SECTIONAL BASEBALL WEEK-NCC/AREA

7. Lafayette Jefferson (5)

G1: McCutcheon vs. Lafayette Jefferson.

G2: Harrison (West Lafayette) vs. Logansport.

G3: Kokomo vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

9. Pendleton Heights (6)

G1: Pendleton Heights vs. Greenfield-Central.

G2: Richmond vs. Anderson.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Mt. Vernon (Fortville) vs. Muncie Central.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

10. Ben Davis (8)

G1: Indianapolis Cathedral vs. Indianapolis Crispus Attucks.

G2: Pike vs. Indianapolis Arsenal Technical.

G3: Lawrence Central vs. Ben Davis.

G4: North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Lawrence North.

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

23. Bellmont (6)

G1: Marion vs. Norwell.

G2: Mississinewa vs. Heritage.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Bellmont vs. Oak Hill.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

24. Yorktown (6)

G1: Hamilton Heights vs. Delta.

G2: Jay County vs. Guerin Catholic.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: New Castle vs. Yorktown.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

29. Lawrenceburg (7)

G1: South Dearborn vs. Batesville.

G2: Greensburg vs. Connersville.

G3: Rushville Consolidated vs. Lawrenceburg.

G4: Franklin County vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

40. Lapel (8)

G1: Muncie Burris vs. Lapel.

G2: Monroe Central vs. Frankton.

G3: Alexandria Monroe vs. Winchester Community.

G4: Wapahani vs. Elwood Community.

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

41. Centerville (5)

G1: Union County vs. Centerville.

G2: Shenandoah vs. Northeastern.

G3: Hagerstown vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

42. Heritage Christian (5)

G1: Triton Central vs. Indianapolis Scecina.

G2: Eastern Hancock vs. Heritage Christian.

G3: Knightstown vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

56. Seton Catholic (6)

G1: Union City vs. Tri.

G2: Seton Catholic vs. Randolph Southern.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Blue River Valley vs. Cambridge City Lincoln.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

SOFTBALL SECTIONALS WEEK-NCC/AREA

7. Logansport (5)

G1: Lafayette Jefferson vs. Kokomo.

G2: Harrison (West Lafayette) vs. McCutcheon.

G3: Logansport vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

9. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (6)

G1: Pendleton Heights vs. Richmond.

G2: Greenfield-Central vs. Anderson.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Muncie Central vs. Mt. Vernon (Fortville).

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

10. Pike (6)

G1: Lawrence North vs. Ben Davis.

G2: Indianapolis Arsenal Technical vs. Pike.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Lawrence Central.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

23. Norwell (5)

G1: Norwell vs. Heritage.

G2: Mississinewa vs. Bellmont.

G3: Marion vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

24. Hamilton Heights (6)

G1: Hamilton Heights vs. Delta.

G2: Jay County vs. Yorktown.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Guerin Catholic vs. New Castle.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

29. Connersville (7)

G1: Franklin County vs. Lawrenceburg.

G2: Connersville vs. South Dearborn.

G3: Batesville vs. Rushville Consolidated.

G4: Greensburg vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

40. Frankton (7)

G1: Winchester Community vs. Monroe Central.

G2: Alexandria Monroe vs. Elwood Community.

G3: Lapel vs. Wapahani.

G4: Frankton vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

41. Union County (5)

G1: Shenandoah vs. Union County.

G2: Northeastern vs. Centerville.

G3: Hagerstown vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

42. Knightstown (5)

G1: Knightstown vs. Eastern Hancock.

G2: Heritage Christian vs. Indianapolis Scecina.

G3: Triton Central vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

56. Cambridge City Lincoln (5)

G1: Cambridge City Lincoln vs. Union City.

G2: Blue River Valley vs. Randolph Southern.

G3: Tri vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

NBA PLAYOFFS

Washington118Final
Philadelphia125
 
LA Lakers90Final
Phoenix99
 
Atlanta107Final
New York105
 
Memphis DESMOND BANE 8PT 4REB112Final
Utah109

NHL PLAYOFFS

Carolina3Final-2OT
Nashville4
 
Colorado5Final
St. Louis2
 
Boston3Final
Washington1
 
Edmonton4Final-OT
Winnipeg5

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Interleague
Baltimore5Final
Washington6
 
Boston2Final
Philadelphia6
 
Seattle2Final
San Diego9
American League
Chi White Sox4Final
NY Yankees5
 
Tampa Bay6Final
Toronto4
 
Minnesota8Final
10
Cleveland5
 
Detroit2Final
Kansas City3
 
Houston2Final
10
Texas3
 
Oakland5Final
LA Angels6
National League
Milwaukee9Final
Cincinnati4
 
NY Mets1Final
Miami5
 
Pittsburgh1Final
Atlanta7
 
Arizona3Final
Colorado4
 
LA Dodgers11Final
San Francisco5
 
Chi Cubs2Final
10
St. Louis1

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Seattle1Final
Atlanta1
 
D.C.0Final
Philadelphia1
 
Nashville SC1Final
Austin0

PGA

PGA Championship
May 20-23, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Phil Mickelson70697073-6 (282)F
2tBrooks Koepka69717074-4 (284)F
2tLouis Oosthuizen71687273-4 (284)F
4tPaul Casey71717371-2 (286)F
4tPadraig Harrington71737369-2 (286)F
4tHarry Higgs72717370-2 (286)F
4tShane Lowry73717369-2 (286)F
8tAbraham Ancer74727665-1 (287)F
8tTony Finau74727071-1 (287)F
8tRickie Fowler71766971-1 (287)F
8tCollin Morikawa70757468-1 (287)F
8tJon Rahm72757268-1 (287)F
8tJustin Rose72757367-1 (287)F
8tScottie Scheffler72747170-1 (287)F
8tKevin Streelman70727075-1 (287)F
8tWill Zalatoris71747270-1 (287)F
17tKeegan Bradley69757272E (288)F
17tCorey Conners67757373E (288)F
17tCharley Hoffman73707372E (288)F
17tSungjae Im70727373E (288)F
17tPatrick Reed74756970E (288)F
17tAaron Wise69797268E (288)F
23tPatrick Cantlay73737073+1 (289)F
23tMatthew Fitzpatrick73717273+1 (289)F
23tBilly Horschel77726872+1 (289)F
23tChan Kim75747367+1 (289)F
23tMartin Laird70737472+1 (289)F
23tHideki Matsuyama73687672+1 (289)F
23tJason Scrivener73757269+1 (289)F
30tChristiaan Bezuidenhout71707277+2 (290)F
30tStewart Cink71767469+2 (290)F
30tViktor Hovland69757571+2 (290)F
30tMatt Jones73757468+2 (290)F
30tJoaquin Niemann71727176+2 (290)F
30tIan Poulter74707373+2 (290)F
30tWebb Simpson75746972+2 (290)F
30tJordan Spieth73756874+2 (290)F
38tBryson DeChambeau72717177+3 (291)F
38tBranden Grace70717278+3 (291)F
38tEmiliano Grillo77727270+3 (291)F
38tTyrrell Hatton71757372+3 (291)F
38tRichy Werenski71727375+3 (291)F
38tGary Woodland70727277+3 (291)F
44tBen Cook72776974+4 (292)F
44tJason Day74757271+4 (292)F
44tTalor Gooch71787073+4 (292)F
44tSteve Stricker76717075+4 (292)F
44tDaniel Van Tonder75707473+4 (292)F
49tByeong Hun An73757768+5 (293)F
49tSam Horsfield69807371+5 (293)F
49tJason Kokrak71727377+5 (293)F
49tRobert MacIntyre75737273+5 (293)F
49tRory McIlroy75727472+5 (293)F
49tHarold Varner III73767173+5 (293)F
55tJoel Dahmen74737077+6 (294)F
55tAlex Noren77727075+6 (294)F
55tCarlos Ortiz73747176+6 (294)F
55tMatt Wallace73737771+6 (294)F
59tDean Burmester74747473+7 (295)F
59tCameron Davis69787672+7 (295)F
59tDenny McCarthy73767274+7 (295)F
59tCameron Smith72737377+7 (295)F
59tRobert Streb77727472+7 (295)F
64tHarris English75747572+8 (296)F
64tAdam Hadwin77717672+8 (296)F
64tGarrick Higgo73767869+8 (296)F
64tTom Hoge74757473+8 (296)F
64tHenrik Stenson73767671+8 (296)F
64tJimmy Walker73747574+8 (296)F
64tDanny Willett77717474+8 (296)F
71tRussell Henley78707475+9 (297)F
71tLucas Herbert76727772+9 (297)F
71tTom Lewis71747676+9 (297)F
71tLee Westwood73727577+9 (297)F
75tDaniel Berger79697476+10 (298)F
75tWyndham Clark75747277+10 (298)F
77Brendan Steele75747773+11 (299)F
78Brad Marek73737876+12 (300)F
79Rasmus Hojgaard71767975+13 (301)F
80Bubba Watson72737780+14 (302)F
81Brian Gay77718078+18 (306)F

LPGA

Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg
May 20-23, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Virginia
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Wei-Ling Hsu66726568-13 (271)F
2Moriya Jutanugarn71676570-11 (273)F
3Jessica Korda70676770-10 (274)F
4Sarah Kemp69676970-9 (275)F
5tWichanee Meechai70686969-8 (276)F
5tLizette Salas73686471-8 (276)F
7tSei Young Kim67717069-7 (277)F
7tLauren Stephenson71686771-7 (277)F
7tElizabeth Szokol68726770-7 (277)F
10tPajaree Anannarukarn71696870-6 (278)F
10tMina Harigae69726968-6 (278)F
10tBrooke Henderson70707167-6 (278)F
13tAlly Ewing73686969-5 (279)F
13tAlbane Valenzuela71707068-5 (279)F
15Kristy McPherson69746968-4 (280)F
16tAna Belac70677470-3 (281)F
16tPerrine Delacour70716773-3 (281)F
16tMuni He71746769-3 (281)F
16tHaeji Kang70687370-3 (281)F
16tMegan Khang68717369-3 (281)F
16tRuixin Liu67736774-3 (281)F
16tRyann O’Toole68726675-3 (281)F
16tPornanong Phatlum74716967-3 (281)F
16tAnne van Dam71697071-3 (281)F
25tJodi Ewart Shadoff69727170-2 (282)F
25tKatherine Kirk69707271-2 (282)F
25tNelly Korda70707666-2 (282)F
25tGiulia Molinaro73706376-2 (282)F
25tLuna Sobron67737072-2 (282)F
25tMarissa Steen70727169-2 (282)F
31tDottie Ardina72736870-1 (283)F
31tNa Yeon Choi71747266-1 (283)F
31tBrianna Do75707068-1 (283)F
31tLindy Duncan72696973-1 (283)F
31tMin Lee69717271-1 (283)F
31tStacy Lewis68697373-1 (283)F
31tAlena Sharp72736771-1 (283)F
31tHinako Shibuno70756474-1 (283)F
39tJennifer Chang72706973E (284)F
39tSsu-Chia Cheng72707072E (284)F
39tJenny Coleman72706874E (284)F
39tJiwon Jeon67737173E (284)F
39tMin Seo Kwak70707272E (284)F
39tMo Martin71727170E (284)F
39tBianca Pagdanganan73716773E (284)F
39tLexi Thompson73727069E (284)F
39tLindsey Weaver73696676E (284)F
48tAustin Ernst72707370+1 (285)F
48tKyung Kim74707368+1 (285)F
48tPernilla Lindberg71737170+1 (285)F
48tStephanie Meadow72696876+1 (285)F
48tJasmine Suwannapura69746775+1 (285)F
53tLauren Coughlin70747072+2 (286)F
53tDana Finkelstein71727073+2 (286)F
53tCaroline Inglis69747370+2 (286)F
53tJanie Jackson73707172+2 (286)F
53tAndrea Lee70737568+2 (286)F
53tLee Lopez75687073+2 (286)F
53tPaula Reto73727269+2 (286)F
53tLouise Ridderstrom69727471+2 (286)F
53tSarah Jane Smith70737172+2 (286)F
53tJennifer Song70697077+2 (286)F
63tNicole Broch Larsen70727075+3 (287)F
63tMatilda Castren74707271+3 (287)F
63tGemma Dryburgh73726775+3 (287)F
63tDani Holmqvist69727571+3 (287)F
63tAmy Olson69727571+3 (287)F
63tMaia Schechter72727469+3 (287)F
69tJaye Marie Green73717668+4 (288)F
69tJane Park74717271+4 (288)F
71tJacqui Concolino72717571+5 (289)F
71tVicky Hurst71697277+5 (289)F
71tBrittany Lang70727077+5 (289)F
74tBrittany Altomare70747175+6 (290)F
74tKatelyn Dambaugh69737474+6 (290)F
74tDaniela Darquea70747076+6 (290)F
74tKendall Dye73727273+6 (290)F
74tTiffany Joh68777471+6 (290)F
74tEmma Talley71697674+6 (290)F
74tKelly Tan67777274+6 (290)F
81Lauren Kim73727571+7 (291)F

