MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Pittsburgh 6 Minnesota 2
Baltimore 8 Oakland 1
Boston 5 Seattle 3
Cleveland 7 NY Yankees 3
Kansas City 4 Detroit 0
Toronto 1 Tampa Bay 0
Chicago White Sox 8 Texas 4
LA Angels 4 Houston 2
NY Mets 4 Washington 0
Arizona 5 Atlanta 0
St. Louis 5 Cincinnati 2
Milwaukee 6 Chicago Cubs 0
Colorado 12 Philadelphia 2
San Francisco 4 Miami 3
Arizona 7 Atlanta 0
San Diego 8 LA Dodgers 7 (11)
Charlotte 125 Boston 104
Brooklyn 128 Phoenix 119
Memphis 120 Portland 113…DESMOND BANE: 2PTS,3REB, 4ASST
Washington 119 Cleveland 110
Atlanta 111 Milwaukee 104
Indiana 131 Orlando 112
Golden State 117 Sacramento 113
Pittsburgh 1 Boston 0
NY Rangers 6 Buffalo 3
Philadelphia 4 New Jersey 3
Tampa Bay 4 Columbus 3
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Los Angeles 3 New York 2
Rose Hulman 3 Earlham 2
Rose Hulman 6 Earlham 5
Indiana 23 Minnesota 1
Central Michigan 15 Akron 2
Ball State 11 Northern Illinois 1
Butler 11 Villanova 3
Cincinnati 12 Wichita State 2
Indiana State 7 Dallas Baptist 5
Iowa 15 Northwestern 4
Illinois State 3 Evansville 1
Rutgers 3 Michigan 2
Nebraska 9 Michigan State 6 (12)
Wright State 11 Northern Kentucky 6
Wright State 12 Northern Kentucky 2
Penn State 10 Ohio State 6
Valparaiso 47 Illinois 2
Bowling Green 20 Western Michigan 6
Xavier 5 Connecticut 0
Connecticut 8 Xavier 5
Illinois 2 Indiana 0
Indiana 1 Illinois 0
Michigan State 3 Purdue 2
Florida State 9 Louisville 0
Ball State 11 Ohio 7
Kent State 2 Bowling Green 1
Bowling Green 1 Kent State 0
Illinois State 9 Evansville 0
Illinois State 1 Evansville 0
Southern Illinois 11 Indiana State 1
Indiana State 27 Illinois 0
Michigan 2 Northwestern 0
Minnesota 9 Iowa 4
Wisconsin 9 Nebraska 3
Northern Illinois 8 Akron 4
Northern Kentucky 7 IUPUI 2
Northern Kentucky 1 IUPUI 0
Rutgers 6 Ohio State 5
Miami Ohio 12 Toledo 3
Drake 10 Valparaiso 2
Drake 6 Valparaiso 3
Notre Dame 3 Virginia Tech 1
Bumgarner pitches 7-inning no-hitter, Arizona sweeps Braves
ATLANTA (AP) Madison Bumgarner definitely had no-hit stuff, even if the Major League Baseball record book said he didn’t.
Bumgarner threw a seven-inning no-hitter, an achievement that won’t officially count but completed a dominant day of Arizona Diamondbacks pitching for a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves and a doubleheader sweep Sunday.
Could he have kept the magic going for a nine-inning game?
“I don’t know. There’s too many variables,” Bumgarner said. “If it worked for seven, it’s hard to imagine it not working for two more.”
After Zac Gallen tossed a one-hitter to win the opener 5-0, Bumgarner did even better.
Bumgarner struck out seven and the only Braves batter who reached base against him came on shortstop Nick Ahmed’s throwing error in the second inning.
Bumgarner casually shook hands with catcher Carson Kelly after Marcell Ozuna lined out to end it. Then the rest of the Diamondbacks joined in and the celebration livened up around the mound.
“I like to keep it pretty low-key,” the stoic lefty said. “They definitely didn’t, which that’s fine and I appreciate that, too. It’s pretty special for all of us and like I said, I’m just blessed and fortunate to be able to do that and be a part of this.”
Bumgarner’s gem won’t go into the official list of no-hitters. MLB’s eight-man committee on statistical accuracy decided in 1991 that a no-hitter was a game of nine or more innings that ended with no hits.
Other pitchers had come close since Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB switched to seven-inning doubleheaders last year during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It feels good. I just want to say two things before I go celebrate with the guys,” Bumgarner said on a TV interview after the game. “I want to thank these shadows in Atlanta. They helped me out a good bit. That was awesome. And I want to thank Rob Manfred for making these seven-inning games.”
There have already been two official no-hitters this season.
Joe Musgrove pitched the first no-no in the history of the San Diego Padres when he topped Texas on April 9. Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox no-hit Cleveland on April 14.
Atlanta’s only hit during the afternoon was by reigning NL MVP Freddie Freeman, who lined a clean single to right-center field off Gallen with one out in the sixth of the opener.
Bumgarner and Gallen, however, are officially credited with shutouts. This made Arizona the first team to throw a pair of complete-game shutouts in a doubleheader since Boston’s Reggie Cleveland and Don Aase at Toronto on Sept. 5, 1977.
O’Neill 2 HRs as Flaherty, Cards hand Reds 7th straight loss
ST. LOUIS (AP) Tyler O’Neill homered twice and Jack Flaherty tossed seven sharp innings as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Cincinnati 5-2 Sunday, the Reds’ seventh straight loss.
O’Neill, who came off the injured list on Friday after missing 13 games with a right groin strain, hit solo home runs in the second and fifth innings.
O’Neill had been 0 for 4 since being activated until breaking loose. The two-homer game was the second of his career – he connected for pair of two-run homers in a 7-0 win over Pittsburgh on June 15, 2019.
He said the short stint on the injury list helped him regain his confidence.
“I was able to take a little re-set and take a step back and identify what I was doing (wrong),” O’Neill said. “I’ve been doing a lot of work in the cage, doing my due diligence. I wanted to try and stay within the zone and put good swings on good pitches.”
The Reds’ skid is their worst since an eight-game slide from March 31-April 7, 2019.
Cincinnati manager David Bell was ejected in the sixth inning. He became upset after Jonathan India was hit on the helmet by a pitch from Flaherty. India stayed in the game to run the bases but was removed after the inning.
Both dugouts were warned. Bell said after the contest that India was OK.
“We’ll keep a close eye on him, but I really believe he’s fine,” Bell said.
Jesse Winker homered for the Reds and extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest active string in the majors.
Flaherty (4-0) retired the first 10 batters and allowed just three hits in a 95-pitch stint. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.
“I did a lot better job of being able to work ahead,” Flaherty said. “Those first pitch strikes set the pace for the whole game.”
Alex Reyes earned his fifth save. He got Tucker Barnhart to ground out with the bases loaded to end the game
O’Neill entered the game 0 for 13 lifetime against Cincinnati starting pitcher Luis Castillo (1-2).
“I was just trying to see a good pitch in the middle of the zone,” O’Neill said.
Dylan Carlson added three hits and drove in a run. Paul Goldschmidt had two RBIs.
Castillo gave up four runs on six hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked one.
Tyler Naquin added a pinch-hit, RBI single in the Reds eighth.
The Reds have managed just 29 runs during the losing skid.
“We’ve just got to keep fighting, keep grinding,” Winker said. “We’re a good ballclub. These things happen throughout a 162-game season.”
Woodruff works 6 innings as Brewers blank Arrieta, Cubs 6-0
CHICAGO (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers played three series against the Chicago Cubs in April, and won each one.
Not bad at all.
“We’ve done our jobs,” manager Craig Counsell said.
Brandon Woodruff outdueled Jake Arrieta with six dominant innings, and the NL Central-leading Brewers beat the Cubs 6-0 on Sunday.
Woodruff (2-0) allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked two in his first win in 11 career appearances against Chicago. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has permitted one run and six hits in 19 innings covering three starts against the Cubs this year.
“There’s the familiarity there of just facing the guys,” Woodruff said. “Obviously they’ve seen me a lot. I’ve seen them. I think the biggest thing it just comes down to is executing pitches.”
Luis Urias hit a two-run single during Milwaukee’s five-run ninth, helping the Brewers close out a 5-1 road trip. They also improved to 6-3 against the Cubs with 10 games left in their season series against the reigning NL Central champions.
Chicago finished with four hits, wasting a solid performance by Arrieta on a cold, windy day at Wrigley Field. The game-time temperature was 44 degrees, and the crowd of 10,343 bundled up in jackets, hooded sweatshirts and blankets.
“It was freezing out there,” Brewers second baseman Kolten Wong said.
Arrieta kept the Cubs in the game with six innings of two-hit ball. The right-hander struck out eight and walked three.
Milwaukee got its first run on Travis Shaw’s bases-loaded walk in the first. Arrieta retired 15 in a row after the Brewers’ first four batters reached safely.
The Brewers put runners on second and third with no outs in the sixth, but Arrieta (3-2) escaped by striking out Shaw, Keston Hiura and Billy McKinney.
“The mindset after the first was to get weak contact, try to preserve the pitch count, pitch as deep as I could into the ballgame,” Arrieta said. “And then, I ran into a tough spot there in the sixth and found a way out of it.”
Woodruff retired his first nine batters. Ian Happ walked and David Bote singled in the fourth for Chicago’s first baserunners, but Anthony Rizzo struck out and the Brewers turned an inning-ending double play when Kris Bryant struck out and Happ was caught stealing third.
Rizzo also struck out for the final out of the sixth, leaving a runner on third.
“Hit a couple balls hard right at guys early on,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Found some ways to get runners on, just couldn’t really get the line moving too much. That’s kind of how the story goes sometimes when you’re facing an ace on the other side.”
Reyes hits three-run homer, Indians beat Yankees 7-3
CLEVELAND (AP) Franmil Reyes hit a three-run homer, tripled and stole his first career base, helping the Cleveland Indians avoid a four-game series sweep with a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday.
The burly 6-foot-5, 265-pounder homered in the fourth off Jameson Taillon (0-2) to give the Indians a 4-3 lead, then led off the sixth with his second big league triple and scored on Jordan Luplow’s double against Nick Nelson to extend the advantage to 6-3.
Both of Reyes’ triples and his initial theft occurred during the series at Progressive Field, where the Yankees were seeking their first four-game road sweep of Cleveland since 1996.
“After the stolen base, I was like, wow this is unbelievable,” Reyes said. “With the elements and the field here, you can get a triple any day, but the stolen base was a little bit out there. That surprised me, for sure.”
New York — tied for last in the AL East at 9-12 — went up 3-0 in the fourth when Gio Urshela hit a two-run homer and Mike Ford added a solo shot five pitches later. The Yankees’ first back-to-back home runs of the year came off Triston McKenzie.
Rookie Sam Hentges (1-0), making his second appearance after debuting Tuesday, allowed two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Emmanuel Clase worked a perfect ninth as the Indians stopped their four-game losing streak.
“We needed to win this game,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “Franmil probably won’t lead the league in triples, but when he hits it, he runs. It’s kind of inspiring to me and I hope it is for everybody.”
Taillon allowed four runs in four innings with six strikeouts and no walks, remaining winless since May 1, 2019. Coming back from his second Tommy John surgery, the right-hander has not pitched more than five innings in his four starts and has a 6.23 ERA.
All four hits in the fourth came after Taillon got two strikes in the count.
“All it took today was a string of three or four hitters to ruin our chance of winning the game,” Taillon said.
One of them was Reyes, whose fifth homer of the season landed just beyond the reach of 6-foot-7 right fielder Aaron Judge.
“That was a mistake to Reyes,” New York manager Aaron Boone said. “He just went out and got it.”
DJ LeMahieu, in a 2-for-17 slump, was given the day off by Boone. The reigning AL batting champion has a .260 average with one homer and six RBIs in 19 games.
Giancarlo Stanton had a 120.1 mph single in the first, the hardest-hit ball in the major leagues this season. Stanton and Judge both went 1 for 5 as the Yankees fell to 3-1 on their eight-game road trip.
Royals win 4th straight, blank slumping Tigers 4-0
DETROIT (AP) Danny Duffy pitched five scoreless innings, and the Kansas City Royals kept Detroit’s offense quiet again in a 4-0 victory over the Tigers on Sunday.
A day after the Royals prevailed 2-1 in a game that took 2 hours, 10 minutes, Duffy (3-1) allowed four hits while striking out eight. He’s allowed one earned run in 23 innings so far this season.
“It has been fun to be effective. I’ve been really inconsistent the last few years,” Duffy said. “I think what I’m doing right now is just throwing everything with just maximum intent.”
Hunter Dozier hit a solo homer for the AL Central-leading Royals, who have won four straight. Kansas City has allowed only three runs through the first three games of this series.
“I think it’s every part of the game. It starts with our starting pitching. Our guys are giving us a chance,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “To have a good run of wins in this league, you have to have a little bit of everything, and I think we’ve had that.”
Detroit starter Michael Fulmer yielded one hit in three scoreless innings, but reliever Tarik Skubal (0-3) gave up runs in the fifth and sixth. The Tigers have lost nine of 10.
“We had a couple opportunities, but when you’re only talking about a couple opportunities it can weigh on you a little bit,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “You get outside the strike zone. We did have a few chases.”
Michael A. Taylor singled to lead off the fifth and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. He then stole third and came home on a bloop single by Whit Merrifield.
“From a stuff and pitch-execution standpoint, I thought I did pretty well today,” Skubal said. “I don’t think the results match how I felt. I’m not really too concerned about the results. There’s growth in everything.”
Dozier homered an inning later to make it 2-0. Carlos Santana added a two-run single in the ninth.
Merrifield had two of Kansas City’s four stolen bases on the day.
The Royals clinched their first series victory at Comerica Park since Sept. 4-6, 2017, and they have now won a four-game series at Detroit for the first time since June 16-19, 2014.
Kopech dominant, fans 10 in 5 innings, White Sox sweep Texas
CHICAGO (AP) Michael Kopech struck out a career-high 10 in just five innings, Jose Abreu homered and drove in three runs and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 Sunday for their season-high fourth straight win.
Kopech (2-0), making his second spot start in a week while pitching out of the bullpen, continued to impress after missing the 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and the 2020 season for personal reasons.
Kopech, who resides about 100 miles from Dallas in Tyler, Texas, overpowered Rangers hitters with his 97 mph fastball.
The 24-year-old right-hander allowed one run, on a homer by David Dahl, and four hits without allowing a walk in a career-high 87 pitches.
White Sox manager Tony La Russa came into a game with a limited number of available arms in the bullpen.
Closer Liam Hendricks and relievers Aaron Bummer and Codi Heuer were not available due to a recent heavy workload. La Russa was also without Evan Marshall, who was in Arizona for a funeral.
“He knew it and so did the relievers, we were shorthanded. So to step up and get us five innings, that’s a pressure performance over and above,” La Russa said.
Kopech filled in for ace Lucas Giolito, who cut his finger while opening a bottle. Giolito had his start pushed back to Tuesday against the Tigers.
Despite Kopech’s impressive showing, it remains unclear when Kopech will find a full-time role in the Chicago rotation.
“Michael Kopech is going to be a top-line starting pitcher, but right now it made sense to get him in condition to add more and more pitches. More importantly, the fact he has competed so well, shows he’s got good guts when he goes out there and he keeps his cool and concentration so I don’t have a crystal ball,” La Russa said.
“I use the (Adam) Wainwright experience from ’06. He can pitch in the bullpen all year long and next year win 20,” he said.
Going five innings and getting the win was a special moment for Kopech.
“It means a lot because that’s how still I consider myself, as a starting pitcher. … to take advantage of that opportunity and actually get a little deeper than what the plan was, it’s good for me and the team,” Kopech said.
Abreu hit a two-run homer, the fifth of the year for the reigning AL MVP, in the first off Kohei Arihara (2-2). Arihara, who entered the game with a streak of 12 1-3 scoreless innings, labored through the first inning throwing 40 pitches.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward is going to see if Arihara was tipping his pitches.
“It is something I am going to look into. We thought maybe they were getting them from second base. At times, they were standing real close to second base. And those are things I expect teams to do. I don’t know if Kohei in Japan, if they were heavy on doing that because he does try to hide it with his glove, but they were standing real close to second base kind of peaking in to see if they can see inside the glove,” Woodward said.
Oakland’s 13-game winning streak ends, Orioles romp 8-1
BALTIMORE (AP) Rather than getting giddy, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin says his team has become “greedy.”
Oakland’s 13-game winning streak ended Sunday as Austin Hays hit a pair of home runs, starter John Means had another stellar performance and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Athletics 8-1.
The A’s, who opened the season with six straight losses, put together their third-longest winning string since moving to Oakland in 1968.
“You do want to win the series but you also want to get greedy,” Melvin said. “We’ve been greedy here recently. It’s about winning every game that you go out there and play.”
“At the end of the day, if you leave and you win a series, it’s a good thing. But we wanted to win bad today. We just didn’t do enough offensively to give ourselves a chance,” he said.
Oakland won 14 in a row in 1988 and a then-American League record of 20 consecutive wins in 2002. Cleveland broke that mark with 22 straight in 2017 – the Athletics’ string had been the longest in the majors since that run by the Indians.
Means (2-0) had additional two days of rest heading into this start because manager Brandon Hyde wants to keep his pitchers fresh. The left-hander allowed just one run on two hits with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.50 – best among AL starters.
“I just feel very comfortable right now with my mentality and stuff,” Means said. “I’m just going try to keep that going.”
Hays hit his first two homers of the season. Cedric Mullins had three hits, raising his average to .350 for Baltimore.
The Orioles broke open the game with five runs in the eighth that began with a solo home run by Maikel Franco and a bases-loaded walk by A’s reliever Deolis Guerra to Ryan McKenna, who earned his first major league RBI. A bases-loaded error by shortstop Elvis Andrus gave the Orioles their sixth run before Trey Mancini delivered a two-run single.
“We’re definitely a confident group and knew that if we kept playing our game and kept working to get better, things we’re going to turn around,” A’s third baseman Matt Chapman said.
