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NBA PLAY-IN SCHEDULE
Tuesday, May 18
• Game 1 (East 9/10): Indiana vs. Charlotte; 6:30 ET, TNT
• Game 2 (East 7/8): Boston vs. Washington; 9 ET, TNT
Wednesday, May 19
• Game 3 (West 9/10): Memphis vs. San Antonio; 7:30 ET, ESPN
• Game 4: (West 7/8): Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State; 10 ET, ESPN
Thursday, May 20
• East: Winner of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2; 8 ET, TNT
Friday, May 21
• West: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4; TBD, ESPN
*All games in the Play-In Tournament are exclusive network telecasts on ESPN or TNT, and not available for local telecasts.
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|May 13-16, TPC Craig Ranch, McKinney, Texas|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||65||65||67||66||-25 (263)||F|
|2||Sam Burns||65||62||69||70||-22 (266)||F|
|3t||Daniel Berger||69||67||67||64||-21 (267)||F|
|3t||Patton Kizzire||69||64||71||63||-21 (267)||F|
|3t||Charl Schwartzel||65||68||66||68||-21 (267)||F|
|3t||Scott Stallings||67||71||63||66||-21 (267)||F|
|7t||Joseph Bramlett||64||70||67||68||-19 (269)||F|
|7t||Troy Merritt||68||70||66||65||-19 (269)||F|
|9t||Seamus Power||65||68||67||70||-18 (270)||F|
|9t||Doc Redman||64||67||69||70||-18 (270)||F|
|9t||Jordan Spieth||63||70||66||71||-18 (270)||F|
|9t||Jhonattan Vegas||65||72||66||67||-18 (270)||F|
|13t||Bronson Burgoon||68||66||67||70||-17 (271)||F|
|13t||Luke Donald||65||73||66||67||-17 (271)||F|
|13t||Harris English||70||68||63||70||-17 (271)||F|
|13t||Satoshi Kodaira||67||71||66||67||-17 (271)||F|
|17t||Matt Kuchar||67||66||66||73||-16 (272)||F|
|17t||Hank Lebioda||67||67||70||68||-16 (272)||F|
|17t||Brandt Snedeker||66||68||68||70||-16 (272)||F|
|17t||Will Zalatoris||70||68||67||67||-16 (272)||F|
|21t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||64||71||66||72||-15 (273)||F|
|21t||Marc Leishman||66||69||68||70||-15 (273)||F|
|21t||Alex Noren||65||64||70||74||-15 (273)||F|
|21t||Carlos Ortiz||67||66||70||70||-15 (273)||F|
|21t||Lee Westwood||71||64||70||68||-15 (273)||F|
|26t||Ryan Armour||70||66||68||70||-14 (274)||F|
|26t||Wesley Bryan||67||71||67||69||-14 (274)||F|
|26t||Ben Martin||65||69||67||73||-14 (274)||F|
|26t||Keith Mitchell||67||71||70||66||-14 (274)||F|
|26t||Rob Oppenheim||68||69||68||69||-14 (274)||F|
|26t||Rory Sabbatini||67||71||68||68||-14 (274)||F|
|26t||Sepp Straka||68||67||69||70||-14 (274)||F|
|26t||Vincent Whaley||69||65||71||69||-14 (274)||F|
|34t||Scott Brown||66||71||66||72||-13 (275)||F|
|34t||Mark Hubbard||65||71||68||71||-13 (275)||F|
|34t||Jon Rahm||68||69||68||70||-13 (275)||F|
|34t||Adam Schenk||66||70||66||73||-13 (275)||F|
|34t||Roger Sloan||66||68||69||72||-13 (275)||F|
|39t||Wyndham Clark||66||68||69||73||-12 (276)||F|
|39t||Talor Gooch||69||69||67||71||-12 (276)||F|
|39t||Russell Knox||69||67||70||70||-12 (276)||F|
|39t||Hideki Matsuyama||68||70||68||70||-12 (276)||F|
|39t||Sean O’Hair||67||69||71||69||-12 (276)||F|
|39t||Pat Perez||70||67||69||70||-12 (276)||F|
|39t||Brian Stuard||69||69||67||71||-12 (276)||F|
|39t||Johnson Wagner||67||71||67||71||-12 (276)||F|
|47t||Brice Garnett||68||69||73||67||-11 (277)||F|
|47t||Michael Gligic||65||72||72||68||-11 (277)||F|
|47t||Sung Kang||67||69||72||69||-11 (277)||F|
|47t||Nelson Ledesma||68||68||73||68||-11 (277)||F|
|47t||Ryan Palmer||67||69||66||75||-11 (277)||F|
|47t||Patrick Rodgers||71||66||69||71||-11 (277)||F|
|47t||Scottie Scheffler||67||70||68||72||-11 (277)||F|
|47t||J.J. Spaun||63||69||72||73||-11 (277)||F|
|55t||Cameron Champ||72||66||71||69||-10 (278)||F|
|55t||Bryson DeChambeau||69||68||72||69||-10 (278)||F|
|55t||Charles Howell III||65||70||72||71||-10 (278)||F|
|55t||Si Woo Kim||66||70||70||72||-10 (278)||F|
|55t||Sebastian Munoz||66||68||73||71||-10 (278)||F|
|55t||Aaron Wise||64||72||71||71||-10 (278)||F|
|61t||Mark Anderson||68||69||71||71||-9 (279)||F|
|61t||Martin Laird||72||66||71||70||-9 (279)||F|
|61t||Luke List||68||69||72||70||-9 (279)||F|
|61t||Wes Roach||68||70||71||70||-9 (279)||F|
|65||Michael Gellerman||67||71||73||69||-8 (280)||F|
|66||Bo Hoag||66||71||72||72||-7 (281)||F|
|67||Michael Kim||69||67||71||75||-6 (282)||F|
|68t||Dylan Meyer||66||72||71||74||-5 (283)||F|
|68t||Ted Potter, Jr.||66||68||73||76||-5 (283)||F|
|70||Cameron Percy||68||70||76||71||-3 (285)||F|
|71t||Austin Cook||68||68||75||76||-1 (287)||F|
|71t||D.J. Trahan||69||69||73||76||-1 (287)||F|
Brissett has career-high 31 as Pacers beat Raptors 125-113
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Oshae Brissett scored a career-best 31 points and Domantas Sabonis added 25 points and 16 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 125-113 to lock up the Eastern Conference’s ninth seed.
Indiana snapped a two-game losing streak and secured home-court advantage for Tuesday’s play-in game against the 10th-seeded Charlotte Hornets.
The Pacers were 1-2 against Charlotte and lost 114-97 in Indiana on April 2. The Hornets were outscored 36-20 in Sunday’s fourth quarter and lost 115-110 to Washington, which secured the No. 8 seed.
“They’re just really good, they play fast, they’ve got a lot of high-level scorers and the last time they came to (Indiana), I think from start to finish they really outplayed us,” said Indiana point guard T.J. McConnell, who tied a career high with 17 assists and added 12 points on Sunday.
Up as much as 18 in Sunday’s third quarter, Indiana allowed Toronto’s makeshift lineup to get within 110-101 late in the fourth. Sabonis then sealed the game with a put-back layup, an assist to Brissett for a 3-pointer and a jumper.
Sabonis returned from a one-game absence because of a left quad injury and earned his 48th double-double and his 14th game with at least 15 rebounds. He also had five assists and three steals for Indiana, which was still without Malcolm Brogdon, Myles Turner, Aaron Holiday, Jeremy Lamb and Edmond Sumner.
“(Sabonis) going and saying he could play and fighting through that quad injury, that was big,” Indiana coach Nate Bjorkman said. “To go help his team get this (win) and fly back to Indiana for a home game was big.”
Doug McDermott scored 20 points, while Caris LaVert added 13 points before leaving at halftime with a migraine. Kelan Martin scored 13 points for Indiana, which shot 50.5% for the game.
Brissett, who signed two 10-day contracts in April prior to signing for the rest of the season, easily topped his previous career high of 23 points set on April 21 against Oklahoma City. Brissett, who played with the Raptors for 19 games last season, hurt Toronto by making 10 of 16 shots and 5 of 8 3s. He added 10 rebounds.
Wiz to face Celtics after beating Hornets for 8th in East
WASHINGTON (AP) It wasn’t until about 30 minutes before tipoff that Bradley Beal told coach Scott Brooks he could play for the Washington Wizards in their regular-season finale.
And it wasn’t until the second half Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets that Beal really got going in his return from a three-game absence with a strained left hamstring.
The Wizards finished eighth in the Eastern Conference standings and set up a play-in matchup against the No. 7 Boston Celtics by coming back to beat Charlotte 115-110 as Beal poured in 20 of his 25 points after halftime.
“He chews nails for breakfast,” Brooks said about Beal, who entered Sunday averaging 31.4 points, second in the NBA to two-time MVP Stephen Curry’s 31.8. “I cannot say enough about his toughness.”
The Hornets closed the regular season on a five-game losing streak to drop to the 10th spot in the East and will play at the Indiana Pacers in a win-or-go-home game in the play-in round. That game and Wizards-at-Celtics are both Tuesday.
“This one stings, but Tuesday night’s a new season. … That’s the beauty of it,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “We’ve got a young group that is experiencing this for the first time.”
Beal’s backcourt partner Russell Westbrook heard “M-V-P!” chants from the fans while contributing 23 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his 184th career triple-double – three more than Oscar Robertson’s previous NBA record – and 38th this season alone, the most in the league.
The game served as a microcosm of the way this season went for both teams, with Charlotte going ahead 32-16 in the first quarter, then fading to a loss, while Washington overcame its poor start.
The Wizards began 0-5, went through a COVID-19 outbreak that sidelined players and caused a two-week hiatus for the club and then were 17-32 before finishing with a 17-7 flourish.
The Hornets, meanwhile, went 8-15 down the stretch without injured forward Gordon Hayward.
“In this league, you’ve just got to move on. And thank God, we get another chance,” said Terry Rozier, who led Charlotte with 22 points.
Durant, Irving power Nets past Cavs for No. 2 seed in East
NEW YORK (AP) Blake Griffin started it with a behind-the-back pass and Kevin Durant finished it by slamming down a toss off the backboard.
The Brooklyn Nets saved their best for last, ending the regular season with their highlight play of the season.
Now it’s time to forget that and everything else that’s already happened.
“Whatever we did so far is out the window,” Kevin Durant said.
“It’s a new season for us and I think that’s the mentality we all want to have. We did some solid things throughout the regular season but we just want to continue to keep getting better but realize that the regular season is over, it’s a new vibe for us.”
Durant had 23 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds and the Nets took the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 123-109 on Sunday night.
Kyrie Irving added 17 points and joined an elite list of shooters for the Nets, who will open the playoffs next weekend against either Boston or Washington. They meet Tuesday in the play-in tournament to determine the No. 7 seed.
Durant made his first eight shots, including the dunk to finish the standout play, to bounce back nicely from a 4-for-17 outing Saturday. It was a strong finale to his first season back after missing 2019-20 while recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
The Nets rested James Harden after he played the last two games following an 18-game absence with a right hamstring strain. That meant Brooklyn finished the regular season with just eight appearances from its Big Three, going 6-2.
But the Nets still managed to finish 48-24, holding off Milwaukee for the No. 2 seed and setting a franchise record for the most games over .500 at any point in a season.
“I think the goal for us was to try to be as healthy as possible by the end of the year and to keep everyone on the same page and excited about what we’re doing, so mission accomplished there,” Nets coach Steve Nash said.
Collin Sexton scored 16 points but was ejected midway through the third quarter for a flagrant foul against Durant. Durant was originally called for the foul, but replay showed Sexton elbowed Durant in the face on his drive, so the call was changed to a Flagrant 2, which carries an automatic ejection.
Pokusevski scores 29, Thunder top Clippers in season finale
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Aleksej Pokusevski scored a career-high 29 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 117-112 on Sunday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
It was a promising close to the season for the 7-foot rookie from Serbia.
“To think about where he was at the beginning of the season and then the way he played now is a true, tangible example of a player developing,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said.
Josh Hall, a two-way player who had never scored more than 10 points in an NBA game, had career highs of 25 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City.
“Josh Hall – the guy was hurt the entire season. It’s his first year as a pro, he’s on a two-way contract,” Daigneault said. “It’s a pretty unstable existence when you’re an undrafted rookie and you’re injured all season. So for him to go out there tonight and play the way he did is just a really, really cool thing for that guy and is a credit to all the work he put in.”
Moses Brown had a career-best 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Thunder, who snapped a nine-game losing streak. Oklahoma City finished in a tie for the league’s fourth-worst record.
Los Angeles sat stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for the second straight game. Terance Mann scored 19 points, two-way player Jay Scrubb scored 14 and rookie Daniel Oturu added career highs of 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who claimed the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and will play the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.