INDY 500

Indianapolis 500
Qualifying
PosDriverCar #MakeQual. Speed
1Scott Dixon9Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
231.828
2Colton Herta26Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
231.648
3Rinus VeeKay21Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
231.483
4Ed Carpenter20Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
231.616
5Tony Kanaan48Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
231.639
6Alex Palou10Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
231.145
7Ryan Hunter-Reay28Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
231.139
8Helio Castroneves06Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
231.164
9Marcus Ericsson8Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
231.104
10Alexander Rossi27Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
231.046
11Ed Jones18Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
231.044
12Pato O’Ward5Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
230.864
13Pietro Fittipaldi51Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
230.846
14Felix Rosenqvist7Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
230.744
15Takuma Sato30Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
230.708
16James Hinchcliffe29Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
230.563
17Scott McLaughlin3Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
230.557
18Graham Rahal15Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
230.521
19Conor Daly47Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
230.427
20Jack Harvey60Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
230.191
21Josef Newgarden2Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
230.071
22J.R. Hildebrand1Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
229.980
23Santino Ferrucci45Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
229.949
24Juan Pablo Montoya86Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
229.891
25Marco Andretti98Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
229.872
26Simon Pagenaud22Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
229.778
27Sebastien Bourdais14Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
229.744
28Stefan Wilson25Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
229.714
29Max Chilton59Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
229.417
30Dalton Kellett4Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
228.323
31Sage Karam24Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
Exemption
32Will Power12Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
Exemption
33Simona de Silvestro16Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
Exemption

NASCAR

EchoPark Texas Grand Prix
May 23, 2021 | Circuit of the Americas – Austin, Texas | 231.0 mi 
PosDriverCar #MakeStartedLapsLedPoints / BonusOut ?
1Chase Elliott9Chevrolet854549 / 9running
2Kyle Larson5Chevrolet254447 / 12running
3Joey Logano22Ford6541444 / 10running
4Ross Chastain42Chevrolet2054436 / 3running
5AJ Allmendinger116Chevrolet75400 / 0running
6Chase Briscoe14Ford2754037 / 6running
7Michael McDowell34Ford2354339 / 9running
8Alex Bowman48Chevrolet1254330 / 1running
9Tyler Reddick8Chevrolet154036 / 8running
10Kyle Busch18Toyota4541239 / 12running
11William Byron24Chevrolet554026 / 0running
12Austin Dillon3Chevrolet1654025 / 0running
13Chris Buescher17Ford2854029 / 5running
14Denny Hamlin11Toyota1954023 / 0running
15Ryan Preece37Chevrolet3654226 / 4running
16Erik Jones43Chevrolet2954021 / 0running
17Ryan Blaney12Ford954020 / 0running
18Anthony Alfredo38Ford3754019 / 0running
19Brad Keselowski2Ford2454018 / 0running
20Corey LaJoie7Chevrolet2554023 / 6running
21Ty Dillon96Toyota335400 / 0running
22Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47Chevrolet2254015 / 0running
23Matt DiBenedetto21Ford2154015 / 1running
24Ryan Newman6Ford3454013 / 0running
25Austin Cindric33Ford35440 / 0running
26Aric Almirola10Ford2654011 / 0running
27Kurt Busch1Chevrolet1354018 / 8running
28Garrett Smithley53Ford385400 / 0running
29James Davison15Chevrolet325408 / 0running
30Josh Bilicki52Ford315407 / 0running
31Kyle Tilley78Ford395406 / 0running
32Cody Ware51Chevrolet355300 / 0running
33Daniel Suarez99Chevrolet154604 / 0running
34Quin Houff00Chevrolet403803 / 0DVP
35Martin Truex Jr.19Toyota172432 / 0accident
36Cole Custer41Ford142401 / 0accident
37Kevin Harvick4Ford111901 / 0accident
38Christopher Bell20Toyota101801 / 0accident
39Bubba Wallace23Toyota181801 / 0accident
40Justin Haley77Chevrolet301200 / 0steering
2021 EchoPark Texas Grand Prix Stats
Scheduled Laps: 68
Total Laps: 54
Distance: 231.000 miles
Average Speed: 59.024
Pole Speed: 92.363
Cautions: 6 ( 41 Laps )
Lead Changess: 11 among 10 Drivers
Time of Race: 3:07:11

TOP HEADLINES

PGA: Mickelson makes history at PGA Championship

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Phil Mickelson has delivered so many thrills and spills over 30 years of pure theater that no one ever knows what he will do next.

His latest act was a real stunner: A major champion at age 50.

Mickelson captured his sixth major and by far the most surprising Sunday at the PGA Championship. He made two early birdies with that magical wedge game and let a cast of contenders fall too far behind to catch him in the shifting wind of Kiawah Island.

He closed with a 1-over 73, building a five-shot lead on the back nine and not making any critical mistakes that kept him from his place in history.

“This is just an incredible feeling because I believed it was possible, but everything was saying it wasn’t,” said Mickelson, who had gone more than two years since his last win and had not won a major in nearly eight years. He had not even contended in a major in five years.

Julius Boros for 53 years held the distinction of golf’s oldest major champion. He was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship in San Antonio.

Pure chaos broke out along the 18th hole after Mickelson hit 9-iron safely to just outside 15 feet that all but secured a most improbable victory. Thousands of fans engulfed him down the fairway – a scene typically seen only at the British Open – until Mickelson emerged into view with a thumbs-up.

That might have been the most pressure he faced on the back nine of the Ocean Course.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had an experience like that, so thank you for that,” Mickelson said at the trophy ceremony. “Slightly unnerving, but exceptionally awesome.”

Just like he plays the game.

Chants of “Lefty! Lefty! Lefty!” chased him onto the green and into the scoring tent, his final duty of a week he won’t soon forget.

Three months after 43-year-old Tom Brady won a seventh Super Bowl, Mickelson added to this year of ageless wonders. Mickelson became the first player in PGA Tour history to win tournaments 30 years apart. The first of his 45 titles was in 1991 when he was still a junior at Arizona State.

Mickelson became the 10th player to win majors in three decades, an elite list that starts with Harry Vardon and was most recently achieved by Tiger Woods.

“He’s been on tour as long as I’ve been alive,” Jon Rahm said. “For him to keep that willingness to play and compete and practice, it’s truly admirable.”

Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen had their chances, but only briefly. Koepka was 4 over on the par 5s when the game was still on and closed with a 74. Oosthuizen hit into the water as he was trying to make a final run and shot 73.

“Phil played great,” Koepka said. “It’s pretty cool to see, but a bit disappointed in myself.”

Mickelson finished at 6-under 282

The victory came one week after Mickelson accepted a special exemption into the U.S. Open because at No. 115 in the world and winless the last two years, he no longer was exempt from qualifying. He had not finished in the top 20 in his last 17 tournaments over nearly nine months. He worried that he was no longer able to keep his focus over 18 holes.

And then he beat the strongest field of the year – 99 of the top 100 players – and made it look easy.

The PGA Championship had the largest and loudest crowd since the return from the COVID-19 pandemic — the PGA of America said it limited tickets to 10,000, and it seemed like twice that many — and it clear what they wanted to see.

The opening hour made it seem as though the final day could belong to anyone. The wind finished its switch to the opposite direction from the opening rounds, and while there was low scoring early, Mickelson and Koepka traded brilliance and blunder.

Koepka flew the green with a wedge on the par-5 second hole, could only chip it about 6 feet to get out of an impossible lie and made double bogey, a three-shot swing when Mickelson hit a deft pitch from thick grass behind the green.

Mickelson holed a sand shot from short of the green on the par-5 third, only for Koepka to tie for the lead with a two-shot swing on the sixth hole when he made birdie and Lefty missed the green well to the right.

Kevin Streelman briefly had a share of the lead. Louis Oosthuizen was lurking, even though it took him seven holes to make a birdie.

And then the potential for any drama was sucked out to sea.

Oosthuizen, coming off a birdie to get within three, had to lay up out of the thick grass on the 13th and then sent his third shot right of the flag and into the water, making triple bogey.

Just like that, Mickelson was up by five and headed toward the inward holes, the wind at his back on the way home with what seemed like the entire state of South Carolina at his side.

NBA PLAYOFFS

Harris scores 37, leads 76ers past Wizards 125-118 in Game 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Tobias Harris picked a pair of Philadelphia’s deep reserves to knock him around and toughen his game on the low post. The trio talked smack, and their post-practice workout sessions resembled a kind of bully ball for most of the last three months, all so Harris was better equipped for the postseason grind.

“I know the people who watch, the people who see, my teammates, they respect that,” Harris said.

And the payoff?

“You have a night like this,” Harris said.

Harris showed why top-seeded Philadelphia might have its own Big 3 worthy of winning a championship. He scored 37 points, carrying Philadelphia’s offense when it sagged early, and the 76ers survived the sub.-500 Washington Wizards in a 125-118 Game 1 victory on Sunday.

“We see him early on dominating the game and you want to keep giving him the ball because he’s feeling it,” guard Ben Simmons said.

Harris scored 28 points in the first half, making a case that Philly has – with All-Stars Joel Embiid and Simmons – three big stars that could rival the superstar trio of Kevin Durant-James Harden-Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn.

Embiid finished with 30 points. Game 2 is Wednesday in Philadelphia.

The Sixers needed Harris’ outburst to offset an upset-minded Wizards team that was within five points with 45 seconds left. Bradley Beal scored 33 points and Russell Westbrook had 16 – but neither sensational scorer took over in long enough stretches needed for an upset.

Westbrook even stepped out of bounds with 37 seconds left, cutting off a potential rally. He declined to say if the referees made the correct call.

“It doesn’t matter now. It don’t matter,” Westbrook said.

Unable to create consistent offense outside of Harris, the Sixers finally put together a 3-point barrage late in the third quarter that had 11,160 fans – roughly half-capacity – sounding as if it was 20,000-plus packing the house.

Harris, of course, hit a tying 3, Seth Curry hit his first, Danny Green buried one and Curry pounded his chest and talked smack after another 3 made it 88-81.

The fans erupted soon after in a “Trust the Process” chant with Embiid at the free-throw line, and the Sixers closed the quarter with a 99-93 lead.

The Sixers hung on for their first playoff win in two years, even as Simmons went 0 for 6 from the free-throw line and scored only six points. He had 15 rebounds and 15 assists.

“He created so many points for us,” coach Doc Rivers said.

Embiid was whistled for three fouls and the Sixers missed 14 of 17 3-pointers in the first half, leaving it up to Harris to play up to his $180 million contract.

Harris spent the season believing he was worthy of an All-Star spot and opened some eyes with 28 points on 12-of-19 shooting in the half. He played the half like he was trying to win a game of HORSE – turnarounds, fallaway jumpers, pull-up jumpers in the paint, and in one instance, he drove the length of the court before he hit a little floater. He finished 15 of 29 from the floor and hit two 3-pointers.

Some of the credit to his success went to two Sixers not in the Game 1 box score – Rayjon Tucker and Paul Reed.

“They’ve got a lot of guys that can fill the stat sheet and Tobias was that guy tonight,” Beal said.

Beal, who torched the Sixers for 60 points in January and has been bothered of late by a strained left hamstring, and Westbrook combined for just 20 points in the first half, but Washington led 62-61 at the break.

Washington advanced by routing the Indiana Pacers to emerge from the play-in round as the East’s No. 8 seed, returning to the playoffs after a two-year absence. The Wizards were a disaster early in the season, dealing with injuries and a COVID-19 outbreak. They started 0-5 and were 17-32 in early April. They made the playoffs at 34-38 and are trying to become the first team with a losing record to win a playoff series since the 1987 Seattle SuperSonics.

Washington’s must-win attitude down the stretch spilled into Game 1. The Game 1 trend this weekend had been heavy favorites with time off – such as Brooklyn against Boston – needing time to find their legs before putting the game away. The Wizards played Thursday – while the Sixers had a full week off – and played every minute as a team determined to steal one on the road.

“I don’t think I played great. I don’t think I had a good game,” Beal said. “I think we still got a couple levels we can tap into.”

Suns win in return to playoffs, beating Lakers 99-90

PHOENIX (AP) All-Star guard Chris Paul was grimacing in pain early in the fourth quarter, playing essentially with one shoulder. Cameron Payne had just been ejected. Players had to be separated and emotions were heated.

Phoenix coach Monty Williams had warned his young Suns there would be moments like this in the NBA playoffs, especially against the defending champion Los Angels Lakers.

It’s safe to say they passed the first test.

Devin Booker scored 34 points, Deandre Ayton had 21 points and 16 rebounds and the Suns won their first playoff game in 11 years, beating the Lakers 99-90 on Sunday. For Booker, his long awaited appearance in the postseason lived up to the hype.

“The intensity’s different, the physicality is different,” Booker said. “And it’s only one game.”

It was the first playoff appearance for several Suns players, including Booker, Ayton and Mikal Bridges, but they didn’t look like postseason rookies against LeBron James and the Lakers. They helped Phoenix offset a tough game for Paul, who didn’t look healthy after a right shoulder injury in the second quarter.

The Suns led 86-70 early in the fourth, but the Lakers quickly cut it to 86-77 with 9:02 left.

That’s about the time things got a little rowdy. L.A.’s Alex Caruso and Payne got into an altercation near the sideline after Payne knocked Caruso to the ground. L.A.’s Montrezl Harrell jumped into the fray and both teams had to be separated. Caruso and Harrell were each given a technical foul, and Payne was given two technicals and ejected.

“It’s something we’ve been talking about as a team and a staff,” Williams said. “There’s going to be a moment in the game where you’re going to have to regulate your emotions.”