“We started putting together good at-bats. Once we get hot, we get rolling, I don’t know if we could have predicted we were going to win 13 in a row like that, but who would have thought we would have lost six in a row to start the season, It all evened itself out and we’re right where we need to be to make a run at this thing,” he said.
Padres rally from late 6-run deficit, beat Dodgers 8-7 in 11
LOS ANGELES (AP) Fernando Tatis Jr. scored on Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, and the San Diego Padres rallied from a late six-run deficit for an 8-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night.
Manny Machado delivered the tying RBI single in the ninth inning for the Padres, who claimed their third win in this dramatic four-game series between Southern California rivals in appropriately theatrical fashion.
San Diego trailed 7-1 entering the seventh, but scored two runs in each of the next three innings to force the defending World Series champs into extras on a chilly night at Chavez Ravine.
After Los Angeles failed to score in the 10th with the bases loaded and one out, San Diego scored without getting a hit in the 11th. Tatis started on second, stole third and scored easily on Hosmer’s long fly off Garrett Cleavinger (0-1), who was making his Dodgers debut and second career major league appearance.
Tim Hill (1-2) escaped his 10th-inning jam by striking out pinch-hitter Clayton Kershaw and rookie DJ Peters, who swung at a fastball well above the strike zone on a full count.
Mark Melancon then earned his eighth save by retiring Mookie Betts and Corey Seager with two runners on to secure another remarkable victory for the Padres in a game that lasted a few seconds less than five hours.
With this impressive comeback, San Diego has won four of its last five matchups with LA after the powerhouse Dodgers took the first two at Petco Park last weekend.
Chris Taylor hit a three-run homer and pinch-hitter Sheldon Neuse also homered during a five-run sixth inning by the Dodgers. Justin Turner drove in two early runs for the defending World Series champs.
Victor Caratini drove in two runs in the seventh for San Diego, and he singled and scored in the ninth before Machado brought home Tatis, who had hit his fifth homer in three games way back in the fourth inning.
The Dodgers’ bullpen wasted an outstanding start by Dustin May, who yielded two hits and struck out a career-best 10 over six dominant innings. Although he gave up Tatis’ latest big homer, the big redhead otherwise stifled San Diego’s powerful lineup – which had no problems against LA’s relievers.
Caratini had a two-run single in the seventh, and Eric Hosmer had an RBI single during San Diego’s two-run eighth. The Padres then strung together four singles in the ninth to even it.
Joe Musgrove labored through three innings for the Padres, giving up two runs and three hits on 77 pitches – but the Dodgers also stranded nine runners in the first five innings, and it came back to haunt them.
Max Muncy drew four walks in the first six innings, matching his career high.
MRI on Brewers star Christian Yelich shows no major issues
CHICAGO (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers are moving along with their plan for Christian Yelich after an MRI on the slugger’s strained lower back showed no major issues.
Yelich hasn’t played since April 11. He was eligible to come off the injured list this weekend, but the 2018 NL MVP was sent back to Milwaukee because manager Craig Counsell said the outfielder had hit a “plateau” in his recovery.
“We basically just ruled out anything significant structurally that would show up on the MRI,” Counsell said before Sunday’s series finale against the Cubs. “We still need to make progress to get him back on the field and so from that perspective not much has changed. But we’ll keep moving forward and see what some activity tomorrow at the field brings.”
Milwaukee placed Yelich on the injured list April 17, with the move retroactive to April 14. He is batting .333 (10 for 30) in nine games this season.
The Brewers also are without center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who went on the IL on April 14 with a quadriceps strain. The 35-year-old Cain worked out on the field Saturday, and Counsell said it went well.
“We’re not there yet, but I think it was a stepping stone yesterday, back on the field,” Counsell said. “Whenever the players get on the field, it’s a good sign to me. It means that the training room is starting to kind of step aside and we’re starting to get into more baseball stuff. That’s where we’re at with Lorenzo. Now there’ll be a progression of running and baseball stuff out on the field that we have to go through.”
Magic rookie Devin Cannady breaks ankle in loss to Pacers
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points and the Indiana Pacers used a big third quarter to rout short-handed Orlando 131-112 on Sunday night in a game marred by Magic rookie Devin Cannady’s gruesome ankle injury.
Cannady suffered an open fracture of his right ankle in the first quarter when he landed awkwardly while trying to contest Edmond Sumner’s layup. Magic center Mo Bamba was so shaken by the sight of the injury that he took his jersey off and placed it over Cannady’s badly broken and bleeding ankle.
“Sickening. First, of all (Cannady) is a good guy who has worked his tail off to get better,” said Tyrone Corbin, who directed the Magic with head coach Steve Clifford out after testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. “It’s just sickening to see him go down like that. We’re praying for him.”
The former Princeton star was set for surgery Sunday night. He was part of the Lakeland Magic’s G League title team this year.
Playing less than 24 hours after rallying to beat Detroit, the Pacers had a 41-20 edge in the third quarter to cruise to their third straight victory.
“It was our ball movement, we were playing with great energy, we were running out and having fun,” said JaKarr Sampson, who had eight of his 11 points in the third quarter. “The ball found me and I was able to make shots. We just did a great job of coming out in the second half with energy and establishing that lead early.”
Indiana remained a game behind Charlotte for eighth place in the Eastern Conference – two games ahead of No. 10 Washington.
“Everyone’s aware of the standings and that there are so many teams bunched up together,” Indiana coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “Every game is important and the opponent doesn’t matter who you play because every team is good. . Our guys just want to continue playing the way that we are – moving the ball and fighting like crazy on the defensive end.”
“Defensively, we didn’t take anything away from these guys,” Corbin said. “They got blow-bys, transition baskets and they ran on us on makes. They got it all and when we’re rebuilding we have to understand that we can’t give up effort baskets.”
Sumner added 21 points for Indiana, Justin Holiday hit six 3-pointers and had 20 points, and Caris LeVert had 18 points and six assists. The Pacers shot 54.9% and hit 15 3s.
Dwayne Bacon led Orlando with 20 points, and Wendell Carter Jr. added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Pacers beat Magic for the third time this season and sixth overall.
Curry sets NBA record for 3-pointers in a month with 85
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry scored 37 points and set an NBA record for 3-pointers in a month at 85, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Sacramento Kings 117-113 on Sunday night.
Kelly Oubre Jr.’s jumper with 1:42 left put Golden State ahead 112-111 before Richaun Holmes missed a pair of free throws at the 1:25 mark, then Draymond Green scored moments later.
Curry shot 11 of 21 with seven more 3-pointers after the two-time MVP rolled his right ankle during Friday’s win against Denver but didn’t consider it serious or seem hobbled. His April total surpassed James Harden’s NBA record of 82 in November 2019.
Green had 14 rebounds and 13 assists in the Warriors’ fourth straight home win. That matches the team’s longest winning streak of the season at Chase Center, where Golden State drew 3,252 fans – up from 1,935 on Friday in the first game fans returned.
Harrison Barnes had 23 points and seven rebounds against his former team and Buddy Hield scored 25 to lead the Kings, who had won four of five in the series.
Golden State beat the Kings 137-106 at Chase Center on Jan. 4, but had lost four of seven in the rivalry at home.
Sacramento center Holmes returned from a five-game absence with a strained right hamstring and contributed 11 points and five rebounds.
TOUGH ON THOMPSON
Klay Thompson is close to beginning to run again as he rehabs from surgery for a torn right Achilles tendon. He stayed home from the recent road trip to work with Warriors director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini.
Coach Steve Kerr spoke to Curry’s injured Splash Brother at halftime of Friday’s game against the Nuggets on a special night with fans returning to Chase Center. Kerr sensed it was especially hard for Thompson given how badly he wanted to be out on the floor.
Thompson looked emotional on the sideline at one moment and Curry could be seen speaking to him.
“He did have a tough game. I think it was in large part because the fans were back and my observation anyway is just it hit him really hard how much he’s missing, and how much he has lost over the last year and half,” Kerr said. “It’s not an easy thing to deal with. The good news is rehab’s going really well. … Klay has had his passion and his love for the game just ripped away from him now for almost two years. It’s crazy. That’s not easy to deal with.”
Graham scores 24 as Hornets rout Celtics 125-104
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) When Hornets coach James Borrego talks to his players about how he wants them to play, he’ll point back to Sunday’s game.
This win “set the standard,” Borrego said.
Devonte Graham had 24 points and nine assists, P.J. Washington chipped in with 22 points and 12 rebounds and Charlotte had a season-high 39 assists to defeat the Boston Celtics 125-104.
Terry Rozier had 21 points and 11 assists and Miles Bridges stayed hot with 20 points as the Hornets avenged a 30-point loss to the Celtics earlier this season and pulled within 1 1/2 games of Boston for the sixth spot in the East.
“When we play this hard and together and unselfish, this is the result,” Borrego said. “This is what winning basketball looks like. This is Hornets basketball and this is what it has to look like for us.”
The Hornets have been using a small ball lineup with Washington starting at center and it seems to be working, depending on the matchup. The team’s five starters each had at least 13 points and combined for 33 assists.
“It creates a lot of disadvantages for defenses,” Rozier said. “We have guys that can play all over the floor and that makes us very unpredictable.”
Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown had 20 points and Jayson Tatum added 19 points and 11 rebounds for Boston, which has dropped two straight games after winning seven of its previous eight. The Celtics were held to 38.6% shooting.
“They didn’t let us get into any rhythm and they made shots,” Walker said.
The Hornets came out by hitting 10 of 12 shots to start the game, including 6 of 7 from 3-point range to build a 26-12 lead.
They never let up.
Charlotte moved the ball well and finished with a season-high 39 assists while playing aggressive defense.
Bridges beat the buzzer with a 40-foot pull-up jumper at the end of the third quarter.
Graham connected on a behind-the-back pass to Washington for a dunk and Bridges came up with a ferocious block that led to Rozier’s 3 at the other end helping extend Charlotte’s lead to 17.
After Graham knocked down an open 3 off a 4-on-1 Hornets fast break to push the lead to 20, Celtics coach Brad Stevens had seen enough and emptied his bench with 3:30 remaining.
“They came out and smacked us,” Brown said. “We didn’t match their energy and the Hornets played extremely well. … We weren’t as prepared as they were.”
Borrego had written “be unselfish” on the whiteboard in the locker room before the game – and his team listened. The Hornets moved the ball around the perimeter quickly and the extra passes created plenty of open looks.
“We played the right way from the beginning until the end,” Graham said.
“We had to be the more aggressive physical team for 48 minutes and today we were,” Borrego said. “It started at minute one and finished at minute 48.”
Durant scores 33 points in return, Nets beat Suns 128-119
NEW YORK (AP) Long a superstar, Kevin Durant is turning into a super sub.
Durant came off the bench to score 33 points in his latest return from injury, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Phoenix Suns 128-119 on Sunday in a matchup of two of the NBA’s top teams.
Durant missed three games after bruising his left thigh early in a loss to Miami last Sunday. He played 28 minutes and shot 12 for 21.
“It was a good start. Hopefully, I’ll build on this game and keep going,” Durant said.
Kyrie Irving scored 34 points and Blake Griffin had 15 to help the Eastern Conference leaders improve to 25-7 at home and 20-6 against West teams.
Devin Booker scored 36 points and Deandre Ayton had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns, the No. 2 team in the West who have lost consecutive games for the first time since a three-game skid in January.
“I thought we started off pretty well, they just continued to make shots,” Booker said. “I think we had a lot of miscommunications on a lot of our switches and that’s that.”
Phoenix led for much of the first half but Brooklyn pulled away after halftime, when Durant played his normal minutes after not coming into the game until the second quarter so the Nets could keep his minutes down and he could play down the stretch if it was close.
The Nets used the same strategy when Durant returned from a lengthy layoff with a hamstring injury on April 7 against New Orleans, scoring 17 points in 19 minutes. He has played just 25 games this season and had never come off the bench in an NBA game until this year.
“The thing I love the most is that we all know, one of my favorite things about him is how much he just loves to play basketball,” Griffin said. “So you know when he’s sitting out it’s just like killing him, so just to see that joy of just being able to play basketball again is fun for us.”
The Nets were 2-2 while playing almost entirely without Durant in their previous four, but things change when the four-time scoring champion is on the floor.
“How you guard away from him is different than how you would have guarded before on another guy who couldn’t shoot from 40 feet from the basket, is 7-foot-1 and dribbles like a guard,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said before the game.
Durant scored 10 points in the third quarter, then had the first five of the fourth to give Brooklyn its first double-digit lead at 102-92.
With Ayton getting 10 points and 10 rebounds in his first 14 minutes, the Suns led by 13 in the second quarter and 61-59 at halftime.
Irving was just 4 for 19 Friday against Boston, but made his first four shots Sunday and never really cooled off. He had 24 points on just seven field goal attempts in the first half, tying his highest-scoring half of the season, and added 12 assists.
Morant has 28 points, Grizzlies beat Blazers again, 120-113
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Ja Morant had 28 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Portland Trail Blazers for the second time in three days, 120-113 on Sunday.
Jonas Valanciunas, back after missing three games because of concussion protocol, added 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Grizzlies held off a late rally by Portland.
“The most impressive thing for us tonight was to not panic late in the game. When they went on that run we stayed locked in,” Morant said. “We got stops late and that was needed for us to get the win. Every punch they threw we threw a punch back and that allowed us to win the game.”
CJ McCollum had 27 points, and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 points and 19 rebounds for the Blazers. They have lost five straight and nine of their last 11 to fall to seventh in the Western Conference – a half-game ahead of Memphis.
Sunday’s contest was the second of three meetings between the two teams in less than a week. Morant had 33 points and 13 assists in a 130-128 Memphis victory over the Blazers on Friday night.
Memphis stretched the lead to as many as 16 points in the third quarter but Portland closed the gap to 94-92 on Carmelo Anthony’s pullup 3-pointer with just over 10 minutes left. It was Anthony’s fourth straight 3. But Portland went cold and the Grizzlies went on a 10-0 run to lead 104-92 after Dillon Brooks’ 3-pointer with 8:35 left. Brooks’ short jumper pushed it to 111-96.
Portland rallied, getting to 114-111 on Nurkic’s layup and free throw with 58.3 seconds left.
After Morant’s free throws, Norman Powell’s layup made it a three-point game. Morant added another pair of free throws before Damian Lillard missed on a 3-point attempt that all but ended it.
Brooks finished with 18 points for Memphis.
“The whole game we just said `Keep staying locked in,'” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said. “Our discipline was phenomenal for the entire game.”
The Grizzlies were in the midst of a seven-game road trip, longest of the team’s Memphis-era. They’ll wrap it up on Monday at Denver, before hosting the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Knicks extend winning streak to 9, beat Raptors 120-103
NEW YORK (AP) The last time the New York Knicks had a winning streak this long was also their last playoff appearance.
They might be surging toward another one.
Julius Randle had 31 points and 10 rebounds, RJ Barrett added 25 points and 12 boards, and the Knicks beat the Toronto Raptors 120-103 on Saturday for their ninth straight victory.
Derrick Rose scored 19 points for the Knicks, who are on their longest winning streak since a 13-game run late in the 2012-13 season, when they won the Atlantic Division title.
“We’re peaking but we can still get a lot better,” Randle said. “Obviously offensively we’re playing well, but defensively for a full 48 minutes I feel like we can be a lot better.”
The Knicks have moved into fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 11 games remaining and improved to 21-10 at home, where an announced crowd of 1,981 fans sounded louder at a time of year when basketball season is usually over at Madison Square Garden.
“Since the fans have been back it’s been amazing winning here,” Barrett said. “They give us such a boost and we’re really playing hard together because we want to make them proud.”
Randle, coming off a 40-point performance Wednesday against Atlanta, had 20 more by halftime Saturday. The Knicks then broke open a close game while he was on the bench to start the fourth quarter and Barrett made the big shots down the stretch to turn away his hometown team.
“That’s the best part about our team,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Julius is our engine but we have a lot of guys stepping up.”
Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby each scored 27 points for the Raptors, who were trying for a season-high fifth straight victory. The entered the day tied for 11th, a game behind surging Washington for the final play-in position in the East.
There were 14 lead changes in the first three quarters and neither team led by more than nine, before the Knicks opened the fourth with a big burst.
Obi Toppin hit a pair of 3-pointers during that 14-3 spurt, with the second making it 102-86 with 9:13 remaining.
Toronto never really got close and the Knicks won the season series for the first time since 2010-11.
The Knicks finished at 56% from the field, 51.6% from 3-point range and 83.3% from the foul line.
“It was weird. I told the team in the locker room, I said, `We really executed things pretty well,’ and then it didn’t work out,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I guess it was just, again, they made them, we didn’t make them.”
The Knicks shot 61% in the first half and opened their biggest lead at 55-46 when Reggie Bullock made his third straight 3-pointer. They led 64-59 at halftime.
Pascal Siakam had 26 points for the Raptors but Kyle Lowry was 1 for 10, missing all eight 3-pointers.
Keselowski claims 6th win at Talladega with overtime pass
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Brad Keselowski made exactly the right final move this time, winning again at Talladega Superspeedway and demonstrating a painful lesson well learned.
Keselowski’s overtime victory made him the ninth driver to win through 10 NASCAR Cup races this season and avenged an embarrassing Team Penske gaffe in the season-opening Daytona 500. He and teammate Joey Logano triggered a last-lap crash as Keselowski tried to pass Logano for the victory.
“Daytona, that’s a big one. Oh man, it stings still,” Keselowski said. “But this is a good one. We’ll take it. Beggars can’t be choosers. I certainly learned some lessons from that race and I tried to apply them, and it all came together there at the end.
“Michael McDowell gave me a good push like he did at Daytona, and I was a little bit smarter with how I handled it.”
Keselowski led just one lap, the last one, in a race that featured 35 lead changes among 27 drivers.
“The whole race I had a couple opportunities to take the lead, but I just kept thinking, `Man, keep your car in one piece,'” Keselowski said.
Logano was involved in an airborne wreck and called on NASCAR to change the dangerous racing conditions at Daytona and Talladega.
