 20-2 since then. A weekend split at CMU keeps the Cardinals a game back, while winning the series puts BSU alone in first place.
Following this weekend’s games, Ball State has Kent State at home May 14-16.
What To Know For This Weekend
— Aaron Simpson, a career .272 hitter with 38 extra-base hits at BSU, knows Central’s shortstop pretty well. His younger brother, Justin, starts for CMU and is hitting .317 with 33 runs and 33 RBIs.
RELATED: Simpson Series (via LATimes.com)
— Ross Messina is on an 8-game hitting streak, a span where he’s hitting .500 (14-for-28) with 11 runs and nine RBIs.
— Ball State has six everyday players hitting .303 or better, the most in the conference. Central has four guys hitting .317 or better, to BSU’s five.
Tale of the Tape: BSU vs. CMU (MAC Ranking)
|CATEGORY||BALL STATE||CENTRAL MICHIGAN|
|Team Batting Avg.||.277 (T-3rd)||.277 (T-3rd)|
|Runs / Game||6.25 (3rd)||7.41 (1st)|
|Hits / Game||8.88 (2nd)||8.41 (4th)|
|Walks / Game||4.42 (2nd)||6.46 (1st)|
|Team OBP||.383 (2nd)||.424 (1st)|
|Team Slugging||.402 (5th)||.372 (7th)|
|Stolen Bases||48-63 (3rd)||50-62 (2nd)|
|Team ERA||3.89 (3rd)||3.24 (1st)|
|Hits / 9 Innings||7.72 (5th)||7.29 (1st)|
|Ks / 9 Innings||10.98 (2nd)||9.32 (4th)|
|Batting Avg Allowed||.234 (3rd)||.223 (1st)|
Softball Opens 10-Game Road Swing at WMU
THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE SOFTBALL: The Ball State softball team opens a 10-game road swing Friday, when it travels to Western Michigan for a four-game weekend series … The Cardinals and Broncos will play a single game Friday at 3 p.m., a doubleheader Saturday a 1 p.m. and a single game Sunday at Noon.
» VENUE UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting department of health guidance, there will be no general public attendance at this weekend’s games at Western Michigan: More Info
» HOW TO FOLLOW: While you may not be able to attend this weekend’s games, that does not mean you cannot follow the action … Live audio will be available for all four games on Bronco All-Access … Live stats will be provided courtesy of Western Michigan Athletics … Fans can also get regular updates by following the team on Twitter – @BallStateSB … Links can be found on the softball schedule page on BallStateSports.com.
» THE RACE FOR FIRST: With wet weather hampering some of this week’s midweek #MACtion, the race for the league championship and the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament which goes with it is down to three teams with 10 games remaining in the regular season … Miami leads the conference at 26-2 (.929), while Ball State is second at 22-7 (.759) and Kent State is third at 18-11 (.621) … The Cardinals could gain some major ground in the race this weekend, as Miami and Kent State battle in a four-game series in Oxford, Ohio … Series sweeps by the Cardinals and Golden Flashes would allow Ball State to move back within a half game of first.
» SERIES VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Cardinals trail the Broncos 65-59 in the all-time series which dates back to an April 22, 1978 doubleheader in Muncie … WMU won a close opening game, 1-0, while taking the nightcap, 13-3 … In the latest series between the two clubs, Ball State won two of three games at Ebert Field April 12-13, 2019 … Ball State won the opening game of the series by a score of 7-5 on April 12 … WMU countered by taking the opening game of an April 13 doubleheader in extra innings, 10-9 (8) … However, Ball State responded by winning the nightcap, 5-3, to win the series … Overall, the Cardinals are 21-26 in games played in Kalamazoo.
ABOUT THE BALL STATE CARDINAL
» The Cardinals enter the Western Michigan series after splitting a Tuesday doubleheader versus Northern Illinois … The Huskies built a 7-0 lead in the opening game, and went on to win 7-2, as Ball State’s seventh-inning rally attempt fell five runs short … NIU built a 4-0 lead after four in the second game, only to see the Cardinals score three in the fifth and two in the seventh for a walk-off victory … For the second time in three games, it was junior outfielder Faith Hensley who would provide the walk-off magic with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh … She drove in the game-tying run on the hit, while an NIU error on the play allowed the winning run to cross the plate.
» Ball State enters Friday’s game ranked second in the MAC and 28th nationally with a .312 team batting average and is fourth in the league with a 4.24 team ERA … Junior outfielder Faith Hensley leads the squad and is 102nd nationally with a .402 average, while seven of BSU’s regular starters are batting at least .314 … Sophomore pitcher Deborah Jones has the team’s lowest ERA, at 4.07, and owns a 10-6 record … She also ranks 24th nationally with three saves.
ONE THING TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND: Ball State senior Kendall Fields would like to repeat the magic from her last trip to Kalamazoo in 2019, when she was named the MAC Player of the Week after blasting three home runs and tallying 10 RBI … Ball State’s starting designated player in Tuesday’s win over NIU, Fields opened the 2019 series with her first career grand slam in the top of the first inning of the 7-5 win on April 12 … In the opening game of the April 13 doubleheader, she opened the game with an RBI single to right, before blasting a two-out, fill count three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh for force extra innings in the 10-9 (8) loss … She closed the weekend with a two-run blast in the April 13 nightcap, driving in what proved to be the game-winning run … In addition, she would go on to complete a home run “cycle” over four games with a solo home run in the series opener at Toledo (April 19, 2019) the following weekend.
HENSLEY STILL GOING STRONG: Junior outfielder Faith Hensley is having a breakout season, ranking 102nd among all NCAA Division I players with her .402 batting average, while ranking 80th in on base percentage at .497 … In addition, she leads the team with 38 RBIs, including a career-high seven in the 10-3 win over Alcorn State (March 6) in which she hit two home runs … The seven RBIs tie as the second most in a game in program history, trailing only the eight RBIs current Ball State senior catcher Stacy Payton drove in when she smashed three home runs against Oakland on May 7, 2019.
THE 100 RBI CLUB: Senior center fielder Kennedy Wynn became the 15th player in program history to reach 100 career RBIs with her three-run homer which provided the game-winning run at Miami (April 20) … She is the fourth player on Ball State’s active roster to reach the mark and is currently 13th in program history with 104 RBIs, including 19 this season … Senior first baseman Janae Hogg is Ball State’s active career leader, ranking sixth in BSU annals with 143 RBIs, including 28 this season … Senior catcher Stacy Payton is ninth all time at 131, while senior outfielder Haley Dominique is 11th at 126 … Payton has 32 RBI in 2021, while Dominique is at 26.
WALK THIS WAY: With her fourth of six walks in the series versus Bowling Green, senior first baseman Janae Hogg became the most walked player in program history, passing the 115 drawn by Taylor Rager (2011-14) … Hogg enters Friday’s game at WMU with 128 career walks, including 19 this season, which ranks sixth among all active NCAA Division I players … Senior outfielder Haley Dominique is not far behind, ranking fourth all-time at Ball State and 23rd among active Division I players with 111 career walks, including 16 this season … It marks the first time in program history BSU has had two players with at least 100 walks on the same team.
ONE SAVE CLOSER: Senior Alyssa Rothwell moved one save closer to achieving an NCAA record in the series opener versus Ohio (April 23), throwing the final inning of BSU’s 4-2 come-from-behind victory to secure her 30th career save … It was her second save of the season, after also picking up one in BSU’s 9-6 win over Samford (March 13) … At 30 saves, Rothwell is the NCAA’s active career saves leader and has 10 more than any other player in NCAA Division I softball … She set the Ball State and MAC single-season saves record with 14 in 2019, which led the nation and tied as the third-most saves in a single season in NCAA Division I history … The NCAA career saves record is currently 32 set by Mississippi State’s Kellie Willkerson (1999-2002).
FROM THE BASE PATHS: Ball State ranks third in the MAC with 56 stolen bases this season, with 15 different Cardinals having at least one stolen base … Overall, the team is averaging 1.24 stolen bases per game … Ball State has not averaged more than 1.00 stolen base per game since the 2015 season, when the Cardinals won the MAC Tournament and made their latest appearance in the NCAA Regionals … That year Ball State stole 80 bases over 59 games for a 1.36 swipes-per-game average.
COMEBACK CARDINALS: Ball State has played the role of comeback kids so far this season, trailing at some point during 14 of its program record 22 MAC victories … Throw in non-conference play, and Ball State has trailed in 17 of its 28 wins on the season, including each of its last seven victories.
THE BIG INNING: Ball State has scored four-or-more runs in an inning 20 times this season … The Cardinals have done it at least once in each inning, 1-7, including seven times in the third … Ball State’s biggest inning was the nine-run onslaught in the third inning of the 14-5 (5) come-from-behind win over Toledo (May 1) … The Cardinals also had an eight-run first in the series finale at Central Michigan (April 4) on the way to a 16-5 (5) victory … Ball State has scored seven runs in an inning twice this year.
RV/RV IRISH HOST BOSTON COLLEGE FOR SENIOR WEEKEND
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame (28-12, 17-10 ACC) faces its final series of 2021 as the Irish host Boston College (13-29, 8-21 ACC) for a four-game series May 7-9 at Melissa Cook Stadium. Notre Dame is currently on an 11-game win streak, as well as owning 16-consecutive home victories, a streak which spans back to 2019.
As part of the series, the Irish will honor the team members who will be graduating and not returning next season.
Notre Dame leads the ACC in batting average (.305), ranking fifth in ERA (2.32). Currently at fifth place in the ACC, the Irish have clinched their position in the ACC Tournament, which will take place next week in Louisville.
Location: Melissa Cook Stadium (Notre Dame, IN)
NOTE: Spectators are limited to team guests and students.
- Friday, May 7: 5 p.m. ET vs. Boston College
- Saturday, May 8 (DH1): 1 p.m. ET vs. Boston College
- Saturday, May 8 (DH2): 3 p.m. ET vs. Boston College
- Sunday, May 9: Noon ET vs. Boston College
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 .465 avg. leads the ACC and ranks 14th in the nation, while her 59 total hits are second in the ACC and tied for 16th in the nation. She is also the second-toughest player to strike out in the ACC (18.1 at-bats per strikeout) and is second in on-base percentage (0.537), third in slugging percentage (0.756) and third in total bases (96), while ranking fifth in runs-per-game (0.88).