Added Bridges: “Times get tough, we don’t separate. We’re going to fight through it together.”

The Suns did. Booker kept making shots and Ayton was a force on the glass, finishing with eight offense rebounds and shooting 10 of 11 from the field. The Lakers never got within striking distance in the final minutes.

“(Booker) is a scoring machine, puts a lot of pressure on our defense to cover him in a lot of ways,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “When we double team him, he’s got Ayton in there. We didn’t do a good enough job but if we hold this team to 99 points in Game 2, I feel good about our chances.”

James finished with 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Anthony Davis shot just 5 of 16 from the field and had 13 points. The Lakers shot 7 of 26 (27%) from 3-point range.

“I missed a ton of shots. We missed a ton of shots as a team,” Davis said. “There is no way we are winning a game, let alone a series with the way I played. This is on me.”

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Phoenix. The Lakers have been in this spot before – they lost Game 1 in the first two series last season before rallying to win and eventually becoming NBA champion.

It was an eventful first half that saw the Suns take a 53-45 lead.

Phoenix had a 32-25 lead after the first. But the festive atmosphere in Phoenix turned to a stunned silence early in the second quarter when Paul bumped into teammate Cameron Johnson and fell to the floor in obvious pain while holding his right shoulder. He was down for a couple minutes – surrounded by players from both teams – before slowly walking off the floor with a towel over his head.

The 36-year-old star returned a few minutes later to a huge roar from the crowd, but didn’t look right. He was dribbling mostly with his left hand and missed the only shot he took before halftime.

Booker had 17 points before the break on 8-of-14 shooting and Ayton added 14.

The Lakers needed to beat Golden State on Wednesday in the play-in tournament just to earn the No. 7 seed in the playoffs. But they still came into the series as the slight betting favorites over the second-seeded Suns, according to FanDuel.

8th-seeded Memphis beats No. 1-seeded Jazz in series opener

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Dillon Brooks had 31 points and seven rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Utah Jazz 112-109 Sunday night in the opening game of their first-round playoff series.

The eighth-seeded Grizzlies put the Western Conference top-seeded Jazz in an early hole. Game 2 of the series in Wednesday night.

Brooks set a single-game franchise scoring record for a Memphis player making their NBA playoff debut, surpassing the 24 points scored by Marc Gasol against San Antonio on April 17, 2011.

Ja Morant added 26 points. Jonas Valanciunas chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Kyle Anderson added 14 points.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Jazz. Mike Conley had 22 points, 11 assists, and six rebounds. Rudy Gobert added 15 rebounds and 11 points, and Derrick Favors finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Young hits runner with 0.9 left to lift Hawks past Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) A crowd that waited eight years to see another Knicks playoff game needed just minutes to make Trae Young its target.

Young heard the fans’ hate. Then he silenced them.

“I’ve always looked at it that I’m doing something right if I’m affecting them with my play that much that they hate me that much,” he said. “I’m obviously doing something right and just got to let my play do the talking.”

Young made a runner in the lane with 0.9 seconds left to give the Atlanta Hawks a 107-105 victory over New York on Sunday night in a thrilling postseason return for both teams.

Young finished with 32 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. He frustrated the Knicks with his ability to draw fouls and made all nine free throws when he did.

He looked like Reggie Miller in the 1990s, feeding off a New York crowd – featuring a rowdy Spike Lee, just like those days – that cursed his name repeatedly when he made a shot or drew a foul.

“He’s small but he’s a tough kid and he’s not afraid,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said.

Many in the loud crowd of more than 15,000 jeered Young throughout the night but he got the final word when he drove right through the Knicks’ defense and floated in his shot from right of the basket, then put his fingers to his lips to tell the crowd to quiet down.

“This is a coming-out party for him and he’s ready to do it,” teammate Lou Williams said.

Bogdan Bogdanovic added 18 points for the Hawks in their first postseason game since 2017.

Alec Burks scored 27 points for the Knicks, who are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Derrick Rose scored 17 points, but Julius Randle shot just 6 for 23 while finishing with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The Knicks host Game 2 on Wednesday night, when Randle will try to bounce back. He had two 40-point games against Atlanta this season.

“Got a game, got to feel it out a little bit and I’ll adjust,” the All-Star said.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Yelich homers as Brewers beat Reds 9-4

CINCINNATI (AP) Christian Yelich hit his first homer of the season and Kolten Wong had three hits, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-4 on Sunday.

Yelich, who has been hampered by back trouble for much of the season, hit a solo drive in the ninth against Brad Brach. The 2018 NL MVP finished with two hits and two RBIs.

“I’m still trying to find it,” Yelich said. “But I hope it’s a step in the right direction. Will have to wait and see.”

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Yelich just needs to get consistent at-bats.

“That’s something that he hasn’t had,” he said. “He’s seeing the ball well since he’s been back. Positive signs for sure.”

Wong, who returned to the lineup after he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch in the seventh inning on Friday, hit a two-run triple in the sixth. He grounded to second in the eighth, falling a home run shy of the Brewers’ first cycle since Yelich in 2018, also against the Reds.

“You could tell in my last at-bat I was trying for it,” Wong said. “I’ve never had (a cycle), so why not see what happens?”

Jesse Winker hit a solo homer in the third for Cincinnati, and Nick Castellanos connected for a two-run shot in the ninth.

The Reds were hoping for a return to form for Luis Castillo, who was coming off an 11-strikeout outing on Tuesday. But he struggled during a 32-pitch first inning, allowing three hits and two walks, including one with the bases loaded. Willy Adames’ two-run single put the Brewers ahead 3-0.

Avisail Garcia’s seventh homer, a two-run shot in the third, extended Milwaukee’s lead to five. It was the eighth home run allowed this season by Castillo (1-7), who has a 7.61 ERA.

“It was another bad day,” Castillo said. “What can I say? Every bad moment we know it is going to end eventually. Being frustrated all the time isn’t good for me. We are continuing the process. We will get there.”

Brewers starter Freddy Peralta allowed two runs and three hits in 4 2/3 innings. Brad Boxberger (1-1) got the win.

Milwaukee took two of three in the weekend set.

“To lose the opener and come back and win two it’s huge,” Yelich said. “In baseball your ups and downs are magnified. You don’t need to panic. Just stay the course.”

Baez’s HR in 10th leads Cubs to 2-1 win over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) Javier Baez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to break a scoreless tie and propel the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night.

Baez hit an 0-1 slider from Alex Reyes (2-1) 417 feet onto the center field batter’s eye for his 11th home run of the season. It was just the second earned run allowed by Reyes in 25 innings this season.

“I was sitting on the curveball a few times during Wainwright and I feel like they knew it, so I didn’t get that pitch,” Baez said, referring to Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. “The guy (Reyes) who throws the hardest is different.”

Craig Kimbrel (1-2) recorded the final four outs to improve Chicago’s record to 4-4 in extra inning contests.

“Guys fought to the end,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “It’s kind of been the character of this group, continuing to not give up, continuing having their at-bats, and good things happen.”

Wainwright did not earn a decision despite allowing just one hit and one walk with seven strikeouts in eight innings.

“He threw his heart out there for this team,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said about Wainwright. “It hurts him and it hurts everybody in the clubhouse. It was a hard-fought game that didn’t go our way.”

Zach Davies had three strikeouts in five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks. He was removed for a pinch hitter after throwing 75 pitches.

Nolan Arenado hit a sacrifice fly to lead off the bottom of the 10th on a night St. Louis went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

Harrison Bader doubled on a grounder just inside the third-base bag and just out of third baseman David Bote’s reach to lead off the fourth inning, but was doubled off second base on Justin Williams’ soft liner to Nico Hoerner. Edmundo Sosa doubled, but was left at second after Lane Thomas walked and Wainwright struck out.

St. Louis loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh when pitcher Ryan Tepera threw wide to first base on Wainwright’s bunt attempt. Tepera got Tommy Edman to ground into a fielder’s choice, Paul Goldschmidt to pop out to catcher Willson Contreras and struck out Arenado on eight pitches to escape trouble.

“We’ve used him a lot, ridden him hard and gave him a couple days off,” Ross said of Tepera. “To come back out there and be as sharp as he was, that was really impressive and a really nice outing for him getting out of a jam there against some of the better hitters in the National League.”

Rays rally with 5 walks in 9th, top Jays for 10th win in row

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Austin Meadows, Manuel Margot and Mike Brosseau drew consecutive bases-loaded walks with two outs in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied for their 10th straight win, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Sunday.

The comeback win lifted Tampa Bay into a first-place tie with Boston in the AL East.

The Rays trailed 4-2 going into the ninth, but took advantage of five walks by relievers Tyler Chatwood (0-1) and Travis Bergen to send Toronto to its fifth straight loss.

After a leadoff walk and a single, Brett Phillips hit an RBI single with one out that made it 4-3. Chatwood retired Randy Arozarena on a flyball before walking Yandy Diaz to load the bases.

“That was a fun one,” Phillips said.

Bergen entered and Meadows worked for a nine-pitch walk after fouling off three 3-2 pitches, tying the score. Margot walked on five pitches to put Tampa Bay ahead and Brosseau walked on four pitches.

“Our guys did a tremendous job of not helping him out,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Austin Meadows’ at-bat was just remarkable.”

With the Blue Jays playing a shift against the left-handed hitting Meadows, the runner at third, rookie Taylor Walls, broke toward the plate several times prompting Bergen to step off the pitching runner repeatedly.

“It could create a little havoc, for sure,” Cash said.

Josh Fleming (4-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings out of the bullpen. Recently acquired J.P. Feyereisen worked the ninth to get his first save.

Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning off Fleming that gave Toronto a 4-2 lead.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo talked with his team after the game.

“Keep playing,” Montoyo said. “They’re frustrated, of course. Tough losses. It’s like four tough losses in a row.”

Francisco Mejia homered for the Rays.

Toronto starter Hyun Jin Ryu allowed two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead on Mejia’s fifth-inning solo homer.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a fourth-inning solo homer and then tied it at 2 with an RBI single in the fifth. In 22 games since returning from the COVID-related injury list, he has five homers and 22 RBIs.

Margot put the Rays up 1-0 on a first-inning RBI single.

Michael Wacha gave up one hit over two scoreless innings as the Rays opener. It was his first appearance since May 2 after being sidelined by a right hamstring strain.

Garlick’s 3-run homer in 10th lifts Twins past Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Kyle Garlick hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning off James Karinchak, and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-5 on Sunday.

Garlick entered the game in right field in the seventh as a replacement for Max Kepler, who hit his 13th career home run at Progressive Field in the fourth, also a three-run shot.

Cleveland tied the game in the ninth when Jordan Luplow, replacing injured Franmil Reyes in the cleanup spot, brought home the tying run with a squeeze bunt.

The Twins responded quickly against Karinchak (2-1). Luis Arraez was the automatic runner at second base, and Josh Donaldson walked. Garlick homered to center field on a 3-2 pitch.

Not only did the home run give Minnesota its first extra-inning win in nine tries, it also earned Garlick a Gatorade shower from Kepler.

“That was my first time,” Garlick said of the celebration in front of Minnesota’s dugout. “It felt really good.”

Garlick’s postgame interview with reporters was interrupted by a hug from teammate Miguel Sano. The Twins took two of three from their AL Central rivals after arriving in Cleveland at 4:30 a.m. on Friday following a doubleheader at the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

Karinchak had allowed one run and three hits with 38 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings going into the game.

“The kid’s human,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That’s the (fourth) hit he’s given up of the year. That’s pretty amazing.”

Hanser Robles (1-1) walked Cesar Hernandez to start the ninth, and Amed Rosario reached on an infield single for his fourth hit of the day. Hernandez went to third when Jose Ramirez flied out to deep center. Luplow laid down a bunt on the first pitch and Hernandez slid home.

Francona said Luplow bunted on his own. Eddie Rosario struck out and Owen Miller, playing in his first major league game, flied out.

Tyler Duffey pitched the 10th for his first save.

The extra-inning loss capped a rough day for the Indians, who announced before the game that Reyes will miss five to seven weeks with an internal oblique strain. Reyes leads the team in RBIs and is second in home runs.

Cleveland starter Zach Plesac retired his first nine hitters, but the Twins broke loose in the fourth for the second time in the series after trailing 3-0.

Arraez and Donaldson started the inning with singles. Kepler, playing his 40th game in Cleveland, sent a 2-0 pitch down the right-field line to erase the deficit. He has 17 career homers against the Indians overall.

Rob Refsnyder’s single gave Minnesota the lead. Andrelton Simmons’ RBI groundout ended the day for Plesac, who was charged with five runs – three earned – in 3 2/3 innings.

The Twins scored nine times in the fourth inning of Friday night’s 10-0 win.

Minnesota starter J.A. Happ allowed four runs and struck out a season-high 10 in six innings.

Santana’s 2-run homer in 9th lifts Royals over Tigers 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Carlos Santana belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Kansas City Royals a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Kansas City was held to three hits until the ninth, when Whit Merrifield led off with an infield single before Santana connected against Michael Fulmer (3-3).

“I was just trying to get Whit to second or third,” Santana said. “But I knew I made good contact.”

Kyle Zimmer (3-0) struck out three in two hitless innings for the win.

Royals manager Mike Matheny was ejected for the second time this season for arguing in the sixth.