“On one hand, I am mad about being in the crash and on the other, I am happy to be alive,” Logano said. “On another hand, I am wondering when we are going to stop because this is dangerous doing what we are doing. I got a roll bar in my head. That is not OK.
“I am one hit away from the same situation Ryan Newman just went through. I just don’t feel like that is acceptable.”
Newman escaped serious injury racing for the win on the final lap of the 2020 Daytona 500.
The victory, Keselowski’s sixth at Talladega, came after team owner Roger Penske pulled the three Team Penske drivers and affiliate Matt DiBenedetto onto a call this week to discuss his expectations on how they should race Sunday. Penske refused to accept another Daytona disaster when Logano or Keselowski should have won the race but instead of working together the two triggered a fiery crash that also collected a third Penske car.
All three Penske drivers have now claimed spots in the 16-driver playoff field.
Phelps: NASCAR not considering requiring COVID vaccinations
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) NASCAR is not considering mandating its competitors be vaccinated against COVID-19, and President Steve Phelps said Sunday that making it a requirement would be a “slippery slope.”
“It is important, in my opinion, that people get vaccinated,” Phelps said before the race at Talladega Superspeedway. “We will continue to monitor and change our policy as necessary in order to make sure that people are safe. We are certainly monitoring. I won’t get into the numbers specifically, but the number of people who are in this garage that have been vaccinated continues to steadily rise.”
Bubba Wallace recently partnered with Novant Health to address the hesitancy some have about getting vaccinated; he and Denny Hamlin are among the very few NASCAR drivers who have publicized receiving their shots. Conversely, reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion and most popular driver Chase Elliott said the decision to be vaccinated is a personal choice he would not discuss publicly. Other drivers have taken a similar stance.
IndyCar is highly encouraging its participants receive the vaccine. IndyCar said at least 90% of the paddock had received at least its first shot ahead of last week’s season opener in Alabama, and seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, Colton Herta and Sebastien Bourdais were among the drivers at Sunday’s race in St. Petersburg, Florida, who said they are fully vaccinated.
Entrance into the Indianapolis 500 bubble next month will require either a completed vaccination schedule or a daily negative COVID-19 test.
NASCAR, with a fan base traditionally more conservative in its Southern strongholds, was one of the first sports to resume competition following the shutdown at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Although it completed its full season and never reported any widespread outbreaks, NASCAR has not done any COVID-19 testing.
But Phelps believes more drivers will soon be speaking up about receiving the jab.
“As it relates to the driver core, I think you’ll probably see more and more, and we’ll ask the drivers frankly to try to promote the vaccination process,” Phelps said. “They have a voice. That voice carries a lot of weight.
“To the degree that we can help with folks who are uncertain about whether they want to get the vaccine, I think it would be critical to have those with the loudest voice within the sport talking about their vaccinations.”
Aussies Leishman and Smith win Zurich Classic in a playoff
AVONDALE, La. (AP) Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman outlasted Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel to win the Zurich Classic in a playoff that capped a tight and tense final round Sunday.
Smith and Leishman won with a par on their second trip up the par-5 18th after Oosthuizen pushed his tee shot into the water and narrowly missed an 11-foot putt for par.
The Australians forced the playoff by shooting a 2-under 70 in alternate-shot play at the PGA Tour’s lone regular-season team event. Oosthuizen and Schwartzel began the round with a one-stroke lead, but shot a 71 with three pars and two bogeys.
It’s Smith’s third career victory – second at the Zurich team event – and best result since tying for second at the pandemic-delayed 2020 Masters last November. It’s also was his sixth top 10 since the current tour season started last October.
Smith’s last victory came at the 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii.
It was Leishman’s sixth career victory, his best result since tying for fifth at the Masters this month and his first win since the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open.
The climactic finish capped off a compelling duel between two teams that teed off together in the final grouping and took turns holding leads that never grew to more than two strokes.
After Smith made birdie putts of 9 feet on the par-5 seventh and 7 feet on the par-3 ninth to pull his team even atop the leaderboard, the Aussies went in front on 10, when Schwartzel’s approach found the bunker and his team two-putted for bogey.
Smith and Leishman took a two-shot lead with a birdie on the par-5 11th, where Leishman drove 307 yards into the fairway and Smith sent the team’s second shot 265 yards to the green, setting up a birdie.
But the gave a stroke back on 13 when Leishman’s drive went into the TPC Louisiana’s trademark, towering and old-growth cypress three that stands alone like a monolith in the fairway. That forced the team to take a drop that led to a bogey.
The South Africans moved back into the lead on 15, where Schwartzel followed up Oosthuizen’s 205-yard approach shot with a nearly 15-foot putt for birdie, while Smith, whose approach had fallen short of the green, narrowly missed a 13-foot putt for par.
Smith then bounced his booming, 294-yard tee shot on 16 into the water, but it went out of bounds close enough to the green that Leishman was able to hit a chip on his team’s third shot and rolled it in from more than 23 feet for birdie to tie Ooshuizen and Schwartzel at 21 under.
Both teams bogeyed the par-3 17th to head to the par-5 18th tied at 20 under.
Peter Uihlein and Richy Werenski shot a 67, with six birdies and one bogey, to shoot up the leaderboard from 18th to third.
Billy Horschel and former LSU player Sam Burns shot a 69 to tie for fourth with Brandt Snedeker-Keith Mitchell and Brendan Steele-Kegan Bradley.
Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm, the defending champions from 2019, closed with a 70 to finish seventh at 17 under.
Brooke Henderson wins LA Open for 10th LPGA Tour title
LOS ANGELES (AP) Brooke Henderson rallied to win the HUGEL Air Premia LA Open on Saturday for her 10th LPGA Tour title, chipping in for birdie on the par-3 12th in an early back-nine burst and getting up-and-down for par on the last.
Four strokes behind leader Jessica Korda and three back of top-ranked Jin Young Ko entering the sunny, breezy day at Wilshire Country Club, Henderson closed with her second straight 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Korda.
“I definitely am a firm believer when you’re in the winner’s circle you’re getting a lot of breaks and it’s sort of meant to be,” Henderson said. “I was making a lot of birdies, and I think probably the biggest break was 12, that chip-in. You know, those breaks can be really small or they can be really big.”
The 23-year-old Canadian birdied the par-4 11th to take the lead at 15 under, hitting a 144-yard shot to 3 feet of the back, right pin. She holed out from 70 feet from right and below the green on 12, and made a 6-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 14th.
“Just tried to make solid contact and landed on my spot, and to have it go in was definitely a big bonus,” Henderson said about the 12th. “It was going pretty hard. So it was a huge momentum change and a huge point in my round today.”
She bogeyed the par-4 17th to cut her lead to two. On the par-3 18th with Korda in position for a short birdie putt, Henderson chipped inside 2 feet for par after her 8-iron shot rolled off the edge of the green and into a low collection area.
“Definitely very clutch,” Henderson said. “That is not where I wanted that tee shot to be, so to be able to get up-and-down there for the win was really cool, especially just after Jessica made such a great shot and put a lot of pressure on me to make par.”
The sixth-ranked Henderson won for the first time since the Meijer LPGA Classic in June 2019. She finished at 16-under 268 to break the event record of 14 under set by Minjee Lee in 2019.
Korda birdied the last for a 72, missing a chance for her second victory of the year after leading after each of the first three rounds. She won the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January for her sixth LPGA Tour title.
“Really frustrating, really couldn’t get anything going,” Korda said. “I was hitting it really good and then just it wasn’t happening for me for some reason. Just kept getting screwed and the wind kept dropping and then coming back up. .. it just wasn’t happening. I don’t know.”
She parred the first six and bogeyed Nos. 7 and 9, made her first birdie of the day on the par-5 13th, then gave the stroke back on 14.
“I tried. I tried to force a couple birdies,” Korda said. “I had a great little 8-iron into the par-5 15th and takes the biggest bounce I’ve ever seen and goes over the green.”
While Henderson made her move early on the back nine, Ko bogeyed the 11th and 12th in a 72 that left her tied with Australia’s Hannah Green at 14 under. The South Korean star was coming off a two-week break after finishing seventh in the ANA Inspiration.
“Was tough,” Ko said. “Wind was difficult out there. … I couldn’t focus on my game.”
Green eagled the 14th and birdied the par-5 15th in a 66.
Major champions So Yeon Ryu (68) and Angela Stanford (70) tied for fifth at 12 under.
South African Higgo wins Gran Canaria Open by 3 shots
LAS PALMAS, Spain (AP) Making good use of advice from countryman Gary Player, South African Garrick Higgo won the Gran Canaria Open by three shots for his second European Tour victory on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Higgo shot a 7-under 63 for the second consecutive day to hold off a charge by Maximilian Kieffer, who finished second after an 8-under 62 that included seven birdies and an eagle.
This time, Higgo had a special reason to listen to nine-time major champion Player.
“I spoke to Gary last night actually and he just said there is no such thing as a lead and you should play like you’re two behind,” Higgo said. “That was nice from him. He’s said it to me so many times but I’ve never really had a lead so I’ve never had to worry about that.”
The overnight leader by two shots, Higgo had five birdies and an eagle in his final round at the Meloneras Golf Course in the Canary Islands, ending the tournament at 25 under. His other European Tour win came last season at the Portugal Open.
“It’s unreal,” Higgo said. “I can’t put it into words, it feels amazing. It’s quite a relief finishing now. It wasn’t over until the last hole really, I knew anything could happen, especially with the wind coming up. It was a bit stressful.”
The lefty was playing in his 24th event.
“I am just going to keep going forward,” he said. “I am playing next week, the week after and see where my game goes. It feels good, I have worked really hard with my coach and everyone back at home, so it feels amazing.”
Jeff Winther finished third, four shots back. Sam Horsfield was fourth.
Kieffer was coming off a loss in the fifth playoff hole at the Austrian Open.
Mulkey ends illustrious reign at Baylor to take LSU job
Legendary head coach Kim Mulkey is leaving Baylor following a decorated 21-year run to take the top job at LSU.
Mulkey will take over in Baton Rouge from Nikki Fargas, who stepped down Saturday amid reports that she’s set to be named team president of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces.
Mulkey, 58, guided Baylor to three national championships, including the first in program history in 2005. She’s one of three head coaches to win three-plus women’s Division I titles, joining Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma (11) and Tennessee’s Pat Summitt (eight).
Mulkey also led the Bears to 11 Big 12 regular-season titles and 10 conference tournament wins. She’s twice been named AP College Basketball Coach of the Year (2012, 2019)
The bench boss is the fastest to reach 600 wins in NCAA Division I men’s or women’s basketball history.
The move to LSU will be a homecoming of sorts for the Tickfaw, Louisiana-raised Mulkey, who was an All-American and two-time national champion as a player at Louisiana Tech.
She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2020, and Mulkey was also part of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame’s 2020 class. That enshrinement was rescheduled for May 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Central Michigan QB Keller hospitalized after shooting
CHICAGO (AP) — An off-campus shooting left two Central Michigan University students, including quarterback John Keller, hospitalized Sunday for gunshot wounds.
Officers with the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday to an apartment complex near the Mount Pleasant campus for reports of a shooting. A fight had broken out in an apartment during which someone retrieved a gun from a vehicle, returned and started shooting, police said.
Two students were struck, suffering single gunshot wounds, authorities said.
One student, age 20, was airlifted to a hospital and improving but listed in serious condition. Another, age 23, was listed in stable condition, the sheriff’s office said Sunday.
University officials identified the students Sunday as Keller, a junior, and senior Tyler Bunting.
“We are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers,” Bob Davies, university president, said in a Sunday email to students. “Please join me in hoping for a speedy recovery for both individuals.”
Keller sat out the 2020 season because of NCAA transfer requirements, according to the spring football roster. He was a redshirt freshman in 2018 when he was at the University of Cincinnati. He then attended Pearl River Community College before committing to CMU last year.
Authorities said they have received video and other information on the shooting.
No one was in custody on Sunday.
“The ICSO detectives are pouring over multiple tips, leads and social media posts,” read a statement from the office.
NFL exec: Watson’s situation ‘not good for anybody, forget the sport’
The NFL hasn’t made many public statements about the allegations against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Troy Vincent, the league’s executive vice president of football operations, commented on the situation Saturday.
“I’m just praying for the young man, personally, today,” Vincent said on Fox Sports Radio. “I’m praying for him and his family. I’m praying for the young ladies that have come out. This is not good for anybody, forget the sport.”
Watson faces lawsuits from 22 women accusing him of sexual assault and harassment. His legal team says the plaintiffs are lying.
Vincent said the league will allow due process to take place before potentially disciplining Watson.
“I think we’ve learned that every situation’s different. They’re delicate. You make sure that folks – whether it’s the accuser, the victim, whoever it may be – that there’s a due process in place,” Vincent said. “And I think we’ve learned that over time, not that we’ve rushed in the past, but I think we’ve learned from the different cases that we’ve seen with this particular subject matter.
“Let the due process take care of itself, then that’s up to (special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel) and her team to now make the proper recommendations to what direction the commissioner and the commissioner’s office should take.”
Nadal outlasts Tsitsipas to win Barcelona Open for 12th time
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Knowing he is still far from his best, Rafael Nadal just kept grinding it out.
He found a way Sunday to overcome lost opportunities in the Barcelona Open final and escape defeat while facing a red-hot opponent. Nadal won his first title of the year, squandering a couple of match points and then saving one on his way to beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-5.
Nadal secured his record 12th title at the clay-court tournament by converting on his third match point to cap a satisfying victory. It had been a lackluster start to the season for the third-ranked Nadal after he didn’t play much last year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s the work of every day,” Nadal said. “It’s about accepting the challenge, it’s about being humble to accept that sometimes you are not playing that well. And you need to fight for it and you need to try to find a solution every day and that’s what I did.”
The match lasted 3 hours, 38 minutes, making it the longest best-of-three set ATP final since stats started being tracked in 1991. It was also the longest best-of-three ATP match so far this year.
It was Nadal’s seventh title in the last 10 editions of the Barcelona Open, and 12th in 16 editions. The tournament was not played last year because of the pandemic.
Nadal called it “probably the toughest final” he had to play in Barcelona.
“I never played a final like this in this tournament,” he said. “It means a lot to me. It was an important victory.”
Nadal also needed three sets to advance in his first two matches in Barcelona. He was coming off a loss to Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters last week, a tournament that Tsitsipas won in a final against Rublev.
Tsitsipas, who had not lost a set on his way to the final in Barcelona, had beaten Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
Nadal was behind from the start but won four straight games to take the first set. The top-seeded Spaniard got off to another slow start in the second set and needed another late break. He wasted two match points at 5-4, then saved three consecutive break points in the following game.
EARLHAM BASEBALL: QUAKERS DROP TWO AGAINST ROSE HULMAN
SCORES: G1 – Rose-Hulman 3, Earlham 2 / G2 – Rose-Hulman 6, Earlham 5
LOCATION: Richmond, Indiana – Randal R. Sadler Stadium
RECORDS: Earlham 16-13 / Rose-Hulman 16-10
RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College baseball struggled to make the most out of its scoring opportunities while the visiting Rose-Hulman Fightin’ Engineers capitalized on theirs as the Quakers fell in both ends of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader on Sunday at Sadler Stadium.
Earlham fell to Rose-Hulman, 3-2, in game one of the twinbill after the Engineers had a two-out, three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning. Rose-Hulman completed the sweep with a 6-5 win in game two as Earlham’s rally effort from a 5-0 deficit after the first inning fell short of its goal.
Earlham plated a single run in the second inning when Isaiah Shake’s sacrifice fly to center scoring Maxwell Fries, who got aboard on a lead-off double.
The Quakers doubled their lead to 2-0 in the sixth inning, but missed out on the opportunity to pad their lead even more. Danny Dopp and Austin Hatfield led things off with back-to-back singles, and Fries was put aboard with a hit-by-pitch to load the bases. Brian Pincura’s sac fly to center allowed Dopp to score, but both Hatfield and Fries were put out on rundown plays allowing Rose-Hulman to record a triple play to get out of the inning without further damage.
Earlham was one out away from victory in the top of the ninth with Rose-Hulman runners on second and third, when Logan Cody sent a three-run shot over the right field fence off reliever Domanick Michael to put the Engineers in front 3-2.
The Quakers were able to get runners aboard at first and second with one out in the home half of the ninth, but a pair of groundouts ended the Earlham rally.
Earlham starter Joey Gerbus went eight-and-a-third innings and scattered five hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in the no-decision appearance, with Michael getting charged with the loss.
Dopp and Hatfield each had two hits for the Quakers in the loss. Cody accounted for two of the Engineers’ six hits.
Earlham finished the game with eight runners left on base while Rose-Hulman had two.
Rose-Hulman manufactured five runs on four hits, two errors, and a walk in the top of the first inning, keyed by Luke Calabrese’s three-run double to left-center.
The Quakers got one run back in the bottom of the second on Marc Gendreau’s RBI single, plating Shake. Earlham cut the Rose-Hulman lead to 5-2 in the home half of the fourth when Shake reached on a base hit to center, eventually scoring on a steal of third and coming home when the Rose-Hulman third baseman was unable to collect the throw from the catcher.
Earlham pushed two more runs across in the seventh, cutting the deficit to 5-4. The Quakers opened the frame with back-to-back doubles by Pincura and Fries, with Fries coming home when Cameron Wissel was hit by a pitch with bases loaded. That still left the bases loaded with one out for Earlham, but the next two Quaker batters struck out and flied out to end the inning.
Rose-Hulman tacked on a single run in the eighth on Alex Gavrilovich’s infield RBI single, and Earlham answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame. Fries got aboard with a hit-by-pitch, was doubled over to third by Hatfield, and scored on a balk by Engineer pitcher Michael Yager.
Chance Strickley retired the Engineers in order in the top of the ninth, and Wissel’s one-out double put a runner in scoring position for the Quakers in the bottom of the frame. However Rose-Hulman reliever Adam Taylor recorded a strikeout and a grounder to second to clinch the win.
Shake finished the game 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs, while Pincura, Fries, and Hatfield each had two hits. The Quakers finished the game with 13 runners left on base.