Clippers coach Tyronn Lue was already looking ahead to facing All-Star Luka Doncic.
“We know we’re playing a guy who controls the whole tempo of the game in Luka – by scoring, rebounding, passing, making his teammates better,” Lue said. “We know he’s the head of the snake and it’s going to be a tough challenge.”
Pokusevski’s 3-pointer with 48.8 seconds left gave the Thunder a 115-112 lead. The Thunder held defensively, then Brown’s putback dunk off a miss by Pokusevski with 5.4 seconds to play put the game away.
“I’m happy for our guys, especially the guys who finished the game,” Daigneault said.
Randle, Knicks beat Celtics to clinch No. 4 seed in East
NEW YORK (AP) Usually at home when the playoffs start, the New York Knicks will be on their home court this time.
Julius Randle capped his All-Star season with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and the Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 96-92 on Sunday to clinch the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.
RJ Barrett scored 22 points for the Knicks, who won their third straight to finish 41-31 and earn home-court advantage for a first-round series with the Atlanta Hawks. The Knicks are headed to the postseason for the first time since winning the Atlantic Division title in 2012-13.
“We’re fighting for something every single game and that’s a good feeling,” Barrett said. “We’re a tough, resilient team. We’ve kind of made our name off that. So just really excited to go to the playoffs and fight hard and see what we can do.”
They needed a win Sunday to assure themselves of playing at Madison Square Garden next weekend and got plenty of help from the Celtics, who were already locked into the play-in tournament at the No. 7 spot and rested all their top players.
Boston cut a 21-point deficit to three in the final minutes, but Nerlens Noel had two big blocked shots before Randle hit a free throw to close the scoring.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said he wanted the Knicks to enjoy their accomplishment Sunday but then quickly turn their attention to playoff preparations.
“So you don’t want to feel too good, because you always want more,” he said.
The Knicks entered the day tied with the Southeast Division champion Hawks, who played later Sunday against Houston, but own the tiebreaker if they finish with the same record after sweeping the three-game season series.
The Knicks were one of the NBA’s biggest surprises in Thibodeau’s first season after having little to no playoff expectations outside the organization. But they play the rugged defense characteristic of his teams and got much-improved play from Randle and Barrett to strengthen the offense as the season went on.
Boston was a disappointment, finishing 36-36, but can still make the postseason with a win in the play-in tournament. The Celtics will host No. 8 Washington on Tuesday.
Jazz take top spot in NBA playoffs, thump Kings 121-99
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Rudy Gobert wasn’t about to stop his Utah teammates from celebrating after securing the No. 1 spot for the NBA playoffs. He just wants the Jazz to keep focus on the bigger picture.
A year after blowing a 3-1 lead and getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs, the Jazz are headed back to the postseason – and they’re going in with the league’s best record.
“Going through what we went through last year, I learned to enjoy every moment,” Gobert said following Utah’s 121-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. “That doesnt mean you don’t prepare for what’s coming. Just enjoy the mmoment.”
Jordan Clarkson scored 33 points and Gobert added 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz.
Utah (52-20) won its final two to edge Western Conference-rival Phoenix for the top spot. It’s the first time in franchise history that the Jazz have finished with sole possession of the best record in the NBA.
“As much as the accomplishment, for me you appreciate this group of men and appreciate the opportunity to coach them,” coach Quin Snyder said. “That feeling about our team, I want all of them, all of us, to enjoy this moment because I feel like if we do that, appreciate the regular season, I think that transitions us to the mindset we need to have to try to play well in the playoffs.”
Mike Conley had 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds in his second game back after missing two weeks because of a right hamstring injury. Bojan Bogdanovic had 18 points.
Now comes the waiting game for Snyder’s team. Utah awaits one of the surviving teams from the play-in games that begin Tuesday and end Friday.
“In the Western Conference there’s not going to be anybody you want to play,” Conley said. “Everybody’s capable. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
Terence Davis had 20 points for Sacramento. The Kings, who started four reserves, finished the season with a three-game losing streak.
Curry is scoring champ, Warriors beat Grizzlies for 8 seed
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry lifted his jersey to celebrate Baron Davis-style in an ode to that old “We Believe” Warriors playoff team of more than a decade ago. He flung a game-worn bracelet into the stands that sent fans chanting “M-V-P!” scrambling for the souvenir from another stellar performance by No. 30.
Curry became the oldest scoring champion since Michael Jordan at age 35 in 1998, finishing with 46 points as Golden State held off the Memphis Grizzlies 113-101 on Sunday in a regular-season finale that determined the play-in tournament’s eighth and ninth spots.
“Shoutout to Baron Davis,” Curry said – and BD might say the same for Steph.
Curry is still playing his best basketball in his 12th NBA season, and the two-time MVP and his Golden State supporting cast still have a chance at making a splash in the playoffs the way the underdog Davis-led group did in 2007.
The Warriors wrapped up the No. 8 seed and will play Wednesday, while Memphis finishes at No. 9 and will host the Spurs on Wednesday. Golden State’s opponent was dependent on Sunday night’s results for the Lakers and Portland.
At 33, Curry and Jordan are the only scoring champions age 33 or older. Curry also joins Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players with multiple scoring titles, MVPs and championships.
“He’s like the Picasso of our time,” teammate Juan Toscano-Anderson said. “You can’t have a knock on him. He’s the best doing it right now.”
Curry locked up his first scoring title since 2015-16 with his second basket of the game late in the first quarter. He made 9 of 22 3s and also contributed nine assists and seven rebounds in Golden State’s sixth straight win. Curry averaged 32 points during his second 2,000-point season.
“I’ve been blessed to be back healthy and be able to just play night in, night out at a high level, and the work that goes into it, it pays off, and it’s something that I really, really rely on, especially at this point in my career,” Curry said. “As the years go on, that is the difference-maker for me.”
After a slow start, Curry finished with key 3-pointers with 3:17, 2:12 and 1:35 left. He wound up with 337 3-pointers after making 96 in April alone for an NBA record in a single month.
He had help again, too.
Moore, short-handed Suns hold off Spurs 123-121
SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Phoenix Suns got some needed rest for their All-Star backcourt and kept alive their chances of becoming the NBA’s top seed.
E’Twaun Moore scored 22 points and made a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining that lifted Phoenix past the San Antonio Spurs 123-121 on Sunday.
Playing without Devin Booker and Chris Paul, the Suns were bailed out late by Moore, who also made a 3 with 1:08 remaining to stop a 9-0 run by San Antonio.
Booker and Paul spent the entire game cheering on their teammates and joined in a raucous postgame celebration.
“I love it when they celebrate each other,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. “I’m the only one that they can’t celebrate, because I haven’t done squat, but they need to celebrate each other every chance they get, every achievement.”
Keita Bates-Diop tipped in a missed free throw by Tre Jones to put San Antonio ahead 121-120 with 10 seconds left, setting up Moore’s winning 26-footer.
“He gave me a little space and I just rose,” Moore said. “It wasn’t too much to it.”
Phoenix moved within one-half game of Utah for the league’s best record. The Jazz could secure the top seed throughout the playoffs with a win over Sacramento on Sunday night, but the Suns would get the top seed if the Jazz lose because Phoenix swept the season series from Utah.
“I’m confident about how we’re playing, but we also know one through eight in the West is just nutty,” Williams said. “Everybody is beatable.”
The Suns rested Booker and Paul in the final regular-season game for both teams. Phoenix was also without starting center Deandre Ayton, who missed his third straight game with a sore left knee. The trio only missed a combined 10 games this season.
Phoenix still closed the season by winning three straight and nine of 12.
The Hall calls: Wright, Wallace, Griffith among 2021 class
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) Jay Wright used to sell tickets to games in the long-defunct United States Football League. Ben Wallace was passed over by every NBA team, some of them twice. Yolanda Griffith got a job repossessing cars so she could take care of herself and her infant daughter while playing community college basketball.
For all of them, those days are long gone. Basketball’s highest honor has come their way.
Wright, Wallace and Griffith were part of a 16-person class that was announced Sunday as the 2021 inductees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Longtime standout NBA forwards Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce and Chris Webber were among those selected, along with former coaches Rick Adelman and Cotton Fitzsimmons and three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson.
“It’s not anything you ever even dream of,” Wright said on the ESPN broadcast of the announcement. “It’s pretty cool.”
The class even includes someone who has been a Hall of Famer for 46 years already – 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell, enshrined in 1975 as a player, has been selected again as a coach. Russell becomes the fifth Hall of Famer who will be inducted as both a player and a coach, joining John Wooden, Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman and Tommy Heinsohn.
“Special is only reserved for a few,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of Russell, the NBA’s first Black head coach, who was a player-coach after Red Auerbach retired. “And Bill Russell is as special as they come.”
Fitzsimmons was selected as a contributor, as were former WNBA Commissioner Val Ackerman and Howard Garfinkel, the co-founder and longtime director of the Five-Star Basketball Camp that revolutionized how players were recruited and how many coaches taught the game.
Toni Kukoc, a three-time NBA champion with Chicago and two-time Olympic silver medalist, was selected by the international committee. Clarence “Fats” Jenkins – whose teams in the 1920s and ’30s won what was called the Colored Basketball World Championships in eight consecutive years – was chosen by the Early African American Pioneers Committee.
Four-time All-Star Bob Dandridge was the pick of the veteran’s committee, and Pearl Moore – a 4,000-point scorer in college in the 1970s, most of those points coming at Francis Marion – was selected by the women’s veteran committee.
Wright said he never imagined when he started coaching at Division III’s Rochester that the Hall of Fame would be a possibility, and he’s championed the candidacy of one of his Villanova predecessors – Rollie Massimino – for years.
But now, the two-time NCAA champion coach who was on the hot seat at Villanova after a slow three-year start to his tenure there is in the Hall himself. He had the ticket-selling job before getting into coaching at Rochester and turned that chance into a career like few others.
“Jay is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had, and one of the best people I’ve ever known,” said former Villanova guard Kyle Lowry, now with the Toronto Raptors, after he got word about Wright’s selection. “He treated me like a son, and he helped me become the man I am today. He is truly a special person.”
Bosh and Pierce were selected in their first years of eligibility; Webber had been a finalist in each of the last five years before finally getting the call. Bosh was a two-time champion in Miami whose resume was still considered Hall-worthy even after his career ended abruptly – and with him still at an All-Star level – because of blood clots.
“Chris Bosh was the ultimate leader, teammate and winner,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He was a huge part of our success and always did it with real class, selflessness and professionalism. His accomplishments on the court earned him this great honor, but he is also a Hall of Fame quality person.”
Bosh was an 11-time All-Star, Pierce a 10-time selection and a 2008 NBA champion with Boston, and Webber was a five-time All-Star pick after a college career in which he was part of Michigan’s famed “Fab Five.”
“I’m just thankful, man,” Webber said.
Adelman’s teams won 1,042 games in the NBA, the ninth most in league history. Fitzsimmons was a two-time NBA coach of the year who coached, among others, Charles Barkley, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash.
Nunez passed ball, Sheffield wild pitch gift Reds 7-6 win
DENVER (AP) Dom Nunez’s passed ball allowed home the tying run in the ninth inning and Jordan Sheffield’s wild pitch scored the go-ahead run, gifting the Cincinnati Reds a 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
Colorado hit a batter in the ninth and botched a double play. Then the Rockies wasted a chance to retie the game by committing a baserunning blunder in the bottom half.
“We were down, end of a road trip and everybody just kept playing,” Reds manager David Bell said. “So many good things happened, but it’s bit exhausting playing these games and being a part of them.”
Cincinnati trailed 6-1 after seven innings but closed with a four-run eighth after loading the bases against Yency Almonte. Tyler Naquin had a two-run single off Justin Lawrence, Eugenio Suarez hit a sacrifice fly and Shogo Akiyama singled in a run with his third hit.
Mychal Givens (1-2) nicked Jonathan India on the left elbow pad with an 83 mph changeup leading off the ninth, and Tucker Barnhart grounded into a forceout as shortstop Trevor Story bounced his throw to the pitcher covering first, wasting a chance for a double play.
Nick Senzel singled, Nick Castellanos fouled out and Naquin walked, loading the bases.
With Suarez at the plate, Givens threw a high fastball with an 0-1 count that tailed in and bounced off Nunez’s glove to the backstop as Barnhart scored.
“I thought about stealing home, but I got a passed ball so it made it easier,” Barnhart jokingly said.
Suarez walked, Sheffield relieved and threw a 2-2 slider to Tyler Stephenson that bounced under Nunez’s glove, went to the backstop and bounced up the third-base line as Senzel scored on Colorado’s second wild pitch of the game.
Connor Joe led off the ninth against Tejay Antone with his second double of the game, and Story popped out on an 0-for-5 afternoon that included four strikeouts.