Detroit scored twice in the first against Kris Bubic, sparked by Robbie Grossman’s leadoff double. Jeimer Candelario and Ethan Haase each hit an RBI single, and the Tigers had the bases loaded with one out. Bubic prevented further damage and pitched scoreless ball after that.

“That first inning is probably the one inning you look back on in this game,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “We put up good at-bats early, had him wobbling and they had guys warming up in the bullpen. Then he got a couple of quick outs to end the first to get out of it.”

Bubic allowed six hits in five innings with three strikeouts and three walks. Royals relievers Tyler Zuber, Scott Barlow and Zimmer held the Tigers scoreless.

“Bubic didn’t have his best stuff and found a way to stay in it,” Matheny said. “I love how these guys fight and continue to believe in themselves. We need stuff like that to continue to happen.”

Detroit starter Casey Mize pitched three-hit ball for 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking one.

Mize exited with a 2-0 lead and runners at the corners. Pinch-hitter Hanser Alberto drove in Andrew Benintendi with a sacrifice fly off Gregory Soto to put the Royals on the board.

Detroit stranded nine runners.

Tatis slam, 6 RBIs, Padres beat M’s, sweep 9-game homestand

SAN DIEGO (AP) Fernando Tatis Jr. homered twice, including a 447-foot grand slam, and drove in six runs for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Seattle Mariners 9-2 Sunday to sweep a nine-game homestand.

The 22-year-old superstar sent Petco Park into a frenzy on a sunny afternoon when he drove a 1-0 pitch from Robert Dugger to the base of the batter’s eye in straightaway center field with one out in the seventh.

Knowing it was gone, Tatis took a few steps and, holding his bat by the barrel, flipped it aside before starting his trot.

It was his 13th homer this season and his second career grand slam. The first, last Aug. 17 at Texas, launched “Slam Diego,” a streak of four grand slams by the Padres in four straight games, a first in baseball history.

Tatis also hit a 441-foot home run into Petco Park’s second deck leading off the second inning and singled in the go-ahead run during a three-run rally in the sixth.

Tatis has 11 hits, including four homers, and 12 RBIs in four games batting cleanup since returning from the COVID-19 injured list on Wednesday.

The Padres took three-game series against St. Louis, Colorado and Seattle. Overall, they have won 12 of 13 games.

Yu Darvish (5-1) pitched seven strong innings to win his second straight start, holding Seattle to one run and seven hits while striking out five and walking none.

Tatis put a charge into the crowd when he homered in the second off Justin Dunn. It was his 200th career hit.

Dunn got that run back when he hit an RBI double off Darvish for his first big league hit.

Tatis’ homer was the only hit allowed by Dunn in five innings. With the score tied at 1, Dunn made way for Anthony Misiewicz (2-3) starting the sixth, and the lefty promptly allowed four straight hits, including Tatis’ sharp RBI single.

After Eric Hosmer singled to right to load the bases, JT Chargois came on and allowed a sacrifice fly by Wil Myers, with Tatis having enough speed to advance to third. Tatis then scored on Victor Caratini’s groundout.

Lux slam, pitcher Urías 3 RBIs send Dodgers past Giants 11-5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Gavin Lux hit a grand slam, Julio Urias drove in three runs to help back his gem on the mound, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the Giants 11-5 on Sunday for their eighth straight win and a weekend sweep of rival San Francisco.

Urias didn’t allow a baserunner until Mike Tauchman’s one-out infield single in the sixth, then Austin Slater hit a two-run homer one out later as the Giants made things a little interesting after falling behind 11-0.

Urias (7-1) struck out 10 over six stellar innings to beat San Francisco for the first time in 10 career starts and 16 appearances after three no-decisions in 2020. He hit a two-run double in the second and an RBI single in the Dodgers’ seven-run third that chased starter Anthony DeSclafani (4-2) after 54 pitches.

With four hits this season, Urias has already set a career high. He delivered his third double-digit strikeout game of the year, didn’t walk a batter and gave up three hits and two runs in all.

“Julio, he’s a veteran big league pitcher now – and there’s no more project, there’s no more prospect,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Lux hit his second career slam after his first came Tuesday against Arizona. Max Muncy hit a full-count homer in the fourth, going deep for a second straight day.

Yoshi Tsutsugo, Matt Beaty and Chris Taylor added RBI singles for the reigning World Series champions.

Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-run double in the eighth and Donovan Solano had a sacrifice fly for the Giants.

San Francisco lost its third straight game following a five-game winning streak. DeSclafani, who won his previous two starts, yielded 10 runs – all earned – on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Judge walk-off walk lifts Yanks over Chisox, 6th win in row

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge smiled and chuckled.

“A legitimate walk off,” he said. “We’ll take it. I’m not complaining one bit.”

Liam Hendriks forced in the game-ending run with a bases-loaded walk to the 6-foot-7 slugger in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees overcame Aroldis Chapman’s first blown save of the year to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Sunday and extend their winning streak to a season-high six games.

An afternoon that began with Jameson Taillon completing a historic scoreless turn through the New York rotation ended with the Yankees’ second walk-off win during a three-game sweep of the AL Central leaders, New York’s fourth walk-off win in its last five home games. The Yankees are 23-9 since a 5-10 start.

“This is what we expect. We expect to be a great team,” manager Aaron Boone said. “For the better part of a few weeks now, it’s starting to sync up and and we’re seeing the results.”

Judge thought this was his first game-ending RBI since Double-A, when his 10th-inning homer lifted Trenton over Portland on April 16, 2015, more than a year before the debut of a big league career that has included a pair of All-Star selections.

New York led 4-3 before pinch-hitter Andrew Vaughn’s one-out homer, an opposite-field shot to right in the ninth off Chapman (4-0), who blew a save for the first time in 12 chances this year and gave up his first earned run. Vaughn sprinted around the bases.

“The swing he put on him was absolutely perfect. Perfect,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “We should be celebrating, but we’re not.”

Clint Frazier, who missed the previous five starts with a stiff neck, singled off Aaron Bummer (0-3) leading off the bottom half for his first three-hit game this year, lifting his average to .171. Frazier stole his second base of the game as Brett Gardner struck out, and AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu was intentionally walked.

Tyler Wade hit a slow six-hopper to Nick Madrigal and beat the throw from the charging second baseman for an infield single.

Hendriks came in to face Judge, who memorably hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off him in the first inning of the 2018 AL wild-card game against Oakland.

Mets’ deGrom on track to start Tuesday against Colorado

MIAMI (AP) New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is on track to start Tuesday at home against the Colorado Rockies after being sidelined since May 9 with tightness in his right side.

DeGrom threw a side session Sunday.

“Everything looked good,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said before his team’s game in Miami. “We’re still going to monitor the rest of today and tomorrow, but he is on track.”

DeGrom struck out eight and walked none Thursday in three hitless innings during an injury rehabilitation outing for the St. Lucie Mets.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner is 3-2 and has an MLB-leading 0.68 ERA in six starts this year, with 65 strikeouts and seven walks in 40 innings.

Indians’ Reyes to miss 5 to 7 weeks with oblique strain

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians’ struggling offense will be without cleanup hitter Franmil Reyes for between five and seven weeks because of an internal oblique strain.

Reyes, who leads the team in RBIs and is second in home runs, was placed on the 10-day injured list before Sunday’s game against Minnesota. Cleveland’s designated hitter left Saturday’s game with the injury, which the team initially called a strained left abdominal muscle.

“We knew he’d be an IL and miss some time,” manager Terry Francona said Sunday before the team issued the detailed medical update.

Reyes was injured while fouling off a pitch in the sixth inning. He underwent an MRI on Sunday morning.

Reyes’ absence will be a major setback for the Indians. He has 29 RBIs and 11 homers while batting .257 in 40 games. Reyes and third baseman Jose Ramirez have carried Cleveland’s offense for most of the season. Reyes hit a two-run homer in the first inning Saturday. He doubled over in pain after taking a swing in the sixth and was replaced during the at-bat by Jordan Luplow.

Infielder Owen Miller, the top hitting prospect in Cleveland’s minor league system, was called up from Triple-A Columbus. Miller, 24, was batting .406 in 16 games at Columbus. He started at DH and batted sixth Sunday.

Miller hit two home runs with nine RBIs at Columbus. The right-handed hitter has played all four infield positions and left field.

Miller was acquired in a nine-player trade that sent pitcher Mike Clevinger to San Diego in August. He was drafted in the third round by the Padres in 2018.

Catcher Roberto Perez, who had surgery for a broken right thumb earlier this month, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

NHL PLAYOFFS

Preds beat Canes 4-3 in double OT again to tie series at 2-2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Luke Kunin scored his second goal at 16:10 of the second overtime and the Nashville Predators beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Sunday to tie the first-round series 2-2.

Kunin broke his stick and went to the bench for another. He then skated up and beat Alex Nedeljkovic from the inside edge of the left circle off a pass from Mikael Granlund.

Goalie Juuse Saros made a franchise-record 58 saves to ensure this series will return to Nashville. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Carolina.

Ryan Johansen and Nick Cousins each scored a goal, and Mattias Ekholm and Mikael Granlund each had two assists.

This was the first time both teams had gone to multiple overtimes in back-to-back games in a series. Nashville improved to 5-3 winning in double overtime for the second straight game, while Carolina dropped to 1-7 overall with one loss while still the Hartford Whalers.

Brock McGinn had his first two-game game in the postseason, and Vincent Trocheck also had a goal for Carolina. Jordan Martinook added two assists.

The catfish had been barely carried off when Nashville caught Carolina in a line change, and Kunin beat Nedeljkovic with a backhander through his legs at 57 seconds for his first this series. Trocheck tied it, batting in the puck off Martin Necas’ shot in a flurry around Saros at 18:03 of the first.

Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour complained about how his Hurricanes were fighting the refs after 14 penalties through Games 2 and 3. His lobbying for officials to call it both ways netted Carolina two power plays in the first period.

The Hurricanes also escaped a penalty when officials wiped out a double minor after a review showed Predators forward Eeli Tolvanen was caught first by teammate Mattias Ekholm’s stick before Carolina forward Andrei Svechnikov’s stick hit his face with 80 seconds left in the first. Officials are not allowed by rule to call another penalty in that situation.

Johansen put Nashville back up 2-1 at 4:53 of the second, reaching around Matt Duchene to backhand the puck past Nedeljkovic off the rebound of a shot by Duchene. The Predators had a rare 2-on-0 chance a couple minutes later, but Nedeljkovic stopped Yakov Trenin with his right pad.

McGinn tied it at 2 with with 1:55 left in the second. His slap shot from the outside edge of the left circle went in off the far post. McGinn missed the final 19 games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.

He then gave Carolina its first lead at 3-2 with a wrister 13 seconds into the third, beating goalie Juuse Saros stick-side.

But the Predators, 1 of 17 on the man advantage in this series, tied it up on their first power play in this game. Dougie Hamilton tripped Nashville captain Roman Josi, and Cousins redirected Erik Haula’s shot at 3:15 for his first career playoff goal in his 25th game after not dressing in Games 1 or 2.

They got another when Svechnikov went in the box at 5:15 for cross-checking but couldn’t beat Nedeljkovic.

Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri appealing 8-game suspension

(AP) — Colorado forward Nazem Kadri is appealing his eight-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis defenseman Justin Faulk, looking to get it reduced with the Avalanche moving on to the second round.

The NHL Players’ Association filed the appeal Sunday night on Kadri’s behalf. The first appeal goes to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and Kadri could then take his case to a neutral arbitrator if he so chooses.

After the Avalanche finished off a sweep of the Blues, Kadri has six games left to serve on the initial suspension, pending the appeals process. Colorado will face the winner of the Vegas-Minnesota series in the second round.

Kadri was suspended indefinitely after injuring Faulk in Game 2 of the Avalanche-Blues series pending a video hearing with the league’s department of player safety. That department handed down an eight-game suspension Friday night.

“I’m a little surprised, to be honest with you,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “I looked through all the head shot suspensions for the last year, a lot of two-gamers getting handed out for significant hits to the head. We’ve had some guys put out with hits to the head that are still out with no suspension. So, I thought, generally the rule of thumb is playoffs you get a little less, and he got significantly worse.”

Kadri’s history played a part in that, as did Faulk’s injury.

It’s Kadri’s third playoff suspension over the past six postseasons. He was suspended for the remainder of the first round in 2019 for cross-checking, which turned out to be five games, and was suspended three games for boarding in 2018.

Each of those incidents happened with Toronto, which traded him to Colorado in the summer of 2019. Kadri had 18 points in 15 games for the Avalanche in the 2020 bubble playoffs when he was able to stay out of trouble.

Kadri had 32 points in 56 games this season as Colorado won the Presidents’ Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

Bergeron, Pastrnak and Bruins finish off Capitals in 5 games

WASHINGTON (AP) David Pastrnak couldn’t control his excitement with the opportunity to help the Boston Bruins advance in the playoffs, and captain Patrice Bergeron approached the clinching game as if it was the reason he played hockey.

It showed.

With Pastrnak, Bergeron and goaltender Tuukka Rask leading the way, the Bruins eliminated the Washington Capitals in five games with a 3-1 victory Sunday night. Pastrnak dazzled with a highlight-reel goal, Bergeron scored twice at timely moments and Rask made 40 saves to set up a second-round showdown against either the Pittsburgh Penguins or New York Islanders.