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 6 individual batters. OF Abby Sweet (.465) ranks first, and OF Emma Clark is sixth (.403).
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: 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: The Irish have swept three ACC series this season, winning all games against NC State, Virginia and No. 15/13 Virginia Tech.
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 (eight-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.
5-7: Notre Dame is 5-7 this season against ranked teams. The Irish were the first team to hand Duke a loss in 2021 (Feb. 20), which was the only loss on the Blue Devils’ record until March 27. Notre Dame swept then-No. 15/13 Virginia Tech in four games at Virginia Tech’s home park April 23-25. Through this point in the season, Notre Dame has faced five teams that were either ranked or receiving votes at the time of the games (Alabama, Duke, Liberty, Florida State and Virginia Tech).
5: Notre Dame ranks in the ACC’s Top 5 in team batting average and pitching. The Irish lead the conference with a collective .305 batting avg., while they rank fifth in the conference with a 2.32 ERA.
11: Notre Dame owns an 11-game win streak, following two-consecutive series sweeps of Virginia and No. 15/13 Virginia Tech, with the doubleheader sweep of Charlotte, as well as a midweek win over Western Michigan.
12: The May 1 doubleheader marked Notre Dame’s 10th-annual Strike Out Cancer celebration, which raises funds and awareness for those battling pediatric cancer and their families. Through the week, the Irish raised more than $23,000 for the cause.
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 three home runs, totaling 13 hits and 10 RBI on the season.
16: The Irish have won 16-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 come 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.
25: On April 23, OF Abby Sweet was named one of 25 finalists for USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Year Award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball. Sweet is the third player in Irish history to be selected as a Top 25 Finalist for the award, joining Emilee Koerner (2013) and Karley Wester (2015 & 2016).
80: IF Chelsea Purcell, currently in her fifth season (graduate student), leads the team in defensive assists with 80. Seeing action at shortstop and third base, she has made a significant impact in the infield, including a showstopping defensive performance at No. 15/13 Virginia Tech.
Sycamores Matchup with Missouri State in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Indiana State baseball is set to open a four-game series with Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. First pitch of Friday’s scheduled doubleheader is set for 11 a.m. ET with game two following. Both contests on Saturday and Sunday are slated for a noon start.
Sunday is currently the lone game scheduled to air on ESPN3. The series will also be available on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide with Luke Martin on the radio call. Fans can listen on WIBQ 1230 AM in the Wabash Valley on Saturday and Sunday. Fans can also follow along on the go via live stats, at @IndStBaseball on Twitter and on the Indiana State Athletics March On App.
THE SYCAMORE WEEKEND ROTATION
Game One – LHP Geremy Guerrero (7-1, 1.56 ERA, 63.1 IP, 75 K, 10 BB)
Game Two – LHP Tyler Grauer (2-1, 5.06 ERA, 21.1 IP, 23 K, 2 BB)
Game Three – LHP Tristan Weaver (2-3, 6.82 ERA, 30.1 IP, 27 K, 15 BB)
Game Four – TBA
NEWS & NOTEWORTHY
» The Sycamores come into play at 21-11 overall and 8-4 in Missouri Valley Conference play. ISU is hitting .267 as a squad led by Max Wright (.297, 7 2B, 10 HR, 24 RBI, .631 SLG) and Jordan Schaffer (.385, 6 2B, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 29 R, .354 SLG) while five other ISU batters are hitting above .270 on the year. ISU’s Aaron Beck has jumped onto the scene with a .444 average with 24 hits in 22 games played (12 starts). Ellison Hanna II is also hitting .321 in 15 games (8 starts) with six extra-base hits, including two home runs. Indiana State boasts the second-best team ERA in the MVC at 4.09. ISU’s .978 fielding percentage ranks 23rd nationally and best in the MVC.
» Though currently not ranked — but receiving votes — Indiana State has been ranked five weeks this season by several polls, including No. 19 by Perfect Game USA, No. 21 by D1Baseball.com, No. 24 by Baseball America, No. 25 in the ESPN Today Coaches Poll and No. 27 in the NCBWA poll. The Sycamores fell out of the Top-25 after dropping a series to DBU on the road but are still receiving votes in two polls.
» The Sycamores fell victim to COVID-19 issues within the Bradley baseball program as last weekend’s series in Terre Haute was canceled. The Sycamores are now scheduled to just play eight games at Bob Warn Field this season. ISU is currently tied with Iona with four games at home this season. The Gaels will play six home games this weekend.
» Indiana State sits at No. 19 in the current RPI ranking, according to WarrenNolan.com. ISU has wins over Pittsburgh (#26), Tennessee (#7), Florida Gulf Coast (#70) as well as a sweep of FIU (#152). ISU also took two of three games at nationally ranked FAU (#84). Currently, Indiana State’s nonconference strength of schedule ranks 78th nationally.
» Indiana State trails in the all-time series with the Bears, 75-46 and is looking for its first road series win over Missouri State since 2007. ISU is 8-16 all-time at Hammons Field and has dropped 11 of the last 13 games to Missouri State.
» 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 4.09 team ERA which ranks 53rd-best nationally and second in the MVC. As a team, ISU also ranks 11th with 2.90 walks allowed per nine innings; 15th with a 3.15 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 32 games.
» Geremy Guerrero has earned a pair of MVC Pitcher of the Week honors this season. He is 7-1 on the season with an ERA of 1.56 and leads the nation in WHIP (0.68). On the year, the southpaw has pitched 63.1 innings and struck out 75 while issuing only 10 walks and holding opponents to a .151 average against. Overall, Guerrero ranks first in the MVC and 13th nationally in ERA (1.56), complete games, strikeout-to-walk ratio, hits per nine, WHIP and walks per nine. He ranks third in the League in strikeouts.
» 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.
» Guerrero enters this week leading the MVC with an ERA of 1.56. Only two other ISU pitchers have ever finished a season leading The Valley in ERA. In 1983, Paul Quinzer led the MVC with a 2.04 ERA and in 2013 current Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea paced the league with an ERA of 1.47.
Road Trip to Loyola Up Next for Sycamores
CHICAGO – Indiana State softball is set to hit the road to Chicago for a three-game series at Loyola beginning on Friday, May 7.
The doubleheader on Friday is slated to begin at 12 p.m. ET with game two set to start at approximately 2:30 p.m. The series finale will be played on Saturday, May 8 with a start time of noon ET. The Loyola Softball Field is closed to the public and only fans on student-athletes pass list will be admitted into the complex.
Loyola leads the all-time series 10-9 over Indiana State. The two squads last met on May 8, 2019 resulting in a 11-8 Indiana State win in the MVC Tournament.
Three Things to Know
- Swinging Sycamores
Indiana State’s offense is at the top five of the Missouri Valley Conference in six categories. The team sits at third in the MVC in batting average (.274), fourth in slugging percentage (.410), first in hits (332), fourth in runs batted in (181) third in doubles (55) and third in home runs (33).
- Blazing Bat
Isabella Henning was named MVC Newcomer of the Week after her performances against Evansville and Missouri State. Henning posted a .545 batting average in four games with a 1.275 slugging percentage. She hit a career and season-high two home runs in a game against Missouri State on Sunday. The lefty slugger broke the tie for second place in doubles in the Valley, she now has sole possession of second with 12. Henning now has a team leading eight home runs on the year.
- Powerful Peterson
Bella Peterson still sits at the top of the Valley with her 17 doubles this season. Peterson is tied for second nationally in the category.
Mastodons Run to Youngstown State for 2021 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne track and field program will compete this weekend at the 2021 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Youngstown State. The meet will take place over three days with the event starting at 12 p.m. on Friday (May 7), 9 a.m. on Saturday (May 8) and 10 a.m. on Sunday (May 9).
Meet: 2021 Horizon League Outdoor Track and Field Championships
When: Friday, May 7 – Sunday, May 9
Where: Youngstown, Ohio | Farmers National Bank Field
Teams: Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, Green Bay, IUPUI, Milwaukee, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Robert Morris, UIC, Wright State, Youngstown State
Live Results: Link
Friday ESPN3: Link
Saturday ESPN3: Link
Sunday ESPN3: Link
Fan Policy: Spectators may sit in pods of 10; masking is mandated; physical distancing remains if not in the same pod.
Records on Records on Records
In the 2021 outdoor track and field season, the Mastodons have broken 20 school records, four women’s and 16 men’s. John Jackman has set the 100 meter dash record twice and also broke the 200 meter dash school record. Freshman Dona Fagnon set the 110 meter hurdles record twice and Braxton Trittipo has reset the 400 meter dash record three times in four meets. Jesseca Hudson-Turpin has made her mark in the Purdue Fort Wayne school record book by breaking the 100 meter hurdles record at the Warrior Open and at the Gibson Invitational.
Last Time Out
The ‘Dons most recently competed at the Valpo Invite at Valparaiso University on Saturday (May 1). The women’s program took home three first place finishes and the men’s had two with one school record being set. Jaden Warner broke the school record in the 100 meter dash and clocked in a time of 10.94, earning him third place. Warner also competed in the 200 meter dash and clinched first place with a time of 22.70. Brent Donaldson represented Purdue Fort Wayne in the 400 meter hurdles and placed first, running a time of 56.71. Rachel Pierre-Louis ran a time of 26.37 in the 200 meter dash and placed first overall. Makaila Groves was another first place finisher on the women’s side with a time of 2:22.54 in the 800 meter run. Megan Sinnott threw to mark of 36.48m in the javelin and claimed first place overall, her second first place finish of the season.
Baseball Adjusts Schedule at Youngstown State
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne baseball (9-25, 6-18 Horizon League) travels to Youngstown State (23-20, 18-14 Horizon League) this weekend to face the Penguins. It will be a return series for the ‘Dons after Youngstown State hit the road to play the Mastodons to open league play.