Joe held up initially and made it only to third on Ryan McMahon’s one-out single to center. Garrett Hampson then grounded to India at second, who started a game-ending 4-6-3 double play to give Antone his second save.
“It took a perfect turn and we got it right,” Bell said. “What a double play Jonathan and Geno turned to end it.”
Sean Doolittle (3-0) struck out two in a one-hit eighth.
Reds starter Jeff Hoffman gave up five runs – two earned – five hits and three walks in four innings.
Colorado’s Antonio Senzatela allowed one run and four hits in seven innings with a walk and a wild pitch.
“Senza gave us a great start. We were in a position and then the bullpen had a tough day,” manager Bud Black said. “We couldn’t get that big hit to get us back to even or take the lead.”
Akiyama had an RBI single in the second, but the Rockies built a 5-1 lead in the fourth on Josh Fuentes’ two-run double, Hoffman’s run-scoring throwing error on a bunt, Raimel Tapira’s sacrifice fly and Joe’s RBI double.
Yonathan Daza had an RBI single in the fifth, helped by Akiyama’s throwing error in left.
Hendricks takes shutout into 9th, Cubs beat Tigers 5-1
DETROIT (AP) Kyle Hendricks took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Sunday.
Hendricks (3-4) allowed eight hits and struck out a season-high eight in eight-plus innings without allowing a walk.
“When I threw my last bullpen a couple days ago, everything felt really sharp and I was able to put my pitches where I wanted them,” he said. “That gave me a lot of confidence coming into today. I could move in and out and avoid the center of the plate.”
Hendricks left after Harold Castro and Miguel Cabrera started the ninth with singles.
“Our bullpen has been grinding and we had to use them when we went extra innings yesterday,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “When you do that, you are counting on your top guy to give you some distance and that’s exactly what Kyle did for us today. He was great – he just floated a couple changeups in the ninth.”
Dan Winkler appeared to get Jonathan Schoop to hit into a game-ending double play with runners on the corners, but the call at first was overturned after a review, allowing Detroit to score its only run.
“Our guys get to play all nine innings, and I’m proud of the way they fight to the end,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “But we wanted to win this game and win the series, and we didn’t get that done.”
Ian Happ had three hits, including a homer, and was aggressive on the bases as the Cubs won for the second time in six games.
Matthew Boyd (2-4) gave up four earned runs in six innings. He is 0-3 in his last five starts.
The Cubs scored in the third with some alert baserunning. With runners on first and second and one out, Kris Bryant beat out a possible 4-6-3 double play and Happ kept going from second, hustling home ahead of first baseman Jonathan Schoop’s throw to the plate.
“(Happ) was a big part of our success today, and I’m sure everyone will remember the homer, but that first run was a huge play,” Ross said. “That was a bang-bang play at first and he kept running, so we turn that into a run and give Kyle a chance to settle into the game.”
Happ made it 2-0 in the fourth with a two-out bloop over the infield, turning it into an RBI double when the Tigers didn’t cover second.
“When you’ve got a guy pitching that well against you, you can’t do anything to make it harder on yourself,” Hinch said. “There were a few times where we gave them an extra out or an extra 90 feet and it came back to hurt us.”
David Bote’s RBI double gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead in the sixth and he took third as right fielder Robbie Grossman’s throw home sailed over the cut-off man. Nico Hoerner drove him home with a sacrifice fly and Happ made it 5-0 with a solo homer.
Ohtani’s 2-out, 2-run HR in 9th sends Angels over Bosox 6-5
BOSTON (AP) Shohei Ohtani stepped to the plate, trying to keep his slumping team in the game.
He did more than that, delivering what he called the most important home run of his four-season career in the majors.
Ohtani hit a two-out, two-run drive in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Angels rallied past the Boston Red Sox 6-5 Sunday, ending a four-game losing streak.
“Coming off a losing streak and the first two games of the series, the way we lost, it wasn’t a good way to lose,” Ohtani said through a team translator. “So, it was huge for us and the team to come up with this. We showed that we can beat any team.”
Boston closer Matt Barnes (1-1) retired the first two batters in the ninth before giving up a bloop single to Mike Trout.
Ohtani followed with his major league high-tying 12th home run, tucked just inside the Pesky Pole in right field. It was Ohtani’s second homer of the series and stopped Boston’s three-game winning string.
“I personally think he’s the most physically gifted baseball player that we’ve ever seen,” Barnes said.
“I don’t know that you’re ever going to see someone who can throw 100, 101 and hit the ball 600 feet. He’s a special player and incredibly talented. Hopefully, he stays healthy and has a long career,” he said.
Raisel Iglesias (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Mike Mayers recorded his second save of the season.
Drew Butera’s two-run single capped a four-run second off Nathan Eovaldi that put the Angels ahead 4-0.
Rafael Devers hit a three-run drive and Kevin Plawecki hit his first homer in a four-run fifth that gave Boston a 5-4 lead.
Eovaldi allowed four runs with six strikeouts in five innings. Angels starter Jose Quintana gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven.
Dodgers’ Seager likely out for a few weeks with broken hand
LOS ANGELES (AP) World Series MVP Corey Seager will miss at least a few weeks for the Los Angeles Dodgers after breaking a bone in his right hand.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the star shortstop does not need surgery on his broken fifth metacarpal – the bone closest to the palm in his pinky finger. Seager’s hand was in a splint and a wrap Sunday morning while he chatted with his agent, Scott Boras, in the Dodger Stadium stands before the defending champions’ series finale against Miami.
“I think we dodged a bullet,” Roberts said. “No surgery required. He’s in a splint, and we’re just going to let it heal. With a broken hand, the timeline is pretty vague, so that’s where it’s at.”
Roberts said the “floor” for Seager’s return likely was four weeks, but it was impossible to assign a definite timetable.
“I don’t know,” Roberts said. “You’ve just got to let it happen.”
Seager was hit by a pitch from Miami’s Ross Detwiler in the fifth inning of Los Angeles’ 7-0 victory Saturday night. The Dodgers placed Seager on the 10-day injured list Sunday and recalled catcher Keibert Ruiz from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Seager became the 13th player on Los Angeles’ dismaying injured list, joining regular position players Cody Bellinger, AJ Pollock and Zach McKinstry. They’ve already lost powerful starter Dustin May and infielder Edwin Rios for the entire season.
Seager is batting .265 with four homers and 22 RBIs this season, his last before he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency. The two-time All-Star and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year was both the NLCS MVP and the World Series MVP last season, batting .347 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in the two series combined during the Dodgers’ run to their first World Series title since 1988.
Roberts will fill Seager’s spot in the lineup with a combination of strategies, many dependent on each day’s pitching matchup.
Gavin Lux moved from second base to shortstop Sunday, while Chris Taylor came in from the outfield to play second base – but then Taylor was scratched with right wrist soreness moments before the first pitch, forcing backup Sheldon Neuse to jump into the lineup.
First baseman Max Muncy moved up to take Seager’s customary No. 2 spot in the Dodgers’ batting order against Miami.
Palmieri’s OT winner lifts Isles by Penguins 4-3 in Game 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) The New York Islanders brought Kyle Palmieri home at the trade deadline believing his mix of grit and scoring touch would make a difference in the playoffs.
So far, so very good.
Palmieri knocked a fluttering puck past Tristan Jarry 16:30 into overtime to give the Islanders a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh in Game 1 of their first-round series on Sunday.
The Long Island native collected a pass from Jean-Gabriel Pageau near the goal line and lifted it over Jarry’s left shoulder as New York beat the Penguins for the first time in five tries at PPG Paints Arena this season.
“I was brought here to try to help this team win,” Palmieri said. “Obviously, it’s just one game. Tomorrow, we’ll get back to work and get ready for Game 2. But it’s nice to start off on the right foot.”
Pageau and Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders. Rookie goaltender Ilya Sorokin made 39 saves in his playoff debut and New York handed Pittsburgh its 10th loss in the franchise’s last 11 postseason games.
Game 2 is Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
Sidney Crosby, Frederick Gaudreau and Kasperi Kapanen scored for the Penguins, but the East Division champions couldn’t capitalize despite controlling play for most of the first two periods.
Jarry finished with 37 saves but had issues with his glove side. All four of New York goals sailed over, around or seemingly through Jarry’s left arm, though Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan declined to place blame for the loss at the feet of a netminder making just his second playoff start.
“I thought Tristan made some big saves throughout the course of the game to keep the game where it was at,” Sullivan said. “There were some good saves at both ends of the rink. I just think we have to do a better job as a group.”
The Islanders came in on their heels after finishing the regular season in a 6-6-3 funk, with none of the victories coming against playoff qualifiers.
In the end, it ultimately didn’t matter. Sorokin – just the second rookie goaltender in Islanders history to start the first game of the postseason – played spectacularly at times while filling in for injured Semyon Varlamov to help New York steal home-ice advantage.
Eriksson Ek’s OT goal lifts Wild past Vegas 1-0
LAS VEGAS (AP) Between hard hitting, fast skating, a torrid pace, spectacular goaltending – Game 1 of the first-round series between the Minnesota Wild and Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday had everything but a goal in regulation.
The scoring drought ended with Joel Eriksson Ek’s goal at 3:20 of overtime that lifted the Wild past Vegas 1-0, helping Minnesota take home-ice advantage in the series.
Wild goaltender Cam Talbot stopped all 42 shots he faced and improved to 7-4-2 in 13 starts against the Golden Knights.
Game 2 is Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
The Wild improved to 6-1-2 against Vegas this season, including 3-1-1 at T-Mobile Arena. But grabbing the home-ice edge was critical for the Wild, who are 6-0-2 all-time against the Golden Knights in Minnesota.
Minnesota ranks first in the NHL in wins and standings points against the Golden Knights since Vegas entered the league in 2017.
Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury, the first goalie in NHL history to play in 15 consecutive postseasons, made 29 saves. Fleury dropped to 7-14-0 in 21 starts against Minnesota.
After Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo failed to clear the puck, Eriksson Ek was in the slot to send a shot that went off the skate of Golden Knights defender Alec Martinez and past Fleury.
“You just try to get to that spot and the puck bounced out there and just tried to get it off as quick as possible,” Eriksson Ek said. “I think (Talbot) carried us on our back in the first period. They came out hard, and we held on. Cam played amazing. We got better and better. Just trying to take care of the puck better and making plays and being that aggressive team we want to be.
“This is the most fun time to play in. Playoffs, a lot of people in the stands too. You just want to get that extra energy. It’s fun.”
With 8,683 frenzied fans in attendance to create the loudest atmosphere of the season, an intense first period saw the Golden Knights outshoot the Wild 19-5 and both teams staying aggressive on the forecheck and in the hitting department.
K.H. Lee gets 1st PGA Tour win at Nelson, qualifies for PGA
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) K.H. Lee was more than happy to play through a steady downpour in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson, and didn’t mind waiting out a weather delay of more than two hours Sunday.
The reward was the final spot next week in the PGA Championship.
Lee earned his first PGA Tour victory and the chance to compete on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, becoming the second consecutive Nelson winner from South Korea by finishing 25 under, three ahead of third-round leader Sam Burns.
Heavy rain fell most of the back nine for the leaders, with workers using squeegees to clear paths on greens and one ball stuck in the middle of a fast-moving stream on the 18th fairway. The players slogged through the deluge before lightning forced a delay.
Most of the standing water was gone when play resumed 2 hours, 23 minutes later. Lee missed a par putt on 16 to cut his lead to two, but answered with two birdies. The sun came out just as Lee was finishing his 6-under 66.
“Long day for me, I think everybody,” said Lee, who was greeted just off the 18th green by countryman K.J. Choi, an eight-time tour winner who lives in the Dallas area. “I mean, but I just try keep patient and positive thinking.”
Burns finished 22 under, a shot ahead of 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Patton Kizzire and Scott Stallings. Troy Merritt and Joseph Bramlett finished two more back at 19 under.
When the delay hit, Jordan Spieth already knew he was going to fall short again in his hometown event, played on its third course in the past four Nelsons at the rain-soaked TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, about 30 miles north of Dallas.
Spieth, three back to start the day, shot 71 and tied for ninth at 18 under, giving him his first top 10 at the Nelson 11 years after he contended Sunday as a 16-year-old when the course was at its home of three decades, the TPC Four Seasons.
“Coming into the week if you told me top 10, I would probably take it,” said Spieth, playing for the first time since finishing third at the Masters and testing positive for COVID-19. “I didn’t know where anything stood.”
South Korea’s Sung Kang was the defending champion after winning in 2019, when the second of just two Nelsons was played at the treeless links course Trinity Forest in Dallas. The move was unpopular with fans and players, and Craig Ranch became the home following last year’s COVID-19 cancellation.
One thing about this Nelson was the same, though: notorious spring weather in Texas.