Earlham baseball will travel to Anderson, Indiana, on Monday, April 26, for a single game against Anderson University. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
INDIANA BASEBALL: Hoosiers Earn Sweep of Minnesota with 23-1 Victory
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University baseball team earned the series sweep of Minnesota with an emphatic, 23-1, win at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, the Hoosiers improve to 18-8 on the season overall and in Big Ten play. The Golden Gophers fall to 4-23 on the year and in league action.
• Indiana wasted no time taking control of the game on Sunday, scoring five times in the bottom of the first inning. OF Grant Richardson had an RBI single, while INF Cole Barr earned an RBI on a throwing error from the Minnesota shortstop.
• OF Morgan Colopy and C Collin Hopkins each plated one with RBI doubles to give the Hoosiers a 5-0 advantage after one full.
• IU added eight more runs in the second inning, sending 11 batters to the plate. Colopy earned an RBI walk, while Hopkins had a two-run double. INF Paul Toetz then plated two more with an RBI single to right field.
• Richardson put an exclamation point on the frame, clubbing a three-run homer over the fence in right field to put the Hoosier lead at 13-0. In total, seven different Hoosiers scored a run in the inning, with Richardson scoring twice.
• RHP Gabe Bierman (3-2) had a great outing for the Hoosiers, pitching six strong innings to earn the win. He matched his career-high with 11 strikeouts and allowed just one run on five hits.
• Indiana added five more runs in the sixth thanks an RBI double from Toetz, a Barr RBI single and a three-run homer off the bat of Colopy.
• IU scored five more in the seventh to push the lead to 23-1. INF Jordan Fucci drew a bases-loaded walk, DH Tucker Schank had a three-run double and OF Hunter Jessee lined an RBI single to right-center field.
• Indiana’s sweep over Minnesota is the first for the program since taking both game against the Golden Gophers on May 5, 1962. IU went 5-0 against Minnesota this season.
• The series sweep was the second for the Hoosiers this season. The team took all four games from Penn State earlier in the season.
• Indiana’s 23 runs and 17 hits were both season-highs. The 23 runs are the most for IU since scoring 27 against Butler on March 23, 2016.
• Indiana sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning. OF Drew Ashley was hit by a pitch in both of his plate appearances in the frame.
• Schank made his collegiate debut for the Hoosiers. He went 1-for-1 with a double, walk and three RBI.
• LHP Braden Scott pitched a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit with two strikeouts.
• RHP Reese Sharp also tossed a scoreless frame, allowing two hits with one strikeout.
• LHP Jack Walker made his collegiate debut, pitching a scoreless ninth inning. The lefty didn’t allow any hits, walked two and had a pair of strikeouts.
• The Indiana Hoosiers will host the Iowa Hawkeyes for a three-game, Big Ten series at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. starting on Friday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
INDIANA SOFTBALL: Benson Goes Deep to Give Hoosiers Split in Series Finale
HAMPAIGN, Ill. – After a 2-0 loss in game one, the Hoosiers (16-16) came back to take a 1-0 victory and split the four-game series against Illinois on Sunday.
Game One: Illinois 2, Indiana 0
• Illinois scored on RBI singles in the first and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead.
• In the top of the fifth inning Indiana got bunt singles from Taylor Lambert and Gabbi Jenkins to put runners on first and second with no outs.
• In the top of the sixth inning the Hoosiers loaded the bases but were unable to push across a run.
GAME 1 NOTABLES
• Bella Norton continued her strong hitting with a pair of doubles.
• Grace Lorsung went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
• Emily Goodin pitched six inning with two earned runs and two strikeouts.
Game Two: Indiana 1, Illinois 0
GAME 2 KEY MOMENTS
• In the bottom of the third inning with a runner on third base, Natalie Foor got a strikeout to end the inning.
• In the fourth inning Illinois had a runner on second with one out and the Hoosiers got a double play to end the inning.
• In the fifth inning, the Hoosiers broke through as Brooke Benson connected for a home run to center field to give Indiana a 1-0 lead.
• In the bottom of the sixth Illinois got their leadoff runner on base, but the Hoosiers held their 1-0 lead.
GAME 2 NOTABLES
• Natalie Foor got the start and pitched six inning of shutout ball with four strikeouts. Foor recorded her first win of the season.
• Emily Goodin came on to pitch the seventh inning and get the save for Indiana.
• Brooke Benson hit her first career home run for the Hoosiers.
• Bella Norton batted .462 with six hits and five RBI in the series.
Indiana will host Michigan State for four-games at Andy Mohr Field, April 30-May 2.
2021 Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Bracket Announced
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2021 Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament bracket Sunday. The Big Ten Tournament will feature a six-team field and will begin with two quarterfinal games that will be played on the campus of the higher seeds on Saturday, May 1.
No. 1 seed Maryland and No. 2 seed Rutgers have earned first-round byes and will open tournament play in the semifinals on May 6. Both the semifinals and the championship game on May 8 will be hosted at Penn State’s Panzer Stadium in University Park, Pa. All five tournament games will be televised live on the Big Ten Network and can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through FOX Sports Go and the FOX Sports App.
Maryland earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament and a first-round bye after finishing the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record. The Terrapins, who are currently ranked No. 1 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division I Coaches Poll, secured the outright Big Ten title when they defeated Ohio State, 18-8, on April 18.
The Terrapins will play in the first semifinal on May 6 against the winner of the tournament’s first quarterfinal matchup between No. 4 seed Ohio State (4-6) and No. 5 seed Michigan (2-8) with that quarterfinal to be played at 4 p.m. (ET) Saturday.
Rutgers, who is currently ranked No. 6 in the USILA poll, earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament following a 8-2 regular-season campaign. The Scarlet Knights will compete in the second semifinal against the winner of the tournament’s second quarterfinal matchup between No. 3 seed Penn State (4-6) and No. 6 seed Johns Hopkins (2-8), which will be played at 6 p.m. (ET) Saturday. Penn State earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament via a head-to-head tiebreaker over Ohio State, having won both games against the Buckeyes during the regular season.
Johns Hopkins and Michigan finished the regular season with identical 2-8 records and split their two-game head-to-head series. Both teams also held the same winning percentage against all conference opponents and had a net-0 goal differential in their head-to-head matchups due to the official tiebreaker language which awards a maximum differential of either plus-3 or minus-3 goals per game. The next tiebreaker comes down to goal differential against all conference opponents and maintains the same maximum differential threshold of plus-3 or minus-3 goals per game. The Blue Jays and Wolverines remained tied after implementing that tiebreaker and thus the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds were determined by a coin flip administered by the Big Ten Conference. Michigan won the coin flip and was awarded the No. 5 seed in the tournament.
The Big Ten semifinals will be played at 5 and 7:30 p.m. (ET) May 6, with the championship game slated for 8 p.m. (ET) May 8.
INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF: Clancy Finishes T20 at Big Ten Championship
MAINEVILLE, Ohio – The Hoosiers wrapped up the 2021 season at the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, playing the final round at TPC River’s Bend. Sophomore Valerie Clancy led the way for Indiana, finished tied for 20th place at 4-over.
TPC River’s Bend • Maineville, Ohio
Par 72 • 6,300 yards
• The Hoosiers started play on the No. 10 tee.
• As a team, Indiana registered its best round of the event on Sunday, carding a 297. It was also the lowest round for the Hoosiers this season.
• Clancy carded a 1-over 73 on Sunday, collecting four birdies. She was best on the front nine, where she was even. Her 20th place finish is the best for her in a team event in her Hoosier career. She did finish third place as an individual at the Cardinal Classic her freshman year. Her three-round score of 220 was also the lowest since she carded a 219 at the Cardinal Classic event.
• Classmate Hanna Tanaka finished 63rd after carding her best round of the event with a 73. She had three birdies on the day and was exceptional on the front nine, carding a 2-under.
• Seniors Mary Parsons and Angela Aung tied for 70th place. Aung, in her final round as a Hoosier, shot a 75, her best score of the weekend. She collected four birdies on the back nine and made the turn at 1-under. Parsons carded a 76, matching her opening round score. She was also strongest on the back nine, picking up a birdie and making the turn at 1-over.
• Freshman Morgan Dabagia carded an 82 on Sunday, picking up a birdie on No. 11 and finishing tied for 74th.
• Junior Maddie Dittoe turned in her best round of the event, shooting an 82 in the final round. She finished in 77th place.
BY THE NUMBERS
Pos. Name R1 R2 R3 Totals (to par)
T20 Valerie Clancy 77 70 73 220 (+4)
67 Hanna Tanaka 85 77 73 235 (+19)
T70 Mary Parsons 76 85 76 237 (+21)
T70 Angela Aung 84 78 75 237 (+21)
T74 Morgan Dabagia 83 76 82 241 (+25)
77 Maddie Dittoe 84 85 81 250 (+34)
PURDUE BASEBALL: Brooks Shines but Boilermakers Drop 1-0 Pitcher’s Duel
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A squeeze bunt in the ninth inning decided a Sunday pitcher’s duel at Alexander Field as Illinois pulled out a 1-0 final in the rubber game of the five-game season series with Purdue baseball.
Three Fighting Illini pitchers teamed up to throw the second no-hitter in the history of Alexander Field, which opened in 2013.
The Boilermakers (10-18) had the go-ahead run thrown out at the plate to end the eighth inning and also stranded the tying run in scoring position to end the game. Nine Purdue batters reached base safely over the course of the day via five walks, two hit batters and two errors by the left side of the Illinois infield.
Cory Brooks and Riley Gowens squared off as part of the pitcher’s duel. Brooks surrendered only three hits over a career-high eight scoreless innings. He has worked 18 1/3 innings of three-run ball since moving into the rotation for the April 12 win at Michigan State.
Brooks became the first Boilermaker since Gareth Stroh in April 2017, also vs. Illinois at Alexander Field, to work eight scoreless innings. The Illini hit a solo homer in the ninth inning that day to break up Stroh’s shutout. Tanner Andrews was the last Purdue pitcher to finish with an official line that featured at least eight scoreless innings. Andrews pitched the program’s last complete-game shutout – at Southeast Missouri State in March 2017.
Branden Comia’s leadoff single in the ninth inning led to the game’s only run. He took second on an infield hit by Justin Janas. Both runners advanced on a passed ball. Jackson Smeltz got a big out on a foul pop up caught down the right field line by second baseman Evan Albrecht. But Kellen Sarver got the bunt down on the first pitch of the next at-bat. Sarver popped it up but it lofted over the head of Smeltz into no man’s land in front of Albrecht.
Smeltz eventually pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to give Purdue a chance to tie it in the bottom of the frame.
Mike Bolton Jr. reached base safely twice, including being hit by a pitch to begin the eighth inning while facing new reliever Ryan O’Hara. Bolton stole second base and took third on Skyler Hunter’s sac bunt. Miles Simington was called out on strikes on a check swing on strike three. Illinois (13-14) had to throw to first to complete the out. Bolton broke for home when the throw went to first. Sarver fired the ball back to the plate with O’Hara covering. Bolton slid in headfirst and was called out on a bang-bang play as the pitcher applied to the tag to the middle of his back.
Gowens struck out six and walked four while accounting for seven of the nine hitless innings. Cole Kirschsieper closed out the win with consecutive strikeouts with the tying and winning runs on base.
Simington drew two of Purdue’s five walks, extending his career-best reached base safely streak to 17 consecutive games. Ben Nisle’s 16-game on-base streak came to an end Sunday. Bolton reached base safely at least twice for the sixth consecutive game that he started.
The road team won all five games of the Purdue-Illinois series this week after the home team had won 17 of the last 18 meetings dating back to 2012. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers lost a 1-0 game for the first time since the opener of the 2018 spring break trip at Tulane.
Purdue returns to action Friday when it begins a three-game series at Ohio State. First pitch in Columbus is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
PURDUE SOFTBALL: Boilermakers Fall in Finale to Michigan State
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Despite two runs in the first innings, the Purdue softball team could not close out its series finale at Michigan State, falling on a walkoff 3-2 and splitting the four-game road set.
Purdue’s seven hits came from three players. Rachel Becker went 3-for-3 at the plate with a run, a double and a walk. Freshman Kaitlyn Brannstrom went 2-for-3 and drove in the only runs of the game for Purdue. Kiley Goff also posted a 2-for-3 outing.
Brannstrom gave the Boilermakers an early lead in the first inning. The freshman belted a 3-2 offering over the wall in right for a two-run shot, her second of the year. The runs proved to be the only Purdue mustered.
The Boilermakers only put runners in scoring position in the top of the sixth with the bases loaded.
The Michigan State pitching staff scattered seven hits and only walked two. Starter Alli Walker struck out five in her three innings of action, surrendering the two runs in the first. Reliever Ashley Miller picked up the win after four innings of work with no runs against and four strikeouts.
The Spartans tied the game up in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded, coming on a single and hit by pitch on back-to-back at-bats.
In the circle for Purdue, starting hurler Ashley Peters tossed 2 1/3 innings with two runs, one earned, against and one strikeout. Savanah Henley came on in relief to strikeout five, give up five hits and one run.
Alex Barroso’s double to right center with one out in the bottom of the seventh drove in Marissa Trivalpiece to lift the hosts to the walkoff win.
Purdue (10-22) – 2, Michigan State (9-16) – 3
Winning pitcher: Ashley Miller (5-4)
Losing pitcher: Savanah Henley (3-6)
Purdue returns to Bittinger Stadium next weekend to open an eight-game homestand to finish the year, starting with a four-game set against Ohio State.
PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF: Women’s Golf Finishes 7th at Big Ten Championship
MAINEVILLE, Ohio – The women’s golf team completed the 2021 Big Ten Tournament seventh overall. The Boilermakers found trouble on the second nine of TPC River’s Bend on Sunday and shot a combined 11-over 299 as a team in the third and final round. Collectively, Purdue was 21-over with an 885 (295+291+299) over the three days and 54 holes.
Sophomore Kan Bunnabodee, who entered Sunday’s final round tied for third individually, saw a pair of holes on the front nine scuttle her impressive rounds from Friday and Saturday. Bunnabodee ended up tying for 36th in the player standings with a 54-hole tally of 9-over 225 (70+71+84).
Senior Inez Wanamarta was the Boilermakers’ top individual in the conference’s championship with a three-day score of 8-over 224 (78+74+72) to place 33rd. She fired her best round of the weekend Sunday with an even-par 72.
Junior Danielle du Toit recorded her second eagle of the weekend Sunday on the par-5 11th. She tied with Bunnabodee for 36th, carding a 54-hole score of 225 (80+71+74).
Michigan State took home the team title with a three-round 11-under 853. Nebraska’s Kate Smith won the individual medal with a 9-under 207, including carding an 8-under 64 Sunday.
BUTLER BASEBALL: Butler Baseball Wins Sunday Matinee over Villanova 11-3
INDIANAPOLIS – An 11-3 victory over Villanova on Sunday afternoon allowed the Bulldogs to beat the Wildcats in a three-game weekend series two games to one. The two evenly matched teams were tied up at 3-3 after four innings, but the Bulldogs would score eight runs in the fifth to earn their ninth win of the 2021 season.
John MacCauley got the win and Scott Wright was fantastic out of the bullpen for Butler. MacCauley covered the first five innings of action to record his third win of the season (3-1). He struggled with his command at times, but limited Nova to just four hits which resulted in three earned runs.
Wright took care of innings six, seven and eight for BU. He only allowed one hit while striking out two. The final BU arm to touch the rubber was Derek Drees. He did his job striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth.
Butler opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second inning with Duncan Hewitt crossing home plate for the first run of the contest. Nova countered with a single run in the third with a sacrifice fly from Lorusso.
The scoring trend continued as Butler pushed two runs across in the third only to see Villanova match them in the fourth. Freddie Matos hit a two-RBI double to left to give BU a 3-1 advantage, but a sac fly from Reiner followed by a single back up the middle of the diamond by Rotondo would even the action at 3-3.
MacCauley got through the top of the fifth inning and enjoyed the bottom half. BU scored eight runs to take a commanding lead off just three hits. Nova starter Tyler Arella recorded a strikeout to open up the fifth, but would walk the next two batters and be replaced on the mound by Cole Vanderslice.
The bullpen didn’t help Arella who would eventually take the loss (1-2). Vanderslice only recorded one out while allowing three earned runs. Cameron Mathes was similar in his outing allowing three more BU runs off three hits. He exited the game without recording an out for the Wildcats. Danny Wilkinson would eventually get Nova out of the inning with a strikeout. He went the rest of the way for Nova and led the team with six strikeouts.
Highlighting the fifth inning for Butler offensively was James Gargano, Aaron Steinhart and Dan Harwood. Andy Bennett gave BU a lead with a sac fly to score Hewitt and Jonathan Shoop was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to extend that lead 5-3.
The real damage started with Gargano at the dish. He singled up the middle to score both Brody McGrath and AJ Poynter. Aaron Steinhart would take over DH duties for Butler in this one and also single back up the middle of the field to score Shoop and Gargano. The nail in the coffin would follow with Harwood hitting his fourth home run of the season with Steinhart on base to give BU the 11-3 victory.
The Bulldogs will look to ride this momentum into next weekend when they play a four-game series at UConn. Friday’s first pitch is set for 6 PM.
BUTLER SOFTBALL: Butler and Providence Forced to Call Game After Nine Innings, Ends in 4-4 Tie
Butler and Providence played to a 4-4 tie Sunday afternoon in Rhode Island. The teams got off to a later start than scheduled due to rain and then were forced to call the game after nine innings and almost three hours of play due to Butler’s travel plans.
With the result, Butler is now 16-16-1. Providence is 3-12-1.
The Bulldogs were able to overcome a 4-0 deficit with a four-run fifth inning.
Alyssa Graves went the distance for Butler, pitching all nine innings. She struck out 16. She allowed seven hits and five walks, but held the host Friars scoreless over the last five innings.
Butler only had four hits in the contest with Lauren Fey posting three of those. She had a double and two RBI Sunday after hitting a grand slam in Saturday’s second game. The Bulldogs were able to utilize four Providence errors.