“These games are fun,” Pastrnak said. “The feeling you get with the guys after the game in the locker room and the happiness like little kids, it’s something that you play the game for.”

Chants of “TUUKK!” emanated from a large group of black and gold-clad Boston fans who were part of the limited-capacity sellout crowd of 5,333. Those were occasionally interrupted by “We want the Cup!” – the trophy the Bruins last won a decade ago after a 39-year title drought.

They’re 12 wins away, thanks to their best players dominating in Game 5.

“Let’s face it: Our top guys came through,” coach Bruce Cassidy said.

Pastrnak made it look easy putting the puck behind his back and through his legs, assisted on Bergeron’s first goal and was part of an effort in front of Rask that kept most of the Capitals’ shots to the outside. Bergeron, who got the “C” when Zdeno Chara left to sign with Washington, beat Ilya Samsonov with a stoppable shot in the second and stunted a comeback bid with an unassisted goal in the third.

“That’s why you play the game: it’s the adrenaline and the feeling that you get,” said Bergeron, who has 24 points in potential clinching games throughout his career. “It’s always special. It’s always fun to be a part of it.”

The only shot that beat Rask was Conor Sheary hammering home his own rebound 11 seconds into the third period. That ended an even-strength goal drought of 147:44, but wasn’t enough to rally the Capitals, who outshot the Bruins 41-19 and had a would-be goal by Lars Eller with 5:37 remaining waved off for goaltender interference.

“I felt good the whole series,” Rask said. “This game today was probably the most chances and shots they had the whole series. That’s one of the reasons that it looked like I was in the zone.”

Jets storm back from 3-goal deficit, top Oilers 5-4 in OT

INNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Nikolaj Ehlers scored his second goal of the game at 9:13 in overtime, completing a massive rally for the Winnipeg Jets who erased a three-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 on Sunday night and take a 3-0 lead in their opening-round playoff series.

Mathieu Perreault, Blake Wheeler and Josh Morrissey each scored for Winnipeg in a stretch of 3:03 of the third to tie it and send it to overtime. The Jets can sweep the series Monday night with Game 4 in Edmonton.

Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist for Edmonton, Zack Kassian and Jujhar Khaira also scored and Connor McDavid had three assists in the game played in front of no fans at Bell MTS Place, where the Oilers went 4-1 in the regular season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 44 saves for the Jets. Mike Smith stopped 32 shots for the Oilers.

The Jets were bolstered by the return of Ehlers, who hadn’t played since April 24. He sat out the last 11 games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.

The Oilers jumped out to their most aggressive start of the series, taking their first lead of the series since early in Game 1.

But Ehlers got Winnipeg on the board when he scored on a power play at 17:13 of the second, launching a wrist shot into the far corner past Smith. Barely a minute later, Kassian restored Edmonton’s two-goal advantage.

The Oilers padded their lead at 4:43 of the third when Khaira, with his back to the net, deflected in a shot by Adam Larsson.

But the Jets stormed back, starting with Perreault’s slap shot on a power play at 11:41 of the third – sparking the three-goal outburst.

NASCAR

Chase Elliott wins rain-shortened NASCAR Cup debut in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Chase Elliott raced to a short and slippery victory Sunday as rain spoiled the end of NASCAR’s debut at the Circuit of the Americas, where drivers struggled to navigate the winding course in the first rain race in Cup Series history.

Elliott, the defending series champion, won for the first time this year and the sixth time on a road course. He has won five of the last six road races.

He also earned his 12th career victory, No. 800 for Chevrolet and No. 268 for Hendrick Motorsports, tying Petty Enterprises for most victories.

The race was called while under a red flag on Lap 54 of 68 because of poor visibility and standing water on the track caused by heavy rain. Elliott’s teammate, Kyle Larson, and Team Penske’s Joey Logano rounded out the top three.

It was a disappointing finish to the series’ first run at a track built for Formula One, and organizers will have to decide if they want to make the Austin track a regular stop.

The rain started on the opening lap and several drivers complained about treacherous conditions that limited visibility, and caused a pair of violent crashes. The race was stopped twice before it was called. Veteran Kevin Harvick called it the most dangerous racing he’s ever done.

The trickiest section was the long, high-speed straight as the cars risked hydroplaning or not being able to see even a few feet ahead in the spray kicked up by the cars around them.

The worst crash came when Cole Custer, seeking a visible racing line, smashed into the back of Martin Truex Jr. – who had just hit Michael McDowell – and Custer’s front end briefly burst into a fireball on lap 25. Both drivers were checked at the medical center an released.

UP NEXT

NASCAR heads to North Carolina for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway next Sunday before a return to road racing at Sonoma Raceway

2021 HCAC Baseball All Conference and Awards Announced

CARMEL, Ind. – Following the 2021 season, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced the Baseball major award winners and members of the All-Conference Teams.
 
Following an outstanding senior campaign, and career, Franklin College’s Ryan Bixler (Logansport, Ind.) was named the 2021 HCAC Baseball Player of the Year. Bixler was in the top of several HCAC statistical categories, starting 36 games for the Grizzlies. He boasted a .435 batting average, 63 runs, 60 hits, 44 RBI, 13 doubles and 10 home runs. He had a hot slugging percentage of .761 and an impressive on base percentage of .570. Bixler was also very reliable in the field, as an outfielder, with a .977 fielding percentage.
 
On the mound, it was Transylvania University’s Jake Schmidt (Dublin, Ohio) who was tabbed as the 2021 HCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year. The senior pieced together an impressive campaign, going 7-0 in nine starts, adding a save. He led the league in strikeouts with 77, including 26 strikeouts looking, and had a 2.62 ERA.
 
Pioneer teammate Trent Youngblood (Louisville, Ky.) was voted as the 2021 HCAC Baseball Newcomer of the Year. The first year was a leader at the plate in the HCAC, with a .399 average, with 55 hits, 46 runs, 15 RBI, and 10 doubles. Youngblood also had a .536 slugging percentage and .488 on base percentage. He was also solid in the infield, with a .985 fielding percentage.
 
Transylvania skipper Zack Getsee led the Pioneers to their first regular season title in over a decade, with a 26-10 regular season record. For his efforts, Getsee was voted as the 2021 HCAC Coach of the Year by his peers.
 
Player of the Year: Ryan Bixler, Franklin College
Pitcher of the Year: Jake Schmidt, Transylvania University
Newcomer of the Year: Trent Youngblood, Transylvania University
Coach of the Year: Zack Getsee, Transylvania University
 
The HCAC also honors an All-Conference First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention. The members of those teams are selected by a vote of league coaches and are listed below.

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All-Conference First Team

Ryan BixlerOutfieldFranklin College
Charlie BurtonCatcherHanover College
Hudson ChastainSecond BaseTransylvania University
Danny DoppUtilityEarlham College
Joey GerbusPitcherEarlham College
Jacob HughesPitcherMount St. Joseph University
Tysen LipscombDesignated HitterFranklin College
Michael PinarskiInfield/PitcherManchester University
Justin ReedShort StopAnderson University
Matthew RousePitcherRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Branton SandersFirst BaseAnderson University
Jake SchmidtPitcherTransylvania University
Adam TaylorOutfieldRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Riley WilburOutfieldTransylvania University
Nick WrightThird BaseFranklin College
Trent YoungbloodOutfieldTransylvania University

 
All-Conference Second Team

Michael BlairFirst BaseTransylvania University
Luke CalabreseUtilityRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Harris CampOutfieldRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Alex ChristieShortstopHanover College
Eli CopnerPitcherHanover College
Logan DemkovichCatcherFranklin College
Kasey HendersonPitcherAnderson University
Charlie JoycePitcherHanover College
Andrew LittlefieldOutfieldHanover
Ryan MurrayOutfieldMount St. Joseph University
Jacob PetriskoPitcherRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
TJ PriceSecond BaseAnderson University
Grahm ReedyOutfieldAnderson University
Brett TuttleThird BaseRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Nick WadeDesignated HitterTransylvania University
Quenton WellingtonShortstopFranklin College

 
All-Conference Honorable Mention

Bennie DayOutfieldAnderson University
Adam DuncanOutfieldBluffton University
Austin HatfieldFirst Base/UtilityEarlham College
Nate KaffenbargerInfieldDefiance College
Brett KronCatcherManchester University
Wade LoPiccoloThird BaseTransylvania University
Cohen NiesPitcherDefiance College
Jordan ParkerPitcherHanover College
Alex ReinoehlPitcherFranklin College
Nathan RennerPitcherMount St. Joseph University

INDIANA BASEBALL: Hoosiers Fall to Ohio State, 3-1

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University baseball team dropped a 3-1 game to Ohio State on Sunday night at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind.

With the setback, the Hoosiers fall to 24-16 on the season overall and in Big Ten conference play. The Buckeyes improve to 20-18 on the year and in league action.

KEY MOMENTS

• The Hoosiers took an early, 1-0 lead over the Buckeyes in the bottom of the first inning. After a leadoff double down the right-field line from INF Jeremy Houston, he scored on an OSU throwing error on a single off the bat of OF Drew Ashley.

• OSU tied the game with a run in the top of the second and then took the lead with two runs in the fifth to stake a 3-1 advantage.

• In the bottom of the ninth, Indiana had runners on the corners with two away, but the team’s rally ended with a strikeout to end the game.

NOTABLES

• RHP Gabe Bierman (5-4) pitched five innings for the Hoosiers, allowing three runs on five hits. The right-hander struck out six batters in the game.

• Out of the bullpen, RHP Nathan Stahl tossed three shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out four.

• RHP Reese Sharp pitched a scoreless ninth inning for IU, striking out one.

• Houston and INF Cole Barr each had two hits on the day to pace the Hoosier offense, with Barr also stealing a pair of bases.

UP NEXT

• The Indiana Hoosiers will face the Ohio State Buckeyes on Monday, May 24 at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. The game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. ET first pitch and will be televised nationally on BTN.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Ohio Outlasts BSU Sunday For Series Split

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ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio scored six runs in the last two innings to outlast the Ball State baseball team 9-7 in a back-and-forth Sunday battle. BSU won the first two games of the weekend and Ohio claimed the second two games for a weekend split.

Sunday’s game featured five lead changes, nine pitchers used and Ball State had the tying run on base when the game ended. Noah Navarro had the RBIs and four different Cardinals had two hits.

BIG PICTURE: Central Michigan and Ball State entered the weekend tied for the league lead. CMU swept Eastern Michigan and the Cardinals split. Central owns a 2-game lead in the standings with four left to play. Central plays at Toledo next weekend and Ball State hosts 6th-place Miami.

SUNDAY’S TURNING POINT: Ball State led 5-3 when Ohio scored four times in the bottom of the 7th. Ohio’s No. 9 hitter hit a 2-run double and then scored on a wild pitch. Harry Witwer-Dukes, the 1st baseman hitting 3rd, later hit a solo home run to make it 9-5.

FOR THE WEEKEND: John Baker won Friday’s ace game and Chayce McDermott punched out 13 as Ball State won the second game. Aaron Simpson went 8-for-16 and scored four runs. In all, Simpson has added 31 points to his batting average over the last five games. Nick Powell hit .417 with a homer and a team-best five runs over the weekend. Decker Scheffler went 4-for-8 with a homer over the weekend as well.

ONE MORE SERIES LEFT: Ball State’s final regular season series begins Friday when Miami comes to Muncie.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S LACROSSE: NO. 6 IRISH FALL IN OT IN NCAA QUARTERFINALS

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Wheaton Jackoboice scored four goals and Liam Entenmann made 14 saves, but No. 6 seed Notre Dame lost an overtime heartbreaker, 14-13, to No. 3 Maryland in the NCAA quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium.

The Irish, which earned their 15th straight appearance in the NCAA Championship and 10th quarterfinals appearance in the last 11 seasons, close the 2021 season with an 8-4 mark.

Eric Dobson, Will Yorke and Sean Leahey each scored twice for Notre Dame while Griffin Westlin, Pat Kavanagh and David Lipka rounded out the scoring for the Irish. Westlin also added three assists to match Jackoboice with a team-high four points.

Kyle Gallagher collected a game-high six ground balls while Kavanagh and Arden Cohen each notched five.

Gallagher and Charles Leonard each won 10 face-offs for Notre Dame and helped propel the Irish to a 20-10 advantage in the category.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Wheaton Jackoboice opened the scoring 1:17 into play, but the Terrapins scored five unanswered goals in the first quarter to earn a 5-1 advantage after 15 minutes.

Notre Dame responded with the first five goals of the second frame, including a pair from Leahey and one each from Yorke, Jackoboice and Westlin, to earn a 6-5 lead. After Maryland earned a 7-6 advantage, Jackoboice netted his third of the day with 1:39 left to make it 7-7 at the break.

The Irish outscored Maryland 4-2 in the third stanza with Entenmann anchoring Notre Dame with six saves on eight shots on goal in the quarter. Dobson netted back-to-back goals before Lipka put the Irish up 10-8 at the 5:39 mark. After Maryland got back within one, Kavanagh scored with 1:41 remaining in the quarter to put the Irish up 11-9 heading into the final 15 minutes.