Threesomes started from the first and 10th tees just after daybreak to try to beat a forecast calling for increasing rain throughout the day.
Steady rain for two-plus hours got progressively worse as players began ducking for cover under umbrellas immediately after shots and constantly wiped grips with towels. From the start of the round, they got to lift, clean and place their shots in the fairways.
“I have been drier swimming in the ocean,” Stallings said. “If there is any video of us walking down 18, the goal of trying to stay dry was over by the time we got to 18 because there was just water everywhere. We were like kids walking through puddles.”
One stroke behind at the start, Lee overtook Burns, who shot 70, before it got really wet.
The 29-year-old from Seoul went ahead for good with a birdie on the par-4 third hole and stretched the lead to four at No. 8 by putting his second shot within 4 feet for birdie. Burns threw his ball in disgust after missing a 5-foot birdie try.
Lee, who finished tied for second at the Phoenix Open in February, had the lowest score to par at the Nelson since 1983 on the par-72 Craig Ranch layout, beating 23 under from both years at par-71 Trinity Forest. The main Four Seasons course was par 70.
Lee is getting his third shot at a major after twice missing the cut at the U.S. Open. The first was in 2014, more than three years before his second PGA Tour appearance.
Nadal’s weapon, his forehand, helps him beat Djokovic
ROME (AP) The heavy topspin. That lefty spin. The loopy trajectory.
Rafael Nadal’s forehand gave Novak Djokovic fits in the latest installment of the most-played rivalry in modern men’s tennis.
A whopping 26 forehand winners – 15 in the first set alone – helped Nadal to a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 victory and a record-extending 10th Italian Open title Sunday.
Whipping forehands that produced an average of 54 revolutions per second – to Djokovic’s 45 revolutions – Nadal’s biggest weapon was in top form.
“I have been playing better and better with my forehand the last couple of weeks, getting to the confidence point,” Nadal said. “That’s a huge improvement for me, very important shot. Especially on clay it (gives) me confidence.”
The title also re-established Nadal as the overwhelming favorite for the French Open, where the Spaniard will be aiming for an even harder-to-believe 14th title starting in two weeks.
But Nadal preferred to focus on his achievement in Rome – at least for the moment.
“To have this trophy in my hands for the 10th time is something hard to believe,” Nadal said, recalling how he won his first title at the Foro Italico in 2005 as an 18-year-old, when he beat Guillermo Coria in a match lasting more than five hours.
“Now, 16 years later, to play in the final again is incredible,” Nadal said in Italian during the trophy presentation. “It’s difficult to describe. Without a doubt this is one of the most important places in my career.”
Three forehand winners helped Nadal produce the decisive break in the third set, when Djokovic’s energy level appeared to dip.
The top-ranked Djokovic spent nearly five hours on court Saturday, when he had to rally for a rain-delayed quarterfinal victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas before winning another three-setter over local favorite Lorenzo Sonego in the semifinals. Nadal played only once on Saturday, beating Reilly Opelka in 1 1/2 hours.
“He managed to break my serve and played better. That’s it,” Djokovic said. “I had my shot to win it but wasn’t meant to be. I didn’t feel fatigue. Actually, I was very happy with the way I felt on the court. I could have gone for another few hours.”
In the women’s final, reigning French Open champion Iga Swiatek routed Karolina Pliskova with a “double bagel” 6-0 6-0.
Swiatek lost just 13 points. She said that every time she broke Pliskova’s serve she visualized that she was starting the match over “from the beginning.”
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: No. 2 Indiana Men’s Soccer Match Notes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 2-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (12-1-2) will face the No. 10-ranked Marshall Thundering Herd (12-2-3) in the 2020 NCAA College Cup National Championship match at 8 p.m. ET on May 17 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The match will be televised on ESPN2 with Dalen Cuff (PxP), Devon Kerr (Analyst) and Lori Lindsey (Sideline) on the call.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
• Indiana has won the NCAA championship eight times in the program’s storied history and have made an NCAA record 21 College Cup appearances.
• No program has more NCAA tourney victories (95) than the Hoosiers. UCLA (70) is second.
• The Hoosiers hold a record of 95-34-6 in the NCAA Tournament. The .726 winning percentage is the highest total of any program that has won more than 10 matches.
• IU last hosted the NCAA Championship trophy after defeating Georgetown by a score of 1-0 in 2012.
#IUMS POSTSEASON AWARDS
• Sophomore forward Victor Bezerra earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Tournament, sophomore goalie Roman Celentano claimed Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Tournament.
• Bezerra also earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors. He is the third Hoosier to garner the award as he joins Will Bruin (2010) and Eriq Zavaleta (2012). Celentano became the second IU keeper to be named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year (Trey Muse, 2018).
• The pair of second-year stars were joined by redshirt senior defender Spencer Glass on the United Soccer Coaches All-America list. Bezerra was named to the first team, Celentano the second, and Glass closed out his collegiate career as a third-team All-American.
• Sophomore midfielder Herbert Endeley and redshirt sophomore defender Daniel Munie were named to the All-Big Ten Second Team. Freshman defender Joey Maher was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
• Todd Yeagley was named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth time (2010, ’18, ’19). Yeagley joins his father, Jerry Yeagley, as the only coaches in Big Ten program history to earn the accolade in three-consecutive seasons. Jerry achieved the feat from 2001-03.
• Recently, Bezerra was named one of three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy. The winner of the prestigious award will be announced on May 27 at a banquet in St. Louis.
• The Hoosiers have not suffered a loss in 12-straight matches, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and the program’s longest streak without a loss since the 2018 (Oct. 3-Nov. 30) campaign. The ’18 team went 11-0-1 before the season ended in NCAA College Cup.
• Head coach Todd Yeagley earned his 150th-career win on March 23.
• Under the direction of Yeagley, the Hoosiers have compiled an NCAA Tournament record of 19-9-2. IU captured the program’s eighth star in 2012 with a 1-0 triumph over Georgetown in Hoover, Ala.
• In the last 44 Big Ten regular season matches Indiana holds a record of 33-2-9. IU is 10-0-6 in the Big Ten Tournament since 2015.
• Redshirt senior defender Spencer Glass suffered a season-ending injury (tibia) against No. 11 Michigan.
• Indiana is playing in the program’s 16th NCAA Championship match, the most of any NCAA team. St. Louis (13) is second. No other program has played in more than nine NCAA title games.
LAST TIME OUT
• Indiana shutout the hottest offensive team remaining in the NCAA Tournament with a nail-biting 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers in the national semifinal match.
• Celentano made two saves in the match as the defensive backline limited the number of favorable chances from the Pitt attack.
• Sophomore forward Herbert Endeley split to defenders and fired a ball past the Pitt keeper in the upper right corner of the net in the 79th minute.
• The Hoosiers were able to successfully defend a fury of late chances from the Panthers and held on to punch their ticket into the program’s 16th NCAA title game appearance.
ABOUT THE THUNDERING HERD
• The Marshall Thundering Herd, directed by C-USA Coach of the Year Chris Grassie, will be playing in their first national championship after advancing through North Carolina by way of a 1-0 decision in the semifinal match.
• The 10th-ranked team in the country holds a record of 12-2-3 and won the C-USA regular season title for the second-straight season. The Herd are led by junior midfielder Vitor Dias. The C-USA Player of the Year posted team highs in both goals (6) and assists (6). Senior for-ward Jamil Roberts secured four goals, including the winner over North Carolina, and five assists this season.
• Junior keeper Oliver Semmle, the C-USA Golden Glove Award winner, surrendered just seven goals (0.403 GAA) while starting 16-of-17 matches played this season. He has 25 saves (0.781 save percentage) to go along with nine shutouts. He allowed more than one goal in just one match this season.
• For the second time in the 2020 NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament, the Hoosiers will square off with an opponent the program has never faced before.
• Indiana advanced past the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers in the second round of the tournament by way of penalty kicks in the debut meeting of the two squads.
INDIANA FOOTBALL GETS USC TRANSFER
USC RB Stephen Carr announced he is transfering to Indiana on Sunday. Carr, comes to Indiana following four years at USC. He was a five-star recruit out of Gardena, Calif., and was the #20 recruit by 247Sports.
Deland McCullough was USC’s running backs coach during Carr’s freshman campaign. Carr totaled 1,319 yards rushing in four seasons at USC.
INDIANA BASEBALL: No. 21 Hoosiers Drop Road Game at Michigan, 6-1
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 21-ranked Indiana University baseball team fell on the road at Michigan, 6-1, in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Sunday afternoon at Ray Fisher Stadium.
With the setback, the Hoosiers fall to 24-12 on the season overall and in Big Ten conference play. The Wolverines improve to 25-13 on the year and in league action.
• RHP Gabe Bierman (5-3) had a great, gutty performance for the Hoosiers on the mound despite taking the loss. The righty allowed four runs on just five hits with six strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work.
• OF Morgan Colopy led the Hoosiers offensively, batting 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and a run scored. His long-ball in the fifth inning was his fifth of the season.
• INF Paul Toetz, C Collin Hopkins and INF Jeremy Houston all had one hit for Indiana on the day.
• OF Drew Ashley and Toetz both extended their respective reached-base streaks to 20 games each.
• The No. 21 Indiana Hoosiers will face Illinois in the team’s first midweek game of the season on Tuesday, May 18 at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET.
INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Indiana Men’s Golf Set for NCAA Regional in Tallahassee
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Indiana men’s golf is set for 2021 NCAA Regionals as the No. 8-seeded Hoosiers tee off at Seminole Legacy Golf Club on Monday morning for the first round.
NCAA Regional • Tallahassee, Fla.
Seminole Legacy Golf Club
Par 72 • 7,505
Live Scoring via Golfstat
TEAMS COMPETING (14)
Clay Merchent (Fr.; 72.29)
Ethan Shepherd (Sr.; 73.93)
Mitch Davis (Jr.; 73.43)
Drew Salyers (Fr.; 73.76)
Brock Ochsenreiter (Gr.; 73.43)
• The field will play one round each day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning off of split tees. The Hoosiers’ tee times will begin at 9:25 a.m. off of No. 1.
• This is the first time that the Seminole Legacy Golf Club has hosted a Regional. The course underwent a $10 million renovation and reopened in March 2020 with just one hole remaining from the original design.
• This year marks the first team appearance in Regionals since 2013 and the 10th team appearance under head coach Mike Mayer.
• In 2013, the Hoosiers finished 13th in Fayetteville, Ark.
• Three of the six regional sites will have 13 teams and 10 individuals competing, while three will have 14 teams and five individuals. The top five teams (30 teams total) and the low individual not on an advancing team from each regional site (six individuals total) will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 28-June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
• Brock Ochsenreiter returns to the Hoosier lineup for the first time this season. He has competed as an individual three times, highlighted by a victory in the Boilermaker Invitational which led to Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week honors.
NCAA Tournament Appearances Under Mike Mayer
Team: NCAA Regional
Individual: NCAA – Jake Brown – T14 (Regional)
Team: NCAA – 13th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – 9th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – T-8th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – 9th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – 12th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – 10th (Regional) NCAA Finals – 21st
Jorge Campillo – 2nd
Individual: NCAA – Jorge Campillo – T-72nd (Regional)
Team: NCAA – T-11th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – T-18th (Regional)
Team: NCAA – T-20th (Regional)
Individual: NCAA Finals -Jeff Overton – T-20th
Individual: NCAA – Jeff Overton – T- 38th (Regional)
Merchent, Shepherd Recognized by Big Ten
Both Merchent and Shepherd earned yearly honors from the conference office as Merchent was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, as well as to the First Team, while Shepherd earned Second Team and Sportsmanship Award accolades.
Merchent becomes the third Hoosier in program history and the first since Jorge Campillo in 2006 to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades. The Noblesville, Ind. native is also the first Hoosier to earn First Team honors since Brant Peaper did so in 2013. Merchent’s average of 72.29 is on track to set the program record for best average for a freshman, besting Campillo’s 72.67. It also is currently the eighth-best season average for any Hoosier in the record books. Merchent finished in the top-21 or higher in every stroke play event this spring, including four top-10 finishes and a pair of top-5 finishes.
Shepherd earn Second Team accolades on the heels of finishing ninth at this past weekend’s Big Ten Championship, his second top-10 finish this year. The Greenwood, Ind. native tied for fourth at the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational at the Pfau Course. Shepherd is averaging a 73.14 this year, bringing his career average to 73.93, which ranks eighth in IU history (minimum 50 rounds).
Tournament No. 1 Recap – Big Ten Match Play Championship
The Hoosiers rallied to defeat Iowa, 3-2, in the Big Ten Match Play finals to earn their first title in the event since 2009. IU defeated Wisconsin in the semifinals, 3.5-1.5, and earned 4.5-0.5 victories against both Ohio State and Minnesota on the way to the championship. The event saw the Indiana debuts of freshmen Drew Salyers and Clay Merchent. Junior Harry Reynolds earned Big Ten Men’s Golfer of the Week for his 4-0 performance while the team was named Golfweek’s Men’s Team of the Week.