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne at Youngstown State
Friday, May 7 – 3 p.m. (DH)
Saturday, May 8 – 2 p.m. (DH)
Series History: Youngstown State leads 7-3
Purdue Fort Wayne:
GM 1 – RHP Gerald Pintarich (7.13 ERA, 1-4)
GM 2 – LHP Jacob Myer (5.04 ERA, 3-5)
GM 3 – TBD
GM 4 – TBD
GM 1 – LHP Collin Floyd (2.24 ERA, 6-3)
GM 2 – LHP Colin Clark (7.48 ERA, 4-5)
GM 3 – RHP Jon Snyder (3.42 ERA, 4-2)
GM 4 – RHP Nick Perez (8.44 ERA, 3-2)
Scouting the Penguins
• Youngstown State has won 18 of its last 27 contests after a winning one of four games this past weekend at UIC.
• The Penguins have reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2010.
• Infielder Jeff Wehler leads the Horizon League and ranks 12th nationally with 21 stolen bases. He also leads the Horizon League with 56 hits.
Aaron Chapman has a hit in 12 of the Mastodons’ last 16 games. He ranks 113th in the nation among players toughest to strikeout. He has struck out only 14 times this season in 114 at-bats.
Series History: Youngstown State leads 7-3. The Penguins took 3-of-4 from the ‘Dons earlier this season. Prior to that, the last time the two teams played was in 2005.
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 is 10th in the league in ERA (5.04).
Meep, Meep!: Jack Lang owns 12 stolen bases, fourth in the league.
Put His Name in Pen: Jack Lang has started all 34 games at shortstop for the ‘Dons this season.
First For Jack: Jack Lang hit his first career home run last weekend against Wright State.
Young Is Wright: Robert Young III had five hits against Wright State last weekend with four RBIs and one home run. He also walked twice and had a hit by pitch.
Looking Ahead: The Mastodons host UIC on next weekend in the final home games of the season. The ‘Dons will recognize Senior Day on Saturday, May 15 between contests of the doubleheader.
‘Dons Head to Michigan For Series at Oakland
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team (12-23, 11-20 Horizon League) closes out the season on Friday and Saturday at Oakland (20-14, 19-11 Horizon League). All games are scheduled to air on ESPN3.
Game Day Information
When: Friday-Saturday, May 7-8 | DHs starting at 2 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday
Where: Rochester, Michigan
Live Stats: Live Stats
Twitter Updates: @MastodonSB
Series History: Purdue Fort Wayne leads 15-13
Weather: Friday (High 57, rain possible), Saturday (High 57, cloudy)
Know Your Foe
The Golden Grizzlies enter the weekend in third place in the Horizon League. Oakland is 14-2 at home this season with Northern Kentucky and UIC each handing them a loss. The Golden Grizzlies lead the league in hitting with a .305 team batting average. They also own a team-best .466 slugging percentage. Madison Jones is slugging .728, second best in the league. She is also getting on base at a .450 mark, fourth best in the league. Sydney Campbell owns a 1.97 ERA, fourth best in the league.
The ‘Dons hold a slight 15-13 advantage thanks to a split with Oakland on Tuesday.
About That Split On Tuesday
The Mastodons fell 5-1 in the opener. They scored a run in the first inning and that ended up being the Mastodons’ best chance to score in the game as they loaded the bases against Oakland’s ace Sydney Campbell but couldn’t get any more home. In game two, however, the ‘Dons took full advantage when they loaded the bases against Campbell in the seventh. Camryn Mosher smashed a two-out grand slam to give the ‘Dons a 9-8 victory.
Denny Is Denting The Ball
Over the last six games Morganne Denny is hitting .400 with eight hits including three home runs and three doubles. She is slugging 1.200 in this stretch. She also has seven runs scored.
Half a Dozen
The ‘Dons will play Oakland in four games this weekend, meaning they will play the same team six times in a row for the first time in program history.
The Mastodons own a league-best 36 home runs. It is the most home runs the ‘Dons have recorded in a season since smacking 43 in 2014. The ‘Dons are averaging 1.03 home runs per game, 50th best in the nation and tops in the league. 10 different Mastodons have a home run this season. Morganne Denny leads the team with seven. Olivia Stansbury, Alise Hale and Meagan Mullaney each have five. In Horizon League play only, the ‘Dons own 34 home runs, seven more than second place Oakland.
The Mastodons have scored eight or more runs eight times this season. The ‘Dons are 7-1 in such games.
Taking Names and Series Finales
The Mastodons have taken the final game of four series this season: Evansville (8-7), Youngstown State (11-6), Robert Morris (9-5) and Northern Kentucky (3-1).
Pitcher of the Week
Shaina Eyre was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on April 20 after a 1-1 week with Northern Kentucky. In her first outing, the senior threw a complete shutout against the Norse, striking out two in the process. In the second outing, she allowed just one earned run while also striking out two Norse. For the week, Eyre had a 0.69 ERA with just the one earned run. She did not allow the Norse to get any multi-base hits in 55 plate appearances.
SOFTBALL CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON AT GREEN BAY
GREEN BAY, Wis. – IUPUI softball will close out its regular season with a four-game series at Green Bay over the weekend. The Jags and Phoenix will play doubleheaders on both Friday (May 7) and Saturday (May 8).
All four games of the series will be streamed on ESPN3.
IUPUI JAGUARS (12-29, 10-21 Horizon) at GREEN BAY PHOENIX (21-19, 16-16 Horizon)
Friday, May 7 // 4:30 p.m. ET (DH) // ESPN3 (game 1) (game 2) // LIVE STATS
Saturday, May 8 // 1 p.m. (DH) // ESPN3 (game 1) (game 2) // LIVE STATS
IUPUI broke a six-game losing streak with a 9-6 win over UIC in the series finale against the Flames. Jennah Speth picked up a win in the circle and hit a two-run home run for IUPUI. Both Morgan Gilbert and Jordan Barnes also added two RBI.
Morgan Gilbert upped her average to .331 on the season after collecting nine hits in the series against UIC. Gilbert went 4-for-4 at the plate in the series opener and finished the weekend with five RBI. Gilbert now leads IUPUI with 46 hits, three triples and 17 stolen bases.
Gilbert is currently riding a 13-game hitting streak, the longest streak for IUPUI this season.
Jordan Barnes is hitting .308 for the Jags and leads the team with a .429 on base percentage.
Jennah Speth leads the team with six home runs and 18 RBI. She is also tied for the team lead with eight doubles and leads the team with 23 walks. Speth collected at least one hit in all four games against UIC.
Speth also leads IUPUI in the circle with a 3.04 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 122 innings. Lexi Lucas is tied with Speth with six wins on the season. Lucas holds a 3.33 ERA and has issued just 14 walks in 119.2 innings pitched this year.
SCOUTING GREEN BAY
Green Bay comes in to the series with a 21-19 overall record and a 16-16 mark in Horizon League play. The Phoenix dropped three of four games at Purdue Fort Wayne in their last series.
Samantha Saloun leads Green Bay with a .357 average and nine doubles. Tiffany Giese is just behind at .353 for the season and is tied for the team lead with 42 hits.
Morgan Bihun is the top power hitter for the Phoenix with nine home runs and 25 RBI.
Kayla Schwebke leads the pitching staff with 10 wins and has a 3.11 ERA in 108 innings pitched. Brittany Baneck holds the top ERA at 3.01 and is 9-4 on the year.
AGAINST GREEN BAY
IUPUI and Green Bay met for a midweek doubleheader earlier this year, splitting the doubleheader. Green Bay took game one 3-2 before IUPUI earned a 6-4 win in game two. Maicey Bedrick hit a three-run home run to begin the scoring for the Jags and Barnes added two RBI in the win.
Aces welcome SIU for non-conference series
EVANSVILLE – Closing an eight-game home stand, the University of Evansville meets with Southern Illinois for the second time this season, this time in non-conference play, for a four-game series at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.
Previewing the Matchup: SIU
- The Aces and Salukis are meeting for the second series of the season this weekend, this one of the non-conference variety.
- SIU owns a 112-65 advantage all-time, including winning the two sides previous series earlier this season, 3-1.
- The Aces are looking to earn their first series win over the Salukis since the 2015 season when Evansville took two-of-thre games from SIU on May 1-3 at Charles H. Braun Stadium.
- The Salukis enter on a hot streak again, winning five-straight and coming off a four-game series sweep of Missouri State last weekend. Prior to the sweep of Missouri State, SIU had won just two of its last eight contests.
- Evansville has battled through a difficult portion of its MVC slate and has kept alive a spot in the Conference’s top five. The Aces are currently 6-13 in league play with SIU currently sitting in the coveted fifth spot at 10-10.
Challenging the Best
- Last weekend, the Aces pushed league-leading Dallas Baptist to the brink in three of the four games in the series, grabbing a win in Saturday’s first game.
- On Friday night, Evansville took a 1-0 lead before dropping the game 2-1 after giving-up a pair of runs in the eighth.
- On Saturday, the Aces trailed 6-3 in game two before getting a two-run homer from Mark Shallenberger to close within one run, but could not get any closer.
Owning the Field
- Evansville has excelled at taking care of the ball on the defensive end this season.
- The Aces hold a .976 fielding percentage, the 33rd-best percentage in the nation and second in The Valley behind Indiana State.
Troy Nears Record Book
- Playing in his fifth season in white and purple, redshirt senior Troy Beilsmith has amassed gaudy numbers for his career.
- The right fielder sits within striking distance of a pair of career top 10s, currently having 144 runs scored in his career, 15 off of tying Bobby Hodges for ninth all-time.
- Beilsmith also sits close to entering the top 10 in doubles, recording 43 in his career so far, nine off tying Rob Maurer for 10th all-time in program history.
- Beilsmith has already set the career record at Evansville with 65 hit-by-pitch in his career, tying himself for second all-time in MVC history.
Softball to complete regular season at Missouri State
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Conference championship seeding is on the line this weekend when the University of Evansville softball team wraps up the regular season with a 3-game series at Missouri State. The weekend begins on Friday with a 12 p.m. doubleheader before a single game on Saturday at 11 a.m. – ESPN3 will have the broadcast for all three games.