Yorke’s second of the day made it 12-9 with 12:01 to go, but Maryland scored the next four goals to take a 13-12 lead. Jackoboice’s fourth evened the score again at the 4:24 mark and neither side could convert the go-ahead goal down the stretch as the game headed to overtime.

Maryland scored :39 into the extra frame to clinch the 14-13 victory.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: ACC CHAMPIONSHIP POOL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

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CHARLOTTE — The top-seeded Notre Dame baseball team will begin its journey to an ACC Championship Wednesday afternoon for their first matchup of pool play.

The conference announced the full schedule Sunday morning and the Irish (29-10, 25-10 ACC) will start the tournament against 12-seed Virginia Tech (27-23, 16-20 ACC) Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET from Truist Park in Charlotte. The second pool game will be on Friday at 11 a.m. ET against the eight-seed Virginia Cavaliers (27-22, 18-18 ACC).

In the pool rounds, the team with the best record will advance to the semifinals set for Saturday afternoon. If all three teams finish with a 1-1 record, the higher seeded team in the pool will move on to the semifinals.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: 2021 MVC Baseball Tournament Field Set; Sycamores No. 2 Seed

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Southern Illinois University will serve as host for the 2021 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship for the third time in school history and first time since 1986, from May 25-29 in Carbondale, Illinois. The 2021 event will take place at Itchy Jones Stadium, which serves as the home field for the Salukis.

DBU earned its third MVC regular-season title, including second-straight, as the Patriots claimed the tournament’s top seed with an 18-6 MVC record.

Defending tournament champion Indiana State (14-10 MVC) is the tournament’s No. 2 seed entering next week’s championship.

No. 3 Bradley (12-10 MVC) will face host No. 4 Southern Illinois (15-13 MVC) in Wednesday’s final game slated for 7 PM (CT).

No. 5 Missouri State (11-13 MVC) will face No. 8 Valparaiso (9-19 MVC) at 7 PM (CT) on Tuesday in a single elimination contest.

No. 6 Illinois State (12-15 MVC) will open the tournament against No. 7 Evansville (11-16 MVC) at 2:30 PM (CT) Tuesday in a single elimination game. 

Schedule for Tuesday, May 25

Game 1: No. 6 Illinois State vs. No. 7 Evansville, 2:30 PM (CT)

Game 2*: No. 5 Missouri State vs. No. 8 Valparaiso, 7 PM (CT)

*If the No. 8 seed wins Game 2, it will play the No. 1 seed at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, and the winner of Game 1 would face the No. 2 seed.

Schedule for Wednesday, May 26

Game 3: No. 1 DBU vs. Game 1 winner, 10 AM (CT)

Game 4: No. 2 Indiana State vs. Game 2 winner, 2:30 PM (CT)

Game 5: No. 3 Bradley vs. No. 4 Southern Illinois, 7 PM (CT)

Schedule for Thursday, May 27

Game 6: Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 10 AM (CT)

Game 7: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 5, 2:30 PM (CT)

Game 8: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5, 7 PM (CT)

Schedule for Friday, May 28

Game 9: TBD, 10 AM (CT)

Game 10: TBD, 2:30 PM (CT)

Game 11: TBD, 7 PM (CT)

Schedule for Saturday, May 29

Game 12: MVC Championship, 2:30 PM (CT)

Game 13: MVC Championship (If Necessary), 7 PM (CT)

VALPO BASEBALL: Valpo to Open MVC Tournament on Tuesday

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Valparaiso (14-33, 9-19 MVC)
at Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
Itchy Jones Stadium | Carbondale, Ill.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 7 p.m. CT vs. Missouri State (21-22, 11-13 MVC) – RHP Easton Rhodehouse
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 10 a.m. CT vs. DBU (33-15, 18-6 MVC)
Thursday, May 27, 2021, TBD
Friday, May 28, 2021, TBD
Saturday, May 29, 2021, 2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. (if nec.)

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: For the second consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, Valpo will match up with Missouri State in the opening round after the two teams completed the regular season against one another. Much like 2019, Valpo finished the regular year by incurring a road sweep at the paws of the Bears. Eighth-seeded Valpo will face off with fifth-seeded Missouri State for the fifth consecutive game on Tuesday, this time with the season on the line in a win-or-go-home round to begin the MVC Tournament. If Valpo prevails on Tuesday, it will advance to the double-elimination portion of the event and take on top-seeded DBU on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Last Time Out: Valpo was swept in a four-game weekend series at Missouri State, however all four games were close contests. Three of the four were decided by one run, and the other game saw Valpo hold the lead as late as the seventh inning. Parker Johnson held a team-high .333 batting average with three runs scored during the series, while Kyle Schmack posted a .308 mark. Valpo boasted strong pitching, particularly in the first and fourth games of the series, which were 2-1 defeats. Trent Turzenski delivered an eight-inning complete game and took a tough-luck loss in Saturday’s regular-season finale. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six, an effort that helped Valpo preserve the bullpen for Tuesday’s conference tournament opener.

On the Air: All games during the tournament will air on ESPN+. The conference broadcast teams for the event include Scott Warmann, Shane Dennis, Art Hains and Connor Onion. Links to live video and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Series Notes – Missouri State: Valpo hopes to break through with its first-ever victory over Missouri State on Tuesday. The Brown & Gold hold an 0-13 mark in a series that dates back to 1985. The Bears ended Valpo’s season in 2019, as the teams met four straight games, three to close the regular season and one in the MVC Tournament. Valpo is hoping history will not repeat itself this week. The 10 MVC regular-season matchups have all gone Missouri State’s way, but eight of the 10 have been determined by two runs or fewer. Eleven of the 13 matchups have occurred since Valpo joined The Valley with the other two coming in 1985 and 1987 (and amazingly enough, current Missouri State head coach Keith Guttin was at the helm for those matchups, too).  

All-Time Record vs. Remainder of the Field

DBU: 3-13

Indiana State: 30-50-1

Bradley: 15-20

Illinois State: 12-24-1

Southern Illinois: 9-4

Evansville: 39-24

Senior Salute: This year’s senior class features four players who have been staples in the program for the last five seasons after making immediate impacts as freshmen in 2017. This will mark the final conference tournament for the veteran quartet of RHP Jon Tieman, RHP Easton Rhodehouse, OF Steven Fitzsimmons and OF Riley Dent. In addition, LHP Josh Currier, a senior in his fourth year in the program; SS Damon Jorgensen, who is in his third year at Valpo after transferring from Coffeyville; and OF Jonathan Temple, who is in his second season with the Brown & Gold after transferring from Modesto JC, are coming down the final stretch of their collegiate careers. Graduation details and future plans for each senior are listed below.

  • Jonathan Temple is a communication major with a minor in economics. The Turlock, Calif. native’s future plans include starting a marketing career in the Midwest.
  • Damon Jorgensen has earned a degree in communication and plans to work for Cintas beginning in June.
  • Josh Currier is a nursing major with a minor in psychology and will graduate from Valpo in May 2022 with his BSN and plans to start his career on a medical surgery floor.
  • Riley Dent completed his undergraduate degree in marketing in May 2020 and will finish his MBA in August 2021.
  • Steven Fitzsimmons completed his degree in political science with minors in business administration and communication in May 2020 and will finish his MBA in August 2021.
  • Easton Rhodehouse is a 2020 Valpo graduate with a degree in political science and will finish his MBA in August 2021 and move to Denver to pursue a career in finance.
  • Jon Tieman is a 2020 Valpo graduate with a degree in finance and minor in business analytics. Upon completing his MBA this August, the Crystal Lake, Ill. native will pursue a job in finance in the Chicagoland area.

Close Calls: Valpo has played in 14 one-run games this season and holds a 6-8 mark in such contests. The team played in 10 one-run affairs in MVC action, going 5-5. The 14 one-run games mark Valpo’s most in a single season since also having 14 during the 2018 season, and the 10 in league play marked its most since playing 16 one-run games in Horizon League action in 2012 and going 11-5.

Valpo in the MVC Tournament: This will represent Valpo’s third MVC Tournament appearance as the team attempts to bounce back from a first-round exit after a 7-1 defeat to Missouri State in the most recent tournament on May 21, 2019 in Normal, Ill. Valpo made a strong entrance in its first MVC Tournament back in 2018, beating a DBU team that went on to earn an NCAA at-large berth by a score of 13-10 in the tournament opener before incurring tight setbacks to Bradley (11-9) and DBU (7-5).

Schmack in the Record Book: Valpo head coach Brian Schmack reached a significant milestone by beating Evansville on May 15 as he garnered his 150th career victory, becoming just the fourth head coach in program history to reach that mark. He joined an elite list that also includes Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013). Earlier this season, Schmack surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987), who is now fifth with 147 career wins.

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack, the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his eighth season in charge of the program. Entering the 2021 season, he has served as the head coach for 336 games at Valpo, the fourth-most in program history with Tracy Woodson third at 397. This year, he moves into a tie for third in program history for number of seasons coached with eight, matching Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Schmack has now been at Valpo longer than his predecessor Woodson, whose seven-year run lasted from 2007-2013. Entering the season, Schmack’s win total of 136 ranks fifth in program history, with Rick Ferchen fourth at 147. The former big-league pitcher led Valparaiso to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. He followed that up with a 22-win season in 2015, then guided the team to its first winning record since 2013 in 2016. In 2017, Schmack continued his success despite managing a youthful roster that featured 11 freshmen and 15 total newcomers. He led his team to 24 wins, including a strong finish to the regular season that saw them win eight of their last 11. The 2018 season saw Valpo transition to the Missouri Valley Conference. The Brown & Gold made an immediate splash in the highly-respected baseball league, putting together a strong showing in the 2018 MVC Tournament, including a 13-10 victory over host Dallas Baptist, a team that went on to receive an at-large NCAA Regional berth. During the 2019 season, Schmack’s squad equaled its win total from the year prior despite playing in a conference that was ranked sixth nationally in RPI and sent three teams to NCAA Regionals. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Home Success Sustained

  • When Valpo lifted the lid on its home slate on April 23, it became the final team in the nation to open the home portion of its schedule.
  • The team snapped a stretch of 45 consecutive games away from home dating back to May 14, 2019, a 4-3 victory over Chicago State.
  • Playing home games is always important in terms of results as Valpo finished with a winning record at home for the fifth time in the last six seasons and 12th time in the last 14 campaigns. The team posted a 7-6 record at Emory G. Bauer Field this season.

On the Rise

  • Despite dropping all four over the final weekend of the season including three one-run games and a fourth game where the team held a late lead, the program has taken a significant step forward in its fourth year (third season due to COVID) in the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • Valpo finished with its highest league winning percentage since joining The Valley.
  • The team’s best stretch of baseball came from April 23 to May 8, when it went 8-4 in MVC play and had a one-run loss at No. 8 Notre Dame.
  • Valpo started the league slate with an 0-8 mark after playing the top two teams – DBU and Indiana State – on the road to start conference competition. After those eight challenging contests, Valpo played nearly .500 ball the rest of the way.

We Are Young

  • Based on the 2020 season not counting as a year of eligibility due to COVID-19, Valpo has a young roster of seven seniors, no juniors, seven sophomores and 20 freshmen.
  • 8 percent of the team’s at-bats this season have been taken by freshmen and 68.1 percent have come from either freshmen or sophomores. Entering the MVC Tournament, Valpo’s top four players in terms of batting average are all freshmen.
  • On the mound, Valpo has received 165 1/3 innings from freshmen, 138 2/3 from sophomores, none from juniors and 80 1/3 innings from seniors. Overall, 43 percent of the team’s innings are coming from freshmen and 79 percent are from either freshmen or sophomores.

Who’s Hot?

  • Parker Johnson batted .333 and scored three runs to lead the team in the series at Missouri State (May 20-22), while Kyle Schmack (.308) was the other Valpo hitter who enjoyed a productive series.
  • After starting the season with a .200 average through his first 11 games, Kaleb Hannahs is hitting .336 over his last 36 contests, posting a .434 on-base percentage in that time.
  • Entering the MVC Tournament, Hannahs owns a 16-game on-base streak. That marks Valpo’s longest active streak and third longest such streak this season (Brady Renfro 21, Steven Fitzsimmons 18).
  • After starting the season with a .155 batting average through 15 games, Riley Dent is hitting .287 over his last 32 outings.
  • Kyle Schmack has a team-high .316 batting average over the last 10 games. Jonathan Temple is slugging a team-best .714 during that stretch.
  • Alex Thurston batted a team-best .417 during the series vs. Evansville (May 14-16), while Jonathan Temple slashed .400/.571/1.100 during the four-game set, totaling 11 bases and launching two home runs.
  • Steven Fitzimmons had a big weekend at Bradley on May 7-8, posting a team-high batting average of .438 during the four-game set. He drove in five, scored six times and compiled a .500 on-base percentage while slugging .625 in the series.

Slamming the Door

  • A pair of Valpo seniors have continued to climb the program’s all-time saves list.
  • Easton Rhodehouse picked up a pair of saves in the weekend series vs. Illinois State, nailing down Valpo victories on April 30 and May 2.
  • The May 2 save was the 11th of Rhodehouse’s career, moving him into sole possession of fifth place in program history.
  • Rhodehouse needs two more saves to advance another spot and move into a tie for fourth all-time with Justin Cracker (1998-2001).
  • Jon Tieman worked the final four innings of a 5-1 triumph over Evansville on May 15, nailing down his 10th career save and third this season. He is tied for sixth in program history with Dallas Cawiezell (2005-2007).