Tournament No. 2 Recap – Mobile Bay Intercollegiate
In the first stroke play event of the season, Indiana came in second at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. It marked the best team finish for Indiana in a stroke play event since the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational in Sept. 2018. The Hoosiers were led by Merchent, who finished tied for third. All six Hoosiers competing, including Brock Ochsenreiter who played as an individual, finished in the top 31.
Tournament No. 3 Recap – Spartan Collegiate at Sea Island
Merchent led the way as he picked up his first career eagle on his way to a tie for ninth place. Junior Harry Reynolds (T23) and senior Ethan Shepherd (T30) also picked up top-30 finishes for the Hoosiers, who turned in their best round on the final day (285) and finished in ninth place.
Tournament No. 4 Recap – General Hackler Championship
Indiana made a final day push to move up three spots and finish in seventh place at the General Hackler Championship. Merchent carded a 2-under 70 to move up 16 spots and finish tied for eighth. Fellow freshman Drew Salyers also landed in the top-20 as he tied for 29th.
Tournament No. 5 Recap – Hoosier Collegiate Invitational
The Hoosiers made their competitive debut at The Pfau Course last weekend as they played host to The Pfau Course. Indiana came in second place with everyone in the team lineup finishing tied for 21st place or better, including Salyers and Reynolds finishing tied for seventh. Shepherd competed as an individual and finished tied for fourth place.
Tournament No. 6 Recap – Boilermaker Invitational/Boilermaker Individual
IU traveled to West Lafayette April 10-11 as the team lineup participated in the Boilermaker Invitational and a group of individuals competed in the Boilermaker Individual. In the team event, Merchent led the way as he finished tied for fourth with a 3-under-par 213. Davis also finished in the top-10 as he tied for ninth at 2-under 214. Ochsenreiter took home the title in the individual event with a 7-under 209, earning his first career win. For his efforts, he was named Co-Big Ten Golfer of the Week.
Tournament No. 7 Recap – Robert Kepler Intercollegiate
Indiana closed out the regular season last week in Columbus in the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate. As a team, the Hoosiers finished tied for seventh and saw three land in the top-15. Davis led the way as he tied for ninth at 2-over, while Merchent and Shepherd finished T13 at 3-over.
Tournament No. 8 Recap – Big Ten Championship
The Hoosiers had a surge on the final of the Big Ten Championship at Crooked Stick, moving up three places to finish in sixth. It marked the best finish for IU since 2013 when the Hoosiers were fourth. Shepherd led the way as he came in ninth place, while Merchent tied for 13th place.
INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF: No. 9 Indiana Finishes Fifth At 2021 Big Ten Championships
INDIANAPOLIS – The Novice 8 picked up a medalist honor as it finished third overall while the No. 9 Indiana Hoosiers finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships at Eagle Creek Park on Sunday.
- The Novice 8 started the day off for the Hoosiers in a gritty race that came down to a photo finish for third place. Indiana pushed in the final 500 meters to edge out Wisconsin with a time of 6:59.140.
- The Third Varsity 4 and Second Varsity 4 turned in sixth place and eighth place finishes, respectively, while the Varsity 4 came in fourth with a time of 7:33.906
- In the Varsity 8s, the Hoosiers came in sixth overall in the Second Varsity 8 and fifth in the Varsity 8 with a time of 6:41.892.
- Indiana collected 87 total points towards the team scoring, coming in fifth place overall.
- A trio of Hoosiers earned All-Big Ten honors, including graduate student Abigail Bogovich who was named to the First Team while junior Ella Cunningham earned a spot on the Second Team and junior Ruby Leverington was the team’s Sportsmanship Award honoree.
|N8 1. Michigan – 6:46.444 2. Ohio State – 6:48.626 3. Indiana – 6:59.140 4. Wisconsin – 6:59.158 5. Iowa – 7:05.544 6. Minnesota – 7:09.079 7. Michigan St. – 7:21.564 8. Rutgers – 7:48.096|
|3V4 1. Michigan – 7:24.468 2. Rutgers – 7:38.576 3. Wisconsin – 7:51.776 4. Ohio State – 7:57.584 5. Indiana – 8:14.614 6. Iowa – 8:26.086 7. Michigan St. – 8:56.896|
|2V4 1. Michigan – 7:26.420 2. Ohio State – 7:38.984 3. Rutgers – 7:41.220 4. Wisconsin – 7:48.750 5. Minnesota – 7:58.672 6. Michigan St – 8:03.894 7. Iowa – 8:07.448 8. – Indiana – 8:09.584|
|1V4 1. Michigan – 7:20.540 2. Ohio State – 7:22.204 3. Rutgers – 7:30.732 4. Indiana – 7:33.906 5. Minnesota – 7:43.640 6. Wisconsin – 7:45.281 7. Iowa – 7:52.374 8. Michigan St. – 8:04.884|
|2V8 1. Michigan – 6:37.713 2. Ohio State – 6:39.527 4. Rutgers – 6:40.327 5. Minnesota – 6:53.814 6. Indiana – 6:54.605 7. Iowa – 6:57.131 Michigan St. – 7:13.581|
|V8 1. Michigan – 6:25.744 2. Rutgers – 6:27.184 3. Ohio State – 6:29.472 4. Wisconsin – 6:40.340 5. Indiana – 6:41.892 6. Minnesota – 6:44.922 7. Iowa – 6:47.056 8. Michigan St. – 6:54.560|
- Michigan – 191
- Ohio State – 158
- Rutgers – 143
- Wisconsin – 116
- Indiana – 87
- Minnesota – 80
- Iowa – 55
- Michigan St. – 30
Freshman Madi Anderson, Novice 8
On the third-place finish and what worked well out on the water…
“We definitely have been working on getting out blades in the water and dragging up the legs. I think those technique changes that we made helped for our success, but also the confidence and trust we have for each other. We went into this race knowing that we had a chance to medal. I think that attitude brought us to the finish line.”
On the race overall and where you thought you made the biggest push…
“We definitely started off very strong and we were with the boats in the front, and around the middle part we were neck and neck with Wisconsin, but then they made a move. We realized we had to respond to that move. So, I think towards the end, especially our sprint, the last 250 meters we were back and forth. They had a seat then we had a seat. The last 250 and last 100, we had to go, and that resulted in the photo finish. It’s the last stroke where we gave it our all. We had a harder last stroke, and that’s what gave us the finish.”
On how it feels to go out on a high note after a season of unknown…
“It feels like it’s all worth it. As we came off the water, as we said it was all worth it. We were on cloud nine. That last moment when we realized we crossed the finish, although it was a photo finish, our coxswain knew where she was with the other boat. It’s that feeling of all that hard work was worth it, and that is what got us across the finish line.”
Freshman Niamh Monk, First Varsity 4
What was it like out on the water and what did you like from your boat today?
“The race was super controlled today, lovely water. We couldn’t ask for anything more. We came out of the block a lace quarter break hold and we set into our rhythm. It was comfortable, so we are super stoked.”
On the conditions being ideal for racing…
“100 percent. We couldn’t ask for anything more. We are really happy with the weather today.”
On what the race provided for you in preparation for the NCAA Tournament…
“We are a young crew, in terms of only being together for a couple of weeks, so we took that as a positive. We haven’t really raced many crews with this line up, so we thought they wouldn’t see where we are coming from with this line up. We wanted to get out there and have a super controlled race knowing that we are going forward into NCAA’s.”
Varsity 8: Katherine Nelson (coxswain), Abigail Bogovich, Madison Wright, Ella Cunningham, Piper Maaka, Maggie Bornhorst, Victoria Vicory, Catherine Ryan, Ruby Leverington
2nd Varsity 8: Jessica Bastos (coxswain), Drew Harris, Sophia Carmosino, Avery Thorpe, Madison Callaway, Ara Cowper, Rosie Munro, Sophie McCartin, Sophie Bowden
Varsity 4: Elise Baker (coxswain), Niamh Monk, Millie Guida, Kaylynn Scher, Erin Heapy
2nd Varsity 4: Paige Ohrvall (coxswain), Paige Pucel, Larissa Moffat, Lauren Butts, Halle Welch
3rd Varsity 4: Audrey Sexton (coxswain, Olivia Seifert, Whitney Walker, Brittany Fuller, Sarah Congress
Novice 8: Rachael Galet (coxswain), Madeline Anderson, Abbey Armstrong, Megan Mills, Lili Toledano, Sofia Sperduto, Emma Dillon, Chloe Jacobi, Daphne Burgis
The Hoosiers will wait on the NCAA Championships selection set for Tuesday, May 18.
INDIANA WOMEN’S TRACK: Women Finish Second At B1G Championships
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Indiana Track & Field completed its stint at the 2021 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships where the Hoosier women took second as team with 109 points. Leah Moran defended her triple jump championship while another 14 Hoosiers earned podium spots on the final day of the championships.
Ohio State took the women’s team title while Iowa was crowned men’s team champions. The Indiana men collected 38.83 points and finished in 10th as a team.
Leah Moran successfully defended her triple jump title from 2019 on Sunday afternoon. She captured the Big Ten title after the fifth jump and her final jump served as an encore. On her final jump, Moran soared a mark of 13.56m (44′ 6″) to capture a new personal record ahead of NCAAs. The mark also serves as the new program record which was held by Moran.
The 4x100m relay started the events on the track for the Hoosiers as the women’s squad placed sixth while the men finished in eighth. Morgan Snow, Alyssa Robinson, Natalie Price, and Paola Fernandez-Sola combined for a time of 45.29. Ben Hibbert, Rikkoi Brathwaite, William Session, and Shaton Vaughn went 40.92.
Robinson competed in the final of the 100m and 200m and medaled in both events. In the 100m, Robinson crossed third with a personal best time of 11.58. She returned in the 200m where the Indianapolis, Ind. native picked up silver in a personal best time of 23.03.
Price also pulled the sprint double final with the 200m and 400m where she took down personal bests in both events. Price clocked a time of 52.21 for silver before going 23.57 in the 400m to finish in fifth.
Kelsey Harris ran a mid-distance final double on Sunday afternoon with the 800m and 1500m. Harris took bronze in the 800m in a time of 2:09.85 after crossing second in the 1500m with a time of 4:14.09.
Joely Pinkston and Kelly Mindak also competed in the 800m along with Harris. In her final conference event, Pinkston picked up fifth and a time of 2:10.31. Mindak notched a time of 2:10.38 to take sixth.
Bailey Hertenstein appeared in the final of 1500m where she clocked a personal best of 4:14.13 to finish in third.
Closing out the championships on the oval for the women was the 4x400m relay where Lauren Thomas, Robinson, Snow, and Price raced to bronze and a time of 3:35.83.
In the field, Anna Watson walked away from the pole vault with the bronze medal and clearing height of 4.25m (13′ 11.25″).
Khayla Dawson returned for the discus after taking silver in the shot put the day prior. Dawson heaved a mark of 53.58m (175′ 9″) and picked up fifth place.
On the men’s side of the championships, Matthew Schadler and Dustin Horter took part in the 1500m final. Horter crossed seventh in a time of 3:55.72 while Schadler saw the last podium spot in eighth and a time of 3:56.52.
Teddy Browning toed the line in the 800m final and notched a time of 1:50.18 for seventh place.
Vaughn nabbed eighth in the 400m hurdles by clocking a time of 52.09.
The Hoosier will await how many entries they are awarded to the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla. North Florida will host the NCAA East Prelims starting on Wednesday, May 26 through Saturday, May 29. The men will compete on Wednesday and Friday while the women are set to compete on Thursday and Saturday.
INDIANA SOFTBALL: Hoosiers Finish Series with 3-2 Victory over Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Gabbi Jenkins hit her third home run of the season and the Hoosiers (25-19) finished the regular season with a 3-2 win over Maryland.
• Maryland had runners on first and third with one out in the second inning. The Hoosiers threw out a runner and home and an Emily Goodin strikeout got out of the inning.
• Gabbi Jenkins put the Hoosiers on the board with a home run to right field in the fourth inning. Annika Baez drove in Bella Norton, who doubled, to give Indiana a 2-0 lead.
• Maryland responded in their half of the fourth inning with an RBI single and run scored on an IU error to knot the game 2-2.
• Aaliyah Andrews threw out a runner coming home from right field to keep the game tied 2-2.
• In the sixth inning Gabbi Jenkins led off with a single and Grayton Radcliffe followed with a single of her own. Jenkins stole third and scored on an RBI single from Grace Lorsung to put Indiana on top, 3-2.
• In the Maryland half of the sixth inning Maryland had a runner on third with two out and the Hoosiers got a putout from shortstop Brooke Benson to Annika Baez at first to get out of the inning.