Last Time Out
– The Purple Aces put together one of their best weekends of the season, earning a 3-game sweep in the final regular season home series against Bradley
– After opening with a 6-4 win, UE finished the doubleheader with a 10-4 triumph; Sunday’s finale saw the Aces complete the sweep with an impressive 11-1 victory
– In Saturday’s DH, Haley Woolf belted three home runs and accumulated a total of nine RBI; she opened the series with a grand slam in the first inning on her way to being named the MVC Player of the Week
– Izzy Vetter tossed the first no-hitter of her UE career on Sunday to lead the Aces to the 3-game sweep
Player of the Week
– An unbelievable day saw Haley Woolf hit three home runs in the doubleheader on Saturday on her way to the first MVC Player of the Week honor of her career
– Entering the weekend, Woolf’s season numbers stood at two home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored but in the three games versus the Braves, Woolf hit three homers while accumulating nine RBI and six runs
– Woolf has started to come alive offensively, picking up a hit in each of the last five games and seven out of eight contests since April 18
– Since that time, she has seen her average rise from .253 to .288
Approaching a Record
– Entering the final weekend of the regular season, Eryn Gould is just two walks away from tying the program mark of 97
– Over the last four games, Gould has walked seven times while seeing her on-base mark rise to .582 – 11th in the nation
– Not far off of that is her batting average of .438, which ranks 28th in the country and is on pace to shatter UE’s all-time program mark
– Upon recording her 100th at-bat, she became eligible for UE’s single season marks…her current batting average of .438 is on pace to break the program mark that Staci Hatz set in 1998 when she batted .408…Hatz was the only player in program history to finish a season batting over .400…Gould also has an on-base percentage of .582, which is also on pace for the program mark…Brittany Herald currently holds the UE record of .511, which she accomplished in 2007
– Her average is currently tied for the 8th-best in Missouri Valley Conference history
– Izzy Vetter threw the first no-hitter of her collegiate career on Sunday against Bradley…just a day earlier, she showed signs of what may be coming as she sat the first 11 Braves batters down in order in the opener
– Sunday’s effort saw her keep the Braves hitters off balance over the course of five innings…it was Evansville’s first no-hitter since February 16, 2019 when Emily Lockhart accomplished the feat against Southern in the finale of the Roul’s Deli MVC-SWAC Challenge
– With three wins in UE’s last four games, Vetter owns 13 wins on the season, the most for an Evansville player since Morgan Florey won 14 games in 2017
– With a total of 176 strikeouts, Vetter ranks 21st in the nation while her 8.7 strikeouts per seven innings is 48th
Hounds Under Par Through 18 Holes at NCAA Regional
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UIndy men’s golf team posted a one-under 283 Thursday at the opening round of the NCAA Division II Midwest/Central Region. The Greyhounds finished day one in second place in the 16-team field, four back of leader Central Missouri. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being held at the par-71 Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday through Saturday.
The Hounds were led by twin 69s from senior Erik Edwards and Keegan Bronnenberg, good for a share of second place. Senior Ian Carroll finished day one at +1 and T-15th, senior Oliver Mast is +2 and tied for 19th, while junior Cam Carroll sits at +8 in 62nd.
The Greyhounds are paired with Central Missouri and Arkansas Tech in round two, with tee times running from 10:10-10:50 a.m. ET.
Both team and individual regional champions will be crowned at the end of Saturday’s final round. Additionally, the top four teams along with the top individual not with an advancing team will move on to the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships, scheduled for May 17-21 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Softball Powers Past Prairie Stars in GLVC Tournament Opener
EAST PEORIA, Ill. – The No. 7-ranked UIndy softball team (38-5) opened the 2021 GLVC Championship Tournament Thursday with a 9-5 comeback win against Illinois Springfield. The Greyhounds combined for five home runs on the day to overcome an early four-run deficit.
The Hounds move on to face fifth-seeded Rockhurst tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET. The Hawks routed Maryville, 14-0, in the morning game Thursday as starting pitcher Lexie Storrer tossed only the second perfect game in school history.
The four-day, double-elimination bracket (PDF) is being played out at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria, Ill., Thursday through Sunday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The top-seeded Hounds got off to a bumpy start when freshly-named GLVC Pitcher of the Year Hallie Waters surrendered a grand slam in the top of the first inning.
UIndy out-muscled the Prairie Stars from that point, however, blasting five homers between the second and sixth innings. Freshman Sydnee Perry made a memorable conference tournament debut, connecting for two of the Hounds’ five dingers. Her solo shot in the second got the Greyhounds on the board, while her two-run bomb in the third was the go-ahead hit.
All-GLVC honorees Emily O’Connor, Taylor Danielson and Lexy Rees each contributed a two-run homer.
A leadoff single and a walk started the Stars’ third inning, prompting a pitching change. GLVC Freshman of the Year Kenzee Smith (19-1) came on in relief to pitch 4 2/3 scoreless and hitless frames to get the win.
INSIDE THE BOX
– O’Connor finished with two hits, two runs, two RBIs and two walks.
– Danielson upped her GLVC-leading home run total to 14, matching the third-highest single-season total in program history.
– Haylie Foster went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Brooke Montgomery twice reached base via a hit by pitch, increasing her own UIndy career record.
– All 13 of the game’s runs were scored via the long ball.
Greyhounds Sit No. 1 in Final Regional Rankings
INDIANAPOLIS – Fresh off of reclaiming the No. 1 spot in the country, the University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team also took the No. 1 spot in the final regional rankings of the 2021 season.
The Hounds are one of two Great Lakes Valley Conference programs represented with the Lindenwood Lions sitting in the No. 2 spot. A rivalry in the making, UIndy topped Lindenwood in the GLVC title game last weekend.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s NCAA tournament will feature just three teams per region for a total of 12 teams rather than 16. The Midwest Regional will take place May 14-16 in St. Charles, MO while the National Championship is slated for May 21-23 in Salem, VA.
The women’s lacrosse selection show will air at NCAA.com on Sunday, May 9 at 8:30 pm ET.
MIDWEST REGIONAL RANKINGS
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Raiders return home to The Nisch this weekend
Teams: Wright State (22-10, 21-3 HL)
Milwaukee (16-23, 13-15 HL)
Location: Nischwitz Stadium / Dayton, OH
The Wright State baseball team returns home for the first time in over 50 days to host Milwaukee in a four-game series as the Raiders close out their Horizon League regular season schedule with eight home games. The Raiders are coming off of a four-game sweep at Purdue Fort Wayne, while Milwaukee dropped three of four at home against Oakland. This is the first and only regular season series between the two teams this season.
Due to anticipated weather on Sunday, the Raiders and Panthers will play a pair of doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, 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 for each game, while Friday’s second game will be streamed on ESPN3. All links are available on the team’s schedule page.
WSU: Jake Schrand, RHP, Jr.
MKE: Riley Frey, LHP, Fr.
WSU: Bradley Brehmer, RHP, So.
MKE: Jack Mahoney, LHP, Jr.
WSU: Austin Cline, RHP, RSr.
MKE: Mike Edwards, RHP, Jr.
WSU: Alex Theis, LHP, RSo.
LAST TIME OUT
Wright State posted 88 runs in a four-game road sweep at Horizon League newcomer Purdue Fort Wayne, tallying 20-plus runs in three of the four games. The Raiders hit .451 as a team with an .870 slugging percentage, totaling 28 doubles, 15 home runs and two triples as 13 different players drove in multiple RBI and five Raiders had two or more homers, paced by Alec Sayre’s three homers and 11 RBI. On the mound, Wright State pitchers struck out 50 batters in 34 innings, allowing just 16 runs, many in the later innings once the games were out of hand. ake Schrand tallied 12 strikeouts, with fellow starters Bradley Brehmer, Austin Cline and Alex Theis all striking out eight in their starts.
Milwaukee is 16-23 overall and 13-15 in Horizon League play after dropping three of four at home against Oakland last weekend. The Panthers are 1-7 over their last two Horizon League series, dropping all four to UIC April 23-25.
This weekend will be the lone regular season series meeting between Wright State and Milwaukee. The Raiders hold a 68-60 all-time advantage in the series, but this will be the first meeting since a 10-9 Milwaukee win on May 24, 2019 in the Horizon League Tournament, ending Wright State’s season.
WELCOME TO THE NISCH
Wright State has won 22 straight home games at Nischwitz Stadium, the longest active home streak in the country. The Raiders enter this weekend’s four-game set with nine more home wins than California Baptist and VCU. South Alabama (12) and Jackson State (11) are the only other programs with double-digit home winning streaks. The Raiders’ 22 straight wins at The Nisch leads all NCAA baseball, ahead of Colorado Mesa’s 19 straight in Division II and Spalding’s 17 straight at the D3 level.
CHECKING THE LATEST TRENDS
Quincy Hamilton has reached base in 30 straight games entering the weekend series with Milwaukee, while Sammy Sass has the longest active hitting streak at 16 games. Sass is one of nine Raiders to have had a streak of at least six games with a hit, while his hitting streak has helped him to the second longest reached base streak (24) on the roster behind Hamilton. Damon Dues and Tyler Black each have 13 multi hit games to pace the Raider offense, while Black and Alec Sayre have a team-leading seven three-hit games. Black has driven in multiple RBI in 12 contests to lead the team, followed by 11 multi-RBI games from Zane Harris and 10 from Hamilton.
SAYRE NAMED HL BATTER OF THE WEEK
Alec Sayre was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week on April 27 and May 4. Sayre drove in double-digit RBI for the second straight weekend, tallying a team-high 11 RBI at Purdue Fort Wayne. Sayre had a pair of two-hit games and a three-hit game as part of his 7-for-14 weekend that featured six of his hits for extra bases, a 1.429 slugging percentage. Sayre connected on three home runs, including two in Saturday’s second game, and also had two doubles and a triple. He drove in a team-high 10 RBI at Northern Kentucky, tallying at least one hit and one RBI in all four games, including a pair of three-hit games in the first and final games of the weekend, on the way to a .533 average (8-for-15) with a pair of doubles and two home runs while driving in 10 RBI.
Track & Field prepares for Horizon League Championships
The Wright State Track and Field team is set to wrap up the 2021 outdoor season as the Horizon League Championships begins May 7, hosted by Youngstown State at Farmers National Bank Field at the Covelli Sports Complex.
In 2019, Wright State scored 89 points to finish fifth out of nine participating schools. Highlighted by Shelby Nolan’s fourth-place finish in the 5000 meters with her time of 14:17.62.