Daniela Alvarez and Sarah Gunderson split time in the circle for the Friars. Alvarez gave up all four runs (two earned) over the first five innings.
The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday, hosting DePaul to start a three-game series.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S TENNIS: Women’s Tennis Crowned MAC Regular Season Champions
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MUNCIE, Ind. – – The women’s tennis team etched its name into the Ball State record books once again Sunday afternoon at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center, claiming the program’s third Mid-American Conference regular season championship in the past five years.
To make the championship even more special, it locks up a berth into the NCAA Championship for only the second time in program history, both coming under eighth-year head coach Max Norris. In fact, Norris has guided the program to all three of its MAC regular season championships (2016, 2017 and 2021) and to the only MAC Tournament championship (2016).
In addition, Sunday’s 6-1 victory over Western Michigan helped the Cardinals extended their winning streak to 21 matches and remain a perfect 12-0 in league play.
“First of all I’d like to thank everyone who helps our program: Paula, Neal, Levi, Coach Deluca, Taylor, Ben Hatfield, Megan Davis, Dr. Lee, Director Goetz, Haven, Hannah, Phil, Gonzo, Michelle, Ryne, Bart and Josh Big Cat Pawlus,” Norris said. “We couldn’t do what we do without them. I’d also like to thank the past players for all their work through the years and support to the present day. We hope we made them proud. Further, I’d like to thank Coach Richards for his guidance and friendship. He is amazing to work with and helps our team so much in so many ways. I would also like to thank our assistant coach Annabella Bonadonna who joined us mid-season and has done an amazing job. Her enthusiasm and work ethic is unmatched. Finally, I’d like to thank our team. They’ve been absolutely fantastic all season with their focus, competitive spirit and work ethic. I couldn’t be more thankful to coach them and I’m so happy they could experience this. We earned it the hard way. We are excited to build on this! Go Cards!!!!”
Ball State opened Sunday’s competition by winning the doubles point after Victoria Sec and Livia Lukacs defeated WMU’s Kaitlyn Rogosch and Lindsey Ziegler by a score of 6-1 at the No. 2 spot. Mariya Polishchuk then paired up with Jessica Braun on court three for a 6-2 win over the Broncos No. 3 doubles tandem of Taylor Smith and Elizabeth Trupp to clinch the point for BSU.
The Cardinals opened singles action in dominating fashion, taking first sets on five of the six courts from Western Michigan. Polishchuk made a quick exit on court three after only giving up two games to WMU’s Ana Guadiana, winning the match, 6-0, 6-2. Silvia Martinez followed Polishchuk’s lead with a 6-0, 6-2 defeat over WMU’s Paula Wohlers at position six.
The match-winner, and championship clincher, came down to the top court where Emma Peeler had breezed through her first frame over Zieglar 6-0. Things started to look bleak for Peeler falling to Zieglar in the second set, 1-4, but she came back in dominating fashion winning five straight points to take the match from the Broncos.
The Ball State women’s tennis team will wrap up its 2021 season next weekend when it hosts Northern Illinois on Friday at 1 p.m. ET before traveling to Toledo on Sunday for another 1 p.m. ET first serve.
BALL STATE BASEBALL: Cardinals Rout NIU To Earn Series Sweep
MUNCIE – Two explosions is all it took. The Ball State baseball team scored four runs in the 1st and seven runs in the 5th to win 11-1 Sunday in a blowout over Northern Illinois. The win was BSU’s fifth straight and finished a four-game sweep.
1st ROUND KNOCKOUT: The bottom of the 1st inning resembled a boxing match where the opponent was overwhelmed. Ball State’s first five batters all got a hit, highlighted by a double off the wall in right-center by Ryan Peltier. The score was 4-0 quickly, and that’s all starter Trennor O’Donnell would need.
O’DONNELL RULES: For the second Sunday in a row, O’Donnell gave a strong start for BSU. After a quality outing last week at Eastern Michigan, the 6-7 righty worked 5.1 shutout innings while allowing just three hits. O’Donnell has not allowed an earned run through 13.2 innings this season.
CARDS ROLL A 7: The 7-run outburst in the bottom of the 5th put the game away. Noah Navarro led off the inning with a double and the first six batters of the inning reached. Peltier and Nick Powell each had RBI singles, Aaron Simpson drove in a run and Adam Tellier showed a good piece of hitting lifting an outside pitch to the gap for a 2-run single. Twelve batters went to the plate in the inning, with Ross Messina walking and hitting an RBI single.
AYRES GOT A-ROD OUT: Mac Ayres got the final outs of the game, including the last one against Alex Rodriguez. Ayres got A-Rod to ground out to 3rd base to end the game.
BIG PICTURE LOOK AHEAD: BSU’s sweep kept pace with Central Michigan atop the league standings. CMU got to play Akron this weekend, and with both teams going 4-0 it’s a tie at the top. Both B SU and CMU are 16-4 and will play May 7-9 at CMU. Ball State is at Bowling Green next weekend.
NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL: IRISH SWEEP #15/13 VIRGINIA TECH WITH 3-1 SUNDAY WIN
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Notre Dame (26-12, 17-10 ACC) completed its series sweep of No. 15/13 Virginia Tech (28-11, 19-11 ACC) Sunday with a 3-1 win. Junior Payton Tidd pitched a complete game and earned the win in the circle, improving to 13-5 on the season.
With the 2-1 and 6-5 wins Friday, and the 4-3 (nine inning) win Saturday, the weekend marked the first ACC series Virginia Tech has not won all season. The last time the Irish swept a series against a ranked team also came against Virginia Tech (March 28-29, 2015). The Irish are now 5-7 against ranked teams this season, and have totaled 98 victories over Top 25 teams since 1994.
Big-time home runs again made the difference for the Irish, as freshman Karina Gaskins scored the deciding run on a leadoff solo homer in the sixth, while junior Quinn Biggio followed with another solo bomb later that inning for an insurance run.
Tidd was solid in the circle, throwing four strikeouts and issuing just one walk through her 7.0 innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both teams went scoreless through the first two innings, as Tidd and the Irish stranded two Virginia Tech runners on base. In the top of the third, graduate student Chelsea Purcell delivered a one-out single, reaching second on a groundout from freshman Cassidy Grimm. Senior Abby Sweet sent another single to push Purcell to third, and sophomore Leea Hanks took her first pitch for an infield single that scored Purcell. Sweet beat the throw to get to second safely.
In the bottom of the inning, the Hokies threatened with a leadoff walk and single, and a later groundout pushed the runners to second and third with two outs. Purcell took care of the final ball to keep Virginia Tech off the board and strand the two runners.
The fourth was scoreless for both teams, as Tidd added two more strikeouts to her total.
In the fifth, the Irish had two runners in scoring position, but were stranded without more runs, and in the bottom of the inning, Virginia Tech sent a two-out single, reaching second on a steal. The Hokies then singled to send the runner to the plate, who narrowly avoided the tag at home to score and tie the game 1-1.
Gaskins led off in the sixth and sent a long solo home run to make the score 2-1, her ninth home run of the season. After two outs, Biggio entered to pinch hit, and took her second pitch for another solo homer, Biggio’s fifth of the year. The top half of the sixth ended with a 3-1 score, and the Irish retired the Virginia Tech side in order to end the sixth.
Notre Dame went three up, three down in the seventh, and Tidd and the Irish followed suit in the bottom half, sitting Virginia Tech down in order to seal the series sweep with a 3-1 win.
Notre Dame will return home to play DePaul on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Melissa Cook Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ACCNX. Then, Notre Dame will play a doubleheader on Saturday, May 1, beginning at 1 p.m. ET, as part of the 10th-annual Strike Out Cancer weekend.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Rally in the Ninth to Take Series Finale at Dallas Baptist
DALLAS – A five-run ninth inning led No. 19 Indiana State to a 7-5 victory over Dallas Baptist Sunday afternoon at Horner Ballpark in Dallas. With the win, the Sycamores avoided the weekend sweep and moved to 21-11 overall and 8-4 in Missouri Valley Conference action. DBU fell to 22-10 and 7-1 in League play.
Senior Mitch Barrow played the hero in the top of the ninth as he came to the plate as a pinch-hitter with one out on the scoreboard. Barrow, a left-handed batter, powered a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right field to tie the game at three runs.
Indiana State carried the momentum forward as Jordan Schaffer sent a bloop single to left and Aaron Beck doubled down the line in left to put two runners in scoring position with one out. The Patriots elected to load the bases after intentionally walking Max Wright but that move would come back to bite DBU as Luke Trahan hit Ellison Hanna II to walk in the go-ahead run.
Trahan would walk Brian Fuentes to plate another run before a wild pitch allowed Wright to score from third. Josue Urdaneta singled up the middle to score the fifth run of the inning but a rundown between third and home would end the rally.
Dallas Baptist did not go away easily as Andres Sosa led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk before Cole Moore sent a ball over the wall in left to pull the Pats within two runs at 7-5. With a 3-2 count, Connor Fenlong would get the first out of the inning on a swinging strikeout before rolling a ground ball back to the mound and eventually a fly ball to right to end the game.
DBU jumped out to an early lead on three hits in the second inning, including two doubles to go ahead 2-0. The Sycamores would answer back in the fifth and sixth innings with a run each. Grant Magill came home on a wild pitch in the fifth before Fuentes recorded a sacrifice fly to score Hanna an inning later.
Andrew Benefield put the Pats back out in front with a two-out solo home run in the sixth.
Zach Frey made his first start of the season for the Sycamores on the mound. The right-hander struck out four and allowed two earned runs in three innings. Javin Drake retired a pair of Patriots on punchouts over 2.2 innings while Cam Edmonson allowed just one run in relief.
Fenlong came away with the victory for the Sycamores, improving to 3-0 on the season. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out one.
Beck again led ISU at the plate with a three-hit day while six other Sycamores recorded base hits.
Eight Patriots saw the mound during the finale. Luke Eldrew (2-2) struck out four over four innings. Kragen Kechely took the loss after allowing the go-ahead run in the ninth. Trahan also allowed three earned runs over a third of an inning.
In total, ISU outhit DBU 9-6, but also stranded nine baserunners including a 1-for-14 (.071) mark with runners in scoring position.
The Sycamores will play host to Bradley in a four-game series beginning on Friday. All four games will be available on The Valley On ESPN.
INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL: Benko Shuts Out Salukis as ISU Splits Doubleheader with SIU
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State softball team split a doubleheader against Southern Illinois on Sunday afternoon at Price Field. Lexi Benko shut out the Salukis as the Sycamores took game one by a score of 2-0 before falling 11-1 in the nightcap.
Indiana State moved to 17-22 on the season and 10-10 in MVC play while Southern Illinois sits at 31-11 and 13-7 in Valley action.
Game One – Indiana State 2, Southern Illinois 0
Indiana State struck first in the bottom of the first when Bella Peterson doubled to left center field and Amanada Guercio doubled to right center field to bring Peterson in. Lexie Siwek led off the bottom of the second with a single and Annie Tokarek doubled to left center to bring in Siwek and give the Sycamores a 2-0 lead.
Lexi Benko and Arielle Blankenship combined for the shutout holding down the circle. Benko threw 5.2 innings earning her fourth win on the year, only giving up a trio of hits and struck out four Salukis. Blankenship retired every Southern Illinois batter she faced securing her first save on the year.
Game One Pitchers of Record
Win: Lexi Benko, Indiana State (4-7)
Loss: Carlee Jo Clark, Southern Illinois (6-2)
Save: Arielle Blankenship, Indiana State (1)
Game Two – Southern Illinois 11, Indiana State 1
Southern Illinois jumped out in front first with a single to right field to plate a pair of runs to take an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second.
Indiana State answered in the bottom half of the second inning when Amanda Guercio doubled down the right field line to lead off the inning and Annie Tokarek’s groundout plated Kristen Kelly, the pinch runner to cut the SIU lead in half.
The Saluki bats came alive as they answered with nine runs over four innings powering over Indiana State to secure the 11-1 win.
Game Two Pitchers of Record
Win: Sarah Harness, Southern Illinois (17-4)
Loss: Gabbi Schnaiter, Indiana State (6-4)
Indiana State will host Evansville with a single game on April 28 with first pitch slated for 4 p.m. ET.
IUPUI WOMEN’S GOLF: GOLF IN THIRD AFTER OPENING ROUND 303 AT #HLGOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The IUPUI women’s golf team posted an opening round 303 at the Ackerman-Allen Golf Course on day one of the 2021 Horizon League Championships on Sunday (Apr. 25) and sit third among the nine-team field. Youngstown State leads the pack at 8-over 296 and Green Bay is second at 9-over 297.
The Jaguars finished at 303 paced by junior Amelie Svejda’s 1-over 73 and a 3-over 75 from freshman Shelby Busker. Svejda sits alone in third-place overall while Busker is among a logjam tied for sixth among the 45-player field.
IUPUI MEN’S GOLF: GARDNER LEADS JAGUARS ON OPENING DAY OF 2021 #HLGOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – IUPUI freshman Taylor Gardner posted an opening round, even par 72 at Kampen Golf Course to lead the Jaguars on day one of the Horizon League Championships on Sunday (Apr. 25). Gardner is currently tied for third overall among the 50-player field and was one of just six players to shoot par or better on Sunday.
As a team, IUPUI posted an opening day 309 and is seventh among the 10-team field heading into Monday’s second round. Oakland leads the way after an opening round, even par 288 and Wright State is second at 4-over 292.
IUPUI SOFTBALL: SIVERT HITS FIRST-CAREER HOME RUN BUT JAGS SWEPT BY NKU
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Jaguar offense went cold, scoring just two runs as IUPUI was swept in a doubleheader by Northern Kentucky on Sunday (April 25).
Tori Sivert had the best day at the plate for IUPUI, finished 3-for-6 over the two games, including her first-career home run.
NORTHERN KENTUCKY 7 – IUPUI 2
The Jags got down early and were not able to put together a comeback in the first game of the day against the Norse. A five-run bottom of the second put NKU on top as the Norse got to IUPUI starter Bailey Johnson.
IUPUI began the third with a double from Maicey Bedrick and after two outs, Morgan Gilbert tripled to score Bedrick but IUPUI was able to just get one run on the board.
Down 5-1 in the sixth, Sivert connected on the second pitch she saw with a home run down the left field line to make the score 5-2. Jennah Speth singled in the next at bat but was stranded at first.
A two-run home run for Northern Kentucky in the sixth pushed the lead to five and IUPUI went three-up, three-down to end the game in the seventh.
NORTHERN KENTUCKY 1 – IUPUI 0
In the second game of the day, both starters were in control as Jennah Speth allowed just one run on five hits and picked up five strikeouts but IUPUI’s starter was outdueled as Madisyn Eads shutout the Jags, allowing just four hits.
Sivert picked up half of IUPUI’s hits while Gilbert and Amber Pagan each added a hit of their own. Jennah Speth drew both of IUPUI’s walks on the day.
The Jags left runners on in each of the first two innings and looked like they might break through after Sivert doubled with one out in the third. A groundout moved her to third and Speth walked with two outs but Kasie Keyes grounded out to end the inning.
Northern Kentucky put a runner on base in the second, third and fourth innings but Speth shut down the Norse in each frame to keep the scoreboard clean.
In the fifth, back-to-back one-out singles by Sivert and Gilbert put the Jags in business and a sac bunt by Speth moved the runners up 60 feet but a big strikeout for Eads ended the inning.
NKU finally broke through in the sixth with three-straight singles to get the game’s first run on the board.
Down to its final inning, IUPUI was not able to get runner on base as the Jags dropped the second game of the day.
IUPUI will return home for its final home series of the season, facing off against UIC on Friday (April 30) and Saturday (May 1).
EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Aces Baseball falls in Sunday series finale, 3-1
NORMAL, Ill. – Tasked with making his first start as an Ace, Zac Cummins pitched well to keep the Aces in the game, but limited offense doomed Evansville in a 3-1 loss in Sunday’s series finale at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill.
“Offense couldn’t provide enough on the 4th game of the weekend. Zac Cummins did a great job in his first start of the season to give us a chance,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “Illinois State didn’t give us a lot of freebies over the last 3 games and our offense just couldn’t create any momentum after Friday’s game.”
The aforementioned Cummins pitched four innings, allowing just one run on two hits, striking-out a pair, limiting the Redbirds advantage to just one midway through.
Evansville’s offense generated eight hits on the day, but left eight runners on base, some coming in critical opportunities. The Aces left runners on the corners with two outs in the fourth, two runners on in the seventh, and got a leadoff double by Robbie Wilkes in the eighth, but went down in order to follow.
Jace Kressin continued the strong day on the mound for the Aces, pitching the fifth, allowing a hit and nothing else. In the sixth, the Redbirds increased their lead with a pair of runs to move in front 3-0.
It was Evansville’s pitching who again helped keep the game close as Jakob Meyer looked strong with a two-inning outing in the seventh and eighth, allowing one base runner on a walk and striking-out two.
A resilient ball club all season, Evansville had one last word in the ninth inning. Mark Shallenberger, who concluded the weekend with a team-best .533 average in the series, walked to open the inning. Danny Borgstrom followed with a base-hit to center. Still with no outs, Tanner Craig snuck a double down the left-field line, scoring Shallenberger to trim the Redbirds lead to 3-1. The tying run standing on second base for Evansville with no outs, Illinois State made a change on the mound, bringing in Derek Salata. The Illinois State reliever ended the Aces threat, inducing a pop-out and getting back-to-back strikeouts to earn the Redbirds the 3-1 win.
Evansville returns to German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium next weekend for a four-game set with Conference-leading Dallas Baptist on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Evansville.
EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL: Softball drops doubleheader to Redbirds
The Redbirds (27-6, 13-2 MVC) swept the doubleheader, finishing the opener with a 1-0 win before sweeping UE (19-19, 7-12 MVC) with a 9-0 win in the second contest.