• Goodin got a putout, strikeout and Radcliffe a putout to first to finish the game for the Hoosiers in the bottom of the seventh.
• The Hoosiers improved to 25-19 on the season.
• Indiana won four of their last sixth series, splitting the other two, both on the road.
• The Hoosiers have won 17 of their last 24 games.
• Gabbi Jenkins recorded her third career home run and third of the season.
• Emily Goodin recorded six strikeouts. Goodin now has 583 career strikeouts, which ranks fourth all-time in program history for career strikeouts.
• Goodin’s current total of 173 strikeouts for the season ranks 13th in program history for single season strikeouts.
• The Hoosiers had seven hits in the game with multi-hit performances from Gabbi Jenkins and Bella Norton.
• Indiana tallied three stolen bases for the game. Jenkins added her 24th stolen base of the season and now has 96 for her career.
PURDUE SOFTBALL: Purdue Closes Out Season with 7-6 Thriller
MADISON, Wis. – With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, pitcher Alex Echazarreta struck out the final batter to secure Purdue’s series win (3-1) with a score of 7-6 to cap off the end of the regular season.
The winning run was recorded in the sixth inning by Kiara Dillon, who found home after an error by the first baseman.
Starting senior pitcher Sydney Bates produced four RBI to lead the team to victory in her final game in uniform. A total of five Boilermakers scored runs, with a pair by Rachel Becker and Becca Jones.
Bates commanded the field, both offensively and defensively, pitching four strikeouts and her third career triple to score Rachel Becker and Kaitlyn Brannstrom for the 2-1 lead. Then in the fifth, Becker scored on a single from Becca Jones, before Jones added the fourth run on a passed ball.
The Badgers tied the game, 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Boilermakers added three runs in the top of the sixth to put away the game, thanks to a sac fly by Becker to score Kiley Goff, and a pair of runs by Jones and Dillon came in the same play on a first base error and a throw to second.
After Purdue left two runners stranded in the top of the seventh, Wisconsin singled, allowing two runners to score and put the game within reach. Then, Echazarreta entered the circle for Ashley Peters with no outs on the board, and then with the bases loaded, struck out swinging the final batter.
Peters is credited with the win to finish the year with a 7-7 record, while Echazarreta earned the save.
PURDUE BASEBALL: 4-Run First Inning Powers Maryland Past Purdue
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Purdue baseball scored first for the second day in a row and received eight innings of three-run ball from the bullpen, but a four-run first inning powered Maryland to a 7-2 victory in the series finale Sunday.
Ben Nisle drove in both of the Boilermakers’ runs, highlighted by a two-out double off the top of the wall in left field. It was his third double of the series and seventh extra-base hit during his current seven-game hit streak. Nisle finished the day 2-for-4 and the series 6-for-11.
Jett Jackson led the way with 3 1/3 innings of two-hit ball as four Purdue relievers combined for the eight innings of three-run work. Avery Cook retired all four batters he faced and Jackson Smeltz worked a 1-2-3 ninth vs. UMD’s 2-3-4 hitters. Cook and Smeltz both struck out a pair.
Maryland starter Sean Burke (3-3) limited the Boilermakers (11-24)) to four hits over six innings, producing UMD’s third straight quality start in the series. The Terrapins (24-14) only used seven pitchers while conceding just three runs in the sweep. In all three games, their starter went six innings. The bullpen provided nine scoreless innings over the three games.
Purdue’s 19 strikeouts at the plate were just one shy of its season low in a three-game series (18 vs. Rutgers, March 26-28).
Maryland racked up six hits while sending 10 men to the plate in the first inning. Tommy Gardiner’s two-run triple was the third of five consecutive hits after Cory Brooks struck out Big Ten home run leader Ben Cowles for the second out. On Gardiner’s sinking line drive, center fielder Skyler Hunter tried to make a diving catch but the ball got past him and went to the wall.
Matt Shaw homered as part of a three-hit game. In the first inning, he went deep on the next pitch after Cory Brooks erased a leadoff walk by picking off Chris Alleyne at first base.
Hunter and Miles Simington were aboard when Nisle’s ground out past the second base bag plated the game’s first run. Hunter also scored on Nisle’s RBI double and was the lone Boilermaker to touch home plate in the series.
Mike Bolton Jr. reached base safely twice via a hit by pitch and infield single. He also stole his 12th base of the season to remain perfect at 12-for-12.
The Boilermakers return to action Friday when they open a three-game series at Minnesota. Purdue is set to make its first trip to the Twin Cities since the final weekend of the 2017 regular season.
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LACROSSE: #5 Irish Defeat Virginia, 13-8, Advance To NCAA Quarters
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Jackie Wolak collected six points (4G, 2A) and Bridget Deehan made 10 saves as #5 Notre Dame earned a 13-8 victory over Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium.
With the victory, Notre Dame (11-6) has earned its fifth trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals (2002, 2006, 2009, 2016, 2021) and will meet #4 Boston College next weekend (May 22 or 23). The Irish will be aiming to reach the National Semifinals for just the second time in program history (2006). Date, time and coverage for that matchup is still to be announced.
“Today was another total-team effort that was led by our graduates and seniors and their unwavering belief in where this program is going,” said Irish head coach Christine Halfpenny. “I think the performance today and the outcome we earned came off of an incredible week of preparation. I’m really proud of this group, who has now played every ACC program except for Virginia Tech twice this season. That in and of itself has given us incredible experience as we moved into tournament play. To get back to the quarterfinals was a goal for this team, and to do it on our home field this weekend was special.”
Maddie Howe followed Wolak with four points on three goals and an assist while Madison Ahern also notched a hat trick. Kasey Choma, Andie Aldave and Samantha Lynch rounded out the scoring for the Irish.
Diana Kelly led the Irish with three caused turnovers to go with a pair of ground balls. Wolak and Howe each caused a pair of Virginia turnovers to aid the Irish defensive effort. Aldave also led the Irish with five draw controls.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Deehan made three early saves to keep Virginia off the board before Wolak broke the scoreless tie just over seven minutes into play and Ahern cashed in just over a minute later.
The Cavaliers responded to even the contest at 2-2 before Notre Dame closed the first half with five straight goals and kept Virginia scoreless for the final 20:07 of the half.
Wolak (2), Howe, Lynch and Ahern netted goals in the Irish run while Deehan finished with six saves in the first 30 minutes to anchor the Irish defense.
Aldave made it six straight Irish goals just over a minute into the second half before Virginia rallied to get back within three at 8-5 with 19:50 to go.
The Irish answered again to maintain control of the game, scoring four straight goals and blanking Virginia for the next 12:36 of play. Choma opened the run for Notre Dame before Howe netted back-to-back goals and Ahern made it 12-5 with 9:29 remaining.
Wolak closed the scoring for Notre Dame with her fourth goal with 4:32 to play.
- Notre Dame has reached the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fifth time in program history (2002, 2006, 2009, 2016, 2021).
- The Irish have won two games in the same NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history (2006, 2021).
- The four goals and six points were both career-highs for Jackie Wolak.
- Bridget Deehan reached the double-digit saves mark for the eighth time this season.
- The Irish defense held Virginia scoreless for 26:57 consecutive minutes from the 20:07 mark of the first half to the 23:10 mark of the second half.
- #5 Notre Dame (11-6) will meet #5 Boston College (15-3) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament this weekend (May 22 or 23).
- Date, time and additional coverage of that matchup is still to be announced.
NOTRE DAME MEN’S GOLF: NCAA STILLWATER REGIONAL PREVIEW
STILLWATER, OK – The upward trend of momentum that has been built around the Notre Dame men’s golf program has culminated into this moment. From May 17-19, the Fighting Irish will be competing in the Stillwater, Oklahoma, regional at the Karsten Creek Golf Club.
It marks their first postseason team appearance since 2012. In addition, the Irish will be attempting to make their first NCAA Championship round appearance in program history.
To access the NCAA Stillwater Regional homepage, click here.
Thirteen teams will be fighting for five spots to advance to the NCAA Championships. The seeding is as follows: No. 1 Oklahoma St, No. 2 Illinois, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 SMU, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 Baylor, No. 8 Sam Houston St, No. 9 Little Rock, No. 10 Ole Miss, No. 11 Northwestern, No. 12 Charleston and No. 13 MTSU.
The Irish have averaged 284.22 strokes per tournament, are 44-under-par overall and have secured three top-three finishes this spring. Individually, they are led by senior captain Davis Chatfield, who averages 71.44 strokes per round. Both Palmer Jackson and Tucker Clark follow close behind with a 71.61 average.
This week’s tournament marks the first postseason appearance for all five main competitors.
Golf Channel will provide highlights from regional play leading up to coverage of the 2021 championships to be held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., hosted by Arizona State and The Thunderbirds.
BALL STATE SOFTBALL: A Fitting Ending; Softball Rallies Past Buffalo in Season Finale
BUFFALO – – It was a fitting ending to a great season for the Ball State softball team Sunday, as senior second baseman Gabby Magnifico blasted a seventh-inning grand slam to lift the Cardinals (37-18; 31-8 Mid-American Conference) to an 11-8 come-from-behind victory over Buffalo at Nan Harvey Field.
Trailing 8-5 heading into the final inning, Ball State needed a little magic from its senior-filled starting lineup to keep the game going. The upperclassmen did not disappoint, producing six runs in the inning to help the Cardinals earn their 22nd come-from-behind win of the season.
It was also the 29th time Ball State has scored four-or-more runs in an inning this year, and the second time this weekend the Cardinals have used a monster seventh inning to rally past the Bulls (18-35; 16-22 MAC).
The seventh-inning rally was actually started by the lone non-senior in the starting lineup, as junior third baseman Trinity Eckerty smashed a ball at the Buffalo shortstop which was misplayed allowing her to reach base.
Senior first baseman Janae Hogg and senior center fielder Kennedy Wynn followed with back-to-back singles, loading the bases with no outs. Following an infield fly to second, it was Magnifico’s turn in the box. She did not disappoint, blasting the ball over the fence in center for her 15th collegiate home run and first career grand slam.
The Cardinals were not satisfied with the one-run lead, however, as senior right fielder Haley Dominique and senior left fielder Katie Janiga followed with back-to-back two-out singles. After a wild pitch advanced both BSU runners, with freshman speedster Kayla Lissy running for Dominique, senior catcher Delanie Johnson smashed the ball off the second baseman’s glove to drive in a pair of insurance runs.
That was all the run support the NCAA’s greatest closer of all-time would need, as senior Alyssa Rothwell closed out the game with a strikeout to secure the victory. Rothwell entered the game in the bottom of the sixth, striking out three of the eight batters she faced to earn her seventh win of the season, and the 29th of her career.
Janiga had an impressive outing in her final collegiate game, going 4-for-5 at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored. She also had a moment-saving diving catch to start the bottom of the seventh, helping stamp down Buffalo’s come-back bid. Johnson and Magnifico added four RBI each, while Wynn added two.
It was a special ending for a team that will go down as one of the greatest in program history. The 2021 Cardinals set the program record with 31 MAC wins, produced the longest single season MAC winning streak in program history at 16 games, and tied a program record with an 11-game winning streak.
With senior Delanie Johnson’s RBI double in the top of the second today, which gave the Cardinals a 4-3 lead, the team broke the program’s single season doubles record with its 101 of the year.
Ball State also finished the campaign with single season program records for batting average (.329) and on base percentage (.415).
The 2021 season also saw Rothwell become the greatest closer in NCAA Division I history with her 33rd career save in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Bulls. In all, Ball State’s pitchers finished 2021 ranked in the top 10 nationally with 10 total saves.
In all, a year to be proud of, and a career to be proud of for Ball State’s seniors who dominated a special end-of-the year lineup card.
The special senior lineup got the ball rolling early in the game, striking for two runs in the top of the first. Janiga sparked the rally with a one-out single, while Johnson followed with a walk. Two batters later, Wynn smashed a two-run single into left-center, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 edge.
Unfortunately, the Bulls struck back in the bottom of the second, smashing a three-run home run to pull ahead 3-2.
That lead was short-lived, however, as Ball State’s seniors answered with two more runs in the top of the second. Magnifico and senior shortstop Hailey Demnianiuk were hit by pitches to open the inning, while Dominique reached on a fielder choice and then stole second to give BSU two in scoring position.
Janiga followed with an RBI groundout, while Johnson added the program-record breaking double to drive in the second run of the inning.
The score remained 4-3 until the bottom of the third, when Buffalo struck for its second three-run blast of the game to pull ahead 6-4.
Ball State was able to cut the Bulls lead in half in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with no outs, setting up an RBI hit by pitch from Hogg. Demnianiuk scored on the play after singling to open the inning.
Unfortunately, the rally was cut short as a strikeout and a lineout double play ended the inning. The Bulls then added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull ahead 8-5.