The entire Horizon League Championship is set to air on ESPN 3 via the following schedule:
Friday, May 7 – 1 session
7:55 p.m. (Watch)
Saturday, May 8 – 1 session
4:00 p.m. (Watch)
Sunday, May 9 – 1 session
11:00 a.m. (Watch)
Per new Ohio Health Director orders, there is no longer a spectator capacity limit for outdoor sports. Spectators may sit in pods of 10 (rather than 6); masking is still mandated; physical distancing remains if not in the same pod. All safety protocols will be monitored by staff. Please encourage your spectators that are traveling to watch to follow all posted instructions/orders. This guidance is subject to change, and any updates will be posted on championship central and communicated to participating teams.
Tickets are available on the day of the event at spectator entrances.
Day Pass: $10
Day Pass, Student Rate (with valid ID): $5
Children 5 years and under: FREE
Horizon League Students (with valid ID): FREE
*Please note that Saturday is graduation for Youngstown State. Parking will be limited.
A complete event schedule broken down by day and time can be found here. Fans are also encouraged to follow along with the Raiders via their Twitter account.
LAST TIME OUT
The Raiders wrapped up the 2021 regular season at the RedHawk Invite hosted by Miami University on Saturday, April 25th.
The 4×400 relay team of Alicia Neumeier, Alycea Ruhlen, Emma Carr, and Lauren Shuman earned the Raiders a fourth-place finish with their time of 4:13.33. Alicia Nuemeier turned in a personal best 1500 meter with her time of 4:42.06 to finish sixth.
Cameron Campbell paced the Raiders in the 100 meters with her time of 12.90 to place 10th. Jayla Tarver placed 15th (13.30), while Morgan Miller (21st, 13.92) and Emma Carr (22nd, 14.41) also competed in the event. In the 200 meters, Campbell placed 10th with her time of 27.10. Jayla Tarver placed 17th (28.64) and Morgan Miller placed 18th with her time of 29.36.
Notably, Wright State tallied 10 top-20 finishes in field events, paced by Callista Hess’ personal-best triple jump of 33’10.75″, good for a seventh-place finish.
Baseball Heads To Richmond To Take On The Spiders Starting Friday
DAYTON – The University of Dayton baseball team will continue the conference slate with a four-game series at Richmond this weekend at Pitt Field. The Flyers will open with a 10 a.m. game on Friday. That game was originally scheduled for 3 p.m. before being bumped up due to expected inclement weather in the area. UD will also play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. before finishing the series on Sunday at 12 p.m.
All four contests will feature both live stats and a broadcast with a paid subscription to ESPN+.
SCOUTING THE FLYERS
Dayton will play for the first time since April 18 when the Flyers took three out of four games from George Mason to put the team’s record at 14-23 and 4-4 in Atlantic 10 play. UD fell in the series opener at Day Air Ballpark, home of the Dayton Dragons, on Friday, with a late comeback coming up just short despite a home run by junior Marcos Pujols. Saturday brought a two-game doubleheader sweep of the Patriots and the Flyers took the series with a 14-3 mercy-rule victory in seven innings on Sunday.
The Flyers received a big performance from junior Benjamin Blackwell, who went 9-14 on the series with two home runs and seven RBI in the four-game set against George Mason. Blackwell leads the team with a .360 batting average and is one of four Flyers to have started in every game this season. That average is good for seventh in the conference and his 50 hits leads the Atlantic 10. Senior Mariano Ricciardi enters the series with a 17-game hitting streak dating back to March 26, ranking fourth in the conference in hits and 11th in on-base percentage with a .449 OBP. Senior Riley Tirotta leads UD with 11 home runs and 43 RBI while also sporting a .331 batting average, tied for second on the team.
Senior Hunter Wolfe has been the main force in the rotation for the Flyers. The lefty ranks third in the conference in strikeouts with 70 and eighth with a 3.44 earned run average in 55 innings over nine starts for Dayton. Wolfe ranks fifth in program history with 195 strikeouts in his career at UD. He sits 23 behind Luke Trubee, who struck out 218 hitters from 2003-06. Freshman Parker Bard also is coming off a strong performance. In his first career collegiate start, Bard allowed just three runs and struck out 10 Patriots over six innings on the mound. Graduate student Ben Olson has allowed just one earned run and has 13 strikeouts over his last 13.1 innings on the mound.
SCOUTING THE SPIDERS
Richmond enters the series with a 16-8 overall record and are 2-2 in A-10 play in 2021. The Spiders split a four-game series with Davidson this past weekend in the program’s first conference action of the season. A 6-4 victory for Richmond on Friday was followed with a doubleheader split on Saturday and a loss on Sunday to give the Spiders a 2-2 record. Picked to finish sixth in the A-10 in the Preseason Coaches Poll, Richmond has won three series this season.
Drew Blakely leads the team offensively with a .392 batting average through 21 games this season, good for second in the Atlantic 10 behind his teammate Jared Sprague-Lott, who is the conference leader, hitting .512 in 2021. They are two of four Spiders to rank in the top 10 in the A-10 in batting average, with Rich Ciufo and Dominic Toso joining them. Sprague-Lott also ranks first on Richmond with 23 RBI, while Anthony Forte has been the leading power source with four home runs.
Alden Mathes has been a consistent component of Richmond’s pitching staff with a 2.93 ERA through 15.1 innings of work this season. Mathes also has one save for the Spiders, which is tied with Jacob Marcus for the team lead. Marcus ranks second in the A-10 with a .155 opposing batting average this season, one of two on the team in the Atlantic 10’s top 10 in the category, along with Colby Wyatt with a .231 ranking ninth. Wyatt has made six starts for the team this year and has Richmond’s lone complete game this year.
This will mark the 37th time these two teams have met with Dayton holding a 21-15 series lead over the Spiders.
Football Ranks In Numerous Post-Spring Top-10 Polls
CINCINNATI – Following the spring football season, the University of Cincinnati football team finds itself ranking among the elite teams in college football.
The Bearcats, led by fifth-year Head Coach Luke Fickell, a two-time American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, are No. 6 in Sports Illustrated’s poll, No. 7 in Athlon Sports, No. 8 in The Athletic, No. 9 in ESPN.com and No. 10 in CBS Sports’ post-spring rankings.
Cincinnati was 9-1 in 2020, winning the AAC Championship and playing in its first New Year’s Six Bowl game in over a decade.
The Bearcats return 16 starters from last season’s squad, including AAC Offensive Player of the Year Desmond Ridder and seven-time All-America selection Ahmad Gardner along with All-AAC selections Darrian Beavers, Marcus Brown, Coby Bryant, Myjai Sanders, Tre Tucker, Josh Whyle and Michael Young Jr.
The 2021 roster projects to have nearly 40 local players who grew up and played high-school football in the tri-state area, including impact transfer Jowon Briggs (Walnut Hills HS) who returned to his hometown after two standout campaigns at Virginia.
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UC opens the 2021 campaign with the 125th Battle for the Victory Bell against longtime rival Miami (OH) on Saturday, Sept. 4 inside Nippert Stadium.
Baseball Continues Road Trip At Houston
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team continues an eight-game road swing next weekend at Houston.
The Bearcats (19-18, 8-8 AAC) and Cougars (16-23, 4-12 AAC) are slated for a Friday doubleheader started at 3 p.m. ET and Saturday and Sunday games set for a 3 p.m. first pitch and 1 p.m. start, respectively.
All four games will air on the ESPN+ platform and live stats will also be available on BearcatStats.com.
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Series Record: UH leads 39-12
Last Meeting: April 2019 (@ UH)
2021 Record: 19-18, 8-8 AAC
Head Coach: Scott Googins
Record at UC: 87-87 (4th)
Career Record: 428-444 (16th)
2021 Record: 16-23, 4-12 AAC
Head Coach: Todd Whiting
Record at UH: 342-252-1 (11th)
Career Record: Same
FRIDAY, MAY 7 – GAME 1
3 p.m. • ESPN+
LHP Garrett Schoenle vs. LHP Robert Gasser
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7 p.m. • ESPN+
RHP Zach Segal vs. RHP Jaycob Deese
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SATURDAY, MAY 8
3 p.m. • ESPN+
LHP Evan Shawver vs. RHP Ben Sears
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SUNDAY, MAY 9
1 p.m. • ESPN+
RHP Jalen Wade vs. RHP Carter Henry
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- Houston leads the all-time series 39-12. The teams first met in 1958 and last matched up in 2019 in Houston.
ABOUT THE BEARCATS
- UC is 21-19 and 10-10 in AAC play after splitting a four-game series at USF last weekend.
- As a team, UC is hitting at a .278 clip with 65 doubles and 50 home runs with double-digit hits in 22 games.
- On the mound, UC has a team ERA of 6.04 with 356 strikeouts over 215 walks.
- UC’s hurlers have struck out five or more batters combined in all but one game this season (Feb. 20 at Clemson).
TURN IT UP!
- The Cincinnati infield has turned an AAC-best 41 doubles places this season and trails only Auburn (47) nationally.
GOING, GOING, GONE
- The Bearcats have belted 50 home runs thus far in 2021, leading the AAC and ranking No. 20 nationally.
- Jace Mercer and Cole Harting lead the club with eight home runs apiece.
- Jace Mercer (.400), Paul Komistek (.387) and Eric Santiago (.337) lead the offense in AAC play.
- Friday starter Garrett Schoenle has a 1.55 ERA with 35 strikeouts in five starts against league foes.
LAST TIME OUT
- UC split a weekend series at USF, getting a win in the Friday night cap and Sunday’s series finale.
- Eric Santiago hit .471 after collecting eight hits, including two doubles, with three runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base.
- Jace Mercer had six hits, including a double and a triple, two runs scored, two RBIs and two SB.
- Joey Bellini had three RBIs and five hits, including a double.
- Sunday starter Jalen Wade pitched a gem, going 6.0 innings in a no-decision, giving up one run on four hits, striking out three in a 96-pitch outing, his longest since throwing 102 pitches against Xavier on May 8, 2018.
- CF Cole Harting has put together an impressive freshman campaign in the leadoff spot, making 37 starts.
- Harting has belted eight homers and eight doubles among his 42 hits which have brought in 27 runs.