Jaime Nurrenbern had a strong start, limiting the Redbirds to just one hit through the first three innings. Hannah Hood played a large role in the third, ending the inning with a diving catch to keep ISU off the board. Jessica Fehr picked up UE’s first hit of the game in the fourth, but the game remained scoreless.
That changed in the top of the sixth when ISU posted its second hit of the game before executing a double steal to put runners on second and third with two outs. In a unique play, Andrea Coursey hit into a fielder’s choice. The runner on third crossed the plate before the out was recorded, resulting in ISU taking a 1-0 lead. That is where the final would land with Redbird starter Morgan Day finishing the complete game with 11 strikeouts and one hit. Evansville saw Nurrenbern throw the best game of her career, allowing two hits in seven frames.
Following a pitcher’s duel in the opener, Illinois State opened the second contest with a 5-run first inning. Included in the run tally was a 2-run shot by Jayden Standish. The Redbirds plated two more runs in the second to extend the lead to 7-0. UE’s first baserunner came in the bottom half of the second when Marah Wood reached on a walk.
Haley Woolf and Lindsay Renneisen broke through with the Aces first two hits in the third but could not send the first run across the plate. Another home run for the Redbirds highlighted a 2-run fourth frame as they pushed their advantage to nine runs. Alyssa Barela opened the bottom of the fifth with a walk, but once again, the Aces were kept off the board with pitcher Mack Leonard finishing the 2-hit shutout and a 9-0 ISU victory.
On Wednesday, UE makes the trip north on Highway 41 to Terre Haute for a single game against Indiana State at 3 p.m. CT.
INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S GOLF: UIndy Extends Run of Dominance at GLVC Women’s Golf Championships
ISHERS, Ind. – The UIndy women’s golf team extended its impressive streak of GLVC Championships Sunday, hoisting the conference trophy for the ninth consecutive time and 14th overall. The Greyhounds (304-307-304) topped the 15-team field by a convincing 29 strokes, as four Hounds garnered All-GLVC accolades by finishing T-5 or better.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament was held at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club in nearby Fishers, Ind.
Playing in her final GLVC Championships, UIndy all-timer Pilar Echeverria (75-77-73) made a late bid at a second straight individual medal at the conference tournament. The four-time All-American birdied both the 16th and 17th hole on Sunday but ultimately came one stroke shy of tying her rival and friend Emma Thorngern (73-76-75) of Missouri-St. Louis.
Echeverria would settle for second to lead a parade of Hounds on the leaderboard. Sophomore Hunter Nugent (75-74-79) finished at +12 to take third, senior Anna Kramer (79-77-76) finished in fourth place at +16, and junior Cailyn Henderson (78-80-76) shot +18 to place fifth.
Just behind them was junior Elyse Stasil (76-79-80), who just missed all-conference accolades by tying for sixth.
UIndy now awaits the announcement of the 2012 NCAA DII Women’s Golf Championships field tomorrow. The Hounds earned an automatic bid with their championship this week and will find out who will join them at the East Super Regional at Prairie View Golf Club in nearby Carmel, Ind., May 3-5.
INDIANAPOLIS BASEBALL: Pitching, Big ABs Secure Series Win Over Bearcats
INDIANAPOLIS – Trey Smith hits a bomb out of right field, 2 RBI and a run rule win. Along with the eruption of cheers from the Greyhound bench.
Reid Werner pitched his fourth complete game of the season and second complete game this week (vs. Lindenwood on Tuesday, 04/20) in taking the win over McKendree in game one, 5-1.
GAME ONE – UINDY 5 MCK 1
Werner struck out five and walked one in taking the win for the Hounds, bringing his season total to 68 strikeouts and only 8 walks.
Isaac Bair posted his second homerun of the series to put UIndy on the board, then a big sixth inning propelled by a 2 RBI single by Caleb Vaughn put the Hounds up 5-1.
Defensively Vaughn and Will Smithey had five putouts each, while Bo Minor had two assists and four putouts.
The Greyhounds were out hit seven to five, and left three stranded throughout the game.
Logan Boente (2-3) took the loss for the Bearcats, striking out eight and walking two in giving up five runs to the Hounds in 5.1 inning pitched.
GAME TWO – UINDY 13 MCK 2
A two RBI single in the bottom of the sixth by Alex Vela secured the series win for the Hounds. UIndy outhit the Bearcats 13 to five including two doubles by Bair and Brian Keeney, along with a RBI Triple by Bo Minor.
Smith led the charge with three hits and four RBI.
Corey Bates took the win for the Hounds in striking out six Bearcats and walking one in taking the win. Bates pitched all 7 innings in taking the win.
Evan Spears (1-3) took the loss for McKendree, striking out 2 hounds and giving up five runs in 5.0 inning pitched.
The Hounds will travel to GLVC Rival Southern Indiana on April 30, where they will kick off the three day series at 4 p.m. in Evansville.
VALPO BASEBALL: Valpo Baseball Tops SIU, Wins Home-Opening Series
The Valparaiso University baseball team capped off a winning weekend on Sunday afternoon by topping visiting Southern Illinois 4-2 to take three of four in the Missouri Valley Conference series at Emory G. Bauer Field. Although not quite as heart-pounding as Friday’s walk-off victories, Sunday’s finale featured a thrilling finish of its own as Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) escaped a ninth-inning jam with the tying run on base to nail down the save.
How It Happened
A chilly afternoon at the ballpark got off to an equally cold start for the Brown & Gold, who committed a pair of first-inning errors leading to an unearned run for the Salukis (26-12, 6-10).
Starting pitcher Zach Fricke (Arlington Heights, Ill. / Buffalo Grove) minimized the damage masterfully, as that unearned tally proved to be the only run he would yield over six dazzling innings. The righty fanned nine and issued just one walk.
Valpo got on the board in a unique fourth inning as the team placed four ground-ball singles perfectly and worked a walk. The third of those singles was a roller to the left side that plated a run as the shortstop’s throw to third was tardy.
After his team evened the score at one in the fourth, Angel DiFederico (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven) ripped a clutch, two-out single to left in the fifth to give Valpo its first lead of the day at 3-1.
In the sixth, Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) stole third and scampered home on an error as the throw sailed into left field. That insurance tally made it 4-1.
Rhodehouse was summoned from the bullpen for his third appearance of the series and retired six of the first seven men he faced in the process of working scoreless seventh and eighth innings. The senior righty allowed two hits (including an RBI triple) and a walk in the ninth to elevate heart rates around the ballpark, but he induced a fly ball to deep left field that was caught for the final out of the victory.
Inside the Game
Fricke fanned a career-high nine batters en route to his first victory of the season. In his career against Southern Illinois, he has allowed just one earned run over 15 innings while striking out 14 and permitting just eight hits.
Rhodehouse picked up his first save of the year and his first since May 14, 2019 vs. Chicago State. The save marked the ninth of his career, moving into a tie with Adam Paetznick (2001-2004) for sixth in the program record book in career saves.
Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo), Matt Olive (Minneapolis, Minn. / Blake School) and Steven Fitzimmons (Golden Valley, Minn. / Robbinsdale Cooper) all enjoyed multi-hit games, helping Valpo outhit SIU 10-7. Olive went 5-for-9 in the three-game set, while Johnson (.462), DiFederico (.455) and Dent (.429) all hit above .400 in the series as well.
Valpo is 5-1 in six games against Southern Illinois at Emory G. Bauer Field since joining The Valley. Valpo’s last two home series have come against the Salukis as this weekend marked Valpo’s first home series since May 2019.
Valpo (8-21, 3-9) will visit No. 10 Notre Dame on Tuesday at 4 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. ET for a midweek contest. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra with links to live video and stats available on ValpoAthletics.com.
OHIO STATE BASEBALL: BUCKEYES WIN SERIES, BUT DROP GAME 3 TO PENN STATE
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Penn State scored multiple runs in four innings and received a fine relief pitching performance to win the third and final game of this three-game series with Ohio State, 10-6. Ohio State is now 15-13 on the season while Penn State improves to 9-18.
Ohio State was seeking a second consecutive sweep of a Big Ten series after defeating Indiana all four games three weeks ago at Bill Davis Stadium. Penn State, which had been beaten 11-6 and 7-0 by Ohio State Friday and Saturday, took the lead for good in the seventh inning, 8-6 and added two insurance runs in support of reliever Mason Mellott, who pitched 4.0 innings of two-hit, shutout baseball to get the win and even his record at 5-5.
Ohio State starter Jack Neely went 4.2 innings and gave up three earned runs while striking out 10. Ohio State had a fresh bullpen, thanks to two strong seven-inning stints from Friday and Saturday starters Garrett Burhenn and Seth Lonsway, but Penn State was advantageous against six Buckeye relievers with 10 hits and six earned runs combined. Freshman Isaiah Coupet took the loss and is now 2-3.
The game featured six ties and lead changes. Penn State struck first with three runs in the top of the third off Neely, with Gavin Homer doubling home Curtis Robison and then Tayven Kelley hitting a two-run home run for the 3-0 lead.
Ohio State came right back in its half of the fourth, scoring five times to take a 5-3 lead. Conner Pohl hit a two-run home run to right center field – his eighth of the year – and then three batters later Nate Karaffa hit his first home run of the season, a three-run bomb to left.
The Nittany Lions regained the lead with three two-out runs in the top half of the sixth but Ohio State didn’t trial for long: Todys, who had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI to lead Ohio State, led off the bottom of the sixth with his second home run of the season.
Another multi-run inning followed for Penn State in the top of the seventh and the Nittany Lions regained the lead at 8-6 before adding their final two runs in the ninth.
Kade Kern had two hits for the Buckeyes, as did Karaffa, who led the way with three RBI.
Ohio State hosts Purdue next weekend in a three-game series at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes are 8-3 at home this season.
OHIO STATE SOFTBALL: OHIO STATE, RUTGERS CONCLUDE WEEKEND SERIES
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team wrapped up its four-game series versus Rutgers on Sunday by finishing Saturday’s suspended game, which turned out to a 13-5 six-inning Buckeye victory, before falling in the series finale, 6-5. Ohio State is 17-14 overall on the season and won three of four games this weekend against the Scarlet Knights (7-25).
The Short Story
Sunday’s action picked up in the bottom of the fifth inning on yesterday’s game that was suspended due to rain. When play resumed, the Buckeye bats struck for nine runs – including a back-breaking grand slam off the bat of Niki Carver – to register a 13-5 series-clinching win. In the second game, Rutgers scored once in the top of the seventh to take a 6-5 and held on for the victory.
Game One: Ohio State 13, Rutgers 5 (6)
Twenty hours after the game was originally suspended, the first pitch to Meggie Otte with the bases loaded and one out of the fifth inning was a harbinger of things to come. Otte singled the left center, bringing home two runs, and put Ohio State ahead for good. An RBI single by Ashley Prange made the score 7-5 and set the stage for Carver’s grand slam on a 3-2 pitch over the left centerfield wall.
Rutgers went down in order in the top of the sixth and Ohio State ended the game in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a RBI ground out by Otte and the exclamation point: a solo home run – the first of her career – by Mariah Rodriguez.
Ohio State’s 10-hit attack in the game was highlighted by Rodriguez, who finished 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored, and Carver, who drove in a career-high five runs. Otte added three RBI and Taylor Pack was 2-for-2 with two singles and a run scored.
Freshman Allison Smith worked six innings and registered nine strikeouts with just two walks. The win was her ninth of the year, which is the most on the team and the most of any Big Ten freshman.
Game Two: Rutgers 6, Ohio State 5
In a back-and-forth affair, Rutgers got the run it needed in the top of the seventh inning on a Kiana Workman RBI single and then got a groundout to shortstop for the final out of the afternoon in the bottom of the seventh to strand the tying run, Megan McMenemy, at third base.
For the fourth straight game in the series, Rutgers scored in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly and RBI single from Workman. And just as Ohio State did all weekend, it responded. It came in the form of a Mariah Rodriguez home run in the bottom of the first, her second in as many at-bats.
The Scarlet Knights tacked on a run in the top of the second via an RBI double from Kiersten Withstandley to take a 3-1 lead. That changed in the bottom of the third, however, as three Buckeyes crossed the plate thanks to a two-run double off the bat of Taylor Pack and an RBI single from Megan McMenemy.
The Buckeyes had a chance to increase their lead in the fourth but left two runners on and Rutgers pulled ahead again in the top of the fifth via an error and RBI ground out from Withstandley. Two pitches into the next half inning, however, Ashley Prange tied the game at 5-all with her third home run of the season.
Pack and McMenemy each had two hits as part of the Buckeyes’ offense attack but Ohio State was done in by leaving 10 runners on base. In the sixth inning, Ohio State got a two-out rally going and loaded the bases after back-to-back singles and a walk. Izzy Berouty was able to get out of the jam, however, with a line out to third base.
The Weekend That Was
In four games this weekend, Ohio State hit .364 as a team. The hottest bat was Sam Hackenbracht, who hit .778 with three home runs, five RBI and nine runs scored. She was intentionally walked four times and successfully reached base in 13 of her 15 at-bats.
Taylor Pack had a six-hit weekend with three doubles and five runs batted in. Seven players who played in two or more games batted over .300: Hackenbracht (.778), Pack (.667), Niki Carver (.400), Mariah Rodriguez (.375), Megan McMenemy (.375), Carley Gaskill (.364) and Ashley Prange (.333).
The Buckeye bats produced eight home runs and seven doubles with a .677 slugging percentage. They also drew 22 walks over the four games.
Defensively, the Buckeyes turned their Big Ten-leading 15th double play of the year on Sunday afternoon.
The Buckeyes will be on the road for the next eight games, starting next weekend (April 30-May 2) with four games at Purdue. The series begins with a single game on Friday, April 30 at 4 p.m. It will be streamed live on BTN Plus.
OHIO STATE MGOLF: Buckeyes Shoot Round of the Day, Finish 3rd at the Kepler
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State finished strong at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, posting the only under-par round of the day, a 1-under 283 on Sunday, to jump five spots and finish in third place.
Individually, sophomore Jackson Chandler led the Buckeyes on the weekend with a seventh-place finish at 1-over par. He made 12 birdies over the three rounds which was tied for the most in the field. This was his third Top 10 finish in his career and the first this season.
Freshman Maxwell Moldovan played another steady round, posting a 1-over 72 and finishing in 17th place at 4-over par.
After making just one birdie in 36 holes on Saturday, freshman Adam Wallin made four birdies and an eagle in his first seven holes on Sunday. He finished with the low round of the day which was a 2-under 69. That lifted him into a tie for 25th at 7-over par.
Elis Svard opened the tournament with a 79 on Saturday morning but came back with a 73 in round two and posted a 1-under 70 in the final round on Sunday. He finished at 9-over par and in a tie for 40th. Felix Kvarnstrom rounded out the Buckeye A team on Sunday with a 77.
Senior Kevin Stone had a tough day on Saturday but rebounded in a nice way, making three birdies in a final round of 1-under 70. Patrick Schmucking led the B team on the weekend, carding rounds of 74-70-74 to finish in a tie for 18th at 5-over par. He tied Chandler for the most birdies in the event with 12.
Grant Engle also had a solid tournament, posting scores of 72-73-75 to finish at 7-over par and in a tie for 25th. He led the tournament in par-5 scoring, playing them at 5-under par.
Laken Hinton finished up with a 78 on Sunday and Caleb Davern came home with an 82.
JonErik Alford, who played as an individual this weekend, made three birdies in his final round of 1-over 72 and he finished at 14-over par.
The Buckeyes have concluded the regular season and now will set its sights on next weekend’s Big Ten Championship which is being played at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. The 54-hole event is set to get underway on Friday, April 30 and conclude on Sunday, May 2.
Ohio State A 290-292-283 +14 3rd
Chandler 67-75-72 +1 7th
Moldovan 76-69-72 +4 17th
Wallin 75-76-69 +7 25th
Svard 79-73-70 +9 40th
Kvarnstrom 72-75-77 +11 48th
Ohio State B 309-296-297 +50 14th
Schmucking 74-70-74 +5 18th
Engle 72-73-75 +7 25th
Alford (Ind) 76-79 +13 63rd
Stone 82-79-70 +18 73rd
Davern 82-74-82 +25 88th
Hinton 81-79-78 +25 88th
MIAMI SOFTBALL: RedHawks Complete Series Sweep of Toledo with 12-3 Win Sunday
TOLEDO, Ohio—Behind a 14-hit effort in a five-inning win, the Miami University softball team topped the University of Toledo on Sunday afternoon, 12-3, to sweep the four-game series against the Rockets. Miami moves to 31-7 overall and 21-1 in Mid-American Conference play, while Toledo drops to 19-16 overall and 9-10 in MAC action.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Miami opened up a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off an RBI double by senior Mackenzie Moore to plate freshman Karlee Juarez. Toledo responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to even up the scoring.
The RedHawks went ahead for good, scoring three in the top of the second to post a 4-1 lead. Freshman Holly Blaska and junior Adriana Barlow each had RBI singles in the inning.
In the third inning, Juarez notched an RBI single before Moore belted a two-run double to extend the Miami lead to 7-1.
Miami added five more runs in the top of the fifth off a Barlow RBI single, a two-run double by junior Riley Coyne and a two-run single from Blaska to further its lead to 12-1. The Rockets scored two in the bottom of the fifth to make the final margin 12-3 in favor of the RedHawks.
Coyne led five RedHawks who had multi-hit games and was 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs and two RBI. Blaska followed, going 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBI.
Junior Brianna Pratt collected the win in the circle, throwing 4.0 innings. She gave up just four hits and struck out seven. Freshman Taylor Turner pitched 1.0 relief innings and gave up one hit and struck out one.
Miami travels to Ball State for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday, April 27.
MIAMI BASEBALL: Baseball Falls in Series Finale with Golden Flashes
OXFORD, Ohio — Despite taking an early 2-0 lead, the Miami University baseball team fell 6-3 against the Kent State Golden Flashes on Sunday afternoon at McKie Field. With the loss, the RedHawks fall to 19-15 (12-8 Mid-American Conference), while the Golden Flashes improve to 17-18 (10-10 MAC).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In the bottom of the third inning, the RedHawks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off the strength of an RBI single by redshirt freshman Nate Stone, which scored graduate student Will Vogelgesang.