In The Other Dugout: Scouting the Field  

  • DBU earned its third MVC regular season title and its second straight, entering the event as the No. 1 seed.
  • Defending tournament champion Indiana State is the No. 2 seed.
  • Bradley leads a tightly-bunched rest of the pack as the No. 3 seed, while Southern Illinois claimed the final first-round bye as a No. 4.
  • Sixth-seeded Illinois State and seventh-seeded Evansville will join Valpo and Missouri State in fighting for their season on Tuesday. That matchup begins at 2:30 p.m.

MIAMI BASEBALL: Miami Earns Series Sweep of Zips with 6-1 Victory

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OXFORD, Ohio —  The Miami University baseball team exploded for six unanswered runs, including three in the fourth inning, en route to a 6-1 win against the Akron Zips at McKie Field on Sunday afternoon. Nate Stolze was a highlight for the RedHawks on the day, hitting a two-RBI home run in the fourth to give Miami a lead it never relinquished. With the victory in the home finale, the RedHawks move to 25-26 (18-17 Mid-American Conference) on the season, while the Akron Zips fall to 14-36 (8-32 MAC).

Following the game, Miami honored its 16 graduating seniors: Tyler Wardwell, Will Vogelgesang, Nate Stolze, Cristian Tejada, Reid Norberg, Michael Spinozzi, Michael Morissette, Tyler Bosma, Grant Hartwig, Parker Massman, Logan Schmitt, Jacob Webb, Nick Neibauer, Jay Wilson, Mac Hippenhammer, and Kevin Napoleon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Akron was the first team on the board, scoring a run in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead. However, the RedHawks responded to the Zips in the fourth inning. Brian Zapp singled through the right side and advanced to second base on the play while scoring Cole Andrews to knot the game at one. Stone continued the offensive inning for Miami, hitting a two-RBI home run that also allowed Brian Zapp to cross the plate to increase the Miami lead to 3-1.

In the sixth, Nate Stone hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Dalton Back, giving Miami a 4-1 lead. Back started the bottom of the seventh, scoring both Stone and Hippenhammer with a double to right-center. The Miami lead would stick for the remainder of the game with Miami ending with a series sweep over the Zips.

MIAMI GAME NOTES:

Back came in the game in the fifth inning, going 1-for-1 at the plate with a pair of RBI.

Bosma started on the mound for Miami and threw five innings, striking out four while allowing just one run. Napoleon came in and pitched 1.2 innings in relief, allowing no runs and striking out four. Webb earned the save, pitching the final 2.1 innings, striking out three Zips.

WHAT’S NEXT:

The RedHawks will square off with Bowling Green in a single game on Tuesday, May 25. The first pitch for the final game of the series with the Falcons is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. at Steller Field.

WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Sass belts three home runs as Raiders complete weekend sweep of Charleston

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The Wright State baseball team used an eight-run second inning and three home runs from Sammy Sass on Sunday to send the Raiders into next week’s Horizon League Championship with a 12-3 victory over Charleston to close the regular season.

The Raiders (32-11) and Charleston (31-11, NCAA Division II) added this weekend’s series as the remainder of the Horizon League finished the regular season this weekend. Charleston awaits hosting duties as one of the upcoming NCAA Division II regional hosts.

Wright State had already secured the No. 1 seed and hosting duties for the 2021 Horizon League Championship, which begins on Thursday with the top-seeded Raiders taking on No. 4 seed Milwaukee at 11 a.m. Full coverage of the Horizon League Championship can be found here.

On Sunday, Charleston tallied an early run in the top of the first inning before the Raiders dropped the eight runs in the second inning, sending 11 men to the plate in the frame with eight hits, including a pair of homers from Sass. Sass opened the second with a solo homer to left field to get the scoring going, which also saw Alex Alders and Tyler Black drive in RBI, while Konner Piotto and Damon Dues brought home two more runs with sacrifice flies.

The Raiders added three more runs in the fourth, first when Dues walked and later scored from third on a Charleston wild pitch. Later in the inning with two outs, Sass connected on his third homer of the game – another two-run shot – over the left field wall. Colby Johnson hit a solo homer for Charleston in the fifth before Alders drove in Julian Greenwell with an RBI double in the seventh and Hayden Cartt tallied a solo homer of his own for Charleston in the eighth for the afternoon’s final score.

Sass’ three hits and five RBI led the Raider offense, while Alders finished with two hits and two RBI of his own in the win. Hamilton, Black and Greenwell all added doubles to their stat lines as well, while Justin McConnell had a triple.

In a scheduled bullpen day, Justin Hornschemeier earned his first collegiate win in his first college start, allowing three hits and one run over the first two innings. Sam Wirsing an Brock Nartker each struck out three batters in their two inning appearances, while Alex Theis turned in a scoreless frame before Henry Von Hollen and Donnie Nicodemus each struck out a batter in the final two innings of the afternoon.

Zane Lattig was saddled with the loss for Charleston, allowing six runs on six hits in 1.2 innings, while Tyler Dellerman was the only player to have multiple hits for the visitors.

WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Top-seeded Wright State set to host 2021 HL Championship at The Nisch

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Regular season champion Wright State will begin the postseason on Thursday morning, as the top-seeded Raiders will host No. 4 seed Milwaukee at 11 a.m. in the opening game of the 2021 Horizon League Championship at Nischwitz Stadium.

The Raiders, who locked up the regular season title back on May 8, enter the tournament with a 32-11 overall record and riding a nine-game winning streak. Wright State has won 18 of 19 dating back to mid-April and finished with a 28-4 mark in Horizon League play this season. The Raiders were 18-1 in home games at The Nisch this season.

Milwaukee enters the HL Championship as the No. 4 seed with a 20-31 overall record and had a 17-23 mark in Horizon League play. Milwaukee lost three of four this weekend at Youngstown State, and has lost seven of its last 10 overall. The Raiders and Panthers met once during the regular season, with Wright State taking three of four games on May 7 and 8 while outscoring Milwaukee 57-18 in the series.

Thursday’s other first round matchup will feature No. 2 UIC and No. 3 Youngstown State in a game slated for a 3 p.m. start at Nischwitz Stadium. UIC enters the postseason with a 29-16 overall record and a 28-11 HL record, while Youngstown State is 32-22 overall with a 24-16 mark in the Horizon. UIC has won 11 straight games and 19 of its last 20 overall. Youngstown State has won eight of its last 10 games, including taking three of four at home against Milwaukee to close the regular season. UIC and Youngstown State split their eight regular season meetings, with each side winning three of four games at its home park.

This season, Wright State swept UIC in a weekend series in Chicago in March in the lone regular season series between the teams, outscoring the Flames 38-14. The Raiders were 5-3 against Youngstown State, sweeping the Penguins in a four-game series at The Nisch in mid-March before YSU took three of four in Youngstown two weekends later. Over the eight games, the Raiders outscored Youngstown State 74-49.

The winners of the first two games on Thursday will advance to Friday’s first game at 12 p.m., while the two losing teams in the opening games will face off on Thursday night in an elimination game. Thursday night’s elimination game winner will face the loser of Friday’s winner’s bracket game in an elimination game on Friday afternoon. Saturday’s championship game is slated for a 12 p.m. first pitch, with the ‘if necessary’ game to follow.

XAVIER WOMEN’S TENNIS: Ahmeir Kyle Becomes First Musketeer to Compete in NCAA DI Singles Championships

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ORLANDO – Xavier women’s tennis’ Ahmeir Kyle made program history on Sunday, becoming the first Musketeer to compete in the NCAA DI Singles Championships. Kyle fell 6-2, 6(5)-7, 6-3 to Paris Corley of LSU in the first round to wrap up a historic season for the senior from St. Joseph, Mich.

Kyle jumped out to a 2-0 lead in set one, but Corley, the No. 60 ranked player in the latest ITA National rankings for individuals, came back to take the first set, 6-2.

In the second set, Corley took a 2-0 lead before Kyle battled back to pick up two of the next three games to trail 3-2.  Corley took the next two to lead 5-2, and Kyle responded with four straight games to take the 6-5 lead in the set.

Corley tied it up at 6-6, sending set two to tiebreakers. Kyle took a 2-0 lead and the pair battled to 3-3 before Kyle took the next three to go up 6-3. Corley responded to pull within one, 6-5, but Kyle picked up the deciding tiebreaker to take set two, 7-6 (5) and force a third set.

In set three, Kyle took the first game before Corley took a 2-1 lead. After playing to a 3-3 draw, Corley took the final three games to take the set, 6-3, and the match.

In addition to being the first Xavier player to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships, this season Kyle became the first Musketeer to be ranked in the ITA National Rankings for multiple weeks, reaching as high as No. 107 in the national rankings. She came in at No. 121 in the most recent rankings.

Kyle, a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team, went 10-5 in singles play this season, playing in the No. 1 position in dual matches during the spring. Among the singles wins for Kyle were a pair of wins over ranked opponents from Louisville and Memphis in back-to-back matches during the regular season.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Hayes Homers In Indians Sunday Loss

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ST. PAUL, MINN. – Ke’Bryan Hayes hit the first home run of his MLB rehab assignment, but the Indianapolis Indians fell just short of a comeback against the St. Paul Saints to drop the series finale on Sunday afternoon, 5-4.

Hayes, in the second game of his major league rehab with Indianapolis, went 2-for-4 with a double and two-run home run that brought the Indians within striking distance of the Saints. He combined with Christian Bethancourt (3-for-4, 2 2B) and T.J. Rivera (2-for-4) to drive in all the Indians runs.

St. Paul (7-11) opened the game with a three-run first inning after a two-out throwing error by Ethan Paul scored two runs and extended the frame.

Bethancourt traded places with Hayes following a leadoff double in the fourth inning to score the first Indians run, but St. Paul quickly repeated the effort. With a leadoff double of their own and three consecutive one-out singles, the Saints extended their lead to 5-1 entering the fifth.

Indianapolis (11-6) came within one run of St. Paul in the eighth inning. With Troy Stokes Jr. on first and no outs, Hayes sent a fly ball over the right field wall to cut the Saints lead to 5-3. Rivera singled home Bethancourt from second with two outs to plate the final Indians run of the day.

Beau Sulser (L, 2-1) surrendered all five St. Paul runs (two earned) in 4.0 innings of work. The Indians bullpen combined to hold the Saints to just one hit through the final five innings.

Tom Hackimer (S, 1) entered in the ninth inning for the Saints and struck out the side to earn the team’s second save of the season. Griffin Jax (W, 2-1) tossed 6.0 one-run innings with eight strikeouts to start the game.

Indianapolis travels to Omaha next to begin a six-game series against the Storm Chasers on Tuesday at 7:35 PM ET. The starting pitchers for both teams have yet to be announced.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1909       After beating the Cardinals a record 24 consecutive times, Giants’ legend Christy Mathewson finally loses to the Redbirds, 3-1. The winning streak spanned five years, starting in May of 1904.

1918       Indians right-hander Stan Coveleski hurls for 19 innings in the Tribe’s 3-2 victory over the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. Joe Wood’s home run proves to be the difference.

1918       A day after Secretary of War Newton D. Baker issues the work-or-fight edict, American League president Ban Johnson announces that the circuit would cease operation for the duration of WW I. The team’s owners defy their once-formidable leader, having their teams play until Labor Day.

1935       At Crosley Field, the era of nighttime baseball begins as 25,000 fans watch the Reds beat the Phillies 2-1 in the first major league game ever played under the lights. During the pregame ceremonies, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed a gold telegraph key at the White House, sending an electric signal to a table near first base where MacPhail flips the switch to illuminate the stadium.

1936       At Shibe Park, second baseman Tony Lazzeri becomes the first major league player to hit two grand slams in the same game when the Yankees annihilate the A’s, 25-2. The bases-full homers enable the future member of the Hall of Fame to establish a new American League record with 11 RBIs.

1940       The Browns host the first major league game played in St. Louis under the lights. A Friday evening crowd of 24,827, the largest attendance figure in 18 years, watches Bob Feller and the Indians beat the home team at Sportsman’s Park, 3-2.

1940       The hometown Giants, in the first night game played at the Polo Grounds, beat the Braves, 8-1. The Manhattan ballpark’s $125,000 lighting system works well, allowing the 22,260 patrons to follow the nocturnal contest without any difficulties.

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1941       The Braves sign ‘Big Poison’ Paul Waner after Brooklyn releases the 38 year-old right fielder. The former Dodger joins his younger brother’ Little Poison’ Lloyd on the Boston roster.

1947       Carl Furillo hits a three-run homer as a pinch-hitter in the first frame of the Dodgers’ 4-3 ten-inning loss to Philadelphia at Ebbets Field. The unusual first-frame substitution is the result of Phillies manager Ben Chapman using right-handed starter Al Jurisch to pitch only to the first two Brooklyn hitters, before bringing in southpaw Oscar Judd, to face the next three lefty hitters, including Gene Hermanski, the batter replaced by Furillo.

1950       Nat Clifton’s Harlem Globetrotter contract is purchased by the New York Knicks, making the talented athlete the first black to sign a deal to play in the National Basketball Association. Before his career in the NBA, ‘Sweetwater’ played first base for the Chicago American Giants in the Negro Leagues.