After being limited to just one base runner over the fifth and sixth innings, the Cardinals offense exploded for six runs in the seventh to win the game.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Shutout During Sunday Finale Against Southern Illinois, 5-0
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball dropped its series finale with Southern Illinois Sunday at Bob Warn Field as the Salukis stymied the Sycamore offense en route to a 5-0 shutout. With the victory, the Salukis claimed the series win after taking 3-of-4 games.
Noah Farmer (5-4) was stout on the mound, allowing just seven hits over the complete game shutout. The right-hander did not overpower ISU with strikeouts but by using his teammates in the field. When ISU did reach base, Farmer was able to induce four double plays – a season high for the Sycamore offense.
Southern Illinois (36-16, 13-11 MVC) jumped out to a four-run lead in the third inning of play and never looked back. After a one-out walk Cody Cleveland continued his hot streak at the plate with a single up the middle to put runners on the corners. JT Weber doubled down the line in left to score a run, followed by a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
Nick Neville capped off the third after hitting his second home run of the series to clear the bases and give SIU a 4-0 lead.
Southern’s Ian Walters added an insurance run in the eighth with a solo home run.
Of Indiana State’s seven base hits, none came in the form of an extra-base hit. Dominic Cusumano and Tyler Nelson led the team with two hits each.
Javin Drake (2-3) took the loss for ISU after allowing four runs in four innings of action. Zach Frey pitched four innings in relief and allowed just one run while retiring three on strikeouts. Austin Cross pitched the ninth and did not allow a run.
The Sycamores will conclude the regular season next weekend with a four-game series against Evansville beginning Thursday.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL: Mastodons Close Home Portion of 2021 With Loss to UIC
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Alex Evenson had a pair of hits for the Mastodons in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 10-0 loss to UIC on Sunday (May 16) at Mastodon Field.
Evenson’s day was highlighted by a sixth inning triple. Brooks Sailors recorded a pair of walks for the ‘Dons from the nine-spot in the lineup. Aaron Chapman had a double to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
Cameron Boyd went 5.0 innings with four strikeouts, giving up five earned runs. His record falls to 0-7.
UIC scored twice in the first and fourth innings and added three runs in both the second and sixth innings. Joshua Figueroa knocked in three runs while scoring twice. He had two hits. Thomas Norton recorded two doubles.
UIC improves to 25-16 (24-11 Horizon League). The Mastodons fall to 10-32 (7-25 Horizon League). The ‘Dons will head to Oakland next weekend.
OHIO STATE BASEBALL: Buckeyes Beat MSU in the Finale 7-3
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State collected 10 hits and got three strong efforts on the mound to take the series finale with Michigan State 7-3 Sunday afternoon at sunny Bill Davis Stadium.
Garrett Burhenn turned in another quality start, going six innings and allowing just three runs on five hits while striking out eight and walking none. Jack Neely came out of the pen and was electric. He hit 100 MPH on the radar gun a handful of times in two scoreless innings to pick up his second win of the season. Closer TJ Brock then closed it out by striking out the side in the ninth.
Four different Buckeyes (19-16) had a multi-hit game on Sunday. Brent Todys continued to swing a hot bat, extending his hitting streak to a career high 15 games with a pair of knocks. His single in the seventh gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the weekend and they would hold that advantage the rest of the way.
Nick Erwin also had a pair of hits and scored two runs while also driving in a two. Kade Kern tied the game in the fifth with a two-run single as part of his two-hit day. He finished with a team high three runs batted in. Zach Dezenzo broke out of a mini slump with a single, a double, a walk and a run scored.
Michigan State scored in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead, but the Buckeyes quickly answered back as Marcus Ernst reached on an error and later scored on a single by Erwin. The Spartans then got a solo homer in the third and tacked-on another run in the top of the fifth to lead 3-1.
Kern smoked the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the fifth into left field to chase home Dezenzo and Erwin to even the score at 3-3. It stayed that way until the seventh when Mitchell Okuley singled and later moved to second on a two-out walk to Conner Pohl. Todys then delivered again with a single to right that scored Okuley and the Buckeyes had their first lead.
OSU added three insurance runs in the eighth. Erwin brought home Ernst with a perfectly executed safety squeeze and then Kern added an RBI single and Pohl an RBI groundout.
The Buckeyes will hit the road for a huge weekend in Bloomington, Ind., next weekend. OSU will play two against Nebraska and then two against Indiana on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
OHIO STATE SOFTBALL: Buckeyes Earn Senior Day Win to Take Series vs. Michigan State
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State closed out Senior Weekend in the best way possible, notching a 5-0 shutout win over Michigan State highlighted by the pitching of Allison Smith and some timely hitting in the second and fifth innings.
With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 24-19 and won for the sixth time in the last eight games. Michigan State falls to 14-26.
It was Ohio State’s fifth series win over the last eight weekends and second in a row after taking two of three at Illinois last Friday-Saturday. The Buckeyes played all 43 games this season against conference opponents and defeated every team on their schedule at least once.
Buckeyes Honor Six Seniors
Ohio State’s class of 2021, which has been a part of 138 wins and NCAA Regional appearances in 2017, 2018 and 2019, were honored after the game. The tribute included video messages from friends and family. Five of the six seniors saw action on Sunday with Megan McMenemy finishing with two hits, including a double, and Payton Buresch getting the final out in the top of the seventh inning.
How The Runs Were Scored
- Ohio State loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the second inning following base hits by Niki Carver and Megan McMenemy and a hit by pitch for Taylor Pack. The next batter, Meggie Otte, singled through the right side to plate two and give Ohio State a 2-0 lead.
- All the late-game insurance that the Buckeyes would need came in the fifth inning as three runs were scored on two hits and aided by one error.
- It started after Prange reached on an error and continued on a Sam Hackenbracht double off the left centerfield fence. Niki Carver then picked up an RBI single and after McMenemy was walked to load the bases, Taylor Pack was hit by a pitch to make the score 4-0.
- Otte’s sacrifice fly to centerfield during the next at bat made the score 5-0 and gave her three RBI on the day.
This and That
- Ohio State turned two double plays on the afternoon and has a Big Ten-leading 26 on the season.
- The biggest one today came in the top of the sixth after Michigan State got the first two batters of the inning on via a double and walk.
- Kendall Kates lined a 1-0 offering from Smith right to Gaskill, who calmly caught it and flipped to Mariah Rodriguez at second to double off the runner.
- The other came early in the game as Michigan State was threatening to score first in the top of the first inning.
- With one out and a runner on first via a walk, Alexis Barroso lined a ball to Gaskill, who teamed with Niki Carver for the inning-ending double play.
- Mariah Rodriguez collected a hit today – a single in the first inning – and finished the weekend with a .400 batting average (6-for-15).
- Ohio State finished 10-6 at home this year and have double-digit home victories in the last nine full seasons.
In the Circle
· Freshman Allison Smith improved to 12-12 on the year and combined with Buresch on the shutout.
· Smith struck out six – including three that ended innings – and finished her freshman season with 134 strikeouts in 132.2 innings.
· Buresch pitched a team-high 16.2 innings on the weekend with a 0.84 ERA, one shutout and one combined shutout. She pitched 10 shutout innings yesterday in a 1-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader.
OHIO STATE WOMEN’S TENNIS: No. 15 Seed Buckeyes Fall to No. 2 Texas in NCAA Round of 16
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team ended its run in the NCAA tournament with a 4-1 loss to Texas Sunday afternoon at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. The Longhorns, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, improve to 28-1 and advance to face No. 7 Florida State. Ohio State, the No. 15 seed, finishes its team season 23-4.
The loss ended a 15-match winning streak for the Buckeyes, who were the Big Ten regular season co-champion and claimed the Big Ten Tournament title. The 23 wins were the third-most in program history for Ohio State and the squad hosted NCAA first and second round matches for the third time. Ohio State was making a seventh-consecutive NCAA appearance and the 17th in program history.
Quoting head coach Melissa Schaub
“Texas is a very good team and they played too well for us today. At the same time, I couldn’t be prouder of our team. We didn’t play our best tennis but we fought and competed as hard as we could out there. We accomplished a lot this season during a very difficult year. We have a lot returning next year and I hope we can remember this feeling and try to build on it.”
· The Buckeyes dropped the doubles point, with Texas winning on court one and court three.
· On court one, No. 19-ranked Kylie Collins and Lulu Sun topped No. 50-ranked Isabelle Boulais and Kolie Allen, 6-0. Boulais and Allen are 15-3 this spring.
· On court three, No. 47-ranked Charlotte Chavatipon and Peyton Stearns won the last three games, breaking for the match, against No. 80 Luna Dormet and Irina Cantos Siemers. Dormet and Cantos Siemers end their campaign 13-2.
· On court two, the Buckeye tandem of Lucia Marzal and Lisa Hofbauer was serving up 5-4 when their match vs. Fernanda Labrana and Anna Turati was abandoned.
· The Longhorns pushed the lead to 2-0 as No. 62-ranked Sun defeated Allen 6-1, 6-1, on court three.
· No. 18-ranked Cantos Siemers put the Buckeyes on the board, as she rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 win over No. 37 Stearns on court one. Cantos Siemers claimed the final 10 games of the match for her 20th overall win of the year and her 17th in dual play.
· Texas notched a third point with a victory on court four, as No. 76 Chavatipon topped Hofbauer, 6-1, 6-4, breaking to win the match.
· The final point for Texas came from court two. Against Boulais, No. 35 Turati posted a 6-1 win in the first set. In the second set, Boulais was up a break (4-3) before back-to-back games from Turati put the Longhorn up 5-4. Boulais answered with a break to stay in the match and tie the score at five, but Turati broke back and then held for a 7-5 set win to clinch her match and the team victory.
· The match on court five between Marzal and No. 72 Collins was suspended in a third set. After Collins won the first set Marzal tied the match as she took the second set, 6-4, breaking to force the third. The final set was tied at two when the match was suspended. Marzal ended the year first on the team with 22 dual match wins (and just two dual match losses).
· On court six between Dormet and Malaika Rapolu, Dormet broke to force a tiebreaker in the first set. She was down early in the breaker but won the final three points to win 8-6. Rapolu dropped just one game in the second to set up a third set, which was just underway when play was stopped. Dormet was 19-1 in dual matches this year.
· The NCAA singles and doubles championships will begin May 23 with the singles round of 64, with doubles starting May 24.
· Cantos Siemers has been selected for the singles championship and Boulais and Allen will compete for the doubles title.
MIAMI SOFTBALL: Miami Finishes Regular Season with 12-0 Five-Inning Win at NIU
DeKALB, Ill.—Twelve runs over the first two innings was all the Miami University softball team needed to pick up the series sweep with a 12-0, five-inning win at Northern Illinois on Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale.
The 2021 Mid-American Conference Champion RedHawks finish league play with an impressive 36-2 mark and own a 46-8 overall record heading into this weekend’s NCAA Tournament. The Huskies finished at 19-37 overall and 13-27 in MAC play.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The RedHawks erupted for seven runs off eight hits in the opening inning. Miami’s scoring included RBI singles from senior Mackenzie Moore, junior Adriana Barlow, senior Morgan Lott and freshman Karlee Juarez and two-run double by freshman Karli Spaid.
Miami continued to pad its lead in the second inning, rattling off five more runs off four hits. Moore, Lott and Spaid each belted RBI doubles, while Juarez recorded a two-run double.
Juarez was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs and three RBI to lead five RedHawk players who had multi-hit games.
Senior Courtney Vierstra moved to 26-3 on the season with the win in the circle. Vierstra pitched all five innings, giving up just six hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Miami hit five doubles in the five-inning win.
The RedHawks have won 21 run-rule games, while 19 of their 48 wins have been shutouts.
CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Falls In Finale To No. 11 ECU, 5-2
CINCINNATI – A fifth-inning sacrifice fly by No. 11 East Carolina scored the go-ahead run in a 5-2 win over the University of Cincinnati baseball team in American Athletic Conference game on Sunday at UC Baseball Stadium.
ECU’s Thomas Francisco popped a 2-2 offering from UC starter Jalen Wade to right field, allowing Ryder Giles to score from third on the sacrifice to give the Pirates (36-11, 18-6 AAC) a 3-2 lead.
The ECU bullpen held the UC offense in check as six pitchers limited the Bearcats to two runs on three hits in the first three innings with 14 batters in-a-row retired and two walks on the board over the final six innings.
Landon Ginn (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win with three scoreless innings and C.J. Mayhue got his second save in as many games with four outs of work. Wade took the loss for UC and fell to 3-1 on the year.
ECU got on the board first in the second. Bryson Worrell tucked a two-run homer just inside the right-field foul pole to put the Pirates up 2-0.