In the bottom of the fourth, sophomore Brian Zapp led off with a solo home run, putting the RedHawks up 2-0.
Senior Parker Massman had a pitch-hit triple and scored in the bottom of the ninth.
Freshman Dalton Back went 2-for-5 on the day.
The RedHawks will face off next weekend against the Central Michigan Chippewas. The first pitch will be 3 p.m. at Keilitz Field in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Raidergang takes both games of Sunday doubleheader to complete four-game sweep over NKU
The Wright State baseball team wrapped up a four-game sweep over Northern Kentucky with is second set of doubleheader wins this weekend, with the Raider offense leading the way to a 12-2 win in the opener before a 11-6 win to close the series.
Wright State (18-10, 17-3 HL) picked up its fourth four-game Horizon series sweep with the weekend wins, closing the regular season with an 8-0 record over the Norse (13-21, 11-16 HL).
On Sunday, the Raiders belted six home runs as part of 15 total extra-base hits between the two games, tallying 26 total hits and driving in 23 runs.
The first game saw Wright State score multiple runs in each of the first three innings, including four runs in the first inning keyed by Sammy Sass’ three-run homer to right center field. Sass doubled home a run as part of the two run second before the homers picked up again in the third with Damon Dues’ three-run shot to center field.
Gehrig Anglin got in on the RBI parade in the fifth with a run producing double before Zane Harris drove in two runs with his double in the sixth.
Austin Cline improved to 4-1 on the season after scattering six NKU hits and a pair of runs over five innings before Jay Luikart and Justin Hornschemeier each picked up a strikeout in their single innings pitched to close the win.
In addition to the homers from Dues and Sass, the Raiders also saw doubles from Sass, Harris and Anglin as part of the 11 hits. Sass’ four RBI paced an offense that also saw Dues drive in three runs and six total Raiders collect an RBI.
Kyle Klingenbeck was saddled with the loss, allowing seven hits and four walks on the way to nine Raider runs in just 2.1 innings of work. Jayden Wakeham was the only NKU batter with multiple hits, while Brennan Gick’s two-run homer in the Norse second inning would prove to be their only runs.
The Wright State offense carried over into the second game of the afternoon, with Quincy Hamilton connecting on a solo homer just two batters into the game before Alec Sayre later belted a three-run homer to left-center field and the Raiders had a four-run lead after the opening inning. After a Tyler Black sacrifice fly to plate a run in the second, the homers started again in the fourth with a Luikart solo shot before a solo homer from Justin McConnell in the sixth. Cameron Rountree drove home a run in the seventh before the Raiders added three final runs in the ninth via an Alex Alders’ sacrifice fly and run-producing hits from Luikart (double) and McConnell.
Trailing 6-1, Northern Kentucky pieced together one offensive inning in the fourth, using a two-run single from Josh Romans that ended up plating an extra run on the play thanks to a Raider error, but the Norse would get no closer, as Wright State’s Jake Shirk came on and stranded a pair of runners to end the threat.
Hamilton, Sass, Rountree, Luikart and McConnell all added doubles to go with the homers from Hamilton, Sayre, Luikart and McConnell. Sayre and McConnell each had three hit games, while Sayre drove in three RBI and seven different Raiders drove in a run overall.
Shirk earned his second win of the season after 2.1 innings of relief, striking out three batters and allowing two hits and a pair of walks. Starter Alex Theis did not factor into the decision after allowing five hits on six hits over the opening 3.1 innings of work.
Bryson Lonsbury took the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) over four innings of work, while the Norse offense saw nine of its 12 hits come from the top five in the order, highlighted by three hits from Jackson Haas.
WRIGHT STATE MEN’S GOLF: Mathiesen tied for first; Raiders second as a team after opening round of Horizon League Championship
The Wright State golf team sits in second place overall as a team following the opening round of the 2021 Horizon League Championship in West Lafayette, Indiana. Additionally, all five Raiders sit inside the top 15 on the individual leaderboard after the first 18 holes.
The Raiders sit at four-over after their 292 team round, trailing only Oakland, who shot an even 288 as a team in Sunday’s first round. Wright State is 11 shots ahead of third-place Robert Morris.
Wright State will tee of the second round Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET. Live scoring will be available through GolfStat to follow the action.
Mikkel Mathiesen is tied for first after an opening round 70 to sit at two-under, carding five birdies during the round, including three over the final nine holes. The remaining Raiders all bunched within a couple shots of each other, beginning with Cameron Willis, who sits in a tie for seventh after a one-over opening round with four birdies. Bryce Haney is tied for 11th at two-over after a solid round that saw him birdie two of the final three holes of his afternoon.
Tyler Goecke and Austin Schoonmaker are each three-over after 18 holes in a tie for 15th. Goecke carded three birdies and Schoonmaker had two of his own.
As a team, Wright State carded 54 pars to pace the field, while the Raiders’ 16 birdies were one off the high mark set by Oakland. Haney’s 14 birdies were the most by any player, while Mathiesen had five birdies, tied with Okaland’s Colin Sikkenga for the most on the day, while Willis’ four were just behind.
Oakland’s Thomas Giroux is tied with Mathiesen at two-under atop the individual leaderboard, while the Golden Grizzlies also have Sikkenga and Chris Handy sitting tied for third after even-par rounds to give them the slight edge over the Raiders on the team leaderboard heading into Monday.
Wright State will be the first group to tee off on Monday morning for the second round, starting on the first hole, with Oakland second to play beginning at 7:45 a.m. as all 10 teams will start on the first hole every 15 minutes, with Detroit Mercy the final group to tee off at 9:45 a.m.
CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Takes Series From Wichita State With 6-5 Sunday Win
CINCINNATI – Nathan Moore gave up one hit in five shutout innings of relief and an RBI single by Paul Komistek in the bottom of the seventh led the University of Cincinnati baseball team to a 6-5 win over Wichita State on Sunday at UC Baseball Stadium.
Moore (2-0) was nearly flawless out of the pen, striking out six, including fanning the side, in order, to close the game out in the ninth. He went 5.0 innings, giving up no runs, one hit, a walk with his six strikeouts.
Cincinnati (19-18, 8-8 American Athletic Conference) took three of four from the Shockers (20-15, 8-7 AAC) and won its second-straight league series.
Komistek’s RBI single broke a 5-5 tie and plated the go-ahead run in the form of Joey Bellini who had led off with a single, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Eric Santiago and then hustled home on the single to right field.
Wichita State scored four runs in the third via a Craig Cadena two-out grand slam to left field and added the tying run on an RBI single to left center from Jack Sigrist which scored Cooper Elliot from second and knotted things up at 5-5.
The Bearcats had again found some early offense, scoring five in the second for the lead. Komistek started the second inning by hitting the first pitch he saw off the scoreboard in right field, giving the Bearcats a 1-0 lead. UC would lead 5-0 after two with a two-run homer by Tanner Holen to left field and an RBI double by Joey Bellini
Bellini and Komistek both finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
• Santiago batted .571 with eight hits and three stolen bases.
• Cole Harting finished with seven hits, five runs scored, four walks and two stolen bases.
• Jace Mercer had two home runs, four hits, six RBIs and 10 total bases.
• Bellini batted in six runs with four hits and eight total bases.
• Komistek slugged .773 with 11 total bases, seven hits and three RBIs.
Cincinnati will play eight-straight AAC road games before returning home for an eight-game homestand to close out the regular season. First up is a trek to Tampa, Florida to take on USF (15-19, 5-7 AAC). The Bearcats and Bulls face off at USF Baseball Stadium with a Friday doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. ET and single games on Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.
All four games will air on ESPN+ with live stats at BearcatStats.com.
XAVIER WOMEN’S GOLF: Xavier Captures Second Straight Women’s Golf Title
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Xavier women’s golf won its second straight BIG EAST Championship on Sunday afternoon. The three-day tournament was held at the Club at Gateway.
The Musketeers posted a 54-hole total of 891 (+27) to win the team title, finishing 13 strokes ahead of Seton Hall (904, +40). Xavier recorded its best round of golf on Sunday, hitting seven-over-par (295).
Senior Morgan Tinsley won the individual title with a score of 221 (+5), the first tournament title of her career. Xavier has claimed the individual title for the second straight conference championship as Mikayla Fitzpatrick won the 2019 title.
1. Morgan Tinsley – 72 (E), 76 (+4), 73 (+1): 221 (+5)
t-2. Mikayla Fitzpatrick – 76 (+4), 75 (+3), 72 (E): 223 (+7)
t-2. Andie Shukow – 75 (+3), 73 (+1), 75 (+3): 223 (+7)
t-8. Emma McMyler – 77 (+5), 75 (+3), 75 (+3): 227 (+11)
t-8. Abby Kiefer – 77 (+5), 73 (+1), 77 (+11): 227 (+11)
1. Xavier – 300 (+12), 296 (+8), 295 (+7): 891 (+27)
3. Seton Hall – 301 (+13), 309 (+21), 294 (+6): 904 (+40)
3. Creighton – 295 (+7), 307 (+19), 311 (+23): 913 (+49)
4. St. John’s – 313 (+25), 311 (+23), 300 (+12): 924 (+60)
5. Butler – 316 (+28), 309 (+21), 317 (+29): 942 (+78)
6. Georgetown – 321 (+33), 323 (+35), 320 (+32): 964 (+100)
XAVIER BASEBALL: Musketeers Split Sunday Doubleheader with UConn
CINCINNATI – Xavier baseball split a Sunday doubleheader with UConn, taking the series opener, 5-0, in game one and falling 8-5 in game two to even the series at 1-1. Game three with the Huskies is set for Monday at 3:00 p.m. and the series wraps up on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m at Hayden Field.
In game one, Xavier took the early lead, scoring a pair in the bottom of the first, which was all Xavier would need on the strength of Nick Zwack’s 7.0 shutout performance in the start. Xavier played add-on in the fifth and sixth, including a homer from Garrett Schultz to set the final score at 5-0.
In the second game, the Huskies struck first, putting up three runs in the third. Xavier countered with a run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth, both coming on a Jack Housinger homer, but the Huskies added runs in the fifth and eighth to take an 8-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Xavier added a pair of runs on a two-run homer from Luke Stephenson to set the final score at 8-5.
Six games into Xavier’s eight-game Pledge It campaign to support Vs. Cancer, the Musketeers have collected 50 hits while Xavier pitchers have 53 strikeouts.
Xavier moved to 15-16 overall and 6-2 in BIG EAST play, while UConn moved to 17-13 overall and 3-1 in BIG EAST play.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1901 After two days of rain at Philadelphia’s Columbia Park, 10,547 fans witness Connie Mack’s A’s making their American League debut, losing to the Senators, 5-1. In their inaugural season in the Junior Circuit, the Mackmen will finish in fourth place, compiling a 74-62 record.
1902 In his major league debut, Bronchos hurler, future Hall of Famer Addie Joss tosses a one-hitter, beating the hometown Browns, 3-0, at Sportsman’s Park. The 22 year-old right-hander will post a 17-13 record along with a 2.77 ERA in his rookie season with Cleveland.
1904 At the age of seventeen, Ty Cobb makes his pro baseball debut, hitting a homer and a double for Augusta in the South Atlantic League. The Tourists, however, will release the ‘Georgia Peach’ two days into the season.
1905 Jack McCarthy becomes the first and only major league outfielder to throw out three runners trying to score in one game. All of the 36 year-old flychaser’s assists result in a double play, helping the Cubs to beat the Pirates at Exposition Park, 2-1.
1931 At Washington’s Griffith Stadium, Lou Gehrig smashes an apparent home run over the fence but when the ball bounces back to center fielder Harry Rice, baserunner Lyn Lary, who thinks the fly ball is the third out, returns to the dugout without crossing home plate. The Yankee first baseman, trotting around the bases with his head down in his usual modest manner, is ruled out for passing a runner, being credited only with a triple.
1941 Wrigley Field becomes the first ballpark to employ an organ to entertain fans when Roy Nelson provides the fans with a pregame serenade of classic and soulful tunes before Chicago drops a 6-2 decision to Max Lanier and the Cardinals. The organ, removed after the Cubs’ homestand, will not return permanently to the ‘Friendly Confines’ until 1967.
1946 Right-handers Harry Feldman and Ace Adams defect from the Giants after the start of the season, signing with the Veracruz Blues for $10,000 along with a $10,000 bonus. The pair becomes the seventh and eighth players from the New York team to accept offers to play in the Pasquel brothers’ ‘outlaw’ Mexican League.
1952 Art Houtteman, needing to retire just one more batter to author a no-hitter, throws a fastball to Harry Simpson, who rips the pitch for a single, spoiling the right-hander’s chance for immortality. The Tigers’ 13-1 triumph over the Tribe at Briggs Stadium marks the team’s first victory this season after dropping eight decisions to start the campaign.
1957 Making his first big league start, Philadelphia’s rookie right-hander Don Cardwell hurls a four-hitter, blanking the Giants at Connie Mack Stadium, 5-0. The 21 year-old Phillies hurler will compile a 102-138 (.425) record pitching for five teams during his 14-year career.
1959 Sadaharu Oh hits the first round-tripper of his world record 868 home runs. The Japanese first baseman will play his entire 22-year career with the Yomiuri Giants of the Central League in Nippon Professional Baseball.
1959 Willard Schmidt becomes the first major leaguer to be hit by a pitch twice in one inning. The Reds hurler is the third-inning target of Bob Rush and Lew Burette in Cincinnati’s 11-10 victory over the Braves at Crosley Field.
1961 In the eleventh game of the season, Roger Maris hits his first homer of the campaign in the Yankees’ 13-11 victory over Detroit at Tiger Stadium. The fifth-inning blast off Paul Foytack begins the New York’s right fielder’s historic quest for the single-season home run record.
1962 Catcher Harry Chiti is traded to the Mets from the Indians for a player to be named later. In June, New York sends the backstop to Cleveland to complete the deal, making him the first player to be traded for himself.
1973 After six tries, the defending world champion A’s finally win their first series of the season when they beat Cleveland, 3-2, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Although Darold Knowles blows the save, costing Catfish Hunter his first win of the year, Oakland, who had split the first two games with the Tribe, tallies in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off victory.
1977 The Rangers trade Lenny Randle, under suspension for the spring training altercation in which he fractured manager Frank Lucchesi’s cheekbone, to the Mets for a player to be named later (infielder Rick Auerbach) and cash. Joe Torre, the New York’s new skipper, replacing Joe Frazier, shifts the 28-year-old second baseman to third base.
1980 Steve Carlton hurls his sixth career one-hitter, establishing a National League record when he blanks the Cardinals at Veterans Stadium, 7-0. During his 24-year tenure in the major leagues, the Phillies’ southpaw never throws a no-hitter in his 709 career starts.
1982 Gene Michael, taking over for the manager who replaced him last season, becomes the Yankee skipper for the second time in two years. Previously, ‘Stick’ compiled a 48-34 record with the Bronx Bombers but was fired before the end of the strike-shortened 1981 season in favor of Bob Lemon.
1988 Keith Hernandez hits two homers and drives in seven runs to reach the 1000 RBI milestone. The Mets’ first baseman’s offensive output, which includes an eighth-inning grand slam off Charley Puleo, contributes to the Mets’ 13-4 rout of the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
1989 After overrunning Cardinal shortstop Ozzie Smith’s fly ball down in the left-field corner, Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell recovers by reaching back and catching the ball in foul territory with his bare right hand. The National League’s eventual MVP’s amazing play occurs in the first inning of the Giants’ 3-1 loss to the Redbirds at Busch Stadium.
1990 Ranger hurler Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller’s major league record of throwing twelve one-hitters when he beats the White Sox, 1-0. The only hit allowed by the 43 year-old right-hander is Ron Kittle’s single to right field on a check-swing in the second inning.
1990 Ken Griffey Jr. sticks his right spike into the padded wall at Yankee Stadium, elevating to rob Jesse Barfield’s 200th career homer, reminiscent of a play his dad made playing for the Bronx Bombers five seasons ago. The 20-year-old Seattle sophomore centerfielder’s grab, an achievement that introduces baseball fans to an exuberant budding superstar, marks the first of many home run thefts he will accomplish during his Hall of Fame career with the Mariners and Reds.
1993 Vince Coleman accidentally strikes Dwight Gooden’s right shoulder blade with a golf club while practicing his swing in the Shea Stadium clubhouse. The right-hander is not seriously hurt but will skip his scheduled start tonight, pitching instead in tomorrow’s afternoon’s game.
1994 Brady Anderson collects four extra-base hits in the Orioles’ 10-4 win over the A’s at Camden Yards. The Baltimore outfielder’s two doubles and two homers each occur while leading off an inning.
1995 In the debut of Coors Field, the Rockies defeat the Mets in 14 innings, tying the National League record for the number of innings played in a season opener. After New York’s first baseman Rico Brogna collects the ballpark’s first home run, a fourth-inning line drive off Bill Swift, Dante Bichette ends the contest with a walk-off blasting the 14th frame, giving Colorado a dramatic come-from-behind 11-9 victory.
1997 In the Cubs’ 7-6 win over the Pirates at Wrigley Field, Ryne Sandberg hits his 267th career home run as a second baseman, breaking Joe Morgan’s record for the most homers at that position. The mark will remain until 2004, when Jeff Kent of the Astros records his 268th dinger as a second sacker.
2000 Expo outfielder Vladimir Guerrero’s 100th career home run contributes to the team’s 9-2 victory over Colorado at Olympic Stadium. The Montreal clean-up hitter’s milestone round-tripper is hit over the center-field fence, leading off the eighth inning on a pitch thrown by Julian Tavarez.
2000 The St. Louis Cardinals set a major league record by hitting 50 home runs in April. Homers by pitcher Rick Ankiel, Jim Edmonds, and Fernando Tatis in the 7-0 victory over the Brewers help break the mark established by the 1997 Indians with 49.