- He is second on the team with 12 stolen bases.
- Harting tied the school record for hits in a game, going 6-for-6 in the Sunday matchup at Xavier, hitting two homers with five RBIs and a double.
- He is the sixth player to accomplish the feat, the first since Logan Parker had six against West Virginia on May 13, 2006.
- Ryan Nicholson has overcome a slow start and has his hit .291 in AAC play. His 23 walks are a team best.
- Nicholson had the walk-off hit against No. 5 Louisville in extra innings at UC Baseball Stadium.
DUAL ROLES FOR MCCARTHY
- LHP Dean McCarthy has split time as a starter and reliever this season, making 13 appearances in 2021.
- The grad transfer from Elon made seven starts to open the campaign but his last six trips to the rubber have been out of the bullpen.
- He has pitched 51-2 innings, going 3-3 with two saves.
SCHOENLE TABBED AS AAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
- LHP Evan Shawver takes the ball on Saturday, making his first start since an abbreviated outing at ECU on April 3.
- He threw 44 pitches in two innings and left due to soreness.
- He’s 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 31.0 IP.
SANTIAGO HAS BIG WEEK VS. WICHITA STATE
- 3B Eric Santiago earned a spot on the American’s weekly honor roll after hitting .571 (8-14) for the series with two runs scored, a double and two runs driven in.
- He laid down a crucial sacrifice bunt on Sunday which led to the go-ahead-run scoring in the bottom of the seventh.
- UC’s leader this season with 11 doubles made his 200th career start in the WSU series finale, playing in the 209th game at Cincinnati which moved him into eighth place all-time on the career games played chart.
MOVE … GET OUT THE WAY
- UC has hit 72 batters this season, a mark which leads the American and ranks fifth nationally.
- Georgia State (80) lead the NCAA.
OHIO STATE TRAVELS TO ILLINOIS THIS WEEKEND
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The final road series of the 2021 season is upon the Ohio State softball team this weekend as it travels to Illinois for a four-game set Friday-Saturday. The series kicks off Friday afternoon with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT) and continues with a doubleheader on Saturday at noon ET.
Saturday on BTN
The first game on Saturday’s doubleheader will air live on BTN. Chris Vosters (play by play) and Elise Menaker (color analysis) will be on the call. The other three games will be carried on BTN Plus.
Briefly on the Buckeyes
- Ohio State brings an 18-17 record into this weekend’s series after a four-game set last weekend at Purdue.
- The Buckeyes won the opening game, 5-1, on Friday but then suffered three setbacks to close out the weekend.
- Ohio State’s .269 team batting average is fourth best in the Big Ten.
- Mariah Rodriguez and Sam Hackenbracht lead the way amongst the everyday starters with the top batting averages. Rodriguez checks in at .343 with five doubles, two triples and two home runs. Hackenbracht is at .342 with 10 home runs and 21 RBI.
- The tandem of Payton Buresch and Allison Smith have pitched 216.1 of a possible 239.1 innings this season.
- Smith is averaging better than a strikeout per inning (109 Ks, 105.1 innings).
- Buresch’s 2.52 earned-run average is 14th best in the Big Ten.
History Against the Illini
- Ohio State holds a 23-15 edge in the all-time series leading into this weekend.
- The last time the two teams met was April 26-28, 2019 in Columbus. The Buckeyes took all three games in the weekend series, including a 9-0 triumph in the opener that included a no-hitter from senior pitcher Morgan Ray.
- The last time the Buckeyes and Illini met in Champaign, Ohio State won two of three games to close out the 2017 regular season.
- Since 2013, Ohio State has won six of the nine meetings between the Buckeyes and Illini.
- Ashley Prange needs six more hits for 100 in her career. She has a .311 career batting average in 95 games with 56 runs scored, 16 home runs, 22 doubles and 63 RBI.
- Payton Buresch will reach 200 innings pitched in her Ohio State career this weekend. The senior has a 2.30 earned-run average over the last two seasons with the Scarlet and Gray with 15 wins and 28 games started.
- Niki Carver is Ohio State’s active career leader in hits (108), home runs (17) and RBI (72).
Hackenbracht in the Big Ten
- Just how good has Sam Hackenbracht been this year? Her 10 home runs are tied for the most in the Big Ten while her .479 on-base percentage is fourth-best.
- She’s been intentionally walked in each of her last six at-bats over the last four games and 10 times in the last 10 games.
- Hackenbracht ranks first in the Big Ten in slugging percentage (.803) 11th in batting average (.342), 19th in RBI (21) and seventh in walks (18).
- She’s a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week following performances against Penn State (April 6) and Rutgers (April 27).
- Fifth-year senior Carley Gaskill had 77 career at-bats entering this season and already has 64 in 2021.
- Her average is up 72 points from last season and she has more hits this season than she had in the last three seasons combined.
- Mariah Rodriguez has seen a 151-point improvement in her batting average from last season.
- Tegan Cortelletti’s batting average is up 30 points from last season.
MEN’S SOCCER: RED WOLF TRIO ON ALL-RSC LIST
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – A trio of Red Wolves represented the Indiana University East men’s soccer program on the All-River States Conference teams announced during the recent league tournament.
Ferrari repeated as a first-team all-league selection. He led the conference and was 16th in the nation with 14 goals.
After two seasons affected by injury, Lenke returned to the all-conference list as a senior after also earning the honor as a freshman. He scored eight goals this past season to finish his IU East career as the program’s career leader with 27 goals.
Izaga becomes the first IU East defender to make the first-team all-conference list. He contributed two goals and an assist while also playing a key role on the Red Wolf back line.
Cole Fosbrink represented IU East on the men’s soccer RSC Champions of Character team.
IU East won four of its last five regular-season matches this past spring to qualify for the RSC Championship for the fourth time in the program’s four seasons.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1903 In the first game of what will become one of baseball’s fiercest rivalries, the Pilgrims beat the Highlanders at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Grounds, 6-2. The teams will change their names, but the intense competition between the Red Sox and Yankees will become legendary.
1917 Red Sox left-hander Babe Ruth outduels Walter Johnson in the team’s 1-0 victory over the Senators at Griffith Stadium. The game’s lone run scores on an eighth-inning sacrifice fly hit by the Boston southpaw, who will turn out to be a fairly good hitter.
1922 Walter Mueller becomes the first player to drive in five runs in his major league debut. The 27 year-old rookie outfielder’s offensive output, which includes a double and home run, helps the Pirates beat Chicago at Cubs Park, 11-5.
1925 Pirates’ shortstop Glenn Wright catches Jim Bottomley’s line drive, doubles up Jimmy Cooney at second, and tags Rogers Hornsby coming from first to complete an unassisted triple play in a 10-9 loss to the Cardinals.
1933 The Cardinals trade Paul Derringer, Sparky Adams, and Allyn Stout to the Reds in exchange for shortstop Leo Durocher, Dutch Henry, and Jack Ogden. The deal, necessitated by Charlie Gelbert’s hunting accident, will be viewed as one of Branch Rickey’s biggest mistakes as Derringer will become a four-time 20-game winner for Cincinnati.
1941 Pirates’ outfielder Lloyd Waner, known as Little Poison, is traded to the Braves for pitcher Nick Strincevich. Boston will trade the future Hall Fame outfielder to the Reds on June 12th for right-hander Johnny Hutchings.
1957 Vic Power becomes the first modern major leaguer to hit both a leadoff and walk-off home run in the same game. The A’s first baseman, who went deep off Hal Brown leading off the contest, ends the tilt in the 10th frame with a round-tripper off the right-hander, giving Kansas City a 3-2 victory over Baltimore.
1957 After dropping their eighth straight decision, the Senators name Cookie Lavagetto to replace Chuck Dressen, who compiled a meager 116-212 (.354) record during his two-plus seasons as the team’s manager. Washington’s new skipper will not fare much better, finishing the year in last place, 43 games behind the first-place Yankees.
1957 Indians’ hurler Herb Score suffers a season-ending injury when he’s struck in the face by Yankee Gil McDougald’s line drive. The 1955 Rookie of the Year, who won 20 games in his sophomore season last year, never regains his winning form, although the southpaw will blame a torn tendon in his pitching arm, and not the horrific accident on the mound for his lack of achievement.
1958 Detroit third baseman Reno Bertoia’s first-inning grand slam, the first-ever hit by an Italian born player, proves to be the difference in the Tigers’ 5-1 victory over Washington at Griffith Stadium. The San Vito al Tagliamento native’s feat will not be equaled by a fellow countryman for another 54 years when Sanremo’s Alex Liddi goes deep with the bases loaded in the Mariners’ 5-3 win over Texas in 2012.
1959 In an exhibition game played at the Los Angeles Coliseum to benefit Roy Campanella, paralyzed in an auto accident before the team moved to the West Coast in 1958, the Yankees defeat the Dodgers, 6-2. The game, which draws the largest crowd ever for a baseball game, 93,103 fans with another estimated 15,000 turned away from the sellout, begins with an emotional ceremony in which Pee Wee Reese pushes the catcher who uses a wheelchair into the darkened stadium that is totally illuminated by fans holding candles or matches.
1960 The Sherry boys become the tenth pair of siblings to appear as batterymates in a major league game when Norm replaces John Roseboro behind the plate in the top of the eighth to catch Larry, who is starting his first inning in relief. The backstop will hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the 11th inning, assuring his brother of a victory in the Dodgers’ 3-2 walk-off win over Philadelphia.
1966 Twenty games into his second year as the Yankee skipper, Johnny Keane is fired by general manager Ralph Houk, who will return to the dugout to manage the team. After only four victories in the first 20 games, New York wins 13 of its next 17 games after the managerial change.
1969 Willie Davis, furious with the Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums because of their continual verbal abuse of him, tells his Dodgers teammates that he wants to hit a home run in the middle of the group, which he does in the sixth inning to tie the score. The LA center fielder exacts a bit more revenge on the heckling horde when his 12th-inning two-run round-tripper proves to be the difference in the 4-2 defeat of the Cubs.
1970 Wes Parker hits a two-run tenth-inning triple off Jim McAndrew in the LA’s eventual 7-4 victory over the Mets at Shea Stadium. The first baseman’s three-bagger completes the eighth cycle in franchise history and marks the first time the deed has been done by a Dodger since Gil Hodges accomplished accomplished the feat in 1949.