Cincinnati (25-24, 14-14 AAC) responded in the third with a solo home run by Griffin Merritt, his ninth of the season, over the fence in left center and an RBI single from Joey Bellini which scored Cole Harting to tie things up a 2-2.
The Pirates added a pair of two-out runs in the ninth with a walk, two singles and a double down the right-field line by Francisco which made the score 5-2.
Bellini and Merrit combined for all three UC hits. Wade went 5.0 innings, striking out two and giving up three earned runs on seven hits. Beau Keathley was charged for a pair of earned runs on two hits with two walks and a pair of punch outs, while Dean McCarthy gave up a hit and struck out one in one-third of an inning.
UC closes out the regular season at home, welcoming Tulane for a four-games series which will run Thursday-Saturday at UC Baseball Stadium. The teams will play a Thursday doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. ET followed by single games at 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Saturday’s game will feature the Baseball Bark in the Park event. All pets of Bearcats ticket holders receive free admission if their human has purchased a ticket for the game. View more information online.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1893 Phillies outfielder Billy Hamilton becomes the first player to have hit both a leadoff and walk-off home run in the same game when he blasts a two-run round-tripper off Al Maul, giving the team an 11-9 victory over Washington at the Philadelphia Baseball Grounds. In 74 years, Vic Power becomes the first modern player to duplicate the 27 year-old Hall of Famer’s performance, accomplishing the rare feat for the 1957 A’s with a tenth-inning walk-off round-tripper against the Orioles in a game played at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.
1903 Due to Sunday restrictions in Cleveland, a major league game takes place in Columbus, Ohio with the ‘hometown’ Indians defeating the New York Highlanders, 9-2. Neil Park, the home field of several minor league teams, will host four big-league contests, including two Tigers game against the Red Sox in 1905 due to the opening of the Grand Circuit Trotting Meet in Detroit.
1906 At Philadelphia’s Columbia Park, Rube Waddell’s no-hitter is broken up by Ty Cobb. The Georgia Peach spoils the southpaw’s no-no with a bunt single in the Tigers’ 5-0 loss to the A’s.
1925 In a 2-1 loss to the Senators, Indians’ outfielder Tris Speaker singles off pitcher Tom Zachary to collect his career 3000th hit. ‘The Grey Eagle’ becomes the fifth major leaguer to reach the milestone, joining Cap Anson (1897), Honus Wagner (1914), Nap Lajoie (1914), and Ty Cobb (1921).
1939 In the first-ever televised baseball game, Princeton beats Columbia, 2-1, at Columbia’s Baker Field. W2XBS, an experimental station in New York City, airs the telecast.
1941 A sold-out crowd, including representatives from each of the other 15 major league clubs, attends Connie Mack Day in Philadelphia to honor the 78 year-old president-manager of the A’s. The celebration includes the renaming of the team’s home field from Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium, a change that doesn’t officially take hold until 1953.
1945 Rain postpones every game on the American League schedule for the fourth consecutive day. The cry of ‘play ball’ will not be heard today in Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, and Cleveland as the White Sox, Browns, Tigers, and Indians call off their games, respectively, with the Yankees, Red Sox, A’s, and Senators.
1947 At Forbes Field, Hank Greenberg asks Jackie Robinson if the Dodger infielder was hurt in a collision with him at first base earlier in the game and then tells the embattled Brooklyn rookie, “Stick in there. You’re doing fine. Keep your chin up.” Jackie remarks to the writers a few days later that Hank Greenberg is his “diamond hero,” knowing the Pirates’ first baseman, who endured bigotry as a Jew, can appreciate the difficulties of being the first black player in the major leagues this century.
1956 The Cardinals trade 25 year-old outfielder Bill Virdon, due to his slow start in his sophomore season, to the Pirates in exchange for Bobby Del Greco and Dick Littlefield. The last year’s Rookie of the Year will finish the season hitting .334 in 133 games for the Bucs and will play a vital role in the team’s World Championship in 1960.
1961 Roger Maris, en route to his record-breaking season of 61 home runs, hit his first round-tripper of the year at Yankee Stadium. The eighth-inning homer off Pete Burnside, his fourth overall, doesn’t help when the Senators beat the Bronx Bombers, 8-7.
1963 At Colt Stadium, Houston’s right-hander Don Nottebart no-hits the Phillies, 4-1, giving up a fifth-inning run on a two-base error, a sac bunt, and a sacrifice fly. The hitless gem is the franchise’s first no-hitter in the team’s history, coming in 197th game since the club’s inaugural season last year.
1968 In the bottom of the ninth inning, Jim Northrop hits a walk-off grand slam off Steve Jones to beat the Senators at Tiger Stadium, 7-3. The Detroit center fielder will hit five grand slams this season, four in the regular campaign, and one in Game 6 of the Fall Classic, contributing to the team’s 13-1 rout of the Cardinals.
1970 At Crosley Field, Braves’ outfielder Hank Aaron collects his 3000th hit when he scratches an infield single off of Reds’ pitcher Wayne Simpson. ‘Hammering Hank’ becomes the ninth player in major league history, and the first with 500 home runs, to reach this milestone.
1971 Luis Tiant, after being released by the Twins and Braves earlier in the season, signs as a free agent with the Red Sox, beginning a love affair with the fans in Boston. ‘El Tiante’ will struggle, winning just one of eight decisions for the team this year, but during his eight-year tenure with the BoSox, the Cuban right-hander will compile a 122-88 (.601) record, including three seasons with 20 or more victories.
1971 Tom McCraw hits perhaps the shortest home run in baseball history. The 140-foot round-tripper is the result of three Indians colliding in an attempt to catch a pop fly hit to short left-center field near second base.
1971 Ralph Garr ties a major league record for the round-trippers in extra innings, going deep in the 10th frame and the 12th with a walk-off homer against the Mets in the Braves’ 4-3 victory. The Atlanta left-fielder called the ‘Road Runner’ by his teammates, is the fourth player to accomplish the feat and the first to do so since 1966, when New York’s Art Shamsky went yard in the 10th and 11th in a losing cause for the Reds at Crosley Field.
1973 At Anaheim Stadium, a horrific injury dampens Bobby Valentine’s promising major league career when his spikes get caught in the outfield’s chain-link fence attempting to catch a home run ball hit by Dick Green. The 23 year-old speedster, who had started the season hitting .400 in April, suffers a multiple compound leg fracture and will miss the rest of the season, eventually finishing his playing days as a utility player with the Padres, Mets, and Mariners.
1977 At Wrigley Field, the Cubs tie a franchise record, hitting seven home runs during a 23-7 pounding of the Padres. Larry Biittner goes deep twice, with Dave Rosello, Gene Clines, Bobby Murcer, Jerry Morales, and Steve Ontiveros also clearing the ivy.
1978 Lee Lacy, pinch-hitting for Davey Lopes in the Los Angeles 10-1 rout of the Pirates, goes deep in the bottom of the eighth inning off Will McEnaney at Dodger Stadium. The utility player becomes the first player in major league history to homer in three consecutive at-bats as a pinch-hitter.
1979 The Phillies beat the Cubs in a fifty-hit slugfest in the Windy City, 23-22. The 11 home runs hit in the game tie a major league mark, shared by Chicago and their opponents 1967 Reds and 1977 Mets, while playing in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.
1984 Padres second baseman Alan Wiggins ties a National League record by stealing five bases in one game in the team’s 5-4 victory over Montreal at Jack Murphy Stadium. Dan McGann (1904), Davey Lopes (1974), and Lonnie Smith (1982) also accomplished the feat in the Senior Circuit.
1985 The Rangers fire skipper Doug Rader and replace him with the Mets’ third-base coach Bobby Valentine. Before returning to New York in 1996 to manage his former team, ‘Bobby V’ will compile a 581-605 record (.490) during his eight seasons in Texas.
1992 Using only 21 dates, the Blue Jays reach the one-million mark in attendance sooner than any team in major league history. The 1991 Blue Jays and the 1981 Dodgers shared the previous record.
1993 Mariners’ third baseman Mike Blowers becomes the 13th player in major league history to hit grand slams in consecutive games. The fourth inning bases-full round-tripper off Craig Lefferts contributes to Seattle’s 16-9 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium.
1996 Trailing the Mariners, 13-10 in the bottom of the ninth at Camden Yards, Chris Hoiles gives the Orioles an incredible comeback victory with a walk-off grand slam. The decisive home run comes with two outs off Norm Charlton.
1998 In front of nearly 50,000 fans on Beanie Baby Day at Yankee Stadium, David Wells retires all 27 batters he faces, defeating the Twins, 4-0. The 33 year-old left-hander’s gem is 13th perfect game in modern major league history.
2002 After the Twins score three times in the top of the 14th at Yankee Stadium to take a 13-10 lead, Jason Giambi hits a one-out grand slam off reliever Mike Trombley to give the Bronx Bombers a one-run victory. The dramatic home run becomes a signature at-bat for the newly acquired slugger, who had not been warmly accepted by the New York fans until now.
2002 Diamondback first baseman Erubiel Durazo establishes a franchise record when drives in nine runs in the team’s 12-9 victory over the Phillies. The 28 year-old Mexican infielder sets the mark with three two-run homers and a three-run double in the Citizens Bank Park contest.
2003 The Rays tie a major league record when the team does not record a single assist in their 2-0 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards. The Tampa Bay pitchers whiff nine Baltimore batters and fielding the other 15 outs on balls hit in the air during their eight innings in the field.
2005 Ervin Santana, with his first ten major league pitches, allows a collective cycle to the first four Indian batters he faces: a triple by Grady Sizemore, a double by Coco Crisp, a single by Travis Hafner, followed by a home run blasted by Ben Broussard. The 22 year-old Angels’ prized rookie right-hander will redeem himself by recording a five-hit shutout in his second major league start, beating the White Sox, 4-0.
2007 Shea Stadium, home of the Mets, becomes a huge recording studio when Sesame Street’s Bob McGrath and a chorus of 15,000 school children sing an uplifting song to Ronald Sterling, a seven-year-old with the Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome immune deficiency disorder. The non-profit group, Songs of Love Foundation, which creates personalized songs for sick children throughout the country, arranged for the ‘…You’re a Grand Slam’ tune to be sung and recorded at the ballpark, with the baseball-loving youngster listening on the phone.
2008 With San Francisco’s 3-1 interleague loss to the White Sox, Barry Zito becomes the first Giants’ hurler in 98 years to start a season with eight consecutive losses. Jesse Burkett opened the 1890 campaign without a victory, also losing eight straight decisions.
2009 Pudge Rodriguez hit his 300th career home run, a fourth-inning shot off of Chicago’s Rich Harden, in the Astros’ 6-5 win at Wrigley Field. The perennial All-Star catcher will finish his 21-year major league career with 311 round-trippers.
2012 🇧🇷 Yan Gomes becomes the first Brazilian to appear in a big-league game when he plays third base in the Blue Jays’ 4-1 victory over the Yankees at the Rogers Centre. The 24 year-old Sao Paulo native enjoys a 2-for-3 day at the plate in his debut in the major leagues.
2015 The Marlins fire manager Mike Redmond (155-207), after extending his contract before the final game of last season as a reward for improving the club’s performance by 15 victories. The 44 year-old skipper, after his team gets off to a disappointing 16-22 start, will be replaced by the team’s general manager Dan Jennings, who has never played in the majors and has never managed at any professional level.
2016 The Braves fire manager Fredi Gonzalez after team gets off to a 9-28 start, a game worse than the first 37 games played by 1962 Mets, historically considered one of the worst teams in baseball history. During the departed skipper’s first three seasons in Atlanta, the club won 279 games from 2011 to 2013, the best record in the National League during that span.
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|9 Memphis||38||34||.528||14.0||18-18||20-16||6-6||19-23||6-4||1 L|
|10 San Antonio||33||39||.458||19.0||14-22||19-17||6-6||17-25||2-8||4 L|
|11 New Orleans||31||41||.431||21.0||18-18||13-23||6-6||18-24||4-6||4 L|
|12 Sacramento||31||41||.431||21.0||16-20||15-21||5-7||18-24||6-4||3 L|
|13 Minnesota||23||49||.319||29.0||13-23||10-26||5-7||15-27||5-5||1 W|
|14 Oklahoma City||22||50||.306||30.0||10-26||12-24||3-9||12-30||1-9||1 W|
|15 Houston||17||55||.236||35.0||9-27||8-28||5-7||11-31||2-8||1 L|
Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Conference
|New York City FC||3||2||0||1||8||2||6||1-0-0||1-0-1||6|
|Orlando City SC||3||1||2||0||4||1||3||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|
|Inter Miami CF||3||1||1||1||4||4||0||0-0-1||1-1-0||4|
|Real Salt Lake||2||2||0||0||5||2||3||1-0-0||1-0-0||6|
|Los Angeles FC||3||1||2||0||4||2||2||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|