2001 Hideo Nomo misses becoming the fifth pitcher since 1900 to hurl two no-hitters in a single season when former Gold Glove right fielder Darren Lewis barely misses catching Torii Hunter’s blooper in the top of the seventh inning. The hit, which many consider a questionable call by the scorer, is the only hit given up by the Red Sox right-hander in the team’s 2-0 victory over the Twins.
2001 After two and a half years in the post, embattled Kevin Malone, called a distraction Dodgers chairman Bob Daly, resigns as the team’s general manager. Despite having the league’s largest payroll, Los Angeles has failed to make the playoffs during his tenure, compiling a mediocre 178-176 record.
2002 Not wanting to assign blame for the worst start in the history of the Rockies, GM Dan O’Dowd dismisses Buddy Bell, who managed the club for the last two seasons. Colorado names Clint Hurdle, the team’s hitting coach for the past six years, to be the franchise’s new skipper.
2002 At Wrigley Field, Odalis Perez is perfect for six innings against the Cubs, only giving up Corey Patterson’s bad-hop infield single leading off the seventh in the Dodgers’ 10-0 rout of the Cubs. The 24 year-old southpaw faces the minimum 27 batters in his first career shutout when Chris Stynes, the next hitter, grounds into a double play.
2005 With three homers during his first three trips to the plate, Alex Rodriguez becomes only the 11th major league player to bat in ten or more runs in a game. The highest-paid player in baseball history is one RBI shy of the American League record of 11 set by fellow Yankee Tony Lazzeri in 1936 and two short of the major league mark of 12 shared by Jim Bottomley (1924) and Mark Whiten (1993) of the Cardinals.
2006 In a game that included getting a whack on the top of the head by Shawn Green’s bat, Mike Piazza becomes the 41st major leaguer to collect 400 career home runs. The Padres backstop also extended his record for most home runs by a catcher to 377.
2006 At the age of 47, Julio Franco becomes the second-oldest player to steal a bag when he swipes second base in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 9-7 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park. In 1909, Arlie Latham, who played two games at second base for the Giants, purloined a sack as a 49-year old.
2006 Ranger reliever Francisco Cordero blows his third consecutive chance to save a game when the A’s tie the game 4-4 in the ninth and then score two in the next frame to beat the Rangers, 6-4. The Dominican closer’s fifth-blown save establishes a big-league mark for the first month of the season and overshadows the sixth straight game that the Texas outfielder Kevin Mench has homered, a grand slam that sets a team record.
2008 Brad Penny’s 96-mph fastball is missed by Dodger batterymate Russell Martin and knocks out umpire Kerwin Danley. After the players leave the field, the home plate arbitrator, who lost consciousness briefly, is placed on a stretcher and leaves the Dodgers-Rockies game in an ambulance.
2008 Sara Tucholsky, a Western Oregon college senior, goes deep over the center-field fence but suffers a torn knee ligament rounding first and cannot continue her trip around the bases. In the ultimate display of sportsmanship, Central Washington senior Mallory Holtman and other opposing players carry their injured opponent around the bases, turning a potential two-run single and an out, if the hurt player received assistance teammates back to a three-run homer.
2008 “We can’t tell you to survive the storms of life, we can tell you to dance in the rain, and you can do it. You really can do it. Very difficult, but possible.” – VIN SCULLY, delivering the commencement address at Pepperdine University. Vin Scully receives an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, the institution’s highest honor. The Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster delivers a stirring commencement address to the 2008 Class of Seaver College, telling the graduates that achieving dreams may be “very difficult, but possible.”
2008 On Ralph Kiner Day, Alhambra dedicates a bronze statue in honor of its native son for his “accomplishments and contributions to the game of professional baseball and sports broadcasting.” The former Pirates slugger, a member of the Hall of Fame, spent his youth in the California city and graduated from its local high school in 1940.
2011 On the first pitch he sees in the major leagues, Alexi Amarista strokes a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning of the Angels’ 8-3 victory over Oakland. The 22 year-old rookie second baseman dedicates the hit to the memory of his dad, murdered five months ago during a home-invasion robbery in his Venezuelan hometown of Barcelona Anzoategu.
2012 Using a home-grown starting lineup for the first time since 1971, New York beats Miami when Heath Bell walks four batters in the ninth inning, including Justin Turner’s 13-pitch at-bat that knots the score before he gives up a game-winning two-out single to the rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Forty-one years ago, Gil Hodges used a lineup of all former Mets farmhands that included Ed Kranepool, Bud Harrelson, Tim Foli, Ted Martinez, Mike Jorgensen, Duffy Dyer, John Milner, and Jerry Koosman.
2013 Anibal Sanchez breaks Mickey Lolich’s franchise record of 16 strikeouts when he retires the side on strikes in the eighth inning of the Tigers’ 10-0 rout of Atlanta. In his eight innings of work, the 29 year-old Venezuelan right-hander gives up just five hits en route to his 17-strikeout performance in the Comerica Park contest.
2017 🇿🇦 Gift Ngoepe becomes the first player born and raised in Africa to make his major-league debut when he appears in the lineup as part of a double switch in the Pirates’ 6-5 over the Cubs at PNC Park. The 27-year-old second baseman, who hails from Pietersburg, South Africa, hits safely in his first at-bat, sending a single up the middle off Jon Lester in the fourth inning.
BASEBALL BIOGRAPHY-LUIS APARICIO
Before the arrival of such power hitting shortstops such as Ernie Banks, Cal Ripken, Alex Rodriguez, etcetera, the position was played by those who contributed solid fundamental offense, outstanding defense and many intangible things that never appear in a box score. The epitome of such a shortstop was Luis Aparicio, who never played a single inning at any other position over an eighteen year career, and whose slick fielding and base stealing abilities were big keys to team and personal success.
Born in Venezuela, Aparicio became the Chicago White Sox starting shortstop as a rookie in 1956, replacing another Venezuelan, Chico Carrasquel. Heeding advice to shorten his stance at the plate, and play deeper defensively to expand his range and take advantage of his strong throwing arm, Luis justified Chicago’s faith in him by winning Rookie of the Year in 1956 and led the American League (AL) with twenty-one stolen bases. For the rest of the 50’s and early 60’s he anchored the White Sox infield with second baseman Nellie Fox, and they drove Chicago’s opponents crazy offensively as well. Their defensive prowess pulled Chicago out of many a jam and killed many rallies, while at the plate the formed a deadly hit and run duo at the top of the lineup. It all came together for the White Sox in 1959 when the “Go Go Sox” scampered to AL pennant and Aparicio finished second in the Most Valuable Player voting to Fox. “What is the top requirement for a second baseman? A fine shortstop. I am fortunate in having the greatest shortstop in baseball, Luis Aparicio”, said Fox in 1960.
For eight consecutive seasons from 1959-1966 Aparicio led all AL shortstops in fielding percentage, and during his career he won nine Gold Gloves. “He’s the best I’ve ever seen. He makes plays which I know can’t possibly be made, yet he makes them almost every day”, boasted White Sox Owner Bill Veeck in 1959. On the bases, Luis topped the American League for nine straight years (1956-64), swiping more than fifty three straight years (1959-61) and a career high fifty-seven in 1964. In 1963 he was traded to the Baltimore and helped lead the Orioles to the AL pennant and a World Series sweep of the Dodgers in 1966. He returned to the White Sox in 1968, and in 1970, at the age of thirty-six, hit .300 for the only time in his career (.313). In that same year he played his 2,219th career game at shortstop to break the record of White Sox great Luke Appling. He finished playing in 1973 as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
During his MLB tenure Aparicio led American League shortstops twice in double plays and total chances per game, four times in putouts, seven times in assists and eight times in fielding. He holds all time marks for games played (2581) and assists (8016), and hold AL records for putouts (4548) and total chances (12,564). Although his lifetime batting average is just .262, he totaled 2677 hits and had 506 career stolen bases. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY
1934 ALL-STAR GAME
The second All-Star game was held on July 10 at the New York Polo Grounds. Once again, the batting line-up featured some of the best hitters in baseball. This game however, belonged to a pitcher, Carl Hubbell. Although he started off poorly, he turned in perhaps one of the most spellbinding performances ever seen in baseball.
First, Charlie Gehringer led off with a single and moved to second on an outfield error. Then, Heinie Manush drew a walk bringing up Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx with two on, none out. It was a pitcher’s worst nightmare. Hubbell accepted the challenge and began turning over his screwball with pinpoint precision. It was a delivery that was designed to break the backs of free swingers. Ruth was the first to fall after taking a called third strike and looking “decidedly puzzled,” according to one account. Gehrig followed and went down swinging. Visibly frustrated, he apparently warned Foxx on his way back to the dugout, “You might as well cut. It won’t get any higher.” The advice didn’t help; Foxx went down on strikes. In the second inning, Hubbell made it five in a row when he struck out Al Simmons and Joe Cronin.
If the first All-Star Game had showcased the game’s best bats, than the second showcased one of the game’s best arms proving that both offense and defense had a place in the Midsummer Classic.
MLB: YEAR IN REVIEW 1901 AMERICAN LEAGUE
Off the field…
As President William McKinley began his second term, he was fatally shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz stated that the President was “an enemy of good working people” and was later judged to be sane and executed. The chief event of McKinley’s administration was the war with Spain, which resulted in the United States’ acquisition of the Philippines and other islands. Theodore Roosevelt was promptly sworn in as his successor and embarked on a wide-ranging program of governmental reform and conservation of natural resources.
In the American League…
On April 28th, Cleveland Indians rookie pitcher Charles Baker surrendered an American League record twenty-three singles in a 13-1 loss to the Chicago White Stockings.
In May, White Stockings Herm McFarland and Dummy Hoy set one of the first American League records (most homeruns in a game) with two grand slams during Chicago’s 19-9 win over the Detroit Tigers. Detroit also set a Major League mark of their own with twelve errors (ten by the infield) that was amazingly matched by the White Stockings in 1903 — against the Tigers.
With two outs in the ninth, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Bill Reidy set a Major League record after surrendering ten consecutive hits for a 13-2 loss to the Boston Somersets on June 2nd.
In the National League…
Cincinnati Reds ace Noodles Hahn struck out sixteen Boston Brave batters on May 22nd for a 4-3 victory and a record that would stand until Jim Maloney matched it in 1963.
On June 20tth, Honus Wagner became the first twentieth century player to steal home twice in a single game, as the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the New York Giants, 7-0.
The Brooklyn Dodgers tied their highest score of the century (May 20, 1896) after beating the Cincinnati Reds 25-6 in a September 23rd outing at League Park II.
Around the League…
The American League formally organized with the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Somersets, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Blues, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Chicago White Stockings. Three of the leagues original clubs in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Buffalo were dropped. The player limit was set at fourteen per team, and the inaugural schedule was set at one-hundred forty games.
The National League Rules Committee decreed that all foul balls are to count as strikes, except after two, catchers must play within ten feet of the batter, a ball will be called if the pitcher does not throw to a ready and waiting batter within twenty seconds, and that the umpire will remove all players using indecent language.
At the December league meeting, the Milwaukee Brewers franchise was officially dropped from the American League and replaced by the St. Louis Browns.
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|Seattle||13||9||.591||1||6 – 5||7 – 4||5 – 3||3 – 3||2 – 1||6 – 4||L 1|
|LA Angels||10||10||.500||3||6 – 4||4 – 6||2 – 1||5 – 3||3 – 6||3 – 7||W 1|
|Houston||10||11||.476||3.5||4 – 6||6 – 5||0 – 0||0 – 3||10 – 6||4 – 6||L 1|
|Texas||9||13||.409||5||3 – 6||6 – 7||6 – 4||1 – 5||2 – 1||4 – 6||L 3|
|NY Mets||9||8||.529||–||6 – 2||3 – 6||7 – 4||0 – 3||2 – 1||5 – 5||W 1|
|Philadelphia||10||11||.476||1||8 – 4||2 – 7||6 – 6||2 – 1||2 – 4||4 – 6||L 1|
|Atlanta||9||12||.429||2||4 – 6||5 – 6||5 – 8||2 – 1||1 – 2||5 – 5||L 2|
|Miami||9||12||.429||2||4 – 7||5 – 5||4 – 2||0 – 3||3 – 4||4 – 6||L 1|
|Washington||8||11||.421||2||5 – 5||3 – 6||2 – 4||4 – 2||2 – 5||5 – 5||L 1|
|Milwaukee||13||8||.619||–||4 – 5||9 – 3||0 – 0||9 – 6||3 – 0||7 – 3||W 2|
|St. Louis||11||10||.524||2||5 – 4||6 – 6||6 – 6||5 – 4||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 3|
|Pittsburgh||11||11||.500||2.5||4 – 3||7 – 8||0 – 0||5 – 7||2 – 2||6 – 4||W 2|
|Chi Cubs||10||11||.476||3||8 – 7||2 – 4||4 – 2||6 – 9||0 – 0||5 – 5||L 2|
|Cincinnati||9||12||.429||4||7 – 5||2 – 7||0 – 0||5 – 4||2 – 7||2 – 8||L 7|
|LA Dodgers||15||7||.682||–||7 – 3||8 – 4||3 – 0||0 – 0||9 – 5||5 – 5||L 1|
|San Francisco||14||8||.636||1||8 – 2||6 – 6||6 – 4||2 – 1||5 – 1||6 – 4||W 1|
|San Diego||13||11||.542||3||5 – 8||8 – 3||0 – 0||2 – 5||8 – 6||4 – 6||W 1|
|Arizona||11||11||.500||4||2 – 3||9 – 8||4 – 3||5 – 1||2 – 5||7 – 3||W 2|
|Colorado||8||13||.381||6.5||8 – 7||0 – 6||3 – 3||0 – 0||3 – 10||5 – 5||W 1|
|NBA Conference Standings|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Brooklyn||41||20||.672||—||25-7||16-13||7-4||21-14||6-4||2 W|
|2 Philadelphia||39||21||.650||1.5||22-7||17-14||10-2||25-9||5-5||4 L|
|3 Milwaukee||37||23||.617||3.5||20-10||17-13||9-0||22-11||5-5||1 L|
|4 New York||34||27||.557||7.0||21-10||13-17||3-8||22-17||9-1||9 W|
|5 Atlanta||34||27||.557||7.0||18-11||16-16||6-3||20-14||7-3||2 W|
|6 Boston||32||29||.525||9.0||19-11||13-18||4-7||18-17||7-3||2 L|
|7 Miami||32||29||.525||9.0||18-13||14-16||5-6||18-16||6-4||1 W|
|8 Charlotte||30||30||.500||10.5||16-12||14-18||7-2||17-16||4-6||2 W|
|9 Indiana||29||31||.483||11.5||11-17||18-14||6-4||16-18||6-4||3 W|
|10 Washington||27||33||.450||13.5||15-16||12-17||2-7||10-23||9-1||8 W|
|11 Chicago||25||35||.417||15.5||12-18||13-17||5-4||15-15||3-7||1 L|
|12 Toronto||25||35||.417||15.5||15-15||10-20||4-7||16-21||5-5||1 L|
|13 Cleveland||21||39||.350||19.5||12-16||9-23||4-7||15-19||3-7||2 L|
|14 Orlando||18||42||.300||22.5||10-22||8-20||4-6||11-23||1-9||5 L|
|15 Detroit||18||43||.295||23.0||11-16||7-27||1-10||11-24||3-7||3 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Utah||44||16||.733||—||26-4||18-12||5-3||21-10||6-4||1 L|
|2 Phoenix||42||18||.700||2.0||23-9||19-9||6-3||24-10||6-4||2 L|
|3 LA Clippers||43||19||.694||2.0||24-8||19-11||8-2||26-10||9-1||4 W|
|4 Denver||39||21||.650||5.0||21-10||18-11||8-1||22-13||7-3||1 W|
|5 LA Lakers||35||25||.583||9.0||17-13||18-12||3-6||21-14||4-6||3 L|
|6 Dallas||33||26||.559||10.5||16-14||17-12||6-4||19-17||5-5||3 W|
|7 Portland||32||28||.533||12.0||16-16||16-12||4-6||17-18||2-8||5 L|
|8 Memphis||31||28||.525||12.5||13-16||18-12||4-6||14-20||5-5||2 W|
|9 San Antonio||30||29||.508||13.5||13-19||17-10||6-6||16-20||6-4||2 W|
|10 Golden State||31||30||.508||13.5||19-10||12-20||4-7||17-14||7-3||2 W|
|11 New Orleans||26||34||.433||18.0||16-16||10-18||6-4||14-18||4-6||1 L|
|12 Sacramento||24||36||.400||20.0||13-17||11-19||4-7||12-19||2-8||1 L|
|13 Oklahoma City||20||40||.333||24.0||9-21||11-19||3-8||11-22||0-10||13 L|
|14 Minnesota||17||44||.279||27.5||10-19||7-25||4-6||11-24||4-6||1 W|
|15 Houston||15||46||.246||29.5||7-23||8-23||5-7||10-26||1-9||4 L|
|NHL Division Standings|
|New York Islanders||48||29||14||5||63||25||136||113||19-3-3||10-11-2||5-4-1|
|New York Rangers||49||25||18||6||56||24||164||131||13-8-3||12-10-3||7-2-1|
|New Jersey Devils||48||14||27||7||35||14||121||170||4-17-3||10-10-4||0-9-1|
|x-Vegas Golden Knights||47||34||11||2||70||33||160||103||18-4-2||16-7-0||9-1-0|
|St. Louis Blues||45||20||19||6||46||18||131||142||8-11-4||12-8-2||4-6-0|
|San Jose Sharks||47||18||24||5||41||13||125||163||8-11-2||10-13-3||1-8-1|
|Los Angeles Kings||45||17||22||6||40||16||120||136||8-11-4||9-11-2||3-7-0|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||48||30||13||5||65||29||159||130||14-7-3||16-6-2||5-3-2|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||48||32||14||2||66||31||160||125||19-6-0||13-8-2||6-4-0|
|Detroit Red Wings||50||17||25||8||42||16||115||158||11-10-5||6-15-3||4-3-3|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||50||15||25||10||40||13||121||170||8-8-7||7-17-3||1-7-2|