1956       In Detroit, Mickey Mantle goes 5-for-5 with an intentional walk in the Yankees’ 11-5 victory over the Tigers. “The Commerce Comet’s” offensive output includes a homer and four singles.

1957       With scouts from all the major league teams watching the game, New Britain (CT) High School standout Steve Dalkowski, author of two scholastic no-hitters last month, strikes out 24 New London batters. The 18-year old 5-foot-11, 175 pound senior will sign with the Orioles, one of nine clubs to show interest in the southpaw, for the maximum allowable $4,000 bonus, but may have received another unreported $12,000 and a new car.

1957       During an off-day at Fenway Park, Ted Williams, using his shotgun, shoots approximately 35 pigeons, sitting on a chair in front of the bullpen of the empty ballpark, predictably upsets the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. However, Red Sox owner and avid sportsman Tom Yawkey’s participation in ‘Kid’s’ target practice helps to quell the outrage directed at the superstar ballplayer.

1957       In his first big-league at-bat, Frank Ernaga hits a third-inning home run to deep left field off future Hall of Fame southpaw Warren Spahn in Chicago’s 5-1 victory over Milwaukee. The rookie right fielder follows his Wrigley Field round-tripper with a three-bagger in the next frame to become the first Cubs player to have hit a home run and a triple in his major league debut.

1964       The major league mark for shutouts in one day is broken as seven of the twenty major league teams do not cross home plate. The Twins, White Sox, Yankees, Mets, Phillies, Cardinals, and Giants are all blanked.

1964       Harmon Killebrew tags the longest homer ever hit in Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. The Twins left fielder’s 471-foot shot, which clears the hedge in left-center field, is hit off Milt Pappas in the eighth inning of a 7-6 loss to the Orioles.

1964       Ground is finally broken after being proposed in 1959, for the Civic Center-Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. The development of the area, located amid a blighted area near the core of the city that includes Chinatown, is seen by city officials as the start of a new era in St. Louis.

1965       With the sun’s glare shining through the roof making fly balls challenging to track during day games, the team paints the Astrodome’s clear plastic panes. The $20,000 decision to cover the roof, which reduces the ambient lighting by 40%, prevents the ballpark’s natural grass from growing and will lead to the use of Astroturf next season.

1967       Tommy McCraw, with eight RBIs, drives in more than half of the runs in the White Sox’ 14-1 rout of Minnesota at Metropolitan Stadium. The Chicago first baseman’s offensive output includes a pair of three-run homers and a two-run round-tripper.

1969       For the first time since the start of the season, a span of forty-one games, Don Kessinger does not reach base. The Cubs Gold Glove shortstop grounds out four times and hits into a fly-ball double play in his last at-bat during Chicago’s 7-5 loss to the Padres at San Diego Stadium.

1972       At Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Don Rose homers on the first pitch he sees in his first major league at-bat. The right-hander’s third-inning round-tripper, his only career round-tripper and the last hit by an American League hurler for thirty years, proves to be the difference in the Angels’ 6-5 victory over the A’s, earning the 25 year-old his only win in the big leagues.

1973       In a 19-inning marathon, LA outfielder Willie Davis collects six hits in a 7-3 loss to the Mets at Dodger Stadium. The two clubs establish a National League mark by hitting into a combined nine double plays.

1976       Bert Campaneris steals five bases, one shy of the major league mark, in the A’s 12-7 victory over the Twins at the Oakland Coliseum. The fleet shortstop will swipe 54 bases, third-best in the American League this season.

1978       In an inning which lasts over an hour, 15 players score before the first out is recorded when the Florida State League’s Tampa Tarpons beat Daytona Beach, 18-2.

1984       The Tigers equal the major league mark set by the 1916 Giants with their 17th consecutive road victory when the team defeats the Angels at Anaheim Stadium, 5-1. The win, a Jack Morris four-hit complete game, breaks the American League record of 16, established by the Senators in 1912.

1986       A “drunk” Billy Martin is “fired” as the co-host of Saturday Night Live by executive producer Lorne Michaels after slurring his lines during a skit. In retaliation, the often-unemployed Yankee manager “sets fire” to his dressing room at the end of the show, which is the season finale.

1991       “I can only hope that one day those teammates who have found it convenient to criticize me will realize that we are all in this together. If only we can concentrate more on the games than complaining and bickering and pointing fingers, we would all be better off.” – Text from Gregg Jefferies’ Open Letter. In an open letter read on WFAN, a New York sports-talk radio station, Gregg Jefferies, in response to the negative attention from Mets fans, pleads his case to be treated fairly. The embattled infielder’s plea leads to a players-only meeting, in which David Cone agrees with the 23 year-old second baseman that the anonymous derisive quotes from teammates are unfair and should be banned. “I can only hope that one day those teammates who have found it convenient to criticize me will realize that we are all in this together. If only we can concentrate more on the games than complaining and bickering and pointing fingers, we would all be better off.”

1993       Indian starter Tom Kramer faces only 28 batters when he beats Texas at Cleveland Stadium, 4-1. The rookie right-hander, who will not return to the major leagues after this season, allows just one baserunner, DH Julio Franco, who hits a fourth-inning home run.

1993       The Mets play their 5000th game in team history, losing to Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium, 6-3. Although New York has a record of 527 wins and 473 losses in its last thousand games, the franchise is still 338 games under .500 since playing its first contest in 1962.

1994       At Busch Stadium, the Cardinals set a major league record when they leave 16 men stranded on the bases without scoring. The Phillies take advantage of the Redbirds’ lack of timely hitting and beat St. Louis, 4-0.

1994       In a 13-6 Oriole win over Milwaukee at County Stadium, Cal Ripken hits his 300th career home run. The milestone round-tripper is a three-run shot to deep left field off Teddy Higuera in the third inning.

1995       Tossing a scoreless ninth inning in the A’s 5-2 win over Baltimore, Dennis Eckersley records his 300th career save. The Oakland right-hander becomes the sixth reliever in major league history to reach the milestone.

1998       In the NCAA Atlantic II Regionals, Matt Diaz hit four home runs in Florida State’s 23-2 routing of Oklahoma. The freshman’s offensive output, which includes seven RBIs, ties the school and tournament record for round-trippers.

2000       Shawn Estes pitches a seven-hitter and becomes the first Giants pitcher in 51 years (Monty Kennedy-1949) to hit a grand slam en route to handing the Expos their worst defeat in franchise history, 18-0. The San Bernardino native just misses joining Tony Cloninger as the only major league pitcher to hit two slams in a game.

2000       Mark McGwire becomes the fastest player to hit 20 home runs in one season, reaching the mark in 35 games. ‘Big Mac’ accomplishes the feat in six fewer contests than Mickey Mantle (1956) and his own record (1998).

2000       Sixteen Dodger players and three coaches are suspended by the commissioner’s office for going into the stands during the Wrigley Field scuffle with fans on May 16. The suspensions totaling 60 games for players and 24 games for coaches is the harshest penalty ever handed down by major league baseball.

2000       Ahead by seven runs after five innings of play at Enron Field, the hometown Astros find a way to lose to the Phillies, 9-7. In Milwaukee, two days earlier, with a 9-2 advantage in the bottom of the ninth inning, Houston blew another seven-run lead in the eventual ten-inning, 10-9 loss to the Brewers at County Stadium.

2001       Cincinnati is finally shut out when Cubs’ starter Jon Lieber one-hits the Reds on 79 pitches, 3-0. The span of 208 of games without being blanked establishes a new National League record, with the 1931-33 Yankees (308) and the 1978-79 Milwaukee Brewers (212) being the only teams with longer streaks.

2001       Lana Blefary, the wife of former Oriole outfielder Curt Blefary, scatters the ashes of her husband’s remains at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. Although little of the stadium remains with the site is being demolished, she can still fulfill her husband’s last wishes.

2002       When a container drops from a low-flying plane, hitting and bouncing off the stadium roof onto the street, Seattle hazardous materials crews close off the roads around Safeco Field for about an hour. The object turns out to be the remains of an unidentified man’s cremated ashes.

2003       Broadcasters Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall become the first non-players to be featured on a Reds-produced bobblehead. The popular promotion also marks the first time a dual bobblehead has been given away by the team.

2006       Carl Crawford, leading the Devil Rays to a 10-8 victory over the Blue Jays, goes 5-for-5, to tie the franchise record for hits in a game. The Tampa Bay left fielder collects five hits, including a home run, scores five runs, and steals four bases in his career night at the Rogers Centre.

2006       Swinging on the first pitch in his first major league at-bat, Adam Wainwright homers in the fifth inning of the Cardinals’ 10-4 win over San Francisco at AT&T Park. The 24 year-old right-hander also tosses three innings in relief to record his second career victory.

2007       In his 1,000th major league game, Ichiro Suzuki goes 3-for-6, giving the Mariner outfielder a career total of 1,414 hits. Only Hall of Famer Al Simmons compiled more in the same span of games, collecting 1,443 from 1924-1931 for the Philadelphia A’s.

2019       Major League teams combine to hit the second-most home runs in a single day in baseball history, going yard 59 times in 14 games, second only to the 62 round-trippers blasted on July 2, 2002, in sixteen contests. With the ‘Twins’ three homers against the White Sox at Target Field as part of today’s barrage, Minnesota joins the 1999 Seattle Mariners as the only two teams with 100 home runs in their first 50 games of the season.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston2919.60413 – 1216 – 712 – 67 – 46 – 87 – 3L 1
Tampa Bay2919.60411 – 1218 – 713 – 82 – 19 – 910 – 0W 10
NY Yankees2819.5960.514 – 914 – 1011 – 149 – 15 – 28 – 2W 6
Toronto2322.5114.510 – 1013 – 128 – 91 – 35 – 84 – 6L 5
Baltimore1729.370116 – 1811 – 118 – 150 – 08 – 81 – 9L 6
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox2619.57814 – 812 – 112 – 517 – 96 – 44 – 6L 3
Cleveland2420.5451.511 – 913 – 111 – 316 – 103 – 44 – 6L 1
Kansas City2223.489412 – 1310 – 104 – 311 – 174 – 26 – 4W 2
Detroit1828.3918.59 – 129 – 161 – 59 – 156 – 46 – 4L 2
Minnesota1729.3709.58 – 159 – 141 – 39 – 114 – 125 – 5W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland2820.58314 – 1314 – 711 – 99 – 15 – 85 – 5L 1
Houston2621.5531.515 – 911 – 125 – 40 – 321 – 126 – 4L 3
Texas2227.4496.513 – 139 – 1410 – 84 – 68 – 84 – 6W 3
Seattle2126.4476.512 – 129 – 146 – 56 – 76 – 73 – 7L 6
LA Angels2027.4267.511 – 149 – 133 – 77 – 68 – 134 – 6W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets2119.52511 – 410 – 1512 – 82 – 55 – 14 – 6L 2
Atlanta2324.4891.513 – 1410 – 1011 – 1110 – 41 – 26 – 4W 3
Philadelphia2324.4891.515 – 108 – 1411 – 138 – 32 – 43 – 7W 1
Miami2224.478210 – 1012 – 148 – 73 – 69 – 86 – 4W 2
Washington2023.4652.512 – 108 – 136 – 95 – 54 – 66 – 4W 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis2620.56515 – 1011 – 1010 – 1013 – 73 – 34 – 6L 1
Chi Cubs2422.522216 – 98 – 138 – 611 – 133 – 07 – 3W 1
Milwaukee2323.500310 – 1213 – 114 – 912 – 96 – 14 – 6W 2
Cincinnati2025.4445.511 – 139 – 120 – 010 – 86 – 143 – 7L 2
Pittsburgh1828.39188 – 1110 – 171 – 37 – 165 – 63 – 7L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Diego3017.63818 – 1012 – 70 – 07 – 617 – 119 – 1W 9
LA Dodgers2918.617116 – 613 – 125 – 12 – 816 – 59 – 1W 7
San Francisco2819.596214 – 714 – 126 – 48 – 311 – 105 – 5L 3
Colorado1829.3831216 – 122 – 173 – 32 – 511 – 215 – 5W 3
Arizona1830.37512.59 – 99 – 217 – 135 – 16 – 141 – 9L 8

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England32105322-0-00-1-07
New York City FC32018261-0-01-0-16
Orlando City SC31204131-1-00-1-05
CF Montreal31206421-1-00-1-05
Atlanta31114311-0-00-1-14
Inter Miami CF31114400-0-11-1-04
New York31025501-0-10-0-13
D.C.310236-31-0-00-0-23
Nashville SC30304400-3-00-0-03
Columbus20200000-1-00-1-02
Toronto FC201146-20-1-00-0-11
Philadelphia301214-30-0-20-1-01
Chicago301237-40-1-00-0-21
FC Cincinnati3012210-80-0-00-1-21
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle32108172-0-00-1-07
San Jose32018442-0-00-0-16
Real Salt Lake22005231-0-01-0-06
Austin32014310-0-02-0-16
Los Angeles320167-11-0-01-0-16
Los Angeles FC31204221-1-00-1-05
FC Dallas31115411-1-00-0-14
Houston31114401-1-00-0-14
Vancouver31113301-0-10-1-04
Sporting KC311145-10-1-01-0-14
Colorado311123-10-0-11-1-04
Portland310236-31-0-00-0-23
Minnesota300317-60-0-20-0-10