1991 Darryl Strawberry returns to New York as a Dodger with mixed results. A crowd of 49,118 mostly booing fans watches him hit a two-run homer, and they cheer when he makes the last out of the game with the potential tying and winning runs on base in the 6-5 Mets victory.
1996 The Devil Rays announce the team will play their exhibition games in St. Petersburg, the city being vacated by the Cardinals, who have trained there since 1946. The American League expansion team becomes the first club in the ‘modern era’ to host spring training games in their major league home city.
1998 The Mariners tie a major league record set by the 1994 Cardinals when they leave 16 men stranded on the bases without scoring. The Blue Jays take advantage of their opponent’s lack of timely hitting and beat Seattle at the Kingdome, 6-0.
1999 Carlos Lee becomes the first White Sox player in the 98-year history of the franchise to homer in his first major league at-bat. The 22 year-old rookie’s historic round-tripper comes off Tom Candiotti in a 7-1 victory over Oakland at Comiskey Park.
1999 In the biggest comeback in Jacobs Field history, the Indians score 18 runs in the final three innings to overcome a 9-1 deficit to beat the Devil Rays, 20-11. Tampa Bay’s first baseman Fred McGriff sets a major league record by homering in his 34th park.
1999 Bruce Aven hits the first pinch-hit grand slam in Marlin history. The 27 year-old rookie’s seventh-inning four-run round-tripper off Alan Mills proves to be the difference when Florida beats LA at Chavez Ravine, 6-3.
1999 Yankees right-hander Hideki Irabu opposes Mariner Mac Suzuki, also a righty, in the first matchup of Japanese starters in major league history. The Bronx Bomber hurler bests his fellow countryman, giving up four hits and a run in New York’s 10-1 victory over Seattle.
1999 The Rockies tie a National League record established by the 1894 Pirates and 1949 Giants when they extend their scoring streak to 14 consecutive innings, three shy of the major league mark of 17 set by the 1903 Red Sox. Before Larry Walker hit a two-out solo homer in the first inning of today’s 8-1 loss to Philadelphia at Coors Field, the team had crossed the plate in every inning in their previous game, after tallying in the last four frames the game before.
2000 On ‘Bob Sheppard Day,’ the Yankees pay tribute to “The Voice of Yankee Stadium,” honoring his 50-years of service with a plaque in Monument Park. With former Yankees on hand for the ceremony, former CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite reads the inscription, which refers to the legendary P.A. announcer’s clear, concise, and correct vocal style that has announced players, ‘both unfamiliar and legendary – with equal divine reverence”.
2003 Seventy-nine year-old Wayne Terwilliger, skipper of the Central Baseball League’s Fort Worth Cats, becomes the oldest manager in minor-league history. Only Connie Mack is ahead of ‘Twig” in being the most elderly dugout leader ever in professional baseball.
2003 A man wanted by the police on drug and parole-violations is apprehended at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The 24 year-old Westwood man’s freedom ends when his parole officer sees him kissing his girlfriend on the stadium’s scoreboard during Kiss Cam.
2004 The Rangers announce a 30-year deal reported to be worth about $75 million with one of the country’s leading wholesale lenders to rename their ballpark in Arlington as Ameriquest Field. The agreement will be short-lived when a crisis in the subprime mortgage industry causes Ameriquest to relinquished its naming rights in 2007.
2005 At the age of 46 years and 257 days old, Julio Franco of the Atlanta Braves becomes the second-oldest player in big league history to homer. Jack Quinn, a pitcher who accomplished the feat when he was 100 days older, hit a home run for the A’s on June 27, 1930.
2006 With an 8-5 victory over the Rangers, Joe Torre joins Joe McCarthy (1,460), Casey Stengel (1,149), and Miller Huggins (1,067) as the fourth Yankee manager to win 1000 games. The Bronx Bomber skipper has compiled a 1,000-645 record during his 11-year tenure with the team.
2006 When Barry Bonds takes his position in left field, the Phillies fans in the stands behind him unfurl a section-long banner which leaves no doubt about their sentiments concerning the Giants outfielder’s pursuit of the Babe. The message displayed briefly during the first inning informs the unpopular superstar, “Ruth did it on hot dogs & Beer – Aaron did it with class.”
2006 At Princeton’s Hunnicutt Field, rain delays the semifinals of the WVIAC baseball tournament game between Ohio Valley and West Virginia State. Due to the final contest of the tourney having to start before midnight, with the winner of this game facing Concord for the title, players, fans, and media waited eight hours and 54 minutes for the contest to resume.
2006 Bob Wickman, obtained by Cleveland in a seven-player trade that sent Richie Sexson to Milwaukee, becomes the Indians’ all-time franchise leader in saves when he notches his 130th by tossing a scoreless ninth inning in the Tribe’s 2-0 victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. The right-hander surpasses the record previously established by Doug Jones, and he will extend the record to 139 saves before being dealt to the Braves next season.
2008 Carlos Gomez becomes the eighth Twins’ player to complete the cycle, and the first since Kirby Puckett accomplished the feat in 1986, when he beats out an infield single in the team’s six-run ninth inning of their 13-1 rout of the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The Minnesota outfielder’s rare feat was only the ninth reverse natural cycle, collecting hits in reverse order of total bases: home run, then triple, then double, then a single.
2008 In the Reds’ 9-0 victory over the Cubs at Great American Ball Park, Jon Lieber joins Phil Norton (2000) in becoming only the second hurler in franchise history to allow four homers in one inning. Joey Votto, who will hit three round-trippers during the game, Adam Dunn, Paul Bako, and Jerry Hairston all take the Chicago starter deep in the second inning.
2008 In a matchup of undefeated pitchers, Cleveland’s Cliff Lee (5-0) bests Chien-Ming Wang (6-0) and the Yankees, 3-0. The Indians southpaw, who tosses seven shutout innings, lowers his ERA to a minuscule 0.81, best in major leagues.
2009 The Dodgers fail to extend their 13-game home winning streak to open the season, after surpassing the 1911 Tigers previously to set a new major league mark. The 11-9 loss to Washington comes on the same day the team learns about Manny Ramirez, the club’s most productive hitter, being suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance.
2009 Major League Baseball suspends Manny Ramirez for fifty games after he tests positive for the use of a banned substance. The 36 year-old Dodgers outfielder, who will not be eligible to return to the team until July 3rd, apologizes to the fans, explaining he did not take steroids but used a medication the doctor thought was okay to be prescribed.
2009 Ryan Zimmerman joins Sam Rice (1920, 1924, 1930), Heinie Manush (twice in 1933), and Goose Goslin (1928) in becoming only the fourth player in Washington D.C. baseball history to have a consecutive hit streak of 25 games or more. The 24 year-old third baseman kept his streak intact with a first inning single off Randy Wolf in the Nationals’ 11-9 victory over LA at Chavez Ravine.
2009 The Diamondbacks dismiss Bob Melvin and will name A.J. Hinch, their current vice president for player development, as the team’s new skipper. The 2007 NL Manager of the Year, who had one year left on his contract, compiled a 337-340 record during his four-plus years in the Arizona dugout.
2010 For the first time since 1980, rain washes out a Twins’ home game when steady precipitation forces the team to postpone their contest against Baltimore at Target Field. Minnesota, for nearly the past 30 years, played indoors at the Metrodome before moving to their new open-air ballpark this season.
2010 Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a shutout when he blanks Atlanta, 7-0, and the first to accomplish the feat in four different decades. The Phillies right-hander, who is 47 years and 170 days, easily surpasses the previous record established by Indian hurler Phil Niekro, who shut out the Blue Jays in 1985 at the age of 46 years and 188 days.
2010 Starlin Castro, the first major leaguer to be born in the 1990s, becomes the sixth Cub in franchise history to hit a home run in his first big-league at-bat, going deep off Homer Bailey in Chicago’s 14-7 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The 20 year-old rookie shortstop also becomes the first player to compile six RBIs in his first game in the majors when he delivers a bases-loaded triple in addition to his second inning three-run blast to deep right field.
2010 Lance Orton and Duane Jackson, who were instrumental in foiling a terrorist’s attempt to set off a car bomb in Times Square, are honored at Citi Field before the Mets game against San Francisco. The two street vendors alerted the police after they observed a parked car on 45th Street had started to fill with smoke and was making popping sounds.
2011 After a first-inning walk in the Dodgers’ 4-2 loss to the Mets, Andre Ethier goes 0-for-4, ending his 30-game hitting streak. The L.A. outfielder falls one game short of the franchise record set in 1969 by Willie Davis, who enjoyed a 31-game hitting streak that season.
2011 Appearing in his familiar chef’s whites, the Soup Nazi, played by actor Larry Thomas, makes an appearance at Citi Field. Although he mouths the infamous phrase, “No soup for you!”, when shown on the scoreboard screen, the character from the Seinfeld show generously gives away DVD prizes to Met fans who correctly answer trivia questions about the sitcom.
2013 Mets phenom Matt Harvey continues to dominate the National League when he throws nine frames of one-hit ball along with 12 strikeouts en route to a no-decision in the team’s 1-0 extra-inning victory over the White Sox at Citi Field. The 24 year-old right-hander, who retires the first 20 Chicago batters he faces, adds to his growing legend when he starts the game with a bloody nose and continues to pitch despite the blood oozing on to his face.
2014 In front of a sparse crowd of 558 at Burlington’s (IA) Community Field, the visiting Clinton (IA) LumberKings, after five innings, face a 16-run deficit in their Midwest League game against the Bees. The Class A affiliate of the Mariners will mount the largest comeback in the history of professional baseball when the team rallies to win the twelve-inning contest, 20-17.
2014 Adrian Beltre becomes the fifth player in major league history to hit 100 home runs for three different teams when he goes deep in the Rangers’ 9-2 loss to Colorado at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The 35 year-old third baseman, who joins Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Darrell Evans, and Reggie Jackson in accomplishing the feat, hit 147 homers for the Dodgers (1998-2004) and 103 with the Mariners (2005-09).
2016 In the Mets’ 6-3 victory over the Padres at, 42 year-old Bartolo Colon goes deep off James Shields, becoming the oldest player to hit his first major league home run. The portly right-hander, who has now collected three extra-base hits during his 19-year career, surpasses Randy Johnson, who was two years younger when he cleared the fences in 2003 while playing for Arizona.
2018 “It’s something special. He’s going down in the record books, in the Wikipedia book, which is amazing. A little kid from Belfast done good.” – PATRICK CONLON, commenting on his son’s major league debut. Belfast native Patrick Conlon becomes the first Irish-born player to appear in a major league game in 73 years when he starts, going 3.2 innings in the Mets’ 7-6 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The 24 year-old southpaw, known as PJ, follows fellow countryman Joe Cleary, who was born in Cork and played one game for the Senators in 1945.
2019 Mike Fiers becomes the 35th major league pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters when he keeps the visiting Reds hitless in the A’s 2-0 victory at the Oakland Coliseum. The 33 year-old right-hander threw a no-no in 2015 against the Dodgers at Minute Maid Park in Houston as a member of the Astros’ rotation.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS
|Boston||19||13||.594||–||10 – 9||9 – 4||7 – 4||7 – 4||3 – 5||6 – 4||W 1|
|Tampa Bay||18||15||.545||1.5||7 – 10||11 – 5||6 – 6||2 – 1||8 – 7||7 – 3||W 5|
|Toronto||16||14||.533||2||7 – 4||9 – 10||7 – 4||1 – 3||4 – 6||7 – 3||W 2|
|NY Yankees||16||15||.516||2.5||9 – 8||7 – 7||7 – 12||6 – 1||2 – 1||7 – 3||L 1|
|Baltimore||15||16||.484||3.5||4 – 10||11 – 6||6 – 7||0 – 0||8 – 8||6 – 4||W 1|
|Cleveland||17||13||.567||–||7 – 6||10 – 7||1 – 3||15 – 8||0 – 0||8 – 2||W 5|
|Chi White Sox||16||13||.552||0.5||9 – 6||7 – 7||2 – 2||7 – 6||6 – 4||6 – 4||L 1|
|Kansas City||16||14||.533||1||8 – 9||8 – 5||4 – 3||7 – 8||4 – 2||3 – 7||L 5|
|Minnesota||11||19||.367||6||6 – 11||5 – 8||1 – 3||5 – 4||2 – 9||4 – 6||L 3|
|Detroit||9||23||.281||9||4 – 9||5 – 14||1 – 5||4 – 12||3 – 4||2 – 8||L 1|
|Oakland||19||14||.576||–||11 – 10||8 – 4||7 – 7||7 – 0||2 – 5||4 – 6||L 2|
|Seattle||17||15||.531||1.5||9 – 8||8 – 7||6 – 5||3 – 3||5 – 5||4 – 6||L 1|
|Houston||16||15||.516||2||7 – 7||9 – 8||3 – 3||0 – 3||13 – 7||6 – 4||W 1|
|Texas||16||17||.485||3||7 – 9||9 – 8||9 – 5||4 – 6||3 – 3||7 – 3||W 3|
|LA Angels||13||17||.433||4.5||6 – 8||7 – 9||2 – 5||5 – 3||6 – 9||3 – 7||L 5|
|Philadelphia||17||15||.531||–||13 – 6||4 – 9||7 – 8||8 – 3||2 – 4||6 – 4||W 4|
|NY Mets||13||13||.500||1||6 – 4||7 – 9||9 – 5||2 – 5||2 – 1||5 – 5||W 2|
|Atlanta||15||16||.484||1.5||7 – 7||8 – 9||8 – 8||5 – 2||1 – 2||6 – 4||W 3|
|Miami||14||16||.467||2||7 – 7||7 – 9||4 – 5||2 – 4||6 – 4||5 – 5||W 3|
|Washington||12||15||.444||2.5||8 – 8||4 – 7||5 – 7||4 – 2||2 – 5||5 – 5||L 3|
|St. Louis||18||14||.563||–||9 – 8||9 – 6||10 – 10||8 – 4||0 – 0||7 – 3||L 2|
|Milwaukee||17||15||.531||1||8 – 8||9 – 7||1 – 6||9 – 6||6 – 1||4 – 6||L 5|
|Chi Cubs||15||16||.484||2.5||11 – 7||4 – 9||5 – 5||7 – 11||3 – 0||5 – 5||W 3|
|Cincinnati||14||15||.483||2.5||10 – 7||4 – 8||0 – 0||7 – 5||4 – 8||5 – 5||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||13||17||.433||4||5 – 7||8 – 10||0 – 0||5 – 10||3 – 4||4 – 6||L 1|
|San Francisco||18||13||.581||–||10 – 3||8 – 10||6 – 4||2 – 1||9 – 6||5 – 5||L 2|
|San Diego||18||14||.563||0.5||9 – 10||9 – 4||0 – 0||4 – 6||11 – 8||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||17||15||.531||1.5||8 – 5||9 – 10||3 – 0||2 – 8||9 – 5||2 – 8||L 3|
|Arizona||15||16||.484||3||6 – 5||9 – 11||4 – 6||5 – 1||6 – 7||5 – 5||L 3|
|Colorado||12||19||.387||6||10 – 8||2 – 11||3 – 3||0 – 0||7 – 16||4 – 6||W 2|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 x-Philadelphia||45||21||.682||—||25-7||20-14||10-2||28-9||6-4||6 W|
|2 x-Brooklyn||43||24||.642||2.5||25-8||18-16||8-4||23-16||5-5||4 L|
|3 x-Milwaukee||42||24||.636||3.0||23-10||19-14||10-0||27-11||7-3||4 W|
|4 New York||37||29||.561||8.0||22-11||15-18||3-8||23-17||8-2||1 L|
|5 Atlanta||37||31||.544||9.0||21-11||16-20||6-3||21-18||5-5||1 L|
|6 Boston||35||31||.530||10.0||21-13||14-18||4-7||20-17||5-5||1 W|
|7 Miami||35||31||.530||10.0||19-15||16-16||6-6||20-17||7-3||1 L|
|8 Charlotte||32||34||.485||13.0||17-15||15-19||7-3||19-20||4-6||1 L|
|9 Indiana||31||35||.470||14.0||12-20||19-15||6-4||17-20||5-5||1 W|
|10 Washington||31||36||.463||14.5||17-17||14-19||2-7||13-24||7-3||1 W|
|11 Chicago||27||39||.409||18.0||12-20||15-19||5-5||17-19||4-6||1 W|
|12 Toronto||27||40||.403||18.5||16-17||11-23||4-8||17-23||4-6||2 L|
|13 Orlando||21||45||.318||24.0||11-24||10-21||4-6||13-24||3-7||1 L|
|14 Cleveland||21||45||.318||24.0||12-21||9-24||4-7||15-23||1-9||8 L|
|15 Detroit||20||47||.299||25.5||13-19||7-28||1-10||12-27||3-7||1 W|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 x-Utah||48||18||.727||—||29-4||19-14||5-4||24-12||6-4||3 W|
|2 x-Phoenix||47||19||.712||1.0||25-9||22-10||7-3||27-10||7-3||1 L|
|3 x-LA Clippers||45||22||.672||3.5||26-9||19-13||9-3||27-13||6-4||2 W|
|4 x-Denver||44||22||.667||4.0||25-10||19-12||8-1||25-14||8-2||1 W|
|5 Dallas||38||28||.576||10.0||18-15||20-13||6-4||20-19||8-2||2 W|
|6 LA Lakers||37||29||.561||11.0||18-15||19-14||3-8||22-16||3-7||1 L|
|7 Portland||37||29||.561||11.0||16-16||21-13||4-6||18-18||5-5||1 W|
|8 Golden State||34||33||.507||14.5||20-11||14-22||4-7||20-17||6-4||1 W|
|9 Memphis||33||33||.500||15.0||14-18||19-15||4-6||15-22||4-6||1 L|
|10 San Antonio||31||34||.477||16.5||13-20||18-14||6-6||16-22||4-6||5 L|
|11 New Orleans||30||36||.455||18.0||18-17||12-19||6-4||18-20||5-5||1 W|
|12 Sacramento||29||37||.439||19.0||14-18||15-19||5-7||16-20||7-3||4 W|
|13 Oklahoma City||21||46||.313||27.5||9-25||12-21||3-8||11-26||1-9||5 L|
|14 Minnesota||20||46||.303||28.0||12-21||8-25||5-6||14-26||6-4||2 L|
|15 Houston||16||50||.242||32.0||8-27||8-23||5-7||10-28||2-8||3 L|
|x-New York Islanders||54||31||17||6||68||27||149||124||20-4-3||11-13-3||4-4-2|
|New York Rangers||55||26||23||6||58||25||172||153||14-11-3||12-12-3||3-7-0|
|New Jersey Devils||54||19||28||7||45||19||142||185||7-18-3||12-10-4||5-4-1|
|x-Vegas Golden Knights||52||37||13||2||76||36||176||118||19-4-2||18-9-0||8-2-0|
|St. Louis Blues||51||24||19||8||56||22||152||158||10-11-5||14-8-3||5-3-2|
|Los Angeles Kings||51||21||24||6||48||20||137||151||9-12-4||12-12-2||5-5-0|
|San Jose Sharks||53||21||26||6||48||16||145||183||11-11-3||10-15-3||3-5-2|
|x-Toronto Maple Leafs||53||34||13||6||74||33||179||138||17-7-3||17-6-3||6-2-2|
|x-Tampa Bay Lightning||53||36||14||3||75||35||178||133||21-6-0||15-8-3||7-2-1|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||54||17||25||12||46||14||130||178||10-8-8||7-17-4||2-5-3|
|Detroit Red Wings||54||18||27||9||45||16||118||164||12-11-5||6-16-4||3-4-3|
|New York City FC||3||2||0||1||8||2||6||1-0-0||1-0-1||6|
|Orlando City SC||3||1||2||0||4||1||3||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|
|Inter Miami CF||3||1||1||1||4||4||0||0-0-1||1-1-0||4|
|Real Salt Lake||2||2||0||0||5||2||3||1-0-0||1-0-0||6|
|Los Angeles FC||3||1||2||0||4||2||2||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|